Trade Only’s team of editors and writers covered the boat shows for five days in Miami earlier this month, armed with notebooks, digital audio recorders, cameras and iPads. Editor-in-chief Bill Sisson, managing editor Rich Armstrong, executive editor Chris Landry, associate editor Reagan Haynes and senior writer Jim Flannery — you’ve read their reports, looked at…more
Miami International Boat Show
The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, held annually in February, is Florida's largest annual event. It takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail® at Miamarina at Bayside and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced there was an error in initial attendance calculations for the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Show attendance was actually up about 1 percent, reported NMMA spokeswoman Sarah Ryser, to 102,118 this year, versus 100,917 in 2012. Initial reports showed that attendance had remained essentially flat, dropping very slightly.
MIAMI BEACH — Docks were crowded Feb. 14-18 at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and venues were jammed at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail as participants reported upbeat crowds and serious buyers. “We’re doing great,” Viking Yachts spokesman Pete Frederiksen said Saturday on the docks at the…more
MIAMI BEACH — The sailboat industry is tracking on par with the powerboat segment with wholesale shipments up about 10 percent in 2012. “For the first time in five years the sailboat industry was up, and it was up by 10 percent in 2012,” said Bonnier Group publisher Sally Helme, who addressed the state of…more
MIAMI BEACH — Today marks another first for the Yacht & Brokerage Show: the first live streaming broadcast from the show, beginning at 2 p.m. Boat Show Radio Network, presented by the AIM Marine Group, will be streamed online at www.aimmarinegroup.tv today and Saturday. Each broadcast will begin at 2 p.m. and last until about…more
MIAMI BEACH — Marine Concepts owner and CEO Bob Long received the 2013 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award today at the National Marine Manufacturers Association state of the Industry Breakfast, which opens the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail. Marine Concepts president Matt Chambers presented the award for “outstanding contributions to the sport…more
Grow Boating plans to host a fundraiser prior to next year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show to raise money for the Grow Boating PAC. That’s according to Michele Goldsmith, marketing and sales manager for Mastervolt, Marinco and Actuant Corp., who spoke at the National Marine Manufacturers Association industry breakfast at the opening today of…more
MIAMI BEACH — The National Marine Manufacturers Association gave West Marine founder Randy Repass and former West Marine CEO Geoff Eisenberg the Charles F. Chapman Award today at the Miami International Boat Show. Michele Goldsmith, marketing and sales manager for Marinco, Mastervolt and Actuant Corp. in addition to sitting on the NMMA’s board, presented the…more
MIAMI BEACH — Joystick steering dominates the docks this year at the Miami International Boat Show, which opened this morning and runs through Feb. 18. Flags, fliers, banners and posters identifying the technologies from Volvo Penta, Mercury, Yamaha, Teleflex and others greeted me at every turn at the Marriott on Biscayne Bay’s Sea Isle Marina.…more
The theme of the Industry Leadership Conference on Wednesday at the Miami International Boat Show was “A New Spirit in the Market,” and Rob Podorefsky, the managing director of GE Capital’s Interest Rate Management Group, provided enough good news to give that spirit a boost. “For the foreseeable future, we’re good to go for a…more