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.

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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

Former Huckins Yacht owner dies at 94

Kenneth Warren Archibald, stepson of Huckins Yacht Corp. founder Frank Pembroke Huckins, passed away Sept. 28 in Jacksonville, Fla., at the age of 94. Archibald returned to Jacksonville after World War II to work with his stepfather at Huckins Yacht Corp. Following Frank Huckins’ death in 1951, Archibald assumed ownership and operated the company until…more

MITEC survey shows need for specialists

MIAMI BEACH — An industry-needs assessment survey shows that electrical specialists, engine mechanics and electronics specialists are among the most sought-after positions by employers, according to the Marine Industry Training & Education Council. The results of the survey were presented at the council’s Conference on Marine Industry Technical Training, held yesterday at the Miami Beach…more

Genmar wins Autodesk award

Genmar Yacht Group was named Autodesk Inventor of the Month for September. The program recognizes innovative design and engineering advancements made using Autodesk Inventor software. Genmar Yacht Group, which builds luxury yachts under the Carver and Marquis brands, used Autodesk Inventor software to design the new Marquis 420 Sport Coupe, recognized as the best new…more

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Dockwise ‘super ship’ heading to UAE

Dockwise Yacht Transport’s “super ship” Yacht Express will make its first delivery to the United Arab Emirates. The 687-foot ship’s load of luxury yachts will be bound for the Dubai International Boat Show (March 3-7) and the inaugural Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (March 12-14). “This will be the first time Yacht Express has visited the…more

Florida marine summit starts next week

Several Florida marine industry groups will meet Sept. 24 in Palm Beach, Fla., for the 10th annual Marine Summit. The event runs from 1-5 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The keynote speakers are incoming Florida State Senate president Jeff Atwater and House majority leader Adam Hasner. Topics include: state of the industry…more

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