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Atlantic Challenge is now The Apprenticeshop

Atlantic Challenge, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, Maine, is once again The Apprenticeshop.

The name change reflects a return to the organization's roots and a rededication to its core mission, say school officials.

"Our original identity, The Apprenticeshop, under which the school was launched in the early 1970s, most simply captures our core principles," says executive director Eric Stockinger. "It's important that the name of the school reflects what we offer: learning through practical experience and acquiring skills while in the field. In a word, apprenticing."

For information, go to www.apprenticeshop.org

Sailing Hall of Fame moves closer to reality

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted to lease property to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center to construct a facility in Annapolis, Md.

Among the goals of the center are to create an array of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and learning activities designed to introduce visitors to the excitement, traditions, science, history and spirit of sailing.

"Sailing finally has a home - a unified place, a physical place bearing the history that reminds us what sailing in its many forms is all about," says US Sailing president Gary Jobson.

Tartan/C&C buys Legacy Yachts

Tartan/C&C Yachts announced it acquired Legacy Yachts of Middletown, R.I. All Legacy manufacturing and business operations are being relocated to Tartan/C&C's Ohio location.

The acquisition was completed in early January, according to sales manager Andrew Drumm.

Drumm says the company was in the process of working out the logistics of the move, but planned to move the tooling this spring.

In terms of jobs, Drumm says production at Legacy had slowed or stopped "some time ago," so many positions were lost prior to the acquisition.

"Our goal is simple - manufacture high-quality boats and increase jobs in Northeast Ohio," he says. "We have and will continue to search for highly motivated, skilled workers and this is not limited to just our region."

The company plans an expansion of its North American, as well as international, distribution through several new marketing initiatives, Tartan says.

- Beth Rosenberg

Soundings relaunches boat-selling tool

Soundings magazine has relaunched its Boats for Sale and Sell My Boat online options.

Buyers searching for a boat can now choose to exclusively search the boats listed on SoundingsOnline.com, Boats for Sale or expand their search to the nearly 400,000 new and used boats offered by Soundings' partners.

"For 47 years, boaters on the East Coast have turned to Soundings to find the best boats at the best prices," said Ian C. Bowen, Soundings' editorial and IT director, in a statement. "Now, readers can choose to stick with the name they've trusted for years or harness the combined search power of our media partners: Boats.com, Boat Trader and YachtWorld.com."

The Soundings Boats for Sale splash page allows users to search from all four databases. Readers in the market for a new or used boat can visit the site and click on the "Buy a Boat" tab at the top of the page. Users can harness the search engine to sort by brand, state, price, length and year. They can contact the seller by simply clicking one button.

Soundings is also redesigning its Sell My Boat Online page to make it easier for readers to upload their own boats-for-sale advertisement with up to 12 photos, and review their own ad instantly. Listings appear in the Soundings print magazine and on the exclusive Soundings Boats for Sale database and are also automatically listed on www.boat trader.com and e-mailed to thousands of readers through Soundings' electronic newsletter, Dispatches, and the Boats for Sale digital edition.

"Our revamped Sell My Boat Online site has made it even easier to reach Soundings' audience of 'Real Boaters,' " says Gretchen Dare, circulation director and business manager for Soundings Publications.

To list a boat, sellers should visit www.SoundingsOnline.com and click on the Sell My Boat tab at the top of the page.

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the May 2010 issue.