Changing Places

Nv-Charts, a global supplier of precision charting products for mariners and cruising sailors, appointed Capt. Michael Martel as manager of its U.S. office in Newport, R.I.


Martel is a lifelong sailor and Coast-Guard licensed Master familiar with local waters, as well as many areas on the Eastern Seaboard covered by Nv-Charts, as well as the Caribbean. He has a background in sales and marketing and is a frequent contributor to Points East magazine and other marine publications.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mike to the Nv-Charts team,” chief hydrographer Hasko Scheidt said in a statement. “He will be responsible for making Nv-Charts known and available in the U.S. marketplace to pleasure boaters of power and sail, cruisers and charters, long-distance passagemakers and every mariner who wants the very best in reliable, precision charting products.”

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Fishhound, a comprehensive, Web-based provider of real-time fishing reports by professional anglers, licensed guides and charter captains, announced that Jon Storm, formerly of BassFan, joined its team as content director.

“Jon brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise from companies that matter in our industry and we’re excited to have him join our team,” CEO Richard Marks said in a statement. “Our vision is not to reproduce another BassFan. Our plan is to move the entire industry forward by leveraging our local market presence to connect anglers with brands, businesses and localized content.”

Prior to Fishhound, Storm’s 15-year career in the fishing industry included a seven-year tenure as editor-in-chief of BassFan, preceded by editorial positions at Bass West USA and North American Fisherman, as well as Game Informer.


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The $315 million transaction is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter.

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Wave Wifi MNC1250

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OneWater Acquires T-H Marine

OneWater Marine purchased the Huntsville, Ala.-based P&A provider for around $185 million.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Starfisher

The Portugal-based yard builds powerboats from 25 to 35 feet and was doing subcontracting work for the group.