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

Mood at Norwalk show as sunny as weather

NORWALK, Conn. — Exhibitors at the Norwalk Boat Show, which kicked off Thursday on the southwest Connecticut coastline, say a near-perfect summer, combined with lower fuel prices and a continued economic recovery, have produced a solid 2015 and offer optimism moving forward. “The year has been good. From July 1 to today we didn’t have…more

Traffic was brisk during the four days of the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show.

Newport exhibitors see bustling crowds

NEWPORT, R.I. — The 45th annual Newport International Boat Show was blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine during its four-day run weekend run and dealers’ and vendors’ disposition was equally bright.

“Tin Man” Bill Ek made his mark on the industry.

Industry mourns its ‘Tin Man,’ Bill Ek

William “Bill” J. Ek, who cut his teeth in the recreational boating business at his father’s shop and went on to build a career in sales and marketing for several boat companies over decades, died Aug. 1 in Shell Lake, Wis., at the age of 79.

Dealers enjoy a good first half

Dealers around the country are saying business is clearly up, and they expect that 2015 is on track to beat 2014 results.

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