I spent two days at the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show last week and came away with a couple of positive stories. I’ll share the first today. Look for the second in Wednesday’s newsletter.
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
After a strong first day and a good weather forecast, organizers of the 36th St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show expect to draw healthy crowds today and throughout the weekend.
Despite a steady decline in sales, a panel of industry leaders says the sterndrive will remain a viable propulsion choice for consumers.
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.
The future of sterndrive propulsion emerged as a key issue during an industry leader panel discussion at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo earlier this week.
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
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. Thats right. The husband and wife launched their business 25 years ago from a building that had previously…more
Touch-screen technology, so popular in todays devices, might have limitations on a boat or other moving platform, some designers say When talking about technologys 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 technologys limitations in a vehicle. In June,…more
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