Providence Boat Show Presented by Washington Trust Sees Strong Sales, Increased Attendance

Show Organizers Successfully Capitalized on Easy, Affordable Pathways into Boating

KMouligne_Striper_Marina_DSC_low_res.JPGFebruary 7, 2017 – The Providence Boat Show presented by Washington Trust, which was held over the February 3-5 weekend, saw strong sales and increased attendance. Compressed this year from four to three days, the show drew a crowd that was 10 percent larger than last year’s attendance. Among the show-goers were boat buyers who used this Rhode Island expo to explore new pathways into boating and get a jump on the season by purchasing boats. 

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2017 Northeast Spring Safety at Sea Seminars/Training

March 11-12 - Safety at Sea Symposium - Boston

safety at sea marion bermudaThis event is the result of the collaboration of efforts by a number of organizations interested in promoting safety at sea. It is sponsored by the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Association and organized by the Blue Water Sailing Club, one of the three sponsors of the Marion Bermuda Race along with the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dingy Club and the Beverly Yacht Club. The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race also has participated in the planning of the event and has encouraged their members to attend.

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Northeast 2017 Winter Boat Show Schedule

Hartford Boat Show 17 Powered by Evinrude  

February 9 - 12, 2017, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association presents this popular show, where you’ll find hundreds of new powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, inflatables, engines, electronics and fishing equipment.

In addition to a full schedule of boating and fishing seminars, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Shelby Ebert, the Fastest Woman on the Water. This 21-year-old is the only professional female driver to run the entire Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, and the youngest ever. The amazing SeaBreacher Killer Whale boat, which jumps out of the water and dives under by nearly ten feet, will be on display. Talk with the owner about how it was built and what it’s like to go for a ride!

Show hours are Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, Friday from noon to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Safe Harbor Marinas Announces Acquisition of Brewer Yacht Yard Group

Combined company will be the largest owner and operator of marinas with 63 properties across 17 states

DALLAS, Jan. 23, 2017 -- Safe Harbor Marinas ("Safe Harbor") today announced that it has acquired Brewer Yacht Yard Group ("Brewer"), the iconic marina company led by industry veteran Jack Brewer. The transaction makes Safe Harbor the largest owner and operator of marinas in the world with 63 properties housing over 30,000 members' boats. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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America’s Cup News

By Hank Schmitt

America's CupThe America’s Cup Qualifiers and Finals in Bermuda are rapidly approaching. Qualifier action begins May 26, 2017 and the Finals run over two weekends, June 17 & 18 and 27& 28.

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What's New for 2017

Multihulls Coming to Block Island Race Week XXVII

Block Island Race WeekThe Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week is a New England summer tradition for hundreds of sailors, and several class championships are up for grabs.   

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With an invitation from the Storm Trysail Club to catamaran and trimaran owners to compete in Block Island Race Week, the 27th running of this biennial event, scheduled for June 18 - 23, 2017 in Block Island, RI, may be the most exciting one yet. “I’ve heard plenty of positive responses to the multihull division offering and have unofficially heard forecasts that we will have classes of multihulls,” said AJ Evans, Block Island Race Week Chairman and Storm Trysail Club Rear Commodore. “I’m looking forward to the yacht club bar chatter turning into entries. There’s still plenty of time for that to happen.” 

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ct boat showEssex, CT  (January 12, 2017)  The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7 at Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of Windcheck Magazine and is sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina, Essex Boat Works, YachtWorld and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).

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Holiday Video from the 2016 Mystic Boat Parade

Video from the Mystic Holiday Boat Parade

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Sponsored by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the holiday lighted boat parade is a Mystic View not to be missed. Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Video courtesy of MysticView.TV

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Industry Leaders Set Career Example for Next Generation

Rives PottsIf you are a young marine trades professional plotting your career path, there's no better way to do that than learning from someone who has successfully traveled that road.

That's the idea behind the RIMTA Future Speaker Series--a series of events with industry leaders targeted to Millennial-aged and younger industry professionals. The next event in the series takes place on the evening of January 11, 2017 at Newport Yacht Club with Brewer Yacht Yards President & COO Rives Potts.

Brewer Yacht Yards President & COO Rives Potts
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Fletcher Ryan Joins Prestige Yacht Sales

Prestige Yacht SalesPrestige Yacht Sales has announced that career broker Fletcher Ryan has joined the sales team at the company’s Essex, CT office. Working on behalf of buyers and sellers for over 25 years, Ryan has represented many wonderful clients in hundreds of transactions. A past recipient of Beneteau’s Top Gun Award, he has been acknowledged by other boat manufacturers for his performance and commitment to customer service. 

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