Q&A: Producer talks about the St. Petersburg show

The 36th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Boat Show wrapped up Sunday. Final attendance numbers are currently unavailable, but I was able to catch up with Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III late Friday afternoon to talk about the pace of sales, show attendance, the overall health of the industry and the importance of educating potential…more

More than 1,500 boats were on display.

An editor’s take on the new stuff

EDITOR’S NOTE: Companies introducing new product at the Fort Lauderdale boat show like to do so with a splash, so the first few days feature a busy schedule of press conferences and media events.

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A trio of IBEX propulsion standouts

I often turn to developments in propulsion when looking for innovation in the marine industry. IBEX always delivers. I found three interesting products this year that deserve some recognition. The EP-1000 electric motor from Elco Motor Yachts becomes the company’s most powerful electric motor to date, generating giddy-up comparable to a 100-hp diesel. It takes…more

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Turning a page while turning 25

Regulator drops its signature 26-footer in favor of a ‘better’ 25 while envisioning a 40 in its future Anytime Joan or Owen Maxwell sees a bag of Cheetos, they think about their legendary Regulator 26 center console. That’s right. The husband and wife launched their business 25 years ago from a building that had previously…more

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A touch too much?

Touch-screen technology, so popular in today’s devices, might have limitations on a boat or other moving platform, some designers say When talking about technology’s impact on boating, yacht designer Bill Prince says the industry might want to take note of what Ford Motor Co. has learned about touch-screen technology’s limitations in a vehicle. In June,…more

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A peek into the future

What innovations and technologies are on the horizon? Boatbuilders and designers say the focus will be on the helm station. Engineers are dabbling with simplifying electrical and electronic control systems with more intuitive controls for propulsion, electronics and accessories. “We should see major advances in the coming years, with cleaner helm stations and less clutter,”…more

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Boating’s age of innovation

Led by GPS, joysticks and computer-aided design, the last 20 years have transformed the on-water experience When Michael Peters began designing boats in the 1970s, he thought he had missed boating’s Golden Age. “If only I was old enough to be a designer in 1959 or 1960 when you had fiberglass replacing wood boats, the…more

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