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Hobie is thrilled to introduce an exciting new member of our fleet. The Hobie Mirage Tandem Island is the big brother of our Hobie Mirage Adventure Island and twice the fun. Plenty of room for the skipper and crew, with total control of the roller furling sail and the large Twist and Stow rudder from either high back padded seat. Inspired by Polynesian multihulls, this 18' 6" trimaran “sail-yak� includes state-of-the-art features and comfort, plus two patented MirageDrives with Turbo Fins. So choose a partner and enjoy the ride.

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Avalon Ambassador 27




Boating Lake Temiskaming


Marvelous Mariposa

See pontoons in a whole new light

Top-line furnishings and features make this pontoon a stand out Which to choose: Canoe or kayak? Gateway to Ontario’s Wilderness Region The Canadian port of Orillia, Ontario, offers history, culture and a wealth of boaters’ delights

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Retro elegance and rugged performance characterize the all new Avalon Ambassador 27.


The wide-body design of our Sport Deck models provides extra space aboard, plus added safety and security for your passengers. A side-entry walkway, along with an oversized swim platform, makes for easy access when boarding. The extra large platform also creates an inviting space for hanging out...and for jumping in the water when you're ready to cool off! Once you've worked up an appetite, insert the table in the bow or cockpit area. With its easy setup, you're quickly ready for snacks and drinks. Everything you need, including a freshwater sink and removable cooler, is standard as part of the onboard refreshment center.

The wide-body design means an extra roomy cuddy cabin. Combine this with our convenient side-entry transom walkway, and you have a setup that your family and friends can enjoy for the whole day...or for the entire weekend. ADDED BONUS: it's affordable and trailerable

The 235CR features a spacious berth, equipped with a stove and porta potti (pumpout optional), plus a storage cabinet that houses the audio system.


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Prelude to the Voyage of a Lifetime

Creative staff Art director/production manager: Brook Poplawski Creative consultant: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Betsy Clayton, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Richard Hartwell, Andrew Hind, Zuzana Prochazka, Greg Proteau, Marty Richardson, Mark Stevens, Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace business staff Eastern advertising representative: Mark Conway Regional and classified sales manager: Kirsten Moxley Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Circulation director: Sharon P. O’Meara editorial & advertising offiCe 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 phone: 312-276-0610 | fax: 312-276-0619 email: website:

the kayaks hanging from the bridge of the Grand Banks. In my opinion, every cruising boat should have at least one kayak aboard, and preferably two. If the trip I just described sounds appealing to you, stay tuned. The September issue of Lakeland Boating will have all the details, along with some spectacular photography. In other news, congratulations to Bay Marine in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for adding Riviera Yachts to its brand lineup. Congratulations also is in order for Skipper Bud’s, whose western Michigan location is now offering Trophy Sportfishing Boats. Skipper Buds will likewise have a water display at Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven, Michigan, and will be moving sales staff to Grand Isle this fall. Enjoy summer, and happy boating!

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y bucket list has included the notation “Pacific Northwest/Alaska” in bold print for many years. The theme of our January 2011 issue was “Charter Vacations.” We featured several beautiful cruising areas, including the Caribbean, Great Lakes, Bahamas and the San Juan Islands, along with the bareboat chartering operations servicing these waters. In the case of the San Juans, Northwest Explorations came highly recommended. I had an opportunity to speak with owner Brian Pemberton about his operation, and by the time our phone call was complete, Brian invited me to join him and his crew on their spring Mother Goose Flotilla to Alaska aboard Deception, a 49-foot Grand Banks. The flotilla cruise consists of a maximum of five Grand Banks trawlers, one of which is the lead boat. It is captained by a veteran mariner with extensive experience in Pacific Northwest and Alaskan waters. A seasoned naturalist specializing in the area also is aboard. Cruise duration is 10 to 24 days. The entire journey spans from Bellingham, Washington, to Glacier Bay, Alaska, a distance of approximately 1,700 miles. The trip is broken up into six legs. I was on Leg #1, from Bellingham to Ketchikan, Alaska. It took a total of 24 days, going a distance of 900 miles. The cruise wasn’t a marathon; it was leisurely. Plenty of time to soak up the wildlife, which included bears, whales, otters, porpoise and seals, as well as the most prevalent bird, the bald eagle. We went for days on end not seeing another human being besides own group. No planes, no media. I felt a weight lifted after a few days aboard, away from civilization. I have always considered nature a remedy for what ails you. And the best way to experience it is aboard a boat. The boat pictured was part of our flotilla. Note

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Race Relations

As a longtime subscriber and longtime reader, I was disappointed in your racing article in the March 2011 issue (“Thrill Ride,” p. 38). You left out the St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race. Blue Water Offshore Racing Association (BWORA) has put this race on annually since 1995. BWORA has hosted APBA, OSS, OPA and The Great Lakes Silver Cup Series over the years. This race is second only to the Key West World Championships in boat and spectator attendance and is voted one of the racers’ favorites year after year. This race takes place on the St. Clair River in the City of St. Clair and straddles the Canadian border, making it an international event. Last year (and again this year), the race was televised on Versus and sponsored by Geico. The Geico turbine boat was in attendance, along with several other turbine boats capable of speeds close to 200 mph. We are now one of the longest continually running offshore races in the country, and we’re proud of our accomplishments. BWORA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. The race is held in conjunction with the St. Clair Riverfest, a free event with music, food and other entertainment. This year’s race and Funfest will take place July 29-31, and Lakeland Boating magazine and its readers are cordially invited!

OB SESSION Obstetrics is my profession; boating is my obsession. Alexis Witt

PORSCHELESS Can you guess my last hobby? Who would think that German sports cars would be the less expensive hobby! I went form a Porsche Turbo convertible to boating and have never looked back. The boat is a 37-foot 2005 Rinker 342. Bob Verdun Grosse Ile, Michigan

— Steve Brunner President, Blue Water Racing Association LB: Thanks for the invite, Steve! We’re planning to have representation at the St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race, and intend to feature 2011 race results in an upcoming issue of the magazine. We apologize for oversight of your fine event in the March issue.

Where’s the Wine?

I always enjoy your magazine, and the June 2011 issue was no exception. I did, however, have a little problem with the relationship of Pelee Island to Napa Valley (“Wine Island,” p. 60). Pelee is roughly 41 degrees north, while Napa is roughly 38 degrees north. The Pelee Island Winery web page does claim to be on the same general latitued as Napa, but this claim seems to be off. — Harvey Galloway

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CARIBBEAN RHYTHM Here is a picture of our 310 Sea Ray Sundancer. It took us forever to find the perfect name. Since we both love the island of Jamaica and there is always reggae music on board, this turned out to be perfect. Only one of us actually has rhythm; it’s not me!


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Operation Summaries From the 9th District u.S. Coast Guard.

Rear admiral Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast guard District, throws out the first pitch of the Cleveland Indians’ baseball game against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field July 4.

06/02 Four Rescued Marblehead, OH Four boaters are safe after a Marblehead, Ohio, USCG boatcrew and other nearby boaters rescued them in Lake Erie when their recreational boat capsized near Lakeside, Ohio. The four boaters rescued were: Three men, ages 18, 49 and 58; and a woman, 52. All four boaters are from Mansfield, Ohio. The three men and one woman reported their 20-foot boat began taking water over the stern before it capsized, sending all four of them into the water at about 08:40, near the Lakeside Association dock. A boatcrew from USCG Station Marblehead was already prepared to get underway on one of the station’s 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement boats when it was notified of the accident, and it arrived on scene within five minutes. Two nearby boaters recovered three of the people, and the USCG boatcrew recovered the fourth. All four were transported to Mazurik state boat ramp where they were met by awaiting EMTs, evaluated and released with no reported injuries. Two of the men and the woman were wearing life jackets. The other man was reportedly not wearing a life jacket. A local salvage company recovered the vessel and brought it to the company’s facility. case closed 06/04 Three Rescued Sodus Point, NY A USCG boatcrew rescued three Rochester, New York, natives after the mariners abandoned their boat due to rough weather in Lake Ontario near Sodus Point, New York. USCG personnel at Station Sodus Point were outside on station grounds when they noticed the wind and swells pick up in Sodus Bay, and then saw the three boaters abandon their 16-foot jon boat to swim toward a nearby breakwall at 14:22. USCG immediately launched a rescue crew aboard a 25-foot RB-S, which arrived on

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scene within approximately five minutes and brought the boaters to shore. The names of the individuals who were rescued are not being released. No injuries were reported. case closed 06/08 Men Rescued Linwood, MI A USCG boatcrew rescued three men after the boat they were on began sinking about three miles east of Linwood Beach Marina in Saginaw Bay near Linwood, Michigan. The men are: A 65-year-old from Vermontville, Michigan; a 67-year-old from Battle Creek, Michigan; and a 73-year-old from Belleville, Michigan. Their names are not being released. The men initially called for help at 11:48 using the radio on their 17-foot fishing boat. When the radio stopped working, they used a cell phone to provide their location and other information. A rescue boatcrew from USCG Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Michigan, launched in a 25-foot RB-S and arrived on scene with the men at 12:12. When the boatcrew arrived, the vessel’s bow was underwater, and two of the men were standing on coolers. The boatcrew brought all three men aboard the RB-S and transported them to Station Saginaw River. A commercial salvage company was contracted to recover the vessel. No injuries were reported. case closed 06/11 Boaters Capsize Lewiston, MI A USCG rescue crew plucked four boaters out of the water after their 22-foot pleasure craft capsized at the mouth of the Niagara River near Lewiston, New York. Crewmembers from USCG Station Niagara in Youngstown, New York, were contacted at 06:50 by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, which had received a cell phone call from someone on a vessel that capsized with four people aboard. A Station Niagara crew got underway aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat at 07:00. USCG Air Station Detroit readied a crew to launch an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helo, but stood down once Station Niagara’s SPC-LE crew arrived at the scene, about two miles east of the mouth of the Niagara River. Once on scene, the rescue boatcrew pulled all four boaters from the water and transported them ashore. They were all wearing life jackets. All four boaters were checked by local EMS, and one of them was reportedly taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston as a precaution. case closed r PHOTO BY PO2 LAurEN JOrGENSEN


Ramp it Up

RBFF locates boat ramps and more. by g r eg proteau


Apple iTunes store: app/boat-ramps/id333176419?mt=8 Android Marketplace: https://market. boatramps&feature=search_result

s you approach your favorite launch ramp, you discover a dozen boats queued up. It’s at least an hour’s wait. Today, however, you have other options. Ditch the line and scout additional ramps nearby via the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) “Take Me Fishing” Boat Ramp App. With a smartphone (iPhone or Android), you can view it wherever you can get a signal outdoors at, or when planning ahead from a home computer. Displayed on a Google Map, icons appear where the facility—a marina, fishing pier or campsite—is located. A simple click provides additional information about the spot and a more detailed map. Favorite locations a user has enjoyed can be saved, or you can post a place you’ve visited to share with others. The app features 35,000 boat ramps across the country.

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Start by picking your home state or destination and then a location (by town name, zip code or body of water). Further details can be selected, including what fish are found in those bodies of water, marinas, outfitters, family-friendly places, charters and guides, and more. Many listings include phone numbers, e-mails, websites and directions. High-density boating and fishing areas will show more resources, but even out in the boondocks a listing for a bait shop could provide a touchpoint for local information. Folks that know fishing and boating liked the mobile application and hotspot feature. A judging team from Boating Writers International, a group of marine journalists, bestowed an Innovation Award Honorable Mention for the app earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show. The free app is available in the Apple iTunes store and in the Android Marketplace. r


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scuttlebutt Aug. 6 Antique Boat Museum Boat Show & Auction Clayton, NY | Bayside Music Festival St. Ignace, MI | Cherry Fest Jacksonport, WI |

Walstrom Marine Annual Cruise August 7-10 | Harbor springs, MI

Classic Boats on the Boardwalk Traverse City, MI | Mackinaw Area Historical Festival Mackinaw City, MI Aug. 6, 14, 20 & 27 Lighthouse Tours DeTour Village, MI |

Calendar of Events July 29 – Aug. 1 Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival Port Colborne, ON |

July 29 – Aug. 7 Coast Guard Festival Grand Haven, MI | Aug. 1 Make-A-Wish Swim Benefit Kelleys Island, OH | Aug. 1 – 28 Lightkeeper Program DeTour Village, MI | Aug. 2 Mackinaw City Antique Show Mackinaw City, MI | 231-436-5504 Aug. 2 – 7 Nautical City Festival Rogers City, MI | Aug. 3 – 7 Door County Fair Sturgeon Bay, WI | Harbor Days Elk Rapids, MI | 10 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A u g u s t 2 011

Aug. 5 Madison Area Antique & Classic Boat Show Madison, WI | Aug. 5 – 6 Scandinavian Festival Washington Island, WI

Aug. 5 – 7 Antique Boat Show & Auction Clayton, NY | Canal Fest Rome, NY | Classic & Wooden Boat Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI |

Aug. 6 – 7 Antique & Classic Boat Society Toronto Rendezvous Picton, ON Aug. 6 – 13 Cheboygan County Fair Cheboygan, MI | Aug. 7 – 10 Walstrom Marine Annual Cruise Harbor Springs, MI | Aug. 11 – 14 National Blueberry Festival South Haven, MI | Aug. 12 – 14 Music & Arts Festival Grand Marais, MI Toast of Ohio Wine Festival Sandusky,

Aug. 12 – 21 Harbor Days Celebration & Boat Show Bill Johnson’s Pirate Days Winthrop Harbor, IL | Alexandria Bay, NY | Orillia Waterfront Festival Orillia, ON | Pelee Fest Pelee Island, ON | Sail Regatta Put-in-Bay, OH |

Aug. 13 Big Sable Point Lighthouse Bus Day Ludington, MI | Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair Charlevoix, MI


Door County Festival of the Arts Sister Bay, WI |

Montreal Classic Boat Festival Montreal, ON |

Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show Hessel, MI |

aug. 20 Hastings Waterfront Festival Montreal, ON |

Ottawa International Antique & Classic Boat Show Manotick, ON Transfer of Ownership Ceremony & Anniversary Celebration Mackinaw City, MI | aug. 17 Paul Bunyan Fest Eagle River, WI |


aug. 20 – 21 Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago, IL |

aug. 25 – 28 Michigan City In-Water Boat Show Michigan City, IN Pewaukee Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show Pewaukee, WI | aug. 26 – 28 Pig Roast Luau Georgian Bay Tug Fest Middle Bass Island, OH | Midland, ON | Traverse City Wine & Art Festival Traverse City, MI

Port Credit In-Water Boat Show Mississauga, ON |

Tug Fest Sturgeon Bay, WI |

aug. 19 – 20 Buckeye Lake Yacht Club Boat Regatta Buckeye Lake, OH |

aug. 27 Antique Wooden Boat Show Pentwater, MI |

VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta Holland, MI |

Lake George Rendezvous Lake George, NY | 518-885-0146

aug. 19 – 21 All Classics Weekend Huron, OH |

Washington Island Fair Washington Island, WI

aug. 27 – 28 Mackinaw City Arts & Craft Show Mackinaw City, MI |

Festival on the Bay Petoskey, MI |

West Fest Sturgeon Bay, WI |

Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show Toledo, OH |

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gear guru

Fun in the Sun

Explore the shore with great new gear. BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA


SEALIFE Mini II Dive & Sport Camera

Waterproof cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as rugged as the Mini II Dive & Sport camera from SeaLife. This 9-megapixel camera takes great pictures in or out of the water, down to 130 feet, without a housing. No more protecting your camera from water with a case or plastic baggies. The Mini II is rubberized, so it’s easier to hang on to even with wet hands. You can step on it and, in an extreme case, even drive over it (see photo), since it’s billed as crushproof. The Mini II has underwater color correction to minimize blue hues and a “Land Mode” to shoot day and nighttime pictures. A “Spy Mode” allows the camera to take continuous pictures at set time intervals, so you can get impossible shots, like jumping fish or a water skier running a course. It’s easy to operate—only three buttons—and can take 30 frames per second in “Video Mode,” including sound. The SeaLife Mini II has a 3X zoom, built-in flash and an SD card slot. Accessories include a wide-angle lens, external flash and video light. It runs on two AAA batteries and retails for $260. SEALIFE-CAMERAS.COM


BOTE Paddleboards

Fish. Paddle. Surf. BOTE paddleboards are made to do all three. Anyone who enjoys stand-up paddling will love these boards, but the fishing crowd will find this platform especially interesting. The BOTE SUP Skiff is made from high quality epoxy resin construction with fiberglass skin and a light foam core. The boards are 12 feet long, 30 inches wide and weigh 29 pounds. Each has a foam traction pad to reduce fatigue and a carbon fiber fin for good tracking. But here’s the real difference: Each fishing board comes with a welded aluminum backrest adjustable to the height of the user. This frame not only helps improve stability, but also provides attach points for a cushion, two rod holders, two paddle clasps, U-hooks for extra storage, and a cooler to store your catch and carry beverages. Strap the board to your car rack, or carry it on your boat railing with minimal fuss. The SUP Skiff sells for $1,400. Add to that a Yeti cooler, two gimbaled rod holders, tie-down straps and a carbon fiber paddle, and you’ll have a mini-boat for only $1,900. BOTEBOARD.COM


Mariner 7 Folding Bike

The Mariner 7 folding bicycle by Dahon is designed specifically for boaters, with a lightweight, rustresistant aluminum frame and seven speeds to get you up and down hills when you have to run into town for more ice, or want to stretch your legs and get some exercise. The Mariner 7 folds flat in just 15 seconds (with practice), and since it packs down to a mere 11-inches by 31-inches by 26-inches, it fits in most lazarettes, V-berths and dinghies. The Dahon Mariner 7 weighs 26 pounds, but can carry riders up to 230 pounds and 6 feet, 4 inches tall. The bike retails for $550 and is available at various bike dealers and REI. US.DAHON.COM

ZUZANA PROCHAZKA is a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master with 20 years boating experience. Her work has appeared in numerous national boating magazines, and she authors a popular gear and boat review blog, 12 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011


Safe Passage

Border crossing simplified between the U.S. and Canada. BY H EATH E R STE I N B E RG E R


f you’re a frequent flier, chances are you’re already aware of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s “trusted traveler program” that expedites airport screening. The agency developed the program after acknowledging the one-size-fits-all approach is inefficient and creates unnecessary hardships. Boaters may not, however, be aware that a similar program now exists for those who frequently cross international borders with their vessels. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, developed the voluntary Small Vessel Reporting System to expedite trusted boaters’ crossings into the United States. SVRS will be available in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and, most significantly for Lakeland Boating readers, the Great Lakes. “We rolled it out about a year ago in Miami, our test area,” said Brian Bell, supervisory CBP officer and public affairs liaison at the Chicago field office. “Now we’re rolling it out nationwide.” Bell said SVRS should available in the Great Lakes by August. He also noted that CBP officers expected the heaviest use to be on Lake Erie. “Cleveland’s the hotbed!” he acknowledged with a laugh. “Canada’s an hour away, not two days away, like the Bahamas from Miami. So we’re expecting heavy usage, with a lot of recreational boaters and fishermen traveling back and forth. Lake Superior is probably going to be our No. 2.” Border-crossing boaters used to call the CBP office and ask where to meet officers for processing. As with mass airport-screening methods, Bell said that procedure wasn’t particularly helpful. “It was time-consuming for officers, but it also wasn’t fair to the boating community,” he explained. “Our job is to facilitate international travel, not make it harder.” With SVRS, international boaters register with CBP online to get expedited clearance for their U.S. arrival. The system is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as Canadian citizens, Canadian landed commonwealth residents and Canadian landed immigrants who hold certain documents. To participate, visit, fill out an online application and schedule a visit to your nearest enrollment center. CBP officers will vet applicants, a process that includes an in-person interview and checks against law-enforcement and anti-terrorism databases. There is no fee to apply; boat owners who are members of a CBP trusted traveler program can enroll without visiting an enrollment center. PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

“Once you’re enrolled, all you have to do is fill out a simple float plan before you depart,” Bell said. “Just say, ‘I’m going to dinner in Canada and this is when I’ll be back!’” When arriving in the U.S., the captain will call CBP at the nearest Port of Entry with his or her float plan identification number, answer a few questions and receive clearance. Bell acknowledged that fishing is a key recreational and commercial pursuit on both sides of the border. “As far as the U.S. government is concerned, if you anchor in Canadian waters, you haven’t left the U.S.,” he advised. “It’s only an issue if you’ve gone ashore or come in contact with a foreign vessel. The last thing we want to do is seize someone’s boat because they went to dinner!” Bell said SVRS will benefit everyone in the long run. Enrolled boaters will find crossing the border to be a more hassle-free experience. And CBP officers can focus efforts on noncompliant boaters, smugglers and potential terrorists. “Our job is to make sure people with harmful intent don’t enter the United States,” he said. “After all, it would be very easy to blend in, especially on a beautiful Saturday out on the lake. But we want to make entering the U.S. as easy as possible for everyone else.” 

U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s new Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) will make border crossings easier for trusted boaters. SVRS will be available in the Great Lakes late this summer, and CBP anticipates the heaviest use to be on lakes Erie and Superior.



Taking Care of Business

Catching up with Robin Martel of Northport Systems. BY TOM THOM PSON


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e’ve all had those days at work, wishing we could buy our employers company. We know just what we’d do, right? Recently, I talked with someone who didn’t just wonder about it; he actually bought the company. Robin Martel purchased Northport Systems, the Canadian firm known for the Fugawi line of navigation software. He told me how he plans to bring more high tech to the helm of everyone’s boat. The 39-year-old Martel holds a degree in geotechnical engineering from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. After graduation, a job took him half way around the world to New Zealand, where he worked at a company whose products were used to design buildings and bridges. “I spent a lot of time working with Trimble, a company that makes GPS sensors and software for civil and geotechnical engineering solutions,” Martel explained. “That’s where I got into GPS.” He later started an internet-based company that sold GPS correction data to surveyors and engineers. During this time he also brought the Fugawi product line to New Zealand and the Pacific islands. “In 2002, my wife and I decided to return to Canada,” Robin said. “Fugawi was in my Rolodex.” He applied for a position with Northport Systems in Toronto and was hired to do business development. He was able to translate his understanding of engineering and design software to marine technology and navigation software for boating. A good deal of what makes Fugawi software products popular with boaters today is the result of his effort. Earlier this year, when the opportunity arose to buy the company, Martel jumped at the chance. The Fugawi Marine ENC software package is Northport Systems’ core product. Martel has been closely involved with the integration of Navionics cartography into the program, as well as the X-Traverse service for crossplatform chart and data portability and updates. He’s also behind the development of Fugawi products for

smartphones such as the iPhone. Partnerships with marine electronics firms including GeoNav and Navionics to develop software programs for use in planning trips on a home computer are ongoing, too. Until now, Northport Systems split its focus on several vertical markets. Marine was just one of them. Now that he’s at the helm of Northport Systems, Martel plans to concentrate the company’s efforts on the marine industry. “We’re focused on leveraging the things we’re good at,” he said. “I believe that by adding value to our customers, we add value to our company.” Martel sees a day in the very near future where even a 20-foot boat will be built with an NMEA 2000 network backbone. This will allow every piece of electronic gear to talk with everything else on board, including the engines. “When you couple that with the trend in increasing capability of mobile devices and their decreasing cost, it comes together nicely,” he pointed out. A major upgrade of Fugawi ENC is being released for the fall boat shows. “There will be a very high level of NMEA 2000 awareness in our product,” he explained. “With the newest release of Fugawi Marine ENC, we’re trying to eliminate the need for the user to be a technician,” Martel continued. “This is what Apple has done to make it easier to use their products, and in the marine electronics world, software should just work, with simple, straightforward interfaces, without clutter, without confusion and with plug-and-play compatibility.” Version 5 of Fugawi Marine ENC will support a plug-and-play data interface device called the ActiSense NGT-1 to connect a computer with a NMEA 2000 network. Boaters won’t have to figure out where to connect all the wires, according to Martel, or how to configure the software to “talk” with the network. The software does all this silently in the background. Taking connectivity a step further, Fugawi Marine ENC will easily send and receive data, such as chart updates, over the internet. Fugawi also redesigned the user interface, making it more intuitive. The company likewise improved graphics capability. “We put a lot of effort to improve the user experience,” Martel said. “It’s a message that I repeat to employees and suppliers every day. I would be so happy to hear from customers that they were able to work with the software without having to read the manual every time.” FUGAWI.COM 

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BBQ Ps and Qs

Safety first while grilling on board. BY MAR K COR KE


fter a pleasant day aboard the boat, there’s nothing finer than firing up the grill at dinnertime. Food always tastes better grilled, but it’s important to be safe. Burning ribs is bad enough, but if you’re careless with the barbecue, you could hurt yourself or damage the boat. Barbecues come in three basic, but distinctly different forms: Gas, charcoal and electric. Charcoal is the traditional method of cooking, but it’s not without problems. First, you have to carry charcoal fuel, which must be kept dry. Second, the coals have to be lit and allowed to heat up before the cooking can commence. Barbecue aficionados will tell you nothing compares with a steak or freshly caught fish cooked over charcoal, and I, for one, would tend to agree; but charcoal is not for the impatient or instant-gratification seekers. Most, if not all, grills come with lighting instructions, and you should always adhere to manufacturers’ recommendations. If using the clamp-on style charcoal grill, always ensure when lit, the grill is swung clear of the boat; then, if any hot ash escapes, it will fall harmlessly into the water and not onto the boat deck, where it could do expensive damage or start a fire. To address these hazards, gas grills are now widely available—and probably the most popular kind. Sizes vary from large, sophisticated models that will feed a crew of 20 to small, compact units running off disposable gas canisters costing less than $100. Propane grills do not have the problem of burning embers, but they are not entirely without danger. Apart from the heat itself, propane is heavier than air, so never use a gas grill above an open locker or companionway. Any leaking, unburnt gas will fall to the lowest point where it can make an explosive

mixture ready to ignite under the right conditions. Provided you have a reliable source of AC power aboard, either from shore power or via a generator, then it’s possible to have an electric grill. These grills tend to be built into the boat, often on the flybridge or other dedicated area, and are a permanent installation—unlike the smaller gas and charcoal grills that can be detached from the boat. The down side to electric grills is primarily cost, which is significantly more than a comparable propane grill, and the amount of electricity needed, which can be up to 8 or 10 amps. On the up side, the lack of open flame means you can use these grills where others that use charcoal or propane would be banned, such as at the marina slip. A flameless electric grill often means they’re safer, but you still would not want to touch one when it’s hot! In essence, keeping safe on a boat while cooking out comes down to common sense; don’t do anything you feel is unsafe, because it probably isn’t. 

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Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor and creator of the popular blog, focusing on various DIY boating projects.


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the chandlery < WHAT’S COOKIN’? There’s nothing like a delicious grilled meal after a long day of boating. The Connoisseur Series ChefsMate Gas Grill from Magma Products offers cooking performance typically found in much more expensive, large backyard grills, but in an affordable, compact and convenient stainless steel package. Features include foldaway legs for easy storage and a snap-out radiant plate for easy cleaning. ChefsMate uses standard disposable one-pound propane canisters or adapts to onboard LPG (propane) or CNG (natural gas) systems. Retail price is $171.99. DEFENDER.COM


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Tahoe Sierra Sandbar 26 See pontoons in a whole new light. by dave m u ll

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standard equipment on this sierra sandbar 26 from tahoe makes the boat as comfortable (if not more so) than your very own living room. Popular, crowd-pleasing features include a culinary center, complete with stainless steel grill and refrigerator (below right).


hen the typical lakeland boater thinks of pontoon boats, he or she likely envisions a motorized raft with bimini top, perhaps two couples aboard, the boat putt-putting across a placid inland lake as the evening sun sinks towards the horizon. At least that’s how this boating editor envisions them—that is, used to envision them. My mental picture changed forever when I took a ride on the 2011 Sierra Sandbar tri-toon from Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing Inc. I must admit suspecting a bit of exaggeration when Travis Conners, owner of Indian River Sports Center in Indian River, Michigan, told me he’d had a slightly bigger Tahoe skipping across four-foot waves on Lake Michigan over the Fourth of July holiday. But then he put the hammer down on the Sandbar’s Yamaha 225-hp VMax four-stroke outboard, running the boat at 42 mph, and aiming at a boat wake on expansive Mullett Lake in Northern Michigan. Sitting facing the helm on the port-side sofa, I braced myself for impact—but there was none. No bounce, no bound, no slam, no splash. The

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26-foot tri-toon zipped over the boat wake like it wasn’t even there. No exaggeration. Conners explained that each of the boat’s three round “logs” have a concave sheet of metal welded below the waterline to provide lift. Tahoe has trademarked it as the Waveglider option, and it basically transforms each of the pontoons into a planing hull. Whereas most pontoon designs achieve displacement-hull performance, Waveglider gets Tahoes up and on top of the water for some amazing performance. When I got a turn at the helm, I took the boat for a big loop in Mullett, which is the last lake on Michigan’s Inland Waterway before it empties into Lake Huron at Cheboygan. The boat had Garmin’s GPSmap 431s mounted in the dash right over the wheel, so it was easy to keep track of speed. The boat got up and on plane all the way to 30 mph in less than 10 seconds. It’s also noteworthy that it stayed on plane as slow as 17 mph, producing a decent wake for boarders. After our eye-watering sea trial, Conners and I docked the boat where I could look at other Tahoe wares at Indian

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River Sports Center’s pier. These included a Vista Funship model with a hardtop patio and a slide for blasting into the water. Another was a 24-foot model that’s more basic. I got a thorough walk-through aboard a 27-foot Vision, Tahoe’s top-of-the-line model, even more decked out than our test Sierra Sandbar. I also had the pleasure of meeting company president and CEO Jim Wolf, who stopped by en route from the plant in Alma, Michigan, near Mt. Pleasant, to Harbor Springs. He noted the high performance of the pontoons has found customers who trade in the family ski boat—and the family pontoon boat—for a Tahoe or its sister brand, Avalon. They wind up with one boat that can do it all.

Cruise in style The interior accoutrements of the Sandbar are as nice as any this boat tester has ever seen on a pontoon. Seriously, not to gush, but considering electrically-controlled recliners (two front and two aft) more comfortable than my personal La-Z-Boys, a high-backed captain’s chair that rivals the one Capt. James T. Kirk rode around in on the starship Enterprise and sofas next to the helm and forward of the type you sit in and just don’t want to get out of, well, it’s just as posh as boats come. The furniture is all made onsite at the main plant (to assure quality control, Wolf said) of Tahoe’s exclusive, heavy-duty, 50-gauge Marine 50 upholstery, which resists stains, punctures and tears. So how else does the Sandbar accommodate pontooners? Well, you’ll find a drink holder wherever you need one, including moveable, padded ones that can be affixed anywhere you want them on the front sofa. The Sandbar also has a sink for washing hands. Two boarding ladders, port and starboard, are on the stern deck. A ski tow bar is just forward of the outboard. A 12-quart cooler is hidden inside a rear bar/music center. A really nice drawer-type refrigerator is installed in the helm console, with its own food prep surface made of Corian. Conners noted this fridge draws just four amps, and can run two or three days on the two batteries. Even if you run the fridge for a couple days straight without charging them, you’ll always have juice to start the motor, thanks to the boat’s battery management system. Too much sun exposure can be avoided with an umbrella for the smoked glass cocktail table forward, and, of course, the bimini top. For changing clothes, a privacy booth sets up just rear of the portside sofa. Add your own toilet, such as a cartridge-type Porta Potti, and you’re set for a long, enjoyable day on the water. A feature new to me and exclusive to Tahoes were vents mounted on the exterior sidewall—three per side—that allow air to circulate throughout the various storage areas, while keeping water out. Well ventilated storage areas mean far less chance of mold and mildew. Another cool, unique feature that doesn’t really fit with furnishings or performance is a 25-foot telescoping aluminum flagpole that comes standard and includes an American flag. Talk about a perfect base of operations for an Independence Day party! You could play patriotic marches on the Jensen sound system with MP3 plug-in, six speakers, and controls not only at the helm, but also in the front and rear of the boat. PhOTOs COurTEsy Of TAhOE PONTOONs

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Tahoe Sierra Sandbar 26 Standard Equipment Port bow dinette w/ recliners and table; privacy station; reserve battery system w/ Start Now protection; Jensen stereo w/ 1 GB storage and memory stick input; 4 speakers w/ stainless steel covers; Garmin full-color GPS; culinary center w/ refrigerator and stainless steel grill; refreshment center w/ sink; rear bar w/ cupholders, stereo control and cooler storage; two rear reclining chairs w/ footrests; telescoping flagpole w/ American flag; bow table w/ umbrella; mood lighting; Waveglider high performance package; full mooring cover; bimini top w/ stainless steel twist lock connectors.

Specifications Pontoon Length: 26' Pontoon Diameter: 25" Width: 8'6" Dry Weight: 3,125 lbs. Max. Weight Capacity: 3,200 lbs. Max. HP: 300 Max. People: 17 Price as tested: $59,500


The boat is rated for a 300-hp outboard, and its 42-gallon fuel tank allows ample gas for some serious exploring. In fact, Wolf and his girlfriend, Karen, regaled me with several tales of taking the company pontoons onto Lake Michigan. According to Karen, such trips were a great way to prove weather forecasts of smooth and calm seas to be completely wrong. One trip took a boat from Chicago to Mackinac Island (not during the famous sailboat race), and Wolf was already planning a pontoon expedition all the way around Lake Superior. (Teaser alert: We may post a blog of that trip on Wolf said the company started in 1983 under the name Playbuoy. In 2000, an investment group that included Wolf bought it and changed the name to reflect a more dignified product. Wolf has served as president since 2004, and despite economic challenges throughout much of the boating industry, Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing is having a record-production and -sales year, anticipating moving upwards of 2,000 boats to its 100 or so dealers in North America. In fact, when I met Wolf in July, he said his company was having its best two months in history and had increased personnel to 160 workers, which was 30 more than the company ever had. The Sierra Sandbar is close to Tahoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-of-the-line, model (our test boat listed for $59,500). These are the boats that feature the super-posh furniture, floor coverings such as Flexiteek (imitation teak that looks and feels like the real thing, with virtually none of the maintenance) and carpet. Above the Sierra models is the Deco Series, with 27- and 29-foot models even more opulently appointed. And the company makes many smaller models to fit all types of boating budgets. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all well worth checking out at 

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AVALON AMBASSADOR 27 Top-line furnishings and features set this pontoon apart.


he Avalon Ambassador 27 is just about as elegant as a pontoon can get, with a retro design that manages to make it look and perform, well, sort of Willys Jeep-tough without looking anything like a Willys Jeep. In fact, the heavy-duty wall construction creates a seamless, automotive-style look. Simply put, this ain’t your grandfather’s pontoon boat. On the elegance side, one of the first things your eye is drawn to is the teak flooring. Teak? It’s actually Flexiteek, a durable synthetic material that has the look and feel of the real thing, but that offers an incredible non-slip surface that’s easy to keep clean and maintain. Moving upward from the sole is the furniture. On either side and behind the helm are reclining lounges with electrically adjustable backs and plush pillows. Simply press a switch, and the back of the lounge adjusts to form one horizontal sunpad or a nice, stretch-out-your-legs seat that allows you to sit up and enjoy the ride. In between these lounges is a little smoked-glass cocktail table that keeps beverages and snacks at hand. Built-in holders mean cans and cups—even wineglasses—stay put when blasting down the lake.

Speaking of the ride, with standard Waveglider high-performance pontoons—including a middle pontoon—the Ambassador is designed to get on plane and go fast, accommodating as much as a 300-hp outboard. Like its sister, the Tahoe Sierra Sandbar, the helm seat is a high-backed captain’s chair with armrests sure to make any pilot happy. The Admiral Fiberglass Entertainment Helm features a faux Corian countertop with integrated sink, sink cover, electric faucet and two-gallon reservoir. Also hidden here is the electric entertainment bar with wine racks, wine glasses and stainless cup holders. Its helm has the same DC electric drawer-style refrigerator found in the Sandbar, which is designed to keep contents cold for more than two days without depleting the boat’s two on-board batteries. Other niceties include four eye straps to mount fenders, stainless steel pop-up cleats and a privacy station under the rear lounge. Want tunes? Look no further than the Jensen high-powered stereo with 1 GB storage and memory-stick input. Four Marine Audio high-powered speakers are standard, and you can always upgrade to a six-speaker system.


Docking lights installed in the front walls give the boat its tough-looking exterior; they give the impression of shark eyes from the side. Lighting isn’t an issue anywhere on this boat, with stainless steel amber floor mood lighting, a bimini top light, and a stainless steel courtesy light on the side of the helm console. There are even lighted cup holders in the rear lounges! The Avalon Ambassador 27 shows very clearly why people looking for versatility in a boat would turn towards the pontoon market. With truly thrilling performance capabilities and the ability to tow skiers, boarders and water toys alike, this big luxury pontoon can do it all. — D.M.

SPECIFICATIONS Pontoon Diameter ......................................... 25" Width .............................................................. 8'6" Dry Weight ......................................... 4,400 lbs. Max Weight Capacity ....................... 2,910 lbs. Max HP ..................................................... 300-hp Max. People ......................................................14 Base Price ..................................Contact dealer

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Luhrs 30 Open A sportfisher with flare. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 31'10" Beam: 11'6" Draft: 2’8” Displacement (Dry): 10,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 55 gal Power: T-Yanmar 6BY2-260 Base Price: Contact Dealer

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ver since “The Sopranos” aired its final episode, many of us lakeland boaters have been missing our regular dose of “Jersey Tough.” Fortunately, we can now look to the new Luhrs 30 Open for some brawn from The Garden State. At 31 feet, 10 inches, this fishing cruiser builds on Luhrs’ tried and true 30-foot platform and incorporates many new design features that will not only please anglers no matter their degree of zeal, but also make non-anglers happy; those crewmembers who just like to go boating in a sturdy craft with a well appointed interior. Equipped with twin Yanmar 260-hp diesels, this boat offers a great blend of power and fuel efficiency. The transom door opens into a large cockpit, and below, the Millville, New Jersey, engineering and design team laid out a thoughtful and roomy interior that sleeps four. The softer side of this hardcore fishing machine is readily apparent, with Amtico wood slat floors, Corian countertops and soft UltraLeather seating. The entertainment package includes a stereo and 22-inch flatscreen TV. The 30 Open is one serious sportfishing boat, engineered to offer the best performance and accommodations for its size. A wide beam provides stability, while the Carolina flare of her hull keeps the boat dry and a raised bridge deck with sunshade offers optimal visibility. The 30 Open is loaded with a long list of standards—a fire extinguishing system, compass, recessed trim tabs and battery charger,

to name just a few—that would be offered as options on most other boats in this category. Even the hardtop comes standard. Real, walk-around capability and easy access to all service points are additional features any boater will appreciate. The smart design even extends to the spacious engine room—surprisingly big for a 30-footer. Fishermen on the Great Lakes will like the roomy, self-draining fighting cockpit and fishbox across the transom that drains overboard; no need for a fish cooler taking up room. Four factory-installed, flush-mount rod holders give the option of adding an easily removable track system to hold downriggers and adjustable rod holders. The hardtop rails come with six rocket-launcher-style rod holders, with ample room to install more on the hardtop itself as well as on the hardtop support structure. Great Lakes trollers know you can never carry too many rods to the fishing grounds. Below, the sleek, modern interior has a common sense layout. And you’ll also appreciate the bold vertical grain of the cabinetry and the cool, stylish feel of the gray Corian counters. Dual settees convert easily into four individual berths to provide plenty of sleep space for family and friends. Six large rods and reels store in the overhead. The fully fiberglass head comes with a shower and plenty of storage. Luhrs stated its mission is to build a tough, uncompromising, tournament-ready fishing boat, give it all the character and styling of a custom-built model, and offer it for the best value possible. Mission accomplished. r

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Sea-Doo GTI 130

Great value in a full-featured personal watercraft. by dave m u ll


t seems kind of, what—ironic? funny? odd?—that a personal watercraft manufacturer, making a machine that people buy to go fast and leap out of the water, would tout its brakes. But that’s what folks at Sea-Doo are doing in some of their ads, noting Sea-Doos are the only PWCs with brakes. And it’s just one of the features on the new, valuepriced GTI 130 model, which, all-told, offers quite a lot of neat features for around $9,000. The GTI 130 offers Sea-Doo’s full Intelligent Brake & Reverse (iBR) system, which operates by squeezing the port handlegrip lever to drop the “reverse bucket” over the jet nozzle. This creates actual forward thrust, causing the PWC to come to a quick halt. To avoid the rider going over the handlebars, Sea-Doo has a computer that interrupts the thrust as the bucket drops, but then starts the thrust back up to put on the brakes. This makes the Sea-Doo a good option for beginners who might not anticipate the maneuvers they need to make to avoid collisions. The iBR system also allows the driver to warm up the three-cylinder, 130-hp Rotax engine in “neutral”—no bumping forward when revving it up. This makes it simple to get away from a congested pier complex and negotiate launch ramp traffic. The 130 GTI also features Sea-Doo’s trademarked Intelligent Throttle Control, which makes the craft easy to maneuver for any rider, no matter their skill level. One thing folks who have been around PWCs for awhile will notice right away about the newest GTI

model is its styling, which is a departure from its GTI predecessors. It has a longer, lower profile (and corresponding lower center of gravity), and an overall sleeker look. At the front are spray-busting chines for a dryer ride. And at the rear, PWCers who spend some time swimming around their ride will like the large swim platform. When it comes time to tow skiers, boarders or water toys, the 130 GTI is ready, with a ski tow hook for easy, secure hook-up. Sea-Doo notes that its electronic-fuel-injection engine is fuel efficient and achieves great performance with standard octane fuel—no need for premium. Fuel use can be made even more economical with the PWC’s unique “iControl,” which allows the engine to be programmed to limit speed and burn less gas. Not only does this lessen fuel consumption, it allows parents to turn their young riders loose on the lake without the ability to go too fast. With a PWC capable of maxing out at 55 mph, that’s a good dose of peace of mind. Of course, peace of mind and safety also is why Sea-Doo touts its brake system. At one time, “Sea-Doo” was practically the “Kleenex” of personal watercraft; the name a lot of folks use to reference PWC no matter if the actual craft was made by a different manufacturer. That distinction has since been replaced by terms such as “jet ski” and “wave runner.” With the advent of this classy GTI 130, the PWC world just might be saying “Sea-Doo” a whole lot more. r

Specifications Length: 132.6" Beam: 48'5" Dry Weight: 745 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 15.9 gals. HP Rating: 130-hp Base Price: $8,999

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Sylvan 8522 RPT Revolutionary planning technology makes all the difference. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 22'3" Beam: 8'6" Weight: 2,100 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 30 gals. Max. Person/Weight: 13/2,200 lbs. Max. HP: 150 Base Price: Contact Dealer

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ylvan has introduced some pontoons that really move. Whereas traditional pontoon tube designs are basically displacement hulls, Sylvan’s pontoons are equipped with the optional Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) tubes. This takes a boat such as the Signature 8522 RPT, which is a fine platform for enjoying kicked-back pontoon time on the water, and makes it into a real runabout that can tow skiers and boarders faster and provide a thrilling ride. Sylvan says these tubes also displace less water, creating less resistance and drag. This translates to greater speed and better fuel efficiency, which are both concerns for today’s boaters. Add in better performance with lower horsepower (which means lower-cost outboards), and you’ve hit the triple crown of boaters’ desires. “The RPT tube gives Sylvan pontoons a whole new level of performance,” says Steve Huber of the Sylvan marketing department. “The result is a combination of sports car handling and runabout exhilaration, and it is available on most Sylvan models.” Boaters who want the very cutting edge of performance from a pontoon can opt for a third tube, which, with the RPT, provides even more lift for on-plane performance. Add in the underskin that covers the cross members beneath the hull, and you’ve got a hydrodynamic dream—nothing to hit any waves and slow you down. A close look at the 8522 RPT reveals some cool features,

including a molded-in cooler forward of the helm. Dock lights that make returning after hours easy—they’re installed in pods in the front quarter panels. While performance is important, pontoon fans also want maximum comfort, which the 8522 delivers—in spades. At just over 22 feet long, the boat delivers a whole lot of seating room, thanks to a helm set aft. A starboard sofa starts at the helm and wraps around to the front gate. Six or seven crewmembers could sit comfortably on that sofa alone. On the port side is a smaller sofa built for two or three riders, going back to the port-side entryway. From there, a third massive sofa stretches down the port side and wraps to a position in front of the outboard. A cocktail table can be situated back here. The 8522 is rated to carry 13 people, which is a lot of folks for a 22-footer. “This is a very popular boat for us,” explains Betsey Arvai, marketing manager for Skipper Bud’s. “It comes well equipped for fishing and can perform double duty for skiing or tubing. It’s a great family crossover boat, so it can accommodate the fisherman, the fun seekers and the family budget.” Sylvan’s smart design goes right down to the little details, such as the cup holders and speakers that are recessed into seat backs to avoid getting wet. Nice. Huber notes Sylvan takes pride in what goes in above the deck, with contemporary styling, custom consoles, large captain chairs, premium vinyl seating and oversized sundecks. Resist the temptation to go fast and enjoy! r

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When choosing between a canoe or kayak, let experience be your guide. by b etsy clayton

Kayaking—on the rise in the Midwest—removes paddling couples from the traditional canoe experience of talking to the back of their partner’s head.

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In Their Own Words Midwestern boaters speak about paddlecraft “It’s just kind-of tradition more or less. A lot of lake houses come with canoes.” — Sonya Swanson, Osceola, WI “Further up north, you see backpackers, family people and campers who want canoes for their space.” — John McDaniel, Pewaukee, WI “I love paddling rivers. Every bend has a different story, a different site.” — Cheri Lewis, Lake of the Hills, IL “If you love to be on the water and if you love boats, kayaking is a total body workout.” — Mary Jo Kelly, Highland Park, IL Lakes offer silent and scenic opportunities for paddlesport lovers (above) and for families with youngsters seeking outdoor recreation (below). Think about your desired activities when deciding between a kayak or canoe.


aren Goldman had a quintessential childhood, learning to canoe at age seven and plying Minnesota waters with her paddle during camp-counselor years and college. Today, the 36-year-old Chicago educator is still exploring and enjoying Midwestern lakes, but she does it in a kayak. “Kayaks feel sleeker, faster and they tend to attract a younger crowd,” Goldman says. “But canoes are equally important.” The Midwest is steeped in canoeing tradition, particularly in its scenic lakes with wildlife-laden shores. But the last decade has landed more people in single-person kayaks with double-bladed paddles. Canoe vs. kayak: It’s a healthy rivalry and sometimes a controversial question. Canoes are famously stable and able to carry camping gear and families. Plus, canoeists rarely get that wet bottom kayakers are notorious for, and they avoid the chill of water dripping down from the elevated end of the yak paddle. Still, kayakers tout a sophisticated ability to cut through the water despite any wind and have no hassles loading their craft atop cars and into storage spaces. Die-hard powerboaters may find themselves thinking about canoes and kayaks more these days, and not just because fuel prices make muscle-powered boats a dreamy option. Powerboaters are just plain seeing more paddlecraft on lakes, rivers and streams, particularly kayaks, which are more prevalent at the sterns of cabin cruisers and other boats. Why not spend the night on the hook and use a kayak to explore the perimeter of your anchorage?

“I like both. Canoes are slower moving and harder to do alone. Kayaks are more smooth, and you can go with a group but be in a boat alone. It’s like day and night.” — Karen Goldman, Chicago, IL

Midwest: Prime for paddling A decade of annual sales statistics show kayaks outpaced canoes nearly three to one, with more than 393,000 kayaks sold at the peak, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. But when the economy started tumbling, Americans started returning to tradition, nudging canoe sales up. Americans bought 254,000 kayaks and 89,600 canoes in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Bottom line: The Midwest’s lakes offer prime paddling territory. A half-hour drive out of Chicago lands you in marshes suitable for pristine paddling. Northern lakes in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Boundary Waters offer storybook paddling experiences. Even the Great Lakes,



What’s Right For You? Tips to consider if you’re getting into paddling Don’t fall prey to myths. The array you’ll hear when you shop include: You need more skill to canoe instead of kayak. Kayaks are faster than canoes. A double-bladed paddle is easier to use than a single one. A kayak is more comfortable than a canoe. Canoes are more stable. Kayaks are easier on the knees. Kayaks are more maneuverable than canoes. All of these are blanket statements. Your experience depends on the boat and paddle you buy. You’ll enjoy canoeing or kayaking better if you learn how to paddle correctly from the get-go. Watch videos. Read books. Take lessons at your local canoe or kayak shop. Join a club. Visit the Mecca of paddlesports information: The American Canoe Association represents canoe and kayak interests and skills equally despite its name. For more information, visit Don’t be afraid to dabble in both. Many clubs let you join and use club boats without having to purchase your own right away. Be smart about your purchase. A canoe or kayak is usually a wise investment. Low- to-midpriced models will retain about 75 percent of their original value after five years, if they are well maintained. High-end boats often appreciate. Keep this fact in mind, if your dreamboat costs more than you had planned to pay. (source:

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despite their vastness, harbor intricate shorelines ready to be explored at the paddling pace of 3 mph. It’s the proverbial stop-and-smell-the-roses experience. “I took my kayak on Lake Michigan last summer—it was only a bit wavy; we went five miles one way and five miles back,” says Mary Jo Kelly, a member of the Chicago Kayak Club who learned to canoe as a 12-year-old Girl Scout but who took up kayaking four years ago at age 59. “At first my biggest worry was, ‘What if this thing tips over, then what?’ But I didn’t tip. It was easy. I picked it up.” Kelly likens the canoe vs. kayak experience as that of using a paved path. If you jog on the path, it has a different feel than bicycling. The other factor that helps her enjoy kayaking: Paddling alone together, as in going solo in her kayak but in group outings with her club. While tandem kayaks exist and so do single canoes, most people find themselves in a single kayak or with a partner in a canoe. John McDaniel thinks that hits on the crux of why kayaking sales dominate the paddling scene. An owner of Aquarius Sail, a 25-year-old family-run business in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, McDaniel says kayaking is a “nicer, more relaxed way of doing something.” Put another way: “It’s so much more enjoyable to paddle next to someone than talking to the back of their head.” He and his partners still have canoes available in their shop, but Hobie kayaks and sailboats outsell them. “With kayaks, there’s the ease of paddling by yourself, the grace that goes along with a kayak and just the solitude,

even when you’re going with someone,” McDaniel says. But, he acknowledges, there is still a lure about canoes. Sonya Swanson notices that each time she handles a wooden Bending Branches paddle. As a sales and marketing staffer at the Osceola, Wisconsin-based company, she’s probably supposed to say that, but the gal really likes canoe paddles and canoeing. Located on the St. Croix River and just a few hours from The Boundary Waters, “This is a huge canoe area; the Mecca of canoeing,” Swanson says. The hardwood, lightweight paddles “are your best friend when you’re going to do 10,000 strokes in a day.” Plus it’s tradition to use a canoe on a Midwestern lake, she says.

The choice is yours Ultimately, whether a boater picks up a single-bladed canoe paddle or a double-bladed kayak paddle depends on the type of experience he or she wants. As with any boat purchase, the thing to do is ask a series of questions about everything from logistics to locations. A place to start? Try the website, where a series of articles is posted with helpful perspectives. For example, under the headline, “Canoe or Kayak: Which one’s right for you?,” author Cliff Jacobson relays this experience: “Most kayakers I know will readily admit that their boats are out of place in Minnesota and Wisconsin lake country, especially in areas where there are portages. If


Midwesterners have long had a love affair with wooden caones and paddles. But kayaks put you at bellybutton-level with nature. As for canine companions—they seem to wind up on your lap regardless of which craft you choose.

you’ve ever carried a kayak very far, you know why! If you fit the craft with a canoe-style carrying yoke, your head will be buried deep in the cockpit, with no view of the road ahead. This may be acceptable on a clear trail, but not on a tortuous one where one misstep may mean a broken leg.” Of course Jacobson is a self-described “canoe man.” Cheri Lewis thought she was a “canoe woman” for years. The northwest Wisconsin native now lives in Lake of the Hills, Illinois, and has no plans to abandon kayaking, which she took to 20 years ago and delights in for its low-to-the-water perspective and agility. The 52-year-old is quick to point out her love affair with kayaking is rooted in her past love of canoeing. “One of the reasons I took to it is that it brought me back to my childhood and brought me back to the water,” Lewis says. In the end, maybe the thing to do is not to create tomato-tomahto, potato-potahto scenarios. Many powerboaters, after all, own a cabin cruiser and a fishing skiff. Midwestern sailors are famed for also having sturdy powerboats as alternates. “A lot of people do own both canoes and kayaks,” Marsh says. 

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Explore the picturesque scenery and rich history of Northern Ontario. BY AN DR EW H I N D

Lake Temiskaming L

akes are the focal point of life in Northern Ontario. People recline in comfortable chairs and gaze out onto the placid lake surface in the morning, enjoying a coffee while listening to the far-off haunting cry of the loon. They spend countless hours sunbathing on the deck of a boat under the warm summer sun, and when it gets too warm they simply dive off into the refreshing water just an arm’s reach away. They thrill at the exhilaration of skiing on the one hand, and enjoy the tranquility of fishing on the other. In short, lakes define the very character of Northern Ontario. Nowhere is this unique lifestyle more evident than on Lake Temiskaming, a body of water rich in history and lore, charming port communities, recreational opportunities and historical attractions. It’s a boat–lover’s paradise; a maritime Mecca that lures visitors from all over North America. Lake Temiskaming lends its name to a picturesque region of rolling forest ridges in Northern Ontario, a vast, sprawling land where pine, spruce and birch forests cling precariously to the thin soils overlying the granite ridge of the Canadian Shield. Nestled between the hills and among the dense green woods are countless lakes and rivers with mirror-like water. Lake Temiskaming, one of the largest lakes in the region, forms part of the boundary between Ontario and Quebec. The lake itself is an enlargement of the Ottawa River and extends about 90 miles from its source, the des Quinze River, to the Town of Temiscaming, where the Long Sault rapids begin. The name itself is derived from the Algonkian words “Temi-kami,” which means “the place where waters are deep and shallow.” The description is apt. Lake Temiskaming lies in a long narrow fault line, which results in very deep waters in some places (as deep as

709 feet in areas), yet it also has many shallow bays and expanses, especially around the north end. Cruising along the lake, there are a number of ports, each with its own unique appeal.

New Liskeard

Most visits to Lake Temiskaming begin at New Liskeard, at the extreme northern end of the lake and along the picturesque shores of the Wabi River. It’s as good a place as any to launch your boat and begin your Temiskaming adventure. New Liskeard is the largest and most cosmopolitan town in the region; for boaters, it represents an opportunity for shopping among a surprisingly eclectic range of stores and a selection of dining options—by far the most varied in the area—in the historic downtown core, all within walking distance of the waterfront. New Liskeard, along with the neighboring towns of Haileybury and Dymond, are part of a larger community known as the City of Temiskaming Shores. The City of Temiskaming Shores Waterfront Pool Fitness Centre is conveniently located along the lakeshore. Here you can enjoy a sauna, hot tub, pool with slide or game of squash. It’s a great opportunity get some exercise after spending a lot of time aboard a boat. New Liskeard wasn’t always blessed with such modern

amenities. When the Ontario government opened the region to settlement in the 1890s, land-hungry immigrants flooded the area to tame the harsh landscape and carve farms from wilderness. Settlers struggled for years in hardship, and New Liskeard, originally known as the Wabi River Settlement, remained a primitive village. Only discovery of silver in nearby Cobalt brought prosperity to the town. Leave your boat in its slip and take a short drive to the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum (883356 Highway 65, to experience a taste of pioneer life. Exhibits at the museum reflect all aspects of life between 1880 and 1950 and include farming and logging implements, household items and commercial displays.


there’s no better place to reconnect with nature and the outdoors than Northern Ontario’s 90-mile-long Lake temiskaming, one of the area’s largest lakes that forms part of the boundary between Ontario and Quebec.

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Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum

Millionaire’s Row, Haileybury

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Located just south of New Liskeard, Haileybury is a small community with a big story; its historical attractions make it my favorite town on Lake Temiskaming. Best of all, everything is within walking distance of the lake. Tie up your boat at the marina and set out on foot to explore the town. The town of Haileybury began as a post of the Hudson’s Bay Company, established in 1873. Twelve years later, Charles Cobbold Farr, a chief agent of the company, was commissioned to define the Ontario-Quebec border between the head of Lake Temiskaming and James Bay. Farr was so struck by the beauty of the lakeshore that he purchased a stretch of land, built a cabin and laid the foundations for the settlement to follow. He named this village Haileybury after an exclusive public school, Haileybury and Imperial Service College, he attended in Hertfordshire, England. Farr encouraged settlement in the area, penning his own promotional pamphlet in an effort to attract new settlers. Marketed to settlers as prime agricultural land, Haileybury had only a handful of residents until the discovery of large silver deposits in neighboring Cobalt in 1903. During the Cobalt Silver Rush, Haileybury became a “bedroom community” for many mine owners who built a row of stately homes, nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row,” that stretches along the waterfront on Lakeshore Road. The Great Fire of 1922, considered one of the worst disasters to befall the area, virtually destroyed the growing community. Approximately 90 percent of the town was decimated, leaving only Millionaire’s Row and a few other neighborhoods intact. The fire’s devastating effects are explored in the Haileybury Heritage Museum (575 Main Street, Haileybury is best known as the “Home of the Hardy Boys.” In 1926, Leslie McFarlane, a local newspaperman, saw an ad for an experienced fiction writer being sought by the Stratemeyer Syndicate of New Jersey. After a few books in the Dave Fearless line, McFarlane was invited to start a new series called The Hardy Boys. He wrote the first 20 or so books through the 1930s and ’40s under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon. They became the best-selling boy’s books of the generation, though sadly McFarlane received no royalties and remained anonymous. Though he received little recognition in his day, the Heritage Museum honors McFarlane with an exhibit of his life and writings. In addition, the home in which McFarlane penned his timeless youth mysteries still stands. We spent the night ashore in Haileybury at Leisure Inn (509 Ferguson Ave,, a pleasant motel located near the waterfront with 16 rooms, including free high-speed internet, complimentary use of a barbeque, and an expansive patio. It’s a great blend of comfort and value.

NAVIGATING Lake Temiskaming Lake Temiskaming is a safe, largely obstacle-free body of water that’s easy to navigate, making it ideal for boaters of all experience levels. There are few obstacles not clearly visible and those are almost exclusively near the shore. The center channel has water depths down to 250 feet, with many areas reaching depths of 300 to 500 feet. The result is a safe lake for navigating, even without the aid of official charts. If you’d like official charts, they can be purchased at the New Liskeard Marina. First-hand advice and recommendations can be sought through local marinas, or through the Tri-Town Power and Sail Squadron.



The highlight of Lake Temiskaming’s eastern (Quebec) shore is undoubtedly Ville-Marie. An attractive town with several charming shops and heritage sites reflecting its status as oldest inhabitation in the region, Ville-Marie and nearby Fort Témiscamingue are worthy of exploration. As early as 1679, the place functioned as a trading post between the French and indigenous Algonquians, but was destroyed by the Iroquois in 1688. In 1720, a new Fort Témiscamingue was founded by French merchants on a strategic location where the two shores of Lake Temiskaming come only 820 feet apart. This became a center for the fur trade route from Montreal to Hudson Bay, located roughly halfway between these two. This post came into the hands of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1821 and survived another century until it closed in 1902. Though most of the buildings were by then lost, Fort Témiscamingue was declared a national historic site in 1931 and remains a principle tourist destination ( aspx). Here you’ll encounter historical characters, visit a recreated store where you learn about bartering and trade, witness several re-enactments, and explore the Interpretation Center that recounts relations between the First Nations, the French and the British and tells of rivalry between the Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company for control of the fur trade. Half a century later, in 1875, a religious mission was established by Brother Joseph Moffet who gave it the name “Ville-Marie.” He was followed by a group of French settlers, and a village took root. Today, Brother Moffet’s House, or Maison du Frere-Moffet, is one of the oldest houses still standing in the Temiskaming region. This modest, dovetail-construction wooden house is a unique testament to the earliest days of settlement in the area and is considered a treasured historic monument. Today, Ville-Marie’s century-old streets Notre-Damede-Lourdes, Notre-Dame and Sainte-Anne are filled with Victorian homes that bring tourists back to old times. Among the attractions is a grotto, situated at the eastern


end of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Street, set up in 1904 to the likeness of the famed grotto in Notre-Dame-deLourdes, in France. Every year, in mid-August, hundreds of pilgrims flock here to join in the celebrations.


At the southern extremity of the lake is Temiscaming, a pulp and paper town of 2,700 inhabitants. Its most interesting attraction is the Train Station Museum (15 rue Humphrey,, a circa-1927 Canadian Pacific railway station. The station master lived on the second floor of this brick building, while the ground floor housed passenger services and two waiting rooms. The Temiscaming station was designated an historic monument by the Quebec government in 1979 and today houses an exhibit on the community’s history. Founded in 1920, Temiscaming was built according to the English garden town concept, so it’s an attractive community with English-inspired architecture downtown. Guided tours can be arranged to discover Temiscaming’s numerous attractions, which include the aforementioned Train Station Museum and historic St. Therese Church, with its famous statues. Lake Temiskaming offers the appeal of ruggedly beautiful northern wilderness interspersed by a variety of quaint, historic towns. Further, the mix of Anglo, French and First Nations influences lend the region a character unique in North America. 


Marina de Témiscaming 20 rue Humphrey Phone: 819-627-3273 Fax: 819-627-3019 New Liskeard Waterfront Marina 199 Riverside Drive Phone: 705-647-0010 Haileybury Marina 451 Farr Drive Phone: 705-647-5709 Fax: 705-647-8688 Marina municipale de Ville-Marie 7, rue Sainte-Anne Ouest Phone: 819-629-2881 Fax: 819-629-3215 Marina Tête-du-Lac 480 3e Rang Ouest, RR1, C.P. 93 Phone: 819-723-2116 Fax: 819-723-2237 municipalite.notre-dame-du-nord.

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THE SEAPLANE’S ENGINE ROARS. The plane slices the water, sending up a wake behind until it is at last airborne. This 40-minute Lake Country Airways flight-seeing tour gives you the perfect overview of one of Ontario’s most popular cruising grounds—showing you both the waters you’ve traversed and the next waypoint in your float plan—and providing an eagle-eye’s view of gorgeous scenery. Below us is a patchwork quilt of farms—green squares— broken up by small stands of forest. Great glittering patches punctuate the landscape, wind-riffled so they look like silver rumpled blankets. There’s Lake Couchiching, directly beneath our floats; Lake Simcoe to the south; the Kawartha Lakes in our slipstream; Georgian Bay, way off in the distance, just visible in the plane’s windscreen. Pilot Jeff Mavor takes the plane to 1,500 feet. A place known as Ontario’s Lake Country is spread out beneath us like a buffet brunch. “Couldn’t pick a better name,” I shout through the intercom at Jeff. Now we bank gradually over Couchiching’s western shores, heading south. Two tiny man-made islands appear, red as the maple leaf on the Canadian flag, orange as a Halloween pumpkin. Three or four docks radiate from a central point on shore. A town appears, its main street, lazy as a hiker in July, climbs a gentle hill from the lakeshore. Trees and a trio of church steeples dominate the skyline. The clouds part like a theatre curtain. Sun bathes the water and spotlights Orillia. It is a Sunshine Sketch of a Little Port.


Mariposa Marvelous

The Canadian town of Orillia, nestled firmly in the heart of Ontario’s Lake County, teems with history, culture and a wealth of boaters’ delights. by mar k steve n s


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A boaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise, the Trent-Severn Waterway boasts a plethora of full-service marinas like this one, where Lake Couchiching joins the Severn Waterway.

Sunshine Sketches When Stephen Leacock, Canada’s answer to Mark Twain, wrote his most famous book, “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town,” nearly a hundred years ago, he lived in Orillia. He called the subject of this hilarious book Mariposa, but few at the time—or nowadays—were fooled. A town snugged down by a lake, a place of hope and beauty. This was Orillia, right down to the thinly-disguised main street he called Missinabi. The real Missinabi—Mississaga Street—rises up gently from the sky blue waters of Lake Couchiching. Like Leacock’s characters, no one rushes here. Think leisurely hikes along the shores at Couchiching Park, with its picnic pavilion right beside a tiny beach, with its forest-green and peeling bandstand. Think sidewalk cafes on the sunny side of a sunny street in a sunshine harbor. Right up from the marina at Port of Orillia, Mississaga crests a ridge and falls away again. Cross streets are undulating, rising and falling softly as they stroll north and south, fronted by stately Victorian homes. Historical buildings line Mississaga Street itself. Plum Loco sells women’s clothing, but it’s housed in a store with “Fruits” etched into the plate-glass window on one side and “Vegetables” on the other—a former greengrocers. A tin ceiling still adorns the interior. Across the street is Mariposa Market, housed in an august brick structure that was a general store back in 1911, featuring market preserves, a Christmas store and a bakery whose PHOTOs By sHArON MATTHEws-sTEvENs

aromas alone will soften the hardest heart. A bit of history and a perfect place to provision. A red brick opera house with a round tower topped by a candlesnuffer roof stands tall at one corner; there is a Museum of Art and History around another. But it is no mere sleeping burg, this transmogrified fictional town. “They have farmers’ markets, concerts at the band shell, a boat decorating contest during Christmas in June,” says local boater, Bob Hunter, sitting in the cockpit of his boat tied to a seasonal dock at Port of Orillia Marina. He grins. “And you can throw a stone from here and hit the liquor store.”

Literary Lapses It’s a sunny afternoon on Brewery Bay, and the autumn leaves perfectly frame a sketch of the sky-blue waters of Lake Couchiching. Just across a little courtyard purple flowers explode, framing a stately rambling house, a National Historic Site—the home of Stephen Leacock. A fieldstone path sheltered by a white trellis leads down through a stand of trees to the boathouse perched over the bay: White clapboard, forest-green trim. “Leacock was an avid boater,” says museum staffer

though the beach itself isn’t huge, Couchiching Beach Park is an idyllic and scenic spot a short stroll from both the port’s marina and from Orillia’s downtown (top). Pilot Jeff Mavor of Lake Country airways begins a pre-flight instrumentation check (bottom).

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Mariposa Folk Festival is the most obvious tribute to Leacock—it’s been running for more than 50 years. You’ve already missed this year’s (it’s held in July), but it’s just one more excuse to come back next year. And you can catch the waterfront festival, or the dragon boat races, or the Wine Festival, right here at the Leacock Museum. Given the activities and events scattered across the calendar, you wouldn’t be surprised if Leacock failed to recognize it nowadays. It’s Mariposa no more.

First Nations Fete

Historic shops line Orillia’s main street. One must-do is the Mariposa Market—several shops rolled into one. a testament to both culture and Victorian charm, the Opera House ( boasts live theater and concerts (top). For more information about local attractions and upcoming events, visit

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Craig Metcalf. “He had his own sailboat, and he was quite the fly fisherman. He’d start writing at 5:30 a.m. so he could get out on the water.” This is a living museum to both his work and the charms of Mariposa. An old man rides a bicycle toward town, disappearing into a forest to the northwest. A multi-purpose trail leads into town. This one’s named for local celebrity Gordon Lightfoot. Leacock may have claimed that Mariposa and Orillia were not the same, but you’d never know that by the attitude of the locals. Nor can you deny his inspiration here. The title of one of his books was “Literary Lapses.” That could be the headline for an area Visitors’ Guide. At the opera house live theatre dominates the stage all summer. Come October Orillia hosts a jazz and blues festival. Several art galleries front on those idyllic streets. If you’re here in the fall, check out Artists’ Studio Tour.

The first thing you hear at the annual Pow-wow hosted by the Chippewas of Rama are the drums. Thunderous and rhythmical as a heart beat. Heart beat of the earth. The sound rises up through your body even as the singers begin, haunting and mystical. And you find yourself moving in synchronicity with the dancers who throb and sashay and prance to the music in their grand entry. The colors mesmerize you—a thousand rainbows dipped in a million cans of paints. Culture and history immersion both, this autumnal First Nations’ Fete. For this land was their land. Champlain once wintered here, but these people have been here for 8,000 years. Nearby is a towering casino, run by the Chippewas. A nine-story hotel, a mini-mall—The Gathering Place, featuring boutique clothing and First Nations art; the Story-Telling Place, where gamblers can get a multi-media history lesson—all are designed to commemorate the history of the people here. And it seems to be working. “There are 5,000 people at the concert tonight,” says Casino Rama’s Jenna Hunter. “Probably 6,000 in the casino.” PHOTOs COurTEsy Of ONTArIO TOurIsM MArKET PHOTO By sHArON MATTHEws-sTEvENs


that inspired Canada’s most famous humorist to model his “Sunshine Sketches” on Orillia, this dynamic town is Mariposa no more. Witness the wealth of festivals, celebrations, art galleries and cultural activities scattered across the calendar. More to the point, and of chief interest to the weary boater who has traversed the Trent-Severn System and longs for a great meal, Orillia is a culinary oasis. Check out these delights, and your galley crew will heartily thank you.

Era 67: 64 Mississaga Street West 705-259-1867 | Perhaps the most patriotic of area restaurants, Era 67 is so-named in tribute to the birth of Canada itself, and the interior is every bit as Canadian. Landscapes by local artists add to the ambiance, not to mention decorations like birch branch arrangements that make you feel like you’re still boating in the Canadian Shield. One dining room features pictures of Canadian politicians and luminaries, and a fireplace greets you on entry. But it’s all about the cuisine. Chef Ian Thompson will dazzle your taste buds with Canadian produce like B.C. salmon, Alberta beef and P.E.I. mussels. The Manitoba bison ribeye is a must.

Sixteen Front: 16 Front Street 705-326-3135 | This establishment, near the Port of Orillia (10 minute walk or less), bills itself as a casual fine dining establishment, but they should really capitalize the “Fine” part. Décor is modern but comfortable, and they boast a great bar with live entertainment, just in case you’re ready before your table is. Chef Nathan Volgmann, who began service here as a sous chef, is renowned—as is Sixteen on Front—for the beef. It’s certified Black Angus, wet aged on site for 35 days then dry aged for 10 more days. Wednesday evenings all summer feature all-you-can-eat mussels. But save room for the best beef tenderloin on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Swanmore Terrace: Stephen Leacock Museum 705-329-1908 | Offering cuisine as delectable as Sixteen Front (same management), Swanmore boasts the best views of any restaurant in the area, mere feet from the shores of Lake Couchiching at Brewery Bay. Sharing the complex with the Leacock Museum, it’s the perfect starter for a glimpse of history. Or do the museum first, and then watch the water with a glass of fine wine followed by selections from their light casual lunch menu. Best views in the area—probably the best quiche, too.

Grape and Olive Wine And Martini Bistro: Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Avenue | 705-238-5086 | Three things you should know about this dining establishment before you decide to turn on the Force Ten back on your boat. First, you can walk there if you’ve berthed at a marina at the Narrows. Second, the name is no misnomer—one specialty martini here and you’ll want another. Finally, you better save your next martini as an after-dinner treat, for chef Marcel was once an executive hotel chef in Bermuda and is one of the area’s foremost culinary treasures. He used to run a restaurant near where we live, so we were pleasantly surprised to discover that he now held court here. Our loss is their gain. This is a must-do. And if you’ve had too many martinis to walk back to the boat, you can always book a room next door. PHOTO CREDIT JOE SHMOE / PHOTO CREDIT MARY SMITH / PHOTO CREDIT JOE SHMOE

Casino Rama, one of the area’s biggest draws, is designed to reflect both the region’s natural beauty and the significance of First Nation’s culture. Another reflection of that culture is the annual Chippewas of Rama Pow-Wow Nearby (below).

The Lake of Many Winds Ojibway Bay Marina, opposite Lake Couchiching’s Horseshoe Island, also is testament to the First Nations’ presence here. It is run by the Chippewas, meticulously managed by Steve Sanderson. “Steve runs a tight ship,” says resident boater Lynn Dolphin. “Makes for a great marina.” Also makes for a great starting point for an exploration of the lake, as well as the perfect overnight spot if you want to court Lady Luck. “Ninety percent of our visitor boaters end up at Casino Rama,” says Sanderson. Huge boulders form seawalls and protect the edges of the boat channel at Chippewa Bay. Flowers festoon the marina office itself. Trees shelter boats on some docks; roofs shelter other vessels. Just past the harbor opening, the waters, blue-green and white-veined with wavelets, beckon us, low-lying islands scattered across the surface like so many jewels. Locals call this lake “Cooch” for short, but its Huron name seems more apt today. They call it “The Lake of Many Winds.” “And they can come up quickly,” says Gord Dolphin. He and his wife, Lynn, know these waters inside out; they’ve been at Ojibwa Bay for two decades. And they’ve graciously agreed to offer us a nautical tour of their favorite cruising ground. Snail’s Pace is the name of their Gulfstar 38. “And that’s how fast we like to go,” says Gordon from the helm high above the water. 44 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011



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“Things are well-marked here,” he says. “But we’ve still heard a few Maydays from west of Chief Island.” Chief Island reclines off our port beam. Dolphin points. “In the middle of summer, there can be a hundred boats anchored in there. We’re too old for that.” “But we would have been there when we were younger,” says Lynn. We cross the main body of the lake. Gord throttles back. We glide past the Port of Orillia Marina. “It’s a great marina,” says Lynn. “And there’s something going on there almost every weekend.” Now we head north. “I call this end the bowling alley,” says Endless Summer skipper, Bob Hunter. “Things blow up fast—and then they pile up at the north end of Cooch.” But it’s still more sedate than Simcoe. “A lot of days you can’t get out in Simcoe,” says Dolphin. “Steep chop, big waves.” The opening of Ojibway Bay is now dead ahead. “This lake is home to us,” says Lynn. “And there’s not a cleaner, friendlier marina anywhere in Ontario.” In my language, this body of water has a new name: Lake of Many Charms.

A Waterway Wonderland Bob Hunter, over at the Port of Orillia Marina, echoes Lynn Dolphin’s sentiments. “We’ve been all along the Trent-Severn Waterway, and this is our absolute favorite place.” No small praise, given the appeals of this waterway wonderland that meanders through much of southern Ontario. It’s a waterway of variety: Towns and villages, broad lakes, narrow rivers, twisting and turning through the geography of the province, carved through the near reaches of the Canadian Shield, exiting at long last past a marine railway, past historical lift locks at Georgian Bay. One end of the Trent-Severn is down at Lake Ontario, by some of that lake’s most scenic coast. It follows the Trent River for a while, then wanders through the delights of the Kawartha Lakes. PHOTOS BY SHARON MATTHEWS-STEVENS


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Ojibway Bay Marina: Set amidst trees and making you feel like you’ve docked in the middle of a forest, this marina, run by the Chippewas of Rama, is the most convenient to Casino Rama. “And we’ve got a whole basin for transients,” says manager Steve Sanderson. 705-326-5855 Port of Orillia Marina: Great location right beside downtown. Grocery and liquor store nearby, as well as great shopping and restaurants. A total of 206 full-service transient docks with free wireless internet. 705-326-6314 Bridge Port Marina: Right on the Narrows, Bridgeport offers some transient docks and boasts picnic and campfire areas and a fuel dock. 705-326-7898 | Mariposa Landing: Also on the Narrows, Mariposa boasts a park-like setting with children’s playground and a boaters’ clubhouse. Transients are always welcome. 705-326-4660 | McGregor On The Water: A full-service marina located at the north end of Lake Couchiching just at the mouth of the Trent-Severn Waterway before Lock 42. 705-689-9935 | Baer Harbour Marina: Located at the Atherley Narrows. Offers covered boat slips, water, washrooms, picnic tables and shopping facilities close by. 705-325-2132 Blue Beacon Marina: A family-owned and -operated marina for more than 40 years. Located at the Atherley Narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Blue Beacon Marina provides tourists and seasonal residents access to two of the most pristine and exciting bodies of water north of Toronto. 705-325-2526 | Starport Landing: A full-service marina situated on 57 beautiful acres that caters to transient and overnight boaters. 705-325-3775 | Crates Lagoon City: Crates is dedicated to superior customer service and a hassle-free boating experience. Escape to Crate’s Lagoon City Marina and experience a lifestyle that few have dreamed of. 800-814-7826 |


This summer two of Canada’s most historic waterways—the Rideau Canal and the TrentSevern System—share in the centennial celebrations of Parks Canada, the body that oversees their operation. In 1911, the Canadian government decided to protect the natural legacy of places like Banff, Alberta and the cultural legacy of sites like the fortifications of Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River. Now, one hundred years later, Canadians—and Parks Canada—are holding a yearlong party. “Doors Open” activities are taking place across the country this summer, including features like free admission and special events. August will see a tribute to Canadian forts—from

Fort George on the Niagara River to Fort Henry at the most easterly reaches of Lake Ontario. It’s part of an unparalleled festival; a celebration of a century-long saga of a network that today encompasses 42 national parks, 167 historic sites and four national marine conservation areas. One such historic site is the Rideau Canal, completed in 1832 as a military waterway to protect Canadian interests, providing marine access between the Great Lakes and Ottawa, the country’s capital. Though the Rideau actually celebrated its sesquicentennial two years ago, it’s still party-central for Parks Canada. Another historic system is the TrentSevern Waterway. The first part of the name— and the southeast terminus—is due to the Trent River. At the other end the system follows the course of the Severn River, meandering through pristine forests and prime examples of the Near North—wind-crippled pine trees and pink granite forming perfect backdrops for those nights at dock or secret anchorages that may have sheltered boats for millennia.

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Though the system was only begun in 1833 with a single lock at Bobcaygeon and wasn’t completely navigable from end to end until 1920, it marks one of the earliest water routes in North America. People have used this route for 10,000 years. From the shores of Georgian Bay near the mouth of the Severn River, Champlain set out with a band of Huron warriors, following the river into a chain of lakes north of Lake Ontario then on south, portaging this route where necessary, attacking the Iroquois in New York and retracing this water route to winter at Orillia, crown jewel of the Trent-Severn. Nowadays, the system is primarily a pleasure boaters’ paradise, but it still offers a fascinating glimpse of history, culture and engineering wonders. It is 241 miles long, with 44 locks. It takes five to seven days to traverse it one way—a water route joining Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario—though you shouldn’t rush. Take time to explore First Nations’ petroglyphs and catch some live theatre. Spend a few days in Orillia, then make your way to Georgian Bay. Ride the world’s tallest hydraulic lift locks at Peterborough, then watch your boat go for a train ride at Big Chute, Canada’s only marine railway. Then cut a piece of birthday cake and join the festivities. For when you traverse the Trent-Severn—one of Canada’s most historic waterways—you’ll have plenty to celebrate. — M.S.

Simcoe is the biggest body of water other than Georgian Bay or Lake Ontario proper, and it can present you with some of the nastiest weather on the system. That’s part of the appeal of this particular port of call. A place to prepare yourself for Simcoe, or a place to chill after the open waters. It’s just as historical as it is charming, this 240-mile-long waterway. Champlain was camped out in the area around Georgian Bay when he joined local Hurons in a battle against the Iroquois in upstate New York and returning to these shores to winter after being wounded in action. Where they may have portaged, boaters now encounter locks. But those ghosts are still present.

A Sacred Place, a Sunset Sketch You may hear them at sunset, just south of Atherly Narrows, where Simcoe meets Cooch. Simcoe is first burnished silver then bronzed then indigo, while lavender skies, sun-bruised clouds go from the color of flesh to lavender to deep purple. Seven marinas hunker down along the length of the Narrows. Just past the last marina off your starboard beam—barely visible from your boat—ancient spars rise up from water decorated with sea grass. They are man-made. Back at Casino Rama you noticed a theme—First Nations’ culture—but you also noticed it narrowed down to a topic. A restaurant inside is called “Weirs.” Similar vertical spars to these dominate the architectural design. Now, tonight, you understand the significance of that theme. These jutting objects are part of a fish-fence—weirs—older than the pyramids. They gave the area east of Cooch its name. “Mnjikaning” means “people of the fish fences.” It is the name the First Nations here have given to both the place and to themselves. For them, it is a sacred place. The sun falls to the west, bathing the cottages across the Narrows in an orange campfire glow. A perfect sunset sketch of a perfect little port. r

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ucked into the northeast corner of White Lake, just a quarter of a mile from the White River, White Lake Municipal Marina (WLMM, for short) is a scenic, six-mile boat ride from Lake Michigan. “The three bodies of water in one makes the spot unique, with boating opportunities galore,” says marina manager Meghan Milliron. “You can choose to enjoy the big lake, stay within the one- by six-mile White Lake, or take a dinghy ride up the river.” Built on the site of old logging grounds, the marina opened in 1981, providing much-needed dockage for transient boaters. That makes this year its 30th in operation. “Today WLMM has a number of boaters who make it their vacation destination year after year,” Milliron says, “but the marina still gets a steady flow of transient boaters en route to points north or south on the big lake.” It’s no wonder: The 50-slip marina has been updated over the years. A new bathhouse complete with showers and laundry was added in 2004, and new 30- and 50-amp electrical and water were added this past spring.

“The new gas dock will be relocated later this year,” Milliron adds. Most of those 50 slips are available for transient boaters. Still, reservations are recommended at the marina, which can accommodate boats up to 60 feet. Call to make your reservation and get a special deal this season: A third consecutive night of dockage free when you pay for two consecutive nights. Storage and repairs are available at nearby marinas, and WLMM even has bikes visitors can use for free. They come in handy when exploring the area, whether you’re riding the nearby bike trails, visiting the farmer’s markets or checking out the lighthouse museum or the world’s tallest weathervane. WLMM also is an easy walk to the quaint towns of Whitehall and Montague, Michigan, with their unique shops, restaurants and attractions. “It’s not a typical tourist spot,” Milliron says. “The pace is slower, and personal service is the norm. There is a magic to this area.” r phOTOs COurTEsy Of whITE LAKE MuNICIpAL MArINA

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ocated on the eastern edge of Bay Harbor, Michigan, on Little Traverse Bay, Lakeshore Village is a 36-home development that was created in the spirit of new urbanism. “It’s probably a little different from the typical golf course resort community,” says Wally Kidd, broker/ owner of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, representing Lakeshore Village. “There are sidewalks, streetlamps and front porches with swings, and you’re within walking distance to town.” Living in Lakeshore Village, which has been around since 1999, also means great access to the Great Lakes. Homes and lots are available on both the private Village Harbor and Lake Michigan itself, and each lot comes with a 35-foot dock. “We consider Bay Harbor to be the nautical center of the Great Lakes,” Kidd says. “Here, your boat is at your back door. You can island hop, or head to towns like Mackinaw City.”

Of the 36 lots in Lakeshore Village, about half have homes already built on them. There are four unique floor plans to choose from, ranging from 3,500 to 5,000 square feet. The other lots are clean slates, ready for buyers to customize their dream home however they’d like. The aesthetic of the development is “classically coastal,” and the homes, all of which include waterfront views, may have features including premium cedar shake, high-end kitchen and bath appliances and finishes, hickory wood floors, granite countertops and gas fireplaces. Also on site is a private sand beach. Residents of Lakeshore Village enjoy great access to all that the vibrant downtown Bay Harbor community has to offer, from its dining and shopping options, to the membership opportunities available at the yacht club, golf club and swing and fitness clubs. “Lakeshore Village is truly unique in that you can front Lake Michigan and have a boat at your back door,” Kidd says. “You can’t do that anywhere in the Great Lakes.” r PhOTOS By RIChARD hARTwELL / hARTwELL DIGITAL MEDIA


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Bay Point Lodge, Incredible 54 acres w/2,800 ft of Les Cheneaux Club Cottage, Completely restored 6 shoreline, 5800 sq.ft. log-built cottage w/double BR/4BA historic summer home w/3 finished levels, decks, fireplace, custom floating dock w/shelter & exclu- boathouse, crib docks, sandy beach plus guest house. sive Club amenities: tennis, golf,club house. $889,000. For more visit: $1,900.000.

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Well maintained house on the Bay. Large boat access w/ private boat slip. Minimum Bid $245,000

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70 Church, Algoma, WI

Marina in Algoma, widely respected as the Salmon & Trout fishing capital of the Midwest. Minimum Bid $795,000

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2.88 acres near many lakes and wildlife management areas. Minimum Bid $50,000

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New waterfront condos. Views of Anaphee River and Lake Michigan. Minimum Bid $69,900

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Stunning waterfront home. 6 bedrooms, 4 baths and 4056 SF Minimum Bid $850,000

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No-bake Berry Torte A sweet, ready-to-eat treat. BY MARTY R ICHAR DSON


ugust is wild blueberry season in the upper Great Lakes region, where this antioxidant-rich berry has thrived in the northern climate for thousands of years. You’ll find them growing on bushes very low to the ground, under power lines and along road easements in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and over rocky, glacial soils in many parts of Ontario’s North Channel. If you’re in the area August 19–21, catch the 26th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise in Michigan’s

NO-BAKE BERRY TORTE 1 graham cracker crust 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla ¾ cup fresh blueberries ¾ cup fresh strawberries, sliced, or fresh raspberries

Upper Peninsula. Visitors can stroll along the shore of beautiful Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, browse the arts and crafts fair with more than 50 artists, and enjoy continuous family entertainment. You’ll know you’re in paradise when you taste the homemade blueberry pies, muffins and buckles available throughout the weekend. Or pick some of your own, like we did along the road near Whitefish Point’s Harbor of Refuge, and try them in this delicious, off-thegrid dessert.

DIRECTIONS Beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread on crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Top with berries and serve. 

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Scott DuBrow, marine sales manager for Mack Boring & Parts Company, discusses the ins and outs of repowering. LB: Have you seen more repowering during the recession? DuBrow: Repowering has remained relatively steady throughout the ups and downs of the economy. Many people are emotionally connected to their boats, and repowering is a great way to revitalize the boat that you have put blood, sweat and tears into over the years. LB: What are the benefits? DuBrow:When we repower a boat from gas DuBrow: to diesel, fuel economy and, therefore, the range, is typically doubled. For some owners, this means they can reach offshore destinations that could not be reached with thirsty gasoline engines. Others enjoy double the amount of time between fill-ups. In addition, performance is often increased. Since diesels allow the owner to cruise using more of the available total horsepower, cruise speeds are increased.


LB: Are there environmental benefits? DuBrow: Newer diesel technology allows for cleaner, quieter performance. In addition, a quieter, smoother-running vessel makes an amazing difference when on board for extended periods of time.

Mack Boring & Parts Company 2365 US Highway 22 W Union, New Jersey Ph: 908-964-0700, ext. 204

LB: Why repower instead of buying a new boat? DuBrow: There are a variety of reasons. Many boats have been customized to an owners needs over time, or have been in families for many years. People want to keep these boats, and engines do have a finite life expectancy. Cost is another major factor. Repowering is often one-quarter the cost of buying a new boat of similar size. LB: What’s involved in a repower? DuBrow: It varies from just removing and replacing the engine, to a full restoration. It’s a good time to inspect and upgrade fuel systems and running gear. Also, while the old engine is out, why not repaint that old bilge so

it’s easier to keep clean? In some applications, engine controls and monitoring systems are replaced, although it’s often possible to reuse what is in place. LB: How much will it cost for various sizes of boats? DuBrow: Repowering with a diesel engine costs anywhere from under $10,000 for a 30-foot sailboat, to $100,000+ for a 45-foot sportfishing vessel. Considering that many mid-forties boats are upwards of a million dollars, repowering a well equipped boat might be a good option. LB: What are the cost benefits now and for resale? DuBrow: The immediate cost benefit is reduced fuel usage. In almost every case, even diesel to diesel, fuel economy is improved. Over the long haul, boats with modern diesel engines have more value than boats equipped with gas or diesel engines that are at the end of their useful life. In addition to the hard cost benefits, new Yanmar engines come with a high level of reliability and a service and parts network that gives the owner piece of mind that is hard to put a value on. LB: Where can I research repowering? DuBrow: Information is available on our website, Also check with your local dealer or distributor sales representative. These guys are experts; they’re trained and know the details related to repowering your specific boat. There are a variety of boat owners groups that can be a good resource, too. LB: How do I find a qualified shop? What questions should I ask them? DuBrow: Qualified dealers are listed on the manufacturers or distributors websites. A list of Yanmar dealers can be found at Ask for a quotation outlining the project. This will give you an overview of the project scope and specific work necessary to revitalize your propulsion system. Many times they can provide you with a performance report and pictures of an engine installation from a similar vessel. 

Mack Boring & Parts Company, headquartered in Union, New Jersey, has been in business for 90 years and covers 22 states and Bermuda for Yanmar Marine. The company has approximately 200 Yanmar dealers throughout this territory. These dealers are trained and are the “best in the business” at repowering and servicing customer’s boats. Yanmar has facilities and representation worldwide, with excellent parts and service availability wherever you travel. 74 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011


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1972 GRAND BANKS 32’ SEDAN 1972 GRAND BANKS 32’ SEDAN, wood, Ford Lehman 120 diesel. Completely restored 1999, new canvas 2010. Lake Superior. $34,900. 218-525-4522. AUG11

2004 WELLCRAFT 290 COASTAL, twin 225 Yamahas, 300 hrs, downriggers, Raymarine electronics, sleeps 6, A/C/ heat, excellent condition. $84,500. 231-862-3516. SEP11

Ready for Great Lakes Salmon. TURNKEY 24' 1984 AQUASPORT OSPREY CC. 2000 Johnson 225hp (400 freshwater hours) and 2006 Mercury 15hp 4cycle trolling motor(5 hours). Includes two 5’ electric downriggers, planner boards, new electronics, all new fishing gear. Invested over $25,000. Must sell price (medical issues) $11,500. ($10,000 without trolling motor). 607-351-5999. AUG11

2002 PURSUIT 2470 WALKAROUND, 24ft, twin Yamaha 115 four strokes, no salt, 520 hours, $42000. Email or 517-490-6620 for list and photos. OCT11

1988 25’ SEARAY 7.4 MERCRUISER recent O/H/ bow & mid cabins, ref, stove, head, on 1994 EZLOADER. $12,900. 715-459-9723 or AUG11

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1997 CHAPARRAL 29’9 Twin 350 EFI Remote Spotlight, Sunpad, Radar, Dingy, Windlass, Halon. Pictures Available. Clean, heat and air. Trailer Optional. $37,900. 906-370-9411 AUG11

1997 CARVER 310 mid-cabin Express, T 5.7 Crusaders, 300 hrs. Heat air generator. Paid slip in Burnham Harbor. $44,900 OBO. 708-951-7100. SEP11

31’ FOUR WINNS VISTA, 1988, excellent condition, T-5.7, sleeps 6, heat/air, windlass, newer full canvas, headliner, carpet. $18,900. 616-399-7382. NOV11

32’ GRAND BANKS 1989 Cummins, 210HP, 1355HRS, Northern Lights Generator 5KW 1000HRS, Vetus Stern Thruster, Radar, Autopilot, Loaded w/Electronics, Top Condition. Stored in Great Lakes. $130,000. 231-228-5655. NOV11

32’ GRAND BANKS, 1985, Lehman diesel only 985 hrs. Radar, Plotter, VHF, Refrig. Freezer, Microwave, Stoveoven, Shower. Sleeps 5, $98,000. 847-328-5188. AUG11

1996 MAXUM 3200SCR in excellent shape Owner retiring from boating. Pictures available. Has a/c and heat, radar,ice maker excellent buy. $45,500. 708-473-4941 AUG11

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2007 SEA RAY 270 AMBERJACK MERCRUISER 6.2L 320HP Motor, clean, freshwater, ready to fish or cruise $57,745. Stock #94500. Call MarineMax Ohio 419-797-4492. AUG11

2000 NORDIC TUG 32’ 570 Hours, Cummins Diesel, Bow/ Stern Thrusters, Dish TV, Clean, Great Lakes Only, Heated Storage, $180,000, 616-588-4127. OCT11

2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $199,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! OCT11 75 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011

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1971 SLICKCRAFT SS-235 stand up hardtop rigged for Salmon. INTERLUX 2000e barriercoat and antifouling paint. Newer Chevy 350 OMC stringer drive. FF, GPS, Vector rod holders, plus MANY extras. Email for more pictures and details. $5,900 OBO. Dirk 847-833-6995 847-231-6389 AUG11

1996 BAYLINER 2859 CIERA EXPRESS. $29,500 Great Condition 454 Mercruiser, Triaxle trailer $12,000-Extras Raymarine, Furuno, downriggers, etc. 989-429-1507 NOV11

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2004 TIARA 3600 SOVRAN. Twin 450hp Cummins, always freshwater, excellent, pictures available. Make offer, trades considered. or 920-737-7304 NOV11

1996 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 1996 330 SEA RAY SUNDANCER. 5.7 litre inboards. All electronics and genny. Trick Davit. Many upgrades. Nice condition. $59,000. Jim 906-458-9835. AUG11

1994 CARVER 350 1994 CARVER 350 AFT CABIN. Gen, AC, GPS, Auto Pilot, Plotter. New Canvas & Glass. $65,900 OBO. TRADES CONSIDERED. 920-231-0148, JAN12

1991 PACEMAKER 37’ SF. Twin 454 gas, 365hp, 540hrs, 6.5 Kohler Gen. Air Auto Pilot, Radar, Chart Plotter, 2/ VHF, Depth & Fish finder. $79,900, 612-801-6969. SEP11

1997 SEA RAY 330 SUNDANCER, T7.4 MPI (340 hp) Vdrives, Raymarine electronics, one owner, meticulously maintained, fresh water, heated storage, 10’ Zodiac, $69,900. 616-842-4816. AUG11

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PRISTINE 1991 350/370 SEARAY SUNDANCER 454s 535 hours,gil s.s exhaust,7.5 mercury 135 hours.professionally serviced,on lake erie $58,000, 814-392-4793. SEP11

1996 38’ SCARAB, 502 MPI, triple axle aluminum trailer, N. Mi. boat, one owner, very good cond., shore power, fridge, GPS, tv/dvd, $51,900. 231-675-0718. SEP11

1984 BERTRAM 33’ SPORTFISH. Ready to cruise or fish just add water. Upper & lower helm, fully equiped with fishing gear. Summers in covered hoist/winters inside heated. Pristine $89,500. BILL@586-295-6719. SEP11

1983 SEA RAY 360 EXPRESS CRUISER. Twin MerCruiser 340hp each. Only 1400 hrs. Auto pilot.GPS.Generator. AC. Live Aboard. Fishing Equipped. Excellent Condition. 262-241-3928. OCT11

2001 TIARA 3800 OPEN Plan A, Freshwater, One Owner, Low Hours, Excellent Condition, Teak Interior, Full Electronics, Hardtop, Loaded. Asking $229,900 Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

1982, 34’ TOLLYCRAFT CONV’T., orig.owner, motors balanced blueprinted & Dyno tested.Two spare shafts & props, indoor stored, professionally maintained, many upgrades and extras. Great Lakes only, $69,500 440-724-3831. SEP11

1996 330 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 1990 DORAL BOCA GRANDE 350, Excellent Shape. Original Owner (1991) Retiring, Twin 350hp Merc’s refurnished in 2006, Fully Equipped. Recently replaced all navigation, canvas,carpets and upholstery. Heated inside storage. 419-564-4931 OCT11

1999 TIARA 3500 OPEN, LOA 35’-6”, Beam 13’-3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines 485 hrs., Canvas like new, Full electronics, Teak/holly sole, Air conditioning, Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat, $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or OCT11 76 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011

2005 TIARA 3600 OPEN, Cummins diesels, 310hrs, bow thruster, heated indoor storage, 100% Fresh water, immaculate, 100% new stamoid canvas 2010. $298,000. Contact Ron 416-574-3433. SEP11

2000 SEA RAY 380 SUNDANCER T7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new. Best offer. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. NOV11

1987 36’ TIARA CONVERT. Excellent/pro-serviced. T350hp/905 hrs. Many upgrades, mid-bunk stateroom, shower. All electronics, photos. Arcadia, MI. $95,900. Call 616-340-7300 SEP11

38’ HATTERAS FBDC MOTORYACHT 1974. Immaculate, great live-aboard,extensive upgrades,two owner,T-300,low hours, $75,000, complete specs/photos. 231-223-8823, AUG11

38’ 1986 CHRIS CRAFT CATALINA. Second owner 15 yrs. Numerous upgrades. Finest 381 on the Great lakes. $85.000. Info & pics. 574-259-0465 or NOV11 40’ 1967 CHRIS CRAFT CORINTHIAN. Rare awesome award winner. Needs nothing. Nov ‘08 survey. Please, serious inquiries only. 586-791-3744 eve., 248-588-4410 day. JAN12

125hrs Twin TAMD75P Volvos, 370HP. Full Raytheon Elec Pkg, hardtop, Satellite TV, granite countertops, wood flooring, thruster, backup camera, generator, A/C, washer/dryer, wetbar w/ice, fresh water, impeccable condition, “one owner” $285,000

630.887.1478  AUG11

Reduc ed! 1984 39-FT. SEARAY EXPRESS CRUISER CRUSADERS. Sleeps 6, Camper top, Gen, Heat/air, Inverter, Windlass, many extras, additional photos on request. $42,500. 612-240-8076. SEP11 1984 VIKING SPORTFISH, 41’, 15’ beam, 672DD 1600 hrs, 10KW Westerbeke, All routine maintenance, many upgrades, will trade for newer 40’ gas express boat. $125,000. 859-466-2723. AUG11

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47' CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER 1972, Highly Customized! FRESH WATER, repowered w/Cummins 370’s, 530hrs., Mathers, NEW fuel, water & holding tanks, canvas, cushions, interior, 3 staterooms, queen master, dinghy w/crane, same family 25yrs, 2 boat owner, Must Sell! $148,000 OBO ROB, 612-743-4192. NOV11

1990 SEARAY 390 EC 454’S 890 hrs. Full electronics, new head, new fridge, excellent condition. $85,000 OBO. 734-379-4920. AUG11

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2000 CRUISERS YACHTS 4270 EXPRESS Low Hr. 430 Volvos New Radar+ Plotter Dinghy MTR Lift Underwater Lights $179,900. 219-741-0212. AUG11

48’ 1986 CALIFORNIAN MOTOR YACHT. 3208 Cat Diesels Three staterooms three heads Decorator interior MI $159,000. 313-402 9579 SEP11

2004 SEA RAY 390 MOTOR YACHT. Twin 480CE Cummins 290 hrs. Bristol condition. Loaded with options. Freshwater only. Heated storage. $199,000. 317-523-8506 SEP11

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2005 TIARA 4300 SOVRAN 100% Freshwater, One Owner, Low Hours, Excellent Condition, Full Raymarine E Series electronics. Priced to sell at $349,900 Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales, (616) 402-0180 RYS

1990 JEFFERSON MARQUESSA 53' MOTORYACHT. Detroit 6V92s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive 2001 upgrades. Custom Pilothouse. Zodiac. BEAUTIFUL. 612-850-2000. NOV11

1991 54’ BLUEWATER YACHT COASTAL CRUISER 1996 CHERUBINI 45 TRAWLER T-250HP Cummins $439,900. Stock #90095. Call Dan 419-797-4492 or dan. AUG11

1991 54’ BLUEWATER YACHT COASTAL CRUISER. Spacious interior, huge bridge! Three staterooms, meticulously maintained. Stored inside heated. More photos at $124,900. 419-433-5798 NOV11 77 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011

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Yacht Delivery CAPT. LARRY LOWE WILL MOVE YOUR BOAT, either power or sail, for you in the Great Lakes, East Coast, Mississippi, or Gulf. Free quotes. Resumé on request. 614-885-3601. OCT11 MOVE YOUR BOAT WORRY FREE on our air ride hydraulic trailer. Free Quotes! Dave’s Marine Transport.

2005 OCEAN ALEXANDER. 54 LOA (2)500HP Yanmars300 hrs, dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $585,000. 920-739-7668. SEP11

1974 60’ CHRIS CRAFT pilothouse motoryacht on the Ohio river Galley up, four staterooms, Awlgrip, beautiful inside and out. $275,000. 618-889-8133. OCT11

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Charters BAREBOAT CANADA’S FABULOUS NORTH CHANNEL, LAKE HURON. 25 power and sailboats, 27’-50’, cruise and learn, skippered. Canadian Yacht Charters, Gore Bay, Ontario. 800-565-0022. email:, RUC

54’ 1989 HATTERAS Extended Deck M/Y. One owner, fresh water only. Bow thruster, stabilizers, on-deck galley, 4 staterooms, walk-in engine room. Seriously for sale. Loc. Michigan. Wayne at 954-646-5099 OCT11


1991 VIKING 66/CMY 1991 VIKING 66 Custom Cockpit Motoryacht, One Owner, Excellent Condition Freshwater Boat, Many Upgrades, Meticulously Maintained, Teak Interior, $550K Repower Twin 1200hp MAN (300hrs) 21/22kt Cruise. Trade Considered-Motivated Seller $475,000. 800-213-3323 AUG11

1986 SEA RAY 270 AMBERJACK. Great Lakes fishing ready. Excellent condition. $12,500. Great price. Pictures available. Twin V-8 305’s. 240 horsepower. 734-776-1142 AUG11 1996 SEA RAY 370 SUNDANCER. Excellent condition, many updates, low hours. Inside heated storage. Pictures available. $105,000. 330-612-7354 AUG11 2000 SEA RAY 450 EXPRESS BRIDGE. Very low hours. Always fresh water. Twin 430 hp Cummins. Loaded. Immaculate. $249,500. Health Reasons. No brokers. AUG11 2004 SEA RAY 48 SEDAN BRIDGE. Always in heated storage. Low hours, all electronics cherry cabinets, cummings QSM, excellent condition. $399,000. 315-752-0320 ext. 6529. SEP11

1992 54’ STEEL, COI 43 passengers, Detroit Diesel 4-71, 3.5 gph @ 8.5 knot cruise. Also suitable for private use. Located St. Clair River. $120,000 CDN. 519-892-3973 NOV11

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2003 SEA RAY 560 Sedan Bridge T-MAN V10 1005HP $449,000. (Stock# 91731) Josh at 419-797-4492 or AUG11

REDUCED AGAIN! ‘95 500 DA SEA RAY. Heated storage, T-550 Detroits. 502 hrs. Clean and equipped. Fresh water only. $235,000. ph: 216-469-7000 SEP11 40’, 60’, 88’ DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE at beautiful Duncan Bay Boat Club. Clubhouse, pool, floating docks, wifi & more. Straits of Mackinaw. 866-993-3625, FEB12



DUNCAN BAY BOAT CLUB SLIP #252. Desirable outer fairway. Dock box, priced to sell. $21,900. 517-202-2123. OCT11

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2001 SEA RAY 560 SEDAN BRIDGE Always freshwater, immaculate, 100K+ in custom upgrades. Mahogany floors, New electronics and bridge enclosure. Stock #94038. Josh at 419-797-4492, josh.northrop@ AUG11 78 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011

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Snark Bait

Never underestimate the power of nature. BY DAVE WALLACE


know this is not a sailing-centered magazine, but if you got hooked on boating the way I did, chances are there was some wind power involved along the way—especially back in the 70s, when board boats like the Sunfish and Sailfish were standard equipment at every beach resort. This was the same point in history when the totally irresistible Snark entered the mini-boat market. If you’re old enough to be reading this magazine to your grandson, chances are you remember the Snark. It became famous overnight for two irresistible reasons.

For starters, the hull was molded from Styrofoam that weighed only 30 pounds and floated as high and dry as a beer cooler. Anyone with enough arm strength to turn the steering wheel of an automobile could car-top a Snark on any vehicle, from a VW Bug on up. Second, the selling price, complete with sail and tiller, was $100 plus tax, and it was a featured item at every Sears store in America. It was the boaters’ impulse sales dream of the decade, and I was driving one home 10 minutes after I saw it in the store. 80 LAKELANDBOATING.COM A U G U S T 2 011

Our family lived on the Thornapple River in West Michigan, but our Snark didn’t spend much time there. A narrow river that snakes between two steep shorelines is a sailboater’s nightmare, unless your craft had a transom sturdy enough to use an auxiliary outboard for a tiller. On the Snark, that would’ve been an eggbeater. So it became our boat of choice to take to the beach-lined shores of Lake Michigan. This is where my family learned to sail, two crewmembers at a time, given the buoyant sensitivity of the 11-foot hull. There’s no way a Snark could sink; but it could capsize, without warning, for the slightest handling error. At this point in our boating career, we also owned a ski lodge just south of Leland, Michigan. This is where we stored the Snark. It was the perfect boat for launching from the beach, where even the youngest of our three daughters could get the job done, single handedly. One weekend, I decided it was daddy’s turn to have some fun. The wind was in my favor, so I tossed a six-pack and my life jacket into the Snark and set sail for North Manitou Island. My family had no idea of my itinerary, and I seriously underestimated the 12-mile distance to the island. I was well on my way, stretched out in the little white hull, sipping a cold brew in the hot sun, and slowly drifting into a nautical nap, when the wind turned ugly and started kicking up some serious waves. My leisure cruise suddenly became a hard beat back to shore—taking on water with every tack—and generally testing my middle-aged durability. I finally made it to the shelter of Leland Harbor and walked around to the beach, where a group of sunbathers joined my family in staring out towards the lake. I arrived just in time to overhear an elderly lady ask my wife, “Did you see that darn fool out there trying to kill himself in that toy sailboat?” My wife never admitted her relationship to that “fool,” and my kids avoided my glance as though I was a total stranger. This embarrassing chapter in our boating life never appeared in any logbook. It was our Great Lakes version of the Las Vegas promise: What happens in the Manitou Passage stays in the Manitou Passage!  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

Great Lakes for more than 35 years. He’s written for Lakeland Boating since 1993 and helped develop the first edition of Lakeland Boating’s Ports o’ Call cruising guides. ILLUSTRATION BY MIKE HARRIS



Lakeland Boating August 2011  

The Voice of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

Lakeland Boating August 2011  

The Voice of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior