Tag Archives: market trends

Things are looking up for saltwater fishing

By David Gee “I only work so I can afford the amount of fishing required to forget about work.” –Will Rogers Actor, cowboy, humorist and social commentator Will Rogers said that 100 years ago, but I think he would be pretty happy with the state of fishing today.   For the 10th year in a row, the Outdoor Foundation and ...

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Surf’s Up

By David Gee Up. That’s about the only direction the towboat segment has known for some time, give or take a few tough months. Bigger boats. Heavier boats. Boats with more ballast. Boats with more features. Higher price tags. And more sales. And 2020 continued that trend. For a short while anyway. Malibu Boats, for example, reported in February that ...

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Outboard Q & A with Gus Blakely, Suzuki Motor of America

By David Gee In the next issue of the magazine, we will be running a Market Trends piece on outboards. We don't want to steal any of the thunder from that story, but we did gather some good interviews. And since we don't have the space to include the complete interviews in the magazine, we thought we would feature some ...

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Market Trends: Room for everyone

By Adam Quandt Industry leaders across the recreation marine sector regularly preach the importance of selling the experience of boating, rather than just simply selling the product. With generous room aboard and the ever-increasing versatility of both pontoons and deck boats, manufacturers within these segments of the industry are consistently striving to provide the experience of boating to the many ...

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The sterndrive story: What lies beneath the surface

By David Gee To paraphrase something Mark Twain may – or may not – have once said: The rumors of the death of the sterndrive are greatly exaggerated. Now before we get a bunch of angry emails asking who in fact declared the category dead, the answer is no one. Not today. Maybe not ever. Though it’s a fact that ...

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Steady as she goes

The pontoon boat segment was the first to recover in the wake of the downturn, and it continues to post steady and consistent sales growth year after year. Is this the new normal? “We’re again looking at growth in the high single-digit range.” “We expect growth to continue at the same rate, or even a little better than what we saw last year.” ...

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Market Trends: Pontoon segment stays strong

Pontoon boats drove the boating industry’s rebound in the wake of the downturn. But are they still leading the way? Since the 2008 economic downturn, pontoon boats have led the recovery of the recreational boating industry. At one point accounting for almost one in three new boats sold, the pontoon market has demonstrated unprecedented growth, with new players jumping into the ...

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