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Newport show features consignment tent

The 35th Annual Newport (R.I.) Spring Boat Show will once again offer a complete selection of boats and boating products during its May 15-17 run at the Newport Yachting Center.

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The show will feature the Marine Consignment Tent.

“Last year was our first year and it was very well-received,” says show director Nancy Piffard. “We invite our exhibitors as well as the general public to sell their marine-related items that would otherwise go unused.”

Items can be dropped off at the Newport Yachting Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11 through 14. Boat show staff will do the selling.

Owners will receive 60 percent of the sale price and partial proceeds will go to the Seaman’s Church Institute, which provides services and support to those working on the waterfront, as well as visiting and local yachtsmen.

For information, contact Betsy at (401) 846-1115, ext. 219, or visit the www.newportspringboatshow.com.

Boating safely course to run in Norwalk, Conn.

The U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer an eight hour classroom version of their program, “About Boating Safely” in Norwalk, Conn., this spring. The class will prepare participants for a Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Operation certification, and includes topics such as operating safely, reporting incidents, protecting the marine environment, trailering and storing boats, navigation and safety equipment. Participants can sit for the proctored CT Safe Boating exam at the end of the course.

Classes are scheduled for April 4, April 25, May 9, May 30 and June 20, and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the course is $80 per person, which covers lunch and all course materials. To enroll, contact the registrar at (203) 846-8471.

New England dealer for Finnish line

Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., was appointed dealer for Nord Star Boats in New England.

Nord Star boats, built by the Linex Boat Company of Kalvia, Finland, were first introduced by WinMarine Ventures at the 2008 Newport and Norwalk boat shows. WinMarine is the exclusive importer of Nord Star Boats to North America.

The Nord Star offers a walkaround pilothouse and is produced in 24, 26, 28, 31 and 40 feet.

“We are impressed with the design, fuel efficiency, and sea keeping ability of the Nord Star. It is a boat ideally suited for New England waters that will enable boaters to enjoy more time on the water in extended seasons,” says Ben Wilde of Wilde Yacht Sales.

Wilde Yacht Sales also carries the Nordic Tug line.

For information, visit www.wildeyachts.com.

This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.