ORLANDO, FL (February 25, 2019) — Watershed Innovation will sponsor the Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament on May 11, 2019 at Camp Mack Resort in Lake Wales. Watershed will reveal the quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion that the University of Central Florida Engineering Senior Design Program students have been developing this school year.
The Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament is donating all proceeds from the event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, a mentoring program for at-risk kids to help them reach their potential. Teams will register for the competitive catch and release tournament and enjoy a day of fishing and weighing their catch with food and prizes.
Fourteen graduating senior UCF students from multiple disciplines will reveal their year-long project to develop a quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion at the tournament. They have applied advanced technologies including computational fluid dynamics and electric propulsion to create a boat that is both lightweight to maximize range and be ultra-quiet to help catch more fish. The project has been done in collaboration with engineers from SeaArk Boats, Correct Craft’s aluminum fishing boat company. Torqeedo, a clear market leader in electric boat drives, has also been involved in this project along with SeaDek, the premier maker of marine non-skid surface products.
This project will also be showcased on April 19, alongside 150 other projects made by graduating seniors at the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Senior Design Showcase on UCF’s main campus.
Watershed President Sean Marrero stated, “We are very proud of the work being accomplished by the Watershed and UCF teams with support from our partners: SeaArk, Torqueedo, and Seadek. I can think of no better way to put that work to the test than by entering this year’s Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament! Even though we can’t be sure how many fish we will catch, giving back is part of our culture. We know we will have a fun day supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 94 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Focused on “Making Life Better,” the Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
About Watershed Innovation: Founded in 2018, Watershed Innovation is focused on identifying, researching, developing and integrating exponential technologies to benefit Correct Craft, its subsidiaries and the marine industry. These ideas will strategically align with our businesses, our culture and our focus of “Making Life Better.” For more information please visit www.watershedinnovation.com.
About SeaArk Boats: With over 60 years of experience in boat building, SeaArk Boats (owned by Correct Craft) is the industry’s premier aluminum fishing boat known for outstanding product quality and excellent customer service. Mostly known for heavy-duty aluminum boats built specifically for cat-fishing, SeaArk also builds bass- and crappie-fishing boats, jon boats, duck boats, and bay boats, offering a wide variety of tunnel and jet tunnel hulls. For more information visit www.seaarkboats.com.
About Torqeedo: Torqeedo is the market leader for electric mobility on the water. Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, the company develops and manufactures electric and hybrid drives from 0.5 to 100 kW for commercial applications and recreational use. Torqeedo products are characterized by an uncompromising high-tech focus, maximum efficiency and complete system integration. Torqeedo is part of the DEUTZ Group, one of the world’s leading independent suppliers of diesel and natural gas engines. www.torqeedo.com.
About SeaDek Marine Products: SeaDek manufactures a wide range of PE/EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders, aftermarket customers, and dealers. In addition to custom products, SeaDek offers an extensive line of retail items, including DIY sheet material, anti-fatigue helm station pads, coaming bolsters, and more. As a safe and comfortable alternative to molded-in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available, SeaDek provides exceptional traction and aesthetically pleasing stylistic options. Made from UV protected non-absorbent PE/EVA foam, SeaDek utilizes an acrylic-based 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive for a lasting bond and simple peel-and-stick application. In 2014, SeaDek became an employee owned company with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan. With a wide array of colors, textures, and thicknesses available, there is a place for SeaDek on every boat. Learn more at http://www.seadek.com.