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Four fishermen

rescued off Gloucester

Coast Guard officials pulled four commercial fishermen to safety about 100 miles east of Gloucester, Mass., in October after their 43-foot boat, Danny Boy II, began taking on water and eventually sank.

The crew was hauling in the last of its nets and preparing to return to shore Oct. 21 when Captain Thomas Flemming, who is 40 and of Barrington, N.H., noticed water streaming in through the lazarette, news reports say. The crew began unloading nets and other equipment to lighten the load, but the water was apparently coming in too fast.

Flemming radioed a distress call that was picked up by another fishing vessel, called Joker, according to a Coast Guard report. Flemming and his crew then put on cold-water immersion suits and boarded a life raft.

Joker’s crew contacted Coast Guard officials in Boston, the report says. Officials were able to pinpoint the location of Danny Boy II from an EPIRB transmission sent as the boat began to sink. At about 7:30 p.m. the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter took Flemming and his crew from the raft and transported them to a local airport where they received medical attention.

Flemming’s crew was made up of Maine residents Matt Bryce and Steve Marston, and Dan Fayle of New Hampshire. The men were on a three-day fishing trip and reportedly had 20,000 pounds of fish — mostly cod, hake and pollock — on board. The Coast Guard was investigating the accident.

— Jason Fell


Cape Cod dealership

appoints new CEO

The board of directors of Nauset Marine, a three-outlet dealership based in Orleans, Mass., on Cape Cod, has promoted Dawson L. Farber III to chief executive officer.

Nauset has employed Farber since 1966, most recently as vice president and sales manager.

Nauset, founded in 1961, has outlets in Orleans, Pocasset and Marion, Mass., and last year was Boston Whaler’s No. 1 dealership in sales volume. It also carries the Robalo, Starcraft, Yamaha and Mercury product lines, and custom builds its Nauset line of power yachts in a range of 25 to 38 feet.


Toronto International

Boat Show returns

Canada’s largest boat show, the Toronto International Boat Show, returns to the National Trade Centre’s Exhibition Place, Jan. 14-22.

The show will showcase more than 1,000 runabouts, fishing boats, performance boats, sportboats, sailboats and luxury yachts — plus engine manufacturer displays and acres of marine gifts and accessories. A 28,000-square-foot indoor lake — the world’s largest, complete with floating docks, in-water boat displays and harborside dining — will again be at the center of show traffic.

A special preview night is scheduled for Jan. 13.


URI professor takes

position at WHOI

James Yoder, a professor of oceanography and former associate dean at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, has been chosen vice president for academic programs and dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Yoder succeeds John Farrington, who is retiring after 15 years of service.

In his new position at WHOI, Yoder will be responsible for the institution’s education programs and activities, including the postdoctoral program, the graduate program, undergraduate summer programs, and K-12 activities.

WHOI is a private marine research and higher-education organization in Falmouth, Mass. Its primary mission is to understand the oceans and to communicate its role in the changing global environment. Established in 1930, it conducts a joint graduate education program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Newman’s former boat

auctioned for $4,600

A fishing boat once owned by actor Paul Newman was recently auctioned off for a Connecticut charity.

On Oct. 22 the 21-foot Chris-Craft SkipJack was sold at the Mohonk House, an educational and research

facility for troubled teenagers, located in Westport, Conn. A total of 35 people placed bids on the boat that eventually sold for $4,600. The proceeds benefited the educational facility.

“We have charity auctions from time to time and we’ve sold some celebrity items, but it’s unusual that we had something like this donated,” says David Singer, founder of the Mohonk House. Singer says a man from Westport who had “maintained it meticulously” donated the boat. He says an appraiser had valued the boat at $7,000 to $10,000.

Actor Robert Redford, who co-starred with Newman in the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), is said to have been one of the many guests on the boat, Singer says. The boat, built in 1984, came with its original registration made out to Newman and his longtime friend and associate, A.E. Hotcher. There is also an inscription on the boat, Singer says, that reads: “To Paul, with love. Margaret.”

“It was pretty neat to have come across this boat,” says Singer.

— Jason Fell


Educational CD-ROMs

for recreational boaters

A professional captain has developed a CD-ROM-based interactive boating certification course that is recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Smart Boating was developed by Steve Larivee, a licensed captain for 25 years now based in Longmeadow, Mass. The visual-based course is contained on eight CD-ROMs that work on a home computer. The course features explanations for all right and wrong answers to more than 290 interactive questions. Progress tracking allows the user to leave and return at their convenience. Completion of all questions should take about eight hours and is, so far, approved in 31 states for boater certification. Achieving the program’s approved Certificate of Completion will also allows users to qualify for insurance premium discounts in all states, according to Larivee.

Beyond the course, the $89 (suggested retail price) set also includes: a printable float plan form; pre-departure checklist; list of all marine VHF-FM radio channels, their frequencies and uses; copy of the Coast Guard International and Inland Rules of the Road; copy of Chart No. 1 Nautical Chart Symbols and Abbreviations; fuel and oil log program with graphing and trend tracking built in; and a nautical


Smart Boating is available for purchase by visiting the company’s Web site at


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 BVI, 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 additional information, call (800) 281-8350.


Brewer acquires

Greenwich Bay Marinas

The Brewer Yacht Yard Group has acquired Greenwich Bay Marinas of Warwick, R.I., adding 1,100 slips to Brewer’s string of Northeast marinas.

Greenwich Bay Marinas has three locations in Warwick — at 1 Masthead Drive, 125 Wharf Road and 252 Second Point Road. Brewer says it will run the facilities with “the same professional staff.”

Jack Brewer, owner of the Brewer Yacht Yards, said storage would be available at all of the Greenwich Bay locations, and slips are available for the 2006 season.

The Greenwich Bay facilities are 15 minutes from Providence and accessible from the nearby Providence airport and Amtrak train station. They offer access to the popular cruising destinations of Newport, Block Island, Montauk, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

In addition to the marinas, the Greenwich Bay locations also house several marine businesses — among them, Bassett Boat Co., Cape Yachts, ZF Transmission, Gifford Marine and Total Marine.

The Greenwich Bay facilities bring to 20 the number of Brewer yacht yards between New York and Maine. The company has its headquarters in Mamaroneck, N.Y.


Bilge Buster

still in business

Officials at Quantum Pure Aire 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.


‘Chip’ Shea dies;

Luhrs executive

James “Chip” Shea, a marine industry veteran who for years led the marketing department at Luhrs Corp., died Oct. 12 after a long battle with esophageal cancer, according to friends.

Shea is described as a good friend, with a creative mind, a zest for life and a passion for boating — a man who lived aboard various vessels over the years. Shea, who was in his early 50s, died during the night aboard his sport cruiser at the Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine, Fla., where the Luhrs Group is based.

“He was where he liked to be,” says longtime friend Tom Neale, a maritime author, and technical editor of Soundings magazine.

Shea joined Luhrs more than a decade ago to spearhead the company’s marketing efforts for all its brands — Luhrs, Silverton, Hunter and Mainship. He previously had worked for Boston Whaler and years earlier was in the game board industry, according to John Peterson, marketing director at Hunter Marine and a longtime friend.

Shea is credited with driving up sales and boosting brand recognition for all the Luhrs brands, and particularly Hunter sailboats.

“He was like a one-man advertising agency,” says Peterson. “I’ve been in the marine industry for around 30 years. To me, there was not a better creative mind.”

Shea left Luhrs two years ago to pursue other interests, and most recently worked with his wife, Stacy, at Advanced Marine Technology’s Oil X-Change-R in St. Augustine, according to friends.

— JoAnn W. Goddard


‘Super Boat Expo’ has high-performance boats

For the first time in years, a boat show in which high-performance vessels will be featured is coming to Florida. The first Super Boat Expo, scheduled for May 19-21, 2006, at the 100,000-square-foot Sarasota-Bradenton Internation-

al Convention Center, features high-

performance boats as well as fishing boats with 500 or more horsepower.

For information, call (813) 633-1101 or e-mail superboatexpo@verizon .

net. The Web site is


New England dealer

signs on with Rampage

Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts announced in September that seven new marine retailers have joined Rampage’s growing list of dealers. The newest dealers include Russo/Brewer Yacht Sales, Westbrook, Conn.

Consumers can locate the Rampage dealer nearest them at

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