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.
Brunswick Corp. stunned much of the marine industry when it announced Dec. 5 that it would seek a buyer for Sea Ray, the iconic brand it has owned for 31 years and that is widely viewed as the cornerstone of the company’s boat group. The move came after nearly a year of challenged sale
An impromptu celebration broke out at the Viking Yachts display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Nov. 3 when the saloon doors of a Viking 92 Convertible flew open and it was announced that the boat had been sold.
We rolled down Hollerich Drive on Sept. 21, a swelteringly hot and sticky day, conspicuous not only because of the car emblazoned with BoatUS Catastrophe Response Team logos, but also because we were moving too quickly at about 7 mph.
In the days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key, Fla., Carl Wolf visited marinas in the southeastern part of the state. Wolf is an associate specializing in marina and boatyard operations at Robson Forensic, and he expected much of what he saw, but he was a little surprised by one source of damage to docks and shoreside structures.
In July the number of boats sold through U.S. brokerage firms fell 12 percent, a deeper recurrence of a scenario that has played out several times in 2017 when comparing monthly sales figures against the previous year.
When the Labor Department reported Aug. 4 that the U.S. economy had created 209,000 jobs in July and a revised 231,000 the previous month, it showed that employers remain confident even though President Donald Trump and Congress have approved no new legislation to spur growth.
Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. acquired Bennett Marine in July, adding another prominent accessory company to the Japanese engine manufacturer’s Yamaha Marine Systems Co. Inc. Bennett Marine is best known for its hydraulic trim tab systems. The company recently introduced electric tabs and the AutoTrim Pro automatically adjustable trim system.