St. Petersburg show reports attendance boost

Organizers said the 2014 St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show was encouraging and positive as attendance increased 8 percent from the 2013 show and there was a 5 percent increase in the number of in-water new and brokerage boats.

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Sea Ray shows off new product line in Florida

CAPTIVA, Fla. — Sea Ray brought its best customers, top dealers and select media to an end-of-the-year yacht expo in Florida during the weekend to promote and sell its new product lines, especially the new L Class line of 590s and 650s.

Family and togetherness are themes that are emphasized when reaching out to the Hispanic market.

The untapped Hispanic market

More than 53 million people of Hispanic origin live in the United States today and Hispanics account for 55 percent of all U.S. population growth during the last decade. The Hispanic population is expected to reach 65 million by 2020, with the largest concentrations in California, Texas, Florida and Illinois — all states with a…more

The 15-foot Sportjet 460 is designed to be a standalone boat and a high-end yacht tender.

FLIBS 2014: British builder debuts 15-foot jet tender

FORT LAUDERDALE — British builder Williams Performance Tenders is making its first foray into the worldwide standalone boat market with the introduction of the new Sportjet 460, a 15-foot jet tender powered by the Austrian-made Rotax 4-TEC 150 jet propulsion engine.

FLIBS 2014: Hispanic marketer urges industry to take notice

FORT LAUDERDALE — Hispanics make up more than 17 percent of the U.S. population and account for more than 53 million people, but despite the enormous potential within these exploding demographics, the marine industry is missing the boat.

Sea Ray’s SPX series is available in the 19-foot model above and a 21-footer.

FLIBS 2014: Sea Ray debuts new SPX series

FORT LAUDERDALE — Sea Ray brought its A-game to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show again this year, displaying 11 boats new to the show in four categories, including the new L Class 650 Fly and the first model in the builder’s new SPX series, the SPX 19.

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So you want to own a marina?

Boater demographics, environmental requirements and storm preparations and repairs all affect the business model of today’s marina. Marina owners and managers are in a continuous state of upgrading pilings, addressing new government regulations and assessing the needs of a baby-boomer boating population.

Innovation awards and other honors

Nineteen products were recognized for technical advancement at the 24th annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Tampa, Fla. The Innovation Awards, selected from 13 categories, were handed out at the opening-day IBEX industry breakfast. A record-setting 88 products were entered in the competition this year, a 43 percent increase from 2013.

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