The industry is pressing Congress to recognize the economic importance of recreational fishing.

Fresh Magnuson tough to catch

Recreational fishing is a big business and its economic impact is equal to or greater than that of commercial fishing. Despite that message from industry advocates to lawmakers at an August meeting in Alaska on saltwater fishing regulations, some don’t think they’ll see change during this gridlock-stunted Congress.

The big boat show takes over the city during its annual run.

It’s showtime in Lauderdale

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known for its ever-expanding offerings and show footprint and the 55th edition is no exception, with seven venues spread across the city of Fort Lauderdale from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The newest addition is Pier 66, which will enable the display of more yachts, including superyachts as…more

Terry Stark spent his last 10 years in Cambodia. The success of his Carolina Skiff pleased him, but he took greater pride in living the life he chose.

It wasn’t hard work that killed Terry Stark

Carolina Skiff founder Terry Stark lived life on his own terms. John Landon, chairman of the company during Stark’s tenure, remembers his colleague’s world travels, including trips to the Bahamas, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba and Thailand before he settled in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he died Aug. 15 after a heart attack. He was 68.

An up-close look at boat construction was one of the features of the annual Rec Boat Holdings dealer meeting.

On board with Beneteau

Some dealers may have entered the Rec Boat Holdings dealer meeting in August with apprehension after the company’s sale to Groupe Beneteau, but Dave Kazmark of Patchogue Shores Marina was not one of them.

Yamaha-sponsored roundtable focuses on Magnuson reform

The recreational boating industry focused its message on saltwater fishing regulation during a panel discussion with two U.S. senators last week in Alaska, although the lawmakers seemed conflicted about when a change in legislation will occur.

The service-driven business prides itself on its clean facilities and being attentive to detail.

‘No boat for you!’

Dave Nolan won’t sell a boat to just anybody. That might sound counterintuitive to most boat dealers — in fact, to most people in sales. But as the owner of Cape Yachts and South Wharf Yacht Yard, Nolan’s first priority is his promise that every customer will get superior service.

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Q&A with Malibu Boats president Jack Springer

Malibu Boats president Jack Springer has held CEO positions in a number of industries, including furniture, plastics, body armor, foundry, auto parts stamping, textiles, automotive and semiconductors. He spent time in the marine industry at Nautic Global Group before joining Malibu in May of 2009 — at the height of the recession.

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