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Boating forecast 2013:

 The marine forecast for this summer calls for sunny skies, warm temperatures and plenty of boat sales.

 That’s the optimistic view of local marina owners, who are hoping that this summer will be an excellent season out on the water, based on spring sales in spite of the season’s cold, wet weather.

 “We’ve been very busy and have sold a lot of boats, even though we didn’t have much of a spring,” said Jonathan Hamel, of White’s Landing in Fenton. “Our 20-foot Bennington pontoons are always our biggest seller. If the weather holds and we have a nice, warm summer, people will continue to buy boats.”

 “Sales are very strong, even with the late start of the season,” said Doug Lynch, of Skipper Bud’s Marina on Lake Fenton. Their niche is primarily in pontoons and runabouts, although they’re very excited about the new Tige boats that allow wakeboarders to enjoy their sport without a rope. “A good sign of the economy is that all of our more than 130 boat slips are sold out already, and we’re already 50 percent sold for our indoor storage for next winter,” added Lynch.

 Joe and Dana Ceresia of Lake Ponemah Marina in Fenton Township are pleased with Avalon pontoon sales so far this year, predicting that the most affordably priced models will sell very fast, along with used boats priced between $3,000 and $17,000. “Our 40 boat slips are already full,” said Dana. “Spoonz Lakeside Tavern right next to us is now open. Everything is going great.”

 Patti Smith of Silver Spray Sports says it’s going to be a great year, whether boat buyers purchase used or new. As a Nautique dealer, most of Silver Spray Sports customers are buying ski boats.

 “People want to enjoy the lakes around us that we’re blessed with,” she said. “We’re hoping that the wet April we had will bring the lake levels up where they need to be. I recommend to all boaters that they be familiar with the water levels at the lakes they’re visiting this summer.”

 Don Nichols of Aqua Sports Marine in Fenton Township predicts a strong market this summer, in spite of the cold start to the season. “Our MB Sports custom boats win on competitive pricing, performance and quality and we’re excited about that.” He admits he’s not a weather forecaster, but still predicts a busy, warm summer.

 Mary Rising of Action Water Sports in Tyrone Township expects the sales momentum from the last two years to continue this summer.

 “We’re expecting the trend of slight improvements in all areas of our sales as we’ve been seeing for the last two seasons,” said Rising. “Many folks are ready to upgrade their family boat or get their first boat. Boating is such a wonderful way for families to have fun together and we’re so fortunate to have the abundance of beautiful, clean lakes in our area in which to enjoy this pastime.”

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Boat Trader joins with Statistical Surveys on sales data offer

Boat Trader joins with Statistical Surveys on sales data offer

Posted on 31 May 2013


Boat Trader and its sister company announced a partnership with Michigan-based Statistical Surveys.

The partnership provides dealers with localized sales data through the Dealer Analysis Report. Available by subscription only, the Statistical Surveys Dealer Analysis Report gives dealers a detailed snapshot of current sold-boats data in the counties in which they compete. Dealers can choose to receive data from more than 14 segments of boats in as many as 25 counties. Detailed reports, sorted by length, make, model and ZIP code, are delivered on a monthly or quarterly basis.

“This type of sales data has never been available to dealers on such a focused, localized and regular basis before,” Boat Trader and sales director Kirsteen Lankford said in a statement. “It allows dealers to know exactly what inventory is moving in their market, and when.”

“Statistical Surveys Inc. is excited to partner with Dominion Marine Media representing the Dealer Analysis Report,” Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager Ryan Kloppe said in a statement.

Click here for the full release.

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Turkey by gulet: sailing in the company of the ancients

Our mentors were Jeremy Barnett, tour leader and expert on modern Greece and
Turkey, and John Gaskin, who lectured on the classical world. Jeremy, bluff,
fit and grizzled, had for years been head of the British Council in Turkey;
John, slight, dapper and, for his lectures, cravatted, was professor of
naturalistic philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. Jeremy spoke to us about
post-First World War Turkey and the Greek Orthodox Church; John treated us
to the Greek city state and Rhodes. They were the Flanders and Swann of
cultural tours.

The third element of the holiday, after indulgence and enlightenment, was the
sea. Like all gulets, Doruk Reis is a ketch with all the accoutrements of a
sailing ship – two stumpy masts, a big wooden wheel, furled canvas and lines
hitched round wooden belaying pins, though only once were the foresail and
jib hoisted on our cruise. The rest of the time we motored over a silky sea,
the Turkish flag fluttering at the stern.

At our initial briefing, Jeremy told us that Turkish officials occasionally
came on board – their main interest to check that the flag wasn’t frayed.
Aletin, the captain, would be fined if it was. Next morning we sailed south
to the Datça Peninsula and Knidos. “Knidos,” declared Jeremy after
breakfast, “is one of the best sites in Turkey, the best on the coast.” We
arrived in time for a swim off the boat and then lunch of stuffed
aubergines. First things first.

We were anchored in a bay scooped out between two ruffian hills of scrub and
rock that dipped to a small isthmus, bushy with tamarisk trees. Two
chartered yachts had attached themselves to a jetty; otherwise we were the
only boat in the bay. The sides of both hills were ribbed with terraces, the
first indication of human settlement.

The seven-ton marble lion in the Great Court of the British Museum came from
nearby. It was not until we had puttered ashore in a small rubber dinghy and
had stood amid the ruins of the Temple of Dionysus that the importance of
the place became clear.

Deeply carved sections of marble architrave, from the second century BC, lay
on the ground, neatly aligned. “These weren’t here a few months ago,” said
Jeremy. “Look at them: stunningly preserved. They could have been cut

I tottered about the stony site trying to imagine the triremes that would have
been berthed in the naval anchorage the other side of the isthmus and the
protective chain that would have been slung across the harbour entrance
between two stone watch towers. I admired the immaculate masonry of a water
tank whose doughty stones were as precisely dressed and imposing as those in
the walls of a Victorian bank. I trod the paving of the wide main street,
ramped and stepped up the hillside. Julius Caesar would have climbed these
stones in 47BC when he declared Knidos a free city, relieved of all debt to

Towards the top of the site, John, carrying a Waitrose carrier bag and dressed
in a long-sleeved striped shirt, shorts, polished brown leather boots and
woolly socks, read to us descriptions by the ancients of the Temple of
Aphrodite where we stood.

There was a stop every day: at Selimiye, a village with a veneer of tourism
along its front, where Aletin and Pakize stocked up with lemons, bread and
broad beans, and Jeremy bought blocks of sheep’s cheese that we sampled in
the market; at isolated Loryma, whose narrow castle from the third century
BC is stretched along a high limestone ridge guarding the approach to
Rhodes. There were more talks: “We’ll meet for triremes in half an hour,
after a swim – with a drink,” announced Jeremy that evening.

We crossed from Turkey into Greece and the islands of the Dodecanese, where
for millennia the two countries have been jostled by history. The engine
grumbled into life at 7am, drowning the adenoidal slumbers from along the
corridor. When a wooden ship is still, the timbers conduct the sound of
every thump and footfall. Three hours later we were tied up in Mandraki
Harbour beneath the city walls of Rhodes, “the kernel of the trip” in
Jeremy’s words. We did the musts that everyone should do on Rhodes, such as
visiting the marvellous archaeological museum, climbing to the Lindos
acropolis and marvelling at the 2,500-year-old main water and sewerage
systems of Kamiros, with their plaster-lined cisterns and earthenware pipes.

But we also made an early morning foray into the old town as women were
emerging from their stone houses to sweep the pebbled streets. I made two
discoveries: the grotto-like 13th-century church of St Phanourios that I had
never managed to find before and Villa Kleoboulos where Lawrence Durrell
lived. It’s a little mustard-coloured house, shaded by eucalyptus trees, at
the edge of the cemetery of the Murad Reis mosque.

We left the Dodecanese from Symi, the prettiest of islands. The town’s
Neoclassical houses, miniature pastel-painted mansions, were piled up the
hill behind the harbour in the 19th century when the island grew rich from
sponges. On Doruk Reis the Turkish flag was unfurled for our return to
Bodrum and the Greek cross of St George folded away. A different mood
pervaded the boat. The two crew members, Dogan and Isa, were once again
smiling and calling “Good morning” to everyone as they proffered mugs of tea
and coffee. Was it the return to Turkish waters or the approach of the end
of the season? Probably a bit of both.

Astern, the outlines of the Greek islands were layered on the horizon, indigo
and grey. There would be another swim before dinner. It had taken 11 days to
make a voyage of two-and-a-half millennia; I could have sailed for another
week at least. But then, as, thanks to John, I now know Epicurus had it,
“Nothing satisfies him for whom enough is too little.”


Westminster Classic Tours (020 8286 7842;
offers a range of gulet itineraries from the ports of southern Turkey. Its
Islands of the Knights tour, cruising the Dodecanese and departing Bodrum on
September 28, costs from £1,800 per person including transfers, entry fees
and lecturer.

Flights for the writer’s Caria and Rhodes sailing were into Bodrum and out of
Dalaman. EasyJet (0871 781 6777;
flies to and from both. Expect to pay around £380 for a return flight with
easyJet from Gatwick.

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Boat Sellers: Sales Rising – 13WHAM

Irondequoit, N.Y.–While the weather has been scorching in recent days, it has barely caught up to red-hot boat sales.

“The financing is just very, very good,” said Dave Heimes, general manager of McMillan Marine in Penfield.

Heimes said interest rates, which have remained low in recent years, are down roughly one full percent compared to this time last year.

For most the rates are 4.99 percent, last year they were between 5.99 and 6.99 percent, according to Heimes.

Good weather has also helped spur sales, and for some its simply their perspective on the economy as a whole.

“I think they feel better about the economy this year,” said Sheila Wolf of Greece. “I think that’s why they are saying, “okay, spend the money now.””

Art Benham, General Manager for Seager Marine, Inc in Canandaigua said boat sales have been strong at his business as well.

He estimates that sales are up about give percent over this time last year.

“It’s been phenomenal,” said Joe Paris, General Manager of Sutters Marina, also of Canandaigua.

“The biggest factor is weather, if we have consistent weather, it’s nuts,” added Paris.

He also said that his business rarely suffers year-to-year given the demand of boats around Canandaigua Lake, given the relatively wealthy base of clients.

Pontoon boats are said to be among the most popular sellers this year.

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Weather set fair for sailing extravaganza

Last year’s Round the Island Race. Picture by Chris Boynton –

LIGHT winds and blue skies are expected to greet the 1,460 boats taking part in one of the most famous sailing races of the year tomorrow (Saturday) — the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race.

Unlike last year, when the fleet battled choppy seas with swells of up to two metres, the forecast is set much fairer, which could bring its own challenges.

Cannons will fire from Cowes at 5am to set the fleet on its way, with the starting sequence from the Royal Yacht Squadron expected to last until 6.40am.

The winning boat will hope to beat the current monohull race record of 3.53.05, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2008, or the multihull record set in 2001 by Francis Joyon and Dexia Eure et Loire, of 3.08.29.

Among the big names taking part this year are Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Dee Caffari, Helena Lucas, Alex Thomson and Mike Golding, while the Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust — the official race charity — plan to have five boats taking part, with 25 inspirational young people on board.

Tony Langley’s TP52 Manroland Sheetfed won the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl last year, holding off a strong challenge from the 2011 trophy winner, Sundowner.

Sundowner will compete again this year, having been bought by former offshore powerboat racer Chris Charlesworth, who has had her beautifully restored over the winter by her original maker, Jeremy Rogers, at Lymington.

Spectators should also keep their eyes peeled for the remarkable Rogers Olympiad 30, Collective Spirit. The Boat Project, as it is perhaps better known, is a living archive of people’s stories and lives — a 30ft vessel made from donated wooden items.

Organisers paid tribute today (Friday) to Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the Olympic gold medallist who died in a sailing accident off the coast of San Franscisco, while preparing for the America’s Cup.

Mr Simpson’s funeral took place today and as a mark of respect Island Sailing Club flew the Ensign at half mast.


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