REGULATOR INTRODUCES 34 SPORTFISHER
Regulator Marine founders Joan and Owen Maxwell introduced their new Regulator 34 sportfisher at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. The boat features the largest cocktpit in its class and a transom design that maximizes space to the point of rivaling its 39’ competitors.
This unique design delivers the same performance with twin engines that others use triples to achieve. The combination of its hull shape, enhanced cockpit space and beam, plus overall design characteristics all meld together. Fishermens’ favorites include an above deck live well, transom fish box, walk through tuna door and optional refrigerated transom fish box. Plus, the amply-sized console face has room for up to two 14-inch multifunction displays. Other touches include an all-fiberglass, stand-up head and dedicated berth for sleeping or storage.
Regulator boats are crafted in Edenton, N.C., and sold throughout the United States and abroad.
BOATS TRANSFORM CIVIC CENTER
The 15th Annual Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show will be held at Houma Terrebonne Civic Center Jan. 4-6. There will be more than 50 brands of the latest boats and RVs on display, plus vendors with hundreds of the most popular products like ATVs, golf carts, personal watercraft, campground and resort information, and fishing tackle.
“We fill the entire Civic Center and expand outdoors with another 100,000 square feet of recreational vehicles on display,” stated Bart Caple, show producer. “The three day event is a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with industry experts and see hundreds of the latest products.”
For more information, visit www.SouthernLouisianaBoatRVShow.com.
CHARLESTON BOAT SHOW GROWS
Last year, the Charleston Boat Show reported a 42 percent increase in attendance, and organizers hope for more of the same when the show rolls back into the Charleston Area Convention Center Jan. 25-27. More than 11,000 attended the last show, up from less than 8,000 in 2011.
With Charleston’s in-water boat show canceled in recent years due to the slow economy, the convention center show is the biggest boat buying event in the Low Country. Now in its 33rd year, the Charleston Boat Show is the place to find the latest and best in marine equipment, supplies and accessories. Demonstrations, kids’ activities, coastal cuisine and entertainment make this a maritime event for the entire family.
The show is produced by JBM & Associates on behalf of the Tri-County Marine Trade Association. JBM also produces the Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show March 1-3. Visit www.jbmshow.com for details.
JAX SHOW GIVES LIFE JACKETS
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Marine Association will present the 65th annual Jacksonville Boat Show Jan. 27-29 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event features skiing, fishing, cruising and other watercraft, plus seminars and educational activities designed to get participants out on the water. The first 100 children attending will get free life jackets, and there will be kid-friendly fun activities all day. Visit www.boatjax.com for more info.
HOUSTON BOAT SHOW PACKS RELIANT
The 57th annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show returns to Reliant Center Jan. 4-13, featuring the largest indoor exhibit for outdoor sports in the state with more than 200 exhibitors. The show offers a chance to keep current on the latest trends, or, for those new to boating, there’s no better place to learn about the many options available in order to make a smart decision when the time comes to buy.
As they did last year, organizers expect to lose a day of the show due to contractual obligations between Reliant Park and the local Houston Texans football franchise if the NFL team wins its division and gains the home-field advantage during the playoffs. In an effort to make up for some of that lost time, show hours will be extended to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Visit houstonboatshows.com for updates.
SAILING INDUSTRY ICONS GATHER
On the first day of the 2012 St. Petersburg, Fla. Power and Sailboat Show, an incredible gathering of early sailing industry icons came together at the Renaissance Vinoy for a Golden Keels & Rudders luncheon to celebrate the achievements that they contributed to the sailing industry. “There was so much history and talent at this gathering,” reported Island Packet Yachts President Bob Johnson. “The warm feeling between everyone was indicative of the mutual respect and admiration shared by all.” The group included industry pioneers who began their own companies decades ago, resulting in hiring thousands of employees – some who generated spin-off companies and realized their own individual successes. Included in the group were: (standing, from left) Pat Reischmann, Manta Catamarans; Ted Irwin, founder of Irwin Yachts; Bob Johnson, founder and president of Island Packet Yachts; Brad Lazzara, president of Lazzara Yachts; Jopie Helsen, president of Sailors Wharf; Gerry Hutchins, Com-Pac Yachts; Frank Butler, founder and president, Catalina Yachts; Larry French, French Enterprises/JSI; Charley Morgan, retired founder of Morgan and Heritage Yachts; Gerry Douglas, VP and chief design engineer, Catalina Yachts; Vince Caulfield, senior sales Manager of General Ecology; Sharon Day, VP and national sales director, Catalina Yachts; Dick Lazzara, VP Lazzara Yachts; Rich Hutchins, Com-Pac Yachts; Bob Vincent, president of Endeavour Yachts; and Max Hazelwood of Welmax Marine; (front row, left to right) Bill Bolin, VP of sales and marketing, Island Packet Yachts; George Day, publisher/owner, Blue Water Sailing Magazine; Rich Mastry, president of Mastry Marine; Tom Casey, regional ad director, Blue Water Sailing Magazine; and Ron Frisosky, sales rep for Catalina Yachts.
CENTRAL GULF GETS TWO SPRING BOAT SHOWS
The Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show reported record exhibit space sales for the April 4-7 event. Last year, the show moved from Orange Beach, Ala., to the $40 million renovated Jones Park in Gulfport, Miss., which accommodates vessels up to 100 feet. The show now has more than 46 yacht brokers and boat dealers exhibiting more than 700 boats plus more than 100 vendors.
“As big as this show is, we still have room to grow well into the future, said show manager Rob Lynch. “There is just no end in site for what we can accomplish here.”
Lynch said he expects over 25,000 in attendance during the four-day event. Visit gulfcoastyachtandboatshow.com for more information.
Filling the gap at Orange Beach, a new Wharf Boat & Yacht Show is scheduled for May 2-5. The event is managed by Wharf Entertainment properties and Coastal Marina Management in partnership with the Central Gulf Marine Trades Association.
“We know from experience that hosting an in-water boat show is a huge draw for recreational boaters,” said CGMTA President John Fitzgerald, who is also president of Saunders Yachtworks. “We are partners in the planning and execution, ensuring that the show will be a great experience for our customers.”
Visit www.wharfboatshow.com for details.
CAPE FEAR MARINA PLANNED
An application has been filed to build a 143-slip marina on the Cape Fear River as part of the 257-acre River Bluffs residential development near Wilmington, N.C. The application filed under the state Coastal Area Management Act did not specify when construction of the project would begin. The development includes 193 homes in the first phase.
IYC SELLS TRINITY YACHT
International Yacht Collection’s Mark Elliott sold the 161-foot Trinity Yacht Zoom Zoom Zoom in November to a buyer represented by Jeff Stanley of Gilman Yachts. The tri-deck aluminum superyacht, built in 2005, will remain in IYC’s charter fleet and is one of the most popular choices for luxury vacations and exotic destinations.
The vessel, which can run effortlessly at 23 knots, was named the Best Boat of 2005 by Showboats International and won the Best Semi-Displacement Motoryacht 40m+ Award at the Showboats Awards in 2006 prior to an extensive refit in 2009.
IYC is based in Fort Lauderdale. Trinity Yachts is based in New Orleans with a second yard in Gulfport, Miss.
FOCUS YOUR CAMERA ON SEA BIRDS
If you’re planning a coastal transit or offshore passage in December or January, you can contribute to the Sea Bird Count. The SeaBC was created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society to encourage long-distance boaters from around the world to record their seabird observations for eBird (www.eBird.org), a worldwide resource for scientists and conservation groups. Last year’s inaugural count spanned 100 degrees of latitude from Maine to Antarctica. This year they’re encouraging mariners to take digital photos of birds seen at sea.
Instructions and tally sheets are available at http://tinyurl.com/SeaBC, or at facebook.com/Birding.Aboard where you also can share your photographs and sightings with other birders aboard.
CANAVERAL LOCK UNDERGOES REPAIRS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has changed Monday-Friday operations at the 47-year-old Canaveral Lock to accommodate repairs. The new schedule is: 6-7 a.m., lock open, one lockage in each direction; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., lock closed for repair work; 6 p.m.- 9:30 p.m., lock open, lockages as needed.
The lock will continue its normal operating schedule on weekends, from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The change in operating hours will be in effect until the work is complete, currently estimated to be the summer of 2013.
“The changes are necessary to facilitate repairs to the guide wall on the south chamber,” said Steve Dunham, chief of the South Florida Operations Office.
“It is in poor condition due to age, and the repairs are necessary to keep the lock functioning safely.”
THREE CLEAN MARINAS CERTIFIED
The Coinjock Marina, the Boathouse in Beaufort, and Harbor Oaks Boataminium in Carolina Beach earned the status as Clean Marinas, bringing the total number of Clean Marinas in coastal North Carolina to 28. The program recognizes marinas that voluntarily go beyond the state’s environmental regulations by preparing spill prevention plans, conducting safety and emergency planning, and controlling boat maintenance activities to protect water quality.
TPWD EXTENDS FISH WEIGHING PROGRAM
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Recognition Program is building a statewide network of Official Weigh Stations that have certified scales to weigh angler’s catches in their local service areas. Official Weigh Stations will receive official signage, application forms and a listing on the TPWD Angler Recognition Program website. To submit a catch for a potential record, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/