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A tAle of two cities The ports of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin boast rich maritime history that give way to modern-day cruising and trailering destinations for generations young and old to enjoy. by Heather Steinberger

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Prestige 450 Flybridge A Mediterranean-style flybridge with sophistication and flair. by Gary Reich


engineering a Classic The Gage-Hacker is a traditional wood boat built with modern technology. by Gary Reich



explore the Shore Cruise Michigan’s amazing coastline aboard Keweenaw Star. by Kate Bush & Bing O’Meara


Open Access The peer-to-peer boat rental market is hot, bringing new people into boating and helping current boat owners stay on the water. by Heather Steinberger




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Prestige has cooked up a recipe for cruising success with the 450 Flybridge, the latest installment in the company’s Flybridge series and little sister to the 500 and 550 Flybridge models. The 450, which launched at the Paris Boat Show in December 2013, focuses on luxury and performance, sporting a unique interior layout that makes the boat ideal for Great Lakes cruising. Her spacious aft galley and ample storage aboard are perfect for long-range cruises, while sleeping accommodations are sure to satisfy even the most discerning of overnight guests.

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June 2014 | Volume LXVIII, No. 6

Explore Summer Cruising Destinations

Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Editor-at-large: Heather Steinberger Associate editor: Kate Bush


his month, as we head into the beginning of summer in the Great Lakes, we feature the twin cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin as our port of call. The story’s author, Lakeland Boating editor-at-large Heather Steinberger, grew up in Manitowoc County’s Hika Bay and recalls her childhood fondly. She is a talented writer and penned a fitting tribute to the maritime history and thriving tourist Mecca of Manitowoc-Two Rivers that you will Gage Marine on Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva thoroughly enjoy. No cruising trip to Manitowoc-Two Rivers would be complete without a stop at the Marine founders Russell and Bill Gage. As Lakeland Wisconsin Maritime Museum... and if Rolf E. Boating contributor Gary Reich mentions in his Johnson is in the house, say “hi.” Locally, he answers article about the history of the Gage-Hacker in this to the clever moniker “Wisconsin Johnson.” He is issue (page 36), if the lake is at its choppiest, enjoy quite an interesting man with an impressive list of the ride — wooden boats handle like no other. credentials. Among other achievements, he spent Last summer, I was invited to join a three24 years with the Milwaukee Public Museum before day cruise aboard the Keweenaw Star out of taking the helm at the Maritime Museum. And he Charlevoix, Michigan to the Soo Locks and is a real-life dinosaur hunter, one of the coolest into Lake Superior. During my boating career, jobs imaginable. I have cruised extensively throughout the Great Another favorite spot of mine, about 80 miles Lakes, never having made it to Lake Superior south of Manitowoc, is Gage Marine on Wisconsin’s — until Keweenaw Star offered me the “bucket Lake Geneva. There is absolutely nothing not to like list” opportunity. When Keweenaw Excursions about Lake Geneva, Gage Marine or Gage Marine’s owner Jason Funkey asked me to join him on beautiful Gage-Hacker, built specifically with the the trip, I said, “Of course.” I could not resist conditions of Lake Geneva in mind. conquering my last remaining Great Lake. Located on Williams Bay, Gage Marine will I give the experience a major thumbs-up! Check happily service your boat while you’re cruising out this summer’s schedule aboard Keweenaw in the area. While you are there, enjoy a terrific Star (on page 39) and plan your own adventure. lunch or dinner at Gage’s highly-acclaimed Pier 290 restaurant, overlooking the bay. See you on the water! Take a spin in the Gage-Hacker, a 26-foot wooden boat that was the brainchild of Gage

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Shadow is a 4-year-old hybrid Lab/German Shorthaired Pointer who was born in South Dakota on a pheasant farm. The dogs are raised to be hunters, but by the time she was six months old the trainers in Salt Lake City, Utah decided that she was not going to be a good hunter, so they were offering her to a good home. We flew her in from Salt Lake City as a six-month-old puppy, and since Day One with us, she has been the best dog anyone could ask for. One of her favorite places to be is in the water, so she loves the boat. We bought this ladder so that she can easily come in and out of the boat. The minute the anchor is dropped and the ladder is out, she starts her fun. She jumps into the water to fetch toys or to fish, which she could do all day. She has yet to catch one, but will continually try. If she could spend eight hours in the water each day, she would! —Karen Elliott & Stephen Armstrong, Sarnia, ON

Kyah and Kora, our pair of Australian Shepherds, love boat rides with their people. Whether it’s a sunset ride in our small hometown lake in Greenville, Michigan (Baldwin Lake), or a weekend on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven, they are ready to go on Skippers Quest, our 23-foot Powerquest. —Bryan & Angela Garvey, Greenville, MI

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calendar of events

May 31

June 8

Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show Spring Lake, MI

Colantha Walker Dairy Festival Traverse City, MI



June 1

June 12-14

Marblehead Lighthouse Tour Marblehead, OH

Three Rivers Water Festival Three Rivers, MI


Taste of the North in Petoskey Petoskey, MI

June 12-15


Waterfront Film Festival South Haven, MI

June 14-15

The Amazing Grape Race (wineries along Lake Erie) Lake Erie Shores, OH

Steel Bridge Songfest Sturgeon Bay, WI sbsf5.coM

The Phlocking of the Phaitful Put-In-Bay, OH phlocking.coM

June 13-15 Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Bay Harbor, MI

June 5- sept 1 Sandusky Art Walk Sandusky, OH shoresandislands.coM

If maritime history interests you, don’t miss the Door County Lighthouse Festival, June 13-15 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. If, however, culinary delights are your passion, hit up The Great NY State Food & Wine Festival. The celebration runs June 13-15 in Clayton, New York.

June 5-8 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show Chicago, IL chicagoinwaterboatshow.coM

Door County Beer Festival Baileys Harbor, WI travelwisconsin.coM

Paddlefest with Sip & Savor Sister Bay, WI travelwisconsin.coM

Big Mac Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour Mackinaw City, MI Mackinawcity.coM

Lexington’s Lakeside Craft Fair Lexington, MI

June 15 Father’s Day St. Marys River Cruise DeTour Village, MI



Door County Lighthouse Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI

Lilac Parade Mackinaw Island, MI

Sailing Seaway Clayton & Seaway Splash Clayton, NY

June 19 Gallery Walk Petoskey, MI



Seaplane Splash-In Grand Marais, MI

Taste of the Great Lakes Chicago, IL


The Great NY State Food & Wine Festival Clayton, NY

June 19-22 South Haven Harborfest South Haven, MI


Trout Tournament Charlevoix, MI

June 20-21

Antiques on the Bay St. Ignace, MI nostalgia-prod.coM

June 6-15 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Mackinaw Island, MI

June 7

Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event Door County, WI washintonislandcanoe andkayakevent.coM

Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show Presque Isle, MI presqueisleharborwooden boatshow.coM

Port Huron Museum 5K Tourist Trot Port Huron, MI

June 13-22

Cleveland Race Week Cleveland, OH

Taste of Muskegon Muskegon, MI


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June 20-22

Maritime Magic Arts/Crafts Show Ludington, MI

June 7-8 Michigan Free Fishing Weekend State of Michigan

Summer Concert Series Holland, MI

Antiques on the Bay Auto Show Mackinaw City, MI



June 14

GM River Days Detroit, MI

Beer Festival and Ride for Nature Baileys Harbor, WI





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calendar of events

June 21

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival Bridgman, MI

June 26-28

Bay Harbor Vintage Car & Boat Festival Bay Harbor, MI

Summer Jam Music and Food Festival Valparaiso, IN

Antique and Classic Boat Show St. Clair, MI

See some of Lake Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and most famous landmarks as part of the Southern Lake Michigan 60 Lighthouse Excursion, taking place June 2328 out of Charlevoix, Michigan.

Classic Wooden Boat Show South Haven, MI

Fyr Bal Festival Door County, WI

Traverse City Wine and Art Festival Traverse City, MI

St. Ignace Car Show St. Ignace, MI

June 27-July 6 Ludington Harbor Festival Ludington, MI

June 27-29 Olde Ellison Bay Days Ellison Bay, WI

June 21-22

Little Sturgeon Days Little Sturgeon, WI

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June 22 HFM Maritime Marathon Manitowoc, WI

June 23-28 60 Lighthouse Excursion Charlevoix, MI

June 25-29 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

Portage Lakes Antique Boat Show Akron, OH

Waterfront Wine Festival Harbor Springs, MI

June 28-29 Uncork Food, Wine & Music Festival Ellison Bay, WI

June 29 Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair Traverse City, MI




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Huron, Ohio’s South Shore Marine recently received the Neo Success Award, recognizing successful companies in Northeast Ohio. The award honors Ohio companies based on revenue, employee growth and profitability. South Shore carries the Regal, Scout, Pursuit and Grady-White brands. For more information, visit


In-water Boat Show returns to Chicago With the harsh winter Chicagoans faced in 2013-14, everyone’s ready for a some fun in the sun. Returning to the Windy City is the Midwest’ largest in-water boat show: The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, which runs June 5-8 at Chicago’s 31st Street Harbor. The show will feature more than 125 power- and sailboats


for sale, the latest in marine gear and plenty of attractions. Try your hand at paddleboarding, test your skills in a kayak, check out the antique boats on display… you can even get some on-site boating education and instruction. For more information, including ticket pricing and show hours, visit ChICagoInwaTerBoaTShow.Com.


Great Lakes Sailing Co. Sets Sail Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sailing School of Traverse City, Michigan is taking on a new name — Great Lakes Sailing Co. (GLSC) — and expanding its current operations to include boat sales. This 6-year-old company has a reputation for being the largest American Sailing Association-certified sailing school and second-largest yacht charter fleet on the Great Lakes. Now, GLSC will likewise be a full-service dealer of Hunter, Jeanneau and Gemini sailing yachts. In addition to sales, GLSC also will offer sailboats for charter as part of its “Learn – Sail – Own” program, providing customers with a unique opportunity to “try before you buy.” For more information, visit greaTLakeSSaILIngCo.Com.




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Lake and Bay To Carry Buddy Davis Ohio’s Lake and Bay Yacht Sales is now carrying the redesigned 2014 28-foot Buddy Davis Center Console. Making its debut at the Catawba Island Boat Show, the Buddy Davis 28 CC is designed for cutting through rough water and providing a smooth, dry ride. She’s built for both fishing and cruising, with a large platform, ample storage space and a convenient stand-up head area. Vacuum vinylester resin infusion ensures this 28-footer is impressively strong, yet lightweight. For more information, visit yaChTworLD.Com/LakeanDBay.

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7,000-mile great Lakes Coastal trail to Become reality If you’ve ever wanted to travel to the most desolate, breathtaking corners of the Great Lakes region, well, now you can — all while peddling a bicycle or paddling a kayak. On May 15-16, cyclists, kayakers, and regional planning and governmental officials gathered in Saugatuck, Michigan to attend the Great Lakes Coastal Trail Conference. The goal was to develop a multi-modal, 7,000-mile coastal trail around the shoreline of all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The trail will be in-water and on land, welcoming kayaks, bicycles, motor vehicles, and, of course, anyone who wants to get some good ol’ exercise on foot while taking in the beauty of the Great Lakes. For more information, visit

Industry pioneer and entrepreneur Hobart “Hobie” Alter passed away March 29, after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind a truly inspiring legacy. The shaper of surfboards, inventor of the “Hobie Cat” catamaran, and founder of the Hobie Company was 80 years old. Born October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, Alter would grow up to live quite the adventurous life: Creating the foam-and-fiberglass surfboard, becoming a successful surfing competitor, and bringing highperformance sailing to the masses. Alter received the Waterman Achievement Award from the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association in 1993, was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997, and admitted as an inaugural member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011, alongside Dennis Connor and Ted Turner. Alter is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter Paula; sons Hobie Jr. and Jeff; sisters Carolyn and Lillian; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Hurley Marine Muskrat Guards Nothing good ever happens when a Muskrat swims into a boat’s wet exhaust discharge. While some people are just plain terrified of these animals, severe damage to your boat can actually occur when vermin enter underwater exhausts, including the possibility of sinking. Yikes! Protect your boat — and those pesky muskrats — with Hurley Marine Muskrat Guards. These 316 stainless steel guards are adjustable and install directly inside exhaust ports in minutes, without ever penetrating the hull. Prices start at $119.95. For more information, visit hurLeymarine.Com.


Celebrate the Lake Day 2014 Take a break and delight in the aquatic life at Celebrate the Lake Day, June 14. Lake St. Clair’s MacRay Harbor hosts the annual event, ideal for families and boaters alike. The celebration features children’s activities, educational boating displays, a nautical yard sale and more. It helps promote a clean and safe boating lifestyle, lake tourism and clean marina programs. As part of National Marina Day, Celebrate the Lake Day also will feature “Welcome to the Water” free boat rides, allowing participants to spend 20 to 30 minutes soaking up the spectacular sights and sounds of beautiful Lake St. Clair. For more information, visit

hobie alter photo courtesy of the alter family ; celebrate the lake day photo courtesy of lake st . clair tourism initiative ; lighthouse photo by ken braband

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canada gets New In-Water boat Show A new in-water boat show in suburban Toronto, Canada, will showcase a variety of new and brokerage power- and sailboats from 20 to 60 feet. Set to run May 23-25, the Port Credit Spring Boat Show will be hosted at Credit Village Marina on Lake Ontario, about 20 minutes west of Toronto. The show will feature both an in-water component showcasing larger vessels, along with a dry-land display area that includes trailerable boats, engines, boat equipment, electronics and marine accessories. “It looks like we will sell out the available space, which is fantastic for a show in its first year,” says show manager Scott MacInnes. “The venue is a perfect location for an in-water show, having plenty of parking, easy highway access and still being accessible by public transit. There are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance as well.” For more information, visit — Craig Ritchie

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$10M Earmarked for Lake Erie Algae Clean-up Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and his administration announced March 18 that they will be investing $10 million in the Healthy Lake Erie Initiative to help combat and reduce the threat of harmful algal blooms.

North Shore Marina of Spring Lake, Michigan, recently added two popular brands to its current new-boat line-up: Hurricane Deck Boats and Rinker’s line of Express Cruisers, Captiva models and MTX Sport Boats. North Shore has been serving the tri-cities area of Spring Lake, Grand Haven and Ferrysburg for more than 60 years and is dedicated to continued expansion of its existing product lines. For more information, visit


Founded in 1934, GLCC is the area’s best source of information for cruising the Great Lakes. The club offers members a valuable opportunity to learn more about cruising the Sweetwater Seas and connect with thousands of other boaters. When you become a GLCC member, you gain access to a network of informative port captains, cruising guides, the online GLCC School, real-time harbor reports for more than 1,100 ports, and exclusive events hosted by the club. Most importantly, you make new friends and create unforgettable memories while out cruising. To celebrate GLCC’s 80th anniversary, the club’s 2014 Rendezvous will take place in Leamington, Ontario July 12-16, where you can partake in a wine tasting, auction, cruising food seminar, and even a volleyball tournament. For more information, visit buzz

“experience a Yacht” charter b&b in Kenosha The initiative was created in 2012 and aims to find alternative solutions to the open-lake dumping of contaminated channel dredging. Toxic algae, specifically microcystin, has appeared in western Lake Erie since 1995 and threatens Ohio’s Lake Erie tourism. According to an article published in the Toledo Blade, last September the toxin became so concentrated that it affected a water-treatment plant in Ohio. Kasich’s funding will be used to find alternatives to open-lake disposal, which will help reduce toxic algae. The governor’s administration also pledged $100 million for the Clean Ohio Fund. For more information, visit


If you’ve ever wanted to explore the bounty of fresh water that is the Great Lakes, cruising from expansive Lake Michigan to the depths of Lake Superior, then the Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) is right up your alley.


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When you combine the luxury of a yacht and the hominess of a bed and breakfast, you wind up with the clever “Experience a Yacht,” a private yacht charter/B&B out of Lake Michigan’s east shore in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Captain Anthony and Lori Zwilling have created day or sunset cruises for up to six passengers, along with a B&B for two aboard their 2006 4200 Navigator Californian motoryacht, LoriAnthony II. The charter/B&B is docked at Southport Marina overlooking the beautiful Eichelman Park and Beach. Experience a Yacht operates May 1 through October 15. For more information, visit

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Enjoy Chicago’s magnificent lakefront and experience boating Windy-City style at Chicago’s ONLY in-water boat show! l l l l l


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West Michigan Brimming With Specialty Ships The western coast of Michigan is chock-full of specialty ships to check out this summer. Climb aboard the Friends Good Will, a replica of the merchant square topsail sloop from the War of 1812 at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Or visit Traverse City, home to the tall ship Manitou, which you can tour as you sip wine on one of its specialty cruises. A few other West Michigan ships worth checking out this summer are the Port City Princess and Holland Princess, both of which travel to Lake Michigan. For more information and to inquire about other West Michigan specialty ships and cruise schedules, visit


american boat & Yacht council rallies against electric shock drowning

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) two federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling $1.25 million have been awarded to Detroit and St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Detroit will use $1 million to turn vacant lots into green space to reduce the discharge of untreated storm water into the sewer system, while St. Clair Shores will get $250,000 to install rain gardens and porous pavement to capture and treat storm water. For more information, visit ePa.

Every year, unknowing swimmers are affected by electrical power leakages in the water. These electric leaks can lead to a tingling sensation on the skin and potential in-water electrocutions known as Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). According to a recent article published in Boating magazine and written by ABYC master technician Mike Telleria, eight ESDrelated deaths occurred in 2012 alone, with numerous other deaths thought to be caused by the phenomenon. To combat and educate on EDS risks, the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has partnered with the Energy Education Council’s Safe Electricity “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign in an effort to prevent the littleknown silent killer. This campaign educates boaters on proper maintenance of electrical systems on boats. To further reduce risks, a recently awarded grant by the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Protection Research Foundation lead to an expert investigation for ESD solutions. For more information, visit





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merco marine Vertical Pile bumper From boat deck and accessories manufacturer Merco Marine comes a new, 48-inch polyethylene vertical pile bumper. Designed to protect your boat when docked near pilings, Merco’s pile bumpers come in blue or white to match your boat. There are two bumpers per box, for a total of 8 feet. All stainless steel ring nails required for attaching the bumpers to wood piling are included, and holes are pre-drilled in the side flanges for easy installation. A pair of pile bumpers retail for $22.03 plus shipping. For more information, visit must - have

Boat Lift Lift Are you a boater who dreads installing your boatlift every spring? The new Boat Lift Lift takes the hassle out of lift installation by making it possible for just one person to easily install and remove a boatlift. The Lift features a trailer section to move your boatlift across land and a floatation section designed for a single person to lift it out of the lake. It’s designed to hold your boatlift off the bottom of the lake without stressing the lift itself. Installing, repositioning and removing boatlifts are now simple as can be. To watch an instructional video or for more information, visit boats

Huckins builds new custom 45' sportfisherman Huckins Yacht Corporation of Jacksonville, Florida is known for its custom and unique vessels, and Huckins’ latest 45' Sportsfisherman is no exception. This custom-built fishing boat combines the comforts of home with the opulent luxury of top-end boat designs. The 45 features an expansive deckhouse, climatecontrolled bridge and fuel-efficient engines that keep her cruising at 30-plus knots. For the spoiled angler, the 45' Sportfisherman offers 28-foot Rupp outriggers and an ice machine that feeds into insulated bins for daily catches. For more information, visit


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illinois introduces microbead-Free Legislation Have you ever used a face or body wash that contained tiny plastic beads? They may result in a nice, deep, exfoliated-type clean, but apparently they’re pretty detrimental to the environment. They’re called “microbeads,” synthetic plastic particles used as an abrasive in many personal-care products, and they’re now being banned from the Great Lakes. Once microbeads enter the water, they can absorb toxic chemicals and also can be mistaken for food by small fish, according to the watchdog conservation group Alliance for The Great Lakes. The State of Illinois recently passed S.B. 2727, which “prohibits the production, manufacture, distribution and sale in Illinois of any personal-care product containing plastic microbeads.” Illinois is the first state in the nation to propose legislation for microbead-free waters. For more information, visit great lakes news

Residents Must Adapt to Fluctuating Water Levels, Experts Say The five Great Lakes have a lengthy history of rising in spring and summer and dropping in fall and winter. Over the years, Great Lakes residents have attempted to tame Mother Nature’s fluctuating water levels; but now, Donald Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, says we should stop trying to control and start trying to adapt to changing levels, according to a recent article published by the Associated Press (AP). The Graham Sustainability Institute announced in March that it would conduct a survey over the course of year to determine options for dealing with fluctuating water levels in the Great Lakes. According to the AP article, that same month more than 50 Great Lakes policymakers, scientists and advocates gathered to debate the best options for dealing with lake-level fluctuations. Some advocates argued a push for more engineering in Lakes Huron and Michigan in order to build up water levels, while others maintained levels are beyond our control. For more information on the study’s progress, visit

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NOAA Offers “Print-onDemand” Paper Nautical Charts In 1861, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began using a government printing and distribution system for paper nautical charts. It worked flawlessly for many years, but oh, how times have changed. Charts were being printed in large quantities and sold for a number of years, growing more and more outdated as time passed. NOAA has announced that it is transitioning out of the government-run system and authorized seven private companies to offer “print-on-demand” charts. This will allow for charts to be updated frequently with critical corrections. NOAA will maintain control over the charts, while companies including OceanGrafix, Marine Press and The Map Shop have all jumped on board as printing services. The print-on-demand services will offer customers more options in terms of paper, color and size, all while being more up to date. For more information, visit

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The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) in Clayton, New York wants your old boats! ABM will accept donated boats throughout the year, with the intention of selling them for profit to help support museum activities and programs. ABM will sell donated boats via Antique Boat America and at the museum’s annual Antique Boat Show and Auction August 1-3. Those who donate may be eligible for tax deductions based on the sale price of the boat. For more information, visit






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Mercury Marine, Simrad “Glass Dash” Straight out of a science fiction novel, the new “Glass Dash” from Simrad and Mercury Marine is one of the most state-of-the-art boating information systems available on the market today. The new system gives users control over sonar, radar, Mercury’s Smart Tow, cruise control and even Eco Control features — all functions that will allow for increased confidence on the water. Glash Dash incorporates all the propulsion and navigation technologies both companies pride themselves on. The system combines the engine information features of Mercury’s VesselView 4 and Simrad’s touchscreenintegrated navigation systems, autopilots, VHF radios and performance instrumentation. The Glass Dash will be available for compatible Simrad displays. Get ready to ride into the future! For more information, visit or




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Sea Tow, USPS Form Partnership Sea Tow Services International Inc., its nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) have a strong commitment to promoting boating safety to the general public. The three groups recently formed a strategic partnership to bring the wealth of their expertise and resources together to help encourage safe boating and education and make the water a safer place for all boaters. The partnership will allow several discounts for USPS members, including a promotional code for $10 off Sea Tow membership and additional incentives for completing a USPS Boating Safety Course. Sea Tow Foundation also will collaborate with USPS to create boating education and safety-related content to help educate boaters. USPS celebrates its 100th anniversary of educating boaters and championing safe boating in 2014. For more information, visit or

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Sister Bay, Wisconsin Paddlefest offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) Door County-style.


eginning your day floating atop the clear blue water of Green Bay on a paddleboard is hard to beat. The summer water is calm in the hours before boaters rev their engines or unfurl sails, Jet Skis fire up for racing along the shoreline, or car traffic buzzes the length of the highway in the quaint village of Sister Bay, Wisconsin, on the Door County peninsula. From the extreme to the serene, Sister Bay offers a multitude of ways to relax and explore nature on the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

Paddle on Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the latest watersport craze on Lake Michigan, and it’s a relaxing way to experience a different point of view. Boards range from 9 feet to 12 feet in length (rider height and weight dependent) and are made for racing or cruising. Riding a SUP requires some balance and a love of the water; leave your aversion to getting wet at home — at least the first couple of times on the board, anyway. “In the last three years, SUPs have exploded,” says Vanessa Wylie, manager at Bay Shore Outfitters outdoor store in Sister Bay ( “SUP is the fastest growing sport among women in the world right now. It’s so popular because all athletic abilities and age ranges can get out there and do the sport, even without experience.”




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Sister Bay has many beautiful places to paddle within a short distance of the marina and beach, and deciding where to go is best determined by the weather, wind and the paddler’s mood. Try out a board before you buy at Sister Bay Paddlefest with Sip & Savor on June 14. Door County’s everything-outdoor retailer, Bay Shore Outfitters, sets up on the Sister Bay beach and offers visitors board and kayak demos, lessons, gear sales and this season’s newest SUPs, kayaks and equipment. At the Sip & Savor portion of the event, taste wines from Door County wineries, cheese from Door County cheesemakers, and delicious food from local Sister Bay restaurants. Each taster receives a commemorative wine glass to take home. But event organizers don’t recommend attempting to balance a full glass of wine on the nose of a paddleboard your first time out! If you’re an experienced paddler, challenge yourself and try SUP yoga in Sister Bay. Test your core strength and balance, and increase the benefits of yoga. “Yoga on a paddleboard is a fun way to be out on the water,” says Tonya Crowell, program manager for Bay Shore Outfitters. “The water in Sister Bay is amazing. It’s clear and deep with a hard sand bottom. Sister Bay is a picturesque waterfront community that provides opportunities to experience nature and a beautiful waterfront park with a swim pier for kids to jump off, plenty of lawn for activities, and a gazebo that hosts free weekly concerts in the park.”

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Classes are held Tuesday and Saturday mornings on the water from the end of May through August. Drop-ins and participants 10 years and older are welcome.

Explore the shorelines Door County is a watersports Mecca. The peninsula and surrounding islands host 300 miles of shoreline, five state parks, more than a dozen county parks and thousands of acres of protected land. Streams and small lakes, freshwater estuaries, rugged shorelines and deepwater passages entice water lovers to play and explore. Due to the many reefs surrounding the peninsula, shipwrecks abound and make for fun destination excursions. A multitude of tour companies are available to show off the sights — and the exact resting places of 19th century sailing and cargo vessels. “Going out on a guided shipwreck tour is recommended because the guides can locate the exact spot of the wreck, teach paddlers about the history of that particular wreck, and the reasons for it going down,” explains Michael Fisher, co-owner of Gravity Trails zipline and kayak tours (gravitytrails. com). “We take our shipwreck tour into North Bay because the water is so clear and shallow, about 8 feet. This year we’ll

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have clear-bottom kayaks, which allow kayakers to see the wrecks without wave and sunlight interference.” Gravity Trails and Bay Shore Outfitters offer kayak tours with focuses on caves, limestone bluffs, estuaries, lighthouses, shipwrecks, sea kayaking, sunsets and moonlight. Tours are a 3- to 4-hour time commitment, with about 2 hours of paddling. Cost per person is dependent on the tour and averages $50. If you come to Paddlefest, check out the Lighthouse Festival that same weekend. Tour or view the 11 lighthouses in Door County, half of which are only open to the public for the festival. Visit the Door County Maritime Museum website for details ( Paddle across Death’s Door crossing to Washington Island for the annual Canoe and Kayak Event June 14-15 ( Paddlers circumnavigate the island in 25-mile marathon and half-marathon races, participate in a sea kayak symposium and cross Death’s Door by kayak or canoe. Reserve a transient boat slip at the Sister Bay Marina (, bring your own kayak or SUP, or rent when you get here. The Village of Sister Bay upholds the notion that in some places in our country, you can still step off the back porch — or swim deck — into adventure. LB

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don’t hesitate to renovate | by Capt. Frank Lanier

gussied-up galley Upgrades to boost your galley’s function and appeal.


oday’s galley is a far cry from the “gallery” of old; a simple affair of stone or brick used by ancient sea-folk to cook their meals. Even so, those forced to toil at the often thankless task of fixing grub for the crew while cruising the Great Lakes may feel more like galley slaves than galley gourmets. Here are a few simple upgrades to help make galley time more enjoyable for all.

Increase counter space Most galleys are notoriously short on counter space; and doubly so when entertaining guests from other boats. A quick, easy way to increase your available workspace is to install a cutting board over the sink. Wood and synthetic cutting boards come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your sink with minimal trimming. Another option is fitting a removable top over your stove burners for use when preparing cold foods.

Upgrade sink and faucet Too many galleys feature a single, diminutive sink that’s unfit for food preparation, dish washing or pretty much any other galley sink-related task. Upgrading to a deep, full-sized, single — or, better yet, double — sink is fairly straightforward and will make a marked improvement on most any galley operation. Larger ones can even double as a laundry sink. At the same time, swapping out that old dual control faucet with a single-lever unit will make one-handed operation a breeze. Those featuring extendable, pull-out faucets will provide even more flexibility.

Stove-top cutting boards are a great way to easily add counter space (top). Deep, double sinks make any galley task a breeze, from food preparation to dish washing (bottom).



Replace old lighting Nothing makes a galley seem even more cramped than poor lighting. Replacing old, incandescent lights with modern units featuring florescent or LED technology will not only improve available light, but reduce energy consumption as well. For night vision-safe galley work


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The addition of a good quality filter allows you to get the most from your potable water system. during those overnight passages, choose units that provide both white and red light options, such as those offered by Alpenglow Marine Lights (

add a water filter Poor-tasting water is a sad fact of life aboard many boats; one that leads boat owners to buy and cart countless cases of bottled water on board. Not only is this an additional expense, but plastic water bottles also gobble up prime stowage and generate additional trash that has to be stored and carried ashore for proper disposal. One simple way to help transform the Hell’s broth of foul-tasting H2O spewing from your faucet into the maritime equivalent of a pure mountain stream is by adding a water filter or purifier. There are a number of aftermarket filter options available, such as domestic- or RV-style units you can purchase online or from “big box” stores, and these will help to a degree; but I’ve found you tend to get what you pay for with regard to filtration and purification systems. You’ll spend a bit more for marine-grade units, such as the Seagull or Nature-Pure QC2 line manufactured by General Ecology (geneRalecology. com), but they are excellent units that shouldn’t be dismissed on price alone. Your taste buds will thank you.

maximize storage Take a moment to step back and look at your galley and surrounding areas as a whole; not only to visualize ways of better using existing space, but also to ferret out hidden or unused areas to increase storage options. Pots and

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pans that are used less frequently might be stored under the stove, sink or even the galley floorboards. A built-in trash bin aboard a boat I once owned lifted out to reveal a huge area of wasted space between the sink and hull. Although somewhat wedge-shaped, it was the perfect place to store items such as bulk dry goods (bags of rice, for example), larger pots and other infrequently used galley utensils.

Add a trash can

Add a vegetable bin

Thermos bottles rock! That’s why a rack that keeps them secure and handy is just the ticket for those cold days or overnight passages. Just heat up water at the beginning of the trip and crewmembers will have hot water for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, instant soups, etc., for hours to come.

Installing a dedicated vegetable bin is an easy upgrade that makes a lot of sense. Staples like potatoes and onions last longer when stored in a cool, dry place with plenty of air flow, which translates to less waste due to spoilage and better tasting veggies throughout your cruise. Even a quick fix such as a wire mesh basket located in a well-ventilated area (under the galley sink, for example) can make a big difference in the storage life of your vegetables.

Nothing says “fancy galley living” like a fixed trash can. Sure, a small plastic bucket or can under the sink works, but the convenience and luxury of a built-in, kitchen bag-sized bin (particularly if topped with a cutting board lid) has to be experienced to be believed.

Install a “vacuum flask” (Thermos) rack

Affix a wall-mounted dispenser

Simple, yes; but convenient as heck. A drying rack not

Paper towels: We all love them, but where do you put ’em where they’re out of the way, yet easy to grab when needed? Same thing with tin foil and cling-wrap; they’re always clogging up your drawers or are otherwise impossible to

only makes dish washing easier, but also cuts down on wet towels. Look around and find one that fits your sink, which provides both an easy way to dry dishes and store the rack when not in use.

find when you need them most. Triple-roll, wall-mounted dispensers keep each of these necessities within easy reach and are compact to boot — perfect for that bare spot on the galley bulkhead! LB

Add a dish drying rack

Nothing says “fancy galley living” like a fixed trash recepticle.

Capt. Frank Lanier is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt. F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants (

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GEARING UP | by Kate Bush

Kuuma Profile Propane Gas BBQ Grill For those afternoons you’d rather catch a hot dog than a fish (at least for lunch, anyway), Kuuma’s new barbecue offers portability, 9,000 BTUs of heat and foldaway legs for an impromptu beachside picnic. The Profile Propane Gas BBQ Grill is made of pure stainless steel, has a stay-cool handle to ensure you’ll never touch a scaldinghot lid, and features a removable grease tray. This is grilling, boating-style. $111.99 at

GREAT GEAR Must-have goodies and gadgets for every boater Accon marine Tie Downs Long-range cruising requires extra equipment. Accon’s Tie Downs easily secure all your equipment on board — whether it’s scuba gear, fenders or watersports accessories. The small stainless steel tie downs measure 2 inches by 2 inches, while the larger versions measure 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches. $20.05 and up at

Uncle Goose Nautical Alphabet Blocks Keep kids entertained on a lengthy cruise with Nautical Alphabet Blocks by Uncle Goose. This 26-piece set of decorative blocks features artwork from maritime tradition including nautical knots, maritime signal flags, and, of course, lots of red, white and navy blue. $48 at

sPoT Trace Whether you’re making a port pit-stop or letting your teen solo at the helm, boat owners want peace of mind, knowing where, exactly, their boat is at all times. Not a problem with the SPOT Trace. Trace is a waterproof, portable, anti-theft unit that allows boaters to monitor and track their boat on any mobile device, at any time. Features real-time GPS coordinate tracking, text or e-mail alerts, and movement alerts. Units start at $99.95 at

Remember those days of slowly but surely buttoning up your boat? After ez-xtend a long day of cruising, that’s probably Boat zippers the last thing you want to do. EZXtend Boat Zippers make covering you boat at day’s end child’s play. Zippers add length to boat enclosures that have shrunk with age, provide protection from the elements, and extend the life of your canvas. $16.59 To $19.99 at




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West marine scamper Inflatable sit Inside Kayak No room on deck for a traditional kayak? Inflatables are the answer. West Marine’s Scamper features comfy seating compartments surrounded by air chambers for increased stability. Rigid bow and stern forms and tracking fin provide hard-shell-like performance in a lightweight, portable design. A mesh accessory pocket and bungee deck lacing keep gear secure. $349.99 at

by Mark Corke | CORKE BOARD

Cruise Pre-prep Tips and tricks for proper provisioning.


ne of the highlights of my year is setting off on my annual cruise. Often, due to work commitments, this is a fairly modest affair of little more than a week at most. Even so, I look forward to it with as much anticipation as a 3-year-old waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Ensuring the trip goes as smoothly as possible without any surprises or glitches is key to a restful and relaxing journey; but whether I’m heading out for a week-long sojourn or just a quick weekend getaway, my preparations always start early.

The list One of the top priorities is making sure that my crew is well fed and watered. I make a list for each day that I’ll be away — whether it’s for an evening picnic cruise or a long weekend — and then carve it up into breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I then write down what we plan on having for each of the meals, and from there I can work out my shopping list. This way, I know exactly what I need to purchase at the store, saving time and money. I only realized the value of planning from experience. I once was the most unpopular person aboard after we decided to barbeque and I ran out of propane right before the steaks were finished. Lesson learned; plan ahead!

The food On our latest boat we’re lucky enough to have a fridge and a freezer, so we can pretty much eat the same way we would at home. But this was not the case aboard our old boat, where we relied on a cooler and block ice to keep things cold. Both approaches work; you just need to be cognizant of the space you have and the storage facilities available. I avoid bringing cardboard boxes on the boat, which always seem to get soggy and, if forgotten in some dark corner of the boat, will mold and smell. On Seaglass, our Grand Banks 32, goods are stored in plastic bins to keep them organized and prevent them from rolling around. We have somewhat limited space in the galley for cans and bottles, so many of these are stored in the aft lazarette. When we run out of something, we can go “shopping” in the locker to replenish our day-to-day stock. Many cans look alike and, if stacked tight in close quarters, can be hard to read. You may find it helpful to label can tops with a Sharpie so you can quickly identify what you’re looking for.

The equipment In addition to food and libations, you also have to think about the boat itself. Is she ready for the trip? Are the motor, sails and everything else in order? Make sure that fuel tanks are

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full, or at least know with certainty that you have enough fuel to get there and back — with some extra for emergencies. Check and fill water tanks, too, as you’ll often use more than you think. Running out of water can be almost as bad as running out of fuel. Once you’ve taken care of fuel for the crew and boat, think about other things you might need on your trip. If you’re sleeping aboard, do you have enough bedding for everyone? Personally, I prefer sleeping bags, but they’re not always up to everyone’s standard of comfort. Many folks prefer proper sheets and blankets. Bedding and clothes can get musty aboard, so for longer trips of a week or more you may have to seek out laundry facilities… unless you’re one of the lucky ones who has a washer/dryer on board.

The marina I like to “get away from it all” when cruising, so I tend to anchor out. But your cruising requirements/plans may be different, especially if cruising with children or teenagers who want to go ashore often. This is where planning and provisioning mesh, as you may be able to restock the boat part-way through your cruise if you head into port regularly; but don’t bank on it. Some marinas are far from grocery stores, chandleries and other shore-side facilities. Even a fairly short walk from the local supply shop can be tiresome if you’re carrying several heavy bags laden with bulky provisions. A quick read through the pilot book or local cruising guide (like the Ports ’O Call Cruising Guides published by Lakeland Boating) will forewarn you of what is — and is not — in port and prevent any nasty surprises.

Before you shove off from the docks this summer, it pays to have a detailed provisioning plan in place. Remember: You may not be able to get ashore frequently, so ensure you have all the necessities on board before you take off on that dream vacation!

The trash One thought that’s often overlooked is what to do with your trash. Cans are better cruising companions than glass bottles, as they don’t break and cause a potential hazard, and, once empty, they can be crushed, taking up far less storage space aboard until they can be properly disposed of ashore. Similarly, plastic milk containers can be rinsed out when empty, cut into small pieces and popped into a bag ready for the recycling bin. There’s no doubt that a little forward planning when provisioning for a cruise will go a long way towards making your time on the water an enjoyable experience. LB

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Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.




electronics | by Roger McAfee

the tracking trend Remote vessel monitoring systems gain popularity among boaters.


Remote monitoring/ tracking systems for boats are more popular than ever. Products from companies like Boatlink+, Global Satellite and Web Boat Watch™ (from top) allow boaters to keep an eye on their boats — even when they’re not around.

ith insurance costs rising and boat thefts a growing concern, boat owners are looking for ways that they can, in real time, monitor their vessel 24/7, no matter where they are in relation to the boat. Let’s face it: The world is moving towards a more ondemand culture, and the marine industry is no exception. Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have fostered desire for an immediacy factor. Remote vessel monitoring is another way to satisfy this hunger for more info… now.

Keeping track Until three years ago, there were few devices that could, in real time, tell a skipper where his or her boat was if it wasn’t precisely where he or she last left it. Now, many hardware manufacturers are capable of doing exactly that. Most tracking systems require the ability to uplink to a satellite, and GOST ( is one of the field leaders. Then there are companies that make use of cell phone networks to let an owner know where his or her boat is; but those systems are operable only where cell service is available. Boatlink+ ( restricts itself to cell phone transmission of data. (L&L Electronics,, is the North American distributor for Boatlink+.) Most companies in these two categories require the boater to purchase hardware and pay transmission costs. There are, however, other vendors that provide just the tracking service. One such company is Web Boat Watch™ by XPONDR® ( They charge nothing for hardware (except maybe a small deposit that’s returned when the service is cancelled), but require a monthly fee for satellite uplink costs — usually about $1 a day, with a two- or three-month minimum.

touching base Most tracking devices offered today contact a boat owner if his or her vessel has moved. That contact can be via e-mail or text message, or through the internet. However, most tracking devices also communicate additional information about boat systems as well. An owner can be notified if the bilge is filling up with water, if the shore power goes out, if batteries fall below a preset voltage, or if an outside door or hatch is open. Many of these systems are likewise fitted with motion detectors that will notify

Roger McAfee has been boating for more than 60 years. He contributes to many of North America’s boating magazines and judges the industry’s Innovation Awards.




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an owner if interior motion is detected. Some devices are even fitted with cameras that will stream interior boat video directly to the owner’s cell phone, tablet or computer. Many tracking/monitoring systems carry their own batteries and do not require onboard power, so they operate even if a thief or intruder shuts down all vessel power. This means you’re never helpless, even when you’re not right there. One of the newest satellite-based trackers on the market has some unusual features worth highlighting. It’s small — 1.77 inches by 1.77 inches by 1.14 inches — barely larger than a golf ball, including battery and built-in charger. It also has a built-in accelerometer and magnetic compass and, according to the manufacturer, can track “assets” going 1,000 miles per hour. The unit, manufactured by Global Satellite (globalsatellite. us) and called the GSat Micro, can detect pitch, roll and yaw, is waterproof, and can be Bluetooth equipped. Using the Iridium satellite system, the tracker can report its position from anywhere in the world. GSat can be programmed to report daily (in the case of hikers, for example), or more frequently if desired. Battery life is approximately three months if it reports every hour. Half-hour reporting time reduces battery life to 45 days, and reporting time is adjustable. Monthly satellite time for the GSat Micro costs about $33.75, depending on the data being reported. One can’t help but wonder how the search for Malaysian Flight 370 would have progressed if GSat had been on board the aircraft…

affordable technology Tracking technology is undergoing rapid changes, with improved hardware and reduced costs being introduced almost monthly. Trucking lines are routinely tracking their trucks. Individual shipping containers now have tracking devices attached. Many military vehicles are outfitted with onboard trackers, and it’s been reported that individual soldiers carry tracking equipment on their person. As these devices become more prevalent, cost will continue to plunge and more suppliers will come to market. The price tag of current tracking/monitoring hardware varies between a few hundred dollars to roughly $1,000 for more sophisticated systems (like the GSat Micro). There also is a small monthly cost for data transmission. Three or four years ago, custom-built tracking and remote monitoring systems cost thousands and didn’t do nearly as good a job as those on the market today. The future is certainly bright — and more visible than ever! LB

by Elizabeth Altick | ask the expert

covering Up Insurance expert Eric Kinney explains how to choose the best, most economical coverage for your floating asset. LB: Why can’t a boat simply be added to a homeowners insurance policy? Kinney: It can, and many boaters do. Adding a boat or watercraft to your homeowners policy has many benefits, including the potential for multi-policy discounts. However, not all policies have the same coverages and underwriting guidelines. Watercraft and boat policies attached to homeowners policies generally are Actual Cash Value, meaning they pay losses after a depreciation is applied. For the most part, these policies also have limited coverage for towing, medical, pollution and other exposures we have as Great Lakes boaters.

LB: Are there other ways to save money? Kinney: Yes! Do not over-insure your vessel. If you have a boat policy, both depreciation and your deductible will be applied prior to reimbursement at the time of loss. If you have a yacht policy, your premium is based on the Agreed to Value determined by you, your agent and the company underwriters. If you have a layup period, be sure to get the proper credits. Most companies offer discounts for U. S. Coast Guard and Power Squadrons classes. Equipment credits include bow and stern thrusters, radar, GPS, automatic fire suppression systems, carbon monoxide detectors, and fume detectors.

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LB: What kinds of coverage do I need? Kinney: That depends on the kind of boat and your specific risks and exposures. One rule of thumb is if your boat is 26 feet or larger, you more than likely need the additional coverages of a yacht policy. If you have a watercraft or boat in excess of 26 feet and $25,000 in value, purchasing an Agreed to Value policy could be your best option. Very few boat policies include pollution liability coverage, while almost all yacht policies do include this important protection.

LB: How much will insurance cost? Kinney: Proper coverage is, of course, the higher priority. But Great Lakes boating offers inherent cost savings. We benefit from not having the theft, saltwater exposure and hurricane activity of other regions.

LB: How high should the deductible be? Kinney: Use the highest practical deductible. For the most part, watercraft and boat policies have a flat deductible of $250, $500 or $1,000. Yacht policies, however, use a fixed percent of the hull. For example, a $150,000 vessel with a 2 percent fixed percentage would have a $3,000 deductible. In the Great Lakes, 1 to 2 percent deductibles are most common. Your deductible should be whatever you can afford. Don’t be afraid to test your policy premium with some variations to your deductible. You may find you receive a nice credit for a 1.5 percent deductible, but there may not be enough savings to justify a 3 percent deductible.

LB: Do I have to pay for coverage when my boat is in storage? Kinney: It not only is a prudent thing to do, your lender and storage facility require proof of insurance. Storage facility fires and theft may occur. High winds and deteriorating storage cradles also create winter boat claims activity. I recall a case where, in a well maintained marina, a snowplow hit a sailboat. Keep in mind the agreements you sign for summer and winter storage include “hold harmless” language that make your watercraft, boat and yacht policy the primary coverage.

LB: What if a boat is stored outside? Kinney: If your vessel is bubbled and stored afloat, you will require endorsements. Make sure (and then make sure again!) your boat is properly winterized, and that batteries are stored in a heated facility. Covers or shrink wrap should be durable enough to handle strong winds and heavy rain, sleet and snow. All trailers must be locked. LB Eric B. Kinney is the marine business manager for Frankenmuth Insurance and has held various positions in the marine industry over the past 25 years. His passion for the Great Lakes began in 1972 when he served as a deckhand on the 1,000-foot iron ore freighter Stuart J. Cort. Frankenmuth is Rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M.Best. To locate an independent Frankenmuth Agent in your homeport, use the “Agency Locator” at

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Elizabeth Altick specializes in recreational marine, cultural and humaninterest subjects. She was formerly executive editor of a recreational boating magazine.




boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

Chris-Craft Launch 36 T

A show-stopping hybrid design.

oday’s Chris-Craft brand is not your father’s C-C. The team at Chris-Craft is thinking way out of the box, as is evident with the new Launch 36. The largest in their Launch fleet (Launches start at 20 feet in length), the 36 is more than a bowrider, walk-around or center console. It’s all of the above… on steroids! Beefy, with generous flare and strakes for an uplifting experience and use of space that rivals larger yachts, the Launch 36 is more than meets the eye. Designed as a full walk-around, access forward to the step-down bow seating is easy. A huge sun pad is on the fore section, with angled headrests and padded sidewalls to keep everyone in place. Head aft to the cockpit, which features U-shaped seating across the stern (that also converts to a sun pad). There’s a large, retractable, in-sole table that rises at the flick of a switch. The open-air galley is truly innovative. Located in the forward cockpit, open the top for access to the electric grill, recessed sink and two-burner cooktop. Below there’s a fridge, icemaker and microwave. When closed, the exterior blends in with the yacht’s design of wood trim and/or glassed finish. The helm pod, located to starboard, has room for three on a bench seat with individual bolsters and backrests.




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Specifications LOA: 38'2" Beam: 12'6" Draft (down): 2'7" Weight (dry): 16,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 286 gals. Water Capacity: 50 gals. Power: T-Volvo V8-CE gas engines Base Price (Standard Edition): $473,700 Gauges (trimmed in silver perforated panels, as are the switches) surround the open dash, suitable for most any electronics configuration. Down below there’s sleeping for five, thanks to a forward island king berth and single and double berths aft. An enclosed, full-size head has a basin sink and toilet, with a separate compartment for the shower stall. Standard power comes from twin Volvo V8-CE gas engines (380 hp), or opt for Mercury 8.2L (430 hp) or Volvo D6 (370 hp) diesels. Coupled with joystick control, the Launch 36 will scream across the waves and gingerly ease into a slip. As not only a day boat but also a weekender, Chris-Craft made sure there’s ample storage for toys to maximize time on board. In-deck compartments and aft seating storage allow for safekeeping of wakeboards, inflatable kayaks, tubes, folding bicycles, snorkel gear… even a Seabob scooter! As Chris-Craft’s marketing material states, the Launch 36 is “a boat designed for families to get back to enjoying the fun on the water.” LB

by Capt. Tom Serio | boat spotlight

Specifications LOA: 30' Beam: 10' Draft: 2'5" Weight (dry): 10,200 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 180 gals. Water Capacity: 80 gals. Power: Volvo D6 370 hp Command Rail Diesel Base Price: $279,937


utwater Boats recently introduced a new model to its 30-foot platform. The Cutwater 30 Sport Top (ST) adds form, features and function for those wanting to maximize the Cutwater experience. The 30 ST boasts a revised pilothouse/cabin top and back deck configuration that opens up the entertaining area while packing more features overhead. And with the beaching ability — thanks to the protected keel and telescoping bow ladder — you can take the 30 ST, well, “off-road.” Cutwater opens the cabin by having a soft enclosure where the aft bulkhead would be. Roll up the curtains and the cabin extends aft, perfect for those summer days on the lake. Included in the cabin are the helm station to starboard with reversing helm seat for dinette seating, and a four-person dinette where the aft seat reverses to an aft-facing cockpit seat. To port is a full galley equipped with an electric cooktop, microwave, refrigerator, wine cooler and stainless steel sink. Forward of the galley is a lounge seat, across from the helm. Galley gear and lounge all can be covered with flip-down panels, creating a large counter area. A flat screen TV hinges down from the ceiling for all-around viewing. Aft deck amenities include hull-side seating, a reversible

Cutwater 30 Sport Top transom seat, shower, and bar with sink and fridge. A starboard side aft steering station makes fishing/docking a breeze. Staying on board? The Cutwater 30 ST has three sleeping areas to accommodate six guests. Drop the dinette and add cushions, and the guest cabin under the main deck sleeps two on a double bed. Forward of the cabin inside is the master stateroom with 7-foot double berth, overhead hatches, five portholes and locker. Also below is the head with circular enclosure for showering, toilet and basin sink. Saving the best for last is the sport top. There’s plenty of room for standard gear like radar arch, horns, overhead hatch and searchlight. Add in the sport racks for kayaks, skis, boards, poles… whatever it is you need to carry. An optional Kyocera solar panel solves the issue of maintaining current. “On a sunny day, it’s an unbelievable amount of charge you can get,” says Mark Mansfield, Cutwater national sales manager, adding that an inverter comes standard. Options like a generator, thrusters and outriggers, and others will really trick out the 30 ST, making it the perfect “off-road” craft for all your lakeland adventures. Check one out at Cutwater’s Midwest dealer, Reed Yacht Sales, at reedyaChTSaleS.Com. LB

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The perfect boat for “off-roading.”




boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

Harris FloteBote Solstice 220 A

A pontoon designed to attract attention.

t first glance, the Harris FloteBote Solstice 220 reveals a simple, uncluttered style. Further scrutiny exposes modern design, abundant luxury and comfort, and top performance. This is a pontoon boat that’s sure to turn heads out on the water. The Solstice 220 offers 32 (yes, 32!) different floorplans: From Center Walkthrough (center access from bow to stern) to Entertainment Galley (ideal for entertaining) and pretty much everything in between. There’s definitely a layout for every discerning buyer. Luxury can be found on a pontoon boat, and it’s definitely on board the Solstice 220; from the aesthetics (such as accent and interior colors and wood trim) to the carpet or teak flooring, seating options, and more. Standard features aboard the Solstice 220 are plentiful, but available options offer additional flexibility. Sure, the 220 comes equipped from the factory with a Polk stereo and four Jensen speakers, carpeting, 10-foot Bimini, table, tilt steering, swim deck… even a pop-up changing room with curtain. Add in a full Bimini, fishing accessories with electronics, rod holders and trolling motor, fridge/sink/storage in the entertainment center, upgraded sound system with lighted speakers, and more.




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Specifications LOA: 23'6" Beam: 8'6" Weight (2/3 tubes): 3,186 lbs./3,588 lbs. Fuel Capacity (2 tubes/3 tubes/XTR): 32 gals./50 gals./45 gals. Person Capacity (2/3 tubes): 12/14 Power: Mercury 50 ELPT BF 4-stroke Base Price: $33,470 Her helm can be fitted with analog gauges and touchscreen controls (based on engine option), Euro steering wheel and Smart Storage drawer. Power is supplied by either a Mercury or Honda outboard, up to 250 hp. Add to the performance quotient by opting for one of the handling packages. The XTR (Extreme Turning Radius) package is perfect for skiers or those who desire tighter cornering. With XTR, the center pontoon tube is 3 inches lower, creating a V-hull effect. Other performance packages offer increased speed; quicker planing; improved holeshot and fuel efficiency; increased buoyancy; and a smoother ride through the repositioning of center tubes, placement of lifting strakes and addition of full-length tube keels. “The 220 is easily capable of handling all watersports activities, while customizable floorplan configurations ensure your ideal setting for relaxation on the water,” says Don Mason, Harris FloteBote product development engineer. The Solstice 220 has what you want... and more! And there’s no doubt others on the water will agree. LB

by Capt. Tom Serio | boat spotlight

Specifications LOA: 9'7" Beam: 29.5" Persons: 1 Weight Capacity: 225 lbs. Hull Weight: 54 lbs. Hull Weight (fully rigged): 68 lbs. Base Price: $1,799


nderstanding customers’ needs keeps the innovative minds at Hobie Cat developing advanced products, hence its most recent introduction: The completely revamped Hobie Cat Mirage Sport Kayak. When looking for a multi-use watercraft, this kayak should absolutely make the short list. First off, it’s a stable platform, thanks to the tri-hull design that increases floatation at the edges of the beam. The rotomolded polyethylene hull is stiffened with structural ribs that run the hull’s length. Second, there’s something here for everyone. As a touring boat, handling is easy. To simplify the process, Hobie developed the exclusive MirageDrive pedal propulsion system. When pedaled, the kayak’s underwater fins act like penguin flippers, giving the craft forward motion. This also keeps hands free for other things, like bird watching, photography or grabbing a bite. Hobie has included some serious fishing capabilities on board the Mirage Sport Kayak. Standard features include two rod holders and the Lowrance Ready System, which boasts

Hobie Cat Mirage Sport Kayak a built-in transducer mount and pre-installed wiring cable plugs. With this kayak, Hobie kept the most die-hard anglers top of mind, as evidenced by optional equipment that includes a fishfinder and tuned hull to prevent water slap. “Hobie’s Mirage Sport is lightweight and maneuverable, with unmatched stability and power for a 9-foot kayak,” says Keeton Eoff, of Hobie’s strategic development team. “Its improved ergonomics make it fantastic for fishing or fun.” If sailing is your passion, there’s an optional Mirage sail kit where the mast steps onto a deck-mounted fitting. Need storage for edible goodies or gear? Make use of the forward bow hatch, covered and secured with bungee cords, and the midship 8-inch, twist-and-seal hatch to keep items secure. A rear cargo area with bungee tie-downs allows for additional gear stowage. For additional control there’s the twist-and-stow rudder system that retracts and engages with the pull of a T-shaped handle. Or, grab the two-piece paddle to navigate. It certainly adds to a robust upper-body workout routine. Hobie Cat’s latest entry into the kayaking world, the Mirage Sport Kayak, is yet another innovative feather in the company’s cap. Take one out and see for yourself. LB

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Everything you ever wanted, and more.




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Prestige 450 Flybridge

A Mediterranean-style

flybridge with sophistication and flair. b y


gary reich

ruising under power on the Mediterranean Sea is a lot like it is on the Great Lakes. Sure, the Med doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t freeze over, the cruising season is way longer, and you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find James Bond ports such as Monte Carlo, Las Palmas or Portofino here on the Sweetwater Seas. But what power cruisers in both places do have in common is that they like to hop from destination to destination; they generally enjoy staying in marinas versus anchoring out; and they always maximize relaxation, entertaining and lounge time aboard. Sound like a recipe for cruising success? Meet the Prestige 450 Flybridge.




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Built in France under the general umbrella of Groupe Beneteau (the company best known for its Beneteau and Jeanneau brands), the Prestige 450 Flybridge was launched in December 2013 at the Paris Boat Show, building on the positive momentum of Prestige’s larger 500 and 550 flybridge models. The brand focuses on luxury and performance, as well as a unique inside layout, and by all accounts the richly appointed 450 Flybridge is a stunning addition to the family.

Fly me to the moon Since this is a flybridge yacht, it’s not a bad idea to begin there. To reach it, you transition from the aft cockpit up a set of floating teak steps that are wider and easier to climb than you’d expect. Once up on the flybridge, you’ll find a nicely upholstered, L-shaped lounge with dinette immediately to starboard. Just forward of the aft lounge is small bar area with sink, pullout refrigerator drawer and an inset Kenyon barbecue grill. All the way forward and wrapping around towards the starboard side of the flybridge is an unbelievably huge sun pad laid out in full Med Sea style. The helm is situated just behind the sun pad to port and offers a commanding view both forward and aft.

Yes, this is a galley aft boat, which is yet another aspect of its Mediterranean-inspired DNA



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Heading back down the flybridge steps lands you in the spacious teak-soled aft cockpit, which has a gorgeous, almostfull-width upholstered aft bench, heavy teak dining table (more of a long bar, actually), a large transom walk-through, and access to the engine room. The engine room is not overly spacious, but there’s plenty of room for performing maintenance and making daily checks. One of the nicest things about the aft cockpit is that Prestige had the forethought to put an additional IPS joystick station (more on IPS later) back here on the starboard side for stern-in docking maneuvers. In the cockpit, you’ll find two ample side decks leading forward along the cabin side. I really like the continuous full-length handrail on both cabin sides; the railing up to the bow felt sturdy and was at a well-placed height. The bow features a stainless anchor roller, Lewmar windlass and a large anchor line and chain locker (to starboard). Behind the bow and just forward of the lower helm windshield is another generously sized sun pad, perfect for catching a catnap or some rays.

Mediterranean inspiration Access to the richly appointed main salon is through the aft cockpit and a large sliding glass door. As you first step in, you might be surprised to be in the galley. Yes, this is a galley aft boat, which is yet another aspect of its Mediterranean-inspired DNA. Once inside, you’ll find an L-shaped galley counter with sink basin and mixer, a two-burner ceramic cooktop and an amazing amount of stowage in a set of wood-veneered overhead cabinets. To port is a cleverly concealed refrigerator/freezer (it looks like

Prestige 450 Flybridge two regular cabinet doors until you open them up) and a microwave oven. The whole area, like the rest of the boat, is appointed with beautiful dark wood, stainless cabinet hardware, high-end fixtures, and tons of light through big window panels. Up a step from the galley and forward is the main salon. This area sports a huge C-shaped dinette to port with an opposing two- or three-person bench, a beautiful covered inset wine glass rack and the lower helm station. There’s plenty of light and great views, thanks to the large expanses of glass. The view from the lower helm station is excellent both fore and aft, and there’s plenty of room for multi-function displays and other instruments in the helm station dash. The guest stateroom is situated all the way forward (note that it is completely separate from any other stateroom) with a double berth on the centerline just a few steps down from the main salon. This berth swivels into two parts, so siblings or crew can sleep here without actually sleeping together in the same bed — a clever innovation. There’s plenty of light and ventilation thanks to two long, integral hull windows that have two opening ports set into them and a large opening hatch above the berth. The guest head is located to starboard just before the guest stateroom entry and is plenty roomy, with separated head and shower areas. The master stateroom is unique on a boat this size. It’s accessed via a set of stairs that lead down from the port side of the galley. Once you’re down there, you’ll probably have a hard time telling that you’re on the lowest part of the boat and situated underneath the main salon — and completely away from everything. The master stateroom feels airy and open because of two port and four, 4-foot-long starboard inset hull windows. The queen bed is set up in such a way that you lay with your head to starboard and feet to port. Once you’re relaxing in bed, there’s not only a great view through the port hull window, but also of the flat screen


television and entertainment center, which cleverly closes away behind the wood cabinetry when not in use. The roomy master head/shower is situated forward and has a generous enclosed shower, spacious sink and wash area and head.

LOA: 45.9' Beam: 14.1' Draft: 3.7'

Punchy performance

Displacement: 24,251 lbs.

This boat has IPS, which is short for Volvo Penta’s “Inboard Performance System.” Essentially, it’s a set of Volvo inboard diesels that power two independent swiveling pods with forward-facing dual propellers. Perhaps the biggest benefit of this system is being able to have full joystick control from the aft cockpit, lower helm and flybridge helm. It also offers dynamic positioning, which means that with the push of a button you can keep the Prestige 450 parked at one place on the water, regardless of wind or current (super handy for fuel dock queues or anchoring maneuvers). Standard power consists of two Volvo IPS 500 units, with 370 horsepower apiece. Optional are two Volvo IPS 600s, which have 435 horsepower each. Transom deadrise is 17 degrees, par for the course on boats of this class, since the bow does most of the wave-slicing work and the aft half of the boat is almost always in the water, even on plane. The boat quickly gets up on plane with the standard test power, and that deep forward V cuts through waves and chop efficiently without transmitting a lot of shakes, rattles and rolls to the boat’s occupants. The three IPS joystick stations (on the flybridge, lower helm and aft cockpit) make docking or close-quarters maneuvering a breeze. The Prestige 450 Flybridge packs so much punch into a relatively small platform that I often found myself thinking I was on a 50-footer — or larger. With innovative features such as Volvo IPS, separate (and private) master and guest staterooms, and a unique galley aft layout, the 450 Flybridge combines luxury, performance and privacy into the perfect cruising package. James Bond would be pleased. LB

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Fuel Capacity: 317 gals. Water Capacity: 137 gals. Price: Contact dealer




Pictured here in calm conditions, Gage-Hacker boats are equally at home in choppy, snotty conditions that frequently occur in a westerly wind on Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake Geneva.

Engineering a Classic

The Gage-Hacker is a traditional wood boat built with modern technology.

by Gary Reich Classic John Hacker lines come into focus in the bow-on photo of the Gage-Hacker.




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ost folks outside the Great Lakes region think of the idyllic slice of mountain water that runs through France and Switzerland when they hear someone mention “Lake Geneva.” But say that name almost anywhere in Wisconsin or northern Illinois, and residents think of the 8-mile-long stretch of scenic waterway that runs east-west across the rural Wisconsin countryside. It’s here on Lake Geneva where you’ll find Gage Marine, a boatyard, marina, service, cruise line and boatbuilding operation with more than 140 years of history in this area. Remember that boatbuilding part, though; we’ll come back to it later. Gage Marine got its start in 1873, when the only real way for folks to get to their vacation homes or area resorts was to be delivered there by steamboat (there wasn’t an established road system around the lake yet). By the time 1916 rolled around, the cruise line expanded and needed a shoreside location to dock and service its fleet. A site on the Williams Bay portion of Lake Geneva was found, and the rest is history, so to say. Today the Gage Marine business is still thriving in Williams Bay, and the cruise line now has a fleet of eight vessels that provide lake tours, deliver the mail (a tour worth seeing — the boats don’t stop and mail carriers have to jump off the boat, onto the dock, deliver the mail, and then jump back on again), and provide private charters. The company also has an extensive sales and service location nearby in Delavan, Wisconsin, for Boston Whaler, Monterey, MasterCraft and Centurion boats. But there’s another boat you can get from Gage Marine with a history and pedigree that’s quite unique.

Perfect boat for the conditions

If you’ve ever been to an antique and classic boat show or festival, you’ve almost undoubtedly seen a Hacker-Craft boat. The company has been churning out these beautiful, slick, wooden boats since 1908, making it the oldest manufacturer of production wooden boats in the world. Started by John L. Hacker, the builder has always been known for speed, ride, beauty and performance on the water — especially rough water. Checking out Lake Geneva on a map, the first thing you’ll likely notice as a boater is that it’s completely open along its length from west to east, meaning the wind can stir up quite a chop when it blows anywhere from that general direction. It was the lake’s choppy temperament that made Gage Marine founders Russell and Bill Gage decide to design and build a boat that could perform in these conditions in the 1950s. This is where John L. Hacker enters the Gage-Hacker picture. One of Hacker’s most-celebrated contributions to naval architecture was the non-pounding Hackerform hull, which was engineered to provide maximum speed in even the snottiest conditions. Russell and Bill Gage

understood the benefits this design could lend to the boat they wanted to build, so they lured Hacker out of retirement to design a vessel that would encompass what boating on Lake Geneva was all about. The Gage-Hacker design was the last Hacker drew before he died. The results of the team’s efforts were two models: A 22-footer and a 26-footer, each powered by 240and 300-hp V8 inboards, respectively. Production of the two models continued for six years before ending in 1967. The less-expensive fiberglass boats that flooded the market in the 1960s were unfortunately the death knell for many classic wooden powerboats.

Building by modern standards

Forty years later, in 2007, Gage Marine decided to resurrect its classic Gage-Hacker line, but with the intent of updating the boats using modern technology and materials. Instead of the plank and frame design that the original models sported, Gage decided to build the new models using the cold-molded building process. Cold molding involves taking lengths of cut plywood and epoxying them in alternating, nearly perpendicular layers by force molding them onto the hull shape (hence cold-molding). Gage-Hacker boats have three of these layers. The final step involves the installation of long mahogany planks to provide not only strength, but also the classic look of rich mahogany. The best part is that the whole shooting match is encapsulated in epoxy, meaning water intrusion and rot will never be a problem. The result is a boat that drips beauty and elegance. The decks are planked with alternating layers of light and dark mahogany, while the interior sports mahogany grates on the sole, mahogany cabinetry and gobs more custom woodwork just about everywhere. Turn the key on the 300 hp MerCruiser inboard, and you can launch this mahogany missile across the lake in the gnarliest conditions. Top speed of this new Lake Geneva classic is around 50 mph. Gage Marine works carefully with each client to conceive and build a Gage-Hacker that’s just right for him or her. And yes, it’s pretty much an “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” kind-of thing. But it will shine, perform and last for decades to come. And that’s the hallmark of a true classic. LB

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Gage Marine is situated right on Williams Bay off Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva. Pictured at top is Pier 290, the only true waterfront restaurant on Lake Geneva. Beautiful joinery work and custom interiors decked out in Honduran and African mahogany (above) make the Gage-Hacker more of a work of art than a mere runabout.

Specifications GaGe-Hacker TradiTion 26 LOA: 26' Beam: 8'4" Draft: 28" Transom Deadrise: 18 degrees Standard Power: 300 hp MerCruiser Top Speed: 47-50 mph




Coming down the Charlevoix Channel.

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o get a sense of the expansive Michigan shoreline, set foot on the sandy beaches and towering dunes, watch a vibrant sunset, take a dip in the crisp waters, or tour a few of its famous historic lighthouses. But nothing will capture the grandeur and vastness of the Michigan coast more than embarking on a Keweenaw Excursion. Keweenaw Excursions is a family-owned and -operated cruise business. Its 110-foot Keweenaw Star has the capacity for 130 passengers and features a full bar and open air top deck. Docked at the Beaver Island Ferry Dock on Lake Charlevoix, the Keweenaw Star navigates along Michigan’s coast, offering passengers a chance to truly experience the landscape on sunset and sightseeing cruises. “We’re pretty much the only tour boat on the entire lake,” says Jason Funkey, co-owner of Keweenaw Excursions. “It’s an opportunity to really see the lakes at an affordable price.” Back in 2000, the Funkey family — father Fred and sons Jason and Kraig — decided they wanted to get into the Michigan lighthouse-cruise business. “We just grew up on boats our whole lives, working on different ferries: Isle Royale, Copper Harbor Lighthouse and other different ferryboats,” Jason says. “We always wanted to have our own.” They bought a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, changed its name to Keweenaw Star and docked it in Houghton, Michigan, where they ran Keweenaw Excursions through the Keweenaw Waterway and Lake Superior. In 2009, the family decided to relocate the ship to Charlevoix with the intent of drawing larger crowds. All three Funkeys play an important role in the success of Keweenaw Excursions. Fred is the ship’s mechanic and makes sure she runs in tip-top condition; Kraig is the captain; and Jason is the marketing whiz that keeps Keweenaw Star full of happy passengers.

Cruise Michigan’s amazing coastline aboard Keweenaw Star. by KATE buSh & bing O’MEArA




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“They have a unique situation where all three owners of the boat are family and they all have master pilot licenses, so they’re all able to drive the boat,” says Terry Pepper, executive director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) and longtime Keweenaw Star charterer. “You have a real good feeling of security when you are out there; you know you are in good hands.”

An amazing way to see the sights Since the move to Charlevoix, Keweenaw Excursions has expanded its offerings from daily sunset cruises to the popular three-day Lighthouse Cruise, taking passengers on a tour of some of Michigan’s most famous lighthouses, including Ile Aux Galets and White Shoal. This year, the company is offering the first-ever, four-day cruise exploring Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, the waters of Green Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. There will be five scheduled cruises this summer: Two four-day cruises called “Explore the Door” and “The Soo Grand Tour,” and three “3 Days 3 Great Lakes” Lighthouse Cruises. “My favorite cruise is the Lighthouse Cruise,” Jason admits. “It really gives you a nice way to view the lake itself. I think the whole purpose of doing these cruises is getting to see the Great Lakes. If you’ve never seen Sleeping Bear Dunes from the water, it’s breathtaking. When you see it that way, it’s a totally different perspective.” GLLKA’s Pepper has been chartering Keweenaw Star for more than 10 years for GLLKA lighthouse tours. GLLKA is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and preserving Great Lakes lighthouses and the stories of those who kept them throughout history. “Our group of passengers are sightseers,” Pepper says. “They get on that boat for one reason, and that is to go see

photos courtesy of keweenaw excursions

Praise from the Pub

Lakeland Boating publisher Bing O’Meara takes to the water aboard Keweenaw Star to experience what Lake Michigan has to offer. I had the opportunity to meet Jason Funkey last winter while testing his uncle’s power catamaran for a feature in Lakeland Boating. At that time, he told me all about his company, Keweenaw Excursions, and his boat, the Keweenaw Star. Jason invited me to join them on a cruise leaving from Charlevoix, the boat’s homeport, for a threeday excursion up to the Soo Locks and into Lake Superior, where we could get a real feel for the Sweetwater Seas. The first night, we docked Keweenaw Star close to the locks. I spent a comfortable evening at the Kewadin Hotel and Casino, along with the other Keweenaw Star passengers. We all dined at the hotel and turned in early.

The next morning, we woke up bright and early to get a jump-start on our trip to the locks. The Soo Locks are fascinating. One Thousand-footers are a dime a dozen at the Soo, and their captains are reported to be the best boat handlers in the world. Major ports around the world have tugs to help with maneuvering these behemoths; but in Lake Superior, these boats maneuver solo. After leaving the locks, we took a spin into Superior to get a feel for its immensity. We came back and experienced the locks from the other end, docking next to a museum ship called the Village Camp. She’s a 500foot steamer that cruised the lakes until the 1960s. In the hold of Village Camp were

At White Shoal Lighthouse.

lighthouses. Keweenaw Star has a wide walkway deck that is comfortable all around. You aren’t trying to look past people who have huge cameras out trying to take pictures; everyone can see. And that’s not the way that most boats are. But this boat is big enough and expansive enough that everyone gets a view. There is not a bad seat.” Although Pepper has never been a passenger on one of the regularly scheduled Keweenaw Excursions cruises, he has toured every single lighthouse on Lake Michigan aboard Keweenaw Star, making him well acquainted with the ship and crew. “The [Keweenaw Star] crew is attentive and courteous,” Pepper maintains. “They are fun — that is one of the key things. They make the trip enjoyable with their humor, from the captain down to crew. And the boat… it’s a good riding boat. It’s built for big water. I’ve been out on a few occasions in nasty weather, and it rides waves really well.” Along with sunset, sightseeing, fireworks and lighthouse cruises, Keweenaw Star also hosts private parties, including weddings, corporate events and charters. “They are flexible about it, too,” Pepper says. “They are open to do just about anything, as long as it’s legal!” So whether you want to tour every lighthouse in Michigan or simply experience the raw, natural beauty of the Michigan shoreline, Keweenaw Star can take you there. For more information, or to book a cruise, visit the Keweenaw Excursions website, LB

battered and torn aluminum lifeboats that went down with the Edmund Fitzgerald. The following day, it was back to Charlevoix to disembark and return to my homeport — Chicago. I met some wonderful people, learned a lot and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you plan to cruise your own boat to Lake Superior and it’s your first time, you may want to take this trip first. Ease into your comfort zone. — B.O.

In the locks with the freighter Paul R Tregurtha.

Sunset and Sightseeing Cruise Schedule Mid-May-June 14: Fri-Sun June 15-30: Wed-Sun July 1-Labor Day: Mon-Sun Labor Day-October 15: Tue-Sat

Lighthouse Cruise Schedule 3 Days 3 Great Lakes Cruises June 9-11; June 16-18; August 8-10 $550 per person w/double occupancy $650 per person w/single occupancy

“Explore the Door” Cruise June 23-26 $750 per person w/double occupancy $850 per person w/single occupancy

The “Soo Grand Tour” Cruise July 7-10 $700 per person w/double occupancy $800 per person w/single occupancy

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open access by Heather steinberger


ike so many of humanity’s great passions, boating is a lifelong journey. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that it might have some speed bumps along the way. Arguably the two greatest challenges are time and money, and they concern new and experienced boaters alike. According to 2011 statistics, Americans own more than 12 million registered boats, yet on average, they use their boats less than 20 days per year. Let’s be honest. That’s less than one month out of 12 on the water — with more than $8 billion in finance charges, maintenance and repair costs, slip fees, mooring fees, storage bills and other expenses. Many potential new boaters, particularly young people who are just starting their careers and family lives, aren’t crazy about the math. They’re not alone. The same 2011 statistics show that 38 percent of owners who gave up their boats made that decision due to the price tag. But wait: Might there be a solution that gives people access to boating without requiring them to buy a boat first? And might there also be a solution for offsetting costs,

Online peer-to-peer marketplaces provide access to a huge selection of boats while also reducing the owners’ financial burden.




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so that more boaters can keep their vessels and remain part of the boating lifestyle? The answer to both questions is yes. And the knight in shining armor is one of the hottest trends in the marine industry today: The peer-to-peer marketplace.

Why peer-to-peer boat rentals? Without a doubt, peer-to-peer rentals are booming these days. Look no farther than Airbnb, PureRV and RelayRides. Not only do online marketplaces provide a much wider selection of choices that any one business could provide by allowing you to rent directly from individuals in desired locations, they provide access on an as-needed basis for the renters while reducing the owners’ financial burden. Jaclyn Baumgarten, co-founder and chief executive officer at Cruzin (, says her two brothers’ boat-ownership experiences convinced her that the peer-to-peer model would be a perfect fit for boating. “They found they weren’t able to spend enough time on their boats and were considering selling them,” she remembers. “I suggested that they rent to other boaters instead. They could keep their boats for personal use, yet generate income from them on the days they weren’t being used.” No peer-to-peer rental community existed at that time. Baumgarten says it wouldn’t have been possible, since no insurance was available for this type of use. This led to a year of working closely with the top marine insurers to develop the first insurance policies for boater-to-boater rentals. “Securing insurance with companies that had marine experience was critical,” Baumgarten explains. “Boater-toboater platforms can’t survive without a means to protect both parties. Once we had that, we could build out, offering towing services through BoatUS and fraud prevention and

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The peer-to-peer boat rental market is hot, bringing new people into boating and helping current boat owners stay on the water.

credit services through Experian. We proved there was an opportunity here, that the industry is so well-aligned for this.” Baumgarten and co-founder Mark Harrison started Cruzin in October 2012, and the company launched nationwide in June 2013. Today, it has rentals available in 23 states. “The peer-to-peer marketplace is a means to keep your boat and pay your expenses, and it keeps people in boating,” she says. “For one, it brings in a younger demographic, which tends to value experiences rather than things. They’ll do Airbnb, for example, rather than buying a second home. “By getting people out on the water, it also encourages many of them to buy a boat,” she continues. “With the offset costs, they’re more likely to buy, and we can get back the boaters who left — 860,000 people gave up their boat registrations in just one year, and our analysis showed that half of them left because of the ongoing cost. We can offer a compelling alternative.” Indeed, this “collaborative consumption” seems to be a win-win. As with peer-to-peer rentals of condos, houses, cars and RVs, it’s all about preserving the boating lifestyle for enthusiasts on both sides of the rental agreement. And it definitely seems to be working. “We’ve had $3.5 million in bookings since our first season, which means thousands of people out on the water,” says Aaron Hall, founder and chief executive officer of Boatbound (, which launched its online marketplace in June 2013. Boatbound’s initial efforts were focused in Miami and San Francisco, but additional

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markets are coming online this year, and the company has plans to expand internationally. “It’s surprising how quickly we’re converting people to boat ownership,” Hall says. “It’s an exciting aspect of the platform. People ‘try it before they buy it’ through the rentals, and they decide what works best for them. And when they do buy, there’s less financial risk. “We also see boaters who couldn’t otherwise have a boat, because they live in places without driveways and garages, and with limited dockage and storage,” he continues. “Again, the goal is to make boating more accessible to everyone.” As far as the owners are concerned, the time-cost ratio is the number-one reason they’re listing their vessels, according to Hall. Their boats are unused much of the time, and they’re looking to offset their boating-related expenses. “I’ve had so many people say to me, ‘Thank you for helping me keep my boat,’” he observes. Bryan Petro, head of product for GetMyBoat (getmyboat. com), agreed that usage is a major issue for boaters. He notes that his company’s co-founders, like Baumgarten, got the idea for a peer-to-peer marketplace from the reality on the docks. “Raf (Rafael Collado) worked at a marina, and he said he hardly ever saw the boat owners,” says Petro. “He had a clue something was going on. Then, about 12 years ago, he and Sascha (Mornell) were out sailing and discussing new business ventures. They asked themselves how more people could have

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Peer-to-peer boat rentals are all about preserving the boating lifestyle — for enthusiasts on both sides of the rental agreement. It’s also a great way to attract new and younger folks to boats and the water.




Boat owners have complete control over the rental process, there are no membership fees, and listings and rental searches are free.



access to boating experiences without the huge cost. Then Airbnb took off and demonstrated that trust could be built online — that you could build a marketplace and make it both accessible and affordable — and GetMyBoat was born.” Founded in January 2013, GetMyBoat now has more than 13,000 boats listed in 1,400 cities spread across 80 countries. It’s an aggregator; this means it works with the industry as a whole, from private owners to big charter companies. “You can have any experience you want on the water,” Petro says. “That’s ideal for people who are cost-conscious about spending and for whom access is better than ownership. It’s also great for those who want to buy, and they’re renting so they can try the boat out for a day or a week. “And then there are the people who love boating and used to own, but they couldn’t afford it,” he adds. “Now they can come back. This is very good when you’re dealing with an expensive, depreciating item that is only used for about 8 percent of the year.” The marine industry has taken notice of this major new boating trend. In March, Brunswick Corporation announced that it had embarked on a strategic partnership with Boatbound.

How does it work?

“The long-term health of our industry requires us to make boating even more accessible and affordable, especially among younger, aspiring boaters,” says Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Boatbound offers an innovative way to provide those interested in boating with actual boating experiences, which we believe will translate to boat ownership down the road. In addition, (the) business model provides rental income opportunities to current boat owners.” McCoy also points out that current boat owners can enjoy access to boat rentals when away from home. This will be of particular interest to Great Lakes boaters, who frequently seek boating opportunities in offseason vacation destinations. Peer-to-peer rentals provide an alternative to chartering and marina rentals, and they provide on-water experiences in destinations that may not have local rental operations.

“responsibility screening” that addresses driving and criminal histories, owners are responsible for the final vetting. “That’s because each boat is unique,” Hall explains. “It’s really up to the owners to decide how much experience they want. Some owners care about boater-education classes more than others. We’ve seen them invite renters to come out early for personal training, so the owners can make sure the renters are comfortable. If they decide they don’t want their boat going out with a particular person, they don’t have to agree to the rental.” If a renter doesn’t have much experience and wishes to attend boater-education classes, Hall advises that Boatbound has partnerships with the American Sailing Association and Boater Exam that provide member discounts. Like Boatbound, Cruzin has no membership fees for owners or renters, and creating listings and looking for boats is free. Renters pay only when they rent, and owners are in charge of deciding who rents their boats and what the terms are. Once a rental occurs, the boat owner receives 60 percent of the payment, while Cruzin keeps 40 percent to cover renter screening, marketing, towing and operating costs. The listing process is simple: Create a profile with photos and a boat description with a list of included equipment, available rental days and price. Owners have the flexibility to list their boats for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or even a full season. Owners must provide boat registration and proof of insurance on their vessels, and they are personally screened by Cruzin’s insurance partner. Inquires from prequalified renters come through the owner’s account, from which the owner selects the rentals he or she would like to accept. The owner meets the renter on the reserved day, and after the rental, Cruzin pays the owner. “The important thing for owners to know is that if you don’t feel confident with the renters, it’s OK to turn them away,” Baumgarten says. “You don’t ever give up control of your boat.

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Unlike boat owners who list their boats with traditional charter companies, owners in a peer-to-peer marketplace have complete control over the rental process. They decide when they want to use their own boats; and they decide to whom they will rent, for how long and for how much. And unlike boat clubs, a peer-to-peer marketplace does not charge membership fees, and listings and rental searches are free. As the marketplace facilitator, Boatbound makes its money from a percentage of the rental price. It pays the owner within 24 hours of the rental’s start. For its listings, it won’t accept racing boats, carbon-fiber hulls or anything highly customized, but everything else is fair game. “We curate every listing and coordinate with surveyors to make the process as seamless as possible,” Hall says. “We look at the boat’s age and type, and if it’s older than 10 years, it may need a walk-through or a full survey.” Some owners will put a licensed captain on board, and in those cases, a renter needs to be at least 18 years old. For bareboat rentals, the minimum age is 25. While there is a

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“And on the renter’s side, if you’re not comfortable, we do have a captain concierge service,” she continues. “Just contact membership services, and we can provide a list of certified captains.” In fact, owners can specify that they always want their vessels under a captain’s supervision. They also can require renters to accompany them on a pre-rental sea trial. With Cruzin, renters are prequalified with an Experian identification and fraud-prevention check, plus a review of driving and insurance history. Renters also are required to have at least two years of boating experience and comply with state boating regulations. If you don’t have enough experience to meet the minimum requirements, BoatUS Foundation and U.S. Power Squadrons courses provide opportunities to build your knowledge base. Discover Boating also has boater-education resources on its website, GetMyBoat is a bit different than Boatbound and Cruzin; it has no part in the transaction process. Not only are the listings free, the company doesn’t take a percentage of rentals or charters. “We make our money on advertising, premium listings,

memories and have good experiences. Cruzin’s Baumgarten agrees. “I think there is an unwritten understanding that boaters look out for boaters,” she says. “It’s natural for boaters to offer help and advice, so the online community was an easy transition.” Bill Amirault lives near Dania Beach, Florida, and owns a Dusky 23. He joined Cruzin roughly a year ago, and he says it’s been an outstanding experience. “I’ve always wanted an easy and secure way of renting my boat when I’m not using it, which unfortunately is more often than not,” he says. “The extra income helps to offset fuel, storage, maintenance and other marine costs. “Every renter thus far has shown a great deal of respect for both the boat and general boating safety,” he continues. “I love that I can meet each

concierge service and insurance,” Petro explains. “We listen to our users, and not all of them want all of those services. We offer them to those who want them.” As with Boatbound and Cruzin, boat owners retain 100percent control of the rental process. They create their listings with photos, available rental dates and prices, and they work out the details with the prospective renters. “You build the program you want and the services you want to offer,” Petro says. “And as far as the renters are concerned, we don’t establish parameters for age or qualifications. We offer opportunities for everyone, from novices to experts. It’s a very open platform that allows for almost any experience, from fishing charters, to sailing charters, to stingray tours.” To make the listing and boat-search processes easier, GetMyBoat has launched a mobile app for iPhone and Android that allows an owner to take a photo and list his or her own boat in less than a minute. It also allows a prospective renter to find a boat or charter anywhere, contact the owner and complete the booking.

renter face-to-face. I think I speak for many boaters when I say that boats are very personal possessions, and some of us have made significant sacrifices to own them. We’ll go to great lengths to protect and care for them. Having that personal interaction with the renter is key, and knowing that I’m protected from accidental damage is very comforting.” For a renter, the idea of taking out a stranger’s boat might be intimidating. For lifelong Wisconsin boater Randy Mlot, however, it was just the right solution for his family during the offseason. Mlot owns a 17-foot Tuffy with his son; together, they boat and fish on the St. Croix River and northern Wisconsin’s inland lakes, and they take the boat into Canada for annual fishing trips. Mlot winters in Florida, and when his son made plans to visit over the Christmas holidays, they decided to rent a boat. They rented Amirault’s 23-foot Dusky for a day of fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway near Dania Beach. “It was a lot less expensive than marina rentals, and the rental process is surprisingly easy even when you’re 1,600 miles away,” Mlot reports. “What we saw online, and talked about, is what we got. It was a very good experience. We met at the marina where the boat was moored, went through a brief examination of the boat and got an overview of its use, and we were off. “We’re talking about renting the same boat over the holidays again next year,” he notes. “If it’s available.” Hall says this is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in a peer-to-peer marketplace. “If the owner and the renter both have a good experience, lasting relationships form,” he explains. “At its heart, boating is social. People love to boat with others, and I’ve seen friendships develop between owners and renters. This is very different than just consuming a product.” LB

Expanding community… and horizons If you don’t have experience with online peer-to-peer marketplaces, it might be hard to imagine turning your boat over to a stranger for a weekend or two-week vacation. According to Hall, however, new members will be surprised to find a high level of trust in the community. “That does surprise a lot of people,” he says. “We haven’t had one major incident yet, and I think that’s a testament to the marketplace and to the boating community. Everyone involved cares about the relationships, and the owners’ and renters’ online reviews lead to more safety and transparency.” Hall calls Boatbound’s marketplace a natural social community, one where common aspirations are to make

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In peer-to-peer marketplace communities, there are common aspirations — simply, to have positive experiences and make great memories.

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“The long-term health of our industry requires us to make boating even more accessible and affordable, especially among younger, aspiring boaters.”




Tale of Two Cities A

The ports of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin boast rich maritime history that gives way to modern-day cruising and trailering destinations for generations young and old to enjoy.




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Mackinac Island, or are they destinations in their own right? To find out, I knew I’d have to look at Manitowoc and Two Rivers with fresh eyes, as if we were meeting for the first time.

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hen I think of growing up in the early 1980s in rural Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, certain memories stand out. The bustle of the boat landing during the smelt run. Begging for five- and ten-penny candies at the neighborhood tavern. Heading to the Penguin Drive-In in the city of Manitowoc for a Big Penny hamburger. Marveling at the stop-n-go lights, since we didn’t have any in Hika Bay. Choosing a treat at Beerntsen’s Confectionary. Scanning the Lake Michigan horizon to see if we could spot a freighter. It was the stuff childhoods are made of, punctuated with the oft-repeated, delightfully colloquial cry, “We’re going down by the lake!” I remember Manitowoc, Two Rivers and the surrounding countryside so fondly. Yet 30 years have passed, and I’m well aware that Midwestern lakefront communities are changing rapidly as manufacturing gives way to tourism, and as waterfront property becomes increasingly attractive to new arrivals and new development. What are the twin cities like today? Are they mere waypoints on tourists’ and cruising boaters’ trips to Door County or

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Originally settled in the 1820s and ’30s, Manitowoc attracted waves of immigrants from Germany, Britain, Ireland, Canada, and even as far away as Norway. It was incorporated as a city in 1870 and quickly developed a reputation for quality manufacturing; a reputation it has held for more than a century. Shipbuilding became an important industry, from schooners and Mackinaw boats in the 19th century to submarines, landing craft and tankers during World War II. More than 150 years after its founding, Burger Boat Company is now the oldest custom yacht builder in the United States. It’s celebrated around the world for its custom-designed, hand-built vessels, both recreational and commercial, and it still calls Manitowoc home. “Customers love that we’re in Manitowoc,” says Ron Cleveringa, Burger’s vice president of sales. “They love that it’s a quaint Midwestern community, and they recognize the Midwestern work ethic. They see the neat, tidy homes and lawns, the clean streets, and how safe it is. And the people here, the employees... the loyalty they have to Burger is amazing.” “Even today, locals see our community as an industrial one,” echoes Jason Ring, president of the Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau. “But that’s been changing in the last 10 years. A lot of our manufacturing is going away, and tourism is replacing some of those jobs.” Currently home to widely recognized attractions such as the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc now has several new shopping centers, restaurants and development projects in the works. “So much is happening right now,” Ring says. “Tourism is going to be a major part of our economy; from 2013 to 2019, we’ve committed $30 million to tourism.” Cruising into Manitowoc, your first stop will be the

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S.S. Badger

Manitowoc Marina, located near the heart of the city’s historic downtown. With 250 well-protected, deep-water floating slips, this full-service facility has private showers and restrooms, laundry, repair and refit services, fish-cleaning stations, ship’s store, Captain’s Lounge and deck. Located at 425 Maritime Drive, the marina is within easy walking distance of downtown restaurants and shops. The Manitowoc Marina also is home to Trawlers Midwest (trawlers, owned by husband-and-wife team Ken and Karen Schuler since1994. They sell both new and used trawlers and offer a wide variety of sizes and pricing. Many boaters might consider trailering their vessels, staying at a local hotel or bed-and-breakfast, and hitting the water for day cruises or fishing adventures. If that’s the case, Manitowoc Marina has an uber-efficient, six-lane launch ramp. According to Ring, it never backs up, even on busy summer weekends. Some visitors from eastern states arrive with a much larger boat: The SS Badger carferry. Built in 1952-53 at Christy Corporation in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Badger is the last remnant of Lake Michigan’s storied railroad-freight carferry service. That service officially ended in 1990, but two years later, a retired industrialist named Charles Conrad formed Lake Michigan Carferry Service Inc., refurbished the Badger, and resumed sailings between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan. She is the last coal-fired passenger vessel on the Great Lakes, and she has a diehard local fan base. Her throaty horn suite, from famous Two Rivers-based manufacturer Kahlenberg Industries, always elicits smiles and cheers. Your next stop in Manitowoc is likely to be the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, one of the Midwest’s largest. Ring says the museum is the city’s most popular attraction. Founded in 1970, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a respected leader in preserving the maritime heritage of Manitowoc-Two Rivers, Wisconsin and the entire Great Lakes region. It contains more than 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, with highlights that include the Chief Wawatam steam engine,

Rahr-West Art Museum

displays of historic vessels and marine engines, interactive galleries for children, the Aquatic Species Investigative Lab, and the World War II-era submarine USS Cobia. “This summer, we have a very cool exhibit called ‘Towers of Power,’ which features historic outboard motors,” says Rolf Johnson, the museum’s chief executive officer (see profile, page 48). “Some of them are more than 100 years old.” Johnson also says the museum continues to offer special live-aboard experiences through the USS Cobia Overnight Education Program. That’s just one of the museum’s many community-focused programs, which include classes, workshops, competitions and summer camps. Another popular attraction is the Rahr-West Art Museum, located in the historic, Queen Anne-style Joseph Vilas Jr. house. Built in the early 1890s and donated to the city in 1941, the house is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s open free to the public, and it’s full of surprises.

badger photo courtesy of manitowoc area visitor & convention bureau ; rahr - west photo courtesy of travelwisconsin . com ; lighthouse photo by carl wycoff

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Manitowoc Harbor Lighthouse




Meet Wisconsin Johnson The colorful Rolf E. Johnson heads up the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Hollywood has Indiana Jones. They can keep him, because here in the Great Lakes, we have Wisconsin Johnson. He has an Emmy award, his work is on display in the Smithsonian Institution, he even appears in a colorful pirate-themed mural in an area restaurant — and just a few months ago, Wisconsin Johnson took the helm of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Rolf E. Johnson has been many things since he began his career in 1978: Dinosaur hunter, museum curator and administrator, awardwinning producer, consultant, conservationist and explorer. He is perhaps best known for his 24 years with the Milwaukee Public Museum, where he worked as a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in late Cretaceous dinosaurs and paleocommunities. During that time, he also got his own radio show. “Museum Digest” aired from 1986 to 1991, and it gave him the catchy moniker. “I’d written an editorial about why we needed to popularize science, to continue in the tradition of scientists like Jacques Cousteau and Carl Sagan,” Johnson remembers. “Wisconsin Public Radio recognized how passionate I was, and they gave me the show. “They kept saying I was like Indiana Jones, but even better, because I was real,” Johnson continues with a laugh. “I thought the name was great. It represented the spirit of exploration and discovery.” In addition to authoring more than 70 articles and serving as senior editor of the encyclopedia “Rainforests of the World,” Johnson was active in museum administration. He helped design and build Milwaukee’s popular Discovery World museum, which is now home to Wisconsin’s official flagship, the S/N Denis Sullivan; and he assisted with the expansion of Norfolk, Virginia’s “Nauticus: The National Maritime Center,” home to the Battleship Wisconsin. Johnson also spent time in Costa Rica, working with PBS to document the experiences of Wisconsin kids in the Costa Rican rainforest. In 1997, he won an Emmy for “Best Children’s Special.” Most recently, Johnson was director of the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay. But when



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the opportunity to serve as chief executive officer at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum came his way, he jumped at the chance. “I’m thrilled to be here,” he enthuses. “It’s a good challenge, and good fun, to be running a museum.” “Great things are happening in Manitowoc, and the museum wants to be part of that,” Johnson explains. “It’s not just about what’s happening in the building and Rolf Johnson

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

on the USS Cobia anymore. We’re focusing more on events and large public programs, and we’re very involved in local activities and festivals here in the city.” According to Johnson, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum also is planning to add interactivity to the Cobia experience through an interpretive center, which should be opening in mid- to late summer. “We’re working on a lot of outdoor programming as well, such as a boatbuilding competition later this year,” he notes. Maritime heritage issues are another major focus. This involves working collaboratively with other groups and institutions — for example, joining forces with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a National Marine

Sanctuary along Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast, a 60-mile stretch of Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay. It’s not all about museums for Johnson, however. Also high on the priority list: Finishing the little cabin that he hopes will be his forever home. “It’s on the southeast corner of my family’s land, overlooking Lake Michigan,” he says. “I’ve been very fortunate, and I’ve loved being a dinosaur hunter, Great Lakes conservationist and scientist over the 35 years that I’ve hop-scotched around. But now I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.” To learn more about the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and its upcoming exhibits, learning programs and submarine experiences, visit — H.S.

museum photo courtesy of manitowoc area visitor & convention bureau ; johnson photo courtesy of wisconsin maritime museum

Two Rivers Kite Fest

“People don’t realize we have such a high-profile collection at the museum,” Ring says. “You’ll see artwork by masters like Picasso, Warhol and O’Keeffe.” In an interesting twist, the museum hosts a special annual event called Sputnikfest. Apparently, in September 1962, a 20-pound piece of the Sputnik 4 satellite crashed on North 8th Street (a disk marks the spot). When the Rahr-West put a cast of the original piece on display, someone suggested a festival to celebrate the crash. Manitowoc’s first Sputnikfest took place in 2008, and it’s become a city mainstay. This year’s event will take place September 6. Also on North 8th Street is the Lincoln Park Zoo, another free city attraction. The zoo has “Summer Fun Tuesdays” and “Movie Nights at the Zoo” during the summer months. It’s not all about cultural attractions in Manitowoc, however. On a beautiful summer day, you can enjoy the city’s recreational opportunities: Hit one of Manitowoc County’s 13 public beaches for swimming and sunbathing; stroll a half-mile along the harbor breakwater to visit the lighthouse; or hike in nearby Point Beach State Forest. The state forest is home to the Rawleys Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest, brightest and most-photographed Great Lakes lights. It started its career in 1893, as an exhibit at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Afterward, it was disassembled and moved to Rawleys Point, where the steel-skeleton tower replaced an older brick one. If the weather is less cooperative, check out some of the local shops. And don’t miss a stop at Beerntsen’s Confectionary, a third-generation business that began in 1932 and remains in its original downtown location. If you’re looking for gifts, Manitowoc seems to have unique items on just about every street corner. Apparently, Manitowoc County has the perfect climate for raising alpacas, so you’ll find businesses that sell raw fibers, yarn and finished products. “We also have a lot of nautical gifts in the city, of course, but another big seller is cheese,” Ring comments with a chuckle. “Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese is one of the few places that do 1,000-pound blocks!” Ring also advises that you can enjoy a killer cheese plate at the Courthouse Pub, a popular restaurant with outdoor dining and Manitowoc’s only microbrewery. It has received the Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence every year since 2002. The pub can provide shuttle service to and from the marina, or it can deliver to your dock. And before you leave town, set aside some time to explore the Mariner’s Trail, a 5.5-mile paved recreational trail that connects the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers. “We’re really one of the top coastal cities on Lake Michigan,” Ring says. “Both Manitowoc and Two Rivers are really tied to the shoreline, and the Mariner’s Trail is a gem for both of us. It gives us a sense of pride.”

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Two Rivers Indeed, make sure you have enough wiggle room in your schedule to visit the city of Two Rivers (locally known as Trivers). Appropriately named for the West Twin and East Twin rivers, the community’s original town plat was recorded in 1837, when its population hovered at 40, and its economy revolved around commercial fishing and a sawmill. Like Manitowoc, Two Rivers grew quickly and developed into a manufacturing community, earning a reputation for durable, quality goods. One major player was Kahlenberg Brothers Company, now known as Kahlenberg Industries. Founded in 1895, it’s internationally recognized for sound signaling products, especially ships’ whistles and horns. Countless ships on the Great Lakes boast a Kahlenberg horn, and in 1999, Kahlenberg was chosen to test Titanic’s original whistles when they were retrieved from the North Atlantic. Despite that proud manufacturing tradition, Two Rivers also is undergoing a transition.

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London Dairy Alpaca

“I like to say that we’re in the process of turning our face toward the waterfront,” says Greg Buckley, city manager. “For example, the 12½-acre Hamilton complex, which dates to the 1880s, is in the process of being cleared. It’s right on the East Twin River, with a 10-foot-deep channel. It’s hard to lose the jobs, but the complex really was a wall between downtown and the waterfront. We’re very excited at the potential for redevelopment. “We’re planning to construct a beachfront entertainment pavilion at Neshotah Beach, which is one of Lake Michigan’s finest beaches,” he adds. “This will be topped with a colorful tensile fabric structure and will be a focal point for special events like our ‘Kites Over Lake Michigan’ festival and lakefront concerts.” In the meantime, there’s plenty to see and do. For boaters who wish to stay in Two Rivers for the duration, or to move their boats from Manitowoc as they hopscotch up the lake, Seagull Marina and Twin Cities Marine offer transient dockage and launch ramps. Twin Cities Marine, Wisconsin’s oldest and largest Boston Whaler dealership, has been family-owned and -operated for 40 years. It offers a fuel dock, fish- cleaning station, hoist,

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Rawley Point Lighthouse ship’s store with a kids’ play area, restrooms and showers. From here, you’ll have easy access to the beach, playground and library, as well as to downtown shopping, dining and museums. Once you’re settled, you’ll quickly realize that you’re in the perfect spot to jump aboard a charter vessel for hardcore fishing adventures. After all, this has been a fishing haven for 175 years, and there are still plenty of chances to catch The Big One offshore. A good place to start is with the Two Rivers Charter Fishing Association, which has nine professionally equipped, crewed charter boats from 28 to 36 feet. “The captains are experienced derby



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tournament winners and have years of charter fishing success,” says Michelle Kvitek, the association’s director. Two Rivers provides 5-, 8- and 10-hour charters (the 10-hour trips can be split between two days). The charter season opens at the end of May and runs through the end of September, or even mid-October if the weather permits. Kvitek’s most important piece of advice? Book early. If you’re interested in other watersports, check with the folks at Shipwreck Adventures. They offer kayak and canoe rentals at Paddlers Park on the East Twin River, and recreational snorkel and dive charters to major wreck sites. There’s plenty to do on land in Two Rivers, as well. If you’re interested in the city’s commercial fishing history, visit the Rogers Street Fishing Village and Museum, which is the traditional headquarters of the Two Rivers commercial fishing fleet. The complex, located on the East Twin River and featured on the National Register of Historic Places, incorporates several historic buildings, including the 1886 North Pier Lighthouse and an 1877 U.S. Coast Guard Life Saving Station. You’ll also see the 1936 wooden fish tug Buddy O, explore fishing sheds, see an antique Kahlenberg marine oil engine and hear the company’s whistles and horns, and peruse shipwreck displays and artifacts, including items from the legendary Christmas Tree Ship, the Rouse Simmons. She was lost with all hands off Two Rivers on November 23, 1912. Plan to stop at the Washington House Museum & Visitor’s Center. Originally built in the 1850s as an immigrant hotel, this historic building features its original decorative tin ceiling, rare 1906 ballroom murals, and an old-time saloon that recreates Edward C. Berner’s famous ice cream parlor and soda fountain, where the ice cream sundae was invented in 1881. The Wisconsin State Historical Society has verified the story. One day, a local holidaymaker asked Berner to drizzle chocolate syrup on his ice cream (which Berner reportedly didn’t think was a great idea), and the sundae was born. Berner would only sell the sweet treat on — you guessed it — Sundays. After visiting the Washington House, be sure to pop into Schroeder’s Department Store. Founded in 1891, the establishment has been at its current location since 1899, and it’s in the fourth generation of the Schroeder family. Sisters A.J. Schroeder and Theresa Kronforst manage daily operations. “My great-grandpa, Joseph Schroeder, started the store with his brother,” A.J. Schroeder says. “And today, we stay true to our roots with high-quality merchandise and great service. We still measure people for suits and shoes, things the big-box stores don’t do.” The family also owned what used to be the Two Rivers Savings Bank, and in 1997, they opened its doors as the Red Bank Coffeehouse. It overlooks Central Park and Main Street and is the perfect spot to take a break and relax.

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Two Rivers On a warm summer day, spend a few hours at 50-acre Neshotah Park, which is indeed a crowning gem in the Manitowoc-Two Rivers crown. Neshotah, which means “junction of two rivers” in Ojibwe, incorporates a groomed white-sand beach, playgrounds, picnic areas, softball field, walking paths, bike path, shelters, concession stand, and launch area for kayaks and personal watercraft. Don’t forget the Mariner’s Trail, and if you have bikes in tow, check out the 6-mile, packed-limestone Rawley Point bike trail that connects Two Rivers with Point Beach State Forest. “For me, Two Rivers highlights include renting a bike and exploring the 12 miles of trails, and finding a bench to watch the Badger come in,” Buckley says. He encouraged visitors to Manitowoc-Two Rivers to check the events calendar before planning their trips. Both communities host a variety of festivals throughout the summer season, including Manitowoc’s new “Fourth on the Shore” celebration in early July. The event, launched last year and held in conjunction with the Manitowoc Yacht Club and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, includes five blocks of activities and waterfront fireworks. Two Rivers highlights include Carp Fest and the Cool City Classic Car Show in June, and in August the annual “Kites Over Lake Michigan” festival. This signature event, now in its eighth year, attracted 30,000 people last year and saw almost 1,000 kites in the sky at one time. There are outdoor concerts and farmers’ markets, and both Ring and Buckley note the importance of continuing to provide venues for community events along the lakeshore. “We know we have to keep enhancing our waterfront because it’s such a major draw,” Buckley says. “It’s our best asset, by far.” So, have Manitowoc and Two Rivers changed since a little pigtailed girl ate crackling fried smelt for supper, rode the length of Lakeshore Drive in the “way back” of the family wagon, and first learned to row her daddy’s aluminum fishing boat on blue-eyed Lake Michigan days? In some ways, they haven’t changed at all. They’re still the same friendly, tightly knit, hard-working communities that I knew decades ago. But now, in the 21st century, they’re coming into their own. The twin cities are now first-rate cruising and trailering destinations, awash in cultural attractions, recreational

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opportunities, diverse dining options, colorful festivals, and high-energy outdoor events. And they’re continuing to evolve, offering more services and amenities to visitors with every passing season. There’s no question that Manitowoc and Two Rivers have turned their faces to the waterfront, protecting their rich maritime heritage and embracing a bright, shared future. Clearly, great things are happening here. And for those of us who’ve always loved this place, it’s a joy to see others discovering the special magic that we’ve known for a long, long time. LB

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estled into East Harbor on the north side of the Marblehead Peninsula, Marina Del Isle (SkipperBud’s MDI) enjoys easy access to Lake Erie and all that the area has to offer, including Sandusky, Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay and more. Built in 1986, the marina joined the SkipperBud’s family in 2003. “We’re probably the only marina in the area that offers all of the amenities that we have,” says general manager Tom Ervin. Those amenities include Cleats, an onsite restaurant and sports bar; floating docks with water, electric, cable TV and Wi-Fi; and private, code-accessed, air-conditioned showers with dressing rooms. That’s not to mention the heated pool, gas grills, shaded picnic area and fire pit. The MDI Club, which is exclusive to marina tenants, features a lounge, TV and business office. “We have a full-service department with MerCruiser- and Volvo-certified technicians,” Ervin says. “We do general maintenance, fiberglass and electronics repairs, insurance repairs, painting, customization — everything.” A new building was built in 2006 to house the showroom, marina office and service department under one roof. The


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marina offers indoor heated storage, where the temperature is monitored daily; there’s also indoor and outdoor cold storage available. As far as fuel goes, SkipperBud’s MDI offers only ethanol-free products. The marina boasts 185 slips that can accommodate vessels up to 60 feet. They also have 125 rack spaces for boats up to 40 feet. There are no dedicated transient spots, so Ervin recommends making reservations, especially around the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, the marina kicks off the season in mid-April with the Prepare for Launch lunch and hosts a welcome back party poolside the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. “We have a huge picnic and live entertainment for the Fourth of July, plus a Labor Day brunch,” Ervin adds. There are many more informal events, including boat shows and cruise-outs. The marina’s location on East Harbor is better than ever, too. “The channel is newly dredged, so there’s full deep-water access,” Ervin says. “And because we’re not on the lake, the water is much calmer. It’s definitely a destination for boaters.” LB

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lakeshore life | by Colleen H. Troupis

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ocated in Magic Carpet Woods near the tip of northwest Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, this Northport, Michigan estate is nothing short of spectacular. The home, which sits on 3.7 private, heavily wooded acres, boasts more than 250 feet of wide, sandy Lake Michigan beach. “It’s nestled on a low dune with commanding views of the lake and North and South Fox islands,” says listing agent Ann Marie Mitchell. Custom designed and built in 2006, the home balances effortless elegance with beautiful beachiness. Unobstructed views of Lake Michigan are prevalent and continue through the open kitchen and dining area out to the screened porch and lakeside wraparound deck. The gourmet kitchen includes soapstone countertops, mosaic glass tile backsplash, custom cabinetry and high-end appliances. The bedrooms are truly remarkable. The first-floor master suite boasts a wood-beamed ceiling, reading room and summer porch. All four bedrooms upstairs include en suite baths; one even has a second bedroom attached. The junior

Specs Bedrooms: 6 Baths: 5.5 Square Footage: 5,500 Acreage: 3.70 Shoreline: 258 feet Price: $3,498,000 Contact Ann Marie Mitchell Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors — Leland 231-256-9836 aNNMarieMitcheLL.coM




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master suite features a granite fireplace and lake-facing porch. There’s also a guest laundry room upstairs and an elevator. The walkout lower level is currently unfinished, but its 2,767 square feet are already studded out into proposed rooms. “The plans were for an open living area equipped with a wet bar/ kitchen area, wood-burning granite fireplace, home theatre, bedroom, full bath, laundry room and sauna,” Mitchell says. “All that’s needed is drywall, paint, floor coverings and fixtures.” There’s an attached two-car garage, as well as a detached garage/storage building complete with plumbing, heat and electrical. And while there isn’t a dock on the property, small vessels such as kayaks can be pulled up on the beach. Northport Marina — the most accessible deepwater harbor in Grand Traverse Bay — is a 5-minute drive. Also 5 minutes away is the charming seaside town of Northport. “Northport is a small town with a congenial populace of sailors, farmers, writers, artists, musicians, teachers and a famous chef — Mario Batali,” Mitchell says. Traverse City is a scenic 45-minute drive, and Sleeping Bear Dunes is less than an hour to the southwest. LB

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This breathtaking property was built to capture the serenity of the lake, quite literally bringing it indoors. The home is built around a boathouse, finished in cypress and currently housing 30 boats. Countless windows reflect the fragmented sunlight from the water brightening up opulent living spaces. A sophisticated kitchen opens onto an intimate dining area and exquisite great room separated by a two-sided fireplace. A sunken bar overlooks the boathouse. World class game room. Located on one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the country. Waterfront living at its absolute best! Offered at $6,990,000.

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POWER BOATS 20’ ’98 Boston Whaler .............. $22,500 25’ ’88 Bayliner 2560 ................... $9,000 26’ ’03 Four Winns 268 .............. $42,500 27’ ’95 Sea Ray Sundancer ...... $24,500 29’ ’86 Cruisers 296 Avanti ....... $15,900 29’ ’88 Bayliner 2950 ................. $14,900 29’ ‘90 Cruisers 2970 Esprit ...... $21,500 29’ ’94 Envision 29 Combo ........ $31,900 29’ ’95 Envision 290 ................... $24,900 29’ ’99 Powerquest Enticer ...... $25,900 33’ ’74 Chris Craft Coho ............ $21,000 33’ ’78 Carver Voyager.............. $17,500 34’ ’79 Mainship Sedan ............ $27,500

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Sea Ray Express ........... $18,900 Sea Ray Sundancer ...... $24,900 Sport Craft Pesca.......... $24,900 Carver 3608 Aft ............. $64,900 Sea Ray 370 EX .............. $64,900 Sea Ray FB/SDN ........... $69,900 Cruisers 3775 ................. $59,900 Sea Ray 370 Motor Yacht .$87,500 Chris Craft 381 ............... $51,000 Carver Santego ............. $71,000 Sea Ray 390.................... $37,900 Mainship Sedan .......... $119,900 Sea Ray Sundancer .... $142,500 Chris Craft 427 ............. $78,5500

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42’ ‘78 Grand Banks Classic .... $84,900 46’ ’01 Carver 466 MY ............. $198,000 46’ ’04 Carver 460 Voyager..... $339,900 SAIL BOATS 24’ ’78 S2 7.3 ................................. $5,500 25’ ‘84 Catalina............................. $8,500 27’ ‘73 Catalina............................. $8,750 29’ ’80 Bayfeild ........................... $19,500 32’ ’77 Pearson 323 ................... $19,900 33’ ’74 Pearson 33 ..................... $24,900 35’ ’88 J Boats J/35 ................... $53,000 36’ ’74 PJ Standfast 36 ............. $31,500 37’ ’80 Endeavor 37 ................... $34,900 38’ ‘86 Irwin 38 CC MK II .......... $75,000

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2012 Yamaha WaveRunner............... $ 10,500 2000 Four Winns 180 Horizon ........... $ 11,900 1990 Elite Craft Riviera........................ $ 29,500 1990 IMP 220 Walkaround ............... $ 8,500 2006 Kral 700 Classic .......................... Call 1973 Nimbus 26 Express .................... $ 38,500 2007 Sea Ray Bow Rider ................... $ 49,000 2000 Sea Ray Sundancer .................. $ 27,500 2001 Four Winns 285 ........................... $ 32,000 1978 O’Day Sailboat ............................ $ 17,900 1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer............ $ 59,000 2001 Tiara 3100 Open .......................... $ 116,900 2002 Wellcraft 330 Coastal................ $ 66,000

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1986 Catalina Stnd. Rig ..................... $ 49,500 1987 Tiara Convertible w/Dsls .......... $ 114,900 1998 Sea Ray Express ........................ $ 98,500 1994 Hatteras Double Cabin ............. $ 125,000 1995 Tiara 4300 Open .......................... $ 174,900 2000 Black Thunder 430 SC .............. $ 159,000 1992 Sea Ray Sundancer .................. $ 69,900 2000 Sea Ray Sundancer .................. $ 189,000 1999 Beneteau Oceanis 461 ............. $178,000 1991 Silverton Motor Yacht............... $ 125,000 1973 Chris Craft Commander............ $ 110,000 2003 McKinna Pilothouse.................. $ 699,000

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2014 zodiaC pro opEn 650 nEo Mercury 150hp, 44 hours, freshwater, loaded, Garmin Touchscreen GPS/CP/ FF, VHF, sun deck, custom ladder, trailer, motivated seller. Asking $51,500. Call brent @ (616) 402-0180 RYs

26’ 2012 baylinEr 266 disCovEry Only 81 hours! Bottom coated, fish graph, navigation GPS, new trailer. In perfect condition and ready for the water! Asking $62,000. Contact or 612-940-5672. JUN14

31’ 1987 Tiara FlybridgE Loaded with electronics and fishing equipment. Excellent condition. $46,000. Call 920-265-3270 or email for more information. JUL14

36’ 1963 Chris-CraFT roamEr Rare aluminum hull. One of only 11 made. Always freshwater, Chrysler 440s just rebuilt/10 hrs. Extensive like-new canvas. $40,000. Call 920-574-0415. AUg14

1983 sEa ray 360 ExprEss CruisEr Twin MerCruiser 340 hp each. Only 1600 hrs, freshwater only. Auto pilot, GPS, generator, AC. Live aboard for 5. Fishing-equipped: 4 downriggers, 12 rod holders, 2 Humminbird fish finders. Excellent condition. $25,000. 262-241-3928 or sEP14

2005 sEa ray 320 sundanCEr Merc 5.7 MAG MPI’s, 350 hours, full canvas, cherry interior, nice condition. Asking $99,900. Call brent @ (616) 402-0180. RYs

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1994 Four Winns 365 ExprEss Cummins diesels, generator, Lowrance GPS/fishfinder. Radar. Freshwater/ heated storage. $66,900. More information/photos at or call 906-647-2400 JUL13

1984 bErTram 26’ sporT Twin V6 inboards, 10-ft beam. Dinette galley option, many other options. Shows like new. Three sets of canvas. Located Lake St. Clair. 313882-9613 AUg14

2001 mainship piloT 34 Custom hardtop, 3.5 KW generator, AC, 370 Yanmar 950 hrs, Weaver davit, custom cover, superbly maintained, heated storage. $99,000. 207-671-8098. AUg14

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37’ 1985 C&C Cml37 TraWlEr T-165 Volvo Diesels, Onan gen, windlass, radar, GPS, stereo/CD, 2-VHF, freshwater, dual stations, 2 heads, full enclosure, low hours. $95,000., before 5/15: 912-5988623 after 5/15: 705-859-3990 AUg14

1994 30’ CarvEr 300 aFT Cabin Excellent condition, T-350 Crusaders with 557 hours, new interior & canvas. Recent survey; always Lake Michigan. Two-boat motivated seller. $34,500. Call dave 231-342-2152 or JUN14

2000 Tiara 3500 opEn CAT 3116, 350hp, 300 hours, Freshwater, excellent condition, hardtop, new Garmin electronics in 2013. MUST SEE! Asking $179,900. Call brent @ (616) 402-0180 RYs

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1980 35’ viking ConvErTiblE 454 Crusaders, Kohler Marine airs, fully equipped w/numerous upgrades. Freshwater, covered slip. $35,900. 513-574-1585 AUg14

1967 38’ Chris CraFT CommandEr ExprEss Much-sought-after classic fiberglass cruiser w/ flybridge. Good original-user condition with rebuilt 427 Ford V-8’s. Must reluctantly sell! 401-954-9657 or OCT14

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2000 380 SEa ray SUNdaNCEr 2000 Sea Ray 380 SUndanCeR T-7.4 Merc. Horizons, Garmin 2010 GPS, low hours (305), always in freshwater. Excellent. Like new, new canvas. Best offer. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. JUN14

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2005 OCean aLexandeR 54 LOA, T-500 hp Yanmars w/380 hrs. Dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12kW gen, air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $449,000. 920-739-7668. JUN14

Powerboats 39’ 1984 Sea Ray Sedan BRidge Twin 350 hp Crusaders. Fully equipped Raymarine electronics, professionally maintained and in very good condition. Located in St. Joseph, Michigan. Call 765-662-3485 or email JUL14 1996 CaRveR 310 expReSS. Twin 5.0 EFI Volvo Penta with DuoProps. 300 Hours, Radar, GPS, VHF, Stereo, Full Canvas, Full Galley, Head, AC & Heat. Contact 419270-6627 or Asking $38,000 SEP14

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1990 BayLineR 3888 This is a must-see vessel! Kept with open checkbook. One of the cleanest 3888’s on the market. New canvas and eisenglass on flybridge. Complete electronics. Always freshwater, Lake Superior in Duluth, MN. Asking $49,000 or best offer. Call 612-751-5400. NOV14

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above the waterline | by Dave Wallace

Talking Points The best sound bites of our five Great Lakes.


f you own a television set and keep up with the news on a regular basis, surely you must understand the current reshaping of our language frequently practiced by the experts in Washington D.C. I refer, of course, to “talking points.” Talking points are a sort-of political cheat sheet, prepared by staffers who often twist the facts of a story until “one size fits all” in the media. As I watched a typically predictable show the other night, it occurred to me that our Great Lakes could have their reputation further enhanced by a carefully prepared list of talking points made available to area chambers of commerce, recreation departments and the government offices of all the port cities looking to attract cruisers and transient boaters. Our talking points committee could begin with the vast challenge of Lake Superior, the second largest of the five lakes. Talking points should play on the very definition of the name, which means “the highest order of things.” Typical Lake Superior points could be “The Superior experience of using the Soo locks,” “Superior navigational challenges,” “Superior fishing,” “Superior shoreline of the great North Woods,” and, of course, a “Superior log entry that will be the envy of your homeport-bound buddies.” The 300-plus-mile length of Lake Michigan offers the widest possible variety of ports, each with a binder full of talking points from shopping and food to festivals and special events. The very scope of this lake also may be a drawback, depending on your destination, your cruising speed and your vacation time. The talking points here need to focus on specific destinations and the basic appeal of “Bigger is better!” “The world-class shopping of Chicago,” “The downtown access of Milwaukee,” and “The end-of-summer boat show at Michigan City,” are just a few possibilities. “The unique foods of Door County,” “Stray from the mainland at Washington and Beaver islands,” “Relive copper country history at remote Presque Isle,” “Sample the many friendly ports that line the sandy Michigan coastline,” “Enjoy a mini-cruise in White Lake, Lake Charlevoix or Grand Traverse Bay,” and “Experience an incomparable fudge visit to Mackinac Island,” rounds out additional Lake Michigan talking points options. Lake Huron is a much smaller body of water that could be overlooked in your cruising plans, so the talking points should emphasize convenience. “Mackinac Island at the west end,” “Georgian Bay to the north,” “Saginaw Bay to the south,” and “The excitement of cruising under the Blue Water Bridge, all while sharing

Great Lakes talking points could help define our cruising areas!

Dave Wallace has been boating in the Great Lakes for more than 35 years. He’s written for Lakeland Boating since 1993 and helped develop Lakeland Boating’s Ports O’ Call Cruising Guides.




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its narrow width with an endless parade of cargo ships and tankers that tower overhead and thrill your entire crew!” If this doesn’t appeal to your idea of a relaxing family cruise then consider Lake Erie, where the fishing is great, and hospitality marks the elongated shorelines. In typical politically-correct fashion, the talking points here should emphasize privacy and freedom, rather than the seemingly endless port-of-call potential of the larger lakes. The same could be said of Lake Ontario, except for the specific talking points “Year-round mild weather,” “Plenty of ports and marinas,” “The fun of going through the Welland Canal out of Erie at the west,” and “The St. Lawrence River is your gateway to the Atlantic.” If your cruising plan should be ambitious, it goes without saying that the Erie-Huron connection encompasses the world-renowned collection of dramatically falling water, including Niagara Falls, American Falls, and Horseshoe Canadian Falls. The talking point here is pretty obvious: “Enjoy these world-class torrents of water, but remember to secure your boat upstream — and observe this whitewater action from the safety of shore.” LB

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