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    Suzuki’s marine sales grow; general manager comments on results

    2020-05-27T15:14:00Z By Nick Hopkinson,

    Suzuki’s latest annual results, released yesterday, show that its marine business was the only division of the company to record sales growth despite a sharp downturn in March 2020. By far the largest proportion of the business designated as the marine division is derived from the sales of outboard ...

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    Pandemic drives US boat sales

    2020-05-26T14:12:00Z IBI , by Tony Esposito

    “Sales have exploded over the past four weeks.” That sentiment, expressed to IBI by Clarks Landing Yachts Sales general manager Dave Patnaude, is seemingly shared by a variety of boat dealers across the US. His two locations in Maryland and one in New Jersey have seen around US$4m in ...

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    Robertson & Caine looks to make up lost production as SA economy reopens

    2020-05-26T10:16:00Z IBI , by Bobby Jordan

    South Africa’s biggest yard is to ramp up production under new health and safety regulations

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    Monaco Yacht Show to proceed as non-profit event


    Following concerns voiced by key players in the superyacht industry, the Principality of Monaco and Informa are working together to deliver an intimate, not-for-profit event in September 2020

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    Beyond COVID-19


    IBI’s weekly reminder that despite the unique set of events gripping the world, there are positives out there. Today’s installment of ’ Beyond Covid-19’ highlights new investments, innovations and marine firms doing their bit in the battle against the coronavirus.

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    Greece gears up for busy 2020 boating season


    Greece ended its lockdown on May 4 and is still successfully dealing with Covid-19, so businesses are gradually reopening – some sooner than initially expected. High temperatures (higher than usual for May) of up to 37-40 degrees Celsius have also helped.

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    New Zealand faces America’s Cup dilemma

    2020-05-22T14:34:00Z IBI , by Tony Esposito

    The New Zealand government is faced with losing the prestige and financial incentives of hosting the America’s Cup or giving up the huge advantage gained from its yeoman effort to contain the coronavirus early. And amid teams clamouring for information, the Kiwis are playing their cards close to the vest. ...

  • Alberto Galassi video interview

    Ferretti chief on the Covid crisis & beyond


    In case you missed it, watch this must-see exclusive interview with Ferretti’s Alberto Galassi to hear candid views on his company’s and the industry’s future

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    ABYA issues Covid-19 member guidelines


    The UK’s Association of Brokers Yacht Agents (ABYA) has issued its members with Covid-19 guidelines for clients on boat viewings.

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    Croatia’s open borders to kickstart yacht charter market?

    2020-05-21T15:21:00Z IBI , by David Robinson

    The opening of Croatia’s borders to allow EU citizens to visit without any quarantine restrictions is expected to trigger the restart of the yacht charter market, which has already started to pick up since the weekend. In particular, boat owners and visitors from Germany, Australia and Slovenia are anticipated ...

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    SeaVee Boats resumes full operations


    SeaVee Boats’ consolidation of three small manufacturing facilities into a 220,000sq ft production centre last December achieved the goals of improving manufacturing flow, but no one could suspect the new facility would help the Medley, Florida-based custom builder manoeuvre its way through a global pandemic.

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    Mixed rules for boaters in France & Monaco


    Some boating activities along France’s coasts and in Monaco are beginning to resume amidst a tangle of unclear and sometimes contradictory rules

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    US continues to open more boating ahead of “unofficial season” onset


    From Maine to California, more state and local governments are easing restrictions on boating amid National Safe Boating Week observations and ahead on the unofficial start to the boating season, the Memorial Day holiday weekend. And many operators are optimistic.

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    Australia eases boating restrictions in New South Wales


    Australia’s Boating Industry Association (BIA) today welcomed the relaxation of restrictions on recreational boating in New South Wales following encouraging signs of containment of COVID-19.

  • Northwest Boats

    Renaissance Marine reopens amid changes


    Renaissance Marine, maker of Duckworth, Weldcraft and Northwest aluminium boats, reopened late last week ahead of Washington state’s Phase 2 reopening plans, but amid myriad changes that many manufacturers may be facing. The Clarkston, Washington-based builder resumed operations under a provision allowing non-essential businesses “to preserve the value of ...

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    Italian government publishes new boating guidelines


    The Italian Ministry for Transport published its guidelines for marinas, recreational sailing, charters and diving on Sunday – the same day that leaders from the Italian boating industry association, Confindustria Nautica, took part in a virtual press conference focusing on the same issues in front of the national press. The ...

  • China Building Products Show

    How quickly things change


    There may be a glimmer of hope for the hard-hit global exhibition business as China takes the first move to hold a major trade show this past weekend

  • Royal Cork Yachting Club marina

    Ireland eases lockdown, allowing marinas to reopen


    Safety concerns raised with government over COVID-19 steps

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    As US Northeast reopens, marine businesses hope to salvage the season

    2020-05-18T14:55:00Z IBI , by Tony Esposito

    As states throughout the US begin reopening their economies in phases, in the Northeast, boat dealers, rental operators and charter companies are facing an uncertain season; already shortened due to stay-at-home orders and not being included in Phase 1 openings. In New York state, where charter fishing operations remain ...

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    Greece introduces new rules for yachts


    The Greek Maritime Ministry has announced new regulations for the operation of yachts and pleasure craft which come into force today and will last through to June 15, 2020.