Skip to main content

PWC online forum marks 10 years

The online forum PWCToday.com is celebrating its 10th year in business and more than 2 million posts.

The forum was founded in summer 2000 by riding enthusiast Rob Kennedy and quickly became the largest personal watercraft forum on the Internet. SBT, online retailer of PWC engines, parts and accessories, acquired the site in 2005 from Kennedy.

"While small by today's standard, the forum had over 500,000 posts at the time, making it by far the largest forum of its type in the world," said Greg Pickren, owner of SBT. "It is really incredible that it has over 2,000,000 posts today."

Now PWCToday has more than 40,000 members and is part of the online and catalog retailer The Watercraft Superstore, a company founded in 2008 and also owned by Pickren.

"Merging The Watercraft Superstore and PWCToday was a natural progression," said Pickren. "Our forum members can now quickly find the goods they need to enjoy their passion."

The Watercraft Superstore features more than 5,000 items and is the only online and catalog retailer that exclusively caters to the PWC industry, according to Pickren.

"It's amazing how much technical information is presented every day on the forum," added John Salvatore, The Watercraft Superstore's general manager. "I get a real kick out of watching a renowned industry professional with 30 years experience help out a newbie at midnight that just bought his first ski and cannot get it started. And the amazing thing is that it happens all the time on this forum."

Related

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress

Mixed Reactions

Though generally positive about market conditions, many dealers report they won’t be attending boat shows.

Sportsman Boats Hires CFO

Greg House was previously chief financial officer with Sea Star Solutions and Dometic.

NMMA Reports Strong Boat Sales in 2021

Annual new powerboat sales are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year.

Lowrance Releases Software Update

The software release enables a new sonar feature and autopilot compatibility for Ghost trolling motors and Ghost-compatible MFDs.

Keeping the Sales Team Motivated and Sharp

Here are some strategies from the “Undisputed King of Motivation,” Zig Ziglar, for sales success before, during and after the transaction.

Retired CG Officer Joins Commonwealth PR

Chad Saylor, who served as a public affairs officer, is an account executive with the Virginia-based public relations and marketing firm.