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
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.