Member Updates April 28, 2017

ZF Marine Krimpen Applying Subsea Industries’ Ecoshield Hard Coating on its Azimuth Thruster Units
The Netherlands-based company, a division of Germany’s ZF Group, is using Ecoshield on thrusters supplied to a number of U.S.-based customers to reduce operational wear and tear in brown waters such as the Mississippi River. In the thruster market since 1973, ZF Marine Krimpen designs and produces a wide range of steerable and transverse thrusters, covering a power range between 100 and 2,000 kW, for all types of applications throughout the marine industry. The company shares its parent company’s reputation for providing high quality products and excellent aftersales service.

Nautical Structures’ Custom Fabrication Division Opens New Markets
Nautical Structures custom manufacturing division, NSi Precision, is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently, the company’s reputation in the marine industry has lead residential architects to reach out for solutions to challenging design and fabrication projects for high-end residential projects. The first to be completed is an outside staircase that will raise and lower from a deck to the beach. The second is a foyer staircase that can be raised and lowered.

Sailorman, Fort Lauderdale’s Landmark Marine Store, to Relocate 5 Blocks from Current Location
Sailorman, a new and used marine store located on State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale since 1982, will move five blocks south on Andrews Avenue to a larger showroom in late June 2017.  The new location will be at 3000 S. Andrews Avenue, the corner of Southeast 30th Street and Andrews Avenue, a mere three minutes away from the current site.
The current home to Sailorman was purchased back in October by a hotel chain. The agreement permitted Sailorman until the end of June to vacate. Sailorman plans to remain open at its current location until late June. The store is planning a moving sale and auction event on Sat. May 20th. A selection of inventory, which will not be moved, will be liquidated. While firm plans are not in place, it is likely the new location will open for business after the 4th of July holiday. Stay tuned to social media and/or for firm details as they become available.

Suntex Acquires Eight Loggerhead Marinas in South Florida; 11 in State Overall
Suntex Marina Investors has acquired 11 Loggerhead marinas from Seven Kings Holdings of Jupiter in a deal that’s expected to make it Florida’s largest marina operator, the Dallas-based company said Tuesday.

Eight of the Loggerhead marinas dot South Florida with two in Lantana and one each in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Hollywood, Aventura and Miami. Three others are in Vero Beach, Daytona Beach and St. Petersburg.

“We really like the location, customer base, and tenants in the Loggerhead portfolio,” Mitchell Jones, a Suntex principal, told the Sun Sentinel in an interview.
Suntex and Loggerhead officials formally announced the deal at the nonprofit, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, in Juno Beach.

Although financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, Jones described the transaction as being in the “hundreds of millions” of dollars. “It’s a big number. I think this may be the largest marine transaction in the history of boating in Florida,” he said.

Not only are the Loggerhead marinas a perfect fit for Suntex’s existing marina portfolio, they also share its passion for environmental conservation and responsible boating, Jones added.

Bluewater Crew Training USA Offers Comprehensive Boating Safety Education
Safety awareness and education is vital for the South Florida community to prevent unnecessary accidents and tragedies. The mission at Bluewater Crew Training USA has always been to provide the highest level of training. With precedent-setting proficiencies in preparing a qualified, safe, and professional maritime workforce as its foundation, Bluewater is now applying this expertise to education programs for the recreational boater.

Aptly titled, Safe Boating, Bluewater’s newest curriculum is five days. Through its interactive educational platform—including two full days onboard a 24’ outboard boat and practical survival training in Bluewater’s indoor training pool—this NASBLA-approved course provides real world applications for the boating enthusiast and teaches a lifesaving approach to boater safety.

Bluewater’s Safe Boating course is for anyone ages 13 and up from beginners to experienced boaters and prepares individuals to take the NASBLA/Florida Safe Boating Exam, a requirement to obtain a Boating Education Identification Card. Program participants learn skills that will last a lifetime from professional USCG-licensed captains.

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