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he dawning of a New Year brings all sorts of excitement and energy to our lives. For me, it’s a great opportunity to extend to all of our readers my personal wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. On the subject of newness, our cover story on the Zodiac N-ZO 700 Cabin is a good place to begin. First of all, the company most people know as Zodiac (Zodiac Recreational of North America) has a new name. It’s now Z Marine North America, LLC, a subsidiary of Zodiac Nautic, the world’s largest producer of rigid inflatable boats (RIBs). Second, the company, long noted for its production of RIBs for Homeland Security and other security agencies, is shifting its production toward larger RIBs. The company’s growing customer base is becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of RIBs and demanding larger RIBs. In response to these demands, Z Marine North America offers the N-ZO 700. Third, the new N-ZO 700 is up to 50 percent lighter than comparable hard-sided vessels. This translates into greater fuel efficiency and increased performance. In addition, the vessel’s buoyancy tubes act as fenders protecting the boat from damaging others when rafting or wakeboarding. For boating enthusiasts, a New Year also brings new products. On page 30 of this issue, we spotlight some of the new offerings being made to Great Lakes boaters by outboard manufacturers. Chicago Harbors, one of the nation’s largest set of harbors, has a new contract and four new goals for 2015. Read the story beginning on page 20 to find out what Westrec Marinas, the company that manages the harbors, has planned for Chicago boaters in 2015.

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Our port of call is St. Maarten, a Caribbean island located in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles. St. Maarten is a vacationlover’s paradise, and the island’s top attractions all revolve around boating.

Managing Editor Karen Malonis Associate Editor Jerome A. Koncel Contributing Writers James Cook Nancy Pohl

If there is one event that is bound to attract boaters, sailors, and visitors to St. Maarten, it is the 35th Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which takes place March 5-8. This regatta has been around for more three decades, attracting some of the top boats and sailors from the region and around the world. For more information about this and other boating-related activities on St. Maarten, read the Port of Call feature beginning on page 14. When it comes to attracting new boaters, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is a top-notch organization. Since its inception in 1998, RBFF has worked tirelessly to increase the number of new people enjoying the boating lifestyle and brought in $41.6 million for the 40 states participating in its lapsed boaters program. With the dawn of a New Year, RBFF is introducing new tools and delivering new practical guidance to boaters and anglers.

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Our story on RBFF begins on page 32, and it brings readers up-to-date on its new initiative to attract Hispanics to boating. The five-year program promises to be a valuable resource in attracting the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population to the boating lifestyle. As we enter 2015, we know that it will bring new challenges and opportunities for Great Lakes boaters. As the leading magazine for the 4.3 million boaters on the Great Lakes, we will enlighten, educate, and inform you about them. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know how we’re doing in turning these goals into realities.

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oday’s boating customers are becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of inflatable boats vs. hard-sided ones. They are also demanding larger RIBs. To meet these consumer trends, Z Marine North America, LLC, formerly Zodiac Recreational of North America, LLC, has come up with the N-ZO 700 Cabin.

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This model incorporates all the qualities for which Zodiac is well known: harmony of design, quality of finish, ease of use, and versatility. In addition, its large buoyancy tubes not only provide outstanding seakeeping capabilities, but also can be deflated for storage in tight places. The tubes also act as fenders and do not damage other boats when rafting or boarding.

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CHICAGO BOATERS SLIGHTED When the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee voted on Dec. 8 to

Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, Mercedes, and Volkswagen

have nearly every gas station in the city sell E15 (gasoline with 15 percent

advise that their warranties do not cover fuel- or emission-related

ethanol) at their pumps, we, as the leading magazine for the 4.3 million

damage when using more than 10 percent ethanol blends.

boaters on the Great Lakes, were rightly upset. Although marinas are exempt from this ordinance, there are thousands Mandating that gas stations sell E15 is not good for boaters. Use of E15

of boaters who trailer their boats and refuel them at roadside gas

in outboard engines has been shown to corrode them and damage the

stations, not marinas. By having E15 at the gas pumps, these boaters

hoses, gaskets, and seals that keep them running properly. Passing

could easily misfuel their boats at the proposed E15 pumps, which

this ordinance was another sign that government was not listening to

could seriously damage their outboard motors.

the needs of recreational boaters. It was a slap in the face to the more than 8,000 boaters who enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan and the

It should be noted that if this ordinance is passed, it would probably

many amenities the city has to offer.

require gas station owners to replace their E10 pumps with the E15 pumps. It would mean that boaters looking to fuel their outboards with

“This is no way to treat the boating community that contributes more

E10 would be going outside the city to find it. Many nearby harbor

than $87 million annually to the area’s economy,” said F. Ned Dikmen,

municipalities are suffering from vacancies, and they would gladly

our publisher. “Such a move could prompt boaters to purchase gas at

welcome any Chicago boaters to their businesses. Perhaps this will get

other locations.” By passing this legislation, the city council is putting

the attention of Chicago’s aldermen and prompt them to recognize the

the interests of the ethanol industry above the needs of its boating

needs of boaters.

citizens. In this case, what’s good for the ethanol industry is not good for Chicago boaters.

The proposed ordinance claims to reduce fuel costs and mitigate greenhouse emissions, but the facts speak otherwise. According to a

There currently is no other major city in the U.S., besides Chicago, that

recent study conducted by the US Department of Energy, the slight

has mandated the sale of E15. Alderman Edward Burke, chair of the

reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from using E15 is mitigated

city council’s finance committee, said this is not a problem. He said the

by older vehicles’ incompatibility with E15. The only people who would

city of Chicago would now be the standard for other cities to follow in

benefit from E15 would be the 14 ethanol producers in Illinois.

solving greenhouse emissions. Because the proposed ordinance does not take into account the needs There are others who believe that any law that requires gas stations to

of recreational boaters, who pump more than $87 million yearly into the

sell E15 is not good for consumers. In fact, federal law prohibits the use

city, we urge all City of Chicago boat owners or anyone concerned with

of E15 in recreational boats because of the potential damage it can do to

this issue to contact their aldermen and tell them this E15 ordinance

outboard engines. Moreover, automobile manufacturers including BMW,

must be overturned.


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RESOLVE TO BE A BETTER BOATER The arrival of a New Year is typically a time when we make New

wanted to visit, but were afraid to go by boat. It was boaters who

Year’s resolutions. We have made plenty of them over the years,

were improving their boating skills.

but here’s one you probably never heard of before: This year, resolve to be a better boater.

Another person said it referred to people who made conscious decisions to boat more responsibly.

These individuals would

There’s nothing wrong with this resolution. In fact, it is an

be prepared to have a safe and enjoyable experience every time

admirable goal for each and every reader of this magazine. A

they took their boats on the water. They would make sure their

problem occurs when one tries to define or describe what it means

vessels were equipped with the proper safety gear, that all the

to be “a better boater.”

occupants were wearing life jackets, there was a lookout, and all the emergency communications equipment was on board and

When we make New Year’s resolutions, we do so because we have

operating properly.

reflected on this past year, discovered something that is not doing us any good, i.e., 20 extra pounds, and are deciding to change it.

A third person said that being a better boater meant learning

The resolutions are goals, such as “I resolve to lose 20 lbs. by April

more about boats and becoming more involved in organizations,

1.” It’s a clearly stated objective, and the means for achieving it

associations, and other groups that seek to make boating more

are readily available. In this example, I will lose these 20 pounds

enjoyable. A good example of this would be boaters who want to

by exercising more, joining a health club, or eating more balanced

“pay it forward” by becoming members of the United States Power

and nutritious meals. In fact, this resolution may require all three

Squadron or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and then either teach

activities. Resolutions are clear goals and objectives with simple

classes on boating or perform vessel safety checks.

means to an end. When it came to writing this column, we agreed that all of these When we started discussing this New Year’s resolution to become

descriptions of a “better boater” were true and could be used by

a better boater, we all thought it was a great idea because people

any individuals making the New Year’s resolution “to become a

always want to improve. Ask professional athletes, and they’ll

better boater.” The more we thought about this resolution, the

always tell you that they “want to get better.” In asking some

more convinced we became that it is more important to undertake

seniors about their goals, more than one of them said they wanted

those activities that will improve and enhance one’s boating

to be better fishermen or better golfers. When we asked them if

lifestyle than it is to arrive at an accurate definition.

they wanted to be better boaters, a frown appeared on their faces, and they asked, “So what does it mean to be a better boater?

Because we believe many of our readers are people with a deep

What are you talking about?”

passion and love of boating, one of the best ways for you to “be a better boater” is by telling your friends about boating and sharing

One person said that being a better boater referred to those

the joys of the boating lifestyle with them.

persons who expanded their boating horizons, who were looking to take longer trips, join more competitive racing, or simply know

What we want you to do is to ask yourself the following question:

more about their vessels. Such boaters would attend classes,

What does it mean for me to be a better boater? Once you answer

watch videos, or embark on voyages to places they’ve always

that question, turn it into your New Year’s resolution for 2015. | 9


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Marine North America, LLC, formerly Zodiac Recreational of North America, LLC, is continuing its shift toward the production of larger rigid hull inflatable boats (RIBs) with the introduction this past fall of its newest model, the N-ZO 700 Cabin. Zodiac has noticed that today’s boating customers are becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of inflatable boats vs. hard-sided ones. Moreover, the company has also seen a demand shift toward larger RIBs. To meet these consumer trends, Zodiac has come up with the N-ZO 700 Cabin. The new N-ZO 700 Cabin incorporates all the qualities for which Zodiac is well known: harmony of design, quality of finish, ease of use, and versatility. In addition, Zodiac’s large buoyancy tubes not only provide exceptional seakeeping capabilities, but also can be deflated for storage in tight places. Compared to hard-sided boats, Zodiac RIBs are up to 50 percent lighter, which translates into fuel savings and increased performance. Zodiac’s tubes act as fenders and do not damage other boats when rafting or boarding. The new design of the buoyancy tubes, the cabin, and the upholstery gives the boat an elegant appeal that is consistent with the other models in the N-ZO line: the N-ZO 600, N-ZO 680, and N-ZO 760. The N-ZO 700 Cabin is the result of an approach based on innovation, combined with a purity of

line, and its design comes from prestigious Italian naval designer Vittorio Garroni. Offering a combination of comfort, looks, and accessibility, the vessel’s versatility will allow boaters to experience all boating activities (skiing, diving, exploration, and cruises). The wide 5-seater cabin can sleep two and includes a fully enclosed ventilated toilet cubicle. The U-shaped aft saloon provides comfort and convenience thanks to its numerous seats, collapsible table, and sun deck. A kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, and hotplate (optional) provides boaters with all they would need on a cruise. Other features include a bow sundeck, freshwater wash-down system, electric windlass, and removable aft picnic table. The vessel has a maximum horsepower rating of 300. The introduction of the 700 into the North American market completes the N-ZO family, which includes four boats ranging from 19 to 25 ft. | 11

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t. Maarten is located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles. The island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. While St. Maarten is a vacation-lover’s paradise, the anchor that attracts so many visitors to this small island is boating and its related water-based activities.

To understand why so many boaters are attracted to St. Maarten, begin with these interesting facts: * St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Netherlands and France, and this creates a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. * As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of

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the year, to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook. * The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.


St. Maarten is home to some very interesting attractions, but it’s the boating lifestyle that beckons boaters to this Caribbean paradise. St. Maarten offers the following:

• During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. • Novice and experienced sailors alike will have the journey of a lifetime at the 12 Metre Regatta where participants can become part of the crew, are assigned positions, and taught to jib, tack, grind, or simply take in the scenery off the shores of St. Maarten. Passengers can board a multi-million dollar America’s Cup race boat and compete in a mini-race on retired racing ships including Canada II, True North and Dennis Conner’s USA winning Stars & Stripes. This top-rated, half-day excursion leaves each morning from Bobby’s Marina in Philipsburg and ends with a Caribbean rum punch party for the winning boat. For more information, go to the website:

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While these two activities would be enough to attract most boaters to the island, St. Maarten boosts several other stellar adventures. Passaat Classic Schooner—This vessel is a classic schooner that is 100 years old and 100 feet long. Whether it is for a day sail or a dinner cruise, this schooner is the perfect sailing experience. Cruise along the southwest coast of St. Maarten where the music accompanying you will be the wind in the sails and water against the hull. Relax and enjoy sailing, cocktails, and gourmet Caribbean food. Schooner/Welcome.html St. Maarten Sailing School and Charters—Not every visitor to St. Maarten is a proficient sailor, so the island offers this school, which provides professional sailing instruction in sunny surroundings. US Sailing School Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising courses are available. Sailing instruction in Qualified Crew, Basic Rules of Right of Way, Skippers Course, and Coastal Navigation are also available. Lord Sheffield Tall Ship Adventures—If it’s a “pirate’s life you want” embark on

Lord Sheffield Tall Ship Adventures and experience a traditional, 72-foot-tall pirate ship, complete with three black powder cannons. Spend the day traveling the high seas before anchoring close to the beach for snorkeling amongst historic shipwrecks and exploring aquatic life in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. Eagle Tours—For family-based tours, visitors should check out Eagle Tours with a variety of boating itineraries. The three-hour “Around the Island” excursion gives visitors a chance to experience the beautiful sights of St. Maarten, as well as the opportunity to learn the island’s history from the captain. The “Mullet Bay Beach Break” is a three-and-a-half-hour tour down the south coast of St. Maarten, stopping at Mullet Bay Beach, a perfect location to relax on the beach and/or enjoy a local bar or restaurant. Eagle Tours’ fourhour “Snorkel, Shop & Beach” package combines snorkeling on the south coast, sightseeing through Simpson Bay Lagoon (the largest saltwater lagoon in the Caribbean), exploring Marigot from Marina Royale, and relaxing on the beach.

House Marina, is composed of sailing catamarans, power catamarans and single hull yachts. The Day Charter gives boaters the opportunity to choose the private vessel, while providing the visitors with a captain, free drinks, and snacks. Random Wind Charter—These public or private daysail charters are known for their service, food, beverage, and fun. Every trip includes an open bar, snorkel gear, noodles, mud bath, stand up paddle board, and St. Maarten’s only Tarzan swing. There is cushioned seating for every guest, and some seats are in the shade. This is a trip for people of all ages. Random Wind also sets up sunset cruises and trips to Anguilla by private charter.

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Perhaps the top boating attraction of St. Maarten is the 35th Annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Sailors and boating enthusiasts should mark their calendars and get ready to set sail at the Regatta that takes place March 5-8, 2015. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an annual competition that has become a worldwide and one-of-a-kind sailing event with entertainment, musical performances, and celebrations that have attracted thousands of sailors and enthusiasts to the island. The competition itself consists of roundthe-buoys contests and point-to-point destination races against the backdrop of St. Maarten’s stunning coastal views. For more than three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailors in the Caribbean, along with a world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment. Sailors from around the world now recognize this regatta as one of the world’s best. Each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun. For more information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much more, visit: or send an email to: regatta@ All photos © St. Maarten Tourist Bureau

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The New Hinckley T34. F

ast, fun-loving, and pure Hinckley—that’s an apt description for the company’s T34. This new model features smooth acceleration that revs up to 32 knots. And make no mistake about it, the T34 goes wherever one wants with just 22 inches of draft.

Make a date to spend a day with the T34. Fishing rods will be needed for early morning angling, and an inner tube for an afternoon of thrills with the kids. At sunset, a harbor cruise will entertain those on board.

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system that goes unused is a system that should stay ashore.

Simply Uncomplicated

Armed with this information, Hinckley’s engineers took over to build a boat that performs more quickly, safely, and quietly than ever before. In short, the T34 is a boat that gives its owners everything they need to spend the perfect day on the water.

Development of the Hinckley T34 came from listening to customers say that time is their greatest luxury and that boats didn’t have to be grand to be great. And that a

The T34 has twin Yanmar 260 hp common rail diesels, class-leading marine diesels that benefit from a collaboration between Yanmar and automaker BMW to achieve


LOA................................................. 34’3” Beam................................................... 11’ Draft................................................... 22” Fuel Capacity..............................160 gal. Water Capacity.............................35 gal. Cruising Speed..........................30 knots Top Speed..................................32 knots

the highest power-to-weight ratios. These smooth and clean-running engines are located below deck in a soundproofed compartment so that even when they’re running wide open, they won’t disturb the conversation. To access shallow waters, there’s an appendage-free bottom driven by water jet drives. Making it all easy to do is Hinckley’s patented JetStick controls, a chip-regulated system commanding buckets, thruster, and

throttle. Simple control movements allow the captain to bring the boat up to the dock, back straight off of it, or take the lateral approach, without a bit of fuss. Traditional wisdom holds that cockpits should be close to the water and the T34 honors tradition. Its cockpit is close to the water, the natural way in which every Hinckley blends into its environment. There is no better seat in the house than the transom settee, although the aft-facing seats tempt one to skim the water with one’s hand.

Under the roof, occupants can relax on curved settees or sporty helm and navigator seats. No matter which spot one chooses, the view is 360 degrees and a cupholder is never far away. If it turns out that a perfect day on the water turns into night, accommodations for two await in the cabin, along with a head with shower, and a galley arrangement that’s just right for light fare or a nightcap. | 19

Chicago Harbors By Jerome A. Koncel


2015 GO

he frigid, snowy winter of 2014 is still fresh in the minds of most Chicagoans, but for the Chicago Park District (CPD) and Westrec Marinas, the manager of its 10 harbors, now’s an ideal time to set new goals for 2015.

First things first—CPD announced in late fall that it had reviewed bids to manage the city’s marinas and selected Westrec Marinas to manage its harbors. This continues a relationship between the two groups that began in 1996 and has worked out quite well for both parties. That’s not to say there’s no room for improvement.

Four goals When asked about Chicago harbors goals for 2015, Scott Stevenson, manager of the 10 Chicago Harbors and executive vice-president of Westrec Marinas, said the company has established four goals and objectives: • Fill the empty slips • Improve customer relations • Schedule more events • Attract more people to the lakefront. Although Westrec has grown revenues from $5 million to $25 million a year and overseen one of the largest marina expansions of the past decade (the 31st Street Marina), it still had to go through a competitive bidding process to get a new contract. “We worked 20 GLB | Ja nua r y/ Febr ua r y 2015

very hard on our bid and are pleased that the city has selected us to serve the boaters of Chicago,” Stevenson said.

Fill empty slips Although Stevenson didn’t elaborate on the current capacity of the Chicago harbors, newspaper reports indicate that it’s about 75 percent, and one of this year’s goals is to fill empty slips, particularly those at the new 31st Street Marina, which cost more than $100 million to build, has nearly 1,000 slips, is a model of green design and building, and has many empty slips. To attract boaters to Chicago harbors, Westrec is embarking on a multi-pronged approach. It is maintaining the slip rates at all of its harbors for 2015, and even decreasing it at some harbors, specifically its Jackson Park Harbors. It is suspending the 25 percent surcharge to non-residents who dock their vessels at the 31st Street Marina. “This is the third year in which we have suspended the non-resident charge,” Stevenson said. It is spending both time and money to revamp

its marketing efforts, which have changed considerably since Stevenson first came on board. “We originally put a lot of money into print advertising, but now we’re depending a lot more on social media,” Stevenson said. Ads for Chicago harbors appear on Google, You Tube, and other sites. “We’re particularly pleased with our Facebook page, which has more than 27,000 followers and has become the primary news source about our harbors for many of our customers,” he added. Stevenson was one of the leaders behind establishing a Clean Marina program in Illinois, and he believes this can make the city’s harbors more attractive to prospective customers. “We were one of four groups that met with Illinois DNR about the program, and our 31st Street Marina has become the state’s first Clean Marina,” Stevenson noted. This past year, four of the city harbors have also been certified as Clean Marinas. “Eventually all of our harbors will be Clean Marinas because we believe in the concept,” Stevenson noted.

Improve customer relations Stevenson notes that the success of most marinas depends on their relationships with customers, and this certainly holds true for Chicago harbors. “For us, it starts with the people we hire and then the training we provide,” he said.

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OALS Developing good relationships with customers is a combination of personal interactions and supplying customers with the amenities they want and desire to enjoy the marina lifestyle. “The real attraction of our marinas is the lakefront, and our job is to make sure that boaters enjoy it,” Stevenson said. To enjoy the Chicago lakefront, the city’s docks must be clean and safe, and the amenities must be easy to access and simple to use. Stevenson said one ongoing example of this is the WiFi installation that is being completed at all harbors and will offer 100 times more capacity than currently exists.

said. He said 31st Street Marina will hold another Aquapalooza this year, and eventually similar types of events will be showing up at all of the city’s harbors. A floating swimming pool is now at the 31st Street Marina, and Stevenson hopes it will eventually turn into a one-stop spot for swimming, socializing, and eating/drinking. “We plan to build a restaurant/bar adjacent to the pool, and have it open this summer,” Stevenson said.

As an incentive to retain longstanding slipholders who may be thinking about leaving boating, Westrec has announced a rebate incentive.

And the Chicago In-Water Boat Show is a one-of-a kind event that attracts boaters to the city and treats visitors to an outstanding view of downtown Chicago. For Stevenson, the 31st Street Marina is a great mooring place for transient boaters. The marina has plenty of transient slips and can accept boats up to 130 feet.

More events

Attract people

Last year, the 31st Street Marina hosted three major events: the in-water boat show in June, Aqualpalooza on Aug. 9, and the new Chicago Regatta in September. All three were quite successful, and the Park District wants the Chicago harbors to host more of them in 2015.

The Park District believes that the lakefront is a primary attraction for the whole city, not just for boaters, so it is calling on Westrec Marinas to think of new ways to bring people, not just boaters, to the lakefront. Hence there’s been a call for more events at the lakefront.

“We had Al Jardine, one of the original Beach Boys, as our main attraction for Aquapalooza, and I can’t tell you how many people told me this was a most enjoyable evening,” Stevenson

To get more people involved in boating, Westrec has entered into a strategic relationship with Cruzin, a peer-to-peer boat rental company (see Nov./Dec. 2014, pg. 31). In addition,

it has boat rental companies at Montrose Harbor (Freedom Boat Club) and 31st Street (Carefree Boat Club), along with a fractional boat company, Pinnacle Yachts. “We’re trying different things to bring people into boating, and while traditional boat dealers might not appreciate it, we believe anything that gets people boating is worthwhile,” Stevenson said.

The future While acknowledging that Chicago’s harbors are not growing like they did before 2008, Stevenson said one outside occurrence could reverse the whole situation. “What we need is for Illinois to have an economic recovery. When that occurs, people will be more confident in their jobs,and will start buying boats and docking them at our marinas,” Stevenson said. When asked to assess the relationship between Westrec and the Chicago Park District, Stevenson said it’s a unique publicprivate partnership. “People don’t realize that we meet once a week with CPD to go over budgets, finances, and other issues,” Stevenson said. “We’re very proud of our relationship and believe it benefits both parties. They’re very much aware of what we’re doing and where we’re going... . We want to continue to provide more and better services to the boaters of Chicago,” Stevenson said. | 21



Radar is one of the most important pieces of marine electronics equipment found on any boat due mainly to the variety of ways it can be used. The main use of marine radar is as an anti-collision aid when navigating a boat in darkness, fog, or other limited visibility situations. Radar also comes in handy for monitoring the position and movement of one’s vessel when moving through narrow passages or crowded waterways, regardless of visibility. Radar also helps boaters determine their vessels’ position relative to landmasses or islands, even when they’re out of range of the naked eye. Boaters can enhance

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this ability by overlaying the radar image onto electronic charts. In certain situations, radar can even help boaters locate approaching rainstorms or lead them to offshore gamefish. Although radar offers boaters many great benefits, the ability to take full advantage of them is up to the operator. “While radar is certainly one of the most useful pieces of marine electronics, it’s possibly one of the most under utilized,” said Scott

Heffernan of The GPS Store, Inc. “There are so many things radar can do, however many boaters just scratch the surface. Or worse yet, they don’t use their radar until they’re in an emergency situation.”

RADAR BASICS Here are some ways boaters can optimize the performance and increase the benefits of their radar systems.

to another vessel remains constant (150 degrees, for example) while the distance to that target is getting shorter, operators are on a collision course and need to take appropriate action. Use the right range. Many new radar users make the mistake of selecting a range, i.e., the maximum transmit/ receive distance in optimal conditions, and keeping it there over a range of conditions. Boaters should realize that the “right” range setting can change dramatically based on the conditions and what they’re trying to achieve. For example, if a boater is navigating into a narrow inlet in the dark or poling her/his way through a busy harbor in a thick fog, that operator wants to see close-in targets with as much detail as possible and should select a short-range scale. On the other hand, if the boater is crossing a crowded shipping lane at night, he/she will want to be aware of large ships in the path from a few miles away. If one is navigating to an offshore island and wants to verify the relative position and course to a specific point, the boater may want to extend that range out to 16 miles or more.

Practice makes perfect. Probably the most common mistake new radar owners make is not taking the time to practice with their radar systems during full visibility conditions. Clear weather in broad daylight is the best time to familiarize oneself with how the individual radar set displays important targets, such as piers, jetties, peninsulas, the approach to one’s home harbor, navigation aids, moving vessels, etc. In broad daylight, boaters can simultaneously see these things with their naked eyes and their radar. This observation will increase a boater’s confidence when interpreting the radar display in the dark or fog. This is also the ideal time to familiarize oneself with different Sea State adjustments to optimize performance in different conditions.

Learn the basics first. When it comes to using radar, boaters should take the time during daylight hours to become proficient in operating their radar systems’ important navigational features. When it comes to safety, not all features on the radar are created equal. Some are more important than others, and there will always be more to learn. Two of the most important navigation features on all marine radars are the Electronic Bearing Line (EBL) and Variable Range Marker (VRM). In basic terms, EBL provides the bearing between the boat and a target on the radar. VRM tells boaters the distance between the vessel and the target. In limited visibility situations, this can be critical information, especially when tracking other moving vessels. If the EBL | 23

These are just a few examples of how the range changes according to one’s needs. To properly set the range, boaters should “practice” in the daylight with the radar under the many navigational situations they might encounter. This will give boaters the confidence they need to select the optimum range when needed. Be sensitive with gain. A radar’s gain setting adjusts the receiver’s sensitivity, so many boaters assume that “more gain” must always be better. This is not necessarily true. In fact, having the gain adjusted too high often results in unwanted “noise” on the radar display

process once they are comfortable with the equipment. Boaters should keep expanding their horizons. Many modern radars have a “trail” feature to better discriminate moving from stationary targets. Adding this feature with the ability to overlay radar onto electronic charts enhances the operator’s situational awareness. Integrating it with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) gives boaters the ability to identify ship targets on the radar.

charts and GPS—obtain the location of the hot bite. If boaters can pick up a bunch of boats working around a known offshore canyon or seamount, it’s reasonable to assume they’ve found the fish.

A VALUABLE TOOL To the average boater, radars can seem complicated, and as a result, they often become little more than an expensive adornment, said Heffernan. He added, “However, much like computers, smartphones, and other technologies, the more one uses and trusts it, the more useful it becomes to you.” He encourages boaters to use their boats’ radar on every trip, so when they actually need it, it will come naturally. and can prevent operators from seeing important targets. As a general guide, boaters should use less gain when operating on shorter range settings and more when looking at a longer range picture. Operators can adjust the gain down and then slowly add more until they start to pick up noise on the display. When this occurs, the boater should back it off until the noise disappears. Don’t stop learning. While it’s important for boaters to first learn the basic features of radar, they shouldn’t fall into the common trap of stopping their learning

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Remember: radar empowers navigators with information beyond what’s available to the eye. The more one knows about the boat’s radar, the more information one can obtain. For example, sportsfishing vessels can use high-power open array radars to “see” flocks of working seabirds miles away (bird activity often indicates schools of tuna or other pelagic gamefish). Along the same lines, experienced offshore anglers can use radar to locate groupings of other sportfishing vessels and—when integrated with bathymetric

There are a wide variety of radar systems available to boaters, and The GPS Store sells radar systems from most major manufacturers such as Furuno, Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad, Lowrance, and SI-TEX. Its trained staff is happy to help boaters select the best radar for their vessel and navigation needs and eager to provide advice on how to get the most out of it. For more information, visit or call customer service at 910-575-9544.

By Jerome A. Koncel

Who runs it

Orlando says that what separates Clean


The OCM is run by the Ohio Sea Grant

Marinas from others is their desire and

but finding one that keeps

College Program in partnership with the

commitment to be environmental stewards.

the waters clean and the air

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Office

“Clean Marinas go beyond just following all

fresh is another matter. In

of Coastal Management, Div. of Soil and

environmental rules and regulations,” Orlando

Ohio, the state’s Clean Marina Program

Water Conservation, and Div. of Watercraft;

said. They also voluntarily implement BMPs

(OCM) does a good job of identifying

Ohio Dept. of Health; Ohio EPA; Ohio Div.

throughout their facility, and partner with their

such facilities.

of State Fire Marshals; Lake Erie Marine

boaters to be “stewards of the environment.”

inding your

a boat

marina sounds



Trades Assn.; Greater Cleveland Boating OCM began in 2004, and it seeks to

Assn.; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Army Corps

How it works

make both marinas and boaters more

of Engineers; local health departments and

Orlando said starting this year OCM will be

aware of environmental laws, rules, and

fire marshals, and marina and yacht club

open to all marinas and yachts clubs in the


owners and managers.

state. Becoming a Clean Marina involves




and boaters to use simple, innovative

five steps, she added.

solutions to keep Ohio’s coastal and inland


waterways clean and its air healthy. It does

the Clean Marinas program and is very

The first is attendance at a training session.

this by issuing a checklist of goals and a

energetic in promoting it. “There are 44

“We want marinas to have consistent

handbook of best management practices

certified marinas in Ohio, and an additional

information, and we want to communicate

(BMPs) to help marinas and boaters follow

393 marinas and yacht clubs that have

what’s involved, so that’s why we require

them. In short, it tells recreational boaters

pledged to be Clean Marinas,” Orlando

a mandatory session,” Orlando said. At

that this marina does a good job of keeping

said. “Our goal is to have every marina

this session, participants are provided an

the waters clean.

and yacht club become a Clean Marina.”

overview of the Clean Marina Program.

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Orlando said a state advisory board meets each year to establish and re-evaluate BMPs. She added that Ohio’s advisory board is just one of a national group of Clean Marina boards that establish BMPs across the country. “We take the national guidelines and turn them in localized practices,” Orlando noted. It should be pointed out that many of the BMPs are rules and regulations from the Ohio EPA, the Ohio Div. of State Fire Marshals code, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other agencies. Every marina must follow the rules that apply to them. She added that OCM provides resources to help marinas meet all BMPs. The BMPs handbook includes 43 required practices that The participants are told that they have

program will visit the marina, review the checklist

every marina of the state must comply with,

specific requirements they must meet, are

of requirements, and determine the marina’s

17 that every Clean Marina must meet, and 23

given a handbook of BMPs to help them meet

status toward becoming called a Clean Marina.

that are recommended BMPs. In some cases, Orlando pointed out, all practices may not be

these requirements, and are told that their actions demonstrate their commitment.

Two things to note: Once a marina is designated

applicable, such as those regarding fuel docks

a “Clean Marina,” it receives some signage that

when a marina doesn’t have one.

The next step is for marinas to pledge their

it can place outside, along with a plaque it can

commitment to becoming a Clean Marina.

display within its offices, and permission to use

Hands-on marinas

Once it has made the pledge, OCM gives

the “Clean Marina” designation on its stationery

Orlando said that Lake Erie contains the largest

the marina a self-assessment checklist and

and other advertising materials. Second, the

number of marinas in the state of Ohio (more

undergoes a “pre-certification” inspection by

marina will also receive ongoing resources from

than 260), and 44 of them are OCMs, with

a Sea Grant member to determine the marina’s

OCM to help maintain Clean Marina status.

another 33 pledged to become Clean Marinas

status. “We usually go through the checklist

in the near future.

and provide specific recommendations the

How BMPs are determined

marina needs to implement before a final

Ohio Sea Grant gives each of its Clean

When asked why Geneva State Park Marina,

inspection,” Orlando said.

Marinas a handbook of BMPs to follow and

Geneva, Ohio, a state park marina run by

implement. Who determines what are the

Xanterra Inc., chose to be a Clean Marina, Anne

The marina reviews the recommendations and

best management practices and how are

Wech, the general manager, replied, “We’ll do

sets up an action plan and timetable to implement

they formulated? Orlando said the practices

whatever we can to keep our waters as clean as

them. Once they are completed, the marina

are based on science-based information and

possible.” She added that her 400-slip marina

asks to be considered a “Clean Marina.” At this

designed to strike a healthy balance between

is used by a lot of fishermen, and they want

juncture, two persons from the Clean Marina

environmental and economic concerns.

clean waters for their fishing activities. | 27

Matt Edwards, a marina manager for 25 years

Henry said the time commitment and costs to

continual improvements. For example, Gem

and currently general manager of Spitzer

become a Clean Marina vary depending on the

Beach is currently looking at ways to improve

Lakeside/Riverside Marina, Lorain, Ohio, said his

marina. In his case, he spent more time than

its boat haul-outs, and this will cost both time

facility was one of the first marinas to join OCM,

money in becoming a Clean Marina. “Based

and money, but will benefit both the customers

but was initially skeptical of the program. Today,

on the pre-certification inspection, we spent

and the environment.

he’s a strong supporter. “It has not only helped

most of our efforts refining or tweaking existing

us improve our business practices, but it’s also

practices, not on implementing new ones or

Lovitt added that a couple of his customers

made us more aware of OSHA, EPA, and other

putting in new equipment,” Henry said.

are members of the US Power Squadron and offer free vessel safety checks (VSCs). “When

rules and regulations,” Edwards said. When asked about the benefits of becoming

they complete the VSCs, they also encourage

Edwards said that his marina customers are

a Clean Marina, Henry said there are many,

the boaters to help make the marina a ‘Clean

strong supporters of the OCM program, and

including use of the Clean Marina membership

Marina,’” Lovitt said.

he believes they contribute significantly to the


marina’s Clean Marina efforts. “They participate

perspective, the most important benefit was

A recommendation

in using fuel docks’ spill kits, using ashtrays to

in helping the marina comply with EPA rules

When asked if all marinas should be Ohio Clean

keep cigarette butts out of the water, and in

and regulations. “We are so wrapped up in

Marinas, Edwards, Henry, Lovitt, and Wech were

recycling oil and batteries,” Edwards said.

the daily chores of running a business that

unanimous in their response—Definitely YES!






we simply forget EPA rules and regulations. When asked to describe the benefits of being

The OCM program alerts us to any changes in

“We encourage all marinas and yacht clubs to

a Clean Marina, Edwards said that one of the

EPA rules and regulations, and this makes EPA

become Ohio Clean Marinas,” Edwards said.

biggest is cost savings. He indicated that he

inspections stress-free,” Henry said.

Lovitt added, “We recommend that other

has eliminated several questionable practices,

marinas join the Clean Marinas program—

spent less time in meeting OSHA and EPA

Steve Lovitt, owner/general manager, Gem

regulations, and received more free supplies

Beach Marina, Catawba Island, Ohio, has been

from OCM to help maintain his status as a

an OCM member for 7 years, and believes

And Henry summed it up saying that Ohio

Clean Marina. “As the world gets greener,

the program’s major benefit is awareness.

Clean Marina program staff members are easy

we advertise our status as a Clean Marina,

“OCM has made us much more aware of our

to work with, they provide the participating

and boaters come here for that very reason,”

environmental impact and provides us with

marinas with many resources, and the results

Edwards said.

many resources to reduce our environmental

speak for themselves. He added, “When you

footprint,” Lovitt said. For Lovitt, joining the

put that Clean Marina sign up on your property,

Venetian Marina in Sandusky, Ohio, was one of

OCM program was a no-brainer. “We are

it helps attract customers.”

Ohio’s first Clean Marinas. “I first heard about the

showing our commitment to clean air and

Ohio Clean Marina Program in 2005,” Dick Henry,

water, and our customers respect this effort to

Wech echoed those comments, “For anyone

Venetian Marina’s general manager, said. “After

be stewards of the environment,” Lovitt said.

who makes their living on the water, being a

the first meeting, I knew we would be a member.”

He adds that being a Clean Marina means

Clean Marina is the right thing to do.”

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they’ll be glad that they did.”

OUTBOARD POWER HIGHLIGHTS In January, most outdoor enthusiasts start thinking about another great boating and fishing season. To turn these thoughts into realities, the New Year also brings new outboard engines for today’s boating enthusiasts. Here are some recent offerings.



his year, Honda spotlights the two bookends of its outboard lineup: the BF2.3 horsepower (hp) engine, which is the smallest and most lightweight Honda model, and the BF250 hp engine, the most powerful Honda Marine engine. The design of the BF250 incorporates a number of advanced technological innovations that contribute to the engine’s high fuel economy and outstanding performance. The 3.6 liter VTEC® (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control®) engine is equipped with an all-new gear case that incorporates the world’s first marine direct air induction system of its type on a production outboard. This provides cooler, denser air for better combustion than conventional under-cowl induction systems. The BF2.3 has a larger internal fuel tank that produces a 12 percent increase in fuel capacity (as compared to the BF2), and can operate up to 60 minutes at full throttle on one tank of fuel. Because the tank is internal, it encourages easy removal and portability in its one-unit design. The BF2.3 runs in shallows with ease. Since the outboard does not require a water pump, clogging or damage from weeds or sand are never concerns.

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E The 250 hp engine has a full-throttle RPM range of 5300-6300. It is also equipped with the Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST™) System that improves holeshot and acceleration by advancing ignition spark timing to within one degree of the knock limit during ‘hammer down’ acceleration. The BF250 is ideal for pontoons, offshore fishing boats, bass and walleye boats, and center consoles. The BF2.3 portable outboard engine features bold styling and is based on a commercial-grade Honda GX series general purpose engine. The BF2.3 delivers 15 percent more horsepower than its predecessor and still is the lightest outboard in its class, weighing just 29.5 pounds without propeller.

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vinrude’s newest two-stroke outboard, the E-TEC G2, comes with 20 percent more torque than some four-stroke engines and a best in-class power-to-weight-ratio. The

result is improved fuel efficiency and the lowest total emissions for outboards. The engineering expertise behind the E-TEC G2 engine is fluid dynamic computer modeling that produced what Evinrude describes as the most efficient piston/cylinder design in the industry. The two piston chambers are the source behind the engine’s torque and long-term reliability.

The E-TEC G2 engine offers the first and only customizable look in the marketplace. Its bold, breakthrough design offers boaters more than 350 different color options. These innovations allow consumers to choose the perfect combination of boat and engine by selecting top and front panels, as well as accent colors that match their boats. Users can choose from five side panel colors, five top and front panel colors, and 14 accent colors to design an engine look that matches that of any boat. The redesigned gear case reduces steering effort and produces less drag without sacrificing speed and acceleration. The weed-shedding leading edge helps keep water intakes from clogging. The engine provides boaters with a 5-year/500 hour engine warranty, as well as five years of no dealer scheduled maintenance . The High Output G2 models range from 200 to 250 H.O., while the V6 models range from 225 to 300 hp.



his year, Yamaha Marine Group is introducing six new outboards, along with updates to its Helm Master ® integrated boat control system. The new products support Yamaha Marine’s strategy of expanding its presence in the freshwater market and Midwest region.

Headlining the new product releases are four additions to the V MAX SHO ® outboard family that are compact, lightweight, and capable of performances typically associated with two stroke engines, but with the convenience, fuel efficiency and quiet operation of a four stroke.

The new V MAX SHO 115, is aimed at smaller freshwater boats, and the new V MAX SHO 175, aimed at midsize freshwater boats, compliment Yamaha’s family of SHO models, including the V MAX SHO 150, 200, and 250 models. The new V MAX SHO 150 X-Shaft and V MAX SHO 250 X-Shaft are the first VMAX SHO outboards to feature a 25-inch shaft length, making them ideal for pontoons, multispecies fish boats, and larger bay boats. Yamaha Marine is also unveiling an updated version of its 2.7-liter F150. The popular outboard gets a new pan and cowl styling with an eight-tooth “clutch dog.” Yamaha will also be updating its F8 portable outboard, with a shortened tiller handle and improved look. Finally, Yamaha Marine will unveil Helm Master for Quad and F200 outboard applications in Minneapolis, bringing Yamaha’s fully integrated boat control system to a wider range of boats. Helm Master ® is only available on select new twin, triple, and quad Yamaha outboards installed on new boat packages manufactured by participating boat builders and sold by authorized dealers. | 31


hen the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) was created in 1998, its mission was to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing. Since its inception, the organization has been bringing more boaters and anglers on board. Today, RBFF is reaching out to millions who already love the great outdoors and turning them into boating and fishing enthusiasts. This rising tide in participation is good news for everyone with a passion for America’s waterways. A vibrant, growing population of boaters and anglers boosts local economies. In addition, boat registration and fishing license fees, along with a portion of purchases for everything from boat fuel to trailers to fishing tackle, fund state programs that conserve and maintain our waterways. In simple terms, the more boaters, the better it is for everyone, especially for the new boaters themselves who get to know the many pleasures and strong bonds that naturally flow from a day on the water.

The mission Since 1998 and particularly in recent years, RBFF has attracted more and more newcomers to the sports of boating and fishing. Thanks in large part to RBFF initiatives, 8.6 million people tried fishing for the first time during the past two years. According to a recent report, both 2012 and 2013 saw

the highest increases ever, with 4.1 million newcomers to fishing in 2013 alone, a significant increase from the 3.5 million average per year between 2007 and 2012. And according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, boating participation is thriving, achieving the second highest percentage on record in 2013.

The means RBFF’s website, the mobile version of the site, and the mobile Boat Ramp App are at the heart of RBFF’s successes. RBFF content, such as the interactive Places to Boat & Fish Map on and the Boat Ramp App, deliver immediate, actionable information on local facilities, while instructional videos increase participation by building boaters’ and anglers’ skills. Together, RBFF’s digital tools attract more visitors each year with their practical why-to, how-to and whereto boat and fish information, as well as important boating safety and conservation messages. The website alone has gone from one million visitors in RBFF’s FY08 to more than 7 million in FY14. In the process of reaching potential boaters and anglers, RBFF has made important strides in raising awareness of the connection between participation and conservation. Its public service announcements consistently stress that participation funds conservation, while the conservation section of educates visitors

LANDI about the connection between fishing, boating, and conservation, and how to respect our natural resources. These conservation pages are more popular than ever, with visits up nearly 200 percent.

The strategies RBFF has found that the best way to increase participation in boating and fishing is to research and reach new key markets open to the sport. “The fishing and boating industries and the health of our waterways depend on participation. That’s why RBFF is identifying new audiences most likely to try these sports, and is reaching them with targeted messages and tools that

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ING BOATERS make boating and fishing easier to enjoy,” according to Frank Peterson, RBFF’s President and CEO. This past year, RBFF launched multiyear efforts to reach two strategic audience groups: families with kids and the Hispanic market. As part of its overall effort to reach families and kids, RBFF has set up a new relationship with Walt Disney World Resort® and Disney Media. It encourages kids and families to connect with nature through boating and fishing, and continue their memorable experiences at home by visiting

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, women comprise 45 percent of the nation’s boaters and are expected to become an even larger segment. RBFF is marketing directly to them in many ways; outreach shows women actively enjoying boating and fishing while conveying true-to-heart messages, such as “Kids don’t remember their best day of watching television,” illustrated by an image of an unforgettable family day on the water.

Hispanic initiative The Hispanic community is an especially large and growing market across the country, and RBFF is making a concerted effort

to make boating and fishing an enduring part of their lives. “The country is becoming more culturally diverse,” Peterson says, “and RBFF has taken note. The Hispanic community accounted for more than half of all population growth in the years 2000-2010, and is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2060. Already, Hispanic outdoor-activity spending is up 73 percent, as compared to non-Hispanics’, which is down 9 percent. Compare these figures with the current, relatively low rates of Hispanic participation in boating and fishing, and the potential for growth is clear.” | 33

This past April, RBFF launched its Spanish-language website, which includes targeted advertising and information designed to engage Hispanic audiences in boating and fishing. The site, which includes an English-language toggle for bilingual audiences, includes substantial how-to and where-to fishing and boating content. The website has already attracted more than 250,000 visits and won multiple industry awards, in part for the site’s innovative responsive design that automatically adapts to the technology visitors are using, from desktop to smartphone. RBFF is promoting the site through digital and radio advertising as well as search engine marketing (SEM).

Lapsed boaters Chances are you know someone who used to enjoy boating and fishing, but for whatever reason simply forgot how much. RBFF teams with states to remind them, and get them back to the water. States send direct

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mail and email that tweak the memories of these “lapsed” boaters and anglers. The results are as powerful for states as they are for boaters and anglers. Together, the programs have raised $41.6 million in cumulative gross revenue for the more than 40 states that participate. These millions are in addition to the revenue that RBFF helps states haul in by linking state license and registration pages to In just six months of 2014, these linked pages generated an estimated $76 million in boating registration revenue and $654 million in fishing license revenue. And because a bad shopping experience can turn anyone off from a sport they love, RBFF also is working to make sure boaters have a good experience whenever they go to buy a new craft, equipment, or supplies. This past year, RBFF sent mystery shoppers to grade retailers’ service, reporting on how they were greeted and how products were explained to them. The sleuths’ feedback is helping retailers improve their service and bring a smile to customers’ faces.

The future With 2014 now in its wake, RBFF is looking towards introducing new tools and delivering new practical guidance to benefit boaters and anglers. Just around the bend are new products and promotions, and new reasons to visit and including how-to videos and other fresh content designed to help everyone have a successful day on the water. “In everything we do,” Peterson says, “we want to provide consumers with the information they need to become successful boaters and anglers before they’ve even thought to ask for it, and help them realize the tremendous value of boating experiences for themselves and their families. Our hope is that RBFF’s work will encourage people throughout the Great Lakes region and across our country to get into boating and fishing, and begin traditions that last for generations to come.”

January 14–18, 2015

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The Best in Boating, RVing & Sailing— All Under One Roof! The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and Strictly Sail Chicago shows are joining forces in 2015 to create the Windy City’s BIGGEST marine & outdoors sales event. See and shop the best in powerboats, sailboats, RVs and all the gear to go with them. Plus an incredible line-up of special features, education and attractions: • All new Progressive® Insurance Boat School • Comprehensive schedule of hourly, full and half-day sailing seminars • Sailing simulator, remote control sailing pond, free kids’ trout fishing & more Hours: Wednesday, 2pm–9pm; Thursday & Friday 11am–9pm; Saturday 10am–9pm; Sunday 10am–5pm

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Great Lakes

GLRI GRANTS TARGET HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded four Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants totaling more than $8.6 million to Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana state agencies to protect public health by targeting harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie. In early August 2014, EPA met with state and federal agencies to identify opportunities for collaboration to reduce harmful algal blooms in the western Lake Erie basin. On Sept. 3, Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, announced that $12 million would be made available to state and federal agencies for priority projects identified during the August meeting. GLRI grants went to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (approximately $5.9 million), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (more than $1.5 million), the Michigan Department of

Agriculture and Rural Development (approximately $807,000), and the Indiana Department of Agriculture (approximately $360,000) to fund eight projects. The grants will be used to: • Provide technical assistance and incentives to farmers in western Lake Erie watersheds to reduce phosphorus runoff that contributes to harmful algal blooms. • Improve measurement of phosphorus loads in Lake Erie tributaries. Concern over Lake Erie algal blooms has risen in recent months since the city of Toledo issued in July a “Do Not Drink” order for almost 500,000 people in northeast Ohio and southeast Michigan. The order was issued when a drinking water treatment plant was adversely impacted by microcystin, a toxin generated by a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie.

N.Y. WATERCRAFT INSPECTION STEWARD HANDBOOK AVAILABLE New York Sea Grant and the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program have published a New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook, an 81-page illustrated guide that is the standardized model for starting new watercraft inspection programs. Chuck O’Neill, New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse Director and Cornell University Extension Invasive Species

Program Coordinator, defines aquatic invasive species (AIS) as non-native fish, plants, and microorganisms that are likely to cause harm to the economy, environment, or human health in the area where they are introduced. O’Neil said that new populations of invaders are changing the ecology of lakes across New York State. By teaching boat owners the impacts of AIS and how to inspect their vessels, trailers, and gear and to remove and properly dispose of aquatic hitchhikers, the stewards provide one of the first lines of defense against aquatic invasive species. NYSG Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary E. Penney authored

the guide. “This handbook represents a cooperative effort built on the experience and expertise of the program leaders of existing waterfront stewardship programs in New York and others with invasive species expertise. Each collaborator was crucial in developing content on standardized watercraft inspection protocol, AIS identification and distribution, regulations, how to plan a new program, steward field training, and other aspects of starting a proper watercraft inspection program,” Penney said. The handbook is available online at and

GREAT LAKES CRUISING CLUB SCHOOL EXPANDS OFFERINGS The Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) School will offer more than 40 webinars in 2014-2015. Taught by industry specialists and GLCC-accredited sail or power boating colleagues, the school’s affordable classes cover everything from weather to maintenance, provisioning to navigation, safe boating to anchoring techniques, regional cruising guides to locking skills … and more. Each of these classes is easily accessible from a home computer or tablet. In addition, the school has expanded its regional Great Lakes cruising webinars with two new Lake Huron classes, a new webinar covering Lake Ontario, and a new webinar covering additional cruising grounds within Georgian Bay, while also adding several new boating skills classes. 36 GLB | Ja nua r y/ Febr ua r y 2015

Live, real time on-screen presentations with visual aids provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the instructor and each other in a virtual classroom. Sessions typically run 60-90 minutes. On average webinar registration is only $20, discounted to $15 for current Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC), United States Power Squadron (USPS) and Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS) members. If scheduling doesn’t allow someone to attend a live webinar, they have an opportunity to view a recording of the live event on demand at a later date. In addition, selected previously broadcast webinars are periodically made available for recording-only registration. For further information and a listing of subjects, instructors, and costs, visit:



Minnesota Sea Grant’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator Doug Jensen received the first-ever Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Achievement Award from Wildlife Forever, an environmental organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage through conservation, education, and preservation of habitats and management of fish and wildlife.

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever, presented the award to Jensen at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in October, saying, “This person has left a lasting mark on invasive species prevention here in Minnesota and far beyond. His passion for outreach and education has been instrumental in creating policy, programs, and partnerships throughout the country. His understanding of science and people has been invaluable in making Minnesota a leading state for aquatic invasive species prevention.” Jensen has been with the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program for more than 21 years and was honored for championing two national campaigns: Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ and Habitattitude™.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! is a program designed to help recreational boaters and anglers become part of the solution in curbing the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. Habitattitude encourages aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners to prevent the release or escape of non-native pets and plants into the environment. These campaigns are currently being sustained by grants awarded to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

WDNR RECEIVES GRANT TO MONITOR NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been awarded a $32,000 grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Mississippi River Basin Panel to determine the distribution of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Maureen Ferry, a DNR aquatic invasive species monitoring coordinator, said the snail’s small size makes them very transferable and once they begin to colonize a new stream, they are difficult to detect with traditional sampling methods.

The New Zealand Mudsnail was found in Wisconsin DNR will search for New Zealand Dane County’s Black Earth Creek in 2013, the mudsnails using environmental DNA first appearance of the harmful invader in the surveillance. Wisconsin DNR will collaborate Midwest outside of the Great Lakes basin. with the United States Geological Survey and Although it measures just one-eighth of an inch the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Photo © U.S. Geological Survey in length, New Zealand mudsnails can multiply process eDNA samples from 28 sites across quickly through asexual reproduction and outcompete native insects Wisconsin and eight sites each in Iowa and Illinois. The work has that are used by trout and other fish for food. The snails also have a already started and results will be available by early 2015. “trap door” that can be used to close their shells and prevent drying.

PENNSYLVANIA MAKES LIFE JACKETS MANDATORY The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that from now until April 30, they are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters. “Life jackets are the most important piece of safety equipment on a boat,” Laurel Anders,

director of the PFBC Bureau of Boating and Outreach, said. “According to Pennsylvania’s boating accident reports, almost 80 percent of all boating fatalities happen to boaters not wearing a life jacket. A disproportionate number of the fatalities occur during the months of November through April. During these cold weather months, boaters are especially at risk due to the water temperature and the risk of sudden cold water immersion.”

When a person unexpectedly plunges into cold water below 70ºF, the body’s first response is usually an involuntary gasp. Without a life jacket, a victim may inhale while under water and drown without coming back to the surface. If individuals do make it back to the surface, their ability to swim is usually restricted because of a shortness of breath or hyperventilation. | 37


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DEER LAKE REMOVED FROM LIST OF TOXIC HOTSPOTS Deer Lake in Ishpeming, Mich., was removed from a binational list of “Areas of Concern” targeted for cleanup in the 1987 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. After decades during which only one U.S. Area of Concern was delisted, federal agencies have accelerated cleanup actions during the past five years by using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. Deer Lake is one of three Areas of Concern that have been delisted since GLRI was launched in 2010. The Deer Lake Area of Concern on the southern shore of Lake Superior was contaminated by mercury that leached into water flowing through an abandoned iron mine and by other sources of pollution. High levels of mercury contamination in fish and reproductive

problems in bald eagles were documented in the Area of Concern. GLRI grants totaling $8 million were used to complete the final work required for delisting.

Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator/Great Lakes National Program Manager, said. “Our work in the Deer Lake Area of Concern has reduced threats to public health and will enhance recreational opportunities and the UP economy.” In 2013, the Presque Isle Bay Area of Concern (Lake Erie, Pa.) was delisted, the first since GLRI was launched in 2010 and only the second U.S. Area of Concern delisted since the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was signed. This fall, the White Lake Area of Concern in Muskegon County, Mich. was also delisted.

ILLINOIS EXPANDS RECREATIONAL ACCESS AT LAKE CALUMET Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced that Illinois has purchased 282 acres of land from the Illinois International Port District for $9 million with the goal of expanding public recreational access at Lake Calumet. The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) will manage the new lands and expand public recreational opportunities on currently unused portions of Lake Calumet. The acquisition is the centerpiece of Gov. Quinn’s Millennium Reserve Initiative, which

seeks to transform this region into thriving communities, commerce, and wildlife. The 210 sq. miles reserve encompasses the southeast Chicago lakefront, dozens of southside neighborhoods, and 37 south suburban communities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the acquisition complements the 278 acres of nearby park land that the city acquired and is turning into a bike park and nature area.

Marc Miller, IDNR director, said this acquisition and the Millennium Reserve project is a great opportunity to create new recreational opportunities to the Chicago Lake Calumet region. He welcomes the opportunity to work with communities, non-profit groups, conservation organizations, and neighborhood communities to create a one-of-a-kind destination for hikers, paddlers, anglers, and many others.

SPINY WATER FLEAS IN GREAT LAKES INDICATE A LARGER PROBLEM The self-sustaining populations of the spiny water flea, an invasive species that now populates the Great Lakes, suggest a disruptive food web in the Great Lakes, according to Steven Pothoven, a NOAA research biologist stationed in Muskegon, Mich.

The population of spiny water fleas in the Great Lakes hasn’t caused great ecological problems in the lakes, Pothoven explained, but when combined with other problems in the area, there can be “cascading effects” yet to be seen by researchers.

Amanda Proscia wrote in The Echo that the spiny water flea is a crustacean rather than an insect. Its diet consists mostly of zooplankton. While small fish can’t eat the spiny water flea because of its long, barbed tail spine, larger species of fish can do so.

The major result on the Great Lakes is a disrupted ecosystem, Pothoven said. Such a system is “more difficult to manage and less predictable” than a healthy ecosystem, making it harder for scientists to address problems.

Pothoven said it’s extremely difficult for spiny water fleas to establish themselves in a healthy fish community because larger fish will eat them. That means bodies of water in which the spiny water flea thrives must already have problems, he said.

Pothoven said that the most significant measure taken in the U.S. to prevent the spread of the spiny flea has been to educate boaters on boating hygiene.

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PENNSYLVANIA REDUCES PRICE FOR FISHING LICENSES For the first time in its history, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reducing the price for annual fishing licenses. PFBC said it is making this move to promote fishing in the state, to get lapsed anglers to return, and to highlight the sport’s affordability to families and younger audiences. In 2015, the prices for annual fishing licenses for resident and nonresidents will drop by $1 for licenses purchased throughout the year. “We believe the price cut will catch the attention of many people who haven’t fished in a few years, or who have wanted to try fishing, but

mistakenly have thought that prices have increased like they have for other products or activities,” John Arway, PFBC’s executive director. PFBC sells approximately 850,000 licenses annually, but survey research from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 national survey estimated that 1.1 million people ages 16 and older either fished in the Commonwealth in 2010 or planned to fish in the state in 2011. With the discount, the price of a resident annual license will be just $21.70; non-resident annual $51.70; 3-year resident $61.70; 3-year non-resident $151.70; 5-year resident $101.70; and 5-year nonresident $251.70. Trout/salmon permits, Lake Erie permits, and combo permits are not included in the price reduction.

BEST GREAT LAKES SITES FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS Three sites on the Great Lakes were named among the top seven spots for catching smallmouth bass in North America, according to the World Fishing Network (WFN). Although smallmouth bass can be found all over North America, WFN said that Lake Erie was the top lake for catching smallmouth bass, including the lake’s shorelines in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. “When it comes to both quantity and quality for bronzebacks, no body of water produces as well as Lake Erie,” WFN wrote in an article on its Website: travel-directory.

WFN said Grand Traverse Bay in the northwest corner of Lake Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is a smallmouth bass factory, where fish weighing more than six pounds are common. In describing this site WFN noted that when the wind makes it impossible to fish on the Great Lakes, Grand Traverse Bay fishermen have a multitude of great smallmouth bass lakes inland to try out. Sturgeon Bay, which WFN named as the top bass lake in all of the United States, was also named one of the top seven smallmouth bass lakes. Located halfway up Green Bay in the Wisconsin Peninsula, Sturgeon Bay is

a place where a large amount of smallmouth bass can be found quite easily. WFN said that anglers can find fish anywhere along the shorelines of this 100-by-30-mile bay. Other lakes named in the top seven smallmouth bass lakes were: Lake Champlain in New York/Vermont, Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Lake St. Clair in Michigan/Ontario, and Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky/Tennessee.

MICHIGAN ADDS UNWANTED AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES TO LIST The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has added seven species to its list of unwanted aquatic invasive species. MDNR said that any species considered for listing as prohibited or restricted must not be native to Michigan. Prohibited species generally are not present or are in very limited areas, whereas restricted species are generally widespread and naturalized within the state. The following species were added to the prohibited species list: • Stone moroko - this species is a known carrier of a parasite that can negatively impact other fishes. • Zander - this species could compete with the native fish or reproduce with it and create a hybrid. • Wels catfish - this fish is considered a serious danger to native fish populations.

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• Killer shrimp - this species is an aggressive predator and could severely threaten the trophic levels of the Great Lakes by preying on a range of invertebrates. • Yabby - this large crayfish would negatively impact other crayfish species. • Golden mussel - similar to zebra and quagga mussels, this species has destructive qualities that would threaten native biodiversity. • Red swamp crayfish - this species can quickly dominate waterbodies and is virtually impossible to eradicate. Additionally, rusty crayfish were moved from prohibited to restricted classification to allow for their limited possession for the purpose of destroying them for consumption, fertilizer, or trash. This species already is widespread throughout the state, yet regulations previously didn’t allow for the collection of them for consumptive purposes.


LAKE SUPERIOR FISH GO GRAPHIC According to fisheries experts, Lake Superior is the primary address of 34 native fish species. To help build awareness about Lake Superior and its inhabitants, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program recently added digital images to the program’s native fish webpage:

it comes to life in the Great Lakes,” said Habermann. “A project like this brings the amazing native species we have in Lake Superior to the forefront.”

trout to the slimy sculpin—blends colorful imagery and catchy information modeled after Charley Harper’s Birds with Words (1974). Celebrating the biodiversity of Lake Superior, the project known as Truly Superior Fish was inspired by the need to make information about Superior’s native species more broadly accessible.

Sea Grant’s presentation of popular and lesser-known species—from the brook

The Truly Superior Fish collection is available online and its eight illustrations and fish descriptions are also available as note cards. It costs $10 to purchase a set of eight cards.

Although most renditions of fish species focus on field identification, the digital images created by Minnesota Sea Grant Communications Assistant Russell Habermann and the accompanying text define the species in a more whimsical way.

To order, visit Minnesota Sea Grant online (www.seagrant.umn/edu/publications) or call the program at 218-726-6191.

“News of issues related to aquatic invasive species often steals the spotlight when Photo © Russell Habermann, Minnesota Sea Grant.

IDNR STOCKS LAKES WITH CATFISH FINGERLINGS The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) have joined forces to stock almost 20,000 channel catfish fingerlings among 11 different lakes as part of the IDNR’s urban stocking program. The goal of this program is to achieve a healthy eco-system and improve fishing quality in each lake. Rather than stock and re-stock fish every couple years, IDNR and FVPD have developed a lakes management program to create a self-sustaining fishery. To maximize the benefits of this management program requires the participation of local fishermen to implement creel limits and catchand-release practices. The long-term results are greater catch rates and bigger fish, according to IDNR and FVPD. “The main purpose of this program is to provide increased angling opportunities in metro areas,” said Tom Hays, assistant manager at the downstate Jake Wolf Hatchery, where the year-old catfish fingerlings

were raised. “Channel catfish are relatively easy for novice anglers to catch. They compete very little with other fish species already established in these lakes for food, so they are a ‘bonus’ species for anglers.” Here are the lakes where catfish were stocked, with numbers in parenthesis: Spring Lake (4,700), Waubonsie Lake (3,400), South Spring Lake (2,400), Foxcroft Lake (1,700), Cheshire Lake (1,500), Turnstone Lake (1,500), Lake Gregory (1,300), Sutton Lake (1,000), Wheatland Lake (1,000), Golden Oaks Pond (700), and Willow Lake (600).

MINNESOTA OPENS LAKE TO PIKE SPEARING Dark-house spearing of northern pike will be allowed at Mille Lacs Lake for the first time since the winter of 1982-83, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Anglers and spearers can keep 10 northern pike, of which only one may be longer than 30 inches. Anglers will also be able to fish for northern pike for a longer

period of time this winter. MDNR said the close of the northern pike angling season will be extended from mid-February to the last Sunday in March. “With the high number of northern pike under 30 inches, we’re providing more opportunity to harvest these surplus fish,” said Rick Bruesewitz, MDNR Aitkin area fisheries supervisor.

The lake’s walleye fishing regulations will not change this winter. Anglers can continue to keep two walleye from 18- to 20-inches. “We’ll continue to protect small and large walleye by extending the existing walleye regulation,” Bruesewitz said. | 41



CANADA’S QUINTE WEST MARINA SET TO OPEN IN 2015 The Trent Port Marina in Quinte West, located on the Bay of Quinte and at the head of the Trent-Severn Waterways, is set to open in the spring of 2015. The new marina will have 380 slips, 56 for transient boaters and 324 for seasonal boaters. The marina will service boaters on the Bay of Quinte, as well as those venturing down the Trent-Severn Waterways system.

will house boater restrooms, laundry facilities, and a lounge, along with a public gathering hall and covered external patios. Plans call for the marina’s docks to be installed this spring, and the marina to be open to boaters the spring/summer of 2015.

Located two hours east of Toronto and three hours from Ottawa and New York, the marina will cost an estimated $12 million (C) and be connected by footpaths to downtown Trenton, Quinte West City Hall, and the public library. At press deadline, the dredging and shoreline work had been completed on time and on budget, according to the city manager.

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INVESTORS PLAN TO REDEVELOP ABANDONED MARINA A group of four investors from Ohio is trying to breathe new life into the abandoned Sun & Snow Marina in Rollins Township, Mich. The marina was once a popular spot on Devils Lake in Rollins Township, but has now become an eyesore, according to an article written by Tyrel Linkhorn in the Oct. 15, 2014 Toledo Blade. The investors group includes Alan Tarschis, a retired Sylvania, Ohio resident who owns a cottage on Devils Lake, and three other Sylvania residents—Todd Olsen, Ken

MacLaren, and Don Gildmaster—who also own cottages on the lake. They have formed a company called Devils Lake Ventures LLC to revitalize the marina business. Devils Lake Ventures has purchased the marina and plans to redevelop it by bringing back a shoreside gas station, re-establishing the marina’s retail shop, boat storage, sales and service, and developing a new waterfront restaurant. They are striving to have at least some of those services in place by the start of next year’s boating season.

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Devils Lake is located in northwest Lenawee County and is surrounded by cottages and homes. The only dining facility boaters can access directly from the lake is a private yacht club. In addition, there’s no waterside fueling station on the lake. Partners in the redevelopment project believe that Devils Lake could support both of those concerns. They’re in talks with oil companies and restaurateurs about leasing space at the property. They’re also working to get the proper permits and government approval to do the work.

OHIO STATE PARK GETS A NEW MARINA Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio, will be getting a new marina and other major capital improvements as part of a statewide effort to strengthen the infrastructure and modernize the facilities at the state’s parks. James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR), said that the major capital improvements at Alum Creek will include a redesigned marina with new docks and room for larger boats, a renovated beachhouse and restrooms, and new picnic tables and grills throughout the park. In addition, the state will build a new restroom at the Howard boat ramp, install new ADA padding docks at the Howard boat ramp to improve ADA accessibility for

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kayakers and canoeists, and spruce up the Cheshire boat ramp’s ADA fishing dock. Initial capital improvements at Alum Creek State Park are estimated to cost about $4 million, and the ODNR expects to complete these projects in a timely fashion. To assist ODNR in identifying key projects at the state parks, ODNR has launched Photo © Ohio DNR a website, improvements, and is asking people to fill out a survey to suggest improvements at their favorite state park. Ohio has 74 state parks and is one of only seven states in the nation that offer free admission to their state parks.


The heart of the marina will be the 21,670 sq. ft. marina building that is currently under construction. The $3 million state-of-the art building


ROGERS CITY MARINA MAY GET IMPROVEMENTS The Rogers (Mich.) city council is considering improvements to its city marina, even though its marina deficit grew to more than $47,000 last year from $948 in 2012-2013, according to an article by Peter Jackety on the website: Impetus for improving the marina came when the Great Lakes Cruising Club announced it will be holding its summer Rendezvous at the marina in July. The influx of boats and people prompted the city council to offer them a freshly painted,

well-maintained facility with hospitable staff when they arrive. City manager Joe Hefele wants to encourage boating visitors to make Rogers City a regular part of their itinerary. For this to happen, he believes the council needs to consider making changes to the way the marina is operated. The city council is reluctant to make any changes to the marina and its operations because the city marina has become a drag on other city funds, with a deficit of $47,838 for 2014-2015.

Hefele highlighted some proposed improvements he believes can be completed at little cost before the July event. Among the immediate improvements are striping of the parking lot and launch ramp; replacing rotting and warped boards on the floating docks; purchasing and installing anti-slip stick ons; and cleaning and upgrading the dock pedestals to 50 amp. No decisions were made on making marina improvements, but the topic was scheduled for discussion at the next meeting of the city council.

MORE CHANGES FOR GRAND HAVEN’S MARINA The city of Grand Haven, Mich. is looking to make repairs to the city marina’s office building and restroom facility, according to an article by Alex Doty on the website: Dan Vivian, Grand Haven Facilities Manager, said the building is in need of a complete restoration. “There’re two different roof systems in the building,” he added. The existing marina office building is a combination of the original marina office and two additions. The first addition was private restrooms, and the second was public restrooms. Although the building is mechanically sound, according to Vivian, several upgrades to the restrooms over the past several years have

resulted in problems. The biggest problem is the roof, which has a ballasted rubber membrane covering the marina office and first addition, while an adhered rubber membrane covers the public restrooms. Vivian said the current roof has met its usable life span. Moreover, it has two skylights that are in need of attention. Finally, the fascia that surrounds the north, south, and west sides of the building have wood panels that are deteriorating rapidly. Vivian said the city is looking to fix these problems by installing a pitched roof system.

WASHBURN GETS STATE LOANS FOR CITY MARINA The city of Washburn (Wis.) will receive state loans to improve its marina and acquire eight acres on the downtown waterfront, according to an article by Kevin Murphy of the Ashland Daily Press on the website: The city will receive a $365,000 loan from the state of Wisconsin to add up to 12 moorings for temporary boating visitors; make repairs to the seawall and piers in the boat ramp area; add more restrooms, a fish cleaning station, and a boat wash station; and

improve the marina’s parking lot areas, said City Administrator Scott Kluver. “It’s all part of the marina’s master plan initiated in 2009-10,” Kluver said. “We’ve been doing several projects in the past few years. We’ve recently replaced 500 feet of seawall south of the marina, last year we replaced the fuel dock and boat lift pad, which was a $650,000 project.” Michelle Shrider, the marina’s general manager said the boat ramp project

accomplishes a number of objectives including improving accessibility to the facility and eases the provisioning of boats prior to launching. The boat washing station reduces transmission of invasive species and the fish cleaning station will process fish waste and keep it from being landfilled. A storm water basin will filter runoff before it re-enters Lake Superior. Construction is expected to begin next spring and be completed within a few months. | 43



MORE AGENCIES PARTICIPATE IN OPERATION DRY WATER Operation Dry Water, the nation’s year-round boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign, saw a significant increase last year in the number of participating law enforcement agencies, as well as an increase in reaching recreational boaters. ODW said that 585 local, state and federal agencies from every U.S. state and territory joined forces for the campaign’s annual heightened awareness and enforcement weekend (June 27-29) and removed 318 intoxicated boat operators from our nation’s waterways. The goal of ODW is not only to remove impaired boaters from the water, but also to raise awareness about the dangers that come with the decision to operate a vessel while under the influence. During last

year’s awareness weekend, law enforcement officers made contact with 146,711 boaters as part of their education and awareness efforts.

Since the launch of ODW in 2009, the number of boating fatalities with alcohol named as a contributing factor has decreased from 19 percent to 16 percent in the United States. However, alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the United States Coast Guard launched ODW.

NOAA FINDS TWO WWII VESSELS OFF NORTH CAROLINA COAST A team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has discovered two vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. The German U-boat 576 and the freighter Bluefields were found Photo © Ed Caram

approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The two vessels offer a rare window into the underwater battlefield landscape of WWII, and show how close the Germans came to our coast. On July 15, 1942, Convoy KS-520, a group of 19 merchant ships escorted by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, was en route to Key West, Fla., from Norfolk, Va., to deliver cargo to aid the war effort when it was attacked off Cape Hatteras. The U-576 sank the Nicaraguan-flagged freighter Bluefields and severely damaged two other ships. In response, U.S. Navy Kingfisher aircraft, which provided the convoy’s air cover, bombed U-576, while the merchant ship Unicoi attacked it with

Photo © NOAA

its deck gun. Bluefields and U-576 were lost within minutes. The discovery of the two vessels is a result of a 2008 partnership between NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to survey and document vessels lost during WWII off the North Carolina coast.

INSURANCE BUREAU ADDS BOAT HISTORY REPORT AS PARTNER The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced that Boat History Report (, the leading provider of watercraft history information for buyers and sellers of used boats, has joined the organization as a strategic partner. By accessing Boat History Report’s extensive nationwide databases, buyers and sellers can obtain reports relating to: accidents, including collision, fire and groundings; submerged and seized vessels; salvaged boats; theft; and hurricane damage. Additionally, Boat History Report will work with individuals and the NICB to alert them when a report has been run on a boat identified as stolen to help defeat and detect watercraft theft. NICB will supply Boat History Report with their watercraft records, which will provide an

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additional source of theft and salvage data integrated into Boat History reports. “Partnering with Boat History Report will help reduce the incidents of transaction fraud by arming consumers with historical data on watercraft that they are considering for purchase,” NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said. “We look forward to working closely with the NICB and what this partnership means for the boating industry,” said Boat History Report Founder Grant Brooks. “Our combined efforts will help consumers guard themselves against buying a stolen boat, or one with hidden damage, which could negatively impact safety on the water.”


GORDYS LAKEFRONT MARINE NAMED DEALER OF THE YEAR Boating Industry magazine has named Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Fontana, Wis., as its 2014 “Dealer of the Year.” The 60-year old, family-owned and operated business was honored for its high-quality operations and the additional services it offers existing customers. In 2014, Gordy’s recorded its best sales year ever, done mainly through an aggressive pricing strategy and an innovative pre-owned boat process. “What really excites me about our success is the difference we’ve made in

the experiences we’re giving our customers and our team members,” Tom G. Whowell, the company’s president, said. Gordy’s Service Department was the clincher for receiving the “Dealer of the Year” Award. Built in the 1990s, the facility sits on 35 acres of beautifully landscaped green space and has its own name, Cobalt Farms. It is a state-of-the-art service and storage facility that offers improved scheduling and email campaigns.

Because their boaters are always looking for places to dock their boats, the dealership started Abbey Dockominiums in Lake Geneva’s only protected harbor. In 2012, Gordy’s purchased and made available to its customers 163 slips, and all the slips were sold out by May 2014. Operating from its lakefront marina, the company has added a Boat Club to fill the gap between rental customers and buyers. The club offers its members unlimited usage of five Cobalt boats.

REWRITING MAGNUSON-STEVENS WILL BE A BATTLE Rewriting the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act will be one of the first acts the newly elected Congress will have to tackle in 2015, and it is shaping up to be a real battle, according to an article by Ledyard King on the website: This law, which was first passed in 1976 and last rewritten in 2006, was passed to protect those fish stocks that were overfished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently listed 28 of the 284 fish stocks as being overfished, an all-time record low. Environmentalists believe the existing law has done a good job of restocking fish, They support efforts to keep the existing laws in place and would give councils and agencies that are currently managing

regional fisheries more flexibility to extend a 10-year window for rebuilding endangered stocks. Recreational and commercial fishermen counter that the catch limits that come with the 10-year target are economically harmful and scientifically unnecessary. They say that efforts to protect threatened fish stocks have come at the expense of local fishermen and their families. They note that anglers are tripping over fish and can’t access them because of this law. Ted Moton, director of U.S. Oceans at the Pew Charitable Trust, said that science must be the key factor in determining annual catch limits. Giving regional councils the flexibility to change catch limits “might lead us back to those days where science wasn’t the key driver in making these decisions about sustainable fish populations,” he added.

MISSISSIPPI MAKES FISHING A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved in the November elections a resolution that makes fishing, along with hunting and harvesting, a constitutional right in the state. The approved resolution reads: “This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.”

Although this seems like an earth-shattering move, Mississippi is not the first state guaranteeing this constitutional right. In fact, it is actually the 18th state guaranteeing this right. Vermont has had a right to fish and hunt as part of its constitution since 1777. Since the 1990s, 16 other states have made hunting and fishing a constitutional right. The proposed amendment to the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 won overwhelming

approval from the state’s voters, but it faced no real opposition. The state senator who proposed the constitutional amendment said he was making a legal statement so that the state legislature could never make the hunting of animals illegal. Although this proposal seems innocuous enough, it is clear that hunters, fishermen, and farmers in Mississippi believe that the government is encroaching on their lifestyles, so they want to make sure their rights are guaranteed. | 45



YACHT CLUB STORIES INITIATIVE OFF TO A STRONG START The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) and Gowrie Group have partnered together to collect and preserve the stories of America’s yacht clubs and sailing organizations. The Yacht Club Story Project, which kicked off in the summer of 2014, is off to a strong start. Nearly 50 yacht clubs are already profiled on the NSHOF’s “Sailors and Stories” webpage. Riverton Yacht Club of New Jersey provides a great example story and piece of yacht club history. According to maritime tradition, a yacht club is considered a vessel, and not a part of the land. This is important when one addresses the protocol attached to how and where to locate flags on the yacht club flagpole. For a fascinating and brief explanation about maritime flag etiquette, read the article written by Roger Prichard.

This project, with the support of Gowrie Group, strives to gather architectural histories, personal stories, accounts of memorable club moments, and other yarns or tributes—large or small—that together chronicle the legacy of America’s yacht clubs. The stories will serve as a permanent history on the NSHOF website (

If your yacht club has a story to tell, contact the NSHOF’s yacht club story coordinator at yachtclubstories@ All formats of information are helpful, including written, webpage, audio, photo essay and/or videos. Club or sailing organizations are invited to become a Founding Member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. For more information call Lee Tawney at 877-295-3022.

PENSACOLA YACHT CLUB TO HOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has selected Pensacola Yacht Club to host their 2015 National Championships from July 19-26, 2015. This championship will be a weeklong sailing event on Pensacola Bay sailed by International Optimist Dinghy sailors from 8 to 15 years old. The event

is really three championships: the USODA Team Race National Championship, the USODA Girls National Championship, the USODA National Championship—and Green Fleet (beginners) racing, too. Two days of Team Racing leads the schedule, the Girls Championship is mid week and the open

National Championship is the grand finale. Organizers expect between 350 to 400 young sailors, one coach per 10 participants, the sailors’ parents and family to attend. Pensacola Yacht Club expects Northwest Florida to host about 1,500 people for the 10-day event.

INTERNATIONAL SAILING REGATTA SET FOR KEY WEST Sailing fans can watch leading yacht racing teams from around the world compete for titles in Quantum Key West Race Week 2015, Sunday through Friday, Jan. 18-23. Boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet are to compete in the waters off America’s southernmost city during the 28th annual race week. Spectators can expect five days of competitive racing as well as surrounding activities where they can interact with the participating teams in a casual island setting. The regatta’s primary attractions for race teams are the warm-water January sailing, reliable breezes, high level of competition, and the unique Key West atmosphere. Unlike other challenges, the regatta allows amateur sailors to test their skills against professionals. Races are slated to begin at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 19-23, on Atlantic Ocean courses just off Key West’s shore and inside the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Plans call for 10 races on three separate courses, with boats competing in as many as 12 classes. 46 GLB | Ja nua r y/ Febr ua r y 2015

Regatta headquarters, where sailors and sailing aficionados can mingle, is on Caroline Street between Duval and Whitehead streets. To view the racing action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans Photo © Ken Stanek/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO to historic tall ships. Prime land-based viewing spots include Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts, and beaches. Event information can be found at or 781-639-9545.

ITN | SAILING By law, a PWC must be registered and display its identification BERMUDA TO HOST 2015 AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

number. The PWC operator and all passengers must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. Other required safety equipment

The America’s Cup World Series—a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wingsailed catamarans—will be coming to Bermuda in October of 2015. The America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup and begins in the summer of 2015. Featuring all of the America’s Cup teams racing in one design AC45 catamarans, the circuit is an early opportunity to earn points that carry forward into the next stage of the competition.

includes an appropriate fire extinguisher, daytime distress signal for Overall ranking position in the America’s Cup inland waterways, and a sound-producing device, such as a whistle World Series determines the starting points or horn. score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017. PWC manufacturers recommend that all passengers wear wet suits or wet suit bottoms. It’s also smart to wear eye protection, gloves, Racing in the America’s booties Cup World Series or boat shoes, and helmets. Recommended equipment - Bermuda will take place on The Great includes a basic first aid kit, water and snacks, sun protection, a Sound, while the team bases and public current chart for race the area, anchor and tow line, extra engine cut-off village will be located on the waterfront in the lanyard, portable marine VHF radio, and a tool kit for simple repairs. capital, Hamilton. Other optional equipment includes an impeller protector and a telescoping paddle. Bermuda has also been selected to host the final stages of the America’s in 2017. BeforeCup going out on the water, make sure to understand the regulations in the particular state and locality. Age requirements for operators and passengers vary by state, and some jurisdictions require a certificate of Personal Watercraft Operations. There may also be local regulations pertaining to speed and hours in areas of operation. And, of course, file a float plan with a close friend or family member for every outing. | 39 | 47


EFFORTLESS ZIPPER REPAIR The FixnZip is a replacement zipper slider that requires no tools or sewing to install. The slider parts are made of nickel-plated zinc die cast and the spring and thumbscrew of stainless steel. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, it fits a range of zippers made of plastic, nylon, or metal. It can be used on open ended (such as a jacket) or closed ended zippers and can be started anywhere on the zipper. Should a zipper be missing some teeth, the FixnZip realigns the remaining teeth thus restoring the functionality of the zipper. From $9.99 // 866-817-0400 //

GPS PRO+ RECEIVER The Bad ElfŽ GPS Pro+ Receiver (BE-GPS-2300) features GLONASS, USB streaming NMEA GPS data and a barometer. The 66-channel receiver is accurate to within 8 feet and quickly acquires a satellite lock anywhere in the world—without cell tower assistance. No Internet connection or monthly subscription is required. Licensed by Apple for use with the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and iPad mini, the unit also features USB connectivity to a PC or Mac to stream NMEA 0183 GPS data to legacy charting applications. Up to 200 hours of data logs can be accessed through USB file system mounting similar to thumb drives. $299.99 //

HEAVY-DUTY CLEATS Accon Marine offers flush-mounted 12- and 15-inch Pull-Up Cleats designed for boats longer than 40 ft. When ready to tie up, the user simply pulls the cleat above deck. When no longer needed, the cleat pushes down to stow inside its base. Made of marine-grade 316 stainless steel, each cleat is supplied with a waterproofing cup. These cleats come with a backing plate, which also serves as the cutout template. The 15-inch Pull-Up Cleat is available in through-bolted and stud mount versions. Stud length is 4 inches. With stud mounting, the cleat attachment points remain hidden from view for a seamless appearance. From $351.16-$762.77 // 727-572-9202 //

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CUSTOMIZED WHEEL OPTIONS The Schmitt & Ongaro Torcello steering wheel by Stella is a polyurethane wheel with numerous decorative options. By layering trim enhancements, customers can optimize the level of the wheel’s decoration while maintaining control over the final cost. The base Torcello model offers a durable design, with a grip that gives the look and feel of leather and a choice of polished aluminum, black anodized, or satinfinished spokes. Chromed ABS rim or spoke trim pieces can be added as well as a choice of center caps. The wheel measures 14.2 inches diameter and is suited for ski boats, wakeboard boats, runabouts, or pontoons. $139.40 // 866-724-6488 //

COMPACT RECEIVER The Milennia PRV17 from Prospec Electronics is a small, circular receiver that easily fits into any standard tachometer opening. This AM/FM multimedia stereo features a 40W x 4 internal amplifier and integrates USB input for USB drive playback. It also allows for rapid charging of most portable media devices. In addition, the unit incorporates auxiliary input. To better withstand marine environments, it has a watertight faceplate. The stereo is UV stable for extra durability and has large buttons for easy navigation. $119.95 // 843-849-9037 //

HANDHELD THERMAL IMAGING SCOPE NightspotterÂŽ Handheld Thermal Imaging Scope delivers crystal clear images in total darkness, helping boaters spot a range of hazards when running at night. With its ability to clearly detect dangers such as rocks, unlit buoys, jetties, vessels, commercial fishing gear, floating debris and other objects, it gives cruisers confidence to explore unfamiliar waters and lets anglers keep fishing long into the night. In emergency and man overboard situations, NightSpotter can help boaters spot people in the water and aid swift rescue. With its compact size and rugged, IP67 waterproof construction, it is an ideal portable safety aid for boaters. From $2,795 // 954-533-9381 // | 49


UTILITY PUMP Beckson’s Handy-Mate® 212PC pump is particularly suited to remove oil from engine crankcases. Made entirely of tough marine plastic, it will not rust or corrode, is non-sparking, and requires no priming to start pumping action. The pump body has a diameter of 1½ inches, and is fitted with a molded handle. The pump comes with two intake tubes, measuring ½” x 22” and ¼” x 36”. It also comes with a discharge tube, which is 1¼” x 10”, a reducing foot, and an adapter. The smaller ¼-inch tube is provided to insert into the dipstick hole for pumping out warm, not hot, oil. Current list $31.80 // 203-333-1412 //

CHECK VALVE The new Check Valve from Centek Industries helps prevent water from flowing back into engines and gensets. The Check Valve is ABS certified and Lloyd’s Register Type approved. Manufactured from the highest quality, flame-retardant and heat resistant resin, it is available in a wide range of standard sizes for both gas and diesel engine applications. From about $80 // 229-228-7653 //

NANO-CERAMIC GREASE FOR TRAILER WHEEL BEARINGS DAYLube high-performance grease uses nanoceramic particles, which act as submicroscopic ball bearings to provide continuous lubrication to steel surfaces found on trucks and trailers, including wheel bearings, ball hitches, and other trailer surfaces. This grease operates in temperature ranges from -40°F to 800°F, and the nanoceramic particles remain intact to 2500°F. It maintains its viscosity across the full temperature range and does not soften or run out. DAYLube has high load-bearing properties, does not contain metal or silicone, and is resistant to steam, acids, and most chemical products. It’s available in 16-ounce tubes and 16-ounce jars, one-gallon, and fivegallon containers. From $28 // 937-859-5111 //

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ENTRY-LEVEL WATER-BASED ANTIFOULING PAINT Neptune 5 is an affordable entry-level water-based antifouling paint from Pettit Marine Paint that is eco-friendly, yet strong enough to handle the marine environment. With no strong solvent smell, Neptune 5 is very user-friendly in application and has a low VOC release (the amount of solvent released into the atmosphere). Additionally, it can be applied over all other bottom paints. When compared to other similar coatings, Neptune 5 not only covers a larger area, it requires no respirator or sanding between coats and can be cleaned up with soap and water. Neptune 5 is available in black, blue, green, and red. $129 per gallon // 800-221-4466 //

MACERATOR PUMP The Raritan Macerator Pump includes a waste valve assembly, a macerator assembly, a quick disconnect discharge assembly and an optional Smart Macerator Control (SMC). The wastewater valve is designed to fit in a compact space and isolate the holding tank waste from the pump during maintenance. The quick disconnect discharge fitting and the valve member isolate the waste matter from the waste outlet tube/hose during maintenance, allowing the removal of the pump without disconnecting plumbing. The SMC monitors the motor and pump to prevent dry run and overload. $280 w/gate valve; $220 without, SMC: $75 // 856-825-4900 //

REPLACEMENT GAS CAPS In 2011, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated that fuel systems on new boats be sealed to protect air quality from hydrocarbon emissions. Perko has a full line of EPA-compliant, replacement sealed gas caps with built-in vacuum over pressure relief (VOPR). Selecting the right model is easy: blue is for pre-2011 vented systems and green is for post-2011 sealed designs. Owners who are unsure of what type they have should consult a marine fuel system professional or their boat builder before changing the fuel cap. Replacement cap options include chrome-plated bronze, black or white polymer, and stainless steel models. Plastic models from $30; metal models from $60 // 305-621-7525 // | 51


January • February • March EVENTS FLORIDA


Stuart Boat Show

Collins Avenue/Indian Creek Waterway Miami Beach


Dixie Hwy, north of Roosevelt Bridge Stuart

Miami Beach Yacht & Brokerage Show



Annual Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference Hyatt Regency Indianapolis



Blue Wild Ocean Adventure


Indian River Nautical Flea Market Indian River Fairgrounds Vero Beach


Quantum Key West Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Key West


Trawler Fest Lake Park Harbor Marina Lake Park

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center Fort Lauderdale


Bonita Springs Boat Show Naples/Fort Myers Greyhound Track Bonita Springs


Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale Allen County Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne


Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis



Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show

Iowa Boat Show

McCormick Place – South Chicago

JANUARY 23-25 UNI-Dome Cedar Falls

Jacksonville Boat Show


Prime Osborn Convention Center Jacksonville


Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show

River City Fishing and Boat Expo


Rosemont Convention Center Rosemont


Naples Boat Show The Florida Sports Park Naples


Chicagoland Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Schaumburg Convention Center Schaumburg



Orlando Boat Show

Rockford Boat Show

Orange County Convention Center Orlando

Indoor Sports Center/Expo Loves Park

Mid-America Center Council Bluffs


Cedar Rapids Sportshow Hawkeye Downs Expo Center Cedar Rapids



Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show



Kansas Expocentre Topeka

Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show

Northern Illinois Boat Show

Lake County Fairgrounds Grayslake



West Kentucky Boat and Outdoor Show

Miami Beach Convention Center Miami


Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail Miami Miamarina at Bayside Miami

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Springfield Illinois Boat Show

Richard Orr Building/Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield

JANUARY 9-11 CFSB Center Murray


Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville


Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit Suburban Collection Showplace Novi



St. Joseph Sport & Boat Show

Oklahoma City RV & Boat Show


St. Joseph Civic Arena Saint Joseph


Oklahoma City State Fair Park Oklahoma City



Progressive® Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow

Tulsa Boat Show

Bartle Hall Kansas City

River Spirit Expo at Expo Square Tulsa




Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow

Milwaukee Boat Show

Detroit Boat Show Cobo Center Detroit

America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome St. Louis

JANUARY 16-18; 21-25 Expo Center at State Fair Park



La Crosse Boat, Sports and Travel Show

Grand Rapids Boat Show DeVos Place Grand Rapids

Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show



La Crosse Auditorium La Crosse

CenturyLink Center Omaha



Central Wisconsin Sports Show



The Patriot Center Wausau

Suburban Collection Showplace Novi


Central New York (CNY) Winter Boat Show



Boat, Camping and Vacation Show RiverCentre St. Paul


Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis


St. Cloud Boat & Sportsmens Show St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center Saint Cloud


Duluth Boat, Sports and Travel Show

New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse


Fargo Boat and Marine Products Show Fargodome Fargo


Fargo Boat, Camping and Vacation Show Fargodome Fargo



Cleveland (Mid-America) Boat Show I-X Center Cleveland

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Duluth


Duke Energy Convention Center Cincinnati

Cincinnati Boat Show

FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1 Madison Fishing Expo Alliant Energy Center Madison



Toronto International Boat Show Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Toronto


Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show Place Bonaventure 800 Montreal


Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place Toronto


Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show Ernst & Young Centre Ottawa | 53


PRODUCTS & SERVICES FREE ADS GOT A BOAT TO SELL? Complimentary 25-word classified boat advertisements and PHOTO in the March/April 2015 issue. (NO STRINGS ATTACHED!)

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US Customers 1 yr $21.50 (6 issues) 2 yr $40.00 (12 issues)

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Vicem Yachts...........................................BC Waukegan Port District............................. 7 Zodiac Marine.......................................... 25

1986 Tradewinds 38’ Sundeck Trawler: Single SP135 diesel, bow thruster, generator, Stratoglas enclosure, bimini, cruise ready, pillow top cal-queen, fuel polisher. Call 330-882-4441. $79,900 OBO.

1995 68’ Stardust Houseboat: Newly upgraded and slip available if desired. Powered with twin MerCruiser(s) 200 hp each, Westerbeke 12.5kW generator, heat pump, electric fireplace, 7 ceiling fans, 3 TVs, 2 refrigerators-one with ice maker, and washer/dryer. Call Craig at 217-8272084, Lake Shelbyville, Ill.


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Viking 40 Sportfish with Flybridge: 454 twin Crusaders, generator, teak flooring, surveys 2008 & 2013. Call Larry: 815-715-4820, Milwaukee, WI. $38,000 OBO.

1997 41’ Gibson Yacht Series House Boat: This is a beautiful houseboat in great condition. A full-size bed in the master bedroom. Master bedroom has separate head. It has two double beds in the lower section with additional head. The table also converts to a double size bed. Sleeps 8 comfortably. Includes binimi tops with boots and are in good condition. Bottom paint done 4 years ago. Newer interior flooring including hardwood laminate in galley area. Boat has two separate air conditioners. This boat has less than 600 hours. Equipped with Crusader twin 454 engines and 8.5kw Westerbeke generator. Boat can run approximately 25 mph, so it can pull a skier. This boat has been well maintained. There is a small pinhole in the water tank. There are three marinas on Lake Shelbyville where you can lease a slip. Call Larry 217-825-9961.




LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL A MARINA? Contact: Eddy A. Dingman Lic: Marina real estate/business broker


National Marina Properties Group Financing available to qualified buyers.

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SELL YOUR BOAT on our new redesigned Classified Section at | 55



57th Annual

Detroit Boat Show February 14-22

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It’s all about the boats! See, board and shop hundreds of boats from 10’ to 50’ in length for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, and cruising. More than 150 exhibitors will be showing the latest boats, boating gear, accessories, engines, docks and decking products available to spice up your summer boating experience. New products and services, new model introductions, cutting edge technology and design will all be in the spotlight at Michigan’s premier boating event.



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2006 Regal 3860 Commodore Trades Welcome $169,900

2000 Fountain 47 Lightning With Trailer $99,900

2013 Cruisers Yachts 350 Express Like New $279,000

1995 Hatteras 54 Convertible $334,500

2009 Cruisers Yachts 330 Hardtop Option $149,900

2011 Cruisers 420 Sport Coupe Like New $399,000

2003 Tiara 4400 Sovran Trades Welcome $379,000

2007 Carver 52 Voyager Like New $459,000



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