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Pure Watercraft Unveils Battery Pack

Pure Watercraft, manufacturer of the Pure Outboard electric motor, says it has launched "the most energy dense battery pack available in marine propulsion".The Seattle-based company says its new battery pack has a capacity of 8.85 kWh (47 percent more capacity than the previous model) and active thermal management, enabling faster planing, longer range, and extended operation at top speed.The new battery pack, which matches that of the best electric cars, was designed in-house, using lithium-ion cells from Panasonic.

Kyle Langbehn  (Photo: MarineMax)

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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Cachet Covers & a Boy's Fascination with Ships

Like many boys, Charles. F. “Bud” Kirby, Jr. loved ships. He had drawings, models, pictures, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. And, as his son, Don, recently learned, he had cachet covers of submarines.Bud would send stamped envelopes to the Electric Boat Company that he had addressed to himself in Watertown, Mass. These envelopes would be stamped with a commemorative cachet and then appropriately cancelled at Groton, Connecticut, where the EB shipyard was located, or on the ship if it had been commissioned.Each ship has its own post office, and its own cancellation stamp.

Eric MacDonald (Photo: IMTRA)

IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps

J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.

Bay Ship & Yacht has been chosen for the third time to perform maintenance on the 131-year-old historic ship, Balclutha. (Photo: Business Wire)

Bay Ship and Yacht to Perform Maintenance on Balclutha

Bay Ship and Yacht Co. has announced it has once again been honored with the contract to perform maintenance on the historic sailing ship Balclutha. This is the third time the reputable ship yard has been chosen to perform much-needed detailed maintenance on the 131-year-old ship. A three-mast, steel-hulled square-rigged sailing ship, the Balclutha is one of the last of her kind. “The Balclutha is truly a gem of American history. It is a rare day that you are able to see one of these grand old ladies high and dry in dock,” said Richard Maguire, Business Development Manager, Bay Ship & Yacht.

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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…

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USCG Rescues Man, Woman, 2 Dogs

Port Angeles, Washington-based U.S. Coast Guardsmen rescued two people and two dogs from a vessel taking on water near Port Angeles, Friday morning. A man and woman wearing lifejackets were aboard a 19-foot vessel with their dogs when they began taking on water. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles was already underway in the area and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. A boatcrew from the Wahoo safely removed the woman and both dogs from the vessel.

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Westport Shipyard sold, no changes anticipated

Representatives of Westport Shipyard, Inc. (Westport, WA), the largest yacht builder in North America, announced today that the company’s assets have been acquired by Westport, LLC, an ownership group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family. Celebrating 50 years of business in 2014, Westport maintains three locations in Washington state, as well as a marina and sales office in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Employing over 400 skilled employees, Westport has completed more than 120 yachts since 2000. And one of those customers was Gary Chouest.

 A young boy surrounded by adults after being rescued in June 2014 from a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

WaPo: Two German CEOs Launching Own Mediterranean Rescue

The Washington Post has a story today about two German men who are launching their own rescue mission to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Harald Höppner and Matthias Kuhnt are two CEOs of a mid-size company in eastern Germany. According to the Post, the two have invested $162,000 since October into a 21-meter vessel that they are going to use to conduct a three-month mission patrolling the area between Libya and Italy, where the dangerous migration that has cost thousands of lives in recent years is concentrated.

ABC Draws 35 Industry Organizations as Co-hosts

The 2016 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be co-hosted by 35 industry organizations, working together to create a dynamic and engaging program that meets the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth year, the ABC co-host program brings together organizations across all industry segments to strengthen recreational boating’s collective advocacy impact. These organizations have committed their time and resources in order to develop an event that will create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 9-11, 2016.

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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…

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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.

Jim Atteridge

Atteridge Retires from Furuno USA

After 30 years of service to Furuno USA, Inc., Jim Atteridge is retiring as President and assuming a new role, as Director and Corporate Advisor. Effective December 1, 2014, Brad Reents will assume the role of President and CFO of Furuno USA, Inc. Reents has been with Furuno USA for 15 years in the role of Treasurer and Board Member. Reents is a licensed CPA and brings with him years of experience as a financial officer. Prior to Furuno USA, Reents worked at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to the presidential change, Furuno USA, Inc.

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IGY Marinas to Manage National Harbor Marina

IGY Marinas announced that it has expanded its collection of luxury destinations with the addition of National Harbor Marina. This new northeast location marks a milestone, allowing the company to offer travelers access to its service in the Washington, D.C. area for the first time. “IGY continues to execute on its targeted expansion strategy. National Harbor has become a major tourism destination and hot bed for new development projects, making it the perfect location for IGY Marinas to expand its presence in the area,” said Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas.

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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.

Captain Billy Ray Phillips - Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1964

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Celebrates 50th

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was President; the Beatles first appeared on the Billboard Chart with I Want to Hold Your Hand; the World's Fair opened in New York and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry made its grand debut. On July 1, 1964, the very first ferry vessel departed the Lewes, Delaware terminal at 6:47 a.m. The ferry carried eight vehicles and 15 passengers. Since then, more than 43 million passengers and over 14 million vehicles have made the scenic, 17- mile, 85-minute trip across Delaware Bay to and from Victorian Cape May, NJ and historic Lewes, Delaware.

Larson Boat Appoint Checkered Flag Marine as Dealers

America's Larson Boat Group (LBG) says it has set up a new partnership with Checkered Flag Marine. Checkered Flag outlets in Mount Vernon, Washington will now serve Western Washington from the Cascade Mountain range west as the authorized Larson (runabouts and cruisers from 16' – 32'), Larson FX (freshwater fishing boats 16' – 21') and Larson Escape (pontoon boats 21' – 25') dealer. Larson explains that Checkered Flag Marine has served the western Washington boating community for more than 22 years, since it's founding in 1992. Its staff of sales and service professional have more than 126 combined years of marine experience.

Seattle Welcomes Redden Marine Supply

When Redden Marine Supply started out in Alaska, Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States. That’s a lot of salmon up the stream. In those 50-plus years, Redden has followed a simple motto: Thrill and delight the customers. This mission worked, and the popular marine supply chain is now opening its fifth retail location—a combined sales and distribution warehouse site on the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. Just minutes from Fisherman’s Terminal, Elliott Bay Marina and Shilshole Bay Marina…

Safety Alert: Inadequate Snaphook on Lifejackets

The information in this safety alert was distributed a few years ago by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans with limited geographic reach. Recently, Washington State Ferry personnel discovered numerous problematic snaphooks on one of their vessels and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. This USCG issued a new alert aiming to give the issue wider circulation and provides contact information for persons to take corrective action and obtain new snaphooks. The issue is the spring-loaded tab in the snaphook on the waist belt affecting some REVERE lifejacket models 198 RT and 160 RT.