Skip to main content

FLIBS 2011: AIM Marine Group gathers at show

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens today, and it marks the first time Active Interest Media's entire Marine Group will assemble in one place.

“We’re happy to have the entire Marine Group here and look forward to a great show,” AIM Marine group publisher Gary DeSanctis said.

The staffs of the magazines in the Marine Group — Yachts International, Soundings, Soundings Trade Only and PassageMaker — will be out and about at the show this week, reporting for the group’s daily, weekly and monthly editorial products.

Show Management, which produces FLIBS and is also part of AIM Marine, launched the free “MyBoatShow” app to help attendees navigate the aisles and docks with their smart phones and tablets.

The Marine Group also includes, which AIM acquired in January. The boat selling and buying site has been redesigned and relaunched, and it allows the Marine Group to cover the industry in a multimedia format: online, print, and shows and events.

AIM is forging strong ties between its editorial holdings and boat shows, trade shows and other events. Soundings Trade Only sponsored a dealer seminar track and the Aftermarket Pavilion at IBEX last week. Yachts International, in conjunction with CSI Management and Show Management, hosted the Trilogy, a “yacht-hop” with 10 megayachts Oct. 15 on Miami’s Fisher Island. PassageMaker’s Trawler Fest Baltimore was held Oct. 6-9, and the magazine’s TrawlerPort is being held at FLIBS this year for the first time.

Click here for the full release.


“Let-us” Save the Manatees

Florida conservation agencies are serving lettuce to manatees in response to mass die-offs of sea grass beds.

Benoît Verley Named President of Brunswick’s Venture Boat Group

Verley succeeds Keith Yunger, who was named Sea Ray president last October.

MMTA Honors Industry Veteran Larry Russo, Sr.

Larry Russo Sr., industry leader and former owner of Russo Marine, was presented with the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association.

Passagemaker Names New Editor-in-Chief

Former Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Jeff Moser will take the helm of the long-running marine title.

Mercury Introduces Joystick Piloting for Single-Outboard Pontoons

Only previously available on multi-outboard boats, joystick piloting now will be offered for single-outboard pontoon boats.

U.S. and U.K. to Discuss Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Boat Imports.

The nations plan to negotiate retaliatory tariffs on U.S.-made boats entering the United Kingdom.