News notes – Long Island Sound Region

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Regional dealer picks up Nova Scotia boat line

Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., has been appointed dealer for Rosborough Boats. The trailerable trawler will make its debut in Essex in late March.

“We feel this new line will fill a niche for the customer who is looking for a well-built smaller boat,” says company president Ben Wilde.

Exclusive Nordic Tug dealers since 2000, the Wilde office is located at the Lighthouse on 39 Pratt St. Wilde sales territory includes New England, New York and New Jersey for both Nordic Tugs and Rosborough Boats. They have also been appointed a dealer for AB Inflatables.

Rosborough Boats (www.rosboroughboats.com ) has been building boats in Nova Scotia for over 50 years. Wilde Yacht Sales will be demonstrating the Rosborough RF-246 at the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland, March 17-19.

The RF-246, as well as the 2006 32-, 37- and 42-foot Nordic Tugs and hard-bottom AB Inflatables will be shown at the annual Spring Open House at the Lighthouse in Essex, April 20-21. They will also be at the Newport Spring Boat Show, May 18-21, and TrawlerFest in Mystic, Aug. 3-5.

The group’s third annual traveling tug trip will begin June 23 with stops this year in Block Island and Jamestown, R.I., and Edgartown, Nantucket, Chatham, and Hyannis, Mass., returning to Essex July 9. For additional information, call (888) 447-6944.

The sixth annual Nordic Tug rendezvous will be held July 26-28 at Essex Island Marina. The three-day event draws more than 100 owners and prospective “tuggers” and concludes with a colorful parade of more than 25 Nordic tugs that have “dressed ship” for the occasion. Additional details can be found at www.wildeyachts.com.

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Ferry official sentenced for illegal dumping

The former operations manager of the Fishers Island Ferry was sentenced to 30 days in prison and to pay a $10,000 fine for his part in the dumping of raw sewage from the ferries into the ThamesRiver and Long Island Sound. Mark Easter, who is 54, received the judgment Jan. 30 in federal court in Hartford, Conn.

Easter, who pleaded guilty in Federal court last September, admitted to having directed ferry workers to leave the discharge valves in the “open” position as the ferries Munnatawket and Race Point were in port and traveling between its terminals in New London, Conn., and Fishers Island, prosecutors said. The illegal dumping was said to have occurred between 2000 and 2004.

Easter’s sentence, according to state Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Gina McCarthy, sends “a strong message” that the state will not tolerate illegal dumping in Long Island Sound. “In an era when we understand so much about what it takes to protect our natural resources there is no way we can tolerate the willful dumping of raw sewage into Long Island Sound by commercial vessels,” McCarthy said in a statement.

It apparently took authorities a number of years to discover the crime, however. Although the Coast Guard would perform regular inspections of the ferries, the inspections were scheduled in advance and Easter would reportedly direct his workers to close the valves beforehand. It was during a July 2004 surprise inspection that Coast Guard authorities finally discovered the valves in the “open” position.

The state DEP has been working with the federal government in an ongoing effort to establish no-discharge zones in Long Island Sound. “This is the best approach to safeguarding the waters of the Sound and the health of people who use the Sound for swimming, fishing and other recreational purposes,” McCarthy says in the release. “We expect to have this work completed with[in] the next year.”

— Jason Fell

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Local yacht broker, boater dies at 89

Boaters along the Connecticut shoreline will remember John L. Cadley. A lifelong boater, Cadley sailed Long Island Sound on his 33-foot Knudsen Pilot, Vision IV, and worked for 17 years at Milford (Conn.) Boat Works as a yacht broker.

On Feb. 1, Cadley passed away from complications of a stroke. He was 89.

“They sure don’t make guys like John anymore,” says Milford Boat Works president Nancy Bodick. “He was a man of unbelievable integrity and unquestionable morals. He was a remarkable person and will be missed.”

Cadley attended the WillistonAcademy and the Pratt Institute in New York, according to information in his obituary. Cadley went on to become vice-president and manager of Air Lock Incorporated in Milford where he helped design and engineer fittings used in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs.

A member of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and the Windjammers Sailing Club, Cadley loved the ocean, Bodick says, and lived in Milford for more than 60 years.

Cadley is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Cadley, Kimara Rivera and Terry Schreiber; his son, Christopher Cadley; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Stephen Cadley.

— Jason Fell

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Boats vandalized at Conn.River marina

Connecticut State Police were investigating in February a complaint that more than 20 boats dry-docked at the Brewer Deep River Marina had been vandalized and/or burglarized. Boat owners reported that items like televisions, stereos and GPS systems had been stolen.

“Besides silly isolated incidents this marina hasn’t had anything like this happen in at least six years,” says general manager Jim Brown. “We were surprised when we found out.”

Brown says the vandal(s) broke into the yard Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. “It seems like they had a plan,” he says. “They thought they had good cover and that they could just get in and get out.”

Thefts from two or three boats were discovered and reported Feb. 1, according to Brown. More incidents were reported the following day. Although three marina employees live on the property, Brown says, none of them were aware of any suspicious activity at the time. The vandalism was largely done during the break-ins.

Brewer Deep River Marina, located off River Lane, stores 280 boats during the winter. Brown says the marina is now looking into ways to help avoid future break-ins. “We’re installing motion-sensing lights, lockable gates, video surveillance cameras and will be hiring security guards,” Brown says. “We’re stepping up our security.”

— Jason Fell

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RIB rescue training offered in Conn.

Defender, the marine outfitter based in Waterford, Conn., will host two sessions of Zodiac Maritime Academy this spring — Basic Boat Operations, June 19-20, and Rescue & Tactical Operations using RHIBs, May 31-June 2.

Both sessions will include classroom and on-water training using Zodiac boats and will be held at Defender Industries and on Long Island Sound.

The Basic Boat Operations course is a two-day program. The course objective is to train students to launch, operate and retrieve a rescue vessel. Techniques for rescuing people in water, handling difficult access such as bridges, high walls and riprap, trailering and safety operations are covered.

Rescue/Tactical Operations is a three-day course. Situations that are likely to be faced by first responders and marine patrol officers are covered with classroom sessions followed by on-water practice. Safety procedures, search-and-rescue basics, under way piloting and obstacle avoidance are all covered.

Cost is $90 per person per day, with boats, safety equipment and lunches provided. Courses are limited to 20 students.

For information, contact Jeff Going at jgoing@defender.com or call (800) 628-8225, ext. 122.