These stories appear in the current issue of Boating Industry.

Q&A with Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine 

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
May 1, 2015

Over the last several years, Yamaha Marine has rolled out several innovations from its Helm Master integrated boat control system to a variety of new engines. But even as the company has developed a wave of new products Yamaha has also been one of the biggest industry advocates, lobbying for the industry... Read more »

Campaign kickoff: MDCE 2015 registration now open

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Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
May 1, 2015

Registration for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo opened on April 1. The 2015 MDCE is scheduled for November 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. With the registration kickoff comes a new marketing campaign, branded by the tagline “MDCE 2015: Made... Read more »

Boating Industry 2015 Top Products

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Boating Industry
May 1, 2015

In our annual listing of the top products in the boating industry, you’ll find a wide variety of products from boats to accessories, from engines to apps. These products were all introduced or significantly updated since the beginning of 2014. From hundreds of nominations, they were chosen based on... Read more »

Wide, open spaces

Bayliner says the use of deck boats for water sports has become more prominent in recent years.

Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
May 1, 2015

Deck boat manufacturers introduce new, versatile products A deck boat is a versatile product: It can be powered by an outboard or sterndrive engine, be used for cruising or water sports, fishing or coving. What all deck boats have in common, however, is their open floor plans and capability to take... Read more »

Leadership in Action

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Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
May 1, 2015

How to develop leadership talent and become someone employees want to follow Leadership is a constant development problem for all industries. According to a study from Deloitte University Press, leadership is the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world, with 86 percent of respondents... Read more »

Spring Brook Marina: Careful expansion, exceptional service

Nicholas Upton, Associate Editor
May 1, 2015

The Boating Industry Top 100 dealers represent the best boat dealers in North America. In this ongoing feature, we’ll be checking in with our top dealers each month to see what makes them so successful. In the classic fable The Tortoise and the Hare, Aesop regales readers with a lesson about pressing... Read more »

Safety, technology focus for trailer manufacturers

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
May 1, 2015

Certification and compliance offer dealers, boat builders certainty Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the trailer when they buy a boat, being understandably focused on finding the right vessel to meet their needs. But that only makes it more important for the industry to give the... Read more »

Hiring climate getting tighter

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
May 1, 2015

More difficult to find, keep good employees, survey says The downside of the industry rebound and recovery in the overall economy is making it harder to find qualified employees. And nowhere is that tougher than in the service department, according to the latest Boating Industry survey. The survey was... Read more »

Next is Now

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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 »

GE Survey: Optimism reigns in marine industry

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

Nearly 80 percent of the marine industry expects to see their sales grow by 5 to 10 percent, according to a new survey from GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance. That’s up from 54 percent who felt the same in 2014 and 43 percent in 2013. The survey was conducted in February at GE’s Industry... Read more »

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