Q&A with Seakeeper co-founder Shepard McKenney

It’s not often you hear a marine industry leader referred to as the Godfather, as Seakeeper co-founder Shepard “Shep” McKenney was in 2013 by PassageMaker magazine. Or as the kindred spirit of Steve Jobs, as Soundings Trade Only editor Bill Sisson dubbed him in a 2011 editorial.

The recruitment effort for boating and fishing is focusing on attracting more women and children to the outdoor lifestyle.

Tighter than ever and on a mission

The data are clear: Fishing and boating are entwined in a way few other recreational activities are. With 70 percent of boats purchased being used to fish, and with half of all fishing being done from a boat, the relationship is indisputable.

NMMA asks exhibitors for help in Miami show dispute

Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show, which has faced an uphill battle in its quest to move from the Miami Beach Convention Center to the land and water around Miami Marine Stadium, sent out an “action alert” asking exhibitors to let lawmakers in the area know the show is “crucial” to the industry.

Gunboat International files for bankruptcy protection

Gunboat International filed for Chapter 11 banktruptcy protection on Wednesday after a series of challenges in the past two years, but owner Peter Johnstone says the company is operationally poised to rebound.

Officials delay decision on Miami show permit

Miami-Dade county commissioners deferred a decision Tuesday to issue a permit for the Miami International Boat Show that is necessary for the in-water portion to move forward, punting the decision to Dec. 15.

METS opens Tuesday with sustainability focus

Sustainability is the theme of this year’s Marine Equipment Trade Show at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, where an estimated 1,380-plus exhibitors will gather Tuesday to showcase new products and innovations in and around the industry.

Brunswick maps out three-year growth plan

Brunswick Corp. will continue expansion into adjacent markets and keep growing its parts and accessories business in the coming three years, starting with its patented aluminum alloy called Mercalloy.

The 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday and runs through Monday, is seeing the center console boat segment grow the fastest.

Center-console market growth evident in Fort Lauderdale

The recession took its largest toll on 20- to 50-foot boats and the industry’s bounce-back is evidenced by the large rebound in that size range, with several boats making their debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens Thursday.

Kismet, a 312-foot Lürrsen yacht, will be the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show’s largest ever featured boat when it starts Thursday.

Fort Lauderdale show will have international flavor

The 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starts Thursday, drawing a larger and more international mix of exhibitors than ever — and it will feature the largest boat that has ever been displayed at the five-day event.

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