17 Strategies of a Service Superhero


Kelsey Houle
March 3, 2015

Processes and profitability drive the success of any service department, and we tend to focus on the technical aspects of the work: Create better procedures, do a better walk around, find a new system to increase efficiency. Service, however, is a people-centric department at its heart, and customer... Read more »

Something old, something new


Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
March 3, 2015

Manufacturers bring innovation to the pontoon segment If anyone has a reason to be optimistic for the future, it’s pontoon manufacturers. From 1999 to 2013, pontoons have grown from making up 12 percent of all boat sales to 25 percent and double-digit sales growth has been consistent in recent years,... Read more »

Storming the hill


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
March 3, 2015

The industry heads to Washington for American Boating Congress It’s time again for Mr. Boater (and dealer and manufacturer and …) to go to Washington. The annual American Boating Congress will be held May 11-13 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. ABC is one of the best chances to effect... Read more »

Q&A with Navico’s executive team


Jonathan Sweet, Editor in Chief
March 3, 2015

Navico — the parent company of the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands — recently hosted the boating press at an event to show off its latest products and what’s coming later this year. Boating Industry was there and while we can’t share information on many of the products for a few months, we... Read more »

Marine audio advances to meet consumer demand

People dancing on a boat at sunset.

Nicholas Upton, Associate Editor
March 3, 2015

Home and auto trends expand to the marine segment Radical advancements in the marine audio segment are coming faster than ever as product development and economic conditions finally catch up with consumer demand. The beauty of such a competitive market like electronics is that the industry isn’t talking... Read more »

Weekly 5: New legislation to combat invasive species


Boating Industry
March 3, 2015

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. New legislation to combat invasive species Two new U.S. Senate and House bills are aimed at preventing the spread of Asian carp... Read more »

Building bridges and boaters: How to engage new markets


By Brianna Liestman
March 2, 2015

Last week, Boating Industry shared part one of the insights from the VIP Influencers Group, newly organized by the Recreational Boating and Leadership Council’s New Markets Task Force (formerly called the Diversity Task Force), about understanding new markets for the boating industry to reach. This... Read more »

Q&A with Nautic Global Group CEO Brad Gates


By Jonathan Sweet
February 26, 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 »

Economic Snapshot: Existing-home sales reach lowest rate in nine months, increase year-over-year


By Brianna Liestman
February 26, 2015

While existing-home sales declined in January, we are still seeing year-over-year sales and price gains. The most important numbers to watch will be inventory, which remains low at 0.5 percent below 2014. New home sales, while seeing a minuscule dip this month, remain at their highest levels since December... Read more »

Weekly 5: Deal to reopen California ports


Boating Industry
February 24, 2015

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Deal to reopen California ports Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal for 29 West Coast ports that should... Read more »

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