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DSC03963Grady-White Boats Is “15 for 15,” Receiving NMMA CSI Award for Top Customer Satisfaction Ranking Fifteen Times in a Row

Here at the Boat & Yacht Report, we have always been fans of Grady-White. And here is just one more reason why this quality boat builder has earned our accolades as well as the loyalty of its owners throughout the years.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has once again awarded Grady-White Boats the marine industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award, the trade association’s top recognition for customer satisfaction with new boats. This is the 15th year the association has conducted studies of customer satisfaction among boat and boat engine owners. Grady-White has received this top award in the category of fiberglass outboard boats all 15 years.

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The Grady-White Canyon 306 Center Console. Photo Courtesy of Grady-White.

The marine industry CSI Award program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. Participating manufacturers must survey all new boat buyers during the designated period, with results compiled by a third party. For this reporting period, the program surveyed more than 122,000 consumers.

Award recipients were acknowledged during the annual marine industry breakfast at the Miami International Boat Show, February 17, 2017. “Fostering a culture of excellence in customer satisfaction not only builds exceptional brand loyalty, but creates an outstanding boating experience, ensuring that today’s boater remains the boater of tomorrow, and promotes industry growth by developing boaters into lifestyle advocates,” notes Robert Newsome, vice president of engineering standards and membership for NMMA. “We congratulate these manufacturers for their commitment to their customers and for creating an incomparable boat ownership experience.”

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Grady-White Freedom 225. Photo Courtesy of Grady-White.

Shelley Tubaugh, vice president of marketing for Grady-White Boats, remarked, “Receiving this recognition from the NMMA for each and every year of the award, an incredible 15 times in a row, makes all of us at Grady-White Boats very proud. This affirms that our dedication to paying exceptional attention to every detail leads to our customers’ complete satisfaction and sets us apart. Grady-White Boats and Grady-White dealers believe this award is an acknowledgement of our combined commitment to achieving the very highest levels of customer satisfaction by providing the ultimate boating experience attainable only through owning a Grady-White.”

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Grady-White Boats’ Shelley Tubaugh (l), VP of Marketing, and Mark Doggett (r), Executive VP, accept the company’s fifteenth consecutive CSI customer satisfaction award from NMMA President Thom Dammrich. Photo Courtesy of Grady-White.

 

For more information regarding the NMMA CSI program visit www.nmma.org.

Grady-White Boats was founded in 1959 and builds 26 boat models from 18 to 37 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC. The company has been under continuous private ownership by NMMA Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968. Grady-White welcomes visitors to the company’s award-winning factory to see first-hand the process the company uses to create the very best family-and-fishing boats, and to meet the dedicated team that builds them.

PO Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835
(252) 752-2111
WWW.GRADYWHITE.COM

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in Dock News

 

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DSC03963Wake Boat Excitement…Sea Ray Style

The premier builder presents a new sport boat powered by Mercury Marine

Sea Ray entered the wake sport boat market with the new SLX-W 230, which is powered by a Mercury Marine V-Drive propulsion system.

The builder said the SLX-W combines wake-shaping capabilities with a deep-vee hull design, joystick piloting capability, a submersible swim step, Dynamic Display and a standard watersports tower.

“This is the ideal boat for active families seeking to maximize their time on the water,” Sea Ray president of sport boats and sport cruisers Brad Anderson said in a statement.

“We started with Sea Ray’s unique dedication to Orchestrated Excellence, then added a thrilling new wake-surfing technology design to achieve the perfect boat for wake sports, coving and cruising. The SLX-W delivers pure enjoyment with nothing sacrificed and we’re calling it Orchestrated Adventure.”

Sea Ray’s deep-V wake-hull design comes standard with Dynamic Running Surface.

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Sea Ray’s new SLX-W 230 offers its deep-vee hull, joystick capability, submersible swim step, standard tower, and Mercury Marine power.

Pre-sets for wakeboarding and surfing fill the 2,000 pounds of ballast to the appropriate level and set the underwater gear for the wave. The ballast system is entirely contained within the hull, a sophisticated solution Sea Ray said does not consume valuable storage space.

The company also said the SLX-W 230 offers a fully integrated joystick control that utilizes the engine and thrusters in an effort to make the boat more easily maneuvered.

“During the research phase of this project, customers were very clear about how difficult it was to maneuver traditional tow boats in close quarters, such as around docks or when picking up surfers,” Anderson said. “Working with Mercury Marine, we’re introducing a wake sports boat that makes it easy to dock in any condition and spin on a dime to pick up a fallen surfer more quickly.”

“With its incredible versatility, superior fit and finish, unprecedented wake technology and easy maneuverability — courtesy of Mercury’s joystick piloting technology — the SLX-W fulfills a bold new vision for wake sports capability,” Anderson said. “The wave of the future is here.”

For more information, visit the company Website at http://www.searay.com

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Dock News

 

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MASTRY HELPS NEW YORK ISLAND OWNER LIVE OFF-GRID

At coordinates 40.87754°N and 73.76577°W, you will find Columbia Island; a 150-square-foot-dollop of rock off of New Rochelle, NY in Long Island Sound that is situated between David’s Island and Pea Island. In fact, prior to 1940, it was known as Little Pea. That was when CBS purchased it, and in 1940 began construction of a concrete foundation to support a transmitter building with emergency housing for ten workers, topped by a 410 foot (125 m) antenna tower for WCBS-AM (then known by the call sign WABC). The transmitter remained in operation until the 1960s, when the station was moved to nearby High Island.

Fast forward to today with the romantic notion of living on one’s very own island added into the mix as filmmaker and actor Al Sutton has been preparing to do just that on Columbia Island.There was a hitch, though. The tiny island with its well-known history, had no power or water. That’s where Florida’s St. Petersburg-based Mastry Engine Center stepped in and helped make it possible for Sutton to live there completely off the grid.

Sutton is renovating the facility that housed the aforementioned Columbia Broadcasting’s 410′ radio tower for almost 20 years. Columbia Island is essentially a 75′ x 75′ concrete building protected by a 175′ x 175′ seawall. Employees once lived there, using a well that has since been breached with seawater, and electricity from an underwater power cable that’s now long gone. Sutton’s goal is to create an off-the-grid, green home in this facility.

The Mastry Engine Center was a key player in meeting this challenge, supplying two custom-built, synchronized, 45 kW MasPower generators as part of the home’s power system. The packages feature electronically controlled Yanmar diesel engines, powder-coated enclosures, stainless steel exhaust systems and 100-gallon stainless steel fuel tanks. A DeepSea electronic controller is instrumental in synchronizing the generators; no easy feat on smaller power systems.he house’s 100,000W power demand is fed primarily by a 1,200 sq. foot solar panel array linked to six large Xantrex inverter systems, with overflow sent to a bank of 48V batteries. When needed, the inverters signal the MasPower generators to start, which then simultaneously supply house power while recharging the battery bank. As power levels stabilize, one generator shuts down, leaving one to finish charging the batteries.

Total Electric, a Charleston, South Carolina, alternative power specialist, coordinated the electrical system. To connect the MasPower generators, “All I did was plug and play,” said Total Electric’s Tom Stoudenmier. “Mastry was great, they did all the synchronizing and fine tuning of the circuitry that makes the generators talk to each other.”

The house itself presents its own obstacles. More a bunker than an island estate, its basement is consumed by four half-million-pound concrete pads that once secured the radio tower. To install the generators, Mastry completely disassembled them to fit through a hole cut in the floor, then reassembled and installed them within the sparse basement area.

Project manager Harry Hunt of Marine-Solutions, a Glen Cove, New York-based marine repair and restoration company, said renovation work at Columbia Island, “Is like working on a boat that doesn’t move.  This is a very small, unprotected island. Everything must be watertight to stand up to the elements.  It demands the use of the best available products.”

Water comes from a 1,200 gpd Village Marine reverse osmosis seawater desalinator. Waterproof marine bulkhead doors, hurricane-proof windows, roll-down exterior shutters and two 10,000 gph sump pumps help protect the house from the elements. Sutton is currently creating a documentary about the resurrection of Columbia Island and incorporating its unique history as well.

Mastry Engine Center, celebrating its 50th anniversary, specializes in marine and industrial engines for OEM and repower, use MasPower diesel generators and industrial equipment.

Contact Mastry Engine Center, 2801 Anvil St., N. St. Petersburg, FL  33710.  727-522-9471.
Fax: 727-527-7013.  www.mastry.com

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Dock News

 

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NORTHERN MARINE LAUNCHES REFIT DIVISION

The Northern Marine yard is busy not only with construction of three new yachts, but five refit projects since recently launching its repair and refit division under its new ownership.  Four are Northern Marine builds that have come home for the same high-quality, meticulous craftsmanship used when they were created.

One of the more famous Northern Marine yachts on site is the 75′ Cheemaun, originally Starship, known for its 1,009 day, 75,000 mile educational circumnavigation from 1998-2001.  This interactive expedition hosted photographers, filmmakers and scientists onboard to document Earth’s nature and people at the end of the millennium, often in remote locations accessible only by water.

Northern Marine’s third yacht has seen several owners since that world tour, including actor Gene Hackman.  The current owner brought Cheemaun from Florida to Anacortes, Washington, where in her home yard she’s undergoing interior and exterior upgrades.  The three-phase project includes the addition of a Portuguese bridge, mechanical and electronics improvements, interior renovations including new built-in furniture, canvas replacement and bottom painting.

Other craft at Northern Marine’s facility include a 72′ Marlow Explorer in for yearly maintenance and paint work; a 57′ Northern Marine in for hull painting; a 58′ Northern Marine home for interior work; and a 64′ Northern Marine undergoing bottom work and propeller upgrades.

“There’s a benefit to refitting at our facility.  The same skilled craftsmen who build our world-class, award-winning, multimillion dollar yachts are the same people doing the repair work on your boat,” said Northern Marine president Andy McDonald.

“From routine maintenance like bottom painting to extensive interior or exterior renovations, our experienced team is dedicated to quality work.  We also deal on a fixed bid basis, so our customers can be comfortable knowing up front the scope of the project we’re completing.”

Northern Marine builds fully customized luxury yachts and long-range expedition yachts from 57′-151′, known for their rugged construction and stylish interiors.  Earlier this year, the company acquired the assets of Glas-Ply, enabling it to also offer customized fiberglass craft from 7′-28′.

Contact Northern Marine, 310 34th St., Anacortes, WA 98221.  360-299-8400.  info@northernmarine.com; www.northernmarine.com

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Dock News

 

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Kadey-Krogen Introduces First Consumer iPad Application in the Cruising Powerboat/Trawler Market: A Travelogue Panorama and Information Source For the Trawler Lifestyle’s Best 

What’s the next best thing to making passage aboard a Kadey-Krogen trawler yacht? Now you can get a visual taste of the Kadey-Krogen lifestyle by scrolling through the travelogues, scenic photographs and glimpses of the adventures of Krogen owners to be found in the new, free iPad application available through the company’s website or via the Apple Store. Here’s a fun-to-use (and useful) lifestyle app that is “At Home on Any Sea.”

“There’s just something about swiping through pages in a dream ‘book’ like this iPad experience that sends the cruising spirit soaring, and is perfect for learning about and exploring living the Kadey-Krogen dream,” says Larry Polster, vice president of Kadey-Krogen Yachts. “We’ve captured many of the best stories by Krogen owners, their exotic destinations and chronicles in boating magazines, and put these together with the story of our history and how we build our trawlers. The app is created to tell these stories onshore, offshore or at 35,000 feet, with or without Internet connectivity. You can sit quietly wherever you are and absorb a lot of feeling, flavor and facts about Kadey-Krogens. This should really whet your cruising appetite!”

The new Krogen 52′ won the prestigious PassageMaker Magazine People’s Choice Award, 2012 Trawler Fest, Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The app is viewed through a combination of topical sections found along the bottom of the tablet page and vertical “chapters” seen along the side. Tapping a chapter photo and then swiping pages in each chapter reveals a new vista, captures a moment, or explains a precept of design and engineering. Included also is the storybook tale of the company’s founding and photographs of many world-class, breakthrough yacht designs Kadey-Krogen has created in its 35-year history. There are excerpts from the company’s magazine, Waypoints, and chapters detailing engineering philosophy that have captions in windows that expand and close at the tap of a finger. There are also technical explanations about the building process, specifications for and photographs of the current boat models, and links to more data at the company website.

The iPad app can be downloaded directly to your iPad either from www.kadeykrogen.com, or at the Apple Store searching Kadey-Krogen Yachts. It can also be downloaded to any computer with iTunes installed that you will later use to synch your iTunes downloads to your iPad for actual use. Depending on your local bandwidth, the application takes from two to five minutes to download.

For more information visit www.kadeykrogen.com

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Dock News

 

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SCOD Presents the US Coast Guard Sea Eagle 

The Ultra Green Homeland Security vessel that’s tough on the bad guys, but kind to the Ecology. The first Coast Guard Cutter to provide extensive surveillance, on, above, and below the ocean.

The E Class Search and Rescue Sea Eagle with Helipad and underwater ROV (Remote Ocean Vehicle) uses less than half as much fuel to go 10% faster than the USCG Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters’ in use today. At the same time the Sea Eagles waterjet propulsion, dynamic positioning and small wave making signature do far less harm to Marine Ecology.

Instead of the Sentinels 11,500hp from tier 2 diesel engines, the analogous Sea Eagle uses a total of 5,000-hp from Solar Hybrid power sources that include cleaner MTU tier 4i Diesels. With less than half the fuel consumption of the Sentinel Class FRC’s, the Sea Eagle delivers  a maximum speed of 32 as opposed to 29 knots due to the greater overall efficiency of hi-speed  Catamarans versus mono-hulls.

The Richard Suater designed Sea Eagle is an awesome security vessel while paying careful attention to the environment.

In silent electric mode the Sea Eagle will navigate inland water ways and dock with Zero emissions. Plugged in her solar cells can harness and return over 200 MWs of energy to the grid a year, enough power to offset 3,000NM of Carbon Neutral cruising at 18 knots. As a Certified Carbon Offset Project this state of the art E Class Coast Guard Cutter can reduce GHG emissions by 12,000 tons per year.

Energy from the grid or captured from her 100KW solar array is stored in a Lloyds approved Corvus 2MW Lithium UPS. The 16ton weight of the batteries also serves as the Mass in the MDR (Motion Damping Regeneration) system that acting like a TMD (Tuned Mass Damper) in a skyscraper will generate electricity as it dampens the motion of the vessel.

Combining the MDR with the self leveling T-Foils in each hull greatly improves the ride and the level of safety in many operations at sea. At the same time it also enhances the accuracy of the stabilized remotely operated 25 mm chain gun, and the four crew operated .50 caliber machine guns.

The Coast Guard Sea Eagle FRC can accommodate more than 30 crew members and like all USCG Fast Response Cutter’s her command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) system will be fully interoperable with those of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Government Agencies like the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security while protecting us can also play a major roll in protecting our way of life for future generations. They have the opportunity, if not a duty to do this by insuring that only the best examples of fuel efficient Eco Conscious  Vessels are to be found in our Coast Guard and Navy.

The E Class Sea Eagle as such a vessel is being submitted for review under the US Coast Guard Unsolicited Proposal Program.

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg9/business/unsolicited.asp

https://www.acquisition.gov/far/current/html/Subpart%2015_6.html#wp1104869

Specifications.
Length Overall: 43m
Beam: 12.4m
Draft: 1.5m
Construction: KMI (Kvichak Marine Industries} Marine grade aluminum
Solar Power: 100KW Solbian Photo Voltaic Top Deck
Wave Power: 30KW Wave Motion Regeneration (AMT ServoRams, Corvus UPS, Maura Sohnes ATMD)
Battery Power: 2MW Lloyds approved Corvus Lithium UPS
Shaft Power: 4 x 1000KW
Main Engines: 4 x ZF Hybrid MTU Series 2000 Tier 4i V12, 1 Siemens MTU Tier4i 650KW Genset
Propulsion: 4 x RR Kamewa A series Waterjets
Cruising Speed: 29Knts
Maximum Speed: 32knts
Range: 1,200NM
Range: 3,500NM at Economical speed
Endurance: 7 Days
Replenishment: Fueling at Sea, Vertical Replenishment
Bridge: 360 Visibility, Intergraded Bridge
Crew: 30+
Aircraft: HH- 65A Dauphin US Coast Guard
Remote Ocean Vehicle (ROV): ISE with Launch and Recover System (LARS)
Boats:  Stern Ramp (1) CG Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)

www.SauterCarbonOffsetDesign.com

For more information contact: Richard@SauterCarbonOffsetDesign.com

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Dock News

 

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 EDGEWATER LAUNCHES YANMAR DIESEL CENTER CONSOLE

Originally designed for the rigors of commercial salmon fishing in Pacific Canada, the EdgeWater 228CCD is a workhorse.  It’s also the first diesel powerboat model for EdgeWater, using a fuel-efficient Yanmar 4BY2 180 hp engine from Mastry Engine Center.

“While we’ve traditionally featured outboard power, the 228CCD evolved from a custom gas sterndrive project for a British Columbia fishing lodge,” said Peter Truslow, EdgeWater Power Boats president.  “It made us think about alternative power choices, and opportunities for superior fuel efficiency.”

Having worked with Mastry Engine Center on other custom projects, Truslow again turned to Mastry and Yanmar for the 228CCD.  “We trust Mastry and have a great comfort level with them,” he said.  “Many of our dealers worldwide say Yanmar is the preferred diesel engine.”

The Edgewater 228CCD features a rugged profile powered by a Yanmar 4BY2 180-hp diesel engine from Mastry Engine Center

The end result is a surprisingly balanced 22′ center console jackshaft setup with ample cockpit and transom space.  With the console slightly farther forward, the 180 hp Yanmar is centered and low, behind a 75-gallon fuel tank.  The Yanmar 4BY2 is a 4-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged, common rail diesel.  Performance on the EdgeWater 228CCD is a respectable 3.96 mpg at 35.6 mph @4,150 rpm, averaging 4.49 mpg in the 22-35 mph range.

The 180-hp Yamaha 4BY2 is an efficient yet powerful engine for the Edgewater 228CCD.

“Yanmar’s diesel engine is really smooth and very quiet, with amazing range,” said Truslow.  “What shocked people is the boat’s fantastic balance.  It floats just right, with the center of gravity lower and farther forward.”

The 228CCD uses EdgeWater’s Single Piece Infusion (SPI) manufacturing process.  Vinylester resin is vacuum-infused into both the grid structures and deep-V hull laminate in one step, making the entire hull bond as one.  SPI makes EdgeWater boats stronger and lighter.  “This complements the dynamics of a modern diesel engine,” said Truslow.  “The Yanmar works really well with SPI─they’re a perfect fit.”

Exposure at EdgeWater’s recent dealer meeting and the formal product launch at the 2012 Miami Boat Show validated the diesel concept.  “The 228CCD is about simplicity and fuel efficiency,” said Truslow.

“There is a niche of people who want EdgeWater styling, and are already fans of the dependability, durability and fuel efficiency of diesels.  But we’ve also found a new market of larger boat owners who, due to gas prices, want something simpler to run around in.  We’ve built many custom boats, and the 228CCD is an entryway to explore concepts for other fuel-efficient models.”

The EdgeWater 228CCD combines a spacious, fishing-friendly layout with superior rough water handling.  Seating includes a comfortable leaning post with storage below and aft-facing seat above the engine.  An unobstructed transom and full-width swim platform appeal to fishermen and SCUBA divers.

Customers can opt for a full bench seat across the transom, a T-top with rod holders and other accessories.  Information about the 228CCD and EdgeWater’s quality line of powerboats is available at www.ewboats.com.

Mastry Engine Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, provides diesel and gas power solutions to marine and industrial OEM and re-power markets.  It supports a network of over 140 authorized dealers in the US and Caribbean.

Contact Mastry Engine Center, 2801 Anvil St., N. St. Petersburg, FL  33710.  727-522-9471
Fax: 727-527-7013.  www.mastry.com 
 

Editor’s Note: The EdgeWater 228CCD is available for testing, contact Peter Orlando at 386-426-5457 or porlando@ewboats.com

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Dock News

 

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