Marinas/Boatyards

Sea Tow Foundation adds 87 new life jacket stations

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced that it has partnered with an additional 87 organizations and agencies to add new or restock existing Life Jacket Loaner Stations for the 2020 Summer boating season. With more than 650 Life Jacket Loaner Stations already located throughout the United States, the Sea Tow ...

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Florida-based Freedom Boat Club appoints new director of administration

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine has promoted Lindsay Sheffield to the director of administration and member service, a newly formed position within the organization. She is responsible for managing social media as well as member and partner communications. With this promotion, Sheffield will also be managing the accounting and marketing departments of the club. Sheffield is a ...

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Big boating numbers expected for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend boating

Recreating outdoors in general, and boating in particular, have become important outlets in the era of the coronavirus pandemic. Boat sales are strong, dealer traffic is quickly coming back, lines at the public launch ramps are long and TowBoatUS expects this Memorial Day holiday weekend to be a record one for recreational boating. “While there are some locations where recreational ...

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Zhik foul weather gear provides some COVID-19 protection

Zhik PPE

With many sailors, yacht crews and marine businesses looking at getting back on the water safely, there is some Zhik foul weather gear that offers some facial protection too. Originally designed to give facial protection from extreme ocean spray, the Hydrovison Adaptive Hood features a removable rigid face visor. Anti-fogging and made from a clear rigid plastic, the visor gives ...

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Freedom Boat Club assigns new GM

Mark Vickers of Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine has promoted Mark Vickers to the new position of general manager for its three local boating clubs. Vickers was a member for five years before joining Freedom Boat Club as a membership executive in January of 2020. Vickers will be managing the Julington Creek, Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine locations to ensure ...

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ABC 2020 in full swing online

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2020 virtual American Boating Congress (ABC) event where, despite not being able to meet in person, over 800 participants from across the country attended to learn about NMMA’s advocacy efforts to protect the boating industry during the current COVID-19 crisis. The programming – which was covered by Beltway media – included a variety ...

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National Safe Boating Week carries extra message for 2020

National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 22, is the traditional early boating season reminder to help recreational boaters embrace safety all season long. However, the important National Safe Boating Week recommendation urging life jacket wear is now joined by an equally important boating safety message — how to stay safe during ...

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Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay sees record March, April

Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay experienced record high sales this March and April amid COVID-19 pandemic. The boat club ran campaigns focusing on enjoying a “staycation” and exploring your own backyard, while maintaining to follow CDC guidelines.  Starting in March Freedom Boat Club focused on promoting the exploration of your own backyard. With travel plans being cancelled the Tampa ...

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Maryland lifts restriction on boating access

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that his administration is lifting restrictions on motorized boating starting today at 7:00 a.m. ET. In response, NMMA applauded the decision, calling the move a responsible approach to balancing the need for social distancing with access to outdoor recreation. Leading up to the announcement, more than 1,000 Boating United advocates contacted Governor Hogan in ...

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TowBoatUS Islamorada named Tower of the Year

A local business that helps boaters with routine on water assistance was recognized for its professionalism at the 2020 BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference held in Orlando, Florida. TowBoatUS Islamorada, which is owned and operated by Capt. Carlos Galindo and Ilene Perez, took “Tower of the Year” honors besting more than 100 TowBoatUS companies. Upon receiving the honor Perez said, “A ...

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