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Miami show succeeds, warts and all

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So as the dust clears from the 2016 Miami show, the industry should be pretty happy with the way things turned out. Lots of positives about this year's show: The weather was good, more than 100,000 people turned out and the location was great. Frankly, the fact that the show happened has to go in that category. I remember talking ...

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Another crack in the RFS armor

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I'll admit it. I'm a political junkie. I was tracking the results of the Iowa caucuses all night Monday. I'm sure I'll be checking my phone constantly Tuesday night while I'm down at the Miami show to see the New Hampshire results. But even if you're not that interested in the race, one of the results out of Iowa should ...

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BoatPAC offering new election resource

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There's plenty of coverage out there about the upcoming 2016 presidential and Congressional elections, but how do the candidates' stands affect the marine industry? BoatPAC, the marine industry's political action committee, will be offering advice throughout the year through its new 2016 Election Center. Later this month, the PAC will be previewing the center through a webinar to help industry ...

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Help us make Boating Industry better

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Just like you work to make your business better everyday, we're constantly striving to improve what we deliver to you at Boating Industry. With that in mind, we would love to hear your thoughts on how we can make the magazine, website and everything we do more useful to you. You can help us out by taking our reader survey ...

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Get a jump start on the 2016 Top 100

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You can be sure we'll remind you again next year (and again and again and ...), but the 2016 Top 100 application is now available. Applications aren't due until June 27, but as those of you have applied (or started to apply) in the past know, it's going to take some time to put together your best application. We've made ...

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The real unemployment rate, Part 2

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After my post last week on "The real unemployment rate" a reader posted a comment asking how this compares to past years. It's a good question, so here you go. While the report I cited didn't look at that, the government's numbers can be helpful here. One of the problems with the unemployment rate that is usually widely cited is ...

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The real unemployment rate

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We've been writing in various articles over the last year about the declining unemployment rate, which has dropped to 5 percent. That's a very good thing, of course, but it also doesn't present the full picture, as anyone who is paying attention knows. A new report tries to get closer to the real situation. One important note: The report comes ...

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How the presidential candidates rate on ethanol

The Renewable Fuel Standard remains a hot topic in the marine industry. Even with the news last week that the EPA had finally set the fuel standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 (no that's not a typo), there is still plenty of concern about how the presence of 15 percent ethanol (E15) in the nation's fuel supply can affect boaters. ...

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BoatUS, AMA partnering on ethanol outreach

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Ethanol continues to be a big challenge for the boating industry, with engine damage and other issues turning people off of boating. Many consumers still don't understand the steps they need to take to protect against ethanol problems. The Boat Owners Association of The United States is working with the American Motorcyclist Association to get the word out, though. Margaret ...

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Gevo-ValvTect partnership game changer for isobutanol

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It may have escaped your notice, but there was big news earlier this week on the alternative fuel front. Isobutanol -- a safer and more efficient alternative to ethanol -- could soon be making its way to a lot more marinas as producer Gevo signed a deal with ValvTect to distribute isobutanol-blended fuels. Marine industry testing has shown isobutanol (or ...

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