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Raw facts: Material costs drive up prices

Builders and accessory makers find themselves squeezed while trying to keep prices low for consumers Builders are struggling to keep boat prices stable in the face of a bruised economy and past increases that some believe have outpaced inflation. But fluctuating raw material and commodity prices are making that challenge a tough one. “One place…more

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Waking up to apps

The industry is beginning to recognize big sales potential in the public’s embrace of mobile devices Timothy Kleihege was searching for an app that would help him compare fuel prices along Lake Michigan, where he operates his yacht brokerage, The Mariner Network Yacht Sales. But when Kleihege began searching nautical apps on iTunes, he realized…more

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Forecast 2012

As the economy improves, boat sales will begin to grow, industry leaders predict Regaining an equilibrium is not an exciting concept — unless you’re an industry that has weathered a 60 percent sales decline in many of its segments during the last five years. None of the 18 contributors to our Forecast 2012 survey of…more

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Bracket adds buoyancy and efficiency

Armstrong Yanmar Marine bolt-on option for inboards and sterndrives extends a boat’s range Armstrong Nautical Products, known for its outboard engine brackets, has teamed with Yanmar America Corp. to produce an engine bracket for sterndrives and inboards. The AYM (Armstrong Yanmar Marine) bolt-on diesel bracket can be used as an alternative to a boat’s current…more

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Big-time refits for small boats

Metan Marine’s clients regard classic restoration as a better investment than buying new It’s not every day that a weak transom leads to major life changes, but that’s what happened to Vince Miragliotta. He’d been boating, skiing and just kicking back after selling his interest in a successful technical recruiting company when he noticed trouble…more

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Young Turks making waves

With service as a common theme, a new breed challenges the industry’s status quo When Greg Glogow was given free rein to change the way Southern California-based Sun Country Marine did business, he dove in headfirst. In 2009, at the age of 26, Glogow became vice president of sales and marketing for Sun Country’s three…more

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Young Turks: Morgan Huntley, 31, Vanquish Boats

One-time marina rat’s startup builds two 24-footers with an emphasis on simplicity and value Why would anyone start a boatbuilding company in these shaky economic times? Morgan Huntley has an answer. “Boatbuilding is what I do and what I love. I don’t know how to do anything else, and I’m not going to stop even…more

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VDO Sumlog

The new VDO Sumlog gives boatbuilders the ability to provide six instrument readouts in a single helm footprint, says Jeffrey Ross, VDO instrumentation product manager. The Sumlog, which is NMEA 0183-compatible and requires a mounting area measuring 1.97 inches in diameter and 3.35 inches deep, is the latest addition to VDO’s Viewline Instrument Series. The…more

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Low-profile LED navigation lights

Sea-Dog has introduced the first in a series of low-profile LED navigation lights, available in a single-unit combination bow light or as a pair of port/starboard top-mount side lights. The fully sealed lights have a stamped stainless cover mounted on a heavy-duty cast stainless-steel base, and both sets of lights are Coast Guard-approved for 2…more

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Scanpod

Scanstrut’s Scanpod range of pods for electronics has a new, compact design for secure, watertight installations, according to the U.K.-based company, which has U.S. sales and distribution in Guilford, Conn. Scanpod products consist of deck pods, helm pods and instrument mast pods that are compatible with popular chart plotters from 8 inches and standard and…more

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