Lawsuit alleges Dometic sold defective refrigerators

Hagens Berman, a group that has leveraged successful class-action litigation against giants such as Philip Morris and is taking on Volkswagen for its role in the emissions controversy, filed a class-action suit against Dometic Corp. on April 21, saying the company sold defective refrigerators that can spontaneously ignite on boats and RVs.

MarineMax touts Russo Marine acquisition to investors

Russo Marine — now called MarineMax Russo Marine following last week’s acquisition by the largest boat dealership chain in the country — brought in $35 million in revenue in 2015 and represented MarineMax’s largest acquisition since 2006.

Analyst: Recent growth bodes well for selling season

Resilient U.S. consumers, favorable spring weather and strong March boat sales trends point to a very solid marine industry in its peak selling season and could indicate a supply shortage in California and northern U.S. states.

This facility in Buford, Ga., is the Atlanta area’s principal outlet for Singleton’s new-boat lineup.

Q&A with OneWater Marine Holdings CEO Austin Singleton

As founder of the Singleton Marine Group, which merged with Legendary Marine in October 2014 to form OneWater Marine Holdings, Austin Singleton is trying to give successful boat dealers who have no succession plan a way out.

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Chaparral/Robalo’s Jim Lane was a leader, mentor

Chaparral and Robalo Boats president Jim Lane of Valdosta, Ga., died March 19, losing a long struggle with leukemia. He was 73. Lane came on board with company founder William “Buck” Pegg in 1977 and formed Chaparral Boats. During a career that spanned almost four decades, Lane was widely respected as an intuitive businessman, an…more

Kids who spend time on the water often become boat owners, but that trend is changing among Gen Xers and millennials.

Pursuing lost youth

EDITOR’S NOTE: This begins a two-part special report on the industry’s declining baby-boomer client base and the reluctance of the next generations to commit to boat ownership.

The walk from the tents to the docks at Virginia Key was pleasant, and the view of the Miami skyline was spectacular.

Success on Virginia Key

MIAMI — It was an epic undertaking.When the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced in 2015 that it was going to move the million-square-foot Progressive Miami International Boat Show from the Miami Beach Convention Center to an island that had nothing on it except a decrepit marine stadium that hadn’t been used in decades, many seemed…more

More than 50,000 people walked the floor at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the show’s nine-day February run.

A Boston bounceback

BOSTON — Seeing no snow during any of the nine February days of the Progressive New England Boat Show, with nearly springlike weather during the final weekend, exhibitors and organizers say the event was a success.

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