Jim Malone (left), Nautic Global Group board member and the company’s former interim chief executive, and the company’s new CEO Brad Gates are shown Monday evening aboard Virginia’s Jewel during the American Boating Congress welcome reception.

ABC 2014: Big turnout for opening-night cruise

WASHINGTON — The 2014 American Boating Congress opened with a welcome reception cruise along the Potomac River Monday evening as some of the biggest names in boating sipped cocktails and casually discussed marine industry topics ranging from boat shows to Grow Boating initiatives.

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ABC 2014: Five issues dominate this year’s agenda

The 2014 American Boating Congress starts tonight with a welcome-reception boat cruise along the Potomac River before marine industry members meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday to push boating-friendly legislation.

New York autumn show postponed until next year

New York Afloat, a new in-water boat show slated to debut in New York Sept. 10-14 this year, has been postponed until 2015, pending the approval of a no-wake zone along the Hudson River. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, the group that owns the show, pushed the launch date back because it had not received…more

Sea Hunt has stood out as a top seller in a healthier center console market.

Florida and fishing boats

With all the buzz around aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, one segment that has been overlooked until recently is the saltwater fiberglass fishing boat segment. Though it’s a relatively small part of the overall market, this segment has taken off since late 2011, when Florida’s housing market first began to recover from the 2008 bust.

George Lyle "Skip" Allen Sr. spent a lifetime on the water and built a career in marine publishing.

A man of many words, great parties

George Lyle “Skip” Allen Sr., co-founder of Popular Boating magazine, which later became Boating magazine, and founder of Southern Boating magazine, died March 23 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 84.

Cartagena architecture made for an interesting backdrop.

Colombia’s ripening market

The Cartagena International Boat Show grew exponentially in its second year as attendance rose 165 percent, from 1,300 in its inaugural year to 3,455 this year.

The American Boating Congress gives the industry a collective voice on Capitol Hill.

Timing is right to score in D.C.

These days, any discussion of Congress calls forth words such as deadlock, standstill, lack of movement. But it’s for just that reason that the American Boating Congress May 5-7 in Washington, D.C., might be one of the most productive in years, planners say.

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