MRAA hires Washington lobbyist

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas tapped Washington, D.C., veteran Will Higgins to lobby for the group on Capitol Hill.

Cobalt vs. Sea Ray in patent lawsuit

Cobalt Boats LLC is suing Sea Ray Boats, alleging that the company infringed on Cobalt’s patent for a submersible swim step. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, contends that Sea Ray’s “reckless” infringement of the patent has caused Cobalt to lose sales.

Attendance was lower this year, but the nine-day Dusseldorf show had 1,741 exhibitors and attracted 240,000 people.

Not all of Europe is on the ropes

This year’s Düsseldorf boat show included 1,741 exhibitors from 57 countries, as some boatbuilders stepped up their presence in an effort to capitalize on the relatively strong economic region in a still-lagging European market.

German outboard maker Toqeedo is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The selling of the green

New technology has made cleaner, more efficient boats and engines more available than ever before, but some manufacturers say educating the American boater about cleaner alternatives can feel like an uphill battle.

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