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Boat Expo returns to FirstEnergy Park

The Jersey Shore Boat Sale Expo will return to FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, from Sept. 19 to 21.

Now in its sixth year and organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ), this unique outdoor boat show has grown steadily in popularity since it began in 2009.

The Expo offers a long list of local dealers, each displaying a wide selection of the industry’s top brands. This year’s show will feature more dealers and more boats than ever before, plus a wide array of marine merchandise and services.

“I’m very optimistic about the show,” said Fred Brueggemann, president of the MTA/NJ. “The show has doubled in size since we began.”

Brueggemann, who is also, the owner of Key Harbor Marine and Statewide Marine Services said there’s been an uptick in boats sales and the amount of fuel sales, which is always a good indicator of a healthy boating environment.

While there is still a lot of work to do following Hurricane Sandy, Brueggemann believes the boating industry is on the mend and should experience steady growth over the next couple of years.

Chip Gahr, owner of Comstock Yacht Sales and Marina in Brick said the Expo has definitely created sales for him and he’s participated since the beginning.

“For one thing, it’s very affordable. For a small amount of money, you get a lot of space,” he said. And, he added, since it’s a fall show, there are a lot of good opportunities for buyers.

“Manufacturers are offering rebates and promos, so there are a lot of good deals out there,” he said.

Comstock will bring eight to 10 boats, including Regulator, Formula and HydraSports, which Gahr said amounts to about $1.5 million in inventory.

In addition to newly introduced 2015 models, there will be a number of new 2014 boats on sale, plus an entire area devoted to previously owned boats offered at special prices for those in search of a bargain.

Shoppers will be able to climb aboard all types of boats, from family cruisers, express sport boats, center consoles, canyon runners, ski and pontoon boats, canoes, and kayaks to personal watercraft.

“This is going to be our biggest one yet,” said Melissa Danko, executive director of the MTA/NJ. “We’re looking to reconfigure the Expo in the larger parking lots to accommodate the increase in dealers and boats.” Danko said she expects 300 boats will be on display.

The MTA/NJ estimates that boats from 60 different major and regional manufacturers will be exhibiting, while a boater’s marketplace will offer attractive deals on gear, accessories, marine equipment and services.

Also on hand will be representatives from a number of local marinas to answer question about services, storage, and the many boating opportunities that exist on New Jersey’s rivers, bays, lakes and in coastal areas.

The Expo includes plenty of attractions for young mariners as well with displays and activities in the popular Kids Cove, sponsored by the Lakewood BlueClaws and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

Since its inception, the aim of the Expo has been to create an affordable and accessible venue where boat sellers and boat buyers could come together. Very simply, the goal has been to sell boats.

“Late summer and early fall is ample time to still get on the water and enjoy your boat,” said Danko. “The fishing is good and many warm days are ahead before the leaves begin to turn.”

Admission to the Expo is $4. Children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. In addition to the great selection of new and used boats, the Expo offers plenty of family fun.

As always, parking in the spacious lot is free.

The Expo opens on Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 am. and closes at 6. On Saturday, the show open at 10 a.m and closes at 6 and opens again on Sunday at 10 a.m and closes at 5 p.m.

For more information regarding the Jersey Shore Boat Sale Expo, visit, call 732-292-1051; Fax: 732-292-1041 or email:

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Expo, contact the MTA/NJ office at 732-292-1051; email; or visit for an application.

All proceeds from the event return to the MTA/NJ to support its efforts to promote, advance, and protect the recreational boating industry in New Jersey.

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Sailor Surge for Holmes Hole This Summer

The big story to come out of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association’s summer series of racing is the growing number of boats that are turning up at the starting line each week. Last week was a perfect example with 20 boats competing on Thursday and 17 entrants heading out for the Sunday race to Chappaquiddick.

Northeast winds up to 15 mph and more set the racers off to Chappy on a short beat to get around Can 23a, then falling off for a reach to the Red Nun 4 at the entrance to the outer harbor at Edgartown. Another beat northeast to Can 3 was followed by a dead-downwind run to the finish.

There were lots of interesting possibilities for success, but the A Division Alerion 28s found the course and wind speed most to their liking. Jim Dixon captured his first win of the season on At Last followed by season leader Mo Flam aboard Penelope. Stuart Halpert grabbed third on Providence, making it a trio of Alerions at the top.

Guest boat Rascal, a CC 40 sailed by Charlie Burckmyer of Edgartown, joined the fray, continuing the outreach to include boats outside of Vineyard Haven.

In the B Division, Bow Van Riper got his Vineyard 15 Tyche moving briskly to take the blue ribbon by nearly three minutes over Woody Bowman in Wonder, a Gannon Benjamin Tern (yawl). Third place went to David McDonough who single-handed his CC 37 Trinity to yet another in-the-money finish.

The rising tide of competitors makes for a crammed starting line and close finishes and Thursday evening’s race with 20 boats put skippers to the test. Dying northeast wind made for some nervousness in the back half of the fleet, but everyone finished the loop around the harbor buoys before the light left the harbor.

The earlier setting sun, while creating a dazzling light show for racers, is a bittersweet reminder that the days, and the sailing season, are getting shorter.

Sunday, August 31, is the final racing day for the summer series with starts at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This year’s Moffett Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6. Sign up at

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Cantiere Delle Marche Appoints Denison Yacht Sales Exc…

“There is no doubt about the need for Cantiere delle Marche to have someone who transfers our values, mission and vision on a daily basis in the US market,” explains Vasco Buonpensiere, Sales and Marketing Director of Cantiere delle Marche. “The combined knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of Alex together with Bob Denison is a sure formula to make things happen in the United States. This wouldn’t have been possible without such an experienced and proactive partner.”

The award-winning Italian shipyard, which – in three and a half years – has outperformed all his competitors with its two explorer ranges of yachts (Darwin Class and Nauta Air), will bring two of the seven boats under to the 2015 American boat shows; including Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Alex G. Clarke confirms the positive energy which surrounds this new co-operation between CdM and Denison Yacht Sales. “The appointment of Denison Superyacht Division as the exclusive North American representative for Cantiere delle Marche is the culmination of over five years of building relationships with the CEO Ennio Cecchini who I consider a personal friend, as well as Naval Architect Sergio Cutolo who is responsible for the highly successful Darwin line of yachts, and of course Vasco Buonpensiere who I feel is the heart soul of the shipyard. American buyers have pioneered the explorer style vessels, and I am confident that the Cantiere delle Marche brand will be a huge success in the USA and we are honoured to be a part of building this great future with CdM.”

Bob Denison, founder and President of DYS strongly believes in the success of CdM in the North American Market and declares: “The Denison team is thrilled to be representing CdM in North America. As a grandson, a nephew, and a son of aluminium boat builders here in the U.S., this product is very special to me personally. I strongly believe in the CdM can’t wait to introduce the American market to the product.”

Gabriele Virgili, Chairman of Cantiere delle Marche, confirms: “Alex’s approach to our products and our shipyard is unbelievable; it is like he has been part of our organisation since the beginning. His commitment towards the clients, his professionalism and precision when it comes to the most delicate stages of the negotiations are really commendable. I am sure that we will soon move up from our one-sale-every-90-days average performance thanks to this partnership.”

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Afloat: Francis and Male seal Castle Cove Cup


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by Emma Stevenson, Afloat

MORE than 15 boats made their way out into Portland Harbour for the Castle Cove Sailing Club Cup.

Bringing with it very windy and gusty conditions, the course had upwind legs, challenging downwind legs and good reaches.

Kevin Francis and Phil Male, on their Osprey, thrived in the wild conditions as they achieved a second and two firsts, to win the cup by just one point.

The youth sailors also made the most of the hard conditions and were well represented.

Cadet Emma Bishop (CCSC), who won the slow handicap class at the Wey-mouth Regatta, was out again completing all three races and finishing a very respectable third place in her Laser 4.7.

Also out was Weymouth Sailing Club cadet Alexandra Stevenson, 14, on her Laser Radial who retired early as she was finding the conditions quite challenging.

Stevenson thought it was prudent to complete the sail back to Weymouth before the conditions worsened.

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