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USMCA: Let’s get it done

The past few weeks have been good for the boating industry related to Canada and Mexico. President Trump lifted the 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel and Canada lifted the retaliatory tariffs that were hurting our industry on both sides of the border. Now we are focused on the final step of putting the North American trade war behind us; ...

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Tariffs are the talk of the town in D.C.

The U.S. marine industry is facing a 1-2-3 punch from worldwide tariffs on steel and aluminum, anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese aluminum sheets and Section 301 tariffs on nearly 350 marine products. That was the main takeaway at the Trade State of Play: Tariffs, Negotiations & Off-Ramps breakout session at last week’s American Boating Congress. “The administration’s stance on ...

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350 converge on D.C. for ABC 2019

My top takeaway from three days in our nation’s capital for the 2019 edition of the American Boating Congress? That every American, regardless of what it is they do for a living, should spend a day on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from their district, having their voices and opinions heard, and getting a glimpse into how Washington works. I ...

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Online reputation critical to dealer success

As a boat dealership owner or manager, you’ve likely given your business’ local reputation some thought. Maybe your dealership is known as the friendly neighborhood boat shop where people can relax and browse inventory with a cup of coffee in hand. Maybe you’re the trendy local dealership with the modern space and the latest technology. Or maybe you fall somewhere ...

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No wake zone: VHDPA makes no splash 20 years later

By Benjamin Patton The anniversary came – and went – unnoticed. It has now been 20 years since Congress enacted 17 U.S.C. § 1301, otherwise referred to as the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA). During that time, there have been a grand total of 538 registrations granted by the Copyright Office under the VHDPA. That’s an average of 27 registrations ...

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Hey, D.C. – The House is on Fire!

In the late 1990’s the U.S. government was running a budget surplus with plans to be totally out of debt by 2006. Shortly after the new millennium our leaders decided to cut taxes, add prescription drugs as a new Medicare entitlement, and fight two wars on a credit card, all of which created significant annual deficits and turned a good ...

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Words create our world

Words wield enormous power. They can build up or break down. They can persuade or dissuade. Connect or disconnect. Words can form wonderful pathways of understanding and create a capacity to change. They can open us up to new truths. They can impact the direction of our lives. Yes, words matter. And not just to someone who makes their living ...

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Living (Aboard) the Dream

No, The Dream is not the name of our new boat, although it's not a bad name for a boat. And no, this isn't where we live. Yet. It is, however, a picture taken from a restaurant window in Redondo Beach, California, where we enjoyed a waterside Easter weekend dinner. And it does resemble my future dream; a picture I ...

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Let’s go spring…do your thing!

April 15. It’s highlighted on my calendar every year. No, it’s not a reminder to get my taxes in at the last minute. Rather it’s the average ice-out date on my favorite Minneapolis-area metro lake. And unfortunately, owing to a long and severe winter, we’re not going to make that this year. My favorite lake is big; 15,000 acres to ...

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Creating content that converts

In the marketing world we always hear the phrase, “Content is King.” We see that ways of consuming content, from reading blogs to streaming video and through any channel in between, is more popular than ever. But what is it about content that draws so much attention? And how can we make sure that our content is performing at the ...

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