Yacht Express, Dockwise Yacht Transport’s 687-foot “super ship” will make its first delivery to the United Arab Emirates.
The ship’s cargo of luxury yachts will be bound for the Dubai International Boat Show (March 3-7) and the inaugural Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (March 12-14).
“This will be the first time Yacht Express has visited the United Arab Emirates,” said Clemens van der Werf, president of Fort Lauderdale-based DYT, in a statement. “It sends a strong message in support of Dubai’s and Abu Dhabi’s initiatives to develop the UAE as an international yachting destination, which includes world-class marinas and unrivaled opportunities for sportfishing, yacht racing and cruising.”
Yacht Express will depart Fort Lauderdale in early January, adding boats in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Genoa, Italy, before arriving in Dubai at the end of February. The ship will reverse course after the shows, with a stop in Genoa set for early April and a return to Fort Lauderdale in mid-April.
ABYC unveils initiatives, revises some standards
The American Boat & Yacht Council announced in October new educational initiatives, as well as revisions to a quarter of its standards.
The Marine League of Schools, a group of geographically diverse institutions affiliated with ABYC that will share a common standards-based curriculum and commit to teaching a range of systems, will be formed.
The first schools to join are the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I.; Broward College in Fort Lauderdale; Rappahannock Community College in Virginia; and Skagit Valley College in Washington State.
In other news, ABYC announced a joint continuing program with the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. The two organizations have bundled several courses together to create a series of continuing education offerings.
On the standards side, ABYC has updated 16 of its 66 standards, or about 25 percent of the documents. While the normal review cycle had been every five years, it has been shortened to three years. The updated standards, which include those for electrical systems, steering wheels, firefighting equipment, and ventilation on boats using diesel fuel, may be found in the organization’s new soft-cover archival manual, on CD-ROM, or online at Web-STIR and Rulefinder.net.
For information, visit www.abycinc.org or call (410) 990-4460.
‘Jack’ Kitchen is dead at 69; founded Marinco subsidiary
John C. “Jack” Kitchen, considered a marine industry leader, innovator and pioneer, died Sept. 28 at the age of 69.
“Jack was an industry icon for many years,” John Tinghitella, vice president of sales for Marinco Electrical Group, told Soundings Trade Only. “He was very well-liked and very respected.”
Kitchen was one of the founders of American Foreign Industries, now part of Marinco. AFI is a manufacturer of wipers, horns, ladders and platforms for the marine industry.
“In the 1950s and ’60s, he developed the ability to source product internationally and bring it into the United States long before it was a common practice,” says Tinghitella.
Kitchen and his partners sold AFI to Valley Forge Corp. about 20 years ago. He stayed on with the company until 1991. AFI changed hands a few times over the years, eventually merging with Marinco in 1993.
After leaving AFI, Kitchen remained in the industry, says Tinghitella. He also served on various boards of directors.
NMEA hands out awards at annual convention
The National Marine Electronics Association presented several industry awards during its annual convention Oct. 1-4 in San Diego.
Icom America, of Bellevue, Wash., took top honors in the Communications category for its M604 VHF radio. It’s the third consecutive year the company has won in this category.
Furuno USA, of Camas, Wash., was honored with four awards at the convention, including Manufacturer of the Year-Support for the third straight year. Furuno’s NavNet won NMEA awards in three categories: Radar, for the NavNet 3D DRS Ultra Hi-Definition Radar Series; Navigation, for the NavNet 3D MFD12; and Fish Finding, for the DFF1, NavNet 3D’s Network Sounder.
Norwegian manufacturer Simrad won the Best Autopilot award for its new AP24-AP28 series. Both models feature the company’s Virtual Rudder Feedback technology, which eliminates the need for a rudder feedback unit when installed on outboard or sterndrive boats.
SeaArk’s new ‘pink’ pattern will help fight breast cancer
SeaArk Boats created a new pink camouflage pattern for six of its boats to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity to help fight breast cancer.
All six of the pink-colored boats are 20-footers from the Monticello, Ark.-based aluminum boatbuilder’s RiverCat and Vee Cat lines.
The pattern is similar to other camouflage patterns used on outdoor gear, but in pink. SeaArk also has added a pink ribbon with the SeaArk decal to symbolize breast cancer awareness.
The pink boats are for sale from selected dealers across the country, and SeaArk will donate the proceeds from each sold between now and Dec. 31 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“SeaArk sells so many boats in regular camouflage patterns, we thought this would be a good way to bring attention to the cause,” SeaArk president, Robin McClendon said in a statement.
For information or to contact one of the participating dealers, visit www.seaarkboats.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2008 issue.