Curt Merel Marsh, the founder of Regatta Pointe Yacht Sales and Capt. Curt’s Trawlers & Yachts, the host of two Florida boating talk shows and known by many as “the Trawler King,” died unexpectedly June 16. He was 64.
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.
Those who travel the Intracoastal Waterway lost one of the great authorities on ICW cruising with the untimely death of Claiborne Young in a traffic accident in North Carolina during the weekend.
Jerome “Jerry” Schostak, who was known for cultivating one of the most successful Great Lakes sailing programs, died May 9. He was 80.
Blake James Bennett, of Florida-based trim tab manufacturer Bennett Marine, died on April 13. He was 65.
George Lyle “Skip” Allen Sr., co-founder of Popular Boating magazine, which later became Boating magazine, and founder of Southern Boating magazine, died March 23 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 84.
Allen E. Puckett, who made his career in aerodynamic engineering, but was a passionate sailor, and George Baskette, a founding father of the kite community, died recently.
Rupert L. “Ren” Nichols Jr., president of Allen Harbor Marine Service in Harwich Port, Mass., since 1990, died March 28 after a long illness. He was 66.
Bob “Buddha” Billingham, an accomplished sailor who competed in the 1988 Olympics and the 1992 America’s Cup, died March 30 after a lengthy illness at his Grass Valley, Calif., home. He was 56.
Hobart “Hobie” Alter, surfboard and sailboat innovator, died Saturday in his Palm Desert, Calif., home. He was 80.
George L. “Skip” Allen Sr., of Fort Lauderdale, co-founder of Popular Boating magazine and founder of Southern Boating magazine, died Sunday. He was 84.