The first Providence Boat Show under the leadership of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association attracted 9,600 people.

New-look show is a winner

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association president Wendy Mackie wanted to step up content at this year’s Providence Boat Show, which the group had owned for about three months before its Jan. 31 opening, so she added interactive seminars and demonstrations.

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A legacy larger than Larson

Al Kuebelbeck was known for his strong presence in the marine industry over the course of four decades, but daughter Chris Kuebelbeck-Wittwer says no one will miss him more than the grandchildren he doted on.

Pilloried on Facebook? What do you do?

Several Marine Retail University attendees took notes during the portion of the day that highlighted negative online reviews — a sometimes murky topic for business owners, who often feel the negative reviews are mistaken or unfair.

MIAMI 2014: Big shows start on Thursday

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, two of the world’s most anticipated boat shows, open Thursday and run through Monday in various Miami locations.

Providence show sees bigger crowds

In the first year of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association’s ownership of the Providence Boat Show, the group tried to step up the show’s interactive content with the addition of sailboats, seminars and demonstrations.

Massachusetts trade group marks 50th anniversary

BROCKTON, MASS. — The Massachusetts marine industry was born 60 years ago in a building that no longer stands — Mechanic’s Hall on Huntington Avenue in Boston, where the Prudential Center now stands.

Brunswick plans rollout of new models

Brunswick Corp. anticipates flat revenue growth for the first quarter of 2014, but says that will be inconsistent with subsequent quarters as the boat group continues to curtail the production and sales of existing large fiberglass boat models and transitions to the production of several new models of large fiberglass boats.

MarineMax sees ‘very good market’ in New Jersey

MarineMax had near-record sales in its December quarter and strong sales growth in New Jersey during MarineMax’s first quarter of the fiscal year could be a sign that the Northeast is recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

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