News from Our Coasts: January 2021



Updates from US Harbors


News & Events from Our Partners


AGLCA - Looper-Palooza AMERICA’S GREAT LOOP CRUISER’S ASSOCIATION – The next AGLCA event is open for registration! Looper-palooza will be a virtual event held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from January 26th – February 11th. There are three tracks to choose from: Route Briefing, covering the waterways from Fort Myers, FL to Norfolk, VA, including The Bahamas, Looper Lifestyle session where you will learn how to prepare for your Great Loop trip, and a special time for Gold Loopers as well! Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet with our members and sponsors! Details can be found at Hope to see you there!

21 Pilot from Eastern Boats
21 Pilot from Eastern Boats
EASTERN BOATS – For our 40th anniversary we have decided to bring back the boat that started it all. That’s right the Eastern 18 Classic is back in production!  Forty years ago, Eastern Boats offered only one model, this lovely 18’3” X 6’8” design by Royal Lowell, the Dean of Downeast boat designers. For our 40th Anniversary we have re-introduced her seaworthiness, versatility, and economy of operation. The only changes are all-composite construction, slightly increased freeboard, and a molded inner liner.

Help us celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2021. We hope you will check out our website for boats shows we plan on attending, 40th anniversary specials we may make available, and some other exciting boats we plan on unveiling in the year 2021.  It is full steam ahead for us here at Eastern, Seaway and Rosborough boats and we hope you will join us for what we believe will be an incredible year on the water.

FORMULA BOATSTHE FORMULA 500 SUPER SPORT CROSSOVER is your newest and best choice for taking a time out on the water! Finally, a fifty-foot answer to your private escape with family and friends, combining a commanding offshore ride with amenities and luxury to be enjoyed by your group for pleasure and adventure. The 500 SSC offers the Formula Crossover heritage of a wide-open, single-level bowrider, inviting open station-to-station wandering.

LIFE PROOF BOATS– We just launched a new 41’ Full Cabin model. It features 3 sleeping accommodations, a bathroom and separate shower. This vessel is also features our popular drop bow door feature. And for those looking for something extra the boat can be optioned with a 3 person hot tub in the bow!

Image Courtesy of Billy Black.
LYMAN MORSE – We were super excited to get the news from England that the editors of Classic Boat magazine nominated our latest launch, the Hood 57 LM for the 2021 Classic Boat Awards Best New Power Yacht. As you may remember, Anna, our 65′ Sloop won its Spirit of Tradition category in 2019 – thanks to your votes. We are asking that you vote for us again. It’s a vote for American boatbuilding and design. Lyman-Morse, CW Hood Yachts and Stephens Waring Yacht Design are the trifecta that created this powerhouse of design and craftsmanship. Vote for us in the Best New Power Yacht category by going to the official webpage to cast your vote. Thank you for showing your support!

Manatee Max Discount Code MANATEE MAX is offering a discount code to users. Use the code USHARBORS42 at checkout for $10 off your order of $50 or more. Discount code is valid 02/01/21 to 03/31/21.

Updates From Our Coastal Business Community

Classic Boat – The latest issue of Classic Boat is on sale now, featuring the shortlist for our annual Classic Boat Awards. The best restorations of the year, the best newly built traditional boats, the best modern classics and more – each category is now open for voting. You will have a job to choose who gets your vote. Despite wider events, it has been a phenomenal year in the classic boat world. Elsewhere our February 2021 issue is packed with interesting articles for classic boat lovers – practical advice, history and much more. Classic Boat Email

Coastal States Organization (CSO) has hired Derek Brockbank to be their new Executive Director. CSO represents the nation’s coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource and policy issues. Brockbank brings two decades of experience in coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, most recently serving as Executive Director of American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). He previously served as the campaign director for a coalition of conservation organizations working to restore coastal Louisiana, and as climate adaptation and field manager at National Wildlife Federation.

H2O Captain – 2021 will see 3 new excursions created by National Park Service’s leader, H2O Captain Eco-Tour Private Boat Excursions, in boat and land tours in the Beaufort/Morehead City/Atlantic Beach, North Carolina areas.  One of those featured will be taking passengers to The Cape Lookout Lighthouse with arrival before dawn to be the first one to view the Lighthouse in its early morning light.  This tour will commence in complete darkness with passage on the open ocean, adding to the mystery of the sea!

H2O Captain

Maine Boatbuilder’s Show – The Maine Boatbuilders Show Is moving back to the Portland Waterfront in 2021!Portland Yacht Services opened its doors to those who found the art and craft of messing around in boats a consuming passion. We have been tangled up by moving and didn’t have the facility to host the Show in Portland. We have built a beautiful new campus. The Pandemic Pause has ruled out the March 2021 date, but has offered the opportunity to bring the Show back home this summer without giving up the March 2022 date at the Portland Sports Complex. The same only different, we have always wanted to celebrate with an “on land and in the water “ event. This desire spawned the Small Craft Celebration, which included the opportunity for builders to demonstrate boats for clubs to give sailing demonstrations, rowing races all visible from our seawall.  Instead of two events, we will combine elements of both in July 2021.

Moonlight Marine is ready to serve your wooden kayak and canoe needs. There is still time to commission the small boat of your dreams before the spring 2021 paddling season begins.

Don’t wait till the last minute to give your boat the TLC it may need. We can service your composite and plastic kayaks and canoes as well.
We will soon be offering regional (mid-Atlantic to New England) kayak, canoe, and SUP transportation services. Right now we can provide limited (one day round trip) service and once Covid-19 eases up we will expand our travel area.
Moonlight Marine


The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of safe boating practices – has announced that those passionate about boating and saving lives through life jacket use, can apply to host a loaner station, or restock one in their community. As part of a grant administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, the Sea Tow Foundation has received funding to work with communities throughout the U.S. to add at least 50 new Life Jacket Loaner Stations and restock hundreds of existing stations for the 2021 boating season. Sea Tow Foundation

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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!