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some clear, concrete practical pre-launch advice. Boating is such an enjoyable experience, but at the same time it offers the possibility of accidents/disasters that can have deadly results. The best overall tip from this article: Be Prepared!

There’s something about this March/ April issue that brings renewed energy to my daily activities, a lightness to my steps, and restores my faith in humanity. The change from winter to spring is just not a changing of the seasons. It’s a change that heralds the promise of longer days and greater opportunities to spend more time on the water. What better way to illustrate the changes that are afoot in life and boating than to show off the latest boat offerings from Sabre Yachts. This Maine boat builder brings together old-style craftsmanship and attention to detail, combines it with new technology and design, and the end result is an elegant and comfortable boat that performs as well on three-week cruises as it does in nasty winds and weather conditions. If you’re fortunate enough to take three-week cruises into Lake Erie or live on the western shores of this Great Lake, you’re blessed to find three jumbo marinas that are terrific boating destinations. We provide some interesting snapshots of Sandusky Harbor, Lakefront, and Toledo Beach marinas, noting that they while they primarily serve different types of boaters, they also share certain commonalities that make them outstanding facilities. And as we turn our thoughts and our minds in putting our vessels into the water, we remind everyone that the best boating trip is a safe one. In this regard, we have four articles that offer tips toward achieving safe boating trips. The first of these articles comes from the U.S. Coast Guard and provides

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WHERE BOATERS GO FOR NEWS Publisher & Editor in Chief F. Ned Dikmen

If we’re prepared to deal with the vagaries of boating, then we should also know how to handle two other problems that can impede your boating progress. One of these is man-made and the other comes from Mother Nature. Have you heard that the EPA has granted ethanol producers a waiver to increase the amount of ethanol in a gallon of gas to 15 percent? Doesn’t sound bad, but if you put E-15 into your outboard motors, you’re asking for trouble. Research has shown that E-15 not only hampers how outboard motors operate, it can destroy them. So, if you live in the Midwest, make sure you avoid putting E-15 into your engines. The second problem stems from Mother Nature and the record low water levels on lakes Michigan and Huron. One consequence of these low water levels is that recreational boaters and sportfishermen might get stuck on mudbars/sandbars. What do you do if you get stuck? Our article on page 24 gives some expert advice on the matter.

Managing Editor Karen Malonis Associate Editor Jerome A. Koncel Contributing Writers Mike Baron Peter Burakowski Bill Trenkle Graphic Design Mila Ryk Andrea Vasata

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Finally, as much as we prepare for our boating trips, glitches can arise, and one area where glitches can cause serious problems is with marine electronics. Before becoming all frazzled, boaters can troubleshoot their marine electronics by performing some simple tests for loosened connections or changed displays. See page 28 for some other things you can do to troubleshoot your marine electronics. And my wish to all of our readers, enjoy spring!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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38 SALON EXPRESS HULL LENGTH:

FEATURES

FEATURES • SABRE YACHTS • LAKE ERIE MARINAS • E10 vs E15 CONTROVERSY • LOW WATER WOES

BEAM: DEADRISE AT TRANSOM: FUEL CAPACITY:

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13’4” 16°

300 gal. 100 gal.

The Sabre 38 Salon Express represents the latest in design and naval architecture. The hull lines are the latest thinking in

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vee-hulled motor yachts and are specifically designed for the installation of Zeus pods that offer increased fuel economy, quiet running and a dry ride.

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Sabre yachts are sold worldwide through a network of professional dealers who are chosen for their reputation, location,

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and visibility within a local market and for the quality of their sales and after sales service.

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Sabre’s two boatbuilding yards are located in Raymond, Maine, where 125 associates, who build the models, are sensitive to the marine tradition of the State—hence the company motto, “Crafted in the Maine Tradition.” Sabre models refl ect a development of the style and comfort of the traditional “Downeast-style” yacht, blended with

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Higher speeds are available on some specifi c models. The Sabre selection today consists of two types: the classically styled Fly Bridge Sedans with upper and lower helm stations and the Salon Express models.

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EDITORIALS

WAKE-UP CALL

An Open Letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: It’s time for you to dredge the harbors of the many marinas and harbors dott ing the Great Lakes, especially those on lakes Michigan and Huron. All past records have now been shattered, leaving us nowhere to go. As you have pointed out in your monthly newsletters, water levels on the Great Lakes are at low levels, with water levels on lakes Huron and Michigan reaching all-time record lows. The low water levels are compromising recreational boating and fishing. Do something and do it NOW, before it’s too late. Dredge our harbors and save the 2013 boating season for recreational boaters and fishermen. Ever since World War II, a preferential treatment has been in place mandated by U.S. Congress to dredge only commercial harbors on the Great Lakes. Ease of navigation to cargo-carrying vessels to aid in the war effort is understandable. Now six decades later, Congress still upholds that mandate even though commercial navigation has shriveled down to one-third the size of recreational boating. It appears that the cries of the more than 1.6 million anglers and the nearly 4.2 million recreational boaters on the Great Lakes have fallen on deaf ears. Where do the people who contribute more than $9 billion annually to the economies of the Great Lakes states turn for help? How can the

federal government, which represents not just some of the people, but all of the people of the United States, ignore the needs of this large segment of the population? You tell us that USACE is facing funding problems. The federal government is not allocating enough money to USACE to perform its duties. As a result, you tell us that you have to set priorities, and based on the available money, you are spending the limited funds on dredging large commercial ports on the Great Lakes. Nothing against commercial navigation, but here are the facts. Recreational boating and sport fishing ($9.7 billion per year) accounts for nearly three times as much economic impact as does commercial navigation ($3.6 billon). When it comes to spending money where there is the greatest need, doesn’t recreational boating and sport fishing count? In these trying times, it’s important that USACE, like all federal agencies and organization, should be held accountable for its actions. Please tell the 4.2 recreational boaters, including more than 1.6 million anglers, why you’re not dredging the harbors and marinas on the Great Lakes. More importantly, please let us know what we have to do be heard. Sincerely, Great Lakes Boating Federation Representing the more than 4.3 million recreational boaters on the Great Lakes

Agree? Disagree? Want to Comment? Email your thoughts to letters@greatlakesboating.com

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Marina Infrastructure Calls For Major Help In his State of the Union Address in February, President Obama said there were many bridges and streets that need repair, if not replacement, and he called on Congress to pass legislation and appropriate funding to “make these infrastructure repairs.” He noted that these repairs will put people back to work and secure a strong infrastructure for the future of our nation’s economy and our country’s people.

the 4.3 million boaters who call the Great Lakes home, and the more than 1.6 million anglers on the Great Lakes, it needs to do something to repair the marina infrastructure of breakwaters, seawalls, and decaying docks. The federal government needs to give back to boaters what they have already given to the government in the form of taxes on their boat fuel and boating accessories.

We’d like to inform the President that the Great Lakes have hundreds of marinas and harbors that need repair, some of which are in dire straits. There are plenty of breakwaters and seawalls that are in decay, and if the President wants to put people back to work repairing our infrastructure, he’d do well to look no further than our marinas and small harbors.

For the millions of recreational boaters and sportfishermen on the Great Lakes, repairing the infrastructure and in some cases, replacing it, is essential to keep people fishing and boating. Enjoying the outdoors and specifically our waters, is important for everyone. What is spiteful is for the federal government to do nothing to aid the millions of people who enjoy fishing and recreational boating on our nation’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. Th is is precisely the current situation.

As noted in our other editorial, low lake water levels are now a reality and in some places haves reached a danger point, one that may prompt some marinas and/ or boatyards to close up their businesses. One result of low lake levels is serious erosion of our beaches and harbors. There’s no question that we need safe harbors and no doubt that we’ve got an appropriate way to fund this goal through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The problem is that the money for this trust fund comes from boaters for boaters, but boaters don’t have any control over it. In its most recent budget proposal, the federal government proposes to cut $34 million out of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Th is will not bring smiles to the faces of the more than 4.3 million recreational boaters on the Great Lakes. If the federal government wants to bring happiness to the more than 12 million registered boaters in the United States, the more than 78 million people who participated in some form of boating in 2012,

We call on the President of the United States and Congress to pay attention to the needs and desires of recreational boaters and sportfishermen. Here on the Great Lakes, there is plenty of room for action. If the President and Congress want to put people back to work, strengthen our infrastructure, and keep boating and fi shing not only alive, but also vibrant and developing, they must put money into fi xing the marina infrastructure.

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38 SALON E XPRESS

Hull Length Beam Deadrise at Transom Fuel Capacity Water Capacity

38’ 13’4” 16 ° 300 gal. 100 gal.

n today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, the word “new” seems to be ubiquitous. Because it is applied to nearly everything we use and encounter in our daily lives, it’s lost some of its relevancy. But this is not the case when people talk about the “new car” feel or the “new car” smell. Everyone knows that these are “new” combinations of an old reliable style with the new technology.

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New car owners, however, also know that the new car isn’t

you turn, everywhere you look reveals a boat that has the

theirs until they’ve gone those first 500 miles and had to press

Old World craftsmanship and the New World technology.

down on the gas to accelerate into traffic or jam on the brakes

The unique combination of history, tradition, and new

to avoid that accident with the driver that just cut them off.

technology is apparent from the fi rst steps you take on to

Now that same “new car” feel, that same “new car” smell are

the swim platform, through the gate and into the cockpit.

also present when people take their fi rst steps aboard the

The Sabre 38 is yours immediately.

Sabre 38 Salon Express, but unlike the new car, it won’t take

Built in Maine, a state whose boatbuilding style and tradition

the new owner 500 miles to know this boat is his. Everywhere

have produced the “Downeast” name, the Sabre 38 Salon

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Hull Length Beam Deadrise at Transom Fuel Capacity Water Capacity

40’10” 14’ 16 ° 380 gal. 140 gal.

42 SALON E XPRESS & FLYBRIDGE Express shows what happens when a boat builder’s history of outstanding craftsmanship, architecture and design is combined with the speed and comforts of 21st century technology. The boat’s exterior profile represents all that is noteworthy about Maine boat-building, that is, a boat that is strong, reliable and seaworthy. The new technology makes it smooth riding, quiet, easy to handle and fuel efficient. But it’s the boat owners themselves who best describe the benefits of owning a Sabre Yacht. For example, Bob Kelman and his wife have owned a Sabre Flybridge for nearly a decade, dock it at Burnham Harbor in Chicago, and wouldn’t think of owning another brand. “We love the attention its Downeast shape, varnished teak trim and fl ag green hull attract,” Kelman said. Kelman adds that the boat has performed “extremely well” in adverse conditions, specifi cally on an emergency 70-mile trip from South Haven, Mich., to Chicago. “A few miles out of port, the wind became very strong out of the west and soon the waves were breaking over the top of the fl ybridge,” Kelman said. He noted that during the journey, heavy folding chairs were smashed, the transom ensign disappeared into the lake, and he was thrown to the deck and momentarily knocked out. “After all this, our Sabre was in the same condition as when we started our voyage— the boat held up better than its crew,” Kelman said. Mike and Linda Simon, who also dock their boat in Burnham Harbor, use their Sabre 54 to cruise Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, the North Channel and Georgian Bay in Ontario Province. “The Sabre 54 is a perfect boat for us in all weather conditions, both on a short trip with our children

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Hull Length Beam Deadrise at Transom Fuel Capacity Water Capacity

48 SALON E XPRESS

47’6” 15’4” 16 ° 525 gal. 160 gal.

48 SALON E XPRESS

and grandchildren or on extended three-week cruises,” the Simons said. They added that the boat’s abundant storage space, large galley with refrigerator and freezer drawers, and washer/dryer combination keeps everyone on board smiling, secure and relaxed. As a cruiser built for couples, family and friends, the Salon 38 Express is filled with the latest technology, from its resininfused laminates to its joystick drive propulsion system. Sabre knows that the biggest problems operators encounter when using their cruisers comes when it’s time to dock and maneuver the boat in tight spaces. Sabre eliminates the sweaty palms and nervous stomachs associated with these activities by employing a joystick that makes driving the boat not only easy and breezy, but also brings back the word “fun” to boat steering. For those people who have never been aboard a Sabre Yacht, the Salon 38’s open interior design is eye-opening. Its cherry wood galley, main salon, and master stateroom are stunning examples of the builder’s “Downeast” tradition. The interior space tells boaters and occupants alike that this boat is elegant and comfortable, while also creating a feeling of warmth and luxury. The galley, which is located to the port and within easy reach of the main salon, has two stainless steel refrigerator drawers and a separate freezer. For cooking, users will fi nd a convection microwave oven and a two-burner ceramic cooktop to their liking. A separate stainless steel sink will make cleanup quick and easy.

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54 SALON E XPRESS & FLYBRIDGE For drinks and dining, the main salon has a raised, U-shaped settee with a fixed table that can comfortably fit six adults. When underway, occupants can turn the end of the settee forward, now offering a mate’s seat. But Sabre is not done with using space for boaters’ needs. To the starboard side of the boat aft of the helm seat, the builder has put in a long compartment that houses an LED television and storage compartments. On the lower level is the master stateroom, which features a queen-sized island berth and an en suite head with shower. The lower lounge, which is below the helm deck, can be converted into a second sleeping compartment if needed. What users will remember most about the Salon 38 Express is its functionality, its craftsmanship and attention to detail exhibited in the shimmering cherry wood that runs from the floors to the ceilings, the openness created by the glass doors and windows, and the comfort that is found when reading, sitting down for dinner or just talking with another person. The Salon 38 Express is a continuation of the growth, development, and refi nement of Sabre’s larger cruiser models: the Salon 42 Express, which comes with or without a fl ybridge; the 48 Salon Express, whose Vee hull allows this vessel to cruise at 27 knots and, at wide-open throttle, achieve a top speed of more than 32 knots; and the 54 Salon Express and Flybridge whose design incorporates the suggestions and opinions of many seasoned owners to fashion a yacht with unique features that enhance the cruising experience.

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Hull Length Beam Deadrise at Transom Fuel Capacity Water Capacity

53’2” 16’ 15 ° 700 gal. 200 gal.


LAKE ERIE'S Jumbo MARINAS

OF A By Jerome A. Koncel

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ver the years, it’s become very clear that successful

winter storage options: a 55,000 sq. ft. heated indoor building,

marinas share several common characteristics. For

a 65,000 sq. ft. storage building, and outdoor storage.

example, today’s thriving marinas are reconfiguring

their businesses to adapt to bigger boats, soaring electrical power demands, and changing boater lifestyles. This theory certainly hold true on the western shores of Lake Erie, where three big successful marinas are making the area a better boaters’ paradise. Sandusky Harbor Marina, Lakefront Marina, and Toledo Beach Marina all have more than 400 wet slips available for powerboaters, sailboaters, and even kayakers. Although the marinas are as different as their names, they all exhibit some common characteristics such as cleanliness, safety and security, exceptional customer care, and a commitment to expanding the joys of boating.

Among the amenities the marina offers to its customers are free WiFi and a 40 by 60 foot heated inground swimming pool that sits atop a hill and provides a clear view of boats in the harbor. “We have 350 marked paving spots, which is plenty for our customers,” Jerry Parsons, marina manager, said. “We are a fenced-in community for our customers’ security.” Since its beginning, the marina has seen an increase in the number of longer boats seeking mooring at the marina because of its deepwater access. While there were a large number of 25 footers in the marina’s early years, those spaces are now occupied by 30 to 35 footers, Parsons said, and the number of 55-foot boats has increased significantly.

Here’s a snapshot of what these marinas offer.

SANDUSKY HARBOR MARINA Sandusky Harbor Marina began operations in 1987-88 as a 700-slip marina with room for winter storage. Since its opening, it’s been reconfigured twice, and currently has 590 wet slips for boats between 25 feet to 55 feet long. Noting that boats have gotten longer over the years, the marina prides itself in offering 20 single-berth slips for its 55-foot long boats, which is very appealing for these boat owners. Sandusky Harbor caters primarily to sailboaters and strives to develop a “yacht club” atmosphere. For example, the marina does not have a restaurant open to the public because this would detract from its yacht club image. On the other hand, it does offer year-round service to its customers, including three

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Sandusky Harbor marina office


Toledo Beach Marina

Sandusky Harbor is a very active place because of its close association with the local yacht club, Harbor Bay Yacht Club. “Our sailboaters are either cruising or entering sail races every weekend, and the yacht club sponsors many of them,” Parsons said. “This explains our motto: ‘Sail away from it all!’” Sandusky Harbor is “a full service marina,” offering a service department that is staffed with certified mechanics. “We’re one of the few service departments that still repairs rudders and keels,” Parsons said. It also takes down and puts up 180 masts each boating season. To attract new customers, Sandusky Harbor advertises in boating magazines, local magazines and newspapers, as well as on the radio. It also exhibits at local boat shows, such as the Cleveland Boat Show, Cedar Point Boat Show, and others.

Toledo Beach Marina fuel dock

L AKEFRONT MARINA Lakefront Marina in Port Clinton, Ohio is 35 years old and 90 percent of its slips are drive ups. In addition to mooring, the marina offers Lake Erie Floating Homes, six of which are currently in the water. In addition to wet slips, the marina offers dry storage racks that can hold boats up to 27 feet long. Kevin Asher, marina manager, said boaters love Lakefront Marina because of its location, right on Lake Erie. Fishermen have a fond affection for the marina because there’s a prime fishing spot within minutes of the docks. Because cleanliness is important to its customers, Lakefront Marina offers a clean, climate-controlled restroom and shower facility, a community room with large screen TV and vending machines, and a heated inground swimming pool that has

For all of his advertising efforts, Parsons readily admits that

a fire pit and kids' play area attached. Free pump outs are

the most effective method for attracting new customers

available on the fuel dock and the marina is fenced off, making

is word of mouth. “People really listen to their friends and

it a gated community. “We've also upgraded our security

relatives when it comes to docking a boat,” he added.

system so everyone feels safe and secure,” Asher said.

Asked about his biggest challenge, Parsons said it is giving

Six years ago, Lakefront Marina started a yacht club with

his customers all they want and need to have a successful

just eight members. Today, the yacht club has expanded to

boating season. This begins with providing them with superior

nearly 100 members and is moving into part of the marina

customer service, which starts with the dockmaster and

clubhouse, where it will gain a permanent home for its events

extends to all the employees, including the summer fuel dockhand, Parsons said. Parsons trains all employees to not only talk with customers, but also listen to their concerns and act on them. “We’re a hands-on marina, meaning that there’s no task too small for any one of us to perform,” Parsons said. Parsons said Sandusky Harbor was the second marina in Ohio to become a Clean Marina, and it’s a recognition that he takes very seriously. He involves all customers in keeping Sandusky Harbor a Clean Marina. Customers are encouraged to use the pump out facilities, avoid throwing cigarette butts into the water, and recycle bottles and glass. “These may be small efforts, but collectively they help us keep our lakes and streams clean and sustainable,” Parsons said.

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Sandusky Harbor caters primarily to sailboaters

and activities. “The club is an integral part of our activities

experience of 35 other marina managers. “We meet at least

and events,” Asher said.

once a week on conference calls to keep everyone informed

To keep boaters happy, Asher and the yacht club sponsor,

and promote best management practices,” Asher said.

promote, and/or host a whole series of events and activities

Lakefront Marina’s motto is: “We overlook nothing but the

that fill nearly every weekend of the prime boating season.

lake,” and it’s quite appropriate. For the immediate future,

“We even include kids’ activities,” Asher said.

Asher is looking to add brokerage services, a boat rental club,

Lakefront Marina primarily caters to fishermen, which is why the vast majority of boats docked at the marina are in the 30-foot to 35-foot range. It’s also home to a half-dozen fishing

and upgrade the yacht club. No matter what’s done, Asher said it’s all looked at from the viewpoint of adding value to the marina’s customers.

charters. “We’re a family-oriented facility that is pet friendly and kid friendly,” Asher noted.

AN INSIDER’S VIEW

Asked what’s the biggest challenge facing Lakefront Marina,

Bob Faflik, vice president of Marinas International, owned

Asher responded, “The challenge is to maintain the facility,

the two previously mentioned marinas before selling them

make sure the docks are full, and prioritize a capital spending

to Marinas International and offers an insider’s view into

program. We’re 35 years old, and some of our docks are

their operations.

looking their age. So we have to make choices on where we spend our money, and develop long-term plans.”

“The core of both marinas is their customer relationships,” Faflik said. The marina managers extend themselves to

Asher said his business philosophy can be summed up in

their customers to make sure the boaters have everything

two words: “Be Nice!” It’s a simple enough philosophy that

they need to enjoy a hassle-free day on the water. The two

has to be put into action. It begins with the marina manager

properties are so different, yet the social networking of the

and extends to all employees and even our customers.

customers at the individual docks makes the businesses

“It’s contagious, and it makes being at this marina really

succeed, Faflik noted.

enjoyable,” Asher said.

“The total approach of Marinas International is embodied

When asked what being a Marinas International marina does

in the actions of Jerry (Parsons) and Kevin (Asher),” Faflik

for him and his customers, Asher said it offers customers

said. He adds that the two managers learn best management

some reciprocal benefits at other Marina International

practices by networking with the 30 other Marinas

marinas, but mainly it gives him the opportunity to better

International managers and a core leadership team that has

manage the marina by picking the brains, skills, and

more than 100 years of experience.

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TOLEDO BEACH MARINA Another jumbo marina on Lake Erie is Toledo Beach Marina (TBM), which got new owners in 2011. The large marina has 534 deepwater slips, dry rack storage for 273 boats, a dockominium association and a 65,000 sq. ft. building for winter storage. When the marina was purchased in 2011, its occupancy rates had slipped below 30 percent, so the new owners had to act quickly to change that. Semo Post, general manager of Jefferson Beach Marina, was given the task of renovating, renewing, and reinvigorating TBM. Blessed with strong and determined ownership, and “a renovation plan that appealed to all boaters,” Post has

Toledo Beach Marina SandBar Pavilion

undertaken some strategic moves that dramatically improved occupancy rates.

Row, including new tie backs for the seawall, stainless steel pedestals, dock boxes, new sod and driveway.

“We’ve spent more than $500,000 to upgrade the marina,” said Post. Some upgrades were necessary to keep the marina

To bring in new boaters, TBM used billboards and radio to

structurally sound, such as repairing the seawall on D Dock

reach a larger audience. “We developed appropriate ads for

and adding new power pedestals, repaving the rack storage

the appropriate time of the season,” Post said. In addition,

building and launch pad apron, and rebuilding the launch rack

the marina moved to postcards, boat shows and open

floating dock. Other upgrades were more cosmetic, such as

house functions with the help of Pam Poirier of Jefferson

painting all the marina buildings, remodeling the restrooms

Beach Marina. It also solidified its relationship with existing

and showers with new tile, fixtures, granite counter tops and

customers by telling them about improvements, and then

air conditioning, installing directional signs, replacing all fuel

completing them as it said it would, Post said.

dispensers with high-speed ones, and remodeling the deli,

To manage the marina and oversee its customer service,

which also sells beer, wine and liquor.

Post hired Amy Crouchman, who came from a private resort

The existing marina had a restaurant and bar overlooking

marina. “We both had a similar work background and a similar

the main channel, but it wasn’t very attractive, Post noted.

approach to offering outstanding customer service,” Post

Because he believed a top-notch restaurant would be essential

said. “Our goal is to offer all customers the same high-levels

to attracting new boating customers and keeping existing

regardless of how much money they spend at the facility.”

ones, he did a major upgrade. “We constructed a 40 by 40

TBM is hardly finished with its renovations and upgrades,

cedar pavilion complete with flat screen TVs, nautical fixtures,

Post said. This year, it is adding WiFi capability, making

enough room for a band and dance floor and a breezeway that

needed dock repairs, upgrading the pump out system, and

leads right into the bar. We even installed glass enclosures

completing the second association dock project. It’s also

with screens to give it more of a nautical feel,” Post said.

promoting “word-of-mouth advertising.” The marina instituted

The dockominium association has been a real asset, Post

a friend referral discount of $200 and a 10 percent pay in full

noted, as it quickly realized the new owners were interested in

discount if customers signed a year-long contract, including

the overall health of the marina and all its boating customers.

winter storage.

In the beginning of 2012, the new owners tackled the first

To identify what TBM’s customers want, the team surveys

association project by completely renovating Middle Bass

them and gets great feedback. That’s how it was decided to strengthen its repair facilities by putting long-time veteran John Sawicki in charge of the service department, developing a well-stocked ship’s store and having Ship/Shape fiberglass repair business, along with Reed Yacht Sales, on premises. Asked about the biggest challenge TBM and other Great Lakes marinas are facing, Post said it was low water levels. Current levels are near all-time lows, Post noted, and offshore winds can drop the harbor depth by 18 to 24 inches. “Luckily we are in much better shape having dredged in the past. There are times when the water will correct itself the same day, but we still need a cold, snowy winter,” Post said.

Lakefront Marina's floating homes

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iStockphoto.com/Matsou

red flag for E15 By Jerome A. Koncel 15 refers to any fuel that contains 15 percent ethanol

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While this legislation had a laudable goal of improving the

in volume. This sounds innocent enough, but for the

country’s energy independence by increasing the amount

boating community, E15 raises a red flag. Industry test

of renewable fuel blended into transportation fuel, its

data show that E15 can cause significant damage to marine

ramifications were not as clear. Specifically, the law required

engines. The National Marine Manufacturers Association

fuel producers to increase the amount of renewable fuel

(NMMA) goes one step further, saying that tests on off-the-

(ethanol) blended into transportation fuel (gasoline) from

production-line outboard engines have demonstrated that

9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons (a 400 percent

E15 ethanol blend can absolutely destroy these marine

increase) by 2022. Along the way to reaching this fi nal

engines. For these reasons and others, the boating

number, EPA would support this law through the Renewable

community is firmly opposed to E15.

Fuel Standard Program, which would set certain milestones

In spite of these studies and research test data, EPA has

for adding renewable fuel.

granted a waiver allowing ethanol producers to increase

Since the law was passed in 2007, a lot has happened that

the amount of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent. To industry

has affected the way ethanol producers do business, the

observers, this seems to be another example of how federal

biggest of which was the financial recession of 2007-2008.

regulators seem to disregard the needs of recreational

The financial crisis changed the way Americans lived their

boaters and anglers. A closer look at the situation reveals a

lives, prompting them to become much more frugal. This

political hot potato.

extended to the way Americans used their automobiles as

THE FACTS

E15

When 54 ethanol producers approached the EPA announcing their intention to seek a waiver allowing them to increase the amount of ethanol in fuels to 15 percent from the existing 10 percent, it seemed like a straightforward request.

So why should recreational boaters be up in arms over E15? It’s just anther step in helping our nation achieve energy

independence stemming from the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. The reality is that while E15 may help us

become energy independent, strengthen our energy security, and decrease greenhouse gas pollution, it has also been shown to seriously harm outboard engines. Here are the facts in the case. In the early years of the 2000s decade, Americans were concerned about our dependence on foreign energy. As part of an overall effort to decrease our reliance on foreign oil and increase the country’s energy independence, the Congress passed the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.

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the price of gas steadily increased toward a $4 per gallon threshold. Americans were not only driving less, but also far fewer miles. As a result, fewer gallons of gas with ethanol were being sold, which was a problem for producers. With less fuel being used, but no change in the renewable fuel milestones still remaining in place, the ethanol industry had to find new ways of increasing the amount of ethanol it was shipping to refineries. One immediate option: Why not increase the amount of ethanol it was putting into a gallon of gasoline, raising it to 15 percent from the existing 10 percent? Sounded like a good option to ethanol producers, who applied to the EPA for a waiver from existing regulations so that they could increase the amount of ethanol in a gallon of gasoline. When EPA was considering the ethanol waiver, it called on the automobile, marine and other outdoor industries to submit comments indicating any problems. It heard from all stakeholders, including NMMA and outboard engine researchers who said that newer engines were encountering


performance problems with E15, such as stalling, increased

water testing of marine engines. In addition, Wasil had found

corrosion, damaged valves and rubber fuel lines and gaskets,

a manufacturer, Gevo Inc., that at the time was willing and

and last, but not least, increased emissions.

eager to ramp up its production of isobutanol. “The high

For its part, marine industry representatives raised questions over how E15 would affect older (i.e., 10 or more years) fuel

production levels will make isobutanol a more cost effective product,” Wasil said.

tanks and engines, as well as new ones. While the industry

With the help of engine manufacturers, the marine industry

had adapted to using E10 in marine and other small gasoline-

and the Federal Dept. of Energy, Wasil and other researchers

powered engines, adapting to E15 was not on the horizon.

studied outboard engines using fuel with no ethanol, E-10

In response to NMMA, EPA acknowledged these problems, saying that it would post signs warning users of these potential dangers.

and 16 percent isobutanol. The goal was to see if the different fuels produced different emissions, whether those emissions were at harmful levels, the energy efficiency of the different fuels, and whether outboard engines were damaged by using

In response to automobile manufacturers who said older, late model cars would be unfit to use E15, EPA said that only light model cars produced after model year 2001 would be able to

the fuels for extensive periods of time.

use E15.

TESTS...HAVE DEMONSTRATED

In response to EPA’s action and because of E15’s potential

THAT E15 ETHANOL BLEND

seeking to overturn EPA’s actions. The courts have rejected the NMMA’s suit on procedural grounds, not technical merit. Appeals have reached the U.S. Court of Appeals for

CAN ABSOLUTELY DESTROY

E15

the District of Columbia, but NMMA and other small engine

harm to boat engines, NMMA and others went to court

THESE MARINE ENGINES.

manufacturers have failed to overturn EPA’s waiver.

At present, the EPA has granted the waiver to ethanol

producers allowing them to sell gasoline containing E15.

Depending on where one lives and if gasoline sellers in that

Wasil found that isobutanol worked “just fi ne” in outboard engines, but Gevo discovered that producing isobutanol at mass production levels was both difficult and expensive.

part of the country are equipped to handle E15, recreational

CURRENT STATUS

boaters can expect to see gas stations selling E15 gasoline

Although Wasil and others have received a research grant

in the near future. There currently are about 25 or so gas

extension from the Dept. of Energy, Gevo has stopped its

stations selling the product in the MIdwest.

production of isobtanol. Although Wasil claims that isobutanol

THE

is a viable alternative for marine engines, even he admits that

IMPACT

Even as NMMA and others brought lawsuits seeking to

isobutanol appears to be a long way from commercial use.

block the sale of E15 at gasoline stations across the United

Jim Currie, NMMA legislative director, said that while NMMA’s

States, it appears their efforts were falling on deaf ears. As a

legal efforts have failed, the group is not giving up the fight.

result, the boating industry in general, and outboard engine

NMMA is joining with other organizations, including the

manufacturers in particular, have been seriously investigating

American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association,

fuel alternatives, specifically isobutanol.

Taxpayers for Common Sense, environmental groups, and

Some researchers consider isobutanol to be “the next great alternative to E15,” but this is still to be determined. Isobutanol, which converts fermented sugars from sustainable feedstocks into a product that can be added

others to push for a legislative solution. “EPA believes that it’s mandated by law to increase the amount of ethanol, so we need to change the law. We want the current Congress to enact legislation stopping E15 from occurring,” Currie said.

to gasoline, has been on the research screen for marine

Because E15 has been shown to damage valve stems, fuel

researchers for some time (see Oct. 2012, pg 19). Only

pumps, and carburetors in automobiles and cause similar

recently, however, has it been seen as a possible viable

problems in outboard engines, boaters, especially those that

alternative fuel for marine engines.

trailer their vessels, should be very careful to avoid this fuel.

One of the first researchers to investigate isobutanol’s potential as a marine fuel was Jeff Wasil, BRP’s engineering technical expert for emissions testing. Encouraged by some early positive test results, Wasil and other researchers decided two years ago that it was time to do some on-the-

Currie believes that a legislative solution to the E15 problem holds promise, and he added that it would really help if boaters and anglers contacted their elected officials and told them to rectify the situation by repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels in gasoline.

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PREPARE TO LAUNCH By Mike Baron U.S. Coast Guard Division of Boating Safety

et a jump on the joy of spring boating by preparing yourself, your boat, and your passengers for safety afloat.

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• Refresh your boating knowledge. Late winter and early spring are great times to brush up on boating operations, safety, and the rules of the road. The U.S. Coast Guard

by qualifi ed examiners. Learn more and fi nd how to schedule a safety check at vesselsafetycheck.org. • Make sure lifejackets still fit. Children grow, and adults and even pets often gain or lose weight over the winter. Make wearing lifejackets mandatory for everyone, every time you’re afloat. • When doing preseason checks and maintenance on your

provides information on many options for online and

boat, don’t forget to safety check your trailer. Check the

local training, at uscgboating.org/safety/boating_

condition of your tires and spares, how the tail and backup

safetycourses_.aspx.

lights are functioning, and the condition of the frame.

• Check that you have all required safety equipment by

• On the first run, lift the engine hatch or outboard cowling to

reviewing the Coast Guard booklet A Boater’s Guide to

look for leaks from loose hoses or other causes. Also check

the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats. The

all fuel line connections and the base of the carburetor for

guide can be found at marinas and marine retailers,

fuel leaks. These two simple checks will avoid dangerous

and online at uscgboating.org/fedreqs/default.html.

conditions afloat.

• Take a look at optional but potentially life-saving

• Be alert to potential seasonal hazards. Unpredictable

equipment. If you boat far from shore, consider an EPIRB

weather, debris in the water from rapid melts, high river

(Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon), which

flows, and unusual turbulence are all common hazards

provides a homing signal for rescue along with exact GPS

found in many areas.

coordinates. In an emergency, an EPIRB can make the difference between a lengthy search and a speedy rescue.

• Remember that warm air does not mean warm water. Water is often frigid long after air temperatures become balmy.

• Schedule a free Vessel Safety Check. The U.S. Coast Guard

When boating in the early spring, dress in layers, bring

Auxiliary and United States Power Squadrons® offer free

additional clothing in case the temperature dips suddenly—

annual inspections of your boat’s safety-related equipment

and do everything possible to make sure that everyone

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remains safely in the boat. Wearing a lifejacket is essential, as it helps maintain body heat, delays exhaustion, and improves survival in cold water if anyone goes overboard. • Orient new passengers and crew to safety precautions and emergency procedures and equipment. Teach them how to maneuver safely aboard, where to fi nd and use emergency equipment, how to communicate with VHF radio, how to identify the boat’s location with GPS, and how to make a safe recovery if someone falls overboard. • Designate a first mate. If you don’t designate such a person, make sure that one of your passengers know the basics of how to steer, shut off the engines, and other basic operations, in case you are incapacitated or go overboard. • If you boat at night, slow down. Boating at night is difficult because there are fewer visual cues, confusing lights ashore, and other lighted vessels, all of which make it harder to navigate safely. A speed appropriate for daytime operation is too fast at night. • Research your route and destination. You can get information online for travel planning, navigating, and tide management. You can also contact local boating authorities for information and advice on local hazards, dangerous waters, and boating traffic—as well as great recreational opportunities. • Equip a first-aid kit appropriate to your boating plans. The farther you head out from shore, the more prepared you should be. Ensure that all passengers bring both medication and instructions for medical conditions. All photos courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

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WoEs By Jerome A. Koncel

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eople have been talking about it for years, but it finally

There are a large number of people living and working on

happened early this year. The water levels of lakes

the shores of lakes Michigan and Huron who are very upset

Michigan and Huron reached their all-time record

with the current low lake levels, and these people want more

monthly lows in January, and there are no signs that a rapid

direct action to solve the problem. For example, residents of

recovery is on the horizon.

Georgian Bay want the U.S. and Canadian governments to

Here’s what’s happening. In February, the Detroit office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which monitors Great Lakes water levels, said the average daily level on lakes Huron and Michigan, which it considers as one body of water hydrologically, reached an all-time record monthly low of 776.01 feet. Great Lake Boating had predicted those record low levels based on projections from the Detroit offi ce of

plug what amounts to an unnaturally large drain hole in the St. Clair River. Ever since the 1960s, nearly all the water in lakes Michigan and Huron drains into the St. Clair River, which flows into the Detroit River and then into Lake Erie. There’s nothing wrong with this except that Michigan and Huron are the only lakes without manmade structures to control water flow and lake levels.

USACE (pg. 18, Dec. 2012), but the projected low levels are

News reports have indicated that USACE could fi x the

now a reality, and no one seems to be doing anything about it.

excessive loss of water flowing from the St. Clair River by

THE OUTRAGE

installing flow control structures near Port Huron. “They [USACE] could control erosion in the St. Clair River with

“Low water levels cause economic hardships,” “Low water

underwater speed bumps—inflatable bladders that could

levels close boat ramps,” “Low water levels cause boat

hold back water when water levels are low,” Roger Gauthier,

crashes.” These news headlines and discussions with the

a retired USACE hydrologist, said.

people whose livelihoods depend on these waters, such as marina managers, boat dealers, resort owners, tourism directors and others, point to a major problem that is not going away soon.

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While the many people who live and work on the Great Lakes are very concerned about the low lake levels, they’re even more upset that little is being done to solve the problem. In fact, one of the organizations these people approach to deal


with the issue, the International Joint Commission, has said

recreational boating, sportfishing, and tourism have reached

that people simply have “to adapt to changing water levels.”

the stage where doing nothing is not a viable option. “The

Others note that USACE simply shies away from the low

lack of dredging at (Michigan’s) small ports and harbors is

lake level problem, saying that it has limited resources and

a gross negligence on the part of the federal government to

simply cannot perform all the dredging sought by Great

nurture the multi-billion dollar industry of recreational boating

Lakes marinas and harbors.

and fi shing,” Chuck Pistis, Michigan Sea Grant Outreach

Small marinas and harbors on the Upper Great Lakes, i.e.

Coordinator, said.

lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan, are reaching a crisis

While most people agree that “something must be done” to

point. These businesses cannot function without sufficient

solve the low water level problem on the Great Lakes, what

water depth, and the low water levels have reached this

and when are still to be determined. In the meantime, it

point. It appears the only viable option seems to be dredging.

appears that recreational boaters and fishermen are going

Marinas on the Upper Great Lakes have undertaken dredging before, but they usually relied on USACE to perform the dredging. Now, the only option is to do the dredging themselves, but this costs a lot of money. Cash many of them don’t have. Marinas are at the point where any further drops in lake water levels may force some of them to close shop. If marinas on Lake Michigan are to remain open, they must solve this problem. And it should be pointed out that many marinas believe dredging is not really a solution, but rather “a band-aid,” that is, it stops the bleeding, but doesn’t really solve the problem. In Michigan, whose governor has been touting the significant

to have to adapt to low water levels by changing or at least altering they way they do boating and fishing.

RELATED PROBLEMS As boaters navigate the Great Lakes this boating season, they could possibly fi nd themselves facing two major problems stemming from the low water levels. The first of these is what to do if they’re stuck on a mudbar or sandbar or can’t get out of or back into their slips because the water is so shallow? The second is where do boaters and sportsfi shermen turn to get the accurate information that shows harbors with low water depths and rivers, streams and Great Lakes with low water levels?

contributions of boating and fishing to the state’s economy,

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check props and rudders to make sure they haven’t been damaged. Raising an outdrive or outboard slightly will reduce draft. If the engine is used, the operator should periodically check the exhaust and temperature gauge to make sure it’s pumping water and not sand or mud. If a boat sailing upwind is to be freed quickly, the helm should be thrown over immediately, away from the shoal, and hopefully wind will heel the boat off the shoal. To reduce draft, the crew should move to leeward, and then, with a little luck, the wind will nudge the boat back to deeper water. If the boat is sailing downwind, the chances of getting free immediately are slim, Adriance noted. Boaters will be tempted to try and spin the boat 180 degrees so that it’s heading back toward open water. Although this could work, it could also damage the boat’s rudder, especially if it’s a deep, spade rudder. If the boat remains on the shoal, drop the sails immediately so that it won’t be blown further aground. The most direct answer to the fi rst question—what to

If using the boat’s engine, make sure it’s pumping water,

do if you’re stuck—is to call for help. BoatUS and SeaTow

Adiance noted. When a boat is heeled, the intake could be

International Services provide towing services to their

out of the water or sucking up sand, mud, or gunk from the

members. And BoatUS has a towing app that’s free to

bottom. Operators should periodically check to make sure

all boaters and includes a list of the more than 300 ports

water is flowing freely from the exhaust, and keep an eye on

nationwide where BoatUS Towing Services are available.

the temperature gauge

SeaTow International uses franchise boat captains to provide towing services, but depends on the Coast Guard to perform

TECHNIQUES

these services on the Great Lakes. SeaTow also provides free

If the boat is really stuck, lighten it by emptying water tanks,

ungroundings for vessels, but stipulates that fi ve conditions

moving heavy objects, such as anchors, spare batteries, and

must be met for the service to be free.

so forth, to the deep water side of the boat, or temporarily putting them into the dinghy. From there, boaters should try

The other option is for interested individuals to take it upon themselves to get a vessel off a sandbar, mudbar or other

some of these techniques.

annoyance, but there is a right and wrong way to do this. To

ROCKING THE BOAT—Depending on the type of

get the proper way, GLB contacted Bob Adriance of BoatUS

bottom (both the bottom of the boat and the seabed itself),

and asked for his expert advice.

rocking the boat back and forth while twisting the wheel can be effective.

Adriance said that quick and decisive action is needed to free a stuck boat. In this situation, a powerboat skipper’s initial reaction is to push down on the throttle, either in forward or reverse, and hope for the best. Adriance said boaters should never do this. “The boat’s engine gets its cooling water from somewhere under the boat, and if it sucks up enough mud or sand, the engine could be ruined,” Adriance said. This could also damage or tear off the boat’s running gear, so Adriance said the operator should shut the engine down and determine how far the intake is from the bottom. If dealing with a light displacement boat with a shoal draft, Adriance suggested that the crew—if they’re good swimmers—could probably walk the boat to deeper water. If needed, the crew should be wearing shoes, life jackets, and be aware of any dangerous current or drop-off. On most powerboats, underwater machinery is vulnerable and must be considered in freeing the boat. Thus, boaters should

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SHIFTING WEIGHT—With powerboats, try moving the

the shoal, boaters should try and get the bow headed back

crew to the section of the boat that seems to be in deeper

toward deeper water, where they can use the kedge together

water. This may slightly lift the section that’s aground off the

with wave action, the occasional wake, and even the boat’s

bottom. A sailboat with a full keel and a cutaway forefoot can

engine to free the boat.

sometimes be refloated by moving the crew forward. Fin-keel

YOUR NEXT STEPS—If you’re hard aground and can’t

boats are most likely to be refl oated when crew weight is moved to the rail and the keel is pointed toward deeper water. To gain another degree or two of heel, boaters should try swinging the boom out with one or two volunteers clinging to the end.

EMPLOY

free the boat quickly, get on the VHF to let other vessels and the U.S. Coast Guard know your position, and that you’re dealing with a situation that could get more serious. Also, if any passengers have a medical condition, be aware of this and immediately call the Coast Guard or local authorities if

THE

DINGHY—If you’re skilled at small-

boat handling and have a dinghy with a motor, use it as a tug to push against the bow from the shallow-water side to move the bow around to point to deep water. Beware of fl ipping if the dinghy bow slips and the dinghy loses the “square on” position of being perpendicular to the side of the bow. Helmsman, be prepared to throttle up as soon as the bow swings.

the situation turns into an emergency.

CALL BOATUS, TOWBOATUS, OR VESSEL ASSIST—If the tide has come and gone, nothing’s worked, and bad weather or other adverse conditions are threatening, use the VHF or cell phone to call for commercial assistance. Prepare for assistance by putting on life jackets and keeping the crew calm and informed. Make sure the GPS is working and relay the exact coordinates and depth to the

BOAT WAKER—A passing boat can send up a wake

fi rst responders. Keep the VHF radio tuned to Channel 16 to

that can give efforts a momentary boost. Be sure to time

ensure communication with the towboat captain.

bursts on the throttle with each passing lift. As noted, be sure the engine is pumping water and keep an eye on the temperature gauge.

As far as obtaining information about the water depths at various ports, harbors, and marinas, a series of electronic charts from Navionics that is available for smartphones and

SET KEDGE—If the boat remains stuck after trying the

tablets appears to be the best bet. Boaters can purchase

various techniques, there’s work to be done. Set a kedge

these chart apps from Apple iTunes, purchasing only those

(anchor) out in deeper water to help free the boat and at

geographical areas where they are cruising to reduce costs.

least prevent it from being nudged further onto the shoal. A windlass gives a terrific mechanical advantage pulling the

PERSPECTIVE

boat out to deeper water.

Even as boaters face the upcoming boating season with some trepidation because of low lake levels, this hardly

On sailboats, snatch blocks can be used to lead the anchor line from the bow to the largest winch. Now, run the halyard over to the anchor line, using the halyard winch to heel the boat. If or when the keel floats off, use the engine to work the boat out to deeper water. If the boat can’t be pulled off

means that boating will be stopped or reduced in 2013. What it does mean is that recreational boaters and fishermen will have to be vigilant when they cruise the Great Lakes and the inland waterways. All photos courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant

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TROUBLESHOOTING marine electronics When any piece of marine electronics stops working, boaters should fi rst check to make sure no connections have been loosened.

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f there’s one thing boaters can count on when it comes to their vessels, it’s those little technical glitches that throw a wrench into plans for a carefree day of fishing or a

relaxing coastal cruise. Although a boat’s marine electronics are extremely reliable, they too can be affected by these same occasional “gremlins.”

BEGIN

WITH THE

BASICS

If any marine electronics system fails to power up, boaters should start by checking the power connection at the unit and/or fuses. Likewise, if a sounder or other instrument powers up, but shows nothing on the display, boaters should check the display brightness and/or contrast settings.

Fortunately, many common marine electronic problems

Sometimes these units get purposely or accidentally changed

can be traced to simple, solvable issues that can easily

to the point where displays won’t be visible under different

be checked and remedied. Sometimes it’s simple user

light conditions.

error. Other times there is a small issue that can be fi xed on the spot. Or there may even be a problem that requires professional service. In any case, those boaters that know what to look for when problems occur—along with some of the common fixes—will be ahead of the game. As a nationwide National Marine Electronics Association-

If targets that should be on a echosounder or radar, for example, are not being picked up, operators should check to see if the range settings are correct, and the gain/sensitivity is adjusted correctly. For dual-frequency sounders, make sure they’re in the proper frequency (200kHz for shallow water, 50kHz for 600+ feet).

certified dealer of marine electronics, The GPS Store, Inc. has helped numerous customers cope with marine electronics issues. On a regular basis, the store fields phone calls from boaters about marine electronics problems and is often able to point them to simple solutions. That’s why, when encountering marine electronics issues, boaters should follow this troubleshooting advice.

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ECHOSOUNDER ISSUES If boaters experience sudden or gradual loss of bottom/speed readings, they should: • Check the transducer connection at the unit and/or the condition of the cable for cuts, kinks or damage.


Corrosion and/or frayed transducer cable connections are common

Checking GPS antenna connections should be the first stop when

causes of sounder performance issues.

position data is lost.

• Check the transducer for growth or fouling.

GPS CHARTPLOTTER ISSUES

• Make sure there are no thru-hull fi ttings, strainers, zincs

If boaters experience a temporary or permanent loss of

or other hull irregularities creating aerated water ahead of the transducer. • If the transom is mounted, make sure it hasn’t been “kicked up.” • If using an in-hull transducer, check the fluid level in the transducer housing. Fluid is required for it to work, as it keeps air from getting under the transducer. • Check the transducer’s paddlewheel speed sensor for growth, fouling or damage.

position data, they should first: • Check the power to the antenna. • Check the connection between the GPS antenna cable and the antenna base and with the GPS unit or chartplotter. It may be loose at either point or corroded. • Check for interference from other electronics (turn on and off). • Run a test mode to determine if satellites are being tracked (and how many).

If boaters encounter weak fi sh spottings, they should remove the unit from Auto mode and adjust gain settings for given conditions. If they experience intermittent interruption of the sounder display, they should first check for possible Radio Frequency (RF) interference from other electronics by turning systems on and off. If the problem occurs only at night, boaters should first check unshielded LED lights, which can be an unexpected interference source, If boaters are picking up a second bottom reading between the surface and the real bottom, this can be caused by a thermocline, i.e., a hard edge where cooler/warmer water meet. To remove this, boaters should adjust the gain settings lower.

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If electronic charts don’t show up or don’t present detailed information, boaters should: • Make sure the chart card is properly inserted with all

RADAR ISSUES If the boat’s radar isn’t working, operators should: • Confirm voltage to the radar.

contacts lined up. • Confi rm that the array is spinning (remove cover on the • Check for water intrusion/corrosion in the chart door. • Check detail settings on the unit (vector charts are

radome antenna). • Confirm that the radar is in transmit (TX) mode, not standby.

presented in multiple “layers” with the ability to turn chart details on and off) and adjust from least to most. • Check plotter menu settings for Navigation Chart vs. Fishing Chart. • Check with the manufacturer/chart provider for software and/or chart updates.

If the radar display isn’t showing, boaters should first: • Adjust gain settings because those that are too high or too low can negatively affect performance. • Switch to the Harbor mode, if the radar has one, and use it to optimize targets during close-range navigation. Make sure it is off when navigating in open water.

VHF RADIO ISSUES

• Properly adjust range settings based on surroundings.

If boaters experience any difficulties with VHF hearing/

• Regulate filters, such as rain and sea clutter, based

receiving, they should first:

on conditions.

• Move/shield the transducer cables or other wires because RF interference that comes from other electronics can

AUTOPILOT ISSUES

possibly interfere with transmissions.

If the autopilot fails to hold a course, does not work in the Nav

• Check antenna co-ax cable and the connection point to the VHF radio. • Check the PL259 connector for corrosion. • Check for low voltage. Boaters should be getting 12 to 13.5 volts to the radio. Low voltage will affect high-power

mode or steers abruptly or hesitatingly, boaters should first: • Check to make sure the pilot is off Manual/Standby. • Check for possible magnetic interference with the system’s heading sensor/compass. • Check to make sure GPS/chartplotter is powered up to

transmissions and reduce the radio’s ability to squelch

test connections between pilot and nav unit for Nav

out unwanted noise.

mode operation.

• If boaters have trouble conversing with a nearby boat, they should try switching to “power” because they could be “shooting” transmissions over the target.

• Check steering fluid levels in hydraulic pilot systems by bleeding all air out of the system and checking for leaks. • If the pilot has a Rudder Feedback Assembly (not Virtual Feedback), check this for signs of water intrusion or mechanical linkage failures. • If problems persist, boaters may need to “re-tune” the pilot with dockside or on-water setup procedures per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

PERSPECTIVE Do marine electronics ever break and require professional service? “Of course, they do,” Scott Heffernan, The GPS Store spokesman, said. “Frequently, however, boaters can find and fi x simple problems on their own and resume their day of fishing or boating. And it’s always smart to eliminate all the possibilities before pulling equipment off the boat or pulling the boat out of the water.” To learn more about choosing and using marine electronics Performing a satellite test can determine if the unit is properly tracking

from all leading manufacturers, visit TheGPSStore.com or

GPS satellites.

speak with the experts at The GPS Store, Inc. at 800-477-2611.

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Joystick

T

o give boaters confidence and control over their

The Optimus 360 offers three-axis joystick docking

boats, BRP announced on February 14 that it will

control. This gives the boaters improved control of the

offer the Optimus 360 by SeaStar, an integrated

boat in docking, launching and retrieving the boat from

power steering and joystick docking control technology

the trailer, and maneuvering the boat in crowded harbors

first brought to the market by Teleflex Marine in 2012, for

and marinas. The joystick allows operators to maneuver

its boats running twin Evinrude E-TEC V6 outboard engines

the boat sideways, diagonally, forward and backward,

that are equipped with the Evinrude ICON electronic shift

or even rotate on its axis.

and throttle (EST) system.

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As operators move the joystick, a series of actuators

Suitable for many applications such as offshore center

and Teleflex Marine Smart cylinders with rudder position

consoles, catamarans, high-performance cruisers and other

sensors allow twin Evinrude E-TEC engines to be controlled

popular twin- and triple-engine boats, the Optimus 360 by

independently or in tandem. The end result is that boaters

SeaStar integrates seamlessly into the Evinrude ICON system.

feel very comfortable operating their boats in areas that frequently posed great stress, i.e. maneuvering the vessel into and out of, slips and moorings.

Evinrude and BRP have seen the market for joystick and power steering options for both the new package and repower segments grow quite

“Integrated into the Evinrude E-TEC

rapidly. “We are excited to be working

platform, the Optimus 360 by SeaStar will

with SeaStar engineers to bring this

give boat operators a new level of control

advanced technology to Evinrude E-TEC

for their vessel and confidence in their own

enthusiasts,” said Thomas Mason,

maneuvering skills,” said Larry Koschak,

Evinrude North American PAC Business

Senior Product Specialist at BRP’s

Unit Manager.

Evinrude Outboard Engine Division.

Evinrude said the Optimus 360 by SeaStar

In addition to enjoying the joystick's

will be available for installation from

convenience, the Optimus 360 also

authorized Evinrude E-TEC boat builders and

improves the operator's overall steering

dealerships beginning April 2013.

experience at all speeds. It does this by customizing steering resistance and response with speedsensitive helm turn ratios. Thus, operators can set the lockto-lock steering ratio according to desired boat speeds— from idle to wide-open throttle. In conjunction with the EST system, the Optimus 360 provides virtually effortless shift and control.

BRP’s Evinrude engine line-up from 3.5 to 300 horsepower offers customers superior value across a full range of applications. Engines are available at authorized Evinrude dealerships worldwide. Become part of the online Evinrude community at www.evinrudenation.com and follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brpevinrude.

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Tow or

O

Salvage

n-the-water breakdowns, running aground or

and/or passengers from peril at sea. Today that definition

other mishaps can ruin a day of boating or fishing

includes the successful avoidance of damage to a legally

fun. But when the towboat arrives on the scene,

protected marine environment.

do you know if the service is a “tow” or a “salvage” job? If you’re ever in doubt, the safest thing to do is to ask the towboat crew. The reason why you should ask this question is because there could be a big difference in the cost of each service, and it also determines who pays the bill, according to the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Although there is sometimes a fine line between towing and salvage, boaters should know that there are a few clear indicators that point to each. “Salvage requires the existence of ‘peril’ to the distressed vessel or persons aboard, or peril to the rescue boat and its crew, or the marine environment,” said Adam Wheeler, vice president of BoatUS Towing Services. From a legal and historical perspective, salvage refers to any voluntary and successful rescue of a boat, its cargo,

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Vessels hard aground, on rocks, taking on water or sunk are “salvage,” as are collisions, fires, breakaways or other types of immediate danger. Salvage also comes into play when specialized equipment, such as pumps, air bags, or divers are called for—even if the boat is at the dock. All TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist companies are committed to informing the owner of a boat—before beginning any work—if the procedure will be declared “salvage.” If the owner is not on board or the conditions are so perilous and the rescue of the boat requires immediate action, the companies will notify the owner as soon as possible after saving the boat. “On the other hand, when there is very little or no peril or damage to the vessel—you have a towing situation,” said Wheeler. “A typical example is when you run out of gas


or have a dead battery, and have subsequently dropped

SALVAGE TIPS

anchor to await assistance. Waters are calm, you’re no threat to navigation, your crew and boat are fi ne, and there’s no

HERE

peril to those on the response boat.” BoatUS said that of the

BOATERS WITH SALVAGE OPERATIONS.

65,000 requests for assistance made last year by boaters to the BoatUS 24-hour Dispatch Centers, 98 percent were for routine towing services. When it comes to soft ungroundings, which can be identified as when there is either little peril or no damage to the disabled boat, and only one towboat is need to remove the softly grounded vessel, BoatUS members enjoy a special agreement with the TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist on-thewater towing fleets. This agreement states that when such an occurrence happens, it is a simple towing job.

THE COSTS It should be pointed out that towing and soft ungrounding

ARE FOUR PRACTICAL TIPS TO HELP

• Protect yourself by having both a towing service plan for basic towing assistance needs and an insurance policy that fully covers the costs of salvage. • If you do have an incident, be sure to ask questions first, not later, to confirm whether the job is towing or salvage. • All boaters should have their insurance claims department phone number aboard.

costs are not cheap. On a nationwide basis, they average

If it’s a salvage operation, the boater

about $600 and $800 respectively. Who pays these costs?

will want to try to contact them to help

These are paid either by an annual towing service plan or out-

negotiate a fixed price.

of-pocket by the boater. Salvage cases are much more expensive than tow cases

• When all else fails, have a copy of

and are usually covered by insurance or out-of-pocket if the

“BoatUS Open Form Yacht Salvage

owner self-insures the boat. Salvage continues to be the

Contract” aboard. You can get one for free

way to award a rescuer who maintains a 24-hour state of

at BoatUS.com/salvage.

readiness to risk life, limb and vessel for others. A salvage operation often results in a charge based on the length of the vessel saved or a request for a percentage of the boat’s post-casualty value. Although it’s a reward for extraordinary

fuel costs, not to mention capital expenses such as towboats

service, the dollar amount awarded factors in the degree of

and other specialized recovery equipment—and it all has to

peril, as well as the risk to the salvor and his crew.

be ready to go at a moment’s notice,” Wheeler said.

“There are significant expenses in operating and maintaining

If it’s a salvage job and time and circumstances permit,

a professional towing operation, such as captain’s and staff

Wheeler suggests that boaters should try to call their

salaries, insurance, equipment maintenance and increasing

insurance company so they may attempt to negotiate with the salvor before the operation gets underway. If

BOATUS TOWING SERVICES Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing more than half a million members with a wide array of consumer services, including on-the-water towing assistance provided by TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist. Combined, these two towing fleets offer boaters, anglers and sailors the world’s largest network of towing ports with more than 300 locations and over 600 towing assistance vessels.

circumstances don’t allow this, the boat owner should ask the salvor for a fi xed price and try to get it in writing. Wheeler also notes that boaters should review their boat’s insurance policy to determine if it fully covers salvage. Some policies have limits, high deductibles, or may not include environmental damage. As a result, the boat owner would have to pay for these costs out-of-pocket. BoatUS also suggests having a copy of the “BoatUS Open Form Yacht Salvage Contract” aboard at all times, because this contract assures that any salvage claim will go to local binding arbitration if negotiations between your insurance company and salvor fails. Designed to be more understandable, relevant to U.S. laws and potentially money saving for all parties, the Open Form Contract is available free of charge at: BoatUS.com/salvage or by calling 800-937-1937.

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Great Lakes

LOW LAKE LEVELS WILL HURT BOATING Michigan Sea Grant

So far the rainfall has been sparse and the snowfalls have been less than average. For boaters on the Great Lakes, both recreational and commercial, this is bad news. To compensate for the low water levels, marinas will need to dredge their harbors. The problem with this solution is that the federal agency that can and should perform this task, USACE, said that it has limited funds and is prioritizing its dredging activities, mainly focusing on large commercial harbors. This leaves recreational harbors and marinas, especially small ones, to fend for themselves. Although a few Great Lakes harbors and marinas perform maintenance dredging on a regular basis, most of the

Boaters on the Great Lakes experienced low water levels in

other marina owners and operators do not have the capital

2012, and were looking for even lower levels in 2013. For the

available to perform this task. Consequently, Great Lakes

month of December 2012, water levels on Lakes Michigan

recreational boaters will face a tough time at the beginning

and Huron, which were especially hard hit by the year-long

of the 2013 boating season.

drought and sparse rainfall of 2012, fell below their all-time record average lows of 776.2 ft. Lake levels were projected

At the end of 2012, marina operators on the eastern shore of

to stay low through the beginning of 2013, according to the

Lake Michigan were already reporting problems for boaters

Detroit Office of U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

trying to get their vessels either into or out of their docks.

HOSTS WANTED FOR LIME ISLAND CAMPGROUND David Kenyon, Michigan DNR

Hosts are expected to provide 30 hours of service per week (including weekends and holidays) and are required to live on the island a minimum of four consecutive weeks at a time during the summer season. During their weeks of service, hosts can choose to live in the island’s host cabin or have their camping fees waived. Lime Island hosts will greet arriving visitors and answer questions about the island. In addition, they are required to arrange campground activities and possibly perform some light maintenance. Public use of motorized vehicles is not allowed on the island; however, hosts will have access to an all-terrain vehicle while on the island.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking

The island offers many trails to explore and a beach is within

volunteer campground hosts for its Lime Island State

close proximity to the host cabin. Hosts must be at least 18

Recreation Area. The 980-acre island is situated in the St.

years old and can apply individually or as couples.

Mary’s River Navigation Channel some three miles offshore of the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

For more information, contact Straits State Park, 906-643-8620, or Miguel Rodriguez, 517-241-4129.

The island offers rental cabins, platform tent sites, a small harbor of refuge, historical structures and boating access. Hosts for Lime Island must use their own boat to travel to and from the island.

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BUILD-YOUR-OWN BOAT CLASSES In the CLC classes, which are 51/2 days long, professional instructors help students assemble their own boats from start to finish. This year’s Michigan classes will be held at the Great Lakes Boarding School in Cedarville. Students can select from 18 popular designs. Sailors have their choice of everything from an 8-foot lapstrake dinghy to a traditional 17-foot dory. In the Michigan classes only, students will have the opportunity to build a 15-foot powerboat called the Peeler Skiff. This year’s classes in Michigan run from June 14 through Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) will be running 30 Build Your

August 18. Tuition for the week costs $800 and the various

Own Boat Classes across the country this summer, including

boat kits range from $750 to $2,500.

eight in Cedarville, Mich.

clcboats.com/classes

INDIANA BANS 28 INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANTS Indiana has become one of the most proactive states in the

Officials in the Great Lakes region are looking at Indiana’s

prevention of new aquatic invasive plants by banning the sale

program to see it can be used in their states and the two

of 28 aquatic plants that pose a high risk of invasion. It also

Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes. “The Great

makes illegal the gifting, bartering, exchanging, distributing

Lakes are all interconnected. If one state bans a species, Indiana DNR

or transporting any of the 28 plants. To determine which plants imported for the aquarium and water garden trades posed the greatest threat to the state’s waterways, the Indiana Dept. of Natural resources (DNR)

but a neighboring state doesn’t, the ban is essentially meaningless in terms of keeping the species

relied on a risk assessment tool developed by the Aquatic

out of the lakes,”

Working Plant Group. The tool evaluates a plant based on

said Pat Charlebois,

factors such as its history of invasion, its ability to survive in

aquatic invasive

Indiana habitats, and how difficult it is to control. For example,

species coordinator

DNR said one plant, Hydrilla verticillata, which has been

for Illinois/Indiana

around for more than six years, was brought here through

Sea Grant.

trade and has cost the state millions of dollars in attempting to control it.

FESTIVAL ADDS TALL SHIP EMPIRE SANDY Sailing Seaway

Based out of Toronto, the tall ship was built in the early 1940s

Clayton, a local

for war service by the British government. It would go on to

festival presented

serve in World War II in the north Atlantic Ocean. The ship is

by Caskinette’s

now operated by Nautical Adventures and serves as a cruise

Lofi nk Ford,

ship on Lake Ontario.

has added the Canadian tall ship Empire

The ship is more than 200 feet in length and is a threemast schooner with a height of 116 feet.

Sandy to its list

Empire Sandy will join tall ship Lynx in Clayton, N.Y., on June

of festivities.

12 and June 13 before departing for Brockville, Ontario. A

Tall ship Empire Sandy is expected to help kick off the 2013

complete tour schedule will be announced at a later date.

edition of the festival on Wednesday, June 12.

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Great Lakes

LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS NEEDED Peggy Allen/Michigan DNR

The Michigan Department

tours, work in the museum’s gift shop or perform other

of Natural Resources (DNR)

miscellaneous duties. In exchange for their work contribution,

is offering a fresh idea in

volunteers can stay in the newly renovated keeper’s quarters

vacation destinations. The

for a cost of $250 per person, per week. The living quarters

DNR is seeking volunteers

include two bedrooms and a modern kitchen and bath.

to spend a week or two between March 1 and Dec. 20 acting as lighthouse keepers for the Tawas Point Lighthouse during the 2013

“The lighthouse has been in operation since 1876 and is still an active aid to navigation,” said Chuck Allen, unit supervisor for Tawas Point. “It’s one of only nine lighthouses on the Great Lakes with a working Fresnel lens.”

lighthouse keeper season.

The lighthouse keeper program is open to singles and

The lighthouse is located

couples 18 years and older. Allen suggested that volunteers

on the grounds of Tawas Point State Park along the shores

should be physically able to lead tours through the lighthouse

of Lake Huron in East Tawas.

and tower and perform housekeeping duties such as light

Volunteers must be willing to become familiar with the lighthouse’s rich maritime history in order to lead visitor

maintenance or lawn care. Applications can be obtained at www.michigan.gov/tawaslighthouse. Dates and prices are effective through 2013. For details, call 989-362-5658.

ILLINOIS GETS TOUGH WITH INVASIVES Illinois has passed a law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013

Although some boaters view this law as a burden, others note

aimed at boaters and designed to stop the spread of aquatic

that the state had to take action to stop the spread of aquatic

invasive species. The new law makes it illegal for any boater

invasive species. Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant has been very

in any lake or river to remove their boats with plants and move

active in trying to keep boaters informed about the threat

to another body of water without first having the boat cleaned

aquatic invasive species pose to Illinois waterways and the

and the plants removed.

Great Lakes.

Although the approach of the Asian carp was a prime

A review of the literature reveals that the main way invasive

motivator for passing this law, it should be noted that there

species are spread into lakes, rivers, and waterways is through

are more than 30 plant and animal species that have been

recreational vehicles. It’s also one reason the state requires

designated as “high risk” threats to the Great Lakes

marinas and owners of public docks to now post information

by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

about keeping boats free of invasive plants and animals.

WINNERS OF PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED Amerman took her photo on the water-smoothed rocks of Duluth’s Brighton Beach. It was one of 1,284 images entered into the contest from photographers in 138 different cities, in 18 states, one U.S. territory (Guam) and Canada. She will get a $200 prize, a one-year subscription to Lake Superior Magazine, a 2013 Lake Superior wall calendar and a Lake Superior note card set. Other winners included Karen Ramsdale and Jakub Sisak, both of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Liz Powelson of Ishpeming, Mich.; Bruce Multhup of Springfield, Ohio; Heidi Mensch of Nisula, Mich.; Kevin Madson of Royal Oak, Mich.; Kenji Ogura A photograph that captures the sensation of the infinite and

of Duluth, Minn.; and Travis Chadwick of Superior, Wis.

the eternal felt near Lake Superior—while showing our small, hopeful presence beside it—earned Mary Amerman of Duluth,

All of the winning photos and a list of fi nalists, are available

Minn., the Grand Prize in the 18th annual Lake Superior

at www.LakeSuperior.com/articles/photocontest12/.

Photo Contest.

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MERCURY MARINE STARTS REPAYING LOAN Mercury Marine deposited a check of $3,274,500 on Dec. 24,

credits against the loan for the number of jobs created and

2012 with the Fond du Lac County Economic Development

employees retained. Numbers are calculated as an average

Corp. It was the first of 10 scheduled payments to the local

during the last four calendar quarters, with $500 credits given

agency as part of a $50 million loan given to Mercury Marine

for each employee retained from a base of 1,526 ($763,000)

in 2009 to entice the business to stay in the area instead of

and $1,000 in credit given for each position added ($962,500).

relocating manufacturing operations to Oklahoma.

In 2012, the loan amount forgiven added up to $1,725,500.

“I’m very pleased with what Mercury has been able to

Since 2009, Mercury Marine, which is owned by Brunswick

accomplish in the last three years—the expansion of the

Corp., has closed its Stillwater, Okla. plant and nearly

facility and increase in work force,” Fond du Lac County

doubled its Fond du Lac work force, totaling more than 2,800

executive Allen Buechel told Gannett Wisconsin Media.

employees today.

“It’s what we hoped would happen.” The loan agreement calls for Mercury to repay the loan in 10 installments of $5 million apiece. Mercury receives

INCREASE IN GREAT LAKES BASIN POLLUTION Toxic releases into the surface waters of the Great Lakes

waterways; and the surrounding watershed. The watershed

Basin increased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, according

covers parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, New

to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Toxics

York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and parts of Ontario

Release Inventory report that was recently published.

in Canada. The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater

Nitrates and pesticides from municipal wastewater treatment

system in the world.

plants and agriculture account for most of the toxic surface

Despite increases from 2010 to 2011, overall toxic releases in

water discharges to the Great Lakes Basin. Nitrates were also

the Great Lakes Basin have decreased about 40 percent since

discharged by primary metals facilities, such as iron and steel

2003 and are currently at the second-lowest level in a decade.

mills and smelters, and food and beverage manufacturers.

Surface water, air and land releases in the basin increased by

The Great Lakes Basin consists of lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario; a number of other smaller lakes and

12, 1 and 4 percent respectively, while underground injection decreased 5 percent from 2010 to 2011.

RENEW OHIO BOAT REGISTRATIONS ONLINE Approximately one-third of Ohio’s watercraft registrations

renewed online in one transaction. These secure renewal

expired on March 1, according to the Ohio Department of

transactions require the use of a valid MasterCard or Visa

Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohioans can register watercraft

credit card in addition to an ODNR Division of Watercraft

online, through the mail or in person.

assigned boat registration personal identification number.

The online renewal process may be utilized 24 hours a

Ohio boat owners also may renew watercraft registrations

day, seven days a week through Sept. 30 at ohiodnr.com/

by mail through June 30, as long as boat owners have

watercraft. Once the boat owner’s transaction is successfully

no changes to information included on their registration,

completed, a valid boat registration and decals will be mailed

including owner information. Watercraft registrations can

within 10 days. The ODNR Division of Watercraft encourages

also be renewed in person when

boat owners to use the online registration renewal system if

visiting a watercraft registration agent.

they are not making any changes to boat information included in their registration. Watercraft registrations are valid for three years.

A listing of watercraft registration agents, fee schedules and other registration information is available

Owner information, such as a mailing address, may be

at ohiodnr.com/watercraft or by calling

changed when using the online watercraft registration

the ODNR Division of Watercraft toll-

renewal process, and multiple boat registrations may be

free at 877-426-2837.

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Fishing

WYLAND LAKE FAMILY TROUT FISHING DAY Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife

Indiana residents who want to fish at the six-acre natural lake on April 20 will not be required to purchase a fishing license or trout stamp. Only anglers under age 18 and any adults who accompany them will be allowed to fish at Wyland Lake after 6 a.m. on April 20. Fishing will be open to the general public again on April 21. Anglers will not need to register before participating in the Free Fishing Day but will be required to check in with DNR personnel at the lake when they arrive.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will delay its 2013 spring stocking of 400 rainbow trout in Wyland Lake in the Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) until April 20 to coincide with

Most trout fishing at Wyland Lake is done from boats. A small fishing pier is available. Fishing from shore is limited by shallow depth and aquatic plants.

Indiana’s newest Free Fishing Day.

260-244-6805 // 574-834-4461

CHANGES TO MASTER ANGLER PROGRAM The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has

years, as well as environmental changes over the last several

announced that multiple changes have been made to the

decades that have impacted fish growth in Michigan. As a

state’s Master Angler program that recognizes large fi sh

result the entry criteria for some fish have been increased,

caught by recreational anglers.

while others were decreased.

To determine whether changes were necessary for the Master

In addition to the minimum entry criteria, multiple changes

Angler program, the DNR’s Fisheries Division reviewed

were made to the submission procedures for both “Catch-

entries from the past five years and determined the minimum

and-Immediate-Release” and “Catch-and-Keep” categories.

entry weight and length needed to be updated for several

Also, black and white photos will no longer be accepted; all

species, including: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, brown trout,

photos must be in color.

bullhead, channel catfi sh, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, crappie, freshwater drum, muskellunge, rainbow trout, rock bass and smallmouth bass.

All changes are highlighted in yellow on the new 2013 Master Angler entry application, available online at www.michigan.gov/masterangler, at any of the DNR’s

The changes to the entry criteria were based on the number of entries received for individual species from the past five

Operations Service Centers, or by calling 517-373-1280. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

MICHIGAN KIDS GET FISHING MENTORS A donation from the

mentoring programs throughout the state to support fishing-

Michigan Department of

related activities.

Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries program will enable mentoring programs throughout the state to receive mini-grant funds

“With this donation from the Fisheries Division, we can now provide mentoring programs across the state with the funds they need to support fi shing activities and other related expenses,” said Mentor Michigan Director Amber Troupe.

in 2013. The funds will allow youth and their mentors across

“For mentors and their mentees who already love to fish,

Michigan to fish together.

we hope these grants will provide the resources mentoring

In December, employees of the Fisheries Division held a silent auction and raised $3,340 benefiting Mentor Michigan, a state agency that supports 250 mentoring organizations throughout Michigan. The group will disperse the funds to

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programs need to make fi shing a regular match activity,” said Jim Dexter, Fisheries Division Chief, who presented the donated funds to Mentor Michigan. www.mentormichigan.org or 517-335-4295


FISHING ACCESS IN FREMONT [OH] TO BE CLOSED Anglers should be aware that public access to the popular

Anglers looking for another access may be interested to learn

Sandusky River fishing location known as the Sand Docks will

that the Darr-Root Fishing Access, directly across the river

be closed until further notice due to construction work at the

from the Sand Docks, is now open to the public.

Fremont Water Pollution Control Center, according to the city of Fremont.

Currently the Darr-Root site only has shoreline fishing access although small boats can be carried and launched into the

The Fremont Water Pollution Control Center will be

river. Future plans are to build a launch ramp for motorboats

undergoing a major renovation beginning in the spring of

on the site.

2013 and lasting until 2016. The fishing location, which is located southeast of the Fremont Pollution Control Center, will need to be closed to ensure public safety.

MULTI-YEAR PENNSYLVANIA LICENSES For the first time in its history, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat

these licenses, individuals should visit the PFBC website for

Commission (PFBC) is now selling three-year and fi ve-year

more information about pricing and answers to frequently

fi shing licenses, according to PFBC Executive Director

asked questions.

John Arway.

Customers who buy their multi-year licenses through either

“Customers want options when they buy products, and fishing

the PFBC Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.com) or from

is no different,” Arway said. “Now, anglers can purchase a

an issuing agent will receive a Web link where instructions on

multi-year license and know that when friends and family want

accessing the license can be found.

them to go fi shing, they can do so without worrying about

In addition to The Outdoor Shop,

whether they renewed their fishing license.”

multi-year fi shing licenses can be purchased at county

Customers who buy multi-year licenses also save money by

treasurers’ offi ces and from

not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year.

more than 900 issuing agents

Anglers can also purchase multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie

(http://fishandboat.com/flagent.htm).

and combo permits and experience similar savings. To get

MINNESOTA DNR EXTENDS WALLEYE REGULATION The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

supervisor. “Extending the current regulation will allow these

recently announced its decision to extend the current

benefi ts to continue and provide additional time for us to

walleye regulation on the fi ve lakes of the Namakan

evaluate its long-term effectiveness.”

Reservoir (Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane, and Little Vermilion) for an additional six years.

A public input meeting was held in September 2012 to provide information on the status of the walleye fishery, discuss three

The experimental regulation, which requires anglers to

management options, and listen to public comments. Harvest

release all walleye from 17 to 28 inches, was put in place in

daily possession limits were also considered in the overall

2007, and reviewed in 2012. Normally, a special regulation

management strategy.

remains in effect for ten years. In this case, a shortened timeframe for review was agreed upon when the regulation was implemented. “The walleye fi shery has responded well to the current regulation. Walleye numbers have stabilized or increased on all the lakes, and so has the abundance of fi sh over 17 inches,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries

Another regulation review will be conducted in six years and will use creel surveys and the results of the DNR fi sheries annual monitoring. Comments or questions about the decision to extend the walleye regulation can be directed to Kevin Peterson, area fisheries supervisor, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649; 218-286-5220, kevin.peterson@state.mn.us.

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Marinas

TOLEDO MARINA NO LONGER A FREEBIE Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

The city wants to make the marina self-sustaining, noting that the docking fees should be able to pay for the dockmaster and other expenses. Any profits garnered by the marina would be put back into the facility for repairs or improvements, according to the terms of a grant agreement used to build the marina. The city expected to hire a dockmaster by the end of February, and he/she will set fees for mooring and other amenities before the start of the prime boating season. It is expected that the dockmaster would sign a threeyear contract. The marina, formerly known as the Glass City Municipal

Toledo’s Mayor Mike Bell is looking to hire a dockmaster to

Marina, shares its quarters with a marine passenger terminal

manage the slips at the Toledo Skyway Marina, meaning that

developed by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Plans

boaters will no longer be able to dock their boats there for

call for the terminal to be refurbished and become the site

free. For the last three boating seasons, boaters have freely

of the Great Lakes Maritime Museum. The terminal includes

docked their vessels at the marina on a first-come, first served

showers, restrooms, and a store for use by boaters.

basis, complete with running water and electricity.

The city has long sought to bring tourists to Toledo via the

The $6.3 million marina, which was built on a brownfield site

water, and sees the Maritime Museum and the marina as the

and opened for business in June 2008, has 77 slips available

way to accomplish this by setting aside several spaces at the

and is part of the city’s Marina District Development along the

marina for transient boaters, who could dock their boats and

Maumee River. The city has long sought to capitalize on its

visit the Maritime Museum.

waterfront by attracting boaters.

TOWER MARINA DOES ITS OWN DREDGING At a time when small harbors in Michigan along the

dredging. A $541,000 contract was signed this year indicating

Lake Michigan coastline are complaining about the lack

that the federal government will pay for the removal of silt

of dredging funds, Tower Marina in Douglas, Mich., is

from Grand Haven’s inner and outer harbors.

undertaking its own dredging of silt and sedimentation, thanks to the foresight of R.J. Peterson, who owns the marina.

There are two major reasons why USACE is paying for this maintenance dredging. The first is that Grand Haven is home

Peterson said maintenance dredging of the marina’s harbor

to a coal-fi red

is an annual event, and this year is no different. He owns his

power plant, and

own dredging equipment and has the upland site available for

the shipment of

disposing of the waste.

coal and other

As a member of the Michigan Waterways Commission, Peterson said that dredging of marinas’ harbors is critical to keeping them open as viable businesses. He added that neither the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) nor the state Department of Environmental Quality seem to want to discuss the dredging problem.

commerce coming into the harbor qualifies it as a commercial harbor. The second reason is that Grand Haven is home for

Another Michigan marina that will be having its harbor

a U.S. Coast Guard station. This federal unit cannot afford

dredged in preparation for the upcoming boating season is

to be stalled in performing its job by an unfit harbor.

Grand Haven Municipal Marina, but USACE is paying for the

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INDIANA MARINA GETS NEW OWNER Tall Timbers Marina on Lake Shafer is the new owner of

The Coghills had been looking to sell their marina, but only

Pearson’s Marina on Lake Freeman in nearby Monticello, Ind.,

to someone who would take good care of the marina’s 300

and it has moved all of its operations to the Monticello facility.

customers. The owners said the customers have been very

A large construction project forced Gary Creigh, the owner of Tall Timbers Marina, to find a new marina property and

good to them, as the marina has grown to housing 300 boats from only 30 when they bought it in 1998.

resulted in him acquiring Pearson’s Marina. Creigh said that

Creigh said that he has relocated his existing marina to

he purchased the marina from Katrina and Alan Coghill, the

the new marina site, and will operate the business as Tall

owners and operators of Pearson’s Marina since 1998.

Timbers Marina.

The transaction, which was completed in 2012, came about because the Indiana Department of Transportation notified Tall Timbers that it would be rebuilding the Washington Street bridge of US 24 over Lake Shafer, and it needed Tall Timbers’ land and buildings for the project. Creigh then began searching for new property and possibly a new marina. In the end, he bought Pearson’s Marina from the Coghills in a purchase that worked out well for both parties.

CLEVELAND MARINA UNDERGOES EMERGENCY REPAIRS Edgewater Marina, which is a state-owned facility on

of Superstorm Sandy had severely damaged the marina’s

Cleveland’s lakefront, will undergo emergency repairs

breakwall, sunk 15 boats, and left most of the marina’s docks

following a battering inflicted by Superstom Sandy in early

and pilings beyond repair.

November (see January/February issue, pg. 37). In early January, the Ohio Controlling Board authorized $1.6 million in emergency funds to complete repairs that will allow the marina to be up and running for the 2013 boating season.

The $1.6 million will finance the first phase of marina repairs, including the dredging of 24,000 cubic yards of debris, which will be disposed at an offshore location, and the restoration of the marina’s breakwall to prevent damage from future storms.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which

The repair work is expected to be in completed within 70

oversees the facility, requested money for emergency

days so that the boat ramp and marina docks will be up and

repairs in early December. Preliminary reports from ODNR

running for the 2013 boating season, according to Bill Staiger,

Engineers indicated that the 60 mph winds and 20-foot waves

Northern Regional Manager, Division of Watercraft, ODNR.

SOUTH HAVEN MARINA GETS NEW CLUBHOUSE What makes this project unique is that no city funds will be used to pay for it. South Haven said it is paying for the clubhouse by using $814,000 in grant money from the state Department of Natural Resources, under a program funded by marine fuel taxes and boat registration fees, for part of the project. The remaining amount will come from the city’s marina fund, which is supported by marina users. In October 2012, contractor A.J. Veneklasen Inc. of Grand Rapids demolished the old marina clubhouse, which was built in the 1960s. A crane was brought in during December and A South Haven, Mich. marina is looking forward to having a new

work was begun on the new, larger clubhouse, which is to be

clubhouse ready for this upcoming boating season. At press

finished in mid-March and open for boaters in mid-April, said

deadline, city officials said work on the $1.4 million North Side

assistant city manager and harbormaster Paul VandenBosch.

Marina clubhouse construction project is right on schedule.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF BOAT BUILDING BONDS FAMILIES In a world of video

Rowboat and sailboat kits take approximately 16 hours to

games and tablets, the

build, including drying time for adhesives and paint. The

Balmain Boat Company

only required tools are a hammer, caulking gun and drill.

has a way for families to spend quality time together with build-ityourself boats.

Entry-level sailboat or rowboat kits are just less than 8 feet in length and weigh less than 150 pounds. For more ambitious families, the soon-to-be-released Pilot model is approximately 15 feet long. Factory options include the fun of naming your

The Balmain Boat

boat and creating your own custom figurehead. All Balmain

Company’s philosophy

Boat Company boats are manufactured in Australia and are

is that anyone,

made from 100 percent sustainable and legal wood sources.

anywhere in the world, can build a boat. With the mission of

U.S. sales are cut and shipped from Ohio.

making parents and grandparents look like legends, each user-

thebalmainboatcompany.com

friendly Balmain Boat kit comes flat-packed, shipped directly to the purchaser and is ready to assemble in 42 pieces.

RAMP ACT REINTRODUCED U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) is supporting the

in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund where they would

reintroduction of the Realize America’s Maritime Promise

be used exclusively for harbor maintenance costs, yet

(RAMP) Act, H.R.335. The RAMP Act guarantees that funds

this funding is not being used to address the backlog of

collected annually by the Harbor Maintenance Tax on imports

necessary maintenance dredging. According to the Marine

at U.S. ports are allocated by Congress for the sole purpose

Transportation System, the current balance of the fund is

of dredging and maintenance of America’s harbors and ports.

more than $7 billion.

Created in 1986, the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

Rep. Miller stated, “…this maintenance is more important

provides a stable long-term source of funding to pay for

than ever, particularly here in the Great Lakes region as we

maintenance costs for federally maintained harbors. The

are experiencing historic low water levels, and passage of

concept was that taxes would be imposed on users of the

this bill is vital so those needed resources can be directed to

system, particularly shippers of goods passing through

protecting the infrastructure along our lakes and waterways.”

those harbors. The revenues from users would be placed

NOAA AND USPS RENEW CHARTING PROGRAM The U.S. Power

Over the last 10 years, Power Squadron members have

Squadron (USPS)

submitted more than 28,000 corrections to NOAA’s nautical

has renewed a 50-

charts and the website www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/nsd/

year commitment

cpdownload.htm. More than 4,000 members have submitted

to a cooperative

reports, adding their particular local knowledge to NOAA’s

charting program that

national effort to keep navigation materials accurate.

helps to update the nation’s thousands of navigational charts. Under the voluntary program, USPS members scan water and land areas, looking for changing conditions that may not be reflected on NOAA nautical charts. Power Squadrons members submit their reports online, and NOAA cartographers review and incorporate changes to their navigation products.

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The USPS is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. The organization has nearly 40,000 members, in more than 400 squadrons across the country and in U.S. territories. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey updates the nation’s nautical charts, surveys the coastal seafl oor, responds to maritime emergencies and searches for underwater obstructions and wreckage that pose a danger to navigation.


BOATING AND BIKING TOUR PLANNED Members of the boating community and their friends are

Riders can choose to travel the entire tour or can ride a leg or

invited to a cross-country boating and motorcycle tour

two of their own choosing. At select locations, the group will

scheduled for May, 2013. The “Boaterz n’ Bikerz Across

participate in specially planned boating activities.

America: A Hull of a Tour!” will be a multi-day motorcycle trip from Florida to California, with boating and sightseeing stops along the way.

The “Boaterz n’ Bikerz Across America: A Hull of a Tour!” is designed for experienced motorcycle riders with group riding experience.

“Some of my favorite people to ride with are colleagues in

The tour is restricted

the boating industry, so I thought … why not create a totally

to those gainfully

unique ride that encompasses the lifestyle sports of boating

employed in the

and motorcycling? It truly is going to live up to our tagline

boating industry and

and be one hull of a tour,” said Wanda Kenton Smith, B&B

their sponsored friends.

Tour organizer and president of Kenton Smith Marketing.

For more information and/or to inquire about

Departure will be Saturday, May 4, from Legendary Marine’s Destin, Fla. headquarters and will run a total of 13 days.

volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, email Smith

There will be four legs to the tour, which will run from Florida

at: wanda@kentonsmithmarketing.com and/or join the

through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico,

Facebook Group at facebook.com/groups/HullofaTour/.

Arizona, possibly Nevada, and conclude in San Diego, Calif.

NEW BOAT SALES UP 10 PERCENT The U.S. recreational boating industry began the New Year

In 2011, boating participation increased 10 percent to

on the upswing as it reported a 10 percent increase in new

83 million.

powerboat sales in 2012, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Early projections indicate the industry will see additional increases in 2013. A new manufacturing trend that seems to be contributing to new boat sales is the creation of innovative, more versatile and accessible boats that appeal to a variety of interests and budgets and fall within the 15- to 26-foot range.

It’s not just boating participation that is growing. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that more than 140 million Americans made outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives last year. To further attract this growing number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts and showcase what the boating lifestyle has to offer, the recreational boating industry unveiled its latest

It’s these boats less than 27 feet, which make up 96 percent

innovations at boat shows across the country this January

of the 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S., that are leading

and February. The shows provide a glimpse of buyer

the industry out of the recession, NMMA said. Boats that fall

sentiment and sales for the year ahead.

into this category include aluminum all-purpose boats and pontoons, bowriders, fish and ski boats, and jet boats.

WEST MARINE ANNOUNCES SWEEPSTAKES WINNER West Marine, the

voyage in the British Virgin Islands. Flynn was selected

largest specialty

as part of the company’s “Moorings Dream Charter”

retailer of boating

sweepstakes that took place in all West Marine locations,

supplies and

as well as on its Web site.

accessories, along with The Moorings, provider of yachting holidays for more than 40 years around the globe, announced that Rita Flynn of New Albany, Ind., is the winner of a seven-day, six-night

Flynn enjoys boating and fi shing with her husband. The couple discovered the Moorings years ago while on a trip to Tortola. “I’ve been dreaming about a yacht vacation since. I entered the sweepstakes and now our dream has come true,” said Flynn.

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WOMEN’S SAILING IN THE BAHAMAS

Sailing

covered include seamanship, sail trim, navigation, man overboard prevention and recovery, engine maintenance, close quarters maneuvering and docking. The emphasis of these courses is on safety, confi dence building and acquiring the skills necessary for bareboat chartering and passagemaking. “The Bahama lslands are easy to get to and so close to home. It’s an incredible feeling to sail in the Sea of Abaco with the trade winds blowing, all the while, tucked behind the barrier islands with calm and brilliant blue water. There are small settlements, snug harbors and deserted white beaches. It’s a fantastic place to learn or upgrade sailing skills, while chasing away the winter blahs and getting ready for the spring sailing season,” said Capt. Patti Moore, co-founder of Sea Sense. Sea Sense...the Sailing & Powerboating School is teaching an all-women’s sailing course in the Abaco lslands of the

The 7-day, live aboard sailing class will be taught aboard

Bahamas, April 28 to May 4.

a comfortable, modern sloop that will depart from Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The cost is $2,995 and includes instruction,

Sea Sense has been teaching women how to operate sail

accommodations, all docking, mooring and fuel fees, cruising

and powerboats for more than 24 years. Experienced Coast

taxes and most meals.

Guard-licensed women instructors will teach this class and seasenseboating.com // 800-332-1404

will provide a full range of hands-on instruction. Subjects

STORM TRYSAIL CLUB’S BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK Rolex/Daniel Forster

The Storm Trysail

Swan 42 New England Championship; and Beneteau 36.7

Club Block Island

Northeast Championship.

Race Week will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with sporting style in 2013. Seven new championship events have been

design classes and consists of around-the-buoys racing and at least one day devoted to the well-known 18.2 nautical mile Around-the-Island Race. Navigator-style courses will be sailed by the Classics, Doublehanded, Cruising and Gunboat classes.

added to the biennial

Racing headquarters for the Storm Trysail Club Block Island

regatta’s schedule,

Race Week 2013 will be located at The Oar Restaurant, while

along with the

evening festivities and award ceremonies will be held next

introduction of new

door in the event tent.

classes for Classics, Doublehanded boats and Gunboats. Scheduled from Sunday, June 23, through Friday, June 28, the event will host the IRC North American Championship; HPR (High Performance Rule) North American Championship; PHRF East Coast Championship; J/80 North American Championship; J/109 East Coast Championship;

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The five-day event welcomes teams in IRC, PHRF and one-

A 50 percent entry fee discount applies to entrants in Classics, Doublehanded, Cruising and Gunboats classes, which are scheduled for one race per day on Block Island Sound. For all other classes, a 10 percent discount applies for those meeting the early entry deadline of April 1. www.blockislandraceweek.com


INTERNATIONAL ROLEX REGATTA Rolex/Ingrid Abery

camaraderie, the St. Thomas Yacht Club’s International Rolex Regatta will celebrate its 40th year in 2013. Racing events will be held from March 22 to 24. The event features IRC and CSA (Caribbean Sailing Association) handicap racing, as well as one-design racing, in a beautiful setting. The distance race from Cowpet Bay to Charlotte Amalie Harbour and back showcases the coastline and offers competitors a great view of St. Thomas’ beautiful capital. www.rolexcupregatta.com

A highlight of the Caribbean racing calendar, distinguished by its unique blend of island-style hospitality, competition and

HOST A RACING CLINIC AT YOUR CLUB The US Sailing Racing Clinics are being offered around

learning experiences for sailors eager to improve their

the country to yacht clubs, community sailing centers, and

skills and help raise the level of racing at their club.”

other organizations that offer sail racing clinics.

Sailing organizations will have options regarding the racing

The goal of US Sailing’s Racing Clinic program is to

clinic they choose. One- or two-day clinics at the novice

assist sailing organizations with access to quality racing

or intermediate/advanced levels will be offered in fl eet or

instruction as well as to improve their members’ racing

team racing, including classroom instruction and on-the-

skills and overall sailing experience. The US Sailing Racing

water sessions. US Sailing will provide clinic materials

Clinics aim to improve the competition at sailing clubs by

for each participant. Additional education will be offered

keeping learning levels high. US Sailing contracts certifi ed

in conjunction with the clinics in the areas of Club Race

Level 3 coaches and maintains a maximum ratio of 15

Management and Umpire Training.

sailors for every coach. Clinics will be offered in a new line of exciting and challenging boats.

US Sailing is accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a US Sailing Racing Clinic. Visit

“We are looking forward to assisting sailing organizations

http://championships.ussailing.org/Clinics.htm for more

in offering top-notch coaching and instruction to their

details and information on how your sailing organization

members,” said Jack Gierhart, executive director of

can be a host for a US Sailing Racing Clinic.

US Sailing. “Our certifi ed coaches will foster fi rst class

NEW NSCHOF FOUNDING MEMBER The Chicago Yacht Club has become a founding member

our very active junior sailing program to our signature

of the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame located in

regatta—the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac—our

Annapolis, Md. CYC joins an expanding list of yacht clubs

focus is on supporting and growing the sport of sailing. We

and sailing organizations in the United States in supporting

could not be more pleased to support the Hall of Fame in

the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame as it preserves

its effort to honor the achievements of American sailors.”

America’s sailing legacy and engages the next generation of American sailors.

Organized in 1875 in the City of Chicago as an association of 37 yachtsmen, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest

“The Chicago Yacht Club membership is proud to become

clubs in the U.S. CYC is also

a founding member of the National Sailing Center & Hall of

a leader in teaching children

Fame,” said Commodore Joseph S. Haas. “Since 1875 our

and adults how to sail, having

club has embraced an aggressive racing program, which

provided sailing lessons for

today includes an average of 100 regattas annually. From

more than 85 years.

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NEW PRODUCTS

SUNROOF FOR SMALLER BOATS The new Series 40 Marine Sunroofs from Webasto Product North America offer a sleek, low profile and are designed to fit in smaller boat roofs. The sliding sunroof features a reliable, intelligent E-Drive system that self calibrates and operates on 12V DC. With an attractive design and safety glass, it offers a 74” x 54” opening. The Series 40 is extremely quiet and has a watertight seal. Options include a sunblind/fly screen, fixed panel for panoramic views and motor cover. The sunroof is delivered fully assembled, quality-tested and ready for installation. $7,765 // 800 -215-7010 // webasto-marine.com

STREAMLINED CHOCKS Accon Marine’s Surface-Mount Chocks help keep decks clutterfree by enabling users to fold them down and out of the way when not in use. The chocks pull up when owners are ready to use them. Constructed of 316 marine-grade stainless steel, these durable chocks are available in 4.5-inch and 6-inch models. Simple to install, no cutout is needed. Mounting to the surface only requires owners to drill three holes for each chock and secure in place with screws. $129.45, $197.89 // 727-572-9202 // acconmarine.com

COMPACT DEHUMIDIFIER Ideal for boat cabins, bilges, engine rooms or v-berths, Air-Dryr draws in cool, damp air through its bottom panel. Once the air is heated to the point that moisture is held in suspension, it’s released through the perforated top surface. Air-Dryr is completely silent and has no tank to empty. If airflow becomes impeded, a thermal cutoff automatically shuts off the unit. The Air-Dryr 500 handles up to 500 cu. ft. of space and measures 14” L x 5” W x 4.5” H. The Air-Dryr 1000, for larger spaces up to 1,000 cu. ft., measures 13.5” in diameter and 4.25” H. $59.99, $69.99 // 510 -732-9229 // davisnet.com

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MAN OVERBOARD APP The Man Over-board App for iPhones from Intelligent Maintenance is easy to use. Hit the MOB button, then use the on-screen coordinates to call in to the Coast Guard. Follow the on-screen arrow to get back to the MOB point. This app can be used as a Man Overboard practice aid. A couple of fenders tied together represent the MOB. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes for the body core temperature to drop to a point where arms and legs go numb and lose function. That is why getting to the person as quickly as possible is absolutely essential. $1.99 // itunes.apple.com/us/app/man-over-board/id506098680?mt=8

STAINLESS STEEL WHEEL Made from polished, non-corrosive stainless steel, the Orion steering wheel features a finger grip rim for user comfort and a ball bearing mount for effortless action. It’s offered in either 13 ½-inch or 15 ½ -inch diameter models and fits a ¾-inch tapered shaft. A large stainless steel center cap is secured by socket head screws that are integrated into the wheel’s design. A more economical black plastic cap is also available. An optional control knob positioned on a spoke eliminates hand-over-hand steering. $181 // 866 -724-6488 // schmittsteering.com

NEW BLACK BOX In addition to Bluetooth audio streaming, the JBLMBB2020 Black Box receiver from Prospec Electronics plays AM/FM radio stations and hooks up to portable media devices. Featuring a 4 x 50 watt internal amplifier, the JBLMBB2020 has a built-in RF receiver with the handheld RF transmitter sold separately. Aux-in, three pairs of pre-outs, including subwoofer output and USB input with control for playing MP3 and Windows Media Audio files all come standard. The device is controlled with simple pushbuttons for volume, tuning and programmed stations. It also features wired remote capability. $299.95 // 843-849-9037 // prospecelectronics.com

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BOAT CARE & FEEDING

GELCOAT COLOR MATCHING SYSTEM Available online and as an app for smartphones and tablets, the Dolphinite GelMatch™ Gelcoat Color Matching System allows a user to input a boat’s make, year, model and length. The system then scans a database of 250 boat manufacturers and more than 13,000 OEM color formulas for most boats manufactured in the U.S. since 1984 (and in some cases, as far back as 1967) and identifi es the correctly matched gelcoat color. Gelcoat has a shelf life of about 120 days, so the gelcoat colors are made to order and shipped the same day. 855-435-2628 // dolphiniteproducts.com

COMPASS® CLEAR Compass Clear from Interlux is a durable polyurethane gloss varnish that contains a combination of ultra-violet additives, Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), surface stabilizers and antioxidants ensure long-term gloss and clarity. Polyurethane resin provides abrasion, chemical and water resistance. Compass Clear soaks up UV rays from sunlight, converts them into heat, and dissipates them through the surface of the coating. HALS protect the coating from the harmful effects of ‘free radicals’ created by sunlight by neutralizing them. 908-686-1300 // yachtpaint.com

SURFACE FRIENDLY WASHING TOOL Swobbit ® has introduced a microfi ber washing tool specially designed to clean smooth fi berglass, plastic enclosures and acrylic without marring the surfaces. The tool has hundreds of microfiber strands that hold more soapy water than other washing tools to clean surfaces faster and more effi ciently. It is adapted to the Swobbit swivel plate that attaches to the Swobbit Perfect Pole. $29.95 // 203-453-3090 // swobbit.com

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RUST AND OXIDATION REMOVER Poli Ox is a powder that will remove heavy oxidation from dark or light faded fiberglass. It also removes fish blood, rust stains, mineral deposits, scum line and brown water stains from a boat’s hull. Poli Ox can also be used to clean and polish stainless steel, chrome, aluminum, bronze, brass, copper, glass (will not scratch glass) and to clean and brighten teak. $10.95 // 800 -922-5013 // poliglow-int.com

PREVENT HOLDING TANK ODORS Boaters sensitive to dyes and fragrance or those who prefer a non-formaldehyde holding tank deodorant can use Thetford Marine’s Eco-Smart Free & Clear Holding Tank Liquid Deodorant. The new Free & Clear Toss-Ins provide even more convenience. This 12-dose pack of rapidly-dissolving packets prevents spills and messes. Ideal for both portable and permanent heads, the 100 percent biodegradable formula provides superior odor control and waste digestion. $13.99 // 800/543-1219 // thetford.com

TROLLING MOTOR BRACKET Add an auxiliary trolling motor to the stern of most any new or used pontoon boat with the Toon Kicker. A variable plate and strong swing arm system allows the bracket to be installed on struts, sideboards, wings, decks or a combination of spots to create a strong platform for a two- or four-stroke outboard motor weighing up to 120 pounds. Made from high-grade, powder-coated aluminum, Toon Kicker will accept any currently available conventional lifting motor bracket from virtually any manufacturer. It is available with a 24-inch standard cross brace assembly. $289 // 320 -252-5226 // powr tran.com

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1978 43’ Viking Double Cabin: Twin 310 hp diesels, GPS, radar, generator, 2 heads/showers, microwave, stove, refrigerator, ac & heat, sleeps 6. Buffalo, Capt. Tom, 716-868-5496. $72,000. (See photo below)

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PROGRESSIVE I NSURANCE N ORTHWEST S PORTSHOW

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center Eau Claire

INDIANA

Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis

wisportshow.com

MARCH 8-10

B OATS AND MORE C ONCORD M ALL B OAT S HOW 3701 S. Main St. Elkhart elkhart-boatshow.com

IOWA MARCH 15-17

northwestsportshow.com

OHIO

MARCH 15-17

MAY 4-6

Moncton Coliseum Complex Moncton, New Brunswick

PROGRESSIVE I NSURANCE CATAWBA I SLAND B OAT S HOW Catawba Island Club Port Clinton

iowashows.com

M ONCTON B OAT S HOW

masterpromotions.com

APRIL 5-7

catawbaislandboatshow.com

VALLEY FISHING AND O UTDOOR S HOW

NEW YORK

Carp Fairgrounds and Arena Ottawa, Ontario

MARCH 7-10

valleysportsmanshow.com

E ASTERN I OWA S PORTSHOW UNI-Dome Cedar Falls

CANADA

NY S PORT & TRAVEL S HOW Hamburg Fairgrounds Hamburg sportandtravelexpo.com

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