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Tugboats exhibit to debut in March

The Noble Maritime Collection will present “Tugboats Night & Day,” a new exhibition about those beloved workhorses of New YorkHarbor, at the Noble Maritime Collection on Staten Island.

The exhibition will open with a gala reception on March 1 and a free public reception on March 2.

“Tugboats Night & Day” will include contemporary views by American artists of tugboats and their adventures in the harbor, as well as a section about the history of the towing industry curated by George Matteson, author of “Tugboats of New York.”

Inside its walls, the museum will construct a full-scale replica of an historic tugboat wheelhouse and audio and visual presentations to convey the role of modern tugs in the maritime industry.

For information about the museum and the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490 or visit .

Aquarium receives multi-million dollar gift

A $5 million gift to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk from William Ziegler, III of Darien, Conn., was recently announced by its Board of Trustees — the largest single donation in the aquarium’s 20-year history.

In appreciation, the Aquarium will name the existing EnvironmentalEducationCenter in his honor. Ziegler, who joined the board in 1981, was instrumental in founding The Maritime Aquarium, which opened its doors to the public in 1988. He is the longest-serving trustee and first ever to be elected by the board as a Life Trustee.

“Bill Ziegler’s magnificent act of philanthropy continues a lifetime of devotion to the sea. With it, he creates a giant building block toward the transformation of The Maritime Aquarium envisioned in the Master Plan, announced in October,” said Aquarium President Jennifer Herring.

The Master Plan sets forth a strategy that will transform the Aquarium’s physical spaces and its programs, further increasing its impact on conservation of Long Island Sound. New exhibits, “green” technologies and renovations to existing areas are key elements of the plan.

Boatbuilder adds two dealerships to roster

Island Packet Yachts recently announced two new dealers: Navy Point Marine of Sackets Harbor, N.Y., and Westerly Yacht Sales Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Navy Point Marine owner Steve McPherson previously sold IPs through his upstate New York office between 1987 and 2004.He has rejoined Island Packet and plans to open a second office in Kingston, Ontario.

Founded in 1979 by Bob Johnson, Island Packet Yachts is the builder of cruising yachts from 37 to 52 feet, including the SP Cruiser motorsailor and PY Cruiser trawler.

Brewer Yacht brokers become certified

Brewer Yacht Sales recently announced that David Pugsley, Garry English, Mike Farman, Andy Kovacs, David McKenney and John Hendrickson are now Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB).

Under the leadership of YBAA’s Professional Development Committee and with the support of partner associations, NYBA and FYBA, YBAA has developed the National Yacht Broker Certification Program.

“We are proud to be part of this elite group of 400 highly trained and internationally known CPYB brokers. This is the highest level in the Yacht brokerage field and our goal is to have all Brewer Yacht Sales brokers certified within the year,” says David Pugsley, general manager.

A certified yacht broker has displayed excellence in their field and fulfilled set standards and requirements.

Unique boat show returns Down East

The Maine Boatbuilders Show returns to Portland for the 21st year March 14-16.

Portland Yacht Services will again host the unique gathering of fine fiberglass and wooden custom boats and boating gear. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats will be on display, with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

The show typically attracts upwards of 15,000 people to view a selection of about 100 boats, sail and power, that will range from dinghies and prams to yachts over 50 feet.

The show times for the Maine Boatbuilders are March 14-15: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and March 16: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $15 per day at the door. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free.

Free shuttle buses run along Commercial Street every 15 minutes. They leave from the IMT on Commercial St. (Ferry terminal by the Casco BayBridge) where it costs $5.00 to park for the day and stop at designated signs along the way, delivering show-goers to the front door of the show. For information, call (207) 774-1067.

EPA approves plan to lower mercury levels

In late December, the Environmental Protection announced the approval of a plan designed to lower mercury levels in fish throughout New England and New York.

The plan calls for a 98-percent reduction from 1998 levels of mercury from atmospheric sources in order to make mercury levels in fish low enough for the states to lift fish consumption advisories.

For several years the Northeast has experienced elevated levels of mercury in certain fish species that has resulted in thousands of fish consumption advisories at lakes and rivers across the region.

The approved plan addresses the requirements of the Clean Water Act that require states to develop pollution budgets, or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), for polluted waters.

The plan can be found online at

Sailor, marine marketer promoted A.C.

Abbot Montague Geer, of East Haddam, Conn., died at home on Dec. 31 at the age of 82. A lifelong sailor, he was the proprietor of Abbot Geer Public Relations, a firm that specialized in the promotion and marketing of marine manufacturers. He retired in 1998 after nearly 50 years working in the marine industry, including being the first professional hired to promote the America’s Cup in 1958.

He was a life member of the American Boat and Yacht Council and a member of Boating Writers International. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Cusack) of 52 years; his daughters, the Rev. Victoria McGrath of Chatham, N.J., and Sabra Donovan of Orange, Conn.; and his son, Cornelius of Chicago, Ill., their spouses and five grandchildren.

Construction begins on the first Morris M52

After nearly a year of engineering and planning with the naval architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens, Morris Yachts recently finalized their design work and confirmed the first order for the M52.

The M52 is closely related to her successful smaller cousins, the M36 and M42.With the unmistakable S&S lines and designed to be just as easy to sail as the M36, the M52 will complete the fleet of the M-series providing sailors with the unique option for a 52-foot yacht that doubles as the perfect daysailer.

The family of five who ordered Hull No. 1 plans to sail their M42 for a second summer season in New England while their M52 is built.

The vessel will be built with the more traditional interior layout; galley aft and main salon forward (in lieu of the Navigation station aft and galley amidships.) Like their M42, the interior bulkheads will be a white raised panel arrangement with the traditional Herreshoff-style high gloss varnished Mahogany trim.

The vessel is expected to be launched in late 2008.

New sail show to debut in Connecticut

The Southern New England Yacht Dealers Association (SNYDA) recently announced it will host SailFest on April 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, Conn.

The mission of SNYDA members is to provide boating enthusiasts with an alternative to the “typical” boat shows and open houses with a compact show that offers a wide variety of vessels in a relaxed environment. Both admission and parking is free to the SailFest event.

Boats to be on display include Beneteau, Catalina, Elan, Hunter, Island Packet, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Mainship, Precision and Shamrock. Visitors can tour the boats inside and have questions answered by representatives. Certain models will be in the water and available for a sea trial, weather permitting.

SNYDA was founded by some of the leading Connecticut dealers of new and brokerage sailboats Hellier Yacht Sales of New London; Sailing Specialties of Mystic and Stamford; and Sound Yachting Group of Westbrook. The group hopes to continue the growth of the organization in the near future with the addition of other New England yacht dealerships.