The Triton

Obituaries

Cable Marine, Boat Owners Warehouse founder Elmer Strauss dies

By Dorie Cox From boatyards to retail stores, Elmer Strauss built a collection of businesses that helped change the face of the yacht industry in Fort …

Former yacht mate, chef Townsend Pillsbury dies

By Dorie Cox Former yacht mate and chef Townsend Pillsbury died of cancer on July 12. She was 62. Capt. Andy McKee has served as captain of the 81-foot Broward …

Yacht designer Claudette Bonville dies

Award-winning yacht designer Claudette K. Bonville, of Fort Lauderdale-based Claudette Bonville Associates (CBA), died July 16 after an eight-year battle with …

Chef Dragos ‘Dragon’ Caprelian dies after brief illness

Chef Dragos Caprelian died on Aug. 19 at a hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida. He had recently returned home to Florida after feeling ill while at work on a …

Longtime Merle Wood employee dies

By Dorie Cox Long-time Merle Wood & Associates employee Barry Hall died on Thursday of cancer at the hospital at Miami Veterans Administration. He was 71. …

Capt. Wattula’s final trip will live on

By Capt. Peter Hunziker I have been dear friends with Josh Wattula for as long as I have been in yachting [“Friends remember Capt. Joshua Wattula“, …

Friends remember Capt. Joshua Wattula of M/Y ForaPlay

By Dorie Cox Capt. Joshua Wattula had recently accomplished one of his goals: to be master of a yacht. He had recently been hired as captain on M/Y ForaPlay, a …

Veteran of Hatteras, Jarrett Bay, Bluewater, Jan Byers Boone dies

A veteran in the yacht industry, Jan Byers Boone died of colon cancer on May 29. She was 57. Ms. Boone began in the industry in marketing and sales at Hatteras …

Friends, bosses remember Capt. Rob Fregeolle

By Dorie Cox Capt. Robert Byron Fregeolle died May 26 in a motorcycle accident in Fort Lauderdale. He was 32. Originally from Maine, Capt. Fregeolle started …

Ingham Engineering founder Ian Craik dies

Ian Stoba Craik, founder of Ingham Engineering died at his home on April 30 in Fort Lauderdale. He was 73. His wife, Brenda Craik, wrote this remembrance: …

Editor’s Picks

Lionfish Challenge eliminates 23,000 fish

Lionfish Challenge eliminates 23,000 fish

During the fourth annual Lionfish Challenge, held May 18 to Sept. 2, 23,451 lionfish were taken out of the ocean. There were 349 people …

Triton Expo 2019 draws big crowd

Triton Expo 2019 draws big crowd

As yachts begin to arrive in town for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, more than 1,000 yacht captains, crew, and business …

Latest in the charter fleet: Balista with NJ; Excellence with Denison

Latest in the charter fleet: Balista with NJ; Excellence with Denison

M/Y Balista, a 153-foot (46m) Cantieri Di Pisa in 2013, available for winter charter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, and summer charter in …

Loon, Lady Rose take top crew awards

Loon, Lady Rose take top crew awards

Yacht crew were recognized for excellence in 21 categories during the Crew Awards by Acrew on Saturday. About 400 yacht captains and crew …

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