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Tampa Boat Show docks for the 43rd time

The largest and longest running boat show in the area, the Tampa Boat Show, is returning Sept. 5-7 to the TampaConvention Center for its 43rd year.

More than 700 boats will be showcased, along with a variety of marine accessories. Boating and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of luxury and cruising yachts, sportfishermen, sailboats, bass boats, performance boats, personal watercraft and engines.

The annual three-day event also offers activities and fun for the family in the convention center and on the water. For information, visit or call (954) 441-3220.

Jupiter marina evolves into members-only club

When Leon Moore began offering memberships at Marina Club at Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter last fall, he said he “wanted to offer a marina membership program that took the boating lifestyle to an entirely new level of sophistication and exclusivity, without exorbitant fees.”

He created a private membership at his marina, offering an investment opportunity with dry boat storage facilities, dining and social facilities situated in a gated community that underwent a $2 million expansion.

According to Moore, the Marina Club at Jonathan’s Landing is unique. It is a public marina located within a private gated community. The only other facility of this kind in South Florida is located on the west coast in BonitaSprings, known as the Marina Club at BonitaBay.

Moore says they will limit their private memberships to 279.

When renovations are completed this summer, the facilities at the Marina Club will include a newly designed and expanded dry storage facility for 279 boats up to 40 feet, a 140 mph wind-load rated building reinforcement, boat maintenance racks, a new ship’s store, a new second level with an Island Style member’s lounge overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway with beach amenities, the Marina Club Restaurant and a swimming pool.

For information, contact Carol Haas at (561) 241-6988 or e-mail hass .

Charter sailboat takes on water, lives saved

The owner and captain of a 48-foot charter sailboat credits a rented Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), acquired through the BoatU.S. Foundation EPIRB Rental Program, for helping save four lives when the boat stuck an unknown submerged object in mid-May about 200 miles east of Brunswick, Ga. The boat, named Wolf, had been in transit to its summer charter base in Bayshore, N.J.

There was significant damage to Wolf, and it began to take on water. Emergency efforts failed and bilge pumps could not keep up with the volume of water entering. Captain Paul Doughty activated the beacon at approximately 5 a.m.

Fifteen minutes later, the captain called a mayday on a satellite phone to the Coast Guard, which told him that the EPIRB signal had already been identified and that the Cutter Reliance was just six miles away and had been directed to the foundering sailboat’s location.

The Reliance’s crew dropped a Rescue Assistance Vessel over the side and safely removed all four mariners. The 10-foot seas made it too dangerous to make further salvage attempts. With its interior now full of water and only its cabin top remaining above the waves, the sailboat was left to the mercy of the depths.

The $750 EPIRBs can be rented for as little as $40 a week. The BoatU.S. Foundation EPIRB Rental Program is intended to fill the short-term safety need for occasional offshore passages and is funded by the voluntary contributions of 650,000 BoatU.S. members. For information, call (888) 663-7472 or visit .

OldPort Cove Marina holds grand opening

A group of owners, employees and others were on hand for the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony on the newly renovated Old Port Cove Marina. The North Palm Beach marina has been reconfigured to allow greater slip availability for megayachts and other large vessels.

Old Port Cove Marina is the first facility of its kind in the region built specifically to accommodate megayachts, vessels 80 feet or larger. The new marina handles vessels from 20 feet (yacht tenders and the like) to 190 feet and features high-tech floating docks, in-slip pumpout, all new electric and utility pedestals, firefighting equipment, complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and more.

This completes the first phase of the reconstruction at Old Port Cove. The second phase, which encompasses similar renovations to the south basin at Old Port Cove, began in May.

For information on dockage, call the Marina Office at (561) 626-1760.

Honda Marine offers new financing options

Throughout this year’s summer boating season, Honda Marine will offer special retail financing rates as low as 6.49 percent APR.

Offered by HondaFinancial Services through participating Honda Marine dealers, the program is available to boaters purchasing new, unregistered Honda outboards (2-225-hp) for repower, and inclusive boat, motor and trailer packages (including accessories) between June 2 and Sept. 30. Consumers have the option of deferring payments for 90 days while accruing zero interest for the first 60 days.

In addition, all Honda Marine outboards sold for recreational use through June 30 offer Honda’s True 5-year, factory-backed, non-declining limited warranty. True 5 offers full Honda backing in comparison to the outsourced, extended service contracts typically provided by other manufacturers. Coverage under the program is the same on the last day as it is on the first.