We are open 7 days a week but call to verify the the duty brokers schedule. Our office is between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott.

Yacht Brokerage service above and beyond the expected

Serving boat buyers and sellers for over 30 years

410.268.1611

"Yacht Brokerage Service above and beyond your expectations."
Greetings. I have been selling boats since 1977 and self employed since 1981. Our business as it now exists was established in Annapolis in 1991. Some very radical business swings over the years. My yacht brokerage education over those years is worth billions (OK thousands)
I am very lucky to have attracted the best brokers I have ever met. Our squad is dedicated, motivated and focused on their clients ultimate goals. As time goes on we keep tweeking our business model and making it better even as we exit a contracted market period. We are very pleased that our listings and sales keep refreshing following the market spikes and valleys.
Time away from business I enjoy sailing my Salona 37 (sold 9/14), cruising in our Jarvis Newman & Viking-Princess 45 and cycling. My wife of 33.2 years and I live on Queenstown Creek off the Chester River.

The yacht brokerage business is very exciting. The challenges and opportunities of the last 3 years have changed the market significantly.

Please contact me anytime if I can be of service.

Bill Walczak

Mobile 410-353-4712

email walczakyacht@yahoo.com
Yacht Basin Company, Annapolis from the YBC web site
Established in 1937, The Yacht Basin Company is the oldest privately owned marina in Annapolis. Located in the heart of Maryland's state capitol, the Yacht Basin offers a large, modern facility. Clean, bright bath houses and a new laundry room, along with WiFi access, are just a few of the conveniences awaiting our guests.

Our accommodations include over 100 fixed slips and three deep water face docks that routinely welcome vessels up to 240 feet. Five high speed pumps deliver GULF fuels year 'round, plus volume discounts.

With easy navigation from the Chesapeake Bay, transient business is brisk at "The Basin". Daily, weekly and monthly stays should be reserved in advance. Sorry, the annual slip holder wait list averages several years.

Historic Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, is just steps past the Marriott hotel on the marina's north side. All around are 18th century homes and narrow streets with a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments. Tour schedules to all sorts of exhibits, including public and private buildings are available. A casual stroll south over the Spa Creek draw bridge is the Maritime Republic of Eastport…a sailor's paradise.

The Yacht Basin's experienced management and friendly dock hands are happy to provide information on local events and activities. if you have any questions, please contact us at 410-263-3544.
Yacht Watch Program in the Annapolis area
Capt Rob Simkins has over 20 years experience operating & maintaining power & sail boats of all sizes. Capt. Rob has developed a cost effective concept offering several levels of security, repairs and detailing management.
You may reach Rob at 410.279.2224 or Simkinsyacht@gmail.com
ONE MORE REASON TO BUY A BOAT
Scientists see rapid sea level rise on the horizon


An international panel of scientists says it has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

The scientists, whose findings are reported in a draft summary of the next big United Nations climate report, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate-change doubters, attributing it most likely to short-term factors, according to The New York Times.

The report emphasizes that the basic facts about future climate change are more established than ever, justifying the rise in global concern. It also reiterates that the consequences of escalating emissions are likely to be profound.

“It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the newspaper cited the draft as saying. “There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century.”

The draft comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of several hundred scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, along with Al Gore.

Its summaries, published every five or six years, are considered the definitive assessment of the risks of climate change and they influence the actions of governments around the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, for instance, largely on the basis of the group’s findings.
Market Trends, new construction 80 feet and upShowBoats Int'l
Geographical analysis

Ranking nations by the aggregate length of their current projects, Italy is still by far the number one yacht-building nation, but The Netherlands and Turkey have consolidated their places. The USA is losing its lead over UK builders, whose tally is up 51 percent in the last two years. Greece clinches the tenth place this year, pushing France out of the list.
New Miami Yacht Club, with wet sheds!
Marina-meets-yacht club in Miami...and gives berth!
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One of the industry’s hot spots is soon to see a new, but somewhat different, addition to the marina family, as plans have been announced for a marina-meets-yacht club development – the Miami Mega Yacht Club. On the Miami River and with construction expected to begin within nine months, the Miami Mega Yacht Club will offer 15 covered and enclosed berths for superyachts of 50m up to 75m for those wanting a permanent base in South Florida’s yachting and social hub.

The family behind the project, the Meruelo family, are already experienced hotel and marina owners in Florida and California. However, this particular project came about almost by chance, project principal Homer Meruelo told SuperyachtNews.com. “[We] have had this 10 acres of land for 10 years now and our original intention was to develop a luxury condominium site on the river. But because of owning issues I saw myself forced into developing a marine project. Therefore, about a year ago I came up with the concept. We owned the bottom of the ocean and have roofs over our water, so I said, why can’t I develop a boat house like I develop condominiums? It’s just a matter of creating the facility to be able to sell these slips individually,” explained Meruelo.

The facility will offer 15 covered, enclosed berths for yachts between 50m and 75m, the roofs reaching 23m with a beam of 15m. Each berth will come with a climate-controlled three-car garage and an individual 279sqm storage unit for anything from tenders and toys to linen and tableware. Each covered and enclosed berth will also come with its own built-in yacht wash down sprinkler system. The Meruelo family has put a lot of thought into the crew facilities, offering captains and crew a 465sqm crew quarters, including fitness centre, spa, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and billiard room.
2003 38' Pacific Seacraft
New Listing 6/2014 shows nice and cruise ready. $295,500.
See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
Consumer confidence is back to pre shut down level
Consumer confidence, which had slipped in November, rebounded in December.

“Consumer confidence rebounded in December and is now close to pre-government shutdown levels” in September, Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a statement.

The board’s Consumer Confidence Index was at 78.1 in December, up from 72.0 in November. The September level was 80.2.

Confidence in current conditions reached a 5-1/2-year high and was greater than it had been since April 2008.

“Looking ahead, consumers expressed a greater degree of confidence in future economic and job prospects, but were moderately more pessimistic about their earning prospects,” Franco said. “Despite the many challenges throughout 2013, consumers are in better spirits today than when the year began.”
South Florida poised for marine-career growth
South Florida poised for marine-career growth
Posted on June 17th, 2014
Written by Jim Flannery

South Florida’s marine industry is well-positioned to supply the materials, expertise and trained workers to handle the wave of repairs, refits, repowering and interior remodeling anticipated during the next seven to 10 years on the thousands of yachts over 80 feet built from 1998 to 2010, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

“This is going to fill up the yards,” Purcell said in an interview at MIASF’s Fort Lauderdale office. “We are poised for it, based on our central location and the goods and services we have here. It’s not just the size of the boats, but the goods and services that make [Fort Lauderdale] the yachting capital of the world.”

Showboats International’s Global Order Books show that yards worldwide took more than 5,500 orders for yachts over 80 feet between 2000 and 2010. All of those vessels require servicing and many are about ready for an upgrade.

An estimated 1,500 yachts 80 feet or bigger visit Fort Lauderdale annually, according to MIASF studies. “The economic impact of these vessels is through the roof,” Purcell said.

Altogether the marine industry has an economic impact of $7 billion a year in Broward County and contributes to the employment of 90,000 people.

Purcell is advocating that the region prepare now for growing demand for services by informing young people about well-paying marine industry careers — MIASF is starting a jobs page on its website to connect job seekers with employers — and by reinvesting in its waterfront to attract yachts, yacht crews and their owners.

This investment should include dredging waterways all the way to the seawalls and docks so larger vessels can get to yards and marinas; building a bigger, more modern convention center at Port Everglades with an adjacent luxury hotel and large-yacht slips for tomorrow’s visitors; and providing more cultural attractions in and around the city.

Purcell, a former top executive at Westport Shipyard/Yachts, said the owners of these large yachts are “the best and the brightest” and are keen on cultural tourism.

The marine industry has 260 job openings in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties. MIASF’s jobs page will link job seekers to CareerSourceBroward.com to learn about employment in the industry. Purcell is asking the state and federal governments to establish a separate code for marine industry positions so they are more prominently advertised in state- and federally sponsored job listings and easier for job seekers to find. He also is pressing for better promotion of middle-school, high-school and college marine training programs and more partnering with other local business organizations.

“We haven’t done as good a job as we need to do working together to tell people about the careers that we offer,” he said.

On Saturday, MIASF hosted a Marine Industry Day at Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park to do just that. The family-oriented event offered music by three bands, an exhibit from the Museum of Discovery and Science, a pirate ship and an interactive pirate show, a pool with a remote-controlled yacht model and interactive marine industry booths educating the public about the industry and its careers.

“We’re great at telling our story to each other,” Purcell said. “We need to tell that story to people outside the area.”

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the event.
The Shrimp Wars have begun!
GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- A kayaker found himself under gunfire in Galveston, after a confrontation with a shrimp boat Wednesday.

It all happened just 200 yards off the 61st pier in Galveston around noon. A captain with the Texas Parks and Wildlife says shrimp season started July 15 and the kayaker was rowing out to drop a line in a popular spot just off the 61st pier.

An argument ensued between the kayaker and the captain of a shrimp boat over the fishing area and right of way. The kayaker allegedly displayed some sort of knife and moments later the boat captain apparently fired at least one shot, heard by witnesses.

At that point the kayaker called authorities. Nearby patrol boats arrived on the scene and the captain was arrested.

"Lots of common sense should have been applied, but wasn't," said Capt. Tanuz with the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The shrimp boat captain is now charged with deadly conduct.
Annapolis Boat Shows 2014
Again this year we will have a selection of our brokerage boats behind the Annapolis Yacht Club. Look for our tent in the AYC parking lot. The full list of power & sail boats to be displayed will be posted here in coming days.


38' Sabre H/T

44' Huckins Atlantic

33' Beal downeast S/

50' Viking Princess express

65' Roberts steel trawler

49' Eastbay HX

43' Fairline F/B

40' Regal F/B

38' Pacific Seacraft

37' Judge Chesa Bay style

34' Glacier Bay F/B T/OB

10 Killed in al-Qaida Attempt to Hijack Pakistani Ship
10 Killed in al-Qaida Attempt to Hijack Pakistani Ship

Sep 18, 2014
Al-Qaida attempted to hijack a Pakistani naval vessel and use it to attack U.S. Navy vessels, Pakistani security officials said.
The attack on the frigate PNS Zulfiqar was attempted Sept. 6 in part by Pakistani Navy personnel recruited by al-Qaida. In a suicide bombing and an exchange of fire, 10 militants and one naval officer were killed. The incident raised fears about terrorist infiltration of Pakistan's military force.
"Without assistance from inside, these people could not have breached security. The Pakistan navy very bravely thwarted this attack. There was no damage of any kind to our installations," Defense Minister Khawaja Asif recently told Parliament.
News of the incident, which may have been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, was concealed until information was recently leaked.
The frigate was scheduled to join an international naval anti-terrorism force in the Indian Ocean.
"It appears the officers on board were to be joined by other militants who were to arrive by boat from the sea and then stow away on board," a Pakistani security official said. "The plan was to get close to the U.S. ships on the high seas, and then turn the shipboard weapon systems on the Americans."
Four naval men aboard the frigate, each an al-Qaida recruit, were killed, one by exploding a suicide bomb as he was surrounded.
Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’
Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’
The Daily Caller
JAMIE WEINSTEIN, THE DAILY CALLER
SEP. 20, 2014, 8:29 PM 19,440 35

US Marine Corps General James Conway

New ISIS Video Features A Masked Fighter Who May Be American

Obama's 2 Previous Defense Secretaries Are Criticizing His ISIS Policy

Legendary Marine General James Mattis: To Fight ISIS, 'Boots On The Ground' Needs To Be An Option
The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail.

“I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,” retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration, said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to a source in attendance.

Maverick PAC has described itself as a super PAC ”dedicated to inspiring the next-generation of conservatives, electing a new generation of conservative leaders, and sharing common goals and interests that will help shape the future of America.”

The source said Conway’s major concern was that the U.S. did not have a force on the ground in Syria it could rely on, like the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq. Though the Obama administration believes it can support what it says are moderate rebel forces in Syria to aid in the fight against ISIS, many critics warn that there may be no truly moderate force in the country of any significant strength. (RELATED: Expert Who Traveled With Syrian Rebels Says So-Called “Moderates” Are Muslim Brotherhood-Style Islamists)

The Commandant of the Marine Corps also serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the 2003 Iraq War, Conway led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Obama’s strategy to degrade and destroy ISIS has come under fire in recent days for other reasons as well, especially for preemptively taking off the table the possibility of using American combat troops to achieve the mission.

“You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do,” retired Gen. James Mattis, who served as head of Central Command from 2010 until his retirement in 2013, told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

“Specifically, if this threat to our nation is determined to be as significant as I believe it is, we may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American ‘boots on the ground,’” he added. “If a brigade of our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines would strengthen our allies at a key juncture and create havoc/humiliation for our adversaries, then we should do what is necessary with our forces that exist for that very purpose.”



Coast Guard cutter crashes into, sinks fishing boat
Coast Guard cutter crashes into, sinks fishing boat
BY JENNY KANE (DAILY NEWS STAFF)
Published: September 24, 2014

ST. THOMAS - A 110-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter drove into a 42-foot commercial fishing boat Tuesday morning, sinking the boat but miraculously leaving no one injured.

Two men, Capt. Winston Ledee, 57, and Kenneth Turbe, 30, were fishing for lobster in Ledee's vessel, the "Sea Shepherd," when the San Juan-based cutter "Key Largo" smashed into the fishing vessel at 6:38 a.m., according to U.S. Coast Guard regional spokesman Ricardo Castrodad.

The collision occurred about 9 nautical miles east-northeast of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and the Coast Guard is investigating the accident, Castrodad said.

He did not know how long the investigation would take or what the consequences would be if the Coast Guard is determined to be at fault. Just a few of the questions the Coast Guard hopes to answer via the investigation is how fast the cutter was going; how many crew members were supposed to be on the lookout on the "Key Largo"; and, if they were on the lookout, how the cutter ended up slicing through the fishing boat at a 90-degree angle.

Neither Ledee, the captain of the boat, nor Turbe, nor any of the members of the Coast Guard crew were injured. Both Ledee and Turbe leapt into the water before the impact.

After the collision, the Coast Guard crew retrieved Ledee from the water, and Turbe from the boat after Turbe climbed back onto the vessel.

The boat sank shortly thereafter, Castrodad said.

It is not certain at this point that the vessel will be salvageable, according to Sea Tow Capt. Alan Wentworth.

Ledee contacted Wentworth on Tuesday, asking that Sea Tow retrieve the sunken vessel, though Wentworth is concerned that the "Sea Shepherd" could have fallen at the edge of the South Drop.

The South Drop is southwest of Sail Rock, between St. Thomas and Culebra. Prior to the drop, the depth is about 120 feet, but, past it, the depths range from 600 feet to 2,000 feet.

"It may be unreachable. We are hoping it's on the edge," Wentworth said.

Sea Tow is expected to try to retrieve the Sea Shepherd on Thursday morning, according to Wentworth.

This is the second devastating catastrophe to happen on one of Ledee's vessels in just two years.

Ledee's vessel, the "Great White II," a 35-foot lobster boat, ran aground on the northwest corner of Saba Island, about two miles southwest of King Airport on St. Thomas just after 5 a.m. Feb. 15, 2013.

When Sea Tow arrived after that accident, Wentworth found Ledee aboard another local fishing boat, which had stopped to help Ledee and Tony "Pirate Tony" Neely.

At the time, Neely was still in the water floating on a buoy because he could not move his legs.

It turned out that Neely had broken his back in three places, and his spinal cord was crushed. Today, he is paralyzed from the chest down.

Following the accident with the Great White II, Ledee had severe injuries as well. His liver and spleen were crushed, and he was bleeding internally. It took him several weeks to recover.

Ledee could not be reached for comment about Tuesday's collision, though both he and Turbe were transported back to St. Thomas by the Coast Guard cutter - which sustained only minor damage - early Tuesday afternoon, according to Castrodad.

"It is unfortunate that this has happened," Castrodad said.
TRAWLER SHOWCASE
1984 58 Bertram MY with teak interior
$179,000.
A heavily built sea going motor yacht. 18' beam, island king bed aft with tub.
Galley down, 3 staterooms. T/12V71's 2450 hours. One of the latest teak interior boats. Very lightly used and enjoyed. Bottom painted, serviced and sea trialed.
Recent price reduction. Very nice value. Open to offers
2001 49 Eastbay by Grand Banks
$449,000.
Best buy. Condition, options & updates
Pipewelders 1,500# dinghy lift

Updated Garmins for helm & companion

Guest stateroom converts to a office easily, (GB option)

Long list of updates inside and out

1000 hour cat service completed 11/2013

11' RIB center console w/25HP Honda

cockpit ice maker & wet bar option

Clean, neat and ready to cruise.See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
1979 48 Seaton/Durbeck
TBA
Watch for more information coming soon...
1994 46 Grand Banks Europa
$339,000.
Very healthy and clean rare 46 Europa powered by twin 375 cats 2,675 hours. Galley is on the saloon level making it large, open and airy. Two staterooms with two heads and stall showers. Washer & dryer, F/B hardtop and 3/4 enclosure, Garmin touch screen plotters (2). The Cats have recently been fully serviced including after cooler service, hoses, exhaust hoses, new water pumps. Bottom painted 10/2014. Very turn key package.
2003 44 Navigator
$225,000.
2 staterooms with island queens and private heads.
Large saloon with lower helm.
Small Volvo diesels sip fuel but capable of 10-16 knot cruise
Very nice package for this price range
Dinghy & davit
Easy to see in Annapolis
2008 42 Legacy custom downeast
TBD
One owner custom order from Legacy Yachts of Middletown, R.I. Melissa Anne II has twin Cummins power, bow thruster, extended hardtop, Delta T engine room filtration (de mister) and dinghy/davit on the hardtop. The layout is the preferred galley down allowing helm and port side companion seats with two side deck access doors. One of a kind, lightly used with under 200 hours of fresh water use.
2001 40 Legacy custom build jet drive T/Cummins
$295,000.
Do yourself a favor and click on our listings, page down to Ta Ta. You will be glad you did. Two staterooms, 2 heads. Beautiful saloon, galley down.
Helm & companion seats with side deck access doors. Propane stove, generator, inverter, san juan sun shade... great package.
Continuously updated.
1999 38 Eastbay by Grand Banks SOLD
214500
Very squared away impressive Eastbay 38 powered by T/3126 Cats, only 850 hours. Generator and air conditioning. White hull with high gloss.
1986 36 Grand Banks SOLD
$79,500.
Healthy, impressive condition and updated. Owners moving up. Local boat
Updated electronics

Updated canvas

New hoses

Full engine service including cooling system
2005 34 Glacier Bay
199000
Very rare fly bridge model of this popular displacement catamaran. Repowered in 2010 with twin 300 hp Mercruiser Verados now with 420 hours. Generator, A/C, lift stored.
Recently reduced. Open to offers. Now in Annapolis
See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
2014 Chesapeake Harbour Marina
Annapolis in the water showroom. We dock many of our local listings ( as do other brokers) at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. We typically have 10-20 boats on display for your inspection. Our brokerage boat program includes discounted dockage for all our listings. Clean, secure first class facility with a friendly helpful staff.

deep water

private docks, security

storm/wind protected

clean facility & showers

easy access to the bay
2014
Our office is open weekends
Mobile numbers for our brokers:


Mark Ferrier 410.980.5364 Mark@walczakyacht.com

Chris Buchheister 443.926.1278 Chris@walczakyacht.com

Frank Gary 410.703.4017 Frank@walczakyacht.com

Bill Walczak 410.353.4712 Walczakyacht@yahoo.com
2014
Our high profile office in the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co., next to Yacht Club has excellent drive by and foot traffic. We are open 7 days a week 12 months a year.

Network with 1500 other brokers to encourage the sale of our listings

"A" frame advertising signs featuring professional posters of 12 listings each that are displayed in high traffic boating areas in Annapolis.

Advertising display in the breezeway of the Yacht Basin Co in Annapolis.

10 full page color ads in Yachting magazine annually.

We display 10-20 of our listings at the Yacht Basin during the Annapolis Boat Shows

Spinsheet & Proptalk Magazines Our internet ads include yachtworld.com, yachtcouncil.com, marinesource.com, iboats.com and boatquest.com.

Our photographic representation of our listings is high quality and updated often
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We have customized for sale signs created for appropriate boats.

Our diversified list of boats include trawlers, motor yachts, all styles of sail, express and downeast boats as well as euro style. This product mix attracts shoppers.

Email broadcast campaigns to our client database and 1,500 brokers announcing updates on pricing and availability.

All of our brokers carry iphones and respond to inquiries quickly

We offer discounted dockage for brokerage listings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. Beautiful, secure marina to display and show our boats. Convenient for buyers flying into BWI or Signature Aviation. Average travel time from the airport is 25 minutes.

Google and Yahoo search engine advertising

We are active at boat shows from Newport to Miami.

Member of yachtcloser.com making the flow of paperwork much more efficient for our clients.

We sell and ship internationally.
2014
We are members of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
2015 West Palm Beach this Fall/Winter
Bill Walczak will spend this winter aboard Riverdance at Palm Harbor Marina winter '14/'15. Please keep him in mind if you are buying or selling in south FL. Bill 410.353.4712 cell or walczakyacht@yahoo.com
2014 Extinct undersea volcanoes cause tsunami earthquakes, according to new research
Extinct undersea volcanoes squashed under Earth's crust cause tsunami earthquakes, according to new research

New research has revealed the causes and warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes, which may lead to improved detection measures

New research has revealed the causes and warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes, which may lead to improved detection measures.

Tsunami earthquakes happen at relatively shallow depths in the ocean and are small in terms of their magnitude. However, they create very large tsunamis, with some earthquakes that only measure 5.6 on the Richter scale generating waves that reach up to ten metres when they hit the shore.

A global network of seismometers enables researchers to detect even the smallest earthquakes. However, the challenge has been to determine which small magnitude events are likely to cause large tsunamis.

In 1992, a magnitude 7.2 tsunami earthquake occurred off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America causing the deaths of 170 people. Six hundred and thirty seven people died and 164 people were reported missing following a tsunami earthquake off the coast of Java, Indonesia, in 2006, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The new study, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, reveals that tsunami earthquakes may be caused by extinct undersea volcanoes causing a "sticking point" between two sections of the Earth's crust called tectonic plates, where one plate slides under another.

The researchers from Imperial College London and GNS Science in New Zealand used geophysical data collected for oil and gas exploration and historical accounts from eye witnesses relating to two tsunami earthquakes, which happened off the coast of New Zealand's north island in 1947. Tsunami earthquakes were only identified by geologists around 35 years ago, so detailed studies of these events are rare.

The team located two extinct volcanoes off the coast of Poverty Bay and Tolaga Bay that have been squashed and sunk beneath the crust off the coast of New Zealand, in a process called subduction.

The researchers suggest that the volcanoes provided a "sticking point" between a part of the Earth's crust called the Pacific plate, which was trying to slide underneath the New Zealand plate. This caused a build-up of energy, which was released in 1947, causing the plates to "unstick" and the Pacific plate to move and the volcanoes to become subsumed under New Zealand. This release of the energy from both plates was unusually slow and close to the seabed, causing large movements of the sea floor, which led to the formation of very large tsunami waves.

All these factors combined, say the researchers, are factors that contribute to tsunami earthquakes. The researchers say that the 1947 New Zealand tsunami earthquakes provide valuable insights into what geological factors cause these events. They believe the information they've gathered on these events could be used to locate similar zones around the world that could be at risk from tsunami earthquakes. Eyewitnesses from these tsunami earthquakes also describe the type of ground movement that occurred and this provides valuable clues about possible early warning signals for communities.

Dr Rebecca Bell, from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, says: "Tsunami earthquakes don't create massive tremors like more conventional earthquakes such as the one that hit Japan in 2011, so residents and authorities in the past haven't had the same warning signals to evacuate. These types of earthquakes were only identified a few decades ago, so little information has been collected on them. Thanks to oil exploration data and eyewitness accounts from two tsunami earthquakes that happened in New Zealand more than 70 years ago, we are beginning to understand for first time the factors that cause these events. This could ultimately save lives."

By studying the data and reports, the researchers have built up a picture of what happened in New Zealand in 1947 when the tsunami earthquakes hit. In the March earthquake, eyewitnesses around Poverty Bay on the east coast of the country, close to the town of Gisborne, said that they didn't feel violent tremors, which are characteristic of typical earthquakes. Instead, they felt the ground rolling, which lasted for minutes, and brought on a sense of sea sickness. Approximately 30 minutes later the bay was inundated by a ten metre high tsunami that was generated by a 5.9 magnitude offshore earthquake. In May, an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale happened off the coast of Tolaga Bay, causing an approximate six metre high tsunami to hit the coast. No lives were lost in the New Zealand earthquakes as the areas were sparsely populated in 1947. However, more recent tsunami earthquakes elsewhere have devastated coastal communities.

The researchers are already working with colleagues in New Zealand to develop a better warning system for residents. In particular, new signage is being installed along coastal regions to alert people to the early warning signs that indicate a possible tsunami earthquake. In the future, the team hope to conduct new cutting-edge geophysical surveys over the sites of other sinking volcanoes to better understand their characteristics and the role they play in generating this unusual type of earthquake.

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For further information please contact:

Colin Smith
Senior Research Media Officer
Communications and Public Affairs
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6712
Email: cd.smith@imperial.ac.uk
SAILING SHOWCASE
2014
Photo above is the Yacht Basin Co where our office is located.
Brokerage boats selling prices have stabilized.
Depreciation of boats is a fact. Avoid the falling value by being accurate and "show" ready reducing the time it takes to sell... There is a price at which your boat will sell within 30 days. Most of us would not accept that low "quick sale" price but between that number and the last few comps selling price is a sweet spot that should be your target. Hanging on for years with a unrealistic asking price is a very expensive choice. The values tick down, the equipment gets older, the boat requires upkeep and service and it all adds up.
The depreciation in 2008-2009 was 25% on the quality boats and more where supplys were high. The depreciation since then is more in the "normal" range particularly on late model boats less than 5 years old.
Price it very close to the real value

Get the boat ready to show, neat, clean, staged, pillows, detailed

Professional photos away from the dock and interior machinery detail

Listing should be detailed including service history

Broadcast emails to client base and 1200 brokers

Print ads in Yachting magazine

Yachtworld.com, Yachtcouncil.com and marinesource.com exposure

Boat Shows work for some listings

We have all our listings on our dedicated youtube channel.

2014
Stop in when you visit Annapolis by boat or car. Located between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott on Annapolis Harbor.

2006 65 Roberts 650 steel trawler
$695,000. OFFERS
Outstanding buy for a 2006 build with all this high end gear.
Day head in pilothouse

Twin John Deere 200 hp diesels, 300 hours

Stabilized

3 staterooms all with en-suite heads showers

propane fireplace

20KW & 8KW Northern Lights gen sets.
2014 Visit our office while in Annapolis Harbor
Located at the main entrance of the Annapolis Yacht Club.
Yacht Basin Co.
2 Compromise Street
Annapolis 21401
1959 39 Concordia Yawl
$99,000.
Owner wants to hear all offers including trades
Abeking Rasmussen built stunning example of this classic. Yanmar diesel, updated electronics, refastened ... lavished with care. The owner is ready to make someone a very nice buy. Opportunity to cruise to the classic yacht events and have some fun.
1987 47.7 Bristol aft cockpit Sale Pending
$149,900.
BARGAIN!
2010 37 Judge Oxford edition
$339,500.
Single common rail Cummins 480 provides quiet efficient speed. Very practical
Chesapeake Bay cruiser in outstanding condition. Generator and A/C extended hardtop.
See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
0 Pacific Seacraft
New Listing. Twin Cats See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
1987 48' Ocean Super Sport
$139,000.
Recent engine survey including oil sample results. Impressive condition and smooth running. Two staterooms and upgraded 6V92TA's
See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
1988 47 Tradewinds
$139,000.
It is all about condition and this beauty sparkles. T/275 Lehmans are cheap to service and as durable as they come. Clean and neat.
2002 54 Sea Ray 540 CMY
$379,000.
800 fresh water hours on QSM-11 Cummins Diesels. Hydraulic dinghy lift/swim deck, bow thruster, 3 staterooms. New Listing 6/2014 Contact Frank Gary frank@walczakyacht.com
0 46 Pacemaker Motor Yacht
138000
New listing located in Annapolis. Impress your yacht club friends with the condition and modernization of this good looking classic. Very high end wall coverings, appliances and updates. New Onan/Cummins 17KW is sound shield. Check out the listing. Perfect coastal cruiser or liveaboard.
2006 37 Salona 37 with Ker keel
129000
Loaded with gear and updates. Needs nothing. Go cruising or racing or both.
Good looking high quality boat. Compare to X YachtsSOLD
1988 42 Hinkley Sou'wester 42
$330,000.
Crosswinds shows like a 5 year old boat. Carbon mast, repowered Yanmar, her varnish sparkles. Seriously for sale in Oxford, MD.
0 Texting skipper crashes into anchored sailboat
David Eanes cited for causing boat crash while texting
FWC says Keys man abandoned boat, swam to shore after crash


Author: Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Published On: Jun 25 2014 04:57:24 PM EDT Updated On: Jun 25 2014 11:43:48 PM EDT

FWC
The operator of this motor boat collided with a sailboat in the Florida Keys because he was texting and not paying attention.
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -
A picnic in the Florida Keys provided a lesson for one man about texting and boating.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Bobby Dube said David Eanes, 53, abandoned his motor boat and swam to shore after crashing it into a sailboat Tuesday near Big Pine Key early Tuesday morning.

Authorities eventually caught up with Eanes at his home and took a statement from him about the accident.

Eanes was issued two citations for improper lookout and leaving the scene of a boating accident.
2014
The battle for Bimini: Hemingway's Bahamas paradise under threat as locals row over plans to bring in 500,000 tourists a year
By SARAH GORDON
PUBLISHED: 07:42 EST, 6 July 2014 | UPDATED: 04:37 EST, 7 July 2014

It is the idyllic island that American author Ernest Hemingway loved, but Bimini, in the Bahamas, has become the subject of vicious rows over how to develop its tourism.
The smallest inhabited island in the Bahamas is where Hemingway set his novel Islands in the Stream and has long been an exclusive enclave for America's wealthiest tourists.
But a new casino and hotel complex and a new contract allowing a Malaysian company to attract half a million tourists a year is tearing the local community apart.
Island idyll: Bimini is popular with wealthy tourists looking to explore its spectacular marine life

Island idyll: Bimini is popular with wealthy tourists looking to explore its spectacular marine life
Genting Group is behind the controversial resort on the nine-square-mile island, which has a population of just 2,000, and will now work to attracting more visitors to its shores.
And while some support the idea of bringing in more tourists, others claim it is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen, according to the Telegraph.
A large cruise ship pier is currently under construction to bring more tourists to the island and the resort, but businesses behind the project are accused of damaging coral reefs and dredging channels as part of the works.
Genting Group, has already built a 10,000-square-foot casino for the island and is expected to complete a 343-room hotel by the end of the year.
Fishing fan: Ernest Hemingway poses with a blue marlin from this 1936 photo made in North Bimini
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Fishing fan: Ernest Hemingway poses with a blue marlin from this 1936 photo made in North Bimini
Caribbean gem: The tiny island has just 2,000 inhabitants
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Caribbean gem: The tiny island has just 2,000 inhabitants
Picture perfect: The island is looking to attract more tourists and has been the subject of fierce over development versus protecting its marine life

Picture perfect: The island is looking to attract more tourists and has been the subject of fierce over development versus protecting its marine life
The company also has holdings in Star Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, making it a powerful cruise operator.
The new pier would benefit cruise lines and also welcome a new ferry service from Miami which could transport up to 1,500 tourists a day to the island.
Advertised on the Resorts World Bimini website - the brand name for the development - the ferry service is advertised as a luxury day trip.
The websites advertises: 'Spend the day at the World's First Bahamas Cruise Destination Resort. Your experience begins when you board the Bimini SuperFast Bahamas Cruise... [she] will comfortably cross the powerful gulfstream on the way to Bimini.
Development: Tiny local hotels are now facing competition from big resorts

Development: Tiny local hotels are now facing competition from big resorts
Wreck diving: The waters around the island are teaming with wildlife

Making a splash: The island has 14 of the world's most spectacular reefs

Making a splash: The island has 14 of the world's most spectacular reefs as well as plenty of wrecks for divers
'Your memorable day includes world-class service from our international crew, multiple restaurants and bars and panoramic vistas of the Caribbean.'
Joseph Darville, founder of the Save Our Bays action group, told the Telegraph: 'What is happening on and around that little gem in the ocean, Bimini, will go down in the history of the Bahamas as the greatest potential tragedy to an eco-system.'
The group also has the backing of marine expert Fabien Cousteau, who is the grandson of the marine biologist Jacques Cousteau.
However, locals in favour of the project - which will bring more work and money to the island - are resentful about outsiders claiming to know more than Bimini's inhabitants.
Building a future: The island is developing its airport and Resort World Bimini is now offering a fast ferry service to the island from Miami

Building a future: The island is developing its airport and Resort World Bimini is now offering a fast ferry service to the island from Miami
Lloyd Edgecombe, Bimini’s chief councillor, said: 'They are basically calling the people of Bimini stupid.
Literary link: Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream about Bimini

Literary link: Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream about Bimini
'These outsiders are coming here and want to make an uproar.'
The island currently only attracts big-spending Americans, who often reach the island by private jet, and take advantage of the many wrecks that make it a fascinating dive destination, as well as an ideal spot for 'big-game' fishing.
It is the fishing opportunities that attracted Hemingway in the 1930s, when he spent three summers enjoying all the island had to offer.
Resorts World Bimini, the name for the revamped hotel and casino as well as the ferry service, insisted it had worked closely with the Bimini government to minimise damage to the ecosystem of the island.
It also said it hoped to create more jobs for locals as well as 'entrepreneurial opportunities' for islanders.
However, there are fears that the floodgates of development have been opened. Fred Smith, the lead attorney for the Bimini Blue Coalition Bahamians, sounded the alarm over a development project for the protected north of the island.
Mr Smith told website Tribune 242 that Bahamians 'should be terrified at the prospect' of the Government allowing Bimini’s developers to build on prime marine habitats.
He gave the warning after a senior government official allegedly said that a proposed Marine Protected Area on the north of the island had never actually been implemented- meaning it remains unprotected.
The Marine Protected Area was supposed to have been given protection in 2009 following campaigns by world organisations including Tourism Concern.
The Save Bimini Association comntinues its campaign, stating: 'At no time in our history has our tiny island's eco-system been so threatened.What has already been destroyed is devastating.
'What they plan for our future may very well destroy Bimini's heritage for generations to come.'



HATTERAS SHOWCASE
SuperYachtNews.com this weeks sales report As Q2 comes to a close this month, superyacht sales continue their uphill trajectory with another six sales announced this week. A many brokers have reported in previous weeks, sales are coming in consistently across the globe and are featuring more sailing yachts than the traditionally more popular motoryachts. While price reductions continue a rise and fall week to week, the market is seeing consistent new listings enter the market, hopefully matching the prices of today's market and moving away from the over priced yachts of previous years.

The week running 3 - 9 June saw six sales completed, 10 new central agencies announced, eight price reductions made and one yacht withdrawn from the market.

Superyacht Sales

The largest sale this week was 57.91m Mi Sueno, completed by Trinity in 2010. She was listed through Michael Mahan and Peter Thompson of Worth Avenue Yachts at $36,950,000 and completed in an in house deal.

Alex Lees-Buckley of Camper & Nicholsons International and Perini Navi have sold 56m sailing yacht Parsifal, completed by the Perini Navi team in 2007. She was listed at €26,500,000 with Yacht Moments introducing the buyer in the transaction.

Toby Maclaurin and Tom Walden at Ocean Independence, and Michael White at Worth Avenue Yachts have sold 1992 Lloyds built 42.67m Robusto, priced at €5,000,000 with Bluewater Yachting bringing the buyer.
2005 56' Carver new listing. Best in class Only 200 hours on D-12 Volvo quiet and clean fully electronic diesels. Very lightly used and seriously for sale. Contact Chris 443-926-1278 chris@walczakyacht.com

2001 Fairline 43 F/B Fresh Garmin electronics, T/480 Volvo's. Only $239,000. Just listed 6/2014
See this boat at our brokerage display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club Oct. 16-19th, 2014
75' Little Harbor raised saloon Twin diesel. Electrical A/C & D/C systems refit in progress. Ft Lauderdale.
Contact Bill Walczak 410-353-4712
Select boat and car trades considered.
Catalina 47' Just arrived. Ready to go cruising. Local.
Chris Craft Corsair 28 2004 Fresh awlgrip. Trailer. Updated. Only $82,500.
Superyacht Tuscan Sun sold Superyacht Tuscan Sun sold
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Yachtzoo has announced the sale of superyacht Tuscan Sun. The 44.8 metre six stateroom M/Y Tuscan Sun was built in 2006 by Izar and can accommodate twelve guests. She has a crew of nine.

Tuscan Sun was built by Izar to a design by Reymond Langton. Her beautiful interior includes oversize windows on the main and bridge decks that provide stunning views. A selection of water toys are available as well as a gym.

Tuscan Sun had an asking price of $ 19,500,000.
YBAA We are members of the Yacht Brokers Association of America
Jarvis 32 & Gloucester light dory Just returned from Zahniser's Yachting Center after winter storage and fresh Stars & Stripes topsides paint.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Beginning at 6 a.m., on Monday, May 12, 2014 the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic for approximately six months, to allow PCL Construction to build the main foundations for the replacement bridge before reopening the existing bridge to traffic on Sunday, Nov. 1. During this closure, drivers who want to use the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway. The bridge spans will be placed in the open position so marine traffic will not be affected..
Boat slams into anchored sailboat I am surprised this does not happen more often here on the Bay.

Boat slams into anchored sailboat
BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
alinhardt@keysnews.com
A man in an 18-foot center console struck an anchored sailboat near Big Pine Key early Tuesday morning and then fled the scene, according to the Coast Guard.

The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. in Newfound Harbor Channel when the 18-footer hit the portside of the 30-foot sailboat, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Peter Bermont.

The driver of the 18-footer was David Eanes, 53, of Big Pine Key, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The name of the sailboat owner was not immediately released.

The crash awoke the sailboat owner, who went outside to find the boat lodged in his bow and its operator swimming away from the scene, Bermont said.

Eanes was later found at his house in Big Pine Key, said FWC Capt. David Dipre.

FWC officers are still investigating the case as Eanes denied being on the 18-foot boat when it cashed into the sailboat, Dipre said.

"We're still trying to figure out how it happened," Dipre said. "No one has been arrested."

There were no reported injuries, but Eanes did have cuts on his hands, Bermont said.

The two boats remained lodged together after it was determined they could sink if they were pulled apart. FWC was working with salvors and the sailboat owner on that issue, Dipre said.

Newfound Harbor Channel is about 16 miles west of Sombrero Key Light off Marathon.
China to introduce new consumption tax
China to introduce new consumption tax
Posted Monday, August 11th, 2014

By David Robinson

A new consumption tax is to be introduced on China’s wealthy as part of a government policy to level some of the income inequality issues in the country. Owners of luxury yachts and private aircraft will be among those hit.

According to a CCTV News report, a senior official of the Finance Ministry’s Financial Science Institute indicated that the wealthy and environment-damaging items such as batteries would be affected by the new tax as part of a reform programme.

Yang Zhiyong, research fellow with the National Academy Of Economic Strategy, CASS, told CCTV: “Taxes on luxury goods like private jets and yachts will help expand the fiscal revenue and at the same time level some of the income equality issues.”

According to a recent survey from Peking University, around one-third of wealth in China is held by just 1% of the population with the difference felt most between the affluent east coast and the interior.

The report concludes that while the country is getting richer as a whole, the average net worth of a Chinese household rose only 17% to $71,000 in 2012 from 2010.

This will not be good news for the ongoing development of the yacht industry in China, especially at the larger end.

No indications have been given as to when the tax will be introduced or what levels it will impose.
2000 44' Huckins Atlantic "Mar-Lin" Beautiful boat inside and out. Engine room and lazarette are cleaner that a Johns Hopkins Surgery center,
Twin Cummins with 840 hours. Wheelhouse (upper saloon) A/C
Fiberglass/foam core hull. Rides like a PT boat. Agile and quick.
Manatee may loose endangered status By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
6:17 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2014

The manatee's 47-year-run as an endangered species may soon come to an end, as the federal government assesses whether the tubby marine mammal can look forward to a brighter future.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a preliminary conclusion Tuesday that the manatee's prospects have improved to the point where it "may be warranted" to reclassify the species from endangered to threatened. The announcement triggers a more detailed, year-long scientific review that could culminate in stripping the manatee of the endangered status it has held since 1967.

The change would have no immediate impact on boat slow-speed zones, dock-building limits or other rules that have made the seagrass-munching behemoths among the most controversial creatures in Florida. But some environmentalists and government officials say the loss of the endangered label could make it easier to challenge these measures.

Chuck Underwood, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the reclassification would result in no change in the manatee's level of protection, including speed zones.

"Even if we would upgrade it from endangered to threatened, that speed zone is not going to go away," he said. "The whole reason you could consider downlisting it is because you have adequate regulatory mechanisms in place to protect it. Reclassifying it to threatened doesn't take that away."
2003 50' Princess express sport cruiser "Arena" D-12 electronic Volvo power with 775 hours. 2 staterooms. Professionally maintained.
See this boat at our display behind the Annapolis Yacht Club October 16-19, 2014.
Boom! Oil-exploring seismic blasts could soon disrupt whale territory Boom! Oil-exploring seismic blasts could soon disrupt whale territory
By Sean Cockerham
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway.

While federal officials and the oil and gas industry characterize the exploration as benign, Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards said he’s terrified about what the intense sound waves can do to dolphins and endangered North Atlantic right whales, of which only 500 remain.

“I just can’t understand how anybody would propose something that’s going to be just a rape of the East Coast, endangering whales and dolphins and turtles and fish,” he said.

The seismic surveys are done with compressed air guns that blast as loud as a howitzer under the sea, repeated every 10 seconds or so for weeks at a time. Echoes from the blasts are used to produce three-dimensional maps that help company geologists figure out whether sub-sea rock formations are likely to contain fossil fuels worth drilling.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved opening an area of the Atlantic Coast from Delaware to Florida for the seismic blasts, saying there “has been no documented scientific evidence” that they harm marine mammals. Even among federal scientists, though, there is concern over what such extreme pulses of sound can do to the hearing and communication of whales and other marine life that use sound to locate food and mates, and to keep track of young.

“It’s been pretty well documented that seismic surveys have disrupted animal behavior and animal communication,” said Danielle Cholewiak, a senior acoustics researcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Political leaders in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia lobbied President Barack Obama to approve the seismic testing to assess how much oil and natural gas lies off the East Coast, with the hope that Obama will allow offshore drilling that brings jobs and money.

But in coastal towns that rely on tourism, such as Nags Head on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the idea of drilling into the ocean is hugely contentious. The Outer Banks economy relies on the visitors who rent vacation homes for weeklong vacations and relax on wide golden beaches along the windswept Atlantic Ocean.

A spill would devastate the local tourism industry, said Paul Manning, who owns the Front Porch Cafe on the Outer Banks, where the employees roast coffee and serve up mugs to tourists plotting their day at the beach or where to find the best seafood along the shore.

Manning argues that the cash from opening up the Atlantic Ocean to drilling would largely go to ports like Wilmington, N.C., or the more industrialized Hampton Roads area of Virginia, leaving places like the Outer Banks with the risks of energy development and no reward.

Jessica Weiss Taylor, who leads the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, worries about the dolphins that swim off the coast, saying, “There is a likely chance they would be affected by the seismic testing.”

The environmental group Oceana says the seismic blasts threaten to injure or kill thousands of Atlantic marine mammals, and even pose a threat to the area’s fisheries. Oceana has launched a campaign calling on President Barack Obama to reverse his approval of the seismic exploration and said about 60 people, including South Carolina state Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, attended a forum on the planned Atlantic blasts that it held along with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League this week in Charleston, S.C.

Allen Burrus, a Hatteras, N.C., grocer and member of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, said that offshore drilling would bring economic benefits to the Outer Banks and that he suspects the environmental fears are being overblown by groups with an agenda.

“I believe if they can prove that it hurts the mammals in the sea then they probably should not do it,” Burrus said. “But if it’s not hurting them, then why not?”

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it will restrict when the seismic cannons are fired during whale migration and will require onboard spotters and acoustic tests meant to detect marine mammals and shut down activities when they are too close.

The agency said that if such precautions are followed, then the seismic exploration “should not cause any deaths or injuries to the hearing of marine mammals or sea turtles.”

The American Petroleum Institute said the seismic blasts are safe and are being overly restricted by the government.

“Operators already take great care to protect wildlife, and the best science and decades of experience prove that there is no danger to marine mammal populations,” the oil industry association said in a statement.

George Ioup, a physics professor at the University of New Orleans, has studied the effects of the seismic blasts in the Gulf of Mexico. He said there are many unanswered questions, but that whales and dolphins in the Gulf tend to operate at frequencies far higher than the soundwaves from seismic cannons.

“They probably don’t even hear them very well,” Ioup said.

It’s different in the Atlantic, though, Ioup said. Species of large Atlantic whales, including the endangered right whales, operate at low frequencies and will hear the booms. An “extraordinary amount of caution” is needed if there’s seismic exploration near spawning or feeding grounds of such whales, Ioup said.

Restrictions on where the surveys can happen are made less effective, though, by the fact that the blasts can be heard underwater over distances of more than 2,000 miles, said Doug Nowacek, an associate professor of conservation technology at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C.

“If there’s a survey in Virginia you’re going to hear it in southern North Carolina _ easily,” Nowacek said.

The waters off North Carolina could see a lot of activity. The National Science Foundation plans a seismic air gun survey off the state’s coast this month and next to study the Earth’s crust. The federal government is weighing permit applications for the much more comprehensive oil and gas surveys.

Nowacek said there has been far too little data collected on the impact of the seismic cannons, and he was dismissive of industry assertions that the booms are harmless.

“I would say show me the evidence that there’s no harm,” he said.

Email: scockerham@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @seancockerham.

ABOUT US
Walczak Yacht Headquarters
Yacht Brokerage Service. That is all we do. We do not represent a new boat line, we do not manage marinas all we do is list and sell brokerage boats. Seven days a week. As a rule we have one of our brokers in south Florida, Carolinas or New England listing and showing all year. Walczak Yacht was established in 1981 and operating in Annapolis since 1991. 5 full time Yacht Brokers representing buyers and sellers of quality power and sail boats. Our waterfront office is located at the Yacht Basin between the Marriott and the Annapolis Yacht Club. Our Market is power and sail boats in the 38-80' range (average boat $500K 49 feet). Our brokers have earned a reputation for high energy and hard working. We are open seven days a week. All our brokers are licensed in Florida and members of FYBA and/or YBAA.


We have 50-65 central listings power and sail. Our average boat listed is 49 feet with sales experience up to 120' range. Average value is just under $500,000.


We are a single source brokerage house offering:


• Sale of power and sailboats

• Discounted local dockage

• Wash/wax and detailing service

• Yacht delivery

• Lessons

• Insurance

• Financing

• Full service repairs on time and on budget.


We meet and greet cruisers from all over who stop in the Yacht Basin while cruising. The Yacht Basin is the only dockage downtown Annapolis that can accommodate boats up to 180 feet. Yacht Clubs and migrating yachts make the Yacht Basin Co. location a favorite stop over. 
THE MARKET
2014 Sales have been down slightly every month this year. Florida is the best barometer for what the rest of the country can expect after a colder than normal winter. Florida reported 658 diesel powered brokerage boats sold in the first three months of 2013. The same period in 2014, 647 sold boats were reported.
2014 13 of those FL sales were over 100' compared to 22 boats over 100' in 2013.
RECENT SALES
Contact our office for recent sales showing market time and sales prices, We can run the list specific to your area of interest.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Chesapeake Harbour Marina We dock most of our istings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina about 4 miles from Annapolis City Dock. Secure, clean and well managed facility with Sam's Restaurant on site.
BROKERS
Chris Buchheister
Chris Buchheister Chris@walczakyacht.com
Cell 443.926.1278

A native of Annapolis, Chris developed a lifelong passion for the water from racing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s in 2006, Chris had a rewarding career in the Navy where he traveled the globe to every continent (except Africa) in a variety of interesting assignments. Upon his return to civilian life, he was able to live the dream instructing sailing on the Maine Coast as well as had the pleasure of instructing the offshore sailing program at the United States Naval Academy. Upon entering the sales end of the yachting industry, Chris hit the deck running and has quickly established a strong sales record in both power and sail boats. Chris is a member of the YBAA, FYBA and licensed in Florida.

Chris and his wife, Bevin, currently live in Annapolis with their three wonderful kids.


Mark Ferrier
Mark Ferrier Mark Ferrier

Cell: 410-980-5364
Email: Mark@WalczakYacht.com

Mark has lived and worked on the water all of his life. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s as a broker in 2002, he worked as a delivery Captain running hundreds of boats up and down the eastern coast. Today, this experience, along with many others, makes him a knowledgeable and valuable asset to his clients when it comes to evaluating both a boats condition and design. In addition to his expansive and valuable working knowledge of the industry, Mark is a hard working, motivated, proactive, and hands on individual who prides himself on persistently building his well deserved reputation for offering his clients the ultimate yacht buying / selling experience.
When Mark is not chasing his next boat deal, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and their children, in their home on Muskrat Creek.
Certifications/Credentials: licensed in Florida

Frank Gary
Frank Gary He will be missed and remembered The Jelly Fish

As any good Boss realizes, troops love to be recognized for their hard work and achievements. Napoleon Bonaparte recognized this fact as he marched his troops across Europe. He rewarded his troops with medals for valor saying ““Give me enough medals and I’ll win you any war.”

Like Napoleon, Bill Walczak is also an astute field commander and recognized the energy in his brokerage with four “A Plus” Brokers. In order to create a spirited competition, Bill founded the “Jelly Fish Award” for the leading broker in the office.

Bill found the Jelly Fish while shopping in Fort Lauderdale Florida with his wife, Janet. Bill was fascinated to see a Jelly Fish encapsulated in glass. Janet saw it as kitsch and unwanted clutter. Undeterred, Bill had to have the Jelly Fish. Janet did not want it at home, so Bill brought to the office. All the guys in the office were similarly amazed with the modern marvel of encapsulating a Jelly Fish in solid glass. Bill, recognizing our interest said…”Great, if you want the Jelly Fish, you will have to earn it! The leader in annual to-date Sales Commissions will have the privilege of keeping the Jelly Fish.”

That year the Jelly Fish steadily made its rounds among all the Brokers. A short Award’s Ceremony accompanied the transfer of the Jelly Fish. Bill presented the Jelly Fish to the new leader , ceremoniously passed from one broker to the next. The transfer ceremony created competition. The new sales and commissions leader was proud to have earned it. The others strived to get it back.

Frank Gary held the Jelly Fish the longest. He repeatedly earned the Jelly Fish through hard work and determination. Keeping deals together, Frank flexed Herculean muscles. He kept the Jelly Fish on his ultra- organized desk next to his photographs of his beloved daughter Skylar- and of course his Rolodex loaded with loyal Clients and Customers.

This year, despite battling a heart attack – on the job delivering a boat by himself (another story)- and painful complications from Cancer, Frank lead the office in 2014 and maintained the Jelly Fish on his desk. Frank died yesterday, and has two closings early next week.

Frank will be laid to rest along with the Jelly Fish.

He will be missed.