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Bayliner cruisers are Brazil-bound

Brunswick will build and sell the boats only in South America, with changes planned for the U.S. lineup Brunswick Boat Group’s Bayliner Boats is halting production and sales of cruisers in the United States while ramping up production of that segment at its newly built plant in Brazil. “Brazil and its expanding boat market offer…more

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Baja edges back into boatbuilding

The company resumes work on four models after prolonged and complex bankruptcy proceedings Baja Marine has resumed boatbuilding operations at its Washington, N.C., plant after a complicated court battle and two Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in three years. In mid-August, the company began building the 247 Islander, 26 Outlaw, 278 Performance and 30 Outlaw models,…more

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A centennial that almost wasn’t

With bankruptcy behind it and Jacobs again the owner, Larson Boats eagerly enters its second century Larson Boats has been in the same business for 100 years, and Al Kuebelbeck knows that’s exceptional. As the company celebrates its centennial, Kuebelbeck reflects on the challenges of recent years, from a bankruptcy restructuring to the Great Recession,…more

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Industry goes politicking

Takes its message of economic clout — $72 billion — and jobs to the parties’ national conventions The National Marine Manufacturers Association took advantage of this summer’s national political conventions to make its case that the boat industry is an integral piece of the U.S. economy. Appeals for supportive policies that began at the Republican…more

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The ‘villages’ of Lauderdale

The huge Oct. 25-29 show is streamlining itself into themed segments to ease access The term “theme park” might not spring to mind when reflecting on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but that’s a model producers are trying to emulate in their efforts to make the mammoth show more accessible: They’re creating “villages” themed…more

Staying big but not overwhelming

Size of largest boats, range of vessels, gear hallmarks of FLIBS, but organizers taking steps to simplify show When it comes to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, it’s true: Size matters. Show organizers are quick to point out that the exhibits represent every facet of the marine industry — from runabouts to megayachts to…more

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Where dealers go to ‘get smarter’

Nov. 11-14 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo is a treasure trove of ideas, networking and new products What do you get when you put a Harley Davidson 20 Group moderator, a social media guru and an exhibit expert in a room? You get this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which will blend new speakers…more

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Staying ahead of the curve

IBEX is the place to gauge what’s in, what’s out and what’s going to move product more efficiently Steve Nelson, global product manager for Veethree Sales, was at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference a few years ago when he picked up on a trend: Many of the boatbuilders who were potential buyers of his…more

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Parched

Record heat, drought turn boating lakes into dust bowls in hardest-hit areas of the nation’s midsection Unseasonably warm and dry summers have helped temper the effects of the economic downturn, but now they may be too much of a good thing. The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat…more

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New era begins for Marlow

Lessons of a lifetime drive diversified builder’s plans for newly acquired Hunter, Mainship, Luhrs David Marlow, the owner of Marlow Acquisitions, brings to boatbuilding the lessons he learned as a child. Marlow, who acquired the assets of Hunter Marine Corp. out of bankruptcy Aug. 1, as well as selected assets of Mainship and Luhrs, spent…more

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