Letters from the Editor

Two centuries of innovating and adapting

We casually toss around words like innovation, quality and adaptability today as if they were so much small change. But how many companies are really doing the hard work of innovation?

Advice for those who’d make boats their life

I was having dinner recently with an industry veteran when he shifted the trajectory of our conversation and said, “You know, Bill, you and I are stuck in this industry. We’re lifers. We’re not going anywhere.”

Right-sizing and the life cycles of boats and boaters

I visited the boatyard recently to pay my slip bill for the season, to catch up with old friends and to see what happened since winter. Tom’s 40-foot Cabo has a new teak swim platform and washboards. I eyeballed the yard’s new hydraulic trailer, which was moving boats from the off-site indoor winter storage shed…more

Contemporary worker shortage comes with new challenges

Facing a shortage of qualified workers is not new for our industry. It’s been an on-again, off-again challenge for the last three decades. But as new-boat production continues to ramp up from recession lows, the work-force situation is tight and appears to be getting tighter.

Seen in Miami: confidence from builders and buyers alike

If the wealth effect was not in full throat in Miami, it certainly was on the rise and spreading, from the Yacht & Brokerage Show along moneyed Collins Avenue to the NMMA venues at the Miami Beach Convention Center and on across the Venetian Causeway. Sure signs were everywhere.

Things are looking up as 2014 winds down

It’s been a long and winding road, but Americans are continuing to make their way back to the water in ever-increasing numbers. You hear their confident tones in conversations on the docks, at boat shows and marinas, on the sandbars and in the watering holes. More and more, they’re talking about their “next” boat or…more

Rail plan’s bridge closings a threat to Florida yards

A plan to significantly increase high-speed rail traffic between Miami and the Orlando International Airport could result in increased bridge closings, which would severely affect the many South Florida service and repair yards upriver of the bridges.

MJM and Gunboat: Like father, like son

It was one of those moments that doesn’t happen every day in our industry. Two boatbuilders, a father and son, running two companies introduced significant new boats earlier this year at the same boat show. A 50-foot powerboat and a 55-foot sailing catamaran.

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