Quick Hits: July 23, 2020

KAM Yacht Sales acquires Luke Brown Yachts; Dragger sinks after crash with sportfisherman, and NJ man pleads guilty to reduced charges in boating death.
Author:
Publish date:

Detroit-based KAM Yacht Sales, a subsidiary of Lormax Stern, has acquired the multifaceted Luke Brown Yachts — known for new and used brokerage, custom boatbuilding and charter services — with operations in six cities throughout Florida, Rhode Island and the Bahamas. The new team at Luke Brown will include KAM Yacht Sales team members Daniel Stern as president, Nichole Sleiman as VP of business operations and Max Brochert as VP and sales manager, according to a statement. Luke Brown’s Jason Dunbar and Andrew Cilla will round out the team.

East Hampton authorities have charged the operator of the Cabo sportfisherman, Chaos, with reckless operation of a vessel after the boat collided and sank a commercial dragger in dense fog last weekend. The East Hampton Star reported that the commercial boat, Petrel, sank 70 feet to the bottom about a quarter-mile off Montauk Inlet within minutes of the collision. Both captain and passenger were able to jump overboard; the captain was treated for a shoulder injury and released from a local hospital. A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed to the Star that speeding was a factor in the crash and the owner of the Petrel is looking to salvage his vessel. 

In a virtual court hearing, Nicholas Zarantonello pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in a boating accident on New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong that led to the drowning death of his passenger, Jason Gil. Zarantonello told the judge he was under the influence of drugs while piloting the pontoon boat last August, and now faces the maximum of five years in prison. “The court will listen to arguments of counsel and review arguments submitted and impose a sentence the court feels is most just,” Judge Stephen Taylor told NorthJersey.com, adding that probation is also an option. 

Related

Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

The components manufacturer had been family-owned for 60 years.

Consumers Say E15 Warning Labels Are Ineffective

A new poll shows that current branding efforts do not adequately warn consumers to the risk and legality of using the blended fuel with certain engines.

Silent-Yachts’ New Project

The Austrian solar yacht outfit will use VW’s electric drive system on a vessel to be drawn by Spanish car brand Cupra.

Industry Mourns Christopher Ramirez

A regional sales manager at Garmin, Ramirez died suddenly at age 35 last month.

Quick Hits: December 1, 2020

Freedom Boat Club announces 250th location; ShoreMaster/Hydrohoist acquires Neptune Boat Lifts; MarineMax names brand manager; and Arkansas scientists study fishing license increase.

Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

The eight-state region that accounts for one-third of annual boat sales has seen unprecedented damage from high waters. A bipartisan legislative effort looks to protect the region and its small businesses.

Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.

Besenzoni Introduces Electric-Powered Gangways

The company says it will introduce electric power across its line of ladders, tender lifts and more.