Study reveals economic impact of Newport International Boat Show

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The Newport International Boat Show announced today that the total economic impact on Newport County as a result of this year’s show amounted to $26.1 million, according to an economic impact study conducted by Performance Research. Completed November 2022, the study shows that the Newport International Boat Show draws over 40,000 in attendance, with a vast majority of whom were ...

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Minneapolis Boat Show kicks off, Innovation Awards announced

The Discover Boating Minneapolis Boat Show runs through Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The exhibit hall showcases 600 new boats. At the show, NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winners of the 2023 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, recognizing groundbreaking new consumer marine products in the following categories: fishing boats, pontoon boats, and furnishings. This year’s program honored four ...

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Pensacola investors purchase Day Break Marina, L and M Marine

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One in a Row Ventures, a local investment group led by entrepreneur Jason Crawford, in partnership with Chad Henderson, CEO/Founder of Pensacola-based Catalyst HRE, announced the purchase of Bayou Chico’s iconic Day Break Marina along with boat dealership L&M Marine, located in Stapleton, Alabama. The companies join ARCO Marine Inc., WAY Partners LLC, and AmCoat LLC as brands in the ...

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Boating Industry issues call for nominations for 2023 40 Under 40

Nominations for the 2023 Boating Industry 40 Under 40 are now closed. Stay tuned for announcement of this year's winners in the March/April issue of Boating Industry. Entering its seventh year and its second year as part of the Top 100 Awards, Boating Industry’s 40 Under 40 program is making its return in early 2023. The editorial staff at Boating Industry is now ...

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Nautical Ventures partners with electric boat manufacturer X-Shore Boats

Nautical Ventures team poses with a new model from X-Shore Boats.

Swedish boat builder, X-Shore Boats, whose groundbreaking innovations within the marine industry has also captured the attention, and the business, from Florida based Nautical Ventures Group. Nautical Ventures is no stranger to the electric boat world having had an electric boat and yacht toy division since 2016. Playing off their signature color, Nautical Ventures has coined the phrase, “Orange is ...

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MarineMax acquires Boatzon

MarineMax, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Boatzon, an online boat and marine digital retail platform, through its recently-formed technology entity, New Wave Innovations. Shawn Berg, EVP, chief digital officer of MarineMax and president of New Wave Innovations, stated, “Technology is integral to the growth of the marine industry, and with the acquisition of Boatzon we have added what we ...

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Performance Brokerage Services announces sale of BMC Boats

David and Michael Veracka after purchasing BMC Boats.

Performance Brokerage Services announced the sale of BMC Boats in Longwood, Fla. -- a longtime Boating Industry Top 100: Top Dealer -- from Bill and Paula Fulton to Paul and Michael Veracka.   BMC Boats has been a family-owned and operated dealership since 1998, faithfully serving the needs of Central Florida’s and Orlando’s fishing and pleasure boating community. The business ...

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World Cat awards top dealers at 2022 Dealer Meeting

World Cat held their 2022 Dealer Meeting last month in Beaufort, N.C. Hosting dealers from the United States, as well as Central and South America, World Cat celebrated the kick-off of the 25th Anniversary Model Year and also awarded their top dealer awards for the 2022 Model Year.   Naples, Fla.-based World Cat of Naples earned the top spot as the ...

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MarineMax partners with Junior Achievement of South Florida

MarineMax recently announced a partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of South Florida, a non-profit organization focused on youth workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Two projects are currently in the works, both aimed at educating younger generations about the marine industry.  The first program was founded and created in 2018 by Christine Battles with Advanced Mechanical Enterprises. JA of South Florida’s “Sea ...

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MarineMax invests in marine development company

MarineMax, Inc. announced the acquisition of Midcoast Construction Enterprises, LLC (“Midcoast Marine Group”), a full-service marine construction company based on Central Florida’s Gulf Coast.  “Midcoast Marine Group complements our growing marina portfolio and adds a valuable skillset to our expanding service offerings,” stated W. Brett McGill, Chief Executive Officer and President of MarineMax. “Adding Midcoast Marine Group to the MarineMax ...

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