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Trawler yacht builder marks a milestone

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, with 550 vessels launched since 1977. To celebrate with owners, the Stuart, Fla.-based boatbuilder

has planned a 30th anniversary party in conjunction with the Krogen Cruisers annual Rendezvous at Calvert Marina in Solomons, Md., Oct. 4 to 7.

As of early July, more than 60 yachts were registered and more are expected. In all, more than 200 people are expected to attend, about twice the attendance of last year.

Included in the itinerary are parties, seminars and a “trawler crawl.”

For information, call Casey Graves at (410) 216-9278 or

Bimini marina is now open

The development of Browns Marina is finished and ready for boat traffic. A ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with marching band, was held July 21.

As part of the residential and commercial real estate project called HeritageVillage, Browns will be a catalyst to the revitalization of Bimini’s historic Alice Town, according to developers. Browns features luxury condo hotel apartments with marina slips nestled in Bimini’s most renowned port of call, which served as a landmark gateway to the likes of Ernest Hemingway.

The boardwalk will connect Browns to Big John’s Hotel and Conch Shell Bar and the famous End of the World Saloon. Nestled along the boardwalk, Heritage offers 17 marina slips ranging from 50 to 140 feet for Browns residents.

Fixed docks with a security gate will connect the resort to the marina and create a friendly yacht club atmosphere. A limited number of units and boat slips at Browns Hotel & Marina are still available for purchase.For information, visit .

North Carolina lures Florida businesses

Boat lift manufacturer Hi-Tide Sales is moving from Fort Pierce, Fla., to Beaufort County, N.C., and Lee’s Tackle is moving from Miami to Burgaw, N.C.

“There are more than 1,140 boatbuilding and related firms employing about 30,000 people in North Carolina,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement. “The boating industry is a key part of our state’s economy and we will continue to make the investments in workforce development and education that attract these growing companies.”

Rapid growth has created the need for Hi-Tide Sales to expand, according to the company, which plans to create 68 jobs and invest $1 million during the next three years in Washington, N.C.

The company was attracted to North Carolina in part because of a $140,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Lee’s Tackle of Miami found its way to Burgaw, N.C., through an Internet search, which led it to the Web site of North Carolina’s Southeast.

With the assistance of Steve Yost, marketing manager for North Carolina’s Southeast, Lee’s Tackle visited several properties in the region and narrowed its search to the Wilmington area, finally selecting a site in Burgaw. CEO Mike Curry said the company will build a 40,000-square-foot building in the PenderProgressIndustrial Park.

Lee’s Tackle is a third-generation, 80-year-old company that makes products for the boat and fishing industry. The company plans to invest about $3 million and bring about 50 jobs to Burgaw and the surrounding area.

Yacht transport company establishes European HQ

Fort Lauderdale-based Dockwise Yacht Transport has announced new European headquarters in Genoa, Italy, to better service its European clients. Bert Nieuwenhuizen, a Dutch national who for the last seven years has managed the export business of Boero Colori, the Italian yacht-paint producer, will manage the office and oversee its operations.

DYT is the world’s only provider of yacht transportation on a regular liner service. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the company operates a fleet of dedicated semi-submersible yacht carriers, offering float on/float off service that is unique in the shipping industry.

DYT’s global routes include the U.S. East Coast (Newport, R.I., and Port Everglades, Fla.), the Mediterranean (Toulon, France; Genoa, Italy; Marmaris, Turkey; Palma de Mallorca, Spain), Northern Europe (La Rochelle and Cherbourg, France), the Caribbean (St. Thomas, Martinique and Freeport), the Pacific West Coast (Golfito, Costa Rica; La Paz and Ensenada, Mexico and Vancouver, British Columbia) and the South Pacific (Papeete, Tahiti; Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia).

Charter firm announces fall cruising specials

Southwest Florida Yachts has announced special fall pricing for yacht charters, power or sail, through Oct. 31. Charters of three days or more qualify for five days of cruising at no extra charge.

Five days aboard one of its 32-foot power yachts would cost $1,186 instead of $1,653. During the high season the same vessels charter for $2,066 for five days. Chartering a Grand Banks 42 for a five-day cruise that normally costs $3,444 in the high season will, with the summer season specials, cost just $2,175.

Chartering Southwest Florida Yachts’ 32-foot Catalina sloop from July though October costs $1,120 for five days instead of the high-season rate of $1,815.

Gulf ‘dead zone’ could be largest since 1985

A team of scientists from NOAA, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, and Louisiana State University is forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas this summer — an area of low or no oxygen that can threaten or kill all marine life in it — has the potential to be the largest since shelf-wide measurements began in 1985, and significantly larger than the average size since 1990.

This NOAA supported modeling effort, led by R. Eugene Turner of LSU, predicts this summer’s “dead zone” may be as large as 8,500 square miles, an area about the size of New Jersey. Since 1990, the average annual hypoxia-affected area has been approximately 4,800 square miles. The “dead zone” measured 6,662 square miles in 2006.

Tropical storms and hurricanes are capable of disrupting the physical structure of the water column and aerating the bottom layer. While NOAA has predicted an active hurricane season for 2007, if no strong storms appear this year’s dead zone could equal the largest recorded in 2002 and stretch into Texas’ continental shelf waters.

The “dead zone” is an area in the Gulf of Mexico where seasonal oxygen levels drop too low to support most life in bottom and near-bottom waters. It is caused by a seasonal change where algal growth, stimulated by input of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, settles and decays in the bottom waters. The decaying algae consume oxygen faster than it can be replenished from the surface, leading to decreased levels of dissolved oxygen. This hypoxic area is of particular concern because of its potential to affect the valuable Gulf fishery.