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


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


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


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


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


A bigger slice of the pie

Dealers who survived the recession have learned its lessons and diversified The marine industry has been hearing a lot about a “new normal,” but only in recent months has there been some idea of what that looks like to dealers. There are fewer dealers than in 2007 — the numbers floating around indicate about 35…more


Can sailing shed its blueblood image?

Sail America conference makes inclusion a top priority as the sport tries to fight off its elitist tag Players in the sailing industry not only are discussing ways to make sailing more accessible to boaters, but they’re also trying to dispel the notion that sailing is an exclusive sport. Those were among the prevalent themes…more

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Foto: Marie Ullnert, Bilduppdraget

A ‘class act’ steps aside

Retiring Volvo Penta Americas CEO Clint Moore built a brand and made lots of friends along the way Fishing tournaments and dealer meetings — that’s how Clint Moore planned to spend the summer before retiring Sept. 1 from the helm of Volvo Penta of the Americas. Speaking in June from the Big Rock Blue Marlin…more


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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