News Notes Mid Atlantic - May 2007

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Annapolis boatyard plans centennial festivities

Sarles Boatyard & Marina on Boucher Ave., has served the boating community by providing boat repairs, engine work and wooden boat restoration since 1907. On April 14, 12 to 6 p.m., owner Debra Smith will open the doors to the community to celebrate 100 years of its maritime heritage.

Smith, who purchased the city’s oldest boatyard in November 2005 from Benjamin O. Sarle, collaborated with community and marine industry leaders to pull together the kick-off event and other activities in a yearlong progressive celebration.

“We’ll have live music, food, maritime displays and tours of the historic facility all afternoon long,” says Smith. A percentage of any proceeds will be donated to the AnnapolisMaritimeMuseum.

Since Smith’s purchase, she has added a boat brokerage operation, small boat and kayak rentals, among many other new services. For information call (410) 263-3661.

Yacht club plans in-water boat show

The new Barefoot Resort Yacht Club in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will celebrate its first anniversary May 11 to 13 with its Second Annual In-Water Boat Show.

The event will feature dozens of powerboats, displays of marine accessories and live entertainment, and is open to the public.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the first two days; and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the final day.

The Barefoot Resort Yacht Club, one of the few new marinas to be built on the East Coast in 2006, is located on the west bank of the Intracoastal Waterway at Mile Marker 354.

The facility features slips from 33 to 53 feet, concrete floating docks, and an adjacent Ships Store, fuel and pump-out service. Boats up to 150 feet can also be accommodated.

The Yacht Club is located at the Barefoot Resort & Golf Resort with access to more than 100 shops and restaurants at Barefoot Landing, located directly across the Intracoastal from the marina. www.barefootresortclub.com

South Carolina show moves to a new venue

The seventh annual South Carolina In-Water Boat Show will take place April 26 to 29 at a new venue: the Ripley Light Yacht Club on JamesIsland, just across the AshleyRiver from downtown Charleston.

“The new location puts us closer to downtown and leaves the show lots of room to grow both in-water and on the land side,” show director Deidre Menefee said in a statement.

Soundings is one of the sponsors of the show, which is produced by the South Carolina Marine Association. www.scinwaterboatshow.com

Documentary to feature Chesapeake Bay area

Severn River Productions, has a new TV show about the Chesapeake Bay called Iron John Cruising, which will premiere on Maryland Public Television the week of April 21. It will also air on the new cable network, Water Channel in May.

Iron John Cruising is a quest for the culture, history, food and lore of the Chesapeake Bay, presented in an irreverent, humorous style. In the premiere episode, the Iron John crew visits St. Michaels, stops at the Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake BayMaritimeMuseum, and explores nearby WyeRiver.

SRP’s plan is to make Iron John Cruising into a series, producing four more episodes this summer and a full season the following year.

Iron John, a classic 46-foot Chesapeake Bay Deadrise, is being custom built for the series by Carman Boats in Crisfield, Md. It will be the first custom-built boat to feature Volvo-Penta’s revolutionary Inboard Performance System. Carman and Volvo-Penta plan to have Iron John ready for the Annapolis Powerboat Show this October.

Tug owners offered cruise, rendezvous

Wilde Yachts, the Nordic Tugs dealer for the Northeast, is lining up events for the coming boating season.

• The fifth annual “Traveling Tug Tour” is on the calendar for June 23 to July 8. Wilde Yacht Sales’ tug “Wilde One” will leave Essex with cruise stops scheduled for Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Nordic Tug owners are encouraged to participate at any stops or the entire cruise. Call (888) 447-6944 or e-mail info@wildeyachts.com for additional information.

• Nordic Tugs owners’ associations throughout the United States have announced their 2007 rendezvous dates:

• Chesapeake Nordic Tugs Owners Association, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford, Md., May 6 to 9. For additional rendezvous information or to register to attend, click on the “owners” link on the Nordic Tugs Web site at www.nordictug.com .

CalvertMuseum hosts maritime festival

May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will see a celebration of Southern Maryland traditions at the CalvertMarineMuseum’s second annual Solomons Maritime Festival.

The family event is free and offers antique boats and motors, home crafts and cooking demonstrations, children’s games and ice cream cranking, and boat rides for all.

Visitors can learn how to make the regionally famous St. Mary’s stuffed ham, shuck an oyster, mix up a crab cake and sauté a soft-shelled crab from local experts.

The boat basin will be hopping with activity. Chesapeake Bay retriever trials can be seen both in the water and on land. Model radio controlled boats will run a mock race course. Children can build toy boats under the watchful eyes of our Patuxent Small Craft Guild members.

All the while, boats are coming and going offering free rides on the historic bugeye, the Wm. B. Tennison, the museum’s draketail, a rowboat and a rail skiff.

In front of the museum, the Antique Boat and Marine Engine Show, now in its seventh year, will take place. Over 60 different boats from across the country set up camp to display their lovingly preserved models.

www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

Founder of Bennett Bros. brokerage dies

Paul William Bennett III of Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, N.C., died Feb. 10 at the age of 57 after a serious illness. A member of Yacht Brokers Association of America since 1989, he served as president and was a member of the board of directors for many years. Bennett Brothers Yachts opened its doors more than 20 years ago but friends say Bennett’s interest in all things marine was a lifelong passion.

As a child, he raced dinghies on Lake Keuka near Ithaca, N.Y. From there, Bennett became a yacht broker in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and then moved on to become president of Stevens Yachts. After working with Stevens Yachts for a few years, Bennett decided to open his own yacht brokerage with the partnership of his brother in Stamford, Conn. After several years of service at that location, the decision was made to move the company to its present location in North Carolina.

Aside from his career in the marine industry, Bennett was said to have enjoyed spending time with his wife and four children. His love and enthusiasm for sailing and the history of the Cape Fear region were well-known hobbies and passions.

Additionally he has served his community by serving as the president of the Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust, a member of the Camillus Ministry for the Catholic Church and was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington.