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 Display until July 15, 2014 $5.95 US $5.95 CAN fe Sa Capacity Electronics ROUNDUP Discover Oconto FREE Boat Ad p63 It’s sunny now, but for industry needs in terms of an affordable, value-added vessel to attract families. Bayliner’s MSRP for the Element XL is less than $17,000, making it very affordable. It can hold up to nine people, giving it plenty of room for family and friends. And it holds the promise of “value,” that is bang for the buck. Another part of the industry where value abounds is marine electronics. This sector of the industry changes so often and so quickly that it is hard to keep up with all the changes. To entice our readers to learn more 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. One product category that gets special attention in this issue is oil spill products. BoatUS recently tested 21 products that claimed to either remove or render harmless oil, gas, or diesel spills. It found that many of them didn’t deliver on their promises. What’s more amazing to this 30+ year veteran of the recreational boating industry is that of the 21 tested products, more than half (11) were found to be either toxic or super toxic. Our Port of Call, Oconto, Wis., is a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered. The city has done quite a lot in recent years, from dredging its harbor to installing buoys from Oconto to Green Bay, to make this town more attractive to boaters and other tourists. Check out the article beginning on page 22. Finally, our editorial on page 8 describes the highly successful work of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). Once you discover how RBFF works with states to bring back lapsed boaters and ﬁshermen and the results it has achieved over the last few years, we encourage you to send thank you notes or emails expressing appreciation for their efforts. This same leadership exists with the Great Lakes Boating Federation, which watches over everything on the Great Lakes from ﬁshing to the environment to local, state, and national legislation. Check out our website (www.greatlakesboatingfederation. com) and join our efforts to protect and sustain the Great Lakes. And, my wish for all of you is a happy, fun, and safe time on the water this summer! GREAT LAKES BOATING® Magazine (ISSN 1937-7274) © PUBLISHER’S NOTE the longest time, I never thought the long, cold, snowy winter of 20132014 would ever end. Proof positive is this true 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. But on to bigger and better things. The sun is shining brightly, the waters are gleaming blue, and everyone is eager to put their boats into the water. The boating season has arrived, and not a day too soon as far as I am concerned. This issue is one of our most popular and well-read issues, and it contains several worthwhile articles focusing on innovation, affordability, and product testing. While I’m not one who often sings the praises of the boating industry for being a “hotbed of innovation,” our cover story on Malibu Boats celebrates several “gamechanging models.” Take for example Malibu’s Waksetter 23 LSV. This model’s innovative hull design, along with its Surf Gate and Power Wedge Advancements, allow for perfect waves right out of the box, as well as for a customized experience on the water. Malibu’s Wakesetter 22 MKZ is the ideal boat for the seasoned pro and the casual weekend rider. Its sleek design and angular look have made it Malibu’s fastest selling model since it was ﬁrst introduced for the summer sports of waterskiing and wakeboarding. Malibu Boats has been around for 30 years, but it’s only recently taken a more pro-active approach to the Great Lakes region. We applaud the boatbuilder for this effort, as well as for moving from a private concern to a public company sold on the New York Stock Exchange. Wells Fargo analysts believe the company’s products and patent-pending accessories make it well positioned for growth. We envision Malibu Boats as the boats for those people seeking an outdoor sport with speed, excitement, and athleticism. If Malibu Boats gets the heart pounding, then Bayliner’s boats, especially the Element XL proﬁled on page 20, are exactly what the 4 GLB | May/June 14 WHERE BOATERS GO FOR NEWS Publisher & Editor in Chief F. Ned Dikmen Managing Editor Karen Malonis Associate Editor Jerome A. Koncel Contributing Writers Victoria Bostedt Sarah Gross Elaine Short Editorial Intern Brandon Smith Art Direction Steve Jones Advertising | Sales Inquiries Neil Dikmen p 312.266.8400 • f 312.266.8470 e firstname.lastname@example.org 2014 is a registered trademark (73519-331) of Chicago Boating Publications, Inc., its publisher, 1032 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60610. For editorial inquiries, contact Great Lakes Boating Magazine at 1032 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60610 p 312.266.8400 or e email@example.com. Great Lakes Boating Magazine is available online at greatlakesboating.com and at any of the distribution centers and newsstands in areas surrounding the Great Lakes. 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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES Features 12 OTC WAKESETTER 23 LSV LENGTH: BEAM: DRAFT: CAPACITY: FUEL: HULL TYPE: .................... 23’ .................... 102” ....................27” .................... 15 ....................69 gals Wake Plus or Diamond • MALIBU BOATS ......................... 12 • OCONTO ........................................ 22 • MARINE ELECTRONICS ................ 28 • WHO’S BOAT BUYING ................... 32 SPOTLIGHTS Spotlight • BAYLINER ...................................... 18 • OIL SPILL PRODUCT TESTING ..... 36 • STABILITY vs CAPACITY ............. 40 22 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 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. IN THE NEWS In the News • GREAT LAKES .............................. 42 • FISHING .................................... 46 • MARINAS.................................. 48 • NATIONAL ................................. 50 • SAILING .................................... 52 visit: greatlakesboating.com on your tablet or smartphone GREAT LAKES BOATING • READ • Great Lakes Boating now o ers boaters a free weekly digital newsletter to keep them informed about news, issues, and events of the Great Lakes. GLB NEWSLETTER A L E RT !!! 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 Malibu Boats 5075 Kimberly Way Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-5478 www.malibuboats.com EDITORIALS At a time when our country is struggling to nd real leaders, it’s consoling to nd one right in our midst. e Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) e orts to bring back lapsed anglers and boaters stand out because they are not only clear, concrete, and practical, but also highly successful. e Foundation’s pro-active direct marketing e orts have speci c 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. e nationwide e ort to increase shing 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 shing 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. RBFF’S EFFORTS TO INCREASE BOATING AND FISHING STAND OUT return is a four-color direct marketing le er 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 e orts; and o ers ways to improve the shing license and boat registration processes. As we begin the summer boating season, we want to recognize the outstanding e orts 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 e orts toward lapsed boaters and anglers, but also for its awardwinning Take Me Fishing™ campaign. e State Fishing License Marketing Program, now in its seventh year, focuses on those anglers who haven’t renewed their shing licenses for at least one season. is year’s program includes a black and white postcard mailing and a supplemental email message in participating states. e 2013 program included 40 states and resulted in more than 229,000 licenses being sold and $4.64 million in gross program revenue. e 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. e primary tool for ge ing these boaters to Designed to create awareness around boating, shing, and conservation, and educate people about the bene ts 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. e campaign website, www.TakeMeFishing.org , features tips and how-to’s that can be used all over the country, tools to compare di erent styles of boats, information on how to get a shing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to nd local boating and shing spots. Please join us in o ering kudos, praise, and thanks to RBFF for all they have and continue to do to increase participation in boating and shing. Send a note, an email, a le er 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 e 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. e howling winds, blinding snow storms, and bi er cold temperatures have been replaced with warm breezes, blooming owers, and ice-free waters that beckon us home. It’s time to celebrate. 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. e freedom and exhilaration that one experiences are certainly notable, but we would like to take this opportunity to highlight two impressive statistics. CELEB TE THE BOATING LIFESTYLE and safety tips for this boating season. e 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. e USCG estimates that 85 percent of these drowning vistims were not wearing lifejackets. 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. is past year, more than 82 million were either on a boat or actually went boating. is makes boating one of the single largest outdoor recreational sports in the United States. Of those people who participate in boating, the vast majority enjoy a safe boating experience, and this fact is o en overlooked when people talk about boating. e U.S. Coast Guard reported that in 2012, the last year for which gures 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. During the next two months, there are two occasions that o er 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 a ention to safety precautions for themselves and their passengers as they do to maintaining their vessels and keeping them in good condition. 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, 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. JOIN US The VOICE of 4.3 Million Boaters greatlakesboatingfederation.org greatlakesboating.com | 9 EDITORIALS GUEST COMMENTARY MITIGATING FACTORS IN KEEPING ANS OUT OF GREAT LAKES conveyance, ood risk management, and recreation. e GLMRIS Teamâ€™s analyses show that physically separating the waterways is likely to cause severe adverse impacts to these uses, particularly to ooding, 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 li vessels over a physical barrier. 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. erefore, the GLMRIS Report proposes no mitigation for impacts to navigation. is one example shows the challenging tradeo s to be weighed in addressing the potential interbasin transfer of ANS. e impacts to existing uses should not be overlooked when considering ANS transfer alternatives. For more information, visit: h p://glmris.anl.gov/. By Sarah Gross, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District e 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 ght against aquatic nuisance species (ANS). e GLMRIS Report outlines eight potential control plans within the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent the transfer of 13 aquatic nuisance sh, algae, virus, crustaceans, and plants in all life stages between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. e eight potential plans range from continuing and improving upon current control e orts, like the operation of the electric barriers in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, to vastly complex e orts 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 a endees. While the oral comments were diverse, one sentiment prevailed 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 ooding 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 signi cant ooding in the Chicagoland area or creating adverse impacts to the water quality of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan and the CAWS currently serve many important uses, including navigation, water supply and T WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST NEWS? .G L B . ? 10 GLB | May/June 14 INNOVATION PASSION 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 lot of fun to look at, but like a hot sports car, the real pleasure is in the ride. The all-new Wakesetter 23 LSV boasts an innovative hull design that takes wakeboarding and wakesurﬁng to another level, while the running surface remains unchanged. 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. Wake and wave manipulation is easy and intuitive with Malibu’s Surf Gate and Power Wedge advancements, which allow for a quick and perfectly customized experience on the water for any boarder, surfer, or skier, from beginners playing around to seasoned pros looking to shred the envelope. Boarders can 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. SPECS: Length: ................................................................. 23’ Beam: ................................................................. 102” Draft: ................................................................. 27” Capacity: ................................................................. 15 people Fuel: ................................................................. 69 gal. Weight: ................................................................. 4,500 lbs. Hull Type: ................................................................. Wake Plus or Diamond 14 GLB | May/June 14 WAKESETTER 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. 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 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 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. 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 SPECS: Length: ...................................................................................... 24.5’ Beam: ...................................................................................... 102” Draft: ...................................................................................... 27” Capacity: ...................................................................................... 18 people Fuel: ...................................................................................... 78 gal. Weight: ...................................................................................... 4,800 lbs. Hull Type: ...................................................................................... Wake 16 GLB | May/June 14 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 versatile and stylish Deck Boats are a go-to choice for families looking to host a crowd for ambitious days on the Great Lakes. From bow to stern, Bayliner’s 190, 210, and 215 Deck Boats are ideal crafts for long days on the water. The 190 Deck Boat has a ﬂoor plan option for every style of boater. For water sport enthusiasts, the Flight Series package adds necessities like an extended swim platform and wakeboard tower. If perch is on the menu, then the Fish Package with built-in Lowrance X4 sonar is the way to go. The 190 offers so much storage and efﬁcient seating the only question boaters will be left asking is whether to stick with the windscreen or add the wraparound windshield. 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 full cooler, while innovative under-seat storage stows the rest of the crew’s gear leaving plenty of free space. Flight Series or Fish Package options are available as well. The 215 Deck Boat comes with a Mercury stern drive, offering an impressive holeshot at the full capacity of 12, ensuring no rider will be traded for power. Easy-to-reach grab handles and cup holders amplify comfort and safety in the spacious bow seating area, while a large in-ﬂoor locker accommodates skis, water toys and other gear, keeping the cockpit clutter-free. Both the 210 and 215 have a portside storage bulkhead that doubles as a changing area. 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 Bayliner’s revolutionary Element series ensures that new boaters feel at home on thewater. The new Element XL adds a big twist to a trusted boat line: more power, more seating, and more storage. “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 Element XL will put smiles on the faces of new and experienced boaters all over the country.” 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. At 18 feet, Element XL boasts deep freeboard and Bayliner’s innovative, patent-pending M-HullTM design,that has signiﬁcantly improved onboard safety. With an optional Sport conﬁguration, 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. 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 harbor is home to 50 slips for transient or seasonal boaters, including 6 to 8 majestic sailboats moored Oconto is located on the bay of Green Bay, and its name is derived from the previous inhabitants, the Menominee Indians, who proclaimed it “land of many ﬁshes.” Today, the city certainly lives up to its Indian name, as well as its current nicknames as the “Perch Capital” and “Walleye Mecca” of the Great Lakes. Oconto not only welcomes local ﬁshermen, but also professional ones, as it is home to three major walleye tournaments: Cabela’s 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, and released. at the entrance, waiting to sail softly in the wind. An enormous iron sundial plus an ancient rustic ship’s anchor welcome everyone to the “land of many ﬁshes.” In addition, Breakwater Park is the place where visitors and locals ﬂock daily to capture breathtakingly beautiful sunrises and sunsets. 22 GLB | May/June 14 Damian Schumacher Kitty Werner “PERCH CAPITAL” AND “WALLEYE MECCA” OF THE GREAT LAKES. Although Walleye is the city’s main ﬁsh attraction, Oconto’s waters are full of many other ﬁsh species. Perch are plentiful, and for many years the local Sportsman’s Club has sponsored a local Perch Tournament. In the Oconto River, bass are abundant. sediment. The state agency awarded Oconto a $1,953,358 Harbor Assistance Program Grant to increase its harbor’s channel depth to 8.5 feet and widen its entrance to 60 feet from the existing 50 feet. 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 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. Maintaining THE HARBOR 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 year the city received a major boost from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to clean out the existing Cabela’s Walleye Circuit greatlakesboating.com | 23 Damian Schumacher 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. As a major manufacturer of yachts, Cruisers Yachts has depended on Oconto Harbor for testing its new boats. Therefore, it encouraged the city to pursue the Harbor Assistance Grant, 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. Today, Cruisers Yachts is the biggest employer in Oconto. It recently announced that it would be building a brand-new line of ﬁshing boats, which will eventually bring 70 more jobs to this area. Members of Oconto’s city administration have applauded this announcement, citing it as another progressive move by Cruisers that will further develop Oconto’s economy. 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 believes that the dredging and widening it completed this year, along with the installation of solar-lit buoys, will show boaters that Breakwater Harbor is safe and accessible. 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 ago the city was designated “Bird City” because of its connection to the Wisconsin Nature and Bird Trail where many species of birds can be spotted. The Oconto Marsh area ties into the Nature and Bird Trail as an important habitat for about 100 types of waterfowl and migratory birds. Oconto has also been building on its “High Flyer” status since Not only was the dredging important to Cruisers Yachts, it was also critical to keeping ﬁve commercial ﬁshermen at the harbor. In addition to the dredging and widening of the harbor, the Oconto River Channel will be safely marked with buoys up to the mouth of the Bay of Green Bay. This is an extremely important it was bestowed upon it. This summer, the city is sponsoring its ﬁrst Nature Festival featuring 34 vendors and a “Raptor Show” at Copper Culture State Park. In addition, the city is placing bluebird, purple martin, and wood duck houses in various parks and is faithfully monitoring them. Kitty Werner 24 GLB | May/June 14 Cabela’s Walleye Circuit The city also has a professional-grade sporting complex called Holtwood Park. It includes six baseball ﬁelds, a nine-hole disc golf course, two volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits, and a soccer/ rugby ﬁeld. Damian Schumacher NOW IS THE TIME FOR BOATERS, ANGLERS, AND OTHERS TO DISCOVER OCONTO. Oconto County Historical Society. Attached to the property is the original barn, which houses an eclectic variety of vehicles and carriages, including an electric car. 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, showcasing a stately century-old Court House, topped with a majestic golden “Lady Justice” who watches over the City, as the soothing chimes of her clock remind the community each hour of the day as it arrives. No matter what hour the clock chimes, now is the time for boaters, anglers, and others to discover Oconto, the hidden jewel waiting to be revealed. 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. More than 5,000 years ago, during the time of the pyramids, Oconto was the burial place of the Copper Culture Indians. In the 1950s, an Oconto student discovered the Copper Culture Burial Grounds, and a museum now marks this ﬁnding as part of Copper Culture State Park. In the 1800s, Oconto was also a booming lumber town, and reminders of this fabulous era are displayed in the mansions lining Main Street in Oconto. Most of these homes are in their original state. One remarkable mansion, the Beyer Home, has been turned into a museum, lovingly maintained by the local Victoria Bostedt is the mayor of Oconto, Wis. Damian Schumacher Beyer Home greatlakesboating.com | 25 Kitty Werner Spotlight By Jerome A. Koncel W hen it comes to buying marine electronics products, there are three important steps to follow. The ﬁrst is to buy high-quality products. While price is always a priority in In the West Advisor section, boaters will click on “Fishﬁnder” and get an article that describes what ﬁshﬁnders do and then walks the reader through the selection process by asking the reader to answer a series of questions: 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 Lakes is like boating on oceans. The lakes are big, the waters are usually choppy, and getting home safely should be the number one priority. Every 20-foot and larger boat on the Great Lakes should be equipped with a combination GPS/chartplotter. Finally, boaters should properly care for and maintain their marine electronics equipment. • 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)? • Does the ﬁsherman want to look to the side, straight down, or all around? By answering these questions, the angler will be able to narrow down the speciﬁc “Fishﬁnder” he or she would would to purchase for their vessel. New products Advice Because boaters have many options to choose from when purchasing marine electronics, they should not be afraid to 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 GPS Store Inc. (www.TheGPSstore.com), West Marine, Cabelas and others. One highly regarded authority is West Marine, whose website (www.westmarine.com) offers a West Advantage section that has clear, concrete practical articles under the icon “West Advisor.” As the name suggests, the articles found in “West Advisor” provide useful advice to help boaters in purchasing various marine products, including speciﬁc marine electronics products, such as chartplotters, radar, and ﬁshﬁnders. The articles are clearly written and go through a step-by-step process to help boaters select the proper equipment. Let’s use “ﬁshﬁnders” as an example. 28 GLB | May/June 14 The following is a roundup of some new electronic products offered to boaters by various marine electronics manufacturers for the summer of 2014. Radios Cobra Electronics introduced its latest series of handheld radios at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. The Cobra HH450 DUAL Marine Radio is a waterproof, All-TerrainRadio™ speciﬁcally designed for year-round, multipurpose use. This rugged and compact, ﬂoating marine radio unit includes Cobra’s exclusive Rewind-Say-Again® feature and both marine VHF and walkie-talkie GMRS technology for higher-powered functionality. The radio allows boaters to choose between low, medium, and high power for short and long range communication, plus it offers access to weather alerts with Speciﬁc Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) for threatening weather nearby. The HH450 Dual has a noisecanceling microphone for crystal clear conversations, while the Rewind-Say-Again feature records the last 20 seconds of any missed calls and plays them back. The Cobra HH450 Dual protects boaters from 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: the MR HH500. This radio allows users to make and receive phone calls directly from their VHF radio. 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. Huminbird says these sonar units offer customers the highest level of performance, value, and support available. 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 Fishfinder/Chartplotter Building on the CHIRP technology that became so popular among Great Lakes anglers last year, Lowrance offers the next generation of its Elite ﬁshﬁnder/chartplotter: the Elite-7 and Elite-5 CHIRP series. The manufacturer has added CHIRP sonar to its broadband Sounder™ and DownScan™ Imaging ﬁshﬁnder technologies. Lowrance claims the CHIRP sonar provides anglers with the best possible view of the water column allowing them to clearly see baitﬁsh and game ﬁsh targets. 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 Downscan™ Imaging views onto the CHIRP sonar for a presentation that clearly separates ﬁsh targets from surrounding structure. In addition, the equipment’s advanced signal processing reduces the need to manually adjust settings to more clearly see ﬁsh, structure, and bottom detail. 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.cobra.com/products Night Vision Camera FLIR Systems, Inc., offers its MD series of night vision cameras to help boaters detect obstructions, other vessels, and people in the water at night. The MD-Series uses FLIR’s state-of-the-art technology to create clear thermal imagery night and day. MD-324 features 320x240 standard-resolution, 24° ﬁeld of view, and 2x e-zoom, while the MD-625 features 640x480 high-resolution, 25° ﬁeld of 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. Weighing only three pounds and standing a mere seven inches tall, the MD-Series is easy to install on any boat. It’s Ethernet-enabled for simple integration and consumes as little as 4.8 W. www.FLIR.com/MD-Series 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. Navionics, a manufacturer of electronic charts, has recently updated its web app capabilities. 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. A boater can mark a new rock, a fresh sandbar, or even an oil spill, and it all goes straight to the Navionics server where a sophisticated 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. 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 comes installed or can be updated for free with existing hardware. www.raymarine.com 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 performance. The elasticity degrades an autopilot over time and causes vessels to veer slightly off course. 30 GLB | May/June 14 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 where ﬁsh are typically found. www.jeppesen.com/lightmarine 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 smaller than 25 feet. Sales of these boats have increased To understand how the eroding middle class affects boating, GLB took a look at the sale of new boats between 25 feet to 40 feet between 2006, which was pre-recession, and 2013, the most recent year for which ﬁgures are available. The key here is to realize that economic uncertainty keeps people from buying boats, and this certainly shows up in reviewing these sales numbers. The accompanying chart provided by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and prepared by Statistical Surveys Inc., shows a tremendous drop in the sales of new boats between 25-feet 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. While sales of new boats have dropped precipitously between 2006 and 2013, used boat sales have continued to grow. Today, it is estimated that 75 percent or more of all boat sales are used boats. signiﬁcantly in the last two years, and exhibitors and sponsors at this year’s boat shows report an upbeat enthusiasm among these consumers. They see a real revival in boating. The other tale is put forth by business analysts who believe the current uptick is blown out of proportion. These individuals believe the lingering effects of the recession of 2008-2009 are still with us, and are the most dominant factor affecting today’s boat buyers. 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 of 5 percent annual growth. As Ned Dikmen, the publisher of this magazine, noted, “Those days are long gone.” A closer look 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 14 100 80 60 40 20 0 2006 2007 Sales of All Boats 25’ – 40’ Great Lakes States 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 source: Statistical Surveys, Inc Given this fact, GLB interviewed some brokers to get their views on whether the upper middle class segment is looking to buy 25- to 40foot boats, that is, cruisers, power cruisers, and mid-size trawlers. 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 improved in 2011. His roller-coaster ride of selling pre-owned powerboats and sailboats has made him acutely aware of the factors that motivate boat buyers, and he believes the one thing that differentiates today’s boat buyers from those of the pre-recession years of 2006-2007 is the search for value. Allgaier said the middle and upper middle class were hit especially hard by the recession, and that’s probably the main reason why his sales of cruisers and power cruisers are basically “ﬂat.” He cited the example of a middle class factory worker from Detroit who used to visit Traverse City looking to move up to a newer pre-owned boat. Allgaier says that since the recession, that person has retired, moved to “warmer climates,” and either sold his vessel for a smaller 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 and yachts, said that in recent years there’s been a dramatic upturn in the number of pre-owned boats selling for more than $100,000. At the same time, he noted that the market for cruisers and power cruisers has been stagnant. “Buyers of pre-owned 25-foot to 35-foot boats have been missing from our showroom,” said Stenzel. Erick Kreuger, Galati Yacht Sales, Holland, Mich., is very optimistic about boat sales, having seen a signiﬁcant improvement in pre-owned yacht sales for the last three years, and expects to 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. Ron Setina, owner of Harborside Marine, in Wilmington, Ill., said time constraints and the high price of 25-foot to 40-foot boats are the major obstacles to this down market. “Fewer and fewer young married couples are coming into dealerships because they see boating as too time-consuming,” said Setina. “Boating has to compete with band practice, dancing, and sports teams, and simply takes too much time.” As for high prices, Setina blames the boat builders. “There are few people in the middle class who can afford the new 50-foot to 60-foot Carver yachts, but the new 34-foot cruiser is still out of their price range,” he said. Perspective When it comes to asking, “Who’s buying boats?” it’s important to look beyond the immediate time frame and see how the general economy is affecting business. Moreover, it’s crucial for the boating industry to make boats more affordable, make boating more hasslefree, and be much more pro-active in sharing the beneﬁts of the 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 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 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. Oil SPILL TESTS T he BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, in conjunction with the Duke University Marine Lab, undertook a research study of 21 oil spill response products and discovered 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. using for oil spills. 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. Not All Oil Spill Products Are Effective undertaken because nearly every recreational boat uses oil and burns either gas or diesel fuel, and engine oil or fuel can accidentally get into the bilge or water. That’s when spill products come into play. “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 BACKGROUND Susan Shingledecker, BoatUS Foundation Vice President, said the tests were 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 these products are simple sorbents and others use microbes to help digest the oil, converting it into less hazardous components. Note: It is illegal to add dispersants or emulsiﬁers (think soaps) to the bilge and then discharge them overboard. Adding anything to 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 so it will not interfere with the operation of the bilge pump. THE FINDINGS 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 ranged from toxic to super toxic. Of the 21 products, only eight were deemed truly effective with no visible oil remaining. In general, the testing conﬁrmed that loose products are generally hard to corral and remove completely from the water, and boaters must remove them from open water after use. In addition, BoatUS cautions boaters not to use loose products in the bilge because they can clog the bilge pump, thereby creating a real mess. Powders, sprays, and liquids are nearly impossible to remove from an open water spill, which makes it illegal for nonprofessionals to use them. TESTING There are a wide variety of products on the market aimed at spill response, and the Foundation selected 21 of them for testing. They include: PRODUCT NAME Absorbent W CI Agent Loose Granules CI Agent Marine Pillow ClearTecRubberizer Pillow De-Oil It Boat Bilge Cleaner De-Oil It Oil Spill Eliminator Edson Bio-Fresh Microbial Powder Edson Clean-Up Kit Edson Oil Eradicator Bilge Pad Edson Oil Eradicator Boom EnviroBond 403 EnviroBond 403 Bilge Sock GreenerMind MOP Bilge Boat Skimmer PRP BioSok PRP Oil Buster Remedy 8 Sock West Marine Bilge Oilsorber WinTec Hydro Tain ROKSolid X Factor Young Enterprises Bilge Pad Young Enterprises Microbial Powder Young Enterprises Microbial Powder Bilge Pillow FORM Loose Loose Contained Contained Spray Spray Loose CONTAINS OR ATTRACTS MICROBES No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes LISTED ON THE NCP PRODUCT SCHEDULE No Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Loose and Liquid Contained Contained Loose Contained Contained Contained Loose Contained Contained Loose Contained Loose Contained greatlakesboating.com | 37 While it is possible to use liquids and sprays in the bilge, this is best done when the boat is on land and any discharge can be captured. 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. In the end, BoatUS rated ﬁve products as highly effective with low toxicity: Enviro-Bond 403 in both the loose and contained form, CI 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. In its testing, BoatUS found that the Enviro-Bond 403 and the CI Agent pillows fully encapsulated the diesel. Testers watched the color of the pillows change over the course of the hour, which provided some conﬁdence that the product was working. The West 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. In the end, it is a good idea for boaters to keep a contained sock or pad in the bilge to prevent an accidental spill. The Enviro-Bond 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 ﬁnished and disposed of properly. The world of spill response is certainly very complex. 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 recreational use); “Easily dispersed and collected”; “Meets cleanmarina criteria” (Clean marina programs do not set oil spill product criteria); or “Simply sprinkle on and watch it disappear” (You may be watching for a very long time). • 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 There are many oil spill products on the market that make sweeping claims about their effectiveness, environmental beneﬁts, and even how the product can be used. Boaters should be skeptical about these products’ lofty promises. • 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. • Gas spills: Because of the risk of explosion, do not try to contain a gasoline spill—leave the area, notify marina staff immediately, and/ or call 911. 38 GLB | May/June 14 KNOW THE DIFFERENCE By U.S. COAST GUARD, BOATING SAFETY DIVISION T 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 boat refers to the combined weight of people, gear, and outboard motor that can be carried safely. The safe load for a boat depends on a number of factors, including its hull volume and dimension, the 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. Federal regulations require all mono-hull boats under 20 feet in length (except sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and inﬂatable boats) to have U.S. Coast Guard Maximum Capacity information permanently displayed in a location clearly visible to the operator. This information is usually provided on a label or plate and no one should ever remove, alter, or tamper with it. Many states have laws 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. Boaters should avoid exceeding the maximum weight or capacity at all times. In fact, in rough conditions or poor weather, it’s smart to reduce the boat’s load as much as possible so that it is easier to maneuver. 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 cargo or too many passengers in one part of the boat can affect its stability, even if the total load is within the boat’s maximum capacity. Load dispersion, that is, spacing passengers and cargo evenly throughout the vessel and not placing too much weight forward, aft, or on either side of the craft, is always important, but especially so in bad weather or strong currents. 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. 40 GLB | May/June 14 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. 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. CAPACITY AND STABILITY 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. greatlakesboating.com | 41 BOATUS OFFERS MONOFILAMENT RECYCLING PROGRAM BoatUS, with funding from NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has launched a ﬁshing line recycling program aimed at reducing excess ﬁshing lines in waterways across the country. For those Great Lakes boaters, marinas, and/or boatyards interested in reducing monoﬁlament debris, BoatUS offers a 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 the U.S., making proper disposal of monoﬁlaments easy and more accessible, according to BoatUS. On its website, the foundation has a step-by-step program on how to build the recycling station. The bin is easy to build, and only requires a couple of feet of PVC pipe with some connectors and adhesive. Once the bin has been built and stationed, the recycled material needs to be sorted and collected by citizens or employees of the area and sent to Berkeley Conservation for processing. The ﬁnal step is to measure the waste produced at a single station and send this information to BoatUS for tracking purposes. The Reel In and Recycle program is one small extension of NOAA’s Marine Debris program that has led national and international efforts to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine waste. Instructions on how to build the station, request forms for signage and decals, mailing addresses, as well as waste tracking forms can be found at www.BoatUS.org/monofilament. Great Lakes KEN HAMMOND ELECTED NEW BOARD CHAIRMAN OF RBFF The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), which promotes participation in boating and ﬁshing, announced Ken Hammond as the organization’s new board chairman. Hammond, who currently serves as chairman and CEO for The Hammond Group, an independent sporting goods and outdoor product sales company, will work closely with RBFF leadership to advance its mission. Hammond has been on RBFF’s board of directors since 2003 and has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the ﬁshing and outdoor recreation industry. “I have had the pleasure of working with Ken on the board during the last seven years,” said Frank Peterson, RBFF President and CEO. “His extensive experience in sales and marketing, together with his dedication to RBFF and its stakeholders, will bring an invaluable perspective to the board as we work toward increasing boating and ﬁshing participation nationwide.” Hammond is active in anti-drug and stay-in-school campaigns including “Hook a Kid on Fishing.” He has served on several industry boards including the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Ken Hammond Association (AFTMA), the American Sportﬁshing Association (ASA), and the Sport Fishing Institute (SFI). Hammond succeeds Michael Cassidy, Group Publisher at North American Media Group. IJC BLAMES PHOSPHORUS FOR LAKE ERIE ALGAL BLOOMS The International Joint Commision (IJC) blamed phosphorus runoff from agriculture and fertilizers from household lawns for producing the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie’s recorded history during the summer and fall of 2011. IJC said that the warming climate and modern farming practices created ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake Erie, which is the shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, containing just 2 percent of their combined waters, but about half their ﬁsh. IJC said the 2011 algae bloom was fueled by phosphorus-laden fertilizers that were swept from corn and soybean ﬁelds during heavy rainstorms. Weak currents and calm winds prevented churning and ﬂushing that could have short-circuited its rampant growth. The combination of natural and man-made circumstances “is unfortunately consistent with ongoing trends, which means that more huge algal blooms can be expected in the future unless a scientiﬁcally guided management plan is implemented for the region,” said Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science. IJC said that federal, state, and local governments need to retool their environmental programs to focus especially on cutting “dissolved reactive phosphorus,” the kind that’s more easily absorbed as fuel for algal blooms. The bi-national organization also called on states and municipalities to ban the application of phosphorus-based fertilizers and manure on frozen ground. At the same time, it urged a ban on the use of phosphorus for fertilizing residential lawns. 42 GLB | May/June 14 DETROIT CORPS OFFICE RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDS The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, has received an additional $17.8 million for use in Fiscal Year 2014 to repair breakwaters, dredge harbors, and complete various projects throughout the Great Lakes. “This 2014 work plan will allow us to fund our highest-priority projects and will assist the Corps in improving the nation’s infrastructure and revitalizing the economy,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ells, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The Detroit District’s work plan will spend the $17.8 million on seven new dredging projects, four ongoing dredging projects, and six repair, replacement, or construction projects. In addition, the work plan includes funding to initiate two navigation studies. Among the new dredging projects scheduled to receive money for 2014 are Leland Harbor ($260,000) and St. Joseph Harbor ($1.5 million) in Michigan; and Kewaunee Harbor ($800,000), Manitowoc Harbor ($590,000) and Menominee Harbor ($460,000) in Wisconsin. Among the new construction projects planned for 2014 are maintenance and repair work on the Detroit River ($400,000) and $950,000 for repair and replacement of crumbling infrastructure at Port Washington, Wis. In addition, some of the $17.8 million will be added on to dredging projects already scheduled for ﬁscal year 2014, including Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis. Harbor ($390,000), Monroe Harbor in Mich. ($510,000), and Saginaw, Mich. ($700,000). PIERS WILL PROVIDE UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO LAKE MUSKEGON Direct access to Lake Muskegon is becoming more universal as the result of a $253,000 Great Lakes Fishery Trust grant to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, 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. This shoreline ﬁshing facility will be constructed on the peninsula that creates Hartshorn’s small boat basin on the northwest portion 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. The new ﬁshing pier will be located along the city’s Lakeshore Trail, a pedestrian and bike pathway. The city will own and maintain the pier facility. 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 platforms along the way. A picnic pavilion will be built at the end of the peninsula, city ofﬁcials said. LUXURY HOVERCRAFT HITS THE GREAT LAKES MARKETPLACE MSRP of the 2015 Supercraft will be $75,000, and customers can choose a variety of options to personalize their craft. The patent-pending directional control system makes the Mercier-Jones hover vehicle safer and easier to operate than conventional hovercraft. Its eco-friendly hybrid powertrain offers Chicago-based Mercier-Jones is changing the world of hovercraft innovation by introducing the world’s ﬁrst Supercraft™, an elegant, fast, agile, and easy-to-pilot advanced amphibious vehicle. The company will be delivering its ﬁrst Mercier-Jones Supercraft™ in May. The superior performance, while reducing its environmental impact and noise pollution. Some of the current features of the Supercraft include a hybrid electric drivetrain; liquid cooled dual rotary engine; alternative fuel conversion packages for diesel, propane, ethanol, and natural gas; ﬂy-by-wire control system; carbonﬁber body; lightweight chromium alloy frame; halogen lamps; LED running lights; GPS navigation; Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity; hand-free phone integration; custom made Formula One inspired seats; 6 color schemes; customized wood trim package; and personalized monograms. With top speeds estimated at more than 80 mph, Mercier-Jones hopes to beat the existing hovercraft land-speed record of 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 omnibus grant to fund Great Lakes research, education, and outreach. The grant will support 19 projects exploring freshwater seas at the Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, and Superior campuses of the University of Wisconsin System, as well as at Northland College, St. Norbert College, and Marquette University. Exploration of Wisconsin’s shipwrecks through a longtime 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. Researchers will look at the health of the waterways, methods to prevent Great Lakes beach contamination, the impact of aquatic invasive species on the lakes’ food webs, and more. Wisconsin Sea Grant said that local ofﬁcials and those who manage coastal structures, such as ports and harbors, will also beneﬁt from upcoming work. One example is the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, a website that is collecting, categorizing and sharing a wealth of coastal data like bluff stability and potential water hazards. 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 announced on March 11 the award of a $250,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the city of Racine, Wis., to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at Memorial Hall by Racine Mayor John Dickert and Vicki Elkin, Executive Director of the Fund for Lake Michigan, to announce the projects. Racine is one of 16 cities to receive funding in the initial round of EPA’s new GLRI Shoreline Cities grant program. These grants can be used to fund up to 50 percent of the cost of green infrastructure projects on public property. The projects include rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, greenways, constructed wetlands, stormwater tree trenches, and other green infrastructure measures designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin. “The City of Racine will use this EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure grant to prevent storm water from carrying contamination into Lake Michigan,” said Hedman. “These green infrastructure projects will also help protect against ﬂooding during more frequent and intense storms which may occur as a result of climate change.” Racine will use the EPA grant, in combination with funding from the City ($101,190) and the Fund for Lake Michigan ($167,100), to construct green infrastructure projects in two city parks on the shore of Lake Michigan. The City will install a series of bioswales and bioretention basins to capture and ﬁlter stormwater before it is discharged into the Lake. “We are proud that our efforts have paid off and that the EPA will continue to support our work on Pershing and Meyers Park,” Dickert said. “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. 44 GLB | May/June 14 N.Y SEA GRANT SPECIALIST RECEIVES WEAR IT! AWARD The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 recently presented its 2013 Wear It! Award to Dave White, a New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist. The award recognizes excellence in teaching the public about lifejacket safety. John Steinbarge, Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 presented White with the award during the Central New York Boat Show in Rochester, N.Y. Wear It! Is a national campaign of the National Safe Boating Council, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. White has incorporated lifejacket education into the Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign developed by NYSG in 2008. The training covers the various types of lifejackets, boating regulations associated with lifejackets, and how to get a good fit for everyone in the family, including the family dog. The Discover Clean and Safe Boating lifejackets training is offered annually at the Boating Industries Association of Upstate New Yorksponsored Boat Show in Syracuse, N.Y., in February and at Empire Farm Days in the pond at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in August. The NYSG campaign has been adapted for boaters, anglers, the hearing-impaired, paddlesport enthusiasts, pet owners, and water rescue first responders. CHICAGO IN-WATER BOAT SHOW SET FOR JUNE 5-8 The Midwest’s largest in water boat show, the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, will take place June 5-8 at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor. It will feature more than 125 power and sailboats for sale, dozens of vendors showcasing their latest marine accessories and gear, and activities for all ages, including free paddlesports on Lake Michigan, a floating party barge, and on–the–water boater education classes. 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 Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will showcase antique and classic boats. This year’s show offers complimentary transient boat slips for up to four hours, free secure bike parking, and a 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 Boat Access Area Development grants totaling $726,200 to six communities. Revenue for this program is derived from marine motor fuel tax and boat and canoe registration fees. The grants provide financial assistance to local government agencies for the acquisition, construction, and expansion or 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 to construct a boat ramp and dock. City of Evanston in Cook County: $200,000 to construct an • extension for the Church Street Boat Ramp to upgrade the facility and improve safety. • City of Oglesby in LaSalle County: $152,225 to construct a safe and accessible launch along the Vermilion River. A parking lot will be constructed for cars and vehicles with trailers. 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. greatlakesboating.com | 45 FISH STOCKING PROGRAM INSURES LAKE ONTARIO’S VIABILITY Lake Ontario is boasting some of the best sport ﬁshing among the Great Lakes, thanks in large part to a successful stocking program by New York State’s environmental management agency, according to a March 18 article in Innovation Trail. The N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pumps ample supplies of trout and salmon into Lake Ontario and its tributaries to attract more than 2.5 million anglers to the lake each year. The health of Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes has been steadily improving since the 1970s, when they were nearly an ecological disaster, according to Dave MacNeill, a ﬁsheries expert with New York Sea Grant. “As improvements in water quality occurred, a sea lamprey control program began and stocking of trout and salmon really took hold, creating a multimillion dollar industry and perhaps the best of any of the ﬁsheries in the Great Lakes,” he said. Fishing NYSDEC Not all of the ﬁsh stocked in Lake Ontario are native, but “it’s a bit of a juggling act” between a historically native lake with what can survive today, said Steve LaPan of the DEC’s ﬁsheries research station. “Overall, there are some negative aspects to stocking non-native ﬁsh,” he said. “But I think if you look at the way the lake is functioning ecologically and the economic beneﬁts people along the lakeshore are enjoying, I’d say it’s highly successful.” The economic impact of the sport ﬁsheries industry translates to $113 million each year for communities along the lake, according to the DEC’s most recent survey, done in 2007. GRUNDENS USA SPONSORS SALMON DERBY SERIES Grundens USA will sponsor the 2014 Lake Michigan Tournament Trail, a salmon derby 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 more than $750,000 in cash and prizes. The series of tournaments begins May 3-4 with the Michigan City Hoosier Coho Club Classic and continues throughout the summer, wrapping up with the LRCR Manistee Monster Mania, September 6-7. 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 is now accepting reservations through mid-September 2014. State recreation ofﬁcials recommend making spring and summer plans now to avoid the last-minute rush. 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). With this Passport, Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers 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. 46 GLB | May/June 14 WISCONSIN SEA GRANT OFFERS “FISH OF THE GREAT LAKES” POSTER Wisconsin Sea Grant is making an updated 26.5” by 38.5” poster of Great Lakes Fish. The poster contains 35 species of ﬁsh, many of which were suggested by Wisconsin residents who wanted to see their favorites immortalized. “We put out a call,” said Titus Seilheimer, Wisconsin Sea Grant Fisheries Specialist. “We asked people what ﬁsh they’d like to see displayed on the poster, updated from a version originally created in 2000 and which has sold nearly 10,500 copies. I think people will like these newly added ﬁsh.” 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 bass, white bass, and white perch. Some ﬁsh remained, including the lake sturgeon, walleye, and muskie. “With this edition, we have grouped the ﬁsh in their families—trout and salmon or perch, for example—as a way to further the learning about ﬁsh and how they live in the Great Lakes,” said Linda Campbell, who manages the Sea Grant online publication store. The ﬁsh are presented as colorful images created by Kansas artist Joseph Tomelleri. His 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, Yamaha Marine signed 15-year old bass angler Andy Ortega to its Pro Fishing Team. “Fishing among teen anglers is growing exponentially,” said Hank Weldon, Manager for B.A.S.S. for College, High School and Youth. “Based on Facebook® ‘fans,’ state data, and ongoing registrations, we expect the number of bass anglers aged 13-18 to easily triple by the end of the year, possibly even more,” he added. “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 dedication for the sport caught our attention through his interactions with Yamaha on Facebook®. His ﬁshing ability and maturity extend well beyond his years, and we are proud to support Andy’s dream of becoming a bass pro angler.” Ortega, from Odessa, Tex., has been ﬁshing since he was eight years old and is a member of the Texas Bass Federation and TBF High School Fishing. Since 2008, he has been a ﬁnalist or winner in numerous Texas B.A.S.S. Federation and Bassmaster CastingKids® championships. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Ortega earned B.A.S.S. “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. 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 Michigan watershed south of Green Bay,” said Rich O’Neal, ﬁsheries biologist for the Central Lake Michigan Management Unit. The DNR collected walleyes earlier this spring, and egg collection and fertilizing is conducted about two miles downstream of Croton Dam. The public is welcome to observe how the eggs are removed from the ﬁsh and fertilized before they are packed and shipped to Wolf Lake and Platte River state ﬁsh hatcheries. greatlakesboating.com | 47 The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Division plans to collect approximately 62 million walleye eggs from the Muskegon River in 2014 that will result in 13.4 million fry for transfer to rearing ponds throughout the Lower Peninsula. These walleye will be raised to ﬁngerling size and stocked in late spring or early summer in lakes and rivers throughout the state. ELDEAN SHIPYARD GOES SOLAR Marinas 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 their mission as a Certiﬁed Clean Marina so that future generations can enjoy ﬁshing and boating in these remarkable freshwater lakes. Michigan presents the Clean Marina certiﬁcation to marinas in the state that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice, and active participation of the marina’s staff, customers, and subcontractors. Boaters can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and responsibility when choosing a Michigan Clean Marina. This spring, Eldean Shipyard, Macatawa, Mich., will install a 66 kWh solar array to the roof of a boat storage building allowing it to capture solar power. Hoekstra Electric of Hamilton, Mich., will install the system, and Eldean expects it to be up and running by June 1. Wade Eldean, president of Eldean Shipyard, said, “I really wanted to partner with one of our boating customers on this installation, so I was excited to see that Hoekstra Electric had the expertise and experience in solar power to spearhead this large project.” 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 and other recreational users. 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, boaters who dock their vessels at the marina and others who seek access to the bay west of Rochester, N.Y., are being forced to 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 may be ﬁnding their days of slow Internet service coming to an end with the installation of a new revved-up WiFi system. Westrec Marinas, which manages the harbors for the Chicago Park District, is having a new ﬁber-optics backbone installed throughout the 10 harbors that will increase the bandwidth by at least 100 times. Along with the increased capacity of the expensive cables, an entirely new system for transmitting the wireless Internet will be put into place as well. The original free WiFi system was ﬁrst installed in 2009 and designed for activities such as e-mail, online chatting, and simply surﬁng the web. Since that initial arrangement, online video streaming has become very popular and put an enormous strain on the system. The Park District expects the project to be completed in early summer and added that WiFi will remain free for its boating customers. 48 GLB | May/June 14 MARINA EXPANSION ON HOLD A large marina expansion proposed for the south end of Irondequoit Bay in Rochester, 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 Daniele family, who are also well-known restauranteurs in the area, owns Southpoint 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 would also include a new clubhouse and a members-only pool. The major environmental concern is the presence of a legally protected bald eagle’s nest that sits on a wooded parcel of land the Danieles own. The proposed marina expansion would extend into a buffer zone near the eagle’s nest. Because state and federal laws prohibit any disturbance of bald eagle nests, any marina expansion construction work near the nest would need a bald-eagle taking permit. New York state environmental ofﬁcials told the Danieles in October that they would need to apply for a taking permit because the marina would encroach on a 660-foot buffer zone around the nest. At press deadline, the Penﬁeld Planning Commission had voted in favor of asking the marina owners to undertake an environmental impact study, which would require involvement with and approvals from state and federal agencies. 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 the channel to a depth of nine feet, which is standard for recreational harbors. 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. On March 11, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it has set aside $2.55 million to fully dredge 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. ODNR DELAYS CONSTRUCTION OF CAESAR CREEK MARINA Construction of a 300-slip marina, ﬁrst proposed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) created Caesar Creek Lake in 1975, has been delayed one more time. The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR), which manages the lake property, said it has to perform an archeological survey of the lake bottom before getting construction permits. ODNR said the survey will take some time, but should not scuttle the ﬁrst phase of the construction project, which calls for building 150 docks, ﬁshing platforms, and launching areas for kayaks and other small boats. Both the Army Corps and ODNR are interested in ensuring the project meets all survey requirements. The major construction should begin within the late 2014 to mid-2015 timeframe. The overall completion of the project should be in late 2015 or early 2016. The ﬂoating docks should be put into place in early spring of 2016 with a fully functional marina for the 2016 boating season.” All of this depends on the outcome of the archeological dig and study. The greatlakesboating.com | 49 entire Caesar Creek area and valley was, historically, an area of high Native American activity. Caesar Creek is not very far from the Fort Ancient National Historic Landmark and mounds. Although ODNR does not anticipate anything major to be found within the area of the footprint of the marina project, it is looking at all options including mitigation plans, design modiﬁcations or even relocation of the proposed marina. BOATERS BENEFIT FROM SEA TOW/USPS PARTNERSHIP Recognizing their mutual goal of promoting boating safety, education and enjoyment on the water among recreational boaters, Sea Tow Services International, Inc,, the nonproﬁt Sea Tow Foundation, and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) have formed a strategic partnership. Through this new agreement, all three organizations will work closely together to provide boating safety resources and education to the public. The partnership between Sea Tow, the Foundation, and USPS includes the following highlights: • All USPS members will receive a promotional code for a $10 discount off their Sea Tow membership, whether they are purchasing a new membership or renewing their old one. This brings the cost of a Sea Tow Gold Card Membership down to $159 per year for USPS members. • All boaters who complete a USPS Boaters Safety Course will receive a coupon code for a free 60-day Sea Tow Trial Membership, after which they will have the option to upgrade to a full membership. • The Sea Tow Foundation will collaborate with USPS to create boating education and safety content that will be disseminated to boaters by the Foundation, local Sea Tow operators, and National U.S. Power Squadrons and Districts through their boating education, safety, and community outreach efforts. • The Sea Tow Foundation will assist National Squadrons and Districts in developing on-the-water training courses as a towing expert. • USPS will authorize its Squadrons and Districts to act as resources for local Sea Tow operators in developing boating safety and education programs such as on-the-water training for members. National BAJA MARINE JOINS UP WITH FREEDOM BOAT CLUB Baja Marine, manufacturer of the Baja, Pro-Line, Donzi, and Fountain performance powerboat brands, has entered into a long-term Alliance with Freedom Boat Club to provide Pro-Line and Baja boats to the Club’s nationwide network of operations. The Freedom Boat Club is an Asset Sharing Model association currently with 82 locations across the country, serving more than 8,000 members with access to a ﬂeet of boats. “This is a great boating alternative that we are very pleased to support,” said Johnny Walker, Baja Marine’s CEO. “We look forward to having Freedom Boat Club members use our products and enjoy boating in them all over the country.” “In today’s environment, it takes creative, out-of-the-box thinking to get 8,000 boaters on the water. This is a program that we can get behind,” Walker added. “The people at Freedom Boat Club have been great to work with, and this Alliance will add to the growing production backlog for ProLine and Baja for years to come.” 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 come to expect. Freedom Boat Club has 8,000 members. who pay a one-time entry fee to join the club and then an affordable monthly fee. For this fee, members have access to a ﬂeet of boats in a wide variety of locations and enjoy a truly hassle free boating experience.” CRUZIN ADDS INTERACTIVE PLACES TO BOAT AND FISH MAP Cruzin, an online boater-to-boater rental and charter marketplace, recently bolstered its website by adding an interactive Places to Boat and Fish map that was originally developed by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) for its “Take Me Fishing” campaign. Frank Peterson, President and CEO of RBFF, said the collaboration between the foundation and Cruzin will provide visitors with direct access to comprehensive boating and ﬁshing how-to and where-to information. “We’re pleased that Cruzin has added our map to their website,” he said. “Both Take Me Fishing and Cruzin are committed to breaking down barriers to participation, and we believe this content rich map is a great ﬁrst step.” 50 GLB | May/June 14 Places to Boat and Fish is an interactive state-by-state map that guides users to marinas, boat ramps, bait shops, ﬁshing license vendors, parks and other points of interest. “This is a valuable tool, particularly for Cruzin renters or those who are vacationing in a new area,” Jaclyn Baumgarten, Cruzin CEO, said. “The Places to Boat and Fish map enables people to more easily enjoy time on the water and all the positive things the lifestyle brings.” Baumgarten said Cruzin delivers a safe, convenient way for people to charter vessels directly from boat owners. It enables owners to generate income from their vessels and helps bring people back into the lifestyle through a nationwide online community. USFWS GIVES $1.1 BILLION TO STATES FOR FISH, WILDLIFE, AND RECREATION PROJECTS The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced in March that it will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial ﬁsh and wildlife agencies to fund ﬁsh and wildlife conservation and recreation projects across the nation. The Service apportions the funds to all 50 states and territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and DingellJohnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting ﬁrearms, ammunition, 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 total distributions this year are $238.4 million higher than last year because of the inclusion of funds that were not distributed last year because of the government sequester and an increase in excise tax receipts from sales of ﬁrearms and ammunition in the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund. The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program apportionment for 2014 totals $325.7 million, which includes $18.5 million that was sequestered from FY 2013 but subsequently returned to the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund. The FY 2014 Sport Fish Restoration apportionment is $34.1 million lower than FY 2013 due to lower domestic ﬁshing equipment excise tax receipts. 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, generally using hunting and ﬁshing license revenues as the required non-federal match. ANALYSTS BULLISH ON MALIBU BOATS STOCK Malibu Boats, which began trading publicly on Jan. 31, received an initial rating of “outperform” from Wells Fargo analysts, who estimated that the boat builder’s shares offered up to a 20 percent total return based on the bank’s 2014 estimates. In its investment report on Malibu Boats that was issued in February, Wells Fargo analysts wrote, “Malibu’s ongoing product innovation, crossover interest from adjacent boat segments and geographic expansion against a positive backdrop of U.S. boat industry recovery fundamentals position this global leader in the performance sport boat segment for consistent share gains.” Wells Fargo projects that Malibu will see 11 to 12 percent annual revenue and EBITDA margin expansion toward 20 percent by ﬁscal year 2016. Analysts have set a valuation range of $20 to $22 for the company’s stock. “We have to monitor the defensibility of the company’s intellectual property, but believe existing [and] pending patents and the ongoing innovation position the company maintains sits well versus key competitors,” the report said. 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 focused on educating tomorrow’s marine industry professionals, announced the development of a community program, the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative. Developed by The Landing School, the intent of this initiative is to support women who are in or wish to join the marine industry in Maine and beyond. The primary goal of the program is to inspire, educate and lead women to a fulﬁlling and successful career in the marine industry with conﬁdence and pride. The marine industry in Maine and nationally is enjoying a great deal of success. However, women haven’t always been made aware of to be successful it will take women from across the industry coming together to create a network of resources. “This initiative is coming at an optimal time,” said Barry Acker, Director of Industry Relations, The Landing School. “The industry is enjoying an economic surge, bringing with it a great deal of career opportunities. That coupled with the desire and need for a community initiative of this kind, that will support the continued diversiﬁcation of our industry, makes for a winning situation for everyone involved.” Contact the Women in the Marine Industry Initiative at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wimii.org. greatlakesboating.com | 51 76TH SAILING OF QUEEN’S CUP RACE Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club of Milwaukee, Wis., the Queen’s Cup Race is an overnight sprint across Lake Michigan, which departs on June 27. It’s anticipated that more than 200 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 is one of sailing’s most renowned offshore races, drawing plenty of tricked-out yachts with the latest 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. their crew. There will be parties at both ends, with a focus on being a familyfriendly event. Many boats will have multiple generations within Sailing The Queen’s Cup Cruising Fleet (jib-and-main only) will start several hours ahead to provide cruisers a head start and added daylight sailing time. Each boat must be entered, comply with all safety and insurance regulations, and have a PHRF certiﬁcate. 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) Regatta is the longest running, most respected, and largest 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. The three-day competition held on Lake Michigan features 14 one-design classes and more than 210 boats. The overall winner in Chicago will have the opportunity to compete at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship, where they will compete against the overall winners from each stop on the nine-regatta Sperry Top-Sider NOOD circuit. 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 one-design models from 20 to 70 feet in length. In addition to local sailors, sailing’s top stars—including America’s Cup and Olympic champions—are well represented at the NOODs. CLEVELAND RACE WEEK AT EDGEWATER YACHT CLUB Cleveland Race Week is not only the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie, but also one of the most prominent on the Great Lakes. The annual event, now in its 34th year, attracts hundreds of boats from across the Great Lakes and beyond. 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. Cleveland Race Week was established in 1980 to include not one, but a series of sailboat races over one or two days. Only 26 boats competed the ﬁrst year. By 1987, 320 boats and 1,500 participants took part in the Cleveland Race Week series. Today, Cleveland Race Week provides 10 days of racing, music, parties and special events for more than 1,500 men, women, and junior sailors. The 10-day regatta continues its legacy by incorporating two separate series. A onedesign weekend (June 13 and 15) followed by four days of offshore division racing (June 19 through the 22). In addition to the two series, there will be a Women’s race the evening of June 17, as well as a junior race day, June 18. 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 championship regattas. www.clevelandraceweek.com SUPER MAC AND BACK RETURNS The longest freshwater solo race, the Super Mac and Back, is returning this June. The race is started at either Port Huron or Chicago and leads racers to Mackinac Island, then onto one of the ﬁrst two ports depending on where it began. 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 because the Super Mac and Back is an informal part of the Chicago Mac and Super Mac singlehanded races. “Some people get halfway, say from Chicago to Port Huron, and decide to stop,” Gannon said. “Everyone registers for the Chicago Mac, and some people just attempt to go all the way and back, so we 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 Lakes are gearing up for spring and summer races. From Chicago to Niagara, there is no shortage of challenging, long-distance competitions. One race happens to stand out, especially in the minds of those who have struggled to complete it in the past, as possibly the most challenging of them all, the Lake Ontario 300. The LO300, inspired by Johan Pederson in 1990 after deciding sailors of the northern reaches of the Great Lakes needed their own Chicago MAC-style challenge, is set to herald its 25th anniversary this July. Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee member Brian Townsend said the difﬁcult LO300 is preparing for a year of high participation, with more and more sailors coming in from around the Great Lakes seeking a unique and difﬁcult race. “This is an out and back race covering all corners of [Lake Ontario] and every type of weather,” he said. “It’s a navigational challenge that will test all of a sailor’s skills in one race, including patience!” The Sandy Hood Trophy Race, and a series of short-handed races throughout May and June precede the LO300. According to Lake Ontario Offshore Racing, 1,874 yachts have participated in the LO300 in the last 25 years, and 1,367 have completed it, leaving the average completion rate at 73 percent. Compare that rate to the Chicago MAC where completion rarely falls below 90 percent. It’s a quantiﬁed testament to the difﬁcult 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 Instruments’ 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 31st Street Harbor Chicago www.chicagoinwaterboatshow.com Skamania Mania Washington Park Michigan City www.mcsummerfest.org Grand Haven Offshore Fishing Challenge Grand Haven www.grandhavenoffshorechallenge.com JULY 5 JUNE 7 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 Baraga County Lake Trout Festival Waterfront Park & Marina L’Anse www.laketroutfestival.com JUNE 13-15 JULY 19-22 Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac Chicago Yacht Club Chicago www.cycracetomackinac.com MICHIGAN MAY 17-18 Bay Harbor www.bayharbor.com Lake Gogebic Spring Walleye Fishing Tournament Lake Gogebic www.lakegogebicarea.com JUNE 21 Antique and Classic Boat Show St. Clair Boat Harbor St. Clair www.stclairontheriver.com INDIANA MAY 29 – JUNE 1 MAY 17-18 Maple City Grand Prix Stone Lake LaPorte www.maplecitygrandprix.com 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 MAY 23 Kids Fishing Fun Days Luhr County Park LaPorte www.laportecountyparks.org/ programs.html 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 MAY 8-11 JUNE 13-22 JUNE 21 Cleveland Race Week Edgewater Yacht Club Cleveland www.clevelandraceweek.com Capital Lakes Dragonfest Lake Wingra in Vilas Park Madison www.capitallakesdragonfest.com Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Grand View Lodge/Gull Lake Nisswa www.mngovernorsopener.com JUNE 20-23 JUNE 26–28 6th Annual Pyrate Fest MAY 16-18 Multiple Venues Put-In-Bay www.putinbay.com Queen’s Cup South Shore Yacht Club Milwaukee www.muskegonyachtclub.org Cabela’s Masters Walleye Fishing Tournament Big Stone Lake Ortonville www.masterswalleyetournament.com JUNE 20-22 JULY 5 Paddlefest Coney Island Cincinnatti www.ohioriverway.org/paddlefest Big Blue Dragon Boat Race Riverside Park La Crosse www.riverfestlacrosse.com OHIO MAY 6 JULY 17-28 MAY 17-23 12 Days of Christmas Multiple venues Put-In-Bay www.putinbay.com National Safe Boating Week www.safeboatingcampaign.com Blessing of the Fleet Jet Express Dock Put-in-Bay www.putinbay.com JUNE 1-8 National Fishing & Boating Week www.rbff.org JUNE 6-8 WISCONSIN MAY 16-18 JUNE 14 Mills Cup Trophy Race Toledo Yacht Club Toledo Harbor www.toledoyachtclub.org National Marina Day www.nationalmarinaday.org Midwestern Model Ships and Boats Contest & Display Wisconsin Maritime Museum Manitowoc www.wisconsinmaritime.org JUNE 12-15 Phlocking of the Phaithful Multiple venues Put-in-Bay www.phlocking.com 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. 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. CONTACT KAREN AT 312-266-8470 FOR YOUR PRIVATE SHOWING 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. 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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 ve 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.