Changing Places


Carmen DiStefano was named general manager at the Hinckley Service Yard in Mantoloking, N.J.

He comes to Hinckley with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of boatyard services, having successfully worked his way through the trades into service and management.

For the last four years, DiStefano has served as president of Mermaid’s Cove Marina in Mantoloking. Prior positions include new boat rigging manager at MarineMax, Brick, N.J.; vice president of service at Ocean Beach Marina, Lavallette, N.J.; and more than 21 years at Winter’s Yacht Basin, where he served in several roles, from trades to operations manager.

In addition, he has held captain’s positions transporting boats of all sizes and running large commercial fishing vessels. His qualifications also include numerous certifications and several courses in boatbuilding, design and surveying.

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Patrick Sciacca, an experienced journalist, boater and avid offshore angler, was named deputy editor of Yachting magazine.

Sciacca comes to Yachting after more than 12 years as a marine journalist. At Power & Motoryacht, Sciacca led the magazine’s boat-test program for more than a decade; produced the magazine’s top-notch Big Game Tournament Guide; and led several successful digital/social media initiatives.

In his most recent position, at New York-based LIF Publishing, Sciacca was executive editor of The Fisherman, where he helped develop a video-based e-newsletter and a monthly glossy edition to complement the brand’s newsprint weeklies.

“Patrick Sciacca is an outstanding addition to Yachting’s team,” editor-in-chief Mary South said in a statement. “His extensive experience in the industry, his abilities as a journalist and his passion for boating were all big factors in making us feel that Patrick was a great fit for us.”

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Neil Sykes joins Bluewater Yacht Yards as a project manager.

Sykes has a background in marine construction, has a captain's license and is well-known in the Mid-Atlantic sportfishing world.

“Neil has many talents that fit well with the type of large repair and rebuilding projects that Bluewater is known for. We are very pleased that he was available and could join us,” vice president and head of service and new construction Earle Hall said in a statement.

Bluewater Yacht Sales is the Mid-Atlantic dealer for Viking Yachts, Princess Yachts and Regulator Marine, as well as Sabre Yachts, Back Cove Yachts and Duffy Electric Boats in the Southern Chesapeake. It operates from four locations: Kent Narrows, Md.; Hampton, Va.; and two in North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach and Wanchese in the Outer Banks.


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