The first hull in Arcadia Yachts’ elegantly styled and eco-friendly Sherpa series made its debut at boot Düsseldorf. The Naples, Italy-based builder says the 16.8-meter hull is designed for fuel efficiency. So-lar panels generate power for running the yacht’s systems.

A dynamic Düsseldorf

When boot Düsseldorf closed Jan. 31, the water sports festival billed as the world’s largest had attracted nearly a quarter of a million visitors, organizers say.

MarineMax has begun selling Polish-built Galeon Yachts, but says it views them as a “complementary product” to its Sea Ray models. The company wanted to supplement its offerings with a lower-priced line.

Here come the imports

The United States is continuing to see an increase in boatbuilders from abroad who want to bring their brands here, and although it’s not a new phenomenon it is one that continues to gain traction in light of the strong dollar and relatively robust North American boating market.

Q&A with Info-Link Technologies founder and managing director Jack Ellis

“I think I may have a statistic here.” That’s something you might hear when you talk to Jack Ellis, founder and managing director of Miami-based Info-Link Technologies, a company that tracks marine industry sales trends and boat registrations. His passion for numbers and data seems trumped only by his love of boating and his family.

West Marine reports 4Q, year-end results

West Marine continued its trajectory of growth in the fourth quarter and for fiscal 2015 and said it anticipates a pretax profit increase of more than 50 percent in 2016.

The concrete launch ramp at Bidwell Canyon on Lake Oroville shows that although boating conditions have improved dramatically, the water level in late January stood at only 39 percent of capacity.

Can El Niño turn the tide?

Californians are reveling in the effects of El Niño, which has brought rain to the parched, drought-stricken state, but no group is happier than boat dealers, who have faced hardship after hardship since the housing bubble burst in 2008.

Larger New England show brings out buyers

BOSTON — With no snow during all nine days of the New England Boat Show — and nearly springlike weather during the final weekend — exhibitors and organizers said the event was a success.

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