W H ER E F R E S H WAT ER B OAT ER S G O FO R N E W S June 2014 greatlakesboating.com Boat DEALING fe Sa Capacity Electronics ROUNDUP Discover Oconto Display until July 15, 2014 $5.95 US $5.95 CAN FREE Boat Ad p63 PUBLISHER’S NOTE It’s sunny now, but for industry needs in terms of an affordable, the longest time, I never value-added vessel to attract families. thought the long, cold, Bayliner’s MSRP for the Element XL is less snowy winter of 2013- than $17,000, making it very affordable. It 2014 would ever end. can hold up to nine people, giving it plenty of Proof positive is this true room for family and friends. And it holds the story. On Saturday, April 12, the temperature in Chicago rose to nearly 80 degrees for the first time in more than six months. Two days later, snowflakes started falling, the city recorded 1.5 inches of snow, and the temperature dipped to 26 degrees on tax day. Like some many fellow Chicagoans, I could only wonder if this winter would ever end. promise of “value,” that is bang for the buck. abounds is marine electronics. This sector Managing Editor Karen Malonis of the industry changes so often and so Associate Editor Jerome A. Koncel quickly that it is hard to keep up with all the about these products, our roundup article beginning on page 28 highlights some of the many new electronics products available to boaters for the upcoming boating season. boating season has arrived, and not a day too soon as far as I am concerned. Art Direction Steve Jones One product category that gets special attention in this issue is oil spill products. Advertising | Sales Inquiries Neil Dikmen p 312.266.8400 • f 312.266.8470 e email@example.com BoatUS recently tested 21 products that claimed to either remove or render harmless This issue is one of our most popular and oil, gas, or diesel spills. It found that many of well-read issues, and it contains several them didn’t deliver on their promises. What’s worthwhile articles focusing on innovation, more amazing to this 30+ year veteran of affordability, and product testing. the recreational boating industry is that of While I’m not one who often sings the Contributing Writers Victoria Bostedt Sarah Gross Elaine Short Editorial Intern Brandon Smith changes. To entice our readers to learn more sun is shining brightly, the waters are to put their boats into the water. The Publisher & Editor in Chief F. Ned Dikmen Another part of the industry where value But on to bigger and better things. The gleaming blue, and everyone is eager WHERE BOATERS GO FOR NEWS the 21 tested products, more than half (11) were found to be either toxic or super toxic. GREAT LAKES BOATING® Magazine (ISSN 1937-7274) “hotbed of innovation,” our cover story on Our Port of Call, Oconto, Wis., is a hidden Boating Publications, Inc., its publisher, 1032 N. LaSalle Malibu Boats celebrates several “game- jewel just waiting to be discovered. The city Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60610. changing models.” Take for example Malibu’s has done quite a lot in recent years, from Waksetter 23 LSV. This model’s innovative dredging its harbor to installing buoys from hull design, along with its Surf Gate and Oconto to Green Bay, to make this town Power Wedge Advancements, allow for more attractive to boaters and other tourists. perfect waves right out of the box, as well as Check out the article beginning on page 22. praises of the boating industry for being a for a customized experience on the water. © 2014 is a registered trademark (73519-331) of Chicago For editorial inquiries, contact Great Lakes Boating Magazine at 1032 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60610 p 312.266.8400 or e firstname.lastname@example.org. Great Lakes Boating Magazine is available online at greatlakesboating.com and at any of the distribution Finally, our editorial on page 8 describes the centers and newsstands in areas surrounding Malibu’s Wakesetter 22 MKZ is the ideal boat highly successful work of the Recreational the Great Lakes. Postmaster should forward all for the seasoned pro and the casual weekend Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). rider. Its sleek design and angular look Once you discover how RBFF works with have made it Malibu’s fastest selling model states to bring back lapsed boaters and All manuscripts should be accompanied by a self- since it was first introduced for the summer fishermen and the results it has achieved addressed stamped envelope. Great Lakes Boating sports of waterskiing and wakeboarding. over the last few years, we encourage Magazine is not responsible and will not be liable for Malibu Boats has been around for 30 years, but it’s only recently taken a more pro-active you to send thank you notes or emails expressing appreciation for their efforts. undelivered issues to Great Lakes Boating Magazine, 1032 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60610. non-solicited manuscripts, including photographs. Great Lakes Boating Magazine does not assume liability or ensure accuracy of the content contained approach to the Great Lakes region. We This same leadership exists with the Great in its articles, editorials, new product releases and applaud the boatbuilder for this effort, as well Lakes Boating Federation, which watches advertising. Inquiries may be directed to the authors as for moving from a private concern to a over everything on the Great Lakes from through the editorial office. 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TABLE OF CONTENTS 12 OTC WAKESETTER 23 LSV FEATURES Features LENGTH: BEAM: • MALIBU BOATS ......................... 12 • OCONTO ........................................ 22 • MARINE ELECTRONICS ................ 28 • WHO’S BOAT BUYING ................... 32 DRAFT: CAPACITY: 22 SPOTLIGHTS Spotlight • BAYLINER ...................................... 18 • OIL SPILL PRODUCT TESTING ..... 36 • STABILITY vs CAPACITY ............. 40 IN THE In theNEWS News • GREAT LAKES ..............................42 42 • FISHING .................................... 46 • MARINAS.................................. 48 • NATIONAL ................................. 50 • SAILING .................................... 52 Departments DEPARTMENTS • PUBLISHER’S NOTE...........................04 • EDITORIALS ........................................ 08 • NEW PRODUCTS ...............................54 • BOAT CARE AND FEEDING..................56 • EVENTS CALENDAR ..........................58 • MARINE MART..................................62 • ADVERTISER INDEX ..........................63 • READ • GREAT LAKES BOATING on your tablet or smartphone visit: greatlakesboating.com GLB NEWSLETTER A L E RT !!! Great Lakes Boating now offers boaters a free weekly digital newsletter to keep them informed about news, issues, and events of the Great Lakes. Visit www.greatlakesboating.com and register by entering your email address into the appropriate box. Sell your boat on our NEW redesigned Classified Section 6 GLB | May/June 14 FUEL: HULL TYPE: .................... 23’ .................... 102” ....................27” .................... 15 ....................69 gals Wake Plus or Diamond For more than 30 years, Malibu has designed and built boats in the U.S., with a focus on game-changing innovations, unrivaled versatility, and the ideal mix of performance and pleasure. The Wakesetter 23 LSV has been fully redesigned for 2014. This all-new boat starts with an innovative hull design that will boost the wakeboarding and wakesurfing experience, while the running surface remains unchanged. The 23 LSV also features WakeView seating, deeper storage, and a user-friendly dashboard among many other updates. The newly designed helm features a new steering wheel and shifter that provide the same high-end performance and handling that Malibu is known for. Riders can fine-tune their ride with the Power Wedge and customizable rider pre-sets. The Diamond hull is also available for slalom skiing enthusiasts. The 23 LSV equipped with Surf Gate is a perfect wakesurfing machine. For 2014, Surf Gate features a faster actuator for quicker side-to-side transfers. Malibu has also incorporated signaling, with a horn on the transom and optional indicator lights on the tower, helping riders time their transfer from one side to the other. Malibu Boats 5075 Kimberly Way Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-5478 www.malibuboats.com EDITORIALS RBFF’S EFFORTS TO INCREASE BOATING AND FISHING STAND OUT At a time when our country is struggling to fi nd real leaders, it’s consoling to fi nd one right in our midst. The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) efforts to bring back lapsed anglers and boaters stand out because they are not only clear, concrete, and practical, but also highly successful. The Foundation’s pro-active direct marketing efforts have specific goals, use well thought out methods, and measure its success in numbers we can all understand, i.e., dollars and cents. In April, RBFF announced the 2014 launch of its State Marketing Program. The nationwide effort to increase fishing license sales and boat registrations is being conducted in partnership with 40 state agencies for the State Fishing License Marketing Program and 21 state agencies for the State Boat Registration Marketing Program. It targets more than 3.5 million lapsed anglers and boaters with direct marketing materials that encourage them to buy a fishing license or register their boats. Previous years’ programs have enjoyed impressive success, resulting in more than $34.6 million cumulative gross revenue for participating states. The State Fishing License Marketing Program, now in its seventh year, focuses on those anglers who haven’t renewed their fishing licenses for at least one season. Th is year’s program includes a black and white postcard mailing and a supplemental email message in participating states. The 2013 program included 40 states and resulted in more than 229,000 licenses being sold and $4.64 million in gross program revenue. The State Boat Registration Marketing Program, initiated nationwide in 2012, is an outreach program to boaters who haven’t renewed their boat registrations for at least one season. The primary tool for gett ing these boaters to return is a four-color direct marketing letter that is being distributed in 23 states. In 2013, this campaign resulted in more than 48,000 boats being re-registered and $1.68 million in gross program revenue. RBFF funds both of these programs, and the participating states receive all of the revenue generated by the programs. In addition, RBFF provides states with customizable direct marketing pieces; works with them to enhance their overall marketing and communications efforts; and offers ways to improve the fishing license and boat registration processes. As we begin the summer boating season, we want to recognize the outstanding efforts of RBFF to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. Even though this is the mission of RBFF, we applaud it not just for these successful marketing efforts toward lapsed boaters and anglers, but also for its awardwinning Take Me Fishing™ campaign. Designed to create awareness around boating, fishing, and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation, Take Me Fishing helps boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan, and equip themselves for a day on the water. The campaign website, www.TakeMeFishing.org , features tips and how-to’s that can be used all over the country, tools to compare different styles of boats, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to fi nd local boating and fishing spots. Please join us in offering kudos, praise, and thanks to RBFF for all they have and continue to do to increase participation in boating and fishing. Send a note, an email, a letter of thanks to RBFF for a job well done. Agree? Disagree? Want to Comment? EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS TO LET TERS@GREATLAKESBOATING.COM 8 GLB | May/June 14 CELEBRATE THE BOATING LIFESTYLE The change from winter to spring and spring to summer is usually not a big time for celebration, but this year it’s worthy of a great big one because of our harsh winter. The howling winds, blinding snow storms, and bitter cold temperatures have been replaced with warm breezes, blooming flowers, and ice-free waters that beckon us home. It’s time to celebrate. and safety tips for this boating season. The best tip: Wear a lifeacket! Every boater and passenger should wear a lifejacket every time they are on the water. More than 70 percent of the boating fatalities in 2012 were the result of drownings. The USCG estimates that 85 percent of these drowning vistims were not wearing lifejackets. While we note with some fanfare the changing of the seasons, now is a good time to also recall those things that make boating such a great pastime. The freedom and exhilaration that one experiences are certainly notable, but we would like to take this opportunity to highlight two impressive statistics. National Marina Day is June 14, and celebrates marinas as gateways to our nation’s waters, stewards of those waters, and providers of numerous recreational opportunities. Marinas throughout the Great Lakes will be hosting events, inviting families and friends to participate in a variety of fun activities ranging from boating demonstrations to food and music. Join the celebrations! Each year, the number of people who participate in boating is growing. Th is past year, more than 82 million were either on a boat or actually went boating. Th is makes boating one of the single largest outdoor recreational sports in the United States. So, take time to remember all the good things that are part and parcel of boating on the Great Lakes. Visit the Discover Boating website (www.discoverboating.com) and revel in all the good things that are boating. Now is the perfect time to celebrate the boating lifestyle. Of those people who participate in boating, the vast majority enjoy a safe boating experience, and this fact is often overlooked when people talk about boating. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 2012, the last year for which figures were available, boating fatalities were the lowest ever since the federal agency began keeping these statistics. What a great accomplishment and a real testament to those people who are involved in the teaching, preaching, and educating of people about safe boating. JOIN US The VOICE of 4.3 Million Boaters During the next two months, there are two occasions that offer all of us a great opportunity to celebrate the joys of boating: National Safe Boating Week and National Marina Day. May 17 through May 23 is National Safe Boating Week. During this time, boaters will be reminded to give as much attention to safety precautions for themselves and their passengers as they do to maintaining their vessels and keeping them in good condition. Th is is a great opportunity to get free vessel safety checks. Request one from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary at www.usps.org/national/vsc/. During this week, various boating organizations will come together to provide activities, educational seminars, greatlakesboatingfederation.org greatlakesboating.com | 9 EDITORIALS GUEST COMMENTARY MITIGATING FACTORS IN KEEPING ANS OUT OF GREAT LAKES The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Report at the start of this year, and it is a milestone in the fight against aquatic nuisance species (ANS). The GLMRIS Report outlines eight potential control plans within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent the transfer of 13 aquatic nuisance fish, algae, virus, crustaceans, and plants in all life stages between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. The eight potential plans range from continuing and improving upon current control efforts, like the operation of the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, to vastly complex efforts such as the complete separation of the two watersheds. During 11 public meetings held to discuss the report, 930 minutes of diverse testimony were recorded from more than 600 meeting attendees. While the oral comments were diverse, one sentiment prevailedâ€”no one wants to see Asian carp established in the Great Lakes. Most of the costs and timelines in the report are associated with measures to mitigate the impacts invasive species controls have on flooding or water quality, and this is a critical area. For example, although it may not take 25 years to build a dam (or dams) in the CAWS, the GLMRIS alternatives must include features to ensure that these dams do not harm the public by causing either significant flooding in the Chicagoland area or creating adverse impacts to the water quality of Lake Michigan. conveyance, flood risk management, and recreation. The GLMRIS Teamâ€™s analyses show that physically separating the waterways is likely to cause severe adverse impacts to these uses, particularly to flooding, water quality, and navigation. Physical separation was found to induce an estimated $211 million and $251 million in average annual losses to commercial cargo navigation for two Hydrologic Separation alternatives. Two options were examined to potentially mitigate these impacts: a multi-modal facility that would transfer commodities from barge to truck or rail and transloading facilities that would lift vessels over a physical barrier. Th rough a survey of commercial waterway operators, the research team found that most commercial shippers would not use a transloading facility due to additional re-handling costs. Because a multi-modal facility would also involve an increase in the costs of material handling, it is unlikely shippers would use these facilities. Therefore, the GLMRIS Report proposes no mitigation for impacts to navigation. Th is one example shows the challenging tradeoffs to be weighed in addressing the potential interbasin transfer of ANS. The impacts to existing uses should not be overlooked when considering ANS transfer alternatives. For more information, visit: htt p://glmris.anl.gov/. By Sarah Gross, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District Lake Michigan and the CAWS currently serve many important uses, including navigation, water supply and WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST NEWS? Then skip on over to www.GreatLakesBoating.com? 10 GLB | May/June 14 PASSION INNOVATION F or more than 30 years, Malibu has designed and built boats in the U.S., with a focus on game-changing innovations, unrivaled versatility, and the ideal mix of performance and pleasure. This is a snapshot of three outstanding models that will leave the reader thirsty for a â€œeureka momentâ€? that can only be experienced on the water. 12 GLB | May/June 14 www.malibuboats.com WAKESETTER 23 LSV The design, finish, and details on all of these boats make them a Wake and wave manipulation is easy and intuitive with Malibu’s lot of fun to look at, but like a hot sports car, the real pleasure is Surf Gate and Power Wedge advancements, which allow for in the ride. The all-new Wakesetter 23 LSV boasts an innovative a quick and perfectly customized experience on the water for hull design that takes wakeboarding and wakesurfing to another any boarder, surfer, or skier, from beginners playing around to level, while the running surface remains unchanged. seasoned pros looking to shred the envelope. Boarders can A long-time favorite of many Malibu’s pro team riders, the 23 LSV throws a perfect wake right out of the box with fine-tuning at the operator’s fingertips via the dash’s MaliView touchscreen. easily transfer side to side while on the move with Surf Gate, and for passengers there’s no need whatsoever to lean the boat to one side; they can just sit back and enjoy the show. greatlakesboating.com | 13 The 23 LSV’s distinctive styling and classic curves draw stares wherever it goes. Its completely redesigned interior is spacious and luxurious, featuring deeper storage, wake-view seating, rear transom seating, and, like all Malibus, beautiful hand-wrapping of the dash, seats, etc. throughout. Bonus: Coastlines are no problem in a Malibu; these boats are ready to take on salt water with the optional Salt Resistance Performance package, a comprehensive shielding of all susceptible components against the damaging effects of salt water and sea air. 14 GLB | May/June 14 SPECS: Length: ................................................................. 23’ Beam: ................................................................. 102” Draft: ................................................................. 27” Capacity: ................................................................. 15 people Fuel: ................................................................. 69 gal. Weight: ................................................................. 4,500 lbs. Hull Type: ................................................................. Wake Plus or Diamond WAKESETTER 22 MXZ Malibu’s flagship 22-footer lives up to its title as Official Towboat of the Red Bull Wake Open. This competition-proven boat effortlessly kicks out wakes perfect for the casual weekend rider and old pro alike. The 22 MXZ has been hailed for its performance and great wake, as well as providing the ideal amount of space, fitting as many as 14 riders comfortably. The deep-V wake hull cuts through the water with ease, and a fast and easy tweak of the settings provides a custom pull for every rider in the boat. The Malibu Touch Command makes wake and wave customization a cinch. The one-of-a-kind Surf Gate lays perfect waves that can be run from one side to the other at the desired height, letting surfers work back and forth as long as they please, while the rest of the crew relaxes and enjoys the show. The aggressive, angular look evokes a certain exotic edge, which, beyond the boat’s high performance, is likely part of the reason why the 22 MXZ set a record as Malibu’s fastest seller ever upon its debut. It’s as though there’s some 007 DNA in its design. SPECS: Length: ...................................................................................... 22.3’ Beam: ...................................................................................... 102” Draft: ...................................................................................... 27” Capacity: ...................................................................................... 14 people Fuel: ...................................................................................... 50 gal. Weight: ...................................................................................... 4,400 lbs. Hull Type: ...................................................................................... Wake greatlakesboating.com | 15 WAKESETTER 24 MXZ Pro wakeboarder Phil “King of the Wake,” Soven’s favorite, the 24 MXZ is the rare big boat that delivers uncompromising agility, so performance isn’t sacrificed for more power. The proof is in the ride, and this 24-footer is incredibly nimble, especially considering it’s designed to haul 18 people. It offers a roomy, plush interior and storage galore. A testament to thoughtful design and engineering, the powerful 24 MXZ doesn’t just throw world-class wakes; this thing handles like it’s on rails. The two gorilla fins down below and the deep-V wake hull both help the 24 MXZ slice through the water while holding an edge 16 GLB | May/June 14 and handling better than any boat in its class. With its Surf Gate, Power Wedge, and 1,450 pounds of hard-tank ballast, the boat treats the rider to meaty wakes and long, glassy waves all day long. No big and slow here, just big. It’s fast and incredibly agile—with more than enough power to make serious waves. SPECS: Length: ...................................................................................... 24.5’ Beam: ...................................................................................... 102” Draft: ...................................................................................... 27” Capacity: ...................................................................................... 18 people Fuel: ...................................................................................... 78 gal. Weight: ...................................................................................... 4,800 lbs. Hull Type: ...................................................................................... Wake A robust lineup of Deck Boats and the new Element XL deliver more for less on the Great Lakes Baylinerâ€™s capacity is more than meets the eye. From chasing walleye in the rocky beds of Lake Michigan to cruising for excitement near one of Lake Huronâ€™s daydream beaches, Bayliner means options. By Elaine Short 18 GLB | May/June 14 190 Deck Boat LOA:.......................... 18’7” Beam:.......................... 8’1” Draft Max.:.......................... 16” Fuel Capacity:.......................... 35 gals. 210 Deck Boat LOA:.......................... 20’7” Beam:.......................... 8’6” Draft Max.:.......................... 16” Fuel Capacity:.......................... 55 gals. 215 Deck Boat LOA:.......................... 20’7” Beam:.......................... 8’6” Draft Max.:.......................... 16” Fuel Capacity:.......................... 55 gals. Get More, Do More with Deck Boats Bayliner’s new outboard-powered 210 Deck Boat seats up to 12 thanks to L-shaped pontoon-style cockpit seating and a spacious bow. Roomy in-floor locker storage holds skis, water toys, even a Bayliner’s versatile and stylish Deck Boats are a go-to choice for full cooler, while innovative under-seat storage stows the rest of families looking to host a crowd for ambitious days on the Great the crew’s gear leaving plenty of free space. Flight Series or Fish Lakes. From bow to stern, Bayliner’s 190, 210, and 215 Deck Boats Package options are available as well. are ideal crafts for long days on the water. The 215 Deck Boat comes with a Mercury stern drive, offering an The 190 Deck Boat has a floor plan option for every style of boater. impressive holeshot at the full capacity of 12, ensuring no rider will For water sport enthusiasts, the Flight Series package adds be traded for power. Easy-to-reach grab handles and cup holders necessities like an extended swim platform and wakeboard tower. If amplify comfort and safety in the spacious bow seating area, while perch is on the menu, then the Fish Package with built-in Lowrance X4 a large in-floor locker accommodates skis, water toys and other sonar is the way to go. The 190 offers so much storage and efficient gear, keeping the cockpit clutter-free. Both the 210 and 215 have a seating the only question boaters will be left asking is whether to stick portside storage bulkhead that doubles as a changing area. with the windscreen or add the wraparound windshield. Photos by Richard Steinberger and Pasqual DePuhl greatlakesboating.com | 19 Element XL LOA: ............................18’2” Beam: ............................7’5” Draft Max.: ............................16” Fuel Capacity: ............................12 gals. A New Way to Do More: The Element XL Starting at $16,999, the Element XL includes automotive-style handling, a standard 90-hp or upgraded 115-hp FourStroke Mercury® engine and class-leading stability and safety features. Bayliner’s revolutionary Element series ensures that new boaters At 18 feet, Element XL boasts deep freeboard and Bayliner’s feel at home on thewater. The new Element XL adds a big twist to a innovative, patent-pending M-HullTM design,that has significantly trusted boat line: more power, more seating, and more storage. improved onboard safety. With an optional Sport configuration, “The Element XL is going to be huge in 2014 and beyond,” said Keith Yunger, President of Bayliner Boats. “While Bayliner is constantly striving to innovate, we are also building new expectations about the possibilities of family boating. We are confident that the larger including a custom sport arch, Element XL will excite the water sports enthusiasts onboard. Element XL’s features open up all the possibilities the water holds, and with seating for nine, offers enough room for friends and family. Element XL will put smiles on the faces of new and experienced boaters all over the country.” 20 GLB | May/June 14 www.bayliner.com PORT OF CALL O HIDDEN JEWELS ARE HARD TO FIND, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO DISCOVERING HIDDEN TOURIST JEWELS ON LAKE MICHIGAN FOR BOATERS AND FISHERMEN, THERE ARE MANY THAT COME TO MIND. OCONTO, WIS., IS ONE THAT HAS BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY TO BE DISCOVERED. n any given summer day, the city of Oconto’s Oconto is located on the bay of Green Bay, and its name is harbor is home to 50 slips for transient or seasonal derived from the previous inhabitants, the Menominee Indians, boaters, including 6 to 8 majestic sailboats moored who proclaimed it “land of many fishes.” Today, the city certainly at the entrance, waiting to sail softly in the wind. An enormous iron lives up to its Indian name, as well as its current nicknames as the sundial plus an ancient rustic ship’s anchor welcome everyone to “Perch Capital” and “Walleye Mecca” of the Great Lakes. the “land of many fishes.” In addition, Breakwater Park is the place Oconto not only welcomes local fishermen, but also professional where visitors and locals flock daily to capture breathtakingly ones, as it is home to three major walleye tournaments: Cabela’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Masters Walleye Circuit in June, AIM Pro Walleye Circuit in July, and Sheboygan Walleye Club Battle on the Bay in August. The AIM tournament is “green.” Fish are caught, photographed, 22 GLB | May/June 14 Damian Schumacher Kitty Werner and released. “PERCH CAPITAL” AND “WALLEYE MECCA” OF THE GREAT LAKES. Although Walleye is the city’s main fish attraction, Oconto’s waters sediment. The state agency awarded Oconto a $1,953,358 Harbor are full of many other fish species. Perch are plentiful, and for many Assistance Program Grant to increase its harbor’s channel depth to years the local Sportsman’s Club has sponsored a local Perch 8.5 feet and widen its entrance to 60 feet from the existing 50 feet. Tournament. In the Oconto River, bass are abundant. Maintaining THE HARBOR Armed with this grant, Oconto has been able to dredge the harbor to a depth that will allow both big and small boats to safely pass into its harbor. Because the source of this sediment buildup has been Although Oconto markets its harbor and river as major attractions for tourists and anglers alike, it has found difficulty promoting these prime attractions because of a pesky problem: sedimentation. Like many other shallow draft harbors along the Lake Michigan coastline, Oconto’s harbor entrance encounters a yearly buildup of sediment, meaning the city has had to dredge it periodically. Last unknown, it remains a baffling problem. To solve this perplexing matter, Oconto is moving forward in this area by pursuing a 100 percent federally funded grant to identify the causes of sedimentation. Oconto has also formed a Dredging Committee with local entities to stay ahead of the issue. year the city received a major boost from the Wisconsin Department Damian Schumacher Cabela’s Walleye Circuit of Transportation to clean out the existing greatlakesboating.com | 23 A Cruisers CONNECTION Seeking the dredging of Oconto Harbor in 2013 was not only a useful tool for attracting recreational boaters and sport fishermen, but it was seen as a positive step for keeping the city’s largest and oldest continuously operating business, Cruisers Yachts. accomplishment, because it tells boaters that Oconto welcomes them and is concerned with their safe arrival and departure. Over the years, Oconto’s Breakwater Harbor has not been known as a “boater friendly place.” In fact, the word among the boating populace was to avoid Oconto Harbor. “Don’t try to enter the harbor or you’ll find your boat embedded in sediment.” Oconto As a major manufacturer of yachts, Cruisers Yachts has believes that the dredging and widening it completed this year, depended on Oconto Harbor for testing its new boats. Therefore, along with the installation of solar-lit buoys, will show boaters that it encouraged the city to pursue the Harbor Assistance Grant, Breakwater Harbor is safe and accessible. noting that without the proper depth of the channel, the testing might have to move to another community. With the grant project almost completed, Cruisers no longer has to worry about this potential problem. Attracting TOURISTS Oconto uses its natural harbor and abundant fish to attract boaters and anglers, but it is not only a fishing haven. Three years Today, Cruisers Yachts is the biggest employer in Oconto. It ago the city was designated “Bird City” because of its connection recently announced that it would be building a brand-new line of to the Wisconsin Nature and Bird Trail where many species of fishing boats, which will eventually bring 70 more jobs to this area. birds can be spotted. The Oconto Marsh area ties into the Nature Members of Oconto’s city administration have applauded this and Bird Trail as an important habitat for about 100 types of announcement, citing it as another progressive move by Cruisers waterfowl and migratory birds. that will further develop Oconto’s economy. Oconto has also been building on its “High Flyer” status since Not only was the dredging important to Cruisers Yachts, it was it was bestowed upon it. This summer, the city is sponsoring its also critical to keeping five commercial fishermen at the harbor. first Nature Festival featuring 34 vendors and a “Raptor Show” at In addition to the dredging and widening of the harbor, the Oconto River Channel will be safely marked with buoys up to the purple martin, and wood duck houses in various parks and is faithfully monitoring them. Cabela’s Walleye Circuit Kitty Werner mouth of the Bay of Green Bay. This is an extremely important Copper Culture State Park. In addition, the city is placing bluebird, 24 GLB | May/June 14 Damian Schumacher NOW IS THE TIME FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS, AND OTHERS TO DISCOVER OCONTO. The city also has a professional-grade sporting complex called Oconto County Historical Society. Attached to the property is the Holtwood Park. It includes six baseball fields, a nine-hole disc golf original barn, which houses an eclectic variety of vehicles and course, two volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits, and a soccer/ carriages, including an electric car. rugby field. Remembering ITS HISTORY While Oconto strives to meet the needs of today’s boaters and tourists, it is also very proud to speak of its history. Another Oconto attraction addressing its history is “Ride Oconto History.” This unique tour consists of five bike routes with 46 historical stops, including one National Landmark, 5 Historical Markers, and 28 National Register of Historic Places. Oconto has the distinction of being the County Seat, More than 5,000 years ago, during the time of the pyramids, showcasing a stately century-old Court House, topped with Oconto was the burial place of the Copper Culture Indians. In the a majestic golden “Lady Justice” who watches over the City, 1950s, an Oconto student discovered the Copper Culture Burial as the soothing chimes of her clock remind the community Grounds, and a museum now marks this finding as part of Copper each hour of the day as it arrives. Culture State Park. No matter what hour the clock chimes, now is the time for boaters, In the 1800s, Oconto was also a booming lumber town, and anglers, and others to discover Oconto, the hidden jewel waiting reminders of this fabulous era are displayed in the mansions to be revealed. lining Main Street in Oconto. Most of these homes are in their original state. One remarkable mansion, the Beyer Home, has Victoria Bostedt is the mayor of Oconto, Wis. Damian Schumacher been turned into a museum, lovingly maintained by the local Kitty Werner Beyer Home greatlakesboating.com | 25 Spotlight By Jerome A. Koncel W hen it comes to buying marine electronics products, there In the West Advisor section, boaters will click on “Fishfinder” and are three important steps to follow. The first is to buy get an article that describes what fishfinders do and then walks the high-quality products. While price is always a priority in reader through the selection process by asking the reader to answer any purchase, the question inevitably comes down to how high a priority? In this case, it seems that the best advice is to buy and install those products that are reliable, easy to use, and will give the boater many years of trouble-free use. After all, boating should be hassle-free, stress-free experience. The second step is to make sure the equipment is properly installed. Today’s marine electronics make boating just not easier, but also safer. So, be sure to have your equipment properly installed by a certified professional. Remember that boating on the Great a series of questions: • Does the boater want a standalone, combination, or networked fishfinder? • What display specifications does the consumer want, i.e., color, size, and pixels? • How much transmission power is needed (wattage) and what type of transducer frequency (single or CHIRP)? usually choppy, and getting home safely should be the number one • Does the fisherman want to look to the side, straight down, or all around? priority. Every 20-foot and larger boat on the Great Lakes should be By answering these questions, the angler will be able to narrow Lakes is like boating on oceans. The lakes are big, the waters are equipped with a combination GPS/chartplotter. Finally, boaters should properly care for and maintain their marine down the specific “Fishfinder” he or she would would to purchase for their vessel. electronics equipment. New products Advice Because boaters have many options to choose from when purchasing marine electronics, they should not be afraid to The following is a roundup of some new electronic products offered to boaters by various marine electronics manufacturers for the summer of 2014. seek advice. The most obvious sources of information about marine electronics equipment are other boaters, but don’t hesitate to contact product support staff at leading manufacturers, such as Furuno, Garmin, and Raymarine. Another valuable resource are stores such as The Radios Cobra Electronics introduced its latest series of handheld radios at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. GPS Store Inc. (www.TheGPSstore.com), West Marine, Cabelas and The Cobra HH450 DUAL Marine Radio is a waterproof, All-Terrain- others. One highly regarded authority is West Marine, whose website Radio™ specifically designed for year-round, multipurpose use. This (www.westmarine.com) offers a West Advantage section that has rugged and compact, floating marine radio unit includes Cobra’s clear, concrete practical articles under the icon “West Advisor.” exclusive Rewind-Say-Again® feature and both marine VHF and As the name suggests, the articles found in “West Advisor” walkie-talkie GMRS technology for higher-powered functionality. provide useful advice to help boaters in purchasing various marine The radio allows boaters to choose between low, medium, and high products, including specific marine electronics products, such as power for short and long range communication, plus it offers access chartplotters, radar, and fishfinders. The articles are clearly written to weather alerts with Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) and go through a step-by-step process to help boaters select the for threatening weather nearby. The HH450 Dual has a noise- proper equipment. Let’s use “fishfinders” as an example. canceling microphone for crystal clear conversations, while the 28 GLB | May/June 14 Rewind-Say-Again feature records the last 20 seconds of any missed calls and plays them back. Sonar Humminbird introduced its 800, 900, and 1100 series of sonar equipment as a continuation of its long-standing commitment to design and manufacture the best sonar units in the marketplace. The Cobra HH450 Dual Huminbird says these sonar units offer customers the highest level protects boaters from of performance, value, and support available. unpredictable weather situations through NOAA weather alerts and instant access to emergency channels. In addition, its floating and waterproof design are invaluable in case the radio falls overboard into the water. In addition to the HH450 handheld radio, Cobra also offers the world’s only floating VHF radio with wireless cellphone connectivity: Humminbird’s 800 Series is compatible with Humminbird® LakeMaster® digital GPS mapping, Humminbird® LakeMaster® AutoChart™, and Navionics® Gold™ products. Both the 900 and 1100 Series are compatible with Humminbird® LakeMaster® digital GPS mapping, Humminbird® LakeMaster® AutoChart,™ Navionics® Gold/ HotMaps™ and Navionics® Platinum+ products. www.humminbird.com the MR HH500. This radio allows users to make and receive phone calls directly from their VHF radio. Fishfinder/Chartplotter www.cobra.com/products Building on the CHIRP technology that became so popular among Great Night Vision Camera Lakes anglers last year, Lowrance offers the next generation of its Elite FLIR Systems, Inc., offers its MD series of night vision cameras to fishfinder/chartplotter: the Elite-7 and help boaters detect obstructions, other vessels, and people in the Elite-5 CHIRP series. water at night. The manufacturer has added CHIRP The MD-Series uses FLIR’s state-of-the-art technology to create sonar to its broadband Sounder™ and clear thermal imagery night and day. MD-324 features 320x240 DownScan™ Imaging fishfinder technologies. standard-resolution, 24° field of view, and Lowrance claims the CHIRP sonar provides anglers with the best 2x e-zoom, while the MD-625 features possible view of the water column allowing them to clearly see 640x480 high-resolution, 25° field of baitfish and game fish targets. view, and 2x and 4x e-zoom. Both models are built to withstand harsh maritime environments, include automatic defrost, and come with a two-year standard warranty. The Elite CHIRP lineup includes 5-inch and 7-inch screens. The CHIRP sonar allows anglers to easily distinguish between baitfish and game fish targets. Moreover, anglers can layer Weighing only three pounds and Downscan™ Imaging views onto the standing a mere seven inches tall, CHIRP sonar for a presentation that clearly separates fish targets the MD-Series is easy to install on from surrounding structure. In addition, the equipment’s advanced any boat. It’s Ethernet-enabled for signal processing reduces the need to manually adjust settings to simple integration and consumes more clearly see fish, structure, and bottom detail. as little as 4.8 W. www.FLIR.com/MD-Series The Elite 5 and Elite 7’s chartplotter capabilities include a built-in GPS antenna and a detailed U.S. map with more than 3,000 lakes and rivers, plus coastal contours to 1,000 feet. www.lowrance.com greatlakesboating.com | 29 Crowd Sourced Chart Plotting In April, NOAA discontinued its printing and distributing of paper charts, and though it may have been on everyone’s mind as an inevitability, it still marks the end of one era for the boating community, and the beginning of something new. That new course is crowd sourced chart data integrated into smartphone hardware. Unlike the captain’s ability to feel system elasticity by hand, an autopilot must use mathematical equations to understand and compensate for such conditions. Along with system elasticity, prop walk needs compensation as well. The Hydro-balance™ eliminates the vessel’s tendency to veer providing straight-asan-arrow course keeping. Evolution™ autopilot systems start at $1,599, but the Hydro-balance™ software Navionics, a manufacturer of electronic charts, has recently updated comes its web app capabilities. installed Simply put, the Navionics Boating App gives boaters the ability to instantly update NOAA, and virtually any other available chart in the world. Upon doing so, anyone who has the app and is a part of the public sharing will automatically receive the updated chart. or can be updated for free with existing A boater can mark a new rock, a fresh sandbar, or even an oil spill, hardware. and it all goes straight to the Navionics server where a sophisticated www.raymarine.com algorithm checks for accuracy and reliability. If the equation works out, then that data is added to the base, and anyone in the world looking at the particular chart will gain instant knowledge of the potentially treacherous waterway that lays ahead. 4D Cartography The C-Map 4D and the C-Map MAX charts recently announced by Jeppesen provide rich chart detail and Value Added Data similar to the Navionics software for enhanced cruising and fishing. C-Map 4D MAX delivers an added situational awareness and realism to boaters by utilizing high-definition satellite imagery overlaid 2D and 3D charts. Mapping this way helps boaters better understand their vessel position in reference to surroundings above and below The Navionics Boating App is a free and easy transition from the old days of waterway cartography to the new. www.navionics.com Fresh software for autopilot New Hydro-balance™ software for Raymarine’s Evolution™ autopilot system was recently announced. The Hydro-balance™ actively compensates for system elasticity caused by air bubbles in the steering lines, flex in hose and piping, and variable valve the water. In addition, Jeppesen offers cartography for game fishermen by making potential productive waters standout. The 4D capability more clearly visualizes vegetation and the drop zones performance. The elasticity degrades an autopilot over time and where fish are typically found. causes vessels to veer slightly off course. www.jeppesen.com/lightmarine 30 GLB | May/June 14 So, who’s buying boats these days? The answer depends on the type of boat, the length of the boat, the location, and the particular responder. The question evokes different answers, and this is the tale of two boat-buying segments. It’s the best of times for those people purchasing boats To understand how the eroding middle class affects boating, GLB smaller than 25 feet. Sales of these boats have increased took a look at the sale of new boats between 25 feet to 40 feet significantly in the last two years, and exhibitors and sponsors at between 2006, which was pre-recession, and 2013, the most recent this year’s boat shows report an upbeat enthusiasm among these year for which figures are available. The key here is to realize that consumers. They see a real revival in boating. economic uncertainty keeps people from buying boats, and this The other tale is put forth by business analysts who believe the certainly shows up in reviewing these sales numbers. current uptick is blown out of proportion. These individuals believe The accompanying chart provided by the National Marine the lingering effects of the recession of 2008-2009 are still with us, Manufacturers Association, and prepared by Statistical Surveys Inc., and are the most dominant factor affecting today’s boat buyers. shows a tremendous drop in the sales of new boats between 25-feet A common thread between both boat-buying segments is that the boating industry is slowly but surely coming out of the recession. What’s debatable is the idea that this is a full recovery. In fact, most industry analysts agree that the industry will never return to the days to 40-feet in 2008-2010. While there was a slight increase in 2011 and more robust sales increases in 2012 and 2013, they are from a very low figure. Overall, sales of new 25-foot to 40-foot boats in 2013 were less than half (48 percent) of what they were in 2006. of 5 percent annual growth. As Ned Dikmen, the publisher of this While sales of new boats have dropped precipitously between magazine, noted, “Those days are long gone.” 2006 and 2013, used boat sales have continued to grow. Today, it is A closer look estimated that 75 percent or more of all boat sales are used boats. Perhaps the one segment of the population that suffered the most from the financial recession of 2008-2009 was the middle and upper middle class. These individuals saw the value of their IRAs and 401Ks lose anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent. As a result, instead of thriving and wondering when and how they’re going to spend their discretionary funds, this group’s focus has turned to surviving. 32 GLB | May/June 14 Sales of All Boats 25’ – 40’ Great Lakes States 100 80 60 40 20 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 source: Statistical Surveys, Inc Given this fact, GLB interviewed some brokers to get their views on Erick Kreuger, Galati Yacht Sales, Holland, Mich., is very whether the upper middle class segment is looking to buy 25- to 40- optimistic about boat sales, having seen a significant improvement foot boats, that is, cruisers, power cruisers, and mid-size trawlers. in pre-owned yacht sales for the last three years, and expects to Bill Allgaier, who started operating his marine brokerage business, Harbor View Marine, selling pre-owned power and sailboats in Traverse City, Mich., in 2007, said his sales have been great for the past two years, but hit rock bottom from 2008 to 2010, and barely see an increase in 25-foot to 40-foot boats sales in the near future. “Boat sales shift along with the economy. As long as things are improving in the economy, they’ll also be improving in boat sales,” said Kreuger. improved in 2011. His roller-coaster ride of selling pre-owned Ron Setina, owner of Harborside Marine, in Wilmington, Ill., said powerboats and sailboats has made him acutely aware of the time constraints and the high price of 25-foot to 40-foot boats factors that motivate boat buyers, and he believes the one thing that are the major obstacles to this down market. “Fewer and fewer differentiates today’s boat buyers from those of the pre-recession young married couples are coming into dealerships because they years of 2006-2007 is the search for value. see boating as too time-consuming,” said Setina. “Boating has to Allgaier said the middle and upper middle class were hit especially hard by the recession, and that’s probably the main reason why his compete with band practice, dancing, and sports teams, and simply takes too much time.” sales of cruisers and power cruisers are basically “flat.” He cited As for high prices, Setina blames the boat builders. “There are few the example of a middle class factory worker from Detroit who used people in the middle class who can afford the new 50-foot to 60-foot to visit Traverse City looking to move up to a newer pre-owned Carver yachts, but the new 34-foot cruiser is still out of their price boat. Allgaier says that since the recession, that person has retired, range,” he said. moved to “warmer climates,” and either sold his vessel for a smaller Perspective one or simply stopped boating. Kyle Stenzel, general manager of Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Ill., a business that sells new yachts and brokers pre-owned cruisers When it comes to asking, “Who’s buying boats?” it’s important to and yachts, said that in recent years there’s been a dramatic upturn look beyond the immediate time frame and see how the general in the number of pre-owned boats selling for more than $100,000. economy is affecting business. Moreover, it’s crucial for the boating At the same time, he noted that the market for cruisers and power industry to make boats more affordable, make boating more hassle- cruisers has been stagnant. “Buyers of pre-owned 25-foot to 35-foot free, and be much more pro-active in sharing the benefits of the boats have been missing from our showroom,” said Stenzel. boating lifestyle. Today’s dealers are employing new strategies to market their products to prospective customers. The keys to growing their operations are to meet customers where they’re at, and this includes on the Internet, at festivals, and at social media sites; getting them to experience the joys of the boating lifestyle through vehicles such as free boat rides and in–water demonstrations; and then keeping them boating with more satisfying experiences. Kreuger, Allgaier, and Stenzel all seem to indicate that the pool of prospective customers for 25-foot to 40-foot boats may be smaller now than a decade ago, but that does not mean those people won’t be buying boats. These people are just waiting for the right time to write One technological innovation that has prompted more people to buy larger, longer boats is joystick propulsion, Stenzel noted. This technology has made the steering and maneuvering of vessels easier, opening up these larger vessels to whole new groups of people. their checks. These individuals and families are leading fast-paced, hectic lifestyles, but they have also learned some valuable lessons from the recession of 2008-2009. One of the most important lessons is to carefully manage their dollars and cents by getting value in all their purchases. “There’s no shortage of money among the middle class,” said Setina, “It’s a question of showing them the value for their dollar!” greatlakesboating.com | 33 Oil SPILL TESTS Not All Oil Spill Products Are Effective FOR YEARS, BOATERS AND MARINAS HAVE FOUND A RANGE OF PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET TO ADDRESS OR PREVENT OIL SPILLS. THESE PRODUCTS RANGE FROM SIMPLE ABSORBENT PADS TO SPRAYS, POWDERS, AND BIOREMEDIATION PRODUCTS. FOR YEARS, THE BOATERS HAVE PERCEIVED ONE PRODUCT TO BE AS GOOD AS ANOTHER. ONLY RECENTLY HAS IT BEEN DETERMINED WITH ANY AUTHORITY THAT NOT ALL OIL SPILL PRODUCTS ARE EFFECTIVE. T he BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, in undertaken because nearly every recreational boat uses oil and burns conjunction with the Duke University Marine Lab, undertook a either gas or diesel fuel, and engine oil or fuel can accidentally get into the research study of 21 oil spill response products and discovered bilge or water. That’s when spill products come into play. that many of them claiming to either remove or render harmless spills of oil, gas, or diesel don’t deliver on their promises. Moreover, not all oil spill products are effective, and some are even toxic, according to the research study. The full report and video can be found at: www.BoatUS.org/findings/53. BACKGROUND Susan Shingledecker, BoatUS Foundation Vice President, said the tests were “While we did find three products that worked well, we also found many products that were ineffective, highly toxic, and not legal for the average boater to use,” said Shingledecker. She added that this should at least prompt recreational boaters to take a second look at the product they’re using for oil spills. The goal of the tests was to evaluate how the products performed, their potential impact on the environment, and the ease of use and handling. A key factor in evaluating the oil spill products was to determine whether professionals or recreational boaters are the intend users of the product. The difference is important. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a list of products approved for use by spill response professionals called the National Contingency Plan (NCP) Product Schedule. Manufacturers who want to make their products available to professional responders must have their products reviewed and placed on this list. The challenge for recreational boaters is to recognize that once a product is on the NCP list, it cannot be legally used on open water by boaters. Thus, the only products boaters can use on the water to contain oil spills are “simple sorbents,” which are polypropylene 36 GLB | May/June 14 or other natural materials that can be found in loose form or contained in pillows or booms. After using these products, recreational boaters must completely remove them from the water and dispose of them in accordance with local laws. Dispersants, surface washing agents, and bioremediation agents, even when combined with absorbents, are not considered “simple sorbents” and therefore are not legal for use by non-professionals in open water. In many areas, sorbents that are dripping oil must be disposed of as hazardous waste, whereas those that encapsulate the oil can be bagged and disposed of in the traditional waste stream. A good spill prevention strategy for bilges is to use sorbents and other materials because they can capture any oil drips in the bilge before they can be discharged overboard. Boaters should check their local marine stores to find some bilge socks. Some of THE FINDINGS these products are simple sorbents and others use microbes to help digest the oil, converting it into less hazardous components. The performance and toxicity of the 21 products covered a very wide range. Ten of the products were low in toxicity, and the other 11 Note: It is illegal to add dispersants or emulsifiers (think soaps) to ranged from toxic to super toxic. Of the 21 products, only eight were the bilge and then discharge them overboard. Adding anything to deemed truly effective with no visible oil remaining. one’s bilge to mask the discharge of oil is illegal. It is also important to note that when placing anything in the bilge, it is vital to secure it In general, the testing confirmed that loose products are generally so it will not interfere with the operation of the bilge pump. hard to corral and remove completely from the water, and boaters must remove them from open water after use. In addition, BoatUS TESTING cautions boaters not to use loose products in the bilge because they can clog the bilge pump, thereby creating a real mess. Powders, There are a wide variety of products on the market aimed at sprays, and liquids are nearly impossible to remove from an open spill response, and the Foundation selected 21 of them for testing. water spill, which makes it illegal for nonprofessionals to use them. They include: PRODUCT NAME FORM CONTAINS OR ATTRACTS MICROBES Absorbent W Loose No LISTED ON THE NCP PRODUCT SCHEDULE No CI Agent Loose Granules Loose No Yes CI Agent Marine Pillow Contained No Yes ClearTecRubberizer Pillow Contained No No De-Oil It Boat Bilge Cleaner Spray Yes No De-Oil It Oil Spill Eliminator Spray Yes No Edson Bio-Fresh Microbial Powder Loose Yes No Edson Clean-Up Kit Loose and Liquid Yes No Edson Oil Eradicator Bilge Pad Contained Yes No Edson Oil Eradicator Boom Contained Yes No EnviroBond 403 Loose No No EnviroBond 403 Bilge Sock Contained No No GreenerMind MOP Bilge Boat Skimmer Contained No No PRP BioSok Contained Yes No PRP Oil Buster Loose Yes No Remedy 8 Sock Contained No No West Marine Bilge Oilsorber Contained No No WinTec Hydro Tain ROKSolid X Factor Loose Yes No Young Enterprises Bilge Pad Contained Yes No Young Enterprises Microbial Powder Loose Yes No Young Enterprises Microbial Powder Bilge Pillow Contained Yes No greatlakesboating.com | 37 While it is possible to use liquids and sprays in the bilge, this is best In the end, it is a good idea for boaters to keep a contained sock done when the boat is on land and any discharge can be captured. or pad in the bilge to prevent an accidental spill. The Enviro-Bond While bioremediation products appear quite promising, making disposal of the sorbents easy, they did not perform well in BoatUS tests. Only two of the bioremediation products proved effective in lab tests, but they were highly toxic, making it a challenge to recommend their use. 403 Bilge Sock, the CI Agent Marine Pillow and the West Marine Oilsorber all serve this purpose well. In the event of an open water spill, boaters should immediately alert marina staff and then call the National Response Center and state authorities. Although boaters should await further instructions, they can use simple sorbents to clean up the spill as long as they are removed from the water when In the end, BoatUS rated five products as highly effective with low finished and disposed of properly. The world of spill response is toxicity: Enviro-Bond 403 in both the loose and contained form, CI certainly very complex. Agent in both the loose and contained form, and the West Marine Bilge Oilsorber. Because the use of loose products is tricky at best, BoatUS preferred the contained forms of the Enviro-Bond 403 and the CI Agent, which is listed on the NCP Product Schedule for professional use. BoatUS was told that the legality of boaters using these products on an open water spill is up to the discretion of the spill response coordinators in each region. BoatUS offers these six tips to recreational boaters based on its tests with Duke University Marine Lab: • Don’t believe all those ads: Boaters should be skeptical of false oil spill product claims, including wording such as: “EPA-classified for use in US waterways” (The EPA does not classify products In its testing, BoatUS found that the Enviro-Bond 403 and the CI recreational use); “Easily dispersed and collected”; “Meets clean- Agent pillows fully encapsulated the diesel. Testers watched the marina criteria” (Clean marina programs do not set oil spill product color of the pillows change over the course of the hour, which criteria); or “Simply sprinkle on and watch it disappear” (You may provided some confidence that the product was working. The West be watching for a very long time). Marine Oilsorber, a traditional simple sorbent, sat higher in the water than the other products. As a result, not all of the product was in contact with the water/diesel mix, but it still got the job done. Both the Enviro-Bond 403 and the CI Agent encapsulated the diesel, which made disposal easier in some areas where the West Marine Oilsorber had a few drips. • Sock it to me: “Contained” products like sorbent socks, pads and pillows that encapsulate oil are the practical answer for most boating needs. In addition to soaking up any drops in the bilge, most can also be easily used on open water (outside the bilge) to help minimize contamination while awaiting a professional spill response. Ensure they are secured under the engine, check them often over the summer, and dispose of them properly. • Granules and liquids: Under U.S. law, only “professionals” may legally use many oil spill remediation products, and any products applied on open water (outside the bilge) must be completely removed after they finish working, making the use of granules and liquids nearly impossible. Inside the bilge, products touting “natural microbes” that break down the oil can take much longer to see results than other adsorbent products. Moreover, loose, granular products can impede automatic bilge pumps. • Technically speaking: The U.S. Coast Guard requires boaters to report any spill that creates a sheen on the water to the National Spill Response Center by calling 800-424-8802 or emailing: www.nrc.uscg.mil/. SUMMARY • Never use dish soap: While squirting dish soap on oil sheen may seem to make it go away, it only sinks the fuel causing bottom sediment contamination. There are many oil spill products on the market that make sweeping claims about their effectiveness, environmental benefits, and even • Gas spills: Because of the risk of explosion, do not try to contain a how the product can be used. Boaters should be skeptical about gasoline spill—leave the area, notify marina staff immediately, and/ these products’ lofty promises. or call 911. 38 GLB | May/June 14 KNOW THE DIFFERENCE T By U.S. COAST GUARD, BOATING SAFETY DIVISION he U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division believes that an important step in planning any safe voyage is determining the boat’s capacity for carrying passengers and cargo. Overloading a boat can make it difficult to handle, especially in an emergency or bad weather. Overloaded boats also tend to use excessive fuel and are more likely to swamp or capsize. The “maximum capacity” or “maximum weight” for a recreational Boaters should avoid exceeding the maximum weight or boat refers to the combined weight of people, gear, and outboard capacity at all times. In fact, in rough conditions or poor motor that can be carried safely. The safe load for a boat depends weather, it’s smart to reduce the boat’s load as much as on a number of factors, including its hull volume and dimension, the possible so that it is easier to maneuver. weight of the engine and outboard motor (if the boat has one), and its steering method (console or tiller). Remember the number of seats in a boat is not always an indication of the number of people it can carry safely. FACTORS IN STABILITY Stability refers to the boat’s ability to maintain equilibrium, and it is just as important for boating safety as capacity. Loading too much Federal regulations require all mono-hull boats under 20 feet in cargo or too many passengers in one part of the boat can affect its length (except sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and inflatable boats) stability, even if the total load is within the boat’s maximum capacity. to have U.S. Coast Guard Maximum Capacity information Load dispersion, that is, spacing passengers and cargo evenly permanently displayed in a location clearly visible to the operator. throughout the vessel and not placing too much weight forward, aft, This information is usually provided on a label or plate and no one or on either side of the craft, is always important, but especially so in should ever remove, alter, or tamper with it. Many states have laws bad weather or strong currents. that prohibit carrying people and gear in excess of a boat’s stated capacity, or installing an outboard motor that exceeds the maximum rated horsepower. 40 GLB | May/June 14 The higher the boat’s center of gravity, the more likely it is to capsize. The same can be said for any loading imbalance to port, starboard, fore, or aft. Too much weight in any direction can be a problem. CAPACITY AND STABILITY SAFETY TIPS U.S. Federal regulations require all mono-hulled recreational boats under 20 feet in length display a capacity plate. This plate is a metal placard listing the maximum cargo capacity, the total number of persons that can be carried onboard, and the maximum horsepower rating of the outboard motor used on the boat. A recent boating accident involved a large recreational boat carrying more than 25 passengers when it capsized and sank and three passengers drowned. This boat was slightly more than 30 feet in length and was not required to have U.S. Coast Guard Maximum Capacity information displayed. While this accident is currently being investigated to determine the specific factors involved, it serves as an example to all boaters that care must be taken to properly evaluate all conditions— including the weather, the total number of passengers, and their placement. Remember, never exceed a boat’s capacity, no matter how large it is. Using an outboard engine that exceeds a boat’s horsepower limit or making excessive modifications to a vessel can also lead to vessel instability. The Coast Guard has seen numerous incidents where boat owners have modified their vessels by adding shelters constructed of steel tubing and plywood. These shelters can add too much weight and raise a boat’s center of gravity, creating a stability problem. Owners who modify their boats often fail to account for the added weight, continue to load their boats as they did prior to the modification, and this can lead to problems. When determining the right passenger and cargo loads, remember that any modifications can affect a boat’s capacity and stability. Be conservative in making estimates—it’s best to err on the safe side. The maximum capacity plate on a vessel is generally found near the operator’s station or the inside transom. Personal watercraft operators should consult their owner’s manual, and never exceed the manufacturer’s recommended capacity. The number of seats in a boat is not an indication of the number of people it can carry safely. The number of passengers listed on the capacity plate is based on an estimated weight of 150 pounds per passenger. Many boaters weigh considerably more than that estimate. So, be sure and calculate actual carrying capacity based on ACTUAL passenger weight. Loading too much cargo or passengers in one part of the boat can affect its stability, even if the load is within the vessel’s maximum capacity. Space passengers and cargo evenly throughout the vessel to balance the weight; avoid placing too much weight forward or aft or on either side of the craft. Remember that any modifications to a boat can affect capacity and stability. Be conservative when determining the maximum passenger and cargo loads. greatlakesboating.com | 41 Great Lakes BOATUS OFFERS MONOFILAMENT RECYCLING PROGRAM BoatUS, with funding from NOAA and the the U.S., making proper disposal of the waste produced at a single station National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has monofilaments easy and more accessible, and send this information to BoatUS for launched a fishing line recycling program according to BoatUS. tracking purposes. On its website, the foundation has a The Reel In and Recycle program is step-by-step program on how to build the one small extension of NOAA’s Marine For those Great Lakes boaters, marinas, recycling station. The bin is easy to build, Debris program that has led national and/or boatyards interested in reducing and only requires a couple of feet of PVC and international efforts to prevent and monofilament debris, BoatUS offers a pipe with some connectors and adhesive. reduce the impacts of marine waste. Once the bin has been built and stationed, Instructions on how to build the the recycled material needs to be sorted station, request forms for signage and collected by citizens or employees of and decals, mailing addresses, as well the area and sent to Berkeley Conservation as waste tracking forms can be found at for processing. The final step is to measure www.BoatUS.org/monofilament. aimed at reducing excess fishing lines in waterways across the country. three-step program to build and maintain a monofilament recycling location at local fishing spots. A network of more than 2,000 recycling stations has already been established at fishing locations around KEN HAMMOND ELECTED NEW BOARD CHAIRMAN OF RBFF The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), which bring an invaluable perspective promotes participation in boating and fishing, announced Ken to the board as we work toward Hammond as the organization’s new board chairman. Hammond, increasing boating and fishing who currently serves as chairman and CEO for The Hammond participation nationwide.” Group, an independent sporting goods and outdoor product sales company, will work closely with RBFF leadership to advance its mission. Hammond is active in anti-drug and stay-in-school campaigns including “Hook a Kid on Fishing.” Hammond has been on RBFF’s board of directors since 2003 He has served on several industry and has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in boards including the American the fishing and outdoor recreation industry. Fishing Tackle Manufacturers “I have had the pleasure of working with Ken on the board during the last seven years,” said Frank Peterson, RBFF President Ken Hammond Association (AFTMA), the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), and the Sport Fishing Institute (SFI). and CEO. “His extensive experience in sales and marketing, Hammond succeeds Michael Cassidy, Group Publisher at North together with his dedication to RBFF and its stakeholders, will American Media Group. IJC BLAMES PHOSPHORUS FOR LAKE ERIE ALGAL BLOOMS The International Joint Commision (IJC) blamed phosphorus runoff The combination of natural and man-made circumstances “is from agriculture and fertilizers from household lawns for producing unfortunately consistent with ongoing trends, which means that the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie’s recorded history during the more huge algal blooms can be expected in the future unless a summer and fall of 2011. scientifically guided management plan is implemented for the IJC said that the warming climate and modern farming practices region,” said Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science. created ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake IJC said that federal, state, and local governments need to retool Erie, which is the shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, their environmental programs to focus especially on cutting containing just 2 percent of their combined waters, but about half “dissolved reactive phosphorus,” the kind that’s more easily their fish. absorbed as fuel for algal blooms. IJC said the 2011 algae bloom was fueled by phosphorus-laden The bi-national organization also called on states and municipalities fertilizers that were swept from corn and soybean fields during heavy to ban the application of phosphorus-based fertilizers and manure rainstorms. Weak currents and calm winds prevented churning and on frozen ground. At the same time, it urged a ban on the use of flushing that could have short-circuited its rampant growth. phosphorus for fertilizing residential lawns. 42 GLB | May/June 14 DETROIT CORPS OFFICE RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDS The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit The Detroit District’s work plan will spend Among the new construction projects District, has received an additional $17.8 the $17.8 million on seven new dredging planned for 2014 are maintenance and million for use in Fiscal Year 2014 to projects, four ongoing dredging projects, repair work on the Detroit River ($400,000) repair breakwaters, dredge harbors, and and six repair, replacement, or construction and $950,000 for repair and replacement complete various projects throughout the projects. In addition, the work plan includes of crumbling infrastructure at Port Great Lakes. funding to initiate two navigation studies. Washington, Wis. “This 2014 work plan will allow us to Among the new dredging projects In addition, some of the $17.8 million fund our highest-priority projects and scheduled to receive money for 2014 are will be added on to dredging projects will assist the Corps in improving the Leland Harbor ($260,000) and St. Joseph already scheduled for fiscal year 2014, nation’s infrastructure and revitalizing the Harbor ($1.5 million) in Michigan; and including Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis. economy,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district Kewaunee Harbor ($800,000), Manitowoc Harbor ($390,000), Monroe Harbor in Mich. engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harbor ($590,000) and Menominee Harbor ($510,000), and Saginaw, Mich. ($700,000). Detroit District. ($460,000) in Wisconsin. PIERS WILL PROVIDE UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO LAKE MUSKEGON Direct access to Lake Muskegon is becoming more universal The new fishing pier will be located along the city’s Lakeshore Trail, as the result of a $253,000 Great Lakes Fishery Trust grant to a pedestrian and bike pathway. The city will own and maintain the the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, pier facility. according to a March 9 article on the website: www.Mlive.com/ news/muskegon. It will allow the Commission to construct fully accessible fishing piers at the city of Muskegon’s Hartshorn Marina. The Peninsula Pier will have parking at the nearby Hartshorn Marina boat launch ramp, which has existing public restrooms. Plans call for a pathway out to the peninsula with three 60-foot-by-10-foot fishing This shoreline fishing facility will be constructed on the peninsula platforms along the way. A picnic pavilion will be built at the end of that creates Hartshorn’s small boat basin on the northwest portion the peninsula, city officials said. of the marina. Work on the fishing pier will begin this construction season and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. LUXURY HOVERCRAFT HITS THE GREAT LAKES MARKETPLACE MSRP of the 2015 Supercraft will be fiber body; lightweight chromium alloy $75,000, and customers can choose a frame; halogen lamps; LED running lights; variety of options to personalize their craft. GPS navigation; Bluetooth and Wi-Fi The patent-pending directional control system makes the Mercier-Jones hover vehicle safer and easier to operate than conventional hovercraft. Its Chicago-based Mercier-Jones is changing the world of hovercraft innovation by 6 color schemes; customized wood trim package; and personalized monograms. With top speeds estimated at more than superior performance, while reducing its 80 mph, Mercier-Jones hopes to beat the environmental impact and noise pollution. existing hovercraft land-speed record of Some of the current features of the an elegant, fast, agile, and easy-to-pilot Supercraft include a hybrid electric advanced amphibious vehicle. drivetrain; liquid cooled dual rotary engine; Mercier-Jones Supercraft™ in May. The custom made Formula One inspired seats; eco-friendly hybrid powertrain offers introducing the world’s first Supercraft™, The company will be delivering its first connectivity; hand-free phone integration; alternative fuel conversion packages for diesel, propane, ethanol, and natural gas; fly-by-wire control system; carbon- 56.25 mph and go after the water-speed record of 86.5 mph. Speed freaks will be interested to know that the Supercraft has 250 pounds of thrust and a thrust-to-weight ratio of 0.208, which is slightly better than the supersonic B-2 Stealth Spirit at 0.205. greatlakesboating.com | 43 Great Lakes WISCONSIN SEA GRANT ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN GRANTS Wisconsin Sea Grant announced on February 27 a $2 million Researchers will look at the health of the waterways, methods to omnibus grant to fund Great Lakes research, education, prevent Great Lakes beach contamination, the impact of aquatic and outreach. invasive species on the lakes’ food webs, and more. The grant will support 19 projects exploring freshwater seas at Wisconsin Sea Grant said that local officials and those who manage the Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, and coastal structures, such as ports and harbors, will also benefit Superior campuses of the University of Wisconsin System, as well as from upcoming work. One example is the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, at Northland College, St. Norbert College, and Marquette University. a website that is collecting, categorizing and sharing a wealth of Exploration of Wisconsin’s shipwrecks through a longtime coastal data like bluff stability and potential water hazards. partnership between Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Historical Society is also part of this package. The balance of the omnibus grant will be devoted to outreach projects that educate various audiences about the lakes and will engage communities across the state, urging them to share the latest and most effective science to maximize Great Lakes resources. In all, nearly 100 researchers, staff, and students will be engaged in this work. The National Sea Grant College Program, which is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, is the source of the grant money. RACINE RECEIVES EPA GREAT LAKES SHORELINE CITIES GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on public property. The projects include Racine will use the EPA grant, in announced on March 11 the award of a rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, combination with funding from the City $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative porous pavement, greenways, constructed ($101,190) and the Fund for Lake Michigan grant to the city of Racine, Wis., to fund wetlands, stormwater tree trenches, and ($167,100), to construct green infrastructure green infrastructure projects to improve other green infrastructure measures projects in two city parks on the shore of water quality in Lake Michigan. EPA Region designed to improve water quality in the Lake Michigan. The City will install a series 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Great Lakes basin. of bioswales and bioretention basins to Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at Memorial Hall by Racine Mayor John Dickert and Vicki Elkin, Executive “The City of Racine will use this EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities capture and filter stormwater before it is discharged into the Lake. Green Infrastructure grant to prevent storm “We are proud that our efforts have paid off water from carrying contamination into Lake and that the EPA will continue to support Michigan,” said Hedman. “These green our work on Pershing and Meyers Park,” Racine is one of 16 cities to receive funding infrastructure projects will also help protect Dickert said. in the initial round of EPA’s new GLRI against flooding during more frequent and Shoreline Cities grant program. These intense storms which may occur as a result grants can be used to fund up to 50 percent of climate change.” Director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, to announce the projects. of the cost of green infrastructure projects 44 GLB | May/June 14 “With a matching grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan, Racine can turn a neglected beach into an asset on the city’s lake front,” Elkin said. N.Y SEA GRANT SPECIALIST RECEIVES WEAR IT! AWARD The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 recently presented its 2013 The training covers the various types of lifejackets, boating Wear It! Award to Dave White, a New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Coastal regulations associated with lifejackets, and how to get a good Recreation and Tourism Specialist. The award recognizes excellence fit for everyone in the family, including the family dog. in teaching the public about lifejacket safety. The Discover Clean and Safe Boating lifejackets training is offered John Steinbarge, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary annually at the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York- Flotilla 21 presented White with the award during the Central sponsored Boat Show in Syracuse, N.Y., in February and at Empire New York Boat Show in Rochester, N.Y. Wear It! Is a national Farm Days in the pond at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca campaign of the National Safe Boating Council, the U.S. Coast Falls, N.Y., in August. Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The NYSG campaign has been adapted for boaters, anglers, the hearing-impaired, paddlesport enthusiasts, pet owners, and water rescue first responders. White has incorporated lifejacket education into the Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign developed by NYSG in 2008. CHICAGO IN-WATER BOAT SHOW SET FOR JUNE 5-8 The Midwest’s largest in water boat show, the Progressive Blackhawk Chapter of the Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, will take place June Antique and Classic Boat 5-8 at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor. Society will showcase It will feature more than 125 power and sailboats for antique and classic boats. sale, dozens of vendors showcasing their latest marine This year’s show offers accessories and gear, and activities for all ages, including free complimentary transient boat paddlesports on Lake Michigan, a floating party barge, and slips for up to four hours, free on–the–water boater education classes. secure bike parking, and a Powerboat and sailing lessons offered at the show give attendees the opportunity to learn everything from boating safety to advanced docking and precision control. The new and improved shuttle system to the show. www.chicagoinwaterboatshow.com ILLINOIS DNR AWARDS BOAT AREA ACCESS PROGRAM GRANTS The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded 2014 • City of Evanston in Cook County: $200,000 to construct an Boat Access Area Development grants totaling $726,200 to extension for the Church Street Boat Ramp to upgrade the facility six communities. Revenue for this program is derived from and improve safety. marine motor fuel tax and boat and canoe registration fees. • City of Oglesby in LaSalle County: $152,225 to construct a safe The grants provide financial assistance to local government and accessible launch along the Vermilion River. A parking lot will agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion or be constructed for cars and vehicles with trailers. rehabilitation of public boat and canoe access areas on Illinois’ lakes and rivers. There is a limit of $200,000 per project per year. “These grants will help Illinois communities develop safe access for boaters wanting to use public waters for fishing and water skiing or to launch a canoe or kayak,” said Marc Miller, Illinois DNR head. “Providing access to recreational opportunities is a top priority of the IDNR, and we are excited to offer these grants to communities that are helping us accomplish that goal.” Communities receiving grants include: • Village of Machesney Park in Winnebago County: $200,000 • City of Galena in Jo Daviess County: $80,000 to construct canoe and kayak access to the Galena River. The project includes adjacent parking and loading/unloading area. • City of Freeport in Stephenson County: $64,600 to build an accessible floating dock and canoe/kayak launch along the Pecatonica River Water Trail. • Dixon Park District in Lee County: $18,375 to build a boat ramp extension to provide safe access to the Rock River during times of low water. to construct a boat ramp and dock. greatlakesboating.com | 45 Fishing FISH STOCKING PROGRAM INSURES LAKE ONTARIO’S VIABILITY Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport fishing among Not all of the fish stocked in Lake the Great Lakes, thanks in large part to a successful stocking Ontario are native, but “it’s a bit of a program by New York State’s environmental management agency, juggling act” between a historically according to a March 18 article in Innovation Trail. The N.Y. Dept. of native lake with what can survive Environmental Conservation (DEC) pumps ample supplies of trout today, said Steve LaPan of the and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries to attract more than DEC’s fisheries research station. 2.5 million anglers to the lake each year. “Overall, there are some negative The health of Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes has been aspects to stocking non-native steadily improving since the 1970s, when they were nearly an fish,” he said. “But I think if you look ecological disaster, according to Dave MacNeill, a fisheries expert at the way the lake is functioning with New York Sea Grant. ecologically and the economic benefits people along the lakeshore “As improvements in water quality occurred, a sea lamprey control NYSDEC are enjoying, I’d say it’s highly successful.” program began and stocking of trout and salmon really took hold, The economic impact of the sport fisheries industry translates to creating a multimillion dollar industry and perhaps the best of any of $113 million each year for communities along the lake, according to the fisheries in the Great Lakes,” he said. the DEC’s most recent survey, done in 2007. GRUNDENS USA SPONSORS SALMON DERBY SERIES Grundens USA will more than $750,000 in cash and prizes. The series of tournaments sponsor the 2014 Lake begins May 3-4 with the Michigan City Hoosier Coho Club Classic Michigan Tournament and continues throughout the summer, wrapping up with the LRCR Trail, a salmon derby Manistee Monster Mania, September 6-7. tournament in which anglers set out in challenging water and weather conditions in search of salmon. The tournament series not only pits anglers against the fish, but also against hundreds of other fishermen seeking to earn prizes and bragging rights. The Lake Michigan 2014 Tournament Trail is a series of 18 salmon and trout tournaments that draws thousands of anglers chasing These events bring together some of the region’s best fishing teams fighting to catch king salmon, coho salmon, and lake trout that call Lake Michigan home. This popular, competitive series has its own magazine, Tournament Trail, and is the subject of Salmon Showdown, a reality fishing TV show that brings the excitement of tournament salmon fishing to the Pursuit Channel. Grundens USA, a manufacturer of foul weather gear apparel and accessories, will be providing the fishermen with lightweight breathable protection against rain, spray, and bad weather found on the water and in the great outdoors. STATE HARBOR RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE The online reservation system for Michigan state parks and harbors With this Passport, Michigan motorists get access to state parks, is now accepting reservations through mid-September 2014. State recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state recreation officials recommend making spring and summer plans trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation now to avoid the last-minute rush. Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers Reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (800-447-2757). An easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan is by checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices). 46 GLB | May/June 14 that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore. WISCONSIN SEA GRANT OFFERS “FISH OF THE GREAT LAKES” POSTER Wisconsin Sea Grant is making an updated 26.5” bass, white bass, and white perch. Some fish by 38.5” poster of Great Lakes Fish. The poster remained, including the lake sturgeon, walleye, contains 35 species of fish, many of which were and muskie. suggested by Wisconsin residents who wanted to see their favorites immortalized. “With this edition, we have grouped the fish in their families—trout and salmon or perch, “We put out a call,” said Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin for example—as a way to further the learning Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist. “We asked people what about fish and how they live in the Great fish they’d like to see displayed on the poster, updated Lakes,” said Linda Campbell, who manages from a version originally created in 2000 and which has the Sea Grant online publication store. sold nearly 10,500 copies. I think people will like these newly added fish.” The fish are presented as colorful images created by Kansas artist Joseph Tomelleri. His New fish on the poster are the bowfin, spot tail shiner, channel catfish, long-nose gar, bluegill, round whitefish, trout-perch, and siscowet. Retired to a distant water habitat are the brown bullhead, emerald shiner, lake trout, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, rock images were also used on the previous poster. “Fish of the Great Lakes” costs $6, which includes shipping and handling. www.aqua.wisc.edu/publications Joseph Tomelleri YAMAHA PRO FISHING SIGNS 15-YEAR-OLD ANDY ORTEGA Supporting an important and positive growth trend in fishing, with Yamaha on Facebook®. His fishing ability and maturity extend Yamaha Marine signed 15-year old bass angler Andy Ortega to its well beyond his years, and we are proud to support Andy’s dream of Pro Fishing Team. becoming a bass pro angler.” “Fishing among teen anglers is growing exponentially,” said Hank Ortega, from Odessa, Tex., has been fishing since he was eight Weldon, Manager for B.A.S.S. for College, High School and Youth. years old and is a member of the Texas Bass Federation and TBF “Based on Facebook ‘fans,’ state data, and ongoing registrations, High School Fishing. Since 2008, he has been a finalist or winner in we expect the number of bass anglers aged 13-18 to easily triple by numerous Texas B.A.S.S. Federation and Bassmaster CastingKids® the end of the year, possibly even more,” he added. championships. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Ortega earned B.A.S.S. ® “Adding Andy to our Pro Team gives us the opportunity to connect with high school anglers as they continue to grow and establish themselves as future pros,” said David Ittner, Tournament and Pro Staff Manager, Yamaha Marine Group. “Andy’s enthusiasm and “Angler of the Year” titles from TBF for his region and age group. In 2010, Ortega also captured the Texas State “Catch and Release” record in both Junior and Adult categories with a 10-pound, 28-inch largemouth bass. dedication for the sport caught our attention through his interactions DNR COLLECTS WALLEYE EGGS FROM MUSKEGON RIVER Lake Michigan walleye populations in the Lower Peninsula depend on the fingerlings produced from Muskegon River eggs, as well as many inland lakes in the Lower Peninsula. The size of the walleye spawning run in the Muskegon River is presently about 40,000 to 50,000 each year. DNR crews will strip milt and eggs from approximately 700 adult fish, which will be returned to the river. “The Muskegon River has the largest run of walleye in the Lake Mich. DNR The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division Michigan watershed south of Green Bay,” said Rich O’Neal, fisheries biologist for the Central Lake Michigan Management Unit. plans to collect approximately 62 million walleye eggs from the The DNR collected walleyes earlier this spring, and egg collection Muskegon River in 2014 that will result in 13.4 million fry for transfer and fertilizing is conducted about two miles downstream of Croton to rearing ponds throughout the Lower Peninsula. These walleye Dam. The public is welcome to observe how the eggs are removed will be raised to fingerling size and stocked in late spring or early from the fish and fertilized before they are packed and shipped to summer in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Wolf Lake and Platte River state fish hatcheries. greatlakesboating.com | 47 Marinas ELDEAN SHIPYARD GOES SOLAR Once completed, the renewable electricity generating system will operate in partnership with Consumers Energy’s Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). This is a direct, gridtied system, which means Consumers Energy will be buying the energy and selling it to its customers. The EARP program assists Consumers Energy in meeting mandates regarding their production of renewable energy. As a marina and resort, Eldean Shipyard depends on a healthy environment for its continued success. This solar array will further This spring, Eldean Shipyard, Macatawa, Mich., will install a 66 kWh their mission as a Certified Clean Marina so that future generations solar array to the roof of a boat storage building allowing it to capture can enjoy fishing and boating in these remarkable freshwater lakes. solar power. Hoekstra Electric of Hamilton, Mich., will install the system, and Eldean expects it to be up and running by June 1. Michigan presents the Clean Marina certification to marinas in the state that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental Wade Eldean, president of Eldean Shipyard, said, “I really wanted achievement through knowledge, practice, and active participation to partner with one of our boating customers on this installation, of the marina’s staff, customers, and subcontractors. Boaters so I was excited to see that Hoekstra Electric had the expertise and can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and experience in solar power to spearhead this large project.” responsibility when choosing a Michigan Clean Marina. SCHUMER SEEKS FEDERAL FUNDS FOR BRADDOCK BAY MARINA Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has urged the federal government to fund a project to keep Braddock Bay Marina in Greece, N.Y., up and running. Schumer called on the Environmental Protection Agency to provide $9 million for the Braddock Bay Restoration Project, which calls for the building of a new barrier beach to restore the bay’s ecosystem. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District has actually considered such a plan. Schumer said by building the beach breakwater, the government will make the bay more accessible for boaters boaters who dock their vessels at the marina and others who seek and other recreational users. access to the bay west of Rochester, N.Y., are being forced to Over the years, a barrier beach at the bay’s inlet has eroded and led to a buildup of silt at the harbor’s entrance. Because of the buildup, carefully navigate through the channel, and in some cases, simply stay away from the marina. CHICAGO HARBORS UPGRADE THEIR WIFI SYSTEM Boaters in Chicago’s Harbors a new fiber-optics backbone Internet will be put into place video streaming has become may be finding their days of installed throughout the 10 as well. very popular and put an slow Internet service coming to harbors that will increase the an end with the installation of a bandwidth by at least 100 times. The original free WiFi system enormous strain on the system. was first installed in 2009 and The Park District expects Along with the increased designed for activities such the project to be completed in Westrec Marinas, which capacity of the expensive as e-mail, online chatting, and early summer and added that manages the harbors for the cables, an entirely new system simply surfing the web. Since WiFi will remain free for its Chicago Park District, is having for transmitting the wireless that initial arrangement, online boating customers. new revved-up WiFi system. 48 GLB | May/June 14 MARINA EXPANSION ON HOLD A large marina expansion proposed for the would also include a new clubhouse and a New York state environmental officials told south end of Irondequoit Bay in Rochester, members-only pool. the Danieles in October that they would N.Y., has been halted due to environmental concerns, forcing the developer to delay the project until it conducts a full environmental impact study, according to news reports. The major environmental concern is the presence of a legally protected bald eagle’s nest that sits on a wooded parcel of land need to apply for a taking permit because the marina would encroach on a 660-foot buffer zone around the nest. the Danieles own. The proposed marina At press deadline, the Penfield Planning The Daniele family, who are also well-known expansion would extend into a buffer zone Commission had voted in favor of asking restauranteurs in the area, owns Southpoint near the eagle’s nest. the marina owners to undertake an Marina. They want to expand their marina by adding 176 boat slips. The marina can now dock about 185 vessels. In addition to the additional slips, the expansion project Because state and federal laws prohibit any disturbance of bald eagle nests, any marina expansion construction work near the nest environmental impact study, which would require involvement with and approvals from state and federal agencies. would need a bald-eagle taking permit. PORT OF ROCHESTER (N.Y) GETS NEEDED DREDGING FUNDS “We will finally be able to maximize the potential of our lakeshore by conducting a full dredging of the Port of Rochester and Irondequoit Bay for recreational and commercial boaters alike,” said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said a well-dredged port was important to the success of another major city project now underway to create a deep-draft marina near the ferry terminal in Charlotte. The Corps found additional money in its budget to pay for the full dredging. A complete dredging of the outlet that connects Irondequoit Bay Communications Bureau, City of Rochester, NY. to Lake Ontario should be done this summer. That work will get On March 11, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) the channel to a depth of nine feet, which is standard for announced that it has set aside $2.55 million to fully dredge recreational harbors. both the Port of Rochester and the bay outlet. That money will be added to another $1.61 million in emergency relief funding that the Corps had previously said it would use to partly dredge those sites by removing silt that had built up in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Some dredging will be done this summer at the port and completed next summer. This project will cost $3.4 million and get the channel depth to 21 feet, which is standard for channels that accommodate commercial ships. ODNR DELAYS CONSTRUCTION OF CAESAR CREEK MARINA Construction of a 300-slip marina, first launching areas for kayaks and other small entire Caesar Creek area and valley was, proposed when the U.S. Army Corps of boats. Both the Army Corps and ODNR are historically, an area of high Native American Engineers (USACE) created Caesar Creek interested in ensuring the project meets all activity. Caesar Creek is not very far from Lake in 1975, has been delayed one more survey requirements. the Fort Ancient National Historic Landmark time. The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR), which manages the lake property, The major construction should begin and mounds. within the late 2014 to mid-2015 timeframe. Although ODNR does not anticipate The overall completion of the project should anything major to be found within the area be in late 2015 or early 2016. The floating of the footprint of the marina project, it is docks should be put into place in early looking at all options including mitigation ODNR said the survey will take some time, spring of 2016 with a fully functional marina plans, design modifications or even but should not scuttle the first phase of for the 2016 boating season.” relocation of the proposed marina. said it has to perform an archeological survey of the lake bottom before getting construction permits. the construction project, which calls for building 150 docks, fishing platforms, and All of this depends on the outcome of the archeological dig and study. The greatlakesboating.com | 49 National BOATERS BENEFIT FROM SEA TOW/USPS PARTNERSHIP Recognizing their mutual goal of promoting boating safety, education • All boaters who complete a USPS Boaters Safety Course and enjoyment on the water among recreational boaters, Sea Tow will receive a coupon code for a free 60-day Sea Tow Trial Services International, Inc,, the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, Membership, after which they will have the option to upgrade and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) have formed to a full membership. a strategic partnership. Through this new agreement, all three • The Sea Tow Foundation will collaborate with USPS to create organizations will work closely together to provide boating safety boating education and safety content that will be disseminated resources and education to the public. to boaters by the Foundation, local Sea Tow operators, and The partnership between Sea Tow, the Foundation, and USPS National U.S. Power Squadrons and Districts through their includes the following highlights: boating education, safety, and community outreach efforts. • The Sea Tow Foundation will assist National Squadrons • All USPS members will receive a promotional code for a $10 discount off their Sea Tow membership, whether they and Districts in developing on-the-water training courses are purchasing a new membership or renewing their old one. as a towing expert. This brings the cost of a Sea Tow Gold Card Membership down • USPS will authorize its Squadrons and Districts to act as resources to $159 per year for USPS members. for local Sea Tow operators in developing boating safety and education programs such as on-the-water training for members. BAJA MARINE JOINS UP WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB Baja Marine, manufacturer of the Baja, Pro-Line, Donzi, and “In today’s environment, it takes creative, out-of-the-box Fountain performance powerboat brands, has entered into thinking to get 8,000 boaters on the water. This is a program a long-term Alliance with Freedom Boat Club to provide that we can get behind,” Walker added. “The people at Pro-Line and Baja boats to the Club’s Freedom Boat Club have been great to work with, and this nationwide network of operations. Alliance will add to the growing production backlog for Pro- The Freedom Boat Club is an Asset Line and Baja for years to come.” Sharing Model association currently with 82 locations across the country, serving more than 8,000 members with John Giglio, President and CEO of Freedom Boat Club, said, “With brands like Pro-Line and Baja, we will continue to give our members the quality product they deserve and have access to a fleet of boats. come to expect. Freedom Boat Club has 8,000 members. “This is a great boating alternative that who pay a one-time entry fee to join the club and then an we are very pleased to support,” said affordable monthly fee. For this fee, members have access to Johnny Walker, Baja Marine’s CEO. “We a fleet of boats in a wide variety of locations and enjoy a truly look forward to having Freedom Boat hassle free boating experience.” Club members use our products and enjoy boating in them all over the country.” CRUZIN ADDS INTERACTIVE PLACES TO BOAT AND FISH MAP Cruzin, an online boater-to-boater rental and charter marketplace, Places to Boat and Fish is an interactive state-by-state map that recently bolstered its website by adding an interactive Places guides users to marinas, boat ramps, bait shops, fishing license to Boat and Fish map that was originally developed by the vendors, parks and other points of interest. Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) for its “Take Me Fishing” campaign. “This is a valuable tool, particularly for Cruzin renters or those who are vacationing in a new area,” Jaclyn Baumgarten, Cruzin Frank Peterson, President and CEO of RBFF, said the CEO, said. “The Places to Boat and Fish map enables people to collaboration between the foundation and Cruzin will provide more easily enjoy time on the water and all the positive things the visitors with direct access to comprehensive boating and fishing lifestyle brings.” how-to and where-to information. Baumgarten said Cruzin delivers a safe, convenient way for people “We’re pleased that Cruzin has added our map to their website,” to charter vessels directly from boat owners. It enables owners to he said. “Both Take Me Fishing and Cruzin are committed to generate income from their vessels and helps bring people back breaking down barriers to participation, and we believe this into the lifestyle through a nationwide online community. content rich map is a great first step.” 50 GLB | May/June 14 USFWS GIVES $1.1 BILLION TO STATES FOR FISH, WILDLIFE, AND RECREATION PROJECTS The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced in March year because of the government sequester and an increase in excise that it will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid tax receipts from sales of firearms and ammunition in the Wildlife by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and Restoration Trust Fund. wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program apportionment for 2014 totals $325.7 million, which includes $18.5 million that was The Service apportions the funds to all 50 states and territories sequestered from FY 2013 but subsequently returned to the Sport through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell- Fish Restoration Trust Fund. The FY 2014 Sport Fish Restoration Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from apportionment is $34.1 million lower than FY 2013 due to lower excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, domestic fishing equipment excise tax receipts. archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors. Recreational boaters also contribute to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines. The Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program reimburses up to 75 percent of the cost of each eligible project, while state fish and wildlife agencies contribute a minimum of 25 percent, The total distributions this year are $238.4 million higher than last generally using hunting and fishing license revenues as the required year because of the inclusion of funds that were not distributed last non-federal match. ANALYSTS BULLISH ON MALIBU BOATS STOCK Malibu Boats, which began trading publicly innovation, crossover interest from adjacent percent by fiscal year 2016. Analysts have on Jan. 31, received an initial rating of boat segments and geographic expansion set a valuation range of $20 to $22 for the “outperform” from Wells Fargo analysts, against a positive backdrop of U.S. boat company’s stock. who estimated that the boat builder’s industry recovery fundamentals position shares offered up to a 20 percent total this global leader in the performance sport return based on the bank’s 2014 estimates. boat segment for consistent share gains.” In its investment report on Malibu Boats Wells Fargo projects that Malibu will see ongoing innovation position the company that was issued in February, Wells Fargo 11 to 12 percent annual revenue and maintains sits well versus key competitors,” analysts wrote, “Malibu’s ongoing product EBITDA margin expansion toward 20 the report said. “We have to monitor the defensibility of the company’s intellectual property, but believe existing [and] pending patents and the LANDING SCHOOL’S WOMEN IN THE MARINE INDUSTRY INITIATIVE the excellent career opportunities that await them. The Women in the Marine Industry Initiative endeavors to raise awareness among women across the country that pursuing a career in the marine industry is both rewarding and worthwhile. In order for this initiative The Landing School, Arundel, Me., a post-secondary institution to be successful it will take women from across the industry coming focused on educating tomorrow’s marine industry professionals, together to create a network of resources. announced the development of a community program, the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative. “This initiative is coming at an optimal time,” said Barry Acker, Director of Industry Relations, The Landing School. “The industry Developed by The Landing School, the intent of this initiative is to is enjoying an economic surge, bringing with it a great deal of support women who are in or wish to join the marine industry in career opportunities. That coupled with the desire and need for Maine and beyond. The primary goal of the program is to inspire, a community initiative of this kind, that will support the continued educate and lead women to a fulfilling and successful career in the diversification of our industry, makes for a winning situation for marine industry with confidence and pride. everyone involved.” The marine industry in Maine and nationally is enjoying a great deal Contact the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative at: of success. However, women haven’t always been made aware of email@example.com or visit www.wimii.org. greatlakesboating.com | 51 Sailing 76TH SAILING OF QUEEN’S CUP RACE Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club of Milwaukee, Wis., the There will be parties at both ends, with a focus on being a family- Queen’s Cup Race is an overnight sprint across Lake Michigan, friendly event. Many boats will have multiple generations within which departs on June 27. It’s anticipated that more than 200 their crew. boats with crews of more than 1,200 people will venture into the open waters with their sight set on Muskegon, Mich. The Queen’s Cup Cruising Fleet (jib-and-main only) will start several hours ahead to provide cruisers a head start and added The Queen’s Cup is one of sailing’s most renowned offshore daylight sailing time. Each boat must be entered, comply with all races, drawing plenty of tricked-out yachts with the latest safety and insurance regulations, and have a PHRF certificate. carbon fiber sails and equipment. For those who cruise with a barbecue on the stern and the wine rack well stocked, it’s also an unforgettable way to start a vacation. Participants can cross instyle, as part of a big, organized fleet. The race will use a fee entry system based on LOA to make the fee schedule more equitable and increase participation in the smallboat sections. SPERRY TOP-SIDER NOOD REGATTA IN CHICAGO The Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) against the overall winners from each stop on the nine-regatta Regatta is the longest running, most respected, and largest Sperry Top-Sider NOOD circuit. sailboat racing regatta series in North America. The Regatta comes to the Windy City each June at the Chicago Yacht Club. This year’s event will be held June 6–8. Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOODs attract nearly 2,000 boats and more than 30,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features three days of sailboat racing for The three-day competition held on Lake Michigan features 14 one-design models from 20 to 70 feet in length. In addition to local one-design classes and more than 210 boats. The overall winner sailors, sailing’s top stars—including America’s Cup and Olympic in Chicago will have the opportunity to compete at the Sperry champions—are well represented at the NOODs. Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship, where they will compete CLEVELAND RACE WEEK AT EDGEWATER YACHT CLUB Cleveland Race Cleveland Race Week was established in by four days of offshore division racing Week is not only 1980 to include not one, but a series of (June 19 through the 22). In addition to the the largest sailing sailboat races over one or two days. Only two series, there will be a Women’s race the regatta on Lake Erie, 26 boats competed the first year. By 1987, evening of June 17, as well as a junior race but also one of the 320 boats and 1,500 participants took part day, June 18. most prominent on in the Cleveland Race Week series. Today, the Great Lakes. The Cleveland Race Week provides 10 days of annual event, now racing, music, parties and special events in its 34th year, attracts hundreds of boats for more than 1,500 men, women, and from across the Great Lakes and beyond. junior sailors. This year’s Cleveland Race Week Regatta, June 13–22, will also play host to the Tartan Ten Great Lakes Championships, as well as the J/70 Lake Erie Championships. CRW is organized and hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club. Founded in 1914, Edgewater Yacht Club is the premiere sailing and racing venue in Cleveland and has hosted numerous regional, national and world The 10-day regatta continues its legacy by championship regattas. incorporating two separate series. A one- www.clevelandraceweek.com design weekend (June 13 and 15) followed SUPER MAC AND BACK RETURNS The longest freshwater solo race, the Super Mac and Back, because the Super Mac and Back is an informal part of the Chicago is returning this June. Mac and Super Mac singlehanded races. The race is started at either Port Huron or Chicago and leads racers “Some people get halfway, say from Chicago to Port Huron, and to Mackinac Island, then onto one of the first two ports depending on decide to stop,” Gannon said. “Everyone registers for the Chicago where it began. Mac, and some people just attempt to go all the way and back, so we In its first year only four people completed the entire course. According to race director Mark Gannon, it’s difficult to determine how many people actually attempt the entire 1,034 nautical miles 52 GLB | May/June 14 can’t really determine who all is doing it.” The race is scheduled for June 21, and registration is currently open. HIGH WINDS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR LAKE ONTARIO 300 Sailors from all across the Great to complete it in the past, as possibly the and every type of weather,” he said. Lakes are gearing up for spring most challenging of them all, the Lake “It’s a navigational challenge that will and summer races. From Chicago Ontario 300. test all of a sailor’s skills in one race, to Niagara, there is no shortage of challenging, long-distance competitions. The LO300, inspired by Johan Pederson in including patience!” 1990 after deciding sailors of the northern The Sandy Hood Trophy Race, and a One race happens to stand out, especially reaches of the Great Lakes needed their series of short-handed races throughout in the minds of those who have struggled own Chicago MAC-style challenge, is set to May and June precede the LO300. herald its 25th anniversary this July. According to Lake Ontario Offshore Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Racing, 1,874 yachts have participated committee member Brian Townsend in the LO300 in the last 25 years, and 1,367 said the difficult LO300 is preparing have completed it, leaving the average for a year of high participation, with completion rate at 73 percent. Compare more and more sailors coming in that rate to the Chicago MAC where from around the Great Lakes seeking completion rarely falls below 90 percent. a unique and difficult race. It’s a quantified testament to the difficult “This is an out and back race covering all corners of [Lake Ontario] nature of the winds of Lake Ontario. www.loor.ca greatlakesboating.com | 53 NEW PRODUCTS KEY FOB CONTROLS BOW AND STERN THRUSTERS The Sideshift wireless key fob enables remote operation of Sideshift thrusters. This compact, 4-button wireless transmitter is ideal for single-handed mooring. A first mate can also use the key fob while on deck, without having to shout directions to the helmsman, to help dock the boat. A user can control boat movement from a location with enhanced visibility. The single kit operates either a bow thruster or stern thruster. It includes one key fob and one receiver box, which connects to an existing joystick controller. A dual kit contains two receiver boxes for vessels with both bow and stern thrusters. $395; $595, respectively // 877-325-4787 // www.sideshift.com TOUCH SCREEN COLOR LCD RADAR The new SI-TEX T-760 Series Radar offers touch screen control, AIS target tracking and standard Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid. Its compact and vertically oriented 7-inch touchscreen color LCD display allows varied mounting options. The series includes the T-760, equipped with an 18-inch radome antenna that performs in a wide range of conditions and range scale choices from 1/8 nm to 24nm. The T-761 features a 24-inch radome antenna that has a narrower beam width and a range of up to 48 nm. Both models feature a 4kW transmitter and offer multi-speed antenna rotation for optimum target detection and tracking. $2,095*; $2,895*, respectively // 631-996-2690 // www.si-tex.com MULTI-PURPOSE SHOCK ABSORBER Davis Instrumentsâ€™ LineSnubber is a multi-purpose shock absorber for use on any boat. Its progressive tension design with internal stretch limiter reduces shock loads on dock lines, towing lines, tie-downs and preventers. LineSnubbers fit all sizes of braided or twisted dock lines from 3/8-inch diameter up to 1-inch and are available in blue or black. The LineSnubber is constructed from marine-grade shock cord, and is covered with 100 percent nylon webbing for complete sun and abrasion resistance. Stainless steel carabiners at each end make adjusting or removing LineSnubber easy. For high-stress applications, two can be clipped sideby-side for double strength. $59.99 // 510-732-9229 // www.davisnet.com * Pending FCC Type Approval 54 GLB | May/June 14 NEW LED NAVIGATION LIGHTS A new LED series of navigation lights from Perko includes red and green side lights; white masthead light; white stern light/yellow towing light; and white, red, green, and yellow all-around lights. Available in 12/24VAC or 120VDC configurations, they are U.S. Coast Guard-third party certified for 2 to 5 nm and measure 6 inches in height. Made of marine-grade black or white polymer, the lights are UV-, corrosion-, and impact-resistant. These navigation lights are pre-wired with 3 feet of 16/3-SO cable and feature a sealed cap with no user serviceable parts inside. From $660 to $772 // 305-621-7525 // www.perko.com COMPACT AMPLIFIER The Milennia two-channel, Class D amplifier from Prospec Electronics is acoustically enhanced, and affordably priced. The MIL AMP1702 amplifier is capable of scaring the dock-mates when coupled with the user’s current speakers. The advantages of a Class D amplifier are small size, high power, and efficiency. This two-channel amplifier will dramatically raise the decibel level of an owner’s current speakers and fit in a small area. Easy to install, the unit measures 6.75” x 3.75” x 1.75”. $149.95 // www.prospecelectronics.com SPORT WALLET CASE The crushproof and water-resistant Sport Wallet Case from Pelican ProGear protects items such as ID cards, drivers’ licenses, credit cards, cash, keys, and more. The dual mesh pocket interior will help keep valuables organized and safe. The case, which has a lifetime guarantee, comes with a lanyard, and measures 5.55” x 3.27” x 0.85”. $31.88 // 855-604-8562 // www.pelicanprogear.com greatlakesboating.com | 55 BOAT CARE & FEEDING EXTERIOR COATING SYSTEM Awlgrip announced Awlwood MA, an exterior coating system that combines a primer with a clear finish (available as satin or gloss). By combining the primer and clear finish, Awlwood MA achieves a synergistic effect, so that the exterior coating not only adheres and bonds to the wood cellular structure, but it also retains the same gloss, DOI, and natural appearance of the original application. The coating system remains highly flexible during its lifetime, which allows natural substrate movement while still providing superior toughness and abrasion resistance. This product is only available for exterior, above the waterline usage. 888-355-3090 // www.awlgrip.com FLUSH-MOUNTED SKI TOW The 198 Ski Tow from Accon Marine is a flush-mounted piece of hardware that keeps the transom clear of protrusions. The four-piece patented assembly consists of the main body, sealing cup, backing plate, and gasket. It measures 3.5” L x 3.5” W x 1.25” D. To install, owners simply need to drill a 2-1/2-inch hole and attach the ski tow with four 1/4-inch screws. $45.93 // 727-572-9202 // www.acconmarine.com THICK ANODE Martyr Divers 1-inch thick Dream Heavy Anodes help to minimize the corrosion of metals in the water and lasts twice as long as the regular Diver’s Dream anode plate. Because these anodes come with a galvanized, slotted, bolt-on type inserts, they can easily accommodate most through-hull fitting configurations. These “heavy” anodes are available in three alloys to protect propellers: zinc for salt water, magnesium for fresh water, and aluminum for sale and brackish water. The aluminum and magnesium anodes are environmentally friendly and much lighter than traditional zinc anodes. $79.99 // 604-940-2010 // www.canmet.com 56 GLB | May/June 14 WATER FILTERING/SOFTENING SYSTEM Stain-less Water filters provide boaters with a portable water filtering/softening system for potable water. These filters minimize spotting, streaking, and staining on all surfaces. Boaters use them to soften the water when filling the boat’s storage tank. Operators can also attach the filter to the vessel’s water supply line to preserve the vessel’s plumbing lines, water heater elements, fixtures, ice machines, and more. The filter uses resin beads to extract all hard water. It has no mechanical or metallic parts, uses no electricity, and is made of non-corrosive materials. The filters are available in three sizes and can accommodate between 1,000 and 8,500 gallons of water before needing a simple recharge. From $250 to $700 // 609-269-2564 // stainlesswaterfilters.com BARNACLE BARRIER Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier from Petit Marine Paint is an aerosol spray that protects metals, such as aluminum, steel, stainless steel, cast iron, copper, bronze, galvanized steel, and lead, from barnacles and corrosion. The spray formula forms a bond with underwater metals and running gear, protecting them from corrosion, preserving their surface integrity, and providing superior protection above and below the waterline. Because it contains the highest level of zinc available, it dries to a hard, smooth surface that is self-cleaning. Prop Coat is available in a flat gray finish, and one 16-ounce can cover 10 square feet. Approx. $34.99 // 800-221-4466 // www.petitpaint.com VALVE LUBRICATION KIT MareLube is a specially formulated lubricant for use with all types of marine valves. One squeeze of the pre-loaded MareLube Reach syringe dispenses lubrication through the extension tube to the inside of the valve wnsuring all moving parts work and seal correctly. The complete MareLube Reach kit includes a 30cc syringe pre-loaded with MareLube Valve Lubricant, extension tube, applicator brush, and reusable syringe cap. $12.95 // 414-688-9979 // www.forespar.com greatlakesboating.com | 57 EVENTS CALENDAR ILLINOIS JUNE 5-8 JUNE 28-29 MAY 30-JUNE 1 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show Skamania Mania Washington Park Grand Haven Offshore Fishing Challenge 31st Street Harbor Chicago www.chicagoinwaterboatshow.com Michigan City Grand Haven www.mcsummerfest.org www.grandhavenoffshorechallenge.com JULY 5 JUNE 7 Kids Fishing Derby Weldon Springs State Park Clinton www.dnr.illinois.gov Annual Lake James Flotilla Parade Lake James Lake James www.lakejames.org JUNE 7 Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Waterfront Park & Marina L’Anse www.laketroutfestival.com JUNE 13-15 Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show JULY 19-22 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac MICHIGAN Chicago Yacht Club Chicago MAY 17-18 www.cycracetomackinac.com Bay Harbor www.bayharbor.com Lake Gogebic Spring Walleye Fishing Tournament JUNE 21 Lake Gogebic Antique and Classic Boat Show www.lakegogebicarea.com St. Clair Boat Harbor St. Clair www.stclairontheriver.com INDIANA MAY 29 – JUNE 1 Maple City Grand Prix Stone Lake LaPorte www.maplecitygrandprix.com MAY 17-18 Munising Trout & Salmon Fishing Tournament Munising Bay Munising www.algercounty.org JUNE 27-28 The Great Tugboat Parade & Race St. Marys River Sault Ste. Marie www.saultstemarie.com JUNE 7 Kids Fishing Fun Days Luhr County Park LaPorte www.laportecountyparks.org/ programs.html MAY 23 Blessing of the Fleet Michigan Maritime Museum South Haven www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org JUNE 24-26 Conference on Climate Adaptation in the Great Lakes University of Michigan Ann Arbor www.graham.umich.edu/glaac/ capstone2014 58 GLB | May/June 14 MINNESOTA JUNE 13-22 JUNE 21 Cleveland Race Week Capital Lakes Dragonfest Edgewater Yacht Club Cleveland Lake Wingra in Vilas Park Madison www.clevelandraceweek.com www.capitallakesdragonfest.com JUNE 20-23 JUNE 26–28 6th Annual Pyrate Fest Queen’s Cup Multiple Venues Put-In-Bay South Shore Yacht Club Milwaukee www.putinbay.com www.muskegonyachtclub.org Big Stone Lake Ortonville JUNE 20-22 JULY 5 Paddlefest Big Blue Dragon Boat Race www.masterswalleyetournament.com Coney Island Cincinnatti www.ohioriverway.org/paddlefest Riverside Park La Crosse OHIO JULY 17-28 MAY 17-23 12 Days of Christmas National Safe Boating Week MAY 6 Multiple venues Put-In-Bay www.putinbay.com www.safeboatingcampaign.com MAY 8-11 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Grand View Lodge/Gull Lake Nisswa www.mngovernorsopener.com MAY 16-18 Cabela’s Masters Walleye Fishing Tournament Blessing of the Fleet Jet Express Dock Put-in-Bay www.riverfestlacrosse.com JUNE 1-8 National Fishing & Boating Week www.putinbay.com www.rbff.org JUNE 6-8 WISCONSIN Mills Cup Trophy Race MAY 16-18 National Marina Day Toledo Yacht Club Toledo Harbor Midwestern Model Ships and Boats Contest & Display www.nationalmarinaday.org www.toledoyachtclub.org Wisconsin Maritime Museum Manitowoc www.wisconsinmaritime.org JUNE 12-15 Phlocking of the Phaithful Multiple venues Put-in-Bay www.phlocking.com JUNE 14 JULY 19 HOOK Race Racine Yacht Club Racine www.racineyachtclub.org/the_hook.htm FOR THE LATEST EVENTS IN AND AROUND THE GREAT LAKES PLEASE VISIT: WWW.GREATLAKESBOATING.COM + MORE greatlakesboating.com | 59 Kenosha, Wisconsin FOR SALE HISTORIC QUEEN ANNE HOME 2 LOTS 10 BOAT SLIPS Enjoy vacation living on a beautiful Lake Michigan harbor, walking distance to the historic center of the city. Formerly the Kohler family summer home (1897), this property has now been upgraded with newer kitchen and baths, yet it retains many of the fine original architectural features. CONTACT KAREN AT 312-266-8470 FOR YOUR PRIVATE SHOWING On an adjacent lot there is room to build an additional home or duplex that can accommodate an additional four slips and parking. This extraordinary home is less than an hour drive from the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. MARINE MART POWERBOAT 1979 34’ John Allmand Sport Fisher: Bluewater boat on heavy-duty trailer for storage. Insured $25,000. Dennis at 773-901-6721. Sell $12,500. (see photo below) 1984 41’ President Double Cabin Trawler: Twin diesels, 9kw generator, autopilot, synchronizer, air & heat, GPS plotter. Sleeps 6, washer/dryer, flat panel tv/dvd, vacuflush heads, 2 refridgerators, ice maker. Dock steps, spare props. Interior upgraded, beautifully maintained. Bob at LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL A MARINA? Contact: Eddy A. 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Look closely at the Cruisers Sport Series’ Black Diamond Limited Edition 328 SS and you’ll see more than a triumphant bow rider worthy in every detail of its “Boat of the Year” distinction from Boating Magazine. What you’ll discover upon further examination is a longstanding lineage of excellence in design, engineering and workmanship. For more than five decades, Cruisers Yachts has been crafting world-renowned yachts from an unrelenting standard of quality, and we now bring that same commitment to every Sport Series model. See more of the amazing 328 SS, and the entire line from 20’ - 32’ at CruisersSportSeries.com and experience the Cruisers Sport Series brand difference for yourself.