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MDCE becomes busier and better

Pre-event workshops, long-sought speaker Jeffrey Gitomer among key additions to November conference If you attended last year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., you know the event does not lack content. With three educational tracks taking place simultaneously, one of the most difficult aspects is choosing which to attend. You might think it…more

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Marina buzz on a budget

Building slip-holder camaraderie is one way to raise a yard’s profile, Maryland conferees agree EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was written by associate editor Reagan Haynes, who presented data at the Marine Trades Association of Maryland’s September conference based on her July story on the aging of the boating population. That story served as the basis…more

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E15 runs head-on into market reality

Issue booted back to Congress as EPA finds massive opposition and an unattainable standard The Environmental Protection Agency’s hands are tied when it comes to E15. So says the National Marine Manufacturers Association, arguing that the EPA has punted the issue back to Congress because it is incapable of meeting mandates outlined in the Renewable…more

New York show dates and the ‘big picture’

NMMA official says Gov. Cuomo wasn’t just rescuing an event but aiding an endangered $5.8B industry The Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show not only has new dates for its winter show, it is adding a new in-water fall show. Starting in 2015, the show will move from the immediate post-holiday period to dates later…more

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Marrying the girl next door

R.I. neighbors Hunt and Hinckley say the brands will retain autonomy in union of like-minded companies Hunt Yachts hopes to take advantage of The Hinckley Company’s distribution and service reach after being acquired by parent company Scout Partners LLC. “We should be able to push more volume through and break into new markets,” Hunt president…more

FLIBS whole is the sum of its pavilions

Themed villages, color-coding and an improved app ease the huge show’s navigational challenges The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is many things, but it is not small. That is one of the reasons the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which owns the show, and organizer Show Management decided to group like products into various…more

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FLIBS forecast ‘very vibrant’

Organizers expect the strongest Lauderdale show since 2007, with lots of new attractions The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is on a mission to outperform itself. The Oct. 31-Nov. 4 event continues to add to offerings spread over six locations with more than 3 million square feet of space. One of this year’s new…more

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And then there’s Texas

Despite serious weather issues, the state’s oil-and-gas-driven economy has kept boat sales on track The oil and shale boom in Texas has brought millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the Lone Star State so rapidly that in some areas, banks, schools and housing have struggled to keep up with the growing population and…more

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The rationale behind rotating venues

After the announcement that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will alternate between venues in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., beginning in 2014, Soundings Trade Only caught up with show manager Anne Dunbar and Thom Dammrich, president of show co-producer National Marine Manufacturers Association, as well as some IBEX mainstays, to discuss the plan. “Our…more

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