Large dealer turnout for Smoker Craft dealer meeting


By Craig Ritchie
August 19, 2014

More than 350 industry stakeholders representing 180 dealerships from around the world gathered in New Paris, Indiana, this month for Smoker Craft, Inc.’s annual dealer meeting, as the parent manufacturer of the Starcraft, Smoker Craft, Sylvan, SunChaser and Starweld boat brands celebrated the introduction... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Deficit thins, job openings at 13-year high

help wanted sign

By Brianna Liestman
August 14, 2014

As the U.S. budget deficit continues to decrease, we are also seeing strength return to the labor market with record-breaking job openings this month. Deficit narrows, revenue rises  The U.S. budget deficit is running 24 percent narrower than last year, at $460.5 billion compared to $697.4 billion during... Read more »

ChooseBoating brings the magic of boating to children


By Brianna Liestman
August 13, 2014

The sound of the waves crashing against the hull. The wind in your hair and the mist in your face. Your parent or sibling nestled beside you. These are the pleasant senses that come to mind when remembering your earliest boat rides. For families who do not have regular boat access, one organization is... Read more »

Premier Pontoons updates with new styling, creature comforts for 2015

A look at the new chocolate panels on the Grand Entertainer.

By Nicholas Upton
August 12, 2014

Pontoons are all about the creature comforts. The model doesn’t matter a whole lot as long as everyone aboard is having a good time. To than end, Premier Pontoons opted not to introduce a new model for 2015 and focus on style and comfort. Boating Industry got a chance to look at the new updates for... Read more »

Nautique Cares creates a culture of community engagement

Nautique Cares El Salvador

By Brianna Liestman
August 7, 2014

If it is true that we make a living by what we get and a life by what we give, Nautique and its employees are building much more than boats. Nautique employees recently traveled to El Salvador for a service trip as a part of the Nautique Cares initiative. Two four-day trips of 22 and 20 employees respectively... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: ISM index for manufacturing, non-manufacturing at record highs


By Brianna Liestman
August 7, 2014

Readings this week from the Institute for Supply Management suggest a strong outlook for the economy. The ISM manufacturing index was at 57.1 percent in July, a 1.8 percent increase from June and the 14th consecutive month of expansion. This report was well above economists’ expectations of 55.9 percent... Read more »

Freedom Boat Club expands growth, gains Wanda Kenton Smith


By Brianna Liestman
August 4, 2014

Freedom Boat Club will embark on a new venture next month, bringing all of their marketing efforts in-house for the first time. As a part of this new strategy, CEO John Giglio has tapped Wanda Kenton Smith as their new Chief Marketing Officer – a brand new position within the company. While the industry... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Consumer confidence highest since 2007, housing slows


By Brianna Liestman
July 31, 2014

The housing market is seeing a lag in its pending home sales and home appreciation, but with consumer confidence at an almost seven-year high, we can’t be too disappointed. Consumer confidence: A reason to rejoice The Consumer Confidence Index is seeing an increase to 90.9, much higher than economists... Read more »

Is it the right time to hire?


July 31, 2014

A recent email from Neal Harrell over at Brooks Marine Group, a recruiting firm for the boating industry, got us thinking again about the ways the job market has changed. Here’s some of what Neal had to say: We’re happy to report that hiring is way, way up across the recreational marine industry.... Read more »

Strong international presence at Chris-Craft dealer meeting


By Craig Ritchie
July 29, 2014

Dealers from 23 different countries gathered in Sarasota, Fla., in mid-July to see the latest offerings from Chris-Craft as the company celebrates its 140th anniversary. More than 120 dealer principals and senior staff attended Chris-Craft’s annual dealer meeting, representing dealerships from the... Read more »

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