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historical account of the unfortunate fate of the freighter Kamloops on the Great Lakes’ largest body of water and highlights preservation efforts as well as places to learn more about shipwrecks firsthand. In our commitment to preserving recreational boating for all, we report on HR 1702, a disturbing piece of proposed legislation aimed at revoking boaters’ second-home mortgage interest deductions. The industry leaders we spoke to join us in condemning the bill.

With the boating season well underway, we hope you’ve had many opportunities to take to the water. Despite a precarious economic forecast, boating remains an unparalleled way to enjoy life. This great pastime, which we get to share with family and friends, allows us a respite filled with freedom and fun.

Managing Editor Karen Malonis Contributing Writers Gary Jensen Sean Ley Lisa E. Van Alstyne

Assistant Editor Jenifer Fischer

What goes better with boating than fishing? This issue’s boat feature showcases Contender sportfishing crafts. These high-quality boats are built with a traditional, hands-on philosophy while keeping the 21st century in mind with fuel-efficiency and environmental friendliness. These sleek beauties are also top-performers you will enjoy operating out on the lake and casting from. We’re proud to present a feature examining the positive role the U.S. FWS plays to keep boating sustainable. “Boating Sustained”— that is what this agency does for boating in the U.S. The current user-pay, user-benefit system works. We invest in boating, and we get something in return. This article shows how the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program significantly improves access and facilities for recreational boaters through three major contributions: the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, the Boating Access Program, and the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program.

Whether you’re fishing or cruising, safe and hassle-free excursions are a top priority. Two spotlights will provide you with valuable tips for smooth trips. The step-by-step anchor-setting guide reminds even long-time boat operators how to properly execute this task. In another spotlight, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers insights for efficient border crossings. A third spotlight investigates rumors that the Illinois village of Winthrop Harbor seeks to purchase the Great Lakes’ largest marina, North Point. We discuss how state-owned, stateoperated marinas can find new life through privatization and provide a glimpse at what benefits could come from such a deal. While our industry remains in recovery, many positive things are happening for boaters. By remaining informed and vigilant, each of us can make an impact and help boating remain viable for our children and grandchildren. We wish you safe travels filled with all the pleasures boating offers. We encourage you to join us in our efforts by becoming a member of the Great Lakes Boating Federation. Let’s keep boating alive!

Another feature focuses on Lake Superior shipwrecks, offering a



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The bow seating arrangement features a standard hydraulic lifting sun pad and table while maintaining its sleek deck appearance. The bow seating, with optional reclining backrests, provides ample storage space for gear. Reclining backrests allow for either a relaxing posture or just flipping through the pages of your favorite literature. For sunning, simply push a button and the bow filler cushion rises to a flush seating level to make for a sunbed. The sunbed also transforms the lounge area into a spacious dinette.


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Below the waterline, the Contender 39 LS is an offshore animal built for rough water and big seas. Above the waterline she boasts a luxurious feel with large standard aft seating and a spacious standard bow seating.

Inside the console you will find a standard head, convenient sink and pull-out shower complete with teak flooring and Corian® countertops. The console door locks to provide a secure location for valuables.


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Located behind the helm, the entertainment center features a Corian® countertop with integrated sink and a flush-mounted stainless steel grill. Below is a refrigerator, storage area and trash bin.

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A Dangerous Misconception The struggling U.S. economy continues to dominate

Perhaps, to the untrained eye all yachts—which are by

headlines as we the people try to determine whether it’s

defi nition any vessel longer than 26 feet that includes a head,

bouncing back or slipping further into despair. Hardly a

galley and sleeping berth—may appear to be Bentleys. In

segment of the society has gone untouched by the recession,

reality, they fall closer to Chevettes and cost no more than the

boaters and the boating industry not excluded.

price of a new car. The families enjoying them are like other

In the recession year of 2009, 16.5 million citizens managed to own their boats. Even more impressive was the discovery that 75 million people participated in boating. In December

hard-working Americans who own vacation dwellings such as cabins and cott ages; they simply opt for summer homes on water instead of land.

2010, NMMA reported in Great Lakes Boating that business

Th ree out of four U.S. boat owners have a household income

failures had ceased and manufacturers had seen production

of less than $100,000 per year. And, according to the National

numbers increase to 50 to 60 percent above 2009’s historic

Marine Bankers Association, 83.3 percent of boaters who

lows—a promising outlook to be sure.

fi nance their vessels earn less than $250,000 per year. For

Now three U.S. congressmen seem determined to hurt this population as it attempts to bounce back. On May 3, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, along with Reps. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gary Peters of Michigan introduced the

the most part, upper-class boat owners opt to pay cash. Those who do fi nance tend to own multiple vacation properties and therefore opt to apply their mortgage interest deduction to higher loans.

Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Yachts Act, HR 1702, which

If this bill fails to hit its targeted population, it threatens to

would revoke yacht owners’ ability to deduct their mortgage

bring certain harm to boaters, the boating industry and the

interest payments.

communities that rely on boating tourism dollars. The “litt le

IRS Service Code Section 163 allows second-home owners

guy” ultimately pays the price should it pass.

to deduct mortgage interest payments for their qualified

The 4.3 million registered boaters in the Great Lakes generate

residences, up to two homes including a primary and

an economic impact of $9.5 billion annually. They support

vacation home, as long as their loans do not exceed $1

businesses in the communities where they live and visit. And

million. Properties to which this deduction applies include

behemoths hardly comprise the manufacturing industry;

cabins, condominiums, RVs, boats and other residences that

97.4 percent of them are small businesses, according to the

are not rented out or are used by the owner for more than 14

Small Business Association. The United States’ 15 million

days or 10 percent of the number of days they are rented to

recreational boaters who love the sport and have made it an

others at a fair price.

integral part of their lives will suffer.

So why are these congressmen singling out boaters? They’re

Don’t let these congressmen att ack boating and take away

out to tax the rich in an attempt to chip away at our national

a middle-class instrument of freedom. The Great Lakes

debt, and they seem to be under the impression that boating

Boating Federation urges boaters and industry members to

is a wealthy man’s pastime. However, most boaters are not

contact their representatives and voice their concerns about

wealthy. The congressmen’s misguided assumption reveals

HR 1702. Let them know that our pastime is not exclusive

how out of touch they are with the boating populations in

to the wealthy; it’s a family activity popular among average,

their own backyards—middle-class families out cruising the

working-class Americans. Tell them boaters refuse to be

Great Lakes on modest vessels.

singled out.

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Fate of Government-Built Marinas: Privatization In the late 1980s into the late 1990s, large-scale marinas

into improvements and expansions that benefit those who use

cropped up in the Great Lakes, put into operation by various

the marinas and nearby communities.

government entities and built with public subsidies. They served to provide water access for all and fuel local economies.

Governments are not in the business of running businesses. Private companies can operate more efficiently with

With occupancy now hovering near 50 percent, taking these

streamlined processes that allow them to react to the

marinas out of government hands to privatize them offers a

marketplace quickly in order to remain competitive.

promising new life.

We don’t need to look far to see how privatization arrangements

All big marinas started out in government hands, the only

benefit everyone. In a semi-privatization deal, Chicago’s

means available to establish them. Taking into account that

marinas are now managed by Westrec Marinas in partnership

three out of four boat owners make less than $100,000,

with the Chicago Park District. Under this arrangement, the

businesses could never attempt to build these expensive

nation’s largest municipal harbor system is flourishing with a

infrastructures and expect to make a profit at affordable

10th harbor slated to open in 2012. The 31st Street Harbor will

mooring rates.

include a 1,000-slip marina with substantial boater amenities

It has been the accepted fact that governments provide the resources and taxpayer-backed funds to create these multimillion-dollar entities and run them for a decade or two, until it is realized that marina’s debt service can not be paid

and two acres of additional parkland for boaters and nonboaters to enjoy. In addition, an economic impact analysis for the project estimates a total impact on the local economy of 224 jobs, $6 million in labor income and $9.6 million in value added.

from mooring revenues at market values. The next step in the

With declines in occupancy throughout the recession years

evolution of these marinas is facing the end of no-return and

and signs that recreational boating is on the rebound, it’s the

selling them to the highest bidder for a fraction of the cost, in

time to breathe new life into state-funded, state-operated

most cases between 10 to 20 cents on the dollar.

marinas through privatization.

Average mooring rates on the Great Lakes go for about $60 per

We would never have the kind of marinas we’re accustomed

lineal foot per season, which runs from late-April through late-

to if it weren’t for the current system, where governments

October. At these rates, someone who owns a 30-foot boat pays

take the fi rst step in gett ing the marinas fi nanced and built.

about $2,000 in seasonal mooring fees. Based on the substantial

But now the time has come to move on and optimize them for

investment to build these marinas, such low fees cannot sustain

the 21st century. Savvy businesses must take the helm and

the revenue to pay debt service for the original cost.

help transform them into thriving lakeside hubs for boaters,

However, a business that acquires the marina for a fraction of the cost will stand to turn a profit and pour additional funds

fi shermen and others looking to enjoy the water. Now is the time for privatization.

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C ANADIAN B OATERS C OMMENT My husband and I came across your wonderful magazine and were so impressed that we inquired about a subscription. After speaking with your rep, we found out that you are experiencing difficulties with the postal service and costs. We would just like to comment on what a wonderful magazine you have produced, and as boaters of the Great Lakes, we love the fact that it is


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focused on the Great Lakes and all the wonderful areas there are to discover. We both found the magazine very informative and packed full of great information. Moreover, we liked that different boats were featured giving us exposure to a variety of many models of power boats. We also like your articles/pictures; in fact we have decided to boat to one of the featured areas. Thanks for

producing this magazine, and all the best in the future. Please let us know if you resume subscriptions once again. Erin and Peter Hak voor t via email

EDITOR’S NOTE: Your kind comments are greatly appreciated. Our two websites, and, are under construction and will soon be available for our readers. Once completed, you will have access to current and past issues, news briefs, events and classified ads. And as always, there will be no charge to view the contents of the site.

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. Send a letter to the editor and tell us what you think.

Privatize North Point Marina?

By Jenifer Fischer


arly-summer rumblings in the Chicagoland boating

“Running businesses is not what governments do best,” said

community suggested Illinois’ northernmost city might be

Ned Dikmen, chairman of the Great Lakes Boating Federation,

in the market to buy the Great Lakes’ largest marina.

which represents 4.3 million boaters on the Great Lakes.

While no one will disclose figures, Village of Winthrop Harbor confirmed that an unsolicited offer in a “fair and equitable” amount was made on state-owned and -operated North Point Marina. The village sees the marina as “hugely untapped potential and would like to see the community’s lakefront even more accessible to boaters and non-boaters. “We value the marina as a very important asset to our community,” said Pat DiPersio, director of economic development at the Village of Winthrop Harbor. “We see it as tied to our future economic prosperity and a way to achieve future economic goals and drive tourism. We have a vested interest in seeing it as successful as it can be.” When North Point opened in 1989, its price tag was $41 million. The original master plan included a hotel and resort with shops and restaurants that made it a lakefront destination. DiPersio said that the project held promise for greater prosperity and development for Winthrop Harbor’s downtown business corridor; however, the economic impact has not reached the level they hoped for. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which currently manages the property, said in a statement, “The IDNR is always interested in possible public/private partnerships that will maximize the benefit of our services and properties to the

“With so many marinas going half vacant, one needs the competitive spirit and edge inherent in running business to get them out of the slump and succeed. A privatized marina would be able to react faster instead of being burdened by the same bureaucratic processes.” At a minimum, the village plans to fulfill the original master plan should the sale go through. They believe it would provide them with the key aspects necessary to continue marketing their community to boaters as well as a broader audience, including those who enjoy camping, swimming, biking, resortgoing and other activities. The property spans 140 acres, exactly half of them on land and the other half on water. In addition to offering 1,477 slips and several boater amenities such as winter storage and pumpouts, it doubles as a public recreation area with a fi shing pier and cleaning station, hiking and biking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic areas, fi re pits and a restaurant. While Dikmen gives the state credit for accomplishing what it set out to do with North Point: successfully drawing Illinois boaters to Illinois—93 percent of them to be exact—he thinks the marina has become sort of out-of-sight, out-of-mind to those in Springfield.

general public while increasing recreational opportunities.

DiPersio reiterated that sentiment, “Currently the focus in the

It is IDNR’s goal to always maintain, in trust, any public

last 25 years has been entirely on boaters, and they’ve done

lands it now owns or manages for future generations and to

a good job. We believe everybody should be able to enjoy the

consistently seek open access for the public.”

lakefront. The original plan was not fulfilled. The state tried to

While the marina remains profitable year after year and draws nearly one million visitors per summer, occupancy remains around 55 percent. New ownership seems a promising way to

attract investors in the early 90s, and it doesn’t seem like any further effort has been made.” The offer remains with the state at this time.

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or nearl y 3 0 years , Contender has redefined all that a sportfishing boat can be. The original hull design of its classic 25-foot model has evolved into the sophisticated power and performance of today’s tournament-proven winners. The company prides itself on following a traditional “hands on� boat-building philosophy while using the most advanced modern materials and quality components. Contender is seeking to expand its market and dealership presence in the Great Lakes area and supply serious anglers with models that combine optimum performance with greater fuel-efficiency and environmental friendliness.


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39ST Center Console As part of its ongoing campaign to supply savvy sportfishing enthusiasts with offshore fishing boats that combine optimum performance with greater fuel-efficiency and environmental friendliness, Contender Boats introduces the newest member of its Stepped Tournament (ST) line, the 39ST. Featuring the same dual-stepped hull platform offered on the 32ST and the 35ST, the 39ST delivers improvements in fuel efficiency, running speed and performance not found on competing models. “The dual stepped-hull platform improves the 39ST’s operating efficiencies by an average of 18-percent while boosting overall performance by 10-percent,” said Les Stewart, marketing director of Contender Boats. Power options include dual or triple Yamaha F350-hp, V-8, 5.3L four-stroke outboards or triple F-300, V-6, 4.2L four-cycle outboards. Offering standard fuel capacity of 500 gallons, the new 39ST has a range well in excess of 500 miles. Additional features of the 39ST include a larger side-entry console option with electric freshwater head and shower, and flush-panel electronics with plenty of space to handle two large LCD screens. A forward bench seat with insulated storage and a helm pod finish out the console. All Contender Tornament-series options are available interchangeably with the ST line. Large livewells with seachest plumbing, forward U-shaped seating, forward island seating, removable rear bench seats and numerous helm seating options make the 39ST a custom, one-of-a-kind, offshore performance vessel.

LOA Beam Draft Fuel Capacity

39’1” 10’10” 22” 500 gal | 13

39LS Center Console

LOA Beam Draft Fuel Capacity

39’1” 10’10” 22” 360 gal

The 39 Luxury Sport (LS) is the newest member of the Contender fleet. The LS series come standard with an abundance of custom accessories. These include a side entry console with head, shower, teak flooring, and manufactured granite sink. The 39LS also has a custom entertainment center with adjustable helm seating that includes a refrigerator, grill, sink, Corian® top, three-drawer storage area and trash bin. Additional standard accessories include forward seating with a three-position electric lift table that can recess all the way to the floor as well as stop mid-way to create a sun pad, a removable rear settee with a table, anchor chute with anchor and windlass, console windshield, shore power with battery charger, custom switch panel and wiring, custom steering helm/pod, and a custom hard top that can be color matched to the hull. Located inside the console is standard head, sink and pull-out shower complete with teak flooring and Corian® countertops. The console door locks to protect valuables. The Luxury Sport series is available in 32-, 35-, and 39-foot models with either the deep-v hull or the dual-stepped hull, which delivers improved fuel efficiency, running speed and overall performance. Power options include dual or triple Yamaha 350 horsepower 5.3L four-stroke V8 outboards or triple 300 horsepower 4.2L four-stroke V6 outboards. As with all other Contender Boats, all options are available and interchangeable.

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LOA Beam Draft Fuel Capacity

34’10” 10’ 21” 310 gal

35 Stepped Tournament (ST)

Contender produces some of the best performing center console fishing boats on the water, and the new 35ST exceeds expectations. The innovative dual-step design provides dramatic performance increases not only in speed, but also in fuel efficiency and handling. The boat holds its bearing, but it responds quickly and smoothly without slippage or delay when asked. The 35ST is everything an angler dreams of with its onepiece level deck from bow to stern, twin raised livewells, walk-through transom, self-bailing cockpit, and walk-in step down console. Power options include dual or triple Yamaha F350-hp, V-8, 5.3L four-stroke outboards, and dual or triple F-300, V-6, 4.2L four-cycle outboards. Standard fuel capacity on the 35ST is 400 gallons, giving it a range well in excess of 400 miles, so it is possible to reach fishing grounds out of reach to many. Additional features of the 35ST include a larger side-entry console option with electric freshwater head and shower, and flush mounting surface with space for two large LCD screens. A forward bench seat with insulated storage and a helm pod finish out the console.

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B OATERS PAY, B OATERS B ENEFIT By Lisa E. Van Alstyne, Fish & Wildlife Administrator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


oating and fishing are more than recreational activities. They are time-honored traditions we embrace and seek to pass on to our children. Families and friends share experiences they will remember and retell throughout their lives. To enjoy boating and fishing opportunities, the most important factor is public access

to the water. Facilities and amenities that cater to boaters make the trip more pleasant, and to preserve our love of boating and fishing it is essential that we maintain our waters and the species that inhabit them. Did you know that when you get ready to take a boating trip your investment in your boat, fuel and fi shing equipment is also an investment in the future of recreational boating? Over the last century, anglers and boaters have actively partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide support for projects and activities that help keep our beloved traditions vital and thriving.

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U.S. Coast Guard

HOW B OATERS AND THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WORK TOGETHER In 1937, Congress passed the Wildlife Restoration Act, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. Following the model of this landmark legislation, the Sport Fish Restoration Act, also known as the Dingell-Johnson Act, followed in 1950. These acts set Fish and Wildlife–administered programs in motion to provide funding and promote cooperation that conserves and manages fish, wildlife and their habitats. The vision is creating healthy, diverse, and accessible fish and wildlife populations that offer recreation, economic activity, a sustainable ecology and other lasting public benefits. Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration work on a user-pay, user-benefit concept and build on partnerships between the private sector, the state fish and wildlife agencies, and the Fish and Wildlife

U.S. Coast Guard

Cycle of Success— and recreational boaters are a large part of the success! Congress amended the Sport Fish Restoration Act in three significant ways to improve access and facilities for recreational boaters. In 1984, the Wallop-Breaux Amendment provided for the Fish and Wildlife Service to capture additional funds from taxes, broadened taxable items, and mandated requirements specific to motorboat access. Congress further passed the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) of 1992 and the Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998, both specific to recreational boating projects. These acts and subsequent reauthorizations are the basis for WSFR’s three major contributions to boating: the Boating Access Program, the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG), and the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program.

Service. The private sector includes manufacturers, importers, sportsmen and recreational boaters who contribute to the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through a


combination of excise taxes, import duties and fuel taxes. The

Each year states receive an apportionment of Sport Fish

Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

Restoration Act funds from the Sport Fish Restoration and

Program (WSFR) administers programs and subprograms

Boating Trust Fund. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

that assist states in completing projects through annual

Program determines the amount each state receives by using

appropriations and competitive grants. The states, in turn,

a formula determined by law that considers the area of each

work with other partners and sub-grantees to put vital projects

state in proportion to total area of all states, the number

“on the ground.”

of paid licenses to fish for sport or recreation, and total populations of each state. The program mandates that states

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program refers to the cooperative effort of the user-pay, user-benefit model as our

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and members of the Sport Fish and Boating Partnership Council review and score applications using criteria found in the program regulations. The committee recommends projects with the highest scores to the Fish and Wildlife

Acquiring land or an interest in land to

Service Director for funding.

create or improve access There is an emphasis on partnerships when planning BIG Obtaining water rights

projects. States and sub-grantees must match grants with

Excavating and dredging to improve access

a minimum 25 percent. Projects that include businesses, communities, organizations and members of the public, as

Controlling aquatic vegetation

well as those that include matching funds more than the

Providing navigational aids

minimum 25 percent, will receive higher consideration when scoring applications.

Designing and planning boating access facilities Constructing or replacing ramps, piers, parking lots, wash-down stations, fish cleaning stations, and other boating


access amenities

2% The Fish and Wildlife Service has made $607 million available


to states for Boating Access projects that create new


destinations by opening up areas previously inaccessible, improve existing access areas, and add features that improve


the boating experience.




The Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the funding awards for Boating Infrastructure Grant projects for 2011, bringing the total funds awarded to states for BIG projects to $140 million. BIG serves to improve access and amenities specific to boats at least 26 feet long staying at a facility for up to 10 days. Boaters traveling distances in larger boats need physical amenities such as larger slips,

Motorboat Gas 60%

fueling stations, waste disposal, showers and restrooms.

Small Engine Gas 16%

They also desire access to landside businesses to purchase

Fishing Equipment 12%

supplies, dine and find entertainment, among other things.

Customs/Duties 5%

The program also recognizes the importance of connections

Interest 5%

between water and land, so Wildlife and Sport Fish

Rods, Poles Tackle Boxes and Electric Motors 2%

Restoration considers access to communities, landmarks, recreational opportunities and other significant destinations when reviewing potential projects.

Source: Provided by the USF WS Division Wildlife and Spor t Fish Restoration

The BIG Program has non-competitive and competitive grant components, and states may propose projects at both public and private marinas. In the non-competitive program, states may request a single award up to $100,000 annually


for statewide or individual marina projects. In the competitive

The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program is the most specific

programs, states may submit as many applications as

of the three programs and focuses on properly disposing

they choose for public or private marina projects that are

recreational boater septic waste. The most common feature

site-specific and tend to be larger in scope and funding. A

of a CVA project is a pumpout. Pumpouts come in a variety

committee of Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Coordinators

of forms:

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Stationary—Pumpouts mounted to a dock or float and allow

States may also use CVA funds for operation and

boaters to pull up, pump out and move on.

maintenance of existing pumpout equipment, as well as

Portable,Land-Based—Pumpouts mounted on wheels that are movable, allowing employees to transport within the marina to a location where needed. Pumpout Boats—Boats designed with an installed pump and holding tank. The pumpout boat circulates within an embayment or other designated waterway and provides recreational vessels with pumpout service at their boats, on the water.

projects that inform and educate boaters on the availability, use, and benefits of pumpouts. The federally established CVA program symbol alerts boaters to the location of pumpouts and information on pumpout services in their area. Since 1984, recreational boaters and anglers have contributed more than $1 billion to the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund for these three programs. The message is clear: The user-pay, user-benefit structure is working. Recreational boaters are helping to fund projects

Floating Restrooms—Floats or barges that have portable

that will sustain the resources they treasure to ensure they are

toilets, pumpouts or both mounted on them. They must be

available and suitable for future generations. The next time

located away from shore and be accessible only by water to

you buy boat fuel, rods, reels, lures or a sport fishing license,

be eligible for CVA grants. Floating restrooms are gaining

remember that you are an important part of what defines the

popularity in remote areas where boaters congregate.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO As the summer travel season approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is providing summer travelers with travel tips to assist with cross border travel. CBP has implemented many important initiatives designed to facilitate travel while, at the same time, improving U. S. border security. TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS








U.S. citizens traveling abroad must have approved travel

All nationals or citizens of Visa Waver Program (VWP)

documents when returning home. The Western Hemisphere

countries are now required to have an approved Electronic

Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian citizens,

System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a

ages 16 and older, to present a valid, acceptable travel

carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under the VWP. ESTA

document, such as a passport, a U.S. passport card, a Trusted

applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, and

Traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced

once approved, generally will be valid for up to two years or

Driver’s License that denotes both identity and citizenship

until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first.

when entering the U.S. by land or sea. U.S. and Canadian

Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the U.S.

citizens under age 16 may present a birth certificate or

CBP recommends ESTA applications be submitted as soon

alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea.

as an applicant begins making travel plans.

A radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card expedites entry and makes crossing the border more efficient. There are currently 10 million RFID-enabled travel documents issued.

SMALL VESSEL REPORTING SYSTEM CBP now offers a new small vessel reporting system, which allows boat operators and passengers an alternative to the current reporting system. By applying online and visiting a customs office in advance, owners and passengers can now

WHTI document requirements for air travel have been in effect

obtain entry clearance by phone. The system is available in

since January 2007. Almost all travelers flying back to the

Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as along

United States need to present a passport or NEXUS card.

the northern U.S. border. The program will be expanded

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during the coming year to cover small vessel entries country-

Build extra time into the trip in the event of crossing during

wide. For more information, visit

periods of exceptionally heavy traffic. Know the difference between goods for personal use



versus commercial use.


restricted/restricted_ goods.xml.

To avoid fines and penalties associated with importing

Do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products

prohibited items, travelers should familiarize themselves

and/or firewood into the U.S. without first checking whether

with the “Know Before You Go� section of the CBP website,

they are permitted. Visit

Be prepared to declare all items acquired abroad. Travelers

International border crossers should expect a thorough

should prepare for the inspection process before arriving

inspection process, even during busy holiday periods, when

at the inspection booth and have their approved travel

entering the U.S. CBP officers are authorized to conduct

documents ready.

enforcement examinations, ranging from checking luggage

Monitor border wait times for various ports of entry. Travelers

to a personal search, without a warrant.

can find wait time information at the CBP website

If you are a frequent cross-border traveler and have not

xp/cgov/travel/wait_times/. For shorter wait times, travelers

already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign

can use ports of entry during periods of lighter traffic or less

up now. Visit traveler.

clearing/agri_ prod_ inus.xml for more information.

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Bill aims to sink yacht deductions By Jenifer Fischer


he boating community feels picked on. Legislation

they are not,” said Ned Dikmen, chairman of the Great Lakes

proposed this spring seeks to eliminate them from the

Boating Federation. “Why are these congressmen picking on a

ranks of second-home owners allowed to deduct their

family sport activity that doesn’t hurt anyone?”

mortgage interest payments.

According to the National Marine Bankers Association, 83.3

On May 3, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, along with

percent of boaters who finance their vessels earn less than

Reps. Tim Walz of Minnesota and Gary Peters of Michigan

$250,000 per year. Pomoroski pointed out that, for the most

introduced the Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Yachts Act, HR

part, the wealthiest boat owners do not finance their boats and

1702. If successful, the bill’s authors will see to it that boat

because the second home deduction is based on a mortgage,

owners who classify their boats as second homes can no

they would not be impacted anyway. This population typically

longer write off their mortgage interest payments as permitted

owns multiple second homes and is likely to apply the

under IRS Service Code Section 163.

deduction to a more expensive, mortgaged property.

Currently, second-home owners may deduct mortgage

“The Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for Yachts Act (HR 1702) is

interest as long as the loans they’ve taken out for qualified

a misnamed and misinformed bill based on the inaccurate

residences—primary and vacation homes—do not exceed

assumption that boaters are a wealthy group, when three out

$1 million. Taxpayers may deduct interest for up to two homes

of four boat owners in the U.S. actually have a household

under this guideline.

income of less than $100,000 per year,” said Thom Dammrich,

“There’s absolutely no reason why taxpayers should subsidize

president of NMMA, in a statement.

luxury yachts,” Quigley said in a press release;

“As a result of this misperception, HR 1702 unfairly targets

he could not be reached for comment. “As we work to address

boaters, eliminating only the ability to claim a boat as a

our budget challenges, closing this frivolous tax loophole is a

second home but continuing to allow the deduction for homes


on land, vacation homes, condominiums, mobile homes and

Advocates for the boating industry and boating population call the bill misguided and unfair. Because HR 1702 only applies to yacht owners, not those with cabins, RVs or other vacation properties, they see it as an erroneous attempt to cut off tax loopholes for the wealthy. The bills co-authors represent

RVs. Eliminating boats only, especially when they make up a very small minority of those who utilize the second home deduction, will disproportionately target middle-class boaters and not the wealthiest yacht-owners, most of who do not qualify for the second home deduction on their boats.”

districts in states bordering the Great Lakes where lake boats,

The bill’s authors view this amendment as a way to help shrink

cruisers and houseboats make up the majority.

our national debt. Said Walz, in a press release, “Closing this

“Overall, it’s not really a well thought out piece of legislation because it doesn’t target who the bill’s authors intended,” says Christine Pomoroski, PR manager and government relations

tax loophole restores the Mortgage Interest Deduction to its original purpose; helping middle class families realize the American Dream through homeownership.”

for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “It

“We need to get the deficit under control, and that means

could apply to a 100-foot mega-yacht, but in reality it is likely a

simplifying the tax code and eliminating special interest tax

26-footer, which is a family boat.”

giveaways like the Yacht Loophole,” Peters said in a press

By definition, a yacht qualifies as any vessel longer than 26 feet that includes a head, galley and sleeping berth. New yachts sell anywhere from less than $50,000 to millions of dollars. “To the untrained eye, all boats may look like Bentleys, leisure instruments of the wealthy, worth pursuing for tax revenue, but

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release. “Homeownership is part of the American Dream and we should encourage it, but yacht owners don’t need any special handouts, especially in the middle of a budget crisis.” Those opposing the bill disagree. They fear its impact on boaters, the communities they populate and an industry still in

recovery from the recession when boat sales plummeted and

repercussions to an already weakened boating industry that

forced builders to cut costs and even leave the business.

would surpass the effects of a luxury tax of a generation ago.

“As the U.S. economy recovers, we understand the need for measures to bolster the federal budget,” Dammrich said.

We will work against the bill. We encourage everyone to join with us to ensure its legislative death.”

“However, HR 1702 will not contribute in any meaningful

Dikmen, whose organization is based in Chicago near

way to our country’s budget woes while making it more

Quigley’s district, adds that the economic impact derived

diffi cult for middle-class families who are unable to afford

from the 25,000 boaters residing in the Chicagoland belt

a second home on land the opportunity to enjoy a second

alone is more than $1 million. He urges boaters to call their

home on water.”

representatives and tell them not to support this bill. The

The marine manufacturing industry anticipates a severe impact should the bill pass since 97.4 percent of boat

NMMA set up an action alert on its website along with a letter that may be customized and sent to congress members.

builders are small businesses, according to Small Business

“We must do everything we can to stop it,” Dikmen said.

Administration statistics.

“It is bad for boaters; it is bad for boating, and it is bad for

The Marine Retailers Association of America (MRRA), an association composed of boat dealers, marine parts and accessories vendors, and others whose livelihood is impacted

the communities that host boating. If it passes, this bill can adversely affect the $9.5 billion derived from the 4.3 million boaters on the Great Lakes.”

by the North American retail marine industry, echoes that

“Raising taxes—on boat owners or anyone else—is the

concern and is keeping a close eye on the bill.

worst approach during a time when unemployment has

“Marine Retailers Association of America strongly opposes HR1702,” said Larry Innis, MRAA’s Washington representative. “We believe its passage would have extreme financial

reached record highs and businesses are struggling to stay afloat. Job creation must be our number one priority as we work toward an economic recovery,” said Rep. Judy Biggert of Illinois.

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Lake Superior By Sean Ley, Development Of ficer, Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

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Samuel Mather passing Iroquois Point Whitefish Bay, in 1891. Watercolor by Michigan artist Bob McGreev y, 2007

“We are holding our own.”


his simple phrase, spoken into his VHF radiotelephone around 7 p.m. by Capt. Ernest M. McSorley on November 10, 1975, were the last words ever heard from

the crew aboard the Great Lakes steamer Edmund Fitzgerald. Now, 36 years after her tragic loss, the Fitzgerald remains the most famous of all shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and no one is any closer to determining what caused her loss. Even with modern forensic science, we can only guess what happened that night. Since the sinking of LaSalle’s Griffon in September, 1679 (the same LaSalle after whom Chicago’s street in the Loop is named) there have been at least 6,000 vessels lost to shipwreck on the Great Lakes, with an estimated loss of 30,000 lives. Those who are serious about boating on the Great Lakes are aware of the potential danger brought on by storms, fog, collision, or mechanical failure. The lesson is that while nature provides the Great Lakes for us to enjoy, the price we pay is constant vigilance—a sensitivity to the hazards that come with these famous inland seas. Lake Superior is perhaps the least traveled lake among the recreational boating community. The Great Lakes’ largest body of water continues to have a reputation for attracting only the heartiest of sailors—only those with enough time to make the drive so far to the north or those dedicated to true adventure on the water. Yet many boaters don’t realize that ports such as Duluth, Minn.; Superior, Wis.; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Marquette, and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are proud to offer a substantial variety of recreational boating facilities to both cruisers | 25

Mather Site Plan, C. Patrick Labadie, Principal Investigator

and day-sailors. Isle Royale National Park, nestled on

the weather cleared the next day, she headed westbound into

underwater granite mountains in the northwestern part of

the open lake accompanied by fellow steamers Quedoc and

the lake, attracts a fl ock of boaters each summer, even given

Winnepeg. But the weather soon turned deadly again, and the

its distance from the mainland. Isle Royale is well known for

Kamloops was lost with no trace, last seen by the pilothouse

its population of wolves, moose and foxes—and for its share

crew of the Quedoc wallowing in heavy seas just short of

of shipwrecks, too.

Isle Royale.

Take, for example, the case of the Canadian 250-foot package

The U.S. government, had, at that time, established a

freighter Kamloops that was bound for Fort William, Ontario,

provision for selected fishermen to make their home on Isle

with a cargo of general goods. She took shelter from the

Royale. Young Milford Johnson was learning the trade one

weather behind Whitefish Point on December 5, 1927; when

cold morning in May of 1928 when an Indian approached him and his father quietly, saying, “You come with me.” The Indian led them to a beach near what was known then as Twelve o’Clock Point—and there, said Milford, were strewn the remains of the Kamloops—lifebelts, life rings, cargo, wooden hatch covers, clothing, and personal articles. Milford and his father approached a crude lean-to shelter—and were shocked to discover the bodies of several of the crew inside, frozen solid. The ship’s mate was sitting on a rock in front of the shelter, locked in time, staring at the last bit of food he or any of them had—a Life Savers candy. Searching scuba divers found the wreck of the Kamloops in August of 1977, lying on her starboard side, apparently having gone down with boiler fires out and engine dead in the water. Most of her cargo had been dumped out and lay next

Courtesy Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

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to the wreck. But what sent chills through the hearts of these

courageous men, diving on compressed air at depths of up to 280 feet, was that—perfectly preserved—on the bottom, next to the bow, were cases and cases of cellophane-wrapped Life Savers candies. Since the opening of the famous Soo Locks at Sault Sainte Marie in 1857, all vessel traffic entering Lake Superior has passed through the St. Marys River into big, mysterious Whitefish Bay, bound for Whitefish Point, the last possible shelter for ships of any size for another 80 miles. Horace Greeley, noted publisher of the New York Tribune, made a trip on the big lake in 1846 and was appalled that there were no aids to navigation, anywhere. A series of columns published by Greeley inspired the U.S. Lighthouse Service, through Congress, to erect the first lighthouse on Lake Superior at Whitefish Point in 1849. Yet this sturdy, simple stone tower was not able to withstand tremendous northwesterly winds and was replaced by an “iron-pile” light tower in 1861, constructed during Lincoln’s administration. The 1861 Whitefish Point Light Tower is the oldest operating lighthouse on the lake and remains a priority Aid to Navigation in full U.S. Coast Guard Commission. It is 150 years old in 2011, a tribute to its designers, and is now undergoing Phase II of a complete three-phase restoration. Located at the southeastern corner of the lake, the Whitefish Point Light Station was owned by various maritime agencies

Courtesy Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

of the U.S. government, including the U.S. Navy during Wold War II, until 1996, when ownership was transferred to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, a Michigan nonprofit incorporated in 1978 to preserve the maritime culture of the Great Lakes with an emphasis on Lake Superior. Adjacent properties are owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Audubon Society, as Whitefish Point is a major birding area. Between 2003 and 2008, the Shipwreck Society completed an Underwater Documentation Study of the Whitefish Point Area that was funded in part by the Michigan Department of Transportation. This elaborate archaeological survey used modern underwater remote sensing equipment, including sidescan sonar and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), to professionally document Vienna, John M. Osborn, Samuel Mather, John B. Cowle, and Comet. All fi ve are historic shipwrecks lost to collision between 1875 and 1909 at the congested shipping lanes at Whitefish Point. All but the Cowle are wooden vessels, in a wonderful state of preservation for two basic reasons: One, wood does not rot underwater because of the lack of oxygen; and two, unlike the lower Great Lakes, Lake Superior has not succumbed to the zebra mussel infestation due to unfavorably cold waters for mussel proliferation. There are many more historic shipwrecks here, officially protected within the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve.

Aerial view of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. Photo by Chris Winters. | 27

Courtesy Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Shipwrecks that lay at relative deeper depths are better preserved than those in shallow waters because winter ice can extend to as far as 60 feet below the surface, and movement of ice in the spring causes great damage. These Whitefish Point wrecks lie at depths between 140 and 280 feet. Recognizing that very few of the public can ever dive to visit these wrecks, a group of divers, historians and teachers opened the popular Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on the site of the Whitefish Point Light Station in 1983. Exhibits feature the complete stories of more than 20 wrecks in eastern Lake Superior, and include artifacts, paintings, descriptive panels, and models. Perhaps the most famous artifact found in this museum is the actual bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald, recovered in 1995 at the request of surviving family members. The Shipwreck Museum also features exhibits about the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Located directly on the Lake Superior shoreline, it is open to the public seven days a week between May 1 and October 31. Boaters may use the Whitefish Point Launch Ramp if trailering. Recovered bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald arises from the depths of Lake Superior on July 4, 1995. Photo by Al Kamuda /Detroit Free Press

If cruising, they may use the Whitefish Point Harbor of Refuge (46° 45' 31" - N. 84° 57' 52"), located just inside the point itself. This harbor is rustic with no facilities beyond weather protection, docking slips, electricity and an outdoor toilet. For more information about the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society or the MDOT Underwater Documentation Project, visit or call toll-free (800) 635-1742. Interested persons are invited to purchase stair designations to support restoration of the 1861 Whitefish Point Light Tower.

“You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back!” Restored Fitzgerald bell in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.

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-- Motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service

EASY ANCHORING Knowing how to anchor safely is an important seamanship skill that every boat operator needs to master. There are certainly going to be times when you’ll want to stop in a sheltered spot for swimming, fishing, lunch or an overnight stay. But in bad weather, or if you experience engine failure, the only alternative to setting the anchor may be washing ashore or drifting out to sea. Anchoring is an easy task if you follow these guidelines [with illustrations 1-4]:

By Gary Jensen U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division


am the guy who didn’t heed the warning to never anchor by the stern. Sure, I’d heard the warning plenty of times, but nobody ever told me why. After


all, it seemed so convenient, and that cleat on the port quarter was in the perfect spot. Oh yeah, this will be fine.

Or so I thought. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones and didn’t lose the boat. I’ve since learned that anchoring by the stern has caused many boats—small boats especially—to capsize and sink. The reason is that the transom is usually squared off and has less freeboard than the bow. Plus the stern may be carrying the added weight of a motor, fuel tank, passengers and gear brought on board. In a strong


current that added weight and the force of the water

Choose a Clear Area. Drop anchor in an area free

could pull the stern under. Anchoring at the stern also

of other vessels and any obstacles. Remember to

makes the boat vulnerable to swamping by wave action.

check your chart to make sure there are no cables, wrecks or obstructions on the bottom to foul your

Boaters make a lot of anchoring mistakes, and it’s a

line. Determine the water depth and type of bottom

matter of debate as to which occur most often. Just

(preferably sand or mud). Calculate the amount of

ask the guy who threw his anchor over the side without

anchor line you will need to let out. The general rule is

first attaching it to the line. Or the guy who fumbled the

five to seven times as much line as the depth of water

anchor and punched a hole in the bottom of his boat.

plus the distance from the surface of the water to

Or the one that simply dropped it on his foot. All would

where the anchor will attach to the bow. For example,

agree that boat operators should be very careful when

if the water is 8-feet deep and it is 2 feet from the

anchoring their boats.

surface of the water to your bow cleat, you would

I will argue that the most important thing to remember

multiply 10 feet by 5 or 7 to get the amount of anchor

is never to anchor from the stern—although I must

line to put out. Secure your anchor to the bow cleat at

admit that tossing your anchor in the drink without first

the point on the line where you want it to stop. Then,

attaching it to the boat will make you feel pretty foolish.

with your boat heading into the wind—or current, if that is stronger—move into the area, put your engine

That reminds me; keeping a spare anchor on board is

in idle, and bring your boat to a stop with the bow just

not a bad idea either.

forward of where you intend to drop anchor.

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Boat with line paid out

2 2. LOWER



ANCHOR SLOWLY 3. KEEP TENSION IN THE ANCHOR RODE With the vessel stopped and your life THE

jacket on, lower the anchor slowly into

Keep a bit of tension on the anchor rode

the water from the bow. Do not throw

as you pay it out to keep the bow of the

it over the side as this tends to foul the

boat pointed toward the anchor. This

line. As you lower the anchor, your boat

ensures your anchor, chain and rope

should begin to drift backward with the

stay straight and don’t become tangled.

wind or current, allowing the anchor to

If you’re anchoring in strong winds, you

move down and away as it enters the

may have to put the engine in forward

water. This backward drift is important. If

gear to control the speed and direction

your boat is stationary when the anchor

of backward drift.

reaches bottom, the chain may pile on top of it and prevent it from digging in. Therefore, if your boat is not drifting backward on its own, put the engine in reverse and slowly back up as you pay out the anchor rode. This stretches the chain out from the bow and ensures that the anchor will be lying on the bottom facing the correct direction.

in and set, put the engine in idle reverse and back down on the anchor to secure it to the bottom. This is especially important in areas where the bottom has a layer of sand and grass. Once the anchor is set, take note of any reference points (landmarks) in relation to the boat. Check these points frequently to make sure you’re not drifting.

5. WEIGHING ANCHOR Once you’ve set the anchor, pulling it up

4. SET



With the anchor rode out and the boat in the intended swing zone, secure the rode and let the anchor dig in and stop the boat. Exercise caution as you do this. Wrap the rode once or twice around a cleat, and keep your hands well clear. Once you feel the anchor begin to dig

or “weighing anchor” should be easy. Still, proceed with care and wear your life jacket during any anchoring evolution. The combination of anchor pull, current and weight can sometimes swamp a small boat. Lift the anchor as vertically as possible and be careful that it doesn’t hit the side of the boat. Wash the anchor of mud and debris as you lift it. | 31

KNOW WHICH ANCHOR YOU’LL NEED There are anchors for every type of bottom and purpose: rocks and heavy grasses, sand and mud, and permanent moorings. When deciding which is right for your boat, consider the type and weight of your vessel, the average depth of the water, the strength of the wind and/or current, the diameter of the anchor line and, most important, the bottom characteristics in the area you are boating.




The Danforth anchor (A) is lightweight and holds well in mud and sand, as well as rocky bottoms, if set carefully. Many recreational boaters prefer the Plow anchor (B) because it demonstrates superior holding on most bottoms, including grass and weeds. The Plow does not hold well on rocky bottoms, however. The Mushroom anchor (C) buries well and holds best in sand or mud, but may be difficult to retrieve. It is often used for anchoring mooring buoys. The Bruce or Claw anchor (D) was developed originally for offshore oil and gas drilling rigs. It’s a good burying type and holds well in sandy bottoms and mud. The Navy or Admiralty type (E) is an old reliable and familiar to most people, but can be awkward to stow on board. The Grapnel (F) is small and easy to stow, which makes it a frequent choice for small vessels and open boats. The flukes are not particularly strong, however.

… And How Much Line Calculate the amount of anchor line you will need to let out. The general rule is five to seven times as much line as the Seven common types of anchors and their uses: Danforth, Plow, Mushroom, Bruce or Claw,

depth of water plus the distance from the surface of the water to where the anchor will attach to the bow.

Navy or Admiralty type, and Grapnel

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated healthcare costs related to recreational boating accidents by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include: wearing a life jacket at all times and requiring passengers to do the same; never boating under the influence (BUI); successfully completing a boating safety course; and getting a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) annually from local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons, or your state boating agency’s vessel examiners. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all boaters to “Boat Responsibly!” For more tips on boating safety, visit

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APP GUIDES SWIMMERS TO SAFE BEACHES Need to find a beach near Lake Ontario where it’s safe to swim? There is an app for that. The Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a Toronto-based group dedicated to the health of the Lake Ontario watershed, has developed an iPhone application called the Swim Guide. Swim Guide serves as a comprehensive guide to all swimming areas in and around Lake Ontario. Users can quickly search for the closest beach, check swimming safety levels and learn a little about the history of the area. Information is collected and organized into a database by the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Local health authorities take samples from each beach and post the results online, where the Waterkeeper organizes those results into a comprehensive database. Each beach is rated for pollution and shoreline contamination and rated by color so you can immediately see how safe it is to swim in a particular area. Although the app focuses on Lake Ontario, Krystyn Tully, vice president of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, said they hope to expand it soon to cover all of the Great Lakes. Tully said once the Swim Guide website is running, the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper will begin development on other smartphone versions.

GREAT LAKES INITIATIVE In a letter to Congress, Great Lakes Commission Chairman Jim Tierney has provided a series of recommendations for improving implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and asked that it be incorporated as guidance in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bills. In correspondence to the House and Senate appropriations committees, the Commission called for Congressional direction to U.S. EPA to strengthen coordination with the states and give them greater authority over how the GLRI is implemented. The Commission noted that the Great Lakes states know what the most important restoration priorities are and can direct resources to them efficiently. The Commission is urging Congress to direct U.S. EPA to •

Strengthen coordination with the states and provide greater authority in implementing the GLRI;

Administer GLRI funding in a way that minimizes transaction costs and maximizes efficiency and on-the ground results;

Maintain the GLRI’s focus on existing priorities and on-the-ground actions;

Minimize nonfederal match requirements; and

Maintain base funding for existing programs. | 35

Great Lakes

IJC, GLFC UNVEIL INTERACTIVE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES TIMELINE Need to know when zebra mussels were first discovered in the Great Lakes or when key legislation and regulations were passed in both

tool for the public, policymakers and Great Lakes researchers who need to keep track of this important issue.

Canada and the U.S.?

The timeline is designed to be a living

Then, visit for an

document and will be updated and enhanced

interactive, binational timeline of key events,

on a regular basis. This tool aims to help

discoveries and policy changes regarding

inform efforts to close the doors on aquatic

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the Great Lakes.

invaders and help respond to those already here.

The International Joint Commission and the Great

Lakes Fishery Commission, the AIS Timeline will be a useful

FWS TO BUILD UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN INTERPRETIVE FACILITY Residents along the Mississippi River and travelers of the

Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and three

Great River Road National Scenic Byway, which follows the

miles south of the river town of Genoa. The Fish and Wildlife

river down the western border of Wisconsin, will soon benefit

Service will match at least 20 percent of the project cost.

from a new education and interpretive center showcasing the unique natural, historical and cultural resources of the Upper Mississippi River Basin.

The new facility will educate visitors about the aquatic resources of the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Facility exhibits will highlight past and present uses and values of the

The National Scenic Byways Program, administered by

basin’s aquatic resources, and, the evolution of river use from

the U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway

pre-historic times to the present day era. These exhibits will

Administration, recently awarded a $1.69 million grant to the

include accounts of the growth of the navigation and pearl

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will be used for design

button industries, and, a segment on the Blackhawk War, the

and construction of an education and interpretive facility at

last battle that took place on hatchery grounds.

the Genoa National Fish Hatchery located adjacent to the

The facility is expected to open in spring/summer 2012.

NAVY PIER WELCOMES TALL SHIPS, OFFERS NEW DELIGHTS This summer Navy Pier introduces Taste of Tall Ships Chicago 2011. This new event brings four historic vessels to Lake Michigan’s shores and provides an up-close glimpse at the “maritime marvels that helped Chicago become the Midwest metropolis.” The festival, which runs Aug. 11 to 14, also allows attendees to become passengers aboard these majestic ships. Tickets may be purchased to tour the ships or take a sail-away cruise on Lake Michigan. Also new for summer 2011, Navy Pier offers Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill and LandShark Lager Navy Pier Beer Garden. And, back for its 6th

acrobatics choreographed to a beautiful, new musical score.”

season, Extreme Cirque Shanghai promises to inspire

Extreme Cirque Shanghai runs through Sept. 5.

audiences with “spectacular stagecraft and astonishing

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MARITIME FESTIVALS CELEBRATE LAKES Summer never fails to provide ample festivals along the Great Lakes’ shorelines. Here are three upcoming opportunities to indulge in the season and celebrate life on the water.

THE LAKE SUPERIORDRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL The lively festival is held Aug. 26 and 27 in the Superior Bay off Barker’s Island in Superior, Wis. The annual fundraiser, organized by the Superior Rotary Club, Duluth’s Harbortown Rotary Club and the Superior Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club, includes a traditional dragon boat race, lots of music and other festivities.

INLAND SEAS SUMMER FESTIVAL The Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay holds the 2011 Inland Seas Summer Festival on July 16. Dockside tours of The Great Lakes Schoolship Inland Seas and short family sales aboard ISEA’s Friendship Sloop Liberty provide attendees with a taste of nautical life. The day also includes a 5k race/walk, music, food, artists and vendors, and several family activities.

NAUTICAL FESTIVAL Each year the Nautical Festival in Rogers City, Mich., honors the Lake Huron community’s rich heritage. From Aug. 2 to 7, the event offers an abundance of family friendly activities, including a kiddie parade and picnic, music, athletic activities and food. There are several opportunities to learn about the area’s history, including a tour of the Schooner Madeline from the ship’s crew of re-enactors. | 37



Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating reported a new partnership at the American Boating Congress, May 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C. The alliance will identify synergies in the marketing plans for Discover Boating and RBFF’s national outreach program, Take Me Fishing, to grow participation in boating and fishing. Coordination of search, social and email marketing efforts are central to the partnership, according to the groups. To help increase Discover Boating lead generation, Discover Boating’s Boat Selector will appear on and Take Me Fishing Outreach will feature the Get Started in Boating DVD. In turn, Discover Boating will help drive traffic to Take Me Fishing’s Places to Boat and Fish digital map. The map will be integrated into several Discover Boating digital applications, including the homepage, Welcome to the Water invitation planner on Facebook, and new Get Off Your Dock

“The innovative digital outreach and tools offered by both campaigns will provide boaters and anglers the tools they need to learn, plan and equip for a day on the water,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson.

Guide, the next generation of the Get Started in Boating DVD.

LAKE SUPERIOR FISH RECIPE CONTEST Lake herring pâté, anyone? Minnesota Sea Grant wants your

Photographs are encouraged. This contest is open to people

best hors d’oeuvre recipe involving commercially caught fish

who are not involved in the preparation of food or recipes

from Lake Superior. These fish include whitefish, lake herring,

for pay. Employees of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant

ciscoes or lake trout. Enter online at

Program and members of their households are also ineligible.

fi sheries/recipecontest or send a copy of your fi sh recipe to:

Recipes must incorporate at least one ingredient derived from whitefish, lake herring, ciscoes, or lake trout. Recipes must

SPILLY’S LAKE SUPERIOR RECIPE CONTEST Minnesota Sea Grant 144 Chester Park 31 West College Street Duluth, MN 55812

reflect hors d’oeuvre portioning. All entries must be received electronically or postmarked by Monday, August 22, 2011. A full set of guidelines is available online or by request. Prizes will be awarded to the top five contestants. A People’s Choice Award will be given to the recipe that receives the most online votes during the months of September and October.

WIRE CLIPPERS REQUIRED FOR ANGLERS TROLLING WITH DOWNRIGGERS Anglers trolling with downriggers on Wisconsin’s Great

because a boat tethered or caught on a rock or other object on

Lakes waters must now carry wire clippers that can cut their

the bottom can be swamped and capsize.

downrigger cables, according to an emergency rule adopted by the Wisconsin state Natural Resources Board last spring.

Bill Horns, the DNR’s Great Lakes fisheries specialist, says that new measures commercial fishermen must take will also

The requirement that boat operators on Lake Michigan and

better protect sport anglers. Nets on Lake Superior must be

Lake Superior have wire clippers onboard and easily accessible

marked the same as nets on Lake Michigan, and flagstaffs

aims to better protect sport anglers from hazards under the

marking nets set on both waters must have reflective tape.

water, including commercial fishing nets. Cutting any cable

According to Horns, consistent net markers will help increase

or line that gets tangled in an underwater obstruction is the

angler awareness of the nets, what to look for and the

only safe way for boaters to free themselves. Backing, circling

potential dangers they pose.

or other attempts to retrieve the snagged gear is dangerous

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Fishing fans throughout the nation will enjoy watching television coverage of the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series when it airs this fall on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Group. The fi rst of 18 airings documenting the exciting competition and interesting behind-the-scene stories from the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series begins on Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET. Viewers will be treated to coverage of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave, and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi, as well as several regional events. Versus will co-sponsor the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship tournament banquet that will feature former fishing pro, television personality and Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Hank Parker as the keynote speaker. Many of the series sponsors will be on site to welcome the anglers competing in the championship and provide product information and samples.

INDUSTRY RALLIES AGAINST LEAD TACKLE BAN The sportfishing industry champions bipartisan legislation

the manufacture and trade of lead fishing tackle and

that would halt efforts to federally ban traditional fishing

ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act

tackle and ammunition. The chairs of the Congressional

(TSCA) because the petitioners failed to demonstrate the

Sportsmen’s Caucus introduced the Hunting, Fishing and

ban is “necessary to protect against an unreasonable risk

Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act (S.838 and H.R.

of injury to health or the environment.” Despite the ruling,

1558) to help ensure that any future regulations on fishing

groups have continued to push the ban by filing a lawsuit to

tackle are established based on scientific data instead of

force the EPA to regulate lead fishing tackle and ammunition.

unjustified petitions.

The new legislation supports and reinforces the EPA’s

This legislation will put an end to attempts to over-regulate

decision by clarifying the TSCA exemption for ammunition and

the recreational fishing and hunting industries and protect

establishing a similar exemption for fishing tackle. Anglers

the rights of anglers and hunters who choose to sustainably

are encouraged to contact their members of congress and

enjoy their sports.

urge them to support the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency dismissed a petition filed by several organizations seeking to ban

Shooting Sports Protection Act. | 39

YACHT CLUB PROFILE: CHICAGO CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club (CCYC) is located at Montrose Harbor, the most northerly of Chicago’s harbors. Founded in 1934, Corinthian has more than 400 members and is one of the friendliest and oldest yacht clubs on the Great Lakes. In the 76 years since CCYC was founded, the club has taken pride in its share of national and world champion sailors. This year the club is again hosting the Windy City Team Regatta, as well as the Rhodes 19 Nationals. CCYC is an active member of LMSRF, hosting several big boat regattas during the summer. There are active Offshore, Vanguard 15, Laser, Lightning, Tartan 10, J/105 and Rhodes 19 fleets as well as an active training program with a Junior Fleet and a spring Crew School for adults. But Corinthian is not just about sailing. Its power fleet is hosting the 2011 Leukemia Cup Poker Run and the 2011 Fish This fishing tournament as well as numerous cruises and parties during the year. CCYC also boasts a kitchen staffed by noted local chefs and its bar is staffed by volunteer members. The club strives to maintain Chicago’s role as a “World Class City” and offers its facilities and the efforts of its membership to promote any future boating activities. CCYC is a member of the Yachting Club of America and grants reciprocity to other YCoA members outside of the Chicago area. Come see what everybody is talking about. Call the Montrose harbor master, (312) 742-7527, for docking information. For membership information, email

PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP CLUB PARTNERS WITH SKIPPER BUD’S Vantage Yacht Club (VYC), a private membership club offering fractional yacht ownership, and Skipper Bud’s, the largest boat dealer in the Great Lakes Region, have announced an exclusive strategic alliance. VYC has named Skipper Bud’s as its exclusive supplier of Sea Ray boats. Skipper Bud’s will provide a variety of operational and marina services to Vantage that include maintenance, parts, winterization, storage, transportation, transient mooring and more. Club members will gain access to Skipper Bud’s special events, training classes, private instruction, licensed captain services, purchasing-brokerage services as well as finance-insurance programs. This new alliance brings added value to current customers who own boats purchased from one of their 22 dealerships. Skipper Bud’s customers will be invited to participate in VYC special events, and they will receive unique membership offers. The club is offering yacht shares on four brand-new 2011 Sea Ray models that are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. The featured models include the 300SLX, 370 Sundancer, 390 Sundancer and 450 Sundancer.

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ERIE YACHT CLUB CHARITY REGATTA The Erie Yacht Club of Erie, Pennsylvania, will be partnering with St. Martin Center, Inc. for this

along with classic favorites. There will also be a brand-new children’s tent this year where St. Martin Center’s

year’s Charity Regatta, which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Early Learning Center certified staff will provide supervised activities.

The St. Martin Center serves Erie County

This year a Novice Race will be introduced for

by providing immediate needs to families

those who wish to participate in the Regatta

and individuals before assisting with long-

but might be new to the world of racing. Before

term goals that guide to self-sufficiency.

the race, participants will receive information on

The regatta will have a fiesta theme that will

racing etiquette and theory.

be reflected in every element from an authentic

Mexican lunch to a live band playing Latin-beat tunes

DETROIT YACHT CLUB RECEIVES DESIGNATION AS NATIONAL HISTORIC PLACE The Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s State Historic Preservation Office has announced that the Detroit Yacht Club has been officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Detroit Yacht Club, founded in 1868, is listed as the 12th oldest yacht club in the U.S. It is located on the north side of Detroit’s Belle Isle Park and features a Mediterranean architecture that contrasts with the city’s 20th-century industrial and commercial skyline. | 41

MARINA PROFILE: ALIBI MARINA The Alibi Marina is the largest marina north of Sturgeon Bay


and is located in Fish Creek, in the heart of Door County, Wis.. It gives boaters a convenient starting point from which to discover this charming Door County village. Within a few blocks are the restaurants and shops of Fish Creek. Nearby is Peninsula State Park, which covers 3,700 acres for hiking, biking, swimming and exploring. Next door, the Harbor Guest House offers lodging for those looking to spend a night on land. With proper introduction, transient boaters docked at the marina are allowed to play golf and use the full facilities at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. Full details can be obtained from the marina office. The Alibi Marina can accommodate transient boats up to 125 feet. There are 24 transient slips and 121 seasonal slips.

The Harbor Guest House, which is located next door, was

This is an excellent marina from which to cruise to other

built in the early 1900s as a carriage house for an estate that

locales. Cross Green Bay to Menominee, Mich.; cruise north

was located on the adjacent grounds of the Hidden Harbor

to Washington Island; south to Sturgeon Bay; or cruise to

Condominiums. There are seven one- and two-bedroom

nearby Strawberry Islands and Chambers Island.

apartments that are a great option for boaters who might want to get off of their vessels for a few days.

NEW MARINA FOR CLEVELAND The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that its Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program will finance a transient marina at the North Coast Harbor, which is located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the City of Cleveland and partners will receive $1,450,400 and match that with about $500,000 to build new floating docks for 53 transient boat slips including three ADA-accessible slips and ramp, a new shower, restrooms, laundry building and amenities. This marina will be able to accommodate vessels 26 feet or longer for a maximum of 10 days and will provide boaters with easier access to many attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, and Browns Stadium. It is estimated that this grant will generate more than $1.1 million for the Cleveland area.

HARTSHORN MARINA BOAT LAUNCH CLOSED FOR 2011 The boat launch at the Hartshorn Marina in Muskegon, Mich., will be inaccessible for the 2011 boating season while a $12 million cleanup of contaminated sediments in Muskegon Lake is conducted. The cleanup should be completed by the end of the year and will not affect the main basin, small basin and mooring areas of the lake, though the shoreline area near the boat launch will be closed for fishing while the project is in progress. It is estimated that 41,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be dredged from an area of the lake between Heritage Landing and Hartshorn Marina. Additional work will include distributing 120,000 cubic yards of sand, from 6 to 12 inches deep, on sections that have lower levels of contamination, and improving shoreline areas to provide improved conditions for fi sh and other aquatic life.

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N.Y. MARINA PLANS RECEIVE GRANT MONEY The Port of Rochester in New York will receive $1.45 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as part of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program. A new marina will be constructed with these federal taxpayer funds. Work on the initial phase, which will accommodate 75 to 80 vessels, is expected to begin in 2012 and be completed in early 2013. Some additional funding from the state and city will be needed to fully finance the project. Amended cost estimates are expected in the near future, which may revise the $19 million figure for the initial phase. A privately financed second phase of construction would increase the marina’s capacity to 150 boats.

WASHBURN MARINA TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDS The City of Washburn, located in northern Wisconsin, is to receive $405,000 from the Wisconsin Recreational Boating Facilities Grant Program to make repairs to the Washburn Marina, which suffered damages in a major storm last fall. The total project cost is slightly more than $1 million. The grant will enable the city to make repairs to the marina’s timber bulkhead wall. The 570-footlong wall is a critical piece of infrastructure that directly supports the local and regional economy, an extensive array of recreational watercraft, and the maritime operations for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and research vessels. In its current condition, the bulkhead wall poses a safety risk to users and threatens the viability of the

ultimately not safely support the weight of the 150-ton travel

local economy. The city’s consulting engineer has determined

lift that services vessels.

that future storm events are likely to further damage the wall.

The Recreational Boating Facility Grant Program is funded

Damages to the wall have forced the city to close the

in part by a portion of the state gas tax that is generated by

pedestrian walkway due to safety issues and threaten to

recreational boating fuel sales in Wisconsin and bonding

shut down marina operations. If left unrepaired, the wall will

funds as a subset of the Stewardship program.

NEW MARINA FOR BITTER END YACHT CLUB Shortly after Easter, work began on the new and improved state-of-the-art Quarterdeck Marina at Bitter End Yacht Club in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The new facility, slated to be completed for a July 4 grand re-opening, will replace what was already one the Caribbean’s most popular boutique-style destination marinas. The new marina will accommodate as many as 18 yachts, including eight large yachts up to 150 feet in length, expanded tender docks, catamaran slips designed for vessels with wide beams, a composite-hybrid facility with additional power availability to give yachts access to a larger number of 30- and 50-amp power posts, an expanded L-dock that has space for two smaller yachts and up to four megayacht berths (up to 235 feet), and the ability to moor 35 yachts on the fi ve dock locations spread over one-quarter mile of the Bitter End’s marina waterfront. | 43


CARIBBEAN 1500 The Caribbean 1500 Rally is the largest and longest-running offshore cruising event in the Americas. This year’s rally is scheduled to begin on Nov. 7, but the actual departure date

Phil Barbalace

will depend on the weather. Participants will discover adventure, camaraderie, competition and lifelong friendships that bring crews back year after year. Ralliers will depart from Hampton, Va., and will sail either 1,500 miles to Tortola, British Virgin Islands or 875 miles to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, as part of the Bahamas Class. The Bahamas Class is open to power and sail boaters, and these entrants will receive weather updates, call in on daily chat hours, and carry satellite transponders to track their progress, just like the rest of the Caribbean 1500 participants who are headed to Tortola. Departing from Hampton increases the likelihood of a safe and comfortable passage for rally participants. The diverse fllet in this year’s rally will include ralliers from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia—from double-handing couples to families with children to serious and not-so-serious racing crews. New boats, old boats, racing sleds, full-keeled cruisers and catamarans will join the fleet.

GRAND BANKS RENDEZVOUS The Great Lakes Grand Banks Association will hold its rendezvous from Aug. 4 to 6 in Charlevoix, Mich., at the newly enlarged and renovated Municipal Marina. Scheduled activities include presentations on Friday that will be held at the Charlevoix Public Library, which is a short walk from the marina, an optional sightseeing tour of the “Earl Young” mushroom/stone houses, and a banquet on Saturday evening that will be held at the Charlevoix Golf and Country Club.

TIARA YACHTS GREAT LAKES RENDEZVOUS Tiara Yachts will gather at the Eldean Shipyard in Holland, Mich., for the 15th Tiara Yachts Great Lakes Rendezvous that will be held from July 26 to 29. Scheduled Rendezvous activities will include a boat hop/costume contest, a tour of the Tiara Yachts plant, a bike trip from Holland, Mich. to Saugatuck, Mich., where participants can go golfing, shopping or take dune rides, and a reception cruise on Lake Macatawa aboard the Holland Princess.

(616) 394-4629 ///

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FIRST ANNUAL “UNSALTED” SAILING FLOTILLA A sailing first for the world-class cruising waters of Northern Lake Michigan will be held from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4. Unsalted Sailing Flotilla 2011 will offer newbie sailors as well as experienced hands a seven-day sailing collaboration that will begin on Saturday, Aug. 27, with a kick-off reception and will finish on Sunday, Sept. 4. A five-day sailing option is also available. Weather dependent, the flotilla will sail the waters of Grand Traverse and Little Traverse Bays, with the promise of showing even local sailors some sweet sailing spots they might not have experienced. “The sailing fraternity is one big family,” noted Capt. Dave Conrad, owner of Bay Breeze Yacht Charters. “And the flotilla is one of the best ways we know of to blend local sailors with sail enthusiasts from out of the area. Everyone’s

Over the course of the cruise, American Sailing Association (ASA) classes will also be offered. Courses will fit all skill levels, from beginners to experienced sailors.

invited, so the chemistry is bound to be good.” This event is being hosted and sponsored by Bay Breeze He pointed out that Northern Michigan offers sailors some of the best cruising areas in North America. “We want to show off our area, as well as turn a lot of people onto sailing.”

Yacht Charters, Snoloha, a local purveyor of recreational clothing, and Leelanau Wine Cellars.

LOCCA RENDEZVOUS The Lake Ontario Club Cruising Association (LOCCA) will hold its first Rendezvous on the weekend of Sept. 10 at the Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Thirty-eight yacht clubs around Lake Ontario make up the LOCCA, and it is estimated that as many as 20 of these clubs will be represented at the Rendezvous. At an organizing meeting last March, plans were made to sell tickets for the event that will include a dinner put on by PCYC so that guests will have full access to the tent, restaurant and bar, maximizing the ability to interact with members of other clubs. Entertainment will be provided by bands, and the Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival also will be taking place during the Rendezvous weekend, and special activities are being planned for younger crew members. | 45

National U.S. Coast Guard

COAST GUARD TO BOATERS: WEAR LIFE JACKETS The Coast Guard reminds boaters not only to have life jackets for every person aboard their vessels as required by law, but to go one step further and ensure everyone aboard is wearing a life jacket at all times while underway. To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a Coast Guard–approved type I, II, III, or V (wearable) life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must have at least one Type IV (throwable) device as well. Owners/operators of vessels found to be in violation of 33 CFR 175, the portion of the Code of Federal Regulations that pertains to recreational boating safety, may be assessed a civil penalty up to $8,000 per violation.

percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. Most boating accidents occur quickly and unexpectedly, and

In 2009, three-fourths of all fatal boating accidents in the

it is extremely difficult to locate and don a life jacket at the

United States resulted from the victims drowning, and 84

moment an accident occurs.


water delivery infrastructure and an increasing demand on

Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S.

limited resources. To meet this demand for information, MOU

Geological Survey signed the Collaborative Science,

will facilitate addressing water information needs, including

Services and Tools to Support Integrated and Adaptive Water

the creation of high-resolution forecasts of water resources

Resources Management Memorandum of Understanding

showing where water for drinking, industry and ecosystems

(MOU) on May 11.

will be available. In addition, integrated water information

These federal agencies partnered to unify their commitment to address the nation’s water resources information and management needs.

will provide one-stop shopping through a database portal to support stakeholders in managing water resources. The MOU serves as an umbrella agreement that allows participating agencies to coordinate and cooperate in activities to improve

Water resources decision makers nationwide require new

water resource services, and helps agency scientists,

and more integrated information and services to adapt to the

engineers and managers to work together more easily.

uncertainty of future climate, land-use changes, an aging

U.S. Postal Service ©2010

POSTAL SERVICE SALUTES MERCHANT MARINE The U.S. Postal Service will honor this country’s merchant marine on four Forever® stamps at a dedication ceremony that will be held at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., on July 28 at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. This issuance pays tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine, the modern name for the maritime fleet that has played this vital role. The four-stamp design on this pane features types of vessels that have formed an important part of this history: clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships and container ships.

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APP EASES BOAT RENTAL SEARCH A new iPhone application offers a single stop to boaters searching for rental vessels. The fi rst-ever app of its kind, iRentaBoat allows people to search for rental boats and yacht charters from multiple owners, rental companies and brokers globally without visiting multiple websites. Whether traveling by sea, river or lakeside, users can search granularly by the type and size of boat, location and price. The app then links renters directly with vendors for booking. Riviera-based, French-owned company La Web Compagnie developed the iRentaBoat application, and Irish director Jenny Caird mangaged it from idea to delivery. Said Caird, “The iRentaBoat application is in a strong position to confirm amongst consumers its place in the application market for boat rental and yacht charters. With continued innovation and improvements ongoing we are already researching and developing applications suitable for other phone devices.”

2011 BOATING CONGRESS A WIN This year’s American Boating Congress, the recreational

Kevin Cook from the U.S. Coast Guard and Greg Ip of

boating industry’s premier legislative conference, attracted

The Economist.

more than 175 attendees from 26 states and Canada. Members took to Capitol Hill for more than 100 visits to members of Congress and their staffs to discuss key policy issues facing recreational boating, giving real voice to the industry.

Guests also heard from Environmental Protection Agency representatives who gave an update on the Clean Boating Act and the agency’s development of boating management practices. Maggie Lazarus from the law offices of John T. O’Rourke, and Dorothy Coleman, VP for Tax and Domestic

This year’s featured speakers addressed critical economic

Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers,

concerns and legislation, providing a glimpse into what is

provided an overview of current and possible future legislative

impacting boating and how the industry can take effective

tax initiatives during this Congress and over the next two years.

action. Attendees heard from Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Mich, and

ABC 2012 will be held April 23 and 24.

Congressman Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., as well as Rear Admiral

APP IDS FEDERAL BOATING REQUIREMENTS Florida By Water released Vessel Safety Check, a new iPhone application, in recognition of National Safe Boating Week in May. The app uses the Federal Boating Requirements for recreational boaters, as well as other vessel examiner documentation, so that recreational boaters have the required equipment necessary for safety on the water. The app identifies required equipment for recreational boaters based on vessel-specific criteria, including boat size, inland or coastal waters, and inboard or outboard. Once the app compiles a list of specific requirements, users receive a list of optional safety items, as well as an explanation of the requirements. The requirement list may be e-mailed or saved for future reference. Additional features include a marine store locator, recommended items and a vessel examiner locator. While this app does not replace a vessel exam by a qualified examiner, Rusty Gardener, founder of Florida by Water and a qualified vessel examiner himself, says he hopes it helps recreational boater know exactly what safety equipment the federal government requires. “Hopefully it will help make this a safer boating season for everyone.” // | 47



photo by Charlie DeVries

The Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) of Holland, Mich., will host, for the first time ever, the prestigious Canada’s Cup match race on Sept.1 to 4. The world-class sailing event will draw top sailors from around the globe to West Michigan to compete in the U.S. Defender Trials, which run Aug. 26 to 29. Team Heritage, led by Amway president and sailing enthusiast Doug DeVos and defending Cup champion and helmsman Bob Hughes, will represent MBYC as the Cup’s defender of record. The 115-year-old Canada’s Cup is the most preeminent sailing trophy in the United States today. This year’s Cup match represents only the second time racing on Lake Michigan waters, and will be the fi rst to take place on Michigan’s

known sister, America’s Cup. Both

west coast.

are named after the original racing yacht that first defended them—the

MBYC joins a distinguished list of U.S. yacht clubs in

Royal Canadian Yacht Club Canada a

Chicago, Rochester and Detroit that have challenged for and

won the inaugural match in 1896 on

defended the Cup. The massive silver trophy is one of the

the waters of Lake Erie.

oldest in sailing, and shares more than looks with her better- us

GRAND RAPIDS YACHT CLUB TO HOST BUTTERFLY CHAMPIONSHIP The Grand Rapids Yacht Club will host the 2011 Butterfly Open & Junior National Championship from July 20 to 22 on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Mich. The action will begin with a Tune-Up race on July 20. Event entertainment will include jousting, karaoke, DJ music and duck racing. There will be a free pancake breakfast offered each morning to all competitors. The registration fee includes catered lunches and dinners, with additional meal tickets available at registration. Housing will be available to all visiting sailors.


Those participating will help

Alliance (DHA) Southeastern

advance scientific understanding

Wisconsin Regatta is being

of painful, debilitating, and

hosted on August 20 by the

sometimes fatal digestive

Kenosha Yacht Club (KYC)

conditions that impact children.

and the Kenosha Community Sailing Center (KCSC). Registration for the race will be held on Aug. 19.

This event is for veteran and amateur racers alike. In addition to the races, this event will feature “A Day of Fun on the Water.” The

The regatta will raise funds

kickoff cookout will start as the

for the DHA Children’s

boats begin returning from their

Research Network. This

races. The party will continue

nationwide research network consists of leading pediatric GI

into the evening with food and cocktails, family-friendly sails

research centers, such as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

around the harbor, live entertainment and a silent auction.

in Milwaukee and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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C. THOMAS CLAGETT JR. MEMORIAL CLINIC AND REGATTA The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta— North America’s premier event for sailors with disabilities—will be held from Aug. 20 to 23 at Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s community sailing center. “The Clagett” began as an event for a single class of boat with a stated mission of assisting sailors in realizing their potential on the water by providing them—through the one-day clinic that precedes racing—both the knowledge and tools to improve their skills, and the opportunity to test them in competition. The event has expanded to include all three boats that have been chosen as the equipment of the Paralympic Regatta: the three-person Sonar, the two-person SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre. And, since 2008, blind sailors are also included as they race J/22s with sighted guides for the Sail

Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester, Pa.), members of US Sailing Team Alphagraphics, are set to return to The Clagett Regatta as defending champions in the SKUD-18.

Newport Blind National Sailing Championship. The pre-race clinic, conducted by world-champion sailors who share their expertise on everything from the racing rules to match racing techniques, is followed by on-the-water coaching during the three days of racing. The inclusion of able-bodied sailors in both the 2.4 Metre and Sonar fleets raises the competitive bar even higher. For the casual observer, there is little to distinguish the sailors with disabilities from the able-bodied competitors.

SHEBOYGAN TO HOST NATIONS CUP GRAND FINAL The 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final will be held in

waters. The organization won the bid for the 2011 Nations

Sheboygan, Wis., from Sept. 13 to 18. This international

Cup Grand Final trumping Busan, Korea; Chicago, USA; and

sailing competition hasn’t been hosted in the U.S. since 1995.

Gdynia, Poland. After eight Regional Finals held around the

All events, including the opening and closing ceremonies

world, the top teams qualify for the Grand Final in Sheboygan.

as well as the Taste Sheboygan festival are within walking

Competition takes place on Lake Michigan in Sonar boats

distance of the Harbor Centre Marina. US SAILING Center

(with a crew of three) for the men’s event and Elliott 6m boats

Sheboygan is one of only four Olympic sailing training centers

(with a crew of three) for the women’s event.

in the United States and the only one in the Midwest on inland //

TRANS SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE Saturday, Aug. 6, will mark the start of the 22nd biennial Trans Superior International Yacht Race. The 326-nautical mile race from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, to Duluth, Minn., is organized by the Duluth Yacht Club in conjunction with the Algoma Sailing Club in Sault St. Marie. Both crewed and single-handed boats can register for the race. The Trans Superior has been held every odd year since 1969. The race is also part of the Lake Superior Yachting Association offshore series and is the longest point-to-point freshwater race held biennially. Race festivities will begin with a skipper’s meeting on Aug. 5 at the Bondar Festival tent in Sault Ste. Marie and end with an awards dinner at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth on Thursday, Aug. 11. | 49


DOCK REVIVE Dock Revive can resurface, preserve and extend the life of wood docks, ramps, steps, boardwalks and more. The water-based coating is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and creates a new, textured, slip-, stain-, scuff- and fire-resistant surface. Color choice is unlimited—just add one gallon of ANY solid color acrylic latex stain to the kit. This durable, eco-friendly polymer coating from Gulf Synthetics fills cracks, locks down splinters, seals hardware and is designed to outlast any other sealer, stain or coating on the market at a cost of about $1.30 per square foot. Dock Revive applies with ordinary paint tools and is high build and quick setting. // (877) 946 -4853

SCOTCHBLUE PAINTER’S TAPE ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, formulated with 3M’s Edge-Lock Paint Lock Protector, is designed to help improve paint lines. By using the paint’s properties, it avoids seepage and provides clean, crisp paint lines followed by easy, residue-free tape removal. Use this tape to mask off and cover any part of the vessel that does not need paint. Approx. $6 //

DRAIN PLUG WRENCH The Braid Drain Plug Wrench is a multiuse tool that removes all twist-in drain plugs, even those with corrosion built up around them. Its plastic body never rusts, and a built-in compartment holds spare drain plugs. In addition, the device doubles as a floating key-holder. $7.99 // (661) 266 -9791 //

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TRANSAS ISAILOR Transas iSailor is a brand-new, free, navigation application for iPhones and iPads. Apart from traditional functionality, such as visualization of routes and tracks, and monitoring of waypoints and navigational date, it enables free charts orientation (“North up” and “Head up” modes available as well), day and night chart palettes and more. The application is free and available for download via iTunes. Chart folios for particular regions can be purchased via the application—pay only for the charts needed. free //

AQUACHARGE™ WATER PUMP The portable AquaCharge can be used to pump out fresh or salt water from small marine craft, boat covers, and compartments that don’t drain to the bilge. It runs on a replaceable low-voltage NiMH battery, which is fully submersible. The pump comes with an eight-foot hose and a charging station. A removable strainer allows for quick and efficient cleaning. $79 // (978) 282-5225 //

SMARTPLUG COVER SmartPlug’s Weatherproof Cover protects SmartPlug connectors against corrosion and problematic exposure to the elements. Protecting boatside connectors when they’re not in use, the cover comes with a lanyard for tethering it to a cord set. Creating a weatherproof seal, it locks on the face of a SmartPlug connector. It’s compatible with all SmartPlug 30and 50-amp boatside connectors. The cover comes with a seven-year warranty. $18.99 // (206) 285-2990 // smar | 51


GREENCLEAN BOAT SOAP™ GreenClean Boat Soap™ from TRAC Ecological Marine Products is safe, nontoxic, con-corrosive, fragrance-free and 100 percent biodegradable in less than 28 days. Just one capful per gallon of water forms rich foam that thoroughly cleans fiberglass, vinyl, teak, aluminum, varnish, canvas, sails, bilges, windows and fish boxes, as well as polished surfaces. It can be applied with a brush, sponge or soft cloth. Available in quarts and multiple-gallon sizes. Begins at $15.87 // // (954) 987-2722

OEM AND CUSTOM MISTING SYSTEM KITS The OEM and Custom Misting System Kits contain parts that are all specially designed and ultraviolet-rated for boating. For aesthetic purposes, the misting tube can be concealed within a boat. Multiple misting zones can be operated from a switch on the console. Mist-er-Comfort’s professional design team is also available to seamlessly integrate misting systems into any size boat or yacht. Begins at $299 // mist-er-comfor // (888) 647-8370

LIQUID WRENCH® The new Liquid Wrench Marine Grease is formulated to tackle the toughest challenges around your boat. It provides superior rust and corrosion protection and delivers excellent resistance to water and outstanding performance in a wide temperature range. This makes it ideal for corrosive marine applications, such as those for trailers, sprockets and bearings. $6.98 // // (866) WRENCH7

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MYSTIK® JT-4™ Mystik’s new JT-4 Synthetic 4-Cycle Outboard Marine Motor Oil SAE 10W-40 provides superior rust and corrosion protection in the harshest of marine environments. It has a special synthetic additive system that provides superior lowand high-temperature performance and outstanding scuff/wear protection, and engine cleanliness. This product is designed for use in Evinrude, Honda, Mercury Suzuki, Yamaha and other original equipment manufacturers’ marine four-cycle outboard engines. It is not for use in twocycle engines. $5.98 per quart // // (800) 248-4684

C.I.AGENT® The C.I.Agent® Spill Response Bag is a comprehensive rapid response system for hydrocarbon spills on water and land. It includes reusable components and is disposable as normal trash. Small enough to be tucked out of the way onboard, a standard kit contains a 12-foot reusable quick deployment boom (QDB), 10 pounds of C.I.Agent granules in 0.5-pound dissolvable pouches, a reusable 12-inch by 12-inch bilge bag, a garbage bag and heavy-duty gloves. Lightweight and flexible, the QDB can be easily deployed by one person. $420 // // (866) 242-4368

VALVTECT MARINE FUELS ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel contain proprietary two-pronged detergent additives that not only keep deposits from forming, but also clean up and remove existing deposits in the fuel system. They are test-proven to reduce harmful exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. The same detergent additives are contained in ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment and ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 aftermarket additives. // (800) 728-8258 | 53


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES POWERBOATS 1999 38’ Powerquest Avenger: Fresh water only, twin 454 Mags Mercruisers. Stainless props/K Planes w/indicators/tiebar/ ladder/drive showers/thru hull exhaust w/ mufflers/silent choice/battery charger/fume detector/depth finder. Spring Lake, Mich., Email (616) 836-1550. $89,000 or make offer. 1998 50’ Sea Ray Sundancer: Owner is fanatical. Boat waxed weekly, stored indoors. Fresh water only. Spring Lake, Mich. Email or call (616) 836-1551.

SAILBOATS 32’ 1973 Chance Paceship: Beautiful Nova Scotia built vessel used only in fresh water. Large inventory including jib, main, 2 genoas, spinnaker, drifter, tallboy, GPS, Omni compasses, Columbian sounder, Swoffer log & speedometer, alcohol stove, chart table. Rigging & equipment in dry storage. Atomic 4 engine. Warehoused inside. One owner 30 years. Minimum use, excellent care. Motivated seller. $12,500/OBO. (231) 723-2330. (see photo below)

NEW BOATS 2009 31’ 355 Mainship: 315 hp Diesel, bow-stern thruster, A/C, gen. 2011 28’ Glastron 289 Sport Cruiser: Blue, dual prop, A/C. 2011 25’ Glastron 259 Sport Cruiser: Black, dual prop, A/C. 2011 23’ Glastron DX 235 Deck Boat w/Trailer: 5.7 300 hp Volvo, head, white/black. 2011 21’ Glastron GLS 215 Bow Rider w/Trailer: 5.7 300 hp Volvo, white/black. 2011 19’ Glastron GLS 195 Bow Rider w/Trailer: 4.3 GXI 225 hp Volvo, white/yellow. 2011 18’ Glastron MX 185 Bow Rider w/Trailer: 4.3 190 hp Volvo, white/blue. 2011 18’ Glastron MX 185 Bow Rider w/Trailer: 4.3 190 hp Volvo, white/red. 2011 17’ Glastron SSV 170 Bow Rider w/Trailer: 115 hp Evinrude E-Tech, white/red.

$192,800 $96,680* $77,023* $55,026* $44,615* $33,335* $25,008* $25,008* $21,577*

*Price includes freight but does NOT include dealer prep.

PRE-OWNED BOATS 2007 Harbor Cottage: Like new, fully furnished. 1953 53’ Chris Craft Conqueror: Twin 225 hp, GM diesel. 2010 25’ Glastron GLS 255 Bow Rider: Very nice, Mercury 350 Mag. 1984 20’ Shamrock Pilot House w/Trailer: Many extras.

$139,750 $79,900 $49,600 $23,900


BOAT TRANSPORTATION MOVE YOUR BOAT WORRY FREE ON OUR AIR RIDE TRAILER Free Quotes! Dave’s Marine Transport. Toll Free: (866) 814-DAVE (3283)

1999 58’ Bluewater 5800 Millennium Series: 450 hp Cummins, hardtop, loaded & updated. $329,450 1980 57’ CarlCraft Houseboat: 7.4 Crusaders, 350 hp, 3 air/heat units, baseboard heat, generator. (trades) $34,900 2003 41’ Gibson Sport: 2 8.1 Crusaders, 108 hrs air/generator. $120,000 1984 40’ Silverton Aft Cabin: Loaded, lots of room, air, generator, newer canvas, very clean. $39,900 2003 38’ Regal 3880 Sedan Motoryacht: Loaded, still like new. $198.900 1989 38’ Holiday Mansion: Twin 350, Volvos IO’s. $29,900 1998 37’ Cruisers 3585 Fly-Bridge: W/twin 454 Mercurys and gen. $98,000 2007 24’ Avalon Paradise 24 Ft.: 115 hp, custom half camper canvas. $18,700 2003 29’ Regal 2665 Commodore: 350 Mercury Bravo 3 drive dual prop, A/C, full enclosure. $34,900 2005 9’ Caribe Inflatable: hard bottom, no engine, has covers/oars. $1,950 Trade-ins welcome on new and pre-owned boats. We have slips reserved for all boats purchased from Harborside Marina.

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JULY 21-23



Bay Point Park, Levee Park Red Wing

Tampa Convention Center Tampa

St. Clair River waterfront Port Huron



JULY 16-17






Algoma Sailing Club Sault Ste. Marie

Pontiac Lake Waterford


JULY 16-23




Multiple venues Charlevoix

Antique Boat Museum Clayton





Bayview Yacht Club Race starts at Port Huron

New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse


Washington Park Marina Michigan City



Multiple venues Grand Haven




R OCKFORD, IL RV CAMPING & TRAVEL S HOW ISC-Indoor Sports Center/Expo Rockford

AUGUST 23-28

TALL S HIPS C HICAGO Navy Pier Chicago


Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis


G REAT R IVER DAYS Riverfront Park Muscatine





N ORTH A MERICAN I N -WATER B OAT S HOW Cedar Point Marina Sandusky

R IVERFEST Riverfront Park Niles




“C LASSIC B OATS ON THE B OARDWALK ” B OAT SHOW Boardman River Boardwalk Traverse City


Salmon Derby Lake Ontario Ontario



JULY 26-31

Muskoka Wharf Gravenhurst, Ontario


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Advantage Boat Sharing Boat U.S. Carver Yachts Chicago Harbors/Westrec Contender Yachts


✦ Deep water marina serving boats up to 42 feet. ✦ Electric outlets for boats. ✦ Fresh water hook-ups for boats. ✦ Wave attenuators. ✦ Clubhouse with restrooms, showers &

wireless internet. ✦ Seasonal rates start at $2,375. ✦ Transient boating rates start at $37.50 per night. ✦ Premier condos available for sale.

Pere Pointe Marina 350 Lakeside Dr. Ludington, MI 231-843-8100

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41 IBC

Koenig & Strey


Lake Forest College


Michigan City In-Water Boat Show

37 IFC 7

Sail Sheboygan




Waukegan Harbor

✦ Close to downtown Ludington.


Essex Credit

Progressive Insurance

Marina Highlights:



North Point Marina

Pere Pointe Marina is tucked away in a cove on the Pere Marquette Lake just off Washington Street in Ludington, Michigan.


Dock Revive

Jefferson Beach Marina

Pere Pointe Marina

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