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News notes January 2007 New England

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.

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.

Boston boat show moves to new home

The 51st annual New England Boat Show is moving to the brand new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for an eight-day run Feb. 17 to 24. The BCEC, which made its debut July 2004, offers 516,000 square feet of exhibit space, all on one level, with on-site parking for more than 1,600 cars.

The facility will allow the show to double the number of boats on display, including vessels topping 50 feet. The 90-foot ceilings will permit the display of fully rigged sailboats, an achievement not possible in any of the New England Boat Show’s previous venues.

The show will feature nearly 1,000 boats on display, offering a range of power- and sailboats. In addition, the show will host more than 300 exhibiting companies representing electronics, hardware, paints, yacht brokers, sailmakers, surveyors, financing and insurance companies, marinas and yacht repair.

Providence Boat Show returns in January

The 14th Annual Providence Boat Show, one of the largest winter boat shows in New England, returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence Jan. 11 to 14.

Featuring boats and equipment for both power and sail, the show is set up in two side-by-side locations with indoor parking on-site and a walkway between both venues

More than 240,000 square feet of display space will be the setting for 280 exhibitors with more than 300 boats ranging from 8 to 47 feet, electronics, engines, accessories and services.

Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan 13; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Admission is $12 for adults, while children 12 and younger get in free with an adult. For information, call (401) 846-1115.

Soundings writers earn praise

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 Steam Gales,” was published in the August 2005 issue. Flannery’s, “80-year-old survives 18 hours in the water,” ran in the July 2005 issue.

New England 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 located 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 pre-owned Grand Banks’ Eastbay, Aleutian and Heritage models.

Cape Yachts buys historic marina

David Nolan, owner of Cape Yachts in Harwich Port, Mass., purchased the South Wharf property in the Padanaram Village of South Dartmouth, Mass.

“I’m excited about the acquisition of this historical marina and yard and what it means to our future, our customers and the servicing of their yachts,” Nolan said in a statement.

The property is home to the Concordia Boatyard, which was founded by brothers Llewellyn Howard Jr. and Waldo Howland. Nolan says he plans to continue operating a full service, public marina and boatyard. Concordia’s lease expired Aug. 1.

“The Howland family is very pleased that the historic South Wharf property will continue to operate as a public boatyard,” said Llewellyn Howard III, one of the managers of South Wharf.

Cape Yachts is a dealer for Beneteau Yachts, Sabre, Wauquiez, Robalo and Beneteau Power boats with locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut. Nolan will open offices on the South Wharf property effective Nov. 1.

Boatyard moves to old Brownell property

Triad Boatworks recently acquired the land and buildings of the former Brownell Boat Yard in Mattapoisett, Mass.

Triad, which completed the transaction Oct. 6, has relocated its full-service yard to the new location, about a quarter-mile north.

Triad has been a full-service boatyard in Mattapoisett since 1993, providing storage, maintenance and restoration of wooden, fiberglass and aluminum boats.

With the new yard, the company says it can offer more indoor and outdoor storage, boat transportation to and from the Mattapoisett ramp, a crane truck for setting and pulling spars, fuel service and a retail ship’s store. The new yard also has five heated bays for painting and varnishing boats up to 53 feet.

Maptech offers Flip-Fold waterproof charts

Maptech claims its Flip-Fold charts are a big improvement over large, cumbersome charts because you can spread them out to full width, or keep them folded and flip to your favorite area.

Boaters can punch in the GPS waypoints noted on the charts and create a route to a destination and back home in case the weather changes unexpectedly or your electronics go on the blink.

Among the new titles are Bimini Islands: Miami to Bimini; Abaco Islands: Green Turtle Cay to Little Harbour; Exuma Cays: Warderick Wells to Staniel Cay; Annapolis, Md.; and Boothbay, Maine.

The latter features coverage of Boothbay and surrounding waters from Cape Small and the Kennebec River east to the Damariscotta River. The chart features waypoints, courses and distances, ramp locations and fish species information. Measuring 24 by 36 inches, the chart scale is 1:40,000 with insets.

For information, call (888) 839-5551 or order direct at . Titles are also available in marine stores nationwide.

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.

Martha’s Vineyard upgrades boating facility

Located just seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the island town of Menemsha, Mass., has a newly renovated docking facility.

The new Unifloat dock system replaced an old wooden walkway that had serviced the marina’s tenants for many years and was in disrepair. The new floating concrete walkway is designed to be low maintenance and highly durable.

The new walkway is 210 feet long by 9 feet wide and doubles as a moorage point and public promenade. Thirteen slips are available, accommodating boats up to 45 feet. Slips have hook-ups for basic utilities including power and water. The marina also offers fuel services; a local seafood restaurant is located at the beginning of the pier.

To minimize shipping cost, Menemsha’s new concrete floating walkway was towed to the island in two, 105-foot lengths from the contractor’s facility in New Bedford, Mass.

Boat designer launches new site

Zurn Yacht Design recently revamped its Web site, according to founder Doug Zurn.

The Marblehead, Mass., designer specializes in yachts that combine traditional aesthetics with modern technology for both power and sail.

Zurn’s 150-plus designs include the mJm 29z Down East Cruiser, the Bruckmann Daysailer, Shelter Island Runabout and Monomoy 21.

He is a graduate of the Westlawn Institute for small craft design, a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Boat and Yacht Council, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

For information visit