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Hello and Congratulations. . . By coming to this website I am declaring you a charter member of our all-new DEALER OUTLOOK blog and I’m delighted you’re here at our official Kickoff-Day Party!

I’m also excited about being selected as the Moderator and I’m anxious to get this blog established, the first dedicated Dealer blog in our industry. As I see it, this will be a dependable place where you will find issues of importance to the boating industry, in general, and effecting retail dealers, in particular. It will also be a place where we can explore new ideas, concepts and practices that could mean more success on the showroom floor where it really counts for dealers. In fact, if it impacts dealers, from success stories to controversial decisions, we’ll see it as fair game for discussion here in DEALER OUTLOOK!

If you’re a regular blogger somewhere else on the web, you need no introduction to blogging. But if reading a blog, much less making a comment on one, is new to you, welcome to the club. Until now, I admit I haven’t been much of a blogger, either. But I’m convinced, after reflecting on it for considerable time, that DEALER OUTLOOK will serve a genuine purpose of helping dealers in good times and bad. So, my hat’s in and I hope yours is, too.

In simplest terms, a blog is a website. You go to it to read information and opinions on a subject(s) that interests you. Then, if you’re motivated, you add your comments and views on the subject(s) for others to consider. Blogging began in earnest around 1999.

Today, blogs are seriously impacting everything from politics to daily news. Blogs have, in fact, opened the door for virtually anyone to add his or her voice to any subject and be “heard” in that world or, for that matter, all around the world! A blog gives you a place to influence and even cause action. For example, journalism schools today cite blogs as the main influence in the CBS-TV Dan Rather (60 Minutes) scandal. Rather, you’ll recall, presented documents that contended the accepted accounts of President Bush's military service record were fake. But bloggers claimed the Rather documents were the forged ones and presented evidence to back it up. CBS ultimately admitted to “improper reporting” and Rather was history. Similarly recognizing the power of blogs, the 2004 National Conventions of both Republican and Democratic Parties credentialed bloggers just like reporters, and profusely used blogs as part of each party’s publicity programs. Yes, blogs have power.

Lest you subscribe to the popular image that blogs are mainly written by unhappy loners crouched over a keyboard somewhere in a damp basement, let me set the record straight – I’m not a loner and I don’t even have a basement. Instead, I intend to tap into the vast knowledge of many leaders in our industry for ideas, opinions and suggestions. Frankly, I think there is nothing better than a good success story of one dealer that can be adapted by many others. I also think that industry issues, particularly ones that may be dubbed controversial, need to be openly discussed. We’ll do it without reservation.

So, I believe as you regularly join DEALER OUTLOOK, this new undertaking will win your approval and your faithful attendance as we attempt to bring you practical ideas and theoretical insight into matters of economic, cultural and operating importance.

That’s the way I see it, how about you?


Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.

German Superyacht Yard Files for Bankruptcy

Nobiskrug cited a lack of orders, the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors in its decision to start the proceedings.

West Marine Acquired

The private-equity firm L Catterton will take a controlling interest in the retailer’s ownership.

Kicker Supports Two Events on Lake Havasu

The marine audio company will take part in the performance-boat events Super Cat Fest West and the Desert Storm Poker Run this weekend and next.

Bay Bridge Show Starts Tomorrow

The combined sail- and powerboat show runs through Sunday in Stevensville, Md.