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Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2001

Contact: Brian Platz, 503-373-4728 or brian@boatescape.com


Oregon Dot-Com Wins Regional Award


BoatEscape.com, an Oregon dot-com that provides free comprehensive information to Internet users about Oregon's recreational resources, has won the Northwest Marine Trade Association's Robert F. Rittenhouse Award, "for outstanding contributions to the marine industry and boating public," according to association president Michael Campbell.


BoatEscape.com is the creation of Brian Platz of Salem and Bob VanderLinden of Albany, who compiled data on thousands of Oregon lakes, rivers, bays, and ocean access points for use by boating enthusiasts. "We set out to provide a service for Oregon's boaters and tourists," Mr. Platz explained. "We had no idea the response would be so enthusiastic, and we think that the NMTA is recognizing the passion of Oregon boaters with this award.


"Thanks to the cooperation of avid boaters across Oregon, the information we had to put on the site grew and grew. The result is probably the largest database of any state that ties everything to do with marine recreation together in one Web site," Mr. Platz said.


BoatEscape.com is a free Web site that enables users to explore commercial, recreational, and natural features of every body of water in the state of Oregon. Designed for all boaters, including those who fish, ski, sail, or paddle, BoatEscape.com offers easy-to-find links to all of the information a boater needs to know about an Oregon destination. In a few clicks, users can query the unparalleled database for such diverse information as campgrounds, marinas, regulations, bait shops, fishing reports, fuel availability, ramps, tides, driving directions and much more.


Robert F. Rittenhouse was appointed marine director of the Oregon State Marine Board when the board was first formed in 1959. Rittenhouse served for 27 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, which gave him a knowledge of boating matters that appealed to the state as it began interviewing candidates. The Oregon State Marine Board was founded and supported by Oregon's recreational boaters for the purpose of overseeing boating safety programs. Rittenhouse served as director from August 1959 until he died in 1973.


 Past recipients include:


 1977 - Don Holm

 1986 - James Hadley

 1987 - Rey Young, Jr.

 1988 - Larry Barber

 1989 - James W. Canton

 1990 - Randy Cummings

 1991 - Rick Buck

 1992 - Don Church

 1993 - Jill E. Broggi

 1997 - Donald P. Ruepell

 2000 - Dave Obern


The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), based in Seattle, is the oldest and largest regional boating trade organization in the nation.