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Barletta Boats powers up pontoon production line

Barletta Boat Co., LLC President and Co-Owner Bill Fenech wants to use his 30-plus years of recreational vehicle experience give the pontoon segment of the boating industry a hard shake that quickly makes waves. “The boating industry is way behind the RV industry,” Fenech said. “In the next 10 years, we are going to see a different way of doing ...

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Bahia Mar Resort, Yachting Center redesign will improve access

Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center’s redesign will improve community and public access as well as improve infrastructure used by the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. A residential 45-foot “floating platform,” that’s slated for completion by 2020 will allow pedestrian and mobile traffic patterns to flow seamlessly. Lead by architect Kobi Karp, the project will introduce new buildings and urban ...

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Info-Link: Powerboat sales grew almost 4.5 percent in December

Boat sales grew by almost 4.5 percent in December, according to the most recent Info-Link Bellwether report. 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 U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). ...

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MarineMax, Brunswick provide Sea Ray update

MarineMax will be heavily involved in the transition process involving Brunswick’s pending sale of Sea Ray. The company remains optimistic about the sale of the iconic boat brand, said MarineMax Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer William McGill, Jr., during Wednesday’s first quarter earnings call and questions session with industry analysts. “We do believe that this represents a ...

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Barletta Pontoon Boats awarded 2018 NMMA Innovation Award

Barletta Pontoon Boats - a brand new pontoon boat company located in Bristol, Ind. - was the recipient of a 2018 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the pontoon category. The award recognizes groundbreaking new consumer marine products and was presented opening night of the Minneapolis Boat Show. This year’s program evaluated 14 products across three categories featuring ...

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2018 Forecast: Consistent growth will mirror existing conditions

Forward momentum is likely to continue as the boating industry gets ready to navigate a seventh consecutive year of growth. From a macro standpoint, market success remains on the horizon.  The industry has the wind at its back and is being propelled favorably by rising real estate sales, a strong stock market and an improving economy. According to data from ...

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Where’s your next employee?

It’s a new year, but one thing hasn’t changed: the boating industry is still facing a workforce crisis. We’ve written about it extensively in the pages of Boating Industry over the last few years and will surely continue to do so heading forward. Almost every dealer I talked to at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in December tagged it ...

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18 Strategies for Continued Growth in 2018

Here’s a recap of MDCE speaker insights for success Each year, attendees recognize the value and growth opportunities that are an invaluable part of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo educational experience. Conference speakers focus on delivering real world results for dealerships and industry players of all shapes and sizes. Attendees turn to MDCE every year to gain insights into ...

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