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.

The number of boats in the water at the Palm Beach International Boat Show was up 8 percent from last year, and the 100-foot and larger category was up 31 percent.

Big crowds boost sales at Palm Beach show

Attendance at the 2016 Palm Beach International Boat Show increased by nearly 30 percent during the first two days of the event, but inclement weather prevented the heavy crowds from continuing through the remainder of the weekend, according to show organizers.

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.

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