Americas

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB (Image: Orolia)

Maritime Distress Beacon Gains North American Approval

Orolia’s McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) has been approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.The world’s first EPIRB to contain both the international 406 MHz alert frequency and the localized rescue power of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is now ready to order for leisure and commercial maritime use across the U.S.

Photo: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine V-8 Lineup Awarded

Mercury Marine was awarded the 2018 Most Innovative Product for its all-new V-8 FourStroke outboard family at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. The show marked the first time these new engines have been displayed in public as they were launched globally on May 18. On display at the Mercury booth was the full range of V-8 4.6L outboards including the 250hp and 300hp FourStroke as well as the all-new Pro XS lineup. “We are honored to win the Innovative Product award for our all-new V-8 4.6L outboard platform…

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Dutch Take it to the Wire in M32 Finale

This winter’s European M32 racing was rounded off in a fashion which the Valencia fleet have become accustomed to as the championship result was clinched on the final beat, of the final race, on the final day, sending the Dutch contingent of Sailing Team NL, skippered by Pieter-Jan Postma, to Series Victory. On the water, two new teams joined the M32 Valencia Winter Series with two-time M32 Series Scandinavia champions GAC Pindar as well as newcomers to the class, Spanish Impulse. "It is great for Team GAC Pindar to start the year with a win." Said Williams.

 Edie Rodriguez, the Americas Brand Chairman for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions. (Photo: Ponant)

Luxury Cruise Ships & The French Connection

Edie Rodriguez, the Americas Brand Chairman for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, has spent a life and built a career centered on travel, cruise and branding in a most luxurious manner. She was a natural to discuss the booming luxury expedition sector, the next big frontier in the global cruise industry. It is natural, in the U.S., to pronounce PONANT as “po nant,” but the French have a different style and the company name is pronounced “po non,” dropping the ‘t.’ But Edie Rodriquez, charged with spreading the PONANT name in North America, does not get hung up on diction in this case.

Wanda Kenton Smith (Photo: MRAA Educational Foundation)

Kenton Smith Named Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Wanda Kenton Smith of Freedom Boat Club has been selected as the recipient of the thirty-first annual Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award, announced the MRAA Educational Foundation today. The scholarship was presented to Kenton Smith on Sunday evening, Dec. 10, during the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Joining the marine industry in 1980, Kenton Smith wears multiple hats on a daily basis…

Edie Rodriguez (Photo: PONANT)

Rodriguez Takes Americas Chairman Role at PONANT

Luxury cruise industry veteran Edie Rodriguez will serve as Americas Brand Chairman and Corporate Special Advisor at French-owned cruise line PONANT. With more than 30 years of experience in the cruise industry, the former Crystal CEO and President will be responsible for increasing PONANT's brand awareness and sales in the Americas, and will act as a Corporate Advisor for the company. Navin Sawhney, CEO of PONANT Americas, said, "For the last several years now, PONANT has been building a solid strategy for the American market and has the means to achieve its objectives.

Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas, with this year’s class of summer interns (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Grooms Future of Technical Talent

When Aleric Sanders returns to Old Dominion University this month, the rising senior will know a thing or two about customer service, skill development and how to install a marine engine, thanks to his summer internship at Volvo Penta of the Americas. Sanders is one of 14 students who reported to the company’s Chesapeake, Va., headquarters in May to gain hands-on experience working for a global business that designs, builds and sells engines for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications.

Greg Jung (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Names Jung Marketing VP

Electric marine propulsion specialist Torqeedo has appointed Greg Jung as vice president of marketing. In that role, he will oversee worldwide marketing and communication strategies for the company. Prior to joining Torqeedo, Jung was vice president of marketing for Civis Analytics of Chicago, responsible for brand, corporate messaging, events and demand generation programs for the company’s data science technology platform. Previously, Jung was vice president of Americas marketing for Teradata Marketing Applications…

Quadruple installation of the Seven Marine 627hp outboard (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Buys Majority Stake in Seven Marine

Volvo Penta informs it has signed an agreement to become the major owner of U.S. based outboard motor manufacturer, Seven Marine, enabling the Swedish company to extend its scope of integrated propulsion systems. “With this acquisition, Volvo Penta is entering the outboard motor segment,” said Volvo Penta president, Björn Ingemanson. Volvo Penta said the deal will broaden its technology platform, while Seven Marine will be able to further develop its existing outboard technology to satisfy a wider range of needs for its customer base.

Jason Young (Photo: Vesper Marine)

Vesper Marine Plots Americas Expansion

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine said it has appointed of a vice president of sales for Americas, and opened of its new U.S. office. As vice president of sales for Americas, Jason Young will focus on customer service and new account development. Additionally, Vesper Marine has engaged sales and marketing group Richards Marine Marketing to represent the business throughout the West Coast and Canadian markets. Richards Marine Marketing principal, Mark Richards, will build sales for Vesper Marine’s innovative smartAIS transponders through his network of boat builders…

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Bjuve has served as vice president and chief financial officer at Volvo Penta of the Americas since 2013. In addition to his responsibilities in the finance department, Bjuve has led key manufacturing investment projects in the Americas.

NMMA Recognizes 52 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with CSI Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced 52 recipients of the 2016 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged this morning during the Innovation Breakfast at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in Miami. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve their customers. Award recipients…

Volvo Penta Easy Drain

Volvo Penta Launches Innovative Drain System for Boaters

Volvo Penta today announced the launch of the patent-pending Volvo Penta Easy Drain, the first gasoline sterndrive raw water engine-draining system that can be activated with a single knob, whether the boat is in or out of the water. This innovative product makes its debut at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), taking place October 4-7 in Tampa, Florida. “With the Volvo Penta Easy Drain we are introducing technology never before offered in the boating…

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Mercury Marine in Expanded Partnership with Chaparral

Mercury Marine, the world's leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines, has announced an expanded partnership with Chaparral to include the Robalo brand. The partnership will focus on Mercury's world-class outboard product offerings and give Robalo customers the opportunity to experience the power of Mercury Marine and continue the engine manufacturer's growth in key saltwater markets. "The Robalo line-up of center console boats is outstanding, and we're delighted to expand our relationship with Chaparral to include Robalo," said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.

ABC Draws 35 Industry Organizations as Co-hosts

The 2016 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be co-hosted by 35 industry organizations, working together to create a dynamic and engaging program that meets the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth year, the ABC co-host program brings together organizations across all industry segments to strengthen recreational boating’s collective advocacy impact. These organizations have committed their time and resources in order to develop an event that will create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 9-11, 2016.

L to R:  Elandra’s Tom Barry-Cotter, Grant Senior and Luke Durman (Photo: Elandra Yachts)

Elandra Yachts Reports Strong US Sales

Elandra Yachts is on course for fast-tracked sales to the U.S. in 2016 as interest from overseas buyers peaks on the back of an optimistic export market. The Australian luxury boat brand has released bolstered American sales targets of up to 70 per cent, with the combined effect of the plunging Australian currency and particularly buoyant economic conditions in the US providing a boost for exporters. As the Australian dollar fell below 70 US cents in the first month of the New Year…

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Elandra Yachts Launches New Model

Press release - Elandra Yachts has released the latest edition of its stunning 53 model to universal industry acclaim, signalling the evolution of one of Australia’s most exciting brand of luxury marine craft. Now available for viewing at Leigh-Smith Yachts at Sanctuary Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the highly anticipated new offering from the premier motor yacht manufacturer has created a stir among boating enthusiasts since its launch this week. Boasting a range of features geared at delivering an enhanced inshore and offshore experience…

Photo: Scenic Eclipse

Scenic to Build World's First Discovery Yacht

Scenic has announced the launch of the world’s First Discovery Yacht, the Scenic Eclipse. The new ship will embark on its maiden voyage August 31, 2018, sailing from Istanbul to Venice, followed by discovery voyages to the Americas, Antarctica, Europe and the Mediterranean, and the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords. Scenic Eclipse will be a six-star all-inclusive mega yacht. The Scenic Eclipse will carry 228 guests in 114 all-veranda suites, ranging from the 344 square foot Verandah Suite to the 2,500 square foot, two-bedroom Owner’s Penthouse Suite.

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Sleek New Model Takes Shape at Elandra Yachts

Press release - Elandra Yachts has moved closer to bringing its latest model to life, with the impressive form of the all-new Elandra 49 taking shape at the luxury motor yacht company’s Gold Coast plant this week. The sleek, sporty shape of the Elandra 49 has now emerged with completion of the prototype’s hull at the hands of Elandra’s experienced team of boat builders and designers. Development of the highly anticipated Elandra 49 follows the stunning release of the Elandra 53…