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.

Boat Trader unveils iPad app

Dominion Marine Media-owned Boat Trader announced the launch of an iPad app designed to make boat buying and selling easier. The app was developed using technologies that animate a selection of boats for sale in the United States. Users now can access more than 150,000 boats from any location. “The new Boat Trader app brings…more

Mixed results in March for brokerage sales

U.S. brokerage sales slipped 2 percent in March to 2,554 boats, but the price paid for those boats rose 31 percent to $495 million. The figures compared with 2,606 boats sold for a total price of $378 million in March 2012, according to member brokerages reporting in their proprietary database The increase in…more

Florida brokerage signs on with YachtCloser

Tom George Yacht Group on Florida’s Gulf Coast has signed on with YachtCloser’s Web-based contract management system. “In January, TGYG relocated its offices to Marker One Marina,” YachtCloser president Brad Parker said in a statement. “This state-of-the-art facility on the Intracoastal Waterway offers clients a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, combined with direct water access, dockage, boat…more

Blackfin Boats teams with broker on new line

Yacht brokerage firm Dwight Tracy & Friends and boatbuilder Blackfin Boats launched a strategic partnership for the marketing, sales and exclusive worldwide distribution of a new, expanded line of thoroughly modernized Blackfin sportfishing boats and yachts. They announced the launch at the March 21-24 Palm Beach International Boat Show. “Unbeknownst to most, Blackfin has during…more

Broker moves Fort Lauderdale office

Chamberlain Yachts International recently changed locations. The firm is moving from the fishbowl at the Quay on 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, where it has been for 10 years, to a smaller office at 1535 Southeast 17th St., Suite 119. “For the last few, we have been operating using an Internet-based phone system, remote…more

Broker hires former PassageMaker publisher

Yacht brokerage firm Curtis Stokes & Associates said it hired former PassageMaker magazine publisher Rob Dorfmeyer to open and run the company’s new Mid-Atlantic sales office. The company said Dorfmeyer will use his experience leading PassageMaker and Trawler Fest events and his extensive understanding of the trawler and luxury yacht markets to serve Chesapeake Bay…more

Brokerage sales drop in February

U.S. brokerage sales fell 14 percent in February as 1,679 boats were traded, compared with 1,942 in the same month last year. Despite the decline, the total number sold was close to the five-year February average of 1,707, according to member brokerages reporting in, their proprietary database. The aggregate price paid for boats…more

Florida brokers name new board

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association announced its board for 2013. The members are: President: Lon McCloskey (The Marine Group) Vice presidents: Gary Smith (Sarasota Yacht & Ship) and Crom Littlejohn (Merle Wood & Associates) Treasurer: Bob Zarchen (Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers) Secretary: Paul Flannery (HMY Yacht Sales) Directors: Jonathan Burkard (Allied Marine) Bob Denison…more

Boat Trader debuts marketing software

Boat Trader announced today the launch of a full-service marketing suite. Boat Trader Marketing Solutions is designed to help dealers promote the brands they carry and other aspects of their business, including financing, service, parts and accessories. Boat Trader said Marketing Solutions’ search engine optimization tools capture consumers searching for the brands a dealer carries…more

YachtCloser adds former NMBA president to board

YachtCloser named Jim Coburn to its strategic advisory board, where he will work with the YachtCloser team on the development of new and innovative products and services designed to streamline the financing process from initial application to closing. YachtCloser provides a secure online platform with e-signature technology to expedite yacht listings, sales and purchases. Buyer,…more

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