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Apprentice boatbuilders launch a catboat

Apprentices in the two-year program at the Apprenticeshop of Atlantic Challenge launched an 18-foot Joseph Liener-designed catboat on a high tide Sept. 15. The boat was launched from the ways at Atlantic Challenge in Rockland, Maine.

Construction of the catboat began in October 2005. The hull of the classic catboat is a slight variation of the Fenwick Williams design — a little finer up forward, fuller back aft, and more plumb in the stem. Combined with a higher sheer up forward and a lower freeboard at the transom, the vessel transforms the workboat style cat of the Cape into a handsome pocket cruiser.

Apprentices began the new building season Oct. 10 on a 15-foot Matinicus sailing peapod and (tentatively) on a Carney-designed lobsterboat. For information about commissioning a custom wooden boat from the Apprenticeshop, call (207) 594-1800. www.atlanticchallenge.com

Boat show season starts strong at Newport

Organizers of the 36th Annual Newport International Boat Show report an increase in paid attendance in spite of one full day of rain at the Sept. 13 to 16 event.

“The weather was good … having only one full day of rain out of the four days, typical of September in Newport,” says Nancy Piffard, show director.

Added this year was the Newport for New Products Program in which 51 new boats and 11 new boating products never shown at any other boat show in the country made their official debut.

Next year’s show is scheduled to run Sept. 13 to 16. www.newportboatshow.com

Boston show attracts interested buyers

Organizers say the Boston International In-Water Boat Show was the most successful in its eight-year history, with increased attendance and sales.

By the close of the four-day show on Oct. 1, nearly $13 million in boat sales was recorded through the show’s Boat Buyer’s Bonanza Incentive program, according to organizers.

Larry Russo Sr., of Russo Marine, reported a 55-percent increase in sales from last year. The company this year enlarged its display to 52 boats.

Daniel Lemieux, of East Coast Flightcraft, sold 22 boats during the four-day show, and expects several more sales in the coming weeks.

The show was held at the World Trade Center in the heart of Boston’s Seaport District. The show also featured the Power Boat Docking Challenge and boater education seminars.

The 2007 Boston International In-Water Boat Show takes place Sept. 27 to 30 at the World Trade Center. www.bostoninwaterboatshow.com

Mixed fleet at Short Ships Regatta

The 2006 Short Ships Rowing Regatta attracted more than 23 boats to the Atlantic Challenge of Rockland on Sept. 10.

Boats ranging from traditional peapods to six-oared Scilly Isle Pilot gigs raced around the three-mile inner harbor course. Open to all manner of rowing craft — wood and fiberglass, kayaks and canoes, singles, doubles, fixed-seat, sliding-seat and gigs — the Short Ships competitors raced for fun, prestige and awards.

Winning the Sliding Seat Single was Gene Nelson of Deer Isle, Maine, with a finish time of 38:42. George Hill of Brunswick, Maine, won the Fixed Seat Single with a finish time of 43:48. Evan de Bourguignon of Woodstock, Vt., and Kevin Carney of Jefferson, Maine, won the Fixed Seat Double with a finish time of 43:27. In the Kayak fleet, Ken Fink of South Bristol, Maine, won with a finish time of 34:51. www.atlanticchallenge.com

Landing School adds design department space

The Landing School broke ground on a $1.5 million wing during a graduation ceremony June 24.

The construction project at the Kennebunkport, Maine, campus will create a new yacht design studio complex, new administrative offices, classrooms, a library and composite laboratory. The project is scheduled for completion in May.

Construction will begin with the demolition of the original cow barn where the Landing School began nearly 30 years ago. The Yacht Design department will be moved to the Lastavica Boatshop building, where it will have 200 percent more space.

Construction of a new 13,500-square-foot administration and education complex will begin in August. The new two-story building will house administrative offices and the composite course on the first floor. The second floor will feature a formal library, archive area, student lounge and three flexible classroom spaces.

This is the final phase of a development plan that included the introduction of a new marine systems technology program in 1999; expanded boatbuilding space in 2003; and a new composite course introduced in 2007.

Diesel fuel analysis offered by company

Fuel analysis is part of engine maintenance. The cost of diesel fuel, although expensive, is small when compared to the problems that may develop without the proper purchase specifications, verification of those specifications, handling, storage and distribution.

Generally speaking, most fuel is within the grade; however, occasionally a fuel delivery may be substandard. Fuel can also degrade and become contaminated in storage and transfer.

Dieselcraft Fluid Engineering offers a $99 fuel stability testing program. The program will indicate if the fuel is up to ASTM standards and if there is an unwanted rapid degrading taking place in the fuel.

A prepaid order form and sampling canister is sent to the buyer with complete instructions on how to prepare the sample and where to send it for independent lab results. For information visit www.dieselcraft.com/product info_13.html .

Maine yard introduces the Harbor Island 35

Six River Marine of North Yarmouth, Maine, recently unveiled the first boat design in their new Islander series, the Harbor Island 35. The design was premiered at the recent Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show and WoodenBoat Show, both held in August.

“We’ve had a number of customers asking us for a boat precisely like the Harbor Island 35 over the last couple of years,” says Six River Marine’s Scott Conrad. “Many are retiring from sailing and want a boat for day trips and coastal cruising with modest yet comfortable accommodations, a seakindly motion and one that’s fuel efficient.”

The design comes from the drafting table of naval architect, Eliot “Al” Spalding, whose design experience includes 15 years with John G. Alden, where he was chief designer, and as a principal partner in the design firms of Andel Associates, Marbridge Associates and Lowell and Spalding. His designs have resulted in sail and power vessels ranging from 8 to 95 feet.

To be built by the craftsmen at Six River Marine, the Harbor Island 35 will be constructed using the cold-molded, wood/epoxy method. This provides the desirable characteristics of a wooden boat such as a quiet and smooth ride, with the maintenance characteristics of a fiberglass boat. The hull will be stiff and lightweight, which reveals one of the significant design goals: fuel efficiency. As a result of her efficient hull and light displacement, the Harbor Island 35 has been designed to cruise at 15 knots while its Volvo Penta Diesel D4-260 burns fuel at an estimated 7 gph. www.sixrivermarine.com