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Expanded format for Annapolis Sails Event

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.

New West Marine store opens

West Marine opened its newest store in Middle River, Md.

The new store is at 8641 Pulaski Highway in the Centre at Golden Ring, at the junction of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and Route 40 (Pulaski Highway.) With more than 17,000 square feet, it's the largest West Marine store in the Chesapeake Bay area, according to the company. The store offers an expanded selection of electronics, fishing, sailing, engine and apparel departments.

Store manager Chris Gair has been with West Marine for more than 10 years and is an avid bass fisherman on Chesapeake Bay who spends his downtime on his 36-foot Bay Built Workboat, where he and his family enjoy fishing and crabbing.

Soundings boat-selling tools, new and improved

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: Boats.com, Boat Trader and 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.SoundingsOnline.com and click on the Sell My Boat tab at the top of the page.

Sailing Hall of Fame moves closer to reality

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted to lease property to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center to construct a facility in Annapolis, Md.

Among the goals of the center are to create an array of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and learning activities designed to introduce visitors to the excitement, traditions, science, history and spirit of sailing.

"Maryland is proud to be the home of this premier national facility, which will celebrate the heritage and legacy of the sport of sailing and connect people to nature and the Chesapeake Bay," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement.

"Sailing finally has a home - a unified place, a physical place bearing the history that reminds us what sailing in its many forms is all about," says US Sailing president Gary Jobson.

Yacht broker buys Maryland marina

Shady Oaks Marina in West River, Md., was recently purchased by John Martini, who worked there when his father owned it more than 25 years ago.

Shady Oaks, which had been owned and operated by Tom Frank in recent years, is a 60-slip marina in a protected cove off the West River. It caters to 30- to 60-foot powerboats, offering covered and open slips, haulout and full service support.

Martini, who has been a yacht broker for 20 years, launched his own brokerage, Martini Yacht Sales, in 2006 and has purchased the marina to complement his business, he says.

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