News Notes NE Feb 07

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Cruise south to the Caribbean is a family affair

Cuyler Morris, President of Morris Yachts of Northeast Harbor, Maine, set sail for the Caribbean in November aboard the MY45 Firefly. His son, Sam, was to join him in Bermuda for the last leg. His wife, Cindy, daughter Sophia and son Thomas were to meet the boat in Antigua. They plan to arrive back in Maine in June.

“When we decided to make the move back to Maine in 1995, we also set a goal of taking a sabbatical after ten years,” Morris says. “In reality, it is going to be more like a working vacation. The goal for this winter is to home-school our kids and see the Caribbean with an Optimist, Kayak and sailboard in tow.”

Morris planned to deliver Firefly south with John Boone of Goetz Custom Boats, Bill Springer, senior editor of Sail Magazine, and James Lindquist, chef and owner of Red Sky in Southwest Harbor.

“The place I’m most anxious to get back and visit is Bequia. Watching the races in the whale boats is an absolutely fantastic time where the whole island comes out to support their favorite team,” Morris says.

The voyage home will take the family up the eastern seaboard with planned stops in Williamsburg, Va.; Washington, D.C.; and New York City.

Morris is to maintain a blog of his trip so those interested can follow the progress at www.morrisyachts.com .

Apprentices begin a new building season

The Apprenticeshop of Atlantic Challenge in Rockland, Maine has commissions for two new builds and one restoration.

In production on the floor of the shop are a 15-foot Matinicus Island Sailing Peapod and a Havilah Hawkins Peapod replica. Apprentices working on the Matinicus Peapod are Eric Stockinger of Dearborn, Mich., and Michael Norgang of Damariscotta, Maine, who are using plans from peapods of this type, built by the Apprenticeshop when it was located in Bath, Maine, in the 1970s. This particular lapstrake peapod was used to demonstrate clinker boatbuilding techniques. The boat became a stock model built by the shop for a number of years.

Apprentices Adam Burke of Lee, N.H. and Ben Cooper of Kentfield, Calif., are building the Havilah Hawkins Peapod Replica. The original, an early 19th century hull built on Vinalhaven, was brought to the shop to take lines and scantlings. The current crew is using lines from that original lofting to make molds and begin the set up process for this little carvel planked double-ender.

On the lower level, apprentices Bella Pierson of Woodstock, Vt.; Ellery Brown of Northampton, Mass.; and Evan de Bourguignon of Woodstock, Vt., are in the beginning stages of restoring a Wianno Junior. The boat in the shop, Hull #2, Oh Monah, has been in the DuPont family for years. While this class of boat is somewhat obscure in Maine, they are very well known on Cape Cod where they were built by the Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville, Mass. between 1919 and 1960. The crew will use as much of the original boat as they can, but will be rebuilding most of the boat from the iron keel up.

All projects at Apprenticeshop are being constructed as part of the apprenticeship program, a two-year, full-time commitment to experiential, hands-on learning. In contrast to mainstream academic education, apprenticing does not assign grades to participants, nor does it require them to attend classes. Instead, apprentices spend workdays overcoming the challenges presented by their boat projects by cooperating with each other. www.atlanticchallenge.com .

Maritime academy honors alumni

The Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) formally recognized alumni success and achievement at its annual Celebration of Achievement in November.

Among those recognized included three college alumni who were inducted into the college’s Wall of Honor, initiated in 1997. The Wall was created to recognize alumni, who, through achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and to MMA.

The 2006 induction ceremony recognized the career accomplishments of Samuel J. Collins of Downington, Pa.; Capt. Deborah Doane Dempsey, of Bellingham, Wash.; and Capt. Stephen W. Dick, of Richmond, Texas.

Samuel J. Collins, MMA Class of 1971 is the regional administrator of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the Northeast Region (Region I), King of Prussia, Pa. He was cited for his outstanding contributions to the management and oversight of nuclear energy.

Capt. Deborah Doane Dempsey, MMA Class of 1976 and a Colombia River Bar Pilot, was cited by the college for her distinguished seafaring career and for her pioneering role in the maritime industry as a professionally licensed woman merchant mariner. She is the co-author of the book, “The Captain’s a Woman, Tales of a Merchant Mariner,” and was featured in the PBS documentary, “Shipping Out: The Story of American Seafaring Women.”

Capt. Stephen W. Dick, MMA Class of 1971, executive vice president of Tidewater, Inc., was recognized for his significant contributions to the offshore marine services industry. He has worked with Tidewater, Inc. since 1971, rising from mate to master to port captain to area manager, arriving at his current post as executive vice president in 2002.

The 2006 inductees join 48 other distinguished alumni previously inducted into the Wall of Honor in the MMA’s Student Center.

New England dealer named exclusive 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.

Located on the Thames River, Hellier offers easy access to Long Island Sound, 17 slips for boat commissioning and delivery, an indoor showroom, a full-service shipyard and an on-site ASA sailing school. www.hellieryachts.com

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, call (888) 487-2953 or visit www.passagemaker.com .

Red tide forecasts expanded in Gulf of Maine

A new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policy makers in deciding whether or not to reopen, develop and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain species of shellfish due to the presence of red tide toxins.

Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and colleagues from seven other universities or agencies began the five-year Gulf of Maine Toxicity program, or GOMTOX, last September. The $7.5 million dollar program is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service, Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research through the ECOHAB program.

The new research effort expands past studies in the Gulf of Maine and builds on data collected during the historic 2005 red tide, which led to closure of both nearshore shellfish beds and offshore beds in federal waters out to Georges Bank. The toxicity also extended for the first time to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

GOMTOX will use a combination of large- and small-scale survey cruises, autonomous gliders, moored instruments and traps, drifters, satellite imagery and numerical models.

R.I. custom builder plans a ‘green’ plant

Goetz Custom Boats, of Bristol, R.I., has started construction on a new 43,000-square-foot boat shop. Builders are scheduled to break ground breaking by mid-October, with completion expected by June 2007.

The new shop is less than a mile from its existing location.

Goetz officials say its state-of-the-art shop will use “green” engineering to be energy efficient in every practical way to achieve the latest cutting-edge composite construction technology.

The building will also contain new management, sales and engineering suites.

The company manufactures cruising and racing yachts and powerboats.