Al Behrendt speaks at a press conference announcing Active Interest Media’s acquisition of the Bahamas Billfish Championship and the Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market. Others (from left) are Jennifer Dudas, Behrendt’s daughter and the producer of the tournament series and the flea market; Anglers Journal editor-in-chief William Sisson; AIM Marine Group group publisher Gary De Sanctis; and AIM chairman and CEO Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III.

AIM plans for future of Bahamas Billfish Championship

MIAMI — Although the deal was announced on the eve of the Miami boat shows, Active Interest Media hosted a formal news conference last Friday at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach on its acquisition of the Bahamas Billfish Championship.

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MIAMI 2015: Superyacht marina takes shape for 2016

MIAMI — Among the events at last week’s Miami boat shows was a gathering hosted by Show Management and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association on nearby Watson Island, where a superyacht marina is taking shape that will increase the footprint of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach next year.

Ferretti Group chief commercial officer Stefano DeVivo (left), CEO Alberto Galassi and CEO of the Americas James Henderson are shown at a press conference Thursday at the Miami show.

MIAMI 2015: Ferretti CEO touts brand’s progress

MIAMI — The Ferretti Group’s annual press conference at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach sent the message that three years after a Chinese commercial machinery company acquired the Italian yacht builder, it is emerging on an equal footing with competitors.

MIAMI 2015: Hatteras Yachts adds Vessel Vanguard on purchases

MIAMI — Hatteras Yachts said at the start of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach that it formed a partnership with Vessel Vanguard in which all new buyers will receive five years of complimentary protection service from the boat systems monitoring software manufacturer.

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Hartford show revamps its floor layout

HARTFORD, Conn. — After many years with the same layout and same look, the 46th annual Hartford Boat Show, a four-day event at the Connecticut Convention Center that ended Sunday, had a new look and new energy.

There’s a boat for every budget. That’s the value message the Recreational Boating Leadership Council wants to convey.

Growth panels ‘gain traction’

On the heels of its seventh meeting, the Recreational Boating Leadership Council, born of the Great Recession, is beginning to produce tangible results in its mission to benefit the industry.

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Winter weather hurts Providence show attendance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Gate attendance fell slightly at the Providence Boat Show, but organizers today attributed the decline to a quiet New England winter that suddenly awakened with several inches of rain-soaked snow on Saturday and the promise of a blizzard sweeping through the region tonight and tomorrow.

The New York show is being held this year on mid-January dates preferred the industry.

New dates boost crowds at New York show

NEW YORK — Early indicators suggest that the new dates for the Progressive New York Boat Show are having a positive effect on attendance, exhibitors said Thursday, the second day of the 110-year-old show, which continues through Sunday at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

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