Former Hunter Marine executive mourned

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Jim Bohart, a marine industry veteran of nearly 30 years, died July 13. He was 57.

Bohart grew up in Florida, learning to fish, dive and sail. After leaving the Navy in 1985, he joined the Naval Reserves and served six more years.

In 1991, Bohart joined Hunter Marine as regional sales manager, and at one time or another he covered the entire United States and Canada. In 2000 he moved to Marina del Rey, Calif., to work for one of the local dealers.

He later joined and was instrumental in the rebuilding of Sailboats Inc.

Under his leadership Sailboats Inc. grew into one of the top dealers for Beneteau USA, receiving the Top Gun Award and the President’s Award. During his career, Bohart sailed all over the world to evangelize and grow sailboat ownership and loyalty.

In 2010 Bohart returned to the Gainesville, Fla., area, where he briefly rejoined Hunter Marine.

In addition to his wife, Karen, he leaves behind a son, Clayton, 23.