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Mark Brown joins VesselVanguard as director of dealer development

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – VesselVanguard, the leading maintenance management solution for boat owners, announced today the appointment of Mark Brown as Director of Dealer Development. Brown joins VesselVanguard from MarineMax, the worlds largest boat retailer, where he served for 14 years in brokerage and new boat sales. In his new post, Brown will be responsible for developing new dealer relationships and fostering stronger relations with existing partners, as well as conducting training webinars for dealers.

“I am so pleased to welcome Mark to the VesselVanguard team,” said Don Hyde, CEO and founder of VesselVanguard. “We have seen substantial growth recently as a result of our continuing innovation in product development and excellence in customer service, and now it is time to elevate our success to new heights with renewed vitality. With Mark’s skills, we will be able to build upon the important relationships we have with our boat dealer partners and create relationships with new ones.”

In addition to his time as a boat broker, Brown is also a certified yachtmaster and scuba instructor. With a passion for sailing and travel, he has pursued the boating lifestyle from Europe to the Caribbean. Brown currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and children.

“I’ve spent much of my professional career sharing my love of the water with others,” said Brown. “Recognizing the benefit and value that VesselVanguard brings to its subscribers, I feel this position is a natural progression. I’m proud to work for a company that really helps boaters get the most from their ownership experience. I look forward to making a tangible contribution to the team and the future of VesselVanguard.”

Since its launch more than two years ago, VesselVanguard has helped to streamline maintenance management and improve the ownership experience for thousands of boaters worldwide. A cloud-based, easy-to-use personalized portal, VesselVanguard gives owners a secure and comprehensive boat profile accessible from the cloud, anywhere at any time, by browser, tablet or smartphone. Each profile also contains all vessel equipment manuals in searchable form with current updates, warranty data, and registration and insurance documentation, organized to the preferences of the owner. Designed for boats over 30-feet, this innovative service leverages a dynamic scheduling algorithm that proactively helps boaters stay current with their vessel’s upkeep.

For more information on VesselVanguard visit www.vesselvanguard.com.


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B.C. Man’s Emails Making False Allegations Against Boat Dealer Cost Him $40000

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A judge has ordered a British Columbia man to pay $40,000 in damages for sending emails making false allegations against a Seattle boat dealer.

The emails were sent during a dispute over defective windows on the man’s yacht.

Ray Prokorym, sales manager at a boat dealership, filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Robert Turpin following a series of emails sent in April 2012.

Court heard that in December 2011, Prokorym sold Turpin a used 19.5-meter for $1.16 million.

After Turpin, of 100 Mile House, B.C., took possession of the vessel, he realized some of the windows were defective.

In April 2012, Prokorym offered to split the cost of the windows — an $11,000 fix — in “good faith.”

Turpin did not accept the offer and instead sent an email to dealership employees, falsely describing Prokorym as a convicted sex offender.

Turpin also threatened to hang a banner from his boat calling Prokorym a liar.

He eventually sent the email to 23 addresses associated with yacht sales. He never followed through on his threat to send it to Puget Sound schools and churches and no banner was ever hung from his yacht.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Meiklem said the emails established publication of the defamatory claims.

In a sworn affidavit, Turpin said he was in “a tailspin, psychologically speaking, of drug and alcohol abuse” when he sent the emails.

He said he was forced to sell the yacht at a loss of $200,000 because he couldn’t afford to replace the 17 defective windows.

Meiklem ordered Turpin to pay $30,000 in general damages, $10,000 in punitive damages and $615 in costs.

Prokorym also filed a criminal complaint with the RCMP. That investigation is ongoing. (Kamloops This Week)


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Emails making false allegations against boat dealer cost BC man $40000

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A judge has ordered a British Columbia man to pay $40,000 in damages for sending emails making false allegations against a Seattle boat dealer.

The emails were sent during a dispute over defective windows on the man’s yacht.

Ray Prokorym, sales manager at a boat dealership, filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Robert Turpin following a series of emails sent in April 2012.

Court heard that in December 2011, Prokorym sold Turpin a used 19.5-meter for $1.16 million.

After Turpin, of 100 Mile House, B.C., took possession of the vessel, he realized some of the windows were defective.

In April 2012, Prokorym offered to split the cost of the windows — an $11,000 fix — in “good faith.”

Turpin did not accept the offer and instead sent an email to dealership employees, falsely describing Prokorym as a convicted sex offender.

Turpin also threatened to hang a banner from his boat calling Prokorym a liar.

He eventually sent the email to 23 addresses associated with yacht sales. He never followed through on his threat to send it to Puget Sound schools and churches and no banner was ever hung from his yacht.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ian Meiklem said the emails established publication of the defamatory claims.

In a sworn affidavit, Turpin said he was in “a tailspin, psychologically speaking, of drug and alcohol abuse” when he sent the emails.

He said he was forced to sell the yacht at a loss of $200,000 because he couldn’t afford to replace the 17 defective windows.

Meiklem ordered Turpin to pay $30,000 in general damages, $10,000 in punitive damages and $615 in costs.

Prokorym also filed a criminal complaint with the RCMP. That investigation is ongoing. (Kamloops This Week)

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Sailing-Chinese pace-setters break rudder, lose Volvo race lead

ALICANTE, Spain, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Chinese boat Dongfeng Race Team lost the Volvo Ocean Race lead early on Saturday after an unidentified object in the Atlantic smashed their rudder.

The crew were forced to replace the part after the “violent impact” rocked the boat at 0210 GMT.

The delay to affect repairs was enough for close rivals Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to regain the lead in a very tightly contested opening leg from Alicante to Cape Town in the nine-month offshore marathon race.

Dongfeng’s onboard reporter Yann Riou reported to Race HQ that the team were forced to send a crew-member into the sea to remove the broken rudder.

“We had two options, installing the emergency rudder or removing what was left of the old rudder and putting the new one in place. We decided to go for the second option,” he told Race HQ.

“Thomas (Rouxel) put the diving suit on. He jumped into the water…removed what was left from the old rudder (not much) and we put the new one in place.

“We are all disappointed…it does not look very fair but there’s nothing to do about this.”

It has not been plain sailing for Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi crew either. They reported narrowly missing a net yesterday afternoon but the winds were so light that they were able to take avoiding action.

Team Brunel and Team SCA were not so lucky and were held up briefly after debris caught in their keels.

The seven-strong fleet were expected to arrive in Cape Town in the first leg from Alicante at the beginning of November but their estimated arrival may be delayed after light winds in the Atlantic held up their progress.

The 38,739-nautical mile race started in Alicante on Oct 11 and is scheduled to finish in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 27, 2015.

Seven boats are competing from China, Abu Dhabi, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Turkey/U.S. and Denmark. (Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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MCY 86 Crosses the Atlantic for Its Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show …

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Monfalcone, Italy-based Monte Carlo Yachts has announced that the first
MCY 86 to arrive in the U.S. has been delivered for its Fort Lauderdale
International Boat Show (FLIBS) debut, following its sale by Fort
Lauderdale-based Denison Yacht Sales, the company’s official dealer for
Florida and Michigan.

The new MCY 86 offers tremendous customization options empowering owners
to personalize their boats to match their lifestyle. Custom designs
incorporate all three decks, with three, four or five cabin layout
options. Complementary arrangements of the main deck and flybridge areas
are designed to offer exceptional livability.

The yacht’s exterior design and technical elements blend seamlessly with
its contemporary interior, boasting fabrics and materials from Hermès,
Armani, Poltrona Frau and Pierre Frey. The interior space includes
artful touches of white alabaster, cedarstone marble, moka cream
limestone and hand-made Venetian mosaics of Murano glass. Its luxurious
salon is comfortable and ideal for entertaining. Operable side
platforms, an innovative element on any 86-footer, are available on both
sides, which open to create private ocean terraces.

A full-beam master cabin features a study, spacious en suite bath and a
large walk-in closet. The aft area, fully sheltered by the extended
flybridge, offers guests space typical of larger vessels. The flybridge
can be equipped with a large hydro-massage tub and features a bar area,
open-air galley and spacious sunning areas, all which can be sheltered
by a carbon steel T-top with a power soft-top. The Portuguese deck
offers additional luxurious living space.

With naval architecture and engineering by Monte Carlo Yachts featuring
VTR, Kevlar®, carbon construction and twin MAN V12 1800 engines, the MCY
86 powers to a maximum speed of 28-29 knots and a cruise speed of 24
knots.

In addition to the American premier of the MCY 86, the entire MCY
collection, including the 65, 70 and 76, will be on display at the Fort
Lauderdale show, together with the Monte Carlo MC5 and the new MC4
motoryachts.

Denison Yacht Sales has a rich family history in the yachting industry
dating back to 1948 with the start of Broward Marine in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Today, the company provides complete yachting services
worldwide, from sales and charter to yacht management and new
construction. Denison’s team of brokers has more than 300 years combined
experience in yacht sales, providing knowledgeable service to clients
worldwide.

Denison office locations include: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St.
Petersburg, Florida; Naples, Florida; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida;
Montauk, New York; Marina del Rey, California; Newport Beach,
California; Holland, Michigan; Seattle, Washington; San Carlos, Mexico
and Antibes, France.

For more information please contact Justin Onofrietti at justin@denisonyachtsales.com
or Bob Denison at Bob@DenisonYachtSales.com,
call +1 954 763 3971, or visit www.denisonyachtsales.com.


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