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Nautical Ventures Establishes Sailboat Division

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Florida-based dealership Nautical Ventures Group is establishing a sailboat division. The company announced the new business unit at the recent U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md.

“Market studies are forecasting a solid 22 percent unit growth in sales of imported sailboats for 2023,” CEO Roger Moore said in a statement. “And of those, 20 percent will be multihulls.”

Nautical Ventures thus far has secured partnerships with Excess Catamarans, Beneteau (First and Oceanis lines), Hobie, Laser and Tiwal inflatable sailboats. Letters of intent are being finalized with builders that offer models up to 150 feet, according to the statement.

The sail division will be a separate entity from NVG’s powerboat business and will have a dedicated staff. The division will have its own in-water dockage, a rigging facility, a sailing school and an advisory board. The launch date will coincide with next year’s Miami International Boat Show.

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