Winter boat show roundup

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Walker Bay Boats reported a 27 percent increase in dollar sales at the recent Toronto boat show.

While actual unit sales were down from 2009, the deluxe console and luxury models sold in increased numbers.

The company does not release specific figures, but did say that on the last day it wrote up $155,000 in sales.

“The 2010 Toronto Boat Show was the first opportunity for us to get a feeling of where the market is at and what we can expect for the remaining shows,” said Chris Carroll, vice president of sales, in a statement. “Although attendance was noticeably down, the quality of the consumer was extremely good.”

Console RIBs saw the biggest growth in volume sales, the company reports. In addition, the luxury style Generation RIBs saw a significant increase in both customer interest and purchases.

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The 22nd annual Yacht & Brokerage Show, which runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, is playing host to a number of first-time exhibitors, organizers report.

The show, which features more than 150 exhibitors, runs Feb. 11-15 on Collins Avenue and the Indian Creek Waterway.

Some of the first-time exhibitors include Maritimo USA, Grand Banks Yachts, The Egg Harbor Group and Nordhavn Yachts.

The Yacht & Brokerage Show offers free admission to the public and features new and used yachts ranging from 30 to 160 feet. The show is owned and sponsored by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and produced and managed by Show Management.

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Sail America members are invited to the State of the Industry breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Doubletree Grand Hotel, Sea Isle Marina, Miami.

For information, contact Trish Reardon at (401) 845-5102 or trish.reardon@bonniercorp.com.

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YachtWorld.com, a leading Internet yacht brokerage portal, introduced a new venue for yacht charters – the YachtWorld Charter Village – at the Düsseldorf boat show.

The YachtWorld Charter Village features the full details of more than 250 charter boats available in all the major charter regions around the globe. Visitors will also be able to inquire about more than 4,000 charter boats in more than 300 destinations worldwide listed on YachtWorldcharters.com.

“The Charter Village is a very powerful tool for generating sales inquiries for the charter operators who display their boats on YachtWorldcharters.com and gives them access to a boat show audience which would otherwise be very expensive to reach,” said Robert Corden, commercial director of YachtWorld.com and Boats.com International, in a statement.

The Düsseldorf boat show runs through Jan 31.

YachtWorld.com and Soundings Publications are divisions of Dominion Enterprises.

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A discussion titled “The Future of Cuba’s Maritime Heritage and Maritime Resources,” with Commodore Díaz Escrich of the Marina Hemingway, will be presented by the International Superyacht Society and the International SeaKeepers Society.

The event is taking place during the Miami International Boat Show from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Feb. 11  at the Eden Roc on 4525 Collins Ave. in Miami. It is sponsored by Moore & Company and CubaSeas.com.

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