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.

Jake Owen shares his passion for the water through Discover Boating.

Trade Only Today catches up with country music’s Jake Owen

Just weeks after signing on for a second year of partnering with Discover Boating — and days before returning to a summer tour — country music artist Jake Owen was on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee, filming a promotional spot.

Part of the fleet of 27 cruising boats at the Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.

A buying crowd for new show

The inaugural International Cruising Boat Expo, a show dedicated to cruising under power or sail, drew serious buyers to the small riverfront town of Essex, Conn., during the first week of June.

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