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Racing Wreck

TowBoat Key West vessels get ready to pull the Production class boat Baby Hard Rock back to the pits after it flipped Nov. 15 during the third and final race of the Key West world championship offshore powerboat races in Florida. Mark Gibbons of Port Washington, N.Y., and throttleman Jeff Cropper of Central Islip, N.Y., emerged from the accident uninjured.

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Suffolk County Show adds sportfishing

The eighth annual Suffolk (N.Y.) County Show has changed its name and is showcasing new sportfishing exhibits at this year's show. The Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show will be anchoring Feb. 26-28 at the Suffolk County Community College Sports and Exhibition Complex.

The show will feature cruisers, performance boats, jet boats and jet skis as well as fishing boats such as center consoles, cuddy cabins and walkarounds.

The show will also include sportfishing displays, marine accessories, electronics and related services. Sportfishing professionals will be on hand with information on the latest rods, reels, lines, in-shore and offshore baits and lures. Surfcasting equipment and information will also be on display. Information is available at www.suffolkboatshow.com or (631) 834-1355.

Wilde, Brewer offer storage

Purchasers of a new in-stock Nordic Tug or Ranger Tug from Wilde Yachts in Essex, Conn., will receive three years of free dockage and winter storage at a Brewer marina near them. And if there's no Brewers nearby, the deal applies to the local marina of the buyer's choice. According to Wilde, the new promotion runs until March 15.

The Ranger 21 and Nordic 26 are excluded from the deal.

Wilde Yachts recently took on the Ranger Tugs line of boats. For information, visit www.wildeyachts.com.

Gudzik's Marine owner dies

Kenneth Michael "Mike" Gudzik, co-owner of Gudzik's Marine and The Boat Place in Port Jefferson, N.Y., died Oct. 19 after a brief battle with cancer. It was his 65th birthday.

Gudzik was born in Garfield, Ga., and graduated from Port Jefferson High School in 1963, going on to study marine biology at Muskegon College in Michigan.

He recently retired from the marine industry, both from Gudzik's Marine and Venice Boat Sales in Lindenhurst and Freeport, N.Y. He was also a past board member of the Association of Marine Industries and served as a representative to the Empire State Marine Trades Association.

Brewer has passed the 45 year mark

Brewer Yacht Yards is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. The privately-owned company now has 21 boatyards and marinas, but it started in 1964 when the Brewer family learned the Post Road Boat Yard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. - adjacent to the original Brewer family business, R. G. Brewer Hardware, operated by the Brewer family for four generations - was up for sale.

"When my father called with the idea of purchasing the boatyard next door to his business, I thought it seemed like a good opportunity," company president Jack Brewer said in a press release.

The Post Road Boat Yard was struggling when Jack Brewer began running it, according to the company. Brewer had no boatyard experience at the time, just an education in business and a year's experience working for a large commercial bank. "I saw the boatyard as a business challenge and wanted to do it right. I had an instinct, I think, that made me want to do everything the right way," says Brewer.

In 1983, following Brewer Yacht Yards' growth, R. G. Brewer Hardware also expanded, opening a specialty woodshop stocking lumber and custom-milling exotic marine woods. The woodshop and hardware store act as a supplier to all the Brewer Yacht Yards in addition to being open to the general public.

Today, Brewer has yards and marinas throughout New England, from Long Island Sound to Casco Bay, Maine, and a total of 6,000 slips, according to the company. For information, visit www.byy.com.

Beacon Point Marine named clean marina

Beacon Point Marine of Greenwich, Conn., was recognized as the 15th recreational boating facility in the state to become certified as a Connecticut Clean Marina.

This certification acknowledges the facility's efforts to go beyond regulatory compliance and participate in voluntary measures to keep local waters clean. Beacon Point Marine is a full-service marina and boatyard as well as a certified new- and used-boat dealer. The facility made efforts to reduce its impact on the environment through activities such as recycling antifreeze, offering spill-proof oil changes, using only environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, providing clearly marked recycle containers for customers and staff, and performing daily inspections to check for tank or pipe damage or leakage and stained or discolored soils, according to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

For information, visit www.beaconpointmarine.com.

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut and New York Home Waters Section of the March 2010 issue.