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January 03, 2011

2011 Fishing Boat Preview

35 new boats to browse

No one can deny the recreational marine industry has suffered some hard times in the depressed global economy. But I can tell you with certainty following the recent Fort Lauderdale boat show that things are absolutely looking up. And that's a good thing for the industry and for you.

My totally nonscientific survey of many fishing-boat manufacturers showed that every one of them sold boats at the show. That's a significant increase over the previous two years. The Broward County Convention Center, which displays most of the boat show's smaller, outboard-powered fishing boats had been desolate for the past three years; it was jam-packed with visitors throughout the show. On Saturday, three hours after the center opened, a line still stretched out the door with ­visitors waiting to enter.

As you'll see from our January Fishing-Boat Preview, the number of new fish-boat models is substantially greater than in recent years.

To browse other models and for complete manufacturer contact info visit www.newboats.com/

The Boats

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FLATS AND BAY SKIFFS

 
CENTER CONSOLES

 
CATAMARANS

 
EXPRESSES AND CONVERTIBLES