U.S. Sailing, Red Cross team up for training

The United States Sailing Association has teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program. All U.S. Sailing instructor training programs — including all small boat levels, windsurfing, powerboat, and keelboat programs — require CPR and First Aid certification. The online training program offered through the Red Cross provides training for…more


Ruling strikes down tow captain’s claim

Appeals court says plaintiff faced no real danger securing boat that broke loose in Florida hurricane A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling denying a $487,500 award to a tow captain who says he and his crew saved a 75-foot Azimut after the $2.2 million motoryacht broke loose from its Fort Lauderdale,…more

Tidewater announces certification of technicians

Tidewater Yacht Service in Baltimore’s Port Covington Maritime Center announced the certification of two of its technicians, Mike Bonicker and Thomas (Matt) Ertle, as American Boat and Yacht Council master technicians. This certification is awarded upon completion of a group of specialized certifications in areas such as composite boatbuilders, diesel engine and support systems, electrical,…more

U-Line Corp. signs new Midwest sales rep

U-Line Corp., the Milwaukee-based manufacturer of refrigerators, icemakers and combo units, recently signed on Jim Sappenfield as a new sales representative for the Midwest. Sappenfield, president of The Buyer-Seller Collective, will serve Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Kansas. He will continue to grow the specialty division market share, focusing on the marine and RV…more

Two Mercury executives are retiring this summer

Two Mercury Marine senior executives with more than two decades each of service — Jim Hubbard, vice president and chief of staff; and Joseph Pomeroy, general counsel and vice president of law — will be retiring from the Fond du Lac, Wis.-based company this summer. Hubbard, 64, has worked for Brunswick Corp., Mercury’s parent company,…more

TowBoatU.S. announces changes in Wisconsin, Maryland

TowBoatU.S. announced a new Wisconsin location and new owners for its Solomons, Md., location. Capt. Jack Manley, a former Great Lakes Shipmaster, tug captain and Chicago policeman, opened TowBoatU.S. Kenosha, Wis., an on-the-water towing port that provides assistance to recreational boaters. Located at Kenosha Harbor, this is the seventh TowBoatU.S. location owned by Manley. The…more

Hands-on boater training called key to growth

Schools are doing their part, and some formerly reluctant dealers seem to be warming to the concept For the last several years the industry has been wrestling with the issue of how to increase boating participation. Through the Grow Boating Initiative, leaders created task forces to address water access, developed a dealer certification program and…more

Trade shows ready to converge on Las Vegas

MAATS exhibitor list outstrips ’07 pace; ICAST and S.T.E.P. are being held simultaneously The tripleheader of trade shows — MAATS, S.T.E.P. and ICAST — returns to Las Vegas in mid-July. The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades and the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Tradeshow have a “good synergy,” and it’s exciting to have the shows back…more

Towing station opens in Rouses Point, N.Y.

Capt. John Mott, owner of Barcombs Marina, opened a commercial on-the-water towing service for Lake Champlain’s boaters, TowBoatU.S. Rouses Point, N.Y. The port is located at the marina and provides 24-hour-a-day assistance to local boaters and anglers, including tows back to a marina or launch ramp, battery jump starts, fuel dropoffs or ungrounding services. TowBoatU.S.…more

Veteran PR specialist Richard Lewis dead at 62

A memorial service was held June 8 in New York City for Richard S. Lewis, a longtime marine public relations specialist, who had operated his own agency for many years. Lewis died May 17 at New York University Medical Center. He was 62. Lewis was president and CEO of Richard Lewis Communications Inc. at 35…more

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