Author Chester Elton addresses conferees Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

MDCE 2014: Keynote speaker stresses ‘emotional connection’

ORLANDO, FLA. — Drawing from three of his business and management books, author Chester Elton told about 1,110 marine industry professionals Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that good business hinges on motivating employees so they become emotionally engaged and excited about their jobs.

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

FLIBS 2014: Builders roll out new boats in style

FORT LAUDERDALE — Among the highlights at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year were the introductions of boats from three big industry names — Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and S2 Yachts (Tiara/Pursuit).

FLIBS 2014: MarineMax has big plans in improved economy

FORT LAUDERDALE — With a steady influx of new boats from 11 to 100 feet from such brands as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Azimut and Scout, MarineMax executives painted a bright financial picture for the industry during a press event Wednesday on the eve of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2014: FLIR rolls out new VHF radios

FORT LAUDERDALE — FLIR Systems is introducing three VHF radios at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and will soon come to the market with its own electrical switching control system, marketing director Jim Hands told Active Interest Media journalists during a “Meet the Editors” event Wednesday at the show.

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IBEX turnout produces smiles

A new venue with an in-water display, continued generation of innovative products and a stronger economy contributed to the success of this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 30-Oct. 2, organizers say.

The Yamaha V MAX SHO 155 can rev up to 6,300 rpm at full blast. Top speed on the Eagle Talon 19 DLX was 45 mph.

Built to appeal to the Midwest

Wide-open throttle. That’s what freshwater boaters care about, and Yamaha has engineered its four new high-output 4-strokes to maximize top-end performance and acceleration.

Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer welcomes representatives of 600 dealerships worldwide.

Better ‘bite,’ sleeker styling

About 1,400 people representing boat and engine dealerships from around the world gathered in Orlando, Fla., this fall for Mercury Marine’s global dealer meeting, which also marked the Fond du Lac, Wis.-based engine manufacturer’s 75th anniversary.

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VIDEO: Yamaha Marine Group president talks technology

More of today’s boat buyers are looking for the best of the best — vessels with all of the latest technological bells and whistles. And, of course, a huge part of the purchase is the propulsion package, so Yamaha Motor Corp. is making sure its engines offer the highest levels of performance, reliability, technology and…more

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