100% of MRAA Board contributes to BoatPAC

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is proud to announce today that 100 percent of the MRAA Board of Directors has contributed to BoatPAC, the federal political action committee representing the recreational boating industry. The joint PAC fund of the MRAA, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), […]

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Herbert Eldean, Founder of Eldean Shipyard, Dies at Age of 80

Herbert “Herb” Eldean — founder of Eldean Shipyard in Macatawa, Michigan — unexpectedly passed at the age 80 on May 9, 2022. Herb was a lifelong boater, sailor, gardener, builder, developer and entrepreneur. Herb grew up on the waterfront in Chicago where his father founded Monroe Street Harbor. At 8 years old, Herb might be […]

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RBFF adds new board members

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced six additions to its Board of Directors. Louis Chemi (Freedom Boat Club), Carly Hysell (Garmin International), Wade Middleton (Careco TV), Bryan Seti (Yamaha Motor Corporation), Shelley Tubaugh (Grady-White Boats) and Kendra Wecker (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) bring more than a century and a half of combined […]

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What Does Boat Insurance Cover?

Boat insurance is just what it sounds like: coverage that kicks in if you get into trouble with your boat.  However, there are different types of boat insurance policies, and those policies cover different types of things. Making sure you have the right type of insurance for the way you intend to use your boat […]

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Boating Industry names 2022 Women Making Waves

Boating Industry named the 2022 Women Making Waves with the launch of yesterday’s June/July issue.  Entering its fifth year in 2022, Boating Industry’s Women Making Waves program recognizes a multitude of women in the recreational boating industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations […]

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MTA/NJ announces scholarship winners

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation has announced the winners of their 2022 scholarships and educational awards. Since 2006, the MTA/NJ Education Foundation has awarded nearly $30,000 to students and has provided over $10,000 towards marine education and training for members.   The Automotive Training Center in Warminster, Pa. sponsored a half scholarship to […]

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2022 Women Making Waves

By Boating Industry Staff Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the multitude of women in the industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations and peers into the future. Now in its fifth year and becoming a part of Boating […]

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How will you handle a slow down in demand?

By Matt Sellhorst As a dealership owner or marketing expert, are you monitoring Google Trends for “Boats for Sale” or “Your Style of Boats for Sale.” This can be an outstanding tool for seeing demand trends in the industry and it’s obviously slowing. We knew this would happen, the question is, how will you and […]

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Industry voices: 40+ years of memories, mentors and making waves

  By Wanda Kenton Smith As we celebrate Boating Industry’s Women Making Waves, I can’t help but reflect on my 40-plus-year industry career and the mentors who believed in me and made it all possible. Terry Snow of World Publications gambled on a driven young journalist and launched my career into the marine stratosphere when […]

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Industry voices: Be the one to make change happen

By Roxanne Rockvam First of all, congratulations to this year’s Women Making Waves award winners! As the current Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year, saying I’ve grown up in the boating industry is an understatement.  Our family owns a marina on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. The Ship’s Store was in the lower level of […]

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Women at work – and making waves

By David Gee How great is it to celebrate the considerable accomplishments of women in the recreational boating industry in this unique issue?! Of course, Boating Industry, and parent company EPG Brand Acceleration, support and lift up women in the workplace in general, and specifically in the boating industry, the entire year. That happens not […]

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At the Helm: Driving diversity in the marine workplace

By Adam Quandt Prior to World War I, three-fourths of all women employed in manufacturing were making apparel or its materials, food or tobacco products, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. During the war, the number of women in the workforce began to increase, as did their opportunities across occupations. In 1920, 20% of […]

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Forging ahead: Honoring women in leadership

By Jamie Stafford In June, we recognize all the women leaving their mark on the industry with our annual Women Making Waves recognition program. These women work hard to create positive change and foster momentum within the marine industry. They come from a variety of backgrounds as well – from dealerships to trade associations to […]

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The women behind Boating Industry

By Jamie Stafford Marion MinorChief Executive Officer In 2002, Marion Minor seized the opportunity to take charge of her own company, buying data and content assets to enter an executive sphere where women were the minority. She had always been drawn to areas where she could make an impact, and she embraced the inherent risk. […]

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