New Jersey has passed a law that will cut the amount of taxes paid on new boats in half.
Attendance at the 38th annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, which ran from Thursday through Sunday, was up 6 percent and 25 percent more boats were on display than last year.
Miami-Dade County residents showed overwhelming support for holding the Miami International Boat Show in the community in a poll conducted last week, and more than half supported its move to Miami Marine Stadium and surrounding grounds despite opposition from elected officials at a neighboring village.
Industry icon Frank Herhold, who was president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida for 20 years from 1990 to 2010, died Saturday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 76.
Three top executives resigned at Fishing Holdings, the Arkansas-based boat manufacturer of the Ranger, Triton and Stratos brands that Bass Pro Shops acquired earlier this year.
A lawsuit that Key Biscayne filed against the National Marine Manufacturers Association as part of an ongoing effort to block the Miami International Boat Show’s move to Miami Marine Stadium and its surrounding area was dismissed.
Boaters have “a vested interest in protecting the nation’s waterways.”
It’s not often you hear a marine industry leader referred to as the Godfather, as Seakeeper co-founder Shepard “Shep” McKenney was in 2013 by PassageMaker magazine. Or as the kindred spirit of Steve Jobs, as Soundings Trade Only editor Bill Sisson dubbed him in a 2011 editorial.
The data are clear: Fishing and boating are entwined in a way few other recreational activities are. With 70 percent of boats purchased being used to fish, and with half of all fishing being done from a boat, the relationship is indisputable.
Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show, which has faced an uphill battle in its quest to move from the Miami Beach Convention Center to the land and water around Miami Marine Stadium, sent out an “action alert” asking exhibitors to let lawmakers in the area know the show is “crucial” to the industry.