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Balancing family business relationships

By Jonathan Sweet | Top 100 Director The business world is dominated by family-owned operations – according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 90% of business in the United States are family owned. And the boating industry is no exception. We see plenty of family-owned businesses in the Top 100 program – almost every dealer on the list has multiple family ...

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Customer service: What your customers really want

By Matt Sellhorst Have you ever considered what your prospects and clients truly want from you? The most successful companies have figured this out and take specific actions to ensure they deliver. Let’s look at fast food as an example. It’s a very tough industry. McDonald’s has dominated for decades by delivering what their clients truly want: consistent, cheap food, ...

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At the helm: The front line of boating safety advocacy

By Adam Quandt It’s safe to say spring has officially sprung and that means for those of us in seasonal boating locations, things are ramping up quickly. With the excitement around getting boaters out on the water, especially new boaters, it’s easy to forget that manufacturers, dealers and retailers make up the front lines of boating safety advocacy. It is ...

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Survey of anglers and boaters looks at license-conservation link

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced the results of a survey examining the link between fishing licenses and conservation. While anglers and boaters are aware of the conservation tie-in, it is not a force that drives licensing. Key findings: 76% of respondents are aware of the link between licenses and conservation funding. The Family Outdoors segment (RBFF’s target audience) ...

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MarineMax Kids in Boating Class Benefits AustinBlu Foundation

MarineMax Miami recently hosted the 3rd annual Kids in Boating Class to raise awareness for the AustinBlu Foundation; an organization devoted to making recreational boating and water sports safer. "We are proud to have partnered with the AustinBlu Foundation to continue raising awareness about the importance of boating safety," said Christian Gonzalez, MarineMax Miami general manager in a press release. ...

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Correct Craft Encourages Students’ Educational Efforts

The assignment for a mechatronics class of high school juniors and seniors taking a course at Cleveland State Community College (CSCC) was simple, but not easy; design and build an “amphibious vehicle” that operates on both road and water. And they turned to Correct Craft for help. The company hosted the students at their Tennessee facility and also donated components ...

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Torqeedo provides electric propulsion for new VIKING LifeCraft

Torqeedo has developed a specialized high-thrust electric propulsion system for VIKING’s new LifeCraft survival craft, which are designed for quick and safe evacuation of hundreds of passengers from ships at sea. The 203-passenger LifeCraft is a motorized inflatable vessel designed to deploy from a shipboard storage/launch station. Passengers board the boats through escape chutes. Once each boat is fully loaded, ...

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Conch Harbor Marina named 2018 ValvTect Marina of the Year

ValvTect Petroleum Products recently announced that Conch Harbor Marina, of Key West, Fla., is the recipient of the 2018 ValvTect Marina of the Year award. Conch Harbor Marina is a full-service marina located in the heart of Key West. “Often referred to by cruisers as the ‘gateway to Cuba, the Bahamas and Central America’, Conch Harbor Marina offers all the ...

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Welcome to Washington, now hear our voices

ABC 2019 plans to hit the ground running on policy with new Congress Following a victory in 2018 with the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) doesn’t intend to slow down in its legislative advocacy for the recreational boating industry. The NMMA will really get things going ...

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