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Leinster Boats Joins Network Yacht Brokers

Irish yacht broker firm Leinster Boats has joined Network Yacht Brokers, the leading co-operative of multiple independent yacht brokers with 18 offices in Wales, England and the Mediterranean.

Principal broker Ronan Beirne of Leinster Boats sees this as a natural development of yacht and boat sales activity and transactions that have been completed for both Irish clients seeking boats from the UK and for our increasing number of overseas clients looking for a suitable boat in Ireland.

“Membership of the network will increase Leinster Boats listings ten fold while giving the Leinster Boats stock listing greater and broader exposure in the overseas market. Leinster Boats will benefit from the continuous development of the Network back office system of on-line inter connected offices and will greatly enhance the process of craft search and sales management process required by a busy sales office”

Rob Woodward, Chairman of Network Yacht Brokers welcomes Leinster Boats onboard “Leinster Boats as part of Network Yacht Brokers will benefit from collective on-line presence and search engine optimization with an increased list of quality yachts in addition to increased brand awareness and collective group advertising. At Network Yacht Brokers we are pleased to have Leinster Boats join our group and representing us in the Irish market. We see positive synergies with our offices on both sides of the Irish Sea and are confident that the addition of Leinster Boats will greatly enhance our network”


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Merger creates Emerald Coast Marine Center

NICEVILLE — North Light Yacht Club (NLYC) and Emerald Coast Marine (ECM) have merged to form the Emerald Coast Marine Center (ECMC). 

The new partnership aims to create a comprehensive boat sales, service, rental, marina and yacht club experiences for boaters across the Panhandle. The company will be led by three boating industry veterans: Shawn Talpey, president and CEO; Keri Doscher, vice president; and Jeff Orbin, vice president of marketing and development.

Last spring, Emerald Coast Marine leased space at North Light Yacht Club to accommodate its fast-growing new boat sales and service dealership. During the winter, members of both groups discussed the long-term benefits and opportunities of creating a joint partnership.

“NLYC was originally established as a dry storage and wet slip marina in 2008,” Orbin said. “While we excelled in marina operations and customer service, the company’s growth was limited by the lack of an on-site sales and service marine dealership. We knew our business would thrive and our clients would benefit from the additional products, services and club enhancements that an on-site marine dealership and greater staff capacity could offer.”

The next few months will reflect the new vision and major enhancements for the facility.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the most personalized, responsive and enjoyable boating experience possible, both oceanside and dockside,” says Talpey, who founded Emerald Coast Marine with partner Keri Doscher in 2015.

During the next few months, the new marine center plans to:

Use the recent acquisition of an adjacent property to expand the sales facility by building a new, indoor showroom with additional customer parking.
Create a new service, parts and accessories department within the existing dry storage facility to provide store frontage for popular marine parts and tackle.
Expand the Yacht Club Lounge by using the current Ship’s Store.
Renovate the popular pool and spa, which will include more privacy with poolside cabanas, as well as the addition of a Tiki bar operated by Chef Dan’s Fuel, the waterfront bistro.

Launch Emerald Coast Water Sports, which will offer rentals to provide an affordable alternative to boat ownership. The rental/boat club will offer new center consoles, dual consoles, deckboats, high performance pontoon boats, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.

Responding to client requests, ECMC will also launch an active event social calendar that will include an on-water Boat Up/Float Up Movie Night, Rock the Docks Concert Series, Boats and Brunch and a host of other activities.

ECMC is at 115 W. John Sims Parkway, at the intersection with FL-85. For more information, visit www.emeraldcoastmarinecenter.com or call (850) 389-8318.


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North Light Yacht Club and Emerald Coast Marine merge, create Emerald Coast Marine Center

North Light Yacht Club and Emerald Coast Marine announced a merger to form the Emerald Coast Marine Center, The new company is led by three boating industry veterans including Shawn Talpey, president chief operating officer; Keri Doscher, vice president; and Jeff Orbin, vice president of marketing and development.

The new partnership creates a comprehensive boat sales, service, rental, marina and yacht club experience for boaters throughout the Florida Panhandle. This collaboration was made to position ECMC to deliver an elevated, seamless boating experience for customers through the combined efficiencies, strengths, talents and resources of both companies.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the most personalized, responsive and enjoyable boating experience possible, both oceanside and dockside,” said Talpey, who founded Emerald Coast Marine with Doscher in 2015.

Talpey and Doscher previously worked together for several years in senior management roles at Legendary Marine where they helped lead their former employer to become the Boating Industry Top 100 Dealer of the Year for two consecutive years, placing the company in the Top 100 Hall of Fame.

Emerald Coast Marine leased space at North Light Yacht Center in the spring of 2016 to accommodate its new boat sales and service dealership. Conversations ensued the following winter to discuss the long-term benefits and opportunities of creating a joint partnership with North Light Yacht Club. With a shared vision for creating a unique, all-inclusive boating experience to benefit boaters in their market, the principals from both companies discussed and analyzed strategic merger option, with a favorable outcome.

“NLYC was originally established as a dry storage and wet slip marina in 2008. While it excelled in marina operations and customer service, the company’s growth was limited by the lack of an on-site sales and service marine dealership,” said Orbin. “We knew our business would thrive and our clients would benefit from the additional products, services and club enhancements that an on-site marine dealership and more staff capacity could offer. We believe this new partnership with retail expert Emerald Coast Marine is a great decision for our business and especially for all of the customers we collectively serve.”

The next few months will directly reflect the new vision and major enhancements for the facility.

Plans include the recent acquisition of an adjacent property that will be utilized to expand the sales facility by building a new, indoor showroom with additional customer parking. A new service, parts and accessories department will be built within the existing dry storage facility to provide store frontage for marine parts and tackle. The current ship’s store will be consolidated, providing expanded space for a new Yacht Club lounge. The pool and spa area will also receive a major renovation to provide more privacy with poolside cabanas, along with the addition of a tiki bar, the latter of which will be facilitated by onsite waterfront bistro vendor, FUEL.

In addition, plans call for the launch of Emerald Coast Water Sports this spring, featuring a rental/boat club to provide an affordable alternative to boat ownership. The rental/boat club will offer products including new center consoles, dual consoles, deck boats, high-performance pontoon boats, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.

ECMC will also launch an event social calendar in response to client requests. On tap for 2017 includes an on-water “BoatUp/FloatUp Movie Night,” “Rock the Docks Concert Series,” “Boats and Brunch” and other activities.

“We know exactly what is required to operate a highly successful marina and new boat dealership, and we are very excited to bring this experience and best practice to the regional boating community,” said Doscher. “However, as a locally owned and operated company, we also bring full-service principles that are deeply rooted in southern hospitality. Our customers and members should expect to be treated with the highest level of professionalism and with the personal touch befitting dear friends. Our goal is to deliver an exceptional high level of service while balancing casual comfort and class in order to truly elevate the Gulf Coast yacht club and boating experience.”

In the coming weeks, changes to the ECMC brand will be more evident across all platforms as the merger transition concludes. Visit www.emeraldcoastmarinecenter.com for more information or call 850-389-8318.


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5 cool boats of 2017 for Lake of the Ozarks

Compiled by Charis Patires, editor of Lake Lifestyles, Lake Media’s bi-monthly magazine filled with local lifestyle content.

1. Regal 290 OBX

The ground breaking Regal 290 OBX offers versatility like no other bowrider in the industry: rough water handling, huge seating, and 365-day-a-year boating powered by twin outboards. No other bowrider in the industry can give the rough water stability with the handling of a twin engine sport boat, ease around the docks with twin engine docking including bow thruster, and the glamorous looks of the sleek lines of Regal. As the largest privately-owned boat builders in the industry, Regal is continuing to redefine the boating industry with innovative product like the Regal 290 OBX and is excited to announce more bowriders with outboards coming soon.  Available at Kelly’s Port, Osage Beach.

2. Playcraft X-Treme 

Take your getaways to the next level with PlayCraft’s X-Treme Series. You get the power, speed and handling PlayCraft is known for, including the Triple Tritoon Package with a signature design that produces superb handling and comfort. Along with speed and handing, there is no shortage of luxury with stylish design, overstuffed seats and lots of lounging areas. These boats are built for people who love to entertain, ski and those that just want to relax. Marty’s Marine is excited to be partnered with Yacht Club Powersports and Formula Boats of Missouri, giving customers a larger selection to choose from, including PlayCraft pontoons, Charger bass boats, Sea-Doo, Scarab and many other well-known boat manufacturers. Available at Marty’s Marine, Osage Beach.

3. Chaparral 264 Sunesta 

The 26’ 264 Sunesta Surf Series combines watersports, cruising, entertaining and overall boating enjoyment. The boat is equipped with the latest wakesurf technology creating the finest runabout for wakesurfing and watersports. The rider can control the speed, wake shape and sound system via a waterproof wrist control remote. The boat’s design maximizes wave height and control. At the bow of the boat an anchor locker with a four-step ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the water; and also features bow seating, storage and an optional table. There is a huge floor watersports locker in the cockpit along with a optional wet bar, cockpit table and head compartment. The massive integrated swim platform offers a trip free landing, a safely positioned starboard ladder and a water level insulated ice cooler. Available at Premier, Osage Beach.

4. Cigarette 41 GTR

Center console boats are taking over the Lake for quite a few reasons. One, for their ability to hold people — lots of people! No room is taken up for a large cabin that most of the time goes unused here at Lake of the Ozarks. Another is how easy they are to use. Outboards are quiet, don’t have to be winterized, come with warranties from 3-8 years, and have great performance. The new Cigarette GTR Quad not only features a center console but the 400’s push the boat to over 80 miles per hour. Add all those features together and the fact that it is a great rough water ride, you’ll see why they are taking over the Lake! Features include a 180-degree panoramic hardtop, oversized forward facing sun lounge, multi-passenger transom seating, Garmin touch-screens, and a cabin with a two-passenger sleeping berth. Available at Performance Boat Center, Osage Beach.

5. Rinker QX29

The perfect boat for your day trips or longer getaways, the 29-foot Rinker QX29 is a true weekender’s boat. There are both bowrider and cuddy cabin models available. The boat is known for its collection of standard features and luxurious options and packages so you can customize it to fit your needs. Amenities include a center walk through, marine mat throughout, Kicker Stereo Systems and up to 15 cup holders. Available at Iguana Boat Sales, Lake Ozark.


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My Time: Tri-State Marine donates more than $7000 to Maryland Veterans Trust

Tri-State Marine, a Deale boat dealer, recently awarded a $7,100 donation to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs’ Maryland Veterans Trust. Providing quality boat sales and service since 1965, Tri-State Marine is the largest Parker Boat and Grady-White dealer in the mid-Atlantic region. One hundred percent of the donation will go to assisting Maryland veterans who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties.

The presentation on Feb. 2 was attended by Tri-State Marine President John Byrnes, General Manager Bill Gay and sales consultants Ronald Young, Robert Warren and Tim Swinburn. During a brief ceremony, state Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George W. Owings III and the Maryland Veterans Trust grant administrator were presented with the check from Byrnes. Also in attendance were Dana Hendrickson, Department of Veterans Affairs director of outreach; Vietnam veteran Andrew Kerhulas, U.S. Army Reserve; and U.S. Marine Crops veteran Joseph Finall.

“Everyone at Tri-State Marine is proud to have helped make this contribution,” Byrnes said. “For decades, our business has been an integral part of Maryland boaters so we feel it’s important for us to give back to our community. Certainly, our hometown heroes, our brave men and women veterans, deserve all the assistance we can give and the Maryland Veterans Trust is the ideal charity to help them.”

“The Maryland Veterans Trust is a unique state program in that 100 percent of donations go to assisting veterans,” Owings said. “The department graciously accepts this donation and extends our gratitude to Tri-State Marine for supporting the trust.”

Smoky, traffic-stopping fire damages Richmond boat dealership near I-75

The cause of a fire Friday that damaged Journey Auto Boat Sales is under investigation by the Richmond Fire Department.

The blaze produced such heavy smoke that officials briefly closed the Robert R. Martin Bypass to traffic between Old Wilderness Trail and Four Mile Road on the city’s north side.

The fire was reported shortly before noon, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Murphy said. No one was hurt.

Russell Hutchens, 25, an employee, said he was buffing a bass boat when a blast of pressure knocked him backward to the floor.

“I looked up and the windows were busted out,” Hutchens said. “I didn’t feel heat, just pressure.”

Hutchens and his boss, Gary McCarty, then saw black smoke pouring from the back of the building. “You couldn’t see nothing,” Hutchens said.

Hutchens said he thought at least three or four boats inside the building were damaged.

A fire department investigator is working to determine the fire’s cause, Murphy said.

About 20 Richmond firefighters responded to the fire, Murphy said. Ten firefighters from the Madison County department assisted.

Journey Auto Boat Sales incorporated in 1998 in Berea and later moved to Richmond, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.


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Developer hopes to tap into Dorchester’s Port Norfolk




The views from the Venezia restaurant and the adjacent marina are among the best in the city, but for years they’ve only been shared by boaters and guests of the banquet hall.

Now, a South Boston-based developer is hoping to tap into the potential of Dorchester’s Port Norfolk peninsula, with plans to build what would be the first significant commercial development this corner of the city has seen in years.

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To build on the old Russo Marine site, though, City Point Capital principal Ryan Sillery will need to ensure that any ensuing traffic doesn’t overwhelm the narrow streets of the adjacent residential neighborhood wedged between the Southeast Expressway and the Neponset River.

Sillery is working with RODE Architects to develop and design a complex that would include an estimated 100 condos, a boutique hotel and restaurant, marina slips, and a home for the boat business, now run by Florida-based MarineMax. The precise sizes of the proposed buildings are still in flux. Sillery said he wants to meet with community members before submitting formal plans to the Boston Planning Development Agency this summer.

“It’s really a hidden gem, one of the last pieces of privately owned, developable waterfront in Boston,” Sillery said. “We mean to bring the neighborhood in [to work on a design] that fits that peninsula.”

Sillery, an avid fisherman, first noticed the site’s development potential when he bought a Boston Whaler from Russo Marine about eight years ago. He said his firm completed a $10 million deal in January to acquire 7.8 acres on the waterfront that includes the boat-shop property.

This would be the third project in which RODE and City Point Capital have worked together, following two in South Boston: a development across the street from the Broadway T station that features a condo tower and a hotel, and a second condo building on Old Colony Avenue.

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The four existing buildings on the Dorchester marina site, currently used for boat sales and storage, would come down. In their place, Sillery would build a 50- to 60-room hotel that would likely have a restaurant on its first floor. He also wants to develop a condo building that offers water and skyline views, and a new structure that can accommodate MarineMax’s boat sales and storage. The 50 or so boat slips would remain at the site although they might be moved slightly. Ideally, Sillery would like to see a small shop for recreational fishermen in the complex as well.

Sillery said his firm bought the land from members of the Bruno family, the owners of Venezia and other commercial structures on that block including the homes of the Boston Winery and the Boston Harbor Distillery. City Point Capital, Sillery said, also has secured the rights to buy the Brunos’ remaining properties there in the future, to potentially develop a sequel of sorts to the current project.

The permitting process for this project could take about a year, and construction could take up to 18 months after that.

Residential developments have been floated in the past for the site, but they’ve floundered largely due to their size and neighbors’ concerns about increased traffic through Port Norfolk.

“There are a number of issues surrounding that site, specifically, how do you get in and how do you get out?” said state representative Dan Hunt, a Dorchester Democrat who represents the neighborhood. “It’s basically cut off from the rest of the city. . . . Any proposal at Russo Marine will need to figure out how to expand egress.”

The closest bus line is nearly a half mile away, on Morrissey Boulevard. The Red Line’s Braintree trains barrel through the neighborhood but do not stop. Sillery suggests that a water taxi route could be established, to take commuters from the neighborhood to downtown Boston.

Kevin Deabler, a principal at RODE, said the firm’s goal for now is to make sure there is the right mix of uses on the property to avoid creating any new traffic problems. He said his team will study existing traffic and listen to any neighborhood concerns, and work with residents and Boston traffic officials to resolve any impacts.

‘There are a number of issues surrounding that site, specifically, how do you get in and how do you get out? It’s basically cut off from the rest of the city.’

What intrigues Deabler most about the site is the opportunity it provides to draw more people to Dorchester’s waterfront. Deabler said he expects the new buildings would be set back more from the water than the existing ones, so visitors could walk along the shoreline. The development, he said, could easily dovetail with a new state park that opened up nearby on old industrial land next to the Lower Neponset River bike trail.

Deabler said the developer and the architectural firm will plan for sea level rise and storm management issues by strengthening existing seawalls and including green spaces that can slow down stormwater run-off.

The project will be a point of pride for RODE because Deabler and Eric Robinson, the other principal in RODE, are both Dorchester residents.

“I’ve decided to set roots down here and raise the family in Dorchester,” Deabler said. “Just knowing that there’s another place in Dorchester where people can go and enjoy being on the water would probably be what I look forward to the most.”

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Jon Chesto can be reached at jon.chesto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.


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