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Boat sellers ride wave of optimism

A more stable economy reeled in potential buyers this weekend to one of the largest boat shows in the state, illustrating a rising tide in business as sales continue to bounce back, an event organizer said.

Sales and customer interest were up Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the 2013 Eastern North Carolina Boat Sale at the Greenville Convention Center, according to Austin Smithwick, general manager and owner of Park Boat Co. out of Washington, N.C.

“A few years ago, in the recession, you go to work boat shows and people would ask, ‘Are you crazy?’” Smithwick said.

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Super sales buoy luxury boat broker

The Mabuhay Lima 90 Hargrave motoryacht. Pic: Supplied

LUXURY boat broker Geoff Lovett International has stitched up $7 million of superyacht sales since Christmas.

One yacht in particular has proved lucky for the Marina Mirage-based dealer: it is the third time they have sold it since 2009.

Agent Perry James said the three sales which had all been settled since Christmas were a sign that buyers were out there, if the price was right.

“The boat market is still tough but very price sensitive,” he said.

“If the sellers are prepared to meet the market, the buyers are there.”

The stand-out sale was a Mabuhay Lima 27m (90-foot) Custom Hargrave motoryacht which was bought by Melbourne restaurateur and developer George Koumantatakis and his wife, Heidi.

Agent Perry James said it was the couple’s first boat.

“George fell in love with it and they plan to cruise the east coast to Hamilton Island,” Mr James said.

“We sold the yacht to the previous owner new in 2007 at Fort Lauderdale and they cruised the Bahamas before they shipped it back to Australia where it spent time along the Australian coast, including Tasmania and Lizard Island.

“It has always had the same captain on board, and he’s still on board.”

The yacht has a generous master stateroom, two double staterooms, and a twin stateroom with a Pullman berth and can sleep up to 11 guests plus crew.

A recently listed Assegai 72 Sunseeker Predator was bought by a Sydney businessman who plans to cruise around Sydney’s Pittwater and the Whitsundays.

“This is the third time we have sold this yacht since 2009,” Mr James said.

“We do tend to sell a lot of boats over and over again; repeat business is a big part of our business.”

The 21.95m (72-foot) motoryacht accommodates six adults in three staterooms with ensuites, and two crew.

Its top-end features include a galley with dishwasher, cappuccino machine, microwave and granite benchtops, while the cockpit features a wet bar, barbecue and ice-maker.

The bow includes a sunbathing lounge, and an aft deck has space for outdoor dining.

Mr James said a local buyer also had bought a Polaris 21m (69-foot) Craig Looms Wave Piercer for long-range cruising.


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Super sales buoy luxury boat broker

The Mabuhay Lima 90 Hargrave motoryacht. Pic: Supplied

LUXURY boat broker Geoff Lovett International has stitched up $7 million of superyacht sales since Christmas.

One yacht in particular has proved lucky for the Marina Mirage-based dealer: it is the third time they have sold it since 2009.

Agent Perry James said the three sales which had all been settled since Christmas were a sign that buyers were out there, if the price was right.

“The boat market is still tough but very price sensitive,” he said.

“If the sellers are prepared to meet the market, the buyers are there.”

The stand-out sale was a Mabuhay Lima 27m (90-foot) Custom Hargrave motoryacht which was bought by Melbourne restaurateur and developer George Koumantatakis and his wife, Heidi.

Agent Perry James said it was the couple’s first boat.

“George fell in love with it and they plan to cruise the east coast to Hamilton Island,” Mr James said.

“We sold the yacht to the previous owner new in 2007 at Fort Lauderdale and they cruised the Bahamas before they shipped it back to Australia where it spent time along the Australian coast, including Tasmania and Lizard Island.

“It has always had the same captain on board, and he’s still on board.”

The yacht has a generous master stateroom, two double staterooms, and a twin stateroom with a Pullman berth and can sleep up to 11 guests plus crew.

A recently listed Assegai 72 Sunseeker Predator was bought by a Sydney businessman who plans to cruise around Sydney’s Pittwater and the Whitsundays.

“This is the third time we have sold this yacht since 2009,” Mr James said.

“We do tend to sell a lot of boats over and over again; repeat business is a big part of our business.”

The 21.95m (72-foot) motoryacht accommodates six adults in three staterooms with ensuites, and two crew.

Its top-end features include a galley with dishwasher, cappuccino machine, microwave and granite benchtops, while the cockpit features a wet bar, barbecue and ice-maker.

The bow includes a sunbathing lounge, and an aft deck has space for outdoor dining.

Mr James said a local buyer also had bought a Polaris 21m (69-foot) Craig Looms Wave Piercer for long-range cruising.


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