2011-2012 Boat Show Line Up by admin

We know the summer is not over yet (and we plan to enjoy it quite a bit more), but we have started planning out 2011-2012 boat show circuit.  Whether you are a customer or a broker, there is a lot to be excited about (and to do!).  Customers, if you are thinking about going to a show, please let us know so we can get you some passes into the show.  Brokers, we'd love to get your boats looking great!

West Marine Green Product Event! #MIBS by admin

From MIBS Press

The West Marine green product of the year is ... the Black Tip Catch and Release Recompression Tool. It's designer Ace Calloway is a charter captain in Alaska. He created the recompression tool in order to allow fish to return to their native waters, rather than catching them and forcing decompression so the fish cannot return home. Chuck Hawley, VP of product information, shared that Calloway had perfected the device through much trial and error.

This is the second year running that West Marine is presenting the Green Product of the Year Award. West Marine's requirements for the innovative product of the year follow: is the product innovative; does the product have a widespread application; does the product have a gotta-have-it feel. A panel of experts in all areas of the field scour the market to find the most innovative product. They narrow the field to 4-5 products and from there they test all the products to determine which is worthy of their award of $10,000.

Live From the Scout Booth! @MiamiBoatShow #MIBS by admin


It seems just like yesterday Scout was introducing a lot of new boats, including the 34' center counsel (which they have a great looking maroon hull with teak deck at the show). Mr. Steve Potts (President of Scout Boats) just introduced Scout's 251 XC, "the industry's first crossover fishing boat." This boat certainly packs a lot of features in a small boat. We will be updating as we get more details so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy this concept sketch we found on Scout's Facebook page!

Updated with a picture!

Live From the Pursuit Booth! @MiamiBoatShow #MIBS by admin

Pursuit, a sister brand of Tiara, is having an event of their own this morning at the Miami Convention Center. We are on the ground and are pleased to let you know Pursuit has just introduced their new ST 310 Sport along with a new inshore series of boats ranging from 18'-23'. They are currently talking about the state of the business and we will have more details (and real pictures) for you soon!

Here is the official verbage:

The all new Pursuit ST Series was specifically designed to deliver more comfort and utility to Pursuit's legendary center console platform. Nothing can compare to the plush wrap-around lounge in the bow, luxurious helm/companion seats for three at the console and in the cockpit, forward and aft facing bench seating offering a comfortable location for all. Yacht caliber features throughout including new innovative head access, equipment storage and optional towing package let this series stand alone as a premium inshore/offshore vessel and tender.

Live From The Tiara Booth! @MiamiBoatShow #mibs by admin


The Miami Boat Show is in full swing with a whole slew of announcements going on today. The only thing better than warm weather and a boat show, is warm weather, a boat show, and an announcement of a new model from a fellow Michigan business!

Tiara just formally announced their new 31' Coronet Dayboat. Stay tuned for more updates while we listen to the rest of the announcement!

Live From the PowerCat Group! @MiamiBoatShow #MIBS by admin

The Miami Boat Show just started, and there is already a few press conferences going on. I'm currently at the PowerCat Group (World Cat, Glacier Bay, Livingston and Caralina Cat) and they are currently discussing their business strategy (probably a common theme today!).

They just introduced the Carolina Cat line and are debuting the Carolina Cat 18 (which looks REALLY clean, they must have a good detailer). Pictures and more specific details on their way! We must admit, we love their model selection for the press shots! (Update) It sounds like they are really targeting first time boat buyers with this boat. Without power you are looking at around $22k, with power and a few options around $31k.

Update: Pictures!

From MIBS Press

The PowerCat Group is planning is planning on trying to dominate the catamaran group. There is a "fragmented market", and no one company has a huge market share. So the focus of the PowerCat Group wants to differentiate their product and pick up some market share. Their strategy is based on one thing, if 95% of fishermen do not buy a catamaran, 5% will. Great plan, but will they really capture 5%? PowerCat has scooped up Glacier Bay, World Cat, and Livingston through different opportunities be in economic crisis or natural disaster. They are hoping to get boaters young and keep them in one of their brands. Best of luck guys!

Miami Boat Show Electronics Focus Group - $50! by admin

Not signed up for the Miami Boat Show emails? Well, you should be! We just got a nice run down of events and new opportunities in our inbox:

Participate in Our Navigation Electronics Focus Group — $50 Incentive Help marine manufacturers shape the future of navigation electronics! Sign up now to take part in an innovative 45-minute focus group at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show. Put $50 in your pocket for participating, and be entered to win a $200 West Marine E-Gift Card.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have past experience with at least one type of marine electronics navigation device. The study will take place on Feb. 19 & 20 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in the pre-hall meeting rooms (Washington Street Entrance); light refreshments will be served. Must be pre-registered to participate. Space is limited so sign up now! Contact: Marine.Research2011@gmail.com with preferred dates and times. (edit:  Original email had an incorrect email which has been corrected.)

So go ahead, go sign up to earn yourself $50!

Miami Boat Show - Beyond Boats! by admin

Headed to the Miami International Boat Show (not to be confused with the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show!), but want more to do than just looking at boats?  No problem, there are a lot of people to meet and events going!  Here is a brief overview from the show website:

Meet Russell Newberry, Star Deckboss from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch

Russell Newberry landed his first Bering Sea crab job at age 24 aboard the fishing vessel Diamond Head. Over the years, he developed a reputation as a hard working, dependable “crustacean excavator”.

During the 2006 King Crab season, Russell landed a half-share job aboard the F/V Time Bandit, a featured vessel on Discovery Channel's reality show Deadliest Catch. When the rest of the crew quit, he found himself propelled to a full share job. His endeavors aboard the Time Bandit have been documented on TV and in the book "Time Bandit" by Malcolm McPherson.

2009 was a crazy year for Russell. He left port on the Time Bandit, only to find himself returning to port on another featured vessel the Wizard. When opilio season was over he moved to a new featured vessel, the Kodiak for king crab season—three crab vessels in one year—three very different operations—six to eight different captains! But one thing stayed the same—the crew; always tired, always wet and always watching each others backs. Learn more about Russell at www.dangerousdeckhands.com.

Appearance Times – Space 3114 Outside Patio, Miami Beach Convention Center Thursday & Friday:11 am–2 pm & 3 pm–6 pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 11 am–2 pm & 3 pm–5 pm

Discover Boating Resource Center

Interactive educational series and hands-on approach to training featuring on-the water clinics and fun!  Pre-registration has begun sign up in advance for these opportunities.  Pre-registration ends Thursday February 10th.  On-site Registration will be available all days of the show at the Discover Boating Resource Center. Don't miss the boat!

Dive & Travel Harbor

Visit the best dive and travel feature in the continental United States – a true 'show within a show' for all diving and travel enthusiasts. From scuba products and gear to travel, resorts and boating destinations, you'll find it here! The Dive & Travel Harbor is centrally located on the first floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center with easy access to an outdoor demonstration area.

Big Game Room

Celebrating its eighth year, the Big Game Room returns with all of your favorite events!  Have a drink at the Marlin Bar while waiting for the next educational seminar to begin. Take a walk over to the Bait Rigging Station and improve your rigging techniques. And of course you'll see the latest in products for the fishing world and destinations with the best sport fishing in the world. Don't forget to sign up for the Exhibitor Prize Give Away!! The Big Game Room has it all - don't miss it.

Affordability Pavilion

Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by space # 3549 and check out this special showcase of boats you can own for less than $250 per month.

2011 Boat Shows and Events by admin

It may be cold in Michigan, but our schedule is certainly filling up quick for the remainder of the boat show season.  We will be at all of the following WARM events:

First Mate Yacht Care Boat Show Calender! by admin

Just in case you need a detailer, want  free t-shirt, or want  a job, here is our tentative boat show schedule for the '10-'11 boat show season! Newport Boat Show - September 16-19, 2010

Cedar Point Boat Show (tentative) - September 15-19, 2010

Norwalk Boat Show - September 23-26, 2010

Passagemaker Baltimore Trawlerfest - September 14-26, 2010

United States Sailboat Show (Annapolis) - October 7-11, 2010

United State Powerboat Show (Annapolis) - October 14-17, 2010

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 28-November 1, 2010

Miami International Boat Show - February 17-21, 2011

Palm Beach International Boat Show - March 24-27, 2011

Boat Show Set-up by admin

Looking at the Miami Beach Convention Center in the main hall, it is hard to believe in less than 5 days it will be transformed into a highly polished and great looking boat show. There are crates, tape, travel lifts, and fork lifts everywhere.

From FMYC Florida Excursion

The outside booth exhibitor tent currently sits completely empty along with the parking lot! It will be a busy couple of days for exhibitors (and their detailers!) leading up to the show.

From FMYC Florida Excursion

We did happen to see Scout's new 34' boat waiting to be taken inside while we were there. They are hosting a press event on Thursday for their official announcement.

From FMYC Florida Excursion