Economic Snapshot: Job openings remain at historical high


By Brianna Liestman
July 9, 2015

After strong reports of unemployment declines and job gains last week, the record level of job openings remained steady this month. JOLTS The number of job openings was little changed at 5.4 million on the last business day of May, which was the highest since the series began in December 2000. The job... Read more »

Why inbound marketing for the boating industry is more significant than ever


By Dani Barnack
July 8, 2015

The boating industry has been facing a longstanding and continual decline in new boat buyers. This point has been made multiple times over the last several years, but it seems as if it is falling on deaf ears since very little marketing changes have been made. According to Jack Ellis of Info-Link, the... Read more »

Weekly 5: Boat crashes mar holiday weekend


Boating Industry
July 7, 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 1. Boat crashes mar holiday weekend Dozens of people were injured or killed in boating accidents over the long holiday weekend this... Read more »

OneWater Marine Holdings acquires Rambo Marine


Boating Industry
July 7, 2015

ATLANTA – OneWater Marine Holdings, LLC, announced today that they have made a new partnership with Rambo Marine, a Boating Industry Top 100 dealer with locations in Huntsville and Birmingham, Ala. The dealership will continue to operate using its current name, location and personnel and offer Cobalt... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: Pending home sales reach eight-year high

Photo credit to Dan Moyle

By Brianna Liestman
July 2, 2015

We have plenty of great economic news to share ahead of the July 4th weekend, including record numbers in pending home sales, a return to 2014 numbers for the ADP employment report and declines in unemployment. Pending home sales  Pending home sales rose 0.9 percent to 112.6 in May, an increase from... Read more »

Florida Yacht Brokers Association aims to boost marine economy through legislative change

Photo Credit: John Spade

By Brianna Liestman
July 1, 2015

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association and attorneys and lobbyists with Becker & Poliakoff are engaging in an industry effort to amend current legislation hindering the sale of foreign-flagged yachts in the U.S. Under Title 19 CFR § 4.94, foreign-flagged boats can obtain a cruising license in the... Read more »

Investment in digital media sparks rewards


By Brianna Liestman
June 30, 2015

When attempting to reach new buyers, marine businesses need to be where those customers are rather than stay where they have always been and hope new customers show up. Robalo Boats knew this when launching its new 16-foot walkaround center console and decided to find a unique way to reach those people. Robalo... Read more »

Weekly 5: Video: Arkansas boat dealer agrees to prison term


Boating Industry
June 30, 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   1. Video: Arkansas boat dealer agrees to prison term Gary Eubanks, a Greers Ferry, Ark., boat dealer has agreed to a plea deal... Read more »

Census report shows increased diversity, aging white population


Jonathan Sweet
June 25, 2015

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the increased importance of reaching out to a wide audience of new markets if we're going to continue to grow boating. We've written about this previously (most notably, in our April cover story), but today's report on the U.S. population, which highlights... Read more »

Economic Snapshot: New and existing home sales reach record levels


By Brianna Liestman
June 25, 2015

Both new and existing home sales rose this month at seven- and six-year highs, respectively. New home sales Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000. This is 2.2 percent above the April rate of 534,000 and 19.5 percent above the May 2014 estimate... Read more »

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