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Record Attendance at US Sailboat Show

It felt more like mid-summer at City Dock, but the hundreds of sailboats, the huge white tents, and the thousands of people spending millions of dollars proved that it was in fact the 2017 United States Sailboat Show on October 5-9.

For 48 years the sailing industry has come to Annapolis (MD) from around the globe to show off their boats, equipment, sails, rigging, and accessories to an international market, and this year proved to be one of the best in the show’s history with the largest temporary sailboat marina ever, land and tent spaces bulging at the seams, and consumer spending nearing an all-time high. The weather was hot and so were boat sales.

Attendance numbers confirmed the success of the 2017 Sailboat Show by hitting the high water mark of the best attendance post-recession. “Historically, attendance at these shows is amazingly constant,” said Paul Jacobs, president and general manger of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “But this year’s show saw a one-year increase in ticket sales of 21.5%. The last year to eclipse that number of paid attendees was 2008. As the economy goes, so goes the industry and our boat show.”

New this year, the American Sailing Summit in Annapolis welcomed renowned sailing experts as instructors for eight days of workshops, on-board trainings, and educational seminars presented by: Annapolis Boat Shows, Blue Water Sailing, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Cruising World, and SAIL magazines.

The workshops and full-day sessions were at or near capacity – over 250 new or inexperienced sailors got on the water in the First Sail Workshops, another 150 participated in Take the Wheel, and Cruisers University hosted 170 students in its one-to-four-day programs.

Of special note in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Annapolis Boat Shows partnered with Pusser’s Caribbean Grille and Annapolis Waterfront Hotel to host a hurricane relief fundraiser. The event drew more than 350 donors and kicked off a two-week fundraising campaign by many in the marine industry.

Thanks to the generous support of more than two-dozen exhibitors, like-minded Annapolis businesses, and hundreds of boaters, “Hands Across the Transom Hurricane Relief” and related in-show fundraising contributed $240,000.00 to date. For more information…click here.

The fourth annual Annapolis Boat Shows’ Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award went to not one person but two. Olaf and Peter Harken, founders of Harken, Inc. an international manufacturer specializing in performance sailing hardware, joined a small but important group of recipients: Alastair Murray, John Arndt, and Margaret Podlich, all of whom continue to make huge contributions to sailing both on and off the water. The award recognizes distinguished, continued, and unselfish service to the overall advancement of the sailing industry.

Source: Annapolis Boat Shows

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Hurricane Irma aftermath: Dinner Key boats shredded and scattered …

David Wilson quit his desk job as a computer programmer in land-locked Indianapolis 18 months ago, bought a 35-foot sailboat named Firefly and moved to the Dinner Key mooring field in Coconut Grove.

“I fell in love with the idea of living aboard because you never see sad people on sailboats,” he said. “Except now.”

Hurricane Irma blew through Miami and left distraught boaters in her wake. Some boats sank. Some broke loose from their mooring balls and have gone missing. Some, like Wilson’s, were pulverized, reduced to pieces of a fiberglass jigsaw puzzle.

“At first I couldn’t find it even though I drove by it twice,” said Wilson, who finally located the remains of Firefly on a spoil island. “Unrecognizable shards. There’s a 10-foot chunk of the top deck. The engine is on the sand.”


Wilson figures his vessel, like many others, was plowed down by boats that ripped free in sustained winds that peaked at 85 mph on Sunday afternoon, according to measurements by the marina’s channel marker gauge.

“It’s like a hit-and-run collision, and it created a domino effect,” he said.

Of the 108 boats in the city of Miami’s mooring field, Wilson and his fellow sailors counted 10 that were intact Monday morning after the storm passed.

Dinner Key Marina, which has 580 slips, suffered major damage to three of its seven piers. At least 32 boats sank, said marina manager Daniel Muelhaupt, who is still taking inventory.

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“The destruction was unexpected and massive to marinas and boats up and down the bay,” said Daniel Rotenberg, director of the city’s department of real estate and asset management. “It looks like a bomb went off.”

Florida’s marine industry, which has an $11 billion annual impact on the state’s economy, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, will be in recovery for months.

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“People are emotionally attached to their boats, so this really hurts the community,” he said. “Our love of the water is why most of us live down here.”

Debris and boat parts deposited by Irma’s storm surge still littered the shoreline Thursday between the water and Bayshore Drive — centerboards, hatches, orphaned cushions, ladders to nowhere and, yes, even a kitchen sink.

Trash, stray dinghies and life jackets floated in the water. The fuel dock at Grove Bay restaurant (formerly Scotty’s Landing) was destroyed; one sailboat lay sideways, its hull cracked open and its contents spilling into the bay. Another was submerged, its mast poking up like a periscope.


A catamaran’s starboard pontoon was busted open, its bumpers still attached. Boats named Wizard, Hallelujah and Misty Moon were stranded in the Seminole ramp parking lot or stuck in the mangroves.

At Dinner Key, various owners said they were searching for boats that had disappeared. Either they were under water or flung onto land somewhere. Some who had located their vessels – including one aground in Peacock Park – said their boats had been looted. Police were patrolling to prevent looters from driving up to the docks in their own boats to burglarize yachts.

I lost all my stuff — my paperwork, generator, clothes, guitar, GPS, water maker, solar panel.

David Wilson, whose 35-foot live-aboard sailboat was destroyed after Hurricane Irma hit Dinner Key

Sailors were calculating what it would cost the owner of the boat that they joked has “scored a touchdown” on Ransom Everglades School’s bayside football field to remove it. Others were complaining about a Coconut Grove homeowner who has threatened anyone trying to remove the four boats in his backyard with a gun.

Sam Mahuria was somewhat fortunate in that his 33-footer Morpheus wound up riding in from the mooring field and sliding into slip one. But it’s got three feet of water in it.

“She’s not so pretty anymore,” said Mahuria, a boat broker who said most of his clients lost their boats.

Wilson said his boat and belongings were worth about $32,000 but he’ll be unlikely to recover more than $3,000 from his insurance policy.

“I lost all my stuff — my paperwork, generator, clothes, guitar, GPS, water maker, solar panel,” he said. “For most of the live-aboards, repairs would cost more than the value of the boat.”

Wilson was in Boston racing Stars as Irma approached. He considered having someone move Firefly to a canal, but with the mooring balls rated to hold through 125 mph winds, four lines securing the boat and breakwaters on two sides, he figured it would be OK. But when Irma headed up the west side of the state instead of the east, the mooring field became less protected from the winds.

“The preparations you make only go so far,” he said. “Then it’s fate.”

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Tony Alvarez, owner of four shrimp boats at Dinner Key, came up with an ingenious idea for rescuing the one that sunk. He couldn’t afford to pay $7,500 to Sea Tow so he called a tow truck. But the plan failed when the truck’s cable didn’t reach at the correct angle.

“I sell to the bait shops in the Keys,” said Alvarez, who catches up to 80,000 shrimp per night during high season. He used the pumps on his trucks — labeled “Tony’s Live Bait: Because Size Matters!” — to pump water out of his boats. “With this damage and all the damage to our customers in the Keys, it’s pretty much unemployment for me and my crew.”

Wilson is contemplating whether to salvage his dream of living aboard a sailboat or return to Indianapolis.

Rotenberg wants to prevent future heartbreak and destruction in the mooring field by adopting a policy like that of the adjacent Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Once a hurricane warning is issued, owners would be required to move their boats to safe harbor, and if they don’t they would be evicted.

“The boats become hazards, crashing into other things,” he said. “And then they can become abandoned, derelict vessels. I think the city needs to anticipate what will happen when the next hurricane hits us.”

The Barnacle’s historic boathouse was torn up by a boat that escaped and rammed into it.

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People on the move: Verdex Construction appoints chief estimator

Several new hires and promotions reflect expansions at South Florida companies in the real estate and financial fields, among others. One insurance company is expanding its territorial coverage to better target the Hispanic market, for example. Want more? Submit promotions, new hires to or email Contact, 954-356-4662, or Twitter @mindingyourbiz


West Palm Beach-based Verdex Construction appointed Brad Stull to chief estimator. Stull brings 20-years of experience through a broad range of construction projects across South Florida, including multifamily housing, hospitality, commercial and senior living facilities.

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Southport Boats introduces 33 Dual Console model

Augusta, ME, October 12, 2017– Southport Boats, a leader in offshore center console boats with a reputation for a smooth, responsive, and dry ride, today introduced the new 33 Dual Console (DC) model. The 33-foot Dual Console model expands beyond the current 33 FE and 33 LX models to deliver full forward seating, enclosed helm area, stay-aboard accommodations and cruising capabilities. The 33 DC is built on a Ray Hunt Design hull which combines offshore racing technology with cutting edge composite manufacturing to deliver a ride with incomparable stability.

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Waterfront luxury apartments and restaurant would replace part of Virginia Beach marina built in 1980s – Virginian


Plans to raze part of a marina near the Chesapeake Bay to build waterfront apartments are moving forward, but a new proposal includes a restaurant.

Last year, developer Brad Waitzer pitched an idea to redevelop the Marina Shores Marina property off North Great Neck Road with 261 apartments. The marina sits on Long Creek, across from Bay Island.

Density and traffic were among neighbors’ concerns, and the developers went back to the drawing board. The new proposal includes fewer apartments – 200 luxury dwellings on a smaller footprint – leaving enough space to add a restaurant.

The Planning Commission recommended approval of zoning changes and use permits Wednesday. The City Council will vote on the requests soon.

Under the plan, the dry storage and boat-repair buildings, fuel pumps, retail sales area, and the marina’s main building would be razed to make room for two, four-story apartment buildings, a new swimming pool, open space and the restaurant.

Apartments would rent for $1,500 to $3,000 a month, with some “reaching far above,” Waitzer said.

The marina’s existing wet slips, outdoor swimming pool and restaurant space, occupied by Surf Rider Grill, would remain.

Several residents of Long Creek Cove Condominiums expressed concern about safety with an increase of traffic through their neighborhood’s main street, which is used to access the marina.

Attorney Lisa Murphy, who represented Gale Higgs, owner of the 18-acre property, told commissioners they’re working on an agreement with the neighborhood to build sidewalks.

Planning Department Director Barry Frankenfield offered to look into adding a crosswalk at the intersection of Great Neck Road and Lynnhaven Drive for residents to walk safely to a shopping center across the street.

That would require reducing the speed limit on Great Neck Road north of the Long Creek Bridge, according to a city planner.

Higgs also wants to preserve part of the marina property and would dedicate an easement to residents of Cape Story by the Sea and the Cape Henry subdivision for water access with unpowered boats such as kayaks and canoes.

“Having that preserved … to protect it forever, is really important to me,” Cape Henry Shores resident Chris Wood told commissioners.

The parcel would be conveyed to a nonprofit organization within 18 months, according to the rezoning application.

A city-owned easement on the property, used by the city and the Army Corps of Engineers for dredge operations, would remain.

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Sold! Weekly Self-Storage Acquisition Round Up 10.11.17

The Loeffler Self-Storage Group closed on the sale of two California self-storage facilities for a total of $7.5 million.

In Novato, CA, Bobby Loeffler and Tyler Skelly, both of the Loeffler Self-Storage Group, represented the owners, Charles and Michael McCabe, in the sale of Mac-Andy Boat RV Storage for $5.8 million. A local RV rental and storage operator bought the facility, which offers 166,399 net rentable square feet. The property, at 310 Deer Island Lane, features more than 240 parking stalls on 5.8 acres.

Mac-Andy Boat RV in Novato, CA recently sold for $5.8 million.

In Redding, CA, Loeffler and Skelly brokered the sale of Shasta Economy Storage for $1.7 million. Marian Beith sold the 298-unit facility to Redding-based Tops Industries Inc. Shasta Economy Self Storage features 30,934 net rentable square feet on 3.2 acres. A nearly 3.8-acre parcel that’s available for expansion was included in the sale. The facility, at 4531 Caterpillar Road, is now known as Caterpillar Road Storage.

This Redding, CA facility recently sold for $1.7 million.

National Storage Affiliates purchased the six-property ACE Storage portfolio in the St. Louis metro area. The portfolio spans 440,059 square feet and about 3,000 storage units. The sale was negotiated by Ryan Clark of Skyview Advisors, who represented the seller. Sales price was not released.

National Storage Affiliates acquired a portfolio of six facilities in St. Louis.

National Storage Affiliates also purchased Security Storage, a 46,932-square-foot facility in Hollywood, MD. Ryan Clark of Skyview represented the seller, Phoenix LLC.

Southern California-based Best Self Storage is entering the self-storage industry in a big way: the new company purchased the 21-property U-Stor-It self-storage portfolio for an undisclosed price. The 563,000-square-foot portfolio features locations in New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. Best Self Storage is led by industry veteran Robb Kone. Peter Pappageorge and Doug Shea of INCO Commercial represented the buyer. The portfolio will retain the U-Stor-It name and be managed by Argus Professional Storage Management.

Bellomy Co. arranged the sale of a two-property storage portfolio in suburban San Antonio, TX. Ten Oaks Self Storage in Boerne, TX, comprises 756 units on nearly 7.5 acres, while Ten Oaks Self Storage in Helotes features 467 units. Combined, the facilities have 186,859 net rentable square feet. The Boerne facility is at 131 Old San Antonio Road, and the Helotes facility is at 16304 W. Bandera Road. Bill Bellomy, Michael Johnson and John Arnold, all of Bellomy Co., represented the Boerne-based based seller. The names of the buyer and seller, along with the sale price, weren’t available.

An out-of-state buyer purchased Lawhorne Storage in Sylvester, GA. The names of the buyer and seller weren’t disclosed. The purchase price wasn’t available. Located on more than 6 acres, Lawhorne Storage features 26,000 rentable square feet and 261 units, along with a house and two offices. The facility is at 101 Thompson St. Michael Morrison, an associate broker with Midcoast Properties Inc., handled the sale.

Marcus Millichap represented the buyer and seller of a self-storage facility in Austin, TX. The seller of Wells Branch Self Storage, a 64,412-square-foot facility, was a family trust in New Jersey. The buyer was Wells Branch Mini U Storage LLC, based in Southern California. Dave Knobler and Charles LeClaire, both of Marcus Millichap, handled the deal.

“We received six offers for the asset,” Knobler says, “and interestingly the four highest offers came from private capital investors and not publicly traded institutions.”

Mini U Storage recently purchased this Austin, TX facility.

The sale price wasn’t available. The 587-unit Wells Branch Self Storage is at 1763 Wells Branch Parkway.

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Boat Jumble Sale & Family Fun Day On Oct 22

Everyone has seen yard and car boot sales – now there will be one for boats.

The West End Development Corporation [WEDCO] is organizing a Boat Jumble Sale and Family Fun Day at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Sunday, October 22 from 11am to 4pm.

“People who want to register can email by Monday, October 16,” said Stephanie Rodill, Marketing and Events Manager at WEDCO.

“Participation is free, but if you want a table the fee is $25 and a table and chairs will be provided. Also, we are laying on a dumpster to take any unwanted unsold items.

“We always see car boot sales or yard sales and we thought it would be a change to do something for boats. It’s a really good opportunity to pick up a bargain while at the same time getting a bit more space in your garage.”

Boat Jumble Sale and Family Fun Day Bermuda Oct 2017

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