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Smart boat: Making boats smarter — and boat ownership easier

By David Gee In this ongoing series about smart boats, we are going to explore the smart boat space in general, and also interview the entrepreneurs and executives who are trying to make your boat smarter and boat ownership easier. This is a Q&A with David Villegas, co-founder and business development director of Boatrax, a Florida-based telematics service provider. BI: ...

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Sea-Doo holds special dealer training events

By Adam Quandt For the last four years, BRP’s Sea-Doo has taken training dealers in its largest market — Florida — to a whole new level. “Florida is one of the biggest marine and personal watercraft markets in the world and there are over 1,500 people moving to Florida every day, with most of the movers seeking sunshine and fun ...

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Pontoons at play

By David Gee When Ambrose Weeres, a rural Minnesota farmer and grain mill owner strapped a plywood sheet to two columns of 55-gallon steel drums to create the first pontoon boat in 1951, the idea was a relatively simple one. “I worked on it and designed the tubes, then a raft, and kept going until I had a boat,” explained ...

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Boating Industry names 2020 Top 100 Best in Class award winners

We might be into 2021, but the team at Boating Industry isn’t quite done celebrating the 2020 Boating Industry Top 100 Dealers. Boating Industry announced the 2020 Top 100 Best in Class Award winners via video on March 24, 2021. “The 2020 Best in Class winning dealerships are truly dealerships that set the standard in particular areas of the business,” ...

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2021 Forecast: The usual suspects plus some new additions

By David Gee What will determine success for your dealership during this 2021 selling season? The overall economy? For sure. Consumer confidence? Check. Workforce issues and challenges? Yep. That trio hovers at – or near – the top of the list nearly every year. But this year, two new entrants rear their ugly heads: inventory, or lack thereof, and the ...

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The smart boat

By Adam Quandt Boats are getting smarter. This is a trend that isn’t going away. Over the last five or so years, we’ve heard the term the “connected boat” more and more across the industry. But what is the connected boat and what does it mean for the future of the industry and boating as a whole? As technology and ...

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Profiles in Leadership: Kristen Frohnhoefer

By Wanda Kenton Smith Kristen Frohnhoefer, president of Sea Tow Services International, Inc. and the Sea Tow Foundation board of directors, was raised in the family business, but came aboard full time in 2003 after a teaching career. She has worked in virtually all aspects of the business and oversees internal operations. Besides selection as the 2020 Darlene Briggs Marine ...

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Turn it up!

By Adam Quandt The boat business has found itself booming over the last year. Sales are up across the board for both new and used boats. But what does that mean for the entertainment components designed to bring the boaters’ experience to the next level? Audio options offer one of the easiest points for boaters to make some simple upgrades ...

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The Sterndrive show goes on

By David Gee With a history dating all the way back to 1930, when the first “inboard/outboard” was introduced by Johnson Motor Company, the sterndrive space has seen constant investment, improvement and innovation. And that continues today, especially since the pandemic drove a record rise in boat sales, and perhaps reinvigorated the sterndrive category. “We’ve continued to see consistent demand ...

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Dealer readies for busy 2021 PWC season

By Adam Quandt While many parts of the country deal with snow and freezing temperatures, it’s hard to think about the coming warm months and another season of personal watercraft riding and selling. But that’s exactly what powersports dealers are doing, after an unprecedented year of PWC sales last year. The most recent statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Associations ...

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