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Safe Harbor Acquires Hideaway Bay Marina

Safe Harbor Marinas has acquired Hideaway Bay Marina in Flowery Branch, GA and increased its portfolio of assets to 90 facilities across 20 states. The addition of Hideaway Bay is part of the company's ongoing strategic expansion and diversification of its holdings. The company owns and operates North America's premier network of marinas.Located 40 miles from Buckhead, Atlanta, Hideaway Bay serves more than 850 boats annually. Additionally, the marina is geographically close to another Safe Harbor location on Georgia's Lake Lanier, Safe Harbor Aqualand.

Geoffrey van Aller launched his own marine design firm, van Aller Yacht & Naval Design, in Ocean Springs, MS. Photo courtesy Geoff van Aller.

Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?

Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…

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Superyachts Head to Savannah Yacht Center

A 235-foot megayacht recently launched at Savannah Yacht Center after full paint renewal provided by the yard’s yacht coatings partner, Pinmar. Catering to superyachts 60-meters and over, the shipyard is providing full refit, service and restoration for the big boat sector while renovating the yard’s infrastructure, with expected completion during the second quarter of 2019.With a 140-meter graving dock for yachts up to 450-feet in length and 1,200-feet of wet slips, Savannah Yacht Center’s new 3…

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YANMAR, ABYC Partner in Technician Training

YANMAR and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) are teaming up to conduct marine technician certification courses at Yanmar Academy which is located at the new YANMAR Evo Center in Acworth, Georgia.A YANMAR trainer will facilitate the course with ABYC’s guidance and certification materials, making ABYC Certification more accessible than ever for rising marine technicians.YANMAR Academy brings a systematic approach to training with a variety of course offerings for YANMAR product lines…

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.

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.

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Marine Travelift Launches New Marine Forklift

Marine Travelift continues to grow their Hydro M_Drive marine forklift lineup with the delivery of a new M2300HS (23,000 lbs. equivalent capacity) to Lands End Marina in Apollo Beach, FL. The new Hydro M_Drive with short wheelbase joins an older 1998 Marine Travelift M2000 already on site. The older M2000 has proven the brand’s durability and reliability through daily use for nearly 20 years. Lands End Marina is a full-service marina inside of Bal Harbor and has deep water access to the shipping channels of the bay.

MarineMax Acquires Hall Marine Group

MarineMax, Inc.,  recreational boat and yacht retailer, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hall Marine Group. Hall Marine was founded in the mid 1970’s by Rod and Fran Hall. With fiscal 2016 revenue exceeding $50 million, Hall Marine is one of the largest privately-owned boat dealers in the Southeast. Hall Marine operates through six locations covering the following markets: Charlotte, North Carolina; Lake Wylie, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia. The locations include two large marinas and four highway locations.

Sea Tow Rookie of the Year (Photo: Sea Tow Services)

Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17. The event was a highlight of the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting, which brought Sea Tow operators from across the country to the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando from November 14-17, 2016. Sea Tow Franchise of the Year, awarded to the franchise that most exemplifies Sea Tow’s high standards of service and operation…

National Marina Investment Business Purchases Lake Cumberland Property

Suntex Marinas Acquires Kentucky Location

Suntex Marina Investors LLC (Suntex), an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the acquisition of Wolf Creek Marina on Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. The purchase comes on the heels of the recent addition of State Dock Marina, also on Lake Cumberland, to the Suntex portfolio. With the change in ownership, Wolf Creek will see exciting reinvestments in the coming months, including new dock construction and additional merchandise offerings within their marine store. “It is an exciting time for the Suntex brand,” said Chris Petty, head of operations of Suntex Marinas.

Honda Trophy Boat Line (Photo: Honda Marine)

The Trophy Boat Brand Returns

Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and H2O Sports Manufacturing, LLC announced a new agreement to revive the iconic Trophy brand boat to be powered exclusively by Honda Marine engines. Honda Marine is a marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines. H2O Sports Manufacturing is a boat builder of high quality Clearwater Sport Fishing Boats, Cape Craft Sport Fishing Boats and Outcast Skiffs. According to the terms of the new agreement, H2O Sports Manufacturing will produce a full new lineup of Trophy skiffs to be powered by Honda Marine engines.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

High School Students to do Semester at Sea

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Partners with Ocean Classroom , High School Semester-at-Sea Offered for Winter/Spring 2016. A limited number of spaces are available for SSV Oliver Hazard Perry’s High School Semester-at-Sea program scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2016. This voyage will be conducted by Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) in partnership with Ocean Classroom, the non-profit organization based in Portland, Maine that has a 20-year tradition of offering transformative voyages under sail.

CMI Acquires SLP Vinyl Sheet Pile Business

Crane Materials International (CMI) announced the acquisition of Shoreline Plastics (SLP) vinyl sheet pile business including all related assets and intellectual property. CMI is a global company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Florida. The company manufactures and fabricates high-quality vinyl, fiber-reinforced polymer and aluminum sheet piling, aluminum pedestrian bridges and marine docks. SLP, a vinyl sheet pile business based in Jacksonville, Fla., produces PVC pipe and other extruded PVC materials.

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Watercraft Thefts Sink by 6% in 2013

With summer and boating season just around the corner, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its latest report on watercraft theft and recoveries in the United States. The report examines watercraft  reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. The report draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, there were 5,537 watercraft thefts reported during 2013, and that is a 6 percent decrease from the 5,870 thefts reported in 2012.

(left to right) BoatUS V.P. and Director of Towing Services Adam Wheeler, TowBoatUS Chickamauga Captain Shane O’Neil and Stacey O’Neil

TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake Named Tower of the Year

An on the water towboat company that helps Tennessee boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Tower of the Year honors went to TowBoatUS Chickamauga Lake, which is owned and operated by Captain Shane O’Neil and his wife, Stacey O’Neil. The company has a total of eight locations in Tennessee, Alabama and Florida and was singled out for its near-perfect towing dispatch operation, superior customer service and satisfaction, and ongoing towing case management.

Zim, Savannah Giant Move 100-ton Yacht

ZIM’s Special cargo team handled a unique shipment of a 100-ton, 92-foot long yacht, shipped on board C/V ZIM Ontario from Asia to the Port of Savannah. The new barge crane, the Savannah Giant, was used for the first time during the discharge operation in Sept.23. “The Savannah Giant is a valuable addition to our offerings at the Port of Savannah, with a capacity of up to 500 short tons,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. The crane was stationed alongside the Zim Ontario to make the lift from the vessel.

Sea Tow Services International Celebrates Thirty Years

Your Road Service at Sea (R) Reaches Milestone Worth Celebrating. For three decades Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and his wife Georgia of Sea Tow Services International have leveraged their greatest strengths-- Captain Joe's in-depth knowledge of the sea and Georgia's meticulous attention to detail-- and built an impressive worldwide network of everyday heroes, their Sea Tow Captains. Throughout 2013, Sea Tow International will celebrate these efforts and reflect on the ground-breaking accomplishments of the past thirty years.

Lifeboat Alexandra Shackleton': Photo credit Shacketon Epic

LIfeboat Prepares to Retrace Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage

A crew of six British and Australian adventurers will re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic Antarctic small boat voyage. With only four months to go before the 'Shackleton Epic' adventure gets underway, a significant milestone has been reached with the sea trial and the expedition's naval element is eager to get going on the trip of a lifetime. The 'Shackleton Epic' has been in development since 2008 when The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of Sir Ernest, had the idea of an expedition to honour one of the greatest leadership and survival stories of all time.