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Local captain launches radio show

Wilmington and greater southeastern North Carolina now have their own radio program devoted exclusively to boating and the waterfront lifestyle.

“Boat Talk,” which made its debut April 14, airs every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. on The Big Talker FM, 93.7 and 106.3.

The program’s format is a combination of current boating news, listener call-in discussion and interviews with expert boating-industry guests. Host Capt. Doug Dickinson says the show covers “all things nautical” in the Carolinas and beyond and all aspects of the boating industry, as well as the boating lifestyle.

“Our objective is to provide a platform for lively discussion and to provide the kind of information and advice to boaters that they can only find in a very random way now,” says Dickinson. “We have organized ‘Boat Talk’ so that there is something for everyone, from experienced boaters to those who just yearn for the lifestyle.”

Dickinson has more than 25 years of professional boating experience, both sail and power. He holds a BSME degree from WesternMichiganUniversity, a Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters license and is an instructor for SeaSchool, a national captains’ training program for Coast Guard licensing.

In addition, Dickinson has commissioned several yachts for their owners, has taught piloting and navigation, and has run charter boats along the East Coast and the Caribbean. He is currently a professional yacht broker at Bluewater Yacht Brokers in Wilmington, N.C. He is also an avid diver, sailor and fisherman.

Md. boating projects get boost from state

The governor of Maryland and the state general assembly recently approved $26.7 million in State Waterway Improvement Funds to improve public boating access and support boating safety projects.

State officials also hope for an additional $1 million in anticipated federal funds in the FY 2008 budget.

Approved projects include dredging federal, state and local navigation channels, developing and maintaining public boating access sites, acquiring fire/

rescue and patrol boats, and installing marine sewage pumpout stations.

All boats titled in Maryland are charged a 5-percent vessel excise tax, which is directed to the Waterway Improvement Fund. These funds provide grants and loans to federal, state and local agencies for a variety of projects and activities that support the general boating public. The fund also receives 0.3 percent of the state’s motor fuel tax.

“The Waterway Improvement Fund is essential for continued enhancements to recreational and commercial boating in Maryland,” DNR secretary John Griffin said in a statement. “The more than 130 projects selected will surely have a significantly positive impact on the lives of Marylanders as they utilize and enjoy our aquatic resources.”

Since 1966 the Waterway Improvement Fund has provided more than 4,000 grants valued at $234 million to develop nearly 300 public boating access sites, complete more than 170 navigation projects, and support hundreds of other boating related projects and activities.

Hinckley Co. buys Jersey yard

The Hinckley Company recently announced it has acquired the WinterYachtBasin located in Mantoloking, N.J.

The New Jersey location is the seventh Hinckley full-service yacht yard on the East Coast. Located on BarnegatBay, the yard works on all makes and models. With 110 boat slips and winter storage for over 300 boats, Hinckley Yacht Service Mantoloking, N.J., will be the fourth-largest Hinckley Service yard. Rob Hoyle will assume the role of operations manager, assisted by John Glessner, who will assume the role of assistant operations manager.

The Hinckley Company also currently operates full service yards in Southwest Harbor, Maine; Portsmouth, R.I.; Annapolis, Md.; Oxford, Md.; Savannah, Ga.; and Stuart, Fla.

The Hinckley Company, headquartered in Portsmouth, R.I., was founded in Southwest Harbor, Maine, in 1928 and is considered to be one of the oldest yacht manufacturers in the United States. The company’s Sou’wester sailboats and Talaria jet boats range from 29 to 70 feet and are hand-built to order.

New and used brokerage launched on KentIsland

John Martini recently announced the formation of Martini Yacht Sales, a full-service yacht brokerage located at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Md., Martini Yacht Sales will broker new and used boats.

Martini also serves as the general manager of SI Yachts of Maryland and is the area representative for Marquis Yachts.

Martini says his firm will offer a wide range of used boats that are more affordable for everyday boaters, while his relationship with SI Yachts gives customers an option for high-end yachts ranging from 50 to 65 feet.

“It’s great to finally be able to call the shots and set up a brokerage exactly how I know it should be done,” Martini says.

A 25-year marine industry veteran, Martini has been working on and around boats since his father bought Gates Marina in 1971. He started out painting boat bottoms and says he has held nearly every position in retail boating, from parts to service to sales. Most notably, he was vice president and general manager for Shady Oaks Yacht Sales.

To view a sampling of his listing, visit . Martini can be reached at (888) 884-1709.

New Annapolis office offers sales, maintenance

American Global Yacht Group recently announced the opening of its new Annapolis sales office, located at 337 Pier One Road at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Marina.

A complete yacht development company, AGYG provides new construction, brokerage and sales for a product line that includes Molokai Strait Expedition Yachts, Outer Reef Yachts and Dutch-made Elling motoryachts.

In addition to new yacht sales and brokerage, the company’s Annapolis location offers complete yacht maintenance. On-site amenities include floating docks that can handle yachts up to 75 feet with a 7-foot draft, and a 50-ton Travelift with yard and indoor maintenance facilities.

“We’re committed to quality, service and growth, so we seized the opportunity to expand our presence in Annapolis,” says Fred Azar, principal, American Global Yacht Group.

In addition to the Annapolis location, the company has a sales office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a dealer representative in Seattle. For information call (410) 315-8156 or visit .

Expanded schedule for sailing symposium

The Cruising Rally Association’s Offshore Sailing Symposium will take place Aug. 11 and 12, at the Hampton Yacht Club.

Experienced CRA speakers with specialties in communications, sailing handling, heavy weather sailing, mechanical/electrical systems, and offshore safety bring a series of two-day seminars to future offshore sailors.

The speakers will present practical information and help each participant select and equip one of many appropriate boats for offshore cruising adventures. As a result, each participant will leave the symposium with a notebook of concise, customized checklists to guide their future outfitting and planning decisions. Each will develop personal action plans designed to help skipper and crew acquire necessary experience and confidence for safe and enjoyable offshore passages.

An overall “Time Line to Departure” emphasizes the critical preparation steps for the future passage-maker.

“Our speakers, all currently active sailors, have sailed across oceans and around the world for decades. As a result, they are able to help you cut through the massive amounts of information available on each subject and determine what is right for you, your boat and your crew” says Steve Black, president and founder of the Cruising Rally Association.

For information, call (757) 788-8872 or e-mail .

Lighthouse welcomesovernight guests

This spring, summer and fall, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is opening the doors of its Hooper Strait Lighthouse to families and youth groups who would like to spend a weekend night much like the keepers of a century ago.

Built in 1879, the lighthouse that now graces the Museum’s Navy Point campus once lit the way past Hooper Strait, some 39 miles south of St. Michaels. Known as a screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse, Hooper Strait resembles a small home that was built on special iron pilings that were literally screwed into the Bay’s soft bottom.

“Spending a night in a lighthouse is an experience people never forget,” says Mary Ann Ray, the museum’s head lighthouse keeper.

The cost for groups is $550, which covers up to 15 participants or individually for $35 for museum members and $41 for non-members.

Maryland beacon opens to the public

The Cove Point Lighthouse, located at the end of Cove Point, is the sixth-oldest lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay and the oldest working lighthouse in Maryland. Since 2001 the museum has provided visitor access to the lighthouse.

The Cove Point Lighthouse opens to the public, weather permitting, on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. starting May 5. During June, July and August the lighthouse grounds are open daily from 1 to 4 p.m., and on weekends for September.

Visitors should come to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons to obtain directions and confirm visitation times at the museum’s admission desk. Trained docents are on site at Cove Point to welcome visitors and tell them about this piece of local history. There is no charge for visiting and no reservations are required.

Cove Point Lighthouse was built by John Donahoo of Havre de Grace in 1828. It was designed to mark one of the narrowest parts of the Chesapeake Bay and to guide ships safely into the Patuxent River. In addition to the tower-style lighthouse, visitors will see the Keeper’s House, a duplex where both the lighthouse keeper and his assistant and their families lived; the fog signal building which has been renovated as an education center where a film about the lighthouse can be seen; a radio station building; and an observation deck overlooking the LNG loading dock and Calvert Cliffs.

For more information about visiting or volunteering contact Sherry Reid, (410) 326-2042, Ext. 19.

The museum also hosts overnights at the lighthouse. For information, contact Melissa McCormick, (410) 326-2042, Ext. 41.