These stories appear in the current issue of Boating Industry.

Washington Update

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

Industry making progress on key issues As we head into the spring legislative session with a new Congress, the boating industry’s key issues are getting some attention once again. From ethanol to Magnuson-Stevens to the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, there’s progress, albeit slow.... Read more »

Outboard innovation

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By Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
April 1, 2015

Five engine manufacturers offer new technologies to sustain consumer interest The past year has seen a number of new outboard products entering the market. Manufacturers want to provide existing consumers with the option to repower or add power to their vessels, which is an unsurprising emphasis considering... Read more »

Top to bottom: Marine paint evolves

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Nicholas Upton, Associate Editor
April 1, 2015

Consumers, new technologies help the segment expand Paints and coatings aren’t exactly big news items in the industry, but recent changes in the segment can have a major impact on businesses with painting operations. Several new products, new technology, new training programs and the shortage of a... Read more »

Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Brad Gates

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

It’s been a little over a year since Brad Gates took over as the CEO of Nautic Global Group, manufacturer of several boat brands including Hurricane, Rinker, Sweetwater, Polar Kraft and more. In March 2014, Gates succeeded Jim Malone, who had filled the role on an interim basis for several months after... Read more »

Boat Show Season Success

Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

The Boating Industry Top 100 dealers represent the best boat dealers in North America – and in this new regular feature in the magazine we’ll be sharing some of their best practices. It’s a chance for everyone in the industry to learn from the best-of-the-best, with tested, actionable ideas that... Read more »

Government issues major concern for industry

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

Regulations hurting ability to grow, survey says A majority of those in the boating industry believe government regulations are making it difficult for them to grow their business. That’s according to the latest Boating Industry survey, which surveyed readers of the magazine and digital products about... Read more »

Improving experiences for women buyers

Kelsey Houle
April 1, 2015

In Hispanic families, the spouse has the power of veto as to what the family will or won’t do on the weekends, and this is no different than the general market. Women make or break family purchase decisions and are adventurers in their own right, so they need to continue to be addressed during the... Read more »

Manufacturers take responsibility for internal training

Kelsey Houle
April 1, 2015

Robalo Boats has seen the potential with the Hispanic community and while it is not the company’s sole focus, training its dealer network on how to address the changing demographics is a priority. Robalo hosts corporate-level training for its dealer network, as well as multiple regional training opportunities... Read more »

At the Helm: Reaching new markets

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Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
April 1, 2015

Change is here, whether you like it or not. That shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion at this point. The country looks very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. You can complain about that if you’d like and that’s certainly your right. Yes, there are things that were better 30 years ago.... Read more »

Boat clubs, peer-to-peer offer alternatives

Jonathan Sweet
April 1, 2015

Whether it be Millennials, Hispanics or any other underrepresented group, there are many obstacles to bringing new potential boaters to the industry. Two of the biggest, though, are affordability and experience on the water. That’s where boat clubs and peer-to-peer rentals come into play. “When we... Read more »

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