Someone who helped shape my professional career is a man by the name of Johnny Morris, a founder of a big-box marine store. I only met him once, but he was a mentor of mine for many years. I studied him. I mean, I read everything I could put my hands on about him. I wore out his mail-order catalogs every year since the 1970s. I passed his attention-to-retailing-detail philosophy on to my staffs. He’s humble, a gentle giant in the marine industry.
My friend Jack Bulger foraged his way through a fried seafood platter at the 15th Street Fisheries in Ft. Lauderdale like it was his last meal, pausing for a few seconds to wipe away a wayward dollop of tartar sauce resting in the upper portion of his beard. With our T-shirts, flips-flops, and pink skin we looked like tourists down for a few days of beachcombing and all-you-can-eat buffets. Yet here we were on a blustery November day wondering when we would leave terra firma for the Caribbean—and on what boat.
As we were gearing up to leave Connecticut to start our trip, Danny gained strength and became a tropical storm and then a true-blue hurricane. At that point Erika was just a twinkle in our collective eye—one with the inauspicious name of 98L. She took on the name of Erika just as Danny lost his edge thanks to Sal. Or more accurately SAL, the Saharan Atmospheric Layer, which is a dust cloud high and dry in the upper atmosphere that sucks the energy from storms there this time of year.
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 27, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Guest Writer on Aug 24, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 20, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
I just finished up sea trialing the Delta 88 in Marstrand, Sweden, and man, that’s a cool boat. There’s a lot to like about her, as well as the grounds we cruised in the Stockholm Archipelago, and I’ll get to it all in a full-length feature coming up in the magazine. But briefly I wanted to talk about the boat’s use of carbon fiber. That’s all she is. Everything onboard, the hull, the superstructure, her staircases—carbon fiber (plus a healthy dose of teak). The effect is, obviously, that the boat is super light, at 90,000 pounds.
Like on the first day of high school, a room filled with Carver/Marquis dealers sat silently when vp of design and engineering Josh Delforge asked for feedback on the recently launched Carver 43 Coupe and renderings of their new 50. No one wanted to be the first to raise his or her hand. It was an inauspicious start to the brainstorming session at the group’s annual dealer meeting held in Ft. Myers, Florida.