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Named Darlene Briggs
Woman Of The Year
OUR VERY OWN PRESIDENT, Margaret Podlich, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs
Woman of the Year on November 19,
during the Marine Dealer Conference
& Expo Awards in Orlando, Florida.
The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the
For the past 20 years, Podlich has worked tirelessly in various capacities for BoatU.S.,
before becoming president in 2011. She has also served with organizations such as the
Recreational Boating Leadership Council, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), where
she currently sits on the Board of Directors, and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety
Advisory Council. A lifelong boater, Podlich was raised in a sailing family, and raced in college while attending Tulane University. She continues to compete in a wide range of national
and international events and finished fourth in the 2011 Rolex Women’s International
Keelboat Regatta. In 2006 she was a member of the three-woman Yngling Team Cronin
sailing crew that competed for a place on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team for the 2008
Beijing Summer Games.
“To be in the select group of women who have received this award before me – folks
like Volvo’s Marcia Kull, Grady-White’s Kris Carroll, and Regulator’s Joan Maxwell – all of
whom are ‘wonderwomen’ – who build, sell, service, and provide ‘homes’ to the boats that
are critical to our half-million members – is very humbling,” says Podlich. “I am very thank-
ful to be working in an industry where our business is making other people’s fun.” Podlich
dedicated the award to her parents, Beth and John Bonds, who showed her and told her that
anything is possible. P H
Texas Battles Invasive Species
TEXAS BOATERS JOIN THE RANKS of many, with new invasive species rules to consider when moving boats. As of July last year the Texas Parks and Wildlife department is enforcing new rules to combat the spread of zebra mussels. Ideally suited to freshwater lakes with little or no current, these invaders build colonies and can attach them- selves to virtually any solid object, including boat hulls.
The new rules generally follow the national guidelines to Clean, Drain and Dry all boats and
equipment when moving between waterways, and it requires that all boats operating on
public fresh water anywhere in Texas be drained before and after use.
This includes draining livewells, bilges, motors and other water-intake
systems. The rule applies to all launches and all types of boats.
Adult mussels, very difficult to remove from even the hull of
a boat, can damage or block any water system on a vessel,
including heads, air conditioners, and engine-cooling systems.
With their larvae capable of transiting in any standing water
from one lake to another, they have already been discovered as far away as California and Utah. — T.G.
For more information on the Texas regulations,
and to learn how to prevent the spread of
invasive species, see this story online at