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Opportunities instead of obstacles

Blind dealer Vincent Morvillo has a unique perspective as he conquers challenges beyond the economy   Vincent Morvillo learned early on to “see” differently because the 65-year-old yacht dealer, consultant and motivational speaker has been blind since birth. “I had to think differently because I always had to learn to do things differently,” says Morvillo,…more

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Partners offer a boat, a tow and a place to go

MarineMax, Sea Tow and Marinalife team up   MarineMax’s new partnership with Sea Tow Services International and Marinalife isn’t just a win-win, but a win-win-win-win, the principals said at the deal’s unveiling at the Miami International Boat Show. MarineMax’s boat buyers will be introduced to Sea Tow, the marine assistance provider, and to Marinalife, the…more

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Marinas on shores of opportunity

International Marina and Boatyard Conference attendees are told their sector will lead the recovery The prognosis for marina operators is good, although the economy probably will drag along at a 3 to 3-1/2 percent annual growth rate for the next two to three years, according to economist J. Antonio Villamil and marina guru Neil Ross,…more

Marina survey finds a changing climate

The news from the field was mixed – some marinas doing better, some worse – in an Association of Marina Industries survey of 124 marina professionals. “Not everyone is on the way down. Some are on the way up,” association president Jim Frye said as he and Kirby Scheimann, an International Marina Institute instructor, released…more

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Competing visions cloud marina makeover

Activists in Riviera Beach, Fla., oppose proposal for superyacht yard, force a November referendum The waterfront in Riviera Beach, Fla., is a diamond in the rough, but oh how rough it is and how tough it has been to turn that asset into the gem many think it could be. A divided city council in…more

Sailing icon recovering after boat crash

Yacht designer and builder Ted Irwin is recovering from injuries sustained during a nighttime run-in with a powerboat off Key West as he dinghied to shore from Distant Drummer, his 68-foot Irwin yacht, which was anchored. Irwin, 70, who was in the Florida Keys with his family for the two-day spiny lobster mini-season, was headed…more

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Gulf spill leads builder back to his roots

New Orleans native designs ‘Piranha’ skimmers to aid cleanup effort in estuaries, offshore Megayacht designer Jon Overing grew up sailing on the Gulf of Mexico and has lived most of his life along the Gulf. So it’s natural that when the clarion call went out for ideas and technology to save this resource from the…more

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For owner, it’s about diversification

Paul Engle knows boatyards from both sides of the transom. The 52-year-old president of Bradford Marine, one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier boat and yacht yards, captained Malcolm Forbes’ 151-foot yacht Highlander for four years. He cruised the Pacific. He visited St. Petersburg, Russia. On one memorable occasion, he picked up actress Elizabeth Taylor in Singapore…more

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Bradford Marine bets big on the Bahamas

The boatyard’s 47-acre facility in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island is a long-term investment The yard is humming despite all the bad economic news. A fast ferry is in dry dock. Nearby, a steel tug lies on the hard for hull repairs. In the water, a luxury sailboat is prepped for painting. Meanwhile, workers in…more

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Gulf cleanup turns ‘tin’ to gold

Oil cripples the fiberglass boat market, but ‘opportunity’ is huge for aluminum vessels With the Deepwater Horizon oil leak still not fully capped, a cloud of dashed expectations hung over boat dealers in southeast Louisiana in mid-July. But as tricked-out fiberglass fishboats gathered dust in showrooms, demand for aluminum boats for the BP oil cleanup…more

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