Is Blackfin back? It never left

Working on the quiet for years, builders of the iconic brand now are ready to pursue a broader clientele A familiar moniker stood out among the new center console brands at the Palm Beach International Boat Show: Blackfin. Is this the same builder that carved out a niche in fishing boat lore as one of…more


Engineering a boat to run like a car

Engine makers Volvo Penta and Mercury plan to roll out new technology this spring Boat and engine companies will continue to add components, technologies and devices that nose today’s power craft closer to a car-like experience behind the wheel. Two of the major engine manufacturers this spring were gearing up for the introduction of substantial…more


A buying crowd at Palm Beach

Turnout and display space increased at the fast-growing show and exhibitors say sales activity was brisk The tire-kickers apparently stayed home for this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show, as manufacturers and brokerages reported strong sales activity and a high number of “quality” consumers. “I heard it is growing at a rapid rate,” said Jeff…more


Propulsion on parade

Miami shows rolled out the cutting edge in joysticks, alternate-fuel outboards and hybrid inboards A plethora of propulsion options greeted me at this year’s Miami boat shows. From joystick helm controls to hybrid diesel-electric inboards to electric and propane-powered outboards, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami…more


A hybrid fleet out of Europe

Greenline targets the U.S. yacht market with diesel-electric boats in 33-, 40- and 46-foot models A Slovenian company has sold 300 of its energy-efficient Greenline electric-diesel pilothouse yachts to owners from 40 countries and now is turning its sights on the United States. “Europe is still our home market, so 85 percent of our sales…more


An anchor for the ‘serious’ cruiser

The Spade returns to the U.S. market with a promise of a more responsive supply and support network Grassroots marketing has been an effective business strategy for a long time. Remember those door-to-door vacuum cleaner and encyclopedia salespeople? A Florida company aims to re-establish in the United States the well-regarded Spade anchor through a grassroots…more


Joystick simplicity for ‘regular’ boats

The wireless Yacht Controller brings pod-like maneuverability to conventional shaft-driven vessels While propulsion companies have been grabbing the headlines for the last several years with pod drives and joysticks, a small Florida company has been making strides with an alternative that brings low-speed docking control to conventional shaft-driven boats. Yacht Controller LLC sells a wireless…more

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A ‘beautiful city,’ a healthy show

St. Petersburg’s sparkling new waterfront provides a more conducive setting for boat sales Boat companies and dealers were busy closing deals and hosting sea trials for potential buyers in December after the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. Everglades Boats of Edgewater, Fla., for instance, sold a 243 center console with a second helm station.…more

Smiles mask a victim’s inner anguish

Owner of devastated marina says his upbeat demeanor helps clients and employees stay positive A Long Island, N.Y., marina owner who suffered hurricane damage not only to his business but also to his home and his own boat says the marine industry needs to rise to the occasion and show a high level of customer…more


‘It could not have been worse’

Storm damaged or destroyed 65,000 pleasure boats, with $650M loss; marina toll is yet to be calculated Marina owners, salvagers and insurance companies say Hurricane Sandy stands out as the most devastating storm they’ve experienced, leaving a broad swath of destruction with a record-setting tidal surge that mangled docks, destroyed boats and wiped out entire…more

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