New-boat introductions are always crucial to the show’s success. For the first time, organizers will charge an admission fee.

A total makeover on Collins Avenue

Yachts Miami Beach is coming to Collins Avenue Feb. 16-20 with a totally refreshed layout, several entrances (in conjunction with a first-time admission fee of $20) and a transportation upgrade designed to get attendees not only to and from the show, but also around the exhibit areas.

The NMMA says 95 percent of boats sold in the U.S. are manufactured in this country.

Industry is on a roll, NMMA says

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is touting the marine industry’s 2016 gains, emphasizing that it is one of the “few American-made industries.”

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All settled in, rarin’ to go

The National Marine Manufacturers Association pulled off a major endeavor when it moved the Miami International Boat Show from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Virginia Key in 2016, albeit with some growing pains.

NMMA ‘discouraged’ about demise of Trans-Pacific trade deal

The group representing the U.S. marine industry is speaking out against President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, which some speculate demonstrates the new president’s intention to follow through with his tough stance on trade.

Yamaha videos use a fishing pro to tout the benefits of Helm Master.

Marketing to emotions

For almost as long as boat engine builders have been making engines, their marketing focus has been on their customers — the boatbuilders. But the industry is starting to see a shift that seems to be the start of a trend with the emergence of new campaigns designed to reach consumers on an emotional level.

Testing has shown significant damage to engines burning E15 fuel.

Anti-E15 lobby is a diverse lot

It might surprise ethanol lobbyists that David Kennedy, the government affairs senior program manager for BoatUS, drives a Prius.

Critics say the ethanol content the Environmental Protection Agency is calling for would push the blend wall to all-time highs — beyond the level deemed safe for marine engines.

Ethanol foes say it’s crunch time

The boating industry is stepping up its pressure on the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress to stave off drastic ethanol increases in the fuel supply scheduled this year.

IMBC and refit conference open Wednesday

The International Refit Exhibition and Conference and the International Marina and Boatyard Conference, which are held in tandem at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, start Wednesday and run through Friday.

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