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Pet Project

Museum of Maritime Pets - SinbadCooperstown has baseball. Cleveland has rock ’n’ roll. If Pat Sullivan has her way, Annapolis will soon have its own hall of fame—for nautical pets.

Man’s New Best Friend

Bottlenose dolphinDogs may have been rounding up sheep and cattle for centuries, but it appears they just got one-upped. Bottlenose dolphins are helping fishermen in Brazil not only by circling schools of fish but also signaling when and where to throw the nets. The dolphins round up mullet, steer them toward the fishing boats, then slap their heads or tails against the surface of the water when it’s time for the catch.

Sunny Side Up

Tûranor PlanetSolarIt may not have shattered any speed records, but the Tûranor PlanetSolar catamaran has become the first boat to circumnavigate the globe using only solar power: no sails, no fuel, no exhaust. Designed and built by an international team of naval architects and engineers, the lightweight-carbon-fiber vessel is covered with 38,000 solar cells that drive a 30-hp electric motor.

The Main Event

Any boat guy will find plenty to see and do at OpSail 2012 Virginia, to be held at multiple locations along the Virginia coastline from June 1 through 12. Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, this multi-venue event will feature majestic tall ships, warships both foreign and domestic, and plenty of waterfront activities, including concerts, pirate festivals, sporting contests, and more. Best of all, boaters get prime vantage points for the best attractions: the tall ship parades of sail and air shows featuring the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

What’s Your Party Affiliation?

In an election year, the issues are up for debate. And one question may have Maryland boaters stumped: What will become of the great Bumper Bash of the Magothy River? Every July, hundreds of boaters have rafted up for a floating party off Dobbins Island near Annapolis, Maryland. But after a fierce legislative debate between organizers and local residents—the event may be coming to an end. In recent years, the state responded to the growth of Bumper Bash by increasing the number of police on duty.

Pocket Money

Ever wonder where your marina fees go—maintenance, repairs, maybe a new dock cleat every now and then? In Hawaii, about $100,000 in docking fees went to lining the wallet of a state boating official, according to police.

May Industry News

Fairline Names New CEO

Fairline Boats has appointed Alistair Schofield as chief executive officer. The marine-industry veteran has worked extensively in business development and technical operations. “We are delighted to bring a CEO of Alistair’s caliber to the business and are confident that with his exceptional experience he will take Fairline through its next stage of development,” said Nick Sanders, chairman of Fairline.

April Industry News

Marquis Yachts Partners with Chinese Company
Marquis Yachts, LLC, announced that it has formed a joint venture with Poly Technology Company of China for the sales and distribution rights for Marquis Yachts throughout China. The joint venture, called the Poly Marquis Yacht Company Ltd., will open a sales and service center at Serenity Marina and Yacht Club in Sanya, China, where it will maintain an inventory of Marquis Yachts. Irwin Jacobs, chairman of Marquis parent company J&D Acquisitions, LLC said, “It is anticipated that over the next few years, China’s recreational yachting and boating market is emerging to become one of the largest recreational yachting markets in the world.” State-owned Poly Technology also holds distribution rights to luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz and Ferrari.

An Auction to Remember

Would you like to own several thousand pieces of the most famous shipwreck in history? Then you better take out a new line of credit.

More than 5,500 items salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Titanic are headed for the auction block. On April 11, exactly one century after the ill-fated ship embarked on its first and last voyage, Guernsey’s Auction House in New York will begin taking bids on an incredible collection of relics discovered and hauled up from the ocean floor.

Making Radio Waves

Tuning in to tune out

Illustration by Richard ClarkNo question boating deserves its own soundtrack, its own voice, its own listening experience. Many of us want audio that’s distinctive when we’re on the water even more than we do when we’re on shore. Whether it’s Jimmy Buffett or nautical talk radio, boating goes best with its own soundtrack.