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Providence show

reports successful run

Despite rain, snow and icing, producers of the Providence (R.I.) Boat Show say they drew a normal turnout to the Jan. 6 to 9 show. “Overall, the attendance was on a par with historical figures,” said show manager George Hawkins, in a statement. “Exhibitors were happy with both the attendance and boat sales.”

The show ran four days at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the adjacent Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Hawkins said dates of Jan. 12 to 15 have been set for the 2006 show.

Boatbuilding school

schedules a job fair

The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design has set April 8 as the date for its annual job fair, which will take place at its facility in Arundel, Maine.

The school calls the “dwindling marine trades labor pool” a concern for boat businesses across the nation, and says the fair offers employers a chance to attract “the most qualified entry marine professionals currently available.”

Information on the fair is available by contacting the school at P.O. Box 1490, Kennebunkport, ME 04046, or

HMS Bounty to be refit

for pirate movie sequel

The HMS 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 movies 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. www.tallship

Scout Boats

adds new dealers

Scout Boats has signed more dealers to its roster, bringing the total number of dealers in Scout’s growing network to 74.

In the Northeast, Dave Bofill Marine of Hampton Bays, N.Y., has signed on as a Scout dealer. The Long Island marine dealership has been in business for 30 years.

Scout builds sportfishing models ranging from 14 to 28 feet. www.scout

Tow service providers

gather for annual meeting

Sea Tow Services International held its 17th annual meeting in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in December.

Nearly 200 employees participated in a series of workshops, seminars and activities designed to foster teamwork. A highlight to the weeklong conference was an exercise in which teams of two build boats from cardboard and tape to race across a swimming pool.

Captains Shawn McWhorter (N.J.), Martin Bolster and Dan Sparks (Beaufort, N.C.), Les Trafford (Shinnecock/ Moriches, N.Y.) and Bob DiSanto (R.I.) were honored with Lifesaving Awards for incidents in 2004.

Spirit of Massachusetts

winters in Charleston

Rhode Island-based Ocean Classroom owns and operates four tall ships, which offer adventure expeditions integrated with academic studies in marine science, literature, arts, math and history.

The Spirit of Massachusetts is modeled after a fishing schooner from 1889. The vessel is visiting Charleston throughout the winter. The South Carolina Marine Heritage Foundation will have access to the ship throughout her stay, allowing for tours, sponsor entertainment and special events.

McKee Craft

adds dealerships

McKee Craft of North Carolina, a fishing-boat manufacturer, has named six new dealers: two in Florida, two in Maryland, and one each in New York and New Jersey.

The new dealer in New Jersey is Paul Hoffman’s McKee Yacht Sales in Wildwood, and the New York dealer is Mac Yacht Sales in Mamaroneck, owned by Felix Carcano.

McKee Craft, founded in 1966, builds 14- to 28-foot fishing boats. Because of high-pressure, foam-filled hulls, the boats are unsinkable, according to the company.

Hoax caller pleads guilty,

faces fines, prison

A Detroit-area man accused of making false distress calls to the Coast Guard in January pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Bradley Taylor, 28, of Rochester Hills, admitted to calling Coast Guard Station Belle Isle the night of June 1, 2003, and falsely reporting that his vessel was taking on water in Lake St. Clair.

There were four suspected hoax cases in the Western New York area alone in 2004, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, according to the Coast Guard.

While Taylor was sitting on a boat moored at a Detroit-area marina, Taylor reportedly told the communications watchstander at Belle Isle, Mich., over VHF channel 16, that he was sinking and expected his radio to fail imminently. The estimated cost to the taxpayer as a result of that hoax call alone is at least $10,718, according to the Coast Guard.

As part of his plea agreement, Taylor faces a maximum term of six months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000. Additionally, he will be required to reimburse the Coast Guard for the expenses incurred for the search and rescue effort.

Egg Harbors

set ’05 rendezvous

The Egg Harbor Owners Association will celebrate their rendezvous anniversary July 28 to 31 at Block Island, R.I.

Champlin’s Marina will accommodate the entire fleet. Reservations must be received by Jan. 15 to guarantee slip and hotel reservations.

Contact Champlin’s Marina, Hotel & Resort, P.O. Box J, Block Island, RI 02807. (401) 466-7777. www.champlins