Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held annually in the fall, is the largest in-water boat show in the world. It covers six locations and more than 3 million square feet of space. The boats and other vessels on display include runabouts, sportfishers, high-performance boats, center consoles, cabin and express cruisers, sailing yachts, motoryachts, catamarans, trawlers and extraordinary superyachts.

MIASF names new officers

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida elected its officers and directors for the 2009-2010 term. The officers are John Stephens, Lewis Marine Supply, president; Mark Hanke, Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works, vice president and Jim Renfrow, Fairline Florida, secretary/treasurer. Past president is J.J. McConnell, Gilman Yachts of Fort Lauderdale. The directors of the board…more

MIASF raises money for scholarships, programs

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida raised more than $7,000 from its 13th annual Plywood Regatta, held April 25-26 at the Dania Beach City Marina. Money raised goes toward the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund and marine industry education programs in South Florida. Nearly 300 students on 36 teams of middle school, high school and…more

Gillen expands for megayachts

Gillen Diesel & Marine Services of Dania, Fla., has expanded into a second facility at the Lauderdale Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale to better service the megayacht market. The company says the new location will allow it to haul boats up to 300 tons. “We had been looking for another facility that would allow us…more

One-day passes for IMBC go on sale

One-day passes are now available to the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale. The one-day pass includes the exhibit hall and seminar program for $225 or the exhibit hall only for $100. Tickets to IMBC — produced by the Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders &…more

Wellington Yacht Partners opens in Fort Lauderdale

Wellington Yacht Partners of Portsmouth, R.I., opened a new office in Fort Lauderdale and appointed three new brokers to the sales team there. Bruce Szamier joins Wellington with more than 22 years of experience as a yacht broker in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Sharpe brings 30-plus years of experience in the yachting industry, including brokerage, new…more

Burger moves Fort Lauderdale office

Burger Yacht Sales is relocating its Fort Lauderdale office to 1515 S.E. 17th Street, Suite A-129. The move from the Quay Center will take place the week of Nov. 10. Burger’s staff in Fort Lauderdale can be reached at (954) 463-1400.

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Megayacht market still holding strong

While the small-boat market rides the cyclical waves of the U.S. economy and struggles with high fuel prices, megayacht sales are booming. The 2008 Global Order Book, a compilation of big-boat projects in progress, shows 916 new vessels of more than 80 feet under construction, a 17.9 percent increase from 2007. Experts don’t expect that…more

Fort Lauderdale show adds sponsors

Producers of the 49th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show recently announced two new participating sponsors: Atlass Insurance Group and Intellian Technology. “We are extremely pleased to be sponsoring the new Exhibitor and VIP dock situated in the midst of the megayachts just off the Hall Of Fame Marina,” said Frank Atlass, chairman and CEO…more

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