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Boat sales reported within hours of Dubai International Boat Show opening

(MENAFN Press) Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show has opened with a bang, with one company recording strong boat sales within hours of its opening yesterday.

Additionally, several superyacht manufacturers have reported solid leads on the first day of the show with big sales expected over the five days.

Dubai-based Luxury Sea Boats recorded the sale of two of its exclusively distributed American-brand Malibu crafts as the gates opened, according to Dovran Dzuhmaev, Sales Manager, Luxury Sea Boats LLC.

“We are delighted to have been among the first exhibitors to report sales at this year’s show. The Dubai International Boat show is an excellent platform for us to showcase our exclusively distributed yachts to a wide audience, and we look forward to seeing further sales throughout the show. The marine industry in the region is continuing to pick up speed, and consumer confidence is high at the moment. It is very promising,” he said.

With more than 430 boats on display and over 780 exhibiting companies and brands, The Dubai International Boat Show, running from 5 “ 9 March 2013 at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi continues to be the leading marine exhibition in the region, with a number of stunning launches, great deals and exciting activities taking place.

The Dubai International Boat Show is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm to 9:30pm daily. General admission is AED60 per person for all attendees, while children under 12 will be admitted free of charge (they must be accompanied by an adult at all times). Access to the Marina Display Area may be restricted at certain times.

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Girard Equipment’s HETY Award for February Goes to the IR Youth Sailing Foundation

FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysian security forces found 13 bodies of suspected Philippine militants as they expanded their hunt for an elusive armed group on the island of Borneo on Wednesday, a day after an assault with fighter jets, mortars and hundreds of troops. The nearly month-long confrontation in Sabah state, in Malaysia’s part of Borneo, was sparked when the armed group of about 200 sailed from the nearby southern Philippines to press an ancient claim to the resource-rich region. “The total is 13. …

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MarineMax acquires Florida dealer

MarineMax acquires Florida dealer

Posted on 05 March 2013


MarineMax acquired the Parker Boat Co.’s retail boat sales and service operations in Orlando and Daytona, Fla., giving the nation’s largest marine retailer exclusive Sea Ray distribution for the entire state of Florida.

With the acquisition, MarineMax also will have additional distribution territory for Boston Whaler, Grady-White and Sea Hunt boats, along with other brands. As part of the transaction, MarineMax will lease the Orlando- and Daytona-based stores, increasing its store count to 55, the company announced today.

MarineMax expects to “achieve operational benefits over time by combining the management, marketing and infrastructure of its other stores in the region” because the newly acquired markets are contiguous with MarineMax’s existing Florida operations, the company announced in a statement.

The newly acquired stores, which have operated for more than 85 years, will focus on selling their existing boat brands “as well as leveraging MarineMax’s additional product offerings.”

“The Parker Boat Co. name is synonymous with customer service and boating throughout the central Florida area,” MarineMax CEO William H. McGill said in a statement. “We look forward to building on their customer-centric traditions, which are similar to MarineMax’s, while broadening their product offerings even further. Parker Boat Co.’s market area is a corridor to both the east and west coasts of Florida and is also one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. We believe this business combination, with the experienced Parker team and loyal customer following, combined with the integration of our contiguous stores, will further strengthen our ability to serve this strong boating market.”

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SAILING | Two regattas, two second-place finishes for Elis

With the women’s team traveling to Charleston, S.C. and the coed team shipping up to Boston, Mass. last weekend for different events, both sailing teams turned in strong performances to build momentum as the spring racing season gets underway.

The No. 2-ranked women finished second overall at the Charleston Women’s Interconference Regatta on the Cooper River in their first contest of the spring season, while the No. 3 coed team also came in second at the Sharp Trophy Team Race hosted by Harvard on the Charles River. The host College of Charleston Cougars easily won the women’s event, finishing well clear of Yale and third place Georgetown. The coed Bulldogs finished with a 10-3 round-robin record, leaving them one loss behind first-place Brown in their second regatta of the season.

“For some of us, this weekend was our first time traveling to a regatta this spring,” coed crew Charlotte Belling ’16 said. “Despite our limited time on the water, we were sailing fast and communicating well between boats.”

Three two-person teams competed in Cambridge for the coed team: skipper Cameron Cullman ’13 and his crew, Sarah Smith ’15; captain Chris Segerblom ’14 and Belling; and Graham Landy ’15 and Katherine Gaumond ’15.

After having several races canceled in their opening regatta at Charleston last weekend, the Bulldogs were again frustrated by poor weather and could not complete in a single race on Saturday. Despite starting three different races against MIT, shifty, inconsistent winds led them all to be canceled. Fortunately, Sunday brought a northwesterly breeze that hovered between 2–6 knots, and the Bulldogs responded by racing to a 6–1 record in the round-robin and finishing the day just off the Bears’ pace.

“On a championship weekend the race committee probably would have chosen to not start races as the wind was probably below our league minimum,” head coach Zachary Leonard ’89 said. “But since it was more like a practice event, we ran the races. Everyone did pretty well.”

While the coed team wrapped up its second regatta of the spring season, the women performed well in their first, racing to a second place finish in the nine-team field at Charleston.

Women’s captain Marlena Fauer ’14 and her crew Eugenia Custo Greig ’14 finished fourth overall out of 18 boats and third in the A Division, while Yale’s second boat, sailed by Emily Billing ’13 and Amanda Salvesen ’14, came in second in the B Division and sixth overall. Georgetown’s top boat, skippered by Nancy Hagood, won the regatta.

The Bulldogs sat in third behind Charleston and Georgetown at the conclusion of Saturday’s racing. Due to shifting winds the following day, the course was moved to the middle of the river, where the high-current played to the advantage of the Cougars, who regularly train in high currents.

“The conditions were challenging with lots of current and huge differences in [wind] pressure,” Fauer said. “I think we all handled it very well and with level minds.”

Both the women’s and coed teams will look to build upon their recent success during spring training at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Belling said the training will be especially critical since Eckerd is hosting all three double-handed national championships in May.

“We are looking forward to maximizing our time at this venue and finally having the opportunity to get back on the water for some concentrated practice and warm weather,” Belling said.

The coed team travels to St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the St. Mary’s Team Race next weekend, while the women’s team travels to Annapolis, Md., for the Navy Women’s Interconference Regatta.

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Pursuit Boats complete deal to furnish police boats for Uganda government

One of two Pursuit OS 315 dual console boats sits at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart Tuesday morning ready for a St. Lucie River sea trial by Uganda government officials and a marine surveyor. ED KILLER STAFF PHOTO

One of two Pursuit OS 315 dual console boats sits at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart Tuesday morning ready for a St. Lucie River sea trial by Uganda government officials and a marine surveyor. ED KILLER STAFF PHOTO

Two Pursuit Boats' OS 315s built in Fort Pierce are ready to ship to Africa's Lake Victoria. ED KILLER STAFF PHOTO

Two Pursuit Boats’ OS 315s built in Fort Pierce are ready to ship to Africa’s Lake Victoria. ED KILLER STAFF PHOTO

STUART – Within two months, boats built in Fort Pierce will be enforcing security on Africa’s largest lake.

Tuesday morning, Ugandan government officials were running down the St. Lucie River taking final sea trials aboard two Pursuit Boats’ OS 315 models. The duo of 31-foot long hard-topped dual console vessels built by Pursuit Boats at its Fort Pierce manufacturing facility had the words “Uganda Police” in large white block letters emblazoned on their navy blue hulls.

The two boats will be headed to Lake Victoria in east central Africa to patrol Ugandan waters, said Bryan Boyd, managing partner of Ocean Blue Yacht Sales in Stuart, Pursuit’s Treasure Coast dealer and commissioning agent.

“We’ve sold and Pursuit sells quite a few boats that go overseas, even though the international economy is also having its ups and downs like ours is,” said Boyd, whose office has been located near Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart since Ocean Blue was founded in 2009. “The boat business had been pretty tough for a while, but now to think we’re shipping boats to Uganda is pretty cool.”

It’s a good deal for the Fort Pierce builder and the boat business on the Treasure Coast. According to, new Pursuit OS 315 models retail for about $280,000. Since the two boats in question had extensive custom work with electronics, warning and safety additions, they each probably cost about $300,000.

The boats are powered by twin Yamaha 300 horsepower four stroke motors enabling a top speed of about 50 m.p.h. The may carry about 280 gallons of fuel.

The boats will be prepared for shipping locally to be transported by truck to Savannah, Ga. They will reach Africa by freighter to be offloaded in Kenya and then prepared for a 1,000 kilometer (621 miles) overland journey by truck to Lake Victoria, said Marco Stracuzzi, agent for Pursuit in Africa.

Lake Victoria encompasses 26,600 square miles and is bordered by the nations of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. It is Africa’s largest lake, the largest tropical lake in the world and the headwaters of the Nile River. It’s average depth is 130 feet and its deepest spot is 276 feet.

In recent years, according to the newspaper, The East African, the discovery of petroleum deposits in Lake Victoria has generated excitement and discord among factions that wish to invest or stake claim to potential profits.

For more information on Pursuit Boats, visit Pursuit Boats. For more information on Ocean Blue Yacht Sales visit Ocean Blue Yacht Sales.

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SAILING : Two competitors older than 50 get wins at Manning Regatta

LONG BEACH – The Southern California Yachting Association’s E.E. Manning Regatta for little boats was founded in 1935 to boost youth sailing, which it has done, but it’s also shown that you’re never too old for the sport.

Two of the class winners at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club this weekend are AARP eligible. Bruce Golison, 56, of Long Beach won the Lido 14 class on the inside bay, while outside in Long Beach Harbor Peter Drasnin, 54, of California YC in Marina del Rey was winning the Laser Full competition.

They are almost old enough to be grandfathers of Christopher Weis, 17, of Del Rey YC and his crew Dot Obei, 14, who subdued the 50-boat CFJ fleet and with it wrapped up the 2012-13 Shadden Series of four monthly CFJ regattas.

There were 112 boats in six classes that found a range of conditions from a warm, light-wind Saturday to a cool double-digit southwest breeze Sunday reaching 13 knots, with gusts to 17.

The Lidos were a battle all the way between Golison and crew Dina Corsi and the class’s most determined veteran competitor, Stu Robertson, with young Sammy Elshaharwy as crew. Golison won by three points, but only after a hard-driving start in the first of four Sunday races when both boats were over the start line well before the horn.

As the two boats ran the line side by side, Golison said, “Dina kept saying, ‘Don’t be over. Don’t be over!’ But it was the old thing of trying to be aggressive. like I’ve told Dina, ‘As (the Great

Dane) Paul Elvstrom used to say, ‘If you aren’t over early once in 10 starts, you aren’t trying hard enough.'”

Both were unsure if their sail numbers had been called by the race committee so they continued to sail upwind for about 50 yards until Golison finally turned back.

“I thought I was over early,” he said, “but the key is not to panic.”

Robertson kept going but dropped out much later and took a 10 th. Golison had time to recover and finish fourth in the 10-boat fleet, but it wasn’t over yet. He still had to outscore Robertson in the last three races, 4-1-3 to 6-4-1, to secure the three-point win.

The Lido actually is a training vehicle for Golison’s Etchells class campaign over the next two years – the North Americans, which he won in 2010, at Newport, R.I., and the Worlds in 2014. The strongest Etchells competition is on the East Coast.

“All of this is getting us ready for those events,” Golison said, “and Dina will be on the crew.”

Drasnin’s strongest competition came from Dave Leuck from San Diego’s Mission Bay YC, three points back, and Brian Cotrell of Redondo Beach’s King Harbor YC, with whom he shared the first day’s lead. But after Drasnin won the first two of the last three races Sunday, he was able to skip the last race as his throwout.

He is also a past Manning Regatta winner-in the 70 s.

“I was just a kid,” he said, “but it’s never stopped being fun. I was having fun all weekend.”

Weis, who won nine of the 23 Shadden Series races, was pushed Sunday by Del Rey YC teammate Roberto Stevens, who with crew Annika Garrett were within three points going into the last race, when they finished seventh and 14 th.

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