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At the helm: Fiberglass vessel recycling needs more industry support

Every year in the U.S. an increasing number of recreational fiberglass boats reach their end of life without a sustainable option for disposal.  Some will be crushed and buried in landfills, where they will persist for many years, while others may be abandoned by their owners on land or in coastal areas where they can potentially harm the marine environment. ...

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The Top 100 … 2019 and beyond

This year we will be celebrating the 15th year of the Top 100. Since 2005, Boating Industry and the Leadership Alliance have recognized the best boat dealers in North America for their financial success, marketing, customer service, industry advocacy and overall business acumen. The 2019 Top 100 will culminate with the annual Top 100 Gala, Nov. 24, at the Rosen ...

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Three keys to winning with your dealership website

Is your website equipped to win in 2019? Before answering, there are three key areas that must be considered. First, is your website up to today’s technological standards? Being mobile friendly and fast loading are the two most important. With more and more boat shopping being done on mobile devices and Google’s penalty for slow and/or non-mobile friendly websites, this ...

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Recreation leaders meet with Agriculture Secretary, highlight opportunities for 2019

Recreation took center stage at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 8 as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) leaders and recreation company CEOs met with Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Jim Hubbard and other key officials.  The group noted the importance of national forests to many recreational activities, and highlighted the world-class experiences ...

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2018 Top 100 Dealer of the Year: The Sail & Ski Center

Editor’s note: Rod Malone, the founder and co-owner of The Sail & Ski Center, passed away Aug. 31. While the company had been notified of its selection as Dealer of the Year before his passing, the Boating Industry staff had not had a chance to conduct a formal interview. All quotes from Malone in this article are taken from his ...

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2018 Editor’s Choice: Nautical Ventures

Nautical Ventures Dania Beach, Fla. Offering everything from kayaks to literal cruise ships, Nautical Ventures of Dania Beach, Fla. continuously pushes the envelope of what a marine dealership can be. The Nautical Ventures Group has three dealership locations around southeast Florida: a flagship store in Dania Beach, a 26,000-square foot showroom and more in North Palm Beach, and a Riviera ...

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2018 Editor’s Choice: Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville

Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville Cincinnati, Ohio Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville focuses on honing four key business management items to a sharp edge during its day-to-day operations as a longtime Top 100 dealer. CSI, inventory turns, market share, and profitability are critical operating concerns.  “Our goal is to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers in all areas of our ...

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At the Helm: Data dilemmas and all things Internet

Futurists predict there will be 50 billion connected devices by the year 2025.  That figure includes automobiles, which have become powerful, four-wheeled data centers. During a recent commute to the office, I listened with shock and data awe to a national radio story that explained how carmakers are collecting data. Vehicles are increasingly connected with Wi-Fi and may know more ...

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The 2018 Top 100: Best Practices

After 14 years, the Boating Industry Top 100 continues to grow, with the dealers setting new records that outpace the market. The Top 100 and Hall of Fame dealers achieved revenue of nearly $3.6 billion in 2017 – half a billion more than in 2016. With growth of more than 16 percent, this elite group more than doubled the growth ...

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2018 Hall of Fame

Boating Industry  Top 100 Hall of Fame: Galati Yacht Sales – Anna Maria, Fla. Gordy’s Lakefront Marine – Lake Geneva, Wis. Legendary Marine – Destin, Fla. MarineMax – Clearwater, Fla. OneWater Marine Holdings – Buford, Ga. Prince William Marine – Woodbridge, Va. The Boating Industry Top 100 Hall of Fame recognizes dealers who have won the coveted Dealer of the ...

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