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PURSUIT 0S 325 Fish in style, cruise in comfort. p. 24
MANITOU 25 LX
Clock 65 mph aboard this sporty pontoon boat! p. 28
THE GOAT YARD
This“hippie boatyard” is where sailors would play along the banks of the Detroit River. p. 32
PORT OF CALL
Two Harbors, MN: Don’t pass up a chance to visit this North Shore port packed with history. p. 36
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Boat Test: Pursuit OS 325
Don’t discount the little things. by Capt. Tom Serio .............................................................24
Boat Test: Manitou 25 LX
Disruption. by Chuck Warren .............................................28
Detroit’s Goat Yard: A Sailor’s Dream
Goat Yard Marine continues a Detroit sailing tradition of working hard at having fun. by Melissa Walsh ............................................................... 32
Port of Call: Two Harbors, MN
The Town That Time Forgot: Two Harbors, Minnesota, offers a nostalgic stay for pleasure boaters. by Felicia Schneiderhan ....................................................... 36
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From the Helm......................................................................... 4 Dock Box................................................................................... 6
Calendar ................................................................................... 8 Scuttle............................................................................................10 Great Gear ............................................................................ 14 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate................................................. 15 Beneath the Surface............................................................. 16
Electronics ............................................................................. 18 Safety First ............................................................................. 19
Boat Spotlights: Beneteau, Chaparral, Monterey, Ranger Tugs ................................................. 20 Lakeshore Life: Saugatuck, MI........................................... 42
Boat Biz: Great Lakes Cruising Club .............................. 44 Marine Marketplace ............................................................ 46 Classifieds .............................................................................. 63
Classic Craft ......................................................................... 64
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“Jack of all trades” is a cliché and overused saying, but when it comes to the Pursuit OS 325, that phrase is absolutely fitting. Fish in style, cruise in comfort and entertain in wide open spaces. This 34.5-footer can do it all. At first glance, it’s apparent that you’ll have great days searching for “the big one,” but step down below to the spacious cabin and you’ll realize it’s also perfectly suited for use as a family weekender.
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Lakeland BoatingyeaCelebrates rs 75th Anniversary!
t’s been 75 years since Lakeland Boating magazine — originally known as Lakeland Yachting and Motorboating — first opened up Y E AR S Y EA RS shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A lot has changed over more than seven decades, but one thing has remained the same: Our love of boating and promoting the boating lifestyle. We could not have continued creating this enduring publication withoutyears the LAKELAND BOATING support of our subscribers and advertisers throughout the decades. As much as this year is a celebration of our magazine, it’s also a celebration of our readers and supporters. If you’re a new or a longtime subscriber to One of the first issues of Lakeland Boating (formerly Lakeland Yachting) the magazine, we’d love to highlight some of your memories of the magazine over the next few issues. We want to hear your stories about how you used to read the magazine as a child, your favorite stories we’ve covered over the years, how our magazine helped you find the perfect boat, etc! Send us your stories to KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you have to embrace change and keep forward motion. Our team at Lakeland Boating will continue to share spectacular Great Lakes destinations, exciting new boats, tips for the amateur and experienced boaters alike, and be your go-to source for Great Lakes boating news. We can’t wait to see what this year holds! 1946
CONTRIBUTORS 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 40foot Sea Ray in the summer while winters are split between the West Michigan lakeshore and wherever his 33-foot motorhome takes him. Read his story on p. 28
Melissa lives on the shores of Lake St. Clair, the heartshaped lake nestled between the St. Clair and Detroit rivers. She is a lifelong powerboater and a sailboat racer since 2017. She enjoys dinghy racing and crewing on the North American 40 Fast Tango. Read her story on p. 32
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Felicia, her husband, Mark, and their three tsunamis explore Lake Superior aboard their 38-foot Marine Trader trawler, Mazurka. Their early live-aboard adventures are detailed in her memoir “Newlyweds Afloat.” You can read more of her work at FELICIASCHNEIDERHAN.COM. Read her story on p. 36
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SureShade Launches Three New Products for 2021 The innovative marine sunshade manufacturer SureShade will release three new shade options, available in early 2021. Designed specifically for boats under 26 feet, the PTX Power Shade is an affordable shade option that is easy to install on T-top tubes, hardtops or it can be integrated at the factory by boatbuilders. It extends 5 feet in less than 30 seconds. The flagship ATF Automated Boat Shade gains a new update with the Carbon Fiber Series. The Power Bimini is the automated shade system solution for pontoon and deckboats. The adjustable system fits boats from 92 to 102 inches wide and provides 10 feet of shade. To learn more, visit SURESHADE.COM.
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In late 2020, Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Action Power Sports began construction on a 20,000square-foot watercraft showroom, which will be used to showcase its inventory of Yamaha and Sea-Doo personal watercraft. ACTIONPS.COM
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2021 Cleveland Boat Show Reimagined For the first time in 64 years, the Cleveland Boat Show & Fishing Expo will reach Ohio’s boaters and anglers in totally new ways. The 2021 show, which takes place January 15-24, will be available virtually, as well as inperson at participating Ohio dealers. During the 10-day event, participating dealers will be holding special boat show hours in their showrooms while presenting special in-store activities and seminars on a variety of boating and fishing subjects. The dealers will also have discounted boat show prices on new boats and equipment. “We intend to make attending our 2021 boat show a fun experience, too, both online and in every
dealership,” says Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. “We’ll feature contests and activities for all ages. Boaters and anglers will be able to tour the online portion of the show and decide on the boats and dealers they want to visit during the 10-day show run. Then, they can head to those dealerships and climb aboard everything they want to explore in a safe, controlled setting, or visit the salesperson and dealership right from their phone or computer.” Plans for the return of the 2022 in-person boat show are already in the works. For more information, visit CLEVELANDBOATSHOW.COM.
Nick Harvey and Andy Lindsay Take on New Roles at Groupe Beneteau
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Two of Groupe Beneteau’s employees will now take on new roles within the company. It has announced that Nick Harvey — who has been in charge of Jeanneau and Prestige sales development in the Americas since 2014 — has been appointed brand director of the Four Winns and Wellcraft brands. Andy Lindsay, who was formerly the VP of sales for Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab, is now the Glastron and Scarab brand director. For more information, visit BENETEAU-GROUP.COM.
YANMAR Diesel To Power New Nautique Models
The performance and efficiency of a diesel engine has met its perfect partner: A wakesport boat. Marine engine manufacturer YANMAR has collaborated with wakesport boat manufacturer Nautique to release a premium YANMAR diesel package to the recreational wakesports industry. The YANMAR 8LV diesel is now the world’s first fully integrated diesel option in wakesport boats, available on the newly launched, next-generation 2021 model year Super Air Nautique G23 and G25. Benefits of this engine package include greater fuel efficiency, lower maintenance intervals, cleaner operation, and cost and time savings. For more information, visit YANMAR.COM or NAUTIQUE.COM.
Seven Marine Outboards To Be Retired
Back Cove Unveils New Outboard-Powered 39O
As the second outboard-model in its lineup, Back Cove’s brand-new 39O packs a punch with either double or triple outboard installations from 850 to 1,200 hp. Newly released performance numbers include a cruising speed of 34.5 mph, a range of over 300 nm and a top speed of 50.1 mph. The 39O’s cockpit offers plenty of lounging space, port and starboard transom gates, a U-shaped settee across from an aft-facing seat, and a central table for alfresco dining. A hardtop creates a fully enclosed helm deck. Other interior features include a galleyup design and side-by-side captain and mate seats. Below, a spacious owners’ cabin forward offers a queen-size island berth and private access to the head and shower. For the crew, two single beds in the guest cabin are well proportioned and comfortable. For more information, visit BACKCOVEYACHTS.COM.
Following Volvo Penta’s announcement of its ambitious goal to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050, the company revealed that its outboard development will be placed on hold. Volvo Penta will stop the sales and marketing of Seven Marine engines beginning January 1, 2021, and will phase out production of the engines once customer demand is met. The company will, however, continue to support the current outboard customer base by taking full warranty and parts responsibility for the products that are in the field. “We want to send a clear message,” says Volvo Penta President Heléne Mellquist. “Volvo Penta does foresee that the outboard segment will continue to be relevant for the marine leisure market, but we believe that the indisputable need to drive advancements in sustainable technology must be our main focus. This is why, for the time being, the exploration of new technology together with the development of our core business, such as Volvo Penta IPS and sterndrives, will be the center of our efforts.” For more information, visit VOLVOPENTA.COM.
Sailfish Boats Adds Nine Dealerships To Network Sailfish Boats says it has seen an immediate impact and growth spurt since the addition of Rob Parmentier as president & CEO and has since added nine new dealers to its dealership network. Two of the new Sailfish dealerships are Great Lakes-based Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, locations) and Needham’s Marine in Sarnia, Ontario. “Sailfish is not only a great addition to our current product offering but it also allows us to target and add new members to the Jefferson Beach family,” says Erik Krueger, Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales vice president. “The fishing is incredible around us up here in the Great Lakes. With the explosion of growth for center and dual console boats on freshwater, Sailfish fits our needs in an OEM and the customers’ needs in a boat!” For more information, visit SAILFISHBOATS.COM.
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2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Recap
While the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which took place October 28 to November 1, may have looked different than years past — including reduced capacity, wider walkways and mandatory masks — many attendees and exhibitors say the show was a success. As one of the only Fall 2020 U.S. boat shows to continue in-person as planned, the downsized Fort Lauderdale show had plenty of new boats on display. Here are a few of the boats that debuted at the event. BELIZE 54 DAYBRIDGE > This next-generation three-stateroom, two-head yacht has undergone an extensive refinement, including a new helm design, a larger and adjustable cockpit table, new lighting, a new propulsion package and more.
Belize 54 Daybridge
BENETEAU ANTARES 11 > This 36-foot, 4-inch family cruiser offers outboard power, a side swim platform that folds out into a “sea-view terrace,” and a singlelevel deck between the cockpit and the wheelhouse. BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 32 > Making use of the Flyer 10 deck plan, this boat marries the spirit of a large open boat with that of a comfortable hardtop. Other features include an expansive windshield, a full-beam cockpit and a bow sunbed for three people.
Beneteau Antares 11
CRUISERS YACHTS 42 GLS > Making its worldwide debut, the 42 GLS has dual beach doors, outboard power, a galley with raised wetbar, a spacious bow, an aft stateroom and a standing head shower — all in a 42-foot yacht. Beneteau Gran Turismo 32
JEANNEAU LEADER 12.5 > New for 2021, this 40-foot outboard cruiser has an entertainment island in the full cockpit galley; an ergonomic helm station with 360-degree views; a three-person lounge in the forward cockpit; and a standard fold-down terrace to port. JEANNEAU LEADER 10.5 SERIES 2 > Replacing the previous generation, this 35-footer features an all-new running surface, forward cockpit with three integrated chaise lounges, and a standard opening terrace to port. JEANNEAU NC 795 SERIES 2 > The NC 795 Series 2 is now available with a 250-hp outboard engine, a spacious U-shaped cockpit, oversized swim platforms and room for four to overnight.
Cruisers Yachts 42 GLS
PURSUIT S 428 > This brand-new center console is the largest Pursuit has ever built, as well as the most powerful and most spacious. The boat features quad Yamaha 425 XTO engines, the largest aft cockpit in its class, tons of fishing amenities and a huge hullside beach platform. Jeanneau Leader 12.5
RIVIERA 72 SPORTS MOTOR YACHT > The next-generation flagship yacht now offers greater range and speed, enhanced guest and crew accommodations, as well as innovative engineering and technology advances.
Riviera 50 SMY
RIVIERA 50 SPORTS MOTOR YACHT > The new 50 is remarkably spacious, offers a sports cockpit, an alfresco deck, an aft galley and a three-sided glass-enclosed flybridge with staircase access from the salon. The accommodation deck offers a full-beam master suite as the centerpiece of a three-stateroom, twin-head design.
Viking 54 Convertible
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SŌLACE BOATS 41CS CENTER CONSOLE > This brand-new model has a host of new features and employs a cutting-edge twin step hull and striking Stephen Dougherty design. The boat can be powered by triple or quad outboard engines. VIKING 54 CONVERTIBLE > The 54 presents a profile that’s unmistakably Viking, three staterooms, two heads, a 154-square-foot unobstructed cockpit, an open bridge and plenty of sportsfishing amenities.
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RIVIERA 64 SPORTS MOTOR YACHT > This all-new yacht offers an air-conditioned alfresco deck; an internal staircase that leads to the four-sided enclosed flybridge with its own rear deck; and an owner’s choice of three or four staterooms, including a full-beam master suite.
The Limestone Boat Company Relaunches Heritage Brand BUZZ
Monte Carlo Yachts To Factory Install Raymarine DockSense Alert
Monte Carlo Yachts will outfit its new MCY 76 Skylounge with the game-changing Raymarine DockSense Alert technology, making the builder the first in the industry to factory-install this system. DockSense Alert provides the yacht with intelligent object recognition and motion-sensing dock assistance, empowering captains to maneuver tight quarters and dock with confidence. Monte Carlo Yachts, the renowned Italian builder of award-winning motoryachts, is focused on delivering bespoke customer experiences with each model. Upon a customer request, Raymarine worked closely with Monte Carlo Yacht’s designers to craft a five-camera DockSense Alert solution that provides the MCY 76 Skylounge captain with unprecedented situational awareness. DockSense Alert provides smart audible and visible alerts to inform the captain when an object is close to the vessel, greatly simplifying the entire docking experience. For more information, visit R AYMARINE.COM/ DOCKSENSE.
Since the mid-1980s, Limestone boats have been built in the Great Lakes region, originally developed by designer Mark Ellis. Earlier this year, Scott Hanson, former head and lead designer at Rossiter Boats, acquired the branding rights and Limestone molds from Ellis and has now relaunched the heritage company as the Limestone Boat Company. Ellis will be involved in the evolution of the new model designs. “I’m excited and pleased to be part of the Limestone rejuvenation and to be working with Scott and his assembled team,” Ellis says. “Limestone has had an enthusiastic following of experienced owners over the last 35 years. It’s great that Scott and the new Limestone Boat Company will bring this brand forward and introduce it to a wider audience. I’m truly looking forward to its rebirth and evolution.” The revitalized lineup will include nine models: The L-290CD cuddy cabin; L-270CD cuddy cabin; L-250R runabout; L-200R runabout; L-200CC center console; L-170CC center console; L-170DC dual console; and the soon to be launched L-270DC and L-290DC. Select models will be available through the winter months, and the full lineup will be available by spring 2021. For more information, visit LIMESTONEBOATS.COM.
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Standard Horizon GX2400 VHF Radio
Be prepared for all your boating adventures with this VHF radio featuring AIS and a built-in integrated 66 channel GPS receiver. Whether you need to call a marina to book a slip or reach the Coast Guard in an emergency, this NMEA2000- and NMEA0183-compatible radio has you covered. Other features include a noise-canceling function; preset key that stores up to 10 favorite channels; DSC position request; man overboard operation; and more. $422.99 AT DEFENDER.COM
GREAT GEAR MUST-HAVE GOODIES AND GADGETS FOR EVERY BOATER
Add some peace of mind to your boat slip by installing a ShockAlarm, which silently and continuously monitors electrical current in the water to help protect swimmers from Electric Shock Drowning. Simply drop this floating alarm in the water and it works around the clock to alert you of stray electrical currents. If detected, the device will sound an alert and flash a warning light. $99.99 AT SHOCK ALARM.COM
Fusion Handheld Microphone
Make quick announcements on the go. With a simple squeeze of the trigger, this handheld microphone activates Playback Override to telemute and pause audio on compatible Fusion stereo systems. Features a built-in pre-amplification and a compact design that fits easily in the dash of the helm. Also boasts an IPX7 weather-resistant rating. $129.99 AT GARMIN.COM
YETI Boomer 8 Stainless Steel Dog Bowl
Now your pup can chow down wherever you adventure to! This ultra-durable, easy to clean dog bowl is built with 8/18 stainless steel that resists rust and is dishwasher safe. The BearFoot Non-Slip Ring keeps the bowl in place. Holds up to eight cups of food or water. Available in a variety of colors. Visit YETI’s website to customize your dog bowl with your pooch’s name. $49.99 AT YETI.COM
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ACR ResQLink 400 PLB
Enhance your safety while boating with this small but resilient personal locator beacon. In the event of an emergency, ResQLink easily and precisely sends for help. With three levels of signal technology, the PLB quickly relays your position to a worldwide network of search and rescue satellites. A built-in strobe and infrared strobe facilitate night or lowvisibility rescues. Does not require a subscription to use. $299.99 AT WESTMARINE.COM
Impact Landing Pad
Beach your boat with confidence. The Impact Beach Landing Pad is used to protect the hull of a boat when beaching up, especially on rocky shores. Pad measures 4.5 by 4 feet and comes with two cam straps and five pegs. Made of 32-ounce PVC-coated polyester that is extremely tough, puncture resistant and has impressive tear strength built into the layers. Available in nine colors, including blue, red, dark teal and black. $255 AT IMPACTFENDERS. COM
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Theft-proofing your boat.
hile thoughts of Black Beard or Captain Kid come to mind for many when yacht club tiki bar talk turns to marina theft and other such acts of waterborne skullduggery, I think of my childhood mentor, Sissaro Phillips. Boogerman (as he was affectionately known) was experiencing a rash of break-ins at the store of his small marina/bait shack while I was a live-aboard there back in the early ’80s. Best I recall, the worst they did was steal beer and eat all the moon pies and microwave burritos, but, nonetheless, it was a source of great botheration to ol’ Boogerman, who hit on a plan of action after the third break-in. He put a hand-written, cardboard sign in the window stating three nights out of the week he was waiting inside the store with a shotgun full of rock salt and that it was up to the burglars to guess which nights they were. Boat theft is on the rise. While most of us can’t keep a shotgun-toting vigilante onboard, there are simple, commonsense precautions every boat owner can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.
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Common sense precautions First off, never leave your keys onboard with the vessel unattended or, worse yet, leave the engine running while making that quick run into the marina store. You’ll also want to avoid leaving your boat unlocked and open when unattended. If you have to make it accessible for maintenance or repair personnel, provide a temporary access code (for boats with advanced security systems) or a combination padlock. Give the maintenance person the code or combination, then change it afterwards. Think like a thief Take a walk in a thief’s shoes and case your own boat during the day and at night. Is it in a dark, poorly lit section of the dock or marina? If so, you may want to relocate to another slip or ask the marina manager about additional lighting. Close all curtains and keep gear stored out of sight below decks, in locked compartments or better yet in your garage or other secure area. How hard would it be to break into your boat? Can all doors and hatches be secured? Inspect securing hardware, as well as the hatches and doors themselves. Are they robustly constructed or flimsy? Now’s the time to replace broken hardware, beef things up
ZigBoat is a 100% wireless remote monitoring and interactive system for your boat.
and replace screws with through-bolts and metal backing plates where possible — especially where hinge or hasp screws are exposed to the outside. Are you able to remove your boat’s hatch hinge pins from the outside? If so, make sure there’s a sufficient number of dogs to firmly secure the hatch (at least two and preferably four). Sliding glass doors and windows may have a wimpy latch of some sort, but simply placing a wooden dowel in the channel behind the glass is a great anti-theft measure. Never leave hatches partially open with the boat unattended — you may let in more than a little air. If you’re not getting sufficient airflow with everything secured, install more vents. Install a security system Installing a security system is another option that may be less expensive than you’d think. This is especially true as underwriters often allow sizable discounts to boaters having acceptable systems installed. There are a wide variety of security systems on the market today that are both easy to install and relatively inexpensive. One example is Glomex’s ZigBoat, a Wi-Fi-based system that provides wireless remote monitoring of your boat. When connected to the internet (via local Wi-Fi or the optional 3G USB dongle), ZigBoat sends real-time push notifications to your mobile device when critical events occur. The ZigBoat has unlimited sensor expandability, and a number of sensors are available to meet specific security or system monitoring needs. Options include intrusion and video surveillance, motion detection, smoke alarms, heat alarms and shore power availability. Battery life for the sensors is advertised as up to five years. Future sensor options include GPS, geofencing, bilge pump control, lighting control and anchor watch. Get insurance coverage Finally, making sure you have adequate insurance coverage is an essential part of your overall anti-boat theft strategy; however, don’t view it as a substitute for proper security measures. If a theft occurs, you might get some new gear out of the deal, but considering the downsides (higher premiums, increased deductibles, down time and aggravating paperwork), it’s best to prevent theft from occurring in the first place. That’s especially sage advice when considering that underwriters may cancel policies with a loss history. ★
The ZigBoat system allows users to remotely monitor and control onboard systems via a smartphone.
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Planning Ahead: Your 2021 Boating Life
lthough 2021 was still around the corner at press time, its energy was palpable as boaters contemplated what their next season might look like. Many hoped to purchase a brand-new vessel for the new year, but the COVID-era has led to skyrocketing demand, through-the-roof sales and ultimately low inventory. If you want a new boat, you’re likely facing a waiting list. If you want a new-to-you boat, as my own family does, they are hard to come by. In our case, we recently found two excellent candidates — and the boats were sold out from under us without even first right of refusal. For more than asking price, by the way. Who knew that boat sales could behave like the real estate market in San Francisco or New York? Even our local outfitter had to wait months for a shipment of new kayaks. It’s been a strange year. Here’s the good news. Even if a new boat might not be in the cards right now, this winter is the perfect time to talk about your current boat — and how you can make it better. You might fall in love all over again If you’re an experienced boater, consider your reasons for desiring a new vessel and then take a closer look at your existing one. Would upgrades help create the boating experience you want in 2021? According to Steve Drenkard, assistant marketing manager for Honda Marine, repowering is a good
solution for refreshing an older boat. And, he notes, it’s not just about the power plant itself. “If you’re going to repower, you also can refresh the electronics,” Drenkard says. “GPS and SONAR technology leaps ahead every few years. Instead of spending money to simply replace old analog gauges, consider an NMEA 2000 open systems electronics protocol, which allows the engines and electronics to talk to each other through a common network.” A Honda outboard communicates directly with the open system. With other engine brands, a gateway device allows you to convert to the open system signal. Another potential upgrade is the steering system. This might involve moving from the old push-pull system to hydraulic steering, which you’ll find makes all the difference in the world. You could also consider joystick steering. “The joystick allows the engines to operate independently of each other,” Drenkard says. “It makes docking accessible to those with minimal experience.” These are not inexpensive upgrades but, as Drenkard notes, they will allow you to fall in love with your boat all over again. There are hidden benefits as well. “With today’s four-strokes, you’ll pay a fraction of what you used to pay at the pump,” he says. “Your range will be extended as you burn less fuel. You’ll also experience less smoke and much quieter operation.” The offseason can help offset your expenses to a degree. The winter boat season typically comes with a variety of attractive promotional offers. If your favorite shows have been canceled, keep an eye out for seasonal promotions that replace the show versions. “You’re going to see extended service contracts, cash-back deals, bonus accessories and credit toward accessories,” Drenkard says. “Take a look at what’s out there, and make your decision sooner rather than later so your dealer has time to do the work.” Do your homework and be prepared If a repower is in the offing, you first must verify the maximum horsepower rating on your boat’s capacity plate. This
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Whether you’re a longtime boater or a relative newcomer, 2021 is all about a fresh perspective.
is critical, as an insurance company won’t cover your claim if you’ve overpowered your boat. Next, and with that in mind, determine what you realistically need in terms of power. Will you be puttering to a waterfront restaurant for lunch, or fishing offshore on one of the Great Lakes? Will you be touring a small inland lake at sunset, pulling the little ones on tubes, or wakeboarding with teens and other adults? Bottom line: When it comes to your boating lifestyle, are you laid back or high octane? “Remember, you won’t be happy if you’re underpowered either,” Drenkard advises. “Boats perform best when they’re rigged at their manufacturers’ recommended maximum power.” Next, do your homework. Consult with your dealer. Visit online forums to see what owners are saying about their own engines, and what they like or dislike. Connect with other boaters because people love talking about their toys. Attend virtual boat shows, and keep an eye on offers and opportunities. And, finally, get ready to pull the trigger on your project. “Get online right now,” Drenkard says. “Start
researching and asking questions, and if you want something, be prepared to buy it.” To be continued. In Part II next month, we’ll explore the issues facing new boaters, many of whom entered the boating lifestyle en masse in 2020. We’ll share expert advice on how small adjustments can make a big difference when it comes to making the most of your time on the water. ★
HEATHER STEINBERGER is an award-winning writer/ editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years.
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A sampling of charting upgrade options.
BY GLENN HAYES
Start the year off with the most up-to-date charts available. here’s a standard list of things to do in order to get the boat ready for the new season; however, one item that may not be on your list is worth considering: Updating electronic charts. Ask yourself, when was the last time they were updated? Are they the original charts that came preloaded in the display? Even if sandbars haven’t moved or markers and obstructions all remain the same, updates can offer detailing and features not found on your current charts.
Simrad NSS EVo9 S displaying preloaded C-Map Reveal Cartography.
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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The low-down on preloaded charts Many newer chartplotters and chartplotter/ fishfinder combinations come with preloaded charts. Some are basic coastal or lake charts, while others are highly detailed cartography. Manufacturers usually utilize cartography of some form from either C-Map or Navionics, with some being able to use both. Garmin uses its own charts called BlueChart in various forms. Since Garmin recently acquired Navionics, it has combined data from both charts and now offers the combination preloaded in newer displays. Crowd-sourced charts There are also community-sourced charts; these take recorded data from boaters who choose to record their bottom reading on compatible sounders and upload this data to the manufacturer’s servers. This information is then processed and combined with other user’s recordings, resulting in the creation of highly detailed 1-foot bathymetric charts. Some of these crowd-sourced charts have added features, such as custom depth shading where you pick the color to represent certain depths, as well as bottom hardness information. This type of chart is particularly useful in areas where standard electronic charts are lacking in detail. C-Map offers crowd-sourced charts in two ways: Genesis Social and Genesis Edge. Genesis Social is offered to C-Map users who sign up for an account with C-Map, while Genesis Edge is offered to members for a subscription of $99 annually or $24.99 monthly. Genesis Social includes automated bottom mapping created by your own recordings and GPS information, along with access to and unlimited
downloads of Social Map charts. Account holders also have the ability to create custom color depth shading. Those who opt for a subscription to Genesis Edge have access to these features in addition to automatic depth adjustment in tidal waters or with manual offsets. Subscribers also enjoy private, encrypted merged maps (keeping your chart data private), sonar replay features, bottom hardness and vegetation information. Although these features are available on many newer chartplotters, it’s important to verify compatibility with your plotter prior to signing up. Navionics offers crowd-sourced charting as a chart layer through its Community Edits. These are created though users of the Navionics boating app. With daily updates that include user data combined with survey data, Notice To Mariners and other data sources, Navionics claims it handles over 5,000 updates daily. This ensures your downloads are going to have the most information possible at the time of download. This charting is available both through compatible chartplotters running Navionics charts, as well as through its paid app on a smart device. More upgraded chart features Other updates available to newer chartplotters include Garmin’s proprietary g3 BlueChart Cartography. Melding the best charts Garmin offers with Navionics+ cartography, these detailed charts offer more data than ever before. Upgrade to Garmin BlueChart g3 Vision charts and LakeVu g3 Ultra charts and you can enjoy the latest in electronic charting — Relief Shading. By combining color and shadows, this new high-resolution chart imagery gives you an easyto-interpret rendering of bottom contours. C-Map offers the same kind of imagery with its Reveal line of charts. It makes deciphering holes, ridges and channels simple. Upgrading to the Vision line of cartography also allows for on-screen dock-to-dock autorouting, another useful option. Autorouting is also available from other chartplotter manufacturers either onscreen or through their apps. No matter the brand of chartplotter you have, updating and upgrading the cartography is a good idea and will certainly help you maximize your time on the water. A little investment in time, money and effort can breathe new life into your chartplotter. ★
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SAFETY FIRST BY HELEN AITKEN
Resolving To Put Safety First Make boating safely your 2021 New Year’s resolution.
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t’s time to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. This year, I resolve not to joke around as the Coast Guard inspects our boat, nor will I try to set up my niece with one of the good-looking Coasties. I don’t think my husband, Scott, takes these resolutions seriously. Oh well. Fortunately, boating safety is what’s really at the top of my resolution list. Resolve with me to maintain our boats, keep our boating skills honed, comply with state and local regulations and enjoy time on the water, but not at the expense of other boaters. Here are some suggested resolutions for the new boating year. Resolution for boat care ■ Retain current registration and adequate liability insurance for the boat, passengers and property. Add on-the-water insurance for things like running out of gas, a dead battery, or towing service. You won’t need it, until you do. ■ Inspect, repair and maintain the boat’s engine, electrical system and overall boat “health” before, during and after boating. Using a list and getting passengers to participate simplifies the process since responsibilities are shared and there’s less stress on the captain. ■ The words “free” and “boats” don’t usually go together, except for a Vessel Safety Check. Contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary or America’s Boating Club for this free service. Passing this inspection ensures you have the minimum requirements authorized by the Coast Guard, so if you get stopped, a VSC sticker says you’re good to go. Resolution to enhance boating skills ■ Know the basics. Top of the line equipment is great; however, if you don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, drop an anchor properly, create the best knot for a fender, or tie off at a dock then knowledge and practice is needed. ■ Learn how to read paper charts. Chartplotters are wonderful, but what would you do if your electronics fail? Having a backup chart and knowing how to plot a course using one could save your life. ■ Since boating can bring families and friends together, share what you know with one another and learn new skills together. During these unique times, use common sense, don’t raft up and stay at least 50 feet away from other boats.
Resolution for good boating habits ■ Create a float plan, wear your life jacket, carry essential supplies, know how to use a VHF radio and know what to do in an emergency. Keep a first aid manual with the kit, post a list of emergency phone numbers near the helm and make sure your cell phone is charged. Back at the dock, make a list of things that need fixing or replaced, and follow through. ■ Know what’s going on around you. Subscribe to the Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) for District 9 at NAVCEN.USCG.GOV or in Canada at NOTMAR. GC.CA. The information there is invaluable for knowing about bridge closings, environmental problems, hazardous conditions, construction areas and timetables, ship tracking, dredging, dam information, ATON notifications and other marine safety information via AIS. The LNM is updated weekly and may be downloaded as a PDF. The information is vast, so highlight only the areas of interest before printing. ■ Be prepared for any problems that may arise. Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, from insect bites and fishing hook impalements, to a bent prop or a man overboard situation. Your boat may be the closest source of help to another boater and time may be critical in handling the emergency. Be prepared to render assistance. ■ Be a good steward of the environment by reducing or eliminating pollutants in the air and water, while preventing the transference of invasive plants and animals to other water sources. ■ Respect and protect other boaters by maintaining safe speeds and being responsible on the water. Since the most important resolution on the water should be for boat safety and safely boating, I resolve to stay calm and quiet when we dock our boat. I also resolve to keep my sense of humor when the Coast Guard pulls us over, resting easy that the Scottish Delight is legal with a current VSC sticker and knowledgeable crew. ★
HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and former science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is an America’s Boating Club member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway.
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BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY ALAN WENDT
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 32’5” Beam: 10’9” Weight (dry): 11,854 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 210 gals. Water Capacity: 42 gals. Base Price: $249,700 BENETEAU.COM
DEALERS Centerpointe Yacht Services
Maple City Marine
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Beneteau Gran Turismo 32 Wide open spaces.
eneteau’s Gran Turismo (GT) 32 sports the look and feel of a large open yacht with a welcome and surprisingly affordable price. Aesthetically pleasing accent points include the wide full-beam hardtop, a French Riviera-inspired sunpad bow, a shear windshield, an exciting electronic helm and modern sides that reflect the light elegantly. Light and ventilation are a priority onboard. You are unlikely to feel claustrophobic with good head clearance throughout the wide-open spaces. Even below decks, the two double berths are bathed in light from the long hull windows. These spaces are further enhanced by elegant walnut-colored materials that make nights onboard something to relish. “The spacious cockpit incorporates the ‘galley up’ design and is great for entertaining or relaxing,” says Craig Duchow of CenterPointe Yachts Services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “The passageway to the bow is sunken to port, enabling easy access from the cockpit.”
Indeed, many a boat outing would end right here in the bow. Big yacht-like decorator touches include highly polished wood-trimmed armrests and head cushions, sunken drink holders and European-crafted stitching. Like so many helms today, the flat screen, glass cockpit design with touch points to control everything — from starting your engines to selecting the perfect music mix — erases the tension of monitoring a plethora of old gauges. Two side-by-side helm seats inspire a closeness and shared love of the water as you control the GT32. Beneteau’s Airstep hull provides excellent performance in all types of seas and can reach a top speed of 35 knots. The express cruiser can be equipped on option with a joystick, a Zipwake system, a bow thruster and two Garmin 12-inch screens, making her incredibly easy to drive. Those looking for an entry-level cruiser will want to add the GT32 to the consideration list. ★
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Chaparral 280 OSX The Goldilocks of boating.
haparral’s 280 OSX features a series of innovations focused on versatility and functionality. Offered with standard 200-hp Yamaha outboards or optional 250s with Optimus 360 joystick control, this 28-footer has the range to traverse the Great Lakes at more than 200 miles per tank at cruise. The doublewide helm bench features a “Goldilocks” approach to design: Bolsters are independent; armrests raise and lower; and the entire seat swivels 90 degrees to port, bringing you directly into the conversation with guests in the cockpit. Forward, a cleverly designed filler cushion within a seat transforms the bow into a sunpad playpen. Riders will feel very secure underway whether the boat is at cruise speed between 26-28 mph or, depending on the engine package, wide open at nearly 60 mph. Buyers get to choose between an electric folding arch or a full fiberglass hardtop. The optional hardtop’s pipe structure is robust and secure, and
a huge skylight is bonded into the fiberglass. On sunny days, a welcome transparent blind system underneath the hardtop becomes opaque. Other notable touches are the twin 7-inch Garmin flat screens at the helm separated by a Yamaha engine control screen and a premium Clarion sound system that can be upgraded to an optional JL Audio system. The enclosed head is just to port of the helm, with a sink and porthole. Especially impressive is that the head itself slides out of sight, and pictogram flush and lighting buttons make it a no-brainer to use. Another feature that deserves a mention is the dive door with an easy-to-use locking mechanism and a strong magnet that keeps the door open. Austin Ashley, marketing & product specialist for Chaparral, adds, “With a hull designed for performance and a cockpit made for entertaining, the 280 OSX is one of the most comfortable and versatile boats on the water today.” H
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 27’8” Beam: 9’ Draft: 2’9” Weight (dry): 6,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 123 gals. MSRP: $176,526 CHAPARR ALBOATS.COM
DEALERS Irish Boat Shop
Munson Ski and Marine MUNSONSKI.COM
Sun Sport Marine
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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 25’8” Beam: 8’6” Draft: 35” Weight (dry): 5,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 65 gals. Water Capacity: 10 gals. Max Power: 350 hp MSRP: $101,395 MONTEREYBOATS.COM
DEALERS Lake Michigan Yacht Sales
Great Lakes Yacht Sales GLYINC.COM
Pier 53 Marine
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Monterey 255 SS OB Checking all the boxes.
euroscience suggests that the need for more is one of the seven core instincts in the human brain. Which may explain why the design team at Monterey did more than just add an outboard to the 255 SS hull; they actually created a new transom support system for today’s preferred power plants and loaded this model with an abundance of standard features for optimum performance and handling. How about more sound? The boat has a Fusion stereo, four top-of-the-line JL audio speakers and Bluetooth for uploading your own mix. If you really want to be heard, upgrade to arch/tower speakers, a JL-5 channel amp and a 10-inch JL subwoofer. Monterey checked all the boxes for helm electronics: A depth sounder with a shallow water alarm, a digital GPS speedometer, fog-resistant digital gauges and low-glare night lighting. Onboard 12V blue/white LED courtesy lights and docking lights assist with those late evening returns.
As we hope for an end to social distancing, this Monterey is ready with seating up to 15. Enjoy a spacious bow area, comfortable swivel bucket seats both port and starboard, and a spacious L-lounge. Ample storage is located underneath many of the seats; there’s also dedicated storage options for coolers and an optional wetbar with sink, faucet and slide-out cooler. Power-assisted tilt steering coupled with a matched Mercury outboard delivers solid performance. At the end of a run, you’ll find an optional transom shower with pressurized water and a SeaDek inlay on the cockpit floor. Near the helm is a standard porta-potti or an optional head with pump-out or electric head. There are two optional versions of the wakeboard tower model. One is hinged to fold down, the other is electrically articulating. Both make towing easy and indoor storage easier. This summer, plan for more fun with the Monterey 255 SS OB. H
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Ranger Tugs R-29 Command Bridge Luxury Edition Swiss Army knife of boating.
uxury and tugboats may seem at odds — that is, until you step aboard a Ranger Tugs, especially its new R-29 Command Bridge (CB) Luxury Edition. Even those without an appreciation for engineering and spatial design are impressed with not just the features aboard this model, but also the meticulous planning required to take a Swiss Army knife of boating and create a floatable, functioning work of art. If you have yet to fall in love with the view from a command bridge, promise you’ll take a demo ride. Realizing that weather can have more moods than a presidential Twitter feed, the idea of being cocooned inside the dry, warm cabin is a welcome necessity. Brent Reed of Reed Yacht Sales in Grand Haven, Michigan, says the R-29 CB Luxury Edition has been a very popular model on the Great Lakes. “She comes fully equipped and ready to cruise including a generator, air conditioning and full Garmin electronics package,” he says.
The R-29’s command bridge features seating for four and a full suite of electronic controls, including the VHF, bow and stern thruster controls, Volvo engine controls and a lighted compass. A curved front window and an overhead glass atrium provide clear visibility from the lower helm station. Engineers made every inch of space count and created ingenious aft cockpit seating that includes a reversible seat, port and starboard jump seats, and a teak table for outside dining. Engineers also managed to design overnight berths for up to six adults, including the main island berth with ensuite head. Tugs have always been synonymous with reliability, and Ranger holds true to the tradition, using a fuel efficient 320-hp D4 Volvo inboard diesel engine. Standard stern and bow thrusters make docking easy. This vessel fits on a trailer, weighs just over 10,000 pounds, and has a 13-foot, 3-inch clearance on the trailer, allowing you to explore distant waterways. H
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 33’4” Beam: 10’ Draft: 28” Weight: 10,800 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 145 gals. Water Capacity: 60 gals. Power: 320-hp Volvo D4 common rail diesel inboard MSRP: $314,937 R ANGERTUGS.COM
DEALER Reed Yacht Sales Grand Haven, MI; LaSalle, MI; Racine, WI
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Don’t discount the little things. BY CAPT . TOM SERIO
ometimes it’s the little things that will sway your decision when choosing one boat over another. Sure, you look for the cool features if you’re trying to trick out a fishing platform. Or you’re more into the comfort accoutrements if sizing up a cruiser. Maybe you’re even looking for nice cabin space for a family weekender. Well, you hit the jackpot with the Pursuit OS 325 (OS is for Offshore), which has the attributes of all three aforementioned styles — no small feat in itself. A bit of a utilitarian vessel, the OS 325 has something for everyone. Add in the little things found around the vessel and you will realize that this boat was conceptualized, designed and engineered by anglers, cruisers and weekenders.
As part of Pursuit’s Offshore series (along with the 385 and 355 models), the OS 325 is built for fishing offshore as well as in the back bays. Safety is key and Pursuit builds it in. High rails make transiting along the sides and to the bow a safe venture. Decks are clean thanks to the cap-mounted cleats and recessed ground tackle (through-hull anchor, no bow pulpit). There are grabrails along the top of the house and seemingly inconspicuous handrails all around the main deck. Even the interior hardtop has fore/aft rails — a great idea! Built to handle the seas, the hull is hand-laminated with vinylester resin fiberglass. Supporting the bolt-on outboards is a five-ply composite transom system with Pursuit’s patented transom reinforcement grid. You don’t want a builder cutting corners here. An infused fiberglass structural grid system adds rigidity to the hull. Designed with a sharp bow to slice waves, the hull sports several lifting strakes, hard chines and a 20-degree transom deadrise to handle sporty seas while maintaining expected performance.
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We all know how the weather doesn’t always cooperate with your plans, and the OS 325 can handle what Mother Nature dishes out. Thanks to the three-sided windshield system integrated into the fiberglass hardtop, you can be shielded from the elements and still make way. Tempered side glass and a single-pane laminated forward windshield offer excellent visibility and no spotting with polarized glasses. Twin pantograph wipers keep the glass clear. Standard side and optional aft curtains are a nice addition for all-weather operation, even into the winter months. Keep cool with the overhead hatches, electrically actuated windshield vent window, or the optional 12,000 BTU cockpit AC system (a nice feature when the curtains are closed up). You’ll need the Fischer Panda 5.0 kW diesel generator for this and the cabin 10,000 BTU reverse cycle AC when away from the dock. Under the hardtop is a great social area. To port is an L-settee; it’s long enough for four to five adults to sit comfortably and includes a reverse lounge, so you can relax facing aft. Drop in the optional removable table when cocktails are served. The helm seat to starboard swivels and has two foldable armrests and a flip-up bolster. As on most Pursuit boats, the helm is compact yet filled with the electronics you will need. Our test boat had the Garmin electronics package installed, with twin Garmin 12-inch GPSMAP multifunction displays, a Yamaha engine display for the twin Yamaha F300 outboards, a Lewmar bow thruster, low-profile Yamaha throttles, Lenco tabs and more. Rocker switches are mounted next to the Edson stainless wheel with control knob and non-slip grip on the backside — a nice feature on cold mornings.
Pursuit’s director of brand management and my wheel man for the day, Mark Taiclet, put the OS 325 through the paces so I could record some RPM/speed/GPH figures. As a boater himself, Taiclet takes great pride in the brand and what the factory delivers. And he should, as the OS 325 performed very well, felt stable, took the turns with assuredness and responded to the throttle commands quickly. We were cruising at 22.5 mph at 4000 RPM on the twin Yamaha F300 outboards, skimming across the 2-foot chop, burning 26.3 gph. Take a leisurely cruise at 9.3 mph sipping only 7.3 gallons total. When you need the ponies to get you home, the OS 325 topped out at 46.7 mph (averaged over reciprocal runs) at 5700 RPM and 56.5 gph. Pushing a 12,430-pound (dry) hull with full fuel and four persons, I say these are impressive numbers. Taiclet gently docked the OS 325 into her slip with just a nudge on the bow thruster. As old school guys, we both like the feel and response from the electronic throttles. Getting some wheel time on open water, I quickly realized I like the visibility, especially aft when fishing or pulling the tube. The forward view is unobstructed through the 7-foot-wide windshield. 26
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If you’re going out to drown some bait (yeah, you don’t always catch, we know), you’ll find a handy cockpit layout for fishing. Thanks to the cushioned aft-facing cockpit seat, it’s comfortable watching the trolling lines. The cockpit tackle center cabinet includes tackle trays, lure tubes and drawers. Keep the bait fresh in the 24-gallon recirculating livewell and keep the catch in the insulated deck fishboxes. Gunwale and hardtop rod holders store eight rods. Outriggers (18 feet) can be added. According to Taiclet, this is “a fishing boat you can sign off on.” The jury agrees.
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For the cruising crowd, there’s no worry as to where the guests will sit. Pursuit built in two fold-down seats, port and transom, with dri-fast foam on sturdy metal brackets. Forward to port is the entertainment center with a cutting board, a hot/cold sink and bucket storage below. Conveniently, the center of the entertainment center can accommodate a Kenyon electric grill. Take your catch and cook it right up. It doesn’t get much better than that!
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The forward cabin is roomy enough to hang out in. With 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom, tongue-and-groove flooring, solid wood walls and sound dampening insulation, this is hardly a cave. Meal prep is courtesy of an Isotherm fridge/freezer, a built-in GE microwave oven, a Kenyon single-burner flat cooktop, and a hot/cold sink with a cutting board all surrounded by a Corian countertop. Pantry and drawer storage is included. Meals are served in the forward V-berth dinette with a wood table. At bedtime, the table electrically lowers and the seat/backrest cushions slide across making a large berth. The trick is that the cushions used for the dinette fill in the center so there’s no need to carry/store extra cushions. Aft of the steps is a mid-berth sleeping area with lockers and storage. Well thought out is the fiberglass head, with 5 feet, 10 inches of head room, a designer basin sink, a Corian counter, a medicine cabinet and a vacuum-flush marine head. Doing double duty is the sink faucet that pulls out to be used as the shower. Another nice touch was including a folding seat over the toilet. Other little things found around the OS 325 are the cabin portholes, a built-in transom ladder in case you go overboard, a dedicated battery box, a cockpit electric sunshade, a hook in the livewell to hold the plug or net, an integrated helm footrest that flips to a platform for improved visibility, a head GFI electrical outlet inside the cabinet, flip-down rod storage in the aft berth and more. I especially like the rubber grommets on the cockpit lids that securely engage with the base plug, keeping the lids closed and reducing vibrations. For a mixed-use vessel, the Pursuit OS 325 fills all the needs of an active operator. As Mark Taiclet put it, “it’s an on the water RV.” ★
PURSUIT OS 325 S P E C I F I CAT I ON S LOA: 34’6” Beam: 10’10” Draft (up/down): 1’10”/2’8” Displacement (dry): 12,430 lbs. Fuel Capacity (gas): 300 gals. Fuel Capacity (diesel): 16 gals. Water Capacity: 30 gals. Power: 2 x Yamaha F300 outboard engines Base Price (w/ engines): $356,775 PURSUITBOATS.COM
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Walstrom Marine WALSTROM.COM
Rubber grommets used to secure the livewell and battery box lids are a great idea. Use of woods in the cabin makes it feel much more elegant. Overall versatility makes this a perfect family use boat.
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very industry has seen some new advancement in design, materials, or technology come along and rock the boat, and pontoon boating has seen its fair share in recent years. However, one company has done more to disrupt the pontoon industry than any other â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Manitou Pontoons. Manitou has been building high-quality pontoons since the company began in Lansing, Michigan, in 1985. And with the appearance of its SHP hull design in 2005, the company made some serious waves.
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Built on a three-tube foundation Manitou calls its V-Toon design, the patented SHP hull creates a V-hull shape similar to a fiberglass runabout by dropping the center tube 5.25 inches lower and adding carefully positioned lifting strakes to each tube. The result is a high-performance hull with quicker planing, a smooth, dry ride, and superior handling that will make you forget you’re driving a pontoon boat — even in rough water.
Today, Manitou is still disrupting the pontoon industry. With the release of its 2021 LX model, Manitou combined the best luxury and performance features from the previous X-Plode and Legacy models into one beautiful boat. Available in 23-, 25- and 27-foot configurations, the Manitou LX line is built on the SHP hull for exceptional performance and handling. The higher strength and rigidity of the SHP hull also allows customers to order a little ole pontoon boat with up to 800 hp, which can push the boats well over 65 mph. You heard right, 65 mph. In a pontoon boat. At a media event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I got to see some of the new Manitou lineup, including the new 25-foot LX. Parked at the waterfront, the 25 LX attracted more attention than any other boat. With the LX models, Manitou has kept some of the bright colors and graphics options for customers looking for the flashy, eye-catching presence of the X-Plode. This particular 25 LX featured white walls with bright orange graphics, orange interior seating pods, white and orange upholstery and antique silver powder-coated aluminum trim. It’s a hard boat to overlook.
Our 25 LX test boat was built on Manitou’s RFX floorplan, which features high-back bucket seats for the captain and copilot, forward and aft lounge seats, and an optional filler seat used to add seating at the bow.
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Manitou now offers three streamlined options packages that make it easy to configure your boat: The Limited, Premium and Platinum package. The Limited package includes nice touches like a huge storage space in the center tube, LED seat and table bases, and exterior lighting. The Premium package adds more, including color-matched seat and accent options. Our test boat came with the Platinum package, which also includes an electrically actuated sport tower and a 12-foot Bimini top. Stepping aboard the Manitou 25 LX, the exemplary fit and finish and great use of space are immediately obvious. The boat has storage everywhere under hinged seating, and plenty of cupholders are placed throughout the boat. There are no switches or buttons at the helm. Instead, a 7-inch Garmin touch screen provides all functions and readouts, including lighting controls and engine instrumentation. A JL Audio system with LED lighted speakers is standard. The 25 LX also includes the optional Mercury joystick control, making it easy to maneuver the pontoon in any condition or even tight quarters. Ahead of the copilot’s chair, a hidden privacy enclosure is standard and folds out for changing clothes. An optional entertainment table can be ordered in its place. Two monster Mercury 300XL Verado engines were perched on the single-billet aluminum transom of our test boat, which is standard on all SHP hulls and helps provide the strength needed to contain these beasts.
Through its paces
After touring the 25 LX, it only seemed right to take the boat for a test ride. The weather was beautiful and Lake Winnebago was mostly flat, but there were enough other boats stirring up the water to provide some good-sized wakes to cross. As we left the dock, other pontoon and V-hulled boaters waved, yelled questions, and even followed the bright orange 25 LX while taking pictures.
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Once out on Lake Winnebago’s open water, the captain shoved the throttles forward. The boat leapt out of the water with little to no bow rise, effortlessly climbing to a comfortable cruise at 25-30 mph. We throttled up to 45 mph, easily sliding across any wakes we encountered without the need to hang on for dear life. Slowing the Manitou 25 LX to 35 mph, the captain whipped the wheel hard to starboard and the SHP hull dug into the turn like a V-hulled boat. There was no skipping or bucking, just a stable, dry turn that never felt uncomfortable or out of control. Turning back, we headed toward Oshkosh as a small plane flew overhead, following our path while they also headed in. As we cruised directly below, the captain threw the throttles wide open and the big Verados roared to life. Looking over at the dash, the Garmin touch screen clocked us at 64 mph as we perfectly kept pace with the aircraft. As the plane banked toward its destination, the captain slowed the 25 LX back to cruising speed and headed for home. However, before we could reach the mouth of the Fox River, the captain looked over and smiled. “Wanna go again?” he asked. “Is that a trick question?” I replied, and the 2021 Manitou 25 LX took off across the lake like a rocket. H
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Detroit’s Goat Yard: A Sailor’s Dream
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rom the late 1970s into the 2010s, sailors delighted in an extraordinary boatyard near the foot of St. Jean on the Detroit River, where all worked hard at having fun. They raced Detroit’s fleet of Crescent sloops while hailing the battle cry “Huy, huy, harya.” They tinkered with the toys lying around there: A tugboat, school buses, motorboats, antique cars, a fire truck. They built and launched an aqua-car as a Detroit mayoral race campaign promise. But that’s a whole other story in itself. The yard’s official name was Detroit Boat Works, but is known as “The Goat Yard” among Detroit’s sailors since the 1980s. Operating the yard for more than 30 years was the memorable Stephen Hume. “Stephen’s agenda was fun,” says Sue McDonald, Hume’s partner from 1984 until his death in 2013.
When Hume considered getting McDonald a horse for her birthday, he solicited the advice of his sailing buddy, Charles, who had served in the Hungarian Cavalry. Charles told Hume that if he brought a horse to the boatyard, he would report him to the Humane Society. He then advised, “Get her a goat.” Hume bought two goats at Detroit’s Eastern Market: A female named Tugboat Annie, and a male, Captain Nemo. Unfortunately, Tugboat Annie was chased by a dog into a canal, where she was caught under a dock and drowned. “Poor Nemo was so sad,” McDonald recalls. Nemo quickly fell in as a beloved pet of the boatyard gang. He loved to eat: Leaves, cigarettes, cigars, stickers from car doors. He ate whatever appealed to his appetite, including dozens of
fishhooks one day. Detroit sailors say one instantly became Nemo’s friend or foe. Bryan Brieden, 58, who began hanging out at the yard in 1986, recalls, “You got to know the goat. Otherwise you were gonna get in trouble, because that goat liked to fight. “I remember one day, we were going out sailing and one guy was bothering the goat,” he continues. “The goat was able to figure out what car was his. Some say he got on the guy’s hood because it was warm, but we all had warm cars. When we came back in, the goat was sitting on that guy’s Porsche.” Nemo’s undoing came in early 1991, when he was chased onto the ice of the Detroit River by wild dogs, who caught up to him and killed him. Hume and his brothers had his head stuffed and mounted in the Detroit home Hume shared with McDonald.
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Stephen Hume in the documentary “The Goat Yard”
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Detroit’s Great Marsh
The Goat Yard is part of the Grand Marais (meaning “great marsh” in French) stretch of coast along the Detroit River and lower Lake St. Clair. Isabella Lothrop described the area this way in a November 11, 1922, Detroit Saturday Night article: “It began at Connor’s Creek and rolled away in a prairie-like sweep of coarse marsh grass, to the river on one hand and the distant purple woods on the other as far up as Fox Creek, its northern boundary. To the casual glance it appeared to be a piece of waste moorland, soggy and unproductive, but woe to the unwary who ventured upon its treacherous surface. It was an unaffordable morass full of quags and sloughs and miry bogs.” In the 18th century, French settlers filled the swampy ground to cultivate ribbon farms, the genesis of many
Eastside Detroit and Grosse Pointe street names. Well into the 19th century, Grand Marais homesteads continued to emerge along the coast from Waterworks Park up to Cadieux Road. In the early 20th century, real estate developers solicited families to move into new riverfront communities being built on coastal acreage of filled marshland, including the peninsula where The Goat Yard sits. These historic neighborhoods were razed during the late 20th century, making way for new developments, such as the Morgan Waterfront Estates that sit directly east, across a canal from The Goat Yard.
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Clean up begins
After renting the yard for more than three decades, Hume was finally able to purchase the property a few months before he died. “Stephen’s agenda was
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floating docks and dug an 18-inch-deep trench to run a power line. “Stephen Hume exploited us,” Brieden laughs. “He made us do all the work, but what he did was give us a bargain. We couldn’t have gone anywhere else.” “Stephen was a really nice and fair person,” McDonald says. “I learned a lot about how to treat people from him.” She adds that Hume referred to the yard as “adult day-care.” “He often called out, ‘Hey, it’s a pleasure boat. Stop working on it. Go sail on it.’ I heard that a million times. He firmly believed that adults need to have fun, too.”
In early 2020, the yard’s now-owners, Alex Hume, 29 (Stephen Hume’s nephew) and Hanson Bratton, 56, officially gave the yard its true name — Goat Yard Marine, LLC. Subject to a nuisance abatement order by the city of Detroit, the yard required major tidying up, which Hume and Bratton had begun in 2018. “It’s so crazy to look at pictures of then and now,” says Hume, who was close with his Uncle Stephen. “I remember all the old buildings, all the nooks and crannies.” Recalling the extra six acres at the south end, Hume says, “When I was real young, it was all wooded forest. [Uncle Stephen] had a big area that was full of wooden boats. To me, it was my version of Narnia.” Hanson laughs: “To me, it was like a scene out of “RoboCop” or “Mad Max.” It was pretty wild over there. Very industrial. I didn’t know anything about the history
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fun,” McDonald says. “No one worked harder at having fun. And he was a magician with an engine.” The couple met in 1984 on The Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms, where McDonald worked as a newspaper reporter and Hume ran a business, a bike shop called Detroit Velocipede. They both loved sailing. The Goat Yard was known as the home of Detroit’s exclusive Crescent sloops, built from 1953 to 1974. It’s the oldest one-design class of fiberglass racing sailboats and remains active today. Like nearly every Detroit sailor, McDonald has memories of racing Crescents with Hume. She recalls, “After we raced together one-half of a season, Stephen said, ‘Sue, every boat needs a captain. And our relationship can’t handle a captain. Buy your own boat.’ So I got my own Crescent.” Detroit sailors still share vignettes about Hume and the lovely chaos of The Goat Yard. In 2016, Michael Pfaendtner. and Kimberly Stricker released the documentary “The Goat Yard,” which captures the essence of Hume’s stranger-than-fiction Goat Yard years. Brieden recalls, “It was a throwback to the ’70s. There were a lot of hippies there. They had dogs and cats. There was a goat. There were chickens.” Brieden was part of a group that developed Detroit’s Star sailboat fleet at The Goat Yard. This group included some of Detroit’s well-to-do and reputable sailors, perhaps also rebellious, without a Star-fleet home at area yacht clubs. The group set up a hoist, parts crib, J-boom and foundation, and
or ownership then. I was just invited over for parties.” Hume is too young to remember Nemo, but he has brought the old goat home. “The goat [head] is sitting on the kitchen wall at my house now. It was a little surprise to my wife,” he laughs. Two additional sacred items retained from The Goat Yard are the original Crescent hull mold and a school bus Stephen Hume turned into the School Bus of Rock and equipped with a Hammond B-3 organ. In addition to clearing the yard, Hume and Bratton concurrently managed infrastructure and equipment projects, installing a seawall and lift well, setting up a travel lift, running power and gas, constructing indoor facilities and refurbishing the yard’s old tugboat.
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The Queen City
Rumor had it that Stephen Hume had acquired the yard’s large antique tugboat on trade. “I guess that’s what you’d call it,” McDonald says, “because the guy was paying him storage and he just turned around and gave the guy all the storage money.” The tug became The Goat Yard clubhouse. “My kids all got to go skating on the canal off the tugboat,” Brieden says, “because Stephen would have at least 50 pairs of ice skates on the boat. And he built a cool little gang-plank. There were a couple really epic hockey games there.” When Alex Hume and Bratton acquired the yard, they faced a city order to remove the tug and were left with two options: Cut it up for scrap or move it for restoration. They chose the latter.
In May 2019, the tug was moved a short distance east to Bayview Yacht Club (BYC), where it was restored for use as a temporary BYC clubhouse while the club’s permanent structure was being rebuilt. In November 2019, the tug opened for drinking, dining and dancing, just as sailors had gathered there years earlier. Built in 1911 as the Polana, the tug was transformed into the Windsor river restaurant Queen City in 1980, years before being moored at The Goat Yard. Hume and Bratton, with the help of BYC members, restored the tug and its name Queen City. It will serve as the BYC clubhouse until spring 2021, when Hume and Bratton will have to find a new home for her. One of the items adorning the bar on Queen City is Stephen Hume’s electric guitar, on which he used to play one song: The Star-Spangled Banner. “He played it (The StarSpangled Banner) all the time,” McDonald says. “When someone was leaving to go out sailing. When someone was coming in from sailing.”
In spring 2020, Goat Yard Marine began offering sailboat services year-round: Haul-out up to 40,000 pounds and 15-foot beam; launch; rig stuffing/ unstuffing; fiberglass repair; bottom-painting; rigging consulting and installation; and shrink-wrapping. Thomas Hardware, which has served Detroit sailors for more than 100 years, relocated to the yard. The business is well-known for recommending,
procuring and fitting up sailors with what they need for cruising or racing their boats. Much of owner Todd Jones’ work is face-to-face consulting. “I used to go to people’s boats and work there,” says Jones, who calls himself a “sailing concierge.” “Now we have the advantage of people being able to bring their boat here. We can take the mast down, go through the whole thing. Then Alex has the other services — bottom paint, fiberglass work, winter storage, all the other stuff. It’s kind of one-stop shopping.” Jones spent many Tuesday nights at the yard during the 1990s and 2000s racing in the Crescent class. “[The yard] is a big piece of Detroit history. I’m glad they turned it around,” he says. Hume and Bratton plan to expand yard acreage and sailboat services, but those details are undefined for now. McDonald says Stephen would be so proud of his nephew and impressed with the work he and Bratton have done in continuing the yard’s mission of sailing fun. “I think they’re filling the niche of really high-end service for fine racing boats,” she says. “We want to be a one-stop shop for the Detroit sailing community,” Bratton says, “but it’s a work in progress. We just have to see where it goes.” “We want to do anything to help people get on the water and stay on the water,” Hume adds. Goat Yard Marine is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 313-886-6094 for Thomas Hardware’s hours or to make an appointment. ★
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Two Harbors, Minnesota, offers a nostalgic stay for pleasure boaters.
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by Felicia Schneiderhan
leasure boaters along Lake Superior’s North Shore will recognize the town of Two Harbors, Minnesota, for the frequent freighters coming and going from the loading docks. On the water, it can be thrilling — and a little intimidating — to have one of these giants glide past you towards port. It can be easy for cruisers to pass up the chance to visit because Two Harbors doesn’t have its own marina for small boats and, because of the
heavy shipping traffic, pleasure boats are not allowed to anchor in the harbor. However, small boats can tie up to the breakwall for an afternoon or overnight. And even better, there’s a sweet marina in nearby Knife River, a town worth the extra jaunt (but more about that later). So don’t be daunted by the massive vessels of this historic shipping town. Two Harbors has a lot to offer the smaller boat crews, too.
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Like many towns on Lake Superior’s shoreline, Two Harbors offers small-town friendliness with unique restaurants and shops, cultural activities and easy access to breathtaking wilderness. But the quaintness of Two Harbors, with its current population just under 4,000 people, is one-of-a-kind due to the families who mined, lumbered and fished the waters in search of a better life. A summer walk through the town with its visible history will give you the nostalgic feel for that bygone era. You may even stumble on an outdoor concert in the bandshell, followed by a tasty treat of pie and ice cream. Two Harbors is named for the two natural bays formed a little more than 20 miles northeast of Duluth. Agate Bay sees the shipping traffic, while the adjacent Burlington Bay offers a small beach and campground. One of the best viewing spots in Agate Bay is the gazebo directly in front of the loading docks. From here, you can take in the massive, regal expanse of the docks and watch 38
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them in action. This is the first iron ore port in Minnesota, which opened to shipping and receiving in 1884. The first shipment was 6,000 tons of iron ore; the following year, 225,000 tons of ore were moving through Agate Bay. Today, about 12 million tons are shipped through this port per year. Most ships you’ll see in Agate Bay are lakers that travel the Great Lakes, with a few of the smaller salties (ocean-going ships). They receive iron ore — a key ingredient for making steel — mined in northern Minnesota, to deliver to steel mills in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Just in front of a waterfront gazebo sits the decommissioned tug Edna G, the last coal-fired, steam-driven tug operating on the Great Lakes when it retired in 1981. First commissioned in 1896, the little tug spent its entire life (except for two years during WWI) based out of Two Harbors. With its four-person crew, the boat operated 24/7; some crew even lived onboard if they didn’t have a house in town. With a length of 110 feet and drafting 15.5
feet, Edna G. is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open to tours in the warmer months. Visitors can even blow the horn. From the gazebo, you can also see the expanse of the big lake, the breakwall where many people like to stroll for an up-close view of the ships and the renowned Light Station. The oldest continuously operated lighthouse on the North Shore, it was completed in 1892, sending a steady white light in all directions. Today it’s owned by the Lake County Historical Society, which also owns and operates the Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast as a way to maintain the historic light station. The guest experience is more than just staying overnight in a wonderful old lighthouse with an amazing view; B&B guests are “light keepers” who monitor weather, ship traffic, and raise and lower the flag each day. From here, the Agate Bay Trail follows the lakefront through Paul Van Hoven Park, where white-tailed deer browse among the trees, over to Burlington Bay, with its small beach and campground.
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But don’t leave Agate Bay just yet; because just behind the harbor are the low buildings of the downtown area and the historic D&IR Railroad Depot Museum, quite possibly the whole reason the town of Two Harbors stands here today. When Charlemagne Tower bought the Duluth and Iron Range (D&IR) Railroad in 1882, the 8-year-old company had not yet laid any track. Tower bought the railroad because he needed a way to transport ore from his inland Vermilion Iron Range mines to Lake Superior for shipping. Construction on a line from the mine to Two Harbors was completed by 1884 — 70 miles that was to become one of the most successful short-line railroads in the history of the country. The line grew to reach Duluth, Ely and other stops, transporting passengers as well as freight. In 1961, all passenger services between Duluth and Two Harbors stopped, and the depot was donated to Lake County, and later listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1980s, freight
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service stopped, and the line is now owned by the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority. Today, the North Shore Scenic Railroad out of Duluth operates tour rides between Duluth and Two Harbors, and the depot exhibits emphasize the three big industries of the area: Iron mining and the railroad, timber and commercial fishing. They also have two historic locomotives on display, including the Yellowstone Mallet, the largest locomotive ever built, and one of only three in existence. The steam-powered behemoth was slow, but pulled what four diesels pull today. The town of Two Harbors started as a camp for the railroad construction workers, many of them immigrants, who inspired “Whiskey Row,” about four acres with warehouses, hotels, saloons, shops and restaurants. This was a rough place for the railroad builders, known for drinking, crime and carousing. But by the late 1880s, when the railroad was completed, these men sent for their families. Churches were built, and a police department and town council were
formed. Two Harbors began to take shape as a family town, with a feel for tradition and home life that you can sense even now as you walk downtown.
Across from the Depot, you can stop by Castle Danger Brewery. Relax on the patio or visit the taproom of this much-loved local favorite overlooking the lake while sipping beer made with fresh Lake Superior water, with names like “Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA” and “Phantom of the Hopera.” From here, you can walk to a number of unique shops. If you’re looking for boat supplies, folks at the general store and hardware store will be happy to assist. Neighbor to Neighbor thrift store always hides some unique treasures worth hunting. The 50-booth craft mall Sweet Peas gift shop overflows with creations from local artists ranging from quilts to pottery to handcrafted candles and soaps. North Shore Architectural Antiques focuses on local historic building elements from the 1850s to 1950s, when this region
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was developed with architecture from the Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco movements. Waterfront Gallery features fine art photography, restoration and framing, along with unusual gifts. If you’re looking for agates, Agate City Rocks & Gifts, the largest rock shop on the shore, can help supplement what you didn’t find on the lakeshore. And on Saturday mornings, don’t miss the farmers market, where locally grown produce and more is available between late June to the end
SUMMER EVENTS Two Harbors goes all out with its summer festivals. The weekend after the Fourth of July, the town whoops it up with Heritage Days, a four-day extravaganza of music, arts and crafts, class reunions, a street dance, and not one but two parades (with buckets of candy and freezies)! Later in July, Chalk.a.Lot brings together everyone from incredible artists to neighborhood kids for a weekend celebration of sidewalk chalk art.
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of October (unless it snows!). When you get hungry for local eats, check out the Vanilla Bean, Black Woods Bar and Grill, or Do North Pizzeria. If you’re in need of a little more history before leaving the downtown area, visit the Two Harbors Public Library, a Carnegie Library, which opened in 1909. In 1983, an addition was added, but you can still relax in the original space and peruse the archives room with its collections of photographs and newspapers dating back to the late 1890s.
Branching out from downtown, you’ll discover a recent Two Harbors partnership: Cedar Coffee Company and Spokengear Bike Shop. Sip a fancy latte surrounded by birch and pine, or try some delicious baked goods while checking out the newest fat tire bikes, accessories and gear. Get your bike serviced, or rent a bike for the day to explore the town and surrounding area.
This is an unexpected haven for cyclists. Two Harbors offers some terrific paved trails, accessible from the bike shop parking lot. One of the best biking events in this small town is an annual biking scavenger hunt. The event was started by then-10-year-old Brooke Torgerson, who got interested in fat tire biking with her parents, Mike and Jeni, and wanted to do something to help out her town. With the support of Spokengear, Brooke garnered local donations and organized the route. Participants ride past the municipal golf course and hiking trail (where it’s rumored you can see moose), along the lakefront, and under the railroad bridge, answering riddles along the way. One riddle will even take you for a free ice cream at Dairy Queen. The money raised during the event benefits a local nonprofit. If you’re looking for a more challenging course, Highway 61 is a popular two-lane highway with adequate shoulders for cyclists to cruise along the lakefront. And there’s the Gitchi-Gami State
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Trail, which when complete will be an 89-mile paved trail following the lakeshore between Two Harbors and Grand Marais, Minnesota. Approximately 29 miles are now complete, with the longest segment being the 14-mile section from Gooseberry Falls State Park north to Beaver Bay. Follow this path and along the way you’ll see the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse and the under-the-radar Iona’s Beach, also called the pink beach for its rhyolite rocks that sometimes “sing” when the wind hits them just right. Though, you may just decide to spend the day in gorgeous Gooseberry Falls, where you can explore miles of wilderness hiking trails or enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the stunning waterfalls. On your way out of Gooseberry, you may have to stop for a piece of pie at one of two local restaurants, almost as iconic as the state park: Rustic Inn and Betty’s Pies. There’s a long-standing argument over which restaurant has the better pie; you may have to try both just to see for yourself.
Venture to Knife River
Considering there’s so much to see and do in Two Harbors, just where can you dock your boat for more than an afternoon? Five and a half miles south of Two Harbors you’ll find the Knife River Marina. This friendly marina has all the basic amenities — fuel, pump-out, water, electricity, showers — plus a community of locals to help you settle right in. The marina is known for its charter fishing, particularly Reel Escape, whose Captain Mark has nearly four decades of experience fishing Lake Superior. While you’re there, don’t miss exploring the town of Knife River. The adjacent Knife River beach gives hours of meditative agate hunting; you may even venture a dip in the cold water, followed by a lakefront campfire. Across old Highway 61, you can find the Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen with its to-die-for handmade chocolates and other Lake Superior candies. Up the road a bit, visit Russ Kendall’s Smoke House for locally
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caught smoked trout and salmon. You can find a post office in town, a yarn store and some rugged Knife River hiking trails to help you work off all that chocolate. While Knife River summers are lovely, the best time to visit the little town may be the first week of December, when the entire community transforms into Julebyen, a three-day Scandinavian Christmas celebration. Here you’ll find everything delightful, wintry and warm: Holiday arts and crafts, live music, Norwegian baked goods and bygone village games (can you carry the frozen trout in the relay?). Perhaps best of all, the railroad that built Two Harbors gets a new role with Troll Trains to Troll Canyon, an epic train adventure to delight kids (and adults) as they ride the rail in search of real trolls in the forest. In these forests along Lake Superior’s North Shore, you never know what you’ll find! ★
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One-of-a-kind nautical home with sweeping Lake Michigan views.
SPECS Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 5 full, 2 half Square Footage: 8,365 Acreage: 7.31 Shoreline: 447 feet (shared) Price: $8,750,000
et unmatched views of Lake Michigan from the shelter of your living room in this spectacular Saugatuck, Michigan, home, which realtor Andrea Crossman calls “iconic and the most sought after home in West Michigan.” Nestled on the corner lot overlooking the Saugatuck pierhead and the Kalamazoo River channel, this five-bedroom home was designed with boating in its DNA. In the 1970s, the Denison family built Broward Marine yachts just east of the property, then, in 1990, had architect John Tilton design this family home. You’ll notice the yacht-like inspiration in the rounded master bedroom, which evokes the feeling of standing behind the helm of a flybridge. Custom architectural delights set this home apart, including the grand center staircase, appearing like a ship’s mast at the heart of the home; a balcony on the second story overlooking the great room, with railings like a yacht’s grabrail; beamed ceilings; and walls of
windows, including a few portholes throughout. The kitchen has twin islands, doubling the prep space and offering extra room for guests to gather. Behind the home is an attached guest house, accessed via a tunnel, which offers friends and family an escape complete with three bedrooms, a full kitchen and a cool, retro fireplace. One thing this home does not lack is water views. Boasting 7.31 acres and 447 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, there is no end to nature’s beauty on this property. A 4,000-square-foot wraparound porch takes full advantage of Michigan’s finest sunsets. The surrounding acreage is part of a protected natural dune, so the sweeping views will remain untouched forever. Best of all, the landscaping is virtually maintenance-free. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Crossman says. “If you like sandy beaches, sunsets and boating, this is the place for you.” ★
BY ABBY THORPE
MORE INFOMATION Great Lakes Cruising Club 405 Water St. Suite 202 Port Huron, MI 48060 810-984-4500 GLCCLUB.COM
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Great Lakes Cruising Club The insider’s guide to exploring the Great Lakes.
n 1934, an amateur yachtsman named Arch Gibson gathered together a group of friends who had spent time cruising the North Channel. The group ultimately formed what became the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) — a collection of individuals who share their knowledge of the Great Lakes. At that time in the 1930s, there wasn’t much information available for boaters looking to explore the area. Gibson and the original members of the club started documenting their travels and findings, which would ultimately become Harbor Reports. “That information is what this organization is all about,” says Philip May, editor of the GLCC’s quarterly magazine. “We still do social events, but the club really is about this knowledge that has accumulated over the last 85 to 86 years.” Over 1,000 reports documenting the five Great Lakes and their tributaries are available to members. Any member who has experience of a specific area,
anchorage, waterway or harbor can submit information to the club — in fact, it’s encouraged. GLCC now includes more than 2,500 members, and you can spot the distinctive burgee with its five interconnected chain links forming a circle flying on boats from Duluth to Montreal. In addition to its decades worth of cruising information and observations, GLCC offers opportunities for boaters to connect through meetings and social events, and even has a school that offers a variety of classes and webinars taught by experienced instructors. “If you’re interested in cruising boats on the Great Lakes, this is a good organization to belong to,” May says, who’s been sailing for 50 years and joined the club after he acquired his first real cruising boat. Membership is relatively inexpensive and gives access to a wealth of cruising information and a growing community of lively, friendly boaters eager to share their knowledge. ★
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Gulf Harbour Marina is the “Destination of Choice” for many Midwest boaters! This 186-slip yacht basin has docks from 38' to 97'. Cruise the protected waterways to the islands of Sanibel, Captiva and Boca Grande. Experience the marinas, resorts, restaurants, bays and beaches or cruise the Gulf of Mexico to Ft. Myers Beach, Naples or the Florida Keys.
Gulf Harbour Properties LLC • Marina Boat Slips for Sale: 38', 48', 50', 60', 70' and T-Docks • Over 20 neighborhoods homes & condos available at $150,000 to over $5 million • Equity Country Club memberships available: 18 hole championship golf course, tennis complex, Spa-Fitness Center, Waterside Grille and Johnny Brown’s waterfront restaurants • Only 5 miles to Beach Islands and 30 minutes to International Airport
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2019 NORTHCOAST 190 CENTER CONSOLE 12-year structural hull warranty, “no-wood” construction, Yamaha 115hp 4 Stroke, hydraulic steering, seating FWD console, FRP leaning post, 4 rod holders and storage, salt water wash down, telescoping swim ladder, bilge pump and more! Clearance pricing: normally $48,900, now $35,900! Call Matt @ 734-735-1948. RYS
2014 RANGER TUGS R-31 SEDAN Flagship, low engine/generator hrs. Epoxy barrier coated and VC Offshore bottom painted, custom teak, port and starboard wing foldout seats. No flybridge layout allows for trailering or low bridge clearance on the water! Asking $234,900. Call Mark @ 414-651-3100. RYS
2019 NORTHCOAST 215 CABIN 12-year structural hull warranty, “no-wood” construction, Yamaha 115hp 4 Stroke, hydraulic steering, pilothouse with front opening and sliding side windows, forward cabin with full bulkhead. Huge transom livewell, saltwater washdown, rod holders, tackle boxes and hardtop rocket launchers. Clearance pricing: normally $76,900, now $57,900. Call Matt @ 734-735-1948. RYS
2006 JEFFERSON 52 PILOTHOUSE If you are looking to maximize interior space on the Great Loop, as well as have a 2.0 nm per gallon cruise rate, this is your boat. Has been pampered in the Great Lakes and she is ready to take a long trip. Asking $399,000. Contact Martin Kelsey at 920-559-0366 or email@example.com. CNT
2008 HACKER CRAFT 29 LONG DECK GENTLEMAN’S RACER 100% freshwater, one owner, excellent condition. Powered by single Crusader 8.1 ltr. gas engine. Bottom paint, bow thruster, depth sounder, mooring cover and more! Includes Manning trailer. Indoor heated storage in the winter and boat shed in summer months. Asking $159,900. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180. RYS
2013 REGAL 42 SPORT COUPE Recent tradein on a new Regal. We will consider your trade. The 42 Sport Coupe changed the experience of yachting. The only yacht in her class with a full-beam retractable hardtop with windshield walkthru, opening side windows and sliding glass doors. Asking $329,000. Contact Mike Montilino at 612419-3772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CNT
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2019 BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 50 Three staterooms, freshwater only, previously owned; but good as new. Asking $935,000. Contact Terry Godres at 920-559-0730 or terry@ centerpointesales.com. CNT
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Dart Boats Inc. was established in Toledo, Ohio, on January 15, 1928. The owner, Admiral Webb C. Hayes II (grandson of our 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes), purchased the rights to build Dart Boats from the Indian Lake Boat Company in Lima, Ohio. Miss Lucy is named in honor of the former First Lady, Lucy Webb Hayes. Miss Lucy was discovered a few miles from Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio. We don’t know much about her history, but we think she spent most of her life on the south shores of Lake Erie between Port Clinton and Vermilion, Ohio. She was restored by Ken Kreutzfeld of K&M Restorations in Lakeside/Marblehead, Ohio. She’s a beautiful boat and rides and handles as good as she looks! Miss Lucy has participated in many antique boat shows across the country, including at Lake Oswego, Oregon; Lake Tahoe, California; the ACBS Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho; the Buffalo Boat Show in Buffalo, New York; and the Clayton Boat Show in Clayton, New York. At the helm is Jim Holler on the Niagara River. He’s a great friend and is the son of Hocky Holler, who was a marine architect for Dart Boats Inc. between 1928-1933. Miss Lucy has allowed us to meet many fascinating people from different parts of the country. I believe antique boat owners are the temporary caretakers of floating pieces of history. I look forward to celebrating Miss Lucy’s 100th birthday. — Jun Morris, Bellevue, WA
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