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Steady as she goes

The pontoon boat segment was the first to recover in the wake of the downturn, and it continues to post steady and consistent sales growth year after year. Is this the new normal? “We’re again looking at growth in the high single-digit range.” “We expect growth to continue at the same rate, or even a little better than what we saw last year.” ...

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Anti-fouling alternatives feature new approaches

Copper-based paints come under increased ecological scrutiny For decades recreational boats have used a variety of anti-fouling products to prevent marine growths from adhering to vessel hulls.  In the 1960s, in an age of increasing concern over air and water pollution, it was found that some bottom paints were impacting a wider variety of aquatic organisms than imagined – particularly when ...

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At the Helm: We’re all in fisheries reform together

A unified fishing and boating industry stands ready to take a huge step early this year in Washington when the Modern Fish Act moves through Congress.  In mid-December, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Clemons Boats

Clemons Boats Sandusky, OH Luckily for many Top 100 dealers, 2016 marked a year of growth. But few saw the revenue increase that Clemons Boats experienced. The one-location Sandusky, Ohio, dealership grew revenue by nearly 70 percent with no increase in staff, but simply a continued focus on improved business. While Clemons Boats didn’t boast of any flashy improvements or ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Austin Boats and Motors

Austin Boats and Motors Austin, Texas Austin Boats and Motors provides consistency to the community through its established boat brands and reliable service staff. The dealership’s ancillary services approach and attention to changing market demographics and environmental issues creates an unique level of engagement that’s not commonly found in the boating industry. Austin Boats and Motors’ U-Haul franchise, the largest ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Hampton Watercraft & Marine

Hampton Watercraft & Marine Hampton Bays, N.Y. Hampton Watercraft & Marine is consistently dedicated to improvement, whether it is upgrading its facilities, updating its marketing using innovative tools, or showing its employees how much their input is appreciated. In 2016, Hampton Watercraft & Marine purchased and opened its third facility in Eastport, N.Y., a five-acre on-water facility with 100 slips ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Mark’s Marine

Mark’s Marine Hayden, Idaho The dealers in the Top 100 represent the elite of the boating industry – those that are judged by the team at Boating Industry to be the best dealers in North America. Within that 100, many dealers are called out for special recognition – the Dealer of the Year and the Top 20 that qualify as ...

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2017 Top 100 Dealer of the year: OneWater Marine Holdings

After capturing Dealer of the Year honors last year, OneWater Marine Holdings has hardly rested on its laurels. In 2016 alone, OneWater added five new dealerships – and 10 locations – to its holdings: SunDance Marine, Lookout Marine, Texas Sport, Sunrise Marine and Marina Mike’s. Acquisitions continued in 2017, including long-time Top 100 dealer South Shore Marine, the 2016 Best ...

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