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The first day of FLIBS

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

By David Gee It used to be that a killer sound system, a cool new gelcoat color or perhaps more power topped my next new boat wish list. Not any more. After one day at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show I now want my next boat to have an AgustaWestland AW109S twin-engine, eight-seat, multi-purpose helicopter sitting on the transom ...

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Formula Boats Chairman Emeritus Vic Porter passes away

Vic Porter of Formula Boats

Formula Boats says it is sorry to announce that "the heart" of the company, Vic Porter, passed away late Sunday, at the age of 90. Vic Porter’s life story began in Decatur, Indiana, and that's where he still resided at the time of his passing. Early career ventures included mobile homes sales, real estate, and his own frozen food and ...

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Keith Yunger named President, Sea Ray Boats

Sea Ray names new president

Brunswick Corporation has named Keith Yunger as president of its Sea Ray boat brand, effective immediately. Yunger has been with Brunswick Corporation for 16 years in several leadership roles, including president of the Bayliner brand, and most recently, president of the Venture Group, which includes Brunswick’s Bayliner, Heyday, Quicksilver and Uttern brands. Steve Langlais, who has served as Sea Ray ...

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It’s not too late to ELEVATE 2021

Boating Industry Elevate Summit 2021

Do you love to learn? Do you enjoy expanding your network of industry colleagues? Do you like sharing best practices, information and insights, especially during extraordinary times like these? Do you simply like to hang out with people from the boating industry? If you said yes to any, or all, of those things, then we have just the place for ...

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Cobalt expands its family day boat line

Cobalt Boats has announced the introduction of the all-new R4 Outboard, a family-sized sport runabout featuring a 24’3” length and an 8’6” beam, and accommodating as many as 13 passengers with a certified capacity of up to 2,100 lbs. The R4 Outboard can be equipped with either Yamaha or Mercury engines, up to 350 HP. Standard features include a 6-speaker ...

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Anthem Marine awarded another design patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Anthem Marine patent #11,148,758 for its new boat design. The patent protects Anthem's concept where the open layout of a pontoon is combined with a ballasted surf boat. In a company press release, Anthem said it believes its design blends the best features of a pontoon with the performance of a wake ...

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Harris Boats launches an all-new pontoon series

Harris Boats launched the all-new, redesigned Grand Mariner Pontoon Series in three lengths – 23’, 25’ and 27’ – offering premium features as well as multiple customization options.  “The launch of the Grand Mariner is a pivotal moment for Harris as we continue attracting and engaging the next generation of boaters," said Chris Bernauer, President, Harris Boats, in a company ...

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Sudbury buys majority share of Albin and also acquires Questus

Sudbury Boat Care Products, maker of marine and RV cleaning, maintenance and restoration products, has purchased the majority share of Albin Group Marine and wholly acquired Questus Marine. Albin Group Marine, the U.S. operation of a Swedish manufacturer, offers an extensive line of marine pumping, heating and sanitation solutions for OEM and aftermarket. It has US-based warehousing and offices, and ...

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Boating Industry heads to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Boating Industry team is packing their bags and heading south to attend - and cover - the world's largest in-water boat show; the 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which will be making waves October 27th–31st at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Editor-in-Chief David Gee, managing editor Adam Quandt and sales manager Leslie Palmer will all be walking the ...

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How to beat the labor shortage: build a company culture based on good

Author Mark Babbitt

By Mark Babbitt At one point not too long ago, it seemed an economic recovery was inevitable. But, COVID variants combined with politics-as-usual—along with what many people believe to be a labor shortage —stopped many businesses and industries from regaining momentum.  While we can’t solve the COVID crisis as quickly as we’d like, we can beat the labor shortage. At ...

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