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John Walker Replaces Reggie Fountain as President, CEO of Fountain Powerboats

Liberty Associates appointed John Walker president and CEO of Fountain Powerboats in December just days after Reggie Fountain, who founded the company more than 30 years ago, resigned.

Volvo Penta, Yamaha Motor to Develop Boat Control Systems

Volvo Penta and Yamaha have signed an agreement to develop control systems for outboard-powered boats, including a remote-control system that would improve maneuverability and ease of docking for larger boats. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine the talents of Yamaha and Volvo Penta engineers to achieve new levels in state-of-the-art marine control design,” said Clint Moore, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

An American Dream

Things are still tough in the boat business. While there are signs of a faltering recovery, no one’s exactly gushing about the future. Most everyone seems resigned that the boat business will be a shadow of its former self, at least for now.

Virtual Hatteras

I've viewed a fair number of "virtual boat tours" over the years, and most of them look—well, virtual, as opposed to realistic. Either that or they're so cursory that they  don't give you a feeling for what the boat is really like. But the  one for Hatteras's new GT63 pretty much blew me away. It's both realistic and comprehensive. Have a look:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9xSZdWz3CU

Heesen keeping busy

It seems every week I am getting another announcement of a Heesen launch or contract signed. It's great news.

This past week they launched the 50-meter (164-foot) Satori, which is the enlightenment that is the first step to Nirvana in the Zen Buddhist tradition. At just under 500 gross tons, she has a top speed of 24 knots (27.6 mph), which will make it easy to marina-hop.

Payback Time

Illustration by Richard ClarkA phony Florida boat contractor faced a fateful deadline recently: Either return $90,000 in cash to his victims or spend eight years in state prison.

Thinking about 2014 already?

Even if you aren't, the Russians are. (I know I am focused on making it past 2012.)