From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

Aluminum, fiberglass sales dipped in August

Aluminum-boat sales continued to fare better than fiberglass for August. Preliminary registration data for the month showed that sales of all fiberglass boats, including PWC, declined by 42.9 percent, while aluminum sales decreased by 26.1 percent. This report is based on 27 states. Fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot range, minus PWC, fell…more

Cruisers and Rampage using Boats.com lead system

Boats.com announced that Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts are using the company’s new BoatWizard Lead Manager program. The Web-based application, a customer relationship management system designed for the marine industry, allows users to track leads, monitor lead response time, create a customer database, and stay in contact with existing customers through personalized mass…more

Marquis 500 Sport Coupé wins award

Marquis Yachts received the 2008 World Yacht Trophy’s Best Interior Design Award in recognition of its new 500 Sport Coupé. The award was announced during the International Festival de la Plaisance, Europe’s largest yacht show, held annually in Cannes, France. Accepting the award was Paolo Bencivenni, vice president of international sales for Marquis Yachts, of…more

Dealer Digest

Classic Yacht International opened an office in Cape Coral, Fla. This follows the company’s appointment as the authorized Grand Banks Yachts dealer for Florida’s west coast. Classic Yachts International is planning to open a second west coast location in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. “We’re going to implement our many years of professional Grand Banks knowledge…more


Changing Places

Corey Koopmans joined Vicem Yachts USA, the U.S. sales and service operation for Turkish motoryacht builder Vicem Yachts, as broker in the Fort Lauderdale sales office. Koopmans grew up boating on the lakes near his hometown of Holland, Mich. As a student at WesternMichigan University in 2000, he took a summer job detailing boats for…more

Tax amendment dominates South Florida Marine Summit

South Florida’s 10th annual Marine Summit touched on the perennial issues of regulation, work-force training and economic development and business retention, but the thread running through much of yesterday’s summit was Amendment 6. The afternoon summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center was both a pep rally and strategy session for winning voter approval…more


EXCLUSIVE: Day 3 in post-Ike Texas

Chris Landry, senior reporter for Trade Only and Soundings magazines, spent three days in Galveston, Texas, with a BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Catastrophe Field Team reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. This is his third and final dispatch. Look for a complete report in the November issue of Trade Only. Packed in a small, one-bed…more

Report: Fawcett Boat Supplies out of bankruptcy

Annapolis, Md.-based Fawcett Boat Supplies emerged from bankruptcy this month, The Capital (Md.) newspaper reports. The company’s reorganization plan was approved Sept. 10 by a bankruptcy court. The plan addresses 38 classes of creditors holding $5.6 million in claims against the company, according to the newspaper. Under the reorganization plan, Fawcett has been recapitalized by…more

Changing Places

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals announced that Bill Nelson has joined the company’s brokerage department. Nelson grew up in Whitefield, N.H., and was introduced to boating at the age of 16 when he started club racing at Mentor Harbor Yachting Club in Ohio. Soon after attending Bowling Green University, he moved to Fort Lauderdale to…more

Brandy Marine to manage Costa Rican marina

Brandy Marine International of Sarasota, Fla., was selected to manage the new full-service Porto Papagayo marina on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The 350-slip marina, adjacent to the 2,300-acre Peninsula Papagayo resort development, is scheduled to open in December with 179 wet slips for vessels from 35 to 240 feet. Construction began this summer. Brandy Marine…more

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