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.
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.
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.
QPS Marine, the brokerage arm of Nautical Ventures Group, is pleased to announce the sale of a 627-foot ocean liner for $14 million.
International Yacht Collection named Frank Grzeszczak and Barbara Stork Landeweer as the company’s 2013 Yacht and Charter Brokers of the Year, respectively.
Dominion Marine Media portal Boats.com, the global online resource for boating enthusiasts, announced the launch of redesigned web portals in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Longtime boater and marine industry executive Dave Patnaude recently launched eBoatBrokers.com, a new “one-stop” online boat brokerage, financing and insurance company.
U.S. yacht brokers sold 1,528 boats in December, completing a strong fourth quarter and an eighth straight month of improving sales compared with the same month in 2012.
A Florida boat dealer faced a courtroom full of angry customers on Thursday who accused him of stealing from them, but he avoided jail time after promising to repay $312,000.