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Parker Yacht Partners with Castoldi

Parker Yacht appointed as Authorized Service Center in the United States Castoldi, the innovator of the waterjet propulsion system, has announced that Parker Yacht (PYM) is now an Authorized Service Center in the United States as of May 2018.For over 45 years, Castoldi has specialized in water jet propulsion systems. Castoldi knows what it takes to design and manufacture the perfect hull which further enhances the benefits of their highly-rated waterjet. Castoldi waterjet drives are equipped with exclusive features making them unique, self-contained propulsion systems.

Photo: Parker Yacht

Dutch Superyacht Builders Propelled by Rising Economic Tide

With three lounges, three dining rooms, an open-air jacuzzi, a bar and six luxury cabins, the 50-meter "Aster" is one of Dutch shipyard Heesen's more modest superyachts.The Netherlands, which amassed huge wealth through the technical superiority of European shipbuilders during its 17th century Golden Age, is continuing its maritime tradition by carving out a prominent place in the luxury yacht industry."It's a big year for us," Johan Kaasjager of Heesen Yachts told Reuters at his shipyard in Oss. "We'll have delivery of three yachts this year and still a lot to come.

(File photo: Heesen)

Seized Superyacht Linked to 1MDB Probe Arrives in Malaysia

A $250 million superyacht, impounded as part of a hunt for assets linked to the multi-billion dollar investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd, arrived at a port in Malaysia on Tuesday about six months after it was seized.The Cayman Islands-flagged Equanimity was first seized in the Indonesian holiday venue of Bali in February at the request of U.S. authorities investigating 1MDB.The Malaysian state fund is at the center of money-laundering probes in at least six countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore.

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IGY Marinas Expands in Flordia with the Addition of One Island Park

IGY Marinas has  announced that it has expanded its Florida marina portfolio with the addition of One Island Park located on Miami Beach’s Terminal Island. The new location marks a company milestone, as this is the first time IGY will offer its award-winning services and quality to the South Florida market. Branded “One Island Park – Miami Beach an IGY Marinas Destination”,  the marina is currently open and IGY is already welcoming yachts to its newest destination. “Miami is one of the leading luxury yachting destinations in the United States…

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.

Tilman J. Fertitta (Photo: USSA)

C-Map Insight Chart Options Available

Global cartography leader C-MAP has announced  its new series of map products for American boaters is now available for purchase. These new mapping products — C-MAP Insight Pro and C-MAP Lake Insight HD— combine the trusted chart detail, unique content and popular graphical presentation of C-MAP cartography with exclusive chart data from GoFree Lake Insight charts. Boaters and anglers using these charts will also benefit from millions of acres of customized data from the Insight Genesis Social Map…

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Fairline Yachts Announces Production Expansion

British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, has announced it is set to expand its manufacturing capabilities by adding a new 17,000 square foot production facility at Oundle Marina - the boatyard’s original location when it was launched 50 years ago. Fairline’s year of Golden Moments has started successfully across the globe, with the brand reporting strong sales at boat shows in the UK, Europe and the United States. As a result, Fairline is expanding its production capabilities to accommodate the increase in demand.

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‘The Beast’ Begins Work at Lauderdale Marine Center

The United States’ largest yacht repair facility Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) announce that the boatyard's massive, new travel lift, nicknamed The Beast, has begun hauling boats from the New River onto the yard for service. Built by Italian manufacturer Cimolai, it stands over five stories tall and 47 feet wide. Painted bright green, The Beast is now one of three lifts in operation in the South Florida area with capacity over 400 tons and is the largest lift on the New River, the heart of South Florida's yachting repair community.

(Photo: Lauderdale Marine Center)

Mustang Survival Debuts New Sailing Apparel

Mustang Survival debuts the spring 2018 collection of sailing and watersports outerwear and apparel at this week’s United States Sailboat Show. Following the successful introduction of the award-winning EP 6.5 Ocean Racing Collection, Mustang Survival continues to apply their 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing technical marine solutions with the introduction of the Meris Sailing Collection. “The goal to continuously improve upon current offerings leads our team to challenge the status quo and be meticulous about every aspect of a product’s design.

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…

Photo: EcoSpeed

MarineMax Launches Galeon on The Great Lakes

MarineMax Port Clinton has announced that they will be introducing Galeon Yachts to the Great Lakes market. Galeon is not well known in the United States. However, Galeon has been manufacturing yachts for more than 30-years and is recognized throughout Europe and around the world for their commitment to innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship. The Galeon 510 Fly won Boat of the Year at the 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show and the Galeon line is the most popular yacht line in Germany.

Galeon Yacht (Photo: MarineMax)

Luxury Yacht Seized in Money Laundering Probe

Indonesian police on Thursday questioned the captain and crew of a luxury yacht in Bali at the request of U.S. authorities, probing alleged money laundering at a Malaysian state fund, they said. The yacht was impounded in Bali on Wednesday amid a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation launched by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and tied to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Police seized the yacht, Equanimity, after receiving a letter on Feb. 21 from the U.S.

Equanimity (File photo: Oceanco)

IYC to Present 11 Yachts at PBI Boat Show

IYC will be presenting an impressive fleet of 11 yachts including 54m (164’) Silver Lining, at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, held from March  22-25, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional yachts will also be available to view at the nearby Rybovich marina, including the unique SWATH superyacht 41m (134’6’’) M/Y Silver Cloud. The show is held in close proximity to the newly opened IYC Palm Beach office, with Palm Beach a key hub in the IYC global network. The Palm…

Silver Lining (Photo: IYC)

Yanmar Announces Investment in GetMyBoat

Yanmar announced a strategic investment in San Francisco-based GetMyBoat,  a boat rental and water experience marketplace. The investment includes funding and a strategic partnership between Yanmar Group company Yanmar Marine International, a leading provider of marine engines and GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat is the world’s largest boat and watercraft rental marketplace with over 108,000 listings in 184 countries and over 9,300 locations. The company brings all types of water experiences to renters anywhere in the world…

Left: Ms. Shiori Nagata, President Yanmar Marine International Right: Mr. Sascha Mornell, CEO & co-founder GetMyBoat (Photo: Yanmar)

Ainslie in Hunt for Cash to Fulfil America's Cup Dream

When Ben Ainslie is not out sailing with his crew, he is busy inside Land Rover BAR's futuristic headquarters raising the money he needs to make his America's Cup dream a reality. Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor and a winner of the "Auld Mug" with Oracle Team USA in 2013, is racing to secure at least 100 million pounds ($141 million) needed to design, construct and race the latest version of America's Cup boat. "We are on that funding trail right now ... Land Rover have been fantastic as title partner and some of the other partners are coming back in…

Photo courtesy of Ben Ainslie

H2O BoatCare Expands into the US

Netherlands-based H2O BoatCare has expanded into the United States market with its environmentally-friendly device that fights off algae and barnacles from yachts, resulting in fuel cost savings and reduced maintenance. H2O BoatCare’s equipment employs ultrasonic sound vibrations, which are 25,000 times stronger than previous technology, to keep yacht hulls free of algae, barnacles, mussels and oysters. H2O BoatCare is easy to use, eliminating the need for scrubbing, while also reducing the need for boat lifting and the use of antifouling paint.

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Marine Travelift Adds Two M5200H Forklifts

Marine Travelift has recently announced a partnership with Suntex Marinas for the addition of two M5200H (52,000 lb. equivalent capacity) Hydro M_Drive marine forklifts to its Riviera Beach and St. Petersburg properties. A third forklift will also join the fleet at Snook Bight Marina in Estero Bay.Suntex Marinas is one of the largest and most respected marina operations in the country, bringing over 100 years of combined experience investing in, acquiring, and managing marinas.

Photo: Marine Travelift

Gulfstream Wins DHS Ferry Contract

Gulfstream Shipbuilding won a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service the New York and Connecticut waters. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017. “Gulfstream Shipbuilding is not only familiar with the Eastern Long Island Sound waters…

(Photo: Gulfstream Shipbuilding)

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.

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