The good weather has ensured a steady flow of traffic throughout this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat show and the climate also appears to be improving for many of America's suppliers.
The marine manufacturing behemoth that is Dometic continues to grow with news that the organisation has completed the acquisition of superyacht ventilation systems provider Livos. The purchase extends Dometic's product offering still further, a development highlighted by the company's marketing of its new PLC-based touch screen controls for all chillers at FLIBS.
Megafend too is enjoying a busy period. Nathan Marsack, sales manager at Megafend, says the show plays a vital role in consolidating the company's market share. Marsack estimates that various Megafend products already appear on 70 per cent of the global fleet. But FLIBS remains an important platform for targeting its core US market.
And another company that is enjoying a purple patch is davits and cranes specialist, Nautical Structures. Its passarelle. for example. appears on the recently delivered Sofia. The 42m Moonen has drawn in the crowds all week, chiefly because of its unique ability to accommodate a submarine - an impressive feat for a vessel of that size. But the 30m+ order book is now empty for the Dutch yard and it is keenly seeking business on the back of its largest vessel to date.
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