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H U RO N | O N TA R I O | M I C H I G A N | E R I E | S U P E R I OR

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PRESTIGE 520 S SLEEK, SPORTY & SMOOTH. p. 44

DISPLAY UNTIL JUNE 30, 2019

TIARA YACHTS C49 COUPE

LESSONS ON CRUISING

Michigan-made dayboat and comfortable overnighter. p. 48

LB editor enrolls at Southwest Florida Yachts’ Cruising School. p. 56

FOUR DAYS DOWNSTREAM

PORT OF CALL

Two guys cruise from Chicago to Gulf Shores — in four days. p. 52

Whitby, Ontario: From secret agents to fishing, marinas, parks and more! p. 60

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

ON T H E COV E R

Features Boat Test: Prestige 520 S Mindful use of space and technology. by Chuck Warren .......................................................................................

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Boat Test: Tiara Yachts C49 Coupe A beautiful day in Tiara’s neighborhood. by Chuck Warren ................

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Contributor Chuck Warren braved the Michigan cold in early April to test the Prestige 520 S. While conditions were not ideal, the coupe performed like a pro. Warren writes that the 520 S “ran at nearly 30 mph while sipping less than 40 gph worth of fuel, and was so comfortable in 3-foot seas that it didn’t even need Seakeeper to smooth the way.”

Where the River Goes Who among us hasn’t gazed at moving water and wondered where it goes? One young man decided to find out, launching an epic journey that went beyond his wildest imagination. by Craig Ritchie ..............

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Real Life, Real Time Cruising Southwest Florida Yachts’ Cruising School is equipping boaters with knowledge and hands-on experience to feel confident while cruising. Photos and story by Kate Bush .................................................................

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Port of Call: Whitby, ON Best-Kept Secret: In World War II, Whitby, Ontario, was a training base for secret agents. Today, it continues to fly under the radar as one of the best-kept secrets on the Great Lakes. by Craig Ritchie..................

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4 Dock Box ............................................................................................. 6 Calendar .............................................................................................. 8 Scuttle......................................................................................................... 10 Great Gear........................................................................................24 Waypoint: Door County, WI PART 2.....................................26 Shoreleave: Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens .....................30 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate ....................................................... 32 Electronics ....................................................................................... 34 Safety First ...................................................................................... 36 Cruising With Kids SEASONAL COLUMN! ......................... 37 Beneath the Surface .................................................................... 38 From the Helm ..................................................................................

Boat Spotlights: Absolute, Monte Carlo Yachts, Sailfish, SARGO .......

40 Lakeshore Life: Boyne City, MI ................................................ 68 Marina Watch: Port Washington Marina ...............................70 Marine Marketplace ...................................................................... 71 Classifieds ........................................................................................95 Classic Craft ................................................................................... 96

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FROM THE HELM

CONTRIBUTORS

BY KAT E B U S H

What is one destination you dream of cruising to? ★★★

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his issue has it all: Intrigue and mystery (read about the now-defunct Camp X secret agent training camp in Whitby, Ontario, on p. 60); adventure (which you can find in Craig Ritchie's feature on p. 52 where two guys boat from Chicago to Gulf Shores... in four and a half days); and plenty of inspiration for your next cruise! Although I'm the editor of a boating magazine, that doesn't exclude me from needing a boating refresher course. Boaters — experienced and amateur alike — can afford to brush up on boating basics every now and again. As contributor Heather Steinberger writes on p. 38, "We may have been boating all our lives, but that doesn’t mean we automatically know what we don’t know when it comes to cruising." So I enrolled at Southwest Florida Yachts' Cruising and Sailing School for a long weekend (p. 56) and walked away with a new sense of confidence behind the wheel, cruising knowledge and an appreciation for a boat's mechanical and electrical systems. It's always good to go back to the basics and be reminded of important safety and cruising tips you may have forgotten or overlooked. Lastly, we had a rare but welcome opportunity to complete two boat tests on the Great Lakes: The Tiara Yachts C49 Coupe at the Holland, Michigan, headquarters on a beautiful August day (p. 48); as well as the Prestige 520 S in chilly April temperatures on Lake St. Clair (p. 44). These two coupes are ideal family weekenders that, as contributor Chuck Warren discovered, are well-suited for the Great Lakes — no matter the season. See you on the water!

Do you have a story idea you’d like to suggest? Email me at kbush@lakelandboating.com to share your ideas.

Craig Ritchie I’d love to spend a summer exploring the Skärgård, the huge and stunningly beautiful archipelago located east of Stockholm, Sweden. It’s kind of like the North Channel on steroids. ★★★

Chuck Warren My dream destination is England by sail. I cross Lake Michigan every year, but going all the way across the Atlantic Ocean would be an incredible adventure! ★★★

AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

Door County, WI p. 26

Whitby, ON p. 60 Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens p. 30

Port Washington Marina p. 70

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Boyne City, MI p. 68

I would love to return to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. Not only did my husband and I get engaged there, we were honored to be invited into several indigenous communities for kava, music, dancing and fellowship. Wonderful memories.


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MAIL CALL Marijuana use on the water Great Lakes boaters may not be aware of the potential trouble on the water in regards to the recent legalization of marijuana. There are a growing number of states where cannabis is legal, giving many boaters the false impression that they can legally bring the substance aboard a boat or vessel. Possession of marijuana is a violation of federal law, and will be enforced by to the U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol. Neither the U.S. Coast Guard nor Border Patrol require a warrant or reasonable suspicion to board your boat. Operating a boat or any vessel under the influence of any intoxicant (including marijuana) is illegal, and both the U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol can perform sobriety tests to determine legal impairment. If found to be under the influence, the fines and legal fees can be very high — no pun intended. It may be more difficult for captains/guests to be aware of marijuana presence onboard, especially because it’s available in many different forms. The old-fashioned way of rolling it and smoking it or using a vape pen is much more obvious. Edible products infused with marijuana or the plant oils can be disguised as cookies or cakes, gummy bears or even chocolate bars. In addition, marijuana oils can be added to all kinds of consumable liquids, such as sodas, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages. The best advice is to make sure everyone — from the captain to all guests — is aware that you have a zero-tolerance policy for cannabis onboard while boating in federal jurisdiction waters. Stay safe and have fun! —Terry Krieg

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS BY KAT E B U S H

MAY 30 – JUNE 2

JUNE 8 – 9

JUNE 20

ALDOLEOPOLDFESTIVAL.COM

ALGERCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM

GREATLAKES.ORG

Aldo Leopold Festival Hessel, MI

JUNE 9

JUNE 21 – 22

BAILEYSHARBOR.DOORCOUNTY.COM

MARITIMEMARATHON.ORG

BAYHARBOR.COM

Blue Water Sturgeon Festival Port Huron, MI STURGEONFESTIVAL.COM

Charlevoix Craft Beer Fest Charlevoix MI

FACEBOOK.COM/ CHARLEVOIXCRAFTBEERFEST

D-Day Plus 75 Muskegon, MI

VISITMUSKEGON.ORG

Spring Lake Wooden & Classic Boat Show Spring Lake, MI

FACEBOOK.COM/SLWOODENBOATSHOW

JUNE 7 – 9

JUNE 13 – 15

JUNE 21 – 23

TRCHAMBER.COM

MILLERFERRY.COM

Three Rivers Water Fest Three River, MI

JUNE 14 – 15

South Haven Harborfest 1 South Haven, MI

SOUTHHAVENHARBORFEST.COM

JUNE 14 – 16

Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Bay Harbor, MI BAYHARBOR.COM

Festival of the Fish Vermilion, OH

VERMILIONCHAMBER.NET

JUNE 21 – 30

TD Toronto Jazz Festival Toronto, ON TORONTOJAZZ.COM

JUNE 22

Algonac Antique & Classic Boat Show Algonac, MI MICHACBS.COM

GRANDMARAISMICHIGAN.COM

Paddlefest Sister Bay, WI

Taste of Randolph Chicago, IL

Portage Lakes Antique Boat Show Akron, OH

Spring Door County Lighthouse Fest Door County, WI DCMM.ORG

THEMWF.COM

TASTERANDOLPH.COM

JUNE 14 – 23

Cleveland Race Week 2 Cleveland, OH

CLEVELANDRACEWEEK.COM

Trout Tournament Charlevoix, MI

JUNE 15

JUNE 7 – 16

MICHIGANMARITIMEMUSEUM.ORG

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Mackinac Island, MI MACKINACISLAND.ORG

North by Northeast (NXNE) Toronto, ON NXNE.COM

JUNE 8

Founder’s Day Put-in-Bay, OH

MILLERFERRY.COM

Put-in-Bay Music Festival Put-in-Bay, OH PIBMUSICFEST.COM

St. Clair Beer & Wine Fest St. Clair, MI

STCLAIRBEERANDWINEFEST.COM

Antique & Classic Boat Show South Haven, MI Door County Beer Festival Baileys Harbor, WI DOORCOUNTYBEER.COM

Fyr Bal Festival Ephraim, WI

EPHRAIM-DOORCOUNTY.COM

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival Sawyer, MI LAKEMICHIGANWINEFEST.COM

Maritime Exposition Put-in-Bay, OH NPS.GOV/PEVI

Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show Presque Isle, MI PRESQUEISLEHARBORWOODEN BOATSHOW.COM

JUNE 15 – 16 Visit LAKELANDBOATING.COM/GREAT-LAKES-EVENTS to add your event to our Calendar of Events page!

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Sea Plane Splash-In Grand Marais, MI

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Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium Port Austin, MI

Orillia Spring, Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show Orillia, ON

1000ISLANDS-CLAYTON.COM

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Pirate Festival Put-in-Bay, OH

Mac Solo Challenge Chicago, IL & Port Huron, OH

The Great NY State Food & Wine Fest Clayton, NY

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Vintage Car & Boat Festival Bay Harbor, MI

Mississauga Waterfront Festival Mississauga, ON

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HFM Maritime Marathon Manitowoc, WI

Pirate Family Daze Port Washington, WI

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Great Blue Benefit 3 Chicago, IL

JUNE 1

Blessing of the Fleet Baileys Harbor, WI

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Pictured Rocks Days Munising, MI

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Wasaga Beach Waterfront Festival Wasaga Beach, ON WASAGABEACH.COM

SOLOSAILORS.ORG

KAYAKDOORCOUNTY.COM

ACBS.ORG

Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Fest Ellison Bay, WI UNCORKSUMMER.COM

JUNE 22 – 23

Summer Sailstice Muskegon, MI

LAKEEFFECTBOATING.COM

JUNE 26 – 30 & JULY 2 – 7 Summerfest 4 Milwaukee, WI

SUMMERFEST.COM

JUNE 27

Blessing of the Fleet Harbor Springs, MI

HARBORSPRINGSHISTORY.ORG

JUNE 28

Soo Locks Engineers Day Sault Ste. Marie, MI SAULTSTEMARIE.COM

JUNE 28 – 30

1000 Islands Regatta Brockville, ON

1000ISLANDSREGATTA.COM

JUNE 29

International Bridge Walk Sault Ste. Marie, MI SAULTSTEMARIE.COM

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Formula Introduces New 380 SSC Filling out the Formula Crossover line is the new 380 Super Sport Crossover (SSC), boasting twin sterndrive power, FAS3TECH multi-step hull technology and a molded structural grid to deliver sure-footed performance. This 38-foot full-cabin bowrider also features a full-width cockpit with overnight capabilities for four, as well as a cabin galley and stand-up head below. A full-width hardtop with a top-to-bottom windshield and exclusive sliding bow window provide an open, inviting cockpit experience. The fiberglass hardtop with motorized glass sunroof opens to the sky, while interconnected SmartZoneTM seating offers comfort for all, from the expansive bow to triple helm seating and U-shape lounge aft. For more information, visit FORMULABOATS.COM.

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Yannick Madiot has been appointed Groupe Beneteau Americas new chief operating officer for North America. Madiot previously served as VP of finance and administration for Beneteau USA.

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Save the Date: Oswego Harborfest Mark your calendars for July 25–28, 2019; you don’t want to miss Oswego, New York’s largest festival, Harborfest. This four-day event typically draws around 75,000 attendees and offers 50 different shows and performances in venues throughout Oswego. Attractions include live music, arts and crafts vendors, food, kid-friendly attractions, a magic show, carnival rides and the world-famous Grucci fireworks display over the harbor on Saturday night. Best of all, Harborfest is one of the largest admission-free music festivals in New York. Since its founding in 1988, Harborfest has brought to its stages more than 600 national, regional and local performing artists. For more information, visit OSWEGOHARBORFEST.COM. BUZZ

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Boaters Locker was created for boaters by boaters, providing a wide selection of high-quality, customizable apparel and products for your boat. Boat in style this year and impress your family, friends and guests with cool gear like shirts, jackets, towels and glassware — all branded with your boat’s name. Boaters can shop the website to purchase smaller quantities, while marinas and yacht clubs can buy in bulk. Boaters Locker also offers zero-tolerance warning labels for your boat, cautioning against the use of illegal drugs and weapons while on the water. First-time shoppers can receive 10% off their purchase of $100 or more by entering promo code “NEW10” at checkout. Email kbush@lakelandboating.com to add your company’s Great Lakes news to Scuttle! Visit BOATERSLOCKER.COM for more information.

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SkipperBud’s – Cass Lake Marina Nearing Completion

Grand Banks Reveals New GB54 Renderings

Grand Banks has offered a sneak peek rendering of its new GB54 model, which is currently under construction and will make her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The new flybridge motoryacht will be available in a two- or three-stateroom layout and finished in golden blended teak from sustainable sources. Both layouts offer a large salon seating area with an L-shape settee to port, served by a versatile dining table. On the flybridge, the upper helm station has helm and companion seats, while an L-shape settee with table invites more alfresco entertaining. The two-stateroom layout has a galley down and features a starboard master stateroom amidships. On the three-stateroom layout, the galley is found on the main deck port side, opposite the helm. The standard engine package will be a pair of 725-hp Volvo Penta D11s. The GB54 is expected to cruise 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, with a fast cruise estimated to be around 27 knots at 70% load. For more information, visit GRANDBANKS.COM.

MarineMax recently announced that Dave Bigge has been promoted to vice president of MarineMax Vacations and Aquila International Sales.

GREAT LAKES NEWS

Construction on SkipperBud’s new Cass Lake Marina location is nearing completion. The marina site has been through many facelifts and names throughout the years: Cass Lake Marina, Sun and Ski Marina, and Island Cove Marina, to name a few.

SkipperBud’s began construction on the new Cass Lake Marina facility last June. The campus will feature a drystack building and marina, boat maintenance and repair facility, two-story sales facility and a marine parts and accessories department. The marina will have all-new dockage with a gas dock, pumps and dispensers. The new marina campus is not only state of the art, it’s also environmentally friendly. SkipperBud’s - Cass Lake Marina is currently in the process of applying for Michigan Clean Marina Status. SkipperBud’s will be hosting Grand Opening festivities for the new marina in mid-July. For more information, visit SKIPPERBUDS.COM.

More than 2,411 feet of Michigan shoreline has been preserved, thanks to two recent land donations to the Little Traverse Conservancy — one on Drummond Island, the other near Good Hart. The new Forslund Dix Point Nature Preserve, located on the northwestern tip of Drummond Island, includes 56 acres of land and 1,800 feet of shoreline along the St. Marys River. The land is a donation from the family of Carl Forslund Jr. in memory of their late parents, Carl and Anne Forslund, which was gifted “to keep this much-loved part of Drummond Island untouched and accessible for generations to come,” the family said in a statement. The nonprofit now has three nature preserves on the island totalling 102 acres. The other new preserve, the Margaret Robinson Deane and Rob Deane Family Nature Preserve, protects 611 feet of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, along with five acres of hardwoods and conifers. The Deane family donated the land, which is only accessible by boat. For more information, visit LANDTRUST.ORG.

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Little Traverse Conservancy Establishes Two New Michigan Preserves



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Monte Carlo Yachts Launches Two New Models

The second generation of Monte Carlo Yachts has been revealed. Meet the new MCY 66 (pictured) and MCY 76. These two new yachts will make their world debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival in September. According to a press release, “The MCY 76 is an evolution of the company’s very first yacht and will reflect more than 10 years of design experience and innovation without betraying the iconic boat’s defining features.” The MCY 66 will also naturally evolve from the previous model, featuring an updated design and enlarged interior and exterior spaces. A third new model, the MCY 70, was unveiled at BOOT Dusseldorf in January. For more information, visit MONTECARLOYACHTS. IT/EN.

Raffle for Freighter Ride Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride aboard a Great Lakes freighter? Now is your chance to find out! Enter the Soo Locks Visitors Center Association raffle for a chance to take a round-trip voyage aboard an Interlake Steamship vessel in the summer of 2020. The first-place winner and three guests win the freighter prize. Departure port and dates will be coordinated with the winner. Second-place winners receive an overnight stay at Whitefish Point, and third-place winners get a two-night stay at Holiday Inn Express. The drawing will be held on September 6. The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the eventual departure port. Contestants must have a valid U.S. passport and be physically able to climb stairways and ladders. To enter, visit SAULTSTEMARIE .COM/HOME/ WIN-TRIP-FREIGHTER-RAFFLE .

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Mercury Marine Names New President Following the departure of John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine has named Christopher Drees as its new president. Drees was formerly president of Mercury’s marine parts and accessories division. “Assuming the Mercury presidency is a natural progression for Chris,” Brunswick CEO David M. Foulkes said in a statement. “He has spent more than 20 years with the company, distinguishing himself in a number of varied assignments and making a series of planned career moves to hone his skills and experience in preparation for this well-deserved role.” Drees joined Mercury in 1998 and has held a variety of roles, including general manager of Mercury propeller business and vice president of Mercury’s global operations.

Mackinac Island’s Mission Point Resort Completes $10M Renovation

Mackinac Island’s beautiful Mission Point Resort has completed a five-year, $10 million renovation. The latest and final phase of the renovation includes updated guest rooms and suites in the Straits Lodge, custom Carhartt dog beds for the canine crew (the resort is pet-friendly), as well as new, custom-made bikes for guests to traverse the island. Since the current owners purchased the property in 2014, Mission Point’s facelift has also included renovating 108 guest rooms and suites in the Main Lodge, revamping the restaurant menus, and adding a coffee shop. For more info, visit MISSIONPOINT.COM. GREAT LAKES NEWS

Send in Your Old Lake Michigan Beach Photos!

Got any old Lake Michigan coastal dune pictures? Scientists want them! Researchers at the Michigan Environmental Council, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Michigan State University want any old photos of Michigan’s coastal dunes along Lake Michigan that may be sitting in picture frames, photo albums or on SD cards. The scientists will use the photos to study how to conserve sand dunes by comparing them to what the sites look like today. The pictures should be ideally 25 years or older and labeled with the exact location they were taken. To submit photos, visit ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL .ORG/HISTORIC-DUNE-PHOTOS. If you have five or more photos, email DUNES@ ENVIRONMENTALCOUNCIL .ORG.

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Fairline Yachts Introduces New Squadron 68

Luxury British boatbuilder Fairline Yachts has released details on its new Squadron 68, which is set to debut at Cannes Yachting Festival in September. Featuring the award-winning Italian design of Alberto Mancini and world-renowned Vripack engineering, the Squadron 68 is “effortlessly chic.” The Squadron 68 offers 12% more lower deck accommodation space, a 5% larger main deck salon area and a 10% bigger flybridge than the outgoing Squadron 65. The Squadron 68 also features a large bathing platform, an expansive main deck galley, as well as the newly designed option of an extended VIP forward cabin. For accommodations, choose from a three-cabin and day head layout, or a four-cabin layout. For more information, visit FAIRLINE .COM.

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Parker Boats Joins Correct Craft Family Correct Craft enters a new segment of the marine industry with its recent acquisition of Parker Boats — a Beaufort, North Carolina-boatbuilder with 55 years of experience building premium offshore and inshore fishing boats, including center consoles, sport cabins and dual consoles. The acquisition also enables Parker to expand its production capacity and leverage Correct Craft’s operational experience, which will bring new product and engineering technologies to the Parker plant. Correct Craft has no plans to move the company or change Parker’s management. The Florida-based Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker and Bryant boat companies, as well as Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information, visit CORRECTCRAFT.COM and

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“Law of Recreational Boating” Book

Defender Now Carries Oceanic System Products Oceanic System’s range of monitoring and control systems are now listed on the Defender website (DEFENDER. COM) and catalog, providing easier access to Oceanic’s products in America. Defender recently held its 23rd Annual Warehouse Sale with Oceanic’s Managing Director Bruce Coward demonstrating the renowned Poseidon System (pictured) to thousands of customers. Following the success of the show, Defender said, “we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and fabulous support received in promoting the relationship between Defender and Oceanic.” Coward comments: “We are very excited to be a part of the Defender catalog. Oceanic Systems already has a strong U.S. presence but our Defender listing will strengthen and further support our network of U.S. resellers.” View Oceanic products in the Defender catalog (p. 258-259) at DEFENDER.COM/ PDF/2019- CATALOG.PDF.

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Have you ever had legal questions while buying a boat, looking into marine insurance, or dealing with a salvage situation? The “Law of Recreational Boating” book by maritime attorney Eric E. Lenck easily spells out unique maritime laws that typically affect the recreational boating community. “Lenck has done a great service to recreational boaters and professional mariners alike,” says Capt. Jonathan Boulware. “Intended as a resource for the recreational boating public, this book has still broader appeal. As a 23-year licensed master of motor, steam, or sail, I found much that is useful in this worthy text.” Purchase for $24.99 at AMAZON.COM.



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“Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario” Book Regardless of which Great Lake one lives near, there’s an ever-present fascination with what lies beneath — those historic shipwrecks and tales of the ferocity of the Great Lakes. Author and shipwreck enthusiast Jim Kennard, with Roland Stevens and Roger Pawlowski, tells the stories of more than 26 shipwrecks found in Lake Ontario and the underwater explorers who found them in the new book “Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario.” Kennard has spent nearly 30 years researching for this book, and he has found more than 200 shipwrecks (most in the Great Lakes), according to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, who published the book. All proceeds of the book go toward supporting the museum. Purchase for $21.95 at NMGLSTORE.ORG.

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Study on Michigan Harbor Economic Impact Released

The Michigan Port Collaborative has released a report highlighting the $19.7 billion economic impact produced by Michigan’s ports and harbors, $15.4 billion of which was produced by water-based tourism and recreation.

The study noted that water-based tourism and recreation economic impacts are nearly four times that of commercial economic impacts. The study also found that port and harbor water-based tourism economic activity supports an approximate 124,892 full-time equivalent jobs around the state. “The impact of our industry in the state is often underestimated and seen as ‘seasonal,’” says Michigan Boating Industries Association Executive Director Nicki Polan. “This report is proof our industry is great and is a large contribution to our state and federal economy.” To view the report, visit MICHIGANPORTCOLLABORATIVE .COM.

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The H1 Unlimited series has recently announced that the Madison Regatta will be the host of the APBA (American Power Boat Association) Gold Cup race to be held July 5-7, 2019 on the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana. The unlimited hydroplanes will be vying for the prestigious and oldest trophy in motorsports history. The 2018 National Champion Andrew Tate in his Delta RealTracsponsored unlimited will defend his title. The only community owned hydroplane and hometown favorite, the Miss Madison/Miss HomeStreet, will be piloted by Jimmy Shane. —Paul Kemiel

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Great Lakes Co. Lakeshore Trunks This Great Lakes-made line of swimwear provides swimmers with a comfortable fit (hello elastic waistband) and quick-drying material (goodbye wet bottom). Best of all, the trunks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled water bottles (eight to be exact). Also features zippered back pocket, mesh liner and the cutest pattern featuring pontoons, sailboats, fish, canoes and powerboats. $64 AT GREATLAKESCOLLECTION.COM

X-treme Organics Mariner Balm The marine environment can be rough at times. Protect your skin from dryness, cracking, chapped lips and calluses with Mariner Balm. This skincare line is made with natural, certified organic ingredients — no fillers, no sulfates, no parabens, no mineral oils, no chemicals, no pesticides and no GMOs. Use the balm to moisturize after long exposure to the sun and wind. Ideal for surfers, fishermen, sailors, kayakers, kitesurfers, wakeboarders — anyone who lives in the water. FROM $7.95 TO $32 AT X-TREMEORGANICS.COM

Sperry Women’s Crest Vibe Sneakers Help save our oceans with the purchase of Sperry’s BIONIC line of footwear. The Crest Vibe Sneakers offer a comfortable, memory-foam insole and a sustainable woven yarn made of, on average, five recycled plastic bottles taken from the ocean. Features sailcloth-inspired uppers; non-marking rubber outsoles; moisture-wicking Dri-Lex material; and rust-proof eyelets. Available in white (shown), light pink and navy. $69.95 AT WESTMARINE .COM ADD YOUR GEAR

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Lumishore EOS STV 2204-i Display Meet Lumishore’s newest offering: The EOS STV 2204-i, an intuitive glass bridge touch-screen and rotary dial. The display allows boaters to easily take full control of Lumishore’s underwater lighting systems. The display features a simple to use palette wheel for color selection; horizontal slide bar for adjustments to lighting intensity; control of lighting across multiple zones; and more. With built-in Wi-Fi, the EOS STV 2204-i can also activate and control onboard lighting via Apple or Android devices. AT LUMISHORE .COM

MyRadar Weather App Be a step ahead of storms while cruising with the MyRadar weather app (available for iOS or Android devices). The app’s newest Advance Rain Notification feature will warn users via push notification of impending rain before it happens and will include the type of precipitation, such as light drizzle, heavy rain or snow. The Advanced Rain Notification feature is available for free and is included in the base version of MyRadar, also a free download. FREE AT MYRADAR.COM


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Door County, WI: PT. 2 Through Death’s Door and into the Bay.

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ust off the northern tip of the Door Peninsula, you’ll find remote islands, historic lighthouses and the very reason for Door County’s name. Between the Northport Ferry Dock and Washington Island lies the area’s most storied feature — Porte des Morts, or Death’s Door. In the 1800s and into the 20th century, the strait that links Lake Michigan to Green Bay was known as one of the most dangerous stretches on the Great Lakes, claiming 64 vessels in Death’s Door and the surrounding waters. Thankfully, today the passage is routine and well worth the journey for boaters in search of adventure. Washington Island Washington Island — or, as locals call it, simply “the island” — is a step removed even from the respite offered on the county’s mainland. The community of roughly 660 year-round residents is home to the smallest public school in Wisconsin (2015 graduating class of one). It’s a land of fishermen, farmers and families connected to the world only

Myles Dannhausen takes us on a three-part journey exploring the Door County Peninsula. In part two, we round the top of the peninsula, visiting Washington Island, Gills Rock, Ellison Bay and Sister Bay.

by the Washington Island Ferry, which makes a mere two crossings per day in the heart of winter. Venture inland via the Cherry Train and find Nelson’s Hall and Bitters Pub, a must-stop. This century-old tavern found a loophole to become the only tavern to legally serve alcohol through prohibition. Owner Tom Nelsen got a pharmacist’s license to “prescribe” shots of medicinal Angostura bitters to his patients. Today, you can still join the Bitters Club by downing a shot of it, and the bar goes through more bitters than any other place in the world. On the north side of the island, you’ll find Schoolhouse Beach, where sunbathers flock to swim in Caribbean blue waters surrounded by a horseshoe of millions of smooth limestone rocks that make it one of the most picturesque beaches on the lake. In July, head to the center of the island and walk through the lavender fields at Fragrant Isle, the largest lavender field in the Midwest, or climb to the top of Mountain Tower for a view that reaches to St. Martin Island on a clear day. Find great breakfast and lunch at Heidi Gilbertson’s

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Island Cafe, coffee at the Red Cup, or dinner straight from the farm at the historic Washington Hotel. And if the catch is in, you have to try fried lawyers at K.K. Fiske. No, they’re not the lawyers you’re thinking of, but a bottom-feeding fish referred to as a poor man’s lobster. Trust me, they’re good. If you venture this far north you might as well sail the final leg to Rock Island State Park, home of the Thordarson Boathouse, which is perhaps the most striking building in all of Door County. Tie up at the pier of the structure Chester Thordarson built as part of his Rock Island Retreat in the 1920s and explore an island where no motorized vehicles are allowed. Take a swing around the north end for a view of Pottawatomie Lighthouse, the first lighthouse in Wisconsin when it began operations in 1837. Gills Rock/Ellison Bay Once you’ve made it safely through Death’s Door you’ll make your way along a surprisingly unblemished northern bayshore, including the rocky bluffs of Garrett Bay, a beautiful kayaker’s getaway. The only hub of activity in these parts is the tiny fishing village of Gills Rock. In 2018, the Town of Liberty Grove bought three parcels encompassing historic fishing shacks and piers with plans to create a public park and water access. It’s located just a short walk from Charlie’s Smokehouse, where you can stock up on delicious smoked whitefish and snacks for the boat. Next door, The Shoreline Restaurant offers food and a view so popular that locals don’t balk at driving 30 to 45 minutes for lunch or dinner. The next village south is only slightly busier than Gills Rock. Tie up in Ellison Bay and stroll around a town that feels like a step back into Door County of yesteryear, where the old general store stands on the corner, Viking Grill

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serves an iconic Door County fish boil, and the filling station still sends out an attendant to pump your gas. But mixed into this quaint village are modern touches. Island Orchard Cider offers tastings of award-winning hard cider in its taproom, and the Mink River Basin supper club features more than 30 craft beers on draft and possibly the county’s best whiskey selection. Up the road, the Wickman House draws diners from throughout the state to dine and drink from its staggering craft cocktail menu and wine list. The arts thrive here as well, from potters like Larry Thoreson at Ellison Bay Pottery Studios, Lauren and David Aurelius at Clay Bay Pottery, and writers, photographers and artists refueling creative fires at The Clearing folk school retreat. Sister Bay Your next stop is a step into the “new” Door County. In 2007, Sister Bay (population 800) rolled the dice and purchased a chunk of its waterfront for $4.9 million to prevent it from being developed into a private marina and condominiums. They followed that with $11 million more in waterfront, parks and street improvements, banking on private development to follow — and did it ever. The village is now the center of Door County summers, with a thriving restaurant scene, a veritable village-wide beer garden and 1,800 feet of bustling public waterfront. Anchor offshore on a summer Wednesday evening and you’ll catch the sounds of the concerts at Waterfront Park pavilion and hear Captain Peder Nelson fire the cannon on the 65-foot two-masted schooner Edith M. Becker to commemorate another brilliant sunset. Sister Bay is famous for the goats grazing on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, but there is much more than pancakes in this town now. The restaurant’s popular Stabbur Beer Garden offers the Malmo Mule — a favorite of parents who enjoy the food and drinks while kids play yard games. Boathouse on the Bay is a mariner’s delight offering a rooftop deck overlooking the marina and fresh seafood. Right off the beach is the best pizza around at Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza, and two doors down is Grasse’s Grill, where Jim and Jessica Grasse serve up breakfast and lunch with locally sourced ingredients. About a mile east of the village, a couple of hundred goats play and graze, serving up goat milk for cheese-maker/ chef Jesse Johnson to serve up some of the best cheese and sandwiches you’ll find at Door County Creamery. Need to catch a game? There’s no better place than Husby’s, Sister Bay’s oldest and most popular watering hole. More than a dozen large-screen televisions are mounted in the bar and the outdoor garage bar, where you can hang with the locals and enjoy live music every summer evening. If you don’t want to be in the center of all the action, head north of town toward Yachtworks, a full-service marina and supply shop conveniently located next to JJ’s La Puerta, home to great margaritas and guacamole. For the finer palate, walk next door to Waterfront Restaurant for a wine list and menu that ranks among the most well-thought-out in Door County. Across the street, stop by Base Camp Coffee in the basement of the old town hall and get the Kouign-Amann pastry with your coffee — you won’t regret it. For those in the market to buy a new boat, head down the street to Beacon Marine, a Boston Whaler, Cobalt Boats, Grady-White and Sealine dealer. You can also escape the bustle by heading south of the main village harbor to Little Sister Harbor and the dock of Fred & Fuzzy’s. Swim ashore for cherry margaritas, a seat on the lawn, and Door County’s favorite sunset view on the shore of Pebble Beach. ★



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magine walking in a forest, not merely crunching needles and leaves on the ground, but stepping along rope and wooden bridges high in the trees among the birds. The longest canopy walk in the U.S. is found at the newly opened Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. For visitors coming by boat, the attraction is less than 25 miles west of the Bay City State Recreation Area in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. After four years of planning and development, the Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens has been awing visitors since opening October 2018. “Their reaction is ‘Wow!,’” says Whiting Forest Program Manager Kyle Bagnall. “It’s unique; the experience is special.” Adventure over pond, orchard and forest floor That the canopy walk turned out to be the longest in the country at 1,400 feet (just over a quarter-mile) may not have been the original goal when its development started about four years ago; however, Bagnall thinks it ended up that way because of the variety of landscapes it overlooks. It winds above 54 acres of forest, ponds, meadows and apple orchard. “Number one, it had to fit into the landscape to highlight different aspects of that landscape,” he says. “Two, it had to be accessible for everyone to experience the treetops. That’s fantastic; I love that and the variety planned.” The canopy walk is an adventure that takes visitors across three branching arms over the different landscapes: The Spruce Arm; Pond Arm; and Orchard Arm. Each arm has special, surprising features, and all arms end at a unique overlook viewing platform. Whiting Forest Playground

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also offers a gathering space called The Knot, and two shelters among the trees called “Pods” within the Pond Arm. A three-layered cargo net 25 feet above the forest floor on the Spruce Arm offers a safe yet thrilling area to lounge. In the summer, water misters provide a refreshing break from the heat. Bagnall assures that this area is not dangerous. He suggests laying on it and looking up at the tree tops above while knowing that the ground is 25 feet below. The Pond Arm is also 25 feet above the property’s Lake Margardor, has a relaxing overlook and two fun, wooden-slatted, seed-shaped Pods about 28 feet apart. The one at the east end is wheelchair-accessible, while the youngsters like the west Pod for its two levels that can be reached by a cargo net bridge. “They look like nature’s forts in the trees,” Bagnall says. Then there’s a glass-bottom overlook on the Orchard Arm, which, at 40 feet above the ground, is the highest point on the walk and may remind some Chicago visitors of the Willis Tower Skydeck. This is the place to go for panoramic views of the orchard and its more than 104 different varieties of fruit trees, as well as the forest, playground, Whiting Forest Café and visitor center. “You come out into the open from a tunnel of green into the sunlight,” Bagnall says of the overlook. “The orchard has an apple tree that is 100 years old.” Three miles of trails — 1.5 miles of which is mulched and 1.5 miles paved/ADA accessible — also wind throughout the forest for guests who may want to stay closer to the earth. Kids will love the playground, offering an interactive water feature, swings, a slide, hammock, a climbing hill and plenty of obstacle courses. Take a break from all the fun with a beverage at the Whiting Forest Café, offering fresh, locally roasted coffee, soup, snacks and sandwiches. The property is open year-round, and Bagnall points out that visitors will experience it differently each season, whether that’s during the cold Michigan winters with white snow covering the path, or during a warm summer day when the sun’s rays warm the path. “You see the seasons unfold,” he says. “There’s constant change every day. “In the spring, the creek is flowing and the birds are singing. A robin even built its nest just under the Canopy,” he continues. “You are up among the birds. There are not many places like this around the country.”

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Explore where Macauley “Mike” Whiting and his siblings played Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens is operated and owned by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, founders of the Dow Chemical Company. In past years, the public was invited to visit the Dow Gardens on the property, but Foundation President Macauley “Mike” Whiting Jr. saw an opportunity to share a more personal look at the property, offering a glimpse into the experiences he had growing up there. His home, an attractive 1949 mid-century modern structure, is now the Whiting Forest Visitor Center. “Growing up, my brother and I spent countless hours in Whiting Forest creating our own adventures — climbing trees, catching frogs, skating on the ponds, even building our own cabin,” Whiting Jr. says in a statement. “What is now Whiting Forest was my backyard as a kid, where I

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A pedestrian bridge will connect the Whiting Forest to the Dow Gardens late in 2019. Until then, guests enter the property through a separate Whiting Forest Visitor Center, located at 2203 Eastman Avenue. The Dow Gardens entry is at 1809 Eastman Avenue. The entire Dow Gardens property is 110 acres, which includes the annuals, perennials and the children’s garden of Dow Gardens, plus a playground, water features and bridges. Admission fees cover both the Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest. Daily Cargo net admission costs are: $10 for adults; $2 for kids (6 to 17 years old) and college students (with valid ID); and free for kids under 5 years old. If you plan on visiting often, purchase an annual pass for $20. Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens is open year-round (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day) but hours vary. played in Midland all summer long. There are six children To learn more about in our family, and we all enjoy the outdoors as a result of the Whiting Forest growing up on this property.” of Dow Gardens, visit

Whiting Jr.’s parents, Macauley Sr. and Helen Dow Whiting, donated their home and the surrounding 54 areas to the community when they retired so that the property could be enjoyed by the public. Their home was opened to the public in 2004 and transformed into the Whiting Forest Visitor Center in 2018, offering visitors restrooms, a theater room and exhibits. “In conceptualizing the Whiting Forest project our thoughts were ‘What can we do to bring our experience to others, and how can we get them to want to be out in nature?’” Whiting Jr. says. “The idea is to get people outside, away from computer screens and hectic lives. There is just something innately good for you in a forest. It’s good for your soul.” ★

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Ditch the Weight! Putting your boat on a diet is great for your boat and your wallet.

Go through every storage compartment to see what items can be removed from the boat. Hanging lockers (bottom) are a great place to look for weight savings.

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veryone knows losing excess weight is a good thing. From a boating perspective, here’s the skinny on how it helps both your wallet and boat performance.

for routine maintenance items or cleaning supplies (paints, varnish, shop vacs and the like) which are better stored in a dock box or at home until actually needed.

What’s the big deal? Your body can’t function at maximum efficiency when lugging around a keg instead of six-pack abs, and your boat is no different. While the effects of excess weight are bad enough for full displacement hulls, the negative effects are even worse for faster boats with lighter, planing hulls. Boats are designed to operate at peak efficiency with a specific payload in mind. An overweight boat rides low on her lines. This increases the wetted surface of the hull, which in turn increases friction between the hull and water and reduces speed and fuel efficiency.

Tanks for the idea! Another great place to realize huge weight savings is in your vessel’s tank. You always want to have enough fuel onboard, but if you’re doing shorter trips why take on a full tank of fuel and lug around the extra weight? Buy only as much fuel as needed plus a bit of reserve, rather than burning fuel to haul around a full tank. It may mean more trips to the fuel dock, but you’ll save money in the long run. Employ a similar mindset when it comes to water tanks. A gallon of water weighs more than 8 pounds, so why drag around a full tank when you’re only going on a day trip? As any good plumber will tell you, it isn’t just water that rolls downhill, so what about that full holding tank? Pumping it after every trip will reduce both weight and unwanted smells. Coolers and livewells present another opportunity. Why use 100 pounds of ice if 50 pounds will do, and why bring a case of sodas if you only drink four or five per trip? Keeping your livewell empty of water unless you actually have bait seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed what some boat owners do out of sheer habit.

Lighten your load Start reducing weight by going through all cabinets, lockers and storage compartments to see what items you really need onboard. The goal here is to ditch excess weight while maintaining acceptable levels of equipment for safety and comfort. Be realistic and consider your near-future boating plans when reviewing items to keep or purge. What better place to start your boat diet than the galley. Sure you’ve got enough pots, pans and gadgets to cook a seven-course meal, but how often have you actually done so? The same thing goes for all those extra cooking supplies, canned goods and the 10-pound bag of sugar that was on sale — will you actually use them anytime soon? Books and boats just go together, but rather than maintaining a complete library onboard, how about only bringing the ones you’ll need for this trip and keeping the rest ashore? Better yet, download them to your iPad or Kindle to save even more weight. Items that may seem inconsequential weight-wise can add up before you know it. Do you really need two dozen towels, three changes of bed linens, five blankets and all those throw pillows? Go through your hanging lockers and see what clothes have actually been worn in the past year and ask yourself if you really need five sun hats. You’ll want to make sure you have the proper amount of spares and tools onboard, but unless you’re going on an extended cruise, removing those “just in case” duplicates or items like extra oil, spare hardware and rarely used tools can add up to significant weight savings. The same is true

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Balance what’s left Once you’ve removed all of that excess weight, distribute the remaining weight and gear to best balance the boat. This not only improves the ride, but also saves fuel by allowing non-displacement boats to get up on a plane quicker. Don’t be afraid to ask passengers to shift around to accomplish this, and learn how to properly use trim tabs for maximum planing efficiency if installed. Keep the mindset Like any diet, once the weight is off it’s easy to backslide and start packing it on again — especially when looking at all that empty storage space. Keep that rebound weight gain in check by paying attention to all the stuff that tries to find its way back onboard. It’s also a good idea to clean out your storage lockers at the beginning of each season to get rid of stuff you really don’t need. Keep the weight off and both your boat and wallet will thank you. ★

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The Way to Wi-Fi Stay connected onboard with Wi-Fi.

taying connected is important, but doing so while aboard your boat can be challenging at times. Finding a good Wi-Fi connection, however, is often possible with a little effort, whether you’re sitting at a marina, on a cruising adventure or just wanting to get the latest scores while fishing. Off-the-shelf solutions from retailers, cellular and satellite providers, as well as specialized equipment developed for marine use can keep everyone connected and streaming. Staying connected to Wi-Fi doesn’t just mean being able to read emails and binge Netflix on your smart device. Wi-Fi also allows marine electronics to connect and perform software updates, provide the latest weather forecasts and even run diagnostics on faulty equipment. In order to get decent connections to the internet, a boat owner can use one or a combination of three different solutions. The first and generally least expensive connection is through a land-based Wi-Fi system connected to your boat via a device’s internal receiver or a Wi-Fi bridge/router. These routers would include simple off-the-shelf solutions you can find at your local retailer, as well as some well-designed marine-specific products configured for boater’s needs. The second way to connect is through a cellular connection by way of a hotspot-type device. The third method allows for the greatest range but is the most expensive — via a satellite connection. The solution that will work best for you depends on where your boating adventures take you and how you boat.

GLENN HAYES is a marine writer and photographer whose background in the marine industry and in marine electronics spans almost three decades and many thousands of miles at sea traveling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .

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Land-based systems When at a marina, tied to a dock behind your home or moored in an anchorage, connecting to the internet may be possible through your laptop or smart device’s Wi-Fi antenna, but those internal antennas are limited in their range and capability and generally don’t bode well offshore. Marinas may have poor Wi-Fi signal, which is exacerbated by distance from the hub and the deeper inside your vessel you are. A dedicated Wi-Fi bridge connected to a router might help, such as those offered by your local big box office supply retailer. Keep in mind that these routers are generally AC powered and designed for home or office use with more complex user interfaces. These interfaces may

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Cellular antennas & hotspots Two antenna solutions — Wave WiFi’s Rogue Wave antennas and Shakespeare’s WebWhip antennas/bridges — include a robust smart antenna that can be easily mounted and simply plugged into your existing system onboard via an Ethernet cable. These antennas improve the range and reception of Wi-Fi and are just the ticket while in a slip or at anchor. Keep in mind, however, that they can be limited in their capability when underway and offshore. When within cell range, the use of a cellular hotspot device can provide good results but can eat up data plans quickly with multiple users streaming their favorite Hulu series. Glomex and other manufacturers offer some interesting cellular antennas that can increase range and reception to your Wi-Fi system. The Glomex weBBoat4G Pro is a cellular antenna that easily mounts aboard your craft and allows the owner to plug in a SIM card for use with different network providers. It then bridges the cellular signal up to 20 miles from shore via Wi-Fi to users aboard. Mounted in a small dome standing 12 inches tall, these systems are built for the marine environment and offer more range and capability than standard hotspots. Satellite connection The third and most expensive option is a satellite receiver. Offerings from companies such as KVH and Intellian can provide worldwide coverage with capabilities and speed increasing with dome size, price and service plan. Although the most expensive of the three solutions, there are multiple satellite devices available with data plans that range from basic low bandwidth offerings to systems that could run a large office network. These systems can be found on small yachts to cruise ships and offer Wi-Fi anywhere in the world. No matter where you are and why you need to stay connected, there is a system out there to help you do so. Careful planning and budgeting will get you the system you need. ★

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not be optimized to repeatedly find and select new sources of Wi-Fi as needed when moving from marina to marina. Wave WiFi offers a broad range of Wi-Fi equipment, including its MBR (Marine Broadband Router) series of routers. These have a simple yet feature-rich interface that allows a boater to quickly and easily select the best Wi-Fi available and even switch seamlessly to another Wi-Fi broadcaster or cell network if the current signal grows weak or drops out. Adding an external antenna and bridging device can also add range and quality of Wi-Fi reception aboard.


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SAFETY FIRST BY HE L E N A IT K E N

Under the Sun Reduce the sun’s impact with sunscreen, shirts and sunglasses.

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What’s an SPF? The SPF (sun protection factor) is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from UVB rays. If sunburns occur after 20 minutes without sunscreen, an SPF 15 will allow 15 times longer in the sun before burning, or 5 hours of protection. If your makeup and sunscreen each have an SPF 15, the total SPF on your face is 15, not 30. The SPF reflects the highest coverage, so consider using makeup or a tinted sunscreen that’s SPF 30.

Cover up Common sense dictates that long sleeves and pants are better than short ones, and a high neckline or collar shielding the back of the neck is preferable. Although cotton or linen may be cooler, synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon are more protective, so consider wearing a rash guard or swim shirt over a bathing suit. Tightly woven fabrics like denims and corduroys are among the most sun-protective fabrics, and darker colors or some bright colors actually absorb UV rays before reaching your skin. Interestingly, you can shrink fabrics to make the weave tighter and more protective, and vice versa, overstretching garments reduces the production. Look for clothing tags and hats (broad rim ones are best) that have SPF ratings. A cotton t-shirt may have an SPF of 5, allowing 1/5 of the sun’s radiation through, while fabrics with an SPF 50 allow 1/50 (much smaller) through. An SPF 50-plus is the highest on clothing, blocking out 97.5 percent or more UV radiation.

Sunscreen types Synthetic chemical sunscreens work into the skin to absorb UV rays. Broad-spectrum ingredients like oxybenzone (not for sensitive skin or children), salicylates, avobenzone and ecamsule work best. Avoid products with alcohol, fragrances or preservatives that can irritate the skin, and avoid breathing in spray-type products. Physical sunscreens provide a barrier that prevents UV penetration. Natural minerals, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are inexpensive compared to pricey designer products and are gentle enough for sensitive skin without being absorbed. They rub off easily, so use them often and liberally. New tinted ones even mimic the skin’s coloration. Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, even underneath makeup. Reapply water-resistant products every 90 minutes or more often if sweating or being in the water. Use them even on overcast and winter days; up to 80 percent of UV rays penetrate cloud cover and are reflected back by water and snow.

Other information The sun’s rays can damage the eye’s lenses and cause cataracts. Invest in good quality, large lens sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays, and always wear them outside. Wraparound lenses are the best. Ask your optician for help. The UV Index (UVI) indicates the relative strength of the sun’s rays. The higher the number, the higher the sun’s strength (at night the UVI is zero), and the greater need for sunscreens. While traveling internationally, check the UVI and use sunscreen. Medications like tetracycline, tranquilizers, diuretics, sulfa drugs and others increase your sensitivity to UV rays and sunburn risk. Read the labels and follow the directions. Reduce UV damage by staying inside or in the shade when the rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the U.S. Babies younger than 6 months old should stay out of the sun. Lastly, if you suspect skin problems, see a doctor. Take the worry out of being in the sun with proper SPF clothing, eyewear and sunscreen. A little preparation will shield you from invisible UV dangers now and in the future. ★

Tanning Tanning is the body’s healing response to sun exposure. The skin’s pigment, melanin, darkens the skin but doesn’t fully protect it. Fair and freckled skins lack enough melanin to tan and are more prone to skin damage than a tanned person. But everyone, regardless of skin type and tone, needs sunscreen.

HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is a U.S. Power Squadrons member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit her website at AITKENHELEN.COM.

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Check the ingredients and test the product. If you like it, you’re more likely to use it often. Slather sunscreen everywhere, especially over the nose, ears, under the chin, back of legs, hands and feet.

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veryone is susceptible to the sun’s radiation, regardless of skin tone. An immediate effect of too much sun exposure is red skin or sunburn, while cumulative effects show up as freckles, wrinkles and prematurely aged skin. More serious problems show up with prolonged exposure in the formation of cataracts or melanoma (cancer). The earth’s atmosphere protects us from most of the sun’s radiation but invisible, ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays reach the surface. The invisible rays are harmful at all elevations and latitudes, and are reflected back on snow and water. Specialized sunglasses, clothing and sunscreens keep us safer from the effects of sun exposure if used properly.


CRUISING WITH KIDS BY DI A N E SELTZER

Family Friendly Cruising Destinations Planning summer boat trips that will be fun and memorable for your kids.

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very new boating season is an opportunity for our family to revisit favorite destinations and discover new ones we can cross off our boating bucket list. The boat trips our family takes each year are always the highlight of the summer. Our kids may not always remember the names of the towns or marinas we visit, but they remember all the special little moments that encompass each trip. Every boat trip is packed full of firsts they’ve never done before, or familiar favorites they can’t wait to enjoy again. When we look back at our favorite trips, they are all about the stories and experiences. Our kids fondly remember that place where they climbed to the top of a lighthouse for the first time, or that marina with a great pool and where they got to ride a water taxi into town. Ensuring we select a family friendly cruising destination is our No. 1 priority when planning a boat trip. Ideally, the location includes activities that will cater to everyone’s need for fun, making a memorable experience for the entire family.

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Full-amenities marina These days, many marinas are stepping up to become more than just a place to dock your boat. A quick getaway to a marina that offers a variety of family friendly amenities can be a great boating destination in itself. Many marinas are now offering all the bells and whistles you would expect to find in a resort: Large swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts and on-site dining options. As a transient, you should be able to take advantage of everything a marina has to offer, so be sure to ask what’s included when you reserve a slip. Also, there may be special accommodations for transients, like bike rentals or shuttles into town. In the summer, many marinas will have scheduled activities and special events to make a visit even more enticing. Our home marina has an annual family fun day, complete with a water slide, games and free food (yes, even for transients). Other marinas may have summer movie nights, bands or local events that are easily accessed from the marina. Of course, reserving a slip well ahead of time to take advantage of these popular weekends is always recommended. Historic waterfront towns Almost every waterfront town seems to have a rich and interesting history to explore. The towns may be well-known coastal hotspots or smaller waterfront towns that are more accessible by boat than land, making them hidden treasures somewhat reserved for boaters. The places you visit can include anywhere from charming

fishing towns to infamous ports of battle or century-old lighthouse points. Nearly any waterfront town your family visits will offer your kids an opportunity to learn something about the town’s history. Our kids love to explore and learn about what makes each town special and unique. Typically, there are monuments or signs along the waterfront to help you and your kids learn about the historic significance of the town. You can often visit quaint museums or lighthouse keeper houses to learn even more. And, of course, if there’s a lighthouse, you need to get over your fear of heights and make the climb to the top — an experience that’s always a highlight for the kids! When we plan a visit to a historic waterfront town by boat, the trip is more about exploring the sights of the town than worrying about finding a full-amenities marina. In this case, the marina’s proximity to town and nearby waterfront attractions is our main determining factor. New anchorages Sometimes a boat trip simply involves a short cruise to an anchorage destination for a day or night out on the hook. We tend to spend most summer afternoons anchored at our same favorite cove, but exploring a new location can be a fun family cruise and a refreshing change of pace. If you are planning an anchorage with kids its best to avoid the well-known party coves. Instead, opt for anchorages that are in more serene locations or join smaller raft-ups with good friends that also have kids. These boat trips are the perfect time to cast a line, bring out the water toys, explore the coastline and just spend quality time with the family. Wherever boating takes you and your family this summer, one thing is for certain, you’ll be creating unforgettable memories for you and your kids to treasure for years. ★

(Top) Kids love cruising to waterfront towns for a chance to learn and explore. (Above) Choose marinas with amenities and activities the whole family can enjoy.

DIANE SELTZER is an avid boater, marketing director for SureShade sunshade systems, author of the children’s book “The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl” and runs the boating lifestyle sites MYBOATLIFE .COM and BOATERKIDS.COM.

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BENEATH THE SURFACE BY HE AT H E R ST E IN B E R GER

Cruising Done Right Build your “big cruise” checklist with help from the experts.

Paul Souders’ boat, C-Sick, anchored in Hudson Bay.

t doesn’t matter what kind of boat you have, or whether you’re a dayboater, overnight harbor-hopper or watersports nut. Deep down, we all dream of the “big cruise” — casting off the docklines for places unseen and ports unknown. We dream of adventure. Some of us might even have the opportunity to plan the big cruise one day. Perhaps that day is approaching in the next year or two and your planned route includes unfamiliar waters, open-water passages and remote ports of call. This is when it’s critical to remember that, as author, photographer and boater Paul Souders notes, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” We may have been boating all our lives, but that doesn’t mean we automatically know what we don’t know when it comes to cruising. In Souders’ case, he took a 22-foot C-Dory named C-Sick to Hudson Bay and spent three summers voyaging singlehanded on that temperamental 600- by 400-mile inland sea, searching for polar bears. He documented his enlightening, harrowing and often humorous experiences in the 2018 book “Arctic Solitaire” (ARCTICSOLITAIRE .COM) . He also made note of the various pieces of equipment he did not bring along that would have proven helpful. While most Great Lakes boaters are probably not planning to cruise Hudson Bay anytime soon, Souders’ lessons should still resonate strongly as our own inland seas are also vast, temperamental and challenging. For starters, Souders learned that autopilot is extremely important on a major boating expedition. “A boat doesn’t want to go in a straight line,” he says. “So, a moment’s inattention and you’re headed off course.” He also advises cruising boaters to bring plenty of backups, from depth sounders to chartplotters. “You shouldn’t ever rely on just one system,” he says. “I definitely learned that in Hudson Bay. It’s the downside of a solo act. Without a mentor, you’re constantly reinventing the wheel. If I hadn’t been so stubborn, I might’ve saved myself a lot of trouble. But no, I went about learning the hard way.” All the right tools James McGowan, marketing manager in the Americas for FLIR Maritime and Raymarine, agrees that backup systems are important in the event of an emergency. “Some boats with more than one networked multifunctional display have built-in redundancies,” he says. “If something happens to one display, the other can serve as a backup with minimal disruption.”

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Another popular option is using a GPS-enabled tablet or smartphone as a backup navigation system. But make sure your device is preloaded with all the maps you’ll need before you leave the dock. The last thing you want is to turn on your navigation app offshore only to find out that you need internet access to retrieve the maps. A chartplotter will be an important part of your navigational equipment. When looking at your options, consider what kinds of maps each plotter works with and which ones will best cover the area you will be cruising. “Previously, it was common that any particular chartplotter brand worked exclusively with a certain brand of electronic charts,” McGowan explains. “That has changed. Raymarine plotters, for example, work with both major brands of charts (Navionics and C-MAP), and also offer support for a wide range of specialty charts.” Another critical consideration is the chartplotter’s connectivity to other onboard systems, as well as to the outside world. Well-equipped plotters like Raymarine’s Axiom systems support the latest NMEA 2000 network integration; that means they can communicate with other electronic systems, such as your autopilot and radar. (A footnote: Radar will come in handy if you’re faced with heavy boat traffic and inclement weather.) These systems also offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and the built-in Wi-Fi adapter allows them to connect to the internet to download software and map updates. They also can connect with mobile apps, giving you the ability to update your electronic charts and synchronize waypoint and route plans. Today’s chartplotters are not the chartplotters of old. They are so much more than single-function chart displays. “Most are now considered ‘marine multifunction displays,’” McGowan says. “And when you add optional sensors, scanners and accessories, they also can offer capabilities like radar, sonar, video display, instrument display and much more.” The future is here Innovation continues to roar ahead in the chartplotter world. This includes augmented reality displays and even drone integration. In the case of Raymarine’s Axiom series MFDs with Clear Cruise Augmented Reality (AR) technology, by connecting a marine video camera and augmented reality stabilization sensor to the system, you can see live, stabilized video of the boat’s surroundings that are enhanced by tags identifying nearby navigation marks, AIS contacts and your own navigation waypoints. “In busy or unfamiliar waters, or in restricted visibility, the AR images help to identify and confirm the positions of buoys, markers and boat traffic by showing exactly where they are in the scene,” McGowan says.

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Raymarine also has recently partnered with industry leader DJI to offer integration between Axiom MFDs and the DJI Mavic Professional series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). That means you can use the Axiom MFD to control a drone in flight and see the live feed from its HD camera system in real time. “You can even touch specific locations on the chart to create a drone waypoint that the (UAV) will fly to automatically,” McGowan says. “This allows boaters to scout ahead and gain a true bird’s-eye view. Imagine being able to see the layout of a marina or anchorage live from the air before you arrive.” Every chartplotter needs to have a GPS sensor of some kind to function correctly. In most cases, there is no need to add an external receiver. That said, some boats will need an external antenna sensor to pull in a reliable signal, particularly those with metal construction or with belowdecks nav stations. Souder advises adding a separate GPS unit to your cruising kit for redundancy. And according to McGowan, adding an external antenna to the plotter’s GPS receiver can dramatically improve reception in challenging installations. It never hurts to bring along paper charts, and if you don’t know how to do it already, take a course to learn how to navigate the old-fashioned way. If anything, you’ll earn style points — and in an emergency, you’ll be grateful for both charts and the mad skills. “I was cavalier in my reliance on modern technology,” Souders says of his solo Arctic expedition. “Glib incompetence is not the right attitude. Have backup skills.” As we leave the helm station, make a note to include a good VHF radio and/or satellite phone in your cruising must-have list, along with an EPIRB just in case. Dig in the right way It’s also vital that you make sure you have a good cruising anchor onboard before you cast off. Actually, pack more than one good cruising anchor; weather conditions are always changing, and one anchor may not be enough to do the job. According to Rigo Roque, director of operations for Fortress Marine Anchors, you need to evaluate both your boat and your chosen cruising grounds to assess what types of anchors will be best for your trip. “One of the most important considerations is to know where you will be anchoring and what kind of bottom you will be anchoring in: Sand, soft mud, seagrass or rocks, to name a few,” he says. “A good idea is to ask the locals what they are using. [You also need to know] the size and weight of your vessel to best determine your needs.” You also should be aware of the differences between a top-performing anchor and an “economy” version because, as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. Review each company’s testing procedures and manufacturing processes to get a feel for the quality of the end product. Take a look at specific design details, like Fortress’s CNC Machine Fluke Edge. This edge helps to penetrate the sea floor, making the anchor even more effective. After all, the most important aspect of anchor performance is a

Raymarine Clear Cruise AR technology on an Axiom display

simple one: You want to be held in place, not drift off in the middle of the night. And, if you don’t have a lot of experience with anchoring, become a student ahead of time. Read articles, watch how-to videos on YouTube, ask an experienced friend to practice with you and consider taking a class. That way, you can avoid the most common pitfalls. “The ratio of scope is a mistake I’ve seen happen,” Roque says. “On a good day, it should be 5-to-1; the ratio of depth versus the length of the line is often misjudged. “When setting the anchor, allow it to penetrate the bottom, then power it in,” he continues. “A Fortress anchor will dig itself deep. When retrieving the anchor, the best way is to use a trip line.” A trip line is attached to the bottom of the anchor with a float on the other end. It pulls the anchor backward; otherwise, you could lose or damage it, which is not ideal on a long-distance cruise, particularly in a remote area. Make a list, check it twice The list of cruising essentials is a broad one, and often a deeply personal one that reflects the needs, personality and cruising style of the individual boater. There are, however, particular items that should be on everyone’s list. These include: • Extra fuel and fuel treatment • Extra lines and fenders • Sealed, maintenance-free batteries (AGM or gels) • Upgraded genset/inverter Passive charging systems (including miniature solar • panels or wind turbines) • Dinghy, with a patch kit if it’s inflatable All-weather cockpit enclosure with privacy screens, • if desired Include in your preparations a ditch bag that is packed with emergency gear. This might also include your backup GPS, VHF radio and EPIRB; you don’t want to be fumbling with essentials as an actual crisis is unfolding. And remember to maintain those emergency and backup systems and keep their batteries charged. Finally, be sure you have spare parts for the engine and know how to handle any service and maintenance issues yourself. This will come in handy if you have engine issues far from the nearest boat shop. “When it comes to problem-solving, I realized that no one else was going to fix it but me,” Souders says. “That was a lesson that was beaten into me. It’s also deeply satisfying to know how to fix things. So learn more, be smart and have fun!” ★

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

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 48'11" Beam: 15'3"

Grab your attention.

Draft: 4'1" Fuel Capacity: 475 gals. Water Capacity: 140 gals. Power: 2xD6-IPS600 Base Price: Contact dealer ABSOLUTEYACHTS.COM

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

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Absolute Navetta 48

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ver notice how a Vodka connoisseur snappily orders a drink? Their preferred brand rolls off the tongue. Titos, Grey Goose, Absolute. Ahh, there’s a name that will get your attention — just like the Absolute Navetta 48. This distinctive three-cabin yacht perfectly showcases the functionality and Italian style Absolute Yachts has become so popular for. An effortless flow between the boat’s inside and outside living and entertainment areas maximize al fresco dining. Large sunpads on the bow, additional sunpads on the flybridge, and a huge cockpit area equipped with privacy sunshade, table and wide sofas provide ample social hubs for summer’s warmth. Space and light are fundamental to the Navetta 48’s living area. Windows are stepped along the salon to provide a continuous, nearly 360-degree view. This creates an incredibly bright feeling to complement the wide, functional galley aft of the helm and conversation area. Whether you’re entertaining guests inside or taking the party outside to the double entrance cockpit, this central location for the galley is ideal. A note about the cockpit, the upper deck extends aft providing cover for the large table, centered sofa and storage

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areas. As tempting of a location for breakfast and morning dockside delivery of the Wall Street Journal, instinct tells me that you’ll spend an equal amount of time on the flybridge. A robust wetbar with electric grill, refrigerator and other comforts of home will entice you up here. A central helm is bordered by seating on either side that blends into the forward sunpad. Below decks are three double cabins, two with king-size and queen-size beds accessible from three sides, and one cabin with single beds. Specifically, the forward master bed is offset, maximizing floor space and zero overhead obstructions. Commanding this yacht from the lower helm station is ideal for a couple thanks to a starboard door, offering easy access forward or to side cleats. Italian influence in design and ergonomics is an art form. Every switch placement is practical, and two flat-panel touch-screens offer up every nugget of operation and navigation one can ask for. IPS joystick control of the Volvo 600 series engines is precise. While it’s a tall boat, the 15-foot, 3-inch beam provides a counterbalance for tight-quarter maneuvering. Expect a top speed of 27 knots and a more realistic cruising speed of around 20 knots. H


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Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 65

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 65' Beam: 17'3"

Mini megayacht.

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hen it comes to big yachts on the Great Lakes, Mark Felhofer of Bay Marine (with offices in Waukegan, Illinois, and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin) knows them well. Bay Marine represents Riviera, Hatteras, Sabre and Monte Carlo Yachts, to name a few. And like any father asked to pick his favorite child, you simply demur. However, a longing glance at the Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 65 at the dock is a sure giveaway. “The socializing area on the Monte Carlo is what our customers notice first,” Felhofer says. “From the exterior flybridge seating, the cockpit and foredeck to the comfortable salon layout, you can’t help but be impressed by the comfort this boat provides. The styling is simply sexy.” Personally, I’d head straight to the bow at dusk, a glass of wine in hand, and melt into the lounge seats, light a candle or two, find a mood-setting Sirius XM channel on the Fusion radio and turn off the world for a few hours. The seating enclave is magazine cover perfection, complete with color-coordinated pillows and sofa pads. As night falls, you’ll be entranced below deck with spacious sleeping suites. A full-beam master stateroom — boasting 6 feet,

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6 inches of headroom, an ample study, walk-in closet, a split head and lighted vanity with sink — is only the beginning. Overnight guests also sleep in comfort with two additional staterooms. Dawn brings yet another delightful surprise. Breakfast on the sheltered aft deck around the fold-away teak table. Three Villa-style deep seating chairs and lounger sofa gather the group for a salute to the day with mimosas. Underway, the party moves to the massive flybridge — a collection of seating enclaves each with a mesmerizing, elevated 360-degree view, including the captain’s command center, a helm of impressive electronics and flat-screen displays to monitor the Monte Carlo underway. Powered by twin Man V-8 1,200 hp, expect a cruise in the mid 20-knot range and a phenomenal ride. Sunlight bathes the salon in natural light. Sliding glass doors aft disappear up and down creating a seamless blend of inside and out. A split-level arrangement begins with the well-appointed aft galley and opposing seating area, then a step up reveals yet one more seating area positioned opposite the starboard side lower helm station. This “mini megayacht” is grand in every little detail. H

Weight (dry): 70,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 925 gals. Water Capacity: 198 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer MONTECARLOYACHTS. IT/EN

DEALER Bay Marine Sturgeon Bay, WI; Waukegan, IL BAYMARINE .NET

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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 36' Beam: 11'2"

Inspired by anglers.

Draft: 28" Weight (dry): 12,700 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 400 gals. Water Capacity: 42 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer SAILFISHBOATS.COM

DEALERS North Shore Marina Spring Lake, MI NORTHSHOREMARINA.COM

616-604-0234 MarineMax Port Clinton, OH MARINEMAX.COM

419-797-4492

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Sailfish 360CC

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ailfish is leading the evolution of center console dayboating with the introduction of the 360CC, its flagship, most feature-rich boat to date. Clearly designed as a competitor for offshore tournaments or as a comfortable leisure family boat with intelligent seating for up to 14 passengers, the list of innovations onboard rivals a custom-designed boat. This model even has a captain’s berth, complete with concealed marine head, stand-up shower and finished mahogany touches that create a yacht-like feel. Sailfish uses a three-piece construction method and cored hull sides for solid battlewagon strength that allows for maximum cockpit space and built-in under-gunwale storage. Way beyond the typical rod holders, boat hooks and fishing gaffs, there is dedicated space for an 80-quart Engel cooler, pressurized circulating baitwells, in-swing dive door with covered in-deck ladder and a mid-deck retractable wash-down system. Designed to support the Optimus 360, Yamaha Helm Master and Mercury joystick integrated control systems, triple outboards and 400 gallons of fuel offer speed and range to expand your cruising horizon. Sailfish now offers the Seakeeper system as

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well. The 360CC comes equipped with a standard automatic engine flushing system for easy cleanup back at the dock. Battling fatigue on long tournament days led Sailfish to add a Comfort Zone Anti-Fatigue Pad for the captain. Coupled with an adjustable-height standing position, a multi-position powered captain’s chair and an overhead engine monitor, you know the 360CC is inspired by true anglers. In addition to three helm seats, three aft-facing seats directly behind flip up for easy access to the second baitwell and cooler. Forward-facing bow backrests offer serious comfort for lounging and can fold away. Up front are twin 80-quart insulated compartments that double as storage space. Accompanying the bow entertainment area is a forward-facing chaise lounge ahead of the helm with a large insulated, self-draining storage area underneath. Speaking of entertainment, the utility leaning post turns the cockpit into an entertainment center or bait prep station with Corian countertops, a refrigerator, large baitwell, additional tackle storage and a grill. And yes, the kitchen sink. It may be a dayboat, but with all of these features, the Sailfish 360CC easily can be your summer home. H


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SARGO 33

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 36' Beam: 11'6"

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xtending your season by one month is a boating dream come true with the SARGO 33. A heated and fully enclosed pilothouse makes a world of difference, according to Carl Skarne, principal at Skarne Marine. “Ideal for the Great Lakes, this all-season boat boasts an insulated hull, and coupled with a diesel furnace, overnighting is comfortable,” Skarne says. “We believe SARGO is the safest, most comfortable, practical and versatile boat we have ever seen.” Built in Kokkola, Finland, by a third-generation family boatyard, SARGO boats are engineered for the demanding conditions of the Baltic Sea; however, from personal experience, Lake Superior can run a close second in October. SARGO’s long waterline combined with a strong deep-V hull provides a pleasant ride in rough conditions and can top out at 40 knots. Every inch of space is well-planned, starting with the 360-degree view for the skipper. The helm console is packed with two large Garmin multifunction display screens and controls for the twin-engine Volvo-powered boat. Even the placement of the VHF hand mic and coiled cord is optimal where you can see it without taking your eyes off the water. A

Draft: 3'7" Weight: 14,771 lbs.

standard Side-Power bow thruster adds to the ease of docking in currents or along seawalls. If you do contact a piling, the SARGO 33 has stout rubrails, so let the pivoting begin! A sliding helm door opens to starboard and the adjacent cleat — positioned precisely where a single-handed skipper appreciates it most — is testament to the fact that the 33 is a compact boat radiating sportiness, safety and solidity. Two separate, well-appointed cabins are found below deck. The forward cabin boasts ample storage, a large V-berth, head and a separate shower cabin. The mid-ship cabin offers three berths, a standard storage locker or an optional head. If the Great Loop is starting to sound doable on the SARGO 33, wait until you see the galley. Throw a pot of Brunswick stew on early in the day and don’t worry about the seas. The stovetop is designed to corral any pot, and if all else fails, the convection oven below is quick for reheating. Dine inside when dictated by the weather, or gaze fondly off the stern from the aft deck seating arrangement of table and L-shape sofa that accommodates four. Cruising speed is between 25 and 30 knots, and with a draft of 3 feet, 7 inches, just about any marina can accommodate her. H

Fuel Capacity: 211 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer SARGOBOATS.FI

DEALER Skarne Marine, LLC 203-283-5300 SARGOUSA .COM

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SPECIFICATIONS

DEALERS

LOA: 52'10"

Colony Marine 586-772-1550

Beam: 14'8" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 29,762 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 343 gals.

Spring Brook Marina 815-357-8666

Water Capacity: 169 gals.

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Power: 2XVolvo IPS 600 @ 435 hp Base Price: Contact dealer PRESTIGE-YACHTS.COM

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PRESTIGE 520 S Mindful use of space and technology. BY C H U C K WA R R E N

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It’s easy

to go overboard with technology. Computer and

smartphone manufacturers constantly remind us that

modern technology makes our lives easier, but the opposite is often true. With so many screens, apps and buttons, one wrong tap can steer us in the wrong direction. On the way to test drive the new Prestige 520 S, I typed my destination into my smartphone’s navigation app and hit the road. Almost four hours later, I landed at Colony Marine on Michigan’s east coast (one of the two Great Lakes Prestige dealerships, along with Spring Brook Marina). However, it was the wrong Colony Marine. Without noticing there was more than one Colony Marine location, I’d clicked on the incorrect destination and ended up 45 minutes too far north. The funny thing is I would never be that careless on a boat. Course corrected, I set off for Colony’s main location in St. Clair Shores where Dave Giles was waiting patiently to take the new Prestige 520 S out for a ride in a 3-foot mid-April chop on Lake St. Clair.

Booting up Stepping aboard the 520 S, two things immediately stand out. First, Prestige uses the boat’s interior space to provide an abundance of features and comforts without disrupting the boat’s sleek, sporty look. The boatbuilder — which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 — states that it wants every area onboard to be about fun. Second, the company includes plenty of high-tech solutions in the boat, but the technology never feels overdone. Rather, technology is used to make the boat more useful and owner-friendly. At the transom, I noticed the lack of aft grill or sink. Instead, Prestige offers several uncommon design options for the tail end of the 520 S, including a huge, standard storage locker, or an optional captain’s cabin with a wet head, or a garage big enough to hide a tender. In the cockpit, an L-shape lounge wraps around a folding teak table. However, the lounge also allows access to the portside walkway without the need to stand on a seat cushion. The boat’s starboard side features an entry door for easy access to the cockpit from the dock. Forward, a large sunpad converts into lounge seats and includes a pop-up Bimini top. The wide aft entry door allows access to both the galley and salon from the cockpit. The full-featured galley includes an island that separates the space from the main salon. The island makes the space feel like it was actually designated for food preparation and storage and not an afterthought.

Getting logged in To starboard, just inside the entry, the Prestige 520 S features a unique balance of technology and convenience. All of the vessel’s main functions are controlled from Prestige’s new touchscreen Ship Control system. Most of the boat’s systems, including lighting, climate controls, audio systems, bilge pumps, batteries and much more can be controlled from the easy to use, intuitive touch-screen. The system also can be controlled from a linked smartphone. The salon is bright and airy, with a retractable roof, large L-shape lounge seat, and nearly 360-degree visibility. Prestige’s innovative

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features include a TV that flips up from the dash and a helm chair that electrically lowers and converts into salon seating. A starboard side door directly behind the helm provides easy entry or exit from the salon, or additional ventilation. Forward, more innovative designs can be found in the staterooms. The roomy, well-lit VIP cabin with scissor berth converts from a double bed into twins. A shared guest head with a large hullside window and modern design has unique glass shower doors that fold inward to increase available floor space. Just aft, another guest cabin occupies the port side. The cabin includes another berth that converts from twins into a full-size bed. The usual bunk beds offered by many other models cannot compare with this cabin for room or comfort. The main stateroom is accessible from the private entry in the salon. The fullwidth cabin features huge hullside windows, a double bed and a comfortable lounge with plenty of storage throughout. The attached, private head is big enough for an average-size home. The main cabin does not have a single-level floor, but the traditional stepped design allows the stateroom to sit lower in the hull and provides plenty of headroom without increasing the vessel’s height. Though the stepped floor is a more traditional approach, it also helps to create the boat’s sleek, sporty appearance.

Powering up At the helm, twin glass panels provide navigation and engine information. Electronic power steering and joystick controls make the vessel easy to operate and fun to drive. Volvo IPS 600 pod systems offering 435 hp each pushed the boat through the rough stuff with ease, while the 520’s hull design kept the bow nearly level while planing. Lake St. Clair was stirred up and cranky, with 3- to 4-footers waiting for us when we came out of the channel. Although conditions were not ideal for a boat ride, they were ideal for the Prestige 520 S to show off some of its unique characteristics. With full fuel tanks, the 520 S ran so well I automatically assumed it had much larger engines hidden below the cockpit access hatches. With a top speed of 31 mph and a cruising speed of 26 mph, the smaller engines are a perfect fit and also provide the added benefit of burning less fuel. With consumption at 35 gph at cruising speed, the 520 S has a comfortable 200-mile range. The forward hull and deck on the 520 S has a slightly squared-off shape as if the boat has broad shoulders. Although this feature does nothing to take away from the boat’s sleek appearance, it does an incredible job of deflecting spray outward and away from the deck. Even while running full speed in 3-foot-plus seas, almost no water hit the windshield. The Prestige 520 S has a very soft, stable ride, with engine noise so well isolated that a conversation with the captain was possible without raising our voices at full throttle. Even while sitting in the master stateroom directly in front of the engine room, the engine noise never disrupted our conversation. The boat’s stability was another surprising personality trait, especially given the weather conditions during our test ride. As we turned back toward home with rough seas between us and the dock, I realized I never felt the 520 S roll during our sea trial so I mentioned that there was no need to have turned on the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer system for me — I didn’t mind a rough ride. Dave Giles replied, “This boat doesn’t have one.” The design and comfort of the Prestige stood out from the fleet. The 520 S ran at nearly 30 mph while sipping less than 40 gph worth of fuel, and was so comfortable in 3-foot seas that it didn’t even need Seakeeper to smooth the way. Now, that’s some terrific use of technology!

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Tiara Yachts C49 Coupe A beautiful day in Tiara’s neighborhood. by C h u c k W a r r e n 48

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here are few things better than a mid-August boat ride on the Great Lakes when a light breeze is blowing out of the northwest, the sun is shining, and you’re leaving from Tiara Yachts’ Corporate Boating Center in Holland, Michigan. After years of success with the Coupe line, Tiara looked to its customers and dealers for feedback on the things that worked and features that could be improved upon, then used that information to make useful, meaningful design changes. The new Tiara Yachts C49 Coupe represents a dedicated effort to make sensible, functional improvements to an already beautiful product. The boat also continues Tiara’s use of the very best accessories, materials and equipment, and reflects its partnership with Volvo and Garmin. The C49 Coupe makes a capable dayboat or a comfortable weekender. With plenty of headroom, windows everywhere and big, open spaces both inside and out, the boat is designed to make hosts and guests feel right at home for a day at the beach or a night in port.

All aboard

The 49-footer is similar in appearance to its siblings, although the lines are slightly less sleek to accommodate the full-height main cabin below. Like Tiara’s other coupes, so much glass surrounds the C49’s salon that the retractable hardtop appears to levitate. Boarding from the dock is like stepping onto the deck of a beach house. The platform — which can be outfitted with optional hydraulics — is big enough to double as entertainment space. The transom also houses an optional electric grill and sink hidden beneath a wide Corian countertop. The C49’s huge trunk provides plenty of storage for water toys and dockside necessities. The trunk can be lifted to access larger items, but dock lines and fenders can be retrieved through a smaller access panel. A single portside stairwell leads up to the main deck. Since the starboard side is not broken by a second stairwell, Tiara stretched the aft seating into a huge L-shape lounge. The cockpit includes a tremendous amount of comfortable seating around a teak table. Wide outboard walkways provide easy access to the bow and its spacious, convertible sunpad. LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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Dual sliding doors open to a galley where there is storage space everywhere you look. A portside cooktop and sink hide below quartz countertops. Customizable cold storage drawers and a dual-purpose microwave/convection oven are found to starboard. However, aside from the spacious countertops, the galley blends in so well, it’s easy to forget it’s there. The galley’s open design also provides more room for foot traffic. With the doors slid aside, the big, open space merges with the cockpit to create a huge entertainment area with plenty of seating where guests can either move and mingle or sit and chat. The salon and helm occupy a single level, which makes moving around the space easy. There is no need to step up or down to access the spacious U-shape lounge and folding teak table on the port side or the starboard helm seat. The huge salon windows provide almost unlimited visibility to give passengers an unbroken view of the water. The windows and retractable sunroof let in plenty of light and create an open-air feel. Even the salon TV retracts out of sight behind the starboard seats where it can’t block the view.

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A center access stairwell leads to the big, open atrium, and then to the beautifully designed VIP berth and huge main cabin. Large hullside windows provide lots of natural light in the guest quarters where Tiara again makes perfect use of the available space. The lower head is accessible to guests from the atrium and can be locked for private access for the VIP stateroom. A

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seating area on the atrium’s port side converts into bunks so kids or two more adult guests can have some space of their own. Aft of the atrium, the centerline master suite is big enough to need its own zip code. Again, there is no need to step up or down as you move around the single-level space, where plenty of headroom and abundant natural light from the gigantic hullside windows add to the spacious feel. The master head features a huge stand-up shower with glass doors. Like the rest of the C49, the head also includes abundant storage. With its bowl sink and stainless steel accents, the space is as attractive as it is functional. Tiara offers a variety of optional designer accent fabrics, sofa and lounge upholstery, and sunpad upholstery, allowing owners to create a personalized appearance all their own. Our test boat was trimmed in Tiara’s attractive neutral and navy Twilight Colorway package, which adds to the open feel of the boat.

In control

At the helm, a 48-inch doublewide seat provides enough space for a guest to keep the skipper company. Twin Garmin 7600 glass panels provide customizable navigation, info and controls, while a Volvo Glass Cockpit electronics package provides engine feedback. The joystick and remote controls mounted in the starboard armrest make operating the C49 easy and comfortable, especially since the huge salon windows provide an unobstructed view while maneuvering in tight spaces. Like the rest of the boat, the helm and dash are equally clean, attractive and functional. Twin Volvo D8 IPS800 packages provide a total of 1,200 hp through Pod drives. With standard power, the C49 is


capable of 36 mph at top speed. At a comfortable cruise, the 49-footer will get you and your guests to your destination at an amazing 30 mph at 2750 rpm. The C49 Coupe is capable of impressive speeds and handles like a sport cruiser half its size. Although our test ride took place in calm waters, the boat was stable, manageable and fun to drive, climbing up on plane quickly while the salon and cockpit were well-insulated from engine noise.

The weather was perfect for our test ride on the new C49 Coupe. In fact, the water was so calm there was never a reason to engage the boat’s optional Seakeeper stabilizer system. With such flat water, our only challenge was retrieving a baseball cap lost during a full-speed run along Lake Michigan’s picturesque shoreline. In other words, it was a beautiful day for a boat ride in Tiara’s neighborhood. ★

It ’s all in the details

Little things make the C49 stand out from the crowd, like the boarding step hidden underneath a seat cushion, trays for personal electronics and well-placed USB charging ports. Instead of putting a large access door in the salon, the breaker panel is hidden below a seat yet still easy to access. The interior space is well-lit and without bulky fixtures protruding from the ceiling. Strips of LED lighting provide ample illumination but blend in when unused. Opening portholes in many of the windows allow a flow of fresh air.

Back home

The Tiara Yachts C49 Coupe is a thoughtfully designed beauty with plenty of features and impressive performance. With comfortable space for six people, the boat can provide the perfect home base for a day at the beach or a weekend exploration in a new port.

Tiara Yachts C 49 Coupe SPECIFICATIONS

DEALERS

LOA: 50'3"

SkipperBud’s 800-636-2628

Beam: 15'4" Draft: 50" Weight: 41,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 500 gals.

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Walstrom Marine 231-526-2141 WALSTROM.COM

Water Capacity: 135 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer TIARAYACHTS.COM

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Where the River Goes

Who among us hasn’t gazed at moving water and wondered where it goes? One young man decided to find out, launching an epic journey that went beyond his wildest imagination. BY CRAIG RITCHIE

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s a young lad growing up in suburban Chicago, Michael Boyle wasn’t much different from any other young boy growing up in a Midwest town where the main street ends in water. There were the usual distractions: School, sports, family vacations and summer evenings with ice cream and friends. But the water always called to him, and from the day he laid eyes on the Calumet River, the question always beckoned: Where did all that water go? One day, he decided to find out. Not by looking at a map or an atlas in the school library. Boyle wanted to follow the river to the sea the old-fashioned way — by boat. Fast-forward a couple of decades and Boyle, now a 26-year-old Purdue grad with an engineering degree, deals with water every single day in his job as an R&D engineer at Smoker Craft Boats. Apart from putting him in close contact with boats of every description, Boyle’s dream job also introduced him to 23-year-old Jake Romanack, a full-time fishing pro and co-host, along with his father Mark, of the Fishing 411

television show. When Boyle shared his idea of one day following the Calumet River and traveling from the Great Lakes to the sea, Romanack jumped at the chance to join him on what promised to be the trip of a lifetime.

COUNTD OWN There was only one problem — neither of them could really manage the time away. “The optimal time to do this would be in the early fall, when the boat traffic would be quieter yet water levels and weather would still be good,” Boyle says. “The problem is that in the early fall Jake’s right in the thick of taping TV shows for the coming season, and we’re crazy busy at work building boats for the winter boat shows. The prime time to do the trip wasn’t prime time for either of us.” But dreams die hard, and the friends pulled strings and adjusted schedules to finagle a coveted week off in midSeptember. Boyle’s employer even set them up with a boat to use for the trip — a brand-new Smoker Craft Phantom

20 X2, complete with a Yamaha F150 outboard and a full camper top. With only a week to complete the journey, Boyle and Romanack scanned maps, checked lock schedules and plotted fuel stops to work out the quickest route to saltwater. If they managed their time carefully, it would be possible to complete the 1,270-mile journey from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico in just three-and-a-half days. Even adding an extra day for insurance still left them plenty of time to drop the boat off with a Smoker Craft sales rep in Alabama and make their flights home. Plans set, they loaded the boat with fuel and a small mountain of provisions, and on September 15, 2018, launched into Lake Michigan near the mouth of the Calumet River.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING Although they would have to run at near wide-open throttle for most of the journey in order to stay on schedule, the first few hours of the trip saw them motoring along at idle speed through the long no-wake zone where the Little LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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Calumet River winds its way through suburban Chicago. As the hours ticked by, the Calumet River became the Des Plaines River, which in turn became the Illinois River. Still, more hours ticked by as they passed Peoria, then joined the Mississippi River just above St. Louis. Passing the Gateway Arch was a milestone, but one they had expected to reach much earlier in the day. Tying up downstream of the city for the night, the pair was disappointed to realize that their entire first day had covered only 85 miles. Rising early the next morning and eager to make time, Boyle and Romanack got underway immediately but soon encountered further delays. One thing they had not anticipated was the volume of barge traffic running up and down the Mississippi. “There were all kinds of big tugs and huge barges, and they get priority

at the locks,” Romanack says. “There were times we would arrive at a lock and have to wait for a barge we had already passed to lock through before we were allowed to lock through ourselves. Other times there would be two of them, one going downstream and the other running back up, and we’d have to wait for both.” Delays weren’t confined to the locks. “We finally got through this one series of back-to-back locks and seemed to be making some progress at last,” Boyle says. “Then we arrived at our fuel stop almost on fumes, only to find a sign in the window saying they had left and wouldn’t be back for another two hours. We were enjoying the trip, but we were growing more and more concerned about how much time it was taking.” A short distance past Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Boyle and Romanack bid adieu to the Mississippi

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River and its heavy barge traffic. Turning northeast, they followed the Ohio River for a short distance before swinging south again into the more protected waters of the Tennessee River. Following the waterway south through Kentucky Lake, the exhausted mariners tied up for the night in the lee of a small, sandy island that offered a nice camping spot and plenty of trees for securing the boat. Although it was near midnight, the following morning’s fuel stop didn’t open until 8 a.m. so the pair planned on sleeping in and enjoying a leisurely start to the day. Lady Luck, however, had other ideas. Romanack arose the following morning to discover that the water had dropped three feet as they slept, leaving the boat nearly high and dry. “The back third of it was wet but that was about it,” Boyle says. “That was a problem, because we

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SMOKER CRAFT 20 PHANTOM X2 Boyle and Romanack completed their epic adventure

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in a Smoker Craft 20 Phantom X2. Originally designed for offshore salmon fishing on the open waters of the Pacific Northwest, the 20-foot Phantom boasts a heavy-duty welded aluminum hull with welded cleats, a welded safety glass windshield, an elevated console, a generous 58-gallon fuel capacity and the option of adding a full camper enclosure, as Boyle and Romanack did.

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were literally miles from anywhere. We couldn’t even get a cell phone signal.” Attempts to push the boat to open water quickly proved futile, as its aluminum hull stuck to the moist sand like Velcro. With no other option, Boyle and Romanack each grabbed a paddle and began the long, slow, and back-breaking job of digging a trench. One paddle eventually snapped, which made it all the more fortunate when a fire rescue boat happened by several hours later and helped pull them off.

HOME STRETCH The friends were now seriously behind schedule. But on the more lightly traveled Tennessee River, luck finally began to turn their way. Freshly refueled and enjoying magnificent early autumn weather, the miles began

passing quickly as they continued south through Pickwick Lake, Big Springs Lake and the TennesseeTombigbee Waterway. “Getting stuck on that island put us far enough behind schedule that we were starting to seriously worry about missing our flight home,” Boyle says. “So for the last 26 hours we ran straight through around the clock. One of us would run the boat and the other would sleep on the floor — there was no time to stop for the night anywhere. Fortunately the water was just perfect, and that last night the sky was clear as could be with a bright, full moon, so visibility was excellent.” One final obstacle stood in their path as Boyle and Romanack continued south on the home stretch — a 30-mile run across the open water of Mobile Bay. “The weather had been really nice on the river, but when we came out into the bay there was this incredible

onshore wind,” Boyle says. “You could smell saltwater, which was great. But it meant we had to do that 30-mile run head-first into three-foot waves. Jake’s a licensed captain and he has a lot more experience than I do running in open water, so he got to drive on that final stretch.” Four-and-a-half days after they launched their boat into Lake Michigan, Michael Boyle and Jake Romanack stepped out onto a dock 1,270 miles away, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “As a little kid growing up alongside the Calumet River, I always wondered where the water went,” Boyle says. “But to actually follow a path from there to the sea, or at least one of many paths, was an absolutely remarkable experience. I don’t know that I would ever want to try and do that again in such a short amount of time, but those are four-and-a-half incredible days that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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Real Life, Real Time Cruising Southwest Florida Yachts’ Cruising School is

equipping boaters with knowledge and hands-on experience to feel confident while cruising. S TO RY & P H OTO S BY KAT E B U S H

Matt and Kate hold up their cruising school certificates next to Captain Chris Day

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Kate behind the wheel of Comic Relief

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Southwest Florida Yachts’ office in Tarpon Point Marina

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ommon sense would advise against purchasing a car without a driver’s license. Why, then, would one pull the trigger on buying a boat with very little — if any — knowledge on how to operate a boat? Southwest Florida Yachts is addressing this issue by educating potential boaters (or offering a refresher course) on the basics of boat operation, and in effect creating well-equipped, confident cruisers. The courses at Southwest Florida Yachts’ Sailing and Cruising School are designed to prepare potential buyers for boat ownership and qualify students for bareboat chartering. One of its educational offerings is called Basic Powerboat Handling P-101, the purpose of which is to help boaters handle a single- or twin-engine vessel 32 to 42 feet

Practicing chartplotting and navigation

in length. Intrigued, my husband, Matt, and I traveled down to Southwest Florida Yacht’s base in Cape Coral, Florida, to see what this course is all about.

A hands-on approach

Barb and Vic Hansen started Southwest Florida Yachts 35 years ago, the same year they got married. Barb Hansen jokes that they feel like they’re actually celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, since they live, breathe, eat and work together. The company started with a small fleet of six or seven boats, mostly sail, that were available for charter. Over the years, Hansen says she saw more and more people who were interested in owning or chartering a boat, but were not yet confident behind

the wheel and didn’t understand the extent of managing a boat. “We felt there was a need to teach people because we could see that there were people who just didn’t have the skills to really operate the boat,” Hansen says. “They could run it but they couldn’t manage the boat; there’s a difference in that. We wanted people to learn the total management of a vessel, whether they’re buying a 25-foot Grady White or a 60-foot motoryacht.” When creating the cruising school curriculum, Hansen says they wanted to be more hands-on than other boating courses. “We felt that the liveaboard approach was part of learning to be on a boat, manage a boat, maintain a boat, run the boat — all of that. When you have to stay onboard at night and figure things out, that’s real learning,” she LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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35th Berth-Day Celebration

To celebrate 35 years in business, Southwest Florida Yachts will offer the following specials and discounts from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020. Southwest Florida Yachts coursework

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5% off January & May charters 10% off June charters 15% off July, August & September charters 10% off October charters 5% off classes from May 1 to September 30

*Three-day minimum for charter or class. Classes must have a minimum of two students. Charter or class must begin and end in the month of special offer. For more information, visit Matt behind the wheel

Sunset at Tarpon Point Marina

says. “We’re looking to get qualified charterers and qualified boaters out on the water.”

the boat on the first day of class, I told him to start with the basics and treat me like I was a newbie. Captain Chris hails from England, where he says it was hard not to be a boater; it’s in their blood. He’s been with Southwest Florida Yachts for 23 years. The P-101 course begins with a brief discussion of our boating experience, and then we jump into a thorough inspection of the vessel. As our first piece of homework, Captain Chris says, “I’ll give you 30 seconds to find the bilge.” From there, we were asked to count how many seacocks the vessel had, locate the engine room, then climb down in and look at the boat’s innards. During the course, we also learned basic knots, deck nomenclature, discussed basic safety and navigation rules, and pored over the electrical panels. By the end of the class, we knew the boat inside and out. But Captain Chris was more interested in getting us behind the wheel each day. As he says with his thick English accent, “There’s no substitute for experience, certainly, you just have to do it.” So we cast off the docklines, motored out to the protected Glover Bight area just outside the marina and took turns maneuvering the boat using minimal acceleration; the twin engine spun like a ballerina as we pushed the starboard throttle forward and pushed port in reverse. We then put that into practice as we docked in

Slow, slow and slow

On a warm February afternoon, my husband and I arrived at Tarpon Point Marina. This beautiful, first-class marina has everything we’d want and need on-site: Four great restaurants; on-shore shower and bathroom facilities; a pool and gym; boutiques; even a candy store to treat ourselves to some fudge at the end of each day. Southwest Florida Yachts General Manager Marc Winkel, a fellow homegrown Michigander, was quick to help us onboard the newest addition to the power fleet, Comic Relief, and was even quicker to show us the boat’s list of jokes, including the classic “Where do ghosts like to go boating? Lake Eeerie.” But I assure you this boat is not funny business. It’s a beautifully maintained twin-engine Sabreline 43 Motoryacht with a teak interior, two heads and three berths, including the aft cabin which we called home for the weekend. And one thing was for certain: It was the biggest boat I would skipper to date. I am more comfortable behind my parent’s 26-foot pontoon, and even then I usually like to leave the designated driver position to my dad while I settle into my designated relaxer position on the bow lounge. So when Captain Christopher Day boarded

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wide, “easy” slips. Captain Chris’ three rules to docking and exiting slips are “slow, slow and slow.” So slow and steady we were. After tying the boat up and practicing a few knots, a couple walking the docks stopped at Comic Relief. They were delighted to tell us that they had taken the P-102 course with Captain Chris on a similar boat nearly 20 years previously before they decided to buy a boat. It was because of this course, they say, that they felt confident enough to pull the trigger, and they’re now full-time cruisers. Captain Chris says these comments are his favorite part of working as a captain. “It’s heartwarming all the people who call and say ‘Boy, we are so glad we took the course, and a lot of the things we learned we put into practice — we’ve bought a boat and are experiencing cruising,’” he says.

Learning the ropes

On the second day of class, our mission was to exit the marina and motor out to a protected anchorage just off the “Miserable Mile.” We learned the basics of manual chartplotting before we left. While many cruisers may rely on GPS and only GPS, Captain Chris reminds us that if the boat was to get struck by lightning, for example, we’re out of luck if we don’t understand basic navigation. We had plenty of homework in our


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out the channel, underneath the Sanibel Causeway and finally anchored just a few miles from Fort Myers, Captain Chris watched quietly from the flybridge dinette. This part of the course, in particular, really empowered us as we stood behind the wheel of Comic Relief, navigating our own course successfully with little direction. Once back at the slip — with no collisions and with more confidence — we received a certificate of completion of P-101. To celebrate, my husband and I dined at the marina’s waterfront restaurant, Nauti Mermaid, where we discussed our favorite parts of the course, how far we’d come in our boating knowledge, hypothetical boat names and the places we would one day cruise. We fully caught the cruising bug. We were hooked. And we now had a true sense of confidence.

workbook each night, and Captain Chris was quick to check how well we retained the knowledge each morning. Our last and greatest homework assignment the night before our final day of class was to plot our own cruise. He gave us a coordinate, we then had to find it on a map and manually plot our course, heading and distances between markers. We woke up early the next morning, checked the VHF for high tides and weather, doublechecked our course and got the lines ready. Throughout the entire cruise to our destination

Pulling the trigger

Once students successfully complete P-101 Basic Powerboat Handling, they can move up to the P-102 Inland Powerboat Cruising, which builds upon the skills learned in the first course. P-102 takes students out for a threeday cruise where they become captain for the duration of those days. Students can also take a six-day Combination Handling and Cruising Course, knocking out P-101 and P-102 at the same time. The next class, P-103 Offshore Powerboat Cruising, takes students to the Florida Keys for seven days, putting all the skills to the test, including weather forecasting, offshore navigation, overnight anchoring and night passage making.

The biggest population of students who come through Southwest Florida Yachts’ doors, Hansen says, are those planning on purchasing a boat in the future. Understanding how a boat’s system works and how it drives will help move these potential buyers toward a certain style of boat. “A lot of people will take the course, charter a few times to get that experience under their belt, then say ‘Is this boat really what we want?’” Hansen says. “We’ve had people who charter

boats and come back and say ‘No, we want a bed that we can walk around,’ or ‘We don’t want to crawl into a V-berth.’ Those are the people who are doing it right. They’re planning it out. They’re not rushing out to buy a boat they know nothing about with no experience.” Another large percentage of students at Southwest Florida Yachts are interested in embarking on the Great Loop. Hansen tells me of a couple who took a course at the cruising school in late 2017, decided they loved it, and had Hansen find them a 34-foot mainship trawler shortly thereafter. They then embarked on the Great Loop in March 2018, completing the loop in December 2018. “There’s a hundred stories like that of people who’ve taken our course and then gone on to buy a boat and cruise the world,” Hansen says. “We have lots of people who tell us ‘You started it all for us’ or ‘You changed my life.’ That’s a good feeling.” For 35 years, Southwest Florida Yachts has offered yacht charters, found fitting boats for potential buyers, assisted in actualizing cruising dreams, and most importantly, equipped boaters with knowledge and hands-on experience so they can feel confident behind the wheel. “There’s a lot more to operate in a boat than just turning the key and going — it’s not a rental car,” Hansen says. “We want to prepare people for real life, real time cruising.” ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM

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PORT OF CALL

Best-Kept In World War Ii, Whitby, Ontario, was a training base for secret agents. Today, it continues to fly under the radar as one of the best-kept secrets on the Great Lakes. by Craig Ritchie

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t’s only fitting that the pretty town of Whitby, Ontario, should enjoy a strong connection to water. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario some 23 miles east of Toronto, Whitby is named after the English village of Whitby, home to the legendary Captain James Cook who went on to map most of the world in the course of his epic voyages aboard HMS Endeavor. The name Whitby comes from the Danish and dates back to about 867 AD when the Danes invaded Britain. The Danish “Whitteby” roughly translates as “White Village,” a reference to the white-painted lighthouse that guarded the harbor entrance near where they came ashore. Appropriately, a white lighthouse stands over the harbor entrance today in Whitby, Ontario. The Lake Ontario shoreline around present-day Whitby was originally surveyed in 1792, and the first settlers arrived from England shortly after. By 1836, the small farming settlement had grown to become a fair-sized village, thanks in no small part to its outstanding natural harbor, which made it easy for local farmers to move their produce to market. The town grew exponentially in the early 1840s after a road was constructed from Whitby north to Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. This road — the present-day Highway 12 — greatly contributed to the development of the town as a major shipping port, where ships by the dozen loaded grain, lumber, flour, potatoes and beer for buyers all over the world. Incorporated in 1855, Whitby grew larger still when it became the Lake Ontario terminal for the newly-created Whitby, Port Perry and Lindsay Railway with its fast, reliable service into Ontario’s fertile Kawartha Lakes region. All this traffic going in and out of its harbor made Whitby and its residents incredibly affluent. Magnificent Victorian-era homes and mansions began to sprout up all over town, many of which survive today. One of these — a former Sheriff’s residence — now houses the Trafalgar Castle School, a private girls’ school founded in 1874. It’s one of numerous period estates and former merchant

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and government buildings that now forms the basis for several heritage walking tours. Other structures are gone, but their beautiful grounds survive among Whitby’s more than 120 parks — a huge number for a town of less than 57 square miles. Today, with its expansive green space and laid-back pace, Whitby is an enchanting destination for cruising boaters looking for something just a little bit different. But it wasn’t always quite so welcoming of visitors.

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X marks the spot

It seems hard to believe today, but at one point in time, poking your nose around Whitby would have quickly led to an encounter with the military police. During World War II, quiet little Whitby was in fact a global center of subterfuge and intrigue. With the war in Europe raging, the Canadian government quietly acquired a small farm located on Whitby’s outskirts. They took possession on December 6, 1941 — the day before the Pearl Harbor attack — and quickly established what became known as Camp X, a top-secret spy training facility lead by none other than Sir William Stephenson, the so-called “Man Called Intrepid.” Stephenson, who headed British security operations for the entire Western Hemisphere during the war, was a Canadian master spy and close advisor to both Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Under Stephenson’s leadership, and in close cooperation with the FBI, MI-6 and the RCMP, Camp X became an ultra-secret training ground for Canadian, American and British intelligence agents who subsequently spread all over the world gathering critical information for the war effort. Many were captured, tortured and executed. In view of the sensitivity of their work, survivors received no recognition for their efforts, nor even acknowledgement of their service. Officially known as Special Training School No. 103, Camp X was the first secret agent training school in North America and among the first in the world. Fun fact: The CIA went on to name its own training facility The Farm in a nod to Camp X. It’s estimated that up to 2,000 agents trained at Camp X between 1941 and 1945. One of them, a British naval intelligence officer by the name of Ian Fleming, would later go on to achieve international fame as the author of the James Bond spy novels. Fleming later acknowledged that it was his former mentor at Camp X, Stephenson, who provided the real-life inspiration for Bond. Apart from churning out scores of spies, Camp X also became a critically important communications center for the Allied command. By May 1942, the camp added a sophisticated radio and telegraph station (code-named Hydra) that was soon transmitting and receiving upwards of 40,000 top-secret messages daily, representing the bulk of the intelligence traffic transmitted across the Atlantic. Although Camp X was leveled immediately after the war and trees were planted on its site to erase all traces of its existence, rumors and speculation about what actually

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Its cloak-and-dagger past gives Whitby mountains of intrigue and makes it an exciting destination for visitors from all over North America. But there’s a lot more to this secret little gem than just its fascinating history. Whitby deserves a much closer look on the strength of its present-day charms, and the best way to get there and see it all first-hand is the original way — by boat. The town is easy to spot from the water, as the 300foot-tall radio antenna belonging to Whitby’s Ontario Provincial Police detachment can be seen for several miles offshore. Watch for its distinctive five red lights, three of which flash. Deep, clear water makes the approach to shore easy, with no shoals, sandbars or other hazards to avoid. As you approach you’ll soon spot a pair of blue and grey condominium towers on shore, which lie directly north of the harbor. Line up on them, and watch for the two sets of red and green buoys that mark the harbor entrance. Depth in the entrance channel is maintained at 15 feet, but you’ll want to follow the buoyed channel carefully once you’re inside the piers, as the bottom comes up fast outside the markers. Just as you clear the inshore ends of the piers, the channel takes a 90-degree turn to the west. Shortly after making the turn, you’ll spot the Whitby Yacht Club on your port side, its entrance channel clearly marked with fluorescent red buoys. Continuing past the yacht club, the channel takes another 90-degree turn — this time north toward Port Whitby Marina.

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Open secrets

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went on there persisted for years. It wasn’t until 1984 that the camp’s existence was officially acknowledged by Ontario Lieutenant Governor John B. Aird, who unveiled a monument on the site commemorating the facility and the critical role it played in developing international security protocols still used around the world to this day.

Marinas / Marine Facilities Port Whitby Marina

Whitby Yacht Club WYC.CA; 905-668-1391 An active cruising and racing club that welcomes members from reciprocating yacht clubs, the Whitby Yacht Club has approximately 250 well-protected slips at its facility on the south side of Whitby Harbour. The club can handle boats up to 50 feet long and with drafts to about 7 feet. Call ahead on VHF 68 for slip availability.

905-668-1900 A large and well-run municipal marina located on the northeast corner of the harbor, Port Whitby Marina can accommodate boats to 90 feet long and with a draft of up to about 8 feet. The marina offers 420 roomy, well-sheltered slips. Call ahead on VHF 68 for slip availability.

Custom Yacht Builder

Port Whitby Marine Supplies

905-430-8299; Master boatbuilder Peter Karadi has been building custom yachts on the site of the Port Whitby Marina since 1978. He also offers repairs to damaged hulls, mechanical work, welding, interior woodwork, engine replacement and upholstery repairs.

PORTWHITBYMARINESUPPLIES.COM; 905-668-4077 Located outside Port Whitby Marina on Charles Street, go here to find a full range of equipment and accessories for both power and sail, including hardware and fittings, engine parts, anchors, electronics, paints, cleaning supplies, charts and more. They can also arrange prop repairs.

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Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Port Whitby Marina is one of the premier marinas in Ontario, making it the perfect home port or cruising destination. This full-service marina is within walking distance of restaurants, pubs and provisions, and they even offer bicycles, kayaks and SUPs at no charge to explore the area. As you greet each new morning with that first cup of coffee, keep an eye out for the swans, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, snowy owls, blue herons and mink that pass by one after another. You’ll see even more birds and small animals if you wake early and take a morning excursion along the waterfront path, whether on foot, roller blades or bicycle. Whitby’s eight-mile stretch of Lake Ontario’s 485-mile Waterfront Trail system closely follows the lake, bringing spectacular views as it meanders through beautifully manicured parkland. If you’re in the mood for more of a workout, the Iroquois Park Sports Centre sits within easy walking distance of the marina docks with six ice/floor hockey surfaces, two indoor pools, a sports dome, five lit baseball diamonds and six tennis courts. There’s also a restaurant with an outdoor patio. The complex offers a wide range of recreational programs, concerts, shows and special events throughout the season, and is always worth a stop whether you’re in the mood to work up a sweat or not.

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Step up to downtown

Looking at Whitby on a map, the town perches atop Lake Ontario like a three-layered cake. The waterfront with its marine facilities and beautiful parks forms the base layer, supporting the historic downtown mid-layer, which is in turn topped by still more parkland known locally as the Greenbelt. Think in those terms and it’s impossible to get lost. To get from the waterfront to the downtown you’ll need to head north and cross the 401 Highway, a major Interstate-style thoroughfare that follows the north shore of Lake Ontario on its way from Windsor to Montreal. The distance between the marina and the main drag on Dundas Street is only a little over a mile, but it seems a lot farther when you’re returning with a few bags of shopping in hand. Uber, cabs, public transit or bicycles make the short trip far more comfortable. Today a vibrant community that’s home to nearly 130,000 people and more than 2,200 businesses, Whitby is best-known as a pedestrian-focused town where the bicycle is the preferred means of getting around, whether it’s exploring the historic downtown or enjoying its vast green spaces. The village boasts an inviting bike network that includes more than 10 miles of multi-purpose pathways and another 13 miles of dedicated bike lanes — so break out the bikes and go native while you’re there. It may come as a surprise to some visitors, but the historic downtown is actually one of the most bicycle-friendly neighborhoods in Whitby, where dedicated bike lanes on Mary Street and Dunlop Street (which parallel Dundas) offer safe and convenient access to pretty much everything, including Peel Park, the library, shopping and restaurants.

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Visit the Station Gallery

One of Whitby’s most interesting attractions, the Station Gallery — a modern art gallery and community arts hub housed in a former railroad station — is only a short walk from the harbor. Saved from demolition in 1970 and moved to its present site at the corner of Henry and Victoria Streets, the station was originally constructed in 1903 as Whitby’s passenger terminal on the historic Grand Trunk line. Renovated and expanded in 2006, the Station Gallery today is a beautiful 10,000-squarefoot, not-for-profit visual arts center that displays a wide variety of works from emerging and prominent artists, as well as providing a community studio space. The gallery is open seven days a week and is always free to visit thanks to corporate donors and private supporters. STATIONGALLERY.CA .

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Food Truck Frenzy

The downtown makes a perfect starting point to check out Whitby’s past. As Whitby was once the administrative center of the former County of Ontario, a number of historically-significant buildings speak to its past importance and affluence, including the county courthouse, the county jail and the land registry office. Visit the town website (WHITBY.CA/WALKINGTOURS) to download illustrated guides to five separate walking tours that explore the town’s colorful history through its magnificent historic properties. One thing you won’t experience in Whitby is hunger, as the town is home to a thriving culinary scene with many excellent restaurants, eateries and pubs to choose from, everything from authentic Italian food to classic steakhouses and more avant-garde fare. A personal favorite is Cupcake Junkie on Brock Street South — a little purple house that bristles with great coffee and tasty baked treats. Try the tiramisu cupcakes at your own risk, because it’s simply impossible to eat just one. There’s also a first-rate farmers market featuring locallygrown produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Celebration Square, just outside the Whitby Public Library on Dundas Street West. If you need to provision, this stop is hard to beat. Getting thirsty? The local craft brewery scene is also making serious waves. From 5 Paddles and Town Brewery to Little Beasts and Brock Street Brewing Co., Whitby is home to a vibrant and energetic beer culture, with more artisan breweries popping up every year. From mild to wild, you’re sure to find something tasty that hits the spot. Once you’ve been wined and dined, you might want to walk off lunch with a little retail therapy. That’s where downtown Whitby shines, with an enticing variety of unique boutiques and home décor shops that line the main streets, providing the perfect opportunity to find that special something to accent the boat or fill a void in your wardrobe. Or, head north to the Greenbelt and pick up one of countless multi-purpose trails that bisect this delightful tract of woodlands and open meadows. Whether biking, running or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll, there’s no better place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the day.

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For a smaller community, Whitby literally buzzes with activity as the home to more than 200 special events each year. The town’s website (CALENDAR.WHITBY.CA) includes a packed event calendar with full details on the where-and-when. Visit in May and you can reward your senses and your stomach at the same time at the Food Truck Frenzy, where every imaginable style of street meat and sidewalk snack is presented for your full enjoyment. Come back in July and indulge your inner carnivore at one of Canada’s largest ribfests, or set your horticultural heart aflutter with the Whitby In Bloom Garden Tour. Through the summer, events like Culture In The Square, Fresh Air In The Square, Music In The Park and Movies In The Park celebrate life al fresco and make the most of the beautiful summer warmth.

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Sit back and relax

Whitby will be home to the brand-new Nordik SpaNature, which will be completed in Fall 2019. Located in Cullen Park, this new spa and wellness center will offer five outdoor pools, five saunas, three restaurants, a floating saltwater pool, massage rooms, spa services and more. The resort, which broke ground in June 2018, will be built on a nearly nine-acre lot. WHITBY.LENORDIK.COM

Without question the biggest party on Whitby’s social calendar is the annual Canada Day celebration each July 1. The fun starts early with a variety of free children’s activities, including face painting, a petting zoo and jumping castles, live entertainment for the adults in the crowd throughout the day, a farmers market, food of every description, and a fireworks display to cap things off. Much of the activity takes place right along the waterfront, with a water taxi service operating between the marina and the yacht club to make getting around a breeze. The other big date on Whitby’s summer calendar is the Great Ontario Salmon Derby, a seven-week-long fishing festival that typically kicks off in late June and runs through mid-August. Although the derby is a lake-wide affair, the hottest activity takes place right off the Whitby waterfront, where a deep drop-off located close to shore puts the big fish within easy reach — as evidenced by the fact that nearly one-third of the prize-winning fish in the 2018 derby were weighed in at the Whitby scale. With more than $300,000 in prizes — including boats and SUVs up for grabs — the salmon derby is a big deal that attracts anglers from across North America. Even if you’re not in town during the derby, Whitby is always a good place to wet a line just for fun, with a wide variety of fish available year-round. With its colorful past, enticing downtown, first-rate natural harbor and bustling entertainment calendar, it really is amazing that Whitby manages to fly under the radar of Great Lakes cruisers. The best-kept secret on the Great Lakes? Absolutely, and all the more reason this delightful port of call stands out as a must-see destination for anyone who enjoys a hint of intrigue. ★

Resources

Durham Region Tourism 905-668-7711; 800-413-0017

Salmon Derby Week 2 Winner Malcolm Jarvis

Be sure to visit: • Landmark Cinemas at Whitby Entertainment Centrum • Local walk to plaza with restaurants, Town Brewery, groceries, Tim Hortons, liquor store... • Historic Downtown Whitby’s great restaurants and pubs • Ajax Downs Slots and Horse Racing

Marina Features Marina Office 905-668-1900

www.whitby.ca marina@whitby.ca

The Town of Whitby

offers all of the amenities of a large urban center with a small town friendly atmosphere! The marina is surrounded by acres of parkland linked by waterfront trails.

• Large harbour with easy lake access. • Accommodation for vessels up to 70 ft. • 6100 sq ft Club house w/privacy, 3-piece showers, washrooms, laundry, kitchen • Boater pub nights and special events. • FREE daily Toronto newspapers • FREE use of propane barbecues • FREE use of bicycles, kayaks and SUPs • Gas, diesel, ice and pump-out • Quality public launch ramp • Quality steel tube floating docks with spacious channels & slips • Friendly staff and management

MAJOR EVENTS FOR 2019: Located 23 Nautical Miles East of Toronto Harbour We monitor VHF channel 68

Food Truck Frenzy: May 25 & 26 Canada Day: July 1 Whitby Ribfest: July 12-14

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ou don’t have to choose between the quiet of a hillside property and downtown fun at this nearly 4,000-square-foot Boyne City home. Located on a sprawling 1.42-acre lot surrounded by a small apple orchard and views of Lake Charlevoix, it may feel like you’re in a countryside retreat. In actuality, however, you’re just a quick walk to 100 feet of private water frontage and a short bike ride to all that downtown Boyne City has to offer. It’s the best of both worlds. Nestled in the Blue Water Ridge neighborhood, which is set back from Boyne City’s main stretch on Lakeshore Road, the home is ideal for families (as it’s located on a cul-de-sac) and those simply searching for some peace and quiet. River rocks adorn the exterior of the home, as well as the floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace in the living room, making visitors truly feel like they’ve arrived “Up North.” Walk inside the charming four-bedroom home and you’re greeted by warm, hardwood floors that lead to the recently updated kitchen. Prepare meals on the large granite peninsula while conversing with guests in the dining room and taking in lake views. And since the home is set on a hill, the views are excellent.

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The real show-stopper and where everyone will want to congregate is the living room, showcasing a cathedral ceiling lined in pine, Joanna Gaines-inspired shiplap feature wall and floor-to-ceiling windows. The main floor also features an office just off the living room, as well as the master suite oasis with a jacuzzi tub and private patio. Venture upstairs for two guest rooms, a shared bathroom and even more water views over the open mezzanine. The finished lower level is the perfect spot for a board game, curling up on the couch for a movie marathon and unleashing your creative energy in the craft room. Down here you’ll also find a spacious laundry room, guest room and bathroom. When the sun shines, escape to the large patio just off the kitchen to listen to birds chirp, delve into a new novel or enjoy an alfresco home-cooked dinner. When adventure calls, dip your toes in the sand, anchor the boat out on crystal-clear Lake Charlevoix, stop into Kilwin’s for some ice cream, check out the Boyne City Farmers Market (Wednesday and Saturdays in the summer) or, come winter, hit the slopes at Boyne Mountain. No matter the season, the home will provide a quiet retreat. H



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Amenities Transient slips: Y Pump-out: Y Gas: Y Diesel: Y Lifts: N Launch ramp: Y Engine repair: Y Hull repair: N Marine store: Y Restaurant: Nearby Showers: Y Laundry Facility: Y

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Port Washington Marina Charming Lake Michigan marina with New England vibes.

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trolling the streets of Port Washington, Wisconsin, is almost like traveling to the East Coast. The charming downtown lined with gift shops and boutiques, combined with parks, beaches and, of course, sunsets over Lake Michigan offers a New England atmosphere. No need to book a flight — the town and the Port Washington Marina are just 20 miles north of Milwaukee. “It’s a friendly type of New England town with a population of 10,000,” says Dennis Cherny, the harbormaster at Port Washington Marina. “The marina is right downtown in the city so there’s no need for any transportation.” Port Washington Marina, which sits only a half-block from the city’s business district, has more than 275 slips. In 2010, the marina underwent a renovation that added some convenient features to the slips. “We have a pump-out system at every dock so boats don’t have to move,” says Cherny, who’s been with the marina for more than 22 years. “It’s a real pleasure. [There are] not too many [marinas] in the state of Wisconsin with that system and the boaters really like that.”

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Gas, diesel, Wi-Fi, grills, picnic tables, pet areas, a launch ramp and more amenities make it a perfect place to dock, even if it’s only for an afternoon. Up to three hours of dockage is free for boaters. Plus, the restrooms and showers are worth noting. “We pride ourselves on being clean,” Cherny says. “We have some people tell us our bathrooms are cleaner than their house so we take pride in that.” Summertime events in town and at the marina bring in many transient boaters, especially Pirate Family Daze the first weekend of June. The event features costumes, sailing excursions and a parade. The 45th Annual Disabled Vets Fishing Outing will take place June 20, but they’re not the only ones who can enjoy some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the Great Lakes. Practice all June for the Great Lakes Sport Fisherman Fishing Derby June 29 through July 1. Fish cleaning stations and grills around the marina will help you enjoy your fresh catch. With all it has to offer, Port Washington Marina is one to put on your list this season — and you don’t have to navigate the Atlantic to get to it. H


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2015 Marlow Explorer 49E “Love Shack” is a pampered yacht, with extensive mechanical upgrades, such as twin CAT 715hp engines, stabilizers, watermaker, chilled-water air-conditioner and 1,000 gallon fuel tank making her a cruiser extraordinaire.

2018 Marlow 58E

2015 Marlow Explorer 58E-CB

“Imagine”, has three staterooms plus crew cabin, open upper helm with enclosure, lower helm galley, and a beautiful teak interior. Powered by twin 1000hp CAT engines with warranties in place, she is ready to cruise.

“Bet-A-Buc”is an exceptional yacht featuring a full beam, center line master stateroom with his and her heads, a queen VIP, and enclosed helm with a day head and a crew cabin. Powered by CAT C-18’s she cruises at 20-23 knots. Call today. Sistership Photo

2003 Marlow Explorer 57C

2004 Marlow Explorer 70E

2001 53 Selene

“Bayflower” is perfect for the couple that wants to run their own boat. This three stateroom yacht offers exquisite craftmanship and design. Powered by twin 800hp CAT 3406’s and ready to whisk you away.

“Sand Piper” is a well maintained yacht. She has three spacious staterooms and features a private entrance from the salon to the master stateroom. Powered by CAT 800hp 3406E’s you can fulfill your cruising dreams.

A classic trawler. Her two stateroom layout, flybridge, and warm salon/galley area provide all the comforts of home. She is well equipped powered by twin 225hp John Deere engines and ready to cruise.

2003 Symbol Motoryacht 56’

2002 Grand Banks Classic 46

2004 Grand Banks Europa 42

“Time” is a beautiful three stateroom Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht that has received numerous upgrades throughout. She is powered by the popular 700hp CAT C-12’s and ready to cruise. Please call for more details.

“Soft Landing” features a galley up floor plan, two private ensuite staterooms, a lower helm station and a large flybridge with new cushions and canvas. Powered by twin CAT 3126B engines, she’s well maintained. Give us a call!

“Grand Times” is very clean, and has been boat shed kept. With twin Caterpillar® 3126B, 420hp engines, and rare, preferred two stateroom, two head layout.

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2015 Marlow Pilot 32

2015 Boston Whaler 32 Outrage

2005 Cruisers 400 Express

“Reely Ours” is an enclosed pilothouse and powered by an economical single 260hp Yanmar® diesel. Ready to cruise. Visit today.

“Forever Young” is a “like-new” versatile center console equipped for fishing and cruising. Powered by twin, low hour, 300hp Mercury Verado outboards with joystick, for effortless maneuverability. Call today.

“Paradocs” is a very popular Cruisers model that has been very well equipped and maintained. Powered by twin 370hp Volvo® engines with IPS drives she is fuel efficient and very easy to maneuver with a joystick.


personall y. 2015 Marlow Explorer 80E-CB

“Lady Eme” is a very unique command bridge and skybridge. Powered by twin Caterpillar® C-32 1800hp engines she is made for long range exploring in style, with minimal crew. Professionally maintained. Call today.

2016 Marlow Explorer 88E

This Marlow Explorer 88E is a perfect example of performance, quality, and class in a motoryacht. Powered by twin Caterpillar® C-32’s, she has a range of over 4200nm at 8 knots, and cruises in the mid-20’s with a top speed of 30 knots when conditions or schedule demand it.

2013 Marlow Explorer 97E

“Cocori III” has been captain maintained for a seasoned and experienced yachtsman. She is powered by twin Caterpillar® 1800hp C-32 Acert engines and is capable of long range cruising at 9kn and a fast cruise of 23kn. She offers a luxurious on deck master along with four additional staterooms and is ready for her next grand adventure.

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2018 Marlow Prowler Havana

2005 Marlow Explorer 53C “Tom Foolery

2010 Marlow Explorer 57E “Marea”

2007 Marlow Explorer 53C “Mary’s Place”

2011 Marlow Explorer 57E “Rhody Ray II”

2014 Marlow Explorer 53E

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Rare opportunity to get a like new Prowler. Triple 300hp Yamaha outboard engines, Gyro stabilization, diesel generator, air conditioned cabin. Fast, stable, comfortable. Great electronics and a watermaker.

2017 Marlow Explorer 66E “Night Moves” Open seven days a week to better serve our clients.

North American and International Inquiries www.marlowmarine.com • sales@ marlowmarine. com

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Other Sold Boats Not Pictured: Optetime, Saga Boy II, Good Time Charlie Marlow Marine Sales, Inc. USA/Canada: 800.362.2657 • International: +1.941.729.3370






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NEW BOATS

2020 Regal 42 Fly New arrival

New 2019 Regal 33X Joystick, generator, ready for delivery

2018 301 Cobia Center Console T300s, Demo prices, closeout

2019 Pathfinder 2400 TRS In stock

2019 Crestliners On display in showroom

2019 Benningtons On display in showroom

2019 277 Cobia Center Console T-250s

2019 Regal 2800 Bowrider Hardtop Bow thruster, loaded! In stock and ready to go

2019 Regal LS 6 New model, ready for delivery!

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$575,000 $469,900 $79,995 $69,500

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Chaparral 290 Signature Rinker 250 Express Cruiser Supra Soltare Correct Craft Ski Nautique

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$84,995 $28,900 $14,000 $24,900


AND CHICAGO HARBORFEST @ 31ST STREET HARBOR, JUNE 15-16

PREOWNED & BROKERAGE BOATS

2017 Regal 46 Sport Coupe Reduced! $539,000

2015 Regal 46 SC Reduced! $479,000

2008 Regal 4460 Commodore IPS, Joystick $259,900

1998 Fountain Lightning 42 $74,900

2008 Cruisers 390 SC $189,000

2008 Regal 3760 Commodore $139,900

1998 Silverton 352 Motor Yacht Reduced! $74,900

2005 Rinker 342 Express Cruiser $74,900

2005 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer Reduced! $114,900

2019 Regal 2500 Bow Rider IN STOCK Call for price

2018 Regal 22 Fasdeck CLOSEOUT $66,900

2018 Crestliner 2050 Authority CLOSEOUT $54,975

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Marine Services is Chicagoland’s Premier Service and Storage Facility, located just 20 minutes south of Chicago in Dolton, IL. Our Certified Service Technicians can provide expert mechanical service for your engines, drives and auxiliary systems. Our paint and fiberglass shop can accommodate yachts up to 70 ft., serving both sailboats and powerboat enthusiasts.We share your passion for boating and can perform top quality hull and topside repairs. Call us for estimates on your repairs! Ph: 708.841.5660 • www.marineservicescorp.com 2019 Galeon 485 HTC

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Azimut S7 Sea Ray 630 Super Sport Sunseeker 61 Predator Baia 60 Force One Marquis 59 Azimut 58 Flybridge Azimut 55S Azimut 50 Fly Azimut 50 Atlantis Sea Ray 500 Sea Ray 480 Sundancer Sea Ray 440 Exp. Bridge

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Call for Price $164,900 $559,000 $260,000 $559,000 $1,089,000 Call for Price Call for Price $625,000 $198,900 $99,000 $99,900

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Sea Ray 440 Sundancer Azimut 43 Atlantis Galeon 430 Skydeck Hatteras Double Cabin Galeon 420 Fly Regal 42 Sport Coupe Cruisers 415 Express MY Formula 41 PC Cruisers 3870 Express Carver 380 Santego Carver 36 Mariner Sea Ray 340 Express Formula 34 PC

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$49,900 Call for Price $550,000 $64,900 $549,900 $460,000 $200,000 $55,000 $124,900 $57,900 $109,900 $27,900 $55,900

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Rinker 330 Express Sea Ray 330 Sundancer Chris-Craft Amerosport Bayliner 320 Express Bayliner 3055 Formula F-29pc Glastron GS289 Cobalt 282 Monterey 270CR Rinker 270 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer Sea Ray 270

1999 1995 1988 2008 1999 1990 2011 2003 2008 2000 2001 1994

$44,900 $42,500 $29,900 $65,900 $30,000 $29,900 $59,900 $39,900 $49,900 $23,500 $35,900 $9,000

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2020 Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

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2000 Sunseeker 62 Manhattan, $424,995

2000 Ocean 48 Convertible, $296,500

2005 Cruisers 405 Motoryacht, $195,000

2006 Sea Ray 52 Sedan Bridge, $499,000

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Belize 66 Sedan................................................Call Monte Carlo Yachts 65...................................Call Neptunus 62 Flybridge .....................$795,000 Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht ................. $299,000 Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht............. $1,200,000 Vantare 58 Flush Deck MY..............$250,000 Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht ..................$329,000 Sea Ray 510 Sundancer.................. $248,999 Sea Ray Sundancer 50......................$109,000 Sabre Salon Express ........................................Call Viking 45 Convertible.........................$169,000 Baja 442 ..................................................$114,000 Cruisers 4280.......................................... $34,900 Bertram 42 Motor Yacht...................$109,000 Maxum 4100 SCR................................$ 72,000 Rinker 410 Express Cruiser .............$119,900 Back Cove 41 .....................................................Call Sea Ray 410 Sundancer.................. $399,000 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer ...................$ 89,900

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Cruisers Yachts 4050 MY.................$180,000 Fountain 40............................................... $47,500 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer...................$172,900 Sea Ray 390 Express Cruiser ........... $45,000 Cruisers Yachts 3870 Express ........$108,000 Fountain 38 Sport Cruiser.................. $39,900 Carver 356 Motor Yacht.......................$97,000 Carver 350 Mariner............................... $69,900 Regal3560 Commodore..................$119,000 Catalina 350...........................................$119,900 Back Cove 34 ....................................... $369,000 American Tug 34..................................$328,999 Back Cove 34O .................................................Call Luhrs 342 tournament........................ $22,900 Tollycraft 34 Tri Cabin........................... $28,499 Sea Ray 330 Express Cruiser ........... $59,000 Nordic Tugs 32......................................$159,900 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer..................... $52,900 Spirit Equalizer Spirit 31...................... $44,900

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Bayliner 3055 Ciera.............................. $32,900 Regal 3060 Window Express............$75,000 Edgewater 280CC............................................Call Bennington 2874 QCW.......................$79,000 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer......................$57,000 Bryant 270 ................................................ $44,900 Monterey M-65 ...................................... $84,900 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer..................... $42,500 Regal 2660 Commodore .................. $28,900 Edgewater 248CX.............................................Call Caravelle Sea Hawk 230 CC ............ $44,900 Edgewater 230CC ............................................Call Bayliner 2252 Ciera Classic ...............$15,900 Azure 220...................................................$19,900 Stabicraft Stabicraft 2050................... $69,900 Starcraft 2000 IO Limited .................. $24,900 Sea Ray 180 Sport................................... $9,900 Boston Whaler 18 Dauntless ............$21,500 Edgewater 158CS.............................................Call

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2019 Prestige 520 Fly Hardtop

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2017 Galeon 420 Flybridge Trades welcome $549,000

2015 Prestige 450S Coupe Trades welcome $569,000 $549,000

2014 Prestige 550 Fly New listing $899,000

2006 44 Sea Ray Sundancer New Listing $269,000

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BROKERAGE BOATS 11’ 11’ 13’ 15’ 24’ 25’ 25’ 27’ 27’ 27’ 27’ 28’ 28’ 28’ 28’ 28’ 30’ 31’ 31’ 31’ 32’ 34’ 34’ 34’

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Zodiac Yachtline 340DL ...............................................................$17,500 Walker Bay 340 Generation...........................................................$13,900 Zodiac Bayrunner 420 ..................................................................$18,000 Sea-Doo 150 Speedster sale pending .................................................$9,500 Campion 602 Sports Utility............................................................$22,900 Bayliner2560..................................................................................$6,000 Ranger Tugs R25SC sale pending....................................................$119,000 Rinker 270 Fiesta Vee...................................................................$18,900 Chaparral 270 Signature...............................................................$35,900 Hunter 27 ....................................................................................$29,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 LE sale pending..................................................$205,900 Bertram 28 Sport Fisherman .........................................................$29,900 O’Day 28 .......................................................................................$9,900 Cape Dory 28 sale pending...............................................................$18,900 Maxum 2800 SCR sale pending ........................................................$23,000 Cutwater 28 ...............................................................................$170,000 Catalina 30 ..................................................................................$17,200 Bombay Clipper 31 sale pending .......................................................$12,000 Windsor Craft Classic....................................................................$82,500 Mainship 31 Sedan Bridge sale pending ............................................$35,500 Seaward 32RK ...........................................................................$112,500 S2 Yachts 10.3.............................................................................$24,900 Catalina 34 ..................................................................................$39,500 Wellcraft 3200 Martinique sale pending ............................................$22,250

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Mainship 34 Motor Yacht...............................................................$65,900 Carver 36 Aft Cabin Motor Yacht....................................................$27,500 Tiara 3600 Convertible..................................................................$64,900 Albemarle 3600 Express .............................................................$259,900 Sabre Spirit ................................................................................$165,000 Tiara 3600 Open ........................................................................$429,900 Cruisers Yachts 3870 Express sale pending .....................................$110,900 Hans Christian 41T .....................................................................$189,000 Hunter 410 ..................................................................................$99,999 Allied 42 XL..................................................................................$65,000 Carver 42 Aft Cabin Motoryacht.....................................................$69,900 Beneteau 423 ............................................................................$139,900 Carver 42 Super Sport ................................................................$234,900 Viking 44 Motor Yacht ...................................................................$79,000 Sea Ray 44 Sundancer .................................................................$79,900 Bruce Roberts Offshore 45............................................................$24,500 Beneteau 473 ............................................................................$199,900 Grand Banks 49 Motoryacht........................................................$215,000 Gulfstar 50’ Ketch.........................................................................$99,900 Viking 50 Motor Yacht .................................................................$209,900 Hatteras 50’ Convertible..............................................................$259,900 Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht..............................................................$299,900 Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht..............................................................$349,900 Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht...........................................................$2,250,000

FIND OUR COMPLETE LIST OF INVENTORY INCLUDING NEW, USED AND BROKERAGE BOATS AT WWW.REEDYACHTSALES.COM

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YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE AWAITS

2019 GRAND BANKS 60 SKYLOUNGE Meet the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge, our latest model to redefine long-range cruising. We are presenting an opportunity to take immediate delivery of a 2019 GB60 SL. Equipment highlights include a Vector Fin stabilizer system, complete electronics, a full array of appliances, dual generators and a tender. Provision and go! Bulletproof 800-hp Volvo D13s provide a 23-knot cruising speed and a top speed of 28 knots, or a range of 2,000 miles at 10 knots. Skylouge features side and aft opening windows and overhead hatches to allow the breeze to flow.

THIS BOAT SHOW DEMO BOAT IS NOW ACTIVELY FOR SALE. CALL BRIAN FOR PRICING INFORMATION.

GREAT LAKES FACTORY REPRESENTATIVE: BRIAN DEKKINGA Brian is a lifelong boating industry professional with a passion for Grand Banks and Palm Beach that goes back to his first new Grand Banks sale in 1987. Brian is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, US Coast Guard licensed captain, and self-described boating fanatic. Based in our Holland, Michigan, factory-direct office, Brian is ready to help you realize your yachting dream.

Contact Brian Dekkinga:

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OUR TRADE | 2018 PALM BEACH 42 This 2018 PB42 is an exceptional opportunity to own a like-new Palm Beach without the wait. Enjoy all the amenities and conveniences of a larger yacht— including a luxurious master stateroom, a fully equipped gourmet galley, large power windows, complete electronics and much more. This Palm Beach’s unique semi-displacement warped hull, low center of gravity and twin 435hp Volvo IPS 600s deliver a smooth ride in any conditions, reaching speeds up to 32 knots. Owner has new Palm Beach on order. Available for viewing in Michigan. Kick-off your summer the right way! $1,100,000.

LUCKY STAR | 2018 PALM BEACH 55 “AS NEW” condition featuring 2 staterooms with amidship master, 2 heads each with separate stall showers, gourmet galley, Twin 725-hp Volvo IPS 950s with joystick control, dynamic positioning and cockpit docking station. Extensively equipped with all the popular options and much more! Her owners’ plans have changed and they have purchased a larger Grand Banks. Available immediately! $2,250,000.

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CenterPointe Boat Svcs 400 Sussex Street Pewaukee WI 262-333-0700 centerpointeservice.com

Frank's Marine 17530 W Akron Canfield Rd Berlin Center OH 330-547-3688 franksmarine.com

Glen Harbor Marina 517 E 4th Street Watkins Glen NY 607-535-2751 glenharbormarina.com

Grand Valley Marine 3711 28th Street SW Grandville MI 616-538-2460 grandvalleymarine.com

R C Congel Boats 8575 Brewerton Road Cicero NY 315-699-2144 rccongel.com

Wonderland Marine West 5796 E Grand River Ave Howell MI 517-548-5122 wonderlandmarinewest.com

CANADA DEALERS Anstruther Marina 23 Fire Route 63 Apsley, Ontario 705-656-4783 anstrutherlakemarina.com

Leisure Marine 5781 Highway 7 Woodbridge, Ontario 905-851-3903 leisuremarine.com

Mobile Marine Services 261 Hunter Road Grimsby, Ontario 905-730-4722 mobilemarineservices.net

North Country Marine 4201 Perth Road Kingston Inverary, Ontario 613-353-1577 northcountrymarine.com

Pirate Cove Marina 4304 Rideau River Rd Kemptville, Ontario 613-258-2325 piratecovemarina.com

Rosseau Road Powersports 25 Blackstone & Crane Lk Rd Seguin, Ontario 705-378-5217 rosseauroad.ca

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Boston Whaler Dauntless, 150HP Mercury, GPS/Sounder, bimini, trailer ...............................................................................................$32,900 Proline WA, 150HP Mercury Verado, enclosure, GPS/Fish, cockpit cover, clean..................................................................................$34,900 JC Tri-toon, 115HP Mercury, full cover, ski tow, stereo, clean ..................................................................................................................$29,900 Sea Ray Sundeck, 300HP Merc BIII, wake tower, trailer............................................................................................................................$44,900 Chaparral, 4.5L Merc BIII, bow & cockpit covers, depth, premium stereo, trailer.................................................................................$49,900 Sweetwater Tritoon, 200HP Honda, full cover, Simrad GPS, ski tow..............................................................................................................................................$50,900 Premier Tri-toon, 150HP Mercury 4S, full cover, bimini, GPS, ski tow ......................................................................................................$36,900 Crest Tritoon, 225 Mercury, full cove, Bimini, electric anchor, ski tow...........................................................................................................................................$37,900 Chris Craft Mahogany Triple Cockpit Replica, 351 CI I/B, 60 hours, trailer ..............................................................................................$79,000 Cobalt 250 BR, 6.2L Merc BIII, bow & cockpit cover, select exhaust,trailer .......................................................................................... $48,900 Sea Ray Sundancer, 300HP Merc BIII, air, arch, windlass, GPS, clean........................................................................................................................................$47,900 Formula Bowrider, Volvo 8.1L DP, bow & cockpit covers, select exhaust, clean.......................................................................................................................$37,900 Pursuit Denali, T-4.3L Mercs, arch, windlass, cockpit cover, GPS, trailer...............................................................................................$39,900 Chaparral Signature, T-4.3L Mercs, arch, camper top, air/heat, low hours ..........................................................................................$109,000 Pursuit 3070 Offshore, T-250HP Yamahas, hardtop, canvas enclosure, full electr. ................................................................................$59,900 Monterey express, T-5.7L Mercs, low hours, air/heat, full canvas, shows 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For those of you who don’t know the complete resume of stylist Dick Avery, you may be surprised to learn that he started as an automotive designer for the Ford Motor Design Center, was later credited with drawing the famed Datsun 240Z, and is known to most boaters for styling many of the Chris-Craft boat models during the 1960s and ’70s. It was during the early stages of designing the Chris-Craft 35 Commander Express when Avery was given permission to draw a “broken sheerline” for the first time. This styling element, which is essentially a soft radius curve in the deck line, was quite a radical departure for Chris-Craft when first introduced in 1968. Fast forward to May 2002, my wife and I found a 1972 Chris-Craft 35-foot Commander listed for sale in Lakeland Boating’s Classified ads. The boat had been built in August 1971 at Chris-Craft’s Holland, Michigan, plant and she was sold NEW by Chris-Craft dealer Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She’d spent her early years as Silver Fin, a fishing charter boat on Lake Superior. Her second owner moved her down to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for two more decades of charter fishing. I was convinced that the 35 Commander would have the classic lines we were looking for, while also providing the weekend retreat we wanted in order to get our kids on the water. We bought the Silver Fin and cruised her down Lake Michigan to our homeport in Chicago. We’d envisioned showing off those unique Dick Avery styling lines with removal of the bow rail and lifelines, cutting in a transom door so the kids would have easy access to the water, and we wanted to replace the old head system. After a single season using her as-is, our modest project list grew into a complete bow-to-stern refit that kept us high and dry for nearly five years. While working most weekends and holidays, we replaced nearly all the original mechanical gear and we added amenities such as: Underwater lights, IMTRA LED interior lights, trim tabs, a Muir anchor windlass, a fiberglass swim platform, and new Raymarine gear on a roof-mounted electronics mast. We sandblasted the bottom, applied barrier coat, then moved topsides and sanded, primed and painted the hull with the Akzo Nobel’s AwlCraft 2000 system. We chose Flag Blue with the goal of highlighting that Dick Avery broken sheerline, and we applied Awlgrip’s traditional polyester urethane on the rest of the boat. The early ’70s white oak aft deck Formica laminate was replaced with varnished teak wood, and the pilothouse and salon glass windows were changed to dark green tinted glass from PPG. The refreshed and repowered Commander now cruises very economically with credit due to her twin 8.1L big block 385-hp Crusader engines. Upon the long awaited relaunch, we named her Ceviche and she is typically seen cruising the waters of Lake Michigan near Chicago. We owe a debt of gratitude to Chris-Craft’s Dick Avery and to the entire team responsible for designing and building Email kbush@lakelandboating.com if you have a these early fiberglass classics. Classic Craft with a good story to share! —Greg & Julie Gajcak, Chicago, IL

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