RBFF report shows renewed interest in fishing

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new report shows that interest in recreational fishing spiked last year with 4.1 million newcomers to the sport in 2013 —a substantial increase from the 3.5 million average new anglers-per-year between 2007 and 2012. The numbers were especially high among female and Hispanic anglers.

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Raymarine and Navico focus on lower-cost products at ICAST

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two of the major marine electronics companies — Navico and Raymarine — pushed out lower-cost products at the 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades that are aimed at securing a high volume of buyers.

Members of the marine press attend a display of new products Tuesday night at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades in Orlando, Fla.

VIDEO: Audience checks out new products at ICAST

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades got off to a fast start Tuesday night with media members bursting through the doors to check out the New Product Showcase.

ICAST opens today in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2014 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, opens today at the Orange County Convention Center, featuring hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of products.

One of Mercury's new 4-strokes hangs from a "J-hook" during assembly at the plant in Fond du Lac, Wisc.

VIDEO: The hum of the Mercury Marine sound lab

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — At center of the room, the lower end of a new 115 Mercury 4-stroke passed through an opening in the floor into 4 feet of water. I was standing in the sound lab at Plant 12 (the Product Development and Engineering testing center) at Mercury Marine’s Fond du Lac manufacturing headquarters…more

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VIDEO: Sturdy RIBs showcased at Honda test event

GREENSBORO, Ga. — Three of the eight test boats at Honda Marine’s press event here this week were from Flexboat, a Brazilian builder of inflatables and RIBs with a North American distributing company in Florida headed by an enthusiastic husband and wife.

The Mercury Marine Museum opened about two months ago. Displays include a history of the company’s engines, beginning in the 1930s.

VIDEO: A look inside the Mercury Marine Museum

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Chainsaws, motorized bicycles, lawnmowers, snowmobiles and Corvette engines. What do these machines have in common? Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine manufactured them.

Raymarine product assurance engineer Drew Gorman (left) shows a journalist from Brazil the CHIRP DownVision sonar in one of six testing stations on the company's boat.

Behind the screens

With 40 products introduced in 2013, FLIR Maritime, which includes Raymarine electronics, has been eager to show the world how it creates, manufactures and tests its sonar, radar, pilots, instruments, displays and thermal imaging cameras.

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