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JarrettBay Yacht Sales opens Lauderdale office

JarrettBay is back in Fort Lauderdale with the recent Yacht Sales brokerage office opening in Palmer Johnson’s former 17th Street Causeway location, next to Bimini Boatyard. Marine industry veteran RoySea will lead the brokerage and JarrettBay new construction sales team, as well as serve as the Florida-based boat liaison for refit and repair jobs at JarrettBay’s 175-acre MarineIndustrial Park in Beaufort, N.C.

Sea’s longtime ties to the boating world began in his father’s Connecticut boatyard. His nautical resume also includes two commissions in the Navy as a mechanical engineer/special dive projects supervisor, years as a charter boat operator, 8,000 miles cruised as an engineer aboard the S/Y Ondine and various capacities served with marine manufacturers, service facilities and brokerages.

The JBYS Fort Lauderdale office is open and ready for business. Contact them at (954) 764-3764 or rsea@jarrettbay.com.

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Slip comes with a hefty price tag

In what may be a record for Palm BeachCounty, a 130-foot slip was put on the market for $1.2 million at The Bluffs Marina in Jupiter, Fla.

Marty Liven, owner of The Dockominium Group, said he’s not sure it is a record, but “it certainly is one of a kind and it certainly is rare.”

The Dockominium Group is the broker listing the slip.

The slip, which could hold a 115-foot vessel, has been on the market since the end of January, Laven said in a phone interview. Promotions were started to get the word out about the slip, he said.

While the price is at the top of the market, Laven stressed that the $9,231-per-foot asking price is in line with other slip prices in the area, where $8,000 or $9,000 per-foot is not unusual.

“It’s all very much a local situation,” he said. “The market bears what it bears based on supply and demand. We’re not making the market.”

The Dockominium Group, a licensed real estate broker, was formed in 2003, and serves the southeastern United States and Caribbean. It specializes in helping owners of yachts that range from 40 feet to hundreds of feet.

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New Web address for ICW cruiser forum

Cruising guide author Claiborne Young’s Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net, where boaters talk to each other about changes in waters, aids to navigation, facilities and amenities along the Intracoastal Waterway, has changedits Web address to www.cruisersnet.net.

Young says the Web site for his cruising guides, www.cruisingguide.com, still offers a link to the cruisers net, but the new address provides a direct link. The net covers the ICW from North Carolina to New Orleans.

— Jim Flannery

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Charter firm adds new technology to its fleet

New standard technology on Sunsail yachts, as of April, will include TackTick wireless and solar powered wind instruments on its worldwide fleet; and a digital and analog lighted display in the cockpit provides apparent wind speed and angle.

In addition, all Sunsail yachts except those in the United Kingdom will be fitted with Navman chart plotters with 12-channel GPS and built-in C-MAP charts specific to Sunsail cruising grounds.

“Sunsail recognizes that the whole point of a vacation is to avoid doing a lot of work,” says Peter Cook, general manager. “By upgrading our electronics, we can help make a vacation safer and even more enjoyable.”

Sunsail offers a wide choice of water-based vacations with nearly 1,000 yachts in 30 locations worldwide, ASA sailing schools, and seven sailing resorts worldwide. Visit www.sunsail.com or call (800) 281-8350.

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Coast Guard group elects non-members

In March the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association voted its first non-Auxiliary members in 68 years to its board of directors.

The nonprofit association provides financial support for the operation of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, which is the uniformed, volunteer, non-military component of the Coast Guard.

• Board members by virtue of their elected positions in the Coast Guard Auxiliary are: Gene Seibert (chairman and CEO, commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary); Steven Budar (president and COO, vice commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary); and E.W. (Bill) Edgerton (board member, past commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.)

• Auxiliarist members elected to the board were: Henry G Pratt, Robert (Skipp) M. Orr, Joseph N Taylor and William R Furbee.

• Non-auxiliarist members elected were: Ruth Wood (president of the Boat U.S. Foundation); Edward P. Seebald (president and founder of Seebald Associates, a security consulting group specializing in maritime security); James C Link (president of the Coast Guard Foundation); and Robert W Sprague (senior vice president and co-founder of PCI Communications, Inc., a creative communications agency based in Washington and New York City).

“This is the first time we have a board of directors [comprising] both Coast Guard Auxiliary members and non-members. This new board has a wealth of business and financial experience that will dramatically affect our ability to provide the financial resources and management expertise for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary,” said Steve Budar, president of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association. www.cgauxa.org

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European-Style village on private Island

DPS Development Co. has retained well-known architect Demetri Porphyrios to create a master plan for its marina harbor and village at the Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay — a new residential sporting colony under development on a 1,100-acre private island in the British West Indies.

The inland marina will accommodate more than 100 boats of up to 200-plus feet. The village will also feature more than 100 private homes with water views, shopping and public spaces for members and their guests. The marina village joins a host of other high-end member services and amenities at The Turks & Caicos Sporting Club. The island will have a 5,700-foot private jet strip, a 25,000-square-foot member’s lodge, a fully equipped fitness center and spa, as well as facilities for deep-sea sport fishing, diving, equestrian and tennis at the exclusive disposal of the owners and their guests.

In total the sporting club is offering 450 waterfront home sites selling from $600,000 to $7 million, as well as a limited number of equity club memberships. www.dpsdevelopment.com

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Beneteau dealer expands its reach

Murray Yacht Sales has bought the Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Sales division of the Sailor’s Wharf, Inc. This will be Murray’s fourth location; others are in New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., and now St. Petersburg, Fla.

Murray Yacht Sales will be a tenant at the Sailor’s Wharf Marine Complex, joining Ronstan International, Sailing Florida/Sunsail and the Sailor’s Wharf Yacht Yard. The company plans to make this location their largest.

Murray Yacht Sales is a dealer for Beneteau and J/Boats sailboats, Antaras powerboats and Swift Trawlers.

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Tons of trash removed during cleanup

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida reports nearly 3,000 volunteers came out in boats and shore-side March 4 to participate in the 29th Annual Waterway Cleanup.

BrowardCounty residents with some neighbors and friends from Miami-Dade and Palm BeachCounties, removed close to 62 tons of trash and debris from the waterways, rivers, canals and shorelines — exceeding last year’s results by 12 tons.

“We attribute the increase in the amount of debris collected to last year’s active hurricane season,” says Marilyn Mammano, Waterway Cleanup committee chair for the association.

Waterway Cleanup is BrowardCounty’s largest annual environmental cleanup effort, and this year it served as the kick off event for the Great American Cleanup of Broward County a Keep America Beautiful event coordinated locally by Broward Beautiful and Broward County Waste & Recycling’s Adopt-A-Street Program. www.waterwaycleanup.org

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Cigarette endorses marine intercom system

The Cigarette Racing Team has partnered with David Clark Company, a world leader in headsets for general aviation specializing in communication solutions for any high-noise environment. The company’s Worcester, Mass., facility has been manufacturing headsets and communication systems for more than a half-century.

The company’s new Series 9800 Marine Intercom System designed for use on high-noise go-fast boats will be an option on all Cigarette new high-performance boats. www.cigaretteracing.com; www.davidclark.com/marine

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Galati Yacht Sales earns awards from Cabo

Anna Maria, Fla.-based Galati Yacht Sales was presented with two awards from Cabo Yachts — the 2005 Top Performer for North America Dealer Award and the 2005 Top Service Award.

The Top Performer Award is based on annual sales totals. The Top Service Award is awarded to the best dealer per year based on the CSI (NMMA Customer Satisfaction Index) Customer Follow-Up Survey. www.galatiyachts.com

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Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! returns to St. Augustine

For the first time in four years, the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! seminar series will return to St. Augustine, Fla. Scheduled for May 5 to 7 at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association Club House, the seminar brings a weekend of fishing training at beginner and advanced levels.

The weekend event emphasizes conservation, and features classroom sessions, hands-on skill practice and an optional angling adventure.

Classroom topics including fishing basics, offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing. Speakers will include Fishing TV personality Dean Travis Clarke, executive editor of Sport Fishing Magazine, and Rick Ryals, voice of Florida Sportsman Live.

Later, participants will practice hands-on techniques such as releasing, knot tying, lure rigging, gaffing grapefruits, backing a truck and trailer rig, driving boats and reeling against pressure.

The final day includes a half-day fishing trip. The boats return for a fillet demonstration.

Registration for the St. Augustine seminar is $120 per person, including instruction, use of equipment, hands-on training, welcome reception, meals, T-shirts, goody bags, door prizes and more. The Fishing Adventure, with tackle and bait provided, costs an additional $50 to $130, depending upon the category of charter vessel selected. For information call (954) 475-9068, e-mail billfishbetty@hotmail.com or visit www.ladiesletsgofishing.com .

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Proposed bill prohibits big boats in Ala. waters

A boat ban that passed the Alabama State Senate Judiciary Committee in a closed session in mid-March is causing alarm throughout the boating community.

Senate Bill 487 would ban houseboats, boats larger than 30 feet, 6 inches, and boats with engines over 500 hp in nine Alabama reservoirs. Industry officials complain that the bill was passed without any public hearings.

“Senators are showing blatant disregard for the public, for whom these lakes were created, by moving forward with this legislation behind closed doors,” said Monita Fontaine, vice president of government affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, in a statement.

The bill is backed by homeowners associations serving those who live on the shores of these nine reservoirs. Under the bill’s provisions, new access to the lakes would be blocked, marinas and other businesses that rent houseboats and fishing boats would face financial hardship, and the families that vacation on houseboats on these lakes would be turned away, Fontaine argues.

“Alabama has always been a leader in boating safety,” she said. “Restricting boating access in many of the most popular lakes will create dangerous overcrowding in the few remaining lakes where all boats are welcome.”

NMMA sent an alert to its Alabama members asking them to contact their state senators.