LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference opened its 25th show on Tuesday with National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich saying the boating business will enjoy “good times” for at least 2-1/2 more years.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Volvo Penta of the Americas today gave a dozen journalists a sneak peek at its new sterndrive gasoline engines — two V8 5.3-liter engines in 300- and 350-hp models and a V6 4.3-liter engine with 280 horses. These powerplants use General Motors Generation V engines with increased technology.
Despite the gasoline sterndrive’s waning sales numbers, two of the industry’s leading engine makers have stepped up their post-recession development of improved I/O power packages. Competition between Mercury and Volvo Penta is heating up.
The Marquis-Larson Group is charging into the boat show season after gaining momentum from an unprecedented dealer meeting in August in Fort Myers, Fla. Nearly 60 dealers and 33 vendors gathered at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott for the Marquis-Larson Group dealer meeting, marking the first time the two builders have met under one roof.
Fueled by an improving economy, manufacturers are using IBEX now more than ever to introduce new products and the technology behind them, says Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “Companies are investing in a lot of R&D,” says Dunbar. “And you will see the result at IBEX. Everybody is sort of back in the game —…more
MANTEO, N.C. — The big center console market will continue to develop during the fall and winter boat show season this year and it might even be deemed rock-solid now that veteran builder Regulator Marine is introducing a 41-footer.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Nearly 60 dealers and 33 vendors gathered at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers this week for the three-day 2015 Marquis-Larson Group dealer meeting — the first time the two boat manufacturers have held a joint event.
A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.
Yamaha Motor Corp.’s recently launched governmental advocacy program to support the nation’s fisheries is off to a fast start, the company says.
During the past 12 months a good portion of the marine electronics industry has been promoting and producing products that create better images of the structure and activity below the boat — both directly under the keel and in the depths surrounding it.