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‘Micro-charters’ available aboard 50-foot classic

Jeff O’Brien of Gansett Cruises in Newport, R.I., announced the
availability of “micro-charters” aboard the Gansett this summer.
is a 50-foot fully restored classic wooden vessel. O’Brien is offering
the shorter 90-minute charters for parties of just two to 20 passengers
around Newport and Narragansett Bay. The boat is pet-and
child-friendly, according to O’Brien.
Gansett Cruises is the official cruise boat of the Coast Living Newport Regatta.

The restored wooden vessel Gansett cruises off Rose Island, R.I.

Southern Cross Owners celebrate

The Southern Cross Owners’ Association, a group of owners and enthusiasts for Southern Cross Yachts of 28, 31, 35 and 39 feet, built by the former C.E. Ryder Corporation of Bristol, R.I., celebrates it 30th anniversary by hosting a rendezvous Aug. 1 and 2 in Narragansett Bay. For information visit

Safe/Sea launches new interactive Web site

Safe/Sea, a R.I.-based marine towing and assistance company recently launched a new Web site. Safe/Sea members can log onto the site, establish their own login names and passwords, and begin managing their own memberships. Members would then no longer need to call to update their boat, address or other information.
The new site also offers a live maritime weather portal, including latest National Weather Service Marine Forecasts for the Rhode Island area, the latest wind and speed direction, temperature and barometric press readings from NOAA’s Narragansett Bay PORTS real-time observation system and the latest radar loop image from the NWS Radar in Taunton, Mass.
The site also offers blogs that are updated by Safe/Sea captains and other maritime professionals. Blogs include: Block Island photo blog, day in the life of a Safe/Sea Captain, maintenance blog, marine salvage blog, maritime law blog and a local fishing blog.
For information, visit

Springfield native awarded prestigious title
Petty Officer First Class Patrick Garvey, a native of Springfield, Mass., was honored as the 2008 First Coast Guard District Enlisted Person of the Year, for his exceptional performance of duty.
Garvey was assigned as storekeeper this year on the Coast Guard cutter Juniper in Newport, R.I. On the cutter, Garvey is responsible for a $556,000 annual budget and $800,000 of the ship’s property. Additionally, Garvey serves as the command duty officer, helmsman, look-out and under way junior officer of the day. In September, Garvey volunteered for Hurricane Ike relief efforts, according to the Coast Guard.
This title is given annually to enlisted Coast Guard members assigned to a unit within the First District.

Latitude 43 explores Lake Winnepesaukee
Latitude 43 is entering its third year of operation as the smallest tour boat attraction on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
Latitude 43 is a custom-built six-passenger cruiser that offers private charter tours ranging from one hour to a full day around the 72 square miles of Lake Winnipesaukee. The crew offers to pick a party up from a waterfront restaurant or a nearby town dock for an evening cruise. Sunrise cruises are also available.
Latitude 43 is a licensed and insured commercial vessel for private, group, and commercial charters. Flexible scheduling and catering options are always available.
For information or reservations, visit

Celebrate the working waterfront
The Working Waterfront Festival, celebrating the history and culture of New England’s commercial fishing industry, runs Sept. 26-27 rain or shine in New Bedford, Mass. The sixth annual festival is free and features local seafood, cooking demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, vessel and harbor tours, fishermen’s contests, authors, film screenings, bookstore, maritime artisans marketplace and more.
For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the September 2009 issue.