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Changing Places

Sea Fox Boat Co. and related companies Mariah Boats and Azure Boats recently hired two new team members.

Jim Huddleston was hired as the new lamination supervisor for all three boat brands. Huddleston has 30 years of experience as lamination supervisor and plant manager for such companies as Godfrey Marine, Luhrs Marine, Ebbtide Power Boats and Champion Boats.

Chris Simms was hired as the new head production engineer for all three brands. Simms comes from Yamaha Marine, where he worked for Century Boats for 19 years as an engineer manager, draftsman and bill of material specialist.

"Our sales and production are up 150 percent from this same time last year, and our backlog of orders has tripled," said Fred Renken, president of Sea Fox Boat Co., in a statement. "These two industry veterans will help us take the company to the next level of expertise in boat manufacturing. We are extremely fortunate to have them come aboard."

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Seakeeper hired Thomas (T.J.) Tracy as its new director of commercial and military sales.

Most recently, Tracy served as vice president of sales and marketing for Zodiac of North America.

Seakeeper Gyro Stabilization Systems delivers a righting force that virtually eliminates boat rock and roll, reducing time spent at port. The gyros optimize torque and are effective in a range of conditions.

Seakeeper is based in California, Md.

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BoatU.S. Magazine added four technical writers to its writing team.

Award-winning writer, electronics expert, book author and accomplished sportfisherman Lenny Rudow joins the magazine as the new electronics editor.

The trio of American Boat & Yacht Council vice president/technical director John Adey, boat care expert Don Casey and well-known author and liveaboard Tom Neale are the new contributing editors on the magazine's "Ask the Experts" team, tasked to answer the range of reader questions.

"Starting with our February 2011 issue, BoatU.S. Magazine will have one of the strongest technical teams in marine journalism," publisher Nancy Michelman said in a statement.

A Westlawn School of Yacht Design graduate, Rudow has received 18 Boating Writers International writing awards, two Outdoor Writers Association of America awards, written five books and had top editorial roles at Boating Magazine for nearly 16 years.

He has appeared in Soundings, Sea, Saltwater Sportsman, Passagemaker, Consumer Reports and Marlin, among others. He also has been a National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award judge.

Adey is technical director for ABYC. He has had a diverse experience in the marine industry, including chandleries, yacht brokerage and boatyards, and is an online "Ask the Expert" at BoatU.S.com.

Casey has been one of the most consulted experts in boat care and is the most sought-after expert on the BoatU.S. online "Ask the Experts" forum. Books include "Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual" and the recently updated "This Old Boat," known as the bible among do-it-yourselfers.

Neale and his family have lived aboard their Gulfstar motorsailer since 1979. He has been on the masthead of Cruising World and is a technical editor at Soundings. An extensive cruiser, he's the author of "All in the Same Boat" and the "Chesapeake Bay Cruising Guide, Vol. 1."

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