MDCE 2014: Volvo Penta debuts new sterndrives with GM engines

ORLANDO, FLA. — Volvo Penta’s new 200- and 240-hp sterndrive engines made their first public appearance at this week’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which wrapped up Wednesday. The 200/240, which are 4.3-liter V-6 catalyzed engines, are the first of a fleet of sterndrives that use General Motors Gen V engines.

MRAA president Matt Gruhn.

MDCE 2014 VIDEO: MRAA president details new initiatives

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced Tuesday that it launched four initiatives to broaden its services to the industry, including improvements to the dealer certification program and the creation of tools to connect employers and job seekers and to foster business-to-business activity.

Author Chester Elton addresses conferees Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

MDCE 2014: Keynote speaker stresses ‘emotional connection’

ORLANDO, FLA. — Drawing from three of his business and management books, author Chester Elton told about 1,110 marine industry professionals Monday night at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that good business hinges on motivating employees so they become emotionally engaged and excited about their jobs.

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

FLIBS 2014: Builders roll out new boats in style

FORT LAUDERDALE — Among the highlights at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year were the introductions of boats from three big industry names — Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and S2 Yachts (Tiara/Pursuit).

FLIBS 2014: MarineMax has big plans in improved economy

FORT LAUDERDALE — With a steady influx of new boats from 11 to 100 feet from such brands as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Azimut and Scout, MarineMax executives painted a bright financial picture for the industry during a press event Wednesday on the eve of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2014: FLIR rolls out new VHF radios

FORT LAUDERDALE — FLIR Systems is introducing three VHF radios at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and will soon come to the market with its own electrical switching control system, marketing director Jim Hands told Active Interest Media journalists during a “Meet the Editors” event Wednesday at the show.

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IBEX turnout produces smiles

A new venue with an in-water display, continued generation of innovative products and a stronger economy contributed to the success of this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 30-Oct. 2, organizers say.

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