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Just Like Old Times

After having no show in 2020 because of the pandemic and a noticeably smaller show in 2021, ICAST came roaring back to Orlando, Florida in July with larger crowds, more vendors and an enthusiastic mood that belied any talk of an economic downturn.


The Allure of Cannes

After a successful return in 2021 after being canceled in 2019 and 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cannes Yachting Festival expects to kick off the European boat show season with an impressive fleet.


Metstrade 2022: Q&A with Niels Klarenbeek

Soundings Trade Only talks with Niels Klarenbeek, Director, Metstrade, for an update on what to expect at this year’s show, the challenges facing the recreational marine industry, and what he is most excited about in this year’s programming.


Riding the Wave

Last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show set records for attendance, sales and economic impact.


The Transient Boater Windfall

Onancock, Virginia is a shining example of the type of changes the Boating Infrastructure Grant program was created to make possible for transient boaters and the communities they visit.


Q&A with Peter Barrett

Peter Barrett, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development of Smoker Craft Boats, talks about the history of his family business.


Here’s the Deals

Activity in mergers and acquisitions continued to be strong across the marine industry during the past six to nine months, with sizable deals announced in segments that include brokerage, technology integration, and parts and accessories.


Is This the Boat of Tomorrow?

Silicon Valley start-up Navier and Lyman Morse boatbuilding look to change the future of on-water travel with an electric-powered, foiling, carbon-fiber, autonomous boat.


Always Improving

As the 2023 model year begins, it’s important to stay up-to-date with changes to industry standards.


Propelling into a Second Century

Family-run Mack Boring has been in business almost 100 years and is a leading distributor of global propulsion brands including Yanmar, Scania, Isuzu Diesel, OXE Diesel and Suzuki Marine.


Fall Is in Full Swing

With the autumnal equinox ushering in a new season today, the fall boat-show circuit is in high gear. Here are some recent reports and a look at what’s to come.


NMTA Steps up To Boost Boating

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is awarding $1,000 Discover Boating grants to entities that promote boating in the region.


Don’t Count Out the Coupon Clippers

Using coupons to offer customers special deals is a proven way to increase business.


Great Lakes Boat Show Season Kicks Into Gear

The Progressive Metro Boat Show opens Thursday for four days at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Charter Township, Mich. Meanwhile, early-registration discounts for MRAA’s Dealer Week end soon.


Lose Trust, Lose the Customer

With the Covid bubble in the rearview mirror, building trust with existing and prospective customers is more important than ever.


MRAA Flags FTC Regulations

The proposed rules would define boats as vehicles and subject their sales to the same laws.


The Secret to Team Results

Providing clarity and energy as a leader will empower your team and drive results.


Algae Problems Hit West Coast

Toxic algae blooms, the result of outdated wastewater treatment facilities, are causing widespread fish kills in San Francisco Bay.


DEALERS: Are You Investing in E-Commerce?

The August Pulse Report survey asks about online marketing and the use of digital and social platforms. Take the survey here.


‘Fishing Fever’ Is Coming to the Keys

The Ladies Let’s Go Fishing tourney will be held in Islamorada in October. Meanwhile, the Daytona Boat Show is getting ready for it’s three-day run next month.


A Lesson From a Hot Dog Vendor

It’s a tale about sales success and a self-fulfilling prophesy.