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Board Spotlight: Post-Pandemic Co-brokerage‎

Board Spotlight: Post-Pandemic Co-brokerage‎

The pandemic is over and as a result we are starting to see changes in the marketplace, and we all had ‎better be ready for them. We are not trying to spread pessimism, but when times get tough being ‎overextended can be very dangerous.‎

How to Massively Increase Your Business

How to Massively Increase Your Business

There’s an idea I share during my speeches that massively increases the business of everyone who follows it. It is not for the faint of heart and it takes some work but, f you’re willing to do it, it will significantly grow your business. Many of you are going to groan, wince, swear, or do all three when you hear this. Few people will be willing to do it. Please don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity, after all, most problems have simple solutions, we as humans just like to complicate them so we have an excuse for a lack of success.

Right Whale Protections Pit Rubio and Scott Against Environmentalists

Right Whale Protections Pit Rubio and Scott Against Environmentalists

Proposals to protect endangered right whales from extinction have put Florida's two U.S. senators at odds with environmentalists. Senators from Florida and the Carolinas are criticizing a federal plan to change seasonal speed limits on vessels near ports including Jacksonville to prevent collisions with the vanishing whales, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Ocean Cleanup Initiative: Successful Updates

Ocean Cleanup Initiative: Successful Updates

Clean water and air have been making big news for a while now. Lots of alarming statistics and hand-wringing surrounds the topics of clean waterways, healthy oceans and reduced impact of mass shipping, but every day it seems, we’re losing the battle. That’s why it’s refreshing to learn about companies whose dedicated efforts are making a difference, like The Ocean Cleanup.

Sandy Hook Yachts To Become Regal Boats Dealer for New Jersey

Sandy Hook Yachts To Become Regal Boats Dealer for New Jersey

"We are very excited to announce that Sandy Hook Yachts is now a dealer for Regal Boats," said Dan Furnback, Managing Partner of Sandy Hook Yachts.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Foundation Commit $3M to Launch GE Fellows Program

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Foundation Commit $3M to Launch GE Fellows Program

The GE Foundation today announced a $1.5 million grant to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Foundation with the goal of providing continued support to diverse students entering MMA with studies focused on clean energy.

Board Spotlight: Let Your Clients HEAR You

Board Spotlight: Let Your Clients HEAR You

In our wonderful world of boat and yacht sales, we are creating relationships and trust. Our ‎communication needs to include the nuances of voice inflection, pace, feeling, and intent. ‎

Sustainability – The Real Story

Sustainability – The Real Story

Our world is facing two existential crises at present. The first immediate concern is to prevent further global warming and to do that we have to cut down on ‘greenhouse’ gases – fast.

Sales IS still a Numbers Game

Sales IS still a Numbers Game

These days a lot of sales ‘gurus’ try to refute the fact that sales is still a numbers game. They say things like, “It’s not about the numbers, it’s about the relationships.” Well, they’re right on the latter part of that statement, it is about the relationships but, in order to get the number of relationships you need, you have to be out talking to a lot of people. It’s simple, the more people you talk to, the more business you will do; even a blind pig finds corn.

Engel & Völkers Yachting Announces Partnership

Engel & Völkers Yachting Announces Partnership

As sole Americas broker for the Italian luxury yacht company, Engel & Völkers Yachting will debut Gagliotta Yachts’ classic cruising vessel at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

ABYC Names Sarah Devlin as Accreditation Director

ABYC Names Sarah Devlin as Accreditation Director

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has named Sarah Devlin as the new Accreditation Director to manage and promote the ABYC Foundation’s expanding Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP), which launched earlier this year.

MRAA Launches New Podcast

MRAA Launches New Podcast

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) recently launched a new podcast, “The Boat Biz,” hosted by MRAA president Matt Gruhn.

Putting Together an Annual Sales Plan

Putting Together an Annual Sales Plan

It amazes me how many salespeople don’t have an annual sales plan. Of those that do, many just put it together once and barely, if ever, look at it again the rest of the year. We all know that people with written goals and a plan for their achievement, who focus on those goals continuously, are much more likely to hit their goals than those that don’t. Yes, it’s some work up front, and during the year, but the payoff is tremendous. Here are the steps to set up your annual sales plan.

Drift Energy: Are Hydrogen-Powered Yachts In Our Future?

Drift Energy: Are Hydrogen-Powered Yachts In Our Future?

Hydrogen power has been a hot topic for several years, especially in the auto industry. Not to mention, many European countries have set energy transition goals to net-zero carbon emissions within the next 30 years. Some people will tell you that the reality of an economical, accessible, general market solution for hydrogen-powered cars and boats is still far off in the future. But UK-based Drift Energy is ready to bring clean energy to sea and prove them wrong. This July, the firm launched a vessel off Essex, England that generated hydrogen while sailing using only wind power. They managed to store it for later use as well.

Board Spotlight: The Value of Serving Your Clients

Board Spotlight: The Value of Serving Your Clients

Our industry, like many, has experienced ebbs and flows over the past number of years, along with a ‎lot of change. With the increased interest in boating, the supply chain issues, limited inventory, and ‎continued inflation in prices, it is more important than ever to keep your clients’ best interests at the ‎forefront of everything you do.

Board Spotlight: Practice what you Preach

Board Spotlight: Practice what you Preach

I don’t see my job as just to be a great broker, I see it to be a knowledgeable resource to my clients about the boating lifestyle. Getting out on the water in our own boat allows us to understand and relate to our client's needs and travels even better.

Has selling changed? Will the latest tech and approaches help?

Has selling changed? Will the latest tech and approaches help?

Be careful when people start talking about tricks and techniques, or start using acronyms that muddy the waters and complicate issues. Einstein said, “If you can’t explain something in a single sentence, you don’t understand it well enough.” Sales is no exception. Sales is simply talking to enough of the right people the right way. Period. So, the real question is: Are your salespeople making enough calls to talk to enough of the right people, and when they do talk, are they asking and saying the right things? Of course, along with plenty of listening.  

That's a Wrap on YBAA University 2022

That's a Wrap on YBAA University 2022

There goes another fantastic YBAA University! Thank you to everyone who attended including our sponsors, YBAA Board Members, as well as new and old YBAA Members and CPYB certified brokers. 

Dual Agency: Profit Or Pitfall?

Dual Agency: Profit Or Pitfall?

How do you negotiate a sale keeping the best interests of both parties in mind? How do you get the highest price for your seller while getting the best price for your buyer? Who does the law say the Broker represents if there is a conflict? These kinds of conflicts can lead to difficulties if either party feels impacted by your handling of the sale and these pitfalls are what we all want to avoid. 

Why Your Sales Numbers Aren’t Good

Why Your Sales Numbers Aren’t Good

No matter the industry or organization, they all seem to have a historically slow time of year, the summer and holidays are usually the biggest. In addition, changes in the economy, the market or industry, pandemics, and supply-chain issues can also lead to slow sales.

Change is Inevitable in Every Business Environment

Change is Inevitable in Every Business Environment

Over the years I’ve experienced quite a bit of change in different industries. Some good, some bad, some driven by greed, and some driven by need.

Report: New Powerboat Sales Normalizing, Continue to Outpace Pre-Pandemic Levels

Report: New Powerboat Sales Normalizing, Continue to Outpace Pre-Pandemic Levels

The NMMA reports new powerboat sales through Q1 2022 are showing signs of normalizing following two years of historic growth. In the first quarter, new powerboat retail sales totaled 54,000 units, down 20 percent compared to Q1 2021, while continuing to surpass pre-pandemic levels, up 20 percent from Q1 2019’s 45,000 units.

Gowrie Group Makes $50,000 Donation to US Sailing’s Siebel Sailors Program to Support Diversity & Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing

Gowrie Group Makes $50,000 Donation to US Sailing’s Siebel Sailors Program to Support Diversity & Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing

In support of our longtime partnership with US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport of sailing, Gowrie Group is proud to make a $50,000 donation to the Siebel Sailors Program.

Massachusetts Kids Boating & Fishing Week

Massachusetts Kids Boating & Fishing Week

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) is happy to announce that “Massachusetts KIDS Boating & Fishing week” will take place from June 4 to 12, 2022. This important effort encourages and promotes youth boating and fishing events around the state.

Avoid the Summer, and other Sales Slumps

Avoid the Summer, and other Sales Slumps

No matter the industry or organization, they all seem to have a historically slow time of year, the summer and holidays are usually the biggest. In addition, changes in the economy, the market or industry, pandemics, and supply-chain issues can also lead to slow sales.

Yacht Chart Market Outlook

Yacht Chart Market Outlook

With revenue from yacht charters enjoying Y-o-Y growth of 4.9%, the market is expected to be worth US$ 17.57 Bn in 2022. The global yacht charter market is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$ 28 Bn by 2031 progressing at a healthy CAGR of 5.3% (2022-2031).

Proper Handover of a Newly Sold Boat

Proper Handover of a Newly Sold Boat

As Yacht Consultants, we are not only selling boats, but we are also selling dreams. Many of our buyers have researched for years, traveled to many boat shows, and carefully studied all the various brands and options before deciding which boat to purchase.

How to Stand Out in Business and Sales

How to Stand Out in Business and Sales

These days it’s extremely easy to stand out in business and sales. Work ethic, sales skills, follow-up, and attention to detail are all at historic lows in many sales forces. Here are some ideas that will help you stand out from all salespeople, even the best. Some of these are tips for standing out among other salespeople from a client perspective, others are tips for standing out from a peer perspective.

Over $23,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the 2022 CT Spring Boat Show

Over $23,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the 2022 CT Spring Boat Show

The 6th Connecticut Spring Boat Show helped to raise over $23,000.00 for Sails Up 4 Cancer over the course of the 3-day event held April 29 - May 1.

How to Hire

How to Hire

After people skills, these are the key character traits. These can’t be trained; people have them or they don’t. You have to look for these and test them in your hiring process.

No Time for Complacency

No Time for Complacency

The marine industry globally has been on a strong run for nearly two years now. Many, if not most, new boat manufacturers are reporting record backlogs of sales; some stretching into 2024. In the US, nearly half of these new boat buyers are first-time boat buyers. Clearly good times for the boating industry!

Professional Development – The Real P.D.

Professional Development – The Real P.D.

Last month Eric Smith wrote a great article about mentorship, taking and giving advice, and the professional benefits of mentorship. I’m going to continue to explore this “professional” theme. This month we will dive into professional development.

Yacht Brokers Association of America to Host Annual YBAA University in Providence, Rhode Island

Yacht Brokers Association of America to Host Annual YBAA University in Providence, Rhode Island

The Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) will host its annual YBAA University (YBAA U) in Providence, Rhode Island Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Yacht Brokers Association of America Launches The Guide Online

Yacht Brokers Association of America Launches The Guide Online

On March 24, 2022, the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) launched its online version of The Guide—a reference and training tool for the professional practice of yacht brokerage and sales.

The Four Biggest Enemies of Sales Success and What to Do

The Four Biggest Enemies of Sales Success and What to Do

Sales success simply boils down to talking to enough of the right people the right way. The right people are people who have a need or desire for what you have, they have the ability to make a decision on what you have, and they have the means to invest in what you have.

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

I started in the marine industry as a kid in 1990. By 2001 I was a full-time Yacht Broker. An older broker, Jerry, took me under his wing and mentored me – he was a true father figure.

State of the Industry | 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

State of the Industry | 2022 Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

In case you missed the Industry Breakfast last week at the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, you can now view NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer's state of the industry address, including NMMA's efforts to advocate and expand recreational boating.

Senator O’Connor Named Legislator of the Year by Massachusetts Marine Trades Association

Senator O’Connor Named Legislator of the Year by Massachusetts Marine Trades Association

Last week State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth) was named the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Legislator of the Year.

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Hosts 16th annual Business of Boating (BOB) Conference

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) Hosts 16th annual Business of Boating (BOB) Conference

On Thursday January 20th the MMTA hosted their 16th annual BOB Conference at the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxboro, MA. The conference brought approximately 130 in-person attendees and another 70 + remote attendees.

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honored longtime industry leader Larry Russo, Sr.

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association honored longtime industry leader Larry Russo, Sr.

The MMTA presented longtime industry leader and former owner of Russo Marine, Larry Russo Sr. the Frank Farrell Distinguished Service Award. After being acquired by MarineMax in 2016, Larry has remained with the company as the Senior Vice President of MarineMax Northeast.

5 Tips to Jump-Start Sales in 2022

5 Tips to Jump-Start Sales in 2022

t’s a new year and time to ramp up. Some agents completed their business plans months ago and are already focused on having a profitable year. However, it’s never too late to develop a plan to keep you on track.

Canadian Boat Builders Brace for Proposed Luxury Tax

Canadian Boat Builders Brace for Proposed Luxury Tax

The Canadian government’s proposed luxury tax on new boats valued at CA $250,000 – originally scheduled to take effect January 1, 2022 – is expected to be fully implemented in the weeks to come. A spokesperson for Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed recently that the government will release draft legislation to implement the tax in the coming weeks.

Not Available for Co-Brokerage

Not Available for Co-Brokerage

In the last two years the co-op type field selection of “not available for co-brokerage” is getting more than its fair share of use. We have all heard many different explanations as to why, but no matter the reason there are multiple legal and ethical issues that come into play.

Yacht Brokers Association of America Launches New Website and Member Listing Service

Yacht Brokers Association of America Launches New Website and Member Listing Service

The Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) recently launched a new and improved website, offering a more modern design and enhanced user experience. Upgraded features include clear call-to-action buttons, an easy-to-navigate menu structure, and direct access to view member resources.

Gary Smith, CPYB, Sarasota Yachts Presented the Vincent J. Petrella Chairman’s Award

Gary Smith, CPYB, Sarasota Yachts Presented the Vincent J. Petrella Chairman’s Award

On January 27, 2022, during the International Yacht Brokers Association’s (IYBA) 2022 Annual Dinner in Sunrise, Florida, the Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program presented the 2021 Vincent J. Petrella Chairman’s Award to Gary Smith, CPYB, Sarasota Yachts.

What Opportunities Will 2022 Bring for the Boating Industry?

What Opportunities Will 2022 Bring for the Boating Industry?

The boating industry boomed massively in 2021 as people looked for new hobbies and activities to explore the great outdoors after the turmoil of 2020. New boat sales hit a 13-year high of 318,550 units in 2020, which is staggering when you consider where the market was ten years ago – only 178,000 were sold that year.

How to Become a Yacht Broker

How to Become a Yacht Broker

Although many of us dream of the day we can quit our jobs and go cruising, the balance in our retirement account may not allow for that just yet. For that reason, many people who love boats and know more than their fair share about them often entertain the idea of working in the marine business.

McCollough Yachts Has Completed its First Sale!

McCollough Yachts Has Completed its First Sale!

McCollough Yachts, a Brokerage, Design, and Engineering firm in Newport, RI, has completed its first sale. Concluding at S$4,800,000, McCollough Yachts Brokerage represented the Buyers in their purchase of FPB78 #3, formally known as IRON LADY II.

Why Prospects Ghost You and What to Do About It

Why Prospects Ghost You and What to Do About It

As salespeople, we’ve all had the situation where a decision-maker told us they were interested, asked us to follow-up at another time, and now after several follow-up calls and e-mails, we can’t get ahold of them and can’t get them to return our calls.

Brewer Yacht Sales Opens Second Location in South Carolina

Brewer Yacht Sales Opens Second Location in South Carolina

Brewer Yacht Sales is proud to announce the opening of its second South Carolina location at Charleston, inside Safe Harbor’s Charleston City Marina.

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) to host  HYBRID Business of Boating (BOB) Conference

Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) to host HYBRID Business of Boating (BOB) Conference

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) is pleased to announce it will host the annual Business of Boating (BOB) conference in person on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at Lakeview Pavilion, Foxboro, MA.

A Message from YBAA Executive Director JP Skov

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your continued support of our association. We’ve all enjoyed strong market demand for the last couple of years, and according to the experts, we will have another fruitful year in 2022.