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News Notes – Mid-Atlantic

Trawler Fest puts in at a new port: Greenport, N.Y.

The eastern Long Island village of Greenport is the newest host port for the Trawler Fest series of traveling boat/education shows geared toward the passagemaker crowd.

Greenport, a working seaport since the 18th century and recently revitalized as a tourist destination, is located near the tip of the North Fork of Long Island.

Greenport boasts an array of restaurants, accommodations, activities, shopping, and nautical flair. Thriving vineyards dot the landscape on the North Fork. The crown jewel of the city is Mitchell Park, a four-acre waterfront park featuring a circa-1920 carousel, winding harbor walk, observation deck and water views.

The newly constructed Mitchell Park and Marina is the site of Trawler Fest Greenport. Slip space has been reserved for exhibitor and three-day attendees only. Slips are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, call (888) 487-2953 or visit .

Trawler Fest is sponsored by PassageMaker magazine, owned by Dominion Enterprises, which also owns Soundings.

Grants awarded to improve boating

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne recently announced that more than $13.5 million in competitive grants will be awarded to 15 states for 19 boating infrastructure projects. The grants, which will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating, are made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.

Among the winning proposals for competitive grants:

Maryland will receive more than $405,000 and match that amount with more than $225,000 to construct 25 slips for visiting boaters with dockside utilities at Chestertown Marina.

North Carolina will receive more than $155,000 and match that amount with the same to construct approximately 900 linear feet of docking access for visiting boaters to provide access to the local community and safe harbor mooring in Bellhaven.

Virginia will receive nearly $340,000 and match that amount with nearly $350,000 to replace the existing deteriorating dock facilities at the Waterside Marina in Norfolk. The proposed project will also provide dockside electrical service to boaters.

The Virginia Department of Health will receive more than $300,000 and match that amount with the same to construct 20 slips for visiting boats at the Poquoson Marina. The proposed project will also remove deteriorating dock infrastructure.

Nordic Tugs owners set to rendezvous

The Nordic Tugs owners’ associations throughout the United States have announced their 2008 rendezvous dates. East Coast gatherings include:

• Southeast Fisherman’s VillageYachtBasin, Punta Gorda, Fla., April 22-24.

• North East River Yacht Club, North East, Md., May 18-20.

• EssexIslandMarina, Essex, Conn., July 23-26.

For additional rendezvous information or to register to attend, click on the ‘owners’ link on the Nordic Tugs Web site at .

Learn from a seasoned boatyard mechanic

Steve D’Antonio has added a new service to his marine consulting business.

In an effort to make information available to the boating community that will make their experience on the water less costly, safer and more enjoyable, D’Antonio will publish on his blog answers to questions his consulting customers are posing.

Questions about pre-purchase inspections of customer vessels as well as insights from his consulting work with major manufacturers will be discussed. The blog gives boaters instant access to a range of real-life, current marine system topics that are emerging each day in D’Antonio’s consulting practice.

Access to the blog is free. Register with an e-mail address and a password. Each time the blog is updated registered users will be notified by e-mail. Sign up and access the blog at

Wine cruises offered on historic catboat

Selina II, the historic 1926 New England Catboat that sails out of St. Michaels, Md., will feature weekly Wine-Tasting cruises as part of the 2008 sailing schedule.

The season kicks off with the St. Michaels Wine & Food Festival the weekend of April 26-27 and continues during the season on Wednesday evenings. These two-hour cruises include an introduction to the basics of wine tasting, samplings of three red and three white wines, scorecards for tracking preferences, and a complimentary souvenir Selina II wine tasting glass. With a limit of just six guests, Selina II offers an intimate sailing experience, ideal for a summer’s evening of wine tasting.

At 40 feet with a 16-foot beam, Selina II is a stable platform, making her especially suited to offer wine tasting cruises. Savor a selection of Cabernet sauvignons, syrahs, chardonays & pinot grigios while enjoying the beautiful sights along the MilesRiver. As a bonus, the season kicks off its wine tasting cruises with appetizers especially prepared to complement the wines being served.

Two-hour festival cruises leave the Harbour Inn & Marina at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All wine tasting sails are $75 per person, or $420 private charter, plus tax and tip. Festival details are available at and click on Wine & Food Festival.

Details on the rest of Selina II’s season can be found at .

Two new exhibitions open at museum

The Chesapeake BayMaritimeMuseum in St. Michaels, Md., recently unveiled two exhibitions: “Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope: African Americans and the Chesapeake” and “Their Last Passage: The Collection of Robert H. Burgess,” explore two important aspects of the history of the Bay.

“Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope,” is an exhibition created by The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va. The show explores the contributions of African Americans to the Chesapeake watershed and focuses on the important role that regional waterways have played in their lives. The exhibit blends extraordinary events and everyday life; it includes significant portions of CBMM’s own collection, including highlights of the collection of Oxford sailmaker Downes Curtis.

“Their Last Passage” highlights the Museum’s acquisition of the collection of Robert H. Burgess, which was announced in December 2006. Burgess (1913-2003) was born in Baltimore. He was widely known as the “Dean of the Chesapeake,” for his years of experience as Curator at The Mariners’ Museum, the many books and articles he wrote about the Bay, and for the incredible collection he amassed – believed to have been the largest privately held collection of Bay artifacts.

Tickets for the Museum are $10 for adults, $9 for senior, $5 for children. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (410) 745-2916 or visit .

Working during winter, preparing for the season

Late fall and throughout the winter, when recreational boats head for shelter ashore, is the busy season for the maintenance of the buoys and day beacons, commonly known as markers.

One of the responsibilities of the Coast Guard is the placement and maintenance of Aids to Navigation (ATON), also known as markers or buoys in the waters of Chesapeake Bay and rivers.

“These all have to be maintained and monitored,” says Frans Kasteel, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33. “Floating buoys must be constantly monitored to insure that they maintain their position. Lighted Aids to Navigation must function to assist the vessels operating at night.”

Members of Flotilla 33, headquartered in Kilmarnock, Va., assist the Coast Guard in maintaining and monitoring ATONs throughout the year. One job in March entailed removings abandoned bird’s nests from the day beacons/markers. Each year, osprey construct a new nest for the season even if an old nest is still there. Only after each hatchling has flown the nest, Coast Guard personnel clean the markers of abandoned bird’s nests enabling the osprey to build a new nest in the spring.

“The Auxiliaries main concern is boating safety,” says John Mill, Flotilla 33 Commander. “In addition to boating education and vessel safety checks, aids to navigation is an important factor in helping to keep our families safe on the water.”

— Brian McArdle, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33

Atlantic Marine earns award for service

Regulator Marine recently announced that for the second consecutive year Atlantic Marine of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., has been awarded the company’s 2007 Outstanding Service Department Award.

The consumer-driven award is based on customer survey results from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which surveys new Regulator boat owners nine months after the delivery of their new boat.

Atlantic Marine led the Regulator dealer network in both returned surveys and customer satisfaction ratings for the 2007 model year.

As a family owned boat sales and service dealership, Atlantic Marine has sold and serviced Regulator products since 1995.

Two new Md. ‘clean marinas’ certified

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Clean Marinas Initiative recently certified Sunset Harbor Marina on the Middle River in Essex (Baltimore County) and Atlantic Marina on the Magothy in Pasadena (Anne Arundel County) as “Clean Marinas.”

The two marinas certified bring the total number of “Clean Marinas” in Maryland to 120 – twenty percent of the estimated 600 marine facilities in the state.

As part of the certification, both facilities undertook a thorough review of their fuel storage requirements, including permits and safety plans. Sunset Harbor Marina carefully collect waste materials such as used oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and batteries for recycling. As part of recent construction of a new boatel, Sunset Harbor Marina also constructed elaborate stormwater management systems.

For information about Maryland’s Clean Marina Initiative, visit, e-mail or call (410) 260-8770.

Duncan’s Boat Center joins Sea Pro’s family

Sea Pro boats recently announced the addition of Duncan’s Boat Center to its growing dealer network. Duncan’s Boats, a family-owned dealership, has been selling boats for more than 37 years in the Charleston, S.C., area.

Duncan’s Boats recently acquired a new facility, and now boasts the largest indoor showroom in Charleston, at 10,000 square feet. In addition, a service center is nearby.

Duncan’s is in its second generation of family ownership, as Jim Duncan bought the business from his father, Larry, early last year.

Maryland boaters’ safety courses offered at CBMM

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting eight-hour safe boating courses over two days, with multiple dates this spring and summer.

Any Maryland boater born after July 1, 1972, is required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education, in order to operate a vessel. The Certificate is obtained by passing a Department of Natural Resources-approved boating safety course, and once obtained, the Certificate is valid for life. Participants completing the Museum’s course will receive this Certificate.

The course is also recommended for anyone looking to become a safer, more experienced boater.

The course is offered over two consecutive evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. and will be held at the Museum in the Van Lennep Auditorium (Steamboat Building) during the following sessions: April 22-23; May 13-14; June 10-11; June 24-25; July 8-9; July 22-23; Aug. 5-6.

The cost for a session is $25 per person and advanced registration is required. Register online at , call (410) 745-2916, ext. 103, or e-mail