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Soundings improves online Boats for Sale tool

Soundings magazine has relaunched its Boats for Sale and Sell My Boat online options. Buyers searching for a boat can now choose to exclusively search the boats listed on SoundingsOnline.com, Boats for Sale or expand their search to the nearly 400,000 new and used boats offered by Soundings' partners.

"For 47 years, boaters on the East Coast have turned to Soundings to find the best boats at the best prices," said Ian C. Bowen, Soundings' editorial and IT director, in a statement. "Now, readers can choose to stick with the name they've trusted for years or harness the combined search power of our media partners: www.Boats.com, www.BoatTrader.com and www.YachtWorld.com."

The Soundings Boats for Sale splash page allows users to search from all four databases. Readers in the market for a new or used boat can visit the site and click on the "Buy a Boat" tab at the top of the page. Users can harness the search engine to sort by brand, state, price, length and year. They can contact the seller by simply clicking one button.

Soundings is also redesigning its Sell My Boat Online page to make it easier for readers to upload their own boats-for-sale advertisement with up to 12 photos, and review their own ad instantly. Listings appear in the Soundings print magazine and on the exclusive Soundings Boats for Sale database and are also automatically listed on www.boattrader.com and e-mailed to thousands of readers through Soundings' electronic newsletter, Dispatches, and the Boats for Sale digital edition.

"Our revamped Sell My Boat Online site has made it even easier to reach Soundings' audience of 'Real Boaters,' " says Gretchen Dare, circulation director and business manager for Soundings Publications.

To list a boat, sellers should visit www.oundingsOnline.com and click on the Sell My Boat tab at the top of the page.

Spring sails event in Annapolis

The sailboat dealers of Annapolis, Md., will hold its seventh annual Annapolis Spring Sails Event May 8-9. This year's plans include an expanded format of new sailboat dealer open houses, brokerage boats and exhibitor space available at four different sites. An extensive variety of marine industry vendors will include finance companies, boat insurance, sailmakers, riggers and service providers. Admission is free.

Preliminary participants include Annapolis Sailyard Inc. (Hanse), Annapolis Yacht Sales (Benneteau, Sabre), Bay Yacht Agency (Fountaine Pajot, Jeanneau), Crusader Yachts (Pacific Seacraft), North Point Yachts (J-Boats), Performance Cruising (Gemini), Sail Annapolis (Catalina), Tartan C&C Yacht Sales (Tartan, C&C), and Tidewater Marina (Hunter).

For information, contact Sheila Jones at (410) 268-8828.

Offshore Sailing announces courses

Offshore Sailing School will offer its 10th Performance Race Week April 18-25 at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Fla.

Throughout the week, crews of four are coached by experienced instructors on each boat in morning and afternoon sessions, with midday seminar breaks and evening video recaps, according to Offshore Sailing School. Saturday, the crews race without coaches.

Courses include the Performance Sailing, Learn to Sail, Bareboat Cruising Preparation and Performance Sailing.

For information, go to www.offshoresailing.com.

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the April 2010 issue.