Member updates: JL Audio, U.S. Coast Guard, Derecktor, Yacht Broker Institute, Water Taxi, MYMIC January 27, 2016

JL Audio announced that it will create 30 new jobs and invest $9.4 million in Broward County. “With the help of Gov. Scott, Enterprise Florida, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the city of Miramar, we are excited about further expanding our manufacturing operations, creating a host of new jobs, and continuing to be the most sought after manufacturer of audio products for marine, mobile, home, powersports, and ‘anything that moves’; right here in Miramar, Florida,” said Robert Oxenhorn, Director of Finance & Accounting of JL Audio.

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System Study on the Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast Systems. The study focuses on the existing offshore and near shore aids to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, and future development projects and aims to determine the navigational requirements of vessels operating in those environments. Individual operators and interested maritime industry representatives are asked to provide comment and feedback using the Seacoast WAMs User Feedback Form available at Comments must be received by March 15, 2016.

Derecktor has announced plans to build a second hybrid series vessel. Following on the highly successful application of hybrid electric propulsion on the 65′ Research Catamaran Spirit of the Sound, The City University of New York, in collaboration with the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay is contracting with Derecktor to build the second vessel in the Derecktor Hybrid Series. The vessel will be built to USCG sub chapter T regulations and will be used for research and educational purposes. It will benefit from the silent operation of the hybrid system for highly sensitive research applications, and researchers will be focused on environmentally responsible operation with minimal impact on the local waters.

The Yacht Broker Institute and the Yacht Brokers Association of America have signed an agreement to mutually support the broker education and professional certification efforts provided by each organization. YBI offers online training for individuals seeking to join the yacht brokerage industry. It offers a course titled “Fundamentals & Essentials for Yacht Brokerage,” and a new course for Professional Administrative Assistants was launched in January 2016. YBI founders Kevin Ralph says the agreement “helps promote a uniform methodology, along with ethics and codes of conduct to further the yacht brokerage profession.”

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi has added an express route between the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina/Convention Center and Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. The express service provides 18 round trips daily with boats departing every 45 minutes from Fort Lauderdale between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and from Hollywood between 10:45 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Other changes include:

  • To get from downtown Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood, you’ll still need to switch boats at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. But you can now pick up the water taxi in downtown Fort Lauderdale between the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House museum. Previously, stops on that side of the river included Briny Irish Pub and the shops at Las Olas, at the end of 9th Avenue.
  • The company also added a route from Margaritaville to a new stop at Beachwalk Resort in Hallandale Beach — its southernmost stop. The Hollywood-only route also includes stops at Joe’s Market, Diplomat Resort & Spa and Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach. Water taxis will stop at each point every 45 minutes. The cost is $16 for an all-day ride.
  • The Water Taxi also has reintroduced its iconic Island Adventure boat, which was built in 1964 but has since been rebuilt from the keel up. Island Adventure will operate on the Fort Lauderdale-to-Hollywood express route.

The American Boat and Yacht Council has recently partnered with MYMIC Training Technologies, a company that provides safety audits and training, to help ABYC members comply with OSHA requirements and start the season prepared to avoid costly penalties. “The partnership between MYMIC Training Technologies and ABYC offers ABYC members an option for assistance with safety training and OSHA compliance at the highest level of quality they have come to expect from ABYC,” said Robert Smith, a marina safety specialist for MYMIC.

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