Active Interest Media acquired the Dania Marine Flea Market this year from its founder, Al Behrendt. AIM, the owner of Soundings Trade Only, produces the outdoor mini-mall for boaters and marine businesses, and several boat shows.

Fishing for gems in a sea of surplus

Gary Murphy and his son were selling the detritus of a busy service yard — worn-out outboards, used engine parts, dirty cowls, old seat cushions, the odd piece of hardware — at the Dania Marine Flea Market, a 5.5-acre garage sale for anyone looking to buy or unload junk, surplus inventory and all sorts of…more

The explosion 
of unmanned aircraft for video and 
photography has     government 
regulators grappling with usage rules.

They’re much more than a flight of fancy

Are drones a fad or are they the future? Unmanned aircraft systems are here to stay, Bob Gonsalves told a meeting of boating writers after they had oohed and aahed at a drone flying around the room at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

MIASF schedules Marine Industry Day in Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Marine Industries Association of South Florida scheduled its second Marine Industry Day for noon to 6 p.m. on June 20 at Esplanade Park along downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk on the New River.

Buyers are making their way back. The industry is expecting steady growth for the next two to three years.

Industry’s long winter is declared over

MIAMI — The verdict is in: “We’re back. The recreational boating industry is back,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the marine industry breakfast to open the Miami International Boat Show. Based on industry metrics and national economic indicators, he projects a run of good times for the next three years. “We can expect three…more

The Yacht & Brokerage Show drew healthy crowds.

A celebratory Miami weekend

While much of the Northeast was digging out after repeated snowstorms, visitors at the Feb. 12-16 Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach enjoyed a glorious winter weekend in South Florida and the warm vibes and trendy ambience of South Beach.

MIAMI 2015: New owner charts course for Bertram Yachts

MIAMI — With Bertram and Baglietto banners hanging in the background and Italian and American flags at his side, Italian industrialist Beniamino Gavio said Thursday that he’s still deciding how to revive Bertram Yachts, an iconic sportfishing brand, but one thing is certain: “You can trust that I will treat Bertram with great, great, great…more

GE Capital economists offered positive forecasts for the marine industry and the economy at a conference Wednesday night.

MIAMI 2015: GE Capital: Dealers are in best shape in years

MIAMI — New-boat sales were up 5 to 6 percent in units and 8 to 9 percent in dollars in 2014 and are likely to increase by about the same amount in 2015, Bruce Van Wagoner said at an industry leadership conference that GE Capital hosted on Wednesday evening.

Florida rail plan details offered to industry crowd

FORT LAUDERDALE — “High-speed passenger rail service is going to come [to this country] whether the public sector or the private sector pays for it,” transportation guru and entrepreneur Gabe Klein said Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort & Marina at a presentation that was jointly hosted by the Marine Industries Association of…more

Florida boaters flood Coast Guard with comments on bridge openings

The Coast Guard gathered around 3,000 comments in hearings in November about the navigation needs of mariners at three railroad drawbridges that run over the New River in Fort Lauderdale, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River in Stuart, according to Barry Dragon, chief of bridge administration for the Seventh Coast Guard…more

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