Bay Bulletin

Mallows Bay Marine Sanctuary Proposal Nears the Finish Line

The renowned abandoned ship graveyard and bass fishing hotspot on the Maryland side of the Potomac River is on course to become a National Marine Sanctuary.

Mallows Bay, located about forty miles downstream of Washington, D.C., is the resting place of almost 200 historic ships dating back to the 1800s. Roughly 100 of the relics are wooden World War I steamships known as the Ghost Fleet, which have deteriorated beautifully into remarkable sightseeing and fishing structures.

The initiative for the nomination came from local community groups interested in enhancing and protecting public access to the site. After a year-long scoping process, NOAA drafted an environmental impact statement and a preferred plan for the sanctuary, which is for a 52-square-mile protected zone. The intent is to protect the area while allowing free public access. Other options include boundaries from 18 to 100 square miles. The initiative can also be abandoned depending on public response to the proposal.

NOAA has posted the proposals with comment opportunity online at sanctuaries.noaa.gov

There will be a couple of public hearings as well. The deadline for comment is March 31.

Public Hearings

March 7 @ 6:00 p.m., Charles County Government Building Auditorium; 200 Baltimore St.,
La Plata, Md.

March 9 @ 6:00 p.m., Anne
Arundel Community College, Center for Applied Learning & Technology Building, Room 100, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Md.


Claud W. Somers Achieves USCG Certification

The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum 105-year-old skipjack, Claud W. Somers, has received Coast Guard approval to resume full passenger operations.

Survey and repair work prior to Coast Guard certification was made possible
by private donations and a grant from Richmond-based energy company Dominion Resources. 

Most of the work (including replacing the stem) was accomplished by the Cockrell Marine Railway crew in Heathsville, Va., and with considerable help from volunteers.  Omega Protein provided mechanical assistance in troubleshooting push-boat engine issues. 

This skipjack was built in 1911 by Tom Young on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is a Virginia Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She will begin taking passengers in June through the museum: 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org.


Fairwinds Adds Pontoons to the Fleet

JoAnna (daughter) and Larry Golberg (father) have added the Lexington Pontoon boat line to their Fairwinds dealership and the Freedom Boat Club fleet. The Lexington boats are built near Wilmington and the famed Cape Fear area of North Carolina, a region steeped in a tradition of durable and seaworthy saltwater boats. 

Fairwinds (www.fairwindsmarina.com) has been in the marine services business in Annapolis since 1959. The Goldbergs acquired the business in 2013 and added the Freedom Boat Club.


Virginia Pilots Choose Volvo IPS


The Virginia Pilots Association has a new C. Raymond Hunt Associates-designed boat under construction at Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Mass. The boat will run on a pair of 900hp Volvo D13 engines with IPS3 drives. Bay pilots operate 365 days a year and must board
ships in all conditions. Virginia pilots complete about 7,000 boardings a year.

According to Marcia Hull at Volvo Penta in Chesapeake, Va., “The IPS system provides 20 percent more speed, 30 percent lower fuel consumption, 15 percent more acceleration and 50 percent lower noise and vibration levels than traditional shaft installations.”


Kailani Clarke Wins Science Writing Fellowship


Kailani Clarke, Chesapeake Bay Magazine columnist [First Watch] and Washington College student, has earned one of ten spots as a National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Undergraduate Travel Fellow. She will travel to the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, and will be mentored by a national science journalist. 

Congratulations, Kailani!


Bay Bridge Boat Show Demo Dock Returns

The Bay Bridge Boat Show has announced the return of the popular Demo Dock for the April 21–23 show. Exhibitors are committed to bringing at least a couple of dozen boats to the Stevensville, Md., for attendees to try before buying. It’s a great idea. Look for more show information on this and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in our April issue.


Clarks Landing Yacht Sales Opens Kent Island Office

On March 1, Clarks Landing Yacht Sales opens a sales office at the Bay Bridge Marina to feature new Sea Ray and Beneteau power boats and pre-owned inventory and brokerage sales. This expands Clarks Landing sales and service coverage to three locations—Shady Side, Chester and Kent Island, Md. www.clarkslanding.com


Boat Sales Surge in 2016

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) data show 2016 powerboat unit sales rising by as much as seven percent going into the New Year. This translates into a 10- to 11-percent rise in sales to over $9.24 billion. Total 2016 sales of boats, marine products and services grew to $37 billion. 

According to NMMA president Tom Dammrich, “Economic indicators are working in the industry’s favor—a continuously improving housing market, strong consumer confidence, growing disposable income and consumer spending, and low interest rates all contribute to a healthy recreational boating market.”

Ninety-five percent of boats sold in the U.S. are made in America, and 95 percent of all Americans live within an hour’s drive of a navigable body of water. www.discoverboating.com.


The Inn at Horn Point passes the 15K Guest Mark

Eastport’s go-to local inn, opened in 2002 by Cory and Carol Bonney, has hosted more than 15,000 guests including CBM partners and out-of-town CBM staff. The list includes ship and yacht captains, notable marine industry movers and shakers and hundreds of boat-oriented
visitors from around the world. Over that time, the staff (Cory, Carol and Joslyn) have cracked more than 40,000 eggs in preparation of their amazing crème brûlée French toast. But, who’s counting? 


Annapolis Yacht Club Ranks Fifth Among Elite Clubs

Platinum Clubs of America, which represents the upper five percent of private clubs in the country, ranked AYC as the fifth best. St. Francis Yacht Club is ranked at the top, followed by the San Diego YC, Grosse Point YC, and New York YC: Pretty fine company really, and not bad for a club that started as late as 1886 as a canoe club.


Galahad Brings Sailfish and SouthWind Boats to Maryland

Florida-based Galahad Marine has purchased McDaniel and Shelter Cove Yacht Basins in North East, Md., and set up Maryland-exclusive sales operations for Sailfish and SouthWind powerboats. Sailfish boats are best known for their unique Variable Degree Stepped hull designs, which spring from concepts introduced with the famous SeaCrafts, which set a new standard for soft-riding deep-V boats. SeaCraft has been out of production for a few years, leaving Sailfish to advance the concept. SouthWind boats are built in the same Georgia facility as the Sailfish, and they feature deck boats and sporty bow riders. We look forward to seeing these boats at the shows and on the water this year.


Midshore Pump-out Boat Report

Last spring, the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy acquired a 22-foot boat equipped with a Pump Kleen sewage removal system in order to provide holding tank pump-out services to
Miles and Wye River yacht owners. The boat is the first of its kind on the Eastern Shore.

The riverkeeper coordinates transfer of the waste with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) dockside waste management facility, which then transfers the material to the updated wastewater treatment plant in St. Michaels.

Over the summer, the crew pumped more than 8,500 gallons from nearly 350 boats. Funding for this important environmental initiative came from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Midshore Riverkeeper donors. CBMM provides dockage and support.


Knot 10 Opens Herrington Harbor North Sales Office


Kent Island based Knot 10 Yacht Sales has opened an office above the Herrington Harbor Marina West Marine Store. Company president Marc Benvenuto intends to have it staffed and open seven days a week in season. www.knot10.com.