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Mercury Racing mourns loss of Joe Sgro

Description: Mercury Racing is saddened by the loss of our dear friend, veteran offshore powerboat racer and performance boat industry icon Joe Sgro. Sgro passed away Nov. 9 from injuries sustained during a boating accident in Marathon, Fla. He was 63 years old. Sgro is survived by his wife, Eileen, six children and soon-to-be three grandchildren. A ...

Miami show set to display more boats in the water

Description: In-water displays at the 77th Progressive Miami International Boat Show will increase more than 25 percent, to 700 boats, in 2018. The increase in in-water boats at the show, set for Feb. 15-19, is attributable in part to the Strictly Sail Miami section of the show joining the powerboats on ...
The Miami International Boat Show will have waterside dining options, fewer water taxi drop-off points and a new, all-inclusive new VIP option.

In-water displays at the 77th Progressive Miami International Boat Show will increase more than 25 percent, to 700 boats, in 2018.

The increase in in-water boats at the show, set for Feb. 15-19, is attributable in part to the Strictly Sail Miami section of the show joining the powerboats on Virginia Key. That move added 50 boats to the in-water section, said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the group that owns and operates the show.

“That number also includes people in tents who have decided to move outside, it includes people expanding the number of boats they’re bringing and it includes new exhibitors,” Dammrich told Trade Only Today.

Some exhibitors have migrated from tents to the docks, creating more land space that has been dedicated to sailboat exhibitors, Dammrich said.

The sailboats in the water will be on Pier 9, and sailing land exhibitors will be in the Sailor’s Cove inside Tents F and J. Sailor’s Cove also will feature daily seminars presented by the top sailors in the industry and meet-and-greets with sailing experts.

The number of boats in the water will increase from 550 in 2017 to 700 in 2018.

Water taxi service has been consolidated once again, now only dropping off and picking up attendees at two locations — Bayfront Park and American Airlines Arena — eliminating the two additional hotel pickup locations this year.

“More than 85 percent of water-taxi goers traveled from two key stops, making them a priority for year three,” the NMMA said in a statement.

Water taxis dropping passengers off at hotels seemed to be popular among exhibitors at the end of each day, as some had rooms at the hotels or were attending other industry events being held there. However, Dammrich said many were finding alternative routes to the show because the water-taxi service does not start until 9 a.m., an hour before the show opens, putting passengers at the entrance around 9:30.

“Exhibitors like to get to the show earlier than that, so much fewer were taking the water taxis,” Dammrich said.

Complimentary shuttle buses, which also start running at 9 a.m., will run to and from two parking hubs in downtown Miami at Marlins Park and the American Airlines Arena. Shuttle bus and water-taxi service concludes at 7 p.m., an hour after the show closes. A shuttle will still run between the Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue, a separately owned and operated show that runs concurrently with the NMMA show.

This year’s NMMA show will offer food and beer on the docks, something that was not available last year. There also will be more seating in the food courts at the show’s center, as well as on the east end.

The 2018 show features a new menu of dining options from Great Performances, which operates at the Miami Open tennis tournament and other local festivals.

Great Performances will partner with an array of local food trucks and restaurants to offer options for show-goers, including the Latin Café, The Knife Steakhouse, Moet & Chandon Sushi Maki, Killer Melts, Moty’s, Mulberry 1965 Pizza, King of Racks BBQ, HipPops, B.C. Tacos, Mr. Bing, Relentless Roasters and Ocean Breeze. 

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METS 2017: Nine exhibitors pitch products to international industry press

Description: Nine Metstrade show exhibitors, chosen by a panel of journalists from international trade magazines, had the opportunity to demonstrate their products in elevator pitches at a “Pitch The Press” event on Wednesday. The audience at the Metstrade Theater consisted of visitors, exhibitors and the ...

Nine Metstrade show exhibitors, chosen by a panel of journalists from international trade magazines, had the opportunity to demonstrate their products in elevator pitches at a “Pitch The Press” event on Wednesday.

The audience at the Metstrade Theater consisted of visitors, exhibitors and the international press.

“The rules for inclusion were not especially stringent as the main priority was to flag up distinctive, practical and innovative solutions,” marketing communications and public relations manager Sigrid van der Wel said in a statement. “This initiative also served as an encouragement to companies who may not have the large marketing budgets required to otherwise reach a wide audience.”

Each of the companies was given five minutes to describe and demonstrate their product.

The presented products were: the MacGlide by Mactac; the CCROV camera by Shenzen Vxfly Intelligent Information Technology Co. Ltd.; the InnoLin by Flax Composites; the DynamicTrim Control System by Zipwake; the Trimcontrol Electronic Telltale by Meragitee; the S.A.F.E. by Opacmare; the Clik by PME Mare Inc.; the Hook 2 line by Lowrance; and the Seakeeper 6 by Seakeeper.

“ ‘Pitch The Press’ is a great platform to share information on our new launches in front of a large trade audience,” said Seakeeper COO Andrew Semprevivo, who presented the company’s new Seakeeper 6 stabilizer system. “This is a fine example of how the industry can push forward and grow.”

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Chicago show set for January

Description: The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show, which organizers said is the Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, will be held Jan 10-14 at McCormick Place. Organizers said the show, which is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will offer visitors a glimpse of summertime fun ...

The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show, which organizers said is the Midwest’s largest indoor boat show, will be held Jan 10-14 at McCormick Place.

Organizers said the show, which is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will offer visitors a glimpse of summertime fun without leaving Chicago. They will have the opportunity to board, view, and shop more than 600 boats and 100 RVs, ranging from inflatables to 50-foot yachts, see outdoor and marine accessories and technology and attend free and paid seminars.

“For 88 years the show has given Midwesterners a chance to get out of the cold and gear up for the exciting outdoor season ahead,” show manager Keith Ogulnick said in a statement. “We pride ourselves on showcasing the latest and greatest in boating and outdoor recreational vehicles, and educating attendees on the newest technology available. The show is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the best boating, sailing and RVing have to offer year after year.”

Visitors are also invited to participate in special features.

The Progressive Insurance Boat School brings mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship to teach hands-on boating courses, including virtually docking a boat or tying a proper knot.

Paddlefest invites visitors to try stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking in an indoor pool. Children can fish for trout at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

Organizers said other seminars range from DIY tips at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center to an extensive lineup of boating and sailing seminars featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing, such as John Kretschmer, Nigel Calder and Kimo Worthington.

The show also will offer RV seminars hosted by David Solberg, a leading expert and author of “The RV Handbook.”

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Brunswick Commercial appoints new general manager

Description: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products has named Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager. “Erik brings to the team valuable experience in manufacturing processes and project management,” Boston Whaler group president Nick Stickler said in a statement. “His skills and knowledge will better ...
Erik Bon Fleur

Brunswick Commercial and Government Products has named Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager.

“Erik brings to the team valuable experience in manufacturing processes and project management,” Boston Whaler group president Nick Stickler said in a statement. “His skills and knowledge will better position BCGP to meet the ever evolving demands of the commercial and government marine industry.”

Prior to joining BCGP, Bon Fleur was in other roles at the parent Brunswick Corp., including continuous improvement manager for Boston Whaler and, most recently, director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state.

Bon Fleur has been with Brunswick since 2012. He joined the company as a process engineer at Hatteras Yachts, which Brunswick sold in 2013.

Bon Fleur has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in industrial engineering, as well as an MBA from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration.

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Imtra signs distribution deal with Dutch light manufacturer

Description: Imtra said it has partnered with Den Haan Rotterdam to bring the company’s marine lights to the United States. “We are very pleased to partner with DHR and bring its line of high-quality navigation lights to our commercial and recreational marine customers,” Alex Larsen, vice president of ...
Den Haan Rotterdam makes lights for marine applications.

Imtra said it has partnered with Den Haan Rotterdam to bring the company’s marine lights to the United States.

“We are very pleased to partner with DHR and bring its line of high-quality navigation lights to our commercial and recreational marine customers,” Alex Larsen, vice president of commercial sales for Imtra, said in a statement. “Our pre-sale support helps customers design the navigational lighting solution that is best suited for them and every installation will benefit from the quality and reliability that DHR products offer.”

A 95-year-old, family-run company based in the Netherlands, DHR makes lights that include conventional and LED series and Arctic lights. Its navigation light control systems feature panels to monitor and control more than 48 lights. DHR lights are designed for use by commercial vessels, including dredgers, workboats, offshore supply boats, tugs, fast crew supply vessels and luxury yachts.

“With Imtra, we found a solid partner to sell and support our products in the North American market,” said Dignus Den Haan, managing director of Den Haan Rotterdam. “Imtra has distinguished itself as a leader in customer service and support. They are the ideal partner to bring our products to this vital market.”

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Parkit 360 moves to new location

Description: Canadian power dolly manufacturer Parkit 360 said it has moved and doubled its footprint. The new address is 130 Industrial Ave., unit 600, in Carleton Place, Ontario. "We optimized the layout of our manufacturing space to be more efficient and accommodate planned new product launches," Stefan ...

Canadian power dolly manufacturer Parkit 360 said it has moved and doubled its footprint.

The new address is 130 Industrial Ave., unit 600, in Carleton Place, Ontario.

"We optimized the layout of our manufacturing space to be more efficient and accommodate planned new product launches," Stefan Houle, Parkit360 sales and marketing, said in a statement. "Sales have been record-strong and we simply outgrew our space."

The 11,000-square-foot upsize includes company offices. Earlier this year Parkit 360 added staff.

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Latest NMMA report shows new powerboat registrations up 4.4 percent

Description: NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through September 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 4.4 percent year-over-year for the rolling twelve-month period through September. Nearly all segments were up through September on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis. Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: Cruisers (up 9.1 ...

Volvo Penta launches sales academy for boat dealers

Description: Volvo Penta has announced the launch of a new training support platform designed to help boat dealers sell Volvo Penta diesel powered boats. The Volvo Penta Sales Academy is comprised of videos and associated resources that will help dealer salespersons understand and convey to prospects the key features and benefits of the Volvo Penta products, ...

METS 2017 wraps up on positive note

Description: As the 30th annual METS wrapped up Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam, Netherlands, exhibitors and show organizers alike were beaming over what can only be considered another successful edition of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. Heavy crowds on Wednesday set a single-day attendance record, with 10,211 unique visitors as of 5 p.m. This figure ...