PROGRESSIONS & JOB POSTS…
HANSE YACHTS ANNOUNCES MAJOR U.S. REORGANIZATION
Effective mid-July, Douglas Brophy was named North American sales manager and representative for Hanse Yachts, replacing Alex Hamilton who has left the company to pursue new opportunities. Donald Walsh is currently handling the transition for all aspects of the U.S. operations as they shift to Brophy and will relinquish all duties held previously at the conclusion.
"We anticipate that this transition will be fully completed by the end of August, with Doug Brophy in full operational control of Hanse Yachts US, including banking, dealer support, dealer development and all functions relating to Hanse Yachts US in North America," the company reported in a statement.
In addition, the U.S. office and all operations are moving to 29 Trowbridge Circle, Rowley, MA 01969. The move is expected to be completed by August 10. The new office telephone is (978) 903-0380.
HUNTER MARINE APPOINTS JIM BOHART AS REGIONAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Hunter Marine is proud to announce the appointment of Jim Bohart to the position of Regional Market Development Manager. Bohart is an industry veteran with both manufacturing and retail experience having worked for Hunter Marine for 17 years prior to leaving for California and becoming the sales manager for one of North America’s largest Beneteau dealership in Los Angeles for the past nine years. A University of Florida graduate, Bohart will be located out of the Alachua office of Hunter and will report to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John Peterson, and initially will be responsible for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lake regions.
SPRINGLINE YACHT SALES DEBUTS IN MYSTIC
Brand new dealer Springline Yacht Sales of Mystic, CT recently celebrated its grand opening at the famed Mystic Shipyard in Mystic. CT. The event was co-hosted by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
Owner and President Rick Dieterich and his wife/business partner Kimberly launched the new dealership which will represent and stock Hunter sailboats ranging from 27’ to 49’, as well as the 50’ yacht via a ‘select dealer’ capacity. In addition to new boat sales, SLYS will also offer extensive brokerage services as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) endorsed dealership. Also joining the dealership is Fletcher Ryan who comes aboard as a broker.
Prior to opening the dealership, Dietrerich served as a broker and general manager of Hellier Yacht Sales for five years in New London, where he received numerous marine sales awards. He also worked previously in the automotive industry.
“We’re pleased to have such an enthusiastic and capable dealer come onboard with the Hunter family and we look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship,” said Hunter’s Greg Emerson.
IYRS AND SAIL NEWPORT LAUNCH HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTH SAILBOAT PROGRAM
In late June, the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) announced that students in its new nine-month Bristol campus composites technology program will learn their craft starting this September while building a fleet of small, high performance Moths. No longer than 11’ in length, these fast hydrofoils rise out of the water and once underway, have been clocked at a fast 27 knots.
“Students in all of our full-time programs learn their craft while working on real-life building and refit projects,” said IYRS VP of Marketing Susan Daly. “The traditional, wooden Beetle Cats® restored by students studying boat building and restoration at IYRS fit that program perfectly. The composites program teaches a technology of the future, and we wanted a building project that would teach and test our students while also capturing their imaginations.”
Upon production, IYRS will partner with Sail Newport to bring these high-performance dinghies to the public and will become part of the Sail Newport fleet ideally suited for young adult sailors looking for the next step in sailing.
“Our sport does a great job of teaching young kids to sail, but we don’t do as good a job at keeping those kids engaged in the sport as they grow into young adults,” said Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read. “Introducing these high-performance, dynamic boats to our sailing population is a perfect collaboration between IYRS and Sail Newport. We could not pass up the chance to be the end user of these boats — boats I consider to be the most dynamic on the planet.”
Two open houses were slated for tours of the facility. The first was held July 21, and the second is slated for August 4, from 3 to 7 pm. The IYRS facility is located at 253 Franklin Street in Bristol.
For more information on IYRS, visit www.iyrs.org
LONGSHORE SAILING SCHOOL HITS 100,000 RENTAL BENCHMARK
When popular patron Brian Newsome of Westport, Connecticut and his family returned their rented Hobie Getaway to Longshore Sailing School on July 4, he found himself showered by confetti and balloons, saluted by horns, and greeted by an assembly of sailing school staff with cameras, handshakes, and congratulations. Newsome, a graduate of the adult class curriculum, had unknowingly rented the 100,000 boat from the sailing school and received a surprise gift certificate as well as the milestone honor.
The countdown had begun the previous week when staff realized the significance of Newsome’s rental. The date just happened to coincide with a national holiday, and the sailing school’s 50th anniversary celebration which was held at the same time.
GOWRIE GROUP LAUNCHES SEVERE WEATHER WEBPAGE
As part of an effort to provide proactive planning and preparation support for its clients, many of whom live in the hurricane and tropical storm path, Westbrook, Connecticut-based Gowrie Group just launched a new online severe weather webpage at www.gowrie.com/stormcenter/
The company reports that the webpage provides interactive resources to help both clients and the extended marine community best prepare, stay safe, and recover from the impacts of extreme windstorms and hurricanes. Resources include: preparation how-to videos, detailed documents on protecting homes, boats, and businesses, step-by-step guide for making a disaster supply kit, slide show of Hurricane Ike destruction, and a link to Gowrie's recent article on hurricanes in New England.
NEW! Monthly Job Postings
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Beneteau USA Boat Show Coordinator/Dealer Sales Assistant
Join the exceptional crew of a world leader in sailing at Beneteau USA in Marion, SC. If you are an energetic, intelligent, enthusiastic, hard working sailor/boater this entry level position's job responsibilities will include organizing, setting up, maintaining and dismantling boat show displays nationwide, assisting in dealer sales functions plus some marketing communications duties. You must have the proven ability to safely and proficiently operate 30 foot plus sail and powerboats, and be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed at a starting position with future potential. Rush your resume with salary requirements via email to email@example.com. We invite you to learn more about Beneteau USA by visiting www.beneteauusa.com
Executive Director - Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation
The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation, based in Port Townsend, Washington, is looking for a new Executive Director to lead the organization. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides leadership to and management of all aspects of organizational activity, including oversight of programs, administration and operations, revenue centers, fundraising, financial affairs, facilities, Board relations, and external relations, including with the marine trades, local and regional communities, and strategic partners.
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