Boating’s Biggest Challenges

Dealers and manufacturers agree that these are our major issues, but rank them differently.
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Rising Rates

Higher interest rates are important, but not a primary challenge for dealers or manufacturers.

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Fishing

Legislation for anglers is the second biggest issue for NMMA members, but not as critical to dealers.

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Workforce

Workforce is the second most important issue to dealers, but does not make NMMA’s top five list.

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Trade Wars

This is the number-one worry for U.S. dealers, ranking fourth for boat and equipment manufacturers.

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E15

E15 is the top concern among NMMA members, while only 13 percent of dealers rank it as their major issue.

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Invasive Species

Fighting AIS is seen as vital to industry health, but doesn’t make the top five list for dealers or manufacturers.

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Dredging

Infrastructure ranks among the top 10 issues for NMMA members, but only 2 percent  of dealers see it as critical.

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Water Quality

Clean water and improved accessremain top priorities for both manufacturers and dealers.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue.

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