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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Boat Building News

US firm plans to run boats and yachts on batteries
28 (UPI) -- International Battery is planning to run boats and large yachts on batteries. The US manufacturer, designer and developer of large-format ...

West Cork Boatbuilder Heading for Norway
While there Tiernan will be working and learning alongside Norwegian boat builders restoring, maintaining and building traditional Norwegian boats. ...

Partnership to build hybrid powertrain for large boats
Trade Only Today
The partnership with EMP, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., will aim to build a hybrid powertrain for the world's largest plug-in, hybrid-electric sailboat - a ...

Boatbuilder preserves maritime history
Soundings Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:13 PM PDT
A wooden-boat builder is continuing a time-honored tradition by documenting the plans for a trio of Lake Superior wooden boats - a lighthouse tender and two fish tugs. 

News From 91.3 KUWS Marinas have busy season, wrapping it up
BusinessNorth Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:12 AM PDT
The boating season is coming to an end. Laura Podgornik reports that northern Wisconsin marinas saw better traffic than last year. Barkerâs Island Marina in Superior not only docks boats but they help to sell them as a boat broker. Marina Manager Joe Radtke says there are a lot of boats for sale

Despite tough times in industry, Canadian boat dealer is expanding into Ferndale
The Bellingham Herald Wed, 29 Sep 2010 05:50 AM PDT
Fred Moore and Aaron Fell have seen the struggles of other businesses in the boating industry during 

 London Boat Show coming
Yachting Monthly Wed, 29 Sep 2010 03:26 AM PDT
With its Southampton counterpart freshly completed, the London Boat Show is now set to take centre stage. The winter's biggest boat show returns to the capital in 2011 from January 7-16. 

Caledonia entrepreneur plans to buy Skipperliner
Houston County News Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:43 AM PDT
The future of the SkipperLiner Industries Inc. boat-building operation on French Island was in doubt when it shut down April 30, citing the recession, and filed for receivership in La Crosse County Circuit Court. But Caledonia entrepreneur Jeb Griffith confirmed Sept. 15 he is in the process of acquiring the companyâs assets, and plans to continue the boat-building business. 

Chinese Yacht Industry, 2010-2011 - New Market Report Published
OfficialWire (press release)
by Press Office For a long period, due to the biased propaganda and misdirection of some media, films and television programs, yacht is regarded by Chinese ...

Boat builder loses compensation claims
Malvern Gazette
A HEREFORDSHIRE narrowboat building firm which has increased sales and staff since moving to Fromes Hill has successfully opposed compensation claims by a ...

ISO 14001:2004 Accreditation for Alnmaritec
Hydro International
Alnmaritec, the specialist boat building company based in Northumberland, was delighted to announce that it has achieved formal accreditation of its ...

Take a Soldier Fishing
The keynote speaker, boat building legend and Triton Boat Company President, Earl Bentz, honored the military for giving us the freedoms that we enjoy every ...

Federal loans to boost Triumph Boats in Little Falls
St. Cloud Times
By Mark Sommerhauser • • September 30, 2010 LITTLE FALLS — Federal loans are helping create jobs at a boat-manufacturing ...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Boat Building News

California fractional sailing outfit designs new boat
Fractional Life (press release)
The company has collaborated with WD Schock Corp - a company with more than 60 years of boat-building and design experience - to develop a new concept in ...

Coastal maritime history conference comes to New Bern
ENC Today
... as New Bern and Craven County maritime history; privateering along the Carolina coast; and Barbour Boats, the longtime boatbuilding company of New Bern. ...

Bayfield boat builder preserves maritime history
Duluth News Tribune
A Bayfield wooden boat builder is continuing a time-honored tradition by documenting the plans for a trio of Lake Superior wooden boats — a lighthouse ...

Bénéteau sees huge sales increase
Yachting Monthly
The Bénéteau Group, owner of the Bénéteau, Jeanneau and Lagoon brands, recorded €573.7million in sales from its boatbuilding sector over the year, 

UK. Surveyors learn about wooden boats
BYM News (press release)
The YDSA was pleased to welcome members with a range of experience, including recent graduates from the International Boatbuilding Training College. ..

U.S. firm plans to run boats and yachts on batteries
UPI Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:31 AM PDT
ALLENTOWN, Pa., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- International Battery is planning to run boats and large yachts on batteries. The U.S. manufacturer, designer and developer of large-format batteries and energy storage units said it is joining hands with Electric Marine Propulsion to build hybrid power units for big boats and yachts. International Battery - Energy storage - Yacht - United States - Business 

Boatbuilders expo opens in Louisville for first time
Louisville Courier-Journal
He credited the increase to a slight resurgence in the boating industry and moving the conference to a central location.

USA. New research shows boating lifestyle robust
BYM News (press release)
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today revealed new research that will help the boating industry better understand consumer attitudes ...

Outboard boat sales up in August, but results generally mixed
Boating Industry
MIAMI — August continued a trend from June and July with mixed results for the boat segments tracked by Info-Link Technologies Inc.'s Bellwether Report. ...

New Superyacht Refit Facility Nears Completion in Bodrum, Turkey
wallstreet:online AG Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:22 AM PDT
BODRUM, Turkey, September 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ Aganlar Boatyard is close to completing a major extension of their well-established boat building and re-fit yard in Bodrum and is working with Marine â¦

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Fall brings students, classes, boat launches, and a look back at the Wooden Boat Festival

In This Issue
Fill Out Our Chandlery Survey
You're Invited to a Pirates' Ball
Evergreen Students at NWMC
We Need Your Expertise
Ranger for Sale
Whittaker to Speak About Everest Climb
Festival Recap
Townsend Tern Launches
Upcoming Captain's Class
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The Wooden Boat Chandlery celebrated its grand opening in its new, expanded space in May, and we continue to work on providing the best mix of products for the variety of people who visit the store.

We are committed to maintaining a first rate traditional chandlery with all the items a shipwright or boat owner needs. In addition we provide a wide selection of high quality gift items for locals and visitors alike.

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The proceeds from the chandlery go to support our educational programs.

Halloween Pirates' Ball at NWMC You're Invited!


A Halloween Pirates' Ball will be held on Saturday, October 30th at the Northwest Maritime Center to support our youth educational programs. Ticket prices are $90 a person (members $80) and a limited number at $30 for people between 21-29 years of age. The event will feature food and grog, swashbuckling and dancing, wenches and brigands, live entertainment, costumes, a small (10 item) live auction, prizes and games.

A haunted ship will be open for tours for $5 for children aged 5 and up.

Board members Lisa Vizzini and Piper Dunlap are the co-chairs. If you have ideas or want to help with the planning give the NWMC a call at 360.385.3628.

 NWMC Welcomes
Evergreen Students

Carrying Nuffs to be Launched
Evergreen students carry two Nuff rowboats that they built at the NWMC Boatshop (in background) to the launcing ramp.
The Northwest Maritime Center was pleased and proud to welcome back Seattle's Evergreen School for their 4th time participating in a multi-day program with us.

This year 42 middle school students came and participated in navigation and boat building classes as well as spending time on the water in Thunderbird sailboats or on our legacy surf boat Dorjun.

Evergreen Student Row their Nuff
Taking her for a test paddle.

After they completed two Nuff rowboats, the students launched them and tested them out in the marina.

If your school might be interested in designing a program at the Northwest Maritime Center, please call Nancy Israel at 360.385.3628 x109.

Share Your Knowledge!
Chandlery Looking for Wooden Boat Wednesday Experts

The Wooden Boat Chandlery is seeking to become a resource for boaters. We invite shipwrights, sailors, boaters, and experts in boat hardware to share their knowledge with our customers. We'll keep your coffee mug full if you'll field customer questions and share your expertise for a 3-hour shift on Wooden Boat Wednesdays, beginning October 20th and scheduled every other week. Contact Molly at 360.385.3628 x101 to get on the schedule.

Ranger for Sale

Cerulean is for sale
1976 Ranger Cerulean

A 1976 33ft. Ranger is for sale. The 33 was the pride of the Ranger line. Cerulean is a project boat with a recent appraisal of $10,000. She is offered by her owner for $5000 for a quick sale with a portion of the proceeds going to the Northwest Maritime Center.

The boat is very dry and in generally good shape. The appraisal is available to serious buyers to review. Contact Peter Quinn at 360.379.1360 for more details and to view Cerulean at Port Hadlock marina.

Quick Links
Leif Whittaker to Tell Story of Everest Climb
Leif Whittaker on Everest Summit
For the first time since returning from the summit of Mt. Everest in June of this year, Port Townsend native Leif Whittaker will present stories and photographs from his expedition to the top of the world. Surrounded by water and mountains from birth, Leif developed a passion for the outdoors that has also taken him to the hightest summits of Antarctica and South America.

"Port Townsend is a great jumping-off point for outdoor adventure," he says. "Now I want to share my experiences with the community." The slide show presentation will be followed by a Q&A with his father, Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to summit Everest on May 1, 1963.

The presentation will take place in the Maritime Meeting Room (2nd floor of the yellow building) of the Northwest Maritime Center on Tuesday, October 26 at 7pm. Tickets go on sale October first at Wildernest Outdoor Store in downtown Port Townsend and at the Wooden Boat Chandlery at the Northwest Maritime Center.

The cost is $15 in advance, $12 for NWMC & WBF members, and $20 at the door on the night of the event if space remains. Proceeds benefit youth outdoor educational programs at the Northwest Maritime Center. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.

Festival Bigger & Better Than Ever
Through the most challenging economic climate of 34 festivals, wooden boat owners and enthusiasts set records again this year. A record 7200 linear feet of boats, more than 45 boats over 50 feet long, and 60 boats attending for the first time packed Point Hudson Marina to capacity. There were 217 boat in the water, another 84 on land, plus all the boats at Pygmy Kayaks, Redfish, PT Foundry, Tippecanoe, and Sail Classics models, and upright, racked, and on the beach sponsors Chesapeake Light Craft and Edensaw Woods.

Wedding During Wooden Boat Festival
Many voyages were begun at this year's Festival, beautifully illustrated by Jamie Lang & Brock Gilman, who married on the beach, then honeymooned aboard their wooden boat M/V Katherine Jane during the Festival.
Record ticket sales Friday and Saturday confirmed the highest attendance in our history for those two days. The weather on Sunday resulted in lower attendance, but overall Festival ticket revenues increased by 22%.

Educational presentations and expanded participation by exhibitors drew capacity crowds into the Northwest Maritime Center meeting rooms, the Boat Shop, beach, pier and public commons. Every inch of the new facility was used during Festival, a dream come true, a vessel launched! Inspired by the opportunities now available at the NWMC and the Port, ideas are already underway for expanding and rearranging Festival venues next year to build on this year's success.

Ideas include a larger marine trade presence near the Main Gate, a clearer grouping of artists, non-profits, authors, and kids' programs, and potential extension of the Festival to earlier in the week and down to Boat Haven are all being considered.

Creativity is alive and well at the Festival, a welcome boost to the end of the summer and to the start of the next leg of the journey for the Northwest Maritime Center. Mark your calendars for next year's Wooden Boat Festival, September 9-11, 2011, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for regular updates on everything Wooden Boat Foundation related.

A big thank you to our sponsors and especially the almost 500 volunteers who work so hard to make it happen.

Townsend Tern Launches

Chelcie & Kees Aboard Townsend Tern
Designer Kees Prins (right) & owner Chelcie Liu aboard the Townsend Tern just before her first sail.
On September third, the Townsend Tern was launched from Pt. Hudson marina and had her maiden sail. The 24-foot sailboat was commissioned by Port Townsend residents Chelcie and Kathy Liu and was designed by our own Boat Shop Manager Kees Prins.
The Lius were interested in a light displacement trailer sailer with an easy to handle rig with carbon spars. While construction on the boat was started in Kees' personal shop in 2008, by last year's Wooden Boat Festival the Townsend Tern was set up in the Boat Shop in the Chandler Building of the NWMC & WBF and was built by boatwrights Sara Rudolph and Scott Jones under the supervision of Kees Prins. Chelcie Liu was involved in all aspects of design and construction, and Kathie Liu did the canvas work.

She is built of Okoume plywood and Sapele mahogany, with yellow cedar for deck framing.

Townsend Tern on her maiden voyage out of the marina
After enjoying a lovely frist sail on Port Townsend Bay, the Townsend Tern participated in the 34th Wooden Boat Festival the following weekend.

Jeff Sanders to Offer Captains' License Class

Captain Jeff Sanders of the US Maritime Academy will be presenting his Coast Guard approved captains' license class this winter at the Northwest Maritime Center. Students will receive certification for both their Masters and Six-Pack 100 ton Coast Guard Captains License, including sailing and towing endorsements.

Classes are held in the evening to accommodate work schedules. Captain Sanders provides all facets of the licensing process. He invites you to attend the first night of class with no obligation to see why the USMA is the benchmark of captain's licensing.

Winter class schedule:
First night info meeting, Monday January 10, 2011
Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday evenings 6pm-9:30pm, January 10-February 3, 2011.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Boat Building News

September 27, 2010
Dear BoatU.S. Member,
We need your help. If you believe in "science first," now is the time to urge President Obama to require the federal EPA to understand the effects of higher blends of ethanol before allowing it into our country's gasoline supply.
Time is critical. Last year, a record number of boaters asked EPA to test marine engines before allowing up to 15% (E15) ethanol in gasoline. This testing has not been completed. Now, in late September or early October, EPA is getting ready to announce their decision. We expect they will allow E15 for some engines and not others. This will create different fuels with different availability, prices, and a lot of consumer confusion.
BoatU.S. appreciates and embraces the need to diversify our country's fuel and energy sources. However, we are concerned that EPA may put the "cart before the horse" by granting increased ethanol before we know what it will do in our marine engines. Many boaters, having suffered through the last ethanol transition, agree that we should learn from this recent history, and completely understand what the new fuel will do before approving its use in boats. It may turn out to be harmless, but what if it's not? Shouldn't we wait for the facts before making the decision?
Please help today. Click here and let President Obama know your concerns about ethanol and ask him to get the science first, before giving EPA the approval for more ethanol in your gasoline.
Many thanks,
Margaret Podlich
Vice President, BoatU.S. Government Affairs
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boat Building News

Fisheries museum looks to preserve boat-building skills
Scotland Courier
An East Neuk project which aims to preserve the boat-building skills of the early fishing industry has taken a step forward. By Cheryl Peebles Last year, ...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Boat Building News

Regulatory Review

Congress passes small business legislation

Boating Industry

Friday September 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — The National Marine Manufacturers Association applauded the passage Thursday of HR 5297, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. The legislation will extend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) Program for marine and other product dealers to 2013 from its current expiration date later this month, raise loan caps from $2 million to $5 million, and enable a 100 percent advance rate.

NMMA has worked closely with House and Senate offices, the White House, and Treasury Department officials since early this year on the SBA DFP provisions. In June, NMMA President Thom Dammrich appeared before the Senate Small Business Committee urging inclusion of these provisions in the final legislation.

An expanded and enhanced SBA DFP Program will more effectively serve those already participating while allowing other businesses the opportunity to take advantage of what it has to offer,” NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “Congress has now provided a great deal of certainty with this program, and we strongly encourage lenders to utilize this important program to get credit flowing again to responsible marine companies throughout the United States.”
The legislation will now go to the president’s desk to be signed into law

Boat Building News

Whaling Museum to debut yachting exhibit
South Coast Today
Courtesy of New Bedford Whaling Museum "Charmed by the Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years and More of Yachting on Buzzards Bay," opening to the public ...

State: Yacht businessman won't return refund
(AP) - The owner of a yacht company is charged with failing to return nearly $800000 to the state that was erroneously sent to him by the Department of ...

Nichols CEO to Rossi: Earmarks help buoy boatbuilding business
Whidbey Examiner
John Collins, chief executive officer of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, offered Rossi his perspective on issues of importance to the shipyard. ...

Deficit Hawks Threaten Ethanol's Future
One boater's opinion might not matter, except that Sensenbrenner happens to be the top Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and ...

E15 would seriously harm boats and marine engine
The Hill
A broken-down car on the side of the road is one thing; a boat stranded at sea is an entirely different matter. We also know that higher-level ethanol ...

Boats, products honored at Newport show
Trade Only Today
The Spirit 46 was named Best New Sailboat, the PB50 from Palm Beach Motor Yachts in Australia captured honors as the Best New Powerboat and Navico's Simrad 

Riviera ballot item could stop Rybovich boat yard, but may face court challenge
Palm Beach Post
Rybovich, some council members and marine industry supporters argue that leasing the southern part of the marina to the boat company for 25 years will bring ...

Connecticut Shipyard Preparing To Deliver Cakewalk, Biggest U.S.-Built Yacht ...
Hartford Courant
At 281 feet, Cakewalk is the longest yacht built in the United States since the 1930s, when Bath Iron Works of Maine delivered JP Morgan Jr.'s 343-foot ...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Boat Building News

Bayfield boat builder preserving maritime history
The Ashland Daily Press Mon, 20 Sep 2010 22:42 PM PDT
BAYFIELD Musicians rely on sheet music, travelers follow maps, "boat builders have these," says wooden boat builder Garry Couch, pointing to a set of drawings by "the grandmaster of it all," Howard I. Chapelle, a mid-20th century naval architect and curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 

Note on ethanol in gas
The Star-Ledger - (blog)
What You Can Do to Help: The ethanol issue has and will continue to have a large impact on the boating community and we need your help to spread the word. ...

Boat society to give back
West Shore News Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:10 AM PDT
Boat enthusiasts are gearing up for the fifth annual Antique and Classic Boat Show this weekend in Lakeside, but this year's event also marks the beginning of a new endeavor for the boat society that hosts the event.

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Dear Friend,

The last day of summer... and I should be packing for IBEX.

We announced something yesterday which I hope may be of interest to you...
The BARC Project, from WoodenBoat
But It's Applicable to Readers of Professional BoatBuilder As Well

St. Ayles Skiff
Photo by Peter Nisbet

WoodenBoat's Boatbuilding & Rowing Challenge [BARC] is the bold beginning of a grassroots effort which could be emulated around the world. It's an endeavor to involve communities and, in our specific case, high school programs, in the team-building aspects of boatbuilding and then competitively rowing one specific boat: Iain Oughtred's 22', 330 pound St. Ayles Skiff, with a crew of four rowers and one helmsperson (coxswain).

This is something that you could adapt to your local schools and community.  Read on....  And stop by our booth at IBEX (#1801) and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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You may now receive WoodenBoat in print, digital or both formats.

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Yesterday was the last day for you to register in advance.  But you can still sign up once you arrive.

Free exhibit hall, demonstrations, exhibitor workshops.

To see all the ingredients of this critical trade show for the marine industry, click HERE.  September 28-30 in Louisville, KY, with pre-con sessions on September 27.

Thanks for reading today. 
My very best wishes to you,


Carl Cramer

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boat Building News

Regulatory Review

EPA decision on E15 expected soon

Boating Industry
Tuesday September 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — After several delays to allow for more scientific testing, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make a decision shortly on a waiver petition to allow ethanol levels of up to 15 percent in gasoline sold in the United States.

A decision by the EPA is expected later this month or early next month, according to a release from the National Marine Manufacturer's Association.

NMMA says that reports indicate EPA may grant a “partial waiver” for some on-road vehicles only — meaning E15 would be approved for use in cars of certain model years, but not any marine engines.

"While we would be pleased that this scenario would exclude marine, we remain concerned about the risk of misfueling for boaters once E15 becomes available at gas stations," NMMA spokeswoman Christine Pomorski said in a statement. "We are also concerned that E15 will be marketed as a less expensive regular-grade fuel, while E10 will be available in premium grade gasoline. As consumers make fuel decisions primarily based on price, this increases the risk of misfueling."

NMMA, the Marine Retailers Association of America and a group of concerned businesses known as the “Say NO to Untested E15” coalition are encouraging boaters to write an e-mail to President Obama requesting that he urge the EPA to test all gasoline-powered engines, including marine engines, before allowing E15 into the marketplace.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Boat Building News

Yachting gains momentum in Vietnam
Sail World
Malaysia started upgrading its yachting infrastructure years ago. Then it was China, catering for their rising rich class. India has become very conscious .

Composite Mouldings to Produce 14M Performance Cruiser
“the traditional boatbuilding material used to be wood, then production boat building moved into composites but I have always wanted to build a modern, ...

Bayfield boat builder preserving maritime history
The Ashland Daily Press Sun, 19 Sep 2010 23:41 PM PDT
BAYFIELD â Musicians rely on sheet music, travelers follow maps, "boat builders have these," says wooden boat builder Garry Couch, pointing to a set of drawings by "the grandmaster of it all," Howard I. Chapelle, a mid-20th century naval architect and curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C

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Metallurgical Factors as Part of Corrosion Analysis

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Event Type: 4
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM-2:15 EASTERN
Location: In your office, on your PC
Notes: Marine Corrosion is a broad topic that must include every situation that may cause a failure. Metals fail for many reasons and composition of metals may well be the determining factor. During this session Ed Sherman will compare the actual findings of two different materials analysis labs that looked at a bronze component that failed, causing a $1.6 million dollar boat to sink in its slip.
Initially, the insurance company refused the claim for repairs based on one lab's report and the report of a marine surveyor employed by the insurer. Ultimately the insurer paid the claim.
Ed Sherman, will explain the process that lead up to that ultimatum and also report on the most recent issues with this particular boat. Ed will also provide examples of other issues related to metallurgy and explain why we must all be diligent in our analysis in today's market.
Note: Organize a shop lunch, order the pizza and expand your knowledge.

Registration Fees: Member $49.00       Non-Member $99.00     Register Online!
 Info: Sandy Brown
Phone: 410-990-4460 X-43
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