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Beauty abounds at classic boat show

The 2007 Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Show returned again in mid-August at the Burlington Community Boathouse overlooking Lake Champlain.

The show featured more than 40 historic, antique and classic boats. As in the past, the Lake Champlain Chapter offered a wide variety of vintage boats including runabouts, utilities cruisers, sailboats, launches, guide boats and everything in between.

Among the numerous awards given for boats on display were:

• Best of Show — Golden Years, a 1913 Matthews launch owned by Jay Anis of Spencer Boatworks.

• People’s Choice — Frisbie, a 1928 Hacker Craft dolphin model, owned by Don Lilly and Linda Baily.

• Best of Class for Cruiser — Naulakha, A 1938 Elco Marinette model, owned by Ed and Lois Hacket.

• Best of Class for Sail — Moon Fleet, a 1957 Concordia 39 yawl, owned by Jan and Mary Jane Rozendaal.

• Best of Class for Outboard — Old Toy Too, a 1858 Lyman 16-1/2 foot outboard, owned by Frank and Kay Mehaffey.

The event concluded with a dinner and awards presentation aboard The Champlain, a 1930 Ferry Boat.

The show is organized annually by the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. www.lcacbs.com

Exhibition celebrates designer, engineer

The innovative career of Jerry Milgram, the ocean engineer who designed America3, the last U.S. winner of the America’s Cup, pioneered oil spill cleanup, and investigated dozens of marine accidents as a “sea-going Sherlock Holmes” is the focus of an exhibition in the MITMuseum’s Compton Gallery.

The multimedia exhibit, “Jerry Milgram: An Exceptional Ocean Engineer,” which will run through Feb. 3, 2008, includes models of racing yachts, a replica of the America’s Cup trophy, hundreds of images and interviews with Milgram and colleagues presented in interactive video displays.

The exhibit is a celebration of the long and storied career of the MIT alumnus who was the William I. Koch Professor of Marine Technology until his retirement this fall after more than four decades on the MIT faculty.

Among the first to apply advanced scientific technology to yacht design, Milgram is probably best known for his work on sail and hull design for every America’s Cup boat since 1968.

As an ocean accident expert, Milgram investigated, among other disasters, the 1982 sinking of the mobile offshore drilling rig Ocean Ranger off Newfoundland, which killed its entire crew. He testified before Congress on how to reduce the impact of oil spills such as that of the Exxon Valdez.

Milgram’s life work is closely entwined with that of fellow MIT 1962 alumnus Bill Koch. Koch, a contributor to the Milgram museum exhibition, was skipper and syndicate manager for America3.

“When I was introduced to Jerry Milgram, I knew I had finally found someone who understood how to apply the scientific method to sailing,” Koch says. http://web.mit.edu/museum/exhibitions/compton.html

Group effort helps put out boat fire

In August a fire aboard a 42-foot Beneteau sail yacht named Panama Red was extinguished after some quick action by several locals.

The vessel was reported to be on fire just before 9 a.m. and Safe/Sea tow Capt. Doug Gould reports he arrived beside the vessel in less than five minutes. He says he immediately removed another sailboat, tied alongside the burning boat, and secured it to a nearby mooring.

A team consisting of Gould, the Block Island Fire Department, the harbormaster and the owners of a tackle shop and marine hardware store, brought the fire under control in less than 30 minutes.

The Beneteau was then towed back to Point Judith, where it was pulled from the water at Point Judith Marina.

Seaport art exhibition returns with autumn

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport presents its 28th annual International Marine Art Exhibition Sept. 29 through Nov. 13.

The gallery will be open to the public Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for an Artist’s Walk — an informal tour where artists will speak about their work. The opening reception is by invitation only. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

The exhibition celebrates the timeless beauty of the sea in what Mystic Seaport calls the most comprehensive exhibit of contemporary marine art in the nation.

More than 140 new works, including sculpture, painting, scrimshaw and ship models by 128 noted marine artists including David Bareford, William R. Davis and Kent Ullberg, as well as new, emerging talent exhibiting for the first time in the Maritime Gallery will be on display.

Artists also represent 15 countries, including Australia, France, Japan and Peru, will be on display.

For information, call (860) 572-5388, or visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery .

Yacht builder, broker form a partnership

Under a recently announced agreement, J&J Marine Yacht Group of Somerset, Mass., will be the sole Ocean Yacht dealer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“As an Ocean Yachts dealer we look forward to selling and servicing everything from the new 37-foot Billfish to the 73-foot Super Sport,” says J. Eric Smith, president of J&J Marine Yacht Group.

New Jersey-based Ocean Yachts has been building sportfishing and motor yachts in since 1977.

J&J Marine Yacht Group will be working with Ocean Yachts at shows from Boston to Fort Lauderdale this fall. www.jj-marine.com/yachtgroup

Mass. dealer picks up Riviera Yachts line

Bosun’s Marine, with Massachusetts locations in Mashpee on Cape Cod and in Peabody, just north of Boston, has been named a dealer for Riviera Yachts.

Bosun’s Marine is in its 23rd year of business and has two sales and service locations. Bosun’s also operates Mashpee Neck Marina on Cape Cod.

Bosun’s also has available boat slips and service at Ship Yard Quarters in Boston, Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers on the North Shore of Boston as well as an affiliated sub-dealer and service center on Nantucket. The company also provides mobile service throughout New England. www.bosuns.com

RIB builder awarded industry certification

Ribcraft of Marblehead, Mass., recently announced it has received National Marine Manufacturers Association Certification for its professional grade line of recreational boats.

While all boats in the United States must meet applicable Coast Guard regulations, boats built by manufacturers participating in the NMMA certified program must also meet the standards set by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Furthermore, to become NMMA certified, a boat must pass third-party inspection to ensure it meets and adheres to all standards and the company maintains an ongoing industry Customer Satisfaction Index program.

The NMMA Certification program covers more than 30 categories of standards, which vary by boat type and size. www.ribcraftusa.com

Boat donation group names director

The University of Rhode Island Foundation has named a former executive with Citizens Bank as its director of gift planning. Donna Jean-Rainville of East Greenwich, R.I., former vice president of the not-for-profit group at Citizens Investment Management Services, will lead a new office to assist alumni and friends with estate and tax-advantaged gift planning.

Rainville earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in political science, both from URI, as well as her master of business administration from Bryant University. At Citizens her responsibilities included client services that focused on helping non for-profit organizations build their endowments through philanthropy. She worked closely with her clients’ CEOs, staff and trustees.

Rainville said her experience in consulting and gift planning provides a foundation for assisting individuals in establishing legacies for causes they support.

Cape Cod Whaler dealer honored again

Nauset Marine of Orleans, Mass., has achieved Boston Whaler’s highest level of recognition as a certified Master Dealer for the ninth year in a row. To achieve this status, Nauset Marine met more than 117 performance and operational standards.

Introduced in 1998, the program was created by Boston Whaler to encourage its dealers to surpass customer expectations in sales and service. The program includes regular on-site inspections and annual re-certification.

Started in 1961, Nauset Marine has consistently been recognized as one of the world’s top Boston Whaler dealers and also represents Sea Pro Boats and Yamaha, Mercury and OMC motors. They also build the Nauset Custom Fleet from 25 to 36 feet. www.nausetmarine.com

Cruising publisher launches online forum

The people behind the Waterway Guide recently upgraded the publication’s Web site, www.waterwayguide.com, to include up-to-date fuel prices submitted by cruising friends, navigational updates, news broken down by region and information in the Cruising Resources section.

Creators of the site continue to add to the selection of waterfront Webcam links. The latest copy of Waterway Guide Magazine is also online. The new forum is designed to focus on the people, places and issues of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Loop and coastal waters from Eastport, Maine, to Brownville, Texas.

Registration is free and privacy protected. Readers are encouraged to post observations or comment on the observations of others. The forum is intended not only as a means of boater-to-boater communication, but also as a way of bringing particular views to the attention of policymakers and government administrators.

AquaPalooza ’07 one for the books

Sea Ray’s AquaPalooza summer series of maritime bashes drew more than 10,000 boats and 30,000 guests worldwide to 120 local events in its second year — 43 percent more boats and 42 percent more attendees than the 2006 inaugural event, according to the company.

Coordinated by Sea Ray Boats and its network of dealers, the nautical parties were held in rivers, lakes, and harbors around the world during the last two weekends in July. Sea Ray dealers as far away as Austria, Egypt and Australia helped organize AquaPalooza events.

Originally created as a Sea Ray owners’ event, AquaPalooza quickly grew into a boating spectacle, inviting all boating enthusiasts to take part, no matter the brand of their boat.

“We wanted boaters of all stripes to join the fun and get a closer look at our models and the lifestyle that comes standard with owning a Sea Ray,” says Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray.

This year’s signature event, hosted by Prince William Marine Sales of Woodbridge, Va., drew thousands of boating enthusiasts to the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. Platinum-album-selling country singer Taylor Swift, who says she grew up boating on Sea Ray boats, headlined the celebration. Participants enjoyed games, carnival attractions and a fireworks finale. According to local officials, the number of boats is estimated at 1,200 to 1,300, making AquaPalooza the largest on-water event ever held in the area. www.aquapalooza.com