Stefan Gerhard, communications director at German electric outboard specialist Torqeedo, is to step down from his position on February 1, 2018. The journalist and communications expert is returning to Berlin to focus on building his own company, boatworx GmbH.

Gerhard will oversee the expansion of Germany’s first online watersports magazine ‘float’ (, which was launched in late 2016 by editor-in-chief Kerstin Zillmer and her team from the discontinued Bootshandel-Magazin.

As a co-founder and chairman of the Best of Boats (BOB) Awards, Gerhard will also continue to focus on the development of Europe’s largest motorboat awards by participating countries, jury members and number of tested boats. The BOB Awards are presented annually in November during the Berlin boat show Boat & Fun.

The 17 BOB jury members will have their annual winter strategy meeting in Helsinki during the Finnish boat show, Vene18Båt, in February.