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WOMEN IN BOATING

A modern classic built for longdistance cruising. p. 40

Meet five women who are making an impact on the boating industry. p. 48

MERCURY MILESTONE

PORT OF CALL

Mercury Marine celebrates 80 years as an industry leading engine manufacturer. p. 44

Lexington & Port Sanilac, MI: Discover two neighboring cities in Michigan’s Thumb that have plenty to offer visitors. p. 52

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Boat Test: Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius Your new home away from home. by Capt. Tom Serio ........................

Boat Test: Grand Banks 60 Skylounge Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? by Craig Ritchie

When contributor Capt. Tom Serio boarded the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius, he described it as “a home away from home setup, one that will have you wanting to be onboard whether cruising or just chilling at the dock.” So start that pair of Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels, pull away from the dock and make yourself at home.

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Mercury Celebrates 80 Years Sometimes in life things don’t exactly work out as planned, which is how a company that set out to enter the dairy industry wound up becoming one of the most iconic names in recreational boating. by Craig Ritchie ........................................................................................

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Women in Boating From sales and service to education, women are making a mark on the boating industry. by Heather Steinberger .........................................

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Thumbs Up! From a swinging bridge, underwater shipwreck preserve and the state’s oldest hardware store to festivals, fireworks and old-fashioned fun, Michigan’s Thumb region of Lexington and Port Sanilac beckons boaters. by Susan R. Pollack ...............................

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BY KAT E B U S H

Earth Day is April 22. What are some ways you help keep Mother Earth clean and green? ★★★

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just returned from another round of successful Miami boat shows, and while my nose is sunburned and my dogs are still barking, I survived. And, boy, do we have a lot of exciting news coming out of the Miami International Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show. See our recap (p. 14) to learn about new boats, engines and accessories that debuted — and maybe even discover your future dream boat. I think we have a pretty inspiring issue here; one where people follow their passions and either accidentally, or with great determination, find success. For Carl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine, he was trying to get involved in the dairy industry when he, kind of by accident, became an industry leading engine manufacturer (p. 44). The company is celebrating its 80th year in business this year. For the five women featured in “Women in Boating” (p. 48), they broke the molds of the stereotypical male-dominated boating industry and have excelled in boat sales, service, marine dealer ownership and boating education. Even for the Ports of Call on Lexington and Port Sanilac, Michigan (p. 52), there were obstacles to overcome. Those obstacles include not one, but two major disasters: The Great Thumb Fire of 1881 and The Great Storm of 1913. But the villages persevered and now offer family friendly attractions, plenty of events, two harbors of refuge and a shipwreck preserve. These two ports are certainly worth exploring. Get inspired and think Spring!

Ken Kreisler While no one knows the exact number, an estimated 500 million plastic straws in the U.S. alone are discarded every day. Let’s try and go strawless, use paper ones, or carry your own reusable metals. And by the way, that 500 million is enough to circle the globe 3.5 times. ★★★

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We always take our own reusable bag for groceries and a stainless steel water bottle for easy refills to avoid adding more plastic to the planet. ★★★

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Viking Yachts Launches Valhalla Boatworks Viking Yachts has entered the center console market. Valhalla Boatworks — the new center console company from Viking — will produce 33-, 37- and 41-foot models with dual, triple and quad outboards. The hulls were designed by Michael Peters and will be built in Mullica, New Jersey. The Valhalla Boatworks V Series was officially announced at the Viking VIP Preview February 1-2 in Riviera Beach, Florida, and will debut at the Viking dealer meeting and sea trial event this fall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more info, visit VALHALLABOATWORKS.COM or contact the exclusive Great Lakes dealer, Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (866-490-5297, JBYS.COM).

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Indiana Dunes Becomes State’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes is joining the ranks of spectacular national parks, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, becoming the nation’s 61st national park and Indiana’s first. The 15,000-acre park boasts diverse landscapes, from dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. According to The National Parks Foundation, Indiana Dunes “preserves an important remnant of a once vast and unique environment, resulting from the retreat of the last great continental glacier some 14,000 years ago. The park landscape represents at least four major successive stages of historic Lake Michigan shorelines, making it one of the most extensive geologic records of one of the world’s largest, freshwater bodies.” Indiana Dunes was named a national lakeshore in 1966, one of only four in the nation. With its new designation, only three national lakeshores remain: Email kbush@lakelandboating.com to add your company’s Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Apostle Islands. Great Lakes news to Scuttle!

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Dream Boat Club Launches in U.S. Dream Yacht Charter has introduced Dream Boat Club in North America in partnership with boat manufacturers Beneteau and Zodiac Nautic. The Dream Boat Club is a reflection of the growing sharing economy that exists today. Members select a usage package and have access to a new and well-equipped fleet without the bother of maintenance costs and marina fees. Dream Boat Club members will also be able to select boats from multiple bases with reciprocity. Future bases will be located in Michigan, Ontario, California, Texas, Florida and more. Jean-Francois Lair, president of Beneteau America, says: “We are very excited to work closely with Dream Boat Club on this project. The boat club offer is in high demand. It is a different way of boating. Also, it will offer the possibility to our clients to test a boat before deciding to purchase it. With three different ranges, the Beneteau offer of outboard boats is particularly adapted for club members.” For more information, visit DREAMBOATCLUB.COM/EN.

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Bayliner Unveils Two New DX Models

Meet Bayliner’s newest models: The DX2000 outboard and DX2050 sterndrive deckboat. Both models offer a sharp profile with multiple interior layout options; have an overall length of 19 feet, 6 inches; an 8-foot, 1-inch beam; and can fit the entire family. The three optimized floor plan options include: A maximum seating layout with wraparound cockpit seating and storage; an entertainment layout that offers a wetbar area with freshwater sink and grocery locker or; a dual-console layout that incorporates a full windshield for additional protection from the elements. Standard power on the DX2000 is a Mercury Marine 115-hp EFI FourStroke outboard, while the DX2050 offers a standard Mercury Marine 200-hp ECT 4.5L A1 sterndrive. For more information, visit BAYLINER.COM.

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Miami Innovation Award Winners The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) sorted through 66 product entries across 26 categories to decide the most groundbreaking, innovative marine products on the market. The 2019 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards winners are: > Boat Care and Maintenance: Padxpress, Valen SAS > Center Console/Walkaround Fishing Boats: 332CC, Blackfin > Consumer Electronics, Mobile Applications and Software: Aurora, SIOnyx, LLC > Honorable Mention: Sail-Sense, Spinlock USA > Consumer Safety Equipment: Galaxy-INFL8, Shakespeare Electronics > Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats: A29, Cobalt Boats > Deck Boats: 160 Super Sport, Boston Whaler, Inc. > Deck Equipment: ComfortGrip, Edson International

Docking and Fendering Equipment: Dry-Dock Seapen, Solstice Watersports/Seapen > Electric Motor/Battery Powered Propulsion/Hybrids: Deep Blue 100i, Torqeedo > Environmental Award: Untangled Collection Baffin, Costa > Fishing Equipment, Gear and Tackle: SeaTrace 3000, FT-TEC USA Corp. > Inboard Engines: 2.3L Ecoboost, Indmar Marine Engines > Jet Boats: 275 series featuring DRiVE, Yamaha WaterCraft Company > Outboard Engines: Integrated Outboard Propulsion, Volvo Penta > Personal Watercrafts: Sea-Doo FISH PRO 155, BRP, Inc. > Propulsion Equipment and Parts: MicroTuners, Nautique Boat Company, Inc > Tow Boats: X24, MasterCraft Boat Company > Watersport Equipment: WakeBooster Wake Enhancer, Yamaha WaterCraft For more information, visit NMMA .ORG. >

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2019 Miami Boat & Yacht Show Recap THE SUN WAS HOT, the crowd was buzzing and the docks were jam-packed at yet another successful pair of Miami boat shows. This hub for product reveals did not disappoint, with plenty of new boats, engines and accessories being showcased at both the Miami International Boat Show and the concurrent Miami Yacht Show. Here are a few of the debuts.

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> Aviara Boats, a newcomer to the industry, launched its new AV32 luxury bowrider in both outboard and sterndrive configurations. AVIARABOATS.COM > The CABO brand was reintroduced at the Miami Yacht Show, showcasing its new CABO 41 model — a convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yacht. HATTERASYACHTS.

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> Chaparral had its new 300 OSX on display — part of its outboard sport luxury (OSX) class of boat.

> Sea-Doo debuted its first PWC built for fishing, the Fish Pro 155. This watercraft also features Garmin GPS, a trolling mode and a sonar fish finder. SEA-DOO.COM > Sea Ray unveiled the first model in its new R Series, the 350 SLX-R. The 35-foot dayboat features twin Mercury 400R outboards, joystick piloting, LED underwater lights and 12-inch touchscreen displays.

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> Chris-Craft revealed its new Catalina 27 Pilot House — a center console with superior wind protection and mahogany accents. CHRISCRAFT.COM > Cobalt unveiled its new 2020 model, the A29, which showed off some fun options, like the patentpending Splash & Stow inflatables management system. COBALTBOATS.COM

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> EdgeWater debuted its new 230 CX, a crossover model that features dual consoles and Yamaha FourStroke power up to 300-hp. EWBOATS.COM > GM displayed a prototype of its electric pontoon boat, Forward Marine First. This boat will not need fuel, is quiet and produces zero emissions. FORWARDMARINE.COM > Jeanneau’s new NC 37 was on display, offering a one-level layout, a side door at the helm station and a three-cabin configuration. JEANNEAUAMERICA .COM

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> Dockmate unveiled its upgraded wireless Dockmate docking system, which allows boaters to easily operate electronically controlled engines, bow and stern thrusters, and more. DOCKMATE.US

ENGINES > Indmar announced its first-ever Ecoboost marine engine. While available in Ford automobiles since 2011, this innovative technology is now available for boats. INDMAR.COM

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> Pursuit Boats had its new DC 266 dual console on display, boasting a fiberglass hardtop and twin Yamaha outboards. PURSUITBOATS.COM > Regal Boats’ new outboardpowered 38 XO is equipped with triple Yamaha 300s, offering top speeds of almost 50 mph. REGALBOATS.COM > Regulator Marine announced its 26XO, a new center console crossover equipped with a Yamaha F300. REGULATORMARINE .COM > Scout’s new flagship 530 LXF caught the attention of many passersby thanks to its optional six outboard configuration. The 53-foot model also features port and starboard hydraulic beach platforms. Scout had its new 235 Dorado on display as well.

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> Tiara Sport unveiled its 38 LS with a new outboard package from Volvo Penta and Seven Marine. TIARASPORT.COM

> World Cat’s new 400DC-X dual console catamaran made its show debut, featuring twin 425-hp Yamaha XTO Offshore outboards. WORLDCAT.COM > Yamaha showed off its new 275 Series, including the base model 275E, deluxe 275SE and flagship 275SD. These new models feature jet drive power, and the 275SD model features Yamaha’s new DRiVE system with paddle controls. YAMAHABOATS.COM

> Fusion’s new peel-andstick ARX70 ANT Remote makes operating a Fusion marine entertainment system accessible from anywhere on the boat. FUSION.COM > JL Audio released its new M6 marine loudspeakers, featuring

a patent-pending Transflective RGB LED illumination and evenly dispersed sound. JLAUDIO.COM > Sunbrella Marine’s new nonwoven Horizon marine fabric is designed to resist bacterial staining and fading. SUNBRELLA.COM

> Mercury Marine launched its 400 Verado, the company’s highest hp Verado outboard.

> Yamaha had its new T25 outboard engine on display. This engine delivers lightweight, electronic fuel injected performance in a small, high-thrust configuration.

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> Torqeedo showed off its two new Deep Blue 100 i, 100 kW inboard motors. TORQEEDO.COM

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> Making its U.S. debut, the Absolute 62 Fly offers three wide cabins, Volvo Penta IPS-950 D11 engines and a spacious galley. ABSOLUTEYACHTS.COM > Aquila introduced the new Aquila 30, as well as its new Hydro-Glide Foil System as an option on the Aquila 36.


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New HarborHoist Boat Lift is Capable of Lifting 25,000 Pounds Marine dock equipment manufacturer HydroHoist has released its new HarborHoist boat lift — the most versatile hydro-pneumatic boat lift available. This free-floating lift is capable of handling vessels from 4,400 to 25,000 pounds, while its hull support system works for nearly all types of boats: Sterndrive, outboard, tow/wake, pontoon and even tritoon. The HarborHoist also includes a self-leveling lift system for added safety when launching and stowing. It’s compatible with fixed or floating docks and works with all types of dock applications: U-shaped, double-wide slips, L-shaped or square dock spaces. The lift can simply be tied to a dock or moored with a conventional mooring system. Canopies are available for additional boat protection. For more information, visit BOATLIFT.COM.

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Carling Technologies Consolidates Maretron

Carling Technologies, a manufacturer of switching, control and circuit protection products, announced it has consolidated the Maretron brand into the Carling Technologies portfolio of marine electronics products. “By drawing upon Carling’s 99 years of design and manufacturing experience, the acquisition adds strength to Maretron, a brand that is synonymous with the highest quality marine vessel monitoring and control solutions,” says Rick Sorenson Jr., vice president of Carling Technologies. For more information, visit CARLING TECH.COM.

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MarineMax Vacations Expands to the Bahamas MarineMax Vacation welcomes the Abacos to its portfolio of base location. This Caribbean destination is known for its relaxed hassle-free attitude, miles of beautiful beaches, excellent fishing and diving, and famous watering holes like Nipper’s Bar. MarineMax Vacations has selected the Bahamas to expand their premium power catamaran charter operation and will be operating from the Abaco Beach Resort. “We are proud to be working with this iconic resort to bring catamaran charters to a new audience while opening up the opportunity to have a change of scenery for those that know MarineMax Vacations,” says Raul Bermudez, vice president of MarineMax Charter Division. At the Abaco Beach Resort base, guests will have access to several amenities including pools with a Mercury Marine was named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in swim up bar, restaurant, boutique, 24-hour security, fuel stations, showers, token laundry and more. the Mega category at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce For more information on MarineMax’s Abacos annual awards ceremony. This is the third time the Fond du Lac-based location, visit MARINEMAXVACATIONS.COM.

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Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest Andrew Tate, 29, from Walled Lake, Michigan, wins his first Gold Cup race and captures the H1 Unlimited series 2018 High Points National Championship title at the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest held August 24-26, 2018, in Detroit. The running of the 102nd APBA Gold Cup is the oldest trophy in motorsports, first awarded in 1904. Tate piloted his Delta/Realtrac-sponsored hull around the 2.7-mile Detroit River race course with a winning average speed of 150.46 mph. Andrew poses with his father, Mark, who achieved Gold Cup wins in 1991 and 1994. Unlimited hydroplane history was made with the first son and father combination to win APBA Gold Cup Championships. —Paul Kemiel

At the Miami International Boat Show in February, Evinrude, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Marine Distributors Association (NMDA) announced that Evinrude will donate two million dollars’ worth of Evinrude ETEC G2 3.4L V6 outboard engines to the ABYC Foundation to support next generation marine technician training. The donation, which is the largest of its kind in history, will support students in high schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada. NMDA will be providing matching funds to assist schools as needed. “Evinrude’s donation will provide these students hands-on experience servicing marine engines based on ABYC’s current curriculum and is a key step in ABYC’s efforts to address the shortage of qualified marine technicians,” says John Adey, president of ABYC. For more information, visit ABYCFOUNDATION.ORG.

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Moran Iron Works to Build Tour Boat for Pictured Rocks Kayaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will be accessible to more than 70 passengers and 35 kayaks thanks to a newly-designed tour boat by Moran Iron Works, which will be launched summer 2019. This yet-to-be-named vessel will become the mainstay of the Pictured Rocks Kayaking fleet and will feature a kayak launch system. It will be 8 feet longer than the current vessel, with a 5-foot swim deck, and will accommodate twice the number of existing passengers and kayaks. Additionally, the boat will run nearly 1.5 times faster than the current vessel and will be capable of deploying and retrieving guests in kayaks. For more information, visit PADDLEPICTUREDROCKS. COM and MORANIRON.COM.

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During the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) Race to Mackinac, a fatal accident involving a malfunctioning auto-inflate PFD tragically claimed the life of experienced sailor Jon Santarelli. In February, the CYC released a report analyzing what took place during the incident, and provided important lessons meant to enhance safety within the boating community and updated safety regulations for future races.

The report recommends regularly checking autoinflating PFDs for functionality; practicing drills for boating handling in crisis situations; knowing what to watch for in drowning situations; and knowing man overboard procedures. Read the report at CHICAGOYACHTCLUB.ORG.

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JL Audio M6 Speakers Meet JL Audio’s new generation of marine coaxial speakers, the M6-Series, designed to deliver crisp, clean sound in open-air boating environments. Features a 6.5-inch frame design; impressive bass; and is saltwater-rated and built with corrosion- and UV-resistant materials. Speakers are outfitted with the patentpending Transflective lighting system with LED rings positioned behind the woofer cones. Sold as a pair. $479.99 AT WESTMARINE .COM

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Winner of a 2019 NMMA Miami Innovation Award, the new ComfortGrip Strips by Edson are, as judge (and Lakeland Boating columnist) Frank Lanier says: “A must-have for long trips when you’re white-knuckling a wet rail on a rough water run.” The 8- and 12-inch adhesive strips are designed to fit on 1- to 1.25-inch diameter railings to provide a secure hold. Made of high-performance Santoprene construction and a 3M adhesive. Can be attached to boarding handles, handrails, grabrails, swim ladders and more. $25-$29 AT EDSONMARINE .COM

Fireboy-Xintex CO Alarm Outfit your boat this spring with a crucial safety item: A carbon monoxide alarm. When the FireboyXintex CMD5-M CO Alarm detects dangerous levels of the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, the boat’s generator automatically shuts down (when equipped with the optional RCM-5 relay). The detector also features multiple location warnings, allowing up to six detectors to be linked; when one CMD5-M alarms, all connected detectors will alarm. Available in white and black. $178 AT FIREBOY-XINTEX.COM

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Have your kayak and fold it, too! The Haven by Oru Kayak is the world’s first origami tandem kayak, capable of supporting two- and single-seater configurations. Folds up into the size of a suitcase to easily stash in your boat. An integrated track system supports accessories, including cup holders, fishing rods and more! Made of 5mm double-layered customextruded polypropylene.

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rummond Island is the western gateway to Lake Huron’s famed North Channel, one of the best cruising grounds on the planet. When the U.S./Canada border was established, an unnatural northward jog by the surveyor’s hand put this island just within Michigan’s jurisdiction and made it the easternmost piece of real estate in the Upper Peninsula. Known as the “Gem of the Huron,” its 150 miles of pristine rocky shoreline and sandy beaches encircle an outdoor aficionado’s year-round dream playground. If you’re cruising from the North Channel, as we were on Monarch, our 52-foot Halvorsen trawler, you’ll round Chippewa Point on the north shore of Drummond, enter Potagannissing Bay and work your way carefully south, skirting Harbor Island along its western shore. Make sure to watch the charts, as submerged rocks and shoals abound. Tie up The town of Drummond, on the north shore of the island by the same name, anchors the south end of Potagannissing Bay. That’s where private navigation aids will help you find Drummond Island Yacht Haven with 12-foot depths, floating and fixed docks for boats up to 200 feet in length, Wi-Fi, diesel and gas, electricity, pumpout, marine store, laundry, showers and a launch ramp. Make sure to request your Great Looper (AGLCA) dockage discount. An automated U.S. Customs station is on site for a quick check-in to the States. The marina provides transportation to nearby restaurants, golf courses and the grocery store. On the southwest corner of the island, Fort Drummond Marine & Resort is suitable for boats with lengths up to 30 feet. From the south, boats access the resort directly from Lake Huron through a serpentine channel; the entrance

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is just south of Barbed Point and Crab Island. You can also launch your boat at its boat ramp to take advantage of the famed local fishing, with cisco, herring, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, salmon, smelt, walleye and whitefish plentiful. Go explore While you’re enjoying time at a marina, you may want to check out some land-based activities. The island features paved and mountain biking trails and great hiking. Visit the 80-acre Clyde & Martha Williams Nature Preserve with a picturesque 1.3-mile nature trail. Or try Drummond Island Township Park, a great spot for camping, birding, hiking or geocaching. One of the prettiest anchorages in the area lies within horseshoe-shaped Harbor Island, just north of town in Potagannissing Bay. As a National Wildlife Refuge, Harbor Island promises peace and solitude across its 695 acres. During daylight hours, you can hike the island and perhaps catch a glimpse of a Cooper hawk or a bald eagle. The island’s larger inner harbor is suitable for shallow-draft boats only; deep-draft boats prefer the snug western False Harbor, which is more protected and offers great holding. We’ve enjoyed this anchorage many times, and on calm days you can take the dink into town for land-based adventures. What better to do ashore than visit the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, a rustic lodge-style hotel with 40 rooms and 15 rental cottages, tennis courts, skeet shooting, kayaking, a heated pool and more. The resort is home of The Rock, an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring the seasonal Pins Bar & Grill, which is billed as the biggest bar in the UP and is a point of local pride. For a quicker visit to the links, try nine-hole Drummond Island Township Golf Club; just watch out for deer and the occasional small plane, as the municipal airport runway crosses one of its fairways. Drummond Island also features acres of muddin’ adventure terrain for ATVs and ORVs, which come in droves year-round to these off-road venues. Challenging trails will take you deep into the heavily canopied woods, with more than 60 miles of ATV trails and 40 miles of ORV routes. And speaking of year-round, you can still enjoy Drummond Island even when the boat’s in storage. Voted the No. 1 place to snowmobile in Michigan by Pure Michigan, visitors also enjoy fine cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating. Drummond Island Township Park even has “Lantern Lit Lanes” for dark sky snowshoeing. Believe me, there’s nothing like a frosty, pitch black night of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing with the Milky Way glistening above you.

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From full-service marinas (like Drummond Island Yacht Haven) to watersports, “Muddin’” and plenty of picturesque natural spaces (like the Clyde & Martha Williams Nature Preserve), Drummond Island is a playground for outdoor lovers.

Stay awhile It’s easier than you might think to visit Drummond Island in the winter. Located at the extreme eastern end of the Upper Peninsula mainland, by car you’ll head for DeTour, Michigan, where you’ll catch the Drummond Island Ferry to cross the strait to Drummond Island. This ferry crosses the waterway, which freighters and pleasure boats alike use to access the St. Mary’s River on their transit toward Lake Superior. The ferry runs year-round, except for the very rare day when ice dams build up in the strait. Consider prolonging your stay with an overnight at the Drummond Island Resort, White Pine B&B, Bear Track Inn, Drummond Island Hotel or Annie’s Attic B&B.

Whether winter or summer, restock all the calories you’re burning with myriad activities on Drummond Island at Chuck’s Place, a charming old-time bar and local hangout with good cooking, darts, pool and sports continually playing on the big-screen TV. Or stop by islanders’ favorite Northwoods Restaurant at the “Four Corners” of the island, with swimmingtoday-fresh whitefish or lake perch and daily featured comfort food. Bayside Dining on Potagannissing Bay at the end of Tourist Road is convenient if you are at the marina, as is nearby Water Street Café with a quick pick-me-up of coffee, lattes, smoothies, biscotti, bagels and more. No matter where you are on enchanting, rustic Drummond Island, you’re never far away from what you need. H LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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Troubleshooting Tilt and Trim Common problems and fixes for tilt and trim systems. ike bear pepper spray, the time you most appreciate the importance of your boat’s tilt and trim feature is when you need it. An inoperative tilt and trim system degrades all phases of boat operation to some degree, from trimming your motor for better fuel economy to simply raising it to avoid damage while trailering. Here are some common sense troubleshooting tips to help out when your tilt and trim unit fails.

If you hear a clicking noise while pressing the tilt and trim switch, the next step would be verifying operation of the power tilt and trim motor itself.

Corrosion is a common cause of tilt and trim system failure.

CAPT. FRANK LANIER 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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The joys of tilt and trim Tilt and trim systems allow you to optimize performance of your boat by adjusting the angle of the engine, which in turn adjusts the running surface of the boat. The ability to trim your engine improves boat performance under a wide variety of conditions, from smoothing out a rough ride in heavy seas to reducing draft in shallow water. While this article focuses on the tilt and trim system for outboard engines, much of the information provided can also be used when troubleshooting sterndrives. There are two main types of tilt and trim systems found aboard recreational boats. Older systems often use an electric tilt motor coupled with a mechanical lifting device (a worm gear, for example). The most common system used today, however, is the electric/hydraulic power tilt and trim system. It consists of three primary components: A 12V electric motor, a small hydraulic pump and a reservoir/assembly unit. The electric motor operates the hydraulic pump, which in turn forces fluid to the cylinders or rams to move the motor up or down for trimming and trailering. Electrical or tilt and trim motor issues The first step is determining whether the problem lies with the electric tilt and trim motor or the hydraulic pump and assembly. Here are a few simple ways to isolate the problem. If you try to raise or lower the engine and nothing happens, first start by checking to make sure that your battery is charged and that the battery switch is in the “on” position. Next, listen for the solenoid/start relay while operating the control (tilt) switch up or down. If you hear nothing, the problem will typically be with the tilt switch, solenoid, or with the wires or connections between the two. If you hear a slight clicking noise while pressing the tilt switch, that means you have power from the control switch to the solenoid or relay. The next step then would be to check operation of the power tilt and trim motor itself. All tilt and trim systems use a 12V DC reversing type motor, each of which will have one green wire and one blue power wire. If you’re dealing with an older system, the motor

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The integral tilt and trim switch of your outboard can be used during troubleshooting to help isolate the problem

may also have a third, black wire, which is used to provide ground to motors that don’t receive it through the case. Applying power to the blue wire raises the engine, while energizing the green wire lowers it. An easy way to remember this is the phrase “blue sky, green grass;” the blue wire raises the engine towards the sky, while the green wire lowers it toward the ground. To test the motor, first remove power to it by disconnecting the blue and green wires. This can be done by unplugging the quick-disconnect plug between the motor and solenoid (if one is provided), or by disconnecting the two wires where they connect to the solenoid or relay. Once disconnected, use a jumper wire to apply 12V DC directly to the appropriate wire. If the engine is in the down position, energize the blue wire (which should raise it). If in the raised position, connect the jumper to the green wire to lower it. If the motor fails to operate with power applied directly to the blue or green wires, the issue lies with the motor. If the motor operates, then the problem is a lack of power to the motor (faulty solenoid or relay, bad connections, etc.). Failed solenoids, relays, and corrosion at connections, relay sockets or quick-disconnect plugs are some of the most common problems associated with tilt and trim system failure. Hydraulic pump assembly problems If the tilt and trim motor works fine but the engine won’t raise or lower, leaks down when in the raised position or won’t stay trimmed, chances are the problem is with the hydraulic pump or valve body assembly. Start by checking the hydraulic fluid reservoir level. If the level is good, the problem is most likely with the hydraulic pump. A low fluid level indicates a possible leak at the seals. At this point, repairs typically involve removal and replacement, or possibly rebuilding by a qualified repair facility. ★

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(Top) Raymarine Quantum CHIRP radar. (Above) Close targets display clearly with Raymarine radar.

(Above) Garmin Fantom6 open array radar. (Right) Fantom with Motionscope.

GLENN HAYES is a marine writer and photographer whose background in the marine industry and in marine electronics spans almost three decades and many thousands of miles at sea traveling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .

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hanks to technology used in military and aviation applications now being available to the commercial market, marine recreational radar has recently seen a giant leap forward. Radar technology from manufacturers such as Raymarine, Furuno, Navico and Garmin — with subtle differences from manufacturer to manufacturer — is called different things, such as CHIRP, frequency modulated continuous wave radar (or FMCW for short), pulse compression radar and solid-state radar. No matter what it’s called, this next generation of radar has given boaters features and capabilities that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

ascending frequency wave (hence the FMCW name mentioned above). The new receivers, such as Raymarine’s Quantum 2 CHIRP radar, then accept the cleaner, more focused frequency and detailed data from the transmitter, effectively eliminating the bulk of the “noise” seen on older machines. The result is a much clearer image on the radar screen deciphering the returns from all these frequencies. These new radars also use these frequencies to measure distance rather than time of transmission and return like older radars. All these improvements add up to a far better radar image.

Out with the old The technology behind these new radars is complicated and, unless you’re a tech geek (myself included), a full explanation can make for dry and boring reading. It’s important, however, to understand the basics in order to understand the advantages of this new generation of radars. Previous radars would send out a blast of radiation in the form of microwaves produced in a device called a magnetron within the radar’s transmitter. This technology that dates back decades is very inefficient and requires a lot of energy to send a signal powerful enough to produce a decent display of a target on the radar screen. There’s also a lot of scattered “noise” that comes with this blast of energy, which hampers the return signal and degrades the resulting image. Because of the nature of how these transmitters work, the next blast of microwaves would only be able to be sent out after a return signal was received and processed. This results in the radar transmitting only a small percentage of the time, unlike the newer radars like the incredibly fast transmitting Simrad Halo series open array radars.

Well worth the investment Unlike units of the past, new generation radars are able to pick up targets as close as 15-20 feet from the boat, as well as farther ranges. I have been impressed looking at a Simrad G4 solid-state radar (on an NSS Evo3 multifunction display) show a channel marker 20 feet off my starboard bow while simultaneously displaying channel markers seven miles out and a rain storm closing in well beyond the markers. While playing with the same radar I was even able to pick up returns from pelicans bobbing in the water just 40 feet off the bow. Other benefits include a greatly reduced power consumption utilizing much lower wattage to transmit. This is not so much an issue for powerboaters but can be a valuable feature for sailors. Targets that are close together and would otherwise blend together and show as a single return will often times be more accurately portrayed as individual targets with these new solid-state radars. Because they don’t have a magnetron, there is no longer a need to warm up prior to transmitting and are now instantly turned on. Radars like the Furuno DRS4D-NXT get a display right away after powering up. Because of the much lower power and radiation of this new generation of radars, domes and arrays can be mounted in locations previously thought unacceptable. Many models of these new radars, such as Garmin’s GMR Fantom radars, even utilize a new variation of the technology (known as Doppler technology or, as Garmin calls it, MotionScope) that can show targets moving toward or away from you in real time, and can color code them to be easily identifiable. There are many models offered now utilizing some form of the technology explained above. From small radomes to larger open arrays, this technology now available to the recreational market can be a huge improvement over older radars and is well worth the investment. ★

In with the new New radar technology uses less energy and the return signals are much clearer, better defined and frequent. This is achieved by doing away with the inefficient and power-hungry magnetron and replacing it with a solid-state transmitter. The solid-state transmitter sends out a focused set of frequencies that take less energy to produce and are much more defined with much lower residual “noise.” Solid-state radars not only send out one frequency, but a continuous

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here are always confrontations on the Scottish Delight. My husband, Scott, a retired USMC colonel, acts as captain, while I’ve been relegated to First Mate. Unfortunately, he gives orders better than taking them. Hence, he refers to me as the “First Mouth.” Captain Bligh’s pet peeves are that I direct how he should dock and that I yell. For all the Captain Blighs and First Mouths out there, here are some docking tips, quietly passed on. Keep calm and plan Even experienced boaters will bang into the dock; don’t fret, it happens. I know one boater whose docking routine includes bouncing off the dock at least once before righting his boat and coming alongside. Bumper cars should be played at the fair. My “FM” job is to organize lines and fenders and then deploy them. Color-coded lines stored aft and fore are quickly grabbed, making the job easier. As soon as we hit “No Wake” water, short white lines are attached to the fenders and long white lines attach to the cleats. Once the dock space is located, the fenders are hung and the lines readied. If needed, a pole with a loop is on hand to grab a piling or cleat to slow the boat and bring it closer to the dock. Sometimes the “best” dock location isn’t available. Other boats, bigger boats and the mega-dollar ones take the best areas. Don’t panic. Use common sense to dock like a pro. Scan for water and wind direction and adjust your tactics accordingly. Be prepared to back up or turn around and approach the dock a second time. Only go as fast as you want to hit the dock or another boat. Slow and steady with control takes time but works best. Know your boat Get used to the length of your boat and how it maneuvers. Is the throttle easy to handle? Practice popping the throttle from drive into neutral and into reverse away from the dock. Once this is comfortable, practice at the dock. Is the engine a twin screw or single screw? Does it have a right- or left-handed propeller? Driving someone else’s boat may result in using reversed docking procedures, so it’s good to ask and practice. Use wind and currents like a pro Water currents direct how a boat should approach the dock and where lines and fenders should be placed, port or starboard. Winds coming onshore will try to drive the boat into the dock, but use this to your advantage. Prepare to come in almost parallel to the dock but a few feet away. With fenders out and lines ready, allow the wind to push you to the dock and then tie off.

Offshore breezes will try to push the boat away from the dock. Use a spring line as far aft as possible and turn the rudder away from the dock. Use a little power to bring it alongside and tie off. Weak winds and currents astern make for easy docking with fenders out. As the boat approaches the dock at about a 10-degree angle, engage the reverse gear and throw out a stern line. The boat will be held at the dock. Add a bow line and turn the rudder toward the wall; however, in strong winds and currents this approach may be difficult. The boat may need to approach from a six-o’clock position with both bow and stern lines out and may need to be walked into position. With a head-on wind, approach the dock at a steep angle of about 15 degrees with the stern away from the dock, and then use the reverse gear. Allow the wind to push the boat toward the dock, throw out a bowline, then a line aft to hold and turn the rudder away from the wall. The head-on current/wind is probably the most preferred docking scenario. Practice makes perfect When conditions change, docking procedures will change. Take the time to practice docking, backing out and docking again under different conditions, especially when the dock is empty. Getting to the dock is half the task. Pulling away from the dock may require the opposite of the docking procedure, or by using a spring line and changing gears. Gauge the water/wind movement and act accordingly. Until the engine is off and the boat is secured, it’s still moving. Don’t reach over the gunwales to secure a cleat. You may fall overboard or damage a body part; been there. If you’re fortunate to be helped by dock hands, follow their direction. Lastly, Scott reminds me that there’s only one captain on our boat. True, but there’s also a rebellious crew. ★

HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is a U.S. Power Squadrons member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit her website at AITKENHELEN.COM.

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Make Your Boat ‘New-to-You’

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t last, April is upon us. The Great Lakes boating season will be here in a matter of weeks, and already boaters are thinking about their scheduled launch dates. Some will be splashing new boats, particularly if they found something special at the winter boat shows. Others, however, are prepping for yet another glorious summer aboard a treasured member of the family. If we fall in the latter camp, we might have mixed feelings about this (if we’re being really honest). On the one hand, we love our boats and work hard to give them the care and attention they need to stay both seaworthy and attractive. We take pride in that. On the other hand, sometimes we long for something that is shiny and new. If a new boat isn’t on the dance card right now, and you are feeling that sense of longing, it might be time to undertake a refit project. A veritable menu of options is available, and each one can help make your boat feel brand-new to you. Refurbish or replace marine fabrics When you first open up the shrinkwrap or pull your boat out of its storage facility, where does your eye go? What might need freshening up? A common place to start is with your marine fabrics, whether you’re looking at a Bimini top, boat cover or seats. But hold on; before you go stampeding to your local fabricator, consider the care and cleaning of your existing fabrics. “You might not need to buy new,” advises Bill McDaniel, marine market manager for Glen Raven, the makers of

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Sunbrella fabrics. “It’s always worth it to examine what your existing soft goods look like.” With the Sunbrella fabrics, McDaniel recommends mixing a cup of bleach with a half-cup of mild Dawn dish soap and a gallon of water. Then, using a boat brush, clean both sides of the fabric and rinse thoroughly. Allow it to completely dry, and then use 303 High Tech Fabric Guard or something similar. “That will revitalize the fabric and brighten up your entire boat,” McDaniel says. “You can clean your Sunbrella cushions the same way. Just be careful about your solution if you’re not using Sunbrella. Not all vinyl-coated products are bleach cleanable, so be aware that you can’t use bleach on everything.” Next, if your seams need attention, find a local fabricator who can restitch any problem areas. If you’d rather go with new, however, you might want to take a look at a couple of new brands that have recently hit the market. Glen Raven now offers Sunbrella SeaMark, a waterproof fabric that’s also UV- and fade-resistant, which means it’s a great choice for shade material in places known for challenging sea and weather conditions like the Great Lakes. “We also now have Sunbrella Horizon, and this is a first for us,” McDaniel says. “It’s a nonwoven seating solution that uses the same pigment we put into Sunbrella fiber. Horizon comes in 30 colors and two patterns that coordinate with our woven collection, so you’re covered from topping needs to whatever your seating requirements may be.” Then there is Sunbrella Contour, a lightweight, knitted shade fabric that provides UV protection. It’s easy to fold and attaches to convenient poles, which means boaters can put it up and take it down in less than five minutes. “This is for people who want the extra shade but also are concerned about air flow,” McDaniel says. “This is another exciting development for us, and for boaters who are inspired to try new things.” Your local fabricator will be your top resource for any fabric project, whether you need to custom-fit a new top or coordinate your seat fabrics. Even if you think you might tackle this on your own, it’s still worth consulting with a fabricator. “There’s real value to their experience,” McDaniel advises. “They can give you ideas based on your unique needs.” You can find your nearest Sunbrella fabricator at SUNBRELLA .COM. And if you’re a DIYer looking for ideas and instruction, check out SAILRITE .COM; you can even buy an industrial sewing machine and all the necessary components, including outdoor threads.

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All the other goodies Another option for marine fabrics is Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl, which provides Bimini, awning and canvas material made from woven vinyl. Called Supreme Bimini and Canvas, it resembles acrylic but is more colorfast with less degradation. Infinity also offers Luxury Woven Vinyl flooring options made of PVC-coated polyester yarn with a blown PVC backing. The company doesn’t sell directly to customers, but if you are a DIYer, you can contact the company to discuss purchasing and installation options. What if you’re looking for other shade solutions? Check out SureShade, manufacturer of telescoping boat shade systems and creator of the Sun Safe Boating initiative. For many years, most boatbuilders did not have a factory option for a shade system, leaving it up to boaters to make their own. Fortunately, you now can purchase a manual or automatic SureShade retractable sunshade system and have it installed on nearly any boat model with an overhead structure. The aftermarket goodies don’t end there. You can add synthetic teak decking to your boat with Flexiteek. PlasTEAK offers additional marine-grade flooring options, as well as custom boat trim, ladders, bow pulpits, inserts, windlasses, anchor rodes and swim platforms. And if it’s a swim platform you seek, you also can check with Swim Platforms Inc. It’s the largest builder of custom aftermarket fiberglass swim platforms in the world. With options like these, you can give your venerable vessel a fresh-from-the-factory look — and enhance your boating experience as well. Take comfort and maneuverability up a notch Speaking of the on-water experience, some refit projects might not be as obvious as a Bimini top, a sunshade or a new swim platform — but they just might bring a whole new level of comfort and enjoyment to boating. So much so, your boat might log more engine hours this summer than ever before. Stabilizers fall into this category, and there are three types from which to choose if you’re hoping to have a smoother, more comfortable ride. Gyro stabilizers like Seakeeper can be installed virtually anywhere amidships-aft on boats 27 feet and up; the gyro tilts fore and aft when the boat rolls, producing a powerful gyroscopic torque to port and starboard that counteracts the rolling motion. Electrical requirements are minimal, with the smallest two units able to run on 12V DC battery power. Larger units will require a generator. Next there are fin systems, which use fins, actuators and a hydraulic system to stabilize larger boats (typically 55 feet and up). The faster you go, the water pressure over the fins creates power and lift, and the boat goes back to an even keel. Finally, for boats between 20 and 60 feet, there is interceptor technology. Mounted on the transom, interceptors are similar

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SureShade to trim tabs. Instead of focusing solely on pitch control, however, they also provide fully automatic roll control through their accelerometer, gyro sensor and GPS antenna. “Stabilizers are relatively new for us,” says Douglas Bergmann of Charlevoix, Michigan-based Bergmann Marine. “People brought the idea to us, and by doing it for them, we have happy customers. The technology really does sell itself. You just have to do your research and understand the pros and cons of each.” According to Bergmann, pod and joystick technology is driving many boaters to refit their older vessels with bow and stern thrusters as well. Some are even adding thrusters to vessels smaller than 30 feet. “There’s so much anxiety about leaving and returning to the dock, and that’s the biggest barrier to people using their boats,” Bergmann says. “The good news is that you don’t need a new boat with pods to be most of the way there in terms of maneuverability. Thrusters will do that, and you won’t have the potential failure issues that come with a lot of technology.” Bergmann has a bonus tip for boaters who are considering a thruster upgrade: Consider spending an extra $500-$600 to get a wireless remote. You can put it on a lanyard around your neck and you’ll still have control even if you’re moving around the boat or handling lines. “There’s no computer involved,” Bergmann says. “It’s a simple, low-tech installation, and it’s absolutely worth it. You can tell everyone else to sit down and relax because you can handle the situation on your own.” In the end, it doesn’t matter if you’ve chosen to revitalize your boat with a fresh suit of new fabrics or take your boating experience to the next level with stabilizer technology and thrusters. Giving your existing boat a little extra TLC now will mean a more successful boating season later — more destinations, more family time, more memories. “The best refit projects change the comfort level people have with their boats,” Bergmann says. “And as you get more use out of your boat, your investment in it becomes money well spent.” ★

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HEATHER STEINBERGER is an award-winning writer/ editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. Visit her website at WRITEONLLC.COM.

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 51'10" Beam: 15'8"

Carving a new direction.

Draft: 48" Weight: 43,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 550 gals. Water Capacity: 150 gals. Base Power: T-Cummins 275–hp QSB 6.7 diesel inboards Base Price: Contact dealer CARVERYACHTS.COM

DEALERS CenterPointe Yacht Services CENTERPOINTE SERVICE .COM

Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales JBYS.COM

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Carver C52 Coupe

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hether at the foredeck, the aft deck, or the living accommodations below deck, you are going to find the kind of spaces usually expected on larger yachts aboard the Carver C52 Coupe. “The C52 Coupe is a brilliant design both inside and out,” notes Craig Duchow of CenterPointe Yacht Services. “Outside, the hull is designed with a plumb bow and high freeboard to keep you cruising fast and comfortable in even adverse sea conditions. On the inside, the C52 has the most popular design features, including a galley-up layout, private entrance to the master stateroom suite, an unusually large third stateroom, and a more spacious salon than any yacht its size.” One step aboard the wide swim platform and up onto the aft deck and you’re presented with a spacious, well-appointed cockpit equipped for informal al fresco dining or entertaining at a favorite anchorage. Comfortable seating, a convenient dining table and owner preference items, such as a grill, icemaker, refrigerator, sunshade and wetbar, will make your time aboard memorable. Inside, Carver’s attention to detail, layout and more

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than ample storage areas shine. Spend time in the fully found galley to port browsing the contents of the full-size refrigerator, gather on the salon sofas (the one to port offers a hi-low table that can be converted into an additional berth), or command the boat at the starboard helm forward, with its double seat and plenty of room for all the necessary electronics. With large windows all around, including the electric sunroof and a pair of auto-frost hatches aft, you and your guests will enjoy plenty of ambient light. Entrance to the forepeak VIP is on the centerline, while access to the full-beam master suite is via a stairway located on the starboard side of the salon. There is a forward stateroom to starboard with an additional head, as well. And no matter which quarters you may visit, all have excellent headroom, refined surroundings and an abundance of storage for extended traveling. Long known for its industry leading designs that provide comfort, safety and maximum use of space aboard, Carver’s C52 Coupe has a bold 21st century style that delivers everything you might be looking for in a cruising yacht of this size. H


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NorthCoast 235 Cabin

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 27' Beam: 8'6"

Built to be used.

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orthCoast Boats’ lineage runs in deep waters. With president and owner of parent company C&C Marine, Jose C. DaPonte, combining his Portuguese heritage with a passion for excellence in boat building, it’s no wonder the 235 Cabin has garnered attention in the industry’s trailerable, no-nonsense offerings. “This boat is perfectly suited to the Great Lakes. She has classic styling, unparalleled stability for her size, a three-sided enclosure for weather and a lot more,” says Brent Reed of Reed Yacht Sales. “Add exhilarating performance and that’s just the start of an endless list of her qualities.” One of those qualities is the dedication of C&C’s expert staff of designers, boat builders, quality control personnel and finishers, all of whom pay special attention to each and every boat they launch. It all begins with construction. Hand-laid with biaxial fiberglass mat, she features a solid bottom, foam-filled integral grid system and absolutely no wood used anywhere. Her running bottom offers reverse chines for more stability while drifting and well-built longitudinal strakes for additional lift while underway.

Draft: 16" Weight: 3,750 lbs.

Equipped to handle outboard power up to 250-hp and mounted on an Armstrong bracket, she offers a substantial 124-gallon fuel tank, a whopping 6 feet, 4 inches of headroom at the pilothouse helm, and a commanding view. Other features include an aft canvas enclosure, cored fiberglass hardtop with spreader lights, V-berth with storage and a portable head. With a solid list of options and cockpit fishing amenities, such as rod storage on each side, saltwater washdown, four stainless rod holders, bolsters and a 35-gallon transom livewell, you can outfit the 235 Cabin to your needs. According to NorthCoast performance data, her optimum cruising speed of 20.87 knots with a 225-hp outboard turning 3500 RPM results in an impressive 296 nautical mile estimated range. Top speed comes in at 37.39 knots. With a head-turning profile and sharp looks, the NorthCoast 235 Cabin can be customized with a variety of hull colors. Practical, well built, safe and easy to handle — set up a sea trial and see what the buzz is all about. You will not be disappointed. H

Fuel Capacity: 124 gals. Max Power: 250-hp outboard Base Price: Contact dealer NORTHCOASTBOATS.COM

DEALERS Reed Yacht Sales Grand Haven, MI; Lasalle, MI; Racine, WI REEDYACHTSALES.COM

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 53' Beam: 14'8"

Going, going, GONE!

Draft: 31" Weight: 26,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 875 gals. Water Capacity: 100 gals. Power: 2,700-hp outboards Base Price: Contact dealer SCOUTBOATS.COM

DEALERS SkipperBud’s Multiple locations SKIPPERBUDS.COM

800-636-2628

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hat can you expect from Scout, a boat building company whose original building was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo back in 1989, just as it was getting started? For starters, you can expect a steadfast determination toward quality and customer satisfaction. And with the exciting new 530 LXF, that idea is taken to new heights, length and speeds. “We’ve created a ‘yacht-like-center console’ on so many levels,” says Scout CEO, Founder and Owner Steve Potts. Those yacht-like features include: Multi Yamaha 450-hp or Mercury 400-hp outboard configurations up to six engines than can reach speeds of nearly 70 mph; a standard Seakeeper 6 gyro and Fischer Panda 15kW genset; and a private master stateroom with queen berth and 6-foot, 5-inch headroom. To bring this stunning new addition to the LXF sportfishing lineup took two years of rigorous research and development. The epoxy-infused with carbon fiber E-glass hull results in a strong yet lightweight structure — one certainly ready to accept the multi-engine possibilities the 530 LXF presents. Along with her hardcore sportfish profile, the 53-foot boat features a pair of aerated transom baitwells, seven

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transom rod holders, locking in-deck rod storage and electric reel plugs. Options include electronically actuated articulating rocket launchers that work in tandem with the automatic retractable SureShade aft awning. Starting on the bow, a pair of electrically operated tables surround comfortable seating, and sunpad seating is just below the front windshield. Wide walkways lead to the glass-enclosed helm, featuring electric windows and a sunroof overhead. A cockpit island provides a forward-facing bench seat, a pair of folding stools on the aft side, and a sink, cooler and granitetopped cutting board. Need more room on the beam? Actuate the aft port and starboard beach platforms and she’ll stretch herself to 17 feet, 10 inches. Below decks is a salon, galley, convertible sofa, dining table, aft double berth and plenty of storage space. “This model does it all: A high-performance fishing machine with the elegance of a yacht, the comfort of a home that will handle whatever waters the Great Lakes will throw at it with pleasure,” says Alan Lang, Scout’s director of sales and marketing. The Scout 530 LXF is a must-see. But don’t blink; you just might miss her as she speeds by. H


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Viking 44 Sport Coupe

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 45'1" Beam: 16'4"

Variation on a theme.

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nnovation is one of the key pillars on which Viking Yachts stands. And no matter what comes its way, the family owned company “builds a better boat every day,” according to Patrick Healey, Viking’s president. The boatbuilder has been known to push the envelope throughout its 50-year-plus history; in this case, the New Gretna, New Jersey-based company now presents a coupe model designed with the Great Lakes in mind. “The 44 Sport Coupe (44SC) model encompasses the perfect package in a 44-foot coupe-style boat and represents Viking’s best in seakeeping performance and interior accommodations,” says Erik Krueger, vice president and Viking brand manager at Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales. One step aboard and you know you are on a Viking. Utilizing the kind of tough build of its biggest and most powerful horizon-chasing battlewagons, the 44SC comes out of a plug and mold designed by the company’s million dollar five-axis profiler. A customized mast or radar arch can be ordered. Blending building methods, including resin-infused

Draft: 4'5" Weight: 49,998 lbs.

hull and main bulkheads, glassing the stringers to the hull, securing the decks to the stringers, which are then glassed to the hull, results in a solid platform. The same robust construction techniques are used in the engine room to support a pair of 800-hp MAN diesels. And, as with all Vikings, the fuel tanks are built integral to the hull. The 119-square-foot cockpit offers a starboard mezzanine seating arrangement, a deck hatch to the engine room, and dedicated space for an optional Seakeeper gyro. Forward and up on the command deck is the centerline helm on a raised platform, ready for any electronics you may wish. The salon, which takes full advantage of the boat’s 16-foot, 4-inch beam, presents a wide-open space that offers a galley, an L-shaped lounge and dinette, and a flat-screen television. The forward, island queen stateroom has plenty of headroom and access to the head and shower, while the aft guest quarters are perfect for the kids and other guests. The Viking 44SC delivers the kind of exciting performance, comfort and security this premier boatbuilder is known for. H

Fuel Capacity: 817 gals. Water Capacity: 120 gals. Power: T-800-hp MAN diesel engines Base Price: Contact dealer VIKINGYACHTS.COM

DEALER Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales St. Clair Shores, MI; Holland, MI; Grand Haven, MI; Charlevoix, MI; Chicago, IL; Catawba Island, OH; Ontario, Canada JBYS.COM

866-490-5297

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Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius Your new home away from home. BY CAPT. TOM SERIO TO APPRECIATE the 46 Cantius by Cruisers Yachts is to understand what it really offers. It’s not just about the cut of speed it provides — which is impressive at just over 30 knots — it’s also about the level of relaxation that can be attained thanks to the layout, furnishings and amenities. It’s kind of a home away from home setup, one that will have you wanting to be onboard whether cruising or just chilling at the dock. The 46 Cantius is not a one-hit-wonder for Cruisers Yachts. It’s part of a proven and successful pedigree of Cantius models from 42 to 60 feet, along with several flybridge and express models under the Cruisers flag. Tracing its lineage, Cruisers Yachts began in the early 1900s as the Thompson Bros. Boat Works, building wood lapstrake cabin cruisers with outboard power. In 1956, they introduced the Cruisers brand of boats, later changing their build process from wood to fiberglass in 1965. After changing hands several times over the years, K.C. Stock purchased the company in 1993 and changed the name to Cruisers Yachts, under the K.C. International Inc. business. The first Cantius model was introduced in 2011, and the rest is Wisconsin history.

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POWER UP

On the power side, the 46 has a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesel engines pushing 435 hp each. These blocks get the 32,200-pound boat up and charging when commanded. Our numbers checked in with three persons onboard, 130 gallons of fuel, and empty water and waste tanks. For leisurely cruises around 6.2 knots, the Volvos will burn about 2.3 gallons at 1200 RPM. Improved fuel efficiency is when you can get the ponies charging and the hull up and out of the water. Pushing the throttles to 2500 RPM, we saw 16 knots at 22 gph burn rate. If the need is for speed, there’s 23.2 knots at 3000 RPM and 30 gph. Operating the 46 Cantius at this speed is effortless, and the hull holds a true track with 16-degree deadrise at the transom with no wavering or chine hopping. And there’s a little extra Oomph! if needing to beat the weather. Pinning the throttles at 3550 RPM delivers 31.1 knots at 44 gph. Your numbers may differ slightly due to load and location, but you can see that Cruisers built the 46 with the power capabilities for a wide range of cruising preferences. One benefit of Volvo IPS drives is that they can be mounted further back than a conventional engine and drive shaft setup. This affords more interior space in the living areas as well as potentially more space in the engine room, where access is via a hatch in the aft deck floor. Note that the hatch drain channel is 1.5 inches deep, sufficient to ship water to the dedicated drain openings. Below, there’s room to not only get around and access the engines and pod drives, but also the ancillary systems, oil and fuel filters, generator and more. Hoses are double clamped at 180 degrees. Nice job, Cruisers!

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Managing that horsepower as well as the operation is a forward helm to starboard on the single-level main deck. Twin 12-inch Garmin multifunction displays offer up all the information you need, from system data to navigation charts. Rocker switches are on the helm console and front face, with throttles, joystick, tab controls and Garmin screen controller/mouse all housed on the right-side arm console. Ergonomically it works thanks to the adjustable helm seat bench, helm footrest and fold-down stand. Visibility is excellent all around, enhanced by the single-pane windshield, full side windows and glass aft door that slides open. And it all lends to the open feel, including the hardtop’s retractable sunroof. With headroom of 6 feet, 7 inches throughout the main deck and a 5-foot, 5-inch wide opening of the sliding aft doors, the areas are roomy enough to cure any claustrophobia. The aft deck sports an L-shaped settee across the transom and to port, with a diagonal cut teak table that serves dinners well without obstructing the walk path. Inside, the L-galley is aft to port, with a recessed two-burner Kenyon cooktop, large circular sink with Donze faucet, Muave convection microwave oven, upper/lower cabinets and several drawers. Across to starboard is the side-by-side Nova Kool undercounter fridge/freezer. A recessed 32-inch flat-screen TV pulls out and swings almost 180 degrees, viewable from any seat — even from the aft seating. Forward to port is the L-shaped dining settee that’s almost 6 feet long centered by a teak table. A raised two-step platform offers great visibility all around and is certain to be a favorite resting spot. The table ends fold up for easy access to the seating, and also can be converted into an additional sleeping area. Across to starboard is a double settee just behind the helm seat. This keeps the center of the boat a blended social area and within easy ear-shot of the operator. Storage is ample below the seating.

SLUMBER TIME — OR NOT

Down below there’s a full-beam master stateroom midship. High ceilings and large hullside windows that can be opened bring in ample light and breeze. A queen berth, portside chaise lounge and a 32-inch flat-screen TV are some of the reasons that the master may not be used just for sleeping. A private ensuite head has a Scandvik basin sink, Dometic toilet, separate shower stall and walnut wood finish. Opt for the washer/dryer unit if cruising for extended periods. Up forward is the VIP stateroom, with center island walkaround queen berth, side windows, overhead hatch and lockers. A 32-inch TV tops it. What’s neat are the two under-berth drawers; they’re not skimpy but measure in at 20 inches deep, 6 inches high and 26 inches wide.

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CRUISERS YACHTS 46 CANTIUS A day head off the hall and with an entrance from the VIP includes a Scandvik basin sink, Dometic toilet and separate shower stall.

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You’ll want to venture to the foredeck, and it can be done safely thanks to the grabrail along the house edge. Side decks are wide and the side rails will guide you all the way forward. Here, you’ll find a generously sized U-shaped sunpad. Each side lounger pad has a tilt-up backrest. The center pad is a seat in a rectangular well. Cruisers cleverly built in a teak table that scissors up and out from underneath the seat, allowing the sunpad area to transform into a comfy sitting area, perfect for sunset cocktails at anchor. Opt for the foredeck sunshade, with the four poles and canvas that store underneath the sunpads. With all of the features found on the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius, you won’t need a reason to go boating. You’ll just want to. H

Specifications

Dealers

LOA: 46'11"

SkipperBud’s

Beam: 14'9"

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Draft: 42"

800-636-2628

Weight (dry): 32,200 lbs.

American Marine

Fuel Capacity: 360 gals.

AMERICANMARINE .COM

Water Capacity: 100 gals.

608-783-2628

Power (as tested): T-Volvo Penta IPS 600 435-hp Base Price: Contact dealer CRUISERSYACHTS.COM

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WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO? BY C R A IG R ITC HIE

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 65'4" Beam: 19'2" Draft: 4'4" Weight: 61,730 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,530 gals. Water Capacity: 300 gals. Max Power: T-Volvo-Penta IPS 1200s Base Price: Contact Grand Banks GRANDBANKS.COM

It’s big enough to handle the open ocean, and its range of

more than 2,500 miles is enough to circumnavigate Lakes Michigan, Huron and Erie on just a single tank of fuel. It’s trim enough to tuck into small harbors and shallow anchorages. And it’s luxurious enough to please a prince. Can the new Grand Banks 60 Skylounge really be the ultimate long-range cruiser? I decided to find out in December when I was invited to a sea trial in Fort Lauderdale. The Grand Banks 60 is a truly innovative yacht that delivers eyebrow-raising interior space, driving performance and fuel economy while remaining true to the company’s classic style. While the brochure talks about its wide-open entertaining areas, supremely comfortable furnishings and three staterooms, what really sets this yacht apart is its exceptional handling, long range, seaworthiness and the fact it can still be easily handled by just two people. Plus, thanks to the Skylounge, it’s completely climate controlled, allowing comfortable access to the bridge no matter the weather.

Built for drivers

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The exceptional performance of the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge reflects a unique combination of time-honored design principles and space-age technology. The yacht’s hull is designed to deliver an ideal balance of beam and depth, allowing it to carve the water easily without the need for extraneous strakes, steps, tunnels or other corrective elements. The design sweeps from a fine entry at the bow to a transom with only six degrees of deadrise. Engines, tanks and other equipment are carefully positioned to reduce bow rise on acceleration and provide an optimal running attitude at all speeds.

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While the 60’s hull is constructed of hand-laid E-glass and vinylester resin, pretty much everything from the rubrails up is crafted from lightweight carbon fiber laminates with Corecell foam cores. This allows the 60 Skylounge to maintain the low center of gravity that is fundamental to its impressive stability, handling and fuel economy. What does “impressive” mean? For starters, the 60 Skylounge can really cruise along for a mind-blowing 2,555 miles between fuel stops. Yet if you’re in a hurry, it can achieve top speeds in the mid30-knot range while maintaining snappy handling with the optional Volvo Penta IPS 1200s. While sea trialing the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge on a greyish overcast day, my review boat seemed eager to play and effortlessly carved a series of delightful, tight figureeights while running at 28 knots, which is not at all what you’d expect from a 60-foot luxury trawler. I should mention that my review boat was rigged with shafts and rudders; the available IPS power option would’ve given it even more zip. Running the boat in calm seas, with twin Volvo Penta D13s, three adults and approximately 290 gallons of fuel onboard, we reached 31 knots at 2350 RPM, burning 87 gallons per hour. Easing that down to 20 knots at 1680 RPM yields a more economical 37 gallons per hour. Its efficient hull holds plane at a remarkably low RPM, and thanks to bow and stern thrusters, the boat manages tight turns into the slip with ease. Built for drivers? You better believe it.

Room with a view

Stellar performance is only part of this boat’s charm. Step aboard the broad aft swim platform and it’s immediately clear that this is a yacht designed for enjoying the great outdoors. A wide Kenyon grill mounted right on the transom and accessed from the swim platform makes a clear case for an al fresco lunch with a view. An adjacent storage locker on the transom top provides a convenient spot to stow wet gear like snorkels and swim fins between stops. A starboard-side, inward-opening transom door leads to the expansive aft cockpit, which in our test boat featured a full teak sole to match the swim platform. A near full-width transom seat faces forward toward an elegant pedestal-mount table with a teak top. To starboard, a storage cabinet with a Silestone countertop houses a refrigerator, freezer and storage, while a matching cabinet to port accommodates a sink and faucet, with more storage space beneath. With the convenient fridge, plenty of space for additional seating and the sun protection of an overhead hardtop with integral LED lighting, the cockpit on this yacht really is an ideal lounging or entertaining space, day or night. A large hatch in the cockpit sole opens to provide access to the engine room and an enormous lazarette. The engine room is not especially tall, but it is spacious, providing easy access to the twin Volvo Penta D13 diesels, twin Fisher Panda gensets and other mechanical equipment in our test boat. Wide twin side decks, each accented by a stainless steel railing, lead forward from the cockpit to the bow. An available sunpad can be added to the bow deck if desired, creating a quiet spot for soaking up the sun with a good book. If you’d rather step inside, a beautiful teak-and-glass sliding door takes you from the cockpit into the salon. Grand Banks offers the boat with a choice of aft-galley or forward-galley floorplans. I usually prefer aft-galley layouts since they permit serving the salon or cockpit with equal ease, but must confess that the forward-galley layout in our review boat seemed positively ideal for the space. As you enter from the cockpit, a large L-shaped settee to port surrounds a pedestalmount table with a teak top and adjustable leaves, allowing it to be easily configured for dining or drinks. To starboard, a pair of facing loveseats share a teak coffee table, while just ahead of them a large HD TV on a lift stows in a discreet teak bulkhead.

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The entire salon is bathed in light thanks to large windows that wrap around the space, many of which can be opened to provide outstanding ventilation. The bright environment and 360-degree views create a particularly attractive galley. Thoughtfully outfitted, the galley features a U-shaped Silestone countertop, a deep, undermount stainless steel sink with a residential-grade faucet and cavernous storage space below. Miele appliances, including a three-burner induction cooktop, oven, refrigerator and freezer, complement the high level of construction detail. A discreet panel of rocker-style switches allow the chef to open the side window for fresh air, or lower overhead shelves to provide access to dishes and cookware. Opposite the galley, a side-opening door allows direct access to the starboard side deck, while an elegant teak and stainless steel staircase leads up to the Skylounge.

All the comforts of home

As a yacht designed for extended cruising, the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge offers all the comforts of home — in this case a three-bed, two-bath home for an adventurous couple and their guests. While full-beam master staterooms have become all the rage in cruising yachts, Grand Banks has gone one better and positioned this suite along the boat’s port side. I found this approach immensely appealing, offering all the floor space of a full-beam suite while providing a wide rectangular window above the headboard, which floods the suite with morning light. The owner’s stateroom includes an equally spacious ensuite head, with a shower that deserves special mention, being particularly roomy and bright with its oversized glass door. The heated towel rack points to Grand Banks’ exceptional


attention to detail. The far end of the owner’s suite is dominated by a substantial closet that includes several drawers and plenty of space for hanging clothes. Facing the island bed is a large, wall-mounted HD TV. Guests will be forgiven for thinking they’ve been treated to the owner’s stateroom themselves, as the VIP suite in the bow is nearly as large and opulent. The bright guest accommodation features a large island bed, an overhead hatch and two side ports that provide plenty of sunlight and fresh air. Guests enjoy ensuite access to the day head, which, like the owner’s suite, includes a particularly spacious shower and that wonderful, heated towel rack. A wide companionway leads aft to a third cabin with two single beds in a staggered L-shaped arrangement for greater privacy. The younger members of the crew will love this space; so too will empty nesters, who are more likely to use it as an attractive storage spot for additional supplies and gear.

The sky’s the limit

As you walk through the Grand Banks 60, you can’t help but feel a sense of luxurious refinement. That’s particularly true when you ascend its curved teak staircase to the aptly named Skylounge. The Skylounge does more than simply provide cruisers with the ability to operate the boat from a protected upper pilothouse in both cold and warm climates, it also allows Grand Banks to take full advantage of the available living space on the main deck. But rather than a simple pilothouse, you’ll find a smaller, more intimate version of the salon below. As on the main deck, a large and comfortable L-shaped settee to port (which can serve as a watch berth during a night passage) faces another teak table with adjustable leaves.

A refrigerator in a small galley unit keeps a refreshing drink always close at hand. A spacious day head negates the need to go downstairs when nature calls, and full 360-degree wraparound windows (some electrically retractable) bathe the space in fresh air and natural light. The joinery work in the Skylounge — and everywhere, for that matter — is top-shelf, giving the Skylounge the feel of a luxurious private retreat. Only the twin pedestal-mount Stidd captain’s chairs and the neat helm console reveal this area’s true purpose. A wide centerline door at the rear of the Skylounge provides access to a second aft cockpit, which is typically set aside to accommodate the 13-foot tender and standard ES1000 Steelhead Marine crane. It’s a neat arrangement that provides easy access to the tender without giving up space on the swim platform, while keeping it securely stowed and out of the way. The challenges of any skylounge model are the additional weight and the possible blemish to a yacht’s lines if it’s not designed with a keen eye. “The proportions of the design are very important to us,” says Grand Banks CEO Mark Richards. “We’re not in the business of designing ugly boats so we spent a lot of time ensuring the Skylounge looks like it belongs on the 60. And our emphasis on weight reduction and strength in the build process ensures we’re not compromising the 60’s performance, while still keeping a very low vertical center of gravity. The whole package comes together and works extremely well.” He’s absolutely right. So who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge is an extraordinary long-distance cruising yacht with the protection of a fully enclosed helm. And with luxurious accommodations, outstanding handling and superlative performance, it’s hard to imagine a serious cruiser wishing for anything more. H

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Mercury Celebrates 80 Years ercury Marine — manufacturer of Mercury outboard motors, MerCruiser inboard and sterndrive engines and a vast range of marine accessories — celebrates its 80th anniversary this year as the core of a $3 billion corporation with worldwide sales. Yet the company only wound up in the boating business after a former landowner sold them a building full of junk. In 1939, a young engineer named Carl Kiekhaefer made a fateful decision to launch his own business fabricating magnetic separators for the dairy industry. In need of a manufacturing space, he purchased an appropriate building in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, which had been home to an outboard motor company that went belly-up. Upon moving into the new building, Kiekhaefer found that the previous owners had left hundreds of defective outboard motors behind. Badly in need of money to buy manufacturing equipment, Kiekhaefer and a small staff of employees decided to rebuild the old engines and sell them. Kiekhaefer re-engineered the motors as part of the rebuild process, making several important changes that left them vastly superior to the original design. They soon enough found a buyer in catalogue retailer Montgomery Ward, which not only took every one of the rebuilt outboards, but also promptly placed a follow-up order for hundreds more. It didn’t take long for Kiekhaefer to forget all about magnetic separators and focus exclusively on manufacturing outboard motors.

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The beginning

Kiekhaefer named his new company Kiekhaefer Mercury, drawing on the name recognition of a popular car of the day. He further adopted a stylized image of the Roman god Mercury for the company’s logo. Encouraged by still more orders from Montgomery Ward, Kiekhaefer decided to exhibit at the 1940 New York Boat Show. To his delight and astonishment, the company came home with firm orders for more than 16,000 engines. Mercury outboards were a hit. Following a break during World War II when the company shifted focus to building military products, Kiekhaefer Mercury returned to building outboard engines. With the end of hostilities, the company anticipated a surge in demand for recreational products as soldiers returned to civilian life. One of its first post-war products was a 19.8-cubic-inch, two-cylinder engine that generated a then-amazing 10 hp, which Kiekhaefer introduced at the 1947 New York Boat Show. Named the Lightning, the new engine sold well. It was updated for the 1952 season, gaining refinements like a forward-neutral-reverse gearshift and the now ubiquitous twist-grip throttle control that established the basic design for portable outboards and is still used industry-wide today. The other outboard in Mercury’s lineup at this point was the much larger Thunderbolt, which used a 40-cubic-inch, four-cylinder inline block rated at 25 hp. This engine was

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Sometimes in life things don’t exactly work out as planned, which is how a company that set out to enter the dairy industry wound up becoming one of the most iconic names in recreational boating. by Craig Ritchie also offered in a Thunderbolt H model (the H designating “High Power”), which was designed for the new sport of boat racing. An H model of the 10-hp engine was also introduced around the same time.

X marks the spot

By the mid-1950s, with increased leisure time and the baby boom in full swing, boat sales surged and competition drove constant innovation in the outboard motor business. As Kiekhaefer began developing an all-new engine with greater power, he became increasingly conscious of the company’s visibility when testing its new ideas on local lakes. Wishing to keep his new six-cylinder, 60-hp “Tower of Power” outboard from the prying eyes of the competition, he began searching for a more secluded place to conduct on-water product development. That location turned out to be in central Florida, where Mercury found a large, remote plot of swampland that completely encircled a medium-sized lake. Measuring about three miles long, one mile wide and about six miles in circumference, the 1,440-acre lake also brought Kiekhaefer the added benefit of a more hospitable climate that allowed year-round testing. In order to keep the location secret, Kiekhaefer dubbed the property “Lake X.” The first order of business was to clear a path for road access, and construct buildings and docks for the R&D team. A security gate and acres of trees kept any lost motorists

from getting a closer look, while a large population of alligators, snakes and hungry mosquitoes inhabiting the surrounding swampland provided a natural deterrent against any would-be corporate spies. The new Mercury proving grounds soon earned its keep by providing the setting for one of the company’s best-known PR events. Its racing engines were a point of pride for Mercury, and when competing outboard brands couldn’t match their performance, they responded by suggesting that the Mercury engines would quickly burn out. “They used to say, ‘Mercury’s fast, but it won’t last,’” notes Mercury Marine President John Pfeifer. “That was their catch phrase. So obviously, it was up to Kiekhaefer to prove them wrong.” Kiekhaefer’s answer was to orchestrate an endurance run at Lake X, setting up two boats to run continuously over a measured 5.8-mile course, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until they clocked 25,000 miles of continuous operation. “Kiekhaefer came up with 25,000 miles because that’s the approximate circumference of the earth,” Pfeifer says. “He wanted to be able to say the Tower of Power could run around the earth non-stop, and prove that it really would last.” Kiekhaefer ordered a pair of 15-foot Raveau boats and rigged each with the new 60-hp Tower of Power engine, also known as the Mark 75. With members of the United States Auto Club on hand 24 hours a day to witness and LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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Paint it black

Mercury has long been easily identified by its signature black engines. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early days Mercury outboards came in a rainbow of colors; the company even advertised itself that way, as “the most colorful name in outboards.” By the mid1950s “stark white” had become the company’s standard engine color. But with the introduction of the six-cylinder “Tower of Power” outboard, designers began to fear the engine looked out of proportion to the boats it was intended for and sought ways to make it appear smaller. Engineer Charlie Strang happened to mention this to his mother, who suggested painting it black, noting that many women tended toward black dresses for their minimizing effects. Strang subsequently painted one of the engines black and found it did indeed appear noticeably smaller. Phantom black has been Mercury’s standard color ever since.

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verify the test, Kiekhaefer had the boats run at full throttle non-stop, around the clock. Averaging 30.3 mph, they were refueled on the fly from support boats as they ran, with crew changes also conducted at full throttle. Some 34 days and 11 hours later, both vessels crossed the finish line whereupon they were pulled from the water, the engines inspected, then sent back out to do it again and complete another 25,000 miles — just to guarantee the results weren’t a fluke. What subsequently became known as the 50,000 Mile Endurance Record not only put the competitor’s derogatory catchphrase to rest, but firmly established Mercury as the No. 1 outboard manufacturer in the world. (Watch incredible film footage of this event online at VIMEO.COM/5370345). The spectacle of the Lake X endurance run gave rise to many other publicity events through the 1960s and ’70s as Mercury found ever-more innovative ways of demonstrating its engines. A series of advertising images showed Mercurypowered boats pulling up to 31 waterskiers simultaneously; pulling a waterskiing elephant named Queenie; powering inverted kitchen tables across lakes; and even towing ocean liners. Throughout, the company continued to grow and expand, merging with Brunswick Corporation in 1961 and unveiling its first MerCruiser sterndrive engine that year, followed by its first 100-hp outboard the following season. The holder of more than 200 patents, Carl Kiekhaefer

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retired as president of Mercury in 1969, and in 1984 sold the Lake X property (which he owned personally) to the Kirchman Foundation, which maintained it as a nature preserve. Mercury continued to use the site for engine testing until 2004, when the company inexplicably chose to not renew its lease. With Mercury celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, a return to Lake X was a top priority. “We hear stories all the time about folks who worked for Mr. Kiekhaefer and their wonderful experiences at Lake X,” says Michelle Dauchy, Mercury Marine chief marketing officer. “We want to create new memories and build on our heritage of performance, reliability and to merge together our new Go Boldly brand cache with 80 years of history.”

New beginnings

Lake X is an appropriate place for Mercury to begin celebrating its 80th anniversary, as the site is a bit of a time capsule. The main R&D building, with its multiple three-panel aircraft hangar doors and numerous round, bubbled windows, has seen a bit of wear and some hurricane damage over the years, but it’s still in good shape. The iconic control tower mounted at the end of the long concrete pier, with its bubble windows and George Jetson arched base, is also still there, and remains the preferred spot for monitoring the proceedings with its commanding 360-degree views. On my visit to Lake X in early


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February, I could easily visualize the engineers at their desks and the Auto Club observers standing atop the watchtower with binoculars in hand watching two boats complete their 50,000-mile endurance odyssey way back in 1957. The roar of a passing Boston Whaler pushed along by a triad of Mercury 400s on its transom brought me back to the present. A fleet of boats bristled with new engines and innovative technologies lined up along the seawall for our group of boating writers to try out. That included an all-new assisted docking system mounted on another Boston Whaler, combining Raymarine’s DockSense product and Mercury’s advanced pilot assist system. After an introduction to the system’s intuitive operation, I was given a simple challenge — try to deliberately crash that sparkling new Outrage 330 into the concrete seawall. I gave the joystick a nudge, the twin 300s on the Whaler’s transom responded, and the boat slid forward, headed straight for the concrete. Just when I feared it really would hit the wall, the engines kicked in all on their own and stopped it. I hit the joystick again and, this time, nothing happened. So I nudged it yet again, more firmly this time, yet the boat simply refused to slam into the concrete. No matter how much I tried, pushing the stick forward, backward, sideways or spinning the boat within the slip, it wouldn’t let me hit anything. Only when I selected a specific button on the controller would it let me

bring the Whaler close enough to actually contact the dock. Once there, it neatly held the boat in place, giving me plenty of time to attend to the lines and tie off. How wonderful! Though DockSense is just a demonstration product now, Mercury and Raymarine hope it will be available for sale in the near future. Next up was a tour of a new integrated dash, combining Mercury’s SmartCraft controls, a C-Zone digital switching system and Fell Marine’s man overboard fobs. As I walked up to the boat, my host Christian Frost calmly commands, “Siri, start the engines,” and two Verados roar to life. “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible,” he says. With boats coming and going, new engines revealing delightful surprises and modern ideas taking tangible form — all in the shadow of that iconic control tower — it’s clear Lake X is once again the center of development for Mercury Marine. “Eighty years ago, Carl Kiekhaefer had a vision for Mercury and that was based around product innovation and technology — and it’s that vision that built the foundation for us to continue to innovate today,” Pfeifer says. “Mercury has come a long way over the past eight decades because of the hard work and dedication of everyone who has been a part of our journey. While the past 80 years have been fantastic, we are looking forward to continued growth over the next 80 years and celebrating throughout 2019 with everyone who has made our success possible.” H

With boating a seasonal activity through much of North America, Carl Kiekhaefer briefly ventured into manufacturing snowmobiles in addition to outboards, hoping to provide additional sales opportunities for his northern dealers. The company launched its first snowmobile in 1968 with the debut of the model 150E.

Although the design offered some innovative engineering and subsequent models brought forward-looking designs, the Mercury snowmobiles never really caught on, and production wound down in the early ’70s.

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Women in Boating

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s the old adage goes, if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. So where do you turn if you’re passionate about living your life on and around the water? Can you build a career out of boating? The answer is a resounding yes, and you need only determine what is in your particular wheelhouse. You could market boats, sell them, repair them, teach others how to use and enjoy them — and ultimately, you might even own and operate a marine business yourself. And remember, despite old stereotypes that refuse to die, the marine industry isn’t just for men. This vibrant, rewarding world belongs to women, too.

Part of a legacy

Across the country, women are responsible for marketing and selling boats to consumers. Many times, these women discovered boating in childhood and, in many ways, their careers were destined to unfold this way. For Sarah Porter, the marine industry is in her blood. She is the granddaughter of Vic Porter, industry pioneer and Formula Boats chairman; today, the Decatur, Indiana, native serves as Formula’s director of marketing.

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“I spent many weekends at Lake Wawasee in Indiana,” Porter remembers. “My grandparents had a home on the lake, so we got out on the boat as much as we could. They also had a place in Naples, Florida, so boating and the water have always played big roles in my life.” Porter started working part-time for Formula while she was still in high school, gaining experience in both marketing and sales from age 15 until her graduation from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. After earning her business degree in 2007, she joined the business full-time. “My humble beginnings were spent in the mail room shredding papers, and in marketing stuffing envelopes,” Porter says. “Now, I’m responsible for writing text for ads, catalogs and press releases; directing video production and editing; creating sales tools; handling social media and website updates; and organizing photo and video shoots, among a lot of other little things.” While Porter acknowledges that the marine industry remains largely maledominated, she says she sees so many opportunities available to women. “It’s such a fun and rewarding industry,”

she says. “It’s refreshing to see more women coming into it and thriving. There are so many ways women can influence this industry, add to it, and help make it better every day. If you have a passion and drive and love for boating, there is a place for you.” Porter says her passion for her work has both professional and deeply personal dimensions. “I get to see every part of this industry,” she explains. “It keeps me on my toes and constantly keeps me striving to show the world how much joy you get out of being on the water with family and friends. Who wouldn’t love that? “I (also) couldn’t be more proud to continue what my grandfather started,” she continues. “He set such an amazing example and taught us how far hard work can get you. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Opening new doors

Liz Carney did not come from a boating family. Once the bug bit, however, it bit hard. Carney grew up in the suburban Detroit community of Berkley, Michigan. When she was a junior in high school, her basketball coach took the team to her

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From sales and service to education, women are making a mark on the boating industry. by Heather Steinberger cottage and taught them to waterski; she says it was one of the best days of her life. “My mom and dad took us to the water every weekend to go swimming, but we were never on the water,” she says. With a laugh, she channels her teenage self and calls that long-ago day “just the funnest thing ever.” Carney ended up dating the younger brother of that basketball coach, a teen who purchased his own boat at age 16. She later married him. The water didn’t call right away, at least not in a professional sense. Carney went to school to become a certified public accountant, and she and her husband started a family. Then came the shift. “After my third child, I had an opportunity to work part-time in accounting with a dealer,” she says. “When a recession hit and most of our salespeople left, I worked with the customers who would come in.” In the process, Carney learned all about the boats, and before she knew it, she was in sales. She loved it, and in time, she began toying with the idea of opening her own store. “I was so interested in being an owner because I wanted to see if any of my own ideas would come to fruition,” she says. “I had a lot of ideas.”

In June 1997, Carney opened the doors to Grand Bay Marine in Traverse City, Michigan. Three years later, she was able to open a Charlevoix location. The business is one of Regal Boats’ top dealers, it’s a market leader in retail boat sales, and it employs approximately 30 to 35 people, with additional part-timers in the summer. After more than 20 years at the helm, Carney says she still loves the business. “I love the happiness that boating brings,” she says. “I want to be part of something that changes women’s lives. So many of them thank me for helping them become boaters. That’s important, because time is so precious, and boating is one of the few truly versatile, accessible things you can do as a family. There’s something for everyone.”

On the sales floor

Like Carney, Kate Keegan was not a boater as a child, but she did grow up near the water. She hails from Morris, Illinois, a city on the Illinois River, part of the Great Loop, and a huge draw for heartland boaters and watersports enthusiasts. “I was introduced to boating through

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family friends,” Keegan says. “Friends of ours owned Spring Brook Marina (in Seneca, just 17 miles downriver).” Keegan majored in hospitality at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Hoping to find positions that would connect her with outdoor recreation, she followed her career path from Florida to California. Then she started thinking about the marine industry, and about Spring Brook Marina, which is just 10 minutes away from her family home. In November 2017, she took a leap of faith, moving back to the Midwest and launching her career in boat sales. “On my second day, I learned to drive a Prestige — in November!” Keegan recalls, chuckling. “I wanted to learn to handle all the sea trials and orientations, not just read from the manuals. Now I can cover it all, from handshake to signing.” And she means what she says. Keegan can indeed cover it all, from stem to stern; she has even earned a Volvo certification. “I’m that type of learner,” she says. “I’m super hands-on. To connect with the customer, I have to be able to explain all the ins and outs.” Keegan also organizes events for the LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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dealership, including last year’s Prestige owners rendezvous, a multiple-day trip to Grand Haven, Michigan, from Chicago. The popular summer cruising event drew 22 boats. “That was pretty fun,” she says. “I really love it here. Because it’s family owned, I get to do a lot of things, and I can share my ideas. It doesn’t feel like a job to me.” Keegan also notes that she feels a real sense of camaraderie with women, so she enjoys having opportunities to walk through the boats with them and help them feel comfortable. “I want to make it fun for them and help them feel the excitement,” she says. For her, it’s all about empowerment — not just for the women who will own the boats, but also for those who might be interested in boating careers. “I wasn’t a boater, but I learned to love it,” Keegan says. “If you’re already a boater, you’re a step ahead of everyone else. It’s so important to be passionate. And if you’re worried about this being a male-dominated business, remember that’s nothing to be afraid of.” After a pause, she adds wryly, “I played volleyball in college, so I’m pretty confident. If you don’t know something, you can learn. I did.”

In the repair shop

Fellow Wisconsinite Kaitlyn Schneider also has found her calling at a boat dealership, but she’s not in the front of the house. Schneider, who hails from Appleton, works as a boat mechanic at Lakeside Marina in Oshkosh.

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Schneider did grow up on boats. Her family owned a 35-foot Baja cruiser, and throughout her childhood, they spent weekends in Wisconsin’s Door County, using Sturgeon Bay as their regular home base. She discovered an aptitude for mechanics early on, helping her dad work on cars and excelling in her high school’s auto mechanics courses. Her love of boats and eagerness to learn new things led her to the Universal Technical Institute’s boat program, and then on to the Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Orlando, Florida. “I was usually the only girl in my high school classes, or maybe one of two,” Schneider recalls. “I liked that. It gave me the motivation to do it more.” Schneider graduated from high school in June 2013, started at MMI in August, and graduated from its program a year later. Although she was looking for jobs in Florida, she decided to share her resume on a visit home — and she got an offer. She started work at Lakeside Marina in September 2014. She works on boats that range from 16-foot aluminum fishing craft to 35-foot cruisers, and she holds certifications for MerCruiser engines and Mercury outboards. According to owner Joe Honsa, she is a fantastic boat mechanic. Schneider says she loves what she does, whether that involves accessing a difficult engine compartment, hooking up the tractor to launch a boat at the ramp, or going on a delivery.

“The deliveries are super fun,” she says. “It’s great to play with the new motors and see how fast they can go.” Spring involves a deluge of work orders, checking fluids and electricals, and making sure the boats are performing correctly. Summer is all about fixing broken props, drives and fuel pumps; it also involves what Schneider calls “the game of diagnostics,” from engine and electrical issues to oil lines coming off. When fall arrives, she changes oil, winterizes water systems and engines, and handles shrinkwrapping. One thing is certain: The life of a boat mechanic is never dull. “Working on boats was an easy decision for me,” Schneider says. “During the season, I might get five boat rides a day. I’m in the sun, outside all the time… it’s awesome.”

Aboard a floating classroom

If you spend enough time with folks in the boating business, you’ll hear “fun” a lot. You’ll also hear “empowerment,” especially when it comes to women in boating. And two women in particular have dedicated their lives to making sure women not only have fun on their boats, but are also empowered to handle those boats themselves. Patti Moore and Carol Cuddyer own and operate Sea Sense, based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Founded in 1990, this


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boating school offers hands-on sailing and powerboating courses, private instruction, teaching deliveries and much more. Moore grew up in central Georgia. Like Carney and Keegan, she was not part of a boating family; she didn’t set foot on a boat until her mid-20s. “A friend built a sailboat on Lake Lanier, outside Atlanta,” she recalls. “He asked me if I wanted to go sailing. I think my response was, ‘What’s that?’” Moore later married a sailor. The couple moved to Florida, built a 39-foot sailboat and moved aboard. She earned her captain’s license and started doing boat deliveries and charters. “The more I learned, the more I wanted to share the knowledge that I learned the hard way — particularly with other women,” Moore says. “I taught for different sailing schools, and that’s how I met Carol.” Cuddyer has been a boater all her life, starting at age three on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. She married a charter fisherman, and together they sailed Northeastern cruising grounds such as Long Island Sound and Block Island. “My husband convinced me to get my captain’s license,” the former ER nurse remembers. “He said, ‘You know everything anyway.’ I took my test in New York City and wondered what I could do with this; I didn’t know any women captains. In the 1980s, women were either making

sandwiches or holding on for dear life. I felt it was important to change that.” Then her path crossed with Moores’. “I talked her into working a charter with me here in Florida, and we talked about a school,” Moore says. “She wanted to have one in New England in the summer. I lived in Florida — perfect for winter sailing! We both had powerboating experience and wanted to teach that as well. That’s how Sea Sense began.” The school had an 85 percent sail, 15 percent power ratio in 1990, but those numbers have reversed in the last three decades. And although Sea Sense started out teaching women, most of its customers today are couples who want to go cruising together — especially the Great Loop. “The sail-power ratio has changed to 85 percent power, 15 percent sail, and we’re definitely seeing more couples,” Cuddyer confirms. “The Boomers are retiring, and we’re helping them work together. You need two people who are qualified to do everything onboard. That’s for safety reasons. It’s also empowering, and it should be fun.” That still means engaging women, and Moore says that is essential for their sense of accomplishment, their feeling of competence and their safety. “All three increase the amount of fun they have,” she observes, “and it’s the woman’s boat too.” Cuddyer adds, “More women are buying their own boats now, and convincing their husbands to go!”

Sea Sense can teach private courses aboard the owners’ own boat or charter one for private instruction. If owners find the boat of their dreams at the Fort Lauderdale or Miami boat show, instructors also can do a teaching delivery en route to the new home port. Along the way, they are changing lives. “Lots of former students call us when they’ve done something fabulous, which is so cool,” Cuddyer says. “Being a positive influence in people’s lives, going places I never thought I’d go — I just love what I do.” “My love for sharing my knowledge and experience on boats is still strong, and we’ve been privileged to meet the most wonderful people over the years,” Moore reflects. “I don’t think I’ll ever lose my love of teaching boating.”

A perfect fit

Whether they’re in the company headquarters, on the sales floor, in the service department or out on the water, women are a perfect fit for today’s boating industry, according to Liz Carney. “We’re compassionate, we’re multitaskers, and we know how to connect with people and give them a great experience,” she says. “We have a lot of women in the business now, but of course there’s more opportunity. And more room to grow.” “There are a lot of perks,” Kaitlyn Schneider adds. “It’s just more fun working on boats.” ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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or Paul Hampton and his wife, Lydia, summer doesn’t get much better than cruising on Lake Huron or chilling dockside aboard their 23-foot Sea Ray at the Lexington marina, just 90 minutes from their metro Detroit home. In this boating haven on Michigan’s eastern shore, stress fades away as the couple sips drinks, grills burgers and watches the goings-on in the bustling port, a state-designated Harbor of Refuge that Hampton describes as “well-sheltered and well-managed.” Featuring a limestone breakwall and half-mile-long pier, the marina is a quick stroll to the village of Lexington’s quaint downtown, with its charming mix of shops, restaurants, theater and pubs, including the Lexington Brewery and Wine House in a restored fire hall. “Lexington’s a great little town. Everything is very convenient — you just walk up from the harbor and the downtown is right there,” says Hampton, a business owner and grandfather, whose family enjoys the Lexington General Store’s old-fashioned candy counter, free Friday night concerts in the park near the marina and Independence Day weekend fireworks (scheduled July 5 this year). “Sitting on the boat in the harbor and watching the fireworks, you are literally right under it. It’s a spectacular show.” Eleven shoreline miles north, in the quiet village of Port Sanilac (population 584), boaters also give high marks to another Harbor of Refuge that’s popular with sailors, Port Sanilac Municipal Harbor. “We get lots of sailboats; we have a lot of depth in this harbor,” says Harbormaster Vanessa Stewart. “Any boat that draws more than 6 feet, we can accommodate them.”

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With a rich lumbering, maritime and agricultural history, familyfriendly attractions, special events and a laid-back vibe, Lexington and Port Sanilac combine to make Michigan’s Thumb region (as it’s known) an attractive getaway for boaters along the western shore of Lake Huron. Touting itself as “the first resort north,” Lexington is located 23 miles north of Port Huron, where the lake channels into the St. Clair River. The Thumb, with its relatively low profile, “has a lot going for it,” says Nadine Maliniak, innkeeper at A Night to Remember, a popular Lexington B&B with an ice cream parlor, Temptations, next door. “It feels like you’re up north but not as busy as some of the resort towns where it’s super crowded and you can’t get into the restaurants and stores. It’s great for anyone who enjoys getting away from the hustle and bustle.” And, Maliniak adds, the Lexington and Port Sanilac harbors, with white-sand public beaches next to them, “are just beautiful.” The harbors function as recreation central. In addition to fullservice public and private marinas, boaters will find parks, picnic tables, grills, rental kayaks, fishing and dive charter boats, and other amenities. The dive boats offer excursions to wreck sites in Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve, a 163-square-mile shipwreck-studded marine sanctuary that stretches from near Lexington to Forestville, 16.5 miles north of Port Sanilac (see sidebar). For landlubbers, several area golf courses welcome boaters, including the 18-hole Huron Shores Golf Club, three miles north

Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve

Shipwreck Mecca Unless you have a diver aboard, you might cruise over the 163-square-mile Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve in Lake Huron without giving it much thought. But this area of Michigan’s Thumb, stretching from near Lexington to north of Port Sanilac, is a Great Lakes graveyard for nearly two dozen shipwrecks. Some 16 of them lie within recreational diving limits — above 120 feet — making this a Mecca for sport divers. Many of the ships fell victim to rough seas, accidents, collisions and storms, including the notorious Great Storm of 1913 — so ferocious it was called the “White Hurricane,” the “Frozen Fury” and the “Big Blow.” It was the Great Lakes’ worst recorded disaster, and Lake Huron was especially hard hit. Regina is one of Lake Huron’s most famous casualties. The steel-hulled steamer went missing with all 25 hands on November 9, 1913, and wasn’t discovered until 1986. Resting almost midway between Lexington and Port Sanilac, the 250-foot-long freighter is among the preserve’s most popular dive sites. It sits upside down on the lake bottom in 80 feet of water, and the bottom of its hull can be reached at 25 feet. Even closer to Lexington, another favorite is Sport, the first steel tug on the Great Lakes. It’s also the first Michigan shipwreck on which divers placed a Michigan Historical Marker. The 57-foot vessel, built in 1873, was no match for a severe gale on December 13, 1920. Resting in 45 feet of water, today Sport rises up about 20 feet off the bottom, intact with many tools and relics scattered about the site. Several dive charters at both the Lexington and Port Sanilac harbors offer guided excursions to the preserve’s many wreck sites. Visit MICHIGANPRESERVES. ORG/SANILAC.HTM for more information.

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of Port Sanilac, with a remodeled clubhouse and restaurant with outdoor deck. In Lexington, less than two miles from the harbor, Lakeview Hills Golf Resort boasts two 18-hole courses, a hotel, restaurant, 16-lane bowling alley, health club and free shuttle service from the marina.

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park

Native American petroglyphs Some 40 miles from the Port Sanilac harbor, Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park is Michigan’s only known rock carvings attributable to Native Americans. History interpreters may be present during limited park hours to give tours of the rocks, which otherwise are fenced-in to protect the fragile carvings etched in sandstone. Admission is free, but a Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicles. Best bet is to call ahead for information and hours (989- 856-4411).

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Early settlers were drawn to Michigan’s heavily forested Thumb, and lumbering grew into a major industry. Among Port Sanilac’s pioneering lumberjacks was a group that cut and peeled hemlock bark used for leather tanning and shingles. Their bark-covered shanty out on the point became a local landmark. By the 1830s, it gave rise to the village’s original name, Bark Shanty Point, which was later changed to honor a Native American chief, Sanilac. South of the marina, historic Port Sanilac Lighthouse, which burned kerosene from 1886 until its electrification in 1924, still stands. Though it’s now a private residence, tours are sometimes available through the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum, a must-see for history buffs. Located within walking distance of the harbor, the 10-acre historic village is a collection of a dozen historic buildings anchored by a grand, Second Empire-style mansion turned museum. Originally clad in a white-yellow brick that was barged across Lake Huron from Ontario, it was built in the early 1870s by the town’s horse-and-buggy physician, Dr. Joseph Loop. Tours of the Loop-Harrison House and the entire grounds are offered twice daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and showcase period furniture, marine and shipwreck items, military memorabilia and Native American artifacts. Outside, buildings range from a two-room Victorian privy to a centennial schoolhouse, turn-ofthe-century general store and a church that started life as a tavern. The Loop family’s 1880s-era barn now houses Port Sanilac’s “come as you are” Barn Theatre with a summer schedule of live shows, including comedies, musicals, concerts and dramas — some geared for adults, others family fare. In a real life drama, the doctor’s daughter who was a piano teacher, Ada Harrison, died tragically in 1925 in Sanilac County’s first automobile fatality. Blinded by the lights of a car as she walked across the highway in front of her home, she was struck by a second car, a Model T without working headlights. Ada’s ghost is said to haunt the grounds. Port Sanilac’s sleepy downtown is home to a handful of browseworthy shops, including East Port Exchange, with gifts, antiques and works by local artists, as well as Michigan’s oldest operating hardware store. From humble beginnings on stilts in 1850, Raymond Hardware grew into a full-service destination hardware and lumber yard; you can even get a Michigan fishing license there. Nearby, Stone Lodge, a rustic, north-woods restaurant, draws rave reviews for its homemade chicken pot pie, portobello fries, lake perch and key lime pie. The Portly Pig, with a new backyard mini-golf course, makes a mean pulled pork-topped cornbread pancake with house-made coleslaw, among other barbecue specialties. For beautiful harbor views, try The View at Uri’s Landing on the second floor of the marina.

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Among Harbor Park events this summer is the Port Sanilac Blues Festival August 2-3; the Antique Boat and Vintage Festival August 16-17; and Saturday night “Music at the Harbor” concerts.

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From lumber to Lexington

With a population of 1,178, Lexington remains a center of Thumb activity, just as it was in the mid-1800s when the forests were being harvested. Steamships and freighters stopped regularly for lumber and agricultural products until the infamous Great Storm of 1913 destroyed the village’s long dock into Lake Huron. Today, Lexington’s many Victorian homes, vintage B&Bs and historic downtown buildings housing shops and restaurants recall the lumber barons, carpenters and woodworkers who once lived there. Originally called Greenbush, the village was renamed in 1846 after the Battle of Lexington in Massachusetts by a settler whose wife’s cousin was the Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen. These days, the town is buzzing about the spiffy, $3.5-million restoration and reopening of the historic Cadillac House Inn & Tavern, a community anchor since 1860. It offers 12 tastefully decorated rooms, two balcony suites and a restaurant known for its northern fish chowder, smoked whitefish spread, cheddar biscuits with butter and apple butter, and butterscotch pie. Grab a table overlooking the harbor on the deck of The Windjammer Restaurant & Bar and order drinks such as the Lake Huron Long Island or Lexington Lemonade with pomegranate juice, strawberries, raspberries and vodka. The menu includes blue cheese nachos, soups and chowders, steaks, seafood and pasta; don’t miss the chocolate mousse cake and other from-scratch desserts. There’s no shortage of entertainment and special events in Lexington, including the third annual Boat Show, this year July 13, sponsored by the Antique & Classic Boat Society Michigan Chapter, and the popular Lexington Lakeside Craft Fair, this year June 15-16. The free Friday night concert series in the park, typically mid-June to mid-August, is a major summertime draw, while the Lexington Village Theatre stages regular performances, from comedians and the Glenn Miller Orchestra to Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band. Thousands of visitors flock to Lexington each August for the Fine Arts and Crafts Street Fair, with more than 150 artists (this year August 3-4), and the Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margarita Fest (this year August 23-24). Summer’s end in Lexington brings Thumbfest, a free, one-day folk and traditional music extravaganza hosted by the Blue Water Folk Society (typically the Saturday of Labor Day weekend), and the Lexington Bach Festival’s weekend of concerts (in mid-September). Less than six miles inland from Lexington, and easily accessed by a bike trail, the Croswell Swinging Bridge is a local institution. Built in 1905 over the Black River, the suspension footbridge has a folksy sign on one end advising pedestrians to “Be Good to Your Mother-in-Law.” Kids enjoy cooling off at the splash pad in the park. Underscoring the region’s agricultural heritage (sugar beets are a major crop), Croswell is also home to the iconic Pioneer Sugar plant. H

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The Great Thumb Fire Even before the Great Storm of 1913 came, the Great Thumb Fire of 1881 killed 282 people in Sanilac and three surrounding counties. So much soot and ash shot up into the atmosphere that sunlight was partially obscured in locations as far away as New England, where the sky appeared yellow and projected a strange luminosity onto buildings and vegetation. September 12, when twilight appeared at noon, was dubbed “Yellow Tuesday” thanks to this odd atmospheric event. Interestingly, response to the Great Thumb Fire was the first official disaster relief operation by the American Red Cross, which was founded the same year by Clara Barton. The organization provided money, clothes and household items to devastated Thumb-area residents.

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or newcomers to Charlevoix, Michigan, it may look like this home along Lake Michigan is straight out of a fairy tale, complete with a curved, cedar shake roof and artistic stonework. But this magical cottage, known as a “Mushroom House,” is actually the handiwork of the iconic, local architect Earl Young. “This Earl Young home was built in 1948 for the Sucher family,” realtor Connie Lenau explains. “The home was designed to blend into the lot in which the home sits. The home reflects one-third sky, one-third water and one-third grass, and was recently updated to include state-of-the-art amenities while keeping the features unique to Young’s legacy.” The home’s show-stopper is a limestone sunburst-style fireplace that anchors the living room; the main living space is designed around this impressive fixture. “Being one of 26 residential homes created by Young, this home reflects his use of indigenous materials, such as limestone, fieldstones and boulders found throughout Northern Michigan,” Lenau says. A recent renovation was completed by Glennwood Custom Builders and architectural firm Dufner Heighes, who carefully

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Repairs can be done at all five locations, and mechanics will even travel to service boaters who need assistance. That level of customer support and the first-name-basis they have with customers is what brings people down to Seneca, Stenzel says, even though it’s not right on Lake Michigan. “People we attract are people from the city or people from the suburbs who are just looking to get out of the hecticness of everyday life up there,” he says. Spring Brook’s other four locations are known as storefronts, selling new Jeanneau, Prestige, Sirena, Fairline and Barletta Pontoons, as well as pre-owned boats. These other locations are the marina’s connection to the Great Lakes, and see ideal weather in June, July and August. Travel just 62 miles down the Illinois River in the spring or fall, however, and you will see much warmer temperatures than Chicago. “It’s kind of nice for boaters to bookend their season,” Stenzel says of the Seneca location. “Stay here in April and May or September and October. You just get more use out of your boat. H


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Since 1999, Jeremy Goldstein has owned Bella Blue (its third owner) — a 1970 23-foot Lyman Offshore that is hull No. 6 of only 41 ever built. Not only was Bella Blue built in Sandusky, Ohio, at Lyman Boat Works, but Sandusky has been her homeport her entire life. As the owner of Custom Marine Inc. (also in Sandusky), Jeremy’s company — now in its 25th year specializing in vintage boat restoration and yacht interiors — performed a keel-up restoration on her, including a full bottom replacement. Since the initial restoration back in 2003, Bella Blue has won several awards at boat shows around the country, but don’t let that fool you; the boat is no “Trailer Queen,” as Jeremy has thoroughly enjoyed using this rare Lyman and has logged more than 3,500 miles at the helm. Some places Bella Blue has been to include Lake Erie, Lake Muskoka, Portage Lakes, Buckeye Lake, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Tennessee River and Arkansas River. Bella Blue still sports her original Crusader V-8 engine, which has been religiously maintained and pampered, allowing it to still perform well and burn no oil. That being said, with Bella’s hour meter now proudly displaying nearly 2,500 hours, a new engine will find a happy home in her teak motor box in the near future to ensure many more years of boating adventures under Jeremy’s ownership. Email kbush@lakelandboating.com if you have a — Jeremy Goldstein, Sandusky, OH Classic Craft with a good story to share!

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