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A full slate at ABC 2018

The boating and fishing industries converged on Capitol Hill from May 9-11 for the American Boating Congress and the Center Focus on Washington, concurrent events that were packed with high-profile speakers and workshops as well as meetings on Capitol Hill.


Setting the hook

Lou Martinez isn’t giving up fishing from his kayak, but he realized last summer that kayak angling didn’t always afford him the experience he wanted.


Sound System

When a load of journalists took a ride on a Grady-White Freedom 325 with Fusion Entertainment’s new Apollo stereo system, marketing manager Marcus Hamilton played a song that was considered a “good challenge” for its components.

Customer Retention

When it comes to marketing, the ancient Greek adage “Know thyself” which was inscribed on the front of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi for all seekers of insight to see, may be less important than “Know thy customer.”

Help Wanted

The takeaway from the American Boating Congress, my first official appearance as editor of Soundings Trade Only, is that we’re facing some of the most urgent challenges our industry has seen.

Are bans on wakesurfing coming?

“If they’d ban these wake boats on our lake, it couldn’t come too soon,” said a well-dressed couple standing behind a new surf model, “because the wake they throw is a homeowner’s nightmare.”