Bluewater Yacht Companies is expanding its footprint in Maryland, partnering with the South Annapolis Yachting Centre to complement its locations in Baltimore and Ocean City. The 52-year-old sales and service outfit will represent several brands at the new location on Spa Creek, including Regulator, Valhalla, Viking, Jarrett Bay and Princess. “This new Annapolis presence will enable us to provide concierge service to our sales clients while also offering service and support to all of our customers throughout the Chesapeake Bay area,” said BYC partner and service director Earle Hall in a statement. “This new partnership with South Annapolis Yacht Centre will mutually provide untold benefits for both organizations as we grow together.”
Ceramic coatings repel UV rays, salt and more, protecting these and other nefarious elements from penetrating a boat’s gel coat. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations — which lobbies on behalf of national marine associations with the goal of presenting a united voice to address industry issues — says that the yacht market has indicated a need for a comprehensive document on the use of ceramic coatings and has responded with its Ceramic Coating Yacht Industry Guideline. Utilizing a working group of paint professionals, shipyards, paint inspectors, ceramic manufacturers and more, the document provides “general guidance on application and warranty considerations, relevant information on in-service expectations and maintenance and, most importantly, proper guidance on the effective and safe removal of ceramic coating systems,” ICOMIA said in a statement. The document can be downloaded here.
Dubai-based Elcome International has been named as a distributor for European Navimeteo, a weather forecasting service with operation centers in Italy and the United Kingdom. The subscription-based marine service, which is designed for the commercial shipping, yachting, cruise ship, oil and gas, renewable and nearshore construction sectors, includes route planning, port forecasts, weather warnings and vessel monitoring. The service contains a human element by utilizing professional meteorology experts. “The Navimeteo agreement expands our growing portfolio of navigational and safety products and services,” said Elcome senior manager Kostaiantyn Matvieiev in a statement.