Features

Economic Snapshot: ADP employment hits lowest numbers since January 2014

While growth continues for the non-manufacturing sector, the ADP employment report this month continues a downward trend from March's numbers. Hopefully this is still residual effect from the harsh winter, but we will have to keep an eye on these numbers in the coming months.  ADP employment report Private sector employment increased by 169,000 jobs from March to April, a 20,000 ...

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New River needs new solutions

All Aboard Florida (AAF), a private company, plans to build a passenger rail system to move people from Miami to Orlando theme parks. The plan would add 32 daily trips, 16 north and 16 south, to tracks that currently carry freight across the New, St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers, utilizing existing CSX and Florida East Coast (FEC) tracks. As a ...

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AlumaSki designed as ‘go-anywhere’ PWC

The AlumaSki is not your average modern personal watercraft. Sure, it has a jet pump and PWC-style handlebars, and the rider straddles its seat, but from first sight, it’s clear the AlumaSki is different. Most noticeable is the nearly flat, but thick, aluminum hull and its 5-foot width. Those differences are purposeful, however, as the AlumaSki has been designed as ...

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Q&A with Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine 

Over the last several years, Yamaha Marine has rolled out several innovations from its Helm Master integrated boat control system to a variety of new engines. But even as the company has developed a wave of new products Yamaha has also been one of the biggest industry advocates, lobbying for the industry at the state and national level on a ...

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Campaign kickoff: MDCE 2015 registration now open

Registration for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opened on April 1. The 2015 MDCE is scheduled for November 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. With the registration kickoff comes a new marketing campaign, branded by the tagline “MDCE 2015: Made New. By You.” Marine dealers and their passion for the boating ...

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At the Helm: Top 100 – The Second Decade

As we head into the 2015 Top 100, we get ready to celebrate our second decade of recognizing the best dealers in North America. If you’re a long-time reader of Boating Industry, you’re familiar with the benefits of participation: marketing perks, access to benchmarking statistics, networking with the best dealers and more. But one of the most important facets of ...

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Boating Industry 2015 Top Products

In our annual listing of the top products in the boating industry, you’ll find a wide variety of products from boats to accessories, from engines to apps. These products were all introduced or significantly updated since the beginning of 2014. From hundreds of nominations, they were chosen based on many factors such as their impact on the industry, innovation and ...

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Wide, open spaces

Deck boat manufacturers introduce new, versatile products A deck boat is a versatile product: It can be powered by an outboard or sterndrive engine, be used for cruising or water sports, fishing or coving. What all deck boats have in common, however, is their open floor plans and capability to take several passengers out for a relaxing day on the water. ...

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Leadership in Action

How to develop leadership talent and become someone employees want to follow Leadership is a constant development problem for all industries. According to a study from Deloitte University Press, leadership is the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world, with 86 percent of respondents rating it as “urgent” or “important.” So if you are struggling with finding good ...

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Spring Brook Marina: Careful expansion, exceptional service

The Boating Industry Top 100 dealers represent the best boat dealers in North America. In this ongoing feature, we’ll be checking in with our top dealers each month to see what makes them so successful. In the classic fable The Tortoise and the Hare, Aesop regales readers with a lesson about pressing on carefully as speed gives way to inactivity. ...

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