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Barletta Boats powers up pontoon production line

Barletta Boat Co., LLC President and Co-Owner Bill Fenech wants to use his 30-plus years of recreational vehicle experience give the pontoon segment of the boating industry a hard shake that quickly makes waves. “The boating industry is way behind the RV industry,” Fenech said. “In the next 10 years, we are going to see a different way of doing ...

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Bahia Mar Resort, Yachting Center redesign will improve access

Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center’s redesign will improve community and public access as well as improve infrastructure used by the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. A residential 45-foot “floating platform,” that’s slated for completion by 2020 will allow pedestrian and mobile traffic patterns to flow seamlessly. Lead by architect Kobi Karp, the project will introduce new buildings and urban ...

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Info-Link: Powerboat sales grew almost 4.5 percent in December

Boat sales grew by almost 4.5 percent in December, according to the most recent 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 U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). ...

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Barletta Pontoon Boats awarded 2018 NMMA Innovation Award

Barletta Pontoon Boats - a brand new pontoon boat company located in Bristol, Ind. - was the recipient of a 2018 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award in the pontoon category. The award recognizes groundbreaking new consumer marine products and was presented opening night of the Minneapolis Boat Show. This year’s program evaluated 14 products across three categories featuring ...

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2018 Forecast: Consistent growth will mirror existing conditions

Forward momentum is likely to continue as the boating industry gets ready to navigate a seventh consecutive year of growth. From a macro standpoint, market success remains on the horizon.  The industry has the wind at its back and is being propelled favorably by rising real estate sales, a strong stock market and an improving economy. According to data from ...

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18 Strategies for Continued Growth in 2018

Here’s a recap of MDCE speaker insights for success Each year, attendees recognize the value and growth opportunities that are an invaluable part of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo educational experience. Conference speakers focus on delivering real world results for dealerships and industry players of all shapes and sizes. Attendees turn to MDCE every year to gain insights into ...

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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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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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The 2017 Top 100 Dealers

Now in its 13th year, the Boating Industry Top 100 program finds the dealers on the list to be more successful than they have ever been. The Top 100 and Hall of Fame dealers topped $3 billion in revenue for the first time in the history of the program, achieving revenue of more than $3.1 billion in 2016. Total revenue ...

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