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CT shipyard launches

steel lobster boat

Derecktor Shipyards, a producer of aluminum yachts and commercial vessels, recently launched an 82-foot steel lobster boat, Laura Beth, designed for the Little Bay Lobster Co. by Washburn and Doughty Assoc. Naval Architects and built at Derecktor’s Bridgeport, Conn., facility.

Newington, N.H.- based Little Bay operates a fleet of 11 vessels which work year-round in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Little Bay owner John Shafmaster, in business for over 25 years, chose Derecktor for their “excellent reputation, quality of their work and competitive price.”

Laura Beth is the first in Little Bay’s lobster boat fleet to be fitted with chilled and aerated brine tanks.

F/V Laura Beth underwent trials on Long Island Sound prior to departing for her new duties in New England, where she will support the harvesting of fresh-caught offshore lobster.


Lecture series offered

at Mystic Seaport

The Adventure Series of speakers at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport offers lectures once a month from January through April. The schedule includes:

• Jan. 19 — Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger, who designed and built a 47-foot sloop, Hawk, recap their harrowing adventures sailing north from the United Kingdom into the Arctic Circle.

• Feb. 16 — Bob Boye speaks of his 1,500-mile journey in search of endangered wildlife in Asia with his wife, witnessing snow monkeys in a river gorge west of Tokyo, and photographing several exotic species in Hokkaido.

• March 16 — Bruce Schwab, the first American to complete the Vendee Globe, a completely unassisted, continuous sailing race around the world, speaks on the experience in an Open 60 class sailboat.

• April 20 — Maureen (Roe) Roddy talks about sailing from Newport to Bermuda and back again as a participant in the 2005 Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race at age 51 to raise awareness about heart disease, and inspire women.

Each presenter will give talks at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the entire afternoon series cost $75 for adults (or $12 per session), and $50 for youth (or $9 per session). Tickets for the entire evening series cost $90 for adults (or $15 per session) and $65 for youth (or $11 per session). Mystic Seaport members receive a discount.


Soundings editor to kick off lecture series

For the fourth year, the Connecticut River Museum and Essex (Conn.) Library are co-hosting a series of presentations that explore maritime tradition and history. Three lectures, which will include visual presentations, are scheduled to be held on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall at the corner of West Ave. and Grove Street.

• On Feb. 5, Bill Sisson, editor of Soundings, will deliver a presentation titled “Troubled Waters: Memorable Marine Mishaps, Blunders and Mistakes” in which he will recount some of the most dramatic maritime incidents to appear on the pages of Soundings.

• On Feb. 12, marine artist John Mecray will present “The Racing Yacht, an Artist’s Perspective.” Mecray’s paintings include the 1892 tacking duel between Glorianna and Wasp, the 1903 America’s Cup defense by Reliance and the 1932 gale-driven race between Westward and King George’s yacht, Britannia.

• On Feb. 26, Connecticut author and historian Ellsworth Grant will speak on two related subjects: the founding and history of the 100-year-old Dauntless Club and the story of shipbuilding on the Connecticut River. The most recent of Grant’s books is “Thar She Goes,” an illustrated history of the shipyards that once dotted the river.

Admission is free, but a $3 donation is suggested. Reservations are encouraged for the presentations, which have attracted standing room only audiences. Call the library at (860) 767-1560.



Hal Sutphen dies

Harold J. Sutphen, known to most as Hal, died Dec. 5 at the age of 70 in Norfolk, Va. A sailor since his boyhood days summering at the New Jersey shore, Sutphen carved out a nautical career that included Navy captain, dinner cruise ship captain, cruising rally educator and marine author.

He skippered a Naval patrol boat, minesweeper, ammunition ship, and the 178-foot Spirit of Norfolk as well as his own Pearson 424 ketch, named Sea Duty.

Sutphen cruised Chesapeake Bay with his wife, Helen, and made many offshore passages with the Cruising Rally Association, for which he was the educational director.

He was a contributing writer to Blue Water Sailing, Ocean Navigator and Cruising World and authored the passagemaking handbook, “Advanced Bluewater Cruising.”

He was a member of the New York City Yacht Club, the Rappahannock River Yacht Club, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a docent at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum.

Sutphen is survived by his wife, brother, sister-in-law, four children and four grandchildren.


Winter boat show

returns to Atlantic City

Nearly 50,000 people from up and down the East Coast are expected to make it to Atlantic City, N.J., Feb. 1 to 5 for the 27th annual Atlantic City International Power Boat Show.

“The Atlantic City Power Boat Show is one of the marquee boat shows in the country, and it draws boating enthusiasts from more than six states,” show manager Jonathan Pritko says in a statement. “The show continues to grow in size, stature and attendance, and the exhibitors and the show team are looking forward to an amazing ’06 show.”

More than 700 motor and express yachts, sportfishermen, cruisers and sportboats, some up to 65 feet, will be packed into the Atlantic City Convention Center for the show. Organizers say the boats will range from $5,000 to nearly $2 million.

Also on display, as part of The Boats of Bond exhibit, will be five boats that were featured in James Bond films. Those boats will be the underwater Tow Sled from 1965’s “Thunderball,” the Bath-O-Sub from 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” Glastron’s Amazon Chase Boat from 1979’s “Moonraker,” the Neptune Submarine from 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” and “Q’s” Jet Boat from 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough.”

Show attendees will be able to check out vendors selling marine-related products and services at the 95,000-square-foot “Marine Marketplace.” Free boating and fishing seminars will also be available.

Adult admission to the show will be $15. Youth admission (ages 13 to 15) will be $8, and children 12 and younger will get in free.

— Jason Fell


Boats damaged

in N.J. marina fire

Four boats were destroyed and two damaged during an early-morning fire Nov. 26 at the Monmouth Cove Marina in Middletown, N.J.

Police told the Asbury Park Press that the blaze may have been caused by a battery charger or an extension cord on one of the boats.

A passing motorist reported the fire around 3:37 a.m., according to the paper. When firefighters arrived at the scene three boats were ablaze, the paper reported. About 82 vessels are stored at the marina for the winter, according to the paper.

The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office, the Middletown Police Department and the fire companies are investigating the blaze, according to the paper.


New maritime festivals

planned for the summer

The Lake Champlain Antique & Classic Boat Society announces a partnership with The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the first annual Maritime Festival, to be held Aug. 18-20. The festival will celebrate the many attractions and activities that line the Lake Champlain Burlington Waterfront.

The event will feature Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Small Boat Festival, with boatbuilding, kids’ activities and boating exhibits as well as the 1862 replica 88-foot sailing canal schooner Lois McClure. “This day will not only celebrate the Lake Champlain waterfront but it will also demonstrate the museum’s commitment to preserve and share the history of the region,” says Lake Champlain Maritime Museum executive director Art Cohen.

Another part of the event is the Lake Champlain ACBS 21st Anniversary Boat Show, held at the Burlington Community Boat House on Aug. 19.“We expect over 60 historic, antique and classic boats for the event,” said Myndy Woodruff, chapter president. “We encourage all boats regardless of size or condition.” The show startsat 10 a.m., and ends with a boat parade at 4 p.m. Contact: LCACBS, P.O. Box 2152, Burlington, VT 05407. Phone: (802) 859-0864.


New director for Mystic Seaport’s Gallery

Jeanne C. Potter of Old Lyme has been named director of the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Conn.

Founded in 1979, the gallery hosts a number of shows annually, including the International Marine Art Exhibition, which opened Sept. 24.

Before coming to Mystic Seaport, Potter held a number of positions at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., most recently as assistant director of continuing education. She has extensive experience in a variety of areas in art including publishing, fine art gallery management, exhibitions, installation and special events.

Potter holds a BFA and MFA from Syracuse University. www.mysticsea


Bilge Buster

still in business

Officials at Quantum Pure Air Products, maker of ozone units for the marine trade, say their company has not gone out of business, as has been reported.

The company has been sold to a large Rhode Island company called VR Industries, according to Quantum. The factory site includes a retail sales area.

Bilge Buster is one of the products in the company line, which eliminates holding tank odors, including diesel, and is Coast Guard lab-approved.

For information, contact the Rhode Island company at (401) 732-6670.