A very big congratulations to the Belcher family and the team aboard Floor Reel for their impressive win at the White Marlin Open. Their 640.5-pound blue marlin secured them a jackpot of over $6.2M! The captain and crew aboard Floor Reel enjoy ultra-pure water produced by the latest technology from Blue Water Desalination.
While the White Marlin Open is known as the richest billfish tournament in the world, a prize payout this big is unheard of. It was made possible due to this blue marlin, caught by angler John Ols, being the only qualifying fish brought to the scales during the tournament. Tournament rules dictate how the prize money for white and blue marlin, and first, second and third place is disbursed, but with only one qualifying billfish brought to the scales, it became a winner-take-all payout.
The total tournament purse for the 50th edition of this Ocean City, Maryland, USA tournament exceeded $10.5M so there was over $4M awarded to other categories including tuna, top boat, top angler and more.
The Floor Reel is a 57-foot custom sportfishing boat which is equipped with the latest in cutting-edge watermaker technology from Blue Water Desalination. Near-endless freshwater is produced by their Express XT 600 in the boat, while a ClearMate Mobile purifies water back at the dock for a spotless washdown. We are so excited for the owners, captain and crew of Floor Reel on this win and we are grateful for them entrusting their freshwater needs, both on the water and at the docks, to our innovative marine desalination systems.
The Blue Water Desalination team revealed our latest innovation in water purification during the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The all-new Explorer XT is a robust, expandable system designed to fit almost any available space. With capacities from 475 to 1,800 GPD, the Explorer XT is a welcome new standard for mid-sized to large yachts.
Boasting fully automatic operation, the new Explorer XT is offered in multiple configurations to fit the needs of most yachtsmen and the space of nearly any boat. The flexible footprint combined with an impressive production capability of up to 75 gallons per hour (284 liters per hour) makes the Explorer XT an ideal fit for new yachts and refits.
This latest watermaker builds upon the same leading-edge technology as our popular Express XT Series, offering mariners pure water at the touch of a button. Plus, three different configurations including a compact frame and one-piece & two-piece modular controllers ensure that the installation can be customized to fit almost any available space.
The new Express XT DC series watermakers feature automatic operation with capacities up to 25 gallons per hour (95 liters per hour). Designed to fit into tight spaces of small and mid-sized yachts, the Express XT DC is ideal for applications in today’s cruising yachts that rely solely on DC power while away from the marina.
New Marine Sales Manager will Focus on Supporting and Growing the Dealer Network in North, South & Central America and Asia
Blue Water Desalination (BWD) is proud to announce the newest addition to our team, Marine Sales Manager for the Americas and Asia, Berkeley Andrews. A seasoned sales professional with proficiency in state-of-the-art technical marine equipment, Andrews’ experience includes working with a global leader for vessel stabilization equipment and ten years representing one of the largest marine reverse osmosis suppliers worldwide.
Andrews’ employment experience includes working throughout the Americas and Asia Pacific while growing client revenue 20% year-over-year. He has been instrumental in strengthening brand recognition and global reach for a wide range of companies and industries that he has worked within. BWD is excited to put Andrews’ proven sales and marine desalination experience to work in helping to grow yacht builder & OEM sales for the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean to Asia.
With significant demand for BWD’s cutting-edge equipment and global support network within his territories, Andrews’ focused attention to building brand awareness, growing dealer networks and boosting system sales will help ensure BWD’s global market share continues on its current trajectory.
Rationing Water is a Thing of the Past for Remote Charter Fishing Fleet
Casa Vieja Lodge Anglers enjoy endless water thanks to Blue Water Desalination
There comes a point in every captain and boat owner’s career where a piece of equipment that once was seen as a luxury becomes a straight-up necessity. Captain David Salazar, owner/operator of the Casa Vieja Fishing Lodge in Guatemala, recently reached that tipping point with the water supplies aboard several of his fleet’s custom sportfish boats. Captain Salazar explains, “With only so many gallons in the freshwater tanks, we were literally rationing water gallon-by-gallon during our day and overnight fishing trips.”
Blue Water Desalination’s Managing Director, Jim Santa has known Captain Salazar for many years, so it was an easy decision for Salazar to seek out Jim’s advice on equipping the fleet with marine watermakers. “I’ve known Jim for a long time, and our friendship definitely played a role in choosing Blue Water, but the quality and advanced features of the products helped seal the deal,” he explained. (more…)
Expanded Global Reach for Cutting-Edge Reverse Osmosis Products
Blue Water Desalination maintains their strong growth trajectory with the addition of Flagship Marine to their global dealer network. The island nation of New Zealand has a new outlet for sales, service and installation of Blue Water Desalination watermakers, equipment and accessories.
Flagship Marine is a full-service marina, shipyard and sales outfit that represents several of Australia and New Zealand’s finest brands of cruising and sail boats. Their service capabilities range from yacht detailing to full refits and engine repowers. Flagship Marine’s expertise and recognition in the local yachting industry make this partnership an ideal match to Blue Water’s advanced desalination systems.
“Flagship Marine are very proud to have partnered with Blue Water Desalination, a technology leader that shares their constant drive and passion for exceptional class-leading design and innovation,” commented Dean Horgan, Director of Flagship Marine. “The Blue Water range of desalinators are truly world class and combined with Flagship Marine’s highly trained installation and maintenance professionals, customers can expect the very best advice and support possible.”
“As we continue to unveil new products and industry innovations, the Blue Water Desalination team has proven that we are a driving force in the advancement of marine desalination technology,” said BWD President Chris Rollins. “Our leading-technology reverse osmosis products continue to capture the attention of the yachting industry, and we are very pleased to be partnering with Flagship Marine in the South Pacific.”