Bob Dougherty, the chief designer and senior vice president of engineering at Boston Whaler in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s and the founder of two other powerboat manufacturing companies, died with his family by his side at his New Smyrna Beach, Fla., home on March 23. He was 85.
The Providence Boat Show is like many smaller regional shows that rely on the loyalty of local buyers and the hard work of local builders, dealers and vendors.
This year proved to be a different experience for regulars at the Miami shows, with a new venue for one and a new name for what is commonly referred to as “the brokerage show” or “the Collins Avenue show.”
The Providence Boat Show, which was held Feb. 4-7, is like many smaller, regional shows that rely on the loyalty of local buyers and the hard work of local builders, dealers and vendors.
The industry drumbeat in recent years has been the urgent need to draw new people into the boating lifestyle — and to sell them new boats. The prized first-time buyer has the potential — with excellent dealer service and dutiful care — to turn into a repeat customer several times over.
MIAMI — When French inflatable manufacturer Zodiac said at a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale boat show last fall that new ownership was going to revive the iconic brand, leaders promised that the first new models in years would debut at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show.
MIAMI — Although bigger is the buzzword in the outboard market these days, Suzuki Marine came to Miami to showcase “a new generation” of compact lightweight outboards and tout its consistent market growth.
The New York Boat Show, the oldest in the country at 111 years, kicked off 2016 with a 5 percent increase in attendance and left dealers confident that 2016 will deliver at least as much success as 2015.
Two of the biggest players in marine electronics are in a legal battle over technology patents that could force one manufacturer to pull product from store shelves.
For the last year, the approximately 630 employees of The Hinckley Company continued to work while their leader, CEO Jim McManus, was largely away from the company fighting to overcome throat cancer.