Local Waters July 2012
Posted on 29 June 2012
Written by Rich Armstrong
Shark exhibit showcases Meltzoff paintings
Two iconic paintings of sharks doing battle with undersea foes will be the touchstones of “SHARK!” an exhibition at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. The works are by Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006), considered by many the first and foremost painter of game fish in their natural settings.
Neither of the paintings has been on public display since the artist’s death six years ago. As an early and enthusiastic scuba diver, Meltzoff secured a commission from Sports Illustrated in 1960 to do a series of game fish paintings. His detailed depictions of striped bass, bluefish, sailfish and other species won him accolades. “SHARK!” opened May 13 and runs through Nov. 4. Elsewhere, a one-man Meltzoff show opens June 7 at the American Museum of Illustration in New York. www.silverfishpress.com
Mystic Seaport appoints captain for schooner
Mystic Seaport Museum named Nicholas Alley captain of the 61-foot schooner Brilliant. Alley has been a licensed captain for more than 25 years, including billets on the sailing vessels Westward, Harvey Gammage, Spirit of Massachusetts, Lettie G. Howard and Pride of Baltimore II.
For nearly 60 years, Brilliant has served as Mystic Seaport’s primary sail-training vessel. Launched in 1932, she was designed by the legendary Olin Stephens and has been with the seaport since 1953. The schooner sails on multiday cruises up and down the Eastern Seaboard as part of the museum’s mission of creating an enduring link to America’s maritime heritage.
“Being captain of the Brilliant requires someone who is not just an outstanding mariner, but someone who understands the special role the schooner plays in the history of Mystic Seaport,” seaport president Steve White says. www.mysticseaport.org
Newport Maritime Center caters to cruisers
Newport’s new Maritime Center — located in the historic Armory building — is a resource for transient boaters. The city-owned $1.46 million facility includes storage lockers, restrooms, showers, laundry, vending machines, a lounge with charts and Internet access, a concierge/information desk and brochures for local attractions.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Boaters can contact the center on VHF channel 9, by phone at (401) 845-5870 or by email at
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Sea Tow app is a ‘reference tool’
Sea Tow launched a free iPhone and Android app that gives users access to marine weather forecasts, alerts and radar; tide tables and graphs; GPS location, speed and heading; and a link to 24-hour on-water assistance. The app, available to Sea Tow members and non-members, features an easy-to-use graphic interface with day and night modes.
“The Sea Tow app is designed to be a quick and comprehensive reference tool for boaters, not only when they’re on the water but also when they’re planning their next trip,” Capt. Ryan Pratt, of Sea Tow Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach, Fla., said in a statement. Pratt is architect and co-manager of the project. www.seatow.com/app
Shoaling at Hatteras reduces channel width
Hatteras Inlet, N.C.
The Coast Guard warns of shoaling about one-half mile into the Hatteras Inlet Channel. The shoaling has reduced the width of the channel on both sides of the waterway, and boaters are urged not to pass other vessels in the vicinity of buoys 11A and 12C.
“We’ve had numerous vessels run aground in this area,” Capt. Anthony Popiel, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, said in a statement. “We urge all boaters to exercise due caution in this waterway to ensure their safety and that of others.”
For information, including recent channel depths, visit the Army Corps of Engineers website at www.saw.usace.army.mil/nav.
Florida charter firm adds power catamaran
North Fort Myers, Fla.
The Southwest Florida Yachts charter fleet has a new power cruiser, a Custom Cat 45 that accommodates as many as eight adults. The roomy catamaran, named Lucy, has four double cabins and two heads with walk-in showers. The galley is large and fully equipped. A large saloon with a U-shaped settee features a flat-screen television with a surround-sound system.
Lucy is powered by twin 250-hp Suzuki 4-strokes and is equipped with an array of navigation electronics, as well as an autopilot. She is one of nine power yachts from 32 to 50 feet in the Southwest Florida Yachts fleet at Marinatown Marina in North Fort Myers. The Custom Cat 45 can be chartered for $3,999 a week in the summer and $4,999 in the winter.
For information, visit www.swfyachts.com or www.flsailandcruiseschool.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue.