Attendance at the 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show was up 14 percent, capping a winter boat show season that most exhibitors agreed was booming.
Scout Boats plans to add a 100,000-square-foot plant to its three-factory campus in South Carolina to build the 53-foot center console for which the company unveiled plans at February’s Miami International Boat Show.
Carl Blackwell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and president of the national Grow Boating campaign, grew up boating but didn’t take a direct path to the industry.
Marine dealer sentiment remained at an all-time high in March, according to a new survey, but the three- to five-year outlook edged down for the second month in a row as dealer optimism around the election of President Donald Trump faded somewhat.
It’s one thing to tell yacht and boat buyers that all of the metalwork and woodwork is done in-house, but it’s another thing entirely to show them — although showing clients a boatbuilding facility typically happens pretty deep into the buying process.
Organizers of the American Boating Congress, which will be held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C., say this year will offer new opportunities to get boating’s message heard on Capitol Hill.
Organizers of the American Boating Congress, which will be held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C., say the event could be more influential this year because the marine industry is partnering with other outdoor recreational groups, spreading its message among more people.
Princess Yachts is showcasing its handcrafted furniture, metalwork and other materials at boat shows by bringing some of the artisans to explain what goes into each painstakingly made piece.
First-time boat buyers represent 33 percent of all boats sold in the United States, which is nearly a 20 percent decline since 2005.
Marine dealers reported strong new-boat sales growth in March, albeit at a lower rate than in February.