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News notes – Mid-Atlantic

Boat show expands, adds sail component

Baltimore’s oldest and largest annual indoor boat show will swell to 300,000 square feet of exhibits and activities and occupy every exhibition hall of the BaltimoreConvention Center when it docks Jan. 23 to 27.

Manager Michael Duffy says the show will include the addition of 50,000 square foot of SailFest, in a partnership with Sail America, which will offer enthusiasts a wide selection of keelboats, catamarans, scows, skiffs, sails and rigging, sailing gear and equipment. Special daily sailing seminars and activities will round out this new feature.

An expanded powerboat section will also offer visitors more than 600 powerboats, personal watercraft, performance boats and luxury yachts. A special fishing boat section is also planned.

More than 150 manufacturers and exhibitors, from marine electronics to specialty fishing lures, will display the newest models, products, and technologies for sailors, powerboaters and fishermen.

The show will also feature five days of educational seminars and interactive boating and fishing activities.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13-15, and free for children 12 years old or younger. A two-day adult pass is available for $16. Advance tickets may be purchased online at beginning Dec. 10.

Former marine marketing executive dies at 63

John Alexander Stewart Jr., who retired in 2003 after 23 years with manufacturers’ representative firm Ocean Marketing, died suddenly at his home Oct. 6. He was 63.

“John was my business partner and friend. Even in retirement he continued to be a mentor to so many people in the marine industry. We will all miss him greatly,” says Ocean Marketing CEO John Thommen.

Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts degree from RogerWilliamCollege in Bristol, R.I. He was a yacht broker with Martin Bird & Associates in Annapolis, Md., for five years. From 1980-2003 he was the vice president of Ocean Marketing.

He raced in the Newport-Bermuda race nine times and was the director of safety at Sea Seminars for 25 years. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, Hospice Regatta event chair and the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake.

He is survived by his wife and three sons.

North Carolina C.G. chasing a hoax caller

When the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received three more in a long line of hoax distress calls between Sept. 13 and 19, they decided enough was enough.

At a press conference held Sept. 20, Coast Guard officials urged the public to assist in identifying callers who have been broadcasting a high volume of false distress calls to the station during the past year. Recordings of the three hoax calls were also available for members of the press and the public.

According to a news release from the Coast Guard, these hoax calls are costing the Coast Guard and U.S. taxpayers significant amounts of money. A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft costs $4,244 an hour to operate, Coast Guard helicopters at $4,400 an hour, and cutters $1,550 an hour. Even small rescue boats can run between $300 and $400 per hour, depending on their size and speed.

The Coast Guard believes that some of the calls might come from the same sources, but there could be more than one person responsible.

Willfully transmitting a false distress call is a Class D Felony; responsible parties can be fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to up to six years in prison, according to the Coast Guard. Those convicted might also have to reimburse the cost of the false search to the Coast Guard station that conducted it.

A reward will also be available to those who can provide information leading to a successful prosecution. If the public has any information, they should call the Coast Guard Investigative Service in Wilmington, N.C., at (910) 772-2229.

— Elizabeth Ellis

School offers diesel maintenance classes

The Annapolis School of Seamanship is offering courses through February 2008 to instruct diesel engine owners proper care and maintenance of their power plants.

The 12-hour Marine Diesel Basics class is designed to benefit both recreational boaters and professional mariners who operate vessels equipped with diesel engines. The course covers all types of diesel engines and is not brand specific. No previous experience is necessary. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand, troubleshoot and perform basic preventative maintenance and repairs to their diesel engine.

Throughout this course, students receive both lecture and hands-on instruction using both a working diesel engine and a cutaway diesel that offers visual access to its inner workings. The cutaway engine enables students to easily make the transition from a theoretical to practical understanding of a diesel engine, while the working engine allows each student to perform hands-on procedures in the classroom.

Although this course is not designed to turn boat owners into expert mechanics, graduates gain a working knowledge of marine diesels, and the confidence to know when an experienced mechanic is needed. They are also better equipped to communicate with industry professionals. Tuition is $369.

Marine Diesel Engines: Level II is a two-day course designed for graduates of the Marine Diesel Basics class looking for further instruction in troubleshooting marine diesel engine failures and marine diesel maintenance and repair. Participants receive both demonstration and hands-on training on working diesel engines. Students work in small teams per engine to solve typical problems that arise on boats.

Tools, meters, gloves, eye protection and ear protection are provided for in-class use. Students should wear clothing suitable for working on engines. Tuition is $475.

Call (410) 263-8848 or (866) 369-2248 (toll-free) with questions or to register by phone.

Navigational aid changes in MathewsCounty, Va.

Due to severe shoaling problems at the entrance into WinterHarbor, which is located in MathewsCounty off the Chesapeake Bay, the Coast Guard is preparing to discontinue marking the entrance into the channel.

Numerous aid-to-navigation locations and changes in aid-to-navigation types have assisted in keeping the waterway open for the past several years. A condition survey conducted earlier this year indicated several areas that had a depth of only 2 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 of the shoaling the Coast Guard intends to remove one buoy and change three additional aids to navigation to warning day beacons. Advance notice of these changes has been published in the Local Notice to Mariners and the local marina has been notified.

New cruising guide for Chesapeake to Florida

Snowbirds headed south or planning to do a portion of the Great Loop might want to check out the new second edition of Maptech’s “Embassy Cruising Guide - Chesapeake Bay to Florida.”

Revised by maritime editors Kate Yeomans, Betsy Haggerty, Nancy Taylor Robson and Jordan Taylor, updates and additions to the 558-page guide include detailed navigation advice to new anchorages and guest moorings in popular ports, including expanded coverage of Chesapeake Bay destinations and the Georgia coast.

There are more than 100 pages of NOAA chart excerpts, 200 color aerial and destination photos, and hundreds of recommendations for shoreside dining, provision and sightseeing. Detailed navigation advice is designed to be used hand-in-hand with Maptech ChartKit Regions 4 and 6.

A special feature is “Captain’s Guide to Cruising the East Coast” by Mark Pillsbury, featuring a comprehensive look at how to cruise the coast, both outside and inside the ICW, from Maine to Miami. Additional features within the mini-guide include advice on navigating through North Carolina by Capt. William Dean Lee; advice on cruising the Great Loop by Bob and Nan Hanold; and a sound-off between two writers — Charles Doane and Kim Kavin — about which is better for cruising, power or sail.

The guide retails for $44.95.

Training course for new boat owners

Chester, Md.-based Clarks Landing Boat Sales, the largest independent boat dealer in the mid-Atlantic, recently announced a new partnership with AnnapolisPowerboatSchool.

When a customer purchases a new boat (30 feet or larger) from Clarks Landing and feels the need for additional boat training, they will have the opportunity to receive a full day “Cruise with Confidence” course from AnnapolisPowerboatSchool.

The course will provide personalized and individual instruction aboard the customer’s boat, focusing on close-quarter handling on a twin-engine boat as well as docking. New-boat owners will have the opportunity to gain even more knowledge of their boat, while at their dock or marina, in the water they choose to boat in, all under the tutelage of an experienced captain.

For information, contact Paul J. Lash, Sales Manager, Clarks Landing, at (410) 604-4300 or Tim Dowling at AnnapolisPowerboatSchool at (800) 638-9192 or visit .

Maryland creates third deep-water reef

The Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative recently celebrated the expansion of habitat enhancement work as the Honeywell Barge deposited more than 1,000 tons of WoodrowWilsonBridge concrete to develop the deep water artificial reef site, Cedar Point Fish Haven, at the mouth of the PatuxentRiver in Chesapeake Bay.

Vibrant marine communities, such as oyster reefs and underwater grass beds, are critical to supporting diverse species of fish that were once prolific in Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Atlantic coast. Placement of concrete sections from the old WoodrowWilsonBridge will create deep water artificial reefs that provide habitat for benthic organisms and fish. The project will improve habitat in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as benefit fishing.

DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority. Learn more at

School of Seamanship relocates office

The Annapolis School of Seamanship recently relocated to a new classroom and office at the corner of Sixth Street and Chester Avenue, a convenient historic Eastport location.

The recent rapid growth at the school allowed it to expand its course offerings and the new space offers students a learning environment with the necessary hands-on equipment all in one spot.

The school’s new location, adjacent to Mears Marina, also offers easy access by boat.

Annapolis School of Seamanship specializes in hands-on training and onboard instruction for boaters and professional mariners. Some of the course disciplines include marine diesel engines, marine electrical systems, navigation and piloting, trawler school and the soon-to-be added captain’s licensing.

The new address is 601 Sixth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403 and the phone number will remain (410) 263-8848.

Baykeeper becomes independent nonprofit

After 18 years as part of the American Littoral Society, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper — guardians of the most famous harbor in the world — recently announced that it has become an independent non-profit organization.

NY/NJ Baykeeper’s reorganization as an independent non-profit was finalized July 15, and will allow the organization to more clearly define its mission and purpose. Baykeepers independence will also help streamline administration and fundraising procedures, according to the group.

Baykeeper, which will continue to work closely with ALS on a variety of waterfront issues, remains an active member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a grassroots advocacy program of more than 150 waterkeeper programs worldwide.

NY/NJ Baykeeper was formed in 1989 by Baykeeper Andy Willner, a former boatbuilder and city planner, to protect the waters of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, which includes more than 650 miles of shoreline divided between urban New Jersey and New York City.

‘Chesapeake Icons’ exhibit opens at CBMM

Blue crabs, oysters, skipjacks, lighthouses and waterfowl — images that have become symbols of the Chesapeake Bay. How these Chesapeake icons have evolved and ways they have been portrayed is the theme of a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “Chesapeake Icons” opened Oct. 6 on the second floor of the Museum’s Steamboat Building in St. Michaels, Md.

Used by artists, writers, and salesmen of all types, these five representations of the Bay make up much of the collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The exhibition showcases a number of iconic artifacts — from oyster cans and seafood marketing materials to fine art and models of skipjacks.

The exhibit includes artwork by John Moll and John Barber, decoys by the Ward Brothers and Rich Smoker, sculpture by Bart Walter and Dave Gentry and quilts by Sally Dillon and Janet Hale and Eileen Doughty, among many others.

The exhibit will be on display through mid-June of 2008. For more information about “Chesapeake Icons” or related programs, contact the Museum at (410) 745-2916, or visit their Web site at .

Everglades Boats adds six dealers

Everglades Boats, a manufacturer of family fishing boats in Edgewater, Fla., has announced the addition of six new dealers to the company’s dealer portfolio.

The additions include Coltons Point Marina, Cotons Point, Md.; Hartley Marine Services, Edgewater, Md.; Grove Harbour Marina, Miami; Rocky Creek Marina, Edglewood, Fla.; Oconee Marina, Eatonton, Ga.; and Yacht Works, Port Clinton, Ohio.

Everglades Boats currently has 44 dealers nationwide with more locations coming soon. Information about each of the dealers is available through the dealer locator at .

Carolina lures another Florida boatbuilder

Palmer Marine executives say they are taking advantage of North Carolina’s business-friendly environment by relocating its operations to the Tar Heel state.

N.C. Governor Mike Easley announced in September that the Washington-based company is relocating manufacturing operations from its Cape Coral, Fla., plant to Bladen County.

Palmer Marine builds several lines of sportfishing boats. According to the governor’s office the move was made possible in part by a $200,000 One North Carolina Fund grant. Palmer Marine, in a statement, says the matching grant was instrumental in its decision.

Boating law group elects new head

At its 48th annual meeting in Burlington, Vt., the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators elected John Fetterman as president of the non-profit organization for the 2007-’08 year. He succeeds Jeffrey S. Johnson, Alaska Boating Law Administrator.

Major Fetterman of Manchester, Maine, joined the Bureau of Marine Patrol in 1977 as a field officer. Much of his career with the Marine Patrol has been spent as Chief Pilot, flying some 12,000 hours of flight time in multiple aircraft. In non-flight duties, Fetterman also supervised the Bureau’s Special Services, where he focused on safety programs within both the recreational and commercial boating communities. In 2001 he was promoted to deputy chief. In his current position, he serves as coastal boating law administrator for the state of Maine.

Fetterman served as project leader for Maine in drafting the “first in the nation” memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard on enforcement of Safety and Security Zones.

BoatU.S. endorses waterway watch program

As America enters a new era of increased terrorist threats at home, citizens across the country are being asked to keep on the lookout for suspicious activities. BoatU.S. recently encouraged recreational boaters to do their part through “America’s Waterway Watch,” a program that enlists the active participation of those who play, work or live around America’s waterways.

Similar to the successful Neighborhood Watch programs that ask community residents to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies, Waterway Watch is a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Auxiliary and Reserve components.

“We believe that many boaters are willing to play a part in securing our waterways and provide the Coast Guard with information about activities that may appear strange or unusual,” said BoatU.S. president Nancy Michelman.

Boaters are asked to keep the 1-877-24WATCH (877-249-2824) phone number aboard their boats, and use it when something seems out of place.

Marine insurance agency adds to yacht coverage

Maritime General Agency of Westbrook, Conn., has released a new policy form for their AIG Executive Yacht Policy. The new form, which is for private pleasure yachts valued between $1 million and $5 million, adds coverage not previously included, such as additional living expenses, fine arts, temporary substitute yacht, search and rescue fees, loss of charter hire, newly acquire yachts, precautionary measures and moped/motorbike coverage.

Coverage by Maritime General Agency is written through New Hampshire Insurance Company and other AIG member companies.

Walker Bay adds Hypalon to Odyssey line

The Odyssey Air Floor Inflatable from Walker Bay Boats is now available in Orca Hypalon.

“The advantage of the Odyssey Air Floor is that it can be rolled up and carried in its own bag, making it the perfect stowable tender,” said Paul Roberts, VP of sales and Marketing for Walker Bay. “Adding the Orca Hypalon option makes the Odyssey more appealing to consumers in extreme ultraviolet light regions.”

Four layers of calendered sheets guarantee air-tightness (no porosity) and optimal adhesion of rubbers. This combination of materials provides improved weather resistance against fading and aging as well as resistance to fuel, oil and everyday abrasions.