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Sailing-Stars & Stripes Team USA Joins Challengers for America’s Cup

Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth challenger for the 36th America's Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021.The team was co-founded by sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield and represents the first all-American team in more than 15 years to compete for the oldest trophy in international sport, Long Beach Yacht Club said in an emailed statement."Our name is a nod to Dennis Conner's ‘Stars & Stripes’ campaigns that defined all-American America's Cup racing for decades.

My Feadship will extend the pinnacle of quality to every Feadship post sale with warranty, service and refit standards. Photo by Tom van Oossanen

Feadship Launches Refit and Service Division

Legendary superyacht builder Feadship formed a new entity, Feadship Refit & Services, to implement a new customer support strategy, My Feadship. Aiming to extend the high standard of Feadship quality experienced in the shipyard during the new build process throughout the vessel’s life, every Feadship’s resale value might increase upon becoming a brokerage or preowned vessel with the Dutch builder’s ongoing service certification.Combining all services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards with four other major yards around the world…

FHGME provides mobile service to engine rooms of yachts. Photo courtesy FHGME.

Concierge Yacht Repair, Service and Maintenance for Engine Rooms

As vessels increase in size, engine rooms increase in complexity. With superyachts approaching the size of small ships, qualified engineers with commercial and military experience operating larger vessels effectively prevent and troubleshoot problems.FHG Marine Engineering (FHGME) is a niche contractor with a business model providing concierge mobile preventative and routine yacht maintenance with emergency repair to luxury yachts in South Florida, minimizing downtime for vessels with 24-7 operations.

Proposed locations for Derecktor Fort Pierce. Photo courtesy Derecktor Shipyard.

Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub

St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…

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MarineMax Names Langbehn as VP Operations

MarineMax has announced that Kyle Langbehn will now be their national Vice President of Operations.Langbehn  has served several positions within MarineMax of increasing responsibility since originally joining the company in 2002. After receiving his undergraduate from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from George Washington University, Kyle began his professional career with KPMG Consulting before pursuing his boating passion.MarineMax strives to provide an array of opportunities for their team members to truly become the best of the best.

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Sea Knees Helps Boat Operators Stand Pain-free

Shock mitigation device absorbs impact brought about by rough seasJohn Haas spent most weekends for the past two decades living on the open water. Eventually, the continual pounding took a toll on his health, and he developed a herniated disk that required him to temporarily discontinue his favorite pastime. He even needed surgery and extensive rehabilitation to get back to normal health.“When the disk was coming out, it felt like a tongue sticking into my spinal cord,’’ said Haas, a resident of Stuart, Fla. “I didn’t have any feeling in my right leg. First it was pain, and then went numb.

Ellison and Coutts Launch League for 'Supercharged' Cats

Former America's Cup winners Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts launched a new league on Wednesday, with six national teams sailing in a series ending in a two-boat $1 million finale.SailGP will go live in Sydney, Australia in February 2019 with 50-foot foiling catamarans powered by wing sails which the organizers expect to reach speeds of more than 50 knots (93 kilometers per hour) as they fly above the water."With equally incredible technology across our one-design fleet, we expect to see thrillingly close and competitive racing…

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Meet the Seabreacher Semi-Submersible.

Exotic marine toys abound at Winterfest Boat parade kickoffWith a yellow seahorse logo that resembles a Ferrari, Seabreacher’s Seararri semi-submersible made quite the splash on the New River during the kickoff for Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade.With amazing demonstrations rising above the water and thrusting into the air like a bird, the Seabreacher can vector thrust, rising 25-feet high, out of the water. At 18-feet long, she seats two in an enclosed cockpit and runs 60 mph on the water.

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SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

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MasterCraft to Acquire Crest Marine

MCBC Holdings, the parent entity of MasterCraft Boat Company, and NauticStar announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Crest Marine, a vertically integrated manufacturer of high-quality pontoon boats in the United States, for approximately $80 million.MasterCraft also expects that approximately $10 million net present value of future net tax benefits will accrue to the combined company. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2018…

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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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US Boating Market to Reach $28.5 Bln by 2024

According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc, the U.S. Recreational Boating Market to exhibit around 4.5% CAGR from 2018 to 2024.Increasing customer spending for tourism is boosting the U.S. recreational boating market demand. Proliferating usage of boats for leisure and water sports activities such as river rafting, kayaking, racing, and sailing are enhancing the production of pleasure crafts, thereby strengthening…

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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 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.

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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.