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New Bass Boat Co. Launch

Some 50 years after legendary bass boat builder, Forrest L. Wood

launched Ranger Boats, his grandson, Keith Daffron, unveils VEXUS

Boats, based in Flippin, Arkansas. Daffron said, “The VEXUS brand

represents more than a new line of fishing boats. This marks a historic

time in our industry as we continue our revolutionary commitment

to product excellence. We’re extremely fortunate to have a great

group of industry veterans already working with us. With so many

talented craftsmen and committed dealers, and even customers

vying for the first completed models, it’s a humbling and exciting

time.” First models are expected to be introduced in a few months.

Murray Yacht Sales

New Beneteau Dealer in Texas

The award-winning Gulf Coast dealer for New Beneteau Sailboats

across the Gulf Coast now has an office in Houston.

In addition to new offerings, Murray Yacht Sales also represent

J/Boats and quality power & sail brokerage listings with unparalleled

Gulf Coast exposure.

Stanton Murray, President of Murray Yacht Sales since 1991, also

operates an American Sailing Association (ASA) sailing school and

has been a certifiedASA instructor since 1983. He has served as President

of Sail America and the Yacht Broker’s Association of America and

has been actively racing and cruising boats his entire life.

Dealer, Yacht Broker

Certification Programs


The Marine Retailers Assoc. of the Americas

(MRAA) and the Yacht Brokers Assoc. of America

(YBAA) will collaborate on their respective

certification programs. The MRAA oversees

the Marine Industry Certified Dealership Program

and the YBAA has the Certified Professional

Yacht Broker Program (CPYB) - with both

certifications representing the highest levels of

training their members can receive.

Following the introduction of theMICD Program’s

Continuous Certification curriculum, the CPYB

announced that it will award continuing

education credits to any Certified Yacht

Broker that completes a quarterly MICD Con-

tinuous Certification course. The CPYB Program

will also award credits to MRAA members that

are CPYBs. Yacht brokers that have achieved

Dealer Certification are eligible for member

pricing on the CPYB exam.

“Dealer Certification and the CPYB Program

share the goal of raising the professionalism

and sophistication of our industry’s front lines,”

saidMatt Gruhn, MRAA president, in a statement.

“We see this collaboration as a great way to

strengthen the marine industry’s sales and

customer service efforts in delivering the boating

lifestyle to today’s boaters.”

Nordhavn - New 80’

Nordhavn is starting work on a new 80ft boat, the latest addition to

its long-range cruisers to fit between the company’s 76ft and 86ft

models. “For some, the 86 is just too big,” says Jim Leishman, Nordhavn’s

vice president. “At 80ft, this boat will be that muchmoremanageable.”

Grand Banks Take Eastbay 44 to Europe

Following rave reviews in the US, Grand Banks will introduce its iconic

Downeast-styled Eastbay 44 to the European market this January

at Boot Dusseldorf, one of the largest boat shows in the world. The

new 44 - the first Grand Banks built since Mark Richards, the founder

of Palm Beach Yachts, was hired to run both companies - is a thor-

oughly contemporary version of a traditional Grand Banks. It has all

the teak, world-class fit-and-finish and classic lines of earlier Grand

Banks, but in a lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient version.