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Cary Marine to auction off 5 yachts

Cary Marine is preparing to sell five of its former-model boats at auction, with the Yacht Auction Group managing the sale on July 20.

Cary will sell two 70-foot yachts, two 50-foot yachts and a 45-footer. The auction will take place at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale.

“We believe the time and environment are right for Cary to return to a higher level of activity as one of the premier builders of fine yachts, and a first step toward that is selling our existing stock of yachts,” says Brenda Nestor, chief executive officer of Cary Marine.

The five boats include:

• a 70-foot 2001 luxury yacht with a fiberglass hull and twin Deutz 1,400-horsepower diesel engines. The vessel has two staterooms and features a main saloon with two bars. It cruises at 40 knots, with a top speed of 47;

• a 70-foot 1997 luxury yacht that sleeps four in two staterooms. The vessel has twin diesel engines as well as a Lycoming 4,000-horsepower turbine. With the diesels, the yacht cruises at 40 knots, with a top speed of 47;

• a 50-foot 1997 boat with a fiberglass hull, twin diesel engines and main saloon;

• a 50-foot 1986 boat with a fiberglass hull and main saloon;

• a 45-foot 1989 boat with two 650-hp BPM Italian V12 Hemi engines.

For information about the sale call (800) 558-5464 or visit www.yachtauctiongroup.com.

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Honors come for fiberglass pioneer

Troy Wollard, 94, regarded as the father of modern-day fiberglass boatbuilding, was recently honored at a ceremony in Miami. The proceedings, attended by marine industry notables, included the dedication of a historical landmark marker (located at 975 NW 95th Street) by Florida’s Department of State.

In an effort to build a better boat, Wollard experimented with ideas and concepts using polyester resins and fiberglass materials. He constructed the first fiberglass female mold in 1947, which was used to build Challenger Marine’s first fiberglass boat.

Wollard is part of a boatbuilding family. His brother, Lee, designed and built Norseman Yachts at Chris Boat Yard in Miami. His nephew, Don, built Sea Lark boats and is regarded by many as the father of the Tunnel Drive.

Wollard’s great-nephew, David, vice president of sales for engine control supplier Glendinning, says, “Uncle Troy revolutionized fiberglass boatbuilding. Virtually every fiberglass boatbuilder, large or small, builds boats more efficiently as a result of his efforts. All of us who make our living in the boating industry owe him a small debt of gratitude for his contributions.”

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Hot Summer Boat Show returns to Orlando

The Hot Summer Boat Show is called by organizers “the best buying show for end of season deals” on 2006 models and premium used boats. The show runs Aug. 11-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

More than 375 boats, ranging from 15 to 38 feet, will be on hand for inspection. On the show floor will be sport cruisers, center consoles, offshore fishing boats, runabouts, pontoons, deckboats, aluminum boats and more.

A special Fishing Zone will showcase a variety of fishing gear and tackle, plus exhibitors will showcase nautical gifts, marine gear and gadgets.

A variety of experts will give boating seminars. Fishing pros will also share secrets for discovering prime fishing spots in Central Florida during the seminar program, while boating technology and maintenance experts will provide advice and tips.

A special Kids Zone with activities and events is running throughout the show. Teen Angler events with casting competitions and prizes will again be featured at the show.

Adult admission is $5; children 15 and under are free. Parking for Florida residents is $6. www.boatshowflorida.com

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Reopening for Marina at Chub Cay

The new, expanded multimillion-dollar marina at Chub Cay Marina & Resort in the Bahamas was set to open June 15 for members of the Chub Cay Club, guests and transients. The facility accommodates yachts up to 200 feet.

“The marina is truly the heart and soul of Chub Cay where sportfishermen and yachtsmen alike from around the world have gathered and socialized for decades,” said Kaye Pearson, chairman of Chub Cay Club Associates — owners and developers of the island. Pearson is also Chairman of International Marinas — the company responsible for designing, renovating and managing the new marina.

The former 96-slip facility was closed a year ago in order for the site to undergo major renovations and expansion, including the dredging of the entire marina and channel to 12 feet (at low tide) and the installation of concrete floating docks. More than 100 slips were available when it opened. When fully completed, the marina will include more than 200 slips.

While construction and renovations on the island continue, the new marina will be fully operational. Fuel will be readily available and customs/immigration will be easily accessible upon entry. www.chubcay.com

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A chance for boaters to test their knowledge

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is challenging boaters to test their boating knowledge with a free, online safety course at www.boatus.org/onlinecourse .

The course covers a broad range of topics for both power and sailboaters.

Accepted by many states as a certified boating safety course, completion can also bring possible insurance discounts.

“While it’s great for less-experienced boaters, we get feedback from older salts who tell us they have benefited from it as well,” says BoatU.S. Foundation boating safety director Chris Edmonston.

The course is recognized by the Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and is based on 60 multiple choice questions. Designed as a teaching tool, background material on question topics is available throughout the exam, and corrections and explanations are given when a question is answered incorrectly. Any unfamiliar topics can be reviewed with a “study topics” button.

Those with 80 percent or more correct answers are given a certificate of completion. The course can also be started and stopped at anytime — you don’t need to complete it all at once.

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Sunsail plans first Celebrity Flotilla

Gary Jobson, the former All-American collegiate sailor who won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner, knows the Cup intimately.

Now anyone, regardless of skill, can sail with Jobson in December, on a Celebrity Flotilla organized by Sunsail.

The Sunsail Celebrity Flotilla, scheduled for Dec. 9-16, will leave from the company’s base on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The excursion package will include organized events, shore parties, regattas and plenty of sailing and America’s Cup insight from Jobson, called the ambassador for sailing in the United States.

Sailors of any experience level can explore the cruising grounds of the British Virgin Islands from privately chartered yachts in the company of up to 12 other boats (including Jobson’s lead boat) consisting of skipper, mechanic and an experienced host with local knowledge of popular anchorages and on-shore attractions.

Included will be trips to Norman Island, Peter Island, The Baths, Jost Van Dyke and the island of Anegada. There will be time to snorkel, hike and sail where you please; the nights will include beachside lobster bakes, group dinners and a stop at the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda. Prices start at $2,690 per week to charter a bareboat yacht that sleeps six. The rate includes a $995 flotilla fee.

Another option is to share a yacht and choose the by-the-cabin option, which includes private cabin, a skipper and cook, and split-provisioning, for $1,895 to $1,995 per person, double occupancy.

Jobson is author of 15 sailing books and numerous nautical magazine columns, sailing commentator for ESPN and covered sailing competition for NBC at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens in 2004.

For information about booking the Sunsail Celebrity Flotilla call (800) 557-7307 or e-mail sunsailusa@sunsail.com .

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New electric outboards available from Griffin

The Griffin Leisure Boat Company recently announced the launch of a new product line of electric outboard motors.

As one of the pioneers of electric boating designs, Bill Griffin, president and CEO of the company, says he spearheaded research and development of the new XE500 motor during the last three years.

Griffin says the 48-volt engine design offers up to 10 hours of operation, before requiring a re-charge of eight 12-volt batteries. The company says it can power a pontoon boat at up to 5 knots. The XE500 is a full-size outboard motor, measuring 17 inches by 33 inches, with a height of 44 inches and weight of 128 pounds.

Griffin estimates the cost of operation for the XE500 is less than $2 for seven hours of hydro usage for a full battery re-charge of the eight batteries.

For more information, call (613) 867-6455. www.griffinleisureboats.com

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Offer: Learn to sail, bring a friend for free

Offshore Sailing School is offering through the summer a Bring a Friend Sailing initiative. With one paid tuition, the same “learning vacation” is offered tuition-free to friends or spouses who sign up together and take their course by Aug. 31 at any of the school’s four Florida campuses. No experience is necessary.

The offer is available on three- and five-day Learn to Sail courses aboard the school’s Colgate 26 sailboats, designed by Offshore Sailing School founder, Steve Colgate.

The five-day schedule allows for leisure time between classroom and sailing sessions — a relaxed way to gain a new skill while enjoying all the activities of a destination resort. Rates start at $1,199 per person for the Learn to Sail course, based on double occupancy, and include accommodations, course, course materials and certification.

Florida vacation destinations include Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, the Florida Keys and St. Petersburg.

The school operates 10 locations year-round. In addition to the Florida campuses, courses are offered from Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Abaco, Bahamas; Liberty Landing Marina, N.J.; Chelsea Piers, Manhattan; New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler; and The Sagamore, Lake George, N.Y.

For information and reservations, call Offshore Sailing School at (800) 221-4326. www.offshoresailing.com

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New owner for tow service in Panama City

TowBoatU.S. reopened TowBoatU.S. Panama City, Fla., in May with a new owner at the helm, Capt. Andrew Adams.

Adams is also the owner of nearby TowBoatU.S. Destin, Fla. Managing this second port for Adams will be his father, Capt. Victor Adams. Both father and son have been boating in the area since 1983.

TowBoatU.S. Panama City has two vessels stationed in the area. A 32-foot former Coast Guard patrol vessel with single diesel is stationed at St. Andrews Marina. A 35-foot Bettina with twin diesels is located at Massalina Bayou. Both vessels have distinctive red hulls with white bow stripes and TowBoatU.S. lettering along their sides. Each vessel has a full complement of towing and salvage equipment.

The Panama City locations cover Port St. Joe, including Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach, as well as Panama City, Panama City Beach and the ICW into “the Ditch.”

Boaters can call (800) 888-4869 or visit www.boatus.com/towing for information.

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Online rental group adds affiliates

www.BoatRenting.com, a New York-based company with a Web site featuring online bookings of discounted short-term boat rentals, has added 10 locations to its nationwide rental fleet.

Boat rental locations can list available boats free on www.boatrenting.com and pay a small commission to the company on bookings. The service allows each location to self-update their boat listings online at any time.

Boat rental locations added to the database include: A Good Day Fish’n Boat Rentals; Blue Water Boat Rentals, Riviera Beach, Fla.; Juchem Boat Club, Hypoluxo, Fla.; Charter Yacht Ltd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Florida Keys Boats, Key West, Fla.; Gasparilla Marina, Placida, Fla. and Miss Bonita Charter Fishing, Pompano Beach, Fla.