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Women Making Waves

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Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the numerous women in the boating industry who have made large contributions to its success, propelled its growth and led their organizations into the future. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award, which is as appropriate a time as any to give these ...

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Attitudes on new markets little changed

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Most in industry still not concerned about diversity, survey says Those working in the boating industry are still much more concerned about bringing younger buyers into the market than they are about attracting non-white buyers, according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey. We surveyed readers of Boating Industry’s print and digital products, including dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others working ...

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At the Helm: Tackling the labor shortage

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I’ve taken several trips visiting manufacturers and dealers this summer and keep hearing one recurring complaint: We can’t find enough help. There may not be a bigger challenge facing the industry today than the labor shortage. While the problem first reared its head years ago, the recession pushed it to the sideline for many years. Now, as sales have recovered ...

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2016 Boating Industry Bold Moves

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We profiled our four 2016 Movers & Shakers, but there are several other industry leaders working to improve boating. The six leaders on the following pages are also making bold moves to advance boating by improving technology, rebuilding iconic brands and raising the professionalism of the entire industry. Fuel solutions  Bill Brackney Manager, Product Engineering and Development, Moeller Marine Products ...

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Increasing OSHA fines signal need for compliance in marine industry

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In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its penalties based on the Consumer Price Index, which became effective as of August 1. OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, have increased by 78 percent. The previous ...

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7 ‘must-dos’ this fall for a spectacular 2017

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Wow, another busy summer selling season in the books. I trust it was a good one for you and yet know that 2017 can be even better … if you’re willing to do the work. One major issue dealers share with me is they just don’t get the important work done in the offseason because it is just too darn ...

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Deck boats continue to appeal to boaters

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Seating more passengers than a bowrider and easier to tow than a pontoon, deck boats continue to appeal to boaters Designed to blend the generous seating capacity and family-friendly layout of a pontoon boat with the familiar look and easy trailering of a traditional runabout, deck boats would appear to offer boaters an ideal compromise between practicality and performance. They ...

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Boat manufacturing development and design evolves

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Since the economic downtown, the boating industry has transformed and, along with it, so has the boatbuilding process. Manufacturers are working to provide high-quality products that are affordable, meet the needs of consumers, attract existing and new audiences, all while maintaining safety and regulatory compliance and keeping their own costs down. It’s a lot to juggle. However, this sea change ...

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Market Trends: Freshwater fishing boats growing larger, more sophisticated

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For years, recreational fishing has ranked as the single most popular activity that people enjoy from a boat. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, that remains true today. In its Special Report on Fishing published last year, the RBFF notes that no fewer than 46 million Americans participated in recreational fishing during ...

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Additives offer fuel solutions

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But be wary of unrealistic claims, manufacturers say  There are plenty of additives out there for the marine industry, promising to solve all of your fuel woes. But with little in the way of regulation or consistent, reliable testing, boaters and service personnel alike need to be cautious about what they use and recommend, manufacturers say. “Everybody makes a lot ...

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