Retail giant rolls out electronics expo

Among the changes that West Marine CEO Matt Hyde has shepherded in his four years at the helm of the marine retail giant was the introduction this spring of the Marine Electronics Expo.


Refit for a king

A roster of industry players collaborated on a mutually beneficial project that brought new life to a tired and sunburned 1996 Grand Banks 42.

Yachts Miami Beach again filled a mile-long stretch of the Indian Creek Waterway along Collins Avenue.

High-enders kept Collins Ave. busy

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.”


Breaking a tired boat show mold

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 Bayliner F18, which starts at $18,599, is designed to add fishability to the popular entry-level boat.

A blue-collar sales pitch

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 2016: Zodiac Nautic North America debuts two models

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 2016: Suzuki debuts new outboards

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.

Opening day saw a long line waiting to enter the Javits Center (top). Once inside, many headed for the Sea Ray exhibit.

N.Y. jump-starts the show season

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.

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