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Some ‘fine tuning’ for the Miami show

The Progressive Miami International Boat Show is buying additional docks to expand its in-water presence in 2017, as well as beefing up public transportation to and from the show site in an effort to ease long lines. The event is scheduled for Feb. 16-20 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

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A bigger METS with a longer name

The Marine Equipment Trade Show, now known as METS Trade, is scheduled Nov. 15-17 in expanded exhibition space at RAI Amsterdam — a venue one CEO calls his company’s “number one place to find new products.” 

The average tenure of the company’s 59 employees is 15 years and many have worked there for decades.

Impossible? A rarity at Imtra

Build a moving platform that opens into a yacht balcony? Strip a part off another piece to rush to a customer so the customer won’t spend a vacation day without the boat? Customize a NorSap rotation plate and get it to Dubai the following day? Even if it’s something Imtra Corp. has never done, the…more

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IBEX turnout could top 7,000

Organizers expect a record number of marine industry professionals — more than 7,000 — to attend the Oct. 4-6 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this year in Tampa, Fla.

ITC says Garmin circumvented order

A patent infringement case between electronics manufacturers Garmin and Navico continued to play out in September as the U.S. International Trade Commission issued two strongly worded public opinions making it clear that it was ruling in favor of Navico.

Some boat companies split their fleets. Smaller boats go to the convention center, and the big models are berthed at the Bahia Mar.

$100M a day in direct sales

It’s known as the boat show where people come to buy — and as such, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.

Fountain is one of four once-thriving lines Iconic Marine Group is hoping to reinvigorate. It won’t be easy, says chief operating officer Joe Curran, but the new owners are confident they will prevail, citing the strong retail following of each of the brands.

Iconic brands getting a much-needed rescue

Joe Curran is a West Side of Chicago kind of guy. He says this is the background that will give him the stamina and guts necessary for Iconic Marine Group — the company that quietly purchased all four brands of Baja Marine LLC in May — to bring the iconic brands back to their glory.

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