On NATIONAL MARINA DAY
, June 14, 2014, marinas across the United States are asked to open their doors to the public to show off the boating lifestyle and encourage non-boaters to get out on the water. The type of event that each marina holds is unique, but has the purpose of celebrating boating as a fun-filled, affordable activity that anyone can enjoy. Access all the free resources to plan your own event, and register it nationally by visiting
of Deltaville announced that Barry Newland is their new Charter Fleet Manager. After selling his printing company, Barry obtained his Coast Guard 50 ton Masters license and ABYC electrical certifications. When not working, Barry and his wife, Robin, cruise the Chesapeake Bay in their Hunter 41, Laughing Place.
Congratulations go out to SASSAFRAS HARBOR MARINA,
BOHEMIA VISTA MARINA, and
HACK'S POINT MARINA (all in Cecil County). They are the newest certified Maryland Clean Marinas. Maryland now has 153 certified Clean Marinas and Partners. (Partners are small facilities with fewer services or staff.)
In response to efforts by the MARINE TRADES ASSOCIATIONS OF MARYLAND AND BALTIMORE COUNTY, both Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties now offer credits on the new storm water fees to certified Clean Marinas. The counties recognized the efforts to reduce polluted run-off from certified Clean Marinas and the work involved in holding a Discharge Permit. Clean Marinas will need to apply to the county for the credit. For more information, visit the respective county websites.
The CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM STORE
had its grand opening on Saturday, May 3. The Museum Store is open daily from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and promises a memorable shopping experience. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at
or call 410-326-2042.
The seventh annual PIRATES AND WENCHES FANTASY WEEKEND will be held this year August 8 to 10 in Rock Hall, Md. The Greater Rock Hall Business Association's Events Committee will host the town-wide theme party. Get there by land or by sea for the two and a half day party. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your boat-anchor out or raft up with your mates. There is plenty of anchorage, dockage and raft-up space available-as well as plenty of parking for those arriving by land.
WILLIAMS & HEINTZ MAP CORP.
, in Capitol Heights, Md., a specialist in map printing, production, and folding since 1921, has announced that they are now certified to print the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Print-on-Demand Charts. "We are excited to be expanding into Print-on-Demand," said Holly Heintz Budd, president and CEO. They have been authorized to sell NOAA's paper nautical charts that are printed when the customer orders them-or "on demand." Info on the charts is still maintained by NOAA, and is corrected with Notices to Mariners up to the week of purchase.
announces its partnership with Townsend Bell, professional race car driver and new brand ambassador for Beneteau's lines of powerboats. Beneteau will be a personal sponsor of Bell's No. 6 car in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 on May 25. "It's only after he purchased his Barracuda 9 from our local Beneteau dealer that the relationship emerged," commented Laurent Fabre, president of Beneteau America. Headquarters for the Americas is located in Annapolis, Md.
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 2014.
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
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;
'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 1948.
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.
'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,
Leopard Catamarans has launched YachtOwnership.com. 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.
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.
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.
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. www.ci.poquoson.va.us
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 email@example.com 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 www.whitehousecovemarina.com 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 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.
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