Member updates: TowBoatUS, Ward’s, Palladium, Northrop & Johnson, Whiticar, Luxury Law, Lauderdale Marina, SeaHawk Paints February 24, 2016

Dispatcher Amanda Tidwell recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary with TowBoatUS Fort Lauderdale. Amanda has been on the front lines to witness and assist with major boat fires, groundings, salvages and all other manners of peril. She has assisted in the company’s growth from a small towing and salvage company to a leader in the fields of towing, salvage, launch, work boat charter and spill containment. Also, TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale’s M/V Richard L. Becker has been awarded a contract to serve as a regional support vessel for NOAA. Among other tasks, the vessel will support missions to recover buoys that break loose from their moorings as well as transporting technicians to service the delicate electronics housed in these buoys.

Ward’s Marine Electric is sponsoring a joint training venture with the National Marine Electronics Association and the American Boat & Yacht Council in Fort Lauderdale from May 23-26 at International Crew Training. The four-day training session will focus on ABYC marine electrical standards and training for two days and on NMEA marine electronics standards and training for two days. The training is designed as a one-stop shop for boat builders, installers, technicians, marine mechanics and surveyors to get trained on ABYC and NMEA standards used throughout the recreational and commercial boating industry. Registration opens March 1. For more information, call 410-990-4460 or 410-975-9425 or visit

Palladium Technologies has hired David Arnold as vice president of business development. Dave has more than 24 years of experience as a major influencer in the marine, AV entertainment and web-based software industries. Dave has served as vice president of international business at Savant Systems LLC, was a co-founder of Atlas Broadband and serves on the advisory committee for SIM Pilot, a South Florida start-up providing SIM (scientific instrument module) technology utilizing approved FAA flight simulators for the private and commercial aviation marketplace.

Kristen Klein has been promoted to sales broker at Northrop & Johnson at their Fort Lauderdale office. For the past three years, Klein has served as the assistant to Kevin Merrigan, where she played a major role in a number of large yacht deals. She has more than 10 years of yachting industry experience, including six years as a chief stewardess working on yachts such as OHANA, a 154-foot Admiral. Northrop & Johnson also has opened an office in Newport Beach, Ca. and in Australia.

Curt Whiticar, one of the founders of Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, turned 105 on Feb. 13. Whiticar founded the boat builder in 1947 and was also instrumental in founding the Stuart Sailfish Club. He was born in 1911 and moved to Stuart in 1917.

MIASF President and Luxury Law Group Managing Partner Danielle Butler, who specializes in admiralty and maritime law, has been selected as a top attorney in the 2016 South Florida Legal Guide.

Dasnel Castellanos, a service technician at Lauderdale Marina, has earned the Master Tech Certification, the absolute highest level of training a Yamaha outboard service technician can complete. Only an elite few in the world have achieved this advanced certification after meeting the challenges of Yamaha’s most demanding training.

Sea Hawk Paints announced the introduction of VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish, a new bottom coating geared specifically for freshwater sail boaters and power boaters. Enhanced with polytetrafluoroethylene, VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish exhibits one of the lowest coefficients of friction while its copper-free formulation ensures colors stay vivid and true over time. Compatibility with older fresh water bottom coatings enables boaters to apply VMG directly over Interlux VC17 and Pettit SR-21 without stripping their hulls.

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