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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. www.acboatshow.com

— Jason Fell

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Norfolk sailor, author Hal Sutphen dies at 70

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.

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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.

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Wyckoff earns

‘best flotilla’ award

BoatU.S presented Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 10-13 of Wyckoff, N.J., with the “Best Flotilla in the Nation” award for 2004 at the Auxiliary’s National Convention recently held in Orlando, Fla. The Flotilla, of the First Southern Region, District 10, bested 1,200 other flotillas across the nation for the top honors.

In 2004, 60 volunteers for the Wyckoff flotilla contributed more than 7,300 operations-hours providing patrols for Greenwood Lake in New York/New Jersey, on the Hudson River and in New York Harbor in support of Coast Guard activities such as public education, boating safety, operations and fellowship.

In addition, Flotilla 10-13 conducted 288 marine dealer visits and performed 724 vessel safety checks. It also offered 189 public education classes that taught seamanship to more than 2,000 students. The group had been awarded a BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safety Grant earlier in 2005 to produce a chart of Greenwood Lake.

“We work hard throughout the year just trying to do our best to provide the recreational boater with the knowledge and help they need,” said Flotilla Commander John Yskamp. “When someone notices our efforts, it gives us the will to do even more.”

“The men and women of Flotilla 10-13 dedicated their time and expertise to help make our waterways safe for boaters. We appreciate the efforts of this outstanding group,” said BoatU.S. Foundation president Ruth Wood.

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Seaport village

awarded ‘BIG’ grant

Tuckerton Seaport, the re-created maritime village in New Jersey’s Ocean County, has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The seaport was one of only 10 sites in the nation to receive this funding, which was announced in November. The grant comes from the National Boating and Infrastructure Grant Program.

The grant will be used to expand the transient boat slips and the construction of a bath and shower house. The project will add up to an additional 40 boat slips and retro fit the existing 27 slips with water and electrical hookups.

“Boating is an important part of what we do at the seaport. This funding is a great investment in the seaport and our community, and will make it easier for our friends and guests to visit us by boat,” said George Kurtz, president of the Tuckerton Seaport.

Tuckerton Seaport is dedicated to preserving, presenting and interpreting the maritime history, artistry, heritage and environment of the Jersey shore and the unique contributions of its baymen. www.tuckertonseaport.org

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NWSA elects

new officers

The National Women’s Sailing Association elected officers for 2006 and a new member to the board of directors at its annual board of directors meeting in Phoenix.

The newly elected officers are president, Valli Cook of New York; vice president, Joan Thayer of Marblehead, Mass.; secretary, Elizabeth S. Corl of Marblehead, Mass.; and treasurer, Nancy Parrillo of Cumberland, R.I.

Linda Newland of Alameda, Calif., was elected to the board. Other continuing board members are Susan Epstein of Sharon, Mass.; Gail Hine of Murietta, Calif.; Elaine Dickinson of Annapolis, Md.; Becky Squires of Alexandria, Va.; and Julie Teetsov of Albany, N.Y.

NWSA, a national nonprofit organization based in Marblehead, Mass., is dedicated to enriching the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing. www.womensailing.org

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MarineMax sets up

brokerage team

Marine retailer MarineMax has announced the creation of a new Yachts & Brokerage Group in the Mid-Atlantic region. The team will be responsible for all brokerage vessels 40 feet and larger as well as Bertram and the other Ferretti Group brands including Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Apreamare, Mochi-Craft, Custom Line and CRN.

MarineMax veterans Robert James from Baltimore; Steve Messenger and Joe Gozdieski from Somers Point, N.J.; and Andy Ferretti from Green Brook, N.J., will form the basis of the new team. Dave Smith rounds out the sales team. Vaughn Borroughs is the service manager and will coordinate regional resources.

For information about the new Mid Atlantic Yacht & Brokerage Group, contact MarineMax Baltimore, 2780-C Lighthouse Point East, Baltimore, MD 21224. (410) 732-3360. www.marinemax.com