Nautical News: For the week of June 2, 2019

MARLIN JUMPS IN BOAT AND SPEARS FISHERMEN

 

Three fishermen in an inflatable boat were traveling 25 mph in the Solitary Islands Marine Park in New South Wales, Australia, when a marlin flipped out of the water and into their boat. The marlin, weighing about 200 pounds, speared one brother in the shoulder and punctured the other brother’s arm before going back into the water. Neither injury to the brothers, ages 46 and 48, was life threatening. The third man in the 16-foot rigid hull inflatable avoided injury. The brother who got speared in the shoulder said it was a defensive wound as he put his arm up to protect his face. Both brothers were treated at the hospital where doctors said they were lucky they weren’t killed

 

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION BUYS FREEDOM BOAT CLUB

 

Officials at Brunswick Corporation, the biggest boat builder in the United States, just announced that they purchased Freedom Boat Club of Venice, Florida, which has 20,000 members in the U.S., Canada and Europe and access to 2,000 boats of all sizes and classes at 185 locations. It remains to be seen whether members will see any changes in how the Freedom Boat Club works, but club members received a letter that said “nothing with your membership or boating experience will change at this time.” Founded in 1989, the company bills itself as “an affordable option to boat ownership.” Some of Brunswick’s marine brands include Mercury Marine engines, MotorGuide trolling motors, Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Crestliner, Lowe, Lund and Sea Ray boats.

 

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR PLYMOUTH MARITIME BUILDING

 

In Plymouth, at the harbor Thursday afternoon, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito led the ground breaking ceremony for the town’s new Maritime Facility. This will replace the existing Harbor Master’s office—a building that has been in operation for close to 40 years, has no bathroom facilities, no running water most of the year, and is not handicapped accessible. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said it’s great to see the progress the Town of Plymouth has made. Harbor Master Chad Hunter said the new maritime facility is a huge deal for us and it isn’t just a Harbor Master office. There will be public restrooms and showers for transient boaters, which were all highlights in the harbor plan that were developed back in two thousand seventeen.” Selectman Chair Ken Tavares called the harbor the crown jewel of the community and a welcoming place for commerce, tourists and citizens. Thanks to WATD’s Bobby Clark for this report.

 

ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1ST

 

Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st. When a hurricane approaches, recreational boat owners have a big problem. Faced with limited time to protect their homes, and with families to possibly evacuate, what can they do to prepare their boats? Boat/US has some valuable preparation tips for boat owners. The number 1 way to reduce the potential for boat damage is to remove it from the water and store ashore on the highest ground possible. Some boat insurance policies will pay for a named storm haul out. If you’re not going to haul out, make your in-water plan now. Check the height of the pilings at your marina. Floating docks fare better than marinas with low seawalls and fixed docks. Work with your neighbors to possibly anchor your boats together in case one breaks free from the dock. When the storm hits, do not stay or try to to ride the storm out on your boat.

 

SEASONAL COAST GUARD STATIONS OPEN

 

The Coast Guard has opened three seasonal stations this weekend. Stations Scituate, Block Island, and Fishers Island have opened and will remain open through Labor Day. The stations’ crews will conduct search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and recreational boating safety missions. Each station is equipped with response boats and crews able to respond to maritime emergencies. Chief Warrant Officer Terrill Malvesti, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Point Allerton in Hull, Massachusetts, will also be the commanding officer of Station Scituate.

 

EASTHAM LISTED IN DR. BEACH’S TOP 10 LIST

 

Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, who goes by the alias “Dr. Beach” just released his list of the top 10 beaches in the United States. Number 6 on the list is Coast Guard Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod even though the water temperature averages below 70 degrees and the threat of a great white shark attack exists. According to Dr. Beach, the view from atop of the dunes, the quality of the water, and the possibility of seeing a whale close to shore makes this a top beach to visit. By the way, several of the other beaches listed in the top 10 were in Hawaii and the Carolinas.

 

POWERBOAT SALES INCREASE TO HIGHEST LEVEL IN 11 YEARS

 

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that sales of new powerboats in the U.S. reached 276,000 in 2018, an increase of 4 percent from 2017. This is the highest level the U.S. recreational boating industry has seen in 11 years. Marine expenditures, spending on boats, engines, trailers, accessories and related services, were also at an all-time high in 2018 at $42 billion, up 7 percent from 2017.Outboard boat sales led the way followed personal watercraft.

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