Jeanneau World Meeting – Nantes, France
June 24-25, 2014
Jeanneau recently held their annual international sales meeting in France and David Dodgen, our Jeanneau product manager, represented Florida Yacht Group at the event. The two day meeting presented the new Jeanneau and Prestige models for the 2015 year and upcoming events.
The biggest announcement from the sailboat division was the world launch of the new Jeanneau Yachts 64. Test sails were planned for Corsica the next week and many of the European dealers were planning to attend. Miami has been selected as the launch site for the North and South American markets during the Miami Strictly Sail expo in February 2015. Make your plans to come see this beautiful new sailing yacht. Contact your Florida Yacht sales specialist for more details and pricing.
Also announced was the world launch of the Jeanneau 349, the newest of the Sun Odyssey line, and the Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, the latest class crewed racer to compliment the Sun Fast 3200. Other models remain the same for the next year.
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This 2002 Beneteau 331 was recently acquired by Eastern Yachts, a Division of the Florida Yacht Group.
She’s spent her entire life docked in Grove Harbor in Miami and weekend sails on Biscayne Bay.
This one owner Beneteau is the cleanest that I’ve seen. The surveyor did believe that the main engine was original. She has a 2 cabin, 1 head layout and Raymarine Electronics.
See the video below for how she handles under sail.
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The Beneteau Group announced it bought Rec Boat Holdings, a group of U.S. brands owned by Platinum Equity Group, which includes Michigan-based Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab.
Beneteau says the acquisition is in line with the group’s development strategy for the North American market. The private equity group retains ownership of Flippin, Ark.-based Fishing Boat Holdings, maker of the Ranger, Triton and Stratos boat brands that were also acquired at that time.
Based in Cadillac, Mich., the company has revenue of about $150 million and employs 475 people. It has a network of more than 200 dealers across North America and its entry into the Beneteau Group will “enable it to expand its access to the European and global markets,” the company said.
“After launching sales of motorboats over 12 meters in 2010, the group is embarking on the second phase of its project, with motorboats under 12 meters, which requires an industrial investment in America,” Beneteau said in a statement. “On its own, this segment accounts for nearly 40 percent of the overall motorboat market in the United States.”
California-based Platinum Equity Group’s PBH Marine Group announced that it had bought the brands out of bankruptcy in 2010, purchasing essentially all of the assets of Genmar Holdings for $70 million.
PBH purchased 11 brands, including Ranger, Stratos, Champion, Wellcraft, Four Winns, Larson, Glastron and others, Soundings Trade Only reported at the time.
Carver and Marquis were purchased for $6.05 million by J&D Acquisitions LLC, a company created by former Genmar owner Irwin Jacobs, along with John Paul DeJoria. Some additional brands were subsequently resold, including the Larson brand, which Jacobs also purchased.
Some analysts covering the marine industry were speculating in December whether PBH’s boatbuilding brands were poised to go public.
“RBH has come a long way in the last four years, thanks to a lot of hard work, a strong management team, great support from the dealer network and the dedication of so many committed employees,” Platinum Equity partner Louis Samson, who led the acquisition, said in a separate statement. “With the turnaround complete and the business on sound operational footing, the time is right for a transition to new ownership. Beneteau Group is a world leader in boat manufacturing and is a perfect strategic fit for the Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab brands. We are putting the business in good hands going forward.”
The sale of RBH comes after four years of successful transformation and growth initiatives, the private equity firm says.
“Platinum Equity provided the commitment and the resources we needed to revive the business,” RBH CEO Roch Lambert said. “We have made remarkable progress on each of the core components of our turnaround: improved manufacturing efficiency, world-class products and a powerful distribution network. We have delivered on that strategy by constantly improving our processes and inspiring our people to be successful. The team in Cadillac is excited to join such a prestigious boat company as Beneteau Group and we look forward to the opportunities ahead.”
I grew up in Vero Beach Florida and spent much of my time on the water. However, I didn’t learn take up sailing until many years later.
While teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I sought out water activities. Hoofers sailing club, a UW outdoor activities program, was my avenue to get back on the water. I left the University and joined the private sector in the finance and insurance industry. I began sailing with Hoofers in 1998 and quickly fell in love with sailing. I began teaching in 2000, then began expanding my sailing experience by pursuing ASA (American Sailing Association) credentials. Chartering on the west and east coasts and a long distance sail from Ft Lauderdale to Panama lead to a partnership in a Footloose Charter sailing vessel, Dufour Gibsea 433. Owning a charter boat was a great way to sail most of the Caribbean islands. Along with the sailing experiences, I successfully pursued and obtained ASA instructor, instructor evaluator, and USCG OUPV credentials. My professional objective was to transition to a sailing related profession.
In the fall of 2012 I realized my goal; I left the security of my finance and insurance career and headed to Miami to manage a sailing school. Since that time, I have transitioned to working as an independent contractor, through Adventures on the Sea, LLC., providing sailing instruction, captained charters, deliveries, and most recently Yacht Sales with Florida Yacht Group. In addition to my yacht sales activities, I teach 7 day live aboard ASA courses for Barefoot Offshore Sailing school in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Blue Water Sailing School in Ft Lauderdale. I spend my spare time on the waters of Biscayne Bay and hanging out at Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
George is all about people and boats, and finding the best possible match between them.
George’s mission: Consistently Exceeding Customer Expectations!
- Brazilian-American boating enthusiast since age 3!
- Multilingual: English, Portuguese and Spanish
- Dynamic, trustworthy and highly responsive with unwavering attention to what matters most – meeting customer’s needs
- A.S.A. certified (101, 103 and 104)
- P.A.D.I. Certified Open Water Diver
- President and Owner, Vice-Versa Translation Services, Inc. since 1993
- Advanced Design and Test Engineer, GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati OH; 1985-1993
- Mechanical and Production Engineering Degrees; U.C.P., Brazil
- Vasco da Gama crew team; sweep rowing race boats; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born in Long Island, New York, George is the first generation Brazilian-American in his family. His father shared his love for sailing with his young son through a collection of seven model sailboats. Years of racing at New York’s annual Central Park Regatta resulted in countless trophies, including a NY Times story depicting their boat in the lead, turning back, and still finishing in 3rd place! In spite of this small scale, George became “hooked” on boating for life.
At age 13 his family returned to Rio de Janeiro, and while in college George joined the “Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama” crew team. There he competed in the 2, 4 and 8 man sweep rowing race boats. George recollects: “There’s nothing like rowing at dawn on the lagoon in Rio, under the gaze of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. You’ll see what I mean in the upcoming 2016 Olympics.”
Later in 1985 while working as a mechanical engineer in the aviation industry, George received an offer to return to the States with GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, OH. It was his “dream job”, designing, testing and flight-testing commercial and military jet engines. George earned numerous awards, particularly one for a unique solution that enabled the Airbus A320 Certification. It was in Cincinnati that George raised his two daughters and son, now ages 31, 22 and 21.
In 1993 and capitalizing on his language skills, George began a new career starting his own company, Vice-Versa Translation Services, Inc. His range of services quickly grew to offering advertising and technical translations in any language, contracting the highest quality translators around the globe.
George’s mission: “To exceed customer expectations delivering the best quality translations.”
Vice-Versa constantly receives stellar praises as proof!
Being his own boss provided George the opportunity to buy his first boat in 1998, a 53’ Hatteras Classic. Later in 2000, George purchased a 32’ Silverton aft cabin that he took on an exciting adventure, navigating the rivers all the way from Cincinnati to Miami! After 21 years of operating a home-based business, George chose to follow his dream and joined Florida Yacht Group – the same folks who listed his Silverton in 2004. Feeling now “back amongst friends”, George is excited to share his passion for boating with his customers, as well as exceed your expectations in English, Portuguese and Spanish!
I was born in England and immigrated to the USA in 1988. I am a US citizen.
My first career was High School Math Teacher, which I did for fifteen years. I have a bachelor degree in mathematics from the University of Milton Keynes in England.
I spent nine years teaching math to soldiers in the British Army Corp of Engineers. It was during this time that I first sailed large boats off the south coast of England. I also realized that I would never own my own boat on a teachers’ pay. I obtained a masters degree in management from the University of Kent, England, to help me transition to the corporate world.
After coming to the USA and obtaining the coveted green card, I became a stockbroker. I pursued this career for twenty years, first at Smith Barney and then at Raymond James.
In 2011 I retired with the dream of sailing around the world. My first trip was bringing my Caliber 40 LRC from North Carolina where I bought it, to Miami, in January. On this trip I learned the value of an enclosed cockpit!
When the weather got warmer, I sailed up the east coast as far as Belfast, Maine. On my return trip, I got caught in a gale off the Jersey coast. Here I learnt my second lesson, weather systems do not conform to NOAA timelines!
In 2013 I sailed up the east coast to Saint John, New Brunswick. It was here that I experienced reversing falls. Third lesson: you should only traverse reversing falls at slack water!
It was then that my wife decided that she did not like cruising or me leaving her alone for six months. My dream faded into the ether.
I became a yacht broker in 2014 to get out of going shopping, a love of boats and talking about them.
I am a USCG OUPV captain.
Only 3 weeks away, we are getting close to the 2014 Miami boat show and have now set the lineup for the new Jeanneau sailboats. And we will have a super lineup with all models at least represented.
The highlight of the float will be the first North American in the water introduction of the new Jeanneau 349. This model will be arriving in Miami from its official launch in Chicago last week. I am sure it will enjoy the warmer weather. The little Jeanneau will come as a 2 cabin/1 head model with the shallow draft keel. The lifting keel option is not available yet. The base price is $125,000 FOB Baltimore. It’s like the kid sister to the other larger models and completes the “9” series redesign of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey models.
In addition, we will have a brand new 2014 Jeanneau 409 and a Jeanneau 469 in the Sun Odyssey line. For the Deck Salons, we will have a brand new Jeanneau 44DS and a new Jeanneau 50DS.
So, 5 boats will be all decked out and ready for the visitors to come by for a look. The new Jeanneau 349 and the Jeanneau 409 are available for sale even before the show. If these get sold, we’ll get you another!
Contact Florida Yacht Group at 800-537-0050 and ask for one of our many Jeanneau experts.
St. Pete Boat Show a success! – While the rest of the country was gripped in a freezing blizzard, Florida Yacht Group was basking in both the sunshine and the glow of a successful boat show. We were located on one large float representing Jeanneau with both a Sun Odyssey and a Deck Salon model, Fountaine Pajot with the only cruising catamaran in the show and our charter fleet as well. And we sold boats!
The attitude among the attendees was much more positive than in past years and it was evident in the level of interest. We reached agreements on our stock model Jeanneau 379 and a new Fountaine Pajot Helia that is on order. And we celebrated the purchase of our stock Jeanneau 41DS with the new owners with a round of champagne toasts!
Each sales person working the show also went home with several hot prospects to follow up with and put together just the right deal before the end of the year. And if that’s not time enough, we have the Miami Strictly Sail show coming up in about 8 weeks with more models and more special deals available to those still in the planning stage.
Now the holidays are upon us and we are planning time with our families. I personally hope to spend some time on the water sailing! So, here are wishes of the season to all. We’ll see you next year! - Posted by David Dodgen 12/10/13