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Kurt Sova (Photo: Masterpiece International)

Masterpiece Int'l’s Marine Division Upgrades

Masterpiece International’s Marine Division adds an experienced sailing and racing captain, Kurt Sova, to its growing and dedicated yacht team. The addition of Sova as a Director of Strategic Accounts will deliver decades of industry experience, firsthand knowledge, and project management. The Marine Division specializes in international and domestic shipping for yachts, boats, and other watercraft offering consultation, shipping and transport services, Customs brokerage, storage…

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C-MAP: East Coast Charts Now Shipping

C-MAP said its C-MAP Reveal charts for the East Coast are now shipping. C-MAP Reveal cartography offers all the navigation data and capability of a C-MAP MAX-N+ card, plus ultra high-resolution bathymetric (HRB) imagery of the sea floor, including a clear view of structure, wrecks, isolated reefs and ledges in between the contour lines.The C-MAP Reveal imagery replaces shaded-relief data in select areas with more accurate depth variations, allowing it to reveal the best fishing and diving spots.

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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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Superyacht Returns to the Water after Major Overhaul

Southampton, U.K. headquartered ship repairer and marine engineering services provider, SMS, has launched the classic superyacht MY Alicia from its covered 60m dry dock in the heart of the city.Peter Morton, the CEO of The SMS Group comments: “Today’s launch is a major positive milestone in another huge refit project for The SMS Group, all our colleagues and all our suppliers. It’s big, big news. As a company we are genuinely thrilled to have had the inspiration and support of another truly exceptional British businessman…

RMK Merrill-Stevens commissions new 100T Marine Travelift

Adorned with stars and stripes, RMK Merrill-Stevens’ newly commissioned 100T Marine Travelift Old Glory increases lifting capacity by 30-percent, enabling the iconic Florida shipyard to now lift and dry dock megayachts in the 70 - 90-foot range.Commissioned on August 3, 2018, a 33-foot Sealine was the first vessel lifted at RMK Merrill-Stevens’ south yard, followed by a 42-foot Cruiser Catamaran and an 82-foot Ferretti.The 133-year old shipyard has embarked upon a new era of yacht refit and repair with a complete yard modernization program to service megayachts with haul-out…

Jeff Clark (Photo: ComMar Sales)

Clark Joins ComMar Sales Team

ComMar Sales LLC, a manufacturer's rep group, is expanding its sales team by adding a new associate to represent its clients' products.   Jeff Clark is now servicing boat builders and yards in the New England and upper Mid-Atlantic regions. He has been tasked with developing and expanding ComMar's reach along the upper East Coast. He will actively promote ComMar's many lines of electronics, parts and equipment for outfitting new and refit boats.

Alaska 47 Sedan (Photo: SCIBS)

Intrepid Trawlers Re-Imagined at SCIBS 2018

A gamut of new generation trawler-style vessels will be in full force at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with premier brands already on board for the fast-approaching 30th anniversary event. Trawler boats are charting a significant course at SCIBS 2018, held from May 24 to 27, with organizers confirming the largest display in recent years. Leading exhibitors to secure on-water space include Clipper Motor Yachts, Grand Banks, Flagstaff Marine displaying the Beneteau Swift Trawler…

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…

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 Appoints American Representative

Elandra Yachts announced its official entry into the United States market with the appointment of an American representative to distribute its luxury motor yachts overseas. The appointment of Michael Usina as President of Elandra Yacht Sales in the Americas fast tracks the company’s international growth as Australia’s newest brand in high-end motor yachts. Elandra Yachts founder and Managing Director Luke Durman said the partnership was sealed after Usina came out for the Sydney International Boat Show this year and was “thoroughly impressed” by the quality and value of Elandra’s vessels.

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Free Digital Charts Now Feature Cruising Guide

Global chart maker NV Charts is adding a new, dynamic dimension to its digital chart products and mobile NV App, all for free. Cruisers who download the free NV App for navigating with tablets or mobile devices will also be able to download NV Chart’s entire U.S. East Coast digital chart sets at zero cost from Maine and the Canadian Border to the southernmost tip of Florida at Key West. In addition, NV Charts has teamed up with the Atlantic Cruising Club (ACC), an independent publishing company that offers guides with information on marinas and their surrounding areas.

New Zealand Herald InPort Race (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

Volvo Ocean Race on Cyclone Pam Alert

Cyclone Pam continues to delay the restart of the Volvo Ocean race with organizers grounding the six yachts in the race until weather associated with the deadly system stabilizes. The organizers are being cautious with the sea state in the wake of the cyclone an immediate concerns. Race management and operations team have a round-the-clock watch system of personnel on Auckland's viaduct to monitor the weather and its effect on the boats. “We now don’t expect the impact in Auckland to be as high as first feared,” said Volvo Ocean race meteorologist, Gonzalo Infante.

Tactique Expands to Super-Yacht Industry

Tactique Ltd announces expansion of international compliance and maritime security consulting services earlier only available to the commercial shipping sector, now offered to the pleasure-craft and super-yacht industry. Tactique’s executive team specializes in multi-jurisdictional maritime compliance management to ensure international, flag, coastal, and port state regulations are met and surpassed. Voyage legal planning. Ship registration, documentation and certification to flag state standards. Maritime security, safety, and environmental consulting and compliance management.

Bluefin’s color-changing underwater lights

Ocean Marketing to Represent Bluefin LED

Ocean Marketing, Inc. has been appointed by Bluefin LED, U.K.-based manufacturer of underwater lighting, to represent Bluefin products on the east coast of the U.S. “Bluefin’s advanced LED lights are engineered from the finest sourced components and materials and can be used to provide breathtaking nighttime illumination on all types of boats and yachts,” said John Thommen, President of Ocean Marketing. Bluefin recently announced the launch of a unique range of color-changing underwater lights, which will be featured on the company stand (3.307) at METS 2014 in Amsterdam, November 18-20.

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Quickline Opens Florida Distribution Center

Quickline, an importer and distributor of quality marine gear and accessory products, announced today that it will stock product at and ship product from its new distribution center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The opening of this facility brings Quickline’s inventory within easy access of customers and resellers in Southern Florida and the entire East Coast, the company said. “We have seen a tremendous increase in demand for our products over the last few years and, as a result…

True Heading Seapilot

True Heading to Debut Seapilot in North America

True Heading, a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and telematics solutions, announced it will launch its pleasure boat specific AIS/navigation brand, Seapilot, in North America. Providing professional-level AIS performance, Seapilot offers both software and hardware solutions to the recreational boater. Built to the highest of standards, the easy-to-use Seapilot Navigation app utilizes S-57 vector chart data displayed on its proprietary chart engine, combined…

Salty Dawg Rally Seminar Series

The Salty Dawg Rally will hold its 2014 Seminar Series in Annapolis, Md. at Mears Pavilion, 519 Chester Avenue, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 7:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. the day before the U.S. Sailboat Show begins. Mears Marina is located along Back Creek close to the show. Sponsored by Sea Hawk Paints, the day-long event will include seminars on rigging, weather, emergency preparedness and more, presented by specialists, including the U.S. Coast Guard. In making the announcement, Bill Knowles, cofounder of the Rally, said “We’re inviting anyone interested in blue water passage making…

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Defender Brings MagicEzy Products to N. America

MagicEzy, Australian manufacturer of new MagicEzy9-Second Chip Fix, MagicEzyHairline Fix and MagicEzyMega Fusionboat surface repair products, has announced that American marine outfitter Defender Industries is now offering its products nationwide through its website, mail order catalog and 110,000-square-foot warehouse outlet store in Waterford, Connecticut. A marine outfitter since 1938, Defender offers an array of products covering every aspect of boating equipment, gear and supplies. With roots in the U.S.

Marlow-Hunter Rendezvous at Specialty Yachts

The 2014 summer rendezvous schedule starts with something special, "We congratulate our long time dealer consistently in the Top 10 in sales and customer service on being in business for 50 years," said John T. Peterson, President of Marlow-Hunter, LLC. With more than 120 boats expected for this event held at Thesis Island at Telegraph Harbour Marina, Lawrence Fronczek, owner and President of Specialty Yachts, said, “Our success started with my father some 50 years ago this summer by placing the customer on a pedestal and never taking your eye off of him.