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How to get the right job to find you

Employment is on the up side. Employers are actively looking. Offers are getting better. Even so, many find themselves “stuck” where they are with no light at the end of the tunnel. Getting ahead eludes them; knowing how to make things happen isn’t easy. Keeping your fingers crossed that a rising economic tide will take care of you or that ...

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Economic Snapshot: Builder confidence jumps in June

Builder confidence is on the rise this month, while housing starts are reporting year-over-year gains amid monthly declines. Housing Market Index The Housing Market Index rose five points in June to 59, the highest reading for the index since September 2014. All three components of the HMI posted gains in June. The component gauging current sales conditions jumped seven points ...

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Sterndrive surfability moves forward

Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive (FWD) created a buzz in the industry when it was first introduced in February at the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS). By combining a sterndrive engine, DuoProps and Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS), the company was able to create a forward-facing DuoProp drive that moves the prop more than 27 inches forward under the boat. ...

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Economic Snapshot: Job openings at highest level in report’s history

The number of job openings increased in April from 5.0 million to 5.4 million, leading to a record-high report in the history of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. However, unemployment remained fairly steady this month. Both the number of unemployed persons and the unemployment rate have shown little movement since February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  ...

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43 ways to jump start your digital marketing success

Much like beginning a new workout plan, digital marketing can be very intimidating, so much so that some businesses never bother to start even though they know they should. After all, digital is where the customers are now and they search businesses online way before they ever set foot into a dealership. However, by starting one step at a time ...

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Market Trends: Family, outboard trends favor fishing boats

Sales of freshwater fishing boats continue to grow, but the segment isn’t just benefitting from anglers. With innovative design and consumer preferences for outboard power, many manufacturers are seeing the fishing boat replace the fiberglass I/O as the de facto family runabout. “Reality is there are a lot of people that fish, [and] there are a lot of people that ...

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The fuel future

Finding alternative fuels that work for boating The Congressionally mandated U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard requires 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended into the gasoline supply by 2022. As of now, the only biofuel being blended is ethanol, with a push to increase the amount of ethanol in the fuel supply through blends such as E15. The boating ...

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Solvent solutions

Manufacturers create products and standards for fuel additives The presence of ethanol in fuel has influenced much of what the fuel additives market has chosen to offer its customers, and it is important for the whole industry to play ball and make sure consumers are buying the right products to provide the right solutions. In order for the consumer to ...

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Ethanol major repair issue

Significant factor in engine damage, survey says Most marine businesses are experiencing engine damage and other issues due to ethanol in the fuel supply, raising increased concerns about the growing use of 15 percent ethanol blends (E15). Boating Industry surveyed readers of our print and digital editions about service department and warranty issues, including ethanol, in April. Respondents were a ...

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Selling dealership takes planning, communication

Selling a marine dealership is never easy. It can be a volatile business that doesn’t appeal to most investors and that only gets more difficult when there isn’t a next generation in the family to hand it down to. Top 100 dealer Oak Hill Marina recently completed its ownership transition, with founders Phil and Teresa Miklo selling to employees Jake ...

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