Sales up at Donzi Marine
By IBI Magazine
US boatbuilder Donzi Marine claims to have seen an increase in retail powerboat sales in recent months. According to company officials, stronger-than-expected traffic at this year's Ft Lauderdale boat show resulted in a number of retail signings during the October event and in the weeks that followed.
"There's been a notable surge in retail activity over the past few months," says Donzi's vice president of sales, Craig Barrie. "From web traffic, to boats built and delivered, we've charted a substantial increase in interest as well as demand."
Sales have been fairly evenly split between new builds and retail deliveries of dealer field inventory and factory stock. "We've taken orders for a number of very custom boats that have been specially designed for customers, while at the same time substantially reducing existing factory and dealer stock through a Featured Inventory component on the Donzi website," he adds.
Based in Sarasota, Florida, Donzi builds sportsboats, high performance boats and performance centre consoles from 5m-13m (16ft-43ft). Sales have increased in all categories, says Barrie, although the bulk of retail activity has focused on boats above 11m (35ft) in length.
(2 December 2009)
Yachtfinders Global names new sales manager
By IBI Magazine
Paul Moulton has been appointed sales manager at Yachtfinders Global, the sole New Zealand agent for Azimut, Bénéteau, Lagoon and Selene yachts.
A qualified mechanic, Moulton has held sales and management roles in the industrial engine and generator market, including the establishment of a New Zealand-wide dealership base. He later established a company importing inflatable boats.
Founded in 1996 by Gary Erceg, Yachtfinders Global specialises in 'top of the range' brokerage boats from well-established yards worldwide. The company is based in Westhaven, Auckland.