It’s called Discover Boating’s Hands-On Skills Training (HOST). It has completed its fifth year and it’s been very successful when measured by the number of boaters — and wannabe boaters — that have participated. The total number is a whopping 6,665 participants at boat shows and dealerships comprised of 4,074 for powerboating classes and 2,591 […]
A well-deserved salute to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida on tonight’s party marking the 40th anniversary of the Broward County Waterway Cleanup.
Many cities and counties along the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida are having a good time deciding how to spend the money they’re receiving in settlements from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010.
Florida has taken the lead in assisting local businesses impacted by the presence of blue-green algal blooms in local waterways.
If you follow Dealer Outlook, you already know I’m a big believer in our industry’s Discover Boating campaign. And when I see multiple morning segments on the nation’s No. 1 cable news network touting how great boating is, it reminds me most dealers probably don’t see the continuous work the Discover Boating team does to […]
My name is Norm and I’m addicted . . . to my smartphone.
If you missed Tuesday’s blog, it was a look at a University of Michigan Water Center study that found not enough is being done to curtail massive farm runoff, specifically phosphorus, which is known to be the overwhelming cause of widespread algae blooms in many of the nation’s lakes and waterways.
Let’s use poop for fuel instead of choking the nation’s lakes with algae growth.
A great leader is someone who redefines the measure of success.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s here. After talking about it for the last 12 months, we’re about to see industry history made with the Thursday opening of the new Progressive Miami International Boat Show at the new Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.
A proposal to eliminate the Ohio Waterway Safety Council is running into a storm of objections, while the industry’s political action committee BoatPAC unveiled a streamlined new website.
The final countdown to Miami is underway. In just six weeks, an all-new sound will be coming from a 74-year-old marine industry institution. The Progressive Miami International Boat Show will open its 75th edition in the new Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin and celebrate the largest relocation of a boat show in history.
The members of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council gathered in Chicago on Tuesday to review progress and identify areas for continued emphasis.
Its fancy name is “illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” but call it what it is — pirate fishing. The good news, however, is that President Obama has signed a bipartisan bill to tackle the problem that impacts all anglers, recreational or commercial.
Leaders of the major boating industry trade associations on the national, state and local levels will gather next week in Orlando for three days of meetings and discussions on a wide range of subjects.
Remember the refurbished cruiser Honey Fitz that John F. Kennedy enjoyed off Martha Vineyard? Or Kennedy’s epic adventures aboard PT109 in the Pacific Ocean?
Here’s a tale of two states — Florida and Michigan — and the need to keep summer from ending early. One state is winning, the other is not. Both have big impacts on boating.
For dealers and their customers on the Great Lakes and elsewhere, a recent court ruling is reason to cheer. And, with the growing algae bloom problems still plaguing parts of many lakes, some good news is more than welcome.
Two programs to get people out on the water are being stamped a success. The Boat Registration Marketing Program created by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and the national media exposure by country music star Jake Owen, aka Discover Boating’s ambassador, are getting it done.
Heading into the so-called last big boating weekend of summer — albeit some of the greatest boating in most parts of the country comes through September and October — here are some good news items worth noting:
The second of the three major fall in-water shows on the Great Lakes finished strong last weekend, while Discover Boating wants your opinion about future content.
A push to “get the lead out” in California will negatively impact conservation there, while the San Diego International Boat Show is set to have a positive impact on the Southern California marketplace.
Gas prices have unexpectedly jumped, but so has the University of Michigan’s latest survey of consumer confidence. Both are actually good news.
Seems like every day the Progressive Miami International Boat Show is making news — or I should say someone is making news about it. As I see it, it’s all a harbinger of great things to come.
Are we now a nation of singletons? Well, if you are an American, odds are that you’re single and you’re in the majority.
Reports from Ohio and Maryland confirm that it continues to be a good year for boat shows and it signals a summer when boaters will be putting in more hours on the water as gas prices remain relatively low.
I was fascinated this week by an article in Flying magazine announcing that Siemens unveiled a 260-kW electric aircraft motor. It got me thinking about electric boats.
Aerial surveys by biologists during February tallied a record number of manatees, more than 6,000 of them around Florida, raising serious questions about any need to impose more restrictions on recreational boating in the name of manatee protection. When is enough, enough?
Chatter about the obvious success of the 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show might have actually taken a backseat to talk about the 2016 show and its unprecedented move to a new site.
Boating and beer go together, at least in the recognition that both industries need to reach millennials if they hope to see long-term growth.
In the marine industry, we talk about competing for the discretionary dollars with golf, RVs and so on. But have we ever considered video games?
Mayors from 20 Great Lakes cities in both the U. S. and Canada converged on Chicago recently seeking answers to the growing algae problems plaguing the lakes, particularly Lake Erie, but a real threat to waterways throughout the region.
There’s encouraging news worth noting on two fronts — a rising consumer confidence index and recognition for the industry’s ongoing Discover Boating campaign.
Now’s your chance to make one of your customers or boating friends a star of Discover Boating. And read on to find out why Generation X is a demographic that should make a great marketing target.
The three largest in-water boating expositions held annually on the Great Lakes have worked together to set dates that avoid conflicts and make it more convenient for exhibitors that traditionally display in each event.
We can always learn from good events. So when they occur, they’re worth noting.
With years of declining sales finally behind us and our recovery from the Great Recession, while disappointingly slow, well under way, you’ve gotta like the solid evidence that our future is good as shown in the Coast Guard’s latest National Recreational Boating Survey.
“Up to my ass in alligators” is a popular metaphor we all know isn’t taken literally. Unless, that is, you’re Joe Lewis, chairman of the industry’s Grow Boating board, and Carl Blackwell, helmsman of our Discover Boating national campaign. They have reason to see it from a different perspective.
The education task force that is part of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council is seeking input from dealers on boater education.
There will be plenty of excitement when MarinaFest 2014 hits Burton W. Chace Park in Marina del Rey, Calif., on May 17 for a day-long boating celebration.
If you read this blog regularly, you know I believe strongly in our industry’s Discover Boating national campaign. And the launching last week of “Stories of Discovery” just adds to my enthusiasm.
I asked my son, a Gen Xer, why he doesn’t have a boat. He certainly knows boats — he grew up in a boating family. It’s not a question of money — he can afford one. He likes boating — whenever he visits he wants to go fishing on my boat. So why?
There are training simulators for just about everyone these days — pilots, police, tanker captains, military personnel, driver’s education classes, on and on. So why not a simulator for boater training?
I was fishing in lower Tampa Bay during the weekend when Carnival’s “Paradise” and Royal Caribbean’s “Brilliance of the Seas” passed by, heading out on their weekly cruises to Mexico. It reminded me there are some interesting parallels between their kind of cruising and ours.