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SCARAB 285 ID Meet the largest jetboat on the market. p. 24

MAKE IT A WAKEBOAT!

Four accessories that can transform any boat into a wakesport boat. p. 28 DISPLAY UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2020

S PO TLIG HT S ★ CHRIS -CRAF T ★ SABRE ★ SCOUT ★ SIRENA

PORT OF CALL

Grand Bend and Bayfield, ON: Ontario’s “Sunset Coast” has plenty to offer boaters. p. 32




P H O T O B Y S H A R O N M AT T H E W S - S T E V E N S

TABLE OF CONTENTS

32 Features

ON THE COVER

Scarab 285 ID

Jet-driven marine entertainment platform. by Chuck Warren ................................................................24

Wakesport Makeover

Transform any boring old boat into a wakesport machine. by Zenon Bilas ..................................................................28

Port of Call: Grand Bend & Bayfield, Ontario

The Sunset Coast: From boating and world-class beaches to fine dining, friendly boutiques and year-round activities, there’s something for everyone in the neighboring communities of Grand Bend and Bayfield on Ontario’s Sunset Coast. by Mark Stevens ................................................................. 32

The world’s largest recreational jetboat, the Scarab 285 ID, packs a punch with its standard twin Rotax 250-hp jet engines and pre-programmed profiles for whatever watersports activity you’re in the mood for. “The 28-footer was designed to be the perfect sportboat for wakeboarding and tubing,” writes Chuck Warren, “and with its huge cockpit, creature comforts and abundance of seating, the Scarab 285 ID also makes a great platform for entertaining friends and family.”

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From the Helm......................................................................... 4 Dock Box................................................................................... 6 Calendar ................................................................................... 7

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Scuttle...............................................................................................8 Great Gear ............................................................................ 12

Don’t Hesitate to Renovate................................................. 14 Electronics ............................................................................. 15 Beneath the Surface............................................................. 16

Safety First ............................................................................. 18 Cruising With Kids ............................................................... 19

Boat Spotlights: Chris-Craft, Sabre, Scout, Sirena ........ 20

Lakeshore Life: Charlevoix, MI .......................................... 40 Marina Watch: Son Rise Marina........................................ 42

Marine Marketplace ............................................................ 44 Classifieds ..............................................................................59

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FROM THE HELM

CONTRIBUTORS

K AT E B U S H

CHUCK WARREN

Chuck is a lifelong boater with experience on the waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the Great Lakes. During his 25-year marine industry career, he has been an offshore powerboat racing team driver, chief engineer aboard a research vessel, and captain of a sunset cruise. Currently a captain for hire in Holland, Michigan, Chuck lives on his 40-foot Sea Ray in the summer while winters are split between the West Michigan lakeshore and wherever his 33-foot motorhome takes him. Read his story on p. 24

Back At It! I

HHH

t’s good to be back at the helm of Lakeland Boating! After a few months of maternity leave, where Cohen got his first taste of the boating life (we’re encouraging his love of the water early on!), I am ready to hop back into the world of Great Lakes boating news. One area to add to your future cruising bucket list is Ontario’s “Sunset Coast,” where the communities of Grand Bend and Bayfield await with sandy Lake Huron beaches, fine dining, boutiques and more (p. 32). The U.S./Canada border is expected to reopen on July 21 from pandemic restrictions, but check before you travel. If your idea of fun includes big wakes, high speeds and lots of dish soap (to help squeeze into wakeboard boots), you’ll want to check out Zenon Bilas’ feature this month (p. 28). He informs boaters on how they can transform just an ordinary boat into a wakesport machine with a few simple accessories. Speaking of wakesport machines, take a look at this month’s cover story on the Scarab 285 ID, the world’s largest recreational jetboat. This 28-footer hits high speeds and, thanks to its lack of an external propeller, makes watersports as safe as can be. See you (at least 6 feet apart) on the water!

ZENON BILAS

Zenon has been a wakesports enthusiast since learning to waterski in 1975. He coaches, writes and speaks about wakesports worldwide. Zenon won a gold medal in slalom in Open division at the 2018 USA Barefoot National Championship for his 8th national title. Reach him at ZENONBILAS.COM. Read his story on p. 28

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MARK STEVENS

AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

Charlevoix, MI p. 40

Grand Bend & Bayfield, ON p. 32

Son Rise Marina p. 42

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Mark and his wife, Sharon MatthewsStevens, keep their boat on Lake Ontario in Toronto. Though Mark is best-known for his stories about cruising the Caribbean, he’s always eager to explore must-do boating destinations closer to home. Read his story on p. 32


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MAIL CALL: Protect Lake Erie! Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) applauds the recent unanimous action of the Ohio Power Siting Board to include 33 critical conditions in a permit to build wind turbines in Lake Erie off the shores of Cleveland. The Board’s action acknowledges the many concerns about the industrialization of Ohio’s most precious natural resource. To be clear, LEF supports the pursuit of clean and renewable energy. However, LEF must stand opposed to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s (LEEDCo) planned turbine project, called “Icebreaker.” LEF believes it is vitally important for Ohioans to know the long-term impact of LEEDCo’s proposal. For example, LEEDCo claims its focus is on “only six turbines.” Ultimately, LEEDCo President David Karpinsky confirmed: “Our vision is 5,000 megawatts over the next 10 to 15 years.” Doing the math for what each turbine can generate, would equate installing approximately 1,600 wind turbines directly in Lake Erie. LEEDCo indicates the project will generate over 500 jobs. In reality, the developer’s own study calls for just 159 temporary construction jobs and only nine permanent jobs. Moreover, the municipal utility in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County has agreed to buy two-thirds of Icebreaker’s output. The massive capital and operating costs in the water versus land based will likely be five times higher than power currently purchased from the grid and will eventually negatively impact greater Cleveland rate payers. Lake Erie Foundation supports further in-depth studies such as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) versus the less reliable Environmental Assessment that has been completed. Thankfully, Lake Erie is on a path to recovery from ecological decline after decades of thoughtful investments and protective regulations. It is amazing to witness a new generation of Ohioans returning to the lake after 50 years of decline. But... it is still a fragile body of water! The State of Ohio has an obligation to protect our greatest natural resource for all citizens who seek its use and enjoyment. We believe that Ohio should regard protecting Lake Erie as a priority, so critical, that the future of our entire region depends on it.

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AUGUST 2020 | VOLUME LXXIV, NO. 8 PUBLISHER Walter “Bing” O’Meara EDITORIAL STAFF Editorial Director: Kate Bush Assistant Editor: Amanda McDonald CREATIVE STAFF Art Director/Production Manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs CONTRIBUTORS Helen Aitken, Zenon Bilas, Glenn Hayes, Capt. Frank Lanier, Bill Moon, Diane Seltzer, Capt. Tom Serio, Heather Steinberger, Mark Stevens, Chuck Warren BUSINESS STAFF National Sales: Mark Conway Regional Sales: Patti McCleery Marketing Director: Linda O’Meara Accounting: Marguerite Wristen EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICE 1555 Sherman Ave. / Suite 313 / Evanston, IL 60201 312-276-0610 / Fax: 312-276-0619 STAFF@LAKELANDBOATING.COM LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JULY 24 – 31

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Spirit Valley Days Duluth, MN

Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days Alexandria Bay, NY

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I-LYA Sail Regatta Put-in-Bay, OH

JULY 31 – AUG 3

Toronto Food Truck Festival Toronto, ON

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National Blueberry Festival South Haven, MI

AUG 8 – 9

Door County Classic and 2 Wooden Boat Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Blues & Brews St. Ignace, MI

Sidelaunch Days Harbourfront Fest Collingwood, ON

Boats on the Boardwalk Traverse City, MI

Top O’ Michigan Boat Race Alanson, MI

LEOPA Thunderfest 2020 Put-in-Bay, OH

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P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F : 1 . B R E W H A F E S T I VA L S & E V E N T S FA C E B O O K ; 2 . D O O R C O U N T YC L A S S I C B O AT F E S T I VA L .C O M

All Classics Festival Huron, OH

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Annual Antique Boat Show Clayton, NY ABM.ORG

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Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week Sturgeon Bay, WI DCMM.ORG

AUG 1 – 31

Light Keeper Weekends (Fri – Sun) DeTour Village, MI DRLPS.COM

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Powerboat Week Put-in-Bay, OH I-LYA.ORG

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Music & Arts Festival Grand Marais, MI

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Art at Bayfront Park Duluth, MN

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Fine Art Fair Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Progressive Cedar Point Boat Show & Demo Sandusky, OH LEMTA.COM

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Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show Pewaukee, WI GLACBS.ORG

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1000 Islands Poker Run Kingston, ON

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AUG 19 – 23

Venetian Festival Lake Geneva, WI

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DETROITBOATRACES.COM

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Wooden and Classic Boat Show On Pentwater Lake Pentwater, MI

Hastings Waterfront Festival Hastings, ON

AUG 21 – 23

Brewha! Craft Beer Festival 1 Thunder Bay, ON

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Brockville Ribfest Brockville, ON

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Chicago Leukemia Cup Regatta Chicago, IL

Big Splash Raffle Sandusky, OH

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Pentwater Homecoming Pentwater, MI

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Island Green Week Put-in-Bay, OH

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Thunder on the Niagara North Tonawanda, NY

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YpsiFest Ypsilanti, MI

Detroit Hydrofest Detroit, MI

Rockin’ the Bay Alexandria Bay, NY ALEXBAY.ORG

AUG 28 – 29

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Death’s Door Barbecue Washington Island, WI

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Fudge Festival Mackinac Island, MI

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Thunder Bay Ribfest Thunder Bay, ON RIBFESTTBAY.COM

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Gull Lake Classic Lake Shore, MN

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MUST-HAVE

Fly-a-Flags Are Simple to Hang Attach one of Fly-a-Flag’s American, Jolly Roger, Gone Fishing or Happy Hour flags to your boat with only a rod holder, rocket launcher or another part of the casting deck. The 18- by 12-inch flags include an adjustable piece of fabric that attaches to something tall and can be taken down or put up quickly and easily. The flags come in six designs and are $34.99 each. To learn more and to order your own, visit FLY-A-FLAG.COM.

GREAT LAKES NEWS

The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show, originally scheduled for August 8, 2020, has been rescheduled for August 14, 2021. LCIBOATSHOW.COM

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Three Great Lakes Hit Record Water Levels in May Although summers usually mean water levels are at their highest, Lake Michigan-Huron (recorded as one lake), Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair all posted record high water levels in May. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “May 2020 Great Lakes Water Level Summary,” Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair and Erie surpassed their previous records by 4, 4 and 1 inches,

respectively, which were set in 1986 on Lake Michigan-Huron, and last year on Lakes St. Clair and Erie. While Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to continue rising this summer, the six-month forecast for the other lakes, announced by the USACE on June 19, is more promising. Lake Superior is expected to drop 3-7 inches below record highs through November; Lake St. Clair is predicted to be an inch below

highs in June, around 2 inches below highs in July through September and around 9 inches below highs in October and November; Lake Erie is forecasted to be 2-4 inches below highs in June through September, then around 9 inches below highs in October and November; and Lake Ontario is expected to be around 23 inches below record highs. To see the full reports, visit LRE. USACE.ARMY.MIL.

MUST-HAVE

World’s First Stern Thruster for Outboard/Sterndrive Boats

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Sideshift has launched a new universal stern thruster solution for outboards and sterndrive boats. The patent-pending, first-of-its-kind OB Series is easy to install on the cavitation plate of an outboard or I/O on any boat up to 60 feet. You can even install it while the boat is in the water. The unique mounting position creates zero

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drag, as the unit rides above water when the boat is on plane. And since there’s no need to drill holes below the waterline, there’s no risk of leaks. When combined with a Sideshift or factory bow thruster, you can add the dual wireless joystick option for true 360-degree control of your boat. To learn more, visit SIDESHIFT.COM.



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Yamaha’s Helm Master EX Now Available For Single Engines

Yamaha’s new Helm Master EX integrated boat control system takes everything you thought you knew about joystick control and kicks it up a notch. The joystick system is now available for single through quad applications and has been redesigned with new smooth-shifting software. The enhanced autopilot feature called DriftPoint Track allows you to set track points to your final destination. Once they’re in place and the boat is in neutral, all you have to do is sit back and relax. Other new features include an electronic key switch, as well as a keyless ignition fob. “The new joystick option, which is the same as that used on multi-outboard systems, allows boaters who desire single-outboard power to enjoy the majority of the benefits associated with multi-outboard Helm Master EX applications,” says Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha Marine U.S. Business Unit. To learn more about the system, visit YAMAHAOUTBOARDS.COM.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the first-ever Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Trash Free Waters grant to Harbor District, Inc. The Milwaukee-based company will use the $492,300 to build a trash collector on the Kinnickinnic River, two miles upstream of Lake Michigan. This project, which addresses riverborne trash, is the first to be selected under the recently developed GLRI grant program. The device will be placed in the river and will use floating booms to collect trash; the trash collected will then be transferred to a dumpster. Estimations say 75 tons of waste will be collected every year. To learn more, visit EPA.GOV/TR ASH-FREE-WATERS. BUSINESS

JBYS Welcomes Josh Northrop

The 1924 Hutchinson Idyll Oaks led the parade at the first Antique Boat Show in 1965. EVENTS

The municipal marina in Leamington, Ontario, formerly known as Leamington Marina, has been renamed Lakeside Marina after Lakeside Produce. LEAMINGTON.CA

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ABM Antique Boat Show & Auction Set for August 1 — But With a Twist Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Antique Boat Museum’s 56th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction that was originally planned for June 27, 2020, will be held August 1. Those in the Clayton, New York, area with a classic or antique boat are invited to join in a parade around the 1000 Islands (U.S. boaters and waters only, as U.S./Canada border is currently closed) on Saturday, August 1, at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A limited number of ABM’s slips will be available for participating boats to dock. Boat and engine owners from near and far are invited to put their boat in ABM’s virtual boat show, which will include a virtual marketplace with vendors to visit and shop, and a virtual auction. Admission to the museum will be free August 1-2. Other ABM events, including the The 1000 Islands Concours d’Elegance, Need for Speed, 1000 Islands Family Day and more are all postponed. The Antique Boat Museum is currently collecting stories to include in the virtual show. If you have one you’d like to share, visit ABM.ORG.

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Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (JBYS) has welcomed Josh Northrop to its team of seasoned marine industry professionals. Northrop has been an avid boater his entire life, growing up on Lake Erie and boating throughout the Great Lakes. After graduating college, Northrop decided to make boating a career and has spent the last 17 years guiding his clients to the right boat. He will be stationed out of the JBYS Catawba Island, Ohio, location. BUSINESS

SkipperBud’s Newest Location is a Former Antique Mall A former antique mall in Waterford Township, Michigan, will soon be transformed into a SkipperBud’s boat service and storage center. The boat dealer bought the nearly 7,000-square-foot former Great Midwestern Antique Emporium in May. After renovations, the facility will be operational for this upcoming fall winterization and storage season. The company’s Antioch, Illinois, expansion project is also coming along and will include a new 16,000-square-foot showroom. That space will be completed by fall 2020. To learn more, visit SKIPPERBUDS.COM.

IDYLL OAKS PHOTO COURTESY OF ABM’S MARION CL AYTON LINK ARCHIVES; GARBAGE PHOTO BY MICHAEL COGHLAN

EPA Awards First Trash Free Waters Grant

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Winners of the 2019 Great Lakes Seaway Photo Contest Announced BUSINESS

Vanquish Boats Acquired, Rebranded as Century Coronado The 95-year-old brand Century Boats has acquired Vanquish Boats, manufacturer of classic center console, dual console, cuddy and runabout dayboats. Morgan Huntley, the owner of Vanquish Boats, will stay on as chief operating officer of Century Boats, and production will be moved to Century’s Zephyrhilla, Florida, facility. It was also announced that existing Vanquish models will now be rebranded as Century Coronado. “Vanquish is known for producing stunning designs in the New England tradition, rooted in timeless quality and craftsmanship,” says Lloyd R. “Skip” Sorenson, CEO of Century Boats. “This merger represents a natural expansion of our model portfolio which will be mutually beneficial across our line of fishing and family boats.” To learn more, visit CENTURYBOATS.COM.

For the second year, the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership conducted a photo contest for the best images of Great Lakes freighters, tugboats and barges that travel across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway. The winners of the second annual contest — which was open from April to December, 2019, and had more than 270 entries — have been announced! One of three first place photos (pictured) was captured by Paul LaMarre III and features the M/V Hon James L. Oberstar as it approaches the famed Johnson’s Point in the St. Marys River. First place winners received $500, second place received $250 and third place won $100. The 2020 photo contest is now open and will end when the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the season. Winners will be announced April 1, 2021. To learn more and to submit your original photos, visit GREATLAKESSEAWAY.ORG/PHOTO-CONTEST.

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The Boat Galley Ship’s Log

Consolidate all of your boat’s essential information — trips, equipment and maintenance — into one logbook! The Boat Galley’s new Ship’s Log provides six sections and 164 pages to help boaters stay organized. The logbook also features: Pre-departure and change-of-watch checklists to help catch problems before they occur; separate logs for every system onboard; spiral binding to allow the book to lay flat; and tabbed dividers. $32.99 AT THEBOATGALLEY.COM

GREAT GEAR MUST-HAVE GOODIES AND GADGETS FOR EVERY BOATER

Raymarine Axiom+

New from Raymarine, the Axiom+ features an upgraded display with IPS technology for wider viewing angles and sharp contrast at twice the resolution of traditional displays. Available in 7-, 9and 12-inch display sizes, all with Raymarine’s new HydroTough impact-resistant glass that repels water, oil and smudges. Features fast quad-core performance, enhanced GPS and increased onboard storage for apps and new LightHouse Charts. FROM $749.99 AT DEFENDER.COM

Zhik Junior Neo Top

Designed for young water lovers, Zhik’s new Junior Neo Top is constructed with 1-2mm thermal neoprene, ideal for wakeboarding or surfing Lake Superior’s waves. The fabric is water and wind repellent, with four-way super stretch for high manoeuvrability and flexibility. Plus, it’s lined with a fast-drying, soft, inner fleece for additional warmth and comfort. The top is available in junior sizes 8 to 14. $79.99 AT ZHIK.COM

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Launch Assist

Fusion Apollo Stereo and Remote

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Spend less time launching your boat and more time on the water with Launch Assist. This hybrid rope and strap line with a built-in shock absorber designed to tether the boat to the trailer allows you to single-handedly launch your boat. To use, attach the hook on the rope end to a secure place on your trailer, then attach the strap end hook to the bow mooring cleat on your boat or the bow eye-bolt. Make sure that your winch strap is disconnected and then simply launch your boat. Designed for launching boats 17 feet and larger.

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HO SPORTS Hot Shot Trainer Waterski Kit

Teach the future generation of waterskiers with HO Sports’ Hot Shot Trainer, which includes a trainer bar and tail connection to provide the most stable platform for learning to ski. The trainer also includes a parent hand-held rope system allowing the parent in the boat to control their little skier’s ride. Adjustable horseshoe bindings fit a wide range of kid’s feet sizes and bright graphics keep little skiers visible in the water. Designed for children up to 60 pounds. $159.99 AT

Dash space is prime real estate on a boat. Fusion recognizes this and has launched its new Apollo WB670 hideaway HOSPORTS.COM stereo and ERX400 wired remote. This combination of products allows boaters to save dash space by installing the stereo in other areas of the boat, while also allowing users to control the playlist from anywhere onboard. The WB670 can be mounted in a variety of locations, and the ERX400 has a full-color LCD display. $449.99 FOR APOLLO WB670 / $229.99 FOR APOLLO ER X400 AT



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Installing an engine hatch lift.

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dding an engine hatch lift is one of those rare upgrades that covers the holy trifecta of boat project goals: Added convenience, increased safety and easy installation. Engine hatches are heavy and awkward to handle under the best of conditions, but even more so in rough weather. Here’s a look at the basics of selecting and installing one.

Choose hatch lift components that are constructed of marine-grade material (such as stainless steel) and are robust enough to withstand the loads placed on them.

We need back up! Every engine hatch should have a backup strut, regardless of the type of actuator used. If the actuator fails while the hatch is open, cracked heads or lost digits can be the result. One option is a kickstand-type unit — one that unclips from the underside of the hatch, pivots down and rests solidly against the deck or hatch drain channel.

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Types of actuators The first step in selecting a linear actuator (a fancy term for the hatch ram) is determining which type best suits your needs. While electric actuators are probably the most popular, you can also choose from mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic units. Electric actuators convert rotary motion to linear motion using an electric motor. They’re the simplest actuators to install and one of the cleanest, as they don’t require oil or gas to operate. Mechanical actuators also convert rotary to linear motion; however, unlike electromagnetic units they do so using mechanical means (gears, screws, chains, etc.). As a result, they tend to be more powerful than electrical units and a better choice for high-torque installations. Pneumatic actuators utilize pressurized gas or oil. The cylinders used in pneumatic (as well as hydraulic) actuators inherently produce linear motion. Pneumatic actuators provide rapid raise, lower, start and stop capabilities, making them a good choice for installations requiring high-speed operation. On the downside, they’re less efficient than mechanical or electric units and require more space. They’re also noisy and prone to leaks. Hydraulic actuators utilize oil and are primarily used for applications where high force and output are required. They provide more precise control than pneumatic units. Hydraulic actuator cons include oil leaks, slower operation speeds and the need for ancillary equipment (pumps, fluid reservoirs, etc.), as well as the extra space required to install them. Sizing the actuator The weight of your engine hatch determines how much force the actuator has to provide. The most accurate way to determine this is to remove the hatch and weigh it. If that’s not possible and you have to guesstimate the weight, be sure to err on the side of caution and go heavier, rather than lighter.

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Next up is determining the length of the actuator you’ll need. With the hatch closed, measure the distance between where the actuator will be mounted in the engine compartment (typically on centerline or close to it) and where it will attach to the hatch; this number is your compression length. Now open the hatch to the desired position and measure the distance between the above points again; this measurement is the total length of the actuator needed when extended. Subtracting the first measurement (compression length) from the second measurement (extended length) provides the minimal “stroke length,” or range of operation needed. Actuators are rated by the pounds they can push. Again, go larger where appropriate. Make sure it’s constructed of marine-grade materials, like stainless steel. Another good feature is a slip clutch, which protects the actuator against overloading. Installation considerations While you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, here are a few general tips. • Install the actuator in a dry location, protected from spray and located above the normal accumulation of bilge water. • Ensure the actuator unit and hatch attachment is firmly mounted and that all mounting hardware is robust enough to withstand the loads placed on them. Mount the actuator base to a structural surface that can take the weight of the unit and hatch. • Position brackets and actuator so the weight load is carried along the center axis of the actuator. • Install brackets so that the actuator arm rises high enough to lift the hatch to its fully open position. • Use the correct size wire for power runs to electrical actuators. Wire gauge that’s too small can cause premature motor failure (due to voltage loss) or even a fire. You’ll also want to ensure power is provided using a properly sized fuse or circuit breaker. • Locate the control switch where it can easily be reached with the hatch in the open and closed position. Unless it’s labeled as such, don’t install the actuator control switch in an area that requires equipment be ignition protected. • Make sure your installation includes an emergency release or other fail-safe to access the engine compartment. Most units have a pull-pin to release the lift arm should the system fail. ★

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When planning your system be sure to include a manual brace for use as a safety backup while the hatch is raised or to enable you to keep the hatch open should the system fail.


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Electronics for Kayaks

Where to start when customizing your watercraft.

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igging and customizing your kayak can make your time on the water more comfortable while also transforming your vessel into a very capable watercraft and fishing platform. Electronics can be a part of the customization process. Equipment can be minimalist or can rival those found on high-end fishing boats. These days, you can even find kayaks sporting electronics that dwarf the initial cost of the watercraft. Just looking at the array of kayaks out on the water, it’s easy to see they are as individual as the paddlers on them. Start with basics The most common electronics that an average paddler should consider include a handheld VHF radio, a personal locator beacon (PLB) and a GPS. With a VHF radio, you can talk with other boaters or kayakers and call for help if needed. When considering a handheld VHF, look for a model that has a high transmission wattage. Six watts is the most permitted by the FCC from a handheld transceiver, and there are many models available with this output. Consider a radio that will float if dropped in the water. It’s also a good idea to take a look at battery capacity. Keep in mind that battery life will be dependent on the amount of reception/ transmission, operation of backlighting and scan functions. Some handhelds now also have built-in GPS that allow for one-button automatic distress calling. PLBs, along with satellite communication tools, are valuable emergency devices that allow you to call for help when in a life-threatening situation. ACR Electronic’s ResQLink PLBs operate without a subscription anywhere in the world and can summon help with the push of a button via satellite. Satellite communicators, such as the SPOT Gen 3, can summon help similarly with a subscription. The SPOT Gen 3 also allows loved ones to track your progress, among other useful features. Satellite messengers, such as Garmin’s InReach series and the SPOT X, have all of the previously mentioned features and allow two-way texting via satellite. With these devices, it’s possible to communicate even when out of cellular or VHF range.

Tools for anglers Many kayakers are installing fishfinders, chartplotters or combination multifunction displays aboard. There’s also a plethora of aftermarket accessories to help with installation. Many new fishing-specific kayaks offer transducer mounting options. The transducer is the part of the fishfinder/sounder that transmits the sound signal through the water to create on-screen images. Some kayaks have pads that the transducer can be mounted to, while others have special wells molded into the hull. If your kayak doesn’t have any of these, or if you don’t want to mount the transducer at those locations, there are aftermarket bracket options available. They can hang the transducer over the side or mount it through a scupper hole. There are even self-contained wireless transducers that can be cast or towed behind the kayak. Lowrance offers a “Kayak Kit” for its fishfinder/chartplotter combos that includes a battery box, display mount, transducer arm, mounting track and even the necessary battery. Simply slide the unit onto the provided mounted track and off you go. Power it up If you’re considering more sophisticated electronics, then you’ll also need a power source. If you’re supplying your own battery, go as small and light as you can. Remember, however, that the larger the display, the more juice it’s going to need. Larger displays are generally power hungry and require more amp hours than smaller displays. A quick look online will give you plenty of options and opinions as to what is best for your application. When wiring your kayak, make sure your wiring, batteries and connections are protected from the water. Again, there are many good options from a range of manufacturers and also a lot of DIY options that have been tried and tested. Google and YouTube are excellent sources for ideas and product information. Rigging your new kayak can be lots of fun, and getting it equipped with the electronics you desire — whether they are simple or extravagant options — is a rewarding process. ★

There are many options on the market that can transform your kayak into a safe fishing machine, including ICOM’s IC-M37 VHF, Lowrance’s HOOK-5 fishfinder/chartplotter or Garmin’s inReach satellite messenger.

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

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BENEATH THE SURFACE B Y H E AT H E R S T E I N B E R G E R

Dinghy Well-Being in the Outboard Age What does the rise of outboard power mean for cruising tenders? t won’t be news to the Great Lakes boating community that outboards are hotter than ever, and they’re continuing to change the face of the marine marketplace. In fact, last month in this column, Lakeland Boating took a closer look at how the rise of large outboard-powered cruising boats was affecting the sterndrive market. In this issue, we were curious to see if the surge in outboard boat sales might cause a dramatic decline in the dinghy business, or even create a competitive rift in the cruising market. Fortunately, we learned that tenders seem to be as popular as ever, and the marketplace has plenty of room for everyone.

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A sweet spot for cruising “The outboard market definitely is exploding,” says Amy Krueger Malow with Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (JBYS), a St. Clair Shores, Michigan-based yacht dealer with additional locations in Chicago; Charlevoix, Holland, Spring Lake and Grand Haven, Michigan; and Catawba Island, Ohio. “The power has evolved, and it’s not just small center consoles anymore. We sell outboard boats from 33 to 65 feet! Even some of the more cruising-style models are offering outboards as an engine choice these days. But they’re not necessarily taking anything away from the inboard cruising market.” At JBYS, the sweet spot has shifted upward from roughly 45 feet 10 years ago to between 55 and 70 feet now, and Malow reports the dealership is selling “crazy amounts of tenders.” Williams Jet Tenders are the hands-down favorite, due to their impressive jet

propulsion performance and ability to carry up to seven people and get on plane with ease. “If you want to go cruising, a tender really enhances the experience,” she says. No direct competition But the rise in outboard sales isn’t cannibalizing the traditional cruiser segment, explains Mark Felhofer with Bay Marine, a Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based dealership that also has locations in Chicago and Cape Coral, Florida. He says this is because these two types of buyers are typically not directly competing with one another, or they are the same buyer with multiple boats. “They’re apples and oranges,” Felhofer says. “I don’t see them splitting the market. What I do see are Boomers downsizing, and they’re helping to drive outboard sales. I’ve always said that kids dictate your boating lifestyle, and now the Boomers are getting out of motoryachts and into day cruising — something quick, easy to maintain and more versatile for recreational activities with the grandkids.” As both Felhofer and Malow observe, these outboard-powered dayboats are easily maneuverable, and you can trim up to access shallow areas. There’s no real need for a tender, even if you have ample storage space for a roll-up inflatable onboard. Yet even as these boaters are downsizing, others continue to move up. They’re selling their runabouts, center consoles and dayboats, and they’re entering the cruising market. “They want convenience, a boat that’s turnkey,” Malow says. “And they want a tender.” Tenders can be standalone fun When it comes to tenders, however, it’s not just about the cruising market. According to Rob Everse with West Michigan Yacht Sales, many buyers are looking to add a second vessel to their fleet. “In some cases, customers have a larger cruising boat already, and their Brig Boat is a quick, easy way to go for a sunset cruise or a trip to the beach,” Everse says, whose dealership sells the popular rigid-hull inflatables. “It eliminates the hassle of taking the big boat out. Plus, there are customers who enjoy cruising the Great Lakes, and they need a small RIB for their excursions.”

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Everse says his dealership continues to sell a 50-50 split: Half the boats will be used as tenders, while the other half will be used as day-cruising and watersports RIBs. The size of the boat depends on how the buyer plans to use it. As a second vessel, a RIB tender like a Brig has a lot going for it. These boats are lightweight, durable and fuel-efficient. They can handle rough water. They’re virtually unsinkable due to the buoyancy in the tubes, and beginners feel more comfortable when maneuvering an inflatable boat that’s essentially one big fender. “At the end of the day, people want to be on the water, and a RIB is a great way to do this,” Everse says. “We really haven’t seen a change in our business due to the outboard trend, and I don’t expect it to change our business significantly. “If anything, that trend has helped the sales of our larger boats, like the Navigator and Eagle series, which range from 15 feet, 11 inches, to 33 feet, 6 inches,” he continues. “Many of the new boats are equipped with some really cool features and innovative amenities. It’s fun.” H

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SAFETY FIRST BY HELEN AITKEN

Highway to the Danger Zone

Avoid dangers both above and below the waterline while boating.

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hether you’re on a boat, tubing or swimming, never underestimate the power of the Great Lakes. Water depth and lake characteristics can be deceptive and are prone to changing rapidly. Some dangers are in plain sight while others hide below the surface. Here are some tips to avoid the “Highway to the Danger Zone” while out on the water. On the water Before going out, check the weather conditions. Calm waters may become choppy and waves may form when the wind direction and velocity changes. Keep your VHF radio on and locate the weather frequency, or use a weather app on your phone. Lake visibility decreases farther from shore. Dropoffs can occur anywhere, while currents, waves and rising water can be more powerful than anticipated. Below the water Lake bottoms can vary with rocks, logs, sediment and debris moved by strong winds and fast currents. Humans add trash like glass, aluminum cans, plastics and fishing hooks. Monitor the shoreline and open waters for submerged objects, especially after storms. If you can’t see the bottom, you don’t know what can hurt you or damage your boat. Rip currents These strong undercurrents can be life-threatening. They often occur near piers or as wave height increases and quickly “rip” a swimmer away from shore into deeper water. Watch for notifications or ask a lifeguard about water conditions before swimming. If in doubt, don’t go out. If you get caught in a rip current, stay calm. Flip onto your back and float with the current, keeping your head above water until you can move perpendicularly to the shore and then call for help.

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

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Hypothermia and drowning Expect water temperatures to be colder than the air and to significantly drop below the surface. Water temperatures less than 70 degrees can lead to hyperthermia and can be fatal, so dress appropriately. Cold water immersions produce a gasp reflex and hyperventilation, giving you approximately one minute to control breathing before drowning. If breathing is controlled, you have approximately 10 minutes before losing the ability to move,

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swim or get back into a boat. Last year, 97 people drowned in the Great Lakes, totaling 843 victims since 2010, according to the The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. Be aware of other boaters Human error, alcohol and a lack of knowledge are the main causes of boating accidents. Unfortunately, inexperienced boaters pose a problem for everyone on the water, so watch out for the other guy. Recognize and follow the rules of the road and demonstrate boater etiquette and seamanship on the water. Watch your speed, reduce your wake and take precautions to avoid dangers to your boat and passengers. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen. Don’t drop anchor near submerged cables, signed danger zones, wildlife protected areas, bridges and dams. Keep the engine running near a dam where water may be released, preceded by a siren blast. BUIs Drinking and driving on the road isn’t tolerated, and it’s not tolerated on the water either. Poor decisions and slow reaction times are exacerbated with alcohol use, wind and sun exposure. Alcohol-related accidents and deaths are avoidable, and BUIs (boating under the influence) affect a driver’s record and insurance premiums. Carbon monoxide Carbon monoxide can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness and death in a short amount of time. On a boat, it’s typically produced by engines and generator exhaust outlets, then it gets trapped in enclosed areas, hovers near swim platforms, back decks or even along docks. Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur at speed, anchored or while idling. If you have carbon monoxide monitors on your boat, never ignore a sounding alarm. Fresh air and medical attention are required for a suspected poisoning. Final notes Follow Coast Guard regulations, wear life jackets and consider taking boating education classes to learn about or brush up on basic procedures. Use common sense and be aware of the water, boats and people to keep you safe and to avoid the “Highway to the Danger Zone.” ★


CRUISING WITH KIDS B Y D I A N E S E LT Z E R

A Summer of Family Memories

Ways to make the most of the remaining summer with your kids.

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ecause of the pandemic, we will all remember 2020 as a year of unexpected challenges and changes to our everyday life. With many summer camps canceled or vacations on hold, families have turned to boating as a welcome escape. Docks and ramps have never been busier with boaters. New boat sales, boat rentals and boat club memberships have also all experienced tremendous growth from new boaters interested in social distancing on the water. Boating has always been a great opportunity to create family memories, but this year it seems more meaningful than ever. Our kids need the peaceful family bonding time that boating can bring. Although there may be some limitations on boating this year — like rafting with a lot of friends — there are still many ways you can enjoy the water before the boating season is over. Reconnect with nature The serenity of the water is one of the best parts of boating. From bird watching to exploring coastlines, there are many ways you can spend time reconnecting with nature. Cast a fishing line or go on the hunt for Petoskey stones in the sand. Spend the afternoon watching bald eagles soar through the sky as you hang out on the swim platform. Boating gives your kids the ability to appreciate the outdoors and connect with nature in new ways. Build on boating skills Your kids will never forget the summer they learned how to do something new. Whether it’s a small task, like learning to tie off the boat, or something bigger, like taking the wheel at the helm, now is a perfect time for kids to learn new skills and create boating memories that will last a lifetime. Even your little ones can start assisting with smaller things on the boat and, as they get older, there are many tasks where kids can be a helpful addition to your crew. Learn a new paddling sport Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards seem to be everywhere these days. If you are spending more time anchoring out or staying near your marina, paddle sports are a great way to introduce a new boating activity. For kids, there is a certain sense of

independence paddling around in control of their own vessel. With an oar in hand, they can become the captain of their own ship, navigating around in the water while exploring the coastline. It’s fun for kids — plus, it’s great exercise! Discover new spots to drop the hook Just because you may not be able to visit the hustle and bustle of your favorite waterfront destination does not mean you cannot explore and take boat trips. We have a certain “spot” where we normally drop the hook, but sometimes it can be fun to try a new cove or anchorage location. Even if it’s just down the river a few minutes farther or on the opposite side of the lake, it can be fun to drop the hook somewhere different with new scenery and water to explore. Maintain your family traditions This year may be a different season for many, but it’s also important to maintain consistency and normalcy as much as possible for kids. If there is a certain weekend trip you always take, come up with a special alternative if needed. If possible, watch the Labor Day weekend fireworks display light up the sky from your boat or marina like you normally do. New memories are good but maintaining annual traditions that your family treasures is also important. Let’s all savor these last few months of the 2020 boating season and end it on a high note. We know that these experiences on the boat connecting as a family and building lifelong memories is what it’s really all about. ★

DIANE SELTZER is an avid boater, marketing director for SureShade sunshade systems, author of the children’s book “The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl” and runs the boating lifestyle websites MYBOATLIFE.COM and BOATERKIDS.COM.

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BOAT SPOTLIGHT B Y C A P T. T O M S E R I O

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 37’ Beam: 10’10” Draft: 1’11”/3’2” Weight (dry): 13,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 185 gals. Water Capacity: 35 gals. Base Power: 2 x Mercury 6.2L V8 350-hp MSRP (Heritage Edition Base/Loaded): $455,380 / $595,190 CHRISCR AFT.COM

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Chris-Craft Launch 35 GT Let the GT stand for “great times.”

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s the largest boat in the Launch GT series, Chris-Craft has brought it all together in its new 35-footer. The retro digital control helm is sleek, with dual 10-inch Garmin touch-screen multifunction displays. With a right-side console that houses the throttle and joystick, the layout is clean. Invite the whole family, who will be comfortable in the spacious open bow with circular seating, forwardfacing lounge seats, grabrails and cup holders. Toss in the filler cushion for a custom sunpad. Cockpit seating includes a portside L-settee with ample bottom and back cushions; a mahogany fold-out table runs the full length. Across is the wetbar station with grill and fridge below. Twin bolstered helm seats are stitched and have built-in grabrails for anyone standing. Access to the aft transom sunpad is via a starboard walkthrough to the swim platform. A starboard-side door with fold-out ladder makes for easy boarding from the dock or water.

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This is more than a dayboat, so staying on the hook for a few nights is not out of the question. The port helm console houses a well-appointed head with toilet, basin sink and counter. On the starboard side, the cabin has a settee/bunk (with filler cushion), locker and TV. Opt for the AC/heat system and generator to keep the cabins comfortable. According to Craig Duchow, principal and general manager at CenterPointe Yacht Services, there’s more to this high-end luxury bowrider: “In Chris-Craft’s grand tradition, you get classic unmatched styling and excellent performance.” Accentuating the overall sleek design is the swept-back windshield and optional hardtop, with motorized sunshade, LED lights and speakers. Engine packages include Mercury and Volvo powerplants, from 350- to 430-hp, in gas or diesel. Take a look at the Chris-Craft Launch 35 GT. Let the GT stand for “great times!” H


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Sabre 58 Salon Express Classic and timeless.

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ith classic interior accommodations and timeless exterior lines, the Sabre 58 Salon Express is an elegant cruiser with speed and range to back her up. The partially covered aft deck can be further shaded by an electric awning. Dual staircases from the swim platform flank the transom bench. Surrounded by full side windows, a triple-pane windshield, glass bulkhead doors and electric sunroof, the salon is bright and airy, with great views from any seat. Enjoy meals at the U-shaped settee to port with a varnished wood dining table. Relax across the way on the sofa while watching the 43-inch LED TV. Locating the galley aft puts it mid-way on the main deck, making it easy to serve those aft or in the salon. Low-profile appliances, including drawer-style fridge/freezers, maintain an open feel. For the cruising couple, twin seats at the helm, a starboard-side deck door and Volvo Glass Helm assist in easy operation. A viewing bench seat is to port.

Below, a full-beam master is midship with a walkaround king berth, multiple lockers, ensuite head with shower stall and a desk/vanity. Forward is the VIP with a queen berth, and the third stateroom has separate twin berths that convert to a double berth. Power comes from a pair of standard twin VolvoPenta D11 IPS2 950 engines, pushing 725 hp each. At 2300 RPM, the cruising sweet spot, the yacht runs at 26.7 knots, drinking a mere 57 gph. More notable is the interior noise level — or lack thereof. Even at wide-open throttle, the 58 tops out over 31 knots with helm noise measured at just 64 dBA. “These sound levels set a new industry standard for boats this size, and we couldn’t be more proud of our design, engineering and production teams for their gold-star performance,” says Bentley Collins, VP of marketing and sales at Sabre Yachts. For a perfect lake or Loop yacht, the Sabre 58 Salon Express needs to be on your short list. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 66’ Beam: 16’2” Draft: 4’9” Deadrise: 15˚ Weight: 63,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 800 gals. Water Capacity: 230 gals. Base Power: 2 x Volvo Penta D11 IPS2 950 725 hp MSRP: Contact dealer SABREYACHTS.COM

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 32’9” Beam: 10’4” Draft: 2’3” Deadrise: 24˚ Weight: 9,545 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 265 gals. Water Capacity: 22 gals. Holding Tank: 12 gals. Base Power: 2 x Yamaha F300XCA 300 hp MSRP: $340,664 SCOUTBOATS.COM

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Scout 330 LXF

Nobody asks why you bought one.

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uxury comes in all shapes and sizes. Now it comes in the Scout 330 LXF. Nestled in the middle of Scout’s upper echelon of center consoles (25 to 50 feet), and a member of the luxury S-Class, this LXF can play with the big boys while remembering her roots. Coupled with the upgraded Yamaha 425-hp outboards, the 330 cruises at 33.2 mph, offering an impressive 1.5 mpg, burning 22.2 gph. The need for speed is attained at wide open when the stepped hull reaches 66 mph. There is so much more going on with the 330, try to keep up. As a crossover yacht, it’s perfect for fishing and cruising. The center console is covered by a huge, powder-coated T-top hardtop with integrated front/side windshields, LED lighting and aft rocket launchers. It’s a perfect way to beat the elements. For fishing, there’s full walk-around access, a leaning post, three tackle drawers, a 21-gallon baitwell, a

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65-quart slide-out cooler, outriggers, under-gunnel rod holders and twin 132-quart insulated fish boxes. When cruising, enjoy the mini fridge or grill (opt for one but not both), wetbar, cockpit sunshade, bow table that rises from the deck, bow thruster, portside boarding door and transom door. Seating abounds and starts with the open bow area’s semi-circle bench seats with well-padded backrests. Add in the forward console dual lounge seats, bolstered twin helm seats and fold-down transom bench and there’s a spot for everyone. Nice also is the console cabin with electric toilet and settee/berth. “[As part of the S-Class], the 330 LXF is meticulously crafted with cutting-edge epoxy infusion construction with the highest performing dual Scout stepped hull technology,” says Alan Lang, Scout director of sales & marketing. Make luxury part of your boating equation with the Scout 330 LXF. H


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Sirena 58 Coupe Sleek styling, innovative features.

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ans a flybridge, Sirena’s brand-new 58 Coupe is a perfect cruiser for coastal areas and bridged waterways, courtesy of reduced air draft. Sirena’s innovative designs are evident in the full walk-around decks and cleats that are built into the bulwarks. A starboard pantograph deck door offers easy access, and the portside opening window allows the captain views from the helm. The bow hosts a large cushioned bench seat with wood table and a huge sunpad with loungers. The aft deck with a transom seat and dining table is open to the full-beam galley. Forward, the salon boasts a port U-shaped settee with fold-out wood table, perfect for casual meals or hosting a dinner. The port helm is compact yet well-fitted with dual Garmin multifunction displays, CAT engine monitors, thruster/propulsion joysticks and additional electronics for safe transits. A credenza is next to the helm, perfect for storing light gear.

Sirena designed the lower accommodations with a standard three-stateroom layout, including a full-beam midship master, forward VIP and side two berth room. Upping the innovation quotient is the private staircase to an access hatch into the bow area. Enjoy a sunrise from the privacy of the bow terrace, or a quick retreat back to the comfort of the stateroom. Power is from twin CAT C8.7 with 650-hp each, topping out at 26 knots. Thanks to the plumb bow and efficient hull, a range of 850 nm can be achieved at 10 knots. According to Sirena Director of North American Sales Constantinos Constantinou, “This yacht is for anyone looking for a sleeker exterior profile or for couples who prefer not to have a flybridge but do admire the build strength and design details in Sirena’s existing 58.” For a sleek yet manageable cruising yacht, the Sirena 58 Coupe deserves a look. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 61’ Beam: 17’7” Draft: 4’1” Weight: 61,730 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 950 gals. Water Capacity: 210 gals. Holding Tank: 120 gals. Base Power: 2 x CAT C8.7 650-hp MSRP: Contact Dealer SIRENAYACHTS.COM

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or some boaters, like me, for example, the name Scarab calls up memories of Miami detectives, red Ferraris and pet crocodiles. When TV’s Miami Vice featured a blue, 38-foot Scarab in the late 1980s, the boat’s popularity went through the roof.

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Today, the Scarab name can be found on some of the most innovative, luxurious and well-built jetboats on the water. Scarab’s new logo even shadows the original look and feel to continue the boat’s connection with speed and performance. However, today’s Scarab is so much more

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than just a hot rod boat. At just over 28 feet, the largest jetboat on the market, the Scarab 285 ID is much bigger than the term “jetboat” would normally suggest. Powered by twin Rotax 250-hp jet engines with an option to upgrade to 300s, the boat is as fast and nimble as a jet ski.

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LOUNGE ACT The 285’s layout makes it great for entertaining, tow sports, or a mix of both. A walkthrough transom leading into the huge, open cockpit makes boarding easy. Once onboard, there’s no shortage of space for passengers to sit in this Yacht Certified vessel. Aft seating is split with room for two facing forward and two more aft. The backrest is also adjustable, converting the split seats into a large sunpad. Seating continues up the port and starboard sides and wraps around the bow, with another adjustable backrest giving companion seat passengers or spotters the ability to face aft and still chat with the captain. Extensive storage hides everywhere throughout the boat underneath hinged cushions and doors. Nothing is loose to be lost to heavy winds or seas. There are also wet storage compartments on the swim platform and a huge compartment in the selfdraining cockpit floor. The floor compartment also hides the leg for a table that can be setup in the bow, cockpit, or transom for serving food and drinks. Other hidden gems are the cold storage drawer, hidden foldout serving table to port and the large cooler under the port seating.

HIGH-TECH At the helm and passenger seats, cell phone holders include wireless charging pads to provide the juice today’s connected boater needs. There are also USB charge ports spread throughout the boat, along with an abundance of cupholders. The Scarab 285 ID also features a big, curved walk-through windshield, but the center is slightly offset to starboard to make room for one of the boat’s best features. From the bow seating area, lift the huge access hatch to reveal a roomy private head hidden beneath the port console. Although a porta-potti is standard, there is an option for an electric head. At the helm, a digital dash panel reflects the boat’s modern design and provides readouts and controls for the engines, lighting and audio functions. Another, smaller digital panel mounted on the port side mirrors the dash readout and provides passengers with audio controls. A third audio control head at the transom means no one needs to climb out of the water and walk through the boat to control the music. 26

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SCARAB 285 ID SPE CI F I CAT I ON S LOA: 28’ Beam: 9’2” Draft: 20” Weight: 5,750 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 98 gals. Water Capacity: 12 gals. Power: 2 x Rotax 4TEC 250-hp jet engines MSRP: $99,994

ROCK AND ROLL The Rotax jets are more civilized than you’d expect. When the shift lever is set to neutral, the computer-controlled system adjusts the gates to find the best angle between forward and reverse so the boat does not have the forward “creep” associated with many jetboats. The digital dash controls also provide the ability to choose from pre-programmed profiles for wakeboarding, tubing, or waterskiing. Want to get out of the hole quickly but cruise at a slower pace? There’s a setting for that. Or, want to climb out slower and take your time throttling up to a higher speed? There’s a setting for that too. The weather was cool for the early September test ride when we pulled the Scarab 285 out onto Lake Cadillac, where the steady breeze created a bit of a chop on the water. As the boat throttled up, I started to second-guess my decision to leave my jacket behind, but the big windshield did a fantastic job of deflecting the cold air. Throttling up the Scarab produces almost no bow rise. The boat simply levitates while moving from idle to planing speeds with little to

no effort. Even with the bumpy conditions, the ride was smooth, dry and comfortable. At cruise, there is minimal wind noise and engines are so quiet that it’s easy to carry on a conversation even at higher RPMs. The boat also handles better than expected. With the throttle wide open, we whipped the boat into a hard turn with no skipping or cavitation. The boat dug in and spun around as if it was on rails. Cruising speed is around 12 mph, and if you opt for the twin 300s, you’ll be able to reach a top-speed of 55 mph. The boat looks as great as it performs. Scarab provides a variety of interior and exterior color and graphic designs, which can be customized to fit any boater’s unique tastes. Other style options include color-adjustable LED courtesy lighting in the speakers and the ability to include a colormatched trailer with the boat. The Scarab 285 ID is more than just a jetboat. The 28-footer was designed to be the perfect sportboat for wakeboarding and tubing, and with its huge cockpit, creature comforts and abundance of seating, the Scarab 285 ID also makes a great platform for entertaining friends and family. ★

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pecialized wakesport boats offer the ultimate tow characteristics for wakeboarders, wakesurfers and waterskiers alike. But a few accessories can dramatically enhance the tow-abilities of virtually any boat, whether it be a runabout, deckboat, fishing boat, sport jet or pontoon. Boat add-ons can assist in four areas: They can help the driver operate more safely and proficiently; help the driver maintain an accurate speed; provide stable towing; and improve wake size. The driver’s skill impacts the person in tow’s safety, success and fun.

Mirrors

The mirror is a crucial accessory for towing wakesports. This accessory allows the driver to keep an eye on the person behind the boat along with any boating traffic while still facing forward. All drivers should use a mirror when towing anyone behind the boat. A mirror has been a standard feature on specialized wakesport boats for 60 years. Today after-market mirrors are available for all boats, even center console boats, pontoons and PWC. After-market mirrors usually provide 100 to 140 degrees of view. Manufacturers achieve a wider rear view by increasing the width of the mirror and 28

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utilizing a convex design. The wider the view, the easier it is for the driver to see the person in tow as he or she swings out to the side of the boat. More expensive mirrors typically offer higher quality glass for a sharper, more detailed view. Mirrors can be attached to the windshield frame, deck near the helm, tubing on a wakeboard tower or the hardtop on a center console T-top. Place the mirror near the driver toward the center of the boat, so that the driver has a symmetrical rear view. Placing the mirror on the windshield above the passengers’ heads gives the driver an unobstructed view.

Rear-facing mirrors positioned near the driver help them keep an eye on people being towed behind the boat.


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Boaters can add either a GPS speedometer like the Livorsi Speedometer (top) or download a GPS speed app (below) to improve speed consistency. Another add-on to improve towability is a tow pylon, such as the Turboswing (right), which is arched to fit around outboard engines, or the Barefoot International removable pylon (bottom).

Accurate, consistent speed is important to all wakesport enthusiasts. Inconsistent speed can result in falls while waterskiing and wakeboarding. Specialized inboard wakesport boats such as Malibu, Nautique, Supra, Tige and Mastercraft feature a GPS-controlled computer for exact, consistent speed to 1/10 mph. Speed control is a feature also available on some of the MerCruiser and Volvo Penta sterndrive-powered boats, some Mercury outboards and some sport jetboats. In other boats, a GPS speedometer will help the driver to provide a more accurate, consistent speed. Most boats come with a speedometer that measures speed by water pressure going through a pitot tube pickup mounted at the base of the transom; however, they are not always consistent and can clog. After-market GPS speedometers are available to fit the helm of any boat. Choose a GPS speedometer with an easy-to-read face that updates with satellite frequently. The better GPS speedometers can update as frequently as 10 times per second. If you don’t want to add a GPS speedometer, you can download a free or inexpensive GPS speed app to your smartphone. Some apps even provide exact speed to 1/10 mph. Smartphone holders attach to the boat’s dash or windshield via a suction cup. Place the smartphone for the best driver visibility for your particular boat. Either GPS option will give you accurate, consistent speed and enhanced sensitivity to the throttle when holding speed, accelerating or decelerating. This will make you a better driver, which in turn results in a better and safer experience for the person behind the boat.

Tow point

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have a U-shaped eye on each side of the transom. You can attach an inexpensive harness to the port and starboard transom eyes and then attach a wakesport tow line to the center point of the harness. The transom is a very solid tow point for pulling tubers, but the pull is very low, causing the line to sometimes drag in the water. The low pull also makes it harder for waterskiers and wakeboarders to get on top of the water. And once you are up on a waterski or wakeboard, you will feel a downward pull.

A higher tow point can be achieved by adding a tow pylon to the boat. This can be a tow hitch that attaches permanently to the deck of the transom or a removable pylon that attaches to the boat’s floor and features two arms for added strength. Some pylons are designed in an arch shape, making them ideal for outboard-powered boats, such as pontoons. A wakeboard tower moves the tow point even higher. The tower makes it easier for wakeboarders to get air when jumping the boat’s wake or doing tricks. The upward pull of a tower makes getting up on a waterski, wakeboard and even barefoot easier. Whether a pylon or a tower, the tow point should be solid. An unstable tow point results in a shaky, inconsistent pull. This is why you should never attach the tow line to the cleat. When choosing an after-market pylon or tower, make sure it’s sturdy and made of solid materials. A pylon or tower that features a swiveling tow point will help keep the line from fraying. Finally, make sure it’s installed properly and reinforced at the mounting points when possible.

Wake size

The size of the boat’s wake is a key element for wakesports. For waterskiing, barefooting and tubing, a smaller wake is preferable, while a larger wake is ideal for wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Specialized inboard wakesport boats feature ballast

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Ballast bags, like the FATSAC (to the right), are great aftermarket add-ons for sculpting the perfect wake.

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tanks below deck. To create a bigger wake, electric pumps fill these tanks with lake water. With more weight, the hull rides deeper, creating a larger wake. For other boats, after-market ballast bladders are available in various sizes, holding 155 to 1,100 pounds of water, also filled with lake water using an electric pump. These bladders come in a variety of shapes to fit specific compartments, such as the storage section on each side of a V-drive or sterndrive engine, on deck at the aft cockpit, belowdeck storage such as port and starboard fish lockers, midship ski locker and bow seating. When adding ballast, keep in mind that the combined total weight of passengers, equipment and ballast should never exceed the boat’s weight capacity. Initially, adding ballast to the stern is the best way to increase the wake’s size. Start by placing a ballast bladder in the storage compartment on each side of the engine or by placing a larger tube-shaped bladder width-wise along the

aft cockpit floor. However, to create an ideal wake for a wakeboard rider 60, 70 or 80 feet behind the boat, the entire hull needs to ride deeper in the water. To accomplish this, place ballast and passengers throughout the boat from stern to midship to bow. Though the bulk of the weight should be in the stern, the bow should not rise to the point where it obstructs the driver’s view. With a properly ballasted boat, the bow should ride at or near the same angle as without ballast. Make sure the weight is equal on the port and starboard sides so the boat’s wake is level and symmetrical for wakeboarding. Always empty the ballast before placing the boat on a lift or trailer, and dry ballast bladders before using them on another body of water. Adding one or more of these accessories to your boat will greatly enhance its wakesports performance for maximum fun and safety. ★

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P H O T O B Y S H A R O N M AT T H E W S - S T E V E N S

From boating and world-class beaches to fine dining, friendly boutiques and year-round activities, there’s something for everyone in the neighboring communities of grand bend and Bayfield on Ontario’s Sunset Coast.

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Pinery Provincial Park

As my wife and I watch from our vantage-point high above the wave-lashed shores of Lake Huron at Bayfield, Ontario’s Pioneer Park, the sun glows incandescent orange then fire-engine red as it falls toward the horizon. We’ve seen sunsets across the globe, from Jamaica to the Greek islands, but this one is something special — so beautiful it could bring tears to a landlubber. It’s a magical moment in our exploration of a delightful waypoint encompassing a roughly 30-nautical-mile stretch of Ontario coastline hugging Huron’s eastern shores, a swathe of paradise that includes the neighboring municipalities of Lambton Shores and Bluewater, and their communities of Grand Bend and Bayfield. But when it comes to highlights, this fiery spectacle’s got plenty of competition. Think hiking or history, lakeside concerts or live theater. Play a round of golf or watch a drag race. Visit a winery, embark on a beer tour or learn to wakeboard. Or simply enjoy another perfect sunset on Ontario’s Sunset Coast.

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P H O T O B Y S H A R O N M AT T H E W S - S T E V E N S P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F ( L E F T T O R I G H T ) B Y S H A R O N M AT T H E W S - S T E V E N S ; E X P E D I A ; K M C L E A N

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While that’s the name local tourist boards use to describe this port of call, a more seaworthy name might be “The Lee Shore.” The towns along this coast face due-west into prevailing winds across a fetch that’s better than 100 miles. Case in point: During the storm of 1913, waves were clocked at more than 35 feet. That can make for both big beam or following seas depending on your course and some occasionally tricky harbor entrances, though entry channels are well-marked with lateral buoys. And once you do make landfall, there’s a wealth of great spots for snugging down. Bluewater Marina (AKA the Village of Bayfield Marina) hugs the shore of the Bayfield River. A small fleet of commercial fishing boats line the shore on the opposite bank. Here, in the shade of weeping willows, gazebos and

picnic tables are scattered beside the finger docks of this designated Blue Flag marina. “Deep water right to the end,” says Harbormaster and Marina Manager Fred Ramsay. “We’ve got 14 transient docks.” But it’s not just the docks that make for a great haven. “If you stay here, we offer complimentary kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and bikes. And Bayfield,” he says, pointing to a nearby path climbing a forested slope, “is a really appealing little village.” Boaters can also tie up at Harbour Lights Marina, also along the Bayfield River. This marina can accommodate up to 250 boats and has limited space for transients. If you’re looking for more nightlife snug down at Grand Bend, roughly 16 nautical miles south. The Grand Bend Marina, maintained by the municipality of Lambton Shores, boasts up to 30 transient berths.

Clan Gregor Square

“We’re as laid-back as you want,” says Josh Majerle, harbormaster and marina manager. “Lots of places to eat here, plenty of bars.” As you navigate Grand Bend’s Parkhill Creek, you may notice a sweet little lighthouse, which marks your arrival at the Grand Bend Yacht Club. The yacht club has 52 slips, plenty of amenities and an active sail racing program. Should your boat need repairs or a part while in the area, Grand Bend’s Southwest Marine Services offers a wide range of services. Its experienced technicians can even come to your boat to make life easier for you, and its marine store is a must-stop for all your boating supplies.

Captain Henry’s namesake

If you book an overnight berth at Bayfield you might learn some nautical history.

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Captain Harry

Captain Henry Bayfield was a Royal Navy surveyor assigned the job of sounding and charting the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence. After a Dutch baron later enlisted Bayfield’s help in choosing settlement sites, he honored Bayfield by naming this village for him. It’s a steep if short stroll to the village from the marina but it’s worth it. Main Street is a wide thoroughfare with historic stores and homes beneath towering oaks, maples, elms and weeping willows that offer welcome shade on sunny days. The entire village is a designated historic district. Pick up a brochure at the library for a mile-anda-half historic walking tour beginning at Clan Gregor Square, passing those mid-1800s shops and stately Victorian homes. Or maybe you’re just seeking retail therapy or a shoreside meal. If you’ve tired of reading charts, visit the Village Book Store, a lime-painted board-

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and-batten cottage nestled in an emerald garden, for the latest best-seller. The Pink Flamingo Bakery & Boutique down the street (look for the pink flamingo statue) will satisfy the most demanding sweet tooth. Marten Arts Gallery offers a Garden of Artists outside, replete with water features, while inside the multilevel gallery you can purchase anything from kitsch to serious art to First Nation masterpieces. Check the cool offerings at Nab It Eclectic Oddities. This place boasts such fun wares and gag gifts you’ll find it tough to tear yourself away. But then you might miss lunch or dinner at The Little Inn of Bayfield. Here flower baskets festoon a two-story wraparound porch sheltering a buff brick façade of this circa 1850s former stagecoach stop; here you can do drinks in Four-in-Hand taproom or book a pre-sunset dinner and go haute

cuisine in the Willow Room. Tip: Don’t miss the truffle fries. Maybe you seek a more liquid repast. Stroll past the painted carving of a fisherman (his official name is Captain Harry) and make your way to the Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro near Clan Gregor. Housed in a circa 1850s general store, this establishment, done up like an English pub, boasts 20 different draft beers, making it the perfect place to toast Captain Bayfield.

The big turn

Long, long ago sand dunes once blocked the flow of the Ausable River into Lake Huron. The river, not to be dissuaded, took a big turn to the south, finally entering Huron at Port Franks. That river bend gave Grand Bend, one of Ontario’s most popular beach resorts, its name. This is no ordinary beach.

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Grand Bend Beach is one of only 27 Blue Flag beaches in all of Canada. A children’s playground with a whimsical splash pad is positioned beside a pavilion boasting huge murals and a second-story deck offering great lake views. The beach itself offers volleyball pitches and lifeguards and is wheelchair accessible. Grand Bend’s main street rises gently from the amber sands, populated by the usual suspects of fast food joints and T-shirt shops, though there’s also some great shopping. “Great places to eat and drink too,” Majerle says. Grand Bend Clothing Company, a longtime family run local feature, offers men’s and women’s casual wear, while Archie’s, another local institution, sells everything from T-shirts to gag gifts. Iron Barn sells unique metal sculptures from custom signage to fireplace circles, offering beautiful additions to any

home — or boat. Just down from the marina you’ll find Sunset Arts, a co-op gallery. “We feature the work of 15 artists,” says proprietor Janette Baillie. “Every piece here is either local or has a local connection.” If you’re looking for respite for the galley crew, snug down at Midori Sushi Bar & Restaurant, where you can dine on the elegant patio. They call themselves a sushi place but the menu is extensive and delicious, and the drink menu features a wealth of local craft beer. If you want that beach vibe, check out Willie’s Beach Bar (one of the town’s newest establishments), sip a cold one at the Tipsy Pelican or head across the street to peoplewatch on the (almost) lakeshore patio of the Growling Gator. Looking for more upscale fare? Then check out F.I.N.E. a Restaurant offering casual décor and haute cuisine. Want to hang with locals in the know? Do dinner at The Lake Hound.

Here at The Lake Hound, in this local tradition that shows like a cross between a cottage and a summer camp dining hall, I experience an epiphany. “There’s no shortage of great places to eat,” I say to my wife. “Grand Bend’s got something for everyone.”

Something for everyone

Berth here on a summer Wednesday night and be serenaded by the sound of music emanating from the Rotary Community Stage during the Wednesdays’ Familiar Favorites Concert Series, joining hundreds of other locals and visitors who plunk their lawn chairs right on the sand for an evening of entertainment. Musical tastes a bit edgier? Stroll up main street and check out the playlist at Gables in the Bend, the Huron Coast’s premier rock venue. Soak up some culture at The Huron

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Pinery Provencial Park

County Playhouse just outside town, which offers seasonal live theater productions. You could even book a matinee and add a tour and wine-tasting next door at Dark Horse Winery to complete your culture quest. Channel your inner Van Gogh. The Kiwanis Club in Bayfield offers free summer sunset painting sessions. Or channel instead your inner Richard Petty at Grand Bend Motorplex, where they offer weekly drag races and national race events over three different tracks. If peace and solitude is more your thing, head over to the Pinery Provincial Park a few miles outside Grand Bend. Go to enjoy your own stretch of sand, or work out on one of the park’s 10 nature trails. Inhale the scent of those signature pines as you march beachward, climbing steep dunes or listening to the call of cicadas in one of the most northerly Carolinian forests in existence. If your taste runs to the adrenaline rush, Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park just outside Bayfield offers a unique wakeboarding facility where the rope tows traditionally powered by runabouts are actually fueled by eco-friendly electrical pulley systems. It’s a great practice facility for experienced wakeboarders, it offers periodic competitions, and it also offers lessons and rentals for those who are strong of heart. Up the adrenaline at Xtreme Watersports, just across the channel from the Grand Bend

Marina. Think jet-skis, parasailing and the newest thrill-seekers’ must-do: Flyboarding. Take things up a lot of notches by jumping out of a plane with the Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Centre. Or maybe go for saner pursuits. Play the 18-hole, par-70 golf course at Oakwood Resort at Grand Bend or slip into Bluewater Golf Course for nine holes if you’re staying in Bayfield. Grand Bend offers a collection of kidfriendly activities from mini golf and axe throwing to three different escape room activities at Grand Bend Escape.

The Sunset Coast

Having heard about the pastries and coffee roasted on-site at Shop Bike Coffee in Bayfield, we decide to make that our first waypoint once we make landfall. During a chat with owner Leanne Kavanaugh, we get a sunset insider’s tip. “Watch it first at Pioneer Park way above the lake,” Kavanaugh says, “then go down the stairway as quickly as you can — sunset part two.” We take her advice that night, first admiring the view from the heights, then making our way down to the pier far below, where the river meets the lake. National Geographic magazine once rated these Sunset Coast spectacles among the 10 best in the world. They’re even better the second time around. ★

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ining the shore of Charlevoix, Michigan’s prestigious Round Lake is some of the most sought-after real estate for boaters. On the southern end of the harbor, with direct sightlines to downtown Charlevoix and a two-minute walk to the amphitheater and boutique shops, this four-bedroom home is a launchpad for boating adventures. A quick cruise out of the channel to the west leads to Lake Michigan and to the right, Lake Charlevoix. Best yet, the property comes with three 50-foot boat slips, so you can dock all your water toys right out front. “The location to downtown is unbeatable,” says realtor Pat O’Brien. “Round Lake is a desired location and rarely do things come available for sale.” Boasting 3,800 square feet, the home spans four floors, and all levels offer a patio and a bedroom. “The multiple levels for entertainment and separate floors give room for everyone, whether

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In 1990, when my son, William, was 10 years old, we visited South Bass Island, Ohio. On a walk around Put-in-Bay, we spotted an old Lyman Islander that was in desperate need of TLC. William was smitten! So, of course, I bought the boat and later trailered it to my shop in Chardon, Ohio, where William and I began a five-year restoration project. The boat’s name was chosen by my children; my wife used to read them Pippi Longstocking books, and Pippi’s uncle was a pirate whose boat was named Hoptoad. So my family christened the Lyman Hoptoad! After the restoration, I entered some Antique and Classic Boat Society shows and started winning awards, including three Best of Shows. Lyman Islanders built in that era did not have standard windshields, they were an option. Hoptoad doesn’t have a windshield, which makes it truly authentic. I also added a third side wheel after my fifth grandson was born. It’s the only one I’ve seen with three side wheels. There’s no plastic on the boat and it has more than 5,000 copper rivets. The engine is a Hercules marinized by Chris-Craft. Hoptoad and I have been on many adventures. One of my favorite trips was an 800-mile excursion through the rivers and canals of Canada. Two friends and I, aboard our three classic Lymans, started at Clayton, New York, and traveled through the Rideau Canal to the St. Lawrence River to the Erie Canal, ending at Buffalo, New York. I was the only one who completed the entire trip! I’ve had the boat in the water every summer since she was completed. I’m proud to say that my son, William, is now a naval architect in Seattle; I think his experience building Hoptoad inspired his career choice. —Bill Moon, Port Clinton, OH

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