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Old 11-25-2008, 05:25 PM
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I just talked to a couple people today in the boating industry, one was anticipating a lay off and claiming the United States was finished. The marine industry is in a very sad state with companies not selling a boat in over 6 months up to over a year. Also I heard from a reliable source that the 13 deposits on 82 vikings is down to 2-3 deposits. I thought the housing industry was bad, but these guys are a hell of a lot worse off. Also the general trend with many people I talk to in different industries has been very depressing. Today I rode by a soup kitchen with a line stretching around the block, because of this we should all make our holiday season even better than years past. I think it will do wonders raising the spirits of family members and peers in general. I know I will be being extra friendly around holiday time this year. Happy Holidays
Old 11-25-2008, 11:51 PM
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It wil be back
everything goes up and down
Old 11-26-2008, 12:08 AM
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Yup, sucks to be them for sure.
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I dont care who you are. If you haven't sold a boat in 6 months you shouldnt be in the boat business. There are still buyers out there, we found plenty this year..... The market is not that bad. Its bad but not that bad.
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When it really comes down to it, the vast majority of the public is NOT going to feel bad for anyone in the boating/marine industry, much like public sentiment does not feel any sympathy/empathy for the Big/Broke 3 automakers, because what we got are "luxury" items, that many don't NEED what we all have. Unfortunately, it is "Boo-Hoo, waaa, waaa, waaa . . . " to those who don't have a boat or anything to do with boating. If the majority don't care about the Big/Broke 3, they will care even LESS about the marine industry as a whole, sad but true.

On one of the network morning shows, they did run a piece on the long, long lines at the food-giveaways in the various cities around the US and how they had/were all running/had run out of food to give out. Whether the news crews/cameramen did it consciously/unconsciously, they did focus on the mothers and kids who were clearly overweight and on the women who were putting food into convertible cars and otherwise current sedans. Anyone NOT in need of food can't help but to conclude 'Boy, with all that weight or all that car, do they really need a handout?'
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the last 8 yrs they have made so much money and jacked their prices through the roof....no sympathy from me..

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My brother in law want to buy a malibu
he was like 75K for a wake board boat
I'm like ya over priced to say the least

Going to c what he says tomorrow when i talk to him
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A comment on thundra's last post.

A lot - if not most poor people are over weight because of poor eating habits and lack of supermarkets and grocery stores in poor areas. They eat at fast food joints and survive on snack type foods - high calorie stuff. Also, a person might have been recently laid off and still possess their car.

I own my toys but still feel bad for people and companies that are on the edge of financial collapse.

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dpowell, I, for sure, know all the myriad reasons as to why impoverished people are overweight as well as how it is entirely possible for many to still have a decent or even nice car and STILL be waiting in a food-line, that point is well taken. What the impression that the public gets is 'How can this be?" and the point I was making/had made was that "they" do not understand the why of it. (My thoughts are ALWAYS better than the vast majority, this I know, ha!, bow down to Thundra, as if) Like the idea that some can only believe what they see/hear/read, and can't see past appearances. So when the film is put on the air, people ask the "how" and "why". Just like it is hard to see, at the beginning of every month, that those who receive public/transitional assistance, have their carts filled with all manner of foodstuff, in the past "they" could buy lobster, steak, pretty much anything, while those who work hard had so very little in their carts compared, I know that my shopping cart is always so threadbare compared, of course, I spend all my extra bank on the boat and fishing, priorities, right?. Completely off thread and my fault, I apoligize.
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JUSTINTIME - 11/26/2008 11:28 AM

My brother in law want to buy a malibu
he was like 75K for a wake board boat
I'm like ya over priced to say the least

Going to c what he says tomorrow when i talk to him

Malibu always has been high in price. He can take a look at other brands like Centurion, or Moomba, or even some of the supras. The malibus and mastercraft have a name and are ridiculously priced.

There are a ton of great deals out there on centurions.

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Ya i know

we sell them

centurion is a much better boat and puts a better wake out, but he does not like them, LOL
Moomba is a POS, i have fixed more and more evry year
Supras are good, only had to fix 2 with electrical this year
I like sangers
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Nicely put thundra, we seem to both see that "ya can't always judge a book...yada, yada."
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35donzi - 11/26/2008 9:25 AM

I just talked to a couple people today in the boating industry, one was anticipating a lay off and claiming the United States was finished. ...

That is what I have been saying here for the last couple of years; the United States of America, as you know it, is done. Something else, something different will come out the other side of this economic meltdown. It is now so obvious what is happening is the control and consolidation of the cash flow, step one into population control via asset manipulation.
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Eyeball - 11/26/2008 9:17 AM

That is what I have been saying here for the last couple of years; the United States of America, as you know it, is done. Something else, something different will come out the other side of this economic meltdown. It is now so obvious what is happening is the control and consolidation of the cash flow, step one into population control via asset manipulation.
So in other words United States is fighting off becoming the next Ethiopia, Bangladesh or Somalia?



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dpowell - 11/26/2008 1:29 PM

A comment on thundra's last post.

A lot - if not most poor people are over weight because of poor eating habits and lack of supermarkets and grocery stores in poor areas. They eat at fast food joints and survive on snack type foods - high calorie stuff. Also, a person might have been recently laid off and still possess their car.

I own my toys but still feel bad for people and companies that are on the edge of financial collapse.

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Only in America do the "poor" have cable tv and cell phones too.

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