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2017 Best in Class

Below are the Best in Class award recipients for 2017. Boating Industry recognized eight companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for Top 100 companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business. Best Boat Show Strategy – Lake Union Sea Ray, Seattle, Wash. Best Customer Service – Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, Maine Best Events – Oak Hill Marine, ...

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Info-Link: Powerboat sales up slightly more than 4 percent in November

Boat sales grew by slightly more than 4 percent in November, 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 U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of ...

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Wanda Kenton Smith named Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Wanda Kenton Smith of Freedom Boat Club has been selected as the recipient of the 31st annual Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award. The scholarship was presented to Kenton Smith on Sunday evening, Dec. 10, during the the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Joining the marine ...

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ABYC introduces secondary school marine service program

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced the release of a marine service technology program to help secondary schools implement standards based curriculum with an inland or coastal focus. The curriculum package includes a textbook, instructor guides, PowerPoint presentations, sample test questions and online videos.   “We are thrilled to launch the only standards based curriculum program in ...

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Bass Pro Shops renews support of fishing education fund

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recently announced the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund will once again receive support from Bass Pro Shops. A $50,000 donation will help the Education Fund in its mission to provide educational fishing and boating opportunities to Hispanic communities and urban areas. “The need to engage this important audience has been clear ...

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2018 Digital Marketing Guide

Industry experts offer tips for refining strategies, tactics Dealers and manufacturers are forging ahead with revised and more aggressive digital marketing tactics to address potential customer changes.  The successful digital marketer is adapting to customers’ extensive use of mobile devices as the main form of communication.  Earlier this year, Boating Industry surveyed dealers, service providers, manufacturers and others about their ...

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Hagadone Marine Group: Service facility becomes company crown jewel

Earlier this year, completion of Hagadone Marine Group’s new $7.5 million mega marine center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, added three new buildings and more than 51,000 square feet of service center space to the dealership’s facility footprint. “We tackled it as a three-year process,” said Hagadone Marine Group President Craig Brosenne. “Mr. Hagadone’s vision was getting boat sales moving.”  Owner ...

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Embracing beyond-the-call support

DMS companies help dealers drive sales after software products are sold Marine industry dealer management system providers are embracing beyond-the-call approaches to assist customers in a demanding sales environment.  While these companies primarily cater to information management associated with finance, sales, parts, inventory and administration components of running a dealership, they are helping their clients maximize their software investment. “We do ...

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Sterndrives shift to second chapter

Manufacturers embrace move to premium market segments One doesn’t have to spend too much time at boat shows to realize that there are major changes taking place within the sterndrive engine market. Sterndrives once dominated the cottage runabout category. It’s not too hard to recall the days when almost every boat brand offered at least a handful of models pushed ...

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