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.

Freedom Yachts’ broker earns certification

George Cochran of Freedom Yachts has earned the Certified Professional Yacht Broker designation through the Annapolis, Md.-based National Yacht Broker Certification Program. The CPYB is the highest professional credential for yacht brokers. To earn this designation, a candidate must have a minimum of three years experience as a full-time yacht broker, pledge to uphold the…more

Survey shows demand for boats is still soft

A recent survey of boat dealers in the second quarter confirms “well-documented industry weakness,” according to a recent report from RBC Capital Markets. “Demand for new boats is extremely poor,” said Ed Aaron, RBC’s director of equity research, in the report. Nearly 35 percent of dealers reported that new boat sales are declining by 30…more

Dealer digest

American Global Yacht Group has been contracted by Global Yacht Builders to provide dealer representation for the GLOBALarrow68 motoryachts for the East Coast of North America. AGYG will also execute custom builds through GYB’s manufacturing plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. “I am delighted to be represented by AGYG, whom yacht builders in Taiwan hold in the…more

Dealer digest

Crosby Yacht Yard of Osterville, Mass., was appointed the exclusive Windsor Craft Yachts dealer for the Northeast region of the United States.   Established in 1850, Crosby Yacht Yard is one of the oldest, continually operating full-service marine yards in the country, according to vice president Gregory R. Egan. “The classic design and high quality…more

Ashley Marine adds products, staff

Ashley Marine of Nashville, Tenn., has added new products to its roster and brought in new talent for the firm’s sales force. To further the product offering from pre-owned sail and power, Ashley Marine will introduce a line of specialty yacht and marine insurance, and vessel financing. The yacht brokerage firm also brought aboard Capt.…more

ABYC customizing safety training sessions

As part of its on-site training program, the American Boat & Yacht Council began offering customized training packages. Best Buy’s Geek Squad, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Yacht Brokers Association of America have signed up. NOAA contacted ABYC because it was looking to improve safety in its boating operations. NOAA has about…more

Changing places

Yacht Record LLC names Samuel Abraham as its vice president of sales and marketing.   Yacht information management company Yacht Record LLC of Birmingham, Ala., appointed Samuel Abraham as its vice president of sales and marketing. Yacht Record organizes yacht information such as manuals, logs, inventory, photos, drawings and schematics into a user-friendly indexing system…more

Dealer digest

MarineMax expanded its presence with Meridian Yachts, a successful brand already offered in many MarineMax stores. Specifically, MarineMax now offers the line in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and South Carolina. “We were one of the key drivers that led to the creation of the Meridian Yachts brand. We have seen the brand grow into a…more

Bill passage could help South Florida’s boating economy

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the sweeping U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007.    The bill would authorize $8.7 billion in spending for the Coast Guard. It also includes several narrow provisions that address security of LNG terminals, invasive species and stricter reporting requirements for cruise ships, among other issues.…more

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