North Carolina

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder

Coast Guard Assists Sailing Vessel 50 Miles off NC

The Coast Guard saved three mariners aboard a disabled sailing vessel more than 50 miles east southeast of Cape Lookout, Saturday evening.At 9:45 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification of the 36-foot disabled sailing vessel Cloud from Sea Tow. All persons aboard the sailing vessel had donned their life jackets and there were no injuries or medical concerns aboard.The Coast Guard launched Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder to assist, and diverted…

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Moores Yachts Introduces the New M30

James P. Moores, founder and president of Moores Marine, a premier vintage yacht restoration yard, has announced the opening of his new company, Moores Yachts, and the inception of its first yacht, the new M30.From a man who spent 40 years of his career restoring and rebuilding antique wooden boats comes a 30-foot cold-molded boat that combines the elegance of designs from the golden age of yachting with today’s high-tech marine technology and performance.“The M30’s lines are a tribute to the great designers of the pre-war era,” said Jim Moores.

Disabled Sailboat Towed to Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous and Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder towed a disabled sailboat with two people aboard to safety Tuesday.The crew of the sailing vessel Gaia became disabled after being demasted and losing all electrical power. The crew activated an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which notified the Coast Guard that the crew was in distress approximately 37-miles off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched a HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and lowered a handheld radio to the crew of the Gaia Sunday night.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous…

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Protect Vessels from Marine Corrosion

For ship and vessel owners that struggle with corrosion caused by water, humidity, condensation, salt air and environmental contaminants, Force5 Marine works as corrosion inhibiter, lubricant and cleaner to protect engines and critical equipment and keep it in good working order. The harsh marine environment costs an estimated $50-80 billion in corrosion related damage worldwide, and can lead to the failure of critical equipment including engines, fittings, valves, switches, lighting, and electrical gear if not properly maintained.

MarineMax Acquires Hall Marine Group

MarineMax, Inc.,  recreational boat and yacht retailer, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hall Marine Group. Hall Marine was founded in the mid 1970’s by Rod and Fran Hall. With fiscal 2016 revenue exceeding $50 million, Hall Marine is one of the largest privately-owned boat dealers in the Southeast. Hall Marine operates through six locations covering the following markets: Charlotte, North Carolina; Lake Wylie, Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia. The locations include two large marinas and four highway locations.

Left to right: Paul Craufurd, ValvTect Regional Manager; Robin Rose of Preston Development; Hank Whitley CMM, of Southport Marina; Thad Moore of Preston Development and Jerry Nessenson, founder of ValvTect Petroleum (Photo: ValvTect)

Southport Named ValvTect Marina of the Year

In 2006, Preston Development Company of Cary, North Carolina purchased an aging marina in Southport, North Carolina, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). What started as a simple remodeling project grew into a multimillion-dollar, multiyear rebuild of the entire location. The result is one of the finest full-service marinas along the ICW. With 225 wet slips and 240 dry slips, Southport Marina can dock and service vessels from 20’ to 100’. Southport Marina has become one of the most popular marinas for boaters cruising the ICW, local sport fishermen and local power and sail boaters.

Keith Stanley, Product Line Manager, Pleasure Craft - North and Central America. (Photo: ZF)

ZF Marine's Stanley Takes on Dual Role

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC  said that Keith Stanley has assumed the position of Product Line Manager – Pleasure Craft for North and Central America. Stanley joined ZF in 2011 as Key Account Manager, and he was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2012, with responsibility for application engineering activities for the region. In his new role, Stanley will have responsibility for both activities. Stanley has a long history of experience in the pleasure craft industry. Originally from North Carolina, Stanley completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at NC State.

Three Sailors Rescued 350 Miles off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it coordinated the rescue of three people Thursday who were rescued by good Samaritans after their 41-foot sailboat, the Elusive, was beset by storms in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 350 miles east of Virginia Beach. Rescued are Larry Monesson, 60, Sean Monesoon, 40, and James Moore, 40. The father of James Moore contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday reporting he received a message via satellite phone from his son. The message stated the crew of the Elusive were experiencing high winds…

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Three Sailors Rescued 1,200 miles off Cape Cod

The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated a rescue of three sailors approximately 1,200 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at approximately 2 p.m., Thursday. Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center in Boston were notified at approximately 6 a.m., Thursday, of a 406MHz emergency position indicating radio beacon signal registered to the 42-foot French-flagged sailing vessel Tao with three men aboard. A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew currently deployed to St. John's, Nova Scotia, immediately launched to locate the Tao.

Tom Britton

New Yacht Broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts

As a newly appointed yacht broker at Pacific Boats & Yachts, Captain Tom Britton brings a wealth of experience to his new position, including owning a yacht dealership in Washington for ten years, selling Catalina Sailboats, Monk Trawlers and a wide variety of used sail and powerboats. Starting out in upstate New York, Tom fished and cruised in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, before landing in Northwest Washington. When he wasn’t selling boats…

Grande Yachts: New Facility and Dealer

Grande Yachts International announced the opening of their new full service boating facility in Wilmington with a full line of products. Located at the Riverwalk on the Cape Fear River, Grande Yachts brings more than a decade of experience of boat service and sales to the Carolinas. “Our new Carolina’s office is the perfect blend to our existing coverage up and down the East Coast,” said Bryan Braley. “Our roots are deep in North Carolina and we have had plans to be here for several years.” Dennis Smith, General Manager of the Wilmington office…

Grande Yachts Named Long Term Dealer for Belzona

Grande Yachts International announced they signed a long term agreement with Belzona Marine Products of Miami, Florida for the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina Markets. Belzona Marine Products is a new, U.S. manufacturer of outboard boats offering two models in the 32’ range – a Center Console and a Walk Around. “We are very excited to partner with Belzona. They have a strong product offering that fits very well into our suite of products,” said Bryan Braley, President and Owner of Grande Yachts International. Belzona Marine Products holds a patent on an “Easy Opening Sliding Door” for both the port and starboard side…

Front Street Boatyard: Photo courtesy of Front Street

ABBRA Names Front Street 'Boatyard of the Year'

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) presents its 2013 Boatyard of the Year Award to Front Street Shipyard, Belfast, Maine. The award was presented at Boatyard Business Conference Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration held recently in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. It is one of ABBRA’s most prestigious Awards of Excellence, given to the service or repair facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets of their company. “You would be hard pressed…

Jet-Ski Boats Most Favored Among Thieves: New NICB Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its latest report on boat theft and recoveries in the United States. The report examines watercraft reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. The report draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, there were 5,870 watercraft thefts reported during the period, which is a 3 percent decrease from the 6,070 thefts reported in 2011. The top five states for thefts were identical in rank order to the previous report.

Getting a line on board: Photo credit USCG

Yacht Rescue Involves Cutter in Long Tow

The Coast Guard cutter 'Block Island' has completed a 150 miles tow over a 32-hour period of the disabled 54-foot yacht 'Zulu' with 3 persons on board during bad weather off the coast of North Carolina. The captain aboard the Zulu initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watch-standers via satellite phone to report that the sailboat was disabled and adrift with three people aboard approximately 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C. In early course the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island arrived on scene…