North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council Nominations Now Open

The Sober Skipper Advisory Council is accepting nominations. This vital council promotes boating safety through a variety of initiatives by harnessing the combined voice and influence of boating industry representatives from media, manufacturing, retail and more.

North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council Nominations Now Open

The Sober Skipper Advisory Council is accepting nominations. (Courtesy Sea Tow Foundation/)

Nominations are now open for membership on the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, with applications being accepted through April 30, 2021. Appointees will serve two-year terms beginning June 1, 2021.

According to Sea Tow Foundation Executive Director Gail R. Kulp, the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council members represent a wide cross-section of the for-profit boating industry, with council members regularly contributing insight, best practices and recommendations along with jointly promoting a variety of national recreational boating safety initiatives. In addition, the Council produces the National Boating Industry Safety Awards which were launched in 2019 to promote and recognize the most outstanding work in boating safety by for-profit organizations in the recreational marine segment.

“The North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council has worked tirelessly to successfully raise awareness of boating safety within the recreational boating industry,” said Kulp. “Their active engagement in promoting boating safety within their respective organizations while actively supporting other national initiatives, coupled with the recognition generated through the National Boating Industry Safety Awards, has positively impacted and boosted awareness of boating safety efforts. News coverage from the 2020 award winners alone earned more than 250,000 media impressions.”

According to Kulp, five council members will complete their terms in May 2020 including David Dickerson of the NMMA; Jim Emmons of the Water Sports Foundation; Mike Hankins of Andros Boatworks; Dave Marlow of Brunswick Corp.; and Frank Stoeber of Regal Boats.

“We appreciate the outstanding energy of these members who have been involved in our advisory council since the outset,” said Kulp. “We are very grateful for their leadership and contributions; they will be tough to replace.”

Kulp noted that council membership is open for all industry segments, but the council is especially interested in replacing two manufacturer posts, coupled with representatives from marine media, boating associations and the paddlesports market, among others. Requirements include recreational boating industry experience, a passion for boating safety and commitment to active engagement in council initiatives.

Remaining members of the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council include David Connolly of Thomas H. Connolly and Sons, Inc.; Kevin Falvey, Boating Magazine/Bonnier; John Jost, Ken Cook; Capt. Keith Lake, MarineMax; TK Krumenacker, AAA Insurance; Tyler Mehrl, Mercury Marine; Mark Pillsbury, Cruising World Magazine/Bonnier; Angie Scott, The Woman Angler & Adventurer; Eric Shepard, retired boating industry safety advocate; Nic Thomas, Freedom Boat Club; Stephanie Vatalaro, RBFF; Annamarie Worrell, Emerald Coast Marine Group and Leslie Zlotnick, Yamaha Watercraft Group.

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The council’s executive committee includes Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow Services International; Gail R. Kulp, Sea Tow Foundation; and Wanda Kenton Smith, Kenton Smith Marketing.

For more information about the North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council or to nominate yourself or another individual for membership, please visit boatingsafety.com/nassac.

About Sea Tow Foundation

With a focus on safe boating practices that result in fun on the water, the Sea Tow Foundation – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – was established in 2007 by Sea Tow Founder Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer. After his passing in 2015, Captain Joe’s legacy continues as the Foundation brings attention to the number of preventable boating-related accidents, injuries, and deaths, and directly addresses prevention methods through education and awareness. More than 750 life jacket loaner stands are now available across the United States and the Foundation’s Sober Skipper program continues to grow. For more information on the Sea Tow Foundation, please visit boatingsafety.com.

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Fairline Targa 45GT review: Is this British sportscruiser a boat for all seasons?

A blustery test in Ipswich gives us the perfect opportunity to see if the GT is the version of Fairline’s entry-level Targa 45 to go for.

The 45-minute trip down the River Orwell from Ipswich Haven Marina to the North Sea gives you plenty of time to think. If you’re driving a boat for the first time, it also allows ample opportunity to get to know it as the engines patiently hover at 800rpm and the speedometer barely ticks past 5 knots.

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It’s quite a sunroof, too. The aperture is smaller than the canvas roof of the 45 Open but thanks to a pair of glass panels it still allows natural light to saturate the helm and forward end of the saloon even if the weather isn’t good enough to open it.

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Fairline has sold them into the Mediterranean and other sun-blessed destinations but, as if to perfectly demonstrate the point, the boat we’re testing is due to be shipped across the pond to its new home on the Great Lakes a few days after our test.

Read our full review of the Fairline Targa 45GT in the May issue of MBY, which is out now.

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