George Harris

Q&A with Northwest Marine Trade Association president and CEO George Harris

George Harris and his wife make boating with their two daughters, ages 17 and 12, a priority despite their busy schedules. The president and CEO of the Northwest Marine Trade Association says the family spends weekends salmon fishing or shrimping from their 24-foot Sea Sport, which was built in Bellingham, Wash. “In my opinion, it…more

This teaser image preceded the online launch of the value-priced Robalo R-160.

Model launches go digital

In an increasingly digital era, some boatbuilders have begun taking to social media to unveil 2016 models, bypassing the more conventional channels of boat shows and dealer meetings.

There’s plenty of opportunity for doing one-on-one business.

IBEX: where change happens

It might be the only show in North America at which you can actually watch a sailboat being built in the parking lot. Marcy Offner of Composites One has been to 18 of the 25 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference shows — although Composites One has been represented at every single IBEX — and Offner calls…more

Cause of capsize revealed for Northern Marine yacht

It took more than a year after an 85-foot Northern Marine yacht capsized upon launch, generating a video that went viral and prompting the company to close up shop, for an investigation to reveal why the boat tipped. Now authorities have ruled that the yacht likely sank because of its low margin of stability.

Work on the Miami Marine Stadium grounds will be completed in plenty of time for show setup, says Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

Full speed ahead for Miami show

Despite hurdles along the way, all cylinders are firing with six months to go until the Progressive Miami International Boat Show stages its 75th production in a new venue Feb. 11-15. The village of Key Biscayne is still fighting plans to hold the show at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin — filing lawsuits…more

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