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Register Expired Boats by Oct. 24 to Avoid $10 Late Fee

Boat owners in Buford and elsewhere in
Georgia with expired or expiring registrations are encouraged to renew their boat
decals before Oct. 24, 2013 when a new state law adding a $10 late fee for registration
renewal after expiration will go into effect. 

“The 2013 legislature passed a new law
that encourages timely registration,” said Dan Forster, director of the
Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in
a news release. “Often boat owners put off registration until just before
July 4th or other major summer holidays, and the resulting rush create a
backlog for all wishing to renew their registrations and for persons trying to register
a new boat to use for the holidays. This new law will help encourage boat
owners to register throughout the year, resulting in better service for
all.”  

Boat registrations are good for three
years and expire on the last day of the owner’s birth month in the third year
of registration. The new law adds a $10 fee if the registration renewal is
mailed or completed by telephone or using the online registration after the
expiration date. The late fee will be enforced beginning Oct. 24.

In an effort to notify boat owners
about their expiring registrations, the Wildlife Resources Division mails a
renewal notice the first week of the month before expiration (approximately 55
days in advance). Registration renewal notices mailed Sept. 1 for Oct. 31 boat
expirations contained a notice about the new late fee.  

This law additionally allows new owners
of used boats that have an existing Georgia registration to receive three full
years of registration at transfer and eliminates the transfer fee.  This
transfer provision also begins Oct. 24.

“This new transfer provision giving
three full years of registration at transfer will save money for most boat
owners,” Forster said. 

New boat registrations and transfers of
ownership for boats with existing Georgia registrations may be done by mail or
telephone (1-800-366-2661).
The late fee does not apply to ownership transfers or new Georgia boat registrations.

Boat registration renewals may be
returned with renewal form by mail, or done by telephone at 1-800-366-2661 or by visiting the online
sales site at www.GoBoatGeorgia.com/boating/registration. 

Owners of Georgia boats must notify DNR
within 15 days if their address changes from that shown on their boat registration
card, or if they sell their boat. Address changes and notification of boat
sale may be done by calling 1-800-366-2661.
Boat owners can also change their address by logging into their customer
account at www.GoBoatGeorgia.com/boating/registration.

More information about boat registration
is available at www.GoBoatGeorgia.com/boating/registration.

 


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Marina serves casual boaters

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – Rick Traber spent his early career as a commercial fisherman, dredging clams along the East Coast as far south as Virginia.


But Traber, owner of Pier 47 Marina in Middle Township, said he saw signs of trouble in the commercial fishing industry.

“It used to be man versus nature. You had to contend with the weather,” he said. “But every year there was more government regulation.”

In 1984 he bought a patch of open ground near the marsh behind Wildwood next to a menhaden plant on Route 47, the causeway leading to Wildwood. There was not much there at the time – just a couple of piers off Richardson Channel where commercial-fishing boats would tie up after off-loading their catch, he said.

But Traber, of Wildwood, saw potential in the location and built a full-service marina on 4.5 sprawling acres.

Unlike other marinas that see a mix of commercial and charter fishing customers, Traber’s Pier 47 caters exclusively to recreational boaters and fishermen. The pier relies on front-end forklifts to haul and lift boats, most of which are under 30 feet in length.

Catering to smaller boats means customers normally must wait only a few minutes to get their boat in the water. The forklifts are speedy and efficient, Traber said.

The marina has 100 boat slips in five sheltered piers off the Intracoastal Waterway. It sells new and used boats, performs repairs of all kinds and offers winter storage in an enormous warehouse.

The marina also rents boats so visitors can enjoy a day of fishing on the back bays.

The marina is a dealer for Carolina catamarans and skiffs, Glacier Bay and Monsoon pontoon boats. It also sells personal watercraft from Yamaha and Kawasaki.

Pier 47 employs factory-trained technicians who can perform engine or electrical repairs. The marina offers tune-ups, winterization, shrink-wrapping, boat detailing and fuel.

“It seems like people are holding onto their boats longer. Maintenance is more important,” he said.

Boats that sit for months can suffer from fuel issues from newer ethanol fuels that decompose over time, he said.

“If you let your boat sit for a couple months, you can wind up having problems. It gums up the carburetor or fuel injectors,” he said.

Recreational boating is a $121 billion business in the United States, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The industry supports nearly 1 million jobs spread across 34,833 businesses.

Sales of boats 26 feet or smaller – the kind Pier 47 sells – jumped 11 percent last year. Ski-boat sales increased by 13 percent.

The association said sales of new powerboats have been good so far in 2013 as well.

Pier 47 is a family business that employs Traber’s son, Eric, and daughter, Megan, both of Middle Township.

Traber’s wife, Janet, also works in the office. Business mascots Bo and Docker have the run of the marina store, welcoming customers with a wagging tail as they browse the bait-and-tackle shop.

The marina caters to local boaters, daytrippers and the area’s many second homeowners. Boating season kicks off in April and winds up after striped-bass season in the late fall. Customers take their boats out of the water gradually throughout the fall, but they all want to be on the water by Memorial Day, he said.

The marina participates in all the region’s boat shows, particularly the two in Atlantic City.

Contact Michael Miller:

609-272-7217

MMiller@pressofac.com


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The Biggest Show in Town

Annapolis may call itself the Sailing Capital of the World, but the United States Boat Shows make it the Boating Capital.
    The Sailboat Show came first, introducing Chesapeake Country to in-the-water boat shows in 1970. The Powerboat Show came in 1972. For 40 years, the Sailboat Show has traditionally led, with the boats arriving the first full week of October.
    This year the Sailboat Show takes second billing, at least on the calendar.
    Powerboats get first booking this year, with opening day October 3. They reign through October 6. The quick turnaround that follows is a show in itself, as hundreds of powerboats speed out to make way for the arrival of hundreds more sailboats October 10.
    Whichever you favor you’ll see an awesome show, with up to 360 boats in the water, tethered along a mile and a half of floating docks, all contained in an area of roughly five acres. Next to the boats are tented bazaars featuring hundreds of exhibitors of almost every known type of boating equipment, gadget and apparel. Food and drink are plentiful along the show’s peripheries as Annapolis restaurants race to feed 100,000 hungry boaters.
    More than a means to sell boats, these big annual shows are spectacles in themselves.

On the Docks

    A crew more than 150 strong assemble this city on the water, supported by 58 temporary, newly driven pilings, 600 bolts, 1,400 feet of fire hose supplying fresh water to boats, 350 tents, 600 wooden floor sections covering nearly an acre of land and six miles of wire for electrical power to land and sea.
    Into this city hundreds of boats maneuver.
    They’re waiting for you in foot-aching numbers and variety.
    You’ll see catamarans, tugs and trawlers. Fishing machines and luxury yachts. Dozens of boats in the most popular range, 30 to 40 feet. From the little inflatable 3.2-meter Tiwal you can pack in your trunk to giants. Biggest of the Powerboat Show is the 63-foot Sunseeker, though a rare Trumpy 60-Chesapeake is not far behind. A 90-foot Orion dominates the Sailboat Show.
    New boats come to the shows, especially the Sailboat Show, where you’ll see brand-new models from Archambeault, Beneteau, Dufour, Nordhavn and two new catamarans by Nautitech and Outremer.
    Old boats debut this year at the Annapolis Brokerage Show simultaneous with and down the creek from the Powerboat Show. Ride to St. Mary’s Cove by water taxi or e-Cruisers from the U.S. Powerboat Show to see gently used and carefully maintained powerboats by manufacturers including Albin, Carver, Cruisers, Grady White, Grand Banks, Sea Ray, Silverton Tiara, plus such special-interest boats as a 46-foot Nordhavn motorsailer and a PDQ 34 Powercat. One ticket is good for both shows.
    Most boats you can board to inspect at your own pace with plenty of face time with manufacturer reps who know and can explain their products.
    All that’s missing is your chance to drive or sail the boat of your dreams. So if you’re serious about a boat, ask if there’ll be an opportunity to go out on it. Many of the boats stay in Annapolis for dealers to provide demonstrations in the weeks following the boat shows.
    With so much to see, you’ll be glad there’s a program. Magazine-sized, it’s produced by Chesapeake Bay Magazine and included in the price of your ticket.

Under the Tents

    To describe the tent exhibits as a gala array does not do them justice. You’ll find the latest electronic equipment on display as well as numerous gadgets, often at special Boat Show prices. This is a competitive environment, and many boat manufacturers and dealers offer discounts on boats and equipment. Some packages make it nearly irresistible to making a deposit on the boat while at the show.
    Custom equipment such as furniture, rigging, sails and canvas can be ordered at reduced cost. You’ll find good prices on clothing for yachting and for foul weather conditions. Many other items, such as gold and other jewelry, are also displayed.
    You’ll also find yachting charters and vacations in the islands and around the world.

    Other valuable distractions are the seminars offered during the two shows. Find seminars on cruising near and far (including for couples), weather, rigging, power management, diesel engines, and iNavigation. (Sailboat show on the hour Friday to Sunday, 10am-4pm; Powerboat Show Friday and Saturday, 11am to 4pm.)
    Sailboat Show visitors learn more at Cruising World Magazine’s seminars this Thursday through Sunday on subjects ranging from planning your dream voyage to parachute sea anchors and storm drogues. A Sailboat Show highlight is Gary Jobson’s celebration of sailing at 2pm Friday, October 11.
    Presented by experts, seminars are free and open to all — until the room fills up — at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

When to Go?

    The Powerboat Show is four days, Thursday through Sunday. The Sailboat Show runs five days, Thursday through Monday. Even so, docks are almost always crowded.
    Is there a best day to visit?
    You pay a premium to be an early bird, with $35 VIP opening day tickets costing twice the price of the $18 daily ticket for adults. On VIP days, lines to get on the boats are shorter. You get to see more, easier.
    Others prefer the last day of each show. These days are often less crowded. Many of the exhibitors are packing up and may be amenable to haggling. No exhibitor wants to haul lots of unsold gear back home.
    At about 6pm on the last day, each show offers a parting benefit, known as change over on October 6 and breakdown on October 14. These are the days that the show, dock and on-shore setup must be moved, changed or removed entirely. In a few hours, at the end of the last day, this boating city on the water suddenly disappears.

    The spectator sport, viewed from shore side, is to watch the mayhem of strings of floating docks, boats under speed and workers detaching with high precision all of the many attachments. The boats maneuver adeptly to leave, often with a show of speed to please the cheering crowd.

Get Ready

    Wear layers of clothing that can be tied around the waist. Non-scuffing boat shoes that are easy to slip on and off are a must because many boats sporting varnish and other sensitive surfaces do not allow shoes when you go aboard for a tour.
    The boat shows are in their third year of going green, so you can recycle what you don’t want at eco-bins set up throughout the show by Green Annapolis and supported by grants from the BoatUS Foundation and Baltimore Gas  Electric.
    
A small amount of cash is useful for quick food purchases, but for the most part, credit cards will do — even for a deposit on a 70-footer.

  

Getting There

    Getting to the Annapolis boat shows is easy if you follow the well-planned program. Drive from U.S. Route 50 to Rowe Blvd., following signs for parking at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Parking is $10, and a bus will transport you to the gates at Randall and Compromise streets.
    In town, parking is tight and restricted to two hours if you can find a meter. Eastport Elementary School, a five-minute walk across the Spa Creek Bridge, offers parking for $20.
    A bit farther on the Annapolis side of the bridge, try the Knighton and Park Place garages ($10), off West Street near the Westgate Circle. Both are served by the city’s free and frequent Circulator, which take you to the gates.
    Navigate your way and buy your tickets with the Annapolis Boat Show Mobile App. Download at iTunes 
or Google Play; go to www.usboat.com; or call 410-268-8828.


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Boat show sales boom for Norfolk boatbuilders



Sheerline 955

Stephen Pullinger
Thursday, October 3, 2013
8:00 AM

Norfolk boatbuilders are gearing up to expand and take on new staff in the wake of a sales boom fuelled by this month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.

The sales teams at Thorpe-based Wroxham Marine, Broom Boats of Brundall and Haines Marine, at Catfield, returned from the south coast buoyed by strong leads as well as a number of immediate sales.

They had joined more than 600 exhibitors at one of Europe’s most prestigious shows, which attracted 110,000 visitors over 10 days.

Gary Applegate, a director of family-owned Wroxham Marine, said: “We took our revamped Sheerline 955 model, which has new-style hatches, windows and interior fittings, down to the show. We sold it on the very first day to a customer who will moor her at Henley on the Thames.

“Leads generated at the show have already produced three more sales, two extra 955s and a centre cockpit 950.”

He said that represented nearly £1m worth of orders and came on top of business already picking up ahead of the show.

“We currently have nine boats on order, representing nine months work,” he said. “We will definitely be adding at least two more boatbuilders to our 16-strong staff. There is a little bit more confidence in the economy helped by the good summer which makes people think about boating.”

Justin Haines, of Haines Marine, said the company’s latest model, the 32 Sedan, had drawn immense attention at the show, helped by a glowing report on the model in leading
industry magazine Motor Boats Monthly.

He said: “We sold a 32 Sedan on the first day and tied up another sale just after the show. We also have a number of positive leads likely to generate another four or five sales.”

He said they had now sold 15 32 Sedans in the model’s first year, a “staggering success” that had prompted them to build a coastal version of the boat with a bigger engine.

Mr Haines said: “The Thames market has become strong again, the Broads is holding up well and we are getting more and more inquiries from the south coast.”

He said they had reached the point where they could scarcely keep pace with orders and would be looking to increase their workforce from 24 to 28 and add a second line of production.

Greg Houlston, sales and commercial manager at Broom Boats, said they took three boats to the show and had a marquee on the water.

He said: “On the second day we completed the sale on a 35 Coupe and we have a further potential five sales of various models coming through as a result of the show.”

If all the sales came through, they would be looking to expand in the next 12 months, he added.

He said Broom had exceeded their targets for their first season back in the Broads hire market and were planning to double their hire fleet to eight by the end of next year.

Murray Ellis, managing director at National Boat Shows, said: “This year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show has been another world-class event.

“Visitors have enjoyed their day out with us and a good number have taken the opportunity to try different types of boating and watersports.

“Seeing marine businesses making sales confirms this show as a strong selling platform; people visit our Southampton show to buy boats and this has been very evident this year.”

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    “Judith did an outstanding job of securing and negotiating this sale between the seller and buyer,” said Michael Bull, president and founder of Bull Realty. “The property is well positioned for future success, and Judith was able to capitalize on that and produce a deal that holds value for both buyer and seller.”

    Located less than three miles from Georgia 400, the 8.5-acre, 497-unit North Lanier Boat RV Storage totals 121,277 square feet. Meridian Management Group, which managed the property for First Citizens, has been retained by the new owner.

    “The area around this facility experienced high-paced residential and commercial growth until the middle of 2008,” Bennett said. “Now, with the improving economy, that growth is returning, and North Lanier will benefit immensely from that activity.”

    About:
    Bull Realty Inc (www.BullRealty.com) is a U.S. commercial real estate sales and advisory firm headquartered in Atlanta. The firm was founded 15 years ago with two primary missions: 1) to provide a company of stellar integrity and reputation, and 2) to provide the best commercial real estate marketing in the nation.

    About the Broker:
    Judith Bennett is focused on assisting clients in the acquisition and disposition of self-storage facilities in the southeast U.S. As senior vice president with the National Self Storage Group, Judith leverages her expert knowledge of the self storage market and Bull Realty’s marketing platform and databases to provide clients the best disposition and acquisition services in the nation.

    The South Bronx native graduated from Columbia University. She is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, a Candidate member of the Georgia Chapter of CCIM, and a member of both ICSC and Georgia Self Storage Association.


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    BACKS INTO IT: Sailors battle the patchy conditions on the Clarence River at Grafton on Saturday.
    BACKS INTO IT: Sailors battle the patchy conditions on the Clarence River at Grafton on Saturday.

    COMPETITORS in Saturday’s Clarence River Sailing Club’s final Warm Up Series event were kept busy with a patchy and constantly swinging north westerly breeze dominating the afternoon’s sailing.

    On the countdown to the start the breeze started to build nicely along with excitement levels at the prospect of some fast action.

    However with only seconds to go it dropped to almost zero, leaving skippers the difficult task of crawling over the line against an incoming tide.

    Similar conditions prevailed at the finish, however in between it blew hard at times, providing plenty of opportunities for the large fleet to enjoy some first class racing.

    Numbers keep growing with 22 boats on the water in a diverse mix of classes, experience and ages.

    The catamarans were again sent down river and the monohulls and juniors kept further upstream. Conditions were similar on all three courses however the cats experienced some frustrating wind shadows on the eastern side of Elizabeth Island.

    A versatile Steve Russell took out the Laser division. After sailing an NS14 the week before, Russell quickly adapted back to single-handed sailing, catching and then overtaking a very determined Karl Cooksley who also put in a great effort on his first day back for the season. Debbie Parkin came in third after a brilliant run to the finish.

    In the NS14s, Dennis Boyd and Matthew Parkin sailed consistently in the challenging breeze and took out first place.

    Despite a difficult start the pair soon had their boat up to speed and crossed the line a whopping 11 minutes ahead of their rivals. Greg Brotherson and Morgen Parkin came in second with Neal Carter sailing a Pacer this week in third.

    Hobie 18 sailors Bill Holton and Jeremy Vaughan were the standout performers in the catamaran division, completing the difficult course in an amazing one hour and nine minutes. Olympic and world champion contender Andrew Landenberger enjoyed a relaxed race in his A Class cat, taking out a comfortable second place with Tony Rose sailing an Arrow 14 and coming in third.

    The junior Bic division was keenly contested with four enthusiastic youngsters fighting it out for the honours.

    Only four seconds separated first and second placings with Andy Landenberger crossing the line just ahead of his rival Jack Hancock. Duncan and Odin Sage both put in great performances in the battle for third with Duncan eventually claiming the prize.

    No sailing on the long weekend because of the Bridge to Bridge Ski Race but will resume on October 12.


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