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Rescue Test

The U.S. Navy recovers a pressurized rescue module from the water after performing a submarine rescue exercise with the Chilean submarine CS Simpson (SSK 21) off the coast of San Diego. A pressurized rescue module operates as a remote, tethered rescue vehicle used to recover and rescue personnel from a disabled submarine.

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Dania Beach flea market returns to Jai Alai

The Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market will return March 19-22 to Dania Jai Alai

That is where the Marine Flea Market originated in 1979. The market, in its 31st year, will offer used marine equipment, antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating related items.

Visit www.daniamarinefleamarket.com for information, special hotel rates and directions.

ACR recalling some emergency beacons

ACR Electronics of Fort Lauderdale is voluntarily recalling some of its GlobalFix iPRO EPIRBs because a “small percentage” of them might not activate manually.

ACR discovered that some of the witness seal tabs used in the manual activation of the GlobalFix iPRO required excessive force to put the switch into its correct position. The water-activation feature works separately and is not affected by the manual switch.

The company says the manual switch assembly will require reworking on a “very limited range” of GlobalFix iPRO units shipped to market. The problem could exist in a maximum of 400 units built within serial number range of 1,000 to 1,699. The 400 units could be either the P/N #2846 Category I (automatic deploy) or P/N #2848 Category II (manual deploy) model.

The company says iPROs with serial numbers outside of this limited recall range are not affected by this notice, and no other ACR EPIRB units are affected.

Contact ACR at (954) 862-2110 or

e-mail nbuckle@acrelectronics.com.

North Palm Beach yard to welcome megayachts

Old Port Cove completed its $22 million, two-year renovation of both the north and south basins in North Palm Beach.

Slips at Old Port Cove range from 45 to 190 feet. Upgrades include a new state-of-the-art diesel fuel dock and fueling equipment with two pumps, redesigned upland areas for parking, new landscaping, lighting and redecorated service building.

Old Port Cove Marina is the first marina facility in the Northern Palm Beaches to accommodate vessels to 190 feet (LOA).

Old Port Cove Marina’s new pumpout facilities provide an environmentally friendly way for boaters to dispose of wastewater. The facility received grants totaling 75 percent of its pump out equipment costs from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Go to www.opch.com for more information.

Ladies’ liveaboard course heads to the BVIs

Sea Sense, the women’s sailing & powerboating school is offering a seven-day, liveaboard, sailing course in the British Virgin Islands for beginner to intermediate sailors.

Participants will sail and navigate to many of the ports and islands in and around the BVIs, while learning from experienced Coast Guard-licensed instructors. The curriculum includes seamanship, sail trim, navigation, man-overboard prevention and recovery, engine maintenance, close-quarters maneuvering, mooring and anchoring. The course will emphasize the skills necessary for bareboat chartering and passagemaking.   

The class, which costs $2,750, will take place March 15-21, aboard a fully equipped cruising sloop. For information, go to www.seasenseboating.com.

Guy Harvey launches jewelry collection

A percentage of sales from the new Guy Harvey Signature Jewelry Collection by Nautora will be donated to The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates students about the importance of preserving the oceans.

The new Guy Harvey Signature Jewelry Collection by Nautora transfers the artist’s scenes into sculpted pieces of jewelry. Pieces include images of blue marlins, dolphins, sailfish, sea turtles and many other species.

Visit www.guyharveyjewelry.com for information.

This article originally appeared in the February 2009 issue.