IMBC opens in Fort Lauderdale

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference opens today at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center with a day-long small-craft harbor design conference, a field trip to marinas and boatyards and an evening reception.

The first phase of a study released at the Fort Lauderdale show says boating must do more to attract young people.

Watering the seeds of boating growth

The first-phase findings of a study to identify “key levers” for translating participation in boating into passionate engagement with the sport and eventually boat ownership have been released to sharpen the focus of efforts to reverse a decline in ownership.


A huge footprint and a global reach

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the biggest in the 54-year history of the event, the top show executive told participants in a media breakfast.


His genius lives on in his designs

Ted Hood was a passionate sailor who won the America’s Cup on Courageous in 1974 and parlayed his love of the sport into a 64-year career as a sailmaker, boatbuilder, boat and rigging designer, spar maker and innovator.

Freighter Boats Unloaded Fort Lauderdale

Yachts ‘arrested’ after transport

Yacht Path reportedly collected shipping charges from boat owners but never paid the freight carrier When Larry Hemmerich’s yacht arrived at Port Everglades, Fla., on Feb. 23, he took a photo of the custom 37-foot Down East-style lobster yacht on the deck of the bulk cargo carrier Vesuvius, little knowing that a few hours later…more


Floats like a boat but isn’t one

Supreme Court rules for Florida activist, deciding his engine-less, steering-less dwelling was not a ‘vessel’ Tangle with Fane Lozman at your own risk. The city of Riviera Beach, Fla., did in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Was Lozman’s floating home a vessel? By a 7-2 vote the justices…more


Creating a ‘culture’ for your marina

Consultant tells boatyard operators their proficiency is the key to keeping boaters on the water Running a boatyard isn’t for softies. It’s a tough business, says Jim Bronstien, the president and owner of Marine Business Advisors. Boatyards are capital-intensive, customer-intensive, regulatory-intensive, technically intensive and personnel-intensive. And they are lightning rods. “The maintenance-and-repair experience drives the…more


IMBC message: Don’t stand still

Marina operators are told to stay nimble, seek out employees with an ‘ownership mentality’ The mood was upbeat, the information exchanges were sharply focused on succeeding in difficult times and if there was a mantra for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference it was, “Be nimble and change with the times.” “You can be on…more


Hurricane Sandy: What worked and what didn’t

The catastrophic Northeast storm holds lessons for boatyard owners, say experts at IMBC BoatUS is a “great proponent” of getting boats out of the water and on the hard before a hurricane, but with Sandy “this didn’t work,” says Beth Leonard, BoatUS director of technical services and editor of its Seaworthy magazine. The October storm,…more

An ‘air of optimism’ in the marina segment

A joint 2012 Marina Dock Age/AMI marina survey revealed steady improvement in the marina business. “I saw a lot of positives across the board,” says Kirby Scheimann, of Marinas International. Eleven percent of the marinas that responded reported full occupancy; 14 percent, 95 to 99 percent occupancy; 24 percent, 85 to 94 percent occupancy; 19…more

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