Get your MDCE VIP planning kit

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

Jonathan Sweet
August 19, 2014

You’ve got less than two weeks left to sign up for MDCE and get a special VIP planning kit. This was one of our most popular promotions last year, featuring a ton of info and discounts to help you get ready for MDCE, Nov. 16-19 in Orlando. Some of the features of the kit: A custom letter with... Read more »

Webinar update: Answering your social media questions

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

Jonathan Sweet
August 1, 2014

We had a great turnout for our recent “Creating a Social Media Strategy” webinar. While having a few hundred of our closest friends tuning in is nice, we did find that weren’t able to get to all of the questions people had for the panel. (You can check out the archived webinar here.) So I asked... Read more »

Discover Boating advancing Hispanic marketing efforts

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 29, 2014

As you’ve often seen me write about here and in the pages of the magazine, I think bringing more minorities into boating needs to be one of the top priorities for our industry … and others have been saying that for years as well. So it’s great to see one of the important parts of that... Read more »

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

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

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 »

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