Cobalt vs. Sea Ray in patent lawsuit

Cobalt Boats LLC is suing Sea Ray Boats, alleging that the company infringed on Cobalt’s patent for a submersible swim step. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, contends that Sea Ray’s “reckless” infringement of the patent has caused Cobalt to lose sales.

Attendance was lower this year, but the nine-day Dusseldorf show had 1,741 exhibitors and attracted 240,000 people.

Not all of Europe is on the ropes

This year’s Düsseldorf boat show included 1,741 exhibitors from 57 countries, as some boatbuilders stepped up their presence in an effort to capitalize on the relatively strong economic region in a still-lagging European market.

German outboard maker Toqeedo is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The selling of the green

New technology has made cleaner, more efficient boats and engines more available than ever before, but some manufacturers say educating the American boater about cleaner alternatives can feel like an uphill battle.

Salas says water sports are among the largest segments of the recreational boating industry.

Q&A with Water Sports Industry Association executive director Denny Salas

Denny Salas, the new executive director of the Water Sports Industry Association, spent four months with the organization learning the ropes before taking the new position. A New England native, Salas became familiar with the boating industry as a lobbyist for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Before that, he worked with various politicians on Capitol…more

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Determined buyers come out for New England show

BOSTON — The Progressive New England Boat Show, which ran from Feb. 14 through Sunday, had drastically reduced attendance because of frigid weather and several feet of snow that plagued the region, but many exhibitors said the people who did show up were buying boats.

Snow slows crowds at New England show

Exhibitors at the Progressive New England Boat Show are hoping the upcoming weekend will help to offset the blow delivered by snow during the nine-day show’s first weekend.

NMMA will discuss 2016 show plans in Miami

There has been a lot of talk about the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, which is slated to move from the Miami Beach Convention Center, while the venue is undergoing renovations, to the Miami Marine Stadium Park.

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