New England

Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Photo credit: The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Interview: Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

As privately owned, luxury yachts near the size of the average cruise ship, behold a new option, which is anything but commonplace: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. At 624 feet and 11 decks, her exterior profile resembles a sleek superyacht design, not a cruise ship on the horizon. Launched in October 2018 at Hijos de J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, the flagship of the new brand is now in outfitting and interior finishing. The project was co-managed by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Marriott and Tillberg Design of Sweden.

The 123’ motor yacht Temptation and the 198’ motor yacht Blue Moon represented some of the diverse chartering options in New England at the 2018 Newport Charter Yacht Show presented by Helly Hansen Newport. (photo credit: Billy Black)

Newport Charter Yacht Show Presented by Helly Hansen Newport

From June 18-21, the Newport Charter Yacht Show provided a four-day window of opportunity for brokers, managers and other industry professionals to acquaint themselves with 24 luxury yachts available for summer charter in the New England area. As well, it gave attendees a chance to network, share information and socialize on the docks and at seminars and special events, mixing business with a good amount of pleasure. “Everyone is ‘on’ and friendly here, like they’ve known you forever,” said Maggie Vale, a local broker with Churchill Yacht Partners who attended the show.

Photo: Vanquish

Vanquish 26DC Debuts in Palm Beach

Vanquish Boats Debuts the Vanquish 26DC at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The show takes place from March 22-25th in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Vanquish 26DC is a composite construction premium day-boat with exceptional stability and performance. She is a blend of the classic American New England style with modern touches and an advanced ZURN hull design. Displacement:   4,500 LBS.

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.

Photo: Quantum

Bertram Restoration Shines With Quantum Custom Paints

A fateful meeting between Chris Sullivan of MacDougalls Cape Cod Marine Service and Tom Orr of Quantum Paint at the Newport International Boat Show last September began a collaboration that produced the unique, stunning custom Quantum hull color on the restored Bertram 31 you see here and the application of other Quantum topside paints on the cabin house/flybridge and deck. “We had worked with Quantum on previous paint jobs and were very impressed not only with the high-quality finish, but also with how easy it was to apply,” Chris Sullivan said.

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…

Photo: AvYachts

AvYachts Enters into Partnership with Elite Alliance

AvYachts, the foremost provider of fractional yacht ownership, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Elite Alliance, a leader in exchange services for luxurious vacation homes. With this partnership, AvYachts owners are now also members of Elite Alliance, and can trade a week on their yacht for three weeks at a luxury villa or other Elite Alliance property around the world, with the option of trading additional weeks if they choose. In exchange, Elite Alliance members also have access to AvYachts' vessels.

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.

Logos courtesy of International SeaKeepers Society

BWA Yachting Renews Pact with International SeaKeepers

BWA Yachting, a  provider of marine agency services to superyacht owners and their crews, has renewed its partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. The aim of the partnership is to increase participation from yachts in assisting with ocean research, conservation and education. The partnership enters its second year with an emphasis on the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which utilizes private vessels for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments.

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”.

(Photo: C. Raymond Hunt Associates)

C. Raymond Hunt Associates Celebrates 50 Years

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year. “Ray Hunt was a genius, able to intuitively know how boats work and with the courage to experiment,” said C. Raymond Hunt Associates President, Winn Willard. “We have taken Ray's ideas and applied them, honing our expertise and knowledge from the days of the early deep-v hulls. Now we have an 11-meter RIB on virtually every large ship in the U.S.

Denison Yacht Sales Opens New Locations

Adding to its roster of marina office locations at popular yachting destinations, Denison Yacht Sales has announced the opening of its four newest office locations. In Annapolis, Md. at Annapolis Landing Marina, located near the Chesapeake Bay, this new Denison office is led by yacht broker, Lloyd Cooper, and is in the heart of the maritime district of Annapolis, with several major boatyards nearby. A second location has been opened in the New York/New Jersey area, located at Liberty Landing Marina, a 520 slip, full-service marina and area attraction centrally located between Jersey City, N.J.

Photo: Rembrandt

Rockport Debuts Custom 26-Foot Powerboat

Immediately upon her debut at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, Connecticut, Rockport Marine's 26-foot cold-molded powerboat Rembrandt won her class at the Concours d'Elegance. Rembrandt   is a New England-style center console yacht designed by the Rockport Marine design office. Judges at the annual WoodenBoat Show awarded her "Best Professionally Built Powerboat" for her exceptional craftsmanship in both her hull and interior. Designed and built by Rockport Marine for a customer who will cruise New York-area waters…

Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen Yachts Expands to Rhode Island

Kadey-Krogen Yachts has expanded and planted roots this month in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Headquartered in Stuart, Florida with additional offices in Annapolis, Maryland and Seattle, Washington, Kadey-Krogen Yachts partner and vice president of sales Tucker West leads the company’s expansion into New England. A Rhode Island native, West entered the marine industry after graduating from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in business management. His primary focus throughout the last 20 years has been in yacht sales…

Capt. Shawn Brule of TowBoatUS Cape Cod aboard his towing response vessel.

New Owner at the Helm of TowBoatUS Cape Cod

Capt. Shawn Brule, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard last August after 22 years of service, is the new owner of TowBoatUS Cape Cod, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters. “I’ve always known I would own a boat towing company at some point in my life,” said Brule, who began working as a deckhand in a similar business when he was a teenager in Florida. Brule, who was a senior chief boatswain’s mate, spent his entire Coast Guard career in New England waters, serving for the last five years as head of the Aids to Navigation Team out of the Boston station.

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats

Newport Boat Show on September 17th

Newport Exhibition Group announced today that its 45th Newport International Boat Show will take place September 17th on the Newport waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the premier show in New England, the Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres and will host hundreds of exhibitors from around the world with new powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 to 100 feet, plus a variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.

Recap: Newport International Boat Show

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that its 2014 Show was a success. Boats of all sizes were selling as reported by powerboat and sailboat companies throughout the four-day event. Attendance was up slightly (5%) over last year, and typically, Thursday and Friday brought in the serious buyers. “Each September we plan a very significant exhibit of our Sabre and Back Cove ranges at the Newport International Boat Show and this year was no exception with seven boats on display,” said Bentley Collins, VP of sales and marketing, Sabre Yachts.

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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.

Dreadnought (Photo by Billy Black)

Brooklin Boat Yard Launches 49-foot Custom Yacht

Brooklin Boat Yard launched Dreadnought, a 49-foot cold-molded custom sailboat, on Monday, June 9. Designed by Jim Taylor, the yacht is a lightweight, performance-oriented sloop with a traditional aesthetic above the waterline and a modern underbody below. A repeat customer of Brooklin Boat Yard commissioned the yacht and now plans to sail and race her throughout northern New England. The new yacht is 49 feet overall with a waterline length of 35.1 feet and an 11.6-foot beam.