Member News September 28, 2017

Sirocco Marine Relocates
Inflatable boats dealer Sirocco Marine is moving from Dania Beach, Florida, to a larger facility in Fort Lauderdale. The new 72,000 square foot showroom has 300 inflatable boats on display ranging from 10- to 36-foot tenders and recreational watercraft to commercial and government vessels.

“We’re excited to offer our customers hundreds of in-stock boats that are ready for immediate delivery,” Sirocco Marine owner Boyd Tomkies stated in a company release. “It’s a massive facility; our showroom alone is 16,000 square feet, plus we have a warehouse and a production area.”

Advanced Mechanical Enterprises
Congratulations to AME for being named to Marine News Magazine’s Top 100 for the second year in a row! According to its editor, Joseph Keefe, Marine News’ Top 100 is a review of the most compelling companies serving the workboat, brown water, inland, and coastal markets.

AME’s team is growing!

AME was first introduced to Kris McKee a few years ago at MIASF’s annual Marine Industry job fair. He came to AME in May of 2017 as a mechanical engineering intern while studying ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University. Upon completing his summer internship, he accepted a full-time position as a Field Service Engineer. As an undergraduate, Kris designed and fabricated a microkinetic power system for his senior project before earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in ocean engineering.

Louicel Antoine is a certified welder and has over ten years of experience in fabrication, installation, machining, and mechanics. In the AME shop, he is responsible for fabrication and welding while also assisting with machining. Prior to joining AME, Antoine (his preferred name) held several welding/fabrication positions at local marine industry companies. He received a certification from McFatter Technical Center for mig 3G and 4G welding. He also received a certification from Q.C Laboratories in flat welding, tig, and stainless steel & aluminum.

U.S. Senators Nelson and Rubio Introduce Florida Fisheries Improvement Act
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today introduced the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, legislation that would enhance, protect and sustain Florida’s fishery resources and the communities that rely on them.

“Fishing remains an integral part of Florida’s history, economy and allure for residents and visitors alike,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan bill reflects the best ideas from Florida’s commercial, charter and recreational fishing communities, and would ensure federal fishing laws reflect the realities of our unique Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic regions while continuing to promote research and conservation efforts. As Congress works towards a reauthorization of Magnuson-Stevens, I remain committed to ensuring Florida’s fisheries are well represented.”

“Florida is the fishing capital of the world,” said Nelson, “and this bill will help to ensure that this celebrated tradition is available for many more generations to come.”

Roscioli Yachting Center
Thomas P. Glass retired from Roscioli Yachting Center, Inc. on July 31, 2017. Tom’s career spans over forty years with experience in repair and construction of yachts.

Mr. Glass began his career with Roscioli in 1981 when Robert Roscioli acquired Admiralty Yachts, where Tom was employed and opened Roscioli Yachting Center. As Vice President of RYC, Mr. Glass was a lead member in the company’s Strategic Planning Team in addition to being responsible for the day to day operations, including billing.

At Roscioli Donzi Yachts, Mr. Glass managed the construction of new builds and was an intricate part in specification writing, new sales and customer service for all Roscioli Donzi Yachts built.

FB Marine Group
South Florida-based FB Marine Group announced that the company’s Director of Business Development and offshore powerboat racing legend, Richie Powers, received the prestigious Bahamas Trophy during a special ceremony held at this year’s Cowes Torquay Cowes (CTC) Offshore Powerboat Race in England. The Cowes Classic Offshore is a world renowned international powerboat race and England’s most prestigious race in the UIM European circuit.

Powers is a three-time CTC winner and still holds the record for the longest nonstop race, at 240 nautical miles, with the highest average speed recorded at 79.64 mph.

“The award was basically a lifetime achievement recognition for his winning the CTC Race in 1972, 1974, and 1980,” said Kim Sweers, managing partner of FB Marine Group. “Richie was at the race representing FB Marine Group and we are so happy he received this amazing award while there.”

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