Author Archives: David

Boating Industry heads to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Boating Industry team is packing their bags and heading south to attend - and cover - the world's largest in-water boat show; the 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which will be making waves October 27th–31st at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Editor-in-Chief David Gee, managing editor Adam Quandt and sales manager Leslie Palmer will all be walking the ...

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How to beat the labor shortage: build a company culture based on good

Author Mark Babbitt

By Mark Babbitt At one point not too long ago, it seemed an economic recovery was inevitable. But, COVID variants combined with politics-as-usual—along with what many people believe to be a labor shortage —stopped many businesses and industries from regaining momentum.  While we can’t solve the COVID crisis as quickly as we’d like, we can beat the labor shortage. At ...

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White House addresses supply chain disruptions

U.S. recreational boat exports sharply down

The Biden administration convened business, shipping, and union leaders to discuss the challenges at ports across the country and around the world and actions each partner can take to address the delays and congestion across the transportation supply chain.  In the days to come, these groups will reportedly announce a series of public and private commitments to move more goods ...

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NMMA highlights boating priorities in Infrastructure Bill

NMMA urges passing of Infrastructure bill

Following months of negotiations and passage in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure deal (BID), in the weeks to come.  NMMA’s latest Marine Minute highlights priorities for the recreational boating industry, as well as outdoor recreation economy at large, in ...

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Congressional Boating Caucus co-chair joins NMMA members on the water

NMMA members Scout Boats and Sportsman Boats welcomed Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC-01) to an on-water showcase of their respective products made in Summerville, South Carolina.  A native of Goose Creek, South Carolina, Representative Mace is currently in her first congressional term and serves as Co-Chair to the Congressional Boating Caucus.  While on the water, Representative Mace discussed the manufacturing process ...

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Ingenity’s Super Air Nautique GS22E named a finalist for Boating Magazine 2021 Boat of the Year

Boating Magazine has selected Ingenity’s Super Air Nautique GS22E as one of five finalists for 2021 Boat of the Year. Powered by Ingenity’s electric propulsion and a 124 kWh battery, the Super Air Nautique GS22E features the highest energy density of any recreational electric-drive boat on the market. This boat boasts up to three hours of typical watersports use per ...

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Freedom Boat Club accelerates northeast expansion

Freedom Boat Club logo

Freedom Boat Club has acquired its Freedom Boat Club of Connecticut franchise operation and territory from the current owners. The acquisition includes all current Connecticut-based locations, as well as the rights to expand and build new club locations in the territory. Currently, there are seven Freedom Boat Club locations across the Connecticut coastline from Stamford to Mystic, with plans for continued ...

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Sales rep agency S.M. Osgood acquires Kroes Corporation

Bloomington, Minnesota-based S.M. Osgood Company, has acquired Kroes Corporation, of Muskegon, Michigan. Both companies are independent sales representation agencies. S.M. Osgood is focused on marine, RV, and sporting goods, while the Kroes Corporation has primarily focused on the Marine OEM Industry in the Great Lakes region. Kevin Hannula a 21-year veteran and partner at Kroes Corporation came with the company’s ...

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Families for Boating creating community conversations around water access and wakesports activities

Families for Boating, a non-profit organization of community groups around the U.S dedicated to preserving access to waterways for boaters and water sports enthusiasts, is actively trying to assist boaters facing regulatory threats or concerns.  Recreational boating and water sports have grown significantly in popularity across the nation, particularly over the pandemic, with more families than ever enjoying the benefits ...

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Marine Marketers of America accepting entries for 2021 Neptune Awards

Marine Marketers of America (MMA), the exclusive association for those engaged in marine industry marketing activities, has announced a formal call for entries for the 2021 Neptune Awards. The award program, now in its 14th year, honors creative concepts, campaigns, and initiatives from across all sectors of the marine industry ecosystem.  The contest is open to any company, agency or organization involved ...

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