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Online Marina Reservations wins 2014 IMBC Best Profit Idea award

This year’s International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) participants were encouraged to compete in the events all-new Best Profit Idea competition where the audience conducted a live vote to choose their favorite profit-building idea. With a crowded hall, the smartphone-wielding audience listened to three brief ways to build profit in your own marina. Boating Industry sponsored the event, and submitted ...

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Building a better marina

Marina industry leaders share their best practices Marinas come in several shapes and sizes — from small operations with a few dozen slips to large facilities with hundreds if not thousands of slips. We talked to leaders from marinas across the spectrum, as well as industry experts, to learn what makes successful marinas profitable year after year. Master customer service/hospitality ...

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Prepare for the inconceivable

Major lessons learned from three businesses that faced unpredictable disasters While it may sound like some kitschy insurance company advertisement, disasters by nature are often impossible to predict and can come in unexpected forms. Depending on where you live, you’ve got to be thinking about the possibility of blizzards, ice storms, hurricanes, wind storms, fires, earthquakes, oil spills, sink holes, ...

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Outboards power ahead

New tech, simplicity keep outboard market growing It’s no secret that over the last several years, outboards have been leading the industry recovery. As the marine industry slowly improves, the sales gap between sterndrives and outboards has continued to grow. Outboard-powered boats continued to lead the way in 2013, with sales up 8.8 percent through September, compared with a 7.8 ...

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Efficient by design

Think strategically for an organized, efficient and profitable service department Service departments are their own beasts and, by nature, hard to corral. Compared with the cleanliness and order of other components of a marine dealership, the service operation is often messy, loud, chaotic, cramped for space and staffed by skilled technicians who know a lot more about the finer points ...

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Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Jim Malone

Nautic Global Group recently hosted a “fireside chat” for its leading dealers with Jim Malone, the company’s new chairman and CEO. Nautic’s brands include Hurricane, Parti Kraft, Godfrey, Rinker Polar Kraft and more. Malone has served as chairman or CEO of five Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. Most recently before joining Nautic last fall, Malone was the founding managing ...

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Regulatory update: E-15

Ethanol efforts moving forward, but no passage yet The marine industry and others worried about ethanol in the fuel supply are making progress in the battle against E-15, although no long-term solutions have gained approval. The largest concern for boating is the use of 15-percent ethanol blends, known as E-15. Although not approved for use in marine engines, industry advocates ...

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Pontoons, outboards expected to lead 2014 growth

Survey shows readers expect increases in most segments The boating industry should continue to grow in most categories next year, but pontoons and outboards look to be particularly strong. That’s according to the latest monthly survey of Boating Industry readers. We surveyed dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others in December to get their views on the outlook for 2014 in what ...

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Powerboat sales maintain growth streak

It’s been a solid year for powerboat sales, and the latest data from Info-Link Technologies shows that sales of powerboats in the 15-foot and greater category continue outpacing last year’s by less than 10 percent. PWC sales growth is also in positive shape, continuing another trend with year-over-year sales growth in the low single digits — not moving significantly in ...

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