Weekly 5: Miami boat show will ‘thrive’ in new home, mayor says

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Jonathan Sweet
February 8, 2016

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 Monday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Mayor: 'Boat Show will thrive in new Miami home' "If there is a perfect place to host" this week's Miami International Boat Show,... Read more »

Miami show kicks off in new location this week

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Jonathan Sweet
February 8, 2016

After months of anticipation (and not a little controversy) the 75th annual Miami International Boat Show starts Thursday. It hasn't been an easy road to Virginia Key, where the show is relocating to the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin from Miami Beach. From lawsuits to permit challenges to environmental... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Manufacturing sector contracts for fourth consecutive month

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By Brianna Liestman
February 4, 2016

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in January for the fourth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 80th consecutive month. ISM manufacturing The ISM Manufacturing Index registered 48.2 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted... Read more »

Chip technology means new credit card challenges for retailers

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Jonathan Sweet
February 3, 2016

As marinas and retailers get ready to head into the summer season, it's beyond time to take notice of something that may have escaped your attention last fall. As of October 2015, EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip cards are the new standard for credit cards. The chip makes it very difficult for... Read more »

Weekly 5: Increasing resistance to ethanol mandate

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Jonathan Sweet
February 1, 2016

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 Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Increasing resistance to ethanol mandate As the political and economic climate has changed since the Renewable Fuel Standard first... Read more »

Personal experiences drive digital brands

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By Brianna Liestman
February 1, 2016

At the International Marina and Boatyard Conference, Steve Chandler held a general session on “Branding in a Digital World.” His session focused on the differences between branding and marketing, what defines a brand and how utilizing digital media can build the brand. As Chandler noted in his presentation,... Read more »

Brunswick: Outboards, boat sales grow on strong U.S. market

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Jonathan Sweet
January 28, 2016

Brunswick executives reported on a strong 2015 and expressed confidence for the future in an earnings call Thursday. (See the full earnings report here.) "I hope you can sense the excitement that the entire management team has about the outstanding performance in 2015 and continued strong outlook for... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Double-digit gains in existing and new home sales

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By Brianna Liestman
January 27, 2016

Existing and new home sales both posted double-digit gains this month, with solid growth year-over-year. Existing home sales Total existing-home sales climbed 14.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.46 million in December, up from 4.76 million in November. Sales are now 7.7 percent above the... Read more »

From the Archives: Boating the Nation’s Top Family Sport in 1958

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Jonathan Sweet
January 27, 2016

The 710-page(!!!) January 1959 issue features a fascinating look at the state of the boating industry in the 1950s. It's loaded with stats that shine a light on what was a booming market as Americans spent their post-war dollars on boating. Think of it as a precursor of our annual Market Data Book. To... Read more »

Weekly 5: New Jersey passes pontoon safety law

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Jonathan Sweet
January 25, 2016

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 Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. New Jersey passes pontoon safety law A new New Jersey law, signed last week by Gov. Chris Christie, will require new safety training... Read more »

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