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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.

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G Marine Ends New Boat Partnership with Fairline Yachts

G Marine Yacht Sales, mostly known as Fairline Florida, is ending today an almost 10-year-old business relationship and will no longer represent Fairline Yachts in the region.Alberto Galante CEO of G Marine, explains: "Fairline and G Marine remain the best of friends, but after two years into the new company Fairline Yachts, we decided that our strategic goals just do not align."On another note, G Marine and Astondoa have confirmed the sale of a 100 Century, which will make its USA Debut next Fall 2019…

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Webasto A/C Series Quiet, Compact

An air-conditioned cabin can be a welcome relief on hot, humid nights. The BlueCool S-Series of self-contained air conditioning units from Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America provide energy-efficient climate control in a quiet, compact package. Designed for boats with up to three cabins, the self-contained, stand-alone BlueCool S-Series includes seven sizes of compact air conditioners with integrated reverse-cycle heating. Models range from 8,000 to 27,000 BTU/h to fit the boat owner's needs.

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Yacht Industry to Reach $51bln by 2020

In 2014, the global yacht charter market was valued at USD 35 billion and is projected to reach USD 51 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period, according to Market Report. Region wise, Eastern Europe is expected to see the largest growth of 7.2% annually with other regions growing at an average rate of 6.5%. The emerging markets including the Middle East and China are expected to continue growing consistently. The Middle East yacht market has been experiencing an approximate annual growth of 5-10%.

BRP Adds 72 New Evinrude Dealers

BRP continues its expansion of the Evinrude sales network by signing 20 new Evinrude dealers in the final quarter of fiscal 2016. This brings the yearly total to 72 new North American dealers partnered with BRP in 2016, a clear indication of the excitement surrounding the Evinrude brand and the continued momentum of its industry-leading Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines. During the past fiscal year, BRP added 16 premium OEM boat builders to its portfolio. This acclaimed group of builders includes Fairline Florida, Everglades, Cobalt, and Sea Pro Boats and each builder has signed agreements with BRP to supply its Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines.

TracVision TV8 marine satellite TV antenna system (Photo: KVH Industries)

KVH Debuts Maritime Satellite TV Antenna System

KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the TracVision TV8 maritime satellite TV antenna system to be unveiled at the Sea Asia conference in Singapore, April 21-23. TracVision TV8 is designed to provide the tracking, reception and extended coverage area needed for yachts and merchant vessels calling on ports around the world. It is compatible with nearly all Ku-band services around the globe, and it also supports such services as DIRECTV, DISH Network and DISH HD, and Bell TV in North America, and TrueVisions, Astro, and Sky TV in the Asia-Pacific region.

MAST, WESMAR Partner on Maritime Security Technology

Maritime security company MAST announced it has formed a new partnership with marine sonar systems provider WESMAR with the goal of protecting super yachts and the maritime industry from security risks. Phil Cable, CEO of MAST, commented, “Global threats to assets and personnel operating in the maritime environment are complex and continually evolving. MAST said it has been developing and designing bespoke security packages for the maritime industry and global yacht clients since 2008, and is regularly called upon to advise, design and install security systems on yachts, ships or marine installations. WESMAR, a U.S.

ANSI Accredits NASBLA as Standards Developer

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer under its approved operating procedures for documenting consensus on boating education and training proposed American National Standards, effective September 19, 2014. NASBLA’s scope of activity for American National Standards development focuses on knowledge and competencies for the recreational boater and boating professionals working within or on behalf of the recreational boating community in North America.

Hempel Launches New Epoxy Marine Coating

Coatings supplier Hempel has launched a new two-component pure epoxy coating for the marine newbuilding sector, Hempadur Quattro XO 17820, in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The PSPC (Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) compliant Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 was developed for water ballast tanks in new vessels, but can also be used as a uni-primer for most vessel areas – above and below the waterline. Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 has been created specifically to suit the working methods of shipbuilders and so accommodates shorter re-coat intervals and reduces maintenance costs, Hempel said.

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…

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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.

Wade Watson Photo Hatteras Yachts

Watson Joins Hatteras Yachts as COO

Hatteras/Cabo Yachts, LLC has welcomed Wade Watson to the company. He has joined the company as chief operating officer, reporting directly to Hatteras President and CEO, John Ward. Wade will oversee daily operations at Hatteras’ manufacturing plant in New Bern, NC, with a focus on improving manufacturing operations. With more than 20 years of manufacturing, after market, quality control and management experience, Wade has a proven track record in achieving significant improvements in manufacturing efficiencies and product quality.

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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…

MTU 16V 2000 M96L

New MTU Series 2000 Yacht Engine

Rolls-Royce will debut its new generation MTU Series 2000 M96 yacht engine at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3. The EPA Tier 3-compliant engine will be on display in the MTU booth (#1212) and presented for the first time in North America aboard the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the largest resin-infused sportfishing convertible hull in the world. The new MTU 16V 2000 M96L will be showcased in the new vessel during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. EST at the Viking Yacht Company’s D-Dock display.

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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.

Fred Mayer (Photo: Ocean LED)

OceanLED Hires North America Account Manager

Ocean LED USA, LLC, a manufacturer of LED marine lighting technology, today announced that Fred Mayer has joined the company and will serve as the Superyacht Division Account Manager for North America. In his new role, Mayer is tasked with developing and leading OceanLED’s superyacht business and further strengthening the corporate brand. Mayer most recently served as the Senior Sales Consultant with Palladium Technologies, a provider of technology-based integrated solutions for yachts.

 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.

Kings Point Marina (Photo: Marinetek)

Marinetek Builds Megayacht Marina for America’s Cup Site

When the America’s Cup fleet arrives in Bermuda in January 2017 a new destination resort and marina with a range of mooring options will be open to visitors eager to follow the action. Marinetek, an internationally acclaimed marina design and build company headquartered in Finland, is putting its expertise to work on a marina system that includes berths for 21 visiting megayachts at the resort’s King’s Point Marina. King’s Point will be the hub of a new luxury residential community designed by SB Architects as a ‘contemporary interpretation of British Colonial architecture’.

Honda Marine Enters Agreement with Coach Pontoons

At this year’s Miami International Boat Show trade venue, Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a range of outboard marine four-stroke engines, announced a new, exclusive OEM agreement with Coach Pontoons. A subsidiary of Coach Marine Group, LLC, Coach Pontoons is a new manufacturer of pontoon boats, offering a range of models for dealers and distributors throughout North America. According to the terms of the agreement, Honda Marine will supply Coach Pontoons with selected outboard engine models from its Mid-Range BF Series (BF40…