Hunter 40 sailing in Annapolis, MD.

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


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


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


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


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


The French Riviera on Collins Avenue

The biggest-ever Yacht & Brokerage Show will bring a European flair to the Miami Beach waterway strip The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach is attracting more new boats this year — just one of the factors making it the biggest in its 25-year history. That’s according to Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, chairman and…more


Why a company in China might end up paying your claim

Insurance companies don’t always have the money to fully pay each claim. Consumers might realize that regulations designed to protect them require insurers to have the liquid capital, but insurers can also get insurance — called reinsurance — to help cover those claims. Sound confusing? It can be, especially when trying to determine whether there’s…more

121031-G-ZZ999-001 MSU Cleveland Hurricane Sandy

Insurance costs likely to spiral

Big changes loom after a year of weather disasters; marina construction types might get closer scrutiny The insurance company is kinda like the house: It always wins. So what happens after a year that brought more severe weather than any in recent memory — from droughts to wildfires to record numbers of tornadoes to Hurricane…more

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