Top 2011 Boating News Posts

A look back at 50 major New England boating-news headlines in 2011.

1: 3 Rescued in Boat Collision off Boston (January 12)

Coast Guard rescue crews have aided 3 mariners from a fishing vessel that was taking on water after a collision southeast of Hull, Massachsuetts, on Tuesday, January 11. Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a distress call via VHF 16 radio from the vessel West Bay, a 600-foot bulk carrier, stating they had struck the vessel. Click here for the full story.

2: Stellwagen Wreck Edna G Listed as Historic Place (February 3)

The wreck of a mid-20th century fishing vessel, representative of a distinctive regional fishing technique, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The Edna G. shipwreck site rests within NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Click here for the full story.

3: Revolutionary 557-hp Outboard Unveiled (February 23)

Looking for all the world like something out of Star Wars, the new 557-hp outboard from Seven Marine has set a new mark for the boating industry. The revolutionary 557 V8 outboard, which is based on a proven high-performance 6.2-liter GM automotive engine, was unveiled today (Thursday, February 17) at the Miami Boat Show to an audience brimming with anticipation, as buzz about the engine has been percolating for several weeks. Click here for the full story.

4: NH Sewage Plant Releases Millions of Plastic Disks (March 16)

Health officials in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are warning people to stay away from thousands of plastic disks that have begun washing up on the area’s beaches. The disks recently broke free from a sewage treatment plant in Hooksett, New Hampshire, where they are essentially placed in sewage and used to soak up and consume bacteria. Click here for the full story.

5: NH Bill Raises Speed Limit on Lake Winnipesaukee (March 31)

Concord Monitor: A bill bumping up the speed limit in the “Broads” on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee to 55 mph has passed the state Senate. Click here for the full story.

6: Canal-Drainage Hoax Fools Some (April 1)

CapeCodOnline: A local bird-watching columnist managed to ruffle some feathers with an April Fools’ Day spoof that claims the Cape Cod Canal would be drained today. Click here for the full story.

7: Boater Dies of Heart Attack off Salem, MA (June 14)

Salem News reports that a recreational fisherman died of an apparent heart attack while returning to port during the fast-moving storm experienced by much of New England on Thursday, June 9. Click here for the full story.

8: Coast Guard Rescues 3 off NH (June 27)

Three men were rescued by the Coast Guard Friday after their boat capsized roughly a mile off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. The Rye Fire Department contacted Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor around 10:30 a.m., reporting the men called 911 after a wave came over the stern of their boat. Click here for the full story.

9: Standup Paddleboarders Make it to Maine (July 6)

WBURonlyagame: A little before two o’clock on a sunny June afternoon, on the deck outside a restaurant overlooking a non-descript dock in Portland, Maine, a couple dozen patrons, some of them fortified with beer, await the arrival of Mike Simpson and Will Rich. Click here for the full story.

10: Great White Sharks Return to Cape Cod (July 9)

CapeCodOnline: The first great white of the season was spotted a tad early in May by Menemsha fisherman Jeff Lynch, who saw the 18- to 20-foot shark swimming around a whale carcass off Aquinnah (on Martha’s Vineyard). Click here for the full story.

11: Soundbounder Beat: Creative Lobstermen Turning to Charters (July 11)

Something wasn’t right! After motoring clear of some ferry traffic near the entrance to New London Harbor, I was about to hoist the mainsail when I spotted Escape circling east of the channel. Lobster boats are common here, and it was obvious she was hauling pots, but something wasn’t adding up. Click here for the full story.

12: Sailors Detained After Anchoring off MA Powerplant (July 13)

Wicked Local Plymouth reports on 3 Norwegian sailors who were taken into custody after unwittingly anchoring in the exclusion zone of the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Monday night. Click here for the full story.

13: CT River Ferry Service to be Eliminated (July 16)

The 2 historic ferries on the Connecticut River at Rocky Hill and Chester are slated to stop running by August 25 due to funding cutbacks and the state employee layoffs. Click here for the full story.

14: Dog Rescued in Boston Harbor (July 19)’s Kevin Cullen has an amazing story about the recent rescue of a beagle that fell overboard in Boston Harbor. Here’s an excerpt: Margie Vogt sells houses for a living, which is hard work these days, so when she wants to unwind she and her husband Rick drive to the Dorchester Yacht Club.. Click here for the full story.

15: ME Boaters Rescue Plane Crash Victims off Matinicus (July 20)

Knox Village Soup: “At the end of the day, you’ve got 15 seconds to deal with the situation,” said Penobscot Island Air Service owner Kevin Waters. He said pilot Robert Hoffman used his experience, training and common sense in responding to a sudden loss of power, shortly after takeoff. Click here for the full story.

16: Deadly Boating Weekend Yields Lifejacket Lessons (July 21)

Following 5 boating accidents this past weekend, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of always wearing a lifejacket when on the water. First Accident:  At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, 2 boaters were ejected from their boat after it flipped in the vicinity of Boston Light. A Good Samaritan was able to assist…  Click here for the full story.

17: CT Boaters Rescue Deer in LI Sound (July 21)

Stamford Advocate: While visiting friends this past weekend in Darien, Keith Johnson of Winter Park, Florida, got a surprise when they took a fishing trip Sunday morning. While out on the water, the group of friends spotted 2 deer swimming between Sheffield and Fish Island, past the lighthouse. Click here for the full story.

18: Marlow Yachts Nixes Maine Boat School Deal (July 26)

Bangor Daily News: Disappointment hung heavy in the air in Eastport on Thursday morning as city officials made the formal announcement of what had been rumored for weeks: David Marlow, the luxury yacht manufacturer and entrepreneur, has decided not to purchase the Deep Cove Marine and Boat School Facility. Click here for the full story.

19: New Fort Getty Boat Ramp Deemed Useless (August 3)

Jamestown Press: The Harbor Management Commission met on July 13 and listened to islanders’ complaints concerning the newly renovated boat ramp at Fort Getty [in Jamestown, Rhode Island]. Click here for the full story.

20: Boat Invaders Arrested in Gloucester, MA (August 8) Two men who were flying the Jolly Roger pirate flag on their boat are facing charges after boarding another boat moored in Gloucester Harbor Thursday (August 4) night, police said. Click here for the full story.

21: Boat-Gas Theft on Rise (August 15)

Soundings Trade Only: With gas selling for about $5 a gallon at Massachusetts’ South Shore marinas, local authorities say thieves have started going for the large gasoline containers that some boat owners leave on deck, rather than fishing gear and marine electronics. Click here for the full story.

22: Father Injured by Runaway Boat (August 17) All Bruce Williams could think of was his daughter. Williams, 57, his wife, Patrice, and his daughter, Emily, 12, were on the dock at the South Shore Yacht Club in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday, preparing to take supplies back to their larger boat in a dinghy. Click here for the full story.

23: Provincetown Harbormasters Investigated (August 17)

CapeCodOnline: Town and pier administrators are looking into complaints this week against two seasonal assistant harbormasters. The personnel subcommittee of the Provincetown Public Pier Corporation board of directors met Thursday in an emergency session. Click here for the full story.

24: Shark-Bitten Seal Washes Ashore on Cape Cod (August 22) Some beaches in Chatham have been closed due to shark sightings and now, more evidence of the presence of sharks on Cape Cod. Click here for the full story.

25: Herreshoff H-20 Launched (August 26)

At first Dan Shea called it “just another day at the shop,” then smiled and said, “For the better part of a year it was just me in here. So now I know it’s not just another day.” Shea, a master boatbuilder, was referring to the 60 or so other folks, including Rhode Island senator David Cicillini, who were crowded into the Bristol Boat Company shop… Click here for the full story.

26: Father, Son Injured in Boston Boat Blaze (August 29) A father and his teenage son were taken to the hospital yesterday evening after their sailboat burst into flames on Dorchester Bay. Click here for the full story.

27: Irene Aftermath in New Bedford, MA (August 30)

New England Boating’s Mike King and I hopped in the New England Boating skiff on Monday morning to check out the post-Irene situation in New Bedford Harbor, where some 40 vessels were damaged during the storm. A few sunk and several were dismasted, while others escaped with only minor damage. Thankfully, no lives were lost. Click here for the full story.

28: Kayaker Rescued off Five Islands, ME (September 6)

A Maine-based Coast Guard boatcrew rescued a 62-year-old kayaker from the 60-degree water of the Herrington River near Five Islands in Maine, Sunday, September 4. Click here for the full story.

29: French Sailors Rescued Offshore (September 9)

The U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax, a Canadian Forces CC-130 Hercules and 2 merchant vessels participated in the rescue of 4 French sailors whose 36’ sailboat capsized more than 1,400 miles east-northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Thursday, September 8. Conditions at the time of the capsize were 45-knot winds with 25’ to 30’ seas. Click here for the full story.

30: New No-Discharge Zone Created in LI Sound (September 12)

SoundingsTradeOnly: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tuesday announced that a 760-square-mile area of Long Island Sound is now a “no-discharge zone.” Click here for the full story.

31: Paddleboarder Transits Nantucket Sound (September 12)

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror: Summer resident Jake Jacoby, an investment banker from New York, took the hard way back to the mainland last week. Jacoby is believed to be the first person ever to cross Nantucket Sound on a stand-up paddleboard, traveling the 24.55 miles from Dionis Beach to Seagull Beach in Yarmouth in just over six hours and covered 24.55 miles. Click here for the full story.

32: Dead Man Found on Drifting Sailboat in Woods Hole, MA (September 12)

CapeCodOnline: The Coast Guard found a deceased man on a boat off Woods Hole, Massachusetts, shortly after 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The adult male was reportedly found aboard a sailboat with the sails up and the motor running. Click here for the full story.

33: Rare Blue Whale Sighted off Maine (September 13)

SeacoastOnline: Naturalists from 2 whale-watching boats say they saw an 80’ blue whale, the world’s largest mammal, about 15 miles south of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Click here for the full story.

34: Severe Wake Damages Boats in Kittery, ME (September 19)

SeacoastOnline: Weeks after a pair of yachts motored past Badgers Island, leaving massive wakes that damaged boats and docks, property owners are still calculating damages and filing insurance claims. Click here for the full story.

35: Boat Sinks After Striking Nantucket Jetty (September 19)

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror: The 38’ cabin cruiser that sank after running aground on the east jetty late Thursday night has been located about 200’ south of the flashing green marker indicating the entrance to the channel leading into Nantucket Harbor. Click here for the full story.

36: Maine Schooner Groundings Raise Safety Concerns (September 19)

Portland Press Herald: The Portland Harbor Commission wants to meet with charter boat operators to explore steps to improve safety in the harbor, in response to 3 groundings of charter boats in the past 13 months. Click here for the full story.

37: Fisherman Airlifted off Maine (September 20)

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 48-year-old fisherman from a commercial fishing vessel at about 10:15 a.m., approximately 90 miles southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Monday, September 19. Click here for the full story.

38: Kayakers Rescued off Newburyport, MA (September 22)

Coast Guard crewmembers coordinated with Newbury harbormaster to recover 2 stranded kayakers near Plum Island River on Wednesday (September 21). Click here for the full story.

39: Bethany Frankel Rescue Story Questioned (September 26)

New York Daily News: Bethenny Frankel’s lost-at-sea story has a bit of bilge in it, says the sailor who escorted her boat back to port. Capt. Tim Russell, who skippers TowboatUS Nantucket tells us that he, not the U.S. Coast Guard, was responsible for delivering the reality TV star back to terra firma… Click here for the full story.

40: Super High Tide Causes Coastal Flooding (September 29) High tide combined with high winds rolling in from the east led to coastal flooding late Wednesday morning, into the afternoon. Click here for the full story.

41: Research Cruise Yields Boatload of Trash off NH (October 2)

The Rozalia Project has just published a report of its 4-day neuston net survey of marine debris conducted off the Isles of Shoals aboard the American Promise. The project was funded and supported by the Bonnell Cove Foundation of the Cruising Club of America. Click here for the full story.

42: Sportfisherman Sinks in Merrimack River (October 17)

Newburyport News: A 40’ sport fishing boat, the Samantha Mae, sank yesterday morning [October 16] off the coast of Salisbury, Massachusetts, forcing its passengers to climb the rocks of the north jetty for safety. Click here for the full story.

43: 5 Rescued off RI’s Charlestown Breachway (October 17)

The Coast Guard rescued 5 people on Saturday afternoon (October 15) after their 17’ center console capsized outside Rhode Island’s Charlestown Breachway. Click here for the full story.

44: Boston Globe Uncovers Rampant Seafood Mislabeling (October 26)

The Boston Globe ran a report in its Sunday (October 23) edition on the mislabeling of seafood in Massachusetts restaurants. The Globe took seafood samples from Massachusetts restaurants and supermarkets, many of them well known, and found that nearly half of 183 samples collected were not the species ordered or purchased. DNA testing was used to identify the actual species. Click here for the full story.

45: New Kayak Access Site Opens in Downtown Boston (October 29)

A new public pier and dock has recently opened in downtown Boston. The facility, which opened for use on October 21, 2011, provides access to the Fort Point Channel and Boston Harbor. According to Steve Hollinger, a local boater, kayaker and owner of Kayalu kayaking gear  in South Boston, explained that P&G Gillette… Click here for the full story.

46: Stamford, CT, Boaters Fight to Save Boatyard (November 6)

Stamford Advocate: Howard Flaster and others said Monday a developer’s plan to tear down the city’s last full-service boatyard feels like the death of one of the final concrete vestiges of Stamford’s maritime heritage. Click here for the full story.

47: 1 Dead, 2 Survive After Boat Sinks in RI (November 7)

WPRI reports that a man died Saturday morning, November 5, while trying to swim to shore after the 18’ Wellcraft center console on which he was fishing with 2 friends started to sink off Jamestown, Rhode Island. Click here for the full story.

48: Fisherman Dies at Sea (November 29)

CapeCodToday: The United States Coast Guard reports that an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod responded to an emergency call from the fishing vessel Sao Paulo around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning [November 28]. Click here for the full story.

49: Kayaker Rescued off Fairhaven, MA (November 29) A 67-year-old man was rescued Sunday [November 27] from the chilly waters off Buzzards Bay after his kayak capsized while fishing. Click here for the full story.

50: Body of CT Boater Found in Housatonic (December 5)

New Haven Register: Members of the state police Emergency Services Dive Team recovered the body of Richard Fiske from Lake Housatonic Sunday and the office of the state Chief Medical Examiner expects to conduct an autopsy today or Tuesday. Click here for the full story.


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