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Welcome to Washington, now hear our voices

ABC 2019 plans to hit the ground running on policy with new Congress Following a victory in 2018 with the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) doesn’t intend to slow down in its legislative advocacy for the recreational boating industry. The NMMA will really get things going ...

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40 Under 40

40 young professionals leading the pack in the boating industry Boating Industry’s annual profile of outstanding young leaders in the marine industry highlights a unique group of individuals that stands out from their industry peers. This year’s group features incredible representatives from all segments of the marine industry from boat dealers to manufacturers and everything in between. The industry professionals below ...

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Marina Holdings: All about the environment

With two locations in Maine — Yarmouth Boat Yard (YBY) in Yarmouth and Moose Landing Marina (MLM) in Naples — Marina Holdings made a strong statement when it made its debut on Boating Industry’s 2018 Top 100 list. Yarmouth Boat Yard was purchased by Marina Holdings owner Steven Arnold in January 2004 and hasn’t slowed down since. The location boasts ...

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More boat, more power

Increasing boat lengths demand larger engines, easier boating It’s no secret that outboard propulsion leads the industry when it comes to boatbuilders and consumers choosing a boat’s powerhouse. However if there were any doubt, one just needs to take a walk around a show like the Miami International Boat Show to see that outboards now reign supreme. Mercury Marine saw ...

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At the helm: Breaking stereotypes and leading the future

Millennials continue to be a talking point for the industry in terms of boat buyers and rightly so. According to Pew Research Center, the generation is projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation in 2019. While the industry tackles the topic of finding ways to get millennials into boating and buying boats, we are excited to ...

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Trade, tariffs big concern for boating

Industry also worried about ethanol, tax policy Trade policy – an area that barely registered as a concern for the boating industry a few years ago – has rocketed to the top of the list for industry worries. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry survey, conducted via email in January 2019. Those surveyed included dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others ...

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The ‘surban’ future and boating

Boating and housing go hand-in-hand. A good housing market drives consumer confidence and increases home equity, making homeowners more willing to take the plunge on a new boat. And a decade ago we all saw what happens to the boating market when housing plummets. But those trends also give us a look at how households are changing, especially as younger ...

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Short-term success and long-term profitability?

Ask your sales staff which they’d rather have: 100 brand new leads they could work for 90 days, or 100 leads that are 90 days old they can continue working for the next three years? Most would choose the 100 to work for the next 90 days. That’s instant gratification, instant sales and instant income. That “make the sale now” ...

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2019 Forecast: Industry growth slows as business horizon clouds

Momentum is expected to slow in response to a clouding business and political horizon as the boating industry anticipates its eighth consecutive year of single-digit growth. Tariffs, the health of the U.S. economy, the possibility of recession causing another downturn and interest rates affecting consumer confidence were all concerns stated by Boating Industry readers in this year’s industry forecast survey. ...

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Pontoons: The do-it-all machine

Pontoon versatility continues to drive popularity, growth In an industry-wide seventh consecutive year of growth, the pontoon segment continues to get more people on the water and keep them there. Pontoons remain a key driver for the marine industry, and that’s going to continue in 2019, Statistical Surveys, Inc. (SSI) director of sales Ryan Kloppe said. “Pontoons will top 56,000 ...

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