Member Updates October 25, 2016

According to a recent article in the Sun Sentinel, Americas for Oceanmax International Ltd. in Fort Lauderdale, a Propspeed distributor, recently named James Maitland its national sales director. The career move is a natural progression, says Maitland, who began working with the coating system designed to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the water line, such as propellers and running gear in 2008 during his time with Port Supply in Annapolis, MD. From that point on, Maitland’s expertise about the product increased as he set up training demos. Maitland has a passion for boating and the marine industry and a desire to help promote the industry and the communities that surround it. This is the first time that Oceanmax, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, has had a national sales director presence in the U.S. The positon creates a link between the technical sales support staff on the ground and the corporate boardroom.

ZF Marine is entering the wakesurf market and adding new 481V and 681V transmissions to meet the increasing power ratings and the heavy loads of today’s watersports boats. The evolution from water skiing to wakeboarding to wakesurfing has significantly increased the demands expected from propulsion systems. Boat manufacturers are providing sophisticated systems that load boats with tons of water to increase the size and quality of wakes. The new transmissions are the result of working with OEMs, industry professionals, and athletes.

ACR Electronics reports the registration of the 500,000th 406 MHz emergency beacon recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) database was its ReQLink Personal Locator Beacon owned by a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary member.

Interlux recenlty received a 2016 Editor’s Choice Award from Practical Sailor for its pre-thickened epoxy filler kits, AkzoNobel’s Interlux Watertite, Interfill 830 and Interfill 833.

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