News Notes – Mid-Atlantic

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D.C. boat show takes a year off

Organizers of the Washington Boat Show cancelled this year’s event, and plan to hold it again Feb. 11-15, 2010.

The show was scheduled for Feb. 19-22 at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center.

“I just felt that the economy was such that it wasn’t the time to hold the boat show in Washington, D.C., either for the boating public or the marine dealers,” says show producer Tom Stafford.

Stafford has produced shows for more than 34 years and says this year, “the climate just didn’t seem proper.”

“I’ve seen ups and downs. I have faith in America and the boating public. I know it’s going to rebound and probably by this summer, just not in time for a February show,” he adds.

Museum offers canoe-making class

The Calvert Marine Museum is offering instruction on canoe building. The classes, offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will instruct its students to assemble a canoe and paddles. The cost of the class is $600 for museum members and $650 for non-members.

The museum offers a similar class in building a 12-foot rowing skiff, at $950 for members and $1,000 for non-members. A sailing version, including sails, spars, daggerboad and rudder are available for an additional $800. Financial assistance is available to qualified applicants.

For information, contact George Surgent at (410) 586-2700 or gsurgent@comcast.net or visit

www.calvertmuseum.com.

Feds prepare statement on Maryland LNG plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a final environmental impact statement for the liquefied natural gas terminal proposed for Sparrows Point, in Baltimore County, Md.

The statement concludes that the Sparrows Point LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project, with the recommended appropriate mitigating measures, would have mostly limited adverse environmental impact.

Facilities would be capable of unloading LNG ships, storing up to 480,000 cubic meters  of LNG, vaporizing the LNG, and sending out natural gas at a baseload rate of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day. The pipeline would include about 88 miles of 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline (about 48 miles in Maryland and 40 miles in Pennsylvania), ending in Eagle, Pa.

FERC commissioners will take into consideration staff’s recommendations in the final EIS when they make a decision on the project, according to the statement.

U.S. water ski team wins gold at juniors

The U.S. junior water ski team won the gold medal at the Junior Water Ski world championships in Lima, Peru. Members of the U.S team include Caroline Hensley of Hixon, Tenn., John Lex Kenerly of Jesup, Ga., and Lauren Morgan of Odessa, Fla. U.S independents include Leif Abel of Hickory, N.C., and Adam Pickos of Santa Rose Beach, Fla.

The five-day event took place at Bujama Lacus Lakes, and athletes from 22 countries participated. The athletes competed in areas including slalom, tricks and jumping, and for an overall title. All U.S. athletes advanced to the finals in at least one event, and all four junior water ski team members contributed to the gold-medal winning point total.

USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 to promote water skiing in the U.S. It is recognized by the U.S Olympic Committee and the Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

For results, visit www.usawaterski.org.

In-water show features used boats

The Biggest In-Water Used Boat Show will be held March 28-29 in Chester, Md. The show will feature more than 70 used boats, ranging from 17 to 56 feet. Models include Sea Rays, Carvers, Four Winns, Regals, Cruisers, Silvertons and Bayliners, among others. Marine-related vendors and exhibitors, as well as food vendors will also be on site. Admission is free.

For information, visit www.clarkslanding.com or call (410) 867-7700.

Taylor Made Products acquires D-Icer line

Taylor Made Products has acquired the D-Icer product line from Pyramid Technologies Industrial, LLC (Pyramid Tech) of Meriden, Conn.

The manufacturing and distribution of the product line has been moved to Gloversville, N.Y., and is immediately available as part of the Taylor Made Products full line of marine accessories.

The D-Icer is a submersible motor-driven water circulation unit developed to prevent ice from forming around docks and pilings by propelling warmer subsurface water to the surface. The oil-free design is energy efficient and offers an optional thermostat control to further reduce energy use.

Women’s workshop covers engine service

The National Women’s Sailing Association and Mack Boring Technical Institute in Union, N.J., are offering a two-day workshop for women. The workshop, offered April 4-5, covers the proper methods of performing basic engine service and emergency repairs, in addition to providing time to work on the engines themselves.

The workshop furthers the National Women’s Sailing Association’s goal of providing women with educational opportunities and access to the sport of sailing. The fee is $400 for NWSA members, $445 for non-members. For information, contact Val Cook at (401) 628 2064 or wsf@womensailing.org or go to www.womensailing.org.

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.