Obituaries

The marine industry mourns the loss of people whose inventiveness and business expertise have been the foundation of its success and helped it grow and prosper.

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Noted sportfishing boat designer remembered

Carson R. “Buddy” Davis Jr., who designed and built Carolina-style sportfishing boats from 28 to 78 feet, died Monday at his home in Marathon, Fla., after a lengthy illness, his wife, Barbara, said. He was 62. A native of Manteo, N.C., Davis was the son of Carson Ralph Davis and “Nonnie” Etheridge Davis, and the…more

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Florida boatyard manager remembered

Michael Robertson, longtime service manager at Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Yard in St. Petersburg, Fla., died Dec. 26. He was 59. Robertson started working for Sailor’s Wharf as a rigger in October 1998 and was service manager for the last eight years. He left the company in March. An accomplished sailor, Robertson logged two successful trans-Atlantic…more

MMI Marine sales professional dies

Tom Zavala, a sailor and longtime marine industry professional in Southern California, died July 3. He was 70. Zavala was a 15-year sales professional at the parts distributor MMI Marine in Newport, Calif. Click here for the report by regional marine publication The Log.

Maine boatyard owner dies

James H. Rich, owner of the James H. Rich Boat Yard in Maine, died Tuesday. He was 78. Rich operated his yard, in West Tremont, for 52 years. He built, restored and stored boats. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Army. Rich was a former member of the Knights of…more

Connecticut yacht builder dies of cancer

Noted yacht builder Hans Zimmer of Ivoryton, Conn., died Sunday at his home after a long bout with cancer. He was 69. Born in Germany, he emigrated in 1981 to the U.S., where he was a master shipwright at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn. He took great pride in building and restoring wooden…more

Former US Sailing exec dies at 70

Former executive director of US Sailing John Bledsoe Bonds died June 8 aboard his J/40, Alliance, in Newport R.I. He was 70 years old. According to an obituary by noted sailing author John Rousmaniere, Bonds was always infatuated with the sea and boating. Born in Arkansas, he attended Rice University in Houston and became an…more

New England sailor, author and coach is mourned

Roger Fenn Duncan, co-author of “The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast” editions five through 11, died last Saturday after an extended illness in his hometown of Boothbay, Maine. He was 93. Duncan was an avid sailor, cruising Eastward, his 32-foot Friendship sloop for 40 summers as part of the Friendship Sloop Society in…more

Marine journalism community loses a member

Well-known boating writer and editor Roy Attaway died May 9 of a stroke. He was in his early 70s. Attaway worked as a reporter and editor for The Beaufort Gazette in Beaufort, S.C., and the Post & Courier in Charleston, S.C. before moving to New York City where he was editor in chief of Boating…more

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Dockside magazine publisher dies

Scott Leigh, publisher of the boating magazine Dockside, died Saturday at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 60 years old. Dockside was launched in the early 1990s as a 32-page, newsprint magazine called Boating Digest, published in a corner of a Costa Mesa, Calif., warehouse. The publication grew into a well-respected, full-color magazine…more

Marine ad salesman dies at 48

Richard Drew Rasor Jr. of Larchmont, N.Y., who had a successful career in advertising sales for several magazines, including Yachting, died suddenly last Wednesday at the age of 48 while on vacation with his family. He leaves behind his wife Kathleen Brustman Rasor, and children Drew, 13, Ryan, 12, Katie, 9, and Robbie, 6. He…more

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