From the snow to the Miami shows


After several days of shoveling, blowing and plowing snow we are winging south out of storm-blasted New England to the Miami shows, where the preshow mood was cautiously optimistic, to use an overused phrase. Things are feeling better.

There’s new product in the pipeline, there’s certainly pent-up demand waiting to be sprung, the economy continues its slow march forward and folks in general are coming around to the idea that it’s time to start living again. Sure beats the alternative.

One indication of the improved mood might be found in the title of the leadership conference hosted by GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance, and NMMA: “A New Spirit in the Market.” Look for a report on the conference in tomorrow’s newsletter.

The Yacht & Brokerage Show and the Miami International Boat Show both start tomorrow, and Soundings Trade Only will have five staff writers and editors on the ground, scrambling between several venues. We will carry online reports Thursday and Friday, as well as next week and in the next print issues of Trade Only and Soundings magazines.

In addition to show coverage, we will be carrying dispatches from Portsmouth, Va., where the Coast Guard is conducting formal hearings into the sinking of the tall ship Bounty in Superstorm Sandy last October. Former Soundings senior writer Doug Campbell will be filing those stories for us. A career investigative reporter and experienced bluewater sailor, Campbell is the right guy to be monitoring the proceedings, in which the National Transportation Safety Board also is involved.

The captain of the Bounty and the great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, one of the original mutineers, died when the ship sank.

Click here and here for previous coverage of the sinking in Soundings.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.