Horrific ‘shootout’ crash kills Outerlimits CEO — Page 32 Rec Boat dealers welcome life with Beneteau — Page 38 October 2014 Vol. LII, No. 4 ® 11,734 2Q fiberglass outboard sales 12,123 13,786 14,627 2013 2010 2011 2012 2014 WWW.TRADEONLYTODAY.COM $ 5.00 Figures are for 11-to 40-foot models and from 48 states FLIBS: Really big show gets bigger Oct. 30-Nov. 3 production features an additional venue and a stronger European presence iNsiDE He did it his way Terry Stark, dead at the age of 68, is best remembered for the iconic Caro-lina Skiff he created. He took greater pride, however, in being able to live the way he wanted. Page 22 T he countdown is under way to the crown jewel of the fall boat show season. The 55th edition of the big Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens Oct. 30 and runs through Nov. 3 at seven locations in the South Florida city. The brand-new Pier 66 marina has been added to last year’s six venues, giving the show added space for big boats and sea trials. “It’s another opportunity for us to accommo-date some very large yachts,” says Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Active Interest Media, whose Show Management produces FLIBS. Early indications are that the show will be bigger than ever. “We’re running way ahead of last year” in terms of exhibitor sales, says Andrew Doole, Show Manage-ment’s senior vice president and chief op-erating officer. “There are lots of new ex-hibitors, a whole list of them,” including some European builders who are coming for the first time. Megayachts again will be out in force, with “a huge amount of premieres in the 80-to 120-foot range,” says Doole. Associate editor Reagan Haynes pre-views the show and talks with organizers and exhibitors about what to expect. Page 24 Reform on hold The industry again presents a strong case for changes in saltwater fishing regulations that would benefit recre-ational anglers. But even supporters in Congress say the reform effort has little hope this year. Page 29 forest johnson The first century The United States Power Squadrons, a brainchild of Franklin Delano Roo-sevelt, is celebrating its 100th an-niversary this year. The organization plays a leading role in promoting boating safety. Page 77 A Fort Lauderdale propulsion preview New 2-stroke outboard, lots of 4-strokes and powerful diesels are among the highlights T here’ll be plenty to see in the way of new propulsion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but one of the attention grabbers may be an old standby — the 2-stroke outboard. BRP is showing its second-generation Evinrude E-TEC G2 to the public for the first time, asserting that it is cleaner and offers supe-rior performance and fuel economy to the leading 4-strokes. The G2 succeeds the original E-TEC, which was introduced in 2003. The G2 features a bold design, which BRP engineers are con-fident will set it apart in an outboard “sea of sameness.” Most of the other major outboard makers will be showing off new 4-stroke products introduced this year. And there will be new gasoline sterndrive engines and diesels. Executive editor Chris Landry’s propulsion preview serves as a guide to the huge array of new power products on display. Page 26 ADvERTisiNg spECiAL Boatbuilding and Aftermarket HEARD IT HERE FIRST “I only started the company because I ran out of money cruising. … All I ever wanted out of the deal was the money to get back on the ocean.” IBEX 2014 will shine brightly in its new Tampa location as boat sales continue to rebound and innovation continues to drive new building processes, sales and customer satisfaction. Page 39 — Terry Stark, on the serendipitous founding of Carolina Skiff 16,050 SOURCE: Statistical Surveys Inc.