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Nordic Tugs owners set rendezvous dates

The Nordic Tugs owners’ associations throughout the United States have announced their 2008 rendezvous dates. East Coast gatherings include Punta Gorda, Fla. (April 22-24), North East, Md. (May 18-20) and locally at Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn. on the Connecticut River, July 23-26.

For additional rendezvous information or to register to attend, click on the ‘owners’ link on the Nordic Tugs Web site at www.nordictugs.com .

Newport Spring Boat Show has early return

In an effort to offer buyers and browsers more time to shop before the boating season begins, the 34th annual Newport Spring Boat Show returns to Rhode Island May 16-18 at the NewportYachtingCenter.

New this year is a Marine Consignment tent filled with used items from boaters and boat dealers.

The show is know for its display of hundreds of previously-owned and new clearance models of powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, kayaks, inflatables and dinghies will be offered for sale by professional brokers, dealers, and private sellers. The show attracts many 35- to 65-foot power and sailboats to its in-water display area and similar numbers of 16- to 35-foot boats on land.

An array of new boating accessories, equipment and marine services will be available at exhibitor booths under tents along the shoreline as well as service agencies to answer finance, insurance and other marine questions. Seminars will be held on a variety of boating subjects.

Admission is $10 for adults with children under 12 admitted for free. Admission for the Friday Preview Day is $15. www.NewportSpringBoatShow.com

Morris Yachts brings back its open house

Bass Harbor, Maine-based Morris Yachts will host its fourth annual Morris Boat Show at their service yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 18-20. Open to the public for three days, dozens of Morris Yachts will be on the docks and in the sheds.

In past years, the fleet has ranged from the Morris 52 Far Out to several M36s and M42s to the just launched Morris 48 Cheshire Cat. In the sheds, a variety of brokerage boats will be on display.

Morris Yachts remains true its roots, producing classically styled cruising yachts and daysailers using modern construction methods and materials with designs from Sparkman & Stephens and Chuck Paine and Associates.

Morris Yachts currently produces two semi-custom lines: the Ocean Series, which ranges in length from 34 feet to 62 feet and the newer M-Series, which ranges from 36 to 52 feet.

For more information call Morris Yachts at (207) 244-5509 or e-mail sales1@morrisyachts.com . www.morrisyachts.com

New owner’s club for Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler Boats launched its 50th anniversary year as a manufacturer of recreational fishing and pleasure boats with the February introduction of the company’s first official, factory-sponsored owners club.

The Boston Whaler Owners Club features a still-growing package of exclusive discounts and offers, fellow Whaler owner interaction, special events and other benefits available only to Whaler owners. The club is operated as a totally interactive, online experience with free membership for current Whaler owners.

“For 50 years, Boston Whalers have been universally recognized as unique and superior products. As a result, Whaler owners have been an intensely loyal group,” said John Ward, President of Boston Whaler.

A partial list of the range of benefits for Boston Whaler Owners Club members currently includes: Exclusive sponsor discounts and benefits from Mercury Marine, BoatTrader.com, boat shows, apparel, insurance and on-water towing. Benefits include a free e-magazine and newsletter. www.bostonwhalerownersclub.com

Brewer Yacht Yards buys nearby chandlery

The new Brewer Dauntless Marina in Essex, Conn., is a stone’s throw from Brewer Dauntless Shipyard on the Connecticut River.

Formerly the Chandlery at Essex, this 1.5-acre acquisition offers a marina, a fuel dock, a mooring field, launch service and rental space for marine-related tenants. The two yards will become known as Brewer Dauntless Shipyard and Marina with Doug Domenie, Manager of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, overseeing operations of the combined facilities.

“The property will offer us new opportunities,” Domenie says. “The 35 slips, the 150-foot fixed dock and the mooring field, combined with Dauntless Shipyard will allow us to better serve visiting yachtsmen.”

The yard is on the west side of the Connecticut River in Essex, and has much history. First known as the Essex Paint and Chemical Company in the 1920s, it was rebuilt by the Wetmore family who owned the buildings and business until 1986.

The newly acquired property is home to the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Connecticut River Dock & Dredge, Essex Maritime Art & Custom Framing, and Maritime Analysis & Design.

The Chandlery building will be renovated to make space for two anticipated tenants, one being Boatique, a supplier of vessel interior furnishings. Amenities currently offered include Valvtect fuels, water, ice and Wifi – all available dockside, plus plentiful parking, a full laundromat, and showers.

The yard is easy to navigate with a well-marked entrance channel between day markers 25 and 26. Transient and seasonal dockage will be offered at both the docks and moorings. Main Street and the Village of Essex are convenient to both locations, with most stores, restaurants and attractions within walking distance.

Service work for vessels at both locations will continue to be provided by Brewer Dauntless Shipyard.

For information, contact Domenie at (860) 767-0001 or Courtney Moore, CMB Creative Group, (860) 536-5870.

In other news, Brewer Yacht Sales in Old Saybrook, Conn., announced the addition of Mark McLeod to the Brewer Yacht Sales Team. McLeod is a CPYB broker with more than 11 years in Yacht Sales and Management. Most recently, McLeod was with Harley Davidson in Groton as their sales manager.Prior to that, he was the Manager of Sailing Specialties in Mystic, Conn., managing and selling Mainship, Hunter and Beneteau

McLeod will be located in an Old Saybrook office in the The Brewer Ferry Point Yard. He will be selling Edgewater Boats, Caribe Inflatable’s and brokerage boats.

Mystic Seaport features famed marine art exhibit

Illuminating the Sea: The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth, 1844-1894, a retrospective exhibition highlighting the work of 19th-century marine artist James Edward Buttersworth opened March 29 at Mystic Seaport.

A ship portraitist who meticulously illustrated America’s golden Age of Sail, Buttersworth captured a realistic view of sea and sky while incorporating the human element into his work.

The exhibit will feature more than 25 paintings, some of which were part of a recent gift to the museum. In 2006, Donald C. McGraw Jr., grandson of McGraw-Hill Inc.’s cofounder, bequeathed his private collection of 24 Buttersworth paintings to Mystic Seaport. This bequest complemented the museum’s 31 Buttersworth paintings, making it the largest single public collection of the artist’s work.

“Our father wanted the museum to have his paintings so they could be shared with and enjoyed by the public. Our family is delighted that this exhibit will feature so many of them,” said Josh McGraw, one of McGraw’s sons.

Paintings in the exhibition will span Buttersworth’s entire career, beginning with his early British period works and ending with the 1893 America’s Cup series, completed a year before his death.

Of particular prominence are two portraits of Mystic-built ships, “The Schooner Dauntless” (formerly l’Hirondelle) and the clipper ship “Davy Crockett.” Other featured paintings of interest are “The Sloop Haswell” and “The Sloop Kate off Boston Light,” illustrating ships built for Charles Mallory, one of Connecticut’s most prosperous ship owners and father of the Mallory building’s namesake in which the exhibit will be held.

Illuminating the Sea: The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth, 1844-1894, will remain on display through April 2009.The exhibit is free with regular Museum admission. www.mysticseaport.org

Long Island yacht club tests boaters’ ‘smarts’

Barry Glick, the Commodore of the Mamaroneck Yacht Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., recently has announced a new event for the Club’s 2008 season named Are You Smarter Than The Commodore?, a take-off of the popular TV show, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

This event is open to the boating public. Participants will be given a two-week period, from June 21 to July 6 to answer 20 questions that can only be answered by boating to a given latitude and longitude, and viewing a specified heading for each question to get the answer.Examples include:What color is the roof of the house …, What is the pose of the statue on the lawn ...,How many doors are on the bathhouse …

The 20 locations are within six miles of MamaroneckHarbor, on the western shore of Long Island Sound between Greenwich, Conn., and City Island, N.Y.

The top 3 winners will be awarded prizes as provided by West Marine at an Awards Party in the Park of the MamaroneckBeach and Yacht Club on July 12 (rain date the 13th). All participants will be given a West Marine discount coupon.

A registration fee of $20 is required. Boaters interested in participating in this event can call the Yacht Club office at (914) 698-1130 for an application or visit their Web site at www.mamaroneckyachtclub.com.