A Ribcraft on display at the recent Palm Beach International Boat Show.

PALM BEACH 2014 VIDEO: Builders offer bevy of RIBs

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — I was surprised by the number of rigid hull inflatable boats in the 20- to 40-foot range — both open and pilothouse versions — that were on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

PALM BEACH 2014 VIDEO: AIM announces plans for Editor’s Choice Awards

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Active Interest Media’s marine group announced Thursday night that the company will again hold its Editor’s Choice Awards competition this year to recognize the best in powerboats based on design, innovation, technology and imagination. “We really want these awards to stand for something,” Bill Sisson, editor of three of AIM’s…more

Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III

Organizers tout increase in boats at Palm Beach show

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The number of new boats in the water is up 12 percent from last year at the 2014 Palm Beach International Boat Show, Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III told about 75 members of the media today on the first day of the show.

Social networking on your plotter

A new mapping technology from Navico serves as another example of the industry’s growing effort to make the boating experience mobile, with data that can be taken to and from the boat and disseminated through social networking.

VIDEO: Gyro stabilizers gain popularity

Gyroscope stabilization has emerged as one of the fast-growing technologies on today’s recreational boats. Designers and boatbuilders are now creating spaces for the gyro installation during the planning stages of boat design. “With every boat we draw now, we have to have a planned space for [a gyro stabilizer],” said designer Michael Peters, owner of…more

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