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Newport Spring Boat Show has early return

In an effort to offer buyers and browsers more time to shop before the boating season begins, the 34th annual Newport Spring Boat Show returns to Rhode Island May 16-18 at the NewportYachtingCenter.

New this year is a Marine Consignment tent filled with used items from boaters and boat dealers.

The show is know for its display of hundreds of previously-owned and new clearance models of powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, kayaks, inflatables and dinghies will be offered for sale by professional brokers, dealers, and private sellers. The show attracts many 35- to 65-foot power and sailboats to its in-water display area and similar numbers of 16- to 35-foot boats on land.

An array of new boating accessories, equipment and marine services will be available at exhibitor booths under tents along the shoreline as well as service agencies to answer finance, insurance and other marine questions. Seminars will be held on a variety of boating subjects.

Admission is $10 for adults with children under 12 admitted for free. Admission for the Friday Preview Day is $15.

Morris Yachts brings back its open house

Bass Harbor, Maine-based Morris Yachts will host its fourth annual Morris Boat Show at their service yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 18-20. Open to the public for three days, dozens of Morris Yachts will be on the docks and in the sheds.

In past years, the fleet has ranged from the Morris 52 Far Out to several M36s and M42s to the just launched Morris 48 Cheshire Cat. In the sheds, a variety of brokerage boats will be on display.

Morris Yachts remains true its roots, producing classically styled cruising yachts and daysailers using modern construction methods and materials with designs from Sparkman & Stephens and Chuck Paine and Associates.

Morris Yachts currently produces two semi-custom lines: the Ocean Series, which ranges in length from 34 feet to 62 feet and the newer M-Series, which ranges from 36 to 52 feet.

For more information call Morris Yachts at (207) 244-5509 or e-mail .

Ranger Tug presents Demo Day in Mass.

Rhumb Line Yacht Sales, the New England dealer for Ranger Tugs, will hold a “Demo Day” in May.

The West Coast-built Ranger Tug line of boats has proven to be a popular choice in the New England area, according to Rhumb Line, noted for its ease of handling and trailerable aspect with the Ranger 21 and 25.

Both models will be available for sea trial. The Ranger 25 on display will be powered by the new Cummins 150-hp engine.

Demo Day will be May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a rain date of May 18) at the NewburyportBoatBasin. For information, contact Beth Simkins at Rhumb Line Yacht Sales at (866) 520-7597 or .

New owner’s club for Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler Boats launched its 50th anniversary year as a manufacturer of recreational fishing and pleasure boats with the February introduction of the company’s first official, factory-sponsored owners club.

The Boston Whaler Owners Club features a still-growing package of exclusive discounts and offers, fellow Whaler owner interaction, special events and other benefits available only to Whaler owners. The club is operated as a totally interactive, online experience with free membership for current Whaler owners.

“For 50 years, Boston Whalers have been universally recognized as unique and superior products. As a result, Whaler owners have been an intensely loyal group,” said John Ward, President of Boston Whaler.

A partial list of the wide range of benefits for Boston Whaler Owners Club members currently includes: Exclusive sponsor discounts and benefits from Mercury Marine,, boat shows, apparel, insurance and on-water towing. Benefits include a free e-magazine and newsletter.

A sail show to debut in eastern Connecticut

The Southern New England Yacht Dealers Association (SNYDA) recently announced it will host SailFest on April 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, Conn.

The mission of SNYDA members is to provide boating enthusiasts with an alternative to the “typical” boat shows and open houses with a compact show that offers a wide variety of vessels in a relaxed environment. Both admission and parking is free to the SailFest event.

Boats to be on display include Beneteau, Catalina, Elan, Hunter, Island Packet, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Mainship, Precision and Shamrock. Visitors can tour the boats inside and have questions answered by representatives. Certain models will be in the water and available for a sea trial, weather permitting.

SNYDA was founded by some of the leading Connecticut dealers of new and brokerage sailboats Hellier Yacht Sales of New London; Sailing Specialties of Mystic and Stamford; and Sound Yachting Group of Westbrook.The group hopes to continue the growth of the organization in the near future with the addition of other New England yacht dealerships.

Mystic Seaport features famed marine art exhibit

Illuminating the Sea: The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth, 1844-1894, a retrospective exhibition highlighting the work of 19th-century marine artist James Edward Buttersworth opened March 29 at Mystic Seaport.

A ship portraitist who meticulously illustrated America’s golden Age of Sail, Buttersworth captured a realistic view of sea and sky while incorporating the human element into his work.

The exhibit will feature more than 25 paintings, some of which were part of a recent gift to the museum. In 2006, Donald C. McGraw Jr., grandson of McGraw-Hill Inc.’s cofounder, bequeathed his private collection of 24 Buttersworth paintings to Mystic Seaport. This bequest complemented the museum’s 31 Buttersworth paintings, making it the largest single public collection of the artist’s work.

“Our father wanted the museum to have his paintings so they could be shared with and enjoyed by the public. Our family is delighted that this exhibit will feature so many of them,” said Josh McGraw, one of McGraw’s sons.

Paintings in the exhibition will span Buttersworth’s entire career, beginning with his early British period works and ending with the 1893 America’s Cup series, completed a year before his death.

Of particular prominence are two portraits of Mystic-built ships, “The Schooner Dauntless” (formerly l’Hirondelle) and the clipper ship “Davy Crockett.” Other featured paintings of interest are “The Sloop Haswell” and “The Sloop Kate off Boston Light,” illustrating ships built for Charles Mallory, one of Connecticut’s most prosperous ship owners and father of the Mallory building’s namesake in which the exhibit will be held.

Illuminating the Sea: The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth, 1844-1894, will remain on display through April 2009.The exhibit is free with regular Museum admission.

Mystic Seaport adds to its fundraising team

Matthew P. Stackpole has been named as a major gifts officer at Mystic Seaport.

Stackpole, the former executive director of the Martha’s VineyardMuseum, will focus his initial efforts on raising support on a national scale for the museum’s upcoming restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. A three-year, multi-million dollar restoration of the vessel is set to begin in fall 2008.

Stackpole has a unique familiarity with Mystic Seaport. When he was just 7, his father became curator of the museum, and Matt and his family lived on museum grounds.

“Mystic Seaport has been a part of my life since my youngest days,” Stackpole says. “For a time in my youth, I woke up every day and had a view of the Charles W. Morgan from my bedroom. The grounds were our playground.”

The Charles W. Morgan is the last wooden whaleship in the world. Built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass., she whaled profitably for 80 years. The Morgan arrived at Mystic Seaport in 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark 25 years later.

West Marine offers free seminar series

Local boaters are urged to kick off the 2008 boating season with a free seminar at a West Marine Store near you.A variety of topics will be covered, with the primary focus being on marine electronics.

Seminars will be presented by Paul Hyde, of YachtingEnterprises, a marine service/consulting firm based in Marion, Mass.

“Over the last few years, marine technology has advanced tremendously,“ saysPaul Hyde, a specialist in marine electronics training, “Many people get overwhelmed by all of the advanced capabilities of today’s electronics.The key to understanding a modern navigation system is to learn how the core features work and then build from there as you gain experience.”

The seminars will include tips on selecting, installing, and using marine electronics and other technologies used on board. Whether you are shopping for new electronics, or simply want to make the best use of what you have, you’re bound to find something of interest.A complete listing of events can be found on the store locator page at .

Two new Down East boats introduced

The John Williams Boat Company recently announced the Stanley 42 and the Williams 28 Bass Boat. Both boats evolved from custom orders from customers.

Work on the Stanley 42 began in the fall of 2007 for a family that summers in Maine and wanted a larger version of the Stanley 39.

Stretching the Stanley 39 three feet enabled the builder to incorporate the accommodations and amenities required for this project while retaining a narrower beam.

The layout has a centerline queen berth forward in an enclosed stateroom.

Just aft to port is an over/under berth cabin opposed by the head and standup shower. The large U-shaped galley abuts the cabin to port and the crew can keep tabs on the chef from the L-shaped settee that looks across to the galley. An enclosed pilothouse has helm and navigation seating and ample room to add a settee or navigation table. The open air cockpit houses a stern seat and access to the flying bridge.

Almost three years after selling their Stanley 36, a couple from Marion, Mass., decided they needed a new way to enjoy fishing and cruising Buzzards Bay with their grandchildren. They wanted something smaller than the Stanley 36. The new Williams 28 Bass Boat retains the larger boats stability and sea-kindliness in a smaller frame.

Founded in 1971, the John Williams Boat Company combines traditional Maine boat building techniques with modern technology.

For more information call (207) 244-7854 or E-mail .