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2016 Boating Season Outlook Positive in NY, Nationally

2016 Boating Season Outlook Positive in NY, Nationally

SYRACUSE, NY. With the 2016 boating season just ahead, marine industry leaders in New York and nationally see positive trends.

This tritoon boat was popular with visitors to the Central New York Boat Show. Show manager Drew Wickham says the pontoon style boats have special appeal to families, grandparents, and those wanting to simply relax on the water.

This tritoon boat was popular with visitors to the Central New York Boat Show. Show manager Drew Wickham says the pontoon style boats have special appeal to families, grandparents, and those wanting to simply relax on the water.

Drew Wickham manages the Central New York Boat Show sponsored by the Boating Industry Association of Upstate New York each February with more than 500 models of all types of boats, personal watercraft and related gear on exhibit in Syracuse.

After the 2016 CNY Boat Show event, Wickham noted, ‘More and more people are coming to the show to look at all types of vessels as well as docks and the diverse array of boating accessories. Pontoon boats continue to be popular with families and people who just want to relax on the water. There appears to be a resurgence of interest in newer style fishing boats. The show dealers always offer great pre-season incentives for purchasing your first or your next boat.’

National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich commented in a December 2015 press release, ‘Sales are up in most segments with larger boats on the move, helping to lift the industry and support thousands of marine industry jobs nationwide.’

The NMMA cites outboard engine sales as a leading indicator for boat sales as four out of five new boats sold are outboard engine-propelled. In 2015, outboard engine retail sales were up 8.7 percent, a post-recession high.

In December, the NMMA reported that new powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments possible in 2016. The powerboat category includes outboard boats, wake sport boats, inboard cruisers, sterndrive boats, and jet boats as well as personal watercraft.

For Diana Rood of North Pitcher, NY, in Chenango County, the 2016 boating season will include a 1000 Islands Escape courtesy of the Central New York Boat Show.

A first-time visitor to the show, Rood won the prize package that includes deluxe Jacuzzi suite accommodations at Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina in Alexandria Bay.

The package also includes a $75 dinner gift certificate, and relaxing by the beautiful waters of the St. Lawrence River along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.

‘We thought the show would be a nice break from winter and my husband was interested in seeing what might be available as a center console fishing boat,’ Rood said. ‘The show setup was nice and we were pleasantly surprised to learn we won the getaway prize.’

The Central New York Fall Boat Show with new and used boats and end-of-season pricing will be September 9-11 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

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Boat dealer docks in market

A Wisconsin boat dealer has opened a new facility along the West Michigan lakeshore.

Milwaukee-based CenterPointe Yacht Services now has a boat showroom and sales office in Holland, at 2150 S. Shore Dr., at Eldean Shipyard along Lake Macatawa.

The location

CenterPointe Yacht Services’ location will provide new boat sales and brokerage yacht services.

The company offers luxury yachts, such as Carver and Marquis, and Beneteau Powerboats, such as Monte Carlo, Gran Turismo, Swift Trawler and Baracuda.

The location will be managed by Rick Rogers, a Holland native who has experience in the retail marine industry and automotive supplies.

Rogers indicated the location anticipates a full line of inventory arriving in mid spring or early summer.

Rogers said staff from Eldean Shipyard are anticipated to provide support to the location, and there are plans for future growth.

“Boots on the ground”

The Holland location is the company’s first physical presence in West Michigan.

Craig Duchow, principal and general manager of CenterPointe Yacht Services, said the company has always marketed yachts to West Michigan, but it felt a physical presence was needed to provide a high level of quality service to customers.

“Eldean’s Shipyard Marina is a great central location in West Michigan and has a well-known reputation for offering quality slips, storage and service,” Duchow said. “We are also very excited to have boots on the ground in Michigan, led by Rick Rogers, who has lived there his whole life and is well-known and respected in the community and the marine industry.”


In 2005, Peter Moede and Ted Balistreri founded CenterPointe Yacht Services in Door County, Wisconsin and then merged with Harborside Yacht Center in 2011, which was established by Craig Duchow in 1995.

The company has three other locations along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.

CenterPointe Yacht Services provides new and pre-owned boat sales, brokerage services and dockside and storage services: engine maintenance and repair; electrical system repair; refinishing; carpentry; and installation of marine electronics, radar masts, bow thrusters, marine heads, generators and more.  

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Gulf Craft Generates AED 80 Million in Sales at Dubai International Boat Show

Mar 08 2016

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Emirates-Based Yacht and Boat Builder Welcomed Visitors from Around the World

Dubai –
Gulf Craft
sold AED 80 million (USD 22 million) worth of luxury yachts and leisure boats across its range at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), the Emirates-based builder revealed today, signifying considerable market resilience amid a challenging global economic landscape.

Gulf Craft
‘s announcement follows the successful unveiling of four exceptional yachts – two of which are superyachts – across its expanding portfolio, marking the greatest number of launches the innovative shipyard has ever presented in a single event.

“What we have witnessed at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show is the genuine buoyancy of the leisure marine market, one which we believe has been heavily supported by our global presence and growing worldwide interest in our take on boating and on-water living,” said Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of
Gulf Craft
. “This year, we saw an increased number of international visitors, particularly from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US – all specifically coming to see and experience our product range.”

Gulf Craft
‘s unique marketing approach continues to center on delivering value, which, according to the builder’s CEO Erwin Bamps, is crucial during difficult economic times.

“Rather than taking cost-cutting measures, our focus is on exceeding client expectations and giving customers a greater return on investment in terms of both product and service,” Bamps said. “By relentlessly investing in research and development and working closely with our suppliers to enhance the seagoing experience, we have made this possible.”

Offering a wide range of craft – from the luxurious Majesty Yachts line and Nomad Yachts long-range series, to the Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers and Oryx sport yachts and cruisers,
Gulf Craft
serves a diverse client base with different boating aspirations, enabling the shipyard to seamlessly adapt to shifts in the market. The company’s comprehensive in-house capacity and semi-custom capability further bolsters its value proposition – larger yachts can be built to order, meaning that clients receive a unique piece that is tailored to meet their individual requirements.

Gulf Craft
‘s global premieres at DIBS included the youngest tri-deck Majesty 110, the opulent Majesty 90, and the oceangoing Nomad 55. The Oryx 43 fly-bridge was also debuted for the first time in the country.

“Our success at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show is testimony to the exhibition’s global and regional prominence as one of the world’s leading lifestyle events for the leisure marine industry. As our home event, we look forward to our participation year after year,” Bamps concluded.


Gulf Craft

Gulf Craft
, the world’s innovative builder of luxury yachts and leisure boats, has served the aspirations of passionate seafarers for more than three decades. The award-winning manufacturer is one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards, a merit it has achieved through continuous investment in research and development.

Founded in the Emirates in 1982,
Gulf Craft
continues to redefine the on-water living experience with its wide variety of premium craft, ranging from 27 feet to 155 feet in length. Deploying advanced technology, powerful engineering, and timeless design,
Gulf Craft
builds each creation to meet the diverse requirements of its discerning clientele, transforming travel by sea into a journey worth indulging in.

With an expanding portfolio that includes the enchanting Majesty Yachts, the oceangoing Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, and Oryx sport yachts and cruisers,
Gulf Craft
has built an enduring legacy.

Take a virtual tour of our innovations at

Media contact
Manal Ismail, Wallis Marketing Consultants, +971 50 508 7089,
Feras Hamzah, Wallis Marketing Consultants, +971 50 798 4784,

© Press Release 2016

© Copyright Zawya. All Rights Reserved.

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The Timber Has Become a Boat. The Rice Is Cooked.


木已成舟(mù yǐ chéng zhōu), 生米煮成熟饭(shēng mǐ zhǔ chéng shú fàn):

“The timber has become a boat. The rice is cooked.”: A Chinese proverb meaning that what is done cannot be undone.

This thought was very much on my mind this week, as I spent time with my various offices in China — mainland and Hong Kong — and reviewed business, prospects and work.

And, I think, I was particularly sensitized because of my recent trip to Cuba and my observations about the people. It is impossible not to begin to benchmark and compare — despite the fact that according to a few of my readers I am a “cretinous stooge for the totalitarian Communists of Cuba” and now I imagine China… What can I say.

Still, in this country, with pockets of incredible wealth and prosperity — of amazing innovation and creation; of ingenuity and just plain smarts — stories like this one are a jolt.

Read here from the BBC.

It tells the tale of five Hong Kong booksellers who vanished in 2015 and last week showed up on Chinese TV “confessing” to promoting and selling “unauthorized” books critical of communist leaders on the mainland.

This is a story we might have seen 50 years ago and read with horror, yet today it barely registered in the West and, let’s not forget, it was a fairly hard line, conservative United States President — Richard Nixon — who so long ago helped to “chop the wood and get the rice boiling” by opening China to the U.S. and the West.

I can never be in China without marveling at all the changes that have occurred here since I first visited, back in the ’80s, when I entered through Shekou and had to pass through a “Museum of Chinese History” before I could get to the street — a museum that did nothing but highlight Chinese advancement through the years while the decadent West languished. I was assigned a dedicated secret policeman calling himself Michael Jackson (Michael Jordan was the other popular name), who was at my side 24/7. I have written about this before. The only car on the road for miles and miles, the Friendship Stores where only the elite could buy Western goods, the impossibility of actually speaking with anyone, no access to local currency — you get the picture.

Today you enter freely through modern air terminals; the cars are new and numerous — as are the traffic jams — with Maseratis and BMWs and you name it; the Friendship Stores are decaying hulks surrounded by Cartier and Vuitton; get on WeChat and you can speak to anyone and do just about anything you can think of, and currency is open to all.

Yet, surrounded by the latest fashions (global and Chinese), a sea of expensive designer bags, and a never-ending clicking of fingers on smartphones, I could not help closing my eyes, as I queued up to leave the plane on an internal China flight, and picturing a sea of people dressed alike in the same drab outfits, shuffling along…a scene that was the norm until almost 1980.

It was only some 35 years ago that the Fashion Revolution began on the street and in 1979 Pierre Cardin, the famous French fashion designer, staged the very first fashion show in China in modern times.

Today, Chinese journalists, tourists and the just plain curious travel to border cities near North Korea to ponder what it was like in China only some 50 years ago. Read further here: TIME.

And now, the society that transitioned from a narrow government-imposed Brand Slave identity to a self-imposed global Brand Slave position craves individualism and personalization, with many Chinese niche fashion brands exploding all over the world.

And yet, connecting to Facebook or Twitter is spotty if you even can connect at all — and many of your favorite shows are streamed without key scenes, as government censorship protects you from anything antigovernment or anticommunist.

On the other hand, who needs Facebook or Twitter when you have WeChat and can do so much more with it?

I will let you read about the comparisons yourself, and I also recommend that you carefully compare the valuations of WeChat vs Facebook and Alibaba vs Amazon — and make your own conclusions…

The real question is “What can we learn from China? And will the timber stay in the boat and the rice on their plates?”

Here is my view.

There is a huge absence of the Digibabble fever that so pervades Western digital development, usage and valuation.

As Connie Chan of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz put it, “While Facebook and WhatsApp measure growth by the number of daily users on their networks, WeChat cares more about how relevant and central it is in addressing the daily, even hourly, needs of its users.”

Jack Ma talks about learning from American retail. He unabashedly buys tons of local TV time to drive digital sales. He intrinsically gets, in true Sam Walton tradition; that you follow the consumer to where the money is. In a day, Alibaba ships 4x the number of packages that Amazon does (lower average orders to be fair) yet makes a profit. Hmm, maybe that’s real disruption (a topic for another time).

WeChat is about lifestyle, and life is social. The Chinese get that and have from the start. Yet Mark Zuckerberg who seems to follow that thought, “Humans are fundamentally social. So, if a technology doesn’t actually help us socially understand each other better, it isn’t going to catch on,” uses it to argue that virtual reality will make people feel more connected to the real world…kind of like Amazon’s drones. Listen:

What’s happening in Asia is an inspiration — and not only WeChat…but that’s more about proof of what’s possible. It’s proof that everything starts from a conversation. There were 2,000 years when everything happened through a conversation, then a blip when the web came out when behavior was very structured — you’d go to websites, look for things to buy, and it was straight-up merchandising when you’d assume there were no human beings behind it. In Asia, the conversation was never removed. That’s why people are discovering the world through those apps. — Stan Chudnovsky, head of product management for messaging products at Facebook

More to ponder:

More Chinese students study outside of China than any other country’s students study outside of theirs.

There are more billionaires in Beijing than in New York.

The Chinese are buying up real estate all over the world – as an investment and to protect their money from the government — but they are not just buying in big cities and in huge blocks. They are buying residential and across the US, Australia and Europe.

Although many Chinese cannot afford to travel both due to time allotment and money, more and more do, spending $230 billion in the countries they visit.

And of course foreign investment in China continues to grow.

All of which leads me to this thought:

青出于蓝而胜于蓝 (qīng chū yú lán ér shèng yú lán)

Indigo blue is obtained from the indigo plant, but such color is bluer than the plant itself.

Bottom line? The disciple has surpassed the master.

According to the Best Countries Report, published by the U.S. News World Report, in collaboration with WPP’s BAV and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania:

China is perceived as the number one country in the world in which to start a career.

Ai Weiwei, the legendary Chinese artist and dissident, put it all in perspective:

To survive, China had to open up to the West. It could not survive otherwise. This was after many millions have died of hunger in a country that was like North Korea is today. Once we became part of global competition, we had to agree to some rules. It’s painful, but we had to. Otherwise there was no way to survival.

Let me end with a personal story, from my recent visit, that spoke volumes.

I went to see the Jewish Refugees Museum, a history of the Shanghai Community of European Jews who were saved from the Nazis and their allies by the Chinese during World War II. It is a most moving exhibition, made even more so to me by the family names I recognized, as a number of my friends’ parents and grandparents were saved in Shanghai. And our young guide, a local volunteer, spoke with pride about the communities — both Chinese and Jewish.

As we were leaving, a few buses pulled up and out came the students from a local school. It seems that schools visit every day — it is a part of local history and culture. What distinguished this school, an international school, was that the instructors and all the children, despite being local, all spoke English as that is the language in which they are taught. One of my friends, an “old China Hand” remarked that they would all go to school in the U.S. or England.

Chinese students learning, in English, about China’s role in saving Jews from the Holocaust…

The indigo is bluer than the plant.

So you can argue, as they did in Davos, about growth in China being six percent or four percent and bemoan the double-digit slowdown.

Or you can view (as I did) with cynicism the tears of Xi Jinping – but do pay attention to his use of social media.

Or listen to Mao. Yes, Mao. (Save the knee-jerk cretin remarks…)


The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you. China’s future belongs to you.

The timber will never leave the boat and the indigo is the most amazing blue — time to learn from ourselves… Back to basics.

What do you think?

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