FORT LAUDERDALE — Marine artist Guy Harvey exhibited at his first Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 30 years ago and has exhibited at every one since while becoming not only a successful sportfish artist and entrepreneur, but also a philanthropist, conservationist and educator.
Rod and Bob Johnstone independently arrived at the same conclusion 39 years ago before launching the perennially popular J/24: The wave of baby boomers who were having so much fun sailing Hobie, Sunfish and other beach boats were marrying and having children and primed for owning a performance family sailboat.
Hurricane Matthew left more than 1,000 dead on the tortured island of Haiti, but as the Category 4 storm — the deadliest in the Western Hemisphere since Katrina in 2005 — marched up the Southeast coast of the United States it weakened and stayed just far enough offshore to spare an estimated 2 million people…more
A resurgent Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. reported a profit of $1.47 million for the year that ended June 30, reversing a net loss of more than $3.5 million the year before.
The toxic cyanobacteria bloom began as a slime green, turned bright blue, then brown and eventually transmuted into a mass of black rot as the stench hanging over the water at Central Marine ripened from the smell of rotting garbage to putrid carcasses to feces.
From his second-floor executive suite at Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach, Fla., Bob Denison can see across the Dania Cutoff Canal to the blue shed where his father, Christopher “Kit” Denison, built yachts with attitude — big, fast and luxurious.
A federal appeals court has ruled that an injury suffered on a recreational boat anchored in a shallow though navigable recreational bay falls under admiralty jurisdiction despite a 1972 Supreme Court decision that narrows admiralty’s purview a bit to weed out “absurd” cases that have little to do with maritime commerce.
Children built tiny props under the supervision of propeller shop employees and tested them on radio-controlled boats in drag races. Families sat down together to build Lego ships at a Fort Lauderdale booth manned by staff from a maritime training school.
A Boca Raton, Fla., investment broker who is alleged to have staged his disappearance on a boat rented from a local marina “to escape legal issues” — the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office description of why he vanished — has been charged with causing a false distress alert.
The development company that holds the lease on the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center — the main venue of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — has withdrawn its application to redevelop the property, with partner Jimmy Tate saying that after recent events the project “is no longer economically viable for us.”