ORLANDO, FL - At the end of November, employees from MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique came together in the British Virgin Islands to assist residents with their recovery efforts.
Bill Yeargin, President and CEO of Correct Craft, stated, “Our team was thrilled to partner with MarineMax on this important project to help those who were severely impacted by this season’s hurricanes.” Yeargin added, "Our friends at MarineMax share our culture of ‘Making Life Better’ and we appreciated the opportunity to serve with several outstanding members of their team."
For three days, employees from these marine industry leaders joined together to help the residents on the island of Tortola and specifically the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.
As one of only two tertiary institutions in the British Virgin Islands, this is a vital component of education for local residents and students. The college offers a wide variety of subjects including Arts and Sciences, Business, Tourism, and Information Technology, Education and Community Programmes, and - most notably – Technical and Marine Studies. They recently received accreditation allowing them to expand their technical course offerings, giving students the opportunity for both hands-on and in-classroom learning.
Due to hurricane Irma, the school’s surrounding area suffered major damage including several downed trees, roofing damage, and mass debris. This debris along with the lack of power, air conditioning, and lights have prevented most students from returning to school. The MarineMax, Correct Craft, and Nautique team worked diligently to clear the campus and accessible roads in order for these problems to be fixed and for students to resume their education.
Despite the destruction on shore, the British Virgin Islands are making progress in their recovery efforts. The water is beautiful as ever, snorkeling and diving spots remain, grocery stores and local hotspots are returning to business. For updates on the recovery of the British Virgin Islands visit http://bit.ly/2iIpCRg.
Residents of the British Virgin Islands need travelers to return as tourism is their main industry and source of income. You can help by booking a charter with MarineMax Vacations who will donate 10% of new booking fees through March 1, 2018 to the rejuvenation of the islands. To book a charter to the British Virgin Islands with MarineMax Vacations call (813) 644-8071 or visit marinemaxvacations.com.
"We are dedicated to supporting the residents and businesses of the British Virgin Islands. Tourism is an integral part of the economy of the islands, and we are committed to aiding the restoration," stated Brett McGill, President and COO of MarineMax.
The British Virgin Islands have been home to MarineMax Vacations for the past several years. As such, MarineMax is proud to support this community in their time of need.
Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, MarineMax is the nation’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. Focused on premium brands, such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Meridian, Hatteras, Azimut Yachts, Ocean Alexander, Galeon, Grady-White, Harris, Bennington, Crest, Scout, Sailfish, Sea Pro, Sportsman, Scarab Jet Boats, Yamaha Jet Boats, Aquila, and Nautique, MarineMax sells new and used recreational boats and related marine products and services as well as provides yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax currently has 60 retail locations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas and operates MarineMax Vacations in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. MarineMax is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. For more information, please visit marinemax.com.
About MarineMax Vacations
MarineMax Vacations, the fastest growing charter company and is a subsidiary of MarineMax. They operate the newest fleet in the British Virgin Islands of true power boats, including the custom-built MarineMax 362, MarineMax 382, MarineMax 443 and MarineMax 484 power catamarans. Also, included in the fleet are sailing yachts, all operated from its charter base in Tortola. Those wishing to learn more about MarineMax Vacations, to plan and price their charter vacation, to inquire about the Yacht Ownership Program or private ownership should call toll free 888-461-5497 or 813-644-8071 or visit marinemaxvacations.com.
About Nautique Boat Company
Celebrating 93 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.
About Correct Craft
Celebrating 93 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit CorrectCraft.com.