Winter boat show roundup


The Charleston Boat Show, which runs Jan. 22-24, is partnering with the Lowcountry Food Bank to collect canned goods for families in need of support.

"The Charleston Boat Show typically attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 people annually. If each person brings five canned goods, we'll be able to make a difference to thousands of Lowcountry families," show producer Jacqui Bomar said in a statement.

Show attendees will receive $2 off the $8 admission by bringing five canned goods to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Some of the special features at this year's show include fishing seminars for adults as well as for kids. More than $1,500 in kids fishing supplies will be given away at the Kids' Fishing Clinics with Capt. Don Dingman of "Hook the Future."

There will also be a first-time sailing seminar, "An Introduction to Sailing," by Dave Stanton, president of American Sail, Inc. based in North Charleston.

Click here for information on the show.

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The 53rd annual Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow is set for Jan. 20-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the five-day event is the mid-South's preeminent outdoors show with hundreds of boats and recreational vehicles on sale from the region's top dealers, plus a wide selection of marine accessories, hunting and fishing gear.

Some features of the show include Kids trout fishing, preshow shopping, a new hunting pavilion, the Take Me Fishing Center, an Affordability Pavilion, music from the Redneck Yacht Club and more.

Click here for information on the show.


Fairline Yachts Acquired

For the third time in five years, the esteemed U.K. builder has changed hands.

Free Fishing Fun with Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops

To launch their Gone Fishing promotion, the outdoors companies are donating 40,000 rods and reels to youth-fishing partners and holding free in-store fishing events June 19-20.

Yamaha Rightwaters to Support Wetlands Conservation

The marine manufacturer’s national sustainability program will sponsor the Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Initiative.

Boatsetter Enters Global Luxury Yacht Market

With its Boatsetter Lux service, the company is expanding its peer-to-peer rental market into the luxury category.

A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.