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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Seal a deal with Bitcoin?

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.

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MIAMI 2014 VIDEO: New Panama boat show set for June

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 2014: Superyacht showcase coming in 2015

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 2014: Larson maps its strategy with new rollouts

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.

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