Recreational Boating Industries Foundation Awards $12,500 in Scholarships

PHOTO COURTESY OF RBIEF The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation announced an award of $12,500 in scholarships to seven students showing an avid interest in pursuing marine industry careers. Started in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the RBIEF scholarship fund aims to advance opportunities for training and education to help benefit and […]

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‘Bug Money’ Skater 28 Catamaran A Dream Come True

<!– New Products: ‘Bug Money’ Skater 28 Catamaran A Dream Come True –> There is no typo in the headline above—the name of Bryan Swinney’s new 28-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 300R outboard engines isn’t supposed to be “Big Money.” The 37-year-old, who hails from Vernon, N.J., and has been a […]

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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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American Baitworks Gets a New VP of Sales

Industry veteran Jay Harris joins the team at American Baitworks as Vice President of SalesHarris to lead sales team for fishing tackle and soft plastics manufacturing OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (June 15, 2022) – Jay Harris has joined the team at American Baitworks as Vice President of Sales. Jay has worked in the fishing industry for […]

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Scout 400 LXF

The Wow factor. by Capt. Tom Serio You know the brand name Scout Boats, and now you need to know of its latest entry to the Luxury Center Console (LXF) line — the new 400 LXF. Photos Courtesy of Capt. Tom Serio With a composite carbon fiber and e-glass epoxy infused hull, Scout delivers a […]

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Blackfin 302DC

Weekend water retreat. by Alan Wendt Unless you really know somebody, or are somebody, getting your hands on a new boat has been a challenge the past three summers. Photos Courtesy of Blackfin COVID confinement and quarantine curbed traditional travel and brought an unprecedented number (39% of new boat sales) of first-time boaters into the […]

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Tested: Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker claims the new 65 Sport Yacht’s SkyHelm is sports-car inspired. We test that claim by comparing it to an Aston Martin convertible. Photos by Zach Stovall License to Thrill Sunseeker claims the new 65 Sport Yacht’s SkyHelm is sports-car inspired.We test that claim by comparing it to an Aston Martin convertible. Modern-day humans, myself […]

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1,000 Islands Charity Poker Reaping Outstanding Industry Support

<!– In the News: 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Reaping Outstanding Industry Support –> At this moment, 100 high-performance powerboat owners have registered for the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y. Also at this moment, a combination of 50-plus sponsors with donations from $1,250 to $12,500 have signed up to make the July 14-16 […]

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Suncoast Powerboats Adds Industry Professional Cole McGowan to its Brokerage

Suncoast Powerboat and Yacht Brokerage, the boutique sales firm based in Sarasota, FL, specializing in performance powerboats, performance fishing boats, and express cruisers, has announced the addition of Cole McGowan to its lineup of brokers. McGowan, a Sarasota native and Tampa resident, has been in the high-performance powerboat industry for ten years, working closely with […]

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Deep Impact: One of Speedboating’s Greatest Turnaround Success Stories

How Deep Impact and exclusive dealer Plantation Boat Mart joined forces to achieve greatness. Once upon a time, center consoles were exclusively associated with sportfishermen and bluewater tournaments. Over the years, they became faster, roomier and more competitive. The evolution of the center console from fishboat to high-performance juggernaut has been our industry’s most astonishing chapters, […]

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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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Hobie Launches Ukraine-Themed Special Edition Kayaks for a Cause

PHOTO COURTESY OF HOBIE Premium kayak and watersport product manufacturer Hobie partnered with BRD Custom to design six special edition Ukrainian-themed SKINS to be applied to Mirage Compass pedal kayaks and sold or auctioned off to support Revived Soldiers Ukraine, a nonprofit that promotes awareness of human rights and delivers humanitarian aid. Kayaks for the […]

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Garmin Expands Offerings with New Fusion Signature Series 3i Premium Audio Range

PHOTO COURTESY OF GARMIN Fusion Entertainment’s new Signature Series 3i marine speakers expands on its legacy line by offering a new installation solution, added marinization and a new Sports Gray grille option. Offering seamless plug-and-play installation, the series combines function and style to provide a fully integrated Fusion audio system that maximizes audio performance, perfect […]

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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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Garmin releases Signature Series 3i marine speakers

Garmin International, Inc. has announced the Signature Series 3i marine speakers from Fusion Entertainment, a Garmin brand. The series includes illuminated sport, non-illuminated sport, and classic styles. “The Signature Series 3i combines the modern style and superior sound boaters want with the added layers of marine protection they need. From center consoles and yachts to […]

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OneWater acquires Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc.

OneWater Marine Inc. has announced that it’s signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (OBCI) a supplier and distributor of appearance, cleaning, and maintenance products for the marine industry and the automotive, powersports, recreational vehicles, and outdoor power equipment markets, for $13.08 per share, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $125 million. […]

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Newport International Boat Show announces sponsor line-up

The Newport International Boat Show has announced its line-up of sponsors and partners for this year’s Show, which will take place Sept. 15-18, 2022, at the Newport Yachting Center Marina in downtown Newport, R.I. “Our sponsors’ support has helped us expand the Newport International Boat Show to provide an exceptional, world-class experience for visitors and […]

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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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