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Milford marina

a ‘clean marina’

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection in September recognized Milford Landing Marina on Milford Harbor as the fifth recreational boating facility in Connecticut to be certified as a Connecticut Clean Marina.

Milford Landing Marina, located at what was formerly a municipal sewage treatment plant on Milford Harbor, is a municipally run marina for transient boaters.

The marina has a boat sewage pumpout station and provides for the proper disposal of pet waste. Staffmembers at the marina are trained in spill response, and have access to a spill response kit in case of an emergency. A vegetated buffer and gravel parking area at the facility help to filter potential pollutants from stormwater runoff.

New location for small wooden-boat builder

Seth Persson Boat Builders, a southern Connecticut builder of wooden boats, recently relocated to a modern facility in Centerbrook, Conn. The move is expected to allow for more efficient production of boats offered by the company. The climate-controlled facility will also be used for boatbuilding classes, to be held throughout the fall and winter months.

Stock boats built to order by Seth Persson Boat Builders range from simple skiffs and rugged workboats to elegant boats for rowing, paddling, sailing and motoring. Recently completed projects include a 12-foot mahogany plywood skiff finished with mahogany seats and trim, and varnished throughout; a hull for a 27-foot houseboat; and four 15-foot kayaks, built in a class by their junior high school-age owners.

New designs in the works include the Atlantic 19 open-water rowing boat; a 28-foot Down East style motorboat; and conceptual work for a coastal-cruising houseboat. The new address is 17 Industrial Park Road, Suite 5, Centerbrook, CT 06409. www.perssonmfg.com

North Fork marina

adds a boat line

Port of Egypt Marine in Southold, N.Y., one of the oldest family-owned marinas in the country, has added Topaz Boats to its lineup. POE is the exclusive Northeast dealer for the 32- and 40-foot Topaz Express fishing boats, equipped with fish boxes, tackle storage, rigging stations, live bait wells, washdown systems, rod holders and rod storage.

Port of Egypt Marine has been owned and operated by the Lieblein family since William Lieblein Sr., and his brothers Herb and Herman, first set up shop in 1946. The marina is an authorized dealer of Grady-White and Cobalt Boats, a Yamaha Flagship Dealer, and an authorized dealer of Volvo-Penta and MerCruiser engines.

Visit www.poemarine.com. For information on Topaz boats, visit www.topazboats.com.

Sportfishing icon

‘Hal’ Lyman dies

Henry “Hal” Lyman, former publisher of Salt Water Sportsman magazine, died Aug. 13. He was born in Boston in 1915, graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1937, and served in the Navy aboard destroyers in World War II.

His career in publishing began as a reporter in Hyannis, Mass., for the Cape Cod Colonial newspaper. Later he worked for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield. Released from active duty in 1946, he became editor at Salt Water Sportsman, a modest 7-year-old publication dedicated primarily to the interests of surf fishermen in the Northeast. He purchased the magazine shortly after, taking over as publisher — a title he held for a half-century.

He retired from the military in 1953 after serving in the Korean War. Always an avid fisherman, Lyman espoused the budding concept of catch and release, and would go on to champion clean water, responsible fishery management and ethical angler behavior. He participated in dozens of state, federal and international fishery boards, commissions and associations.

Lyman authored nine books, seven on saltwater fishing and two on bluefishing, as well as many magazine articles and editorials.

Long Island dealer signs on with McKee Craft

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.

In the Northeast, Paul Hoffman’s McKee Yacht Sales in Wildwood, N.J., and Mac Yacht Sales in Mamaroneck, N.Y., owned by Felix Carcano, have signed on as dealers.

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

Local angler

lands a fishing surprise

In the early morning hours of Oct. 8, while captaining Oakdale (N.Y.) Boat Center’s Luhrs 38 Open tournament boat in the East Elbow of Hudson Canyon, Montauk angler Roger Meyer hooked and landed a wahoo that has the potential to set a new state record.

As reported by Tom Rock in New York’s Newsday, when the fish was weighed in several hours later at Long Island’s Bay Shore Marina, it came in at 99 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 72 inches long. Once those numbers have been verified by the International Game Fish Association — a procedure that can take up to several months — the catch will constitute a New York State record for the species, which is more common to the warmer, tropical waters of Bermuda and Florida.

The current state record for a wahoo — 99 pounds, 4 ounces — was set by Bruce Karas of Ronkonkoma on Aug. 24, 1997.

Seamanship school

upgrades Web site

Mariners School, a United States Coast Guard-approved training facility with locations throughout the Northeast, from Maryland to Rhode Island, has revamped its Web site.

In addition to updated graphics and easier navigation, the Web site features FAQs for instant answers to the most commonly asked questions about USCG-approved courses. The site also offers a listing of current courses as well as comprehensive information on how to become a licensed boat captain.

Visitors to the site can find information on OUPV (Captain’s) License courses and Masters Upgrade courses, as well as other license and recreational classes including Assistance Towing Endorsement, and Adult CPR and First Aid. Visitors can also view updated class schedules and register for classes. www.marinersschool.com