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Tampa Boat Show returns in September

The 44th annual Tampa Boat Show will be held Sept. 11-13 at the Tampa Convention Center.

The show will feature hundreds of boats on land and in-water, as well as the latest marine accessories.

New additions to this year's show include the Affordability Pavilion showcasing boats that consumers can finance for $250 or less per month, and pre-show shopping at www.tam paboatshow.com that allows show-goers to plan ahead and search boats by brand or model and schedule dealer appointments.

Cannell, Payne & Page under new ownership

Yachting Solutions of Rockport, Maine, acquired Cannell, Payne & Page, a Camden, Maine, brokerage firm.

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, Cannell, Payne & Page has grown to become the oldest firm in the country specializing in classic and wooden yachts while also having sold everything from antique dinghies to modern megayachts.

Yachting Solutions restores, repairs and maintains all types of yachts. Current projects include restoring an 80-foot classic commuter yacht and a Trumpy motoryacht. The firm also provides crew management and yacht services and is a dealer for Hunt powerboats.

Constellation Software buys IDS from Brunswick

Canadian-based Constellation Software, through its wholly owned subsidiary Constellation Homebuilders Systems, acquired the shares of Integrated Dealer Systems from Brunswick Corp.

"Brunswick's IDS software division is the proven market leader of software to the RV and marine dealership verticals in North America," said Dexter Salna, president of CHS, in a statement. "IDS will join Constellation Automotive Systems, in CHS's newly formed Dealership Management segment."

Daniel Zinman, general manager of CHS's Dealer Management group, says the acquisition "helps extend our footprint into two adjacent markets where we can apply our proven best practices."

New site launched for yacht charters

YachtWorld.com recently launched a single, global marketplace for the yacht charter industry and individual yacht charterers.

For the charterer, the site, www. yachtworldcharters.com, offers a choice of nearly 5,000 vessels in more than 300 destinations worldwide, together with stories and reviews on boats and destinations. The new site also offers online pricing, availability and reservations together with the ability to receive special offers the moment they become available.

Benefits for the charter industry include visitor traffic, the ability to manage inventory on a day-to-day basis, to display detailed descriptions of each vessel with multiple photographs, provide real-time availability and information about special offers, late availability and cruising areas.

"The Internet is a necessary and powerful route to market for charter providers and YachtWorldCharters.com will deliver not only a global audience, but also essential functionality to allow them to manage their businesses more effectively day-to-day," said Robert Corden, commercial director for YachtWorld.com and Boats.com International, in a statement.

YachtWorld.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises, the parent company of Soundings Trade Only.

This article originally appeared in the September 2009 issue.

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