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manufacturers have been struggling to sell boats, we have been out on ours enjoying everything about the Great Lakes. In this issue, we cover two boat builders: Adventure Craft and Rampage. Adventure Craft brings a house to the water with elegance. All the comforts of your own

Publisher & Editor in Chief F. Ned Dikmen Managing Editor Karen Malonis

house fit onto the boat, with a lot of room to stretch out. The 2800 CabinYacht is the best houseboat you can find.

Have you heard of discretionary expenditure, like in recreational boating? That is what the recession goes after, making it one of the first industries to suffer and one of the last to recover.

Rampage combines the best of fishing and cruising into the perfect vessel for on-water fun. We take a look at the 34 IPS and the 45 Convertible. The 34 has

There are many suggestions that the

brand new IPS technology, which makes

economy has taken a turn for the better,

tracking down fish a snap. The boat can

and things are beginning to improve. With a

move on a diagonal and turn instantly.

little patience we will survive the hard times.

Ontario’s gem, Toronto. This year-round

hit because few new boats are being sold.

port of call doesn’t freeze over, even in the

But they, too, will recover. Maybe not all of

coldest of winters thanks to Lake Ontario.

them. I am sure you have heard of “only

The city has many exciting neighborhoods

the fittest will survive.” It has happened to

that are as diverse as its population.

cars, and it will invariably happen to boats.

There is truly something for everyone.

I personally like the idea of being provided

Ever wonder about charter fishing? We

with fewer great lines to choose from.

have a personal, firsthand account of

I don’t believe this reduction could be

a Lake Michigan charter fishing trip. A

construed as entering an era of socialism

Chicago captain takes us along on his

into our boating lifestyles.

boat to catch lake trout and salmon. The fish are coming.

Boaters lacking patience join the pack of anxious economic health watchers,

We also discuss the representation by

asking, “Are we out of the recession yet?”

the GLBF for recreational boaters from

But why should they care? Boaters who

the Great Lakes. NOAA and IJC have

love their all-paid-for boats should have

snubbed boaters for decades. This article

no concerns about the recession and

encourages boaters to work together with

when it will end.

the GLBF for a stronger voice on the water.

Boating builds patience, slows you

Boaters have a tendency to sit back

down: stretches minutes into hours and

and enjoy the ride, when they should be

hours into days; you live longer, happier

demanding loudly better treatment from

and more naturally. The recession will

several key government agencies. Get

eventually end, but in the meantime we

energized and find a way to make yourself

keep boating happily.

heard, so that boating is no longer considered the step-child. Visit

country, 4.3 million of which are located on to make yourself heard.

the Great Lakes. We have remained strong and will outlast the poor economy. While


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by F. Ned Dikmen, Ph.D. Chairman, Great Lakes Boating Federation

The competition for the 2016 Olympics has come down to four cities: Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. Although Madrid is known for being a sophisticated, open city, its difficulties with terrorism may prevent it from winning the opportunity to host the sports contest. Rio de Janeiro’s beauty may have helped bring it to the fi nal four, but the large amount of violence and crime woven into its fabric of life may already have taken it out of the running. Tokyo and Chicago could remain the only true contenders. The rivalry between them comes down to the fi nal months of judging. If Chicago comes out on top, it could be a huge boon for Illinois’ boaters. The current number of boaters at harbors in Chicago might double to 10,000, or even triple. If the Olympics become part of Chicago’s future, Mayor Richard M. Daley could create the largest congregation of boaters in Chicago. He would most likely see the advantages of increasing access to the land from the water, and construct more harbors. The mayor would be rewarding an industry that spends between $9.5 billion and $16 billion each year, $80 million of which contributes to Chicago’s economy. Th is covers everything from the food that boaters purchase and consume on the water, to the sails, bumpers and gasoline they buy to maintain their boats. During the summer, some families spend their weekends in boats on Lake Michigan, increasing both the amounts of time and care they devote to their vessels, and the overall cost of the supplies they will obtain to enjoy them. All of this invigorates the economy. Mayor Daley is thrilled with the expenditures, recognizing the boaters’ fi nancial contributions to his city and to the country, as a whole. Investing in Chicago’s boating industry would be a natural return. However, a proposal to use Monroe Harbor for rowing at the Olympics has some boaters on edge; they are concerned that

it would be disruptive and force them to relocate. There is a different suggestion that would move the rowing competition farther from shore, leaving boats in the inner harbor undisturbed. But this option is unsupported by the city and is unlikely to be enacted. Unfortunately, boaters are reluctant to speak out in favor of the alternative option, fearful that the city of Chicago might retaliate against them; for instance, by preventing them from renewing their leases. Although bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago would clearly benefit boaters, other citizens may fi nd themselves holding mixed bags. Individuals living in Chicago may discover that the city government aims to change many aspects of the city they appreciate every day to prepare it for Olympians and tourists. Mayor Daley may make adjustments to public transit and Soldier Field, and construct an Olympic Village for athletes. As China did for its own Olympics recently, Chicago may attempt to relocate its impoverished, hiding them from the public’s gaze. In addition, the city may take on a large amount of unexpected debt from the cost of funding the competition. Despite these disadvantages, the Great Lakes Boating Federation would solidly support bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. If climate change is a reality, it has the potential to benefit boating in Chicago. It will stretch the sport’s season from April to November, with 24 days of boating in a season. The Great Lakes Boating Federation would like to work with the Olympic Committee to maximize enjoyment of the boating season. As a hurricane-free region, the Great Lakes are protected from the severe storms that are likely to wreak havoc on areas that are prone to hurricanes. With mayoral support behind it, the 2016 Olympics could not fi nd a better home than Chicago.

FUTURE AHOY In 1937, 268 Harvard sophomores were asked to participate in a study to learn how to maximize the amounts of happiness in their lives. The study continues returning results to the present day. According to the fi ndings, there are several keys to maintaining happiness, and two of them apply directly to you and to boating. One essential element for a joyful life is to include at least one

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healthy outlet, and a second is to share your happiness with family or friends. It doesn’t take much to reach the conclusion that realizing these two ideas is part of the mixture needed for contentment. It seems quite obvious that everyone needs ways to blow off steam, such as hobbies. Lifestyles today tend to build up

frustration, for even the most mild-mannered individuals. Without release valves, we may turn to anger and then must deal with its effects on our bodies; these can include greater concentrations of stress hormones, which can lead to high blood pressure and an increased likelihood of heart disease. Most of you reading this already own boats, or are fascinated by them. However, even if you already have a vessel, you may think you don’t have time to get away and enjoy yourself on the water, even for a few hours. We believe that you simply can’t afford to think that way. If you don’t have a hobby to release pent-up emotions, they’re going to affect you later in life. To be happy, share your time with others. For an example of this, compare telling a joke to friends to simply reading it online. Which is funnier? I would bet that telling a joke to friends is more humorous than reading it alone. Boating is a wonderful hobby partly because it frequently incorporates the second key to happiness, involving friends and family in your life.

You can see how spending time on your boat can contribute to your happiness. You can also help others add happiness to their lives by regularly including them on your outings. Boating can exponentially increase happiness. If you add to the number of friends you invite on your boat, you may help them and help yourself, too. By taking other friends with you when you’re boating, you can improve and lengthen all of your lives. It’s in everyone’s interests to spend, and to enjoy, the time on their boats. It will increase your happiness, helping you to live longer, and enriching your quality of life by increasing the amount of time you spend with the people you care about. You can also take pride in helping to strengthen the boating industry by introducing others to this pastime. We recommend following this recipe of boating more, and with more people; it will lead to more happiness for everyone.

DEAR IJC: LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF BOATERS By Dennis L. Schornack Former Chairman of the International Joint Commission, U.S. Section

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is the binational

regulations established a half

treaty organization that regulates works such as dams and

century ago when the mix and

weirs in waters shared by the U.S. and Canada. By regulating

strength of interests, scientific

water levels and current flows, the IJC directly affects the

knowledge and water uses was

personal safety and property investments of more than 5

very different.

million Great Lakes boaters—high stakes that warrant careful attention to people with a vital interest.

But after nearly nine years and $30 million, the IJC’s work has stalled and the entire project is on life-support. Money

In Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the IJC is

to model new plans or “tweak” existing options has run out,

struggling to set a new regulation plan for the massive

along with the patience of governments and citizens with

Moses Saunders Dam that spans the river at Massena, New

the commission’s protracted process of making a decision.

York. New regulations would establish water levels for

The progressive give-and-take among competing interests

the lake and current flows through the river within ranges

that led to a fragile consensus on a new regulation plan in

deemed to best serve the interests of boaters and shippers,

2006 has been replaced by the shoot-and-duck strategies of

riparian property owners, power utilities and environmental

interests that have retreated to the bunkers of old positions.

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Unless current commissioners act boldly and quickly, efforts

Mysteriously, the IJC has failed to include people with

to adopt a modern regulation plan for the Moses Saunders

important, vital interests in lake levels within the folds of

Dam are doomed. In case they haven’t noticed, there is a

its Upper Lakes Study. Specifically, it has failed to include 5

new president in America and they are all lame ducks. Th is

million Great Lakes boaters in its deliberations. Boat sellers

author is aware that at least one call has been made and one

have been given a seat at the table, but boat sellers don’t

new appointment has already been sett led; the rest will

share the same concerns as boat users about exposed rocks,

soon follow.

shift ing bottoms and changing currents. Aft er all, a sunken

The learning curve for new commissioners is long and steep,

boat is just another sales opportunity.

resources are scarce and what is left of the consensus among

IJC commissioners are conservative, risk-adverse creatures

interest groups is rapidly deteriorating. New commissioners

who act only when they have consensus. While laudable

will have new priorities, and resurrecting a Lake Ontario/

in many respects, these conditions impair efficiency and

St. Lawrence River regulation may not be among them. So, a

lead to lengthy delays, watered-down results, or both. They

new commission is as likely to close the book on this project

need to remember that they are not elected and that their

as they are to ask for more money and time to fi nish what the

actions do not determine the political fate of the leaders who

present commission seems incapable of fi nishing.

appoint them.

In the Upper Great Lakes and St. Clair River, the IJC is

If the IJC completes these two projects, the Upper and

seeking to understand why lake levels have been falling and

Lower Great Lakes studies, it will have spent nearly

whether changes in the St. Clair River are responsible. The

$50 million and a decade in deliberation—the largest

only works under IJC jurisdiction here are two small dams

expenditure of time, money and effort in the 100-year

on the St. Marys River, and their ability to influence the

history of the organization. Citizens and their governments

levels of lakes Superior and Huron/Michigan is marginal at

have every right to expect results, and every right to judge

best. Adding its informed voice to those calling att ention to

whether these results were worth it. Indeed, the very stature,

climate change may be the most the IJC can do here.

credibility and effectiveness of the IJC are on the line.

Because policies concerning climate change are not under

Great Lakes boaters can help salvage a new regulation plan

IJC control, the best it can do is to harness the support of

for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by pressuring

interest groups like boaters and riparian property owners to

the commission to act before it is too late, and they can

inform and encourage action by the federal governments.

help to produce meaningful results for the Upper Lakes by

Th is requires the active engagement and education of

insisting that their voice be added to the chorus of calls for

large numbers of people and using the many organs of

climate change policies to keep the Great Lakes great.

communication available to reach the broadest audience possible.




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N EX T S TEP FOR G REAT L AKES R ECREATIONAL B OATING S TUDY Governor Paterson has asked me to respond to your letter regarding the Great Lakes Recreational Boating Study. I commend you for your exuberance in promoting recreational boating and its inherent value to the economy and social values of our nation’s Great Lakes region, and I appreciate your desire for accurate information. Effective public education and political advocacy should certainly be based on the most current and accurate information possible. It is unfortunate the Study’s report did not meet your expectations. In this time of staggering budget deficits, economic uncertainties and resource constraints, we need to collectively exert our energies in looking forward and creating a new and bolder vision for the Great Lakes region—one in which recreational boating serves an increasingly important role. I believe, rather than looking back to criticize elements of a single report, as you have suggested, we should focus on how to continue moving forward, using the essence of this study as one of a growing number of resources needed to mold public opinion and future political action. I encourage you to share your ideas with the Great Lakes Commission on how the recreational boating community, Great Lakes states and our federal government can work together to pursue a future vision for recreational and economic opportunity while protecting the unique natural resources of the Great Lakes Basin. Donald Zelazny Great Lakes Programs Coordinator

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former Great Lakes Commission member F. Ned Dikmen, recipient of this letter, asked the director of the Commission to redirect the $363,000 of overhead it retained from the original $443,000 it was granted from the Corps of Engineers and use it for a new Great Lakes recreational boating study. The request has been ignored. A study to measure the economic impact of recreational boating on the Great Lakes is desperately needed to guide coastal municipalities that embrace recreational boating in their harbors.

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This may sound absolutely crazy and I am shaking while I write this, but the article by Joseph S. Gulotti about the message in the bottle (“Letter in a Bottle,” May/June ’09), well, the man that answered his message, William C. Bivin, was my daddy. I would really like to talk to Mr. Gulotti. It would mean so much for me to talk to him. I was two when my daddy answered his message. I just Googled his name and saw this and couldn’t believe my eyes. Thanks for your help. Celeste Bivin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you for your note. We have for warded your contact information to Mr. Gulotti.

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While it may look similar to the previous generation Rampage 33, there’s nothing on the water like Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts’ new 34 IPS. Making big waves with its revolutionary new handling technology, the new 34 IPS is one of the most fisherman-friendly and smoothest rides on the water, and ideal for long days spent on the Great Lakes.

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As Rampage’s first boat with an open cockpit and pod-drive

And, he added, “Because of the IPS configuration, we actually

propulsion, the 34 IPS was one of the first sport fish boats

have additional space below decks that we have better

on the market to offer the Volvo Penta Inboard Performance

utilized. We’ve taken that space and added another fish box;

System, which provides more nimble handling and increases

something fishermen are always asking for. The 34 IPS has a

fuel efficiency over conventional inboard models. More

fish box aft and another fish box forward.”

importantly, with the joystick technology, the captain can drive the boat in any direction (sideways and diagonally) with precision unseen elsewhere, upping the ante for fishing the big lakes. At the heart of the 34 IPS is its balance of performance and comfort, starting with what every fisherman needs in a ride:

The boat’s broad shoulders at the bow help it maintain exceptional buoyancy, and, with minimal bow rise when throttled up, the boat cuts into the water, making running down-water more safe and secure. Even at rest, the 34 IPS maintains stability.

agile handling. While the joystick steering improves low-speed

Smaller touches that make it easier to stay focused on the

maneuverability, the big breakthrough is the revolutionary

water (and on the fish) include the exhaust design and the

Sport Fish Mode propulsion system. It dramatically increases

smoothness of the ride. The engine’s exhaust is incorporated

power to make the most of days spent on the water chasing

into the underwater pod drives, so these is no diesel smell,

salmon and trout. Engage this feature and the pods cock

even in the following water and wind. With no long shafts

outward. The adjustment of shift and throttle causes the 34

running from the transmissions through the hull to the props,

IPS to maneuver like a hummingbird; it disengages with a

there is no chance of vibration to cause a shaky ride. The 34

slight turn of the wheel.

IPS is pulled through the water rather than pushed and with no

“When a big fish runs, you need to be able to follow the fish quickly and smoothly. Sport Fish Mode allows you to back

shaft angle, the hull planes faster and moves more efficiently through the water.

down on a fish, turn from side-to-side in reverse and spin on

“Anyone who spends long days trolling big lakes will

a dime much faster than a standard IPS,” said Tony Martens,

appreciate the fresh, clean air and quiet ride,” said Martens.

director of product development and engineering, Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts.

And while the focus is on the fishing, the 34 IPS is just as comfortable for a cruise with family and friends. The

The 34 IPS has some serious power under its deck to match

exceptionally quiet motor means conversations can be heard

its serious fishing features: either twin IPS 500s (370 hp) or

without raising voices. The bridge deck has an L-shaped

IPS 600s (435 hp) that can cruise from 26 to 30 mph, to top

settee to the port of the helm station that can rotate forward.

out at 38 mph with surprising fuel efficiency. The 70 square

Below deck, the dinette seats five adults comfortably and can

feet of cockpit space offer enough action for several anglers

convert into four big bunks or can be arranged as two bunks

to mount their attack. Standard features include six stainless-

above and a full-size V-berth below. The sofa can also sleep

steel rod holders, a half-inch thick aluminum plate in the

one or two adults as it also doubles as a queen-sized master

cockpit for a fighting chair, insulated fishbox with macerator

bed. The galley has a two-burner cook top, a microwave oven

pump and fresh- and raw-water washdowns.

and a refrigerator/freezer.

Everything about the 34 IPS has been thoughtfully designed

As a brand, Rampage Yachts is dedicated to exceeding

and engineered from an avid fisherman’s point of view. “We’ve

customer expectations in quality and innovation. But words

also been able to add fuel capacity and increase its range,”

only begin to describe what the Rampage 34 IPS offers—to

said Martens. “There’s not another 34-foot boat with that kind

truly understand the innovative performance and features of

of range.”

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A pure fishing machine at heart, equally matched by

Powered by one of three engine options that range from

uncompromised cabin creature comforts, the Rampage 45

715 mhp to 1,015 mhp, the 45 can cruise at more than 40 mph

is a blend of modern and traditional styling influences which

to quickly reach deeper waters, where the salmon are. Or, if

make it the ultimate fishing machine.

the goal is to catch a fish like walleye, the 45 can troll as fast

Even at 45 feet in length with a 16-foot beam, the luxurious

as 7 mph, and as slow as 1 mph, a rarity in a diesel engine.

sport boat has a four-foot draft which allows captains the

To relax after a day on the water, passengers can kick back

maneuverability needed to navigate shallow bays or inlet

and take advantage of the 45’s amenities. The salon features

lakes out to the Great Lakes for hours of sport fishing.

an L-shaped sofa/sleeper that has hidden storage for up to

The 130 square-foot cockpit has all the necessities and luxuries—plus more—that a true fisherman would ask for. The 45 has 11 standard rod holders, a full-size tackle station with a 40-gallon freezer box, a transom lid-within-lid livewell

six rods, along with the creature comforts of home. There is a flat-screen TV with DVD player, cherry wood cabinetry and teak and holly flooring, as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer.

and removable, double-hinged, 66-inch twin fi shboxes. Unlike

The Rampage 45 was thoughtfully designed, engineered and

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Make sure you’re properly protected in case your boat is stolen or damaged in the off-season. A stand-alone boat



Check on your boat periodically during the winter months.

insurance policy can give you that protection. If you’ve made upgrades to your power or other permanent equipment, don’t forget to update your policy!

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1 Hour from Chicago

ADVENTURE CRAFT When it comes to houseboating over long weekends or during

steering, throttle controls and complete instrumentation. Radio

extended voyages, there are few boats that offer low operating

communications and stereo system are located above the helm

costs and over-the-water comfort like the Adventure Craft™

in the fore cabin area. The flybridge helm provides unobstructed,

2800 CabinYacht™ houseboat.

360-degree views. For added comfort against intense sun,

At 28 feet, six inches with a 102-inch beam, the AC2800 is rated for 150 maximum horsepower that provides more than enough power to cruise the open water or quietly glide through shallow channels. Fed by a single 40-gallon fuel tank,

an all-weather fabric bimini cover easily deploys above the helm and offers stand-up height. The flybridge also includes a spacious sundeck with mold-in tanning platforms, a 3,000-Watt generator and an AC/heating unit.

the standard 135 hp Honda® outboard provides excellent

Highlighting the Adventure Craft’s smooth lines is its cathedral

fuel-efficiency for daylong pleasure boating or continuous

trimaran hull. Unlike other keeled vessels, the AC2800 trimaran

maneuvering in shallow fishing waters.

hull provides unmatched stability and its broad, 102-inch beam

Although efficiencies are commonplace on-board the Adventure Craft 2800, the best value is found in its expansive cabin. With nearly seven feet of headroom throughout the cabin and eight large screened windows, the generous enclosure provides a breezy, inviting escape from the midday sun. Inside are four lounge areas with seating, complete with swivel-base

provides peace of mind on rough water. With only a 12-inch draft, this craft is designed for maneuverability in shallow water. The one-piece fiberglass hull provides superior durability and can safely withstand controlled “beaching” on sandy shoals. With pinpoint control in skinny water, the vessel provides anglers with access to even the most secluded fishing holes.

dining tables. Abundant storage space can be found under and

The starboard and portside deckwalks are 6-inch wide

behind each seat cushion. A compact galley conveniently splits

accessways around the perimeter of the boat that facilitate

each lounge area and includes a 2.7-cubic-foot refrigerator,

mooring and general maintenance. Stainless steel railings

stainless steel sink, countertop microwave, coffee maker

and grab handles abound for safety and security while

and dry storage space. Opposite the galley, a full stand-up

moving up or down the deckwalks. Other exterior features

shower and marine head share mid-ship space. Outfitted with

include snap-on seat flotation cushions, bow and stern

a 20-gallon fresh water tank and 15-gallon wastewater tank,

seat storage compartments, a portside swim ladder and a

you can travel to your destination in complete comfort. At night,

flybridge access ladder.

the fore and aft lounge areas easily and quickly convert into two separate sleeping compartments for up to four adults. For privacy, color-coordinatedcurtains snap in-place on both doors, all windows and in-between sleeping areas.

Equipped with a tandem-axle, aluminum trailer, the AC2800 is securely cradled for safe, over-the-road hauling. Safety features include a standard trailer light package, hydraulic surge braking system, heavy-duty ball hitch trailer coupler and

You’ll enjoy the freedom to navigate your favorite waters

a full-size spare tire. The effortless glide path trailer design

from inside the cabin or high above on the flybridge. A dual-

makes for easy-on, easy-off trailer tending.

helm design allows the boat to be operated from high-back swivel chairs, inside or out. Each helm includes hydraulic

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The Adventure Craft 2800 is more than just a boat; it’s your very own cabin on the lake.



Centerline Length Beam Width Approximate Draft Max. Persons Fuel Capacity

28’ 6” 8’6” 12” 8 40 GALS | 21





By Justin Hoffman


oronto has been home to Europeans for 175 years,

yachts, can find a place to dock in Toronto’s Inner Harbour,

since its incorporation as the City of Toronto in 1834.

next to the city’s inviting downtown.

The French have been coming to the area since the

middle of the 18th century, when they set up a fur trading post. Located on the northern shores of Lake Ontario, the city has grown into arguably the lake’s most exciting port of call.

Toronto can be accessed by boat year-round, even during the frigid months of winter, because of Lake Ontario, which has only frozen over twice in recorded history. So don’t let the waning of summer make this destination seem like one

Today Toronto is home to the tallest structure in North

that should wait until the next boating season. The lake-effect

America, the CN Tower, many festivals, cultural places and

weather also keeps the city warm, by comparison to other

events, a host of major sports teams and thousands of boats.

ports on Lake Ontario, during the winter with highs in the

Visiting boaters often dock at the Harbourfront Centre, where

low 30s. Summer weather is also cooler by the same token,

the Marina Quay West and John Quay offering mooring, but

reaching average highs of about 80 degrees.

there are many other marinas offering slip rentals. Ships of all sizes, from dinghies to trawlers to cruisers to mega

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Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with about half of its population being born outside of Canada,

and has a cultural scene that is as diverse as its population.

The city enjoys the water of Lake Ontario so much it has

Several major metropolitan attractions include the Royal

been slowly expanding into the lake. The Toronto Harbour

Ontario Museum, which is a major museum of world culture

Commission has been adding to the city’s waterfront for

and natural history; the Toronto Zoo, where more than 5,000

nearly one hundred years by creating parks, recreational

animals are on display; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, which

areas, creative centers, residences and commercial

contains artwork from around the world. For those with

properties. There are also future plans to add more land to

children, the Ontario Science Centre has hands-on activities

the shoreline and to continue development for both residents

and displays to engage kids in science.

and tourists to enjoy.

While you’re visiting you won’t need to rent a car. The city

The shores of Toronto offer many water-related activities,

has a large and efficient transit system that makes traveling

and a host of shopping and recreational sites present a very

around the city easy. The downtown is well within walking

inviting destination for transient boaters. On the water is

distance of the marinas and has so much to offer you may

the Queen’s Quay Terminal, a building built in 1926 for cold

not even get beyond this area in your first visit.

storage that has been converted into an Art Deco mall and | 23

The waters of Lake Ontario are also perfect for deep-water fishing. If you don’t have your own gear or boat, you’ll find many fishing charters to choose from along the harbor. In an afternoon, you could master the art of reeling in a 25-pound king salmon or fight with a 15-pound brown trout. For those who want to get away from the bustle of the city, ferries run out to Toronto Islands from the Inner Harbour. The islands are the largest urban car-free community in North America, although some service vehicles are permitted. Getting around is easy by foot or bicycle on the many trails that dissect the islands. Bicycles are welcome on the ferries. If you didn’t bring yours, bicycles and canoes are available for rent. Originally a peninsula, the islands were separated from the mainland and split into several small islands during an 1858 storm, and later dredging further increased the separation. Today four yacht clubs, the Harbour City Yacht Club, the Island Yacht Club, the Queen City Yacht Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, as well as a public marina and several smaller boating clubs, all call the islands home. Centre Island, the largest, features picnic areas, a maze, a beach and a chapel. Visitors will also find an amusement park, Centreville, which has 30 rides, a petting zoo, public boat moorings, as well as many other activities for the family. When you’ve returned to the mainland, a must-see place in Toronto is the St. Lawrence Market, located only a few blocks north of the Harbourfront Centre on the corner of Jarvis and Royal Ontario Museum

Front streets. This collection of three historic buildings is now made up of retail space, event venues and a weekly farmers market. It’s northernmost building was once the Toronto City Hall. Free walking tours are available to learn about the historic buildings of the area. Visitors will find restaurants serving various dishes, from pizza to crepes to sushi to ice cream. Specialty vendors offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, and gourmet coffee and dairy products. The area also has shops for glasswork, jewelry and artwork. The farmers market is a tradition more than 200 years old in Toronto. For those wishing to know the city a bit more intimately, there are many neighborhoods to investigate. Some of the most prominent are Bloor-Yorkville, Little Italy, Queen West, Kensington Market, Financial District and Old Town Toronto. This list is far from complete; so if you have the time, don’t

Toronto Island

condo complex. The Premiere Dance Theatre and Museum of Inuit Art are also in the building. Boat tours and cruises are available along the lakefront, highlighting the best of Toronto for visitors.

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stop with only these. Bloor-Yorkville was once the hippie center of Toronto, but this section of town is now one of the most hip. Next to fivestar hotels are Victorian homes that house antique shops, clothing boutiques and art galleries. Little Italy is the nightlife

hotspot. Not only can visitors find traditional Italian foods, but also Italian clothing shops and cappuccino houses. Kensington Market is another perfect example of Toronto’s acceptance of varying cultures. This street market offers a virtual trip around the world, with vintage stores, street musicians and vendors selling gift items from Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. The heart of Toronto is the Financial District, all of which is compact and walkable. Even during winter, PATH, the Underground City, makes navigating downtown simple and warm. This 16-mile network of interconnected tunnels under the sidewalks joins 50 office towers and

Dundas Square Photos courtesy of Toronto Tourism

more than 1,200 stores to hotels, restaurants and fi ve subway stations. Food connoisseurs will find nearly every type of food from around the world in the many restaurants of Toronto. The range of dishes includes everything from Cajun to Chinese to Indian to Italian to Japanese to Thai, or anything in-between. Toronto also has a vibrant nightlife, with many clubs and bars to complement anyone’s evening. Many musicians have enjoyed success in the city’s vibrant music scene. Bars and clubs around the city have nightly live music. The famous North by Northeast Festival showcases more than 500 artists from Canada and around the world for five days each June. The city is host to many other festivals throughout the year to support arts from around the world. International Festival of Authors, Toronto International Film Festival, Just for Laughs Toronto and Toronto Outdoor Art Festival all showcase the best of each art form for visitors from around the world. From January 9 to 17, 2010, boaters are invited to the Toronto International Boat Show at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, where thousands of boats will be on display for prospective buyers to learn more about. The show also presents a wonderful water shows on the massive indoor lake of 28,000 square-feet, which is larger than a professional hockey rink. Toronto also hosts the Toronto In-Water Boat Show that will be held

Skyline from Ontario Place

from September 16 to 19 next year at Ontario Place. If that’s still not enough, Toronto also has seven major

one of the original six of the NHL, the Maple Leafs. The Hockey

sports teams, from three of the four major American

Hall of Fame is also located in Toronto.

sports leagues. The Blue Jays (MLB) play in the Rogers

No matter which season, Toronto has a lot to offer to visiting

Centre, formerly the SkyDome, which was the first

boaters. The hugely diverse city makes it easy for anyone to

stadium to ever have a fully-retractable motorized roof.

find something they will enjoy while traveling to this gem on

The city’s most prized sport is hockey, and is home to

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Photo cour tesy of Alliance for the Great Lakes

By Jennifer McKay, Policy Specialist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council


n every issue, there are many sides or perspectives

levels in the Upper Great Lakes decreased to near-

or stakeholder opinions that can, or at least

record lows. The study is being led by the International

should, be taken into consideration. Take the

Joint Commission (IJC), a binational organization

Great Lakes and its many issues—invasive species,

charged with shaping policy for U.S. and Canadian

toxic sediments, contaminated fi sh, beach closures,

waterways. The study by the IJC is considering a number

low water levels, just to name a few. The sides or

of possible causes from natural ecological processes to

stakeholders for each of these issues are numerous:

climate change to erosion caused by the dredging in the

governments, businesses and industries, shoreline

St. Clair River.

property owners, environmental organizations, and of course, there are Great Lakes boaters.

As part of the International Upper Great Lakes Study, there is a Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG). The

With more than 4.3 million boaters in the Great Lakes

purpose of the PIAG is to provide assistance and

region, recreational boating certainly has many voices

guidance with respect to public involvement and

on the water. And yet, we are not a force to be reckoned

participation in the decision making process. As such,

with. In fact, despite the large number of voices, often

members of the PIAG are supposed to represent the

recreational boating is not even sitting at the table or

various sectors of the public that are affected or could be

adequately represented or included in any part of the

affected by low water levels in the Upper Great Lakes. For

decision making processes that attempt to address the

the purposes of this study, the public includes “federal,

threats facing the Great Lakes.

provincial, state, regional and local governments, Tribes

For example, recently the United States and Canada launched an intensive study to determine why water

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and First Nations, environment, commercial navigation and recreational boating, hydroelectric power generation,

water supply and stormwater/sewage treatment, riparians

is determined at the advice of the National Sea Grant

and the general public.”

Advisory Board. The National Sea Grant Advisory Board

On the positive side, recreational boating is considered and listed as a group that will be affected by low water levels and, therefore, has an interest in the study being conducted and the decisions that may ultimately be made in response to the findings of the study. However, recreational boating is not directly represented through membership on the Public Interest Advisory Group. The representation comes through the marinas that are part of the PIAG, which provides a small perspective

is comprised of 15 individuals with diverse backgrounds in marine affairs. Considering the extensive work that the Sea Grant does for recreational boaters, it would make sense that one of the members on the advisory board would represent the interests of the recreational boating community. But yet again, recreational boaters are not represented on the advisory board. There could be a few reasons for the underrepresentation of the boating community in decision making and key initiatives. Part of the problem might lie with the boaters

from the recreational boating community, although it is not exactly the same. As water levels recede, marinas will have fewer slips to sell to boaters and the need to dredge boat slips, channels and harbors to accommodate boater needs will increase dramatically, costing millions. However, this perspective is different than that of the recreational boater. With low lake levels, our boating season can be cut short by four to six weeks. Additionally, boaters will become increasingly concentrated in certain areas as lake levels drop, which could ultimately lead to an increase in accidents and additional damage to boats as groundings become more common. Damage to boat owners could even be profi table to some marinas that could then have repair work for the damaged boats. Another example of how the recreational boating community is not adequately represented is with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA provides many great services to Great Lakes boaters, especially through the National Marine Weather Service, providing maritime weather forecast and warnings, and the Sea a variety of topics such as aquatic invasive species and boater safety. The Sea Grant program’s mission is “to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.” The National Sea Grant College Program engages a network of the nation’s top


Grant program, which provides education on

universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.The Sea Grant College Program | 27

themselves. One could be the general apathy that has

to capitalize on its numbers and its potential voice, and

been prevalent within our community. If boaters perceive

has subsequently been largely ignored as a major player.

that their voices are not being heard, they may feel

Hopefully, this will now change.

disempowered, withdraw from participation and develop a distrust for agency decision makers. Another possibility is a lack of organization to provide a unifi ed voice. While there are organized boating entities, most are social in nature such as yacht clubs or power squadrons. There has not been a concerted effort to organize boaters with the intended goal of speaking with one unified voice on behalf of recreational boating interests. Whatever the reason, the opportunities for the recreational boating community to

Recreational boating deserves an equal place at the table and needs to be involved in the decision making for initiatives that will ultimately affect our future. The key agencies and organizations that are making the decisions that affect the Great Lakes need to recognize that recreational boating is an important player and need to reach out to the boating community. Recreational boating needs to be adequately represented, just as the other interests affected by Great Lakes issues are.

participate in decision

Boaters must speak up

making have suffered

with one unifi ed voice

as a result. Every day decisions are made that affect the Great Lakes; whether it is about coastal development, water use regulations, comprehensive ecosystem restoration, aquatic invasive species prevention or appropriations for key agencies such as NOAA—all of these decisions affect Great


and show that we do

Recreational boaters do

care. We must grow

have a voice that can, and

pastime and livelihood is dependent upon these factors, Great

to develop stronger alliances and broader

should, be used to ensure

relationships to show

that our boating legacy

to be reckoned with.

that we are a force Progress is being made on this front. The

and the resources that

Great Lakes Boating Federation was formed

provide our recreational

to give Great Lakes boaters a strong,

opportunities and enjoyment

unifi ed voice. The GLBF

are protected: the Great

recreational boaters

Lakes boaters. In fact, given that our favorite

our base of support

on the Great Lakes and


Lakes Boating Federation.

Lakes boaters have the most to gain (and lose) by these decisions.

is dedicated to serving

the inland waterways east of the Mississippi by voicing freshwater boaters’ concerns in Washington

and providing member discounts at boating-related

Recreational boaters do have a voice that can, and

businesses. Additionally, the GLBF has joined forces

should, be used to ensure that our boating legacy and

with the Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition

the resources that provide our recreational opportunities

(HOW). The HOW Coalition consists of more than

and enjoyment are protected: the Great Lakes Boating

100 environmental, conservation, outdoor recreation

Federation (GLBF). The 4.3 million boaters that are in

organizations, zoos, aquariums and museums

the Great Lakes can equate into quite an impressive and

representing millions of people, whose common goal is

powerful voice. Given the large number of boaters in

to restore and protect the Great Lakes. If Great Lakes

the Great Lakes and the importance of the recreational

boaters support the Great Lakes Boating Federation,

boating community to the economic vitality of the

which then continues to partner with key entities in the

region, boaters should have been recognized as a key

Great Lakes Basin, the voice of recreational boaters

stakeholder long ago. However, the community has failed

should begin to be heard loud and clear.

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By William D. Anderson

By Capt. Kevin Bachner


n a late spring day earlier this season a group of

heavy metal line to hold a lure at a specific depth. The fishing

five had chartered my boat for a fishing trip on

line is tied to the weight with a rubber band and lowered to

Lake Michigan. The morning was overcast, the air

depth with a mechanical or hand-crank spool. When the fish

was cool, and a light rain sprinkled the water. I arrived in late

strikes, the rubber band breaks, and the fish is reeled in. I set

morning, when the wind was still strong and a few flashes of

three downriggers at about 90 feet, and the other two at 50

lightning brightened the sky. The weather was unfavorable for

feet. This is to cover a wide range of the possible locations

taking the Kingfisher out, and the local weather service was

where the fish may be.

predicting continued wind and rain.

The next lines I set were the dipsy rods. As I did this, the rain

The guests waited in the salon, dressed in raincoats. While I

continued, and the customers went inside the salon to stay

prepared the boat, in case we needed it, I watched the Doppler

dry. I placed two dispy rods on each side, one at 90 feet and

radar. A break in the clouds was approaching, and I decided

the other at 50 feet.

this was the opening we were looking for. We headed out of the harbor. Once we passed the breakwalls, I programmed our course into the GPS and powered up the engines.

Lastly, I placed lead core and copper braided lines. These rods have fishing line with a lead center or a copper mix, respectively. The extra weight of the metal sends the lure

At about 10 miles from shore, or a depth of approximately 100

deeper into the water. Warmer water also forces the lure

feet, I began to set the lines. The first lines to go in the water

deeper. The copper braided lines go deeper per foot than

were downriggers. Each has a heavy weight at the end of a

the lead core. For example, a 10-core lead line with 300 feet

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of line will usually sink 40 to 50 feet, while 300 feet of copper braid will sink between 65 and 75 feet. Each side of the boat was set up with a 5-core, 10-core and 12-core lead line and a copper braided line. I use baits based a little more on whims. I have spoon baits in 2-inch super slims, 4-inch regular and 6-inch magnum on the boat. About half of the lines get different spoon baits, and the other lines get dodger spins, fly or glow. This day I went with dodger spin and glow, which works well for lake trout. In all, 15 lines were set up. As soon as I finished with the last line, a downrigger rod popped up, signaling a fish had taken the line. I called out, “Fish on!” The customers hurried out of the salon, no longer worried about the rain. Another downrigger popped as soon as I got the first customer set reeling in the fish. “Fish on!” I yelled again. I could see out of the corner of my eye, one of the dispy rods was waving with a fi sh on. All the of lines were being hit at once. “Holy cow!” I said. The first fish came to the surface thrashing. I leaned over the edge of the boat holding the net and scooped up the fish. It thudded onto the deck, flipping and flopping. The second one had almost reached the boat, and I hauled it in with the net. The first two were 20-pound lake trout. I took the first two fish off the lines and placed them into the holding tank. As the third fish jumped out of the water, I could see that it was silver. After it was on the deck, I discovered it was an 8-pound Coho salmon. The rain had stopped, and the sun was pushing through the clouds. Then there was a small break, and I was able to reset the lines. Just after they were set in the water, fish began striking again. By the end of the trip, we had caught 22 fish. I set the GPS to take us home and cleaned the fish while Mason, one of the customers, stood nearby and watched over my shoulder. “What a truly special day,” he said. I asked him why. He answered, “Four years ago I fell off a scaffold 40 feet to the ground. I landed on my head and broke my neck.” I looked

As the group walked off the boat, we shook hands and Mason

at his six-foot frame and couldn’t find any hints of a fall. He

said, “This truly was my best day of fi shing!” I replied, “Mine,

continued, “There just happened to be an ambulance nearby.

too.” It wasn’t about the fish we caught that day. It was about

And when I got to the hospital, there was a neurosurgeon just

what had happened in his life that brought him to fish with me

stopping by to pick up something he had forgotten. Despite

that day.

all that luck, I was told there was little chance of survival, and if I did, I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.”

Kevin Bachner is captain of Kingfisher and

Thankfully, all of the right people were in the right places.

Salukis Pride, both run out of Belmont Harbor

With faith and luck, he recovered fully. He told me he celebrates the date each year by doing something completely new. This year it was a salmon and trout fi shing charter.

in Chicago. He has been chartering fishing trips on Lake Michigan for seven years. | 31

Great Lakes


Photo courtesy of Bill Penrose

The 14th annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival will be held from October 8 to 11 at Thunder Bay Recreational Center in Alpena, Michigan. Many lighthouses from Tawas Point to 40 Mile Point will also be open to celebrate the festival, offering tours. The four-day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment and vendors. More than 100 maritime related vendors will participate including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more. Several events will be geared toward children. Events will include guest speakers talking about haunted lighthouses, dinners, boat tours, auctions

Tawas Point Lighthouse

and music by several artists. Authors will read from their books about lighthouses. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival’s Museum will have on display historical items from the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Lifesaving Service and other agencies. Also the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center will be open showcasing maritime history, shipwrecks and the archeology of the Great Lakes. The 2009 featured lighthouse is the Ontonagon Lighthouse in Ontonagon, Michigan on Lake Superior. The current building was constructed in 1866. It was decommissioned on 1964 after upgrades to other nearby lighthouses. There will be a special booth at the festival with information

Ontonagon Lighthouse

about the lighthouse.

CZAR CAMERON DAVIS Cameron Davis has been appointed to a position created by the president to help protect the Great Lakes. As a special advisor to the EPA for the Great Lakes region, Davis will oversee the restoration plan and coordinate with nearly one dozen federal agencies. The first step for Davis has been to hold public hearings in July and August, asking for advice on how to use the proposed $475 million in 2010 for Great Lakes restoration. The president would like to see the money used to clean up toxic substances, battle invasive species and deal with pollution problems affecting the region. Davis’ goal is just that, and he will need to bring many groups together to accomplish this. Davis has a 23-year history with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. He helped write and pass the Great Lakes Legacy Act and subsequent legislation that quicken the cleanup of contaminated sediment. The Alliance advocates for conservation, improving water quality and land use, habitat reclamation and clean energy. Joel Brammeier, the Alliance’s vice president for policy, has been appointed interim president and CEO in Davis’ absence.

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MUSKEGON LAKE CLEANUP The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has

According to the Michigan Department of Quality, 180,000

granted $10 million to remove contaminated sediments from

tons of contaminated sediment will be removed and 10,000

Muskegon Lake and restore area wildlife habitat as part of the

feet of shoreline will be restored by removing foundry slag,

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The entire project

broken concrete and sheet metal.

will total about $30 million in an effort to improve conditions

The project will maintain 125 construction jobs in Michigan.

in the lake.

The cleanup is also expected to increase local property value,

The lake is listed by the EPA as one of the 26 Great Lakes

tourism and recreational opportunities. It is expected to begin

“Areas of Concern” because of pollution from industrial waste.

in September 2009 and be completed in December 2010.

NEW GREAT LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL BUOYS Thanks to a partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan-based S2 Yachts, the network of environmental buoys, known as Upper Great Lakes Observing System (U-GLOS), will grow. The U-GLOS is part of NOAA’s integrated observing system, which gathers data in an effort to predict ocean behavior. The buoys also collect information about pollution in the water, as well as how the Great Lakes respond to natural and manmade changes in the region. Researchers are particularly interested in the way water is exchanged between Lake Michigan and its bays. Populations are centered on the bays and they add increased stress to the water system. Currently U-GLOS has two buoys in Grand Traverse Bay. A third will be added by the end of summer. Additionally Little Traverse Bay will also receive a buoy this summer. The university has licensed its buoy technology to S2 Yachts, who can make the product much more efficiently. Their facility can manufacture the buoy in eight hours, where it takes the university two months. S2 Yachts will be able to save, maybe even create, jobs because of the move into this new market.

KALAMAZOO RIVER CLOSED FOR CLEANUP The Kalamazoo River, in Michigan, between the Penn

be posted to alert river users. Boaters will also not be

Central Railroad Crossing and the Plainwell No. 2 Dam,

allowed access to or around the Plainwell No. 2 Dam or

a stretch more than one mile long, has been closed

the Mill Race. No portage is available at either location.

to public access until December 2010. The area is being cleaned to remove targeted soils and sediments containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Recently another cleanup effort was completed on the Kalamazoo River, between the Main Street Bridge in Plainwell and the old Plainwell Dam. That project also

Heavy construction equipment will be in operation on

removed the old Plainwell Dam, allowing the river to flow

both sides of the river as well on two islands. The area

freely in its historical channel as well as open movement

will be too dangerous to allow river passage. Signs will

for fish, canoes and kayaks. | 33

Great Lakes

FERRY ENVISIONED FOR NEW DETROIT WHARF More than $7 million in stimulus money has been granted to build an offshore wharf to provide ferry service up and down the Detroit River. The wharf could also be used for cruise ships, tall ships and more from around the country. The money is from the Federal Highway Administration's Ferry Boat program, whose money is intended for use to create, restore and improve ferry services. There are no specific plans for who would offer the ferry service, where it would serve or when it would begin. Service may move people between Detroit and Windsor, across the international border, in the near future. Other possible landing sites include Wyandotte and Grosse Ile downriver, and Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores and Port Huron upriver.

Work is already being done on the dock and terminal between the Renaissance Center and Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. The 200-foot-by-40-foot offshore wharf would help solve problems created by anchoring at the seawall near stormwater outflows. The wharf is expected to be completed by next spring. The entire project is expected to cost $23.7 million, and after completion, it should be able to handle any type of vessel. A passenger terminal could house customers and border patrol personnel to process foreign passengers cruising the Great Lakes.

CHICAGO SURFING BAN REPEALED For the first time, the Chicago Park District (CPD) will allow surfing at designated beach areas and times. Surfing, including longboard and shortboard surfing, body or "boogie" boarding, stand up paddling and skimboarding, is allowed during the season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, at Montrose Beach and 57th Street Beach. During the offseason, surfing is also allowed at Rainbow Beach. Kitesurfing (kiteboarding) and windsurfing, both of which use wind power to pull the rider through the water on a small surfboard or kiteboard, are allowed at Montrose Beach all year but only within areas designated by the CPD or the onPhoto courtesy of Third Coast Surf Shop // Mike Killion

duty lifeguards.

KEWAUNEE HARBOR DREDGING PLANNED The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will oversee dredging of about 50,000 cubic yards of sand, gravel and sediment this fall in the Kewaunee Harbor, Wisconsin. The dredging will be paid by $1.43 million in federal stimulus funding. Included in the funding, money is being provided for studies to determine where and how much exactly to remove, and after the dredging, the area will be studied again to verify the amounts removed. The dredging will benefit recreational boaters in the harbor, as well as the Kewaunee Marina and the Salmon Harbor Marina. The water surrounding the marinas is estimated to be between only six and eight feet deep. Last year, about 16,000 cubic yards were removed from the harbor. Some parts of the harbor are at depths between 16 and 18 feet because of last year's work. The dredged materials will be placed in confirmed disposal facilities because they may contain materials that cannot be left on the beach. Those facilities are located just north of the harbor.

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A deadly fish disease is on the move... HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF VHS Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) is a serious disease of fresh and saltwater fish recently found in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. VHS spreads when infected fish and water are moved into unexposed lakes and rivers. You Can Help Stop the Spread • Thoroughly clean and dry fishing equipment, bait buckets, boats, and trailers before using them again. • Empty all water from equipment before transporting. • Remove all mud, plants, and aquatic life from equipment. • Do not move fish or plants from one body of water to another. • Do not introduce fish of an unknown health status into populations of farmed fish.

New Web Site!

Learn more about VHS and what you can do to help: United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


7TH ANNUAL KIDS’ FISH ART CONTEST The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will hold its 7th Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest from October 1 to December 18. The fish species for this year's contest are rainbow trout and lake whitefish. The winning design will be used on the the 2010 Young Angler's License. The contest is open to all students who live in Ontario and are between grades 4 and 12. Entries must include a completed entry form, the original artwork and a one-page composition about the fish, its habitat and how to protect it for the future. The entry form will be available starting October 1. Three grade-group winners (grades 4 to 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12) will receive a $1,000 savings plan and a complete set of fishing gear. One of the three will be chosen as the overall winner, and will spend a day fishing with the host of the Canadian Sportfishing TV Show, Italo Labignan, and enjoy a four-day fishing excursion.

FIRST ANNUAL FISH HURON WALLEYE CHALLENGE The first annual Fish Huron Walleye Challenge will be held on October 3, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Huron, Ohio. Contestants will be able to check in starting at 6:30 a.m. at the boat basin. The winner will be determined by a total weight of the best fi ve fish. A Big Fish prize will also be awarded for the single heaviest fish. The total prize money will total 80 percent of the total entry fees. The fee is $200 per boat, limited to 60 boats on a first come first serve basis. Each boat is limited to six rods.

MILWAUKEE RIVER FISH HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS An additional 158 miles of the Milwaukee River and its tributaries will be opened to native fish populations with the removal of the Lime Kiln Dam in Grafton, Wisconsin, the building of fish passages past two other dams and the elimination of 105 minor barriers. Some fish, such as northern pike, are not able to swim past under-road culverts that are not fl at with the stream bed because they are unable to leap above barriers like salmon and rainbow trout. The restoration project is receiving $4.7 million in federal economic recovery act funds. Work on the minor projects began in August with the clearing of trees and debris, while the major dam work will begin in September. The replacement of improperly placed culverts could begin as early as October. The entire project is expected to be completed in late 2010, allowing fish to swim upstream an additional 35 miles in the Main Branch of the Milwaukee River and a combined 123 miles in the North Branch and tributaries. Also, 14,000 acres of wetlands will be reconnected to the waterways, providing spawning habitat for native fish.

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HOOKED ON FISHING PARK GRAND OPENING The Hooked on Fishing Park in East Peoria, Illinois celebrated its grand opening on June 25. The park was created with the mission of providing free outdoor eduction to area youth. It was built and is maintained by volunteers from the community. Locals know the ponds as the Dixon Ponds, which were used by the Dixon family to keep extra fish for their seafood business. They were opened as for-fee fishing spots in the late 1930s. The area was closed to the public in 1992. The park consists of four ponds, a pavilion, a handicap fishing pier and other amenities. The ponds are well stocked with fish including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, catfish and hybrid bluegills. The park is on the banks of the Illinois River, but

Access is limited to children, seniors and special needs

water for the ponds is supplied by an artesian well, which

groups and can be scheduled by contacting (309) 219-3560

allows for excellent viewing of the some of the fish that have


been stocked.

STURGEON STUDY TIMELY The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is teaming up with the state-run Tom Ridge Environmental Center to begin a new sturgeon work group. Plans include launching a sturgeon watch, Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

which will encourage the public to contact wildlife agencies with information about sturgeon catches or sightings. Small informational cards with contact numbers will be distributed to anglers. Coincidentally, two lake sturgeon were caught at about a depth of 50 feet in Lake Erie on June 24. These are the first reports of the fish in the lake in two or three years. The fish are an endangered species, so they must be returned to the water. They have been struggling to survive in Lake Erie since vast numbers were harvested in the early 1900s. The reported data will help the agencies determine how best to help the lake sturgeon return to Lake Erie. Sturgeon can live for more than 100 years, reach up to 8 feet in length and weight 300 hundred pounds. The fi sh date to the last Ice Age and have a hard, armorlike covering called scutes. Lake sturgeon actually thrive on some invasive species, such as zebra mussels and gobies, whose population increases may be positively affecting the sturgeon. Another invasive species has had a contrasting impact. Lampreys have been found attached to the sturgeon, killing them. | 37

APPLETON YACHT CLUB EARNS TOP SAFETY HONOR The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has awarded the Appleton Yacht Club (AYC) the Gold Star Marina Award for Safety. The club received the award because it goes far beyond any requirements to promote safety by maintaining river buoys, performing routine vessel safety checks and managing a life jacket loaner program. The AYC voluntarily buys, places and maintains channel marking buoys in the Fox River downstream from the Menasha boat lock. Recently the club mounted a small crane on a 27-foot pontoon boat to put a 500-pound cement anchor and buoy back in place. Strong currents earlier this year had pulled the marker from its station. The Coast Guard discontinued maintaining the channel markers in the late 1980s,

Boat used to maintain buoys

when the Fox River locks between Appleton and De Pere were closed. The life jacket loaner program was started in 2008, and has gained national recognition. The focus is to get children

younger than 13 to wear life jackets. AYC also requires boats berthed at the club to undergo vessel safety checks to ensure safety on the docks.

NEW HOME FOR HAMMOND YACHT CLUB The Hammond Yacht Club (HYC) is moving into a new

The new space could be ready as early as October. The

addition to the Hammond Marina sometime this fall. The

club will able to have lamb roasts and steak dinners, and

new space will be a 2,700-foot addition to the marina's

host open houses where boaters from other Lake Michigan

administration building, which will be leased to the yacht club.

marinas will dock for dinner. The new addition will also

HYC lost its home more than two years ago when it sold its

feature an outdoor patio.

building to the Horseshoe Casino for an expansion. Since

then, the club has held some activities at the Hammond Marina and has also rented space at the casino.

GRAND RAPIDS YACHT CLUB RECEIVES VARIANCES Grand Rapids Yacht Club (GRYC) has received four variances from the City of East Grand Rapids, paving the way for the construction of a 24-by-36-foot accessory building in their parking lot. Two of the variances were needed to redefine the location of the building. The third was needed to allow the roof to have the same slope as the club house. The final variance allows the existing property to be changed, because it is a nonconforming structure. Despite the passing of the variances, GRYC's property was criticized for its upkeep. It was suggested that the view of the club from Wealthy Street looks wild and unkempt. According to some, there is a barrage of weeds on part of the property. The club owner has long-term landscaping plans, some of which has already been implemented. Along the fence line, shrubs have been replaced by semi-transparent vines.

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The Sheboygan Yacht Club (SYC) was formed in September

coatroom, lounge and transient restrooms with showers.

1931 by a group of gentlemen who just wanted a place to

A newly installed outdoor camera system catches all of

keep their boats. The original club house was located on

the special event racing. Close up action is provided by a

the Sheboygan River at 7th Street and New Jersey Avenue,

camera on one of the committee boats with a wireless link.

where it remained until 1936. That year, it moved to its present location on Lake Michigan and began sponsorship of Sea Scout Ship #50, which provides sailing lessons, sailboat racing, kayaking and crew placement for high school age youth. SYC has remained active in racing and sailing education. The club first hosted the North American Lightning Championship in 1976. SYC also has hosted the North American Lighting Regatta for Masters, Women and Juniors and the San Juan 24 North Americans. In March of 1989, the club began sponsorship of the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Club, offering classes in sailing for youths and adults at all levels.

Presently SYC maintains a full dining menu for lunch and dinner with a full bar. Children are welcome with the addition of the “Kids Cove� play area. The club has 383 active members with classifications for Family and Social memberships. The pier system accommodates 57 yachts and transients are welcome. In 2008 the U.S. Sailing Center was established to bring match racing instruction and competition to Sheboygan. Nationally recognized coaches, such as Liz Baylis and Dave Perry, provide instruction. The center expanded this spring to offer more advanced equipment and training. The U.S. women's Olympic team will train at this center. The club provides office space, classrooms and dining facilities to

The club has undergone several upgrades through the

the U.S. Sailing Center. Club members also volunteer their

years. In September of 1987, SYC completed a major

time to man committee boats for these events.

remodeling project adding 3,000 square feet to the building.

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The City of Manistee, Michigan has opened a new barrier-free lift at their Municipal Marina to connect people of all abilities with one of the world’s greatest fishery and recreational resources. A lift and sling has been installed to assist people unable to get in and out of boats without assistance. A Davit Marine Crane provides the loading and unloading of wheelchairs and other heavy items. The facilities were purchased with a $20,000 grant from the Access to Recreation program created by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and administered by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation. The marina is located on the Manistee River channel that connects Manistee Lake with Lake Michigan. Manistee Lake is fed by the Big Manistee River and the Little Manistee River. These rivers, along with stocking programs of the Michigan DNR, support world-class sport fishing for salmon, trout and other species. Nearly 50,000 salmon and trout are harvested annually in the two river systems. Several other projects have been making recreational water activities easier in Manistee. Last year, a universally accessible fishing pier was completed at the Stronach Boat Launch near the Little Manistee River. A project to add a similar pier is underway at the Arthur Street Boat Launch. An ADA-compliant beach house, along with barrier-free walkways, has been added to the Fifth Street Lake Michigan Beach. The city is also seeking an additional $200,000 to complete an ADA-compliant expansion to the marina.

THUNDER BAY'S WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT Prince Arthur's Landing, located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, is being redeveloped to create a vibrant, mixed-used area that is visually inviting, pedestrian-oriented and diverse in building forms and functions. The new design incorporates residential with retail and recreational. Currently the waterfront space is vacant, unused land that was once home to industrial buildings. Phase 1 will prepare the land with the infrastructure to support the forthcoming structures. The funding for phase 1 of this project has been provided by federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Phase 2 is planned for the spring of 2010, with the

The current marina will see upgrades also. Piers 1 and 3 will

construction of two condominium buildings and a 120-room

be reconfigured to increase the number of boating slips.

hotel. Decorative beacons will be added to pier ends. A

Breakwalls will be upgraded and dredging will increase

children's boating pond will be constructed. A new 300-slip

depth. Core slips will be created for an increasing number

marina is also planned.

of transient boaters. Docking for existing tour, fishing and charter boats and smaller cruise ships will be moved to a more centralized location.

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TORRESEN MARINE PLANNING MAJOR EXPANSION Torresen Marine, located in Muskegon, Michigan, is planning a major expansion. The $1 million project would expand the marina and boatyard to service boats up to 100 tons and nearly 100 feet long. The company has applied for a U.S. Maritime Administration grant, which assists small shipyards with new development. Regardless of the grant, the project is expected to move forward just at a slower pace. Torresen expects to increase employment from 32 workers to about 55. The expansion will allow the facility to work on Great Lakes research vessels and other boats of similar size. Torresen Marine is expecting to be ready for ships that will be needed to build and service wind turbine projects in the region. The marina has been certified as a Michigan Clean Marina—one of only 24 in the state. Torresen already uses vacuum sanders and dustless sandblasting with ground lava rock. Additionally, the company is researching the potential of adding 24,000 square-feet of solar roof panels as part of its green program. The project could allow for enough power to be generated for Torresen to sell power back to the electric company instead of purchasing it.

PRESQUE ISLE MARINA TO BE STUDIED The Presque Isle Marina in Marquette,

Isle Marina and three options for a new

Michigan is 40 years old and showing

marina near Founders Landing.

signs of its age. The docks and bin

One option may be to redevelop the

walls are showing wear and the

marina for sport-fishing boats while

sediment problem has become

reducing the number of slips. The city

noticeable. In the last few years,

is required to maintain a certain number

vessels with deeper drafts have not

of transient and seasonal slips, due

been able to enter the marina.

to its agreement with the Michigan

The city has commissioned STS/

Waterways Commission. Since the

AECOM to study how best to rebuild

marina is not used by large vessels due to low water levels, the city may seek a

the marina, and also to look at the possibility for a facility in the Lower Harbor. The study is

reclassification, allowing slips to be moved from the current

expected to be completed sometime during September. There

Presque Isle Marina to a new, deeper-water facility in the

may be up to three different recommendations for Presque

Lower Harbor.

EGG HARBOR MARINA APPROVED The voters of the Village of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin recently passed a referendum that will finance the Egg Harbor Municipal Marina project. The referendum asked for the approval of spending $6.5 million, with the new borrowing of $4.3 million, on the marina. The project includes replacing a breakwall deemed unsafe by several consulting engineers with a new 7.5-foot breakwater and constructing a 60-plus slip marina. Additional money, totaling $400,000, has also been granted by the Wisconsin Waterways Commission to Egg Harbor for the construction. This grant is in addition to the $1.185 million that was granted in 2008. The vote was the second one of the year on the project. In May, city residents defeated a referendum 87-81. | 41



Whether you want to sail your own yacht around the Capes, or just be more proficient in your home waters, Xplore Expeditions has the ultimate sail training program, promising, “everything you have always wanted to know about sailing, but never had the chance to pursue.” Or never had the chance to pursue in conditions as challenging as this. Xplore Expeditions begins this unique hands-on course September 6, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and travels south through the Straits of Magellan to the Chilean port of Punta Arenas. “This training is aimed at

South Georgia beach with King Penguins and Antarctic Skewer

giving you all the inside knowledge on how to handle yourself and a yacht in this raw and tough part of the world,” says skipper/expedition leader Stephen Wilkins. Wilkins, a skipper in the 2000/01 BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has since spent the last six years sailing and exploring in the polar regions and high latitudes. A Master Class Three and trained Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Ocean examiner, he has helped adventurers of all ages gain knowledge, experience, respect for the elements and personal confidence through the rigors of sailing the high latitudes.

Tierra del Fuego cove

Yacht and systems preparation, maintenance, repairs, provisioning, seamanship, charting, navigation and weather forecasting are some of the topics studied on the initial three-week passage. Wilkins promises excellent ocean and coastal sailing along with a healthy dose of heavy

The course takes place on a 67-foot steel hulled sloop Xplore that was designed and built specifically for extreme sailing conditions. Comfortable accommodations include a full galley, heaters and semi-private cabins.

weather sailing, plus instruction on safety, survival, dealing

Fully-crewed voyages and expeditions to Antarctica, South

with emergencies and “what ifs.”

Georgia Island, the Falklands and around Cape Horn are also

Then, the program culminates with a 14-day sail through the remote reaches of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina with the students at the ‘helm’: testing and practicing the skills learned and discussed along the way, in a “two-week unforgettable voyage of discovery” through the land of fire.

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offered, during the austral summer season (October 2009 through March 2010).

GREAT LOOP CRUISERS’ ASSOCIATION FALL RENDEZVOUS The America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA), an online community of Great Loop cruisers with headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, will hold its annual Fall Rendezvous and Reunion from October 25 to 28 at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama. Most attendees of the Fall Rendezvous have been on the Loop tour for several months, and coming to Wheeler is a way to reunite with friends that have been made along the way. Staying in one marina, surrounded by magnificent scenery just off the main Tennessee River, allows for mixing and mingling with old friends and new members. Traditionally, the Fall Rendezvous offers presentations about the waterway journey from Alabama to South Carolina, general lessons on safety, vessel safety checks and valuable cruising information about the Midwestern rivers. The highlight of the event is the Looper Crawl. The socializing continues with this event as Loopers open their “homes” to one another. This is a chance for new comers to see what Loop veterans like and dislike about the vessel they have chosen. The association is starting a Harbor Host program where experienced Loopers will provide assistance and information to fellow Loopers coming into their area. There will be a seminar at the Fall Rendezvous explaining the program and all interested Harbor Hosts are invited to attend if they are at the Rendezvous. The event is limited to AGLCA members; however, the association offers trial memberships for those who are interested in learning about the Great Loop and the association. Space is limited and an early registration is required. Registration is $219 per person and covers all events, seminars, side sessions, group meals and more.

20TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN 1500 RALLY November 2 marks the start of the 20th annual running of the Caribbean 1500 Rally, which makes it the largest and longestrunning offshore cruising event in the Americas. This year’s 1,500-mile cruise will start at Hampton, Virginia and end at Tortola, British Virgin Islands. More than 1,300 boats with 5,000 ralliers aboard have met the challenge of the Caribbean 1500 and its companion events during its 20-year history. Tens of thousands of armchair sailors from more than 50 countries come to the website each year to watch the satellite-tracked event in progress. The diverse fleet that will complete the 6- to 13-day passage in this year's rally will include ralliers from all over the United States and Canada, along with a few from Europe, South America or Australia. Crews come in all shapes and sizes—from doublehanding couples to families with children to serious and not-so-serious racing contingents. There will be new boats and old boats, racing sleds and full-keeled cruisers, monohulls and catamarans. | 43


BOATEREXAM LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE BOATER EDUCATION COURSE Millions of boaters now have access to an animated and narrated course they can take online when it is convenient for them so that they meet mandatory boater education requirements in 37 states. The course is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard and fulfills 100 percent of exam requirements from 37 states. According to recent research, at least 47 states require some form of boater education. Many of which allow online courses to meet mandatory requirements. Course participants learn about boat classifications, hull designs, motors, legal requirements for registration and equipment, navigation rules, basic safety regulations and waterway marking systems in a narrative way with more than 300 original illustrations and 150 animated video clips. The BoaterExam courses and final exams are typically free. In some cases, students have the option to pay a one-time fee, ranging from $29.95 to $39.95, once they pass the final exam to receive their official results. The Boater Education Card arrives by mail in 2 to 3 weeks, and is good for life. Passing a boater education course may also allow for a discount for boat insurance.

Examples of online instruction videos

VOLVO PENTA RECEIVES AWARD Volvo Penta has received its sixth consecutive National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA) CSI Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for 2009. The only award winner in the Sterndrive Engines category, Volvo Penta maintained an independently-measured standard of 90 percent or more in customer satisfaction between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. All new boat buyers were surveyed during this period, totaling more than 60,000. Volvo Penta's newest product, the OceanX drive, uses state-of-the-art electro-deposit application of a titanium-ceramic coating for optimum corrosion resistance and sensor technology. The new technology dramatically raises the customer’s experience in terms of quality and reliability, and ensures that Volvo Penta will continue to exceed customer expectations. The award will be presented by the NMMA at the Annual International Boatbuilder's Exhibition and Conference Industry Breakfast in Miama, Florida in October.

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SAFETY COURSES ARE KEY Recreational boaters could greatly reduce the number of

of the deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no

boating-related deaths simply by taking a safety course. The

safety training. Also, two-thirds of the victims drowned, 90

greatest threat to boaters, their passengers and other boaters

percent of which were not wearing personal floatation devices

are recreational boaters without proper safety training.

(PFDs). Virtually all the drownings occurred on vessels which

Most boating accidents in the U.S. do not occur on stormy

did not have PFDs, despite federal regulations.

seas, they happen close to home in excellent weather. There

Capsizing and falls overboard make up more than half of all

are 13 million registered boaters in the country, and most

deaths. Seventy-five percent occurred on vessels shorter

of their time on the water is spent on inland waterways and

than 21 feet. The boat operator had control over contributing

coastal areas.

factors in 75 percent of accidents. Collisions are the most

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 685

common type of deadly accident.

recreational boating fatalities in 2007. Eighty-five percent

SEA RAY OWNERS CLUB AND VALVTECT PARTNERSHIP Sea Ray Owners Club and ValvTect Petroleum Products have partnered. The new partnership kicks off with a special promotion. Sea Ray Owners Club members will receive an extra point in their Sea Ray Earnings Account for every gallon, up to 500 gallons, of ValvTect Marine Fuel purchased at a Sea Ray dealer's fuel dock until September 30, 2009. ValvTect fuels are specially formulated for marine engines to prevent fuel related problems, such as ethanol and ultra low sulfur issue, extending engine life. Much like a frequent flyer program, the Sea Ray Earnings Account is a way for Sea Ray Owners Club members to receive points, which can be used as a rebate on the purchase of a new Sea Ray vessel. //

BRUNSWICK AWARDS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS Brunswick Corporation and the Brunswick Foundation recently award 26 sons and daughters of dealership owners and employees in the U.S. and Canada a total of $52,000 in college scholarships. The awards recognize academic excellence, leadership capabilities and civic involvement during the previous school year. Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of academic professionals at three leading Midwestern universities. The Brunswick Corporation Dealer Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program is part of the Brunswick Dealer Advantage, a wide range of services available to more than 5,000 Brunswick marine, Life Fitness and Billiards dealers to help them succeed. | 45


Photos courtesy of Jim Schields with HGA Architects


Because of the support of more than 500 individuals,

There are also plans to renovate the maintenance bays,

organizations and companies, Milwaukee Community Sailing

where MCSC’s fleet is maintained and repaired during the

Center (MCSC) has broken ground on the nearly $1.5 million

winter months. The new maintenance bays will have triple the

building for the newest, environmentally-friendly facility

repair capacity of the current facility.

on Lake Michigan. The new 6,000+ square-foot facility will feature classrooms, office suites, restrooms and showers, a community room, a multi-use corridor and reception area.

There are a number of green initiatives planned for the new facility. A rain garden, featuring specialized native plants and a design to catch and filter rainwater to prevent erosion and

With two classrooms for its youth outreach programs, MCSC

water pollution, will circle the building. A wind turbine may

will be able to accommodate six times more students than

also be installed to create reusable wind energy and serve as

the previous building. This will allow MCSC to pursue year-

a teaching tool for Sailing Center visitors and students.

round programming and sailing classes. The Windhover

Community Room will be utilized for Sailing Center events and classes and will also be available for receptions and social gathering rentals.

CLEVELAND TO HOST SAIL TRAINING AND TALL SHIPS CONFERENCE The 2009 American Sailing Training Association (ASTA) will hold a conference in Cleveland, Ohio on November 5 and 6 followed by the ASTA Safety Under Sail Forum on November 7. The conference will kick off on November 4 with an evening reception sponsored by the host ports of the 2010 Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® Race Series. The theme for this year’s conference is “Navigating Through Difficult Times: Keeping Your Business and Boat Afloat.” The conference will offer a powerful agenda aimed at presenting some new ideas, as well as some new ways of looking at old ideas, designed to help organizations, programs and vessels function more effectively.

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12 METRES’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEWPORT Nothing evokes America’s Cup memories like the golden era of 12 Metres, and from September 22 to 27, it will seem as if the hands of time have been turned back when dozens of these elegant racing sloops once again grace the shores of Newport, Rhode Island for the 12 Metre World Championships. The world championships will be the focal point Photo courtesy of Dan Nerney

of what organizers have called “The Golden Year of Racing,” which launched in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the 12 Metre’s debut in the America’s Cup, and continued this summer with regattas in Newport, Edgartown and Nantucket before the Worlds in September, which will be followed by a final event in New York City in October. Among the 12 Metres participating is the one that started it all, Columbia. In 1958, she defeated the British

Australia III, currently based in Miri, Malaysia, and Kookaburra I, based in Melbourne, Australia, that will turn heads.

challenger Sceptre off Newport and was followed by a long

“Fierce competition will capture memories of times past and

line of successful defenders, four of which also will compete

attract sailing stars, fans and media from the world over,”

in the Worlds. They include Weatherly, Intrepid, Courageous

said class president Jan Slee. Slee is co-chairing the regatta

and Freedom.

with Gary Jobson, the tactician on Ted Turner’s winning

Since the U.S. successfully defended the America’s Cup for 132 years, it is no surprise that many of the classic 68-foot yachts remain in the country and that 18 still call Newport

1977 America’s Cup team, who now is one of sailing’s most recognizable media personalities and Dyer Jones, who served as president of the class association from 1994 to 2006.

home. But it will be those 12s that travel from afar, such as //

ROLEX INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S KEELBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP and registration on October 4 and 5. Every day after racing, New York’s Rochester Yacht Club (RYC) will host a casual dockside happy hour where competitors can debrief, rehydrate and relax, while parties will take place each evening Photo courtesy of Dan Nerney/Rolex

with the regatta culminating at the traditional Rolex gala and awards presentation where a Rolex timepiece will be awarded to the winning boat’s skipper. Founded in 1985 by US SAILING and Rolex, the regatta is considered one of the world’s pinnacle events for women sailors. The Rolex IWKC utilizes the International J/22 class keelboat, suitable for four-person teams. Previous competitors have included Olympic medalists, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans, world champions and Four days of racing on Lake Ontario will be preceded by the

US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year, in addition to

Next Step to Rolex program, a developmental program for

women of all ages with varying levels of racing experience.

girls aged 13 to 17 that seeks to offer keelboat training in a

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the HRC Series has an emergency

Windlasses, including the HRC-6

freefall function. A high-efficiency

and HRC-8, have been designed for

spur gearbox incorporates a

trailerable and light displacement

non-backwind mechanism.

vessels up to 42 feet in length. The HRC Series’ pressure-arm system

The series is cast from marine-grade alloy and polyester powder-coated. Its

guarantees a trouble-free rode

chrome-finished bronze chainwheels

transition from rope to chain. It utilizes

are suitable for use with 1/4-inch to

an integrated composite nylon,

5/16-inch short-link chain and either

thru-deck hawse pipe to ensure

three-strand or eight-braid rope.

snag-free operation.

Simple bolt-down mounting enables

Maxwell America’s HRC-6 has a

A remote, panel-mounted up/down

rapid set-up. A dual-direction motor

starting price of $1,125 while the

switch offers high-speed and jam-free

includes integrated wiring for quick

HRC-8 starts at $1,275.

retrieval of the rope and chain. In case

electrical installation.

ma x // (714) 689-2900

of onboard power failure,

ADVANCED RUDDER CONTROL An economical steering aid and d rudder

and MK3 models are sprayThe round MK2 a

positioning device, the analog Rudder

conveniently backlit. A flush-mount proof and conve

Master provides constant monitoring toring of

MK445 features an edgewise meter, the MK44

the rudder angle from zero to 45 5 degrees.

readout while the MK5 and MK6 models offer

Offered in five versions, each unit nit comes

an easy-to-read panoramic meter.

complete with a calibration box, x,

Suggested retail prices for the

30 feet of wire, sending unit

Rudder Master from Raritan

and all other necessary

start at $445.

installation components. Repeater units are available // (856) 825-4900

for multiple station readouts.

CHARGE N’ FLOW PORTABLE PUMPS Charge N’ Flow™ Portable Pumps from ITT Corporation are rechargeable, submersible and designed for a wide variety of applications. Aboard, the Charge N’ Flow pump can be used to pump bilge water from tight spaces, as a deck shower, for general washdowns, de-watering or fluid transfer. It is capable of pumping hot or cold fresh water, seawater, antifreeze and even diesel. The kit comes with a 12-volt 280 GPH pump, eight feet of lay flat hose, spray nozzle, enclosed battery, AC battery charger, battery clip adaptor and a vehicle power adapter. It also includes a filter for use in submersible mode, or when the filter is removed, the pump can be used inline. The Charge N’ Flow pump measures 5.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches in diameter, and can handle up to 100 gallons of water per charge. The retail price of the pump is $99.99.

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OUTBOARD MOTOR SAFETY ALERT SYSTEM The Safety Alert System for outboard

marine conditions and has a voltage draw

motors, from Powersport Innovations,

of only 170 milliamps.

has an amber LED light mounted on the outboard motor that alerts other boaters when the craft is decelerating.

The kit includes a high-intensity LED that mounts on the dash, lighting up simultaneously when the outboard motor

The patented Safety Alert System

LED is lit. This system doubles as a

features a microprocessor-controlled G

flashing distress signal, and is invaluable

force sensor. As a boat decelerates, this

when cruising at night or docking.

module provides power to the LED to alert surrounding boaters to take timely corrective action. Completely water- and vibration-proof, the system is designed to withstand harsh

The Safety Alert System comes with a three-year unconditional replacement warranty. This system has a suggested retail price of $238.95. powerspor // (239) 481- 0274

MINI CAMERA PROVIDES SECURITY The new miniature PM Mini-Ball Camera from Paradox Marine is just slightly larger than a golf ball, but it delivers exceptional security and surveillance monitoring on board. Measuring only 2.4 inches in diameter, this rugged, marine grade, water-resistant and tamper proof miniature camera can be mounted discreetly inside or out and won’t detract from a boat’s décor. The camera incorporates 540 TV lines in color for high resolution and a 3.6mm fixed lens for outstanding picture quality. A day/night function automatically senses light changes and switches the camera mode from color in bright light to monochrome at night time or in low light conditions using state-of-the-art LED technology. The Mini-Ball Camera retails for $559.99. // (954) 565-9898

SWIM PLATFORM HANDRAIL An innovative removable handrail

fasteners, an allen wrench and stainless

from Forespar ® mounts on the

steel rods. All tubes, rod, terminals and

swim platform of most powerboats

clamps are polished stainless steel.

or sailboats. Whether someone is stepping from a dinghy, leaping from the dock or getting out of the water, the EZ-Board helps assist safe boarding. The all stainless steel EZ-Board system is strong and secure, yet can be disassembled and easily stowed

The EZ-Board is available in three sizes to fit the depth of your swim platform. Each unit can also be cut to length for a semi custom situation. The EZ-Board units range in price from $270 to $310. // (949) 858-8820

when not needed. Installation is simple using basic hand tools and the unit comes complete with some | 49


PIGMENTS CREATE SMOOTH, COLORED FINISHES WEST SYSTEM® Brand 501 White Pigment and 503 Gray Pigment are epoxybased liquid colorants used to tint an epoxy mixture, providing an even color base for the final finish system. However, cured, pigmented surfaces will require an additional paint or UV filter coating for ultraviolet protection. Pigment is added to the mixed resin/hardener at a rate of approximately one teaspoon per 8 fluid ounces of epoxy. More pigment will increase opaqueness and mixture viscosity. One 4 fluid-ounce bottle of this pigment will tint about 1.5 gallons of epoxy. For additional colors, powdered pigments such as tempera paint, colored tile grout, aniline dyes or universal tinting pigment can be added to the epoxy mixture. WEST SYSTEM 423 Graphite Powder will color the epoxy black or impart darker shades to colors. The 501 White Pigment retails for $15.40 and the 503 Gray Pigment is $15.60. // (866) 937-8797

PRO POLISH Serving as a cleaner, sealant and polish with UV inhibitors, Shurhold’s Pro Polish is scientifically formulated to protect fiberglass, gelcoat, clear coat and aluminum. Pro Polish repels water and provides a deep, glossy sheen, while protecting the surface from the harsh effects of the sun, salt water and other environmental elements. This polish is polymer-based and contains no fillers or talc, so when users buff out Pro Polish, there won’t be a major mass of white powder. Producing virtually no waste, it enables owners to finish the job in less time and with less effort. A 16-ounce bottle of Pro Polish retails for $22.98. // (800) 962-6241

SPLASH ABSORBING FUELING COLLAR FuelKleen™ from Centek Industries catches drips and splashes from boat fuel filling nozzles. The patented medium instantly catches and binds to oil, gasoline and diesel fuel before they spill into the water and cause pollution. The collar slips easily over any fuel pump nozzle and can be reused until it is fully saturated. Suggested retail price of FuelKleen is $5.50. // (229) 228-7653

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STAINLESS TRIM TABS The first of their kind, Stainless Steel Trim Master Trim Tabs feature 316L stainless steel actuators, brackets and trim plates. Highly-polished for corrosion resistance and simplified maintenance, they employ two independent, scientifically-designed, hydraulic units attached to the transom. With the touch of a switch, the trim tabs quickly and quietly deflect water downward, raising the stern and lowering the bow. Trimming boat and engine strain, as well as fuel consumption, the streamlined trim tabs enable owners to adjust their craft to the perfect planing angle, resulting in a smoother, safer ride. They have a highquality motor and pump, specially-designed, water-resistant controls, integrated wiring and ultra-durable, hydraulic cylinders. Available in sizes for single or twin inboard or outboard engine boats, ranging from 15 to 65 feet in length, the Stainless Steel Trim Master Trim Tabs have suggested retail prices starting at $1,990. // (727) 531-1386

SOUND ELIMINATION MUFFLERS CMI Sound Elimination System mufflers

than competitive models to ensure

offer proven sound reduction technology

long-lasting durability and reliability.

that enables boaters to operate their

Clamp-on options include a 4-inch

performance boats in areas where sound

model to fit tip-style tailpipes, a

emissions are restricted. This system

4.5-inch model to fit thru-transom

is designed to reduce sound emissions

tailpipes and a 5-inch model for

to levels as low as 86 decibels in many

larger tailpipe diameters.

applications, which is below most sound emission regulations.

The 5-inch muffl er can also be retrofi tted into 5- and 6-inch

The mufflers are engineered to reduce sound without restricting the exhaust or creating unwanted backpressure, which can inhibit the engine from reaching peak performance power.

outside diameter tailpipes to accommodate larger horsepower applications. The mufflers range in price from $643 to $755.

CMI Sound Elimination System mufflers are made from // (920) 720 -4225

304 series stainless steel, and have fewer moving parts

PROP GLOP Developed by, PROP GLOP™ is a running gear antifoulant that can be applied underwater. This one-of-a-kind product comes in a four-ounce tube with a patented applicator that makes it easy for owners or divers to rub a layer of PROP GLOP onto a freshly scraped set of running gear while the boat is still in the water. Coverage and protection lasts for eight to 10 months in semitropical waters. It can be touched-up easily after heavy use or grounding. One tube of PROP GLOP costs $29.95 plus shipping and handling and covers one propeller, shaft and rudder. // (407) 435-9733 | 51





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POWERBOATS 18’ Wood Lafitte Skiff: Cajun built. Bells, whistles, horns, brass. Volvo Penta 3 cylinder, turbo diesel inboard. HD, DP trailer, w/1989 GMC towing pickup. 305 V-8, auto, A/C. Phone (815) 455-2179. $3500. (see photo below)

2006 22’6” Starcraft Sunchaser: Nice, one owner boat for sale. 50 hp Yamaha 4 stroke, Genesis upgraded trailer with front ladder. All the accessories go with this vessel, including a $300 VHF radio. In military, moving, must sell. Call Mike at (231) 288-3136. $17,500.

1979 27’ Century 7000: Cabin cruiser with tandem trailer, Humminbird fish finder, Pioneer 2-way sound system and 260 Mercury engines. Crown Point, Indiana. (219) 678-5810. $1,790/OBO. 1994 29’ Tiara Open: Excellent condition. Twin Crusader 350s. Raytheon electronics (radar, autopilot, VHF/hailer, video echo sounder). New canvas. Electric planner board reels, rod holders, much more. See homepage. (586) 725-5911. $79,900/OBO.

1985 26’ 29’LOA Carver Montego: In water & ready. 350 cid New Merc outdrive 2009. 6 ft.+ headroom midcabin, galley, pumpout head, hot pressure water, tele & transom showers, halon, Datamarine speed/dist. log. Email:

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2006 320 Express Cruisers Yacht: Garmin 3210, 21-mile radar, sonar, fish finder, many extras. 190 hours, fresh water only, comes with slip, Sodus Bay, New York. Call Mick at (585) 4900001. $139,999.00. (see photo below)

1969 30’ Lyman Express Cruiser: Twin 250 Crusaders, new camperback screens, i’sing glass, second owner for 35 years, inside winter storage, new upholstery following Lyman original. Email Vermilion, Ohio. Asking $35,000. (see photo below)

(see photo below)

1978 25’ Wellcraft Nova XL: T-260 Mercruisers, excellent condition, very fast, trailer. Motivated seller. (810) 513-2201. Asking $6,000/OBO.

1989 Tiara 31 Open: Twin 350 hp Crusaders, electronics, air conditioning, windlass, newer canvas and upholstery, excellent condition. Located in Waukegan, Illinois. Must see. (847) 776-2176. Asking $62,000.

1992 31’ Sea Ray Sportbridge: Rare model dual station flybridge sportfishcruiser. Top condition. Twin 380 Horizon EFI straight shafts. GPS plotter radar-ready, depth, twin VHFs. Cruise at 25 mph. Call (941) 244-8350, cell: (239) 248-7771 or from July through September, (705) 443-8511. Email: $49,900. (see photo below)

1998 Carver 350 Mariner: Loaded w/ air, generator, autopilot, radar/chart. Twin 454 ci gas w/low hours. Clean. Call Mike at (312) 501-7679. Reduced to sell: $111,900. 2004 459 Meridian Cockpit MotorYacht: Perfect for cruising or entertaining! Spacious, luxurious, quiet, powerful, fast, safe! Loaded. 2 Cabins/heads. Excellent condition. D.O.C. easy docking. T370 diesels. Dinghy package. SatTV. $279K. 770-992-1416. (see photo below)


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