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 www.marinaassociation.org
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." www.abbra.org
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
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.
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.
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. www.annapolisyachtsales.com
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. www.PortAnnapolis.com
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. www.clcboats.com
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. www.atlantisweathergear.com
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. www.portmessick.com
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. www.bohemiavistamarina.com; www.hackspointmarina.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.cysboat.com
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. Nortonyachts.com
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. www.abycinc.org
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. www.clarkslandingmd.com
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 email@example.com. www.clarkslandingmd.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. www.poquosonseafoodfestival.com
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. www.EnjoyVa.com
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. www.clarkslanding.com
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. calvertmarinemuseum.com
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: email@example.com
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: www.mathewsmaritime.com
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. www.marylandboatshow.net
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 boat.com/annapolis-brokerage-show
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! www.henrymurray.com
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. www.clarkslandingmd.com
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. www.dycboat.com
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." www.annapolisyachtssales.com
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. www.MarineMax.com
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." www.baltimoremarinecenters.com
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. ChesapeakeBoatingClub.com
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. www.havenharbour.com
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. www.portannapolis.com
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. www.cjcrab.com
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." www.knot10.com, or Jay@knot10.com
If you haven't heard about Jet Ski Brian, check out his blog at www.jetskibrian.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 342-5780