BoaterMouth Made a Splash in Miami; Seven of its Journalists Recognized as Leaders in Field

SEATTLE—Feb. 18, 2010 – As announced on February 9, 2010, Boats.com and YachtWorld.com (divisions of Dominion Enterprises) have joined with BoaterMouth in an innovative collaboration bringing the work of a dozen experienced marine journalists to the world’s leading marine Web based resources. At the Miami Boat Show a large group of marine marketers joined most of the journalists and several Web site representatives to hear more about this new approach to boating media, and the next day, at the Boating Writers International awards breakfast, seven of the writers underscored the fact that BoaterMouth is already the home of award-winning journalism.

Collectively, Kim Kavin, Ben Ellison, Jeff Hemmel, Lenny Rudow, Diane Byrne, Pete McDonald, and Charles Doane received 13 awards and merit certificates—nearly half of these recognizing a full spectrum of online journalistic efforts.

Lenny Rudow headlined the group, earning 1st and 3rd place in Fishing, 2nd place in Gear, Electronics and Product Tests and 3rd place in Electronics. Kim Kavin, the entrepreneur who first launched BoaterMouth, won 1st place in Original Online Content and also picked up a Merit Certificate in Boating Travel or Destinations.

Ben Ellison won 2nd place in Electronics and a Merit Certificate for Original Online Content. Jeff Hemmel won 2nd place in Ethics and Environment and 3rd place in Boating Issues, News and Analysis.

Diane Byrne earned 3rd place in Original Online Content, and Charles Doane received a Merit Certificate in Boating Adventures. Pete McDonald was awarded a Merit Certificate in Boating Issues, News and Analysis.

Notable among the awards were those received by Kavin, Ellison, and Byrne for work published on Web sites they own and manage themselves. Each of these sites now contributes directly to BoaterMouth at Boats.com, as do personal sites owned by Rudow, Hemmel, McDonald, Doane, and the other five members of the BoaterMouth team.

Articles by BoaterMouth’s marine journalists can be read at www.boats.com/boatermouth/ where coverage ranges from power and sailboats to fishing, mega yachts, marine electronics, chartering, cruising, racing, and advice on maintenance and equipment. Boats.com and YachtWorld.com utilize their established online technology to pair this expanded editorial content with related new-boat and brokerage listings, offering the BoaterMouth team’s writing to an average monthly audience of 3.5 million boating enthusiasts—more than the combined circulation of every U.S. marine magazine.

By integrating BoaterMouth-branded sections, Boats.com and YachtWorld.com will provide the ultimate boater experience online, such as offering boat-spec information and expert insights, connected and cross-referenced.