West Marine’s crown jewel

Fort Lauderdale ‘super’ facility is twice the size of flagship stores and five times as big as standard outlets West Marine CEO Geoff Eisenberg says the boating supply giant keeps its sights trained on the horizon, which helps explain the grand opening of its Fort Lauderdale superstore late last year in still-turbulent economic times. At…more


Fort Lauderdale: On the docks with Jim Flannery

French boatbuilder Beneteau, continuing its bid for a share of the U.S. powerboat market, debuted four Italian-styled express cruisers: the Flyer Gran Turismo 34, 38, 44 and 49 (also available with a flybridge). The builder introduced its Swift Trawler 42 to this country in 2005 and added a 52 in 2009, a 34 in 2010…more


Proposed yacht crew rules eased

Coast Guard plan still would require license recertification at five-year intervals instead of 10 Megayacht crews may have to do a little tap dancing and make some adjustments if the proposed 2011 amendments to the U.S. Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers are adopted, industry sources say. “At this point I believe that…more


Viking stays steady in rough waters

70-foot convertible boosts business at New Jersey builder, which has recalled 275 workers Sitting at a table under the Viking Yachts display tent, Pat Healey had 12 good reasons to smile broadly on the last day of the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. His team had sold 12 Vikings, and only one had gone…more


Grand plans for a famed Miami boatyard

The 125-year-old Merrill-Stevens Drydock Co. is back in business under a new name, Marlow Merrill Stevens, with a new owner, boatbuilder David Marlow, who plans a renaissance for the historic yard on the Miami River. “This is an iconic dowager that needs to be put back in shape,” says Marlow, 67, chairman of Palmetto, Fla.-based…more

Dockwise wants to arm against pirates

Dockwise Ltd., the parent company of Dockwise Yacht Transport, has threatened to abandon its Netherlands flag unless the Dutch government authorizes Dutch-flagged ships to carry armed security contractors to protect crews from pirates when they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Dockwise Ltd.’s yacht transport division, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, doesn’t operate any…more

In a turbulent economy, what’s a yacht worth?

Figuring out a boat’s value depends partly on what it could be worth in a few years, and in today’s market that can be a lot like reading tea leaves. “You’ve got to be able to project what a yacht will be worth in three to five years,” says Jason Dunbar, a broker and yacht…more


Partners offer a boat, a tow and a place to go

MarineMax, Sea Tow and Marinalife team up   MarineMax’s new partnership with Sea Tow Services International and Marinalife isn’t just a win-win, but a win-win-win-win, the principals said at the deal’s unveiling at the Miami International Boat Show. MarineMax’s boat buyers will be introduced to Sea Tow, the marine assistance provider, and to Marinalife, the…more


Opportunities instead of obstacles

Blind dealer Vincent Morvillo has a unique perspective as he conquers challenges beyond the economy   Vincent Morvillo learned early on to “see” differently because the 65-year-old yacht dealer, consultant and motivational speaker has been blind since birth. “I had to think differently because I always had to learn to do things differently,” says Morvillo,…more


Car loans easier to get — boats next?

Credit loosening helps boost auto sales; signs of a marine thaw emerge   The auto industry is crowing over an 11 percent uptick in 2010 sales that has been driven in large measure by aggressive, even subprime lending to car buyers, but that dramatic easing of retail credit has yet to reach the boat market.…more

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