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News Notes New England May 2007

WoodenBoat Show set for return in June

The 16th Annual WoodenBoat Show will present more than 100 traditional classics and contemporary wooden boats of every type. Large and small, old and new, power, sail, oar and paddle — all will be on display at Mystic Seaport June 29 - July 1.

Several daily workshops and demonstrations will provide useful information and diverse skills training. Check for updates.

WoodenBoat magazine is making plans to honor yacht designer Philip Bolger after the show closes on opening night. A tribute dinner and presentations are intended and Bolger is expected to discuss some of his favorite designs, a selection of which will be on display. Tickets are available in limited supply at $30 per person. They can be purchased by calling (800) 273-7447 or going online to

With more than 700 designs to date, Bolger is one of the most prolific designers in history. His designs range from the 115-foot full-rigged ship Rose to production motor cruisers to ocean-crossing rowboats to working lobster-boats.

The show at Mystic Seaport is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets, which can be purchased in advance at, cost $17.50 per adult and $12.50 for children ages 6 to 17. Each ticket admits the bearer for two consecutive days. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free with an adult.

Boat owners to get tax relief?

A state senator in Maine plans to propose legislation to exempt boats built in the state from the state’s 5-percent sales tax.

The exemption would help the state’s boatbuilders by leveling the playing field with states such as Rhode Island. The OceanState, which has a thriving marine industry, exempted boats from its sales tax more than a decade ago.

“The boatbuilding sector is one of the state’s oldest industries and one of the most vital,” Sen. Dennis Damon (D-Trenton) told the Bangor Daily News. “In my mind, there is a real opportunity for it to maybe even explode.”

Damon says the bill would also help the repair and storage industry.

The tax exemption comes on the heels of the formation of a non-profit group, Maine Built Boats, which is striving to expand the industry.

“The industry is doing very well,” Paul Rich, president of Maine Built Boats, told the newspaper. “But for us to grow, we need to have a way to try to increase the number of jobs in those yards that want to grow.”

Maine already exempts the sales tax to non-residents if the boat is immediately removed from the state, according to the newspaper.

Warmer weather dates chosen for Newport show

This year, the 33rd annual Newport Spring Boat Show will be running for three days (June 15-17) on Father’s Day weekend, just as Newport is heating up for summer.

The show, held at the NewportYachtingCenter, is one of the largest in-water shows in the region and one of only two shows in the country officially sanctioned by the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

Over 50 YBAA members and a similar number of boat dealers are expected to exhibit nearly 200 boats, with a total of 300 exhibits in the water, on land and under tents.All kinds of boats — from kayaks to express cruising yachts — plus equipment, services and accessories are shown as well as boats in the 35- to 65-foot range.

Local sailor was a dedicated volunteer

Sue Corl, 62, a longtime member of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., and a member of the club’s race committee, died Feb. 25 after a lengthy illness.

Corl also served as secretary of the National Women’s Sailing Association and co-chair of the Women’s Sailing Conference and national co-coordinator of the AdventureSail Program, a program to introduce sailing to young women at risk.

Maritime Skiff name to change

Augusta, Maine-based Kenway Corp. bought Maritime Skiff, reported

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Duxbury, Mass.-based Maritime Skiff will be renamed Maritime Marine and will serve as a sister company to Kenway, keeping the same ownership and management team, reports.

Maritime Skiff produces up to 150 14- to 25-foot powerboats a year. Kenway has been a contract manufacturer for Maritime Skiff, producing fiberglass hulls, decks and consoles.

Under the new arrangement, Maritime Marine will produce powerboats from start to finish and ship to dealers directly from Augusta.

Kenway Corp. was established in 1947 as a builder of plywood boats. It has evolved into a fiberglass manufacturing company for the marine, pulp and paper, and power industries.

CapeYachts cleans up new headquarters

CapeYachts is moving its headquarters this summer to the Concordia Yacht Yard in Padanaram, South Dartmouth, Mass. The site, known as SouthWharf, will become the company’s main commissioning and service base in the state.

Company officials hope to transform the site into the state’s first clean marina, the company said in its newsletter.

By this summer’s boating season, Cape Yachts will have done a complete remediation of the site, the installation of state-of-the-art pressure wash and water management systems, a new central vacuum sewage system, remodeling of interior spaces and shops and the first phase of a beautification plan.

In order to focus on this project, CapeYachts has temporarily consolidated its Rhode Island and Marion, Mass., offices into SouthWharf. HarwichPort, its home for the past 21 years, will continue to play a role in the company’s future.

CapeYachts will continue to operate road service throughout Rhode Island, only now based from SouthWharf.

Boatbuilders now have their own trade show

The Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show will debut Aug. 2 to 5 in conjunction with MahoneBay’s 18th annual Classic Boat Festival.

Potential customers will have a chance to climb aboard boats from several Nova Scotia yards, and talk directly to the builders during a popular festival in a picturesque seaside town at the height of Nova Scotia’s tourist season.

In recent years Nova Scotia builders have diversified from commercial boat production to break into international markets for power and sail pleasure boats, and for research and patrol vessels.

The new In-Water Show is presented by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, which represents nearly all the full-time boatyards in the province. “[The show] is a chance for builders to show their boats to the market at minimal cost, in their own backyard. It’s the ideal showcase,” says NSBA executive director Tim Edwards.

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association was formed by the province’s full-time boatyards in 1998 to foster training, provide technical advice, serve as a point of contact for the market and to speak to government with one voice.

Satellite marine weather coming to NavNet vx2

Furuno and Sirius are working together to provide satellite weather information on the NavNet vx2 line of multifunction navigation units.

Furuno is expected to release the BBWX1 Sirius Weather Receiver in late spring. This receiver will simply plug into your existing NavNet vx2 network, requiring only a software update to the NavNet vx2 displays to allow them to access the BBWX1.

The combination of NavNet vx2 and the BBWX1 will add live, up-to-date weather information and forecasting. The information will be overlayed onto a C-Map MAX chart, allowing a mariner to see the weather cells in relation to your geographic location. A monthly Sirius Marine Weather subscription is required.

For information on Furuno equipment including the BBWX1 Sirius Weather Receiver and the entire line of quality marine software, contact: Furuno USA, at (360) 834-9300.

Boatbuilders to be tested at ‘challenge’ in July

The National BoatBuilding Challenge — scheduled for Belfast, Maine, July 28 — pits teams of two against each other to build the same skiff design. They are graded on time of build, quality of workmanship, and speed on the water against each other. The current world record for building is 2 hours, 11 minutes, 47 seconds.

The competition is open to all: housing contractors, plumbing inspectors, paper-pushers, professional wooden-boat builders, and general lay-abouts.

To enter or for more information, call Dana Mosher at (207) 338-3808 or e-mail .

Safe Boating Week returns with spring

Boating advocates and partners are gearing up for the 2007 National Safe Boating Week, the official launch of the North American Safe Boating Campaign. Scheduled for May 19 to 25, NSBW was created to promote boating safety to approximately 78 million recreational boaters nationwide.

This year’s campaign — themed “Wear It!” — will once again focus attention on the importance of always wearing a life jacket on the water.

“Life jackets are the number one proven way to save lives in the event of an unexpected accident,” says Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.

Statistics recently released by the Coast Guard indicate that 87 percent of boaters who drowned in 2005 were not wearing life jackets

Visit for campaign materials and additional safe boating resources.

Antique boat show comes to Lake Champlain

Following a successful 2006 Lake Champlain ACBS Boat Show, committees are forming and the planning process has begun for the 2007 show.

This year organizers expect more than 50 historic, antique and classic boats. The event will also feature the second annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival.

The show and festival will celebrate the attractions and activities that line the Burlington, Vt., waterfront.

The show festivities are scheduled to begin Aug. 17 and run through the weekend ending Aug. 19.

Maine builder honors top dealers, brokers

Back Cove Yachts of Rockland, Maine, recently announced their 2006 Dealership of the Year and 2006 Broker of the Year awards.

DiMillo’s Old Port Yacht Sales in Portland, Maine, received the Dealership of the Year award. Peter Ouellette of DiMillo’s was also named Broker of the Year.

“We are fortunate to have many great dealerships and individual brokers in our expanding Back Cove Yachts dealer network,” said Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales.

Company builds barges from composites

Brunswick, Maine-based Harbor Technologies, which specializes in composite manufacturing for the marine industry, announced that Harpswell, Maine-based Coastal Barge & Mooring purchased one of its modified fiberglass docks for use as a barge.

Coastal Barge & Mooring bought the modified dock and added an engine and canopy to create a lightweight, rugged, and stable barge for servicing moorings and other marine- related jobs.

The company purchased a 12-foot-by-24-foot composite barge with custom bow sections from Harbor Technologies, added an aluminum canopy and engine, and now uses the new barge to service moorings in Maine’s Casco Bay. The barge is lightweight, stable and capable of hauling more than 8,000 pounds, the company says. .

Bitter End Yacht Club names new director

As part of its continuing renovation and enhancement program, Bitter End Yacht Club has named recreation, sailing and watersports specialist Capt. John T. Holmberg as director of Marine Operations.

Holmberg will focus on enhancing and expanding the resort’s waterfront operations and programs. These currently include a full-service marina with 72 moorings and 25 slips, a fleet of 104 recreational watercraft, a ferry service, excursion boats, the Quarterdeck Club, and visiting yacht service center at the British Virgin Islands boating destination.

Most recently, Holmberg owned and operated his own day charter company in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Previously he served for seven years as director of recreation for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Holmberg has nearly 35 years of international sailing, diving, entertaining and chartering under his belt, including a stint at Bitter End in the late 1970s, when he served as the resort’s first water sports director.

New edition for Florida cruising guide

Maptech says its new “Embassy Cruising Guide: Florida” (second edition) comes at a critical period for boaters in southern waters. A series of damaging hurricanes and extensive waterfront redevelopment have dramatically altered Florida’s landscape.

The 622-page comprehensive cruising guide provides updated coverage verified by on-site research on more than 1,200 marine facilities in Florida and Alabama, as well as more than 100 cruiser-friendly marinas in the Bahamas.

Features include:

• coverage includes coast-to-coast, mile-by-mile navigation throughout Florida (including St. Johns River and the Okeechobee Waterway) to upper Mobile Bay, Alabama and the waterway link to the Great Loop (circumnavigation of the eastern United States);

• a comprehensive bridge table available with mile-by-mile coverage of fixed and opening bridges, including GPS locations, opening schedules and height restrictions;

• more than 200 regional and destination NOAA charts, including Notice to Mariner updates;

• Bahamas planning guide including facility details and double-page, uncluttered charts adapted for easier use;

• features on the latest marine safety technology, including Digital Selective Calling and Automated Identification System.

Research in updating the guide is based on “local knowledge,” NOAA chart revisions, Notice to Mariners, and on-site visits to facilities. Aerial photos capture the detailed panorama from St.MarysInlet at Fernandina Beach, Fla., through to Mobile, Ala., including Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts and navigable inland waters such as the St. Johns River and Okeechobee Waterway.

Embassy Cruising Guide: Florida ($44.95) is available nationwide in marine stores and direct from Maptech at , or call (888) 839-5551 to order or for more information.