Regular Q&As with marine industry leaders.

EPA decision will mean more E15

Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
January 21, 2016

Late in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its latest ruling on how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, finalizing the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations. The decision was a mixed bag of sorts for the boating industry, as the levels... Read more »

Navico CEO Leif Ottosson on Garmin ruling


Jonathan Sweet
December 21, 2015

The International Trade Commission recently ruled that Garmin's DownVu products violated Navico patents on its DownScan technology. While Navico is cheering the result, Garmin said it intends to appeal the ruling: “Garmin intentionally designed its products to prevent infringement of Navico’s patents.... Read more »

Full speed ahead for Miami show: A Q&A with Thom Dammrich

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Jonathan Sweet
October 28, 2015

One of the biggest changes in the Miami International Boat Show’s 75-year history takes place this year, as the show moves from Miami Beach to the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. The move has been the subject of plenty of discussion and controversy, with the village of Key Biscayne... Read more »

Q&A with Mike Abrashoff, MDCE Closing Keynote speaker

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Jonathan Sweet
October 21, 2015

This year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo will once again feature a Closing Keynote to close out the conference. In "Get Your Ship Together," Mike Abrashoff will share the leadership lessons he learned after taking command of the USS Benfold. When he took charge, morale was low and the performance... Read more »

Q&A with Ian Atkins, president, Dominion Marine Media


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in chief
June 9, 2015

Dominion Marine Media touches many parts of the marine market through its network of websites (Yachtworld,, BoatTrader), its web services, social media solutions and more. We talked to Dominion Marine Media President Ian Atkins about some of the technology and industry trends the company is... Read more »

Q&A with Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine 


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
May 1, 2015

Over the last several years, Yamaha Marine has rolled out several innovations from its Helm Master integrated boat control system to a variety of new engines. But even as the company has developed a wave of new products Yamaha has also been one of the biggest industry advocates, lobbying for the industry... Read more »

Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Brad Gates


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

It’s been a little over a year since Brad Gates took over as the CEO of Nautic Global Group, manufacturer of several boat brands including Hurricane, Rinker, Sweetwater, Polar Kraft and more. In March 2014, Gates succeeded Jim Malone, who had filled the role on an interim basis for several months after... Read more »

Q&A with Navico’s executive team


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
March 3, 2015

Navico — the parent company of the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands — recently hosted the boating press at an event to show off its latest products and what’s coming later this year. Boating Industry was there and while we can’t share information on many of the products for a few months, we... Read more »

Q&A with Mercury Marine’s John Pfeifer


January 19, 2015

Editor's note: Due to space constraints, our Boating Industry Q&A with John Pfeifer in the February issue needed to be edited. Here is the full Q&A. The last year has been very eventful for Mercury, with the introduction of its first purpose-built sterndrive engine in 2014, along with a number... Read more »

Q&A with Frank Peterson, president, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation


By Jonathan Sweet
May 16, 2014

The Hispanic population is the fastest-growing segment of the population in the United States, but the group is not engaging in fishing and boating. With that in mind, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation officially launched a Hispanic outreach program this spring that will include advertising,... Read more »

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