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.

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

Two seminars set for this week announced that its new inventory management system, BoatWizard 2, will be featured at the upcoming Yacht Brokerage Universities in Annapolis, Md., and Providence, R.I. “While the featured presentation on BoatWizard 2 is a powerful incentive to attend, will also focus on how new marketing and social media trends will affect brokers,” brand manager…more

Big-boat sales valuations dip in June

June unit sales in the U.S. yacht-brokerage market showed single-digit gains compared to sales in June 2009, but the total valuation of those sales fell by 7 percent. Unit sales increased 6 percent, from 3,176 boats to 3,371, but sales valuation slipped from $307 million to $285 million, according to reports by member brokers…more

Florida brokerage signs agreement with, an online portal dedicated to helping boaters sell their boats, and Palm Beach Yacht Brokerage, a leading provider of luxury yachts, charters and jets, entered into a marketing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Palm Beach Yacht Brokerage’s team of brokers will utilize to list inventory and provide value-added services to their…more signs marketing deal

Bodden Partners, a marketing services agency, recently formed a strategic relationship with, the official multiple listing systems for the international yacht brokerage industry. Bodden Partners will be responsible for overseeing the overall branding and strategy for the account, as well as the ad design and production. The agency’s public relations division, Hamilton Public Relations,…more

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