No single thing makes the Progressive New England Boat Show, which runs Feb. 13-21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, stand out from the others. Instead an abundance of details come together and help it do so, says Roe O’Brien, marketing director for Hinckley and Hunt Yachts, which have operations in Rhode Island.
It’s finally here. After months of opposition that organizers never could have anticipated, the Miami International Boat Show is gearing up to take place at its new home — the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin — Feb. 11-15.
Everyone has watched sales of sterndrive-powered boats drop during the past decade, and major builders of such boats have quietly shifted with the market. As of 2015, all had begun branching into other types of power.
JRL Ventures, the parent company of Florida-based Marine Concepts, has seen record growth during the past two years. Marine Concepts was founded in the 1970s by industry vet Augusto “Kiko” Villalon, based on his conclusion that there was no design and development company that could develop a marine project from beginning to end.
Gunboat International filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November after a series of challenges during the past two years, but owner Peter Johnstone says the company is operationally poised to rebound.