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Rendezvous Registration Closed - See You There!

Nathan Bayreuther - 6/14/2020

Registration for the 2020 Mariner National Rendezvous on August 7-9 is closed ! This rain or shine event is meant to be a fun get-together for Mariner owners, sailing as a group from Niantic, Connecticut to New London.

We are mindful of ongoing Coronavirus concerns, and this year’s event is designed for all participants to maintain a safe and healthy distance from each other while still enjoying the opportunity to sail together and have a fantastic time on the water.

We’ll launch our boats at the state-owned, well-maintained Niantic River launch ramp in Waterford Friday morning and sail approximately 2 ½ hours to Bushy Point Beach in Groton for lunch and swimming. We’ll then sail up the Thames River in the afternoon to Crocker’s Boat Yard in New London where we’ll stay two nights. During the weekend, there will be plenty to see and do including an optional tour of nearby Fort Griswold, a chance to explore the city by foot, and an opportunity to sail all around the Thames River in your own Mariner. On Saturday night, there will be the option to attend a group dinner at the nearby Thames Landing Oyster House before returning to Crocker’s. We’ll leave Crocker’s Sunday morning and head north, exploring near the USS Nautilus before turning around and heading back to Niantic.

Summer "Notice to Mariners" Just Published!

Nathan Bayreuther - 6/11/2020

Newsletter Editor Terry Moulton just keeps cranking out the newsletters! This is a 20-pager that has recent information about the Rendezvous, Nationals, new members, and the upcoming slate of officers which will come into effect following the Nationals on Sunday, July 26th.

Speaking of the new slate of officers, here they are:

President: Nate Bayreuther
Secretary/Treasurer: Brad Friedman
VP Communications: Will Gilmore
VP Membership: Jerry Taylor
Chief Measurer: Chris Duncan
Newsletter Editor: Terry Moulton
Webmaster: Steve Hock

Thank you for volunteering to serve this great organization!

Click Here for the 2020 Summer Newsletter.

Inspecting a Mariner to Purchase

Want to buy a Mariner but not really sure what to look for? Is that weird stain just cosmetic or indicative of a structural issue? Does that problem need to be addressed immediately, or can it wait for another time? Is that other thing a deal-breaker, or can I use it to negotiate a lower price? Check out our inspection guide to help you be better informed when looking at a Mariner you may want to buy.

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The Mariner is a 19-foot fiberglass sloop first manufactured by George O'Day in 1963, and currently produced by Stuart Marine. Over 4,000 boats have been constructed and can be found all over the country and even internationally. The object of the Mariner Class Association, founded in 1966, is to encourage and promote the use of the Mariner as an economical daysailer, racer and cruiser; to keep the boat safe; to develop Mariner Class racing under uniform rules with Fleet regattas and an annual National Championship and to maintain the one-design features of the Mariner as originally intended by the Designer; to develop and support family sailing opportunities with regional cruising events and an annual Mariner Rendezvous.
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 • Shoal-draft with centerboard and kick-up rudder  • Inexpensive annual dues - only $15
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 • Large, roomy cockpit - great for family sailing  • Expert help available through active forums
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