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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

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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

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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

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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

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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‘Super’ conflict possible in 2016

Survey suggests Miami boat shows would suffer if they share the weekend with the NFL title game Holding two big boat shows, a major arts festival and the Super Bowl in Miami on Presidents Day weekend 2016 would give a lot of people second thoughts about attending the boat shows, according to an online survey.…more

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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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