Skip to main content

FLIBS 2012 VIDEO: Bombarded with new boats

New boats are back in town. Builders came to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which began Thursday, armed with more truly new models than we’ve seen in several years.

During the recession boatbuilders modified existing designs — redesigning deck and cabin layouts or adding flybridges — and presented them as “new” boats. Show goers are seeing and will see more truly new boats this season.

Click play to see highlights of the new offerings.

Boatbuilders and dealers are standing proudly on the docks, ushering you to products that have never been seen before.

On the first day of the show I took in press conferences for more than a half dozen new models from builders such as Boston Whaler, Tiara, Benetti, Riviera, Sealine, Regulator and Scout.

— Chris Landry

Related

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress

Mixed Reactions

Though generally positive about market conditions, many dealers report they won’t be attending boat shows.

Sportsman Boats Hires CFO

Greg House was previously chief financial officer with Sea Star Solutions and Dometic.

NMMA Reports Strong Boat Sales in 2021

Annual new powerboat sales are expected to exceed 300,000 units for the second consecutive year.

Lowrance Releases Software Update

The software release enables a new sonar feature and autopilot compatibility for Ghost trolling motors and Ghost-compatible MFDs.

Keeping the Sales Team Motivated and Sharp

Here are some strategies from the “Undisputed King of Motivation,” Zig Ziglar, for sales success before, during and after the transaction.

Retired CG Officer Joins Commonwealth PR

Chad Saylor, who served as a public affairs officer, is an account executive with the Virginia-based public relations and marketing firm.