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.

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

NMMA seeks dealers for survey

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is conducting a survey to investigate the current aftermarket distributor show venues and look into new ways to save on cost and improve efficiencies. As part of the survey, the NMMA is asking dealers to answer questions about how many shows they attend, the importance of these shows, and the…more

Florida group says promotional efforts are working

Enterprise Florida says its effort to promote the state’s recreational marine industry have been successful, and plans to continue its work with pavilions at the upcoming Dusseldorf show in Germany, the Dubai International Boat Show and the Moscow Boat Show. Enterprise Florida’s first pavilion at last year’s Dubai International Boat Show included 23 exhibitors. Collectively,…more

Florida helping companies market in the Middle East

Three Florida boat companies are heading to the Middle East to market their products, and the state is helping pay their way, according to an article in the Bradenton Herald. Galati Yacht Sales, Rivolta Yacht Sales and R&R Associates will attend the Dubai International Boat Show in March. The Economic Development Councils of Manatee and…more

Yacht brokers meeting set for Baltimore

The 2009 Yacht Brokers Association of America International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers is set for Feb. 22-24 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore. The conference is presented in partnership with Yachtworld.com and the American Boat and Yacht Council. YBAA’s 2009 conference has evolved in the last several years to become…more

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