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Connecticut names

2nd no-discharge zone

The coastal waters from Wamphassuc Point in Stonington, Conn., to Eastern Point in Groton have been designated Connecticut’s second No Discharge Area. The area is adjacent to Connecticut’s first designated No Discharge Area, the Pawcatuck River, Little Narragensett Bay and Stonington Harbor.

The designation makes it illegal for boaters to discharge treated or untreated sewage from their vessels into these coastal waters. Instead, boaters are required to use pumpout facilities or pumpout boats. The release of untreated boat sewage is prohibited in all of Connecticut’s coastal and inland waters.

“This No Discharge designation will result in tangible water quality improvements in the Mystic/Groton area,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “And that means cleaner beaches, cleaner shellfish beds and cleaner boating for the throngs of Connecticut residents and out-of-state visitors who frequent this region every summer.”

To qualify for a No Discharge Area designation, an area must have enough pumpout facilities where boaters can get their holding tanks emptied. This particular area has about 3,700 registered boats, of which only 1,300 are large enough to have a head on board. The area has nine pumpout facilities that are fixed or shore-based, two that are mobile carts, one dump station and one pumpout boat.

Hartford Boat Show

returns in January

The 36th annual Hartford Boat Show returns this year to the Hartford Civic Center Jan. 27 to 30. The show will feature the latest boats, electronics and marine gear, as well as special show pricing on many of the boats and equipment on display.

Marine products and services will be exhibited in more than 125,000 square feet of floor space. Admission is $10 for adults; children with a parent are admitted free. Discount coupons are available at boat dealers and marine retailers around the region. Admission coupons for $1 off can be downloaded at For more information call (860) 767-2645.

NOAA awards more than

$1.7M to study LIS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $1,754,295 to the University of Connecticut to support a Long Island Sound coastal observing system.

The grant will support the previously created Long Island Sound Integrated Coastal Observing System. The central goal of LISICOS is to establish and sustain a network of instruments and models to monitor Long Island Sound.

“This project aims to increase understanding of the response of coastal ecosystems to stressors that affect water and habitat quality, as well as economically valuable resources,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

Conn. yacht club hosts first frostbiting series

The Mystic River Yacht Club, based at the Mystic Shipyard at Willow Point, Conn., kicked off its inaugural frostbite series.

The series was slated to take place eight Sundays, beginning Oct. 17 and ending Dec. 19, with two races scheduled for each day. Classes include JY-15s and Lasers.

MRYC is a new club run by its members to encourage the challenges and rewards of yachting through racing, cruising, education and community activities. MRYC’s clubhouse is the 4,500-square-foot Mystic Yachting Center overlooking the Mystic River and the shipyard’s marina. For information contact Bruce Cathcart at (860) 434-6916.

Power squadron

relocates branch office

The Saybrook Power Squadron has moved its headquarters to the Westbrook (Conn.) Town Hall Complex.

Power Squadron is a civic organization dedicated to safe boating through education. Local squadrons offer courtesy boat inspections as well as a variety of boating classes.

For information visit or contact Jim Hunick at (860) 399-6253 (work) or (860) 399-6471 (home).

Dodson yard

is a ‘Clean Marina’

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Sept. 3 recognized Dodson Boatyard on Stonington Harbor as the fourth recreational boating facility in Connecticut to be certified as a “Connecticut Clean Marina.”

The certification acknowledges the facility’s efforts to go beyond regulatory compliance and participate in voluntary measures to keep Connecticut waters clean.

“This is a particularly significant certification because Stonington Harbor is part of the first federally designated No Discharge Area for boat sewage in Connecticut,” said Arthur J. Rocque Jr., commissioner of the DEP. “The DEP applauds Dodson Boatyard’s voluntary commitment to reduce the environmental impacts of their marina and boatyard operation.”

Dodson Boatyard operates the only stationary pumpout facility for boat sewage in Stonington Harbor. They also recycle typical boating wastes including used antifreeze, cans, bottles and scrap metal. In their maintenance shop, Dodson staff members use water-based parts cleaners and a recycling parts washer. Additionally, as a standard practice, Dodson Boatyard staff members place oil absorbent pads under the engines of every vessel on which they work.

New hull-cleaning service

now available in 10 states

The developers of SodaBlast have selected and trained an initial group of 11 SodaBlasting Preferred Marine Contractors to provide the company’s innovative boat hull cleaning services in 10 U.S. states.

SodaBlast Systems plans to build a worldwide network of qualified contractors. The system uses a special formulation of environmentally friendly granulated baking soda in conjunction with a SodaBlasting machine to clean and strip boat hulls.

“SodaBlasting removes marine growth from the hull much faster than traditional cleaning methods and, unlike sandblasting, doesn’t harm the gelcoat,” says co-founder Jerry LeCompte. “Our system also makes it much easier to determine the exact condition of the hull bottom and if any repairs are needed.”

SodaBlasting Preferred Contractors in the Northeast are: Connecticut Soda-Blast, Branford, Conn., (203) 483-5810; Long Island SodaBlast, North Woodmere, N.Y., (516) 791-6185; and All Island SodaBlast, Riverhead, N.Y., (631) 727-3354.

New sailing programs

offered for women

Offshore Sailing School of Captiva Island, Fla., has added new programs and venues for its 15th year of its “You Can Sail Escapes for Women” course. Certified female 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.

Rinker Boat Company

is now Mercury Certified

Rinker has completed the new Mercury Marine Propulsion-Installation Certification Program, which partners boatbuilders with MerCruiser to improve product quality and enhance consumer satisfaction. Rinker is one of only a handful of boatbuilders already certified.

This also means there is now a two-year Mercury limited engine warranty instead of only one year. This warranty will now come standard with all MerCruiser powered Rinker boats. All MerCruiser engines registered on or after Rinker’s certification date of Sept. 20, 2004, will automatically receive two years of factory warranty.

The Installation Quality Certification Program is the boating industry’s first and only comprehensive manufacturer-installation certification system, according to Mercury. Mercury engineers will assist Rinker and their installers to achieve manufacturing efficiency.

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 n

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. 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, which will 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.

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, following graduation, 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, the 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.

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.

Whisper confirms

she’s a fast yacht

Churchill Yacht Partners of Newport, R.I., report that the sailing yacht Whisper enjoyed a great year on the race circuit. Living up to her reputation as a fast yacht, Whisper placed third in the St. Barth’s Bucket in April, first in the Newport Bucket in July, second in the Opera House Cup in August in Nantucket, and first in the Shipyard Cup in Maine in September.

Whisper was designed by the Ted Hood Design Group in collaboration with the Fontaine Design Group of Portsmouth, R.I., and was built at Holland Jachtbouw in Amsterdam, Holland and launched in the summer 2003.

Churchill Yacht Partner’s Charter Manager, Sandy Carney, oversees the charter management of the 116-footer out of Newport.