Port of Egypt Marine in Southold, N.Y., celebrating 50 years as the nation's first Grady-White fishing and cruising boat dealership, launched the first North Fork member-only boating club at its Southold Bay location.
"What's different about Port of Egypt Marine's club is our membership deal, our unique location and our unparalleled experience. We're making the pleasures of boating more accessible. We want people to enjoy boating here the same way our family and clients have for three generations," says Port of Egypt Marine president Elisa Ruroede.
Membership offers access to the lifestyle of boating at a fraction of the cost of ownership. Top-of-the-line Grady-White models, from console to cabin styles, are available for unlimited use in a professional, valet-style service.
A family membership, from May 1 to Oct. 31, is $3,995 for boats 18- to 25-feet-long; and $5,995 for boats 25 feet to 27 feet. The only additional cost is for fuel. There is no sign-up fee and no obligation for costs associated with ownership such as registration, insurance, slip fees, storage and maintenance.
Outings consist of four hours on weekends and holidays and eight hours on regular weekdays. Members can reserve one outing per weekend or holiday and have two unused reservations at any one time. Reservations can be made online or in person.
Club privileges include a 10 percent discount for Port of Egypt Marina pool membership, entitling use of a 30-by-50-feet solar-heated pool and cabana house. www.poemarine.com
Dinghy service shop opens in Connecticut
Jeff Going, who has more than 30 years of experience with inflatable boats, opened Dinghy Doc, a new business in Deep River, Conn., that offers complete inflatable boat services.
Going's work with inflatable boats dates from the introduction of Boston Whaler inflatables in 1978. He spent many years with Zodiac of North America, teaching its recreational service training program, and was factory-trained at Zodiac facilities in France and Spain.
Going also was an instructor with the Zodiac Maritime Academy, teaching care, driving and maintenance of inflatable boats and RIBs.
"I have worked on virtually all types of inflatable boats from 6 feet to over 30, HypalonTM, PVC, PU and various blended coatings, from foldables to large RIB's, glued and welded construction," he says. "My goal is to provide good, clean work at a reasonable price to the customer and get the boats back on the water where they belong."
Group seeks to make sailing more accessible
Since last fall, a group named Team Chance, based out of Noank, Conn., has been hard at work getting a program together for the upcoming summer. The team of sailing instructors and accomplished collegiate/high school sailors has a common goal to make the sport of sailing more accessible and appealing to children.
"We plan to accomplish this by sharing a free sailing experience and offering sailing scholarships to ease the financial burden of participating in our sport or sending a child to a regatta," says Jay Greenfield of Team Chance." At the end of a session, we also want to make sure the children have the necessary resources to continue the sport in their area; whether it be knowing where their nearest community sailing program is or offering whatever financial support we are able to." www.chancesailing.org
Classic Concordia yawl undergoes restoration
The Concordia Company in South Dartmouth, Mass., has purchased and begun a significant restoration of Javelin, Concordia yawl No. 57.
"Among key custodians of the Concordia yawl and holder of all the original patterns, our primary work is to ensure these magnificent yachts are available for our children and grandchildren to enjoy," says general manager Stuart MacGregor.
Javelin is unique in that she was owned by the same family since her launching in 1958 and she is remarkably original. The restoration will included a new horn timber, many new frames and floor timbers, planking and a deck refit.
"This is a chance for us to bring Javelin into the higher, more active end of the Concordia yawl market and prepare her for another 50-plus years on the water," says Concordia owner Brodie MacGregor.
Concordia stores two other Concordia yawls available for restoration including No. 95 Diablo and the late Dan Strohmeier's Lawley-built No. 2 Malay 1, winner of the 1954 Bermuda Race.
New line of chart-imprinted bags debuts
Ipswich, Mass.-based Not for Navigation's line of custom canvas nautical bags features five new styles, including a duffel, dop kit, wristlet, purse and tote.
For those who have a lot of wet or dry goods to store on or off the boat, the square duffel ($195) is made of water-resistant polyester. A smaller side-panel tote ($110) offers plenty of storage.
All of the bags can be customized with a choice of domestic or international nautical chart, with or without lining, choice of six lining colors, exterior canvas in two colors, nautical flag or burgee. In addition, corporations and events can further customize the bags with their logo.
They are sold online as well as in retail stores in the United States and Europe.
For information, visit www.notfornavigation.com.
Potential hazard to navigation
The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of unexploded ordnance, which was discovered earlier this year in Gravesend Bay in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The 110-yard zone is southeast of the Verrazano Tower (Brooklyn side).
The safety zone has been established to ensure the safety of people or boats transiting the area and to also prevent underwater activities near the unexploded munitions.
Mariners with questions can reach a Coast Guard representative on VHF channel 16. The zone, which was established Dec. 18, is expected to last until June 30, at which time it could be re-established. Mariners can expect the zone to last until the munitions are rendered safe and removed from the area.
For information on Coast Guard safety zones and waterway management, visit Coast Guard Sector New York's home port page at www.homeport.uscg.mil/newyork
This article originally appeared in the Conencticut and New York Home Waters Sections of the March 2011 issue.