Interviews & Insights

  • Amedeo_Migali

    Sustainable Design |
    In conversation with Amedeo Migali

    2022-05-03T07:42:00Z By Francesca Goi,

    The managing director of Micad, an engineering company specialising in the leisure marine sector and having worked with the likes of Azimut Yachts, Beneteau, Blue Game and Silent Yachts, talks to IBI about ecological design, and why true sustainability starts on the drawing board – and must factor in future ...

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    Sleipner | Marius Torjusen

    2022-05-01T14:49:00Z IBI , by Lars-Åke Redéen

    Thruster specialist Sleipner is arguably Norway’s most recognised leisure marine equipment brand. IBI caught up with the Marius Torjusen, Sleipner Group Chief Commercial Officer, to learn about current challenges and the market outlook

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    Insider | Dometic Group's Juan Vargues

    2022-04-30T17:14:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    The appointment of Juan Vargues as president and CEO of Dometic Group in 2018 represented more than just a change in leadership for the Sweden-based equipment and accessories supplier. It also signalled a significant change in the way the company does business.

  • Mr Lalizas Stavros

    LALIZAS | Stavros Lalizas, Founder & CEO

    2022-04-30T15:42:00Z IBI , by Ed Slack

    The Greek manufacturer and distributor has come a long way since its foundation 40 years ago. Its founder reveals future plans for the Group that now comprises six leading brands and a global manufacturing footprint. 

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    Raymarine’s Gregoire Outters on why 2022 will be tranformative

    2022-01-14T16:42:00Z IBI , by Ed Slack

    More than crystal ball gazing:  IBI talks to general manager Gregoire Outters about how Raymarine is adapting product to meet new customer demands, the direction of new R&D, supply chain issues and recruitment efforts for 2022 after a year of new owners, new investment and record sales

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    Luiz de Basto on design

    2022-01-04T01:57:00Z IBI , by Francesca Goi

    How does the global concept of culture – everything from the way we live, our values, behaviours and tastes – impact the niche world of boating? Luiz de Basto, the Miami-based yacht designer, with a wide portfolio in both custom and production yachts, tells IBI how a multicultural background has ...

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    Mission Critical Electronics | Kevin Moschetti

    2021-11-05T21:40:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Kevin Moschetti, CEO of Mission Critical Electronics Since little equipment on a boat will operate without power, enabling a steady supply of clean, stable current is foundational to modern boat design and critical to the functionality of onboard equipment. As the head of a company that drives ...

  • Luca Bassani onboard Wallynano- ph. Gilles Martin-Raget

    In conversation with: Luca Bassani

    By Francesca Goi,

    When it comes to colour, the boat industry had for many years appeared to have taken a leaf out of Henry Ford’s design notebook – prospective owners of a Model T Ford could have it in any colour ”as a long as it was black.” Generations of boaters would ...

  • Chad Lyon Wells Fargo Marine Head

    Wells Fargo Marine Group | Chad Lyon

    2021-11-05T20:40:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Named commercial leader for Wells Fargo Distribution Finance Marine and RV group in May, Chad Lyon takes the reigns as head of the US bank’s significant leisure boating business following the retirement of Bruce Van Wagoner in April. IBI’s Craig Ritchie speaks with Lyon, coming into the leisure boat industry ...

  • Brian Hall, CFO, Lippert

    Lippert Components | Brian Hall on supply chain costs


    With annual sales approaching $3 billion, LCI Industries supplies highly engineered components to OEMs of RVs, boats and other segments, along with their related aftermarkets, and knows a thing or two about material costs. In 2020, steel and aluminium made up more than 50% of the company’s raw material ...

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    DLL Finance | Maarten Endel on boat finance


    A subsidiary of Rabobank Group, DLL enters the leisure marine sector with launch of worldwide delear finance programs, leveraging its finance know-how and infrastructure to take market share in the boat business – a potential win-win for the industry

  • Brett Dibkey

    Brunswick Corp | Brett Dibkey on technology advances for boatbuilders

    2021-08-17T09:41:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    IBI speaks with the president of Brunswick’s Advanced Systems Group about rapidly changing consumer expectations, the evolving role of technology, and how boatbuilders stand to gain from enhanced data collection and analytics capabilities

  • Alberto Galassi_CEO Ferretti Group_Venice

    Ferretti Group | Alberto Galassi

    2021-06-22T14:17:00Z IBI

    Record demand and the new normal; the Ferretti Group CEO talks to IBI about record sales, acquisition targets, selling boats on Instagram, and why Forrest Gump holds the key

  • Claudia D'arpizio_

    In conversation with: Claudia D’Arpizio

    2021-04-30T17:04:00Z IBI , by Francesca Goi

    IBI’s Francesca Goi talks to Claudia D’Arpizio, globally recognised expert on the trends that are shaping consumer spending patterns in luxury segments

  • Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft

    Gulf Craft | Mohammed Hussein Alshaali

    2021-04-30T16:53:00Z IBI , by Mike Derrett

    Chairman of the Middle East’s largest boatbuilder, Gulf Craft, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali outlines his plans for the future UAE-based builder, including development of its Gulf Craft small boat brands, the launch of the world’s largest all composite superyacht, and how the market has evolved since Covid. He talks to IBI’s ...

  • Brenna Preisser

    Brunswick Corp | Brenna Preisser

    2021-02-23T00:48:00Z IBI

    As president of Business Acceleration at the boating industry’s biggest company, Brenna Preisser has a dizzying number of responsibilities including oversight for Freedom Boat Club, the Tech Nexus Incubator, seven Finance & Insurance brands, a new boater training venture, human resources – and if that is not enough – she ...

  • Quentin Lucet

    VPLP | Quentin Lucet


    IBI speaks with Quentin Lucet, naval architect at France-based naval architecture and design firm VPLP, specialising in the application of foil technology to the design of racing mono and multihulls.

  • Frank Hugelmeyer_interview

    IBI Interview with head of US boating association (trailer)

    2020-12-07T15:06:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, IBI Contributor Craig Ritchie speaks with NMMA President Fred Hugelmeyer about the state of the US boating market and the prospects for the association’s boat shows in 2021.  IBI plus subscribers, can watch the full video by clicking here.

  • Fairline interview

    IBI Interview with top execs at Fairline (trailer)


    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, Ed Slack speaks with Fairline’s Chief Operating Officer Peter McNulty and Chairman Jason Carley. IBI plus subscribers, can watch the full video by clicking here.

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    Propspeed | Chris Baird

    2020-11-13T09:49:00Z IBI

    With a product representing a win-win for OEMs, service yards, their boat owners and the environment, Propspeed is on a mission to quadruple turnover within five years. IBI talks to CEO Chris Baird and the team driving the rapid expansion.