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News Notes Long Island Sound - Oct 2007

Boat show returns with new name

The relatively new Liberty Boat Show, formerly the New York/New Jersey International Boat Show, returns to Liberty Landing Marina from Sept. 27 to 30.

Now in its sixth year, the show is distinguished by its location in Jersey City, N.J., which offers views across New YorkHarbor of the towering Manhattan skyline.

The marina, located in LibertyState Park, has 600 slips for in-water boat display. Other boats will be displayed on park grounds.

More than 40,000 square feet of temporary buildings house the indoor sections of the show. Show organizers also hire name musical acts to add to the entertainment value of the show.

The Liberty Boat Show, entering its sixth year, has grown to the size of shows that have been in existence for five times as many years. This outstanding growth rate is due to the professionalism of the staff, the considerable marketing dollars expended each year, and the central location of the event.

For information, visit the show Web site at .

Conn. rules all coastal waters no-discharge

All of Connecticut’s waters in Long Island Sound are now part of a no-discharge area, making it illegal for boaters to discharge sewage from their vessels anywhere in the state’s portion of the Sound.

“It means we are doing everything possible to make certain that boaters can enjoy our waters — but that they do so in a manner that protects the beauty and quality of Long Island Sound for all of us and for future generations,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said at a press conference in Norwalk, Conn.

The announcement came after the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved the state’s application to designate the final portion of Long Island Sound — from the eastern border of Branford to the western border of Greenwich — as no-discharge.

A no-discharge area body of water means the discharge of both chemically treated and untreated boat sewage is prohibited. Boaters are required to use pumpout facilities or pumpout boats to dispose of any waste.

Connecticut’s first no-discharge area was approved by the EPA and designated in the Stonington area in 2003, followed by the Mystic/Groton area in 2004 and the Groton to Guilford area in 2006. The state DEP requested the designation for the final stretch of the coastline in May 2006.

In its application for the Branford-to-Greenwich portion of the Sound, the DEP identified a total of 43 available pumpout facilities including 31 fixed shore-based facilities, five portable facilities, and seven pumpout boats in the region.

Look for a more in-depth look at the issue of no-discharge zones around Long Island Sound in the November issue of Soundings.

Show drops anchor at Norwalk Cove

The 32nd edition of the Norwalk International Boat Show will display more than 750 of the newest power and sailing yachts, sportfishermen, daysailers, performance powerboats, dinghies and inflatables. Aisles of engines, electronics, nautical gear, gadgets, gifts and apparel will be under a sea of tents.

Other highlights will include free boating and fishing seminars; power and sail rides on Long Island Sound; a DiscoverBoatingCenter, where potential buyers can get advice; children’s activities including a boatbuilding workshop; and raffles.

The show runs Sept. 20 to 23 at Norwalk Cove Marina on Calf Pasture Beach Road. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For information, visit or call (212) 984-7007.

Trawler fleet takes over Mystic

Trawler Fest Mystic 2007 again drew good crowds of trawler yacht enthusiasts to Southeastern Connecticut in early August.

The docks were crowded over the hot summer weekend and boats’ “welcome aboard” mats were regularly lined with the shoes of attendees on board a variety of cruising yachts, both monohull and multihull.

The show’s People’s Choice Award was presented to Seahorse Marine’s Peking, hull No. 3 of George Buehler’s Diesel Duck 462 design. A charity auction raised more than $8,000 for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Shoreside exhibits featured numerous seminars ranging from engines to financing to fuel filtration. The variety of cruising powerboats was matched with a diverse selection of companies in the shaded land exhibitor tents.

Sponsored by PassageMaker magazine, the event is dedicated to promoting the cruising under power lifestyle. PassageMaker is owned by Dominion Enterprises, which also owns Soundings.

Trawler Fests are held annually at ports around the country.

Sailing star to give seminar

On the opening day of the Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island on Sept. 13, Gary Jobson will be giving a seminar, Sailing Updates, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with information about the America’s Cup, current events and the outlook for next year’s Olympics.

Jobson’s talk is part of the show’s Seminar Series, which is open, free of charge, to all boat show attendees.

Jobson, 56, is a sailor, television commentator and author based in Annapolis, Md.

On the water he’s won numerous championships in one-design classes, the America’s Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the Fastnet Race and many of the world’s ocean races. In college he was an All American sailor three times and was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973).

In October 2003 Gary was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame by the HerreshoffMarineMuseum. In 1999 Jobson won the Nathaniel G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award.

He currently races his Etchells and owns a Sabre 402.

Connecticut marina sold to Brewer group

Pier 66 recently sold its 226-wet-slip marina in Branford, Conn., to BGPM, which owns Brewer Yacht yards.

Terms of the May 17 sale were not disclosed, according to representatives from O,R&L, which represented the seller in the deal.

The marina, which is located on 3.81 acres along the BranfordRiver, was established in the 1960s by Armand Williams Jr. and was operated by his daughters at the time of the sale.

BGPM owns and operates 22 yacht yards under the Brewer name from New York to Maine. The Goodsell Point RoadMarina has been renamed Brewer, Bruce & Johnson West.

Sag Harbor to host a tricentennial celebration

The Long Islandport of Sag Harbor will celebrate its 300th anniversary with a weekend of events Sept. 14 to 16, reflecting its history and maritime culture.

Visitors can expect dozens of community organizations for special contests, exhibits, concerts, theater, walking tours, a children’s fair and more.

Kicking off the weekend is an old- fashioned lobster bake at 7 p.m., hosted by the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, the repository of the village’s culture; and wrapping it up is a clam shucking contest on the final afternoon at 4 to determine the Shucker of the Year. In between are dozens of events that evoke the village’s history as a port town whose growth paralleled the growth of a young and maturing nation.

The weekend also sees the third annual Sag Harbor Charity Cup Challenge, a yacht race that puts local teams on board six 12 Meter America’s Cup yachts to race for local charities. Among the legendary yachts that will be in Sag Harbor for the race will be Columbia, Weatherly and Intrepid, all who won the America’s Cup. Races are held in NoyacBay. The yachts will be docked at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club and visitors are welcome to come and view them. Other events during the weekend include whaleboat races.

Beneteaus rendezvous off Mystic

Sailing Specialties, a dealer for Beneteau Hunter, Mainship, Shamrock and Precision boat in Mystic, Conn., hosted a Beneteau Rendezvous Aug. 3 to 5.

Sailors from near and far on over 20 Beneteaus of various sizes sailed to Mystic to take part in the event. Participants sharpened their technical skills at seminars about diesel maintenance and electronics issues.

Speakers Douglas andBernadette Bernon offered an account of their six-year journey sailing to Guatemala, Belize, the Bahamas and other places.

A treasure hunt was held aboard a new Beneteau 49, where prizes donated by local Mystic merchants were found by putting together a string of clues. The festivities culminated in a festive dinner under the tent, and dancing to a live Jimmy Buffet-style band.

Tug builder offers upgraded warranty

Nordic Tugs claims it offers the most comprehensive hull warranty in the industry. The boatbuilder’s new Gold Standard Warranty offers one-year stem-to-stern coverage and warrants the hull for 10 years against both structural failure and osmotic blistering starting with 2008 models delivered after July 1, 2007.

“Because of our extensive quality control standards and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Nordic Tugs do not have a history of blistering,” says David Goehring, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Nordic Tugs. “We’re confident in the integrity of our boats and are willing to back our product with a 10-year hull warranty that includes coverage against osmotic blistering.”

Nordic Tugs previously offered a one-year stem-to-stern, five-year blister and 10-year structural hull warranty. The new Nordic Tug warranty remains transferable to subsequent owners.

‘Biggest boat show’ returns to Lauderdale

A soft market is a buyer’s market. That should bode well for shoppers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 25-29.

“There is always competitive pricing at the show,” says Barry Claire, sales manager at Joel’s Outboard Marine, a Fort Lauderdale dealer in Hewes, Pathfinder, Ranger and Stingray boats. He says he’s found that customers use the Lauderdale show — touted as the world’s largest — to shop and compare.

“Aside from deals, people get the opportunity to see boats side by side,” he said. He sees prospective buyers taking notes, gathering information, doing their homework. Some buy right away, but others go home, compare notes, deliberate and a week or two or three or even months later place their orders. The show “plants seeds for the whole year,” he says.

This year’s show, the 48th, will feature an estimated $2 billion worth of boats, as well as marine accessories, products, services and electronics. Boats range from 10 to more than 200 feet, and include canoes and inflatables, runabouts, sportfishermen, go-fasts, center consoles, express and cabin cruisers, trawlers and superyachts.