David HalcombDavid, or “Dr. Grip” as he is affectionately known in the industry, has finally decided that, after a career spanning 40 years in leading the way in topsides systems, it is time to hang up his spray gun and indulge his other passion in life, traveling in his motorhome with his wife Christi. David will, however, remain as a consultant with Awlgrip passing on his extensive knowledge and skills to the next generation of Dr. Grips.

From humble beginnings in 1973 when an as yet un-named topside paint was used on David’s father’s boat, interest steadily grew until the following summer when David somehow got America’s Cup Winner ‘Courageous’ and her tender painted completely with Awlgrip. During that summer Awlgrip became the buzzword in Newport and the phrase “get your boat Awlgripped” was coined. As the brand grew, with David and other Awlgrip colleagues leading the way, Awlgrip launched even

US SailingThe President of US Sailing, Thomas Hubbell, believes the sport should focus on gaining new participants, rather than adding television viewers.

Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, Hubbell added that the “strategic” nature of sailboat racing makes it difficult to broadcast effectively on television. Hubbell said: “Sailboat racing is an athletic and strategic chess game, played on an ever changing field that is too big to fit on a television screen, has no time-outs and has an uncertain duration of 30 minutes to several weeks. I would rather we spend all our energy putting new participants on the water than creating spectators sitting in front of TV sets.”

However, the President did add that documentaries can help to recruit new participants and commented on future television opportunities.

Sponsorship Excellence AwardAt the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show, Salus Marine Wear was recognized by the Aquanaute Training Centre (ATC) with the most prestigious “Sponsorship Excellence Award” for their outstanding contribution and leadership to responsible and Safe Boating, presented by ATC President Vahe T. Vassilian to Steve Wagner, President of Salus Marine Wear.

 

Pilot Boats logoTom Johnson, owner of RothBiltBoats has announced that his new company, Pilot Boats, LLC has purchased the assets of Holby Marine, formally headquartered in Bristol, RI.  The Holby Marine molds and tooling have been transported to Maine where production will begin soon.  Tom is also pleased to announce a concurrent production agreement with Front Street Shipyard (FSS).  FSS (www.frontstreetshipyard.com) will be the builders of the full line of Pilot Boats for the newly created entity, Pilot Boats, LLC.  The boats will be manufactured in Belfast, Maine at the main FSS facility.

The Pilot Boat product line includes three sizes, Pilot 18, Pilot 20 and the Pilot 24, these three sizes will continue to be produced. 

World Ocean Council logoIn 2050, what will the state of the ocean and the ocean business community be – and what must be done between now and then to ensure that both are healthy and productive?  The Sustainable Ocean Summit Workshop to Explore the Drivers, Trends and Scenarios Shaping the Shared Future of Ocean Industries explores these issues on 17 January 2013.

Join other senior ocean industry representatives in tackling these overriding questions at the agenda-setting “Oceans 2050” workshop preceding the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), 22-24 April 2013, Washington, D.C.
Space is limited at this unique, business-only, agenda-setting global ocean workshop on 22 April, 2013. Members of the ocean business community are

ABYC EducationBoating Industry Canada wanted to share information about these ABYC courses with our readers because they may be held in areas convenient to you. The winter is always a great time to upgrade skills and increase your personal value in the industry.

ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) Education Courses Offered in the Great Lakes Region:

Marine Systems Certification
Date: February 26 - March 1, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Pier 33, Anchors Way, Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Course Details and Registration:  abyc.site-ym.com

North Arm Marina DredgeThe Lower Mainland’s newest marina, Milltown Marina and Boatyard on the Fraser River’s North Arm, aims to be in full operation by early summer. Dredging and construction began late in 2012 at the Richmond Island site.

Milltown is the Lower Mainland’s first new marina in more than a decade, and that’s welcome news for boaters in this moorage-starved region. It will add 227 wet berths and about 200 dry-stack spaces to the local moorage inventory.


Nautilus Propeller CanadaNautilus Propeller and SPW GmbH in Bremerhaven, Germany are pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Bratkiw as the new owner of Nautilus Propeller Canada.

Past owner Jesco Afheldt has been the exclusive importer and distributor for the SPW line of Variprop and Variprofile feathering propellers along with Varifold for the past twelve years. “I am very pleased that I can now retire and hand over the helm to Greg. With his 30 years of Sailmaking experience, currently with Evolution Sails Canada, Greg can now provide customers with expertise to enhance performance while sailing and under power. They are now specialists both above the water and below. With over 1,000 propellers sold and serviced in Canada I wanted to make sure we left the company in good hands.”

IMBC LogoEarly registration for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from January 30–February 1, 2013, has increased over 50% compared to last year’s numbers. IMBC’s producers—the Association of Marina Industries (AMI)—predict overall conference attendee numbers will continue to increase. Pre- registration for IMBC is available until Friday, January 25, 2013, after which attendees may purchase their tickets at the show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“We are pleased with registration numbers, thus far,” Jim Frye, CMM, AMI’s president, says. “We’ve added value to IMBC with more networking events and a revamped seminar series. We’re definitely seeing the effects of that already.”

NMMA Hall of Fame AwardThe NMMA Breakfast sponsored by Boating Industry Canada Magazine and GE Capital took place Tuesday, January 15th at the 2013 Toronto International Boat Show.

The event attracted a capacity crowd of about 200. 

The presentations were opened by Andy Adams of Boating Industry Canada talking about two major demographic shifts that will greatly impact future planning for marine industry professionals.

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