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Rinker Boat Company names Warren Maccaroni regional sales manager

Warren Maccaroni

Warren Maccaroni joins the Rinker Boat Company as the new regional sales manager for the Central, Midwest and Southeastern states.

“I’m pleased and enthused to have Warren join the Rinker team,” said Kim Slocum, Rinker President and
General Manager. “We have worked with Warren since 2000 when he joined our Miami boat show
crew. Warren has been a Rinker advocate and owner for decades and brings a unique perspective of our
brand, our history and our products to the Rinker dealer network. Warren will be working with our
existing dealers as well as expanding the dealer network in his territory.”

Maccaroni is a Purdue University graduate with 25 years of professional sales experience.

“Having worked not only Miami, but numerous boat shows for Rinker dealers throughout the Midwest and Texas, I am confident the company’s vision and products will take the company and our dealers forward together,” he said.

Maccaroni can be reached at wmaccaroni@rinkerboats.com.


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Scott Lane Boat Builders wins SureShade 2016 Dealer of the Year award

SureShade, the U.S. designer and manufacturer of patented retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, announced that Scott Lane Boat Builders in New Zealand has won the SureShade 2016 Dealer of the Year award. SureShade chose Scott Lane Boat Builders for its outstanding sales and service of SureShade sunshade systems throughout 2016.

The SureShade Dealer Award and Recognition program is designed to formally recognize top boat dealers for their sales and service efforts throughout the year. Boat dealer performance is evaluated throughout the year on the criteria of sales performance, installation expertise, customer service, co-marketing efforts and private boat owner feedback.

Scott Lane Boat Builders has established a unique relationship with SureShade acting as both a boatbuilder equipping their custom built yachts with SureShade’s sunshade systems as well as a sales distributor promoting SureShade installations in the New Zealand boating market.

The first boat built by Scott Lane featuring SureShade is their new Zagato Elite Sedan, a 13.5-meter (44-foot) coupe style yacht customized with family-friendly features. The Zagato features SureShade’s ATF Automated Shade seamlessly integrated at their factory so that the shade completely disappears into the boat’s cabin top.

As sales distributors, Scott Lane has provided marketing support promoting American-made SureShade products in the New Zealand boating market by securing feature editorial, photography and video reviews in the country’s top boating publications.

“As boatbuilders of custom boats for 18 plus years many of our clients have asked us for shade systems over cockpit areas,” says Letitia Lane, director at Scott Lane Boat Builders. “The SureShade system provides the perfect solution for our clients to protect against our harsh Kiwi sun in New Zealand.”

According to a Sept. 2016 recreational boating study by Maritime New Zealand, 51 percent of New Zealanders are involved with boating activities. SureShade says the country’s affinity for boating, along with its warm and sunny climate, makes New Zealand an attractive market for the company’s sunshade solutions.

“Scott Lane has been the ideal partner to help us introduce and expand SureShade’s presence in the New Zealand boating market,” said Dana Russikoff, SureShade business leader and co-founder. “Their enthusiasm for our product combined with their expertise in boat building and factory retrofitting makes them a true asset for us as we continue to grow internationally.”

The SureShade Dealer Award Program is open to all U.S., Canadian and international boat dealers involved in the sale or installation of SureShade retractable sunshade systems. Dealers are also encouraged to take advantage of available boat dealer service and support resources that guide them through the product introduction, design, pricing, sales and installation process. Additional resources are also available for customized marketing support by boat brand and style.


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‘I’d only just finished fixing boat’ that was gutted in blaze at Burton Waters

A man who spent six months and £4,000 getting a boat shipshape says he is devastated after it went in flames in a freak accident at Burton Waters Marina.

Twenty firefighters attended the incident at about 12.30pm on March 25, two fuel pumps,a jetty, a canopy and two trees were also on fire, and thick black smoke filled the air.

The fire accidentally started on a visiting craft after it had fuelled up and the flames spread to another boat that was also moored up.

Watch this video of the recovery of one of the boats:

It is believed a carburettor backfired and ignited fuel vapour. No-one was hurt but the skipper of the visiting vessel had to quickly flee his boat as the fire broke out.

READ MORE: Watch as large fire rips through boats at Lincoln’s Burton Waters

Retired publican Bob Nicholson, 72, from Elsham, whose wife Sue is the owner of the other boat, the 23ft Stella Maris worth £9,000, said it was a devastating loss.

He said: “I’d only just finishing doing it up for sale and it’s such as shame because it’s a complete write-off and someone has been deprived of the chance of earning a nice boat.

“My wife is heartbroken and I’m totally devastated. I did it up for something to keep my mind occupied.

“But it’s just one of those things. It’s no-one’s fault, it’s just happened.”

Mr Nicholson, who was away at the time of the fire, described the other boat as a Freedom 22, probably worth around £3,000.

Picture by Christoph Gothorp

Adam Cox, managing director of Burton Waters Boat Sales, says he hopes to have the petrol and diesel pumps at the jetty back in action within two weeks.

He said: “What happened was that a visiting boat came and was fuelled up and then the man came to pay.

“It was nearly 20 minutes later that he started the boat up and at that point he saw there was a fire on board so he quickly gets off.

“Our fire safety team tried to deal with the fire at first but it was just too fierce but the firefitghters were here really quickly. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.”

Firefighters used special pumps to prevent the boats from sinking as they tackled the blaze.

Christoph Gothorp, who was at work at Harbour Lights opposite and witnessed the event unfolding, said: “There was one boat parked next to the filling station – the one with a blue hull – and another white one further along.

“The blue boat had caught fire and the fire started burning the roof of the filling station, which then started burning all of nearby trees too.

“The fire then spread to the white boat a bit further along and that went up in flames, the entire top half of this boat was completely wiped out and later in the afternoon it was nearly completely submerged under the water.

“The original boat where the fire started was also completely burnt out and drifted out into the water at one point while still on fire. The fire brigade managed to pull it back to side though.”

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‘I’d only just finished fixing boat’ gutted in blaze at Burton Waters

A man who spent six months and £4,000 getting a boat shipshape says he is devastated after it went in flames in a freak accident at Burton Waters Marina.

Twenty firefighters attended the incident at about 12.30pm on March 25, two fuel pumps,a jetty, a canopy and two trees were also on fire, and thick black smoke filled the air.

The fire accidentally started on a visiting craft after it had fuelled up and the flames spread to another boat that was also moored up.

Watch this video of the recovery of one of the boats:

It is believed a carburettor backfired and ignited fuel vapour. No-one was hurt but the skipper of the visiting vessel had to quickly flee his boat as the fire broke out.

READ MORE: Watch as large fire rips through boats at Lincoln’s Burton Waters

Retired publican Bob Nicholson, 72, from Elsham, whose wife Sue is the owner of the other boat, the 23ft Stella Maris worth £9,000, said it was a devastating loss.

He said: “I’d only just finishing doing it up for sale and it’s such as shame because it’s a complete write-off and someone has been deprived of the chance of earning a nice boat.

“My wife is heartbroken and I’m totally devastated. I did it up for something to keep my mind occupied.

“But it’s just one of those things. It’s no-one’s fault, it’s just happened.”

Mr Nicholson described the other boat as a Freedom 22, probably worth around £3,000.

Picture by Christoph Gothorp

Adam Cox, managing director of Burton Waters Boat Sales, says he hopes to have the petrol and diesel pumps at the jetty back in action within two weeks.

He said: “What happened was that a visiting boat came and was fuelled up and then the man came to pay.

“It was nearly 20 minutes later that he started the boat up and at that point he saw there was a fire on board so he quickly gets off.

“Our fire safety team tried to deal with the fire at first but it was just too fierce but the firefitghters were here really quickly. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.”

Firefighters used special pumps to prevent the boats from sinking as they tackled the blaze.

Christoph Gothorp, who was at work at Harbour Lights opposite and witnessed the event unfolding, said: “There was one boat parked next to the filling station – the one with a blue hull – and another white one further along.

“The blue boat had caught fire and the fire started burning the roof of the filling station, which then started burning all of nearby trees too.

“The fire then spread to the white boat a bit further along and that went up in flames, the entire top half of this boat was completely wiped out and later in the afternoon it was nearly completely submerged under the water.

“The original boat where the fire started was also completely burnt out and drifted out into the water at one point while still on fire. The fire brigade managed to pull it back to side though.”

READ MORE: Lincoln twins set pulses racing in hit ITV show Ibiza Weekender


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