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News Notes – Mid-Atlantic

New Mid-Atlantic cruising club for Down East yachts

Owners and admirers of Down East yachts are forming a club in the Mid-Atlantic region. Boaters who own a Holland, Wasque, Duffy, Dyer, Wilbur, Jarvis Newman, Bunker & Ellis, Ellis, Stanley, Wesmac, Seaway, or other yacht with Down East heritage and design are invited to join.

Organizers say the club is being established in the region to promote these designs noted for their rich nautical heritage, shearline, built-down keels, economical operation and dry, soft ride.

The purpose of the club is to sponsor cruises and raft-ups, exchange information on Down East yachts, and to just have fun afloat.

Contact Rick Casali at Gilman Yachts at (410) 267-1060 or (410) 279-5309 or e-mail .

BoatU.S. lists ranking of top 10 boat names

If it is true a boat’s name reflects its owner’s personality, there’s a renewed affection for piracy of late.

Topping the charts for 2007’s top 10 boat names is Black Pearl, the name of the haunted ghost ship in the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” Disney films, according to BoatU.S.; although the report speculates the name was probably given by the kids of boat owners.

Liberty takes a close second and first showed its face on the list after 9/11, where it has been a regular ever since. Second Wind and Second Chance also appear, showing how many believe boating gives them a new lease on life. Some offbeat titles include The Dog House, Carpe Diem, Seas the Day and Knot on Call, depicting boat owners’ escapist mentality from the pressures of everyday life.

The ever-popular Aquaholic makes an appearance, book-ending Wanderlust. For the more spiritually inclined, Amazing Grace continues to be a popular standby.

— Elizabeth Ellis

Furuno offers NavNet vx2 Rebate

At last fall’s Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, Furuno debuted its new NavNet 3D system. With the impending delivery of NavNet 3D, many consumers have been speculating what Furuno is going to do with their current NavNet vx2 product line. “NavNet vx2 is here to stay. The vx2 series is slated to remain in the Furuno product line through 2009,” says Dean Kurutz, Furuno USA Marketing Manager.

Furuno recently unveiled what they are calling a “massive rebate” on the NavNet vx2 series. Depending on the combination of units purchased, it’s possible to get a rebate totalling up to $4,000.

Customers are limited to a maximum of five rebate items per invoice, per household. The rebate is good for purchases between January 24 and May 31. You can download the rebate form from Furuno’s Web site ( ) or pick one up from a Furuno dealer.

Tow firm celebrates 25th anniversary

Sea Tow announced the celebration of its 25th year as the nation’s leading international marine assistance provider.

Among those moves is the complete re-launch of the company’s membership magazine, Lifelines, which boasts a circulation of nearly 175,000.

The newly-designed publication is a reflection of the requests and recommendations of its readers, per the company’s annual membership survey issued late last year.

Sunsail adds sailing destinations in Italy

Clearwater, Fla.-based Sunsail Sailing Vacations recently announced its expansion into the Mediterranean cruising grounds of Italy and Sicily.

The new Sunsail bases, which offer bareboat and skippered sailing vacations, are located in Tropea, on the southwest coast of Italy, and Palermo on the northwest coast of Sicily, perfectly located to explore the beautiful waters of the famous Lipari and Aegadian islands.

Tropea, on the Calabrian coast of Italy, is an ideal departure point to visit southern Italy, Sicily or the Aeolian Islands, only 30 miles away. Tropea offers both historical and architectural appeal.

In Northwest Sicily, the capital Palermo offers the cruising grounds of the Aegadian islands, Malta and Tunisia. Sicily is well known for its natural beauty and the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna.

Yacht show created for large, high-end vessels

United States Yacht Shows recently announced a new addition to the annual Annapolis sail and power shows it organizes — a showcase for large luxury yachts.

The show will feature only “discriminating yachts” at least 60 feet in length, which will be displayed June 5-8 in the marina at National Harbor, Md., currently being built on the Potomac River, adjacent to Washington, D.C. The yachts will be available for purchase or charter.

On land will be a collection of yacht launches, tenders and other high-end accessories.

Tours of adjacent historic Alexandria by water or land will be available as an option.

Blue crab harvest numbers announced

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service recently presented the estimated 2007 blue crab harvest numbers from Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay.

The estimated 2007 harvest is 21.8 million pounds, approximately 6 million pounds below the 2006 harvest and slightly above Maryland’s lowest recorded harvest of 20.2 million pounds in 2000.

“The low 2007 blue crab harvest is the result of many factors including: low abundance due to poor reproduction of young blue crabs in late 2006; reduced fishing effort; and unusual climatic conditions that caused blue crabs to move further north up the Bay’s tributaries, making them less accessible to large crab pot fishing operations,” says DNR Fisheries Biologist Lynn Fegley.

The Bay-wide blue crab winter dredge survey, still under way in February in a cooperative effort by DNR and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will offer a more complete picture of blue crab population numbers.

Since 1990, the survey has employed dredges to sample blue crabs at 1,500 sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay from December through March. By sampling during winter when blue crabs are buried in the mud and stationary, scientists can accurately estimate the number of crabs in the Bay.

New kids programs at maritime museum

A winter alternative to children spending too much time in front of a TV is now available at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The museum’s new Saturdays for Kids programs enables children from 4 to 9 years to enjoy two hours of hands-on activities, inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions, the Bay and the outdoors, or a historic skipjack or vessel.

The Saturdays for Kids programs at CBMM take place on select Saturdays through April 12.

For more information and descriptions of the themes, visit the Museum’s website at The cost for individual Saturdays for Kids programs is $12 per class for CBMM members and $15 per class for non-members.

Seminar address on-water emergencies

The Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association (CAPCA) is sponsoring an all-day Emergency Management at Sea seminar on April 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Edgewater, Md.

Organizers say the seminar will address many types of emergencies and common problems captains and crews might experience on extended trips in bays, sounds and coastal waters.

The course will present how these incidents might occur, methods to help prevent them from occurring, how to react to minimize damage and injury, and finally the types of equipment and supplies required on board to best handle these situations.The course is designed as an interactive hands-on training seminar involving lectures, practical demonstrations, and opportunities to address procedures in a controlled environment.

Price for the seminar, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a lunch, is $85. A registration form can be found at . For further information contact Capt. Linda Utrup at .

New sales director at Hinckley office

The Hinckley Co. recently announced that Jennifer Richards is the new Sales Director in the Hinckley Annapolis office.

Richards joined the Hinckley team five years ago and is a Certified Professional Yachting Broker. She will work with Peter Howard to help build both the Hinckley boat and brokerage business in the Annapolis region.

Maryland angler sets new state record

Justin Riley, 26, of Woodbine, Md., was fishing with his father, Ed, in the upper tidal waters of the Potomac River near Prince George’s County on Jan. 26 when he hooked and landed the largest recorded largemouth bass ever caught in Maryland waters.

After a 10-minute fight with a fish that would just not budge from the deep water, the duo say they caught their first glimpse of the huge fish at the water’s surface next to their boat.

“We just couldn’t believe the numbers when the still-live bass was gently placed upon the scale,” said Riley.

Weighing in at 11 pounds and 2.88 ounces and measuring 24.25 inches long, Riley’s catch surpasses the long standing 1975 Chesapeake Division of the Maryland Sport Fishing Record for largemouth bass (9 pounds and 1 ounce).Riley’s catch also surpasses the largest inland water largemouth bass ever caught, an 11-pound, 2-ounce fish caught in 1984 from a private farm pond in Calvert County.

Rivolta Yachts more widely available

American Global Yacht Group, with offices in Annapolis, Md., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced it will now serve as a dealer for Sarasota-based Rivolta Yachts.

A complete yacht development company, AGYG will provide new construction, brokerage and sales for Rivolta’s Renzo line of yachts, including the Coupe 4.0, Coupe 4.5, Express 4.0 and PT Runner 4.0.

Rivolta’s production line blends classic Italian styling with cutting-edge technology. All Renzo vessels boast a combination of speed, luxury and practicality, featuring secure handling at speeds over 30 knots, spacious accommodations above and below deck, and versatility. All are available in standard or luxury editions with the option of traditional prop or sophisticated jet drive systems.

“We are thrilled with the ability to offer our customers such a fine production line as Rivolta,” said American Global Yacht Group principal, Fred Azar. “Rivolta’s legacy of design, luxury and innovation makes it the perfect addition to our ever-growing family.”

In addition to Renzo yachts by Rivolta, AGYG provides new construction, brokerage and sales for a premiere product line that includes Molokai Strait Expedition Yachts, Outer Reef Yachts, and Dutch-made Elling motoryachts.

For information, including pricing and specifications visit .

Sen. Burr to co-chair Senate Boating Caucus

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R) has agreed to become the new Co-Chairman of the Senate Boating Caucus. Burr replaces former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who recently retired from the U.S. Senate, and will serve as co-chairman alongside Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).

Burr was elected to the Senate in 2004 following a decade of public service in the House of Representatives, where he represented the people of the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina.

“I love the outdoors, so I’m pleased to be a Co-Chair of the Senate Boating Caucus,” Burr said. “Like all North Carolinians, I know that boating is a great way to enjoy our State and we share that with many families across our country.”

Ellett Brothers celebrates milestone

The Chapin, S.C.-based outdoor sporting goods dealer Ellett Brothers turns 75 this year. Throughout the year, 75th anniversary specials, exclusives and promotions are planned.

Founded in 1933, the fledging tackle distribution business began with $250 in merchandise. What started as peddling a few pieces of tackle across three southern states grew into a national distributorship for the shooting, hunting, archery, marine and outdoor gear markets.

The first warehouse, half of a 8-by-16-foot shed grew into two warehouses covering over 350,000 square feet.

Sailing yacht builder launches new Web site

Island Packet Yachts, known for their line of bluewater cruising sailboats, has launched their new Web site at .

The new site is a complete redesign and incorporates brand new features, including a video with Island Packet sailing footage and owner testimonials.

“Just seven years ago an IP owner convinced us to create our first Island Packet Web site,” says Island Packet’s marketing manager, Karsten Johnson. “In that short time it has become the number one way people get information on our yachts (old and new), our company, our owners and our dealers.”

The updated site contains an extensive amount of information and is now more consistent with the boatbuilder’s brochures and magazine ads.

Founded by Bob Johnson in 1979, Largo, Fla.-based Island Packet Yachts is the builder of cruising yachts from 37 to 52 feet, including the new SP Cruiser motorsailer and PY Cruiser trawler.