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Digital teacher: Workforce training continues despite pandemic

By Adam Quandt From dealers to manufacturers, filling the ranks for the marine industry workforce has been a large issue facing everyone for some time. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the recreational boating industry — especially dealers — is still looking to add skilled technicians to teams across the board. The key component to getting skilled labor into the industry? ...

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Fishing for a pandemic panacea

By David Gee More than 49 million Americans find their way to freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing ever year, but fishing’s popularity has surged since the COVID-19 crisis gripped the country. “Fishing is obviously something you can easily and safely do while social distancing,” says Stephanie Vatalaro, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing ...

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Project time leads to boost for PWC aftermarket brands

By Adam Quandt While new and used unit sales might be a dealership’s bread and butter, there is a different segment running hard through the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation — aftermarket parts sales for personal watercraft. As many businesses scale back — or even temporarily shut down — manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of aftermarket PWC parts and accessories have ...

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Coast Guard stats show continued reduction in boating deaths

The United States Coast Guard has just released its 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics report revealing a decline in American boating deaths for the third straight year.  Total boating deaths reflect a 3.2% decrease, from 633 in 2018 to 613 in 2019. The 61st annual report, “2019 Recreational Boating Statistics,” contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. The ...

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Benny Cenac of Houma and the history of tugboats

Benny Cenac of Cenac Marine Services was tremendously proud of the tug his team worked tirelessly to complete: the Quincy Cenac.

Sponsored Content By Cenac Marine Services Arlen “Benny” Cenac looks out the window of his Main Iron Works office to see another barge being towed by a majestic, shining tugboat along the Mississippi River channel that buttresses his shipyard. The barge might have been filled with tanks of crude oil or cargo—bringing supplies down the Mississippi River to the Gulf ...

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The meaning of leadership during times of uncertainty

Sponsored Content By Kris DenosVice President and Region General Manager, CDK Global Lightspeed and Heavy Equipment In these volatile, uncertain times, effective leadership today is even more important and fundamental. It is a time to show how we lead as individual companies, brands, communities and work stronger together to get through this unprecedented time. Hear from Kris Denos and his ...

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Captain Sandy Interview

Captain Sandy Yawn

In this Boating Industry Insider interview with David Gee, Below Deck Med Yacht Captain Sandy Yawn talks about her first exposure to boating, and then the yachting world, when she realized she could make a living in the maritime industry, her early struggles with substance abuse, and her industry advocacy and stewardship efforts.

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Boating Industry’s 2020 Top Products

The seventh annual Boating Industry Top Products brings to you 50 of the recreational marine industry’s best new and innovative products and services to recently hit the market, ranging from boats to engines to electronics and much more. To be eligible for consideration, products or services had to have been introduced or significantly updated since January 2019. With over 175 ...

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Coronavirus crisis: Dealerships

By Adam Quandt A different world nearly every day, sometimes every hour. The evolving novel coronavirus — more specifically known as COVID-19 — global pandemic has the professional, social and almost every other aspect of everyone’s lives changing rapidly. Business leaders have been particularly challenged to implement and try new models at a rapid pace, while others have been faced ...

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