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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.