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News notes Jan 2007 Long Island Sound

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Connecticut dealer to carry Hatteras line

Hatteras Yachts has expanded its dealership network in the Northeast through Boatworks Yacht Sales, a division of R.G. Ely and Sons. Boatworks Yacht Sales will represent Hatteras Yachts through its sales offices in Rowayton and Essex, Conn., as well as Newport, R.I.

Privately owned by R. Grosvenor Ely and his son, Clute C. Ely, Boatworks Yacht Sales has been a full-service new yacht dealership for more than 36 years. The organization has two commissioning facilities that will provide service and warranty repairs to Hatteras owners within the region.

“Our brokers are lifelong yachtsmen and industry professionals,” Clute Ely says of his seven brokers who average more than 20 years of experience in yacht sales.

Boatworks Yacht Sales is also the largest authorized dealer of new and used Grand Banks’ Eastbay, Aleutian and Heritage models. www.boatworksyachtsales.com

New program for Camano enthusiasts

Rhumb Line Yacht Sales announced their newest Camano buyer, Lost Cove Yachting, is incorporating the 2006 Camano into their “yacht sharing” program on Lake Champlain.

For the cost of a vacation, a potential buyer can use the Camano in this program for up to two weeks (up to six days at a time or smaller segments over the season).

“This is a great opportunity for a ‘soon-to-be-buyer’ to test drive their new boat at their own pace. You’d be surprised at how many people ask for this type of program,” says Beth Simkins, owner of Rhumb Line’s Northeast Office.

For information contact Lost Cove Yachting at (802) 264-9088.

With offices in Stuart, Fla., and Newburyport, Mass., Rhumb Line Yacht Sales is the exclusive dealer for Camano and PDQ Yachts. www.rhumblineyachtsales.com

Morris Yachts introduces the M52

Born from the success of smaller sister-ships, the M36 and the M42, Bass Harbor, Maine-based Morris Yachts is building an M52.

While retaining the ease of handling features and classic design of the M36 and M42, the new M52 will offer a spacious interior layout with two sleeping cabins, each with its own head, and an even larger cockpit with generous seating.

Morris Yachts and the Sparkman & Stephens design firm have again teamed up to produce the yacht.

Introduced in 2003 with the M36, all M-Series boats feature a hull, carbon fiber spar, rudder and moderate draft bulbed fin keel that are designed and built for fast and nimble performance under both sail and power. To date 38 M36s and six M42s have been sold and delivered to owners around the world, from Maine to Japan, Hong Kong and Ireland. www.morrisyachts.com

New owner takes helm of N.Y. tow services

Capt. Bob Jacoby is the new owner of TowBoatU.S. Shinnecock, N.Y., and TowBoatU.S. Moriches, N,Y. Jacoby purchased the locations from Carl and Gail Schwenker, however Carl Schwenker will continue as a hired towing captain for the new owner.

TowBoatU.S. Shinnecock has a 25-foot Wahoo diesel stationed at the port while TowBoatU.S. Moriches has a 21-foot Aquasport and 25-foot Mako with twin outboards. The two locations respond to boaters needing help from the Patchogue River to the east of Robins Island/Jessup Neck. There are a total of nine TowBoatU.S. ports on Long Island.

Jacoby, a longtime boater and a New York City Police Officer, says most on-the-water breakdowns are a result of maintenance issues. However, he adds that when boaters do need help they sometimes don’t know how to identify their location. “In order to get the fastest response, I recommend that every boat operator know how give a location fix and be able to take a bearing using a chart and compass.”

Boaters in need of towing assistance can reach TowBoatU.S. Shinnecock andTowBoatU.S. Moriches by calling the company directly at (631) 281-1246; by VHF radio on Ch. 16; or through the BoatU.S. toll-free Dispatch Service at (800) 391-4869.

Federal judge dismisses marina’s lawsuit

A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by a Rhode Island marina, charging Gov. Don Carcieri with improperly interfering in its plans to expand on Block Island, The Boston Globe reported.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi in mid-October rejected several complaints that Champlin’s Marina filed against Carcieri and his former chief of staff, Kenneth K. McKay IV. The marina argued that Carcieri and McKay improperly intervened against Champlin’s with several members of the Coastal Resources Management Council before the council rejected the marina’s expansion plan with a 5-5 vote, according to The Boston Globe.

Lisi rejected a claim that Carcieri’s lobbying denied Champlin’s due process.

She said Carcieri and McKay’s actions did not reach “the high threshold of ‘truly horrendous’ behavior necessary to support a substantive due-process claim,” the newspaper reported.

“[I] will not be silenced by bogus lawsuits. I will continue to speak out and state my opposition to projects that threaten our environment,” Carcieri said in a statement.

Champlin attorney Robert Goldberg told The Providence Journal he was “very troubled by the concept that an outside party can direct a quasi-judicial officer on how to vote.”

He continues to appeal the council decision in Superior Court.

Toronto boat show returns in January

Canada’s largest boat show returns Jan. 13 to 21 to Toronto. More than 1,500 new boat models, boating accessories and more will cover the million-square-foot Direct Energy Centre.

The most distinctive element to the show is “The Lake,” the world’s largest indoor lake, which is bigger than an NHL rink, containing millions of gallons of water.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older and those 16 and younger are admitted free. A two-day adult pass costs $25. A $3 discount is offered to those who buy their tickets online. www.torontoboatshow.com

Hydra-Sports launches new Web site

Sarasota, Fla.-based Hydra-Sports Boats has launched a new Web site at www.hydra-sports.com , which the company is calling its most comprehensive site yet.

“This site was conceived from the ground up to give them comprehensive information on every model we make in a site that employs the latest technologies and is easy to navigate,” says Chris Wainscott senior vice president and general manager of Hydra-Sports.

The home page features Flash animations and rollover actions. There are direct links to each of the company’s 16 models from the home page, along with sections on the company’s construction methods and materials, fishability and history, along with catalog request forms, dealer contact and other standard content.

The online “News and Events” section houses all of the company’s news releases, along with boat tests and detailed tournament information.

The site also includes an Owner Resources area with product information guides, owner’s manuals, performance information, an exclusive Captain’s Club with unique member benefits, Hydra-Sports logo wear, a new online forum and high-quality photography for use as computer desktop wallpaper.

The site contains video footage of Hydra-Sports boats in action as well as a feature to allow visitors to “build” their boat online.

Antique boat show on Lake Champlain set

Following a successful 2006 Lake Champlain ACBS Boat Show, committees are forming and the planning process has begun for the 2007 show.

This year organizers expect more than 50 historic, antique and classic boats. The event will also feature the second annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

The show and festival will celebrate the attractions and activities that line the Burlington, Vt., waterfront.

The show festivities are scheduled to begin Aug. 17 and run through the weekend ending Aug. 19. www.lcacbs.com

Mystic Seaport elects new trustees

Mystic Seaport elected three new members to its board of trustees and five new members to its National Council of Advisors at its recent annual meeting.

Elected to the board of trustees were: Peter Gleysteen of Larchmont, N.Y., the founder and CEO of Commercial Industrial Finance Corporation; Stew Stender of Eden Prairie, Minn., co-founder and president of APEX Asset Management Corporation in St. Louis Park, Minn.; George C. White of Waterford, Conn., the founder of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

The National Council of Advisors was established by Mystic Seaport in 1997. Its main responsibilities include providing advice to the board and professional staff of the museum, supporting the museum with financial and/or intellectual contributions, and serving as ambassadors for the museum.

Newly elected advisors are:

Herbert P. Minkel of Osterville, Mass., a retired attorney currently serving on the board of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I.; Robert B. Rodgers of Stonington, Conn., owner of RB Yacht Sales in Noank, Conn.; Heather McHold of Darien, Conn., a historian and an interior decorator;

James M. Schoonmaker of Naples, Fla., a world-renowned Star Class sailor and seven-time winner of the Bacardi Cup; and H.C. Bowen Smith of New Canaan, Conn., an investment banker at Greenhill & Company in New York. www.mysticseaport.org

Soundings writers earn praise from peers

Paul Clancy, a freelance writer from Norfolk, Va., won a $5,000 prize and trophy for his first-person account of a cruise along the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. The story, “One Last Run,” appeared in the August 2005 issue of Chesapeake Bay magazine.

The prize was awarded by the Boating Writers International meeting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 27.

Two senior writers for Soundings, Douglas A. Campbell and Jim Flannery, earned honorable mention from the judges. Campbell’s noteworthy story, “Gulf Stream Gales,” was published in the August 2005 issue. Flannery’s story, “80-year-old survives 18 hours in the water,” ran in the July 2005 issue.