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With its 215LR, Stingray Boats has delivered a superior sport deck model offering more cockpit space than traditional boats of similar length. COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF STINGRAY BOATS

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

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

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


from the helm July 2011 Volume LXV, No. 7

The Art of Navigation


was on a boat recently; a 76-footer outfitted with more than $100,000 worth of navigational electronics. I love lots of electronics, lights and screens, especially at night. Let’s face it: You get a couple of radar going, a sonar fired up, a couple of computers, and you have a helm straight out of Star Wars. Despite their high-tech appearance, most electronics today are very intuitive. Electronics a few hundred years ago were a different matter— considering the fact that there weren’t any! Last Christmas, I was given an excellent book written by Horace Beck entitled “Folklore and the Sea.” In Chapter 5, “Navigation,” Navigation is defined as “the science or art of conducting ships from one place to another.” Being able to position a ship accurately at sea requires certain tools on the part of the mariner. He or she must have a compass, a chart, the means of measuring distance, a device for plumbing the depths of the water, an instrument for taking the altitude of heavenly bodies, and some means of determining time. Finally, it is helpful if the captain knows where he or she is going! Beck goes on to say in his book that all these devices were denied the sailor well into the Middle Ages. Yet even without these tools, early mariners made remarkable voyages. In parts of the world today, charts are considered more of a problem than a solution. In Nigeria, natives must learn to “read and hear the water” before going to sea. In the Canary Islands, boats regularly travel a distance of several hundred miles without so much as a compass. Not only do West Indian sailors ignore the compass, but old-time fisherman—coastal traders along the American and British shorelines—haven’t the faintest idea about navigation. If you’re looking at a chart, they maintain, you’re not looking at what

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you are supposed to be doing; you don’t need a chart unless you don’t know where you are. And if you don’t know where you are, you have no business being out there. The old Hawaiians would agree. They traveled the Pacific on mega voyages, and their only tools were the stars and waves. In the old days, ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean would drop sails when approaching land. They’d drop a lead line until they hit the bottom of the “Hundred Fathom Curve,” the beginning of the continental shelf. At that point, they would arm the lead portion of the lead line with butter or fallow in order to collect bottom samples. By this sampling process, “the skillful navigator could tell he was south of Cape Cod, but about 10 miles east of Boston Harbor,” according to Beck. Should the economy not change course, we may have to consider some of these forgotten skills. Enjoy your summer!

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Moose is a Goldendoodle who absolutely loves the water! He’s been swimming ever since he was a puppy. At our cottage, the first thing he does is run to the bay. The unique thing about Moose is that he also loves to dive for rocks. All of a sudden one day, his head went under and he came back up with a rock. He will spend all day diving for rocks and bringing them up on shore. Most of these rocks are not small, either. When getting these rocks, he will start off by batting the rock with his front paws. Then, when he has it right where he wants it, he puts his head under. While he holds his breath and opens his eyes, he dives under and grabs the rock. Another cool thing about him is that if you throw a rock out into the water, he will bring back the exact rock that you threw. He will somehow find the rock among all the others and bring it back to you on shore. Moose is an amazing 6-year-old who loves the water and will stay in all day. He also loves to come swimming with the family. He swims all the way out to wherever you go, and he does not appreciate being left behind at the house. Moose is a dog who loves the water and being with his family.

Why is this dog smiling? We found her living in the back of a beat-up 1952 Studebaker RV in St. Ignace, Michigan. She was six months old and extremely cute. It was love at first sight. Her kind owner gave her to us, but in the end it became a rescue. After the fact, we discovered she had a multitude of serious problems: No shots, malnutrition, fleas, internal parasites, deformed dew claws, a second row of baby teeth that never fell out, and a hernia. Our vet said without the medical and dental attention we gave her, including surgery, she wouldn’t have lasted three years. Since initial rehabilitation, she has enjoyed summers at her vacation home in Cheboygan, Michigan, cruising the upper Great Lakes including the North Channel. On all cruises, she commandeers the position of bowspirit on the dinghy. In the off season, she travels the U.S. by land and has been on several legs of the Great Circle Loop. Of course, gourmet meals and the finest sleeping accommodations are included. We have never regretted rescuing her and making her queen of the castle. Samantha truly won the “canine lottery.” In return, she has given us 18½ years of the most loyal and loving companionship any animal could offer. We love her dearly. Gerald T. Odom Farmington Hills, MI

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Congratulations to Moose and Samantha (and their families)! As grand prize winner of Lakeland Boating’s “Calling all Canines & Felines, Too” contest announced in our May 2011 issue, Moose will receive a Paws Aboard life jacket. Samantha, our first runner-up, will receive the Total Pet Health™ First Aid Kit. Thank you to all who entered our contest and shared wonderful pet photos and stories. We encourage you to keep ’em comin’; we’re always looking for great furry family members to feature in the magazine’s monthly “Canine Crewmember” section. Simply send a brief write-up and photo (at least 1 MB) to: 6 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

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

05/24 Body Recovered Detroit, MI USCG and other local Detroit agencies recovered the body of a man at approximately 21:00, who was last seen drifting down the Detroit River. The Detroit Police Department dive team, working aboard a Detroit Harbormaster boat, found the unidentified man near where he was last seen, in the vicinity of the Detroit Princess. USCG rescue crews involved in the search had been aboard a 33-foot SPC-LE and a 45-foot RB-M, both from Station Belle Isle in Detroit, and an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helo from Air Station Detroit located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. The victim was last seen floating down the river in the vicinity of Hart Plaza. case closed

Coast Guard Auxiliary pilots perform swim qualifications in a hotel pool during the Combined Ninth District Symposium, held between March 27 and April 2. A rescue swimmer from Air Station Detroit, in mask and snorkel, helps familiarize the flyers with rescue gear.

05/03 Man Medevaced Beaver Island, MI A USCG helo crew medevaced a 76-year-old man from Beaver Island, Michigan, at 11:45. Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, launched a rescue crew after receiving a report from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center of a man experiencing chest pain. A paramedic from North Flight, an EMS provider on Beaver Island, accompanied the flight crew during the medevac. The aircrew transferred the man safely to Air Station Traverse City, where awaiting EMTs transported him to a local hospital. The man’s name is not being released. case closed 05/20 Woman Medevaced Mackinac Island, MI A USCG boatcrew from Station St. Ignace, Michigan, medevaced a 61-year-old woman from Mackinac Island, Michigan. A 47-foot MLB crew from Station St. Ignace launched after personnel at the Mackinac Island Clinic requested a medevac at about 21:00, reporting that the woman was suffering from acute coronary syndrome. Personnel from Allied EMS accompanied the boatcrew. She was taken to Station St. Ignace, transferred to waiting EMS and taken to Mackinac Straits Hospital. case closed


05/26 Sailboat Grounded Rocky River, OH USCG crews responded to assist two boaters after their 30-foot sailboat ran aground on the Lake Erie coast near Rocky River, Ohio. Watchstanders at USCG Sector Buffalo Operations Center were alerted of the situation when the sailboat operator contacted them on VHF-FM Channel 16 at about 18:40. Watchstanders also were contacted by other mariners who witnessed the sailboat beset by heavy waves. Following his marine radio communication, the operator activated his 406 MHz EPIRB, which communicated his distress and location to the Ninth Coast Guard District Operations Center in Cleveland. Because the boat owner’s EPIRB was properly registered, the Coast Guard was able to contact his home and confirm with family that the boat was indeed underway with two middle-aged men aboard. USCG Station Cleveland Harbor launched a rescue crew aboard a 45-foot RB-M at about 19:30, and they arrived on scene 20 minutes later. Although the water proved too shallow for the RB-M to come alongside the sailboat, the Station Cleveland Harbor crew remained on scene as Rocky River EMS, police and fire department crews attended to the two men. They were taken off the boat in good condition and declined medical treatment. case closed PHOTO By USCG PO1 JOHN MASSON


New and Improved

Michigan’s Toledo Beach Marina under new management. by h eath e r ste i n b e rg e r


ocated on the west shore of Lake Erie in La Salle, Michigan, Toledo Beach Marina is an ideal waypoint for cruising boaters. It’s also poised to become a destination in its own right; marina staff announced that a veteran management team led by Semo Post and Pam Poirier of Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, will now be managing Toledo Beach as well. “Toledo Beach Marina has the potential to be one of the most exciting boating destinations in the area,” said Post, general manager. Boasting more than 550 docks in a protected deep-water harbor, the marina features drive-up parking, rack and launch storage, year-round 24-hour security, a bathhouse, laundry facilities, a deli, a ship’s store, a swimming pool and 250 acres of surrounding green space. Management is already hard at work upgrading amenities and services. In addition to power-washing and repainting marina buildings, planting flowerbeds and designing new signage, the team is improving common gathering

places. Renowned chef Paul Grosz of Detroit’s Cuisine Restaurant will manage food and beverage services at the SandBar & Grill, which has a new patio pavilion. The party store/tackle shop will now serve as a “Grab n’ Go” mini mart with deli-style sandwiches, beer, wine and spirits as well as fishing supplies, while the upgraded fuel dock area will have new high-speed fuel dispensers and a fully stocked ship’s store. The marina will reopen its sales center and showroom with the assistance of Bob Reed and Paul Reed (no relation), well-known members of the power and sail communities, respectively. Finally, to better accommodate transient cruisers, the marina has reserved slips for guests and cruising clubs who require a full-service “resort marina” destination. r



Calendar of Events

July 8 Evening Under the Stars Drummond Island, MI | July 8 – 9 Boyne Thunder Poker Run Boyne City, MI | Chautauqua Lake Antique Boat Show Bemus Point, NY | July 8 – 10 APBA Gold Cup Detroit, MI |

June 22-23 | Cruising for the Cure | Bellaire, Michigan

June 29 – July 3 & July 5 – 10 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI | July 1 South Shore Yacht Club Queen’s Cup Race Milwaukee, WI | July 1 – 4 & 6 – 9 Muskegon Summer Celebration Muskegon, MI | July 1 – 3 Independence Day Celebration Egg Harbor, WI | July 2 – 4 Lighthouse Cruises Mackinaw City, MI | July 2 – 30 Festival of Ships Sandusky, OH | July 3 Black River Kayakathon Lorain, OH | Port Fest Lorain, OH | July 4 Fireworks Washington Island Washington Island, WI 10 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U l y 2 011

Fish Creek Independence Day Celebration Fish Creek, WI |

July 9 Antique and Classic Boat Show Muskoka, ON | Jefferson Street Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI |

South Arm Classic Boat Show Fourth of July Celebration East Jordan, MI Grand Marais, MI | Indian River Fourth of July Parade Indian River, MI | Mackinaw City Fourth of July Mackinaw City, MI | Mackinaw Fourth of July Celebration Mackinaw City, MI | Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Sturgeon Bay, WI | July 4 – Aug. 30 Music in Mackinaw Sister Bay, Ephriam & Baileys Harbor, WI July 6 – 10 Door County Folk Festival Mackinaw City, MI | July 7 – 10 Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival Belleville, ON July 7 – 11 Tall Ships Festival Cleveland, OH |

July 9 – 10 Midwest Watercross Tour Harbor Beach, MI | July 12 – 17 Indian River SummerFest Indian River, MI | July 13 – 17 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium Grand Marais, MI July 14 – 16 Aquafest St. Clair Shores, MI | Rotaryfest Sault Ste. Marie, ON | July 14 – 17 Venetian Festival St. Joseph, MI | July 15 – 17 Aquapalooza Lake Lanier Islands, GA (signature event)



July 16 In Water Boat Show Fox Lake, IL |

July 19 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social Sister Bay, WI |

July 27 – 31 Power Regatta Put-in-Bay, OH |

Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Mississagua, ON |

July 20 Mackinac Island Yacht Club Round the Island Race Mackinac Island, MI |

July 28 – 30 Door County Antique Show and Sale Fish Creek, WI |

Port Washington Fish Day Port Washington, WI | St. Clair Antique and Classic Boat Show St. Clair, MI| Wooden Keels & Vintage Wheels Indian Lake, OH | July 16 – 17 Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race Chicago, IL | Door County Triathlon Egg Harbor, WI | July 17 Classic Car Show Clayton, NY | Lakeside Wooden Boat Show Lakeside, OH|

July 20 – 24 Waukesh County Fair Waukesha, WI |

July 28 – 31 Harborfest Oswego, NY

July 21 – 23 MacMan Challenge Mackinac Island, MI |

July 29 – 31 Annual Boat Show Skaneateles, NY |

July 23 St. Ignace Fish Fest St. Ignace, MI |

Blue Water Antique & Classic Boat Show Port Huron, MI |

July 22 – 23 Cruising for the Cure (Torch Lake Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous) Bellaire, MI | July 23 – 30 K/D Salmon Tournament Door County, WI |

Lyman Company Reunion & Annual Regatta Sandusky, OH | Taste of Wisconsin Kenosha, WI | July 29 – Aug. 7 Coast Guard Festival Grand Haven, MI |



Fuel Facts

Onset of 15 percent e thanol fuel merits attention. BY G R EG PROTEAU


hether you support the production of ethanol as a fuel additive or not, its inclusion in gasoline affects the operation of all engines that use this fuel. Recent calls for raising the level of ethanol from the current widely available 10 percent (E10) dosage in a gallon of gas to the 15 percent level (E15) has marine and small engine industry and consumer groups expressing concern. While E10 is generally acceptable for use in marine engines and fuel systems, directly from the pump and preferably treated with an ethanol gasoline treatment or with marina- or owner-provided additives, the jury is out on the impact that E15 will have on small engine and system performance, durability, longevity and related safety concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 for use only in cars and light trucks made since the 2001 model year. “E15 will not be widely available anytime soon because there are many complicated distribution, liability and labeling issues that need to be resolved,” advises Jerry Nessenson, founder of ValvTect Petroleum Products in Northbrook, Illinois. “What we feel boaters should focus on are the operational consequences that any level of ethanol in fuel causes in engines and systems. Chief among these is corrosion of engine parts, destabilization of the fuel and phase separation of water and ethanol in the fuel.” Ethanol is a solvent that can affect engine parts and fuel systems, break down some older fiberglass fuel tanks, destabilize quickly, corrode fuel systems and absorb water from the atmosphere, which can lead to engine failure. Newer cars and trucks are 12 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

engineered to avoid these unwanted problems, but small engines, including boat motors, are susceptible to damage. Older, usually larger boat motors and fuel systems were not designed for ethanol use. Storage of boats through winter months or extended layup periods tends to intensify the problems ethanol can bring to motors and systems. For trailerboaters, who often fuel at on-highway gas stations, another caution has been raised concerning the correct labeling of E15 and availability of E10, as sellers begin providing the new higher ethanol choice. Labels at pumps are to warn that E15 is not for use in 2000 and earlier cars or for marine or any off-road engines, so consumers should be on the lookout for these when E15 makes its way into the marketplace. Another concern: Since fuel retailers have limited storage capability, will they stop offering E10 in favor of E15? If yes, it will make it more difficult for trailerboaters to continue highway fill-ups. At marina fuel docks, many retailers choose to order or treat the fuel they sell with additives formulated to rectify shortcomings in E10 gas (and to fortify marine diesel fuel). Marinas that don’t have access to marine-treated fuels often sell additives that owners can purchase and then treat the fuel in their boats. Fuel additives also are widely available at boating stores and major retailers. “ValvTect Marine Gasoline that contains ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment is available at about 40 percent of the major marinas already,” Nessenson estimates. “For those who are not certain treated fuel is available, it’s good insurance to pack a bottle of the additive on board. Look for brands that say ‘ethanol gas treatment,’ which address corrosion, fuel stability and water-in-fuel problems.” Other advice for boaters now? If fueling on the highway, use E10 for as long as possible; be alert to changes that may result in availability of only E15; keep informed about recommendations from engine makers; use marine fuel additives to alleviate shortcomings of E10 fuel; and be especially cautious with fuel that’s being stored over the winter or for months at a time.  PHOTO BY MIDWEST WILDERNESS


Smooth Moves

Joysticks come to Skipper Bud’s. BY H EATH E R STE I N B E RG E R ANGEL EYES My wife, Angel, has proven to be the best first mate this captain could ever ask for. She acknowledges all of my requests with a quick (Angel) “Aye.” Al & Angel Flanders

DECISIONS Attached is a picture of our boat, Decisions. We are recently retired and spend our days deciding if it is a boating day or golfing day! Robert & Judith McClellan

WHO KNEW? My wife and I are on our second time around. Each time something wonderful happened for us, we’d say, “Who Knew?” So when we purchased our 31-foot Pursuit, it just seemed natural to name her Who Knew? Bob & Cheryl Samuel AuGres, MI

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nless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve heard all about joystick vessel-control systems—maybe you’ve even had a chance to take a spin around the docks with the videogame-like technology. But you’re still gripping the throttles on your own boat. Perhaps you think you have to buy a whole new boat to enjoy the benefits of joystick maneuvering, or perhaps you simply haven’t found the right option for you. But what if you could drive to a nearby dealership to see the latest technology, a system that can be retrofitted onto your family’s boat? You can. Skipper Bud’s, headquartered in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, has been appointed the exclusive U. S. distributor for Xenta Systems and is now offering the Italian company’s products at all its service centers in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. W h i l e Ro m e -base d Xe nta Syste m s manufactures a variety of vessel-control devices, including wireless throttles and wireless rudder controls, it is best known Stateside for its complete line of joystick-operated controls. Its patented joystick vessel-control system has taken the sometimes daunting challenge of docking recreational boats in crowded conditions or in inclement weather and reduced it to the simple, intuitive movements of a joystick. The joystick automatically controls the transmissions of the main engines in conjunction with the bow thruster, which moves the boat in the desired direction. Yes, this does include the

dreaded lateral move away from the fuel dock. The system also can control a stern thruster, the throttling function and the rudders. Such controls aren’t required, but they will give boaters quicker, more precise, tighter maneuvering. “Our customers have all had good experiences with the product,” said Dennis Ellerbrock of Skipper Bud’s, which orders all of its new Azimut models with Xenta Systems controls. “It makes the boat much easier to maneuver in stressful conditions.” The joystick system can be retrofitted onto almost any diesel-powered boat. While Ellerbrock agreed that this is not the least expensive option to add, he observed that its value becomes immeasurable when a boater sees his or her spouse and older children take the helm with confidence. “Even though I’ve been running boats for 40 years, I use the joystick system when it’s available,” he said. “It makes things easier in a little wind or current, and the extra time allows me and my crew to better coordinate the other aspects of docking.” And, for boats already equipped with bow thrusters, there’s no need for haul-out to retrofit the joystick system. At press time, the Skipper Bud’s team was hard at work on its future plans: Developing mobile installation teams and appointing dealer-installers in key boating markets. In the meantime, to learn more and to arrange installation, call 800-636-2628 or send an e-mail to  13 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011


Fabulous Fishfinder

Lowrance introduces value-priced Elite-5 DSI Gold. BY ROG E R MCAFE E


owrance introduced its new Elite-5 Down Scan Imaging Gold Fishfinder/Chartplotter, a unit that will set a new standard in sonar/GPS units at a price that delivers excellent value. As a longtime boater, I remember fishing in the days before sonar units to spot fish and monitor depth were available to recreational boaters. We simply guessed where the fish were, largely by observing shoreline features such as bank overhangs, eel grass and trees shading the water—and hoping fish were up shallow. Really serious fishermen used household thermometers to check water

temperature. The first depth sounder on the market was the round “flasher” that used a light at the end of a rotating arm on a dial that displayed depths down to 60 feet. The Lowrance Green Box was the first, and it caught on quickly after its introduction. The flashing light showed the bottom depth, and fishermen soon realized that flashes appeared when fish broke the beam at depths above the bottom. The first recreational depthsounder also became the first fishfinder. Since then, fishfinders/depthsounders have been on the evolutionary fast track. Today’s models are better than 14 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

those you would have found on older military vessels. The competition among manufacturers has been fierce, and a number of years ago they started focusing on the quality of the picture shown on the sounder screen. The new Lowrance Elite-5 DSI Gold shows just how far this evolution has come. The Elite-5 DSI Gold is a stand-alone combination fishfinder/chartplotter with one of the clearest displays on the market. The 5-inch screen produces a color display, and the dual frequency (455/800 kHz) gives water column information that is truly amazing in any sounder, let alone one that sells for about $720. But there’s more. At that price, the package also includes the Navionics award-winning Gold micro SD chart card with coastal/offshore coverage of U.S. and Canadian waters, along with coverage of the Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, the Bahamas and more than 125 major Canadian lakes. A built-in GPS antenna completes the package—no need to install a separate GPS module. Our test of this new unit showed that it performed even better than the manufacturer’s specs claimed. For instance, specs said it had good bottom tracking at speeds up to 40 mph. We had no trouble tracking bottom at speeds up to 50 mph. Lowrance claims depth readings to 200 feet, but we consistently got good readings to 225 feet. Our test boat was equipped with one of the new broadband sounders that had the ability to read down to 10,000 feet, and we used it to check the readings we were getting from the Elite-5 DSI Gold. The unit was spot-on. This new sounder had no trouble picking up the thermocline. It can be operated automatically or fine-tuned manually. The video output is bright, crisp and clear and lets the boater select a display color. The quality of the image the screen shows is almost photo-like. We hovered over a couple of waterlogged trees on the bottom, and not only could we see the trunks, but we could see each individual limb right out to the tip of each branch. The unit easily picked up baitfish and showed the gamefish prowling below. Distinguishing between hard and soft bottom was easy, and the unit clearly showed fish lurking belly-to-the-bottom, too. Quite simply, the new Elite-5 DSI Gold embodies just how far sonar and GPS technology for recreational boaters has come. LOWRANCE.COM 

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Trouble-free Trailering

Enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free day out on the water. BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA <

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To carpet or not to carpet—that is the question. Carpet has a bum rap in marine environments; it tends to stain, mold and slip. But now you can get customizable, comfortable, maintenance-free, marine-grade carpeting that looks great, too. DECKadence Marine Flooring is made from PVC, resin and aerated rubber and feels soft and cushy underfoot. DECKadence sticks to your deck without glue and provides a non-slip surface. Injected with UV stabilizers and antimicrobial composites, it won’t smell or rot, is mildew resistant, can easily be hosed off and is quick to dry. It also acts as an anti-fatigue deck covering, absorbing shock and deadening engine noise. DECKadence can be installed on \any kind of hull. Cut pieces to size, or have a custom section made. It’s available in three standard and 21 custom colors. You can even have a border or logo cut into it. Custom template designs run $15-$17 per square foot; if you want to cut your own and order it in sections or rolls, it runs $10-$11 per square foot. DECKADENCEMARINEFLOORING.COM

DOMETIC 972 Series Portable Toilet


You can extend your boating time if everyone on board remains comfortable throughout the day. Part of this comfort has to do with an accessible potty. Portable toilets have come a long way from the “bucket and chuck it” days, and Dometic’s 972 Series portable toilet even flushes. The 972 Series is a plastic portable head with a 2.6-gallon holding tank. It has a push-button pressurized flush and a prismatic tank level indicator, so you know when it’s time to go ashore. It’s also economical, since it uses only a pint of water per flush. The 972 Series has a small footprint and will fit in a space that’s roughly a 16-inch cube. It weighs 11 pounds when empty and up to 32 pounds full. It is, indeed, completely portable; hold down brackets also are available, so it stays put during hard turns and fast starts. Suggested retail price for the 972 Series is $145. DOMETICUSA.COM



Launching and retrieving a boat can be the trickiest part of trailering, but here’s a product designed to simplify the process. The Bow Step from Quality Mark lets you board your boat from the front of the trailer when loading and unloading. It mounts to the forward part of an existing trailer in minutes, and with its three adjustment angles provides a great non-skid ladder to get from the ground to the bow. A big handle makes it easy to climb up from the launch ramp or from your driveway. When not in use, the step folds away on its unique hinge system, but stays attached to the trailer for your next use. The Bow Step is available in two sizes: A three-rung version ($299) and a four-rung version ($399). It comes with a choice of port or starboard trailer mounting, with the handle on the left or right. All installation hardware is included. QUALITYMARKINC.COM

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


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First-time Trailering Learn the basics before hitting the road. BY MAR K COR KE


o you finally bought the boat. Congrats! Now you must attach it to the back of your car or truck and drive it home. Generally speaking, the larger and more powerful the tow vehicle, the bigger and heavier the boat you can haul. But generalities aside, always check the vehicle manufacturers handbook or website for the maximum towing capacity of your particular car or truck before hitching a boat on back. Successful trailering begins before you pull out of your driveway. Make sure the boat is securely and correctly strapped down to the trailer. Don’t just rely on the winch hook to keep the boat in place. At a minimum, you also should have a strap over the aft end of the boat to keep it snug on the rollers or bunks. Some boats have U-brackets on the transoms specifically designed for strapping the boat down with ratchet straps. If your boat doesn’t have these, put a strap or a rope over the entire boat, attaching it to a secure point on the trailer. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been overtaken on the road by boats on trailers that are not secured properly. If the winch hook were to somehow disconnect from the boat, there’d be nothing holding the boat on the trailer, and the two could separate. As you hitch the trailer to your vehicle, check the nose weight (the amount of downward pressure on the tow hitch). In most cases, it should be about 100 pounds. Too much weight, and the front wheels of the towing vehicle will lift off the ground; too little, and the trailer will wander at speed. To confirm a solid connection, attach safety chains between the trailer and tow vehicle. With the boat strapped down, enlist the help of a partner to operate the brake, indicator and tail lights to ensure they’re working. If all’s OK, have one last walk around the trailer and tow vehicle; you’re now ready to head out on the road!

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


Once you’re rolling, the first thing you’ll notice is the extra weight of the trailer. Allow more time for the car to accelerate and slow down. Leave extra room between you and the car in front of you, and apply the brakes earlier than you normally would. Do not make sudden turns or lane changes. With the boat being pulled behind you, your overall length will be at least double, and you’ll need to make wide turns when going around corners to avoid pulling the back wheels of the trailer over the curb. If you’re new to trailering, it’s worth taking the rig to a deserted parking lot to practice maneuvering. This is especially true of reversing, which separates the men from the boys. Reversing a trailer is counter intuitive; paradoxically, the larger the trailer, the easier it is. The key to reversing is to go slow and don’t panic. Start with the car and trailer in line with one another as you slowly back up. You’ll almost certainly start to see the trailer turn one way or the other. The first instinct is to turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction. But this just makes the turn more pronounced instead of guiding the trailer back in line with the car. The easiest way to steer and make the trailer go in the desired direction is to grip the bottom of the steering wheel with one hand. Move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to steer. Moving your hand to the right moves the trailer to the right; conversely, moving your hand to the left moves the trailer to the left. If things start to get a little out of control, pull forward a bit to straighten up; then have another go. With practice, you’ll be able to back in almost anywhere. And at the launch ramp, you'll look like a real pro! 


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Enjoy the Ride Hit the road — and the water — with confidence.



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< SWEET TREAT Star Tron Fuel Treatment is the easiest way to ensure trouble-free boating even if your fuel dock only sells ethanol-blended fuel. Its unique formula does more than just stabilize fuel; it also enhances fuel combustibility for maximum power and performance, eliminates and prevents gum and carbon deposits, improves the octane of old fuel, and disperses the water that ethanol attracts. Engines start easily and run smooth. An 8-fl. oz. bottle retails for $12. STARTRON.COM

> CLEAN BREAK No one likes the thought of breaking down en route to the water. But should the unthinkable happen, you best be prepared. This spare hub carrier from Trailmaster Trailers easily mounts on any of the company’s trailer models for access when you need it most. No more spare bearings rolling around in the trunk of your car; this hub keeps things neat and clean. The spare hub retails for $115. Custom versions can be made for other trailer brands, too. TRAILMASTERTRAILERS.COM

> JACK OF ALL TRADES SeaSense introduced the industry’s first tongue weight indicator trailer jack—instantly telling you when your trailer is safely loaded and in the most fuel efficient posture for travel. The Trailersense 800 acts not only as a jack, but also as a scale, so you can be sure weight is evenly distributed around the trailer for maximum on-road safety. Retail price is $109.99. SEASENSE.COM

> READY, SET... INFLATE The Sea Rebel Kayak from RAVE Sports is a great way to enjoy an afternoon on the lake. Lightweight and easy to carry, the one-person kayak tracks straight with three bottom fins. It inflates in minutes and comes with paddle, hand pump, carrying bag and limited one-year warranty. Retail price is $199.99. Additional inflatable options are available through Defender Industries, which just launched its own line of inflatable boats. DEFENDER.COM

< MIRACLE MOUNT Whether you’re on the boat or in the car, you need somewhere to stash your portable electronic devices. What better place than a dedicated mount that can easily move from dashboard to helm and back? The new Universal Mini Mount from Cobra will securely hold your smartphone or GPS. The mount, secured with EverLast BreakAway adhesive, can be fixed anywhere with no permanent installation required and no sticky residue. Retail price is $24.95. COBRAHANDSFREE.COM


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A spacious deck boat that’s sure to please. by b i ng o ’ m eara




When you first see the new Stingray 215LR broadside on the trailer, you admire its lines and graphics, and note its vee-shaped hull. Then you walk around to the bow, pull down a well-concealed boarding ladder, clamber into the bow area, survey the cockpit and realize that this isn’t just a big bowrider; it’s a spacious deck boat, with a hull that will do just fine in Great Lakes chop. I had the pleasure of running this boat around Lake Robinson, a reservoir on the outskirts of Hartsville, South Carolina, and can affirm that this boat is a neat family day cruiser, chock full of fun and practical features. It has the deck boat’s spaciousness that also delivers an adrenaline-pumping performance without the flat-bottom, pounding ride that some deck boats can deliver. In fact, this boat performs like a vee hull, while not compromising its skinny-water, drive-up draft of just 17 inches. Draft is 34 inches with the drive down, which just might be a positive factor for many boaters who want to use this around the Great Lakes in places that are waiting to be dredged. What really impressed me about this boat was how quick and agile it was with the 5.0 GXi SX Volvo Penta sterndrive, which cranks out 270 hp and has a single prop, although the same motor with Volvo Penta’s Duoprop is available. These are the higher-end power options; base power is a Mercury 4.3-liter MPI that produces 220 hp. The test boat’s Volvo mated with Stingray’s exclusive Z-plane hull to provide a top-end speed of more than 50 mph. Company figures with a Stingray test pilot got

the 21-footer to peak at 55.6 mph, and I was easily able to get her nearly that fast on my first run. Many boats, when pushed to the limit, trimmed up and run at wide-open throttle, do some chine walking and get downright squirrelly. Stingrays are specifically designed to not behave that way. The company’s Z-plane hull, first introduced in 1991 and tweaked since, really does an interesting thing. It features contours to the running surface that extend beneath both sides of the integrated swim platform. This creates a three-point contact with the water at higher speeds. Less hull in the water makes the boat faster, yet the running surface on both sides of the boat skims along the water and provides stability. Stingrays have always impressed me with their easy handling when you feel that need for speed. She got on plane quickly with minimal bow rise, achieving 30 mph in just over seven seconds, all the way to 40 mph in just 10 seconds. Other performance worth mentioning is the boat’s mid-range speed of around 25 mph, the engine turning less than 3000 rpm and producing a wake that skiers and boarders will like. Skis and boards fit in a cockpit sole compartment. The cockpit, incidentally, features snap-in carpeting. Simply snap it out, and hosing out the fiberglass inner-liner is, well, a snap. Speaking of skiers, when they’re done skiing, they can put the wet rope in a molded, drained compartment above the swim platform so nothing else gets wet—and if you don’t care about the rope getting other things wet, you

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centerline. It had room for fenders and lines, too. Right behind that compartment is a molded-in cooler/storage box that could keep refreshments handy for the riders in the bow. Boating families also ought to like how easily the bow seating area converts to a padded sundeck—simply lay three slats between the permanent seat pads, and place two cushions on the slats. All of these filler cushions—and a lot more—can be stowed under the bow seats. The test boat offered a convenience package; essentially a list of 27 features ranging from indirect LED cockpit lighting, to a pressurized bow shower and transom shower, to a cockpit table with a base and stand that could be placed in the bow or in front of the cockpit sofa. Altogether, it added up to nearly $4,400 worth of items that Stingray offers at no charge. In fact, with free extended engine protection and a straight factory discount of $2,076, the suggested list price of the boat I trialed was $39,462. Stingray has a well-deserved reputation for delivering quality boats that are well-thought-out for passengers to enjoy on the water—whether that means an evening cruise or eye-watering run down the lake. This 215LR “sport deck,” built on a hull that performs like a champ, certainly stays with that tradition. r

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can use the space as a cooler. Skiers don’t even need to drip on the rear sunpad, as a section on the starboard side comes out to reveal a carpeted walkway. If you want to leave that section out, it has a designated storage space under the engine cover, where you also can store the cocktail table. This boat is designed for everyone who wants to have fun, whether it’s swimming around and climbing aboard via the concealed, stainless steel ladder onto the big swim platform; or climbing the bow ladder of the beached boat after doing some exploration ashore. That’s really all you have to do ashore, since the passenger console conceals a head—and with amazing room for a boat this size (the actual “facility” is a Porta-Potti with self-contained holding tank). The compartment has its own electric lighting and even has a screened port light for daylight and ventilation. The floorplan is pure deck boat, with a sofa that spans the width in front of the aft sunpad. Right behind the helm is a freshwater sink with a cooler snuggled in underneath. Beverage holders abound no matter where the passengers sit, and they’re oversized to fit cans in foam can coolers. Design details I liked included the anchor compartment right in the bow, which featured a stainless steel pull-up cleat for easily tying off the anchor line right where you want it on the boat’s PHOTOS COurTESy Of STINGrAy BOATS

Enclosed head w/ vent window and lighting; auto/man. bilge pump (1100 gph); pressurized bow and transom showers; stand-up bimini top (acrylic) w/ boot; 25 qt. removable cockpit cooler; electronic engine hour meter; MB Quart 180-watt marine audio system; fiberglass cockpit floor liner; cockpit table w/ base and stand; molded fiberglass cabin liner; transom mounted trim and tilt switch; freshwater sink; stainless steel stern, bow, and pull-up cleats; premium 36-oz. foam-backed vinyl w/ PreFixx; Porta-Potti w/ self-contained holding tank; power trim and tilt w/ indicator.

Specifications LOA: 21'11" Beam: 8'5" Weight: 3,775 lbs. Draft: 1'5" Fuel Capacity: 47 gals. Water Capacity: 13 gals. Power as tested: Volvo Penta 270-hp 5.0 GXi SX Price as tested: $39,462


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Jupiter 29FS

Clean lines + awesome performance = outstanding center console. by dave m u ll


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Versatility is the operative word in the luxurious 29FS center console (top), with its big dash capable of displaying flush-mounted fishing electronics and high-end stereo receivers. It boasts insulated compartments under the front seats that can hold extra clothes, towels and camping gear—or big, iced-down fish (right).



fter previewing the new Jupiter 29FS in the June issue of Lakeland Boating’s sister publication, Great Lakes Angler, I couldn’t wait to get behind the console of one. That wish was granted by the folks at Boaters Point in Port Clinton, Ohio, in early June, and all I can says is “What a boat!” Before taking the big center console pushed by twin Yamaha 300-hp four-stroke outboards onto blustery Lake Erie, Mark Walker, a member of the dealership’s sales team, took me on a dockside tour. He started at the hideaway bow navigation light, pointing out how the hinges on the anchor locker and bow cleat all rest below the side decking, creating exceptionally clean lines. Opening the anchor locker, Mark pointed out how everything inside was nicely finished—no rough fiberglass anywhere. It’s finish work at its finest, and no surprise when you consider Jupiter is run by Carl Herndon, the founder of Black Fin Yachts, still a much sought-after vessel for Great Lakes and saltwater boaters known for its fine craftsmanship. Back to the test boat, the bow seating area makes this serious fishing machine into a fine day cruiser, which Boaters Point general manager Bob Lusardi said is how many big center consoles are employed in the Great Lakes. “It’s the people who own a dockside condo,” commented Lusardi. “They don’t need the big cruiser for what they want to do—they’re not staying in their boat. A center console provides a fast, easy-to-maintain, day boat.”

Taking the boat’s helm as we idled toward the channel from the Catawba marina complexes into Lake Erie, I soon saw just how fun this boat was to drive. The wind howled out of the west, creating some nice waves for a sea trial—easily three-footers, with some bigger. I steered the big boat right into them and eased the throttle forward, and the Jupiter climbed right up on top, spraying water to either side and keeping us dry behind the console. Putting the hammer down, the boat hit 50 mph in mere seconds, riding over the tops of the waves like they were ball bearings. Trimming ever so slightly and applying the starboard trim tab a touch to even her out, she achieved 54 mph top end. To check her day cruiser credentials, I turned downwind and throttled back to 18 mph, barely keeping her on plane. The heavy boat (she weighs more than 9,400 pounds with a load of fuel) split through the waves with ease. Just bumping the throttle forward the smallest increment got her to 20, and then she just wanted to go faster, getting up on top of the waves again and cruising at a stable 25 mph without me pushing the throttle forward at all.

boat test The baitwell/livewell behind the helm seat is state-of-the-art and offers a place to prep bait or just rinse hands and wash the picnic plates and utensils.

Aside from performance, her design makes for an elegant day cruiser with a roomy, well-lit head compartment (via a screened Bomar hatch) under the console and comfortable seating in the bow, at the helm and on a fold-down transom sofa. Jupiter puts handholds in the bow, right where a rider would want to hang on. Drink holders abound, too. But this boat is for the serious fisherman, too. Two locking compartments— one on either side of the console—hold four rods each. More rod storage is under the gunwales, allowing stowage of 16 more rods. The hardtop also had a five-rod rocket launcher, and the helm seat had four more holders across the back. The lockable compartments under the forward seating have drains and could hold fish, and a large macerated fish compartment is in the sole just aft of the helm seat’s integrated aerated baitwell/livewell. Four gimbal rod holders in the side decks would make it easy to insert one of the popular track systems that carry rod holders and downriggers that Great Lakes fishermen desire. Anglers and cruisers alike will find ample room for cold beverages in the insulated, molded-in cooler under the seat in front of the helm. Our test boat was designed by people who boat—a lot. That’s evident from how easy the boat makes routine maintenance. For instance, just behind the in-sole fish box and in front of the transom, a compartment opens and allows full access to bilge and livewell pumps. The console has a massive area for in-dash electronics—easily accommodating two large screens—and more fits in the overhead electronics box, too. The battery system is another example of a boat built by boaters. Three batteries are installed in an area within the head compartment under the console. The boat uses one battery to start the port outboard, one for the starboard, and a house battery to run the stereo and other accessories while the outboards are not running. When at anchor with the stereo on, the system draws from the starter batteries first, allowing them to drop to 13 amps. Then it switches to the house battery, offering lots of time for tunes. “You’ll always be able to fire up the outboards,” Walker said. When you start the motors, they charge the house battery back to 13 amps before switching over and charging all three batteries at once. The master shut-off switch is down here with the batteries, too, and just below the battery area is a compartment with sea cocks for the bilge and livewell aerator. Jupiter works with customers to build boats exactly as desired. The Florida-based company truly builds boats one at a time, even supplying photos to the customer during various stages of construction. Carl Herndon, Jupiter’s president, is a gentleman well-known in boating circles as founder and CEO of Blackfin and former president of Bertram Yachts. The Jupiter team includes many of the same experienced managers and skilled craftsmen who’ve worked with Herndon over the years, and the Jupiter team’s attention to detail is apparent in the 29FS. Herndon remains a hands-on guy, spending lots of time on the production floor to ensure, as the company website says, “the product line is consistent with today’s technology and the finished product meets the expectations associated with the Jupiter name.”  PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUPITER MARINE

Jupiter Marine 29FS Standard Equipment Coaming pads; 30-amp battery charger; electric head w/ holding tank; Bomar hatch; bait prep center w/ 45-gal. livewell and tackle storage; boarding ladder; fresh- and raw-water washdown; Yamaha Command Link PLUS instrumentation; upgraded helm seats w/ flipup bolsters; Clarion stereo package w/ IPOD connection; Recessed stern seat; overhead electronics box; custom oversized fiberglass hardtop w/ painted underside; painted hull sides; teak trim package.

Specifications LOA: 29'6" Beam: 9'4" Draft (Up): 22" Draft (Down): 33" Water Capacity: 35 gals. Fuel Capacity: 285 gals. Weight (Approx.): 9,400 lbs. Power: T-Yamaha F300 MSRP: $179,990 Price as Tested: $209,000


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Hacker-Craft Sterling

Like no other runabout ever built by this classic company. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 26'6" Beam: 8'0" Weight (approx): 4,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 51 gals. Power: Crusader 5.7L MPI 330-hp Base Price: $210,000


amous the world over for its mahogany designs, the Hacker Boat Company of Silver Bay, New York, is making waves with its new Hacker-Craft 26 Twin Cockpit Sterling Runabout. The Sterling is built with the flamboyance of a 1940s runabout, yet constructed with cutting-edge technology and materials. The company says its goal was to build a shapely boat with brighter, multiple colors, dramatic lines on popular rounded sterns, wider dimensions and art deco touches. It’s easy to see that Hacker achieved this goal—in spades. “It is very distinctive,” says Hacker-Craft’s Ken Rawley, director of communications and special projects. “It has almost a European look to it, and when we take it to shows, it draws an enormous amount of attention.” The American-built Crusader 5.7L multi-port-injection 330-hp engine gives the Sterling the power and maneuverability today’s buyers desire. The 4,500-pound Sterling has proven fast and nimble in its initial water tests, with a smaller rudder for less drag and more efficiency. At 26 feet, six inches long and with an eight-foot beam, the Sterling is eight inches wider than comparably sized classic Hacker-Craft Dolphin Runabouts. Design elements adding to the Sterling model’s panache include beautifully crafted floor vents, light-colored center and cover boards plus stylized hardware and dashboard instrumentation. The beautifully curved stainless steel bow piece adds to the boat’s dashing design.

The Sterling name honors the Sterling Engine Company. Sterling engines were installed in many of Hacker’s early runabouts–including Hacker’s 1914 Gold Cup racer Buffalo Enquirer. The Hacker-Craft Sterling model will be distributed under the name “Au Revoir” in European markets—so named to honor John L. Hacker’s first production boat of the same name in 1903. The Hacker Boat Company, founded in 1908, is the largest American manufacturer of classic mahogany motorboats, which tells you how unique mahogany boats truly are, since Hacker builds just 25, total, each year. However, this number will increase as dealers are established throughout the world. The company’s corporate headquarters and storage facilities are located near and on the shoreline of Lake George, New York. Production and restoration facilities are located in historic Ticonderoga, New York. The company points out that each Hacker-Craft is hand crafted at the company’s new production facility by master boatbuilding craftsmen who spend more than 1,500 hours of labor to build every boat. The Hacker Boat Company builds runabouts, sport boats, launches and utilities from 24 to 35 feet in length. The company also makes custom designed boats; their custom division’s motto is, “If you can dream it, we can build it.” Since the 1930s, Hacker-Crafts have had the registered trademark as the “Steinway of Runabouts.” Forbes Magazine FYI put the boats on the list of “50 of America’s Best” products. The new Sterling will no doubt cement the company’s status as a builder of iconic boats. r

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Hewescraft 240 Alaskan More Western style for the Great Lakes. by dave m u ll


ewescraft and its line of all-welded aluminum boats is rapidly gaining fans across the Great Lakes. Based in Washington, the boats are available at Calumet Marine, a full-line dealership in Calumet City, Illinois, run by hardcore fisherman Frank Martin. Calumet Marine has sold Hewescrafts all over the region, recently delivering one to a happy customer in Olcott, New York, for use on Lake Ontario. Martin says the Hewescraft Alaskan 24 is pretty close to the perfect boat for the Great Lakes. The deadrise is 15 degrees at the transom, with 20 degrees amidships, narrowing to 40 degrees at the bow. The result is an absolutely phenomenal ride in rough water, says Martin. The boats are built to last, too, with 5086 aluminum throughout—marine-grade stuff rated for saltwater. That’s one reason, Martin says, half of the privately owned boats in Alaska are Hewescrafts. Their number-one goal is to make the safest boat they can, with fishing and functionality right behind. No frills; utilitarian design, which fishermen seem to appreciate. Nothing anywhere to rot, either. Martin says the 24-footer with a pair of Honda 150s runs better than 50 mph, while trolling economically one motor will burn half a gallon at 2.5 mph. Or, rig with a single outboard and 15- or 20-hp kicker. Other features include 10-inch-wide, heavy-duty gunwales. perfect for mounting downriggers and track rod-holder systems. The 85-gallon fuel tank lets you go on adventure cruises, and fold-out sleeper seats allow for

camping on-water or staying at the marina; the enclosed marine head is ideal when nature calls. The 36-inch side height helps the crew stay safe, while the hard top cabin easily accepts rocket launchers and a radar dome while keeping anglers out of the rain, wind and sun. The oversized walk-through windshield allows for convenient access to the bow for anchoring and beaching, and fish boxes in the cockpit sole and transom keep your catch. But don’t think of this 24 Alaskan as a single-purpose fishing boat. Martin says at mid-range speed, the stingy twin Honda 150s can get about eight miles per gallon, while cruising at 30 mph. That makes this an attractive boat for weekend adventurers, who can trailer the boat to a cool destination and disembark on overnighters. With the optional jumbo jump seats it’s perfect for family camping—they fold down to create a massive bed inside the cabin. Plus, the hard top can easily carry a pair of kayaks or a dinghy for exploration. Martin pointed out the hardtop is a popular diving platform for the kids and works as a large sun patio, too—its solid build allows the crew to walk around up there. The open front deck area lends itself to easy beaching, should you want to go ashore for a picnic. An optional 1300 BTU furnace helps make the Great Lakes boating season longer, too. Is this tough, trailerable boat perfect for Great Lakes anglers and other adventurers? Pretty darn close. r

Specifications LOA: 26'5" Beam: 8'6" Weight (dry w/o power): 3,400 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 85 gals. Max. HP Rating: 300-hp Base Price: $71,800


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Hobie Tandem Island Look sweet upon the seat. by dave m u ll


Specifications Length: 18'6" Ama Length: 13'4" Width (w/Amas out): 10' Width (w/Amas in): 4' Width: 30" Mast Height: 18' Sail Area: 90 sq. ft. Hull Weight: 89 lbs. Ama Weight: 22 lbs. Hull Weight, Assembled: 115 lbs. Rigged Weight: 192 lbs.


emember that lazy tune, most famously sung by HAL, the computer, while astronaut Dave unplugged him in 2001: A Space Odyssey? The singer cajoles Daisy for an answer to his marriage proposal while admitting he can’t afford a stylish wedding or a carriage, but lets her know she’ll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two. Demur and kind of boring, that song is—nothing like this kayak built for two. The Mirage Tandem Island features two of Hobie’s exclusive Mirage drives—meaning two people can enjoy a leisurely or fast-paced pedal on any body of water. Tests show that a single Mirage drive can produce more thrust than two champion kayak paddlers. And, the Mirage drives come out to allow some fun paddling down faster streams, too. But that’s not nearly all when it comes to the excitement with this 18-foot watercraft; it no doubt will continue Hobie’s popularity as a producer of beachable sailboats, status achieved with its iconic Hobie Cat catamarans. The Tandem Island easily converts from kayak to a trimaran sailboat. Just attach the ama crossbeams, floats and the two-piece carbon fiber rig and sailing kit (all included), lower the centerboard keel, and you and your partner will be flying across the water, powered by a roller-furling, boomless mainsail. Talk about fun! Both cockpits have steering and sail-control lines,

making the Tandem Island ideal for partners of all abilities. Plus, if you want to take it for a spin and can’t find anyone else to go along, no problem. Reports from users say the Tandem Island is easy to solo from either cockpit, whether you’re pedaling, paddling or sailing. This is no austere boat for people looking to work hard and expend a lot of energy to have fun—although it will certainly do that for you if working out hard to achieve fitness is something you like to do. With four cupholders, you always have a spot to place a beverage at hand. The thick, padded seats have inflatable lumbar support, too. Want to take it camping? The boat’s generous storage space and carrying capacity means your adventure potential is huge. With the sailboat kit installed, the boat weighs just 192 pounds, yet can carry a load of passengers and gear of 600 pounds. That’s a lot of camping stuff, and it all can stow in the large bow hatch and the rear cargo compartment, which has Bungee Tie-Downs to hold items right on top behind the paddlers. Three, eight-inch twist-and-seal hatches with gear buckets provide storage space for smaller items, too. And four mesh stowage pockets can keep some larger items such as chart books handy, yet out of the way. Options include a heavy-duty cart, trampolines and a spray dodger. A livewell for fresh fish can be added if you’re going to make use of the two standard rod holders. Three colors—golden papaya, ivory dune and red hibiscus—are available. r

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MasterCraft X-25 The ultimate wakeboard boat. by dave m u ll


ave you seen the kids actually surfing behind a boat that produces the ideal wake? No tow rope; no boots on the board to slide the feet in. Just a smallish surfboard and a boat that creates the right kind of wake. The X-25 from MasterCraft Boat Company is one of these boats. Not only does it create this surfer wake, but it also performs as a dynamic wakeboard-puller, and you can probably even ski behind it if you want to look old fashioned. The first thing you notice about this boat is its “picklefork” hull design that creates room for four or five riders in the bow. But flip down the armrests, and it transforms into a luxurious lounge for a party of two, seated face forward, backs against the consoles and legs outstretched on the padded seat. Cockpit passengers will find comfy seating across the rear sofa, which features a fold-out tray with cup-holders and a small tabletop. The innovation that won a coveted 2010 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award is the rear of the sunpad, which converts into clever transom seating. The X-25’s neat amenities include a choice of Zero Flex Towers and stylish new graphics packages. But we mentioned surfing, and this boat’s wake is perfect for both surfing and wakeboarding. And starting with the 2012 model year, the X-25, like all MasterCrafts, will feature Ilmor engines. “Ilmor engines are the best high performance engines made today, and starting in 2012, all MasterCraft models

will come standard with them,” says Todd Riepe, general manager of Skipper Bud’s, which sells the boats at its many dealerships throughout the Great Lakes. “MasterCraft owners will continue to have the best luxury performance boat in the industry.” Power options are the Ilmor 5.7, 6.0 and 6.2 V8 engines. “Ilmor is one of the most impressive high performance engineering companies in the world,” adds John Dorton, president and CEO of MasterCraft. “The same exceptional minds that dominate Indy (cars) are now dedicated to giving MasterCraft owners a power train experience unlike any the industry has ever seen. And it is all exclusive to MasterCraft.” You can use this boat for lots of different things, which means you might need lots of different gear. With the 53-gallon fuel tank, you can get a long way from the pier or launch ramp, which means you need to bring your stuff with you. No problem. The X-25 has loads of storage underneath the seating. The X-25 also is the beneficiary of MasterCraft’s all new gel coat schemes, new graphics, new interiors and new tower choices like the ZFT 5p, an electrically powered tower. Put it all together, and you’ll see that these features, the power agreement with Ilmor, and the boat’s fine looks and performance combine to make this MasterCraft a great, all-around boat that’s made for delivering fun on the water. r

Specifications LOA: 21'6" Length (w/ platform): 23'8" Draft: 2'4" Width: 8'6" Weight: 4,370 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 53 gals.


To the Water’s Edge… & Beyond! Get primed on insurance for your trailerable boat. by g r eg proteau


railering brings a dimension of freedom to boat owners who choose not to be tied to a dock all season or year-round. The primary benefit of being able to trailer, of course, is mobility. A trailer allows travel from a congested lake to a less-busy one where there’s more room for tubing and skiing, or from a river where the fish aren’t biting to one where they can’t stop. Wanderlust is a great American pastime, and that’s one of the reasons trailerable boats outnumber non-trailerables by a factor of about 20-to-one. There are two unique perspectives that every trailer boater enjoys. First, the land-side adventure of choosing the destination and actually getting there. Then there’s the payoff of being afloat, exploring, wetting a line, cruising to lunch or just drifting. As always, a little preparation for being both on “the hard” or waterborne makes sense. For this article, the assumption is the tow vehicle and trailer have adequate towing and weight bearing capabilities and are a “good match.” There is abundant information on how to trailer and trailering tips in


owner’s manuals and on the Internet. Generic operational guidelines can be found online at, and similar portals. When specific questions arise as to trailer manufacturer, warranties, model, capacities, etc., consult the dealer that sold the trailer or the specific manufacturer’s website.

Getting “there”

For those hooked up and ready to go, a pre-trip checklist should be part of the routine. Especially be aware of the top five reasons for trailer breakdowns on the road. According to BoatU.S., which offers a Trailer Assist Program, the number-one problem is tire failure, occurring in 44 percent of breakdowns. “Tires that have good tread and appear serviceable can be hiding deterioration caused by age, lack of use, oxidation, heat or overloading,” explains Bob Adriance, damage avoidance expert at BoatU.S. “To prevent failure, check pressure regularly, look for spider cracks and replace tires when in doubt, and that includes carrying and paying attention to the spare. And be sure to select tires that are specifically made for trailers.”

Before you hit the road with your boat trailer, always draft a pre-trip checklist. Use the list to reference any areas requiring inspection or maintenance prior to departure, and make sure problems are resolved before shoving off to the nearest launch ramp.

Trailer assist plans are not insurance products, but many marine insurance firms offer them to complement the coverage they offer on the boat. (See sidebar for questions to ask when considering them.)

On the water

The next four areas of trailer failure, all which occur less than 20 percent of the time, are: Bearing problems (often solved by keeping them adequately greased); axle and suspension problems (brought on by overloading or off-balance weight distribution); and tongue problems (resulting from improper balancing, difficult hookups, or wear and tear).

Once unhooked from the trailer, the boat insurance policy takes over on the water and covers in varying degrees the typical exposures of liability, damages to the owner’s (or others) boat or on-water structures, medical coverage, etc. Coverage for accessories should be added to policies for damage or loss, especially as the level of amenities or sophistication of navigation and electronic gear grows. If “incidentals” are included in the policy, ask specifics about what’s covered; fishing tackle that disappears, smartphones dropped overboard, other gear that is not affixed to the boat? Allstate provides an option to purchase such coverage, explains Zac Bowden, boat line manager. “This will help a customer replace or repair any of their personal items lost or destroyed while boating. Where our competitors will require an insured to select a coverage specifically pertaining to fishing equipment or waterskiing accessories, Allstate’s Personal Effects coverage will cover any personal item an insured may have with them on their boat. The

If trouble with the trailer does occur en route, many owners attempt self help to solve the problem in minor cases, such as a flat tire. If unsuccessful, a common next step is to unhook the trailer and drive on to the nearest gas station or boat dealer. With a growing number of competitively priced offerings, more boaters are signing up for trailer roadside assist programs. It will always be safer, and probably faster, than trying self-help remedies.

amount of coverage is up to the insured, who can select any limit in $100 increments.” How far away you plan to launch may be a consideration. Rick Stern, boat product manager for Progressive Insurance advises, “If you’re trailering your boat, make sure your watercraft coverages go with you. Some insurance companies limit where you can go with your watercraft both on the water and on the trailer and still

“If you’re trailering your boat, make sure your watercraft coverages go with you.” 33 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

According to Boatu.S., which offers a Trailer Assist Program, the number-one problem is tire failure occurring in



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be covered, and they may require you to add coverage if you travel. With Progressive Boat Insurance, boaters are protected anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, including ocean waters 75 nautical miles from the coasts. Carry insurance policy information and state registration for both boat and trailer and be familiar with state boating rules and regulations.” If most boating is planned on smaller inland lakes and rivers, breakdowns can often be resolved with a good neighbor tow or call to the nearby marina for delivery of a container of fuel. Those heading out to big water or offshore fishing might consider vessel assistance programs, the basic equivalent of roadside help when stranded afloat. Of course, if there is significant danger or concern for lives, help from the U.S. Coast Guard should be summoned.

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At the end of the boating excursion, allow time to clean and securely store items used during the day. Be aware of the impact transportation of invasive species can have on the next body of water you may visit. Remove all visible mud, plants, fish/animals; eliminate water from all equipment before hitting the road; and clean and dry anything that came in contact with the water (including the dog). For a more complete discussion of addressing this concern visit A day on the water is exhilarating but often tiring, so pay close attention to driving on the road home. Exposure to bright sunlight during the day also may affect night vision, so take it slow as dusk advances to darker hours. A successful and uneventful on-road adventure to a new boating venue is the best reward for your advance planning. r

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Boat Trailer Assistance: What’s Included? Double-check with the insurance provider that these services are included with boat trailer assistance programs:


Worldwide Marine underwriters Inc. w First test: Does the program specifically cover the boat trailer? If the answer is no, it’s not a boat trailer program.

w Ask if these common issues are covered: Mechanical or electrical breakdown; battery failure; supply of fuel/oil/water or other fluids; flat tire; lockout; and extrication from snow, mud, water or sand.

w If the boat is at a ramp but in the water, is winching service provided? w Is the tow vehicle and boat trailer included in the towing service? w How many miles are included in the “free tow” to a repair facility? w Does service extend out of state and out of country? 34 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J u l Y 2 011

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TrAiler S.O.S. Don’t get caught without an emergency repair kit. by capt . fran k lan i e r


lthough boaters strive to be as self reliant as possible while on the water, many fail to use that same philosophy of preparedness while trailering their vessel to those pristine spots, an activity that also can leave them stranded in the middle of nowhere. From blown fuses to frozen wheel bearings, breakdowns are just as likely to occur on land as they are on the water—and nothing will get you back on the road faster than having a comprehensive trailer emergency repair kit. Trailer emergency repair kits are meant to complement your tow vehicle’s emergency road kit, which should


contain items such as roadside flares, warning lights, etc. Not only does a repair kit provide additional peace of mind when hitting the open road, it also ratchets up the safety factor for you and your traveling companions. Being forced to enjoy a night of roadside camping because you blew a bearing and didn’t have a spare, or the means to replace it, is no fun; neither is having to abandon your boat along some desolate roadway while you forage for repair parts. In an effort to thwart Murphy and his law, here’s a list of items to consider when assembling your own trailer emergency repair kit.

emergency repair kit ❚ A good basic tool kit At a minimum it should include large and small socket sets and wrenches (standard and metric), assorted screwdrivers, pliers, etc. Your kit also should include any specialty tools required for your trailer (an extra large socket to fit a trailer hub nut, for example).

❚ Hammer to assist with removal of frozen bearings, etc.

❚ Set of locking pliers such as ViceGrip®

❚ Spare tire and jack If relying on your tow vehicle’s jack, verify it also will work for your trailer (many won’t) and that it’s beefy enough to lift both boat and trailer.

❚ Spare hub preferably one with bearings already installed and ready for action

❚ Four-way lug nut wrench your back will thank you

❚ Extra lug nuts ❚ Spare fuses and bulbs for both trailer and tow vehicle

❚ Wire connector kit assorted butt connectors, wire stripper and crimps

❚ Spare electrical wire for repairs on the fly

❚ Electrical tape ❚ Roll of duct tape would any emergency kit really be complete without it?

To head off potential problems while traveling, after 50 miles or so stop in a protected area to check your boat and trailer—something you should get in the habit of doing at every stop (fuel, food, bathroom break, etc.), particularly during longer trips. Start by walking around your trailer and checking that everything is as it should be. Check the trailer hitch attachment for looseness, missing retaining pins, etc. Check lug nuts for tightness, and touch each wheel bearing to check for overheating (they’ll likely be warm, but should never be too hot to keep your fingers on). PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE BAKER / STEPHANIENBAKER.COM

❚ Extra bearing protector ❚ Grease gun and marine-grade grease

❚ Sheet of Emory paper for sanding a scarred axle spine

❚ Assorted blocks of wood and a few boards good for blocking or

leveling the trailer when changing a tire

❚ Spare cotter pins ❚ Wheel chocks ❚ Lock for trailer hitch should you have to leave your trailer for some reason

❚ A good roadside emergency kit complete with flares, reflectors, etc.

❚ Weatherproof flashlight preferably a “hands free” head set unit.

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Boaters excited to spend a fun-filled day out on the water may unintentionally overlook the importance of trailer preparedness before hitting the road. Make sure you’ve planned ahead by preparing a solid trailer emergency repair kit, not the least of which should contain a set of basic tools (above).

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❚ Pack of pre-moistened hand wipes ❚ Small wire brush or tool to clean corrosion from connectors, bulb sockets, etc. Inspect stern tie down straps for snugness, the bow eye for looseness or deformation, and make sure the winch cable or strap is tight. Never rely solely on the winch cable to secure the bow; instead, use a separate line or chain between the bow eye and trailer. Check that safety chains are in place and criss-crossed between the tow vehicle and the trailer coupling (this should prevent the trailer coupler from separating completely from the tow vehicle in the event of a coupler failure). Safety chains should have enough slack to allow for proper turning, but not so much 37 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

that they drag. As the standard S-hooks found on most safety chains have been known to jiggle loose, consider changing them to screw-pin shackles or other positively controlled fittings. Finally, check all lights (trailer and tow vehicle) for proper operation, broken lenses or loose hardware, particularly when towing at night. To further hedge your bets while on the road, consider purchasing emergency road service coverage offered by many vessel assist organizations. BoatU.S. and Sea Tow are among the various groups that offer this type of assistance to their respective members. Unlike terrestrial policies, most vessel assist organizations also cover boat trailer issues, a major plus in the event of a trailer towing doomsday scenario (a broken axel, for example). Cost for this extra coverage is typically reasonable, particularly when considering the additional peace of mind it provides. For more information about these type of emergency roadside coverages, visit and  38 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

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inland Michigan’s Inland Waterway is a can’t-miss summer destination. by marty r ichar dson


estled in the northeastern corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is a small boater’s paradise known as the Inland Waterway. This meandering body of water stretches about 40 miles, beginning in Crooked Lake at the town of Conway and proceeding through connecting rivers to Pickerel, Burt and Mullett lakes. The route skirts several small towns and finally ends in Cheboygan, where it feeds into Lake Huron. This beautiful waterway draws fishermen, boaters, swimmers, water sports enthusiasts and sightseers. The Inland Waterway is one of the great natural— and lesser known—wonders of Michigan’s “Tip of the Mitt.” At its headwaters, at Crooked Lake’s west end, you are only 2.5 miles by land from Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. The long way around, through the waterway to Cheboygan, then north and west through the Straits of Mackinac, it’s more than 100 miles to Little Traverse Bay. Because it is a natural shortcut, the waterway has been a vital means of transportation since the days of Native Americans. They used the route to avoid rough water on the big lakes, and one of their encampments unearthed along the waterway dates back more than 3,000 years. Trappers and explorers used this safe passage. The logging industry plied these same waters, floating logs to the sawmills of Cheboygan—a much cheaper mode of transport than the railroads of the day. By the late 1800s, excursion steamboats were present. Much later,


with the increasing popularity of pleasure boating among Michiganders, the channel was widened to 30 feet, with a five-foot controlling depth, in 1957. Today, thousands of boats visit each summer to enjoy the network of lakes and rivers.

They come from miles around

Lots of boaters enter the waterway from Cheboygan, but many more trailer their boats and launch at one of the eight boat ramps along the way, as the area is readily accessible from highways I-75, M-27, M-33 and U.S. 31. Modest fees are charged for daily use of ramps. Others boats launch from their cottages along the waterway’s more than 150 miles of shoreline. There are several full service marinas with dockage along the way, and it’s convenient to fill up, with the longest distance between fuel stops being a mere 10 miles. Navigational charts of the Inland Waterway route are available through the Indian River Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $15, as well as the Northern Michigan Inland Waterway Guide for $10 (each plus tax and shipping). Call 800-394-8310 or visit Navigation on the southwestern end of the Inland Waterway is generally limited to boats less than 30 feet in length, though the far northeastern end can reportedly handle boats up to 60 feet long, with an 18-foot beam and five-foot draft. Check the charts to see how far you can proceed. The waterway is well marked with channel markers, and river 41 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J u l Y 2 011

The six-mile-long Cheboygan River (pictured here and at right) provides lovely summer cruising grounds for boaters. Set a course for Hack-Ma-Tack Inn, a lodge/restaurant complete with convenient docking that offers savory dishes inside a rustic décor.

entrances are designated with flashing lights. There is a moderate downbound current in the rivers, but not so strong as to preclude starting your tour in Cheboygan and heading upstream.

Ample accommodations

There are a number of places to camp along the waterway, so bring your tent and sleeping bags. Or stop at one of the river- or lakeside rental cabins dotting the shoreline, complete with docking facilities. You’ll even find motels —or “boatels”—along the Inland Waterway, where you can dock for the night just below your room. And don’t forget your fishing gear, as the waterway boasts 17 species of fish, including perch, walleye, bass, trout, pike, muskie, and even lake sturgeon. Make sure you have a valid license, then fish to your heart’s content. Have a picnic lunch, or stop at one of the many riverside saloons along the way. If you start at the southwestern end of the waterway, near Conway, you’ll make your way through Crooked 42 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

Lake to the town of Oden, where you’ll find Windjammer Marina, the oldest marina on the waterway, which has a new marina facility offering a ship’s store, navigational charts, fuel and watercraft service. If you don’t have your own boat, this is one of several places to rent a small boat along the Inland Waterway.

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Next, take the clam lock down two feet to Crooked River. Here, 2011 locking fees are $6 for recreational craft or $45 for a seasonal pass. The schedule varies over the summer season. Check out times at locks.htm, or call 231-347-2311. There’s a reason Crooked River got its name, which you’ll discover as you wind your way past the town of Alanson. Here, you’ll find Ryde Marine, where you can rent runabouts up to 115 hp, as well as Sunfish sailboats, kayaks and canoes. Alanson also is home of the Inland Water Route Historical Society. The society operates a museum

dedicated to the history of the waterway and its pivotal role in the development of northern Michigan. Boaters will enjoy the large variety of historical photos and artifacts from each community along the water route, as well as nautical, logging and railroad displays. The museum is located on River Street, one block from the swing bridge over the Crooked River, and is open during the summer on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Major fun at Indian River

The Crooked River empties into Burt Lake at Bullhead Bay. Head in a southeasterly direction and you’ll find the village of Indian River, which marks the halfway point of the waterway. Marinas in town include Burt Lake Marina, Indian River Marina, and Howe Marine. Burt Lake Marina, which has been in business since 1969, is a full-service facility, including mechanical and fiberglass repair, and features ShoreStation docks and storage. Likewise a full-service marina, Indian River PHOTOS BY MISSY KOSZEGI

offers gas, supplies, transient dockage, repairs and storage. The marina also boasts the longest rental day for pontoon and ski boats. If your timing is right, you might see Indian River’s Fourth of July old-fashioned parade and fireworks. The Indian River Summerfest, scheduled for July 12 -17, includes a flea market, biathlon, community breakfast, the Indian River Aviation Expo, 5k/10k fun run, and coed beach volleyball tournament. Don’t miss Summerfest’s craft show, car show, farmer’s market, chili cook-off, lobster bake, pig roast and lots more entertainment. If you’re in town in mid-September, make sure to catch the annual Northern Rods ’n Rides Car Show of custom, classic and collectible cars. For some shore-side exercise, join the Indian River Striders, who welcome all runners, walkers and joggers for fresh air and camaraderie. Walkers convene at 8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while runners meet at the crack of dawn (6 a.m.). And all season long, Wednesdays feature the Indian River Farmer’s Market, where you can pick up some fresh produce. If you like, tie up your boat at the dock and have lunch and a beverage at the Inn Between Bar & Grill, right on the water in Indian River. Other eateries, not on the river but worth visiting, are the Brown Trout and Vivio’s Italian Restaurant. If you feel like playing tourist, one of Michigan’s best known attractions, the Cross In The Woods, is nearby. 43 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

Boaters love to raft up on Mullet Lake and enjoy a weekend filled with the sweet sounds coming from Music on Mullet, a Saturday event taking place all summer.

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Outboard races

For 62 years, the Inland Waterway has been the site of the Top of Michigan Marathon Outboard Boat Races, the longest running such marathon in the county. This year, the marathon takes place August 13-14, and the town of Indian River is one of many perfect vantage points. The Saturday run of approximately 45 miles starts at DeVoe Beach in Burt Lake, runs the entire length of Indian River, through Mullett Lake and down the full length of the Cheboygan River, does a quick U-turn at the city of Cheboygan, and then returns over the same course to the finish line back at DeVoe Beach. Sunday’s run traverses Crooked River, around Crooked Lake, back through Crooked River, across Burt Lake, through the Indian River to a turnaround in Mullett Lake, then returns to Indian River. Drivers register their boats through the American Power Boat Association, and boats are categorized into classes according to weight, from 350 pounds to 505 pounds. During race times, certain rivers are closed to other boat traffic. Check out this year’s details at 44 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

Beautiful, shallow Burt Lake is ringed with summer and year-round homes. The lake covers an area of about 26 square miles with a maximum depth of 73 feet. Here, the Burt Lake Yacht Club hosts sailboat races throughout the summer. Near Burt Lake State Park, the lake empties into Indian River, which passes under the state’s main north-south highway artery, I-75, and then winds quietly through wetlands full of wildlife. Along the way, keep an eye—and camera—out for white-tailed deer, raccoons, snow-white swans and American bald eagles.

Rollin’ on the rivers

If you don’t want to sleep aboard, try Fay Martin River Resort Cabins, located on Indian River between Burt and Mullett lakes. Started in 1922, the new owners have done a nice job of preserving the history of this resort, one of the oldest on Indian River. Nearby, Tuscarora Township is building a new Marina Park near the mouth of the Little Sturgeon River, another docking option. Once through the Indian River, 12-mile-long Mullett Lake is a powerboater’s dream. Michigan’s third-largest inland lake, and one of its most beautiful, is popular with anglers and water skiers, canoeists and water-tubing enthusiasts. At about 26 square miles of surface area and a maximum depth of 144 feet, the lake is big enough to easily accommodate these diverse recreational activities. Mullett Lake Marina has fuel and a ship’s store.

Aloha State Park, on the shores of Mullett Lake, has 285 modern campsites and two swimming beaches, a softball field, horseshoe pits, basketball and volleyball courts, boat launch and a protected boat basin. Mullett Lake’s tour will take you past the town of Topinabee, where you can pick up a few groceries at the Topinabee Market and dock your boat at the Topinabee Motel for a shore-side room. Next are the headwaters of the Cheboygan River. If you’re around on a summer Saturday, catch Music on Mullett, a giant party of rafted-up boats gathered in the shallows of the lake where the Cheboygan River heads for the city. There, they share Michigan’s crystal waters, fantastic Rock and Blues and, undoubtedly, libations. Or you can join the parade of hungry boaters who set course for the Hack-Ma-Tack Inn, not far from Mullett Lake, along the Cheboygan

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River. Docking is just steps away from this restaurant, where you can enjoy whitefish almandine (fresh daily from nearby Mackinaw City) and slow-cooked prime rib. Run by Detroit natives Mike and Sue Redding, the 1898 building was originally a hunting and fishing lodge.

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Like a number of motels on the Inland Waterway, the Best Western River Terrace has dockage—700 feet long—near downtown Cheboygan on the Cheboygan River. If you want a break from your v-berth, this is the perfect stop. Get a room and enjoy the indoor pool, spa and fitness center, while docked right out front. Or try a slip in front of family-owned and -operated Fleetwood Inn and Suites, also located on the Cheboygan River not far from downtown. Nearing downtown Cheboygan, just two miles upstream of the mouth of the Cheboygan River, great walls of steel and cement of the Old Cheboygan Gate Lock, built in 1869, will lower your boat 15 feet to meet the water level of Lake Huron. Here, the 2011 locking fee is $6 for recreational craft or $45 for a seasonal pass. As locking times vary throughout the season, visit for more information, or call 231-627-9011.  PHOTOS BY MISSY KOSZEGI


Sharp Shooter Premier Pontoons builds the industry’s ultimate photoboat. by h eath e r ste i n b e rg e r


e’re all familiar with them—those glossy, colorful images that grace boating magazines and catalogs around the world. They entice us with their seductive visions of racing across cerulean waters, lounging on the hook in serene summertime coves, and entertaining dockside on moonlit nights. The images are, literally, picture-perfect. They seem effortless. They’re most certainly not effortless. Talk to any marine photographer, and he or she will regale you with stories of dangling out of helicopters, taking doors off seaplanes and balancing precariously on motoryacht hardtops. It’s a difficult job under the best of circumstances, and these seasoned shooters are used to making the most of whatever they have on hand, determined to get just the right shot. But they’ll also tell you it’s so much better to have the right equipment. For the team responsible for shooting six different boat brands on inland Midwestern lakes, the first item on that equipment wish list—the Holy Grail,


if you will—was a custom photoboat. Mike Menne is vice president, operations director and a partner at Take It To Eleven, a Minneapolis-based creative services agency with numerous clients in the marine industry. After working with photographer Robert Pearl for more than a decade, Menne said the two men and their respective teams developed their own distinct concept for a photoboat. “We started working together about 14 years ago,” said Menne, who served as director of marketing for Premier Pontoons prior to forming Take It To Eleven with Troy Brandt. “About three or four years ago, we pulled a creative group together to provide services in the marine industry. “After we formed the company, we used many different photoboats from different manufacturers, so we were able to put our ideas together for what we’d need to do our best work.”

The group’s biggest concerns were space and speed. They wanted to combine video production with their still photoshoots, with enough room for two crews. They also needed horsepower to catch and pace their subject boats. So they approached Premier Pontoons, which has a solid reputation for working with its customers to produce boats that meet unique needs. In October 2010, they commissioned a Sunsation LTD RF pontoon boat and embarked on a six-month production process with Premier’s designers and engineers. This spring, the new photoboat began her working career. According to Menne, her 10-foot beam provides much-needed stability, and she can easily accommodate the combined weight of a photo crew, video crew, all the necessary gear and members of the creative team. Granted, that means the boat is missing most of its standard-issue amenities. “They really streamlined the boat,” Pearl observed. “The way it’s configured, the center of the boat is free. We have a wide shooting platform off the back, with opening gates in both front and back. It’s nice to have that space, because we’re not tripping over everything.” Then there’s the 10-foot-tall custom tower, which features a broad platform that can accommodate two still photographers and two videographers with a cage to protect both people and equipment. “That’s a really unique feature, one that we customdesigned with Premier’s engineers,” Menne said. “It’s pretty cool. We get a lot of looks on the water.” Those looks turn to open-mouthed stares when the captain throttles up. Premier equipped the photoboat with twin 250-hp Suzuki four-strokes, giving the photo crew the power they craved. “We needed to go faster,” Menne emphasized. “It’s important to boat manufacturers to show their products at peak performance, so we’ve got to keep up. And now, even with 10 people on board, we can do it.” “Thanks to these twin engines, we’re up out of the hole and on top of the boat we’re chasing right away,” Pearl explained. “This is the nicest shooting platform we’ve ever had; it’s such a joy to be on.” Menne attributes the photoboat’s performance at high speeds—up to 60 mph—to Premier’s PTX performance package. With it, the boat has a 12-inch flat planing surface and lifting strakes on the inside of its two outer tubes. The enhanced stability, maneuverability and performance ensures quicker response time, tighter turning radius and better fuel economy; it also allows the boat to get on plane faster and increases top speeds. “We got her to about 58.7 mph in her first week,” Menne reported. “We’re still breaking in the engines.” PhOTOs By ROBERT PEARL PhOTOGRAPhy

The triple-tube design handles rough water well, a particular advantage on inland lakes such as Minnesota’s wildly popular Lake Minnetonka. “You really bob up and down because of all the wakes,” Pearl remarked. “But with this boat, the center tube cuts right through.” The boat’s special features don’t end with her space, capacity, speed and performance, however. The shooting platform and tower are collapsible, making transportation easier. Inverters allow photo and video crews to charge laptops and batteries, a huge benefit in the post-film digital age. The boat even offers privacy for models who need to change clothes in the middle of an on-water session. And then there are the boat’s Sea-Legs. This portable, hydraulic, lift system gets the boat up and out of shallow water when the crews need a stable shooting platform. “When we’re in six feet of water or less, we use the Sea-Legs to lift us up and out of the water,” Menne said. “It allows us to be still and stable without getting rocked.” At press time, the photoboat just completed its first photoshoot in what promises to be a busy 2011 season in the upper Midwest. If that first shoot is any indication, Menne, Pearl and their colleagues are in for quite a ride. “We just shot 42 boats in four and a half days,” Menne said, irrepressible good humor infusing his voice. “We couldn’t be happier!” r

This custom Premier Sunsation lTD RF pontoon boat (opposite) features a whopping 10-foot beam, a sturdy 10-foot-tall tower and plenty of space for a still-photo crew, a video crew, the creative team and the client. What’s more, the boat’s portable, hydraulic Sea-legs lift system lifts the boat out of the water to create a stable shooting platform (top), and its twin 250-hp Suzuki four-strokes (above) and Premier PTX performance package allow the pontoon to pop out of the hole, catch and pace a subject boat at nearly 60 mph.


Hundreds of classic cars roll into Cheboygan for the annual Historic Old U.S. 27 Motor Tour, which takes place August 23-28 this year. The tour starts August 23 in Coldwater, Michigan, and eventually makes its way to downtown Cheboygan.

small Town, Big fun The eclectic city of Cheboygan, Michigan, serves as a gateway to some of the region’s best boating. by marty r ichar dson

The name Cheboygan Comes from The annishinaabe (ojibwa)

word meaning “a channel or passage for a canoe,” which is perfectly appropriate for this two-sided gateway to some of the finest boating waters in all of Michigan. In great Lake Huron, the town is a perfect jumping-off point for the famed North Channel, or turn northwest for a half-day trip to Mackinac Island, the internationally acclaimed historic island that transports you to America’s pre-automobile era. Look inland from Cheboygan, and you’ll find great boating in the Inland Waterway, which stretches 40 miles south and west of the town (see story p. 40). In the 1870s, Cheboygan benefited from northern Michigan’s lumber boom. Here, dozens of lumber mills supported a vibrant community including bankers, general merchants and doctors, and the industry employed hundreds of Swedes, Poles and French Canadians. But boomtowns often go bust, and by the beginning of the 20th century that fate befell Cheboygan. With over harvesting, lumber was in short supply. But long before the lumber ran out, Cheboygan became known as a place of clean air and natural beauty. With a transportation network ready to bring visitors to the area, recreational activities were quick to attract tourists to the town, and a vacation paradise was born.



City of lights While visiting Cheboygan, don’t miss the 25-foot-tall Cheboygan Crib light, located at the mouth of the Cheboygan River. The light once toppled into the river, but was recovered and restored. It’s now open to the public upon request for summer weekend tours.


In Lake Huron, approaching Cheboygan from the east, Poe Reef Light warns mariners of the shoals at the southeast end of Bois Blanc Island. Located about two miles off the mainland, the black and white banded structure was built in 1929. Next, marking the close-in approach to Cheboygan, is Fourteen Foot Shoal Light. The white, one-story, steel-plated building sports a cylindrical steel tower rising 25 feet above the water, capped in red cast iron. Pass between this light and Bois Blanc Island’s Poe Reef Light to reach Cheboygan’s harbor. Cheboygan sports more lighthouses. The 25-foot steel tower Cheboygan Crib Light once toppled into the Cheboygan River, but was pulled ashore and restored. It is now located at the mouth of the Cheboygan River, at the Doyle Recreation Area. The Crib Light is open to the public on request during summer weekends.

Contact the office at the River Front Range Lighthouse to request a tour. The River Front Range Lighthouse, located on the west side of the Cheboygan River just north of the State Street drawbridge, is currently being restored to its 1920s condition. It is open to the public on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Guided tours are available for a donation, and there is a small gift shop inside. Finally, the old Cheboygan Point Lighthouse ruins can be found in Cheboygan State Park near the Lake Huron shoreline. The State Park is located three miles from the city limits, just off US-23, and has well-marked trails which provide access to scenic Lake Huron views and rare wildflowers. Here, you can camp or rent a rustic cabin, but the kids would really love it if you rented one of the park’s teepees.

If you’re interested in a day trip offshore, take the Kristen D ferry, located five miles north of Cheboygan Harbor, to Bois Blanc Island. Commonly referred to as “Boblo,” the island rests in the Straits of Mackinac, just southeast of Mackinac Island. Nearly 80 percent of the island is state-owned, and visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, swimming and mountain biking.

On guard Entering the Cheboygan River, on the starboard side, you’ll spot the Cheboygan County Marina, a full-service marina with a launch ramp. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is to port—when she’s in port—berthed on Coast Guard Drive just northeast of the State Street Bridge. The Mackinaw is the newest ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet, replacing the historic cutter of the same name, which is now retired and on display as a museum in nearby Mackinaw City (see Lakeland Boating, March 2011, p. 55). To arrange a tour of the new, state-of-the-art ship here in Cheboygan, call 231-597-2030. Cheboygan is bisected by the Cheboygan River. A recently completed pedestrian bridge connects the east side of the river to downtown, from Washington Park to Major City Park, and brings people into downtown to eat and shop. On the east side of the river, plans are in the works for a development that will include a Tribal Museum, campground, amphitheater, walking trails, indoor/outdoor community pool, and more.

Dynamic downtown While in town, you’ll want to visit Main Street Market Square, located in the heart of downtown, which repurposed an empty dry-cleaning establishment as a charming mini-mall with an ever-changing cast of vendors. Here, you’re sure to find items that you won’t

find in Wal-Mart (though there is one of those in town, too). Recently, the eclectic collection of shops included hand-made stained glass by Tamarah Johnson, jewelry by Rachael Savenkoff Designs, Court Street Antiques, G&B Ceramics, Longaberger Baskets, Wolfe Jackson’s photography, Flowerphotos by Susan, hand painted Pots by Patsy, West End Quilting, and the Loon’s Nest. Docking is right outside the back door, so boaters on the Cheboygan River can tie up for some shopping, pick up


Cheboygan is home port to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, the latest ship in the USCG fleet.


Let’s eat! Local restaurateurs Tony and Brenda Ingersoll, lifetime residents of Cheboygan, own Mulligan’s Restaurant, your place for “good food and bad shots.” This contemporary Irish Pub offers great eats at reasonable prices, with a large draft beer selection and a family atmosphere. It’s at 320 North Main Street, just one block from the Municipal Marina. The Ingersolls recently purchased the famed local institution the Boathouse Restaurant, renaming it the Rusty Anchor, a name conjured up by the big steamship anchor that sits right next to the front door. At 106 Pine Street, this restaurant is now a new town favorite, featuring fun,

Many unique shops and storefronts grace downtown Cheboygan. One that’s worth a visit is Main Street’s log Mark Bookstore, the town’s independent source for anything and everything an avid reader could want.


produce and baked goods, and take a stroll down Main Street. Market Square is open Monday through Saturday beginning mid-June. Nearby on Main Street is the Log Mark Bookstore, founded by two attorneys who relocated to Cheboygan from Detroit. They felt a town wasn’t complete without an independent bookstore. If they don’t have the title you’re looking for and it’s still in print, they’ll order it for you. Not far away, also on Main Street, you’ll find the shop Zany Kitchen, which features unique gift baskets, sauces, galley gadgets and quality cookware. Cheboygan’s Main Street also is home to Ryba Marine Construction Co., a full-service marine and land contractor that’s been in business since the 1930s, and under the same ownership since 1983. Ryba provides underwater construction, dredging, and marina construction and improvements throughout all the Great Lakes. Another established Cheboygan business, BKC Insurance, is located nearby at 220 Water Street and has been in business for more than 75 years.

casual, affordable dining directly on the riverfront, with plentiful docking alongside the outdoor dining patio. The restaurant runs a shuttle service from the Cheboygan County Marina; just call 231-627-4316. Interestingly, the Rusty Anchor also is home to the Cheboygan Yacht Club. Across Main Street from the Rusty Anchor is a new brew-pub called Cheboygan Brewery. West of the river and an easy walk from the Municipal Marina, Main Street is restaurant row. Stop by Top of the Greeks, a family restaurant that serves Greek and American food, or the brand new Cheboygan Bistro, or Alice’s Restaurant. On the east side of the river and about a dozen blocks from the waterfront on East State Street, you’ll find the Indo-China Garden Restaurant and Great Lakes Grill. As you continue down the Cheboygan towards the east-west bend in the river, you will discover the newest addition to the riverfront dining scene: Pier 33 on the Cheboygan. Opening its doors in June 2011, Pier 33 offers an eclectic menu from chef Rich Travis. This quaint

lifetime Cheboygan residents Tony and Brenda Ingersoll own Mulligan’s, a contemporary Irish pub known for its “good food and bad shots.”

restaurant also offers a weekend nightclub with acoustic shows, a party store with deli, beer and wine takeout, and a marina with 75 slips. The slips are available for daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal rental.

Small town, big fun Back in town, for entertainment, the Cheboygan Opera House at 403 N. Huron Street is one of Northern Michigan’s premiere music halls. While you won’t see opera performed here, you just might catch a performance by the likes of Garrison Keillor, Jeff Daniels, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Donny & Marie Osmond or the Four Freshmen, who have all played this venue. Community plays, feature films and musical theater productions also are staged here. For more information, or to arrange a tour, call 231-627-5841, or visit More entertainment can be found outdoors all summer long at the Summer Concert Series in Cheboygan’s Washington Park, held every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., from June through August. Check out the featured entertainers on the events calendar at, or by calling 231-627-7183. On the corner of Huron and Court streets, three blocks west of the river, you’ll find the Historical Society PHOTOs By MIssy KOszEGI

Museum of Cheboygan County. This museum tells the story of the rise, fall, and rebuilding of Cheboygan. On Saturday, July 16, the museum will sponsor a tour of Cheboygan’s grand Victorian homes from the lumbering era. Tickets are just $10 per person. Or, during July and August, try a summer evening of fun for the entire family. It’s free—just bring a lawn chair or blanket and let the Society’s storytellers amaze you with tales of the lumbering days and historic Great Lakes fishing. For details, call 231-627-9597, or visit

The Rusty Anchor (formerly the Boathouse Restaurant) boasts a fun, family-friendly atmosphere right on the Cheboygan riverfront. It’s also home to the Cheboygan yacht Club.


Help celebrate Michigan’s Inland Waterway with the annual Cheboygan Riverfest, taking place August 20-21.

Michigan’s great outdoors If you’re looking for golf, try Cheboygan Golf and Country Club, located at 1431 Old Mackinaw Road, or hit the links at Rippling Rapids Golf Course at 4849 North Black River Road. Each features an 18 hole, par 70 course. Mullett Lake Golf and Country Club, at 1096 Mullett Lake Road in nearby Mullett Lake, has a nine-hole course. For more exercise, try the North Central State Trail, a reconditioned railway bed designed for hiking and biking—and snowmobiling in winter—that passes through some of the most picturesque scenery in the “Tip of the Mitt.” Here, 62 miles of serenity are free for all who prefer to take the less-traveled road. The trail extends from Gaylord to Mackinaw City, connecting through Indian River and Cheboygan. Cheboygan will host Graffiti Night and Parade on June 17 at 7:00 p.m. The following day, catch the Street Rods Annual Car Show. Or, if you’re visiting here August 6-13, check out the Cheboygan County Fair. Look for Motocross, an antique tractor pull, the heavyweight horse pull and the popular Truck Mud Run.




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SAFE HARBOR The gateway to some of the best boating in all of Michigan has many options for dockage. As you enter the Cheboygan River, you’ll have ample room; the entrance channel is 100 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Stay to starboard until you pass the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw to avoid shoaling to port.


In the river, you’ll first see the Cheboygan County Marina on the western bank. Here you will find accommodations for up to 49 transient boats with lengths up to 120 feet, and full services including gas and diesel, pump-out, laundry and showers. The marina can be reached at 231-627-4944.

Further in, Walstrom Marine is located on the east side of the river and features showers, laundry facilities and 10 transient berths accommodating vessels up to 70 feet. Contact the marina at 231-627-7105. Less than a mile upriver and on the western bank is Cheboygan Municipal Marina, just past the State Street bascule bridge. This marina is in the heart of downtown, and has two docks: One in Washington Park and the other along Water Street. These broadside docks are convenient to downtown. Call 231627-9931. Duncan Bay Boat Club, a private marina, has 15 transient slips available for boats up to 69 feet. It’s located outside the mouth and two miles east of the Cheboygan River, on the shore of Lake Huron. The club welcomes seasonal and transient boaters traveling the Straits of Mackinac. Club amenities include a heated pool, pristine shower facilities, a cozy clubhouse and free WiFi. They also offer dockominiums for sale. Visit or call 866-933-DOCK. Rogers City Marina, a U.S. Customs Port of Entry, is a great stop to and from the North Channel. Call 989-734-3808 or visit

Enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery along the “Tip of the Mitt” while riding Cheboygan’s North Central State Trail, a reconditioned railway bed that extends from Gaylord to Mackinaw City.

Cheboygan’s Riverfest is August 20-21 and celebrates the Inland Waterway with entertainment and a “Fish Off” cooking competition, which pits local restaurants against caterers. Here, you can enjoy music, eat some fabulous fish and vote for your favorite “Best Fish Dish in the North.” Don’t miss the waiter races, arts and crafts show, boat Parade of Lights, wine and beer tasting, and a local version of “American Idol” called “River Idol.” Beachgoers might like to check out three beautiful spots at Cheboygan State Park, Cheboygan City Beach and nearby Mullet Lake. Or, if you’d like a day trip offshore, take the ferry about five miles north of Cheboygan harbor to Bois Blanc Island. This island, also referred to as “Boblo,” is located in the Straits of Mackinac, southeast of Mackinac Island. The Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse sits on the island’s north side. Built in 1868, this is one of the area’s oldest lighthouses and the second to be built on all of Lake Huron. Beautifully restored, this lighthouse is now a private residence. But eighty percent of the island remains state land, where you can camp, swim, mountain bike and hike. For more information on Bois Blanc, visit or If you would like to stay the night on the island, but aren’t interested in camping, try Insel Haus. This affordable world-class bed and breakfast accommodates from one to 20 guests; check them out at Now you see why Cheboygan is known as the gateway to the great waters of northern Michigan. And before your visit is done, you’ll be making plans to return to this boater’s paradise again next year.  PHOTOS BY MISSY KOSZEGI

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estled deep within Little Traverse Bay and just a few blocks from downtown Harbor Springs, Michigan, Walstrom Marine is a welcoming spot. “It’s the deepest freshwater port in the country,” says Justin Bassett, marketing director/sales for the marina. “The bay is horseshoe-shaped and only accessible from the east, so it’s secluded from the dominant western breeze.” That location is one of many features that appealed to Ward and Roma Walstrom and their partner when they bought the existing marina in 1946. Currently run by Ward and Roma’s two sons, the marina has seen plenty of expansion over the years, particularly when it comes to storage. “When I started in 1998, we had three to four storage buildings,” Bassett recalls. “Today, we have nine state-ofthe-art facilities—indoor, heated, with concrete floors.” There are additional storage buildings located in Cheboygan. In all, the marina can house some 500 boats. The marina, currently in the midst of a two-phase expansion, is known for its customer service. “We’ve developed quite a reputation for taking good care of our customers,” Bassett says. “When they call, we make sure the boats are fueled, serviced and in the water waiting for them when they arrive. We try to take the hassle

out of boating to maximize everyone’s time on the water.” The first phase of the expansion project wrapped up this spring and included the opening of a brand-new, 12,000-square-foot building that houses a new heated sales showroom, offices, boardroom, galley, and a patio on the water. The second phase, which will be completed in the next two years, will include renovating the bathrooms and adding laundry facilities and a boaters lounge. There are plenty of other amenities on site as well, including a 75-ton lift. “We’re one of the only marinas in the northern part of Lake Michigan that can haul a 75-ton boat,” Bassett says. Of the marina’s approximately 120 slips, which can accommodate boats up to 80 feet in length, 10 to 15 slips are typically available for transients at any given time. Reservations are recommended. The spot, after all, can’t be beat. “Harbor Springs is a gorgeous destination,” Bassett says. “Within walking and driving distance there are 10 to 12 golf courses, public tennis courts, bike rentals and fascinating beaches.” And the water is spectacular. “It’s crystal clear here,” he continues. “You can see 40 feet down to the sandy bottom. It’s pretty amazing.” r



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LB: What are the main reasons owners require your services? Burt: Many people purchase boats out of state and need to move them home. Some cruise the Great Lakes during the summer and in Florida during the winter, while others just do not have the time to cruise from one destination to another. LB: What types of trailers do you use? Burt: There are two types: Hydraulic and marine highway trailers. Hydraulic trailers self unload, so boats can be placed anywhere, including backyards. One drawback of hydraulic trailers is that they sit about 16 inches higher than a highway trailer, so they may present routing issues depending on power lines and bridges. CONTACT Great Lakes Marine Services 2133 County Highway W Grafton, Wisconsin 262-375-3003

LB: How do hydraulic trailers operate? Burt: They detach from a semi-truck and retrieve a boat by backing down the ramp into the water via remote control. After the trailer is submerged under the boat, we lift the boat up via air pressure on the keel and then winch the trailer back up to the semi. When we arrive at our destination, the trailer is lowered by air pressure onto blocks and boat stands. No lifts or other vehicles are needed. LB: How do marine highway trailers work? Burt: These trailers require a marina with lifting capabilities to set the boat on the trailer. They accommodate power boats as well as large wing-keel sailboats that are transported five inches above the road. LB: What should I ask when I call companies for quotes? Burt: Ask if the quote includes all necessary oversized-load permits or any fuel surcharges that may be applicable.


Make sure the trailer has hydraulic pads. If not, a bunkering fee of $250 may be charged. LB: Are some hydraulic trailers different from others? Burt: Differences include the number of tires on each axle. In our opinion, each axle should have four tires as opposed to two for a smooth, safe ride. There are different types of pressure used to lift a boat. Many manufacturers state that 70 percent of a boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight needs to be on the keel. Some trailers use keel pressure to lift the boat, while others use pad pressure. It should be noted that a lack of keel pressure can cause oil canning or hull twist. The more expensive trailers that use keel pressure cost around $150,000, while the less expensive trailers cost about $60,000. We only use hydraulic trailers with keel pressure. LB: What is considered an oversized load? Burt: A boat thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 13 feet, six inches high and eight feet, six inches wide is considered oversized and requires special routing and permits. The larger the load, the more costly it is to move due to restrictions and regulations. Great Lakes Boat Transport includes all permit charges in our quotes. LB: What brand of trailers do you use? Burt: We drive Waltron trombone marine trailers that offer air ride, extend up to 62 feet long and give us the ability to transport large wing-keel boats safely. Our hydraulic trailers are from Brownell. 

Great Lakes Marine Services has been transporting boats for 30 years. Two storage facilities, located in Grafton and Port Washington, Wisconsin, cover 15 acres with 100,000 square feet of indoor storage that features back-up generator and heat systems. Great Lakes also offers mechanical, fiberglass, brokerage, heated storage and rigging services. PHOTO COURTESY OF GREAT LAKES MARINE SERVICES




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t is a rare opportunity that the chance to own a unique piece of land comes along. That time is now in East Jordan, Michigan, where a secluded, 24-acre property—one of the largest on Lake Charlevoix—is for sale. The property, located on the lake’s South Arm just eight miles east of Lake Michigan, has been in the hands of the current family since 1966. Appropriately dubbed Myrtle Cove, “it is covered with natural myrtle plants and a terrace lot with large old-growth trees,” says broker David Beek of Century 21 Properties in Boyne City, Michigan. On site is a home and a guest cottage on the water’s edge, several storage buildings, and some 1,300 feet of Lake Charlevoix frontage. “That includes 300 feet of sugar-sand beach, great for swimming,” Beek says. What’s more: With it comes the opportunity to build a 3,843-square-foot boathouse, which was recently

approved for construction. “There are only a handful of potential sites on the Great Lakes where large boathouses can be constructed,” explains Andre Poineau of Poineau Woodworking, who is building and designing the boathouse. “This site, because of a unique set of circumstances, is one of those properties.” The boathouse will have the capacity to house one 65-footer, one 42-footer and one 35-footer, or a combination of smaller boats. It also can include overhead lifts to keep boats above the water while not in use, as well as guest dockage on floating docks in front of the boathouse. “The buyer will be able to customize the boathouse interior, as well as exterior, to suit their tastes and needs,” Poineau adds. “To have the opportunity to build a boathouse at the water’s edge on a lake the caliber of Lake Charlevoix is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” r rENDErING By ANDrE M. POINEAu WOODWOrKEr, INC.

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Lake Charlevoix 98’ of sandy beach frontage sets the stage for this stunning contemporary home that has 4000 square feet of living space, 5 cozy bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a floating staircase, lakeside wall of windows, granite countertops and flooring in kitchen, and in floor heat throughout. Outside the synthetic decking has glass and stainless steel railings surrounded by the beautifully landscaped property $1,995,000

Lake Charlevoix

114’ of frontage and 20 acres outlines this 3700 square foot traditional home. The unique living room has Brazillian Cherry floors and ceilings and a custom fireplace. A fully equipped game room in the lower level for year round family fun. Outside are several waterside patios, an extensively landscaped yard and private sandy beach. Also included is a guest house above the garage. $1,314,000 117’ of sandy beach frontage on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix. The home is spacious throughout with 2191 square feet including 2 bedrooms (possible 3rd bedroom)and 3 full baths. The living room’s center piece is a stone fireplace and large windows to watch sunrises from the family room. A 24 x 36 pole barn big enough for your motorhome, boat and all your seasonal toys. $524,900 NEW MODEL OPEN

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1984 27’ ALBIN FAMILY CRUISER Super clean, freshwater only.Own this popular diesel cruiser. Approx 1/2 GPH $29,900. 563-349-9161. JUL11

31’ FOUR WINNS VISTA, 1988, excellent condition, T-5.7, sleeps 6, heat/air, windlass, newer full canvas, headliner, carpet. $18,900. 616-399-7382. JUL11

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

1971 SLICKCRAFT SS-235 stand up hardtop rigged for Salmon. INTERLUX 2000e barriercoat and antifouling paint. Newer Chevy 350 OMC stringer drive. FF, GPS, Vector rod holders, plus MANY extras. Email for more pictures and details. $5,900 OBO. Dirk 847-833-6995 847-231-6389 AUG11 2003 SEAMASTER 28WA HARDTOP with Tri-Axle Trailer. Tournament Fishing Boat: RayMarine C80 Radar,Gps,FishFinder. Contact: Dominic 708-906-6889 JUL11

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

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

2004 WELLCRAFT 290 COASTAL, twin 225 Yamahas, 300 hrs, downriggers, Raymarine electronics, sleeps 6, A/C/ heat, excellent condition. $93,900. 231-862-3516. SEP11

1997 CHAPARRAL 29’9 Twin 350 EFI Remote Spotlight, Sunpad, Radar, Dingy, Windlass, Halon. Pictures Available. Clean. Trailer Optional. 906-370-9411 JUL11

32’ GRAND BANKS 1989 Cummins, 10HP, 1355HRS, Northern Lights Generator 5KW 1000HRS, Vetus Stern Thruster, Radar, Autopilot, Loaded w/Electronics, Top Condition. Stored in Great Lakes. $130,000. 231-228-5655. OCT11

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

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

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

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

2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $199,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! OCT11 83 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

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1989 22’ HYDRA-SPORTS 2200 WA. Excellent condition. Rigged for the serious trolling angler. New custom cover&trailer tires. Stored inside. Low hours. Many accessories. $11,900 OBO. 440-781-7536. JUL11

2006 PURSUIT 2570 OFFSHORE S-Yamaha 250hp 4S, 110 hours, Freshwater, Hardtop, Full Electronics, Radar, Autopilot, Air Conditioning, Shore Power w/Charger, LCD TV, Trailer, Loaded, Mint Condition. Asking $69,900. Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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2006 SEA RAY 320 SUNDANCER, T6.2 Horizon IO’s, 150 hrs, purchased new in 2007, fully equipped. For info, email, or call 608-576-6906 JUL11

1999 TIARA 3500 OPEN, LOA 35’-6”, Beam 13’-3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines 485 hrs., Canvas like new, Full electronics, Teak/holly sole, Air conditioning, Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat, $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or OCT11

1998 37’ SEA RAY EXPRESS CRUISER, Wide beam. Excellent condition, fresh water only, all options, heated storage, Twin 380hp 7.4 mercs. $125,000., 313-510-8555. JUL11

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

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

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

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

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

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

1990 DORAL BOCA GRANDE 350, Excellent Shape. Original Owner (1991) Retiring, Twin 350hp Merc’s refurnished in 2006, Fully Equipped. Recently replaced all navigation, canvas,carpets and upholstery. Heated inside storage. 419-564-4931 OCT11 84 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

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

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

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

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

2000 SEA RAY 380 SUNDANCER T7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new. Asking $154,900 OBO. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. JUL11 1987 36’ TIARA CONVERT. Excellent/pro-serviced. T350hp/905 hrs. Many upgrades, mid-bunk stateroom, shower. All electronics, photos. Arcadia, MI. $95,900. Call 616-340-7300 SEP11

2004 TIARA 3600 SOVRAN. Twin 450hp Cummins, heated storage, excellent, pictures available. Make offer, trades considered. or 920-737-7304 JUL11

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

2009 INTREPID 390 SPORT YACHT. Blue hull, Triple Yamaha 350hp, Sat TV, (2) Furuno NavNet 3D, Bow thruster, Generator, Loaded! $429,000. Josh @ 419-797-4492 JUL11

40’ 1967 CHRIS CRAFT CORINTHIAN. Rare awesome award winner. Needs nothing. Nov ‘08 survey. Please, serious inquiries only. 586-791-3744 eve., 248-588-4410 day. JUL11

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

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MAKE YOUR AD 1984 39-FT. SEARAY EXPRESS CRUISER CRUSADERS. Sleeps 6, Camper top, Gen, Heat/air, Inverter, Windlass, many extras, additional photos on request. $42,500. 612-240-8076. SEP11

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2001 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 2001 460 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 450hp CAT diesels; bow stern thrusters, hydraulic swim platform, new canvas and carpet. Fresh water only, inside storage, Call 847-287-4317. JUL11

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

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1996 FORMULA 41' PC, Twin 420hp Cummings Diamond Series approx 690 hours, Kohler generator, air/heat, bow thruster, pilot, plotter GPS, radar, Vacu-flush, depth sounder, central vac, windlass, much more. A pristine fresh water boat, recent survey. $129,900. 630-243-0454 or 630-390-5498 JUL11

47' CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER 1972, Highly Customized! FRESH WATER, repowered w/Cummins 370’s, 530hrs., Mathers, NEW fuel, water & holding tanks, canvas, cushions, interior, 3 staterooms, queen master, dinghy w/crane, same family 25yrs, 3 boat owner, Must Sell! $158,000 OBO ROB, 612-743-4192. JUL11

2004 SEA RAY 390 MOTOR YACHT. Twin 480CE Cummins 290 hrs. Bristol condition. Loaded with options. Freshwater only. Heated storage. $199,000. 317-523-8506 SEP11 1990 BAJA 420 ES. One owner boat!! Properly maintained and ready for immediate delivery.Triple 454 Mags. $69,900. CALL!!! 269.251.5530. JUL11

1995 SEA RAY 40 FT EXPRESS, Loaded with every option Sea Ray had to offer, plus a full complement of electronics. A 2008 Zodiac RIB w/15hp Honda, this boat has been stored in an inside-heated facility. Beautifully maintained, in excellent condition and ready for her next owner. Priced over twenty thousand below recent survey. Survey available upon request. $99,500. Contact Jim, 616-293-4359. JUL11

2000 CRUISERS YACHTS 4270 EXPRESS Low Hr. 430 Volvos New Radar+ Plotter Dinghy MTR Lift Underwater Lights $189,900. 219-741-0212. JUL11

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

1990 JEFFERSON MARQUESSA 53' MOTORYACHT. Detroit 6V92s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive 2001 upgrades. Custom Pilothouse. Zodiac. BEAUTIFUL. 612-850-2000. JUL11 85 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U L Y 2 011

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1991 VIKING 66/CMY 2005 OCEAN ALEXANDER. 54 LOA (2)500HP Yanmars300 hrs, dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $585,000. 920-739-7668. SEP11

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

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Memories in Stone

Keep a record of your boating journeys. BY DAVE WALLACE


his is not the first time I’ve used my column as an opportunity to encourage all boat owners to keep a log. I don’t mean the traditional nautical log of boring latitude and longitude location fixes, but a log more like a journal or diary; one that highlights the time spent on your boat, whether cruising or just messing around with maintenance or short trips out on the lake. This advice may not sound like a big deal today, but wait until you revisit these entries in the future. I promise a rich reward! My logs go back to our very first boat in 1976, so you can imagine the satisfaction of having all that history documented in detail. The entry that really moistened my eyes was made July 19, 1997. We generally accept the cliché reference to important events as being “written in stone.” On this date, the stones were real—and the memories equally indestructible. Dragon Lady and I were cruising the west coast of Michigan, enjoying the hospitality of a slip in the marina at Round Lake in Charlevoix. At some point during the regular comings and goings of transient visitors, we found ourselves sharing our finger dock with Bottom Line, a comfortable looking cruiser with a family of four on board. At first I didn’t pay much attention to these new neighbors, because my Charlevoix priorities involved food and shopping, pretty much in that order. Eventually, I ran out of money and hunger and settled into my flybridge seat with a good book. From that vantage point I noticed the two young sisters from Bottom Line, seated at one of the marina’s picnic tables. They had a tin bucket on the table that seemed to hold their interest. Naturally I had to find out what was going on. As the father of three daughters


myself, I had already learned that kids are usually more fun than their parents, and these two were obviously into something I needed to investigate. I introduced myself as their neighbor on the dock, and in return learned that the older sister was Paige, and the younger, Courtney. I noticed that their bucket was partially filled with water, and their attention was focused on a handful of stones at the bottom. When wet they shimmered with potential beauty. Laid out on the table in the heat of the sun, they quickly dried to ordinary, unattractive rocks. The kids were confused by this visual magic, but I immediately identified the rocks as relatively rare Petoskey stones, with great potential for eternal beauty. I explained the importance of their rare find, and offered to demonstrate the art of stone polishing. Courtney was a bit young to appreciate the significance of this offer, but Paige was all for it. I picked up a supply of Extra Fine grade wet sanding paper, and a spray can of clear Polyurethane finish. After the first day of relentless wet sanding with only partial results, I had a hunch that Paige had been expecting the transformation to be more immediate. Nevertheless, she was way too curious to quit. In the end, after several days and many hours of sanding, talking, wetting and sanding again, the hidden wonder of our Petoskey stones were ready for varnishing—and lives of eternal beauty. Like all transient boaters, we eventually went our own ways, but we never really separated. Every Christmas since 1997, my Bottom Line family sends me a family photo card. Last year, Christmas of 2010, the card was a close-up portrait of Courtney and Paige as drop-dead gorgeous teenagers, with Paige at 19 already going to college as a perfectly polished adult! Here on my writing desk, I now have their photo—along with my own, hand-polished Petoskey stone—and the logbook from 1997, open to my July 19 entry. Memories couldn’t get more fully dimensional than this! 

DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

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