Viking introduced the 92 Convertible at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show, where Bill and Bob Healey received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Active Interest Media's Marine Group.

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Fifty years is a long time to do anything, especially the business of building boats — and through at least six recessions and an ever-changing economy.

This year's Barcelona International Boat Show was the largest in the event's 53-year history.

‘Bienvenidos al AGua’

BARCELONA, Spain — Walking the docks and chatting with locals at the Barcelona International Boat Show, an American boat show veteran quickly realizes he’s in a much smaller fishbowl.

Operation of the Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge across the New River in Fort Lauderdale was the subject Wednesday night at a public meeting.

Coast Guard holds Lauderdale meeting on railroad bridge changes

About 100 people on Wednesday attended the first of three public meetings that the Coast Guard is holding on consecutive evenings to collect public comment on navigation through Florida drawbridges in connection with a proposed high-speed passenger rail service.

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Industry gathers for growing Fort Lauderdale show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens Thursday with seven venues, including a return of the newly renovated Pier 66, which will allow the display of superyachts as large as 200 feet and and expanded sea trial opportunities.

Attendance was down, but exhibitors say the quality of buyers was up at the Norwalk Boat Show in Connecticut.

Buyers turn out for Norwalk show

Six years after the venerable investment bank Lehman Brothers evaporated and the global economy imploded, leaving shell-shocked exhibitors at the Norwalk Boat Show in search of answers, the docks were decidedly upbeat this year.

Organizers of the Newport International Boat Show say attendance was up 5 percent from last year and exhibitor space was up 11 percent.

A ‘spirited, upbeat’ Newport show

The pessimism of 2009 and ’10 that gave way to cautious hopefulness for the next three years evidently has yielded to honest optimism if the talk on the docks of the Newport International Boat Show can be believed.

Rebirth for an early ‘destination’ marina

Marinas have life cycles, with ups and downs and, sometimes, an inglorious end. Some tired old facilities just fade away and are torn down, replaced by hotels, condo complexes and the like. Others get a second chance.

Q&A with Elco Motor Yachts CEO Steve Lamando

Electric hybrid technology has become commonplace in the auto industry — each of the major manufacturers builds one. Toyota, with its popular Prius leading the way, now offers 15 hybrid models and sells about 6 million hybrids a year. Look around; hybrids are in every parking lot.

VIDEO: Scenes from the Barcelona boat show

BARCELONA, Spain — The producers of the Barcelona International Boat Show, which wrapped up Sunday in the Mediterranean port city, reported 53,000 visitors at the five-day show.

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