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Family boatbuilders

head to Charleston

The Charleston Boat Show will again be the setting for a Family Boat Building Contest when the South Carolina show returns for a 25th year at the North Charleston Convention Center & Coliseum, Jan. 28 to 30.

The event is designed to give families an opportunity to experience the joy of teamwork by building their own Lowcountry bateau.

The Charleston Boat Show is the Lowcountry’s largest boating and fishing event and will feature over 70 boat lines, marine and fishing accessories, a kids’ fishing clinic, and informational fishing seminars. Parking is free and tickets are available at the Convention Center. Adult admission is $8, and for children 12 and under $2.

Norfolk, Va.,

losing a boatyard

After nine years of operation a Norfolk, Va., boatyard is being forced out in order to make way for possible commercial development.

Kathy and Rob Powell, who operate Norfolk Boat Works, were notified by their landlord last March that their lease would be terminated at the end of this year, according to a report in the Virginia Pilot newspaper. The Powells were only about four years into a 10-year lease when they received the notice, but the lease had included a clause that said either party could terminate the contract at any time without reason.

“We thought we were pretty well set for the next five or six years, and we invested in that vein,” Rob Powell told the newspaper. “And it all fell apart.”

The Powells’ landlord is True World Group in Little Ferry, N.J., the corporate arm of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon that owns fisheries, restaurants and boatbuilders among its real estate holdings. Tadashi Igarashi, director of general affairs for the company, said ending the Powells’ lease was not personal, it was simply a business decision, the newspaper reports.

The Powells say they have tried to find another piece of property on the water in the Hampton Roads area, but nothing fits their needs, the newspaper says. The company’s eight employees are looking for work. The Powells aren’t sure what they’re going to do next, but they reportedly will keep some equipment, just in case they find a slip of land where they can restore boats again.

Marine Technology

seminars return

Marine Computer Systems’ popular Marine Technology Seminar series returns in 2005 at a venue in Maryland.

Two daylong seminars will be offered: Electronic Navigation Using Nobeltec and Offshore Marine Communications. Participants can attend one or both sessions.

Electronic Navigation with Nobeltec focuses on the company’s Visual Navigation Suite software. Students will learn the differences between various types of electronic charts, and master the basics of moving about in VNS. Plenty of time will be spent on Nobeltec’s more advanced features. A representative of Nobeltec will attend the session.

Offshore Marine Communications topics range from SSB to satellite. Students will place a call to a coast station, and send and receive e-mail using a Pactor modem and the SailMail service. All participants will also have an opportunity to place voice calls and exchange e-mail using a variety of satellite options, including Iridium, Globalstar, SkyMate and Inmarsat.

Led by Daniel Piltch and Tim Hasson of Marine Computer Systems, both seminars take a hands-on approach using live working equipment set up and operating with real-world practical exercises.

Registration is $295 per person for one day and $495 for both days, with a 20-percent discount for a spouse or additional student on the same registration. The seminars will be held Jan. 29 and 30 at Pier 5 Hotel, Baltimore.

New Jersey hosts

coastal celebration

The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium held its annual Coast Day NJ event October in Long Beach Island and Cape May, N.J. Themed a Celebration of the Sea, the event gathers New Jersey residents to celebrate the state’s coastal environment. The event attracted several thousand visitors over the course of the weekend.

Coast Day NJ attendees experience the world of marine science through entertainment, education and free hands-on activities hosted by exhibitors like university researchers, commercial and recreational fishing organizations, educational associations and government agencies who specialize in the marine environment. Also available were dock and vessel tours, interactive demonstrations and live musical entertainment.

Down the road at Utsch’s Marina, visitors toured and learned about the AJ Meerwald — New Jersey’s official tall ship.

New home for

marine insurer

Due to growth, International Marine Insurance Services has moved to larger offices, relocating from the northwestern shore of the Kent Narrows to the northeastern shore.

The staff has a view of the Kent Narrows and Chester River from the second-floor office in Mears Point Marina.

IMIS’ new mailing address is: 462 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville, MD 21638-1022. The new telephone number is (410) 827-3757.

ALVIN assists

with boat registrations

The process of registering a boat, or buying a hunting or fishing license will be simpler and quicker in North Carolina beginning in January. The new Automated License and Vessel Information Network is an interactive system that provides easy access for sporting enthusiasts. Through an Internet connection, customers can enter their personal information to get real-time service. First-time users of ALVIN will receive an identifying customer number that can be used in all future transactions, eliminating the need to re-enter the required information.

ALVIN users can also access regulations, maps and seasonal information. ALVIN was launched Jan. 1 at

Sabreline yachts

opens Eastport office

Pier 4 Marina in Annapolis is now the home of Sabreline’s picnic-style motor-yachts featuring a line of Maine-crafted vessels, fast trawlers and express cruisers ranging from 29 to 47 feet.

Jim Osborne is the director of Sabreline of Annapolis and Oxford (Md.) Boatyard Sales at 301 Fourth St., Eastport. A former yacht broker at Hartge’s in Galesville, Md., during the 1970s and ’80s, Osborne also represents the $154,500 Back Cove 29 and a range of brokerage yachts. Call (410) 267-1808.