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H.M.S. Bounty to be refit

for pirate movie sequel

The H.M.S. Bounty, a 180-foot wooden square rigger built by MGM for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” will once again be a movie star. Now appearing in the recently released SpongeBob movie, the ship is getting ready to be refit for the sequel to the popular pirate movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” No release date has been set.

The Bounty is frequently used for movie and special project assignments — The History Channel used it for a biography of Capt. William Bligh. The Bounty is adapted for the script each time it is used.

Since appearing in the movie featuring the most infamous maritime mutiny of all time, the Bounty also stars in dockside tours along the East Coast and the Great Lakes, welcoming over 250,000 visitors each year. Originally built as a British Navy vessel, the Bounty continues to exemplify the life of a sailor in the 19th century.

Between port appearances, the ship offers leadership and sail-training programs, while preserving the art of square-rigged sailing.

Brokerage wins $260,000 jury verdict

Fraser Yachts of Fort Lauderdale has won a $260,000 verdict in a lawsuit it filed over a brokerage commission claim.

The brokerage firm filed suit in January 2002 in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Edward Leasing Corp. and Edwin Wegman. The jury found the defendants liable for $130,000 each for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

According to court documents, Fraser Yachts accused Wegman and the company he controlled of going around yacht brokers Darrel Hall, then of Fraser’s Fort Lauderdale office, and David Roscow of Fraser’s San Diego office.

Fraser had signed a multiple listing agreement with the defendants in February 2000 to sell the yacht Toby’s Too for $3.9 million. In October of that year Roscow informed Hall that he had a client, CEO Expeditions Inc., interested in purchasing a vessel.

Executives from CEO Expeditions conducted sea trials in February 2001, but later that month notified Fraser Yachts that the company was withdrawing its offer on Toby’s Too and asked for its deposit back. Edward Leasing also contacted Fraser Yachts in February 2001 to request termination of the multiple listing agreement.

Fraser Yachts said it informed Wegman that any potential deal between CEO and the defendants is protected because the deal originated prior to the date when the agreement was canceled. However, CEO Expeditions purchased Toby’s Too directly from the defendants. Fraser Yachts said it was not paid its commission owed based on the agreement.

— Melanie Winters

Massey now exclusive Shannon Yacht dealer

Shannon Yacht has announced the appointment of Massey Yacht Sales as its exclusive sales agent in Florida and coastal Georgia.

“We look forward to introducing Shannon’s renowned quality and performance to the Florida market,” said Ed Massey. “The power line is ideally suited for all areas in the state; the Blue Water Shannons will meet the needs of the market’s most demanding cruising sailor; and the Shoalsailors are made for our backyard.”

Those searching for Shannon yachts will now be able to inspect them at Regatta Pointe, Palmetto, Fla.; Centennial Harbour Marina, downtown Fort Myers; and the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. The Massey service department is headquartered at the Palmetto location. For information, call (941) 723-1610.

Bacardi billfish tourney

will return in March

The Bacardi Rum Billfish Tournament, ranked as one of the top 10 billfish tournaments in the world, returns to Port Lucayas Marina in Freeport, Grand Bahamas from March 6 to 11.

The marina is located adjacent to the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Our Lucaya Resort and Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht Club. Together, the three facilities provide visiting anglers with over 1,500 rooms for accommodations, over 50 bars and restaurants, duty-free shopping and free nightly entertainment. The newly opened Isle of Capri Casino at Our Lucaya is a five-minute walk from the marina.

Contact Raul V. Miranda, tournament director, at (305) 234-7386, . www.port

Billfish invitational

returns in May

The International Game Fish Association is in its seventh year of the Rolex/ IGFA Offshore Championship, an international fishing competition that will take place in May 2006.

The MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational has been named by IGFA as a qualifying event for the 2006 championship. The IGFA fishing competition draws teams from all corners of the earth.

As a qualifying event, the MarineMax-Hatteras Billfish Invitational scheduled April 27-30, 2005, in Boat Harbour, Bahamas, will be invited to send its winning team of up to four anglers to compete in the championship. Each member of the team will receive a one-year membership in IGFA.

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New management for Jacksonville boatyard

Brandy Marine of Sarasota, Fla., has been hired to manage Jacksonville’s Ortega River Boat Yard. Wisconsin-based MLG Capital recently purchased the historic marina on the Ortega River, a tributary of the St. Johns River.

Upgrades and additional facilities are planned for the 80-year-old marina, popularly known as “ORBY.” Construction planned for the historic marina includes new floating docks to accommodate larger and wider vessels, a new clubhouse facility and condominiums.

Already a designated clean marina by the state, ORBY’s future plans include 75 upscale condominium units and a clubhouse with amenities for residents. Existing docks with 235 wet slips will be replaced by floating docks with 200 slips configured to accommodate longer and wider vessels.

The yard will remain a full-service marina and boatyard offering such services as covered and uncovered slips for vessels up to 60 feet, fiberglass and wood hull repairs, engine repairs, haul-out with a 25-ton travel lift, plus bottom cleaning and painting. Facilities include a yacht sales and brokerage office, ships store and administrative offices.

New sailing programs

offered for women

Offshore Sailing School of Captiva Island, Fla., has added new programs and venues for the 15th year of its “You Can Sail Escapes for Women” course. Certified women instructors will coach an intense, fun-filled week with special seminars, happy hours and a gala graduation party.

Courses set for 2005 are:

• Florida Keys — Feb. 20 to 26, and Aug. 14 to 20

• British Virgin Islands — March 6 to 13

• Captiva Island, Fla. — May 1 to 7 and Nov. 11 to 13

All Escapes include tuition, textbooks, accommodations, special workshops in the evenings, a graduation practice sail without the instructor aboard and US Sailing certification.

Maptech completes

Bahamas coverage

With the release of “Southeast Bahamas,” Maptech has completed its new coverage for the entire Bahamas that relies on recent, extensive private hydography. The entire Bahamas set includes northwest, central and southeast Bahamas in both paper and digital formats.

The charts were built from extensive surveys using today’s technology, and are designed to be used with today’s navigation systems. There is also no longer a mix of government and private hydrography with different styles and colors. The charts are all from one source with one clean appearance throughout. For information, go to or call (888) 839-5551.