Skip to main content

News notes - Mid-Atlantic Feb. 2007

Trawler Mecca hits the road

Trawler Fest events are scheduled for various East Coast ports in 2007. Part boat show, part rendezvous, Trawler Fest is a three-day gathering of trawlers and trawler enthusiasts.

Dozens of boats are at the docks for boarding. Seminars are scheduled throughout the show. An in-depth two-day session, named PassageMaker University, is also offered.

Trawler Fest is presented by PassageMaker magazine, which, like Soundings, is owned by Dominion Enterprises.

The 2007 line-up kicks off Jan. 25-27 in Stuart, Fla., at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina. Subsequent Trawler Fests will be held June 7-9 in Poulsbo, Wash.; Aug. 2-4 in Mystic, Conn.; and Sept. 27-29 in Solomons, Md.

For details, visit www.passagemaker.comor call (888) 487-2953.

European sailboat maker names dealer

Hellier Yacht Sales, Inc. of New London, Conn., has been appointed the exclusive East Coast representative and sales agent for Malö North America.

Family-owned and operated Swedish builder Malö Yachts has been building “semi-custom” performance, bluewater sailing yachts ranging from 37 to 48 feet since 1939.

Each yacht is launched, rigged, commissioned and sailed prior to delivery to the United States in an effort to ensure trouble-free delivery for the new owner. Hellier Yacht Sales has more than 38 years of experience in selling and servicing semi-custom yachts.

Hellier Yacht Sales general manager, Rick Dieterich says, “Malö is a perfect alternative to our full keel bluewater cruising boat, Island Packet.”

Hellier Yacht Sales also represents Catalina and Jenneau sailing yachts, Bigfish daysailers and Dyer dinghies.

Lauderdale marina gets clearance to expand

Lauderdale Marine Center, one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest marinas, received permission to expand so it can accommodate megayachts, The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reports.

The city commission approved the plan for expansion into an 18-acre tract that was the former home of Broward Marine. Boats have been built at that location since World War II. The addition will feature lifts that can haul megayachts for maintenance and repair.

“It’s wonderful news in this day and age when so many of the working marinas are under pressure to develop as condos,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor, Jim Naugle told the newspaper.

Among conditions for city approval were: all work at the marina must be done well back from the property line, lighting must be kept to a minimum and the marina must apply for and be accepted into the state’s Clean Marina Program.

Strictly Sail draws sailors to St. Petersburg

The Strictly Sail St. Pete Boat Show in November offered southern sailors a diverse lineup of new sailboats, the latest sailing gear and accessories, and special events and seminars. At this year’s show, organizers even included trawlers and power cruisers.

“There’s a clear connection between sailors that want to sail and older sailors who want to stay in yachting but move to the next level of a vessel that’s easier to handle,” says Ed Massey, founder of Strictly Sail St. Pete, which debuted in 1993.

Attendance was up about 2 percent over last year, according to Kevin Murphy, national show manager for Sail America.

Maptech unveils update to local charts

The new “Embassy Cruising Guide: Florida (Second Edition)” comes at a time when a series of damaging hurricanes and extensive waterfront redevelopment have dramatically altered Florida’s landscape. The December 2006 release of this cruising guide provides up-to-date coverage of more than 1,200 marine facilities in Florida and Alabama as well as more than 100 cruiser-friendly marinas in the Bahamas.

The research is based on “local knowledge,” NOAA chart revisions, Notice to Mariners, and on-site visits to facilities, according to Maptech. Aerial photos capture the detailed panorama from St. Mary’s Inlet at Fernandina Beach, Fla., through to Mobile, Ala., including Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts and navigable inland waters such as the St. Johns River and Okeechobee Waterway.

This expanded edition also includes a planning guide for the Bahamas as well as details on the “Great Loop” circumnavigation of the eastern United States through inland waters to and from Mobile Bay.

“Embassy Cruising Guide: Florida” is available nationwide in marine stores and direct from Maptech at , or call (888) 839-5551 to order or for more information.

Embassy Cruising Guides are also available for the New England Coast; Long Island Sound to Cape May, New Jersey; and Chesapeake Bay to Florida, each for $44.95.

New plant begins making sportfishing boats

Production has started on SeaStrike Boats and SportCraft Boats at S1 Marine’s 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Perry, Fla., the company announced.

S1 Marine is the holding company created for SeaStrike and SportCraft, both sportfishing boat lines.

Tom Thies, president of the company, purchased SeaStrike in 2004 and SportCraft earlier this year.

MariTech Services to run Lauderdale boatyard

BoatClubsAmerica, a Naples, Fla.-based marina developer, has signed a long-term agreement with MariTech Services to manage the boatyard and marine services operation at its newest location, the Fort Lauderdale BoatClub.

BoatClubs America acquired the Fort Lauderdale yard, formerly Jackson Marine Center, in June. The company plans to complete a $50 million improvement project, creating about 300 slips, 14 super-sized slips and an 18,000-square-foot service center.

MariTech Services, owned by G. Robert Toney, will be responsible for yard management, marine operation and marine repairs. Toney also owns National Liquidators, a vessel recovery company and boat auction. He operates several marine-related companies including National Maritime Services and Maritime Capital Group.

The yard will be managed by Tom Platcher, known in the South Florida marine industry.

Mercury announces ‘Get the Best’ sales event

A new promotion by Mercury includes Mercury FourStroke outboards 40 to 275 hp and select OptiMax models, involves engines sold Oct. 23, 2006, through March 31, 2007, and warranty registered by April 15, 2007.

These engines will receive an additional three years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty coverage. The promotion coverage provided is in addition to the current three-year factory warranty, providing Mercury 40- to 275-FourStroke outboards with a total of six years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty.

The 75- to 250-hp direct-injected OptiMax models, excluding racing engines, will receive an additional two years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty coverage. Added to the standard three-year warranty, the promotion means OptiMax models come with five years of coverage. This marks the first time Mercury has offered two warranty promotions in the same calendar year.

For more owner information regarding this promotion, contact an authorized Mercury dealer or Mercury customer service at (920) 929-5040.

In other news, Mercury recently launched a completely redesigned Web site, which features an easy-to-navigate design that allows visitors to find reliable information fast.

Classic boat show returns to Apalachicola

The ninth annual Antique & Classic Boat Show is scheduled to take place April 28 in historic downtown Apalachicola, Fla.

The show welcomes classic examples of traditional wooden vessels, antique boats, fiberglass classics and antique outboard motors. About 50 to 60 boats, antique automobiles, antique outboard motors, nautical antiques and parts are expected at the show, which generally draws 4,000 people.

Following the show will be a dinner reception and lecture. For information contact the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419 or by e-mail at .

Hydra-Sports launches new Web site

Sarasota, Fla.-based Hydra-Sports Boats has launched an all-new Web site at , which the company is calling its most comprehensive site yet.

“This site was conceived from the ground up to give them comprehensive information on every model we make in a site that employs the latest technologies and is easy to navigate,” says Hydra-Sports senior vice president and general manager, Chris Wainscott. The home page features Flash animations and rollover actions. There are direct links to each of the company’s 16 models from the home page, along with sections on the company’s construction methods and materials, fishability and history, along with catalog request forms, dealer contact and other standard content.

The online “News and Events” section houses all of the company’s news releases, along with boat tests and detailed tournament information.

The site also includes an Owner Resources area with product information guides, owner’s manuals, performance information, an exclusive Captain’s Club with unique member benefits, Hydra-Sports logo wear, a new online forum and high-quality photography for use as computer desktop wallpaper.

The site contains video footage of Hydra-Sports boats in action as well as a feature to allow visitors to “build” their boat online.

Boat designer launches new site

Zurn Yacht Design recently revamped its Web site, according to founder Doug Zurn.

The Marblehead, Mass., designer specializes in yachts that combine traditional aesthetics with modern technology for both power and sail.

Zurn’s 150-plus designs include the mJm 29z Down East Cruiser, the Bruckmann Daysailer, Shelter Island Runabout and Monomoy 21.

He is a graduate of the Westlawn Institute for small craft design, a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Boat and Yacht Council, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

For information visit

Water Channel expands to 24-hour programming

The Water Channel, the world’s first television network devoted exclusively to water lifestyle programming, is now broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The only network that showcases water-related sports, family lifestyles, water recreation and leisure entertainment, continues its nationwide expansion by adding Time Warner Cable beginning in New York, Minnesota and Ohio. The Water Channel is now carried to more than 15 million homes by Dish Network and Time Warner Cable.

With the expansion of its reach and broadcast day, The Water Channel will add new shows to its lineup, which already includes boat racing, extreme water sports, fishing, entertainment and travel programming. The network is also adding theme nights Monday through Friday.

The Water Channel is currently in negotiations with other cable operators throughout the country and expects to eventually reach 45 million households nationwide within the year. .

Poker run schedule takes shape for 2007

The group Poker Runs America has released its schedule of events for 2007.

Florida poker runs include: March 30-31 at Sarasota, Fla. (Season opener); May 4-5 at Fort Myers, Fla.; Sept. 21-22 at Stuart, Fla.; and Oct. 5-6 again in Sarasota Suncoast (season finale).

For information visit or call (800) 354-9145.

Marine group earns honors

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida announced it has received the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Broward Business of the Year Award for 2006.

The award was presented at the Chamber’s Salute to Business Awards event on Oct. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

MIASF executive director Frank Herhold accepted the award on behalf of the association. “I believe this is the first time the Chamber has recognized a trade group for the business award, which is a truly significant event,” Herhold noted. “By recognizing the MIASF, the Chamber is also recognizing the 800 businesses that comprise the association, making this a very special day for the marine industry.”

For information about MIASF visit .

Boat manufacturers become certified

Six more boat manufacturers are now certified under the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Boat/Yacht Certification program.

The builders include: Calabria; Carolina Skiff Inc. (Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser), Nordic Tugs, Palmer Marine of Washington (Defiance, Shamrock and Tiderunner), Splendor Boats and Triton Boats.

Certification is an NMMA membership requirement beginning with all products manufactured for model year 2007. To date, 177 NMMA member manufacturers have become NMMA Certified. An additional 200 manufacturer members are currently undergoing the certification process, 120 of which are nearing completion.

New resort/marina is ‘exotic tropical escape’

Plans are under way to create a luxurious oceanfront hotel condominium to be known as Ocanos Resort & Marina in the Florida Keys village of Islamorada, known as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.”

Being developed on the site of the Holiday Isle Resort with a targeted opening of early 2008, Ocanos is billed as becoming the only five-star luxury property in the Florida Keys.

The facility will feature Greek Isles inspired architecture, 151 hotel condominium suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a beach and pool, tennis courts, boutiques, an 11,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, indoor and outdoor dining venues, meeting facilities and a marina.

For information contact

NOAA awards grants for marine debris projects

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $1,029,368 in grants for 12 community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects.

The program awarded $333,868 in the northeast region. The University of New Hampshire will use Geographic Information System analysis to target the source of marine debris in New Hampshire. Rhode Island, Clean the Bay, and other local partners will remove more than 500 tons of debris from Narragansett Bay. In Maryland the Alice Ferguson Foundation will clean up parts of the Anacostia River while the National Aquarium in Baltimore will remove debris from Fort McHenry and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

In the Southeast the program funded the Gulf of Mexico Foundation with $135,000 to remove hurricane-related marine debris from five locations throughout the Barataria Basin off the coast of Louisiana. These projects focus on clearing 130 acres of estuarine habitat and reopening two miles of fish access. The program also awarded $109,000 to a Foundation for the Protection of Marine BioDiversity program to educate Haitian anglers who use Navassa Island, off the coast of mainland Haiti. The long-term goal is to remove and reduce the amount of marine debris affecting the Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge.

More information on this funding opportunity can be found at by searching the Federal Funding Opportunity number NMFS-HCPO-2007-2000731.

Top auxiliarist earns award

Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore Warren McAdams, National Chief of Staff, has been named the 2006 recipient of one of boating’s most prestigious awards.

Awarded annually by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Bonner Award has been presented since 1971, and is awarded to a state or federal boating official who exemplifies the leadership qualities displayed by former Congressman Herbert C. Bonner of North Carolina, author of the Bonner Act (better-known as the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1958).

In giving the award, NASBLA cited McAdams’ leadership and positive impact on recreational boating safety. One facet of that leadership has been his establishing and strengthening of partnerships for the benefit of recreational boating safety. McAdams has written six articles each year since 2001 for the association’s Small Craft Advisory magazine. Additionally, McAdams supported efforts that continued or established six states as providers in the Vessel Safety Check program and worked to secure funding from State Farm to support the VSC program for the years 2005-’07 through a partnership agreement.

McAdams, of Cincinnati, has been an Auxiliarist since 1981. McAdams has been married for 43 years and has two grown children. His wife, Billie, is also active in the Auxiliary.

Smaller Sea Rays can now get satellite

For several years owners of Sea Ray boats 44 feet and bigger have had the satellite television option of KVH TracVision 4 and 4-HP satellite TV antennas.

Now Sea Ray offers small-boat owners digital satellite TV with the option of TracVision M3, which is now an option on Sea Rays 29 to 44 feet.

“The smaller boats make up a large segment of our business, and we’re thrilled to finally have the opportunity to offer mobile satellite TV to our customers,” says Rob Noyes, Sea Ray’s vice president of marketing.