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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Boston Whaler News

Hotz Joins National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Thirty-year marine industry veteran John R. Hotz has accepted the position as the Assistant Director at the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), which together with its International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA) provides education, consulting services, resources and training for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, military members, ports and waterside critical infrastructure personnel. Following a vision and leadership of Admiral Siler, a former U.S.

Philip Gibson (Photo: Marine Jet Power)

Marine Jet Power Names Gibson Americas Sales Director

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) has hired Philip Gibson as Director of Sales, responsible for sales and business development efforts in North, South and Central America. Gibson brings to the role more than 30 years’ military maritime experience, having most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Boston Whaler). He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, where he served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and advisor to the international military and police forces for riverine and counter-drug operations.

Executive Leadership Changes at Brunswick

Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler has assumed temporary day-to-day leadership at Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) following the departure of BCGP General Manager Jennifer Butera and Director of Sales Jeremy Davis.   The company said it is currently evaluating potential candidates for both positions, and plans announce the successors in the coming weeks.

(Photo: C. Raymond Hunt Associates)

C. Raymond Hunt Associates Celebrates 50 Years

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year. “Ray Hunt was a genius, able to intuitively know how boats work and with the courage to experiment,” said C. Raymond Hunt Associates President, Winn Willard. “We have taken Ray's ideas and applied them, honing our expertise and knowledge from the days of the early deep-v hulls. Now we have an 11-meter RIB on virtually every large ship in the U.S.

Matthew C. DuBon (left) and Clayton Riley Harbin (right). Photo Crowley Maritime Corp

DuBon, Harbin Awarded Crowley Memorial Scholarships

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships are helping to further educational opportunities for two students of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA). Crowley recently awarded scholarships to Matthew C. DuBon from South Carolina and Clayton Riley Harbin from California, based on their excellent grades, leadership ability and financial need. DuBon, a sophomore, is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) third mate unlimited license. This summer, he plans to work for a small towing company on the St.

Photo: Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler Honors Veterans on Staff

This Veterans Day, Boston Whaler honored military veteran and reservist Team Members with a special gathering to celebrate their service. Boston Whaler President Huw Bower thanked the veterans, presenting each Whaler veteran and reservist with a custom-designed t-shirt, a note of gratitude and a copy of a group photo taken at the ceremony. Bower also spoke to Manufacturing Team Members at the Weekly Plant Meeting, also to extend words of appreciation. “Our commitment to excellence is possible because our company is made up of excellent people,” said Bower.

John Hotz (Photo: SAFE Boats International)

SAFE Boats International Promotes Hotz

Aluminum boat manufacturer SAFE Boats International (SBI) announced the promotion of John Hotz to Director of International Business Development for Caribbean, Latin America and Mexico, a region which currently operates more than 130 SBI vessels.   Hotz is a 30 year marine industry, business development veteran and is recognized worldwide as a subject matter expert on high speed maritime interdiction vessels, SAFE Boats said. Prior to joining SAFE Boats in 2009, Hotz led business development efforts for companies such as Boston Whaler and Donzi Marine.

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Brunswick CEO Presents Safety Award to Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler’s Edgewater facility was awarded the Chairman’s Safety Award conducted by parent company Brunswick Corporation. During a ceremony held on June 4, Brunswick Chairman & CEO Dustin McCoy presented Whaler’s safety committee with the award, and Boston Whaler announced that it would donate the prize money received in conjunction with the award to local charity Cudas Unhooked. In his opening remarks, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower addressed the crowd of assembled employees, who were joined by Brunswick executives and members of the press.

Capt. Shawn Brule of TowBoatUS Cape Cod aboard his towing response vessel.

New Owner at the Helm of TowBoatUS Cape Cod

Capt. Shawn Brule, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard last August after 22 years of service, is the new owner of TowBoatUS Cape Cod, an on water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters. “I’ve always known I would own a boat towing company at some point in my life,” said Brule, who began working as a deckhand in a similar business when he was a teenager in Florida. Brule, who was a senior chief boatswain’s mate, spent his entire Coast Guard career in New England waters, serving for the last five years as head of the Aids to Navigation Team out of the Boston station.

     Dan Sadler, new Regional Sales Manager for Cutwater Boats (Photo courtesy of Cutwater Boats)

Cutwater Boats Hires New Regional Sales Manager

Cutwater Boats announced the appointment of Dan Sadler to the position of regional sales manager today. Sadler has spent 35 years working in the marine industry, including the last 19 years as a regional sales manager at Boston Whaler, where he managed a territory covering the western two thirds of the US and Canada. Prior to Sadler’s time at Boston Whaler, he spent five years as a regional sales manager for US Marine/Bayliner. Sadler also worked the retail side of the business at several marine dealerships in the Pacific Northwest. “I’ve been on the water since I was a kid.

Boston Whaler celebrated major expansion with an  exclusive ribbon-cutting event

Boston Whaler Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its history, introducing its largest model ever with the new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60,000 square feet of under-roof manufacturing space. At an event held on site in Edgewater, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower led a ribbon-cutting ceremony beforea crowd of local and state politicians, executives from parent company Brunswick Corporation including President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Schwabero…

Boston Whaler Awarded for Customer Satisfaction

Boston Whaler has been recognized again for its customer service, earning a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for the eleventh year in a row. One of 46 recipients nationwide to receive the award, Boston Whaler was recognized in the Fiberglass Outboard Boats category during the 2014 International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). The CSI Awards measure customer satisfaction, only recognizing boat and engine manufacturers that receive the highest marks.

New Cape Fear Pilot Boat: Image courtesy of Pilot Service

Cape Fear Federal Pilots Launch New Boat

Cape Fear federal pilot launches its first pilot boat and welcomes its latest customer, US Shipping Corp. After years of using a hired launch vessel for boarding ATB's, tugs and ships at the entrance to the Cape Fear River, the Cape Fear Federal Pilots recently launched its first pilot vessel. River pilot Tony McNeill, who operates the pilotage service for the Port of Wilmington NC for U.S. The boat is Boston Whaler Challenger that Tony has had for a couple of years but has waited for the appropriate time to put it to work. Pilot McNeill informs that In addition to the new boat, U.S.

Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat: Photo credit Brunswick Commercial & Government Products

Brunswick Deliver Law Enforcement Boston Whaler

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) deliver a Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat to the Ottawa County (MI) Sheriff's office. The Sheriff's office is tasked with law patrol, law enforcement, and fire suppression activities for the local river, which includes three harbors and a power plant, and to fulfill these tasks, the Sheriff's Office chose a commercially built Boston Whaler walkaround cabin model. The boat is powered by twin Yamaha engines, and includes the newest fire pump offering from BCGP, a 130 hp Mercruiser that mounts inside the cabin, leaving the deck clear.

Boston Whaler Hits 3 Million Hours Without Lost Time Incident

Boston Whaler announced that its manufacturing facility has reached three million hours without a lost-time accident or illness. The facility has a long history of emphasizing and practicing worker safety in the production of its high-quality, “unsinkable” boats. “Safety and quality are a part of the Boston Whaler culture, and the extraordinary achievement of three million hours is a testament to that commitment,” said Boston Whaler President Tim Schiek. “Our employees care about what they do, and about the Whaler brand.

37-foot Boston Whaler Justice model.

Boston Whaler Justices Support Counternarcotics Ops

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) has awarded a $36 million contract to Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) to supply up to sixty 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice models. The boats will support U.S. Southern Command’s counternarcotics assistance program within Central America and the Caribbean to counter transnational organized criminal networks in Latin America. The boats will be supplied over a four-year period.

Boston Whaler Introduces Cutting Edge Pilothouse

Boston Whaler debuts cutting-edge new 285 Conquest Pilothouse. With Boston Whaler’s landmark release of the 285 Conquest Pilothouse, the boatbuilder firmly establishes itself as an industry leader in boating innovation. state-of-the-art integrated windshield-hardtop system, aft bulkhead with door, and a fullyenclosed, weather-protected helm, the 285 Conquest Pilothouse offers unprecedented comfort and cover from the elements. “The 285 Conquest Pilothouse represents a bold step forward for Boston Whaler,” said Ron Berman, Boston Whaler’s vice president of product development and engineering.

Photo courtesy Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

Brunswick Introduces Largest Justice Model

Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) introduced the 37-ft Justice ─ the largest Boston Whaler model ever built, according to the company. The 370 Justice features a center console design for unobstructed 360 degree access to all areas of the boat. Its deep-V hull is designed to yield a smooth ride, despite rough seas. Reverse chines serve to deflect spray for drier rides while also providing quicker recovery between waves and additional lateral stability. Like all BCGP Boston Whaler models…