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New Hires!

New Grants, Great Projects

The West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. received two grants totaling almost $175,000 to fund living shoreline projects protecting more than 600 linear feet along the West and Rhode Rivers. The Living Shoreline Grant Program is a partnership of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland DNR, NOAA, and the Maryland Department of the Environment. “We’re grateful for the opportunity given to us to manage these projects,” said Jeff Holland, executive director of the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. One of the new projects will protect more than 550 feet of shoreline along the Rhode River at YMCA Camp Letts, while the other will protect more than 50 feet along the West River at the Chesapeake Yacht Club. For more information on the grant and proposed projects, visit westrhoderiverkeeper.org

Helping with that Paint Job

Interlux has gone digital with their new app for boaters to help find the right paint (and the right amount of paint) for their boats. The Quick Reference Guide provides detailed information on Interlux products, health and safety information, and a store locator, while the paint calculator lets you estimate how much Interlux paint you’ll need for your project. The app is available for both Apple IOS and Android users. For more, visit yachtpaint.com.

Keepin’ it Clean

Clarks Landing in Shady Side, MD, is happy to announce that Shady Side Yacht Yard has been re-certified as a Maryland Clean Marina for 2014. “We recognize the importance and value of becoming a clean marina not only for our business but also for boaters,” says Jeff Truesdale, the marina’s general manager. Clarks Landing has been serving MidAtlantic boaters for over 30 years. clarkslandingmd.com

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New Partners, Great Boats

Acadia Yacht Sales, a partnership between William Seale and Christopher DiMillo, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales and Sabreline of Annapolis. Seale is an experienced sailor and powerboater and is a partner with the ProFunds group. DiMillo established DiMillo’s Yacht Sales in 1998 and has four locations in Maine and New York. “I am thrilled to be a part of this new beginning for Sabre and Back Cove in the Chesapeake. The entire Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales team is staying on board with Acadia Yacht Sales, and I am excited to integrate our expertise and passion for service.” Acadia Yacht Sales will be exhibiting three models at the Bay Bridge Boat Show, and you can find them at acadiayachtsales.com

Dave Tarasiuk and Ridgely Mackenzie have recently joined the UK Sailmakers team at the newly-opened UK Annapolis on Severn Avenue. Originally from Annapolis, Tarasiuk opened his own loft in the Virgin Islands and most recently worked at Quantum Sail Design Group in Annapolis. He joins UK as general manager. Mackenzie spent his younger years sailing on the Bay out of Annapolis YC’s Junior Sailing Program, and helping his parents who both work in sail making and canvas repair. He joins UK as a sailmaker. For more information, visit uksailmakers.com

Consolidating Stores

West Marine fans, take note. The Pasadena store located in the Lake Shore Mall and the Glen Burnie location on Ritchie Highway are both closing April 17. However, you won’t have to wait too long to get your fix: a new flagship store is opening up in Glen Burnie at 595A East Ordnance Road on April 18. Stop by for their grand opening.

Keep that Bottom Clean and Slippery!

Smoove Wax introduces their revolutionary boat wash product that not only offers superior cleaning power but also will not strip your boat of its wax. “As professional detailers, we have seen wash and wax products come and go, but nothing ever stood up to our standards,” says Jeff Beane of Alliance Marine. “That’s why we developed Smoove Ultimate Boat Wash to not only keep your boat clean but to preserve that protective wax coating.” Smoove Ultimate Boat Wash is specially formulated for use on gelcoat, fiberglass, and painted fiberglass, and retails for $59.95. smoovewax.com

Growing Pains

At Onancock Town Wharf, the final finishing touches have been made to the new harbor office. The facility has new restrooms and showers, along with a laundry room, pump out system, and free WiFi. The town wharf has a total of 16 fixed slips, 11 of which are transient. The Onancock Town Wharf is a great place to catch the ferry to Tangier Island twice daily between the months of May and October. For more information, visit onancock.com

Rock Your Vote

The American Boating Congress (ABC), scheduled for May 5-7 in Capitol Hill, is set to bring together recreational boating industry leaders to formulate public policy, influence legislation, and protect business interests. The Congress is an excellent opportunity to understand the ways in which current state and federal legislation affect the marine industry and learn how to grow your business in the current economy. For more information and for registration, visit nmma.org

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