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Boating Industry names 2020 Top 100 Best in Class award winners

We might be into 2021, but the team at Boating Industry isn’t quite done celebrating the 2020 Boating Industry Top 100 Dealers. Boating Industry announced the 2020 Top 100 Best in Class Award winners via video on March 24, 2021. “The 2020 Best in Class winning dealerships are truly dealerships that set the standard in particular areas of the business,” ...

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The Landing School boosts student career possibilities with video

In an effort to further boost its students’ endeavors to launch their careers when they graduate, The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, has dedicated a section of its website to videos and resumes showcasing its student body. The Student Resume pages include short clips of each participating student discussing their ideal job and their experience, with a resume available under ...

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Virtual AMI Conference allows new opportunities

By Adam Quandt The show must go on. Much like nearly every other association in the boating industry, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) was faced with a tough decision in its annual AMI Conference & Expo (formerly known as the International Marina and Boatyard Conference and Expo, or IMBC). As the global pandemic continues, AMI made the decision to ...

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2020 Dealer of the Year: Quality Boats of Tampa Bay

When we told Dan and David Bair, the second-generation owners and operators of Quality Boats of Tampa, they won the Top 100 Dealer of the Year Award for the second year in a row, our most immediate question was how does it feel? “It feels just as exciting the second time as the first,” saidDan enthusiastically. Enthusiasm is something that ...

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Boating Industry names 2020 Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry announced its 2020 Top 100 dealers during an unprecedented virtual celebration on Nov. 17, 2020. “In our 16th year of recognizing the Top 100, things are certainly different, but one thing remains the same, the dealers on the Top 100 list just keep getting better,” said Top 100 program director Adam Quandt. “Most importantly every dealer on this year's ...

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Things are looking up for saltwater fishing

By David Gee “I only work so I can afford the amount of fishing required to forget about work.” –Will Rogers Actor, cowboy, humorist and social commentator Will Rogers said that 100 years ago, but I think he would be pretty happy with the state of fishing today.   For the 10th year in a row, the Outdoor Foundation and ...

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Race circuit offers unique spotlight to dealers, OEMs

By Adam Quandt Adrenaline pumping, hairpin turns, eyes set on finishing first — there’s something about the racing side of any sport that shines a special spotlight on whatever the activity may be. Pro Watercross — a non-profit organization — in the personal watercraft world is certainly no exception. Despite getting underway almost two months behind schedule — with cancellations, ...

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Q&A with Navico’s Odin Sletten

Odin Sletten recently retired after 41 years of service with Navico, parent company of global brands like B&G, C-MAP, Lowrance and Simrad. Over his many years, Sletten contributed to some of Navico’s biggest developments and saw marine electronics change immensely. Boating Industry had the opportunity to ask Sletten about his time in the marine industry. Boating Industry: What first drew ...

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Coast Guard stats show continued reduction in boating deaths

The United States Coast Guard has just released its 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics report revealing a decline in American boating deaths for the third straight year.  Total boating deaths reflect a 3.2% decrease, from 633 in 2018 to 613 in 2019. The 61st annual report, “2019 Recreational Boating Statistics,” contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. The ...

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