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Trawler rendezvous planned for the Chesapeake

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, with 550 vessels launched since 1977. To celebrate with owners, the Stuart, Fla.-based boatbuilder

has planned a 30th anniversary party in conjunction with the Krogen Cruisers annual Rendezvous at Calvert Marina in Solomons, Md., Oct. 4 to 7.

As of early July more than 60 yachts were registered and more are expected. In all, more than 200 people are expected to attend, about twice the attendance of last year.

Included in the itinerary are parties, seminars and a “trawler crawl.”

For information call Casey Graves at (410) 216-9278 or

casey@kadeykrogen.com .

North Carolina lures Florida businesses

Boat lift manufacturer Hi-Tide Sales is moving from Fort Pierce, Fla., to Beaufort County, N.C., and Lee’s Tackle is moving from Miami to Burgaw, N.C.

“There are more than 1,140 boatbuilding and related firms employing about 30,000 people in North Carolina,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement. “The boating industry is a key part of our state’s economy and we will continue to make the investments in workforce development and education that attract these growing companies.”

Rapid growth has created the need for Hi-Tide Sales to expand, according to the company, which plans to create 68 jobs and invest $1 million during the next three years in Washington, N.C.

The company was attracted to North Carolina in part because of a $140,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Lee’s Tackle of Miami found its way to Burgaw, N.C., through an Internet search, which led it to the Web site of North Carolina’s Southeast.

With the assistance of Steve Yost, marketing manager for North Carolina’s Southeast, Lee’s Tackle visited several properties in the region and narrowed its search to the Wilmington area, finally selecting a site in Burgaw. CEO Mike Curry said the company will build a 40,000-square-foot building in the PenderProgressIndustrial Park.

Lee’s Tackle is a third-generation, 80-year-old company that makes products for the boat and fishing industry. The company plans to invest about $3 million and bring about 50 jobs to Burgaw and the surrounding area.

A rare chance to go lighthouse hopping

The Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society and the Maryland Lighthouse Organizations will host the 2007 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge – 5th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 15 and 16.

Throughout that weekend, the public is invited to participate in this event showcasing the state’s land-accessible lighthouses, including: the Chesapeake Lightship (moored at Baltimore’s InnerHarbor), Concord Point, Cove Point, Drum Point, FortWashington, HooperStrait, Piney Point, Point Lookout, Seven-Foot Knoll and Turkey Point. The annual Challenges are held to promote awareness and visitation to these historic structures.

The Challenges are the only time of year these lighthouses are open simultaneously for public access.

The driving tour will take participants along Chesapeake Bay to some of the most scenic spots in the state. At the first lighthouse visited, participants will receive the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge promotional brochure, which includes driving instructions from one lighthouse to the next.

At each lighthouse stop along the route, they will receive a complimentary souvenir depicting that lighthouse. Participants are welcome to visit as many or as few of the lighthouses as they choose, and in any order.

Those participants who “meet the challenge” and visit every participating lighthouse within the allotted 20 hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days) will receive a commemorative souvenir to mark their accomplishment.

Traveling trawler event gets new Web site

PassageMaker magazine recently launched a new Web site for their event series, Trawler Fest. The new site possesses the same functions and tools as the recently redesigned www. passagemaker.com.

Trawler Fest, a regional boat show designed for cruising enthusiasts, features boats and gear, opportunities to mingle with industry professionals and other cruisers, and seminars that answer cruising questions. Beyond being a boat show, the event is touted as a sales, networking and social experience.

Now, with the launch of the new site, users can find information about each regional event before and after its occurrence and online registration is easier.

Prior to each of the four Trawler Fest events, a full schedule, including seminars, afternoon activities, and cocktail and dinner receptions, along with a full listing of exhibitors and their Web site links, is available online. Video clips from previous shows can be downloaded, giving attendees and exhibitors a glimpse of the action.

The regularly updated site also offers a full listing of items for the shows’ live auctions, donated by specified show exhibitors and sponsors.

PassageMaker is owned by Dominion Enterprises, which also owns Soundings.

New postage stamps honor wooden runabouts

Mahogany boats dating to 1915 with names such as Dispatch, Duckers, Frolic and Thunderbird are the subject of a new set of postage stamps.

The mahogany vessels depicted on the stamps include Dispatch, a 1931 model built by Garwood from Carnelian Bay, Calif.; Duckers, a 1954 Chris-Craft from Loomis, Calif.; “Frolic,” a 1915 Hutchinson Brothers launch from Danville, Calif.; and Thunderbird, a custom-designed 1939 vessel moored at the Thunderbird Lodge on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore (Calif.).

“The process [of selecting stamps] can be very complex,” says Teresa Rudkin, spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service in Denver. “We have a group, the Citizens Group Advisory Committee, and they get about 50,000 stamp suggestions each year. They read through those and look through them and they see what is significant, either historically or culturally, and they come from all walks of life.”

There was a special dedication ceremony Aug. 9 and the boats that appear on the stamps were at an August show in Tahoe called Concours D’Elegance.