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L.I. waterfront facilities under new management

Benchmark Hospitality International has added two historic Long Island, N.Y., properties: Danfords on the Sound, in Port Jefferson, and Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina of Montauk.

Danfords on the Sound is in the heart of Port Jefferson, on the harbor off Long Island Sound. The property features 86 guest rooms and suites, in 14 lodge buildings. Several meeting and banquet rooms are available. Charter fishing is also available at the marina in season.

The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina is 77 nautical miles farther east on Long Island’s South Fork in Montauk. Situated along 22 acres of waterfront property, it offers 107 guestrooms featuring views of LakeMontauk, including 23 villas.

The marina offers flexible event space, including 10 state-of-the-art rooms and a newly renovated ballroom. Corporate groups can arrange teambuilding fishing trips.

The resort also provides guests with shuttle service into Montauk, the easternmost point of Long Island.

The 232-slip marina features newly renovated pilings, boardwalks and railings and full hook-ups, including phone, electric, water, cable TV, WiFi access and on-site amenities. Capacity is 175-plus feet and a maximum of a 12-foot draft. Like at the marina at Danfords on the Sound, charter fishing is available.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally.


Staten Island dealer

changes its name

In January Staten Island Boat Sales officially changed its name to Staten Island Yacht Sales and rolled out a refreshed logo, new ad campaign and new Web site.

“After 40 years in this business, the new name and look more appropriately describe the products we represent and the services we provide to our customers,” says president and CEO Frank Bongiorno.

The dealership received accolades the past year, including being named the largest dealer worldwide for Carver Yachts, Silverton and Marquis. They have also expanded their dealer territory, and were named the new Cruisers Yachts dealer for select portions on New York and Connecticut. The company’s Viking and Viking Sport Cruisers dealership territory was also expanded to include exclusivity in New York and Long Island.


Nautor’s Swan opens

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 United States 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,


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, under way 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: .


Boat rental firm

expanding fleet, 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 across the United States.

Boat rental locations list their available boats free on, and pay a small commission to the company on bookings. To increase potential turnover for rental operators (especially in peak season), the new service allows each location to self-update their boat listings online at any time.


Cat club planning

July 4 fleet race

The Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club has formed an Objective 100 committee to promote the club’s annual Statue of Liberty Marathon Sailing Race.

“We are going to turn this race from a very popular regional race into a world-class event,” said Jacques Pierret, the club’s race director. “We are attempting to get a minimum of 100 boats for the race, to be held July 4th weekend. Objective 100 will focus on promotion and the logistical organization necessary to attract catamaran sailors from all over the world.”

The annual race got its start in the 1980s, when some club members challenged each other to sail to the VerrazanoNarrowsBridge, linking Brooklyn to Staten Island. The race ultimately ended up rounding the Statue of Liberty.

Over the past 20 years the race has attracted participants from throughout the East Coast and from elsewhere, all attracted by undertaking the long-distance sailing challenge aboard 14-foot Hobie Cats, Inter 20 machines and other small boats. For information visit

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

R.I. judge tosses out marina’s subpoena

A Superior Court judge in Rhode Island on Dec. 14 quashed efforts to remove two members of a state agency considering a controversial marina expansion plan.

Champlin’s Marina and Resort two years ago proposed extending 4,000 feet of new docks and piers, a hotly contested project that would expand more than 240 feet and cover some four acres of Great Salt Pond.

A Coastal Resources Management Council subcommittee approved a smaller expansion of 170 feet with the stipulation that Champlin’s pay $50,000 for taking over public trust waters.

But Champlin blamed news reports for nixing its original proposal, and subpoenaed two CRMC members because they publicly spoke out against the project.

Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Fortunato also ruled that CRMC chairman Michael Tikoian and CRMC member Peter Voskamp, are not subject to the subpoena.

In papers filed, Champlin’s attorneys said the committee members should be disqualified from an upcoming vote on Champlin’s expansion plans because of negative comments the men made about the project to the press. The lawyers contend that the comments indicate a bias against the project.

Following a subcommittee approval in October of a smaller expansion project, Tikoian was quoted in a local newspaper as saying he was “totally disappointed.” Abedon also was quoted as saying he favored a smaller expansion.

Two reporters were subpoenaed and spoke to Champlin’s attorney, but the state attorney general’s office opposed efforts by Champlin’s attorneys to depose council members. The attorney general’s office also opposed efforts to have the council members recused from voting on the expansion plans.

“It’s the attorney general’s opinion that, in considering a project that has the potential to affect such a pristine waterway as Great Salt Pond, we want the scrutiny of the full council,” said Michael Rubin, special assistant attorney general.

The full 10-member council, a state agency responsible for overseeing development and preservation of coastal areas, will consider the proposal.

— JoAnn W. Goddard

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.