Boat dealers make news when, for example, they add new lines of boats, relocate, get new owners or acquire other dealerships.

Louisville in 2010 promises big savings

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference has ended its seven-year run in Miami Beach and next year heads to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. IBEX 2010, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine, is scheduled for Sept. 28-30. Exhibitors at this year’s show were generally positive about the move, many…more

Nine products win Innovation Awards

Nine new products were recognized for innovation at this year’s industry breakfast, held on the last day of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. In addition, the Mel Barr Award was presented to Joe Charles, founder of Charles Industries, by the National Marine Representatives Association and Boating Industry magazine. And 70 boat and engine manufacturers…more


Q&A with John Spader, president of Spader Business Management

John Spader is president of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Spader Business Management, which defines itself as a “resource for a dramatic course to improved productivity, profitability and performance.” Spader, 43, is one of the primary instructors for the company’s popular Total Management Workshop and also presents various other business management workshops and seminars. He is the…more

West Marine plans conference call on 3Q results

West Marine will hold a webcast and conference call at noon EST Oct. 29 to discuss its third-quarter financial results. West Marine’s earnings release will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission under cover of Form 8-K prior to the call. The live call will be webcast and available in real time at www.westmarine.com…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Regulator and Tigé. At this year’s Genoa Boat show in early October, Regulator president and owner Joan Maxwell awarded Antonio Moscato, owner of International Marine Dealers, the 2009 Dealer of the Year Award. The award recognized IMD for exemplary sales in the 2009 model year…more

West Marine reports 3Q results

West Marine reported net revenues of $168.2 million for the third quarter, which ended Oct. 3. That is a drop of $12.1 million, or 6.7 percent, from the same period in 2008. Comparable store sales decreased by $6.3 million, or 4.3 percent, from last year. Adjusted for the impact of a fiscal calendar shift due…more

West Marine hosting free Florida events

West Marine will host a free event for boaters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at its stores in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Fla. The event will feature seminars and expert advice from local marine businesses and marinas. The boating partners highlighted at the Clearwater store include Gause Built Boats, Quality Boats, Marine…more

Dealership seeks donations for cancer fight

Sarah Moulton-Mullen, of Riverfront Marine Sports in Salisbury, Mass., created a page on the dealership Web site to accept donations and sell tickets to a fund-raiser for a close friend fighting breast cancer. “Party Like A Survivor,” a fund-raiser for Jennifer Small, is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Hampton, N.H. “Jennie and I have been…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Chaparral and Robalo, Wesmar, Galati, Coast Distribution, Navimo USA, Lear Electric Boats and Aqua Yacht Harbor. Chaparral and Robalo Boats recently completed its 45th annual worldwide dealer conference which was themed, “A Story of Strength and Stamina … Now and for the Future.” Held at…more

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