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CARVER C34 COUPE A FINE FAMILY CRUISER. p 38
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GLASTRON GTD 200 Get up and go on this sporty deckboat. p. 42
AMERICA’S HEARTLAND PT. 2 Cruising the Great Loop from Alton, Illinois to the Tennessee River. p. 50
CYCLING AROUND SUPERIOR Three friends conquer one Great Lake on two wheels. p. 46
PORT OF CALL Chicago, IL: Lively lakefront makes the “Second City” first-rate. p. 54
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Boat Test: Carver C34 Coupe A great family cruiser, from beginning to end. by Capt. Tom Serio ....................................................................................
Boat Test: Glastron GTD 200 The sports car of deckboats. by David A. Rose ......................................
The C34 Coupe may be the smallest model in the Carver lineup, but it sure packs a punch. Perfect for cruising families, the C34 Coupe boasts an expansive layout, plenty of seating, accommodations for six people and sporty performance. So load up the family and head out for the weekend!
Great Lakes, Great Stories Three friends, three bikes, 17 days, 1,400 miles and one Great Lake. by Heather Steinberger ..............................................................................
Cruising Through America’s Heartland (PT. 2) Third time’s a charm traveling America’s Heartland rivers on Monarch’s third Great Loop. by Marty Richardson ...............................
Port of Call: Chicago, IL More Than a Skyline: Chicago is more than just the Cubs and White Sox, skyscrapers, tasty deep-dish pizza and the city’s notorious wind. Thanks to waterfront development, riverfront revitalization and endless activities, the “Second City” is a true Great Lakes destination. by Sarah Kollmorgen ..................................................................................
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BY KAT E B U S H
What’s your favorite Great Lakes “summer hotspot”?
ast October, the Lakeland Boating team bundled up in our hats, mittens and jackets, and boarded the Chicago Architecture Foundation tour boat, Chicago’s First Lady. Touring the big city on the serene river — away from the traffic and in the shadow of mammoth skyscrapers — is a vantage point that’s both humbling and fascinating. What we learned on this tour is that the Windy City is more than just the tall buildings that line that river — more than the sports teams and hot dogs and Mag Mile; the city is about the people who live and work in these buildings, who have helped turn Chicago into a first-rate Great Lakes port of call and the perfect summer hotspot (p. 54). Speaking of hotspots, the Great Lakes provide a bounty of destinations for boaters, whether you want to leave Chicago and head south on the “Great Loop” (p. 50); hop around to some of Lake Erie boater’s favorite islands (p. 24); or take a trip around Lake Superior (p. 46). The options are endless. We want to know what your favorite Great Lakes summer hotspot is! Tag us in your Instagram and Facebook photos using @lakelandboating.
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I love running or biking down to Milton Lee Olive Park in Chicago. It’s a small, quiet park hidden between Navy Pier and Oak Street Beach. It juts out into the water and has incredible views of the city. It’s the perfect spot to escape the noise and crowds. ★★★
David A. Rose While I’m spoiled to have the azure-blue waters of Lake Michigan’s East and West Grand Traverse Bays literally minutes from my doorstep, I’m going to have to say my alltime favorite Great Lakes summer hotspot is Lake Superior’s Copper Harbor. Quaint, quiet and calm, even when it’s windy, the natural harbors shores are besieged with beautiful rocks, and it’s waters are crystal clear and teaming with fish. (The latter is a must to satisfy the angler in me). ★★★
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My old hometown of Sturgeon Bay, in Wisconsin’s Door County, will always be my favorite Great Lakes summer destination—for Steel Bridge Songfest, sailing and kayaking on the bay, seafood at Crate, sweet treats at Door County Candy, sunset cocktails at Stone Harbor, and so much more. We lived there for nearly 10 years, and it will always call me home.
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JULY 2018 | VOLUME LXXII, NO. 7
CANINE & FELINE CREW Jethro Our dog, Jethro, recently passed away on his last boating trip with us. This past summer we took a trip with him up the Erie Canal. Ah, the dog days of summer. He was an 11-yearold, 120-pound bloodhound who enjoyed the short getaways with us on our boat each weekend and loved hanging out at the marina. He had his own spot he loved to sit and relax on the boat (as you can see in the photo). Jethro loved the water; we couldn’t go in the lake without him. He wasn’t your typical boating dog, being so large; however, all dogs — no matter the size or breed — can be a Lakeland Boating canine crewmember. We have a 3200 SCR Maxum cruiser and we always made room for Jethro. His best days were on the boat. — Brian & Robin Bates, Buffalo, NY
Correction In Lakeland's May 2018 issue, we incorrectly spelled Matt Borisch's name in the Walloon Lake Village "Shoreleave" (p. 24). Borisch is the correct spelling. We regret the error.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS BY KAT E B U S H
Algonac Lions Pickerel Tournament Algonac, MI ALGONACLIONS.ORG
JUNE 29 – JULY 4
Manistee National Forest Festival Manistee, MI
JULY 6 – AUG 10 Petoskey Rocks! Petoskey, MI
POSH Picnic Clayton, NY ABM.ORG
JUNE 30 – JULY 1 South Haven Art Fair South Haven, MI
Summer Festival Concert & Fireworks Fish Creek, WI VISITFISHCREEK.COM
JUNE 30 – JULY 7
National Cherry Festival Traverse City, MI CHERRYFESTIVAL.ORG
Canada Day on the Waterfront Thunder Bay, ON CALENDAR.THUNDERBAY.CA
JULY 1 – 31 (WEEKENDS)
Light Keeper Weekends DeTour Village, MI DRLPS.COM
JULY 2 – 4
International Food Festival Marquette, MI
Toronto Vintage Boat Show Gravenhurst, ON ACBS.ORG
JULY 7 – 8
Petoskey Steel Drum Band & Fireworks Bay Harbor, MI VILLAGEATBAYHARBOR.COM
JULY 3 – 4
Independence Day Celebration Egg Harbor, WI
Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lakeshore Art Festival Muskegon, MI
JULY 6 – 8
Blue Water Sandfest Port Huron, MI
Whitby Ribfest Whitby, ON
Harbor Beach Maritime Festival Harbor Beach, MI THEMARITIMEFESTIVAL.COM
JULY 12 – 19
JULY 7 – 14
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Bicycle Tour St. Ignace, MI LMB.ORG
Green Bay Restaurant Week Green Bay, WI
Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge Port Credit, ON LOOR.CA/LAKE-ONTARIO-300
JULY 11 – 15
Door County Folk Festival Door County, WI DCFF.NET
JULY 13 – 14
Boyne Thunder Poker Run 4 Boyne City, MI BOYNETHUNDER.COM
Taste of Chicago Chicago, IL
JULY 13 – 15
JULY 12 – 15
Huron Riverfest Huron, OH
Belle River-On the Lake Sunsplash Fest Belle River-On the Lake, ON BELLERIVERBIA.COM
Islandfest Kelleys Island, OH
Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival Belleville, ON
Sault Tribe Pow Wow and Summer Gathering Sault Ste. Marie, MI SAULTSTEMARIE.COM
JULY 6 – 7
Toledo Lighthouse Festival 1 Toledo, OH
Festival of Sail Sandusky 3 Sandusky, OH
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St. Clair Shores AquaFest St. Clair Shores, MI NAUTICALMILE.ORG
Bands on the Beach Indian River, MI IRCHAMBER.COM
Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race 5 Port Huron, MI BYCMACK.COM
Lexington Antique and Classic Boat Show Lexington, MI MICHACBS.COM
Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival Lakeside, OH LAKESIDEOHIO.COM
K/D Salmon Tournament Door County, WI
JULY 20 – 27
350th Anniversary Festival Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Aquapalooza Charlevoix, MI
JULY 27 – 29
Leelanau Wine on the Water Festival Suttons Bay, MI
Festival of Oar, Paddle & Sail Clayton, NY
JULY 15 – 19
Lions Club Fly-In Fish Boil Washington Island, WI
JULY 18 – 22
Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium Grand Marais, MI
Indian River Summerfest Indian River, MI IRCHAMBER.COM
JULY 19 – 21
Beaver Island Music Festival Beaver Island, MI BIMF.NET
JULY 20 – 21
Mustang Stampede Mackinaw City, MI
JULY 20 – 22
40th Thousand Island Vintage Boat Show Weekend Alexandria Bay, NY ACBS.ORG
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Finger Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show Skaneateles, NY ACBS.ORG
Bay Harbor Arts Festival Bay Harbor, MI
Evening Under the Stars DeTour Village, MI
I-LYA Junior Sailing Regattas Put-in-Bay, OH
JULY 27 – 28
Door County Triathlon Door County, WI
Blueberry Festival Marquette, MI
Saugatuck Venetian Festival Saugatuck, MI
JULY 14 – 15
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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Chicago, IL
JULY 21 – 29
PNC Roar on the River Trenton, MI
Water Wonderland Chapter South Arm Classics East Jordan, MI
St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race St. Clair, MI OPARACING.ORG
Ugotta Regatta Harbor Springs, MI
St. Ignace Fish Feast St. Ignace, MI STIGNACE.COM
Summerfest Music & Microbrews St. Joseph, MI SMSO.ORG
Thunder in the Outer Harbor Buffalo, NY
Wooden Boat Festival Newcastle, ON PONMARINA.COM
JULY 21 – 22
Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta Hammondsport, NY
JULY 21 – 28
Venetian Festival 6 Charlevoix, MI
JULY 27 – AUG 4 Baroque on Beaver Beaver Island, MI
JULY 27 – AUG 5
Coast Guard Festival Grand Haven, MI
White Lake Wooden Boat Show Montague, MI ACBS.ORG
JULY 28 – 29
Rendezvous in the Sault Sault Ste. Marie, MI
JULY 31 – AUG 5
Traverse City Film Festival Traverse City, MI
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Flower Creek Dunes Preserve Doubles in Size The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has announced that more than 17 acres of sand dunes along Lake Michigan has been added to the Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve in Montague, Michigan. Thanks to 100 private donors and grants, the added acreage nearly doubles the size of the dune preserve, which was established in 2012 and originally covered 14 acres. After an anonymous donor saved the preserve from being sold in 2016 and 2017, a $1.95 million campaign began. Several endangered species, including Pitcher’s thistle and migrating Piping Plovers, inhabit and/or visit the area. For more information, visit NATURENEARBY.ORG.
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ACBS 43rd Annual Meeting and International Boat Show After being closed for repairs last season, Perry’s Victory Monument has reopened on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. This monument commemorates a key victory for the U.S. in the War of 1812.
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Save the date! The city of Port Huron, Michigan will host The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) 43rd Annual Meeting and International Boat Show on September 14-15, 2018. The 2018 show is titled “Boat the Blue,” because of Port Huron’s brilliant blue water; the theme of the show is “Bring your boat home.” The show will attract antique and classic boats from all over the U.S. and Canada, from as far away as California and British Columbia. More than 150 boats will grace the docks at the River
Street Marina on the Black River, including some very rare and unique boats. The marina is within walking distance to the historic downtown area with great restaurants and shopping. The show will feature assorted nautical and food vendors, kids activities, classic cars and free boat rides for the general public. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there is no admission charge for the show. For more information, visit BOATTHEBLUE .COM.
Sunseeker Predator 50 Makes North American Debut with JBYS
The Sunseeker Predator 50 — the latest model in the Predator range and smallest Predator ever built — is touring the Great Lakes with Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales through mid-June. The Predator 50 is the first of its kind in North America and is truly a “yacht for all occasions.” As you’d expect from any Sunseeker, the Predator 50 boasts power, maneuverability, refinement and attention to detail. Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales’s June tour includes stops in Chicago, Milwaukee, Charlevoix and Bay Harbor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your company’s Visit JBYS.COM for the full schedule and to set up your private showing and sea trial. Great Lakes news to Scuttle!
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White Lake Association Adds Area’s First Sea Tow Life Jacket Loaner Station Thanks to a partnership with the Sea Tow Foundation, the White Lake Association (WLA) has opened up a new Life Jacket Loaner Station, which will be available to Montague, Michigan boaters in mid-June. The station, which will be located at the Montague municipal boat launch and fish cleaning station, will hold life jackets (ranging in size from infant to adult XL) for local boaters to borrow and use, free of charge. Since 2008, the Sea Tow Foundation has distributed more than 40,000 life jackets to local businesses and organizations across the country. “The opening of this new Life Jacket Loaner Station in the White Lake area is a major achievement, and we are proud to partner with the White Lake Association to ensure the public’s access to these life jackets,” says Gail R. Kulp, Sea Tow Foundation’s executive director. “With such a strong boating culture, we know that these life jackets will save lives this boating season and for years to come.” For more information, visit BOATINGSAFETY.COM and WHITELAKEASSOCIATION.ORG.
Barletta Pontoon Boats Comes to Spring Brook Marina
Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Illinois is bringing Barletta Pontoon Boats to its sales floor as the 2018 boating season kicks into high gear. Barletta Pontoon Boats is new to the market this year, having launched in January 2018. Located in Middlebury, Indiana, the Barletta team is made up of marine experts from around the industry and is led by RV industry veteran Bill Fenech. The company was awarded the 2018 NMMA Innovation award this year at the Minneapolis Boat Show, recognizing Barletta Pontoon Boats for its groundbreaking consumer marine products. Barletta Pontoon Boats joins Spring Brook’s current offerings of Fairline Yachts, Prestige Luxury Motor Yachts and Jeanneau powerboats. “We are excited to add Barletta to our lineup. They are a perfect fit,” says Spring Brook Marina’s Kyle Stenzel. For more information, visit SPRINGBROOKMARINA .COM.
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WideWakes Launches Online Marine Fuel Price Monitoring Service East Chicago, Indiana is undergoing a $15.5 million lakefront transformation, including adding a permanent stage on the beach, a new harbor walk and umbrella sculptures. New piers at the marina will offer cable television and Wi-Fi, social spaces for boaters and a site for PWC and kayak rentals.
Checking marine fuel prices has never been easier. The startup WideWakes has launched a new site for boaters to easily check and compare marine fuel prices. With a yearly subscription of $14.99, boaters have access to the current fuel prices at marinas around the Great Lakes. Subscribers can also add up to 10 marinas if they’re not currently listed in the system. In addition to listing marina fuel dock prices and octane ratings, WideWakes also lists marina amenities, transient slip availability, contact information, reviews and hours of operation. Real-time weather, radar, winds, tides and wave heights are also included. To learn more and subscribe, visit WIDEWAKES.COM.
Mercury Marine Introduces New V-6 and V-8 Models
Need more power? Mercury Marine has introduced multiple new 4.6L V-8 outboard engine models, as well as the new PRO XS 175-hp 3.4L V-6. The V-8 engines include: The 250- and 300-hp Verado; 250- and 300-hp FourStroke; and 200-, 225-, 250- and 300-hp PRO XS. These next-generation outboard engines are part of the largest single new-product development program Mercury has undertaken in its nearly 80-year history. “These engines are naturally aspirated, durable, powerful and provide options for the consumer that they’ve never had before,” says John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “This new lineup aligns with what consumers are asking for and we are delighted to deliver it to them.” For more information, visit MERCURYMARINE .COM.
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Pete Beauregard, Jr., president and owner of Colony Marine in Michigan, has appointed Dave Giles to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. “We are extremely excited to have Dave onboard our Colony Marine team,” Beauregard, Jr. says. “With his accomplished career in the boating industry, he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership to our company.” Giles has been in the boating industry for more than 40 years. Most recently, he was the owner of Great Lakes Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Toledo Beach Yacht Sales in Monroe, Michigan. Colony Marine sells Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Crest Pontoon and Chris-Craft models, and has locations in St. Clair Shores, Algonac and Pontiac, Michigan. Visit COLONYMARINE .NET for more information.
Chris-Craft Adds South Shore Marine to Dealer Network
Huron, Ohio-based South Shore Marine is the newest Great Lakes Chris-Craft dealer. Operating since 1989, South Shore Marine is a full-service marine dealership. Its team of highlytrained sales and service specialists and modernized facility provide a convenient one-stop-shop to accommodate all boating needs. “Chris-Craft is a legend, especially in the Great Lakes region,” says Tom Mack, president of South Shore Marine. “It adds a wonderful mix of strikingly beautiful models to our ‘First Class Boats’ lineup.” For more information, visit SOUTHSHOREMARINE .COM.
PNC Roar on the River
Chris Fairchild, from Paw Paw, Illinois, captured first place in the SST200 class to claim the title of the APBA/UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) World Champion. The 67th PNC Roar on the River races were held July 14-16, 2017 on the Detroit River in Trenton, Michigan. The 2018 event will take place on July 20-22. — Paul Kemiel
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Boating Safety Resources Available Through BoatBeat New boating safety resources are now available on BOATBEAT.ORG , a collaborative online hub with comprehensive information about recreational boating safety. Infographics, case studies, tips and other resources can be found on the BoatBeat website, which is managed by the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). BoatBeat’s goal is to promote safer recreational boating experiences through education on safe practices. With the boating season in full swing, it’s a great time for boaters to read up on how to keep passengers, themselves, and others out on the water safe. Topics covered on BOATBEAT.ORG include the importance of life jackets; watersports; communication devices; boating under the influence; and paddlecraft safety.
Scout and Bertram Standardize Seakeeper
Seakeeper is on a roll (no pun intended). The leader in gyro stabilization has announced standardization partnerships with Scout Boats and Bertram Yachts. “Every day we’re seeing more and more builders adding Seakeeper to their models, not just as options, but as standard equipment,” says Andrew Semprevivo, Seakeeper president and CEO. “When air conditioning for cars was introduced, it was a luxury option. Now it’s standard across all brands and models. We’re heading quickly in that same direction with boat stabilization.” Seakeeper gyro stabilization will be included as standard equipment on all Scout 380 LXF and Scout 420 LXF models; future Scout models will be added to that list. Seakeeper will also be included as standard equipment on current and future Bertram Yachts models. For more information. Visit SEAKEEPER.COM.
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East Sister Island Less than a mile wide, East Sister Island is north of The Chickens and home to the East Sister Provincial Park, where you can find abundant rare plant species that shelter waterfowl. The island is also a major breeding colony of the great blue heron. Though the island is a designated park, there are no facilities, and visiting is discouraged, especially during the breeding season; however, a slow pass along the shoreline may reward boaters with views of shorebirds and waterfowl, such as the black-crowned night heron and great egret. Hen Island
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Pelee Island Whereas South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay offer abundant nightlife, Pelee Island offers visitors a place to relax and appreciate the island’s natural beauty. Pelee — the largest of the Lake Erie islands and the most southern point of Canada — is often overlooked in favor of the country’s more touristy locations. Fortunately, this provides those who do decide to visit the island an opportunity to explore the natural beauty, culture and charm without being overwhelmed by crowds. The island is accessed by plane, personal watercraft or ferry service. New for the 2018 season, the Pelee Islander II ferry will shuttle more tourists to this Canadian island. American visitors to the island should be familiar with the laws regarding entry into Canada and be prepared to present a valid passport upon arrival. The ferry docks at the West Dock, which is the hub of transportation on the southern portion of the island. While anchorage is available at both the West Dock and Fish Point, Scudder Marina is the only port on the island to allow overnight and transient dockage. Located in North Bay, Scudder Marina can accommodate vessels up to 65 feet. Amenities include electric, water, restrooms and showers, a gas dock and an on-site store. Reservations are recommended for weekend visits. When traveling by boat, take care when approaching the island and refer to your charts, as there are potential threats to avoid, including shallow water, a reef and shoals.
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The Chickens Known as “The Chickens,” this set of islands nestled north of North Bass Island in Canadian waters includes Big Chicken, Little Chicken, Chick and Hen Island. Hen Island is the largest of the islands and home to the Quinnebog Club. The exclusive fishing club was founded in 1897 and is said to have welcomed President’s Grover Cleveland and William McKinley into its fold to fish at the Walleye Capital of the World. The island is owned and maintained by the club and features a lodge, dining hall and bunkhouse. While Big Chicken, Little Chicken and Chick Islands are classified as islands, they are actually reefs that surround Hen Island. These islands are often covered in cormorants and pelicans.
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Tonya Prater concludes her three-part journey exploring the many islands of Lake Erie. In part three, we discover the Canadian Lake Erie Islands.
ontinued exploration of Lake Erie’s western basin leads boaters to venture into international waters to reach the islands of Pelee, East Sister Island and The Chickens. Grab your passport and prepare to step onto islands rich in history, culture and ecological wonders found nowhere else in the world.
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Above: Birds flock to the tip of Pelee Island. Right: Pelee Island Winery. Bottom right: Pelee Island Club
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Once at the marina, there’s no need to travel far for a bite to eat; simply walk across the road to Scudder Beach Bar & Grill, serving a mix of Canadian and American meal options. You can never go wrong with the famed Lake Erie perch served on a Kaiser bun or in a basket with hand-cut fries. Nearby Conorlee’s Bakery and Delicatessen provides a great start to the day with coffee, fresh pastries and lunch offerings. Lodging consists of privately-owned cottages, inns, B&Bs and a campground. The Pelee Island Heritage Center houses a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that share the story of the island from the beginning when First Nations roamed the island, to the arrival of the first European settler, to the present-day preservation and conservation efforts. Located near the ferry dock, this museum offers an overview of the island and is an experience that history lovers will appreciate. The island is home to fewer than 300 people, with the population swelling to 1,500 during the summer. Long weekends and special events can double that number. The private Pelee Club calls Pelee Island home. This boating, fishing, hunting and family club offers its limited members a wonderful retreat and vacation spot. Membership benefits include the use of club canoes, kayaks, fishing boats and sailboats. The Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve located near the marina is one of two reserves on the island. The Pelee Island Lighthouse, which was built in 1833, is located on the northernmost tip of the reserve and is the second oldest lighthouse in Canada. While not open to the public, it does make the perfect backdrop for a photo of your island getaway. Pelee Island offers visitors a chance to explore by car, on foot, or — most popular — by bike, allowing you to slow down and truly appreciate the splendor of this unique countryside. The Pelee Island Waterfront Trail takes visitors along the shoreline and connects to the Ecological Trail System. Visitors will experience a landscape unlike any in Canada, with beaches, dense deciduous forests, sand dunes and marshes. The unique environment is a special treat and a perfect vantage point during the spring and fall bird and butterfly migrations. Recognized as an Important Bird Area, the island lies at the intersection of the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways — two major migratory bird routes. Both Fish Point Nature Reserve and Lighthouse Point Nature Reserve are habitats for the rare Lake Erie water snake, smallmouth salamander, blue racer snake and spotted turtle. The Stone Road Alvar is significant because rare plants and animals can be found here that are unable to live anywhere else on Earth. Like other Lake Erie islands, the mild climate of Pelee Island is perfect for growing grapes. The island produces wine from more than 600 acres of vineyards, making it the largest estate winery in Canada. Pelee Island Winery welcomes visitors for tours, tastings and live entertainment on the weekends. The relaxing Pelee Island is a dream for ecotourists. So, grab your sunscreen, bird guide and telephoto lens, and venture off the beaten path to dig your toes in the sandy beaches and appreciate the natural beauty of the island. ★
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Diesel Doctor Take care of diesel engines by using clean fuel.
urns out, the self-proclaimed dock guru down at your marina was actually right about one thing: Diesel engines do love clean fuel. According to national repair statistics, nine out of 10 problems associated with diesel engines are the result of contaminated fuel. Here’s how to keep your fuel system in top condition and save yourself from becoming a statistic.
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The 10 commandments of diesel fuel care 1. Buy fuel from a reliable source. 2. Filter fuel as it comes aboard. 3. Add fuel stabilizer and biocides, particularly in the case of longterm storage. 4. Keep water out! 5. Install a robust fuel filtration system with dual primary filters. 6. Install a vacuum gauge to monitor fuel filter performance. 7. Regularly check your filter bowls for signs of contamination. 8. Change all fuel filters/ elements on a regular basis as per the engine manufacturer’s recommendations. 9. Keep fuel tanks clean, and clean dirty tanks immediately. 10. Install an onboard fuel polishing system.
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Fuel — and so much more! One of the major differences between gasoline and diesel engines is the way they use fuel. Gasoline is simply a fuel that’s burned to produce heat and power, but diesel fuel additionally acts as a lubricant. Diesel engines also circulate more fuel than is needed to produce power; this extra fuel not only helps lubricate the engine, but also carries away excess heat. Clean fuel is a crucial part of keeping your diesel engine happy. The reason for all of this clean fuel hubbub has to do with your engine’s fuel injectors. These precision-tuned components deliver a precise, ultra-fine mist into the combustion chamber. They don’t like contaminants one bit; even microscopic specks of dirt or water can wreak havoc on the combustion process — as well as on your injectors and kid’s college fund. Filters: The first line of defense A typical diesel fuel system contains a larger primary filter mounted on a bulkhead near the engine and a smaller, secondary filter mounted on the engine itself. The primary filter does the lion’s share of fuel filtration, while the finer mesh secondary unit does the clean-up work by filtering out any microscopic particles of grit and water that make it past the primary filter. Many diesels will also have a second primary filter plumbed into its fuel system, allowing you to change a clogged filter while the engine is running. Primary filters should have a clear sediment bowl, allowing you to visually check for water or sediment (which should be part of your daily routine while cruising). Fuel filters should be changed when dirty, but prior to affecting engine performance. This can be accomplished by replacing filters at regular intervals (after a certain amount of hours or annually, for example); however, a more accurate way to monitor filter performance is by installing a vacuum gauge at the primary filter. This provides a visual representation of fuel flow restriction through the primary filter or, conversely, how hard it is for the engine to suck fuel through it. The higher the gauge pressure, the more clogged the filter is — and the more urgent it is to replace. The easiest way to prevent fuel problems is by keeping contaminated fuel from entering your tank in the first place. One way to help with this is by using of multi-stage fuel filter
funnel when taking on fuel, such as the Racor Fuel Filter Funnel (PH.PARKER.COM/US/EN/FUEL-FILTER-FUNNEL) or Mr. Funnel (MRFUNNEL .COM). Even when using your fancy new filter funnel, the best option is always purchasing the cleanest fuel possible. If you have any doubts about the cleanliness of a marina’s fuel, pump some into a clean glass jar before fueling and let it sit a few minutes. If you see either water or dirt settle at the bottom of the jar, buy your fuel somewhere else. Buying clean fuel is only half the battle Two of your biggest enemies in the battle for clean fuel are water contamination once on-board and during long-term storage. Diesels use pressure to generate combustion; when water enters the engine, it turns to steam, which can literally blow your injectors to pieces. Water also mixes with the sulfur in your fuel to create sulfuric acid (sort of like the blood of those critters in the “Alien” movies), which can cause internal engine parts to corrode. So how does water get into your fuel tank? One way is through the tank’s vent system. Unlike the closed fuel system in your car, a boat’s tank is vented. This open system lets moisture in, where it can condense on the inside walls of your tank due to daily heating and cooling cycles. The more air you have in your tank, the more moisture and potential condensation. To combat this, the recommendation is to keep your fuel tank fully topped off (up to 95 percent full) particularly during long-term storage. Another common point of entry is your fuel tank deck fill due to damaged or missing O rings. Fuel fills located on side decks are especially vulnerable in this regard (particularly on sailboats) as they can ship a lot of water during rough passages, heavy rains or even during wash downs. Long-term commitment As water enters your fuel tank, it eventually separates and settles to the bottom — a common problem with long-term stored fuel. That’s when it gets buggy. Microbes thrive in this water; their only goal in life is to eat and multiply. Sure, you can add biocides after the fact and kill the little buggers, but as any good hitman knows, killing is the easy part — the problem is disposing of the bodies. In the case of dead microbes, they’ll lie in wait at the bottom of your tank until that first rough passage, then rise zombie-like to clog filters and wreak vengeance on your fuel system — or worse yet, your engine. The best strategy (particularly for long-term storage) is treating your clean fuel with stabilizers and biocides before a bug issue occurs, preventing water from entering your tank in the first place. No water, no critters. ★
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Savvy Sounders Spend less time searching and more time fishing with CHIRP fishfinders.
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ishfinder technology has improved tremendously in recent years. CHIRP, down scan, side scan, 3D and 360-degree imagery has made identifying structure, bait and target fish easier than ever. Interpreting what it is you are looking at on these marvelous machines can be a bit confusing at first; however, once you begin to understand the information displayed on your fishfinder, you can shave hours off your hunt for fish and spend more time catching them. CHIRP and scanning technology In today’s market, there are a wide variety of fishfinders (also called sounders) at a value never before seen. Whether you opt for a simple 4-inch fishfinder/GPS combo or a 21-inch multifunction display, many now offer standard CHIRP (Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse) sounder technology, as well as down scanning and side scanning technology. Both CHIRP and scanning technologies have their advantages, and displaying both in a split screen configuration can give the user the best of both worlds. The CHIRP screen is generally better at identifying fish (seen as red arcs), and the down and side scan screens — while able to detect fish — are generally better at identifying and displaying structure in high detail. Some fishfinders, such as select models offered by Lowrance and Simrad, will even display both forms of soundings within the same display screen. With Lowrance’s FishReveal technology and a downscan transducer, you have both CHIRP sonar fish targets and highly detailed down view structure display. Understanding fishfinders To understand how to read new fishfinders, it helps to better understand the technology behind them. Unlike a traditional 2D sounder, which transmits a single frequency, CHIRP fishfinders transmit a pulsing array of frequencies within a cone-shaped beam. Put simply, because there are multiple frequencies being transmitted and received by the transducer, there is more information received by the sounder and a clearer and better-defined picture. Down scan and side scan technology (called a variety of names by different manufacturers) generally sends either a 455kHz, 800kHz or 1.2mHz pulsed frequency out, and it does so in a very thin beam from front-to-back but wide from side-to-side. Its transmission can cover highly detailed, wide swaths of the bottom while underway. A detailed image can be created by piecing together the thin beams. The lower the frequency, the farther the beam can go; however, the higher the frequency, the better the resolution.
Reading the display Looking at a side scan image on a display for the first time can be a bit confusing. Just remember that unlike a traditional or down view image on your display (which shows your boat in the upper right corner of the screen), side scan images show your boat at the top center of the screen with the image moving from top to bottom (with the most recent information at the top of the screen). The solid line running down the center of the screen is your transducer, and the dark column on either side of it is the water between the transducer and the bottom. The imagery out to the sides is the bottom itself. You will see shadows in the dark areas showing blind spots where the transducer frequencies are blocked by structure. The longer the shadow, the taller the structure. Wide areas of darkness could also indicate underwater ravines or holes that can hold fish. Harder surfaces, such as rocks, will be lighter in color, while soft bottoms will be a darker shade. Other tips In order for side scanning and down scanning sonars to work effectively it’s important to remember that the boat must be moving to draw a relatable image. The best speed to operate to get the greatest detail from this form of sonar is in the 3 to 5 mph range. If you sit idle, detail is lost, and if you go any faster, details tend to blur. Setting the side scan to read farther out will help to find structure, however fish identification can become more difficult. If you also want to find fish (usually displayed as specks or blotches) with side scan, try to keep the side scan range under 60 to 90. This article just touched on some of the basics. In order to better understand your new fishfinder, nothing beats time on the water playing and pushing buttons. Before you head out, take some time and search YouTube for videos showing your sounder model being used in real life scenarios. By watching others operate and interpret their machines you can learn how to get the most out of your very capable new sounder. With this new technology and your newfound knowledge there’s no excuse for not coming home with fish in the cooler — or at least a spectacular tale of catch and release. ★
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 trave ling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .
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Hassle-free cruising Hosted by dealerships and marinas, owners’ rendezvous events are designed to give boaters of all skill levels the opportunity to explore new places, learn boating tips and tricks, and spend time with friends both old and new. A major perk? You get to enjoy hassle-free cruising to some of the Great Lakes’ hottest destinations, such as: Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands; the North Channel and Georgian Bay; Mackinac Island; Door County; Bayfield and the Apostle Islands; Bay Harbor; and many more. “With our rendezvous, we plan the entire trip, including dockage, dinners and activities,” says Jennifer Nagy, marketing and events coordinator for MarineMax, which has more than 50 locations nationwide. It has a Great Lakes facility in Port Clinton, in the heart of Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. “Because we make all the arrangements, this is a great way to cruise to locations you might not have visited on your own,” Nagy adds. “Along the way, you’ll meet fellow boaters. You’ll learn from their experiences, and you just might become lifelong friends.” Deb DeBusscher of St. Clair Shores, Michigan-based Colony Marine agrees. “Once boaters attend one rendezvous, they usually attend year after year,” she says. “It’s a great way for them to experience new ports around the Great Lakes, meet new boating friends, and experience a turnkey trip where we make all the plans and reservations in advance.”
Colony Marine has been organizing two to three rendezvous trips each summer, one to a local Lake Huron port of call, one to Lake Erie ports, and another to a destination port “Up North.” Each trip typically sees anywhere from 25 to 45 boats, ranging in size from 19 to 68 feet. “The largest group we had was 100 boats on a cruise to Sarnia Bay Marina in Ontario, Canada,” DeBusscher recalls. She says up to a quarter of Colony Marine’s rendezvous participants are new boaters. The more experienced boaters quickly take them under their wing to share their knowledge and experiences, and provide valuable guidance to the newbies as they become cruisers. “Some new boaters are hesitant to travel to new ports or to longer-distance destinations,” DeBusscher explains. “These trips give them the opportunity to travel with a large group of boats, following a captain from port to port and learning the ways of the water with veteran boaters. These experiences give them the confidence to explore other ports on their own.” Nagy says MarineMax also sees experienced boaters returning to their rendezvous events each year, with new boaters always a part of the mix. “Each year we get at least a few new people who join us, love it, and keep coming back,” she says. “They love that we plan everything for them, and take them places they might not have gone by themselves.” What about longtime boaters? Both DeBusscher and Nagy say they find there are always new places to go and new things to do; and with someone else doing all the legwork, they relish the opportunity to simply show up and enjoy themselves. The spirit of community These rendezvous are all about fun. Daily activities depend on the location of the getaway and might include wine tastings, poker runs, trolley tours, golf-cart decorating contests, costume contents, scavenger hunts, water-balloon fights, relay races, dragon boat races, kayaking and other watersports. In the spirit of community, the hosts typically arrange a variety of social events so boaters can get to know each other. Participants can join everything from cocktail parties, pub crawls and cookouts to potluck parties, ice cream socials, pool parties, bonfires and even dinner dances. And there’s always time for families to do a little exploring or relaxing on their own. Some hosts will organize each trip around a theme. “Some of our themes have been ‘1950s Flashback,’ ‘Wild Wild West,’ ‘Hawaiian,’ ‘Pirates of the Great Lakes,’ ‘South of the Border Mexican,’ ‘1980s Disco’... you get the picture,” DeBusscher says. “One year, we did Halloween, complete with trick-or-treating from boat to boat. We customize each trip
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e boaters are, admittedly, a social lot. We share information, offer advice, and help each other out when problems arise. We regale each other with tales of boating adventures and mishaps, and we love parties. It doesn’t matter if we’re new to the lifestyle or have always been a boater — or if we’re cruisers, anglers, watersports enthusiasts, or simply enjoy puttering about in small boats. We seek each other out, and we delight in each other’s company. So, when you think about it, taking part in an owners’ rendezvous is like going to the world’s best summer camp. It’s simply a no-brainer.
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Owners’ rendezvous offer something for all ages and skill levels.
2018 Owners Rendezvous’ and Cruises June 9-10 Walstrom Marine; Leland, Michigan June 21-24 MarineMax Catawba Island; Rattlesnake Island/Kelleys Island Getaway, Ohio June 24-30 Colony Marine; Lake Erie Cruise (Detroit Yacht Club, Put-in-Bay and Marblehead)
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based on location, logistics, and the age range of the boaters. We always incorporate local highlights, social events, and some crazy, fun activities for all ages with lots of fun and laughter.” This definitely sounds like camp for boaters. And, like the summer camps of our youth, building lasting friendships is both inevitable and perhaps the best part of all. “Boaters rave about how organized our trips are, but also about how much fun they have,” DeBusscher says. “They form long-lasting friendships that continue beyond the rendezvous. Many of our boaters have attended our trips since the beginning, and they have friendships that are just as long-standing.” This proves to be deeply meaningful for the hosts, as well. “I’ve always said that we don’t just sell boats, we sell the boating lifestyle,” says Pete Beauregard Jr., Colony Marine’s owner. “Rendezvous trips are the ultimate opportunity to share the boating experience with boaters of all ages. Many have attended the trips for years, and we’ve had the pleasure of creating memories that will last a lifetime. “These boaters are extended family to us, and we’ve watched their children grow into young adults who are now graduating from college, getting married and bringing the next generation along on our rendezvous trips,” he continues. “It’s a rewarding and remarkable experience to share these boating memories and adventures with them.” ★
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Locking Through How to safely and successfully traverse through a lock.
HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is a U.S. Power Squadron member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit her website at HELENAITKEN.COM.
Bill Tucker’s advice 1. Wear a life jacket and gloves. Expect lines, lock walls and bitts to be rough and nasty. 2. Talk with boaters who have gone through the locks before. Have adequate crew for the passage and size of the boat. 3. Read and follow lock directions, obey any signal lights and be alert, especially while tying up to the wall or another boat. A fixed, red light means a closed lock — stand clear. Green lights signal an open lock — wait for instructions. Three long air horn blasts signal a lock that’s ready to enter. Four or more blasts signals a lock is not ready — wait for instruction. One long blast signals permission to leave lock. 4. Contact traffic control for its procedures and wait time using VHF channel 13. 5. Bring enough fenders and line. Each lock is different in size, lift and procedure. Military and commercial vessels have priority over pleasurecraft. Stay clear of the entrance until directed to enter. You may need to tie up to wait your turn; moorings are generally for freighters, so bring long lines for that or tying off (have 75 to 100 feet of line available). 6. Don’t tie lines to boat cleats — it may hang the boat. Enter slowly, watching for staff to help with lines, positioning and fender placement. Never tie a line to a
ladder or recessed mooring pins, and tie off to lock bitts amidships with a spring line. 7. Typically, big boats go in first and smaller boats are tied up against them (use extra fenders). Then the smaller boats are released first. Changing water levels may create a rough ride; keep fenders from catching in the walls and use snatch blocks to control the lines. 8. After the lock is closed, safety booms are lowered to protect the doors. Filling and draining can produce some very turbulent water. It’s a good idea to stay in the lock’s center when passing through the gates. Additional safeguards ■ Boaters must adhere to USCG Inland Navigation Rules. ■ Paddlecraft and non-motorized craft may or may not be allowed in a lock unless moored to a motorized assist vessel. Call ahead to make sure. ■ Keep vigilant during lockage. The lines may need loosening or tightening if the bitt gets stuck or needs to be released quickly. If an emergency arises, you will be notified to release the vessel from the mooring bitt. ■ Lock operators have the same authority over your boat as a policeman at an intersection. Obey his or her instructions. Lastly ■ Expect to pay a transit fee in privately owned/operated locks, like the Welland Lock. Pay tolls in person or online through PayPal; online tickets are cheaper. A printed ticket is required for the entire transit and presented to lock personnel. ■ Passports are not required to pass through Canadian waters unless you disembark. ■ Check your charts for lock information. Check online for instructions and schedules, especially for peak season, and arrive at least one hour before the end of the service schedule time. Passing through a lock can be an exciting, nerve-wracking, or even a dangerous event. Careful preparation and adhering to safety protocols can make locking through a memorable adventure. Final advice from Bill Tucker is, “Thank the lock crew for their help.” Download a free PDF of the St. Lawrence Seaway Pleasure Craft Guide at GREATLAKES-SEAWAY.COM for lockage schedule (updated twice per day at 0730 and 1300) or hear recorded times at 450-672-4110, ext. 2235. ★
PH OTOS BY ROBERT TAYLO R/FLICKR
ocks are an ingenious way to travel uphill, avoid dams, or cross difficult terrain without trailering a boat. They differ in size and depth, from small canals to massive locks that connect one ocean to another. Some small locks are manipulated with a hand crank bar, while sophisticated ones carrying ocean-going vessels (freighters, container ships and cruise ships) are operated by attendants and computers. Regardless of lock size, the process to move a boat is basically the same: A door opens allowing a vessel to enter an enclosed area. The door behind the vessel closes, “locking” it in. Water rises or falls to the water level on the outside of the exiting door, the door opens, and the boat proceeds out. As simple as this seems, there are specific and individual guidelines for lockage. Bill Tucker of Harrison Township, Michigan, is a Great Lakes Singlehanded Society member and an expert in traversing the Great Lakes’ locks using different vessels. He specializes in sailboat racing through all the Great Lakes (30 different races), and racing solo in the Super Mac yacht race from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan. From his experience, Tucker offers to following information for successful lockage.
CRUISING WITH KIDS BY DI A N E SELTZER
Summer on the Hook Enjoying family boat days not underway.
PHOTOS BY DIANE SELTZER
hile boats are, of course, built for cruising, we don’t always want to be on the go. Although we like to plan cruises as a family, it can sometimes make for a hectic weekend. Some of our family’s most memorable days at the boat are when we have no cruising plans and we simply drop the hook for the day. We trade in a busy weekend of exploring a new waterfront destination for a relaxing day of family time afloat. When we are simply anchored out, the boat becomes our home base to play on the water, where the whole family can kick back, relax and unwind. Finding the perfect anchorage For our family, a day on the hook typically starts with a very short cruise — not even leaving the no-wake zone by our marina — over to our favorite anchorage spot (also known as “our spot”). Our ideal anchorage is a sandy bottom cove away from the main channel, within the no-wake zone, just hugging the shoreline. It’s the perfect depth where the adults can stand chest-deep in the water holding a cocktail behind the boat, and the kids can easily swim from our boat to shore to play on a sandy beach. That’s the sweet spot. After we maneuver into the cove, we drop anchor, ensure it has a good grip on the bottom, and then toss in a stern anchor to keep our boat perfectly positioned facing the shoreline. As soon as the engines are powered down, we immediately hear the kids start to beg “can we jump in now?” as they scurry toward the swim platform. A day of fun on the water Once we are settled into our spot, we turn on the tunes, slather on the sunscreen and suit up for some water fun. On a warm summer day, a gigantic cannonball from the swim platform is the best way to enter the water — at least when you are a kid. With a big “woo-hoo,” followed by a giant splash, our day on the water begins. Of course it wouldn’t be a day of play without unleashing a boat full of water toys. As the kids start to splish and splash, mom and dad get busy inflating enough tubes and floatables for everyone. We inspect the strength of the current and then tie them off so the floats (and the kids) stay within a line’s length from the boat. Many times we’ll raft up with other boats from our marina and the kids will play together. It can get tricky with multiple lines leading to multiple floats behind the boats, but the kids love climbing around float-to-float. And if they’re lucky, there’s a new water toy around to try out, like a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. For most of the afternoon, the kids swim around the
boat, climb on and off the floats a few hundred times, and then inevitably engage in a big jumping contest off the swim platform. With a GoPro in hand, the jumps become more animated in their attempts to catch the ultimate swim platform performance on camera. Yes, mom and dad have also been known to get in on the action. By mid-afternoon, the kids make their way to the beach with sand buckets and shovels ready to dig up whatever treasures they can find along the shore. It’s the perfect time to fire up the grill and start preparing dinner. After a gourmet dinner gathered in the cockpit — with a meal that likely involves summertime favorites, hot dogs and corn on the cob — everyone is ready for one last cool down in the water. Late afternoons on the boat tend to get hot, and it’s not entirely unusual for someone to dump a bucket of water on their head. The anchor-out routine on our boat never seems to get old. It’s time to unwind, unplug and connect as a family. At the end of the day, we make our way back to the marina and watch the sun dip and glisten on the water. We may have never gotten our boat up on plane, but we had a full day making fun family memories on the boat. ★
DIANE SELTZER is an avid boater, marketing director for SureShade sunshade systems, author of the children’s book “The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl,” and runs the boating lifestyle sites MYBOATLIFE .COM and BOATERKIDS.COM.
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KE N K R E ISL E R
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 56'6" Beam: 15'7" Draft: 4'8" Weight: 48,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 528.34 gals. Water Capacity: 171.71 gals. Power: 2 X Volvo Penta D8-IPS 800 Base Price: Contact Dealer ABSOLUTEYACHTS.COM
DEALERS Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales St. Clair Shores, MI; Charlevoix, MI; Grand Haven, MI; Holland, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Chicago, IL; Catawba Island, OH; Ontario, Canada JBYS.COM
Absolute 58 Fly Total satisfaction.
ne of eight models in the Absolute flybridge lineup, the 58 Fly joins her sisterships right in the middle of the pack. Dynamic, innovative and boasting optimal space utilization, she presents big boat features all wrapped up in an exciting and elegant design. Comfort and technology meet on equal terms, starting with an exciting exterior profile featuring large glass windows on both the main deck as well as in the accommodations below. These windows allow for maximum light and outstanding views all around. The large sunpad is fully forward on the bow and accompanies a curved seating area. Access to the aft section is safe and easy courtesy of wide teak walkways; here, you’re greeted by a spacious teak-decked dining area, perfect for alfresco meals. The transom area can be utilized as another sunpad lounge or — with the optional transom grilling station and sink — an informal eating space as well. There is more entertaining space topsides on the flybridge with the helm to port and a pair of seats for those wishing to spend some time with the captain.
Additional seating and lounges are aft, accompanied by a dinette and grill. Step through sliding glass doors to enter into the breathtaking Italian-inspired interior. The main deck offers a large salon with ample seating areas, a fully found galley and a dining area all surrounded by fine light and dark woods, outstanding fit and finish, and stylish décor. The lower starboard helm station is also located here. The main deck is only a prelude to the living accommodations. Accessed via a centerline staircase, one is greeted by a stylish atrium leading to the forward VIP, starboard guest quarters, and aft to the full-beam master, all meticulously designed and tastefully appointed in luxurious fabrics and finishes. The engine room provides all the necessary space for important fluid checks and maintenance. And with those twin IPS 800s, maneuvering around the docks or while in close quarters situations will make your life a little bit easier; the Absolute 58 Fly will do just that — and a whole lot more. ★
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY K EN K REI SL ER
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 70'1" Beam: 17'5"
A technological advancement.
riple IPS power. Active trim control. Strikingly handsome and exciting contemporary exterior. Outstanding interior. Impeccable quality control in both high-tech building schedule and advanced systems integration. What is it, you ask? It’s the Azimut S7. “Every Azimut presents a personalized design to suit any prospective owner’s desires,” says Azimut USA President Federico Ferrante. “Now, more than ever, it is very important to be set apart from the competition.” With Azimut’s Stefano Righini guiding the S7’s concept and exterior styling (the window configurations are wonderfully executed), this head-turning 70-foot yacht has all the spectacular features one would expect from this world-class builder. From the outside she is the kind of boat that seems to tug at her lines, impatient to be out on the water where she belongs. The bow area presents upper and lower seating/lounging areas, while fully aft, a large sunpad, outdoor grill, and a comfortable seating and dining area provide impressive entertaining opportunities.
Draft: 5'6" Weight: 89,200 lbs.
Topsides, you will find abundant outdoor seating and a starboard helm station. Upon entering the main salon, you’re greeted by wide-open, bright and airy spaces courtesy of oversized, distinctive windows, a wonderful blend of light and dark woods, and a tasteful mixing and matching of fabric and furniture. There is a dining area, lower helm station, and access to the living accommodation below where a four-stateroom, four-head layout awaits, including the full-beam master, VIP forward, and port and starboard guest quarters. Carbon fiber construction takes the S7 beyond her striking good looks, exciting performance and impeccable styling, and on to new heights in the boatbuilding process. This strong and lightweight material is used from the waterline up, allowing for increased volume while maintaining stability. Racy good looks where comfort abounds, both inside and out. Exceptional Italian styling. Superior high-tech engineering and building techniques. Joystick control, a fuel auto balancing system and an integrated control panel. Oh yes, the S7 is most certainly an Azimut. ★
Fuel Capacity: 1,004 gals. Water Capacity: 264 gals. Power: 3x800-hp Volvo Penta D13 IPS1050 Base Price: Contact Dealer AZIMUTYACHTS.COM
DEALERS MarineMax MARINEMAX.COM
419-797-4492 Executive Yacht EXECUTIVEYACHT CANADA .COM
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KE N K R E ISL E R
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 31'2" Beam: 10'9" Draft: 24" Weight: 9,300 lbs (w/o engines) Fuel Capacity: 288 gals. Power: 700-hp Base Price: Contact Dealer GRADYWHITE .COM
DEALERS Beacon MarineTwin Cities Marine Two Rivers, WI BEACONMARINELLC.COM
920-793-2715 Drummond Marine Holland, MI DRUMMONDMARINE.COM
616-494-0524 South Shore Marine Huron, OH SOUTHSHOREMARINE.COM
Grady-White 325 Freedom Create on-the-water memories.
hen it comes to fulfilling the individual needs of its loyal owner base, Grady-White Boats has long established itself as the kind of company whose personnel — from the front office to the craftspeople, installers and finishers on the manufacturing line — have highly-skilled hands on every facet of production. And with the 325 Freedom, the highly-venerated, Greenville, North Carolina-based boatbuilder presents a versatile dual console fishing boat that is at home while competing in offshore waters as it is providing family fun and entertainment with friends. “Our company itself speaks to how connected we are to our owners,” says Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats. “It is a very personal and important aspect as to what kind of organization we are.” Riding on its proven SeaV2 bottom, the multipurpose boat offers an open cockpit area that’s more than 32 square feet. Padded bolters all around provide added comfort while battling with big fish. Other fishing features here include a cutting board surface with a livewell beneath,
a transom fishbox, rod storage underneath the gunwales, a hidden tackle box and eight rod holders — four surrounding the cockpit and another four are mounted on the standard hardtop. In addition, there are rear-facing seats here, along with Grady-White’s patented folding transom bench. For the watersports enthusiasts, there’s a handy ski tow pylon concealed in the transom that easily sets up and disappears within seconds. Luxurious creature comforts abound on the 325 Freedom, including a head compartment to port with a shower, sink and ample storage. Forward of the starboard helm is an easy-access enclosed berth with even more storage. The walk-through bow area can be quickly sealed off from the helm, and fully forward are a pair of lounges surrounded by bolsters. A full protection hardtop with a standard SureShade offers relief from a hot, sunny day. Add options such as a generator, air conditioning, a wetbar and a refrigerator, and your Grady-White Freedom 325 will provide you with many memorable on-the-water experiences. ★
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY K EN K REI SL ER
Marlow Explorer 75E
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 86'1" Beam: 20'6"
An individual statement.
avid Marlow will be the first to tell you that his boats are very special — both to him and to those who choose to spend their time aboard. “You can’t put a price on quality,” Marlow says. “It is something that goes into each and every boat we build without compromise.” And with that in mind, the Marlow Explorer 75E not only fulfills the needs of those wishing to expand their nautical horizons, but, according to Marlow, exceeds them. Achieving this goal has always been a priority at Marlow Yachts. The 75E’s design features a handsome, no-nonsense, salty profile; an enclosed command bridge; elegant interior and décor; outstanding four stateroom living accommodations; and separate crew quarters. All these features are wrapped around excellent fit and finish and a robust build that is renowned in the industry for surpassing safety standards. One step aboard will reveal the company’s penchant for customization and building a cruising vessel that is as distinct and purpose-driven as any in its size and class. The spacious salon offers a satin-finished teak and holly floor upon which you can
Draft: 4'11" Weight: 92,193 lbs.
design the area to your wishes. While you may choose settees, you can always opt for another seating configuration. But one thing you will want is the well-designed and stylish built-in teak bar, sure to be a focal point for your on-board entertaining. The fully-found galley will certainly make your meals served in the dining area as adventurous as the places the Marlow 75E is capable of taking you to. A teak stairway leads up to the expansive command bridge pilothouse, which is a functional space that serves several purposes. The well-planned and fully-equipped helm has plenty of room for all your electronics and controls. With the seating areas and yet another built-in bar and dining area, this is the perfect place to entertain while underway. Other features include a convenient day head and access to the aft deck where, at a favorite anchorage or secret gunkhole, you and your guests can enjoy the kind of vistas that will make every trip aboard the Marlow 75E a memorable one. Whether you’re taking a leisurely cruise at 10 knots or sprinting along at 30-plus, you will do so in safety and comfort. Just ask David Marlow. ★
Fuel Capacity: 3,450 gals. Water Capacity: 400 gals. Power: C-32 Caterpillar 1800-hp Base Price: Contact Dealer MARLOWYACHTS.COM
DEALER Marlow Marine Sales MARLOWMARINE .COM
Carver C34 Coupe
A great family cruiser, from beginning to end.
by Capt. Tom Serio
PHOTO COU RTESY OF CARVER
et me begin this story with the last sentence of the story: The Carver C34 Coupe is a great family cruiser, with the features and amenities Carver is known for. I could end this article right here, but my editor wants more meat on this bone, so let me tell you how I came to the above conclusion. Carver builds a range of yachts that includes the Command Bridge Series (36 to 52 feet) and the Coupe Series (34 to 52 feet). Having been on most of the models in the past few years, I can attest to the fact that Carver did not skimp on the C34, even though itâ€™s the smallest model produced. The same level of thought, design, innovation and inherent fun is evident throughout.
Fun in the sun
The fun factor is apparent when behind the wheel at the starboard helm. Our test ride had Mercury joystick and throttle controls wired to twin Mercruiser 6.2L DTS 300-hp gas powerplants with Bravo 3 sterndrives. My captain — Steve Campbell of Sovereign Yacht Sales in Stuart, Florida — pushed the sticks forward, spinning the engines to a cruise rpm of 3800 yielding 21.8 knots, a sweet spot with the hull planning and burning just 23 gph combined. Cranking it up to 4500 rpm resulted in a 29.3-knot rush at 32 gph. At WOT, we had 5100 rpm, which produced 37.7 knots. We ran only one direction in a 1-foot light chop inland around slack tide, and our speed/knots figures were right on with the manufacturer figures, so you can count on their numbers. In full disclosure, our gph meter wasn’t calibrated yet (brand-new hull) so those posted here are the builder’s figures. I’m comfortable with them, and you should be, too. In the engine room, there’s sufficient space to work on the engines and great access to the engine serpentine belts. There’s also a location for a Westerbeke 6.5kw generator. From the helm seat, this is a very responsive ride. Joystick control assisted well in getting us around a corner at the marina and not into the side of a tricked-out center console at the dock. Returning was just as effortless, as the point-and-go action of the stick was right on. In the open, the throttles had no delay when moved, and the steering was smooth. Running in a few tight circles and figure eights, the C34 leaned into the turn with full control — not unwieldy or unpredictable. Biting hard were the Bravo 3 outdrives, with no apparent bogging down on one side or over-revving from the high side. With this engine package (Carver also offers a Merc 350-hp option, as well as 260- and 335-hp Merc diesels), it’s a go-anywhere cruiser. A vacuum resin-infused hull is stiffened by a beefy fiberglass stringer system, resulting in a solid ride and maximum fuel economy due to a lighter yet stronger construction process. For easy maintenance, Carver coats the entire hull interior with gray gelcoat, and extends the stringers up the bow, which adds rigidity to the peak while reducing vibration when running into head seas. Hard chines control side rocking while the strakes add lift. Coupled with a modified V-hull with a plumb bow, the C34 handles seas head on, and the 14-degree aft deadrise added to the fast ride.
Creature comforts abound
Comfort is the name of the game for the operator, as the single helm seat is contoured to hold you in place, with a diamond stitched padded seat, dual armrests and a big, fat bolster to lean against when standing. The helm is an angled console, with room for dual 12-inch Raymarine multifunction displays and several breakers. The dash has a Teleflex hydraulic tilt-steering leather-wrapped wheel, Mercruiser engine display, Bennett tab control, joystick and throttles. A VHF radio is installed on the sidewall. The main deck layout includes an aft deck and salon/galley. Bring the outside in by sliding the aft bulkhead’s three large glass panels; the right side panel slides over to the center, and then all three panels shift to the port side, creating an unobstructed walkway between the salon and aft deck. On the aft deck, there’s a starboard entryway from the swim platform, as well as a large L-shaped settee with fiberglass table and engine room hatch. The aft section of the settee lies flat to convert into a sunpad. Lots of goodies can be added to complete your ride, including a grill, cupholders and sink in the transom cabinet, a transom shower and underwater lights. Opt for the aft deck fridge. A great option is the SureShade cockpit power sun shade that’s recessed into the hardtop. Shore power and dockside water connection points are on the transom, so there’s no need running cables across the aft deck.
Carver C34 Coupe SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 34' Beam: 11'6" Draft: 3'1" Weight: 17,300 lbs.
Stepping inside, there’s a well-appointed galley to starboard. Appliances include a two-burner Kenyon electric cooktop, Whirlpool microwave oven and Dometic under counter fridge/freezer. Mounted over the galley is a 32-inch LED TV with Blu-ray drive. There’s also a stereo system and a couple of USB jacks for devices. Relax on the raised wraparound settee to port with a high-gloss hi-low dining table. This is a good arrangement for a cruising couple as it keeps the operator in close proximity to other passengers. It also creates a comfortable lounge, perfect for watching TV or keeping an eye on the kids on the aft deck. The raised seating also allows for great visibility from any direction. And 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom add to the open feel. Other nice features are the single-pane forward windshield, opening power side window at the helm, and an overhead sunroof with screen and shade. Carver uses satin and high-gloss American cherry woods and Arctic Sea Stone collection of Opulence Tusk vinyl exterior seat coverings, Outback Pearl interior coverings and a pewter colored master bedspread, amongst other finishes. Our ride had laminate wood flooring in the salon and lower level.
Fuel Capacity: 200 gals. Water Capacity: 78 gals. Holding Capacity: 30 gals. Power (tested): T-Mercruiser 6.2L 300-hp I/O Gas Engines Base Price: Contact dealer CARVERYACHTS.COM
DEALERS CenterPointe Yacht Services CENTERPOINTESERVICE .COM
414-273-0711 Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales JBYS.COM
Sleep Is Overrated
Accommodations are below, down three large, padded steps, and include a forward master and midship lounge/guest staterooms. The master has a queen berth situated in the corner, taking advantage of a broad beam forward. With a 32-inch TV, the berth also doubles as a lounge area thanks to the open layout. Fixed hullside windows, an overhead hatch, and reading and overhead lights illuminate the area. The guest stateroom is perfect for kids or cruising guests and converts into an L-shaped lounge with the shift of a cushion. It’s a nice, private getaway area. Storage can be found under the sleeping berths and in a large hanging locker, as well as under the aft deck seats. A single head has an enclosed shower stall, hull window with opening porthole, freshwater Tecma electric head, deep mirrored cabinet up and vanity with vessel sink below. Carver has an eye towards safety, as evidenced by its use of molded steps to the side decks, grabrails and high railings all the way to the bow. There’s room for a pad or chairs forward as the deck is large and just slightly crowned for water runoff. The Carver C34 Coupe is a great family cruiser, with the features and amenities Carver is known for. ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM
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Glastron GTD 200
The sports car of deckboats. BY DAVI D A . ROSE
WHILE IT’S CERTAIN I’ll sport a smile anytime I climb aboard a boat, I had a larger-than-usual grin on my face as I stepped onto Glastron’s new-for-2018 GTD 200. The vessel’s iconic look — both inside and out — has Glastron’s classic style mixed in with modern designs. As I put the motor into gear and pulled away from the dock, I imagined myself looking as cool as the late James Dean carting out onto a California roadway in a vintage sport car — minus any actual resemblance to the man himself whatsoever, mind you.
Yes, looks are everything The GTD 200’s chic features were designed to mimic the sensation of driving a classic vehicle; you know, when even the sportiest of muscle cars of the late-1950s and ’60s had more than ample room for you, your family and friends, and all your gear. This sports car-style deckboat series — Glastron’s first deckboat line in four years — was designed to haul up to 11 passengers and still have plenty of space for water toys and essentials. “The GTD 200 is the fiberglass answer to the aluminum pontoon boat,” says Doyle VanderPol, marketing manager for Groupe Beneteau, Cadillac. “You’re getting a lot more seating area for a lot less money, as well a safe, stable ride.” Measuring 20 feet, 3 inches in length, with an 8-foot 6-inch beam, I found the GTD 200 to be extremely stable — even with my larger-than-it-should-be stature moving about the boat, checking every nook and cranny as the craft sat idle on the lake. But it’s not just the GTD 200’s stretch and girth that make it unwavering; it’s also the Glastron’s SSV hull that reduces rocking from side-to-side and front-to-back by acting as sponsons (a projection on the side of a boat) when the craft is at rest.
Level on the level The day I test-drove this particular boat was less than stellar for a pleasure cruise. Fall’s first cold front was rolling through and whitecaps were roiling the surface of the inland lake we were on. The SSV hull’s wide chines, however, extend far forward. Under power, the chines created a bank of water; all of which added lift and precise, stable turns, just as it was designed to do. Even on plane, the boat was steadfast due to those wide, reverse chines. Under the muscle of the 200-hp
outboard on the particular model I was test-driving — the maximum horsepower for this particular vessel, mind you — the GTD 200 just skipped over the waves with a 45 mph top-end. The ride was not jarring and the craft never slid sideways when turning, even when skimming across the building waves. And believe me, I made some sharper-than-normal spins to test the SSV hull’s design. I guess the best way to put it is this boat was fun to drive, even in the less than ideal conditions I was faced with.
Creature comforts Even with the wind whipping the way it was, I was still comfortable with nothing more than light undergarments and a windbreaker, even at top-end speeds. I credited the calmness within the gunwales to the stylish, full windshield that wrapped around both the driver’s helm and passenger seating. The windshield, with its vintage-looking tilt back over the dashboards, would have kept the breeze from whipping my hair around, had I had any. I could only imagine how comfortable I would have been in perfect summer boating conditions. Glastron also offers the GTD 200 in a single console and dual console with windscreen options, which allows this deckboat three distinct deck configurations to please anyone’s style. But before even turning the key and starting the Evinrude on the transom, I had to get in; which, for me, is the most difficult process of any boating outing. Glastron has made boarding and exiting this series a breeze with a multipurpose portside entry mid-ship, as well a stepping platform in its interior. The stepping platform can be turned into a fully-padded seat once everyone’s aboard. That door was on the opposite side of the dock when I was entering it, but it wasn’t a hindrance. Thanks to the standard swim platform, I was able to comfortably enter and disembark.
Have a seat Seating for 11 people, plus space for essentials? Yep, this deckboat has it — a 2,400-pound passenger and gear capacity, to be exact. All vinyl seats are hand-stitched and are as comfortable as can be. Moving about the craft was easy thanks to the widespread space between seating. U-shaped bow seating is offered with an optional padded, add-in centerpiece for stretching out in the sun. There’s plenty of storage underneath each bench for your boating essentials. Moving toward the center of the craft,
storage underneath the flooring is large enough to hide wakeboards and the like, while a cooler for a day’s worth of munchies and drinks fits snug and secure within the optional portside console. Atop that same console, a sink and water spigot is present for prep and cleanup, as well as an optional bow and transom shower for rinsing spills and sandy feet. On the starboard side, just ahead of the captain’s armchair, the GTD 200’s dashboard showcases the vintage-meetsmodern look, with Glastron’s classic retro gauge tubes and switches coupled with carbon fiber paneling and smartphone storage. A four-speaker premium sound system with remote will shake, rattle and roll a boater’s world from bow to stern, while LED lighting makes finding gear a breeze as the sun sets. Moving aft, seating is spacious, and removable backrests allow for multiple seating arrangements. There’s also more cavernous compartments under each and every seat. Besides its cool looks and roominess, what stood out about the GTD 200 is its versatility. From all-day-on-the-water additions, such as an optional portapotti with privacy curtain that attaches to the Bimini cover, to optional ski pylon, wakeboard tower and board racks, this is a boat that allows you to play hard yet stay comfortable sunup to sundown. There’s even accoutrements for the angler at heart with opportunities for a 24V electric trolling motor, bow casting platform, fishing seats, baitwell and fishfinder.
Glastron GTD 200 SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 20'3" Beam: 8'6" Draft: 18"/35" Weight (w/ engine): 3,250 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 40 gals. Max Power: 200 hp Base Price: $36,000 GLASTRON.COM
DEALERS SkipperBud’s Grand Haven, MI SKIPPERBUDS.COM
616-842-8725 Spicer’s Boat City Houghton Lake, MI SPICERSBOATCITY.COM
Boat with a cause While it was the iconic look of the boat that induced my larger-than-usual grin, I soon figured out there was more to Glastron’s new GTD 200 than meets the eye. Comfortable, spacious, stable and multifunctional all in one. It’s what I like to call the sports car of deckboats.
GREAT LAKES, GREAT STORIES Three friends, three bikes, 17 days, 1,400 miles and one Great Lake. BY H E AT H E R S T E I N B E R G E R
ALL PH OTOS COU RTESY OF TH E G REAT LAKES, G REAT STORIES CREW
From left to right: Ryan Watling, Dylan Gonda and Olivia Walcott
hen three best friends loaded up their camping gear and pedaled their bicycles away from Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette last year, they had no idea what adventures might await them. Ahead lay hundreds of miles of open road, uncertain weather, remote stretches of North Woods and, as a constant companion, a tempestuous springtime Lake Superior. They were embarking on a journey of discovery, and not just a personal one. In 17 action-packed days, Dylan Gonda, Ryan Watling and Olivia Walcott did so much more than complete a 1,400-mile, counterclockwise circumnavigation of the Ojibwe’s legendary Gichigami; they recorded the everyday stories and treasured memories of those whose roots run deep along the shores of the big lake. THE JOURNEY BEGINS The trio first met on the NMU campus a couple of years ago. Thanks to shared passions for outdoor recreation and active lifestyles, their friendships quickly solidified. Ryan loved exploring his new Upper Peninsula home on foot or bike. Dylan was already an avid cyclist; he completed the 2016 Tour Divide, a mountain bike race from Canada to New Mexico. And Olivia enjoyed outdoor adventures from biking in Montana to rock climbing in Arkansas. “I met Ryan living on campus, but I’d never hung out with Dylan,” Olivia remembers. “Then, at the Fresh Coast Film Festival, I heard about this trip he was planning.” While attending the inaugural festival in October 2016, Dylan mentioned to Ryan that he had an idea to ride around Lake Superior. The idea quickly evolved into something more ambitious. “I love to ride, but within an hour of discussing the trip, I realized I wanted to record stories,” Dylan says. Although he didn’t have the right gear or experience for such an undertaking, Ryan decided he wanted to be part of it. Later the same day, he mentioned the trip to Olivia. “Right away, I said, ‘I’m coming!’” she recalls. “Really long bike trips go hand-in-hand with discovery. Personal, yes, but also ecological and social. This trip would be an opportunity to really explore the importance of the lake.” LAKELANDBOATING.COM
Later that week, the three got together to discuss the trip. They crafted mission and vision statements, and they explored their motivations. Their nonprofit initiative, Great Lakes Great Stories, was born from the trio’s desire “to gain an understanding of the impact that Lake Superior has on its surrounding communities while creating a platform of education about ways to keep Lake Superior pristine.” What Dylan calls “the school year of crazy planning” began in October 2016 and ran through May 2017. The students planned to begin their journey as soon as they moved out of campus housing, and return in time to start their summer jobs. “We only had one day of wiggle room,” Olivia says. “If something went wrong, we decided we’d change our route and skip the Keweenaw Peninsula.” To keep to their ambitious schedule, they’d have to ride anywhere from 50 to more than 100 miles each day. AROUND THE BIG LAKE Olivia, Ryan and Dylan began their journey on May 8, 2017, the day after final exams ended. They headed east to Munising, Grand Marais, Paradise, and finally Sault Ste. Marie, where they had their first of five scheduled storytelling events. “Olivia and Ryan are much better planners,” Dylan says. “Me, I fly by the seat of my pants; I figured we’d be spontaneous and see who we talk to. But these scheduled events, I was surprised by how deep they really were. They were a lot of fun, too.” According to Olivia, the local people who attended the scheduled events welcomed the opportunity to share their stories. “Their reactions were really cool,” she says. “The fact that we were recording in these incredibly unique
places, they were all about it. They were also incredibly gracious, letting us take showers and do laundry. Sometimes they’d even give us a room to sleep in.” While in Sault Ste. Marie, the trio encountered their first serious bout of angry Superior weather. “We were out in a canoe and the weather changed,” Dylan remembers. “It was scary, battling our way back. But a person feels so empowered after a terrifying trip like that, and it becomes a shared memory and challenge with your teammates. We experienced how powerful and life-changing this lake can be. It gives you so much respect for it.” From the Soo, the friends pedaled north into Canada. Dylan says the stretch from Montreal Harbor to Wawa, Ontario was the most remote he’s ever felt. “It was crazy hilly, like we were out in the Rocky Mountains,” Dylan says. “We did some major climbs. One was three miles long. But it also was so wild and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” At the storytelling event in Wawa, local residents expressed their concerns about the long-term health of Lake Superior — in particular, water rights involving outside interests. “They had a deep concern about what’s happening elsewhere, because they understand the connection that all the lakes share,” Dylan says. “It’s an intense love, what they feel for Lake Superior — from boating and canoeing, to something more spiritual. The lake is always there, always present.” From Wawa, the team began the westward leg of their journey, passing through Mobert, Terrace Bay and Red Rock on their way to a storytelling event in Thunder Bay. It was their halfway point, and they say that’s when things got weird. “From Marquette to Thunder Bay, the weather was pretty nice,” Dylan remembers. “The second we rode into Thunder Bay, man, it started thundering and never stopped.” The weather tested the trio’s fortitude as they clawed their way down the lake’s Minnesota shoreline.
They had rain, sleet or snow every day — sometimes a combination of the three. In fact, after departing Grand Marais, Minnesota, they were forced to stop 20 miles short of Lutsen. “It was 34 degrees with a cold rain, and Dylan and Ryan were showing signs of hypothermia,” Olivia says. “We had to stop, which meant we had to cover 113 miles in 12 hours getting down to Duluth. That was our fastest ride of the entire trip.” W H AT C A M E O F I T From Duluth, Ryan, Dylan and Olivia rode east once again, along the lake’s south shore to the Keweenaw Peninsula. They’d stayed on schedule, so they managed a visit to Copper Harbor before working their way back to Marquette, where the journey ended on May 24, 2017. They’d spent 16 nights on the road: Eight camping, one in a hotel due to inclement weather, and seven staying with generous hosts in the communities they visited. They’d also collected more than 50 stories, as well as lessons and memories that would last a lifetime. “Not many people ever do a trip that pushes them physically and mentally with their two best friends, and end that trip still in good relationships,” Olivia says with a laugh. “I’m always going to remember silly things, like brushing our teeth in campground bathrooms that were deserted because it was the offseason, and the three of us trying to sleep on two mats in our tent because Dylan’s deflated.” After a pause, she adds: “I felt badly on Mother’s Day, because I wasn’t with my mother. Then I got a text from her. She told me how proud she was. Later on, as I was biking up a nine-percent grade, I started to cry because I realized I was exactly where I needed to be.” Dylan says he will always treasure the group storytelling events that proved to be so powerful. “People would bring friends, and neighbors would walk over to check it out,” he recalls. “One of our stops was on a First Nations reservation and their
stories were the most meaningful for me. I’m from New Mexico and I have Native American friends; that storytelling event was a touch of home, and it was a deeply personal experience.” Toward the end of the trip, the trio met a man from Baraga, Michigan who had traveled extensively outside Lake Superior country. Olivia says she was struck by his observations. “He said he would talk to people about the lake and they just wouldn’t get it,” she explains. “He said there were three important things to know: One, Superior is more like an ocean than a lake; two, sometimes it freezes over; and three, yes, that song about the Edmund Fitzgerald is really important to us.” Olivia chuckles and says it was a perfect ending. In his own way, this person managed to capture why she and her friends care so much about their mission. “This is an indescribable place,” she says, “but it’s so sparsely populated, few people experience it.” It’s been more than a year since their journey of discovery, and at press time, all three students were following their own paths. Olivia, a junior, is focused on her degree program in environmental science. Ryan, also a junior, is in Chile on a study-abroad program. And Dylan, a senior, continues to study outdoor recreation leadership and management, art, and marketing as he looks toward his December 2018 graduation. But a strong bond remains between them — and a strong calling. After all, there are four other Great Lakes, each with its own unique stories just waiting to be shared. ★ To learn more about Great Lakes Great Stories and to access the recordings, visit GREATLAKESGREATSTORIES.ORG. You also can follow the latest developments on Facebook and Instagram @greatlakesgreatstories.
From Alton, to Kimmswick
On the Mighty Mississippi, we departed the Alton Marina headed for the Mel Price Lock. Locking always provides excitement; here, we jockeyed for position with six boat captains who possessed varying locking skills. Meanwhile, secured boaters prepared to fend off the less skilled captains’ craft with boat hooks. Shortly after, we got our up-close view of the Gateway Arch marking St. Louis, Missouri. As inviting as the city may look, we passed it by; it’s not set up for cruising boats. The shoreline is mostly industrial without recreational marinas. I recommend you rent a car in Alton if you want to visit. Downriver from St. Louis, the industriallydominated banks became decidedly less so, and we soon arrived at the only recreational marina on this section of the Mississippi River: The world-famous Hoppies Marine Services. Dockage here is comprised of several connected, well-seasoned barges parallel to the shore with power and fuel but no restrooms or showers. The “dock
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system” goes up and down as the river level varies. For our third visit on our third loop, we greeted proprietor Fern Hopkins, famous for her knowledge of this section Alton Price Lock of the Mississippi River. DuringMeleach of St. Louis our stays, she’s oriented boaters to the Hoppies Marine Kimmswick MO ever-changing local river conditions. Fern’s Kaskaskia Lock Cape Girardeau family goes way back: Her grandfather Olmsted Lock was a riverman tasked with lighting the Paducah KY Rivers’ Green Turtle then-kerosene navigation buoys.Grand Clay Bay Kentuckyfuel Lake News flash: In January, Hoppies’ Rockport Landing dock sank, along with a couple of the Pickwick lock Harbor connected barges. They were ableGrand to recover Iuka Miss Shiloh the barges, but the river claimed the fuel Tennesse River dock. Fern has installed two new pumps and, as of April 28, can once again provide
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In part two of a three part series, Marty Richardson cruises from Alton, Illinois to the Tennessee River.
Third time’s a charm traveling America’s Heartland rivers on Monarch’s third Great Loop.
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gas and diesel. She hopes to reconfigure the dock in time to accommodate this fall’s parade of Loopers. Hoppies is just a short walk from the tiny town of Kimmswick, Missouri. Here, at Smokee Robinson’s Cajun Smokehouse, we tucked into smoked brisket, wings and pulled pork. Every October, the small town is crowded with locals and visitors celebrating the annual Apple Butter Festival weekend, complete with food and craft booths. The Mississippi River is the center of a huge watershed; water levels depend in large part on recent rainfall. On our first stop at Hoppies — after record rain that October — we saw the river rise 10 feet in a
single night, and the increased “hot” current provided us with a 4-knot boost. Our second river passage was at record low water level, with a moderate 2.5-knot current and weirs visible above the water. About those weirs: The river features hundreds of these erosion- and shoal- controlling devices that jut into the current; they're underwater at high water but exposed at low water. Therefore, no matter what the water level, stay on the “sail line” recommended on the charts to avoid hitting these obstructions. To round things out, our third river trip was at “normal” river level, with about a 3-knot current. But not to be boring, the river provided yet another challenge — or at least the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did. Just south of Hoppies, we learned the Mississippi River had just closed to all traffic during daylight hours for three weeks straight, to allow for the suspension of a high-capacity power line over the river. And traveling in the dark on the Mississippi River is never recommended for recreational boaters, due to many unlit buoys and congested commercial traffic. We were faced with the choice of Smokee Robinson's
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Kaskaskia to Paducah
In need of a quiet night, we ducked in early at Kaskaskia Lock, where Kaskaskia River empties into the Mississippi. As Kaskaskia is a tributary, unlike the Mississippi River locks, you can tie up for the night on the lock wall; just call the lockmaster to ask for permission. The lock wall has a 12-foot depth and room for several boats. Here, you may catch sight of wild turkey, deer and other wildlife from your boat. We saw a tug with barges descend the lock; upon exit, the tug left the barges, darted around them, and nosed up to the opposite end. This allowed Kaskaskia Lock Wall
the tug captain to back the array out into the Mississippi at just the right angle to turn north into the swift south-bound current. Further downriver, we anchored just off the Mississippi in Little Diversion River; this was the second time we have picked this spot near the town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. On our second loop, we passed it by, as the water levels were so low that Little Diversion was high and dry. The anchorage at Angelo Towhead was our alternative stop that time. Turning up the Ohio River, we lost our downbound boost and had a 2-knot head current. We passed through the new Olmsted Lock, operational for the first time in our three transits. This huge infrastructure project, scheduled to be completed in 2013, is still under
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construction. The lock gives preference to commercial vessels, so while it is still being built, recreational boaters may experience short — or long — delays here. On this third loop, we stopped on the Ohio River at the brand-new city marina in Paducah, Kentucky. The height of the pilings — more than 50 feet — attached to the floating docks is testament to the river level’s fluctuation. That evening, we enjoyed fine dining at the Freight House Restaurant. The KY silver (aka Asian) carp with oyster mushroom risotto is an excellent way to keep the invasive species down. The meal was accompanied by flights of bourbon (after all, we’re in the heart of bourbon country), each perfectly presented on a single, perfectly formed, giant ice cube. PHOTO COURTESY OF FREIGHT HOUSE
hanging out at Hoppies for three weeks, or try for a pitch-dark river run for a little over an hour, timed to transit the zone of closure right before daybreak. After much consultation with two other boats in the same predicament, we all decided to make a break for it — convoy style — at 0500 the next day. It was a scary way to start the morning, dodging unlit markers and tugs with large tows, against a pitch-dark background, interspersed with blinding bright lights from the quarries along the shore. Once safely past the restricted zone by dawn’s early light, we breathed a sigh of relief.
On a previous trip, before Paducah had a dock, we tucked into a spacious anchorage inshore of Cumberland Towhead Island, before starting up the Cumberland River. On our short transit, we encountered just one lock, the Barkley. We then cruised Lake Barkley, another ideal playground for boaters.
Onward to the Tennessee River
Our next port of call is Grand Rivers’ Green Turtle Marina, a Great Looper favorite. Many river marinas have courtesy cars, and we used this marina’s service to venture the short way to Patti’s 1880s Settlement Restaurant. As with our past two visits, everything was coming up Christmas, and every inch of wall and ceiling displayed this seasonal theme.
Unfortunately, Patti’s suffered a fire in early February 2018, which caused extensive damage and closure. A critical part of the town of 350 residents, Patti’s serves a thousand times that annually, making it not only a tourist favorite but an important employer in the area; they hope to be back in business by late 2018. After a week at the dock, we departed Grand Rivers in search of some quality gunkholing, headed for secluded Sugar Bay National Recreation Area, and later, Clay Bay. Along the way, bass boats zipped by in search of the next hot fishing hole. After Kentucky Lake narrows back to become the Tennessee River, we recommend Paris Landing State Park, which has floating docks to accommodate boats up to 72 feet, as well as gas, diesel
Monarch docked Shiloh National Military Park
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and pumpout. The nearby park lodge has a good restaurant with a panoramic view of the river. For gunkholing, about eight miles farther is beautiful Leatherwood Creek; 30 miles farther south you’ll find another favorite of ours: Rockport Landing and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Alternatives in the area include Pebble Isle Marina, Double Island anchorage, nearby Clifton Marina, or the gunkhole at Wolf Island. Pickwick Lock provides access to beautiful Pickwick Lake, where Monarch finds purchase for her anchor in Sulphur Creek; supplies are just a dinghy ride away at Pickwick Landing State Park Marina. Another favorite anchorage nearby is Dry Creek, where we watched deer tiptoeing along the shore and stopping for a drink of cool water. Farther on, we highly recommend dropping the hook in Whetstone Branch with its tiny 20-foot deep cove fed by a picturesque waterfall. Our next stop just off Pickwick Lake is Grand Harbor, a full-service, 325-slip marina in Counce, Tennessee. This area is the gateway to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a distinction which Grand Harbor shares with another fine transient facility, Aqua Yacht Harbor in Iuka, Mississippi. From either of these marinas you can visit the same surrounding area attractions. During each of our three river trips, the highlight of this stop was the nearby 4,000-acre Shiloh National Military Park and Shiloh National Cemetery, which provide a reverent setting for reflecting on the nearly 24,000 casualties of the Battle of Shiloh. While traveling on this section of the Tennessee River, the sense of history is palpable, particularly at Shiloh’s Pittsburg Landing. In the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, Union Brigadier General Wallace was shot in the head and mortally wounded. He was transported to a hospital ship on the very river where our Monarch transited. There, his wife, Ann, had waited to surprise him with an unplanned visit; instead, she nursed him until he died of his wounds. This marks the point where we will begin the next leg of our central river journey: The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM
PORT OF CALL
more than a Chicago, Illinois is more than just the Cubs and White Sox, skyscrapers, tasty deep-dish pizza and the city’s notorious wind. Thanks to waterfront development, riverfront revitalization and endless activities, the “Second City” is a true Great Lakes destination.
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hicago’s skyline from Lake Michigan is breathtaking, especially as the sun begins to dip, silhouetting the city’s many skyscrapers. Visiting boaters could be tempted to spend all their time anchored out on the lake, drinking in the city’s beautiful architecture from a distance. However, that would be a mistake. Chicago’s working class roots have built a town known for its architecture, vibrant comedy scene, lovable sports teams and diverse dining, among other things. History plays an essential part in forming the city’s identity as well; you’d be hard pressed to find a Chicagoan who doesn’t know about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the World’s Fair of 1893, or the construction of the (for a while) world’s tallest skyscraper, the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower). Today, visitors can become Chicagoans for a weekend and get a glimpse of the city’s rich history and culture by boat. On the lakefront, boaters can revel in Chicago’s young and energetic boat scene by rafting up with friends and exploring downtown. The Chicago River cuts through the heart of the city, offering LAKELANDBOATING.COM
Soldier Field and Burnham Harbor
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Cloud Gate, or “The Bean”
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boaters an intimate view of glass and steel (not to mention access to the finest restaurants and bars). Farther north or south from the main hub of activity, boaters can tie up at neighborhood marinas for a more local feel.
The lake: Open and spacious
Chicago sits on the southwest bottom corner of Lake Michigan. Boaters will find 10 harbors along the lakefront, many of which offer transient slips for those passing through. While this means there’s plenty to explore, boaters looking for a good open-water experience near the main downtown area should focus on four main options. One of the most iconic options is Monroe Harbor, which sits directly across Lakeshore Drive from Chicago’s Grant Park. The open park area hosts a number of festivals during the summer, such as Rib Fest, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza. Docking at Monroe Harbor might be a good option for those who have never been to Chicago and want to see the city’s most famous sights, such as Cloud Gate (fondly dubbed “The Bean”), the Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Art Institute and the Magnificent Mile. Monroe Harbor is also home to the Chicago and Columbia yacht clubs. Just north of Monroe Harbor is the smaller DuSable Harbor; in fact, boaters must pass
through Monroe Harbor to reach DuSable. As with all Chicago harbors, boaters can submit reservations for transient docking through the Dockwa app (DOCKWA.COM). Sports fans might consider Burnham Harbor, which is within walking distance to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. The city’s largest harbor is located off a spit of land called Museum Campus. Boaters with families might enjoy treks across the campus to Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. Burnham is tucked between the city and a man-made peninsula named Northerly Island, which boasts a fairly new outdoor concert venue. If the breeze is just right, boaters can anchor outside Northerly Island for some free tunes. Enza Montano, a spokeswoman for Chicago Harbors, suggests boaters also take a trip farther south to the city’s newest harbor, 31st Street Harbor. This eco-friendly marina has it all, including transient dockage, a floating swimming pool, restaurant and full bar. “It is also home to one of the city’s best children’s play lots and has a beach, so it’s a family favorite,” Montano says. HarborFest, a two-day music festival and boat show, is now held each year at 31st Street Harbor in June.
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Favorite Festivals City Fireworks Wednesdays at 9:15 p.m., Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. Navy Pier (but visible throughout city) Dying the River Green St. Patrick’s Day Chicago River (Michigan Ave.) Millennium Park Summer Music Series Select Mondays & Thursdays June–August, 2018 Millennium Park Blues Fest June 8-10, 2018 Millennium Park Harborfest June 16-17, 2018 31st Street Harbor Taste of Chicago July 11-15, 2018 Grant Park Windy City Smokeout July 13-15, 2018 River North CYC Race to Mackinac July 21, 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Lollapalooza August 2-5, 2018 Chicago Yacht Club The Air & Water Show August 18-19, 2018 North Avenue Beach Jazz Fest August 30 - September 2, 2018 Millennium Park
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Boaters looking to hang out with the younger crowds during the summer months should cruise over to the “Play Pen,” a seawall-protected area just north of Navy Pier. The area becomes crowded and easy to spot on weekends with boats rafting up for parties on the water; just listen for music and shrieks from the brave souls who decided to jump into Lake Michigan’s perpetually cold waters. There’s plenty to explore for those who would rather avoid the party boat scene. When Chicagoans refer to “the Lakefront,” they mean more than Navy Pier and the marinas nearby. Boaters can tie up and walk or rent out Divvy bikes along the 18-mile-long lakeshore path, which connects the city’s 26 beaches. Montano also emphasizes the beauty of the lakefront at night: “Especially on Wednesdays and Saturday evenings, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when the city has firework shows,” she says. “Seeing the firework show from a boat with the twinkling city skyline in the background is spectacular.”
The river: Intimate and refreshed The Chicago River swoops into the city from the north before bisecting; one branch flows east into Lake Michigan, while the South
Branch flows towards Indiana. Today, the river is a hub of activity, full of boat tours, water taxis, kayakers and sailboats. A recent initiative to improve the Riverwalk has created beautiful seating and public spaces. However, the Chicago River wasn’t always so enticing. Margaret Frisbie, executive director of the environmental nonprofit Friends of the Chicago River, says it wasn’t until the 1960s and ’70s that cleanup efforts really got underway on the Chicago River. Historically, the river flowed the opposite direction and was used as a dumping ground for the city and its inhabitants. “They raised the city out of the swamp, as they say, in the 1850s,” Frisbie says. All that additional sewage made its way down the river and into Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. That’s when city planners got the idea to reverse the flow of the river, Frisbie says. Through the construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from 1889 to 1900, the river was reversed and the city’s drinking water was saved. Boaters can learn more about the history of the Chicago River and its role in industrial Chicago at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the river.
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Although it has taken some time for the river to shed its unsanitary image, Frisbie says it has benefitted from intense cleanup efforts over the past few decades. Today, the river is no longer part of the city’s sewage system and is thoroughly filtered. “The water quality is immensely better today than it was even 10 years ago,” Frisbie says. “People are falling in love with the Chicago River.” You can’t blame them. The river offers a more intimate glimpse of the city and has undergone a number of transformations to become more accessible to the public. Melanie Perez, a media relations director at Choose Chicago, says one of the most exciting recent developments is the Chicago Riverwalk expansion, which was completed in late 2016. “Boaters get the best of both worlds — urban lifestyle and a cosmopolitan destination — with the tranquility, beauty and recreation of the water,” Perez says. The newly extended Chicago Riverwalk runs for about three miles along the river and is divided into six different “rooms” that boast different features, such as an outdoor seating and restaurant area; a section for kayak rentals; a plaza for families to enjoy the water; and a series of piers with floating wetland gardens. Visitors can cruise up the river and under
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the city’s 18 moveable bridges — the most of any city in the world. During the boating season, the bridges lift to let sailboats out of storage and down the river on Wednesday and Saturday mornings (check the schedule at CHICAGOLOOPBRIDGES.COM).
Boaters may tie up on the river at docking areas near City Winery and Marina City (known as the “Corncob” buildings) using the Dockwa app. Those willing to explore on foot should wander a few blocks north to the River North neighborhood to try out some of the city’s finest dining. Hubbard Street in particular boasts a number of trendy spots. Those who would rather let others navigate through the river can hop on a water taxi (perfect for a trip to Chinatown for dim sum), rent out a few kayaks, or catch an architecture boat tour to learn fascinating facts about the city’s history and architecture. Chicago Architecture Foundation tours (ARCHITECTURE.ORG) and Wendella Boat cruises (WINDELLABOATS.COM) are two of the most popular. Another great option is renting a boat from Chicago Electric Boat Company (CHICAGOELECTRICBOATS.COM). You can hire a captain or tour guide for a day, or captain your own electric boat (with a designated driver) and bring your own beer and tunes! New this year, Odyssey Cruises LAKELANDBOATING.COM
Castaways at North Ave. beach
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Lakeland Boating's hometown favorites The Gage Restaurant 24 S. Michigan Ave. “Unique food in an amazing location.” —Marketing Director Linda O’Meara Maggie Daley Park 337 E. Randolph St. “Coolest playground ever; take the kids for a full day!” —Art Director Christy Bauhs Tiny Tapp & Cafe 55 W. Riverwalk South “Grab a quick cup of coffee, nitro cold brew or beer, and pair it with the Very Berry Bleu salad!” —Editor Kate Bush Twin Anchors 1655 N Sedgwick St. “A neighborhood bar that’s been around forever. It has nautical flare with the best ribs and burgers in the city!” —Regional Sales Director Patti McCleery Waterfront Cafe 6219 N Sheridan Rd. “Nothing is better than sitting by the water, drinking sangria and enjoying the 48th Ward sandwich while the sun sets on a warm night.” —Assistant Editor Amanda McDonald
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is offering Chicago River dinner cruises aboard a glass-enclosed boat with unbeatable views (ODYSSEYCRUISES.COM).
The neighborhoods: Quiet and local
While the “Loop” — Chicago’s downtown area —is the most popular tourist spot, the bordering neighborhoods have plenty to offer visitors. “You can have the hyper-urban, populated experience downtown and go to the museums and restaurants; Or, you can go into the neighborhoods and be part of a marina,” says Felicia Schneiderhan. She lived on a boat in Chicago for three years with her husband and detailed their adventure in her book, “Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living Aboard a Trawler.” One of Schneiderhan’s biggest pieces of advice to boaters visiting Chicago: Explore the neighborhoods to the north and south. “It’s just a different feel,” Schneiderhan says. “You get to see part of the city you’d miss if you just went downtown.” Starting north and moving south, Montrose, Belmont and Diversey harbors are popular options. Families will enjoy
all three. Montrose Harbor is close to two beaches: One for humans and one for dogs. Those who visit Diversey Harbor can walk to the free Lincoln Park Zoo and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. A word of caution: Due to bridge restrictions, only powerboats are allowed at Diversey Harbor. “You could spend two weeks going to different harbors and exploring the neighborhoods,” Schneiderhan says. Both Belmont and Diversey harbors border the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Boaters can hop on a bus, rent a Divvy bike, or call a car to explore a number of small shops, restaurants and bars throughout the area. Ambitious boaters can even take a short trip from Belmont Harbor to Wrigley Field to catch a Cubs game over the summer. Boaters who would rather stay closer to the water will find a ton of green park space and city views. The newly renovated Theater on the Lake, a beautiful 1920s building, contains a restaurant and theater, and sits right on the lakefront path next to Diversey Harbor near Fullerton Avenue. Sip cocktails on the “flybridge” at Castaways, a fun ship-shaped restaurant at North Avenue Beach. “The lakefront is definitely one of the
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city’s gems, but its architecture, cultural offerings, delightful food scene and diverse neighborhoods are also great reasons to explore the city,” Perez says.
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The people: Bringing the community together
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No matter which part of the city boaters choose to explore — the lakefront, the river, or the neighborhood marinas — they’ll find one thing in common: A welcoming community of boaters. “For somebody coming to Chicago for the first time, if you’re not familiar [with the city], it’s ok,” Schneiderhan says. She advises boaters to not be afraid of truly exploring and anchoring places overnight. “If something goes wrong, someone is going to help you out.” Perez agrees: “Chicago is best known for being a welcoming and friendly Midwest city. It has so much to offer.” ★
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f Frank Lloyd Wright were to add a dash of eclecticism to his designs, the result would be this beautiful, Prairie-style home on West Michigan’s Spring Lake. Constructed on nearly 8.5 acres, the five-bedroom, 9,236-square-foot modern marvel offers flexible living, whether you’re young family or a retired couple. After the current homeowners purchased the property back in 2010, they remodeled both inside and out. They added a pool, an outdoor kitchen with multiple grills and a sink, and a 130-foot deep-water dock with room for a yacht up to 70 feet. The homeowners also fully renovated the interior of the home to make it more inviting, added extensive landscaping, and constructed an accessory building, complete with a greenhouse for those with a green thumb. Inside the accessory building you’ll find a wetbar, bathroom, pool table, and an ideal office space on the second floor. “We’ve done a lot of entertaining at this home, had a blast here, have friends come by for cocktails in the evening; it’s been a great place for our family,” homeowner Katie Cather says. “There’s lots of room to spread out, a lot of privacy, and it’s hard to get bored here.”
And it’s no wonder why. Spend a Friday night with a bowl of popcorn in the theater room. Pair a vintage Merlot with a cheese platter in the wine cellar. Work up a sweat in the home gym. Or soak in the master bathroom jet tub. “There’s also a hot tub off the master suite,” Cather says. “We have a nice little private porch out there to drink coffee in the morning or unwind with a glass of wine at night.” Cather’s other favorite space in the home is the living room. “The way we have the furniture arranged takes advantage of the views of the lake,” she says. “I like to sit in there in the morning, not turn on the news, and watch the birds; we’ve had a ton of eagles lately.” With 295 feet of Spring Lake frontage, Great Lakes boaters can truly relax and enjoy the lake views. But if adventure calls, it’s a quick trip out to Lake Michigan. “What is so fantastic about this home is you can virtually go anywhere in the world,” Cather says. “My husband and I have been talking about doing the Great Loop, and you can do that all through your backyard — that’s pretty cool.” ★
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ldean Shipyard in Macatawa, Michigan has withstood the test of time. Back in 1901, the marina was founded as the Jesiek Brothers Shipyard. In 1973, the Eldean brothers, Herb and Roger, took over, renamed the marina Eldean Shipyard, and have run a successful marina ever since. To this day, it’s still in the family, passed down from generation to generation. Herb’s son, Wade, is now the general manager. His wife also works at the marina. Roger’s son, Matt, took over the service and repair department from his father. Herb still works in the accounting department, along with Matt’s mother-in-law, Jo Johns. This style of family ownership has lasted for the long-haul, and Wade believes this is what make Eldean Shipyard so special. “The family-owned, mom-and-pop marinas seem to be drying up as they get bought out and become part of a larger marina corporation,” Wade says. All but one of the original buildings have been renovated and restored, so despite being one of the oldest active marina facilities, it’s completely modernized. In addition to offering seasonal and transient dockage, winter storage,
fuel, a pool, boat repair services, and boasting a Michigan Clean Marina title, the marina also has added cottage rentals to its list of amenities. “The trend of people who want to vacation by the water — who may or may not have a boat — has been increasing,” Wade says. A restaurant run by Herb’s wife and Wade’s mother, Patricia, closed three years ago. The building is now being remodeled into three apartments and an event space. They’ve also added a bathhouse and laundry facility, in addition to three condominiums, which are rented out on a weekly basis. Eldean Shipyard currently has indoor storage space for up to 400 boats; however, Wade says that they may add more storage space due to the trend of customers owning smaller powerboats, who “live nearby and just want to use the boat for the day.” This marina — established 117 years ago and kept in the Eldean family for 45 years — is a great place to dock your boat and enjoy all the area has to offer. ★
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offers all of the amenities of a large urban center with a small town friendly atmosphere! The marina is surrounded by acres of parkland linked by waterfront trails.
• Large harbour with easy lake access. • Accommodation for vessels up to 70 ft. • 6100 sq ft Club house w/privacy, 3-piece showers, washrooms, laundry, kitchen • Boater pub nights and special events. • FREE daily Toronto newspapers • FREE use of propane barbecues • FREE use of bicycles, kayaks and SUPs • Gas, diesel, ice and pump-out • Quality public launch ramp • Quality steel tube floating docks with spacious channels & slips • Friendly staff and management
Charlevoix, MI 49720 • Phone 231/547-3957
www.bergmannmarine.com 22’ 26’ 27’ 28’ 29’ 30’ 33’ 33’ 33’
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Herreshoff Eagle ................ $9,900 Pro-line 2610 ..................... $32,000 Sea Ray Amberjack ......... $49,000 Chaparral Signature ...........$15,500 Wellcraft 2900 Express ... $10,900 O’Day Sailboat .................. $15,900 True North........................... $175,000 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer.....$54,000 Sea Ray Express ................. CALL
Fiberglass – Woodworking Storage – Heated Storage
33’ 36’ 38’ 39’ 41’ 42’ 43’ 46’ 48’
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Bertram Flybridge ............ $19,900 Sea Ray 360 Sundancer...... CALL Cruisers 385 Motor Yacht . $165,000 Lindmark Trawler 39 ........ $60,000 Chris-Craft 410 M/Y.......... $33,000 Hatteras Convertible ....... $99,000 Tiara 4300 Sovran .............$249,900 Beneteau Oceanis 461 ....$169,900 Sea Ray 48 Sundancer....$460,000
Complete Mechanical Electrical Rigging – Haulout
FOR SALE: 1992 Grand Banks 46 Europa Sea Turtle is a fine example of the very popular Grand Banks 46 Europa. Offering a bright and spacious interior, her features include Caterpillar 3208 engines, bow thruster, covered decks, large flybridge, washer/ dryer, and she features the popular two stateroom layout. Fresh water (Cleveland, OH), stored inside and upgraded. It is equipped to easily handle all aspects of navigation, time aboard, extended or local cruising. Sea Turtle has seen the best of maintenance, mechanically and cosmetically.
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Date June 9 June 17 June 23 June 30 July 4 July 6 July 14 – 22 July 14 July 21 July 27 – 29 August 3 August 4 August 10 – 12 August 19 August 25 September 3 September 7 September 8 September 22 September 29 October 5 October 31
Event Meet & Greet Fathers Appreciation Day Mexican Fiesta at the Marina Marina Kids Day at the Racine Zoo Fourth of July Celebration First Friday Salmon-A-Rama Meet and Greet “On the docks Wine-a-Thon” Italian Fest First Friday 6th Annual Boaters Appreciation Day & Venetian Night 3rd Annual SG Marina Rendezvous (Sheboygan) Hawaiian Day Racine Dinghy Poker Run Labor Day Fest First Friday Reefpoint Marina Swap Meet Party on the Pavement Farewell to Summer Bash First Friday Final Day of the Boating Season
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2015 ZODIAC MEDLINE 540 NEO Discounted compared to new. Loaded with options, customwelded bunk painted steel Integrity trailer, Yamaha F90 has 79 engine hours. Excellent condition! Custom lift is available but sold separately. Reduced to $32,500. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180. RYS
1999 32' NORDIC TUG Freshwater, 220 HP Cummins. Asking $148,000. Contact 231-933-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HV
33' 2017 SOUTHPORT FE CENTER CONSOLE T300HP Yamahas, Optimus Joy Stick System, Bow Thrusters, Garmin 8600 Series. Asking $349,900. Contact email@example.com. SEP18 2017 AVON SEASPORT 380 Save thousands! 75 hours on Yamaha F50, with Reed Custom Great Lakes Package. Battery charger, 6 amp with 120V inlet, depth sounder, teak, 2-speaker Bluetooth amp, custom helm wheel, and tailor-made gray cover. Asking $22,500. Call Mark @ 414-651-3100. RYS
51' 1999 OCEAN ALEXANDER Custom aft-cabin w/cockpit. Ed Monk Jr. design, commissioned by a knowledgeable yachtsman, 2/370hp, luggers, stabilizers, bow & stern thrusters, outstanding condition. Asking $449,000. Contact terry@ centerpointesales.com, 920-559-0730 JUL18
ed! Reduc 42' 1990 CHRIS-CRAFT CATALINA. Excellent condition, 100K in upgrades, 200 hrs on Jaspers, dinghy w/15 Johnson, too many upgrades to list. Asking $129,000. Contact Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-292-1694. JUL18
2004 PROLINE 20 WALKAROUND Superior fishing boat with deep-V hull, padded gunwales with rod storage, and a 2016 Yamaha F150 Four Stroke with 75 engine hours (914 hrs on hull). Hardtop with rocket launchers and LED spreader lights, pumpout head in cuddy cabin. Includes trailer. Asking $29,900. Call Mark @ 414-651-3100. RYS
2015 FAIRLINE TARGA 50 GT An absolute beauty loaded with all options! Xenta Joystick, upgraded electronics, teak flooring, 218 hours, original owner, fresh water, 2x Volvo D11-725 hp. Full warranty. Asking $975,000. Call 231-499-5820. OCT18
2015 REGAL 53 SPORT COUPE Immaculate boat, only 60 hours. Every amenity imaginable. Never been lived aboard. Twin Cummins Zeus Pods. Truly luxurious, highest level of comfort and the latest in technology. Freshwater only. Asking $985,000. Call 231-409-1792 or email tammie.cornell@ grandbaymarine.com. SEP18
2007 CARVER 43/47 MOTOR YACHT BMW design, immaculate, 435 HP Volvo diesels, 430 hours, 2 hardtops, bow & stern thrusters, 4 A/CHeat, Zodiac tender, freshwater. Asking $265,000. Contact email@example.com. SEP18
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2003 54' CRUISERS YACHTS 5470 Freshwater, twin Volvo diesels. Asking $399,900. Contact 231933-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HV
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2014 FOUR WINNS 275 VISTA Only 12 hours on Volvo 320HP DP, AC/heat, genset, cockpit table, dinette table, full galley, head, full warranty, LOADED! MSRP $175K, asking only $99,000. Call 262-654-0207 or email@example.com GLYS
2006 CHRIS-CRAFT 43 ROAMER Rarely offered Hunt designed masterpiece. All amenities. Bow and stern thrusters. Beautiful fit and finish. Freshwater only, extensive equipment list. Asking $299,900. Call 262-654-0207. GLYS
1964 27' CHRIS-CRAFT CAVALIER Convertible Cruiser, great shape, all wood. Ready to put in the water. Asking $12,900. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text 616-848-9147. AUG18 10' ZODIAC YACHTSMAN RIB, dinghy/tender, 9.9 MERC motor, pump, running lights, oars weaver fittings, anchor. Asking $3,100. Call 262-536-4236. AUG18
SLIP FOR SALE 80' BOAT SLIP Own your own 80' boat slip in Prairie Harbor, WI, just north of the Illinois border. Access to Lake Michigan, year-round clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, Lake Michigan beach. Asking $15,000. Contact email@example.com. AUG18
2002 31' FORMULA PC31 Twin 6.2 MPI MerCruisers. Asking $68,000. Contact 231-9335414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HV
1988 45' VIKING CONVERTIBLE. Hardtop, custom interior, T-6-71 Detroits, 1700 hours, majored at 800 hours. Freshwater boat, command bride, full electronics, marina maintained. Asking $179,000. Contact Bob Lennox 810-459-0484. OCT18
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