New Boat Sales

Statistical Surveys, a Michigan company that tracks new-boat registrations, provides monthly, quarterly and annual reports on boat sales from every state in the country.

Florida bill would cap yacht tax

The Florida legislature is considering a new bill that would put a cap on the sales tax charged for yachts and airplanes in an effort to stem the flow of sales going to other states and countries. “It’s an important bill,” John Sprague, chairman of the legislative committee for the Marine Industries Association of Florida,…more

Feds seize yachts from Madoff

Federal marshals paid a visit to Roscioli Yachting Center in Davie, Fla., yesterday to seize a 55-foot yacht owned by Bernie Madoff, the financier who has been jailed and awaits sentencing for swindling billions of dollars from investors. Bull, a 1969 Rybovich, has been annually stored and professionally maintained by Roscioli Yachting Center since 1996,…more

RBFF, FYBA make officer appointments

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Florida Yacht Brokers Association have named new officers. Ken Hammond is the new board chairman of the RBFF. Hammond, who has been on the RBFF board of directors since 2003, currently serves as chairman and CEO for The Hammond Group, an independent sporting goods and outdoor product sales…more

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Dockwise reporting steady transport business

Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport says it has been busy despite the tough economic times. In late February, DYT’s 456-foot Super Servant 3 left Port Everglades for Toulon, France, unloading 18 yachts and loading one in St. Thomas, then moved on to Martinique where it loaded 18 more yachts, totaling 32 power- and sailboats for…more

Survey details marina and boatyard satisfaction

Survey Advantage, a customer research and loyalty firm, released its 2008 benchmarks for marinas and boatyards. The report was designed in cooperation with the Association of Marine Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. The report tracks four key areas: facility quality, marine service quality, customer service and boater loyalty. In measuring a…more

NYYC signs footwear sponsor for inaugural race

Sperry Top-Sider and the New York Yacht Club announced a multiyear partnership to celebrate their commitment to promoting the sport and lifestyle of sailing. Through the new alliance, Sperry Top-Sider will serve as the exclusive footwear sponsor of the inaugural New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup to be held Sept.15-19 in Newport, R.I. Sperry Top-Sider…more

PartnerShips offers way to avoid boat foreclosures

PartnerShips, a fractional yacht sales and management company, launched a new division called Hibernation that allows yacht owners to avoid foreclosure. Hibernation is a service offered to lenders, distressed-asset managers, owners, and anyone seeking to minimize the monthly operating expense of a yacht. Boats in the program are often relocated to inexpensive moorage but still…more

Dealers and Distributors

Lake Union Sea Ray added more Brunswick Corp. brands to its lineup and expanded into more locations. The Seattle-based dealership now offers Bayliner, Trophy and Meridian Yachts, in addition to its existing Sea Ray and Boston Whaler brands. To accommodate the new brands, Lake Union Sea Ray moved its on-the-water flagship store across Lake Union…more

New owner takes helm of Hake Yachts

Hake Yachts, the Stuart, Fla.-based builder of retractable-keel sailboats, is now under new ownership. Indianapolis businessman Ted Gelov recently acquired the assets of Hake Yachts, which produces Seaward sailboats. He said the company will remain focused on its core business, with yacht designer and company founder Nick Hake remaining with the company. “Ted Gelov has…more

Grand Banks debuts new Web site

Grand Banks Yachts recently launched a new Web site. Boaters considering the purchase of a new Grand Banks, buyers can visit the site to learn about and compare models, including photos, equipment details and pricing information on yachts available for immediate delivery. Users can narrow their search by model and by geography to find the model…more

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