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Gulf Craft achieves $22m sales at Dubai boat show

UAE-based Gulf Craft, a leading superyacht shipyards, has announced that it sold Dh80 million ($22 million) worth of luxury yachts and leisure boats across its range at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS).

The company’s announcement follows the successful unveiling of four new yachts – two of which are superyachts – across its expanding portfolio, marking the most number of launches the shipyard has ever presented in a single event, said a statement from the company.

Gulf Craft offered a wide range of crafts – 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, it said.

The company also showcased 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, it added.

Gulf Craft serves a diverse client base with different boating aspirations, enabling the shipyard to seamlessly adapt to shifts in the market, and its comprehensive in-house capacity and semi-custom capability further bolsters its value proposition – larger yachts can be built to order, which allows clients to receive a unique piece that is tailored to meet their individual requirements, it stated.

Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, chairman of Gulf Craft, said: “What we have witnessed at this year’s 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.”

“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,” he added.

Erwin Bamps, CEO, Gulf Craft, said: “Our unique marketing approach continues to centre on delivering value, which 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,” he said.

“By relentlessly investing in research and development and working closely with our suppliers to enhance the seagoing experience, we have made this possible,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service


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Boat sales up 6.8 percent in 2015

Posted on March 9th, 2016
Written by Jack Atzinger


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Growth in U.S. recreational boat sales slowed during the fourth quarter, but builders and dealers sold 15,477 more boats in all of 2015 than they did the year before, marking the fourth straight year of gains for the recovering industry.

Full-year sales rose 6.2 percent to 159,116 boats in the main segments and 6.8 percent to 244,116 industrywide from 2014, Statistical Surveys reported today.

The data are from all 50 states and include up-to-date reports from the Coast Guard on documented vessels, providing a complete picture of the industry’s 2015 performance.

“It’s continual moderate growth, like we’ve been seeing for the past few years,” Statistical Surveys sales director Ryan Kloppe said.

Fourth-quarter sales were 5.3 percent higher in the main segments, but up just 2.8 percent overall, leaving the industry slightly below the high-end forecast of an 8 percent gain for the year.

Forecasts are for a sales gain of 5 to 6 percent this year.

“I think that is very doable,” Kloppe said. “I think you’ll see those segments continue to strive. The bigger-boat categories are doing well, and the mainstays continue to do so as well.”

Three categories from the main segments — aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, and 11- to 50-foot fiberglass outboard boats — and personal watercraft carried the industry last year, accounting for more than 191,000 sales, or more than three-fourths of the nationwide total.

Fiberglass outboard boats were the top seller among the main segments: 47,021 were sold, an 8.7 percent gain from the prior year. A total of 45,104 fishing boats were sold, representing a 6.6 percent increase, and 44,406 pontoon boats were sold, giving that category a 6.9 percent gain.

PWC led all categories across the industry as 54,934 were sold. That segment was the only one that topped 50,000 sales.

Sales of ski and wakeboard boats rose 9.7 percent to 7,825 and jetboat sales climbed 24.9 percent — the highest percentage gain of any category — to 4,446.

The only category in the main segments that posted lower sales was 14- to 30-foot inboard and sterndrive boats, a lagging group that has shown signs of life in recent months. Sales in the category were 7.4 percent lower for the year, at 12,061.

Florida, which leads the nation nearly every month, finished the year atop the states with 29,252 sales. Texas was second with 21,129, Michigan was third with 13,530, Minnesota was fourth with 11,094, and Wisconsin was fifth with 10,214.

The rest of the top 10 were North Carolina (9,130); New York (8,612); Alabama (8,209); Louisiana (7,914); and California (7,469).

Among the top 10 states, only Louisiana had fewer sales in 2015 than the year before, and Kloppe said 18 of the top 20 exceeded their 2014 totals.

Sales in all three of the industry’s bigger-boat categories were higher. Among 31- to 40-foot cruisers, sales rose 1.1 percent to 1,464. Sales of 41- to 65-foot yachts rose 10.6 percent to 1,045 and sales of 66-foot and larger yachts rose 8.6 percent to 190.

Sailboat sales fell 7.7 percent for the year to 2,411.


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Gulf Craft achieves $22m sales at Dubai boat show – Trade Arabia

UAE-based Gulf Craft, a leading superyacht shipyards, has announced that it sold Dh80 million ($22 million) worth of luxury yachts and leisure boats across its range at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS).

The company’s announcement follows the successful unveiling of four new yachts – two of which are superyachts – across its expanding portfolio, marking the most number of launches the shipyard has ever presented in a single event, said a statement from the company.

Gulf Craft offered a wide range of crafts – 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, it said.

The company also showcased 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, it added.

Gulf Craft serves a diverse client base with different boating aspirations, enabling the shipyard to seamlessly adapt to shifts in the market, and its comprehensive in-house capacity and semi-custom capability further bolsters its value proposition – larger yachts can be built to order, which allows clients to receive a unique piece that is tailored to meet their individual requirements, it stated.

Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, chairman of Gulf Craft, said: “What we have witnessed at this year’s 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.”

“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,” he added.

Erwin Bamps, CEO, Gulf Craft, said: “Our unique marketing approach continues to centre on delivering value, which 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,” he said.

“By relentlessly investing in research and development and working closely with our suppliers to enhance the seagoing experience, we have made this possible,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service


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2016 Boating Season Outlook Positive in NY, Nationally – Oswego …


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.

Find details at www.cnyboatshow.com.


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