Marine Special Products bringing humor to boating issues

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 22, 2014

Marine Special Products Group, a boating systems maintenance and installation company out of Connecticut, is employing cartoons on its website to have a little fun with common boating problems. The company worked with Walden Pond Marine Marketing to conceive the idea and hired former New Yorker cartoonist... Read more »

Keep up with MDCE on social media

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 15, 2014

This week marks only four months until we kick off this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and events for you. We’ll lead off with an opening keynote from Chester Elton and wrap up with the first-ever MDCE closing keynote from Ryan Estis,... Read more »

No cure for stupidity, but what’s the industry’s role in safety?

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 8, 2014

Elsewhere on the site today, you’ll find the unfortunate annual ritual of the reporting of the series of Independence Day boating fatalities. As most of us who spend any time on the water know, there’s a lot of stupid/inexperienced/drunk/otherwise intoxicated people out there, and alcohol is apparently... Read more »

Births, not immigration, driving Hispanic growth

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 2, 2014

An interesting new study from the Pew Research Center shows the need to adjust the thinking on minority populations, especially Hispanics. Quite often, when the topic of reaching out to the Hispanic audience we commonly hear the word “immigrant” being thrown around, but that’s becoming an increasingly... Read more »

Video: Flexboat plans to grow boating with inflatables

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 1, 2014

I just got back from the Honda Marine press event. You can read more about that in my article here. Along with a chance to give the engines the once-over, the media gathered there also had an opportunity to talk to several of the company’s boat-builder partners. I spent a lot of time talking to the... Read more »

Chicago lakefront project looks to bring more young people to water

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By Jonathan Sweet
June 12, 2014

A Chicago entrepreneur has an interesting project on the drawing boards for Lake Michigan. Beau D’Arcy has unveiled ambitious plans for Breakwater Chicago, a floating city about a mile off the city’s shores. The estimated price tag for the project is $23 million. D’Arcy is looking to jumpstart... Read more »

Industry optimism mixed in May

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
June 5, 2014

If you’re a reader of the print edition or the digital version of that print edition, you’ve probably noticed our Boating Industry Index. It’s our monthly measure of how BI readers are feeling about the current state of the industry. The survey base is a mix of dealers, marina owners, manufacturers,... Read more »

Correct Craft’s World War II miracle

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
May 30, 2014

Most of us in the industry know about the great work boat builders did during World War II to supply the military with vessels. It’s worth remembering, though, during this Memorial Day week. I was reminded of it once again as we finished up our anniversary issue, which went to print this week. The... Read more »

Are you ready for what comes next?

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
May 16, 2014

The industry is spending a lot of time and effort trying to figure out how to grow the boating audience and rightfully so. We all know the demographic changes that are impacting us and what’s coming down the pike. Senior editor Tom Kaiser wrote about the millennials earlier this week. Another big challenge... Read more »

MDCE an investment in your business

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
May 9, 2014

It may only be May, but it’s time to start thinking about attending the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo this November. We just kicked off registration last week and are making some exciting improvements to the event. Most notably, we’ve added a fourth track of education, splitting sales and marketing... Read more »

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