Which factors could derail dealer confidence this year?

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Dealer confidence rebounded last month, returning to neutral after spending months in negative territory.

Dealer confidence rebounded last month, returning to neutral after spending months in negative territory.

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks retailers what they see as the biggest challenges for boat sales this year.

In light of the contentions election cycle, the coronavirus, tariffs, the economy and waterways legislation — for example, actions to thwart red tide and toxic algae blooms — the headwinds could prove more complex.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Baird Research launched the Pulse Report to gauge retail conditions. Soundings Trade Only later partnered with Baird to help distribute the survey and report its results.

The surveys analyze such industry data points as new-boat demand, inventory levels and access to credit. They also include the Marine Retail Sentiment Index, a confidence index for retailers.

Click here to take the survey.


Service to Send $1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute funds to states to bolster conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

Quick Hits: March 1, 2021

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard adds SF Marina floating dock array.

Patrick Supports Care Camps

The outdoors camps for children with cancer receive a first-time gift and marketing support from Patrick Industries.

Brunswick Creates Autonomy Position

The company promoted Jason Arbuckle to marine autonomy technology lead, with a focus on incorporating autonomous and driver-assist features into its product line.


Star brite introduces Marine Descaling Fluid—a powerful, easy way to descale raw water-cooled systems using recirculation. It saves time, energy, and a lot of headache, allowing for a faster, cost-effective return-to-service for equipment.

NAW Elects 2021 Officers

Michael Medart of Medart Engine and Marine takes the helm as chairman of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors board.

Caterpillar Names Global Manager

Alex Berg will lead the manufacturer’s pleasure craft and yachting segment.