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.
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.
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
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
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.