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Chaparral/Robalo’s Jim Lane was a leader, mentor

Chaparral and Robalo Boats president Jim Lane of Valdosta, Ga., died March 19, losing a long struggle with leukemia. He was 73. Lane came on board with company founder William “Buck” Pegg in 1977 and formed Chaparral Boats. During a career that spanned almost four decades, Lane was widely respected as an intuitive businessman, an…more

Kids who spend time on the water often become boat owners, but that trend is changing among Gen Xers and millennials.

Pursuing lost youth

EDITOR’S NOTE: This begins a two-part special report on the industry’s declining baby-boomer client base and the reluctance of the next generations to commit to boat ownership.

The walk from the tents to the docks at Virginia Key was pleasant, and the view of the Miami skyline was spectacular.

Success on Virginia Key

MIAMI — It was an epic undertaking.When the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced in 2015 that it was going to move the million-square-foot Progressive Miami International Boat Show from the Miami Beach Convention Center to an island that had nothing on it except a decrepit marine stadium that hadn’t been used in decades, many seemed…more

More than 50,000 people walked the floor at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center during the show’s nine-day February run.

A Boston bounceback

BOSTON — Seeing no snow during any of the nine February days of the Progressive New England Boat Show, with nearly springlike weather during the final weekend, exhibitors and organizers say the event was a success.

The Gunboat 55 Rainmaker was hauled back to shore after more than a year adrift in the Atlantic.

Gunboat yacht is found after a year adrift

Fourteen months after Rainmaker, a 55-foot Gunboat, was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean, members of Oracle Team USA spotted the fully intact hull at sea. They saw the boat while they were on a fishing trip off Bermuda, and a 40-foot Luhrs charter fishing boat called Tenacious hauled it in, according to Gunboat founder Peter…more

NMMA sells L.A. and San Diego shows

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is selling the Los Angeles Boat Show and the San Diego International Boat Show to the Duncan McIntosh Company and says it won’t produce a San Francisco show in 2017.

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