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Nautor’s Swan opens charter office in Newport

Forty-year-old Finnish builder Nautor’s Swan has opened a new charter office within the company’s recently established U.S. headquarters in Newport, R.I.

The office will represent a portfolio of Swans from across the U.S. and Caribbean, as well as manage a fleet of new, company-owned Swans based in Guadalupe, but available to sail throughout the Caribbean basin. Running the office as charter manager is Carolyn Cox Titus, a 24-year veteran of the charter industry experienced in chartering Swan and other yachts. Most recently, she was owner and operator of Cox Marine LLC, which focused on yacht management, charter sales, and crew placement.

Sailors will be able to charter the full line of Swans, from classic Sparkman & Stephens designs all the way up to Swan superyachts. The yachts, for personal cruising or racing, range in size from 48 to 112 feet and come crewed and provisioned. Other yachts — both power and sail — are available worldwide from 50 to 350 feet.

The new Nautor’s Swan Charter Office is located at One Washington Street, Newport. Phone: (401) 619-0968,, .


N.E. boat show marks

a half-century

The New England Boat Show turns 50 this year and promises more than 600 boats on display at the BaysideExpoCenter in Boston.

The nine-day show kicks off Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 26.

Power- and sailboats from dinghies to 45-footers will be on display as will a roster of accessory retailers. Boats on display will include Albin, Back Cove, Beneteau, Grady-White, Hydra-Sports, Island Packet, Mainship, Rampage, Sabreline and Wellcraft.

Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, 1-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. closing day. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. For information, call (800) 225-1577.


MMA head to lead world maritime body

President Leonard H. Tyler of Castine-based MaineMaritimeAcademy will serve as chairman of the International Association of Maritime Universities in 2006. Set to take office in April, his term continues through March 2008. Tyler currently serves as one of six vice chairmen of the organization and is an active member of the organization’s international executive and steering boards.

“My goal in the next two years will be to reorganize IAMU to make it more effective in its mission of fostering a high standard of maritime education, training and safety,” he said.

Established in 1999 by the Nippon Foundation, the group has grown from its seven charter member institutions to nearly 50 today. IAMU supports academic research, publishes professional journals, and holds a general assembly each year.

Tyler has served as president of MMA since 1994. A 33-year veteran of the MMA faculty and administration, he is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a former president of the Downeast College Consortium.


New England marine companies team up

Worcester, Mass.-based David Clark Company Incorporated and Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats have announced a cooperation to provide Series 9800 Marine Intercom Systems on the Super High Performance Boats produced by the Bristol, R.I., builder.

The Series 9800 Marine Intercom System provides clear communication on high-noise “go-fast” boats as well as other high performance racing and recreational boat applications. The water-resistant system will accommodate up to six crew, with two having radio transmit capability. It accepts inputs from two radios and one auxiliary listen-only source that can be stereo.

The Series 9800 consists of behind-the-head and/or over-the-head noise-

attenuating headsets, a master station that is compatible with most mobile VHF, UHF and marine band radios, multifunction LCD remote panel display, and push-to-talk body switch.

Michael Fiore, president and CEO of Outerlimits said, “After being introduced to David Clark Marine Intercoms early in 2005, and having since installed them on my own and several custom boats, we are convinced that this product not only fills a need for clear communication under typically difficult conditions, but does it better than any other product on the market.”


Maine maritime

program gets grant

Atlantic Challenge of Rockland, Maine, has received a $6,000 grant from the MBNA Library Grants Program to help catalog their extensive maritime library containing approximately 3,500 books and a number of periodicals.

Atlantic Challenge is collaborating with the Rockland Public Library to catalog the collection and make the library accessible online through the Rockland Public Library and the greater Maine library system.

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N.E. states sharebeach grant money

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has committed nearly $10 million in grants for use by coastal states and territories for beach water quality monitoring and notification programs.

The five coastal New England states are among the eligible 30 states and five territories to receive the EPA Beach Grants.

The grants, expected to total more than $1.1 million in New England this year, are used for projects and programs to monitor and improve water quality at beaches and keep the public informed of warnings and closures.

The grants, which cover a five-year period, include:

• Connecticut: $223,370

• Maine: $254,730

• Massachusetts: $254,440

• New Hampshire: $204,530

• Rhode Island: $212,640

Information about EPA’s beach program can be found at: waterscience/beaches/grants.


Sail-training schooner offers two berths

MaineMaritimeAcademy’s schooner Bowdoin will offer two berths to the public on this year’s sail to Canada in June as part of the college’s sail-training curriculum. The eight-week course is scheduled to begin May 3 in Castine, with the vessel set to get under way on June 1. The course carries four college credits.

The course is designed for students with little or no prior sailing or boating experience. Students will participate in painting, rigging, cleaning, engineering, voyage planning, and provisioning.

Students will live in the MaineMaritimeAcademy dormitory as an introduction to living in semi-close quarters. Toward the end of May, students will live aboard the vessel in preparation for the northern sail-training expedition.

Once under way, cruising experiences will include watchstanding, navigation techniques, underway maintenance, and seamanship. All activities will take place under the direction of professionally licensed seafarers.

This year’s voyage plan includes stops at Canada’s Sable Island, Prince Edward Island, and Isle de la Madeleine.

The Bowdoin, built in 1921 at the Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard in East Boothbay, is Maine’s official sailing vessel.

The course fee, covering tuition, room and board, is $3,400. For information, call (207) 326-2126 or e-mail: .


MMA training ship bound for Europe

Students, officers, and crew from the MaineMaritimeAcademy will sail to Barcelona, Spain; Gdynia, Poland; and Cobh, Ireland, this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call, finishing back in Portland.

Under the command of Capt. Larry Wade of Bradley, Maine, the training ship will depart from CastineHarbor on May 3, following a week of preparation.

“Follow the Voyage,” MMA’s online ship-tracking and interactive Web site, will be coordinated by students and staff as part of this year’s training activities. Once the ship is under way, the public is invited to join the voyage by visiting

The 500-foot, 16,000-ton T/S State of Maine, the former USNS Tanner, originally served as a Navy oceanographic research vessel and was converted in 1997 to accommodate the training needs of the college. The fourth vessel to bear the name State of Maine, the ship is a modern, technologically advanced training vessel.


Campaign nets

maritime lawbreakers

The Coast Guard; NOAA Fisheries Service’s Office for Law Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and state and local law enforcement agencies are continuing a maritime law enforcement campaign operation focusing on living marine resources fisheries, safety and immigration laws.

So far, the operation has taken place throughout New England’s coastal regions. Major Coast Guard cutters have been positioned in the vicinity of New York’s Long Island, the Gulf of Maine and off the ports of New Bedford and Provincetown, Mass. Shoreside efforts focus on the ports of Gloucester, New Bedford, and Hyannis, Mass., as well as Point Judith, R.I.

This phase of the operation has been timed specifically to coincide with new fisheries regulations, and the traditional increase in fishing activity during the winter. 

Joint enforcement efforts over the period yielded more than 175 fishing vessel boardings, resulting in 10 major fisheries violations, 32 fishing vessel safety violations, one state weapons charge, two narcotics cases, and four arrests for outstanding warrants.

“Our agents boarded nearly 100 fishing vessels and found most of them to be in compliance with regulations, including new electronic Vessel Monitoring System requirements.” said Special Agent-in-Charge Andrew Cohen, Office for Law Enforcement, Northeast Division. 


Maine school launches

boat donation initiative

The CommunitySchool in Camden, Maine, has entered into an agreement with Block Island Maritime Funding to begin a boat donation program in order to raise scholarship-operating funds.

Proceeds from the sale or charter of donated boats will be used to further the school’s alternative educational programs. The CommunitySchool works with high school students who have dropped out of conventional schools.

The fund-raising initiative is aimed at individuals who would like to support the school’s programs, have experienced difficulty in selling their boats or don’t want the complications of a private sale. The school will accept almost any type of vessel, sail or power, as long as it is in seaworthy condition.

CallCommunitySchool at (207) 236-3000; or Block Island Maritime Funding at (401) 842-0752.



New head

for CG Foundation

Ross E. Roeder, chairman of the board of Smart & Finial Inc., one of the West Coast’s largest retailers, has been elected board chair of the Coast Guard Foundation, a national non-profit organization. Roeder is a director of Mercantile Bank, St. Petersburg, Fla.

His corporate experience includes service as director of Chico’s apparel, chairman of Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, COO of Denny’s, and CEO of Fotomat. He earned a bachelor’s degree from MichiganState and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA.