Q&A with SailTime CEO Todd Hess


Jonathan Sweet
April 29, 2015

Founded in 2001, SailTime is a boat-sharing service that allows users to share ownership of a boat through an annual membership fee. While started as a service for sailboats, the company has added powerboats to its offerings. The company has more than 30 franchised bases worldwide, as well as a network... Read more »

GPS provider sets sights on marine market


Jonathan Sweet
April 27, 2015

A new player is hoping to bring its GPS experience to the marine market and help dealers boost their F&I profits. Skypatrol has been providing solutions for the powersports market and other industries and sees the marine market as ripe for its products, said Tony Tarell, director of sales for Skypatrol’s... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Existing home sales reach highest level since fall 2013


By Brianna Liestman
April 23, 2015

Existing and new home sales are mirror images of each other this week: While existing home sales saw huge increases in March, new home sales dragged and fell below 500,000. However, the most important thing they both have in common is strong year-over-year gains. Existing home sales Total existing-home... Read more »

Top 100 Lessons: Selling dealership takes planning, communication

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Jonathan Sweet
April 22, 2015

Top 100 dealer Oak Hill Marina offers insight on transition Selling a marine dealership is never easy. It can be a volatile business that doesn’t appeal to most investors and that only gets more difficult when there isn’t a next generation in the family to hand it down to. Top 100 dealer Oak Hill... Read more »

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 »

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