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New Jersey passesboating safety law

All New Jersey boaters will be required to successfully pass a boating safety course, according to legislation passed Jan. 9 and signed by Gov. Richard Cody. It phases in by age through June 1, 2009, with new boaters born after Dec. 31, 1978, the first age group to have to take the test.

The legislation requires a minimum of eight hours of instruction with six hours of classroom study and a proctored examination. Those successfully completing the course will receive a New Jersey Marine Police certificate that must be in the operator’s possession when on state waters. The certificate should not be confused with the license required for boating on lakes.

Assemblymen Robert J. Smith (D) and Gordon M. Johnson (D) worked for a number of years with groups like the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Police to develop this legislation.

“Anything that’s going to increase boating safety here is a good idea,” says Sgt. Jeffrey Andres with the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Unit.

The United States Power Squadrons course is approved by all states and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and covers a wide range of topics, from the use of the marine radio, piloting, trailering, docking, rules of the road and Coast Guard-required safety equipment. Instruction by squadron volunteers is free, but course material is required at a nominal cost.

The legislation also allows the Superintendent of State Police to develop an “experienced boater test.” People who successfully pass the test will not be required to complete a boating safety course.

Courses by the Power Squadrons are scheduled throughout central New Jersey beginning in February, in time for the 2006 boating season. A complete list of locations and dates can be found on its Web site, www.usps.org . Boaters can also call the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Boating at (800) 336-2628 for information on courses.

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Free boat show returns to Port Annapolis

Crusader Yacht Sales will hold its 17th annual open house and free boat show on March 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the heated Pavilion at Port Annapolis Marina.

New boats (Pacific Seacraft and Dufour) and more than 40 used boats will be on display. Well-known cruiser Pam Wall will give a seminar both days titled “A Family Sails Around the World,” which details the six-year circumnavigation she made with her husband and two small children.

The pavilion will house exhibits and experts on financing, canvas, insurance, electronics, sails, rigging, surveyors, safety equipment, commissioning and sailing with disabilities.Special discounts and door prizes are offered and a life raft will be deployed each day. Check www.crusaderyachts.com for details or call (410) 269-0939.

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N.C. public marina may be going private

North Carolina officials have agreed to turn over control of the public Southport Marina to private investors, despite objections from the public that such a move would limit access to the site.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority has owned the marina since 1963, when it was sold by the city of Southport for $9,000.

Southport city officials had wanted to regain ownership of the marina.

The private investors, known as Southport Marina Inc., expect to be awarded a 15-year lease with two additional 10-year options, says port authority spokesman Karen Fox.

The new operators must spend $2.5 million for repairs and renovations, and will pay $160,000 in rent to the state, to be increased by 3 percent annually, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The investors also will need to meet certain performance criteria, Fox says, such as properly maintaining the facility. Fox says there are guarantees in the lease agreement, which would ensure the public has continued access to the site.

The Southport Marina includes 200 wet slips up to 120 feet, 220 dry storage racks, a pumpout station, floating docks, a 10-ton forklift, a 75-ton open hoist, shower and laundry facilities and a restaurant.

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‘Sail Escape’ to return this spring

Celebrating 42 years of continuous instruction and 16 years with annual programs solely for women, OffshoreSailingSchool is bringing its popular You Can Sail Escape for women back to Captiva Island, Fla.

Doris Colgate, author of “SAILING: A Women’s Guide,” (Ragged Mountain Press/International Marine, 1999), CEO of Offshore Sailing School and founder of the National Women’s Sailing Association, has experienced the best of sailing, but in a mostly male atmosphere. This prompted her to find ways for women to learn and become good sailors in their own rights. The OffshoreSailingSchool attracts women of all sailing skill levels including beginners.

The Escape will take place May 7-13 at the new South Seas Island Resort on CaptivaIsland. “Learn to Sail” and “Performance Sailing” on Colgate 26s and “Bareboat Cruising Preparation” on a Hunter 36 are the sailing courses offered during this intense yet fun-filled weekend of instruction. A “Power Cruise” course taught on a Luhrs Mainship 30-II Rumrunner will also be available. All courses come with US Sailing certification.

July 2-9 Offshore’s Women-Only Live Aboard Cruising Escape in the British Virgin Islands provides cruising training for women who have already gained Basic Keelboat Certification. The learning experience takes place aboard 43- to 49-foot Moorings yachts, maneuvering through the channels and harbors of this sailors’ paradise.

The You Can Sail Escape package at South Seas Island Resort starts at $1,795 per person.

The Women-Only Live Aboard Cruising Escape in the British Virgin Islands starts at $2,350 per person.

Contact the school at (800) 221-4326 or visit

www.offshore-sailing.com.

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Boats burglarized at Maryland marina

The Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland is investigating six boat burglaries in less than two months at the Herrington Harbour Marina North, The Capital newspaper reports.

The burglaries all have taken place since Nov. 27 at the Tracey’s Landing, Md., marina, and have cost owners more than $35,000, police Sgt. Shawn Urbas told the newspaper.

Detectives believe all the incidents are related, he says.

Marina owner E. Steuart Chaney says his boatyards have 24-hour security patrols and are safe, The Capital reports.

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Race Week returns to CharlestonHarbor

Charleston (S.C.) Race Week, an annual one-design, PHRF and IRC regatta for racing sailboats 22 to 60 feet, will be held April 6-9 in CharlestonHarbor.

Race management and scoring will be handled by the Charleston Organized Racing Association, and race headquarters will be located at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant, across the harbor from historic downtown Charleston.

The regatta offers sailors three days of racing in a dynamic and fun atmosphere, challenging the best skippers with the conditions and fronts that roll through the Low Country.

Race Week was founded by CORA in 1996, and by 2005 had grown to 143 boats with over 800 sailors. It is now the largest regional keelboat regatta, according to organizers. In 2005, CORA joined partners with the South Carolina Maritime Heritage Foundation, a non-profit foundation headed by Brad Van Liew, to organize and manage the event.

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Nautical non-profit group seeks help

MarylandYouthMaritimeAcademy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop programs that will lead at-risk and disadvantaged children toward ethical, social, moral and intellectual development, is seeking donations to fuel a growth stage.

By introducing participating children, most of whom have never experienced the world of boating, to safe boating and boat care, program organizers hope to encourage values such as kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, respect for others and trust.

MYMA is seeking financial contributions and/or donations of property to enable it to expand the program in the Chesapeake Bay area.As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible.

For information, call (410) 715-1115, or visit our Web site at www.marylandyouthmaritimeacademy.org .

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Strong to the finishon boating safety

Popeye, Olive Oyl and the U.S. Power Squadrons, America’s largest boating educational organization, have joined forces to remind all boaters to take a Power Squadron Boating Course during National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26. Nearly all 450 Power Squadron units throughout the nation plus in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and even in Tokyo will be offering a public boating course during National Safe Boating Week. USPS will be publicizing this in boating publications and with radio public service announcements featuring the voices of Popeye and Olive Oyl, who were made honorary members at the recent USPS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

King Features, which owns the rights to Popeye and his friends, arranged for the recording of the Public Service Announcement and for special Popeye art. To find information on a USPS Boating Course or SkillBuilding seminar in your area, call toll free (888) 367-8777 or visit the USPS web site at www.usps.org .

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Regional dealer picks up Nova Scotian line

Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., has been appointed dealer for Rosborough Boats. The trailerable trawler will make its debut in Essex in late March.

“We feel this new line will fill a niche for the customer who is looking for a well-built smaller boat,” says company president Ben Wilde.

Exclusive Nordic Tug dealers since 2000, the Wilde office is located at the Lighthouse on 39 Pratt St. Wilde sales territory includes New England, New York and New Jersey for both Nordic Tugs and Rosborough Boats. They have also been appointed a dealer for AB Inflatables.

Rosborough Boats (www.rosboroughboats.com ) has been building boats in Nova Scotia for over 50 years. Wilde Yacht Sales will be demonstrating the Rosborough RF-246 at the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland, March 17-19.

The RF-246, as well as the 2006 32-, 37- and 42-foot Nordic Tugs and hard-bottom AB Inflatables will be shown at the annual Spring Open House at the Lighthouse in Essex, April 20-21. They will be also at the Newport Spring Boat Show, May 18-21, and TrawlerFest in Mystic, Aug. 3-5.

The group’s third annual traveling tug trip will begin June 23 with stops this year in Block Island and Jamestown, R.I., and Edgartown, Nantucket, Chatham, and Hyannis, Mass., returning to Essex July 9.For additional information, call (888) 447-6944.

The sixth annual Nordic Tug rendezvous will be held July 26-28 at Essex Island Marina. The three-day event draws more than 100 owners and prospective “tuggers” and concludes with a colorful parade of more than 25 Nordic tugs that have “dressed ship” for the occasion. Additional details can be found at www.wildeyachts.com .