Jeff Napier, the first president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, died at his home in Italy after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.
The boating and fishing industries converged on Capitol Hill from May 9-11 for the American Boating Congress and the Center Focus on Washington, concurrent events that were packed with high-profile speakers and workshops as well as meetings on Capitol Hill.
Pulling a 42-foot boat alongside the dock at a crowded restaurant and easing it into a 50-foot opening with a throng of spectators watching would challenge even the most seasoned captains, but James Fleming doesn’t think anything of doing just that with his Scout 420 LXF.
When Westrec Marinas decided to build Haulover Marine Center, which opened last spring in Miami, management looked at the trend toward bigger boats powered by multiple outboards before designing the dry rack storage facility and, most important, the forklifts that would move those boats.
Like most people born in 1990, Justin Bennett was on a four-year college track. He and his parents took it for granted that he would attend college before moving on to a steady desk job — until a stint at sailing camp, and later as a counselor, helped Bennett discover his passion for boats.
If you were looking for crowds at the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat show, a good place to start was in the booth of any manufacturer that builds a big outboard-powered boat, most likely a center console.
There are a million fewer first-time boat buyers today than a decade ago — a loss of $138 billion in lifetime value to the marine industry — with a 30 percent decline in first-time used-boat buyers and a 54-percent drop in first-time new-boat buyers.