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UK boating industry buoyed by weak pound

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The UK’s boat and yacht industry has seen revenues surge to their highest level since the financial crisis after the weaker pound helped drive up sales.

Sales rose by 3.4% to £3.1bn in the year to April 2017, according to a report by lobby group British Marine.

It said that the depreciation of the pound since the EU referendum had boosted the sector by making products cheaper for international buyers.

Overseas sales for UK marine manufacturers rose by 4.7% last year.

It’s the sixth consecutive year of growth for the industry, British Marine said.

“These impressive figures demonstrate how the industry has successfully cashed in on the pound’s devaluation since the Brexit referendum in 2016,” said Howard Pridding, chief executive of British Marine.

Staycation boost

Revenues last reached £3.1bn in 2008-09 as recession gripped the world’s major economies.

The fall in the value of the pound has also helped the domestic market as holiday-makers decided to stay in the UK.

Examining the trends over the second half of last year British Marine said 60% of the industry’s tourism specialists reported an increase in sales over the summer.

Mr Pridding said: “As the pound has dipped, many Brits have rekindled their love for barges, yachting, watersports holidays and canal cruises in and around the UK.”

The figures were released as part of the opening of the five-day London Boat Show which runs until 14 January.


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Fair deal for Swan Boats?

The bid to operate the city’s iconic Swan Boats is so restrictive only one family can likely match the exact specifications that call for oak frames, foot-propelled paddle wheels and mock birds on the back — the same design that’s been around since 1877.

The Paget family boasts the boats are where “Memories are made” — but nobody’s flocking to compete for the $600,000-plus annual business for which bids are due by the end of the month.

“There’s so much uniqueness in this bid, it’s unlikely someone can accommodate it in so short a time frame,” Boston Finance Commission Executive Director Matthew Cahill said.

The Swan Boats — as Boston as the Old North Church and Fenway Park — turned back $25,796 to the city last year, according to an audit provided to the Herald.

Gross revenues topped $665,000, the audit shows, from the boats and souvenirs the family sold.

The Pagets of Jamaica Plain — who did not comment for this story — have traditionally kept ticket prices low, at $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. The greatest expense was for labor costs, at $473,866, but the audits Swan Boats provided to the Boston Parks Department do not have a salary breakdown — which Cahill said the city should demand.

“I’d recommend they ask for a more deep dive in their audits going forward,” Cahill said.

Six boats are set to be launched on the Boston Public Garden lagoon in April, as they have for the past 141 years, if the Pagets win the three-year contract as expected.

The oldest Swan Boat still circling the lagoon was built by John Paget in 1910. John, the son of founder Robert Paget, had six children with his wife, Ella. The rest is Swan Boat history.

The Paget family just completed a three-year contract. The Parks Department owns the lagoon and city officials are required by law to put the popular tourist attraction up for public bid — but the latest request for proposals was released just after New Year’s and will close at the end of the month.

“I’d recommend they put the contract out much earlier, the city could put this out in September and assign it in November to give people time,” Cahill said, adding that Swan Boats provided a unique service that’s difficult to replicate.

The three-ton boats, which carry 20 passengers, have a design that includes the classic large copper or fiberglass white swan in the stern.

The bid lays down specific requirements for any provider to maintain that design: “Every boat must be constructed of oak with copper covered frames and solid brass fittings, with a foot propelled paddle wheel mechanism, which is visually concealed by double-swan reliefs to the size, style and construction of the existing swan boats.”

In addition, the bid calls for any provider to already have the necessary boats — which Cahill said would be difficult to construct in a one-month period — and to be the “primary operations and maintenance company” for the full length of the contract.

As for the quick turnaround on the bid, Parks and Recreation spokesman Ryan Wood said the city is following state law.

The RFP requires the provider pay the city $5,000 up front to operate the boats and also give a percentage of gross ticket sales and souvenir sales.

The clock is ticking on any Swan Boat rivals.


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Fair deal for Swan Boats?

The bid to operate the city’s iconic Swan Boats is so restrictive only one family can likely match the exact specifications that call for oak frames, foot-propelled paddle wheels and mock birds on the back — the same design that’s been around since 1877.

The Paget family boasts the boats are where “Memories are made” — but nobody’s flocking to compete for the $600,000-plus annual business for which bids are due by the end of the month.

“There’s so much uniqueness in this bid, it’s unlikely someone can accommodate it in so short a time frame,” Boston Finance Commission Executive Director Matthew Cahill said.

The Swan Boats — as Boston as the Old North Church and Fenway Park — turned back $25,796 to the city last year, according to an audit provided to the Herald.

Gross revenues topped $665,000, the audit shows, from the boats and souvenirs the family sold.

The Pagets of Jamaica Plain — who did not comment for this story — have traditionally kept ticket prices low, at $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. The greatest expense was for labor costs, at $473,866, but the audits Swan Boats provided to the Boston Parks Department do not have a salary breakdown — which Cahill said the city should demand.

“I’d recommend they ask for a more deep dive in their audits going forward,” Cahill said.

Six boats are set to be launched on the Boston Public Garden lagoon in April, as they have for the past 141 years, if the Pagets win the three-year contract as expected.

The oldest Swan Boat still circling the lagoon was built by John Paget in 1910. John, the son of founder Robert Paget, had six children with his wife, Ella. The rest is Swan Boat history.

The Paget family just completed a three-year contract. The Parks Department owns the lagoon and city officials are required by law to put the popular tourist attraction up for public bid — but the latest request for proposals was released just after New Year’s and will close at the end of the month.

“I’d recommend they put the contract out much earlier, the city could put this out in September and assign it in November to give people time,” Cahill said, adding that Swan Boats provided a unique service that’s difficult to replicate.

The three-ton boats, which carry 20 passengers, have a design that includes the classic large copper or fiberglass white swan in the stern.

The bid lays down specific requirements for any provider to maintain that design: “Every boat must be constructed of oak with copper covered frames and solid brass fittings, with a foot propelled paddle wheel mechanism, which is visually concealed by double-swan reliefs to the size, style and construction of the existing swan boats.”

In addition, the bid calls for any provider to already have the necessary boats — which Cahill said would be difficult to construct in a one-month period — and to be the “primary operations and maintenance company” for the full length of the contract.

As for the quick turnaround on the bid, Parks and Recreation spokesman Ryan Wood said the city is following state law.

The RFP requires the provider pay the city $5,000 up front to operate the boats and also give a percentage of gross ticket sales and souvenir sales.

The clock is ticking on any Swan Boat rivals.


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“You have to see it!”

Expect to see a little bit of that sentiment shared on social media this weekend during the 44th annual Stuart Boat Show presented by Infiniti. One of the greatest qualities of the Stuart Boat Show every year is its timing.

It’s perfect. Literally.

It comes two months after the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show kicks off the unofficial “boat show season.” It comes a month before the Rose Bowl of boat shows — the Miami International Boat Show.

It means the newest, latest and greatest in the boating industry can be seen, inspected, felt and examined at the Stuart Boat Show. Here are a few of the things I think you should check out if you love boats or plan on keeping up on what is new in the boating industry for 2018.

Galeon 510 Skydeck

Find it at the MarineMax display on E Dock. It has gunwales which fold down to make an expansive party patio and give it nearly 20 feet of beam. Friends not included.

METCo Marine Electronics

Mark Palazzo and his staff bought two of the Treasure Coast’s most well-established marine electronics sales, service and installation businesses and rolled them all into one late in 2016 to create the Stuart-based METCo. Now the company services boaters from Sebastian to Delray Beach and carries three of the biggest brands in the boating electronics world — Garmin, Raymarine and SIMRAD. Stop by the large display tent near the middle of the show to register to win one of two personal locator beacons for boating safety.

Pursuit DC 365 and Tiara 38 LS

Head down the A Dock to find the Ocean Blue Yacht Sales of Stuart display which includes boats built by Fort Pierce’s Pursuit Boats. The Pursuit DC 365 (for dual console) is an ideal offshore fishing or island cruising weekend boat for the Treasure Coast angler. The Tiara 38 LS, a sister company to Pursuit, offers the same quality and construction with a different set of features designed to meet the needs of the versatile boater. Both boats were debuted at Fort Lauderdale. 

Bertram is back

Bertram is a legacy of the South Florida boating lifestyle. Vice president of sales Tommy Thompson hopes boat show attendees take a moment to check out how a well-known brand has reshaped itself for the modern boater.

“At shows all over the U.S. and Europe, we have literally had clients come just to see the new Bertram 35,” he said. “We finally have a boat available to show off at the Stuart show and I expect the same result. Come see what the fuss is all about.”

Edgewater 320 CC

Seagate Marine Sales in Stuart knows the 2018 Edgewater 320 CC will bring in the center console fan, but when they enter the display space near the middle of the show, they will also see the unique lines of the elegant Rossiter Boats.

What’s in a Billfish?

Billfish Boatworks builder Brandon Vernese may be the new kid on the block in the Fort Pierce custom boat building neighborhood — literally building boats in the same block as brands such as Maverick, Pathfinder, Pursuit and Bluewater. But he has made a big splash in a short period of time beginning with a 39 Walkaround and 39 Center Console, adding a 27 center console, but then hitting a home run with the 24 bay boat. At the show, Billfish has a 24 with the top deck left off so potential buyers can see how the boat is built below the water line which leads to its quality and performance.

Then schedule a sea trial on the D Dock with Monty Peters who promises to not get you wet. 

Seminar City

Want some helpful tips on fishing with your kid? Or are you planning to take an extended trip aboard the trawler yacht you just purchased? Find out the answers to these questions and much more with helpful free seminars at the Stuart Boat Show METCo Seminar Tent. The full schedule is available at Stuart Boat Show.

Bahamas Pavilion

Michelle Miller of the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recommends to anyone who plans on visiting the Bahamas anytime soon to stop the Stuart Boat Show’s Bahamas Pavilion.

“Whether flying there or traveling there aboard one’s own boat,” Miller explained, “the Bahamas Pavilion literally offers one-stop shopping with more than 12 resorts represented and more.”

This space showcases resorts, marinas and best ways to get there while Junkanoo music will fill the air adding to the Bahamian atmosphere.

Infiniti Lounge and Champagne Bar

Take a break. Relax. Get off your feet and into a new Infiniti by visiting the Stuart Boat Show’s title sponsor space on the main concourse. Show-goers will be able explore the vehicles on display and engage with Infiniti product specialists who will show how each model — including the full size QX80, with maximum 8,500-pound towing capacity—fits into the boating lifestyle. 

MIATC booth

It’s always a must to stop by and say hello to the folks at the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast booth located just inside the north gate’s entrance. There are always hands-on displays and plenty of things to learn about the more than 400 marine businesses on the Treasure Coast, the 5,000 jobs and $619 million in economic impact locally.

Stuart Boat Show

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: 54 to 290 N.W. Dixie Highway, Stuart (west of the Old Roosevelt Bridge)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Admission: General $13; veterans $11; children 12 and younger $6

Parking: Free bus shuttles from designated parking areas throughout downtown Stuart

Information: StuartBoatShow.com and also Facebook and Twitter

 


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Ed’s Best Bets at Stuart Boat Show

“You have to see it!”

Expect to see a little bit of that sentiment shared on social media this weekend during the 44th annual Stuart Boat Show presented by Infiniti. One of the greatest qualities of the Stuart Boat Show every year is its timing.

It’s perfect. Literally.

It comes two months after the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show kicks off the unofficial “boat show season.” It comes a month before the Rose Bowl of boat shows — the Miami International Boat Show.

It means the newest, latest and greatest in the boating industry can be seen, inspected, felt and examined at the Stuart Boat Show. Here are a few of the things I think you should check out if you love boats or plan on keeping up on what is new in the boating industry for 2018.

Galeon 510 Skydeck

Find it at the MarineMax display on E Dock. It has gunwales which fold down to make an expansive party patio and give it nearly 20 feet of beam. Friends not included.

METCo Marine Electronics

Mark Palazzo and his staff bought two of the Treasure Coast’s most well-established marine electronics sales, service and installation businesses and rolled them all into one late in 2016 to create the Stuart-based METCo. Now the company services boaters from Sebastian to Delray Beach and carries three of the biggest brands in the boating electronics world — Garmin, Raymarine and SIMRAD. Stop by the large display tent near the middle of the show to register to win one of two personal locator beacons for boating safety.

Pursuit DC 365 and Tiara 38 LS

Head down the A Dock to find the Ocean Blue Yacht Sales of Stuart display which includes boats built by Fort Pierce’s Pursuit Boats. The Pursuit DC 365 (for dual console) is an ideal offshore fishing or island cruising weekend boat for the Treasure Coast angler. The Tiara 38 LS, a sister company to Pursuit, offers the same quality and construction with a different set of features designed to meet the needs of the versatile boater. Both boats were debuted at Fort Lauderdale. 

Bertram is back

Bertram is a legacy of the South Florida boating lifestyle. Vice president of sales Tommy Thompson hopes boat show attendees take a moment to check out how a well-known brand has reshaped itself for the modern boater.

“At shows all over the U.S. and Europe, we have literally had clients come just to see the new Bertram 35,” he said. “We finally have a boat available to show off at the Stuart show and I expect the same result. Come see what the fuss is all about.”

Edgewater 320 CC

Seagate Marine Sales in Stuart knows the 2018 Edgewater 320 CC will bring in the center console fan, but when they enter the display space near the middle of the show, they will also see the unique lines of the elegant Rossiter Boats.

What’s in a Billfish?

Billfish Boatworks builder Brandon Vernese may be the new kid on the block in the Fort Pierce custom boat building neighborhood — literally building boats in the same block as brands such as Maverick, Pathfinder, Pursuit and Bluewater. But he has made a big splash in a short period of time beginning with a 39 Walkaround and 39 Center Console, adding a 27 center console, but then hitting a home run with the 24 bay boat. At the show, Billfish has a 24 with the top deck left off so potential buyers can see how the boat is built below the water line which leads to its quality and performance.

Then schedule a sea trial on the D Dock with Monty Peters who promises to not get you wet. 

Seminar City

Want some helpful tips on fishing with your kid? Or are you planning to take an extended trip aboard the trawler yacht you just purchased? Find out the answers to these questions and much more with helpful free seminars at the Stuart Boat Show METCo Seminar Tent. The full schedule is available at Stuart Boat Show.

Bahamas Pavilion

Michelle Miller of the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recommends to anyone who plans on visiting the Bahamas anytime soon to stop the Stuart Boat Show’s Bahamas Pavilion.

“Whether flying there or traveling there aboard one’s own boat,” Miller explained, “the Bahamas Pavilion literally offers one-stop shopping with more than 12 resorts represented and more.”

This space showcases resorts, marinas and best ways to get there while Junkanoo music will fill the air adding to the Bahamian atmosphere.

Infiniti Lounge and Champagne Bar

Take a break. Relax. Get off your feet and into a new Infiniti by visiting the Stuart Boat Show’s title sponsor space on the main concourse. Show-goers will be able explore the vehicles on display and engage with Infiniti product specialists who will show how each model — including the full size QX80, with maximum 8,500-pound towing capacity—fits into the boating lifestyle. 

MIATC booth

It’s always a must to stop by and say hello to the folks at the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast booth located just inside the north gate’s entrance. There are always hands-on displays and plenty of things to learn about the more than 400 marine businesses on the Treasure Coast, the 5,000 jobs and $619 million in economic impact locally.

Stuart Boat Show

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: 54 to 290 N.W. Dixie Highway, Stuart (west of the Old Roosevelt Bridge)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Admission: General $13; veterans $11; children 12 and younger $6

Parking: Free bus shuttles from designated parking areas throughout downtown Stuart

Information: StuartBoatShow.com and also Facebook and Twitter

 


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