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Chester, Md.-based Crab Alley Custom Boats has completed an 1800 “Blue Bayou.” It is powered by a 20-hp Honda long shaft with electric start and tilt from Eric Abell at Abell Marine Yacht Sales in Easton Md. Backed up with the only wood in the skiff, the rowing package of 8-foot wooden oars is held tightly in place by fist-grip holders from West Marine. The CA 1800 is 600 pounds of Synboard PVC, with speeds of 20.8 knots at less than 1/3-gallon per hour using 89 octane fuel, according to builder Tom Jones. (Crab Alley was featured in the August 2009 issue of Soundings.)

‘Pirates’ swing by NMMA boat shows
Some upcoming National Marine Manufacturers Association boat shows have a touch of swashbuckler and history to them. The new Pirates of Colonial America exhibit is intended to be a fun and educational addition to the shows, according to the NMMA.
Created by two historians, the presentation features interactive exhibits for both children and adults on how pirates played a role in early Colonial America, from selling colonists inexpensive untaxed goods to the start of the first North American college.
Pirates of Colonial America will appear at the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow (Jan. 7-10), Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show (Jan. 13-17) and Minneapolis Boat Show (Jan. 20-24).

Ranger Tugs now at Wilde Yacht Sales
Wilde Yacht Sales expanded its lineup to include Ranger Tugs.
Wilde has long been the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for much of the Northeast and Canada. The Essex, Conn.-based dealership now offers Ranger 21, 25 and 29 models.
“Ranger Tugs represents a new experience in modern boating,” says the dealership in announcing its new line.
Ranger Tugs’ smaller size allows owners to trailer the 21- and 25-foot models without a permit and the 29-footer with a permit. The vessel is seaworthy and maneuverable while still being fuel-efficient, according to Wilde.
For information, visit or phone (860) 767-2540.

The Ranger models are smaller, more fuel-efficient and trailerable.

Bay researchers receive award
Two men who have spent more than three decades studying and working to preserve Chesapeake Bay were recently honored.
Dr. Walter Boynton and Dr. Michael Kemp of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science received the Odum lifetime achievement award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. The award recognizes the individual and joint contributions the two scientists have made during the last 30 years.
“Their contributions have not only helped advance the work of other scientists internationally, but also helped provide the scientific foundation for the State of Maryland’s efforts to restore our own Chesapeake Bay,” says Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.
The pair worked extensively on both studying and preserving Chesapeake Bay, served on advisory committees and helped develop monitoring programs.
“Walter and Michael’s involvement with the Bay restoration community has helped ensure that comprehensive science has always been the cornerstone of the State’s Chesapeake Bay restoration programs,” says John Griffin, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

Baltimore Boat Show runs Jan. 21 through 24
If you’re looking for a place to chase away the post-holiday blues try the 56th annual Baltimore Boat Show, which runs Jan. 21 through 24, at the Baltimore Convention  Center.
In addition to boat displays from a variety of dealers, special features include displays from Florida-based Duffy Boats featuring a new electric boat and from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society
There will also be daily seminars, activities for children and a special appearance from Former Orioles outfielder Larry Sheets on the Saturday.
This year the show also offers pre-show shopping online at

Selene adds charter division
Selene Annapolis Yachts recently added a charter division to its yacht and brokerage company and is offering charter opportunities on board select Selene yachts in the Chesapeake Bay area.
Hull No. 1 of the next generation Selene 47 will join the charter fleet once commissioning is complete. The Selene 53 has been chartered twice already since June with a third charter booked for September and a fourth in October.
“We encourage anyone considering the purchase of a Selene to take the time to charter,” says Chuck Wistar, president of Selene Annapolis. “The cost of chartering is well worth it to confirm the long-term investment of buying a Selene, or any other of the Tier I trawlers.”
For information, call (410) 280-0006.

This article originally appeared in the February 2010 issue.