We are open 7 days a week but call to verify the the duty brokers schedule. Our office is between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott.

Yacht Brokerage service above and beyond the expected

Serving boat buyers and sellers for over 30 years

410.268.1611

2003 53' Gozzard Pilothouse SOLD
Custom Canadian build. $795,000. This beautiful pilothouse motor yacht
is now in Florida. Call Mark Ferrier for up to date information 410.980.5364
"Yacht Brokerage Service above and beyond your expectations."
Greetings. I have been selling boats since 1977 and self employed since 1981. Our business as it now exists was established in Annapolis in 1991. Some very radical business swings over the years. My yacht brokerage education over those years is worth billions (OK thousands)
I am very lucky to have attracted the best brokers I have ever met. Our squad is dedicated, motivated and focused on their clients ultimate goals. As time goes on we keep tweeking our business model and making it better even as we exit a contracted market period. We are very pleased that our listings and sales keep refreshing following the market spikes and valleys.
Time away from business I enjoy sailing my Salona 37 (light racing), cruising in our Jarvis Newman and cycling. My wife of 30.2 years and I live on Queenstown Creek off the Chester River.

The yacht brokerage business is very exciting. The challenges and opportunities of the last 3 years have changed the market significantly.

Please contact me anytime if I can be of service.

Bill Walczak

Mobile 410-353-4712

email walczakyacht@yahoo.com
Custom Dyer 29 with S/Yanmar. Recently serviced and ready to sell. Nice value.
Yacht Basin Company, Annapolis from the YBC web site
Established in 1937, The Yacht Basin Company is the oldest privately owned marina in Annapolis. Located in the heart of Maryland's state capitol, the Yacht Basin offers a large, modern facility. Clean, bright bath houses and a new laundry room, along with WiFi access, are just a few of the conveniences awaiting our guests.

Our accommodations include over 100 fixed slips and three deep water face docks that routinely welcome vessels up to 240 feet. Five high speed pumps deliver GULF fuels year 'round, plus volume discounts.

With easy navigation from the Chesapeake Bay, transient business is brisk at "The Basin". Daily, weekly and monthly stays should be reserved in advance. Sorry, the annual slip holder wait list averages several years.

Historic Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, is just steps past the Marriott hotel on the marina's north side. All around are 18th century homes and narrow streets with a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments. Tour schedules to all sorts of exhibits, including public and private buildings are available. A casual stroll south over the Spa Creek draw bridge is the Maritime Republic of Eastport…a sailor's paradise.

The Yacht Basin's experienced management and friendly dock hands are happy to provide information on local events and activities. if you have any questions, please contact us at 410-263-3544.
Yacht Watch Program in the Annapolis area
Capt Rob Simkins has over 20 years experience operating & maintaining power & sail boats of all sizes. Capt. Rob has developed a cost effective concept offering several levels of security, repairs and detailing management.
You may reach Rob at 410.279.2224 or Simkinsyacht@gmail.com
China's largest yacht show fizzles
At China’s annual yacht show this weekend, Beijing’s anti-corruption drive seemed to be giving vendors a sinking feeling.

The number of brands that exhibited this year at Hainan Rendez-Vous dropped to 72, down from 139 the year prior. Last year there were also a wider range of top luxury names represented, including Aston Martin and Chopard.

Set against the backdrop of the southern Chinese island’s palm trees and sand, Hainan Rendez-Vous, now in its fifth year, suffered a reputational hit in China after pictures of sex and drug parties flooded the Internet in 2013.

Such challenges for the trade show have been exacerbated by President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive among China’s elite officials. Since the anti-corruption push was launched, taking out a government official out for a day on a private yacht has become less socially accepted, reducing the value of such vessels in China.

In something of a surprise this weekend, Sunseeker Yachts, a formerly British yacht maker popular with rich Chinese—thanks to its comparatively low cost and past appearances in James Bond movies—didn’t have any yachts to take customers out to the sea, despite having been acquired last year by Chinese tycoon Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group and the country’s richest man.

A sales manager for Sunseeker China said that the company hadn’t closed any sales in China this year. “Last year our showroom was packed, but this year we see no guests after waiting for a long time,” said sales manager Huang Weifen.

Beyond the government’s anti-graft drive, Chinese yacht sales face other hurdles, including the fact that many Chinese don’t enjoy prolonged periods out in the sun or staying on boats overnight. Government rules that cap the maximum number of people allowed on a yacht at 10 and require advanced registration for guests also make sailing less appealing in China.

Accordingly, though Wanda’s Mr. Wang earlier this year called yachts among the top three ultimate luxuries for the Chinese rich–alongside private planes and luxury hotels—China’s wealthy have been slow to adopt the boating lifestyle. As the Italian Trade Commission recently noted, only one out of every 318 wealthy mainland Chinese is a yacht owner, compared to one in 25 in Hong Kong.

Still, many yacht makers are hoping that will change, and that any challenges dealt by the government’s anti-corruption crackdown are only a temporary blip. Italian yacht maker Ferretti Yachts, for example, saw its sales in China double last year and plans to move some production to China, as well as build a marina in the Hengqin Special Economic Zone near Hong Kong with a local partner. The yacht maker, acquired by Shandong Weichai Group in 2012, brought seven yachts to this weekend’s show.

Meanwhile, the company has signed a letter of intent with a Chinese client to build a 68-meter long luxury yacht for 60 million euros ($82 million), according to Lamberto Tacoli, president of CRN at Ferretti. If the deal goes through, the purchase will mark the biggest boat ever sold in China.

“China is still the place with fast wealth creation, and the new rich like to show off,” said Ferruccio Rossi, CEO of Ferretti Group. By contrast, European sales are down significantly from before, as buyers are afraid of attracting the taxman with new boat purchases, he said.

Though some yacht makers may be disappointed by Chinese sales prospects, others are still hopeful. Oliver Besson, CEO of Asia Yachting, pointed out that when he first came to the market in 1999, China had no yachts and no marinas. Now on Hainan Island alone, there are five marinas, he said.

“China is a medium-term market, and you need to show your boat to your clients as part of the education process,” Mr. Besson said. “If you don’t do this, it won’t happen.”

– Wei Gu
ONE MORE REASON TO BUY A BOAT
Scientists see rapid sea level rise on the horizon


An international panel of scientists says it has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

The scientists, whose findings are reported in a draft summary of the next big United Nations climate report, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate-change doubters, attributing it most likely to short-term factors, according to The New York Times.

The report emphasizes that the basic facts about future climate change are more established than ever, justifying the rise in global concern. It also reiterates that the consequences of escalating emissions are likely to be profound.

“It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the newspaper cited the draft as saying. “There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century.”

The draft comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of several hundred scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, along with Al Gore.

Its summaries, published every five or six years, are considered the definitive assessment of the risks of climate change and they influence the actions of governments around the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, for instance, largely on the basis of the group’s findings.
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Geographical analysis

Ranking nations by the aggregate length of their current projects, Italy is still by far the number one yacht-building nation, but The Netherlands and Turkey have consolidated their places. The USA is losing its lead over UK builders, whose tally is up 51 percent in the last two years. Greece clinches the tenth place this year, pushing France out of the list.
New Miami Yacht Club, with wet sheds!
Marina-meets-yacht club in Miami...and gives berth!
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One of the industry’s hot spots is soon to see a new, but somewhat different, addition to the marina family, as plans have been announced for a marina-meets-yacht club development – the Miami Mega Yacht Club. On the Miami River and with construction expected to begin within nine months, the Miami Mega Yacht Club will offer 15 covered and enclosed berths for superyachts of 50m up to 75m for those wanting a permanent base in South Florida’s yachting and social hub.

The family behind the project, the Meruelo family, are already experienced hotel and marina owners in Florida and California. However, this particular project came about almost by chance, project principal Homer Meruelo told SuperyachtNews.com. “[We] have had this 10 acres of land for 10 years now and our original intention was to develop a luxury condominium site on the river. But because of owning issues I saw myself forced into developing a marine project. Therefore, about a year ago I came up with the concept. We owned the bottom of the ocean and have roofs over our water, so I said, why can’t I develop a boat house like I develop condominiums? It’s just a matter of creating the facility to be able to sell these slips individually,” explained Meruelo.

The facility will offer 15 covered, enclosed berths for yachts between 50m and 75m, the roofs reaching 23m with a beam of 15m. Each berth will come with a climate-controlled three-car garage and an individual 279sqm storage unit for anything from tenders and toys to linen and tableware. Each covered and enclosed berth will also come with its own built-in yacht wash down sprinkler system. The Meruelo family has put a lot of thought into the crew facilities, offering captains and crew a 465sqm crew quarters, including fitness centre, spa, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and billiard room.
Consumer confidence is back to pre shut down level
Consumer confidence, which had slipped in November, rebounded in December.

“Consumer confidence rebounded in December and is now close to pre-government shutdown levels” in September, Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a statement.

The board’s Consumer Confidence Index was at 78.1 in December, up from 72.0 in November. The September level was 80.2.

Confidence in current conditions reached a 5-1/2-year high and was greater than it had been since April 2008.

“Looking ahead, consumers expressed a greater degree of confidence in future economic and job prospects, but were moderately more pessimistic about their earning prospects,” Franco said. “Despite the many challenges throughout 2013, consumers are in better spirits today than when the year began.”
2006 65' T/John Deere steel trawler stabilized
Diamond in the rough. Some commissioning required but the owner is ready to make a deal. Opportunity for someone.
TRAWLER SHOWCASE
1984 58 Bertram MY
$279,000.
A heavily built sea going motor yacht. 18' beam, island king bed aft with tub.
Galley down, 3 staterooms. T/12V71's 1450 hours. One of the latest teak interior boats. Very lightly used and enjoyed. New Listing
2001 49 Eastbay by Grand Banks
$489,000.
Pipewelders 1,500# dinghy lift

Updated Garmins for helm & companion

Guest stateroom converts to a office easily, (GB option)

Long list of updates inside and out

1000 hour cat service completed 11/2013

11' RIB center console w/25HP Honda

cockpit ice maker & wet bar option
2001 45 Princess
Janet & Bill Walczak will be heading north from West Palm 4/20. Stop by and say hello if we cross paths en route to the Chesapeake. We have lots of sea stories...
2003 44 Navigator
$229,000.
2 staterooms with island queens and private heads.
Large saloon with lower helm.
Small Volvo diesels sip fuel but capable of 10-16 knot cruise
Very nice package for this price range
Dinghy & davit
2001 40 Legacy custom build jet drive T/Cummins
$295,000.
Do yourself a favor and click on our listings, page down to Ta Ta. You will be glad you did. Two staterooms, 2 heads. Beautiful saloon, galley down.
Helm & companion seats with side deck access doors. Propane stove, generator, inverter, san juan sun shade... great package.
Continuously updated.
1998 31 Cabo
$97,500.
Updated, serviced and clean engine room with 1560 hours. Marlin tower, interior shows like a newer boat. Very nice buy. Original owner. Owner has his eye on a new boat. Offers encouraged, in the water.
2014 Chesapeake Harbour Marina
Annapolis in the water showroom. We dock many of our local listings ( as do other brokers) at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. We typically have 10-20 boats on display for your inspection. Our brokerage boat program includes discounted dockage for all our listings. Clean, secure first class facility with a friendly helpful staff.

deep water

private docks, security

storm/wind protected

clean facility & showers

easy access to the bay
2014
Our office is open weekends
Mobile numbers for our brokers:


Mark Ferrier 410.980.5364 Mark@walczakyacht.com

Chris Buchheister 443.926.1278 Chris@walczakyacht.com

Frank Gary 410.703.4017 Frank@walczakyacht.com

Bill Walczak 410.353.4712 Walczakyacht@yahoo.com
2014
Our high profile office in the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co., next to Yacht Club has excellent drive by and foot traffic. We are open 7 days a week 12 months a year.

Network with 1500 other brokers to encourage the sale of our listings

"A" frame advertising signs featuring professional posters of 12 listings each that are displayed in high traffic boating areas in Annapolis.

Advertising display in the breezeway of the Yacht Basin Co in Annapolis.

10 full page color ads in Yachting magazine annually.

We display 10-20 of our listings at the Yacht Basin during the Annapolis Boat Shows

Spinsheet & Proptalk Magazines Our internet ads include yachtworld.com, yachtcouncil.com, marinesource.com, iboats.com and boatquest.com.

Our photographic representation of our listings is high quality and updated often
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We have customized for sale signs created for appropriate boats.

Our diversified list of boats include trawlers, motor yachts, all styles of sail, express and downeast boats as well as euro style. This product mix attracts shoppers.

Email broadcast campaigns to our client database and 1,500 brokers announcing updates on pricing and availability.

All of our brokers carry iphones and respond to inquiries quickly

We offer discounted dockage for brokerage listings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. Beautiful, secure marina to display and show our boats. Convenient for buyers flying into BWI or Signature Aviation. Average travel time from the airport is 25 minutes.

Google and Yahoo search engine advertising

We are active at boat shows from Newport to Miami.

Member of yachtcloser.com making the flow of paperwork much more efficient for our clients.

We sell and ship internationally.
2014
Yacht Brokerage expands in Palm Beach, FL
By Robert Janjigian
Daily News Business Editor
The debut of Edmiston & Co.’s yacht brokerage on Peruvian Avenue, along with the recent openings of Viking Sport Cruisers in Royal Poinciana Plaza and Worth Avenue Yachts at 150 Worth Ave., points to changes to the island’s business landscape as it evolves in the post-recession era.
Before the entry of these new yacht brokerages, the only game in town in terms of yacht sales and leasing was Camper & Nicholson, which has had a Palm Beach office near Royal Palm Way since the early 1990s.
With the recent approval of the Town Council, yacht brokers can now set up shop in spaces formerly restricted to retail use.
Monaco-headquartered Edmiston was attracted to Palm Beach for its prestige image, similar to that of Monte Carlo, as well as the increase in the quality of the boating repair, maintenance and storage facilities in the local area, said Nicholas Edmiston, chairman of the international firm he founded in 1996.
“Whilst Fort Lauderdale is considered by some to be the center of yachting in South Florida, we believe that Palm Beach is superior and the clientele more in line with our style,” Edmiston said of the reasoning behind locating its first Florida brokerage office on the island.
“It makes sense that such firms as Edmiston would be in Palm Beach,” said Chris Ramey, president of the Coral Gables-based Luxury Marketing Council, who analyzes the affluent consumer market in south Florida. “The top 1 percent has not been impacted negatively during the recession, continuing to spend on luxury goods and commodities, and Palm Beach is their backyard.”
Players in the yachting industry are smart to establish themselves in such pockets of wealth where their potential customers live, he said.
In addition to Palm Beach’s reputation and demographic, Edmiston favored Palm Beach because of his confidence in Bill Sanderson and Rachel Finkbeiner as representatives of the firm on the island.
“They are a strong and experienced team,” he said.
Both Sanderson and Finkbeiner worked for Edmiston when he headed up Camper & Nicholson in the early 1990s, working for that brokerage on the island.
“We heard that Nick, who is a friend, was interested in opening an office,” said Sanderson, an accomplished sailor who has been a yacht broker since the mid-1970s.
“The timing was just right,” said Finkbeiner, who manages the Edmiston office at 333 Peruvian. Both had been working for Camper & Nicholson, now a competitor, until recently.
Edmiston, like most brokerages in the boating world, handles charters and sales of so-called super yachts valued from a few million dollars to upwards of $100 million. The firm also acts as a representative for buyers of new yachts at major shipyards around the world.
“It’s an aggressive business, especially now with the Internet,” said Sanderson. “It’s more about service now. That’s how we stand out.”
Sanderson projects sales of four or five vessels a year, principally in resales of so-called superyachts through the office, with the bulk of Edmiston’s business in the charter area. Weekly charters for superyachts, which measure 80 to 325 feet in length, cost from $30,000 to $1 million, he said, noting that most of the demand currently is for vessels in the 200- to 325-foot range at the higher end of the scale.
Plans are to add a few more brokers, specialized in charters, to the island office, Finkbeiner said.
“It has never been a better time to be a buyer,” Sanderson said, explaining that inventory is at an all-time high and that prices are 30 percent to 35 percent lower than they were even two years ago.
And for those looking to charter a boat, it is also a buyer’s market, he said. “Prices for charters are more negotiable, too.”
- See more at: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/business/pb-sets-course-for-yacht-brokerage-firm-edmiston-c/nMFfk/#sthash.IzNpTmPX.dpuf
2014
We are members of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
2014 Dismal Swamp Canal
20+ miles, narrow and straight, 2 locks, 1 draw bridge and max 6 knots. Add rain, cold and lots of wood in the water and you will miss Great Bridge real badly.
SAILING SHOWCASE
1982 75 Little Harbor
$inquire trades encouraged
Big comfortable cruising platform with raised saloon, twin diesels and reasonable draft for the Bahamas. Electrical and electronic updates being completed 4/2014. Bottom job also fresh. Seller has taken delivery of a 126' boat. Seriously for sale. Contact Frank Gary 410-703-4017 or Frank@walczakyacht.com
2014
Photo above is the Yacht Basin Co where our office is located.
Brokerage boats selling prices have stabilized.
Depreciation of boats is a fact. Avoid the falling value by being accurate and "show" ready reducing the time it takes to sell... There is a price at which your boat will sell within 30 days. Most of us would not accept that low "quick sale" price but between that number and the last few comps selling price is a sweet spot that should be your target. Hanging on for years with a unrealistic asking price is a very expensive choice. The values tick down, the equipment gets older, the boat requires upkeep and service and it all adds up.
The depreciation in 2008-2009 was 25% on the quality boats and more where supplys were high. The depreciation since then is more in the "normal" range particularly on late model boats less than 5 years old.
Price it very close to the real value

Get the boat ready to show, neat, clean, staged, pillows, detailed

Professional photos away from the dock and interior machinery detail

Listing should be detailed including service history

Broadcast emails to client base and 1200 brokers

Print ads in Yachting magazine

Yachtworld.com, Yachtcouncil.com and marinesource.com exposure

Boat Shows work for some listings

We have all our listings on our dedicated youtube channel.

2014
Stop in when you visit Annapolis by boat or car. Located between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott on Annapolis Harbor.

1985 43 Swan performance cruiser
$199,000.
Long list of lightly used laminated saills, 3DL North main. Only 5'9" draft. Electric primaries. Located in Oxford, MD and ready to sell. Yanmar fresh motor!
1996 43 Sabreline aft cabin SOLD
$268,000.
This is a 3 stateroom galley up model. Lying Solomons. MD and easy to see. Contact Frank Gary 703.703.4017 Frank@walczakyacht.com
0 Firearms on Boats
Craig Agranoff

CBS & ABC Television Tech Correspondent



Firearms on the Boat: The Legal Issues Surrounding Carrying Weapons for Defense in International Waters


Recent news items and an everyday question asked by Florida residents to law enforcement regards the carrying of self-defense weapons, specifically firearms, on sailboats, yachts and other seaworthy craft capable of entering international waters. Legal authorities are regularly asked what the legal implications are and what laws and accepted rules are in place for this.


The answer? Well, it's complicated. Legally, it's far easier not to have a firearm on your boat. That's just how it is. Sadly, many legal issues we might take for granted as Floridians and Americans are nonexistent or so confused as to be generally ignored once a vessel enters international waters.


To understand the legalities surrounding firearms carriage on seagoing vessels, we have to first look at maritime law. Then we have to look at international law. Then national laws. Then state-specific law. Like I said, it's complicated.


Maritime Law


We begin with the overarching law of the ocean referred to as Maritime Law (also called Admiralty Law, the Law of the Sea, etc). Our modern international maritime law is rooted in United Nations agreements, which themselves are largely made up of generally accepted rules of the sea that were created by tradition over time. Specifically we're talking about the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea.


On the open ocean, in international waters (defined as anything beyond 12 miles from the nearest coastal point of a nation, but more clearly as anything beyond 24 miles of the nearest coast) the law to be enforced on the boat is the law of the boat's flag of origin. In other words, a vessel flying a United States flag of stars and stripes or other recognized U.S. maritime flag (e.g. the Yacht ensign) are subject to the laws of the United States. Legally this means that the ship is registered to the country whose flag it flies and carries paperwork to that effect. So merely flying the flag of a nation on a boat is not necessarily indicative of that ship's true nation of origin or registration (if any).


Thus a vessel flying the American flag (legally) in international waters may carry any firearm allowed by U.S. federal law as well as legal ammunition to go with it. This, however, is only true in international waters. Obviously, a ship must go to port sometime.

International Law


The short of it is that a vessel entering the protected waters (coast) of a nation becomes subject to the laws of that nation once it does so. By law, the protected (or "owned") coastline of the nation begins at 12 miles from the nearest coastal point. In practice, it can extend as far as 24 miles from that nearest land point, with the interim 12 miles being a sort of contended zone that may or may not be upheld by international court. Most captains operate on the 24-mile rule of thumb.


So for an American vessel entering the coastal waters of Mexico, the vessel, despite the U.S. flag, is now subject to the laws of Mexico. Currently, those laws prohibit firearms except by special permit and with some exemptions (such as the ship's emergency flare gun).


National Law


At this point, obviously, knowledge of the laws of the areas you'll be sailing to and from as well as all points between is important and is what makes things so very complex. A firearm may be legal in one area, but you may pass through other areas where it's illegal in order to get there. A good example is on our other coast up north, where travelers from the U.S. mainland to Alaska pass through Canadian jurisdiction and thus must declare weapons on board or face harsh consequences if caught.


In some places, all that is required is a registry of the firearms and ammunition on board and certification (subject to inspection) that those weapons are safely locked away. In other places, no provision is given for the carriage of firearms at all. In still others, only specific types of arms are allowed.

State-Specific Law


Even just sailing along the U.S. coasts, whether from Florida to New York or to Texas, territorial law changes as you leave and enter each states' jurisdiction. The firearms laws here in Florida, for example, are far more lax than are the laws in New York. While enforcement may be more or less lax along the way as well, the law is the only thing that can be truly counted on when moving from one jurisdiction to the next.


Conclusions


So putting all of this together, we can see that the laws surrounding firearms on seaworthy vessels are very complex. There are some ways around some of them and no way around others. This is why, for the most part, yachts plying international ports often carry no weapons beyond their flare guns or employ non-lethal, accepted weapons such as water cannons or the like as these are generally accepted without restriction in most parts of the world.
1959 39 Concordia Yawl
$109,000.
Abeking Rasmussen built stunning example of this classic. Yanmar diesel, updated electronics, refastened ... lavished with care. The owner is ready to make someone a very nice buy. Opportunity to cruise to the classic yacht events and have some fun.
1987 47.7 Bristol aft cockpit
$169,000.
BARGAIN!
2001 47 Sabreline SOLD
$389,000.
Optional 600HP Cats will get you there fast when you need it.

High gloss exterior awlgrip finish sparkles.

RIB and low profile davit

All fresh Garmin touch screens, AIS, weather, depth and wind.

Custom mahogany interior with updated softgoods

Very special example of this popular cruiser.

1/2014 complete Cat cooling system service including after coolers.
Lying: Sarasota, FL

Beautiful boat!
2015
Dawn of the remote-controlled SHIP: Massive crewless vessels could soon set sail to save money and improve safety at sea
Researchers envisage shore-based captains working in a replica 3D bridge
From here they will be able to remotely-control dozens of ships at a time
Not only would this cut down on cost, but scientists claim it would make ships safer and more efficient
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 06:29 EST, 27 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 27 December 2013


You might think remote-controlled ships are the preserve of toy companies, but huge crewless versions could soon be roaming our oceans.
European researchers have plans underway to see shore-based captains working in a replica 3D bridge to remotely-control dozens of ships at a time.
Not only would this cut down on cost, but scientists claim it would make ships more efficient and safer, reducing risks such as piracy.


HATTERAS SHOWCASE
How are boat sales going? US diesel brokerage power & sail boat sales over 34 feet.

2013........ 7,140

2012........ 6,377

2011........ 6,522

From soldboats.com/yachtworld

Values and depreciation have improved significantly as healthy updated boats become harder to find.
1981 53' Hatteras classic motor yacht The interior of this boat has been fully updated with soft goods, appliances, granite counters, head system etc. Very comfortable good looking boat. Main engines have low time after a full rebuild a few years back. Owners of 9 years are moving on to other interests. Come have a look. $225,000. or best accepted offer. Also we have a 1984 53' stabilized. Call Mark 410-980-5364
2005 42' Sea Ray Sedan Bridge "SOLD" New style very nice boat with two staterooms and euro dinette galley. Best price on the planet. Owners are moving up to a pilothouse boat. $229,000. Boat is in the water here in Annapolis and ready to sell. Come have a look.
Man shot while Kayaking near Annapolis By Mary Ann Barton

A Virginia man was shot in the stomach while kayaking Saturday night on an Anne Arundel County creek, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

David E. Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, was out stargazing in a kayak on Bodkin Creek while visiting relatives in the area, when he saw a bonfire and heard what sounded like a party, FOX News reported. Then he noticed a red dot on his stomach, like a laser pointer. Soon after, he felt a sharp pain in his stomach.

Seafolk-Kopp was on the water until the next morning and didn't make it to shore until about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He was discovered by a homeowner.

"The bullet entered near his rib cage, and they were able to easily extract it," a spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police told The Baltimore Sun.

The spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the kayaker’s wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot, and police do not have any suspects in the shooting.

"Our officers are out in boats looking at the shoreline, seeing if they can see the remnants of a fire. Anne Arundel County police are working the shoreline on foot to see if they can find any remnants of this party," the spokeswoman told WBAL-TV.

Anyone with information should call (410) 260-8888.
Brokerage sales continue gains in November/Dec 2013 Brokerage sales continue gains in November
Posted on December 11th, 2013
Written by John Burnham, YachtWorld.com
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Brokerage boat sales in the United States climbed 18 percent in November as 1,983 boats were sold, a gain of almost 300 from the same month in 2012.

The value of boats sold during the month totaled $233.7 million, a 6 percent increase from 2012. November also was the seventh consecutive month of record sales for the years 2008 to 2013, according to YachtWorld member brokers reporting in SoldBoats.com, their proprietary database.

Brokers selling powerboats reported especially improved sales. The 1,535 boats sold were a 21 percent improvement from November 2012. The total price paid was up 6 percent to $195.2 million, reflecting a lower average sale price.

Sailboat brokers had similar results: 448 boats were sold, an increase of 8 percent, but the total sale value was $38.5 million, a gain of only 5 percent.

The strong volume increase in November can be attributed to gains in the mainstream of the market — boats under 45 feet. Sales of boats 36 to 45 feet were up 20 percent to 511. The aggregate price paid rose 39 percent to $68.8 million, lifting the average price paid from $116,000 to $135,000.

Among boats 26 to 35 feet, sales were up 10 percent to 739. A smaller increase in the average price was achieved as the total value of sales increased 13 percent to $44 million.

In the smallest size category, boats under 26 feet, the volume increase was the greatest (29 percent) with 532 sold. Average prices declined slightly as the aggregate price paid ($11 million and up 25 percent) did not match the increase in volume. That contrasts with sales values in this category for the year to date: 5 percent more boats have been sold, a total of 9,697, at an average price that has increased from $20,600 to $21,800.

Top 10 Boat Names from Boat US What can a boat name tell you about the person behind the wheel of a boat? BoatUS has its annual list of Top Ten Boat Names. If a car’s vanity license plate can tell you a lot about the person behind the wheel, what can a boat name tell you about the person behind the helm? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just released the national boating organization’s 24th Annual Top Ten Boat Names List and may have the answer. The BoatUS list of Top Ten Boat Names:
1. Serenity 2. Second Wind 3. Island Girl 4. Freedom 5. Pura-Vida 6. Andiamo 7. Island Time 8. Irish Wake 9. Happy Hours 10. Seas the Day
“We’ve had indicators that a boater who names their boat Second Wind may have rebounded from a misfortune such as divorce, health or other major issue, while someone who names their boat Island Girl or Island Time may enjoy a more carefree spirit and need an escape from everyday life,” said Greg Edge of BoatUS Boat Graphics. “And you can guess that boats with names like Happy Hours may be the most popular boats on Friday night at the marina or Saturday afternoon raft-up – their more outgoing owners celebrating with family and friends.” Need a boat name? BoatUS has over two decades of top ten boat name lists and over 9,000 names in its online Boat Name Directory, a checklist to help pick a name, christening ceremony information, and an easy-to-use online design tool to make your own boat name, all at BoatUS.com/boatgraphics. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at BoatUS.org/courses.
El Nino could mean less storms/hurricanes for south Florida By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel
4:49 a.m. EDT, April 14, 2014

Odds are increasing that El Niño will emerge by this summer, and that could be a lucky charm for storm-vulnerable South Florida.

A strong El Niño could mean the upcoming season will have "about one less major hurricane and one to two fewer hurricanes," said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It also means the Gulf Coast would be most at risk. El Niño discourages storms from forming in the deep tropics, where they commonly curve toward the East Coast, Bell said.

For it to suppress the upcoming season, El Niño would have to be both strong and in place by August, said hurricane specialist Eric Blake, of the National Hurricane Center. "The stronger the El Niño, the less risk there is," he said. "But you can never say the risk is zero."

El Niño, a large-scale atmospheric weather pattern, emerges when the waters of the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean become abnormally warm. That, in turn, creates strong winds over the tropics, shredding storms.
230' Lurssen MY "Martha Ann" fueling Probably the largest boat to ever fuel up at the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co.
Photo taken 4.17.2014

She draws just under 13'.
YBAA We are members of the Yacht Brokers Association of America
ABOUT US
Walczak Yacht Headquarters
Yacht Brokerage Service. That is all we do. We do not represent a new boat line, we do not manage marinas all we do is list and sell brokerage boats. Seven days a week. As a rule we have one of our brokers in south Florida, Carolinas or New England listing and showing all year. Walczak Yacht was established in 1981 and operating in Annapolis since 1991. 5 full time Yacht Brokers representing buyers and sellers of quality power and sail boats. Our waterfront office is located at the Yacht Basin between the Marriott and the Annapolis Yacht Club. Our Market is power and sail boats in the 38-80' range (average boat $500K 49 feet). Our brokers have earned a reputation for high energy and hard working. We are open seven days a week. All our brokers are licensed in Florida and members of FYBA and/or YBAA.


We have 50-65 central listings power and sail. Our average boat listed is 49 feet with sales experience up to 120' range. Average value is just under $500,000.


We are a single source brokerage house offering:


• Sale of power and sailboats

• Discounted local dockage

• Wash/wax and detailing service

• Yacht delivery

• Lessons

• Insurance

• Financing

• Full service repairs on time and on budget.


We meet and greet cruisers from all over who stop in the Yacht Basin while cruising. The Yacht Basin is the only dockage downtown Annapolis that can accommodate boats up to 180 feet. Yacht Clubs and migrating yachts make the Yacht Basin Co. location a favorite stop over. 
THE MARKET
2014 Sales have been down slightly every month this year. Florida is the best barometer for what the rest of the country can expect after a colder than normal winter. Florida reported 658 diesel powered brokerage boats sold in the first three months of 2013. The same period in 2014, 647 sold boats were reported.
2014 13 of those FL sales were over 100' compared to 22 boats over 100' in 2013.
RECENT SALES
Contact our office for recent sales showing market time and sales prices, We can run the list specific to your area of interest.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Chesapeake Harbour Marina We dock most of our istings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina about 4 miles from Annapolis City Dock. Secure, clean and well managed facility with Sam's Restaurant on site.
BROKERS
Chris Buchheister
Chris Buchheister Chris@walczakyacht.com
Cell 443.926.1278

A native of Annapolis, Chris developed a lifelong passion for the water from racing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s in 2006, Chris had a rewarding career in the Navy where he traveled the globe to every continent (except Africa) in a variety of interesting assignments. Upon his return to civilian life, he was able to live the dream instructing sailing on the Maine Coast as well as had the pleasure of instructing the offshore sailing program at the United States Naval Academy. Upon entering the sales end of the yachting industry, Chris hit the deck running and has quickly established a strong sales record in both power and sail boats. Chris is a member of the YBAA, FYBA and licensed in Florida.

Chris and his wife, Bevin, currently live in Annapolis with their three wonderful kids.


Mark Ferrier
Mark Ferrier Mark Ferrier

Cell: 410-980-5364
Email: Mark@WalczakYacht.com

Mark has lived and worked on the water all of his life. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s as a broker in 2002, he worked as a delivery Captain running hundreds of boats up and down the eastern coast. Today, this experience, along with many others, makes him a knowledgeable and valuable asset to his clients when it comes to evaluating both a boats condition and design. In addition to his expansive and valuable working knowledge of the industry, Mark is a hard working, motivated, proactive, and hands on individual who prides himself on persistently building his well deserved reputation for offering his clients the ultimate yacht buying / selling experience.
When Mark is not chasing his next boat deal, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and their children, in their home on Muskrat Creek.
Certifications/Credentials: licensed in Florida

Frank Gary
Frank Gary Frank Gary

Cell: 410-703-4017
Frank@WalczakYacht.com

Frank first embraced his passion for the seas in 1960 with the purchase of his first vessel and has proudly owned and enjoyed various boats, both power and sail, ever since then. Before joining Walczak Yacht in 2006, Frank worked for 24 years in the Construction Machinery Industry in various management capacities. Then, in ­1988, Frank made the leap into the yacht business by establishing Bristol Yacht Sales Annapolis. He joined Walczak Yachts ­­­18 years later and and quickly became one of the top listing brokers in Annapolis with a long succcessful history of listing and selling high end cruising sailboats, downeast, trawlers, and motoryachts.
Frank is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) with over twenty years experience, and is a licensed Florida Yacht Broker. Frank has served as president of the prestigious Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA), and is also a member of Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA.) He also served on the board for the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.

Frank currently resides in Easton with his lovely wife Gina and their daughter Schuyler.