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A Love Affair

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Bareboating and Beyond

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A Charter in the Channel

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Adventure in the Abacos

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Pacific-tough luxury from the land down under

A peek inside Burger Boat Company’s Sycara IV The ins and outs of Great Lakes charter Cruise Canada’s lovely North Channel Explore Southwest Florida’s Blueway Charter a Pacific Northwest paradise Cure those wintertime blues in the Bahamas Money-saving ideas for your charter vacation PHOTO BY NEIL RABINOWITZ

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Gear up for your charter vacation

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Boat Spotlight

Formula 290 Bowrider

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60 Marina Watch

Ohio’s South Shore Marine

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New Beginnings

January 2011 Volume LXV, No. 1 Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Senior editor: Dave Mull Editors-at-large: Heather Steinberger & Roland Schultz Field editor: Tom Thompson Creative staff Art director/production manager: Brook Poplawski Assistant art director: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Dave Bertolozzi, Chris Caswell, Betsy Clayton, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Nancy Meyers, Zuzana Prochazka, Marty Richardson, Mark Stevens, Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Alexey Stiop, Ann Thompson, Colleen Troupis, Dave Wallace

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hope you will enjoy our recent redesign. Nothing major—consider it more of a tweaking, really. Thanks to our talented design and editorial staff, Brook, Christy and Lindsey, for bringing the changes to fruition. I am very happy with the results. Speaking of change, we’re all aware that for the past couple of years, the marine industry has faced its challenges; however, I am pleased to report that the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show—whose success is one of the barometers for the coming year—closed on a high note. Attendance was up, and early reports indicate many of the major boatbuilders experienced positive sales results. If these indications are correct, it bodes well for all of us—especially you, our readers. Hopefully, 2011 will be a year of growth and prosperity for the American economy. This January issue was great fun putting together! It is our “Chartering Special,” and this year we’ve included some exotic locales beyond the Great Lakes. Places like the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands and the Pacific Northwest’s spectacular San Juan Islands are superb vacation destinations when the Lakes are long past ideal cruising conditions. Come summer, if you haven’t experienced the North Channel and time is your enemy, call Canadian Yacht Charters. The boats and staff are superb. A couple of years ago, my wife, Linda, and I chartered a boat out of Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, a beautiful group of Bahamian islands protected from the open ocean. We planned to visit the entire island chain; however, the first island two miles out of Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War Cay, really grabbed us. Man-O-War Marina was friendly, quiet and peaceful. The surrounding village was built during the American Revolution and remains as it was back then. We stayed on the boat and spent our seven days walking the island’s 4 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

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unpaved paths, buying cinnamon buns from a sweet local woman and enjoying our meals at the island’s modest restaurant. We spent the entire charter tied up at the marina; we never even fired up the engine until the day we left! I had a great deal of fun writing this month’s boat test on the Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht—mainly because I traveled all the way to Australia to test it. Australia has always been on my “Bucket List.” Now that I’ve been, I wonder what my forbearers were thinking when, after leaving Ireland in the 1850s, they chose Jersey City, New Jersey. On a sad note, Northern Michigan lost two fine gentleman last year: John Kraft, owner of Bay Breeze Yacht Sales in Traverse City; and Ward Walstrom, founder of Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs. In both cases, the sons plan to continue on in the family businesses and carry out their fathers’ legacies. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Kraft and Walstrom families. And to our faithful readers, on behalf of the Lakeland Boating staff, we wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

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Something smells fishy… A couple of years ago, I took my boss fishing for the day. We caught a few nice Kingfish, and he wanted to take one home to make some fish dip. When we’d finished for the afternoon, I cleaned the boat and put the fish into my cooler, which I’d stored in the trunk of my car. After a long, hot day in the Florida sun, we hit the bar to grab some food and libations. A few hours passed, and when we left the establishment I remembered to grab his fish out of the cooler. Before we even got to the car, I could smell something awful in the parking lot; I figured it couldn’t be the fish, though, because we’d just caught it that day, and it was still fresh. I opened the trunk and almost gagged from the smell. When I looked in the cooler, I realized I’d forgotten something very important: I didn’t put ICE on the fish! The fish pretty much baked in the cooler inside my hot trunk, and eventually it…well…exploded. My car smelled like a rotten fish cannery. Never again have I forgotten to put ice on a fish, and hopefully I’ll never have to relive that terrible smell. Dave Bertolozzi Port St. Lucie, Florida

Dave won a $200 gift basket from Kanberra!

LB: Congrats, Dave! In our November/December 2010 issue, we encouraged readers to e-mail us their smelly stories for a chance to win a FREE gift basket from the folks at Kanberra Gel valued at $200. This was officially the stinkiest story we received. Made with all-natural ingredients like Australian tea tree oil, this biodegradable gel dissipates when exposed to air, effectively breaking down mold, mildew and other unhealthy contaminents (and smells!) in the air. We’d say you car’s rotten-fish-cannery-smelling days are officially over.

Homecoming I read a bit between the lines in your publisher’s note entitled “Water Wars” (November/December 2010, p. 4), and as a summer boater on Lake Erie and former 20-year resident of Buffalo, New York, might I offer the following to those who find themselves ever thirstier: “You went South for the sun; come back for the water.” James A. Baker Venice, Florida

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Operation Summaries From the 9th District U.S. Coast Guard. 09/17 Kayak Capsized Lake Superior A USCG helo crew rescued two kayakers after their 21-foot tandem kayak capsized near Michipicoten Island in northern Lake Superior. The HH-65 Dolphin rescue helo crew from A/S Traverse City, Michigan, responded at the request of CCG authorities at the JRCC in Trenton, Ontario, who were initially notified of the distress when one of the kayakers activated his PLB at approximately 12:59. The kayakers were reportedly on a four-week trip around Lake Superior and have successfully made the journey before. Specific details of the accident are unknown. Weather was rough OS, with six-foot waves, 20- to 25-knot winds and a water temperature of 55 degrees F. The first response crew OS was aboard a CCG C-130 search plane from JRCC Trenton. The crew spotted the kayakers at 15:19. The Traverse City crew was OS and had both kayakers aboard the rescue helicopter at 16:01. Both reportedly showed signs of hypothermia and were transported to Lady Dunn Hospital in Wawa, Ontario, for treatment. case closed Members of USCG A/S Traverse City, Michigan, conduct wet drills in Grand Traverse Bay October 20, 2010. Crewmembers conduct these drills annually to test their knowledge and the equipment used to carry out search and rescue missions.

09/17 Boat Capsized Pulaski, NY USCG rescued three people after their 19-foot vessel capsized near the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York, at approximately 9:15. Rescue crews aboard a 47-foot MLB and a 25-foot RB-S from USCG Station Oswego, New York, a HH-65 Dolphin rescue helo from USCG A/S Detroit and two aircraft from the CCG responded after the boaters made a distress call via VHF channel 16 at 8:25. Crewmembers aboard the RB-S located and safely rescued all three people and transported them to Port Ontario Pier, where they were taken by EMS to a local hospital. All three wore life jackets and showed signs of hypothermia at the time of rescue. case closed 09/18 Man Medevaced Mackinac Island, MI USCG medevaced a 29-year-old man from a clinic on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron to a hospital on mainland Michigan at about 03:00. USCG Station St. Ignace launched

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rescue crew aboard a 47-foot MLB with an EMT aboard, after receiving a request for a medevac from the Mackinac Island Clinic at about 01:45. It was reported the man’s roommate had taken him to the Mackinac Island Clinic, where he regained consciousness. The USCG boat crew transported him from the clinic to St. Ignace, where he was taken to a local hospital at the request of his doctors. case closed

10/02 Three Rescued from Tugboat Glencoe, IL USCG rescued three people from the tugboat Kristin J. near Glencoe, Illinois, at about 11:30, after the tug, having run aground on Glencoe Shoal earlier in the day, began taking on water. Rescue crews aboard an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helo from USCG A/S Traverse City, Michigan, were deployed after USCG Sector Lake Michigan received a distress call via VHF channel 16 at approximately 09:00. The helo crew removed all three people from the vessel without incident and brought them safely to shore. The crew of Kristin J. originally reported grounding the vessel at 12:30; the crew wasn’t in any danger, however, until hours later when the vessel began taking on water. There have been no reports of pollution from the tug. The vessel does not pose a threat to maritime navigation, and the crew is coordinating commercial salvage to recover it. case pends 10/11 Missing Boaters Located Put-in-Bay, OH Three boaters the USCG and other agencies were searching for in Western Lake Erie have been located. Roy Counts, Mary Counts and Renee Keys were located near Put-in-Bay, Ohio, with no reported injuries. The overdue boaters were able to contact USCG by cellular phone. USCG was notified at approximately 12:30 via a 911 call concerning the missing boaters. It was reported passengers on a 26-foot recreational vessel with a black and gold hull had not returned to Sheffield Lake, Ohio, as planned. USCG directed the immediate launch of search crews aboard a 33-foot SPC-LE from Station Marblehead, a 25-foot RB-S from Station Lorain, a 45-foot RB-S from Station Cleveland Harbor and an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helo from A/S Detroit. USCG crews were assisted by a Canadian C-130 search and rescue aircraft from Renton, Ontario. case closed r PHOTO BY USCG P03 BETTINA ECKLER

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Calendar of Events January 8–16 Ohio RV & Boat Show Columbus, OH ohiorvandboatshow.com

January 13–16 Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit Novi, MI | showspan.com/ufd

January 21–30 Milwaukee Boat Show Milwaukee, WI showspan.com/mbs

Toronto International Boat Show Toronto, ONT torontoboatshow.com

January 14–16 & 19–23 Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show Cincinnati, OH hartproductions.com

January 26–30 America’s Outdoor Sports Show Rosemont, IL americasoutdoorshow.com

January 14–23 Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show Cleveland, OH midamericaboatshow.com

January 27–30 Strictly Sail Chicago Chicago, IL strictlysailchicago.com

January 12–16 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show Chicago, IL chicagoboatshow.com January 13–16 Minnesota Sportsman’s Show St. Paul, MN saintpaulsportshow.com

January 20–23 Minneapolis Boat Show Minneapolis, MN minneapolisboatshow.com

January 28-30 Porter County Expo Boat Show Valparaiso, IN 219-362-1491

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Don’t Leave Home Without ’Em Non-emergency essentials for any charter.

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Packing for a charter vacation can be daunting. There’s so much you want to bring, but not much you want to carry. Must-haves include VHF, GPS and a personal locator beacon (PLB), but here are a few more suggestions to help make any charter trip more fun and enjoyable.

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PRINCETON TEC Remix Headlamp

It’s good to have your own reliable, hands-free light when you travel— whether you need to find your way back to the boat after dark, fix something in the engine compartment, or locate an item lurking in the bottom of your luggage. The Princeton Tec Remix is light, bright and affordable, retailing for just $45. The Remix has three 5-watt red LEDs (to preserve your night vision) and one Maxbright white LED for spotting at a distance. Both distance and proximity lighting can be set at high or low levels and a large, push-button switch is easy to find—even with wet hands or gloves. Weighing less than 3 ounces, the Remix is lightweight and doesn’t require a heavy battery pack. The battery compartment is a cinch open with a positive snap closure. Princeton Tec’s Remix packs a powerful 45 Lumens, which means it’s bright, but has a burn time up to 200 hours on only 3 AAA batteries (included). The headlamp features a comfortable band, is water resistant to IPX4 standards and carries a one-year warranty. PRINCETONTEC . COM

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FLIR FirstMate Night Vision Scope If you plan to travel at night in unfamiliar waters, check out FLIR’s FirstMate, a high performance, waterproof, portable thermal scope and camera. FirstMate is a fully self-contained unit (meaning it doesn’t require a ship’s power supply) and is based on heat imaging (as opposed to light amplification), so you can see people or anything

else in the water that gives off heat. It’s small and lightweight—only 11"x3"x3" and 1.5 pounds—and runs on four rechargeable AA NiMH batteries for five hours of continuous operation (120 hours on standby). It also has a SD card slot (up to 4 GB) to capture still images. A 2x E-Zoom function and USB connector are optional. Choose from white-hot or black-hot imaging. FirstMate retails for just under $3,000 and is the most affordable thermal imaging option available on the market. FLIR . COM

LEATHERMAN Wave Multi-Tool ZUZANA PROCHAZKA is a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master with 20 years boating experience. Her work has appeared in numerous national boating magazines, and she authors a popular gear and boat review blog, TalkOfTheDock.com. 10 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

There are dozens of reasons to bring your own knife on a charter trip, but why not do one better and bring 16 tools in one? The Leatherman Wave is the most popular full-size multi-tool on the market and an international best seller, redesigned with larger knives, stronger pliers, longer wire cutters and all-locking blades. The Wave features a 3" knife blade, which can be deployed with one hand, and the tool is available in stainless steel or black oxide finish. Features include regular and needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, saw, scissors, smooth and serrated knife blades, wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, regular and Phillips screwdrivers,

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wire stripper, ruler, and the all-important bottle/can opener. A nylon or leather sheath and lanyard is standard. You’ll have to check this tool at the airport because you won’t get it past the TSA, but since it weighs 8.5 ounces, it won’t put you over the checked baggage weight limit. The Leatherman Wave retails for $80 and comes with an impressive 25-year warranty. LEATHERMAN.COM PHOTOS BY WEST MARINE

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Perfect Match

Raymarine/FLIR relationship a win-win for boaters. by tom thom pson

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wo of the most innovative companies in marine electronics have joined forces. FLIR Systems, the firm best known for its thermal imaging technology, has acquired Raymarine, whose products have remained on the cutting edge of boating technology for decades. Although FLIR is a relative newcomer to the recreational marine market, it has been building sophisticated thermal imaging and security systems with commercial, military and government applications for many years. I recently spoke with representatives of both FLIR and Raymarine, to get their input regarding what the companies’ marriage means for recreational boaters. Acquiring Raymarine is a step towards making thermal imaging technology available to the masses at an affordable cost, explains Lou Rota, FLIR’s vice president of maritime sales. “‘Thermal imaging everywhere’ is our mantra,” he adds. Thermal imaging is often compared to GPS. Both technologies have been around since the 1960s. Since it was made available to the general public just over 20 years ago, GPS went from a high-tech curiosity, to a nice-tohave gadget, to must-have safety gear on board. Night vision gear first came to boaters in the 1990s, but the hand-held devices were quite expensive had a limited field of view. FLIR’s cameras, used with a TV monitor or multifunction display, were released to the recreational marine market about five years ago and were an instant hit. The first models had five-figure price tags; today, you can put a basic thermal imaging camera on your boat for a few thousand dollars. Similarities exist between radar and thermal imaging, Rota points out. Both are used to see objects under poor visibility conditions, but thermal imaging is much easier to use. “There’s no interpretation needed,” maintains Rota. “If you can watch TV, you can use thermal imaging.” The first FLIR products to carry a Raymarine logo will

be the T300 and T400 series thermal navigation cameras. These products are designed to integrate seamlessly with Raymarine E-Series Widescreens and G-Series multifunction displays, according to Raymarine director of marketing Jim Hands. They also take advantage of the Raymarine HybridTouch user interface on the E-Series and can be controlled with a joystick or keyboard. T300 cameras have a single thermal imaging sensor, and the T400 Series has both a thermal imaging camera and a high-performance, low light video camera.

The T300 and T400 series are available with a standard resolution 320 x 240 thermal imager or high resolution 640 x 480 thermal imager. The compact, rugged, marine-grade enclosure can be mounted base down or base up. All cameras have 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt for complete coverage across the horizon. To learn more, visit raymarine.com and flir.com. r

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Charter Pre-check Plan for you power or sail vacation.

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hartering makes a lot of sense. If you own a boat and typically cruise the Great Lakes, it can be a wonderful way to explore new types of boating in different environments—like sailing a catamaran or monohull in the Caribbean or some other warm and exotic locale, for example. One of our family favorites is a week in the British Virgin Islands during February, when snow and ice blanket our home cruising grounds. Take it from me; a little pre-planning can save a lot of heartache! Not only must you decide where to charter, but also which company to book your trip with.

Background Research Online, charter companies should provide a detailed list of what boats they offer, restrictions as to where you can cruise and what is included in the overall charter price. Right now, there are some excellent deals on charter boat vacations; but read the fine print carefully before jumping in head-first! When you book a charter, you’ll be informed what comes supplied with the boat and what you need to bring with you. Generally, the charter vessel comes fully equipped with all navigation and safety gear, towels and bedding, so there’s often little left to bring apart from flip flops and suntan lotion.

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my family dearly, but as the skipper I send my crew off to secure provisions for the boat while the handover takes place. Removing the distraction of over-excited children makes everything go that much more smoothly.

On Your Own Once the charter rep is gone, there can be great temptation to shove off almost straight away; but I like to look over the boat and familiarize myself with everything on board first. Assuming it’s a sailboat, I’ll inspect the deck hardware and check tension of the shrouds and all standing rigging. It’s impossible to check the sails when the boat is docked, but I make a mental note to check these the first time they’re hoisted. I also check all the running rigging— especially the main halyard, main and jib sheets—for fraying and wear. As I walk around deck, I also make a quick check of the guard rails and any handrails. On a catamaran, check the nets or trampolines between the hulls. Are they firmly attached? Once I’m satisfied the rigging and other outside components of the boat are satisfactory, I head belowdecks and power up the electronics to make sure everything’s in good working order. I also make note of the location of key safety equipment, like life jackets and flares. Many charter boats have multiple heads, so I check those to ensure they flush properly. A blocked head is, well, unpleasant at best. Check if all the sea cocks are open—especially those that admit cooling water to the engines. While inside the engine compartment, check oil and coolant levels and carry out a quick visual inspection to make sure there’s no puddle of oil under the engine and gearbox. None of these checks add up to more than 30 minutes total, and by that time the crew’s returned with provisions and eager to get underway. 

Upon Arrival After arriving at the charter base, you should be given a tour of the boat by a company representative. Often, this will consist of a vessel walk-through and a briefing using a chart that outlines where you can—and can’t—cruise. Even if you have bags of yachting experience, there’s still a lot to take in—so listen carefully. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. Take notes if you have to. Once the briefing commences, you’ll be asked to sign some forms signifying formal handover of the yacht to your care for the duration of the charter period. I love

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Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor and creator of the popular blog onboardwithmarkcorke.com, focusing on DIY boating projects.

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iami is sometimes called The Magic City. It’s an unequaled boater’s paradise, with the Intracoastal Waterway, Biscayne Bay, a never-ending matrix of canals, and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean. Tucked away, almost out of sight yet right in the middle of it all, is a body of water that has a magic all it’s own: The Miami River. Thanks to Formula Boats, we had an excellent platform to explore the sights with the company’s new 290 Bowrider. Our trip began at a marina in North Miami, where we met up with Formula representatives. Cruising the northern part of Biscayne Bay, we had a chance to really open up the 290 BR. Seas were a bit choppy, but the 290 handled them with ease. The ride was smooth and dry despite quartering seas. Twin 320-hp MerCruiser Magnum MPIs were a good match for the boat’s precise and confident handling. See the Sights Seeing the Miami River, a five-and-a-half-mile navigable stretch from a dam just east of the Miami International Airport, gives a unique perspective; and the 290 BR was a roomy, comfortable place to take it all in. You can choose to stretch your legs out, or by removing a cushion section, sit with your feet on the deck. There’s even a removable table. The cockpit has a double helm seat with independently adjustable sides. There’s an inward-facing bench seat to port that can be used as a forward facing recliner. U-shaped seating behind the helm features another removable table. A wet bar is to port, and there’s a sunpad over the engine compartment with an adjustable backrest.

Easy Rider The Miami River has been the backdrop for many TV shows and movies shot in the city, from the colorful and trendy 80s of “Miami Vice,” to the present day blow ’em up, shoot ’em up adventures of “Burn Notice” and “CSI: Miami.” There’s a fascinating collection of business and residential development along its banks, from boat yards to luxury high rises. A fishing fleet and small freighters plying commerce to Caribbean islands share the waters with recreational craft of all sizes. The river’s prevailing depth is approximately 20 feet, and it’s no more than a few hundred feet across at its widest point. There’s also no turning basin anywhere along its banks. Luckily, the 290’s precise, slow speed maneuvering ability nimbly kept us out of the river traffic. As we reached the end of navigable waters, we watched planes overhead just before they touched down at the airport. Having been on the water for several hours already, it was nice to have the comforts of home aboard the 290—including a head compartment. It’s deceivingly large for being inside the port helm console. The space is attractively finished with wood grain flooring and a solid surface countertop with a stainless washbasin. As we headed back down river, it was time for lunch. Our Formula hosts offered an excellent suggestion: The Casablanca Fish Market/Seafood Bar and Grill. Here, a delectable menu with plenty of options, impeccable service and white linen tablecloths all come standard. It’s just one of the many unexpected surprises we found while enjoying the fun and feisty 290 along this fascinating stretch of water called the Miami River. 

Specifications LOA: 29' Beam: 9' Draft: 40" Weight: 8,950 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 122 gals. Power as tested: Twin MerCruiser Magnum MPIs 320-hp Price as tested: $197,475 formulaboats.com

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QUICK FIX > You can never be too cautious, so it’s a good idea to carry a personal locator beacon (PLB). The ACR AquaFix 406 is one of the smallest units on the market, making it easy to pack and toss in your duffel. It can easily be carried in a pack or mounted on your belt or life jacket. The unit is completely waterproof to 33 feet and, best of all, it floats! $199 DEFENDER.COM

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When the folks at Riviera Yachts invited me to their headquarters in Australia, I leaped at the opportunity. Especially since my stay would include a chance to attend the Sydney Boat Show, and especially since I would have a chance to run most of Riviera’s new entries for 2011. Founded in 1980, Riviera now builds recreational yachts from 36 to 85 feet, with open and enclosed flybridges, sport yachts, offshore express and motor yacht models in the mix. The largest luxury boatbuilder in Australia, Riviera’s dealer network spans 30 countries. The architecture of all Riviera Yachts stems from the sea conditions they are designed to handle, namely the Pacific Ocean, which is often far from pacific. The ability to operate in hostile conditions is paramount. The boat must be seaworthy. After the Sydney Show ended, I had an opportunity to ride a 44-foot Riviera to the dealership in Pittwater, about an hour and a half north of Sydney Harbour. As we negotiated our way through the harbor, I got a feel for the enormity of it; boats everywhere, recreational and commercial. About three miles offshore in the Tasman Sea we headed north, with 20-knot winds at our backs and four-foot rollers. The boat scoffed at the sea’s impertinence. When I took the wheel, I expected a battle to stay on course, but the boat tracked beautifully—forging ahead despite the rollers was as easy as plying through a dead calm. 18 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

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The ride was similar to a catamaran. Coming off a roller, you do not slam; you settle. As the bow lifted and came down, I kept bracing myself for an impact that never came. There I was, one hand on the wheel, tracking as if it were locked in one place. Passing Pittwater Bay and into the Hawkesbury River, I was blown away by the number of boats—an incredible selection of powerboats, sailboats, monohulls and cats in a variety of marinas. Truly a boat-lover’s paradise. My trip took place just as summer was ending in Chicago—which is still winter in Australia. Their winter is much kinder than ours, with temps in the 60s and 70s—not quite the battery-killers we experience across the Great Lakes. In a word, the weather was “perfect.” Entering the bay, you pass a never-ending number of smaller bays, many fed by tributaries. The navigable river meanders for about 120 miles. The scenery is spectacular, mountainous with breathtaking waterfalls. We headed upstream in Cowan Creek and lunched at Cottage Point. This wasn’t burgers and sandwiches; it was a five-star gourmet meal in the woods. After docking I had a chance to look at a new 5000 Sport Yacht, being delivered to John and Carol Stimpson of Boyne City, Michigan, and Bonita Springs, Florida. Eyeballing it stern to bow revealed nary a ripple—the fiberglass work was flawless. A walk through the boat begins at the oversize, hydraulic swim platform. The swim platform drops below the water for easy dinghy retrieval. The transom lifts to reveal the dinghy garage, which provides a snug home for the RIB. Once the dinghy is stowed, the platform can be dropped below the water, where it acts as a stabilizer whether at the dock or on the hook. On the aft deck is a settee and folding table across the transom and a small, c-shaped settee against the bulkhead with a small table. As you face the salon entrance, there is a door to starboard and a large 20 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

boat test An electrically-operated swim platform works in conjunction with an onboard launching system for the 5000’s tender, neatly garaged out of sight (right). New Riviera owners Carol and John Stimpson (below, pictured center and right) got exactly what they wanted in their new boat.

window to port. You can attach an awning to the overhang and merge the salon with the aft deck, creating a spacious entertainment area. Inside, the settee runs the salon’s entire port side; the well-furnished galley is opposite. The teak and holly floor and cherry wood cabinets looks striking and quite elegant against the pale leather settee. The large ceiling window/sunroof extends from the pilothouse to the border of the salon. The master stateroom is located in the forward bow area. It contains a large in-suite head and roomy shower. There is space to starboard that can be used as another stateroom, office or lounge, as the new owners are doing. The Stimpsons are experienced boaters and knew exactly what they wanted in and on their new boat. They knew they wanted an express cruiser around 50 feet long and compiled a list of boatbuilders that built express models in this size range. Their checklist included diesel inboards with Zeus pod drives, a Furuno NavNet Package, viable dinghy system, and an automatic shore-power system with two, 50-amp cords. They also wanted just two levels aboard the boat. No canvas allowed. The couple created a list of several boat companies and pitted one against the other. Riveria, and the Stimpsons got exactly what they wanted. Standard power for the 5000 SY is twin Cummins-Mercruiser diesel inboards with Zeus pod drives, capable of superb performance and especially notable for maneuvering in and out of slips using a joy stick control. A Zeus feature people rave about is the “Skyhook.” When activated, Skyhook uses GPS information to adjust the pod drives and keep the vessel in place, regardless of current or wind. A trip to Australia and an opportunity to see the boating world down under was truly a highlight of my publishing career. Riviera proved it lives up to its reputation of building terrific boats tough enough for the Pacific Ocean, yet comfortable and pleasing to anyone who loves to be on the water. r

Riviera 5000 SY Standard Equipment Muir windlass w/Mason Ray anchor, chain and chain counter at helm; Bomar hatches w/OceanAir screens; Plastimo compass; Icom VHF; 26" electric-lift Samsung TV; Bose Lifestyle system w/ 7 speakers, amplifier and subwoofer; Amtico flooring in galley and head; Vitrifrigo drawer-type refrigerator and freezer; Miele 2-burner cooktop; 41,000 BTU Cruisair A/C; 11-kW Onan genset; 7 maintenance-free batteries; Skyla 3-kW charger/inverter; Racor fuel-water separators; tender garage w/ 3.1 meter Zodiac RIB; Kärcher pressure washer w/ attachments and fore/aft hook-ups; 3/2,000 gph Rule bilge pumps w/ high-water auxiliaries and float switches; hydrulic swim platform.

Specifications LOA: 54'9" Beam: 15'7" Draft: 3'7" Weight: 39,700 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 608 gals. Water Capacity: 198 gals. Power: Twin 593-hp Cummins-MerCruiser QSC8.3-600 diesels w/ Zeus pod drives Base Price: $875,861 riviera.com.au

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Love Affair

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Get swept away by Sycara IV.

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BY H EATH E R STE I N B E RG E R

This past fall, Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, garnered international attention when it won a 2010 ShowBoats Design Award for its 151-foot fantail motoryacht Sycara IV. The awards ceremony, held October 26 in Palm Beach, Florida, honored the megayacht industry’s greatest talents in naval architecture, design, styling, craftsmanship and technological innovation. Sycara IV, which earned a Naval Architecture Award in the “Motor Yacht” category, is a striking example of the magic that happens when exceptional talents come together in a collaborative environment. Launched in June 2009, this classic yacht celebrates the distinctive vision of her owners—and she represents Burger’s dedication to designing and building yachts able to meet such requirements. For these owners, who wish to remain anonymous, yachting has been a lifelong passion. As they grew to love the lifestyle, they also became experienced in the design and construction process, building half a dozen yachts over two decades. All were contemporary in design, offering the most state-of-the-art systems and amenities. As the years went by, however, the owners developed a new dream. They toured the Presidential yacht USS Sequoia, they chartered the venerable Honey Fitz, which served five U.S. presidents and was famously named for President John F. Kennedy’s grandfather, and they fell in

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love with the charter yacht Litchfield Lady, a Trumpy with a fantail stern and clipper bow. And the idea of a building 1920s-style motoryacht for cruising America’s inland waterways was born. Wishing to build their dream yacht in the U.S., they chose Burger, one of the country’s oldest and most highly respected shipyards. In addition to Burger’s impressive roster of experienced designers, engineers and craftspeople, the Sycara IV team included naval architect Bruce King, project manager Steven Narkawicz and Ken Freivokh, who detailed the exterior and designed the Art Deco interior spaces. “Everyone was excited about the boat,” said Ron Cleveringa, Burger’s vice president of sales and marketing. “She’s absolutely amazing.” At every turn, Sycara IV evokes the spirit of yachting’s golden age. Her salon is adorned with Madrone Burl raised wall panels enhanced with inlaid Macassar ebony and Paduak molding, teak and maple flooring, a custom wool carpet, leather-upholstered bar with custom-crafted bar stools, and cabinetry featuring polished stainless-steel detailing and jewelry-quality hardware. In the separate dining area, curved walls feature Lalique crystal panels, and full-length French doors provide expansive water views. The owners’ suite, located amidships on the main deck, incorporates a king-size bed, nightstands and a desk, while

the ensuite bath boasts Madrone Burl walls, teak and maple floors, white onyx countertops, and Lalique crystal panels and faucet sets. Three beautifully appointed guest suites, each with private bath, and a utility room are located on the lower deck. The crew accommodations also are located on the lower deck. They incorporate a galley, lounge, laundry facilities, captain’s stateroom and three crew cabins, each with private bath. The Art Deco styling continues throughout, featuring white-painted, raised-panel walls, contrasting mahogany beams, raised-panel doors and trim and built-in mahogany furniture and cabinetry. Beyond her overall look and feel, the owners had a secondary goal for their new yacht: To make her environmentally friendly. “The boat’s maximum speed is 15 knots, but at 12 knots, it leaves less than a foot of wake,” they noted. She’s powered by two Caterpillar C18 diesel engines with two Kohler generators, and according to the owners, she’s quite fuel-efficient. The yacht burns roughly 27 gallons per hour at 12.5 knots. While her home port is not the Great Lakes, heartland boaters may spot Sycara IV from time to time. The owners plan to cruise North America’s East Coast and inland waterways during the summers, then take her to the Caribbean for winter. It’s a true love affair. For the owners, for those who had a hand in creating her, and for those who simply love classic yachts and will delight with every opportunity to see Sycara IV’s majestic lines sweeping across America’s waterways. r PHOTOS COurTESy Of BurGEr BOAT COMPANy

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pontoon roundup

Aloha Tropical Series 250 Sundeck

Aqua Patio 240 Sun Lounger

Avalon 27 Ambassador

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 25'5" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................12" Weight ....................................................................................................... 3,400 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 25 gals. Base power ................................................................................ Suzuki DF140 TX Base price ...................................................................................................$43,000 Website ....................................................................................alohapontoons.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 25'1" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ..............................................................................................2,421 lbs. (dry) Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 30 gals. Base power .................................................................................. Yamaha T50TLR Base price ...................................................................................................$29,173 Website ........................................................................godfreypontoonboats.com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 30' Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................14" Weight ....................................................................................................... 4,000 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 42 gals. Base power .......................................................................................................... N/A Base price ............................................................................................................ N/A Website .................................................................................. avalonpontoons.com

Bennington 2575 QCW IO

Berkshire 243SLX BP3 Premium

Boundary Waters 310 Sky Dek

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 28'1" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 4,032 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 62 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................300-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$61,232 Website .............................................................................. benningtonmarine.com

LOA ...................................................................................................................24'10" Beam ...................................................................................................................... N/A Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,860 lbs. Fuel capacity ..............................................................................................200 gals. Base power .......................................................Yamaha F115 TLR EFI 4-stroke Base price ...................................................................................................$52,316 Website ...............................................................................berkshirepontoon.com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 31' Beam ................................................................................................................... 10'2" Draft ........................................................................................................................12" Weight ....................................................................................................... 4,900 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 53 gals. Base power .......................................................................................................... N/A Base price ...................................................................................................$85,571 Website ..............................................................................................pontoons.com

Harris FloteBote 230 Solstice

JC Spirit 242 TT

Landau Atlantis 250 Cruise Tri Log

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 24'8" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................19" Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,465 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 31 gals. Base power ............................................................Mercury 50 ELPT 4S BF EFI Base price ...................................................................................................$31,020 Website .....................................................................................harrisflotebote.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 23'7" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,200 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 55 gals. Max power ......................................................................................................150-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$15,500 Website .............................................................................................jcpontoon.com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 25' Beam ......................................................................................................................8'5" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 3,000 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 33 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................115-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$31,750 Website .........................................................................................landauboats.com

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Manitou 23 25th Anniversary Edition

Princecraft Vantage 23-4S

Qwest 7518 XRE Cruise

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 24'4" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................18" Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,610 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 53 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................200-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$60,200 Website ...................................................................................... manitouboats.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 23'9" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,062 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 27 gals. Base power ...........................................................................25ELPT EFI 4-stroke Base price ...................................................................................................$21,706 Website ............................................................................................princecraft.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 18'6" Beam ...................................................................................................................... N/A Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 1,325 lbs. Fuel capacity ..............................................................................................200 gals. Max power ........................................................................................................ 60-hp Base price ............................................................................................................ N/A Website ..............................................................................compactpontoons.com

South Bay 725CRO

SouthWind 229FX Hybrid

Starcraft Starlounger 256

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 27'4" Beam ...................................................................................................................... N/A Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,710 lbs. Fuel capacity ........................................................................................................ N/A Base power ................................................................ Yamaha F90 TLR 4-stroke Base price ...................................................................................................$40,375 Website ............................................................................... southbaypontoon.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 22'9" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................12" Weight ....................................................................................................... 3,500 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 50 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................115-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$35,670 Website ..................................................................................southwindboats.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 25'3" Beam .................................................................................................................... 102" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,600 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 30 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................115-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$38,288 Website ....................................................................................starcraftmarine.com

Sunchaser 8522

Suncruiser SS210 Cruiser

SunStation 250 LTD RF

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 22'3" Beam .................................................................................................................... 102" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,100 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 24 gals. Base power ...................................................................................................... 50-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$18,900 Website ..................................................................................sunchaserboats.com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 20' Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 1,701 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 24 gals. Max power ........................................................................................................ 90-hp Base price ........................................................................................Contact dealer Website ............................................................................................ suncruiser.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 26'4" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................12" Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,400 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 25 gals. Base power .......................................................................................................... N/A Base price ...................................................................................................$29,643 Website ..............................................................................................pontoons.com 25 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

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NAME GAME

SunTracker Fishin’ Barge 21

Sweetwater 220 Wet Bar

LOA ...................................................................................................................21'11" Beam .................................................................................................................... 102" Draft ........................................................................................................................16" Weight ....................................................................................................... 1,775 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 42 gals. Base power .................................................................................40 ELPT 4-stroke Base price ...................................................................................................$16,995 Website ............................................................................................suntracker.com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 24' Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ..............................................................................................1,914 lbs. (dry) Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 24 gals. Base power .................................................................................. Yamaha T50TLR Base price ...................................................................................................$29,173 Website ........................................................................godfreypontoonboats.com

Sylvan 8520 Mirage Cruise LE

Tahoe 26 Sierra Funship

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 20'3" Beam .................................................................................................................... 102" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 1,850 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 24 gals. Base power ...................................................................................................... 50-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$20,350 Website ...................................................................................... sylvanmarine .com

LOA ......................................................................................................................... 27' Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................14" Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,910 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 42 gals. Base power .......................................................................................................... N/A Base price ........................................................................................Contact dealer Website ....................................................................................tahoepontoons.com

Veranda V2275RFL

Voyager Extreme 25 Cruise SL

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 23'6" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ........................................................................................................................18" Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,100 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 31 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................115-hp Base price ...................................................................................................$28,995 Website .................................................................................... verandamarine.com

LOA ..................................................................................................................... 25'6" Beam ......................................................................................................................8'6" Draft ....................................................................................................................... N/A Weight ....................................................................................................... 2,650 lbs. Fuel capacity ................................................................................................ 41 gals. Base power ....................................................................................................250-hp Base price ........................................................................................Contact dealer Website .........................................................................................voyagerboats.net

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BREW-SKI I bought a new 21-foot Sea Ray in March 2000. It took me a few months to come up with a good name. I thought being from Milwaukee—and taking into account the two things I do on my boat—I found a name that fit the bill. Nik Clark West Allis, Wisconsin

SEAS THE DAY We purchased our 27-foot Sea Ray Sundancer the year my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s a clever person, and seeing that my wife and I were having difficulty coming up with a name, we had her make a few suggestions. This one stood out. John & Tricia Dell’Anno Rochester, New York

MAKE IT SNAPPY My 27-ft. Sea Ray was ready for the dumpster two years ago. I’m in the marine canvas business and restored the boat. Joe Gedridge Sandusky, Ohio

Bareboat & Beyond Experience the wonderful world of Great Lakes charters. by elizabeth altick

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hether you’re an old salt or a wannabe boater, chartering a yacht is a great choice for a pleasurable and carefree day—or week—on the water. A happy customer of Canadian Yacht Charters (CYC) in Gore Bay, Ontario, writes, “We really enjoyed our cruise around the North Channel. It certainly has me thinking: Why own a yacht when one can charter a well-equipped yacht from CYC?” “We had a charter [customer] book eight weeks on a Tartan 34,” says Dave Conrad, who, along with wife Kristen, owns Bay Breeze Yacht Charters in Traverse City, Michigan. “They owned a boat years ago but decided it was more cost effective to charter long term. It also allowed them to sail different locations all over the world. When

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weighing the costs of insurance, dockage and boat and maintenance payments, chartering shapes up as a cheaper, more relaxing way to boat.” “Even during the recession, we’ve seen new business coming from boaters who typically go to the Caribbean or Mediterranean,” Conrad continues. “These charterers scaled back their spending by ‘staying local.’” The motto of Sweetwater Yacht Charters in White Lake, Michigan, is “All of the fun, none of the work!” Even more leisurely than bareboating is a skippered charter, with a licensed captain familiar with the surrounding waters. The difference between lots of fun and kind-of a drag, however, is your choice of charter companies. Word of mouth is, of course, the best way to find a reputable 27 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

Great Lakes

CHARTER RESOURCES LAKE MICHIGAN

LAKE SUPERIOR

Bay Breeze Yacht Charters Traverse City & Cheboygan, MI 877-941-0535 bbyc.com Power & Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet: 22 yachts

Superior Charters Bayfield, WI (Apostle Islands) 715-779-5124 superiorcharters.com Power & Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet Size: 59 yachts

Great Lakes Charters Bay Harbor, MI 231-547-0700 greatlakes-charter.com Power | Captain Fleet: 1 yacht

LAKE ERIE

Harbor North Huron, OH 419-433-6010 harbornorth.com/charter Sail | Captain Fleet: 10 yachts

Southeast Yachting School & Charters Inc. Sheboygan, WI 920-452-4377 Power & Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet: N/A (yachts 30-50 feet) Sweetwater Yacht Charters White Lake, MI 616-915-0027 sweetwater-charters.net Bareboat | Sail Fleet: 2 yachts

FISHING CHARTER Therapy Too Ludington, MI 800-845-6095 therapytoo.com Power | Captain Fleet: 1 yacht

LAKE HURON

CYC North Gore Bay, Manitoulin Island, ON 800-565-0022 | cycnorth.com Power & Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet: 24 yachts Discovery Yacht Charters Little Current, Manitoulin Island, ON 800-268-8222 discoveryyachtcharters.com Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet: 8 yachts

LAKE ONTARIO

Toronto Yacht Charters Toronto, ON 416-545-7245 torontoyachtcharters.com Power & Sail | Captain & Bareboat Fleet: 6 yachts

CHARTER INSURANCE Alan R. Mott Agency Inc. Huntington, NY 631-549-2628 boat-ins.com

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company. Chris Blodgett of Discovery Yacht Charters in Little Current, Mantoulin Island, Ontario (and the son of Ken Blodgett, who owns CYC), says a search of websites can be revealing. A firm’s professionalism is reflected by the contents of its site, ideally complete with videos, detailed descriptions and blueprints of their fleet, qualifications and services. Bay Breeze’s Conrad says all policies, procedures and contracts should be available on the charter company’s website, along with the model years of their fleet and available onboard equipment. “Less reputable companies aren’t concerned with the details, or may purposely neglect to include certain information,” he explains.

CHARTER COMPANY CRITERIA John Bevington is a patron of Bay Breeze Yacht Charters. His criteria for a great charter company include: Have they been in business for a reasonable amount of time?; Are they offering newer boats?; Will they supply references?; Do they have a strong support staff—off and on the water? “Your charter time is very limited,” he says. “You simply cannot afford to have things go wrong. It’s not worth saving a few dollars and risking a bad trip.” An outstanding company offers “high quality boats, superbly maintained, clean and neat,” says Bob DiCarlo of Harbor North in Huron, Ohio. Discovery’s Blodgett agrees. “We have a great cleaning crew who care about our boats and expect them to come back in the same condition,” he says. “There are no remnants of the previous group. The beds are made, linens laid out and the fridge is on.” A big fan of CYC is the trip leader for New Jersey-based The Sailing Club. “The thirteen who sailed Summer Breeze and Sicilia last week have told me these two boats were the best boats the club has chartered,” he writes. “They were impeccably maintained and prepared. Your staff was very pleasant and easy to work with. They were thorough in seeing us off in fully equipped, sparkling-clean boats that were in excellent mechanical shape.” Preventive maintenance is critical because, as Chris Blodgett points out, “Every boater knows a million things can go wrong. We have to stay on top of things every day so the equipment is dependable.” “The sign of a good charter company is how much time they spend with you during the pre-charter check-out,” echoes Bevington. “Is the person conducting the review knowledgeable? Do they cover all the bases? It’s the skipper’s responsibility to make sure he has a safe boat. Having a good charter company sure makes it easier.” Bay Breeze’s Conrad offers a simple piece of advice. “Charterers should slow down,” he recommends. “The inventory lists, boat systems briefings,

The staff of Bay Breeze Yacht Charters (left-hand page) is experienced, knowledgable and always willing to lend a hand to charter customers.

chart briefings and everything else charter company staff insist on covering are for the charterer’s benefit. Sure, it takes time; but it ensures things will go as well as they can for the duration of the charter.” Much like Bay Breeze, CYC, which charters 19 luxury yachts and four trawlers, also covers all bases for safety and comfort prior to a charterer setting sail. In a video on its website (cycnorth.com), the company describes its services and requirements. To make sure those who choose to bareboat are qualified, a downloadable boating résumé asks for skippering and navigational experience. Blodgett says navigational chart skills are especially important in Lake Huron’s gorgeous but rocky and meandering North Channel. At CYC, guests attend a chart talk and learn about the dos and don’ts of cruising Lake Huron’s waters. Before departure, CYC staff take guests aboard to check the inventory and review mechanics. Charter yachts should be equipped with the latest navigational equipment. The best ones provide every amenity imaginable, from Sirius Satellite Radio to linens and clothespins. Canadian Yacht Charters entices hungry boaters with vacuum-packed fresh and smoked white fish, pickerel and rainbow trout. Discovery offers overnight wash-and-fold laundry service. Toronto Yacht Charters helps orient boaters by inviting them on a $200 sightseeing flight before boarding. As for the “don’ts” of chartering a boat, Chris Blodgett says, “It’s simple: Don’t run aground.” r

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A Charter in the Channel Time stands still in the popular cruising paradise known as the North Channel.

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BY MARK STEVENS

Five clocks once hung on the wall inside a white, low-lying building that reclines like a retiree beside the docks of Gore Bay on Northern Ontario’s Manitoulin Island. Under each clock was the name of a North Channel destination. Baie Fine, Clapperton Island, Benjamin Islands, Beardrop Harbour. And Gore Bay. The Gore Bay clock showed the time. No hands marred the faces of the other clocks. These decorations didn’t survive renovation of the Canadian Yacht Charters base. Maybe that’s a good thing, for clocks are superfluous here. But they gave eloquent testimony to the nature of this cruising ground that begins right where I’m standing, waiting around for proprietor Ken Blodgett to begin the chart briefing. Running east to west from the shores of Georgian Bay to Drummond Island in Upper Michigan, the channel is roughly 20 miles at its widest and 70 miles long, though the most popular cruising grounds encompass an area around 40 miles east to west. The biggest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin guards most of the channel from the weather and waves of Lake Huron, although these waters are part of that lake. First-time charterers call it the North Channel. For regulars, it’s just the Channel. Repeat charterers are a mainstay of the business for Ken Blodgett and his wife, Pam. I am one.

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The Canadian Yacht Charters base reclines at the foot of the west bluff of Gore Bay—the perfect North Channel starting point.

I scan charts tacked to the wall as I wait for the chart briefing to begin (since the clocks are gone, Blodgett probably doesn’t know the time). I make note of potential anchorages for my float plan. On this charter, I write in pencil. I plan to follow the sun and my heart in no particular order. I might spend an extra day at one anchorage, sharing the water with three or four other boats and six loons. I might just drop the hook in one spot and stay there. Forget about velocity made good. Forget about clocks. Blodgett arrives, and we sit down in easy chairs surrounding a coffee table strewn with back issues of Lakeland Boating. You can tell the repeat offenders from the newbies. The latter want to know how far they can get in a day. How many hours to Baie Fine? How many islands can they get to in a week? I want to know if the blueberries on Croker Island are ripe. Regulars are used to the dog-and-pony show that makes you think when Blodgett isn’t offering up a beginner’s guide to the North Channel, he should be doing stand-up comedy somewhere in Manhattan. Deadpan he shares the story of one anchorage, where you climb the ridges of seemingly snow-covered quartzite mountains to discover, 300 feet above your boat, a crystal clear pool. “It’s gorgeous,” he says. “You want to jump right in. But don’t stay in too long.” He pauses, squinting at the captive audience: Four couples in a big sailboat who are looking for the North Channel equivalent of an Atlantic crossing, a young fellow with his wife who are chartering a Mainship trawler, and me. “This pool has healing powers,” he says. “I lost my leg in an accident.” He lifts up a perfectly fine limb and taps his shin. “I was cured.” Everybody laughs. Some nervously. Some impatiently. He scans the group. “How far are you going?” A whole lot of answers—all ambitious. He looks at me. “You?” “We’ll see.”

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The North Channel offers visitors incredible on- and off-water enjoyment. Great hiking ashore includes Bridal Veil Falls (left) at Kagawong on Manitoulin Island.

I’ve sort of evaded the question because I don’t really want these people to know where I’m dropping the hook tonight. For me, solitude is the chief appeal of a cruising ground some call one of the world’s top ten freshwater spots. It strikes me that Canadian Yacht Charters may be part of the problem and not part of the solution. There are only so many anchorages to go around, and CYC has a fleet that includes 17 sailboats, six trawlers and our 38-foot PDQ. And now he’s telling them all the best anchorages. “Thousands of them,” he says. “You get to one, and you decide it’s the most beautiful anchorage you’ve ever seen.” Pause. “Then you get to the next one.” I know what he means. This morning marks the beginning of my sixth charter to the Channel. In my memory bank are filed some veritable visions of paradise. After the briefing, my fellow brief-ees rush to their boats in a sort of nautical Amazing Race. I buy a sizeable piece of homemade fudge, grab a coffee and catch up with Blodgett. Haven’t seen him since last summer. Jump cut to late afternoon, two days hence. My wife’s best friend, Barb Anschuetz, stands atop the biggest pink granite ridge on South Benjamin Island looking down into waters so clear you can see every boulder. “I cannot get over the beauty,” she says. She lifts an arm and gestures grandly: At the granite-fringed bay where our chartered boat lies at anchor, sheltered by aspen and cedar; at the passage that snakes through the south end of South Benjamin, a channel in the Channel where sea grass decorates a tiny cove with gigantic rock outcroppings, pine trees bent and sculpted by west winds; at a stream that begins in the forest and tiptoes across the rock to meet with waters that flow from Lake Huron into the Channel. “I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a painting. Wow.” I sit on a rock a few feet from our dinghy. I, too, scan the vista. Tonight when the sun has fallen, I will repeat the exercise, in the light of a moon that paints these waters in a surreal silver glow. “See what I mean?,” I yell to Barb. “I see what you mean.” “Most beautiful anchorage in the world.” 34 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

“I agree.” She clamors down a steep slope and disappears into the forest. “Just wait until tomorrow.” Charter the Channel, and you’ll drop the hook in places that good people go when they die. Next day we slice through a narrow patch of water guarded by towering boulders into a sheltered cove called Oak Bay. Winds are howling outside, but the waters grow still inside, even as the wind groans to the south; even as the waves thunder on one rock face. A great boulder of granite shelters the north shore. Sea grasses at the west end of the anchorage bend before insistent winds. A forest lurks on the south shore. We hike through it, all the time feeling the ghosts of voyageurs, of aboriginal hunters and fishermen, whispering like the wind in the aspens. No longer mysterious and brooding, the woods have become a sanctuary. The setting sun bathes Mount McBean’s quartzite peaks in blazing scarlet. We sit in the cockpit, sipping wine underneath black skies long after twilight flees. When my time comes, I decide, they can spread my ashes in Oak Bay. But I am no hurry for that to happen. That’s why I am one of the safest—or wimpiest—skippers around. That’s why I have a healthy respect for the Channel. “You have to have a weather eye,” says Blodgett. “These can be big waters. You need navigational skills [though all their boats are now equipped with chart plotters]. And you have can’t be stupid.” He looks me up and down. “The Channel is not kind to idiots.” At that point I decide to build stops at some ports into the float plan. Never know what the weather can do. “Best part about the Channel,” says Blodgett during the chart briefing. “Three hours in any direction and you’ve got some sort of town.” Gore Bay reclines along the western shore of a two-mile-deep bay bounded by twin precipices. It is ideally suited for provisioning, and CYC maintains a well-stocked chandlery. Check out the museum housed in the old jail or rent a bike and head out on West Bluff Road to one of the oldest lighthouses on Manitoulin. Roughly halfway between Gore Bay and Little Current is the pretty little town of Kagawong, boasting prime examples of Victorian architecture. PHOTO BY SHARON MATTHEWS-STEVENS (LEFT) SPORTSMAN’S INN (RIGHT)

Room AT THE Inn

Boaters cruising the North Channel simply can’t overlook a visit to the legendary Sportsman’s Inn Resort & Marina, atop Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay in Killarney, Ontario. In 2009, new owner Rachelle McConnell completely renovated the more than century-old property, which now boasts a 140-slip marina (including accommodations for yachts 100 feet and larger, as well as gas, diesel and pump-out services) and 12-suite inn offering fine dining, luxurious amenities, live entertainment and an awe-inspiring wine cellar with more than 2,000 bottles to chose from. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Killarney Channel from each of the Inn’s 12 guest suite balconies. Individual rooms feature your choice of queen- or king-size beds, flat-screen TVs, gas fireplaces and complementary internet. When craving a gourmet meal, Sportsman’s stately dining room hosts Inn guests and visitors for dinner service. Grab lighter fare at the facility’s on-site pub. You can even have meals delievered dock-side, right to your boat! — L.B.

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Follow the Kagawong River up slopes that mark the northern reaches of the Niagara Escarpment and take a cool dip at the foot of Bridal Veil Falls. Little Current features a variety of shops selling First Nations’ artwork. Dock on the new seawall and spend a day strolling tree-lined streets, gaze out at boats negotiating the swing bridge that connects the island to the mainland or sip a cool one while people-watching from Anchor Grill’s patio. For me, it’s all about passagemaking—350 islands here, 90 percent of them completely empty. It’s about sun-gilded waters, western island trees that hover above the shimmering surface like a mirage, the purple ridges of Manitoulin Island guarding the southern border of the Channel. It’s about looking off the stern quarter and seeing a bank of fair weather cumulous clouds; they look exactly like the billowing sails of an approaching fleet of tall ships. For me, it’s about dropping the hook and not seeing a solitary light in any direction but skyward—courtesy of a tapestry of stars that shows like a Fourth of July fireworks display. And it’s about cruising in a place where nature itself is the lead character. Five years ago, I was sitting on a dock on Saint Maarten, waiting for a boat to pick us up for a snorkeling excursion. I started chatting with the guy beside me, another avid boater, as it turned out. He asked me where I was from. When I told him I was Canadian, he got a faraway look in his eye. “The North Channel,” he said. Then he sighed like a love-struck teenager. “So you’ve chartered the Channel?” “No, my friend,” he said, his next sentence revealing the mark of a true philosopher—and a guy with pretty good taste in charter destinations. “We chartered paradise.” r 36 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

The North Channel is one of the most beautiful and often explored cruising grounds in the world (top). Janet Head Lighthouse guards the approaches to Gore Bay (bottom).

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The Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail (see map at right) is a 190-mile stretch of water open to kayakers, canoeists and paddlesports enthusiasts of all regions and skill levels.

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winter when the mercury stays steady in the 70s and 80s and no one even considers owning foul-weather gear. “They can take a class and go with a guide for the first time out to get local knowledge, which is so important on the water in a new place, and once they have that down, they can go wherever there is water,” says Gilbert, who jokes she has “dual citizenship” as owner/guide/ instructor of Chicago Kayak in the Windy City and Kayak Southwest Florida in Bonita Springs, Florida. Bonita—just southeast of Sanibel—is one of nearly a dozen communities nestled along the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, a 190-mile meandering water trail designed to get visitors and locals alike into the more than 230 square miles of inland waterways Lee County, Florida, offers. Boaters here consist of sailors, anglers, trawler-lovers, day-tripping powerboaters, windsurfers, standup paddleboarders, personal watercraft fans and, of course, kayakers and canoeists. The Naples-Fort Myers area boasts not only one of the highest boat ownership per capita ratios in the Sunshine State, but also nation-wide, according to registration statistics. With the average water depth only four feet, powerboaters are likely to miss out on Mother Nature’s front-row seating. Paddlers get the best view. The region is becoming known as a paddlesport

hotspot. The annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival—most recently held November 3-6, 2010— draws visitors from 18 states, Canada and Germany for guided kayak trips, clinics, races, speakers, demonstrations, fishing tournaments and more activities than you’ve probably thought of (geocaching, anyone?) for kayakers and canoeists. “For me it’s about the nature, the peace—you get to stop and see what’s going on and get into a whole other world back to nature,” says Theresa Roake, who attends every Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival and also volunteers at the event. “If you’re looking for the Old Florida experience on the water, kayaking is the answer,” says Roake, who, with husband Steve, summers on a 41-foot boat in the Chicago and Great Lakes area but lives the rest of the year with sailboats and kayaks in Cape Coral, Florida. “You get out in the mangroves, and you forget everything else exists.” More than two dozen outfitters (kayak-speak for “place to rent your boat and gear”) are set up in Lee County along the Calusa Blueway. Rates and equipment styles are as varied as the experience a kayaker desires. Many are geared towards newcomers to paddlesports. Brian Houston likens learning to paddle to “going for a walk.” The Captiva Island-based kayak instructor has taken

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Plan Your Trip The destination: The Calusa Blueway canoe and kayak trail meanders through Southwest Florida’s Lee County, behind the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. It’s on the Gulf Coast, half way between Tampa and Miami, and features natural beaches and vast back bays and tidal areas. Visitor’s Guide: Get a free guide mailed to you by visiting fortmyers-sanibel.com. A new 2011 partnership between the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and Lonely Planet, a worldwide travel guide company, means this year’s Visitor’s Guide will be like no other. Canoe/kayak resources: The Calusa Blueway is more than a marked paddling trail. Its free maps and website serve as a resource guide to rentals, outfitters, guides, routes and more. Visit calusablueway.com for more information. Event: The 2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival will be November 3-6 in the heart of Southwest Florida with races, a fishing tournament, on-water instruction, speakers, demonstrations, new-product testing, guided trips, socials and more. Visit calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com for details.

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The beautiful part about kayaking is that anyone at any age can participate. Gear and equipment manufacturers are especially keen to making the sport accessible to newbies and experts alike—whether they be 8 or 80 years old.

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out 8- to 80-year-olds who have enjoyed the water without exerting themselves or feeling overwhelmed. Manufacturers and outfitters have grown smart about making the sport accessible to newbies as kayaking’s popularity has grown. Boats are lighter and more stable. Paddles are ergonomically correct. Seat backs are as comfortable as easy chairs. Biceps aren’t the focus. When taught properly—and Houston can teach anyone paddling basics in five minutes—your whole body helps propel the boat. Once someone glides through Pine Island Sound, they find themselves up close with a Discovery Channel-style experience, says Houston, a naturalist, guide and instructor for Adventure Sea Kayaks based at ’Tween Waters Inn on Captiva and also a manufacturer’s representative for Epic Kayaks who does special events nationwide. “Today it was otters and manatees. Yesterday it was bull sharks in a foot and a half of water, dolphins and more manatees,” he says. “There’s the constant chorus of cicadas and the array of birds.” There’s also confidence of knowing where you are and feeling safe in waters you may just be visiting. The Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail’s maps are set up to provide more than nautical knowledge. They offer write ups on where to go, what you’ll see, where you can get out and where you’ll find markers. Mangroves—the primary shoreline tree in these subtropics—clump into islands, offering protection from winter breezes and a maze to navigate. The trail also serves to unite paddlers and their groups. Local clubs welcome tourists to join them on sunset trips and even overnighters. Many outfitters trailer boats to launch sites to rent to tourists who want to tag along. “People are very friendly here, with a number of clubs welcoming people to come along,” says Roake, whose husband gave her a kayak for Christmas six years ago and who belongs to several clubs now. The resources outfitters provide, plus the trail itself and the atmosphere of welcoming paddlers, all combine to make the Sanibel-Fort Myers area a headliner for anyone looking to experience canoeing and kayaking along the Gulf of Mexico, says Nancy MacPhee, a Fort Myers-based regional director with the Florida Paddling Trails Association. “The FPTA enjoys the heightened awareness the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival provides. The Calusa Blueway serves as a model to other communities because it’s such a successful paddling trail. And it’s so easy for visitors to come enjoy.” r

The Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament, which takes place the first weekend of November, is among the up-and-coming kayak events for anglers in the U.S.

Fishing Frenzy Rob Phelan and his wife, Sue, love their powerboat for weekend daytrips; but when it comes time to wet a line, they slip into their kayaks instead. “The variety of species and abundance of fish—combined with the kayak giving you the opportunity to get closer to fish than in a boat—make for great times here,” says Rob, a Fort Myers, Florida-based transportation engineer who fished the 2010 Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament. The annual fall tourney, which always takes place the first weekend of November, is among the up-and-coming kayak events for anglers throughout the Southeastern United States, Midwest and Northeast. The 2010 tournament winner earned a fully rigged Hobie Mirage kayak. Others garnered cash prizes and gear. The event showcases the allure of fishing Florida’s Lee County from a kayak, which is a year-round pastime for locals and a coveted activity of visiting anglers along the 190-mile Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Waters here offer an unrivaled fishing experience, thanks to massive, shallow grass flats, bountiful access and, most importantly, a trophy case of gamefish species anglers worldwide seek. The passes between Fort Myers and the Gulf of Mexico are home to the largest tarpon migration in the United States. Offshore reefs and the Gulf attract charter fishing and spear fishing enthusiasts—all while surrounded by a huge concentration of protected goliath grouper. The sandy shores and barrier islands offer pier and beach fishing for flounder; the estuaries behind those islands feature crafty snook, redfish and seatrout as well as sought-after cobia, tripletail and those tarpon. It’s no wonder Field & Stream magazine named the area among the 25 hottest fishing spots in North America. Florida Sportsman magazine called Matlacha, a town on the Calusa Blueway, a top Florida hotspot for kayak fishing. Tournaments happen regularly, many of them for powerboaters, but the Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament and its catch-and-release status appeal to tourists and locals who don’t want to impact the environment. It’s no surprise to Josh Harvel, who fishes—and wins—enough tournaments a year he’s sponsored by Hobie Fishing kayaks. He also guides via his business Yak’in It Up Charters, based in Cape Coral, Florida, and is the volunteer organizer of the Calusa tournament for Lee County Parks and Recreation. “I like tournaments [for] the competition, but kayak tournaments are more like a family of anglers rather than guys trying to one up each other. I like the camaraderie,” says Harvel. “It feels great to catch fish from a kayak.” — B.C.

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Charter in a Pacific Northwest paradise. BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA

You could spend an entire summer exploring the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State, but you can cover the highlights in just a week or two of chartering. These compact cruising grounds are easy to explore due to short point-to-point distances and don’t require an international plane ticket. You’ll find everything from secluded anchorages to charming towns, where marina life is lively and bars are filled with music and entertainment. The San Juan Islands, explored by the likes of Juan de Fuca, James Cook, George Vancouver and Francisco de Eliza, are part of the San Juan Archipelago in the Salish Sea between the U.S. and Canada. The archipelago is split into two parts: The San Juan Islands are part of Washington State in the U.S., while the Gulf Islands are part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Of the total 450 islands, fewer than one sixth are permanently inhabited—so if you’re looking for a quiet respite to get in touch with nature, this is definitely the place! If you wish to cross the border into Canada, bring your passport and extend your charter, because Victoria and Ganges harbors are not to be missed. But if your time is more limited, pick up a boat in Anacortes, Washington, and spend a week on the American side exploring some of these beautiful highlights.

Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is probably the most well known, and it’s an easy first stop from Anacortes. It’s a real town, so if you forgot anything on your provisioning list, there are grocery and drug stores as well as gift shops, galleries and a movie theater. Downtown Friday Harbor glides down the hill toward (and then morphs into) the marina, where staff make sure you can tie up even on busy summer weekends.

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The town, which is said to be the oldest original fishing village on the West Coast, offers a variety of great restaurants, bars and organized activities including biking, kayaking and a walking tour. The whale museum is worth a visit, as is the farmers market, with 40 vendors offering locally grown goodies on most Saturdays. Friday Harbor is walkable and filled with photo-friendly, quintessential Pacific Northwest scenery, so bring your camera, have a bowl of chowderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and relax.

Rosario Resort For a bit of history, head north to Orcas Island and the Rosario Resort and Moran Mansion museum. Shipbuilder and one-time Seattle mayor Robert Moran purchased 7,000 acres here in the early 1900s. In the next 40 years, he built an Arts and Crafts-style residence, which is now a public museum. Moranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nautical background is evident in all the furnishing and fixtures, which you can examine on a self-guided tour. The mansion was built to last, with 12-inch-thick concrete walls, a copper roof and fence links made from the anchor chain of the USS Nebraska. Inside, the elaborate music room features a 1913 Aeolian pipe organ, a 1900 Steinway grand piano, a Belgian stained glass window picturing the harbor at Antwerp and two mezzanine libraries overlooking a Tiffany chandelier. Six days a week at 4:00 pm, Christopher Peacock, accomplished musician and Rosario historian, presents a free concert, which includes music and footage from the original silent film, Phantom of the Opera, with Lon Chaney. Outside, you can pet deer wandering the grounds freely looking for handouts. The figurehead, carved from a solid white pine log from the clipper ship America, has kept an eye on Cascade Bay since 1916, when Moran installed it there as a memorial to shipbuilding.

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Anacortes Yacht Charters 2415 T Ave., Suite 2 Anacortes, WA 98221 800-233-3004 ayc.com

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The Passes There are several passes in these islands; some are beautiful, while others are exhilarating due to fast moving currents. Two you don’t want to miss are Deception Pass (for a bit of a thrill) and Mosquito Pass (for the scenery). Deception Pass, which separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, is a short, narrow, rugged pass spanned by a picturesque bridge. Descriptions of this pass, named by explorer George Vancouver, always include words like “prohibitive,” “impressive” and “tricky.” A prudent mariner would only transit the pass at slack water due to the strong currents and wild whirlpools, but if you arrive a few hours before and head into the current, it’s like sailing a river. Don’t do this at the height of the current, however, because the pass is narrow, and strong engines, clear weather and good helming is key. Once through the pass, you’ve reached Cornet Bay, where you might catch a late summer glimpse of tall ships firing cannons in a mock battle when the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain make the rounds of nearby islands. Mosquito Pass winds between Henry and San Juan islands and is a shortcut to Roche Harbor from Haro Strait. It leads past two tranquil anchorages in Garrison and Westcott Bays. The Coast Pilot recommends this passage to small craft with local knowledge, but at slack tide and with good visibility (this second point is key as you maneuver marker to marker), it’s a pretty journey that will shave a couple of miles off your trip when heading north or south.

the story of this former lime quarrying center, the ruins of which are still visible nearby. The gardens and grounds are reason enough to visit, but the hiking is a good excuse to get off the boat, as is the local cuisine. On Sundays, you can visit the 100-year-old Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, which was the original Roche school, or walk further up the road to a self-guided tour through an outdoor sculpture garden with bits of art positioned on the small meadow and tucked between the trees. The McMillin family mausoleum is a 10-minute walk into the woods and is a peaceful place to sit and ponder life a hundred years ago. The days at Roche Harbor begin with morning bell carillons and end with the lowering of the American and Canadian flags with their respective anthems, followed by cannon and taps. Even people dining out put down their forks, step outside and observe the ceremony.

Roche Harbor On the northern tip of San Juan Island, and a mere 15 miles from Canada, is Roche Harbor, a friendly marina with 377 slips and more to do than first meets the eye. The quaint Hotel de Haro, which was built in 1886, is the heart of the town and is listed on the National Register of Historical Sites. It still offers 20 rooms to visitors and a lobby full of old photographs that tell PHOTOS BY NEIL RABINOWITZ (OUTSIDE LEFT) SAN JUAN ISLANDS VISITORS BUREAU (RIGHT)

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the tuxedoed orcas that are the stars of the show, and their favorite bit of water seems to be the Haro Strait separating the U.S. from Canada. This is the orca feeding place and playground, and with a bit of patience, you’re bound to catch a pod traveling the channel, breeching and splashing. Local laws ensure that boats stay at least 100 yards away from the whales, but sometimes if you’re lucky, they’ll swim right to you. Whale watching boats are available, and if your time is limited, local knowledge is key to spotting the orcas quickly. Check out San Juan Outfitters, San Juan Excursions or San Juan Safaris out of Roche and Friday harbors for a quick trip and an up-close and personal encounter.

Chartering Options The busy season in the San Juan Islands is mid-July to mid-September. If you want an August charter, book well in advance. There are numerous places to charter in the Pacific Northwest, but the most convenient might be to start in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, a two-hour shuttle ride from Seattle airport. The three most prominent charter companies here are The Moorings, ABC Yacht Charters and Anacortes Yacht Charters (AYC). Each has a good selection of well-maintained yachts, with AYC offering a broad selection of both power and sailboats. Remember: The distances are short and the winds are fluky and elusive, so a powerboat might be a more comfortable option for these cruising grounds that are sure to charm you for a week or a lifetime. r 48 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

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Adventure in the Abacos A weeklong Bahamian charter vacation helps alleviate the wintertime blues. BY CH R I S CASWE LL

I strolled along a crescent of beach on Fowl Cay, enjoying the softness of the white sand between my toes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d alternate, walking on hard, packed sand where the warm sea lapped around my ankles like bathwater; then shifting onto the dry, powdered sugar sand. In front of me, an oddly shaped stalk protruded from the beach. With a couple of tugs, I unearthed the sand-covered object. Wading knee-deep into the Bahamian sea, I rinsed my discovery and, like a magician unveiling a wonderful rose, the object morphed into a flawless conch shell, glowing scarlet on the edge of its fat lip. I knew it was going to be the perfect charter.

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY The brochure had been intriguing: An announcement that The Moorings, the largest bareboat charter company in the world, recently put a fleet of powerboats in the Bahamas. An opportunity had been created for non-sailors to enjoy the delights of chartering, and it wasn’t long before we were on a Continental Express flight from Fort Lauderdale to Marsh Harbour, the social center of the Abacos, a necklace of islands that stretch along the north side of the Bahamas. A quick taxi ride after cursory customs, and we were climbing aboard Goodnight Moon, our twin-hulled home for the next week. Our charter started the next morning, but we’d arranged to stay aboard the previous night to give ourselves a chance to stow gear and get acquainted with the boat. Sam, an ebulliently cheerful Moorings staffer, arrived bright and early the following day with her annotated copy of “Cruising Guide to the Abacos” and gave us a thorough check-out. It was invaluable insider’s advice on the best snorkeling, the best anchorages and the best food. The fleet of Moorings 372PCs in the Abacos were created to Moorings specs by America’s Cup designers Morelli & Melvin and built in South Africa by the world-class Robertson & Caine yard. The thoughtful design provides comfortable accommodations for two couples, plus kids. Each hull is identical, with large double berths, private heads with electric toilets and stall showers. The salon joining the hulls features a big

If there’s one thing predictable about an Abacos charter, it’s time in the water—whether it’s snorkeling, shelling, kayaking or just sitting and splashing your feet.

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Abacos Chartering Tips How To Get There Several airlines fly from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach airports direct to Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. Cost Season is key, with the most expensive during the Christmas holidays and from late April to late June, while the low seasons are mid-August to mid-October and January through March. If you book dates immediately before or after a more expensive season, you’ll get the same weather at a discount. At press time, a 372 charters for

about $3,500 in the low season and $5,000 in December high season. You should consider their Yacht Security Insurance at $60 a day (for peace of mind), and our fuel cost for the week was less than $300. If you want to tie up in a marina rather than anchoring, expect to pay from $1 to $2 per foot per night, plus electricity and water, depending on the season.

shoes, beach flip-flops and a light jacket for cool days in the off-season. In the Abacos, you’ll live in a swimsuit, but bring a nice shirt and shorts if you want to dine ashore. You’ll need a good hat, polarized sunglasses to see into the water and strong sunscreen to prevent burns. Take cameras, some CDs for the stereo and a canvas tote to carry gear ashore.

What To Take Everyone takes too much, so pare down. In a soft-sided, easy-to-store duffel, pack a couple of swimsuits (so one can be drying), t-shirts, deck

Must Reading Let me immodestly suggest “Chartering A Boat,” written by yours truly and published by Sheridan House, available at bookstores everywhere.

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convertible dinette and galley with everything from microwave to refrigerator/freezer. Best of all, the 372 has a 6kW generator that not only keeps the batteries charged and the microwave popping popcorn, but dual air conditioning systems keep the salon and cabins comfortably cool, even on the hottest days. Up an easy flight of stairs is the bridge, with ample seating and a helm shaded by a bimini top. Standard equipment is very comprehensive, including a propane barbecue grill, flat screen TV/DVD, stereo with CD, snorkeling gear, more than ample linens and towels, and full electronics—from chartplotter/GPS to VHF radio. In the Abacos, the depthsounder is useful but a little frightening until you get used to the fact that the water is so shallow that much of your cruising is in 10 to 12 feet. Happily, the 372 draws just 3 feet, 2 inches of water and the props are guarded by twin skegs for protection against occasional groundings.

ISLAND LIFE Unlike sailboat charters where prospective charterers need to document sailing experience that would daunt Horatio Hornblower, power charters are available to anyone with basic powerboat experience. And, if you aren’t comfortable at first with a boat of this size, The Moorings can provide a skipper for a day or two to hone your boat-handling and anchoring skills. After stocking up with provisions at a local market (we chose to do our own provisioning rather than using the Moorings plan), we cast off to explore the Sea of Abaco. Our first stop was Fowl Cay, a Sam-recommended snorkeling and shelling spot where we anchored in 9 feet of water and dinghied onto the beach that provided the first of many conch shells. Later, after a pleasant lunch in the air-conditioned cabin, we upped anchor and cruised past Scotland Cay and along Great Guana Cay. We decided to spend our first night at Orchid Bay Marina in Great Guana’s Settlement Harbour, a spotlessly maintained facility where we hooked up to shore power, took hot showers, barbecued steaks and enjoyed the first of the rum drinks we later dubbed “No Brainers” for their inevitable end result. The next day, we listened in on the local cruiser’s VHF radio net, where boaters trade information on

weather and sea conditions around the Abacos, as well as tips on marina deals, restaurant specials and even local flea markets. We’d planned to head for Green Turtle Cay, but our plans were changed by a local condition called a “rage sea.” The wind and swells sometimes create breaking seas in the

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Abacos Bareboat Charter Companies Great Harbour Charters This boatbuilder offers its 37- and 47-foot power trawler-yachts from early spring until mid-summer from its base at Marsh Harbour.

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Abaco Multihull Charters In combination with Maine Cat Charters, this company offers two sail (30 feet and 41 feet) and one 47-foot power catamaran from its base in Hopetown.

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passages between the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic, making them impassable. In our case, the remains of a hurricane far to the north had created huge surf in Whale Cay Passage, and we would have to wait for another day to reach Green Turtle. Instead, we walked into “town,” which is mostly a collection of cheerfully painted houses plus a good grocery that provided a few items we’d forgotten. A local conch vendor tended a table arrayed with his wares, but we were delighted with our own find and knew we’d discover more. We used the afternoon to venture up to Baker’s Bay at the end of Great Guana, where we could clearly see massive breakers rolling through the passage in the distance. We anchored in water so clear we worried that our anchor would bonk the starfish we could see on the bottom, and again we explored the beach, discovering several additional conchs.

KICK BACK AND RELAX The rage continued the next day, so we opted to head for Treasure Cay, a luxury resort and marina on Great Abaco. En route, I let the autopilot steer while we enjoyed grilled cheese sandwiches and icy beers. Finding the entry was a bit tricky because it’s invisible until you’re close; but once inside, we picked up a transient dock right in front of the swimming pool. Shorepower and water were inexpensive, so I hosed down the boat to get rid of PHOTOS BY THE BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM

salt and sand, and we tucked in for the evening with the air conditioning keeping us pleasantly cool. The next morning, we explored the Treasure Cay area, which lays claim to one of the best beaches in the world. That night, we dined ashore at the Tipsy Bar (aptly named if you sample their Goombay Smashes) where we enjoyed freshly caught lobster with crisp Caesar salads. Afterwards, we headed for Elbow Cay and the harbor of Hope Town. Even with the chartplotter, the entrance is challenging. We got down to 5 feet of water (and some white knuckles!) before we slid into the pretty harbor marked by the candycane red-and-white-striped lighthouse. We could have anchored in the calm harbor, but we opted for shorepower dockside rather than the generator at anchor, so we chose the Hope Town Marina, where the friendly dockmaster warped us into a slip with a nice view of the lighthouse. We shared hors d’oeuvres with a couple honeymooning on a Sea Ray at the next pier and, later, the steady sweep of the 138-year-old kerosene light (seen on everything from postage stamps to Bahamas currency) hypnotized us into a deep sleep. We explored Hope Town by dinghy and foot the following day, marveling at the brilliantly painted houses that somehow managed to survive Hurricane Floyd’s 155-mph winds. We topped off our provisions (and rum) and headed out at mid-day for Man-O-War Cay nearby. We anchored in the eastern harbor for lunch and decided to return to the Moorings base that night, since our charter ended 55 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

Bright colors, sandy beaches, umbrellas ashore and in your drinks—what are you waiting for?

the next morning and we had an early flight home. It had been a relaxing charter, with none of the muscle needed to handle the lines on sailing charters (even our anchor windlass was electric!), the comfortably protected Sea of Abaco hadn’t challenged our skills, and we could recommend it to novice charterers wholeheartedly. Whether your interests lie in snorkeling through gin-clear waters among squadrons of brilliant tropical fish, hunting conch shells on beaches where yours are the first footprints, or simply relaxing at anchor with a trashy novel, the Abacos have just what you want. We’ll be back soon. 

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A Baker’s Dozen Of Charter Savings valuable cost-saving tips for your charter vacation. by ch r i s caswe ll

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veryone assumes that because we play with boats, we have deep pockets. But not all of us are Daddy Warbucks. Keeping the costs of a bareboat charter to a minimum is not just smart, but essential. Here are a dozen hard-won tips to help you reduce the cost of your next bareboat charter. Not all of them will work all the time, but the key is to consider every cost and then look for ways to minimize it. Besides, some of these tips will make your charter even more fun, and knowing that you’re saving money is just frosting on the cake.

1. Fly cheap. Investigate the lower costs of night 7. Shop the seasons. By chartering outside flights that get you to your destination on the morning of your charter and save you the cost of a hotel room the night before. Check with airlines to see which days are the least expensive to travel (flying mid-week is often considerably less). Keep an eye open for companion fare offers from the airlines; if you qualify as a senior citizen, airlines often allow you to take a younger companion at the same price. Last, don’t forget to check the price of your seats on the day you depart: You may have a refund coming if the price has gone down, but few travelers know to ask for it.

2.

Choose wisely. Sure, Thailand and Turkey sound like great charter spots, but, for the price of the airfare alone, you can pay for an entire week of cruising in the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes or the Abacos.

3. Save on hotels.

You’ll probably arrive the day before your charter, which means you need overnight accommodations. Rather than breaking the budget with a hotel, see if your charter company offers “sleep-aboard” rates that not only cut your costs, but also allow you to unpack and become familiar with your boat before the actual check-out process.

4. Plan economically. In the Caribbean,

the high season, you can expect savings as high as 50 to 60 percent—and you won’t have the big crowds, either.

8.

Enjoy happy hour aboard. A shot of rum at the Pusser’s bars in the British Virgins costs $5—a vast markup over the price of a bottle of inexpensive local rum. Besides, you have a boat with a view that most tourists would kill for. Sightsee ashore; drink in your own cockpit.

9.

Compare costs. Before you sign up for any charter, have a clear understanding of all the add-on fees beforehand. Some charter companies include the cost of a dinghy, an outboard and all your bed linens, while others do not. In some cases, the add-on costs can actually turn a less expensive charter into a more expensive package than one that includes all the extras.

10. Be smart about payments. Pay with an airline credit card so you’re accruing frequent flyer mileage. A credit card also gives you protection in case of cancellations or problems with your charter. In foreign countries, explore the benefits of paying in local currency, which may give you a savings over the U.S. dollar—even after the conversion costs.

11.

many skippers start their charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then cross to the British Virgins, where our last customs and immigration charges for four people were $160. By starting your cruise in the British Virgins, you enjoy immediate savings.

Take your own toys. Bring your own fins, masks and snorkels if they aren’t included in the charter. Fins alone rent for $15 a week in the British Virgins, which is more than you’d pay to purchase them at a discount sporting goods store.

5.

12. Skip the staples. Many charter companies

Anchor out. The Seacure moorings in the Virgin Islands run $20 a night and, depending on the marina, transient moorings run $1 to $1.50 per foot. Hang on the hook and save big.

6. Be stingy on fuel. Don’t run at full throttle, but find a more economical cruising speed. Don’t leave the generator running when you’re not aboard, either.

charge upwards of $15 per person for paper goods alone, which is far more than you’d pay for a week’s supply of paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper in a local store. Condiments such as seasonings and spices can be brought from home in small Ziploc bags, so you aren’t throwing away expensive packages that have more than you need for your charter. r

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leeing to warmer climates to escape the chill of winter is a time-tested tradition for many Great Lakes boaters. Indeed, Gulf Harbour, a 550-acre development located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Ft. Myers, Florida, sounds pretty appealing right about now. If so, you’re in luck: Approximately 10 to 15 percent of the community’s 1,650 residences in 22 neighborhoods are available for sale. And Gulf Harbour has such a vast array of properties, there’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes—and budgets. “It offers everything from 1,000-square-foot condos to homes with more than 10,000 square feet, all within a gated community,” says Greg Callaway, who, along with wife Jo, runs Gulf Harbour Properties LLC, an independent brokerage that sells Gulf Harbour real estate. As 13-year residents and club members of Gulf Harbour, they speak from experience. Situated in southwest Florida just five miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 120 miles from Key West by boat, Gulf Harbour’s location can’t be beat. “The Intracoastal makes it possible to cruise to dozens of destinations within 30 miles,” Callaway says. “It’s really a boater’s paradise.” Some of the homes are so close to the water, Callaway says, “you can hear the lapping on the shore.” Others are located more inland, with lake and golf course views.

The onsite marina further caters to the needs of boaters. The 186 slips are updated on a regular basis and feature electric, cable and pumpout near each. Slips are not included in the purchase of the homes, but they are available for purchase through Gulf Harbour Properties or for lease through Gulf Harbour Marina. The development itself has been impeccably kept. Some of the homes date back to 1985, while others are about 10 years newer. “The development is better than new,” Callaway says. “The master homeowners association invests in the landscaping, common roads and lakes on a regular basis, creating a beautiful environment.” The Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club does the same, maintaining the 18-hole championship golf course, clubhouse, eight-court tennis facility and health center. There is a beautiful pool and spa overlooking the marina, complete with a tiki bar. The 30,000-square-foot clubhouse includes a restaurant with waterfront dining, golf pro shop and an 18,000square-foot fitness center. Club membership is not mandatory for residents. Gulf Harbour is an active community of primarily retirees and second-home owners. The community is located approximately 10 miles from downtown, and there are several restaurants and shops within walking distance. r

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Gulf Harbour is the “Destination Of Choice” for many Midwest boaters! This 186 slip yacht basin has docks from 38' to 97'. Cruise the protected waterways to the islands of Sanibel, Captiva, and Boca Grande. Experience the marinas, resorts, restaurants, bays and beaches or cruise the Gulf Of Mexico to Ft. Myers Beach, Naples or the Florida Keys.

• Marina Boat Slips for Lease - 38', 48', 50', 60', 70' and T-Docks • 186 Slips Marina with concrete floating docks, pump-out, cable & electric • JR’s Harbourside Café open to all residents of Gulf Harbour • Full time marina staff on-site 7 days a week • Gas and diesel fuel available in marina, discount for slip owners • Protected Yacht Basin by Intracoastal Barrier Island

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oaters spend an inordinate amount of time and money on the right boat, and, when chartering, the perfect ports-of-call and destination experiences. But what about meals aboard? Captains and crew expect first-rate cuisine to magically appear at the right time, preceded by delectable appetizers and cocktails and followed by some wonderful dessert concoction. Can you do this in a distant and unfamiliar location, on a boat you just boarded? Of course! If you plan in advance, you can provide the ultimate culinary experience. Consider the following as you plan your charter cruise. 1. Should we arrange for full or partial provisions, or shop on our own? Full and partial provisions are easiest, as the charter company provides staples, fresh produce, meat and poultry, and dry goods. Either option is turnkey, but will likely yield some foods you don’t particularly care for or wish to use. Full provisions typically provide more than enough food to eat three meals aboard each day, so if you want to dine out consider partial provisioning. 2. What if I can’t find ingredients I want locally? Plan ahead! If your must-have favorite appetizer or main dish requires curry, you may not be able to find it locally. Buy a small plastic jar at your home grocer and pack it in your duffel bag; but be aware of importation restrictions. 3. What about produce, meat and dairy products? If you are provisioning for more than a week, remember which items hold up best when stored. In the refrigerator, we’ve found broccoli and regular (or Napa) cabbage will keep for up to three weeks or more, while asparagus (kept dry and wrapped in tissue paper) needs to be eaten within a few days. Grapes will keep if protected from crushing; apples and citrus have good shelf life if well ventilated. Washed and chilled lettuces can be kept for about one week; if you buy fresh from a farmer’s market, they may keep up to two weeks. Onions and potatoes are good staples, but don’t store them in the same bin or container, as they will rot. Tomatoes should be stored at room 76 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J A N U A R Y 2 011

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Air Power

Satisfy your need for speed skyward. BY DAVE WALLACE

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have no idea why I’ve always owned the slowest boats. Perhaps it was my early introduction to seamanship by way of a seriously overbuilt seagoing rowboat powered by a seriously underpowered one-horse Johnson. From those childhood days, I learned to accept the humility of being the last one back at the dock. Years later, when my mate and I accepted the challenge of Great Lakes cruising, we began with a well-used sailboat whose ancient and badly tuned Atomic Four was barely able to keep up with channel traffic. Our last sailboat was selected on the basis of its classic lines, generous use of heavy teak and the most sensuous V-birth arrangement short of The Love Boat. Only after our check had been cashed did we discover that this inner hull comfort was matched by generous outer hull design compromises that held our top speed to less than 6 knots—whether under sail, power or both. Our cruising friends made the most of our shortcoming. After all, it’s human nature to enjoy association with a loser in order to feel better about oneself. When we finally gave up the unreliability of sail power and moved into a trawler, we chose one with a single engine—and, of course, the cruising speed of a farm tractor. In spite of this ongoing handicap, we enjoyed a cruising life filled with unexpected luxuries and scheduling versatility. Now in the waning years of my career, however, I can safely share the real secret of our success: Air power. During the time my mate and I were involved with cruising boats, my

brother took a similar approach to airplanes—specifically amphibian designs that were equally at home on land or water. Once airborne, they cruised at three-digit speeds and could reach just about any port or destination in the Great Lakes in a matter of hours. As a partner in our cruising strategy, my brother could transform our minimal hull speed into a non-issue. We once took delivery of a boat from a dealer in Lake Erie. We had way too much gear to travel by commercial airliner and no desire to rent a car and drive the distance. For my brother, it was a simple one-stop hop that ended when we taxied right into the marina for offloading. Later during that same voyage, we found ourselves in Mackinaw City, Michigan, with a fuel pump problem. The replacement part we needed was in stock at a marine store back home in Grand Rapids. Thanks to my brother, we enjoyed same-day delivery and no delay in our voyage. Since my brother and I were partners in the same business, it was not unusual for him to fly me home for major client meetings or other business-related responsibilities that would otherwise make long-range cruising in a slow boat virtually impossible. One of our most dramatic arrivals took place at Northport at the northern tip of Traverse City Bay. After we landed on the water, we lowered the wheels and literally powered up the launch ramp into the parking lot. Pushing the plane back into the water was the hardest part, but the cheers of assembled witnesses were well worth the effort. Not all of these mercy flights were problem-solving events. Some were purely social, like the time we found ourselves on Washington Island at the tip of the Green Bay Peninsula. It was a Sunday in August with nothing on the agenda, but it was the perfect time for a corn roast. I knew my brother grew his own, so I used the dock master’s phone to order up a full planeload of fresh picked ears. We invited the entire marina and built a bonfire on the beach. Mere hours later my air-powered corncrib buzzed the crowd and landed to a standing ovation. Eat your heart out, FedEx!  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

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