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Payne’s Dock hosts Grand Banks owners

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In only its second year, the New England Grand Banks Owner’s Association drew a sizable turnout for a rendezvous it recently hosted at Payne’s Dock on Block Island for owners from all over the region.

In only its second year, the New England Grand Banks Owner’s Association drew a sizable turnout for a rendezvous it recently hosted at Payne’s Dock on Block Island for owners from all over the region.

“We had the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new ones in a wonderful, sunny and informal environment,” Dave Pearson, the association’s president, says in an e-mail. “It really was a great event.”

A total of 16 Grand Banks and 41 owners turned out for the rendezvous held the weekend of July 15 to 17. One owner traveled from as far as Fairhaven, N.J., for the event.

Members shared stories, had a pot luck barbecue and enjoyed cocktails during the three-day gathering, Pearson says. Following dinner on the second night, a selection of prizes was randomly drawn and each boat owner received a gift from Grand Banks.

After the rendezvous, a number of members cruised up to Camden, Maine, to participate in the East Coast Yacht Sales Cruise from Camden to Southwest Harbor, Pearson says.

The Block Island rendezvous was the second of three hosted this year by the group. The first was held on Memorial Day at the Matt-a-Mar Marina in Mattituck, on Long Island. The last was held on Labor Day at Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn.

The association was officially formed in June of 2004 to unite owners of Grand Banks, including Aleutian and East Bay models, from all over New England and New York. Currently, there are 116 members with 59 boats.

Pearson says he and other members are looking forward to organizing next year’s rendezvous schedule. “For only the second season that NEGBOA has been in existence, this was a phenomenal event,” he says. “We hope to continue our developing tradition of providing friendly, informal activities for Grand Banks owners throughout the Northeast.” www.negboa.com