Blackbeard's anchor recovered off NC coast by Ryan

Illustration of Blackbeard's Jolly Roger flag....

About two years ago I had the privilege to crew a couple of yachts down to Florida. We stopped in Beafort NC for a few days and I was thoroughly indoctrinated into pirate culture by the surrounding populous. According to town legend, Beaufort is the home of the murder of the infamous Blackbeard...

In June, when Blackbeard put his and Bonnett’s ships into the Old Topsail Inlet, he tricked Bonnett into going on to Bath. Blackbeard then sank both ships, leaving the crews to fend for themselves. He took off in the only ship left and carried his booty away. It is possible that some of the stranded seamen settled in the area rather than take a chance on being hanged as pirates. According to Maurice Davis, one was said to have made his way back to New England, but later returned to Carteret Precinct and became a man of some importance.

The governor of Virginia, determined to capture and rid the ocean of pirates, sent two sloops into North Carolina waters where they discovered Blackbeard’s ship the Adventure near Ocracoke. Following an intense battle, the British crew managed to kill Blackbeard along with eight of his men. They took the other nine back to Virginia for trial where they were convicted of piracy.

Beaufort North Carolina is making news again having alegedly recovered a 3,000 pound anchor from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Having sunk in 1718, the anchor is still in amazing shape!

According to Yahoo! News...

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship has been raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast.

Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered Friday is from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which sank in 1718. That was five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle.

The artifact is the third-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by two other anchors.

Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 11 feet long.

The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The movie features both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge.

From Palm Beach to Michigan! by admin

Sure, we might be back in the land of Seger, but that does not mean we are out of things to say about the Palm Beach Boat Show! Here is a great video of Trevor down at the Palm Beach International Boat Show talking about First Mate and boat shows.  We are also in the process of uploading some video content of our own, including some information about the Tiara factory and BoatQuest.com!



Steve Erwin Was No Fluke - Flying Sting Ray Attacks Woman on Fishing Charter by Ryan

The eagle ray weighed about 300 poundsA while back (2006), beloved nature explorer and television personality Steve Irwin was "accidentally" killed by a "confused" Sting Ray. Having suffered a massive puncture wound to the heart, Irwin died on the scene before help could arrive. Nature sympathizers and sting ray supremacists alike declared the event an isolated incident in which Irwin was the clear provocateur. In typical fashion, the left wing media failed to report that the sting ray, a known Obama supporter, attacked Irwin with an unlicensed stinger barb. Now it appears this "isolated incident" was anything but! CNN is reporting that a massive 300 pound eagle ray has assaulted a Florida woman on a fishing charter for photographing their movements. Intelligence reports suggest that the Eagle Ray is the faster, and more maneuverable sting ray breed, often used for stealthy assaults.

CNN reports...

A huge eagle ray weighing as much as 300 pounds landed on top of a woman on a boat in the Florida Keys last week, throwing her to the deck and pinning her underneath it, the captain of the boat told CNN. The woman, Jenny Hausch, was on the chartered boat Friday with her husband and three children, taking pictures of a group of eagle rays as they flew out of the water. "These eagle rays, they were flying through the air," said Kelly Klein of Two Chicks Charters. "These giant things go out of the water and slam back down." Hausch was in the front of the boat, snapping away, Klein said. "One of the rays jumped in the air and she gets this perfect shot," the captain said, adding that rays always jump twice. On the second jump, one ray hit her in the chest and she fell down, hitting her head, Klein said. "It keeps slamming and slamming on top of her, trying to swim away," she said. Hausch's husband and children watched in horror. Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers Aja Vickers and Bret Swensson were patrolling the water near the tour boat when they heard screams. "We turned around and looked and saw the eagle ray thrashing around in the boat and at that point we realized we had a problem," said Vickers.

When Vickers was questioned about the Eagle Ray's motives, she responded, "In 2008, a woman died from the impact when a ray jumped out of the water and hit her as she boated in the Keys, but [this was a]  freak accident. This is a total one-in-a-million chance. These animals aren't attacking by any means. One theory is these animals jump during mating season."

Make note everyone, the sea rays are on the war-path again, and Vickers is a sympathizer! Early reports show that the giant river rays have not allied themselves with the eagle rays yet, but both parties have been trying to reach a strategic agreement for some time. Unless sanctions are brought against all tributaries and estuaries actively supporting all terrorists and radical oceanites, the problem will only spread.

Giant Stingray

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Live from #PBIBS - Active Interest Media Relaunches BoatQuest.com by admin

boatquest, show management

From L to R: Skip Zimbalist, Mike Dickman This morning we heard from Mike Dickman (GM of BoatQuest.com) and Skip Zimbalist (CEO of Show Management) about the just relaunched www.BoatQuest.com.  In January of this year Active Interest Media purchased BoatQuest to complement their other marine services like Show Management and Yachts International Magazine.

Founded in 1999, BoatQuest.com already attracts close to 400,000 monthly visitors.  The site has been redesigned to make it easier for visitors to search and find the boats they are looking for and will debut at the Palm Beach International Boat Show on March 24.

"By combining online media with major boat shows and a traditional yachting magazine, our goal is to provide a new level of cross-promotion, previously unavailable in the industry, for boat sellers and buyers to connect with one another," said Mike Dickman, general manager of BoatQuest.com. "The strategic relationship among BoatQuest.com, Yachts Magazine and Show Management leverages the reach of three leading boating industry marketing companies in reaching boat buyers."

In addition to standard classified listings, BoatQuest.com offers yacht brokers and dealers a variety of featured ads, as well as banner advertising. Special pricing is available on some services for Show Management boat show exhibitors and Yachts Magazine advertisers. For sale by owner listings are limited to boats under 35 feet.

The purpose of the 35' cut off for FSBO listings according to Mr. Dickman is to limit the competition to brokers in larger boat categories and draw in more brokers to the site who are willing to pay for services.

The very interesting part of this move is it addresses several of our complaints that we level here, and here.  This should in theory at least make any particular boat show website a seamless experience for the end user who is planning on coming to a boat show to get as much information as possible, provided a dealer/broker uses BoatQuest.

The big question mark in all of this is how quickly adoption of a new platform can or will take place.  There are many brokers in the industry who still are not fully using the web, or who are set in their ways with YachtWorld.  Providing the makeover addresses many of these issues, a switch from Yacht World, or duplicate listing, could make a lot of sense.

Strength is the key to victory in this game.  With a small pool of listings YachtWorld offers a better selection when searching, but considering how much money and time brokers/dealers put into boat shows, it seems like an easy sell to fully integrate all of their services into one easy to use resource.

The real winner in all of this is the end consumer AND brokers.  Both will get better tools and more fully integrated solutions.  We are looking forward to seeing how this all shakes out for the Fort Lauderdale show next year!

Live from Palm Beach! #pbibs by admin

Viking Palm Beach

The Palm Beach International Boat Show may not start until the 24th, but someone has to be here to enjoy the sun and wash some boats! You might as well just keep a tab open on your browser here at First Mate Yacht Care for the best boat show coverage, ever.

2011 Boat Shows and Events by admin

It may be cold in Michigan, but our schedule is certainly filling up quick for the remainder of the boat show season.  We will be at all of the following WARM events:

Yachting Magazine steps up to host their own show(case). by Trevor


Word on the docks at the Fort Lauderdale Show was that you needn't wait till St. Petersburg to get your boat show fix again, as Yachting Magazine would be hosting an event in Palm Beach. Yachting Magazine started the event, with a more intimate setting, only 500 people invited.

Hosted at the beautiful new Palm Harbor Marina, the Yachting Life show will feature as many as 50 premium yachts, along with showcases for lifestyle and luxury brands, creating an engaging environment for guests. Access will be by invitation only, creating a very targeted audience that assures participants reach only the best prospects.

Though this sounds to be driven by land-based advertisers (Corum watches, St. Croix beverages seemed to be headline sponsors), I assure you that there were plenty of boats there. A few FMYC friends in attendence included the brand new 78 Vicem Cruiser, also the Hargrave "Sassy", and the 130 Westport "Constellation" (which we got a full tour of; very nice!).

It is good to see a new venue being introduced to the calendar, and Mr. David Carr with Yachting Magazine said they will be planning on future events on the East and West Coast, but also the Midwest. Fun Fact, Michigan is their 4th largest state by readership.

Be sure to look out for more of these "Private Yacht Showcases" as a way to see the boats without having to deal with the strollers and the boat show crowds.

Link, contact info: David Carr, Events Manager Tel: 954.594.7655 • E-mail: david.carr@bonniercorp.com

Boat Show Homework! #flibs by admin


So while we are at boat shows, we do more than checking out booth girls and attending swanky parties.  We stop at a lot of booths and ask the pros about any and all questions we might have. While we have done our homework on working on teak, it is always good to stop by and see the guys at Teak Decking Systems, as they are the industry standard (they do a lot of factory installs).  Who better to spend 30 minutes with asking questions about teak?

While a lot of boats we work on are not painted, we still have quite a few customers who have some Awlgrip paint on their hull or non-skid.

Boat shows also give us a great opportunity to get the heads up on new products, such as new anchor designs.

No boat show would be complete without a stop to the Navionics booth.  We got to play with their maps on the iPad, and talk to them about their expansion into the world of Android.

Have something you want us to check out for you at the next boat show?  Drop us a line at info@FirstMateYachtCare.com!

Photo of the Day - Stormy Skies and Empty Docks! #flibs by admin

You will not see this very often at the Fort Lauderdale Show!  A bunch of boats, empty docks, and stormy skies in the usual sunny Fort Lauderdale.  Sunday was a bit slow in terms of set up, but there were still plenty of fork lifts, booth construction, and boat washing going on!  A few more boats moved in today, and we expect the pace to only quicken from here.  It is truly amazing how much work gets done in such a short amount of time leading up to the start of the show.

Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show Set Up - Photo of the Day #FLIBS by admin

Things are in full swing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!  Above the M/Y Incentive is moved into its show position.  It was really impressive watching the coordination of multiple push/pull boats, captain, and various crew during docking.  On one side there is a yacht inches away, and on the other side is a vendor display tent.

First Mate Yacht Care Boat Show Calender! by admin

Just in case you need a detailer, want  free t-shirt, or want  a job, here is our tentative boat show schedule for the '10-'11 boat show season! Newport Boat Show - September 16-19, 2010

Cedar Point Boat Show (tentative) - September 15-19, 2010

Norwalk Boat Show - September 23-26, 2010

Passagemaker Baltimore Trawlerfest - September 14-26, 2010

United States Sailboat Show (Annapolis) - October 7-11, 2010

United State Powerboat Show (Annapolis) - October 14-17, 2010

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 28-November 1, 2010

Miami International Boat Show - February 17-21, 2011

Palm Beach International Boat Show - March 24-27, 2011

Classic Boats and Refits by admin

With the Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival coming up this weekend, it is as good as time as any to link to a story about President JFK's (slightly more well known President than Dirk Boehmer!) former yacht "Honey Fitz" going through a refit:

While Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower used her, as did subsequent American leaders, Lenore II gained a high profile under President John F. Kennedy. That’s also when she gained the name Honey Fitz, a nickname of JFK’s grandfather. JFK used the yacht every summer weekend, often cruising with his young children. (On an interesting side note, one of the original Kennedy life preservers and two of the flags from the boat are in the Kennedy Library in Massachusetts.)

Honey Fitz is presently up on the hard in Riviera Beach, Florida at Moores Marine, an antique- and classic-yacht restoration company. The team of expert woodworkers are replacing planking and carefully evaluating the original drawing plans to ensure the restoration is accurate. Moores Marine is well versed in American-made wooden yachts, having rebuilt the 92-foot Trumpy Innisfail, the 63-foot Mathis Washingtonian, and others.

Air Compressor Install by admin

In our last trip to Florida, we caught up with one of our loyal customers in Stuart. The air compressor on his boat had developed a slow leak, which meant when turned on, it ran all of the time. A bit of a nuisance considering it was located just aft of the master berth. We gladly swapped out his old single tank model, with a new Hitachi dual tank compressor. Unfortunately for us, there was a few hours of engineering to get the new compressor installed securely to the engine room floor!