Weekly 5: New England Boat Show attendance down from record 2016

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 week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. New England Boat Show attendance down from record 2016 A reported 46,461, people attended this year’s New England Boat Show, down 8 percent …
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Sixth annual “Boatload of Backpacks” marks record donations from Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler held its sixth annual “Boatload of Backpacks” fundraiser to help area students start off the new school year on the right foot. This year marked Boston Whaler’s biggest ever donation, as more than 150 backpacks filled with school supplies were loaded into a 170 Dauntless and delivered to three local elementary schools. It …
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Sea Tow Foundation launches EPIRB and PLB rental program with support from ACR Electronics

Sea Tow Foundation has launched a new emergency beacon rental program, allowing boaters across the nation access to Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) for rent. The launch of this program is supported by a donation of eight beacons from ACR Electronics. ACR Electronics is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and to mark …
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Weekly 5: Environmentalists claim Yachts Miami Beach left mess from docks

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 Monday on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Environmentalists claim Yachts Miami Beach left mess from docks The temporary docks used by Yachts Miami Beach resulted in plastic foam being left […]
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Marinas evolve from a point of launch to family destinations

In order to effectively sell the boating lifestyle, marinas are increasingly turning their facilities into a hub of activity. The marina of today has evolved from a mere launch point to an all-day destination. We spoke with top marinas to discuss what areas of their business held the most potential for driving traffic and sales, […]
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From the Archives: A Burglar’s Eye View of Boating

In December 1961, Boating Industry took a unique approach to talking about preventing theft in your boat dealership or marine supply business. Included in that issue was “A Burglar’s Eye View of Boating,” a first-person account by Michigan inmate No. 89218 — AKA Edward Anderson, serving a term at Jackson State Prison after being convicted […]
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From the Archives: 14 strategies to take your service department to the next level

As we head into the fall, it’s a good time to revisit some best practices for the service department. This article, first published in 2012, has been one of our most popular stories on the subject: If you’ve survived this recession, you probably have a decent service department. You measure technician efficiency. You market your […]
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