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At the helm: Scoring with service – The boating tie that binds

The cover of this issue takes a visual approach to presenting the best young leaders in the marine industry. The individuals who appear within this highly popular section are a unique group.  We ask each member of our 40 Under 40 group to complete a background questionnaire. One of the initial questions deals with the individual’s first job. This year’s ...

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MDCE sets registration record for fourth consecutive year

After four consecutive years of record-breaking registrations, the 2018 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo once again set a record for its April-only earliest-bird registration period. Co-produced by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Boating Industry, slated for Dec. 9-12, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Fla., the MDCE recorded 195 total dealer registrations for the ...

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Digital remains preferred marketing platform

Fifth annual survey explores tactics for 2018 Digital marketing continues the preferred platform for most companies in the boating industry. For the fifth year in a row, we surveyed the readers of our print and digital products about how they market their businesses. We surveyed dealers, service providers, manufacturers, and others in January about how they marketed in 2017 and ...

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Repowering redux driven by outboard opportunity

Engine manufactures provide update on market segment Repowering represents a growing and evolving market segment. Eventually, in terms of operating hours, a simple engine tune-up will no longer restore lost power. That’s when the serious repowering discussions often begin. Repowering decisions are based on many factors, including cost, horsepower needs, fuel efficiency, emissions and more.  For many boat owners, repowering ...

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Stimulating new service revenue requires deep dive

Experts offer tips for fine-tuning profitability, bottom line Maximizing service employees’ performance has never been more critical, particularly in today’s market.  Stimulating dealership revenue streams often requires a deep dive into department operating practices to find lost dollars. Fine-tuning service profitability is an added outcome from such a process. You might be surprised with how many hours your techs are ...

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At the helm: Aluminum sheet issue needs decisive response

Marine manufacturers and the boating industry will suffer great harm if the U.S. Department of Commerce is successful with its aluminum trade practices case against China. Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the “self-initiation” of the unfair trade case against common alloy aluminum sheet in late November.  The National Marine Manufacturers Association quickly sprang into legislative action, closely monitoring the issue throughout ...

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18 Strategies for Continued Growth in 2018

Here’s a recap of MDCE speaker insights for success Each year, attendees recognize the value and growth opportunities that are an invaluable part of the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo educational experience. Conference speakers focus on delivering real world results for dealerships and industry players of all shapes and sizes. Attendees turn to MDCE every year to gain insights into ...

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At the Helm: We’re all in fisheries reform together

A unified fishing and boating industry stands ready to take a huge step early this year in Washington when the Modern Fish Act moves through Congress.  In mid-December, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide ...

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Editor’s Choice 2017: Austin Boats and Motors

Austin Boats and Motors Austin, Texas Austin Boats and Motors provides consistency to the community through its established boat brands and reliable service staff. The dealership’s ancillary services approach and attention to changing market demographics and environmental issues creates an unique level of engagement that’s not commonly found in the boating industry. Austin Boats and Motors’ U-Haul franchise, the largest ...

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