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Triton networks with Yacht Mate Products on Feb. 18

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Date(s) - Feb 18, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Yacht-Mate Products


Yacht-Mate Products will highlight its services and products in its showroom during Triton networking on the third Wednesday of February (Feb. 18) in Ft. Lauderdale. Until then, learn more about marine environmental systems for water and air treatment from owner Sandy Hoekstra Handrahan. 

Q. Tell us about your company.
Yacht-Mate Products is in its 16th 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.

Hoekstra Handrahan

Hoekstra Handrahan

Our main line is our water softening systems. 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 softeners or fresh water reverse osmosis systems by Spot Zero with dockside and installed systems.

We recommend UV sterilizers 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, 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 no MEPC.159 (55) and are awaiting USCG approvals.

We have the Icesea fresh and saltwater flaked ice systems and we added a new line of products by Harsonic that prevent biofilm, which is the initial step of fouling and algae that builds on hulls, shafts and sea chests. The transducer spreads ultrasound waves and signals through which the vacuole breaks and the algae die, preventing barnacles from attaching.

Q. Who uses your products?
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. Most recently, the new Harsonic has been installed on a new Westport 112.

Q. Tell us about yourself.
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 I walk the Ft. Lauderdale A1A half marathon, which is this month (Feb. 15). I love to fish and go out boating with friends and family. And I got married last April.

Q. 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, now a 3M company, as a regional sales manager opening and maintaining distributors of the water factory line of residential and light commercial 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. We added all the systems we would sell to a home to provide the same great quality of systems and safe water for yachts.

Q. 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 to add to our line-up.

Q. 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. 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.

Q. Tell us about some of your staff.
When you stop by our office, you will be greeted by my Labrador Lucy. Gracie, my beloved 11-year-old black Lab, passed away Jan 13. 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, +1 954 527-0112 and visit The Feb. 18 networking event will be at the store at 3200 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 105, in Ft. Lauderdale (33316).

For details contact:
3200 S Andrews Ave. No.105
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
954-527-0112 | Toll Free 877-922-4862
Fax: 954-628-5059

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