Boating Industry

February 2016

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Page 23 of 43 24 | Boating Industry | February 2016 BY CRAIG RITCHIE N owhere has the rebirth of the U.S. economy been more evident than in the recreational boating industry. Once quiet fac- tories now hum with activity as manufacturers churn out exciting new products. Dealer lots no longer house signifi cant volumes of non-current inventory, and the noise level at winter boat shows is audibly louder – clear evidence of deals being made and money changing hands. Not only did the recovery directly power a coincident rebound in the world's strongest boating market, but the improved prospects of American consumers have lifted the fortunes of boat builders all over the world, spawning a ripple effect that has Economic rebound good for industry, but stronger U.S. dollar making exporting more diffi cult

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