Tag Archives: Boating

What’s good about the boat business?

Last spring, during a round of 20 Group meetings, I heard many of the dealers complaining about business, the economy, interest rates, new curtailments, the media and on and on. Then, I asked the dealers to switch their train of thought to tell me what was good about the boat business.

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New boats for a new economy

I was driving in the car yesterday when a story came on National Public Radio about Columbia, Ky.-based houseboat builder Majestic Yachts. It's no surprise in this economy that it was a sad story, at least at first. The article began by profiling Faye Womack, a former employee. She was part of a 27-person boat production team until orders stopped ...

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What I did on my summer vacation

After the alarm went off this morning, my husband and I were talking about how fast the summer is going this year. This is an annual conversation, and as usual, I'm reluctant to acknowledge that it's almost over. The difference this year is that I'm much more satisfied with our summer. Last September, we decided we would devote this summer ...

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Hook, line and sinker

When I was seven years old, I spent a lot of time fishing with my brother and our buddies. I would ride my bike about a mile from our house, rod and reel resting comfortably across the handlebars, to an old bridge that spanned a river in the local park. Catching fish seemed incredibly easy back then. We'd fill a ...

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A fitting end to a great weekend

Our Memorial Day weekend plans were packed with activities. We took Friday off so that my wife and two girls and I could beat traffic heading north out of the Twin Cities and so we could spend some additional time together. My sister-in-law's family had invited us to their cabin on a chain of lakes for the long weekend, and ...

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Renewed opportunity

I love today. I love it because, for me, this is the first day of summer. It's the Friday before Memorial Day. It's the first of a number of more-than-two-day weekends I hope to enjoy this summer. It's the first time I'll be out on a boat this summer. And it's a signal to me that it's time to truly ...

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A Public-Private Partnership — Safety of Life at Sea and Boat Dealers

VINCENT PICA, Division Commander, Division-18 (1SR), United States Coast Guard Auxiliary There is a lot of talk these days out of Washington regarding "public-private" partnerships in solving the economic difficulties our economy is in. And it makes a lot of sense for government and business to work together to maximize the effect of programs and policies. There is another public-private ...

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