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Awards make it all worth while in the boating industy - MarineBusinessWorld North America newsletter

by Peter Rendle 25 Oct 2023 14:00 PDT
Boat Builder Awards celebrates the sector's top talent, innovations and business achievements © Milheiro Veen

Shortlist announced for Boat Builder Awards 2023 - the ultimate recognition of excellence in the yacht manufacturing sector. A total of 36 companies and individuals from 14 countries have been named as potential winners for this year's Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2023, in association with Raymarine.

Final decisions were made by an international panel of ten subject matter experts from an initial selection of 90 very high-quality entries across eleven categories. The judges shortlisted 33 nominations and additionally identified who would receive this year's Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star awards during a spectacular gala dinner at Amsterdam's historic Maritime Museum on Thursday 16 November. See details of the shortlisted entries and information on how to purchase tickets.

Sail America is pleased to announce this year's Annapolis Boat Show's "Best in Show" awards in different categories. The awards were presented at the annual Industry Meeting on October 13th at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, as part to of the US Sailboat Show. The breakfast meeting brought together over 100 sailing industry professionals and was sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows. In addition to the Best in Show awards, the agenda included presentations on Sail America initiatives, and the Sail America Industry Conference.

Registration is now open for the next U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) free online USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series. Taking place November 1st from 2-4p.m. EST, the fifth webinar will be Navigating Compliance in the Age of Evolving Technology. Join ABYC and USCG experts as they explore the future of USCG factory visits, sustainability practices including lithium-ion batteries and alternative fuels, and product compliance measures that are vital to thrive in a world of rapid advancement.

MarineMax has announced their new location, MarineMax Jupiter and MarineMax Palm Beach Service Center. Located in Jupiter, Florida's vibrant and boating-rich town, this location will be a premier destination for boaters and enthusiasts along the East Coast of Florida. Joshua Lavine, District President, comments, "MarineMax Jupiter and the MarineMax Palm Beach Service Center represent the epitome of coastal luxury, and we are glad we can be a part of this beauty. We are not just in the business of selling boats, but we are also in the business of creating life-long memories on the water for our customers. And with these new additions to our portfolio, we will be able to chart a course for a new era of boating along this stunning coast."

Scout Boats, Inc. is further expanding its Summerville, South Carolina manufacturing headquarters with various marque projects across its campus. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held November 1st, onsite at 130 Spaniel Lane in Summerville. Scout plans to enlarge its current 36-acre campus with a new 37,500 sq. ft. facility (Plant E), which will allow the company to build component parts for its yacht division and support the production of its newest flagship, the 67 LX series, a 67' model that will be one of the largest outboard-powered sportfishing yachts built in the world.

The 67 LX Series project, comprised of three unique models, was announced to the marine industry at this year's Miami International Boat Show in February. Plant E, Scout's fifth main manufacturing building, is expected to be completed in summer 2024. The company is also simultaneously expanding and renovating its current front offices located at 2531 Highway 78 West in Summerville. Plans include a new front office structure complete with offices and a new dining area/cafeteria for employees. Renovations are expected to be complete by spring 2024.

FarSounder and NSSLGlobal have joined forces to introduce FarSounder's Argos product line to their defence, commercial, and leisure clients. These innovative Forward-Looking Sonars (FLS) are used for safe navigation and obstacle avoidance. FarSounder's technology is renowned in the cruise and leisure markets and is increasingly being adopted in both the Scientific/Exploration and Defence sectors both of which are moving towards Unmanned Surface Vessels. Vessels are often operating in more challenging environments such as higher latitudes where there may be ice, poorly charted areas, or austere ports. This unique patented technology paints a clear picture of what lies ahead underwater of the vessel, reducing the likelihood of collisions, which in turn prevents costly damage to property, the environment, and marine and human lives alike.

Scania, one of the world's leading manufacturers of engines for boats, trucks, buses and industrial applications, showcased its new marine hybrid solution at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - the E-Machine. A new innovation in alternative propulsion, the E-Machine is a compact, modular, yet powerful solution with propulsion, inverter and power control unit integrated into a single system. Depending on the application, the E-Machine can be mated to a Scania combustion engine for hybrid propulsion or directly to a gearbox for a fully electric system.

The modular design allows for Scania to supply the necessary system components to meet the needs of almost any sized vessel. A single-source solution for boat builders, Scania supplies everything with the electric power system allowing all components to work seamlessly together. Additionally, the system management interface and mechanical interface - CAN J1939 and SAE 1 - simplifies integration with external components for easy installation, maintenance and use.

IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, announced today the introduction of the new Sleipner Electric Vector FinsTM any speed stabilization system. Revolutionizing stabilization for yachts, the system incorporates new electric actuators combined with a revolutionary new fin design, the Vector3 Fins, which is a further development of the unique Vector Fins and second generation VFS Vector Fins designs currently used with hydraulic actuators.

While Lyman-Morse is mainly known for their award-winning, meticulously crafted, semi-custom sailing yachts and powerboats, the Lyman-Morse Fabrication (LMF) division is becoming the source for custom-made metal fabrication projects throughout New England and beyond. The LMF division has wide-ranging capabilities, a dedicated 15,000-square-foot facility, and some of the best engineers and craftsmen.

Their latest creation - the LMF Landing Craft Series of aluminum workboats - is a testament to their skills and ingenuity. The LMF Landing Craft series is designed to be tough enough for the most rigorous commercial use and built to the exacting standards and high quality of execution that surrounds everything that comes out of Lyman-Morse shop. These rugged workboats have found popularity as research, rescue, and work boats for universities, fire and rescue departments, and municipalities. However, they've also been gaining traction in the recreational market, for owners who want a boat as tough the coasts they cruise.

Stay Focused!
Peter Rendle - peter.rendle@marinebusinessworld.com

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