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Friday, September 30, 2011

Boat Building News

ABYC Education Logo  ABYC Introduction to Marine Accident Investigation
When:  October 18 - 21, 2011
Where: NTSB Training Center, 45065 Riverside Parkway, Ashburn, VA 21047
The Introduction to Marine Accident Investigation class will be conducted at the NTSB facility in Ashburn Virginia in the National Transportation Building. This class is open for registration by calling Sandy at ABYC or on the ABYC website. To sit for the certification exam, both classes are necessary.
These classes are intended to fill a void in the educational offerings for the recreational boating industry. No current class exists for civilian investigators to learn the techniques skills and knowledge of the Accident Investigation profession. This class was co-developed in cooperation with the US Coast Guard to create a standard for civilian accident investigators.
The curriculum is divided into two classes; Introductory, and Certification. The large amount of curriculum developed necessitated the development of both classes. The upper level class will culminate in a 200 question certification exam. It is suggested that applicants for this class have a thorough understanding of ABYC Standards and at least 3-5 year’s experience in a marine technical field.
Who Should Attend.....
  • NASBLA Officials
  • Marine Surveyors
  • USCG Personnel
  • Ins. Adjustors
  • Investigators      
Area Hotels: May we suggest you call: (Please contact the hotel of your choice and make your own reservations.)
  •  SpringHill Suites by marriott (Ashburn Dulles North), 20065 Lakeview Center Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147, (703) 723-9300

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boat Building News

Teenagers develop character with Alexandria boat building endeavor : 2011-09-26
Washington Times
Darel Bellamy works with fellow apprentices on a 3000-pound River Dory boat they are building at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. The apprentice program lasts four to six months and offers a work level similar to that in a union shop. 

Traditional Marine Skills project launch
Maritime Journal
A traditionally built dinghy was launched at the Southampton Boat Show last month as part of the project Traditional Maritime Skills (TMS), which is currently recording wooden boatbuilding skills that are in danger of becoming extinct. 

Sri Lanka's boat exports on the increase
ISRIA (registration)
Continuing its growth momentum since 2008, the boat building industry of Sri Lanka has recorded USD 48 million worth exports in the first half of this year. The industry is confident of surpassing the USD 100 mark by the end of next year as export ...

Italy. The world's boating industry meets at Genoa International Boat Show
BYM News (press release)
This year, more than ever, it aims to be a flywheel for the entire boating sector and it will open up new horizons to involve the city and all visitors through a very special welcoming programme. The Boat Show will be officially opened on Saturday 1

 Melrose reels in Warrior Boats plant
St. Cloud Times
12:22 am MELROSE — Melrose has landed a new business, using an agreement that will provide a variety of incentives for Warrior Boats LLC to build a boat manufacturing plant. The city will make a tax-increment financing plan and a 10-year revolving ...

Scientist at Work Blog: Art and Science in a Tiny Island Village
New York Times Tue, 27 Sep 2011 08:56 AM PDT
A stop on quaint Wameya Island in Papua New Guinea turns up some Australian migrant birds, as well as a boat-building project involving exquisite craftsmanship. 

A Caribbean History Spotlight on the Schooner Men
All At Sea
Early in the last century, the flat, dry island of Anguilla was an unlikely place to build a boat. Without forests or secure harbors, it had little going except for industrious citizens and their need to fish and trade. Boat building, born of necessity ...

NMMA adds interactive game to show slate
Trade Only Today
The Power Boat Docking Challenge is an interactive experience that pits the boater against other show attendees. They compete against the clock, steering and docking a four-foot, twin-engine, remote-controlled powerboat - using a life-size helm station 

Derecktor, Bridgeport's Celebrated Shipyard, Idles Its Workers Amid Plans To 'Reposition'
FOX CT Hartford Thu, 29 Sep 2011 06:26 AM PDT
Get Business Mobile Text Alerts Derecktor Shipyards Connecticut â once the hope for expanding the state's commercial shipbuilding industry â is in deep trouble, temporarily closing its operation on Bridgeport Harbor less than a year after delivering the largest yacht ever built in the United States.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Boat Building News

From The US Coast Guard Prevention Blog:


The boating accident investigation Tiger Team: Mysteries solved Part—2

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Councilmagazine

Poker Run Collision

Incident: In another incident, two high-powered cigarette boats competing in a “poker run” at high speed collided, resulting in five fatalities.

One boat was heading east on one leg of the poker run and the other was heading west on another leg of the run. The boats were about to meet on opposite courses when one of the boats turned hard to port, spun around, and ended up dead in the water on the same course and directly in front of the other boat. The following boat collided with it in an extremely powerful collision that practically destroyed both boats. The lone survivor of the crash could provide no details as to the cause of the crash.

Investigation: Because of the difficulty in determining the cause of the accident, the Tiger Team was called in to assist. Both boats were recovered and it was found that the engines of the boat that had veered violently had ripped out of the bottom of the boat. The investigation also revealed that the hydraulic steering system had a small leak in it, but this alone may not have been enough to cause the violent swerving.

Conclusion: After careful examination, the Tiger Team expert found that the owner of the boat that had swerved had made some modifications to the trim tab system that were not strong enough for their purpose. The starboard trim tab assembly likely failed catastrophically, causing the starboard side of the boat to rise out of the water and swerve violently to port into the path of the oncoming boat. This theory was supported by one witness who stated that he saw the starboard bottom of the boat rise out of the water.

In part 3 readers will read about the investigation behind a fatal sailing event.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Boat Building News

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Edgewater man building rare wooden powerboat
Annapolis Capital
He steps into the middle of the wooden boat he's building, purses his lips, and start dreaming of future cruises as the sound effects flow. Or, he'll sit back in his "pondering chair" and muse about finishing the replica of a 1935 Gar Wood Gentlemen's

Boat makers, fishing businesses say they're barely staying afloat
Daytona Beach News-Journal
"At our peak (five-six years ago), we were probably building four boats a day." According to the National Marine Manufacturer's Association, sales of new boats, engines, trailers and accessories in Florida were down 8.1 percent in 2010 from 2009, .

 Boat builder gets the drop on competition
Miami Herald Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:44 PM PDT
Local company SeaHunter showed the strength of its products by dropping one of its $200,000 vessels 20 feet onto concrete.

Environmentally-friendly fun for families on Norfolk Broads
Evening News 24 Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:13 AM PDT
Environmentally-friendly initiatives and family fun came to the Norfolk Broads today when the annual Broads Green Boat Show returned to Salhouse Broad. 

Show on Geneva Lake draws hundreds of classic boats
Janesville Gazette
25, 2011 FONTANA — To score big in Saturday's antique and classic boat show at Geneva Lake, everything on Larry Lange's 1948 Ventnor Sport Runabout had to be perfect. All the way down to screws on the metal hinges. Lange, a Lake Geneva resident and .

Boat building targets US $ 92 m exports
Daily News Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:45 PM PDT
The boat building industry continues its growth momentum since 2008 and is expected to record a 15 percent growth becoming a dominant sector in the countryâs economic development. 

Sunseeker yachts returns to an even keel
A 111.5ft Sunseeker yacht in a luxury boatyard. Photo: BNPS By Jonathan Sibun Poole in Dorset isn't your average location for Tinsel Town movie makers but the Sunseeker tale certainly fits the bill when it comes to story lines. The luxury yacht company

Teenagers develop character with Alexandria boat building endeavor
The Washington Times Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:56 PM PDT
The cobblestone streets and historic mansions of Old Town Alexandria are just across the Potomac River, but they were more like another world for a teenager growing up in Southeast Washington. As Darel Bellamy took a break recently from his job as a paid intern building boats at the Alexandria ...

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radioKeeping the Water Out
Sept. 27, 2011
11:30 a.m. EASTERN 

Keeping water out of fuel tanks and engine systems is critical in the marine environment.H2Out is a Washington-based company with the technology to do just that. Join ProBoat Radio West host Ann Avary and her guest, Rich Pindell, the developer, founder, and president of H2Out as they discuss this new technology and how it is impacting our industry.
Inspired to create products that utilize NASA technology developed during the Apollomission, Pindell's first product line was the H2Out™ AVD 2 & 3, designed to prevent tank and engine failure for sailboats and trawlers. Today's product line includes the next generations of H2Out™ AVD (Air Vent Dryers), H2Out™ SD (Space Dryers) and H2Out™ HD (Hydraulic Dryers).
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Boat Building News

Miami's Watson Island mega-yacht development plan a go — again
Miami commissioners have approved a state waiver granting submerged land for the development of a mega-yacht facility on Watson Island. By CHARLES RABIN The Flagstone Development Group's long-stalled plans for Watson Island were once again given the 

Brady staying in charge of Independence Seaport Museum
John Brady, who was named interim leader on May 6, was the longtime leader of the museum's boatbuilding school. He replaced John Gazzola, who resigned after eight months. Brady is a noted expert in the field of boat building and historic restoration. ...

UK & Germany. Composites Evolution Showcase Biotex Flax Canoe at Composites Europe
BYM News (press release)
Simon Cooper, owner of Flaxland, is a traditional boat builder with a strong interest in using all natural materials. “In recent years synthetic materials, such as coated polyester fabrics, have been used more and more in boatbuilding.

Yacht industry targets nation's wealthy
China Daily
By Zhang Chunyan (China Daily) MONACO - China's yacht market is small at present, but it will grow bigger in the coming years, industry insiders said. "The yachting market in China is emerging and exciting," Thierry Regnault, technical manager of 

S2 Yachts, Energetx moving is ahead, building yachts for Netherlands firm
Production is underway at Tiara Tachts on the Zeelander Yacht. The production of this boat in Holland will open up the opportunity for 70 new jobs. By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN It's a good time to be part of the Slikkers family. The family's S2 Yachts Inc. 

Recession hits Hapton Boat Yard hard
Lancashire Telegraph
The spokesman added: “The main section of the boat yard where the development is proposed is quite steep, overgrown, covered in building materials and has a number of very old boats stored on it. “Another portion of the site is used for storage and ...

Lido Yacht Expo Opens Today
The Log Newspaper
Along with around 200 large and midsize powerboats and sailboats (including the West Coast's largest in-the-water assembly of big yachts), a dedicated Sailboat Dock with the latest sailing vessels from top Western dealers, boating gear, services and

 2011 Norwalk Boat Show
Darien News-Review Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:51 AM PDT
Yoga instructor Patricia Cuomo demonstrates her "Paddlepalooza" moves doing yoga on a surf board during the 2011 Norwalk Boat Show at Norwalk Cove Marina, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn., Sept. 22, 2011. The show is open to the public and runs through Sunday featuring live music, informational seminars about boating and fishing and special events catering to kids. 

IW boat firm leads the world
Isle of Wight County Press
WIGHT LIVINGIN 1997, after more than 35 years in the boat building industry, Clive Jeffery was facing redundancy. But, the 65 year old used the opportunity to mastermind the creation of what has become one of the Island's most successful marine 

Boating a big part of life on the West Coast
North Shore News Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:16 AM PDT
The summer boating season has started and gorgeous yachts like the 2006 Silverton 33 Sport Coupe are available at Thunderbird Marina in West Vancouver.

Boat builder gets the drop on competition
By SUSAN COCKING Borrowing from a dramatic advertising gimmick used decades ago, the owners of South Florida boat builder SeaHunter decided last week to take things up a notch … or three. Instead of simply sawing one of their 35-foot open-fishermen in ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Boat Building News

Tige Boats Awarded 7th Consecutive Customer Satisfacton Award
Boating World
The program also recognizes Tige Boats for its commitment to quality and its support to pursue continuous improvement to better serve the boating customer. “Customer service is the heart and soul of what makes Tige a great company,” said Rick Correll, 

New Zealand. Superyacht Captains enjoy Pacific tour
BYM News (press release)
Delegates visited the NZ Marine International Boat Building Competition, part of the Auckland International Boat Show, in which teams of boatbuilders and apprentices from five superyacht companies had demonstrated their innovation in design and 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Boat Building News

Sailing has existed in China for 600 years, only now is it recreational
Montreal Gazette
By JACQUELINE WONG, Reuters September 17, 2011 Jacqueline Wong REUTERS China's yachting industry is still in its infancy but local government officials and enthusiasts are betting that interest in sailing as a sport and yacht ownership will expand ..

Seaport Japanese boat building
The Westerly Sun
'Ways of Learning' is a slide presentation by Douglas Brooks detailing the artistry and techniques of traditional Japanese boat building. When many people think of Japan, the country conjures up images of manga, anime and innovative technology. ...

Erie owner restores 1938 sailboat
By Rob Engelhardt, Erie Times-News The sailboat, according to Arlet, was originally built in Erie in 1938 by Herman Lund. The boat passed through several owners, all members of the Erie Yacht Club, and had remained out of commission about seven years ...

Paul Mann Custom Boats winner in woodworking competition
Outer Banks Sentinel Sat, 17 Sep 2011 03:01 AM PDT
Paul Mann Custom Boats' entry of an 81-foot sportfishing yacht, Georgia Girl, won the Cabinetry category and grand prize in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftman's ChallengeTM, one of the most highly respected and well known design and craftsmanship competitions in woodworking.

Northport boat builder busy telling his story
Leelanau Enterprise
The 56-year-old Northport man is trying to build a 30-foot Mackinaw boat by Nov. 1 at the Northport Marina. BOB SCHAFER, right, tells the story about his boat building effort at the Northport Marina. At the same time, he's been trying to spread the ...

Members not giving up on dream of non-profit Cape May Maritime Museum
Press of Atlantic City
Organizers envision a lecture series from maritime scholars and classes, which could range from boat building for adults to youth programs on the water. Boat restoration projects are possible as are demonstrations of early lifesaving techniques. ..

Made in Barnstable: Howard Boats
The boat was designed to have the sailing characteristics of a modern keel boat, but its twin rudders allow for added control and balance. Eastman and his crew designed the boat by building a wooden version of the boat. ...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Boat Building News

USA. Cruisers Yachts invites dealers to annual meeting in Oconto
BYM News (press release)
Cruisers Yachts, Wisconsin's premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, dealer meeting was held on Sept. 12 and 13 at the company's headquarters in Oconto, Wis. The annual gathering featured Cruisers Yachts christening of the 2012 41 Cantius sports coupe,

New boat model heads to Russia
Business Examiner Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:47 AM PDT
A houseboat made in Sicamous will soon be sailing the rivers between Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

Second site for Center for Wooden Boats…here!
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a fun destination in South Lake Union offering family outings like the Wooden Boat Festival in July, free Sunday sailings across the lake, sailing lessons, maritime exhibits, and even Tugboat Storytime on the Arthur 

Biggest boat show on the Great Lakes comes to CP
The Sandusky Register Thu, 15 Sep 2011 07:56 AM PDT
For the average boater, there is nothing more gratifying than pushing that throttle down, feeling the wind in your hair and seeing nothing but open water. This is why the 39th annual âNorth American In-Water Boat Show,â which takes place Sept. 14 through 18 at the Cedar Point Marina in Sandusky, will attract roughly 10,000 like-minded people to the event. By date (default) read more 

Apprenticeshop open house to focus on boatbuilding skills program
VillageSoup Belfast
By The Apprenticeshop | Sep 15, 2011 ROCKLAND -- The Apprenticeshop invites anyone interested in learning to build boats to an open house at 6 pm Sept. 22 to learn about the 12-week Boatbuilding Skills / Internship program. The program is for anyone .

 Managing partner of Front Street Shipyard to speak at Belfast Rotary meeting
VillageSoup Belfast
The Front Street Shipyard, a new custom boatbuilding, service yard, and specialty composites manufacturing facility, is located on the former Stinson Seafood factory site, just south of the Belfast footbridge. Turner is joined by Taylor Allen, ...

This Weekend: Our top five events
As well as boats already in the water, visitors can cheer on teams in the International Boatbuilding Competition as they race to build catamarans in just two hours before racing them. Auckland's International Boat Show at Viaduct Harbour runs all ..

 12th Annual International Antique and Classic Boat Show Returns to Lake Geneva
PitchEngine Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:43 AM PDT
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. September 16, 2011 The 12th Annual International Antique and Classic Boat Show will bring together more than 150 displays of vintage craft from the Midwest and North America when it returns September 23 to 25, 2011 at the lakeside venue of The Abbey Resort, located at 269 Fontana Boulevard on the western shore of Geneva Lake. The Lake Geneva area has long appealed to visitors... 

Paul Mann Custom Boats winner in woodworking competition
Outer Banks Sentinel Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:30 AM PDT
Paul Mann Custom Boats' entry of an 81-foot sportfishing yacht, Georgia Girl, won the Cabinetry category and grand prize in the seventh annual Veneer Tech Craftman's ChallengeTM, one of the most highly respected and well known design and craftsmanship competitions in woodworking. 

Sea Ray® Hosts World Premiere Event at Knoxville Headquarters
Reuters (press release)
This two-day event, which will draw in excess of 250 boat sellers from 25 countries, is designed to give Sea Ray dealers worldwide all the knowledge they need to maintain a competitive edge in the coming year. "We moved our dealer meeting to September .

American out to save boat-building art
The Japan Times Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:06 AM PDT
Douglas Brooks is a man on a mission. A boat builder and craftsman originally from Connecticut, Brooks is committed to helping keep afloat the dying craft of traditional boat building in Japan. Hailing from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, maritime connections have gradually taken over his life.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boat Building News

Australia. AIMEX & SYBA launch Australia Unlimited brand at Monaco Yacht Show
BYM News (press release)
Australia's premier internationally focused marine industry organisations, the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia, are putting their joint weight behind a strong Australian presence at the Monaco Yacht Show 

America's Cup cats help revive boat builder
Marlborough Express Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:16 AM PDT
Three years ago, Lower Hutt firm Hakes Marine "basically had three million dollars worth of contracts torn up in front of us", says managing director Paul Hakes. 

Auckland Int Boat Show: The boatbuilders' apprentices
Sail World
The International Boatbuilding Competition runs over three, entertaining days at the Gateway Plaza, Auckland International Boat Show. Five teams of four boatbuilders, each representing a country competing in Rugby World Cup 2011, will compete to build

Students build fibreglass waka
'Waka' being built at NorthTec Trades Centre The first fibreglass M?ori waka is being constructed at NorthTec's Future Trades in Whangarei, thanks to the efforts of eight of its boatbuilding and marine cabinet making students. ...

South Jersey boat manufacturers consider switching gears and building offshore ...
Press of Atlantic City
The state officials agreed to research the next steps the companies should take. The area's boat-building capabilities are no secret, and local firms have a good shot at contracts for making at least some parts for the wind turbines, Whelan said.

Boat builder brings new moulds on board
By Tina Comeau When the opportunity arose Cory Guimond, president of Millennium Marine, couldn't pass up the chance to purchase the Donelle 35 and Donelle 43 moulds for his boat building company. The moulds were purchased from a company elsewhere in ...

"Yachting" Magazine Editor Builds a Dory at The WoodenBoat School in Brooklin ... (press release)
Some come to learn boatbuilding for the first time, others return year after year and alternate their experiences between building and seamanship offerings. For Mary South, deputy editor for Yachting magazine, the lure of wooden boats started a few .

Canadian boatbuilder expanding in Cape Vincent
At its web site, Metalcraft displays boats used for firefighting in Tampa, Boston Harbor and for patrol along the New England Coast. The space the company is taking, at Anchor Marina, has been used for boat building before, Hirschey said, and features ...

Hard times at Derecktor Shipyards, once Bridgeport's bright star
Ct Post
Maritime industry experts say US boat building is foundering with a slack in demand and rise in expenses and global competition. Ian McCurdy said boat building in the US has been in decline for 20 years. "We've seen production boat builders go from 40 

Dublin Medallist Helps Jeanneau Launch Three New Models in Cannes
Guests at the special launch included Jeanneau's Executive Director, Jean-Paul Chapeleau, Director of Sailboat Marketing, Erik Stromberg, and Olympic Sailing Medallist, Mateusz Kusznierewicz who flew in from Dun Laoghaire having just finished second at .

Feedback: MetalCraft Marine Expanding & Moving To Cape Vincent
WWNY - WNYF Watertown Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:48 PM PDT
There's a new business for Cape Vincent and maybe new jobs. It's all because a Canadian boat manufacturer is moving to there from Clayton and expanding the company. 

A couple of jobs at a time
Coos Bay World
So far, Coos Bay's boat-building center has produced more news stories than boats. Thanks to its backers' tenacity, that's likely to change soon. Teaching traditional wooden boat building on the Empire waterfront was an appealing notion when supporters 

USA. Seakeeper welcomes new regional sales manager
BYM News (press release)
Streit is a graduate of The Landing School's boatbuilding program. The state-of-the-art Seakeeper gyro delivers a powerful righting force that virtually eliminates boat rock and roll. Actively controlled, the gyro optimizes torque and provides superior