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Interview with Dr. Christoph Ballin, CEO of Torqeedo 

How big is the electric boating business? How fast is it growing?   At Torqeedo we currently have more than 70,000 electric propulsion systems in service worldwide. The industry is growing fast and gaining momentum every year. Our business grew by about 40 percent last year, and we don’t expect to see any slowdown.   What are the factors driving ...

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At the helm: Aluminum sheet issue needs decisive response

Marine manufacturers and the boating industry will suffer great harm if the U.S. Department of Commerce is successful with its aluminum trade practices case against China. Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the “self-initiation” of the unfair trade case against common alloy aluminum sheet in late November.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association quickly sprang into legislative action, closely monitoring the issue throughout ...

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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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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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Where’s your next employee?

It’s a new year, but one thing hasn’t changed: the boating industry is still facing a workforce crisis. We’ve written about it extensively in the pages of Boating Industry over the last few years and will surely continue to do so heading forward. Almost every dealer I talked to at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in December tagged it ...

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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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Anti-fouling alternatives feature new approaches

Copper-based paints come under increased ecological scrutiny For decades recreational boats have used a variety of anti-fouling products to prevent marine growths from adhering to vessel hulls.  In the 1960s, in an age of increasing concern over air and water pollution, it was found that some bottom paints were impacting a wider variety of aquatic organisms than imagined – particularly when ...

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