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News Notes – New England

Seminars teach diesel maintenance skills

Mack Boring & Parts again offers its one-day Basic and two-day Hands-On Marine Diesel Maintenance engine seminars. Running through June 2008, the seminars are designed to instill boaters with confidence by teaching necessary maintenance and repair skills.

The popular one-day Basic Diesel Engine Seminar covers fundamental components and operation. Participants learn how to maintain the lubrication, fuel, cooling and electrical systems. Winterizing and owner questions will also be addressed.

Held in a classroom setting, the one-day seminar uses textbook examples to concentrate on theoretical materials. The subject matter applies to numerous engine makes and models, including Yanmar, Westerbeke, Volvo, Perkins, Nanni, Kubota and Detroit Diesel. This seminar is a prerequisite for those wishing to take Mack Boring’s two-day hands-on seminar.

Tackling essential maintenance and emergency repairs on the operation systems, the two-day Hands-On Diesel Engine Seminar allows boat owners to familiarize themselves in a working environment. The thorough class is over 60 percent hands-on and participants will work exclusively on Yanmar engines. Work clothes are recommended.

The fee for Mack Boring’s one-day seminar is $205, while the two-day costs $520. The Basic and Hands-On can be taken consecutively for a three-day comprehensive training package. Weekend sessions are also available at slightly higher prices. All classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include training literature as well as a continental breakfast and lunch.

They take place at Mack Boring’s training facilities in Union, N.J., Middleborough, Mass., Wilmington, N.C., and Wauconda, Ill. For information, call (908) 964-0700, ext. 213, or visit .

Cape Cod boat show displays state’s best

The Boatbuilders’ Show on Cape Cod will return to Hyannis Feb. 8-10 at the Four Points Sheraton. Last winter more than 2,000 people braved the wind and cold to visit the first ever show, more than doubling the producers’ expectations.

This year, boaters looking for something other than off-the-rack production boats will find more than 30 exhibitors and a variety of custom-built sail and powerboats on display in one show, a showcase of exclusively “Made in Massachusetts” boatbuilders.

“Smaller builders of custom boats are often lost in the maze of mainstream boat shows,” says Scott Dayton of Hyannis Marina, a key organizer of the Boatbuilders’ Show. “So buyers looking for the kind of craftsmanship and unique designs usually found only in limited production boats have few opportunities to go on board and compare workmanship and features.

“Very much like the Maine Boatbuilders’ Show, when it started years ago, this is an opportunity for smaller builders to show off their craft in a larger venue, some for the first time outside of their own showrooms,” Dayton adds.

Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free, and there is plenty of free parking. For information and directions, visit .

Boston boat show boasts new dates

The New England Boat Show, typically held in February, will return to Boston this year on Jan. 12–20 at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The nine-day event will feature more than 1,000 fully-rigged boats and 500 exhibits showcasing the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines, marine electronics and accessories, and daily interactive seminars and demonstrations.

“The New England Boat Show is the oldest [52nd year], largest and most respected boating marketplace in the Northeast,” says Managing Partner of North American Expositions Company, Joe O’Neal.

Last year, the Boat Show moved to its new berth at the BCEC on the waterfront. Because of the breadth and height of the palatial hall, the show now is able to feature twice as many boats as in the past and bigger vessels than ever before.

Among the vessels on display will be a range of powerboats to 50 feet, sportfishing boats, ski boats, family cruisers, and personal watercraft. For sailors, there will be boats from optis and daysailers to fully rigged luxury cruisers, along with a wide variety of services like sail and canvas makers, yacht maintenance, yacht interiors, insurance, and financing.

In addition, over 350 companies will unveil and demonstrate the latest in nautical products and services, including marine electronics, new quiet economical diesel inboard power, air conditioning and refrigeration, bow thrusters and fighting chairs.

Advance tickets are available online at . Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for junior boaters (6-12 years old), and children 6 and under are free. Further information is available online at or by calling (800) 225-1577.

Coast Guard Foundation appoints new president

The Coast Guard Foundation has appointed Anne B. Brengle as president of the national nonprofit organization. With her background in nonprofit management, fundraising and capital campaigns, Brengle will lead the organization’s nationwide effort to increase public awareness and funding for programs benefiting the men and women of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy.

“I look forward to leading an aggressive nationwide campaign to educate the American public about the urgency of the Foundation’s mission, and the ways in which they can help,” Brengle said.

Brengle has nearly three decades of experience in institutional advancement and management.Before being appointed president of the Coast Guard Foundation, Brengle served as president of the New BedfordWhalingMuseum in Massachusetts from 1994 to 2007. Prior to joining the New BedfordWhalingMuseum, Brengle served as the Executive Director of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and GardenMuseum in New Bedford, Mass., from 1990 to 1994.

As a lifelong sailor, Brengle says she knows and appreciates the dedication and hard work of the men and women of the Coast Guard. She worked with Rear Admiral Mary E. Landry, the Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, in overseeing the federal response to the oil spill in Buzzards Bay, as well as the recent blessing of a Coast Guard fleet in Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the men and women of the Coast Guard and its Academy. The Foundation’s fund-raising efforts satisfy equipment, training, and education needs not met through government and military sources. The Foundation distributes funding among all nine Coast Guard districts, overseas units and the Academy. .

Local sailor, businessman made his mark

Robert William Hoffman, 70, of Edgewater, Md., and Henderson Harbor, N.Y., died Nov. 5 of lung disease.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hoffman cruised extensively in his sailboat.He also enjoyed a career as first crew, then captain of several private sailing yachts, travelling throughout the Caribbean and across the Atlantic.

Hoffman settled in Annapolis where he became a partner in Dockside Yacht Sales, located in the building that now houses Storm Brothers Ice Cream. In 1973, with partner Clarence Blackwell, he purchased part of the historic Trumpy Yacht Yard in Eastport. Jointly, they developed the property into Yacht Haven of Annapolis.

He was well known as a partner in the syndicate that bought, refurbished, owned, and operated the 12 Meter racing yacht American Eagle.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.

European company acquires Mass. rope

Austrian company Teufelberger has acquired the assets of New England Ropes, based in Fall River, Mass.

Teufelberger is known as a producer of cordage under the FSE Robline brand.

New England Ropes, with 150 employees, produces performance ropes from high-tech synthetic fibers, and are designed for recreational and commercial marine use.

Historic shipyard hires salty seafarer

The great, great grandnephew of one of only five survivors of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex, Capt. David Thompson, has joined the staff of the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

In 1820, Essex became the first recorded ship to have been sunk by a whale in the South Pacific and is the subject of the book, “The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex,” published in 2002 and written from notes by Thompson’s relative, Owen Chase, who was the first mate.

After a seafaring life spanning 40 years, Thompson will be working on the development of new projects for the Maine yard.

His marine career began working for his family-owned, New Bedford-Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Company and The Nantucket Boat Line; subsequently, he joined the Coast Guard. Between 1972-1980 he captained various vessels around the world and later became Master of the schooner, Spirit of Massachusetts, when it was under the auspices of the Historic Seaport of Charlestown, Mass. Recently, he has been the relief skipper of the three-masted schooner Arabella and Master of the Eldrige-McGinnis designed motor vessel Lion’s Whelp.

His new employer, The Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, was founded in 1869. Continuing the local shipbuilding traditions, the yard features the maritime skills and trades that made New England famous. Specializing in the restoration and rebuilding of fine, antique wooden yachts and historic replicas, the yard is currently repairing an 85-foot Fife built in Fairlie, Scotland in 1929, as well as the topsail schooner Shenandoah, based on Martha’s Vineyard.

BoatU.S. endorses Waterway Watch

As America enters a new era of increased terrorist threats at home, citizens across the country are being asked to keep on the lookout for suspicious activities. BoatU.S. recently encouraged recreational boaters to do their part through “America’s Waterway Watch,” a program that enlists the active participation of those who play, work or live around America’s waterways.

Similar to the successful Neighborhood Watch programs that ask community residents to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies, Waterway Watch is a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Auxiliary and Reserve components.

“We believe that many boaters are willing to play a part in securing our waterways and provide the Coast Guard with information about activities that may appear strange or unusual,” said BoatU.S. president, Nancy Michelman.

Boaters are asked to keep the 1-877-24WATCH (877-249-2824) phone number aboard their boats, and use it when something seems out of place.

Marine technology school expands curriculum

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology in Annapolis recently announced three additions to the curriculum.

They are a new reference booklet titled “Control-Station Design Concepts,” by Westlawn’s Board Chairman, Robert MacNeill, which was originally a report for the Coast Guard; a complete set of construction drawings for a 47-foot steel motoryacht by naval architect Chuck Neville, a member of the Westlawn board of directors who has had a distinguished career in both boat and ship design; and new notes and information on multihull design by Westlawn director, Dave Gerr. These notes include further explanation of calculations for the waterplane moment of inertia and multihull stability, comparison of hydrostatic numbers and coefficients between monohulls and multihulls, and laying out of multihull lines and speed calculations for multihulls.

In other news, the Westlawn Institute announced that Island Packet Yachts has funded a new scholarship for current Westlawn students. Having also sponsored the Westlawn/Cruising World design competition, Island Packet’s president, Bob Johnson, has offered additional support for Westlawn students to help speed them along in their studies.

The scholarship will be awarded to all Westlawn students who move on to enroll in Module 2 of the four-module Yacht Design Program. Students will receive $250 when they enroll in Module 2, and have maintained an 85-percent grade point average or higher. Students moving from Yacht Design Lite into Module 2 also qualify. The scholarship becomes available for students enrolling after Sept. 1, 2007. It cannot be applied retroactively. The Island Packet Scholarship will remain available to all qualifying Westlawn students, until the sponsorship funds are expended.

Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is the only nationally accredited and state-certified distance-learning school of small-craft design in the United States.

Online launch ramp locator offers options

Trailer boat cruisers, pontooners, water skiers, and PWC owners can cruise new waters by using the free, online Boat Launch Ramp Locator at

The Ramp Locator offers over 25,000 locations to launch a boat including municipal or state boat ramps, marinas, boat clubs, private sites and other locations that offer trailer boat access. Now, planning a trip to a new lake, river, or bay can easily be done from the comfort of your own home.

If you know of a boat ramp location not listed, you can easily submit the information and get a free trailer ball hitch cover from the BoatU.S. Trailering Club. The club offers 24/7 roadside and towing assistance for boat trailer breakdowns as well as tow vehicles, launch ramp fee rebates, and a subscription to BoatU.S. Trailering magazine with information on towing techniques, how-to, destinations and more.