From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

Soundings and Anglers Journal senior writer Jim Flannery accepts one of his four awards from BWI’s Greg Proteau.

AIM writers take home 18 awards

Active Interest Media received 18 Boating Writers International awards at the Miami International Boat Show — including seven first-place awards. And Jim Flannery, who wrote for the AIM magazines Soundings, Trade Only and Anglers Journal for more than 30 years, received four awards.

CUTS:Boating must take advantage of the breathing space afforded by the relative health of the market to replenish its aging customer base, says Info-Link’s Jack Ellis.Engineers designing outboards such as Yamaha’s F250 continue to push innovation toward fuel efficiency and interconnectivity.The popularity of wakeboarding and wake surfing is bolstering the tow boat market.Industry leaders say new boats with advanced propulsion and innovative technology are keys to fueling sales.Sailing is one segment that has helped bring young people into boating. There are junior sailing programs and schools in most boating-intensive regions.The millennial generation now exceeds the baby boomers in size, and is continuing to grow.Promotional efforts today are focused largely on selling the lifestyle. The logical assumption is that boat sales will follow.

Outlook 2016

Industry leaders give us their forecasts for the new year and most expect it will be much like 2015 — they say that type of slow, steady growth is positive, given the hit boating took in the recession.

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