Congresswoman pushes for foreign-flagged boat sales

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) used the Palm Beach International Boat Show to continue her fight to make it easier for foreign-flagged yachts visiting the United States to be sold to Americans.

Bertram Yachts general manager Susan Davis and product development manager Tommy Thompson said at the Palm Beach International Boat Show that the new Bertram 35 will be followed by a large convertible, the Bertram 58. Thompson is shown holding a rendering of the 58.

Bertram and Hinckley debut models at Palm Beach show

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — News coming out of the Palm Beach International Boat Show Thursday included a second boat from Bertram Yachts, a new 34-foot runabout from The Hinckley Co. and the announcement of yacht builder Sanlorenzo’s new financing partner.

Largest Palm Beach show opens today

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach International Boat Show will be the largest in its 31-year history, with an increase of 8 percent in the total number of boats and a 25 percent boost in the number of boats over 100 feet.

Navico used eight center consoles, several kayaks and a sailboat to demonstrate its latest products under its Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands.

Lofty goals for Navico

After a successful 2015 that saw an 11 percent gain in revenue, Navico kicked off the new year by introducing an array of more affordable products and enhancements to its sonar technology in hopes of continued growth and possible acquisitions this year.

The MerCruiser 4.5L 200-hp engine is one of two in-housebuilt, next-generation gasoline sterndrives that Mercury introduced in 2015.

Punching up the power

Throughout 2016 expect more high-tech sterndrive engine introductions and a new Volvo Penta IPS, as well as the debut of a Mercury outboard.

Electronics patent battle continues

In the latest round in a legal tussle between two marine electronics heavyweights, Garmin has reassured its dealers and customers that it has not shipped any product with the technology the International Trade Commission says infringes on Navico patents.

Sea Vee and other boatbuilders have welcomed Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines as power options.

BRP sees growth with more Evinrude partnerships

Evinrude added 31 new boat manufacturer partners in North America since the introduction of its E-TEC G2 high-horsepower outboards in June 2014, according to parent company Bombardier Recreational Products.

MIAMI 2016: Electronic companies roll out radar systems

MIAMI — For the last few years marine electronics companies have focused on giving boaters more accurate views of the water column and ocean floor with advances in sonar technology. Now these companies have begun to pump out products that improve user visibility above the water — in daylight and at night.

MIAMI 2016: Big day for builders with new debuts

MIAMI — Sales figures show that consumers are hungry for saltwater outboard boats and builders responded on the opening day of the Progressive Miami International Boat Show with an onslaught of new vessels ranging from 19 to 41 feet.

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