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A crack in the ethanol armor?

Editor's note: An earlier version of this print column appeared as a blog on BoatingIndustry.com. The Renewable Fuel Standard (and the increased use of ethanol it requires) has long been a concern for the boating industry. Study after study by the industry has shown the damage E15 can cause to marine engines and other small engines. And recent decisions by ...

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Survey: Digital marketing leading the way

The boating industry is embracing digital marketing to an even larger extent than in past years, with mobile advertising, social media and the Web grabbing a larger share of the marketing dollars in 2015. Still, traditional methods like boat shows and print advertising aren’t being abandoned in the quest for the elusive boat buyer, according to the latest Boating Industry ...

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Miami boat show highlights

There was plenty of news, new products and a new location at this year’s Miami International Boat Show. Some long lines aside, the 2016 show seems to have had a successful move to its new location at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Final attendance numbers were not available as this issue went to press, but show organizers estimate more ...

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Integration driving marine audio forward

Improved design, quality key factors in success The days of slapping an add-on stereo into a boat and calling it a day are past. Instead, buyers these days are looking for the seamless integration and sophisticated design they’ve come to expect from other industries. “Everyone wants the integrated look, not something that looks like an afterthought,” said Tyson Kochan, chief ...

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Family businesses require extensive succession planning

Family businesses require extensive succession planning In our March issue, Boating Industry profiled how to plan your exit strategy and the different pathways for transition. Below is a preview of this article, highlighting how to begin the process of generational succession planning. For more details on transition, see our March issue. Family businesses have many struggles, but none so intricate ...

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Economic Snapshot: Existing home sales up 11.0 percent from 2015

Photo credit to Dan Moyle

Existing home sales saw a modest increase this month but saw double-digit gains year-over-year. However, new home sales fell this month. Existing home sales Existing home sales inched up 0.4 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate 5.47 million. Sales are now 11.0 percent higher than a year ago – the largest year-over-year gain since July 2013. Existing ...

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Survey: Digital marketing surpassing traditional

The boating industry is embracing digital marketing to an even larger extent than in past years, with mobile advertising, social media and the Web grabbing a larger share of the marketing dollar in 2015. Still, traditional methods like boat shows and print advertising aren’t being abandoned in the quest for the elusive boat buyer, according to the latest Boating Industry ...

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Info-Link: PWC, wake segments lead January sales gains

Boat sales were up for the 12 months ending in January, with all segments posting gains, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats, 15-feet and larger, 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 ...

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Safe Harbor Marinas plans aggressive expansion in 2016

Last month, 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 ...

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Economic Snapshot: Small dips in housing starts, builder confidence

Though builder confidence and housing starts are marginally lower than the previous month, all signs still point to healthy growth in the housing market. Housing starts Privately owned housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,099,000 in January. This is 3.8 percent below the revised December estimate of 1,143,000 but is 1.8 percent above the January 2015 ...

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