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West Florida Yachts, of St. Petersburg, Fla., absorbed the St. Petersburg sales staff of South Florida Yacht Sales Nov. 1 and, together, have joined forces with United Yacht Sales to create United West Florida Yachts.

They will operate out of the existing offices at Maximo Marina in St. Petersburg. The staff will consist of industry veterans Roger Cole, Skip North, Tom Poe, Steve Pentz, Mike Reeves and Ed Morris.

“It is believed that this new entity will take advantage of the benefits of economy of scale, while maintaining the independent nature of yacht brokerage that has proven to be successful,” said Cole.


Houston-based SodaBlast Systems appointed nine new preferred contractors in the U.S. for its eco-friendly boat hull cleaning systems. There are now more than 180 company trained contractors providing SodaBlasting services worldwide.

The new SodaBlasting Preferred Contractors are:

Advanced Stripping Technologies, Bloomfield, N.M.
Bob's SodaBlasting, Cape May, N.J.
Chris Melvy, Ravensdale, Wash.
City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation, San Marcos, Texas
Colorado SodaBlasting, Greeley, Colo.
Oakley Auto Body, Ayden, N.C.
Potts Auto Body, Minford, Ohio
SodaPro, Golden, Colo.
Waren Stone, Kihei, Hawaii



Who Is Watching Us Fish?

NOAA has started electronic tracking of charter boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Could recreational anglers be next?


Cox Expands Partnership with Gulf Yachts

The diesel outboard manufacturer said the agreement adds Bahrain and the UAE to Gulf’s territories in Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Lebanon.


Evoy Announces New Round of Capital

The Norwegian electric inboard and outboard manufacturer said it will use the funds to further develop its propulsion systems.


Newport Show Accepting Applications for Product Awards

The Newport for New Products program recognizes new boats, gear and more based on design, innovation and value to the consumer.


Freedom Boat Club Expands in Wisconsin

Parent Brunswick Corp. said it will open five new locations for this year’s boating season.


ABC 2022: That’s a Wrap

The American Boating Congress concluded Friday with an award presentation, discussions with representatives, a midterm election report from political analyst Charlie Cook, and a panel discussion about electrification.


Godfrey Breaks Ground on Expansion

The company said the additional manufacturing and warehouse space in Elkhart, Ind., will enable an increase in production.


Highfield USA Hires New President

The RIB builder said Christophe Lavigne will help develop the brand and operations in North America.