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Info-Link: Powerboat sales up 4 percent in August

Boat sales grew by 4 percent in August, 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 sales ...

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Boating Industry names Jack Springer Mover & Shaker of the Year

Malibu Boats, LLC CEO Jack Springer has been named the 2017 Boating Industry Mover & Shaker of the Year. Boating Industry Editor Tim Hennagir presented Springer with the award during the IBEX Industry Breakfast Tuesday morning in Tampa. “While other companies hesitated to launch a new brand during a recession, Malibu did so with Axis, its fourth-largest inboard boat brand, ...

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2017 Boating Industry Movers & Shakers

The 7th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognizes the top leaders in the boating industry and 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 product entrepreneurs to advocacy champions to leaders in addressing the workforce crisis, these 10 individuals ...

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2017 Boating Industry Bold Moves

On the previous pages, we profiled our four 2017 Movers & Shakers, but several other industry leaders are also working to grow the boating industry. The six leaders on the following pages are making bold moves to advance boating by growing its customer base, improving technology, bringing industry stakeholders together and raising the bar of professionalism for the entire industry.  ...

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As the tow boat category surges, so too has the market for aftermarket wake towers and accessories

With year after year of double-digit growth, the strength of the tow boat category is beyond dispute. But with the price of tow boats now averaging close to $100,000, many boaters prefer to pimp their existing ride rather than replace it altogether. That’s especially true for families on tight budgets, or those who aren’t convinced that their kids’ interest in ...

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Florida boat dealers, marinas provide Hurricane Irma updates

Damage reports from Florida boat dealers and marinas hammered by Hurricane Irma cover a wide range of business and operational disruptions. MarineMax, Inc. provided a preliminary Hurricane Irma update earlier this week. In a news release, the company reported its team members and families are safe. MarineMax is continuing to assess hurricane damage and the impact on two of the ...

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Boatsetter positioned for future growth with recent consolidation

The boat sharing marketplace has experienced consolidation over the past two years. In 2015, Boatsetter and Cruzin announced they were merging companies, under the Boatsetter name with Cruzin’s look and feel. And last month, Boatsetter acquired Boatbound. With the newest acquisition, Boatsetter will be doubling its inventory and entering new markets. “Our mission is to make boating available to anyone, ...

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Boat, marine industry unites in spearheading Hurricane Harvey support effort

Boatbuilders, engine manufacturers, marinas and dealers were united in rescue and support efforts the week following Hurricane Harvey. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as a historic storm system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. The industry’s response to the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United ...

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Sales pitches that don’t sell

Sales pitches are shortcuts that save time and don’t require thinking. They’re the stock-in-trade of salespeople, rolling off the tongue easily and unconsciously. They once worked well with customers, but not so much today. Here are some of them: “How can I help you?” This one gets top billing on the list, and deservedly so. It’s leftover from the last ...

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