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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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

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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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

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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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A ‘no man’s land’ in big-boat lending

Loans are available in the $50,000 range, but a credit blemish can torpedo the sale of a larger boat The marine retail lending market has certainly leveled out since the financial meltdown of 2008, when it seemed to change on a daily basis. That’s welcome news to dealers, lenders and manufacturers, who are, by and…more

Early data show surge in June sales

Loan volume suggests buyers did, in fact, defer purchases because of early-spring weather problems Marine lenders get a sneak peek into boat-buying trends because they see the loan applications before sales are made, and well before the registrations are counted into boat sales data. They felt the slow start to the season, but predict that…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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An ominous age gap

Twice as many new-boat buyers are over 65 as are under 40 and that gives forecasters gray hairs No matter how you dice it, the data is clear: Boat buyers are getting older at a rate that’s outpacing overall aging in America. And that’s not just new-boat buyers. Used-boat buyers also are aging, albeit not…more

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