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  • Highfield Factory_2022

    RIB manufacturer triples capacity
    at new state-of-the-art facility


    An extra 17,000m² was recently added to the factory floor

  • Highfield Factory_2022

    RIB manufacturer triples capacity at new state-of-the-art facility


    An extra 17,000m² was recently added to the factory floor

  • Highfield_Route-Du-Rhum-1200x900

    Highfield Boats partners with Suzuki
    to supply 51 race support boats


     Highfield RIBS equipped with Suzuki outboards will once again feature in the starting-line action of the 2022 Route du Rhum single-handed race

  • Choice 01

    Decking for the future - The Choices


    Decks can be covered in a wide range of materials, from natural wood to non-slip paint. Here is an overview of what is available, and their average density

  • Choice 02

    Decking for the future


    The need for an attractive, non-slip surface underfoot has led to several innovations in hard-wearing, UV-stable materials. With an increasing trend towards sustainable and lightweight products, there is now plenty of choice for the boatbuilder

  • Capture

    New shiplifts provide valuable capacity boost to Med superyacht refit yards


    Over the past three years new shiplifts in Spain, Italy and Turkey have provided a significant boost to the capacity of superyacht refit and new-build facilities in the Mediterranean. The latest such lift is due to be commissioned in September at La Ciotat in France where it will be operated ...

  • Dubai Creek with Burj Al Khalifa in background

    Market Update | Gulf market primed for major growth


    The Gulf leisure boating market is on the cusp of a boom on the back of record oil and gas prices. IBI takes the soundings on future prospects

  • IBI news | Polish Boat Builders |

    Poland | Boatbuilders

    2022-06-16T15:46:00Z By Jaroslaw Adamowski,

    Renowned as subcontractors, Polish yards are not only investing in capacity, but brand building too, as they look to carve out their own market share

  • IBINews |  Marina Yacht Park

    Poland | Market Overview


    The Polish yacht market is driven by export sales to the European Union’s member states and other western destinations

  • Bayliner Trophy 24 CC hero 2

    US Boat Market | Overview


    Boat sales in the US surged with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and surged again in 2021. While some question whether plateauing sales figures this spring could point to the sector reaching a high water mark, boat builders continue to invest in facility expansions and technical innovations in anticipation ...

  • Bennington 25 QX Sport

    US - Pontoon Boats


    Demand for pontoon boats has been growing steadily for years and got a further boost during the pandemic. With boat builders already producing as many boats as they can, factory expansions have become the norm among US pontoon builders

  • Elco launch Judith G

    Elco | Electric boats past & present


    Elco Boat Company introduced its first electric boats at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Today, the firm continues to build truly unique electric watercraft that remain highly desired among privileged buyers, along with innovative propulsion systems aimed at driving the company into the next century

  • Miami Stickers

    US Boat Market - Supply chain


    Facing protracted delays for some parts and components, boat builders struggle with questions on whether or not to simply deliver incomplete product

  • Aquila 28 Molokai

    Movers & Shakers | US Boats


    Full order books, lengthy production backlogs and a positive future outlook have multiple boatbuilders investing in factory upgrades with an eye to future growth

  • Hatteras GT70

    US Boat Market | Luxury yachts


    Sales of large cruisers and luxury yachts continue to soar as affluent buyers increasingly choose to spend their leisure time on the water

  • IBINews | Bayliner Trophy 24 CC hero 1

    US Boat Market | Centre of attention


    Years of steady growth in the centre console market appear to have no end in sight, as US boat builders up the ante in a highly competitive segment

  • IBI News | Markets USA | Sailfish 241CC

    US Boat Market | Fishing boats

    2022-06-15T14:22:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    Continued steady growth in the fishing boat category brings the promise of calm seas ahead for the US boat industry overall

  • Malibu CEO Jack Springer

    US Boat Market | Water sports tow boats


    More features, more integration and more room for future development leaves the ski and wake sector poised to continue gaining share in the US boat market


    Sector Spotlight: Refit & Repair


    Despite the exodus of many Russian-owned superyachts from Mediterranean hotspot marinas, refit and repair facilities are thriving, both in the Med and globally as investment continues in both refit yards and marina facilities, from Australia to Istanbul. IBI talks to some of the key players in the market about the ...

  • mandareport

    IBI review: the year industry M&A activity hit $10 billion in value

    2022-04-29T10:21:00Z IBI , by Arlene Sloan

    2021 was a remarkable year for the boating industry in many ways – including the realm of mergers and acquisitions – where IBI reported on more than 150 global transactions last year with a total deal value in the neighbourhood of some $10bn and return of private equity investors to ...