NMEA conference attracts record attendance

NAPLES, Fla. — The National Marine Electronics Association’s 2016 International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo held here this week drew a record 450 attendees with 50 exhibits, in-water boat demos and dozens of educational sessions.

Beneteau gets high marks from dealers at meeting

SARASOTA, Fla. — It has been just over two years since Groupe Beneteau bought the four American brands that Rec Boat Holdings previously owned — Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and Wellcraft.

Beneteau tells dealers it’s committed to U.S. market

SARASOTA, FLA. — More than 300 dealers from North America and worldwide gathered here at Groupe Beneteau’s dealer meeting, further rolling out plans regarding the company’s 2014 acquisition of the American boat brands Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and Wellcraft.

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A banner year for new models

The Fort Lauderdale show’s statistics boggle the mind — more than 1,500 boats covering 100 brands with a combined estimated value of $4 billion.

The Calcutta 263 is the company’s bread-and-butter boat — a twin-outboard center console cat first built in the late 1990s.

A trend-defying cat with a cabin

Boat companies, including builders of power catamarans, continue to push out big outboard-powered center consoles, but at least one small company on the Gulf Coast believes there’s room in the market for a big inboard-powered cat with a cabin.

The first Bertram 35 will make the rounds at the fall and winter boat shows.

Full speed ahead for Bertram revival

The new Bertram Yachts in September splashed hull No. 1 of the highly anticipated Bertram 35, built by Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, Maine. Meanwhile, the company began ramping up boat manufacturing and service operations at its own new plant in Tampa, Fla., drawing from the area’s experienced marine-industry workforce.

Recreational fishing will be allowed in New England marine preserve

Recreational fishing will be allowed in the new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the Massachusetts coast — a big win for the recreational fishing and boating industries as an important marine resource is preserved without public restriction, officials said Thursday morning.

VIDEO: Calcutta Boats set to unveil 48-foot cat in 2017

Boat companies continue to push out big outboard-powered center consoles, including builders of power catamarans, but at least one small company on Florida’s Gulf Coast believes there’s room in the market for a big inboard-powered cat with a cabin.

Put Future Materials on your must-see list

The Future Materials hands-on exhibit at the center of the Composites Pavilion should draw big crowds at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, bringing together innovations from the marine, aerospace and automotive industries and some applied academic research.

Chris-Craft’s new Commander 42 leaves the dock for a demo run at the Hyatt in Sarasota, Fla., at the company’s dealer meeting in mid-July.

Commander of the fleet

Stephen Julius darted around the 42-foot Down East-style express cruiser during a demo ride, answering questions, pointing out key features and showing off the yacht’s meticulous fit and finish.

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