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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Boat Building News

The Michigan School of Boat Building and Marine Technology ...
The Michigan School is a career path program in the Petoskey area of Michigan that offers certificate and associate degree opportunities through its ...

Teens learn about science from building boats
Bangor Daily News
Buy Photo By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff Searsport High School students Jason Pendleton (left) and Alex Lane (right) listen as wooden boat builder Greg Rossel (center) explains how a simple handcrafted tool can help them to draw a cutting line on what .

Technology key for yacht makers in Indian market
Traditionally known for their designs, not only will these makers of luxury yachts need to innovate on design and layout, they will also have to step up technologically as they cater to young wealthy boys with a penchant for new toys that are faster ...

New Launch: Canados 35M planing yacht
Yacht Forums (press release)
Saturday also was a good day for Canados yachts as they launched another 35-meter yacht. The new yacht is being finished for a European owner. The interior of this new vessel ws done by design studio Salvagni Architetti while the exterior was in-house ...

Tall ships attract a motley crew
Coos Bay World
The Coos Bay Boat Building Center, which is coordinating the ships' visit, is sponsoring displays and demonstrations at the old bank building, 201 Central Ave., 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, with a treasure hunt at 11 am at the pavilion on the boardwalk. 

Five Things to Know Today
Take a week and learn some boat building skills. Classes are going on all week, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Mystic Seaport. Congratulations to Haley Hinton, this week's Whiz Kid, and winner of “Miss New England Ambassador” honors Sunday at the “Junior .

Harold 'Dynamite' Payson
They spent their winter months in South Thomaston where Dynamite built boats with his father-in-law, Archie Rackliff, developing his boat building skills. In the mid-1960s, he collaborated with well-known naval architect Philip Bolger of Gloucester, ...

LYME REGIS: Talk by boat builder
View Online
LOCAL boat-builder Gail McGarva will be speaking at Lyme Regis Museum this Friday (April 1st). Her talk, “All Boats Have a Story”, is about traditional wooden boats, the building of their modern-day 'daughters' and the stories of the communities they 

Gill's dream boat floats, toured by awed crowd
Rockport Pilot
After 9/11, a book titled Backyard Boatbuilding by George Buehler caught his attention. “This amazing book told of a way to build a Passagemaker boat from ordinary lumberyard materials, bought paycheck by paycheck, and that ordinary people like me ...

Contessa 32 builder honoured
Yachting Monthly Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:39 AM PDT
Lymington boat builder, Jeremy Rogers, has received the OCC Award of Merit from the Ocean Cruising Club, their highest award. 

BOAT LOAD: As Americans gain weight, Coast Guard sets new occupancy rate for boats
The Destin Log Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:08 AM PDT
Come December 1, boat captains and operators of passenger vessels may have to reduce their occupancy rate due to new regulations brought on by the expanding waistlines of Americans. âThe weight of the average person has increased,â said LTJG..

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boat Building News

New scholarship for marine trades students
The Jacksonville Daily News Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:10 PM PDT
A new scholarship has been established for students enrolled in marine trades programs at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. The North Carolina Boat Building Heritage Foundation Scholarship will provide $1,000 to a selected student who is... 

Superyacht owners trade up amid industry recovery
Leading industry players - in Abu Dhabi for the 3rd Abu Dhabi Yacht Show which runs until March 26 - confirmed a shifting trend towards larger yachts within the industry, with the Middle East continuing as one of the most courted buyer

Driftboat builder follows in father's wake
Corvallis Gazette Times
(David Patton/Democrat-Herald) Spend an hour with Steve Steele in his boatbuilding shop, and you'll come away with a new appreciation of local talent quietly carrying on an Oregon tradition. Steve and his younger brother Stan started helping their dad, ...

Exporting boats from the edge of the Kalahari Desert
Mmegi Online
It grew out of the desire to establish a small aluminum boat building capacity for the rapidly expanding tourism sector on the nearby Okavango River and Delta. Given the needs of transport of both goods and tourists on the Okavango a South African made 

Get a job and realise a dream
Coff's Coast Advocate
The sail craft manufacturers, who are opening a factory here next month, need 11 staff to help them complete a $2 million offshore boatbuilding contract. You don't need any previous shipwright experience, but you might have to be prepared for travel. ...

National Historic Ships Photography Competition
Classic Boat
Open to all This category is aimed at highlighting the use of traditional maritime skills and techniques in the UK (eg hands-on maintenance of your vessel, rigging, sailing or boatbuilding in the workplace or classroom). Prize: £250 to be spent on ...

Nautical notoriety
Pensacola News Journal
For the past four years Curt Morse's love of boat building has been more of a hobby than a business. Morse builds the distinctive Caribiana Sea Skiffs in Pensacola, and in a busy year, he might sell a dozen boats. But that was before his sleek, 

Boat Building News

Harold "dynamite" Payson passed away. He will be missed, but he will live on in his works and in our hearts.

The following is from Paddling Upstream, a BLOG dedicated to

Payson had a website at

Over the Bar : Harold H. "Dynamite" Payson

Sadly, the boat-building world has lost another one of it's foundations. Harold H. Payson passed away on the 23rd of March. Payson, known to most if not all as "Dynamite" Payson was a boatbuilder who encouraged many handy-persons to go out and build their own boat using Dynamite's "instant" boatbuilding method of building boats. Dynamite also had a fantastic relationship with Phil Bolger and had Phil develop plywood boat designs he sold that would work well with his "instant" method and Yankee sense of thrift. With Phil's passing in 2009 and now Dynamite's passing, a wonderful team has left us.

From the Herald Gazette In Thomaston, Maine

Harold 'Dynamite' Payson notice

Mar 25, 2011
SOUTH THOMASTON — Harold H. “Dynamite” Payson, 82, died March 23, 2011, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, after suffering an aneurysm at his home early that same day.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A celebration of Dynamite’s life will be held at the funeral home Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at 104 Limerock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, 440 Old County Road, Pemaquid, ME 04558. A full obituary will be published. To see a full obituary or share a memory or story with Dynamite’s family, visit his online guest book at

Friday, March 25, 2011

Boat Building News

Yacht Makers Sail Over Mideast's Troubled Waters
New York Times
By ANGELA GIUFFRIDA Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak never held much appeal for Gulf Craft, the Middle East's biggest manufacturer of luxury yachts. But now that Mr. Mubarak has been ousted after three decades in power, the company, 

Marine Trades Scholarship Established at CCC
By Morgan Smith | Carteret Community College The North Carolina Boat Building Heritage Foundation Scholarship will provide $1000 to a selected qualified student who is enrolled in either the Boat Manufacture and Service Technology program or the Marine ...

Bob Bull passes
My Sailing
Robert Clarence (“Bob”) Bull MBE, a cheerful and diligent contributor to boatbuilding, sailing and tourism in the Gippsland Lakes region of Victoria, has died aged 90. Family and friends gathered at Metung Yacht Club on Wednesday (March 23) for a 

Jacobs initiates lawsuit against - Boating Industry
In a letter to dealers and sales reps of his boat brands, Irwin Jacobs said he has initiated a lawsuit against

Tiara Yachts, one of the many class acts from the US industry
Power Boat - World
The company was established by Leon Slikkers, current Chairman of the Board, his boat building career began when he started working for the Chris-Craft Boat Company in 1946. Some 10-years later, Leon established the Slickcraft Boat Company, ..

Visitors tour booming boat building business
Rochdale Online
The Manchester Cruising Association have visited in the past but the Littleborough Canalside Development didn't know that Rochdale had a boat building company. Mrs Brown explained that the company deals with people from all over the world – yet people 

Young Ship Designers
And it's not basketball but boat building and design. That team comes from the furthest point in Virginia from the coast where you might imagine boat design would be big. Visit the design team at Lee County Career and Technical Center. ...

Time-honored trade gives birth to Georgia Girl
The Outer Banks Voice
In hangar-sized buildings around Wanchese and Manns Harbor, you can find the heart of one of Dare County's — and the world's — oldest industries: boat building. It is an industry that employs hundreds of people and pumps millions of dollars into the ..

New Welsh maritime heritage body funds lugger
Classic Boat
That's changing now, though: a team of local youngsters under the tutelage of the local boatbuilding college (Mitec), is busy building Seahorse M170, a second-class fishing lugger of 22ft (6.7m) LWL and 5 tonnes, with a clinker hull and a lug ketch rig ...

Boat tax a job-killer
Waterbury Republican American
Rather than pay the tax, many people in the market to buy a boat either didn't buy one, or bought one overseas. As a result, the luxury tax didn't bring in much money at all, and the customers' reluctance to buy put the boat-building business,

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Boat Building News

Proposals under evaluation
Ceylon Daily News
This would be a tourist promotion venue where high spenders could be attracted, Boat Building Technology Improvement Institute Managing Director Gamini B Herath told Daily News Business. The Galle Port development will attract small yachts and will ...

 Skiff built by volunteers set for launch
It is one of around 20 boats being built across Scottish coastal communities as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, which aims to encourage traditional boat building and racing. Anyone interested in coastal rowing is encouraged to come along ...

Maritime Museum Calls for Wooden Boats
WNCT Greenville Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:05 AM PDT
BEAUFORT – Runabouts and wherries, dinghies and day-sailors once again take the spotlight at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for the 37th annual Wooden Boat Show.  

A new tack
Mainebiz Daily
Boat building and launching equipment for offshore wind and tidal energy projects are also in their sights for the shipyard, which will open this summer. Overseeing the site and its several derelict buildings, purchased in mid-January and assessed by ...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Boat Building News

Wooden boat challenge celebrates 10 years
Coast Reporter
The 10th anniversary of Pender Harbour's one and only wooden boat challenge is only a few weeks away. April 30 will see Pender full of the sights and sounds and the controlled chaos of “quick-n-dirty” boatbuilding played to the tune of rhythmically ..

Building boats – by hand
Lake County News Chronicle
Trygg's love for boat-building started there in 1948. Today, he and his wife, Virgene, have built 29 boats – with another on the way. The most labor-intensive one was the 33-foot ketch they built together in the mid-1970s with some help from friends, ..

Keeping history alive: Harold Burnham builds a schooner
Wicked Local
Harold Burnham walks through the barn at Burnham Boatbuilding in Essex. Burnham's smile keeps getting wider as the pinky schooner Ardelle is starting to take shape. By Laurie Fullerton / During a recent visit to Burnham

Tax wake may sink boating industry
The Day Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:14 PM PDT
Proposed taxes on boating services could force some boat sellers and shipyards to cut jobs or move out of state."The perception is boaters are very wealthy," said Don MacKenzie, general manager and 

Agreement for super yacht yard facility signed
Malta Star Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:38 AM PDT
The Concession Agreement for the Malta Super Yacht Yard Facility was signed today between the Malta Government and Palumbo Malta Superyachts Limited. This Concession is for 30 years and the global amount to be paid by Palumbo reaches â¬29.4million.

Paracas Yachts eliminates fuel dependency with alternative energy solution.
AltEnergyMag (press release)
(MIAMI, FL – March 18, 2011) A new alternative energy solution has come from where it is least expected – a luxury mega yacht company. Paracas Yachts has patented hydro-electric regeneration technology that utilizes the sails of a large vessel to ...

Bruce Solem and his boat
Duluth News Tribune
Bruce Solem stands in front of the 47-foot boat he's building in a wood-and-plastic structure behind his dad's home on Rice Lake Road. A retired welder and boat builder who spent time in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, Solem had previously built and .

ROCKLAND — Fifteen new adult courses and expanded sailing opportunities for youth were launched recently by The Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland. The new programs include evening maritime craft workshops ...

The boy who built boats
Sail World
Recently he told the tale of the three-year experience building the Tahiti, which also required erecting a building to house it. 'Most boat builders have a dream boat, and mine at the time was the ketch,' he said. 'It was called Tahiti because it was

EPA seeks comment; trout season nears
Carroll County Times Sun, 20 Mar 2011 04:11 AM PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop new boating regulations required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act (CBA). EPA will hold listening sessions and conduct webinars about the CBA for interested parties in Annapolis on March 18 and April 29.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Boating Building News

Northwest Maritime Center sets new mark with spring boat symposium ...
Port Townsend Leader
All types of boats are represented – it is not common for power and sail craft to be shown together – and 97 percent of the participants are boat owners. It harks back to the Wooden Boatbuilding Symposium staged at Fort Worden State Park in the 1970s 

South Portland students learn through boat building
Scarborough Current Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:44 AM PDT
Shane Hall, right, program manager at the Compass Project, helps South Portland High School student Sengmolicka Vuthi with a measurement as, from left, South Portland math teacher Geoff Slack and students Alex Gonzales, Joel Urbano and Maria Hidaldo look on. 

Landing School expands administration
Ken Rusinek, manager of the Composite Boat Building Program, has been appointed to the position of Interim Director of Education. Rusinek will split his professional responsibilities between the Composite Boat Building Program and the administration of ...

Strategic Marine wins $5m AFP vessel contract Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:21 PM PDT
Henderson boat builder Strategic Marine has won a $5 million Australian Federal Police contract to supply three high-speed patrol vessels to help Indonesian police fight people smuggling through Australia's northern waters. 

Int'l Boat Racing Festival underway in Mui Ne
At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan said this is the first festival of its kind ever held in Vietnam, creating opportunities for Binh Thuan and Vietnam as a whole to develop sea tourism and sailboat technology. 

MetroShip Reinvents the Houseboat - Again!
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:00 AM PDT
The Neiman Marcus featured 48 foot New York City loft style modern houseboat, MetroShip has added a new smaller, more efficient, more agile modern houseboat - the 35ft MetroShip. The houseboat industry has been suffering of late with many of the US houseboat companies closing operations, including Somerset Houseboats - the largest in the industry for a number of years. MetroShip offers a design ... 

Alaskan Yachts, Inc. Ships a New 65' Alaskan Motor Yacht From Their Shipyard in Taipei
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Thu, 17 Mar 2011 06:00 AM PDT
This new yacht was featured at the Miami International Yacht Show last month and is available for sea trials and inspection by interested clients prior to the Palm Beach Boat Show later this month.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Boat Building News

85 Feet Sunreef Jambo breaks records in fuel economy
Superyacht Times
Launched in June 2008, the 70 Sunreef Power Jambo is a rare example of a luxury medium-sized power yacht (60-80 feet) with extremely low fuel consumption, trans-Pacific range and top speeds reaching 20+ knots. This exceptional yacht was conceived by ...

Don't discount word-of-mouth
By MARTHA WILSON | Thriving in tough times Long Beach Boat Building Ltd., now in its 12th year of business, didn't start out relying on word of mouth as a marketing strategy, but they have learned over the years how much it means to have a solid .

So Much More Than a Boat Show - Trawler Fest Heads to the Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes, WA
PRWeb Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:09 AM PDT
Trawler Fest, a Celebration of the Cruising-Under-Power Lifestyle, Will Take Place May 12-14 at the Cap Sante Boat Haven in Anacortes, WA. Boat Show Hours Are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. (PRWeb March 14, 2011) Read the full story at 

Annual Maine Boatbuilders Show to launch this weekend in Portland
Bangor Daily News
He said he wanted a show that would showcase products made by “people who were making boating their life.” That formula worked, and the show grew in popularity and became known for providing access to experts in all areas of the boat-building industry.  

Temporary layoffs hit Nichols Brothers Boat Builders
Seattle Post Intelligencer
By ROY JACOBSON Some employees at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland have been laid off temporarily, company officials confirmed Thursday. The layoffs are expected to last less than two months. CEO John Collins said the “small layoff” this past ...

Construction of Marine Railways Begins at Gig Harbor BoatShop
The Kitsap Sun Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:28 AM PDT
The Gig Harbor BoatShop recently took another giant step toward reestablishing itself as a fully functioning boat building facility.

Italy & Denmark : Ferretti Yachts on display in Copenhagen
BYM News (press release)
Ferretti Yachts, historical Ferretti Group brand which produces flybridge motoryachts measuring 15 to 27 metres, is taking part at the Copenhagen boat show “Bade I Bella” from 11th to 20th March 2011, through dealer Dreamline Yachts. ...

Australia yacht conference planned
The Triton
By Editor Superyacht Australia is organizing the first ever Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) to be held immediately prior to the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. ASMEX will be held May 17-18 to promote 

Southport Boats Resumes Production with New Owners
Newswire Today (press release)
“We're going to move very slowly with changes,” Johnson elaborates, “But keep in mind that Kenway is experienced in semi-custom production boatbuilding having collaborated with some of the finest boat builders in Maine for decades. ...

Proposed Tax Changes Put Squeeze On Boat Industry
FOX CT Hartford Tue, 15 Mar 2011 02:59 AM PDT
Get Business Mobile Text Alerts : Text BIZ To 37798 This time of year Connecticut's shoreline is beginning to wake up. The start of boating season is just weeks away. Dock workers have already taken the protective shrink wrap off some boats. Restaurants are sprucing up outdoor tables and sun umbrellas. 

Congressional boating caucus gets new leadership
The Hill (blog)
and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will chair the Congressional Boating Congress in the 112th Congress, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced Tuesday. The NMMA, which created the boating caucus in 1989, hailed both lawmakers as effective ...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Boat Building News

Top 10: Luxurious Yachts
The world of mega-yachts offers a much more tantalizing field of absurd entries. After all, there is wealth, and then there is mega-yacht ownership. The ultimate ostentatious display of wealth, mega-yachts (yachts over 200 feet long) allow the world's 

Dedication pays off for young boat builder
Royal Gazette
Getting there: Berkeley student Alton O'Connor at work on his boat, in this file picture from 2010. Photo by Tamell Simons Family, fellow student, sponsors and well-wishers attend the Berkeley student Alton OíConnor boat launch. Teenage boat builder ..

Boat building communities bond
Stornoway Gazette
THE COMMUNITY spirit of the Stornoway skiff was extended this week as the coastal rowing team in Ullapool lent a helping hand in the construction of the island boat. With the St Ayles design kit arrived, wooden sections cut out and moulds erected, .

Northside, Westside teachers earn Lilly fellowships
Indianapolis Star
Matthew S. Tucker, Hasten Hebrew Academy -- Building a Boat: A View of Indiana by Water. Tucker will build a canoe at the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School and document the landscape and history of Indiana through photographs and a journal while canoeing ...

Lone V8 the star of this cruiser
New Zealand Herald
It is, by the standards of production boatbuilding in New Zealand, a reasonably successful model. The company has just launched its fourth 37, and four boats of one model is still a lot better than the average these days. While the previous three 

Tall ships bring business bounty
Coos Bay World
The more activities the area has, 'the more likely it will be that the tall ships will come to Coos Bay," said Tom Leahy, the Boat Building Center's vice president. The boat center and area tourism and business associations are collaborating to offer a 

Suzuki wins its sixth NMMA Innovation Award
Sport Fishing
"Our entire team works hard to advance the technology, performance and value our products provide to all kinds of boaters. We feel that every boater deserves the very latest in engine performance, whether they're fishing for crappie at the local lake 

America's Cup Sailboat Technology Could Ferry You Around the Bay
While we wouldn't recommend heading out on a boat in the bay right this minute, the Golden Gate Bridge transit district that operates ferry service from Larkspur and Sausalito to the city is set to test out new wind-powered catamaran style passenger .

Pan Yachts takes Xiamen boating industry to the US firms
What's on Xiamen
On March 10th 2011, a meeting took place between US Consul Marc Jackson, associate Harry Wang, Zhibin Cai, General Manager of Road & Bridge Yacht Development Co. of Xiamen and Hugh Morrow, regional manager of Pan Yachts. The meeting verified the future ...

Decked out for Wooden Boat Festival
Hastings Leader
Owners of wooden craft across Victoria will take part in the event, to be held at Hastings Yacht Club. A competition will be held for the most interesting boat, with the public invited to view the craft on display from 2-5pm. 

Burger Boat Co. readies fisheries research ship
Herald Times Reporter
Burger Boat Co. has built a research vessel for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It is the first time Burger Boat has produced a commercial ship in about 48 years. / Submitted MANITOWOC — Burger Boat Co. is gearing up for the delivery of ...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Boat Building News

Senate passes Wallop-Breaux extension
Soundings Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:12 PM PST
The U.S. Senate last week approved legislation to extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Trust Fund for seven months or until the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30, the Marine Retailers Association of America said. 

Welsh invasion takes on the River Barrow
Kilkenny People (press release)
The boat buillders came from the Mitec School of Boat building and Marine Engineering in Pembrokeshire to Graiguenamanagh to build two boats, from scratch, in three days and then float them on the river Barrow. Beverly Richards one of the three members ...

Family mourns Connecticut boatbuilder
Trade Only Today
From his youth, Persson worked at the family boatbuilding business in Old Saybrook - his father's Seth Persson Boat Builders - and for the last 14 years at Cove Landing Marina in Hamburg, a hamlet on the Connecticut River. He developed a reputation for ...

MP visits the National Waterways Museum
The Heritage Boatyard is a project working with range of partners and funders, which aims to preserve traditional boat building skills relating to inland waterways craft and pass on these skills to a new generation. The Heritage Boatyard is currently ...

Renowned Boat Show Embraces Entire Southeast with 15th-Anniversary Event
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:50 AM PST
Backed by 14 years of tremendous growth, the South's favorite annual event for boat enthusiasts and riverfront festival-goers has been expanded and rechristened the Southeast US Boat Show

Crews tackle two serious fires in Aberdeenshire
BBC News
Several people had to be evacuated from their homes after a fierce fire hit a boat building yard in Aberdeenshire. About 30 Grampian Fire and Rescue Service firefighters tackled the blaze at Johnshaven Harbour in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Wayzata's Boatworks sinks into foreclosure
Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's one of the only commercial buildings in Wayzata that sits directly on Lake Minnetonka and is on the site of the original Moore Johnson Boat Works, a boat building operation run by Royal Moore, according to Terry Middlekauff at the Wayzata 

NASCAR veteran says 'thanks' to boatbuilders
Carteret County News-Times Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:39 AM PST
NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, left, signs autographs and speaks to those who had a hand in building his recently completed custom 46-foot Jarrett Bay yacht during a meet-and-greet event held at the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park on Wednesday. (Mark Hibbs photo)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Boat Building News

This is from the forum on  (

This is a very important issue for recreational boaters. It affects all of us.  So if you have comments about it use the docket number posted below and register your comments.

EPA solicits comments on plan to regulate recreational boat discharges

The EPA is today announcing plans to hold "listening sessions'' on March 18 and April 29, 2011, to provide information about the Clean Boating Act (CBA), and to gather recommendations from the public for forthcoming regulation of recreational vessels under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 312(o).
Full text here. They seem hell-bent on regulating discharges of sinks and bilge pumps... wasn't the CBA passed (with the support of many forum members and boating groups) to prevent exactly these sorts of regulations from applying to recreational boaters? The EPA seems to think the CBA requires them to do this:

The CBA, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2008, directs EPA to promulgate regulations to establish management practices and associated standards of performance for discharges incidental to the normal operation of recreational vessels (e.g., bilgewater, ballast water, and graywater).
During this period, anyone can submit comments electronically via the website I linked above, or via email to with the subject "Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0119". Everyone should give them some comments saying we don't want to have to have permits or greywater tanks or any other new regulations! It's probably best to phrase this in ways that regulators might care about, such as its impact on the economy of areas that cater to boaters, but that's just my humble opinion.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Boat Building News

Shows and Events
Trade Only Today
The symposium will feature content catered to the interest of the boatbuilding, service and repair industry, including panel seminars from industry leaders, attendee-led roundtable discussions on current issues and a keynote presentation. ...

Burger Boat Returns to Commercial Boat Building - MarineLink
Burger Boat Company is pleased to announce the upcoming delivery of a 60' Fisheries Research Vessel.

Good habits in good times soften unemployments blows
The Nashua Telegraph Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:49 PM PST
ORLANDO, Fla. â During his 25 years as a boat builder, Tim Parker had done everything right financially: contributing to his 401(k) retirement plan, paying off his mortgage and credit-card debt, living on a tight budget and saving money for a rainy day. Then, unexpectedly, he was unemployed, working part-time jobs to make ends meet, and finally going back to school to prepare for a new career .

Boat Building by the Bay Teaches Annapolis Teens Leadership and Teamwork
They were participating in the Box of Rain Foundation's Boat Building by the Bay— a program that's been around for three years and gives at-risk youth the chance to work with local volunteers and each other to build a boat from scratch. ...

Prepregs boost marine quality
Reinforced Plastics
George Marsh reports on why some boat builders are choosing to use prepregs in their production. Using high performance fibres that are already impregnated with resin is, say the proponents of prepregs, a sure way of building consistent quality into ...

Cautious optimism in boating industry
Harbor Light
By BRADY DONNELLY According to some boat industry experts, including the National Marine Manufacturer's Association and the Michigan Boating Industries Association, the 2011 sales season is poised to be the best in several years. ...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Boat Building News

Rybovich unveils $45M mega yacht hub
Rybovich owner Wayne Huizenga Jr. announces plans to build a $45 million mega yacht service center on 11 acres. The economic impact of the super yacht center. Flanked by mega yachts Newvida and Fighting Irish, Rybovich owner Wayne Huizenga Jr. unveiled ...

Burger to deliver research boat
Trade Only Today
Burger Boat soon will deliver a 60-foot fisheries research vessel, R/V Coregonus, to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "This commercial vessel marks the reinstatement of commercial boatbuilding for Burger Boat Co.," the company said in a

Searsport High School, museum collaborate on 'alternate path' to academic success
VillageSoup Belfast
Searsport — A new boatbuilding program is being used to teach physical science to a small group of high school students, thanks to collaboration between Searsport District High School and Penobscot Marine Museum. Even as they learn how to sharpen ...

Great Dane Wins Nz Antique And Classic Boat Show
A Danish built double-ender, that came to NZ in1927 on a factory whale ship, won the Jens Hansen Award for the best vessel at the weekend's NZ Antique and Classic Boat Show held at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. .

Boat builder floats concrete concept
By MONICA GRAHAM PICTOU LANDING — It's not the Bluenose II, but boat builder and cement contractor Alexander MacKenzie promises that the concrete vessel under construction in his shop will race the famed Lunenburg ship. "We can race," he said, ..

Video: For yacht repo men, business is booming
CBS News Sun, 06 Mar 2011 07:55 AM PST
Mo Rocca visits the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show to find out how the luxury yacht market has fared during the stormy economy.

Used yacht, anyone? How the rich downsize
CBS News Sun, 06 Mar 2011 06:27 AM PST
Times are tough when you can't afford to keep a 161-foot yacht; Now a yacht reseller has a deal for YOU!

New Zealand & USA. Salthouse Boatbuilders launches Newport's latest IRC racer
BYM News (press release)
The 44 foot sailboat, which was designed by Ker Design of Valencia, Spain is called Ptarmigan, and has been built for an East Coast yachtsman. Designed as an offshore race boat and optimised for mostly light air and downwind racing under the IRC rule, ...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Boat Building News

Boat building on course
Nova Scotia's boat builders recorded about $80 million in sales about six years ago. During the depths of the recession, that dropped to about $55 million. "It's well into the 60s again and on the way up," Edwards said. "That includes not just new ...

Rybovich boat-building heir buys E&H Boat Works, charts course to a full-service yard
The Palm Beach Post Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:17 PM PST
Rybovich boat-building heir buys E&H Boat Works, charts course to a full-service yard 

Backyard Boat Builder Presses On, Ignores City Fines
The Log Newspaper
An ordinance passed retroactively in 2009 now prohibits Holland -- who has worked on boats at his property for more than three decades -- to continue his boatbuilding. He has been ordered to either complete his project quickly or have the boat moved ...

Bulukumba to Become a Boat Building Community
Tempo Interaktif
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Directorate General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Dedi sutisna, has declared Bulukumba to be the center of boat building in Eastern Indonesia. According to Dedi Sutisna, Bulukumba is renowned for its boat building. ..

NZ boatbuilders stand together after quake
Christchurch's boatbuilding industry comprises trailerable powerboats and trailer yachts, and powerboats and yachts up to 15 metres, including new builds and refits. Most marine industry members in Christchurch suffered extensive or total loss to their ...

Coast Guard: Beware of E15 fuels in boats
Sport Fishing
By Coast Guard Auxiliary / Newswire WASHINGTON – Boaters who fuel their boats from the same pumps as their vehicle may be at risk of unknowingly or mistakenly putting 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline into an engine for which E15 has not been approved.