ABC 2015: NMMA president touts industry’s voice

WASHINGTON — This year’s American Boating Congress drew 35 supporting co-hosts, giving the industry its strongest voice ever in the nation’s capital, National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said this morning.


ABC 2015: Bill Shedd receives Eddie Smith award

WASHINGTON — Bill Shedd, president and CEO of AFTCO, the American Fish and Tackle Co., on Tuesday captured the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is presented by the Center for Coastal Conservation to leaders in conservation advocacy.

ABC 2015: NOAA talks about new saltwater fishing policy

WASHINGTON — Only 60 days after presenting the first-ever national saltwater recreational fisheries policy, a top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official introduced the agency’s accompanying implementation plan to the marine industry on Tuesday, marking a “cultural shift” at NOAA to better recognize the importance and standing of the recreational fishing community.

The Recreational Boating Leadership Council met Monday on the first day of the American Boating Congress. Shown are Peter Durant (left), of Sail America; Jim Coburn, of Coburn and Associates LLC; Carl Blackwell, of Discover Boating; and Joe Lewis, of the Mount Dora Boating Center.

ABC 2015: Leadership council meets on industry future

WASHINGTON — The Recreational Boating Leadership Council met here Monday, marking concrete progress in strengthening industry advocacy, the promotion of youth boating programs and diversity in boating, and the marketing efforts of the Discover Boating campaign.

Suncoast Boat Show reports attendance gain

SARASOTA, Fla. — Attendance at the 33rd annual Suncoast Boat Show increased 12 percent, compared with 2014, and exhibitor participation at the three-day show was up 7 percent, organizers said.

The show gives consumers 
another chance to purchase a boat 
if they have missed the Miami shows.

A record turnout at Palm Beach

Organizers of the 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show say attendance jumped by 17 percent from last year, and manufacturers, dealers and brokerages report strong sales and promising leads.

Attendance was up 17 percent at this year's Palm Beach International Boat Show, which is in its 30th year.

Palm Beach show reports attendance boost

Organizers of the 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show say attendance increased by a whopping 17 percent from last year, with manufacturers, dealers and brokerages reporting that the docks were bustling with enthusiastic buyers and sales were strong.


Organizers tout growth as Palm Beach show opens

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —The 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show opened Thursday with a record number of boats that includes surges in megayachts and boats from 40 to 60 feet.

Bob Healey, of Viking, speaks Thursday at a panel discussion at the boat show about marine industry growth and waterfront development in Palm Beach County.

Officials outline Palm Beach County waterfront development project

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The marine industry in Palm Beach County continues to grow, fueled in large part by a $375 million development along the Riviera Beach waterfront, Palm Beach County officials said Thursday at a press briefing at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

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