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Bluenose Yacht Sales Presents Three New Jeanneau Models at New England Boat …

SS 30 and Jeanneau 439

Glenn Walters stated, “We are very happy to welcome our new broker partners, Paul and Rob to the team and excited for the Boston Boat show in February”

Newport, RI (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Bluenose Yacht Sales one of New England’s leading broker dealers for used yachts as well as representing Beneteau Group’s Jeanneau and CNB Bordeaux 60 brands combined with the new SS 30, Cabo Rico, and the E33 is very excited to be participating with three new Jeanneau models at the New England Boat show in February.

On display at the show with be the Jeanneau 379 having just been selected as Boat of the Year by Cruising World magazine, a Jeanneau 409 which is the most successful new model over the past twelve months, as well as the NEW Jeanneau 439. The Jeanneau 439 with three full and private staterooms combined with two spacious full heads is comfortable, fast, and easy to sail. Also presented at the show is the SS 30 which was recently introduced by Bluenose Yacht Sales and being formally launched for the summer of 2012.

Bluenose Yacht Sales announced two new broker sales’ partners, Paul Gibree and Robert Geaghan to the team. Paul is a long time sailor in the Newport area and a proud owner of a Wauquiez while Rob will be heading up the sales office in Maine and brings with him nearly a decade of yacht sales experience from Annapolis and has a solid racing background but loves the traditional Maine designs and classic motor and sailing yachts.

If you have an interest in placing your new boat into our local charter program we can give you guidance on how to cover most if not all of your annual expenses, but also enjoy the pleasures and pride of personal ownership in a new yacht. For more information go to our website page, Yachting as a Business

Bluenose Yacht Sales with offices located in Newport, RI and Portland, Maine serves each client with personal attention to understand your preferences, experience and intended use in order to find the right fit that will deliver years of fun and yacht excitement for friends and family. Bluenose Yacht Sales is committed to “Excellence with Integrity” and long term client relationships rather than excessive size that can compromise quality of service.

Call us to discuss any of our brands or to explore how we might add value to assist your new or brokerage yacht purchase. We also welcome new listings where our marketing and sales experience can make a meaningful differences.

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State Fish and Wildlife boat ramp and creel checks


Salmon and saltwater

Don Armeni ramp in West Seattle — Jan. 27: Two boats with two anglers caught one chinook.

Kingston ramp — Jan. 27: Two boats with four anglers caught no fish; Jan. 28: Six boats with 12 anglers caught seven chinook.

Shilshole Bay ramp — Jan. 28: Two boats with two anglers caught no fish.

Everett ramp — Jan. 27: 16 boats with 35 anglers caught three chinook; Jan. 28: 12 boats with 26 anglers caught four chinook.

Edmonds Marina — Jan. 27: Six boats with 10 anglers caught one chinook; Jan. 28: Five boats with eight anglers caught no fish.

Friday Harbor Marina, San Juan Island — Jan. 26: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; Jan. 28: Six boats with 15 anglers caught three chinook.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham — Jan. 27: Two boats with five anglers caught two chinook; Jan. 28: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — Jan. 27: One boat with one angler caught 48 herring; Jan. 28: One boat with one angler caught two herring.

Camano Island State Park ramp — Jan. 27: Seven boats with 14 anglers caught one chinook.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — Jan. 27: Six boats with nine anglers caught two chinook; Jan. 28: 12 boats with 28 anglers caught seven chinook; Jan. 29: One boat with three anglers caught no fish.

Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina ramp — Jan. 27: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; Jan. 28: Three boats with five anglers caught no fish.

Marrowstone Island shoreline — Jan. 27: Two anglers caught no fish.

Salsbury County Park ramp, Hood Canal — Jan. 28: Two boats with two anglers caught no fish.

Les Davis Pier, Tacoma — Jan. 23: One angler caught no fish.

Narrows Marina — Jan. 28: Four boats with five anglers caught no fish.

Rivers and lakes

Columbia River in Bonneville Pool — Last week: 19 bank anglers released seven sturgeon; 22 boats with 32 anglers caught 15 and released 125.

Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Last week: 17 bank anglers released four sturgeon; eight boats with 20 anglers released 15 sturgeon; 15 bank anglers caught no steelhead; six boats with 13 anglers caught 13 steelhead and released 23; on e boat with four anglers caught no walleye.

Columbia River in John Day Pool — Last week: 43 bank anglers caught no sturgeon; 17 boats with 41 anglers released two sturgeon.

Cowlitz River at Trout Hatchery — Last week: 11 bank anglers caught six steelhead and released two; eight boat anglers caught nine steelhead.

Washougal River — Last week: 67 bank anglers caught five steelhead and released two; 21 boat anglers caught four steelhead and released 11.

Bogachiel/Quillayute River — Jan. 27-29: 20 bank anglers and 14 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released 10 for a total of 109.5 hours fished.

Calawah River — Jan. 27-29: Two bank anglers and eight boat anglers released 16 steelhead for a total of 45.5 hours fished.

Sol Duc River — Jan. 27-29: 26 bank anglers and 55 boat anglers caught 25 steelhead and released 62 for a total of 504.0 hours fished.

Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s — Jan. 27-29: 12 bank anglers and four boat anglers caught no fish for a total of 62.0 hours fished.

Upper Hoh River from Barlow’s to Olympic National Park Boundary — Jan. 27-29: 14 bank anglers and three boat anglers released two steelhead for a total of 57.0 hours fished.

(Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period. Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein of Friday Harbor.)

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Sailing club hopes freeze will keep club alive

By William Stodalka

Updated 1 hour ago

Recently, the Cold Lake Sailing Club wrote Cold Lake city council asking them to put a freeze on the number of sailboats presently within the marina.

Sailing Club Vice-President Jim Belliveau and Commodore Joyce Foreman said that this appeal is meant to help preserve the organization, which has been around for four decades.

Belliveau noted that since the 1970s, Cold Lake has had organized sailboating. At the time, only about four or five sailboats raced each other, but did not have a marina in which to dock.

In the 1980s, an organization called Friends of the Cold Lake Marina (which later willed its resources to the Sailing Club) pushed successfully to turn a simple fuel dock into a multi-boat marina.

Since then, sailing has become something of a trademark in town, replacing the fishing that used to be the towns trademark.

Since the creation of the Marina, the Club has also helped with tours for citizens of Cold Lake’s sister city in Germany, held regular Wednesday night races that at one time attracted upwards of 40 people, and helped teach Cold Lakers to sail boats.

Two gigantic sails mark the entrance into town, and many local businesses and the Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce have adopted sails for their logos.

The nickname used in promotional materials for Cold Lake is also “the City of Sails.”

From 1999 to 2002, the Sailing Club experienced something of a high point, with 33 sailboats with spaces a t the marina.

But since then, interest has dropped as more and more Cold Lakers have turned to motorboats to have some fun on the lake.

Now, the number of Wednesday night racing participants has dropped to only about five to seven people, and only 14 people have sailboats docked in the marina.

“We see our slips as being a springboard that allow us to be a sports organization,” said Belliveau.

“It’s the same as you can’t play hockey in the community if you don’t have a hockey rink.”

“My personal feeling is any recreational sport is going to die if you can’t access it readily,” added Foreman.

Belliveau said that the process of launching a sailboat can be very cumbersome, often requiring one hour each to put it in and take it out.

Getting a sailboat out from the marina would only take about five minutes, he added.

Belliveau also felt that sailing justified its spots at the marina because it offered more aesthetic benefits.

“When you’re trying to sell your house and you’re trying to justify a $1.7 million price tag, what do you think’s going to clinch the deal when you look out the window to the sea – a jet ski, or a sailboat?” asked Belliveau.

Unlike motorboat users, Belliveau believed sailboating was more social than powerboating, which he believed was much more individual.

“If there are two sailboats on the lake, chances are they’ll run into each other, and there’s going to be a race,” he said.

And Belliveau believed the sport was often misperceived.

“[Some people] see sailboat thing as a very elitist kind of thing, but the thing is we’re normal people,” he said.

When asked about motorboat riders who may be disappointed that they would not be able to have a spot put in, Belliveau said that they should keep in mind that there would still be 236 spots available on the marina.

“When we’re trying to hold fast on them and there’s only one sailboat [on the marina waiting list] it’s hardly what I would call an imposition,” he added.

Council has yet to make a decision about which way it would like to proceed.


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Tulsa show will feature 700 ski, luxury and fishing boats, plus RVs

Unseasonably pleasant weather may be reminding Tulsa area residents about a warm summer ahead – at least that’s what boat dealers are hoping.

The Tulsa Boat, Sport Travel Show opens for its first full day Tuesday, with more than 700 of the newest ski, luxury and fishing boats on display, as well as more than 400 recreational vehicles.

The show, at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square, runs through Sunday.

The show, in its 56th year, marks the beginning of the boat-selling season for dealers who often do big business at the annual event as well as draw in prospective boaters.

“There are quite a few people that come out here shopping for boats,” said Joe Harwood, owner of Arrowhead Boat Sales, which has six locations in Oklahoma and Arkansas. “We’ll make some sales this week.”

Those sales could add up to about $5 million for the boat show, he said.

Dealers say the hottest watercraft are the line of next-generation pontoon boats, which are less expensive than power sport boats and are more versatile. Harwood said many pontoons are great for recreational skiing and wake-boarding, but are also spacious and can be easily used as a fishing vehicle.

“You can take your kids and grandkids out on these things, and everybody gets a little bit of what they want,” he said.

In recent years, boat manufacturers have cut back on inventories, lowered prices and produced more vehicles in entry-level categories, said Jennifer Maricle, the show’s manager.

That’s still the case this year, dealers say, but consumers are still demanding top-of-the line features in the least expensive boats, such as luxury sound and entertainment systems.

Maricle said manufacturers are responding with more fuel-efficient vehicles that perform better than their predecessors.

More buyers are also leaning toward aluminum boats, said Randy Nichols, who owns Nichols Marine of McAlester. The boats are cheaper and lighter, and their only disadvantage is looks compared to fiberglass hull vehicles.

“Everybody is looking to save a little bit,” Nichols said. “And an aluminum boat can do everything a fiberglass one can do.”

Lee Housch of Action Powersports in Tulsa said customers have been leaning toward year-old personal watercraft, as inventories of pre-owned vehicles have stockpiled during the recession.

“Manufacturers are doing a lot by giving big discounts on year-old vehicles,” Housch said. “They don’t have any miles on them and they may not have all the bells and whistles of this year’s model, but they are pretty nice for the price.”

Tulsa Boat, Sport Travel Show

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Freak wave causes fishing boat to capsize as crew attempts harbour entrance – Exeter Express

Five fishermen were plucked to safety yesterday from the hull of their boat after it was capsized by a large wave off the Westcountry coast.

The Girl Rona was returning to her home port of Teignmouth when she was swamped close to the harbour entrance.

  1. The Girl Rona lies stricken on a sandbank as rescue crews go to the aid of its five fishermen. Picture: Mark Passmore

    The Girl Rona lies stricken on a sandbank as rescue crews go to the aid of its five fishermen. Picture: Mark Passmore

Despite the impact, which rolled the vessel on to a well-known shingle bar, the crew were able to scramble clear and cling on to the hull of the 15-metre (49ft) vessel.

Brixham coastguards received numerous 999 calls from members of the public who saw the accident unfold.

The RNLI lifeboat from Teignmouth was alerted just after 1.30pm and was quickly at the scene, some 500 yards away.

Tony Watson, spokesman for the lifeboat station, said: “She was coming down the main channel in to the harbour and was hit by a big wave and overturned.

“She didn’t sink but is resting on her side.

“They managed to climb up on top of the boat but still got a bit of a soaking.

“There was a fair sea running and it was not a simple job. Some debris is being washed off the boat and is being swept ashore – there is a whiff of diesel in the air.”

The boat’s crew were rushed back to the harbour where they were checked over by paramedics. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producer’s Organisation, said Teignmouth could be a difficult port to navigate.

“I have lived in and around Newton Abbot for 30 years and I have known a number of mariners from Teignmouth over the years,” he said. “It is a tricky approach.

“A number of merchant ships have gone aground there while coming in and out of Teignmouth.

“I am certain that this was just one of those things because the shingle bank there moves, particularly in the winter months, and you don’t always know the exact position of it.

“Obviously you have to keep your wits about you and hope that there hasn’t been a major shift in the last 24 hours.”

He added: “From a mariner’s point of view the entrance and exit from any harbour is always the most tricky of operations.

“Teignmouth is not the worst entrance in the Westcountry and it is certainly not the easiest.

“We’re very grateful for all concerned that there was no loss of life and hope that she’s salvaged quickly and put back into service quickly.”

As darkness fell last night, and the tide rose, a salvage operation was under way to free the vessel.

Teignmouth harbourmaster Captain David Platt said: “The lifeboat has gone out with the skipper and some of the crew to see if we can get the fish hold open to lighten her load.

“Having done that, we’ll see if we can get a line on her and hopefully pull her upright.”

Teignmouth coastguard rescue team was coordinating efforts ashore and helping to collect any debris.

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First signs of boat show arrive in Atlantic City

Hundreds of shrink-wrapped boats have been arriving at the
Atlantic City Convention Center in preparation for the city’s
annual indoor boat show, which begins Wednesday and runs through

The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will fill up
nearly 250,000 square feet of space at the convention center,
including yachts, power boats, fishing boats, personal watercrafts,
sailboats and pontoons.

Setting up takes several days and, in some cases, heavy
machinery, such as a 10,000 pound forklift or a 35-ton marine
hoist, said Jon Pritko, show organizer for the National Marine
Manufacturers Association.

“Some of the larger boats, the tops have to be disassembled and
re-erected,” he said.

The boats began being moved into the convention center on
Saturday morning, he said.

“It really is an impressive sight, especially to see some of the
boats coming in off the road,” he said.

The boat show will also include about 250 exhibitors, he

Pritko said the show is about the boating lifestyle as well as
promoting boats and boating.

“It’s looking at the world from a different vantage point,” he

The National Marine Manufacturers Association estimates new boat
sales increased about 5 percent in 2011. This increase followed
several years of declines, including a drop of 10 percent in 2010
as the sour economy dampened new boat purchases.

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Fishing ban just ‘PC gone crazy’


Against a backdrop of controversy and dispute, the Pohara Boat Club held its annual fishing contest at Port Tarakohe yesterday. Locals have been increasingly frustrated by restrictions in the port.

Gary Clough was recently fishing with a friend on Tarakohe wharf when he was confronted by harbourmaster Allan Kilgour and asked to leave.

Mr Clough said: “Generations have taught their families to fish from this very safe and controlled area.”

The new enforcement of a fishing ban from the wharf, combined with the installation of the security arm for the boat ramp has left locals feeling pushed out of one of their favourite spots. The restrictions coincide with the announcement that Port Tarakohe will become a much more active industrial port to service more than 5000 hectares designated as an aquaculture management area by the Fisheries Ministry.

Despite the rise in industrial activity, Mr Clough feels that locals should be allowed to fish off the wharf as they use common sense to avoid the dangers.

“When we and others do fish from this area, we are not only made welcome from local fishing boat crews, but have an understanding to keep clear of their operations,” he said. “To me, this is PC gone crazy again.”

Tasman District Council manager for property services Jim Frater said enforcement of the fishing ban from the wharf complied with the Maritime Safety Act.

“Although there are no signs that explicitly state `no fishing’, Port Tarakohe is a commercial port – public access to the wharf is restricted and there are signs to that this effect,” said Mr Frater.

“Vessels come and go throughout the day, every day, and for safety reasons there is a need to keep the port clear.”

While fishing from the wharf is restricted, fisherman Graham Ashford found a way to access the waters underneath to win some prizes at the fishing contest.

“We just took our boat over and tied it to one of the ships on the wharf and we caught loads of kahawai,” he said.

The fishing contest is more about fun than competition and the prizes are awarded based on average fish size. Daryl Dickerson weighed up all the fish from the 70 entrants.

“We have lots of kids in the competition and really everyone wins a prize,” said Mr Dickerson. “They’re actually catching a lot more snapper than normal. You can put it down to la Nina and the fact there is no scallop dredging.”

The Pohara Boat Club fishing contest used to be open to the public, but was restricted to members-only in recent years.

Commodore Trevor Dranesfield said the public competition became unmanageable.

“It just got too big and too much,” said Mr Dranesfield. “We decided to have one as a fun thing for the club members.”

– © Fairfax NZ News

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Sealord defends foreign chartered fishing operation


Amid allegations of human rights and labour abuses aboard foreign chartered fishing boats, Nelson-based Sealord Group has strongly defended its own operations using Ukrainian boats.

A government joint ministerial inquiry is due to report in February following its investigations into the use of foreign chartered boats to fish quota in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone.

The inquiry followed extensive Fairfax Media investigations into the fishery and a major study by the University of Auckland Business School.

Under the terms of reference, the ministerial inquiry has to investigate whether New Zealand’s international reputation is being damaged by the foreign chartered boats.

Sealord has announced it will have company observers aboard its chartered vessels – and in the case of one of the ships, the 14-year-old 4407 ton factory trawler Aleksandr Buryachenko, Fairfax Media was invited to send a reporter on a trip.

The trip started in Nelson, where two Soviet-era trawlers moored beside each other in Nelson sum up the extremes of foreign charter fishing operations in the oceans around New Zealand.

On the smaller one, Sparta, flying a Russian flag, a couple of weary, uncommunicative Indonesians chip away at plating aboard a shabby and damaged old boat that narrowly missed disaster in the Southern Ocean.

On Aleksandr Buryachenko, flying a Ukrainian flag, a doctor settles into his cabin as crew check home on the shipboard Skype.

Coincidently, in Vietnam three families mark the lunar festival of Tet knowing their sons will not be returning from the Southern Ocean. They were killed when their vessel caught fire and sank.

Aleksandr Buryachenko crew is all Ukrainian, and mostly from Sevastopol on the Black Sea.

For Captain Yuri Kylybov, 49, it is this that marks the difference between his FCV and others.

“I can only speak for Ukrainian vessels and we have good discipline, good crews, good food and we have common culture and common values,” he says.

“Same country, same nation, same values….

“I feel sorry for the crews with their different religions and nationalities and culture. They could end up fighting over simple things like food.”

The heavily hierarchical, almost military, nature of his ship and common training means they know each others’ skills.

Ministry of Fisheries observer Bheema Louwrens has served aboard mixed-nationality ships.

“They don’t speak each others’ language at all, they only have a couple of common words between crews and officers.”

Kylybov says they do not compete with New Zealand fleets, but says it is up to Wellington to decide if they can stay.

Sealord has told the government inquiry that the ships’ owners, the Ukrainian government, will not allow them to be re-flagged under New Zealand colours.

Sealord harvest operations manager Colin Williams believes the FCV issue is to do with the abhorrent behaviour of some operators.

“I don’t believe the regulatory frame work is broken.

“What you have is people at one end of the scale allegedly not complying (and) who need to comply, and people at the other end of the scale who are complying and carrying out legitimate business and contributing to the people of New Zealand.”

Chartering was a legitimate way to run a complex fishery in which vessels could be worth around $50 million.

“We are not operating unsustainably with people or fish.”

The problem for Sealord and others is that they have become dependent on the aging peace dividend from the collapse of the Soviet Union. No one is building ships like Aleksandr Buryachenko any more, and its crew was mostly late middle age.

Spending what amounts to six months at sea is not attractive to many people.

Williams says they have the same problem in New Zealand. “Like every business, we compete for crew or staff. We compete for crew with every industry … we are competing with mines in Australia and the oil industry. Those primary resource industries are a huge draw on our personnel.”

There is also something of a philosophical difference. Sealord – half-owned by Maori iwi quota owners – believes making a good economic return is not about “New Zealandisation”, but rather making profit. 

Peter Talley of rival Talley’s Fisheries say it is about New Zealanders fishing New Zealand fish.

When Sealord made submissions to the ministerial inquiry, panel member Neil Walter separated the Nelson company from the wider allegations, saying that “some of the same names and the same flags do keep coming up” when allegations of abuse are laid against FCVs.

He did not cite the Koreans, but in the industry it is their behaviour that is causing much of the grief with decrepit vessels like Melilla 203, Shin Ji and Oyang 75 operating in the exclusive economic zone – all linked to abuse of crews.

In March, a Wellington coroner will hold hearings into the deaths of six men killed when Oyang 70 sank off the Otago coast.

Outside the EEZ, but still in New Zealand search and rescue jurisdiction, the Korean boat No 1 Insung operating out of Bluff sank two years ago with the loss of 22 men, Vietnamese and Indonesian.

Earlier this month, another Korean boat, Jeong Woo 2, caught fire in the Ross Sea and sank, killing Nguyen Van Son, 23, Nguyen Van Dong, 32, and Dang Ngoc Quang, 27.

Crew agents Inmasco Company had insured them for US$16,000 ($19,500) each. Families will get some of the money.

Twenty-three year old Sparta, at dock in Nelson, is not Korean but it faced the same mixed crew – 15 Russians, 16 Indonesians and a Ukrainian – and decrepit boat question the others did. Not ice-strengthened, it sailed into an iceberg and was holed.

Only rescue work by the Royal New Zealand Air Force saved it.

With what seems to be little more than corrugated iron sheeting for shelter around most of the after deck, it was striking to think that it had been sent into the world’s most dangerous sea, with some of the poorest paid crews and the frailest of boats to chase the richest catch in the world – toothfish.

There is more to it, though, than the price of fish.

- Sealord Group facilitated Michael Field’s voyage with Fairfax Media paying all other costs.

– © Fairfax NZ News

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Largest regional boat show marks 40 years in Charlotte

The 2012 show features 98 dealers and exhibitors, including locals like Dock Masters, Boat Sales of Lake Wylie and Lake Wylie Marina from Lake Wylie, Long Cove Marina from Steele Creek, Zeko Shoes from Clover, Southtown Watersports and Waterjack Boat Lifts from Fort Mill, Tega Cay Marina from Tega Cay and Commodore Yacht Club from Rock Hill. Also included are service organizations like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Power Squadron and Lake Wylie Marine Commission.

“We’ll have some good deals on Veranda pontoons, Yamaha outboards, EZ Loader trailers,” said Vic Winebarger, general manager at Boat Sales of Lake Wylie.

Customers will see special financing deals, manufacturer discounts and rebates at the show Winebarger said. They’ll also be able to save considerable time and gas money compared to shopping around for deals on boats.

“If you’re looking to buy a boat, you can go to one building and shop everybody that’s anybody in this area,” Winebarger said.

Johnston has deals including a Hi-Tide free remote control system ($530 value) for any boat lift or personal watercraft sold, or a 5 percent discount on any Touchless Boat Covers order within two weeks of the show. A sometimes undervalued part of the show, industry leaders say, is the expertise that accompanies the businesses.

Johnston, for instance, will display American made solid core cellular PVC Gossen Weather Ready decking but also explain how it prevents cracking, cupping and warping. He’ll have boat lifts and single and double personal watercraft lifts, and can explain how they’ll eliminate problems like muskrats, snakes and servicing along with options such as swim platforms for children.

Duran Coley operates three marinas on Lake Wylie – Tega Cay and Lake Club, along with Commodore. He’s been involved in about 15 shows. For Tega Cay Marina, a single show can be a business boost for years to come.

“What we promote is our boat slips,” Coley said. “People looking for a boat want to have a place to put it.”

At renewal time April 1, there always is some turnover and more opportunity for slips, Coley said. The boat show is a great time to plan for that change. It’s also a great way to promote pontoon rentals at Tega Cay.

“We always give away a full day rental (at the show),” Coley said.

But the show isn’t just for customers looking to make large purchases. Included is the “Let’s Get Nautical” fashion shows at noon and 2 p.m. Feb. 11, where Cornelius, N.C.-based Icywake Surf Shop will display swimwear and lake fashions in runway style events.

There’s also the Oklahoma Bass Tub featuring seminars with BASS Open angler Mike Delvisco, guide and touring pro J.W. Moreno and Lake Norman guide Gus Gustafson. Catfish and trout will fill a fishing pond simulator, sponsored by Gamma Molecularly Altered Lines.

Want to go?

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show will be held Feb. 9-12 at Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College St., Charlotte. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 11 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets cost $8 for age 13 and older, $7 for seniors age 60 and older, $5 for ages 6-12. For more information, visit

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2 fishermen’s bodies found off Sulu a week after massacre at sea

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines–The bodies of two men believed to be among the 11 fishermen, who were reported missing after 15 of their supposed companions were massacred off Sibago Island in Basilan last week, were found in Tongkil in Sulu Sunday night.

The two bodies, which were in advanced state of composition, were inside the small fishing boat that had apparently drifted to Sulu after at least 10 unidentified gunmen allegedly opened fire on a group of fishermen on board three boats on January 23.

The massacre was said to have been sparked by disputes over fishing grounds.

Colonel Jose Johriel Cenabre, deputy commander for Marine Operations of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the two bodies found Sunday remained unidentified.

The markings on the boat led authorities to conclude that the two were among the massacre victims.

Sunday’s discovery leaves nine other fishermen still missing.

Three fishermen survived last week’s attack, one of whom remains in critical condition.

Survivors Arvin Oponda of Dumalinao town, Zamboanga del Sur and Jessie Loques of Bukidnon, said they were spared maybe because the gunmen thought they were mere hook-and-line fishermen as they were in smaller boats.

Last week, both Oponda and Loques accompanied local police, military and naval forces to Sibago Island to “retrace” the incident.

Commander Giovanni Bayani Gaerlan, deputy commander of the Naval Forces in Western Mindanao, said the incident took place some 13 nautical miles or about 23.4 kilometers distance to Sibago Island.

“They (Oponda and Loques) were close enough to see what was done to their companions,” Gaerlan said.

At the site of the massacre, the two, visibly scared, pointed to two floating devices, locally known as “payao,” marked with the names Anok and Altia. The floaters are used to attract fish particularly tuna, which abound in the waters off Sibago Island.

Basilan Vice Governor Al Rasheed Sakalahul said Anok and Altia were not Yakan-sounding names, “but we were informed these markings are names of the owners of these devices and they are reportedly staying on Sibago Island.”

Sakalahul said he had instructed town mayor Talib Pawaki to make an accounting of all payaos.

Pawaki said there are Anoks residing in Sibago. “We do not know who owns the Altia floater,” the mayor said.

Sakalahul ordered Pawaki to tell all payao owners based in Sibago to report either to the Basilan police or to the 32nd Infantry Battalion.

As of this writing, no one has followed the vice governor’s order.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command, said local authorities in Basilan are “almost near to unmasking the real perpetrators.”

“Another angle that we are looking at is that one of the financiers of these fishermen ordered them to fish in some payao but failed to pay the payao owner,” Cabangbang said.

Oponda and Loques said the Sibago islanders are hospitable people.

“They were nice to us,” Loques said, adding that when the incident happened, they were looking for payaos named “Star 1 and Star 2″ when the massacre happened.

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