Winter boat show roundup


Walker Bay Boats reported a 27 percent increase in dollar sales at the recent Toronto boat show.

While actual unit sales were down from 2009, the deluxe console and luxury models sold in increased numbers.

The company does not release specific figures, but did say that on the last day it wrote up $155,000 in sales.

"The 2010 Toronto Boat Show was the first opportunity for us to get a feeling of where the market is at and what we can expect for the remaining shows," said Chris Carroll, vice president of sales, in a statement. "Although attendance was noticeably down, the quality of the consumer was extremely good."

Console RIBs saw the biggest growth in volume sales, the company reports. In addition, the luxury style Generation RIBs saw a significant increase in both customer interest and purchases.

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The 22nd annual Yacht & Brokerage Show, which runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, is playing host to a number of first-time exhibitors, organizers report.

The show, which features more than 150 exhibitors, runs Feb. 11-15 on Collins Avenue and the Indian Creek Waterway.

Some of the first-time exhibitors include Maritimo USA, Grand Banks Yachts, The Egg Harbor Group and Nordhavn Yachts.

The Yacht & Brokerage Show offers free admission to the public and features new and used yachts ranging from 30 to 160 feet. The show is owned and sponsored by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and produced and managed by Show Management.

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Sail America members are invited to the State of the Industry breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Doubletree Grand Hotel, Sea Isle Marina, Miami.

For information, contact Trish Reardon at (401) 845-5102 or

* * *, a leading Internet yacht brokerage portal, introduced a new venue for yacht charters - the YachtWorld Charter Village - at the Düsseldorf boat show.

The YachtWorld Charter Village features the full details of more than 250 charter boats available in all the major charter regions around the globe. Visitors will also be able to inquire about more than 4,000 charter boats in more than 300 destinations worldwide listed on

"The Charter Village is a very powerful tool for generating sales inquiries for the charter operators who display their boats on and gives them access to a boat show audience which would otherwise be very expensive to reach," said Robert Corden, commercial director of and International, in a statement.

The Düsseldorf boat show runs through Jan 31. and Soundings Publications are divisions of Dominion Enterprises.

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A discussion titled "The Future of Cuba's Maritime Heritage and Maritime Resources," with Commodore Díaz Escrich of the Marina Hemingway, will be presented by the International Superyacht Society and the International SeaKeepers Society.

The event is taking place during the Miami International Boat Show from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Eden Roc on 4525 Collins Ave. in Miami. It is sponsored by Moore & Company and

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Fairline Yachts Acquired

For the third time in five years, the esteemed U.K. builder has changed hands.

Free Fishing Fun with Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops

To launch their Gone Fishing promotion, the outdoors companies are donating 40,000 rods and reels to youth-fishing partners and holding free in-store fishing events June 19-20.

Yamaha Rightwaters to Support Wetlands Conservation

The marine manufacturer’s national sustainability program will sponsor the Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Initiative.

Boatsetter Enters Global Luxury Yacht Market

With its Boatsetter Lux service, the company is expanding its peer-to-peer rental market into the luxury category.

A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.