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August 22, 2008



Anacortes, Wash. — Northern Marine has announced that noted yachtsman Bruce Kessler will be its spokesperson at the upcoming Trawler Fest Solomons event; scheduled for September 25 through 28 at the Calvert Marina in Solomons, MD, where he will be on hand to answer technical questions about the company's full line of all-composite long range cruisers.

Kessler is best known for his extensive offshore voyaging, and has logged tens of thousands of miles navigating the world's oceans. He owns the 62' Northern Marine motor yacht Spirit of Zopilote, built in 1997 as the first of the company's LRC series. In 1998 Kessler was named 'Passagemaker of the Year' by West Marine and Trawler World, a web site now known as Trawlers and Trawlering. Other honors include recognition as 2007 ‘Yachtsman of the Year' by the Pacific Coast Yachting Association and by the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs. Kessler, whose background includes being an international racing driver in the late 1950's and a career as a director of movies, television films and series. He has cruised extensively in North American waters and has completed a global circumnavigation.

Kessler recently was active as the creator and organizer of the 2007 FUBAR Odyssey, a late-summer rally of some 48 boats that cruised from Southern California to La Paz, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez. He will be available during the Solomons Trawler Fest event at the Northern Marine booth.

About Northern Marine

Northern Marine is a leading builder of high-quality motor yachts and long range cruisers ranging in length from 57' to 151'. A pioneer in the application of resin-infusion composite technology, Northern Marine produces vessels of superior strength and low weight compared to those built using conventional methods. Since opening its doors in 1995 the company has built and delivered more than 25 yachts to 152' in length, one of which has completed a circumnavigation of the world's oceans.

In addition to lamination and manufacturing operations, Northern Marine maintains an in-house woodshop, metal shop and design department. The yard currently employs about 165 people.

For additional information contact:

Dave Mahalko
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
3116 V Place
Anacortes WA 98221
360 299 8400 x 108