Seattle, January 28, 2004 - Today, YachtWorld.com (www.yachtworld.com) announced that it had achieved double-digit growth for 2003 over 2002 across all categories. YachtWorld.com also released details of the expansion and growth of one of their products, Soldboats.com.
The number of boats available for sale on YachtWorld.com increased substantially to over 74,000 and the number of brokerage member firms increased to over 1,800. The asking price of these YachtWorld.com listings is in excess of $24 billion. Visitor traffic promoting broker member listings has reached over 50 million page views a month. YachtWorld.com, a division of boats.com, Inc., is the premier channel for yacht brokers to list and sell boats over the Internet.
The number of sold boats in YachtWorld's soldboats.com database, which includes sold boats with the sold price and date as reported by the listing broker, has increased to over 115,000. YachtWorld member brokers around the world contribute thousands of sold boats to this database every month, making it the most accurate and current resource available for the brokerage community today. Use of soldboats.com helps the broker establish a fair listing price for their new listings as well as locating boats not actively for sale.
In making the announcement Jessica Muffett, Publisher of YachtWorld.com, said, "it is gratifying to note that even though we have the largest number of listings and subscribing brokers by far in this market segment, we still continue to enjoy substantial growth. We are clearly providing professional brokers with the services they need and we will continue to actively work with them to develop new products."
boats.com, Inc. provides marketing services to OEM's, dealers, brokers and service companies throughout the global recreational marine industry. The company provides an unmatched level of consumer access to information, boat listings, financial and insurance products. With more than 90,000 new and used boat listings from over 5,500 brokers and dealers, boats.com, Inc. is the largest concentration of recreational marine industry marketing in the world.
boats.com represents the manufacturers of over 90% of all new boats in the U.S, along with new and used boat listings from dealers and brokers and an ever growing international presence. boats.com has received the exclusive Internet endorsement of the NMMA and MRAA.
YachtWorld, since 1995, has been the premier channel for yacht brokers to list and sell boats over the Internet. YachtWorld properties feature the most comprehensive Multiple Listing System (MLS) in the marine industry, and with listings from more than 131 countries YachtWorld is an integral part of the global brokerage community.