FLIBS 2016: Builders debut wide range of new boats

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday with the introduction of dozens of new boats (everything from center consoles to motoryachts to jetboats), a testament to the marine industry’s vitality and continued developments in technology and boat design.

FLIBS 2016: Active Interest Media holds editors forum

FORT LAUDERDALE — Active Interest Media’s Marine Group on Wednesday hosted a meet-the-editors day, giving companies a chance to talk about their latest products, marketing initiatives and the overall business climate in the marine industry.

Attendance was on pace to set records, but Matthew caused many preregistered attendees to miss the show.

A rosy forecast in stormy weather

The 26th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference got off to a fast start before Hurricane Andrew interrupted it, forcing exhibitors to leave early, keeping attendance from reaching record levels and forcing an early closing.

Honda senior OEM sales manager Dennis Ashley was at the media event to outline the benefits of all Honda engines from 4 to 250 hp.

Small but smart

Honda Marine continues to focus on the portable and midrange engine segment, introducing to dealers and journalists this fall a trio of 60-pound 4-strokes at a product introduction and demo event in Buford, Ga.

Beneteau had 30 boats from Wellcraft, Glastron, Four Winns and Scarab in the water for dealers to inspect and sea trial.

Beneteau: We’re here to stay

More than 300 dealers from North America and worldwide attended a Groupe Beneteau dealer meeting this fall and heard the French company reiterate its commitment to the U.S. market. Beneteau in 2014 acquired the American boat brands Glastron, Four Winns, Scarab and Wellcraft.

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.

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