June/July 2002 NC Marine TradeWinds Newsletter
Bay Boat Works Destroyed in Five-Alarm Fire
Third generation custom boat builder, Ricky Gillikin
lost his company’s main construction building and two 50+ foot boats in a fire
on Monday, July 1. Known for quality sportfisherman and custom yachts, the
Harkers Island North Carolina builder has been building boats his entire life.
His grandfather built charter boats, his father built commercial fishing and
paddlewheel boats, and Ricky builds boats known and successful in major fishing
tournaments all along the east coast. One of the boats lost was 80% finished and
the other was a just completed hull. The company plans to rebuild the facility
and increase production to honor boat obligations of those owners who lost boats
and those next in line. See the company’s website at
Guard Wants Small / Medium Boats – ABYC Electrical Standards Involved
The US Coast Guard has indicated that it will be buying
considerable small and medium sized boats under the Homeland Security
authorization (see http://www.dot.gov/affairs/uscg0502.htm).
They have referenced many ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) electrical
standards as requirements for these boats. If a boat builder wants to bid on
government projects, it is necessary to at least be familiar with, if not
certified in, ABYC Standards.
We are going to be offering two seminars combining the needed
background of Selling To The Government and applicable ABYC Standards.
ABYC has agreed to share their information and allow us to incorporate their
standards presentation into a government procurement seminar. The classes will
be held in both New Bern and Manteo. For
more information on ABYC Standards contact Sharon Busker at 410/956-1050. Follow
www.NCwaterways.com at the Business
Assistance Tab for further information and notification of dates and
times. To be put on a notification list for seminars, call or email Wendy
Larimer [Wlarimer@SBTDC.org / (910) 962-3351)].
Sales Tax Cap Repeal – Not Likely …But Stay Vigilant
A NC bill proposing to remove the cap on boat sales tax was again
introduced in the House, but we understand that the bill had little support and
is not moving forward for now. This bill could be detrimental to the many custom
Sportfishing boat builders and their 1,500+ NC employees. These builders design,
build and sell high-ticket boats to individuals who have total discretion as to
where their boat is built. As shown by the old luxury tax, any change in the
cost of buying a North Carolina boat can have far reaching effects on the
Asked to Address Non-point Source Pollution
Non-Point Source Pollution Prevention is becoming this year’s
hot issue for the state DENR. Following EPA protocol, the state is required to
address this pollution along the US waterways, and develop a long-term plan. The
NC Division of Water Quality is taking the lead on addressing marina and
recreational boater contributions to pollution and developing a solution of how
to combat the problem. Marine Trades has been invited to the planning meeting on
how to develop Best Management Practices and rules to ease non-point source
pollution. We want to make sure marinas are treated fairly in this process and
will keep you informed of what is being discussed.
Wendy Larimer will be in the Lake Norman area the third week of
July. She will visit as many marine businesses as possible to refresh them on
what services we offer, as well as promote www.NCwaterways.com
as a marketing tool. If you have business concerns or issues you’d like to
discuss with Wendy, please call (or email) her at 910/962-3351 to set up an
Marlin Heading For Endangered Species List? – a Risk for NC’s Sportfishing
to an email notice from Pirates Cove Marina and the charter fleets of Oregon
Inlet, the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirate’s Cove Marina and the
Pirate’s Cove Big Game Tournaments, a
petition was filed on August 31, 2001 with NMFS (National Marine Fisheries
Service) to list White Marlin as an endangered species. On December 19, 2001,
NMFS determined that available statistics and data related to White Marlin Stock
were sufficient to warrant investigation. In March 2002, A Status Review Team
was created to review White Marlin population data and biological information.
In June 2002, public hearings are being held specifically to collect additional
data from the public, in order to further evaluate White Marlin and provide a
more comprehensive and complete picture of their status. On September 4, 2002,
NMFS will render its decision whether or not to list White Marlin as endangered
September 2003, regulations must be implemented to restrict activities in order
to protect White Marlin if, in fact, they are listed, in accordance with the
Endangered Species Act. If you have any data that sheds light on White Marlin
numbers, catches, sightings, etc., fax to 252-473-1172 or email to
for compilation and future use.
Check List Available
Our Marine Trades Hurricane Preparedness Plan is now available on
www.NCWaterways.com under the Business
Assistance Tab. This plan includes a checklist of suggested
actions for marina operators and customers to take to protect their property
before, during and after a hurricane. Action
items are listed according to number of hours until the storm arrives.
Suggestions for securing moored, trailered, anchored, and docked boats are also
a part of this plan. If your facility does not have a hurricane plan, download
ours so you don’t get caught off guard this hurricane season.
Infrastructure Grants – Wait Now On for 21 Applicants
According to Maury
Wolff, the North Carolina coordinator for the Boating Infrastructure Grant
Program (BIG), 97 North Carolina groups and individuals requested information on
the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program. Of those original 97, twenty-one
applications have been received and met criteria for review. The program’s
purpose is to bring better transient services and facilities to national
waterways. Nine million dollars has
been set aside for the current BIG program. There are two Tiers. Tier I is a
$100,000 to the state open to smaller projects. Tier II is for major projects
and can be used for smaller projects not accommodated in the Tier I funding, if
funds are available.
The review committee
will soon begin ranking the 21 applications to determine which ones will be
submitted to the federal government for further review. As with all government
grant programs, this will take awhile. The state must complete their review by
the end of September. It will likely be several months later until the final
winners of the grant money are announced. Maury Wolff stated that he received
many good project proposals and choosing the ones to move forward will be
difficult. He also said he was surprised that very few municipalities chose to
apply for this money since a major point of the grant program is to give boaters
better access to historic and waterways tourism destinations.
This is the second round of funding for the grant, which began over a year ago. Coinjock Marina and the City of Wilmington were the only applicants for the first round and shared the award to build and repair transient docks and pilings.
The Marine Trades Services is a program of the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The SBTDC is a business development service of The University of North Carolina operated in partnership with the US Small Business Administration.