May 2014

York River Yacht Haven has announced the grand opening of their new Marine Store at their facility in Gloucester, Va. General Manager Martin Lucas said "the new store will be a key stopping point along the Intracoastal Waterway for those looking to re-provision their boats as they head south to warmer waters." Suntex Marinas added York River Yacht Haven to their network of marinas in October 2013. 804-642-2156,

York River Oyster Company, the restaurant at York River Yacht Haven, is almost finished with a renovation that will give it a new look and feel. The restaurant will be opening in the spring of

Deltaville Dealer Days 7th Annual Boat Show, May 3-4, 10 am to 4 pm. There will be an Open House and Boat Show Displays at Annapolis Yacht Sales South, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Norton Yacht Sales and S&J Yachts all located in Deltaville,Va. For more details visit

Clarks Landing has received Brunswick 5 Star Ambassador and Sea Ray Master Dealer certifications for the eighth consecutive year. "This is a great achievement for our team," said Jeff Truesdale, general manager. "Our employees are extremely committed to these programs. We seek to enhance the boating experience by providing trained, friendly employees; quality products; and reliable services." Clark's locations are in Shady Side, Md. and Chester, Md. 410-867-9550;

North Point Yacht Sales will be the dealer and service network for Southport Boats in the Mid-Atlantic through the Carolinas. With locations in Annapolis, Md., Portsmouth, Va., and Charleston, S.C., North Point is strategically positioned to bring Southport to the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of the Carolinas. "We set out to find a brand that we would be proud to represent. All of us at North Point agree that Southport fits ideally with our existing brands," said Ken Comerford, owner of North Point Yacht Sales. 410-280-2038 or 888-267-3063;

The newly formed Acadia Yacht Sales, a partnership between owners William Seale, and Christopher DiMillo, announced the acquisition of Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales & Sabreline of Annapolis. Chris established DiMillo's Yacht Sales in 1998 and has four locations in Maine and New York and is also the dealer for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts in those locations. Chris and his team have held the title of Dealership of the Year for eight consecutive years for these brands. "I am thrilled to be a part of this new beginning for Sabre & Back Cove in the Chesapeake. The entire Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales team is staying on board with Acadia Yacht Sales and I am excited to integrate our expertise and passion for service. We also expect to offer more inventory and availability than ever before," says Chris DiMillo.

Pocket Yacht Company announced that their 3rd annual Pocket Yacht Knot will be held Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 at Spring Cove Marina in Solomons, Md. Pocket Yacht owner Mark Schulstad said "It will be a fun-filled gathering of Ranger Tug, Cutwater and C-Dory owners with sponsored events and great food." 888-519-9120;

BoatU.S. Foundation's Life Jacket Loaner Program is continuing to use Calvert Marina, in Solomons, Md., as host of a loaner site for the upcoming boating season. Located at the marina gas dock, the loaner jackets are available for infants and small children. A limited number of dog life jackets are also available. The jackets may be checked out during normal working hours. Calvert Marina is also a BoatU.S. cooperating marina, offering discounted transient rates to card-carrying BoatU.S. members. Check out;

The Captain Avery Museum is pleased to announce the selection of Gerry Robertson as its new Director beginning on April 2. Mr. Robertson's background includes significant experience in management, fund raising, marketing, communications, and member services for diverse organizations.

Most recently he has been President of Canaltowne Consulting where he has advised senior managers on market opportunities and created business development and financial capitalization strategies. His prior positions include directing relationship management for the U.S. Green Building Council in the District of Columbia and serving as Executive Director of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware.

A Maryland native and graduate of the University of Maryland, Mr. Robertson lives in Deale with his wife and children.

The Northeast Nordic Tug owners' Association has announced the dates for their upcoming Nordic Tugs Reunion & Rendezvous, sponsored by Wilde Yachts, at Osprey Point Inn, June 6-8. Contact the marina office at 410.639.2194

Norton's Yacht Sales in Deltaville,Va., welcomes Whitney Walton as their new Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Whitney's track record of proven customer service skills are a great fit for Norton Yachts, who has been serving boaters on the Chesapeake Bay since

April 2014

Bryan Braley, president of Grande Yachts International, announced the opening of their new office at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Md. This is their second location on the Eastern Shore. They also have a showroom located in Grasonville, Md., on Winchester Creek. Both locations have land and in-water displays of new and brokerage boats.

Deltaville Dealer Days' 7th Annual Boat Show will be held May 3-4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Open house and boat show displays will be held at Annapolis Yacht Sales South, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Norton Yacht Sales and S&J Yachts-all located in Deltaville,Va. For details visit

The Association of Marina Industries (AMI) formed an affiliate agreement with the Virginia Marine Trades Association (VMTA) so that every marina and boatyard member of VMTA will automatically become AMI members. AMI will manage the association. By bringing the benefits of AMI to its membership, VMTA hopes to attract more marinas to their group and, in turn, build a stronger association. "Virginia has long had a marine trades association, but it is time to have one that better reflects today's marine businesses, and can provide the service and assistance that the modern marine industry requires." said Keith Ruse, President of VMTA.

Piney Narrows Yacht Haven, located in Kent Narrows, has been awarded the 2013 Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Clean Marina of the Year Award. Among the more than 150 marinas registered, Piney Narrows was chosen in the Large Marina Category. Piney Narrows has been certified as a Clean Marina since 2001, and it is one of 10 facilities operated by Coastal Properties Management.

The Annapolis Boat Shows announced the winners of their 2014 Poster Contest for the Bay Bridge Boat Show and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show. Both artists are from Annapolis. A watercolor by 12-year-old Brenna Litynski was chosen to represent the Bay Bridge Boat Show. Ms. Litynski plans to donate proceeds from the auction of her artwork at this show to the Veterans Artist Program. Kaeli Smith, a professional artist with her own design company and student at the Univ. of Delaware, created the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show poster. Her multidimensional technique is reproduced in a Giclee print. Both winners will display their artwork at the respective boat shows and signed posters will be available for purchase.

Clarks Landing's Shady Side Yacht Yard has been re-certified as a Maryland Clean Marina for 2014. Jeff Truesdale, general manager stated, "We recognize the importance and value of becoming a clean marina not only for our business but also for boaters and the enhancement of the environment. Meeting increasing regulatory requirements is challenging but compliance is necessary so we can all enjoy a cleaner Chesapeake Bay."

The parent company behind The Moorings, Sunsail and Leopard Catamarans has launched The "How to Own a Yacht" website shows a variety of ways to purchase a boat, including: charter ownership, private ownership and pre-owned yacht ownership. The site incorporates ownership programs, explains the benefits of different ownership styles, and also offers helpful tips and advice for choosing and purchasing a yacht.

Offshore Financial has appointed Kim Madigan to head their Mid-Atlantic Region Boat Loan Team in Annapolis, as a marine finance specialist. Madigan has been originating yacht loans in Annapolis since 1985. Kim specializes in high-end yacht finance and has 25 years of management experience and business leadership. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland and is also an active member of the National Marine Bankers Association.

Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named "Outstanding Instructor for 2013" by the American Sailing Association (ASA). The award recognizes the top one percent of over 2,000 ASA sailing instructors worldwide, and is based upon responses from 2013 student surveys regarding the quality of service and instruction. Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and their instructors have been awarded each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay. Sail Solomons is located at Zahniser's Yachting Center in Solomons, Md. The school offers courses on their fleet of five daysailers and three cruising yachts for people of all levels of experience.

March 2014

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Poquoson, Va., has no boat tax. This makes Poquoson the northern-most city in Hampton Roads not to have personal property tax on boats.

Personal property tax is based on where your boat is docked, not where you live.

DOZIER'S WATERWAY GUIDE, the series of navigational and local interest publications for cruisers and boaters, was sold to Richmond, Va.-based Jeff and Kathryn Jones. Immediate plans are to enlarge and update the content of the publications, revise the website and mature its mobile platforms. Integrating content into navigational software is under development.

DELTAVILLE YACHTING CENTER is hosting their 2014 Service Seminar on March 8, 1-4pm. Speakers will include Brian Kieb, Pettit Paint; Carl Moser, Groco; Mark Forsman, Durema and Lew Grimm, Deltaville Yachting Center owner. Seating is limited. Register or 804-776-9898.

WHITEHOUSE COVE MARINA will be hosting their 3rd annual In-Water Boat Show the weekend of April 18-20. Admission is free. Check out or contact Craig Brown, Dockmaster at 757-508-2602.

BREWER YACHT YARD GROUP announced the acquisition of the Oxford Boatyard and Mears Yacht Haven Marina, in Oxford, Md. The new Brewer Oxford Boat Yard & Marina joins the company's 22 other full service marina and boat yard locations between New York and Maine. "We are thrilled to be taking over this wonderful operation" said Rives Potts, president of Brewer Yacht Yard Group. For more information, please call James Phyfe at (978) 740-9890 or visit

Dave Marlow of the Brunswick Corporation was named Board Chair of the AMERICAN BOAT AND YACHT COUNCIL (ABYC) during ABYC's Annual Meeting earlier this month, the only ABYC volunteer to hold this position for 2 separate terms. "For the past 25 years, I have seen the good that ABYC can do for boating and I am honored to again hold the position as Board Chair of this great organization," said Marlow, Director of Product Integrity/Government Affairs for Brunswick.

John Hellwege Jr, has announced his affiliation with BRIGHTWAY YACHT MANAGEMENT, LLC. Brightway Yacht Management offers next-generation yacht service management, streamlining yacht ownership responsibilities. Base operations are located in Annapolis, Md., but a dedicated mobile capability and strategic relationships extend service coverage to all areas of the Chesapeake Bay.

The EASTPORT YACHT CLUB FOUNDATION is hosting their Fourth annual Marine and Maritime Career Fair on Saturday, February 22 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Annapolis High School for all Maryland students in grades 6-12 (homeschooled, private, and public). Marine companies are invited to participate. This is an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with hundreds of students curious to know more about career opportunities, and what they need to do to prepare for them. For details, check out, or call the career fair chairperson at 888-383-8777.

The INTERNATIONAL MARINA INSTITUTE, the training subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries, awarded eight marina professionals as Certified Marina Managers (CMM) at the 2014 International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., on January 30. The CMM designation recognizes and distinguishes the most highly qualified marina managers throughout the world. On the Chesapeake, the newest CMMs include Nancy Booth of Hartge Yacht Harbor (Galesville, Md.), and Brad Wilson of Mears Great Oak Landing (Chestertown, Md.).

There are currently 324 CMMs worldwide. In addition to marina-management experience, CMM candidates must complete Intermediate and Advanced Marina Management courses available through IMI. Their entire training calendar is available on the AMI website at

Jonathan Jones, recently retired general manger and executive vice president of HAVEN HARBOUR MARINA in Rock Hall, Md. is the 2014 recipient of the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association prestigious Dennis Snow President's Award, given for significant and lasting contributions to the industry. The award was presented at the ABBRA Annual Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting held in January in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Jones is a former member of the ABBRA Board of Directors, and Past- President of the organization. In her remarks during the presentation Awards Committee Chair Pam Lendzion said, "It's no wonder that the boatyard and marina Jonathan managed for 23 years regularly garnered top honors. Haven Harbour took on Jonathan's personality when he was the GM and Executive VP. The warm professional attitude and impressive immaculate facility earned a loyal following and boaters came from all over the East Coast for Haven Harbour's first-class repair and maintenance team."

Freedom Boat Club announces its 75th and newest location at PORT ANNAPOLIS MARINA. Owner Richard Cromwell has purchased the franchise rights for the state of Maryland. "I have always loved boating on the Chesapeake and I'm very enthusiastic about the future of the Freedom Boat Club here on the Bay," he said. The club has a fleet of four new powerboats, from 21-24 feet. Members can also enjoy over 600 boats at 75 locations across the U.S. For details contact General Manager Dan Somerville, at 443-458-5179 or visit

February 2014

Jamie and Starkey Moore, who manage YORK HAVEN MARINA in Poquoson, Va., have launched a new service called Chesapeake Bay Adventures. Along with Shannon Holloway, the team offers several excursions including airboat rides, kayaking, fishing and history tours, or just crabbing or cruising to a waterside restaurant. They operate from York Haven Marina in Poquoson. 757-871-6402 or find them on Facebook.

In September 2013, the BALTIMORE BOATING CENTER was certified as a Maryland Clean Marina.

ANNAPOLIS YACHT SALES and The Sailboat Shop of Skaneateles, NY has teamed up to carry the full line of Vanquish Boats from the Mid-Atlantic to the Central and Finger Lakes region of New York State. "We are thrilled to have The Sailboat Shop join our network as a premier dealer in Central New York," said Rob Taishoff, CEO of AYS. "AYS has been considered the top dealership for new and used sailboats for many decades and we now have our eyes set on replicating that for Power."

ANNAPOLIS YACHT SALES also announced their recent appointment as the Exclusive EdgeWater Powerboats Dealer for the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic Region. The AYS Power Division is positioning EdgeWater as the core product line of their smaller powerboat family of Steiger Craft and Vanquish semi-custom lines. "We are thrilled to have EdgeWater as a product line we can really build our smaller boat business around as a strong foundation for our Power Division," says Gregg Cohen, AYS Power General Manager.

FISH FOR A CURE hosted its most successful fundraising event to date, raising over $215,000 toward direct patient support for the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Cumulative donations are now over $600,000, bringing Fish For A Cure closer to its $1,000,000 fundraising pledge. A record 39 sponsors donated funds, prizes, services and their time helping to advance the organization" s="" cause.=""

Mike Gunning, National Sales Manager for ELECTRIC YACHT, named Bob Leichtman, Electric Yachts of Annapolis, as the authorized dealer for Electric Yacht in Annapolis, Md. The new office is located at 222 Severn Avenue, Suite 35. They will cover the mid-Atlantic market from NY to NC. Bob Leichtman, President, will cover the NYC to Maryland market, Erick Schultz will be responsible for the Washington, DC market and Mark Chevalier will cover Virginia and North Carolina.

December 2013

Annapolis Yacht Sales announced the addition of Gregg Cohen as Sales Manager for the Power Division of Annapolis Yacht Sales. He will be based out of the power sales office in Annapolis, Md., located in Bert Jabin Yacht Yard. Cohen will head up all new boat sales for Beneteau power, Greenline, Steiger Craft and Vanquish boats. He has been in the yacht sales business for 25 years, with experience in both domestic and foreign brands of production and custom class boats of all sizes. "We are thrilled to have Gregg join us as his knowledge and skills are unmatched in the Mid-Atlantic area," said company president Tim Wilbricht.

Port Annapolis Marina is expanding and announces personnel changes in several positions of their service department and ship's store. Mike Montgomery has been promoted to Operations Manager, assisting VP and General Manager Scott Tinkler in overseeing all aspects of the property. Before this, Mike had been the service manager for more than five years. Kevin McPadden has come on board as the new Service Manager, having previously worked in this role at another local marina. Sue Dralle is the new manager of the newly renovated Marine Supply Store. Pete Appell is finishing up his first year as the Welder/Fabricator, and Brian Jones is the new Electrician. John Kubilus is the most recent addition to the service department as a Mechanic.

Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) will hold its annual Winter Open House on Saturday, December 7, 9-5 at its factory at 1805 George Avenue, Annapolis. Visitors will get a sneak peek at some of the prototypes in progress, and enjoy seminars covering topics from epoxy and fiberglass to small boat rigging. One-day-only specials with discounts on popular gear and supplies-even complete boat kits-will be available. Admission is free and open to the public.

RockHopper Group LLC, operators of the performance outdoor apparel brands Atlantis WeatherGear and Cloudveil Mountain Works, have opened their newest store in Annapolis, Md. "As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, I know first-hand that life in Annapolis revolves around time spent on and around the water, and our selection of brands is geared to help Annapolitans enjoy that time to the fullest," said RockHopper Group President Charles Bertrand. The new Atlantis Locker at RockHopper Outfitters is located at 77 Main Street.

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has added Kevin Scullen to the team that is based in Annapolis, Md. "Kevin comes to ABYC as a seasoned membership professional with a wealth of local knowledge and boating experience," said John Adey, ABYC President. "We are really looking forward to his insight and new ideas." Prior to ABYC, Kevin served as a National Program Manager at the National Federation of Independent Business. His nautical background includes show management for the Annapolis Boat Shows and years of sailing experience. Kevin resides in southern Anne Arundel County with his wife Carrie.

Port Messick Marina's held a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 21 at its new store. Also in the works is a restaurant in the summer of 2014. The new marina store offers fishing bait, homemade crabcakes and supplies. Check website and Facebook for hours and specials. Open for striper season.

Coastal Properties Management is now in charge of Bohemia Vista Marina, located near Chesapeake City, Md., and Hack's Point Marina located near Earleville, Md., both on the Bohemia River. The marinas are owned by CNL Investment Group, which has brought Coastal Properties on to manage the operations and development of the marinas. Karen Smith manages both marinas and lives on the Bohemia Vista Marina property. Contact Karen for details and reservation information.;

The 2013 Poquoson Seafood Festival was a noted success. Almost two dozen food vendors, more than 40 exhibitors, and 155+ arts and crafts vendors participated, and attendance this year was estimated at 35,000-40,000 visitors.

November 2013

Chesapeake Yacht Sales at Deltaville Yachting Center will hold its Fall Open House and Boat Show on Saturday October 26th. The new Catalina 315 will be on display along with pre-owned power and sail boats. For more information call 804-776-9898 or email

Norton Yacht Salesof Deltaville, Va., named Marlow Hunter Sailboats "Dealer of the Year" Worldwide for #1 in Sales model year 2013. Norton's, a third generation marine business established in 1948 is celebrating 65 years serving boaters in Deltaville, Va. Ken and Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger are owners.

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) won the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Award for Safety Equipment for the Boating Safety App "Boat Essentials-USCG Safety Gear." The award was announced on September 17, 2013 at IBEX in Louisville, Kentucky. The free app is a simple checklist for boaters to identify the required and recommended safety items to have on board. The checklist is also available in paper form and copies can be requested by calling ABYC.

"This is the first time ABYC has won this award and that added to the already high energy at our booth," said John Adey, ABYC President. "We are proud to receive this award as a result of our partnership with the USCG and their grant program." Funding of the app came as a result of a U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Safety Nonprofit Grant, and the Android version will be developed when funds allow.

Clarks Landing announced the addition of Justin Britton to its Service Team. Justin has joined Clarks Landing as a Customer Service Advisor at their Shady Side Yacht Yard. Justin brings with him over 12 years of marine experience including over-the-road technician and service manager. He has attended various industry trade schools and he is Mercruiser certified. "I'm excited to be a part of the Clarks Landing team. Their standards of customer satisfaction, by working hard every day to exceed customer expectations, is something I look forward to being a part of," said Justin.

Clarks Landing welcomes Rick Elliott back to the sales team. In the northern Chesapeake Bay area Rick will be listing as well as selling brokerage boats, new Sea Rays, and new Tidewater sport fishing boats. Rick brings with him over 25 years of broker experience. He has extensive knowledge of the marine industry and specializes in Sea Rays as well as other high-quality boats. "I'm excited to rejoin the sales team at Clarks Landing. I've been away for a while but I'm looking forward to representing the largest Sea Ray dealer in the Mid-Atlantic region and their dedicated customers once again," said Rick. He can be reached at
(443) 553-6200 or at

October 2013

The Smithfield Station, on Sept. 21, 2013, in Smithfield, Va, will be hosting an event honoring the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Deadrises that were built at the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Va. There will also be other Jimmy Drewery-built boats attending including Harry Barrett's Hidden Secret and three Willard Norris boats. There will be events on Saturday, from oyster tonging demonstrations to a Mariner Boat Parade on the Pagan River. Smithfield Station is hoping to get everyone in as early as possible to visit, enjoy, and compare differences on other Mariner boats. The only fee associated with the weekend is $2 per foot on Saturday. For more info email:

The 33rd Annual Poquoson Seafood Festival will be held October 18-20, in Poquoson Municipal Park, 830 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, Va. The Festival honors the Working Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay and the rich coastal heritage of Poquoson. It includes musical entertainment, a juried arts and crafts show, dozens of food vendors, a children's area and lots more.

The City of Poquoson, Va. is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on August 5, 2013 to open the new Rens Road Public Boat Ramp. Mayor Eugene F. Hunt cut the ribbon with Project Manager for construction, Pete Kolb, of Crofton Construction Services, Inc. The opening of the Public Boat Ramp promotes water access to the 80-plus miles of coastal waterfront that surrounds the city.

Clarks Landing Yacht Sales, has announced a newly expanded pre-owned sales and service center now specializing in Sea Rays at their Point Pleasant, New Jersey marina. Michael Longhi, General Manager at Clarks Landing, said "New Jersey has a large number of Sea Ray boat owners. Unfortunately there is no business that specializes in selling and servicing used Sea Rays. We've sold and serviced a lot of Sea Rays... We want to be the place you go to buy, sell or service your Sea Ray." Clarks Landing Yacht Sales Point Pleasant is offering reduced commission fees on Sea Ray boats and discounted service charges on all repair orders for the balance of 2013.

The Calvert Marine Museum welcomes Valerie Giroux as a Development Associate at the Calvert Marine Museum. Valerie has her own lifestyle blog that she promotes with various social media and hopes to bring some of her experience in that field to her new position at the museum. After several years working in administration in the insurance field, Valerie is enjoying working for a non-profit and surrounding herself with the giving and passionate people at the museum.

The 18th Annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta will be held October 11-13, on Carter's Creek. It's not about shooting Turkeys. It's about sailing, having lots of fun and supporting Hospice. It is a combined effort of the Irvington Community, Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, Riverside, and Visiting Angels, with Rappahannock River Yacht Club as host responsible for race management. The Turkey Shoot is a one-of-a-kind race for sailboats whose design is at least twenty-five years old. For more info contact: Ann or Jerry Latell, Ullman Sails Virginia; 804-776-6151; email:

Campbell's Yacht Sales will begin operation from Bachelor Pt. Harbour August 19. The office will be located between the lifting well and the pool. Alan Campbell will be heading up the venture. Alan grew up in Oxford, participated in local sailing events, and has lived around the local boating industry since he was 10 years old. Alan graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010. His endeavors include time at various Campbell's facilities, Evolution Sails, and health benefits administration.

The Peggy of New Point, originally built in 1925 in Mathews County, is nearing completion of a major restoration and will be ready for a rechristening on October 12, 11am - 5pm at the Kingston Plantation and Inn in Mathews County. After the christening, there will be food, music, a silent auction and more. For additional info:

September 2013

The Maryland Boatbuilders and Dealers Expo co-sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, will be held Sept. 20 - Sept. 22 at the Cambridge Yacht Club and Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin in Cambridge, Md. This in-water/on-land boat show will feature custom-built boats from area builders. The show also features personal watercraft, boating equipment, electronics, recreational gear, canoes/kayaks, and more. food and beverages all weekend provided by CYC. Benefits the Richardson Maritime Museum.

Annapolis Brokerage Show, in Mary's Cove, located just inside the bridge on Spa Creek, has been added as a brand new venue during the United States Powerboat Show, Oct. 3 - 6. The Brokerage Show has been created to promote the sale of previously owned brokerage boats of all kinds. A large selection of used boats will be presented by area brokers and available for immediate sales to the public. Only one price of admission allows access to bothe the United States Powerboat Show as well as the Annapolis Brokerage Show. us

Henry M. Murray Agency is pleased to announce that David Kolb and Scott Wanner have, after several years of comprehensive studies, recently earned the designation of CMIP, Certified Marine Insurance Professional from the International Institute for Marine Insurance Studies. David and Scott are now highly recognized as a select group of Certified Marine Professionals and who have now joined the ranks of only 85 CMIP Graduates Nationwide!

Clarks Landing is proud to announce the addition of Bill Millar to its service team. Bill has joined Clarks Landing as a service manager at their Kent Island Boat Yard. Bill was a marine tech for ten years before being promoted into service management for another ten years. Bill is a factory-certified technician with Mercruiser, Volvo Penta, and OMC.

Chesapeake Yacht Sales and Deltaville Yachting Center, Virginia's Catalina dealer, announces the induction of Frank Butler (founder of Catalina Yachts) into the US Sailing Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on the Annapolis City Dock, Oct. 27 at 1pm. Catalina owners and sailing enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

Vanquish Boats announced the Addition of Annapolis Yacht Sales to their family of dealers. Established in 1953, Annapolis Yacht Sales is run by Rob Taishoff, Tim Wilbricht, and Chris Humphreys. The leadership team says, "We are determined to uphold the tradition of the Annapolis Yacht Sales name and everything this great company stands for. Our top focuses are our customers and the quality of service we bring them along with offering the best products on the market." "We are thrilled to add Annapolis Yacht Sales as our dealer in the Chesapeake," said Vanquish Boats president Morgan Huntley. "Annapolis Yacht Sales has a longstanding reputation as a good dealership, and reflects our own company values perfectly."

MARINEMAX, the nation's largest recreational boat retailer has returned to Kent Narrows, Grasonville, Md., opening a new sales center offering Azimut, Meridian, Sailfish and Scout, along with a selection of pre-owned and brokerage boats. "We are excited to open another MarineMax location at one of the premier destinations on the Chesapeake Bay," said Mike Aiello, Regional President of MarineMax Mid Atlantic. "We will have a large selection of new, pre-owned and brokerage boats that will be available for immediate delivery." Jim Carney, Ron Selitto, Chris Zorn, RJ Winter and Ed Baldwin, with over 40 years of combined sales experience at MarineMax, will staff the Kent Narrows location. TJ Rose will serve as general manager and Michael Quigley as business manager.

Baltimore Marine Centers (BMC), the operator of five marine facilities around the Inner Harbor, has joined forces with three marinas in Annapolis to provide customers in both cities with lower rates that are not offered to the public.

Annual slip holders at Annapolis Maryland Capital Yacht Club, Chesapeake Harbour Marina and Orchard Beach Marina, all in the Annapolis area and owned/operated by Trident Marine Group, will now receive discounts at all BMC locations. Annual slip holders at any BMC facility can also enjoy the three Annapolis marinas at discounted rates.

"The three facilities we have joined efforts within Annapolis have the same high standards for customer service and exceptional upkeep as our facilities in Baltimore," said Dan Naor, COO of Baltimore Marine Centers. "We are always looking for ways to bring more value to our annual slip holders, and this is one way we can enhance their boating experience."

The Chesapeake Boating Club has recently acquired "Getaway Sailing" located in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore. The merger of the Chesapeake Boating Club and Getaway Sailing will allow access to a greater number of boats and the convenience of an additional sailing area to explore.

August 2013

Haven Harbour Marina, on Swan Creek in Rock Hall, has renovated their chandlery and gift shop. Complete with a custom boat transom serving as the merchant's counter, this design was crafted by local carpenter Manson Chisholm. The store, called the Ditty Bag, re-opened in May. 

August 2013

Port Annapolis Marine Supply Store, on Back Creek off the Severn River, has expanded, and in addition to a more diverse selection of marine products, they now offer an assortment of grocery convenience items. The store also has a mini-showroom of Duras inflatables, Nissan outboard engines, marine batteries, and other equipment.

August 2013

Captain John's Crab House in Cobb Island, Maryland, is celebrating their 50th anniversary, and also just finished installing brand new docks in their marina. They now offer ample electricity and all amenities. The restaurant serves up trays of steamed crabs and lots of other local seafood. 

August 2013

Knot 10 Yacht Sales has launched their Sailboat Brokerage team headed up by Jay Porterfield in Grasonville, Maryland. Knot 10 Sail's is headquartered out of the Mid-Atlantic and has in-house brokers located from South Florida up the entire East Coast of the U.S. According to Marc Benvenuto, President of Knot 10 Yacht Sales "Now that Knot 10 has established the new standard for brokerage commissions and they have experienced explosive growth, clients are demanding representation in the sailboat market. We have always wanted to offer sail clients our effective advertising and marketing approach but wanted to make sure we had the right person. Jay is exactly the right guy.", or

August 2013

If you haven't heard about Jet Ski Brian, check out his blog at He lives in Poquoson, Virginia and is starting a charter business this summer-taking other people out to enjoy adventures in fishing, photographing wildlife, visiting the sites via jet skis. Contact Brian at or (757) 342-5780

June 2013

The 6th Annual Deltaville Dealer Days Boatshow was a wonderful weekend in Deltaville! New boat dealers S & J Yachts, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Norton Yachts and Annapolis Yacht Sales South take this opportunity to thank Chesapeake Bay Magazine and the 34 other business sponsors who make this boat show a success.  Deltaville, The Boating Capital of the Chesapeake, lived up to its name the first weekend of May.
June 2013

Thanks to Jerry Lattel of Ullman Sails, Va., Scott Williman of Selden Masts, Inc. and Bill Simpson of Stingray Point ASA Sailing School, more than 50 boaters added to their sailing knowledge at the April 'Sail On' Seminar at Deltaville Yachting Center. Lew and Onna Grimm were happy to host this annual spring event as sailors look forward to the start of another great sailing season. 

June 2013
An Open House to see and sail the Leopard 39/Moorings 3900 catamaran is set for June 21-23. Visitors will see the 38-foot Catamaran that came from the same molds as Cruising World's 2010 Boat of the Year. Guests will be invited to go for a sail each day on a space available basis. They'll enjoy munchies and drinks all day. The Moorings Brokerage and Leopard Catamarans will host the event along with The Moorings Charter Base at Annapolis Landing Marina. Contact: or 800-672-1327.

June 2013

Congressman Andy Harris, (R) Maryland, served as the keynote speaker for the American Boat and Yacht Council's (ABYC) annual meeting March 21, 2013 at Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD. 

The Board of Directors of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) named a new Board of Directors and awarded two outstanding members at their recent annual meeting held in Annapolis, Maryland. Cindy L. Squires, formerly of NMMA and now Executive Vice President at International Wood Products Association, was awarded the ABYC Horizon Award for her consistent and conspicuous contributions to the future success and growth of ABYC and the recreational marine industry.  ABYC's outgoing chairman George Bellwoar, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PERKO Inc. received the ABYC C.T. "Skip" Moyer Leadership Award for exemplifying the leadership qualities of ABYC past presidents  through hard work, personal sacrifice and contributions to the goals of boating safety.

June 2013

Deltaville Boatyard puts a high value on the education of all employees, from managers to technicians, in order to provide high quality and knowledgeable repairs, maintenance, and customer service. Starr Pullman and Neal Hoar continued this tradition through graduation from the Beneteau Academy on March 14, 2013. "It was a great opportunity and a rich learning experience," stated Starr Pullman, project manager for Deltaville Boatyard. "The Beneteau Academy was an important training step for our project manager and technician." Deltaville Boatyard is an ABYC Standards Certified yacht facility located in Deltaville, Virginia, the Boating Capital of the Chesapeake Bay. 
June 2013

Clarks Landing, serving Mid-Atlantic boaters for over 30 years, was voted a Readers Choice Award-Winner in the Capital newspaper as one-of-the-best in their category. They are a dealer for Tidewater sport fishing boats and Sea Ray boats and are one of the largest boat brokers in Maryland. Clarks Landing has two locations on the Chesapeake Bay, Shady Side and Chester, MD on the Eastern Shore.

June 2013

Lew and Onna Grimm, owners of Chesapeake Yacht Sales and Deltaville Yachting Center, are proud to announce Cori Williams as a Chesapeake Yacht Sales yacht broker. Cori has been helping to sell boats at Chesapeake Yacht Sales for the last two years by marketing boats not only in print advertising but also via internet and social media. Cori's family background on the water, as the daughter of a waterman and professional captain, strengthens her boating knowledge. Cori Williams' high energy will help you sell or find your next boat.

May 2013 

The Bay Bridge Boat Show (April 18-21) will feature the largest active weekend of boat demos on the East Coast. Space will be provided to accommodate over 75 boats of all shapes and sizes. Qualifying buyers will be allowed to try before they buy-without risk or mystery. They will be able to buy with the confidence knowing that the boat rides and performs exactly as tested.

May 2013 

Nick Jones, of Bay Shore Marine in Annapolis, is now a certified master marine technician in Corrosion, having completed coursework with the American Boat & Yacht Council earlier this year. He also holds certifications from ABYC in diesel engines and marine electronics, and various accreditations from Yanmar. Nick began working at Bay Shore in 2006, and he is currently involved with many of their engine and generator installations.

May 2013 

Norview Marina in Deltaville, Virginia hosts the third annual Middle Bay Boat Show, a land and in-water event taking place May 4, from 10am to 6pm and May 5, from 11am to 5pm, rain or shine. Last year's show drew nearly 1,200 visitors. "This is the only show of its kind in the Middle Bay and has grown since the inaugural event in 2011. This year, we are celebrating the trade-marking of Deltaville as "The Boating Capitol of the Chesapeake Bay", said Ernie Asaff, owner of Norview Marina.  "On the 4th and 5th of May, Deltaville will also host Deltaville Dealer Days, an open house at several marinas in the area. The town will literally be awash in enthusiastic boaters during the weekend.

May 2013 

The Colonial Beach Business Venturing and Opportunity Fair will be held on May 11, from 11am to 4pm. Aspiring and current business owners and developers, are encouraged to explore the quaint and revitalized downtown area to search for a new home for your business.  Email Gary Mitchell to RSVP: 

May 2013 

Norton Yachts in Deltaville, VA held its annual "Everything Sail Seminar" on February 23 with a record 96 in attendance. Featuring speakers from Norton Yachts Service and Raymarine Electronics Department, Sea Hawk Paints, Latell Sailmakers, and Norton's Sailing School instructor, Captain Steve Runals, the seminar concluded with a Q&A session with a panel of experts. Afterwards, a contingent from the Hunter Sailing Association, Station 1 from the Middle Bay area met with a group interested in the formation of a HSA Southern Bay Association. Norton Yachts is dedicated to promoting associations made up of Hunter Owners and Jeanneau Owners on the Chesapeake Bay.

May 2013 

Jack Martin & Associates , the yacht division of Avon-Dixon Agency and member of Shore Bancshares family of companies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jon Horton to Assistant Vice President. Jon joined Jack Martin & Associates in 2005 and he will continue to focus on the agency's marketing and sales initiatives. "Jon has a strong and valued involvement in the local boating community, we are excited to have Jon lead our team at Jack Martin & Associates", said Donna Sposa, Vice President and COO of Avon-Dixon Agency.

May 2013 

Havre de Grace Marina and Log Pond Marina are now officially known as Havre de Grace Marine Center. Located at the corner of Erie and Water Streets, Havre de Grace Marina offers floating dock slips and moorings for boats and jet skis, as well as new and pre-owned boat sales. Log Pond Marina, along the waterfront at the base of Girard Street, has been in operation since 1990, and offers dockage for larger boats. Both marinas feature slips for transients.

New owners, Chris and Lachelle Scarlato, have acquired the family-run business that was established in 1956 from Arvid and Donna Scherpf. Havre de Grace Marine Center offers full service boat repairs, including a canvas and sail shop. Beginning in May 2013, they will feature waterfront extended stay lodging-a unique overnight experience aboard a 55' classic Chris Craft Yacht with 3 staterooms/3 heads and full accommodations.

May 2013 

Aftermore than 15 years helping hundreds of customers, Bob Arnett of Chesapeake Yacht Sales at Deltaville Yachting Center, is leaving the brokerage business. Bob plans to spend his time with family, as well as fishing the Chesapeake Bay in his Wellcraft 29 "CAROL ANN". Please join Lew and Onna Grimm, owners of Chesapeake Yacht Sales, in celebrating Bob's achievements through support of his customers and his contribution to Chesapeake Yacht Sales. 

May 2013 

Mack Boring and Parts Company awarded Deltaville Boatyard the "Outstanding Yanmar Small Engine Sales" Achievement Award for the highest number of small engines sold through the Mack Boring Company in 2012.

"We are honored to have earned this achievement award. We take pride in ensuring that our technicians have the most current training in Yanmar and ABYC certifications to provide quality work for our customers," stated Keith Ruse, owner of Deltaville Boatyard. Seven technicians are certified in Yanmar engine maintenance and installation. 

May 2013 

Norton's Yacht Sales, Inc ., a third generation marine business and new boat dealership announces the addition of the Marlow-Mainship Trawler line.  This new line of trawlers compliments Marlow-Hunter Sailboats and Jeanneau America Yachts, the sailboats sold by Norton's.  Norton Yachts became a dealer for Hunter Marine in 1975 and is the oldest and largest Hunter dealer in the world-consistently earning honors in customer service satisfaction and in sales.  Owned/operated by Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger and husband, Kenneth Schmalenberger, Norton's was founded in 1948 by Carolyn's grandfather, and celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.

April 2013

Calvert Marina , Solomons, Md., welcomes Brandi Mitchell as their newest staff member. Brandi will handle accounts payable/receivables, and electric and slip invoicing; becoming a welcome addition to their customer service team.  She and her husband, Rusty, have been at Calvert Marina for several years and own and operate a canvas shop, A Stitch Aweigh, on the marina property.

April 2013

J. Gordon & Company , Annapolis Md., is the new distributor for the D400 direct-drive wind generator. The environmentally friendly D400 curbs the need to use a generator providing what owner Marshall Larner calls, "a better way to go."  It is exceptionally quiet and vibration-free and features a powerful 3-phase alternator, and computer-designed rotor blades optimized for low speed, user-friendly operation. J. Gordon is the distributor for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic from Maine to South Carolina.

April 2013

Tidewater Yacht Service Center at Port Covington Maritime Center in Baltimore, Maryland, was named winner of the 2012 Maryland Clean Marina contest in the large boatyard category. The business was commended by the Dept. of Natural Resources for taking steps to protect the environment. The boatyard was certified a Clean Marina by the state in 2008 and was a runner-up last year for the annual honor. The program, started in 1997, has inspected and certified about 600 marinas.

April 2013

Annapolis Yacht Sales sees a bright future for the Chesapeake Bay boating market and has responded by adding new staff members to their team. Aaron Moeller, Belinda Magruder, John Halt, and Ian Dimka have been hired as yacht brokers. In addition, they have added new support staff positions, including Gayle Parlett in accounting and Lorie Ebersberger in marketing. The service department has also added Stuart Sohovich as a yacht service technician; and Brad Dawson, Omar Bernal, and Susana Bernal have been hired to start a new yacht detailing division. Since 1999, Annapolis Yacht Sales has won the Beneteau Dealer of the Year 10 times, Service Dealer of the Year nine times, and in 2011 were named Beneteau USA's Dealer of the Decade.

April 2013

Washburn's Boat Yard in Solomon's, Md., has announced that Ricky Mabry, who has been with Washburn's for thirteen years, has received the 2013 Volvo Penta Diesel Certification. Mabry also holds certifications that include Volvo IPS Drives, Volvo Diagnostics (Vodia), Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), and Cruisair factory service. Washburn's Boat Yard encourages continuing education for their team.

April 2013

Clarks Landing in Shady Side, Md., announced that they are now a dealer for Tidewater Boats and Yamaha Outboards. They are expecting their first delivery of boats sometime in March 2013. Clarks Landing operates its sales and service departments in Shady Side and Chester, Md. They have been serving Mid-Atlantic boaters for over 30 years.

April 2013

The Tides Inn Spa , at The Tides Inn, in Irvington, Va., has been named #22 on the Top 75 Hotel Spas in the U.S. listing in Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice survey of Top Spas. The resort also received the honor of top ranking hotel spa in Virginia. "We couldn't be more pleased to have The Spa at Tides Inn recognized for excellence by the sophisticated readers of Condé Nast Traveler," said Mark Grenoble, President of Enchantment Group. "Spa experiences are always evolving and we place a priority on assuring that guests come away both soothed and engaged." 

April 2013

Sail Solomons has been named "Outstanding School for 2012" by the American Sailing Association (ASA). The award recognizes the top 20 of over 300 ASA sailing schools worldwide, and is based upon responses from 2012 student surveys regarding the quality of service, boats, and instruction. Sail Solomons co-owners and instructors Andy Batchelor and Lisa Batchelor Frailey were each named "Outstanding Instructor for 2012", an award that recognizes the top one percent of over 2,000 ASA sailing instructors. Sail Solomons Sailing School opened in 2007, and has received the Outstanding School award every year from 2008 through 2012. Their instructors have been awarded each year since 2007, making Sail Solomons the most recognized sailing school on the Chesapeake Bay. The school is located at Zahniser's Yachting Center in Solomons, Md. 

April 2013

The sixth annual Deltaville Dealer Days will be held in Deltaville, Va., on May 4-5, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dealerships will be representing these boat lines: Beneteau Power and Sail, Carolina Classic, Catalina Yachts, Eastern Boats, Jeanneau Yachts, Marlow Hunter, and Marlow Mainship. Enjoy food, door prizes, and family fun. You can register to win cash prizes worth $300, $200, and $100 at participating dealerships: Annapolis Yacht Sales South, Chesapeake Yacht Sales, Gratitude Yachting Center, and Norton Yachts.

April 2013

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa , Chesapeake Beach, Md., recently received several reader's choice awards from various publications. Maryland Life Magazine's readers voted the Resort for a second year, The Free State's Finest: BEST Couples Getaway, BEST Sunrise/Sunset, BEST Spa and BEST Weekend Resort, in southern Maryland. Couples looking to be married in 2013 voted the Resort a "Best Of" Wedding Venue in the Knot Magazine and "Best Outdoor Weddings" in What's Up Weddings Magazine. Visit the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa by land or sea and find out what inspires all these votes.

March 2013

Norton Yachts in Deltaville, VA held its annual "Everything Sail Seminar " on February 23 for a record 96 people. The attendees heard boating information from regional and national companies, and the day concluded with a panel of sailing experts participating in a lively Q & A Session. A special feature was Norton's Sailing School instructor, Captain Steve Runals, who talked about circumnavigating Delmarva. Afterwards a strong contingent from the Hunter Sailing Association (Station 1) from the Middle Bay area met with a group interested in the formation of a HSA Southern Bay Association.  Norton Yachts is dedicated to promoting associations made up of Hunter Owners and Jeanneau Owners on the Chesapeake Bay. 

March 2013

Weems & Plath and Conant Custom Brass have announced the promotion of Drew Fleming to vice president of sales. In his new expanded role, Drew will be responsible for increasing sales worldwide to all channels of distribution with a focus on new business development and increasing their customer base.
Drew joined Weems & Plath and Conant Custom Brass in 2007 as director of national accounts. During his tenure in this role he pioneered business growth domestically, specifically by developing new relationships and new markets. "It is a pleasure to promote Drew," said company president Peter Trogdon. "His extensive national management experience and versatile skill set has been an asset to Weems & Plath and Conant Custom Brass. I have full confidence he will continue to be a success in this expanded role."

March 2013

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) in Gloucester, Virginia, has announced that their marine education service will offer a bundled package of courses to professional mariners looking to upgrade their license. Established in 1992, CMTI is a service-disabled, Vietnam-era veteran owned business that provides professional marine educational services to military and civilian mariners.

March 2013

The Captain Avery Museum 's Director, Vicki Petersen, recently resigned from her position in order to pursue graduate studies and prepare for a career in teaching. Mrs. Petersen joined the Museum's staff in 2005 and served as Director since 2010. She was honored by the Board at a luncheon where Board Chair, Prue Hoppin, acknowledged her many contributions and thanked her for all she did to further the mission of the Museum.  The Museum located in Shady Side, Maryland, is actively seeking candidates to interview for the Director position.

March 2013

Deltaville Yachting Center will host The DYC 2013 Marine Service Seminar on March 2, 2013. This event is a free educational opportunity for powerboaters and sailboaters. Marine professionals will cover the topics including: Boat & Bottom Painting, Choosing the Best Steering System for Your Boat, and Boat Detailing for the Non-Professional. Register at 804-776-9898. Seating is limited.

March 2013

Lew Grimm, owner and Service Manager of Deltaville Yachting Center recently completed advanced certification on the QSB 6.7 Cummins electronic engine. Deltaville Yachting Center is a dealer for Cummins and Yanmar engines.

March 2013

Norton Yachts in Deltaville, Virginia, is pleased to announce that an opportunity with Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) resulted in the cover photo for the 2013 Virginia Travel Guide. Over the course of two days in July 2012, Ken and Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger, owners of Norton Yachts, sailed a new Hunter sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay for VTC.   Mark Atkinson, a photographer from Norfolk, Virginia, followed behind the Hunter in a chase boat and captured the winning shot that scored the cover. Norton Yachts, a third generation company that was started in 1948 by Carolyn's grandfather, is celebrating 65 years in business this year. 

March 2013

Eric Hervol of Seattle, Washington, has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, Maryland, as a shipwright apprentice. Hervol's apprenticeship begins with restoration work on the historic skipjack Rosie Parks. During his one-year CBMM apprenticeship, he will be living in St. Michaels. Hervol recently completed a nine-month diploma program at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington.

Through educational, cultural and interactive exhibits and activities, CBMM celebrates the connections between the Bay and its people while inspiring an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal reaches. The Museum's campus includes twelve exhibit buildings on 18 waterfront acres along the St. Michaels Harbor. Find the Museum online at

March 2013

United States Yacht Shows, Inc. (USYS) announced that shows manager Dee Newman has retired after 38 years with the company. "Dee was recognized as the face and voice of the boat shows in the Annapolis area, and was an inspirational leader in the maritime industry through her tenure," said Ed Hartman, president of USYS. "We are grateful for her dedicated service and wish her all the best in her retirement."

USYS also announced that Sheila Jones has been promoted to show manager for all shows. Jones has been with the company for 14 years and has served as manager of the land and booth portions of the show for the past decade. "Her leadership skills and attention to all details of show production make her eminently qualified to assume the responsibilities of show manager," continued Hartman. 
United States Yacht Shows, Inc. is the producer of the United States Sailboat Show and United States Powerboat Show, both In October, and the Bay Bridge Boat Show and Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in April. For information on all USYS shows, please call 410-268-8828 or

January 2013

Marine Electronics of Hartfield has recently outfitted a Defiance 25 with the latest Garmin Navigation and Communications Electronics. The Defiance 25, owned by Strohman Enterprises, will be docked in Mathews County. It will be used as a demonstration platform for the U.S. Coast Guard, military, Homeland Security as well as fire and police departments. Organizations interested in a demonstration may contact Strohman Enterprises via email: To contact Marine Electronics of Hartfield email Kevin Fay at:

January 2013

Tri-State Marine of Deale, Md., has been awarded membership in the Grady-White Boats Admiral's Circle for 2012 in recognition of high achievement in both sales and customer service. This is the fourteenth year that Tri-State Marine has received the Admiral's Circle award. The award is reserved for top dealerships in the Grady-White network.

January 2013

Marine Five Star Dealer Certification (MFSDC), one of the core elements of the Grow Boating Initiative, awarded Clark's Landing, Chester, Md., the Best Practices award at the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. Clark's Landing was one of the top ten Certified Dealers that received this award.

January 2013

After 13 years Garth and Sue Hichens are handing over the tiller of Annapolis Yacht Sales to a new team. The new owners are Rob Taishoff, longtime customer and friend; Tim Wilbricht, on the sales side of AYS for 14 years; and Chris Humphreys, on the service side for 17 years. The new team says "We are determined to uphold the tradition of the Annapolis Yacht Sales name and everything this great company stands for. Our top focuses are our customers and the quality of service we bring them along with offering the best products on the market. Our customers - past, present and future - are a part of the AYS family and we want to thank them for continuing to make AYS the most successful dealership and brokerage house on the Bay."

January 2013
The Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County made their Christmas donation of $1,000 to the New Jersey Marine Trades Association. Their gift will aid and support fellow Tradesmen devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Their contribution was matched by Kellogg Marine.

January 2013

The last Leopard 46 built in Cape Town, South Africa has sailed on her own bottom to Florida and will be in the Chesapeake Bay this spring. One hundred ninety-one of these popular cruising catamarans were built and at 46'4" LOA with a 24'10" beam, are rather large yachts. The new owners are sailing her through the Florida Keys over the winter and plan to bring her to her new home on the Chesapeake Bay in April.

The new Leopard 48 has been named by Cruising World magazine as Boat of the Year, Best Full-sized Multihull, 2013. Since 1998, Leopard catamarans have earned eight BOTY awards from Cruising World and three from Sail magazine. Sail named the Leopard 44, 38, and 40 "Best Boats" of 2012, 2010 and 2005, respectively. Cruising World named various Leopard models Boat of the Year in these categories: Charter Yacht (1998), Best Multihull 40 Feet and Under (2005), Best Import (2005), Best Multihull Cruiser (2010), Import of the Year (2010), Best Multihull (2012), Import of the Year (2012), and Best Full-size Multihull (2013).

January 2013

What started as a spur of the moment remark by a local business owner has turned into a major relief effort to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Jim Maier, owner of BOE Marine in Stevensville, Md., offered to drive a truck filled with supplies to New Jersey areas that had been devastated by the hurricane. He asked for monetary donations that he would use to purchase desperately needed supplies.

Through BOE and other local businesses pulling together, five truckloads of supplies have been delivered, and the group says they will continue to send supply trucks until they run out of donations or there is no longer a need. Using larger trucks from BOE's distribution company, MESCO, they have delivered water, heaters, clothing, non-perishable food, batteries, lights and many other items to the hard hit New Jersey coastline. Call 866-735-5926 for more information on how you can help.

January 2013

Mark Schulstad and Tony Schulstad, partners in the formation of the new Pocket Yacht Company, a merging of the Cutwater Marine Sales and Chesapeake Ranger Tugs names, are excited with this expansion. "We have seen our customers' approach to boating change over the past few years and we want to make it easier for them to enjoy the water" said Mark Schulstad. "People use their boats differently today than they did in years past and we understand that." Pocket Yacht Company is a full service marine dealer serving the Mid-Atlantic region providing a unique buying experience for their customers. With over 35 years of combined marine experience, Pocket Yacht Company delivers quality, versatile cruising products ranging from 21' to 35' with a feature set unmatched by comparable sized vessels. Factory direct pricing, diesel power and on-board accommodations coupled with unsurpassed personal customer service define Pocket Yacht Company's business model.

Mark Mansfield, sales manager  for Ranger Tug and Cutwater Marine, said, "We are very happy to have Pocket Yacht Company represent Ranger Tug and Cutwater in the Chesapeake Region. Mark and Tony have an impeccable track record with us and have been very successful over the years. We are excited and know that Mark and Tony will represent our brands well."  

For more information visit: or call 410.827.5230. 

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