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MARLOW 53E

Custom-built yacht with impressive numbers. p. 34

TIARA SPORT 43 LS

This 43-footer will turn heads. p. 38

HOT NEW GEAR DISPLAY UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2020

We roundup the newest boating toys, accessories and gear to hit the market for the 2020 boating season. p. 42

KEEPING THE STORY ALIVE

The Eastland Disaster Historical Society begins its next chapter of life. p. 46

PORT OF CALL

Leamington, ON: Charming port at the southern tip of mainland Canada. p. 50

S PO TLIG HT S BENETEAU ★ PALM B EAC H ★ SCAR AB ★ VALH ALL A




TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features

ON THE COVER

Boat Test: Marlow 53E

Measuring up by the numbers. Story & photos by Capt. Tom Serio ................................................................

You can thank our contributor Capt. Tom Serio for his stunning cover image of the Marlow 53E. This “pocket yacht” offers all the luxury features of a much bigger yacht in a size that’s manageable for an owner/ operator. Step aboard to appreciate the spacious flybridge, plush accommodations and well-laid-out main deck for yourself.

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Boat Test: Tiara Sport 43 LS

Seize the day. by Chuck Warren ......................................... 38

What’s Hot for 2020?

No new boat this year? Then how about some amazing new toys for you and the boat you already have? Lakeland Boating traveled to the biggest marine accessories show in the world to bring you this sneak peek at all the great new gear you’ll see in the chandleries this season. by Craig Ritchie .......................42

The Power of Story

The Eastland Disaster Historical Society opens a thrilling new chapter. by Heather Steinberger .................................. 46

Port of Call: Leamington, ON

On the 42: With great shopping, a burgeoning culinary scene, first-rate boating facilities and one of Canada’s top National Parks at the southernmost tip of mainland Ontario, it’s little wonder that Leamington is such a beloved port of call for boaters in the know. by Craig Ritchie ................................ 50

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Departments

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

Calendar ................................................................................... 8 Scuttle............................................................................................ 10

Great Gear ........................................................................... 24 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate................................................. 25

Beneath the Surface............................................................ 26 Electronics .............................................................................28 Safety First .............................................................................29

Boat Spotlights: Beneteau, Palm Beach, Scarab, Valhalla ............................................................30

Lakeshore Life: Spring Lake, MI ......................................... 58

Boat Biz: Custom Marine Inc. ........................................... 60 Marine Marketplace ............................................................. 61

Classifieds ..............................................................................79

Classic Craft ......................................................................... 80

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FROM THE HELM

CONTRIBUTORS

B Y K AT E B U S H

ARNIE HAMMERMAN

Embrace the Season

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s we all eagerly await the upcoming boating season and settle into this new decade (though it will take me until mid-August until I correctly write “2020” on forms), take some time to embrace the frosty season. February — it may surprise you — has plenty to offer in terms of events around the Great Lakes. Contributor Heather Steinberger has rounded up a few great wintery festivals happening this month in her “Beneath the Surface” column (p. 26). In our February issue, you will also find a list of some of the coolest new boating gear to hit the market this year (p. 42); a look at the future of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society (p. 46); and an in-depth travel guide on Leamington, Ontario (p. 50). Did you know that Leamington’s Pelee Point National Park is at the southernmost tip of Canada’s mainland? This charming port also offers an impressive farming industry producing tasty farm-to-table meals at outstanding restaurants, a wide range of events all year long, picturesque parks, noteworthy wineries and more! Lastly, we hope you’ve been enjoying our brand-new website (LAKELANDBOATING.COM) ! Let us know what you think by sending me an email at KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM. Stay warm! Do you have a story idea you’d like to suggest? Email me at kbush@lakelandboating.com to share your ideas.

AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

Arnie grew up on Lake Michigan and learned to boat cruising extensively with his family. At the age of 23, he got his first USCG Masters License and has run private yachts, charters and deliveries ever since. He has worked in marine publishing for over 20 years, touring factories, attending boat shows, and reviewing and testing vessels around the world. Read his story on pgs. 30-33 HHH 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 pgs. 38-41 HHH CRAIG RITCHIE

Born in Toronto, Craig named his first boat Bed in order to explain occasional absences from work. Whenever anyone asked, he would cough loudly and mumble about having spent the day in bed. The key, he says, was to never forget the sunscreen. Read his stories on pgs. 42-45 & 50-57 HHH HEATHER STEINBERGER

Spring Lake, MI p. 58 Leamington, ON p. 50 Custom Marine Inc. p. 60

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Heather is an awardwinning writer/editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoys powerboating, sailing and standup paddleboarding with her husband, professional photographer Richard Steinberger, and daughter, Johanna. Read her stories on pgs. 26-27 & 46-49


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Luci and Anni

Luci and Anni love being on the boat and meeting new people. Here they are looking out the back to see where I was. We are in port at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. We spend the month of July on the boat, and both girls have been along since they were puppies. They are now 6 and 4 years old and are great companions. —Peggy & Wayne Reedy

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Harlee

This little lady is Harlee. She is a 7-year-old Australian shepherd who makes her homeport aboard Imzadi in Harrison Township, Michigan. She travels the Great Lakes with her family, David, Lisa and Nacelle. — Lisa Kenny, Harrison Township, MI

CALLING ALL CANINE (AND FELINE) CREW!

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Hamilton Winterfest Hamilton, ON

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Ice Breaker Festival South Haven, MI

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Magical Ice Fest 1 St. Joseph, MI STJOETODAY.COM

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Charlevoix Shadow Fest 2 Charlevoix, MI

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Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race Bayfield, WI AISDR.ORG

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Kenosha Restaurant Week Kenosha, WI VISITKENOSHA.COM

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Feb Fest Downtown Kingston Kingston, ON DOWNTOWNKINGSTON.CA

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Fire & Ice Celebration Clayton, NY

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La Crosse Boat, Sports, Travel, RV & Hunting Show La Crosse, WI SPORTSHOWWI.COM

Perchville USA Tawas City, MI TAWAS.COM

FEB 7 – 9

Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show Loves Park, IL

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St. Cloud Sportsmen’s Show St. Cloud, MN

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North American VASA Festival of Races Traverse City, MI

FEB 15 – 17

Voyageur Winter Carnival Thunder Bay, ON

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Ice-a-Fair Vermilion, OH Snowsfest Muskegon, MI

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Winterama Carnival Penetanguishene, ON

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I-500 Snowmobile Race Sault Ste. Marie, MI I-500.COM

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Fire and Ice Sturgeon Bay, WI

Fish Creek Winter Festival Fish Creek, WI

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Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel 4 & RV Show Duluth, MN

FEB 13 – 16

Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale Fort Wayne, IN FORTWAYNEBOATSHOW.COM

Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship St. Ignace, MI

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Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Miami, FL MIAMIBOATSHOW.COM

FEB 19 – 23

Grand Rapids Boat Show Grand Rapids, MI SHOWSPAN.COM/GRB

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Taste of the North Coast Sandusky, OH

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Central New York Winter Boat Show Syracuse, NY

CNYWINTERBOATSHOW.COM

Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show Ottawa, ON

FEB 21 – 23

LESCHENEAUX.NET

Petoskey Winter Carnival Petoskey, MI

BOATSHOWGB.COM

OTTAWABOATSHOW.CA

Snowsfest Les Cheneaux, MI

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WBAY-TV Boat Show Green Bay, WI

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FEB 14 – 16

Meijer State Games of Michigan Muskegon, MI

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UP 200, Midnight Run & Jack Pine 30 Sled Dog Races Marquette, MI UP200.ORG

FEB 14 – 23

Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show Indianapolis, IN INDIANAPOLISBOATSPORTAND TRAVELSHOW.COM

London Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show London, ON

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FEB 27 – MAR 1

Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Detroit, MI SHOWSPAN.COM/CLD

Outdoorama Novi, MI

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Boat Show in Springfield Springfield, IL

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Hamilton Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show Hamilton, ON

ONTARIOBOATSHOWS.COM

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BUZZ

Cedar Point Celebrates 150 Years With New Boat Ride and Lifetime Tickets To celebrate Cedar Point’s 150th anniversary, cruise the Snake River as you explore Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island while riding the amusement park’s newest boat ride. Appropriately named Snake River Expedition, the ride snakes through parts of the park, even past the Millennium Force giga coaster, while you help finish tasks related to smuggled bounty. Other anniversary celebrations include a light parade every night from June 12 through August 16,

SCUTTLE Groupe Beneteau has announced the appointment of Paul Blanc as general manager of the Jeanneau brand. Blanc was previously the Asia Pacific sales director for the Jeanneau and Prestige brands and managing director of Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong.

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You Can Now Head to Brazil with The Moorings Paraty, Brazil (pronounced “Para-chee”) is the newest base for The Moorings’ charter cruises — and it’s a hard one to pass up. The company is offering a seven-day charter on a threeor four-cabin sailing yacht that includes stops like Cotia Island, Ilha Grande, Gipoia Island and Cedro Island. A local charter company, Wind Charters, will operate the fleet, which departs from Marina do Engenho.

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GREAT LAKES NEWS

live music, specialty snacks like the French Quarter Confections and Mac Shack, history tours and more. Cedar Point is also selecting 150 Ticket of a Lifetime winners, who will get free admission into the park for life. Enter for your chance to win at CEDARPOINT.COM.

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Joining The Moorings’ 20 other partner destinations, Paraty is an ideal coastal area for sightseeing, hiking, swimming and more. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. “We wanted to make a special announcement to celebrate our 50 years on the water,” says Josie Tucci, The Moorings vice president of sales and marketing. “Brazil is a sought-after vacation destination, and we’re excited to

give our guests a unique place to sail and explore. Our customers will enjoy protected, remote harbors where they’ll personally connect with the locals and explore pristine cruising grounds off the beaten track.” If discovering mountain-side towns with stunning architecture, secret mangroves, wonderful food and more appeals to you, this charter opportunity sets sail in 2020 and starts at $4,489! To learn more, visit MOORINGS.COM/BR AZIL.


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Hobie Releases New Mirage Passport 12 Fishing Kayak Following the launch of the Hobie Passport 10.5 in early 2019, the company recently announced the Mirage Passport 12. The fishing kayak is powered by the MirageDrive Classic with ST Fins and features a 12-foot length, extra width, suspended mesh aluminum frame seat, H-Track mounts, storage behind the seat for tackle and bait, an 8-inch waterproof twist and seal hatch, two rod caddies and more. The kayak is available in either Seagrass Green or Slate Blue. The Hobie Mirage Passport 12 is priced at $1,599. To learn more, visit HOBIE.COM/K AYAKS/MIR AGE-PASSPORT-12.

Vermilion, Ohio-based Moes Marine Service Inc. has opened The Boathouse at Moes Marine — a 15,000-square-foot Lyman Life apparel and accessories storefront that doubles as a boat showroom and storage space. MOESMARINESERVICE.COM.

The Sea Tow Foundation recently announced the winners of its inaugural National Boating Industry Safety Awards, which were sponsored and judged by the newly established National Sober Skipper Advisory Council and funded through a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund. The awards were established to recognize the best boating safety work in the for-profit sector of the U.S. recreational marine marketplace. Sea Ray Boats won the Top Marine Manufacturer Award for Boating Safety for its work using targeted email and social media marketing campaigns to promote several boating safety initiatives. MarineMax was awarded the Top Marine Retailer Award for Boating Safety for its work developing handson boating safety classes and safety-focused videos. Bonnier Corporation was awarded the Top Marine Media Award for Boating Safety, for its editorial content focused on boating safety. Yamaha Outboards won the Top Marine Marketing and Boating Safety Outreach Award for its grassroots campaign featuring live special events, videos and social media posts all delivering safety messages. The Sober Skipper Award was presented by the Sea Tow Foundation to Freedom Boat Club in recognition of its outstanding adoption and promotion of the Sober Skipper program. For more information, visit SOBERSKIPPER.COM.

BUSINESS

MBIA Elects 2020 Directors and Officers The Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), which acts as an advocate for the state’s boaters and marine industry, elected four new directors at its annual meeting and Recreational Boating Educational Conference in December. Amy Malow Krueger of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores and Warren Wolf of Wolf’s Marine in Benton Harbor were appointed as state-wide directors, while Tom Ervin of Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs was re-elected as northern regional director. Jim Coburn of Coburn Consulting Company in Macomb was re-elected as the at-large director. All will serve three-year terms. Officer’s appointed for 2019 are: Tom Den Herder of Yacht Basin Marina in Holland as chairman; Tom 12

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Ervin as vice chair; and Jim Coburn as secretary/ treasurer. Other directors on the board who will continue to serve in 2020 include: Jim Adams of Freeway Sports Center; Pete Beauregard, Jr. of Colony Marine; Rob Davis of Club Royale; Chris Lisowicz of North Shore Marina; and Tim Tadsen of Toledo Beach Dockominium Association. To learn more about the MBIA, visit MBIA.ORG.

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Winners of Inaugural National Boating Industry Safety Awards Announced



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BUZZ

Southwest Florida Yachts Adds Two Yachts to Charter Fleet

BOATS

Yanmar Launches X47 Express Cruiser

MUST-HAVE

Exposure Lights Releases MOB Alarm System

OLAS Core, a Man Overboard alarm system, is now available from Exposure Lights. The portable, virtual tether system can be used onboard boats up to 50 feet with a crew of 15, or boats up to 80 feet with the OLAS Extender. The way it works is that each crewmember (or canine crewmember) wears a transmitter (either a wristband or a personal light) that emits an 85-decibel emergency alert and a red light within four seconds if there’s a MOB situation. The system then captures the MOB position data for quick rescue. There are no chords, and each transmitter is USB chargeable. You can connect the OLAS Core hub to the OLAS mobile app, which allows you to monitor and label connected tags. “Losing a crew member overboard is every sailor’s worst nightmare. The larger the boat, the more difficult it can be to know instantly that a MOB incident has occurred, especially if the crew are working up forward in the dark,” says Tom Harrop, Exposure Lights’ product manager. “OLAS Core gives skippers of larger boats with a large crew, complete confidence that in the event of a MOB incident, the entire crew are alerted immediately, and can take immediate recovery actions.” The OLAS Core is $129, OLAS Extender is $114 and a four pack of transmitters is $189. For more information, visit ALERTANDFIND.COM.

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PanaseaYa, a Sabreline 43 Motor Yacht, and Stay Foolish, an Island Packet 420, are the newest additions to Southwest Florida Yachts’ charter fleet. PanaseaYa, a twin-engine yacht with bow thruster, “is as comfortable as she is classy,” says Southwest Florida Yachts Co-owner Barb Hansen. “With two double cabins and a third single-berth cabin and two heads, she is the perfect choice for chartering with friends or family.” PanaseaYa’s weekly winter rate is $5,828 and $4,659 weekly during the summer. Stay Foolish “reflects the fine yacht craftsmanship of her brand,” Hansen says. “With two queen-berth cabins and two heads, this yacht is perfect for two couples or a family.” Stay Foolish can be chartered during the winter for $3,509 per week and $2,808 in the summer. For more information, visit SWFYACHTS.COM.

BUZZ

Burger Boats to Build New Chicago Tour Boat Wisconsin’s very own Burger Boat Co. has begun work on a new passenger vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. Chicago’s Emerald Lady, a 98-foot steel vessel, will serve 250 passengers and is designed by Mark Pudlo, principal at Seacraft Design in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This will be the third passenger vessel Burger has built for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, following Chicago’s Classic Lady and Chicago’s Leading Lady, and will launch in the spring of 2020. “At Burger, we’re dedicated to bringing our customer’s vision to reality and creating an experience on the water,” says Jim Ruffolo, president and CEO, Burger Boat Co. “We love building for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, as they share our mission of building a memorable, unique experience.” For more information, visit BURGERBOAT.COM.

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Last December, at the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods in the Bahamas, Yanmar debuted its newest yacht. The 47-foot X47 Express Cruiser combines performance with comfort thanks to the collaboration between Yanmar’s engine, Azimut Yachts’ design and the NEXUS Luxury Collection. “We have been collaborating with NEXUS and its partners for several years to design and build this unique motor yacht,” says Ken Araki, executive officer of Yanmar. Triple 8LV Yanmar marine diesel engines with ZT370 sterndrive provide the X47 with better acceleration and maneuvering performance. Below, the yacht features two ensuite cabins, an additional berth and a convertible sofa bed. To learn more about the yacht, visit YANMAR.COM.



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EVENTS

11th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix

Travel and Leisure magazine named the Great Lakes as one of “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020,” ranking as No. 22, between Guyana and Istanbul. “The five lakes collectively offer 11,000 miles of attraction-packed shoreline, and new small ship cruises are making it easier to explore,” Travel and Leisure wrote about the Great Lakes.

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The international flavor was present at the 11th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix that was held August 1-4, 2019, in Michigan City, Indiana. The Australian-based team of 222 Offshore — consisting of driver Darrin Nicholson and throttleman Giovanni Carpitella — sped away from its competition from the first lap and claimed their second win of the season in the ClassOne USA class on the Lake Michigan race course. A record number of team entries and a full capacity of spectators lined the shoreline at Washington Park beach to watch two days of offshore powerboat racing at its best, with six foreign countries in attendance. The race was sanctioned by the APBA (American Power Boat Association) and OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) series. —Paul Kemiel

IMTRA has expanded its Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control System offerings with the new Series E line of interceptors engineered for bigger boats. The new product line evolved from the Series S, which was designed for 20- to 50-foot vessels. Series E includes three straight, three tunnel and two chine interceptors that can be mounted above the propeller tunnel. A large LCD display with 3D control provides captains with user-friendly, intuitive and precise control of running trim, heel or heading. All interceptor models can be included as an option for new builds, installed as an aftermarket retrofit or added to expand existing Zipwake systems already in use. “The Zipwake system has been embraced by boatbuilders, anglers and boaters looking for a comfortable ride and an efficient solution to trim control,” says Jamie Simmons, IMTRA’s Zipwake product manager. “Larger vessels have their own unique design challenges and the Zipwake system has been expanded to accommodate these hull shapes.” For more information, visit IMTR A.COM.

BUZZ

MBIA Announces Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame Inductees The former president of the Michigan Charter Boat Association, Captain Denny Grinold, received the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) Ray L. Underwood Lifetime Achievement Award at the Recreational Boating Educational Conference Awards Dinner in December 2019. At Patti Smith the same event, Patti Smith of Silver Spray Sports in Fenton, Michigan, was inducted into the MBIA Hall of Fame. “Denny has spent a lifetime tirelessly advocating for fishing, boating and tourism in Michigan and has been recognized by many,” says MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “His list of accomplishments is long, and we are grateful for his advocacy on important legislative issues and his innovations and partnership building, which have

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brought us promotions like the “Catch and Cook” program in Michigan. Patti Smith’s achievements include being the first female senior-rated barefoot waterski boat driver, winning 15 U.S. National Barefoot Championships. She also is the only woman who has driven in the World Barefoot Ski Championships when she did so in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia, and again in the 1990 championships in Jacksonville, Florida. She, along with her husband, co-founded the Barefoot Unlimited Ski School in 1980. “Patti has served on the MBIA board for many years and is finishing her term as the MBIA chair,” Polan says. “Through her tenure and under her leadership, MBIA has thrived and she has been a tireless advocate for our association and industry.”

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Toronto Invests $3B to Improve Waterways

In December, Toronto officials announced that the city would begin construction on the tunnel boring for the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, which will be 20 feet in diameter and 6.5 miles long. This project is the first stage of the Don River and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System — one of five connected projects to improve water quality in the Lower Don River, Taylor-Massey Creek and along Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Toronto will invest more than $3 billion to keep combined sewer overflows out of the city’s waterways. “Through this tunnel we can capture and store rain and wastewater and transport it for treatment and disinfection so clean water is released into the lake,” says Toronto Mayor John Tory. “This project is of great importance to our city and the future of our waterways. I am determined to secure the help of the federal and provincial governments to speed up this work so we can see the benefits of this project a decade earlier.” Visit TORONTO.CA/DRCW-PROJECT for more info. BUZZ

Listen to “Teach me About the Great Lakes” Podcast According to the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), there’s a new podcast in town designed to teach listeners about the Great Lakes. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s Dr. Stuart Carlton has started a new monthly podcast called “Teach Me About the Great Lakes.” The purpose of the podcast is to help Carlton — a social scientist who grew up in the South near the Gulf of Mexico — learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of the Great Lakes. “In my two years at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, I’ve learned a lot about what makes the Great Lakes special, but there’s so much to know,” Carlton told the IISG. “This podcast gives me a chance to harness the knowledge of IISG specialists and the many scientists and other fascinating people in the region to help me better understand this amazing resource.” A new episode of Teach Me About the Great Lakes will be released on the first Monday of each month. In the first episode, “They’re Also Called Nurdles,” Carlton and co-host Hope Charters talk with special guests Carolyn Foley and Sarah Zack about microplastics in the Great Lakes. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. For more information, visit IISEAGR ANT.ORG.

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Regal Boats Releases New Model and Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Last year was quite the year for Regal Boats. In addition to its 50th anniversary celebration, the company introduced the 38 Sports Activity Vessel (SAV) at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November. The model is an expansion on the 33 SAV, and features a cockpit floor that rises for extra storage space and easy access to the generator; standard triple 300-hp Yamahas; ample seating; a large refreshment island; a hardtop with a retractable sunroof; dual 33-gallon fish lockers; rod holders; quad seats in the helm; and more. Belowdeck, boaters will find a convertible forward midcabin berth, portside convenience center, starboard head with separate walk-in shower and a convertible queen aft cabin. “Our new 38 SAV is a seamless and elegant combination that delivers the ultimate in day boating, overnighting and maximum versatility,” says Duane Kuck, CEO. “Besides its focused performance, comfort and luxury features, this boat has the ultimate versatility for fishing and diving, but what I love even more is the entertain-ability.” To learn more about the model, visit REGALBOATS.COM.



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Saugatuck’s Retro Boat Rentals Uses Torqeedo Electric Systems In order to fit original motors in restored fiberglass boats from the 1950s and ’60s without sacrificing their history, John Sharar, owner of Retro Boat Rentals in Saugatuck, Michigan, looked to marine electric propulsion manufacturer Torqeedo. “John came up with the idea of removing the old gas motor from its casing and replacing it with a compact Torqeedo motor coupled to a custom-designed sail drive pod,” says Steve Trkla, president of Torqeedo, Inc. “He attended Torqeedo training and worked with Torqeedo engineers to modify various motor brands. The electric motor is driven by a Torqeedo lithium-ion battery in the boat.” The first restored boat to get the new outboards was a 1960

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Crownline back in 2016. Then the rental business took off. Now Sharar is taking his success to a wider market, leasing his many restored boats to operators around the country, including in Chicago, Milwaukee, as well as a potential partnership with the

Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. “The Retro Boat Rentals operation is a perfect example of how Torqeedo is bringing clean, green electric marine propulsion to harbors, lakes and waterways around the country,” Trkla says.


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Davis Snap Tool Multi-Key

Nineteen different marine tools have been consolidated into one! The patented Snap Tool Multi-Key from Davis Instruments is a palm-sized tool that’s ready to twist, cut, pry, snap and take care of any number of onboard jobs. The multi-key features three metric and four hex wrenches; slotted and Phillips screwdrivers; a recessed cutting blade; snap tools and zipper pull; and more. Measures 2.75 by 4.48 inches, which is about the size of a playing card. $13.99

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GREAT GEAR MUST-HAVE GOODIES AND GADGETS FOR EVERY BOATER

Sony MEX-M72BT Marine Receiver

Get the party started with the Sony Marine Receiver, featuring dual Bluetooth connectivity, voice control, four 55-watt amps with EXTRA BASS, 35,000 colors to match the music, and more. Best of all, use your smartphone to control the playlist. Made with an anticorrosive coating and UV-resistant finish for sun and salt protection. $159.99 AT DEFENDER.COM

YETI V Series Cooler

YETI’s brand-new V Series hard-sided cooler provides “the best thermal insulation that science allows,” according to the company. Featuring a durable kitchen-grade stainless steel body, the cooler is vacuum insulated and includes a single-center stainless steel loop latch, as well as a leakproof, deep seal drain plug. $800 AT YETI.COM

Mafia All In Bag

Store your necessities in a handmade, sustainable pouch, made from a combination of recycled sailboat and kitesurf sails. The slim All In bag measures 10 by 6 inches, and has a storage capacity of nearly a liter. Optional shoulder strap can be attached. Like all Mafia bags, parts for each bag are cut by hand from individual sails. The All In is available in seven color options. $45 AT MAFIABAGS.COM

BoatLIFE Liquid Life Wax

Called the “king of waxes,” carnauba is renowned for its ability to provide a long-lasting shine in extreme environments. BoatLIFE’s new Liquid Life Wax is a spray-on, pure-carnauba formula that delivers high-gloss protection for fiberglass, carbon fiber, gelcoat and painted surfaces. Unlike creams and pastes, Liquid Life Wax is fast and easy to use. The product is made in the USA and developed specifically for marine use. $13.89 (16 OZ) AT BOATLIFE.COM

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With your purchase of a 4OCEAN Recycled Bracelet, you are also helping to remove one pound of trash from oceans and coastlines. The bracelet is made from recycled ocean plastic and glass recovered by 4OCEAN employees. The ADD YOUR GEAR! unisex design is adjustable from 2 to 5 inches in diameter, and features a Email KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM stainless steel charm. $20 AT WESTMARINE.COM to add your company’s new product news to Great Gear!

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Tech Troubleshooting An electronics nightmare

Simple fixes for common marine electronics issues.

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Start with the basics When a system fails to turn on, start by checking the power connection at the unit for looseness or corrosion. If your DC power panel has a voltmeter installed, take a quick look to verify that it shows the correct voltage and that all required breakers are on. For electronics that work intermittently or lose certain functions, check the remaining plugs or wire connections. These could also suffer from corrosion or may have loosened over time due to vibration. As odd as it may sound, some problems can be corrected by simply disconnecting cable plugs and plugging them back in. The same is true for inline cable connections, which can loosen due to excessive movement or vibration if not secured or mounted properly.

Voltage checks If you’ve verified all connections are tight, but the problem still exists, it’s time to get all technical and break out the multimeter. Note: Stay away from light pen-type voltage testers, which can tell you if there’s voltage, but not how much — a critical troubleshooting flaw, as many electronics fail to operate if the voltage drops below a certain point. To check the power to a piece of gear, turn the unit off and disconnect the power plug or access the terminal strip where power is connected. Then verify battery switches and breakers are in the “on” position. Set the multimeter to DC volts and measure the voltage by connecting the meter’s probes to the unit’s leads. A voltage reading of “0” indicates no power is reaching the unit, meaning there’s a tripped breaker, blown fuse, loose connection or broken wire, etc. A low voltage reading indicates low battery voltage or possibly additional resistance in the line, such as a corroded or faulty connection. Verify that the correct amount of power is leaving the breaker panel, then work your way toward the equipment in efforts to identify the problem. If the voltage is incorrect, then verify battery voltage is correct and proceed from there. Another thing to consider is how steady the voltage is during equipment operation. Some electronics draw more power during certain operations, such as your VHF radio when transmitting versus receiving. While you may have a “full” 12V at the power plug when the radio is simply turned on, that voltage can drop well below a usable level when the radio is keyed to transmit. This is often due to a weak battery or possibly a corroded connection. Monitor your DC panel voltmeter (or use your voltmeter) while keying the radio to see if the voltage drops.

Visibility If a unit powers up but shows nothing on the display, first check the display brightness and contrast settings. These settings often get adjusted on purpose (to preserve night vision, for example) or by accident to the point where the display is no longer visible under different lighting conditions. Other control features can also generate what I like to call “operator-induced anomalies.” If your radar fails to pick up targets, for example, verify you’re on the correct range setting and that the gain/sensitivity features are adjusted correctly.

NMEA 2000 While standalone electronics will have their own dedicated power plug or source, newer electronic systems will likely be powered by an NMEA 2000 (N2K) trunk or backbone. If the system is installed correctly and was working previously, once you’ve confirmed that the voltage supply is correct and that all plugs and connections are good, then the problem could be with the backbone itself. There are meters that allow you to test N2K backbones, but they are pricey ($600 plus). If you think the problem lies with the backbone, it’s time to call in a professional. ★

s there really a good time to have an electronics failure? What’s the plan if your depth sounder blanks out while entering a questionable harbor or the chartplotter bites the dust when heading out for a day of fishing? Tech support is a wonderful thing, but self-reliance and the ability to recognize and fix simple problems is even better. Here are a few basic troubleshooting tips to hopefully bring your ailing electronics back online as quickly as possible.

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Knowledge is power The first step in troubleshooting electronics is something you’ve hopefully already done: Read the owner’s manual. A basic understanding of how a system functions and is installed is extremely helpful in recognizing and locating common problems. Most manuals will also have a basic troubleshooting section, which can help point you in the right direction.

Connector check

Power meter low voltage

Poor wiring installation

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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

Celebrating the Soul of Winter

Despite hard water and bracing temperatures, Great Lakes towns come alive during the winter months.

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Houghton Winter Carnival

Beulah Winter Fest

Winter Carnival Houghton, MI; February 5 – 8 Organized by the Blue Key National Honor Society at Michigan Technological University, Houghton’s Winter Carnival dates back to 1922, and this Upper Peninsula celebration has become one of the largest annual winter festivals in the country. Intricate snow statues adorn the Michigan Tech campus (Go Huskies!) and downtown streets; festivities include broomball, human ice bowling, a comedy skit night and the coronation of Winter Carnival royalty. This year’s theme is “Discover What Shines from Prehistoric Times.” Winter Fest Beulah, MI; February 8 Located on Crystal Lake, just a stone’s throw from the Lake Michigan coast, the community of Beulah is getting ready for its 2020 Winter Fest as well. On 26

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deck for this year: An IWPA dog weight-pulling trail competition, a poker run, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Winterfest Parade, the famous Outhouse Sprint, fireworks and even a bonfire on the beach. Don’t miss the frozen turkey bowling, frozen fish toss, snowball target competition and chili cook-off in Beulah Park, as well as the rubber duck race in Cold Creek. WinterFest Carthage, NY; February 10 Carthage Recreational Park is ground zero for winter fun in the 1000 Islands. At press time, organizers had already announced horse-drawn wagon rides, cardboard sled races, games, food and music — but don’t be surprised if the list grows. Previous years’ events also included ugly sweater contests, dog sled rides, face painting and a scavenger hunt. The region is known for its winemaking, so be sure to do some tasting while you’re in town.

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few years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Mackinaw City in January. We expected the northern Michigan community to be flash-frozen, with empty restaurants, shuttered gift shops and lonely marina pilings in hibernation until Memorial Day weekend. That’s not what we found, however. While the marina was empty and the water undeniably hard, this port city teemed with energy and good humor; it was time for Winterfest. Crowds lined South Huron Avenue to watch snow carving, waited patiently outside Marshall’s Fudge for free sleigh rides, dashed in and out of local businesses on a poker run and played ice hockey with brooms. Just to keep things interesting, they also tossed frozen fish, bowled frozen chickens and raced outhouses. In the years since that trip, I’ve been delighted to learn that Mackinaw City isn’t alone in making the most of the dark, cold winter months that stretch between the holidays and the first warm days of spring. Throughout the Great Lakes, winter festivals bring locals and visitors together to celebrate the soul of what often is an underappreciated season. And it’s not too late to join the fun.


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Winter Carnival Petoskey, MI; February 14 – 15 This charming resort town has hosted its Winter Carnival since the 1920s. Commemorating its 92nd anniversary this year, the 2020 carnival will incorporate a Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner, “Chocoholic Frolic,” Winter Ghost Walk, “Search for Olaf the Snowman” scavenger hunt and an impressive array of ice sculptures. On Saturday, festival-goers will enjoy an ice bar celebration, cardboard sled workshop, raffles, games, “walking tacos,” February Sunshine Concert and more. Sunday will be dedicated to the kids, with face painting, indoor games, cookies and coloring at downtown stores. Take some time to go skating or sledding at the Winter Sports Park as well!

Port Clinton Burning Snowman Fest

Petoskey Winter Carnival

Fire & Ice Sturgeon Bay, WI; February 15 Once again, novice, intermediate and professional carvers will turn blocks of snow and ice into unparalleled works of art — and compete for prizes — in the vibrant, urban heart of Wisconsin’s Door County Peninsula. That evening, the revelry will continue at the annual Fire and Ice dinner, dance and live auction at the city’s waterfront Stone Harbor Resort. The FBI and Untouchable Horns will provide live music at the 2020 celebration.

Burning Snowman Fest Port Clinton, OH; February 29 Who needs Burning Man? The Lake Erie Shores & Islands has its own unique, offbeat festival for music fans with its annual Burning Snowman Fest in Port Clinton. This year’s event, held on Leap Day 2020, will provide party-goers with plenty of live music, food and drink — and, of course, a giant burning snowman. (That, we want to see!)

Snowman Mania Wasaga Beach, ON; February 14 – 17 Designed to celebrate winter living on Georgian Bay, Snowman Mania takes place in Wasaga Beach, located on the longest freshwater beach in the world. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the 2020 event will include a kick-off party with live music, buskers, jugglers, Olaf the snowman and indoor children’s activities at the RecPlex. Locals and guests may also participate in a silent auction, sign up for a ball hockey tournament, try snowshoeing, enjoy free ice skating and compete for snowman-building prizes.

Sleeping Giant Loppet Thunder Bay, ON; March 7 Lake Superior’s Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is home to a massive annual ski festival that promises fun for all skill levels and ages. The 43rd annual Sleeping Giant Loppet features the rolling 20K Marie Louise Lake Loop; the popular 35K Tour, which incorporates the scenic and challenging Burma Trail; and the Loppet’s flagship 50K Classic, Skate or Skiathlon. The ski festival also includes an 8K Mini-Loppet for families, children and newbies. Adventure awaits for all. ★

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

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ELECTRONICS BY GLENN HAYES

Pushing Buttons & Kicking Tires Test out electronics at boat shows before you buy. f you’re in the market for new electronics — or adding to and enhancing the electronics you already have — boat shows offer a great venue to see what’s out there. Not only are the latest and greatest on display both in dedicated working displays and onboard boats, but they are also usually in close proximity to one another. That means comparisons are easy and personal preferences can be discovered with a little button pushing and touch-screen manipulating. Plan ahead It’s a smart idea to do a little pre-planning in order to find the best equipment that will fulfill your needs while meeting your budget. A good start is to take inventory of what equipment you have aboard and figure out what you want to replace or augment. With some of today’s equipment designed to be interfaced, it may be possible to add to your system rather than replacing components. Knowing what equipment you already have makes selecting the right models or displays to interface that much easier. Depending on the age and model specifics, some new equipment may not be suitable to tie into an existing system, in which case, replacement may be necessary. By creating a comprehensive list of the equipment you have, salesmen or manufacturer’s reps at the show can tell you what will work and what won’t. Keep in mind that a lot of equipment interconnectivity, such as radar and transducers, are many times manufacturer-specific, so switching brands may be more involved than first thought. Again, the knowledgeable salespersons and reps at the show can help you figure things out.

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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Push buttons Before making a purchase, be sure to learn how a product works. Pushing buttons and playing with the controls is the best way to find the technology that fits your needs. Although most equipment on the market today is much more user-friendly and intuitive than years past, you will quickly learn that some operating systems and functions are much more user-friendly to you than others. This can be very subjective, so if you are not the one primarily operating the electronics aboard and your significant other is, make sure you feel comfortable both accessing and performing the required operating system.

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If you can’t figure out how a certain function is performed, ask the salesperson to show you. Basic functions, like saving a waypoint or bringing up a preferred split-screen on a display, will quickly indicate if this is a good choice for you. If it seems cumbersome and complicated with a salesperson who knows the machine well, it’s probably going to be difficult for you. Give it a try yourself and ask the salesperson to walk you through it. Be realistic It’s very easy to get dazzled by all the technology and amazing screens in “simulator mode” at boat shows. Try to keep in mind that those screens represent the very best of what that machine is capable of and may not always be what you will see in day-to-day use; this can be particularly true with the depth sounder and fishfinder display screens. Also, be realistic about what functions and features you really need, while still keeping in mind that you may want to use or add features in the future. Just remember that, generally, the more features, the more complicated the equipment is to operate and the pricier it is. Ensure it fits Taking measurements, including the oftenneglected equipment depth, is also a good idea. When at the show, you can see if the equipment you have your eye on will actually fit where you need it to go. If you are looking at multifunction displays, you can also consider going with two smaller interfaced displays rather than one large one. Many times, these can save you money and allow for redundancy. Whether you are installing the new equipment yourself or are planning on having a professional install it, asking the salesperson or representative what is involved in installation can save you time and money. Some equipment may be plug-and-play, while others require more elaborate wiring. Once you have pushed buttons and kicked tires, shows offer a great venue and opportunity for purchase. Take advantage of show specials and rebates and shop among the vendors at the show. Come armed with online pricing and see if show prices match or beat your findings. Once the purchase is done, you can feel confident you have the best equipment for your boat — and at the best price. ★

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SAFETY FIRST BY HELEN AITKEN

Text a Buoy Before You Go

Quickly access weather and wave information by texting a Great Lakes buoy.

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’m a weather fanatic. Will I need my regular flip-flops or fur-lined flip-flops on the boat? Should I take motion sickness pills or wear waterproof waders? If only I had access to the real-time information that comes from texting a Great Lakes buoy.

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Buoy types Navigational buoys are primarily located in deep water. They provide safe waterway passage, especially for guiding commercial traffic, and are identified by color, shape and number, as on nautical charts. The Cleveland Division of Water uses buoys to monitor intake water so it can be treated for human consumption. Different agencies’ buoys track fish, underwater sounds and keep the lakes clean by detecting contaminants and algal blooms and gathering environmental data. Other buoys collect available data for everyone on the water. Information on wind speed and gusts, air and water temperatures, and wave height help predict weather along different points located closer to shore. About buoys Each buoy has a different story. They are funded with public and private money and operated by various organizations, like the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), universities, or research companies like LEEDCo, which is developing wind turbines for Lake Michigan. Buoys are valuable and expensive; the average cost is around $50,000 with almost half that for underwater sensors alone. In the fall, buoys are removed and replaced with smaller ones that can survive in icy waters, so even in winter, data is available. After things thaw out, the bigger buoys return. There are more than 100 buoys in the U.S. Great Lakes and at least 14 buoys in Canadian waters; however, only a few buoys will reply to a phone text: Michigan has 13, Ohio four, Wisconsin two, New York one, Indiana one, Illinois one and Canada 12. Buoy information Find a specific buoy location using the Great Lakes Buoy Portal website (GLBUOYS.GLOS.US). The blue, diamond-shaped buoys are active, inactive ones are red, and those in gray have been removed either temporarily or permanently.

Click on the site to receive the buoy’s name, location and five-digit identification number. Click on it again to get detailed information like water temperatures at different depths, dew point, air pressure and more. Only the buoys that have an all-numeric name will send a response to your phone. David Fitch, communications specialist at GLOS, a nonprofit buoy data sharing group, says, “Not all buoys are available because not all are part of the National Data Buoy Center,” which you can find at NDBC. NOA A.GOV/STATION.

Texting a buoy Send a text to the phone number 704-418-7299 or 734-201-0750. In the body of the message, type the buoy’s five-digit identification number. If the buoy is operational, it will respond shortly with a modified version of the website information. Don’t forget to save the phone number and buoy identification number in your contacts file. Buoys get lots of “hits” — about 400 texts a day or more — when new buoys come online. If one number is declined or the wait time is greater than 20 minutes, try the second number. To access a Canadian buoy, text the buoy’s five-digit number to 705-710-8011. What kind of data is sent? The text response shows the buoy number, date, time, wind speed and direction, gust speed, air temperature and surface water temperature, wave height in feet and wave period in seconds. At the bottom of the text, the locator guide website appears to find other buoys. “The data is near real-time,” Fitch says. “Usually, there is a 10- to 15-minute delay, sometimes longer, from the point of data capture to the time it reaches the website. You can see the interval since the last measurement at the top of each buoy page.” Safety first Having access to relevant data on the water makes sense and helps keep boaters safe. Better still, if cell phone reception is available, repeat texting these buoys and over time weather patterns will appear. As with every boating instrument, the more information you have, the greater the chance you have for making good on-the-water decisions — and wearing the correct footwear. ★

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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Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 A passage maker.

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he Swift Trawler 47 (ST 47) is the newest in a series of affordable, feature-rich cruisers from Beneteau. The boat is packed with standard equipment that includes dual helms — one inside and the other on the flybridge — in addition to a well-appointed galley inside and an outdoor sky galley above. With a comfortable salon and abundant flybridge seating, there is a lot to offer. “The model name Swift Trawler doesn’t begin to describe the blue water capabilities of the ST 47,” says Craig Duchow of Centerpointe Yacht Services. “On her maiden voyage from Cleveland, our vessel comfortably cruised at 26 knots and reached WOT of 32 mph. Between Sturgeon Bay and Milwaukee, we effortlessly drove through 5to 7-foot waves at speeds as high as 29 mph.” When you enter through the portside transom door, the open layout expands before you. Cockpit seating is protected from the elements by the overhanging

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flybridge above, reached via a convenient portside stairwell. A wide, sliding door retracts, connecting the cockpit seating area with the main salon. The full galley with lots of storage and counter space is forward. “The expansive bridge has a hardtop with a retractable shade giving you the best of full sun or full shade, as well as a commanding 360-degree view,” Duchow says. “Inside you have a spacious salon and wheelhouse with large windows for great visibility and maximum natural light.” Belowdeck accommodations include three staterooms and two heads. The master forward has an island queen berth, an ensuite head to starboard and an independent shower compartment to port. A twin cabin and double VIP cabin, along with a washer/dryer and a second head round out the accommodations. The Swift Trawler 47 is a great cruiser for couples or families and has enough gathering areas to keep everyone onboard happy. H


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Palm Beach 70

Sharp looks and high standards of performance.

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alm Beach Motor Yachts, the venerable Australian builder of high-end luxury cruisers, has just released its new flagship 70. Sporting a flybridge, she is abundantly clad in teak both inside and out, blending Downeast traditional styling with a modern appeal. Her sharp looks are alluring, but Palm Beach is equally attuned to performance. Founder Mark Richards is a famous racing sailor and understands how weight effects speed. His generous use of modern coring materials and carbon fiber combined with a proven hull design gives the Palm Beach 70 unrivaled speed, ride and fuel economy. Driven by a pair of Volvo Penta D13 IPS 1350s, the hull will achieve a 36.8 mph cruise speed and a top speed of 43 mph. The first Palm Beach 70 delivered had optional twin Volvo Penta D13 1,000-hp driving shafts and cruised comfortably at 28 mph, using 48 gph and yielding a range of 912 miles. “The Palm Beach 70 was born from client

demand — they wanted a larger Palm Beach,” Richards says. “We had to build the yacht we ourselves wanted, which can stand on her own to meet our high standards of performance, hull efficiency and aesthetics.” The Palm Beach 70 has entertaining and seating areas from the cockpit through to the salon. The fully appointed galley is adjacent to the lower helm, and there are three cabins and two heads below. The amidships master is situated to port with wide pocket doors opening onto the passageway. The flybridge provides an additional lounging area, while the foredeck features a distinctive bow cockpit and a recessed seating area far forward where guests can safely sit and enjoy the breeze. The new Palm Beach 70 is a unique flybridge motoryacht that’s designed to provide discerning yachtsmen with a performance-oriented yacht featuring cruising comfort, efficiency and style. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 74’11” Beam: 19’2” Draft: 4’3” (IPS) 3’7” (shaft) Weight: 70,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,585 gals. Water Capacity: 290 gals. Power: 2 x 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS 1350; or optional D13 w/ shafts MSRP: $4,300,000 PALMBEACHMOTOR YACHTS.COM

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Scarab 285 ID

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 28’ Beam: 9’2” Draft: 20” Weight: 5,750 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 98 gals. Water Capacity: 12 gals. Power: 2 x 300 Rotax 1.6L Jets MSRP (w/ 2 x 300 hp): $112,793

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eam Scarab launched its hardcore racing boats in the mid-1970s, but since then the brand has come a long way. Modern Scarab jetboats are stylish, easy to use and fun to drive. Whether doing some serious wakeboarding, going for a day cruise, or finding a cool lunch spot, Scarab delivers. The newest and largest Scarab, the 285 ID, can throw a ripping wake like her smaller siblings but also has yacht capacity and comforts that a bigger boat can provide. In keeping with her racing heritage, twin 300 Rotax 1.6L engines drive the jet-powered Scarab 285 ID to speeds in excess of 50 mph. A sharp 22-degree deadrise helps seakeeping, and handling is tight and precise. Jet power and a 20-inch draft means easy access to shallow areas and beaches. The helm is both stylish and functional with good visibility all around, a curved, frameless windshield, easy access to controls on the vinyl-wrapped dash and the seating support necessary for high-speed operation.

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With the wide beam carried forward, the bow provides comfortable seating and great views. A head is accessed to port, complete with a hullside window. In addition to wraparound seating and an abundance of cup holders, there is anchor storage forward. Behind the helm, U-shaped seating features plush, foam-filled upholstery that provides comfort and gives the cockpit an open, spacious feel. A convenient hidden table pops out to starboard for dining or snacking, and an optional drawer fridge provides easy access to appetizers and cold beverages. A full bench seat with a flip-up bolster seats two to port and easily converts from cruising to spotting aft. An additional, convertible sunpad aft is only steps from the water. The swim platform has wet storage beneath, and a larger, extended swim platform is a nice option. The new Scarab 285 ID is comfortable, fast and lots of fun. Her modern styling and cool colors will turn heads wherever she goes. ★


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Valhalla 41

Viking has entered the center console market.

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enter consoles are all the rage both for fishing and day cruising, and modern outboard power makes them fast, reliable and fun to drive. Now, Viking Yachts has entered this market with its new Valhalla Boatworks line of center consoles. “The flagship V-41 takes you to the next level of design, performance and convenience for its class,” says Erik Krueger, vice president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales. “We are excited to introduce the fit, finish and ride of a Viking Yacht to the center console buyer.” The Valhalla 41 (V-41) starts with a clean, open deck layout that maximizes access all around. The aft mezzanine seating module has armrests and an insulated cooler underneath the seat. A center transom 90-gallon livewell is perfectly placed for fishing. Folding seats on either side retract during the action but provide comfort while cruising. Multiple compartments can be configured for

owner-preferred uses, and rod holders and cup holders can be installed to suit each owner’s layout. Notable cruising features include an anchor windlass, a portside dive door, ProCurve glass windshield, forward and aft sunshades and an enclosed head. Numerous customizations can be made to include U-shaped forward seating with a hi-low table, modified transom seating arrangements and increased cabin space to accommodate napping kids and pets. A Seakeeper gyro is optional. The double-stepped hull of the V-41 comes on plane fast. Her narrow entry and 24-degree deadrise aft keeps turns agile and improves seakeeping. Multiple power options are offered, including quad Mercury 400s and various triple installations such as the new Yamaha 425s. Engine packages can be configured for joystick control with GPS station lock, and an optional bow thruster provides additional maneuverability. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 40’6” Beam: 11’7” Draft: 29”/33” Weight (full load): 20,798 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 557 gals. Water Capacity: 49 gals. Power: 1,800 hp Base Price: Contact dealer VALHALLABOATWORKS.COM

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

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MARLOW 53E

MEASURING UP BY THE NUMBERS. STORY & PHOTOS BY CAPT. TOM SERIO

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sea trial is more than just doing a walkthrough of the vessel and going for a ride. There are numbers involved and a few computations to help get the details across. If you pay attention to the figures, they can help create the big picture. And that leads us to the Marlow Yachts 53E. It’s all about the numbers — in more ways than one. First, it’s a 3 ½ hour drive from my abode on Florida’s east coast to Marlow’s facility on the west coast in Palmetto,

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Xxxxx xx x xxx x Florida. I’m in the car by 5 a.m. to make the appointed Xxxxx xx x xxx x photo shoot and sea trial time. This is important to note as I’m not sure I would drive that far for many other yachts, Xxxxxx x xx xxbut xx xxx xxx xx I know the brand and do think they are worth xx thexxxeffort. xxx xxxx xxxxx This is not the first 53E offered by Marlow Yachts (the first launched in 2016), but actually hull No. 25 — a testament to the style, operation and determination by David Marlow to build his next yacht better than the previous one. Watch the video at

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The 53E is a “pocket yacht,” offering amenities found on larger yachts but in a package suitable for an owner/operator (O/O). Upper and lower helm stations, full walk-around decks, twin aft staircases to the swim platform, side boarding gates and port/starboard deck doors makes access for line handling or provisioning an easy task. On the aft deck, there’s a cushioned transom bench with a fiberglass table, suitable for casual cocktails or alfresco dining. The flybridge deck extends all the way aft to fully cover the dining area. An eight-step molded staircase reaches the flybridge deck. Twin aft doors to the salon are split and can completely open to blend the areas. Side deck doors block the wind and assist in environmentally controlling the aft deck area if Bimini curtains are installed, which helps to extend the cruising season.

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Inside, there’s plenty of space to gather friends or stretch out and relax. To starboard is an L-shaped, built-in sofa with Ultraleather that’s incredibly soft (standard fabrics or even Sunbrella home interior fabrics can be opted). The port side has a straight, built-in sofa. The forward buffet houses a Samsung 46-inch flat-screen TV, discreetly hidden by sliding tambour doors. Marlow incorporated rich teak wood finishes for the walls, coffee table and cabinets, along with teak and holly flooring and Ultraleather furniture and ceiling panels. Area rugs can be added as you desire. Up a few steps is the galley/dinette/lower helm area. This is well-situated for the O/O, keeping the captain and chef in close proximity to each other, as well as to family and guests. Smartly designed, the U-shaped galley has seemingly an acre of counterspace, four undercounter Subzero fridge/freezer drawers, a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, a Kenyon two-burner cooktop, a GE microwave oven, a Franke stainless sink and all the drawers and cabinets you need. Forward to port is a U-shaped dinette with teak table. The location is key as it’s under the forward windows — the perfect setting for morning coffee — and it’s next to the lower helm, keeping everyone close by. On extended cruises, operating the 53E from the lower helm is a bonus. It’s fully functional and loaded with Garmin electronics, including twin 16-inch multifunction displays, VHF, autopilot, radar, sounder, wind sensor, CCTV system, Lewmar bow/stern thrusters and more. 36

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An overhead console contains rocker switches, system indicator lights, Naiad Roll Stabilizer controller and more.

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Another area that feels bigger than it should is the flybridge deck. The extended deck allows for multiple options without feeling cramped. The centerline helm has twin Stidd chairs, dual Garmin 16-inch multifunction displays in a compact console (to maintain sight lines when seated) and the standard array of electronics. Situated underneath the hardtop are a starboard side L-shaped settee with diagonal fiberglass table and a bench settee to port. With non-skid decks throughout and no deck teak (but it can be opted), this is a low-maintenance exterior. Enjoy meals with the food prep station that includes a grill, sink, fridge and ice maker. If carrying water toys, there’s room for a dinghy or jet skis on the deck. If not, put out a few lounge chairs for sunbathing. Even though, technically, this is an open bridge, the 53E has an integrated forward windshield structure built into the hardtop and house. With three windshields that wrap around, the fixed structure eliminates windage at the helm, improves sound and keeps the operator protected from the elements. Open sides that can be fitted with Bimini curtains allow for air to flow and guests to enjoy the outdoors. Other spots to enjoy the outdoors are on the foredeck, complete with twin bench seats in front of the Portuguese bridge, along the covered side decks and at the aft deck table.


MARLOW 53E S PE CI F I CAT I ON S LOA: 61’ Beam: 17’3” Draft: 4’6” Fuel Capacity: 1,200 gals. Water Capacity: 300 gals. Power: 2 x John Deere 6135SFM 750-hp diesel engines Standard Engines: 6.7 Cummins QSB 480-hp Base Price: Contact dealer MARLOW YACHTS.COM

DE AL E R Marlow Marine Sales, Inc.

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Inside and down the starboard side staircase is access to the three staterooms. Forward in the peak is the VIP with center queen berth, featuring drawer storage, a locker, shelves and an overhead hatch. Marlow carries the teak and Ultraleather finishes down into the staterooms, adding to the overall character of the yacht. An ensuite head has a separate shower stall and a large, rectangular opening porthole for a cool breeze. Overhead bunks are an option. There’s also a guest stateroom with twin berths, a locker, storage and porthole. Midship is the full-beam master stateroom. With the king berth laid out athwartship, there’s easy access around the bed and around the room. A multitude of dresser drawers, several lockers and shelving offer ample storage. A large ensuite head runs along the port side with pocket doors (a great space saver), a drop-down mirror and a separate shower stall. Marlow designed an access way to the engine room from within. Behind one door is a laundry room with separate washer and dryer. From there, a watertight bulkhead door offers access to the engine room without having to go outside.

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It may be a bit of a surprise but it’s not the first time Marlow has used John Deere engines in its yachts. Basically, the reasons for these six-cylinder powerplants is the recognized name that instills ruggedness, a simpler engine to operate and maintain, and a lower overall RPM. Our speed trial with the John Deere 6135SFM 750-hp engines yielded a 22.6-knot top-speed at

The enclosed forward helm, which is perfect for those snotty days when you have to be at the upper helm for improved visibility, like running an inlet. Access to the engine room through the master and laundry room. Good engine economy at the low end and good speed at WOT. Eye-level AC/DC panel.

Needs more counterspace at the flybridge food prep station. Needs an extended outward grabrail in the stateroom staircase to eliminate the need of switching hands to the other side.

wide open, burning 71 gph combined at 2250 RPM (382 nm range). Cruising at 16.3 knots at 1800 RPM burned 44.3 gph (442 nm range). A leisurely jaunt at 9.7 knots consumed 13.8 gph (837 nm range). A 1,600 nm range can be had at 7.6 knots. If you study the numbers and make your own calculations, you’ll see the Marlow 53E really does measure up. H

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Tipaorrt a43 L S

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by Chuck Warren TIARA SPORT 43 LS S PEC IFICAT IO N S LOA (w/ platform): 43’6” Beam: 13’ Draft: 3’7” Weight (dry): 21,800 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 400 gals. Water Capacity: 60 gals. Power (w/ 3 x Yamaha 425s): 1,275 hp Base MSRP: $892,890 TIAR ASPORT.COM

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Walstrom Marine

Finished cutouts in starboard hull for fender storage. Portside hull door with removable swim ladder.

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fter hitting a couple of home runs with its new outboard-powered 34- and 38foot Luxury Sport (LS) models, Tiara Sport followed up in 2019 by creating an even bigger addition to the series. More than just a bigger model, the Tiara 43 LS adds even more innovation and performance to the already impressive product line. Like its smaller siblings, the 43 LS is versatile, beautiful and fast. The boat has a “dock presence.” With a sleek profile created by a mix of straight lines and very subtle curves, the boat also has a go-fast look while sitting still.

Rise and shine

Until recently, the words “outboard” and “luxury” were likely not found in the same sentence. However, incredible advancements in reliability, fuel

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efficiency and noise reduction have made outboards a viable option for almost any application. Three monster outboards hanging off the transom can make any boat’s swim platform seem like an afterthought. However, the 43-footer’s platform is attractive and functional. The outer step pads are wide enough to make boarding safe and comfortable, and there is enough room ahead of the engines for passengers to easily move from side to side. The portside hull door with removable swim ladder is a great touch and makes entry easy for passengers stepping down from the dock, or for tired swimmers climbing out of the water. Like many of the new models in the crossover breed of boats, the 43 LS could be considered an entertainment

platform. Whether the plan includes a day at the beach or an overnight in a distant port, the boat is well-equipped to handle the task. At the helm, teak and leather accents contribute to the well-dressed appearance of the vessel. Dual 16-inch Garmin GPSMAP touch screens provide a wealth of information, navigation and feedback. A glovebox big enough to store personal electronics hides below a Corian cover, where today’s connected population will be happy to find USB charge ports. The adjustable captain’s seat has room for two, while additional helm seats provide room for four behind the wheel. The helm seats also convert into stand-up bolsters. Tiara did not hold back on the luxury touches at the helm, such as the sunroof


with shade, remote-operated, multicolor LED lighting, and cockpit heat and air. A roomy walkway separates the helm from the galley. The galley itself also doubles as a leaning post for standing passengers while underway. On the hook or at the dock, a grill, two cold storage drawers and a sink hidden under the Corian countertop are ready to provide refreshments. Known as the U-lounge, the 43 LS’s aft seating includes a large teak table that converts into a comfortable sunpad. The U-lounge also hides one of the LS series’ most innovative features. Lift a single latch and the entire lounge rotates to face aft, creating a perfect place to watch swimming kids or stellar sunsets.

Race you forward

Starboard-only access to the bow may seem strange at first, especially in a boat this big. However, the layout creates stepped access to higher docks, additional room below deck and extra seating for passengers in the bow. The wraparound bow seating easily converts into lounges or a sunpad, which can be protected by an optional Mediterranean sun top. There are cup holders and handrails everywhere. Also designated as a social zone, the bow includes more USB charge ports for personal electronics. Although the Tiara Sport 43 LS has the personality of a dayboat, it’s also nicely equipped for overnights. Below, the generous forward berth has plenty of room for two, while a bench seat to port provides room to relax and watch the bulkhead-mounted TV. To starboard, a roomy wet head is comfortable for weekends away. Just aft of the main cabin, Tiara created one of the 43 LS’s most unexpected features.

A full-width midcabin provides room for two more guests or a place for kids to hide from the afternoon sun. Flip the midcabin cushions over to reveal their neoprene backing and the space becomes storage for water toys.

Rock and roll

Leaving Tiara’s Holland, Michigan, boating center for a late summer test ride, we discovered the west wind had stirred up Lake Michigan’s surface to a healthy 3-foot chop. However, the Tiara Sport 43 LS jumped out of the hole and skimmed across the surface like a skipped stone. The huge wraparound windshield kept the wind off the passengers seated at the helm and back in the U-lounge. It also kept the wind noise down. And at the helm, almost no blind spots exist due to the unique design. Even with the 3-foot Lake Michigan temper tantrum, the 43 LS hit 52 mph with full tanks and eight passengers. The boat is smooth, dry and incredibly quiet. It’s possible to have a conversation without screaming over the engines while standing at the helm or seated in the U-lounge. The Tiara Sport 43 LS is a beautiful boat with performance and handling that are sure to impress. The boat is thoughtfully designed and full-featured, but the ride stood out as one of its best qualities. The modern boating market is filled with stiff competition coming from all directions. However, with its dedication to luxury, quality and innovation, Tiara continues to bring new models like the 43 LS to the waterways every year and keeps the boatbuilder well ahead of the pack. Whether underway, anchored up or entertaining, the new Tiara Sport 43 LS makes it easy and fun to seize the day. ★

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No new boat this year? Then how about some amazing new toys for you and the boat you already have? Lakeland Boating traveled to the biggest marine accessories show in the world to bring you this sneak peek at all the great new gear you’ll see in the chandleries this season. BY CRAIG RITCHIE

APPAREL THE DRY ZONE Apparel manufacturer Zhik took advantage of the world’s biggest boating stage to unveil its all-new Apex range of jackets, shorts and pants, all made from a highly breathable, two-layer waterproof fabric with fully taped seams. The jacket features an adjustable hood, a high offshore collar, two large utility pockets, a chest pocket and fleece-lined hand warmers to ward off the early season chill. Pair it with matching Apex salopettes, pants or shorts made from the same fabric and you’ll be dry and warm throughout the entire boating season. (ZHIK.COM)

COME BACK HERE Kiama sunglasses from Barz Optics float when — not if — they get dropped in the water thanks to air cells built right into the frame. Fitted with a back strap for use in extreme conditions like sailing, jetskiing, waterskiing, windsurfing or wakesurfing, the glasses will stay in place no matter how many bumps you hit. Choose from amber or grey polarized lenses to suit your taste. (BARZOPTICS.COM) HAVE WE MET BEFORE? If something about the Mullion Eco Life Jacket strikes you as being vaguely familiar, it might be because it’s made from recycled plastic bottles. That’s right, that soda bottle you enjoyed last year gets a whole new life — and as a real-life action hero no less. The reclaimed plastic fiber gives the jacket exceptional strength while maintaining a lightweight, open design for great ventilation. Easy to use and rapidly deployable in an emergency, it keeps you safe and is good for the environment. (MULLION-PFD.COM)

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS Mustang Survival won a coveted METS design award for its new Callan waterproof jacket and salopette set. Said to be the lightest-weight jacket and salopette on the market, the Callan line offers maximum waterproof protection and breathability, coupled with a comfortable, high-stretch design that makes it ideal for inshore activities that demand high flexibility. (MUSTANGSURVIVAL.COM)


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ike most of us, I can’t resist a trip to a boat show, even though I have absolutely no intention of springing for a new ride any time soon. Instead, I go to see all the new accessories because, like most boaters, I’m a helpless gear junkie. There’s always something that catches my eye, whether it’s a big-ticket item, like a new radar set, or something simple, like a spiffy rain suit. I get the thrill of shopping without the thrill of new debt, while still scratching my boating itch in the depths of winter. And that’s why I travel to the Netherlands every November to visit the biggest show of them all. METSTRADE is the largest marine equipment trade show on earth — so big that it’s the place where the boatbuilders and the product distributors that your local store buys its inventory from all go to do their shopping. The show is off limits to the public, but they do admit media, and Lakeland Boating was there. Here’s just a sample of what you can expect to see this year at boat shows and marina chandleries.

SAFETY GEAR NOW THAT’S REVEALING One of the biggest hits of METSTRADE was Raymarine’s new M364C marine thermal camera system. Although high-resolution thermal cameras have been around for a few years, the M364C uses all-new Color Thermal Vision (CTV) technology that allows boaters to see critical color information on the thermal camera image for the first time. That means instead of facing the traditional monochrome screen, we can now clearly see essentials like colored navigation lights and illuminated navigation aids. That’s a big plus because, let’s face it, slamming into a shoal because you were on the wrong side of the marker never ends well. The camera works with most Raymarine multifunction displays, so it’s a potential retrofit upgrade to existing cameras. (R AYMARINE.COM) BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW Also touting safety, Mercury Marine unveiled its brand-new 1st Mate kit, which it describes as the world’s first engine-integrated Man Overboard (MOB) system. 1st Mate can keep track of up to eight passengers at once, who each wear a wristwatch- type wearable called a FOB. If someone falls over the side and the radio signal from their FOB is broken, 1st Mate will either sound an alarm or automatically shut off the engine. It can also be set up to automatically send notifications to emergency contacts if you go overboard while out alone. As an added benefit, Mercury notes that 1st Mate doubles as an effective anti-theft device, since the engine won’t start if the FOBs are out of range. As long as you remember to bring them home with you instead of leaving them in the boat, that’s a sweet bonus that gives the product an even greater value. (MERCURYMARINE.COM) ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP Garmin won a METSTRADE design award with its all-new GPSMAP 86i handheld GPS, described as a compact, easy-to-use backup navigator. What sets this little guy apart is that it includes InReach satellite communication capability so you can also use it to send and receive two-way text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an interactive SOS to get emergency help via the global Iridium satellite network. Its water-resistant, floating design, sunlight-readable 3-inch display and simple button operation provide ease of use out on the water — which means a lot if you lose power miles from shore and have no other way to call for help. (GARMIN.COM)

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HERE I AM ACR Electronics used METSTRADE to unveil its ResQLink View, said to be the only buoyant Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) designed using input and feedback from actual rescue survivors. A new digital display shows its exact status for peace of mind, while infrared and LED strobe lights assist rescuers with and without night vision goggles. With multiple mounting options and customized skins, the PLB has a multi-constellation GNSS receiver for faster location download. (ACR ARTEX.COM) EVERYONE NEEDS ONE Overall winner of the 2019 METSTRADE design awards, the U SAFE is a super buoyant life-saving device that renders the old floating ring and throw line completely obsolete. Remote-controlled and self-propelled, the U SAFE zips quickly across the water to lend support to a person in need faster than anything else on the market, according to its maker, and without any concern over being able to throw it far enough or accurately enough to be of use. Making its world debut at METSTRADE, the U SAFE was truly the talk of the show. (USAFE-GLOBAL.COM)

JUST BRILLIANT IDEAS WHAT GOES DOWN CAN ALSO GO UP We’ve all seen hydraulic swim platforms that lower into the water. But what about a platform that can also go up? The Ascender from H+B Tecnics is a segmented platform-step-lift that provides all of the benefits of a submersible platform, while pulling double-duty as an entry platform that can be raised at the touch of a button for safer and easier boarding from raised dock surfaces. Best of all, it works with either inboard or outboard power. The company is looking to partner with boatbuilders, but hinted that it may offer the platform as a retrofit in the future. We’ll keep you posted. (H-BTECHNICS.COM) POSITIVE TRIM Trim tabs have long been the key to improving time-to-plane, correcting for uneven weight distribution, and improving speed, fuel efficiency and overall boat performance. Yet many boaters remain baffled by tabs and have never bothered to learn how to use them properly. Dometic Marine raised more than a few eyebrows this year with what it calls its Smart Trim Tab System. Part of the fuss comes from its trim tab system being completely automatic — to the point that the system not only provides automated trim tab positioning, it can even adapt on the fly to correct for any changes in boat speed or running attitude. But the biggest buzz was around Dometic’s unique rotary dial controller, which is hands-down the easiest and most intuitive we’ve ever seen. Where trim tabs have traditionally used two toggle switches — one to control the tab on each side of the boat — Dometic uses a little wheel that you simply rotate to correct the trim. It’s as simple as turning the dial in the direction you want the boat’s deck to go. If you want to raise the port side, for example, simply turn the dial to the right until things level out. The farther you turn the dial, the greater the effect. (DOMETIC.COM) GET A GRIP Ever try to clean algae or other debris from the side of a boat that’s in the water? Whether you’re in the water or sitting alongside in a dinghy, pressing to scrub harder simply pushes you away from the boat. If only the hull had handles! >> 44

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Well, now it does. The YachtGrabber is an innovative suction cup with an ingenious design that allows it to be operated with one hand, making it a breeze to work all around the boat and get the job done in a fraction of the time. The YachtGrabber has no metal parts that can scratch or mar gelcoat finishes, and it floats, so that you won’t lose it when you drop it. Brilliant. (FENDER-DESIGN.COM) FLAT FENDERS Foam flooring manufacturer SeaDek enters the 2020 boating season with a new line of fenders featuring a flat design for easier onboard storage. Dek Defenders utilize 50 mm of closed cell foam for durable boat protection, and feature a honeycomb embossed surface pattern and laser etched SeaDek logo. Each fender includes two colors, a 5 mm surface color on each side of the fender and a 40 mm middle color in the following combinations: Storm gray/ black, Bimini blue/white, storm gray/white and mocha/black. Available in small (20 x 8 x 2 inches) and medium (24 x 12 x 3 inches) sizes to fit a range of boats, each fender includes a ¼-inch braided rope and a Velcro strap to accommodate horizontal linking and other docking needs. (SEADEK.COM) THE STRONG, SILENT TYPE GeigerTec Marine attracted a lot of attention with its new Extreme articulated mount for electronics. Capable of securely holding enormous MFDs steady in even rough water, the Extreme mount starts off as a 7-pound block of aluminum, which is carefully CNC-machined for a precise fit and finish. Featuring five axes of movement, once locked in place it holds MFDs as steadily as if they were screwed into granite. It comes with a stainless steel gimbal mounting kit, a helicoiled base and fully anodized components. (GEIGERTECMARINE.COM) NO MORE BUMPED HEADS Seldén’s E40i electric winch is built around a powerful but compact electric motor, which is housed completely within the winch drum, allowing the E40i to be installed wherever it’s needed — including right on cabin roofs without compromising head room below. With only three thin cables protruding through the roof or the deck, there’s no need for large cutouts and no external motor or gearbox gets in the way. (SELDENMAST.COM) SEE YOU AGAIN Blue Ocean dock line from Marlow Ropes is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. A first in the boating industry, this premium dock line is constructed entirely from plastic water bottles that have been recycled and processed into polyester yarn. Talk about a double whammy — the Blue Ocean lines are not only made from recycled materials, they can also be recycled themselves at the end of their life. (MARLOWROPES.COM) GET SMART The Scrubbis DipDeck Brush is an EcoSmart 2-in-1 deck brush with an integral water supply so you don’t have to keep dipping it over the side. Simply fill the container by dipping the DipDeck brush into the water just once, or use a water hose. The water flows out through the brush to get rid of grime fast, and simultaneously protects the deck against scratching. Best of all, the bottle folds flat for storage when not in use. (SCRUBBIS.SE) ★

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The Power of Story The Eastland Disaster Historical Society opens a thrilling new chapter.

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undreds of people gather in a concrete amphitheater along a stretch of Chicago’s Riverwalk, between Clark and LaSalle streets, that has become hallowed ground. It’s Saturday, July 25, 2015, and they are here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Eastland disaster. A century before, on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, the 265-foot SS Eastland and five other excursion steamers were ready to carry 7,000 Western Electric Company workers with their families and friends from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana, for its annual company picnic. At 7:28 a.m., with more than 2,500 people aboard, the Eastland suddenly rolled onto her port side and came to rest on the river bottom. Hundreds were trapped belowdeck. Others were crushed by falling debris or drowned in their waterlogged picnic clothes. In a matter of minutes, 844 people lost their lives.

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At the conclusion of the anniversary ceremony, Ted Wachholz from the Eastland Disaster Historical Society (EDHS) invites guests to take the petals of 844 white roses and scatter them on the river in memory of those who perished. Hundreds make their way to the edge of the Riverwalk. A family from Minnesota releases their petals, calling out the name of their relatives — three sisters who boarded the ship that morning, eager for a rare day of frivolity, but never came home. The petals touch the surface of the cold water, and ripples begin to drift outward. The girls’ names ring out. Nearby, another family pauses, stunned. Passion becomes a mission Although Ted Wachholz was born and raised in the greater Chicagoland community of Elgin, Illinois, he didn’t learn about the Eastland disaster until he

started dating his wife, Barbara Decker. Her grandmother, Borghild “Bobbie” Aanstad, was a survivor. “The wreck happened just four days short of her 14th birthday,” Wachholz says. “I was fortunate to know her; she was the first one on the dance floor when we got married. She died in 1991, five days after her 90th birthday, and my great regret is that I never sat her down and asked detailed questions about her experience.” Wachholz says he became ensconced in the Eastland story when he read George Hilton’s 1995 book “Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic.” He realized how few people knew about the ship itself, much less those who perished aboard her. “By 1997 to 1998, the story was already becoming obscure,” he notes. “There were still survivors who could give their testimonies; we’d missed an opportunity with Nana, but we thought, maybe we could still do something.

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So together with Barb’s sister, Susan Decker, we formed the Eastland Disaster Historical Society in late 1998.” The trio had no idea where this new path might lead, but within a matter of months, people began contacting the fledgling nonprofit. That trickle would become a flood. “We were confident there was a large market when we started,” Wachholz says. “The demand and interest turned out to be everything we envisioned and more.” Most people who reach out to EDHS have family connections to the Eastland disaster, although Wachholz says they also do frequently hear from historians, students and even paranormal investigators. The family connections are of the utmost importance. “We focus on the people, not the ship,” he explains, “because the most compelling way to engage with history is through stories.”

The Eastland tragedy involved more than just passengers and crew. It touched many thousands of people, from firefighters and first responders to divers and welders. And it affected their families. For those families, the wreck was a seminal moment, a twist of fate that would alter the course of their own lives and create powerful stories that would survive the century to come. For 21 years, EDHS has been dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing those stories for future generations. A sea change is coming The EDHS team expected to run the nonprofit organization for 25 years and then look for a succession plan. About two years ago, however, Wachholz says he felt the time had come to start the conversation. “Barb and I have two children, and while they’ve volunteered for us, they’re not interested in running a nonprofit,” he says.

“We weren’t prepared to do this for another 20 years, so we met with the board.” Together, the founders, board of directors and their many supporters worked on devising possible scenarios to ensure EDHS’s survival. The number of people whose families were impacted by the Eastland disaster would only continue to grow with every passing year, and they couldn’t envision simply shutting down, depriving descendants of access to valuable historical resources. “Our challenge was that there’s no one else out there doing what we do,” Wachholz observes. “EDHS is unique, so how does one organization take it all on?” Fortunately, they found a brilliant solution. Instead of handing off the entire organization, they would split it into three pieces: Historical documents and records; EDHS’s small collection of artifacts; and the organization’s brand, website, correspondence and educational programs.

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That split opened doors In August 2019, Wachholz announced that the venerable Newberry Library would take on EDHS’s historical archives, including the family histories and photos provided by thousands of families across the country. The archives also include historical records from entities such as the Cook County Coroner’s Office, the Red Cross and the Western Electric Company. “This is beyond our wildest dreams,” Wachholz says. “For 21 years, we’ve operated more as a genealogy society than a historical society, and this collection of archives doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. “When we met with the Newberry Library archivists, they saw our collection as one of a kind, and they were so enthusiastic about what we’ve done,” he continues. “We never expected that. We’re still struggling 48

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with their reaction, to be honest, because we were so blown away.” The Chicago Maritime Museum will manage EDHS’s collection of artifacts and reference books, guaranteeing that Eastland families and the general public will have access to those items in perpetuity. Six other museums in the Great Lakes region also will receive important items from the collection, including the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, the Hawthorne Works Museum at Morton College in Cicero and the Old Lighthouse Museum in Michigan City, Indiana. Finally, the Chicago Genealogical Society will ensure a forever home for the EDHS name, brand, website, correspondence and educational programs. Wachholz recently joined the society’s board of directors, and he says he’s looking forward to serving.

“Their mission fits so well with ours,” he reports, “and they were as excited as the Newberry was. They were giddy in our meetings, and those are moments in time that we’ll never forget.” Wachholz says he and his family never could have imagined that such iconic institutions would take an interest in their family-run nonprofit. “We’re a small family operation with a home office,” he marvels. “Not only will these organizations preserve what EDHS has built, they’ll evolve it to be even bigger and better. Our work will be elevated through theirs. We’re absolutely on cloud nine.” Keeping connections alive More than half of the people who uncover Eastland family connections find them through EDHS. For their sakes, Wachholz says he is deeply grateful that


EDHS will never have to turn off the lights and close the doors. “It’s indescribable, how that feels,” he says. “We’ve built this to a point where three iconic Chicago institutions want to continue what we started, and we won’t have to disappoint those with whom we built relationships.” Indeed, countless families have entrusted EDHS to keep their stories safe because, for them, the Eastland’s memory will never fade. Consider the case of the Kotovsky family. Three sisters boarded the Eastland on July 24, 1915: Rosalli (Rose), Johanna and Elizabeth Kotovsky. Only Elizabeth would survive that terrible day. When her third-great-grandchildren were born a couple of years ago, the twin girls were given very special names — Elinor Rose and Juliet Johanna — in memory of the girls who were lost.

In some cases, thanks to the generosity of the Eastland families, EDHS was able to save more than stories. One family bequeathed a set of wedding bands, a tangible connection to unimaginable sorrow three generations before. The bands belonged to Edward and Anna Zobac. Edward was a Western Electric machinist, and he and his wife decided to enjoy the company picnic on July 24, 1915. They died when the Eastland capsized at her dock, leaving their two young children, Violet and Harold, without parents. “They are priceless, these artifacts and memories,” Wachholz says. “They keep the connection alive. Can you imagine not having resources for the families? The Eastland affected tens of thousands of people in 2015, and that number is in the millions now. How could we shut down after 20 years knowing those ripples are still expanding?

“Our fears have gone away and we couldn’t be happier,” he continues. “We’re happy, most of all, for the public. What we’ve created will carry on.” And the stories endure In the heart of downtown Chicago, as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unbearable tragedy, a family from Idaho hears the names of three sisters who were lost forever when the Eastland capsized at her dock. They turn to the family from Minnesota. We too lost three members of our family, they say. Three sisters, with the same names. The two families discover they have more than the Eastland in common. They learn they are related, all part of one family, forever changed a century ago. As they talk, the rose petals are forgotten. But the ripples continue to spread and the stories live on. H

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ON THE Point Pelee National Park

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With great shopping, a burgeoning culinary scene, first-rate boating facilities and one of Canada’s top national parks at the southernmost tip of mainland Ontario, it’s little wonder that Leamington is such a beloved port of call for boaters in the know.

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to know where to begin when you’re “On the 42.”

Boaters in the know can’t help but smile any time they hear that curious expression, which refers to the location of Leamington, Ontario — a charming port of call on western Lake Erie’s Canadian shoreline, which just happens to lie smack-dab on the 42nd parallel. Find yourself “On the 42” and you’re having a very good day, since the Leamington area just happens to be among the most fascinating destinations on the Great Lakes. Located at the base of Point Pelee, the enchanting town of Leamington sits at the same approximate latitude as Chicago, Boston, Rome and Barcelona. While Leamington may not match its latitude line neighbors in terms of population, with just under 28,000 full-time residents, it does emulate the big towns in drawing visitors from all over the map on the strength of its own magical charms. That includes laying claim to having the southernmost point of mainland Canada within its boundaries, as the municipality of Leamington includes adjacent Point Pelee and its namesake National Park. First settled around 1835, Leamington prospered as a commercial center on the strength of a bustling logging industry, shipping prime timber from mighty oaks, maples and beech trees to buyers all over the Great Lakes. The community grew quickly, opening its first post office in 1854, established a stagecoach service to Windsor in 1860, and incorporating as a village in 1874. A number of commercial docks sprung up all across the Leamington waterfront, allowing lumber companies to more easily transport their goods to market. Other ships hauled away cargoes of fish, including large quantities of sturgeon, which were, as often as not, speared from the very same docks at night.

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Farming soon came to displace forestry as the region’s dominant industry, with the mild climate proving ideal for growing fruit — tomatoes in particular. By 1908, tomatoes had become such an important crop that the Highbury-Canco company established a processing factory and cannery in Leamington. The plant — which gave the town its pleasant and distinct tomato smell — was subsequently acquired by H. J. Heinz to produce ketchup and baby food. Heinz remained the largest employer in town for decades, until shifting business priorities led the company to consider closing the plant in 2014. In the end, the plant was sold rather than closed — ironically, right back to its original owner, Highbury-Canco. Today it still produces tomato juice and other tomato products for a number of buyers, Heinz included. 52

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The French have a saying — Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — which roughly translates as, “The more that things change, the more they stay the same.” That’s a fairly adept description for Leamington, since for all of the change that this town has seen over the generations, at its core it has always remained the same — a wonderful, vibrant community with all sorts of amazing things to do.

GETTING THERE

If nothing else, Leamington is incredibly easy to find from the water. Set a course for Point Pelee, aiming for the point’s base on the western side. Seriously, directions don’t come much easier than that. For the most part, the approach into Leamington is fairly straightforward and hazard-free. When approaching from the southeast, it’s a good idea

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Top 5 Leamington Must-Dos 1 Head to Armando’s for incredible pizza baked the traditional way in an authentic stone oven. 2 Watch the sunset from the beach on Point Pelee. Plenty of places claim the best sunsets, but this is really tough to beat. 3 Hit the Sweet Retreat for ice cream with 32 flavors to choose from, including sugar-free, dairyfree and vegan options.

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to follow the well-marked Pelee Passage to avoid some shallower areas between Pelee Island and the tip of the point. Once clear of Grubb Reef, which lies immediately west of the tip, you enter what is locally known as Pigeon Bay, offering a clear approach with 30-foot depths all the way to the Leamington harbor entrance channel. Stick to the channel as you arrive to avoid some submerged cribs situated not far off the main passage. When approaching from the southwest, watch for several smaller islands that lie to the west of Pelee Island. Once you clear them, you enter Pigeon Bay and continue north into Leamington. Regardless of which direction you approach from, keep an eye peeled for the Pelee Island ferries, which pass between the island and the mainland on a regular schedule from April through

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December. Note that ferries run between Pelee Island and Leamington from April through the end of July, then between the island and Kingsville, a neighboring community just west of Leamington with a deeper harbor, from August to December. As a municipality with its main street ending in water, it should come as no surprise that Leamington’s facilities for visiting boaters are top-shelf. With 292 slips, the Leamington Municipal Marina serves resident and transient vessels from PWCs to luxury yachts over 75 feet in length. Floating docks on a state-of-the-art pier system are equipped with municipal water, electricity and Wi-Fi, with all slips fully serviced and protected from Lake Erie by an outer breakwall. Additional features include overnight security, a boater’s lounge, laundry facilities, 24-hour showers, gated dock areas

4 Take a side trip to Pelee Island and spend the day exploring, with a stop at the Pelee Island Winery pavilion to refuel and rehydrate. 5 Drop a line anywhere off Leamington and enjoy some of the very best smallmouth bass fishing on the planet. The rockier bottom around Pelee Passage is a top spot.

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and a large pavilion with an outdoor patio that’s available to all guests. They also sell gas and diesel and offer sanitary pump-out facilities. The marina serves as home base to the Leamington Yacht Club, which, as part of the Interlake Yachting Association, offers reciprocal privileges for members of other recognized clubs. They’re a friendly bunch who operate a series of races and social events throughout the year. A promenade that extends from the marina to the Historic Leamington Dock provides a nice backdrop for a morning stroll, as well as convenient access to the Pelee Island ferry in season.

SEE AND DO

There’s lots to see and do in Leamington, starting by exploring its interesting shopping district and vibrant downtown. That includes a wide range of specialty shops like Pelee Wings, a unique boutique that caters to the thousands of birdwatchers who descend on the area each year to follow the spring and fall migrations. Other shops offer handcrafted items, vintage clothing and antiques. For a special kind of retail therapy, make a point of visiting the Mill Street Night Markets. Hosted underneath twinkling Edison lights along Leamington’s newly reinvented Mill Street, these monthly markets, hosted from May through November, really do offer something for everyone. Once you’ve satisfied your shopping bug, head uptown to the Leamington Arts Centre. Located in one of the town’s unique heritage buildings, the Arts Centre presents up to 40 exhibitions each year, along with a wide range of artist markets, arts and crafts shows, film nights and educational arts

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No visit to the area is complete without a stop on Pelee Island, a 16-square-mile slice of paradise that represents the southernmost populated area in Canada, with about 200 year-round residents. The island has long been used for vineyards and wine making. Grapes were first planted here in 1860 and results were good, with at least one Pelee Island vintage earning a gold medal at a blind tasting held in Paris in 1878. But the impacts of two world wars and the Great Depression hurt the winery; it died out by the 1940s, but was revived half a century later by the Pelee Island Winery and once again produces award-winning vintages. Farming — mainly grapes but also fruits and vegetables — remains the principal economic activity on Pelee Island today. Located in the North Bay of Pelee Island, Scudder Marina offers all the essentials for day trips or overnight stays. Bring your bikes, because they’re by far the easiest way to get around. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles from ComforTech Bike Rentals (PELEEBIKERENTAL.COM), including e-bikes, tandems and kid’s bikes to help the whole family see it all. They even provide maps, helmets and advice on where to go and what not to miss. Explore Pelee (EXPLOREPELEE.COM) also offers bike rentals and guided motor tours. While you’re on the island, take the 100 Gateways audio tour, which you can rent from the Heritage Centre. History buffs will want to check out the original 1833 lighthouse that was once used to guide sailors through Pelee Passage. Wherever you travel, watch for ringnecked pheasants — they’re everywhere on the island. The annual late-fall pheasant hunt is a Pelee Island tradition going back to at least the mid-19th century.

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programs — all free of charge. They also offer art classes and sell art supplies, so you may very well visit Leamington and discover your inner Vermeer. Or check out the Heritage Centre, operated by the Essex Kent Mennonite Historical Society. That’s where you’ll find a number of curious artifacts, including photographs, documents, books, magazines, journals, and a wide range of personal and household items related to the local Mennonite community. Beyond providing a fascinating look at the history of the Leamington area, it provides interesting insight into the Mennonite society. For something with more horsepower, the Canadian Transportation Museum showcases classic, antique and vintage vehicles from the 19th and 20th centuries, from horse-drawn wagons to contemporary race cars. Even if you’re not much of a car nut, a stop here can’t help but raise a smile as you browse the diverse collection of hot rods, cabriolets, roadsters, convertibles, tractors, wagons, motorcycles, penny farthings and all sorts of other things on wheels. Prefer to play the ponies? Place your bets at Leamington Raceway. Operated by the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association, the Raceway serves up fast action with live harness racing every Sunday in August, September and October. Thanks to the efforts of the local tourism authority and the Leamington BIA, there’s something happening in Leamington every weekend during the summer. One thing you won’t lack is entertainment, between regular concerts on the pier and the Music OnThe42 summer concert series at the Seacliff Park Amphitheatre. Every Saturday evening, the series presents free concerts featuring national and local bands of all genres.

OnThe42 summer concert series

BON APPETITE

After working up an appetite touring about town, you’ll be pleased to learn that Leamington is also home to a burgeoning culinary scene. For a smaller town, the variety of outstanding restaurants here is surprising, to say the least, in both number and style. Whether your tastes run to Italian, Mexican, Salvadorian, Portuguese, Caribbean, Lebanese, Greek, Mennonite, Vietnamese or American, you’ll find something to tempt your palate and leave you feeling positively stuffed. October 2019 saw the launch of the inaugural Flavours on the 42 Food Festival, which proved so popular that there is already talk of not only making it an annual event, but also of possibly adding a spring fling. Not surprisingly, most of the restaurants focus on locally sourced natural ingredients. Leamington has always been blessed with an abundance of incredible produce — and not just tomatoes. Today, local farms grow peppers, cucumbers, roses and flowers for eager buyers throughout North America. Most of these crops are now grown in greenhouses rather than in open fields, allowing a year-round harvest. You see greenhouses everywhere; Leamington actually boasts the largest concentration of commercial greenhouses in all of North America, with nearly 2,000 acres under glass. That’s more than half of the total greenhouse capacity of the entire U.S. and Canada combined. You have to give credit to the farmers here who have figured out that being able to grow top-notch produce year-round isn’t just good business sense, it ensures that their own restaurant visits will be rewarding regardless of the season.

Greenhouse Grow-Ops

Leamington’s rich history of agriculture includes far more than just growing tomatoes. With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, some local greenhouses have shifted focus from vegetables to marijuana. One of these operations — Aphria Inc., which is traded on the TSX and NYSE — is now the largest employer in the region, with more than 30 acres of grass under glass.

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Of course, good food is nothing without good wine, and the combination of the mild climate moderated by Lake Erie and the rich soils around Leamington creates excellent growing conditions for grapes. Nearly 20 wineries in the area — officially designated as the Lake Erie North Shore appellation by the Ontario Wine Appellation Authority — produce excellent cool-climate varietals based on French and German grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Riesling. This includes the world-renowned Pelee Island Winery, Canada’s most southerly estate winery and winner of multiple international awards in blind tastings. By far, the best way to sample some of the local wines is to take a wine tour. Grape Vine Tours (GRAPEVINETOURS.CA) will pick you up right at the marina and take care of the driving, leaving you to taste and enjoy to your heart’s content. Because some of the wineries are located farther away from the docks than what some might consider reasonable cycling range, this is a terrific option — plus it makes it a whole lot easier to bring a few bottles back to the boat. For those who prefer craft beer or whiskey, Grape Vine also offers brewery and distillery tours as well.

THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

Because Canadians hold summer precious, there’s always some sort of festival or special event throughout the warmer months. One event you won’t want to miss is the Artisan’s Market held on the first weekend of each month at the Mill Street Market. It’s a lot of fun, with

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FOR THE BIRDS

While its agricultural heritage remains an integral part of Leamington’s fabric today, without question the town’s biggest attraction is Point Pelee and its namesake Point Pelee National Park — the smallest yet most ecologically diverse national park in Canada. Point Pelee is a cone-shaped peninsula of land, consisting mainly of marsh and woodlands, that tapers to a sharp point as it extends a little over nine miles into Lake Erie. Established in 1918, Point Pelee was the first national park in Canada to be established specifically for wildlife conservation. Today, Pelee enjoys an international reputation as one of the greatest places on earth to watch migrating birds, with more than 300 different species passing through the area each spring and fall thanks to its position at the confluence of two key migration routes: The Atlantic and Mississippi flyways. In spring, from May 1 to 20, the annual Festival of Birds provides an excellent opportunity to see more than 100 species of migrating birds in a single day. Autumn is even busier, as the birds are joined by swarms of monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. Getting to the park couldn’t be easier, as a waterfront cycle path runs from downtown Leamington right to the entry gate, passing the marina on its way. From downtown to the park gate is just a 10-minute bike ride. There is an

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some truly impressive crafts for sale. But don’t think for a second that this is just another small-town flea market; on summer holiday weekends, the Leamington Artisan’s Market has been known to attract as many as 10,000 visitors — and that’s not a typo. This is an artisan’s market on a grand scale, with quality to match. For more than 170 years, the Leamington District Agricultural Society Fair, typically held over the third week of June, presents a dazzling array of arts, crafts, livestock and food in classic County Fair style. The midway is particularly impressive, with a full complement of rides and games, including a wildly popular demolition derby. Arts @ The Marina, presented by the South Essex Arts Association in collaboration with the Leamington Arts Centre, is a delightful outdoor arts and crafts show held in late June, conveniently right at the Leamington Marina. Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2020, the event runs on an “admission by donation” policy with dozens of arts and crafts exhibitors, live local music, food, local wine and spirits.


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excellent cycling trail in the park itself, making it possible to ride from your dock all the way to the tip of the point. You can also simply take a cab or Uber from the marina docks. Park staff operate a vehicle train that takes passengers from the visitor center all the way to the tip, allowing even those with mobility challenges to enjoy all the park has to offer. For those looking to stretch their legs after a few days on the boat, Point Pelee National Park also offers excellent hiking trails, including an iconic wooden boardwalk that provides the best views of the marsh while protecting it from ecological damage. To explore the vast marshes from the water, you can rent a kayak from May through October, or take a guided tour with a park naturalist in a huge warrior canoe appropriately named the Cattail Cruiser. Visit in spring and you’ll be in for a visual and fragrant treat in the form of millions of blooming wildflowers. Wildflower Walks led by park interpreters explore this unique expanse of Carolinian forest and help visitors learn to identify the different blossoming wildflowers. Looking for something more sparkly? Its position jutting nine miles into Lake Erie makes Point Pelee equally popular with astronomers, providing exceptionally clear views devoid of ancillary light pollution. Whether you’re a serious star-gazer or just someone who likes to ponder the universe as the sun sets on the horizon, Point Pelee offers some of the grandest views anywhere. Prefer to go for a swim? The park is also home to some of the longest continuous natural beaches on Lake Erie, some with change rooms, washrooms and picnic areas. If you’re more into diving than swimming, the Pelee Passage between the Point and Pelee Island offshore boasts the highest density of shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes — an unhappy statistic attributed to treacherous reefs, unforgiving late-season storms and once-heavy ship traffic. Many wrecks feature unique and remarkable archaeological features that are largely undiscovered. That’s just a tiny sample of what lies in wait On the 42. With its exceptional shopping, dining, events and natural attractions, the toughest part about any trip to Leamington has always been — and remains — deciding just where to begin. ★

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ADDRESS 16180 Highland Dr. Spring Lake, MI 49456 SPECS Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 4 full, 2 half Square Footage: 9,005 Acreage: 1.24 Shoreline: 118 feet Price: $3,850,000 CONTACTS Sandi Gentry RE/MAX Lakeshore 616-935-1150 SANDIGENTRY.COM

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tep inside this 9,000-square-foot lakefront estate and you’ll quickly realize that it was designed with the future in mind: Future family gatherings on the lakeside patio; future toasts of freshly corked vintages in the 2,200-bottle wine cellar; future dinner parties, prepared in the commercial-grade kitchen; and, inevitably, future aging, as evidenced by thoughtful details like the spacious elevator, wide doorways and fully equipped guest quarters. “The home is contemporary but not ultra-modern in nature,” the homeowners say, who built the Spring Lake home in 2008. “When people come to visit, the most common word they use is ‘warm.’” Upon entry into the grand foyer, you’ll also notice hand-scraped hardwood floors and a straight view out to the lake. An expanse of windows envelopes the front of the home, which boasts an open layout that allows homeowners to warm their feet by the great room’s wood-burning fireplace while having a

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n high school, Jeremy Goldstein took extra woodshop classes. That time he spent crafting has proven beneficial — he has been the owner of Custom Marine Inc. in Sandusky, Ohio, since 1994. Along with the extra woodshop classes, he also enrolled in a Marine Mechanics program at a vocational school, where he was allowed to bring in his own boat, a 20-foot Lyman, to practice on. “I combined my love of woodshop and boating and made a career out of it,” Goldstein says. From services like wooden boat restorations, fiberglass reconstruction and yacht interior renovations to custom-built boats and high-end joinery, Goldstein and his team at Custom Marine Inc. can build your vision. Need to modify your boat so you can fit a larger TV? They’ve done quite a few of those. Want your boat’s interior to have a fresh, new appearance or perhaps rearrange the floorplan to a more conducive layout for entertaining? They’ve done that, too.

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Wise Choice

My wife, Donna, and I both love the water. We met on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie and after four years of dating, we decided it was time to settle down and get married. That was 41 years ago. As newlyweds, we purchased — and still own — Wise Choice, our 1978 19-foot Chris-Craft Lancer. Then came three children. We spent many weekends and vacations cruising the Lake Erie Islands and endless hours at East Harbor beach with the kids. Then came the grandchildren, and to quote the line in the movie “Jaws,” we said: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” We found a 1973 23-foot Lancer project boat. My son-inlaw, John, and I spent the summer of 2018 making the project become reality with a new engine, trailer, etc., etc. Needless to say, John and I got to know each other quite well that summer. Wise Choice took first place in the Fiber Classics division of the ACBS Portage Lakes Boat Show and the 23 Lancer has won nothing. In fact, we have yet to name her. With all the sweat and toil getting the 23 to run again, instead of Wise Choice 2, John suggested the name Poor Decision; however, after a season of flawless operation, we will have to ADD YOUR BOAT! come up with something better than that. Email KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM if you have Classic Craft with a great story to share! —Bill Wise

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1978 19’ Chris-Craft Lancer.


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