MarineMax CEO Bill McGill says demand for models such as this Scout 420 LXF has exceeded supply.

MarineMax CEO talks of more affluent customer base

The middle class is a dwindling part of MarineMax’s customer base, but the loss is being offset by upper-middle-class and high-net-worth customers — and that base is expanding, in part, because retail financing is becoming easier than ever.

Twin Vee power catamarans are known for their smooth ride in rough water.

A love affair with power cats

Joseph Visconti says his first experience on a Twin Vee was literally life-changing. The owner of ValueRich, a public company traded on the OTC market under the symbol TVPC and now known as Twin Vee Powercats, simply drove to the Fort Pierce, Fla.-based company after being “blown away” by the smooth ride of a twin-hulled…more

The new Trophy line will consist initially of four V-bottom center consoles.

Taking Trophy off the shelf

Honda Marine and H2O Sports Mfg. are reviving the Trophy brand as a new line of center consoles powered by Honda engines.

“Resolutely timeless and easy to handle,” the Leader 36 is particularly well suited for short cruises with family or friends, Harvey says.

Q&A with Jeanneau America president Nicolas Harvey

As president of Jeanneau America, Nicolas Harvey is responsible for several of the brands in parent company Beneteau’s growing portfolio. He oversees Jeanneau sailboats, which have grown market share and presence in North America during the past seven or eight years, as well as Jeanneau’s powerboat operations, which only recently began a push in the…more

Marinas being rebuilt are incorporating bigger and wider slips to accommodate the trend toward larger boats. Marina operators making those types of changes say they’re simply adapting to the current trends in boating.

From marina to ‘activity center’

In the not-so-distant past, a marina typically consisted of some docks and pilings, maybe a fuel dock, perhaps a ship’s store or some bait and tackle, and not a lot else. That was when the facilities were so full they often had wait lists. It was also before the real estate bust of 2008, after…more

Industry mourns journalist Chris Kelly

Capt. Christopher Kelly, an award-winning multimedia producer and publisher, magazine editor and co-founder of BoatTest.com, died July 5 of lung cancer in Norwalk, Conn. He was 57.

The 1,000th Hinckley jetboat is the Talaria 48 Flybridge Lucky Woman.

1,000 jetboats, one at a time

With employment at an all-time high and sales of its jet-powered boats strong, Hinckley launched its 1,000th jetboat June 15 at the company’s Southwest Harbor, Maine, headquarters.

Britain European Union decision as a brexit leave concept and UK leaving vote or Euro zone crisis as a pencil with the british flag erasing a star of the Europe icon as a 3D illustration.

Industry leaders shrug off Brexit

Despite some initial shock, the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union is not expected to have a major impact on the boating business, say several industry stakeholders. Although a struggling British pound could create an even more favorable market for British builders that export to the United States, many executives seem to think…more

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