The walk from the tents to the docks at Virginia Key was pleasant, and the view of the Miami skyline was spectacular.

Success on Virginia Key

MIAMI — It was an epic undertaking.When the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced in 2015 that it was going to move the million-square-foot Progressive Miami International Boat Show from the Miami Beach Convention Center to an island that had nothing on it except a decrepit marine stadium that hadn’t been used in decades, many seemed…more

More than 50,000 people walked the floor at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the show’s nine-day February run.

A Boston bounceback

BOSTON — Seeing no snow during any of the nine February days of the Progressive New England Boat Show, with nearly springlike weather during the final weekend, exhibitors and organizers say the event was a success.

The Gunboat 55 Rainmaker was hauled back to shore after more than a year adrift in the Atlantic.

Gunboat yacht is found after a year adrift

Fourteen months after Rainmaker, a 55-foot Gunboat, was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean, members of Oracle Team USA spotted the fully intact hull at sea. They saw the boat while they were on a fishing trip off Bermuda, and a 40-foot Luhrs charter fishing boat called Tenacious hauled it in, according to Gunboat founder Peter…more

NMMA sells L.A. and San Diego shows

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is selling the Los Angeles Boat Show and the San Diego International Boat Show to the Duncan McIntosh Company and says it won’t produce a San Francisco show in 2017.

Several dealers at January’s Toronto Boat Show say currency issues are making boat sales more difficult.

A chilling effect on Canadian sales

As the U.S. dollar has continued to strengthen, Canada’s dollar has been subject to dramatic fluctuations. That has created hesitancy among Canadian consumers and is a problem for dealers, who have been forced to hedge to attempt to offset the spikes and dips.

The first hull in Arcadia Yachts’ elegantly styled and eco-friendly Sherpa series made its debut at boot Düsseldorf. The Naples, Italy-based builder says the 16.8-meter hull is designed for fuel efficiency. So-lar panels generate power for running the yacht’s systems.

A dynamic Düsseldorf

When boot Düsseldorf closed Jan. 31, the water sports festival billed as the world’s largest had attracted nearly a quarter of a million visitors, organizers say.

MarineMax has begun selling Polish-built Galeon Yachts, but says it views them as a “complementary product” to its Sea Ray models. The company wanted to supplement its offerings with a lower-priced line.

Here come the imports

The United States is continuing to see an increase in boatbuilders from abroad who want to bring their brands here, and although it’s not a new phenomenon it is one that continues to gain traction in light of the strong dollar and relatively robust North American boating market.

Q&A with Info-Link Technologies founder and managing director Jack Ellis

“I think I may have a statistic here.” That’s something you might hear when you talk to Jack Ellis, founder and managing director of Miami-based Info-Link Technologies, a company that tracks marine industry sales trends and boat registrations. His passion for numbers and data seems trumped only by his love of boating and his family.

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