Member Updates December 22, 2016

At the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference in Orlando earlier this month, Nautical Ventures was awarded and recognized as a Top 100 dealer in the U.S. by Boating Industry Magazine out of a field of 3,300 dealers nationwide. According to Frank Ferraro, Director of Marketing for Nautical Ventures, this was the first time in the past five years that a Ft. Lauderdale dealer made the rankings for this very prestigious award in the marine world.

Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures Group, was on hand to accept the award along with business partner Jeff Garcia, General Manager Spencer Milligan, and Frank Ferraro. The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America and recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck, New York and Harbor Harvest of East Norwalk, Connecticut proudly announce their next revolutionary project providing an alternative transportation platform for organic food shipping. Combining the quality construction that Derecktor’s reputation is built on, along with their successful application of a cutting-edge BAE HybriDrive® propulsion system utilizing Cummins QSB6.7’s, the vessel is based on a 19m aluminum Catamaran platform designed for efficient operation in coastal waters. This Catamaran Organic Market delivery vessel will be Derecktor’s third Hybrid Series vessel. The future series of vessels has been reconfigured to carry 9,000 pounds of protected refrigerated cargo and 3,000 pounds of deck cargo. For approximately 3 voyage hours without recharge, the Organic Market Delivery Vessel can travel emission free on its Lithium battery component. In an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, Derecktor has teamed up with Harbor Harvest to create an eco-friendly marine coastal network that will integrate a retail space along with the support of the organic farm market in the Connecticut/Long Island Gold Coast and Long Island Sound area. The trade routes have already been tested to confirm the fuel efficiency and battery life, and the vessel will be able to be charged at shore side facilities along its route. Trade routes have been determined based on farm locations and will support a wide range of coastal areas. This forward-thinking project will work to move freight back onto the water, decongesting roadways and providing one of the most environmentally sustainable farm to market systems that is in operation today.

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