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Rain doesn’t dissuade sailors

The clouds came on opening day for the 36th annual United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis on Oct. 6. The rain and wind arrived on the following day, Friday; and Saturday was a “wash-out.” Yet still one boat manufacturer notched sales of 68 cruising boats, and others were talking about doubling their show space in 2006, according to show executive Rick Franke.

While attendance was down for the five days of the show and the sun never shined in that time over Annapolis, vendors say they were pleased with the crowd and with their sales.

“The buyers were there. They were there in the tents. They were buying accessories,” Franke says, joking that vendors with foul weather gear did especially well. Franke did not have final attendance figures for the wet weekend. “What they lost in volume on Saturday they made up on Sunday [drizzle] and Monday [overcast],” he says

Stolen boat recovered; two Md. men arrested

The Maryland Natural Resources Police arrested in late September two Dundalk, Md., men, and were initially searching for three other men reported missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Hart-Miller Island State Park.

Edwin Joseph Beam, 33, and Dennis Charles McDaniels, 32, were rescued from Pleasure Island after they jumped from a 27-foot Bayliner they had allegedly stolen from Key Yacht Club. Beam and McDaniels operated the boat until it ran out of fuel and then abandoned it, swimming to Pleasure Island, according to police. The vessel was recovered from the shoreline of the island.

Once in custody, Beam and McDaniels told officers there were three other men on the vessel with them who did not make it to shore. NRP searched the area by boats and helicopter for the reported missing men to determine if the claim was true. Beam and McDaniels later admitted to lying about other men aboard the boat, according to police.

Beam and McDaniels were charged with felony theft, and were being held on $20,000 bond in Baltimore County.

Docents sought for Md. marine museum

The Calvert Marine Museum of Solomons, Md., is developing a docent program to enhance the exhibits in the museum, and to add to the enjoyment of its visitors. Docents are trained volunteers who greet visitors, share information about the exhibits, answer questions, and oversee the safety of the animals. They also augment the activities of the interpreters by providing informal tours to visitors who are not with a class or specific group.

Those interested in becoming a docent must first become a member of the museum, then participate in a program with other volunteers. Training sessions are conducted by the museum staff. For information contact Sherrod Sturrock, CMM curator of education, at (410) 326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

Blessing of the fleet at Maritime Heritage Days

More than a hundred boats entered Bath (N.C.) harbor Sept. 25 for a Blessing of the Fleet.

Six reverends performed the service from aboard the 69-foot square-rigged three-masted bark, Elizabeth II. They blessed each vessel that paraded past, using native cedar branches and water from Bath creek.

The Blessing of the Fleet was the last event of Bath’s first Maritime Heritage Days.

Highlights included an a cappella version of “America the Beautiful” by Kimberly Bousquet, and the Naval Hymn performed by Northside High School followed by the release of three white doves, which symbolized Bath’s 300 years of existence.

The parade of boats was initiated by a cannon blast from Horatio Sinbad’s Privateer, the 54-foot (LOA) brigantine, Meka II. The Coast Guard led the parade. The final boat carried a wreath in memory of those who died in surrounding waters.

N.C. speeds Ophelia rebuilding permits

North Carolina’s Division of Coastal Management is offering emergency permits for marinas and other coastal property owners who want to replace docks, piers and bulkheads damaged by Hurricane Ophelia.

The emergency permit speeds up the authorization process for rebuilding structures that meet state standards. The rules also waive permit fees for those projects, as well as beach bulldozing and maintenance dredging of existing channels related to hurricane recovery.

The permit, which does not apply to rebuilding houses or other oceanfront structures, is available to property owners in Currituck, Dare, Beaufort, Hyde, Pamlico, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick. Property owners still must obtain any other required state, local or federal authorization.

Property owners have until March 15, 2006, to obtain the permit and the work must be completed by Sept. 15, 2006. Contact the Division of Coastal Management for more information. www.nccoastalmanagement.net

Croatian-built sailboat debuts in region

Salona sailboats have been signed with a dealer for the Mid-Atlantic region — Bollard Yachts of Oxford, Md.

Built by AD Boats in Croatia, Salonas are characterized as performance cruisers on the racing side. A 37 is on order for the region, and a 45 debuted at the Annapolis Boat Show in October.

For information on Salona North America, contact Matthew B. Brunner, Fairfax, Va., at (800) 819-1646 or matthew.brunner@salonayachts.com.

To contact Todd T. Taylor at Bollard Yachts, call (410) 226-0390 or e-mail

ttaylor@bollardyachts.com. www.bollardyachts.com

For more information about Salonas, log on to www.salonayachts.com .

Donzi turns out fast patrol boats

The Government Services group for American Marine Holdings — parent company of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats — delivered this year two new high-speed pilothouse patrol boats for the purposes of homeland security, and currently has a third unit in production.

Both the City of Virginia Beach Police Department and Jacksonville, Fla., Sheriff’s Office have taken delivery of these new high-speed, fully enclosed pilothouse security boats. The 320 and 340 Pilothouse models are available with twin and triple four-stroke outboard motor configurations, fully enclosed cabins, hull-side foam fenders, generator, air conditioning and heat, dive door and weapons mounts. The high-performance hulls are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour in a sea state 4 (up to 8-foot seas), according to the company.

The new boats have been built directly from Donzi Marine’s ZF center console line.

The City of Virginia Beach Police, who patrol the coastline of Virginia Beach and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, took delivery of the 340 Pilothouse in April 2005. According to Sgt. Andrew Speiss of the department, “The 340 Pilothouse gives us high speed offshore boarding capabilities and quick response time in inclement weather.”

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office took delivery of the 320 Pilothouse in January 2005 and subsequently used the vessel to provide security for the Super Bowl.

Prince William County Police in Virginia have also purchased a 340 Pilothouse under a federal grant. That vessel is currently in production and was scheduled to be delivered in October.

Scout Boats unveils new models to dealers

Summerville, S.C.–based Scout Boats hosted its 2006 Model Year Dealer Meeting, Sept. 23-25 at Hawk’s Cay Resort in the Florida Keys.

During the meeting, the company unveiled three new models: the 205 Sportfish, the 262 Abaco Series and the 282 Sportfish, along with a redesign of the popular 175 Sportfish.

Scout also recognized its top dealers at the event. The Dealer of the Year Award went to Mid Carolina Marine in West Columbia, S.C. Scout also announced the winners for its exclusive Circle S Awards, which recognize the top dealers in customer satisfaction. Cannons Marina in Longboat Key, Fla., took home the top honors.

Scout also handed out sales awards to its top 10 dealers. Dealers in the Mid-Atlantic included: Pages Creek Marine (Wilmington, N.C) and RiverCraft Marine Sales (Gloucester, Va.)

Scout builds sportfishing, fish ’n’ ski, walkaround, flats and bay boat models ranging from 14 to 28 feet, and will debut its largest model to date in 2006 — the 350 Abaco. www.scoutboats.com

Two new dealers for N.C.-based Rampage

Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts announced in September that several new marine retailers have joined Rampage’s growing list of dealers. The newest dealers include:

• 70 West Marina, Morehead, N.C.

• Russo/Brewer Yacht Sales, Westbrook, Conn.

Consumers can locate the Rampage dealer nearest them at www. rampageyachts.com.

Based in Navassa, N.C., Rampage creates walkaround, express and convertible sportfishing yachts, 30 to 45 feet.

New York yacht club

offers safety seminars

Larchmont, N.Y.-based Storm Trysail Club is expanding its Junior Safety-At-Sea seminars.

The club’s first Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar of 2005 took place July 6 in Annapolis, Md. It was the seventh time that the club’s Chesapeake Bay Station partnered with the U.S. Naval Academy. The result was 32 kids participating aboard three boats, helped by a large group of volunteers and seven coaches from various junior programs.

On July 15 at Larchmont Yacht Club, where the STC has its home office and launched its first Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar nine years ago, a record 220 junior sailors, ages 14 to 17, participated. This time there were 26 boats to accommodate them and the 50 coaches who volunteered.

“The Storm Trysail Club introduced these seminars formally after an incident where informal training, provided to Larchmont Yacht Club juniors, was instrumental in the saving of a junior sailor’s life after she went overboard in a junior big-boat event,” says STC commodore and Larchmont Yacht Club member Richard du Moulin. “That’s when we realized it’s never too early to introduce safety at sea.”

Activities included safety procedures, particularly crew overboard recovery, crew work, inflatable PFDs and life rafts. www.stormtrysail.org