Member updates: Nautical Ventures, ACR, IGY, Merritt, Denison, AccuDock, Sailorman, Quantum, Stanley, BOW, Water Taxi, ICT and Westrec November 24, 2015

Nautical Ventures hosted Florida Atlantic University’s Human Powered Submarine Team at their display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Human Powered Submarine project’s goal is to bring together a team of multi-disciplinary students with a wide range of skill sets to develop a functional, racing submarine. The team has won awards at numerous races. Nautical Ventures also has hired renowned designer Fabrizio Di Carne as its in-house engineer for a new line of tenders. Over the course of his career, Di Carne has worked as product designer and engineer in numerous companies in both the automotive and marine industries. “Fabrizio will be the one who will take our ideas and turn them into a reality,” said Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures Group.

ACR Electronics has been named the Official Boating Safety Partner of this year’s Winterfest Boat Parade. In addition to having a boat in the parade, ACR’s new AISLink Automatic Identification System navigation products will be used to manage the safe flow of parade traffic. ACR also will provide boating survival gear as well as safety presentations to the parade boat captains and control boat captains.

IGY Marinas, an international network of marinas, announced it is rolling out a new community service initiative in 2016, Inspire Giving Through You. Spanning two hemispheres, Inspire Giving Through You will focus on community-based initiatives at the destinations and communities where the company operates its marinas, including the Caribbean, Latin America and United States.

Merritt Marine Supply is proud to celebrate Sam Joseph’s 25th anniversary of employment. Sam is Merritt’s warehouse manager and takes great pride in providing the highest level of service to each of their customers. When not working, Sam is passionate about playing and watching soccer.

Marquis and Carver Yachts have appointed Denison Yacht Sales as their newest dealer partner to their expanding list of dealers servicing the complete Marquis and Carver product line. Dension, with locations at Harbour Towne Marina and The Quay, will serve Marquis and Carver owners in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Rebecca Taylor has joined the team at AccuDock as marketing director. Taylor will be responsible for all marketing initiatives and strategies and will work closely will their public relations team. Taylor, who graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, comes to AccuDock with more than 10 years of marketing experience in the luxury travel and hospitality industry.

After 30 years in its current location on State Road 84, Sailorman will be moving to a new location to be determined in spring 2016. Owner Chuck Fitzgerald has sold the property the store is located at, and will be handing over the helm to his daughter, Heather, as he eases into retirement.

Quantum Marine Engineering broke ground on its new, 30,000-square-foot facility at 3685 S.W. 30th Ave. on Nov. 11. The new three-story building is scheduled to open next fall and will serve as the company’s international headquarters and allow for future expansion. Quantum, which was founded in 1985, has 100 employees around the world and 50 in Fort Lauderdale.

Stanley Yacht Services celebrated its 10th anniversary last month with a “Martinny Night” party on the New River. Dozens of guests from marina owners and brokers to suppliers, day workers, mechanics, and everything in between enjoyed live music and martinis on the M/Y Freedom docked at the Riverside Hotel on Oct. 15.

On November 14, Boat Owners Warehouse held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of their renovated store at 311 SW 24th St. (State Road 84), which includes an additional 1,800 square feet.

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi is pleased to announce exciting new Holiday Light Tours for 12 nights only this holiday season, featuring holiday music and Christmas carol sing-alongs while viewing the beautifully decorated waterfront homes and special holiday cheer beverages from the Water Taxi’s bar with or without spirits. Tours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m., from now through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Guests board at Water Taxi Stop #5, under the 17th Street Bridge. Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per child. Group rates are available. For additional information, visit or email

Capt. Lou Hoffman, chief training officer at International Crew Training in Fort Lauderdale, died Nov. 9. Hoffman was a MCA 3000 GRT master, instructor and examiner with the company for about 15 years. He previously instructed maritime courses at Chapman’s School of Seamanship in Stuart, the STAR Center in Dania Beach and at the Maritime School of the West Indies, St. Maarten.

Westrec Marinas plans to open a 500-slip drystack for boats to 50 feet in Miami’s Haulover Park next spring and has started managing two marinas on Florida’s west coast, the marina operator/owner said during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The $20 million-plus drystack will be 80 feet high and will cover the length of two football fields, Westrec Vice President Gary Groenewold said. The new facility will be served by two giant Wiggins forklifts, each with a capacity of 7,800 pounds.

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