Roger Fellows, new WESMAR owner (left), and Bruce Blakey, company founder (Photo: WESMAR)

New Owner Takes Over at WESMAR

Bruce H. Blakey, founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics), has sold his company to local businessman Roger Fellows, effective November 1, 2017. Blakey has sold the company to a new innovator whom he says is poised to take the company and its products to new heights. The name of the company will remain the same. Headquarter operations will remain in Woodinville, Wash. and employees will remain with the company, says its new owner and president Fellows. “WESMAR is impressive,” Fellows said.

The M/Y Rumbera. Inset shows control console and fin for WESMAR DSP5000 Stabilizer. (Photo: WESMAR)

Stabilizers Fitted to Luxury Yacht

The M/Y Rumbera, a sports fishing yacht built by Sea Force IX, recently had WESMAR’s new DSP5000 Digital Stabilizers installed. Owner, Captain Scott Nichols, was so pleased with the smooth ride provided by the WESMAR stabilizers on his previous motor yacht that when he purchased his new sports fishing yacht, Rumbera, he wanted the same system. What Captain Nichols got however, was WESMAR’s newest DSP5000 Stabilizer, a digital system that has been receiving strong reviews for its quiet, precise stabilization provided in all sea conditions and at all speeds.

Fin and Control Station for WESMAR’s DSP-5000 Wave-Smart Stabilizer (Image: WESMAR)

WESMAR to Showcase New Stabilizer Technology

WESMAR said it will display its stabilizers, thrusters, sonar and hydraulics at the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 to 5, 2017. Held in what is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World,” the exhibition covers an area 9-miles-long and draws visitors from around the world. “As boat values continue to increase and moorage and dock space become more crowded, WESMAR products have become among the most important equipment owners and captains have come to rely on,” said Bob Sentz, WESMAR Vice President.

(Photo: Gulfstream Shipbuilding)

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…

63 meter Benetti mega (Photo: WESMAR)

WESMAR Equipped Megayacht to Debut at Monaco

Press Release - A WESMAR sonar is on one of the world’s most elegant megayachts, and one that will be featured at the Monaco Yacht Show September 23-26. Sonar for navigation and security is growing in popularity onboard large yachts and excursion boats, says WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) leading US marine electronics company. The 207-foot (63 meter) Benetti super yacht was commissioned in August by legendary Italian boat builder Benetti. She has a WESMAR Model EV850/110 kHz-10 sonar on.

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.

Photo courtesy of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

NYC Ferries: Gladding-Hearn Building Three New Vessels

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has begun construction of the first of three new sightseeing vessels for Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Inc., in New York City. A keel-laying ceremony at the Somerset-Mass., shipyard in January, was held in commemoration of the Circle Line’s 70th anniversary year. The new boat order follows the shipyard’s delivery of three sister- ships for the company in 2009. Delivery of the first new vessel is scheduled for 2016. According to Costas Markou…

WESMAR Displays New Products at PME

WESMAR will display several new products at the Pacific Marine Expo (PME), which opens today and runs through Friday in Seattle at Century Link Field Event Center. On display will be the company’s new BioLight option to WESMAR’s Smart Trawl sleds; the all stainless steel dual prop counter rotating commercial fishing bow thrusters; an array of E-Bait a new product line designed for commercial fishing and being introduced by WESMAR’s Electronic Bait Division; and the company’s commercial fishing sonar. “The 500 kHz smart sleds give extremely detailed discrimination near the bottom,” said WESMAR’s Dennis Soderberg.

WESMAR Announces New E-Bait Division

WESMAR President Bruce H. Blakey today released a statement saying the company has formed an Electronic Bait Division. The new division announcement was made in preparation for the launch of its Electronic Bait (E-Bait) line of products this Fall. “The Electronic-Bait Division will be introducing a line of E-Bait that uses specially designed circuitry to optically mimic bioluminescence of underwater creatures, attracting catch to traps, pots, sleds, nets and hooks in such operations as crabbing, long lining, squid and shrimp fishing,” Blakey said.

WESMAR Adds Dealer in Italy

Italy is a region marine electronics and equipment manufacturer WESMAR has served with its roll fin stabilizers and its stainless steel counter rotating bow and stern thrusters for many years. Today, WESMAR announced a further expansion into the Italian market with the appointment of Yachtalia of Massa, Italy, as its newest international dealer. Yachtalia joins a network of hundreds of WESMAR dealers around the world. The company is situated on the Mediterranean Sea between the western coast of Italy and the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Integrity 440 Sedan

New Generation Trawler Boats

The timeless appeal of the classic trawler-style motor yacht evokes dreams of passage-making, long-range, bluewater cruising and an era of elegance with underlying endurance. Open-water cruising requires yachts that are built tough, equipped with the technology to operate safely in all conditions and the comforts of home for satisfying the family and friends onboard. There are some exciting launches in the trawler-style segment at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS)…

WESMAR's At Anchor At Ft. Lauderdale

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) will feature their At Anchor digital stabilizer systems at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Oct. 25-29, 2012, in Florida. The At Anchor technology is designed to monitor incoming swells and automatically control fin movement to reduce vessel roll up to 90% for luxury yachts, charter boats, super yachts, and commercial vessels. “The  At Anchor system changes the dynamics of roll fin stabilization by using advanced digital signal processing and a proprietary gyro to predict vessel behavior. The system memorizes roll characteristics of a boat in order to preempt rolling.