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From clean to certified

As the Grow Boating initiative moves closer to certifying builders and dealers, the next logical step for Grow Boating is to assess and monitor the nation’s gateways to boating — our marinas and boatyards. As has been the case with dealer and builder certification, the idea of marina certification has been bandied about for years. However, in this case, the ...

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If you (re)build it

For the past 11 years, water access has been a dire issue in Fort Myers, Fla., and the surrounding area. The cost of waterfront property has been skyrocketing and marina owners have been falling into a trend of selling to condo developers. Construction of public waterfronts in the area, has been flat since 1987, despite the fact that the number ...

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Closed For Improvements

Scott Deal doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing the advantages of Maverick Boat Company’s closed molding technology. “It’s a truly elegant way to build a boat,” said the president of the Ft. Pierce, Fla., boat company. “No one can deny that the quality is absolutely phenomenal.” Maverick is one of many boat builders enthusiastically embracing closed molding as ...

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Hope Floats

Mark Rosenker and Jeff Hoedt are boaters. Neither is itching to see all adult boaters required to wear personal floatation devices — they simply would like to see fewer boaters drown. And, they believe, increasing PFD wear is the most direct way to meet that goal. The vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the chief of the ...

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Money For Nothing

There’s a simple question the boat dealer struggling to keep his or her dealership afloat may want to try to answer: Am I in business to sell boats or to make money? There are a great many dealers who don’t seem to understand the difference. They focus like a laser trying to sell, sell, sell, while neglecting the many other ...

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Boating Industry, April 2005

Columns: At the helm: The free agent market Let's get the story straight on dumping Building a strategy to sell credit insurance In Their Own Words: Knowledge is power In The News: Miami nice Heard at the show What you can learn from: Whatever it takes Marine Mover & Shaker: William H. McGill, Jr. Sailboat study reveals optimism Following foreign ...

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A Question of Loyalty

It’s an admirable quality in a friend, a necessary quality in a spouse and an inherent quality in most dogs. But what place does loyalty have in the business world, or more specifically, the boating industry? As companies come and go, as brands change hands, as new technology and ever-changing regulation continually rearrange the playing field, how have brand and ...

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Old Salt, New Salt

More people are living along our nation’s coastline than ever before. And that growth is being reflected in the saltwater boat market. Just ask Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats. He lives in Vero Beach, Fla., a vibrant and growing boating community. “I’m a boat builder, not an economist,” he says, “but I would say the growth in the saltwater ...

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Capital Ventures

When MasterCraft Boat Co. went up for sale in the late 1990s, the senior management team had plenty of passion and a strong desire to assume ownership. What they didn’t have was plenty of cash. Enter Pouschine Cook Capital Management, a New York venture capital firm. Pouschine Cook and the management team formed an ownership group and purchased the boat ...

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3 Wise Men

George Bellwoar Bellwoar, the new chairman of the board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, has served as vice president of marketing for Perko, Inc., a Miami-based manufacturer of marine lights and hardware, for the past nine years. The 52-year-old executive first became involved with the marine industry in the late 70s. Boating Industry: Congratulations on being selected as NMMA ...

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