IBEX 2016: Industry gets first look at study of first-time buyers

TAMPA, Fla. — At the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this week the marine industry got its first glimpse of a Grow Boating-commissioned study of first-time boat buyers and owners that should help dealers, brokers and salespeople improve the consumer’s experience and lock in more sales.

IBEX 2016: Partners plan for larger show in future years

TAMPA, Fla. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference’s new partnership with the Marine Equipment Trade Show will attract more international exhibitors and attendees as the event continues to grow here in Tampa, organizers of both events said Tuesday.

IBEX 2016: Dammrich sees continued growth in boat sales

TAMPA, Fla. — The marine industry should grow for two to three more years as consumer confidence and spending continue to strengthen, NMMA president Thom Dammrich told a sold-out crowd of 750 on the first day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

VIDEO: Honda Marine unveils new 4-stroke lineup

BUFORD, Ga. — Honda Marine continues to focus on the portable and mid-range engine segment, introducing to dealers and journalists a trio of 60-pound 4-strokes at a product introduction and demo event here this week.

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.


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.

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