March boat sales up on strong fishing, ski segments

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Jonathan Sweet
April 20, 2015

Boat sales are closing in on nearly four years of growth with another strong month of year-over-year sales increases, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. March sales were up almost 10 percent on a rolling 12-month basis, slightly ahead of February’s rate. The Info-Link report has... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism drops significantly in March

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By Brianna Liestman
April 16, 2015

The harsh winter weather continues to affect our economy, with small business optimism and housing starts both reporting disappointing numbers for March. However, builder confidence seems to be improving as the weather has warmed. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index... Read more »

Boating and Cuba: Big ifs could provide big opportunities

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By Brianna Liestman
April 16, 2015

Today in the second installment of our two-part series, we discuss the potential opportunities that exist for the boating industry if the trade embargo with Cuba is lifted and tourism is approved. Part one summarized the current state of affairs between the U.S. and Cuba and how the industry is currently... Read more »

Boating and Cuba: Speaking in hypotheticals

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By Brianna Liestman
April 14, 2015

In a two-part series this week, we will be discussing the improving of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and what this could mean for the boating industry. Today, we cover the present state of affairs with Cuba and where the industry currently stands, and on Thursday, April 16, we will discuss what... Read more »

From the archives: Improving service, 50 years later

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Jonathan Sweet
April 9, 2015

For this From the Archives, we’re taking a ride in the WABAC machine to April 1965, where it appears the more things change, the more they stay the same. The editorial column: Improving customer service. Editor Charles Jones shares his thoughts on a recent column in Printers’ Ink, taking... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Unemployment continues YOY declines amid disappointing monthly report


By Brianna Liestman
April 9, 2015

Additions to nonfarm payroll employment were disappointing this month but the unemployment rate continues to improve year-over-year.It’s worth keeping in mind that wage growth imcreased this month, which could be a good sign for the coming year. Employment situation Total nonfarm payroll employment... Read more »

Survey: Marine hiring climate getting tougher

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Jonathan Sweet
April 7, 2015

Boat dealers and manufacturers are finding it harder to find good employees as the industry and economy recover. And nowhere is that tougher than in the service department, according to the latest Boating Industry survey. The survey was conducted via email in March, with surveys deployed to readers of... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales at highest level since June 2013


By Brianna Liestman
April 2, 2015

Pending home sales and consumer confidence are both up this month, with pending home sales building significant year-over-year growth. Pending home sales The Pending Home Sales Index rose 3.1 percent to 106.9 in February, up from January’s slight downward revision to 103.7 and is 12.0 percent above... Read more »

Robo Trailer Valet aims at easing trailer use

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Jonathan Sweet
April 1, 2015

With a remote control and a little robotic ingenuity, EZ Loader is hoping to shake up the trailer industry with its new Robo Trailer Valet. “It’s aimed at the guy who doesn’t want to have to push the boat around,” said Gary Potter, vice president/general manager of EZ Loader.... Read more »

Next is Now


Brianna Liestman & Jonathan Sweet
April 1, 2015

What America’s changing demographics mean for boating It’s no exaggeration to say we are in the midst of major demographic shifts in the United States. What the average American looks like, where they live and how they behave are all changing at a rapid pace. With these changes in generations,... Read more »

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