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What makes your dealership unique?

Alberta Marine restarted boat storage after seeing a significant drop in off-season service business soon after ending it. Last year was the company’s most profitable year for service.

By Justin Di Vilio
March 10, 2015

Every dealership has a quality that’s uniquely its own. Is your business family-owned? Do you have some sort of specialty or niche market? What about a calendar jam-packed with events? Your unique value proposition might be your service department, or it could be your dealership culture that makes... Read more »

Weekly 5: Small business optimism up in February

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Boating Industry
March 10, 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. Small business optimism up in February The NFIB Small Business Optimism Survey for February rose to 98.0, it’s third-highest... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales mark fifth consecutive month of year-over-year gains

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By Brianna Liestman
March 5, 2015

Pending home sales are seeing record-breaking increases this month, which indicates a strong year of home sales for 2015. And while this month’s report for private-sector employment may be lower than the previous month, consistent job gains above 200,000 continue to persist, which indicates strong... Read more »

Survey: Government regulations hurting boating’s growth

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Jonathan Sweet
March 5, 2015

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 their top issues and attitudes about government... Read more »

17 Strategies of a Service Superhero

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Brianna Liestman, Managing Editor
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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