At MDCE, dealers look to the future

The Marine Dealer Conference & Expo this past December had recurring themes, and they weren’t sugarcoated: Workforce shortages desperately need to be addressed, and boat dealers must embrace a retail landscape that has completely changed from the one that existed just five years ago.


Chuck Rowe

Indmar Products Co. president Chuck Rowe is a handshake guy. Nothing is quite as important to Rowe, who joined the family business in 1973, as industry partnerships. They even come before his passion for innovation.



When writers visited the storm-ravaged British Virgin Islands in December, residents asked them to return home with a message: “Let people know we’re open.”


Big-outboard market roars

If you think the horsepower battles in the outboard market have slowed, the latest sales statistics for Seven Marine — maker of the largest outboards in the industry — are telling.