Marinas/Boatyards

Safe Harbor acquires 100th marina

Safe Harbor Marinas recently announced the acquisition of its 99th and 100th marinas. The company has added Great Island Marina in Harpswell, Maine and Sportsman Marina on the Alabama Gulf Shores to its portfolio of facilities. The acquisitions expand Safe Harbor's network to 100 marinas across 22 states. They are part of the company's ongoing program to grow and diversify its portfolio. ...

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Freedom Boat Club of Tampa teams up with Homeless Empowerment Project

Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay has donated $10,000 to the Homeless Empowerment Project (HEP) to support their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “What an incredible surprise, and great relief, it was to open that envelope from Freedom Boat Club with their $10,000 donation in support of HEP during this difficult time!" said Rebecca Adams, HEP's marketing director. "This gift ...

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Lauderdale Marine Center named North American service headquarters for Ferretti Group America

Lauderdale Marine Group named Ferretti Service Center

Lauderdale Marine Center has been named the North American service headquarters for The Ferretti Group. “Having collaborated with Ferretti Group for many years, we are pleased to see the company’s continued expansion into South Florida and we are proud that they have chosen LMC to be the home of their worldwide service center,” said Colin Kiley, Executive Vice President of ...

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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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