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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Yacht sales firms sign marketing agreement

Sarasota Yacht & Ship Services reached an agreement with Leigh-Smith Cruiser Sales, a long-established Australian-based brokerage firm, to create an international marketing alliance. The international yacht sales firms agreed to market one another’s services in their respective markets in an effort to expand their market reach by creating greater international exposure. “In 2009, the U.S.…more

Iraq selling Saddam Hussein’s yacht

Want to buy a yacht once owned by a dictator? Iraq’s ministry of transportation announced that the luxury yacht Ocean Breeze, once owned by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, is back in Iraqi waters and up for sale. The boat has been the subject of legal wrangling between Iraq and Jordan, which said it owned…more

Yachting security conference set for Virgin Islands

The Maritime Security Council will host the 2010 Yacht Industry Security Conference in the U.S. Virgin Islands in December. The focus of the conference, scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, is identifying security best practices appropriate for the yachting industry and reducing opportunities for the industry to be…more

Yacht club renews effort to hold sail race to Cuba

The Sarasota Yacht Club Charitable Foundation says it plans a second attempt to hold a landmark race from Sarasota, Fla., to Havana. Last year, after much planning and pre-race events, the yacht club canceled the event because the federal government decided not to sanction it. Yacht club officers are optimistic that they can get government…more

VIDEO: Vladimir Putin, whale hunter

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister known for his tough political stances and publicity exploits showcasing his physical prowess, was documented shooting a whale with a crossbow from an inflatable boat this week. Russian media showed the 57-year-old former KGB spy and Russian president speeding across rough Pacific waters, crossbow in hand, chasing endangered gray…more

Sensation Yachts trial set for November

A Nov. 1 trial date was set to sort out the remaining property – including three half-finished megayachts – at Sensation Yachts’ New Zealand headquarters. Banker HSBC wants to sell the boatyard to recover millions of dollars it is owed, but can’t do so without removing the chattels, according to a report from Business Day.…more

Senate candidate accused of illegal yacht trip to Cuba

Billionaire Jeff Greene, the leading Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, is accused of taking his yacht on an illegal trip to Cuba in 2007. It is illegal for Americans with no family in Cuba to visit the island. During a debate Monday night, Greene was asked about the alleged 2007…more

Recycled-plastic boat completes its journey

Plastiki, a 60-foot sailboat largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, docked in Sydney Harbor today after four months crossing the Pacific Ocean on a journey meant to raise awareness about the perils of plastic waste. The crew started out from San Francisco in March and traveled 8,000 nautical miles. “This is the hardest part…more

Close encounter: Whale smashes into sailboat

A couple recently enjoying a day of sailing near Cape Town harbor in South Africa were surprised when a Southern right whale jumped up and smashed into their boat. “We’d spotted it about 100 meters away and thought that was the end of it,” said Paloma Werner, who was on the boat with her boyfriend…more

Russians are using pricey yachts to flaunt wealth

Wealthy Russians are swapping fancy cars for multimillion-dollar yachts, with a sharp increase in the number of the vessels during the last year. Chris Weafer, an expert on Russia’s business elite, told Reuters that for many Russian oligarchs owning a yacht is a way of showing off their wealth to their peers. Weafer, chief strategist…more

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