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2019 Editor’s Choice: Clark Marine

By David GeeEditor-in-Chief Clark MarineManchester, Maine A boat dealer has to be able to navigate change. At least they need to if they want to stay in business. There are changes in the economy, demographics, customer buying habits, staff, suppliers, weather and on and on. Clark Marine has endured way more than their share of changes in just the past ...

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2019 Editor’s Choice: Pasadena Boat Works

By Adam QuandtManaging Editor Pasadena Boat WorksPasadena, Md. Tucked in a dealer-saturated area of the Chesapeake Bay, Pasadena Boat Works continuously strives to provide its customers with the best of the best, while making boating a reality for all. Since opening its doors in 2015, the dealership has quickly grown from one small location to three large facilities including a ...

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2019 Best in Class: Best Boat Show

Nautical VenturesDania Beach, Fla. In a market saturated with a multitude of dealerships and home to some of the nation’s largest boat shows, standing out during show season is no easy task. To shine at shows like the Miami International Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest in-water show, dealers are forced to get creative ...

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2019 Best in Class

Boating Industry has recognized eight companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for Top 100 companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business. Below are the Best in Class award recipients for 2019. Best Customer Service — Jerry's Majestic Marine, Lake Geneva, Wis.Best Service Department — Causeway Marine Sales LLC, Manahawkin, N.J.Best Marketing — Marine Sales Group, Memphis, Tenn.Best ...

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Boating Industry names 2019 Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry announced its 2019 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala on Nov. 24 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America — and hundreds of nominations — these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “This is the 15th year of recognizing the Top 100 and the ...

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Colorado Boat Center: Powering through

By Adam Quandt The statement powering through would be an understatement for Johnstown, Colorado’s Colorado Boat Center and its perseverance through both good and bad. Located about 40 miles north of Denver, the Colorado dealership is laid out over three acres, with two buildings totaling 16,000 square feet of space. Construction of the dealership’s main, 14,000-square-foot building was completed in ...

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The sterndrive story: What lies beneath the surface

By David Gee To paraphrase something Mark Twain may – or may not – have once said: The rumors of the death of the sterndrive are greatly exaggerated. Now before we get a bunch of angry emails asking who in fact declared the category dead, the answer is no one. Not today. Maybe not ever. Though it’s a fact that ...

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15 Years of Top 100

By Jonathan Sweet When the Boating Industry Top 100 started in 2005, it was a major undertaking for both the magazine and the industry. Nobody had ever attempted to find and recognize the best dealers in the industry. The goal of celebrating those top dealers was only part of the program. The most important goal of the Boating Industry Top ...

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Life jacket use hits record highs at NMMA boat shows

More than 34,000 attendees at the NMMA-hosted 2019 Tampa and Norwalk Boat Shows left with a better understanding of the importance of life jacket use, thanks to loaner stations set up by the Sea Tow Foundation. Through partnerships with NMMA and Onyx, the Sea Tow Foundation set up two stations at each of the shows to ensure that life jackets ...

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Ron Huibers retires as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas

After 26 years with Volvo and seven as president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, it was announced today at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that Ron Huibers has decided to retire from his current role and move to another role within Volvo Penta. Succeeding Ron will be Martin Bjuve, currently CFO and SVP Business Office Volvo Penta. The ...

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