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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features Boat Test: Four Winns TS222

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An endless wake creates endless fun. by Alan Wendt ................................

Boat Test: Premier 270 Intrigue

A head-turning pontoon in a class unto itself. by Mike Menne ....................................................................................................................

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Sinking of Alpena

One of the most famous shipwrecks in the Great Lakes lays in a watery grave along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. text by Joel Lefever; painting by Gary Odmark .................................................

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Join the Club

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Know the Ropes

Would you trust your pride-and-joy to a cheap rope from the discount store? Here’s the word on dock lines — and how to give your boat the protection it deserves. by Craig Ritchie ........................................................

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Port of Call: Toledo, Ohio

This Ohio port city, nestled on the banks of the Maumee River, welcomes visiting boaters with open arms, inviting them to experience its friendly atmostphere and local charms. by Susan R. Pollack...........................................................................................................

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ON THE COVER

Sometimes to move forward, you’ve got to do a 180. The all-new Four Winns TS222, along with Volvo Penta’s revolutionary new Forward Drive, achieves the ultimate in tow sports boating. With the quick-fill ballast system, the hull is placed deep into the water for the wake enhancement surf tabs to do their handy work. At the helm, controls provide the driver and wakesurfer the ability to create their own fun on the water. A color-matched wake tower and custom trailer rounds out the package, making the TS222 a no-compromise alternative to inboard tow boats.

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48 Departments From the Helm ......................................................................................................................4 Mail Call/Canine Crewmember.......................................................................... 6 Calendar .................................................................................................................................... 8 Scuttle ...................................................................................................................................... 10 Don’t Hestitate to Renovate ................................................................................ 18 Corke Board........................................................................................................................ 20 Ask the Expert .................................................................................................................. 22

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Gearing Up .......................................................................................................................... 23

★ Shop boats for sale by owner ★ Place a classified ad to sell your boat ★ Purchase our Great Lakes Cruising Guides ★ Access past issues with our online magazine ★ Peruse dozens of exciting destination stories ★ Stay current on all the latest Great Lakes news ★ Find boat and product info from advertisers ★ And much more!

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Boat Spotlights: Grady-White, Hurricane, Monterey, Lakeshore Life.................................................................................................................. 58 Marina Watch ....................................................................................................................60 Classifieds .............................................................................................................................79 Operation Summaries ..............................................................................................80

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With a growing movement towards recreational boating rentals, Freedom Boat Club offers would-be boaters the option of hassle-free time on the water. by Heather Steinberger .........................................................


FROM THE HELM by Bing O’Meara

The Future of Boating Boating’s latest and greatest debuts in Miami

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e’re just a few months into 2015, and already there are many new boats, products and technological advancements for boaters to marvel at and hope to experience sometime this spring and summer. Many of these new boats, products and technologies made their debut at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February, considered by many to be one of the biggest and most prestigious consumer boat shows in the world. Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, featured here on the Four One boat making its world premier in Winns TS222, is creating a new revolution in watersports. Miami this year is our cover boat and test, the Four Winns TS222, which features the futuristic Volvo Penta Forward Drive system. Frequent Lakeland Boating contributor Alan Wendt has done a formidable job explaining the intracacies of this boat and the first-of-its-kind propulsion system Volvo developed that’s likely to become a must-have for every tow sports enthusiast (p. 30). In its simplest terms, Forward Drive has taken the traditional sterndrive and flipped it on its head, in order to create an endless wake behind the boat for wakeboarders, wakesurfers and the like to enjoy. Listen up, parents and grandparents: This is the next generation of on-water fun! Don’t be surprised if you start getting inquiries from the kids about swapping out that bowrider for a Forward Drive early adopter. Also this month, we spotlight several new boats making a first-time appearance in Miami. Models from Scarab, Monterey, Rinker, Hurricane, Grady-White and Sea Ray all are discussed in intricate detail by Lakeland regular Craig Ritchie (starting on p. 24). Truly, this collection of boats offers something for everyone. Not only is this issue chock-full of new boats, we even discuss a whole new way to enjoy the water. Lakeland editor-at-large Heather Steinberger penned an excellent piece on the latest craze in boating: Boat clubs (page 40). If you are a boater looking for less hassle or would like to become a boater, you need to read this article. Heather focuses on Freedom Boat Club, a company that has 15 corporate locations and 71 franchise locations in 13 states — including several in the Great Lakes. Freedom currently has more than 800 available boats serving approximately 10,000 members. It’s the largest boat club in the U.S. and offers a wonderful alternative to boat ownership, or provides a means to enjoy boating when you travel and cannot take your boat with you. Susan Pollack has taken on this month’s Port of Call, which centers on Toledo, Ohio. I’d always considered Toledo more of an industrial city, but I was pleasantly surprised to see what they’ve done with the waterfront. (Many Great Lakes cities have done the same.) If the changes in these past 20 years have been dramatic, then the next 20 should be over the top. Last, but not least, congratulations are in order for two regular Lakeland Boating contributing writers: Capt. Tom Serio and Greg Proteau. Both received writing awards from Boating Writers International for articles published in 2014 issues of the magazine. Keep up the good work, gentlemen! We should see signs of spring shortly, if the weatherman gives us a break. Think positive thoughts...

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Our two West Highland Terriers, Murphy and Pauly, are helping navigate the waters from Leeland to Charlevoix, Michigan, while 11-year-old Spencer, also a Westie, always is looking for the rest of the crew. Our new puppy, Bailey, is not pictured. —Tim Thomas, Boyne City, MI This is our 2-year-old Yellow Lab, Beauregard. He enjoys spending time on our boat, Nauti Dogg, at Anchor Pointe Marina in Lake Erie. While at the marina, he will visit all our neighbors who each keep a bag of doggie treats on their deck especially for him. After a long day of boating and socializing, Beauregard will find a nice spot on the back of the boat to curl up for a nap or just work on his suntan! —Keith & Sherri Hudson, Sylvania Township, OH Calling all Furry Crewmembers! We want to learn more about your pets on board! Send a short write-up, along with your pet’s name, home city and state, as well as a high-resolution photo (at least 1 MB) to: STAFF@ LAKELANDBOATING.COM. If we publish your pet, you’ll receive a free gift pack of Mobile Clean & Go, courtesy of our friends at DF Consumer Products.

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CORRECTION In the March 2015 issue, we incorrectly listed the phone number for Portage Point Inn and Marina in our “Marina Watch” department (p. 54). The correct phone number for harbormaster Jeff Sternberger is 231889-7501. He also may be reached via e-mail at JEFF@

of Erie, known as the “Gem City,” and made me long for Just wanted to thank Lakeland Boating and Craig Ritchie for the easy high school days on the beach, paddling around covering Erie in the October 2014 issue (p.42) I moved away in the bay and sailing on the lake. Would have loved more to the cornfields in Indiana 40 years ago, but still think of Erie information on the current Coast Guard activity at Station as home. Loved the lighthouse Erie. My Uncle, Stan Huntington — who, post WWII, photos and the coverage of the also kept the Kilauea Point Light on Kauai — was chief Tom Ridge Center, a truly there during the time granddad was tending the Presque great facility. Isle Light. Earlier, Stan and Uncle Don ran the canoe Granddad Frank Huntington rental concession at the Lagoons, which you called the joined the Lighthouse Service Graveyard Pond area. That area, also known as Misery Bay, around 1912 and was sent from is where Oliver Hazard Perry wintered around 1812-1813, Buffalo, New York, where he where several of his crew died during the harsh winter trained for and assisted at (hence, Graveyard Pond) and where he built the ships, the Erie “Lifesaving Service” including his substitute flagship, Niagara, that he took to Station around 1917, where Put-in-Bay the following year to route the British from the family lived and where he the Great Lakes forever. tended the North Pier Light So Erie, Presque Isle, the lighthouses, the beach, and for nine years. My father was born in the bay still feel like home and always will. 1921 at the former Lifesaving Station, which eventually Thanks to Craig Ritchie for covering it so well and for became the U.S. Coast Guard Station. Grandad was then evincing the almost tearful nostalgia for those simpler days. And thanks to you for this great boating magazine! transferred to Fairport, Ohio around 1924, where he was —Bruce Huntington, South Bend, IN an assistant keeper at the breakwater light, served a season at Marblehead tending the light, and then returned to Erie in 1926, taking over the CR: Thanks very much for the kind words, Mr. Huntington, and I’m glad you Presque Isle (Pine Tree Beach) light until enjoyed the article. As someone with such a strong family connection to the area his retirement in 1945. He was the last and its maritime heritage, you better than anyone can appreciate how difficult it government keeper of the light at Presque was to try and give the city its due while staying within my allotted page count. Isle at his retirement; afterward, it was No doubt readers who do elect to visit Erie will be as delighted as I was to discover taken over by the Coast Guard. just what a magical place it is. Thank you again for your kind comments — I The article brought out the finer points really do appreciate your thoughts.


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GREAT LAKES NEWS

Industry Mourns Loss of BoatUS Founder

BoatUS chairman and founder Richard Schwartz passed away in February after a short illness. He was 85. Since the early 1960s, Schwartz fought for legislation on behalf of boaters, and his efforts at shaping national boating policy helped secure passage of the Recreational Boating Safety and Facilities Improvement Act of 1979. He led BoatUS in opening a nationwide chain of 62 BoatUS retail stores, and also helped to create the BoatUS 501(c) (3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Condolences may be sent to the Schwartz family by visiting BOATUS.COM/RICHARD.

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Great Lakes News | Boats | Must-Have | Buzz | Events | Business

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2015 Innovation Award Winners Announced SailTime North America, the world’s largest boat membership company, is adding Beneteau America sailboats to its growing fleet. The SailTime membership program began as a way to get more sailors out on the water and to offer an alternative to boat ownership. Two new Beneteau sailboats have already been ordered for the SailTime San Francisco and SailTime Marina Del Ray, California base locations, with more in the works. For additional information, visit SAILTIME.COM.

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It’s that time of the year again — when the most innovative and impressive new boats and consumer marine products are honored with the 2015 Boston Whaler 320 Vantage Miami Innovation Awards, presented in February at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International announced winners at the 2015 show. This year featured a record number of entries, with a total of 97 products — a 68 percent increase from last year. The winning products include: ■ Alternate Drive Technology (pods, sterndrives): Volvo Penta, Forward Drive ■ Deck Equipment & Hardware: Taco Metals, Rub Rail Mounted LED Light ■ Docking & Fendering Equipment: StormFender LLC, StormFender ■ Mechanical & Electrical Systems: Yamaha Watercraft, Connext Helm Control ■ Inboard Engines: Indmar Products, ROUSH Charged Raptor Apex Marine ■ Outboard Engines: BRP U.S. Inc., Evinrude E-TEC G2 Angler Qwest ■ Consumer Safety Equipment: Simrad-Navico, Forward Scan ■ Watersport Equipment: LilliPad Diving Boards, LilliPad Diving Board ■ Consumer Electronics, Apps & Software: Navionics Inc, SonarCharts and SonarCharts Live ■ Center Console & Walkaround Fishing Boats: Hydra-Sports, 53 Suenos ■ Cuddy Cabin & Bowrider Boats: Rec Boat Holdings/Four Winns, Horizon 440 Bow Cruiser ■ Deck Boats: Boston Whaler, 320 Vantage ■ Jet Boats: Chaparral Boats, Aerial Surf Platform Navionics SonarCharts ■ Personal Watercrafts (PWCs): Yamaha Watercraft, Yamaha RiDE System ■ Pontoon Boats: Apex Marine, Angler Qwest ■ Tow Boats: MasterCraft Boat Company, X23 ■ Environmental Award: Wake Worx LLC, Mussel Mast’R Aquatic Invasive Species Filter System For more information, visit MIAMIBOATSHOW.COM/INNOVATION-AWARDS. Four Winns Horizon 440 Bow Cruiser

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Palm Beach Motor Yachts Announces 52

Palm Beach Motor Yachts made its international debut of the Palm Beach 52 at the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami Yacht & Brokerage show in February. The 52 sports innovative, new features while maintaining all the traditional Palm Beach stylish appeal. The first hull in the 52 line features an owner-selected accommodations plan featuring two staterooms and a generous galley down. The main deck boasts a sleek helm opposite a double companion helm seat, providing spectacular views in all directions. The salon offers ample seating with a straight settee to port and a large, L-shaped settee to starboard. For more information, visit PBMOTORYACHTS.COM.

Yamaha Marine Group declared 2015 the “Year of Outboard Education” during the Progressive Insurance 2015 Miami International Boat Show. The education campaign “Maintenance Matters” focuses on helping extend the lives of all Yamaha outboards and maximizing customers’ time on the water. Yamaha will offer live training, online modules, social media outreach and publications to educate boaters. For more information, visit YAMAHAOUTBOARDS.COM/CARE-AND-MAINTENANCE/MAINTENANCE-MATTERS.

GREAT LAKES NEWS

Microfibers Polluting the Great Lakes

That cozy fleece jacket hanging in your closet may keep you warm during the frigid winter months, but it also could be contaminating the Great Lakes. Scientists recently discovered the tiny strands of plastic that make up petroleum-based fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, are polluting the Great Lakes. These minuscule filaments are making their way undetected through sewage treatment plants and pose a risk of spreading toxic chemicals and disease-causing bacteria, according to a recent article published in the Chicago Tribune. Though we cannot see the fibers with our naked eye, their damage on the lakes is extensive — microfibers now represent 4 percent of all garbage in the Great Lakes, according to a 2011 study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. A single fleece jacket can shed 1,900 fibers every time it’s washed. These microfibers can become infested with chemicals and bacteria and then lodge themselves into the stomachs and intestines of fish. BUZZ

Clemons Boats Gets Carefree

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Les Cheneaux Culinary School Opens

Foodies in Hessel, Michigan, rejoice! The Les Cheneaux Culinary School (LCCS) is opening its restaurant, Hessel Bay Inn, May 15. The restaurant is part of the non-profit culinary school, which offers culinary students a complete, in-depth, one-year program with handson experience in all aspects of a professional kitchen. Students serve their creations to guests in the inviting, 55-seat restaurant attached to the facility. Restaurant patrons get to experience culinary delights unique to the region, as the freshest local produce, fish and game are the main ingredients in this farm-to-table kitchen. Upcoming events at the school include “Making Perogies with Betty Jones” April 20 and the “Spring Wine Dinner” April 17. For more information, visit LCCULINARY.ORG.

Clemons Boats, a 49-year-old Sandusky, Ohio-based boat dealership, has been added to the growing list of Carefree Boat Club locations. Carefree Boat Club offers boaters a chance to get out on the water without owing a boat. Unlike renting or chartering, the club allows approved members to have unlimited access to all available boats. The fourth-generation dealership, founded in 1966, currently sells the Cobalt, Bennington, Sea Hunt and Boston Whaler brands and also provides rentals, dockage, winter storage, parts, and service at its 10-acre facility on Sandusky Bay. The Clemons Boats Carefree Boat Club location will open with new and like-new boats in its fleet, including a Cobalt 220, Bennington 24SSL triple tube, and Boston Whaler 220 Outrage. More boats will be added as membership grows. For more information, visit CAREFREEBOATS.COM.

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Riviera Launches Largest in Fleet

Australian boatbuilder Riviera Yachts has added some length to its fleet with the announcement of the largest Riviera ever built: The 77 Enclosed Flybridge. The long-range, offshore vessel offers the perfect mix of cruising and fishing capabilities with ultra-modern marine technology and luxurious amenities. The first 77 Enclosed Flybridge that was produced — christened Life Serenity — boasts a full range of premium options. Step aboard the new 77 series and be greeted by massive forward windows offering panoramic, 360-degree views from the luxurious salon deck, an expansive cockpit, elegant mezzanine, four staterooms — including a full-beam master — and four heads. For more information, visit RIVIERA.COM.AU.

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Sea Ray Wins Award for App

Sea Ray recently took home the prestigious Qualcomm Vuforia Vision Award for the app it created allowing prospective boat-buyers to tour the company’s luxurious L650 Fly motoryacht. The L650 Fly Augmented Reality App features interior and exterior tours of Sea Ray’s flagship model, allowing customers to see every detail of the boat. Users can zoom, rotate and interact with the three-dimensional boat without ever stepping foot aboard. They also can change colors or add options, like a hardtop or teak decking. The free Sea Ray app is available for iOS devices in Apple’s App Store. For more information, visit SEARAY.COM.


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Congrats to our Lakeland Boating BWI Writing Contest Award Winners! Congratulations are in order for Lakeland Boating regular contributors Capt. Tom Serio and Greg Proteau for taking home awards in the 2014 Boating Writers International (BWI) Annual Writing Contest! Serio won second place in the Photography category for his feature “The Docks After Dark” (January 2014, p. 32), which showcased the stunning look of boats on display at night during the 2013 Fort Launderdale International Boat Show. Proteau snagged a Certificate of Merit in the Boating Issues, News and Analysis category for his piece “Avoiding the Pitfalls” (September 2014, p. 31), which shines a light on the top five most common boat insurance claims and what people can do to try and avoid them.

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Grand Banks Adds 44 to Eastbay Line

The legendary Eastbay line by Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. is expanding with construction of the all-new 44 Eastbay. The 44 combines all the award-winning attributes of its Hunt Associates-designed hull with a lighter, stronger build, using the latest construction techniques. It will be available with an optional, threecabin layout, or with a standard, two-stateroom layout with a spacious utility room in lieu of the third cabin. In the main salon, electric drop-down windows open the boat up to fresh air on all sides, with a straight galley to starboard and a large, U-shaped dinette to port. The master cabin and ensuite head combine ample storage space, hallmark Grand Banks elegance, and immaculate joinery work. Hull No. 1 of the 44 is scheduled to debut at the 2015 Newport International Boat Show in September. For more information, visit GRANDBANKS.COM.

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Mercury Marine Outboards, Sterndrives

Mercury Marine had an impressive display at the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, debuting four new engines: Two high-horsepower outboards and two sterndrives. The Verado 350 hp and the Mercury Racing Verado 400R are amongst the biggest and most powerful outboards Mercury builds. The Verado 350 is the largest engine in Mercury’s Verado family of four- and six-cylinder, supercharged FourStroke outboards. The engine is highly efficient, lightweight and operates on 89-octane gas, providing 10 percent greater fuel economy than other outboards. The Verado 400R runs at 153 horsepower per liter, making it the most powerful consumer outboard ever produced by Mercury. Mercury also debuted its Mercury Racing QC4v 1550 and MerCruiser 4.5-liter, 200-hp sterndrives. The 1550 dual-calibration sterndrive features an advanced control system that enables the operator to switch engine power level via an electronic key fob. The 4.5L MerCruiser incorporates design innovations such as a long runner scrolled intake manifold and high displacement, which produce an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. For more information, visit MERCURYMARINE.COM.

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Regal Debuts New Models in Miami

Great Lakes water sports are going to be a lot more fun this summer with Regal Marine’s all-new 2100 Surf, featuring Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, and 22 FasDeck. The two boats were unveiled at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February. The 2100 Surf combines innovative features along with Volvo’s new propulsion system and Surf Package, hot RX graphics and interior trim. The Surf Edition includes Surf Tabs and 1,000 pounds of ballast in three ballast tanks, all easily controlled via Regal’s exclusive RegalVue touch screen control panel. The 2100 Surf will be available by summer. The 22 FasDeck is the newest member of the FasDeck series, now spanning 22 to 27 feet. Like the other FasDeck models, the 22 has the Regal-patented FasTrac Hull design, which provides more control on the water with up to 26 percent faster speeds and up to 30 percent better fuel efficiency. The 22 FasDeck will be offered as a 2016 model and also is available this summer. For more information, visit REGALBOATS.COM.

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Yamaha Outboards SkipperBud’s opened a new location at MacRay Harbor on Lake St. Clair, becoming the company’s fourth in Eastern Michigan. The dealership has new boats ranging in size from 16 to 100 feet, including bow riders, deck boats, cruisers, yachts, pontoons, jet boats, center consoles, and surf/ski boats. It also will offer used boats sales and professional brokerage services. Doug Glendening, of Glendening Yacht Sales, and Rob McCarthy, formerly of Lakeside Marine, will work out of SkipperBuds’ MacRay location. For more information, visit SKIPPERBUDS.COM.

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Yamaha Marine Group brought six new outboards to the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February, along with a host of new rigging, parts, propellers, and updates to its Helm Master integrated boat control system. Four new additions to the V MAX SHO outboard family made it to Yamaha’s Miami display: The V MAX SHO 115; V MAX SHO 175; V MAX SHO 150 X-Shaft; and V MAX SHO 250 X-Shaft. All V MAX SHO outboards are compact, lightweight and capable of two-stroke performance, but with the convenience, fuel efficiency and quiet operation of a four-stroke. Yamaha also released an updated version of its most popular outboard model, the 2.7-liter F150, as well as a refreshed version of its F8 portable outboard with shortened tiller handle. For more information, visit YAMAHAOUTBOARDS.COM.

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Carver Debuts C43 Coupe

Carver Yachts’ new C43 Coupe turned heads at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February, showcasing the renowned Carver design philosophy. The C43 offers clean, contemporary lines and a distinctive hull shape. The interior features a two-stateroom design and best-in-class headroom. The broad, single-level salon’s large opening windows offer 360-degree views, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor living space when the sliding glass door to the roomy cockpit is open. The C43 also boasts comfortable berths, a well-appointed aft galley, private owners’ head with stall shower, and a separate head for day use and overnight guests. The exterior features a large swim platform, electric glass sunroof, available sun pad, retractable sun shade, and wet bar for the cockpit. For more information, visit CARVERYACHTS.COM.


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Volvo Penta Forward Drive

A first of its kind for recreational water sports, Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive (FWD) debuted at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February and features forward-facing, dual counter-rotating props with an adjustable-trim drive. This patented, innovative design pulls the boat through the water rather than pushing it, with an undisturbed water flow to the propellers. Volvo’s clean, efficient propulsion system delivers superior responsiveness, acceleration, fuel economy and versatility, allowing for an array of activities behind the boat, including wakesurfing and wakeboarding. Drivers also will be able to customize the wake for different ability levels. The forward-facing DuoProp, with counter-rotating propellers, offers a unique and industry-first symmetrical wakeboarding wake and equally shaped wake surfing wave on your side of choice. FWD reduces noise and vibration and virtually eliminates annoying fumes on deck, since engine exhaust is expelled underwater beneath the boat. For more information, visit VOLVOPENTAFORWARDDRIVE.COM.

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Raymarine Sonars, FLIR Cameras

Boating may be safer and more enjoyable than ever, thanks to the recent release of Raymarine/FLIR’s three new sonars and two new thermal cameras. From FLIR, the new M4000 stabilized, multi-sensor thermal camera and handheld Ocean Scout thermal camera help boaters stay safe on the water by allowing them to spot other vessels, avoid collisions, and see clearly in total darkness. The M4000 features a high-resolution, 640 by 480 thermal imager paired with a unique, three-times continuous optical zoom lens. The Ocean Scout is a compact, handheld thermal camera that features a new high-res LCD display and has the power to detect human-sized targets up to 600 yards away. Two versions are available: 240 by 180 resolution and 320 by 240 resolution. From Raymarine, the new CP570 Professional CHIRP sonar, CP470 CHIRP sonar and CP370 digital sonar are engineered for serious anglers. The CP570 allows users to see through dense schools of baitfish, identify thermoclines, and simultaneously target desired game fish with exceptional clarity. The CP470 features intelligent on-board filtering for clear, low-noise imagery. The CP370 delivers sharper fish targets and automatic operation using Raymarine’s next-generation ClearPulse digital sonar processing. Retail price for the Ocean Scout 240 is $1,999; the Ocean Scout 320 is $2,999. Retail price for the CP470 is $1,199; the CP570 retails for $1,999; and the CP370 retails for $699. For more information, visit FLIR.COM.

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DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE by Capt. Frank Lanier

Performance Enhancement Get a much-needed boost from your boat’s engine.

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eeling sluggish and inadequate? Eagerly awaiting spring, but worried you won’t be ready to perform when the big moment arrives? There are plenty of options when it comes to boosting your performance and control in preparation for the upcoming boating season. Here’s a look at how to eek the most from your boat when it’s finally time to hit the water.

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is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt. F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants (captfklanier.com).

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Everyone needs a little “get up and go” at some point, whether it’s that G-force-inducing hole shot or flat-out running speed necessary to beat the competition to that prime fishing hole. One simple way to improve your boat’s speed is by keeping your hull and running gear clean. Like mom used to say, “A clean boat just runs better,” so make cleaning, waxing and polishing a part of your routine maintenance schedule. Your attention to detail will pay off in more ways than just increased speed and improved fuel economy. Another relatively inexpensive way to enhance your boat’s performance is upgrading your propeller. There are a number of characteristics that determine how a new propeller will perform when installed on a particular boat; however, primary factors to consider are construction material (aluminum, stainless steel, etc.) diameter, pitch angle, and the number of propeller blades. Selecting the right propeller can help improve most any aspect of boat operation, from higher top-end speeds, fuel efficiency and better load-carrying performance. While focusing on one specific characteristic may make sense in some cases, keep in mind that a propeller, which maximizes one desirable attribute, typically does so at the expense of others. You may want a propeller that provides good pickup out of the hole, fuel efficiency at cruising speeds, and maximum performance at top speed; but the only way to maximize each is by carrying three different propellers. Most boaters will have to find a happy medium — one where a propeller improves the characteristic they want, but also delivers good overall performance.

Improving planing efficiency Proper trim and efficient planing go hand in hand. Achieving static (non-moving) trim can be as simple as balancing your boat by distributing weight (passengers, coolers, portable fuel tanks, etc.) to keep the hull floating level.

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Davis Achieving stationary trim is Doel-Fin one thing; however, you’ll need to make adjustments while underway to account for speed, water conditions, direction of travel (with regard to waves and wind), etc. Smaller boats, for example, will ride bumpier in surface chop if left trimmed at calm water angles. Fortunately, trim options for today’s boater aren’t limited to asking big-boned Aunt June to reposition her considerable bulk in an effort to provide a smoother ride. Tilt and trim controls for outboards and sterndrive units provide an easy, touch-of-abutton solution for making those “on the fly” adjustments. Trim tabs (such as the Bennett SLT Self-Leveling Tabs) and products like the Doel-Fin by Davis Instruments are popular aftermarket installation options to help improve planing efficiency. Proper stowage of gear and placement of passengers to achieve proper trim and planing cost nothing except a little planning and common sense. The SLT trim tabs mentioned above cost around $130 or so (depending on the model), while the Doel-Fin can be purchased for less than $40.

Better control While everyone likes to be in control, control on the water can mean different things to different boaters. Satisfy your inner cruiser and turn your sled into a glide-ride by adding cruise control or, cooler still, a “Hot Foot” accelerator. Improve loose, worn steering by upgrading to a higher quality system and components like the Teleflex Extreme. Take your steering up a notch by adding an autopilot, or take complete control by adding a joystick driving system, such as the Teleflex Marine Optimus 360 by SeaStar. This steering/ shift/throttle control system (designed for powerboats with mechanically-controlled twin outboards) provides 360-degree maneuvering capabilities when docking, negotiating crowded areas, or loading onto your trailer. What are the benefits? A top-notch steering system delivers better control, while having cruise control and Hot Foot allows you to focus on steering without the distraction of working a hand throttle (how could having a gas pedal on your boat not be awesome?). Joystick control makes you look like a pro, particularly when maneuvering into that crowded yacht club dock to catch the hot wings lunch special at the Tiki Bar. As to cost, a new Teleflex Extreme system runs around $250, while you can get a Hot Foot for less than $200. ★ Optimus 360 by SeaStar


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Fueling Success Get pumped to learn the proper way of changing a fuel filter.

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ne of the most common reasons for towing service calls is — you probably guessed it — fuel problems. Obviously, you need to make certain that you have enough fuel on board before leaving the dock en route to your next great on-water adventure. But how can you be sure the fuel you have in the tank is in good condition? Unlike a car, where you most likely fill up at least once a week, fuel on a boat can sit in the tank for months, if not years. As fuel sloshes around in there, it picks up all sorts of dirt and debris that’s lurking on the tank’s bottom. This bottom-dwelling gunk mixes with the fuel and winds up being carried through to the engine, where it can put the kibosh on your weekend faster than you can blink an eye.

Keeping your boat’s fuel filters changed and in good working condition is key to helping reduce the potential for on-water problems this spring and summer. Fuel quality is nearly impossible to determine at the pump, so do your best to maintain the integrity of your boat’s tank by ensuring filters are removing pesky contaminents.

Changing a gasoline fuel filter On my boat, I have a small collection of engine spares that I take with me for the main engine, generator and dinghy outboard. Included in this kit are several filters, and these have saved the day for me on more than one occasion, when I unknowingly purchased some poor-quality fuel. Changing a fuel filter is seen by many as a black art, but it’s actually pretty simple. Although the design and layout of fuel systems vary by manufacturer, the principles are identical in almost every instance. Here’s how to do it: 1. For a gasoline engine, make sure that the engine is turned off and the key is removed from the ignition, so that it cannot accidentally be started. 2. Turn off the fuel using the fuel petcock, which will be installed either at the fuel tank or on either side of the filter. Doing so will ensure that fuel does not drain from the tank while you have the filter removed. 3. Place a small bucket or oil absorbent pads underneath the filter to catch any fuel that may spill. Some filters have a drain in the bottom, which makes things easier, as excess fuel can be drained into a container before the filter is removed. 4. Unscrew the filter; this may only be hand-tight, but it’s possible you’ll need a filter wrench if it’s really tightened down. 5. Keep the filter upright, as it will be full of fuel, then place it in a Ziploc bag for proper disposal. 6. Screw on the new filter, and after turning the fuel back on squeeze the priming bulb to refill the fuel line with gasoline. 7. After carefully checking for leaks, run the bilge blower for 5 minutes to evacuate any explosive fumes. 8. Start the engine and once again check for leaking.

Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog onboardwithmarkcorke.com, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.

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Fuel filters play a vital role in keeping these contaminates out of your engine, and it pays to change these often. In my experience, filters often are forgotten; but they should be changed at least once per year at a minimum, and at every engine service interval. On all but the very smallest of engines, there will be two filters: One in the fuel line between the tank and the motor, and a smaller filter attached to the engine itself. The filter in the fuel line will be the larger of the two, and its purpose is to catch and retain the dirt, water and bacterial growth; the smaller engine filter gobbles up any remaining dirt that managed to get by the first, ensuring that only clean, pure fuel reaches the engine.

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Changing a fuel filter on a diesel engine is a little more complicated, but not much, as there are a couple of extra steps. Bleeding air out of the fuel lines is an additional task with diesels, as trapped air will prevent the engine from starting — although there are many diesel engines nowadays that are self-bleeding. If that’s the case with your diesel, then changing the fuel filter is as simple as the gas engine procedure outlined above. If you have one of the more traditional diesel engines, then the process for purging air will be highlighted in the engine owner’s manual. It’s wise to familiarize yourself with the proper procedures — before you may need to change filters in a hurry! ★

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ASK THE EXPERT by Elizabeth Altick

The Dish on Davits Todd Hurley of Hurley Marine explains how the right davit makes loading your dinghy a breeze. LB: What are the benefits of bringing a tender aboard using a davit?

Hurley: Instead of towing a dinghy behind your craft, you easily can bring it aboard to eliminate performance-robbing drag. The low-profile storage position on Hurley Davits provides exceptional stern visibility. LB: What factors should be taken into consideration when choosing a davit? CONTACT Hurley Marine Inc. 1125 Lake Shore Dr. Escanaba, MI 49829 906-553-6249 HURLEYMARINE.COM

Hurley: Platform and dinghy measurements, as well as weight, should be kept in mind. We advise choosing the best davit for your boat and letting that dictate your choice of dinghy. Remember that dinghy size and weight may impact trim, performance and the structural integrity of your vessel. While some boat owners get around this by towing their dinghy, it’s neither safe nor practical.

high off the water your platform is and the weight of the dinghy. Some customers add either a winch or block-and-tackle for assistance. Our H3O (Hurley’s Third Option) provides a winch to easily lift heavier dinghies or a lightweight Jet Ski. LB: What materials are used to construct Hurley Davits?

Hurley: Our Traditional Davit is constructed of lightweight, marine-grade aluminum, electro-coated to military specifications with isolated stainless steel fasteners and hardware. Our H2O and H3O models are made of marinegrade, high-density polyethylene with polished 316 stainless steel components. These superior materials are chosen for their light weight, strength and durability. LB: How is the dinghy secured to the davit?

Hurley: We recommend our three-point tie-down system. Secure one at the bow, the stern and another over the inboard pontoon. More tie-downs can be added if needed. We supply illustrations on our website. We also recommend an Outboard Motor Strap to keep your outboard in the “up” position, so it doesn’t come crashing down during transport. LB: Will a loaded davit withstand high seas?

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LB: Are davits hard to install?

LB: How are davits rated?

Hurley: Hurley Davits are easily mounted with simple hand tools, even when the vessel is in the water. Hurley: Hurley Davits neatly and easily stow elsewhere by removing the pins.

Hurley: Hurley Davits are rated on their ability to carry a safe working load. They have a large margin of strength and simply do not fail when used within their ratings; however, allowing the dinghy to fill with water will create a bad situation. Again, remember to remove the drain plug if your boat will be unattended and while underway.

LB: What if the boat has a small swim platform?

LB: What’s the price range of davits?

Hurley: Hurley offers davit mounts in a variety of sizes. For smaller swim platforms, we offer 36-inch mounts for our Traditional and H2O (Hurley’s Second Option) Davit systems. You can use our Davit Mounting Chart at HURLEYMARINE.COM to determine which size works best.

Hurley: The starting price for Hurley’s Traditional Davit is $889.95, the H2O model is $1,289.95, and the H3O retails for $1,789.95.

LB: How hard is it to retrieve a dinghy?

Hurley: Simply fill out the Davit Worksheet on our website so we can suggest the correct davit and components for you. ★

LB: Is it difficult to remove a davit?

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Hurley: The Hurley Traditional and H2O davits are manual systems. How much strength is required depends on how

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LB: How does one determine if a dinghy will fit on a particular davit?

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Hurley: You can carry anything up to the designed weight rating of your davit system, even in rough seas. Double check the dinghy and make sure it’s lashed tight to the deck. Always run with your drain plug out and the tender covered.


Safe Skipper First Aid Afloat Safe Skipper teamed up with Paul Hopkins, the Royal Yachting Association’s sailing and first aid instructor, to produce this potentially life-saving app for Apple and Android devices. Features a self-test quiz section and quick reference for emergencies at sea and includes instructions on how to carry out medical assessments; deal with specific injuries and illnesses; and contact emergency services for medical help and rescue. Available through iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. $2.99 AT SAFE-SKIPPER.COM

GREAT GEAR Must-have goodies and gadgets for every boater.

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Tucker Blair Anchor Sunglass Strap Prepare to be preppy with this nautical sunglass strap from the Boston-based company that specializes in handmade needlepoint accessories. Designed in the United States and hand-stitched with 100-percent pima cotton, the straps are practical, stylish and will fasten to all of your most beloved pairs of shades. Features fullgrain leather backing. Measures 16 inches long by 0.5 inches wide. $45 AT TUCKERBLAIR.COM

Simplify the task of winterizing your boat with the BoatCapsule. This inflatable bubble seals and protects boats from impact damage, dust, pests and weather. Inflation is maintained via a highpressure fan that provides continuous airflow to keep the boat dry and prevent condensation. Sets up in 7 to 10 minutes and is made with durable, 16-mil PVC to withstand heat, cold and harmful UV rays. Available in 16- and 18-foot lengths and custom sizes to match your needs. $679 TO $699 AT CARCAPSULE.COM

Sailored Toledo Tee Holy Toledo! This tee is so comfortable, you won’t want to take it off. Made in the USA and inspired by the Great Lakes and surrounding cities, Sailored’s ever-expanding line of nautical apparel keeps you stylin’ year-round. Sailored was created after the Lake Erie algae bloom in 2014 contaminated tap water for more than 400,000 people in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. Fifteen percent of every purchase is donated to help Alliance for the Great Lakes with conservation efforts. Available in sizes S-XXL and an assortment of colors. $25 AT SAILORED.COM

Dometic Cup Cooler Make the last sip of that frosty beverage colder than your first with the new Cup Cooler from Dometic. The Cup Cooler lets boaters keep drinks chilled on even the hottest summer days, making it a luxurious stand-in for that traditional cup holder or koozie. Replaces most standard, 4-inch cup holders and accommodates bottles or cans. Features polished, marine-quality, 316 stainless steel trim ring, two blue LED interior lights, and built-in drain. Mounts easily and uses a DCpowered premium thermoelectric Peltier cooling element. $199 AT DOMETIC.COM/USA

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Pettit Pontoon Pro Bottom Paint Shield your pontoon hull from “what lies beneath” with this metalfree Econea biocide paint offering multi-season protection. Pettit’s copper-free formula can safely be applied to all aluminum-hulled boats without fear of galvanic corrosion. A second organic biocide, Zinc Omadine, is added for slime protection. Paint film wears away over time like a bar of soap and is compatible over all bottom paints. One or two coats per season are recommended for optimal performance. $189.99/GALLON AT DEFENDER.COM

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BOAT SPOTLIGHT by Craig Ritchie

Grady-White Freedom 375 Master of adaptability. Specifications Specifications LOA: 36'7" Beam: 13'2" Draft: 29" Weight (dry): 16,250 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 320 gals. Max Power: 1050 hp Base Price: Contact dealer GRADYWHITE.COM

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esigned for the open Atlantic, Grady-White boats have gained a loyal following on the Great Lakes, where boaters appreciate their big water capabilities and thoughtful appointments. Grady-White raised a lot of eyebrows when the company unveiled its 37-foot Freedom 375, the largest outboardpowered dual console to date. Befitting Great Lakes tastes, it’s a versatile boat that’s equally at home taking the gang out fishing, pulling the kids on a tube, or enjoying a sunset cruise — all in the same day, if you like. This kind of adaptability requires innovative engineering, which the Freedom 375 has in abundance. Take the brilliant fiberglass top, for example, which houses stereo speakers, integrated fishing rod storage, a cockpit sunroof, a retractable sunshade that extends back over the aft cockpit, and even an optional, fold-down, flat screen TV. The roomy bow offers comfortable seating for six or more, with a full wrap-around lounge seat surrounding a pair of D-shaped stowable tables — an arrangement that allows full access forward or rearward

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with the tables in place. A stereo remote and plug-ins for cell phone charging are nice touches. The spacious cabin inside the portside console offers a pair of 80-inch bunks, plush bench seat, cedar-lined closet, folding table and storage. Opposite, an air conditioned head compartment with shower is neatly concealed within the helm console. In the main cockpit, a double-wide helm seat sits in front of a standard kitchen/wet bar, complete with refrigerator, sink and a 1,300-watt grill. To port, a deluxe, L-shaped companion bench seat with removable table makes a comfy place to unwind. The open stern is built for fishing, with a 208-quart insulated fish box and 30-gallon livewell (optional). Or deploy the extra-large, fold-away aft bench seat to provide additional seating here. “This boat is the culmination of everything we learned about what customers want in a boat that can cruise, fish and play for at least three seasons of the year,” says Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of marketing. “The Freedom 375 combines superb engineering, creative functionality and luxurious details.” ★


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Hurricane Sundeck 2486 A deck boat the whole family can enjoy.

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eck boats remain popular choices among boaters who don’t need overnight accommodations, but who value innovative designs that allow seating for the whole family. Hurricane’s all-new SunDeck 2486 OB meets this challenge head-on with its patent-pending, convertible seating in both the bow and the stern. “The new SunDeck 2486 is a fusion between pontoon space and deck boat performance,” explains Janene Harness, product manager for Hurricane and Rinker, both divisions of Nautic Global Group. “The innovative, U-shaped bow and stern seating accommodates 14 people, while retaining the convenience of a center walk-through.” Those walk-throughs will get much use, as this is a boat made for enjoying the sun. The large bow swim platform includes a telescoping ladder that’s ideal when you want to beach the boat for a picnic. Gunnel-mounted cup holders, a pair of stereo speakers and a courtesy light are nice touches in the bow, while wrap-around steel railing provides additional security for passengers riding up front. In the rear cockpit, a similar pair of wrap-around rear

loungers offer a comfy spot to kick back, while the similar central walk-through leads to the rear swim platform. There, a pair of rear-facing transom seats make the perfect spot to set up for a turn on the wakeboard. Both lower seat cushions flip up to provide access to convenient storage for wet ropes and other gear. Amidships, a pair of stylish, swiveling bucket seats for the captain and co-pilot look great and feel even better. A new, ergonomic helm design positions the primary gauges — speedometer, tachometer, volt meter and fuel gauge — at the top of the dash, with space for a centrally mounted, 7-inch GPS. A Sony CD player with Bluetooth connectivity and four speakers keeps the tunes rolling, while an entertainment center with sink is a nice convenience. Because all boaters like to personalize things, Hurricane offers a substantial options list with a number of thoughtful amenities, including a ski tow bar, several stereo upgrades, a wakeboard tower, underwater lighting, and a fishing package. With its versatile design and comfortable appointments, this is one deck boat the entire family can enjoy. ★

Specifications LOA: 24' Beam: 8'6" Draft (drive up): 14" Fuel Capacity: 66 gals. Passenger Capacity: 14 Max Power: 300 hp Base Price: Contact dealer HURRICANEBOATS.COM

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BOAT SPOTLIGHT by Craig Ritchie

Monterey 360SC Elegance and sophistication at its best. Specifications LOA: 37'10" Beam: 11'11" Draft (up/down): 27"/42" Weight (dry): 17,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 250 gals. Max Power: 860 hp Base Price: Contact dealer MONTEREYBOATS.COM

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Sport Coupes have long been popular on the Great Lakes, especially with boaters who use their boat mainly for day trips and the occasional overnight jog. Neatly blending large yacht amenities with the sporty handling of an open runabout, Sport Coupes often boast the best of both worlds — such as Monterey’s brand-new 360SC, unveiled in February at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. With its cleverly designed seating, thoughtful amenities and entertainment options both above and below deck, the 360SC is equal parts fun and functional. The extended rear swim platform, with its concealed boarding ladder and near-full-width transom seat, speaks to this boat’s sporty side, and its focus on having fun on the water. A starboard-side walk-through provides entry to the main cockpit, which features a comfortable, L-shaped lounge, where a pedestal-mounted removable cockpit table provides space to enjoy conversations and meals. Dual wet bars — to port and starboard — feature solid-surface counter tops, ice keepers, wine Houdinis, refrigerator, and stainless steel sink.

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The main salon features an elegantly designed helm station. Overhead, a standard hard top offers sliding side windows plus an electrically controlled center panel in the windshield. “This new design is the ultimate in day boating, with its flush cockpit and integrated windshield/hardtop and electric center walk-thru,” says Mark Owens, Monterey vice president of product design and engineering. Below, a luxuriously appointed cabin features a spacious dinette and seating area that converts to a comfortable bed. Standard features include a 32-inch LED TV with DVD home theater, Fusion satellite-ready AM/FM stereo with built-in iPod dock, and both dash/cabin remotes. The 360SC’s fully equipped galley includes upper and lower cabinetry, an electric stove, refrigerator, and stainless steel sink and faucet. The fully-enclosed head module, with mirrored vanity storage, sink with faucet, and shower, makes occasional overnight trips more comfortable, while a spacious mid-cabin features sleeping accommodations for two, including storage cabinet with shelves, reading lights and privacy curtain. ★


boat spotlight by Craig Ritchie

Rinker Captiva 170 BR OB Affordable, portable fun.

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oating is supposed to be all about fun, and there’s no denying that small runabouts are a lot of fun to drive. Elkhart, Indiana-based Rinker Boats knows this, and its all-new Captiva 170 OB is a nicely designed boat with an emphasis on affordable fun. With an overall length of 16 feet, 10 inches and 1,750-pound weight, the 170 BR OB is a cinch to trailer, even with smaller vehicles, and should easily fit in the average suburban garage. Yet its new-for-2015 hull design accepts engines up to 115 horsepower. While that’s a sure recipe for grin-generating performance, the 170 OB doesn’t need all that power to perform, and it should still deliver great performance with outboards from 70 to 90 horsepower — along with better fuel economy and a lower sticker price. “The Rinker 170 is true to the core of Rinker DNA — a value boat built for family fun,” says Janene Harness, product manager for Rinker and Hurricane, both divisions of Nautic Global Group. “It’s affordable, but has a ton of style.” Following the proven bowrider layout, the 170 OB

puts its focus on the main cockpit, where a transom bench seat faces a pair of pedestal-mount buckets for the captain and companion. For a 17-foot boat, the 170 OB offers a surprising amount of storage space in its twin consoles and a large, in-floor locker. The bow seating area is bigger than you might expect for a boat of this size and features both grab handles and beverage holders for convenience. Dual consoles are topped with low-profile windscreens, but an available full windshield upgrade to provide more protection might be of interest to boaters who would use the 170 OB early or late in the season. Additional options worth considering include a Bimini top for sun protection, snap-in carpet, stereo upgrades, and tilt steering. Many popular options are available in convenient groups, such as the Deluxe Sports Package, which includes a Bimini top, carpet, depth gauge and tilt steering; or the Hardware Upgrade Package, which offers stainless steel grab handles, cup holders, speaker covers and rub rail. H

Specifications LOA: 16'10" Beam: 7'4" Weight (dry): 1,750 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 22 gals. Max Power: 115 hp Base Price: Contact dealer rinkerBoats.com

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Scarab Jet Boats A family of fun for family fun. Specifications

(255 H.O. Impulse model) LOA: 25' Beam: 8'4" Draft: 15" Weight (dry): 3,800 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 56 gals. Passenger Capacity: 13 Max Power: 500 hp Base Price: Contact dealer SCARABJETBOATS.COM

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or many years, the name Scarab has been synonymous with high performance sport boats — to the point the iconic brand has become the go-to boat in Hollywood, with regular appearances on television programs like Miami Vice and Baywatch. It’s a proud legacy that has been built upon a simple premise of always looking ahead while building powerful boats that offer an exhilarating ride. That heritage is well represented today in the company’s new line of Scarab jet boats. Combining forward-thinking design, innovative technology and solid construction, the Scarab jet boat line consists of four models, ranging from 16 to 25 feet in length. The 16-, 19- and 21-foot models are each offered in a choice of three trim levels; the base model comes loaded with an impressive list of standard features, while H.O. trim adds amenities like snap-in carpet, stainless steel accents, pull-up cleats, and bolster seats. Select H.O. Impulse trim to add three vibrant color options, a standard tower with Bimini top, custom color-matched interior, and top-of-the-line horsepower. “Scarab jet boats were created to challenge the conventions

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of boat design,” says Julie Johnson, director of marketing for Rec Boat Holdings. “With their automotive-inspired windshield, interior layout that maximizes space and the exclusive Versa-Lounge stern seat, they provide unique style and versatility.” The 25-foot model boasts four trim levels: A nicely-equipped base model; an H.O. version with additional engine power options; the H.O. Impulse, which adds a wakeboard tower and custom swim platform mat; and the top-of-the-line Platinum Trim Package, which includes Cabana mat carpet, Corian accents, diamond-accent stitching, adjustable armrests, and a custom swim platform mat. Regardless of which model you choose, under the hood you’ll find BRP’s Rotax 4-TEC 1503 direct-drive jet, with power output ranging from 150 horsepower on the 165 to twin 250s on the Scarab 255. Three different engine operating modes make operation a snap — Eco mode sets the engine for the best planing performance, while Ski mode offers five different acceleration speeds for watersports. ★


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Sea Ray L590 Fly Inspired luxury.

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ea Ray enjoys tremendous loyalty among Great Lakes boaters, thanks to innovative features, inspiring designs and uncompromising quality. This legacy lives on in the company’s all-new L590 Fly luxury yacht. With its graceful profile, social flybridge and easy livability, the L590 Fly presents the luxurious accommodations of its larger L650 Fly sibling in a smaller package that’s ideal for extended cruising on the Great Lakes. “We’re pleased to expand the L-Class lineup with the introduction of the L590 Fly,” says Sea Ray Boat Group president Tim Schiek. “The flagship L650 Fly has been tremendously well-received, so we’re pleased to offer an additional L-Class model for customers seeking a yacht that’s slightly smaller, but no less spectacular.” The L590 Fly makes the most of the outdoors, starting with the main deck cockpit, where a large, L-shaped lounge with table provides a comfortable place to relax or dine outdoors — and out of the direct sun. A port-side staircase leads up to the flybridge, where a similar wrap-around lounge

and table allow for true al fresco dining or conversation. Seating options abound, including twin, double-wide, forward-facing loungers and a face-to-face dinette opposite the port-side helm that lets everyone enjoy the views. Back on the main deck, the sliding rear cabin doors open to let the outside in. A large, plush, wrap-around lounge and elegantly finished coffee table in the salon are perfect to enjoy the home theater system, with its 40-inch LED TV. Forward, a fully equipped galley sits to port, while a dinette to starboard just aft of the lower station helm seat provides a convenient breakfast spot. But the real opulence in this boat is below decks. The owner’s full-width, mid-ship stateroom is bright and airy, thanks to generously proportioned hull windows. Tastefully decorated, it includes an enormous closet system and a luxurious private head. The guest stateroom, located in the bow, is almost as large and nearly as opulent, with private access to the forward head. With its triple Mercury Zeus pods powered by Cummins QSC 600 diesels, the L590 Fly boasts enough muscle to get where it’s headed quickly while delivering impressive fuel economy. H

Specifications LOA: 58'10" Beam: 16' Draft: 57" Fuel Capacity: 1,050 gals. Water Capacity: 200 gals. Power: T-Cummins QSC 600 diesels Base Price: Contact dealer Searay.com

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BOAT TEST

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Four Winns TS222

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An endless wake creates endless fun.

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ang Ten seemed like a fun phrase to toss around as a kid, even though I’d never been to Hawaii to see surfers compete. Thank goodness for Saturday afternoon ABC Wide World of Sports features. When Four Winns invited me to Hang Five or see if I could pull off a Fire Hydrant — placing one hand on a wakeboard and taking your front foot off — behind its new TS222, built to accommodate the wake surfing movement, being the hip guy that I am I naturally booked the first flight to Miami (the only place in the dead of winter where the water doesn’t resemble the bottom of my cocktail) and eagerly opined, “Got a wet suit in a 2X that’ll fit?” Like so many dads, my glory days are all legends in the mind. We buy boats for our kids and secretly bribe our grandchildren with a promise of boating so they’ll spend more than a weekend at the cottage. But darned if I want a neon orange tow boat tattooed with skull and crossbones graphics to tool around in the rest of the year. Apparently engine builder Volvo Penta and Four Winns heard enough similar thoughts and decided to steal the tow boat thunder through what they’re calling 180-degree thinking. In the simplest of terms, they turned around your typical sterndrive, facing the duo-props forward, added three ballast tanks and created a boat that produces a darn nice wake, or, at the flick of a switch, becomes your quintessential family-friendly lake boat for your less radical boating days.

Drive into the future The Forward Drive Propulsion System debuted at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February, 10 years to the day since Volvo brought IPS drives to market. Some 17,000 units later, mostly on larger yachts 35 to 70 feet, the brain trust figured out how to capitalize on the hottest trend in watersports: Wake surfing. A fast primer, ocean surfers experimented with Hawaii-styled surfboards behind motorboats in the 50s and 60s. Gimmicky and dangerous, it reemerged with the wakeboard trend of the 80s and 90s. Advances in technology led to fierce competition between tow boat builders who make a superbly designed product. The only knock is that these boats are singularly purposed: They have a well-earned niche in the marketplace, but as I discovered, there’s never a 2X wetsuit when you need one. There are many advantages that the Volvo Forward Drive Propulsion System offers. Four Winns has deftly morphed the technology with its patented Stable Vee hull to create a platform that steers true in the tightest of turns, rides smoothly at all speeds, offers an interior mixed with amenities we’ve come to expect, and gifts extra seat room we wish the airlines would offer. A typical, rear-facing sterndrive pushes the bow up when power is applied. The forward-facing Volvo directs the thrust down. Now add 1,300-pound standard ballast, water, and optional wake enhancement tabs, and the result is an endless symmetrical wave. Like IPS, Forward Drive is designed to pull the boat through the water rather than push, and it allows water to reach the propeller undisturbed by the skeg. In IPS, this design has increased fuel efficiency and improved acceleration and responsiveness. In reverse, and when maneuvering close to a dock or trailer, I found that the boat handled better than a typical sterndrive and required only a slight

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adjustment in my anticipation timing moving in and out of gear and turning the wheel back and forth for alignment. Most notably was the exceptional handling in turns. Unlike another model equipped with the Volvo drive I had the privilege of riding in Miami, the Four Winns turn was crisp, quiet and tracked extremely well, with no sense of vibration or cavitation. Granted, the Forward Drive engine props are located 26.5 inches further forward than on a dual prop sterndrive, explaining the better handling. Four Winns points to its long interest in water sports dating back to 1992 — when the company first debuted its Stable Vee hull — as another advantage. Four Winns was an early adopter of Volvo’s IPS technology for big boats and tweaked hulls and trim tabs to boost the performance dynamics. The company’s Stable Vee concept seems to be a perfect marriage for the forward-facing drive.

Wake-tastic Safety is understated, but any time you move a spinning propeller away from a person entering or exiting the water at the stern, the need for caution is obvious. Not so noticeable, often until it’s too late, is the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Emissions typically are behind you while underway; however, wake surfing only requires a forward speed of 10 to 12 miles per hour. For passengers seated on the aft seat and even more so for the person being towed very close to the swim platform, some boats don’t make good tow boats. The Volvo Forward Drive exhaust port is located underwater, expelling exhaust through the drive, into the prop wash, and well behind the person in the water. That means less noise, smell and potential danger for surfers behind the boat. As for the quality of the wake, tow boats dedicated to the sport are likely to lay claim to a cleaner curl. For the intended market of the Volvo drive, this wake is more than acceptable for both surfing and wakeboarding, and with a push of a button transforms the boat for skiers who want minimal wake. Most surfers like to hang back 10 to 18 feet from the swim platform. At the drivers helm is a touch pad for instant wave-tuning. This feature brings a level of customization based on the weight and skill of each surfer. With the Zero Off speed controller typically found on more expensive tow boats, both the rider and driver can look like pros in no time.

Four Winns TS222 Specifications LOA: 22'7" Beam: 8'6" Draft: 33" Displacement: 4,450 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 50 gals. Power: Volvo Penta Forward Drive Base Price: $82,308 FOURWINNS.COM

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Super stylin’ Four Winns did a great job incorporating a color-matched sports tower to the boat that can fold down for storage when parked in your garage or on a boat lift with a low ceiling. The advantages of a tower hookup offers upward pull that makes it much easier for a wake surfer or wake boarder to get up, especially for beginners. Regardless of whether you are wake surfing, towing tubes or just coving, the layout of the TS222 will help seal the deal. Versatile seating is a requirement of all boats today, and Four Winns delivers with both the skipper’s and companion seat having the ability for the back rest to angle forward and turn into rear-facing seating. The stern features a molded-in walk-through to the swim platform. I like this design, ending slippery feet on vinyl when entering or exiting. Speaking of vinyl, Four Winns uses a Silvertex Vinyl that sports a foam integrated suspension system. This leads to a comfortable ride by absorbing the impact caused by motion, while side air vents circulate cooler air on even the hottest days. Translated: You aren’t going to burn your buns. With a generous-sized sun pad aft of the transom wall and a starboard-molded, stadium-style seat perfect for relaxing while coving, complete with beverage holders and control of the Sony onboard stereo, the layout is thoughtful and complete. That includes a dedicated storage area for the Igloo 36-quart ice chest and forward and stern telescoping extra step boarding ladders. And just for the record, no... I did not attempt the Fire Hydrant. Nor did I Hang Five or Ten. I do, however, admit to hanging on for dear life. Like I said, there’s never a 2X wet suit in Miami, but there will be plenty of the innovative TS222 Four Winns at your local dealer by summer. ★

Forward-facing props with an adjustable angled drive is like a gym squat. Less energy is required in a downward movement. A standard fixed shaft is like a lower bar back squat. More power is needed, and that affects fuel economy.

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in a class unto itself. by Mike Menne

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A head-turning pontoon


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s we pulled away from the dock on the Mississippi River, other boaters gathered ’round in awe. People are becoming accustomed to luxury pontoons growing in size, but the new 270 Intrigue from Wyoming, Minnesota-based Premier Pontoons was more boat than anyone could imagine. The 10-foot-wide beam, combined with a pair of 300 Evinrude G2s and radar arch, was simply too much eye candy. We motored away from the slip as the anticipation built, and suddenly we were thrust back into our seats as the twin engines instantly brought the boat up to speed. At first glance, you’d expect the engines to be the defining feature of a boat this size; but as we observed peoples’ reactions, it’s clear the layout, amenities and design puts Premier’s Intrigue in a class all by itself.

Plush comforts and amenities

The Premier 270 Intrigue defines the standard for what luxury pontoons have morphed into over the last decade. Scanning the 270’s interior, it’s easy to see the craftsmanship that Premier builds into its pontoons. The Flexsteel® innerspring furniture makes the layout feel more like a floating living room than the deck of a pontoon boat. U-shaped furniture encapsulates the bow with a full sectional-like feel, providing the same comfort and coziness of the family den. As we move towards the helm, two Flexsteel® 7-Star captain’s chairs sit side-by-side for the driver and passenger to commiserate while underway. The Intrigue’s layout can accommodate up to 17 people, or easily fits two passengers for an evening cruise. It’s the perfect layout for parties big and small.

Everything you need, and nothing more

Heading aft, the rear-facing couches showcase two additional lounge arms that give passengers that perfect place to sunbathe, relax and enjoy the water. Behind these couches, Premier strategically designed a new RF galley, including electric sink, cooler, paper towel holder, storage compartments, and drink holders. This is not your traditional galley that takes up unusable seating space. Rather, the RF galley is designed and molded into the aft furniture design, making it a component that’s integrated into the boat’s furniture design. It takes up no extra space and provides the day cruiser with everything needed for a fun, rejuvenating day on the water.

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Nautical beauty

The 270 Intrigue’s exterior generated endless looks from passer-by boaters. Over its last few model years, Premier has earned a reputation as an innovator in the industry, pushing pontoon design past traditional standards into the new-age look that today’s boaters demand. The company was one of the first manufacturers to use curved evolution rails and set the bar for the design of curved top frames, furniture and lighting. The Intrigue’s new radar arch with skylight, Bimini top, speakers, and LED lighting adds to the already recognizable “Premier” look. Working in conjunction with Bomberdier Recreational Products (BRP), Premier offers rail colors that match the engine’s panels in a complete package. New for 2015, Premier and BRP offer an exclusive chocolate color package. Our test boat was shown with black rails and platinum graphics, but we had the opportunity to see the new chocolate package down on the docks, and it is remarkably rich in color. Every component and detail — from the corner castings with integrated LED lighting to the new sea grass flooring — is designed to make the Intrigue look more advanced than one would expect from a traditional pontoon.

Power, power and more power

The power behind this pontoon is incredible. Not everyone will outfit the Intrigue with twin 300s, but if the opportunity presents itself, it’s a ride you’ll never forget. Our 270 Intrigue included the max horsepower recommended, and with one touch of the throttle, we quickly felt the power thrust us back into our seats. Acceleration was instant, and top speeds from the twin Evinrude E-Tec G2s was absolutely stunning. The ability to control the boat around the docks makes this Premier exceptionally easy to maneuver. Pulling back into the slip, we didn’t touch the steering wheel at low speeds. One tap of each throttle simply spins the boat port and starboard. For ultimate control, Evinrude also offers an Optimus 360 steering system that pushes the boat left and right with the bump of a joystick. It was an option on our P remier 270 Intrigue test boat and allows a novice boater the ability to easily dock a boat of this size. Specifications If you seek the gold standard in an oversized, luxurious LOA: 27'5" and performance pontoon boat, look no further than Beam: 10'2" Premier’s 270 Intrigue. This boat is made to handle Draft: 12" the big water of the Great Lakes with aplomb, and it’s Fuel Capacity: 23-80 gals. equally at home on smaller, inland lakes. Water Capacity: 5 gals. Premier spared no expense in constructing one of Power: T-Evinrude E-Tec 300 G2s the most notable pontoon boats plying today’s waters. Base Price: Contact dealer Let the thoughtful design and impressive power and PONTOONS.COM handling surprise and delight you. ★

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Sinking of Alpena

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ne of the most famous wrecks on the east shore of Lake Michigan is that of the 653-ton sidewheel steamer Alpena, which disappeared in October 1880 during a storm that was so devastating to Great Lakes boats and shipping that it has forever been known afterward as the “Big Blow.” Alpena, built in Marine City by Gardner, Ward & Gallagher in 1866 and eventually sold to Goodrich, left Grand Haven, Michigan bound for Chicago on a Friday evening at about 9:30 p.m. While the weather was beautiful the day she left port, a violent storm was predicted for later that evening. By 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a hurricane-like gale swept through the area. After a time, Aplena was spotted lying on her side, with one of her paddles out of the water. It’s reported that she drifted some 15 to 20 miles over the next day or so, ultimately washing up as mere pieces of debris on the shores of Grand Haven sometime Sunday morning. While an exact number of victims could not be determined with any certainty — because the only passenger record was on board the boat itself — it was estimated that there were approximately 45 passengers and 25 crew members aboard Aplena. — text excerpted from an article by Joel Lefever; painting by Gary Odmark, GWODMARK.COM

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With a growing movement towards recreational boating rentals, Freedom Boat Club offers would-be boaters the option of hassle-free time on the water. by HeatHer Steinberger

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oating gets into your blood. There’s something incomparable about the purling of water against the hull, the happy sounds of children splashing off the swim platform, the crispness of the fresh lake air, and the whirr of a fishing reel. It’s unlike anything else. Embracing the boating lifestyle is not always as simple as just buying a boat, however. Today, young adults are bombarded with recreational opportunities. Parents are juggling work, home life and too many summertime activities for the kids. Retirees are downsizing in the hopes of minimizing workload and hassle. And, for those who are brand new to boating, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer number of available choices. How on Earth can you decide which boat will be right for you? There’s a single innovative solution. It’s called a boating club, and it presents an appealing alternative to boat ownership. You don’t need to have a lot of time, and major effort is not required. Just get to the dock, and the club will take care of the rest.

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An innovative vision

John Giglio, 40, is the enthusiastic chief executive officer of Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest members-only boating club. From one Florida location in 1989, FBC has grown to incorporate 86 corporate and franchise locations nationwide, including Great Lakes franchises at Chicago; Lake Charlevoix, Michigan; and Catawba Island, Sandusky, Rocky River and Huron, Ohio. Giglio grew up in Rhode Island. Despite the state’s reputation as a boating hotspot, he says he didn’t really get into boating until he studied business at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. “I started dating a girl from Winter Haven, and we went boating together,” he says with a smile. “We got engaged in 2000.” Armed with an MBA from Florida Southern University, Giglio became part owner in a chain of auto body repair shops with 20 locations, yet he still found himself drawn to the water. He purchased a 17-foot waterski boat and logged many hours fishing aboard a previous employer’s 42-foot Hatteras. “I got addicted to boating,” he says. That addiction informed his decision when he decided to move into a new career, joining FBC as operations manager in 2004. Since its 1989 founding, the Sarasota-based company had new

owners roughly every four to five years, which Giglio attributes to a time-share model that was deeply flawed. “When I started in November 2004, the company had just been purchased by a Cincinnati investment group,” he recalls. “The existing model wasn’t very solvent, and the new owners were excited about the idea of growing through franchising. So, in the next two years, we invested in new boats and cleaned up our procedures.” Giglio, who became sales manager in 2007 and director of sales and operations just six months after that, had his work cut out for him. “It was so difficult to sell these expensive memberships, because the club got all the money up front,” he says. “It cost between $12,000 and $15,000 to join. So we created a lower entry fee and recurring monthly payments, and club members could stay as long as they liked at a locked-in rate.” This sustainable new business model made the club accessible to many more people. By 2009, the club’s franchises were gaining traction, growth spiked — and the company owners decided they wanted to leave. “I still don’t know why,” Giglio muses. “I tried to help sell it. We had six to eight offers, but there’s so much involved with a business like this. It’s hands-on, with a big capital investment. The last potential buyer eventually fell off, (so) I made an offer.” He and a partner purchased FBC in March 2011, and Giglio bought out the partner in May 2012. Today, the company has 15 corporate locations and 71 franchise locations in 13 states, with more than 800 available boats serving approximately 10,000 members.

Why do the club thing?

“Our members are united by their passion for boating,” Giglio says, “and their desire to find an alternative way to be on the water.” Their numbers are growing. Urban locations see younger members, including singles, couples and families with small children. In places like Florida, Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston, more retirees are involved. “Right now, probably 60 percent of our members are ages 55 and up,” he says. “Seventy percent are retired, but as our concept becomes more mainstream, the numbers of younger people are increasing. “Young professionals and parents just don’t have time, plus they’re cost-conscious and don’t want to take on more debt,” he continues.

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is their first experience with boating, we want it “We make it easy for them. Not only do our boats to be a good one.” come with a lower price tag than owning a single boat, they come with less stress.” In fact, FBC has partnered with the Pro-Line, Indeed, the club handles all cleaning, maintenance, Baja, Donzi and Fountain brands to offer a special prep work, fueling and storage. Members don’t need deal. Anyone who joins the club and decides to to worry about dock fees, insurance or trailers. They buy a boat within the first year will get 20 percent simply hit the dock whenever the mood strikes. off the purchase, plus credit toward what they paid to FBC during that year. “On average, boat owners use their boats 12 “People in the industry are saying, ‘We want to times per year,” Giglio says. “Our members get out 24 or 25 times per year. They’re more engaged. John Giglio, CEO of Freedom Boat Club, partner with you,’” Giglio says. “It makes sense, They’ll run out for lunch, or even just for an hour.” has taken the boat club concept and because everybody is our demographic. It’s amazing Then there are the perks. FBC offers unlimited, elevated it to new heights. how one concept can hit such a broad range of people.” hands-on training at no extra cost. A partnership with West Marine means discounts on fishing and boating supplies, electronics and Freedom in the Great Lakes seminars. And social events are a huge draw. FBC first arrived in the Great Lakes at Catawba Island, Ohio, in 2009. Jim and Beckett Spreng, franchisees in Savannah, Georgia, “Boating is a lifestyle, and not just on the water,” he explains. “So had a cottage at Catawba and realized that bringing the club concept while we do have on-water events and docktail parties, we’ll also rent to Lake Erie was a prime opportunity. out an entire restaurant or go to a hockey game.” What’s more, members enjoy reciprocal benefits at all club locations. “We started with four boats in 2009,” says Jim Spreng, who grew That means boaters who are summering in the Great Lakes, wintering up in Ashland, Ohio. “Now we have four locations. Sandusky opened in Florida, or going on vacation anywhere from California to New in 2011, Rocky River (which serves metropolitan Cleveland) opened England have access to club fleets and group insurance coverage. in 2014, and Huron will open this summer.” Club member Scott Van Dootingh says he and his wife, Lisa, joined “I want each member to derive so much value from a membership that it becomes an integral part of life,” Giglio says. “And we add FBC because they couldn’t agree on the right boat to buy. to that every day. We listen to our members, and we’re willing to “My wife wanted a go-to-the-island and tubing boat, and I wanted innovate and evolve. If they don’t like something, we can change it.” something more suitable for fishing,” Van Dootingh remembers. “We absolutely love Freedom for the ease of use. We show up at the dock, Membership costs vary based on location and available fleets, but and they help us load our gear. We do a quick checkout, and they help Giglio says entry fees range from $3,500 to $7,000, and monthly fees us launch. When we come back, a dockhand helps us dock and unload run from $200 to $400. As he points out, even if you only use a boat the boat. Then we drive away while they clean the boat and take care once or twice a year, you’ll still spend less than if you owned a boat. of all the maintenance. It’s truly hassle-free boating, and we love it.” “And if you don’t like it, you’ve still made a smaller commitment They use a Don Juan for cruising to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay, and investment,” he notes. The reality is that many club members eventually will become boat while preferring a Mariah for sunning and tubing at East Harbor with their owners, and manufacturers are recognizing this. While some FBC three boys. Van Dootingh also makes sure to get in plenty of fishing time. Member Matt Davis says he and his family have been able to use members are former boat owners who have carefully weighed costs against usage, others dream of buying a boat. As Giglio points out, FBC boats up to four times per year at other club franchises, including gives those people an opportunity to get into boating 10 years early. locations in southwest Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. “Plus, instead of just buying the cheapest, smallest boat at a “We have a fleet of boats across the country at our disposal,” he dealership, they get to try different kinds of boats,” he says. “If this enthuses. “You cannot beat that. Here, my son and I use the club


often for perch and walleye fishing. We also use the boats for tubing, clubhouse, green space, patio, party facilities, social events, and waterskiing, entertaining and touring Cleveland-area locations. If community networking opportunities. we want to boat around Cedar Point, Put-in-Bay or any of the other Both Ginter and Spreng are excited to see what the future holds. islands, we can simply reserve a boat out of Sandusky or Catawba “Boating is such a great way to bring families together,” Ginter comments. “The community is still getting to know us; we’re expecting and leave from there.” One of the newest FBC franchises is the Chicago location at to see faster growth as we go forward.” Montrose Harbor. Mike Ginter, a longtime general manager in the “Every day is a fun day for us right now,” Jim Spreng says. “We’re hospitality industry and former owner of a Highland Park dive shop, buying more boats, and we’re providing a really good service. John has was introduced to the club through the Cleveland franchise and opened taken (Freedom Boat Club) to levels that we never dreamed possible.” ★ his own location in 2014. He says he’s seeing a surge of interest from young families. “Time is the driver,” Ginter says. “Most of our members could afford to own a boat, but they want a no-hassle way to enjoy activities in and around the city. We took a leap of faith, because there was nothing like it in Chicago. We expected the 20- to 30-year-old singles, but the core of the club is turning out to be the urban family.” These families have a variety of interests and enjoy using club boats to watch the city’s Fourth of July fireworks, visit downtown social venues, and participate in the raft-up revelry at “the Playpen.” “We share the boats with friends and use them as much as we can,” says member Richard Coasby. “We took a boat out on the day of a Bears game, and we tailgated by Soldier Field. It was one of the best days we had last summer.” “Going out on a Freedom Boat Club boat is a total escape,” says member Stephanie Saghy. “It’s like our private backyard in Chicago. My husband and I are not distracted on the boat like we are at home. It’s an escape that’s just ours, and it’s wonderful.” This summer, Ginter is planning to add a dock for private parties. Also, a new partnership JOIN THE CLUB! with the neighboring Chicago Corinthian Yacht More Affordable, Less Work & More Fun than Boat Ownership! Club will give FBC members access to the yacht 00970 Marina Drive • Boyne City, MI • 231-582-1540 club’s training and boating classes, bathrooms, www.freedomboatclub.com • www.sommersetpointe.com

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Would you trust your pride-and-joy to a cheap rope from the discount store? Here’s the word on dock lines — and how to give your boat the protection it deserves.

Know the Ropes

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ust for fun, next time you’re walking along the marina dock take a look down and check out how many pricey boats are secured in place with El Cheapo rope from the dollar store. It’s amazing to think anyone would trust their six-figure yacht to a $5 rope they picked up at some gas station. But the truth is, there are precious few marinas on the Great Lakes where you won’t see at least a few boats like this. Crazy? Yes. Common? Amazingly. But in many cases this is a situation that arises from simple ignorance. After all, a rope is a rope is a rope — right? Not exactly. Like most other things, rope comes in a huge variety of types and styles. But not all of them cut it as dock lines. Taking a few minutes to learn the differences between various kinds of lines will allow you to choose wisely, not only protecting your boat from damage, but also keeping you out of embarrassing or even dangerous situations. No one wants to be that guy, whose boat broke free in the storm and damaged several other nearby yachts. Ropes are made from a wide variety of materials, but the most common are manila, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester and nylon. Each has its own pros and cons.

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With its dull brown coloration and hairy appearance, manila rope is fairly easy to spot. A hard, natural fiber, manila rope is strong, doesn’t stretch much, and holds knots reasonably well. And as a natural fiber, it won’t melt when subjected to heat or friction as synthetic ropes sometimes will. It’s also surprisingly resistant to sunlight. The downside to manila — and it’s a huge one — is that it doesn’t last long around water. Put it away wet, and it will mildew overnight. Exposure to chemicals like oil or gasoline will only accelerate that process. “The reality is that today, pretty well all the manila rope we sell is used for decoration,” says Leo Reise, sales rep with Hamilton, Ontario-based marine equipment distributor Brewers’ Marine Supplies. “In recreational boating, it’s been completely replaced by synthetics. You still see it around, but most often because the person buying it simply didn’t know any better.”

Polyethylene

A staple of rural gas stations and suburban discount stores, the familiar, bright yellow polyethylene rope is the least expensive synthetic cord sold in North America today. Where boating is concerned, it’s most frequently seen tied to anchors that someone made by pouring cement into an old paint can. The biggest knock against polyethylene line is that it’s wiry, so the stuff tangles like crazy. And God help you if you accidentally get a fishing lure snagged in it — even pliers won’t help. “It works fine for toys in a swimming pool, but that’s about it,” says Reise. “The other big problem with polyethylene is that it degrades very quickly with exposure to sunlight. It’s not a good choice for dock lines, which obviously sit out in full sun every day. I get nervous when I see boats tied up with that stuff.”

Polypropylene

Among the most widely used type of rope on North American waterways, polypropylene rope also is relatively inexpensive and is available in a wide variety of sizes, in both three-strand and full-braided versions. The fact polypropylene rope floats like a cork makes it ideal for ski-tow ropes, or for heaving lines. It’s also perfect for securing tenders or dinghies, since any excess line that falls into the water isn’t likely to become snarled in the boat’s propellers. Polypropylene rope doesn’t absorb water, doesn’t shrink when wet, holds knots securely, and remains flexible regardless of temperature. And like all synthetic ropes, it comes in a rainbow of colors, so you can match the boat’s décor. The two big strikes against it are that it’s not terribly strong compared to other synthetic materials, and it doesn’t have much stretch. A polypropylene rope of a given diameter is only about half the strength of a similar nylon or polyester line. Combined with its relatively

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low elasticity, that means polypropylene lines will snap long before others will, making it a poor choice for high-stress jobs like dock lines or anchor rode. Like polyethylene, polypropylene ropes degrade quickly with exposure to sunlight, so if you use them as tow ropes or heaving lines, be sure to stow them out of the sun. And because it has a fairly low melting point, polypropylene rope doesn’t work well in applications where it will encounter any amount of friction. The fibers will either soon abrade, or melt together as if they were glued.

Polyester

Once the darling of 1970s fashion designers, polyester has really found its niche with rope manufacturers. You’ll never see this stuff at the discount store, but upscale chandleries and marinas catering to sailors usually stock polyester line, since it’s quite strong, remains pliable at a range of temperatures, doesn’t stretch, and doesn’t shrink when wet — attributes that make it perfect for use in sailboat rigging. Although it’s strong, polyester’s complete lack of elasticity makes it a bad choice for dock line, since any stress from wind or wakes will transmit directly up the line to the boat’s cleats. For the same reason, it’s also a poor choice for applications where it will be subjected to any kind of shock, such as towing another disabled boat.

High Modulus Polyethylene

Remember those cheap polyethylene ropes from the discount store? Meet their steroid-enhanced second cousin: High modulus polyethylene, which is, ounce-for-ounce, the strongest, toughest fiber in the world. Known by a host of trade names including Dyneema and Spectra braid, high modulus polyethylene is all the rage with professional bass fishermen, since fishing lines made from the stuff offer tremendous strength and abrasion resistance, yet are so thin the fish can’t even see them. Weave the stuff up to boat rope diameter, and you have a line strong enough to tow a Greyhound bus. Like polyester ropes, high modulus polyethylene has zero stretch and is made primarily for rigging in high-end racing sailboats. You’re not likely to find it at the local chandlery, but if you do, you’ll be able to spot it by price alone. Look for it displayed near a defibrillator.

Nylon

Representing an almost perfect balance of strength, flexibility, durability and stretch, nylon rope reigns as the Cadillac of dock lines. While it does cost a bit more than some other types of lines, this is one instance where you really do get what you pay for. Nylon line comes in sizes ranging from about the diameter of a pencil to about as thick as a beer can, in both three-strand and fully braided versions. Both varieties hold knots well and maintain their knot strength when wet. Nylon lines also are highly resistant to oil and gasoline, so even a dunking in the bilge won’t harm them. Although nylon rope doesn’t float like polypropylene, it offers the kind of brute strength few other materials can match — steel cable included. And while nylon line will absorb some water, it remains comparatively elastic no matter how wet it gets. This unique quality makes the stuff absolutely ideal for high-stress applications, like emergency tow ropes, as anchor rode, and as dock lines. Nylon has an extraordinary ability to absorb impact from a boat rocking in the breeze or bouncing from careless wakes, greatly minimizing the strain transmitted to the boat’s cleats. It offers tremendous weather and abrasion resistance, too, so it can take a beating day after day without losing its shine. When shopping for dock line, look for 100-percent nylon ropes. “Nylon is sometimes blended with other materials,” advises Reise. “For dock line, you want to ensure what you’re buying is 100-percent nylon.”

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Line Size

Having narrowed down the material, the next step in selecting a dock line is choosing the correct size. “I generally advise people to use the largest diameter line they can get through their cleats,” says Reise. “Half-inch line is probably the most common, followed by five-eighths. The cost difference as you go up from one size to the next is minimal, so take the strongest line you can. When that inevitable summer thunderstorm comes along and the waves are pounding in, people never regret having a stronger line.” Apart from diameter, the other size consideration is to ensure your lines are long enough. As a rule of thumb, buy lines that are at least the same length as your boat. The last thing you want is to travel to a new marina and find your line is a foot too short.

Twisted or Braided?

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Ropes come in two basic styles: Twisted or braided. Twisted rope is formed by coiling three individual strands together in the same direction, and opposite of the direction of the individual strands themselves. This keeps the rope from unraveling and prevents it from curling excessively. Braided rope has its strands wrapped against each other in an overlapping pattern. Solid braid rope is manufactured by tightly wrapping several lengths of yarn together, and may be constructed from four, eight, 16 or 32 individual pieces (subsequently called four-, eight-, 16- or 32-plait rope). Solid braid rope is consistently firm to the touch and almost perfectly round in profile, so it easily passes through pulleys or winches. Neither style offers appreciably more strength than the other, says Reise. The sole difference is cosmetics, so choose what you feel looks the best.

Line Care

It’s important to check dock lines periodically for nicks, knots, frayed spots or kinks, all of which seriously can impair their strength. Replace any suspect-looking lines before they cause you problems. With normal wear and tear, dock lines generally last from one to two years. Exposure to sunlight will shorten the life of any line, as will repeated exposure to stress — if your boat is exposed to consistent wave action or a steady current, the line won’t last as long. Use chafe guards to enhance the life of your lines, particularly those made from leather or fire hose, which shed both water and heat better than plastic. It’s usually a good idea to carry an extra dock line or two someplace on board. That way, should one snap while you’re on the water, you’re able to replace it right on the spot. It’s like having a spare tire for your vehicle. “Of all the expenses involved with owning a boat, dock lines are probably the cheapest,” says Reise. “Yet I’m always astounded when I see someone go to buy dock line for their $150,000 boat and balk at a $25 price tag. And you have to remind them: You’re using this to secure your $150,000 boat that weighs 15,000 pounds. It’s the only thing keeping it from blowing away. Do you really want to trust that to something you picked up on sale at the discount store?” ★

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Hello, This Ohio port city, nestled on the banks of the Maumee River, welcomes visiting boaters with open arms, inviting them in to experience its friendly atmosphere and local charms. Ann Arbor

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oaters can get anywhere from Toledo. But before cruising up the Great Lakes from Lake Erie or heading off to sea via the St. Lawrence Seaway, why not drop anchor and sample the smorgasbord of attractions in this Ohio port city on the banks of the Maumee River? You may be pleasantly surprised. So says Shirley Levy, former longtime boating writer for the Toledo Blade, who touts Toledo as both an attractive cruising base from which to explore nearby ports and a destination worthy of discovering on its own. “From Lake Erie, you can get anywhere in the world, believe it or not,” Levy says. “It’s very accessible to many other ports within a 100- or 200-mile radius, including Canada’s southernmost community, Pelee Island, the Lake Erie Islands, and the roller coaster-rich Cedar Point amusement park. “But there are a lot of attractions here, too,” she continues. “Toledo has many nice restaurants on the waterfront, and other points of interest are easily accessible. We have a world-class art museum and zoo — those are little-known treasures.” Beyond that, Levy says, boaters may be surprised at the welcoming attitude (especially for Associated Yacht Club members) at the city’s private yacht clubs, scattered along the Maumee River. “Unlike some cities, there’s a real spirit of friendliness at the private clubs,” Levy says. “They roll out a big welcome mat.” That goes for the rest of the city as well.

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Toledo Glass Pavilion

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Located on the northern border of Ohio and the western end of Lake Erie, Toledo grew in the 19th century, thanks to its location on the railway line between Chicago and New York and at the terminus of the Miami and Erie Canal. Its status as a transportation hub attracted immigrant groups and industries such as furniture- and carriage-makers, breweries, automotive suppliers, and glass manufacturers. Jeeps have been produced here since 1941. Today, as headquarters for three glass companies, it’s still known as “Glass City” and is a center for the American studio glass movement, glass artists and galleries. The Toledo Museum of Art’s stunning, post-modern Glass Pavilion, with its world-class glass collection and glass-blowing studio, should be a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Check out the dazzling Libbey cut-glass punch bowl custom made for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis; it weighs 134 pounds, holds 15 gallons and has 23 surviving cups (TOLEDOMUSEUM.ORG/GLASS-PAVILION). A good starting point in this city of 282,000 is the revitalized downtown, home to a growing core of venues for all ages and interests. The Toledo Mud Hens, a minor league/AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, draws baseball fans to the new Fifth Third Field in the Warehouse District, while the nearby Huntington Center Arena buzzes during Toledo Walleye Hockey games and concerts. Culture buffs flock to the historic Valentine Theatre, whose lobby and entrance have been lovingly restored to their 1895 grandeur.


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For boaters, downtown access is easy — and free — via the Portside Docks at Promenade Park, just steps from Imagination Station, a riverside science center where even grown-ups may unleash their inner daredevil by riding a high-wire bicycle 20 feet above the ground. Directly across the Maumee River, in International Park, a row of waterfront restaurants called The Docks is the hottest spot in town, with dockage for diners and great views of the downtown Toledo skyline. “On a nice day it’s just packed,” says Don Smith, owner and president of Brenner 75 Marine, with three area locations. “From a boating standpoint, it’s by far the busiest area. And they’re all very nice restaurants.” Offering a mix of atmospheres and cuisines, the colorful eateries include The Real Seafood Company, Zia’s Italian Restaurant, El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant and the nautically themed Forrester’s on the River.

DIVE INTO THE PAST

The newest star on the Toledo waterfront — and of great interest to boaters — is the $12-million National Museum of the Great Lakes, which opened last spring on the north end of the Marina District, a half-mile down the Maumee River from The Docks. It’s adjacent to the Toledo Skyway Marina, with 20 dock spaces set aside for visiting boaters. From birch-bark canoes, old luxury liners, rum runners, and the Underground Railroad to wartime activity such as the War of 1812 and Air Force pilots training in World War II, the museum showcases all five Great Lakes — Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. Together, they contain 84 percent of all the surface fresh water in North America and more than one-fifth — 21 percent — of the world’s fresh water. It’s hard to miss the 617-foot-long ore carrier, Col. James M. Schoonmaker, moored on the east bank of the Maumee adjacent to the main museum. Beautifully refurbished and transformed into a museum ship, it ranked as the world’s largest bulk freighter — hailed as the “Queen of the Great Lakes” — when it was launched in 1911. (It was known in later years as the Willis B. Boyer.) Open for touring during the warmer months, usually May through

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❱❱ Free public docks are located at Toledo’s downtown riverfront at Promenade Park, near Imagination Station and the Grand Plaza Hotel. Boats may stay overnight, but there’s no security and no showers, restrooms or other facilities for the more than 50 slips. They’re used mainly by boaters walking around downtown or attending Toledo Mud Hens baseball games.

❱❱ At Maumee Bay State Park, dock rates are: $62 for Sunday through Thursday nights and $82, Friday, Saturday and holiday weekend nights. Docks cannot be reserved online. 800-282-7275

❱❱ The Docks Restaurants offer short-term docking (no water or electric) for boaters stopping by for a meal.

❱❱ Two yacht clubs located near the Toledo Zoo are the Maumee River Yacht Club (419-382-3625) and Toledo Sailing Club (419-382-5841).

❱❱ Open May 1 to October 15, the Toledo Skyway Marina by the National Great Lakes Museum reserves 20 of its 70 docks for visiting boats (30- to 50-footers, docking only); 2014 rates were $1.30 per foot. 419-691-2628

❱❱ Brenner 75 at Harrison Marina is one of Toledo’s best-known marinas, with docking, storage, gas and ship’s store. 419-729-1676; BRENNER75.COM

❱❱ Other yacht clubs on the Maumee include Indian Hill Boat Club (419-893-9265), Toledo Yacht Club (419-726-3485), and Bay View Yacht Club (419-729-0731).

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THINGS TO EAT, SEE AND DO

If you’re hungry for lunch, no trip to Toledo would be complete without a stop on the east side at the legendary Tony Packo’s Café, made famous by Toledo native Jamie Farr — as Corporal Max Klinger — on the hit TV show M*A*S*H. Try the fried green pickles and a classic Hungarian hot dog while inspecting hundreds of celebrity-signed hot dog buns plastered Toledo Zoo

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he used “sonar” to direct a simulated submersible around the Fitzgerald shipwreck, visiting “buoys” to trigger videos detailing circumstances and theories about what may have happened to it. The doomed freighter, made famous by Gordon Lightfoot’s haunting ballad, is the best known of the more than 8,000 ships and 10,000 lives that have been lost on the Great Lakes during recorded history. Other exhibits focus on footage from actual dives (visitors can don goggles and old-fashioned diving helmets to watch) and Great Lakes lighthouses — there are 326 of them. One exhibit even presents real-time information about all commercial ships on the Great Lakes, including their current location, destination and cargo. (Visit INLANDSEAS.ORG for museum hours and fees).

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October, the green freighter is one of the highlights for frequent visitors such as Mary Hagan of nearby Curtis, Ohio. She says she’s still discovering items of interest, even after four visits to the Great Lakes museum. “There’s so much here, I still haven’t seen everything,” Hagan says, and ticks off her favorite parts of the museum ship, including the massive engine room, posh officer’s dining room, stainless steel galley, and the captain’s quarters. “They’ve redone it to show how it would have been as a working ship,” she explains. Inside the main museum, which is open year-round, Hagan’s 12year-old grandson, Caleb Pacholski, chattered excitedly as he moved among the many exhibits, which are displayed in five galleries and include artifacts, photographs, documentary videos, and interactive displays. “Is that for real? Were there any bodies on it?” he asks, staring wide-eyed at an inflatable orange life raft from the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald that automatically inflated and popped to the surface after the ship mysteriously sank in Lake Superior with all 29 crewmen on November 10, 1975. There were no survivors. Pacholski also was intrigued by a video game-like exhibit in which


on the walls; or sample Hungarian specialties such as stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash with dumplings, and apple strudel (TONYPACKOS.COM) Across town, the acclaimed Toledo Zoo is making headlines with its new, state-of-the-art aquarium, which is scheduled to open in late March. Shark sightings — in northwest Ohio, of all places — are guaranteed. Though the zoo’s new residents include salt- and freshwater species, it’s the zebra sharks in the 93,000-gallon Pacific Reef exhibit that are taking center stage. Showtime gets commences underwater when divers feed them, talking to anxious observers through microphones in their masks. Other crowd-pleasers include touch-tanks with small, black-tipped reef sharks, stingrays and other small sea critters, plus an outdoor koi pond whose specimens — variously orange, yellow, white or indigo — dazzle in the sunshine. The new aquarium is in the zoo’s refurbished, copper-roofed WPA building, home to an aquarium since 1939. Named “Best Zoo in the U.S.” last year in an online voting contest (USA Today 10 Best Readers Choice), the zoo also introduced three new bird-themed exhibits: “‘Keet Retreat,” a free-flight parakeet encounter where visitors wave optional $1 seed sticks to encourage birds to land on them; “Penguin Beach,” with a walk-through exhibit showcasing penguins on three sides — from ground level, above and underwater though a “wall of water;” and “Flamingo Key,” a tropical island-inspired exhibit starring a flamboyance (or flock) of adult and juvenile flamingos. And that’s all in addition to its five-acre African habitat and Safari Railway, pioneering hippoquarium, arctic wolves, and North America’s largest saltwater crocodile, a 17-foot-long, 1,500-pound Australian reptile named Baru (TOLEDOZOO.ORG).

EXPLORE DOWNTOWN

When it comes to name-dropping, the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art can be forgiven. It’s chock-full of 30,000 treasures by a who’s who of the world’s master artists, including Monet, Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir and Van Gogh. What’s more, admission is free (TOLEDOMUSEUM.ORG). Back in the downtown Warehouse District, a favorite gathering spot is the restored Oliver House, a former grand hotel preserved and transformed into multiple eateries. They include: Petit Fours Patisserie, a chic little lunch spot and bakery; the casual Mutz Sports Bar; and Maumee Bay Brewing Co., with a large selection of award-winning beers and seasonal brews. Amid a colorful collection of memorabilia, friends gather in Maumee Bay Brew Pub to sample flights that may include Glass City Pale Ale and the historic hometown Buckeye Beer; many are available for carry-out. Don’t miss the cheddar beer soup, giant brick oven pretzel and Oliver House pizza. Nearby, at 205 S. Erie Street, shoppers give their credit cards a workout buying glassware, gifts and accessories for boats and homes at the sprawling Libbey Factory Outlet Store, seven days a week. Just outside, the Outdoor Farmer’s Market is open Saturday mornings and early afternoon year-round. Toledo’s stylish new Hollywood Casino, adorned with movie star posters, is another spot for wallet action. Sprawling across 125,000 square feet, it buzzes with more than 2,000 slot machines (from penny to $100), 60 table games, and 20 live poker tables. Among several lounges and eateries is the elegant and splurgeworthy Final Cut, where Chef Aaron Lawson creates lobster “popcorn,” handcrafted sorbets and other fancy fare to accompany a full menu of prime steaks and fresh seafood (HOLLYWOODCASINOTOLEDO.COM).

OFFERINGS AND EVENTS

Boaters seeking a change of pace may head for Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, just outside town, in Oregon, Ohio, where 24 overnight docks come with power and water hook-ups for 40-foot boats and smaller. Marina guests may use all the lodge facilities, including pools, racquetball courts, fitness center, hot tubs, dockside picnic tables and grills, and miles of paved biking and walking trails. A 2-mile boardwalk winds through protected, bird-friendly wetlands. Glimpses of the 1904 Toledo Harbor Lighthouse are possible on a clear day. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to the 18-hole, Arthur Hills-designed golf course (MAUMEEBAYSTATEPARKLODGE.COM).

Also popular are the waterfront dining room and nautically themed Ice-Breakers Lounge. Maumee Bay lodge hosts two annual festivals: The 12th annual Toledo Lighthouse and Waterfront Festival, July 11-12, will feature live entertainment, fresh perch, an arts and crafts village, lighthouse and boat tours, seminars, children’s activities, and a sand castle contest (TOLEDOLIGHTHOUSE.ORG). Or join the thousands of bird buffs who flock to “The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival,” May 8-16. Last year’s event drew more than 70,000 enthusiasts to the Lake Erie shoreline between Toledo and Sandusky to view birds that stop there to rest during their great migration to Canada, which lasts about four weeks, typically April 20 through May 21. “Last year during the festival, the lodge recorded visitors from 44 states and 22 countries,” says Patrick Czarny, general manager, adding that many of the birds arrive in full color spring plumage and rarely are seen other than during migration times (BIGGESTWEEKINAMERICANBIRDING.COM). Whether they arrive by land or water, what all those visitors find when they come to Toledo these days is a far cry from what greeted them a decade ago, according to Don Smith, owner of Brenner 75 Marine. Citing the city’s burgeoning array of concerts, ballgames, restaurants, museums, zoo enhancements, and public dock space, Smith says, “A lot of people don’t realize, but the downtown area has a lot going on. They’ve done a nice job creating activities and options.” Toldeo welcomes boaters with open arms to indulge in its sights, sounds and sustenance. Come see for yourself! ★

Local Resources Destination Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau DOTOLEDO.ORG

800-243-4667 Toledo Chamber of Commerce TOLEDOCHAMBER.COM

419-243-8191 National Museum of the Great Lakes INLANDSEAS.ORG

419-214-5000 Maumee Bay Lodge MAUMEEBAYSTATEPARKLODGE.COM

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ocated in the Harbor’s Edge community, just a stone’s throw from the glistening waters of Lake Erie and the Catawba Island Club (CIC), this luxury condo boasts premium upgrades in a picturesque setting overlooking the 10th hole of the Arthur Hills Champsionship Golf Course. “This condo has all the latest high-end finishes,” says Sharon Woodson, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. “It’s a primary or secondary home with excellent quality construction and a wonderful location. Due to the pristine condition, this could be a model.” The four-bedroom, three-bath condo was constructed in 2012 and features an open-concept kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite countertops and high-end stainless steel appliances. Maple flooring flows throughout most of the unit. The first floor master bedroom displays a beadboard ceiling and spacious his and her closets. The focal point of the great room is the stone fireplace with gas logs, while the heated sunroom offers views of the golf course. The condo has a large laundry room that leads to an attached,

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oversized two-car garage with room for golf cart storage. On the second floor, there’s a generous great room with full bath and an oversized bedroom, perfect for welcoming guests. A one-year CIC membership is offered with this listing, giving the buyer access to the clubs’ activities, fine dining, pool, sandy beaches, golf course, tennis courts, and many other amenities. For boaters, this location is a dream: A quick golf cart ride will take you to the Catawba Island Club marina, with direct access onto Lake Erie. With a CIC membership, dockage is available. “It’s resort-style living with a deep water marina, and there are activities year-round,” Woodson says. “It’s just a great place to be, and the neighborliness of the community is a big draw.” Residents enjoy the convenience of CIC amenities, as well as the neighboring Lake Erie islands, including Put-In-Bay and Kelleys Island. “You’re living on a peninsula, and it’s a quick boat ride across to the islands, so it’s ideal for boaters,” Woodson says. ★

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Toledo Beach Marina Plan an escape to this full-service marina with rich history on Lake Erie’s shores.

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or early residents of Monroe County, Michigan, Toledo Beach harkens back memories of an amusement park bustling with people. Toledo Beach Marina was a 1920s summer hot spot, where folks from far and wide could soak in the sun, gather at the dance hall and picnic grounds, and enjoy other beachside amusements. Today, the marina has been transformed into a prominent, full-service facility — one of the largest marinas on Lake Erie — resuming the same hustle and bustle from nearly a century ago. Toledo Beach marina is nestled in a naturally protected harbor offering a host of family-friendly amenities, including a heated swimming pool, playground, picnic areas, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and laundry facilities. In 2011, Jefferson Beach Marina bought Toledo Beach and has invested in revitalizing the marina. “We’re putting money back into the marina, and it’s open and thriving,” says marina manager Amy Crouchman. “When we purchased the marina, it was at 25 percent capacity; now, we are up into the 70s.”

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The marina offers 550 deep-water boat slips and service for “Rack n’ Launch” storage for boats up to 22,000 pounds. Boats can easily be launched in less than 15 minutes. There are seasonal and transient slips from 24 to 85 feet, with capacity to accommodate larger vessels. Each slip features shore power and freshwater hook-ups. The marina also recently installed high-speed fuel dispensers delivering both low sulphur diesel and ethanol-free midgrade. Winter storage also is available; both indoor heated storage, as well as indoor cold and outdoor storage. Attached to the marina is SandBar Grille, offering casual dockside dining overlooking Lake Erie, with a newly constructed, 1,600-square-foot outdoor pavilion. The ship’s store, Grab N’Go Deli, is stocked with beer, wine, spirits, fresh deli sandwiches, groceries, and all the necessary supplies for a day on the water. “Toledo Beach Marina is a destination,” Crouchman says. “You really can enjoy the weekend here. You don’t have to leave to go to the grocery store because you can barbeque out on the beach. It’s a one-stop-shop.” ★


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Zodiac Bayrunner 340 PVC 25hp ...............$13,995 Zodiac Yachtline 340DL NEO 40hp .............$23,130 Zodiac Yachtline 380 DL NEO 50hp ............$24,995 Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 420 White NEO .........$21,900 Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 420 PVC 50hp .........$20,900 Zodiac Yachtline 420 DL NEO 60hp ............$28,900 Zodiac Bayrunner Pro 500 PVC 70hp .........$24,995 Zodiac Medline 500 NEO 70hp ..................$34,400 Zodiac Medline 540 NEO 90hp ..................$44,900 Zodiac Rec Pro 550 PVC 90hp ..................$34,900 Sea Ray 180 Sport.....................................$15,900 Zodiac Pro Open 550 NEO 115hp ..............$46,900 Zodiac Medline 580 NEO 115hp ................$49,900 Zodiac N-ZO 600 NEO 150hp ....................$69,900 Ranger Tugs R-21EC In Stock .....................$52,487 Ranger Tugs R-21EC In Stock .....................$55,487 Zodiac Pro Open 650 NEO .........................$56,495 Tiara 22 ....................................................$12,500 Grady-White Seafarer 22..............................$9,900 Zodiac N-ZO 680 NEO LE ...........................$88,499 Zodiac N-ZO 700 Cabin NEO 300hp ........$129,500 Donzi Z23 Sport.........................................$29,900 Seaswirl Striper 2301 Walkaround I/O .........$44,500 Bayliner 245 ..............................................$33,000 Vanquish 24 Runabout ...............................$76,900 Cutwater Solara 24 ..................................$117,197 Bayliner 2560 ..............................................$8,900 Carver 250 Express ...................................$18,900 Ranger Tugs R-25SC .................................134,900 Zodiac N-ZO 760 NEO 300hp ..................$119,900 Zodiac N-ZO 760 NEO 300hp ..................$124,900 Bayliner 2655 ..............................................$7,500 Envision 2600 P’zazz .................................$22,500 Four Winns 268 Vista .................................$31,900 Cutwater 26 ............................................$154,900 Hunter 27....................................................$6,900 Catalina 27................................................$12,900 Wellcraft Nova III ........................................$15,000 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer.............................$26,900 Four Winns 278 Vista .................................$29,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 ..................................$181,116 Ranger Tugs R-27 ..................................$189,615 Carver 28 Mariner / Voyager .......................$13,900 Bayliner 2855 Ciera ...................................$25,900 Bayliner 2855 Ciera ...................................$30,000 Sunsation 288 ...........................................$49,900 Zodiac Pro 850 .......................................$164,900 Cutwater 28 ............................................$199,900 C&C 29 .....................................................$20,500 Ranger Tugs R-29 Sedan ........................$264,256 Hunter Cherubini 30...................................$10,900 Freedom Yachts 30 Sloop ...........................$31,900 Wellcraft Scarab 30 Sport ..........................$34,995 Cutwater 30 Sedan .................................$338,265 Cutwater 30 Sport Top ............................$319,900 Island Packet 31 ........................................$65,000

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Sea Ray 310 Amberjack Flybridge...............$37,000 Ranger Tugs R-31 Sedan .........................$319,755 Bayliner 3218 Motoryacht ..........................$27,900 Marinette 32 Sport Fisherman ....................$27,900 Carver 32 Convertible ................................$22,900 Monterey 322 Cruiser ................................$38,800 Four Winns 328 Vista .................................$59,000 Hunter 326................................................$58,900 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer.............................$89,900 Boston Whaler 320 Outrage .....................$199,900 Nauticat 33 ...............................................$79,900 Sea Ray DA ...............................................$21,900 Sea Ray 34 Express Cruiser........................$26,900 Silverton 34 Express ..................................$31,900 Silverton 34 Convertible .............................$39,900 Sea Ray 34 Sundancer...............................$74,900 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer...........................$109,900 Chris-Craft 35 Double Cabin .......................$26,900 Sea Ray 350 Sundancer.............................$33,000 Sea Ray 350 Sundancer.............................$33,900 Sea Ray 350 Express Cruiser......................$37,900 Fountain Fountain 35 .................................$64,800 Silverton 37 Motor Yacht ............................$29,900 Cruisers Yachts 3750 Motoryacht ...............$94,900 Marine Trader 38 Double Cabin ..................$84,900 Cruisers Yachts 3870 Express ..................$109,900 Egg Harbor 40 Sedan .................................$74,900 Hatteras 40 Motor Yacht .............................$99,900 Beneteau Oceanis 40 .................................$89,900 Sea Ray 400 EXPRESS ...............................$93,500 Cabo 40 HTX ...........................................$759,000 Hatteras 41 Convertible ............................$149,900 Silverton 41 Convertible .............................$75,000 Formula 41 PC ..........................................$99,900 Silverton 41 Convertible .............................$79,500 Tartan 4100 ............................................$225,000 Chris Craft 422 Commander .......................$79,900 Sealine 42/5............................................$249,000 Cruisers Yachts 395 Motoryacht ...............$219,000 Hatteras 43 Convertible ............................$149,000 Silverton 442 Cockpit Motor Yacht ............$139,900 Matthews 45 Yachtfish ...............................$49,500 Sea Ray 450 ...........................................$137,999 Donzi 45 ZX ............................................$149,900 Silverton 453 Motor Yacht ........................$269,000 Hunter 466..............................................$189,900 Sea Ray 500 Sundancer...........................$137,800 Hatteras 50 Convertible ............................$424,900 Hatteras 50 Convertible ............................$649,900 Hatteras 52 Convertible ............................$199,000 Tiara 5200 Sovran Salon ..........................$549,900 Hatteras 53 Motor Yacht .............................$79,900 McKinna 57 Pilothouse ............................$429,900 Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht ........................$1,499,900 Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht ........................$1,999,000 Hatteras t67 Cockpit Motor Yacht ..............$395,000

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