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Charleston festival highlights wooden boats

The Charleston Maritime Festival, an annual celebration of South Carolina’s maritime past, present and future, is a free June 9-11 event offering expanded wooden boat displays, family boatbuilding, maritime art, sailing, rowing and sea shanties.

Attendees will get an up-close look at the construction of the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship as well as a modern Charleston pilot boat and local tug, and watch a Coast Guard rescue exercise.

The USS Austin, an Amphibious Transport Dock Ship designed to transport and land a complement of Marines and their equipment by either helicopter or surface amphibious landing craft will be open to the public at the passenger terminal. The ship is 570 feet long, weighs 17,000 tons and travels at 21 knots. Photo identification will be required at this location to enter.

The festival will be centered at the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. in downtown Charleston. www.charlestonmaritimefestival.com

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Hooper Strait Light open to overnighters

This summer the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is opening the doors of its Hooper Strait Lighthouse to members of the public who would like to spend a weekend night much like the keepers of a century ago.

Several evenings throughout the summer have been reserved for would-be keepers, who will be given a special tour of the 19th-century wooden structure, perform tasks of a traditional keeper, enjoy a picnic dinner, and sleep inside the historic building overlooking the Miles River.

Built in 1879, the lighthouse that now graces the museum’s Navy Point campus once lit the way past Hooper Strait, some 39 miles south of St. Michaels, Md. Known as a screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse, Hooper Strait resembles a small home that was built on special iron pilings that were literally screwed into the Bay’s soft bottom.

Slated for demolition in 1966, the museum purchased the building and moved it to its present site. Too large to be moved in one piece, it was horizontally cut in two just below the eaves, and slowly transported on two separate barges up the Bay. The lighthouse was restored and opened to the public in 1967. It is one of only three such lighthouses still in existence on the Chesapeake.

Would-be overnighters should note the absence of such amenities as running water and inside bathrooms, and they must bring their own sleeping pads and bags.

Dates currently available for this program are June 30, July 14 and 15, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. The program begins at 6 p.m., and ends the following morning at 7:30.

The cost of the overnight program is $35 for museum members and $41 for non-members. The fee covers program activities, a picnic dinner, and two days’ admission to the museum. For information visit

www.cbmm.org/lighthouseovernight.html or contact education coordinator Rachel Rébert at (410) 745-2916, Ext. 133, or e-mail rrebert@cbmm.org .

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Edey & Duff unveils new Sakonnet 23 daysailer

After launching the first Sakonnet 23 almost a decade ago, Edey & Duff has added a custom package of upgrades to its popular daysailer.

Endowed with the same sense of history and elegance as the standard model, which designer Joel White described as “a simple boat, with good speed, comfortable seating for four and good looks,” the new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a Flexiteek deck that resembles teak and is built for low maintenance, custom, chrome-plated bronze fittings, yacht hardware and varnished teak trim.

Other options include an auxiliary underwater trolling motor, AM/FM radio with CD player, built-in cooler and trash bin, Plastimo Navman bulkhead compass, recessed roller furling, navigational lights, and Awlgrip-finished hull and spars.

Edey & Duff’s new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a canoe-stern hull, which draws only 22 inches with the centerboard up and 5 feet, 2 inches with it down. The foam-cored hull is constructed of hand-laid unidirectional e-glass and polyester resin, and displaces 2,000 pounds. The sail area is a manageable 195 square feet, for a modest sail area/displacement ratio of 19.4. www.sakonnet23.com

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ICW cruiser forum changes its address

Cruising guide author Claiborne Young’s Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net, where boaters talk to each other about changes in waters, aids to navigation, facilities and amenities along the Intracoastal Waterway, has changed its Web address to www.cruisersnet.net.

Young says the Web site for his cruising guides, www.cruisingguide.com , still offers a link to the cruisers net, but the new address provides a direct link. The net covers the ICW from North Carolina to New Orleans.

— Jim Flannery

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Carolinas get new Grand Banks dealer

Grand Banks Yachts and Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales recently announced an agreement that names Jarrett Bay as sales and servicing dealer for the Carolinas.

Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales will handle Grand Banks with sales offices at Beaufort and Wrightsville Beach in N.C., and at Charleston, S.C.

Warranty and repair work will be coordinated through Jarrett Bay’s industrial park located on North Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort.

With dockage space and 50- to 220-ton Travelifts available, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales is equipped to offer service required from Grand Banks owners. www.jarrettbayyachtsales.com