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Kadey-Krogen 55 chosen for award

PassageMaker magazine’s People’s Choice Award was presented in January at Trawler Fest in Stuart, Fla. The award went to Invictus, one of the new Kadey-Krogen 55-footers in attendance. This was the fourth time a Kadey-Krogen yacht has won the award; 1,500 attendees voted on the best in show winner.

The Kadey-Krogen 55 was voted tops at PassageMaker magazine's Trawler Fest.

PassageMaker and Soundings are both owned by Norfolk, Va.-based Dominion Enterprises, a leading media and information services company serving the wide-ranging needs of the real estate, apartment, specialty vehicle, employment and travel industries.

For information, call (800) 247-1230, visit www.kadeykrogen.com.

 CG gives green light to proposed LNG waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard recently issued a letter of recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulation Committee regarding a waterway proposed for use by traffic associated with Downeast LNG, a liquefied natural gas facility in Robbinston, Maine.

In the accompanying waterway suitability report, the Coast Guard outlines risk mitigation measures for the area and, provided the recommendations are implemented, the Coast Guard has deemed the waterway suitable for Downeast LNG traffic.

The waterway includes Head Harbor Passage, Western Passage and Passamaquoddy Bay. The review focused on navigational safety and maritime security risks posed by the facility’s marine traffic, and the measures needed to manage those risks.

The Federal Energy Regulation Committee, which maintains charge of the LNG facility environmental impact and construction authorization, will use the Coast Guard’s report to draft an environment impact statement

Mass. town to boost waterfront access

The town of Scituate, Mass., has cleared the way for private investment in Scituate Marine Park to preserve the harbor’s maritime heritage and provide recreational, commercial and public access to the waterfront.

The boatyard portion of the property will be leased from May 15 to Oct. 15, and an additional 33,800 square feet from Oct. 16 to May 14, 2010 for off-season boat storage. The successful bidder will have the opportunity to lease, for up to 30 years, the boatyard area, including a new pier capable of supporting a 35-ton Travelift, and to construct a new vessel servicing facility on the premises for its exclusive use.

The number of slips will be increased to more than 100 after scheduled dredging later this year, with additional dock space for transient and commercial vessels.

The public will also have access to town-managed facilities, including a newly expanded marina/maritime center, a year-round harborwalk along the water’s edge, a seasonal outdoor picnic area and a “cartop” canoe and kayak launching area.

For information, contact the town administrator Rick Agnew at ragnew@town.scituate.ma.us or (781) 545-8741.

Own a boat? Get a tax break

Recreational boat owners who paid state sales taxes on a boat purchase, or those who secured a bank loan to finance a boat, may have some tax deductions available when filing their 2008 federal income tax return.

For those who paid substantial state sales taxes on a new- or used-boat purchase last year, the Tax Extenders Act of 2008 offers a federal tax benefit with a deduction for state sales taxes.

For owners with a secured boat loan, mortgage interest paid on the loan may be deductible from federal income taxes, using the “second home” mortgage interest deduction. (A boat with a galley, head, and a sleeping berth is considered a second home.)

For those who fall under the Alternative Minimum Tax — which is calculated differently — most deductions are unavailable. For information, go to www.irs.gov and download Publication 936 or the Fact Sheets.

New fishing guide and charter locator

Plan your next fishing with help from a new Fishing Guide and Charter Locator at BoatUSAngler.com. The Web site is the online home of BoatU.S. Angler, a membership program that offers services, fishing tips and safety information just for trailer boat anglers.

Anglers can search by region, state or even by species. Included with each fishing guide or charter company listing is contact information and links to their Web sites. Many listings also have detailed descriptions on their business and the types of species available, boats and equipment being used, professional credentials, or other relevant local information.

The Fishing Guide & Charter Locator also includes an informal rating system that allows customers to share their experience online. www.boatusangler.com

Maine site details future marine careers

The North Star Alliance Initiative, in collaboration with the Maine Marine Trades Association, launched a new Web site at www.mainemariners.com. The site focuses on educating students, parents and teachers about possible careers and opportunities within Maine’s marine industries.

Mainemariners.com is the final of four Web sites developed as part of the North Star Alliance Initiative. The others are www.mainebuiltboats.com, www.mainemarinetrades.com and www.mainecompositesalliance.org. The sites will be promoted through secondary, career and technical education centers, post-secondary schools, career fairs, community sailing programs and yacht clubs.

“Our goal is to strengthen Maine’s marine industry for long-term sustainability,” says Susan Swanton, executive director of the Maine Trades Association. “Reaching out and engaging young people is crucial to the continued growth and success of our industry.”

Update for electronic chart DVD series

“Managing the Waterway” cruising guide authors, Mark and Diana Doyle, have released their third annual update of electronic raster and vector charts for marine navigation. “This is a convenience product,” says Mark Doyle. “Although boaters can find and download many of these digital assets themselves, we think they’d rather be boating.” The process begins by downloading, updating, and cataloging NOAA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raster and vector electronic chart libraries. The charts are organized into popular cruising geographies and cataloged for easy loading and unloading in popular e-charting applications such as Nobeltec, Maptech, Raytech, Fugawi, The Capn and MaxSea.

In fact, the standard BSB (raster) and S-57 (vector) charts provided by NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps work in all laptop-based navigation packages.

“We added publicly available PDFs of the resources boaters are most likely to need, says Doyle.” These government publications, reference texts, and nautical calculators include: American Practical Navigator (Bowditch); Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 Sailing Directions (Planning Guides); and Marine Weather Service Charts State Chart Catalogs.

The 2-DVD set also contains free and trial software applications for both the PC and Macintosh, including SeaClear II, MacENC, Fugawi Marine ENC, NavSim BoatCruiser, and TIKI Navigator.

Suggested retail price is $39.95. www.managingthewaterway.com

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.