Triton networks with Yacht-Mate Products
Date(s) - Feb 17, 2016
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
In business for 17 years, Yacht-Mate Products will host Triton networking on Feb.17 in Ft. Lauderdale. Captains, crew and industry professionals are invited to tour the showroom and enjoy a snack and beverage on the third Wednesday of February. Until then, learn more about marine environmental systems for water and air treatment from owner Sandy Hoekstra Handrahan.
- Tell us about your company.
Yacht-Mate Products is in its 17th year of business providing state-of-the-art water and air treatment equipment. We have a showroom and warehouse offering everything from simple water filters to small package sewage treatment plants and everything in between. We sell, service and install all products we offer.
Our main line is our water softening systems which is an easy and economical way of processing dock water. We can outfit any size vessel and can install single- or twin-tank systems and semi- or fully automatic systems in both portable or installed systems.
Our total water quality program includes treating water from dockside sources to prevent hard water issues. We do that with our softeners mentioned above or fresh water reverse osmosis systems with dockside and installed systems. These systems are membrane based so they remove all total dissolved solids/parts per million.
We recommend UV sterilizers or silver ion systems and drinking water systems for cooking and ice. This reduces bottled water storage, cost and waste onboard.
We offer a variety of other systems, including a line of hydroxyl generators for odor control in bilge and vent lines, portable units for living areas, and air conditioning units to eliminate mold and bacteria, with ion generators, a new line called Active Air, as well as the Gelair line of products. The Ecomar small packaged sewage treatment plants are economical and user friendly with a small footprint. They are approved by Lloyd’s register in compliance with IMO/Marpol MEPC.227 (64) and now have U.S. Coast Guard approval.
We have the Icesea fresh and saltwater flaked ice systems starting at 800 to 2400 pounds per day, which is very competitive with Eskimo, and we added a new line of products by Harsonic that prevent biofilm.
- Who uses your products?
Anyone who has a boat and needs clean safe water! We have many end users of our products on their yachts and boats. Christensen and Ocean Alexander yachts install our Ecomar compact sewage plants on their new builds, and Westport installs our automatic water softeners.
- How did you get into this business?
I started in the water business in 1991 when I worked for a small local company selling water systems to restaurants and hotels. Then I went to work for Cuno as a regional sales manager opening and maintaining distributors of the water factory line of reverse osmosis and filtration systems for the southeast United States.
In 1998, I got involved with a small water company in the marine business and decided to go on my own in 1999. I created and opened Yacht-Mate Products in a niche market for water softeners, which are unlike the PVC-type systems that were being offered.
I am born and raised in Pompano Beach, Fla., and still reside there. I love the Florida lifestyle and all it has to offer. I like being active; I ride my bike at least 10 miles a day and like going to the gym. I love to fish and go out boating with friends and family.
- What sets your business apart?
We stay focused on just water and air treatment so we can provide updated and innovative products to our clients. We are always looking for new technologies and products.
- What do you want everyone to know about Yacht-Mate Products?
We are a small, local company with many products to satisfy anyone’s budget. Customer service is No. 1. We have a showroom and warehouse full of stock for the most common products and offer loyalty discounts to our repeat clients. If they need a special filter or replacement we can source it easily with our contacts. We want to make sure our customers come back.
We have both wholesale and retail clients and our products are in Boat Owners Warehouse and DS Hull. With West Marine, we are in the catalog and in the megayacht division stores. We support a lot of the local chandlers for filtration supplies as well.
- Tell us about some of your staff.
When you stop by our office, you will be greeted by my Labrador Lucy and our new addition, Harper, a rescue. Debbie DeBrocq runs the office and is the smiling face behind the desk. All Triton readers are invited to stop in and see our showroom. We have great cold water by the glass.
For more information on Yacht-Mate Products, contact email@example.com, +1 954 527-0112 and visit www.yachtmate.com. The Feb. 17 networking event will be at the store at 3200 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 105, in Ft. Lauderdale (33316).