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Waterfront festival returns with new name

A waterfront festival in Charleston, S.C., returns this year with a new name and additional attractions. The Charleston HarborFest will be held May 16 to 18.

The festival, formerly known as the Charleston Maritime Festival, was launched in 2002 by the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. This year’s event will feature the tall ships Spirit of South Carolina, Schooner Virginia and the Corwith Cramer, a pirate camp and an education village.

Proceeds from the festival support educational programs for South Carolina youth aboard the Spirit of South Carolina. The foundation’s mission is to offer unique educational opportunities for students, focusing on history, science, math and literature.

For additional information and event updates, visit or call (843) 722-1030, ext. 12.

A new in-water boat show for Charleston

The Charleston In-Water Boat Show which will be held at BrittlebankPark and The Bristol Marina from April 17 through 20. The show will feature power and sailboats ranging from 13 to 80 feet, boating accessories and services, boat tours, local food vendors, hospitality areas, games for kids and daily entertainment.

“With Charleston’s rich maritime history and robust marine industry the show will quickly become a regional draw bringing in exhibitors and customers from all over the Southeast,” says Robbie Freeman, the show’s Chairman and Managing Partner of The City Marina Company.

Clarks Landing’s new building is complete

Chester, Md.-based Clarks Landing Boat Sales, the largest independent boat dealer in the mid-Atlantic, recently announce the completion of a new service building at their Shady Side marina location.

The new building includes a modern service facility as well as a parts department and ship’s store.

Located on the WestRiver just 12 miles south of Annapolis, Clarks Landing at Shady Side offers on-water marine sales and service facility. Since purchasing the location, the owners have restored of the historic house in the center of the property; added a second Travelift capable of hauling boats up to 70 feet; added floating docks and a boat ramp.

For information, contact Karen Colony, Marketing Director, (410) 604-4300.

Solo sailor missing

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a Suffolk, Va., man the evening of Jan. 7 after he went missing the previous afternoon in the Currituck Sound.

John Martins, 40, of Suffolk, Va., was reportedly sailing his 47-foot sailboat, Marissa, solo on the Intracoastal Waterway Camden to Great Bridge, N.C.

The Coast Guard, North Carolina Department of Wildlife, and the Currituck County Sheriffs Office searched throughout the day for Martins in the Currituck Sound near Elizabeth City, N.C. A MH-60 Jayhawk Rescue helicopter flight crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a 21-foot boat crew from StationElizabethCity searched. Ten days after the search began, Martins’ body had still not been recovered. Water temperature on the day of the accident was approximately 42 degrees.

The search for Martins began when his boat collided with the 33-foot sailboat named Dreamcatcher at approximately 1:30 p.m.

After the collision, Marissa continued on course without stopping. The owner/operator of Dreamcatcher notified the Coast Guard that there was no indication of anyone on Marissa at the time of the collision. Marissa was later located at 3 p.m. in a marsh by a TowBoatU.S. captain. There was no one present in or around the vessel, but the engine was running and the sails were up. A wallet belonging to Martins was found at the scene.

Sail Maker, engineer loved the water

Jackson Wong, age 72, died Dec. 16 in Annapolis, while preparing his beloved sailboat, named Fy Shun (meaning “Fast Ship”), for winter.

He was born in Yakima, Wash., on Feb. 7, 1935, and raised on the family farm in Union Gap. He earned degrees in mechanical and automotive engineering. Early in his career he worked with Boeing, Bell Aero Systems, Gellcomm, and Atlantic Research on projects in advanced propulsion and control systems. As a contractor to NASA for lunar and planetary missions, he conducted advanced research in aerospace technology in metallurgy, propulsion, and control systems.

In the early 1950s and 1960s, Wong, along with his brothers and friends, built and raced a car and a hydroplane on the West Coast. His innovative use of metal and hydrodynamics were instrumental in setting a July 1962 world speed record on GreenLake near Seattle, Wash., for the 225-cubic-inch class.

As an engineer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Wong was involved in many of the Institute’s pioneering automobile safety evaluation and crash testing programs. He worked on the engineering aspects of reducing roadside hazards and the development of breakaway utility poles to reduce injuries to vehicle occupants. He designed and conducted a pioneering field test of the high center-mounted brake lights that have long since become part of the standard passenger car safety package.

Wong was an avid sailboat racer who collected numerous trophies. He was a member of the Herrington Harbor Sailing Association and the Tartan 30 Association. He was also a partner in an Annapolis marina for many years.

His passion for sail racing led to a successful custom sail and canvas fabricating enterprise, Potomac Sailmakers, based in Alexandria, Va.

Wong and his wife, Joetta, traveled extensively to Alaska, the San Juan Islands, sailed the Caribbean, and toured Europe and several countries in Latin America.

C.G. to make ATN changes in Queens Creek

Due to continued shoaling in the Queens Creek Channel, which is located in MathewsCounty off Virginia’s PiankatankRiver, the Coast Guard planned to change the aids to navigation marking this federal navigation project to warning daybeacons.

Numerous changes in the location and types of aids to navigation have assisted in keeping the waterway open for the past several years. A condition survey conducted in November 2007 indicated depth as low as 1.7 feet.

Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Milford Haven, based in Hudgins, Va., attempted to relocate aids to mark best water, but can no longer safely mark the channel.

As a result the Coast Guard will remove two buoys and change 10 additional lateral aids to navigation to non-lateral warning day beacons in order to warn the waterway users of the shoaling in the waterway. Advance notice of these changes has been published in the Local Notice to Mariners.

Former owner of AnchorYachtBasin dies

Helen Blanchard “Mimi” Mueller, 93, a resident of Edgewater, Md., for 20 years and previously of Severna Park, died of natural causes Jan. 6 in her home.

Mueller was born March 4, 1914, in Baltimore. She owned and operated Anchor Yacht Basin Marina in Edgewater for 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1952, Ernest Mueller; and one son, Joe Mueller.

Survivors include one son, David B. Mueller of Severna Park; one daughter, Lee Mueller of Edgewater; one brother, Richard Blanchard of Baltimore; one sister, Gertrude Barns of Severna Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

C.G. seeks comment on beacon changes

The Coast Guard is soliciting for comments from the public on proposed changes to the Smith Point Light House, which marks the southern entrance to Maryland’s Potomac River.

Proposed changes to Smith Point include reducing the nominal range of the white light from 22 nautical miles to 15 nautical miles, removing the red sector and discontinuing the sound signal.

Due to the catastrophic failure of the submarine power cable and the substantial cost to replace it with a buried submarine cable, the Coast Guard is exploring means to decrease the cost to restore the lighted aid to navigation and decrease electrical loads while simultaneously providing a lighted signal that would meet user operational needs.

Comments on the proposals to discontinue the horn, discontinue the red sector and reduce the nominal range are solicited and can be provided to: Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Rm.100, Portsmouth, VA 23704, Attn.: Albert Grimes. Comments can also be e-mailed to: .

Comments should address the impact these proposed changes may impose on the author’s operations. Correspondence should include the means used to navigate in the area of Smith Point Light and any electronic sensors used while traversing the waters of Chesapeake Bay.

Seminars teach diesel maintenance

Mack Boring & Parts again offers its one-day Basic and two-day Hands-On Marine Diesel Maintenance engine seminars. Running through June 2008, the seminars are designed to instill boaters with confidence by teaching necessary maintenance and repair skills.

The popular one-day Basic Diesel Engine Seminar covers fundamental components and operation. Participants learn how to maintain the lubrication, fuel, cooling and electrical systems. Winterizing and owner questions will also be addressed.

Held in a classroom setting, the one-day seminar uses textbook examples to concentrate on theoretical materials. The subject matter applies to numerous engine makes and models, including Yanmar, Westerbeke, Volvo, Perkins, Nanni, Kubota and Detroit Diesel. This seminar is a prerequisite for those wishing to take Mack Boring’s two-day hands-on seminar.

Tackling essential maintenance and emergency repairs on the operation systems, the two-day Hands-On Diesel Engine Seminar allows boat owners to familiarize themselves in a working environment. The thorough class is over 60 percent hands-on and participants will work exclusively on Yanmar engines. Work clothes are recommended.

The fee for Mack Boring’s one-day seminar is $205, while the two-day costs $520. The Basic and Hands-On can be taken consecutively for a three-day comprehensive training package. Weekend sessions are also available at slightly higher prices. All classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include training literature as well as a continental breakfast and lunch.

They take place at Mack Boring’s training facilities in Union, N.J.; Middleborough, Mass.; Wilmington, N.C.; and Wauconda, Ill. For information, call (908) 964-0700, Ext. 213, or visit .

Commission reviews oyster restoration

Maryland’s Oyster Advisory Commission submitted in January its 2007 Interim Report Concerning Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Oyster Management Program to the governor, state General Assembly and Department of Natural Resources.

“Our preliminary efforts have laid the groundwork for a major rethinking of ecological and economic strategies to restore oysters in our Bay,” said OAC Chairman Bill Eichbaum. “Business as usual will not restore the oyster. To be successful, we must go far beyond past efforts.”

In September Secretary Griffin appointed 21 scientists, watermen, anglers, businessmen, economists, environmental advocates and elected officials to serve on the Commission, which is charged with advising the state on matters relating to oysters and strategies for rebuilding and managing the oyster population in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

Among the commission’s findings:

• Oyster restoration is a critical component of halting degradation of the Bay.

• A self-sustaining oyster sanctuary program is essential.

• More restrictive harvest measures, including a moratorium, alone will not restore oysters without a significant, sustained rehabilitation of natural oyster bars, minimizing disease impacts and addressing water quality issues.

• An increase in annual funding from the current level of $5 million will be needed during at least the first 10 years to support a revitalized Maryland oyster restoration program that includes increased hatchery production, increased oyster bar habitat rehabilitation, population monitoring, oyster bar habitat mapping and characterization, research and enforcement.

A Draft Environmental Impact Statement is due out this spring. To view the full report, visit

Online boat rental firm adds new locations, a Brookhaven, N.Y.-based company with a Web site featuring online bookings of discounted short-term boat rentals, has added its first two locations in the Bahamas and five more U.S. locations to its rental fleet.

Boat rental locations just added to the database are: Adams Marina (Winnisquam, N.H.); Captain Bill’s Rentals (Warwick, R.I.); Saugerties Marina Boat Rentals (Saugerties, N.Y.); Monmouth Cove Marina Port (Monmouth, N.J.); Windward Sailing School (Fernandina Beach, Fla.); Sea Horse Boat Rentals (Abaco Beach Resort, Bahamas); and Yachts Et (Bimini Bay, Bahamas).

Boat rental locations list their available boats free on and pay a small commission to the company on bookings. For information, visit or call (631) 286.7816