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Cruising class designed

for experienced mariners

Offshore SailingSchool is offering a new course for experienced sailors who have mastered basic cruising and navigation skills.

Fast Track to Coastal Passage Making combines two advanced US Sailing certified courses: the four-day Coastal Navigation all-classroom course, followed by the Coastal Passage Making course aboard a 50-foot Moorings yacht on a six-day Caribbean passage.

Course dates are set for March 22 - April 2. Participants stay at the Moorings’ Mariner Inn in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, for four days of in-depth coastal navigation classroom study, about six hours each day, culminating in a comprehensive exam for US Sailing certification.

On March 26 sailors move aboard the Moorings 50 and set sail from the BVI the next morning, en route to one of the leeward islands of Anguilla, St. Martin or St. Barts. This non-stop 80-mile journey across the Anegada Passage is repeated downwind back to Tortola, with the final night ashore at the Mariner Inn before heading home April 2.

The complete package price for both courses and accommodations for two is $4,095 per person. If traveling alone, the package is $4,385. These packages include five nights in the hotel, certification courses, most meals while on board, initial fuel, ice and certain fees.

For those not yet ready for Coastal Passagemaking, Coastal Navigation may be taken alone at $1,195 per person double occupancy, ($1,590 single) which includes the course, course materials and the hotel stay at Mariner Inn. There is no prerequisite for Coastal Navigation except basic navigation skills.

Call (800) 221-4326 or visit


Daytona Beach marina

to improve operations

Caribbean Jack’s Marina in Daytona Beach, Fla., has brought in consulting firm Marina Management Services to improve operations at the marina.

MMS, of Boca Raton, Fla., will oversee the operations of the wet slips, dry storage, fuel dock and recreational amenities. Chris Pignataro is the new on-site marina manager. For the past three years he has managed Crown Bay Marina in St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands, another MMS-managed property.


Online rental group

expands to Florida, a New York-based company with a Web site featuring online bookings of discounted short-term boat rentals, has added 18 locations to its rental fleet.

Boat rental locations list their available boats free on www.boatrenting.

com, and pay a small commission to the company on bookings. The new service allows each location to self-update their boat listings online at any time.

Boat rental locations in Florida just added to the database are: Uncle Henry’s Marina in Boca Grande; Paradise Holiday Boat Rentals in Cape Coral; Mike’s Jet Ski Rentals in Osprey; Holiday Water Sports in Fort MyersBeach; American Watersports in Miami Beach; Tierra Verde Marina in Tierra Verde; and WindwardSailingSchool in FernandinaBeach.


Sunsail promotional DVD

showcases BVI sailing

To encourage travelers to consider a Caribbean yacht charter — either with or without a captain on board — Sunsail has created a new 32-minute DVD, “Paradise Found: Sailing The BVI,” offered free on

The DVD showcases the ease of sailing the British Virgin Islands, and includes vacation activities including hiking, shopping, kayaking, beachcombing, and snorkeling, as well as sailing from island to island in a 39-foot three-cabin monohull sailboat, and a spacious 44-foot catamaran.

The documentary is narrated by Gary Jobson, 54, the former All-American collegiate sailor who won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner.

“The DVD shows why sailing, particularly in the waters around Tortola, is one of the world’s most enjoyable pastimes, even for those who occasionally get port and starboard confused,” Jobson says. Sunsail, based in Annapolis, Md., has yachts in more than 30 locations worldwide. A preview of the DVD is available at the Web site, along with details on how to order a free copy. For information call (800) 281-8350.


ICW marina developed

on Florida’s east coast

YachtHarborVillageMarina of Palm Coast, Fla., is part of a 76-acre site under development on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway near HammockBeach. The project features all Unifloat docks and a Unifloat floating attenuator dock from Bellingham Marine.

The 210 slips occupy nearly 48,000 square feet of space on the marina’s 4,000 linear feet of ICW frontage.

Located within The Club at HammockBeach, Yacht Harbor Village Marina is one of only a handful of new facilities built on Florida’s east coast in the last 20 years, according to the developers.

The full-service marina features a ships store, casual waterfront dining, tennis facility and three gateways that provide access to the Atlantic Ocean.


Cruisers Yachts

names Florida dealer

The Trio Marine Group of Palm Beach, Fla., has been named the official dealer for Cruisers Yachts for most of the east coast of Florida.

Cruisers Yachts are manufactured in Oconto, Wis., and Wilmington, N.C., and range from 28 to 54 feet. They are available in express, sports sedan and express motoryacht configurations.

Trio Marine Group also has rights to Carver and Marquis boats throughout most of the east coast of Florida and into Georgia. It also maintains a second sales and service facility in Fort Lauderdale.


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.

Contact the Rhode Island company at (401) 732-6670.


ABYC sets

course schedule

The American Boat & Yacht Council has released its 2006 schedule of certification and seminar courses, available both nationally and internationally.

More than 35 courses, including ABYC’s newest certification course Marine Systems Certification, are on tap.

ABYC courses and seminars can be hosted at any location upon request as long as the host site ensures a minimum of 15 students are registered, and has paid 30 to 45 days prior to the scheduled training start date.

Registration information and detailed descriptions of any of the courses can be found at