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News Notes – Long Island Sound

N.Y. boat show has new dates, new offerings

Hindered for the last several years by a schedule set during the holiday season, organizers of the annual New York National Boat Show are hopeful the new dates — Dec. 13-21 — will attract more people to the JacobK.JavitsConvention Center.

Organizers say it’s drawing support from the industry’s largest manufacturers — including Brunswick and Genmar — and numerous dealers throughout the New York region to the earlier dates.

The new marketing campaign follows the theme, “Where will you be December 13?” with a promotional video being distributed online at

Beyond the boats and marine accessories, show organizers are promoting “the biggest sweepstakes event in the show’s 104-year history,” the Boater’s Dream Getaway, with a choice of several grand prizes. The winner can opt for either an Alaskan sportfishing adventure, BVI-Bitter End Yacht Club sailing getaway or a Bahamas Fun & Sun getaway.

Everyone who enters online is automatically entered into a monthly giveaway drawing: One prize will be awarded each month, September through December.

Monthly giveaways include a 1/2-day fishing charter with Northeast Angling host Andy LoCascio; a NYC winter weekend getaway, including a two-night hotel stay at the historic Russian Tea Room and two tickets to a Broadway musical; and a $1,000 shopping spree at the boat show. To enter, visit .

New rescue boat for Long Island community

SeaArk Marine of Monticello, Ark., recently delivered Marine 7, a 21-foot Commander center console patrol/rescue boat to the town of Hempstead Bay Constables in Point Lookout, N.Y. The boat is used for patrol, rescue, law enforcement and fisheries/conservation enforcement on the South Shore of Long Island in the waters within the Town of Hempstead, Jones Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Commander, based on a hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, is constructed of all-welded marine-grade aluminum. It features a deep-vee variable deadrise hull that produces a smooth, dry and stable ride.

The Commodore sports a 225-hp Honda 4-stroke outboard engine and, when fully operational, tops out at 37 knots.

Additional outfitting includes an aluminum T-top with electronics box, light bar, floodlights, police and marine radios and a GPS/depth sounder.

Other Big Apple show takes a pass until 2009

The National Marine Manufacturers Association postponed the Liberty Boat Show, scheduled for Sept. 25-28, in an effort to provide a stronger show for exhibitors, according to NMMA. The show is now scheduled for Oct. 1-4, 2009.

The decision to postpone was made after discussions with exhibitors, who agreed to push the show back because of current economic conditions, according to the NMMA. Exhibitors felt it was better to aim for a strong event 12 months later when the market is likely to be expanding, according to the association.

NMMA purchased the Liberty Boat Show in May from Liberty Event Management LLC. It manages show operations and exhibit sales out of its New York City office.

The show is still scheduled to be held at LibertyState Park’s Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City,

Brooklyn marine group earns Clean Water Grant

Going Coastal, a small Brooklyn-based volunteer nonprofit group, has received a 2008 BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grant to produce an invasive-species poster that will be displayed at marinas, boat ramps, boating clubs, tackle shops, retailers and other high-traffic locations for boaters.

The organization has been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants for Clean Water Grant funding this year. More than 70 grant proposals from 24 states were received.

Going Coastal has served New York since 2003. Its mission is to connect people to coastal resources by raising awareness of the coast’s value, promoting safe and responsible enjoyment of New York’s shores, and fostering stewardship, conservation and preservation of the urban coastal environment.

To that end, the group publishes a Water Trail Map for kayakers, a L.I. pumpout map for boaters and an ongoing fishing line recycling program for anglers. A second edition of their shoreline access guide, “Going Coastal NYC,” is slated for publication in fall 2009 in partnership with Fordham University Press.

Environmental art by students exhibited

“What does Long Island Sound and its watershed mean to you?” was the question posed to elementary school students who, in response, created drawings and paintings to express their thoughts on Long Island Sound.

From the 3,800 drawings submitted, 14 first-place winners and 14 honorable mention winners were selected. These 28 pieces will be printed in the 2009 Long Island Sound Children’s calendar, the foundation’s 10th edition.

The 14 first-place original works are a traveling exhibit that will be on display at eight locations and special events across the state through May 2009.

For information on the exhibit, contest or on LISF, call Susan McNamara at (860) 405-9166 or visit

Mystic Seaport adds to its fundraising team

Matthew P. Stackpole has been named as a major gifts officer at Mystic Seaport.

Stackpole, the former executive director of the Martha’s VineyardMuseum, will focus his initial efforts on raising support on a national scale for the museum’s upcoming restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. A three-year, multi-million dollar restoration of the vessel is set to begin in fall 2008.

Stackpole has a unique familiarity with Mystic Seaport. When he was just 7, his father became curator of the museum, and Matt and his family lived on museum grounds.

“Mystic Seaport has been a part of my life since my youngest days,” Stackpole says. “For a time in my youth, I woke up every day and had a view of the Charles W. Morgan from my bedroom. The grounds were our playground.”

The Charles W. Morgan is the last wooden whaleship in the world. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass., she whaled profitably for 80 years. The Morgan arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark 25 years later.

Marine filmmaker offers two programs

Those who remember the old television show “Adventures in Paradise” can now purchase the series on DVD.

Airing from 1959 to 1962, the show is credited with inspiring many to take up sailing and cruising. Each season, for four years, viewers could join Capt. Adam Troy aboard his 82-foot schooner, Tiki, carrying passengers and cargo throughout the South Pacific. There were romantic, exotic adventures in Tahiti, Hawaii and the PolynesianIslands.

The charismatic Gardner McKay starred as Capt. Troy and has support from numerous guest stars such as Tuesday Weld, Claude Akins, Lon Chaney, Eva Gabor, Carroll O’Conner, Vincent Price, Vince Edwards and Gina Rowlands.

Nearly all of the episodes are captured on three sets, each containing eight DVDs, with each DVD containing three episodes. Each set is available for $39.95 plus $4 shipping from SEA~TV Productions.

The production company also recently released, “High Seas Schooner: Voyage of the Harvey Gamage” (DVD, $29.95). The documentary tells the story of a voyage on the 95-foot classic rigged schooner as it sails from the Virgin Islands to Bermuda to Gloucester, Mass.

The sail is smooth and pleasant out of the tropics to Bermuda. Then, in the North Atlantic, she hits heavy weather, up to 30-foot seas and 50-knot winds. On board, the crew wrestles with the sails, rigging breaks and blocks fouling aloft.

Contact: call (203) 777-7001.

Raymarine recognizes Conn. electronics firm

Branford, Conn.-based L&L Electronics recently received Raymarine’s Marketing Excellence Award at the Raymarine Premier Dealer Conference in Ft. Myers, Fla. L&L is Connecticut’s largest full service Raymarine Premier Dealer.

The Raymarine national marketing award is given annually to the dealer that best supports the Raymarine product line thru the use of quality advertising and innovative marketing. L&L Electronics was recognized as an industry leader through their effective use of advertising co-op funds and their 6,000 square foot “best in class” retail facility.

Established in 1960, L&L’s FCC and NMEA-certified technicians have installed GPS receivers, radars, autopilots and a wide range of navigational electronics on over 1,000 boats.

Grants awarded for recreational boating

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne recently announced that more than $13.5 million in competitive grants will be awarded to 15 states ranging from California to Rhode Island for 19 boating infrastructure projects. The grants, which will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating, are made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

Among the winning proposals for competitive grants:

Connecticut: The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will receive more than $1.8 million and match that amount with the same to construct dockage for 35 visiting boats at the Saint Clements Marina near Portland.

New York: The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will receive nearly $434,000 and match that amount with nearly $150,000 to rehabilitate and convert existing commercial wharf facilities into access for up to 40 recreational visiting boats in Oswego. The proposed project will also include dockside utilities and restrooms/showers.

Rhode Island: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management will receive $713,000 and match that amount with more than $250,000 to construct a centralized “state of the art” facility for visiting boaters in Newport. The proposed project includes restrooms and other amenities for visiting boaters.

Composite repair training program offered

New England Institute of Technology, working with various boating industry companies and government agencies, has introduced a composite repair training program for residents of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts designed to give them the skills needed to enter the workforce as a composite repair technician.

The training program was developed with the assistance of Goetz Custom Boats and the expertise of New England Tech’s Marine Technology Department. The outcome is a 208-hour, hands-on training program that runs in the evenings at Goetz Boats in Bristol, R.I.

The marine trades industry is actively seeking individuals with experience working with fiberglass, epoxy and other composite materials to construct and repair various products.

Composites are used in a variety of industries, including marine and aviation. The use of resins such as vinyl ester and polyester are becoming more widely used for many different uses. In less than four months, participants of this training program will learn boat repair and construction based on industry standards. They will learn to work with composites and apply different processes to boat construction and repair.

The first session of the program debuted March 31 and will run through June 30.

Interested parties should contact Fred Santaniello at (401) 739-5000, ext. 3382 or .

Boating safety education marks 60 years

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s public education program, which has played a role in saving lives. Educating the boating public on recreational boating safety as a means of “preventative search and rescue” has been one of the Auxiliary’s cornerstone missions since its inception almost 70 years ago.

In 1939 Congress created the Auxiliary as the civilian, nonmilitary component of the Coast Guard. Sometimes called “America’s Volunteer Lifesavers,” the nearly 30,000 men and women members teach boating safety in classrooms across the United States, as well as perform search-and-rescue, assist boaters in distress, conduct safety examinations of recreational vessels, and assist the active duty Coast Guard in virtually all of their missions, except direct law enforcement and military actions.

Although the missions of the Auxiliary have broadened over the years, teaching boating safety has always been one of its strengths.

“The goal of our classes is to prevent tragedy through education,” says Ed Sweeney, Chief of the Auxiliary’s Department of Public Affairs.

Learn from a seasoned yard mechanic

Steve D’Antonio has added a new service to his marine consulting business.

In an effort to make information available to the boating community that will make their experience on the water less costly, safer and more enjoyable, D’Antonio will publish on his blog answers to questions his consulting customers are posing.

Questions about pre-purchase inspections of customer vessels, as well as insights from his consulting work with major manufacturers, will be discussed. The blog gives boaters instant access to a range of real-life, current marine system topics that are emerging each day in D’Antonio’s consulting practice.

Access to the blog is free. Register with an e-mail address and a password.Each time the blog is updated, registered users will be notified by e-mail.Sign up and access the blog at