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Michigan tops nation in discretionary income

Trove Technologies Inc. says it analyzed occupation-specific salaries, tax data and costs of living across cities and states. Michigan came out as top discretionary income dog with an average $8,163, after paying expenses and taxes — meaning that’s potentially extra money that people can spend on such things as dinners out, vacations, hot tubs, boats, RVs, or anything else their heart desires.

California residents only average $56 in discretionary income per year, and Maine folks are in the hole an average $1,241 each year.

Lynn Darr, sales manager at North Shore Marina, said discretionary income drives many businesses.

“Obviously, discretionary income is important to anyone in the recreation industry, whether it’s boats, RVs or whatever — that’s always a plus,” he said. “It’s good for business if there’s discretionary income for everyone — the economy is good and people are willing to spend money.”

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Darr estimates new and used boat sales have increased 10-15 percent over last year.

“It’s been a very good year,” he said. “It’s been a constant uptick.”

Regionally, discretionary income appears strong, too. Although Trove Tech didn’t have data available for Ottawa County or Grand Haven, Muskegon fared particularly well, ranking seventh in the nation among small cities, with $6,273 in discretionary income. The top jobs in Muskegon are sailors/marine oilers, food prep and service workers, personal care aides, receptionists, and medical assistants.

Harold Hall, owner of Hall’s Sport Centers in Grand Haven and Muskegon, said he’s surprised, but pleased, with Michigan’s ranking.

“Discretionary income is very, very important to our business,” he said. “The problem is what I sell definitely has to be extra money because you don’t have to have a boat.”

Hall said low interest rates, favorable weather and stabilized fuel prices have skyrocketed boat sales the past three years. And last weekend’s heat helped, too. Hall’s Sport Center delivered 8-10 boats and put them in the water, he said.

Hall said he sees “help wanted” signs everywhere he travels, and when he delivered a boat to Traverse City last week, he saw a sign at a Burger King advertising starting pay at $12.25 per hour.

“That’s good,” Hall said. “People have to make money to buy boats from me.”

The study found that the Michigan cost of living averaged 15-20 percent below the national average.

Michael Pao, co-founder of Trove Technologies, said the data shows regional differences in take-home pay after factoring in salaries, cost of living and taxes. It tracked 778 occupations.

“Michigan ranks in the top echelon of states when it comes to enabling workers to keep more of what they earn,” Pao said. “Our research finds that Michigan blows away the rest of the country in terms of affordability, with housing expenses coming in at 32 percent lower than the national average and non-housing expenses 8 percent lower.”

Pao said many of his customers are trying to figure out the best place to live, and this study helps paint the picture in black and white in terms of finances.

“Cost of living calculators don’t adjust for salary,” Pao said. “We take salaries, taxes, cost of living and put it into one big, happy product. How much money you make and how much you take home is one of the factors people consider when they’re deciding where to live. We just want to make the information easily accessible to people.”

Pao said he was shocked at how Californian cities ranked, and yet, how many people choose to live there.

“It was an eye-opener to see the spread between Michigan and California,” he said. “If people had more information, they might think twice about where they choose to live. I think Michigan is a great place to live. Sometimes it isn’t the first place that people think of, but if people want to have a good living and raise their families, it’s a great place.”


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Scout Signals — Dorchester County boat maker launches new models designed to fit size niches, tout innovations

Today’s recreational marine business is steering toward high-tech, energy-efficient vessels offering models for all ranges of boaters. At least that’s the tone of Scout Boats’ annual media day and dealer meeting this week, in which the company unveiled new vessels and showcased one-of-a-kind equipment.

Headquartered in Summerville, Scout Boats introduced its new 355 LXF, 235 XSF and 251 XSS models, which are roughly 35- 23- and 25-footers respectively. The company, which builds its boats at a plant in Dorchester County, disclosed “new innovations” including bow-mounted cameras, heated helm seats and hardtop-mounted solar panel battery chargers as available options on its LXF fleet. The boat maker also showcases a two-toned Cayenne interior upholstery package, which it noted is available on select models.

Scout chief executive and founder Steve Potts credited the manufacturer’s research and development department with a tireless effort to bring “exciting” new equipment to its model lines. “Our LXF series is the example of luxury married with performance,” he said. “We feel it’s incredibly important to provide the types of innovations that ‘wow’ our customers and exceed their expectations.”

Potts continued, “Couple these with our new model debuts of the 380 LXF earlier this year and the work we’re doing on our new 530 LXF flagship that will debut spring 2018, we continue to move the industry forward with state-of-the-art innovations for the discerning boat buyer who wants only the best.”

On Sept. 24 at Charleston Harbor Marina, the chief executive met with marine and boating writers while displaying the three new models.

“We’re very diverse,” he said. The 355 LXF comes restyled with a “seakeeper,” — a vessel stabilizer — and includes a revised 4cabin seating design. Scout rolled out the 235 XSF as a strategic move to fit a size between the existing 21 and 25 foot editions. The bow, or front, eye camera helps the captain to see the anchor raised and lowered. Solar panel chargers assist in cloudier and colder weather climates when owners may not be able to get the boat on the water for months. The charger “keeps the batteries fresh,” Potts said.

The 355 LXF is set up with a power system for boaters who don’t have generators. “People can still add all the electronics,” from LED lights to directional equipment, even drink-mixing blenders, he said.

Scout Boats held its annual dealer meeting Sept. 25-26 in the Charleston area.

The manufacturers honored a dozen operators from Bermuda to Michigan including MarineMax Hall Marine of Charleston-Mount Pleasant as a top dealer. Viage Group Sarasota won as dealer of the year and its TeamViage Group was awarded salesman of the year. Other top dealers included in Florida, Seven Seas Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, Walkers Marine in Fort Myers, MarineMax Miami, Legendary Marine Destin and Viage Group St. Petersburg; Maryland, MarineMax Baltimore; North Carolina, Boats Unlimited Wilimington; and Michigan, SkipperBud’s Grand Haven. Marine Locker Bermuda in Hamilton, Bermuda won as top international dealer.

“We had our most successful dealer meeting to date,” said Alan Lang, sales and marketing director. “Our new model unveilings were well received by the media, our dealers and our customers who attended our boat sale expo, and we’re very proud of the dealer network we’ve built and how hard they work on our behalf,” he says.

Scout describes itself as a builder of luxury sportfishing center console, dual console and inshore/bay boat models 17-53 feet. “Since its founding nearly three decades ago, the company’s goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches,” the company said.

Visit www.scoutboats.com.

For more information or photos, go to www.postandcourier.com/automotive.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


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Inverkip set to host Scotland’s Boat Show

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SCOTLAND’S Boat Show returns to Inverkip next month and it is set to be the biggest yet.

Organisers are busy preparing for the return of the annual extravaganza at Kip Marina, which is on from October 13-15.

Now in its 31st year, the 2017 event will feature a record number of exhibitors and plenty to see and do for all the family on water and on land.

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn is also returning and, with the help of students from West College Scotland in Greenock, will put on culinary masterclasses over the course of the three days.

The event attracts around 16,000 people every year and the 2016 30th anniversary show was opened by HRH Princess Anne.

This year will once again be focused on getting people involved in boats and boating.

Marina boss Gavin McDonagh, managing director of owners Holt Leisure, said: “We have always been in the forefront of Scotland’s marine tourism initiative and, together with our key partners, are putting all the resources of Scotland’s Boat Show behind encouraging new people to take to the water.

“As we have now established SBS as the major event on the Scottish marine calendar it is the perfect opportunity to combine the success of the show with a gateway to get visitors afloat and encourage them to enjoy Scotland’s world class sailing waters.”

Last year’s successful ‘Get on the Water’ pavilion returns, sponsored by Riverside Inverclyde, and has been expanded to include free lectures, presentations and demonstrations and there will be representatives from various owner’s associations and manufacturers, who can advise on how to get involved in every type water sport from sailing, powerboats, RIBs, jetskis, paddleboards, canoes or even model boats.

There will be taster sessions courtesy of RYA Scotland allowing visitors to try yachts, motor yachts, RIB driving and dinghy sailing.

The popular WCS Food and Drink pavilion is also back and will be packed full of artisan products and a range of goods from fashion to furniture.

There will also be cars from the likes of Porsche, Morgan and Tesla, the chance to ride in an F1 powerboat, helicopter flights, entertainment, including from the Inverclyde and Largs Rock Choirs, and of course a huge range of new and pre-owned boats for sale.

Roseann Sweeney, boat sales manager of Michael Schmidt Partner, said: “We will have the UK’s largest display of used boats in one place at Scotland’s Boat Show this year and we are advising potential buyers and sellers to contact us as soon as possible before the show.”

Admission to the boat show is free and parking costs £5.

For more information visit www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk or call 521485.


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After 75 years in business, Tappan Marina has new owner

After being operated by the same family for 75 years, Tappan Marina will have a new owner on Jan. 1.

TAPPAN LAKE After being operated by the same family for 75 years, Tappan Marina will have a new owner on Jan. 1.

The current owners — Dick and Sandy Henry and her sister, Cathy Cramblett — have sold the business to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

“It’s the next chapter in our lives, and I don’t know where that’s going to lead us,” said Sandy Henry. “We’ve had a good ride here. But we will miss it. We will miss our customers.”

Added Cathy Cramblett, “It’s kind of like a divorce. You have mixed emotions.”

The conservancy district already owns the land where the business is located on U.S. Route 250 in Harrison County. The family leases the land. The sale will include the restaurant, boat sales and service and cabins.

Closing on the sale is scheduled for mid-October.

“We reached a short-term agreement with the current owners to provide storage services for Tappan dockers during this off-season,” John Olivier, the MWCD’s deputy chief-marinas, said in an email to The T-R. “This will include removing boats from the docks this fall, and placing them back on docks next spring. This really helps MWCD operationally in that we do not have to rush and mobilize ourselves to provide these services. It provides some additional revenue for the current owners, and some for us as well. Truly a win-win for both parties.”

The conservancy district has issued two RFPs (Request for Proposal) — one for operation of the restaurant and retail sales, and the other for the provision of boat and motor sales and repair and storage services. The RFPs are due at the end of October.

“We hope to have two new lessees on board by the end of the year, with those operations beginning next spring,” Olivier said.

The MWCD will provide docking services, boat rentals and bait and fuel sales. This is the same business model used at Seneca Lake Marina in Guernsey County, he said.

The marina opened in 1942, just a few years after the completion of Tappan Dam. The lake hadn’t completed filled up yet. The business was started by James Holleyoak of New Philadelphia, Sandy and Cathy’s grandfather. He was also the Tuscarawas County game warden.

At first, it operated out of the former Tappan School, which closed when the town of Tappan was removed for construction of the dam. Once the lake filled up, the marina moved to a wooden building at the current site.

Eventually, Holleyoak’s three children — Lloyd, Max and Gladys — took over operation. Dick and Sandy and Cathy and Cathy’s husband, Gary Cramblett, purchased it in 1986. Gary died in 2014.

The marina has had its ups and downs over the years. The old marina building burned to the ground in 1965 and was replaced by the current building. The dining room in the new building was heavily damaged by a tornado in 1968. Then a portion of the roof was taken off by a fast-moving storm in May of this year.

“I thought nothing more could happen and then that happened,” Cathy said. “We’ve been through a lot.”

Several generations of the family worked at the marina.

“There are so many memories here,” said Cathy, who began working there at age 11 selling candy and pop. “It was our whole childhood. Our parents brought us here, we brought our kids here, and now our kids are bringing their kids here.”

The family has been working on the sale to the MWCD for the past two years.

“It’s been a rough summer with people coming in and saying, ‘I can’t believe this is happening,'” Cathy said. “We wanted to get through the summer with our customers.”

Now they have to decide what to do next.

After the sale was agreed upon, Cathy said to herself, “My God, what did you just do? You’ve done this all your life. Now what are you going to do? But I’ll figure it out.”

Dick and Sandy said they are not ready to retire. They might consider working for whoever leases the property, or they may lease it themselves.

“Dick and I would still like to work,” Sandy said. “We just got those RFPs and we’re looking at them. We’re not sure if we will submit anything.”

They all said they have enjoyed their time working at the marina.

“We’ve had a good run here,” Dick said. “It’s been fun and we’ve had nice scenery and nice people.”

 

Reach Jon at 330-364-8415 or at jon.baker@timesreporter.com.

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Canoos Launches Patented Product Line On Amazon

BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Canoos announced this week that it is offering its full, patented product line on Amazon. Since its inception in 2014, Canoos-branded shoes and apparel have been available exclusively through partner pro shops around the country and Canoos.com but are now available via the world’s largest online retailer.

Josh Hannum, co-founder of Canoos, said, “We’re very excited to be working with Amazon and to see Canoos offered for sale on their site. Like many companies, we launched Canoos with cool ideas and ingenuity. We’re very proud of all of our pro shop partnerships and our direct e-commerce business, and to see the product now available on Amazon is another great testament to the growth of the brand.”

Amazon is both the largest retailer in the United States and the largest internet-based retailer in the world based on total sales and market capitalization. In 2016, Amazon revenues exceeded $135 billion.

Will Bacas, Brand Manager for Canoos, said, “This has been a great time for Canoos. Over the past month, we were awarded a patent for our Original Boat Golf Shoe®, we completed a successful venture with the USGA and Team USA for the Walker Cup, and we’re now listed for sale with Amazon. We’re very proud of the work our team has put in to make an incredibly comfortable, performance golf shoe, and our recent successes reflect that.”

Canoos offers its patented Boat Golf Shoe for both men and women, which are also available in wide sizes. The Canoos Canvas Shoe is available for men in multiple styles including the limited edition Team USA Walker Cup style. Please visit www.Canoos.com to learn more.

About Canoos

Canoos®, a New England-based golf brand, is the creator of the original Boat Golf ShoeTM.  Canoos’ patented design provides the comfort, stability and look that golfers of all abilities can enjoy both on and off the course.  From the most discerning golfers to those who just enjoy an occasional round, Canoos enables everyone to “golf in the shoes that got them there.”  For more information about Canoos, please contact us at 1-888-544-2368 or visit us at canoos.com. Follow Canoos at TeamCanoos on Instagram and Twitter @teamcanoos    

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Sales at Princess Yachts almost double as it plans £100m investment

Plymouth-based luxury super yacht company Princess Yachts has almost doubled its order book this year as it embarks on a £100m investment programme.

The company said that orders following the Cannes Yachting Festival reached a record £640m – 85pc higher than at the same point last year.

It put the surge in demand down to the weakened value of sterling, which has increased interest from overseas buyers who get an effective discount on purchases.

Antony Sheriff, the firm’s executive chairman, said that Russian and Chinese buyers had begun to re-enter the market after a period of lower sales from those regions, and that the firm had benefited from repeat business from customers upgrading to a larger boat.

Princess Yachts employs 2,500 people at its Plymouth manufacturing site, and has been trading for 52 years. Since 2008 it has been backed by US private equity firm L Catterton, which also owns retailers Sweaty Betty and Pepe Jeans.


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Maverick Boat Group, partners to auction new Pathfinder to fund hurricane relief

Maverick Boat Group has teamed up with Yamaha, Power Pole and Ameratrail trailers to offer a new 2017 fully equipped Pathfinder 2200 TRS to be auctioned off, with 100 percent of the sales proceeds going to help those in the fishing community who have been significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The auction will take place online at www.mbg4relief.com and run through Oct. 4 with the intention of raising the funds quickly and distributing them while the need is most great.  

Along with an array of standard features, the Pathfinder will have a Yamaha F150XB, 8’ Signature Series Power Pole, and custom-fitted Ameratrail trailer with aluminum wheels and spare. Additional options include a wheat colored hull, matching two-tone tan cushions and console, and white powder coated metal work. The MSRP retail value of the boat is $61,948.

“While great strides have been made in the highly commendable cleanup efforts after these storms, the economic impacts wrought to many in the fishing community will be long term and felt for months, if not for years, to come. We wanted to find a way to help alleviate some of that burden and appreciate Yamaha, Power Pole and Ameratrail helping us to maximize our contribution. What’s more, someone is going to get a great boat at an excellent price.” said Scott Deal, president and CEO of MBG.

For more information, call Charlie Johnson at 772-465-0631 or visit www.maverickboatgroup.com.



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From sails to sales: Change comes to landmark retail corner in DeWitt

DEWITT, NY – For more than 50 years, Syracuse Yacht Sales was a familiar sight at the corner of Lyndon Road and East Genesee Street in DeWitt, an area more commonly known as Lyndon Corners.

In fall 2016 – after more than 50 years in business – owner Fred Grunert began making plans to close the boat and sporting goods store.

His business got its start as DeWitt Sports 53 years ago, when it was located near what is now the DeWitt fire station. The store at one time was a full-scale ski shop, later expanding into bikes, kayaks and boats.

Today a new Verizon authorized retail cellular phone sales store has replaced the old building at the highly visible corner. The building’s shell was retained and a new store built around it.

Verizon has moved from its previous location in Fayetteville to the new store at 6901 E. Genesee St. The new store is now open.


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Pathfinder Auction for Hurricane Relief

Maverick Boat Group and partners to auction off new Pathfinder with 100% Sales proceeds to go to hurricane relief for those in the fishing community

The 2017 Pathfinder 2200 TRS sports a Yamaha F150 XB Motor as well as many other additional features.

Maverick Boat Group(MBG) has teamed up with Yamaha, Power Pole and Ameratrail trailers to offer a new 2017 fully equipped Pathfinder 2200 TRS to be auctioned off with 100% of the sales proceeds going to help those in the fishing community who have been significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The auction will take place online at www.mbg4relief.com and run through October 4th with the intention of raising the funds quickly and distributing them while the need is most great.

Along with an array of standard features, the Pathfinder will have a Yamaha F150XB, 8’ Signature Series Power Pole, and custom fitted Ameratrail trailer with aluminum wheels and spare. Additional options include a wheat colored hull, matching two- tone tan cushions and console, and white powder coated metal work. The MSRP retail value of the boat is $61,948.

“While great strides have been made in the highly commendable cleanup efforts after these storms, the economic impacts wrought to many in the fishing community will be long term and felt for months, if not for years, to come. We wanted to find a way to help alleviate some of that burden and appreciate Yamaha, Power Pole, and Ameratrail helping us to maximize our contribution. What’s more, someone is going to get a great boat at an excellent price.” said Scott Deal, president and CEO of MBG.

Located in Fort Pierce, FL, Maverick Boat Group is privately owned and operated and is the manufacturer of the best in breed boat brands Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia. For more information call Charlie Johnson at 772.465.0631 or visit www.mbgboats.com.

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