Bowen Marine Changes Hands
Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow, the former Miss Universe winner, has sold her powerboat manufacturing company, Bowen Marine, regionally known for its fiberglass pirogues. The new owners of the Chaguaramas-based company are Joe Pires and Carlos Sabga who is also a champion powerboat driver. The late Brian Bowen, who designed his first boat at the age of 14, founded the company in the 1970s. He later created his own brand of fiberglass moulds, eventually establishing his own company in Chaguaramas. Pires, the new CEO of the company, announced a small change in the name of the company from Bowen Marine to Bowen Boats. Pires said that the Bowen legacy would live on, adding that the chief goal of the new owners would be to push Bowen Boats further in the new millennium – from the Caribbean into the USA and other foreign markets.He said Bowen was always noted for manufacturing excellent boats. “The name Bowen is synonymous with quality boats and it will remain so,” he said.
More Than Just Cooling Down
YSATT member Coast to Coast Services recently moved to the Crews Inn
Yachting Center in the Shipwright Building in Chaguaramas. Owner Richard Hosam says, “We continue to offer our air-conditioning/dehumidifier rentals but have expanded our service offering to include DVD and CD rentals with over DVD 275 titles available. We also have several items on sale and from time to time we will be offering unique items for the yachting community.” A visit to the Coast-to-Coast showroom reveals a large selection of electric scooters and zigzag bikes, just the thing to zip around Chaguaramas in. For more information contact Coast to Coast Services at (868) 634-COOL or email [email protected]
Dougie Myers Will Be Remembered
Dougie Myers, an icon in the world of Caribbean sailing, suffered a fatal heart attack on June 20th 2004. One of the founders of the Trinidad and Tobago Yachting Association, Dougie was a devoted racing sailor, campaigning at regattas throughout the Caribbean for the last 30 years. He was admired by all of his crew and rivals as being a very competitive sailor and a good captain.The turnout at the funeral was further evidence of his admiration as the church was packed to overflowing with more than 500 mourners from Trinidad, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia and as far away as the United States. A wake held at TTSA was an opportunity for those that loved him to pay their last respects. Tears and laughter were shared late into the night as his closest friends, who were also some of his closest rivals, paid fond tribute to him – Jerome McQuilken (Carriacou), Mike Rostant (Trinidad), Peter Hoad (Barbados), Hugh Bailey (Antigua) and Mark Wood (the U.S.). His daughter Candace’s reminisces were especially moving, bringing tears to the eyes of even the most hardened sailor. The Antigua contingent paid him a special honor, announcing that the most used marker at the Antigua Race Week will be named “Legacy” after his last and favorite sailboat. He will be missed at the start line.
YSATT Marine Trade Show 2004
YSATT’s 3rd Trade Show was a success in the eyes of the majority of the exhibitors. Though there were fewer visitors to the show this year the feedback indicates that those that did visit were serious shoppers. Nearly all the attendees were boat owners or captains and over 80% were the decision-maker or buyer on the boat. One contractor reported making TT$3,500 in sales at the show and has submitted TT$100,000 in follow-up quotations. Other exhibitors were even more successful – one dealer sold an engine at the show and has converted four leads into sales, while Nau-T-Kol secured orders for four of their Stone Cold units valued at approximately TT$108,000.Feedback from 30% of the exhibitors indicated that they made over TT$60,000 worth of sales at the show and have submitted quotations valued at nearly TT$600,000. Congratulations to the winners of the best booth – Peake Trading that was judged to have the best display. Plans for next year’s show include collaborating with an established trade show management company, putting together a special package to attract charter boat operators to attend the show and soliciting North American suppliers to exhibit at the show. Next year’s event will be held on June 4, 2005. For more information, contact YSATT at (868) 634 4938 or email