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2016 Boating Industry Movers & Shakers


The 6th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognizes the top leaders in the boating industry, innovators that are willing to challenge the status quo. They are the people who make the moves that shake up and better their companies and the entire industry. From consolidating leading brands to introducing new technology to boating to educating the industry, these 10 individuals ...

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Women Making Waves


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


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


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


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


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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Q&A with Joe Curran, COO, Iconic Marine Group


Earlier this year, the Iconic Marine Group announced plans to restructure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line. Joe Curran, former managing partner at Crest Marine, has been named COO of the company, and will be based in the Washington, N.C., facility. Curran was part of the team that relaunched the Crest pontoon brand ...

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Deck boats continue to appeal to boaters


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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