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Post Yachts celebrates a half-century of boatbuilding

Post Yachts celebrates a half-century of boatbuilding

Semicustom convertible builder Post Yachts turns 50 this year. The company was started by Russell Post in 1957 with a philosophy of building one boat at a time while working directly with the buyer.

Post’s early wooden boats incorporated such then-innovative features as cockpit controls, jump seats on the flybridge, and low-profile bow rails.

The current model line comprises five convertibles from 42 to 56 feet. With its 51 employees, the Mays Landing, N.J., builder launches between six and 12 yachts each year. A Post 56 has a base price of $1.58 million. www.postyachts.com

Love your Bertram? Show her off in a blog

The pride of owning a Bertram has inspired the creation of

www.mybertram.com, a new Web site launched by a computer-savvy Bertram owner and fisherman.

“I have been fishing since I was 3 years old and boating since I was 11,” says Lou Ebner, 33, of Philadelphia. “I fished on a 1978 26 Bertram for over 15 years and recently purchased my own 1972 31 Bertram.”

Ebner says he created the site to allow Bertram owners and admirers to create their own free blogs using Web domains (i.e., yourname.28bertram.net) as their addresses. MyBertram.com has preloaded Bertram-related templates and back-end software designed to be simple to use. Sign-up is free. With their own domains, Bertram owners can show friends, family and the world their restoration projects, fishing trips or cruising destinations.

Ebner also is encouraging businesses — charter firms, marinas, dealers, yacht brokers, marine supply and tackle shops — to sign up for free blogs to promote themselves. Ebner says he also plans to offer free blogs for other popular boatbuilders.

Hurricane preparation is subject of conference

“The levels of devastation we’ve seen in the past few hurricane seasons can’t be repeated.” Under that proclamation, several marine groups have organized a symposium to improve hurricane preparation at marinas.

“We saw a real need to gather owners of marine facilities together. The future of boating in many areas depends on all of us in the marine industry working together to find solutions,” says Margaret Podlich, BoatU.S. vice president of government affairs.

The Marina Hurricane Preparation Symposium, to be held March 1 and 2 in Orlando, Fla., is designed to help both public and private boating facilities minimize their chances of hurricane storm damage. The agenda will include successful storm preparation tactics, “hardening” facilities and developing a written hurricane plan. Marina and boat club operators also will learn what they can legally do to prepare boats in their facilities under a new Florida law that became effective July 2006.

www.boatus.com/hurricanes

Coast Guard stands down on live-ammo training

The Coast Guard has withdrawn its proposal to create 34 permanent security zones on the Great Lakes to be used for firearms training exercises. The proposal, announced this summer, drew heavy criticism from boaters, anglers, environmentalists and politicians from the Great Lakes region. The Coast Guard held nine public hearings throughout the region and received nearly 1,000 comments.

“The news that the Coast Guard has now withdrawn its live-fire training program in the Great Lakes is good news for … all residents of the Great Lakes region,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said in a statement.

The Coast Guard proposed the security zones so it could conduct live-fire machine gun exercises, which it said were necessary so personnel could be properly trained in case of a terrorist attack.

“We understand the need of the Coast Guard to be in a top state of readiness, but they must respect the public’s concern for safety and the environment,” says Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) in a statement. “I hope that by taking a step back, the Coast Guard will be able to move forward with an alternative that will allow them the training they need and satisfy the public’s concerns.” www.uscgd9safetyzones.com