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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.

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Always Improving

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

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Open for Business

Boating is alive and well despite the continued drought in the western United States

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Answer to Disruption is Discipline

At this year’s Dealer Week — the signature annual event of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas — leading dealers, suppliers and experts will gather to share insights on how to create a foundation for sustained future success.

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Another Busy Year

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its 2022 hurricane season forecast, predicting the seventh consecutive year with above-average activity.

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The Other Side of the Covid Bubble

The mood among boat dealers is shifting. Two years on from the historic, Covid-fueled rise in demand for boats, the tide is beginning to turn.

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Building a More Inclusive Boat

Sea Ray’s SLX 260 is the first model to incorporate a new design language and is from an all-women design team

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U.S. Adds 528,000 Jobs in July

The Department of Labor said the manufacturing and leisure-and-hospitality segments contributed to the gains.

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The Cleveland Show Is Staying Put

Shuttered because of the pandemic, the boat show’s I-X Center venue was acquired and will stage the event in a newly reconfigured space.

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Playbook for Post-Recovery Sales

The Northwest Marine Trade Association has compiled sales and registration data that suggest a need to “return to a more traditional sales process.”

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DEALERS: What Are Your Seasonal Strategies?

The monthly Pulse Report survey asks about boat-show sales forecasts and other retail conditions amid the economic uncertainty. Take the survey here.

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Can You Take the Heat?

A bill proposes that OSHA issue a standard to protect workers from heat-related injuries and illnesses. Meanwhile, an unforeseen consequence is in part to blame for increased shark action off Long Island, N.Y.

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Inflation, Rate Hikes Hurting Entry-Level Market

The Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 75 basis points yesterday, but a boating/financial analyst says the lack of boat inventory remains a more significant problem.

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Give Away Some Schwag

Giving away items, either for promotion or as a token of thanks, goes a long way to building customer loyalty.

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Taking a Bite out of Invasive Species

The newly formed Aquatic Invasive Species Commission will take aim at Asian carp and other invasives at the federal level.

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Water Sports Law Passed in Tennessee

The new law lays out specific safety requirements for wakesurfing and wakeboarding activities. Meanwhile, the Orlando Boat Show will kick off the fall schedule.

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Why Women Fish

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation introduced its Women Making Waves campaign in 2018 to empower girls and women to give fishing a try.

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NMEA Yesterday and Today

The NMEA, which began as a trade organization in the late 1950's, has evolved to become a driving force in the marine electronics industry