Checking In... February 2013

Bill Munger Receives ABBRA Award



Bill Munger Receives ABBRA Award

At the recent Boatyard Business Conference Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) presented William “Bill” Munger, founder and owner of Conanicut Marine Services in Jamestown, RI, with the prestigious Dennis Snow President’s Award. The award is given for significant and lasting contributions to the boatyard and marine service/repair industry.

“This is a great honor for me and I share it with [my wife] May, whose support, partnership and friendship has meant the world to me. I knew Dennis Snow, and to be recognized with the President’s Award by ABBRA really means a lot to me. All I’ve done has been out of a love and passion for this business and for boating, and if I’ve made a difference over the years I’m happy about that.”

Founded in 1943 and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, ABBRA is a national marine trade organization that serves as an advocate for boatyards, boat service and repairers and boat builders. Visit abbra.org for more information.


Front Street Shipyard Named Boatyard of the Year

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) has named Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, ME as its 2013 Boatyard of the Year. This award is presented to the service or repair facility that demonstrates excellence through commitment to customer service, quality management, positive vendor and employee relations, regard for employee and client safety, stewardship of the environment, and innovative use of technology.

“You would be hard pressed to find four more distinctive or distinctly different individuals than the four men who have pooled their particular skills, knowledge and passion to create Maine’s newest, most rapidly growing and impressive yachting facility – Front Street Shipyard,” said ABBRA President Pam Lendzion. “Ken Priest, Steve White, Taylor Allen and JB Turner shared a vision, saw an opportunity and turned that vision into a reality. They took a ramshackle collection of buildings, located on a tired waterfront that was begging for a new lease on life and turned it – seemingly overnight – into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that has captured the hearts of those who work there, those who do business there and those who call Belfast home.” For more information, visit frontstreetshipyard.com.


Brin Ford Wins Nye TrophyBrin Ford Wins Nye Trophy

The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Brin R. Ford (New Haven, CT) to receive its 2012 Richard S. Nye Trophy for his contributions to the club in the form of meritorious service.

Ford is a 1964 graduate of Harvard University and in 1970 received his Masters in Architecture from Yale University. Sailing, cruising and racing have been an integral part of his life since he was young. He has competed in the Newport Bermuda Race 18 times, mostly as navigator. For the past 18 years, Ford has brought distinction to the CCA with commendable service on the Newport Bermuda Race Committee through his programming skills, the creation of online race registration, and race scoring.

Now in its 90th year, the CCA is dedicated to offshore cruising, voyaging and the “adventurous use of the sea” through efforts to improve seamanship, the design of seaworthy yachts, safe yachting procedures and environmental awareness. In even-numbered years, the CCA organizes the Newport to Bermuda Race in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. For more information, visit cruisingclub.org.


Custom Marine Canvas Wins Awards of Excellence

Fabric craftsmen at Custom Marine Canvas in Noank, CT received Awards of Excellence at the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) national convention in Cape Coral, FL in January. In the Sailboat Dodgers category, Brian Bennett, MFC (Master Fabric Craftsman), won for a custom dodger he built for a Tartan 34. In the Miscellaneous Marine category, Nick Olsen and Aaron Norris won for their work building new deck awnings for the Coast Guard Barque Eagle.

Sponsored by MFA, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards Program recognizes the latest advances in technical fabric design and manufacturing in the marine textiles industry. A team of MFA members, who are MFC certified, judged the program entries with the following criteria: 25 percent design, 25 percent craftsmanship, 25 percent originality and 25 percent difficulty.

Founded in 1985 by Katie Bradford, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas serves clients throughout the Northeast by custom designing and handcrafting canvas-based products and upholstery for sailboats, powerboats and waterfront properties. Visit custommarinecanvas.com for more information.


Bob Marston Joins Morris YachtsBob Marston Joins Morris Yachts in Newport, RI

Morris Yachts, headquartered in Bass Harbor, ME, has announced the selection of Bob Marston as a Brokerage Sales Professional for their Newport, RI sales office. Marston will be responsible for overseeing brokerage sales operations in the Newport area and beyond, with a focus on offshore cruising yachts.

Marston has worked in the marine industry for over 21 years, working in sales for other fine boatbuilders such as Oyster Marine and Gunboat International as well as serving as a professional yacht captain for many years. Most recently he was Sales Director for Gunboat where he built strong relationships with buyers and owners in the high-tech multihull market. Prior to Gunboat, Marston spent 11 years as a brokerage and new sales manager for Oyster Marine USA in their Newport office, where he managed boat sales, events and marketing in the US and overseas.

“Bob’s impressive career and his commitment to his customers make him an excellent cultural fit for our organization,” said Doug Metchick, Morris Yachts CEO. “We look forward to having his expertise onboard and know he will be a valuable asset in the continued growth of not only our brokerage department but our company as a whole.”

Marston joins Prent Weathers and Gregg Weatherby in the Morris Yachts Newport sales office (located at Newport Shipyard), and will partner with Maine-based brokerage salesman James Allen to round out the brokerage department. For more information, contact Morris Yachts’ Newport office at 207-244-5509 or visit morrisyachts.com.


The Real McCoy® Rum now available in Connecticut

Real McCoy® Rum now available in ConnecticutAfter five years of ageing, the old fashioned way in select Kentucky bourbon casks, The Real McCoy® Rum has arrived at package stores, restaurants and pubs in eastern Connecticut. The Real McCoy® is named after Captain Bill McCoy, the celebrated Prohibition era rumrunner who fueled the Roaring Twenties by delivering over two million bottles of rum, by sea, to speakeasies in New York.

McCoy became a household name because he never adulterated the spirits. Unlike other rumrunners who diluted liquor with wood alcohol and turpentine, McCoy only delivered the best, uncut rum that became known around the world as “The Real McCoy.” Imported from Barbados by Stonington, CT-based Real McCoy Spirits, this Prohibition Tradition® “sipping rum” is hand-crafted using the same methods at the same distillery that supplied McCoy in 1920.

“This has been a labor of love for all of us for over five years,” said Toby Halsey, Real McCoy Spirits’ Marketing Director. “We conducted extensive research and maintained uncompromising standards through the product development process. We could have cut corners and churned out an inferior product, but instead we chose to live up to the name, and I think the product speaks for itself.” For more information, recipes and a list of establishments selling The Real McCoy®, visit realmccoyspirits.com.


Maine Boatbuilders Show is March 15 - 17

The 26th Annual Maine Boatbuilders Show will be held March 15 - 17 at the Portland Company Marine Complex, located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, ME. This “Gathering of the Clan,” proudly produced and sponsored by Portland Yacht Services, is unique among boating events. Many of the 200 companies that exhibit their products at this show only do so at one or two other shows a year.

“The boats are spectacular and the quality of the boats increases every year,” said event chair Phin Sprague. “Our finest boatbuilders will be here and the grace of their boats and craftsmanship ranks them among the finest in the world. They offer quality and value for those who know what they want.”

Afree lecture series about many aspects of boat ownership will be presented at the show, which is open to the public. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, March 15 and Saturday March 18, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, March 17. Admission is $15 per day at the door, and children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free. Advance tickets are available online this year. For more information, visit portlandcompany.com/boatshow.


McMichael Named Dealer for Alerion Yachts

McMichael Yacht Brokers will once again be the flagship dealer for Alerion Yachts, continuing their association with the Alerion brand that began in 1992. US Watercraft has acquired the Alerion Yachts brand from Pearson Marine Group, and chosen McMichael to represent the line in Southern New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The McMichael organization has a deep knowledge base with Alerion, having sold dozens of new and used Alerion 28s, and delivered more of the 33 and 38 models than any other dealer. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Randy Borges and the team from Waterline Systems/US Watercraft building the Alerion line,” said Howard McMichael, President of McMichael Yacht Brokers. “Our clients have chosen Alerion again and again as the definitive performance daysailer. With US Watercraft as the builder, we’re confident this product line will only get better.”

“We are extremely excited to have McMichael representing Alerion Yachts,” said Randy Borges, President of US Watercraft LLC. “They bring an immense amount of experience with the line which is a big ‘value-add’ to anyone considering purchasing one of our premium sailboats.” The full line of Alerion Yachts can be seen at the McMichael yard in Mamaroneck, NY. For more information, call 914-381-5900 or visit mcmichaelyachtbrokers.com.


Ultrasonic Anti-foulingUltrasonic Anti-Fouling

The HARSONIC ultrasonic marine hull anti-fouling system is now available the U.S. Harteel bvba of Belgium has signed an exclusive agreement with American Ultrasonics of New Bedford, MA to sell its HARSONIC ultrasonic anti-fouling system in North America. More than 1,000 HARSONIC units have already been sold in Europe, and the entire Dutch tugboat fleet uses the system to keep its hulls clean and barnacle-free.

The system is attached to the inner hull surface of the vessel and emits ultrasonic pulses of varying frequencies throughout the hull. These pulses prevent the growth of micro-biological organisms, or “biofilm,” on the hull. This prevents the growth of grasses, barnacles and other organisms. The HARSONIC system uses only 6 amps and will not harm the hull structure, coatings or any marine life, including whales and dolphins.

Biofilm grows rapidly in any water environment – fresh or salt water – at temperatures as low as 4 degrees C (39.2 F). Immediately after a boat is launched, biofilm will grow as long as the boat is stationary. Within 30 days, there is enough biofilm on an average-size sailboat’s bottom to affect its hull speed, reducing max hull speed by 0.5 knots. The biofilm serves as the buffer to the antifouling properties of bottom paints, allowing the growth of other “bottom-dwellers” such as grasses and barnacles.

American Ultrasonics is currently recruiting and training independent sales representatives to promote their products all across America. Interested candidates should contact Curt Weissinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at 508-993-0441 or csw@amultra.com. For more information about HARSONIC products, contact Robert Fontaine of American Ultrasonics at 508-993-0404, or raf@amultra.com or visit amultra.com.


Lifesaving App Sails Past the 1,000 MarkLifesaving App Sails Past the 1,000 Mark

Intelligent Maintenance, the company best known for its sailing maintenance software, has announced that its recently launched Man Overboard App for iPhone has reached more than 1,000 downloads.

“A man overboard situation happens more often than you think,” said Intelligent Maintenance CEO and sailor Adrian Stanway. “The problem is that even at quite low speeds, the boat can be 500 yards from the person in less than a minute. The remaining crew just cannot see the person at that distance and against the background of waves. It’s always life threatening and sadly, often fatal.”

“The Man Overboard App is super-simple to use,” Stanway continued. “Hit the MOB button, use the on-screen coordinates to call the Coast Guard, and follow the big on-screen arrow to get back to the MOB point. All boaters know they should practice MOB techniques regularly, but few actually get around to doing it. The app makes it fun to practice, especially for young people for whom using apps is second nature. We are proud to have given over 1,000 people a better chance of staying safe on the water.”

The Man Overboard App for iPhone is available for $1.99 from iTunes worldwide. To find other boat management software from Intelligent Maintenance LLC, including the ‘What’s on my Boat?’ App, ‘A Shipshape Sailboat’ and ‘A Shipshape Motorboat’ maintenance software, and the ‘Intelligent Logbook,’ visit intelligentmaintenance.com.


How Accurate is Your Compass?

Captain Bernie Weiss, who heads Atlantic Yacht Delivery in Stamford, CT, is expanding his service to include compensation, calibration, and repair of marine compasses.

The new service includes magnetic steering compasses (Ritchie, Danforth and others). The service also includes calibration and other adjustments of fluxgate electro-magnetic compasses (Raymarine, Furuno and others) that drive autopilots, chartplotters and other electronic navigation equipment. Deviation tables are available on request.

“We make boat calls on short notice,” says Captain Bernie, “and we cover all marinas and yacht clubs in Western Long Island Sound. Our service is superb and our fees are reasonable.” Captain Bernie can be reached at 203-969-5936 or CaptainBernieWeiss@gmail.com.


Nautical FlashcardsNautical Flashcards

Bring Me The Horizon LLC in New Milford, CT has launched a range of nautical flashcards intended to help sailors, professional mariners and water sports enthusiasts master nautical rules and marine terminology. The initial range consists of six sets of cards covering Rules of the Road (COLREGS), Lights & Shapes, Sound & Light Signals, IALA Buoyage, Morse Code, and International Marine Flags & Pennants. Each pack contains over 50 full color, glossy cards packaged in a clear plastic case.

Each card has a picture on the front and an explanation or description on the reverse. In many cases, the relevant rules are quoted and light signals provided. Flashcards have proven to be a great way of testing your knowledge and brushing up on your skills. Individual sets are $14.95 each, and the complete set is $74.95. Nautical Flashcards are available at Landfall in Stamford, CT and nv-charts & Books in Newport, RI.

For more information, visit NauticalFlashcards.net or call 888-814-9346.


Webinar Series on Cause and Prevention of Hurricane Damage

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) are teaming up to offer a series of three online webinars on March 5, 12 and 26 at 2:00 EST for marine facility operators and others interested in learning about how to secure boats to avoid damage in hurricanes and other storms.

The first in the series, “Sandy Overview: What We’ve Learned” (March 5), will look at what made Superstorm Sandy so destructive and the types of damage it caused to boats and to marinas. It will also try to answer the question: Was hauling boats, as BoatUS has long advocated, the right answer this time? The March 12 webinar, “Securing Boats on Land,” will focus on the challenges of securing boats inside storage structures as well as outside on the hard, and discuss some potential solutions and best practices. The March 26 webinar, “Securing Boats in the Water,” will examine the challenges presented by moorings, fixed docks and floating docks, and also look at solutions and best practices.

© BoatUS

Much of the information comes from the BoatUS Catastrophe (CAT) Team, which has over three decades of storm salvage and claims experience. The cost is $10 per webinar for members of AMI or BoatUS. For non-members, the cost is $25 for one webinar, $40 for two and $60 for all three. NY and NJ facilities are invited to attend for free, compliments of AMI and BoatUS, but they must still register. Any proceeds after costs will be donated to the NJ Recovery and Relief Fund to aid recreational marine businesses damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Register at marinaassociation.org/training/online-webinars.

For more information, call 866-367-6622 or visit MarinaAssociation.org.

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