By David Gee Excellent customer service is your best marketing tactic. A best-selling author and keynote speaker made that statement, and I am in total agreement. More on that in a minute. It was my birthday recently, and my wife and I decided to celebrate with a road trip, using points to stay at a couple of different Marriott properties. ...Read More »
A few random thoughts as fall approaches
By Matt Sellhorst With summer winding down, school back in session and so on many of us are getting back to more “normal routines.” Hopefully we are getting back to a more normal life all the way around, because these past 18 months I know I’ve felt out of sorts at times. Maybe you can relate, if you’ve had the ...Read More »
Take a breath
By Adam Quandt These days it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Things over the last year and a half have been somewhat hectic, to say the least (and that might be putting it lightly to some of you). Every time we at Boating Industry chat with someone in the industry — ...Read More »
Pandemic +1: Where are we now?
By David Gee and Adam Quandt Global pandemic. Do you remember when you first heard those words? When dealerships closed their doors and production lines shut down did memories of ’07 and ’08 come flooding back like a bad dream? Did you wonder where this was all headed? Well, we may still be wondering that today, but at least the ...Read More »
Workforce Development: How can the industry help?
By Sarah Devlin Content Director, American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Following up on “Workforce Development: What’s Available” (July issue of Boating Industry), we explore how the industry can support workforce development. This is the final in a three-part series, based on a survey this magazine conducted in the spring of 2021. Neil Collins was an auto mechanic in Maine ...Read More »
Smart boat: Working together for a better boat tomorrow
By Adam Quandt While running wooden sail boats in St. Barts in the early 2000s, late Siren Marine founder and visionary Dan Harper knew there had to be a way to ensure that his boats were in good condition while away from the docks. At the heart of Harper’s thinking was knowing that most major problems with boats start small ...Read More »
Profiles in Leadership: David Parker
By Wanda Kenton Smith David Parker’s love for boating began in childhood while enjoying family recreational outings. He fondly recalls cruising up the St. Johns River from Sanford, Fla. aboard his dad’s trusty twin engine, wooden Chris-Craft cruiser, and dropping anchor for weekend camping adventures. He also remembers fun family excursions along the Kissimmee Boat-A-Cade, and annual boat treks via ...Read More »
Freshwater fishing: Reeling in record revenue and participants
By David Gee Fishing is fun! I discovered that, or re-discovered that to be more accurate, on a recent trip to Florida to cover my first ICAST; the world’s largest fishing trade show. They do have a spot at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to wet a line and try out some of the latest equipment. But that’s ...Read More »
PWC: Aftermarket segment growth leads expansion
By Adam Quandt It’s no surprise that personal watercraft sales are red-hot. Despite inventory issues, consumers seem to want nothing more than to get out on the water via PWC. Along with skyrocketing popularity of the activity, PWC riders and owners are also getting into the aftermarket parts game and customizing their machines at an ever-increasing rate. Boating Industry recently ...Read More »
No charts? No problem.
By David Gee We continue our look at new boating apps and platforms. For this latest Q&A, we speak with Wavve Boating Founder and CEO Adam Allore. Boating Industry: Tell us about your day job, previous career, and boating background. Adam Allore: Wavve Boating is my day job! I work with a fine team with a mission to make boating ...Read More »