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NOAA opens comments on plans to privatize paper charts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday made official its plans to eliminate printing of paper nautical charts. NOAA published its plan in the Federal Register Thursday and opened the comment period. Comments on the plan are due by midnight , February 3. Comments can be submitted by mail to Director, Office of Coast Survey, 1315 East-West Highway #6216, ...

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Friday Economic Snapshot: Construction returns to 2009 levels

Hopefully you’re feeling pleasantly plump as you bask in the afterglow of the holiday season. While most of the non-retail economy took a bit of a break, we’re back in the swing of things with generally positive economic news in the wake of the holidays. Let’s dig into it — and do some leg lifts while we’re at it. Construction Spending ...

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2014 Industry Forecast: Dealers, manufacturers express optimism

Obstacles remain but most feel market is headed in the right direction After a spring that had many worried about a double-dip, the marine industry continues to show strength headed into 2014. “I think we’re finishing the year very strong,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “We had a weak spring because of the cold weather and that led some of ...

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Preparing your company for healthcare reform

How to get ready for upcoming changes and gain an edge in the process Three years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called the ACA) became law, “many employers still don’t grasp its basic elements,” said a recent Businessweek article. Despite the recent one-year delay in enforcement of the employer mandate penalty, small and mid-sized businesses should ...

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Market Trends: Return of the Jet Age

Major boat builders are releasing an array of new jet-powered boats Sales of jet-powered boats fell steadily throughout the last year, partially due to Bombardier Recreational Products’ [BRP] surprising decision in late 2012 to abandon production of its Sea-Doo jet boats. Almost a year later, this past September, Sea Ray announced it would no longer enter the jet boat market ...

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Industry leaders talk content, marketing

Five big names in boating spoke about the state of the industry at the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference and Expo. In all, 2013 was a good year. Rick Correll of Tigé Boats, Bob Menne from Premier Marine, Mark Schwabero of Mercury Marine, Ron Huibers of Volvo Penta and Bill McGill of MarineMax fielded questions and discussed the boating industry in ...

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Q&A: Gordy’s Rallee Chupich is named 2013 Darlene Briggs honoree

Rallee Chupich, director of service and restaurant operations at Gordy’s Lakefront Marine in Wisconsin, was named the 28th recipient of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award at the 2013 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, held November 17-20 in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry at ...

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It’s electric!

Quiet, zero-emissions electric boats and motors growing in popularity There’s no doubt that electric transportation is permeating the country. Electric trains and hybrid buses now serve as alternatives to their gas- and diesel-driven mass transit counterparts, and it’s hard to take a road trip without seeing quite a few electric and hybrid cars on the way, so it’s no wonder ...

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Attendance jumps at 2013 MDCE

Conference sets mark, as dealer attendees increase 20 percent There’s no questioning the success of the most recent Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which ran from Nov. 17-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Whether eyeing the overall attendance or the many packed-to-the-gills seminars, the bustling expo hall or the newly inaugurated pre-conference workshops, it was clear that ...

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14 Keys to Success

14 industry leaders offer their keys to a successful year We asked several industry leaders what they see as the keys to a successful 2014 for the marine industry. Here is some of what they had to say. To read more from these industry leaders, visit BoatingIndustry.com/14keys to see the uncut versions of their answers, as well as what they ...

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