Member Updates February 22, 2017

ThrowRaft and Ritchie Navigation recently announce a global partnership with a combined commitment to dramatically improve water safety throughout the world. ThrowRaft gained notoriety for its TD2401, the only Inflatable throwable device equivalent to carriage requirement Type IV devices on all recreational vessels in the U.S.A. Troy Faletra, founder of ThrowRaft and the product’s inventor, stated, “ThrowRaft’s mission is to save lives by designing the most innovative flotation and safety devices in the world, leading the Personal Flotation Device (PFD) industry into the future. As we look to expand globally, we know we’ve found a great global partner in Ritchie, the most trusted name in maritime navigation.”

Having helped sailors find their way safely home since 1850, Ritchie Navigation today remains the world’s most trusted navigational equipment manufacturer, with 95% share of the global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) compass market. Safety is the core of Ritchie Navigation’s mission and vision into the future. Jon Sherman, Ritchie Navigation’s principal stated, “We’re excited about this partnership. We see many of our most treasured ideals mirrored in ThrowRaft, including continuous innovation and top quality, made-in-the-USA manufacturing.”

Nautical Structures has opened a service center at the Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) in Fort Lauderdale as a tenant partner. The operation will be managed by Jim Olejar, Director of Service, according to Nautical Structures’ President, Colin Kiley. “Our new service center is the next logical step in our continued growth and expansion,” said Kiley. “When fully staffed, we anticipate 12 trained service professionals will work out of the new facility; we’re now actively hiring for key positions.”

Lauderdale Marine Center is the largest yacht repair facility in the United States and a one-stop service and refit destination for vessels ranging from 40′ to 200′ LOA. “It’s an ideal location for our Florida East Coast service center,” Kiley explained. “Many Nautical Structures customers are already taking advantage of the broad range of repair, retrofit and maintenance services available at LMC.”

The expansion now affords Nautical Structures’ clients exceptional service by qualified technical support staff out of the Largo and Ft. Lauderdale facilities, each providing full product sales, engineering support, and service. Service includes installation, annual inspections for classed products, global product support and warranty work.

Congratulations to MHG Insurance Brokers for being a small company finalist in the South Florida Business Journal’s list of the 2017 Best Places to Work. All the finalists were honored at a special event held on February 16, 2017, at the Signature Grand.

Dominion Marine Media announced that it will change its company name to Boats Group.
The company said the name change reflects its market-leading brands and marks a new chapter in its future as it focuses on investing in innovations that bring the boating industry to the forefront of modern business.

Boats Group will continue to build on the company’s seven-year legacy of operating what it said is the world’s largest and most popular recreational marine digital marketplaces: BoatTrader, YachtWorld, and CosasDeBarcos, as well as its newly acquired platform, YachtCloser, which it said is the yacht brokerage industry’s leading web-based contract management solution.
The announcement also follows the recent appointment of Sam Fulton as the company’s CEO. Prior to joining Boats Group, Fulton was a senior vice president at Groupon, president of, and senior vice president of U.S. Consumer Travel at Orbitz Worldwide.

During Governor Rick Scott’s recent tax cut tour, he paid local marine manufacturer, ACR Electronics, a special visit. Governor Scott encouraged ACR to continue its boating safety awareness campaign and acknowledged ACR’s high safety standards in the marine industry. ACR was proud to support legislation that the Governor signed last year that gives boaters a one year discount on their registration fee if they carry a personal locator beacon on board.

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