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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Middle East boating market struggles after recession

The United Arab Emirates’ boat and yacht industry still hasn’t bounced back from the market crash that gripped the global economy five years ago. Ross Gill, regional sales manager at Al Futtaim Marine, told the Gulf News the industry was recovering, but wasn’t experiencing growth like other sectors in the local economy. “The housing markets…more

International Sailing Summit under way in San Francisco

The International Sailing Summit opened Sunday night with a welcome reception attended by more than 70 sailing industry leaders from around the world. The event continues today and Tuesday at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. “The best minds of the industry come here to increase their knowledge, learn tools to improve their…more

America’s Cup defender faces cheating accusations

As the chase for the America’s Cup continues in San Francisco Bay, a buildup of bad news could make for an ugly finish to the fabled yacht regatta. On the heels of troubles from a series plagued by soaring boat costs, a scarcity of challengers, a crash that killed a crewmember, intense rules disagreements and…more

South Florida paddleboarders finish 16-hour trip for charity

Four South Florida watermen crossed the Gulf Stream on paddleboards last weekend in a Crossing-For-A-Cure Challenge to raise public awareness and money to support the battle against cystic fibrosis. At times fighting fatigue, heavy seas and 9-foot swells, the paddleboarders completed the 90-mile journey in 16 hours. Two chase boats and a paramedic followed the…more

America’s Cup boats found to be illegally modified

After an inquiry, Oracle Racing and Ben Ainslie Racing were found to have used illegally modified boats in America’s Cup World Series races held between June 2012 and last April. The AC45s that were used to race are a class of 45-foot training yachts used in previous world circuit regattas, and they have not raced…more

Taiwanese builders fight luxury yacht tax

Yacht builders in Taiwan have urged the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou to stop listing recreational yachts as luxury items, saying a sales levy on luxury goods is damaging efforts to revitalize the industry. Each new yacht order can lead to 100 jobs, a visiting delegation from the Taiwan Yacht Industry Association told the Legislative…more

African-American syndicate withdraws request for America’s Cup injunction

African Diaspora Maritime Corp. withdrew its motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the America’s Cup. New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Kapnick last week ordered the motion permanently withdrawn per an agreement reached between African Diaspora Maritime and the Golden Gate Yacht Club, according to court filings. Neither side had any comment. The order…more

VIDEO: Shark attacks Sea Hawk CEO

Sea Hawk Paints CEO Erik Norrie survived a shark attack while snorkeling and spearfishing in the Abacos. Norris and his family were vacationing when he was bitten July 29 while spearfishing for grouper. “After I had speared the grouper, I was swimming back toward the boat to put them in the cooler, and I was…more

Love Boat makes her farewell voyage

The MS Pacific, the 554-foot cruise ship made famous in the popular 1970s television show “The Love Boat,” has sailed its final voyage, to a ship-breaking yard on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as the Pacific Princess on the show, the 13,500-ton ship will be stripped for its metal and parts, Ersin Ceviker, of the Ship Recyclers’ Association of Turkey,…more

SeaFair announces partnership with Active Interest Media

Expoships, the owner and operator of the luxury exhibition megayacht SeaFair, announced it is expanding its show profile through a partnership with Active Interest Media, the AIM Marine Group and Show Management. The alliance will present The Club at SeaFair as the official Yachts International VIP venue during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from…more

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