Last call for 2020 Movers & Shakers nominations

Tomorrow, Friday, Sep. 4, 2020, is the final day to submit nominations for the 2020 Movers & Shakers. The Movers & Shakers program recognizes leaders who haven’t been afraid to take chances, to rethink the way they do business, to embrace the challenges facing the marine industry head on. Nominees can be from and company, group or organization that does ...

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Boat Trader: 75 percent more women shopping for boats

According to Boat Trader there has been a tidal wave of women shopping for boats from coast-to-coast this summer. Reports of banner-year boat sales have been making national headlines and Boat Trader's latest data suggests the surge is partially due to women and mothers sequestered with kids, who have quickly directed their family and friends to the waterfront for some much-needed ...

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MarineMax team member celebrates 35 years

Mike Aiello, national director of special projects for MarineMax, is celebrating 35 years in the boating industry.  Aiello pursued an accounting degree in college where he became interested in the boating industry. He started with Merit Marine in 1985, where he ran a very successful business, ultimately leading to one of the first acquisitions of MarineMax in 1999. His experience and ...

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OneWater Marine purchases

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OneWater Marine Inc. announced it has purchased the website domain,, which will enhance its online marketplace for new and pre-owned boats, as well as financing & insurance. “ will provide users with a personalized, all-inclusive virtual platform to buy, sell, and compare boats, as well as easy access to financing & insurance offerings,” said Austin Singleton, Chief Executive Officer ...

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MarineMax names Buzz Watkins Texas Regional President

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MarineMax recently announced the promotion of Buzz Watkins to Texas Regional President.  Kyle Langbehn, MarineMax president of retail operations, comments, “Buzz is a very well-respected marine industry leader who spent most of his career leading the award-winning Sail & Ski dealerships in Austin, Lakeway, and San Antonio. Since joining MarineMax in 2019, Buzz has continued to bring innovative ideas coupled with ...

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New boat sales continue to climb

NMMA releases revised boat show scheduleontinue to climb

New data from the NMMA shows June was another strong month for new power boat retail sales, up 6% on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to the previous record month in May. Compared to the same time period last year, new powerboat retail sales were up 5% through June.  “115,000 new power boats were sold in May and June alone - a ...

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Discover Boating sees record web traffic

Discover Boating sees record web traffic saw a 58% increase in total website visitors in July compared to the same period last year, which is a continued trend building upon the successes reported in May and June. In July, boating continued to be top of mind for many consumers as they searched for outdoor recreation options that naturally allow social distancing. The increased website traffic signals boating interest remains ...

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Fountain adds to Florida dealer network

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Fountain Powerboats continues its expansion into the highly competitive Florida market with the recent addition of Bonita Boat Center and Big Thunder Marine Palm Beach.  Both dealerships will carry the entire 2021 Fountain lineup, which includes 10 models of center consoles ranging in length from 34- to 43-feet.  "Bonita Boat Center is excited to partner with Fountain and believes the ...

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Jeff Husby named president, CEO of WaterSports Central

WaterSports Central LLC (WC), a boat dealership with six retail locations across Georgia and South Carolina announced and welcomed veteran marine retailer Jeff Husby as its partner, president and CEO. Preston Davis who has served as the organization’s senior executive since 2017, moves into an advisory and board member role.  Husby brings a wealth of industry leadership experience including nearly ...

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Boating Industry extends 2020 Top 100 application deadline

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Boating Industry has announced a new extension of the deadline to submit applications for the 2020 Top 100 Dealers program. After speaking with a number of dealerships about the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic, paired with unprecedented busyness beyond the typical selling season, the staff at Boating Industry felt that dealerships should have more time to complete and submit applications ...

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