Marinas being rebuilt are incorporating bigger and wider slips to accommodate the trend toward larger boats. Marina operators making those types of changes say they’re simply adapting to the current trends in boating.

From marina to ‘activity center’

In the not-so-distant past, a marina typically consisted of some docks and pilings, maybe a fuel dock, perhaps a ship’s store or some bait and tackle, and not a lot else. That was when the facilities were so full they often had wait lists. It was also before the real estate bust of 2008, after…more

Industry mourns journalist Chris Kelly

Capt. Christopher Kelly, an award-winning multimedia producer and publisher, magazine editor and co-founder of BoatTest.com, died July 5 of lung cancer in Norwalk, Conn. He was 57.

The 1,000th Hinckley jetboat is the Talaria 48 Flybridge Lucky Woman.

1,000 jetboats, one at a time

With employment at an all-time high and sales of its jet-powered boats strong, Hinckley launched its 1,000th jetboat June 15 at the company’s Southwest Harbor, Maine, headquarters.

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Industry leaders shrug off Brexit

Despite some initial shock, the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union is not expected to have a major impact on the boating business, say several industry stakeholders. Although a struggling British pound could create an even more favorable market for British builders that export to the United States, many executives seem to think…more

Survey shows boat dealers remain optimistic

A new survey shows that despite shaky consumer confidence and 2016 being an election year, boat dealers who were optimistic about their business outnumbered those who were less optimistic by a 2-to-1 margin.

Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show on Virginia Key are adding docks for the expanding in-water portion of the event. The show also will add triangles at intersections to help traffic flow better.

NMMA will boost use of water taxis at Miami show

The Progressive Miami International Boat Show is increasing the number of water taxis taking show visitors to and from Virginia Key by more than 47 percent next year in an effort to ease long lines and meet the high demand for water transportation.

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Still something left in the tank

When Jerry Nessenson says he is retiring, he’s using the term somewhat loosely. The founder of ValvTect Petroleum Products might be leaving the company, but he will continue as a consultant to fuel and gasoline marketers and distributors with his new firm and plans to maintain a presence in the marine industry.

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Q&A with NMMA VP of federal and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros

Ethanol, trade deals, workforce shortages, saltwater fishing access — there isn’t a boating issue you can toss at Nicole Vasilaros that she isn’t well versed on. Chances are, she’s already had multiple conversations about it with members of Congress as she lobbies on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.

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