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News Notes - New England - January

Ranger Tugs now at Wilde Yacht Sales

Wilde Yacht Sales expanded its lineup to include Ranger Tugs. Wilde has long been the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for much of the Northeast and Canada. The Essex, Conn.-based dealership now offers Ranger 21, 25 and 29 models.

The Ranger Tug models are smaller, more fuel-efficient and trailerable.

“Ranger Tugs represents a new experience in modern boating,” says the dealership in announcing its new line.

Ranger Tugs’ smaller size allow owners to trailer the 21- and 25-foot models without a permit and the 29-footer with a permit. The vessel is seaworthy and maneuverable while still being fuel-

efficient, according to Wilde.

Buyers who pre-order by Dec. 15 will receive a $15,000 rebate on the Ranger 29 model, $7,500 back on the R25 or $3,500 on the R21.

For information, visit or phone (860) 767-2540.

Education available for youth programs

In an effort to reach out to local youth programs, the National Youth Marine Alliance and United States Power Squadron are offering “WaterSmart From The Start” program materials free of charge.

“WaterSmart From The Start” is an educational program about water and boating, according to the National Youth Marine Alliance. The material in the program covers topics such as navigation, safety and rescue, fishing, environmental education, personal watercraft and different types of boats. The material includes an instructor’s guide, a student book and a pre- and post-test, according to the NYMA.

For free program materials, visit or call (888) 367-8777, Ext. 210.

Maine builder wins classic replica award

Callinectes Boatworks, a startup company located in Kennebunkport, Maine, received an Antique and Classic Boat Society show award for Best of Class Contemporary Replica.

The 16-foot Julie Lynne has classic lines, but is powered by a jet pump.

The Julie Lynne, a 2009 prototype from Callinectes, is about 16 feet, built of cold-molded Spanish cedar and powered by a jet pump.

“I’ve been leery of entering our contemporary runabouts in judged competitions, not sure of their fit, but after a conversation with some good friends at YNOT Yachts, I bit the bullet,” company owner Glen Shivel said in a statement. “We were floored when we were recognized as reintroducing classically styled runabouts to a production line.”

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Trawler training courses for women

The Women’s Sailing and Powerboating School is offering trawler training courses with the pricing based on the size of the boat — starting at $400 a day plus expenses — and duration of instruction.

Classes are available on students’ boats anywhere, anytime as private instruction or on their vessels in Florida, the Chesapeake, New England, the Pacific Northwest, California and the Caribbean. Topics can include docking, anchoring, boat handling, close-quarter maneuvering, navigation, safety, boat systems and cruise planning, according to the school.

For information, visit

Spring courses for Offshore Sailing

Offshore Sailing School will offer its 10th Performance Race Week April 18-25 at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Fla.

Throughout the week, crews of four are coached by experienced instructors on each boat in morning and afternoon sessions, with midday seminar breaks and evening video recaps, according to the Offshore Sailing School. Saturday, the crews race without coaches.

Courses include the Performance Sailing, Learn to Sail, Bareboat Cruising Preparation and Performance Sailing.

For information, go to

New deck option for the M42

Morris Yachts, custom and semicustom yacht builders, announced a new deck option for the M42. Similar to the design of the M36 deck, the new M46 has a shorter, three-window cabin top, according to the company.

The self-tacking jib track was moved from the cabin top and returns to the deck-sweeper style, but the vessel still has the roomy interior of the M46 — the shorter trunk cabin only affects the interior area forward of the mast, according to the company.

The M42, designed by Sparkman & Stephens, offers more than 6 feet of headroom and a large salon. The interior is finished in Herreshoff style with white bulkheads and solid cherry trim with high-gloss varnish. The galley has a two-burner propane stove, an oven, a 12-volt refrigerator, Corian countertop and sink. The enclosed head has a Vacuflush toilet, wash basin, cherry countertop and shower.

Like all Morris M-series yachts, sail handling has been designed with a carbon-fiber mast and spade rudder, performance shoal draft bulb keel and rod rigging. The company describes the M42 as designed and crafted to be convenient for single-handed sailing. All control lines, sheets and halyards have been led below the deck to custom-designed control/winch pods located in the cockpit. Lewmar electric self-tailing primary winches are standard. A mechanical vang and self-contained hydraulic backstay adjuster are standard. The standard engine is a Yanmar 39-hp diesel with a Saildrive.

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Sea Sense school offers courses for couples

Sea Sense: The Women’s Sailing & Powerboating School is offering customized courses for couples this season. Personalized instruction is available on single- or twin-engine trawlers throughout the United States and gives new boaters the opportunity to try cruising while learning and living aboard. Instruction includes boat handling, seamanship, engine maintenance, close-quarters maneuvering, docking and navigation.

Sea Sense offers classes all along the East Coast. For information, contact Sea Sense at (800) 332-1404 or

BoatU.S. offers Tacklebox for your inbox

BoatU.S. Angler is offering a free e-mail newsletter called Tacklebox, covering topics like fishing tips from experts on fresh- and saltwater fishing, do-it-yourself projects, trailering, fishing destinations and conservation. Each issue also features one freshwater and one saltwater fishing guide or charter service that offers discounts to BoatU.S. members.

Membership with BoatU.S. is not necessary to sign up for an online subscription to Tacklebox. The newsletter comes out 10 times a year.

Go to to sign up for the newsletter.

Fashion for those with a boating passion

Nautical Silks is a new line of 100 percent silk scarves from Silk by Laura. Each hand-painted silk scarf features a nautical signal flag pattern that can be customized with a boat name, club name or other personal message. The scarves are created by Milwaukee-based artist Laura Livermore.

The hand-painted scarves are made to order.

The ready-to-order scarves are $75 and the custom scarves are $95. Allow two to three weeks for crafting the item.

Go to for information.

An upgrade will get you free airtime

KVH Industries is offering $500 of free airtime as a trade-in allowance for customers upgrading to Inmarsat FleetBroadband service and a new Inmarsat-compatible TracPhone system from KVH. This program is open to customers with old Globalstar, Iridium, AMSC/MSV or other regional or low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite systems, according to KVH.

Those trading in their old systems have the option of selecting one of KVH’s hardware and airtime packages. Customers selecting the “Premium Value” broadband plan can also receive free FB150 hardware or reduced-cost FB250 and FB500 hardware.

Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service is provided by a trio of new satellites that cover the globe and are capable of providing a data rate of up to 256 kbps, according to the company.

The trade-in program lasts until Dec. 31 or 100 trade-ins, whichever comes first. For information, visit

Brewer celebrates 45th anniversary

Brewer Yacht Yards is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. The privately owned company now has 21 boatyards and marinas, but it started in 1964 when the Brewer family learned the Post Road Boat Yard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. — adjacent to the original Brewer family business, R. G. Brewer Hardware, operated by the Brewer family for four generations — was up for sale.

“When my father called with the idea of purchasing the boatyard next door to his business, I thought it seemed like a good opportunity,” company president Jack Brewer said in a press release.

The Post Road Boat Yard was struggling when Jack Brewer began running it, according to the company. Brewer had no boatyard experience at the time, just an education in business and a year’s experience working for a large commercial bank. “I saw the boatyard as a business challenge and wanted to do it right. I had an instinct, I think, that made me want to do everything the right way,” says Brewer.

In 1983, following Brewer Yacht Yards’ growth, R. G. Brewer Hardware also expanded, opening a specialty woodshop stocking lumber and custom-milling exotic marine woods. The woodshop and hardware store act as a supplier to all the Brewer Yacht Yards in addition to being open to the general public.

Today, Brewer has yards and marinas throughout New England, from Long Island Sound to Casco Bay, Maine, and a total of 6,000 slips, according to the company.

For information, visit

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