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News Notes – Long Island Sound

EPA enacts New York no-discharge zones

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a notice stating it has determined that adequate pumpout facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Hempstead Harbor in Nassau County and New York Oyster Bay/Cold Springs Harbor Complex in Nassau and Suffolk counties, N.Y.

The areas are now designated as vessel waste no-discharge zones, which the state petitioned for.

The contact for information on pumpouts is VHF channel 9 and the pumpout fee is free.

Oyster Bay mayday likely was a hoax

An early November mayday call about a sinking boat off Oyster Bay on Long Island that prompted a multi-agency rescue response by sea and air is now believed to be a hoax.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat and helicopter crew, Nassau County Police launched a helicopter and boat and Suffolk County Police launched a rescue boat in the area near Centre Island, N.Y., after receiving a mayday from a man who said his vessel was taking on water and was sinking. All agencies searched throughout the night.

During a subsequent review, Coast Guard personnel determined the call was a probable false mayday. A boater in the area where the mayday was believed to have been made says he saw no vessels in distress. No debris or items have been found.

Coast Guard units in the area are investigating a rash of such calls in recent months.

Yacht club officers picked at annual meeting

Mystic River Yacht Club elected a new slate of officers at their annual meeting in October. Officers for 2009 include Tony DeLima, commodore; Forrest Cramer, vice commodore; Gerry Leger, rear commodore; Dom DeGaetano treasurer; Virginia Seccombe, club secretary and Mike Cavanaugh, fleet captain. Kevin Miller will function on the board as past commodore.

The new slate of officers for the Mystic River Yacht Club pose in formal yacht club attire after the annual meeting.

Bill Volmar was elected to join the board of directors and will serve with directors Jessica Morrissey, Pam Gibbs, Catherine O’Brien and Philip Shreffler.

Kevin Miller was presented with an inscribed clock to thank him for his service to MRYC, having done two tours of duty as commodore. The club’s 2008 Order of Merit plaque went this year to Jessica Morrissey for her boundless energy in bolstering MRYC’s membership.

Mystic Seaport names new president and CEO

Stephen C. White, former headmaster of the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., has been named president and chief executive officer of Mystic Seaport and was scheduled to assume his position Jan. 15. Retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral Doug Teeson, the museum’s current president and CEO, announced he was resigning from the position earlier in 2008.

“It was important to find a successor capable of building on Doug’s many achievements,” says Richard Vietor, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “We’ve found that person in Steve White — an experienced educator, successful fundraiser and someone with a deep passion for sailing and for Mystic Seaport.”

White served 18 years as headmaster of Fay School, the country’s oldest junior boarding school, founded in 1866. Fay School now educates an international student body in grades 6-9 as boarding students and day students in grades 1-9. During White’s tenure, Fay School increased its endowment and also completed a $20 million campaign designed to support key elements of the strategic plan, including compensation, scholarships, program development and campus expansion.

“What inspires me about Mystic Seaport is the pervasive sense of a clear mission — connecting Americans with the sea — and how palpable it is in everything the museum does,” says White.

Winter liveaboards can face unique hazards

In Maine, the Coast Guard, the Portland and South Portland fire departments, and the Portland Harbormaster are joining forces to educate the public of the hazards of living aboard boats during the winter.

Authorities speculate that in today’s economic climate more people may choose to live aboard year-round. Emergency officials have reached out to marinas in Maine to identify people who plan to live on their boats this winter.

Primary dangers include carbon monoxide poisoning and fires from using small heaters in confined spaces. Working carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers should be installed and easily accessible.

South Portland Fire Chief Kevin Guimond urges liveaboards to tell local emergency responders where their boats are docked for the winter and to mark them accordingly. “Our paramedics and firefighters can’t help you if we can’t find you,” he said.

Waterway Guide launches three updated editions

Dozier’s Waterway Guide, the only cruising guide that is annually updated by experienced on-the-water cruising editors, announced the release of their 2009 Atlantic ICW, Chesapeake Bay and Southern Waterway Guides.

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Waterway Guide has expanded their coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region into two separate guides. The new Chesapeake Bay edition will guide cruisers exploring the Chesapeake Bay, the Delaware Bay and the Delmarva Coast from Cape May to Norfolk. The new Atlantic ICW edition takes cruisers along the Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk, Va., to Jacksonville, Fla.

“The new Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic ICW Waterway Guides not only include significantly expanded coverage, but also feature improved coverage maps with indexed page numbers, expanded Goin’ Ashore articles with town maps highlighting local points of interest, larger and easier to use marina locater charts, and easy-to-reference tide tables and weather station maps,” says publisher Jack Dozier.

The 2009 Southern Waterway Guide features more than 500 pages of mile-by-mile navigation information on Florida’s east coast, the St. Johns River, the Okeechobee Waterway, the Keys, Florida’s west coast and the Gulf of Mexico to Brownville, Texas.

Two additional 2009 Waterway Guides, the Northern and Great Lakes editions, will be available in February 2009, followed by the new Bahamas Waterway Guide in the spring.

Charter firm adds trawler to fleet

Southwest Florida Yachts added the Heather Michelle, a 34-foot American Tug pilothouse trawler, to its charter fleet for cruising the protected and scenic Gulf barrier island corridor from Sanibel/Captiva to Boca Grande.

This 34-foot pilothouse trawler from American Tug is a new charter option in southwest Florida.

While on the cruising vessel, you can enjoy dolphins, manatees and tall wading birds in their natural environments, says Barb Hansen, owner-manager of Southwest Florida Yachts in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Hansen says Heather Michelle is available for charters for $1,483 for three days in the summer and $1,873 for three days in the high season. But, through 2010, the company is awarding extra cruising days for free during the company’s 25th anniversary celebration. Summer charters receive two extra free days of cruising for charters of three days or longer. High-season charters of three days or longer receive one extra cruising day at no additional charge.

Yacht builder launches new online parts store

Grand Banks Yachts launched a new online parts store at Customers can visit the Web site to order and purchase a variety of Grand Banks and OEM parts, including hardware, electrical components and special-order items such as the builder’s signature handmade teak steering wheel.

Each part of the site includes a large photo image, description, specifications and pricing information. Purchases can be made directly from the site using a secure credit card transaction system.

“We wanted to give our owners the convenience of online ordering, and to do it right,” says David Hensel, director of brand and marketing for Grand Banks. “The Web plays such a central role in the way customers connect with Grand Banks, this is just one more example of how we try to meet the rising demand for online support.” was awarded “Best Manufacturer Site” by the NMMA in 2006.

Quarter-century old line retains strength

Engineers at Yale Rope Technologies recently retrieved a 2-inch-diameter section of Yale Uniline that had at least 25 years of use. Tests by an independent lab proved the line had retained 100 percent of its original 164,000-pound breaking strength, according to Yale.

This length of Yale line tested at 100-percent of its load capacity after 25 years of field service life.

“We have long known that Uniline is tough as nails, as well as being an efficient way to use fiber,” says Dick Hildebrand, VP of sales for Yale Cordage. “Now we have the proof. Although its load history is sketchy, this 25-year-old piece of line still looks pretty good, with some fading and scuffing. We respliced the line and sent it to a lab for testing, and were delighted when the results came back indicating the line had retained all of its original load rating.”

Yale acquired Uniline when it purchased New Jersey-based Wall Rope in 2007, and established Yale Rope Technologies, a division of Yale Cordage.

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 Polynesian Islands.

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.

Update for electronic chart DVD series

“Managing the Waterway” cruising guide authors, Mark and Diana Doyle, have released their third annual update of electronic raster and vector charts for marine navigation. “This is a convenience product,” says Mark Doyle. “Although boaters can find and download many of these digital assets themselves, we think they’d rather be boating.” The process begins by downloading, updating, and cataloging NOAA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raster and vector electronic chart libraries. The charts are organized into popular cruising geographies and cataloged for easy loading and unloading in popular e-charting applications such as Nobeltec, Maptech, Raytech, Fugawi, The Capn and MaxSea.

In fact, the standard BSB (raster) and S-57 (vector) charts provided by NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps work in all laptop-based navigation packages.

In the past several government publications were also included on the two-DVD set. “People kept telling us how convenient it was to have Coast Pilots and Light Lists on DVD ... but they wanted more,” continues Doyle. “So we added publicly available PDFs of the resources boaters are most likely to need.” These government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators include: American Practical Navigator (Bowditch); Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 Sailing Directions (Planning Guides); and Marine Weather Service Charts State Chart Catalogs.

The 2-DVD set also contains free and trial software applications for both the PC and Macintosh, including SeaClear II, MacENC, Fugawi Marine ENC, NavSim BoatCruiser, and TIKI Navigator.

Suggested retail price is $39.95.

2 nautical charts for Google Earth available

One year after the release of EarthNC electronic marine charts comes

An example of the EarthNC imagery available online.

Version 2.0 of the free EarthNC Online (www. and retail EarthNC Plus (www. electronic marine charts for Google Earth.

New features for EarthNC Online and Plus include new layer organization for faster load times, additional chart notes and information, more than 500 integrated ‘Waterview’ bridge pictures for inland waterways and new ‘Submit Information’ links with photo upload capability and a corresponding EarthNC User Layer with user-submitted photos and notes.

EarthNC Plus, EarthNC’s flagship product for Google Earth charting, additionally gains a new seamless chart loading option, new layer view options for land features, non-navigable areas and deep depths, a shaded depth area overlay option and an integrated beta of EarthNC Premium Ocean Weather with 5-day wind, wave, temperature and current forecast maps.

For information and screen shots of version 2.0 enhancements, go to


Conn. dealer adds boat lines to its offerings

Beacon Point Marine (BPM) in Connecticut added Everglades and Pro-Lite boat lines to its existing lineup that included Regulator and Pro-Line. BPM was one of the first Marine Industry Certified Dealerships in the country.

BPM opened a private waterfront retreat in 2006 to complement the 200-plus slips in their Cos Cob, Conn. location. The Greenwich Water Club facility boasts a fitness center, two pools, a clubhouse restaurant, a boutique store and a traditional ship store. Transient slips, an indoor showroom and an Inn can be found at that location.

Tow firm unveils new corporate brand identity

Sea Tow Services International unveiled a new brand initiative recently that represents a significant milestone in the company’s 25-year history and reflects Sea Tow’s evolution into a full-service organization dedicated to the savings, services and security of the recreational boating public.

Sea Tow has moved beyond Marine Towing & Salvage to the comprehensive core identity of “Where Boaters Belong.”

The company has been quietly forging a fundamental shift in its business approach for the last few years by expanding its suite of services to include Trailer Care, Sea Smart VHF, Sea Insure, Sea Loans and the Boating Safety & Education Foundation, while also expanding its member-exclusive Advantage Network savings program and significantly growing its marine assistance network, both domestically and internationally.

Sea Tow has promoted Ann Medford to Senior Managing Director and tasked her with the national implementation and execution of the company’s re-branding efforts.

N.Y. marinas awarded for ‘clean’ efforts

In recognition of National Marina Day, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) acting president Matthew J. Millea announced the second annual Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP) Excellence Awards for outstanding support of the CVAP and its mission to help prevent water pollution that could result from recreational boating.

The awards were presented to the Town of Huntington (Marine District) Long Island and to the Coxsackie Yacht Club.

Since 1997, Huntington has received a total of $155,239 in CVAP grants for 10 construction projects at six locations for production of an educational video on pumpouts and for pumpout operation and maintenance expenses. Huntington’s use of CVAP funding enabled the town to offer the availability and convenience of pumpout facilities, which helped to achieve the “No Discharge Zone” designation.

Millea presented the Coxsackie Yacht Club with the Excellence Award in the private marina category. Using more than $12,700 in CVAP grants, the Coxsackie Yacht Club was able to install its first pumpout in 1995 and a replacement facility in 2006.

Since its inception in 1994, CVAP has funded 449 grants totaling $4.58 million.

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 at

This article originally appeared in the January 2009 issue.