Matt Gruhn explains the benefits of being a member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas during a state-of-the-industry luncheon Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando during the MDCE.

MDCE 2015 VIDEO: MRAA details new membership benefits

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has consistently improved its Marine Dealer Conference & Expo during the last few years, adding education and training opportunities, but the benefits will keep rolling in throughout the entire year with membership in the association, MRAA president Matt Gruhn told dealership professionals.

Bestselling author Steve McClatchy told the MDCE audience in Orlando Monday night that true leadership improves as well as maintains a business.

MDCE 2015: Dealer conference opens with fiery keynote address

ORLANDO, Fla. — A record number of marine dealer professionals gathered for the 2015 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Monday night, taking in a fiery, animated keynote speech from bestselling author and motivational speaker Steve McClatchy.

IBEX is a place where innovation abounds and there was more new product on display at this year’s show than at any in recent memory.

IBEX rethinks Louisville as show location

There is no disputing that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will be held in Tampa, Fla., in 2016 and 2018. Whether the industry showcase for new products and innovation returns to Louisville, Ky., is up in the air.

Pursuit dealers today and Thursday will test an array of boats from the Fort Pierce, Fla., company, including the C 238 Center Console and the OS 355 Offshore. Pursuit also will host a VIP event for pre-qualified customers on Friday.

VIDEO: Pursuit Boats dealers gather to see new models

SARASOTA, Fla. — About 40 domestic and international Pursuit Boats dealers are gathering here today at the Hyatt Regency to get their first look at two new boats from the Fort Pierce, Fla., builder — along with several other models ranging from 26 to 38 feet — and learn about what’s on tap in 2016.

Pursuit Boats debuts two new models

SARASOTA, Fla. — Pursuit Boats introduced two new models to journalists this morning and announced that it will debut its largest boat — a 40-foot center console — and a large dual console model at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.

Roch Lambert

VIDEO: Rec Boat Holdings rolls out new models

SARASOTA, Fla. — Rec Boat Holdings this week introduced to its dealers and the media eight new boats from 21 to 27 feet across its four brands and sharpened its focus on developing the Wellcraft saltwater lineup.

Volvo Penta’s new V-8 models — 300- and 350-hp — and the V-6 280 use General Motors’ fifth generation of engines. The 300 is pictured here.

Cat-quick sterndrives

Gasoline sterndrive development has become like a boxing match of late as two heavyweights punch and counter-punch with engines of the same horsepower, but dissimilar in size and made with contrasting strategies. Volvo Penta in late August countered the introduction of Mercury Marine’s new MerCruiser 6.2L V-8 with a 5.3-liter V-8 powerplant. Both Mercury and…more

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