Eric ClarkImtech Marine (Rotterdam) announces that as of the 15th of July 2013, Capt. Eric Clarke has been appointed as Managing Director of lmtech Marine USA (headquarters Houston). Capt. Clarke has a broad maritime experience and a proven business track record. Capt. Clarke pursued a career at sea and sailed both as Captain and Chief Engineer. After about 10 years at sea, Eric started a long career ashore. Prior to joining Imtech, Eric held the position of Vice President Americas at RightShip (a specialized company offering the commercial shipping industry a Ship Vetting Information System), building the company to be a world leader in its field, performing over 34,000 vets and over 3,000 ship inspections.

Solar and Electric Powered BoatSkipper Jim Greer's remarkable quest to complete the Great Loop, a circular navigation of the eastern half of the US, using only solar power, recently hit a milestone. The solar and electric powered craft has already made it more than halfway through its journey. As of mid-August, it has traversed the Oswego and Erie Canals and will soon navigate into Lake Ontario.
The over 6,600 mile journey, which Greer hopes will merit a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, relies on a dedicated four-person crew and two Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 electric outboard motors. This monumental undertaking commenced on January 11 from New Port Ritchie,

CASBAAh, summer. This is the time that we, as Canadian boaters, enjoy the most. Early morning forays onto the water in search of that elusive catch; afternoons spent carving a perfect wake and quiet evenings spent cruising pristine shorelines. It's also the perfect time to think about recognizing the efforts of those who do so much to make our favourite on-water activities both safer and environmentally sustainable...and it's through the Canadian Safe Boating Awards that you can do just that.

Hurricane Sandy BoatsWith the fall boat buying season approaching, buyers looking for a pre-owned boat can often find deals as sellers, not wanting to take on the upcoming expense of winter storage fees, are in the bargaining mood. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 boats were damaged or lost when Superstorm Sandy struck. Now, nearly a year later, some of those boats are being sold on the used boat market, either in “as is” condition, or after repairs have been made. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if the seller is truthful about any past damage. However, the problem exists when sellers fail to fess up to a boat’s true condition. So how does a used boat buyer go into a purchase with eyes wide open?

Dilhari_FernandoThe Invasive Species Centre (ISC), a leader in facilitating invasive species prevention, detection and response, announced that Dilhari Fernando has been named the ISC's new Executive Director, effective September 9, 2013. As former Director General of Strategic Policy and Priorities for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dilhari has specialized in public policy development, medium term planning and strategic thinking. She is respected for her ability to integrate diverse corporate components into cohesive, overarching corporate strategies to help organizations navigate and position themselves for success in times of change.

Monterey BoatsMonterey Boats recently awarded its Top Ten CSI Dealers for 2013 by earning high marks from their returned surveys for model year 2013 during their annual Dealer Conference held at the Boca Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The surveys rate each dealer on the customer’s Sales experience as well as their Service experience. “With the outstanding dealer network that we currently have in place, it’s an honor for us to be able to award these hard-working dealerships for achieving excellence everyday in their sales and service practices. We are proud to have them represent our brand” said Monterey Co-Chairman, Charles Marshall.

Steve DonahueMotivational speaker, bestselling author, and former comedian Steve Donahue will deliver the keynote address at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC), scheduled for January 29-31, 2014, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Donahue's presentation, "Get a New Story," will be held on Thursday, January 30, at 8:30 am. IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). Described as "the best speaker we've ever had" by Volkswagen and having sold over 100,000 copies of his book Shifting Sands, Donahue is exploring some new territory at IMBC 2014 by offering specific humorous examples of how you can get things right by first getting them wrong.

Thom DammrichNewport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, have announced that its annual State of the Industry Press Conference will take place on opening day, Thursday, September 12th from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM in the Sunset Terrace on the show grounds. Open to the press and individuals attending the Newport International Boat Show, the press conference will feature keynote speaker Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA), who will present information on the marine industry followed by a question and answer session. Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport, will provide an update on the Newport stopover of the 2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race. The event will conclude with remarks by Harry Winthrop, the mayor of Newport.

Atlantis WeatherGearAtlantis WeatherGear, the American sailing apparel brand designed by sailors for sailors, today announced that they have renewed their sponsorship of the biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.  The event, hosted by the NYYC at their Harbour Court facility in Newport, RI beginning September 7th, 2013, is slated to include teams representing 20 of the finest yacht clubs from 13 different countries. First sailed in 2009, the Invitational Cup was conceived by the NYYC in 2007 as a competition between “Corinthian” (amateur) teams representing high-profile yacht clubs from around the world.  The theme was to revive the spirit of amateur yachting both locally and abroad while bringing together the organizations that have been instrumental in the establishment and growth of the sport over the past two centuries.

Lehr 9.9LEHR Inc has introduced the next generation in green innovation with the new 9.9 HP propane outboard boat engines.   LEHR has been garnering significant attention with its compelling eco-friendly engines, and was recently awarded Sail Magazine’s Pittman Innovation Award  for 2013, POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Award for 2012 and named a TECH AWARDS LAUREATE by the Tech Museum.  LEHR was selected among hundreds of nominations worldwide and was recognized for its innovation to benefit humanity and spark global change.
The LEHR 2.5 and 5.0 HP propane boat engines were the world’s first OEM products and due to popular demand, Lehr has now introduced the

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“In 2018 Vanquish Boats transitioned into a semi-custom builder, helping to expand our positioning as the premium brand in class,” Huntley explained. “This move also allowed us to be more creative with our clients with regard to fulfilling their wants and needs for special features.”

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