Trex Company Committed to Employing Veterans
Trex Company, a manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing, announced its commitment to employing U.S. veterans. As November marks National Veterans Month, Trex is putting the call out to prospective job applicants with military backgrounds and encouraging them to apply for several open positions.
“Our country relies on this select group of men and women in the military service who dedicate their lives to defend America and our way of life,” Ronald Kaplan, president and CEO of Trex, said. “With this initiative, Trex is committed to help create a successful transition back to civilian life for U.S. veterans.”
Trex works closely with the Virginia Employment Commission when job openings arise and utilizes relationships with military veteran search firms specializing in the placement of military personnel into civilian positions when appropriate opportunities become available.
ABBRA Offers Early Registration Rate
The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) is offering an early registration rate ($295) until December 8 for its annual conference, January 22 – 24, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference will focus on the operational, legislative, workforce,and technical business issues critical in the day-to-day management of boatyards and marine service facilities. The ABBRA conference is all about the business of running a boatyard whether a boatbuilding, boat repair, service/maintenance or refit facility of today and tomorrow.
The conference hotel is the B Ocean Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. This recently remodeled and upgraded boutique hotel boasts breathtaking ocean views from each room, excellent restaurants on property and is walking distance from the beach and other popular local venues. The Conference Attendee rate at B Ocean Hotel is $179 plus tax per night and includes breakfast for two each day.
After the early registration period, the cost goes to $495. For more information call 954-654-7821, email email@example.com or click here.
New Propeller Text Advances Systems and Equipment Course
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology, the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has incorporated a new textbook for Westlawn students. The textbook is pivotal to Westlawn’s Module 4 course. Propellers: Form Function, Selection, Speed & Powering and Problem Solving was penned by naval architect and Westlawn’s Director Dave Gerr.
Propellers incorporates the latest on propeller selection, sizing and problem solving. It includes topics such as: blade characteristics; engine power curves; estimating boat speed; propeller calculations for displacement and planing hulls; propeller geometry; propeller shaft standards; propellers for variable thrust and high thrust; special propeller considerations and problems; and the theory behind the hull-speed constant.
“This new propeller textbook is part of Westlawn’s ongoing updates to the curriculum,” Gerr said. “It is a process that never stops and is one of the reasons our courses are so comprehensive and our alumni are so successful.”
This is the second propeller book written by Gerr. He also wrote the Propeller Handbook that was published by International Marine/McGraw-Hill in 1989 and has been used as the industry standard reference since then. Propellers incorporates Gerr’s latest research and conclusions on the subject, as a result of the last twenty- five years of experience.
Additional updates on subjects such as aluminum hull structure, mechanical systems, and structural design will be released in the coming months. Only Westlawn students can purchase Propellers: Form Function, Selection, Speed & Powering and Problem Solving.
To learn more about Westlawn, please call (207) 853-6600 or visit http://www.westlawn.edu.
My-Villages Launches Boat Village for MDCE
My-Villages announced that its Web and mobile-based communication and service coordination platform for boat owners and marine businesses, The Boat Village, was officially live for the start of the Marine Dealers Conference & Expo (MDCE).
Having completed an extensive, 12-month, invitation-only testing program with some of the industry’s best-known boat builders, equipment manufacturers and service yards, My-Villages has opened registration allowing owners and businesses to sign up for the company’s free, Premium or Professional editions of its digital collaboration tool.
Service facilities, including yards, dealerships, marinas and yacht management facilities use The Boat Village Professional edition to streamline and optimize service for their clients.
The Boat Village Premium service and Professional edition are cloud-based technologies that run on any computer or mobile device, offering a two-way communications tool to exchange information with boat owners. My-Villages says that it can dramatically improve customer support. It provides access to the vessel’s equipment inventory, operating manuals, usage trends and other critical information, as well as automated maintenance reminders, electronic service requests and a updated service history. Images and video are supported, and technicians can provide real-time status updates on work in progress.
The Boat Village free service provides owners with access to the largest database of manufacturer maintenance recommendations in the industry, as well as advice, videos and other information shared by a community of boat owners and marine professionals. Because The Boat Village allows boaters to share knowledge, it functions much like an industry-specific social network. Individuals can create a profile, follow companies and fellow boat owners and share advice.
The free portion of The Boat Village was rigorously tested in cooperation with companies and organizations like Kadey Krogen Yachts, Westerbeke, Cummins, Marina Life and the ABYC. To test The Boat Village Premium service, the company leveraged its growing Innovation Partner Network—which includes companies like The Hinckley Co., Regal Boats and Saunders Yachtworks—to develop the product.
Marine businesses can create a free account on The Boat Village and begin communicating with customers right away. To learn more about how to use The Boat Village to improve customer engagement and support, or to inquire about becoming a My-Villages Innovation Partner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMBC Host Hotel Announced
The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has announced it will hold its 2014 event at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on Jan. 29-31.
Attendees with reservations will receive complimentary WiFi and a discounted breakfast buffet. IMBC will host a Casino Night Reception on Thur., Jan. 30 from 8:15 to 11 p.m. open to all full-conference pass holders.
Discounted room rates start at $205 and are available until Dec. 30. Guests can make a reservation at 954/463-4000 and mention group code IMBC14.
ABYC Certifies MarineMax Employees in Marine Systems
The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) certified 21 MarineMax employees in Marine Systems from stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Employees were tested on key information from 21 different ABYC Standards focused on boat component selection and installation.
“MarineMax will strive to certify as many employees as possible to offer the best customer service experience to our customers,” said Jim Shepard, operations support manager for MarineMax. “We strive to hold ourselves to the highest standards that our customers have come to expect from MarineMax.”
Employees received their certifications via ABYC’s Fast Trac program developed by the organization’s education department that allows technicians to become certified in a shorter period of time. In addition to Marine Systems, additional certifications in the Fast Trac program include Marine Electrical, Gasoline Engines, Diesel Engines and Standards. Certifications must be renewed every five years. Once a certified technician receives three certifications, they become an ABYC Master Technician.
My-Villages Honors Hinckley Company With Innovation Award
My-Villages has awarded The Hinckley Co. with the first-ever My-Villages Innovation Award on Nov. 4, at the annual Rhode Island Marine Trade Association meeting.
The annual award honors companies that demonstrate leadership in reinventing the way the marine industry cares for customers by helping boat owners better operate and maintain their vessels using new technologies.
“My-Villages’ Innovation Award is meant to honor organizations that have demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement, and I can’t think of a better example than Hinckley,” Kevin Hutchinson, founder and ceo of My-Villages, said.
Jim McManus, ceo at the Hinckley Co., accepted the award during the ceremony.
“We are so proud to receive this,” McManus said. “For decades, we have tried to marry fine craftsmanship with the latest in technological innovation, and we believe that is another very significant step in making the boating experience easier, more convenient and safer for our owners. My-Villages shares our vision, and to be recognized like this is truly an honor.”
Cruzin and Westrec Announce Alliance
Cruzin and Westrec Marinas announced a strategic alliance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Westrec has agreed to help promote Cruzin to its marina customers at its facilities nationwide. The company earlier helped Cruzin’s beta launch in Ft. Lauderdale with a pilot at Westrec’s Harbour Towne Marina.
Cruzin has a nationwide online community of boaters at www.cruzin.com, and Westrec saw the advantage of the Cruzin platform as a way to enhance services for its marina customers. “We at Westrec always seek ways to improve the quality of our boater’s experience at the marina and beyond. By introducing our boaters to Cruzin’s peer-to-peer platform, we can help them get the most out of their boats. In many cases one can offset a month’s storage costs with just one or two days rental. That helps make boating more affordable for our customers and will hopefully add value to their experience with Westrec Marinas,” Bill Anderson, president, said.
Cruzin is a fully-insured, boater-to-boater rental and charter marketplace. Boat owners can turn their boats into sources of income by renting them to pre-screened, qualified renters through cruzin.com. Both owners and renters are protected by a $1 million insurance program and the towing services of BoatUS.
Marinalife Announces Winners of 2013 Best Marina Contest
Marinalife has announced the winners of the 4th Annual Best Marina Contest for 2013. Saybrook Point Marina , Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Connecticut., won Best Transient Marina and River Dunes in Oriental, North Carolina, was voted Best Customer Service.
“We are thrilled to be selected as Best Transient Marina 2013,” Abbie McAllister, marina manager, said. “This recognition welcomes the opportunity for new and repeat marina visitors to take advantage of the award winning facility that the Saybrook Point Marina team prides themselves on each and every day.”
Sherwood Crawford, marketing manager for River Dunes, said the marina was very honored to receive the national award. “We strive to cater to each and every marina visitor in hopes that they leave with every intention to come back and enjoy a fabulous experience at our facility,” said Crawford.
Two-time winner, Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was voted runner-up for Best Transient Marina. Dog River Marina in Mobile, Alabama, was voted runner-up for Best Customer Service.
Marina Development Opportunities in Puerto Rico
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has issued a request for proposal to develop a large and diverse area of land at the Former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The RFP is asking for proposals from qualified developers that have the expertise and ability to design, build, operate, maintain and finance all or part of the 3,400-acre project.
The commercial marina project includes a 72-slip marina that was constructed in the mid-1990s. There is a possibility to expand the marina to 250 slips. Each ship service box provides potable water and 110 V power with an average seawall depth of six to eight feet.
Those interested can contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to submit proposal ideas. You can also visit www.lafrr.com for more information.
54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Announces Transportation and Parking Updates
The 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, will see new transportation and parking arrangements designed to make attending the show more convenient and easier from all directions.
In addition, the Las Olas Bridge construction will be halted from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6, with all four traffic lanes open during the show.
Attendees of the show can make their way to the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Broward County Convention Center and Sails Marina via bus shuttles, water taxis and riverboats with convenient pick up and drop off locations, as well as dedicated parking lots.
To make travel arrangements, please contact the boat show’s official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com at 866/877-3083 or visit its website.
My-Villages Acquires DockMaster
My-Villages, a leader in marine mobile technology, announced October 9 that it had acquired DockMaster, a nformation management solution for marine retailers, marinas and service centers. It plans to integrate DockMaster software and My-Villages’ consumer and professional application into a new application called The Boat Village, will the companys says will be the largest and most integrated software solution for marine businesses in the industry.
After the integration, My-Villages will be serving more than 600 marinas, dealers, boatyards and marine service centers in North America and the Caribbean, helping them mange the care of tens of thousands of vessels.
Cam Collins, president and chief executive officer of Exuma Technologies, the makers of DockMaster, will become president and chief operating officer at My-Villages, bringing two decades of sales, marketing and operational experience in the marine industry to the job.
“The combination of The Boat Village and DockMaster bridges the information and coordination gap between boaters and marine retailers and service centers,” Collins said. “The Boat Village puts information in the hands of boaters that wasn't readily available before. This integration of these mobile and enterprise technologies will give marine businesses new ways to interact and engage with customers and allow boaters to access information about their boats that was only available in the past by requesting it by phone or in person.”
“Our goal has always been to improve how the marine industry connects, communicates and collaborates,” Kevin Hutchinson, founder and chief executive officer of My-Villages, said. “Bringing these technology products and teams together under one roof accelerates our ability to deliver on our vision of an integrated end-to-end service, similar to what is available in industries like banking, retail and healthcare.”
My-Villages said the new solution will drive operational efficiencies, increase consumer loyalty, vastly improve customer service and coordination, and allow customers to better track business trends.
Marine Travelift Repairs Tall Ship
To haul the tall ship U.S. Brig Niagara, Great Lakes Shipyard used the yard’s Marine Travelift, and work on the vessel will be completed in approximately two weeks.announced. The vessel arrived at for routine drydocking and repairs. The vessel was hauled out.
The historic vessel, owned and maintained by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is a reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s ship that led the Battle of Lake Erie victory against the British during the War of 1812 on September 10, 1813.
This marked the first time Great Lakes Shipyard has hauled out a tall ship using its Travelift, as well as the first time the US Brig NIAGARA has been hauled out anywhere with a Travelift.
IMBC Offers ASCE Marina Design Course
The upcoming January International Marina & Boatyard Conference in the Greater Fort Lauderdale–Broward County Convention Center, January 29-30, features a one-day course on marina design offered by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Registration for the course, which carries 7 professional development credit hours, is $350; presenters include Tim Blankenship, Jack Cox, Fred Klancik, Tim Mason, and Mark Prirello. Presenters promise that by the course’s end, attendees will understand “how a fusion of technical/economic/creative planning can optimize harbor development and economic development goals,” and how civil engineers can provide leadership in integrating the built and natural environments in these projects.
Another seminar course for the intensive event include a session on transforming industrial waterfronts into successful marinas, with discussion of case studies from Keppel Bay, Singapore; Rochester, N.Y.; Saint Joseph, Minn.; Malta; and Curacao. Presenters include Greg Weykamp and Ron Schults, both from Edgewater Resources.
Keri-Ann Baker and Alfred Malefatto from Lewis, Longman & Walker, and Tyler Chappell of The Chappell Group will present a session on successfully getting your marina through the Corps of Engineers permitting process.
Bruce Lunde and Dan Williams of Lunde Williams will discuss how they are transforming and reinvigorating 6 obsolete marinas in the Muskingum (Ohio) Watershed Conservancy District—part of a complex that also includes 12 parks.
PierVantage Signs New Business
PierVantage welcomed a new marine business, Gunboat International, manufacturer of high-performance cruising catamarans, which “went live” on the PierVantage cloud-based business management solution on October 1, 2013. Gunboat selected PierVantage to run its production boatbuilding business in Wanchese, North Carolina.
“We needed to replace our business management solution with something that was designed for boat building rather than general manufacturing,” Peter Johnstone, founder of Gunboat International, said. “PierVantage and the company behind the product came highly recommended by industry leaders who have been working with PierVantage since inception.”
Navroze Eduljee, chief executive officer of CorVantTM, the creators of PierVantage, called Gunboat’s selection of PierVantage “exciting.”
“As it stands today, PierVantage is very strong and capable helping custom boat building companies and service yards manage their operations, but up until this point we have not had the opportunity to work with a semi-production boat builder. Peter and his team have years of experience working in semi-production and production boat building companies, and know exactly what functionality they need us to build to support their production line,” Eduljee said.
CNL To Manage Anchor South Marinas
Anchor South, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based resort and marina management company, announced October 1 that it has signed a multi-year management agreement with CNL Lifestyles Properties, headquartered in Orlando, Florida.
Four marinas in the CNL Lifestyle Properties portfolio will be managed by Anchor South, including Beaver Creek Resort & Marina and the Burnside Resort & Marina – both on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky – and Holly Creek Resort & Marina and Eagle Cove Resort & Marina, both on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee.
These four resort and marina destinations represent 480 acres of land, 1,031 covered and uncovered boat slips, 139 rental boats and 46 newly renovated 2- to 6-bedroom cabins. They complement Anchor South’s existing properties in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, including Choto Marine Sales & Marina in Knoxville and The Ridges Resort & Marina in Hiawassee, Georgia.
Mitchell E. Jones, CEO of Anchor South, said, “Already successfully owning and managing a variety of resorts and marinas in the Southeast, the team at Anchor South is delighted to have the opportunity to apply our experience and skills in overseeing the continued growth at these four properties.”
CNL Lifestyle Properties has a portfolio of 138 diversified properties in the United States and Canada, including marinas, golf resorts, attractions, senior housing, and ski and mountain lifestyle properties.
“We are very pleased to have selected Anchor South to manage these four resorts and marinas for CNL Lifestyle Properties, said Don Rhodes, vice president of marina properties for CNL Financial Group. “Anchor South’s proven success and desire to provide users of its marinas with the highest level of service and operating excellence made the team at Anchor South the ideal choice for us.”
EU and U.S. Seek To Sync Boating Rules, Standards
On September 18, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Robert Marx, president of European Boating Industry, signed a joint declaration stating that both organizations want to work together to reduce – and eventually eliminate – unnecessary regulatory costs and unjustified regulatory differences between the EU and the U.S. in the boating industry.
This declaration was signed during the EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations launched in July 2013.
Marx said, “The U.S. and EU are natural trade partners and have a long tradition of exchanges in the boating industry, both at supply-chain level (e.g. engines, equipment and components) and consumer levels. With similar boating cultures and notions of safety and environmental protection, regulatory differences are making trade complicated and expensive without bringing significant benefits to the final consumers.”
Dammrich said, “The TTIP presents an opportunity to streamline regulations among the US and European boating industries. This move brings us closer to global harmonization of safety and environmental standards, while promoting business growth and trade.”
European Boating Industry and the NMMA submitted to both EU and U.S. authorities a working paper outlining their plans. The key goal is “functional equivalence” between European CE-marked and U.S. certified products, with a procedure for achieving full equivalence on the regulatory aspects, which still differ today for certain products and areas.
Both presidents said the inclusion of the boating industry in U.S.-EU trade agreement could become a significant milestone for improving and simplifying trade conditions between the U.S. and Europe for thousands of small and medium-sized companies in the boating industry.
Marine ConfEx ’14 Launches International Exhibition
What is being described as the first truly international boating industry trade show and exhibition in the U.K. will be held at the Bournemouth International Centre from March 18-14 2014, with 70 percent of delegates to come from abroad. The self-proclaimed mission of Marine ConfEx ’14 is to establish itself as the year’s premier marine industry event.
Andre van Heerden, chief executive of Marine ConfEx ’14, said, “This event is not just a boat show but a dynamic, business-oriented marine conference and trade exhibition. It will be a place to absorb the latest thinking, introduce innovations to the industry and review the newest products and services.”
Event organizers said the dramatic pace of change in boating industry technology motivated the event. They want to bring together international business decision-makers and high-net-worth individuals—with “no sightseers, just delegate or buyers,” Van Heerden said. The 40–session conference program is designed to help attendees catch up on the latest thinking and create sales opportunities for the more than 40 exhibitors. Topics will range from innovation to technology, procurement, and business performance.
Announced sponsors so far include R-Marina, Rotadock and Bartercard, and event organizers say discussions with others are on-going. BMF Wessex, Marine Society, the Sea Cadets and The Bourne Academy have all pledged support. The Sea Cadets (the event’s primary charity) will also act as ‘games makers’ for Marine ConfEx ’14.
For more information, please visit www.marineconfex.com.
Social Media Offer to Marine Businesses
Josh Chiles is founder and chief executive officer of Engaged!, a company that helps marine industry clients owners with their online outreach.
In an open letter to all marine industry publications, Chiles is now offering a free review of social media policies and procedures to any marine industry. He promises no charge for the review, which includes a benchmark score of social media practices. As incentive, Chiles is also offering a free copy of his upcoming book, A Social Media Strategy for Marine Dealers (or Manufacturers). Chiles’ firm is the exclusive social media provider for Brunswick Dealer Advantage.
For more information, visit StartEngaging.com.
Freedom Boat Club Growing and Expanding
When Freedom Boat Club (FBC), based in Venice, Florida, launched in 1989, perhaps its most difficult task was convincing wary prospects that it was more than a marketing gimmick or unworkable pipe-dream. The biggest question the upstart company faced: Could the concept work?
“We have learned a great deal through years of experience,” CEO John Giglio said. “And we are not finished learning.”
Giglio believes that his company has not only proven its viability and value in the marketplace but finds itself well positioned to ride a shifting wave of consumer sentiment.
“Market research in the marine industry tells us that people are seeking options to traditional boat ownership,” Giglio said. “Many people simply don’t have enough free time or discretionary income to justify owning a boat themselves.
“We believe that boat clubs are a great option for consumers and a smart way to help the marine industry grow. We serve the useful function of exposing more people to the joys of boating.”
Giglio believes that FBC, the largest and oldest boat club in the nation, will experience an increased rate of growth the next few years. FBC is following up its record-breaking year in 2012 with an even stronger performance in 2013.
In October, with the scheduled opening of its newest location in Sarasota, Florida, Freedom Boat Club will be operating in 71 locations. FBC added five locations in 2012 and has already added an additional 13 in 2013: Scituate, Massachusetts, Northport, New York Lake Charlevoix, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Ohio, Lake Norman, North Carolina, Sebastian Inlet, Florida. Islamorada, Florida., Ruskin, Florida., Lake Tarpon, Florida., Panama City, Florida., Pine Island, Florida., and a second location in Venice, Florida.
In addition to emphasizing customer satisfaction and providing support for franchise owners, Giglio has made it a priority to build strong relationships and trust with the major players in the marine industry.
“In the past, some marina operators and boat dealers might have been wary about the presence of boat clubs,” Giglio said. “But we are committed to growing boating as an industry and getting more people enthused about being on the water. And that is good for everyone.”
In recent months, Giglio has developed working relationships with various industry leaders, including the Marina Recreation Association, the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, Association of Marine Industries and several marine trade associations.
FBC has also made it a regular practice to donate boats for special events, such as “Take the Helm” training and National Marina Day. And FBC has been heavily involved with Discover Boating, teaming up to support the Grow Boating initiative.
“I believe we have proven to marina owners and boat dealers that we are good for business,” Giglio said.
Since the start of 2012, FBC purchased more than 270 boats, either new or slightly used.
Wisconsin Certifies Two New Clean Marinas
In September, two marinas became the next two certified Clean Marinas in Wisconsin: Milwaukee Yacht Club and Reefpoint Marina in Racine. These marinas join 18 other certified marinas in the state, implementing new practices to protect water quality, prevent pollution and protect fish, wildlife and public health.
These marinas underwent an evaluation by the Wisconsin Clean Marina Technical Team to earn this designation. Todd Giese, manager of Milwaukee Yacht Club and Carrie Neubecker, manager of Reefpoint Marina are proud of this accomplishment as it promotes their commitment to sustainability while offering a healthy, clean environment for their customers.
Clean Marinas voluntarily adopt best management practices (BMPs) to become a certified marina. Depending on the size of the marina, they may need to adhere to up to 100 practices, including procedures to prevent and clean-up gas spills, offer recycling programs, manage stormwater and improve vessel maintenance practices. A list of Wisconsin’s certified Clean Marinas can be found at www.wisconsincleanmarina.org.
“We’re lucky to live in Wisconsin with more than 15,000 inland lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, the Mississippi River and Lakes Michigan and Superior. There are nearly 250 marinas in Wisconsin -- 120 of which are located on our two Great Lakes’ coasts. Clean Marinas implement practices that help cut costs through reducing waste disposal, conserving water and attracting new customers who appreciate an environmentally friendly operation”, Jon Kukuk, owner of Nestegg Marine (Marinette) and Chair of the Wisconsin Marine Association, said.
IMBC Launches Best Profit Idea Contest
New in 2014, the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) is offering awards to the Best Profit Idea, submitted by attendees! Submit the best marina and boatyard idea (sorry, vendors do not qualify) by October 30, 2014, for a shot at an iPad, a free year-long AMI membership, and free entry to IMBC 2015. All submissions will be judged by AMI-chosen CMMs. Three finalists will present their ideas at IMBC to a full audience, who will vote for a winner then and there.
Ideas will be reviewed by three Certified Marina Managers and the three best ideas will be announced after November 15, 2013. Use the guidelines below to outline ideas. Submit it to email@example.com by October 30, 2013.
• Outline profit idea;
• Outline projected revenue;
• Outline implementation;
• Outline actual revenue (if applicable);
• Include background (how idea came about, how the need was identified, etc.), materials (if applicable), and training and team (if applicable);
• Not to exceed 1,000 words; include diagrams if applicable;
• Include speaking background for presenter. Speaking experience for presenter preferred. If applicant does not have speaking experience, AMI will conduct a speaker workshop on Wednesday, January 29.
New Service Faciliites Join My-Villages Partnership
My-Villages announced that four service facilities in Florida and Massachusetts have joined the expanding list of Boat Village Innovation Partners.
Boat Village Innovation Partners are companies committed to leveraging technology to improve how they connect, communicate and collaborate with their customers.
The latest additions include Boat Yard Services, of West Palm Beach, Florida; North Atlantic Marine Services, of Wareham, Massachusetts; Whiticar Boat Works Inc.; and Yacht Concierge USA, both of Stuart, Florida.
“Today’s customers are used to having instant access to information and seamless digital communication—and this technology provides exactly that,” My-Villages founder and CEO Kevin Hutchinson said. “It helps service yards streamline their workflow and provide boat owners exactly what they want.”
The Innovation Partner program draws together marine businesses that want to use technology to streamline communications with customers and increase their business. To do so, partner companies agree to use The Boat Village, a Web and mobile application that allows marine professionals to radically change how they interact with customers.
The application allows service providers to have an inventory of every major piece of equipment on the vessel and its maintenance schedule, so technicians can stay ahead of owners’ needs and take command of the process. Service requests are exchanged and documented electronically, and technicians can provide updates on progress and completions. Perhaps most important, it provides a digital platform for closed-loop communications, reducing email strings and phone tag.
“Today’s boats are complicated machines and today’s owners are educated and sophisticated customers,” Hutchinson said. “Modern yards need modern tools to provide these folks with top-shelf service. The Boat Village’s Professional service allows yards to better harness the expertise they already have and meet those needs head on.”
“My customers are always looking for better ways to handle service tasks and The Boat Village really makes it easy for us to coordinate and get work done,” Jason Smith, president of Boatyard Services, said. “The Boat Village creates automatic reminders about what service items are due, so both our clients and we know when maintenance is needed—in effect, the boat tells us when work should be done. We can then use the system to coordinate jobs, updates and record keeping, which makes it incredibly simple for all of us.”
Marine Surveyors to Meet in October
The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors®, Inc. (SAMS®) will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Educational Symposium in San Diego, California, on October 16-19, 2013. Marine surveyors from across the country, as well as international members will be attending for the educational opportunities, ongoing SAMS required ethics training, as well as the opportunity to network with fellow marine surveyors.
The educational program put together by SAMS® Vice President of Education Kenneth Weinbrecht, AMS® will cover a wide variety of important subjects for marine surveyors taught by top people in their respective fields, including ethics training, report writing, legal aspects of the marine surveyors business, composite damage assessment and repair, infrared thermography, forensic photography, boatyard safety, electrocution hazards, marine electrical, metal failure analysis, ABYC standards, introduction to the uniform standards of professional appraisal practice and other interesting and educational topics . Interested parties who wish to attend can go to www.marinesurvey.org for details.
On Saturday, October 19th, SAMS® will hold its Annual Meeting for members only where elections for the Board of Directors will be conducted and the association’s business, budgets and future meetings will be discussed. SAMS® President, Joe Lobley, AMS® said, "This will be one of our best educational symposiums, in one of the best venues in the US, I am looking forward to a strong turn out from SAMS® members as well as other marine industry professionals who share the desire for quality continuing education.”
The meeting and symposium is being held at the Bahia Resort on Mission Bay, San Diego. Several San Diegans will be participating as instructors including Todd Roberts of the Marine Group, Attorney Phil Weiss, Kate Pearson of the Shelter Island Marina and Todd Schwede, AMS® and Bill Trenkle, AMS® of Todd & Associates Marine Surveyors. Non-members are invited to attend and may be eligible for continuing educational credits depending on their professional association requirements.
AMI Releases BMPs for Marina Electrical Safety
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) has released a new manual for marinas: Best Management Practices for Marina Electrical Safety.
The manual is designed to give marina staff an overview of common marina electrical components, potential hazards and how to identify and correct them, and tools that every facility should have on-site. It also offers suggestions for how to work with customers to ensure their boats are safe.
The manual was drafted with input and information from John Adey at ABYC (American Boat &Yacht Council), Chris Dolan with Eaton Marina Power and Lighting, Mark Stafford at Marinas International and Captain John McDevitt. It includes photographs for easy identification of problems and common testing equipment, and a checklist to encourage regular assessment of electrical systems.
The concept for the manual came after last summer's electric shock drownings prompted proposed legislation in Kentucky and West Virginia that could have severely impacted how marinas installed and monitored their electric systems – one instance requiring all marinas to replace their current systems to meet the latest codes.
Wendy Larimer who coordinated the writing of the manual said, "Our feeling was that marinas could keep their facilities safe by regularly monitoring the existing electric and knowing what to look for in potential dangers. New regulation is not the answer to prevent the tragedy of electric shock."
The manual is available at no cost to AMI and ABYC members and for twenty dollars to non-members. Go to www.marinaassociation.org/publications to order.
ABBRA /ABYC Webinar - Using Mobile Devices to Streamline Your Boatyard
American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is teaming up with ABYC to present their Using Mobile Devices to Streamline Your Boatyard webinar on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.
The one-hour webinar will be presented by Cam Collins, president and CEO of Exuma Technologies, makers of DockMaster and RVMaster.
The presentation will include information on how mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets are revolutionizing the way those in the industry communicate and run businesses; how mobile devices are changing customer expectations; and ways mobile devices can help make technicians more efficient on the docks or in the yard.
For more information or to register for the webinar, contact Sandy Brown at 410-990-4460, ext. 101 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMBC Adds Engineering Track
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) has added Marina Design & Engineering courses to its focused breakout sessions during its annual International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC). The track will be held Jan. 29-31, 2014, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“We have a number of attendees looking for content specifically focused on design and engineering,” Gary Groenwold, AMI chairperson, said. “We added this track to meet the needs of our members and the industry and to grow our attendee base.”
Marina Design & Engineering track will focus on marina design from an engineer’s approach, wind load capacity and fire and safety techniques.
To learn more about IMBC, visit www.marinaassociation.org or call 401/682-7334.
Recipients of the Neil Ross Scholarship Chosen
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) has chosen the Marine Trade Association of NJ (MTA/NJ) and the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains (CAHMPC) to receive the Neil Ross Scholarship awards to be given to two individuals within the two organizations.
MTA/NJ chose Melissa Danko, its executive director, to receive the award and attend the International Marina and Boatyard Conference. CAHMPC selected Mick Kronman, harbor operations manager at Santa Barbara, who will attend the Advanced Marina Manager training.
Danko was chosen by the MTA/NJ Board out of recognition for her efforts to bring support, funding and relief to the many marinas that suffered damage during Super Storm Sandy. “Melissa leads our association in such a way that she has earned the respect of not only our members but the leaders of the marine industry around the country,” Frederick Brueggemann, president of MTA/NJ, said. “Melissa has guided us in the creation and implementation of a special relief fund, a program to assist those members that were most affected by the storm.”
CAHMPC’s board chose Kronman due to his long-standing support of higher education for CAHMPC, seeking to become a Certified Marina Manager himself. “Mick, like many, has had some challenges over the last few years, but he has always faced them with a positive and can-do attitude,” Brad Gross, CAHMPC board member, said. “Mick is a model of the type of professional we all believe should represent our industry as a Certified Marina Manger.”
Michigan Sea Grant to Host Clean Marina Workshop
Learn about Clean Marinas and Sustainable Coastal Communities efforts across the Great Lakes Region during a free workshop Friday, Sept. 20 in Harrison Township, Michigan.
Certified marina leaders will discuss the benefits of becoming certified as well as some of the challenges in seeking certification. Additional speakers will address relevant environmental issues facing coastal communities — from the importance of maintaining coastal habitats to examples of environmentally sound reconstruction projects.
“It’s going to be a great workshop for certified marinas, those interested in seeking certification and anyone with an interest in sustainable coastal development,” Josh Gunn, Clean Marina Program Extension Educator with Michigan Sea Grant, said. “We have a strong lineup of speakers from all over the Great Lakes who will bring their unique perspectives to the workshop, providing insights, tips and lessons learned. Plus, the event is at the Lake St. Clair Metropark, one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Southeast Michigan, and it’s during the Boating and Outdoor Festival.”
Marina Dock Age Editor Anna Townshend will present results from a 2013 survey about Clean Marina practices, costs and benefits.
Advanced Marina Management Course Being Offered
IMI has partnered with the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains (CAHMPC) to offer its Advance Marina Management (AMM) program. The course is being held Sept. 22-27 in Dana Point, California. The course allows those interested in becoming a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) the final step in doing so.
The AMM program is profit-management training course designed for senior marina professionals. The AMM course examines such topics as profit-center management, policy and procedure manuals, business strategy, and more through small groups, interactive workshops and case studies.
The case study aspect of the course includes placing students into groups where they are tasked with redesigning an actual marina, which has been pre-selected as the case study site. Students are then required to present their redesign in front of a panel of industry leaders. To sign up for the course, students must be an AMI member or receive written permission to attend. There is an 18-person limit for the course.
Marina Fire Safety Advocate Retires
Gene Spinazola has announced his retirement after more than 28 years of working in the marina industry. Spinazola, a long-time member of the Association of Marina Industries, was also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) where he served on the NFPA 303, Fire Protection Standards for Marinas and Boatyards committee for more than 15 years.
Known for his presentations on “Fire in the Marina,” Spinazola was recognized last year by the University of Wisconsin as an outstanding lecturer in the Docks and Marinas program. In addition to his conference presentations, Spinazola developed a mobile marina fire fighting system. The Marina Fast Attack System is currently being used in 34 states and 11 countries.
The company Gene Spinazola, P.E. and Associates has been sold to EMP Industries in Tamper, Florida, where Spinazola will work as a consultant.
2013 Wortley Award Accepting Submissions
Submissions for the 2013 Wortley Award are now being accepted. This award recognizes the most important contribution to the improvement of the design, construction, operation or maintenance of docks and/or marinas in North America during the 2012 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2013. Additional details, including entry forms and rules for the Wortley Award can be found at http://epd.engr.wisc.edu/applicationWortley.
The winner will be profiled in a 2014 issue of Marina Dock Age magazine, and the recipient of the award will be announced at the Docks & Marinas © course, held November 18-20, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The 2012 Wortley Award was presented to Daniel S. Natchez of Daniel S. Natchez and Associates Inc. for its innovative design and construction of an environmentally sustainable and engineering efficient rehabilitation of a shoreline in the Yonkers JFK Marina Park for the City of Yonkers, N.Y. The design its interdisciplinary team produced met the challenges of preserving the shoreline integrity in a public park built on a landfill, while providing additional public access.
In recognition of his many significant contributions to the marina engineering and design profession, the Wortley Award is named for C. Allen Wortley, founder and long-time Director of the Docks & Marinas course at the University of Wisconsin.
For more details on the award or the Docks and Marinas© class, contact Howard Rosen at email@example.com.
UW-M to Host Docks and Marinas Course
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will present the 39th annual Docks and Marinas© course in Madison, November 18-20, 2013. This year’s program features a number of new topics, each presented by a nationally recognized expert. Join with marina industry professionals from consulting firms, government agencies and universities to get the latest, unbiased, and quality information on docks and marinas.
This year’s class features presentations on such topics as:
Mooring fields; drystack storage; electrical hazards; gangway design; hurricane protection; invasive species; marina market trends; accessibility; stormwater; and ice protection.
The course is designed to provide attendees with multiple opportunities to speak directly with the instructors as well as with the other attendees. In addition, as a special feature, you can also attend a new one-day class, Modern Marina Design. This class provides you with the latest methods and concepts in marina design, using case studies and workshops. Attend both classes and save!
For detailed information or to register, go to epd.engr.wisc.edu/docksmarinas.
Marinalife Hosts 4th Annual Best Marinas Contest
Marinalife is hosting its fourth annual Best Marinas Contest with voting open now through October 1, 2013. Members and boaters can vote on the Best Transient Marina and Best Customer Service marina by visiting marinalife.com/marinacontest.
The winning marina will be featured in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Marinalife Magazine and will receive a marketing package valued at $2,000.
Last year, Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket, Mass., was voted as the Best Transient Marina and runner-up was Charleston City Marina in Charleston, S.C. The Best Customer Service Marina went to Kingman Yacht Center in Cataumet, Mass., and there was a tie for runner up between Harbour Town Yacht Basin in Hilton Head, S.C., and Magothy Marina in Severna Park, Md.
NMMA President Highlighted Economic Impact of Boating
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President Thomas J. Dammrich discussed the state of the U.S. recreational boating industry at the Longworth House Office Building on July 24. The session took place before the House of Representatives to discuss the economy and jobs outlook with constituents, and presented the latest data on the demographics and economic impact of recreational boating.
The recreational boating industry generated an estimated $121 billion in value in 2012. The industry’s rising tide supports 964,000 American jobs and 34,833 businesses, generates $40 billion in annual labor income and drives $83 billion in annual spending.
The NMMA’s complete economic value report can be found within the Statistics section’s Research Library on nmma.org.
ABYC to Release Update to Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft
The annual update to the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft was released by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) on August 1 in Supplement 53.
For Supplement 53, ABYC Standard S-31 Environmental Considerations for Electric/Electronic Components Installed Onboard Boats was added. Some of the revised ABYC Standards include A-1 marine liquefied petroleum LPG systems, A-3 galley stoves, H-2 ventilation of boats using gasoline, P-17 mechanical steering systems, T-17 compass installation, and more.
ABYC Standards C-1 primer bulbs and C-2 carbon canisters were also published and are available for purchase on the ABYC website. “It is imperative that those in the industry have access to the current standards. The simplest and most cost effective way to get the standards is to join ABYC,” said Brian Goodwin, ABYC Technical Director. “It’s never too soon to start analyzing the standards to make sure your product and repair work meets ABYC content.”
To purchase the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, and for more information on how you can join ABYC, or a Standards committee, please visit www.abycinc.org.
ABBRA Announces Theme and Dates for Annual Boatyard Business Conference
The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) has announced the theme and dates for its upcoming 2014 Annual Boatyard Business Conference entitled “Reflect, Rethink, Refocus: Business Leadership for Tomorrow’s Boat Building and Repair Industry.”
The two-day conference will be held Jan. 22-24, 2014, at the B Ocean Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach and will focus on business issues impacting boatyard owners, operators, managers, boat builders and boat repair businesses.
“We’re building on our 2013 conference success and will once again offer relevant topics and speakers who can provide our attendees with substantive and useful information that they can take away, or ideas they can apply in their operations,” Gordon Connell, executive director of ABBRA, said. “ABBRA’s conference is historically known for the camaraderie and bonds that are developed among our members and for the opportunities that they have to interact with their various suppliers, vendors, and marine business colleagues.”
Registration for the event opens in October. For more information about the conference or for sponsorship details contact Gordon Connell or John Fitzgerald, president, at Gordon@abbra.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMI Scholarship Recognizes Outstanding State Trade Associations
The Marine Trade Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) and the California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains (CAHMPC) were presented with the first annual Neil Ross Scholarship Awards through the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).
The award recognizes a state or trade association that has done outstanding work on behalf of the marina industry. A deserving member from each association is then selected to receive the $1,000 scholarship that can be used for any AMI training.
MTA/NJ was chosen based on its efforts to bring information and funding to marinas hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. CAHMPC was selected because of the work it put into bringing marina management training to the west coast and for recruiting new students to ensure marina managers have the skills needed to best serve boaters in various marinas across the country.
“These two associations exemplify the value that trade associations have to marinas across the country,” said AMI Chairman Gary Groenewold. “We are happy to recognize the efforts that state trade groups put forth to make our marinas more successful.”
The scholarship was formed in recognition of Neil Ross and his numerous contributions to AMI and to the marina industry overall. Ross was the founder of the International Marina Institute, which helped to set the standard in education for the marina industry worldwide. He also facilitated the creation of the Certified Marina Manager (CMM) and worked to advance professional marina management.
Drystack Conference Announces Seminars
The upcoming International Marina Institute’s Drystack Conference will host a variety of seminars at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 27 and 28.
Seminars include ways to optimize your facility’s space with mechanical drystack; how to determine project feasibility of drystack storage; marina storage contracts; and much more.
Specific seminars include Optimize Your Facility's Space with Mechanical Drystack; Determining Project Feasibility of Drystack Storage; Drystack Planning and Design-PIANC Working Group Report; Loggerhead Marina-Jupiter, a Case Study in Drystack Marina Rehabilitation; New Logistics for Dry Storage; Dry Storage Transformations, Past and Present; Marketing Strategies for Drystack Storage; and Marina Storage Contracts: How Secure is Your Rack?
The Drystack Conference is a professional-development opportunity for those interested in the latest in drystack technology as part of their daily business responsibilities. The conference, sponsored by Bellingham Marine, will feature a day and a half of educational seminars, exhibits, and networking receptions. For more information on the conference or to view a description of the seminars, please visit marinaassociation.org/conferences/drystack-conference.
Great Lakes Clean Marina Network Updates Online Classroom
The online Clean Marina Classroom has been updated to include certification standards from many Great Lakes states and beyond. The classroom consists of nine educational units that focus on marina operation and maintenance. Each section outlines best management practices and practical ways to implement them.
New features of the online course include identifying regional best management practices that are aligned with the Great Lakes Clean Marina Best Management Practices Guide; updated state and federal laws; and more photographs and examples of best practices in the Great Lakes region.
The online course was initially based on the Michigan Clean Marina Guidebook used by marinas as part of the certification process since 2004. This updated regional course was developed as part of a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Green Marina project grant.
For more information on this updated training program, visit www.cleanmarinaclassroom.org.
Dillon Marina Joins ValvTect
Dillon Marina in Dillon, Co., has joined nearly 600 marinas and fuel docks nationwide by offering ValvTect Marine Fuels.
“Dillon Marina wants to give its customers the very best boating experience by offering ValvTect Marine Gasoline. ValvTect Marine Gasoline prevents problems with ethanol blended gasoline, that we are required to sell, provides our boaters with better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs,” said Bob Evans, Certified Marina Manager at Dillon Marina. “These benefits save our customers money and improve their overall boating experience.”
Dillon Marina is located on the shores of Dillon Reservoir and is one of the world’s highest marinas. The marina has 260 long-term slips, and 36 short-term slips and occupies a 56-acre footprint on six acres of land and more than 6,000 feet of docks.
ValvTect Petroleum President Jerry Nessenson welcomes Dillon Marina to its network of Certified ValvTect Marinas. “Dillon Marina is a first class marina, which dates back nearly 40 years and features some of the best boating and water activities in Colorado,” said Nessenson. “Dillon Reservoir and Summit County now have a premier location to fill up your boat with high quality ValvTect Marine Fuel.”
IMBC Adds New Product Demos
The International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has announced the addition of new product demos to its 2014 show. The new demos will offer an enhanced method to market show participants’ products and booths at IMBC. Those interested can sign up to conduct a live, interactive demonstration at their booth to show a new product and how it works while gaining higher visibility within IMBC’s marketing materials.
The cost for a new product demo is $750, and participants will receive one 15-minute time slot for the demonstration; a microphone and sound system that will allow attendees gathered at the booth to hear the demonstration; a short description and picture of the product in the IMBC program; a short description and picture of the product on IMBC’s website; new product demo marketing in IMBC promotional materials; and an announcement broadcast throughout the exhibit hall prior to the start of your demonstration.
Demonstrations will be held on January 30 and 31 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. To sign up for a demonstration, fill out the New Product Demo Registration Form. Space is limited.
NMMA to Host State of the Industry Discussion
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is hosting a discussion on the state of the U.S. recreational boating industry from 2 to 3 p.m. on July 24, 2013, in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
NMMA President Thomas J. Dammrich, in cooperation with the co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus, U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) and U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC-07) will be addressing the rest of the members of the boating caucus about the “State of the Recreational Boating Industry and Implications for the U.S. Economy.” All are welcome to attend and represent their state and district.
To RSVP, please call Jeff Gabriel, NMMA’s Legislative Counsel, at 202/737-9776 or email him at email@example.com.
ABYC Releases Boating Safety Checklist
The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has released its newest iPhone app for the boating market. The Boat Essentials-USCG Safety Gear app is a free, mobile checklist for the new or experienced boater to help them identify the safety items required to have onboard.
To download the app, click here.
The app was developed by Ken Cook Company as a result of the U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Grant. It includes suggestions on items that will make the boat safer and more comfortable. The app can be used on powered and non-powered boats that operate in U.S. waters. Other features include the ability to store information on up to three boats; file and save float plans; add boating contacts; receive maintenance guideline alerts; access supplies list; date reminders. The information is also available in paper form.
Bellingham Marine Announces Annual Photo Contest
Bellingham Marine is now accepting entries for the company’s 7th annual calendar photo contest. The marina builder and dock manufacturer pays tribute to the marina industry through its annual calendar, featuring stunning images of marinas from around the world.
Individuals and marinas interested in submitting photos are invited to do so by August 31, 2013. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We encourage marinas to download the poster and hang it for tenants to see,” said Roxie Comstock, manager of business enhancement for Bellingham. “The contest is a great opportunity for marinas and dock owners to show off their property and for tenants to get involved.” The poster announcing the contest and contest rules can be downloaded from the company’s website.
Last year, more than 100 photos were submitted from professional photographers, boaters, marina staff and others. With the popularity of the calendar continuing to spread, the company estimates that more than 3,500 calendars will be distributed worldwide in 2014.
Submitted photos must feature one of Bellingham’s trademarked products (Unifloat, Unideck Unistack, or Bellingham’s timber dock system). Photos of residential and private docks manufactured by Bellingham Marine are eligible as well. Photos must be of high resolution and high quality. If you are not the photographer of the photo being submitted, please make sure photo rights can be extended to the company for use in the calendar. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Winners will be announced in November 2013.
IMI Announces Study Tour Schedule
The International Marina Institute (IMI) announces its 7th annual Study Tour Marinas and Boatyards schedule. The Study Tour is a two-day mobile training course that provides participants with an in-depth look at the operations of different types of marinas and boatyards in South Florida. At the end of each day, tour attendees will participate in a facilitated roundtable discussion and SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of each marina before heading to a networking dinner.
Marinas and boatyards involved in this year’s Study Tour include Aquamarine Hidden Harbour, Bradford Marine, Lauderdale Marine Center, New Port Cove Marine Center, Palm Harbor Marina, The Port Condominium, Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit Facility, Sunrise Harbor Marina, and Town of Palm Beach.
To learn more about the Study Tour, please visit marinaassociation.org/training/conferences-meetings or contact IMI at 401/247-0314.
WQIS Make New HIres
WQIS has announced the addition of Senior Vice President John Ryszetnyk and Vice President of Underwriting John Moy to help renew the passion that WQIS has for the marine pollution liability insurance industry. The departure of three former staff members has made this transition possible.
“We were in a relative plateau,” said Richard Hobbie, WQIS CEO. “We were cruising when the departure of those members created this space to really motivate our company to reach above that plateau. In the past months, we have vastly improved all departments, especially taking measures in our service to make sure that every single client is taken care of with a genuine human touch.”
Also joining the WQIS team is Ryan Puttick as the new assistant vice president of claims after a nine-year run as the claims director at Charles Taylor P&I Management.
“Fresh talent really helps breathe new life into even the most secure businesses,” said Ryszetnyk. “Getting comfortable is never a good thing for a company.”
Inventory and Profits Webinar for Maritime Companies
The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and the American Boat Builders & Repair Association (ABBRA) will cohost a July 25 webinar, Optimizing Inventory, as part of an educational series that helps maritime companies, boat builders, manufacturers, marinas and yard facilities. The series will also help service technicians better manage their inventory while improving profitability.
Stephen Bullard, senior sales director at PierVantage Marine Management Solution, will lead the webinar. Bullard has more than 20 years of marine service management experience, has logged more than 15,000 miles sailing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and is a 100-ton master captain.
Topics to be covered include Inventory Management Organization, Purchasing, Parts Management, Inventory Accounting and Physical Control, Evaluating the Inventory Management Function. The topics will be followed up by a question and answer session.
“More than ever the new economy dictates that inventory management is one of the keys to successful cash flow management,” says Ed Sherman, ABYC’s Director of Educational Programming.
ABYC and ABBRA members can find more information about registration here. Non-members looking to register should call ABYC at 410/990-4460, ext. 101.
AMI Launches Patriot Marina Day with New Partner
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) announced a new partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and gives scholarships to families of wounded or lost veterans, in celebrating Patriot Marina Day during the weekend of July 4th.
AMI is encouraging all marinas across the country to participate in this event. With matching funds, small donation receptacles, fishing derbies or other activities, marinas can bring people's attention to this important foundation and allow everyone to enjoy the waterfront at the same time. To register or to find more information and ideas for ways to celebrate, click here.
Two Marine Trade Associations Award Scholarships
The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Foundation awarded two education scholarships to students pursuing careers in the marine industry. The Cape Cod Marine Trades Association also announced the recipients of its 2013 scholarship awards. The Association presents scholarships each year to Cape Cod Technical School marine program students who are selected by their instructors and will continue their education in the marine trades upon graduation.
A $1,000 scholarship has been presented to Joseph Smith, graduating from the Marine Services Program at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich. Smith has been accepted to study at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
A second $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to Sabrina Kanaley of Falmouth, graduating from the Upper Cape Cod Technical School in Bourne. Kanaley ranked 7th in her class and plans to attend the Landing School in Maine where she will study Boat Building.
These Cape Cod Marine Trades Association scholarships support an ongoing effort to promote professional growth as essential to maintaining and building Cape Cod’s maritime culture.
The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and to award Education Scholarships to encourage education and professional development in the marine trades field.
This is the eighth year that the Association has been able to award scholarships to deserving students.
The $1,500 MTA/NJ scholarship was awarded to Bryce Tocci of Brick, N.J.. Bryce has lived on the water his whole life and has repaired his own boats for many years. Bryce is graduating in June from Brick Township High School and Ocean County Vocational Technical School and will be enrolling in the Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Orlando, Fla.
In addition to MTA/NJ's Education Scholarship, the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, Pa. sponsored a half scholarship to its Marine Technician Program. The recipient of the Automotive Training Center scholarship was William Dominguez of Toms River. William is graduating from Toms River High School South as well as Ocean County Vocational Technical School, Toms River Center. After completing training, William plans on moving back home to Toms River and pursue his career in the marine field.
The MTA/NJ also awarded two outstanding student awards for the purchase of tools for the trade. Bryce Tocci from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School and William Calton from Monmouth County Vocational School were the recipients of the awards.
"All of these individuals have worked hard to pursue their goals and have demonstrated their dedication to the future of the marine trades industry. We are very fortunate and thankful to all of our supporters who enable us to award these scholarships to these deserving students," said MTA/NJ Executive Director Melissa Danko.
Dr. Shrink Offers Free Marketing to Its Customers
Dr. Shrink Inc. is now offering customized marketing services to its customers to help prepare companies for the fall storage season. Services will provide customers with marketing materials, training and repairs of heat tools.
“At Dr. Shrink, we have always taken pride in offering excellent customer service and part of that service is offering marketing assistance to our customers at no added cost,” said Mike Stenberg, president at Dr. Shrink Inc. “We’ve seen how marketing can grow and develop a company and we want to share our experiences with our customers and support them as they try to grow their business.”
Dr. Shrink offers assistance with logo, flyer, advertisement and press release creation in addition to professional photo support. Other services provided by Dr. Shrink include social media strategy development and website templates for a small fee. For more information on Dr. Shrink’s marketing offerings click here.
President Obama Visits Ellicott Dredges
President Barack Obama stopped by Ellicott Dredges in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17 to deliver a policy speech on infrastructure to a crowd of more than 500 people. During his speech, the President noted that Ellicott dredges and dredge exports “literally helped create our global economy.”
After inspecting a completed Series 670 Dragon dredge headed for West Africa with Ellicott’s Sales Vice President Paul Quinn, the President called Ellicott’s dredges the “best machines money can buy.”
The President said, “This company still has a set of core values that’s lasted for generations. Just like the folks who came before you … to sell products all over the world; to grow not just a business, but a community, and by doing that, you’re growing our country.”
The presidential visit was another milestone in Ellicott's long history of building innovative and state-of-the-art dredges for customers both in the USA and around the world.
|Paul Quinn (L) and Dredge Assembly Manager George Allen (C) stand with the President aboard an Ellicott 670 "Dragon.
||President Obama speaks to crowd in Ellicott factory.
PierVantage Signs New Boatyards
PierVantage™ announced that it signed on Kittery Point Yacht Yard in St. Eliot, Maine, Concordia Company in South Dartmouth, Maine, Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., and Schooner Creek Boat Works in Portland, Ore., to use its cloud-based software solution. PierVantage said it is built specifically for boatyards, full-service marine facilities and boat building operations.
“The addition of Kittery Point Yacht Yard, Concordia, Derecktor Shipyards and Schooner Creek Boat Works is a sign that marine companies are feeling good about their growth prospects and looking to deploy new technology to improve their efficiency and productivity, increase profits, and become more competitive,” said Navroze Eduljee, CEO of CorVantTM, the creators of PierVantage.
“I don’t think changing operating software platforms is something any business owner or its employees look forward to. It is difficult to change from something that is not broken. We wanted a platform whose architecture and flexibility was built for tomorrow,” said Tom Allen, president of Kittery Point Yacht Yard. “With PierVantage’s cloud based solution, we don’t need to worry about evaluating our software platform every 10 years to keep up with the times -- release updates are seamless. Not having to worry about maintaining dedicated server platforms is a big plus and having access to our data from anywhere enhances both our efficiency and customer service.”
Governor Names Connecticut Marina Day
Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D-CT) proclaimed June 8, 2013 as Connecticut Marina Day in honor of the state’s many marinas that provide its residents and visitors with recreational activities along its waterways.
In his official statement, the governor said marinas are both a recreational boating facility and a community asset that contributes substantially to the community by providing a safe, reliable gateway for members of the boating community and welcomed guests.
“Connecticut marinas provide this state, and visitors of this state, a place where friends and families, united by a passion for the water, can come together for recreation, rest and relaxation,” said Governor Malloy.
Connecticut Marina Day coincides with National Marina Day, which takes place a day later on June 9.
IGY Marinas Hosts New Sportfish Contest
IGY Marinas announced its inaugural Million Dollar Sportfish Challenge. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) all-tackle world record catch contest takes place from select IGY marinas and runs from May through December 2013.
The destinations chosen for the sportfish challenge include privately marinas as well as marinas under management agreements. The IGY marinas participating in the Million Dollar Sportfish Challenge include American Yacht Harbor, in St. Thomas, USVI; Montauk Yacht Club in New York, N.Y.; Blue Haven Marina in Turks & Caicos, La Amada Marina in Cancun, Mexico; Marina Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia, Wis.
“IGY Marinas is home to a number of top nationwide sportfishing tournaments, and sees this contest as an opportunity to give back to the anglers that we have been fortunate to host for so many years,” says Bert Fowles, vice president of marketing and sales for IGY Marinas. Anglers will compete for a million dollar prize.
For further information on the IGY Marinas Million Dollar Sportfish Challenge, please contact us at email@example.com or visit http://www.igymarinas.com/news-events/million-dollar-sportfish-challenge/
More than 1,000 Marinas Offer Discounts Through BoatU.S. Program
BoatU.S. has announced that it has more than 1,000 marinas in the BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program, which offers discounts on fuel, repairs, transient slips and even fishing guide services.
Approximately 360 marinas in the group offer up to 10 cents off per gallon of fuel, and more than 320 marinas and boatyards offer repair discounts. Of the participating marinas, 600 offer up to a 25 percent discount on transient slip fees – or essentially four nights for the price of three. Some marinas offer up to $15 off repairs or 10 to 15 percent off any other service.
The BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program is a free marketing program open to all boating and fishing businesses from marinas to fishing guides. In exchanges, businesses offer discounts to BoatU.S. members, and BoatU.S. promotes participating businesses to boaters through the online Services Locator.
The goal of the program is to bring business to participants so the discounts need to be enough to encourage members to choose participating facilities over their nearby competitors, but not enough to financially hurt participants.
Those in the Cooperating Marina Program also receive $250 each year to promote their participation in the program and a $10 spiff for each new BoatU.S. member they signup, if they want to sell memberships.
For more information, contact David Mann, BoatU.S. membership programs manager, 888-333-2628; http://www.boatus.com/marinas.
New Marina Course Offered at Ports 2013 Conference
A new, one-day marina design course will be offered as part of Ports 2013 Conference in Seattle, Wash., on August 25. Using case studies, the presentations will demonstrate how to apply a highly integrated planning and design approach to small craft harbor development. This short marina design course is based on the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Manual 50: “Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors.” The course will conclude with an interactive marina design workshop where all attendees will participate.
By the end of the course, participants will have a strong understanding of ASCE’s new guidelines for the design of small craft harbors and learn how a fusion of technical, economic and creative planning can optimize harbor design and economic development goals. Attendees will also come away with an understanding of how civil engineers can play a leadership role in integrating the built and natural environments for marina projects. The ASCE Manual 50 will be available for purchase the day of the course.
For more information on the course or to register, click here.
NOAA Launches Mobile Charts App for Testing Period
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is testing its MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app was released on May 20.
The app is only designed for Android tablets for the testing period. It has GPS built-in capabilities, allows users to find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart, and can be used on land or water. Users can zoom in any specific location with a touch of the finger, or zoom out for the big picture to plan their trip. The U.S. Coast Pilot has geotagged some of the major locations – embedding geographical information, such as latitude and longitude, directly into the chart so it is readable in the app – and provides links to appropriate federal regulations. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play app store.
“Expanding the app across a multitude of platforms, ensuring easy accessibility to over a thousand charts and nearly 5,000 pages of U.S. Coast Pilot, will take considerable resources,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA Office of Coast Survey. “We can do it if the boating community likes the app. We truly want the users to let us know if the app meets their needs.”
The beta test for MyNOAACharts will expire this Labor Day, Sept. 2. The decision to release a finished version of the app will be decided by Coast Survey and based upon usage and user feedback. For more information on MyNOAACharts, click here.
Disaster Preparedness Focus of NMBA Conference
Norris L. Beren, executive director of Risk Reduction Education, Inc., has been hired by the National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) conference committee to discuss disaster preparedness at its upcoming conference, after several members felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy last October. The author of two books, a Web-based training program and dozens of articles on preparedness, Beren has provided preparedness training for many major corporations, and has worked with more than 1,000 companies.
Beren presents the value and potential return on investment in creating a culture of preparedness throughout a business, which includes keeping the company running after a disaster, protecting shareholder value and surviving the difficult environment that could follow.
This year's conference agenda will highlight the latest economic trends affecting the marine industry, provide updates on legislative issues that continue to shape the lending environment and feature a presentation on reducing risk without reducing reward.
NMBA’s 2013 Conference will be held Sept. 8-10 at The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wis
For conference details or to register, click here.
American Boating Congress Brings Record Numbers to Capitol Hill
Attendance at the 2013 American Boating Congress (ABC), May 8 – 9, increased 25 percent from 160 attendees to 200, compared to last year. The number of co-hosts increased 138 percent from 13 to 31.
The increase in participants from all sectors of the recreational boating community resulted in more than 250 meetings with Members of Congress, up 34 percent from last year’s 187 visits, creating a more unified voice and making the boating industry’s presence known on Capitol Hill.
ABC gives members of the U.S. recreational boating industry a platform to meet with legislators and other decision makers on Capitol Hill, hear from prominent economic and political speakers and participate all while meeting with colleagues from around the country.
The event activities included multiple planning meetings and a variety of distinguished legislators and industry leaders addressing topics and issues impacting recreational boating. ABC also included luncheons and special awards and honorees.
Speakers included Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Frank Peterson, President of RBFF; Ken Walsh, US News & World Report chief White House correspondent; RADM Lee, United States Coast Guard; and Deerin Babb-Brott, Director, National Ocean Council Office. Speakers addressed economic concerns, sequestration, health care and legislation, as well as insight into their impact on recreational boating. ABC attendees also met with Senators, members of Congress and Congressional staff to directly address policies in face-to-face meetings
The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) recognized Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J. 2nd Congressional District) with its annual congressional award for his significant contributions to boating recreation. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was given the Center for Coastal Conservation's Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportfishing, given each year to a federal legislator who is dedicated to promoting the sound conservation and use of ocean resources. The Center for Coastal Conservation also honored Phil Dyskow, the former president of Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A., who received the Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award. The evening included a BoatPAC reception attended by more than 200, including Members of Congress and ABC attendees, to discuss ways to continue working together on behalf of the entire recreational boating industry.
In addition to a robust conference program and successful meetings with Congress, the Congressional Boating Caucus was honored at a closing reception bringing federal legislators and industry stakeholders together under one common theme: support for the recreational boating industry as a whole. NMMA President Thom Dammrich said, “I look at the boating industry as an ecosystem. If bad legislation and regulation adversely affects one part of the industry, it harms the entire industry. We must continue to work together to gain ground on Capitol Hill.”
NMMA also released updated economic impact data for the recreational boating industry during ABC. The information reflects 2012 data from across the U.S. Each data sheet contains state and district information that includes the total annual economic value of recreational boating, which has an economic impact of $121.5 billion annually. The information also shows that nearly 35,000 recreational boating-related businesses across the country provide more than 338,000 jobs, and that Americans spend $51 billion related to more than 12 million registered recreational boats each year.
Mark your calendar for next year’s American Boating Congress, which will take place May 6-7, 2014.
IMBC Releases Agenda for 2014
The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) released a schedule for the 2014 International Marina and Boatyard (IMBC) Conference. View the 2014 IMBC Schedule here.
The 2014 agenda includes IMBC events, such as themed networking events and seminars broken into specific tracks. The three days includes two full days of educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and evening receptions.
"The positive feedback we receive each year helps us plan for future events," AMI Chair Gary Groenewold, CMM, said. "Consistency within the overall timeline was a clear, easy choice."
Attendance: IMBC attracts more than 700 marina and boatyard industry professionals each year.
Top three reported reasons for attending:
Exhibit hall and exposure to cutting edge technology
Amount of education time: more than 10 hours of seminars, plus a marina and boatyard field trip, exhibit hall hours and networking receptions
Number of hours the exhibit hall is open: 13
Number of exclusive exhibit hall hours: 7.5
Average temperature in Fort Lauderdale: 77 degrees
Number of flights daily in and out of the Fort Lauderdale Airport: more than 700
Celebrate National Marina Day; Enter New Photo Contest
Now in its 12th year, National Marina Day, sponsored by the Association of Marine Industries (AMI), has merged with the efforts of Discover Boating to promote the entire marine industry and boating lifestyle in one nationwide event called Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Saturday, June 8.
AMI encourages marinas to reach out to its partner organizations, such as American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), The National Safe Boating Council’s Wear It! Campaign, Ocean Conservancy, State Clean Marina Programs, US Coast Guard Auxiliary and ValvTect, for free NMD resources. For example, ABYC will host free boat system checks, and ValvTect will provide free trophies for marinas to award to the person who traveled the farthest to attend NMD.
All recreational boating businesses are encouraged to get involved. Suggested activities include: on-water, hands-on training; open houses; showcase of boats and related marine products; free demo rides with sales follow-up; and safety demonstrations.
To help celebrate the annual event, Marina Dock Age is holding a National Marina Day photo contest. To enter, take photos of the day’s activities on June 8 – the staff, the decorations, the boaters, the community, the docks, or the boats. The photo that best captures the spirit of the day will be featured in the magazine.
Please send digital photos to Anna Townshend, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail a disk or USB drive to 319 N. 4th St., Suite 650, St. Louis, MO 63102. Files should be 300 dpi, and at least 9 x 12 inches. The deadline for the photo contest is June 17. For more information about the photo contest, visit http://www.marinadockage.com/photocontest.html.
For more information on National Marina Day and its partner resources, visit http://www.nationalmarinaday.org.
Recovery Grants Available for Sandy Victims
Small business owners and nonprofits impacted by Hurricane Sandy can now apply for recovery grants of up to $50,000 per location at the website of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Those eligible, including marina owners, can use the money toward working capital, inventory, equipment, renovation and new construction at the place of business.
Under the program, businesses with multiple locations in New Jersey may receive more than one grant that totals no more than $250,000. To be eligible, applicants must have suffered at least $5,000 in damages from Superstorm Sandy. Grants will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and priority will be given to applicants located in the nine most impacted counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.
Businesses must have applied and been denied or accepted for a Small Business Administration disaster loan to be eligible.
The $260 million Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program is one of the initiatives approved by the NJEDA on April 30. It also approved $25 million to fund a tourism marketing campaign to assist Hurricane Sandy-impacted communities and promote the state’s tourism assets; and $12 million for securing a firm to operate the grant program under the supervision of the Office of Recovery.
For more information regarding the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program or application process, contact the NJEDA Office of Recovery at 855/SANDY-BZ or email@example.com.
Applications for recovery grants can be found here. Sign up here for NJEDA’s notification list for more information on Sandy assistance programs.
The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey also launched the new Go Boating NJ campaign to provide boaters throughout the region with current information on the condition of New Jersey’s waterways and popular boating areas.
The Go Boating NJ campaign will highlight, through on-the-water videos and photos, some of NJ's most popular boating areas to give boaters firsthand knowledge and visuals that these waterways are open and ready for them this season. The campaign also hopes to include video interviews with boaters and marina owners.
WQIS Welcomes New Staff
The Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) welcomed John Ryszetnyk, as new Senior Vice President. A graduate of Kings Point, The United States Merchant Marine Academy, John holds a USCG 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage License and is a former U.S. Naval Officer. This will be John’s second term at WQIS, having previously served as an Underwriter from 1999 to 2003.
“There’s a great energy in the office right now and I’m looking forward to working with the team to renew our commitment to service while continuing to build and strengthen relationships,” Ryszetnyk said.
Along with John, two more team members are joining WQIS: Angela Konetzni and James Q. Stevens. Konetzni, previously an assistant claims manager at WQIS, has returned after a short hiatus and will be working as a consultant in the claims department. Stevens is the former head of marine insurance for Scottsdale Insurance Company and will key his more than 40 years of experience in WQIS’s continued initiative of providing superior service and systems integration.
ABC Hosts Policy and Industry Speakers
The 2013 American Boating Congress (ABC) will feature an influential group of policy specialists and industry authorities, as well as legislative and regulatory officials. On May 9, ABC will present its general session, featuring the following speakers:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee; Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who served previously as Secretary of State, Governor of West Virginia; Deerin Babb-Brott, director for the National Ocean Council Office: Rear Admiral Dean Lee, United States Coast Guard, as the Deputy for Operations Policy and Capabilities, and as the Fifth District Commander in Portsmouth, Va.; Kenneth Walsh, White House Correspondent, and reporter for U.S. News and World Report; and Frank Peterson, president of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.
IMI to Host Study Tour and Dry Stack Conference
The 7th annual Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour, hosted by the International Marina Institute (IMI) will take place October 29-October 30. The tour will be based at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Study Tour is a two-day mobile training course that provides an in-depth look at the operations of different types of marinas and boatyards in South Florida. At the end of each day, attendees participate in a facilitated roundtable discussion and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of each marina before heading to a networking dinner. For more information or to register, visit marinaassociation.org/training/conferences-meetings/study-tour.
This year's study tour will take place just after IMI's Drystack Conference. Larry Halgren will host IMI's 10th Drystack Conference, October 27-28.
"I'm honored to partner with IMI on this event," said Larry Halgren, Halgren & Associates, LLC. "Facilitating the conference gives me the opportunity to assist IMI in its goal of providing training to the marina industry."
The Dry Stack conference will be held at the B Ocean Hotel, where the Study Tour will depart and return to each day. Following the Study Tour is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
For more information, visit MarinaAssociation.org or call 401/247-0314.
Structurmarine Announces New Hire; Signs PR Firm
Structurmarine has signed with Martin Flory Group to help showcase its marina projects and create publicity for the marina developer throughout North America.
"Structurmarine brings the same level of commitment and craftsmanship to every project, no matter the size or budget," said Laura Martin, Martin Flory Group president. "We do the same with our PR programs, providing the best service possible for every client. We're excited to bring greater recognition to Structurmarine's beautiful developments." Structurmarine also named Bruno Nolet as sales director for North America and the Caribbean. Nolet previous worked in both marine engineering and sales for Structurmarine. As he seeks to increase marina sales across his territory, Nolet said, “We’re seeking out potential partners and possible joint ventures, with the goal of expanding Structurmairne’s presence at the local level.”
ABBRA Extends Wage Survey Deadline; Offer Prizes
The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) has extended the deadline for its 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey for Marine Service Employees, formerly known as the Annual Wage Rate Survey. The survey will gauge and compare the rates, salaries and benefits in the current market.
Those that answer by April 30 will be entered in a drawing for a one-year (2014) complimentary ABBRA membership for 2014 or one complimentary registration for the 2014 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference.
The survey will be segmented by state and region, by revenue and number of employees, and seeks information on a broad range of the most common jobs in today's boatyards. The survey will ask for information on hourly wages, average vacation time, health benefits and retirement plans.
For more information, call 954/654-7821. To complete the survey, visit here
ValvTect Petroleum Welcomes
Three New Facilities
ValvTect Petroleum announced that the Dana Point Fuel Dock located in Dana Point, Calif., Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and Del Rey Landing in Marina Del Rey, Calif., now offer ValvTect Marine Fuels.
Operated by John Van Dixhorn since 1986, the Dana Point Fuel Dock services Dana Point Harbor’s two marinas with more than 2,500 guest slips and transient boaters visiting the area. “We are totally committed to supply our customers the finest products available. Especially fuels that are specially formulated for marine engines that help prevent problems caused by ethanol and ultra low sulfur diesel that we are now required to sell,” Dixhorn said.
Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum said, “By Dana Point Fuel Dock offering ValvTect Marine Fuels, it gives us an important position in the southern California market. In addition to providing ValvTect Marine Fuels to the harbor’s 2,500 slip holders, it makes ValvTect’s specially formulated marine-grade fuels available to cruisers cruising south to San Diego and Mexico.”
For more than 40 years, Harbour Town Lighthouse has welcomed boaters to this iconic, resort style marina. “ValvTect Marine Fuels provide our boaters with better fuel economy and lower maintenance costs, which improves their overall boating experience,” said Nancy Cappelmann, harbormaster at Harbour Town Yacht Basin.
“Harbour Town is a first class yachting center and resort with many amenities including special events, shops, restaurants and sporting activities. East Coast cruisers and those traveling the Intracoastal now have another premier location to fill up with high quality ValvTect Marine Fuels,” Nessenson said.
Del Rey Landing is one of the largest man-made marinas in the world, and is the only fuel dock servicing the marina’s nearly 5,300 vessels. It is one of only four marinas on the West Coast capable of accommodating megayachts up to 250 feet in length.
“We are pleased to offer ValvTect Marine Fuels as part of our commitment to provide only the highest quality products and services,” said Greg Schem, developer and operator of Del Rey Landing. “We built the marine industry’s most advanced fuel dock to accommodate Marina Del Rey’s thousands of local boaters and to provide dockage for weekend cruisers as well as superyachts visiting the Los Angeles area.”
Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum Products, said, “We are honored to have Del Rey Landing join the nationwide network of Certified ValvTect Marinas. Along with its advanced high speed dispensing system and extensive amenities, it will provide boaters in the Los Angeles area and West Coast cruisers a safe and convenient fueling location to obtain ValvTect Marine Fuels.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adds New Course
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development will present two short courses for marina owner/operators, consulting engineers and marina designers, “Rehabilitating Docks and Marinas,” May 13–14, and “Modern Marina Design,” May 15–16. They complements the Docks and Marinas Course and Conference, which the university will present for the 39th consecutive year this coming November.
The “Rehabilitating Docks and Marinas” class provides the tools to ensure the long-term competitiveness of marinas. Attendees will be able to understand how market trends will an impact and learn how to use that understanding to develop a strategy that explores the cost-benefit of alternative rehabilitation options. This course is specifically designed to help facilities determine their condition and remaining useful life, enabling marinas to adopt a strategy to achieve long-term competitiveness.
“Modern Marina Design” presents the latest in marina design methods and concepts, by effectively combining innovative engineering with environment and economic approaches.
The instructors for “Modern Marina Design” are all nationally respected experts in the key aspects of marina design. Each is an author of a chapter in the recently issued “Planning and Design Guidelines for Small Craft Harbors.” The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) published this Manual of Practice #50, and one of the instructors, Fred Klancnik, served as the Chairman of ASCE’s Marinas 2020 Committee, and editor of the new manual.
As a special offer, course attendees can purchase the manual at a reduced price. For information on these courses visit: epd.engr.wisc.edu/docksmarinas or contact Howard Rosen directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My-Villages Announces New Marine
Industry Innovation Partners
My-Villages announced new partnerships, expanding the company’s MVIP program, which brings together marine companies to innovate with My-Villages. It uses online and mobile technologies to improve the experience of boat ownership and customer service.
Joining The Hinckley Company, the first My-Villages Innovation Partner (MVIP) to come aboard in December 2012 are Marine Professionals Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saunders Yachtworks of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Yacht Tech based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
“Our growing list of Innovation Partner companies is evidence that the marine industry has a strong desire to enhance the way we engage our customers, using both web and mobile technologies to connect, communicate and collaborate, while simplifying boat operations and marine maintenance,” said My-Villages founder and CEO Kevin Hutchinson.
The MVIP program draws together marine businesses that have agreed to use and/or market My-Villages’ digital application—available for web browsers, smartphones and iPads—that allows boat owners and marine professionals to communicate and collaborate online. They can enhance the product and make it available to their own customers.
The service app provides access to a boat’s equipment inventory, service history, relevant manuals, usage trends, trip logs and other useful information. It also supports automated service reminders, electronic service requests, real-time status reports on work in process, and the ability to upload images and video. The result is a seamless service that removes operational inefficiencies and addresses questions owners may have about routine maintenance and repairs, thus improving service for boat owners, while providing service yards and technicians with new tools to build and operate their business.
“We know it’s going to change the customer relationship experience for the better, and we’re committed to being at the forefront of that revolution,” said Marc Currei, president of Marine Professionals Inc.
The Innovation Partners program builds upon the My- Villages digital community, an online “boating village” that allows individuals and businesses to share expertise and advice free of charge. More than 30 companies signed on as BETA partners for the free service—including Hinckley, Kadey- Krogen Yachts, Dometic, Cummins, Westerbeke and others— and continue to contribute to the community. Additional Innovation Partners will be signed in coming months.
IMI Plans Drystack Conference; Call for Presentations
International Marina Institute (IMI) will conduct the 10th Drystack Conference Oct. 27 – 28, at the B Ocean Hotel, 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The conference will offer seminars about the latest in drystack technology, exhibits and networking receptions.
The IMI's annual Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study Tour will follow the conference, Oct. 29 – 30. It will consist of tours of area marinas and boatyards as well as discussions on each property.
IMI has also posted a "Call for Presentations" on its website. Proposal topics should focus on the business of drystack storage, current trends, new technologies, and recent and upcoming projects.
Seminars can be designed for intermediate to advance levels of experience and should be geared toward IMI's audience, which includes internationally acclaimed marina-industry professionals, Certified Marina Managers, Certified Marina Operators, and marina managers, owners, and operators.
IMI asks that information be timely, informative and educational without overt company or product promotions.
Deadline for submissions is April 5, 2013.
For more information, visit www.marinaassociation.org, email IMI email@example.com, or call the group at 401/247-0314.
Pink Shell Marina Opens
Pink Shell Resort's new marina officially opened Feb. 20. It is located in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Owner Boykin Management Company construction of the marina on Sept. 4, 2012. Renovations cost more than $1.2 million.
The marina now offers 41 floating slips for boats up to 100 feet for transient, long-term and group dockage, 30-, 50- and 100-amp power pedestals, potable water, high-definition Direct TV, WiFi, pumpout service, slips to accommodate boats up to 100 feet long, service facility and ship’s store.
“Our new marina provides boaters with a destination that is only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and the barrier islands of Southwest Florida,” said Ellis Etter, regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Boykin Management Group.
Marina guests will have access to Pink Shell Resort amenities, as well as boat rentals, charter fishing excursions, and the well-known Colgate Offshore Sailing School.
Northern California Marine Association Integrates with the NMMA
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced the integration of the Northern California Marine Association (NCMA) and its members with NMMA. NCMA voting members unanimously approved the change.
The move is part of an effort to expand the recreational boating market. NCMA and its members will be part of NMMA under the recently formed NMMA West.
NCMA members not already NMMA members will now receive paid NMMA membership through May 31, 2015. NCMA’s Board of Directors also will become an advisory NMMA Board, with representatives appointed to the NMMA West Board of Directors. NCMA joins the former Southern California Marine Association, which earlier merged with NMMA.
In June 2012, NMMA opened Associate memberships to include to boat dealers, retailers and distributors. The new approach models marine industry associations worldwide by including all industry segments as part of its membership.
“NMMA’s robust resources, in addition to its role as a leading producer of boat and sport shows, will help us to revitalize shows in northern California,” said Gary Clausen, NCMA president. “We were pleased by the feedback NMMA received from the June 2012 integration with the Southern California Marine Association (SCMA).”
FEMA Extends NJ Deadline for Sandy Disaster Assistance
New Jersey residents and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy now have until April 1, 2013, to register for individual disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline extends business registration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Disaster Loan Assistance. For businesses, such a loan is the best opportunity for disaster assistance.
Representatives of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) stress that registering for an SBA Disaster Loan also is essential if marina owners want to later obtain a grant under the Community Development Block Grants. The MTA/NJ will update everyone about grants when more information is available.
For more information or to apply, call the SBA at 800/659-2955.
American Boating Congress Open Early Registration
Early Bird Registration for the American Boating Congress (ABC), coordinated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is now open. Register for the meeting, taking place May 8-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C., to create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill.
The American Boating Congress (ABC) lets attendees meet elected officials to discuss recreational boating concerns and speak with Congressional representatives. They also will learn more about the Congressional process, how to stay involved, and hear from elected officials, policy makers, and other speakers.
The NMMA government relations staff will provide the latest facts about water access, E15, legislation, taxes, small business concerns and more. Save with the discounted Early Bird registration rate of $200.
For more information, email Melissa Gurniewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312/946- 6281.
BoatUS Foundation Voting Open for $10K Grants
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is asking the public to help it select winning projects in the 2013 Grassroots Grants Program. The program provides non-profit groups up to $10,000 to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. Go to either Facebook.com/BoatUSFoundation or www.BoatUS.com/foundation/grants/vote.asp to cast a vote.
Voting began Feb. 20. Seven grant proposals are listed. Those with the most votes by midnight (EST) on March 6, 2013, will have their projects funded.
Grant funds are donated by the half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). In 25 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million to organizations that developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on local waterways. Up to $50,000 altogether is available for grants this year.
This year's contenders are:
- Access Monterey Peninsula, Inc. of Monterey, Calif.
- Littleton Firefighters Foundation of Littleton, Colo.
- United State Coast Guard Auxiliary 1st District Northern of Weymouth, Mass.
- Annapolis Green of Annapolis, Md.
- The Bass Federation of Ponca City, Okla.
- Professional Anglers Association (PAA) of Kilgore, Texas
- Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean of Granville, Vt.
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water provides educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers to reduce fatalities, increase stewardship of America's waterways and keep boating safe.
Marinalife Expands Website with Service Locator
Marinalife launched a Service and Maintenance Locator feature on its website that provides detailed information about specific services provided by boatyards and repair yards around the country. With the new service boaters can search by city, state, or facility name and use an advanced search to filter by the type of repair they need. Facilities and services listed range from hull repair to rigging installation and repair, travel lift and engine services to moorings, rack storage, warranty service work and more.
This new online service benefits both the boater and the yard. Service, maintenance and repair yards now have a way to be easily found by the boating public. In addition, facilities may choose to be a featured partner with Marinalife and receive premium placement within search results. Results of service facilities in the directory also often include videos, photos and fuel prices, and may offer Marinalife membership discounts through the Marinalife Discount Card.
Marinalife is offering all boatyard and repair yards a free listing in the Services section of the website – www.marinalife.com/serviceyards. Those interested in participating should email Marinalife at email@example.com to complete a form to be included in the directory.
Joy McPeters of Marinalife said, “We decided to launch this service because boaters look to Marinalife not only for advice on where to make marina reservations, but also as a trusted source for cruise planning, marina reviews, discounts and insurance. Now they can come to us for information about where to get service for their vessel.”
Marinalife has also partnered with ABBRA (American Boat Builders and Repairers Association) to help promote the services of their members to the boating public. ABBRA members are designated with an ABBRA logo next to their listing within the service and maintenance locator.
Pam Lendzion, President of the Board said, “ABBRA recognizes Marinalife as a great vehicle to connect boatyards with boat owners. ABBRA is proud to partner with Marinalife to enhance the boaters’ experience and take the hassle out of boat maintenance and repair. ABBRA member boat builders and repairers pledge to maintain the highest standards of workmanship, integrity, and honesty in dealing with their customers.”
Dr. Shrink Debuts Website
Shrinkwrap supplier, Dr. Shrink, recently revamped the customer order process on its website and added feature for learning more about the world of shrinkwrap.
At www.dr-shrink.com, users now have secure retail and wholesale accounts that are used with their own user name and password. The Dr. Shrink account will remember all past orders and keep them on file so users will always have access to the list of items they've purchased in the past.
Customers can now ship internationally and can also ship via freight for Dr. Shrink bulk size shrinkwrap rolls and large orders.
Blogs, how-to videos, weekly bundles and featured products are now all on the same site.
Accmar Forms New Partnership with Best Marine Solutions
Miami-based Accmar Equipment announced a new partnership with Best Marine Solutions (BMS) - a partnership that will ensure that each and every marina in the U.S. has an opportunity to evaluate Accmar Equipment pedestals as part of its product selection.
"Increased competition in the marina power pedestal market should be welcomed,” President of Accmar Equipment Company Juan Pizarro said.
Based in St.Petersburg, Fla., BMS is a new company established by EMP Industries, a marina pumpout & water recycling system manufacturer. President Tom Callahan said, "BMS is leveraging the former EMP sales team and partnering with select and quality product manufactures, like Accmar, to create an industry alliance - intended to offer the best quality products, pricing and service to the marina industry, throughout the United States and beyond.”
By partnering with BMS as a key vendor, Accmar Equipment Company said it hopes to become a leading source for aluminum encased power pedestals, dock fire safety equipment and dock accessories.
"By partnering with BMS, Accmar Equipment ensures that marinas just learning about our products, will have the opportunity to evaluate and compare Accmar's products, pricing and quality against the typical menu of marina dock products,” Pizarro said.
My-Villages Launches Mobile Service For Boat Maintenance
My-Villages, the web and mobile technology company, introduced its new premium service at the Miami International Boat Show. Available in its beta version, the company said its product will improve efficiency for boatyards and technicians.
My-Villages’ premium service—available for smartphones and iPads—makes boat maintenance simple. It provides marine professionals with immediate access to a boat’s equipment inventory, service history, relevant manuals, usage trends, trip logs and other useful information. The service also supports automated service reminders, electronic service requests, real-time status reports on work in process, and the ability to upload images and video to support an electronic service request, work estimate, or shared expert advice.
The result is a system that gives yards and technicians new tools to build and operate their business. My-Villages’ premium service will also soon allow service yards to better manage multiple clients and boats through integration to third-party billing systems currently used in the industry.
My-Villages announced the beta release of its free service, the boat village, at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. The company committed at that show to bring out its premium service in early 2013. The premium service builds upon the existing My-Villages digital platform, which allows businesses to create a profile with links to social media, blogs, websites or other online content and create specialized electronic communities to share expertise and advice.
More than two dozen brand-name marine companies now serve as My-Villages beta partners for the free service, helping to craft products that serve both owners and the industry..
"Saunders Yachtworks has been a beta partner on My-Villages’ free service from the start, and our entire team is excited by what we have seen to date," said John Fitzgerald, president. "We have thoroughly investigated their free program. We believe, combined now with the premium service, that the products My-Villages offers represent the clear future for the yacht service and maintenance industry. We believe My-Villages will help us communicate better with our customers, allow us to better monitor, track and schedule ongoing maintenance protocols, and ultimately deliver a greatly enhanced service experience for our customers."
Students Get Industry Lessons At Baltimore Boat Show
Center of Applied Technology (CAT) – South students received a behind the scenes, in-depth marine professional experience at the Progressive Baltimore Boat Show, thanks to the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA).
On March 1, approximately 20 career and technology students from five local high schools (Annapolis, Broadneck, South River, Southern and Severna Park) enrolled in CAT South's Marine Repair Technology program met with factory representatives, NMMA leaders, show managers and dealers, as well as hear a formal presentation on the state of the marine industry and advice on marine industry careers.
“One of ABYC’s best contributions to our industry is ensuring that students who are interested in a career in boating get all the standards-based tools and knowledge they need to be successful in their future careers as a marine technician,” ABYC President John Adey said.
The students also participated in NMMA’s Fred’s Shed, an interactive experience for boat show visitors who are interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their own boats and engines. Instructor Larry Jenc, who is ABYC Certified, was Fred at this show, helping add to the boat owner’s experience and student lessons. It is industry recommended and stressed to the boating public that boats be built and repaired to ABYC standards.
The marine repair program prepares students for a career, or advanced training and post-secondary education, in the marine industry with regards to marine manufacturing, maintenance, repair and design. Students are later encouraged to test for ABYC’s Standards Certification that address specific compliance issues relevant to engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors.
New ‘Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!’ Event Offers Kayaking
The popular sport of kayak fishing will be part of the next “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar, hosted March 9-10 at the Matlacha Community Park in Fort Myers, Fla.
The event is held in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! is a national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sportfishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling.
During the two-day, hands-on event, FWC educators will demonstrate ethical angler habits, such as safe hook removal, release techniques, fish venting and more. Local fishing guides will provide instruction on kayak fishing and angling techniques. The second day offers an optional fishing trip from kayaks, pontoon boats and flats boats.
“We have chosen to host our Gulf Coast event at Matlacha, a beautiful part of the state with bountiful fishing,” Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! founder Betty Bauman said. “It’s a refreshing location, perfect for beginners, those who have fished before or any lady with fishing on her bucket list!”
HOSTAR Boat Mover Cleans Up After Sandy
In the fall, BoatMax in City Island, N.Y., received its first HOSTAR Yardstar 35 self-propelled boat mover. The unit had its first big test. cleaning up the yard after Superstorm Sandy.
"Without the Yardstar, there wouldn't have been a Sandy cleanup," BoatMax owner Frank Virgintino said. "Working with the unit was like having 20 extra men."
"We used the Yardstar to right boats by using its hydraulic arms to go underneath the boat and tilt it. Then, we could lift up the whole boat," BoatMax general manager Ken Landi said. "Without the unit, we would have used forklifts and a travelift. Our travelift is 26 feet wide, which would have meant that we would have had to move everything out of the way to right one boat. It also would have taken a lot more time."
HOSTAR's Yardstar 35 can handle powerboats up to 60 feet and sailboats up to 68 feet. The self-propelled unit has a capacity of 70,000 lbs. It's powered by a John Deere industrial diesel engine with complete instrumentation and full enclosure. It also has two, 2-speed hydraulic drive units with brakes at the rear and two hydraulic drive/steering motors at the front. The operator's station has joystick controls.
The Yardstar has six, fully adjustable hydraulic arms to handle up to an 8-foot draft, forward-facing rear arms and inward-canting forward arms. It
also features a hydraulic walking beam suspension to lift/lower each side with pilot-operated, double locking valves on all cylinders.
"We haven't been able to use our Yardstar too much so far, since we only got it in the fall, but when righting boats, we only needed one machine, the Yardstar. Before we needed to use two forklifts and a travelift and now we only need one machine. We couldn't use the travelift with sailboats, but we can use the Yardstar," Landi said.
NMMA Applauds Nomination for U.S. Secretary of the Interior
On February 6, President Obama nominated REI CEO Sally Jewell to become the next Secretary of the Interior. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) expressed its support of this nomination.
NMMA said Jewell has shown a solid understanding of the many issues required to oversee the Department of the Interior’s large portfolio of public land and water, and a keen business sense.
The Secretary of the Interior oversees a department that is critical to the country’s economic recovery and the protection and preservation of America’s natural resources, cultural and tribal communities, and public lands legacy.
NMMA praised the White House administration for choosing “what some would call a Washington outsider,” for showing that it values specific outdoor industry experience over partisan politics for this position.
NMMA President Thom Dammrich said of the nomination, “NMMA applauds the nomination of Sally Jewell for Secretary of Interior and will support Ms. Jewell in any way we can. We hope to work together to promote public water access, and outdoor recreational activities, particularly recreational boating.”
Professional Marine Realty Helps Marinas for Sale
“Turnaround management” — reforming an existing business to maximize operating income as quickly as possible — is a relatively new concept in the marina business. So is the ultimate goal of Professional Marine Realty, to sell the business at the best price it can.
Due to increasing competition and shifting markets, no business can take economic stability for granted.
Richard Graves of Professional Marine Realty said, “Our objective is revamping an existing business for sale that is underperforming due to poor financial management and marketing.”
The company also serves as the selling broker. Business brokers at Professional Marine have more than 70 years of combined experience in managing and marketing marinas and other pleasure boating businesses. Marina management and marketing experience give it the insight to maximize the worth of a marina in a short time. As turnaround specialists, the company said it offers a fresh view of problems, along with solutions that may not be visible to business insiders. For full details, visit www.promarine-realty.com, call 954/734-9376, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ Marine Trades Association Continues Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) Executive Director Melissa Danko, along with MTA/NJ Board members, is meeting with Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin to discuss waterway debris management, dredging, permitting and a number of other items critical to rebuilding. Many plans under consideration include a statewide surveying/marking of state channels to identify hazardous debris and shoaling. It is important that New Jersey’s leadership is aware of the economic importance of the recreational boating industry.
The MTA/NJ also met with the Economic Development Authority (EDA) this week to discuss funding opportunities and financial support for marine businesses that need immediate assistance. The MTA/NJ is lobbying for the immediate restoration of the I BOAT NJ program for grant assistance, working with federal legislators, and urging the federal fisheries declaration that could provide additional funding.
Lastly, the MTA/NJ continues its push for the creation of an Office of Boating Waterways. The proposal includes the merger, consolidation or streamlining of existing state functions into the creation of a new Office of Boating and Waterways to serve as the sole source agency in state government responsible for managing boating and waterway programs. Creation of the office would show that all of New Jersey’s waterways are a vital resource to not only the marine trades industries but those that depend on them. It would also be a promotional tool. This office is even more critical because New Jersey needs a coordinated effort to support recreational marine trades.
For more information, please contact Melissa Danko at 732-292-1051.
Marine Marketers of America Extends Deadline for Neptune Awards
Entries Due by Jan. 23
The Neptune Awards, which recognize best work by marine marketers, will take place this year in conjunction with the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s morning breakfast meeting on Feb. 14 at the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS). Due to holiday deadlines, the final date for submissions to the Marine Marketers of America (MMA) for the awards is extended to Jan. 23. Complete details about the Neptune Awards, including entry guidelines and entry form, are posted on the newly re-launched MMA website
Also, MMA has announced the program for its bi-annual general membership meeting, scheduled 3 p.m. Feb. 14, at the boat show in the convention center. Ellen Valentine of Silverpop will speak, with two additional industry social media experts to follow. The event will conclude with a social mixer.
For more information, visit the MMA website
Aluminum Pontoon Boats Lead Increased Boating Trends in Canada
During 2012, the Canadian recreational boating industry recorded a 13 percent increase in new boats and engine sales. All sales totaled $2 billion, reported Sara Verni, public relations manager of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada. Canadian manufacturers’ exports of boats and engines picked up in 2011 to $479 million, up 50 percent from the previous year, the first sign of significant growth in exports for the industry since 2009.
“An increasingly stable U.S. economy combined with a modest increase in Canadian consumer confidence helped contribute to healthy growth within the Canadian recreational marine industry in 2012,” said Sara Anghel, executive director of NMMA Canada. “The 13 percent increase in new boats and engines signifies the industry’s recovery from the recession and creates momentum for 2013.
“Canadian marine manufacturers have begun to broaden their horizons for exporting beyond North American borders,” she noted. “Australia, the European Union and the Middle East have become bigger trading partners for the Canadian recreational boating industry.”
The increase took place from October 2011 through September 2012, compared to the same period the previous year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) second annual 2012 Canadian Statistical Abstract. The Abstract reveals statistics about Canada’s recreational boating retail sales, participation and boater demographics, the overall retail market, imports-exports and economic factors that influence the industry.
The leading boat trend in Canada is aluminum pontoon boats, experiencing a 23 percent increase in sales. Another trend is sport jet boats that experienced a 13 percent increase in sales. In 2012, more than one in five Canadian households owned at least one recreational boat.
One free copy of the Abstract will be available beginning in February 2013, to all NMMA members, to download at nmma.ca. Members may purchase a printed copy for $70; non-members can purchase it for U.S. $750. For more information about the abstract, contact Sara Anghel at email@example.com or call 905/951-4048.
Clean Marina Roundtable Added to IMBC Lineup
Organizers of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) have announced that a roundtable discussion titled “Clean Marina Round Table:
Where are we . . .Where are we going,” has been added to the conference program.
Moderated by Dave White, Great Lakes Program Coordinator and Recreation/Tourism Specialist of the Oswego branch of NY Sea Grant, it will take place 9-11 a.m., Jan. 30 in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Room 305. It is free to attend for IMBC full conference registrants.
For more information, call 401/682-7334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). AMI is a nonprofit membership organization providing management training, education, and information about research, legislation, and environmental issues affecting the marina industry.
Shrinkwrap Protects Boats During Hurricane Sandy
Although Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Northeast, its effects were felt in the Midwest. Bob Abbott of Cleveland, Ohio, credits Dr. Shrink’s premium shrinkwrap for boat protection.
“Shrinkwrap is amazing, especially after seeing the aftermath of Sandy,” Abbott said. “We are on Lake Erie and even though we didn’t get hit directly, we experienced winds up to 78 mph and had two marinas nearly wiped out.”
Abbott wrapped both his boat and a friend’s in Dr. Shrink shrinkwrap and stored them in a parking lot.
“They were still pulling sunken boats out a week later at the marina next to us. Our shrinkwrap was not damaged at all,” said Abbott.
Dr. Shrink Inc. is a full-service, full-circle supplier of wrap. The material comes in widths from 12’ to 50’ wide. For more information, visit www.dr-shrink.com.
ADP Lightspeed Introduces Loyalty Program
ADP Lightspeed recently introduced a cardless, points based rewards program called Lightspeed Loyalty Rewards. Designed to help dealerships develop long-term relationships with their customers, the program allows a dealer to distribute points to customers for sales, service, accessory, and parts purchases. Dealers can also award points for participation in events and owner groups. Customers redeem the points by logging into their Rewards Account and either printing a gift certificate or sending the certificate to a mobile device.
“Lightspeed Loyalty rewards will bring back customers to the dealership and turn them into repeat customers,” said Greg Smith, general manager of ADP Lightspeed. “The program is completely integrated with Lightspeed and requires very little training to get started.”
The back-end reporting tool inside Lightspeed Loyalty Rewards give dealers the power to manage points, view balances, and create special events and promotions. Point balances are updated and customers are notified with every transaction, automatically.
“We are extremely excited to offer this to our dealers,” said Laurn Rice, vice president of Sales at ADP Lightspeed. “We saw a need in the market for a cardless, integrated loyalty product and we found the solution with Lightspeed Loyalty Rewards.”
Floating Solar Platform Captures Energy for Four Counties
Poralu Marine installed a floating solar platform at Canoe Brook, N.J., a town about 15 1/2 miles from New York. New Jersey American Water initiated the floating solar park. Eneractive Solutions, an engineering firm specializing in energy solutions, guided the pilot project, which created and implemented a viable 112-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system. It generates 136,000 kW annually for a water treatment plant, serving 78,000 homes in Essex, Union, Morris and Somerset counties with about 40.1 million gallons of water per day.
Poralu Marine did the engineering of the floating section, the interface with the photovoltaic panels, and the anchorage system.
The solar platform, composed of a floating pontoon structure with photovoltaic panels, is anchored with a Seaflex system, which uses a flexible form of anchoring that stabilizes floating structures under large fluctuations in water level.
The floating pontoons have an aluminum structure supported by polyethylene floats, which the company said can withstand punctures, and are covered with Ecostyle™ decking from Poralu Marine, which using 100 percent recyclable polypropylene.
Poralu Marine said the platform is also designed to allow a large amount of sunlight to pass through, protecting aquatic life. It also said the design solution met specific technical and financial constraints with the green electricity project. Project constraints included installing the solar panel with high platform stability, low maintenance and longevity, to meet predetermined budgets.
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