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.

Strong dollar, overseas weakness at play in Brunswick’s 3Q

Brunswick Corp. maintained a profitable third quarter despite challenges from a strong dollar and softness overseas, particularly in Brazil, and it reported strong demand for its new high-horsepower engines, as well as parts and accessories.

Hatteras Yachts’ 100 RPH (raised pilothouse) attracted attention in its debut at September’s Cannes Yachting Festival in France.

Q&A with Hatteras Yachts president and CEO John Ward

John Ward joined Hatteras Yachts in 2011 as senior vice president of global sales and marketing and was promoted to president and CEO in March 2013. Though he had been at Brunswick Corp. for years, he was retained as Hatteras CEO through Brunswick’s high-profile sale of Hatteras to Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management.

Dealer reaction mixed to Nautic Global sale

Just over a month after Nautic Global Group’s private equity owners said they were putting the company up for sale, pontoon manufacturer Bennington Marine finalized a deal, acquiring all eight Nautic brands.

NMMA executives and Miami officials say the boat show will go on at the Marine Stadium and Basin grounds, whether or not there is a mediation agreement with the move’s Key Biscayne opponents.

Deal’s off, but show’s on in Miami

Miami International Boat Show organizers are assuring exhibitors that the latest negative news regarding the show’s move will in no way affect its scheduled Feb. 11-15 run.

This photo supplied by Gunboat International shows work underway at the HYM plant in China.

Shoddy work or poor design? Gunboat files lawsuit

Gunboat International, a North Carolina builder of high-end carbon fiber sailing catamarans, is suing a yard in China it had contracted to build its largest models, saying some work was never done and that the yard refused to pay warranty claims on other poorly constructed yachts.

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