The Hampton Yacht Group, a new- and brokerage-boat sale group with offices in Seattle; Newport Beach, Calif.; and Shanghai and Sanya, China, is getting results from its video tours posted on YouTube.
Monthly reports on sales of brokerage boats help the industry understand the sizes and types of used vessels that consumers are buying and how long it takes to sell them.
The number of brokerage boats sold in the United States in June was down 2 percent below the total for the same month last year.
U.S. brokerage sales fell in May, but volume for the month was the second-highest for a single month of sales since 2008.
The cold winter of 2014 continued to affect U.S. brokerages as sales declined 8 percent in March to 2,439 boats from 2,642 in March 2013.
U.S. brokerage sales fell in February as 1,607 boats changed hands, 7 percent fewer than in the same month a year earlier, when 1,729 were sold.
Maryland-based Knot 10 Yacht Sales opened an office at Loggerhead Marina in Hollywood, Fla.
As 1,200 members of the Bitcoin community attended their North American conference in Miami Beach in January, Antonio Maldonado and Jessica Londono were negotiating the sale of a 40-foot catamaran sailboat to a Turkish client for $250,000 — in bitcoins.
As we reported last month, U.S. brokerages sold 6 percent more boats in 2013 than in 2012 at an aggregate price that was 21 percent higher — $3.94 billion.
After eight months of year-over-year improvement, the U.S. yacht brokerage market started 2014 with 5 percent fewer boat sales in January than it had in the same month last year.
YachtWorld.com hired Roger Herd as its regional sales manager for Florida.