News from Our Coasts: Week of 6/22/2020


NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: To help our coastal community weather the pandemic, US Harbors is posting weekly news summaries of updates and announcements received from our coastal community, including timely information on the status of harbors and marinas around the country. The deadline for submission is Thursday, 11PM ET. Items received after that time will be put in the next week’s summary.

News & Events from Our Partners


The Independence Day holiday weekend is expected to bring thousands of boaters to the water.
Celebrating America’s birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water this Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating’s traditional busiest time of the year. With COVID-19 it certainly won’t be the same. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders just in time for the holiday.

While boaters will need to follow social distancing guidelines, that’s not the only COVID-19 concern, according to the Foundation. While many local community fireworks displays have been canceled this year, some boaters may wish to offer their own fireworks show and take to the water with pyrotechnics. “With gallons of fuel aboard and other flammable materials – your boat – you would be truly risking lives,” said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. “It’s not worth the risk. There is no safe place aboard a boat suitable for using fireworks.”

As the captain, you can’t head out without remembering that your passengers become your responsibility as soon as you pull away from the dock. Think twice about loading up the boat with a cooler full with beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks as alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

Lastly, remember that you won’t be out on the water alone. Operation Dry Water will heighten BUI awareness and enforcement during the three-day weekend of July 3−5, and law enforcement officers will be on alert for those violating boating under the influence laws. Agencies from all 50 states and are expected to participate for increased enforcement.


Maine will begin Phase 3 re-opening July 1, and the Camden Opera House is ready to go in August! Tickets are on sale now for our weekly series of safely distanced 45-seats/one-set-only concerts in the auditorium, a short walk from the public landing. FMI:


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Updates From Our Coastal Business Community

AMERICA’S BOAT CHANNEL – We encourage boaters of all skill levels to have a free Vessel Safety Exam (15 – 30 minutes) to make certain the captain and crew have everything they need on board to be safe.

Click HERE to schedule your Vessel Safety Check.

Check out our free video library at for tons of instructional videos.

If you are interested in or online offerings:

Take advantage of our exclusive boat insurance member benefit program. For a quick quote, call 800-763-8777 or fill out the online quote form.

We have our new comprehensive Boat Handling Course, which is beneficial to all skill levels for boaters

DOWRY CREEK MARINA – Construction began this week on a new 5000 sq ft waterfront restaurant and bar at the Dowry Creek Marina near Belhaven, North Carolina, with planned opening late this fall. The Marina is located on the Atlantic ICW at mile marker 132, with 48 long term slips for 24 ft – 80 ft boats and 38 transient slips and face dock space for boats up to 195 ft with 7 ft draft. Day dockage is being added to provide additional space for boats stopping for the restaurant. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week, featuring local seafood and casual waterfront dining. It will compliment the Marina’s Ship Store, Boater’s Lounge, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, equipment rental and other facilities. Call 252-943-2728 or email [email protected] for further information or visit the Marina’s website at

Halifax River Yacht Club







The 124 year old Historic, Halifax River Yacht Club, and all marinas in the Volusia County area of the ICW in Florida, are open and accepting transient boaters.

Halifax River Yacht Club is open to reciprocity and fully functioning at 100% in all 4 areas of Dining, as well as our pool, pickleball courts and all amenities.

331 S. Beach Street Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114 (Historic Downtown Daytona Beach) Latitude 29.207400 Longitude -81.016670

Telephone: 386-255-7459

HERRESHOFF MARINE MUSEUM – Well, here we are in the world of the “new normal”. It’s been a hard three months for pretty much everyone (except maybe Zoom); tough decisions, businesses turned upside down and people put in very tight spots. HMM felt the pinch in a big way with widespread cancellations of education programs, weddings, events and seasonal dockage contracts. Despite that, we were able to keep everyone on the payroll (albeit at reduced hours), and shift staff focus to deliver the Herreshoff legacy digitally through our Code Flag Lima Project. CFL has been an unqualified success, and I’m incredibly proud of and thankful for the effort and commitment to the mission put forth by the HMM staff during these crazy three months.
Now our world seems to be on a path back to some semblance of “normal”, and HMM is on track to welcome visitors in early July. Our Sailing & Seamanship Program is back, too, and we already have almost 200 young sailors signed up! And, we’re planning to hold the annual Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta in late August (though without the traditional Rhode Island clambake for 250 sailors under the tent). That said, we’ve been hit hard by this, and there’s no sugar-coating the fact that, now more than ever, we can really use your help. I know everyone’s hurting now, but if you have the resources to add your support, the HMM team and I would really appreciate it!
Stay well. Hope to see you on the water or at the Museum soon!


We’re extending our “Love Our Locals” package  — 30% off the room of your choice! The package includes:


Also we’re offering a $25 dining credit to The Boathouse Restaurant

LOVING BLIND PRODUCTIONS – Join me in celebrating the release of a small video born of the Covid19 shutdown – a collaboration between Sam Hoffman of Lightsource, videographer Alan Dean, composer Jamie Lawrence and myself. We all paused long enough to create this ode to seaweed and kelp, those under-recognized but foundational primary producers of our oceans. Collaborations such as this are an artist and designer’s dream. I also discovered I love reading aloud from my book! I hope this sumptuous, three-minute snippet inspires you to read some of these seaweed stories as well.

I have been profoundly moved by the collaborations happening in the streets, across social media, in our homes and over zoom these past few weeks, bringing an enormous amount of history of Black lives to the forefront, a widening of engagement with the BlackLivesMatter movement and a stupendous array of brilliant Black thinkers, writers and designers being highlighted as they take the lead tackling the massive issues of our time. Again and again the power of collaboration is playing out. My upcoming work–a new teaching opportunity, proposal writing, and artmaking–are being guided by insights learned and humility felt, cultural humility bonded always to environmental humility.

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SCUTTLEBUTT MAGAZINE– Summer Fun! Island Hopping on the Great Lakes…Camping on your Boat…Events You can Safely Attend

PLUS Accessory Upgrade Ideas & Local Business Connections!

CLICK HERE to see the digital version!


Turner Farm. North Haven, Maine
ASSOCIATION OF YACHT SALES PROFESSIONALS – Today is a great day to register for Virtual YBAA U. The 2-day event happens July 14th and 15th, 90 minutes each session. Gary Jobson speaks both days and you will receive 4 CPYB credits per day and 10 CPYB credits if you attend the full program.

It’s free to YBAA members and those CPYB certified and there is a nominal fee for non-members.

Registration closes 5:00 pm (Eastern) July 10th so register today.

YBAA U Virtual

Photos of the Week

NOTE FROM OUR EDITOR: Do you have a beautiful or fun photo of your harbor, what you’ve been doing for social distancing, or a project you’re working on? Send it to us!