Davis acquires Simply Brilliant lines

March 1, 2014

Davis Instruments of Hayward, Calif., has acquired the Simply Brilliant Shockles and SolLight product lines. Both are suited for the marine, camping, RV and other outdoor recreation markets. Shockles are shock-absorbing solutions for many outdoor and industrial uses. Most feature sun- and abrasion-resistant webbing sewn over special progressive-tension design shock cord with a patented internal …

MRAA scholarships awarded

The Landing School of Arundel, Maine, and the Laramie, Wyo.-based WTI Foundation were selected as recipients of 2013 MRAA Technical Scholarships. The MRAA Technical Scholarship Fund was founded to offer financial assistance for technical training of dealership personnel and was initially underwritten by the OMC Foundation. For several years, the foundation has used the scholarship …

Let’s Get Personal

Expand your market by adding customized graphics. By Dara Syrkin Imagine your customers at the marina. They put the name board cover on, and the neighbor asks, “How’d you get the name of your boat on there?” Or, at the lake, “How’d you get that image of martini glasses on your bimini cover?” Soon, you’re …

Legendary Marine No. 1 again

For the second consecutive year, Legendary Marine of Destin, Fla., has been named the No. 1 boat dealer in North America for 2013 by Boating Industry magazine. “Legendary wowed us with the wave of improvements the company made over the last year, from the Five Star Military VIP Program to the Legends Boating Club,” editor …

Repair or Replace? Part 1: Posing the Question

A customer wanders into your store with a tattered and torn bimini top in hand—one that obviously has seen better days. Although the boat owner requests repairs be done to his beloved top, your better judgment foresees the need for a complete replacement. So how do you handle this situation? How do you ensure your …

Chupich named Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

Rallee Chupich, co-owner of Gordy’s Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wis., is the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. The honor is given annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry. A 30-year-plus veteran of the boat business, Chupich has served in a wide variety of roles at the dealership, from ski instructor and …

Repair or Replace? Part 2: Make your best bid

Don’t undersell the quality of your work in effort to win the job. You’ve just landed a dozen bid requests for repair or replacement projects. Based on your estimate, it is expected that these jobs will yield a healthy profit. But how will you ensure that this healthy profit will materialize? Or that you’ve estimated …

Taylor Made Systems named ABA supplier of choice

Taylor Made Systems of Gloversville, N.Y., has been named the American Boatbuilders Association’s Preferred Supplier of Choice for glazing and canvas systems. The Taylor Made brand will supply items such as windshields, doors, roof systems and hull windows, while its fabric engineering and manufacturing arm, Ameritex Fabric Systems, will supply items such as bimini tops, …

Are you prepared for the worst?

In the unlikely event of an emergency, are you adequately prepared to overcome obstacles? Suppose a raging pandemic forced you to shut your doors for a week. Or a fire raced through neighboring buildings, disrupting your business operations. Or a natural disaster created havoc in your community, rerouting traffic, deliveries and work schedules. The statistical …

Retro sport top fabrication

Years ago, sport tops with tails were considered the norm. In those days, we fabricated them with vinyl that had a denim backing. Most of the frames were vinyl-covered galvanized pipe, not stainless as is standard today. Navy tops made with acrylics are now the accepted standard. When we were asked to make a sport …