Oil industry woes, losing a key Saturday date and an arctic blast packing sub-zero wind chills couldn’t stop boat shows in Houston, Cleveland, Chicago and Atlanta from delivering for their exhibitors.
National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich might be the most in-demand speaker in the marine industry today. His position allows him a comprehensive view of the business.
Question: What is a boat show manager’s worst nightmare? Answer: Failure to open on the biggest day for attendance.
It’s showtime as the New York Boat Show opened Wednesday and the show in Houston opens Friday. They’re starting off the industry’s critical winter boat show season with anticipation of gains in attendance and continued increases in sales.
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.
It’s the end of the year and a darn good one at that. So, come on, make my day and take this little quiz about some random facts and highlights. No Googling! (Answers at bottom)
When Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, blankets his house with Christmas lights in the classic film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” it doesn’t hold a twinkle to the display Joe and Susan Lewis, with teens Joey and Julia, stage in central Florida.
Tis one week till Christmas, we’re catching the mood, cause it’s time that we show some sincere gratitude!
Hallelujah! The discussion of when the model year should start and end has been going on for years, but it’s expected to be finally settled when the Senate passes a U.S. Coast Guard reauthorization bill today and sends it to the president.
The members of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council gathered in Chicago on Tuesday to review progress and identify areas for continued emphasis.
The Recreational Boating Leadership Council gathered today in Chicago for an annual review of activities and programs that various task force groups are undertaking, while the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has raised an interesting question about America’s grandparents.
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.
In spite of less-than-desirable weather last weekend, the Fort Myers (Fla.) Boat Show kept pace with the positive results enjoyed by all the industry’s recent fall shows.
There’s absolutely no doubt that the 75th anniversary of the Miami International Boat Show will take place on schedule in its new location at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin from Feb. 11-15.
Yesterday when word reached the National Marine Trades Council that one of its own, Melissa Danko, had been named the 2015 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year, the celebration began.
When 42 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives says it’s time to revise the ethanol mandate in this country, it’s time for the Environmental Protection Agency to heed the call.
There’s nothing like winding down the week with a bit of levity. Here’s one of my personal favorites!
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?
I recall a time prior to 2008 when Discover Boating had a strong national TV campaign and it was airing a commercial with a variety of dogs aboard and the key line “Dogs love boating, too.” Not being a dog owner, I thought the theme was a stretch, at best. Well, I was wrong then […]
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.
It’s not even Halloween and I’m already thinking Christmas? I didn’t mean to, but right next to the Halloween costumes and candy at our local Target is — you guessed it — everything from Christmas tree lights to model gingerbread houses.
Yesterday, I took my Yukon into my local GMC dealer for an oil change and to find out why my engine light was on.
If you’re like Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders who is “sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails,” then you are just a likely fed up hearing about the ethanol debacle. But the announcement last week of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition’s new campaign, dubbed “Inconvenient Facts,” brings to mind the possibility that biobutanol […]
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.
Just when you thought the new EMV credit card terminals you invested in would increase safety against card fraud, the FBI says not so fast.
The possible increase in interest rates at the next Federal Reserve committee meeting Oct. 27-28 and the recent demand that the largest banks add an additional $200 million layer of capital to protect against losses got me wondering just what impact any of this news might have for marine dealers.
Walking the aisles of last weekend’s Progressive Tampa Boat Show, I came upon the Progressive Insurance exhibit and I was struck by the genuine value that was being added to the overall show by this sponsor.
Dealers who have gone the extra mile to offer a 401(k) plan to their employees now face potential long-term responsibilities because of a recent Supreme Court ruling.
The Volkswagen scandal unfolding daily around the world is, at the very least, a wakeup call to businesses that breaking trust with customers can spell disaster. As expected, lawyers in Florida (and likely other places) have already filed suits on behalf of a customer and are gearing up for the lucrative class-action litigation that could […]
An example of poor customer service, a survey all marina operators should take and the latest highlights from the ongoing success of our Discover Boating national campaign are worth noting today.
Good weather always plays a role in the success of fall in-water shows like Detroit and Newport, but it wasn’t a factor in the results at IBEX, which recently wrapped up in Louisville, Ky.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s Marine Dealer Conference and Expo — and all dealers should be — you only have today and Friday to land worthwhile savings on registration fees.
When it comes to the E15 debacle, it’s not just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that’s a problem. Now we can add in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its planned big-money subsidies.
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.
We’re living in an on-demand world today. For a geezer like me, it’s hard to grasp the fact that I could get a replacement Jabsco livewell pump (not in stock locally) from Amazon and see it on my doorstep in two days. Maybe I could have even gotten it in two hours.
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.
New and more secure credit cards are on the way, but liability for fraudulent use is shifting from banks to retailers, who need to decide whether they want to buy point-of-sale units with chip-reading technology.
Yes, they are big names in our industry with lots of resources. But West Marine and MarineMax offer noteworthy examples of initiatives to increase fishing and boating participation that can be undertaken by any dealer recognizing the need to remain engaged with customers and prospects.
The doors blew off last weekend’s Orlando Boat Show while I was getting inspired at 36,000 feet.
Boat sales are fueled by money. So when major money problems arise for consumers who might buy a new boat, the impact on dealers is worth understanding.
You know me — I love fishing. And we all know of angling’s importance to our industry. So, from blasting the National Park Service to a solid partnership to get more women fishing, here are four fishy items worth knowing about that have grabbed my attention.
It was the first major-market fall show out of the box and last weekend’s Progressive Michigan City In-Water Boat Show sent all the right signals going forward.
Boaters are having a great summer with gas seeing the lowest average price per gallon in mid-summer since 2009. Moreover, gas on the highways could be headed for $2 a gallon again. But while low prices leave consumers with more cash to spend and fuel the economy, job cuts and an eventual drag on the […]
Public money for private marinas and a new online marine radio operation course could both be good for dealers and their customers.
Technology (email and texting) has taken the place of face-to-face contact, the swipe fees war isn’t over and newly proposed underground storage tank rules will impact dealers and marinas with fueling systems.
Kiss goodbye to the eight-hour workday and watch for proposed changes to the often-overreaching Endangered Species Act. Both have an impact on boating.
BoatUS couldn’t have said it better than in an email to members: “EPA Wants to Know How Much Corn You Want in Your Boat’s Gas Tank?”
“Schultzy, if you wanna do some good lobbying, do it with a can of worms,” Ray Underwood told me years ago. Last week, Underwood became the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, created in his honor by the Michigan Boating Industries Association, and it couldn’t be more fitting.