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News Notes New England April 2007

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Free-sailing weekend set for April 21 in Boston

Free sail rides along Boston’s historic waterfront will highlight a weekend of celebration as the sailing season gets under way April 21 at the BostonSailingCenter.

First-time sailors as well as seasoned skippers of all ages are invited to join the festivities at LewisWharf. Harbor sailing trips will be conducted by experienced sailors aboard a fleet of boats ranging in length from 23 to 40 feet.

The center’s teaching staff will be on hand to answer questions about sailing basics, and about the history of BostonHarbor as a focal point of maritime activity in New England.

This year’s event marks the 31st annual Free-Sailing Weekend at the BostonSailingCenter. Headquartered in a converted Louisiana riverboat permanently docked at LewisWharf, the center’s floating classroom and boat moorings are just a short walk north of Faneuil Hall Marketplace along Atlantic Avenue. www.bostonsailingcenter.com

Boat broker opens new location

Oyster Harbors Marine has opened a new retail location in the MelvilleBoatBasin in Portsmouth, R.I., which will specialize in new-boat sales, yacht brokerage and liaison with clients in Massachusetts.

New boat inventory is displayed next door at New England Boat Works where the company will also handle deliveries. Oyster Harbors represents Tiara, Viking, Regulator, Cabo, Ocean, Maritimo and Limestone yachts. www.oysterharborsmarine.com

Rampage adds full-service dealer

Bosun’s Marine, which has locations in Mashpee and Peabody, Mass., and has served the New England region for 21 years, has joined Rampage’s group of dealerships.

Bosun’s Marine is a full-service marine dealership featuring sportfishing yachts, powerboats, inflatable boats and outboard motors. Bosun’s recently acquired Mashpee Neck Marina on the PopponessetBay in Mashpee, Mass.www.bosuns.com

Students to name new research ship

NOAA is inviting students in the Northeast to join a ship naming contest for sixth- to 12th-grade students in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The contest, which began Feb. 1, runs through March 30. The winning entry will be announced in May.

The top team will name a new Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull Coast Mapping Vessel (SWATH CMV), the first ship of its kind to be built for NOAA. One of NOAA’s missions is to create the nation’s nautical charts for safe marine navigation. When completed, the new SWATH will map the seafloor in the coastal areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Caribbean Sea, and Great Lakes using sonar.

Working in teams of four to eight students, students will research one name of their choosing for the ship and work on an essay to support their selection. Essays will be judged on imagination and creativity, evidence of educational value, and ocean literacy.

For information on the contest, visit www.education.noaa.gov/shipname .

Boating workshops offered

Mystic (Conn.) River Yacht Club will host a one-day sail trim seminar on March 17 and a one-day diesel workshop on April 21.

The sail trim course will focus on the fundamentals of upwind performance, plus advanced techniques that balance angle of attack, sail depth and twist in both the main and jib in order to optimize speed and pointing in all conditions.In addition, the course covers the latest in conventional and asymmetric spinnaker trim, plus how to set, jibe and douse all kinds of spinnakers in all kinds of weather. The fee for the class is $150 per person.The doors open at MRYC at 7:30 a.m., and the class begins at 8 a.m.

The diesel workshop focuses on basic on-board diesel engine maintenance, including what to do if your diesel quits while under way, changing oil, winterizing and such arcane topics as replacing the mixing elbow.The workshop fee is $150 per person.

For information, contact Richard Walter, MRYC Education Chairman at sailindigo@yahoo.com .

Mariner’s Museum meets fund-raising goal

The Mariners’ Museum president and CEO Timothy J. Sullivan recently announced fund-raising efforts had successfully reached the 2:1 matching grant set by media executive and Museum Trustee Emeritus Frank Batten Sr., adding a total of $6 million to the $30 million USS Monitor Center Capital Campaign.

Hundreds of donors contributed during the three-year challenge period, helping meet the $4 million goal needed in order to receive Batten’s $2 million pledge. Currently $27 million in cash and pledges have been received toward the ultimate $30 million capital campaign goal. More than $2 million in other related gifts and improvements for the new Center have also been received.

In 2003, The Mariners’ Museum announced a $2 million 2:1 challenge grant from Batten. This challenge launched the $10 million dollar private sector portion of the Campaign. For every $2 the Museum raised from a corporation, foundation or individual, Batten provided $1.

“I am delighted that my challenge for The Mariners’ Museum’s Monitor fund drive has been met,” Batten says. Batten served on The Mariners’ Museum’s board of trustees from 1995 through 2003. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Landmark Communications, Inc., which publishes The Virginian-Pilot newspaper. In 1982 he launched The Weather Channel under the auspices of Landmark Communications.

On March 9, exactly 145 years after the historic clash between the Civil War ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, The Mariners’ Museum and its partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will open the doors to the USS Monitor Center. This new $30 million, 63,500-square-foot facility will feature exhibits, conservation labs and offer historians rich resources for research. www.marinersmuseum.org

Canadian sailing cat names U.S. dealer

TomCat Boats, designer and builder of the TC 6.2 and the innovative TC 9.7 sailing catamarans, recently announced that Long Island-based Aeroyacht will represent the TomCat line of performance cruisers.

“My first experience on a TomCat 9.7 was a real eye-opener,” says Aeroyacht’s founder and CEO, Gregor Tarjan. “The multitude of design features in this 32-foot performance cruiser culminate in a fantastic synergy of form and function that is unmatched by any boat in its size and price range.”

Since 1994 TomCat Boats has combined innovative design and construction technologies to produce affordable, high-quality production and semi-custom performance cruisers.

The TC 6.2 is the only trailerable catamaran in its class; while the TC 9.7 offers comfort and speed usually available only in much higher priced vessels.

For information about TomCat Boats, contact the manufacturer at (905) 584-1236 or visit www.tomcatboats.com. Aeroyacht can be contacted at (800) 446-0010, or visit their Web site at www.aeroyacht.com .

State rep urges boat speed limits

New Hampshire State Rep. Christopher Algren pre-filed a bill in December in the state legislature that may seek to establish a boating speed limit on New Hampshire’s inland waters, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports.

Last year the legislature narrowly rejected a bill that would have set a 45- mph daytime speed limit and a 25-mph speed limit at night.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association opposed previous efforts to establish a speed limit, saying it would be unenforceable and ineffective in reaction to concerns about on-water safety and wake-induced erosion.

Also in New Hampshire, a bill has been pre-filed that would require children younger than 12 to wear life jackets.

Model boat show returns this spring 

The sixth Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show will take place the weekend of April 14 and 15.

Both static and live exhibits will be displayed at sites throughout the village. A pool set up at the museum will float children’s models and freshwater radio controlled boats.

Also, races and sailing demonstrations will take place in Eel Pond. Tickets are available at the door of Museum and Woods Hole Community Hall.

For information, call (508) 548-7270. www.woodsholemuseum.org

NOAA adds new fisheries survey vessel

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received the Henry B. Bigelow, one of a new class of fisheries survey vessels being built under contract with VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss.

Henry B. Bigelow will support NOAA research efforts in conservation and management of fisheries and marine ecosystems primarily in northeastern U.S. waters, replacing the 45-year-old Albatross IV. The ship will be based temporarily in Newport, R.I.

The FSVs will have the ability to perform hydro-acoustic surveys of fish, and will also be able to conduct bottom and midwater trawls while running physical and biological-oceanographic sampling during a single deployment — a combined capability unavailable in the private sector.

Sabre Yachts receives safety award

South Casco, Maine-based Sabre Yachts’ safety record was recently honored with the Richard J. Haines Award for Safety Excellence from Manufacturers of Maine Group Trust.

The award honors a member of the trust who excels in six different areas of employee safety: commitment, persistence, participation, performance, consistency and innovation.

“Receiving this award now, in a year when our associates are celebrating an impressive six years, two million hours of no loss-time injuries is truly special to us,” says Jeff Baker, vice president for human resource and regulatory compliance manager.

Mercury announces ‘Get the Best’ sales event

A new promotion by Mercury includes Mercury FourStroke outboards 40 to 275 hp and select OptiMax models, involves engines sold through March 31 and warranty registered by April 15.

These engines will receive an additional three years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty coverage. The promotion coverage provided is in addition to the current three-year factory warranty, providing Mercury 40-275 FourStroke outboards a total of six years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty.

The 75- to 250-hp direct-injected OptiMax models, excluding racing engines, will receive an additional two years of factory-backed non-declining limited warranty coverage. Added to the standard three-year warranty, the promotion means OptiMax models come with five years of coverage. This marks the first time Mercury has offered two warranty promotions in the same calendar year.

For more owner information regarding this promotion contact an authorized Mercury dealer or Mercury customer service at (920) 929-5040.

In other news, Mercury recently launched a completely redesigned Web site, which features an easy-to-navigate design that allows visitors to find reliable information fast. www.mercurymarine.com