IMBC and refit conference open Wednesday

The International Refit Exhibition and Conference and the International Marina and Boatyard Conference, which are held in tandem at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, start Wednesday and run through Friday.

NMMA expects strong growth to continue

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting the marine industry’s 2016 gains, emphasizing that it is one of the “few American-made industries.”

VIDEO: Miami show set to expand in-water display

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is anticipating a 40 percent increase in the size of the on-water display at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, set for Feb. 16-20 on Key Biscayne — the second year at the show’s new location.

Yachts Miami Beach details additions to 2017 show

Details of Yachts Miami Beach, slated to return to Collins Avenue Feb. 16-20 with a completely revamped layout, are emerging regarding the new ticketed entrances and a new VIP area, as well as enhanced transportation by water and land.

The opening keynote presentation always draws a crowd. This year Steve Gilliland, a motivational speaker known for his humor, will take the stage.

A focus on new profit streams

The 15th annual International Marina & Boatyard Conference will open on Jan. 25 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale and run through Jan. 27.

The American Boat and Yacht Council will be back at the show.

A second show just for refits

After the economic collapse of 2008, when the boating industry was scrambling, a trend began to take hold. After a period that saw owners sell their large yachts and the construction of new yachts stalled, people began refitting yachts for less money and in less time.

Iconic Marine Group sells Pro-Line brand

One of the partners of Iconic Marine Group — the group that purchased the Fountain, Donzi, Baja and Pro-Line boat brands last spring — bought out the shares of saltwater fishing brand Pro-Line.

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