Yamaha unveils new ‘marine advocacy’ software

If marine dealers’ congressmen and women don’t know them on a first-name basis, dealers aren’t communicating enough with them.

“The best thing you can really do as a dealer is have your local congressman know you by name so you can call him yourself and tell him how you feel” about issues affecting the marine industry, Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale told Trade Only Today.

Speciale said some of the issues — notably the threat of E15 in the fuel supply and problems with saltwater recreational fishing laws — are the most important challenges facing the industry today. Not the economy or competition with other recreations or marine lending, Speciale said.

So Yamaha is trying to make it easier for its 2,000-strong dealer network to make inroads with their local legislators through theYamaha Marine Advocacy online tool it unveiled last week.

For example, legislators might not understand the hurdles brought on by E10 gasoline that the industry has already tackled. Without that background, it might be more difficult for lawmakers to grasp the potential harmful effects of E15, Speciale said.

“It’s real simple. We have to be the facilitator of that discussion, and that’s why we’re so passionate about this marine advocacy tool,” Speciale said. “This has been a long time coming, and I’m really excited about it.”

Capping the ethanol blend at 10 percent is one of two issues the site focuses on, Speciale said.

The other is trying to ensure that the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act includes language that specifically addresses the recreational fishing industry, instead of lumping it in with commercial fishing, as has been the case for decades.

Yamaha dealers and boatbuilders can access Yamaha Marine Advocacy through the Yamaha Marine Business System and identify their federal legislators. They can then choose to communicate with legislators through a variety of media (Twitter, email, etc.) about issues affecting the industry.

Yamaha will conduct orientation sessions at dealer meetings throughout the boatbuilder meeting season. Dates and locations will be announced. In addition, Yamaha will be contacting its boatbuilders and dealers by phone to answer questions about the system and how it functions.

The company is also trying to facilitate more face-to-face meetings between members of Congress and the dealers they represent. It’s all part of Yamaha’s increasing emphasis on marine GR — government relations — Speciale said.

“I can sit in a boardroom and have these discussions all day, but the thing we bring to the table is the voice of 2,000 dealers,” Speciale said. “If we can get them all speaking with the same voice, we’ll be a lot more effective. We don’t have that [huge ethanol lobby], but what we have that they don’t is all our small business owners. I’ve never met a congressman who doesn’t want to go visit a small business. Those are his constituents. It’s pretty exciting.”


Yamaha unveils new ‘marine advocacy’ software.


The 10th Annual Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament is in the Books.

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I will be helping VBTT with the updates on Twitter and Facebook. 11 out of 88 boats fished today.Total Payout is $127,650.00. Largest payout for this Tournament!!! Boats should be arriving by 5:00pm. Come by and see all the Activities.


The 42 Viking Express is on display next to the Marina Shores Weigh Station

Crash captain left helm for ‘drunken 3-way sex romp’


A fishing boat smashed head on into runway approach lights at La Guardia Airport early Sunday after the vessel’s drunken captain deserted the helm for a three-way sex romp — exposing a stunning security weakness, sources told The Post.

Police were unable to reach the boat to determine whether it was a threat for about 30 minutes, even though a Port Authority police vessel was tied up at a nearby dock.

There was no crew available to operate it because, in a money-saving move, the PA had decided to operate its navy only during daylight hours.

The PA Police Department finally had to call for help from the NYPD’s Harbor Unit.

If those on board the love boat had been “terrorists with bad intentions, they could have easily succeeded,’’ a PAPD official said.

“If they had hand-held rockets, they would have had plenty of time to fire at planes.’’

The PAPD’s boats were purchased specifically to run anti-terrorism patrols and help in boating accidents.

“There are no marine patrols at La Guardia and JFK on the afternoon and midnight tours,’’ a PAPD official said.

“These boats are integral to perimeter security.’’

Paul Nunziato, head of the PAPD union, was furious.

“The boats were purchased with federal money. They are not being deployed 24-7 — as the public would expect them to be,” he said.

The wild night began Saturday in a tavern in College Point, Queens, where boat owner Craig Gallo, 51, James Benenato, 60, and Mary Ann Belson, also 60, began chatting between drinks, another source said.

Neither of the two men had met Belson before.

Gallo, who lives in New Jersey and works for a financial company on Long Island, invited them aboard for a moonlight cruise. And before very long, the boat was rocking.

The joyride ended abruptly at the end of Runway 22, where the boat got impaled on a lighting stanchion.

Belson is being treated for a possible broken nose and jaw, and Gallo, who was later charged with operating a boat under the influence, suffered facial injuries. Benenato was not hurt.

They were lucky the boat was supported by the stanchion. Otherwise, the badly damaged craft might have sunk while they waited for help, the source said.

Before the wreck, “a consensual three-way sex endeavor was going on,’’ the source added.

“There’s a moral here: If you’re feeling amorous aboard a boat, I suggest you drop your anchor before you drop your pants.’’

The incident was the latest black mark against the PA, which is responsible for keeping unauthorized people off airport property.

In 2012, a jet-skier who had run aground at JFK Airport walked undetected across two runways and into a terminal despite motion detectors and security cameras on the grounds.

And in 2013, a man dressed as a woman hopped a fence at Newark Airport after a tryst in a car near the airport ended badly. At the time, a source revealed that perimeter cameras failed to detect the intruder

Bluewater Yacht Sales Picks Up New Vikings

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The Viking Yacht Company was recently featured on New Jersey TV News as part of an ongoing series about business in the Garden State.  Andrea Vasquez toured the 810,000 square foot factory on the Bass River in New Gretna and reports her story here.


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Viking dealer Bluewater Yachts Sales, with offices in Hampton and Gloucester Point, Virginia, Grasonville, Ocean City and Baltimore, Maryland, and Beaufort, Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina took delivery this week of two new Vikings, a 62 Convertible and a 42 Open


Viking 92 on Schedule for Mid-summer Launch

Pat Healey and the Viking 92

While at the factory, the Bluewater team also toured the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertiblecurrently under construction and set to premiere at the Viking Yacht Dealer Meeting in September at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.

The largest boat to be built in the 50 year history of the Viking Yacht Company, the 92 EB features six staterooms, a massive salon with a formal dining area and a world class galley, along with a climate controlled enclosed helm area. The Viking 92 EB will be one of several new Vikings available for sea trials on September 10th in Atlantic City, and you are cordially invited to contact your Viking dealer to make arrangements to get aboard these exciting new models.