Sunny skies brought out big crowds on each day of the show.

A ‘fantastic’ FLIBS

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show finally caught a break this year in the form of fine Florida weather.

MDCE 2013: Speaker: Dealers need to be vigilant with financing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Consumer finance is not the most exciting element of dealership operations, but speaker Jared Zimlin of Priority One Financial Services warned those attending his seminar Wednesday at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo that the government takes compliance very seriously.

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A challenge to get Hispanics into boating

Companies that ignore the exploding Hispanic population in the United States and fail to engage that market will miss out on long-term business opportunities, conferees at one of many seminars held at IBEX were told.

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Rosy, but realistic

The mood at IBEX was one of optimism for an industry that is making a slow but steady comeback Amid the discussions and networking at IBEX 2013, the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, was the underlying theme that although business is better, growth is going to continue to be slow, compared with the pre-recession era.

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Fine dining, plus upscale shopping

$40M yacht will function as The Club at SeaFair, a showroom of art and elegance for the VIP set One new venue at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a “village” unto itself: the 228-foot megayacht SeaFair. Launched in 2007, the $40 million yacht was built as a traveling showroom of fine art, jewelry…more

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Master Brewer

With 22 thriving boatyards, Jack Brewer, now 72, opts for a new role in the business he loves Jack Brewer knew little about boats, let alone the marine industry, when in 1964 he took over management of a 16-slip boatyard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Forty-nine years later, what is now known as the Brewer Group owns…more

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Courting Hispanics: It’s a numbers game

The reason the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is targeting Hispanics in a just-launched five-year promotional campaign can be found in the demographics, the RBFF says.

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Two years of free service, storage for Hunt buyers

Hunt Yachts president Peter Van Lancker sees the launch of the Hunt Carefree Purchase Program as a sales incentive to move  new boats, but also as a vehicle to take his company’s reputation for after-purchase service to new highs. “It’s a competitive world, and we’re trying to differentiate ourselves,” he says. For customers, that means…more

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