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Senate subcommittee testimony by industry leaders supports Modern Fish Act

Support for a comprehensive marine fisheries reform bill in the U.S. House and Senate continues to gain positive momentum heading into the fall after a summer series of congressional hearings. A coalition of boating and fishing industry leaders are focusing on the economic impact of recreational saltwater in their push to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Their ...

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New product highlights from IBEX 2017

Exhibitors introduced an array of software, audio, electrical and exterior lighting products during the 2017 IBEX show in Tampa, Fla. This year’s show featured more than 600 companies. Vendors filled 123,435 square feet of exhibit space on three levels. Several of the best products in 13 industry areas were honored at the IBEX Innovation Awards. Here’s a quick recap of some ...

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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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Practical and profitable 2018 marketing plans

One of the most profitable planning projects you can invest in is to create a yearly marketing plan. I’m not talking about a business school type plan that sits on the shelf and will make an MBA professor giddy, but rather a marketing plan that will be followed throughout the season and lead to larger more predictable profits. To help ...

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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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