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Classic yachts cruise highlights IYRS calendar

The Annual Summer Gala at The International Yacht Restoration School is scheduled for July 15, 6 p.m. to midnight, in Newport, R.I. Restoration Hall, usually the workspace on campus, will be transformed into an elegant setting for the 2006 Summer Gala.

The gala is held each year to raise funds for the school’s education programs in traditional boatbuilding and yacht restoration. Students have already restored some 80 historic craft, many of which are sailing throughout New England. Annually the gala draws an international crowd of classic yacht enthusiasts.

Two types of tickets are available. Attendees can arrive at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a live auction. At 9 p.m. the after-dinner dance party begins with music by Roomful of Blues. Festivities end at the stroke of midnight.

A live and silent auction run by Christie’s includes maritime artwork and travel opportunities, such as a sail aboard the classic schooner Santana, once the private yacht of Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; a Caribbean cruise on a luxurious 123-foot Feadship; and a cruise aboard the classic Trumpy motoryacht Sea Tabby.

IYRS will also sponsor a Classic Yacht Cruise July 29 to Aug. 5 in Maine. The weeklong event begins in Southwest Harbor. Blue Hill, Castine, and Camden are on the itinerary. The fleet arrives in Brooklin, Maine, on Friday, to meet up with the 21st Annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.

For tickets and information contact events coordinator, Leslie Streuli at (401) 848-5777, Ext. 217, or lstreuli@iyrs.org; www.iyrs.org

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Boaters can access free tide chart service

New England boaters can obtain free predicted tide chart service hosted by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association through its Web site, www.boatma.com.

Hosted for many years at www.maineharbors.com , the Massachusetts-area charting was acquired by MMTA and is offered as a public service. The Web site features predicted tide tables for the North and South Shores, Cape Cod and Islands, Boston Harbor and Buzzards Bay.

All tables include times of high and low tide and height thereof, moon phase along with times of sunrise and sunset.

South Shore predicted tables include specifics for Cohasset Harbor, Scituate, North River, Gurnet Point, Plymouth and the East Entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Similarly, Buzzards Bay tables include 13 different points along the West and East sides of Buzzards Bay. In all, 68 distinct Massachusetts ports and harbors’ tides are available six months in advance for review, download and printing.

Tide table print reproduction requests or table specific advertising inquires should contact webmaster@boatma.com for more information.

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Edey & Duff unveils new Sakonnet 23 daysailer

After launching the first Sakonnet 23 almost a decade ago, Edey & Duff has added a custom package of upgrades to its popular daysailer.

Endowed with the same sense of history and elegance as the standard model, which designer Joel White described as “a simple boat, with good speed, comfortable seating for four and good looks,” the new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a Flexiteek deck that resembles teak and is built for low maintenance, custom, chrome-plated bronze fittings, yacht hardware and varnished teak trim.

Other options include an auxiliary underwater trolling motor, AM/FM radio with CD player, built-in cooler and trash bin, Plastimo Navman bulkhead compass, recessed roller furling, navigational lights, and Awlgrip-finished hull and spars.

Edey & Duff’s new Sakonnet 23 Sport Package features a canoe-stern hull, which draws only 22 inches with the centerboard up and 5 feet, 2 inches with it down. The foam-cored hull is constructed of hand-laid unidirectional e-glass and polyester resin and displaces 2,000 pounds. The sail area is a manageable 195 square feet, for a modest sail area/displacement ratio of 19.4. www.sakonnet23.com

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Dealer markets an ‘East meets West’ program

A Bay State dealership is offering its customers a chance to cruise the Pacific Northwest.

Rhumb Line Yacht Sales, with offices in Newburyport, Mass., and Stuart, Fla., has launched a program allowing customers who purchase a new Camano trawler, built in Canada’s British Columbia, to take a shakedown cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

“This is a great opportunity for boat owners to use their own vessel to explore an area they may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit,” says Beth Simkins, owner of Rhumb Line’s northeast office.

Simkins says many buyers have mentioned how much they’d like to cruise the Northwest, considered to be some of the best cruising in the world. But getting there from the East Coast can be challenging.

“After a while it dawned on us: Because the boat is manufactured and launched there, we can offer it,” says Simkins.

Customers travel at their own expense to a marina in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the newly purchased boat will be docked. A representative will meet them onsite to discuss boat systems, provisions and local cruising. A complete set of navigational charts and cruising guides will also be on board. Customers can cruise the Pacific Northwest for as long as they like, says Simkins. Upon their return to Vancouver, the boat will be decommissioned and prepared for shipment.

The yacht then can be delivered to either the Rhumb Line office in Florida or Massachusetts. The option to take delivery in either office also opens up the potential to cruise another area of the country, without the hassle of getting there, says Simkins.

Northeast customers, for example, can potentially cruise the Northwest, take delivery in Florida, then cruise throughout the winter in the Southeast and then cruise up the Intracoastal Waterway in spring, says Simkins. The program will be offered indefinitely.

Camano is built in Delta, British Columbia, just south of Vancouver and 130 miles north of Seattle. A new yacht equipped with cruising options costs about $220,000.

— JoAnn W. Goddard

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Sail aboard a 12 Meter yacht

The public is invited to spend a half-day sailing Narragansett Bay aboard the 12 Meter yachts Gleam or Northern Light during the 15th Annual WoodenBoat Show Aug. 25 to 27 at the Newport Yachting Center in Rhode Island.

All the comforts of the golden days of yachting will greet the participants as they step aboard these gorgeous, fully restored former Cup class yachts. Attendees will be allowed to take the helm of these thoroughbred yachts.

The offer is available to a limited number of participants, obtainable by advance reservation only, at $200 per person. The program includes a three-day admission pass to the show. This price is in effect until July 31. After that date, if space remains, the cost increases to $250 per person.

The 15th Annual WoodenBoat Show presents traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats. For information contact WoodenBoat Publications at (800) 273-7447 or visit www.woodenboat.com. Admission: $12 adult one day, $24 adult multiday, advance discounts available online. Children under 12 are free.

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Celebration of the Charles W. Morgan

Mystic (Conn.) Seaport will hold a special celebration of the Charles W. Morgan July 15, honoring members of the Morgan’s “family” — including relatives of captains, crewmembers, investors and builders — and supporters of the Morgan during her time at the museum.

A National Historic Landmark and the museum’s signature vessel, the Morgan was built in 1841 in New Bedford, Mass. During her 80-year career, she made 37 voyages across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 1941 the Morgan came to Mystic Seaport, where thousands of visitors have walked her decks each year.

The Morgan will undergo a major restoration beginning fall 2007. The $3.5 million project is scheduled to last three years.

The celebration will include a variety of events, including tours of the vessel and the Collections Research Center, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s collection, including items from the Morgan. Whaleboat rowing will also be offered, as well as special planetarium shows displaying the stars visible during the Morgan’s first voyage. A select number of visitors will also have the opportunity to stay overnight on the deck of the Morgan.

The all-day event concludes with a New England Lobster Bake.

Pre-registration for the event is required by July 1. Celebration tickets are $25 (adults) and $15 (children 18 and under), and include free admission to Mystic Seaport beginning July 14 through July 16. There is an additional fee for lobster dinners.

For information or to register for the event, contact Sally Halsey at

sally.halsey@mysticseaport.org or (860) 572-0711, Ext. 5120. www.mysticseaport.org

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Officials legislate new PWC rules in Maine

New restrictions on personal watercraft operations will go into effect next year in Maine.

Gov. John Baldacci has signed into law a bill barring boaters ages 16 to 18 from operating a PWC unless they can show they’ve completed a boater safety course, or unless they’re accompanied by someone 18 or older.

State law already bars people younger than 16 from operating a PWC.

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Sabre launches boatbuilding blog

South Casco, Maine-based Sabre Yachts Corp. has launched a Web log to allow the public to access information about the boatbuilding process, the yachting lifestyle and other related topics.

The web log, or blog, will allow users to follow the construction process from the designer’s desk to the water. It chronicles the boatbuilding process of an actual yacht, including intricate details about each step.

The blog is updated almost daily, and includes pictures of the process. Go to www.sabreyachts.com and click on the blog link on the menu, or go to www.sabreyachtsblog.com . This will give the user access to the online diary and different topics for discussion.

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Regional boat show off to good start

The debut of what is to be the annual Topsfield Boat Show took place at the Fair Grounds Arena in Topsfield Mass., April 28 to 30. The new regional Boat Show was deemed successful in attracting local boat buyers from Boston suburbs, according to Vernon Promotions of Middleton, Mass., which produced the show.

“Small regional shows like this are an alternative to expensive shows held in major cities, which have experienced declining attendance over the past few years,” says Warren Kelly, owner of Vernon Promotions.

The objective of the Topsfield Boat Show was to produce an affordable venue for the dealers and attract qualified buyers. It was reported that more than 40 boats were sold in the 2-1/2-day show. For information contact Vernon Promotions at (978) 777-4439. www.topsfieldboatshow.com