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YachtWorld study shows impact of boat shows on web traffic

While it varies from show to show, web searches around boats increases greatly in markets holding boat shows, according to a new study from YachtWorld. YachtWorld studied traffic to its sites, as well as general Google searches, around eight major boat shows to see how unique visitor traffic increased or decreased: Boot Dusseldorf, January 23-31, 2015 Cannes, September 8-13, 2015 ...

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Weekly 5: Powerboat shipments up in April

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. NMMA: Powerboat shipments up in April Wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers (representing 69 percent of the market) were up 2.8 percent through ...

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All boat categories up in May Info-Link sales report

Powerboat sales were up across all categories for the 12 months ending in May, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat market (varies by market segment ...

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Yamaha demos latest products at Baltimore event

BALTIMORE - Yamaha Marine Group showed off some of its latest innovations at a media event in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Wednesday. While Yamaha didn't announce any new products at the event, the company had several products available for testing, including its recent introductions of the Talon Pontoon SDS Propeller and the 5.3-liter F350C outboard. Talon Pontoon SDS Propeller Introduced just ...

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Weekly 5: GOP will try to block overtime rule

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. GOP will try to block overtime rule The Obama administration's plans to overhaul the nation's overtime rules have generated plenty of controversy since being finalized in May. Now, ...

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Volvo Penta releases new propulsion packages, electronic technologies

Volvo Penta introduced two new diesel engines and new Electronic Vessel Control technologies at a weeklong press event at the company’s marine testing facility Krossholmen in Gothenburg, Sweden. The new products are built to further Volvo Penta’s driving philosophy of easy boating, the guiding principle of the company since the launch of the first IPS pod in 2005. D8 inboard ...

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Boat manufacturing development and design evolves

Since the economic downtown, the boating industry has transformed and, along with it, so has the boatbuilding process. Manufacturers are working to provide high-quality products that are affordable, meet the needs of consumers, attract existing and new audiences, all while maintaining safety and regulatory compliance and keeping their own costs down. It’s a lot to juggle. However, this sea change ...

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Market Trends: Freshwater fishing boats growing larger, more sophisticated

For years, recreational fishing has ranked as the single most popular activity that people enjoy from a boat. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, that remains true today. In its Special Report on Fishing published last year, the RBFF notes that no fewer than 46 million Americans participated in recreational fishing during ...

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Additives offer fuel solutions

But be wary of unrealistic claims, manufacturers say  There are plenty of additives out there for the marine industry, promising to solve all of your fuel woes. But with little in the way of regulation or consistent, reliable testing, boaters and service personnel alike need to be cautious about what they use and recommend, manufacturers say. “Everybody makes a lot ...

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