Changing Places


Xtreme Tower Products hired industry veteran Mike McCrary as its engineering manager.


Based in Maryville, Tenn., XTP designs and manufactures custom watersports towers and accessories for boatbuilders and retail customers around the world.

“We are excited to have Mike on the XTP team,” company president Tony Williams said in a statement. “His project management capabilities and purchasing experience will be huge assets, given our aggressive new product schedule.”

McCrary has more than two decades of marine industry experience, including as senior buyer/new product development project leader at Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and purchasing positions at Crownline and Celebrity boats.

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Ocean Link recently added Michael Amelang to its technician staff, increasing the company’s marine services beyond sanitation and plumbing and into refrigeration and air conditioning. The new hire also expands the company’s service territory from its Portsmouth, R.I., location north to Boston.


Amelang has more than 20 years of experience with marine systems. He is factory-trained in CruisAir direct expansion and chilled water equipment. He also has working familiarity with Webasto, MarineAir, Aqua Air and MarvAir temperature-control equipment, as well as Norcold, Nova Kool, Adler Barbour, Sea Frost, U-line, Raritan and Marvel refrigeration and ice makers. He has a lengthy background in electrical and marine plumbing systems and recently completed VacuFlush super-tech training at The Landing School.

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Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.