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Morris Yachts celebrates 35 years of boatbuilding

As a part of its year-long celebration of its 35th anniversary, Morris Yachts will host the second annual Morris Boat Show in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 20 to 22.

Open to the public for three days, dozens of Morris Yachts will be on the docks and in the sheds, with an opportunity to board the largest variety of Morris Yachts. Last year the fleet ranged from the Morris 52 Far Out to several M36s and hull 1 of the M42. In the sheds, a variety of brokerage boats will be on display.

This year marine vendors will also be a part of the weekend celebration, and both Tom and Cuyler Morris will give talks about their experiences cruising this year.

Morris Yachts currently produces two semi-custom lines: the Ocean Series, which ranges from 34 to 62 feet, and the newer M-Series, which ranges from 36 to 52 feet. The Ocean Series is intended for bluewater cruising while the M-Series is geared toward sporty performance and ease of operation. All Morris Yachts sport classic American lines and Bristol fit and finish. More than 190 of the Ocean Series yachts have been launched since the company’s inception. www.morrisyachts.com

Sunken fishing vessel salvaged 3 months later

The fishing vessel Lady of Grace was raised April 25, and the Coast Guard reports no bodies were discovered aboard.

The Lady of Grace sank in about 50 feet of water 12 miles south of Hyannis, Mass., Jan. 26. The vessel was salvaged April 25 by a commercial contractor, Donjon Marine Co., Inc., and placed on a deck barge. Once on board the barge, Massachusetts State Police and Coast Guard investigators entered the vessel to recover any bodies but were unable to conduct a complete search due to conditions inside the vessel. Investigators returned the next day to complete the search.

Rogerio Ventura and Joao Silva have been missing since the Lady of Grace sank. The bodies of two other crewmembers, Antonio Barroqueiro and Mario Tavares Farinhas, were recovered from the vessel by State Police divers earlier in the year.

The Coast Guard enforced a safety zone around the vicinity throughout the operation. A commercial environmental team, equipped with environmental response apparatus, was staged nearby and prepared to respond throughout the day in the event pollution became a concern as the vessel was lifted. No pollution was reported.

The Coast Guard reports its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident continues.

Classic boats to gather in Salem

The historic port of Salem will host the 25th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival (formerly the Boston Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival) Aug. 25-26.

Classic sailboats, powerboats and hand-powered vessels on display to the public range from a 19th-century canoe and steam launch to 1920s to ’40s-era mahogany runabouts and cabin cruisers to the comely sail flotilla of sloops and sharpies, yawls and schooners.

Visitors can meet skippers and crew and vote for their favorite boat. Other highlights include a blessing of the fleet, crafts market, antique autos, entertainment and a parade of boats in SalemHarbor.

Some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period decor and table settings aboard their boats. Many owners invite the public aboard for a tour and regale them with tales of their boat’s history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring her.

A theme of this year’s show is “the commuter,” which harkens back to America’s “Jazz Age.” Built for elegance and speed, these glamorous yachts whisked their wealthy owners in style to downtown offices in Manhattan, Boston and Detroit, and epitomized luxury yacht building at its pinnacle. Commuters invited to rendezvous at the show include the 1928 Ragtime, beautifully restored by owner Jeff Lowell of Boothbay Region Boatyard in Maine; the celebrated rebuilt torpedo-stern commuter Aphrodite, owned by Charles Royce of Greenwich, Conn.; and the tradition-inspired contemporary commuter Vendetta, owned by singer Billy Joel.

Classic boatowners are encouraged to call (617) 666-8530 or (617) 868-7587 to enter their boats. Boats don’t have to be in “show” condition, organizers say, as the spirit of the festival is to gather together “the grand old craft” and those who love them.

Remembrance for S&S executive

Tony Roumeliotes of Sparkman & Stephens lost his battle with lung cancer April 15, at the age of 56.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Linda Sternau-Roumeliotes, sisters Dusty Spiliotis, Helen Cristaldi and brother Demetri Roumeliotes.

A private family service is planned in his hometown of Haverhill, Mass., followed by a gathering of remembrance this summer aboard his classic S&S yacht Legend.

Sailing was Roumeliotes’ passion and his resume of racing achievements is extensive. He has been a familiar figure in classic yacht regattas throughout the world, and had been a yacht broker for S&S for the past six years.

Back Cove Yachts expands dealer network

Back Cove Yachts recently signed agreements with three new dealers in the United States and Canada.

Radio Island Marina (www.radioislandmarina.com) in Beaufort, N.C., and Michigan Yachting Registry (www.michiganyachting.com ) in Holland, Mich., will sell the full line of Back Cove models, including the Back Cove 33, which made her world debut at the 2007 Miami International Boat Show.

Crate’s Marine Sales (www.crates.com) in Keswick, Ontario, will also sell the full line of Back Cove Down East-style lobster boats.

Back Cove Yachts, located in Rockland, Maine, has been manufacturing Down East-style lobster boats since 2002. Back Cove is a sister company of Sabre Yachts. www.backcoveyachts.com

Sabre Yachts adds international dealers

South Casco, Maine-based Sabre Yachts recently signed agreements with four new dealers both in the United States and abroad.

Michigan Yachting Registry (www.michiganyachting.com) in Holland, Mich., will sell the full line of Sabre Yachts, including models ranging from 34 to 52 feet.

Crate’s Marine Sales (www.crates.com ) in Keswick, Ontario; Sabre Med in PuntaAla, Italy; and Vallarta Yachts in Nuevo Vallarte, Mexico; are the three newest international dealers to join the Sabre Yachts family.

Sabre Yachts Corporation, located in South Casco, Maine, has been producing high-quality sailboats and motoryachts since 1971. www.sabreyachts.com

MacKenzie Rendezvous stretches to three days

The annual MacKenzie Boat Club Rendezvous will be held July 27 to 29 on JamestownIsland, near Newport, R.I.

Organizers expanded the event, which will be hosted by Conanicut Marina, to three days. A shuttle to Jamestown town pier will enable participants to take a water taxi to Newport.

Raft-ups and other social gatherings will be the order of the day.

www.mackenzieboatclub.com

Anniversary celebration to benefit boaters

The BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program, which offers boaters discounts on fuel, transient slips and repairs, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year with 870 marinas participating across the country.

“As the price of nearly everything is rising, this discount program has become very popular with recreational boaters,” says Cooperating Marina Program director Jim Schofield.

The Cooperating Marina Program requires marinas or boatyards to offer discounts to boaters carrying a BoatU.S. membership card. This can include up to 10 cents off per gallon of fuel, 25 percent off transient slips or 15 percent off repairs.

“About 300 of our Cooperating Marinas offer some sort of fuel discount, which will certainly be popular this summer,” added Schofield.

Marinas participating in the program are listed in the annual BoatU.S. Member Services Directory — sent to over 670,000 BoatU.S. members — and can have their own Web page on the www.boatus.com/marinas Web site.

In the name of Friendship

Founded in 1961 in Friendship, Maine, the Friendship Sloop Society is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Maine’s first lobster boats.

From 20 to 40 feet long, these graceful, gaff-rigged 19th-century sailing vessels will gather this summer in Rockland, Maine, for the 47th consecutive homecoming regatta. Organizers expect more than 25 boats to rendezvous at the Rockland City Dock on July 19, 20 and 21.

Three days of races, a parade of sloops, rowboat races, and an open house of sloops are planned. Not the typical yachting crowd, Friendship sloop owners hail from many walks of life. Members often build and maintain their own boats.

A decade of community sailing

Atlantic Challenge’s Community Sailing Program is celebrating a decade under sail in 2007, offering recreational, traditional, and racing classes for youth and adults on Maine’s Rockland Harbor.

All-day boatbuilding and sailing classes for youth, family sailing and private instruction for adults highlight this season. The sailing program is designed to provide hands-on opportunities to all Rockland-area residents, regardless of financial considerations, to learn the arts and skills of sailing and seamanship.

The youth sailing program continues to thrive at Atlantic Challenge. One- and two-week lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered throughout the summer.

The 2007 season includes interclub sailing with other programs, a high school sailing team, and the Red Jacket Youth Regatta scheduled for July 21

Adult sailors experience the same challenges and rewards as the youth. Classes offered in 2007 include beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing classes, as well as family sailing and private instruction. The adult program is made up of a corps of experienced volunteer adult instructors who teach sailing skills on a variety of modern and traditional sailboats. Skills covered during a basic class include rigging, sailing, rules of the road, navigation, and water safety. All classes are designed to build confidence and give students the ability to comfortably rig and sail a boat on their own.

Contact Atlantic Challenge at (207) 594-1800 for information.

www.atlanticchallenge.com

Report issued on Stellwagen Bank

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program released April 19 the first status report evaluating the health of Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, home to one of the richest and most productive marine ecosystems in the nation.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report presents an initial summary of the pressures and trends facing sanctuary resources, which sanctuary staff will address in detail in the upcoming Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan.

The condition report, which examines the status of everything from water quality in the sanctuary to its endangered right whale population, distills a wealth of information about the sanctuary’s complex marine resources into a straightforward, easily understandable document.

More than half of the categories examined in the report had fair through poor ratings, with eight to 10 relating to habitat or marine life resources. The general trend for marine life appears to be static and in need of improvements, an indication that pressures on marine life are high. The status of seafloor communities and habitats remains problematic as well. The report also suggests that monitoring programs for water quality and a number of other resources (e.g., habitat contaminants and invasive species) needs to be enhanced.

Topping the list of concerns for the sanctuary are threats like damage from fishing gear to seafloor habitat and archaeological sites, depletion of some key species, and ship collisions with whales.

The full report is now available online at: www.http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/condition , along with an interactive Web version featuring a breakdown of its findings.

C.G. Foundation sets record for fundraising

Last year was a milestone year for the Coast Guard Foundation. For 2006 the foundation raised $8 million in cash and cash equivalents and secured a $2 million charitable remainder trust from a donor who was rescued by the Coast Guard, bringing to $10 million the total amount raised. A CRT like this one enables donors to contribute property like securities, artwork or real estate, and will benefit Coast Guard units when the benefactors pass away.

“Our benefactors, volunteers and staff can be proud of what they accomplished in 2006,” says foundation chair Ross Roeder. “Their contributions enabled the foundation to increase the number of scholarships awarded to children of enlisted personnel, and to increase support for the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy in many other ways.”

The amount of cash and cash equivalents raised in 2006 represents an increase of $1 million over 2005’s results, and $3 million more than what was raised in 2004, prior to adopting a new fundraising strategy and enhancing the foundation’s professional staff. This year 60 young people are attending the college or university of their choice, thanks to foundation scholarships. Likewise, more than 1,200 Coast Guard members will receive grants to advance their careers and pursue baccalaureate degrees. In addition, almost $1 million worth of performance enhancing equipment will be provided to sea- and land-based units, and academic and athletic excellence will be strengthened at the Coast Guard Academy.

The foundation once again received a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the country’s premier watchdog group for assessing the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Less than 1,500 of the 1.6 million American charities receive this designation.

In other news, the Coast Guard Foundation recently unveiled a newly designed Web site with comprehensive information about the foundation, its history of helping and its staff.

The address for the new foundation Web site is www.cgfdn.org .

Regional chart kit includes companion CD

Maptech’s new edition of ChartKit Region 3 (14th edition) gives boaters and fishermen updated, feature-rich charts and includes a companion CD filled with identical charts from the chart book plus GPS Real-Time software.

Coverage includes Nantucket to Cape May, N.J., featuring 90 updated chart pages and 63 new aerial photos.

All of the navigation information has been scrutinized on each page of this new ChartKit — from subtle shifting shoals to drastic re-buoying of major harbors. Each waypoint and course has been plotted on the most current Notice to Mariner corrected charts.

Maptech ChartKits contain full-color 22-by-17-inch charts with hundreds of GPS waypoints and pre-plotted courses, and offshore and inshore charts in the most useful scales for the area.

With the CD software and a laptop on board connected to a handheld GPS receiver or sensor, mariners can see their exact real-time position on the ChartKit chart on the computer screen. The chartbook and software work hand-in-hand for easy PC navigation.

Maptech ChartKits: MSRP is $129.95 and the chartbooks are available from marine stores nationwide or at Maptech (www.maptech.com ) or call (888) 839-5551.

Course available for marine tech certification

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology have launched a comprehensive marine studies program at the Boston-based college.

Upon completion of a one-year full-time course of study, students earn a Certificate in Marine Technology. Recent estimates conclude that the Massachusetts marine trades industry has a need to hire 5,000 additional employees within the next decade, the majority of whom will be sought to fill marine technician positions.

The BFIT Marine Studies program began in September 2006 and boasts 11 students from throughout Massachusetts, and as far as Florida. Instruction is given in engineering principles, focusing on electricity, marine engines and propulsion systems, rigging, and environmental and safety practices. Math, science and communication fundamentals are incorporated into the program studies as well. Following classroom and field instruction, students enjoy a paid summer internship at a marine facility. Graduates with a Certificate in Marine Technology may find employment at marinas, boatyards, dealerships, manufacturers, and specialty shops throughout the coastal, lakefront and riverside communities of the Northeast.

For information about the BFIT Marine Studies program, MMTA and MMTET, visit www.boatma.com or www.bfit.edu .

Design firm carries on without founder

David Glasco, chief designer and naval architect under Tom Fexas, is leading the Stuart, Fla., design office at Tom Fexas Yacht Design, says company president Regina Fexas in a release following Fexas’ Nov. 29 death.

“The design office … is in full speed and its team is very excited with the good [prospects] for the future,” she says, adding the company recently signed contracts for a 55- and 64-foot motoryacht, and was negotiating a contract to design a 51-foot sportfisherman.

Fexas says her husband left behind drawings of profiles of more than 100 yachts, many of them never built. She says some of the current design team had worked with Fexas for more than two decades. Glasco, who has a marine engineering and naval architecture degree from the University of Michigan, has been with the Stuart, Fla., firm since 1998.

“The quality and tradition that made Tom Fexas Yacht Design famous worldwide will continue,” says Regina Fexas. www.tomfexas.com

— Jim Flannery

Traditional boatbuilding center opens in N.H.

Andrew Wallace of Traditional Boatworks and Matt Cacciatore of Hunter Chapin Cabinetmaker join forces to open the Northeast Center for Craftsmanship in New Hampshire.

The Northeast Center will offer weekend, five-day and month-long courses in the traditional trades of wooden boatbuilding and restoration, cabinetry, timber-framing and furniture building.

The center also offers fly fishing instruction on its on-site pond, half-hull model building and modern-day carpentry skills. With a focus on small class size and hands-on instruction, the Northeast Center for Craftsmanship was founded to advance basic woodworking skills and to preserve the historic trades of traditional craftsmanship.

Tuition-based, full-time apprenticeships are available for a limited number of interested students over the summer and year-round.

Located in Canaan, N.H., the center is 20 minutes east of Dartmouth College at the corner of U.S. Route 4 and Switch Road.

www.traditionalboatworks.com/classes.htm

Mahogany Memories returns to Essex, Conn.

The 23rd annual Mahogany Memories Antique & Classic Boat Show returns to Essex, Conn., July 7.

Held again at the Connecticut River Museum, the event devoted to the love and preservation of wooden boats is dedicated this year to Tom Hunter, past president and club historian for the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. An award named after Hunter for the highest scoring owner-restored boat will debut this year.

Beyond the dozens of boats displayed at the museum docks and on the museum grounds, highlights will include a silent auction, lobster dinner and river cruise.

Admission is free, but parking is limited.

For information, call the museum at (860) 767-8269.

www.ctrivermuseum.org. www.southernnewengland.org