Feb 14, 2023


Does anyone know where the month of January went?!

Thank you to all who joined us for the SOLD OUT first member dinner of the year, featuring a boat builder panel moderated by Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. We thank Bill and all the panelists that made it a special evening. Be sure to check out our social media pages for pictures from the event. I have some exciting updates to share…finally and with much anticipation...

Hopefully, you already know that we have officially rebranded MIAPBC! In addition to the new logo, which better reflects our ownership of the Palm Beach International Boat Show, we have other exciting things in store for the year. We are slowly getting things changed over but as you can imagine it’s a big undertaking, so if you see the “old” logo somewhere please let us know because it’s possible we may have missed it. In addition, should you need a copy of our new logo please reach out.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and toy drive! We are excited to finally announce the final toy count of toys collected for Toys for Tots and Little Smiles: 14,229 toys!!! Our goal was to collect more than 13,000 toys so we could not be happier with this news. Be sure to check out our full performance report below. All sponsors will be receiving a separate email as well.

Believe it or not, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is right around the corner! March 23-26. We have sponsorship opportunities for the Kickoff Celebration on March 25 aboard the Mansion Yacht, which will be docked inside the show like last year. All members will be invited to attend with a guest, so be sure to check your emails for that information.

The MIAPBC Membership Committee meets a few times a year to help plan events and discuss member recruitment and retention. If you are a member and interested in joining this committee, reach out to the MIAPBC office.

The cutoff to renew your business membership and be included in the Boater’s Directory is February 15! All members receive a complimentary listing, with the option to purchase an ad. All members also receive free and discounted tickets to the upcoming PBIBS. There is a link included below to renew, but if you need assistance let us know by calling or emailing.

That's all for now! I hope to see you all in March!  



Boat Yard, 15

Brownie's Yacht Diver Stores, 14

Sea Land Insurance Crop., 14

Informa Markets, 10

Nautical Ventures, 10

Port Consolidated, Inc, 10

Michael Kennedy, Attorney, 6

Ferreira Construction Southern Division Co. Inc., 5

Port of Palm Beach Seafarers Center Inc., 5

Palm Beach Fuel Barge, 4

Palm Beach Yacht Sales, 4

Reverse Osmosis of South Florida, 4

Glidecoat a Division of Onan Technologies Inc., 4

Genius Promos, 4

Florida Fishing Academy, 3

Lewis Marine Supply, 3

Hemingway's Boatyard "The Ways", 3

Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches Inc., 3

Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, 3

First on Deck Marketing, 3

NexGen Marine Specialists, 1

Ocean Wraps, 1

Town of Jupiter, 1

Charlie & Joe's Love Street, 1


Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast needs companies like yours to exhibit at JA Inspire® Career Fair to mentor students and open their eyes to a future full of career possibilities with your company.


Attention Members:

This is the LAST CHANCE to renew your membership to make it into the 2023-24 Boaters Directory! February 15 is the deadline.

So, don't wait until the last minute. 

Please call the office (561)863-0012 or email assistant@marinepbc.org with any questions. 


Photography courtesy of Leonard Bryant

Gillen Yacht Services Expands into

Palm Beach Market

Tony Matherly joins Gillen Yacht Team


Gillen Yacht Services, Inc, of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, has a major management announcement and is growing into a new 15,000 sqft. West Palm Beach location.


It is with great pride and excitement that Gillen Yacht Services announces its latest additions and innovations for the New Year. We gained a new Full-Service West Palm Beach location in 2022, and Tony Matherly has recently been named Palm Beach's Operations Manager.


Tony brings over 30 years of Marine experience in yacht servicing, starting his marine experience in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Shipyard and working at prestigious boatyards, including Trinity Yachts in New Orleans and Rybovich Boatyard in Palm Beach. Most recently, Tony was the production manager at Delta T Systems, overseeing the manufacturing of the ventilation products that Gillen Yacht Services engineers and installs on many yacht projects. The same level of service that Fort Lauderdale customers have relied upon can be expected at our Palm Beach location with Tony’s experience, leadership, and performance-focused production.

This new location Tony manages is a full-service, 15,000-square-foot location in West Palm Beach, Florida, dedicated to all aspects of yacht servicing and maintenance. In addition to offering more quality service to our customers, our new management team adds innovative marine engineering and fabrication capabilities in all marine trades.

Gillen Yacht Services is Hiring!

Please email your resume to:


Marine Painter - Palm Beach

Marine Fiberglass Tech – Palm Beach

Lead Marine HVAC Tech – Palm Beach

Lead HVAC Tech – Ft Lauderdale

Lead Marine Diesel Mechanic / Job Foreman – Palm Beach

Marine Electrician – Palm Beach

Click Here for Full Job Descriptions

Michael Rybovich & Sons



  • Boat Builder/Carpenters
  • Marine Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Painters/Varnishers


Competitive salary and recently updated comprehensive benefits package.

Come join our family-owned and operated custom sportfishing operation in Palm Beach Gardens. Work with some of the best craftsmen in the business!

Call Monday-Friday for additional information:

(561) 627-9168, and/or send your resume to:



ONA's Shoreline Stabilization and

Restoration Project




We encourage everyone to review these materials, specifically the analysis of impacts within the Environmental Assessment to understand the project. Should you have meaningful and substantive comments concerning the Proposed Action or the analysis we encourage you to submit them via the “Participate Now” button within the ePlanning website. The Comment period closes on February 26th, 2023.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Name: Peter De Witt

Email: pdewitt@blm.gov

Phone: (561) 295-5955



Brightline planning three-week closure of St. Lucie River bridge for renovations

Brightline plans to close the St. Lucie River railroad bridge for three weeks this spring, a move that could disrupt marine traffic and maritime business. Renovation of the 98-year-old bridge comes as the railroad prepares to extend its passenger service between Miami & Orlando.

Click here to read more

Boaters are encouraged to be on the lookout during right whale calving season

If you plan to boat or fish in the Atlantic Ocean this winter, be on the lookout for North Atlantic right whales that are calving in state and federal waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina from November through April. These endangered species are extremely hard to spot and collisions with vessels put passengers and crew at risk and could cause injury or death to right whales. With fewer than 350, right whales are one of the world's most endangered large whale species. 

Follow these boating safety tips during right whale season:

  • Go slow, which can give you time to react. 
  • Post a lookout! Watch for black objects, whitewater and splashes. 
  • Avoid boating in the dark, when visibility is poor or in rough seas. 
  • Use the Whale Alert app to see if whales have been sighted in your area. 
  • Check for signage at your local boat ramp or marina as a reminder of what to look for and how to identify and report right whale sightings.
  • If a whale is spotted, slow down, operate at a slow speed or put your engine in neutral if possible. Assess the scene and slowly leave the area while keeping watch. Never pursue or follow a whale and keep at least 500 yards from the right whales (it’s the law). 
  • Report whale sightings and collisions immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard on marine VHF Ch. 16 or call 1-877-WHALE-HELP (942-5343).

Learn more about what you can do to prevent right whale collisions at MyFWC.com/Research by clicking “Wildlife.”

These North Atlantic Right Whales (mother & calf) were spotted by Juno Beach & Singer Island early January & photographed by Paul Dabill.

*To comply with federal regulations the drone was kept a minimum

of 500 yards from the whales and high powered zoom lens was used.

IG: @pauldabillphotography

CrossCurrents Newsletter is published by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. in an effort to provide its members with information that will educate, while enabling members to increase networking with other marine industry businesses.

Board of Directors

Austin Burkett, President

E.J. Schrader Mattress Company, Inc.

Raymond Graziotto, Vice President 

Seven Kings Holding 

Janet Zimmerman, Treasurer/Secretary

Florida Inland Navigation District  

Mallory Doremus

Palmdale Oil Company

Tamra Fitzgerald 

Venue Marketing Group

Tino Garcia

Ferreira Construction Company, Inc.

George Gentile

2GHO, Inc.

William Gould

Intracoastal Marine Construction

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, Attorney

Dan Mueller

Viking Yachts Service Center


Alyssa Freeman 

Executive Director

Paola Pineros

Marketing & Membership Manager

Stephanie Button

Administrative Manager

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