Mr. Erwin survived one of the most tragic events in American Naval history with bravery and courage. He loved telling his story and sharing first-hand with those who wanted to learn more about his survival of the historic event. But if there was one thing he could pass along to others, it was the importance of grasping the moment with happiness and a smile. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
The family will be accepting friends for visitation at the Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN on Monday, June 11, from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12th, at Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel.
Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Erwin Marine was excited to host the FIRST Surf Competition in Chattanooga!
Sponsored by HeyDay and Phase 5, the competition was a huge success with competitors from all over Chattanooga and surrounding areas.
The event was held on a beautiful, busy Saturday on Chickamauga Lake. We started with a kids’ competition. They had a blast and wow, these kids can shred it! We have amazing talent here in Chattanooga!
First place of the Youth Division went to this awesome surfer girl, Kate Rogers. Here she is with her brand new Phase 5 surfboard! Congratulations, Kate!
The HeyDay WT-Surf was busy all day with beginner and intermediate surfers. Some of them made it look so easy and effortless. Even the wipe-outs looked like fun!
Did we mention this is the FIRST surf competition in Chattanooga?
Our driver, Ben Dorton of HeyDay, did a killer job through the heat of the day and the sometimes crazy traffic in the lake. And we couldn’t have asked for a better team of judges than Keisha Bentley of HeyDay and Drew Danielo of Phase 5. They had a really tough job. In fact, they really had to put their heads together to chose the winners.
In the “Beginners” Division, First Place went to Robert Kirby.
The First Place Winner of the “Intermediate” Division was Kevin Cook.
At the end of the day, win or lose, new friends were made, everyone had big smiles on their faces, and had a little fun on the water. All-in-all, the day was a big success!
If you missed the competition this year, don’t worry. We are already working on next year’s event! If you want to be sure not to miss out on it, keep up to date by filling out the form here.
We would like to offer a huge “Thank You” to all who made this event happen, especially Keisha Bentley and Benjamin Dorton of HeyDay, Drew Danielo of Phase 5, Michael Porter and Bryan Summers of Erwin Marine. And thank you to all of the competitors and spectators for showing up and being patient with us for our first run of this surf competition. We had fun and we hope you did too. Next year will be even better and we welcome your suggestions to make it so. Thank you!
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who for allowing Erwin Marine Sales to be your boat dealer and giving us the best reviews in the industry. And we are thankful to our dedicated employees who love living the boating lifestyle every day.
To learn more about this program by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), visit boatsatisfaction.com.
Erwin Marine invites you to join us for our Spring Boat Show to welcome the boating season!
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST)
What to expect at the show:
– A wide variety of New pontoons, sport boats, cruisers, & yachts in the water & our showroom
– New Wake Boat Brands on display
– A huge selection of pre-owned boats available
– In-house financing & insurance
– Ask our Certified Sales Team about manufacturer’s incentives
– On-site dry storage at Chickamauga Marina
– On-site Service & Parts department
We also know that boating safety is the most important part of making sure your day on the water stays stress-free and fun. Erwin Marine Sales offers boating instruction and education classes throughout the year. Details can be found on our event calendar at erwinmarine.com.
We would like to make you aware of these upcoming safety classes designed to educate and make you more comfortable at the helm and be the best (and safest) boater you can be.
The Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) will be teaching the United States Power Squadron America’s Boating Course on Saturday, Apil 7, 2018, and again on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The cost is $40.
America’s Boating Course includes:
types of boats and their uses
boating laws, both federal and state
safety equipment, both required and recommended
finding your way, and adverse conditions
trailering, knots and lines, and water sports topics
The class includes a final examination that satisfies the TWRA Boating Safety Class requirements. If you need a TWRA issued boating safety education card, you must purchase a $10 boat safety Type 600 Exam Permit from any business (licensed agent) that sells hunting and fishing licenses (Wal-Mart, Academy Sports, bait stores, marinas, etc.). The receipt from this transaction is your “ticket” to take the exam, and you must bring the exam “ticket” to the examination administrator (required only if you want to obtain a TWRA boating safety education card). The exam permit fee is in addition to the class fee. The permit will not be available for purchase at the class site.
THE LAW– Tennessee residents born after January 1, 1989, must have in their possession, a TWRA issued boating safety education card showing proof of successful completion of the TWRA administered boating safety exam if operating a boat or personal watercraft alone. Non-Tennessee residents, born after January 1, 1989, must show a certificate from any course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
You know the name. You know what it means in the industry. Now it’s being honored by one of the most influential names in the business. Sea Ray is proud to announce the Sea Ray SLX 400 won the most prestigious award in the sport boat industry: Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year. This award is the latest in a long line of accolades awarded to Sea Ray by the most prominent members of the global boating industry.
“We tested more than 130 boats during 2017, assessing their safety, performance, innovation, and place in their categories,” said Kevin Falvey, editorial director, Boating Magazine. “This ‘cruiser’ handles nimbly at 40 knots, makes a great weekender, and boasts many design innovations, not the least of which is the expandable swim platform known as the swim terrace. Dedicated stowage for a stand-up paddleboard is just one example that reflects a builder in touch with the current wishes of many boaters. Boating’sBoat of the Year is the most prestigious honor awarded to recreational boat builders. For 2017, the Sea Ray SLX 400 joins the pantheon of great boats that can claim the title of Boat of the Year.”
“We are thrilled, and honored Boating Magazine awarded the Sea Ray SLX 400 Boat of the Year,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “We are dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and inspiring families and the next generation to love and appreciate boating as much as we do here at Sea Ray.”
In addition to being recognized for Boat of the Year, Sea Ray received multiple additional awards at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. Additional awards include:
Inboard Express Cruiser – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award
Best Sales Promotion, #SeaRaySummer – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
Best Website, New Configurator, Design Your Sea Ray – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
Best Video, SLX-W 230, in partnership with MarineMax – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards
With the recent wins in Miami and the prestigious Boat of the Year award, Sea Ray, the most awarded boat brand in the world, continues their reign as top in class. Sea Ray is proud to have won the most editor’s choice awards and the most product quality awards in the industry, including the following accolades in the last 12 months:
National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer CSI Awards (Sales)
National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer Marine Industry CSI Awards (Customer Satisfaction)
SLX-W 230 Wake Sports Boat, Top Product Award – Boating Industry
SLX 400, Innovation Award – National Marine Manufacturers Association
Retail Marketing Initiative Award, Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement
Brunswick Distinguished Safety Award
“Not only have our boats been awarded year-after-year, but the industry also continuously recognizes our customer service and customer experience, as our recent wins at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show prove,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “Sea Ray is proud to have won the coveted National Marine Manufacturers Association award for excellence in customer service. Our dedication to customer experience, along with our focus on providing boaters with the best boating experience available on the water today, is our focus in 2018 and will continue to be as we grow in the future.”
Sea Ray is continually recognized for its dedication to delivering a superior boating experience to every member of the family every time they are on the water. Sea Ray’s goal of building a lifestyle that redefines the boating experience is made obvious through each model’s premier craftsmanship and richness of finishes, combined with decades of expertise building the most sophisticated sport boats, cruisers and yachts on the water, and the company’s unwavering dedication to customer service and community. Sea Ray truly is more than a boat, and industry insiders continue to notice.
Check out the presentation here:
For more information about Sea Ray, and to view the complete lineup of award-winning models, please visit searay.com.
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ABOUT SEA RAY
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray is the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 19 to 65 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle — each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgf/317892514.
Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood, Garelick and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land ‘N’ Sea, Kellogg Marine, Lankhorst Taselaar, Payne’s Marine and BLA parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group and SCIFIT fitness equipment; and Brunswick billiards tables, accessories and game room furniture. For more information, visit http://www2.searay.com/e/47872/2018-02-28/6krwgk/317892514
Brian McNeal and Michael Porter will be at the Miami Yacht Show ready to assist in finding the yacht of your dreams. Both are licensed Florida Yacht Brokers and can represent any of the yachts at the show. If you are looking for a specific model, they can assist you.
Stop by and see Michael or Brian at the show or contact them to talk boats. They will be at the Sea Ray Display (Collins Ave) through Sunday and look forward to hearing from you.
Feel free to contact either of them to make an appointment for a private showing.
Brian McNeal | (423) 364-4673 Michael Porter | (706) 581-4510