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Awards, new products highlight busy 2017 Miami show

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Attendance has been up for most boat shows this year as the season has gotten off to a strong start. While final numbers haven't been released for the 2017 edition of the Miami International Boat Show yet, attendance was up through the early going, and the docks and tents were crowded throughout the show. Look for more coverage of the ...

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Q & A with Navico CEO Leif Ottosson

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Boating Industry sits down with Navico CEO Leif Ottosson to learn why the future of marine electronics lies in present-day automobiles. 2016 was a busy year for Navico, the parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree marine electronics brands. Its saltwater fishing-oriented Simrad brand posted a 37 percent revenue growth in America last year, on top of 29 ...

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Weekly 5: Powerboat registrations up 6.3 percent in 2016

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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. NMMA: Powerboat registrations up 6.3 percent in 2016 New powerboat registrations were up 6.3 percent through December 2016, NMMA reported in its latest New Powerboat Registrations Report. According ...

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Boat sales tick up in January, report says

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Boat sales were up year-over-year in January, growing at a faster pace than in December, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. According to Info-Link, the Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market ...

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Volvo Penta intros new 6.2L V8 engines, inboard joysticks

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Volvo Penta showcased two new V8 engines and its new Joystick for Inboard system Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. The innovations are part of Volvo Penta's continuing "Easy Boating" strategy, designed to make boating more enjoyable and accessible to consumers, said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. Volvo Penta's new aluminum 6.2L V8 380 and ...

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Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism remains at decade high

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Small business optimism rose again in January, now at its highest level since December 2004, according to the National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Optimism. January’s increase suggests the post-election surge has staying power. NFIB small business optimism The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index reached 105.9 in January, an increase of 0.1 points. Five of the index components ...

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Mercury launches inboard joystick control, new engines at Miami event

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Mercury Marine introduced a bevy of new innovations from joystick control for inboard engines to new racing engines at a media event Wednesday night ahead of the Miami International Boat Show. The growth in popularity of water sports, particularly wake surfing, makes the technology an important addition to the Mercury lineup, Brunswick Corp. Chief Technology Officer David Foulkes said Wednesday. ...

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Weekly 5: New chairs for Congressional Boating Caucus

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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. New chairs for Congressional Boating Caucus NMMA has announced two new House of Representative co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus, Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida, and Rep.  Tom MacArthur, ...

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Why companies can’t keep their marketing on track

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Marketing rarely fails because of a lack of interest, ideas, or even adequate resources. However, it always fails when it doesn’t turn prospective buyers into believers. Marketing derails when it's little more than a series of loosely strung together and uncoordinated “tactics”— email campaigns, promotions, presentations, blogs, social media engagements, charitable support, newsletters, collateral pieces, webinars, events, and all the ...

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Economic Snapshot: Unemployment and job openings remain unchanged

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The unemployment rate and the number of job openings were both little changed this month. The report reflects the last month of data under former President Barack Obama. Employment situation The number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate were little changed in January, at 7.6 million persons and 4.8 percent, respectively. The number of long-term unemployed was essentially unchanged ...

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