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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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Kelsey Houle
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 »

Q&A with Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine

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By Jonathan Sweet
March 31, 2015

Over the last several years, Yamaha Marine has rolled out several innovations from its Helm Master integrated boat control system to a variety of new engines. But even as the company has developed a wave of new products Yamaha has also been one of the biggest industry advocates, lobbying for the industry... Read more »

Weekly 5: Chicago Mayoral candidate proposes boat luxury tax

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Boating Industry
March 31, 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. Chicago Mayoral candidate proposes boat luxury tax Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who is running against Chicago... Read more »

22 Reasons Why Salespeople Don’t Make More Sales

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By John Graham
March 26, 2015

There are a few star performers in sales. The other 99% fall on a continuum from very good to poor. While this isn’t news to anyone, the common approach is to hold up the 1% as models for everyone else. “Strive to be a star,” they’re told. While that may motivate a few, it doesn’t help the... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Huge YOY gains in new home sales

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By Brianna Liestman
March 26, 2015

We only have two months of data on new and existing home sales, but there is much to be optimistic about for 2015. New home sales Sales of new single-family homes in February were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000, 7.8 percent above the revised January rate of 500,000 and 24.8 percent above... Read more »

Weekly 5: Miami, Key Biscayne officials proceed with mediation over boat show

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Boating Industry
March 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. Miami, Key Biscayne officials proceed with mediation over boat show Elected officials and staff from Key Biscayne and Miami have... Read more »

Info-Link: February boat sales continue growth trend

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Jonathan Sweet
March 20, 2015

Powerboat sales continued their upward climb in February, according to the latest data from Info-Link. February sales were up almost 10 percent year-over-year on a rolling 12 month basis, putting some data behind the anecdotal reports of a strong start to boat show season. The Bellweather report tracks... Read more »

New video vault provides fresh, organized content for industry

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By Brianna Liestman
March 19, 2015

Discover Boating recently released its new video vault on DiscoverBoating.com. The vault’s purpose is to provide a home for fresh video content covering the boating lifestyle. Discover Boating has always housed videos on its website but the new vault organizes them in a way that is categorized by content... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Harsh winter weather brings declines in housing

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By Brianna Liestman
March 19, 2015

Builder confidence and housing starts both dropped this month, likely due to the harsh weather we have experienced across the country this winter. Most economists seem to agree that these setbacks are temporary. Housing market index The Housing Market Index dropped two points to 53 in March but remains... Read more »

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