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Crosscurrents Newsletter

a monthly publication of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.  

January 2017
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In This Issue
Membership Renewal Period
Member Anniversaries
New Members
New Captain Members
PBIBS Passport
January membership dinner
WPBFC Sailfish Derby
PB Sailing Club News
ABBA news
MIASF news
Duty-free zone
Boating United News
MIAPBC Text Alerts
Coastal Angler Magazine
AG Specialty Services
Old Port Cove

Crosscurrents is published by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County in an effort to provide its members with information that will educate, while enabling members to increase networking with other marine industry businesses.



Board of Directors


Michael Kennedy, President

Ranger Construction


Raymond Graziotto, VP

Loggerhead Marina 


Bruce Grout, Secretary

New Port Cove Marine Center


Mike Samuels, Treasurer

Viking Yachts Service Center 





Jim Burg

Castaways Marina


Kendall Cheatham

Palmdale Oil Company


Mark Crosley

Florida Inland Navigation District


Lou Daniello

Barnacle Busters/Stain Busters


Tamra Fitzgerald

Venue Marketing Group


 George Gentile

Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc.


Martin Murphy, Jr.

Murray Logan Construction


Jason Sprague



John Sprague

JH Sprague Consulting


Tyson Waters

Loggerhead Marina





Chuck Collins

Executive Director


 Alyssa Freeman 

Operations Director


Stephanie Brown

Administrative Assistant




Contact Info 


1208 US Highway One 

Suite B

North Palm Beach, FL  33408


P.O. Box 10576

Riviera Beach, FL 33419


(561) 863-0012



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Membership Renewal

January 31 is the deadline to join or renew your membership and make it into the Boaters' Directory publication. All members receive a free listing. 
We also have advertising opportunities! 

A Letter from Executive Director Chuck Collins: 
This year marked my second year as Executive Director for the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC).  The MIAPBC is a not for profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment. One of the roles of an Executive Director is to detail the value our Association has brought to its members.  Below are the metrics that show our focus, including our successes, shortcomings, work in progress and a brief explanation for each.

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January Member Anniversaries 
Member Anniversaries
Akzo Nobel(JASON)
All Around Docks(PETER)
Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A.(ROBB R.)
Barnacle Busters(LOU)
Beard Marine of the Palm Beaches,Inc.(JOE)
Blue Marlin Marine Electronics(CHRIS)
Boat Owners Warehouse(JIM)
Bobby Soles Propeller(CAPT. JIM)
Brownie's Yacht Diver Stores(DAVE)
Buccaneer Marina(RICHARD)
C 2 Shore(JEREMY)
Cannonsport Marina(TOM)
Canvas Designers, Inc.(MICHAEL)
Captain's Choice Vessel Documentation(CAPTAIN CHERYL BEEBE ROSE &)
Captains Clique(HELEN)
Cracker Boy Boat Works(PHIL & LORE)
D.S.L.I., Inc.(ED)
D.T. Detailing(DENISE)
Downey Yacht Sales(TOM)
Dunn Marine Inc.(KYLE)
FCM Yacht Sales/Florida Coast Marine,Inc.(DENNIS)
Florida Fishing Academy(CAPTAIN RICHARD)
Gold Coast Marine Distributors(DON)
Gulfstream Marine A/C and Refrigeration,Inc.(KEN HERTZ AND RICH)
HI-Tide Sales(CARLOS)
JAS Marine Service, Inc.(JOHN)
JH Sprague Consulting, LLC(JOHN)
Land and Marine Services, Inc.(CAPTAIN JIM)
Land n' Sea Distributing, Inc.(DANNY)
Loggerhead Marina"(RAYMOND)
Marine Business Advisors(JIM)
Marine Exhaust Systems, Inc.(SHEILA)
Merritt Supply(TIM)
New Port Cove Marine Center(BRUCE)
North Palm Beach Marina(JIM)
Ocean Alloys/Seaworthy Services(RANDY)
Old Port Cove Marina(MARK)
On Plane Marine Electronics L.L.C.(JEFFREY)
P.B.C. Tourist Development Council(GLENN)
Palm Beach Yacht Club & Marina(SHAYNA)
Palm Beach Yachts International(DUANE)
Palm Harbor Marina(JOHN)
Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit(JASON)
Sailfish Marina(BRYAN)
Sea Tow Palm Beach(CAPT. WILL)
ServiceOne Marine Trade & Mechanical Services, LLC(MARC)
Stain Busters(LOU)
Teak Deck Company(J.T.)
Tequesta Insurance Advisors(BETH)
The Bluffs Marina(MARK)
The Proper Way Underwater Services, Inc.(EDWARD)
TowBoat U.S./TowBoat One Inc.(CHRIS)
Tuppen's Marine and Tackle(BILL)
Water Taxi of the Palm Beaches(CHRIS)
West Palm Beach Fishing Club(TOM)
Yacht Tech, Inc.(JAMES)

AHOY! Welcome New Members 
Aqua Sol Yacht Sales
Lars Edson 
301 Clematis St, Suite 3000, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Office: 561-303-5663
Email: lars@aquasolyachtsales.com

Let us know if you would like to be our featured member in our next, or upcoming, newsletter. It's easy, and it's a great way to promote yourself (and your business) to other members who may not know you yet.  Email Alyssa at alyssa@marinepbc.org for the form.
AHOY! Welcome New Captain Members 

Mathew Lashinger

Members save more than $4,000 in discounts for fuel, dockage, 
maintenance, accessories, and more!


2017 PBIBS Passport Sponsorship 

If you will have a booth at the Palm Beach International Boat Show and want to increase traffic we hope you consider participating in the passport for $500 (or $500 in product/service), which will be pooled for a grand prize and a few other smaller prizes. Your logo will be printed in the passport with your booth location, and participants will be asked to stop by your booth to receive a stamp in their passport (we will provide you with stamps). All sponsors and prize donors will also get exposure in our newsletter and social media pages. We had great participation last year with about 2,500 passports returned completed to the MIAPBC booth. Contact Alyssa Freeman for more details.  

Save the Date! The 2017 PBIBS will take place March 23-26. 
January Membership Dinner

Save the Date! January Membership Dinner

Join members of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County to learn more about the expansion of the Viking Service Center as well as the development of the Viking Marine Center, a marine-focused service facility for qualified vendors resulting in leased work bays, office, retail and showroom space.

Tuesday, January 31

Location: TBD

Networking and Cocktails from 5 - 6 p.m.

Dinner and Presentation from 6 - 8 p.m.

Members: $45                           Non Members: $55

Sponsored by:

Sailfish Derby to Celebrate 80th Anniversary

The West Palm Beach Fishing Club's (WPBFC) venerable Silver Sailfish Derby, headquartered out of the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island, will set sail January 4th through 7th, 2017. This will be the club's 80th running of the prestigious event. Established in 1935, the Derby is recognized as 'The World's Oldest Sailfish Tournament' and continues to attract some of the best sailfish anglers, captains and crews in the sport.

The tournament is expected to draw approximately 40 boats and 200 anglers who will be vying for some of sailfishing's most coveted awards. Part of what makes the Derby so special are the traditions and the people behind them. Many Derby awards are sponsored by families who have been associated with the event for decades. The Derby's top angler award is the Mrs. Henry R. Rea trophy, a magnificent silver sailfish sculpture that dates back to the event's origin. Henry Rea was a WPBFC supporter and seasonal resident of Palm Beach who underwrote the spectacular trophy to honor his wife. The Rea Trophy remains one of the crown jewels in all of angling. The Top Lady Angler trophy is sponsored by the Hampp Family in memory of Rose Hampp, who won the honor in the 1957 Derby along with many other awards throughout her accomplished angling career. The Louis S. Boski award for Outstanding Angling Achievement honors the late Lou Boski, an active WPBFC member who set the Atlantic sailfish single day catch record of 83 releases in 1980. Other prizes include the Top Small Boat trophy, Top Tag Team, daily angler and daily boat awards, and overall boat and angler awards. A Junior Angler trophy has been added to this year's event. To help commemorate the 80th anniversary milestone some of this year's trophies are framed vintage posters from the 1956 Derby.

Those who are not fishing the event can follow tournament boat standings on the Derby's mobile friendly virtual scoreboard. The Derby scoreboard will go live just prior to the event and can be found on the WPBFC official website.

Photo's from the tournament are routinely posted on Instagram at #SilverSailfishDerby. Proceeds from the event benefit the WPBFC's many conservation and education initiatives. For registration and additional details on the Silver Sailfish Derby contact the WPBFC at (561) 832-6780 or visit:

Palm Beach Sailing Club

Palm Beach Sailing Club invites you to join us for a special dinner meeting with musician and sailor Donna Lange on Wednesday January 11, 2017. Donna completed her 2nd circumnavigation alone in 2016. In addition to being a musician/sailor/registered nurse she is the Chairman of OceansWatch, North America, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization that works with sailors, divers and scientists to assist with reef guardian programs, coral reef restorations and sustainable lifestyles for isolated island communities. The evening will begin with dinner and music and then a slideshow presentation.

Cocktails at 5:00pm, dinner will be an unlimited Taco Bar for $12pp starting at 5:45pm with the presentation at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend, but reservations are required for dinner. Please RSVP to Palm Beach Sailing Club office 561.881.0809 or office@pbsail.org by Monday January 9th at 5:00pm. We are located at 4600 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

ABBA Annual Meeting & Symposium

- Annual Meeting & Symposium -

24th & 25th January 2017

"Developing a Skilled Workforce for Sustainable Growth"

The ABBRA Symposium is a conference focusing on the issues that affect boat builders, boat repair, boat service, service companies, and associated businesses. It is an opportunity to build relationships with other professionals that share common interests and challenges.


Renaissance Cruise Port Hotel for the Annual Meeting, Awards, Marine Service Manger Certification and Cocktail Party. Address: 1617 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Broward County Conference Center for the Day-long symposium. Address: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


A day to focus on some of the most important issues that are critical for the growth of boatyard and boat-building businesses, preceded the night before by ABBRA's Annual Meeting and reception, Awards ceremony, and Certified Marine Service Managers certification.


This conference is for owners, operators, and managers of boat building, boat repair, boat service, and associated businesses. It is designed to promote professionalism in our industry, inspire you to consider necessary changes to improve productivity, and determine what you can do today that will have a positive impact on the future results of your business.

Tuesday 24th January, 2017 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Annual Meeting, ABBRA Awards, Marine Service Managers Awards and Cocktail Party

Wednesday 25th January, 2017 - 8 am to 5 pm

Day-Long Symposium


* Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce

* On-the Job Earn & Learn Training Models

* Finding and Building your Future Workforce

* State of the Economy

* How to Build a Sector Partnership

* The Future of 3D Printing

* Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager

MIASF chief executive to step down in 2018

Phil Purcell gave the board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida notice that he will step down as CEO and executive director in January 2018.

"Phil joined MIASF in February 2014, and he and the board have collaborated on a long list of successes, including execution of a 30-year agreement with the producers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Show Management; completion of the dredge of the Intracoastal Waterway; institution of standard operating procedures for the FEC bridge; passage of state legislation that caps the sales tax on refits and repairs; inclusion of marine industry companies in the annual South Florida Business Journal Book of Lists; the first Foreign Trade Zone recreational boating designation in the United States; and enhanced community engagement with a Habitat for Humanity partnership to build the first-ever two-story duplex in Fort Lauderdale, to name a few," MIASF board chairwoman Danielle Butler said in a statement.

"We are truly fortunate to have had Phil's leadership for the past few years. His vision and guidance have ideally positioned the association to leverage exciting opportunities in 2017 and beyond," she said.

"I have loved working in this capacity with an amazing team of people, and I am proud of what MIASF has achieved," Purcell said. "We have created a culture of high integrity and a success-driven, highly adaptive, forward-thinking mindset. With an $11.5 billion economic impact, the marine industry has a seat at the table to help address important issues such as transportation, infrastructure, job creation, trade and philanthropy."

The MIASF said the announcement will allow for a leadership pursuit and seamless transition during the next 12 months. The board has appointed an executive search committee to begin the process.
MIASF gets approval to establish duty-free zone

Trade Only Today

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida said Monday that it received approval from the Foreign Trade Zone Board and Fort Lauderdale FTZ No. 241 for a 16-site marine industry subzone.

A subzone is a group of sites established for a specific use. The MIASF said each of the 16 sites in the special-purpose subzone will operate as a commercial marina, a marina parts and components business or a yacht repair facility.

The MIASF said Foreign Trade Zone restricted-access sites are considered to be outside U.S. Customs territory. As such, they can defer, reduce or eliminate customs duties on foreign products.

"This is a first of its kind in the United States," MIASF executive director Phil Purcell said in a statement. "Fort Lauderdale is already known as the yachting capital of the world and will now be known for introducing the first FTZ subzone dedicated to the recreational boating industry."

"As a leading economic engine that contributes $8.8 billion to our area, the success of the marine industry is directly tied to the long-term growth, development and prosperity of Fort Lauderdale," Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler said.

"Providing economic incentives through our Foreign Trade Zone program will enable marine industry businesses to free up important resources that can be used to expand operations, increase revenue and create additional jobs and career opportunities for our community while also serving as a valuable tool for future business attraction and retention," Seiler said.

"Strengthening our marine industry by creating an environment that will encourage more business is the key reason to pursue Foreign Trade Zone activity," said Karen Reese, FTZ administrator for Fort Lauderdale's FTZ No. 241. "The city expects to continue expanding the marine industry business through FTZs."

"Now that the initial filing for FTZ status has been approved, we are excited to begin working with each marina or marine distributor site to activate in compliance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations," said Gary Goldfarb, chief strategy officer of the Interport Group of Companies.

"This is a monumental achievement for the city of Fort Lauderdale, the marine industry and the community as a whole.  There are so many more options for the industry under a FTZ, and as a result we expect this will be a very active sector for jobs for years to come."

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