NY Times – Facing Gators and Detours, Ferry heads North

ON THE OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY, Fla. — The captain and crew of the New York City-bound ferryboat known simply as Hull 200 spotted their first big alligator just before noon on Friday. And, eagerly anticipated as it was, it turned out to be a bad omen.

Their delight at seeing the reptilian menace slide into the canal they were navigating had barely subsided when the boat jerked to a stop. Three and a half days into its maiden voyage, Hull 200 was stuck in the Central Florida mud with no help in sight.

Boats get trapped in muck all the time, of course. But this sudden halt interrupted a crucial test for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan to start a citywide ferry service this summer.

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Updated information What: The GHTA 2017 Annual General Meeting
When: May 9, 10 and 11, 2017
Where: Grand Marina, 101 Craven St., New Bern, NC
Cost: $20.00 per person to help offset meals and meeting costs (Payable at the Meeting)

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND please email to the Secretary, Janet Guyer, (jlg@guyerworks.net) an assignment of your proxy to any member attending. This will enable us to assure a quorum.

For those who are planning to attend, please RSVP to Janet Guyer (jlg@guyerworks.net ) so a correctcountcanbeprovidedtothecatererandmeetingsetup. Ifyouhaveanydietaryconcerns, please advise Janet

The annual GHTA Meeting to be held at the New Bern Grand Marina in New Bern, NC is fast approaching. The dates are May 9 (arrival date), 10 and 11. The club is unable to book the marina as a group this year so it is important that you call the marina as soon as possible to secure your slip for our event! The marina front office told us that if you book and then cancel you will be issued a credit for a future stay. However, the dockmaster did not take a credit card when Seven Tenths made their reservation. The rate is $1.25 per foot with the GHTA event. Please call the dockmaster at 252-638-0318 and tell them that you are with the GHTA Cruising Club. The marina website is www.newberngrandmarinayachtclub.com.

In addition, for those arriving by car, the DoubleTree by Hilton (located at the marina) is offering a 15% discount for our club event. The hotel discount code is 0003039564 Other hotels

in the area include Comfort Suites of New Bern, BridgePointe Hotel and Marina, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott Riverfront, Candlewood Suites, and Hampton Inn New Bern. If you make a reservation with the DoubleTree, please tell them you are with the GHTA event at the marina. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there so don’t wait too long! We have a great meeting shaping up again this year and the agenda will be published soon.

The agenda draft includes a speaker from the New Bern Historical Society. Peter Colket from MTOA speaking about boat insurance. Curtis Stokes from Curtis Stokes and Associates will present on yacht surveys. Ken Ficket will speak about the new TT35 trawler from Mirage and other updates from Mirage. We hope to have Andy SKYPE into the meeting, to discuss the GHTA website.

If you have any questions, please contact either Debbie Dennig at 443.416.5138 or Janet Guyer at 913.406.5799.

Looking forward to seeing you for another exciting and successful annual meeting!

PS – The marina has advised us that there are six boats that have made reservations so far. PSS – For those who have enjoyed boating in 2016, please email 5-12 photos to Henry Dennig (hjdennig@hotmail.com ) so your adventures can be included in the slideshows during the meeting breaks.

So excited to be joining you all!

Hello,

My husband Patrick and I have just purchased Gale Force (N47).  We can’t say enough good about Ken and Becky Fickett and all the assistance we’ve received during our search and purchase.  The Zavelsons’, from whom we purchased the boat, have also been terrific.  We have renamed the boat to JOURNEY and have so many hopes and dreams about where this new life journey will take us.  We are looking forward to meeting others from the GHTA.