Tall ship captains stunned that the Bounty left port

When Hurricane Sandy was forming in the Caribbean, Capt. Dan Moreland decided his square-rigged sailing ship, the Picton Castle, wasn’t going anywhere soon.

Weather forecasts showed the late October storm was getting big, and it was impossible to know where it was going. Moreland postponed the Picton Castle’s scheduled departure from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, for the South Pacific.

He was shocked to learn Capt. Robin Walbridge had taken the tall sailing ship Bounty to sea with the hurricane approaching, leaving New London, Conn., en route to St. Petersburg, Fla., he said.

“I can’t imagine there being any reason at all for being out there,” Moreland said. “It’s mind-boggling.”

He testified by phone from Tahiti on Wednesday during the Coast Guard hearing into the Bounty’s Oct. 29 sinking about 90 miles off Cape Hatteras.

Walbridge was lost at sea, and another crew member, Claudene Christian died. The Coast Guard rescued 14 people.

Capt. Jan Miles of the Pride of Baltimore II, who also testified Wednesday, said he was stunned Walbridge had set sail. Miles’ ship rode out Sandy docked in Baltimore.

He said one of his goals is to expose the Pride II to the least amount of heavy weather as possible.

Both Moreland and Miles said they didn’t believe a ship such as the Bounty is safer at sea than at port during a hurricane. Walbridge had told the Bounty crew one reason the ship was leaving was because it would be safer at sea.

Miles wrote an open letter to Walbridge after the sinking, calling his decision to sail “reckless in the extreme.”

Moreland said the Bounty probably could have tied up safely in New London or gone to New Bedford, Mass., or Mystic Seaport, Conn., to weather the storm in port.

The purpose of the hearing is to figure out what caused the Bounty to sink and how to prevent a similar event. It also will examine whether there was any misconduct, inattention to duty, negligence or willful violation of the law.



Undercover Wildlife Operation Cracks Down on Poaching in North Carolina, Georgia


RALEIGH,N.C. (Feb. 20, 2013) — State and federal wildlife officials announced today an undercover operation involving more than 80 wildlife violators and as many as 900 wildlife violations detected.

Primary violations stem from illegal bear hunting but include an array of wildlife and game law charges. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.

The four-year investigation targeted poachers in North Carolina and Georgia, with some work in adjacent states.

Officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission infiltrated poaching circles to document violations including bear baiting, illegal take of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures in North Carolina, and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits.

Officers began making arrests Tuesday. Operation Something Bruin partners also include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

“Operation Something Bruin documented hundreds of wildlife violations,” said Col. Dale Caveny, law enforcement chief for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “These arrests bring an immediate halt to those crimes and, we hope, will make would-be violators think twice before breaking the law.”

Simultaneous press conferences were held this morning in Asheville, N.C., and Gainesville, Ga., to announce the results of the four-year undercover operation.

“Wildlife is a shared public resource and conservation is a shared responsibility” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission. “North Carolinians can assist wildlife enforcement officers in their duties by reporting possible violations. We all have a vested interest in safeguarding wildlife from poaching. By targeting wildlife thieves, Operation Something Bruin helps protect our outdoor heritage and conserves wildlife for future generations.”

Learn more at http://www.operationsomethingbruin.org.

Bluewater Yacht Sales Locations at the Miami Boat Show

Bluewater Yacht Sales Brokerage Slips

Let our expert match makers hook you up with the perfect fit at the Miami Boat Show, February 14-18, 2013.

We’ve worked hard to have some of yachting’s leading ladies on display for you at our location in Miami this week. Please visit our line-up off of Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523 – 527 or contact the listing brokers below to schedule an appointment!


82′ Viking 2010 – Alexis
Warranties through 2014
Alexis, a 2010 82 Viking, features an open bridge and full tower. Alexis is powered by twin MTU 16V-2000 M93 @ 2400 hp, and she has just had her 2000 hour engine service completed. Engines have warranty through June 18, 2014. This 82 features expanded fuel tanks and excellent fishing amenities to include 1400 GPD watermaker, cockpit livewell in the sole, transom live well with glass window, cockpit ice chipper, cockpit freezer, bait trays within the mezzanine as well as mezzanine a/c for comfort.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523-527

Price: $5,345,000


68′ Hatteras 2007
4 Staterooms, 4 Heads, Stabilized
Fine Print is an enclosed bridge Sportfisherman built with MTU 16V-2000 @ 2400 BHP, in pristine condition. The powerful 2400 hp package provides a 30 knot cruise @1950 RPM and 36.5 knots at WOT. Taken one step further this boat has stabilizers, teak cockpit, mezzanine and coaming boards, power outriggers and Release fighting chair with offset pedestal.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523-527

Price: $2,695,000


68′ Viking 2008
Skybridge, Warranties through 2014
This unique Viking Enclosed Bridge has an open bridge above. The “Skybridge” features a center console helm with full electronics. The three stateroom layout features a master suite with additional storage and a reading area. The 1825hp CAT C-32A’s were replaced with new in December 2011 and have warranties until December 2014. This is the ideal boat for an owner/operator who wants to travel extensively.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523-527

Price: $2,295,000


61′ Princess 2004
This boat has a very roomy three-stateroom, three-head layout. The salon features a U-shaped sofa with a TV; to port is a dinette across from the galley. The lower helm station is to starboard. The crew room is to port featuring side by side beds and access to the companionway head. The master is to starboard and features a queen size bed with a private head. Forward is the VIP stateroom with a queen size bed and private head.

This boat has recently had her hull painted Alexseal Stardust Silver along with a teak aft deck and swim platform.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523-527

Price: $895,000

Jarrett Bay Boatworks


46′ Jarrett Bay 2011
The Persistence is truly a unique vessel in that it has an interior helm station with forward windshields laid into the rounded cabin design. The vessel is built with CAT Zeus C-9 Acert’s @ 575 hp, and cruises at 2300 RPM with a 30.5 knots consuming 50 GPH and at WOT she attains 35 knots, consuming 58 GPH. The Zeus drives allows for extra space savings under the salon, and accommodates two staterooms and two heads along with a spacious galley down. The cockpit is elevated with a mezzanine above a centered engine room entrance with tackle storage to starboard. The flybridge features Jarrett Bay’s signature bridge arrangement and innovative barrel seats forward of the low profile helm.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Collins Avenue Ramp 12, Slips 523-527

Price: $1,339,000

Regulator Marine

Regulator Marine invites you to be our guest at the Miami International Boat Show February 14-18. See the following models:
Regulator 26, Regulator 28 and the
NEW Regulator 34 – a True Center Console!

Come by the Regulator booth R30 at the convention center; schedule a time slot and pick up a boarding pass to demo the Regulator 34 with the NEW Yamaha Helm Master™. Transportation will be provided from the Convention Center to the Sea Isle Marina.


Viking Yachts

The Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show begins its five day run on Valentine’s Day, February 14th through President’s Day Monday, February 18th along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The Viking fleet, based at the 4800 block, features 15 of the world’s most magnificent sportfishing yachts from 42 to 82 feet, including three brand new launches for 2013, the 55 Convertible, the 62 Convertible and the 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. Be sure to stop by and see for yourself why Viking leads the industry in design, performance and innovations. And don’t forget to ask about our new 75 Motor Yacht and 92 Convertible coming soon!


Hatteras & Cabo Yachts

Make plans to visit the Hatteras Yachts display during the upcoming Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. We are proud to display the new Hatteras GT63 Enclosed Flybridge, along with the entire GT Series, the 60 Motor Yacht, and the rest of the fleet at this year’s show.

This show is your best opportunity to see each model in the Hatteras lineup in one convenient location. Each boat displayed will showcase the style, craftsmanship, and luxury that has become synonymous with the Hatteras name. And the interior of the display itself is pure Carolina hospitality. Escape the elements and relax with a cool drink, or hot cup of coffee or tea while you visit with the Hatteras Family and take a look at the new projects on the drawing board.

Hatteras & Cabo Yachts Display
Ramp 6 – Collins Ave. & 49th St.


Back Cove & Sabre

The Back Cove 30, Back Cove 34 and Back Cove 37 plus the Sabre 38on display and available for sea trials at the New Yacht and Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina.

The best part? There are NO tickets required at Sea Isle! However, you will still need a ticket if you visit the Convention Center or Strictly Sail sites.

Another new feature – there is a Sea Isle VIP Shuttle Bus for exhibitors and guests to expedite traffic between the Miami Beach Convention Center and the Sea Isle Marina from 10am -6 pm daily.

Please stop by to say hello. We look forward to seeing you!



Princess Yachts

Princess Yachts on Display at the 2013 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show:

V39 – Miami Premiere, Princess 42, V52, V57 – Miami Premiere, Princess 56 – North American Premiere, V62-S – North American Premiere, Princess 64, V72, 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 40 Meter Imperial Princess – Miami Premiere

The Princess Showcase is located at Ramp 33, adjacent to the 4300 Block of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Admission is free and show hours and information can be found by visiting http://www.showmanagement.com.



Grand Banks Yachts

Models on Display & Location

Ramp 4, Collins Avenue
54 Heritage EU 46 Eastbay SX 43 Heritage EU





Some E15 sellers don’t label pump

A recent survey found that 35 percent of the registered sellers of E15 are not labeling the higher-ethanol gas at the pump.

Six of the 17 registered sellers of E15 had not labeled the pump accordingly, according to Cindy Squires, chief counsel of public affairs and director of regulatory affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The survey also found that several service stations selling the fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol were not registered, as required by the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency mandate that calls for an overall reduction in the fuel supply through the use of biofuels.

“After the gas stations were surveyed, it turned out six of those sites had not even put a basic warning label on the pump,” Squires told Soundings Trade Only. “That’s very concerning to us. Even with all the scrutiny on E15 these sellers didn’t bother to even label the pump.”

One of the conditions stations must adhere to in order to sell E15 is to sign up to have a survey of their operations performed.

“It’s part of the EPA’s effort to make sure they’re fulfilling the mandates they’ve put forward,” Squires said.

“Now there are 18 registered program sites, and we’ve just heard that there may be some sites that aren’t registered, so they may not be complying with anything,” Squires said. “This is from the firm that they are required to hire to check on their compliance, so it’s troubling something that simple can’t be complied with.”

The sellers of E15 are in Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota.

— Reagan Haynes


Miami Boat Show Time With Viking Yachts!

The Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show gets under way Thursday, February 14, 2013 for a five day run along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, and the Viking Yacht Company plans to highlight this prestigious international expo with another breathtaking display of the world’s finest sportfishing convertible yachts.

Based at the 4800 block on Collins, Viking will premiere its latest blue-water masterpiece, the 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the stable mate of the 62 Open Bridge Convertible, which garnered rave reviews at Viking’s recently concluded VIP Preview held last weekend at its service center in Riviera Beach, Florida. The four-stateroom 62 EB is an elegant, high-performance luxury convertible with a climate-controlled helm and lounge area easily reached from the spacious salon with a spiral staircase.

In addition to the two 62 Convertibles, our third new model for 2013 in the display is the 55 Convertible. Our 15 boat fleet also will feature virtually every model in the Viking collection from a pair of 82 Convertibles, in open and enclosed bridge configurations through the 42 Open and 42 Convertible.

Hank Sibley’s Bluewater Boat Listing Price Reductions

Hazer - 47' Viking

47′ Viking 2000

Name: Hazer
Price: $375,000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA

In 2003, the vessel received a tower, updated electronics, and a recessed radio box with a custom helm pod.
Price Reduced

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32 Brooks 2012

32′ Brooks Boatworks 2012

Price: $289,900
Location: Virginia

Manufacturer Demo! Full Warranties Apply!
Price Reduced

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Lady Arnika - 29 Wellcraft

29′ Wellcraft 2003

Name: lady Arnika
Price: $60,000
Location: Manteo, NC

The 225 Twin Four Stroke Yamaha engines have been meticulously cared for with only 332 hours.
Price Reduced

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