Boats.com Builds Outstanding Editorial Team

Top marine writers contribute bi-weekly columns

February 11th 2008

SEATTLE – February 11, 2008 – Boats.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has tapped the best writers in the industry to form a “dream team” of editorial contributors who will develop bi-weekly columns on various segments of the boating market, from personal watercraft (PWC) to megayachts. “This editorial team, with its depth of knowledge, boating expertise and technical savvy makes a tremendous contribution to Boats.com by providing greater value and utility to our visitors,” said Debra Keene Bergeron, general manager of Boats.com. “The new content initiative is a natural complement to our core purpose and reflects our commitment to not only maintaining, but further broadening our position as the number one online marketing and information resource for boat builders, dealers and consumers.”

“These contributors aren’t just writers I respect – they’re writers I admire,” said Matt Trulio, powerboating editor, Boats.com. “They’re all completely dialed into the markets they’re going to cover for Boats.com. They know their stuff, and they can write. We’ve given them just one mandate: Make it fun.”
The Team

Brett Becker, a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for more than 10 years, will handle the wakeboard/ski boat market. The former editor of Powerboat and Boating Life magazines, Becker regularly writes and shoots for Performance Racing Industry and Powerboat magazines. His work has also appeared in WaterSki, IntelliChoice, Automotive News and Cycle News. In his spare time, Becker is building a Spec Miata for competition and working toward his racing license.

Karen Buhler Gale, who will cover basic sailing and seamanship, is a freelance writer and sailor. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she wrote an award-winning health book for children, The Kids’ Guide to First Aid. She was a staff writer for CTB/McGraw-Hill in test and text development for schools, and currently writes sports and local interest articles for the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber. A 17-year resident of ferry-dependent Vashon Island, Gale was an armchair sailor for years before buying her first sailboat, Elation, a 27-foot Catalina. She sails with her family in her home waters of Puget Sound. Her most recent article was “The Zero-Knot Sailor” for SAIL magazine.

Jeff Hemmel, an award-winning writer, contributing editor for Boating magazine and the editor of Watercraft World magazine, will handle pleasure boating. That translates to single-engine powerboats in the 18- to 30-foot range, a subject in which Hemmel, who covers a similar segment for Boating, is wellversed. He has written for Consumers Digest, Powersports Industry, Boating Industry and Wake. Hemmel is a former PWC racer. He lives in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Kim Kavin, an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel, will cover yachting. She is a contributing writer for worldwide magazines including Power & Motoryacht, Robb Report, and Elite Traveler; the author of five books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Charter Vacations; and the editor and publisher of www.CharterWave.com, an online magazine about private yacht vacations. Kavin is currently president of the 500-plus-member professional organization Boating Writers International (BWI). She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Learn more at www.KimKavin.com.

Charles Plueddeman, the current author of Boats.com’s bi-weekly Outboard Expert column will add a PWC column to his Boats.com repertoire. Plueddeman has been covering marine engine technology, PWC and trailerable boats since 1987, when he joined the editorial staff of Boating magazine. He was the founding editor of Boat Magazine in 1989, and has served for a year as the interim editor of Watercraft World magazine. A regular contributor to Boating as editor at large, Plueddeman’s work has also appeared in Men’s Journal, Maxim, Cargo, Popular Mechanics, Outdoor Life, Playboy and other national publications. He is a multi-time winner in the BWI writing contest and has dinged a prop in each North American time zone.

Matt Trulio, who will contribute columns on high-performance boats and boating, joined Boats.com as powerboat editor in 2000 and is one of the company’s longest-standing employees. The winner of the 1999 Moulton H. “Monk” Farnam Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary, as well as writing awards from BWI, Trulio started his marine writing career when he joined Powerboat magazine in 1995. He remains the magazine’s editor at large. In addition to his work for Boats.com and Powerboat, Trulio has written for Voyaging, ShowBoats International and Watercraft World magazines. He is a former newspaper writer and editor.

About YachtWorld & Boats.com
Together, YachtWorld and Boats.com are the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for the boating industry. With over 140,000 new and used boat listings worldwide offered by over 4,000 brokers, dealers and builders in 100 countries, YachtWorld and Boats.com are visited by over 4 million boating consumers every month who click through over 95 million page views. YachtWorld is the premier online sales channel for yacht brokers around the world with total boat listings in excess of 35 billion Euros. Boats.com provides marketing and Web services to new boat dealers and builders, and offers a “For Sale By Owner” classified service. YachtWorld and Boats.com have European headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and customer service representation in France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Estonia. Both companies are business units of Dominion Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, is a leading media and information services company serving employment, real estate, automotive, recreation and industrial markets. The company operates a variety of technology businesses that offer Internet marketing, Website design and hosting, lead generation, CRM, and data capture and distribution services including Advanced Access, PowerSports Network and Dealer Specialties. The company has more than 500 paid and free magazine titles such as The Employment Guide, For Rent, Harmon Homes, Cycle Trader and RV Trader with a combined weekly circulation of over 5 million, and more than 40 market-leading Websites such as EmploymentGuide.com, ForRent.com, Homes.com, and TraderOnline.com, reaching more than 8 million unique monthly visitors. The company has nearly 6,800 employees and 2007 annual revenue in excess of U$1 billion. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.