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Waterford-based businesses heading to Detroit Boat Show


The Detroit Boat show is Feb. 15-23 at Cobo Center, located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and are free for children under 12 with an adult. The Boat show is open on Saturdays and Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information and for tickets, visit

Steven Cooper first sold boats with his friend within a Costco parking lot. That gig eventually turned into his current job: sales director for Andersons Boat Sales in Waterford Township, a position hes had

for five years.

This weekend Cooper, 37, of Rochester will be among hundreds of boat-based businesses at the 56th Annual Detroit Boat Show. Featuring 30 to 32 boats, Andersons will bring Misty Harbor pontoons and

Stingray runabouts, among others.

The show, expected to bring in more than 65,000 attendees, expanded by 30,000 square feet from last year, a press release said. Boats will be less expensive than usual, Cooper said, since there are sales and factory incentives in the winter.

During boat shows, we get a lot of manufacture help, not only us but everybody down there, he said. So theres definitely savings as far as buying a boat.

He said more people choose pontoons boats over speedboats because they are less expensive and have more room.

You can take out 10 friends and be comfortable, Cooper said. And our area with all these small lakes in Oakland County, its kind of what everybody has.

A boat store near Andersons also will be present at the boat show.

Bringing both pontoon boats and boats for wakeboarding and waterskiing, Club Royale in Waterford Township will exhibit 15 boats, all of which will be Supra, Moomba, Premier or StarCraft.

Owner of Club Royale Rob Davis, 46, of Rochester Hills said this year his marina is the sixth-largest Mooba dealer in the world. A water-skier since age 5, Davis will have a larger display this year

due to the boat shows expansion.

A very large percentage of our sales will be at Cobo Hall Boat Show, Davis said. They did a bunch of renovations, added a new section of the hall. … Last year was bigger, this year is going to be bigger again.

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MIAMI 2014: NMMA president says boating is ‘a great American story’

Posted on February 13th, 2014
Written by Jim Flannery

MIAMI — The marine industry has an American story to tell, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the State of the Industry breakfast Thursday on opening day of the Miami International Boat Show.

Ninety-three percent of boats sold in the United States are built in the United States. Ninety-seven percent of boating businesses are small businesses. Seventy-three percent of boat owners have household incomes of less than $100,000.

“Boating is not just for the wealthy,” he said. “Boating is primarily a middle-class American lifestyle. We have a great American story to tell. We need to tell it and tell it united as an industry.”

Light-vehicle and recreational-vehicle sales are back to almost 90 percent of their prerecession peaks. Recreational boating sales are a little under 50 percent of their prerecession peak, but the industry is catching up, Dammrich said.

New powerboat, sailboat and personal watercraft sales totaled about 202,000 units in 2012. Sales were up 5 percent, to 212,000, in 2013, and he expects new-boat sales to increase another 5 to 7 percent in 2014.

Adding to that used-boat sales, which were1.2 million units in 2012, and Dammrich said there’s a message in the numbers: “The American public still loves boats,” he said. “They still love getting on the water. Things are going in the right direction.”

Another good sign: The industry remains a net exporter. It exports more boats than it imports, and except for Australia, the economies of the industry’s main overseas customers — Canada, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Brazil and Germany — are expanding.

Dammrich said weather and Washington, D.C., or more precisely regulation emanating from the nation’s capital, are the industry’s two biggest risks in 2014. On the plus side, after a brutal winter, the unscientific but often spot-on Farmers’ Almanac is predicting an early spring and a hot and dry summer after forecasting bitter cold and snow for the Midwest this winter.

“We should have perfect boating weather” this spring and summer, he said.

On the Washington front, he said every member of the industry should join the NMMA in Washington, D.C., for the American Boating Congress May 5-7 to advocate for boating on issues such as ethanol, evaporative emissions regulations, reauthorization of the Sportfishing Trust Fund and preserving water access.

Dominion Marine Media named David Rockefeller Jr. of New York City, founder of, as its YachtWorld Hero for 2014 for his work in involving boaters in advocacy for a clean ocean.

Sailors for the Sea has involved more than 100,000 sailors — most of them through regatta organizers — in subscribing to clean practices on the water, such as forgoing bottled water, using refillable containers for drinking water, controlling paper pollution, composting landside at regatta headquarters and controlling energy use.

Rockefeller, a sailor for 60 years, said the five biggest issues facing the oceans are: carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which changes the pH of the oceans; plastic and other garbage that get tossed into the oceans; liquid pollution from both point and non-point sources; overfishing and the decline of fish stocks; and rising ocean levels.

“The oceans are in big trouble,” he said. “We [sailors] are not the problem, but we can become part of the solution” by advocating for the oceans and raising awareness about their plight.

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Garmin®, Mastervolt and Scout Boats Announce Integrated Vessel Technology


Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced a fully integrated vessel solution for its GPSMAP® Glass Helm series as a result of a collaboration with Mastervolt, manufacturers of CZone™ intelligent technology. Providing simplified control and customization for the boat’s most crucial systems, CZone provides an intuitive solution that makes the boating experience more automated and fluent at the helm.

“Garmin strives to provide the easiest and most intuitive user experience on the market and we’ve taken it to the next level, integrating Mastervolt’s automated power and circuit management with our GPSMAP Glass Helm Series,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales. “From controlling various lighting configurations to monitoring bait well levels and more, CZone technology puts the simplicity of automated operations at the boater’s fingertips.”

CZone intelligent technology provides a boating experience that incorporates full vessel integration and automation with the boater’s chartplotter. With the ability to monitor and control multiple functions, the user gains a whole new level of digital control over the boat while at the helm.

“Today, with recreational time being limited, boaters and their families do not want to worry about the operation of the boat,” said G.R. Schrotenboer, Mastervolt Global Business Leader. “They want to turn the key or touch a button and go have fun on the water. Our CZone technology offers the kind of intuitive operation that is common in one’s home or car, providing complete control of the vessel’s environment with a single touch.”

A pivotal function that is offered by CZone intelligent technology is mode control. With mode control, circuits such as lighting, power monitoring, tank monitoring and more are bundled to simplify the operation of the vessel and improve safety by making the correct decisions at the appropriate time, whether via touchscreen, tablet or key fob. A mode bar displaying these configurations allows for quick access and can be displayed at the top or bottom of the chartplotter screen. This accessibility allows for ease of visibility and control over the most important functions of the boat.

Scout Boats will be the first boat manufacturer to boast the intelligent technology integration of the Mastervolt CZone system with the Garmin Glass Helm. Scout produces world-class sport fishing boats, known for innovation and luxury center console boats.

The first model to feature this integrated digital switching technology is the Scout 350 LXF. The 350 is a sleek center console packed with amenities and features, including a dual stepped hull for performance and fuel efficiency, and available triple or quad engine configuration. The model offers a roomy forward seating area in the bow, ample storage throughout, an optional electronic sliding hard top extension and a patented glass windshield/T-top enclosure.

“Our LXF collection is comprised of luxury sportfish models that showcase a unique blend of high-performance fish boats with high-end cruisers,” said Steve Potts, Scout Boats CEO Founder. “The cross between these two popular recreational marine mainstays allows the boater to enjoy amenities and cool features normally found on much larger sport fishers. When we were deciding which model to introduce and integrate this new technology with, the 350 LXF just made sense. We, as consumers, use this technology in our everyday lives, whether it’s operating our cars or our homes, so now we’ve brought this technology to the marine industry.”

CZone digital switching is made available as part of a free software update available now for both the GPSMAP 8000 MFD series and the GPSMAP 8500 Black Box series. For more information regarding hardware or boat requirements, visit,, or

Garmin’s marine business segment is a leading provider of navigation and communication equipment to retail and OEM customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes the industry’s most sophisticated array of chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar, high-definition radar, autopilot, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.

About Garmin International Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. A component of the SP 500 index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and GPSMAP are registered trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

About Mastervolt:

Mastervolt is the global leader in marine electrical systems and components. Mastervolt’s mission is to provide the Power to Be Independent, onboard, reliable power wherever you may be in the world. Known for innovations and quality, Mastervolt products are designed to be used independently or as comprehensive, integrated systems. From power conversion to power and circuit management, all Mastervolt products are constructed for best performance and longevity in the harsh marine environment. Mastervolt’s broad range of electrical components and systems include batteries, battery chargers, inverters, inverter/chargers, isolators, converters, transformers, digital switching systems, electric propulsion products and more. Mastervolt is one of a group of marine electrical companies under the same ownership, which includes Marinco, Ancor, and Marinco by BEP. For more information, please visit , or contact media relations at 773-677-4295.

About Scout Boats:

Scout builds sportfishing, fish ‘n ski, walk around, flats and bay boat models ranging from 15’ to 35’. Since its founding over two decades ago, Scout Boats’ goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches. Each Scout hull is a true original, as the in-house research and design team works closely with engineering to take concepts from blueprint to production more efficiently, growing the company’s world-class reputation for quality, strength, durability and value. For more information on Scout, visit; or contact Mark Jerkins at Shane Harvey Brand Management, email:; phone: 407.566.2667.

Notice on forward-looking statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company’s future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2012, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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South Florida’s boat show season kicks off Thursday with two Miami events. – Sun

South Florida’s boat show circuit kicks off Thursday with two major events in Miami-Dade County and organizers and exhibitors are hoping 2014 will bring continued sales improvements in a rebounding economy.

Nationwide, sales of recreational power boats are forecast to grow 5 to 7 percent in 2014, according to the Chicago-based National Marine Manufacturers Association. In 2013 retail sales of new powerboats climbed an estimated 5 percent, following a 10 percent jump in the prior year, NMMA research shows.

Several boat dealers and marine accessories suppliers are looking to reel in big business during the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and 26th Annual Yacht Brokerage Show, which both run through Monday at locations across Miami and Miami Beach.

“This year’s show along Collins Avenue is the biggest yet,” said Ann Vernon, executive director of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association in Fort Lauderdale, co-owner of the Yacht Brokerage show. Vernon noted that expectations were relatively high this year based on boat sales at last year’s event.

The boat show will have more than 500 new and pre-owned yachts and a wide range of marine accessories and technology on display valued at more than $1 billion, according to organizers.

This year, the SuperYacht Miami section was added at the Miami Beach Marina to accommodate demand for larger yachts up to 230-feet in length.

“In 2013 we saw an increased breakthrough in new boat sales and expect that to continue in 2014,” said Tom Sanders, general manager of HMY Yachts, which has several offices statewide, including Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami. “We’ve already had some success this year in sales of new boats and expect more sales at the show.

As for pre-owned boats, prices have stabilized and fewer boats are now listed for sale, indicating a strengthening in this category, he said.

The Yacht Brokerage show exhibitor will have 18 sportfishing boats ranging from 38 feet to 82 feet in length in its pre-owned display and another 13 vessels ranging from 65 to 125 feet in size in its motoryacht exhibit, Sanders noted.

Other exhibitors are also upbeat.

“We’re really excited heading into the Miami show this year” said Mike DiCondina, president of Hargrave Custom Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, noting the company was pleased with sales and new orders at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show late last year. “We think the recovery in our segment is starting to gain real traction.”

Hargrave will have 11 new and pre-owned yachts for sale at the Yacht Brokerage show, ranging from 75-feet to 125-feet in length.

At the NMMA-produced Miami International Boat Show, where more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors will be gathered from across the globe, organizers are also optimistic.

Last year’s show attracted 102,118 visitors and generated an estimated $312.2 million in sales for Florida companies and statewide excise and sales taxes of $30.4 million, a recent economic impact study showed.

“The results of the new study illustrate the show’s significant impact not only on South Florida’s local economy but to the entire state and recreational boating industry,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, show manager and NMMA vice president.

“It’s a barometer for annual boat sales, a gathering of the newest and best products in recreational boating, and boost to our economy.”, 954-356-4209 or Twitter@TheSatchreport.

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If you go

Yacht Brokerage Show (

Where: Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; Miami Beach Marina

When: Thursday through Monday

Admission: Free (parking fees apply)

Miami International Boat Show (

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside

When: Thursday through Monday

Cost: Adults $20 (Thursday $35); children 15 years and under free; parking fees may apply

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