MIASF charts course after recent industry-day event

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Marine Industry Association of South Florida’s Marine Industry Day was a major success, drawing 2,000 people to Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park in June and setting the stage for an even bigger and better event next year, MIASF executive director Phil Purcell said after a meeting Thursday to evaluate the industry’s first…more

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South Florida’s marine industry is well-positioned to supply the materials, expertise and trained workers to handle the wave of repairs, refits, repowering and interior remodeling anticipated during the next seven to 10 years on the thousands of yachts over 80 feet built from 1998 to 2010, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries…more

Things ‘going in the right direction’

The mood at the Miami International Boat Show was upbeat and the economic and sales projections of speakers at industry events during the February show reflected that.

The 238-slip Flamenco Marina will serve as the venue for the debut of the Panama International Boat Show in June.

Major growth on the show front

Show Management, organizers of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, announced two important initiatives during the 2014 show in February.

Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson introduces the panel, from left, John Giglio, Fred Pace, Don Parkhurst and Dusty McCoy.

Cost has company as boating barrier

The question put before the four panelists in Miami was this: Can recreational boating become more affordable? Their answer was yes, it probably can, but a couple of them raised other issues: demographic and lifestyle changes that also are challenging boating’s growth.

Speakers gave conferees advice about adapting to rapidly changing times.

Visions of growth and transformation

An improving economy should create more opportunities for the marine industry to grow this year, Maria Espino, professor of economics at St. Thomas University, said in an economic update at the Jan. 29-31 International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

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