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Maine boatbuilder honors dealers, brokers

Sabre Yachts announced the 2005 Motor Yacht and Sailing Yacht Dealerships and Brokers of the Year during their recent dealer meeting held in Charleston, S.C.

New Wave Yachts, located in Manchester by the Sea, Mass., took the top honors for Sabre Sailing Yacht Dealership of the Year. Accepting the award were the dealership principals, Bump Wilcox and Parker Harrison. Harrison was named Sailing Yacht Broker of the Year. Sabre is the dealership’s exclusive sailboat brand. New Wave Yachts, servicing territory from eastern Rhode Island through Maine, has won Dealership of the Year several times during its 14-year partnership with Sabre.

Sandy Hook Yacht Sales, with sales offices in Sea Bright, Ocean Gate, and Jersey City, N.J., received the Sabreline Motor Yacht Dealership of the Year. Representing the dealership was Hank Hartmann, who was also named Motor Yacht Broker of the Year. Sandy Hook Yacht Sales has been a Sabreline dealer since the company launched the motor yacht brand in 1989.

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

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Man challenging Maine PWC ban

A Camden, Maine, man is challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting him from riding his personal watercraft on Lake St. George.

Mark Haskell, 52, says he bought the Sea-Doo specifically to challenge the law, according to an Associated Press report. He was given a summons for operating it last July.

A Superior Court judge said the ultimate decision in the case likely would rest with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

In Maine a number of communities ban PWC. The legislature gave local communities a four-year window in which to vote to ban PWC on waters within their jurisdiction.

The legislature has the final say on whether to approve watercraft ban recommendations in those towns.

Haskell says bans on the watercraft are imposed arbitrarily, the Associated Press reports. He says PWC are safer and pollute less than powerboats.

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RIB rescue training courses are available

Defender, the marine outfitter based in Waterford, Conn., will host two sessions of Zodiac Maritime Academy this spring — Basic Boat Operations, June 19-20, and Rescue & Tactical Operations using RHIBs, May 31-June 2.

Both sessions will include classroom and on-water training using Zodiac boats, and will be held at Defender Industries and on Long Island Sound.

The Basic Boat Operations course is a two-day program that does not require previous boating experience. The course objective is to train students to launch, operate and retrieve a rescue vessel. Techniques for rescuing people in water, and handling difficult access such as bridges, high walls and riprap, trailering and safety operations are covered.

Rescue/Tactical Operations is a three-day course for those with basic boat operational skills. Situations that are likely to be faced by first responders and marine patrol officers are covered with classroom sessions followed by on-water practice. Safety procedures, search-and-rescue basics, under way piloting, obstacle avoidance and boat handling that includes under way transfer of personnel are all covered.

Cost is $90 per person per day, with boats, safety equipment and lunches provided. Courses are limited to 20 students.

For information, contact Jeff Going at jgoing@defender.com or call (800) 628-8225, Ext. 122.

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Back Cove announces top dealer, broker

Rockland, Maine, builder Back Cove Yachts announced its 2005 Dealership of the Year and the 2005 Broker of the Year.

Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales, with offices in Oxford and Annapolis, Md., received the Dealership of the Year Award. Representing the dealership were Jim Karr, Jim Reynolds and Jim Osborne, with Osborne also named Broker of the Year.

“We are extremely fortunate to have many great dealerships and individual brokers within the Back Cove Yachts dealer network,” said Bentley Collins, sales and marketing manager.

The meeting was attended by Back Cove dealers from as far away as England, California, and western Canada, as well as from the Great Lakes and locations from Maine to Florida on the Eastern Seaboard.

In addition to presenting the awards, the meeting accomplished several goals including providing the dealers a preview tour of the new production facility, which is almost six times the size of its former home. The new site will enable Back Cove to continue its rapid growth by increasing production capacity to serve an expanded network of dealers.

Dealers were given a sneak preview of one model — a larger boat that will be launched in late 2006. For 2007 the company plans to add an additional model, and to double shipments and sales from 2005 levels.

Back Cove Yachts, in Rockland, Maine, has been manufacturing motoryachts based on Maine’s Down East style lobster boats since 2002. www.backcoveyachts.com

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Canadian sail dealer picks up Mainship line

Angus Yachts of Toronto has added Mainship’s complete line of trawlers and Pilot express cruisers to its sailboat product offerings.

“We’re making a serious commitment to Mainship by forming a separate sales division for power,” said Al Patterson, president of Angus Yachts. “There’s not a lot of knowledge about trawlers in our specific Great Lakes region, so our customers need to be educated about the outstanding benefits of Mainship trawlers.”

Angus Yachts was recently named the world’s No. 1 Dealer in 2005 for Hunter sailboats — a sister company of Mainship Corporation. The retailer has been in business for 34 years, and also provides brokerage sales, parts and service, yacht charters, and instructional programs for both power and sail. www.mainship.com ; www.angusyachts.com

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Boat show, magazine change their names

Maine Boats and Harbors Publications announced in January the name of their signature products has changed. The magazine’s name is now Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. The name of the company’s annual show is also changing to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show.

Publisher John K. Hanson, Jr., said the change was necessitated, in part, by the success of the magazine, which was founded in 1987, and the show, which is now in its fourth year. That success brought the Camden, Maine, company to the attention of the owners of Boats & Harbors, a tabloid classified-advertising newspaper based in Crossville, Tenn.

“To end the supposed confusion in the marketplace, the cease-and-desist letters, and the legal bills, we have decided to change the name of both our magazine and our show,” said Hanson.

The fourth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show will take place Aug. 11 to 13 on Rockland’s waterfront. www.maineboats.com

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Attendance up at Toronto boat show

As exhibitors packed up their booths, the overall feeling about the 2006 Toronto International Boat Show was positive. Sales were reportedly up substantially right across the board — from the major dealers to the smaller retail operations. Final attendance for the show, held Jan. 14 to 22, was 88,053 — up 10 percent from the previous year.

“This was definitely our best-ever show with anticipated sales around $5 million,” said Al Patterson, president of Angus Yachts. “We’re finding there really is a convergence between power and sail buyers, with actual crossover between the two unique customer groups. Powerboaters are going to sail and vice versa. I wouldn’t have thought so a few years ago. But it’s very good for our business.”

Everything was selling at this year’s show, from boats to boat hooks. “We sold over 700 boat hooks in a week — they just flew out of here,” said Doug Thompson, manager of retailer West Marine, adding that they ran out of many products after the first weekend.

Organizers attribute some of the show’s success to a new initiative admitting youths 16 and under for free. Subsequently, the boat show saw an increase of almost 4,000 children directly in the higher age bracket alone.

Next year’s Toronto International Boat Show takes place Jan. 12 to 21. www.torontoboatshow.com

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Regional dealer picks up Nova Scotia line

Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., has been appointed dealer for Rosborough Boats. The trailerable trawler will make its debut in Essex in late March.

“We feel this new line will fill a niche for the customer who is looking for a well-built smaller boat,” says company president Ben Wilde.

Exclusive Nordic Tug dealers since 2000, the Wilde office is located at the Lighthouse on 39 Pratt St. Wilde sales territory includes New England, New York and New Jersey for both Nordic Tugs and Rosborough Boats. They have also been appointed a dealer for AB Inflatables.

Rosborough Boats (www.rosboroughboats.com ) has been building boats in Nova Scotia for more than 50 years. Wilde Yacht Sales will be demonstrating the Rosborough RF-246 at the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland, March 17-19.

The RF-246, as well as the 2006 32-, 37- and 42-foot Nordic Tugs and hard-bottom AB Inflatables will be shown at the annual Spring Open House at the Lighthouse in Essex, April 20 and 21. They will be also at the Newport Spring Boat Show, May 18 to 21, and TrawlerFest in Mystic, Aug. 3 to 5.

The group’s third annual traveling tug trip will begin June 23 with stops this year in Block Island and Jamestown, R.I., and Edgartown, Nantucket, Chatham and Hyannis, Mass., returning to Essex July 9. For additional information call (888) 447-6944.

The sixth annual Nordic Tug rendezvous will take place July 26 to 28 at Essex Island Marina. The three-day event draws more than 100 owners and prospective “tuggers,” and concludes with a colorful parade of more than 25 Nordic tugs that have “dressed ship” for the occasion. Additional details can be found at www.wildeyachts.com .

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New program offers training on own boat

Offshore SailingSchool has launched a new program to give private boat owners customized training for their families in their home waters. Custom Training On Your Boat allows sail- and powerboat owners the opportunity to choose the level of expertise they desire and to learn on their own boats.

Offshore’s Coast Guard-licensed and certified instructors spend a minimum of two days in private, customized instruction for a total of four family members or boat partners. From basic theory of sailing and power vessel operation to short- and long-term cruising techniques, Custom Training On Your Boat is geared to give boat owners the knowledge and skills to safely and consistently get the most out of their investment.

“This is not a boat delivery service,” states COO Doug Sparks. “We have designed a program that gives the owner quality training time for peace of mind and fun times on the water.”

Offshore SailingSchool instructors are all US Sailing and US Powerboating certified, and go through an extensive review before they are allowed to teach regular OffshoreSailingSchool courses.

The introductory cost for Custom Training On Your Boat is $995 per day plus instructor travel, room and board expenses up to $1,500. Additional consecutive days can be added at $795 each. At the end of the training period, the owner receives a written evaluation of skills gained for each individual aboard and a certificate of training achievement.

www.offshore-sailing.com

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‘Sail Escape’ to return this spring

Celebrating 42 years of continuous instruction and 16 years with annual programs solely for women, OffshoreSailingSchool is bringing its popular You Can Sail Escape for women back to Captiva Island, Fla.

The 2006 Escape will take place May 7 to 13 at the all-new South Seas Island Resort on CaptivaIsland. Learn to Sail and Performance Sailing on Colgate 26s and Bareboat Cruising Preparation on a Hunter 36 are the sailing courses offered during this intense yet fun-filled weekend of instruction. A Power Cruise course taught on a Luhrs Mainship 30-II Rumrunner will also be available. All courses come with US Sailing certification.

July 2 to 9 Offshore’s Women-Only Live Aboard Cruising Escape in the British Virgin Islands provides cruising training for women who have already gained Basic Keelboat Certification. The training takes place aboard 43- to 49-foot Moorings yachts, maneuvering through the channels and harbors of this sailors’ paradise.

The You Can Sail Escape package at South Seas Island Resort starts at $1,795 per person. The Women-Only Live Aboard Cruising Escape in the British Virgin Islands starts at $2,350 per person.

Contact the school at (800) 221-4326 or visit

www.offshore-sailing.com .