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.
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.
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.
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 — 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 — Can recreational boating become more affordable?
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.
MIAMI — The marine industry has an American story to tell, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the State of the Industry breakfast Thursday on opening day of the Miami International Boat Show.
MIAMI — So how’s the marine industry doing?
FORT LAUDERDALE — Businesses must create a “special sauce” that sets them apart from competitors to survive the tumultuous pace of change during the next 10 years, Correct Craft president and CEO Bill Yeargin said in Friday’s opening presentation at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference.