Warning: Hurricane-Damaged Boats Soon Hitting the Used Boat Market

Buyer beware. BoatUS wants anyone looking to buy a used boat in 2018 to be aware of the “storm-damaged lemons” that are likely lurking among perfectly good pre-owned boats.

More than 63,000 boats were damaged in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many will be repaired and have years of life left on the water, but other could be hiding major problems.

BoatUS, the nation’s biggest recreational boat owners’ association, is urging buyers to get a prepurchase survey (known as a Condition and Value survey).

“It’s not that you don’t want to buy a boat that’s been repaired, but you should have full knowledge of the repairs and know they were done correctly. It’s a transparency issue that will help you negotiate a fair price,” said BoatUS Consumer Affairs Director Charles Fort.

BoatUS offers eight tips to help you spot a boat that might have been badly damaged in a storm:

  1. Trace the history. When a car is totaled, the title is branded as salvaged or rebuilt, and buyers know up front that there was major damage at some point in the car’s history. But only a few states brand salvaged boats – Florida and Texas do not – and some states don’t require titles for boats. Anyone wishing to obscure a boat’s history need only cross state lines to avoid detection, which can be a tipoff. Look for recent gaps in the boat’s ownership, which may mean that it was at an auction or in a repair yard for a long time.
  2. Look for recent hull repairs. Especially on older boats, matching gelcoat is very difficult. Mismatched colors around a repaired area are often a giveaway and may signal nothing more than filler under the gelcoat, rather than a proper fiberglass repair.
  3. Look for new repairs or sealant at the hull-to-deck joint. Boats that bang against a dock during a storm often suffer damage there.
  4. Evidence of sinking. Check for consistent corrosion on interior hardware, such as rust on all hinges and drawer pulls. You might be able to spot an interior waterline inside a locker or an area hidden behind an interior structure.
  5. Corrosion in the electrical system. Corrosion on electrical items, such as lamps, connectors and behind breaker panels might mean the boat sank recently. Does the boat have all new electronics? Why?
  6. Look for evidence of major interior repairs. Fresh paint or gelcoat work on the inside of the hull and engine room is usually obvious. All new cushions and curtains may be a tipoff, too.
  7. Look for fresh paint on the engine. It may be covering exterior rust as well as interior damage.
  8. Ask the seller. In some states, a seller isn’t required to disclose if a boat was badly damaged unless you ask. If the seller hems and haws, keep looking.

Click here to learn more about marine surveys.

Orginal Article: Warning: Hurricane-Damaged Boats Soon Hitting the Used Boat Market

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Unprecedented demand’ causes Yamaha to delay engine shipments

In light of “unprecedented demand,” Yamaha Motor Corp. is asking its counterparts in Japan to focus on reallocating products to the United States so the company can fill orders.

Specifically, Yamaha said that due to “a perfect storm of challenges” it is unable to meet demand for the 2.8-liter, 4.2-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 outboards — as well as some Yamaha rigging items — in the time frame the company had originally hoped, in part because its manufacturing operations were in transition.

“It is unprecedented demand, and we simply cannot meet the demands for shipping our product,” Martin Peters, Yamaha Marine Group communications and government relations senior manager, told Trade Only Today. “We are doing our best.”

Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale sent letters to dealers and OEMs acknowledging it was unable to meet its target ship dates and apologizing for delays.

“We are experiencing the perfect storm of challenges for supplying outboards at this higher demand,” said the letter to dealers, which Peters sent to Trade Only. “The marketplace has many years of pent-up demand for larger boats and the outboard motors that power them. As the economy and mood have improved this year, demand for our premium products increased more than we had anticipated.

“This increase in demand has occurred while our manufacturing operations are in transition. The transition was designed to accommodate new products and increased longer-term demand.”

Understanding that its availability to promise dates is “less than stable,” Yamaha is bringing down target ship dates to regain stability. “We will do everything we can to bring the system back up by Dec. 15,” Speciale wrote, adding in bold: “We will continue to ship product during this time.”

The company declined to be more specific about the type of transition the manufacturing operations were in, saying that some of what it was doing was proprietary.

“There’s tremendous demand in the entire industry right now, particularly for those things that go into larger boats,” Peters said.

Yamaha engines come from Japan, but its propellers — which Trade Only learned were also difficult to procure — are manufactured by Precision Propellers Industries in Indianapolis.

“Since we purchased PPI in 2008, output has doubled,” Speciale told Trade Only in an email. “We have increased output of propellers every year. Output is up 20 percent this year, and we plan to grow it next year.”

 

See Article: Unprecedented demand’ causes Yamaha to delay engine shipments REAGAN HAYNES2 HOURS AGO

Jupiter Marine Awards Maryland Territory to Bluewater Yacht Sales

Bluewater Yacht Sales is pleased to announce the expansion of their Jupiter Marine territory to become the exclusive Jupiter boat dealer for all of Maryland. The market share expansions in these regions is sure to extend as Bluewater & Jupiter join efforts in Maryland.
JupiterBluewater Yacht Sales has been operating for nearly 50 years and is known for their commitment to the leading quality brands in the boating industry. Likewise, Jupiter Marine of Palmetto, Florida, has over 25 years of boatbuilding experience and holds a reputation for creating yacht-quality custom center console boats. “Working with Bluewater Yacht Sales is an absolute treat,” exclaims Mike Adams, Jupiter National Sales Manager. “They are pure professionals and very big-picture oriented. Their sales team is incredibly experienced and led by Jan Boone, who’s career has been built on customer relationships and building boats that fulfill their desires and dreams.”
Jupiter’s current portfolio features fishing boats ranging from 25′ to 41′, with the 38 HFS model set to be Bluewater’s first offering in Maryland. This boat will debut under the Bluewater flag during the Ocean City Tuna Tournament from July 14 – 16, before commencing on a tour throughout Bluewater’s Mid-Atlantic Jupiter territory. Bluewater proudly services Maryland customers from 3 world-class offices in Baltimore, Grasonville & Ocean City.
In addition to celebrating the territory expansion, Bluewater Yacht Sales will be touting Jupiter’s semi-custom production prowess with their heavily-customized 38 HFS powered by triple Yamaha F300 engines and boasting a Stone Gray Metallic hull with powder coated T-top frame. This offshore center console includes all the fishing amenities needed including a stand-up bait prep center with tackle storage and a generous 53-gallon livewell, plus two massive 104-gallon in-deck fish boxes and plenty of rod holders.
Bluewater President Jan Boone explains, “The partnership between these two great brands is sure to elevate both of our companies throughout the region, and give exciting new options to Maryland’s boaters.” Bluewater’s forthcoming stock inventory of multiple customized Jupiter models ranging from 25′ to 38′ will give Mid-Atlantic boaters yet another world-class brand selection to look to for a boating experience like no other.

Jupiter 38 HFS Tour Schedule

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City Tuna Tournament
July 14 – 16, 2017
Ocean City Fishing Center

Ocean City, MD

White Marlin Open
August 7 – 11, 2017
Harbour Island Marina

Manteo, NC

Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament
August 14 – 18, 2017
Pirate’s Cove Marina

Virginia Beach, VA

VA Beach Billfish Tournament
August 23 – 26, 2017
Virginia Beach Fishing Center

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Boat Show
September 8 – 10, 2017
Port City Marina

Annapolis, MD

United States Powerboat Show
October 12 – 15, 2017
Annapolis City Docks

Request a showing of our customized Jupiter 38 HFS.
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About Bluewater Yacht Sales
Serving the marine industry since 1968, Bluewater Yacht Sales now represents a collection of the most esteemed new boat brands and brokerage listings on the Mid-Atlantic and Florida. Currently, with offices in 9 locations stretching from Baltimore to Palm Beach, Bluewater’s cadre of nearly 40 sales representatives strive to serve customers with unrivaled expertise and attentiveness. Believing that strong service capabilities are the backbone of any successful sales organization, Bluewater’s service network has grown to be comprised of some of the most highly regarded yards on the East Coast, including the Bluewater Yacht Yard and Yachting Center in Hampton, VA, the Jarrett Bay Marine Park in Beaufort NC, and the Bluewater Outer Banks Yacht Yard in Wanchese, NC.
About Jupiter Marine
With over 25 years of boat building experience, the Jupiter Team is committed to building the finest, most technologically advanced offshore sportfishing boats available today. Jupiter boats are specifically designed to run at high speeds in offshore sea conditions while, at the same time, providing passengers with a smooth, comfortable and amazingly dry ride under adverse conditions. Using only the highest quality materials and the finest craftsmen, Jupiter handcrafts each boat to the owner’s exact specifications. Customizing their products to each owner’s requirements is what sets Jupiter apart as a premium semi-custom boat builder and their customers as astute boat owners.

Volvo Penta becomes majority owner of innovative outboard motor manufacturer Seven Marine.

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Volvo Penta has signed an agreement to become the major owner of innovative premium outboard motor manufacturer, Seven Marine, enabling the Swedish company to extend its scope of world-leading integrated propulsion systems.

“With this acquisition, Volvo Penta is entering the outboard motor segment,” says Volvo Penta president, Björn Ingemanson. “Together with Seven Marine, we are on a journey to expand the scope of supply with our customers and invest in the growth of a platform to shape the future of the outboard industry.”

The deal will broaden Volvo Penta’s technology platform, offering a modular, cutting-edge solution, regardless of the energy source, to deliver the desired power in the water. Seven Marine will be able to further develop its existing innovative outboard technology to satisfy a wider range of needs for its premium and exclusive customer base. This strategic collaboration will strengthen their combined footprint in the marine market.

“This is an exciting step for Volvo Penta,” says Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “We are combining the strength of two highly innovative companies to deliver an unbeatable engine range for the gasoline segment. We will not only come to market with an extremely attractive outboard solution, but we will deliver the benefits of our world-class service network to a broader range of customers.”

World-class innovation
Seven Marine, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, was founded in 2010 by a team with many years’ specialist experience in marine technology. With a proven track record in delivering luxury performance gasoline outboards for the high-end leisure market, Seven Marine produces the most powerful outboard models in the world, running at 557 and 627 hp. Thanks to the unmatched horsepower of its outboards, the company is able to meet the demand for larger, outboard powered boats. Customers benefit from the ability to go farther, faster, more efficiently with leading and innovative product style and design.

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 900 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

The company’s small block V8 engines are fitted horizontally and leverage modern, automotive quality and technology. This includes use of fresh-water cooling for enhanced durability and corrosion protection and a supercharger to produce excellent performance. Volvo Penta has over 110 years of experience as a market leader in engine and propulsion systems, delivering a history of innovations to the marine industry, such as the Aquamatic Sterndrive, Volvo Penta IPS, and Forward Drive. The company’s easy boating philosophy is the driving force behind groundbreaking solutions to make boating easy, enjoyable and more fun. With its current product portfolio, Volvo Penta offers one of the widest ranges of world-class marine diesel and gasoline engines in the industry.

Shared vision
The use of automotive technology is a common aspect between Volvo Penta’s gasoline sterndrive range and Seven Marine’s outboard motors. Seven Marine’s approach to exploring new techniques and design architecture is a key driver behind Volvo Penta’s decision to become majority owner in Seven Marine.

With this acquisition, the two companies will collaborate to continue to develop Seven Marine’s leading outboard offerings, which not only leverages the strength of the company’s existing technology, but also has sustainability in mind. “The Seven Marine concept mirrors the successful strategy we have followed in pursuing automotive technology,” says Björn Ingemanson, president of Volvo Penta. “Just as we are a leader in diesel and gasoline engine technology, Seven Marine leads its market for state-of-the-art outboards.” He adds: “We have a shared vision for the future, and this deal provides an ideal platform for us to grow and adapt together. We will move forward in leading the development of world-class performance and sustainability for the most premium of outboard motor segments.”

Seven Marine will operate as a stand-alone entity retaining its brand, product line and organizational structure. Ron Huibers, Volvo Penta’s president of the Americas region, will be the chairman of Seven Marine and Rick Davis will remain as Seven Marine’s president and CEO. With this approach, Seven Marine will benefit from the strength and stability of being part of a larger, international organization, while still maintaining its entrepreneurial spirit. “This is a great development for us,” says Rick Davis, president and CEO, at Seven Marine. “As a young company we have pushed ourselves forward to revolutionize the outboard engine experience in a short period of time. And in partnering with Volvo Penta, we will have a solid backing to continue improving the customer experience through the pursuit of technological and innovation advancement.”

 

Volvo Penta becomes majority owner of innovative outboard motor manufacturer Seven Marine.

Sport Fishing Magazine:Jupiter Marine 25 Bay on the 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

25 Bay has high gunwales, flush decks, massive tournament-style livewells, and plenty of storage.

Jupiter Marine 25 Bay

Courtesy of Jupiter Marine

LOA: 26′ 1″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Fuel Capacity: 91 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,700 lb. plus power | Max HP: 300 | Certifications: NMMA

Cruising at high speeds in big seas, passengers comfortable and dry all the while: That’s what Jupiter Marine expects of its boats.

Those who own or have ­experience with Jupiter fishing boats say they hit the mark — and how! They’re within a dock-line toss of the top rankings among ­oft-reviewed boats in our survey.

Those who know the boats love nearly everything about them, but their highest accolades went for the way they’re built and perform, and the prestige of the brand. (Everything is relative too: Jupiter’s lowest scores matched the highest of some other brands.)

Carl Herndon — former founder/CEO of Blackfin Yacht Corporation — gathered a likewise-seasoned team of skilled craftsmen to launch Jupiter Marine in 1998 and has since expanded its product line.

In the quarter-century since, the brand’s fan club has grown as the company deftly blended new technology with the uncompromising quality on which it has always insisted.

It’s a specialist in outboard-powered offshore sport-fishing boats acclaimed for great looks, seaworthiness, speed, quality and features, and all built on a solid, nearly indestructible hull. Boats are built to your specifications, but all those traits, the company says proudly, are “standard equipment” on every Jupiter.

Jupiter 25 BAY

Newest, smallest and likely nimblest in a line that goes to 41 feet, Jupiter’s new 25 Bay concedes nothing to its big siblings. It embraces all their offshore strengths while ­boasting its own brand of shallow-water potential.

Like the offshore specialists, the 25 Bay has high gunwales, flush decks, massive tournament-style livewells, and plenty of storage. But it’s a bay boat at heart, with a draft of just ­14 inches, sandbar-friendly.

Going far? The 91-gallon fuel capacity will get you there and back. Traveling first on land? This boat rides its trailer well too, with a beam of 8 feet 6 inches.

Jupiter Marine 25 Bay

Courtesy of Jupiter Marine

Add a teak sole if you wish. A trademark of Jupiter is easy access to maintenance areas.

You can match the helm to your fishing style; the center console welcomes dual navigation displays. Ready to go with standard features, options include seat, upholstery and fabric upgrades; custom ­hardtop or tower with second ­station; outriggers; kingfish-style rod ­holders; Power Pole shallow-water anchor system; trolling motor; and more.

How does it run? Ahead of an optional Yamaha F300, it cruises nicely at 30 to 40 mph and can hit 50+ mph at wide-open throttle.

Says Jupiter president Carl Herndon, proudly: “Run shallow, go offshore, stay late at the sandbar, dress up for cocktails …. This boat can do it all.”

Courtesy of Sport Fishing Magazine: 2017 Jupiter 25

Contact Hank Sibley at (804) 337-1945 or hsibley@bluewateryachtsales.com for more information on The Jupiter 25 Bay

EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course from its initial proposal regarding mandated ethanol volumes for 2017, acting to increase the volumes more than initially proposed.

The EPA announced on Wednesday, the day prior to a long weekend for many, that it raised its corn ethanol volume mandate for 2017 to levels Congress set in the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard, “handing a win to agricultural groups and biofuel makers,” according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

In the final volume rule, the agency said it would require that 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply, an increase from the 14.8 billion gallons it had called for in its May proposal.

The May proposal had raised the ire of both ethanol opponents and proponents.

The new figure is in line with the mark that Congress prescribed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the George W. Bush administration almost a decade ago.

“The EPA decided to revert back to the congressional vision of RFS. That’s what we’re dealing with in 2017,” NMMA senior manager of government relations Michael Lewan told Trade Only Today. “It’s definitely a bit of a departure.”

The EPA has slowed the increase of ethanol in the overall fuel supply in previous years from the requirements set forth in the 2007 RFS, but continues to set increases the law requires.

The EPA’s newest proposal increases the need for higher blends of ethanol to record levels in 2017, pushing further past the E10 blend wall, according to critics of the proposal. The blend wall is the term used for the maximum amount of ethanol in fuel that all engines can tolerate — which is E10, or 10 percent ethanol.

The total mandate for biofuels rose to 19.28 billion gallons. The requirement for cellulosic advanced biofuels was set at 311 million gallons, and advanced biofuels were set to 4.28 billion gallons. The 2018 biodiesel mandate has been left unchanged from the proposal at 2.1 billion gallons.

“Today’s decision by the EPA directly threatens the safety of millions of American boaters,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said Wednesday in a statement.

“EPA ignored the overwhelming evidence presented by the boating industry in its decision to increase the 2017 ethanol mandate to record highs. EPA’s misguided decision not only denies the public choice at the pump to purchase ethanol-free fuels, but they are now increasing the spread of a dangerous, prohibited fuel blend that will cause damage to marine engines and raises serious safety concerns. It’s clear that the EPA has failed in its duty — now more than ever NMMA urges the new Congress and the Trump administration to work together to deliver actual reforms that fix this broken law and protects the millions of American boaters.”

Donald Trump came out in support of the ethanol industryleading up to the Iowa caucus in January. On Sept. 15 Trump “momentarily” said he would repeal a key piece of the fuel standard, but quickly changed course.

The Trump campaign website briefly posted a fact sheet announcing his opposition to a key component of the biofuel law, saying it “penalizes refineries if they do not meet certain blending requirements. These requirements have turned out to be impossible to meet, and are bankrupting many of the small and midsize refineries in this country,” according to the Times-Picayune.

That fact sheet was quickly taken down later on Sept. 15 after pressure from the ethanol industry, the newspaper said.

A Trump campaign official declined to comment on the change in the fact sheet, saying only that Trump’s commitment to the standard as it is written is “unshakeable,” The Hill reported on Sept. 15.

Still, Lewan was optimistic that the new administration could usher in the RFS reforms the industry has sought.

“There’s ample opportunity as we shift to get reforms that break the cycle and update the 2007 law to update the law to current market realities,” Lewan said. “Ultimately, the EPA did last November come below the statutory requirements for 2016. This year EPA had proposed to come the same proportion below the 2017 requirements, but they have upped that number a bit, which is disappointing, but it underscores why we can’t rely on EPA and government agencies to rule in our favor. We need legislative changes and for Congress to work together to fix the law they wrote. I think there’s a good opportunity entering January to use this announcement as a catalyst to show why we need change sooner rather than later.”

 

Source: EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017

No cause found for marina fire that killed Urbanna couple

URBANNA, Va. (AP) — Investigators have been unable to determine what caused a massive February fire that killed two people and destroyed or damaged more than 20 boats at a Middlesex County marina.

Source: No cause found for marina fire that killed Urbanna couple