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Denison Yacht Sales opens Michigan office

Denison Yacht Sales opens Michigan office


Posted on 01 August 2013


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Denison Yacht Sales opened a new Great Lakes office in Holland, Mich.

The office is at Eldean Shipyard, a full-service shipyard on the South Shore of Lake Macataw 85 nautical miles from Chicago. Denison is returning to its roots in Michigan.

Lake Michigan, along with Lake Macataw, is an ideal location for boating families, and Denison will offer its full-service brokerage and new boat sales and service to the region. Denison will exclusively represent Monte Carlo Yachts, Austin Parker, Contender Fishing Boats and Pirelli Yacht Tenders in the Great Lakes area.

Denison is stocking three new boats at its Holland office. Denison also will offer brokerage assistance and yacht marketing solutions.

The Denison family has been rooted in Michigan’s yachting industry for more than 50 years. Frank and Gertrude Denison, founders of Broward Marine, expanded their operation from South Florida in 1978, opening a new construction facility to build their aluminum yachts in Saugatuck, Mich. The Denison family opened its first shipyard in Fort Lauderdale in 1948.

“I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Michigan as a kid,” Bob Denison said in a statement. “It’s an easy place to fall in love with, and a part of our country loaded with yachting tradition. Not only were Browards built in western Michigan, but the Tiara and Chris-Craft factories also provided local families with thousands of jobs in the area.”

Denison has appointed two new brokers, Fred Schmitt and Jeff Phillips, to operate the new location.

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Cowes Week 2013: Absence of multihulls reassures many sailing the solent in world's largest regatta

Stuart Quarrie, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, believes
multihull racing in the America’s Cup and ESS racing bore little relation to
classic round the cans racing in The Solent. He said: “I don’t think the
America’s Cup racing has anything to do with ordinary people’s perception of
sailing. It is about how hard you push the envelope when you have no-holds
barred grand prix racing with all the money in the world. Those boats are
like grand prix racing cars which are now quite safe but in the early days
were horribly dangerous.

“Multihulls at all levels have been around for years. Tying two logs together
– that’s multihulls. The majority of people who go sailing choose
monohulls.”

A fleet of GC32s, a new high-performance racing catamaran, is set to make its
debut at Cowes Week, starting on Tuesday with former Team GBR Olympic
Tornado sailor and Extreme 40 helmsman Hugh Styles campaigning Time On The
Water with 470 sailor Richard Mason and 49er crew Rick Peacock.

Mills notched up his first win of the week with victory over rival TP52 Pace
and the Russian Swan 60 Bronenosec in IRC Class 1 as the 8,500 sailors
relished conditions that were perfect for sailing, with 20 knots of breeze
and bright sunshine.


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Diageo Courts Europe’s Luxury Drinkers With Yacht Parties

Diageo Plc (DGE), the world’s biggest distiller, is courting cash-rich Europeans with luxury boat parties and male models as sales of high-end brands in the region outpace cheaper spirit labels.

“We’re not going to just make a television advert,” said John Kennedy, head of the company’s Western European business, in an interview with Bloomberg News. “We’ll have big, spectacular experiential marketing.”

Sales of Diageo’s higher-priced Reserve brands, which include Tanqueray Ten gin and Zacapa rum, grew 11 percent in western Europe last year while net sales fell 5 percent. The company has increased its marketing spend on Reserve brands in the region while cutting expenditure on promotions in western Europe as a whole.

The company chartered a luxury yacht, naming it the John Walker Sons Voyager, which set sail from Shanghai on Sept. 20 and traveled through the Asia Pacific region over six months. The boat has now docked at European cities including Athens and London, promoting the company’s high-end Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brands, including Odyssey, a newly created triple malt whisky retailing for about 750 pounds ($1,140) a bottle.

The 1920s-style yacht has hosted parties attended by celebrities including model David Gandy, who appears in advertising campaigns for Dolce Gabbana Srl’s Light Blue perfume lounging on a boat in white swimming shorts. Gandy also helps promote Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky.

Consumer Confidence

Even as European economic growth stagnates, consumers in the region still have relatively high levels of average income and want to treat themselves, Kennedy said at the company’s head office in London two days ago.

The euro-area economy, which has contracted for six quarters, probably stagnated in the three months through June, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.

Euro-area consumer confidence increased more than economists estimated in July, the European Commission said last month, adding to signs the 17-nation currency bloc is emerging from the region’s recession.

Diageo has considered opening a Johnnie Walker sales branch in Europe, echoing the bespoke houses the company has in Shanghai and Beijing, where the average bottle of whisky costs 1,500 pounds, Kennedy said.

Emerging Markets

Diageo, which competes with companies including Pernod Ricard (RI) SA, is seeking to expand in Asia and Latin America where faster economic growth is helping spur alcohol consumption.

Organic sales in Asia Pacific rose 3 percent in the year through June, a slower pace than the 4 percent reported in the first nine months, the company said two days ago.

Diageo shares fell 0.4 percent to 2,068 pence as of 8:31 a.m. in London, bringing the advance to 16 percent this year. The stock reached a record 2,085 pence on April 3.

In Europe, the distiller sees potential to grow sales of brands including Ciroc vodka and Don Julio tequila. Reserve brand sales in the region are dominated by single malt whiskies, Kennedy said, providing an opportunity to increase the proportion of sales from other spirits.

Europe is the global luxury capital,” Kennedy said. “We’re talking about affordable luxuries, not driving a Porsche through the centre of town.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Clementine Fletcher in London at cfletcher5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net


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Diageo Eyes Europe’s Luxury Drinkers With Models at Boat Parties

Diageo Eyes Europe’s Luxury Drinkers With Models at Boat Parties

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Magician Drummond Money-Coutts, right, entertains guests including model Joanna Renwick, left, make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, third left, and model David Gandy, center, at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label drinks reception aboard the John Walker Sons Voyager in London on July 16, 2013.

Magician Drummond Money-Coutts, right, entertains guests including model Joanna Renwick, left, make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, third left, and model David Gandy, center, at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label drinks reception aboard the John Walker Sons Voyager in London on July 16, 2013. Photographer: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images


Diageo CEO Plans to `Stay Active' in Acquisitions

July 31 (Bloomberg) — Diageo Plc Chief Executive Officer Ivan Menezes talks about full-year sales growth that topped analysts estimates, expansion plans and emerging-market consumers.
He speaks with Francine Lacqua on Bloomberg Television’s “On the Move.” (Source: Bloomberg)


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Buy a boat and set sail on great river

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EVER dreamed of sailing your own boat on the beautiful Richmond River, enjoying the breeze off the water and the sunshine, only to be put off by the cost of it all?

Well, tomorrow is your chance to pick up a bargain sailboat.

The Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club is holding a sail boat expo to raise funds to buy a new rescue boat for the club.

For as little as $100, you could have your very own sailboat.

The club’s vice commodore, Graeme Fleming, said the bargain boats would need a bit of work before they could be put on the water, but that they would be perfect for beginners.

“We’ll have about 15 boats for sale,” he said.

“They will range from small dinghies to catamarans and trailer sailboats, with prices from $100 to $10,000.

“Some of our smaller boats were damaged in the storms, so they will need repairs.

“But for someone who’s a bit handy, there are bargains to be had.”

And don’t worry if you have never sailed before.

After you’ve made your purchase, have a chat with the club members about the sail training program.

“We can teach people all they need to know about sailing,” Mr Fleming said.

“The club is going really well at the moment – we’ve now got more than 120 members and we have races every Sunday, with the season starting on September 1.

“We’ve just bought five new training boats, which has set us back $20,000, and we need a new rigid inflatable for the sail training officer.”


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Posted on 25 July 2013


 

 

 

BOAT SALES – Midwest / West Coast

 

SkipperBud’s is seeking to hire Sales Professionals who have a passion for success and a love for the boating lifestyle.  SkipperBud’s has proudly served the boating community in the Midwest for over 40 years, and through our partnership with Silver Seas Yachts, we have expanded our reach into the Arizona and California boating communities.  At SkipperBud’s we offer our customers a wide array of services to improve and enhance the boating experience.   As a SkipperBud’s Boat Sales Professional you will sell from a large inventory of product consisting of the best brands in the industry such as Sea Ray, Carver, Marquis, Tige, Malibu, and Cruiser Yachts.  Products range from Sport Deck boats, Fishing boats and Pontoons, to Cruisers and Yachts.  Our full service dealerships and marinas offer dry stack and wet slip storage, parts and accessories and mechanical service. As a SkipperBud’s Sales Professional you will be able to offer your customers a solution for every boating need.  

Marine industry experience is a plus, but not required as we are willing train the right candidate for a successful career in boat sales.

Qualifications for Success:

  • Motivation to sell
  • Passion for and knowledge of boating
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft products/willingness and ability to learn new software and effectively utilize the internet and social media sites.
  • Ability to follow specific procedures for lead management, sales and closings.
  • Present a professional image.

This position is full-time, year round with a competitive compensation package.  Benefits  include Health/Dental/Life/Long-Term Disability/Flexible Spending Plan and 401(k).  

If you fit these qualifications and desire an exciting opportunity that provides for professional growth and financial reward, please contact us by sending a resume to
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Park City Sailing Association adds to fleet

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When Ken Block and the Park City Sailing Association discovered they’d been awarded eight brand-new Elliot boats from a group in Wisconsin, they were stunned.

The organization had applied for the donation as soon as it found out the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan was looking for a sailing club to receive the boats.

“It was like buying a lottery ticket,” Block, the PCSA vice president, said. “In the spring, we were advised we were going to get a site visit (from SEAS). They sent a representative out and he spent a little over a day with us. The representative was like, ‘This is amazing. You’re going to get the boats.'”

What impressed the SEAS representative, according to Block, was the willingness PCSA has to give back to the community and make the sport of sailing affordable and fun for everyone.

To drive that point home, only a couple days after the new boats were delivered, unloaded by crane and made water-ready, PCSA hosted a group of 18 female visitors from the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit that serves veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Block and the rest of the group took the visitors out on their new boats for a day of sailing at the Jordanelle Reservoir.

“It was quite an amazing, emotional and completely gratifying experience for the group of us who were able to give back to such a great organization,” Block said. “Each one of them had a remarkable story.”

On Saturday, Aug. 10, PCSA will be hosting another group of American veterans.

“Next Saturday, we’re supporting Wasatch Adaptive Sports and they are bringing nine male veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorders over to the Jordanelle and we’ll be using at least two of the Elliots to take these guys sailing,” Block said.

Overall, he added, PCSA hopes the new additions to its fleet help the sport continue to grow locally.

“The boats have created a whole new interest in sailing,” he said. “We’re also encouraging our junior sailors to come out and participate in this.”


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NMBA survey sees slow 2Q boat sales

NMBA survey sees slow 2Q boat sales


Posted on 02 August 2013


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The National Marine Bankers Association’s second-quarter survey found that all lender respondents — service companies and banks and finance companies — indicated that dollar volume was the same or up from the same period in 2012, surprising some lenders who had projected that volume might be lower.

Only 16 percent of lender respondents to the survey for the quarter that ended June 30 said new-boat financing represented more than 50 percent of their dollar volume; 75 percent indicated that new boats make up less than 26 percent of their lending. The NMBA said this suggests that at least 50 percent of the finance volume is coming from used-boat transactions, which follows historical patterns.

The NMBA said 92 percent of the lender respondents expect third-quarter dollar volume to be greater than or equal to the same period last year, the highest level of optimism the group has shown since the first quarter of 2012.

For the first time since the first quarter of 2012 lenders reported less stringent credit requirements — and dramatically so, the NMBA said. Throughout 2012 and into the first quarter of this year a steadily increasing number of lenders reported credit tightening. During the second quarter only 8 percent reported credit tightening, down from 20 percent in the first quarter, and 8 percent also reported less stringent credit criteria.

Those who reported stricter standards mentioned liquidity and net worth requirements as the areas they believed had become more demanding. The NMBA said 33 percent of lenders reported that consumer credit quality improved in the second quarter, the largest increase since the fourth quarter of 2011.

Twenty-six percent of NMBA lender members responded to the second-quarter survey. The majority have a national presence.

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Sailing across time

The Nina and Pinta replicas docked in Davenport are making waves in the Quad-City community.

For Moline consultant Ronald LaShomb, seeing the ships sent him overboard.

“I’m a history nut,” LaShomb said. “Nowadays, people complain if they’re held up in an airport for an hour. You have to remember, these people had to survive in the middle of the cold dark ocean 24 hours a day for a month with what they had and nothing else. It was extremely dangerous. That back then would be like going to Mars today.”

Steven Van Hooreweghe and his two visiting granddaughters, Avianna and Mia, imagined what Christopher Columbus’ voyage would have been like in 1492.

“I can’t believe anyone could cross the ocean on these things,” Van Hooreweghe said on the upper deck of the Pinta.

Mia and Avianna said they knew they wouldn’t have been able to make the trip.

“I feel like I’m going to fall,” Avianna said as the boat swayed. “I’d get seasick.”

For Avianna, who hasn’t learned about Columbus yet in school, the boat still had appeal.

“It makes me think of pirates,” she said, squinting up at the tall mast. “I’ve been on small boats, but I’ve never been on a big boat like this before.”

While visitors enjoyed the ships, it seemed the question on everyone’s mind was, where was the Santa Maria?

“The Santa Maria’s too big to sail on the rivers,” deckhand Michael Sprague said. “The channel is nine to 11 feet. The Santa Maria has 14-foot draft, and she’s already sunk once, so they didn’t want it to happen again.”

Crew member Rusty Mitchell, a retired state employee, was quick to point out the mystery that surrounds the Santa Maria, which he said he read about in “Christopher Columbus: The Voyage of Discovery 1492.”

“Technically, it didn’t sink, it ran aground,” he said. “They got hung up on the coral reefs, and by the time they had three or four holes in her, there was nothing they could do. But each ship had a carpenter, so they took timber and built a fort, called la Navidad, on an isthmus. Columbus came back for them a year later, and they were gone. So the question is, what happened to them?”

While some joined the crew for the historical appeal, Dave Rockoff, from Baton Rouge, La., climbed aboard for the adventure.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, and no one else gets to do this,” said Rockoff, who has been sailing aboard the Nina for nearly three months. “It’s meaningful work. It’s got a romantic quality to it that I think life really misses these days. I see stars overhead every night and see the sun rise every day.”

The ships will set sail from Davenport on Aug. 12.


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