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Q&A with ABYC president John Adey

John Adey isn’t an engineer. But the president of the American Boat and Yacht Council “can speak engineer.” Adey, 42, has been at ABYC for a decade, and he once was routinely “the youngest guy at the table.” He’s still often the youngest guy, but he’s no stranger to the standards process. Adey worked in…more

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For the Record: Brunswick to sell Hatteras and Cabo

Brunswick Corp. said in early January that its board of directors authorized the company to seek a buyer for its Hatteras and Cabo brands. “This action reflects our decision to exit the sportfishing convertible category and to concentrate our resources in the yacht segment on our remaining brands, Sea Ray and Meridian Yachts,” Brunswick CEO…more

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Staying a step ahead of Sandy

Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, was the man overseeing logistics at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. He explains here how show personnel dealt with some of the issues raised by Tropical Storm Sandy. Q: What were some of the challenges presented by Sandy? We heard at least one tent…more

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Yamaha unveils its own joystick

The much-anticipated joystick-equipped helm control system from Yamaha — called Helm Master — hits the market in March. The engine builder’s press event to unveil the product — Yamaha’s biggest media presentation since the 2009 debut of the F70 and V-6 series of 4-strokes — was held in late October at its test facility on…more

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Q&A with Legendary Marine managing partner Fred Pace

Legendary Marine has come a long way since it launched from a single trailer in Destin, Fla., with three employees in 2001. In 11 years that included the deepest and longest recession since the Great Depression — a period that saw an estimated 35 to 40 percent of boat dealers leave the industry — Legendary…more

The endless search for a ‘better way’

In 2003, Mack Boring, then an 81-year-old distributor operating out of a 1950s complex, formed a strategic planning committee to help guide the company to smart, effective growth. That committee of rotating members led to the company’s leveraging its relationship with Yanmar Marine for multiple tours of the engine manufacturer’s plant in Japan by a…more

Judging Innovation Awards was no easy task

There was no shortage of marine industry inventiveness this year, says the chairman of the IBEX Innovation Awards judging panel. “From a $5 part to highly engineered superyacht technology, the judges found innovation for all classes of boating,” says Alan Wendt, who chaired the panel made up of Boating Writers International members. “These are the…more

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Movers and Shakers

Beneteau Group elevated Wayne Burdick to president of the holding company for Beneteau’s U.S. group entities and tapped Laurent Fabre, formerly director of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboats division, to replace Burdick as president of Beneteau America. Beneteau said that under Burdick’s direction as president of Beneteau in North America since 1997,…more

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For the Record: Steyr Motors sold to Chinese investors

Austrian-based Steyr Motors GmbH agreed in September to sell all of its shares to a Chinese investment group under the condition that facilities in Austria remain the worldwide production hub where engines for the European and North American markets are built. Steyr Motors and subsidiaries Steyr Motors Liegenschaften GmbH and Steyr Motors North America are…more

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