Simrad representative Mark Maus explains some of the high-tech features found on the twin 16-inch Simrad multitouch displays on his center console.

VIDEO: Navico seeks continued market expansion

DUCK KEY, Fla. — Navico aims to become an $800 million company as it continues to grow and improve a slew of marine electronics across three brands for both recreational and professional uses, executives of the company said Wednesday at a product presentation event for the media in the Florida Keys.

Navico VP and COO Louis Chemi.

VIDEO: Navico test event opens in Florida Keys

Navico opened a two-day event Tuesday night in the Florida Keys that will give marine journalists a chance to learn about and test its new products and technologies under the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands.

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Little dayboats that get around

An upstart Canadian builder of small powerboats and rowboats has doubled its dealer network in less than two years and plans to launch a 23-foot runabout this spring. The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat likely will debut at the Palm Beach International Boat Show (March 20-23), says Rossiter Boats Inc. owner Scott Hanson. “My customers…more

Sonja Moseley is the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas' new director of certification and benefits.

Selling the value of being certified

A modified Marine Industry Dealership Certification program costs less, will be accessible to more dealers and holds more value for those who enroll: That’s the message the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is spreading, heading into 2014.

More than 30 percent of the dealers who registered for the MDCE had not previously attended.

Little gems from a quotable MDCE

During my travels at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando in November my iPhone “Voice Memos” app got a workout. I conducted and recorded about 20 interviews, speeches and presentations with dealers, manufacturers, business experts and speakers.

Exhibitors report strong sales at St. Petersburg show

Boat dealers, manufacturers and other exhibitors at the 36th annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show reported strong selling activity despite a 6 percent decrease in overall attendance at the four-day event. The number of new and used boats at the show rose 3 percent.

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