New Webinar Series from ABYC

PHOTO COURTESY OF ABYC The ABYC Foundation Educator Training Conference will welcome a new format this year. Starting September 20, it will be offering a new subscription-based monthly webinar series geared toward enhancing education for future and current marine technicians, in place of the former two-day virtual experience. “We are excited about this new model […]

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From Italy To Los Angeles in a RIB

How much preparation, nerve and fuel does it take for a RIB to cross an ocean? Relive some of toughest challenges and the sweetest moments from adventurer Sergio Davi. “La sfida è sempre con me stesso mai con il mare.” In English, this translates to “the challenge is always with myself, never with the sea.” […]

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NOAA Study Recommends Steps to Support Young Fishermen

Image via NOAA. New research compiled by NOAA Fisheries supports equipping beginning fishermen facing start-up challenges with tools that have been successful in helping young farmers. The study, led by Marysia Szymkowiak at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, notes the similarities between the two professions, both of which ensure food security, provide jobs and support […]

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ABYC launches webinar series

The ABYC Foundation Educator Training Conference has switched formats from a two-day virtual experience to a subscription-based monthly webinar series geared toward enhancing education and training for future and existing marine technicians. Scheduled to launch September 20, the monthly series is free for ABYC members at manufacturer-level or higher, while general subscriptions are $249. Subscriptions […]

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Kevin Escoffier: Tough guy of the sea

Kevin Escoffier may be famous for his dramatic Vendée Globe rescue, but there is much more to his story, as he tells Helen Fretter We all know how French solo skippers get so darn good. They move from youth sailing to Mini Transat and Figaro classes, where they drill for years. Then the lucky few […]

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The SkillsUSA Reveille

By Margaret Podlich Thousands of polite, pulled-together, 16-22 year olds descended on Atlanta during a sweltering week in June. They hailed from high schools, post-secondary technical schools, and community colleges from around the country. All students were required to dress appropriately for their trade, so some were in white double-breasted chef coats, others in pressed […]

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Q&A: Taiga CEO Sam Bruneau

By Adam Quandt Canadian-based Taiga Motors Corporation launched into a journey to bring electric vehicles (EVs) to the outdoor recreational world at the end of 2015. In early July 2022, Taiga began deliveries for its Orca electric personal watercraft. Shortly after, Boating Industry was invited to Vermont to get some seat time on the all-new […]

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Education must be the culture

  By Matt Edmundson We all know of the skills gap, but is it different for us in the marine industry? What trade other than a marine technician must have such a versatile skill set to be successful? How do we find and train new techs? Compared to similar industries such as automotive or aerospace, […]

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Profiles in Leadership: Dave Marlow

By Wanda Kenton Smith One of Dave Marlow’s most memorable childhood boating experiences involved a sinking boat and rescue mission.  He and his brother were enjoying a fun sightseeing adventure in Norfolk Harbor with their grandfather aboard his small 14-foot aluminum jon boat with a Mercury 9.8 outboard to view the big ships. On the […]

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Embracing sustainability

Manufacturers By Adam Quandt Sustainability is certainly not a new notion to our world; however, the idea of sustainability and operating business sustainably has gained more and more momentum over the last few years, especially as we look at the recreational boating industry of both today and the future. “Innovation is alive and well in […]

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Yamaha spearheads training program in Alaska

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium (AMEC) signed a Yamaha Marine Training Program Agreement under Yamaha’s Technical School Partnership Program. This Agreement will establish a comprehensive Yamaha marine technical training program throughout the state, specifically in remote regions. Governor Mike Dunleavy, Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor […]

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Capt. Chris Day acquires TowBoatUS Logan Martin Lake

In January 2022, Capt. Chris Day was awarded “Tower of the Year” at the annual gathering of the nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing and assistance fleet. Day had purchased his first towing company for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona, Ga., in 2019 after a career in law enforcement. Now, Day grows his company’s footprint into Alabama […]

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SW FLORIDA 2022 AUGUST FISHING REPORT

I thought July fishing was HOT! It was, but so is the first part of August. Fishing remains good for both inshore and offshore on the right tides when paired with the right species and locations. What I mean by this is work moving water on the outgoing and incoming tides. When fishing for Seatrout […]

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ABBRA schedules annual Marine Service Managers course

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s (ABBRA) annual Marine Service Managers Course will be held virtually in November 2022. ABBRA offers the only extensive leadership training for boatyard operators that provides an industry-recognized credential (Certified Marine Service Manager) for qualified applicants. The course is sponsored by ABBRA. Employers know they need a team of […]

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Elite Audio Kicking It In The Desert

<!– In the News: Elite Audio Kicking It In The Desert –> The main man behind some of the automotive world’s outrageous sound systems, Jeff Cuvelier thought he was out of the custom audio game when he sold his ownership stake in Southern California-based Syndicate Automotive Concepts and moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in […]

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