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SW/TCH Maritime Funds H2 e-Ferry

SW/TCH Maritime has announced its investment to construct and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry in collaboration with Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM).SW/TCH Maritime is a New York-based investment platform building the first fleet of zero-emissions maritime vessels in the US. GGZEM is a provider of turn-key hydrogen fuel cell power systems for ships.The 84-passenger e-ferry is currently under construction at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard in Alameda, CA using private funding…

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Tickfaw 200 Powerboat Poker Run

Once more renowned for picking strawberries not royal flushes, Livingston Parish now hosts Louisiana’s largest poker powerboat run, Tickfaw 200, bringing performance powerboaters to the bayou state in springtime. “It’s the Baja 500 and the Iditarod of powerboating,” said Keith Cacioppo, a lifelong boater with a 30-foot cruiser who’s attended The Tickfaw 200 for 11 straight years.Cacioppo has never run the 200, but is one of hundreds of spectator boats charging the event with energy and cheers.“My boat couldn’t handle it,” said Cacioppa. “This is for the big dogs.

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Four Bertrams at Lauderdale Boat Yard

What possible professional encore exists after being mayor of Fort Lauderdale, the yachting capital of the world, for 18 years? Where do you go from there?For Jim Naugle, the choice was obvious. Nicknamed “Mayor Marine” by insiders who saw the city and its boat show boom during his public service in the city’s executive office from 1991 - 2009, Naugle became a managing partner in Lauderdale Boat Yard (LBY), the former Striker aluminum yacht facility on Marine Mile in Fort Lauderdale.

From fishing boats to catamarans, the three new piers have 35-ton, 100-ton and 135-ton capacities to serve large vessels. (Photo: Bellingham Marine)

Marina del Rey BoatYard Expands Operations

Bellingham Marine collaborates with The BoatYard Marina del Rey to expand service offerings for boats in Southern California. Big boats mean big money. They also mean big equipment when it comes to repairs. Large vessels often have trouble finding boatyards in Southern California that are capable of servicing them, until now.Boat owners in the region have a new option with the installation of a 100-ton travel lift pier at the The BoatYard at Marina del Rey. The new Marine Travelift has opened up The BoatYard to a much larger market.

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Cachet Covers & a Boy's Fascination with Ships

Like many boys, Charles. F. “Bud” Kirby, Jr. loved ships. He had drawings, models, pictures, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. And, as his son, Don, recently learned, he had cachet covers of submarines.Bud would send stamped envelopes to the Electric Boat Company that he had addressed to himself in Watertown, Mass. These envelopes would be stamped with a commemorative cachet and then appropriately cancelled at Groton, Connecticut, where the EB shipyard was located, or on the ship if it had been commissioned.Each ship has its own post office, and its own cancellation stamp.

Four Missing, Nine Injured after Boats Crash Head-on

Divers searched the Colorado River in Arizona on Sunday for four people missing after two boats slammed head-on into each other, flinging all aboard into the water, sinking both vessels and injuring nine people, police said on Sunday.The collision happened on Saturday night near Arizona's border with California when a boat with 10 people and a craft carrying six people collided. Several people were rescued by nearby boaters, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said.Divers were set to search up until sundown on Sunday for the four missing…

Tilman J. Fertitta (Photo: USSA)

US Flag Registry Now a Reality for Large Yachts

With the stroke of President Trump's pen on Monday, August 13, 2018, U.S. yacht owners are now able to fly an American flag and register their yachts - over 300 GT - in the United States.This new legislation modernizes outdated laws and brings the United States in line with current times, according to a yachting trade association. "This has been a significant issue that the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) has spent nearly a decade working to correct," said Kate Pearson, USSA Chair and vice president of business development of Safe Harbor Marinas.

Rich Carter  (Photo: Suntex)

Suntex Appoints Carter As Chief Operating Officer

Marina properties owner and operator Suntex Marina Investors, LLC (Suntex) announced the appointment of Rich Carter to the position of Chief Operating Officer.In his new role, Carter is primarily responsible for the overall service experience at all Suntex Marinas. Defining and enhancing company culture, Carter is charged with efficient and effective deployment of Home Office resources and processes across the Suntex portfolio of properties.Prior to joining Suntex, Carter was a division president for Troon, the world’s largest third-party management company for golf and club related assets.

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Canadian Electric Boat Company, Torqeedo Power New Rental Fleet

Canadian Electric Boat Company and Torqeedo has announced that Canada’s electric boat rental fleet will expand by 27 vessels to serve the new Route de Champlain. Canadian Electric Boat Company (CEBC) will build the vessels powered by emission-free Torqeedo motors.The Route de Champlain is a designated tourist route which allows visitors a new way to discover the beauty of Canada’s waterways. Starting in 2018, visitors will navigate a path closely aligned to renowned explorer Samuel de Champlain’s historic journey via kayak, canoe or electric boat.

Hurricane Marina,located on Center Hill Lake in Silver Point, Tennessee. Photo Suntex Marina

Suntex Acquires Hurricane Marina

Suntex Marina Investors, LLC (Suntex) announced the acquisition of Hurricane Marina, located on Center Hill Lake in Silver Point, Tennessee. With the change in ownership, Hurricane Marina received a new 25-year lease with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and also extended the lease of the existing restaurant tenant, Blue Water Grille. Hurricane Marina lies on a natural, protected harbor approximately 70 miles east of Nashville, and consists of 600 wet slips (48 of which were built in 2015), 40 personal watercraft slips and 25 enclosed boathouse slips.

Astondoa 66 Flybridge (Photo: G Marine)

G Marine and Astondoa Show New Boats at Miami Yacht Show

Astondoa, a legendary Spanish Shipyard and G Marine, "The European Yacht Boutique," will display at the Miami Yacht Show on February 15-19, 2018. Astondoa, marks the American debut of a newly designed 80 Flybridge. The Astondoa 66 Flybridge, now added to the model lineup, returns after debuting in Miami last year. Previously called GLX, the company felt the name, Flybridge, more clearly defines the model line. Though Astondoa has built yachts for 100+ years, the custom shipyard keeps young…

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Boat Yard Marina Del Ray Adds New Hoist

Marine Travelift recently delivered a 100 BFMII (100 metric ton lifting capacity) mobile boat hoist to the Boat Yard of Marina Del Rey, Calif. The 100 metric ton machine is the fifth Marine Travelift to call the Boat Yard home and will allow them to open up a larger market segment along the California coast. “We purchased the 100 BFMII Marine Travelift in order to service the larger and wider vessels that call Marina Del Rey their home port,” said Greg Schem, President and CEO at Harbor Real Estate Group.

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EcoSpeed Enters Yacht Market

Subsea Industries said it has begun actively marketing its Ecospeed coating in the luxury yacht market following the introduction of stringent regulations aimed at reducing the impact of leisure craft operations on the marine environment. The Antwerp-based sustainable coatings specialist will market its non-toxic hard coating initially in the United States, where there is increasing scrutiny of copper-based antifouling systems on the hulls of all types of pleasure boats. “There…

Scott Nagel (Photo: Navico)

Navico Hires Southwest US Sales Manager

Navico, a manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, has appointed Scott Nagel as its new territory sales manager for the southwest U.S. Based in Mission Viejo, Calif., Nagel’s territory will cover California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii. Nagel has been in the industry for many years working as an independent sales representative for leading brands like Daiwa, Rapala, Flambeau, Penn, Beretta and Sig Sauer.

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A Traditional Ship with a Contemporary Heart

Old photos show mid-nineteenth century sailing ships abandoned in the San Francisco Bay area by crews who caught gold fever. Some of these abandoned hulls lie under the modern day city of San Francisco. Over in Sausalito, just to the north of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, what may well be the spirit of one of those buried vessels has taken shape under the direction of Captain Alan Olson, who has several decades of experience building and restoring and sailing classic wooden ships.

Eric MacDonald (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.

Sailor Who Traveled World on Yacht Releases Captivating Memoir

In the late 1980s, a middle aged business executive chucked his glitzy California lifestyle to drift and blend in the jaw-dropping beauty of the South Pacific islands. However, things did not go according to plan when his yacht was stolen and burned on a desolate Mexican coast. The story continues in Captain Skip Rowland’s adventurous memoir “No Return Ticket,” which recounts how real people faced down unreal circumstances and lived to tell the tale. Rowland and his motley crew, featuring his girlfriend and son, cross paths with a vagabond freighter…

Capt. Mike Martel

New Yacht Delivery Service: Delivery Passagemakers

Two experienced USCG licensed Captains based in Rhode Island have teamed up to launch a multi-faceted yacht delivery service. Capt. Bill Madison, with more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed Ocean Master with a 1600-ton (GRT) ticket, and Capt. Mike Martel, with a 100GRT near-coastal license, have partnered to form Delivery Passagemakers, combining their experience, sea-knowledge, and compatible approach to serve boat owners, brokers, and anyone needing a vessel moved from Point “A” to Point “B”.

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Boaterz 'N Bikerz Pacific Coast Rush

Boating industry bikers from across the country are throttling up this weekend for the official launch of "Pacific Coast Rush," a week-long escorted motorcycle tour from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA, including a two-day swing down to Big Sur and Monterey. As part of the "Boaterz 'n Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour" series originally launched in 2011, this summer's cruise kicks off Saturday, July 23 and features a full week of scenic mountain and waterway riding including stretches along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.