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.
Show Management, organizers of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, announced two important initiatives during the 2014 show in February.
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.
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.
As 1,200 members of the Bitcoin community attended their North American conference in Miami Beach in January, Antonio Maldonado and Jessica Londono were negotiating the sale of a 40-foot catamaran sailboat to a Turkish client for $250,000 — in bitcoins.
MIAMI — Show Management, the Fort Lauderdale-based boat show company, announced that its inaugural Panama International Boat Show will be held June 20-22 at Flamenco Marina at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.
MIAMI — Show Management, organizer of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, plans to bring Superyacht Miami, featuring superyachts over 150 feet, to the Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina as part of the 2015 Yacht & Brokerage Show.
MIAMI — Can recreational boating become more affordable?
MIAMI — Larson Boat Group debuted a 20-foot Striper center console at the Miami International Boat Show Thursday and showed its Escape 25 luxury pontoon boat, introduced just two weeks earlier at the Minneapolis Boat Show.
MIAMI — The marine industry has an American story to tell, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the State of the Industry breakfast Thursday on opening day of the Miami International Boat Show.