FLIBS 2015: Zodiac Nautic president maps out brand’s revival

FORT LAUDERDALE — Zodiac Nautic, the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of RIBs and inflatables, said Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that the industry and consumers should expect a significant revival of the venerable brand.

Hatteras Yachts CEO John Ward says the company will thrive under new owner Versa Capital Management.

FLIBS 2015: Hatteras debuts 70 Motor Yacht

FORT LAUDERDALE — Hatteras Yachts made a splash Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with its new 70 Motor Yacht and a pledge from CEO John Ward that the builder’s goal is to produce two new models each year.

More than 14,000 people attended the Norwalk Boat Show in Connecticut, many for sea trials on the boats they were eyeing.

Mining the Gold Coast at Norwalk boat show

Exhibitors at the Norwalk (Conn.) Boat Show acknowledge that the show’s footprint is smaller than in prerecession years, but its location — on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, a short trip from metropolitan New York — makes it an appealing showcase.

Perfect weather kept the docks busy for the show’s four-day run.

A busy show in Newport

The Newport International Boat Show is viewed as a bellwether for the boat show season in the Northeast. The show’s 45th iteration was held Sept. 17-20 at the Rhode Island destination port and again drew a diverse fleet and mix of local and international vendors.

More than 1,200 dealers are expected at the conference this year. Attendance has been rising since the Great Recession ended.

Dealers’ choice at MDCE in 2015

Since Matt Gruhn joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as president in October 2011 he and his team have systematically remade the MRAA’s flagship event, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.

The scene at Lockwood Boat Works in South Amboy, N.J., was similar to what many marina owners found when they returned to their yards after Sandy hit.

The storm that won’t go away

Three years after Hurricane Sandy took a fateful left turn in the Atlantic and plowed into the New Jersey coast, marinas and boatyards are still recovering from the physical and financial hammering they were dealt. Waterfront communities along the Gulf Coast, Florida and north to the Carolinas routinely have to brace for tropical storms and…more

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