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Governor’s boat sits in closing Brewer yard

Only two boats stand in the gravel lot at Brewer Yacht Haven, the last working boatyard in Stamford, Conn., which must close at the end of the month.

One is Sapphire, a 28-foot powerboat owned by Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Malloy, Stamford’s mayor from 1995-2009, was a boater for many of the years he lived in Shippan. He was notified, along with other Brewer Yacht Haven customers, that he must move Sapphire by Oct. 31, when the boatyard's lease with the landowner Building & Land Technology ends, according to an article in the Stamford Advocate.

Brewer general manager Todd Breden said he's waiting to hear from Malloy.

“There's only one other owner I have not heard from yet, and that's on a boat we've been trying to gain control of for the last couple of years,” Breden said. “I don't know if a truck is coming to get the governor's boat or whether he wants to keep it here in wet storage, but it looks like he'll be one of the last ones out.”

A spokeswoman for the governor told the newspaper that Malloy is making arrangements to remove the boat.

Building & Land Technology’s decision to end the lease with Brewer Yacht Haven has created a flap because the yard was perhaps the largest working boatyard in the Northeast, and certainly the largest in the Stamford area.

Brewer has boatyards in Stratford, Conn., and Mamaroneck, N.Y., “but those filled up fast because of Stamford closing,” Breden said.

Some people likely will go across the sound to Long Island for service, he said.

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