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Annapolis Yacht Sales becomes newest Monterey dealer

Annapolis Yacht Sales is excited to announce their new powerboat brand – Monterey – effective immediately.  Monterey joins their prestigious line-up of power boats:  Edannapolis-yacht-salesgewater Boats, Steiger Craft, and Vanquish.  The addition of the Monterey brand adds several components to their lines: cruisers, fun family sporting boats, and performance boats.  These new powerboats are available at all four locations in Maryland and Virginia.

“We are impressed with the versatility of the Monterey brand and excited to add it to our powerboat line-up. It reaches a new market for Annapolis Yacht Sales by providing an extremely high quality sport and small day cruiser at a very affordable price.  I also love that these boats are designed and built by a passionate group of people that boat themselves, and have a family owned company like ours.” said Tim Wilbricht, president of Annapolis Yacht Sales.

Gregg Cohen, Monterey Brand Specialist adds, “Monterey opens a new market for AYS bridging a gap that we weren’t able to before, supplying high quality sport boats and sport cruisers to the Chesapeake Bay. I’ve known the Marshall brothers, who own Monterey boats, since before they started the company 31 years ago. I’ve watched them grow into a company that solidly provides one of the best built boat lines available in the U S market.  They are firmly committed to designing, engineering, and delivering the finest quality pleasure boat available combined with excellent customer service. Charles and Jeff Marshall have been in boating and boat building their whole lives. Monterey boats are truly built by people who spend a lot of time out on the water and know a quality boat, just like our customers.”

Originally opening its doors in 1953, Annapolis Yacht Sales is the leading new and brokerage boat dealer in the Mid-Atlantic. Currently owned by Tim Wilbricht, Chris Humphreys and Rob Taishoff, their mission is to build long lasting relationships with their partners and employees while serving the recreational and travel community. Annapolis Yacht Sales values honesty, integrity and servicing the communities surrounding each of their four locations.

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Fishing Journal: Newport Boat Show a success – Providence Journal

The Newport International Boat Show held last weekend was a great success.

I attended Sunday under threatening skies and the in-the-water show docks were crowded with attendees. Over 600 exhibitors were at the show with an assortment of boats and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. I visited the People’s Choice Award Winning manufacturer and checked out a few other exhibits that impressed me.

The Nordic Tug 40 foot Flybridge won the People’s Choice award at the show. Its big sister, the Nordic 44 Tug, took second place. The Nordic Tugs on display at the show were getting a lot of attention when I toured them. 

Paul Tortora, sales representative for Wilde Yacht Sales that represents Nordic, said, “Nordic gives you the economy of a displacement hull (2.5 gallons/hour), yet it can comfortably cruise into the mid to upper teens.” The Nordic 40 features a new wider swim platform with a large stern entry door and new this year a second side door at the stern. Visit for details.

The Parker 2510 walk-around with a cuddy cabin is a fishing machine. Its stable fishing platform has been upgraded with some finer touches such as colored hulls and fabrics. Over the past couple of years, a stern cockpit door and live well have been added.

Tom Grimes, sales associate for Don’s Marine in Tiverton that represents Parker in this market said, “Parker was always a great fishing boat appealing to fishermen. They now have added some touches like hull colors and fabric colors that appeal to women and families.”

The 25-foot Parker on display a the show featured a Windlass Package, a West Coast Bow Rail Package, a Sandy Tan Hull and two 200-horsepower engines. Visit for details on this Parker and others.

Dockwa software application that can find you dockage or a mooring in Newport, Boston, the Cape and Islands, New York and a host of other destinations. The app works from your smart phone or the web. The free application can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google. Visit for details.

Zipwake dynamic trim control tabs. These are not your conventional aluminum trim tabs but a system that incorporates a state of the art series of durable, fast-acting interceptors that eliminate the trim problems of planing and semi-planing boats between 20 and 60 feet.

Zipwake sales associate Dan Schermerhorn of Pro Marine Distributing said, “The system eliminates boat pitch when passengers walk around the vessel automatically and the system automatically eliminates wave resistance which saves fuel and money.”

Vvisit for details.

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Here’s what to expect at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Boat Show as …

The annual Tampa Bay Boat Show is back, with dealers and manufacturers plugging the latest in boating culture.

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Vendor Lou Vinci, owner and operator of Indian Springs Marina, keeps more than 300 boats in the full-service marina and also is a dealer of five major fishing and recreational boating manufacturers: Chaparral, Four Winns, Wellcraft, Robalo and Everglades.

The vessels he sells represent fishing boats from 16 to 43 feet and recreational boats from 21 to 48 feet.

Here’s what Vinci had to say about the show (which is presented by the Tampa Bay Times), the lines he represents and how the boating industry has bounced back since the Great Recession.

What’s new in boats this year?

Each one of the lines we represent has released new models this year. Four Winns has the new Horizon Series H350, 35-foot boat. … It’s got the combination for sleeping down below.

Wellcraft and Four Winns were acquired by Jeanneau two years ago. Jeanneau is a European builder. They are the biggest boat builder in the world. It is the General Motors in the boating industry, and they are devoting $100 million to the American market in the next 12 months.

The Tampa Bay market represents the No. 1 fishing boat market in the United States. It’s the boating capital of the world. And all of the boat builders are represented here at the show.

Are people buying more boats now that the economy is up?

We’ve seen a growth in the marine market over the last five years. The market at my dealership is up 25 percent over the last year. We had a phenomenal year last year. It was the same across the entire spectrum of boats that we sell.

I think we’re seeing growth in the 10 percent range industrywide. Here, people usually come to the show with checkbook in hand, which is really nice. The boat shows probably represent 55 percent of our annual sales. You can see 25 different brands of fish boats. You park your car once and you can see what you want. Now, there is a lot of traffic here.

Our financing people are here, and it’s really a one-stop shopping event. I have 26 boats on the floor right now.

Any signs the market for boats might falter any time soon?

Nobody has to have a boat, except fishermen. It’s a truly elective purchase and when times get tight, it’s often the boat that gets cut. It is a discretionary purchase.

But the nice thing about Florida is, there’s always a getaway. … I’ve been in the boating industry for 50 years. I can go fishing 3 miles offshore and it feels like I’m the only one out there. You get away from the traffic, the phone, the harassment of everyday life. Frankly, I would probably not be a continuing resident of Florida were it not for boating. I can use my boat for 10 months a year, although I used to go 12 months a year.

How big is this year’s show?

It’s sold out. This show is as packed as I’ve ever seen it.

I’ve got 2016s left on the floor, but we’re in the process of making room for the 2017 models here at the show and at the dealership.

And the money is still good. The loans are still good with the lenders. Lenders are comfortable again with boats. Interest rates are 4, 5, 6 percent, depending on credit scores. But I haven’t seen these kind of rates in a long time.

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Ed Killer: Marine business drives coastal economies

The phone call was accidental.

Paul MacCormack’s cell phone was not in his back pocket and it wasn’t dialing me every time he sat down. Rather, the Bluetooth in MacCormack’s car alphabetizes his phone’s contact list by first names.

So instead of calling his golfing buddy “Ed,” he ended up calling “Ed Killer.”

I was glad he called. MacCormack, a longtime yacht broker with United Yacht Sales just took a listing for a client on a Boston Whaler 32 Outrage, in fantastic condition and stored indoors at Taylor Creek Marina. He hopes to find a buyer soon. Then he’ll have two more happy boat owners in his contact list. (Did I mention it only has a mere 219 hours on the motors?)

MacCormack has worked in the Treasure Coast marine industry for decades. He has survived the white-knuckle ride of the ups and downs of what can be a fickle business. For more than 90 percent of the world, buying a boat only exists in the part of the personal finance pie chart dedicated to “disposable income.” When lending gets tight,the first portion of the economy that gets pinched is boat sales.

Recently, two reports of interest were released providing a sort of status update for the state of the marine economy along the Treasure Coast and Florida. Together they provide a snapshot of the area’s coastal economy as it sails into an uncertain future following the outcome of this presidential election.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and Marine Industries Association of Florida released data compiled by Thomas J. Murray Associates, Inc., a marine economist with the Virginia Marine Institute. The report, entitled “Florida’s Recreational Marine Industry-Relative Growth Economic Impact,” states the recreational marine industry in Florida generates $15.3 billion annually. On the Treasure Coast, it adds up to about $551.7 million.

Retail sales of boating-related goods is the most significant portion of that value with $4.9 billion statewide and $350 million locally. Florida leads the nation in registered vessels with 915,713, with 45,241 on the Treasure Coast. Jobs in the marine sector statewide total up more than 183,000 with more than 7,300 in this area. That includes jobs ranging from fiberglass appliers at the numerous boat builders to the guys and gals working the fuel docks at the dozens of marinas. It includes the divers who install new propellers on a sportfish at the dock, and people like MacCormack who are hustling to help a boater realize those “two best days of his life — the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it.”

The report dovetails with a second report produced completely independently of it. “The Indian River Lagoon Economic Valuation Update” was released Aug. 26 and was produced through a cooperative effort between the East Coast Regional Planning Council and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. Together the two regions include 11 of Florida’s 67 counties, 126 municipalities, a territory ranging over 9,700 miles and with a combined population of more than 5.47 million people — more than 25 percent of Florida’s population.

The two councils also include the 156-mile long Indian River Lagoon, stretching north to south through six counties — Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach —  and described in the report as a “national ecologic and economic treasure.”

According to the planning councils’ report, the Indian River Lagoon represents an economic engine to the communities along its shores. It generated between $7.6 billion and $9.9 billion in 2014, depending upon whether $934 million in annualized real estate value and economic contributions from Volusia County north of Ponce de Leon Inlet, considered the northern end of the IRL, were included.

Both reports are deep analyses of two major economic factors that power our livelihoods in this part of Florida. But they differ in key areas that made me wonder if there was a better way to paint this picture. For example, the planning councils’ report factors in the marine industry for the entire six county region of the lagoon as contributing roughly $131 million and just over 7,000 jobs. Both numbers are far fewer than the marine industry’s report.

It’s understandable that the two reports differ since they were commissioned by two groups with vastly different purposes. Still, it would be nice if we could compare apples to apples or at least mangroves to mangroves.

The planning councils’ report does highlight another fascinating piece of data — that even as population has increased 12 percent in the past 10 years in the lagoon counties, boat registrations have decreased by about 11 percent.

MacCormack said when it comes to boat sales compared to a wider segment of the country, this area is still somewhat of an outlier .

“Boat sales here are not as strong as they are elsewhere,” he said Friday. “The Treasure Coast is still lagging behind. People just aren’t using their boats the way they used to, and it’s no wonder why when you consider the water quality problems we had this past year. People have been hearing about this all over the country now for months.”

MacCormack’s wife, a realtor, said Florida’s next coastal catastrophe has now crept up to take the headlines away from poor water quality. He said she has lost her first potential home sale due to reports of Zika.

“They told her they want to wait and see what happens with it before buying,” he said.

One thing is clear, however. The future of coastal Florida is tied to the success of its marine industry and lagoon-connected businesses. As Florida grows, this sector needs to grow with it. And there needs to be clean water to help it.

To read the “The Indian River Lagoon Economic Valuation Update” go to

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