Attendance was down, but exhibitors say the quality of buyers was up at the Norwalk Boat Show in Connecticut.

Buyers turn out for Norwalk show

Six years after the venerable investment bank Lehman Brothers evaporated and the global economy imploded, leaving shell-shocked exhibitors at the Norwalk Boat Show in search of answers, the docks were decidedly upbeat this year.

Organizers of the Newport International Boat Show say attendance was up 5 percent from last year and exhibitor space was up 11 percent.

A ‘spirited, upbeat’ Newport show

The pessimism of 2009 and ’10 that gave way to cautious hopefulness for the next three years evidently has yielded to honest optimism if the talk on the docks of the Newport International Boat Show can be believed.

Rebirth for an early ‘destination’ marina

Marinas have life cycles, with ups and downs and, sometimes, an inglorious end. Some tired old facilities just fade away and are torn down, replaced by hotels, condo complexes and the like. Others get a second chance.

Q&A with Elco Motor Yachts CEO Steve Lamando

Electric hybrid technology has become commonplace in the auto industry — each of the major manufacturers builds one. Toyota, with its popular Prius leading the way, now offers 15 hybrid models and sells about 6 million hybrids a year. Look around; hybrids are in every parking lot.

VIDEO: Scenes from the Barcelona boat show

BARCELONA, Spain — The producers of the Barcelona International Boat Show, which wrapped up Sunday in the Mediterranean port city, reported 53,000 visitors at the five-day show.

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Spain attempts to build up recreational boating

BARCELONA, Spain — Walking the docks and chatting with locals at the Barcelona International Boat Show, an American boat show veteran can see and hear many of the same challenges and successes that builders and dealers find stateside, but on a much smaller scale.

Sea Hawk Paints executives plead guilty in banned-coating case

Four executives at New Nautical Coatings, doing business as Sea Hawk Paints and Sea Hawk Refinish Line, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Florida to criminal charges in connection with a scheme to unlawfully sell a marine coating that contained an unregistered pesticide.

Friends and business partners Brad Martin (left) and Jon Boswell launched Engineered Marine Coatings to become players in the marine coatings market.

Strokes of genius

A couple of young entrepreneurs have entered the marine coatings market with a product they say will shake up that industry segment.

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