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Boat dealers make news when, for example, they add new lines of boats, relocate, get new owners or acquire other dealerships.

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Danish Yachts, Vanquish Boats and Monterey Boats. Skagen, Denmark-based Danish Yachts is expanding into North and South America with Bradford Marine. Danish Yachts A/S CEO Patrik von Sydow and Paul Engle, president of the Bradford Marine companies, with shipyards in Fort Lauderdale and Freeport in…more

Denison Yacht Sales opens Michigan office

Denison Yacht Sales opened a new Great Lakes office in Holland, Mich. The office is at Eldean Shipyard, a full-service shipyard on the South Shore of Lake Macataw 85 nautical miles from Chicago. Denison is returning to its roots in Michigan. Lake Michigan, along with Lake Macataw, is an ideal location for boating families, and…more

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Blackfin on the Comeback Trail

Blackfin fishboats of the 1980s and 90s have carved out a niche in fishboat lore as one of the best offshore vessels of its size and type. And now there is an effort to start building some of those legendary boats once again.

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The rationale behind rotating venues

After the announcement that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will alternate between venues in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., beginning in 2014, Soundings Trade Only caught up with show manager Anne Dunbar and Thom Dammrich, president of show co-producer National Marine Manufacturers Association, as well as some IBEX mainstays, to discuss the plan. “Our…more

West Marine reports 2Q results

Citing cold and rainy spring weather that limited recreational boating, West Marine reported declines in second-quarter sales and profits and lowered its full-year guidance. The California-based boating supplies and accessories retailer said net income for the quarter that ended June 29 was $22.3 million, or 91 cents a diluted share, compared with $22.6 million, or…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dillon Marina and Yachting Experts. Dillon Marina in Dillon, Colo., recently joined the nearly 600 marinas and fuel docks nationwide offering ValvTect Marine Fuels. Dillon Marina is on the shores of Dillon Reservoir and is one of North America’s highest marinas and one of the…more

Dealers and Distributors

This week’s roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Bad Elf and Malibu Boats. Bad Elf, a manufacturer of Apple-approved accessories that enable the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad to receive real-time GPS data on board via satellite, chose Coatney Sales to represent the company’s product line in Great Lakes and Midwestern states. Based…more

OPINION: Younger boaters have been priced out of the market

Most of us have heard the comment: “I didn’t leave my (fill in the blank). It left me.” Concerning the headline on the front page of the July 2013 edition of Soundings Trade Only (“A ‘scary’ graying of our core market”), I imagine one reason that many prospective and former boaters are not current boaters…more

Wisconsin yacht dealer has new owner

Wisconsin-based CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC agreed to buy Great Lakes Yachts Services of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., which has been held by the same family for the last 52 years. Terms of the deal, which is slated to close later this summer, were not disclosed. Great Lakes Yacht Services, formerly the Palmer Johnson yard, specializes in…more

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An ominous age gap

Twice as many new-boat buyers are over 65 as are under 40 and that gives forecasters gray hairs No matter how you dice it, the data is clear: Boat buyers are getting older at a rate that’s outpacing overall aging in America. And that’s not just new-boat buyers. Used-boat buyers also are aging, albeit not…more

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