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International Sales Position Wanted


International Sales Position Wanted


International Sales Position Wanted

Posted on 15 February 2012

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International Sales Manager (British) based in Florida selling boat lifts for past seven years now looking to join a US Company wishing to expand their sales of marine related accessories / equipment / boats into Europe (and other markets) setting up Dealer networks, and handling Boat Shows, service issues and OEM sales.  Good knowledge of the US/European/Middle East Marine Boating markets selling Boat Lifts and Dry Stack Storage Systems in USA, Europe, Middle East. Other experience in engineering, HVAC, Welding Machines, Dockside / Offshore Cranes. Speak fluent French, and some Italian and Spanish.  Have ’Permanent US Residency Status’ with a base in Florida (and in Marseille, France on Mediterranean Sea – where I could operate from).  Email Terry in Florida at:
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Martinac back in the fishing boat business

Tacoma’s J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. is back in the fishing boat business.

The Foss Waterway shipyard will build its first fishing vessel since 1991 for Lynden-based Alaskan Leader Fisheries, that company announced this week.

The 88-year-old shipyard spent much of its existence building fishing boats for the Alaska fisheries business and for the tuna fishing industry but in recent years has specialized in tugboat construction. See a list of the vessels has built here.

The shipyard said the new project will allow it to double its payroll to 100 workers. The 184-foot long Northern Leader will be the largest fishing boat built in the Pacific Northwest in more than 20 years. The boat is scheduled to be delivered to the fishing company in the spring of next year.

Northern Leader

Martinac competed for the contract with other shipyards in the Northwest and around the country. Unionized shipyards such as Martinac often have difficulty beating the prices offered by non-union shipyards in the South. Alaskan Leader said Martinac’s price was competitive.

The construction cost was pegged at $25 million.

For Martinac, the fishing vessel contract comes at an opportune time. Its contract for a series of tugboats for Navy use is winding down.

The shipyard sat idle from mid-2001 to 2006 after the market tugs and tuna boats dried up. Since 2006, the shipyard has built a dozen tugboats for private owners and for the Navy.

The shipyard constructed wooden fishing vessels during its early years from 1924 through the beginning of World War II when it diversified into building mine sweepers and military patrol craft.

From 1966 through the early ’90s, the shipyard built large tuna boats for the San Diego-based U.S. tuna industry. That business disappeared when the tuna fishing business moved offshore to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand.

Alaskan Leader Fisheries will use the new boat for long-line fisheries for cod in Alaska waters. The new boat will have the capacity to process and freeze 1.87 million pounds of fish. The vessel will have the capability of processing much of what older vessels discarded as waste into usable products.

The cods’ livers will be processed for oil and the fish heads will be ground up for meal.
Alaskan Leader has three boats under its ownership, one of which was damaged in a fire at sea last year.

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Demand for luxury yachts doubles sales at DiMillo’s

For Christopher DiMillo, the past year has been a perfect storm of consumer trends and brand alignment. Although those in the yacht sales business might shirk from that metaphor, there is no denying the confluence of forces that has seen DiMillo’s sales double twice over the last two years as larger, more expensive yachts steadily increase their market share.

Benefiting from an exclusive partnership with two Maine boat builders and a focus on larger watercraft, DiMillo’s Yacht Sales in Portland bounced back from a sales low of $5 million in 2008-2009 to post “just shy” of $20 million in 2011, according to DiMillo, president and founder of the company.

He credits the boom to an hourglass effect in the luxury goods marketplace, where high-end vessels are still selling well. These days when people consider a yacht purchase, they are looking to make waves with the best products available.

“We’re doing far fewer transactions and far higher sales,” with average sales between $500,000 and $1.5 million, says DiMillo. “We used to do a lot of $100,000 boat transactions, more middle class, more affordable. We would do 60 of those a year. Now that’s way [down].”

Nationally, despite a decline of 204 in the number of boats sold, the total value of completed sales rose $64 million from October 2010 to October 2011, according to a survey of YachtWorld member brokerages. Dominion Marine Media says boats measuring over 55 feet largely account for the increased valuation, with sales of 55-foot-plus boats doubling from $722,000 to $1.9 million in the last year.

An exclusive dealer of Sabre and Back Cove Yachts, DiMillo said the two local companies made a smart recession-era move in marketing the technological advancements of their new product lines to capture the attention of would-be captains.

“We had a little dip for a couple of years where people really reined in what they were [spending], but Sabre and Back Cove have this marketing statement, ‘Technology is the new luxury’. A lot of our success has come from representing Sabre and Back Cove exclusively,” says DiMillo.

Based out of South Casco, Sabre has recently captured the yachting world’s attention with easy-to-pilot, joystick-controlled designs and one of the quietest motors on the market, says DiMillo. “Sabre has invested a lot in new product development and that’s what’s’ helping us. People really like the new products and can’t get them on the [used] market,” DiMillo says.

The company’s best-selling Sabre product is the 48-foot Salon Express. Boasting a joystick control and high fuel efficiency, the yacht debuted last April with a price tag of between $1 and $1.2 million. DiMillo’s has sold eight of the boats in the last year.

DiMillo’s Yacht Sales also operates offices in Freeport and Glen Cove, N.Y. With New York sales accounting for nearly half his business, DiMillo says seasonal Maine-resident represent a high percentage of all other sales.

The recession years have seen a leaner payroll for the company but have also ushered in a more focused, lucrative business model, says DiMillo. “I probably carry 10% of the inventory that I carried in years when I had less sales. The downturn made us get a whole lot better at what we do. We’re staying with products lines we have and it’s really working,” he says.

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Top 5 Fishing Charters in Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida, is a sport fisherman’s dream. Its waters are home to gigantic denizens of the deep just begging to be caught. On top of that, the city boasts temperate winters and some of the most preeminent fishing charters around. Here’s a rundown on five of the area’s best:

1. Miami Charter Boat

Miami Charter Boat is located within the Bayside Marketplace. One of the things that make this deep sea fishing charter a stand out is its guarantee policy. If you don’t catch a fish while onboard, you’ll be given another charter for free. You don’t get much better than that! The boats range in size from a 35 foot long Express to a 60 foot long Hatteras. You may expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $3,000 for a charter. Trips are inclusive of boat and tackle usage, guide services, licensing, bait and ice.

2. Double D Charters

Have you ever tried kite fishing? It’s a unique experience that’s not to be missed. Captain Dean Panos with Double D Charters is the man to introduce you to the sport. He specializes in it. He keeps his 34 foot long boat docked at the Keystone Point Marina in North Miami. Prices vary and typically include guide service, ice, bait and licenses as well as use of the boat and tackle.

3. Free Spool Sportfishing

Do you dream of reeling in 50 pound groupers? Call Captain Dennis Forgione with Free Spool Sportfishing. He knows where to find the behemoths. The company offers a variety of fishing charters including night fishing, fly fishing, live bait and kite fishing. Half day charter prices for up to six people tend to start at $600.

4. The Reward Fleet

Are 450 pound blue marlins and a party boat more to your liking? Check out The Reward Fleet. Captain Wayne Conn is the man in charge and he keeps his vessels at the Bayside Marketplace and the Miami Beach Marina. The charter prices and sailing times vary by marina. Of course you’ll be angling for more than monster marlin. There are also plenty of 100 pound plus yellowfin tunas and amberjack too.

5. Sea Cross Sportfishing

Looking for a light tackle fishing charter? Sea Cross Sportfishing is a good bet. With Captain Rafael Mayans you have the option of selecting a 36 foot long vessel or a 45 foot long vessel. The company docks its boats at the Haulover Marina on Collins Avenue. Charter prices tend to range from $550 to $1,000 depending on the duration.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family and has traveled extensively.

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Notebook: Hurricane Boat Lifts wins award; Miami Boat Show begins Thursday

Stuart-based Hurricane Boat Lifts announced it was awarded the 2012 Exhibitor of the Year Award at last weekend’s Atlantic City Boat Show in New Jersey. Hurricane founder and president Tracy Radcliff said the award was an honor since it was the first year the company had exhibited at the show.

“We were very pleased since we had redesigned our display this year with significant investment,” said Radcliff who founded Hurricane in 1998. “We hope it will generate plenty of passerby interest at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show this weekend, too.”

Radcliff said Hurricane has seen steady and improving sales during a down economy. Those sales have enabled Hurricane engineers to develop new product lines and introduce faster lift motors, both of which are drawing rave reviews from customers.

“We will debut in Miami an air-assist drive-on docking system that supports 5,000 pounds,” he said. “Some of our new lifts can haul 16,000 pounds at a rate of 4 feet per minute. Smaller lifts are working at a speed of 8 feet per minute.”

Hurricane Boat Lifts can be found at Booth U-44 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

For more information about Hurricane Boat Lifts visit or call 772-781-2556.

Miami Boat Show starts Thursday


Presented by Progressive Insurance

When: Feb. 16-20

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miamarina at Bayside, Sea Isle Marina Yachting Center

Admission: Feb. 16 (premier day), $35; Feb. 17-20, adults $18, children 15 and under accompanied by an adult, free.

Information:, Facebook, or download the show APP on iTunes.

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Shocking video shows effects of marine debris on sea lions in Alaska: report 

Wildlife officials in Alaska have released a shocking video documenting the effects of fishing gear and other marine debris on a species of seas lions facing extinction.

The heartbreaking footage includes scenes of the animals with their necks tightly bound by packing bands used to secure bait boxes and other containers aboard fishing boats.

The thick plastic bands cut deep grooves into the sea lions’ necks, causing strangulation in some cases.

In other shots, seals who have swallowed fishing hooks can be seen with large metal flashers – used to attract salmon and other fish – dangling from their mouths.

In at least once case, Alaska Department of Fish and Game researchers discovered a seal that had become trapped in a pink windsock, a cone-shaped tube used to show wind direction.

The creature’s flippers became pinned to her body and she drowned, according to the video.

Alaskan scientists studied the effects of debris on eastern Steller sea lions along the southeastern coast of Alaska from between 2000 and 2007.

The results of the study were first reported by science news website LiveScience.

During the study, the scientists found nearly 400 animals that had been tangled, injured or killed by sea junk in waters off Alaska and Canada – though they believe scores more have been affected, LiveScience reported.

“We are certainly underestimating the number of animals entangled,” study researcher Lauri Jemison told the site.

“We go out every summer here in southeastern Alaska and we try to visit every haul out (where the sea lions come to shore) and rookery (where they breed) at least once.”

The researchers said they hope the study and the video will raise awareness about marine pollution among casual and commercial fisherman.

The group has adopted the “Loose the Loops” slogan to encourage fishermen to cut any plastic loops they used before tossing them in the garbage and be more careful about discarding circular fishing gear that could snag or choke a sea lion.

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Fawcett adds new sales rep

February 14, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Fawcett Boat Supplies of Annapolis announced it has hired Rob Hilty to serve as the company’s Wholesale Sales Representative for New Jersey and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Hilty recently worked in parts and service at Sailing Associates of Georgetown, Md., and as store manager, service tech, and in parts at Great Oak Landing Marina.

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Model boat NeNe is back with its builders

The seagoing saga of the model trimaran NeNe is over.

Malcolm Wilson, instructor of a Regional Occupational Program 3-D model-making class at San Clemente High School that twice launched the 6-foot-long sailboat into the Pacific Ocean in hopes it would reach Hawaii, received the craft Saturday from the crew of a California Department of Fish and Game patrol boat that found it last week.

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The crew of the Thresher found the NeNe tied to a buoy in Pyramid Cove on the southern tip of San Clemente Island sometime Thursday, Wilson said. The patrol boat returned to Dana Point Harbor on Saturday afternoon, and Wilson retrieved his class’s handmade project.


Wilson said the NeNe had a bent rudder and minor damage to its hull. Its onboard GPS tracking device had indicated it ran aground twice at San Clemente Island about 60 miles off the south Orange County coast during a journey that totaled more than 180 miles.

The voyage initially began Jan. 26 when Wilson, having begun the spring semester with 60 students in his Capistrano-Laguna Beach ROP model-making class, launched the NeNe and its sister boat, the monohull WikiWiki, from Capistrano Beach. Both vessels were equipped with GPS and rudder and sail designs intended to take them on prevailing winds on a course toward Hawaii.

The WikiWiki was thought to have run aground at the southeast end of San Clemente Island on Jan. 29 but has not been found.

The NeNe washed ashore in San Clemente with a broken mast hours after its initial launch and was sent back out a week later.

Wilson said he will use the NeNe as a learning tool in the design of three new boats he hopes his class will launch in May.

Wilson said the NeNe’s sail had been signed Feb. 5 by people aboard the Sand Dollar, a San Pedro-based charter dive boat.

The boat’s captain, George Staehling of Diving Charters Inc., said Monday that he saw the NeNe as he returned from a day charter on San Clemente Island with about 30 divers.

“I could not tell what it was at first,” Staehling said. “We pulled up to her and signed the sail before sending her on her way.

“She was just hauling along at maybe 3 to 5 knots,” Staehling said.

Wilson said he isn’t sure what led someone to tie the NeNe to a buoy on the southwest side of the island, but he suspects it was a commercial fisherman helping out.

“I am sure it will eventually come out,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get news of several sightings over time, but I sure am curious.”

The ROP class has already begun shaping the next three boats and hopes to not only improve the design but also to make the boats “smart.”

“We’ll do the GPS tracking again but maybe have it ping every hour so we can really see where they go,” Wilson said. “I’d like the students to work out some way to put a camera onboard as well as a way to navigate the boat with simple commands using a cell phone and some type of solar power or wind turbine to power it all.”

No date for the launch has been set. Wilson said he would welcome any financial or other help from area residents who would like to contribute to the project. He can be reached through San Clemente High School at 949-492-4165 or the ROP at 949-496-3118.

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