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Hurricane Boats continues to grow with new dealers

Nautic Global Group has representation worldwide, and is actively recruiting new dealers. If you’re interested in learning how the Nautic Global Group brands can fit into your dealership, please contact the Regional Sales Manager for your area.

Ben Byrom – bbyrom@nauticglobalgroup.com — AZ, LA, NM, OK, TX
Bob Macneur – bmacneur@nauticglobalgroup.com — CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, WA, WY, ND, SD
Dale Short/Curt Bridges – dales@shocomarine.com; curt@shocomarine.com — GA, NC, SC, VA, WV
David Jordan – djordan@nauticglobalgroup.com — AL, AR, MS, TN
Ed Fisher – efisher@nauticglobalgroup.com — IA, MN, MO, NE, WI, KS
Garth Scott – gscott@nauticglobalgroup.com — CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT
Jim Brown – jbrown@nauticglobalgroup.com — FL
Rick Koerting – rkoerting@nauticglobalgroup.com — MI, IL, IN, KY
Ryan Good – rgood@nauticglobalgroup.com — DE, MD, NJ, PA, OH
Wayne Blackburn wblackburn@nauticglobalgroup.com; David Dusome ddusome@nauticglobalgroup.com; Monte Howerton mhowerton@nauticglobalgroup.com — Canada
Shelly Noland snoland@nauticglobalgroup.com — Europe, Middle East, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico
Barry Bailey bbailey@nauticglobalgroup.com — Pacific Rim


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BOAT SALES PROFESSIONALS WANTED – MIDWEST/WEST COAST

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BOAT SALES PROFESSIONALS WANTED – MIDWEST/WEST COAST


Posted on 24 October 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.   As a SkipperBud’s Boat Sales Professional you will sell from a large inventory of products that 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 more then willing to train the qualified candidate for a successful career in boat sales.

Qualifications for Success:

  • Motivation to sell
  • Interest/Experience with boats and boating
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft products 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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. Career opportunities are available at all dealership locations.  We invite you to visit our website at www.skipperbuds.com.

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Langman's Team Australia beats fleet to Russell

At 1815hrs tonight, Team Australia won the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, arriving at Russell Wharf eight hours and 15 minutes after the start gun fired in Auckland, and nearly 37 minutes ahead of the New Zealand owned TeamVodafone Sailing.

The blue trimaran, owned by Australian Sean Langman, broke TeamVodafone’s three year winning streak, but did not break the sub-six hour Coastal Classic race record set by TeamVodafone last year.

Over 160 boats departed Auckland at 10am this morning, and as sun set this evening, only Team Australia and TeamVodafone had finished. Eight had withdrawn with gear breakages, and the rest are marching on, steadfast in their determination to make it to Russell, despite uncomfortable conditions.

For the crew of TeamVodafone, it was a frustrating race. At mid afternoon they had a 500m lead on the blue boat, which they thought they had well covered. Then Team Australia took TeamVodafone by surprise when it found new – and better – breeze. While TeamVodafone was still sailing upwind at slower speeds, Team Australia was benefiting from a better wind angle, and reaching – quickly – all the way to Tutukaka.

“Once he pulled alongside us we tried to get back inshore but we never really got to it,” says crewman Patrick O’Reilly of what was the turning point in the race.

Team Australia is the only boat to beat TeamVodafone: until this week, the boats had only met in Australia, when they each took points off the other. TeamVodafone took the first local win when the boats met up on Wednesday night.

PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic spokesperson Matthew Flynn congratulates Team Australia. “They really flew across the finish line, looking relaxed and comfortable. They had the perfect high speed conditions in which to race across the Bay of Islands.”

As the evening closed in, the wind moved to the West in Russell, it was calm, and it was expected to lighten off further after a rain squall moved through. Further down the course, a wind change willl mean a longer but more comfortable race for most entrants.

The boats line up in eight race divisions categorised by size and speed. A chance to win an Audi A1 is one of the feature prizes, along with another $30,000 of technological and marine related gear from sponsors that include PIC Insurance Brokers, BG, Jackson Electrical Industries Limited, Yachting New Zealand, Dirty Dog, Elf Oils, Musto, Mount Gay Rum, Railblaza, and PredictWind.com.

The PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic is organised by the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club. Boat tracking, commentary, sked times, photos and video are available on www.coastalclassic.co.nz.


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Local state legislators aim to boost auto, boat sales by reducing costs – Mlive

DaveRobertson.jpgState Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI — State Sen. David Robertson sponsored legislation that aims to boost auto, RV and boat sales by cutting the sales tax on the purchase.

“This is a win for the Average Joe and a win for local job providers. These reforms will help consumers save money when they buy a car or boat in Michigan and enable our local Michigan dealers to better compete with out-of-state sellers,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, in a written statement.

When an individual today buys a new or used automobile or watercraft in Michigan, the state’s 6 percent sales tax is applied to the full sales price, even if the sale included a trade-in.

“Michigan is currently one of only six states – and the only Great Lakes state – that taxes the value of trade-ins,” Robertson said in the statement. “This unfair policy puts in-state businesses at a serious competitive disadvantage and costs Michigan consumers more in extra taxes. It is a clear example of how bad tax laws can negatively impact both job providers and consumers.”

The House approved the bills Tuesday, Oct. 22, that would phase out the requirement that buyers pay sales tax on the full price of a boat, car or recreational vehicle without subtracting the value of their trade-ins.

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, also supported the bill, according to a press release.

“This is common-sense tax reform that will enable taxpayers to add to their savings accounts or pay bills with the money that is saved,” Graves said in a written statement. 


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West Marine Q3 numbers dragged down by slow boat sales

WATSONVILLE — West Marine announced only “modest” improvement on its ongoing strategies to combat slow sales and said Thursday that it would accelerate plans to push e-commerce sales and boating lifestyle merchandise.

Revenues in the third quarter for the retailer and wholesaler of boating supplies and services were up slightly from a year ago. Net income, in part due to a new tax valuation, was down significantly from $10.3 million a year ago to $6.3 million this year. Progress was offset by soft sales in the company’s traditional core market of maintenance and boat usage-based products, executives said.

“It’s important for me to note that none of us are satisfied with this year’s results,” said Matt Hyde, chief executive officer and president.

After a three-day retreat with its board of directors, West Marine’s executive team will be fast-tracking its ongoing move to online sales, continued consolidation and “optimization” of stores and product diversification. The company wants to become “the water life authority,” the place customers go for everything they need to live on and near water, Hyde said during a webcast conference call with analysts and investors Thursday.

“We’re making choices to strengthen the company for the long term,” Hyde said.

The company is encouraged by early testing of new product categories in a few stores such as water life accessories. The plan is to evolve the West Marine brand “into an experience that compels customers to shop with us beyond just picking up supplies for their boat.”

Despite a recent uptick in small boat sales, the company needs to diversify “from the strong influence of core boat usage” and the strong seasonality of the industry, Hyde said.

The most important strategy is building the e-commerce, Hyde said. The company saw a 20.3 percent jump in total direct sales in the third quarter. The company will be introducing a new website platform for retailers as well as wholesalers in the next few months.

Because profit goals were not met, the company eliminated accrued a companywide bonus expense of $1.3 million, said Tom Moran, company chief financial officer.

Follow Sentinel correspondent Jennifer Pittman at Twitter.com/jenniferpittman

AT A GLANCE

West Marine Inc.

WHAT: West Marine is a retailer and wholesaler of boating supplies and services with 289 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and five franchised stores in Turkey.
HEADQUARTERS: 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville.
INFORMATION: 728-2700; www.westmarine.com
EMPLOYEES: The company employs about 3,946 people, about 390 of them work locally.
STOCK: West Marine shares on the Nasdaq closed up 6 cents Thursday to close at $12.52. The 52-week range is $9.32-$13.20.


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Design for Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats Unveiled

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Construction of the new $6.6 million Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is scheduled to begin this winter. Designed by award-winning Seattle architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the building harkens back to historic Northwest boatbuilding facilities while at the same time serves as a modern front door for the growing museum, Lake Union Park and the surrounding South Lake Union neighborhood. Kundig’s interest in creating shape-shifting structures will be evident in the Wagner Education Center, where large windows flank interior spaces and movable exterior panels shift up or down to allow for the control of natural light and open or close the building.

“We designed the center to reflect our region’s deep maritime history, provide a functional and efficient environment for the center, and to serve its diverse audiences,” notes architect Tom Kundig. “The design features wood, glass and steel, and just like on a boat, every inch of space and feature is designed to provide the highest function.” The new CWB Wagner Education Center is seeking a LEED Gold Certification thanks to its design that reduces environmental impacts both during construction and in operation.

The new building will house a dedicated youth classroom that can be converted to a sail loft in the evening; new gallery and exhibit space; and a boat shop designed to facilitate the restoration of the museum’s largest boats and the construction of new boats from historic designs. The education center is the largest part of a $9.5 million dollar capital improvement project that is also upgrading the organization’s existing floating facilities at the south end of Lake Union. It will also bring necessary upgrades to CWB’s workshop and warehouse at the North end of the lake and will strengthen the museum’s financial stability.

“CWB’s sailing and boatbuilding classes, programs for kids, historical maritime exhibits and artifacts are overflowing our original floating boathouse and boat shop,” said Lori O’Tool, CWB Board President. “Tom Kundig at Olson Kundig Architects knows how to design the kind of human scale building that retains the feel and character that has always made CWB a place where everyone feels welcome.”

Details about the campaign, and information on how the community can help, can be found on the CWB website at www.cwb.org/campaign

About Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig Architects is a Seattle-based architecture firm led by owners Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, and Alan Maskin. The 105-person firm specializes in a range of projects both nationally and internationally, including cultural centers; academic and civic projects; new and renovated residences, particularly for art collectors; mixed-use buildings; academic and civic projects; museums and exhibit design; cultural centers; places of worship; urban design; and interior design. The firm is the recipient of the 2009 Architecture Firm Award, awarded by the American Institute of Architects. olsonkundigarchitects.com

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. cwb.org

Media Contacts:

The Center for Wooden Boats

Dan Leach

o-206-382-2628 ext. 31

c-425-205-1372

dleach@cwb.org

Hi-res images available upon request.

A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=21784


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