FLIBS whole is the sum of its pavilions

Themed villages, color-coding and an improved app ease the huge show’s navigational challenges The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is many things, but it is not small. That is one of the reasons the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which owns the show, and organizer Show Management decided to group like products into various…more

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FLIBS forecast ‘very vibrant’

Organizers expect the strongest Lauderdale show since 2007, with lots of new attractions The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is on a mission to outperform itself. The Oct. 31-Nov. 4 event continues to add to offerings spread over six locations with more than 3 million square feet of space. One of this year’s new…more

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And then there’s Texas

Despite serious weather issues, the state’s oil-and-gas-driven economy has kept boat sales on track The oil and shale boom in Texas has brought millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the Lone Star State so rapidly that in some areas, banks, schools and housing have struggled to keep up with the growing population and…more

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The rationale behind rotating venues

After the announcement that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will alternate between venues in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., beginning in 2014, Soundings Trade Only caught up with show manager Anne Dunbar and Thom Dammrich, president of show co-producer National Marine Manufacturers Association, as well as some IBEX mainstays, to discuss the plan. “Our…more

Early data show surge in June sales

Loan volume suggests buyers did, in fact, defer purchases because of early-spring weather problems Marine lenders get a sneak peek into boat-buying trends because they see the loan applications before sales are made, and well before the registrations are counted into boat sales data. They felt the slow start to the season, but predict that…more

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A ‘no man’s land’ in big-boat lending

Loans are available in the $50,000 range, but a credit blemish can torpedo the sale of a larger boat The marine retail lending market has certainly leveled out since the financial meltdown of 2008, when it seemed to change on a daily basis. That’s welcome news to dealers, lenders and manufacturers, who are, by and…more

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An ominous age gap

Twice as many new-boat buyers are over 65 as are under 40 and that gives forecasters gray hairs No matter how you dice it, the data is clear: Boat buyers are getting older at a rate that’s outpacing overall aging in America. And that’s not just new-boat buyers. Used-boat buyers also are aging, albeit not…more

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Motivating millennials to become boat buyers

Bryant Boats chairman John Dorton is focusing on the upcoming generation of boaters, and he’s taking an aggressive approach to reach that segment. “I call them the millennials, and they’re really the group that we’re after,” Dorton says. “We’re going after the baby boomers, like everybody else is, but we wanted to target that generation,…more

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Chilly spring dampens earnings

Poor weather delays season in some states, slowing sales and limiting profits for the quarter Publicly held marine companies posted mixed results for the January-March quarter, attributing losses or reduced profits to cooler-than-average weather, measured against unseasonably warm conditions during the same period in 2012. During conference calls with analysts, chief executives Dustan McCoy of…more

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