In This Issue

At the helm: Creating connections

By David Gee “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” American philosopher and psychologist William James wrote that in the early 1900’s. But it was British entrepreneur, philanthropist and philosopher Richard Branson who brought it to my attention in a blog post about the power of connections. “Across all my years ...

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15 years of the best

By Jonathan Sweet The Boating Industry Top 100 is a celebration of the best in the boating industry.  As we mark 15 years of recognizing the top boat dealers in North America, we’re not only celebrating the past, but also the future. You’ll notice some changes in this year’s program as we have listened to the feedback from dealers about ...

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ABYC hosts inaugural marine Educator Training Conference

By Adam Quandt Over 60 marine educators recently gathered at the American Boat & Yacht Council’s (ABYC) headquarters in Annapolis, Md. for the inaugural ABYC Marine Service Technology: Educator Training Conference. The first-of-its-kind event over three days featured a variety of topics to support and encourage current and potential marine educators. “Participants in this conference spanned from a high school ...

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Boosting brains – and building brands – online and off

(Hint)…create better content and tell better stories By David Gee The good news is it has never been easier to reach large numbers of people with our marketing and messaging due to the proliferation of social media platforms and other marketing channels. The bad news though is it has never been more difficult to actually connect with them…due to the proliferation of ...

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Freshwater fishing goes big

Boats, motors — and sales — continue to grow By David Gee There are lots of things you can do in, on, from and behind a boat; cruise, chill, eat, swim, surf, ski, and ride to name a few. The most popular one? It’s throwing out a line and a lure or some form of bait and reelin’ them in. ...

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Fuels & Additives: fighting for a healthy, running boat

By Adam Quandt When it comes to fuels, at this point it’s clear that 15% ethanol (E15) is not going away. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Trump Administration have both pledged a commitment to the year-round sale of E15. With that, the marine industry continues to stress education as a form of defense toward misfuelling risks. “We ...

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At the helm: Capitol Idea!

By David Gee I love this time of year. It’s my favorite in fact. The sweet spot of the boating season lies ahead, filled with endless possibilities and opportunities to make memories with friends and family and maybe even perfect strangers. As we all know, owning a boat is an easy way to make more friends! One of the greatest ...

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Quality Boats of Tampa Bay: Family first

By Adam Quandt Whether related by blood or not, Quality Boats is all about creating and maintaining a family within the four-location dealership. That family extends from all of its team members to its customers and everyone who falls in between. “We offer a family atmosphere,” said co-owner Dan Bair. “We are the longest-tenured family-owned and operated boat dealership in ...

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A new face at the helm of Mercury Marine

By David Gee After joining Mercury Marine in 1998, Chris Drees has had a succession of roles and responsibilities, culminating in his recent promotion to president. Boating Industry’s David Gee recently had the chance to speak with Chris about his new job, career and love of the marine industry.  David: First of all Chris, congratulations on your ascension to president ...

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