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History of the International Boat Watch Network
International Boat Watch Network (IBWN) was originally founded by Amateur Radio Operator Michael Pilgrim (K5MP) in 2001 as a public service and tool for the maritime community to share information regarding overdue and missing vessels throughout the world.
In 2007, Shipcom LLC, owned by Rene Steigler (K4EDX) agreed to take over management of the network as a public service to the Maritime Community. Mr. Steigler and Shipcom managed the IBWN until his untimely death in February 2018. Mr. Steigler was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Net Manager of the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN), a network which continues to operate on the “Amateur Radio” frequency of 14.300 MHz.
In 2018, upon Mr. Stiegler’s passing, Amateur Radio Operator Bobby Graves (KB5HAV), Net Manager of the Hurricane Watch Net, recognizing the value of the International Boat Watch Network, refused to let it go by the wayside and took over ownership and management of the IBWN. Mr. Graves has been managing the organization very effectively but has found his primary interest in the “Hurricane Watch Net” has been taking a large portion of his volunteer time, and there are only so many hours in the day. Therefore, Mr. Graves contacted Glenn Tuttle, the Net Manager of the Seven Seas Cruising Association High-Frequency Radio Service KPK to see if Mr. Tuttle was interested in assuming ownership and management of International Boat Watch Network. The answer was an enthusiastic “YES” inasmuch as the SSCA HF Radio Service KPK also focuses on overdue and missing boats, primarily in the Caribbean.
So in July 2019, husband and wife team Glenn and Eddie Tuttle have committed to ownership and management of the IBWN. The Tuttle team feels confident they can continue the operation and management of the organization, and perhaps bring it to new heights as a credible organization, and to serve as a conduit between the family and friends of overdue and missing cruisers and the many governmental agencies responsible for Search and Rescue Operations throughout the world.
The following is a biography of Eddie and Glenn Tuttle’s qualifications to manage such an important organization: