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Hagadone Marine Group mega center grand opening garners industry, community kudos

A grand opening gala for Hagadone Marine Group’s new mega marine center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, attracted a high level of community and industry interest earlier this month. More than 1,000 people turned out for the celebration and received a personal welcome from owner Duane Hagadone. Chris Craft Boats Vice President Gavan Hunt, Volvo Penta North America OEM/Dealer Sales Manager ...

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Info-Link: Boat sales up 5 percent in July

Boat sales grew by about 5 percent in July, according to the latest 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 US boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). Boat ...

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Iconic Marine Group welcomes “Hull Whisperer” Reggie Fountain

Last August, Iconic Marine Group announced its plans to restructure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line. A year later, the company is getting ready to flesh out an additionally impressive announcement about joining ranks with powerboat racing’s King of Offshore. “When it comes to making a boat go, there’s nobody better than Reggie ...

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Smoker Craft building growth on export business

The international flavor at Smoker Craft’s 2018 dealer meeting was undeniable as the New Paris, Indiana-based boat manufacturer builds on its strong domestic market share with a renewed emphasis on export sales. The company, which manufactures aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass runabouts, surf boats and pontoon boats under its Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Starweld, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, welcomed representatives from more ...

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Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory helps hone vertical integration strategy

Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas, is helping Yamaha hone its vertical integration strategy. Construction of the facility was completed last December. The first trailer prototypes came off of the line early this year, said Jeff Stone, senior vice president, Skeeter Boats, Inc. Kilgore Economic Development Corporation deeded two tracts of land to Skeeter Boats through an agreement with the company. ...

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ORIR continues to form strong bonds with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

A coalition of boating industry trade associations continues to form strong bonds with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke through their work with the Outdoor Recreational Industry Roundtable. The ORIR includes BoatUS, MRAA and NMMA, as well as the American Sportfishing Association. Combined, the outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion annually in economic activity and provides an estimated 7.6 ...

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Yamaha Marine Systems Company acquisitions address integration, innovation

It’s been a busy summer for Yamaha Marine Systems Company. In June, the newly formed subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. acquired the assets of Kracor, Inc., a rotational molding manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wis. A month later, Yamaha acquired Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Bennett Marine, Inc., the company best known for adjustable hydraulic trim tab systems and the recently launched ...

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22 ways to make customers feel valued

The famed author Thomas Merton said we value people, not for who they are but for their usefulness. This is the same mistake companies make with customers. They value them for their usefulness — for what they spend. Customers see it differently — quite differently. As Gallup, Inc. researchers point out in commenting on the economy, “Consumers are spending money, ...

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Present your way to the top

It’s easy to understand why so many otherwise capable people are distressed, anxiety-ridden and almost paralyzed if they’re called upon to make a presentation — even a friendly audience of three — let alone 300. They often reveal how they feel by starting out with “I only wish I had more time to prepare” or “I’m not really good at ...

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Q&A with Jack Springer and Paxson St. Clair

Last month, Malibu Boats announced it had entered an agreement to acquire Cobalt Boats, which officially closed on July 6. The agreement had been in the works since around the beginning of 2017 and the two companies moved quickly and efficiently through the due diligence process. Cobalt offers a surf package with the Volvo Penta Forward Drive engine, and Malibu’s ...

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