When is the right time to sell a marina?

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By Walter B. Duke III
August 13, 2015

It’s a natural time for marina owners to evaluate selling their marina assets as the national economy continues to recover. However, there are many considerations and complexities that come into play beyond the macro-economic perspective, because each property has a unique set of circumstances and... Read more »

Are you getting as many referrals as you should?

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By Matt Sellhorst
August 7, 2015

Who is the 2nd easiest client to sell? A referral of course! But, how do we get more of them? A mentor of mine used to say; “Anything that happens by accident can be made to happen predictably with the right systems.” When it comes to referrals, this is a true statement indeed. How would more referrals... Read more »

Premier Pontoons introduces five new models, industry-first innovations

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By Brianna Liestman
August 6, 2015

Premier Pontoons introduced five new models during its dealer meeting this week, testing the lineup for the first time on Saturday, August 1. “Our biggest and best dealer meeting ever was a resounding success,” said Premier President Lori Melbostad. “It was a high-energy weekend that made our staff... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: ADP employment adds 185,000 jobs in July

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By Brianna Liestman
August 6, 2015

Private sector employment has returned to trends we saw earlier this year, with job growth dropping below 200,000 in July. However, this month was a huge improvement for employment in large businesses. ADP employment Private sector employment increased by 185,000 jobs in July, a sharp decline from the... Read more »

11 time management strategies for boat dealers

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By Matt Sellhorst
August 3, 2015

It’s prime selling season, I don’t have time. It’s winterization season, I don’t have time. It’s boat show season, I don’t have time. Over and over, it’s the busyness of the boat business that keeps owners, GMs and salespeople from doing those most important of tasks that are not urgent.... Read more »

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing sets sights on national efforts through partnerships with NMMA, RBFF

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By Brianna Liestman
July 30, 2015

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing recently announced partnerships with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Recreating Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing is an organization founded in 1997 dedicated to attracting more women to sportfishing and to promoting... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales at third highest ranking of 2015

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By Brianna Liestman
July 30, 2015

While pending home sales declined in June, the numbers are not far off from last month’s reading, which was the highest reading since April 2006. Pending home sales The Pending Home Sales Index fell 1.8 percent to 110.3 in June. The index is still 8.2 percent above June 2014 and, despite the decline,... Read more »

Nautique launches new G23 and G25 boats

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By Brianna Liestman
July 23, 2015

Nautique released the new G23 and G25 towboats on July 17 with an in-person launch party in Austin, Texas, a live webcast and a live Periscope stream. Nautique chose to launch the boats in such a social way, using the hashtag #gamechanger, because they wanted to reach customers all around the world. “In... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Existing home sales reach eight-year high

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By Brianna Liestman
July 23, 2015

It’s hard not to be optimistic about the housing market this week, as we take a look at pre-recession levels of existing home sales and double-digit year-over-year growth for housing starts. Existing home sales Existing home sales increased 3.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million... Read more »

Video: Mercury rolls out new sterndrives, engine features

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Jonathan Sweet
July 22, 2015

Mercury Marine introduced the latest iterations of its purpose-built sterndrive engines this week, adding two V8s to the line-up. Mercury showed the new 6.2-liter V8 300hp and 350hp engines at a media event in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday morning, followed by testing on Lake Wylie, adding to the product... Read more »

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