In Brief: Cigarette Racing, Tigé, Navimo USA, Strictly Sail Pacific, Grady-White, YachtWorld.com

Mercedes-Benz and Cigarette Racing are working to create a custom Cigarette boat, reportedly inspired by the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, according to a report in Automobile magazine. Cigarette reportedly says it will be one of the most advanced boats the company has ever built, with the 42-ft long boat using twin-staggered powerplants and capable of more than 120 mph. The AMG Cigarette Racing boat will be unveiled this February at the Miami International Boat Show in Miami, Florida.

Tigé Boats has added Chatlee Boat and Marine to its worldwide network of authorized dealerships, according to a release from the company. Chatlee, located in Sanford, N.C., is one of Boating Industry’s 2009 Top 100 Dealers. The dealership will carry the full line of Tigé inboard watersports boats and provide authorized service and support to local Tigé owners. New 2010 Tigé’s will arrive at the dealership in time for the North Carolina boat show, which is scheduled for the second weekend of February.

Navimo USA, the U.S. subsidiary of European boat equipment manufacturer and supplier Navimo Group, is the new U.S. distributor for Andersen stainless steel winches and accessories, the company said in a release. Denmark-based Andersen has manufactured stainless steel winches for yachtsmen and sailing professionals for more than 45 years.

Strictly Sail Pacific will return to Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif., from April 15 – 18, 2010, according to an announcement from Sail America’s executive director. For 2010, the show will return to an all-sail focus. The show will now feature a four-day format and will relax the rules to allow good condition, previously-used boats to be displayed in the show. Sail America said the changes are based on feedback from 2009 exhibitors.

Grady-White Boats has added Atlantic Marine of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., to its dealer network, the company said in a release. Atlantic will offer Grady-White’s lineup of 26 models from 18 to 36 feet in length. Atlantic Marine offers a complete call-ahead dry stack facility, a retail sales area, indoor showers plus a dock house, and a fully equipped parts and service department.

More than 270 yacht brokers came to Florida recently to attend YachtWorld.com’s Yacht Brokerage Universities in Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale, according to a release from YachtWorld.com. The theme for both events was transition. “A major part of our mission is to provide yacht brokers with the tools and knowledge to get them ahead of their competition and keep them there,” Ian Atkins, VP and general manager of YachtWorld.com, said in the release. “Making them aware of the global scale of the current transition and the pace at which these changes are taking place is vital.”

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