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.

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

Dealers and Distributors

Tohatsu America Corp., distributor of Tohatsu and Nissan Marine outboards, recognized its top 25 U.S. dealers based on outstanding sales and service in 2008. The top 25 Tohatsu dealers are: A.K. McCallum Co., N.C.; Amber Marine, Calif.; Avalon Professional Group Inc., Fla.; Ballard Inflatable Boats, Wash.; Boater’s Gear Inc., Fla.; Boats & Motors, Mass.; Defender…more

First Trade Union Bank now offers marine lending

First Trade Union Bank, with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, has entered the yacht financing industry. The bank appointed Jim Velez as vice president and yacht program manager for the new yacht financing unit. He will be responsible for identifying and cultivating new customer relationships. Velez has 29 years of experience in…more

Judge lets ethanol suit move forward

A District Court judge in southern Florida recently denied a request to dismiss a lawsuit regarding the damage that gasoline blended with ethanol does to boat engines and fuel tanks. The suit was filed last August by The Kopelowitz Ostrow law firm on behalf of clients Erick Kelesceny, John Egizi and Todd Jessup, all Florida…more

Industry veteran launches new business

Bob Saxon, a veteran of the large-yacht industry, has launched Bob Saxon Consultancy. The Bob Saxon Consultancy offers an array of services for the marine industry, including marine service and yacht business plans; corporate and yacht marketing strategies; charter marketing strategies and positioning; marine market branding; and yacht operational and administrative overviews. The company will…more

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