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Local waters April 2012

The 'boutique' show is building a reputation for its atmosphere and offerings.

Essex show returns for a third year

Essex, Conn.

The Spring Boat Show returns April 27-29 to the Brewer Dauntless Marina on the Connecticut River waterfront in Essex, Conn. “The small boutique format provides for very personalized attention while viewing boats,” says Douglas Domenie, vice president and general manager of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard.

About 50 new and brokerage boats — sail and power — from 25 to 72 feet are expected to line the docks, including models from Beneteau, Cabo, Cutwater, Grand Banks, Hallberg-Rassy, Hatteras, Hunt, Jupiter, Nonsuch, Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs and Sabre. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is free.

Soundings Publications is the show’s exclusive media sponsor. For information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Swing bridge’s unexpected closing catches cruisers

James says neither he nor his wife heard a signal as the bridge closed.Eastbound on the Caloosahatchee River, Tom James was maneuvering his Krogen 42, Tortuga, through the opening of the railroad swing bridge at Moore Haven, Fla., when he realized it was closing on him and his wife, Nancy.

“We’re not going to fit!” cried Nancy, as the swing span caught the trawler.

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Talkin' Boats with John Deknatel

President and owner of C. Raymond Hunt Associates

When you think deep-vee powerboats, the legendary Ray Hunt comes to mind. Think of this man, too: John Deknatel, president and owner of C. Raymond Hunt Associates in New Bedford, Mass.

A Harvard graduate, Deknatel studied architecture and began working for Philip Rhodes in the early 1960s. He hooked up with Hunt as his business partner in 1966. Since then, he has concentrated on planing-hull design and fine-tuning the Hunt deep-vee hull form.

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Talkin' Boats with Patrick Healey, executive vice president of Viking Yacht

Bill (left). Patrick and Bob Healey run New Jersey-based Viking Yacht Co.Patrick Healey rarely goes a week without fishing one of his Viking yachts. I caught up with Healey, Viking’s executive vice president, while he was in the thick of a seven-day angling bender that began by chasing sailfish off Jupiter, Fla., on a Viking 70 and ended aboard a 50-footer in a hunt for Pacific sailfish off Los Suenos, Costa Rica.

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Seamanship quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute
www.captains.com

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