Public Comment Sought On Fate Of Long Range
The land based navigation system maybe decommissioned later this year
The Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to inform all mariners that the US Department of
Transportation, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, is
seeking public input on the fate of the Long Range Navigation System, otherwise
known as LORAN-C.
The land based navigation system, operated by the US Coast Guard, may be
scheduled for decommissioning later this year. At question is whether the system
should be decommissioned, maintained “as is,” or up-graded to an enhanced LORAN
system (eLORAN), which could be used either as a back-up to the GPS (Global
Position Satellite) System, or a complimentary system to GPS.
The public is invited to submit their thoughts and comments, which must be
received on or by February 7th of this year. To learn how to submit those
comments, visit http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/eLORAN/E6-22421.pdf, or call the U.S.
Coast Guard Info line at 1-800-368-5647.
Last Call To Apply For Boat U.S. Foundation Clean Water Grants
Deadline is February 1, 2007
Don’t miss out - the deadline for non-profit groups to apply for BoatU.S.
Foundation grant funds of up to $4,000 for projects that educate boaters about
clean water issues and environmental stewardship is February 1, 2007.
While applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that strive to improve the
marine environment, projects involving the reduction of trash and other marine
debris in our waterways will receive extra consideration this year.
Susan Shingledecker, Environmental Program Manager for the BoatU.S. Foundation
for Boating Safety and Clean Water, said, “Eighty percent of all marine debris -
such as plastic bottles, cigarette butts, automobile tires and industrial waste
- starts out on land and ends up in the water. Not only is it unpleasant to look
at, but the trash can significantly harm marine life as well as be a
navigational hazard. The easiest way to reduce marine debris is to prevent it
from reaching the water in the first place.”
The 2006 Clean Water Grant program received 65 proposals. Of these, 18 projects
in 14 states were selected for funding for a total of nearly $50,000 in grant
funds. To view previous grant projects or learn more about marine debris, please
visit http://www.BoatUS.com/foundation/cleanwater/grants or call Shingledecker
at 703-461-2878, ext. 8358. Applications must be submitted electronically or
postmarked by midnight February 1, 2007.
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national
501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the
voluntary contributions of the 670,000 members of BoatU.S. The Foundation
operates more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online
general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the “Help Stop
the Drops” national clean fueling campaign, a free kid’s Life Jacket Loaner
Program, and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for
nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.
Walker goes to 10 years on hull
Yakima, Wash.-based Walker Bay Boats extended its factory-backed warranty on all
injection molded hulls, including the Original and Genesis lines, to 10 years.
“We have put the hulls through rigorous testing and have even hit [them] with a
sledge hammer and driven over them with a truck to illustrate the extremes
[they] can withstand as opposed to aluminum or fiberglass hulls,” Michael
Carroll, director of marketing for Walker Bay Boats, said in a statement.
“Although we don’t expect or warranty our hulls against sledge hammers and
trucks, we are confident that our hulls are going to be around for many years.”
Walker Bay boats uses an injection molding process to build its boats.
UV-protected polypropylene resin is precisely measured before being injected
with a massive force of more than 8,000 tons into a mold that can weigh up to 82
It is then cooled to take the shape of the mold. The one-piece hull has no seams
or joints to crack or leak, which contributes to its impact-resistance and
durability, said the company.
This warranty is specific to the injection-molded hull — not to the components
and accessories. Those items have separate warranties that are described in the
Search for Woman in Atlantic Ocean
A massive search of the Atlantic Ocean by U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard assets
for the daughter of hockey great Bob Gainey has ended. The aerial search was
suspended, three days after she was swept overboard in the Atlantic during a
storm. The 25 year old woman, Laura Gainey, was working on the tall sailing ship
“Picton Castle,” headed for the Caribbean. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday
evening that it was suspending its search efforts. A Canadian Coast Guard
aircraft which had been swapping shifts with the U.S. Coast Guard, also ended
its search on Monday.
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard C-130 aircraft scoured an area of 3,175 square
miles, using specific grid patterns, night vision, infrared sensors and radar
during the operation. The Coast Guard also advised that computer models
estimated Gainey's likely survival time to be about 36 hours. The search for
Gainey finally came to an end around noon yesterday when the tall ship Picton
Castle also ended its efforts.
Montreal Canadians general manager Bob Gainey issued a statement thanking
searchers. A star in his playing days and a member of the hockey Hall of Fame,
Gainey’s teams won five Stanley Cups with Montreal during his 16-year career. He
also won a championship as general manager of the Dallas Stars. His wife, Cathy,
died of brain cancer in 1995 at 39.
Coast Guard Drops Plans for Live
In an important victory for boaters across the Great Lakes, the Coast Guard has
withdrawn its proposal to establish 34 permanent zones for live machine-gun
training on the water.
Opposition to the plan was formidable. The Great Lakes Boating Federation, the
advocacy voice for 4.3 million boaters, over eighty mayors and more than a dozen
environmental groups all asked for an end-or substantial changes, at least-to
the project, which would have sent 430,000 lead bullets raining into the water
and militarized the tranquil waters of one of our greatest and most pristine
While the Coast Guard did plan to make ship-to-shore announcements of training
activities, boaters and many others were wary about the effectiveness of the
warning system and were concerned about the safety of boaters. With no
contingency warning system in place, there seemed to be no way to ensure
boaters' safety in the event of a real threat.
The Coast Guard began live-fire training earlier this year, conducting 24
exercises before a public outcry forced a suspension. Since then, the Coast
Guard has held a number of public hearings in order to consider the concerns and
worries of citizens. Complaints, resolutions in opposition, even lawsuits
“Boaters remain respectful of the need for increased security measures to
protect our waters and our shoreline,” said F. Ned Dikmen, Chairman of the Great
Lakes Boating Federation, “but we are relieved that this proposal has been
repealed. It's good to see that the Coast Guard is responsive to the concerns of
boaters and that the Great Lakes basin, which has been a tranquil haven for
generations, will not be militarized.”
Congress Approves Offshore Oil & Gas
Development affecting the Florida Keys
In the waning hours of the 2006 lame duck Congress, a bill was approved to open
up 6 million acres of oil and gas drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico,
otherwise know as Lease Sale 181. Reef Relief and many Floridians opposed this.
The legislation was added to major tax legislation that passed by a large
margin. Some interpreted this as a win because it establishes a ban on drilling
125 miles off Florida’s West coast. Also, President Bush has revoked his
previous protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska, while not mentioning the Keys,
which is still under his Presidential moratoria. However, if this Congressional
bill is signed into law by the President, it will have the effect of revoking
his current ban.
Several oil drilling bills were filed during the current Congress. The most
onerous was a House bill by Richard Pombo, which was defeated. However, a less
expansive, but still dangerous bill was introduced by Florida Senators Mel
Martinez and Bill Nelson that will allowed drilling in Lease Sale 181, an area
where the Gulf Loop Current would carry any routine but still very toxic
drilling muds right into the Lower Florida Keys and then up our reef tract. The
two bills were never reconciled and the House of Representatives finally took
action to pass the Senate bill. It was pulled from the House on December 5th
when it became clear to Republicans that they did not have the necessary
two-thirds majority votes, but added as a rider to the tax bill days later. The
political climate has changed since elections and what seemed a certainty
earlier may no longer be, so hopefully, the next Congress will approve moratoria
language that would have the effect of not funding this part of the bill.
Presidential and Congressional moratoriums have protected this area for over 25
years for good reason. In addition, the Interior Department’s Minerals
Management Service has included this area in its current Five Year Plan. So
further efforts will be needed to monitor this issue and continue to resist
efforts to open up Florida to tarballs on our beaches and oil slicks on our
mangroves and coral reefs.
For more background on the issue, go to www.reefrelief.org
DNR Finds Eurasian Watermilfoil in 11
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed the discovery
of Eurasian watermilfoil in 11 new lakes, all but one of which are within 50
miles of the Twin Cities.
Eurasian watermilfoil, or simply milfoil, is now in 188 bodies of water in the
state since it was discovered in the late 1980s. The majority of infested water
bodies are in central and north-central Minnesota, according to Chip Welling,
DNR Eurasian Watermilfoil Program coordinator.
Milfoil also has been discovered in Wisconsin in Superior Bay near the Barkers
Island Marina. It is not known whether milfoil is growing near the Park Point
public water access or other accesses on the Minnesota shore of Superior Bay or
the Saint Louis River. To prevent further spread of milfoil to inland lakes near
Duluth, boaters using these accesses are urged to be extra thorough when looking
for and removing aquatic plants from their boats, trailers, nets, anchors and
other equipment. It is unlawful in Minnesota to transport aquatic plants or
prohibited invasive species on public roads or to launch watercraft with them
The following lakes have been added to the list of Minnesota waters infested
with invasive species: Lake Winona, Winona County; Maria or Little Mary and Emma
lakes, Wright County; Fish Lake, Chisago County; Clear, Mud and Bone lakes,
In addition, milfoil was discovered in four bodies of water with no public water
access. They are Lucy Lake, Carver County; an un-named and unprotected lake in
Washington County; Quarry Lake, Dakota County; and Lakewood Cemetery Pond,
The full list of infested waters is available on the DNR Web site at
Despite finding more evidence of the plant’s spread, DNR officials said milfoil
is still known in fewer than 200 lakes across the state, thanks to continued
vigilance from boaters.
The DNR urges boaters to continue to take precautions to avoid spreading the
Harken Celebrates 40 Years
Peter and Olaf Harken have always said, “Keep the well being of your people
first.” And for 40 years, the brothers have done just that.
But Peter and Olaf have always expected certain things from their employees.
They must be self starters, take pride in their work, figure things out on their
own, and not be afraid to try new things. Of course, having fun is mandatory.
Back in the boat building days, we made the best dinghies in the world. However,
comparing Harken / Vanguard to a college campus on Saturday night isn’t far off
the mark. The beer machine opened at five and there were always reasons to
party-boats shipping (sometimes at midnight), sailors arriving, holidays,
birthdays, football, baseball, cold weather, hot weather. Building acoustics
proved perfect for rehearsals of a local band. Most band members were also
Vanguard employees until Olaf put his foot down and refused to hire any more
Many old-time employees have stayed to witness the company’s phenomenal growth,
have married, and raised families. Today, Harken is still a great place to
work-and play, with innovation and the development of breakthrough products to
keep life interesting. Fun still plays a big part in company life: dress-up
Halloweens, the family picnic (starring P & O and the dunk tank), and Sail Day
featuring epic water fights using inventive delivery systems.
Until recently, some could say the principles that have guided Harken were ‘seat
of the pants’ rules that were never written down in a formal way. Others know it
was simply the fabric of our people. For our 40th year, we’ve documented these
principles so our future goals are clear.
• Keep the well being of your people first!
• Make the best products at a fair price.
• Service your customers beyond their expectations.
• Never lose your sense of right or wrong, the basic judgment taught by your
The Power of the Press
Bruce Kirby, Editor of One-Design and Offshore
Yachtsman, writes tongue-in-cheek editorial arguing Harken ball bearing blocks
are dangerous because they let the boom out so fast. Controversy brings great
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