News Notes LIS Dec 06

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Ring in 2007 with the ‘longest-running boat show’

After celebrating its centennial last year, the New York National Boat Show, a New York City staple, returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center on New Year’s Eve.

More than 1,000 new cruising yachts, sportfishermen, bass boats, performance boats, personal watercraft, pontoon boats, inflatables, engines, marine accessories, electronics, fishing equipment, nautical gifts and apparel will be found on the convention center floor.

Show highlights include: five Bond boats (as in James Bond), super spy vessels used in the movies; a 4,000-gallon mobile aquarium (40 feet in length and 8 feet high) with demonstrations of a variety of fishing techniques using live fish; and a roster of speakers at free daily seminars. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a boating safety course at the show. (See following news item).

The show runs through Jan. 8. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for youths 13-15, and children 12 and younger admitted free. Special two-day discounted ticket are $25. For information call (212) 984-7000 or visit www.nyboatshow.com .

New boat launched by N.Y. Yacht Club

The New York Yacht Club launched in October the first NYYC 42, the ninth one-design class created by the club since 1900. Some 200 members and guests took part in the festivities at the club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, R.I.

The boat is designed by Frers and built by Nautor’s Swan. Its introduction was impressive: 35 boats sold within the first six months — 25 to members.

The concept was for a Corinthian one-design multipurpose yacht that will be competitive as a one-design racer, but also under IRC. The yacht will be capable of racing and cruising locally as well as offshore.

The NYYC 42 — known as the “Club Swan 44” outside the club — incorporates a high-aspect-ratio rig and T-keel. The LOA is 42.6 feet, LWL is 37 feet, beam 12 feet, sail area 1,175 square feet and displacement is less than 14,000 pounds, of which 48 percent is ballast. The NYYC 42 features two steering wheels; two accommodation plans are offered: a two- or three-cabin version.

The first NYYC 42 went to the Cahoots Syndicate — a longtime partnership of New York Yacht Club Commodore George R. Hinman Jr., Rear Commodore Elwell, Richard Werdiger and Donald Elliman. Like the previous yachts it was named Conspiracy.

Next summer the club will host the first NYYC 42 Nationals, where 20 boats are expected to compete.

C.G. Auxiliary course to debut at N.Y. show

For the first time the Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its basic ABC 8 Hour Boating Course at the New York National Boat Show at the Javits Center Dec. 31 to Jan. 8.

“All boat owners should be familiar with the ABCs of boating as it will be taught in this course by qualified instructors,” says Burt Hurvich, district staff officer for public affairs, 1st District, Southern Region for the Auxiliary.

Boat show organizers are providing free admission to anyone who signs up for the course, which is administered in two separate four-hour sessions. The only fee is for required books and materials at a cost of $35 per person.

Attendees will be required to complete Part 1 of the course on either Jan. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m.; or Jan. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. Part 2 of the course will be given only on Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to only those who attended Part 1 of the course. A certificate will be issuedupon completion of the two classes (eight hours of instruction).

The size of the class is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, contact David Ten Broeck at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, (908) 276-1233; e-mail: tenbrd@prodigy.net

New PWC regulations go into effect in Conn.

As of Oct. 1 new state legislation went into effect prohibiting a passenger from riding in front of the operator of a personal watercraft in Connecticut.

In addition, it prohibits any passenger from riding on a PWC behind the operator unless the passenger is able to securely hold onto the person in front of them or to the watercraft’s handholds, and keep both feet on the personal watercraft’s deck to maintain balance while it operates.

Violators are subject to a fine of between $60 and $250. The new law is Public Act 06-76.

“Children in particular will benefit from this new legislation,” says Tom Morrissey, chief of the DEP’s Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. “When permitted to ride in front of an operator on a personal watercraft, children often become injured during a collision or when encountering a large wave. In addition, in many cases, children lack the physical height and strength needed to safely ride on a personal watercraft. When riding on the back of a personal watercraft, small children can easily lose their grip on the person in front of them or the handholds, especially if their feet are not long enough to be firmly planted on the deck of the personal watercraft.”

Diesel fuel analysis offered by company

Fuel analysis is part of engine maintenance. The cost of diesel fuel, although expensive, is small when compared to the problems that may develop without the proper purchase specifications, verification of those specifications, handling, storage and distribution.

Generally speaking, most fuel is within the grade; however, occasionally a fuel delivery may be substandard. Fuel can also degrade and become contaminated in storage and transfer.

Dieselcraft Fluid Engineering offers a $99 fuel stability testing program. The program will indicate if the fuel is up to ASTM standards and if there is an unwanted rapid degrading taking place in the fuel.

A prepaid order form and sampling canister is sent to the buyer with complete instructions on how to prepare the sample and where to send it for independent lab results. For information visit www.dieselcraft.com/productinfo_13.html.

Long Island dealer adds Luhrs to line

Great Bay Marine in Islip Terrace, N.Y., has added Luhrs offshore fishing boats to the line of vessels it retails and services at its several locations in the Long Island market.

The marine dealer currently carries five other boat lines — Angler, Crownline Robalo, Triumph and Sundance — but Great Bay’s co-owner and president Tim Kelly believes the move to add Luhrs models is a good fit.

“Now with the Luhrs line we will be able to upgrade our customers to inboard engine boats in the 28- to 41-foot range and class,” he says. “Luhrs is a well-known brand in the Long Island market, and it has a good name for building a nicely appointed, durable boat that’s a great value.”

Great Bay Marine has been in business more than 11 years in the New York Tri-State market. Its Lindenhurst location on Montauk Highway has 10 dock slips, space to display 20 boats on land plus a small showroom. Its sales and service center location in Islip Terrace on Sunrise Highway has a 3,500-square-foot showroom plus service bays. A service center is located in Babylon, and the company recently announced it planned to add a Southampton location in October. www.greatbayboats.com

Dealer markets an ‘east meets west’ program

An East Coast dealership is offering its customers a chance to cruise the Pacific Northwest.

Rhumb Line Yacht Sales, with offices in Stuart, Fla., and Newburyport, Mass., has launched a program allowing customers who purchase a new Camano trawler, built in Canada’s British Columbia, to take a shakedown cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

“This is a great opportunity for boat owners to use their own vessel to explore an area they may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit,” says Beth Simkins, owner of Rhumb Line’s Northeast office.

Simkins says many buyers have mentioned how much they’d like to cruise the Northwest, considered to be some of the best cruising in the world. But getting there from the East Coast can be challenging.

“After a while it dawned on us: because the boat is manufactured and launched there, we can offer it,” says Simkins.

Customers travel at their own expense to a marina in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the newly purchased boat will be docked. A representative will meet them on site to discuss boat systems, provisions and local cruising. A complete set of navigational charts and cruising guides will also be on board. Customers can cruise the Pacific Northwest for as long as they like, says Simkins. Upon their return to Vancouver, the boat will be decommissioned and prepared for shipment.

The yacht then can be delivered to either the Rhumb Line office in Florida or Massachusetts. The option to take delivery in either office also opens up the potential to cruise another area of the country, without the hassle of getting there, says Simkins.

Northeast customers, for example, can potentially cruise the Northwest, take delivery in Florida, cruise throughout the winter in the Southeast and then cruise up the Intracoastal Waterway in spring, says Simkins. The program will be offered indefinitely.

Camano is built in Delta, British Columbia, just south of Vancouver and 130 miles north of Seattle. A new yacht equipped with cruising options costs about $220,000.

— JoAnn W. Goddard

Web site bringing boaters together

BoaterFriends.com, a new, free social network that connects people interested in boating to each other went online Aug. 9.

“BoaterFriends.com is a way to share my enjoyment of boating with others who love it as much as I do,” says Kent Simpkins, founder of the site. “Boaters are a special breed and we hope this site will help those of us who love the water connect.”

Members can create self-organizing collaborative communities within the site. Members have a home page with space for profile information and photos of their boats, fish trophies and crises. Each member has a Ship’s Blog and a personal calendar to keep up with birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.

Members can talk live in the chat room area and create special-interest chat rooms and send messages to other members. The site also has a shopping center with clothing. For information visit the site or call (615) 831-1234.

Edey & Duff unveils new Sakonnet 23 daysailer

After launching the first Sakonnet 23 almost a decade ago, Edey & Duff has added a custom package of upgrades to its popular daysailer.

Endowed with the same sense of history and elegance as the standard model, which designer Joel White described as “a simple boat, with good speed, comfortable seating for four and good looks,” the new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a Flexiteek deck that resembles teak and is built for low maintenance, custom, chrome-plated bronze fittings, yacht hardware and varnished teak trim.

Other options include an auxiliary underwater trolling motor, AM/FM radio with CD player, built-in cooler and trash bin, Plastimo Navman bulkhead compass, recessed roller furling, navigational lights, and Awlgrip-finished hull and spars.

Edey & Duff’s new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a canoe-stern hull, which draws only 22 inches with the centerboard up and 5 feet, 2 inches with it down. The foam-cored hull is constructed of hand-laid unidirectional e-glass and polyester resin and displaces 2,000 pounds. The sail area is a manageable 195 square feet, for a modest sail area/displacement ratio of 19.4. www.sakonnet23.com

Sabre Yachts names dealer

Petzold’s Marine Center of Portland, Conn., has joined the Sabre Yachts’ dealer network.

“From the very first meeting we felt comfortable with the Petzold family and their dealership,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre Yachts, in a statement.

Located in South Casco, Maine, Sabre Yachts Corp. manufactures sailboats and motor yachts.

Petzold’s, a family-owned and -operated company, will serve as Sabre Yachts’ sole dealer for Connecticut, Westchester, N.Y., and western Rhode Island. The dealer also sells Mainships, Ocean Yachts and Silvertons.

In addition to its on-site sales and service center, Petzold’s also has mobile service units that travel throughout the dealership’s territory each day.

The dealership also supplies parts for engines and generators from manufacturers, including Mercruiser, OMC, Crusader, Kohler, Onan, Volvo and Marine Power.

Mass. cat builderintroduces new cat

Russell Hunt, president of Plymouth, Mass.-based MD (formerly Multihull Development) launched the first Buzzards Bay 33OB in April. Powered by twin 225-hp Mercury Verados, MD’s latest offering boasts a cruising range of almost 400 nautical miles, with a top speed of 35-plus knots.

Designed by renowned multihull designer Chris White, the first four hulls have been sold, Hunt says. MD also offers a diesel engine model.

The Buzzards Bay 33 has a fully enclosed pilothouse and “exceptional sea-keeping ability,” Hunt says, achieved in part by its design of combined narrow displacement hulls with lots of tunnel clearance (20-plus inches minimum, from the design water line).

The boat was conceived for economical fuel burn. Based on stats from the prototype, the BB33OB will offer a cruising range of almost 400 nautical miles at 20 knots, while burning only 10 gallons per hour, Hunt says.

The Buzzards Bay 33OB has a spacious deckhouse containing the helm station on the centerline with full instrumentation, a galley along the port side opposite an L-lounge able to seat five adults. The lounge converts to a second berth; the stateroom has a full-size queen. The new boat sells for $280,000.

The company has an open sea trial mission. Following the launching and sea trials, the boat will be setting out on an extensive demo tour. Check the Web site for more information, www.mdcats.com, call (800) 882-7083 or e-mail: info@mdcats.com .