This morning, a few hours before the opening of the Miami International Boat Show, I interviewed Dusty McCoy in advance of his acceptance of a YachtWorld Heroes award given by boats.com sister site yachtworld.com. The CEO of Brunswick, the biggest boat company in the world, was friendly, relaxed, and told stories of growing up in a home-built boat finished with swimming pool paint and launched on a river in Kentucky. He asked how we New Englanders fared in the recent blizzard, then shared a story of his generator catching fire one time and doing without power for nine days.
We filmed the interview aboard the Sea Ray 370 Venture, an innovative express cruiser with hidden Mercury outboards driving it.
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When I asked about new models from Brunswick brands, he mentioned Sea Ray, naturally enough, but then told us to be sure to check out the Crowne 250 pontoon by Harris Flotebote. (Both the 370 Venture and Crowne 250 received NMMA Innovation awards later in the day).
Dusty, who received the YachtWorld award for the partnership he has promoted between the U.S. Power Squadron and Brunswick's dealers, said he felt humbled and that he wasn't sure he was at the same level in terms of service as the others receiving recognition. (See YachtWorld Names 2012 Heroes.) Service, however, can take different forms; some will address global pollution and others, as he noted in his acceptance speech later, will help answer questions like, "How do people acquire the skills to get into boating? And how do they learn to boat safely?"
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