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FLIBS 2011: Grand Banks reports better sales worldwide

FORT LAUDERDALE — David Hensel, director of brand and marketing for Grand Banks Yachts, said at a press event Thursday that sales are up, compared with 2010, and that the trawler yacht builder came to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with some momentum.

“We’re seeing [our] markets pick up all around the world,” Hensel says.

In the last five months the company has sold 16 boats — nine retail sales, one dealer new boat and six inventory boats.

The number of Grand Banks inventory boats — 16 worldwide — is now “our lowest inventory of all time,” Hensel says.

“The market continues to be up and down. That’s what the whole industry is facing,” Hensel says. “But there’s a strong feeling among the company and our dealers that we’re on our way up.”

Grand Banks is displaying four boats at the show.

— Rich Armstrong

This story was updated to reflect that Grand Banks sells through a dealer network.

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