On deadline, under pressure, every day
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Good deadline reporters write fast, they’re competitive, they don’t come unglued under pressure, and they come back the next day and do it all over again. Day after day. Trade Only associate editor Beth Rosenberg pretty much fits that description to a T. (Read More…)
An angler, writer and ‘gentle soul’
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Sportfishing writer Tim Coleman was a quiet, modest man who preferred to let his actions and written words do the talking for him. An exceptional saltwater angler and a prolific writer, Coleman didn’t like to put himself at the center of his stories or shine a spotlight on himself. (Read More…)
The choppy waters of a slow recovery
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
At the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C., last week, speaker Greg Ip of The Economist reminded the audience of one of the realities of this sluggish economy. We remain in the midst of a slow U- or L-shaped recovery, one that still feels like a recession to millions of people. (Read More…)
Smooth sailing or a ‘bumpy ride’?
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
It’s been a long time since anyone has suggested we’ve been too effusive in our reporting on the state of the industry. For much of the last four years, just the opposite has been true. (Read More…)
West Marine and nautical know-how
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
I was able to catch up with West Marine CEO and president Geoff Eisenberg at the grand opening last Thursday of the company’s newest flagship store in Old Saybrook, Conn. (Read More…)
U.S. manufacturing: ‘On a knife edge’
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Good news on the manufacturing front from The Wall Street Journal and a growing number of other sources. After a long drought, industrial manufacturing in this country may have shifted gears, the newspaper suggests in a recent story. (Read More…)
A new definition for ‘BOAT’
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
You probably know the old saw.
Q: What does the word “boat” stand for?
A: Break Out Another Thousand.
At the Recreational Boating Leadership Workshop in Chicago yesterday, NMMA president Thom Dammrich provided a different interpretation of the acronym. (Read More…)
So long, tire-kickers
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
There is boat show traffic, and then there is qualified traffic. The Palm Beach International Boat Show has a reputation for attracting a strong percentage of serious buyers, which really shouldn’t be a surprise given the surrounding zip codes. (Read More…)
Attracting young people who ‘think with their hands’
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
You lift your head after spending a good bit of time in the traces and suddenly realize the industry has gone gray while you were busy plowing your fields. Where did all the kids go? (Read More…)
A project changes lives in Maine and Japan
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
One winter ago, Stacey Raymond found himself in the same boat as a lot of small builders, scratching and clawing for every sale. This winter, however, was a bit different for the owner of General Marine Inc. of Biddeford, Maine. Raymond was busy building 20 small boats for fishermen in Japan whose lives were turned upside down by the devastating tsunami of a year ago. (Read More…)