News & Notes
The hull has come out of the mold, and the rakish new Selene
50 Europa is due to arrive stateside by the end of this year. The
50 is designed with a three-stateroom, two-head layout and will
be powered by a 330hp Cummins QSL9. A full-displacement
vessel, the 50 will cruise at 7 to 9 knots. The drawing of the
master stateroom, notable for the oblique orientation of
the berth in relation to the vessel’s centerline, was drawn by
Howard Chen himself. Chen is founder of Jet-Tern Marine,
builder of the Selene line. Visit www.selene50euro.com.
Coming This Year:
The Selene 50 Europa
ZMI Launches Service Plan
Zimmerman Marine Incorporated, a yacht repair and
custom boatbuilding yard with four locations in North
Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, has introduced a new
service program for cruisers.
For one thing, the ZMI program provides cruisers in the
mid-Atlantic with 24-hour priority access to a network of
boatyards. All vessel work-order records are stored in a
shared database, so that a boat’s history is easily accessed
from any of the yards. In addition, ZMI has partnered with
WheelHouse Technologies, so that all maintenance alerts
and records are accessible from each location.
The program also includes the following benefits:
Tech support: Direct cell phone contact for tech support
to address underway problems.
Annual inspection: A mechanic will go through an
inspection checklist within 12 months of qualifying.
Oil analysis: Annual sampling of main engine oil.
WheelHouse Marine Maintenance subscription:
Annual subscription to their maintenance program with all
ZMI yards included in updates and notifications regarding
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ICW Dredging Pays Off Big
A team of economists has concluded that every federal dollar
spent on maintaining the ICW creates an economic return of
$26. State spending in North Carolina resulted in even higher
returns, $29 for every dollar spent on ICW maintenance.
Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, North Carolina,
presented the economists’ conclusions at recent Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway Association conference.
ICW maintenance is also responsible for creating more
than 4,000 jobs with an economic output of $257 million
in the state of North Carolina alone. The surrounding
areas saw nearly double those numbers totaling close
to $650 million in economic benefits. However, funding
for ICW maintenance is something the government
perennially shies away from.
“You might think that our politicians would be desperate
to find more funds to spend on ICW maintenance rather
than the indifferent attitude most seem to show toward
to the waterway, says Claiborne Young, cruising guide
author and operator of the online Salty Southeast Cruisers’
Net. “I only wish I could find any sort of investment that
would yield these sorts of return.”
The survey is a conservative one, only including
recreational vessels over 16 feet in length that used the
ICW from June 17 to November 19. The time span is
significant because it does not include the early season
migration of boaters. Military, commercial, fishing and
government vessels were not included in the survey, but
also heavily rely on the ICW for daily use.
A poll of boaters included in the survey reports 53
percent of cruisers say they would abandon cruising
altogether should the ICW cease to be a viable avenue for
travel; 41 percent would take their boats elsewhere.