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United Yacht Sales has selected YachtCloser for its contact management system

August 27, 2013
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ORLANDO, FL – August 26, 2013 – YachtCloser is delighted to announce that United Yachts Sales LLC has selected its web-based contract management system to make the process of buying and selling a yacht faster, easier and more efficient for its brokers and their clients. The largest independent yacht brokerage firm in America, with more than 120 yacht brokers located in 16 U.S. states and Canada, United Yacht Sales closes over 500 transactions annually valued at approximately $80-plus million.

“Implementing YachtCloser was the single most important program we have adopted in 2013,” said Roger Herd, United Yacht Sales Director of Marketing and Sales. “In a high-volume company such as United, any program that streamlines the closing process and helps eliminate potential mistakes is a huge advantage. As a broker, having the ability to initiate and send documents for signature without returning to the office is a game-changer.

YachtCloser’s sophisticated yet easy-to-use online application enables United Yacht Sales brokers to have contracts signed and returned instantly by clients in other parts of the country or the world, letting them close deals without ever having to leave the dock.

“YachtCloser is one of the best advancements in technology to help international yacht brokers,” said Mark Andries of United Yacht Sales California. “In a recent deal, the seller was in Asia and the buyer was in Europe. YachtCloser made it easy for the client to sign the documents without having to print them, sign them, and fax or scan. It’s also nice knowing when [the client] signs the documents [by] having a confirmation sent to your mobile.”

YachtCloser also saves brokers and clients time over the course of the deal, reported Bill Kocis of United Yacht Sales New Jersey. “It’s nice that once you put in information, it follows to other documents and saves on retyping information over again,” he said. “It also stores information that can be useful over the course of time selling the boat.”

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Denison Yacht Sales announced as newest Contender dealer

Denison Yacht Sales
August 27, 2013
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (August 26, 2013) — Fort Lauderdale-based Denison Yacht Sales has recently been named the South Florida and Great Lakes dealer for Contender Boats, the pinnacle producer of tournament ready sport fishing vessels.

“Growing-up a local Florida kid, there was no better center console brand than Contender. I’ve been proud to own a few, and can’t wait to be part of the Contender story here in Fort Lauderdale,” added Bob Denison.

Since 1984 Contender has been building the highest quality, most well designed boats at their factories in Miami, Florida. Just last year Contender’s 30ST claimed the Power Motoryacht title of Best Center Console between 30′-40′. Their growing popularity among true die-hard fishermen is a testament to Contender’s reputation and legendary performance. Contender has redefined all that a sport fishing boat can be. Priding themselves with a traditional “hands on” boat building philosophy, Contender uses the most advanced modern materials and quality components available.

Denison will offer the full line of Contender Center Consoles including the Open, ST, Tournament, LS, Express, Cabin, and Bay models ranging from 21′ to 40′.

“Having lived in Fort Lauderdale since I was 10, I’ve learned that if anyone is on the water, they know Contender is a staple in the industry down here. Being able to represent and sell Contenders really is an exciting opportunity.  We can’t wait to make more boaters aware of why Contenders are truly the best center consoles in the business,” said Kevin Frawley, Denison Contender Specialist.

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Michael Appelgate: Sailing — a beautiful, brutal sport

It didn’t take long for me to have second thoughts about my Sunday excursion.

I was invited to watch the final day of the Audi Megles 20 U.S. National Championships on Lake Michigan. Given my lack of understanding about how sailing competitions work, curiosity got the best of me and I jumped on a boat with other media members.

I’ve been here one month and I’ve been on Lake Macatawa one other time with a college friend whose parents own a boat up here. Those were still waters. … Not the swells that waited for me on Lake Michigan.

I’ll spare readers the details, and instead just say I was nailed by seasickness. It was terrible.

When I was able to watch the racing I marveled at the skill and precision on display. It started with boats arriving at the starting line just seconds before the countdown ends, and the boats are at full speed.

And then there’s the strategy involved in determining which way to point the bow to catch wind in the boat’s sails as the regatta races toward two buoys a little bit more than a mile away.

To catch the wind, the sails must be meticulously tuned depending on weather conditions. It involves tightening certain parts of the mast, boom and jib. This is what separates an average competitor to an elite boat.

What was most exciting were the turns. Sunday’s day of sailing featured three races each consisting of four turns where the regatta plows into the wind twice and with it twice. It’s coordinated bedlam when multiple boats dive in from different angles to go around the buoys. You can hear shouts from competitors telling others where they’re going, and the occasional bump when they collide.

Coming out of the turn, a huge sail called a spinnaker is unfurled to propel the boats at high speeds to the finish. I’m told this action to put up the third sail is complicated and tough to do well. But the boats near the lead put the sail up in seconds.

I know, there are a couple of barriers to participating or even watching this sport.

For one, a used Melges 20 costs about $30,000. To watch obviously requires a boat (and a sea-seasoned stomach) to get right up to the action.

I’ve actually been sailing before. My family owns a 14-foot Sunfish — a boat once dubbed the most popular fiberglass boat ever designed. While we didn’t take it out on the water more than a handful of times, I have fond memories of that colorful sail.

Sailing sure is a beautiful sport, and something I hope to do more of. Now, who wants to bring me that Sunfish from Seattle…

— Contact assistant sports editor Michael Appelgate at or (616) 546-4271. Follow him on Facebook at Holland Sentinel Sports and Twitter @Mappelgate206.

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Sailing: Investigations into scandal threatens Oracle's America's Cup defence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – An international jury on Monday began hearings into what could be one of the biggest scandals in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup.

The panel, meeting in San Francisco, is investigating defending champion Oracle Team USA for illegally modifying two of three prototype boats it sailed in four warm-up regattas last year and earlier this year.

The jury held a hearing Monday for Oracle Team USA employees being investigated under Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing, which deals with gross misconduct. That hearing is expected to continue on Tuesday.

The syndicate itself faces a hearing on Thursday dealing with Protocol Article 60, which is aimed at protecting the reputation of the America’s Cup.


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Five ways to sail around the world for free

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You don’t have to be a wealthy yacht owner to sail into the sunset. CNN takes a look at five ways to travel the globe for free.

Many private yacht owners offer free food and board for volunteer crew members. “It’s not necessary to have sailing qualifications, it’s more important to have the right attitude,” said Kylie Gretener of

When 84-year-old Alaskan Jo Ryman Scott (pictured) and her 86-year-old husband, Dick, joined a yacht in Greece recently, they had no previous sailing experience. But they were able to help out with some of the cooking and cleaning and had great stories to keep the crew entertained.

Queen Sofia of Spain (left) — pictured with Princess Letizia of Spain (right) and daughter Princess Leonor of Spain — surely has no trouble finding nannies to look after her grandchildren. But other families holidaying at sea are keen to find carers or teachers willing to work in exchange for a free trip.

Greenpeace is just one environmental organization advertising for volunteers on its research vessels. Jobs could range from deck hands to administration staff and scientists working in onboard laboratories.

While bigger vessels such as superyachts usually hire trained chefs, many smaller private yachts offer positions for enthusiastic cooks. But as Gretener points out: “As much as you’re sailing the world for free you’re still contributing in some way, whether it be your time or expertise.”







MainSail is CNN’s monthly sailing show, exploring the sport of sailing, luxury travel and the latest in design and technology.

(CNN) — Imagine if your commute to work was as easy as stepping onto a sun-drenched yacht. Or if your office window overlooked the open seas. How about waking up each morning in a different exotic port?

Now imagine if you could do it for free.

From 20-year-old backpackers to 80-year-old retirees, an increasing number of people are volunteering on boats for a remarkable chance to travel the world — all without spending a dollar.

Here are our top five tips for living the yachting lifestyle, without the luxury price tag.

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Volunteer as crew

You don’t need sailing experience to crew a yacht — but you do need to be flexible. From cleaning to night watch shifts and stocking supplies, crew members are the worker bees of the boating world.

Many private yacht owners will offer free board and food, in return for volunteer deck hands.

“A lot of boat owners are more than happy to have someone with no experience because it means they can teach them how to do things their way,” said Kylie Gretener, of the website.

“What’s most important is your attitude — you’ve got to be adventurous and open to learning. It’s a bit like being an exchange student in someone’s home.”

Read: Confessions of a superyacht worker

Be a friend

If crewing sounds more like work than pleasure, perhaps your charming company is enough to earn you a free ride.

“We had one man from Italy who had a two-man submarine,” explained Gretener. “He would take it out on weekends and wanted a companion to share the experience.


“Then there was the 80-year-old couple from Alaska who joined a yacht in Greece — they contributed as deck hands but also told great stories to keep the crew entertained.”

Teach the kids

It’s not just the adults that need entertaining on board — there’s also their children.

Families traveling the high seas may need a teacher or nanny to care for youngsters on long voyages.

“We had one family who were circumnavigating Australia and needed a teacher to home-school their children,” said Gretener, adding “As much as you’re sailing the world for free you’re still contributing in some way, whether it be your time or expertise.”

Read: Sail the high seas on a budget

Jump on a research ship

From submarines to superyachts, vessels looking for volunteers come in all shapes and sizes — including research ships.





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Many environmental groups, such as Greenpeace or the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, have research vessels that spend months at sea gathering marine samples and conducting experiments.

Volunteers range from deck hands to administration staff and scientists working in onboard laboratories.

Cook up a storm

Often preparing meals before any of the crew has even woken up, cooking is one of the most demanding jobs aboard a yacht.

While bigger vessels such as research ships or superyachts usually require a trained chef, smaller boats tend to take on versatile crew members able to lend a hand on deck as well as in the galley.

With limited access to supermarkets, on board cooks must also be creative with the local produce — even if that sometimes means fishing for dinner.

Read: Life of a superyacht chef: dream job or nautical nightmare?

It seems you don’t need to be a wealthy yacht owner to sail into the sunset. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, the world could be your oyster.

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