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Drop in gas prices and other good news

For more than two weeks, the average price of regular gas in the U.S. has been dropping, according to USAToday.com. As of yesterday, the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $2.76, the newspaper reported in an article today, and some analysts are predicting it could drop further, perhaps even as low as this time last year, which ...

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Avoiding a boater shortage

The fishing season is underway and it’s supposed to be great weather to get out on the water here in Minnesota this weekend – warm and sunny. There should be lots of boats on area lakes and rivers, and a friend here at work hopes his family’s 21-foot runabout is among them. But there’s a problem. After picking up his ...

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Do your customers know who you are?

By Christopher Kourtakis, director of sales and marketing, 360° Industry Solutions — As I stood in a local dealership the other day, a customer who just purchased a boat from the dealership had a few questions and looked a little lost. So, I went up to the gentleman and asked him if I could point him in the right direction. ...

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Gulf oil spill: One month and counting

Thursday marked the one-month anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 people and the containment failure of the rig's underwater well. With oil continuing to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, and the stopgap strategies and half measures that have been tried so far failing to halt the flow, untold damage has been, and ...

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Preparing for “Top 100 Season”

I had a dream a few nights ago that I was working a boat show for a dealer. It’s not unusual for me to dream about work these days. When we’re on deadline, I often find myself trying to write articles or headlines in my sleep. It’s too bad the outcome is never as brilliant in the light of day. ...

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Take control of the 2010 Dealer Database

One year ago yesterday, I posted a blog entry to this site outlining how we go about compiling the information for our annual Dealer Directory, which is published each May. I thought it might be time to revisit that topic as, a couple of weeks ago, our 2010 Directory was mailed out and we’ve begun to hear from the dealers ...

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How well do you know boating safety?

Manitou Pontoon Boats has come up with a way to make National Safe Boating Week, which runs May 22-28, a little more interactive. They've partnered with Discover Boating and Boatsafe.com to create a 25 question online quiz designed to promote boating safety and give people a quick safety refresher.

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