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‘Bulletproof’ boat hardware

Products durable enough for the Navy SEALs separate Latham Marine from your typical mom-and-pop Tucked into a warehouse district just north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Latham Marine looks like just another of the mom-and-pop shops that come and go with the ebb and flow of business in this city’s marine districts. Bob and Kathy…more

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Honoring boat and achievements

The first AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards recognized the industry’s best of the best The editors and writers of Active Interest Media’s Marine Group recently selected more than three dozen boatbuilders for special recognition. The awards were among 42 given for individual achievement and for best boats in their categories during a banquet at…more

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Courting U.S. buyers with a British pedigree

Sealine returns to the American market after a 10-year hiatus, calling itself the ‘Range Rover of boating’ A decade after pulling out of the U.S. market, British luxury yacht builder Sealine International is back — under new ownership, with models geared to American tastes and a plan to woo buyers with British artisanship and rugged…more

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Boat loans are changing with the times

It’s not a return to the days of easy money, but financing is readily available and approvals are up Trends in the marine credit market might not be stellar, but they are encouraging. Credit is available for boat loans, interest rates are at historic lows, loan criteria are easing a little and a few more…more

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Marina challenge: Do more with less

Operators told revenues will remain tight while customer expectations ‘have never been higher’ Post-recession, the new normal is a challenge, albeit a manageable one, for marina and boatyard operators, Bruce Lunde and Dan Williams said in an International Marina & Boatyard Conference seminar on competing in today’s marketplace. The Feb. 1-3 conference, held against the…more

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Yachts that run on natural gas?

Trinity’s LNG technology, developed for work vessels, could take boating to a new level of green John Dane III has a foot in two camps, one in building superyachts, the other in building workboats, which has enabled him to offer his luxury yacht clients liquefied natural gas power developed for the workboat side of his…more

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Hybrid hopes ride on long-distance boats

ReGen Nautic USA sees passagemakers and other cruising vessels as candidates for its electric power systems Pierre Caouette, president and CEO of ReGen Nautic USA, developed his hybrid electric power systems with sailboats in mind, but for the casual sailor the increased cost was — and still is — hard to justify based on fuel…more

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West Marine’s crown jewel

Fort Lauderdale ‘super’ facility is twice the size of flagship stores and five times as big as standard outlets West Marine CEO Geoff Eisenberg says the boating supply giant keeps its sights trained on the horizon, which helps explain the grand opening of its Fort Lauderdale superstore late last year in still-turbulent economic times. At…more

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Fort Lauderdale: On the docks with Jim Flannery

French boatbuilder Beneteau, continuing its bid for a share of the U.S. powerboat market, debuted four Italian-styled express cruisers: the Flyer Gran Turismo 34, 38, 44 and 49 (also available with a flybridge). The builder introduced its Swift Trawler 42 to this country in 2005 and added a 52 in 2009, a 34 in 2010…more

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Proposed yacht crew rules eased

Coast Guard plan still would require license recertification at five-year intervals instead of 10 Megayacht crews may have to do a little tap dancing and make some adjustments if the proposed 2011 amendments to the U.S. Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers are adopted, industry sources say. “At this point I believe that…more

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