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Unique boat show returns Down East

The Maine Boatbuilders Show returns to Portland for the 21st year March 14-16. Portland Yacht Services will again host the unique gathering of fine fiberglass and

wooden custom boats and boating gear. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats will be on display, with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

The show typically attracts upwards of 15,000 people to view a selection of about 100 boats, sail and power, that will range from dinghies and prams to yachts over 50 feet.

The show times for the Maine Boatbuilders are March 14-15: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and March 16: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $15 per day at the door. Children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free.

Free shuttle buses run along Commercial Street every 15 minutes. They leave from the IMT on Commercial St. (Ferry terminal by the Casco BayBridge) where it costs $5 to park for the day and stop at designated signs along the way, delivering show-goers to the front door of the show. For information, call (207) 774-1067.

New boat show launched on Cape Cod

Cape Cod Life Publications will celebrate New Englanders’ love affair with the water with the launch of the inaugural Cape Cod Life Boat & Recreation Expo. The two-day event will be held in HyannisHarbor and the surrounding waterfront facilities June 14 and 15.

The Expo will showcase a selection of vessels ranging from wooden skiffs to luxury cabin cruisers. Vendors from all facets of the boating and water recreation world will be on hand to answer questions and exhibit the latest in water toys, gear, equipment and accessories. The event will also include land and water demonstrations, contests, giveaways, children’s activities, lectures and workshops with the pros.

Held in conjunction with Sunday’s Father’s Day Car Show, the dual expos are expected to attract fathers and their families.

“We’re thrilled to host what we think will be the biggest and most entertaining Boat and Recreation Expo that the Cape has ever seen,” said Cape Cod Life President and CEO Russell Piersons

For information, contact Amy Duquette at 508-775-9800, ext. 35, or adu

Construction begins on the first Morris M52

After nearly a year of engineering and planning with the naval architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens, Morris Yachts recently finalized their design work and confirmed the first order for the M52.

The M52 is closely related to her successful smaller cousins, the M36 and M42.With the unmistakable S&S lines and designed to be just as easy to sail as the M36, the M52 will complete the fleet of the M-series providing sailors with the unique option for a 52-foot yacht that doubles as the perfect daysailer.

The family of five who ordered Hull No. 1 plans to sail their M42 for a second summer season in New England while their M52 is built.

The vessel will be built with the more traditional interior layout; galley aft and main salon forward (in lieu of the Navigation station aft and galley amidships.) Like their M42, the interior bulkheads will be a white raised panel arrangement with the traditional Herreshoff-style high gloss varnished Mahogany trim.

The vessel is expected to be launched in late 2008.

EPA approves plan to lower mercury levels

In late December, the Environmental Protection announced the approval of a plan designed to lower mercury levels in fish throughout New England and New York.

The plan calls for a 98-percent reduction from 1998 levels of mercury from atmospheric sources in order to make mercury levels in fish low enough for the states to lift fish consumption advisories.

For several years the Northeast has experienced elevated levels of mercury in certain fish species that has resulted in thousands of fish consumption advisories at lakes and rivers across the region.

The approved plan addresses the requirements of the Clean Water Act that require states to develop pollution budgets, or Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), for polluted waters.

The plan can be found online at

Sailor, marketer promoted early Cup

Abbot Montague Geer, of East Haddam, Conn., died at home on Dec. 31 at the age of 82. A lifelong sailor, he was the proprietor of Abbot Geer Public Relations, a firm that specialized in the promotion and marketing of marine manufacturers. He retired in 1998 after nearly 50 years working in the marine industry, including being the first professional hired to promote the America’s Cup in 1958.

He was a life member of the American Boat and Yacht Council and a member of Boating Writers International. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Cusack) of 52 years; his daughters, the Rev. Victoria McGrath of Chatham, N.J., and Sabra Donovan of Orange, Conn.; and his son, Cornelius of Chicago, Ill., their spouses and five grandchildren.

New sail show to debut in 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.

Yacht broker to lead S&S in Newport

Tom Maynard has joined Sparkman & Stephens and will head the firm’s Newport, R.I., office.

Maynard has more than 30 years experience in the marine industry. His boating experience ranges from being a member of his nationally ranked college sailing team to custom boat building.He gained practical experience building and outfitting custom aluminum yachts at the Minneford Yacht Yard of City Island, N.Y., including work on the S&S designed 12-meter Freedom; sailmaking at UK Sailmakers; and held a New Hampshire commercial pilots license for power yachts.

Maynard has more than 30,000 miles of offshore experience including a trans-Atlantic trip to Bergen, Norway, nine Newport-Bermuda races, four as watch captain.

Maynard grew up fishing with his father and brother on Long Island Sound and learned to sail on lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.