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Trends from the 2018 Top 100

As some of the best boat dealers in North America, the Boating Industry Top 100 dealers – and those who apply for the list – offer us great insight into the top issues facing the industry.  As I write this, we're deep into evaluation of this year's applicants. (By the time it's published, the 2018 list will be done.) Here ...

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At the helm: U.S. Interior reorganization is welcome news

In late August, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stole a historical page from John Wesley Powell’s book in issuing a reorganization plan that will divide the agency into 12 regions. Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions.  Powell served as second director of ...

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Boating Industry names Mark Schwabero Mover and Shaker of the Year

TAMPA, Fla. - Mark Schwabero, Chairman and CEO Brunswick Corp., has been named the 2018 Boating Industry Mover & Shaker of the Year. Boating Industry Editor-in-Chief Tim Hennagir presented Schwabero with the award during the IBEX Industry Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel. “The 8th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognizes leaders who haven't been afraid to take chances ...

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2018 Boating Industry Movers and Shakers

The 8th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognize leaders who haven’t been afraid to take chances in rethinking the way they do business, while embracing the challenges facing the marine industry. These leaders are people whose initiative and drive shake up and better their companies and the entire industry. From product entrepreneurs to advocacy champions to leaders who continue to ...

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2018 Boating Industry Bold Moves

By Adam Quandt We've profiled our four 2018 Movers & Shakers finalists, however many other industry leaders continue to push and work to grow the boating industry across all segments. The six leaders below are making bold moves to advance boating by growing its customer base, improving technology, bringing industry stakeholders together and raising the bar of professionalism for the ...

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Evinrude demo events provide two-stroke feedback

Evinrude Marine Group’s recently completed Edge events on lakes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota provided the engine manufacture with plenty of consumer data and dealer feedback about the company’s E-TEC G2 outboards. The summer-long event series also provided another opportunity. Since Evinrude is now a part of the newly established BRP Marine Group, boaters were able to test Manitou pontoons and ...

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Norwalk Boat Show features workforce, career development news

Marine workforce development and boating careers took center stage at the outset of last week’s Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show. The Connecticut Marine Trade Association made a major announcement at an event-opening press conference Thursday morning at Norwalk Cove Marina. Dozens of students from high schools, technical schools and marine schools from throughout the region listened to marine engineering and ...

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Oru Kayak launches convertible two-seated origami kayak

Oru Kayak, makers of the original origami-inspired folding kayak, has unveiled the Haven, an all new convertible tandem kayak. After years of customer request, Oru designers took on the challenge to create the company’s largest and most ambitious kayak design yet: a two-person origami-inspired kayak that can quickly and easily convert to single-person occupancy. The Haven is Oru’s largest kayak ...

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Sea Tow Services International celebrates 35th anniversary

Sea Tow Services International – started in 1983 by Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer in response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to cease servicing boaters in non-emergency situations – celebrated 35 years in business on Sept. 3. A pioneer of the marine assistance industry, the Long Island-based company has since grown to more than 100 locations serving thousands of communities across ...

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