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ABC 2016 kicks off in Washington, D.C.


Hundreds of stakeholders from across the recreational boating industry are gathering this week for the 2016 edition of the American Boating Congress to advocate on behalf of the industry's issues. ABC 2016 started Monday night with a networking reception at the Carnegie Library, but the bulk of the event takes place over the next two days. The conference is organized ...

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Canadian marine industry advocates to new parliament

Day On The Hill 2016 Group

Stakeholders from across the Canadian recreational boating industry joined forces on May 4 to meet with parliamentarians in the fourth annual Canadian Recreational Boating Industry Day on the Hill. Led by NMMA Canada, the delegation included representatives from regional marine trade associations such as the Atlantic Marine Trade Association, the Association Maritime du Quebec, Boating Ontario, the Mid-Canada Marine and ...

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April MDCE registrations break record


Organizers of marine retailers’ premier annual educational event report they have once again seen strong demand for the year’s best registration prices, announcing a record number of dealer sign-ups at April rates. A total of 169 retailers registered for the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo during the month of April, two more than the high water mark set last ...

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Weekly 5: RBFF launches 60 in 60 program to grow fishing


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. RBFF launches '60 in 60' program With the goal of bringing more anglers into fishing (and boating), the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has embarked on an ambitious ...

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Boating Industry 2016 Top Products


In the third annual Boating Industry Top Products list you’ll find 50 of the best products for the marine industry, ranging from boats to engines to accessories and more. This year’s selections were chosen from hundreds of products introduced or significantly updated since the beginning of 2015. The honorees were selected for their innovation, their impact on the industry, creativity ...

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Saltwater fishing, freshwater pontoon growth translates to outboard engine gains

Mercury Quad 300-610x300

In the wake of the economic downturn, it was the pontoon boat segment that was the first to bounce back. With a strong focus on performance-oriented boats that accepted greater horsepower, the growth of the pontoon category paralleled a coincident growth in outboard power. More recently, the large saltwater fishing boat market has also bounced back, and like pontoons before ...

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Building a better budget


Creating, managing and tracking your dealership’s financials You probably got into the boating industry because it was fun and you wanted to enjoy your job. But you also probably did so with the assumption that you would be making money. So while budgeting may not be the most exciting part of running your dealership, it is without a doubt one that ...

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At the Helm: Products, products and more products


New product is what makes our industry go. Whether it’s new boats, new engine technology or new accessories, innovative products drives boat sales. It’s also one of the areas that, in our annual reader surveys, you tell us you want to see more of. That’s why we’ve made the commitment to increase our product coverage here in the magazine and ...

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Research: Many companies have no plans for exit strategy


Just less than half of marine industry companies have a succession plan or exit strategy for their business. That’s according to the latest survey of Boating Industry print and digital subscribers, conducted by email in March and April. Respondents were a mix of boat dealers, manufacturers, marina owners and others working in the industry. While only 46 percent of readers ...

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