ABC 2016: Workforce shortage gains council’s attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recognizing the immediacy of the issue, the Recreational Boating Leadership Council launched a special task force on Monday to organize and fuel the industry’s effort to combat boating’s workforce shortage.

The Mag Bay 33 was designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Mag Bay 33 is product of father-son teamwork

A co-founder of Cabo Yachts, Mike Howarth, and his 27-year-old son, Barrett, have teamed with renowned designer Michael Peters to build a 55-mph, twin-stepped center console — the Mag Bay 33.

The footprint of the Palm Beach International Boat Show continues to grow. Thirty slips were added this year at the show’s northern end, housing some of the largest yachts.

Big is the byword at Palm Beach

As the Palm Beach International Boat Show continues to grow, so do the boats it displays. The four-day (March 17-20) show was the largest in the event’s 31-year history and saw an increase of 8 percent in the total number of boats and a 31 percent boost in the number of boats over 100 feet.…more

Garmin outfitted four center consoles, including this 38-foot Jupiter, with its latest products.

MotionScope and more

Electronics continue to stand out as a hotbed of innovation and advancement for the marine industry, with the four heavyweights pushing ahead with advances in radar, sonar and chartplotting devices.

Marine industry representatives listened intently to a diverse array of speakers at last year’s ABC. The focus at the sessions is on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the boating business.

It’s lobbying season

The presidential election has heightened the importance of the American Boating Congress, giving the marine industry the opportunity to get its message across to influential lawmakers at a crucial time.

The Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., wrapped up on Sunday after three days of pleasant weather that helped boost foot traffic to higher levels than normal.

Exhibitors see heavy foot traffic at Sarasota show

SARASOTA, Fla. — Florida boat dealers and marine retailers reported a high level of foot traffic and robust business activity with qualified consumers at the 34th annual Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota on Sunday.

The number of boats in the water at the Palm Beach International Boat Show was up 8 percent from last year, and the 100-foot and larger category was up 31 percent.

Big crowds boost sales at Palm Beach show

Attendance at the 2016 Palm Beach International Boat Show increased by nearly 30 percent during the first two days of the event, but inclement weather prevented the heavy crowds from continuing through the remainder of the weekend, according to show organizers.

Congresswoman pushes for foreign-flagged boat sales

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) used the Palm Beach International Boat Show to continue her fight to make it easier for foreign-flagged yachts visiting the United States to be sold to Americans.

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