The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference gave Blue Sea Systems of Bellingham, Wash., a chance to promote its PowerBar 1000, appropriately named because it can handle a diverse collection of wires.

VIDEO: Blue Sea Systems debuts new products

TAMPA, Fla. — Consumers continue to add gadgets, equipment and electronics to their boat — everything from LED underwater lights to inverters to video cameras to stern thrusters to 22-inch multifunction helm displays. And, of course, they’re armed with their mobile devices when they come aboard. Can’t leave those at home. In response, Blue Sea…more

Elco Motor Yachts LLC wants to bring its hybrid electric/diesel propulsion system to the marine industry. The prototype, installed on a Beneteau Swift Trawler 34, is pictured here. The boat is in the water at IBEX in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2014 VIDEO: Elco Motor Yachts displays hybrid propulsion system

TAMPA, Fla. — Alternative power systems have been one of the leading innovations in the marine industry in the last few years, with engines being powered by electricity, propane and even natural gas. As hybrid propulsion packages, they’re often teamed with diesel engines that run cleaner, quieter and with better performance.

"These are good times in the marine industry," NMMA president Thom Dammrich told IBEX conferees this morning in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2014: NMMA president sees ‘good times’ for industry

TAMPA, Fla. — The boating industry has turned the corner and is prospering with increasing overall retail spending and rising boat sales, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich told hundreds of attendees this morning at the 2014 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight addresses conferees this morning at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Industry Breakfast in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2014 VIDEO: Bobby Knight motivates the crowd

TAMPA. Fla. — Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight used a whirlwind of stories and anecdotes — many of them humorous — to deliver his motivational messages about the keys to winning on the basketball floor, in business and in life. He was the keynote speaker at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Industry Breakfast.

Sea Ray "reinvented" its concept of a yacht with the new L-Class.

A conversation with Ron Berman

Sea Ray will have plenty of new boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year, including the L580 and L650 Fly motoryachts. I had a chance this summer to interview Ron Berman, the man who played a major role in creating and bringing those boats to the market. He is the vice president…more

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High-speed horror

The marine industry lost one of its most innovative, respected and capable performance powerboat builders and operators this summer in a dramatic boat crash during a Lake of the Ozarks performance boat competition.

The second-generation Evinrude E-TEC G2 is making its public debut at the show and its bold design is expected to turn heads.

Plenty to see in propulsion

At this year’s FLIBS you will be able to see new gasoline sterndrive engines, diesel inboards and 4-stroke outboards. Most of the major players — including Mercury, Yamaha, Volvo Penta and Cummins — made news in 2014 with new product.

Mercury Marine will unveil new engines in Miami

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mercury Marine will be introducing new engines at the Miami International Boat Show in February, company president John Pfeifer told me Tuesday on the final day of the engine company’s global dealer meeting.

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