ABC 2016: Industry hits Capitol Hill in lobbying effort

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some boating industry stakeholders coming off Capitol Hill after their visits with lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday told Trade Only Today they felt their voices were heard on topics such as ethanol, workforce development and deferred importation.

ABC 2016: Workforce shortage gains council’s attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recognizing the immediacy of the issue, the Recreational Boating Leadership Council launched a special task force on Monday to organize and fuel the industry’s effort to combat boating’s workforce shortage.

The Mag Bay 33 was designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Mag Bay 33 is product of father-son teamwork

A co-founder of Cabo Yachts, Mike Howarth, and his 27-year-old son, Barrett, have teamed with renowned designer Michael Peters to build a 55-mph, twin-stepped center console — the Mag Bay 33.

The footprint of the Palm Beach International Boat Show continues to grow. Thirty slips were added this year at the show’s northern end, housing some of the largest yachts.

Big is the byword at Palm Beach

As the Palm Beach International Boat Show continues to grow, so do the boats it displays. The four-day (March 17-20) show was the largest in the event’s 31-year history and saw an increase of 8 percent in the total number of boats and a 31 percent boost in the number of boats over 100 feet.…more

Garmin outfitted four center consoles, including this 38-foot Jupiter, with its latest products.

MotionScope and more

Electronics continue to stand out as a hotbed of innovation and advancement for the marine industry, with the four heavyweights pushing ahead with advances in radar, sonar and chartplotting devices.

Marine industry representatives listened intently to a diverse array of speakers at last year’s ABC. The focus at the sessions is on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the boating business.

It’s lobbying season

The presidential election has heightened the importance of the American Boating Congress, giving the marine industry the opportunity to get its message across to influential lawmakers at a crucial time.

The Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., wrapped up on Sunday after three days of pleasant weather that helped boost foot traffic to higher levels than normal.

Exhibitors see heavy foot traffic at Sarasota show

SARASOTA, Fla. — Florida boat dealers and marine retailers reported a high level of foot traffic and robust business activity with qualified consumers at the 34th annual Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota on Sunday.

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