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Safe Harbor Marinas plans aggressive expansion in 2016

Safe Harbor Marinas announced its formal debut as the largest owner and operator of marinas in the U.S. at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The company, which was formed in 2015 and backed by the American Infrastructure MLP Funds (AIM), recently completed acquisitions from four separate marina owners and operators. “With the launch of the newly ...

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A Q&A with Indmar’s product team

In 2015, Indmar, in partnership with Ford, introduced the ROUSH-charged Raptor engine to the inboard market, winning several industry awards, including being one of Boating Industry’s Top Products of the Year. In 2016, Indmar is expanding the Raptor line to new market segments. We talked to some of the Indmar product development team – vice president Scott Clack, vice president ...

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Survey: Regulations still big worry for industry

Ethanol, RFS top list of concerns From tax policy to environmental regulations to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the government is making it more difficult to do business in the boating industry, say a majority of Boating Industry readers. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the industry. We asked the readers of ...

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At the Helm: Your advocacy matters

What is your top challenge in your business? Tracking down more business? Acquiring the capital to grow? Finding and keeping great employees? Whatever it is, there’s a very good a chance that you can find a government or regulatory issue at its core. Sure, there are societal and economic reasons that boating has declined in popularity from its peak, but ...

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Economic Snapshot: Consumer confidence up from February

Consumer confidence has moved up and down from month to month since July 2015, but has hovered in the low to mid 90s. Consumer confidence Consumer confidence improved in March and now stands at 96.2. The Present Situation Index declined from 115.0 to 113.5, while the Expectations Index increased from 79.9 to 84.7. Consumers who said business conditions were “good” ...

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ASA Keep Florida Fishing effort aims to preserve access

At this year’s Miami International Boat Show, the American Sportfishing Association unveiled its new Keep Florida Fishing initiative with the goal of “clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both.” “There are more than 3 million resident and visiting anglers, who support more than 80,000 jobs in the state, with $8.7 billion in economic output. Yet, there are numerous efforts ...

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Weekly 5: Invasive species economic impact much worse than thought

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 Monday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Study: Invasive species impact much worse than thought The economic cost of invasive species is much higher than previously thought, scientists at the University of Wisconsin say. “Our ...

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New niche Internet domains come to boating

There is a big expansion happening with the Internet that you need to factor into your digital marketing plans. Do you remember when TV only had a few channels? Until recently, the Internet could be compared to that, because there were only a few applicable domain names: .com being the most common, but others include .net, .org, .co, .info, and ...

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Economic Snapshot: Existing home sales drop in February

Photo credit to Dan Moyle

Existing home sales dropped in February but are up year over year. Conversely, new home sales were up in February but below sales in February 2015. Existing home sales Total existing home sales dropped 7.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million in February, down from 5.47 million in January. However, sales are still 2.2 percent higher ...

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Survey: Ethanol, other policy issues big concerns for boating

From tax policy to environmental regulations to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the government is making it more difficult to do business in the boating industry, say a majority of Boating Industry readers. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the industry. We asked the readers of our print and digital products ...

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