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.

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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Market Watch: South Florida

Trade Only plans to look regularly at specific sectors of the boat industry in our Market Watch, either focusing on a specific region or type of boat. This month, we’re examining the market in South Florida. When the region’s king-sized housing bubble burst, it took some of the air out of its multibillion-dollar boat business…more

RBFF releases purchasing survey

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation reports that Anglers’ Legacy Ambassadors who responded to a recent survey say they each purchase approximately $153 in boating supplies and $140 in fishing tackle and equipment per year. Key findings of the survey include: two-thirds of Ambassadors own a boat nearly 90 percent have fished from a boat…more

Merrill-Stevens closing divisions

In order to focus on its core repair and refit business, Merrill-Stevens will shut down its yacht sales and charter divisions. “The Fort Lauderdale yacht sales division experienced some success during its three-year operation,” the company said in a statement. “However, competing yacht brokers and yacht management firms were oftentimes hesitant to refer their clients…more

Palladium launches Titan series

The Palladium electrical division introduced a family of systems for the international megayacht market called the Titan series. Under the Titan brand, Palladium electrical offers a range of design services that interface with SiMON, Palladium’s flagship monitoring and alarm control system. “Our senior staff has over 125 years of combined experience and has engineered Titan…more

Saunders Yachtworks expanding operations

Saunders Yachtworks has begun work on new headquarters in Gulf Shores, Ala. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at the new NorthHarbor Yacht Center, Saunders’ new headquarters is an expansion from its Orange Beach location. “This 13,000-square-foot office/warehouse/shops building for Yachtworks is the first phase of construction in our plan to create the premier yacht renovation…more

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