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Boating writer Roy Attaway dies

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Roy Attaway, who at various times was the editor of Yachting, Boating, and Motor Boating & Sailing magazines, has died. Attaway passed away Sunday night, May 9, in Kansas City, Mo. Attaway was born in 1937 in Walterboro, S.C. He was a "celebrator of life, a much beloved writer, lover of gourmet food, the outdoors and the ...

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Sea Tow names new VP, adds staff

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. — Sea Tow Services International has promoted Robert Backhaus to vice president of operations and made two additions to its corporate staff, the company reported this week. Christine de la Garza was appointed director of marketing and Cindy McCaffery was named director of sales & training. A 32-year-veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Backhaus joined Sea Tow in ...

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Roch Lambert moves to Project Boat Holdings

CADILLAC, Mich. — Project Boat Holdings LLC has appointed Roch Lambert to the new position of president of the holding company’s recreational boat division, which includes the Four Winns, Glastron and Wellcraft brands. Project Boat Holdings is an affiliate of Platinum Equity, which acquired the brands out of bankruptcy earlier this year along with the fishing boat brands Ranger, Stratos ...

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Chaparral and Robalo Boats name new vice president

NASHVILLE, Ga. — Chaparral and Robalo Boats have promoted longtime employee Ann Baldree to vice president, according to a release from the company.   Baldree’s career has spanned almost three decades with the company. Her responsibilities include managing the company’s worldwide sales network, which includes eight regional sales managers, 159 domestic dealers and 30 International dealers.    “Ann Baldree has shaped ...

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ABYC elects new board officers, directors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The American Boat & Yacht Council recently announced the election of its officers as well as new incoming board directors. Election results were validated at ABYC’s annual meeting, recently held in Annapolis. Chair of the Board is Gerry Douglas. Douglas is vice president and a principal of Catalina Yachts. Douglas most recently held the position of treasurer ...

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Metal Shark Boats names director of communications

JEANERETTE, La. — Metal Shark Boats has named Brian Johnston the company's new director of communications, Metal Shark reported in a release. Johnston will assume responsibility for advertising and public relations activities, as well as associate and industry communications.  In addition to his role with Metal Shark, Johnston will continue to serve in his capacity as principal at Bonefish Communications.   Johnston has planned and ...

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Boating Industry announces key promotions

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — After several years of sustained growth, Boating Industry magazine today announced two key promotions as well as an addition to its staff. Matt Gruhn, the magazine’s longtime editor-in-chief and associate publisher, has been promoted to group publisher/editorial director of the Trade Group at Boating Industry’s parent, Affinity Media. The Trade Group encompasses Boating Industry and its ...

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Bonnier names new head of fishing titles

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Scott Salyers has been named group publisher of Bonnier Corp.'s four fishing titles, according to a release from the company. Salyers has been the publisher of Sport Fishing for the past two years. As group publisher, he is now also responsible for Salt Water Sportsman, Marlin and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters. “Scott has been a ...

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MITEC elects new board members

BROOKLIN, Maine – The Marine Industry Training and Education Council (MITEC) recently appointed several new board members, it reported in a statement. New members include: David S. Veech, executive director of the Institute for Lean Systems, Louisville, Ky.; Neal B. Harrell, founder and president of Brooks Marine Group, Inc., Wilmington, N.C.; and Susan Swanton, executive director of Maine Marine Trades ...

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Marina owner killed in explosion

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Gary Theno, owner of Hidden Mills Marine Center in Egg Harbor Township, was killed when a boat at the facility exploded Friday, according to multiple news reports. Theno was 51. Theno was working on his boat around 2:30 p.m. when an explosion occurred, the local NBC affiliate reports. When rescue crews arrived, the docked boat ...

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