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A marine landing on Capitol Hill

Industry mobilizing a legion of ‘lobbyists’ to address ethanol, other issues at May 8-9 American Boating Congress The May 8-9 American Boating Congress is shaping up to be the biggest ever, with 30 co-hosts signed on by early March — more than double last year’s number. The push for marine industry stakeholders to converge on…more

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New England Show digs its way out

Traffic picks up after a snowy first weekend; exhibitors say sales and leads beat expectations The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show garnered rave reviews on the venue — the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center — solid reviews on the crowds and lousy reviews on the weather. Despite snowstorms that struck during the first weekend,…more

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Raves for Yacht & Brokerage

Resurgent sales and dockside soirees were the hallmarks of Miami Beach’s boat show with a nightlife The largest-ever Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach featured more than 500 new and used boats valued at more than $1 billion this year, with the in-water count up 16 percent from 2012, according to Show Management, producers…more

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Sailors on the windy side, survey finds

They’re more congenial, more liberal and much more likely to be talking, tweeting and texting Sailors are much more social than their powerboating counterparts. That’s the word from Sally Helme, publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, who quoted from the Mendelsohn Affluent Survey as she addressed the state of the sailboat industry during…more

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Sea Ray rides innovation ‘wave’

Brunswick confident a technology-driven ‘new normal’ can transform the boating experience Brunswick Boat Group president Andy Graves is calling Sea Ray’s Next Wave initiative a “commitment to redefine the boating experience through every platform.” Sea Ray introduced seven new boats for model-year 2013 in Miami. The lineup includes the 370 Venture, which won the National…more

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It’s green, but does it work?

Selling skeptical consumers on the tangible benefits of eco-friendly products is a challenge As Greenpeace says, “green is the new black.” But that concept might be taking a back seat to a growing mistrust of environmentally friendly claims and a perception that green products are less effective than their traditional — and cheaper — counterparts.…more

House bill would block sales of E15

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced a bill this week that would block the use of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol until its harmful effects are further investigated. H.R. 875 would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver approving the sale of E15 until the agency seeks an independent scientific analysis from the National Academy…more

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E15 under fire on two fronts

One coalition takes its case to Congress while another considers undertaking a Supreme Court challenge to the EPA decision A coalition of organizations seeking to reform or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels such as ethanol, is shopping legislation to Capitol Hill. At the same time, a separate coalition is…more

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A brighter mood in the Florida sun

Optimism in the industry, Miami’s reputation as a new-boat showcase lend energy as the show nears This year’s Miami International Boat Show comes at one of the more optimistic times in the boating business since the economy turned sour in 2008. The industry is buzzing about the prospects for the Feb. 14-18 show, one of…more

A consumer boat show’s B2B side

While exhibitors work the consumer crowd, they’re being pitched themselves by other businesses Business to business might not be at the forefront of company mindsets during consumer boat shows, but it doesn’t mean business relationships aren’t ripe for the taking. Even though the fall and winter shows are geared toward consumer spending, there is no…more

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