UK-based Nautibuoy Marine plans to introduce its range of inflatable platforms to the U.S. market, beginning at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November. It has appointed Dania Beach-based Nautical Ventures as its reseller in the U.S.
Clay Builder and Nina Anderson, the entrepreneurs behind the Nautibuoy product, received global recognition for their innovative design, winning a DAME Award at METSTRADE, the marine equipment trade show, in Amsterdam last year. Since then, the couple has secured more than 20 resellers in key yachting territories across Europe, as well as signing an agreement with one of the UK’s biggest boatbuilders.
“We are very excited for Nautibuoy to debut in America this autumn,” Builder said. “America boasts the biggest leisure boat market in the world, so it is only logical that this is the next step in our growth strategy.”
Launched in the UK in April 2015, Nautibuoy Marine’s inflatable platforms feature a patent-pending modular air-toggle connection system. They have a range of uses from a swim and sunbathing platform to a jet-ski dock or as a sturdy base for carrying out essential maintenance tasks.
“We cater to a large yacht clientele who come to us for yacht tenders and toys,” said Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures. “Nautibuoy will be the perfect complement for them to add to their quiver of yachting necessities.”
Inflation times range from 1.5 minutes to 3.5 minutes for the largest one, which weighs 42kg and is easily stowable, the company claims.
In related news, Nautical Ventures has opened its third South Florida showroom at 1501 Broadway in Riviera Beach, Fla. The decision to open the store comes in the wake of new expansion at Riviera Beach Marina and the Rybovich Yachting Center, adjacent to the new dealership.
The new store will focus primarily on boat and tender sales, as well as service, and will expand its boat lines to include several new brands not inventoried at Nautical Ventures’ two other locations.
One block east of the new dealership at Riviera Beach Marina, Nautical Ventures has a rental kiosk for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.