Rybovich Gains Dry Dock
Rybovich shipyard in West Palm Beach, Fla., took delivery of a 3,000-ton floating dry dock in September. Together with their existing 150- and 660-ton Travelifts, the floating dry dock gives the company a broad range of hauling capabilities and the largest hauling capacity in South Florida. “This is a significant development for Rybovich, but also for the South Florida marine industry and the local economy,” said Rybovich President, Wayne Huizenga Jr. “We can now offer comprehensive solutions to superyachts that, until now, have only been able to be serviced in the water.”
The dry dock allows Rybovich the flexibility of hauling and launching in the deep waters of the Port of Palm Beach. Once a vessel is loaded, work can be performed at the port or, alternatively, the dry dock can be transported to the Rybovich facility in West Palm Beach. The first vessel to use the dry dock was M/Y Mi Sueno, a 190-foot Trinity. “Rybovich achieved a flawless lift that seemed so routine as if they had been doing it for many years,” said Capt. Glynn Smith. “This is a great step forward for the superyacht service industry in South Florida.”
The floating dry dock provides an interim hauling solution until Rybovich can dredge a channel from the Intracoastal Waterway to its Riviera Beach facility where it is building a superyacht service and refit facility with a 4,000-ton synchrolift.
To Huizenga, this is not just an investment for Rybovich, but a step forward for the South Florida marine industry that creates more opportunity for jobs and growth. “The ability to haul and service larger vessels will attract more superyachts to the United States and ultimately grow the number of yachts cruising and spending time in the U.S.,” he said. “The added demand for goods and services will make a significant economic impact right here in America, creating new opportunities for employment and prosperity.”
Beneteau Unveils Oceanis 55 at Miami Boat Show
Featuring more than 2,000 companies, the Miami International Boat Show draws more than 100,000 boating, fishing and on-the-water enthusiasts each year to view over 3,000 boats, from six-foot water toys to 97-foot megayachts.
The Feb. 14-18 show, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, is divided into three venues: the New Yacht and Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina; Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside; and more boats and vendors at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Both marina sites will feature on-water Discover Boating skill building clinics presented by the Recreational Powerboating Association and the American Sailing Association.
Among the vessels at Strictly Sail event will be Beneteau’s new Oceanis 55, which premiered at the Paris Boat Show. Carla Demaria, general manager of Beneteau, and Bruno Belmont, director of product development for the company’s sailboats division, will be in Miami for the U.S. unveiling. Designed by Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, the Oceanis 55 features a mast set back to enhance balance and performance under sail. The chine extends the full length of the boat to increase speed while reducing the initial angle of heel. Large windows allow natural light to illuminate the interior living spaces. It is available in three, four or five cabin layouts.
For full details about the show, visit Miamiboatshow.com.
Other Shows This Month
• The 60th annual Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show, Feb. 8-10, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center produced by the Norfolk Chapter of the Izaak Walton league.
• The 29th annual Grand Strand Boat and Sportsman Expo at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Convention Center Feb. 11-13. This year’s show features Swampmaster Jeff Quattrocchi giving educational talks and wrestling a 200-pound alligator three times a day. Visit grandstrandboatshow.com for details.
• The Mobile Boat Show at the Mobile, Ala., Convention Center, Feb. 22-24. Besides seeing the 2013 makes and models of boats, attendees can catch the Fetch-n-Fish dog show and seminars by the Saltwater Sportsman Association and Alabama Coastal Fishing Association. Visit gulfcoastshows.com.
Islands to Protect Fort Pierce Marina
Thirteen islands are being built in the Indian River Lagoon to protect Fort Pierce City Marina as it continues to recover from damage inflicted by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Barges have been hauling rocks to the site of the future mangrove islands and oyster beds, expected to be complete in May.
The $18.8 million inshore reef is a pilot project for the state and may eventually be used by other cities. The islands protect the marina, enabling the city to rebuild the outer docks that were destroyed by the hurricanes. The 137 slips in the inner basin were repaired in the first few months after the storms and are fully operational. When the outer docks are complete, the facility will boast 274 floating docks able to accommodate vessels up to 150 feet.
The marina is a popular stop for cruisers, providing easy access to downtown facilities.
“With these islands, we have developed a project where boating, man and the environment can co-exist with future educational research opportunities to study fish habitat,” said marina manager Dean Kubitschek.
Hatteras Expands Fort Lauderdale Presence
After a couple of slow days due to Hurricane Sandy, Hatteras Yachts reported its biggest single-day attendance in four years during the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Although the company’s convertible lineup was displayed prominently, the newly redesigned 80 Motor Yacht garnered the most attention. The new arch placement, new amidship portlights, and new bow observation lounge are aesthetic improvements – but the dramatic changes are the interior open floor plan combined with additional storage and appliance and amenity upgrades.
The New Bern, N.C.-based company also celebrated the opening of the new Hatteras/Cabo Yacht Center in Billfish Marina in Fort Lauderdale. The center will host customer events and dealer training, as well as provide ongoing access to the company’s models.
“This is a great opportunity for Hatteras and our dealer network to work together even closer to make the Hatteras experience come alive for our customers,” said Senior VP of Global Sales John Ward. “We will have a convenient location where dealers can bring their customers to see everything from convertibles to motor yachts – all in one location. Until now, the only time that this was possible was during the Miami and Fort Lauderdale boat shows. Now, we will be able to show our craftsmanship and design excellence all year long.”
Fort Myers Beach Fetes Cruisers
The Town of Fort Myers Beach will host its 6th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day on March 23 at Matanzas Inn adjacent to the dinghy docks, 414 Crescent St. All boaters are welcome to enjoy food, drinks and entertainment. It is free for any cruisers using the town’s 70-ball public mooring field with a nominal fee to others. Sponsored by the town’s Anchorage Advisory Committee and Matanzas (the upland service provider for the mooring field), the event recognizes the cruisers who have made the field a success. Boaters attending Cruiser’s Appreciation Day without overnighting in the mooring field, can use the day dock at Bowditch Point Regional Park and ride the trolley to the event. For more info, visit www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov.
Norfolk Museum Examines Seaport
Nauticus – home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Schooner Virginia and Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Va. – has a new exhibit: “Our Mighty Seaport! Imports. Exports.” Visitors learn about the world of maritime commerce, discovering what’s coming into the local port and what’s being shipped from Virginia to far corners of the globe. Families can navigate a tugboat down a busy waterway and receive “real time” information on ships sailing past the Nauticus facility on the busy Hampton Roads waters.
NC Fishermen Meet
Sea Grant is sponsoring the 2013 N.C. Marine Recreational Fishing Forum 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Anglers can meet with leaders from the N.C. General Assembly and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to discuss post-release survival of fish, the economic value of the saltwater fishing industry, and the roles of regulatory agencies. Register for this free event and learn more at www.ncseagrant.org/s/recfishforum.
Commercial fishermen will be able to share ideas with experts at the Local Catch Summit, Feb. 21-22 at the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute campus in Skyco. Discussions will center on regional seafood marketing and education initiatives. For updates, visit www.
Sea Grant also is co-sponsoring a local foods program in Greensboro on Feb. 26. Farmers and fishermen will share their strategies for successfully producing and marketing local seafood, produce and meat to North Carolina consumers. Watch www.ncseagrant.org for updates on these and other events.
Madeira Beach Marina Upgraded
The 93-slip Madeira Beach Municipal Marina has a new ship store open daily 7 a.m. to sunset to meet all boating needs including fresh and frozen bait. Transient accommodations include free pumpouts, and newly renovated laundry and bathrooms. Visit madeirabeachfl.gov for details.
Arndt Moves to Dunedin
Steve Arndt, formerly of Bay Point Marina in Panama City, Fla., has been named director of Marker 1 Marina in Dunedin, Fla. The marina and boat storage facility features 300 feet of lay along transient dockage, private showers and 24-hour security, all within close proximity to the restaurants and shops of downtown and Caladesi Island State Park.
CSS Neuse Moves Downtown
Remnants of the ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse – built in 1862 as part of the Confederate Navy’s attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and retake the city of New Bern, N.C., during the Civil War – have been moved to a new climate-controlled facility in downtown Kinston, the town where the ship ran aground soon after its launch.
The North Queen Street site was purchased by a group of supporters called the Gunboat Association and donated to the state. It is expected to open for public viewing this summer as part of the state’s Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration. Kinston is also home to CSS Neuse II, a full-sized, land-bound replica of the 158-foot vessel. A 63-foot scaled replica of the Neuse’s sister ironclad, CSS Albermarle, is docked in Plymouth, N.C.
Palm Beach Hosts Flea Market
Bargain hunting boaters will converge on the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach Feb. 16-17 for the third annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival. The event includes an auction of boats, vehicles and fishing supplies as well as a new and used boat showcase. It also features a marine arts and crafts festival and live entertainment. Visit www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for details.