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Cruisers Yachts welcomes Bluewater Yacht Sales to dealer network

OCONTO, Wis.  – KCS International, Inc., owner of Cruisers Yachts, announces a new long-term sales and service agreement with Bluewater Yacht Sales to cover the Mid-Atlantic Region. Bluewater will represent Cruisers Yachts in their locations within Northern South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Bluewater Yacht Sales has a strong, 47 year history selling and servicing yachts. Bluewater is represented with over 40 professional sales associates in 10 locations throughout the Mid Atlantic. Bluewater operates their service and warranty departments in three world class yacht facilities.

“This is a big enhancement to our already strong dealer network,” says Dan Zenz, Vice President of Sales. “Our strategy with dealer recruitment has been aimed at partnering with successful, stable, and established dealerships and Bluewater Yacht Sales is a perfect fit. With our current lineup of yachts and the direction of our new products, the team at Cruisers Yachts is excited about everything that Bluewater Yacht Sales brings to the table, including first class service, an elite sales team and an ownership team that is committed to the boat business.”

“Our organization is committed to selling the highest quality of yachts,” said Jan Boone, President of Bluewater Yacht Sales. “Cruisers Yachts is positioned well for the future as their ownership and management team share similar philosophies to us. Cruisers product is an excellent fit with our existing boat lines. Everyone at Bluewater welcomes this new partnership and we are excited to get things kicked off.”

Bluewater Yacht Sales will began carrying Cruisers Yachts for the 2016 Model Year, which begins on July 1st. Bluewater is looking to have Cruisers product ranging from 32 – 60 feet on display at their sales offices and make a large presence at the Annapolis Boat Show in October.



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Boat, motorcycle sales warm up

Pontoon boats have replaced fiberglass boats as hot sellers at Shy Beaver Boat Center in James Creek.

“The fiberglass market of all brands and sizes continues to struggle to maintain popularity and get back to previous market levels,” said Wayne Price, sales manager. “The growth in our industry is contributed solely on the shoulders of the pontoon segment. Pontoons continue to gain in popularity. The fiberglass market has clearly taken a back seat to today’s buyer’s,” Price said.

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Scott Myers and April Stetter of DuBois check out a Kawasaki 1600 Mean Streak at Steve Seltzer Powersports at 443 Sabbath Rest Road, Altoona, on Monday.

Today’s boaters are looking for 23- and 25-foot long boats rather than the 19- to 21-foot boats that were popular several years ago.

“With the lake (Raystown) having heavy weekend use, small fiberglass sales are limited. Everyone wants larger – 23 and 25 feet – to enjoy a pleasant ride through heavy waves from other boaters and handle the capacity needs,” Price said.

“Customers looking at today’s 23 foot and 25 foot fiberglass prices often pause. It often encourages them to take a second look at a pontoon that was once the inferior grandparents’ boat. They quickly learn pontoons have entered a new era in luxury and performance filling yesterday’s fiberglass boat prices,” Price said.

Pontoon boats are much different today.

“The traditional 20 mph mom-and-pop pontoon has been replaced with engines up to 350 hp supercharged 4-strokes, and quality is that of a fiberglass boat, with new vinyl floors and low maintenance. It is the living room comfort you need to spend hours in a cove with family and friends. Now they can deliver on aggressive speeds and tube rides,” Price said.

Sales of used pontoons also are up.

“The pre-owned market continues to be very strong and seems to get stronger as new fiberglass prices reach new norms. As 2016 approaches, all indicators are pontoon sales will continue the upward trend,” Price said.

Sales of pontoon boats as well as bass boats and Deep V boats are up at Glendale Boat Sales in Fallentimber.

“This year, we have sold more pontoon boats. I try to have a variety of colors and models that I think will sell,” said co-owner Tammy Caracciolo. “We are doing well with used pontoon boats. I can’t keep them in stock; within a day or two, they are gone. I got two in the last week, and they were gone by the weekend. We have a waiting list for used pontoon boats.”

Meanwhile, motorcycle sales have been brisk at Apple Harley-Davidson in Duncansville.

“We have seen an increase in sales. Last month was our busiest month in a bunch of years,” owner Joe Apple said. “Touring models are the most popular for us. They are the bigger models, ones you can ride and not be tired after riding all day,” he said.

Local powersports dealers also are doing well.

“When I look at the business based on what this location did last year, we are up about 35 percent,” said owner Greg Sloan of Five Star Powersports, Duncansville, which purchased Cernic’s Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM in April.

“The last month (May), we were up 100 percent over what they did last year,” Sloan said.

Sloan said he is selling a “little bit of everything.”

“We are selling a lot of watercraft and an awful lot of ATVs and side by sides. About 40 percent of our sales are street bikes, 20 percent are off road dirt bikes and the other 40 percent is made up of ATVs, side by sides, watercraft and scooters,” Sloan said.

Sales also are up at Steve Seltzer Powersports, Pinecroft.

“This is our busiest time of the year, from April to August. Our sales are up a little bit over last year, Seltzer said. “Nationwide, Honda is up, Kawasaki is a little flat. We are seeing more sales this year in the ATVs and side by side off road vehicles.”

Banik’s Sales and Service, Carrolltown, is doing a lot of side-by-side business.

“The Can Am side-by-sides are hot, they have recently taken off. Our most popular items are Honda and Can Am ATVs and side by sides. ATVs and side by sides sales make up about 50 percent of our business,” owner Andy Banik said.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.


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Hatteras Yachts adds North Carolina dealer

Posted on June 25th, 2015


Hatteras Yachts has appointed Total Offshore Yacht Sales of Wilmington, N.C., to its network of sales representatives.

The company said the addition helps move it toward its goal of strengthening its presence in key fishing and cruising markets in the United States and the world.

“I am very excited to be back with Hatteras,” Total Offshore Yacht Sales owner and president David Croom said in a statement.

Croom represented the company’s yachts when he worked with a previous yacht dealership eight years ago.

“Hatteras builds the best boats for customers in our region, many of whom are active offshore yachtsmen or saltwater anglers,” Croom said. “The new Hatteras GT Series, in particular, has been very well received by our local sportfishing community.

Croom has been on the water since age 11, when he got his first job on a boat as mate. A Coast Guard-licensed captain at 19, he gained experience operating a range of vessels, including commercial vessels, sailboats, motoryachts and sportfishing boats. A passionate angler, he is a proud member of the Hatteras Marlin Club on Cape Hatteras.

“We are delighted to welcome David Croom of Total Offshore Yacht Sales, with his well-honed skills both as a yacht broker and as a captain, and his focus on excellent customer service, back to the Hatteras family,” said John Ward, president and CEO of Hatteras/Cabo Yachts. “Total Offshore Yacht Sales is in the heart of Hatteras country, and its proximity to our factory is sure to make for very strong ties between us, the dealership and its clients.”


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Boat seller takes deal

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It took five years after the first complaint against him was filed, but it looks like the scheming ways of a Greers Ferry boat dealer finally caught up with him.

He owes his victims over $200,000.00, but Gary Eubanks will have to satisfy a 10 year prison term before he can start repaying them.  

Under a plea agreement, Eubanks will both spend time in prison and be shackled with a lot of debt when he gets out.

“He said he could sell my boat for me,” Douglas Guterman of Lonoke told us in August of 2013.  “And the reason I wanted it done was…I just had a hip operation and I can’t ride a boat.  So I could not demonstrate it to anybody if I tried to sell it privately.”

Guterman was supposed to get $17,000.00   Eubanks was supposed to get $2,000.00.  Guterman says Eubanks kept all the money from the sale.

We also talked with Darell Siler of Searcy.  Siler paid Eubanks $13,500.00 for a pontoon only to later have the pontoon’s owner reclaim it because Eubanks never paid him the money for the boat.

“He didn’t do everything he was supposed to do?”  

“There is one thing he didn’t do…was pay the previous owner of the boat,” said Siler.

Once Channel Seven started sharing the stories of people who trusted Gary Eubanks to sell their boats only to have Eubanks pocket all the money from those sales…we began to hear from more and more victims.  

In January of 2013 the Attorney General filed a civil suit in an effort to stop Eubanks.  

18 months before that a Searcy attorney representing one of Eubank’s victims wrote a six page letter practically begging for Eubank’s prosecution.  
It didn’t happen…and Eubanks was able to ensnare many more victims in his boat sale consignment schemes before he was charged with felony theft in September of 2013.

“In hindsight it could have been prosecuted,” says Searcy attorney Daniel Brock.  “Again…I don’t want to second guess anybody.  I’m glad at least in this instance justice was eventually served.”

If this plea agreement is approved by the judge…Eubanks will be formally sentenced on August 11th.  

If he behaves himself in prison he could be out in less than two years.   

But the only way he will reduce the over $200,000 he owes his victims…will be to make payments. 

Air date:  June 24th, 2015


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Hatteras Yachts expands sales network

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June 24, 2015
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NEW BERN, N.C. —  American sportfishing and motor yacht builder Hatteras Yachts is pleased to announce that Total Offshore Yacht Sales of Wilmington, N.C., has joined its award-winning global network of sales representatives. The addition of this new Hatteras dealership in coastal North Carolina furthers the builder’s goal of strengthening its presence in key fishing and cruising markets in the U.S. and around the world.

“I am very excited to be back with Hatteras,” said Total Offshore Yacht Sales Owner and President David Croom, who represented the company’s yachts when he worked with a previous yacht dealership eight years ago. “Hatteras builds the best boats for customers in our region, many of whom are active offshore yachtsmen or saltwater anglers. The new Hatteras GT Series, in particular, has been very well received by our local sportfishing community.

Croom has been on the water since age 11, when he got his first job on a boat as mate. A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain at age 19, he gained experience operating a wide range of vessels including commercial vessels, sailboats, motor yachts and sportfishing boats. A passionate angler, he is a proud member of the Hatteras Marlin Club on Cape Hatteras, N.C. David draws on this rich experience to provide his dealership’s customers with a wide range of services and support before, during and after their yacht purchase.

“We are delighted to welcome David Croom of Total Offshore Yacht Sales, with his well-honed skills both as a yacht broker and as a captain, and his focus on excellent customer service, back to the Hatteras family,” said John Ward, president and CEO of Hatteras/Cabo Yachts. “Total Offshore Yacht Sales is in the heart of Hatteras country, and its proximity to our factory is sure to make for very strong ties between us, the dealership and its clients.”



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Tax breaks ahoy! N.J. sales tax limit on luxury yachts sails through Legislature

TRENTON — The only thing now standing between an expensive yacht buyer and a sales tax break is Gov. Chris Christie.

A bill (S2784) to cap the amount of sales tax New Jersey can collect on boat purchases at $20,000 coasted through both the state Senate, where it passed 36-0 and Assembly, where it passed 65-5 with 4 abstentions. It now lands to Christie’s desk.

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), said earlier this month the intent is to boost New Jersey’s boat industry by keeping New Jerseyans from buying boats in neighboring states.

The bill is similar to a budget measure recently passed in New York.

New Jersey’s sales tax is 7 percent, meaning that a buyer would have to spend $285,715 on a boat to pay $20,000 in sales tax. But under the bill, there would be no difference between how much that buyer would pay versus someone buying a $1 million boat.

The liberal think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective has criticized the bill as “just another tax break for the wealthy.”

State Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-Cumberland) suggested expanding the tax break to a larger segment of boaters.

“This bill targets a certain section of the boating community for tax breaks but unfortunately leaves most of the other boaters in its wake,” he said.

But sponsors said it would keep afloat New Jersey’s threatened boat building industry.

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Boat sales see first drop in 15 months

Posted on June 19th, 2015
Written by Jack Atzinger


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Recreational boat sales fell in May, declining in both the main powerboat segments and industrywide for the first time in 15 months.

The drop was small — 1.6 percent, or 241 boats, to 15,003, in the main segments, and 2.1 percent industrywide, or 501, to 23,363, in 27 states, or about 65 percent of the U.S. market, in Statistical Surveys’ monthly report — but it marked the first time since February 2014 that sales were broadly lower.

The industry has been achieving steady, moderate gains for the last three years as it recovers from the sales slump that occurred during the Great Recession.

Minnesota had the largest decline among the early-reporting states. Sales fell there by 515 boats, from 2,658 in May 2014 to 2,143 this year, but the state still placed fourth in the rankings.

Sales fell by 110 in Texas, from 2,526 last year to 2,416 this year, but the state still ranked third nationally. Florida led the nation and showed a gain, as it usually does, reporting 3,356 sales, 506 more than the 2,850 it had last year.

Statistical Surveys national marine sales manager Ryan Kloppe said manufacturers and dealers did not tell him that they were seeing a slowdown in sales.

“We’ve had a good stretch, with more than a year of sales gains, and we finally see a bit of a dip,” he said. “I think it’s possibly a lull after the spring rush and before the summer rush.”

Kloppe said he expects sales to rebound as the summer selling season moves forward.

The only high-volume category in the main segments that showed a sales increase for the month was 11- to 40-foot fiberglass outboards, a stalwart segment during the industry’s long recovery. Sales rose 4.9 percent to 4,114 boats.

Even sales of personal watercraft were lower, dropping 2.9 percent to 5,695.

Two consistently strong categories — aluminum fishing boats and pontoon boats — showed declines. Fishing boat sales dropped by 1.3 percent to 3,399 and pontoon sales fell 4.1 percent to 5,129.

The bigger-boat categories generally fared better. Sales of 31- to 40-foot cruisers were nearly flat at 161 boats, but sales of 41- to 62-foot yachts rose by 11 to 89 and sales of 63- to 99-foot custom and semicustom yachts rose by 15 to 32.

Apart from Florida, Texas and Minnesota, the top 10 states for sales were: Michigan (No. 2, where sales rose by 155 to 2,833); New York (No. 5, where sales fell by 107 to 1,773); North Carolina (No. 6, where sales rose by 53 to 1,373); New Jersey (No. 7, where sales rose by 113 to 877); Ohio (No. 8, where sales fell by 93 to 796); Tennessee (No. 9, where sales fell by 126 to 769); and Washington (No. 10, where sales rose by 77 to 690).

Sales of jetboats rose nationally by 81 to 436; ski-boat sales fell by one to 829.

Sailboat sales fell by 34, or 13.5 percent, to 218.


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Capping the sales tax plugs a leak in the boating economy | Editorial

There has been some legislative stirring to cap New Jersey’s sales tax on recreational boats at $20,000, and no doubt the sneering impulse is to dismiss it as a giveaway to help millionaires buy new toys.

Yet even with the treasury empty, consider this: Some tax revenue is better than zero tax revenue, and any boat builder or marina operator or service yard mechanic will tell you that consumers are now motivated to shop elsewhere – or worse, dock their boats in other states.

Rather than pay 7 percent tax here, they shop in Florida, which has an $18,000 sales tax cap. They shop in Maryland, which has a $15,000 cap. They shop in New York, which has an $18,900 cap in most counties.

New Jersey offers no such cap. So a $500,000 boat built and bought here carries a tax bill of $35,000. So would anyone in their right mind pay an extra $17,000 for the privilege of buying it in New Jersey?


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The answer is that most of them don’t anymore. Just ask Rick Weber, the manager of South Jersey Marina in Cape May. From 2000-08, sales generated an average of about $1.5 million in tax revenue for the state each year. The recession then hit, but that wasn’t the worst of it, he says. Since Florida capped its tax in 2010, he says he has sent an average of $400,000 annually.

Even if consumers buy here and register elsewhere, they can dodge the tax and New Jersey loses in myriad ways.

A ST-10V form exempts the boat from sales tax on the proviso that it remains exclusively outside New Jersey. In the last six years, South Jersey Marina exempted $17 million in tax via ST-10V filings on the sale of 14 boats now docked out of state – and they won’t return to New Jersey without triggering penalties, which deprives our marinas from fuel, dockage, and maintenance income that may reach six figures annually.

So this cap, which passed the Senate Budget Committee last week, isn’t the SS Giveaway. It’s more about keeping a $2 billion industry competitive. In a state surrounded on three sides by water, it’s an activity that should be encouraged by this bill’s passage.

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Marine industry cheers Florida’s cap on sales tax for yacht repair

South Florida’s boating industry is celebrating a new state law that caps the sales tax paid for repairs on a yacht at $60,000.

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida championed the measure aimed to boost repair and overhaul work in the area and create jobs. Signed into law this week, the cap takes effect July 1, aiming to help Florida better compete with other states and nations that offer refits with little or no sales tax.

“This gives us a shot at the bigger refits being done around the world,” said Phil Purcell, executive director of the South Florida marine group. By limiting Florida’s sales tax to the first $1 million of a refit, new work lured should benefit “tens of thousands of people in Broward County alone, everyone from electricians, carpenters, welders, plumbers, seamstresses and carpet layers to sellers of TVs.”

Proponents say the new law takes a cue from the aviation industry, where Florida is a leader in repairs.

The state long has exempted payment of sales tax on engines, parts, equipment and labor used in maintenance and repair of larger aircraft. Two years ago, it expanded that exemption to smaller craft, making Florida the region’s “go-to state” for repairs of small private planes too, Purcell said.

A 2010 law that caps Florida sales tax on boats at $18,000 — or the first $300,000 of the price — also has helped boost boat sales, and it increased sales tax revenue on boats sold in the state, industry studies show. New York this year placed a cap on its sales tax on boats to better compete with Florida.

Yet Florida lawmakers were not unanimous in supporting the tax break.

In debate Monday, Sen. Geraldine Thompson, a Democrat from Orlando, said the measure helps “the wealthy and the very wealthy and does nothing for the little guy.”

But Sen. Jack Latvala, a Republican from Clearwater, countered that the tax break was “not about saving millionaires money” but rather “getting jobs for people who aren’t millionaires.”

Boatyards in South Florida active in refits on larger yachts and likely to gain from the new law include Derektor, Rybovich, Dania Cut Superyacht Repair and Rolly Marine Services, among others.

dhemlock@sunsentinel.com, 305-810-5009, @dhemlock on Twitter

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Three important issues The Press has addressed in the past are on the boil now, and in each case this newspaper’s position remains the same or has strengthened.

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