Brokerage Sales

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. to host dealer webinars will host the first in a series of webinars with “Drive Traffic to Your Dealership with a Minimal Budget,” which is set for 2 p.m. EST Thursday. is teaming with Boating Industry magazine on these webinars. “We understand that marketing funds may not be as readily available as they used to be,”…more

IYC acquires The Sacks Group

International Yacht Collection acquired The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, a leading full-service superyacht charter and brokerage company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Our companies share similar values,” said Felix Sabates, chairman of Fort Lauderdale-based IYC, in a statement. “We both put our clients first and are committed to new ideas to improve their…more

Brokerage sales slip in September

The number of brokerage boats sold in the U.S. normally begins to tail off in September as cooler weather settles on much of the country, but in the month that just ended sales also dropped in comparison with September 2009. According to reporting member brokerages of, unit sales were down 7 percent, from 2,420…more

Boat Trader launches online sales lead tool unveiled Locator Leads 2.0, a targeted boat lead generator for boat dealers. “Many of today’s boat buyers know exactly what boat they want, right down to the make and model, but they may not be able to find it on,” Boat Trader brand manager Kim Rocco said in a statement. “ provides them…more

Yacht broker gets four-year prison sentence

Maryland yacht broker Edwin Leroy Blakesley was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from customers. Blakesley, 57, also will spend five years on supervised probation, when he must pay restitution totaling $319,325.32, the Star Democrat newspaper reported. Blakesley owned and operated Yachts Unlimited LLC, which did business at two marinas in Kent…more

Brokerage sales are flat in August

Brokerage boat sales in the United States last month were roughly equal to sales in August 2009, according to reports by member yacht brokerages. Unit sales of 2,743 boats were virtually even, but total sales valuation declined $10 million, a 4 percent drop, to $251 million. In July, sales valuation was up a couple…more to debut mobile game at Seattle show announced that its “Believe it or Knot” nautical mobile game is under way in advance of the Seattle Boats Afloat Show. The game has a true-or-false format in which a player must answer all six questions correctly to be eligible to win an iPod Touch. The questions are a mix of nautical history, Seattle…more redesigns website launched its redesigned website, which was overseen by Bodden Partners as part of its overall marketing campaign for the official multiple listing systems for the international yacht brokerage industry. In addition to enhancing the site’s appearance and layout, which included reducing clutter on the home page by 35 percent, Bodden Partners improved the site’s…more

Brokerage sales are flat in July

The number of brokerage boats sold in the United States fell slightly in July, compared with the previous year, while total sales valuations rose slightly, according to reports from member brokerages. Unit sales totaling 3,053 boats in July were down 4 percent from the 3,180 sold in July 2009, and also down 318 boats…more debuts new features launched a new home page designed to maximize Boat Trader dealers’ visibility and impact. The new home page will reach more boaters online by utilizing enhanced search engine optimization and help them find boats quickly through easy-to-use navigation and geo-targeted inventory. “We continually seek to improve the number and quality of leads we generate…more

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