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.

Joe Burke was the driving force behind the exhibit. Leading electronics firms combined to demonstrate the interconnectivity of their independent systems.

Cloudy — and cutting-edge cool

Clouds were on everybody’s mind at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, and it had very little to do with the rain. The Connected Boat exhibit in the Electronics Pavilion shone through the IBEX traffic of 7,000 registered marine professionals and 573 exhibiting companies.

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IBEX 2014 VIDEO: Show reports big increase in turnout

TAMPA, Fla. — IBEX show director Anne Dunbar reported a 47 percent increase in the number of industry professionals who attended the 24th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference at the Tampa Convention Center.

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IBEX 2014: Product pitches in lightning-round style

TAMPA, Fla. — Nineteen companies made lightning-fast presentations to a room full of media members Tuesday afternoon at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Each presenter had exactly two minutes to capture the audience and break through what can become product overload at the marine industry’s largest technical trade event.

A new emphasis on parts and training

Suzuki’s new emphasis on its marine business is a response to assertions from consumers and dealers that their needs were not being met, vice president of operations Mark Eastman says.

Suzuki’s goal: 10 percent share

Suzuki Marine has unveiled a 4-cylinder, 200-hp 4-stroke, pumping more energy into the industry’s development of high-horsepower engines that are lighter and more fuel-efficient than first-generation models.

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