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Member News February 28, 2019

Yacht Mate Products is 20 Years Old! Congratulations to founder Sandy Hoekstra for finding the niche market and filling a need for marine water treatment services and equipment, like water softeners, UV sterilizers, drinking systems, and Ozone products. Cheers to 20 more, Sandy!

Cielito, a 43’ trunk cabin motor yacht designed in 1930 by the Stephen Brothers, won the 2018 Vintage Weekend award for Best Restoration, which was completed by Florida’s original shipyard, RMK Merrill-Stevens. The 23rd edition of Vintage Weekend, organized by the Ocean Reef Club, was celebrated on November 29 – December 2 in Key Largo, Florida. The four-day event showcased the world’s finest vintage yachts, aircraft, and automobiles, and awarded the best of each in multiple categories, including Best Restoration. The Cielito project will be a highlight of RMK Merrill-Stevens’ appearance at the April 10-11 Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Congratulations to the eight new members of the International Superyacht Society 2019-2022 board of directors!
• Jill Bobrow of Jill Bobrow Associates LLC / AIM Media
• Christelle Holler of Tahiti Private Expeditions
• Andre Jonker of Abeking & Rasmussen
• Kristen Klein of Northrop & Johnson
• Abi McGrath of ACREW
• Melissa Orlick of IsoTropic
• Peter Southgate of Southgate Maritime Inc.
• Rick Thomas of Nautical Structures

Seahaven Superyacht Marina is now open! Located in Dania Beach, the new marina boasts wet slips for vessels up to 250’, no fixed bridges or drawbridges to the inlet, pump-out service, high speed bulk fuel delivery, and 30/50/100/200-amp electrical service. Seahaven prides itself on offering yachters the region’s most discreet and secure yacht harbor, with managed pedestrian access and industry-leading surveillance monitoring. Whether boaters are enjoying Seahaven’s luxurious onsite amenities, or downtown Fort Lauderdale’s world-class shopping, dining and recreation, their vessels are secure.

Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners recently voted to allow Tavistock Development Co., owners of Pier 66 and the former Sails Marina, to build a one-story, 5,000 square foot air-conditioned building with indoor/outdoor bar and seating at the property on the south side of 17th Street Causeway. Tavistock plans to open the new entertainment venue, which could host yoga, happy hour, brunch, a farmer’s market, or rotating food trucks, by the end of the summer, before the start of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

JL Audio recently announced its new M6 line, featuring a variety of full-range speakers, subwoofers and tower speakers. M6 is acoustically engineered to reproduce powerful, low-distortion bass and evenly disperse smooth sound in an open-air boat environment. The new line also features JL Audio’s stringently tested marine-grade materials withstand intense UV and saltwater exposure, along with new styling and JL Audio’s patent-pending Transflective LED illumination.

After a strenuous vetting process, Compass Logistics & Marine, a customs broker and international/domestic freight forwarder, was certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and is now eligible to participate in Veterans First Program opportunities with the Veterans Administration.

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