Texas investor acquires Intrepid Powerboats

A Texas investor who was formerly a Cummins engine distributor purchased Intrepid Powerboats of Largo, Fla., vowing to maintain the builder’s high level of customer service while bringing capital to step up innovation and new-model production.

Vladimir Zinchenko, the new owner of Greenline, brought five boats to the show.

Greenline is back, recruiting dealers

Remember Greenline, the upscale cruising yacht with diesel/electric hybrid power? Well, the brand is back and under new ownership. The new Greenline, owned by SVP Yachts of Slovenia, brought five vessels ranging from 33 to 40 feet to the Fort Lauderdale show. The boats included the company’s first build, the Greenline 36 Hybrid.

FLIBS 2016: Numarine debuts 60 Fly

FORT LAUDERDALE — Responding to consumer demand for flybridge yachts, Numarine introduced its 60 Fly at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Turkish company showed the boat with its new U.S. partner Bradford Marine.

FLIBS 2016: Builders debut wide range of new boats

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday with the introduction of dozens of new boats (everything from center consoles to motoryachts to jetboats), a testament to the marine industry’s vitality and continued developments in technology and boat design.

FLIBS 2016: Active Interest Media holds editors forum

FORT LAUDERDALE — Active Interest Media’s Marine Group on Wednesday hosted a meet-the-editors day, giving companies a chance to talk about their latest products, marketing initiatives and the overall business climate in the marine industry.

Attendance was on pace to set records, but Matthew caused many preregistered attendees to miss the show.

A rosy forecast in stormy weather

The 26th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference got off to a fast start before Hurricane Andrew interrupted it, forcing exhibitors to leave early, keeping attendance from reaching record levels and forcing an early closing.

Honda senior OEM sales manager Dennis Ashley was at the media event to outline the benefits of all Honda engines from 4 to 250 hp.

Small but smart

Honda Marine continues to focus on the portable and midrange engine segment, introducing to dealers and journalists this fall a trio of 60-pound 4-strokes at a product introduction and demo event in Buford, Ga.

Beneteau had 30 boats from Wellcraft, Glastron, Four Winns and Scarab in the water for dealers to inspect and sea trial.

Beneteau: We’re here to stay

More than 300 dealers from North America and worldwide attended a Groupe Beneteau dealer meeting this fall and heard the French company reiterate its commitment to the U.S. market. Beneteau in 2014 acquired the American boat brands Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and Wellcraft.

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