Norwalk boat show docks on Sept. 23
One of the tri-state area's in-water boat show returns to Norwalk, Conn., with a fleet of new boats, gadgets and gear.
Russell Newberry, a deckhand on the vessel Kodiak on the hit reality-TV show "Deadliest Catch," will be on hand to meet and greet fans each day of the show. An Affordability Pavilion will feature boats that can be financed for less than $250 per month. Free Discover Boating and Sailing rides on Long Island Sound will be offered
Call (212) 984-7000 for information. www.boatshownorwalk.com
Newport fall boat show to mark 40 years
The Newport International Boat Show, which runs Sept. 16-19 in Newport, R.I., is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show covers more than 13 acres along America's Cup Avenue.
More than 750 exhibitors with more than 600 boats, ranging in size from 16 to 85 feet, are expected to be on display, including express cruising yachts, racing sailboats, oceangoing trawlers at PassageMaker magazine's TrawlerPort, a Multihull Lagoon, plus Down East styles, sportfishing boats, runabouts, kayaks, canoes and inflatables.
There are also engines, sails, equipment, safety products and electronics, plus thousands of accessories and marine services, as well as seminars, demonstrations and workshops.
VIP day is set for Sept. 16 and an America's Cup 12-meter legends reunion is also set for that day. That event will be moderated by Gary Jobson, president of US Sailing and co-chairman of the reunion. www.newportboatshow.com
Boston show returns with brokerage added
The annual Boston Fall Boat Show will return Oct. 1-3 to the Seaport World Trade Center. This year's event will be held exclusively indoors with 2011 model cruisers, fishing boats, runabouts, ski boats, deck boats and pontoons.
For the first time, this year's show will feature late-model used and brokerage boats from New England's leading dealers and brokers. The show will feature a collection of fully serviced, cleaned and detailed used boats in the 15- to 35-foot range. All used boats will be less than 10 years old.
For information, visit www.bostonfallboatshow.com or call (978) 777-4439.
Tug owners gather for a summer cruise
Wilde Yacht Sales, the Essex, Conn., dealer of Nordic and Ranger tugs, organized its ninth annual Northeast Nordic Tug Rendezvous and Cruise, which ran July 28-31.
Seventeen boats and approximately 80 people participated in the event, staged at Essex Island Marina and included a cruise north on the Connecticut River for a raft-up in Hamburg Cove. Other activities included dinners, parties, presentations and workshops.
An optional two-week cruise followed the rendezvous, with tugs traveling from Mystic, Conn., to five ports in Massachusetts, and then returning via Block Island and Greenport, N.Y.
Meticulous marine craftsman remembered
Noted yacht builder Hans Zimmer of Ivoryton, Conn., died Aug. 1 at his home after a long bout with cancer. He was 69. Born in Germany, he emigrated in 1981 to the U.S., where he was a master shipwright at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn.
"Hans was bigger than life and was the leading force in many of the more notable projects on America's Cup keels and the restoration of many famous classic sailing and motoryachts," Rives Potts, of Pilots Point Marina, tells the online sailing newsletter Scuttlebutt. "Many of our current journeyman craftsmen owe their trade education and mentoring to Hans."
Restoration projects Zimmer oversaw included the 73-foot 12-meter Bolero and the 68-foot yawl Black Watch. He also built numerous boats from scratch, including many Down East lobster yachts. At his death, he was still finishing a new build of a 34-foot Calvin Beal, which he planned to take cruising.
Anke Zimmer, his wife of more than 50 years, says when it came to his work, there were no compromises.
"He could be stubborn, but he had his standards and would not step down from them," she says.
Anke described life with her husband as "an amazing journey." Together, they had a daughter, Brigitta, with whom they sailed around the globe.
"We had a wonderful life together," she says. "We met when we were kids - sailing of course - and we roamed the world together, sailing and building boats."
Zimmer's family was to gather privately to honor his request that his ashes be scattered at sea.
This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.