Page 1

H U RO N

|

O N TA R I O

|

MICHIGAN

|

ERIE

|

S U P E R I OR

JUN E 2020

CRUISERS 38 GLS

Built on a history of versatility and quality. p. 30

PRESTIGE 590S

A GREAT LOOP ADVENTURE

p. 34

p. 42

TESTING THE WATERS

PORT OF CALL

Designed to meet every want and need.

DISPLAY UNTIL JUNE 30, 2020

Writer Heather Steinberger finds out if PWC really are for everyone. p. 38

A young couple turns a dream into reality.

Saugatuck, MI: Two historic towns; one great destination. p. 46

S PO TLIG HT S AXOPAR ★ GRAND B AN KS ★ SEA R AY ★ S T I N GR AY


Agent Provocateur… has been left ashore.


MarlowExplorer ® 49E | 53E | 58E | 62E | 66E | 70E | 75E | 80E | 88E

T

he Marlow Explorer series of yachts have been defining and redefining the yachting experience since 2001. The launch of the first Marlow Explorer 65c, a ground breaking yacht in her own right, demonstrated to a worldwide

audience the vision of David E. Marlow. He proposed that an advanced design with traditional lines, a technological build, and the owner’s desires could find a harmonious balance in a highly customized production yacht. Each yacht, built to exacting standards for each of their owners, utilizes proprietary technology and techniques for a light weight hull of impeccable integrity. The interior craftsmanship and attention to detail would make any femme fatale jealous. Investigate the finest Agent Provocateur in her class… The Marlow Explorer at www.marlowyachts.com.

North American Inquiries

International Inquiries

www.marlowyachts.com • sales @ marlowyachts.com

www.marlowyachts.com • sales @ marlowyachts.com

Marlow Marine Sales, Inc. 800.362.2657

MarlowExplorer pictured with optional Command Bridge.


P H O T O B Y L A N C E N E L S O N / S A U G AT U C K .C O M

TABLE OF CONTENTS

46 Features

ON THE COVER

Cruisers 38 GLS OB

The unique, fold-out “beach door” on the starboard side aft electronically deploys for easy access in and out of the water. Luckily for boaters, this is just one of many thoughtful features that prove the Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS can boast both form and function.

Hard work pays off. by Alan Wendt ......................................30

Prestige 590S

Everything boaters want and more. by Lakeland staff ............. 34

Testing the Waters

Writer Heather Steinberger finds out if Sea-Doo can ease her PWC fears. by Heather Steinberger ............................... 38

From Charlevoix to the Florida Keys

A young couple, along with their golden retriever, experiences the first half of America’s Great Loop. by Kelsie Sullivan.........42

Port of Call: Saugatuck, Michigan

Sailing Into History: Saugatuck is known for its trendy culinary scene, fantastic waterfront views and historic downtown filled with boutiques and enchanting green spaces. by Jane Ammeson ............................................................... 46

Departments

From the Helm......................................................................... 4 Dockbox .................................................................................... 6

Calendar ................................................................................... 8 Scuttle............................................................................................ 12

Great Gear ........................................................................... 20 Electronics ............................................................................. 21

@ lakelandboating.com

Don’t Hesitate to Renovate................................................. 22

★ Shop boats for sale by owner

Safety First ............................................................................. 25

★ Find out how to place a classified ad ★ Peruse dozens of exciting destination stories ★ Check out our most recent Boat Tests & Spotlights ★ Purchase our Great Lakes Cruising Guides ★ Access past issues with our online magazine ★ Stay current on all the latest Great Lakes news ★ And much more!

Sign up NOW for our weekly eNewsletter! 2

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Beneath the Surface............................................................. 23

Boat Spotlights: Axopar, Grand Banks, Sea Ray, Stingray ... 26 Lakeshore Life: Bay Harbor, MI .......................................... 52

Marina Watch: Beaver Island Marina.................................54 Marine Marketplace ............................................................. 55 Classifieds .............................................................................. 71 Classic Craft .......................................................................... 72



FROM THE HELM

CONTRIBUTORS

BY SARAH KOLLMORGEN

Keep On Cruising H

KEN KREISLER

ello Lakeland readers! Sarah here — I’m a past assistant editor and a contributing writer for the magazine. Early on April 7, we added a new member to our Lakeland crew: Cohen Gabriel Bush. We’re so excited for Kate and her husband, and I hope you join us in wishing her congratulations on her new addition! In the meantime, I’ll be taking the helm while Kate is on maternity leave. This month’s issue is all about cruising. Kelsie Sullivan details her and her husband’s decision to cruise the Great Loop and their experiences along the way (p. 42). You can also add the historic Saugatuck, Michigan, this month’s Port of Call, to your list of cruising destinations (p. 46). Looking to change it up? Heather Steinberger decides to finally give personal watercraft a try in her Sea-Doo feature (p. 38). While cruising is a great way to escape and unwind with friends and family, we encourage you to keep an eye on the impacts your state’s COVID-19 regulations may have on boating access. Each state is operating on it’s own guidelines and timelines, so pay attention especially if you plan on cuising over state lines. Contact your state’s Department of Natural Resources directly for guidance. If you have kids, you should also check out Diane Seltzer’s column on cruising with kids and “nautical distancing” during these unusual times (p. 24). I hope you’re staying safe and healthy, and that I’ll see you out on the water soon. ★

A multi BWI award-winning journalist, Capt. Ken Kreisler began his nautical career while in high school, spending summers doing odd jobs in the boatyard of a local marina in Brooklyn, New York. He worked his way through undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate academic studies as the skipper of his own six-pack charter boat. Upon completion of his degree, he secured his first job as a writer in the marine industry and never looked back. Capt. Ken splits his seasonal time between the New Jersey Shore and West Palm Beach, Florida. Read his Boat Spotlights on pgs. 26

★★★

ALAN WENDT

Alan is a past president of Boating Writers International and cochair of judging for the Innovation Awards at the Minneapolis and Miami Boat Shows and IBEX, the largest technical marine event in North America. Born in Cleveland, he is one of the chief architects of the Women on Water, Getaways! and Adventures cruising programs. Wendt is also a licensed pyrotechnician who choreographs fireworks shows for waterfront displays on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. Read his column on pgs. 30

★★★

AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

Beaver Island p. 54

Bay Harbor p. 52

Saugatuck p. 46

4

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

HEATHER STEINBERGER

Heather is an awardwinning writer/editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoys powerboating, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding with her husband, professional photographer Richard Steinberger, and daughter, Johanna. Read her stories on pgs. 23 & 38


Riviera 505 SUV - Available for immediate enjoyment

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition - Coming soon

RIVIERA & BELIZE

BOAT SHOW STEP ABOARD OR TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR TODAY AT YOUR NEAREST REPRESENTATIVE

Belize 66 Daybridge - Available for immediate enjoyment

What sets Riviera apart in the world of luxury motor yachts? With 20 luxury motor yacht designs

from 39 to 72 feet, the choice offered by Riviera is exceptional. Our proud heritage is a significant point of difference with the experience gained over 40 years launching almost 5,600 handcrafted motor yachts. Safety at sea is paramount and Rivieria’s renowned bluewater capability is legendary. So too is the passion for excellence shared by our dedicated Riviera team, maintaining a tradition of enduring quality that means a Riviera retains its value. And for peace of mind, nothing compares with the reassurance of Riviera’s industry leading warranties and premium owner care programs supported by our growing global dealer network. Whichever model you choose, you’ll join the Riviera family of fellow owners worldwide and have the exclusive opportunity to advance your boating knowledge and share adventures through our annual calendar of events.

200038

Discover more at RivieraAustralia.com or step aboard the Riviera and Belize Boat Show at your nearest representative: Lake Michigan Yacht Sales Bay Harbor, MI p: 231 439 2675 Lakemichiganyachtsales.com Onekama Marine Inc. Onekama, MI p: 231 889 5000 Onekamamarine.com

Bay Marine, Door County Yachting Center Sturgeon Bay, WI p: 920 743 6526 Baymarine.net Bay Marine’s Chicago Yachting Center Waukegan, IL p: 847 336 2628 Baymarine.net


DOCK BOX

Makeeas t a gr’s Day Fathegrift!

Everyone Looks Great in a Lakeland Boating Hat! Need a gift for your favorite boater? Our Lakeland Boating hat is constructed from soft cotton twill for a great fit. Leather band adjustment in back with antiqued brass closure. Available in weathered navy, Nantucket red and khaki. One size. $24.95 + S&H. To order, visit LAKELANDBOATING.COM/STORE.

CANINE CREW

JUNE 2020 | VOLUME LXXIV, NO. 6 PUBLISHER Walter “Bing” O’Meara EDITORIAL STAFF Editorial Director: Kate Bush Interim Editor: Sarah Kollmorgen Assistant Editor: Amanda McDonald CREATIVE STAFF Art Director/Production Manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs CONTRIBUTORS Helen Aitken, Jane Ammeson, Glenn Hayes, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Frank Lanier, Diane Seltzer, Heather Steinberger, Kelsie Sullivan, Alan Wendt BUSINESS STAFF National Sales: Mark Conway Regional Sales: Patti McCleery Marketing Director: Linda O’Meara Accounting: Marguerite Wristen EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICE 1555 Sherman Ave. / Suite 313 / Evanston, IL 60201 312-276-0610 / Fax: 312-276-0619 STAFF@LAKELANDBOATING.COM LAKELANDBOATING.COM

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING 1555 Sherman Ave. / Suite 313 / Evanston, IL 60201 312-276-0610 x. 24 / Fax: 312-276-0619 CBAUHS@LAKELANDBOATING.COM

SUBSCRIPTIONS P.O. Box 15396 North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396 800-827-0289

Correction

In the May issue of the magazine, we misstated that EPIRBs and Digital Selective Calling were visual distress signals. This should have simply read as distress signals, not visual distress signals. We sincerely regret the error. More information about distress signals can be found at BOATUS.ORG.

6

JUNE 2020

|

Lucas This is Lucas, our 5-year-old mini Pinscher/ Chihuahua mix, who we rescued when we lived in Juneau, Alaska. He was our security officer on our fishing boat, a 24-foot Trophy Pro, the Ten-Seven. Now we live in Michigan and Lucas is the security officer of our 42-foot Chris-Craft Catalina, the Pelican Roost, docked at Algonac Harbour Club in Algonac, Michigan. He wanted a bigger boat! — Donn Martin and Barbara Anderson CALLING ALL CANINE (AND FELINE) CREW!

We want to learn about your furry friends onboard! Send a short writeup with your pet’s name and your home city, as well as a high-resolution photo (at least 1 MB) to: STAFF@LAKELANDBOATING.COM. Please put “Canine/Feline Crew” in the subject line. If we publish your submission, you’ll win a Lakeland Boating hat!

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

E-mail us at STAFF@LAKELANDBOATING.COM or drop us a line at Lakeland Boating, 1555 Sherman Ave., Suite 313, Evanston, IL 60201. Opinions expressed in “Dock Box” are not necessarily those of Lakeland Boating. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

O’MEARA-BROWN PUBLICATIONS INC President: Walter B. O’Meara Secretary: Timothy Murtaugh Lakeland Boating (ISSN 0744-9194) Copyright 2020, by O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc. is published eleven times per year (except December) by O’MearaBrown Publications, Inc. • Business/Accounting and Editorial Offices: 1555 Sherman Ave. Suite 313, Evanston, IL 60201, 312-276-0610. • Call 800-8270289 to subscribe. Subscription correspondence should be addressed to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615 (U.S.). Annual subscription rates: United States: $24.95 per year; International and Canadian: $39.95 per year, includes 7% G.S.T. tax (G.S.T. 894095074-RT 0001) and $12 postage included. Single copies are $4.99 for U.S. and Canada. Only U.S. funds are accepted. Periodical postage paid at Evanston, IL and additional mailing offices. • POSTMASTER: please send address changes to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396. • Lakeland Boating is a registered trademark of O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc., Evanston, IL. Published as Lakeland Yachting 1946-1955. • Unsolicited work may be submitted at the creator’s own risk. Lakeland Boating assumes no responsibility or liability for unsolicited material. All submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage. All published photos are courtesy of the manufacturer, unless otherwise noted. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A


Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. & affiliates. Annual premium for a basic liability policy not available all states. Prices vary based on how you buy.

1.800.PROGRESSIVE | PROGRESSIVE.COM


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JUNE 5 – 6

D-Day Plus 76 Muskegon, MI

VISITMUSKEGON.ORG

JUNE 5 – 7

Titanic at the Grand Mackinac Island, MI

1

GRANDHOTEL.COM

JUNE 12 – 13

DO UB LE -C HE CK ! BE FO RE YO U GO -19, VID CO to e Du events are likely to ch change. Please wat event websites for updates.

1

Steel Bridge Songfest (online) Sturgeon Bay, WI STEELBRIDGESONGFEST.ORG

Three Rivers Water Fest Three Rivers, MI

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

TRCHAMBER.COM

JUNE 19

ORILLIA.COM

6

Door County Lighthouse Festival Door County, WI

JUNE 19 – 20

The Great NY State Food & Wine Fest Clayton, NY

Harborfest 6 South Haven, MI

Taste of Muskegon 7 Muskegon, MI Cleveland Race Week Cleveland, OH

JUNE 13 – 20

Ohio Craft Beer Week Kelleys Island, OH

CLEVELANDRACEWEEK.COM

JUNE 19 – 21

KELLEYSISLANDCHAMBER.COM

Festival of the Fish 8 Vermilion, OH

Kite Festival Thunder Bay, ON

VERMILIONCHAMBER.NET

THUNDERBAY.CA

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

RIVERSIDEKAYAK.COM

JUNE 20

Splash-In on the Bay Grand Marais, MI

GRANDMARAISMICHIGAN.COM

Door County Beer Festival Baileys Harbor, WI

DOORCOUNTYBEERFESTIVAL.COM

Lake And Bay Beach Glass & Nautical Decor Handcraft Show Port Clinton, OH FACEBOOK.COM/HOMESPUN HIDEAWAYCATAWBAISLAND

Portage Lakes Antique Boat Show Akron, OH ACBS.ORG

8

|

Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium Port Austin, MI

TASTEOFMUSKEGON.ORG

MILLERFERRY.COM

JUNE 2020

FACEBOOK.COM/PG/ MISSISSAUGAWATERFRONTFESTIVAL

SOUTHHAVENHARBORFEST.COM

Founder’s Day Put-in-Bay, OH

8

9

BAYHARBOR.COM

DCMM.ORG

1000ISLANDS-CLAYTON.COM

7

Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Bay Harbor, MI

Mississauga Waterfront Festival Mississauga, ON

9

P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F : 1 . E V E N T F A C E B O O K ; 6 . E V E N T F A C E B O O K ; 7. E V E N T F A C E B O O K ; 8 . E V E N T W E B S I T E ; 9. E V E N T F A C E B O O K ;

JUNE 18 – 19

JUNE 12 – 14


AN EVOLUTION IN STYLE, A REVOLUTION IN PERFORMANCE

Introducing the uncompromising GB54 For sixty years, Grand Banks has been the standard bearer for a lifestyle of luxury on the water. Our latest addition to the range honors every moment of that heritage but embraces modern design, materials and technology to deliver the best-in-class performance characteristics. The GB54 is truly the reinvention of an icon. Find out more at grandbanks.com


10

JUNE 20 – 21

Maritime Exposition Put-in-Bay, OH

Huron Rotary Fine Arts & Food Festival Huron, OH

VISITPUTINBAY.ORG

FACEBOOK.COM/ HURONROTARYCLUB

JUNE 25

Blessing of the Fleet Harbor Springs, MI

JUNE 26 – 28 Pirate Festival Put-in-Bay, OH

HARBORSPRINGSHISTORY.ORG

11

DOU B E F O R B L E -C H E C K E YO U GO! Due to events aCOVID-19, re li kely to change. P event w lease watch ebsites updates. for

JUNE 26 - 27

JUNE 25 – 27

Paddlefest 10 Sister Bay, WI

MILLERFERRY.COM

Vintage Car & Boat Festival Bay Harbor, MI

Mac Solo Challenge Chicago, IL & Port Huron, OH

BAYHARBOR.COM

SOLOSAILORS.ORG

JUNE 26

JUNE 27

FACEBOOK.COM/ SISTERBAYDOORCOUNTY

Uncork Summer Food, Wine 11 & Music Festival Ellison Bay, WI UNCORKSUMMER.COM

Rosé For a Reason Traverse City, MI

Soo Locks Engineers Day Sault Ste. Marie, MI

International Bridge Walk Sault Ste. Marie, MI

OMPWINETRAIL.COM

SAULTSTEMARIE.COM

ADD/UPDATE YOUR EVENT!

SAULTSTEMARIE.COM

CANCELLED EVENTS*

Visit LAKELANDBOATING.COM/ GREAT-LAKES-EVENTS to add or update your event to ourCalendar of Events page!

Keep an eye on each event website for updates. North by Northeast (NXNE) Toronto, ON

Trout Tournament Charlevoix, MI

Antique & Classic Boat Show Grand Ledge, MI

Charlevoix Craft Beer Fest Charlevoix, MI

NXNE.COM

FISHCHARLEVOIX.COM

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

MICHIGANMARITIMEMUSEUM.ORG

Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

SUMMERFEST.COM

FACEBOOK.COM/ CHARLEVOIXCRAFTBEERFEST

Great Blue Benefit Chicago, IL

Leland Wine & Food Festival Leland, MI

Sound of Music Festival Hamilton, ON

LELANDMI.COM

Aldo Leopold Festival Les Cheneaux Islands, MI

ALDOLEOPOLDFESTIVAL.COM

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Mackinac Island, MI

MACKINACISLAND.ORG/ MACKINAC-ISLAND-LILAC-FESTIVAL

Pictured Rocks Days Munising, MI

ALGERCOUNTYCHAMBER.COM PICTURED-ROCKS-DAYS

HFM Maritime Marathon Manitowoc, WI

MARITIMEMARATHON.ORG

Blessing of the Fleet Baileys Harbor, WI

BAILEYSHARBOR.DOORCOUNTY.COM

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

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

STCLAIRBEERANDWINEFEST.COM

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

Taste of Randolph Chicago, IL

GREATLAKES.ORG

SOUNDOFMUSIC.CA

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival Midland, ON BUTTERTARTFESTIVAL.CA

Fyr Bal Festival Ephraim, WI

EPHRAIM-DOORCOUNTY.COM

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest Sawyer, MI LAKEMICHIGANWINEFEST.COM

TD Toronto Jazz Festival Toronto, ON TORONTOJAZZ.COM

TASTERANDOLPH.COM

Wasaga Beach Waterfront Festival Wasaga Beach, ON WASAGABEACH.COM

1000 Islands Regatta Brockville, ON

1000ISLANDSREGATTA.COM

*as of press time

10

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F : 1 0 . E V E N T; 1 1 . E V E N T W E B S I T E

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


A double shot of performance. Ride confidently with the new GTR™. With improved stability, a 100W audio system, and an enhanced power-to-weight ratio, the GTR leaves the competition well behind.

Discover yours at Sea-Doo.com

®

© 2020 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). All rights reserved. , TM and the BRP logo are trademarks of BRP or its affi liates. In the U.S.A., products are distributed by BRP US Inc. Carefully read the operator’s guide and safety instructions. Observe applicable laws and regulations. Always wear appropriate protective clothing, including a personal flotation device and wetsuit bottoms. Riding and alcohol/drugs don’t mix. See your authorized BRP dealer for details.


MUST HAVE

YETI Unveils New Roadie Cooler

A YETI classic gets an update. The Roadie 24 Hard Cooler is new and improved with 20% more storage space, better thermal performance and a lighter weight. The new Roadie 24 now features a capacity of about 18 cans and 24-pounds of ice. With these new dimensions, you can now fit a standard wine bottle upright (instead of sideways) in the Roadie and stash the cooler securely behind a car passenger seat. Based on customer feedback, YETI has replaced the Roadie’s metal handle with a more comfortable material and added hooks to make it easy to strap onto your boat. Find the Roadie 24 in white, navy, charcoal or tan. Starts at $199. Find out more at YETI.COM.

SCUTTLE BOATS

Thanks to Chicago Detours, you can now explore the Chicago River from your couch. Register online for a real-time virtual tour. You can also watch past tours on the company’s YouTube page for a limited time. CHICAGODETOURS.COM

ADD YOUR NEWS! Email KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM to add your company’s Great Lakes News to Scuttle!

12

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

MUST-HAVE

BUZZ

EVENTS

BUSINESS

PEOPLE & PLACES

BUZZ

EPA Gives Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Additional Funds

The Environmental Protection Agency has allocated $20 million in additional funds to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The money will be split between several organizations and projects. The Accelerate the Cleanup and Restoration of Great Lakes Areas of Concerns will receive $7.5 million for sediment remediation and habitat restoration. The Fund Research and Development of Ballast Water Treatment Systems will get $5 million for research into ballast water treatment systems that will help reduce and prevent invasive species. Support Great Lakes will get $5 million for Asian carp and other invasive species control, as well as to restore habitats and reduce excess nutrient loads. The Support the Great Lakes Trash Free Waters Grant Program will receive $2 million to create trash-free environments for fish and wildlife, and the Support Great Lakes National Program Office will receive $500,000 for operational support. To learn more about the funds, visit UPNORTHLIVE.COM.

PHOTO COURTESY HURON PINES

GREAT LAKES NEWS



SCUTTLE

BOATS

SkipperBud’s Donates Rentals to First Responders

Are you a Boatnerd? Buffalo Rising reports the self-named group is gaining members interested in tracking large ships and freighters that pass Buffalo, New York on their shipping routes. Find them in rain or shine, Buffalo Rising says. Learn more at WWW.BOATNERD.COM

To show its appreciation for those on the frontlines of the response to COVID-19, SkipperBud’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has donated 50 vouchers for free half-day, weekday pontoon rentals. Those eligible for the vouchers include firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement (including state troopers and local police), doctors, nurses, nurse practicioners and other healthcare professionals. SkipperBud’s hopes first responders can use the vouchers to spend some time unwinding on the water with loved ones after working hard to help those affected by the pandemic. First responders interested in a voucher can contact the SkipperBud’s Milwaukee service team. SKIPPERBUDS.COM.

JUNE 2020

|

Water Damage Forces Closure of South Haven’s Northside Municipal Marina The Northside Municipal Marina will be closed for the entirety of the 2020 boating season in order for electrical repairs to be made. High water levels caused leakage in junction boxes at the marina and damaged the shore power electric system. Because of this, the city of South Haven decided to give 97 slip holders credit for reservations for the 2021 season or a full refund. “Our community is home to one of the major recreational ports on the Great Lakes, and our goal is to provide clean, safe and reasonably priced facilities for recreational boaters,” says Harbor Master and South Haven Assistant City Manager Kate Hosier. Edgewater Resources is conducting the repairs, which are estimated to be valued at $300,000, to bring the marina back to the national electric code. For more information, visit SOUTH-HAVEN.COM. MUST-HAVE

EVENTS

ABM and ACBS Postpone Joint Symposium Until October In the wake of COVID-19, the Antique Boat Museum and the Antique Classic Boat Society have decided to postpone their annual Symposium until October 2-4 in Clayton, New York. The event was originally scheduled to take place May 29-31. New details about programming will be announced at a later date, as much of it will be subject to change. Online registration is still open, however. Last year’s event featured experts demonstrating boat finishings, outboard maintenance, preparing your engine for the winter and more. The ABM has also postponed its opening day from May 1 to June 1. Check ABM.ORG for more information regarding events at the 4.5acre museum throughout the summer.

14

BUZZ

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Safashor Makes it Easy To Board and Disembark Your Boat

Thanks to slip-resistant padding, handles and an aluminum and stainless steel base, the Safashor Dock Model takes the worry out of getting on and off your boat. When designer Steve Resta started having difficulty getting safely onto his 22-foot Sea Ray Weekender because of a disability, he began creating this easy-to-use gangplank system. Because it attaches to the dock permanently, the Safashor Dock Model is secure and steady. It reaches 38 inches, can hold up to 350 pounds and folds upright when it’s not connected to a gunnel wall between 24- and 38-inches high. It can even withstand waves up to 4 feet. The Safashor Dock is priced at $2,795 and comes with a lifetime warranty. To learn more, visit SAFASHOR.COM.


LOVE THE LOOK OF THIS HELM?

JOIN THE CLUB

GPSMAP® 8600 SERIES WITH WITH AUTO GUIDANCE

1

10”, 12” OR 16” TOUCHSCREEN FULLY

HD IPS DISPLAYS

PRELOADED MAPPING WITH NAVIONICS® DATA

NETWORK CAPABLE BLUECHART® G3 + LAKEVÜ G3

ACTIVECAPTAIN® APP READY

WITH BUILT-IN WIFI®

Auto Guidance is for planning purposes only and does not replace safe navigation operations. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. ©2019 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

1


BOATS

Summer Marks the Arrival of the Crestliner MX21

With a 96-inch beam, a 21-foot pad hull, a 45-gallon livewell, a MercuryPro XS 250hp engine and more, the Crestliner MX21 is any angler’s dream! The new model, set to debut sometime this summer, has ample storage for lifejackets, food, bait, batteries and more. It allows for hours on the water and great stability. The fiberglass console has room for a 12-inch display of your choice to make tracking, radar and viewing other information easy. To learn more about the MX21, visit

CRESTLINER.COM/MX 21.

BUZZ

2020 Harbor County Guide Now Available Harbor County, Michigan consists of eight, weekend-trip-worthy small towns: Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert and Sawyer. Now, for the first time, boaters can review the Harbor Country Guide produced by the Harbor County Chamber of Commerce in a digital format. Browse through the guide for ideas on things to do, beaches and parks to visit, local artisans, the best local businesses, lodging and more. The towns of Harbor County sit right on the southern tip of Lake Michigan and offer a slower pace of life for those looking for a relaxing weekend away that also features a lively local food scene, world-class wineries, and a vibrant arts and culture community. To view the guide, visit HARBORCOUNTY.ORG.

16

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

PHOTO COURTESY HARBOR COUNTY

SCUTTLE


WHEN SEEING RED IS A GOOD THING

Lake Michigan

UNLIMITED TOWING $85* Don’t get mad, get an Unlimited Towing Membership from BoatU.S. That way breakdowns, running out of fuel and soft ungroundings won’t throw you for a loop. For a year of worry-free boating, get towing before you get going.

GET THE APP – IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO GET A TOW

JOIN TODAY! BoatUS.com/Towing | 800-395-2628 *One year Freshwater Membership pricing. Details of services provided can be found online at BoatUS.com/Agree. TowBoatU.S. is not a rescue service. In an emergency situation, you must contact the Coast Guard or a government agency immediately.


SCUTTLE

BUZZ

Grass Carp Found in Tittabawassee River Near Lake Huron

Officials from the Michigan DNR found a grass carp capable of reproducing near the Dow Dam in Midland County’s Tittabawassee River on March 17. It is the first time this type of invasive fish has been discovered in a tributary of Lake Huron. Only 13 sterile grass carp have been found in the lake’s waters in the last 30 years, according to mLive.com. Grass carp are considered detrimental to the Great Lakes because their plant-heavy diet can contribute to algal bloom growth. The Michigan DNR plans to develop surveys in the area’s waters to find out where the carp were produced. Studies have shown that Lake Erie and tributaries surrounding it have had grass carp spawning. To learn more about the invasive species, visit MICHIGAN.GOV/INCASIVECARP.

18

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

BUSINESS

Polaris Discontinues Rinker, Striper and Larson FX Brands

Starting this month, Polaris will no longer manufacture Rinker, Striper and Larson FX boat brands and will close its Syracuse, Indiana plant. Polaris added the three brands to its portfolio in January 2019 with the intent to expand each line. However, Polaris announced in April that it will discontinue all three in order to focus on its pontoon brands instead. The company will continue to manufacture its Bennington, Godfrey and Hurricane brands. Polaris attributed the decision to market dynamics and uncertainty in the market that came with COVID-19. The company will continue to support customer service and parts support for Rinker, Striper and Larson boat owners. Learn more at POLARIS.COM.



AquaTech AxisGO Water Housing

Wish you could snap cool underwater shots like a professional photographer? Now you can with AxisGO by AquaTech. AxisGO is a professional-grade waterproof case designed specifically for your smartphone. This ergonomically designed housing is made from polycarbonate and aluminum materials for impact resistance, strength and UV stability. Take your phone 33-feet underwater with the AxisGO, or use it near the surface for a “split shot” of sea and air. Comes in six colors. $99.95 - $199 AT AQUATECH.NET

GREAT GEAR MUST-HAVE GOODIES AND GADGETS FOR EVERY BOATER

Captain’s Party Set

Plan a nautical date night with West Marine’s wine bottle and tumbler gift set. This set includes two, 12-ounce tumblers and one carafe that can hold a bottle of wine. Each are constructed from marine-grade stainless steel with a double-wall body to keep beverages either hot or cold for hours at a time. The carafe also comes with a cork stopper and easy-pour spout, while the tumblers include lids in case you hit some wavy waters. $39.99 AT WESTMARINE.COM

Bu Sunscreen

Say goodbye to greasy, sticky sunscreen application with Bu Sunscreen. Just spritz and let dry for a smooth layer of broadspectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. Bu Sunscreen is moisturizing, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and good for all skin types and tones. It also includes vitamin E and does not contain oil, alcohol, parabens or other harmful substances. Bu Sunscreen’s SPF 30 option comes in three scents: white sage, citrus and fragrance-free. $9-$20 AT BUSUNSCREEN.COM

ZOLEO

ADD YOUR GEAR! Email KBUSH@

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

to add your company’s new product news to Great Gear!

20

JUNE 2020

|

ZOLEO is the ultimate communications tool for off-the-grid boaters. Simply connect the ZOLEO device to an app on your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth for access to satellite, cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to seamless global messaging, ZOLEO offers personal safety features such as personal check-ins, hyperlocal weather forecasts and worldwide SOS alerting. ZOLEO users receive a dedicated SMS number and email address so loved ones can reach out when needed. $199 AT ZOLEO.COM

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

DoubleZUP Watersports Board The versatile YouGotThis 2.0 sports board and DoubleZup pairing is the ultimate toy for beginner and intermediate wake riders. This sport board is sturdy and stable, with a foam top for comfortable standing, kneeling or lying. Riders can use the DoubleZup tow handle and rope while standing or attach it directly to the board for a relaxing break. The board comes with slip-in foot straps that can also double as elbow or knee pads. $368.00 AT ZUP.COM

Spinlock Deckvest LITE

Defender’s iconic Spinlock Deckvest LITE now features a fresh design. This USCG Type 2 inflatable life jacket is lightweight and low-profile, making it ideal for boating, kayaking and standup paddleboarding. It comes with attachment points for an optional spray hood, chest pack or VHF leash (sold separately). The Spinlock uses automatic activation and includes a manual inflation cord. It comes in one size and three colors: Tropic white, gunmetal black and pacific blue. Buoyancy is 160N. $199 AT DEFENDER.COM


PHOTO COURTESY OF FELL MARINE

ELECTRONICS BY GLENN HAYES

Man Overboard!

Add new tech to your boat to protect against MOB incidents.

G

TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF ACR; BOT TOM PHOTO BY GLENN HAYES

oing overboard or having a crewmember go overboard can be a traumatizing and sometimes life-threatening event. Larger ocean-going boats and yachts have some options for man overboard (MOB) warning systems but, in many cases, their cost keeps them from being a viable option for smaller craft and boaters on a budget. Recent introductions of some innovative new products, including those from Fell Marine and ACR Electronics, now allow for reasonably priced and effective MOB alarm and rescue systems for any size craft. ACR Electronics OLAS system The safety kill switch, with its seldom-used and sometimes entangling lanyard is effective at shutting the engine off if the vessel operator goes overboard. However, if the operator wants to move away from the helm, out of the range of the lanyard, a dangerous man overboard situation still could exist. With the engine(s) engaged and the operator falling overboard, the possibility remains of a rogue vessel powering away from or possibly running over the operator. To combat this problem, ACR introduced its Overboard Locator Alert System (OLAS) platform. This comprehensive MOB system consists of a selection of components that can be tailored for the smallest skiff up to larger yachts, and it’s a cost-effective way to protect all onboard. The system has small electronic transmitters called “Tags” that connect via Bluetooth to an app on a smartphone or tablet. These Tags create a virtual tether that, if the connection is broken, will emit an alarm and light signal, record the time and GPS location of the incident, illustrate the direction and course to return to the alert location, and advise on VHF a Mayday call using pre-set vessel information. The Tags are small, wrist-worn transmitters called OLAS Tags that are no bigger than a standard watch. Another option is an OLAS Float-On, which is a water-activated USB rechargeable transmitter with a built-in flashlight and strobe that’s easily clipped to a life jacket. When utilizing the app, you can connect up to six Tags or Float-On transmitters. One transmitter can also be connected to several smartphones or tablets. Expand the OLAS platform by adding an OLAS Core Base Station and a wireless engine kill switch called the OLAS Guardian. This combination will

shut off the engine when the virtual tether is broken and will allow the engine to be restarted after five seconds to perform a rescue. This combination also eliminates the need for smart devices to run the ACR app. The Core Base Station expands the platform’s capability to 15 transmitters. And if the vessel is a larger one (more than 40 feet), adding an OLAS Extender increases the platform’s range beyond 100 feet, making it viable for larger vessels. Fell Marine MOB+ Fell Marine offers its own version of an innovative and simple wireless MOB system that’s ideal for small- to medium-sized craft. Its MOB+ Basepack is made up of a small hub called the xHub that is the heart of the system. It’s the size of a standard 2-inch gauge and connects to power and the engine’s kill switch system. Compatible with all major brands of outboards and most sterndrive systems, installation and setup is simple. The Basepack is also supplied with a small xFOB transmitter. This tiny transmitter takes a regular coin-sized battery and can last up to 300 hours. If the battery dies or the captain forgets the fob, the system can be manually overridden. Up to three extra xFOBs can be added to the system; one acts as an engine stop when submerged in 4 inches of water or gets out of wireless range of the xHub, while the others activate the hub’s warning light and alarm if submerged or if out of range of the hub. The captain, crew and pets can wear the xFOBs in a variety of ways by utilizing optional wristbands, lanyards and clips. While the xHub is the heart of the system, what makes this system so simple and robust is the Wireless Marine Electronics Algorithm (WiMEA), which “is a highly advanced marine security protocol and digital data processing system utilizing high-speed link and Unique ID Technology.” Operating on a range of frequencies, WiMEA virtually eliminates any chance of interference and allows for simple programing of xFOBs and the xHub. With either of these systems, any prudent boater can now have protection against MOB incidents and can enjoy their time on the water knowing everyone onboard is better protected. ★

Top: ACR OLAS Tags in action. Bottom: Transmitter fobs from Fell Marine and ACR

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 .

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

21


DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE B Y C A P T. F R A N K L A N I E R

Trim Tabs 101

How to select and install the best trim tabs for your boat. ack in the age of sail, the coxswain of a ship’s tender would bellow, “Trim the dish!” to indicate that bodies needed to shift to restore the craft to proper trim. Fortunately, today’s captain doesn’t have to delicately ask guests to reposition for a smoother ride. Trim tabs provide an easy, touch-ofa-button solution for on-the-fly adjustments to level out your boat. Trim basics A properly trimmed boat is safer to operate, creates a more comfortable ride, and provides better speed and increased fuel economy. It’s a good practice to achieve static (non-moving) trim before getting underway (arrange passengers, coolers and more) as trim tabs only work while moving. Once underway, you’ll need to make adjustments to account for speed, water conditions and direction of travel (with regards to waves and wind). Smaller boats, for example, will ride bumpier in surface chop if left trimmed at calm-water angles. If you have an outboard or sterndrive, you can control bow altitude using the tilt and trim feature, but it’s trim tabs that enable you to make side-to-side adjustments.

Top: Trim tabs designed for high-speed boats are long and narrow. Bottom: Locate the trim tab control at the helm for easy operation and viewing.

CAPT. FRANK LANIER is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants:

CAPTFKLANIER.COM.

22

JUNE 2020

|

What’s your type? Adjustable trim tabs come in two types: Hydraulic and electromechanical. The best is a matter of personal opinion; however, each has pros and cons. Hydraulic trim tab planes are controlled by hydraulic cylinders, which are powered by a hydraulic pump. The pump, motor and associated equipment is installed inside the boat in a dry, protected environment. Since they require the installation of a hydraulic pump and hoses, hydraulic trim tabs can be a bit more complicated to install than electromechanical systems. Electromechanical trim tabs utilize electric actuators to deflect trim tab planes up and down. As a result, they can provide instant response times and precise control. In an electric trim tab system, everything (electric motor and gear system) is located on the outside of the transom. This

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

simplifies installation, but it also runs the risks associated with electric components underwater. Both systems utilize an electronic control switch or joystick located at the helm. Pressing the switch or toggling the joystick activates the hydraulic pump or electric motor for the trim tab planes. Trim tab planes themselves come in a variety of sizes. Trim tabs for high-speed boats tend to be long and narrow, while smaller, slower boats will generally use wider, shorter planes. Installation tips and tricks Using a dealer or boatyard to install your trim tabs is a common option, but installation is well within the ability of any competent DIYer. A typical installation should take around five hours, depending on your boat. While you’ll want to follow the instructions provided by the trim tabs manufacturer, the following general tips can be applied to most installations. 1. When determining the location of the trim tab planes, keep in mind that the further the tabs are from the hull centerline, the more effective they will be. You’ll also want to make sure both tabs are symmetrical — i.e. mirror images on each side. 2. When determining the location of the trim tabs and actuators, check that there are no obstructions inside or outside of the transom. This includes double-checking that you will not be drilling into hoses, equipment or wire runs. 3. If your vessel utilizes an outboard or sterndrive, verify that the trim tab locations are outside their steering angles. 4. When drilling, run the drill in reverse until you are through the gelcoat, then switch to forward. Beveling each hole will help prevent future gelcoat cracking and provides a better seal once caulking is applied. 5. If your transom is solid fiberglass, use a quality, marine-grade sealant during the final installation. If your transom is cored, seal the exposed coring with epoxy resin to prevent water intrusion. Alternatively, drill mounting holes slightly larger than needed, fill them with thickened epoxy, then drill the properly sized hole through the epoxy plug when cured. 6. Once all holes are drilled, dry fit everything to ensure a perfect fit prior to bedding (caulking) and final installation. ★

P H O T O B Y C A P T. F R A N K L A N I E R

B


BENEATH THE SURFACE B Y H E AT H E R S T E I N B E R G E R

When the Going Gets Tough In challenging times, boating businesses get creative.

C

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARINE MAX

OVID-19 is one of the most significant global crises of the century. In spring, more than 90% of U.S. citizens found themselves under stay-at-home orders, forcing businesses to scramble to find new ways to continue operations. As boat shows shut down, showrooms closed and some states even restricted access to marinas and public ramps, the marine industry faced a choice: Go dormant or dig deep. The boating industry did not turn off the lights. Instead, boating businesses leaned in hard, leveraging technology — and a little extra creativity and resourcefulness — to continue to serve the boating public. Physical boat shows, such as the Progressive Northwest Sportshow, went online. Boat International put together what it called “the largest virtual yacht show ever.” And yacht makers like Riviera and Belize joined MarineMax, Maine’s Port Harbor Marine, Florida’s United Yacht Sales, as well as countless others, in offering private online tours and virtual boat shows for current and prospective customers. Engaging with technology Denison Yachting in Florida is one of many companies that fully embraced technology. It hosted a multi-day virtual yacht show in April, with nearly 150 vessels on display with virtual tours and walk-through videos. The show even incorporated live chats with experts so show-goers could ask questions and receive guidance. Buyers could even make a deposit with the simple click of a button. Great Lakes dealers have been taking advantage of high-tech tools, too. Look no further than MarineMax in Port Clinton, Ohio. MarineMax has been offering online tours for a couple of years, so the nationwide boat and yacht retailer hit the ground running when the COVID-19 pandemic reached crisis proportions. “Governor Mike DeWine shut down our state early on,” says Ed Savage, general manager of MarineMax Ohio. “MarineMax had to be very proactive, and we started using technology that we hadn’t used in the past.” In addition to video tours of all of MarineMax’s boats, including a featured “Boat of the Week,” boaters can sign up to receive video clips via text message and stay connected through social media and email blasts.

Boaters can even watch livestreamed Facebook discussions on different boating topics. “People have been engaged because they’re home and online 24/7,” Savage says. “Old metrics are out the window. Day, time of day: It doesn’t really matter right now. E-blasts were going by the wayside, but now they’re really coming back. We’re finding that they’re great tools to communicate with our customers.” If you’re in the market for a new boat, you can even purchase your boat remotely. If you’d rather see and touch your new vessel first, however, you can rest assured that MarineMax is adhering to all recommended social distancing and hygiene protocols. “This is unprecedented, what we’re going through,” Savage says. “But we’re all in this together. We’re all connected, and we all have to do the right thing.” Don’t forget the perks If you’re in the market for a new boat, be sure to ask about any available perks — you just might decide that this is the perfect time to buy. Consider MarineMax’s “free hold” opportunity. Savage says boaters can take advantage of a no-obligation hold that allows them to take time to gather more information without worrying about losing the boat. Savage says MarineMax will connect boaters with the team they need, such as finance, to help them though the purchase process. Qualified customers will find that lending is moving along smoothly, despite COVID-19. What’s more, interest rates aren’t going to be better than they are right now, pricing is aggressive and you’ll also find some creative promotions out there. “It depends on the size of the boat, but with a company the size of MarineMax, we can offer a variety of discounts and incentives,” Savage says. The water is calling Savage reports that MarineMax Ohio’s customer leads are up, despite the crisis. “More people are considering boating now than ever before,” Savage says. “Our showroom traffic is down, but people are still seeking the boating lifestyle and the experiences you can have on the water. It’s a form of recreation that’s perfect for social distancing and a wonderful way to make memories.” ★

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.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

23


CRUISING WITH KIDS B Y D I A N E S E LT Z E R

Kids Need Boating Now More Than Ever

In a world of uncertainty, kids are yearning for the calming effect of boating. ll our lives took a detour from normalcy this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact on our kids has been no exception. After months of social distancing and adapting to remote schooling, thoughts of the boating season ahead have become even more wishful than past years. The only good part of “quarantine life” during the months of shutdown has been the ability to stay safe at home as a family. But, of course, there’s only so much family time stuck in the house that our kids can handle before boredom and the desire for a change of scenery sets in. As boaters, we are fortunate to have an escape. We don’t know what the remainder of summer 2020 will be like yet, but we sure are thankful we have our boats as a getaway. Of course, we suspect this year’s boating season will be a bit different. Our summer plans for boat trips may change and there may be more restrictions at our marinas. There may even be a continuation of social distancing that will extend to the water in the form of “nautical distancing.” The one thing that we can be certain of is that our kids will be very grateful to at least get out of the house and get back on the water with their families.

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 websites MYBOATLIFE.COM and BOATERKIDS.COM.

24

JUNE 2020

|

A safe place in a world of uncertainty Boating has always been a welcome escape from the stress of our everyday lives. But now, more than ever, your boat becomes a place of tranquility and peace. Anticipating the arrival of the boating season has been the light at the end of the tunnel for boaters. Feeling the fresh air, seeing the sights of nature and listening to the gentle flow of water can be a big stress reliever after experiencing months of quarantine. For kids, being on the boat brings a sense of

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

freedom and calmness that is especially needed in this time of uncertainty. The pandemic not only impacted their daily lives, but it has also been a scary time for kids. The boat can be a comforting and familiar place to ease anxiety from all the changes they have endured. If they didn’t fully appreciate boating before, they will now. Since they were little, we’ve taught our two girls to appreciate our family time on the boat. “Not everyone is lucky enough to have a boat like we do,” we often tell them. They know it’s special. They know that the time we spend together as a family on the boat are some of the best memories of their childhood. We are so fortunate that boating is a shared passion that can bring us even closer together as a family — offering a bright, secure oasis in a somewhat gloomy time. Making the most of the season Our boat kids are the product of their boat parents — they start thinking about the boating season as early as winter. It ramps up into a near frenzy of excitement come spring. We all can’t wait to splash and get the season started. But for many, the start of the boating season has been delayed this year (as of this writing), shortening the already limited number of precious boating weeks and months in the Great Lakes. The best we can do is ensure we make the most of our time on the water. Our kids love boating, and each year they have big expectations as they set out to embrace all that they enjoy about our boating lifestyle. We’re hopeful we can do as much as possible on their summer boating bucket list. If we can’t go on boat trips to our favorite waterfront destinations, we’ll plan to venture past our usual anchorage spot to explore new coves and scenery. We’ll soak in the sun and cast a line. We’ll swim in the water, do endless jumps off the swim platform, work on our paddling skills and end our days admiring amazing sunsets. Boating gives your kids the ability to appreciate the outdoors and connect with nature in new ways every year. This year may be different, but I have no doubt that we all can still create summer boat experiences that will become lifelong memories for kids to treasure with their family. ★

P H O T O B Y D I A N E S E LT Z E R

A


SAFETY FIRST

PHOTO BY WILLIAM PROST

BY HELEN AITKEN

Totally Tubular

Towables like water tubes provide a fun way to get on the water. Here’s how to tube safely.

I

don’t look for a speed rush, especially on the water. One might say I’m a chicken; however, I love watching others having fun on a towable. Tubing is great fun for all ages, from the seasoned watersports enthusiast to the first-timer. To enjoy the experience without incident, invest in reliable, safe equipment and use common sense. Here are some towable safety suggestions. Choose wisely Today’s towables aren’t like truck innertubes; they have advanced designs with different price tags. However, the price does not dictate the quality. Check online reviews and look for durability, balance, multiple season use, the number of people and weight it holds (kids or adults), and see if it’s stable at higher speeds. Can it be steered with a handle? Does it inflate easily and have a durable air valve? Avoid those marketed as high flying because even at slow speeds they can reach extreme heights and could cause injury. Check each time Check all tube parts for cracks and tears. Make sure the contact points for the handle and rope are secure. Inflate the towable at least one hour prior to using it. A loss in air can cause the tube to whip around and throw riders off, so carry a repair kit. Attach the tow rope to an approved transom towing system, never from a tower, and reduce water drag by attaching a booster ball. Afterward, clean the cover, deflate it and check for wear and tear. Wash the rope, air dry it, coil it and then pack everything in a dry location out of sunlight. Wear the right things Snug-fitting life jackets are mandatory for everyone, with high-performance neoprene ones offering the most comfort. Avoid or reduce finger injuries by wearing gloves, especially when handling rope or handles. Helmets are a good idea when there are multiple riders in a towable. It’s inevitable that riders will get tossed into the water. Even in the middle of summer, Great Lakes waters can be cold. Wear appropriate clothing while riding (a wetsuit, for example), and be prepared to treat hypothermia onboard.

Spotters and rider recovery A spotter is necessary to watch for submerged debris, other boats, the towable and people in the water. Establish a communication system using hand signals: thumbs up means to go faster, thumbs down to slow, and a fist to stop. It may be obvious, but “stop” means stop, and “enough” means enough. When riders are thrown off, the spotter notifies the driver. The driver immediately slows down and comes around on the starboard side so the driver can watch out for the person in the water. The driver should cut the engine and allow the rider to return to the towable or get onboard. Watch your speed First-time riders and young children should be pulled at a slower rate, no faster than 15 mph, and adults can be pulled at around 20 mph. Check your state laws. Start gradually with the towable inside the wake, then pick up speed to move the towable over the wake. Turning without slowing down moves the towable over the wake at a higher speed that can throw off the passengers or make it go airborne. Watch for a slack rope. Sudden acceleration will rip the tube forward causing whiplash, which can be dangerous for multiple riders. Serious back injuries can occur from bouncing too much or crossing wakes at high speeds, and sitting up increases the risk of striking the face on the knees. Head for open water and check your surroundings. Know your local water rules and respect posted signs and guidelines. Stay away from docks, piers, busy channels, marinas, boats and other towables. Sensibility reigns Alcohol and towables don’t mix for the rider or driver. If you can’t swim, stay off the towable, even if you’re wearing a life jacket. Lastly, never go over the maximum weight limit or number of people on the towable. The idea is to have fun on the water and minimize the possibility of accidents. The responsibility falls on the boat owner or driver’s shoulders, so err on the side of caution while tubing so that you can look forward to tubing another day. ★

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.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

25


BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KEN KREISLER

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 30’1” Beam: 9’8” Draft: 2’8” Weight: 4,277 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 74 gals. Power: 200-400 hp outboards MSRP (w/o BRABUS package): $149,483 A XOPAR.FI

DEALERS Manitowoc Marina

MANITOWOC-MARINA.COM

Watch the video at

LAKELANDBOATING.COM!

26

JUNE 2020

|

Axopar 28 Cabin A world of possibilities.

T

he Axopar 28 Cabin bridges the gap between center console performance and the comfort and convenience of a weekender. Not only will this vessel make you want to schedule extended time away from your home dock, the Axopar 28 Cabin offers a long list of exciting cruising options from which to choose. Possessing bold, contemporary lines and a profile that is all excitement, the Axopar 28 Cabin’s versatility is only limited by its owner’s imagination. “The Axopar 28 Cabin is the company’s most popular boat, due in large part to its sharp looks and incredible functionality,” says Rich Larsen, president of Manitowoc Marina. Setting it apart from similar profiles, the Axopar 28 Cabin presents itself as the kind of boat that will cause as much enjoyment at the dock as it most definitely will while underway. The Axopar 28 Cabin offers a walkaround deck with ample

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

seating both fore and aft. A special trim package — the company calls it the BRABUS Line Trim Package — includes distinctive cockpit and cabin seat designs and personal touches. Other items in this package include a choice of hull colors, among other options. “The Axopar 28 Cabin combines the performance and handling of center consoles while providing a functional cabin that converts the boat into a weekender or all-weather commuter for customers that may need to use their boat in all types of weather,” Larsen says. Available with either twin or single Mercury outboard power — as well as a comprehensive list of options including an electric head, a bench storage box aft of the cabin, a wet bar with refrigerator and sink, and aft quarters for two — the Axopar 28 Cabin is ready to be your highly personal statement of ownership. H


BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KEN KREISLER

Grand Banks 54 What’s past is prologue.

T

here are moments in boat building history that define what will come next. One happened in 1956, when Grand Banks introduced its very first trawler design. Since then, the company has presented groundbreaking models that have evolved with the times to meet the needs of those wishing for a yacht of this very profile. Now, built on this well-earned heritage of innovative, trawler-based designs, the Grand Banks 54 carries on the legacy of efficient, longrange cruising yachts. “We emphasize cruising efficiency in our hull form and then match it with a propulsion system that is in sync with our design,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks. “Efficiency is worthless without comfort, so we made sure the Grand Banks 54 will also offer sure-footedness in a wide range of sea states.” This boat slants toward family cruising and will

meet expectations on both long trips and jaunts. To that end, this model can be configured with a flybridge or enclosed skylounge, upper or lower galley layouts, and a two- or three-stateroom offering. For visits ashore while anchored, there is a 10-foot dinghy with a 1,000-pound davit topside. A wide beam measuring 17-feet 6-inches ensures abundance of room throughout. Thanks to the latest boatbuilding technology and state-of-the-art design and engineering, such as vacuum infusion and carbon fiber, the Grand Banks 54 features a naturally lower center of gravity. It runs on a bottom whose engineering promises to flatten confused seas while moving through water with peak efficiency and stability. With Grand Banks’ legendary fit, finish and attention to detail, beauty and quality run right down to the keel. Driving one might turn into your own defining boat moment. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 59’5″ Beam: 17’6″ Draft (w/shafts): 4′ Draft (w/IPS): 3’1″ Weight: 51,800 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 898 gals. Water Capacity: 264 gals. Base Power: Two 725 hp Volvo D11 with shafts. IPS800s also offered. MSRP: Contact Grand Banks GR ANDBANKS.COM 87 7-291- 4220

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

27


BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KEN KREISLER

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 35’ Beam: 11’4” Draft: 40”/30” Weight: 15,780 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 230 gals. Water Capacity: 40 gals. Base Power: Two MerCruiser 350 hp 6.2L MPI ECT Bravo III w/DTS Sterndrives MSRP: $416,473 SEAR AY.COM

DEALERS B&E Marine

BEMARINE.COM

Colony Marine

COLONYMARINE.COM

Marine Max

MARINEMA X.COM

Skipper Bud’s

SKIPPERBUDS.COM

Walstrom Marine

WALSTOMMARINE.COM

28

JUNE 2020

|

Sea Ray 350 Sundancer Changing horizons.

B

ack in the day, the first Sea Ray Sundancer model made a splash in the sport cruiser market with its unique mid-cabin design. Today, many are still trying to follow in its wake. Fast forward to today’s lineup: That same, forwardthinking design is still with us, bigger and better than ever. Consider the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer: It lives up to everything Sea Ray stands for, taking boating enjoyment to new levels. Once you understand the company’s much-heralded design and engineering procedures, the 350’s racy good looks, balanced profile and long list of standard equipment — including the integral swim platform, stainless steel bow rail, hardtop and VacuFlush head system — it’s easy to see how picturing yourself at the helm can come into sharp focus. “Having been a Sea Ray dealer for more than 60 years, it’s clear that the quality craftsmanship they’re known for never takes a back seat,” says

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Dave Giles, VP of sales and marketing at Colony Marine. “The new 350 Sundancer is no exception.” To that point, the Sundancer line always put comfort and accessibility at the forefront, so boaters could make the most out of time on the water. The sturdy, through-windshield access to the forward sunpad and the ample seating arrangements on the main deck — including the starboard helm’s twin seat; the lounge to port; C-shape, wraparound seating; and wetbar seating — guarantee fun. With the luxurious accommodations below — complete with full galley and forepeak, center and aft-cabin layouts — extended times away are within easy reach. Engineered for maximum use of all exterior and interior space, the 350 Sundancer is the kind of boat well-suited for any kind of on-water activity. From extended times away from your home dock to entertaining guests aboard for a day of fun cruising, this boat will exceed all expectations. ★


BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY KEN KREISLER

Stingray 269 DC Go fast. Go often. Have fun.

L

iving up to its namesake for in-your-face performance and sleek, exciting designs, the Stingray 269 DC is just what you are looking for if you are seeking an adrenaline-filled summer. What started in Hartsville, South Carolina in 1979 with two molds has grown into a company offering 20 models, all with the kind of built-in excitement, quality craftsmanship and technologically advanced building techniques (including a robotic-driven production facility) that has made the Stingray name one of the most sought-after, go-to sportboats available. “Stingray has raised the bar in the crossover market with the 269 DC by delivering exceptional value and quality,” says Megan Hardy, marketing specialist for Stingray Boats. Superior construction is key in the Stingray model lineup, and the 269 DC offers all that the company can offer: Precise technology and craftsmanship; CAD models; three dimensional, multi-axis milling;

robotic lamination; water jet cutting; and more — all under the careful and expert supervision of its veteran design, engineering and production staff. With its dual console profile and twin engine outboard power, combined with a deep V-hull, this well-designed, well-engineered boat will deliver the excitement and performance its owners and guests expect from this builder, as well as the necessary on-water activity as well. To that end, the new 269 DC offers plentiful deck space and comfortable seating from bow to stern. Notable standard features include a porta-potti, ZipWave Auto Ride leveling, a livewell, SeaStar power assist steering, and a Fusion RA 770 stereo, among many others. And with optional windlass, hardtop, Garmin electronics, electric cockpit galley and refrigerator, and stainless steel, pop-up ski pole, your Stingray 269 DC will be all you expect, could want and a lot more. H

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 27’11” Beam: 8’6” Draft: 18” Weight: 6,200 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 135 gals. Water Capacity: 19 gals. Max Power: 450 hp MSRP: $170,000 STINGR AYBOATS.COM

DEALERS CenterPointe Yacht Sales

CENTERPOINTESERVICE.COM

Munson Marine

MUNSONMARINE.COM

Grand Valley Marine

GRANDVALLEYMARINE.COM

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

29


BOAT TEST

CRUISERS

I

n a presidential election cycle, candidates often pay homage to the voters in the swing state of Wisconsin. You can sense a tremendous pride in Wisconsin voters, too, for exercising one’s civil duty, despite obstacles — look no further than the long lines of voters social distancing around polling places this past April. There’s an ethic, if you will, that has been instilled for generations in a state known for hard workers and a diverse workforce. Inside Cruisers Yachts’ manufacturing plant in Oconto, Wisconsin, north of Green

30

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRUISERS

38 GLS OB


HARD WORK PAYS OFF

BY ALAN WENDT

Bay, you’ll find 400 of those hard workers hand-building 14 different models – each a sterling example of versatility and unrivaled quality. This includes the company’s latest offspring, the 38 GLS with outboard power. This is a significant step for a conservative boatbuilder quite satisfied with Volvo and Mercury sterndrives and IPS units. Cruisers Yachts has only turned out a cabin cruiser with outboards in 2018 and the very early 1950s, when the second generation of Thompsons (the company founders) started building wood lapstrake outboard cabin cruisers in Oconto.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

31


However, the company recognizes that outboards are the power du jour. While triple Mercury 300s are standard, those looking for an extra boost can order this boat with triple Mercurys up to 450 hp. Either way, we were up on plane at 22 knots and clocked a thrilling 53 mph at wide open throttle: For a 38-foot cabin cruiser, that’s moving. Mercury joystick control is part of the standard package and takes the anxiety out of docking in any marina setting, at seawalls or in wetslips.

Brains and beauty

While the Mercury Verados are the headline feature for the 38 GLS, there are two other aesthetic design treats likely to steal your heart. One is a fold-out “beach door” starboard side aft that electronically deploys into a water-level replacement for the transom platform, now dedicated to engines. This nifty feature shifts the swimming, lounging and socializing center from traditional boat design. Aft seating swivels to face this “beach,” allowing parents to keep an eye on little ones in the water. The second feature is the full bar, complete with swivel stools that complement an outdoor kitchen 32

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

with grill, sink, refrigerator and ice maker. Positioned port side, opposite the helm, this layout begs for days anchored up at the sandbar – or for having another couple over for “docktails” in the marina. Mercury’s racy, low profile restyling of the engine’s cowling angles carries the eye right into the cockpit of the boat. Adjustable aft seating is high enough to look over and past the engines or to swivel to starboard when the “beach” option is deployed. Or, simply move the backrests to allow for forward seating as a bench seat in the cockpit. Versatile indeed! Before the term social distancing entered our vocabulary, I always thought bow seating was an obligatory use of space, created for teenagers who wanted space from their parental units. Cruisers wisely took a page out of living room design to create a welcoming den, complete with Rockford Fosgate speakers, multiple cup holders and a removable teak table. Sunpad, nap zone or social zone, it’s your choice. With exquisite cushion stitching and a no-nonsense eye for color blocking design in the vinyl, this area is way too inviting to even consider keeping your distance from the ones you love. One trend all boatbuilders are noticing is the return to overnighting on boats. Cruisers never


CRUISERS 38 GLS OB

SP E C I F I CATI O N S LOA: 38’ Beam: 12’ 6” Draft: 44.25” Weight: 23,916 lbs. Fuel Capacity (gas): 335 gals. Fuel Capacity (diesel): 20 gals. Water Capacity: 50 gals. Power: Triple 300 hp Mercurys Base Price: Contact dealer

DE ALE R S Skipper Bud’s SKIPPERBUDS.COM 800-636-2628

Watch the video at LAKELANDBOATING.COM!

CRUISERSYACHTS.COM

The fold-out “beach door” is a nifty feature that makes it easy to enjoy the water.

moved production away, perhaps influenced by their proximity to Door County and other spectacular Great Lakes destinations. The 38 GLS is an ideal boat for weekends or summer vacations – even for you tall fellows. With 6' 5" of headroom throughout the cabin and a nearly queen-size berth in an aft stateroom, there is ample room to move around. The lower salon performs double duty as a U-shaped dinette that converts into a berth, and an enclosed head features a hot and cold freshwater shower. Ask your dealer about the optional 5.5 kW generator to power the cabin’s air and heat, along with the salon microwave, fridge and optional TV. Ideal for a family of four or empty nesters, this is a very complete package.

Power, your way

So, what if you really don’t want outboards? You’re in luck. This same layout is available with sterndrive power, with a few notable differences. The “beach” folds down and creates a massive aft and side swim platform. Engine choices are Volvo’s V8-380 hp with joystick or Merc 8.2 MAG with Axius Premier joystick control.

Could use larger multi-function dispays at the helm.

Both models feature an integrated hardtop for antennas, Simrad radar and the optional retractable sunshade that covers the cockpit. A foredeck shade to keep your guests cool is another option for those that love to entertain. Helm-wise, two Simrad flat screens are the focal point. I may have opted for larger screens to take full advantage of the real estate available and to make it easier for older captains like myself to see the myriad of information that once required dozens of analog gauges. The arrangement of screens and blend of pushbutton accessory controls is neatly spaced. One thoughtful touch is the wireless phone charging pad at the helm. Underneath the bolster helm chair is storage for an optional ice maker. The stainless door is accessed in the companionway and does not interfere or distract the skipper. It also is within arm’s reach of the bar and those two swivel bar chairs, so an “A+” to the ergonomics designer at Cruisers Yachts. For those looking for just a bit more than a day yacht, the Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS with outboards opens a new chapter in satisfaction. ★

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

33


BOAT TEST

S PEC IFICAT IO NS LOA: 61’ 4” Beam: 15’ 11” Draft: 4’ 5” Weight: 42,368 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 581 gals. Water Capacity: 201 gals. Power: Twin Cummins QSC 8.3 600 hp diesel engines Base Price (fully equipped): $1,800,000 to $2,000,000

PRESTIGE-YACHTS.COM

DEALERS Colony Marine

COLONYMARINE.COM 586-7 72-1550

Spring Brook Marina

SPRINGBROOKMARINA.COM 815-357-8666

The flybridge/sunroof combo is hard to beat. The foredeck oversized sunpad with canvas shade will be a popular spot. You must lift the stairs to access the washer/dryer unit under the forward staircase.

Hurst Marina

HURSTMARINA.COM 613-692-1234

Watch the video at LAKELANDBOATING.COM!

34

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PRESTIGE

PRESTIGE 590S


PRESTIGE 590S

EVERYTHING BOATERS WANT AND MORE. BY LAKELAND BOATING STAFF

W

hat if you want a yacht around 59-feet with pod drives, a flybridge and comfortable social areas? What if you want the same boat to have a private entrance to the master stateroom, guest stateroom sleeping options and maybe a sunroof over the salon? Add a side deck door, 360-degree

panoramic views from the salon and a top speed of 29 knots to your wish list. “Impossible!” You might think. Well, think again. Prestige Yachts has done its homework and recently introduced the 590S. Prestige packs in the features and options so you can get what you want and more.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

35


It starts above

With an eye toward creating comfortable “island” areas, the Prestige 590S starts at the top, as in the flybridge deck. The center helm station is fitted with dual Raymarine 12-inch multifunction displays, joystick, thruster controls and electric steering. Prestige designers also added a venturi windscreen and created an indentation for added legroom. The 590S has a large helm seat so guests can chat with the captain. There’s also a huge (yes, it really is) sunpad for multiple guests. Grabrails all around the boat make you feel secure if seated or standing. Designed in partnership with Garroni Design Studios and JP Concepts, Prestige has kept the lines of the 590S streamlined yet proportional — not an easy task. One thoughtful feature is having the flybridge deck extend aft over the cockpit (you can add a sunshade for full coverage), which allows the sunpad and helm to be set back. This was needed, as there is a sunroof forward of the helm that allows for ambient light and airflow through the main level. It’s not often you see a flybridge and sunroof combination, but the brains at Prestige figured it out and made it work. There are skylights with built-in shades in the sunroof, so even when not opened there’s lighting. Bring it in

For a smooth transition from the aft deck to the interior space, the 590S keeps it on one level. Relax on the L-shaped transom bench seat with thickly padded cushions. Gather the group around the doublefolding teak table or add in a few chairs for a casual al fresco dining experience. Fold up the end leafs for a sturdy stainless frame that has drink holders and can be used as a grabrail. Opt for the transom sunpad seating that converts this seat to another large lounging location. Inside, the layout is logical and open. When the aft bulkhead window is raised and the sliding door fully retracted, the main level becomes one with the boat. Aft to port is the galley with island and bar. Full meals can be prepped thanks to the well-fitted appliances, which include a Vitrifrigo full-sized fridge/freezer, a

36

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM


Siemens three burner induction cooktop, Miele microwave oven and more. The stainless sink has a split marble cover with dedicated storage slots. There’s overhead and under-counter storage cabinets, including one dedicated to the china with presets/precuts for each plate and cup. Up one step is the midship salon. It will quickly become the choice leisure space onboard. Prestige incorporates several concepts to maximize the enjoyment factor. Carried through the main level is 6-feet 6-inches of headroom. That does not diminish when you make the step up from the galley as the tray ceiling accommodates the change in height. The port U-shaped settee is comfortable for casual lounging and works well as the interior dining area. A wood table folds out from the ends, creating ample space for meals. To starboard is a bench seat and L-settee that are split for a good reason. Here is the access for the starboard side deck door. This allows guests or the captain to transit to the foredeck or to handle a line much easier than having to walk all the way aft. In conjunction with a port sliding window and the sunroof, it also allows for great cross-ventilation on those glorious weather days.

Just ahead to starboard is the lower helm. With electronics similar to the flybridge work area, it also has an adjustable double helm seat, low profile console and two large windshields. Furnishings are low profile, so the extra-large side windows can offer commanding views, flood in ambient lighting and give the captain and guests 360-degree visibility. Even on those not-so-nice days, relaxing in the salon can still be a great experience. Privacy please

You want a private master suite? You got it. Aft to starboard is a dedicated staircase to the lower master, a destination in itself. It has a center double berth, nightstands, sconce lighting/reading lamps and hull-side windows with opening ports. It also has a vanity desk on the port side that doubles as a work area or casual desktop. With opposing cushioned seats, this is a nice hideaway for morning coffee or reading a book. Forward is a walk-in closet to port and ensuite head to starboard with a centerline shower. These rooms act as a buffer from the forward sleeping areas. This is no dungeon, as Prestige carries the 6-feet 6-inches of headroom to the lower level.

There’s access to the forward and port guest staterooms from a staircase next to the helm. The VIP has a great feature: The center double berth can separate into a V-berth configuration, adding flexibility. An ensuite head with shower doubles as the day head via a second door. There’s a VIP walk-in closet that can be ordered as a head for the port stateroom, which has twin berths. There is a crew quarters in the aft area and if not needed, this space can become a tender garage. With full walk-around decks, transiting fore and aft is easy. Up front is a sunpad that measures 6-feet by 7-feet, large for a bow setup. Add in the four-post sun awning for protection. Vroom, vroom!

Making this all possible is a pair of Cummins QSC 8.3 600-hp diesel engines coupled to ZEUS pod drives for exceptional handling. Gently motor along at 10 knots, burning approximately 11 gph, or cruise at 23 knots, consuming 48 gph. Wide open will get the 590S up to 29 knots. Prestige Yachts has deftly figured out how to deliver more based on wants. Now go and get your own. H

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

37


testing A

herd of Sea-Doo personal watercraft (PWC) bobbed at the Lakeway Marina dock, begging us to climb aboard for a day adventure on Texas’ Lake Travis. All I could think about, however, was a long-ago misfire with a Harley-Davidson Sportster — an occasion that proved I’m one of those people who shouldn’t give my hands and feet different jobs. Don’t get me wrong, I love the water. I spent my childhood powerboating on Lake Michigan, and I fell deeply in love with sailing as an adult. But this PWC business — I wasn’t sure it was going to be my thing.

come for the fun

Along with a sizable cohort of media colleagues, I’d arrived in Austin, Texas to spend a late-summer day with the Sea-Doo team at the Lakeway Resort & Spa learning about the 2020 model lineup and taking the watercraft for a spin. Despite 25 years in marine journalism and the better part of five decades in boating, I felt like a newbie. Turns out, I’m not alone. Sea-Doo created the “Rec Lite” PWC category in 2014 with its affordable, compact, fuel-efficient and lightweight 60- to 90-hp Spark model, which most sedans can tow. These days, the Rec Lite category comprises 30% of the North American PWC industry, and 60-65% of Rec Lite riders are newbies. With the Spark, Sea-Doo also launched its new scratch- and impact-resistant Polytec hull material. It’s both robust and easy to repair. According to James Heintz, BRP Marine Group’s director of global product management, its impact resistance is as good as fiberglass. It might even be better, as PWCs are vulnerable to damage from underwater debris, beaching, docking and collision. “This is our ‘no worries’ hull material,” Heintz says. “The beauty of Polytec is that it can be replaced. It also delivers in terms of hydrodynamics and fuel. There’s a bit more drag, but only experienced, high-performance customers would feel the difference.” 38

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM


the waters

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEA-DOO

writer heather steinberger finds out if sea-doo can ease her pwc fears. by heather steinberger

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

39


These high-performance enthusiasts make up a solid chunk of the PWC industry, with 22% into touring and 17% into serious performance. Heintz notes that Rec Lite’s big sister, the Recreation category, remains strong at 30% of the industry. In fact, the number of recreational customers is growing, so I was eager to see Sea-Doo’s new recreational GTI platform. At the low end, you have the GTI with 90- and 130-hp engines. At the high end, you have the GTI SE with 130- and 170-hp engines. These are natural upgrades for the Spark rider who is ready for something new and more powerful. The GTI and GTI SE, along with the rest of the 2020 Sea-Doo lineup, features Rotax ACE, or advanced combustion efficiency engines. They’re designed specifically for marine use, providing quicker acceleration, higher top speeds, more precise engine calibration and better fuel economy.

get your feet wet

As we walked down the steep, winding road to the marina, I planned to see if a Spark was available. Instead, I was cheerfully steered toward a GTR 230. Complete with a supercharged 230-hp Rotax ACE engine, it also boasts a new hull design that’s 30 to 40 pounds lighter for maximum performance. I clambered aboard, half expecting the machine to roll and dump me unceremoniously over the side. However, these PWC are approximately 40

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

1-inch wider and 30% more stable than their closest competitors, according to Heintz, and they offer a lower center of gravity. My stable steed barely shimmied beneath me. Gritting my teeth, I fired up the engine and prepared for launch. However, Sea-Doo’s Intelligent Throttle Control technology allows these PWC to start in neutral. The technology also has activity-specific modes to accommodate different riding preferences. We slowly reversed out of our holding pen, spun around and motored for open water. With the marina safely behind us, my cohort immediately gunned it. Well, most of the cohort. I practiced throttling up and easing off, time and again. I maneuvered through several S-turns and a few increasingly thrilling donuts. I felt the GTR’s stability, and I appreciated how I could hug it with my knees. As I reached my companions at Mansfield Dam Park, I noted the easy tracking as the GTR held its course, the softness as it charged across the zig-zagging wakes, the responsive trim system for the jet nozzle and the bullet-like acceleration when I was brave enough to switch on Sport Mode. Okay, this was fun.

stay for the lifestyle

I learned something else that day in Texas. These machines offer so much more than performance, entry-level or otherwise. It’s not just about the donuts.

“it’s not just about the donuts.”


“We’re redefining the watercraft experience by enhancing the limited time people have to spend on the water,” Heintz says. “We’re bringing features and benefits to customers who appreciate an unbeatable value.” What does that mean, exactly? It means that Sea-Doo has some really cool add-ons, like its ingenious LinQ attachment system. “It started on Ski-Doo snowmobiles, so riders could carry essential gear,” Heintz explains. “We have a standard, 16-inch, center-to-center latch system for plug and play — or clip and cruise! You swap out the accessories you want.” The LinQ catalog has more than 40 accessories, including a cooler, retractable ski pylon, watertight bag, fuel caddy, quick-attach rod holder and storage bin. As Heintz says, LinQ is like an app store for PWC life. I was also impressed to learn about the 44 liters of water-resistant storage and the fully watertight phone storage in the glovebox with available USB port. Heintz says the company even added heated grips for 2020. “There are more than 50 million registered fishermen in the United States, and Sea-Doo has the only dedicated fish model in the PWC industry,” he says. “Fishermen really appreciate those heated grips because a drysuit doesn’t cover your hands.” After capturing a few images at the dam, I tossed my iPhone and baseball cap back into the watertight glovebox compartment, and

we screamed down the lake to our next stop: Lake Travis Zipline Adventures, right on the waterfront. Motoring toward the dock, I was grateful for Sea-Doo’s Intelligent Brake and Reverse, which is the world’s only on-water braking system. With just the squeeze of a lever, I ghosted into our slip and came to a stop. TripAdvisor calls Lake Travis Zipline Adventures the “Best Adventure in Austin,” with 1 mile of zips in five lines. The last three are the longest and fastest in Texas. My heart thumped unhelpfully as we hiked up, as I straightened my helmet, as the attendant clipped in my harness and as I stepped off each platform into thin air. There’s nothing quite like launching yourself off a 20-story cliff and soaring for 2,800 feet across the treetops and sparkling water. All too soon, we were on the ground again, eating steaming hot burritos with fresh chili, queso and jalapeños. Plus, hot sauce. Viva Texas. At the dock, the team steered me to the GTE SE so I could give it a try on the way back to the marina. The sky purpled with an impending storm and the wind showed its teeth, but the watercraft handled the chop with ease. Just off Lakeway, we cut our engines and drifted for a while. I lay back on the GTE SE’s seat and stretched out my legs on the large, flat swim platform. We heard an ominous rumble: The day was over. We fired up our engines and headed for the marina — after a few extra donuts, of course. H

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

41


O Resolute anchored out on Cayo Costa State Park, Florida

From CHARLEVOIX to the FLORIDA KEYS A young couple, along with their golden retriever, experience the f irst half of America’s Great Loop. BY KELSIE SULLIVAN Fall colors peaking at Sumter Recreational Landing in Alabama

ur dream of sailing off on the Great Loop began with a rather simple question: “If not now, then when?” We’re just a young couple in our thirties from Northern Michigan who share a passion for travel and a love of the water. Growing up in Michigan, both Charlie and I were raised within minutes of some of the most beautiful bodies of freshwater and by parents who passed down their joy and respect for the water to their kids. As we look around at our life right now, we can’t thank them enough for that. After traveling out west in a small SUV and living out of a tent (a true test of how well we and our 2-year-old golden retriever, Dudley, could endure confined spaces together), we decided to take our travels off of the dry land and onto the water. We lusted for a more liberated way of life. We know firsthand how short life can be and we didn’t want to wait for retirement to take our trip of a lifetime. We are young, healthy and able, so again we asked ourselves, “If not now, then when?” So, after telling our families, quitting our jobs, breaking our lease and moving out of our rental, selling almost all of our furniture and putting the rest of our belongings in storage, we moved the very few items we could take with us onto our new home, Resolute.

ABOUT RESOLUTE 1977 Grand Banks Sedan Trawler LOA: 32’ Beam: 11’6” Draft: 3’9” Displacement: 17,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 250 gals. Water Capacity: 110 gals.

One of the many bridges along the Illinois River

42

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Resolute means admirably purposeful, determined, steadfast and unwavering. So what made this the perfect Great Loop boat for us? Well, Grand Banks are known for their beauty but also their venerable practicality. They are sea-kindly, safe and will never have you doubting their ability to get through even the worst conditions. In our opinion, it’s the ideal boat for cruising at a leisurely pace and really taking in all the beauty that is America. We joked our entire trip because you just can’t be in a rush onboard a trawler and that’s exactly what we wanted. To slow down. To simplify. We also didn’t want to break the bank on our voyage. So with its single 120-hp diesel engine and stately cruising speed in the 8-knot range, we were able to keep the fuel consumption relatively low. Also, since the length overall is 32 feet, this makes it more cost-friendly at marinas, especially when you’re paying by the foot. Comfort and livability were also a huge component. There is ample counter and storage space (a major bonus!), a deep stainless steel sink,

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KELSIE SULLIVAN

About the boat


fridge, oven, microwave and countertop. The 12-gallon water heater and holding tank make anchoring out for days at a time a breeze. Below is a V-berth in the private stateroom, and a head with a handheld shower, toilet and sink. Above, the flybridge seats six adults, which provides the perfect space for cocktails with guests that you meet along the way. There’s also a mast set on a hinged bracket, which makes lowering and raising the mast easy, especially for those low bridge clearances on the Illinois River. We also love the wide side decks, which make getting around the boat uncommonly easy and secure with a tall rail. The large side windows allow for beautiful panoramic views of the entire journey from the salon. Of course, everyone will have their own list of necessities for their own Great Loop boat; however, this boat checks most of our boxes and is overall our perfect Great Loop vessel.

Cruising the Midwest river system and Florida’s Panhandle

Resolute’s homeport is Boyne City, Michigan, on beautiful Lake Charlevoix. We began our trip southbound on Lake Michigan, on October 4, 2019. Charlie and I were excited to hit peak fall colors throughout our entire trip down and I was personally eager to begin the Loop going through one of the most industrial parts of our country; however, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve always heard that this part isn’t everyone’s favorite and ends up getting rushed through. After personal experience though, I believe that this part of the loop is so overlooked. It’s the part that makes you proud of your country. The quiet, solitude of anchoring out on the peaceful rivers at night and the abundance of bald eagles soaring overhead gives you such peace. Watching the hustle and bustle of barges and tows coming and going north and southbound and American flags flying high brings you such pride. The kindness and selflessness of the marina workers going above and beyond for you and your boat, staying past their shifts to help you tie up after dark or offering their personal vehicle to take to the local grocery store to provision left my heart so full. You won’t find better fried catfish or sweet tea. And it gives you a glimpse into what it must have been like for Native Americans, fishermen, military, traders, trappers and loggers who traveled those waters as they created the foundation of our country. This is the true heartland of America.

ABOUT THE COUPLE

Kelsie inherited her father’s travel bug and passion for exploring all that this world has to offer. She’s a free spirit with a fearless outlook on life and an outgoing introvert with a positive mindset. She loves photography, the outdoors, a good nap, pizza and cold beer, all the animals and family. Captain Charlie is an adventure-driven environmental attorney/captain who has spent a fair share of time teaching others how to sail as an instructor and even spent a semester at sea in the Caribbean on a 130-foot schooner. He received his level 1 and 2 Avalanche training certificates in Idaho and Colorado, and spent a semester in Alaska mountaineering and river rafting. To follow along on their Great Loop adventure, visit THEWANDERDOG.BLOG.

Charlie fly fishing at Grand Island anchorage in Illinois

Bald eagle hunting for fish along the Illinois River

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

43


Locking down in the Brandon Road Lock

Dudley ready for his next adventure

We experienced firsthand how powerful the Mississippi is with its extreme current and whirlpools. We embraced the solitude and quiet with no cell phone service. We witnessed the devastation of flooding and tornadoes just weeks prior. We admired nature’s beauty and the change of species and climates. We experienced record low temperatures and dealt with unfreezing our lines from the cleats in the morning. We realized the importance of radar, GPS, AIS and what a good VHF radio can do. We dodged crab pots, hit our fair share of debris and navigated around underwater buoys being pulled out of sight by the current. We dealt with shredded belts and an overheated engine. We learned more about Asian carp and drove through electric fish barriers. We tested our limits and practiced patience and respect for the water. We made 34 stops in 47 days. We traveled through eight states on eight-plus different major waterways. We docked up at 18 marinas, tied up to five walls, anchored out at nine anchorages and locked through 22 locks. We made one overnight Gulf crossing and traveled approximately 2,500 nautical miles. And we’d do it all again.

Our steadfast leader: Dudley “The WanderDog”

Looking up 84 feet from the bottom of the Barkley Lake Lock

The rough life of a dog traveling the Great Loop

Dudley’s first encounter with dolphins

44

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

A lot of people have asked, “What is it like boating with a dog?” and, with all honesty, it’s one of the best parts of this entire adventure. My love for dogs is probably a bit on the extreme side since I work in veterinary medicine, but it’s truly amazing watching them adapt to different surroundings and learn new things. For instance, Dudley learning how to use the turf “Potty Patch” in the cockpit at mile 1,500 on our trip was a definitely a proud mama moment! As was watching his confidence jumping on and off the boat from the dock during high tide and low tide; watching him learn where he’s allowed to go on the boat and where he’s not; and watching him experience dolphins for the first time. Dudley is a 2-year-old golden retriever who loves the water, other dogs, humans, napping, retrieving toys and food — all the food. I raised Dudley basically in the back of my car. Wherever I went, he went. He was never left at home if I could help it. He traveled the U.S. with us, camping in tents, sleeping in cars, swimming in rivers, lakes and ponds, climbing mountains and basically just adapting to whatever adventure we threw at him.


So it was no different when he first stepped foot on the boat. He was like, “where to next?” Careful planning is essential though, and we did not overlook the little things when it came to Dudley coming with us. We knew that boating wasn’t for every dog and we weren’t going to throw Dudley into a situation that made him stressed for days on end or could potentially make him sick. Safety was our first big consideration. You hear so many harrowing tales about dogs onboard and the things that could go wrong. The first thing we purchased was a Ruffwear Float Coat life jacket. Even though we know he’s a good swimmer, we also know that accidents happen. Next to safety comes comfort. We wanted to make sure Dudley was used to the smell and sound of the engine, the confined space, and the vibrations and movement of the boat, so we took him on a couple mini trips before the big voyage. We also made sure he had his own space on the boat and that included the entire portside couch. He knows this is his space while we are underway in rough waters. Working in veterinary medicine, I also made sure we had all the precautionary medications and supplies onboard in case of an emergency: Anti-nausea medication, anti-anxiety medications, pain medications, antibiotics, telfa, gauze, triple antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, etc. We also had a laminated chart of all of his vaccine records, Rabies certificate, microchip number and anything else veterinarians might need, especially traveling between state lines and even internationally. Everyone’s experience is different and every dog is different; however, for us, traveling the Great Loop with Dudley was one of the best decisions we made. If Dudley could speak, I think he would agree. Pets definitely don’t need to be the anchors to our life dreams. When properly prepared, they can add so much joy to your cruising adventure.

What’s next?

It’s been eight months since we’ve untied the dock lines from our land-dwelling life. And thus far, we haven’t regretted a single minute. We have no idea what the future holds for us (and fellow Loopers during this pandemic), but as boating has taught us, we’re learning to go with the flow. We’re just a young couple who stopped waiting for “someday” and turned it into “right now” — and we haven’t looked back. ★

Dudley learns to use the pee pad

Happy Dudley!

RESOURCES America’s Great Lake Cruising Association GREATLOOP.COM

The WanderDog Blog

THEWANDERDOG.BLOG

Grand Banks Yachts GR ANDBANKS.COM

Locking through on the Mississippi

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

45


PORT OF CALL

P H O T O C O U R T E S Y S A U G AT U C K .C O M

Sailing Into Saugatuck Yacht Service

Saugatuck is known for its trendy culinary scene, fantastic waterfront views and historic downtown filled with boutiques and enchanting green spaces.

by Jane A eson 46

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Lake Michigan

SAUGATUCK Ka lam azo oL ak e Douglas


PHOTO COURTESY ISTOCK

Hist y Downtown Saugatuck

sawmills, shipbuilding and taverns fueled the local economy of three In e early 1800s, Michigan villages dotting the banks of Kalamazoo Lake and the Kalamazoo River

as it flows into Lake Michigan. Just a few miles apart, Saugatuck, Douglas (a combination of two hamlets named Dudleyville and Dutcher) and Singapore harvested the dense forests surrounding them, built ships and transported lumber. The peak of the tri-cities was during the 1871 Chicago Fire, when Michigan’s woodlands helped rebuild that great city. But it came at a cost. Totally denuded of trees, their main economy went bust. For Saugatuck and Douglas to the south, it meant a decline in prosperity that continued until the turn of the last century, when steamships and railroads transported vacationers from Chicago and Milwaukee, eager to escape summers in the city. For Singapore, farther north and closest to Lake Michigan, the result was much more dire. Founded in 1831, Singapore was a bustling sort of place with a one-time population around 200, complete with a school, public hall, general store, boarding house, 25 to 40 houses and a wildcat bank that printed its own money. Monetarily, I guess, things were a little looser back then.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

47


Haborducks

Retro Boat Rentals

It might have been profitable to chop down all those trees, but ecologically it was a loser. Without the barrier of forests, Singapore ultimately disappeared under drifting sands. For a while, the peaks of buildings could sometimes be spotted in sand dunes until they, too, were finally covered. The village’s demise earned it the rather romantic name of Lost Singapore, as well as comparisons to Pompeii. But traces of Singapore still exist. Before the village was completely lost, the bank and at least three homes were put on skids and pulled down the frozen Kalamazoo River to Saugatuck. Two homes remain and are private residences. The 183-year-old bank building became a general store, moved again in 1890, and is now the Singapore Bank Bookstore and Saugatuck Art Gallery. But as far as we know, it stopped printing money a long time ago.

On the water

At the intersection of Mary and Water streets in Saugatuck, hop aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry, which dates back to 1838 and is the only remaining chain-driven ferry in the U.S. The ferry is operated by a hand crank that activates the pulleys for the short ride across the Kalamazoo River. Take off-road biking in a different direction. Saugatuck HydroBikes rents water bikes — a combination of pontoons and pedaling mechanics once known as velocipedes.

48

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

For a stylish way to travel the waterfront, go vintage with Retro Boat Rentals — sleek, candycolored fiberglass jet age runabouts (think fins and silver chrome accents), which were popular from 1958 to 1963. For large groups up to 10, consider one of their bright orange donut boats. Complete with a round table in the center, these donut boats are an option for on-thewater picnics. Board one of Harbor Duck Adventure Tours’ refurbished World War II duck boats for a ramble through the streets of Saugatuck and Douglas before plowing into the waters of Saugatuck Harbor. Jump off at any time while on land, grab lunch, do some shopping and then catch another boat later. Big Lake Outfitters offers a myriad of water equipment — think 18- and 24-foot pontoons, paddleboards and kayaks. For landlubbers, they also have bike rentals. Making Waves has pontoons, boats and jet skis for rent. Choose from a variety of waterway trips offered by Running Rivers Kayak. Starting at Wade’s Bayou in downtown Douglas, choices include a onehour wetland paddle, two or three hours through wetland and forest and, if you’re really fit, a sixhour forest run. Livery service is available as well. Cruise on one of Star of Saugatuck’s vessels, Star I or Star II, both authentic sternwheeler

P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F ( C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P L E F T, T H I S PA G E ) : S A U G AT U C K . C O M ; R E T R O B O AT R E N TA L S ; S A U G AT U C K .C O M ; R O B W A L C O T T/ S A U G AT U C K .C O M

Star of Saugatuck II


CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

Take a hike — if you’re brave enough — up Mt. Baldhead, a 302-foot steep climb that pays off by controlling those calories (after all, you did eat that fried chicken at The Southerner, didn’t you?) and in the spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

The Southerner

PHOTOS COURTESY OF (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): ARVIND GROVER; SOUTHERNER FA C E B O O K ; S E R E N I T Y W E B S I T E ; S A U G AT U C K D O U G L A S .C O M

Mt. Baldhead

paddleboats, up the Kalamazoo River to Kalamazoo Lake and back to Lake Michigan. The trip takes 90 minutes. Star of Saugatuck also hosts pirate, Halloween and wine-themed cruises. Set sail on Sailing Saugatuck’s tall ship Serenity on one of its two-hour daily cruises. For special occasions or work outings, you can also privately charter the schooner (up to 24 passengers) along Saugatuck’s waterfront and out to Lake Michigan.

On shore

Of course, you could spend all your time on the water, but Saugatuck — with its enchanting shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, coffee bars, live music, plays and art galleries — beckons. The lake effect from Lake Michigan creates a lush growing area. The result is a bounty of local farms, vineyards and orchards. Two shops, side-by-side on Butler Street, have corralled the flavors of the region into delicious food products. Before there was farm-to-table, there was Justin Rashid, avatar of local, foraged and handcrafted, who founded American Spoon, a paean to artisanal Michigan foods, almost 40 years ago. The American Spoon in Saugatuck features an extra bonus: A gelato shop. Wines made from cherries, blueberries and raspberries, picked at the peak of ripeness, are among the specialties of Fenn Valley Vineyards, a small hamlet about 10 miles away. Samplings of these wines, as well as its reds and whites, are available at its Saugatuck

Serenity at dock

tasting room. Just down the street, Tabor Hill Winery also has a tasting room. At Good Goods, a two-story gallery featuring the works of over 140 artists, look for highquality crafts, furnishings, sculptures, ceramics, paintings, woodworks, yardbirds, functional and sculptural handcrafted glass, jewelry, bags, among other items.

Eat

A few years back, James Beard Award nominee Mark Miller opened The Southerner on the Kalamazoo River, a homage to the food he grew up eating. Call it Appalachian by way of Detroit cuisine. Using long-cherished family recipes and local ingredients, specialties include his fried chicken soaked overnight in buttermilk. Other southern-style specialties include shrimp and grits, pimento cheese and goat cheese topped with slow-cooked red pepper jelly. The latter two are accompanied with saltines. Forget the diet and spread an extra thick layer of honey butter on piping hot laminated biscuits (and yes, you’ll want to order extra). All this wonderfulness comes with free river views in a retro ambience that’s both comfy and downhome. Uncommon Grounds Roaster Cafe — located in a charming cottage accented by masses of colorful blooms and outdoor tables topped by bright red umbrellas — takes its coffee as seriously as oenophiles take their wine. It sources freshly picked single-source beans

HARVEST TIME The rolling hills surrounding both Douglas and Saugatuck are dotted with orchards and farms. From mid-summer and well into the fall there’s plenty of farm stands and places to pick your own. Depending on the growing season, fill a basket of sweet cherries or red raspberries; pick a peck of apples; choose the biggest pumpkins — all to take home with you.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

49


Coral Gables Uncommon Coffee Roasters

CALENDAR OF EVENTS APRIL ■ Salt of the Earth, live music every Sunday during the summer ■ Allegan Antique Market takes place on the last Sunday of each month until September MAY ■ Real to Reel Film Festival ■ Artz and Gardenz Tour ■ Mother’s Day Brunch at The Belvedere Inn and Restaurant ■ Taste of EatDrinkSDF JUNE ■ Community Pride! ■ Summer Gallery Stroll ■ Saugatuck Douglas Garden Tour & Perennial Plant Sale ■ Town Crier Races JULY ■ Waterfront Invitational Art Fair ■ Village Square Art Fair SEPTEMBER ■ Lakeshore Harvest Ride

50

JUNE 2020

|

The Belvedere

from sustainable small farms and cooperatives throughout the world and then roasts them in small batches. On-tap coffees include nitro brews, Sacred Springs kombucha, Bodhi Tree Switchel and 18th Amendment barrel-aged nitro cold brew coffee. On occassion, they also offer seasonal cold brew mocktails! Decisions, decisions, decisions. What do you order at Cookies on Call with such temptations as chocolate caramel, dark and white chocolate chunk, oatmeal cranberry and walnut? Then there’s also the sophisticated options, such as The Butler Pantry cookie, which includes chocolate chunks stuffed with caramel sprinkled with Himalayan pink sea salt, or the Ray & Shine cookie, which has chocolate chunks glazed with maple honey and then topped with bacon. The cookie fame is such that founder and owner Franny Martin was featured in USA Today as a successful entrepreneur over 50 years old and has appeared on CNN and NBC Nightly News. Coral Gables has long been the go-to place in Saugatuck. Built in 1906 and encompassing two-and-a-half blocks of waterfront in downtown Saugatuck, there’s seasonal outdoor dining on the patio overlooking the harbor and indoor seating year-round. Every Thursday, enjoy burger night, and come on Friday for the perch fry.

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

Rest your head in style

Wickwood Inn, a 1940s Colonial Revival-style home just steps from the downtown, now houses a bed and breakfast that’s highly rated. Owned and operated by Julee Rosso, cofounder of the Silver Palate line of foods and also the coauthor of the Silver Palate cookbooks, the place is a delight for both culinarians and those just wanting a little luxury at the end of their day. Want palatial accommodations? Built in 1912 by an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Belvedere Inn and Restaurant was once the summer home of a wealthy Chicagoan. Set on five acres of lushly landscaped lawn, it’s now a richly furnished bed and breakfast with an on-site restaurant located two miles from downtown.

Beach it

The only problem with the area’s golden beaches is trying to decide which one to hit first. Oval Beach — named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the Top 25 beaches in the world and National Geographic Traveler’s Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA — is open year round. Douglas Beach is a small neighborhood beach just south of Oval snuggled between summer homes.

P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F ( C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P L E F T ) : I S T O C K ; E M I LY M AY S ; B E LV E D E R E W E B S I T E ; S A U G AT U C K .C O M

Village Square Art Fair


Old School House

PHOTOS COURTESY OF (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT): ISTOCK; OLD S C H O O L H O U S E FA C E B O O K ; E M I LY M AY S

Downtown Saugatuck

Or enjoy 200-foot-tall sand dunes, walking trails winding through woodlands and 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shores at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. If you want to explore the sandy landscape of Saugatuck from the comfort of a vehicle, check out Saugatuck Dune Rides, one of the top attractions in the area. The 40-minute ride winds passengers through the area’s forest and sand dunes, stopping at certain points to offer historical insight on the area, including when crossing over the buried town of Singapore.

Cross over the bridge into Douglas

Just off of Blue Star Highway, Douglas’s Center Street, a wonderful mix of pre- and post-Civil War Greek Revival, Italianate, Arts & Crafts, Victorian and Colonial Revival, runs for eight or so blocks before ending in a small park fronting Wade’s Bayou. Built in 1866, the Old School House, one of the country’s oldest surviving multi-classroom school buildings and among the finest examples of 19th century school architecture in America, is now the Douglas-Saugatuck History Center. Intriguing both indoors and out, it features exhibits and multiple garden areas, including the Life Boat Exhibit & Back-in-Time Garden. If you like peanut butter, order a glass of the Peanut Butter Porter at the Saugatuck Brewing Company. Stop by for free tours with samples every Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Mermaid Bar & Grill

SAUGATUCK MARINA FACILITIES Casa Loma Resort-Marine 269-857-8701

Gleason’s Marina & Party Store 616-857-4729

Coral Gables 269-857-2162

Sergeant Marina 269-857-2873

COR ALGABLESRESORT.COM

SERGEANTMARINA.COM

Deep Harbor Marina 269-857-1518

Shore Harbor Marina 269-501-5393

FACEBOOK.COM/DEEP-HARBORMARINA-1748562752095999/

SHOREHARBORMARINA.COM

The downtown Douglas Everyday People Café is so popular that it has been written up in the New York Times more than once, offering tapas, live jazz music and seasonal outdoor dining. Its food — including roasted gorgonzola pork chops, white truffle prosciutto pizza and burrata roasted-tomato salad — is sophisticated but not stratospherically priced. A curated collection of 100-plus artists working with varied mediums, hand-poured chocolates, wines by the glass and bottle are all part of the eclectic offerings at J. Petter Galleries. When Singapore, Saugatuck and Douglas sent all those trees to Chicago years ago, the three towns lost a lot. But it’s clear from a visit today the area has made up — and more — for what was once lost. ★

DOUGLAS MARINA FACILITIES Tower Marina 269-857-2151

TOWERMARINE.COM

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

51


LAKESHORE LIFE BY SARAH KOLLMORGEN

Bay Harbor, MI

ADDRESS 850 Vista Drive Bay Harbor, MI

A private getaway in the middle of everything.

SPECS Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3 full, 1 half Square Footage: 3,200 Shoreline: 120’ Price: $1,695,000 CONTACT Connie Lenau Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty 231-499-1224 HARBORSIR.COM

52

JUNE 2020

|

U

sually, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. However, with its proximity to downtown Bay Harbor and tucked-away lot, this dock-side property is both an introvert and extrovert’s dream. “It’s the perfect house for someone who loves some privacy but loves to be in the midst of people,” says homeowner Brian Loder. “It is tranquility to the max.” This three-bedroom custom home comes with its own double-sided 60-foot dock. Step out the door and onto your boat for a quick trip to Charlevoix, Petoskey or Harbor Springs. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club and the many restaurants and shops of downtown Bay Harbor are also within a short walking distance. Chances are, however, you won’t want to leave too often. The main level features a light-filled, open floorplan. In addition to the master, which has its own fireplace, steam shower and walkout balcony, there are two private bedrooms with private baths. With windows galore and plenty of places to

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

convene — including an outdoor patio — this home lends itself to a quiet week away or a weekend full of entertaining friends and family. What will most likely stick in your mind, though, are the views. Loder says when they first saw the house, he was reminded of the New England-style homes in Long Island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean he grew up on. One of his favorite parts of the home is the upper deck, which is perfect for soaking in sunrises, sunsets and Fourth of July Fireworks. “We’re out there for breakfast, lunch and dinner all summer long,” Loder says. Those that might worry about being near the hubbub of the docks all summer will appreciate the included empty lot next door and the low maintenance backyard, which features a small pond and waterfall, firepit and flowers. “I hope that whoever decides to purchase this house can enjoy it as much as we have,” Loder says. H


L AK ES HOR E LI F E

Shoreline property for sale, situated in the island-studded waters of northern Lake Michigan. 21 acres with southern exposure on the water in Door County. 1,200 feet of shoreline with a deep harbor that can accommodate vessels in the 80’ range. PRICE: $1.45 MILLION CALL DAN AT 312-998-9010 OR EMAIL DKANIFF@GMAIL.COM

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

53

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS!

Lake Michigan ProPerty


MARINA WATCH BY AMANDA MCDONALD

BEAVER ISLAND MARINA 25860 Main St. Beaver Island, MI 49782 231-448-2300 AMENITIES Transient slips: Y Pump-out: Y Gas: Y Diesel: Y Lifts: N Launch ramp: Y Engine repair: Nearby Hull repair: N Marine store: N Restaurant: Nearby Showers: Y Laundry Facility: Y

54

JUNE 2020

|

Beaver Island Marina

Two locations mean double the fun and history.

M

arlene Wiser has been harbormaster at Beaver Island Municipal Marina for three years, but she has known the area all her life. So has her family — she’s the fifth generation to live on the small, Lake Michigan island northwest of Charlevoix. “Since our family property is on the harbor, I spend most of my time in it, on it or watching it,” Wiser says. However, Wiser and her family aren’t the only ones with deep roots on Beaver Island and with Beaver Island Marina. For the past 20 years, three generations of the Anderson family have operated Beaver Island Marina. That changed in October 2019, when the Andersons sold the marina to the JA Woollam Foundation, which then gifted it to St. James Township. Now run as a municipal dock, Beaver Island Marina is expected to be open for the 2020 season, complete with renovations. The township has also added its original municipal marina to the mix, calling it “Marina

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

North” while the original Beaver Island Marina is now called “Marina South.” With two locations to dock (each marina has 23 transient slips that can be reserved online through the Michigan DNR), there’s ample reason to take advantage of what local families have been enjoying for years. “Boaters can tour the island by bicycle or rent a car to circle the island in an afternoon,” Wiser says. “Because of our location in the middle of northern Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is one of the finest dark skies stargazing locations in the United States.” Boaters can also experience the historic stories of the island’s people and buildings, which Wiser describes as “humorous [and] often heroic.” For example, what used to be the Beaver Island Lumber Company is now the marina office. “Time slows down here, offering a peaceful, relaxed way of life,” she says. “This harbor is my home and my favorite place in the world.” H


NEW 231DC Sport Deck

STINGRAY BOATS ARE AVAILABLE AT THESE GREAT LAKES AREA DEALERS USA DEALERS American Marina & Motor Sports 830 E. Green Bay St Shawano WI 715-526-4300 buckeyesportscenter.com

CANADA DEALERS

Bill's Boat Works 187 Wilmuth Ave Lackawanna NY 716-824-7181 billsboatworks.com

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

Boat Guys 104 W Lake Road Maryville NY 716-753-3913 chautauquamarina.com

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

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

Meyer RV of Syracuse 8575 Brewerton Rd. Cicero NY 855-841-3846 meyerrvsuperstores.com

Munson Marine 501 Grand Avenue Fox Lake IL 847-587-4902 munsonmarine.com

Wonderland Marine West Inc. 5796 E. Grand River Ave Howell MI 517-548-5422 wonderlandwestmarine.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

TO LOCATE A STINGRAY DEALER IN ANOTHER AREA, VISIT STINGRAYBOATS.COM/DEALERS


NEW BOATS IN STOCK AND READY FOR DELIVERY

Back Cove 37

Riviera 5400 SY

Edgewater 158 CC

Back Cove 34O

Edgewater 208 CC

Edgewater 170 CC

Edgewater 262 CX

Edgewater 248 CX

Sabre 45 SE

Edgewater 280 CC

Monte Carlo Yachts 65

Sabre 38 SE

CALL OR EMAIL YOUR BAY MARINE CREW ANYTIME Ron Durchin 847-980-4975

Mark Felhofer 920-495-5567

Matt Felhofer 920-495-7125

Chris DePrey 920-366-4320

VISIT WWW.BAYMARI N E.N ET

Gentre Vartan 312-656-4470

TO SEE OU R COM PLETE SELECTION OF PRE- OWN ED BOATS


FEATURED LISTINGS 66 65 65 65 61 56 55 54 53 52 50 50 46 45 45 45 44 44 42 42 42 42 42 41 40 40 38 38 38 37 37 37 37 37 36 35 35 35 34 34 34

2020 2019 2013 2008 1984 1985 2016 2011 1980 2007 2012 2003 2011 2020 2007 2004 2013 2009 2014 2007 2002 1996 1984 2004 2008 2005 2020 2000 1991 2020 2008 2005 2001 1997 2007 2006 2005 1988 2020 2006 2006

Belize 66 Daybridge...................................................................Call Monte Carlo Yachts 65 Motor Yacht ................... $2,850,000 Ocean Alexander 65 Pilothouse........................... $1,845,000 Princess V65 .................................................................... $789,000 Hatteras 61 Cockpit MY...............................................$385,000 Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht .............................................$299,000 Azimut 55 S ................................................................. $1,100,000 Sea Ray Sundancer 540.............................................. $699,891 Hatteras 53 Motor Yacht ............................................. $249,500 Cruisers Yachts 520 Express ......................................$398,999 Beneteau America Sense 50.....................................$369,995 Sea Ray 500 Sundancer.............................................. $339,994 Regal 46 Sport Coupe..................................................$369,999 Sabre 45 Salon Express............................................................Call Ocean Alexander 45 Sedan .......................................$398,999 Cruisers Yachts 455 Express Motor Yacht.............$249,000 Beneteau Gran Turismo 44........................................$369,893 Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht ............................................ $474,999 Regal 42 Sport Coupe..................................................$439,000 Cruisers Yachts 420 Express ...................................... $219,000 Cruisers Yachts 4270 Express.................................... $149,999 Ocean Alexander 423 Classicco............................... $279,500 Bertram 42 Motor Yacht.............................................. $109,000 Cranchi Endurance 41.................................................. $114,998 Regal 4060 Commodore IPS.................................... $189,900 Cruisers Yachts 405 Express Motoryacht .............. $189,000 Sabre 38 Salon Express............................................................Call Sea Ray 380 Sundancer.................................................$98,000 Fountain 38 Sport Cruiser..............................................$29,998 Back Cove 37 ...............................................................................Call Four Winns 378 Vista.................................................... $184,995 Cruisers Yachts 370 Express ...................................... $129,999 Cruisers Yachts 3750 Motoryacht ...............................$94,999 Bayliner 3788 Motoryacht .............................................$66,899 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge ........................................... $169,900 Regal 3560 Commodore............................................ $119,000 Regal 3560 Commodore............................................ $109,998 Viking 35 Convertible ......................................................$42,900 Back Cove 34O............................................................................Call Four Winns 348 Vista ................................................... $109,900 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer.............................................. $124,900

DOOR COUNTY YACHTING CENTER, WI 920-743-6526

34 34 34 33 33 32 32 28 31 31 30 30 30 29 28 28 28 28 26 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 22 22 21 21 20 19 17 15 14 12 12 10

2006 1991 1989 2000 1999 2014 2005 2004 1994 1990 2003 2000 1979 2006 2004 2019 2005 2002 2020 2008 2012 2001 2020 2016 2007 2003 2003 2001 1996 1996 2016 2001 2020 2017 2019 2019 2011 2018 2011 2019

Sea Ray 340 Sundancer.............................................. $109,998 Formula 34 PC...................................................................$34,900 Luhrs 342 tournament....................................................$14,900 Cruisers 3375.....................................................................$64,996 Cruisers 3375.....................................................................$28,999 Larson 315 Cabrio ......................................................... $119,996 Tiara 3200 Open............................................................ $170,000 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer.................................................$54,900 Spirit Equalizer Spirit 31..................................................$44,900 Sea Ray 310........................................................................$19,000 Rampage 30R Express ....................................................$69,000 Pursuit 3070 Offshore.....................................................$69,999 J Boats J30 .............................................................................$9,900 Four Winns 290 Horizon ................................................$44,897 Scout 280 Sportfish .........................................................$99,900 Edgewater 280CC.......................................................................Call Carolina Classic 28 ...........................................................$79,000 Four Winns 280 Horizon ................................................$22,900 Edgewater 262 CX......................................................................Call Sea Ray 260 Sundancer.................................................$49,999 Cobalt 242...........................................................................$64,999 Bayliner Ciera 2452 ........................................................... 19,900 Edgewater 248 CX......................................................................Call Yamaha Boats 242X E-Series .......................................$69,900 Bayliner Discovery 246...................................................$29,000 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck.....................................................$25,900 Bayliner 2252 Ciera Classic...........................................$12,900 Crownline 230 CCR .........................................................$19,900 Shamrock 220 Stalker .....................................................$24,900 Shamrock 220 Stalker .....................................................$23,498 Stabicraft Stabicraft 2050...............................................$58,000 Lund 2150 Baron Magnum Gran Sport IO .............$34,900 Edgewater 208CC.......................................................................Call Scarab 195 Impulse.........................................................$39,999 Edgewater 170CC.......................................................................Call Edgewater 158CS .............................................................$25,900 Walker Bay 14 ....................................................................$19,000 Walker Bay 365 ST ..............................................................$4,900 AB Inflatables Nautilus 12 DLX ....................................$12,900 AB Inflatables Mares 10 VSX.........................................$16,900

SALES@BAYMARINE.NET WWW.BAYMARINE.NET

CHICAGO YACHTING CENTER, IL 847-336-2628








F I V E L O C AT I O N S

BENETE AU P O W E R BO ATS SOLD! BLUE: C100 M70

SWIFT TRAWLER 35

SWIFT TRAWLER 47

GRAN TURISMO 40

SWIFT TRAWLER 44

ANTARES 23

ANTARES 21

C ARV E R YAC HTS SOLD!

C52 COUPE

C34 COUPE

42 MARQUIS

R E G AL BO ATS ARRIVING SOON!

330 OBX

38 GRAND COUPE

42 GRAND COUPE

CH R I S - C R AF T BO ATS NEW MODEL

23 LAUNCH

28 GT

NEW MODEL

30 LAUNCH

35 GT


P URS UI T BO ATS SOLD!

NEW MODEL

DC235

DC266

S328

BROK E R AG E

2007 65 MARQUIS $1,150,000

1987 GRAND BANKS 46 CLASSIC $189,000

2019 BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 50 $935,000

2005 CARVER 56 VOYAGER $499,995

Actual Hull: White

2014 TRUE NORTH 38 $299,000

2019 PRESTIGE 520S $999,997

1997 VIKING 58 CONVERTIBLE $299,999

2018 CARVER C52 COUPE $925,000

2014 MERIDIAN 391 $359,000

2013 BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 38 $299,000

1998 SEA RAY 540 $285,000

2004 CARVER 466 MY $279,995

VISIT OUR VIRTUAL SHOWROOM:

360 VIRTUAL TOURS • FACETIME & SKYPE TOURS • WEEKLY FACEBOOK LIVE EVENTS • PRIVATE SHOWINGS _ TEXT (414) 273-0711 FOR MORE INFO! _ STURGEON BAY: South First Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI, (920) 746-1912 • Martin Kelsey: (920) 559-0366, Martin@centerpointesales.com • Terry Godres: (920) 559-0730, Terry@centerpointesales.com • Tony Peot: (920) 493-4747, Tony@centerpointesales.com • MILWAUKEE: 700 S. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI, (888) 992-2487 • Tyler Wilkins: (414) 248-9668, Tyler@centerpointesales.com • KENOSHA: 21-56th Street, Kenosha, WI, (888) 992-2487 • Mike Montilino: (612) 419-3772, Mike@centerpointesales.com • WEST MICHIGAN: 430 W. 23rd St, Holland, MI • Brandon Ricci: (616) 405-1715, Brandon@centerpointesales.com

WWW.CENTERPOINTESERVICE.COM OR CALL (888) 9-YACHTS



AGGRESSIVE PRICING ON ALL OF OUR IN-STOCK BOATS!

Reed Yacht Sales Specializes in Clean Brokerage Listings! Check out our Featured Listings under Brokerage on our website to see detailed slide shows on all the boats currently available. BROKERAGE BOATS 15’ 2015 15’ 2012 21’ 2015 25’ 1987 25’ 1991 25’ 2015 25’ 2016 27’ 1983 27’ 1986 27’ 2006 27’ 2012 27’ 2014 27’ 2016 27’ 2018 28’ 1978 28’ 1986 28’ 2000 28’ 2015 28’ 2018

Zodiac Yachtline 470....................$29,900 Boston Whaler 190 Outrage..........$46,900 Ranger Tug R-21EC sale pending ...... $52,500 Bayliner 2560................................$6,000 Chris-Craft 232 Crowne ...............$20,000 Ranger Tugs R-25SC..................$129,900 Ranger Tugs R-25SC trade-in .......$127,900 Catalina 27....................................$6,900 Island Packet 27 trade-in ...............$25,900 Hunter 27....................................$29,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 .....................$139,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 trade-in ...........$139,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 ......................$134,900 Ranger Tugs R-27 LE w/trailer ......$199,900 Bertram 28 Sport Fisherman.........$24,750 Carver 28 Riviera .........................$11,500 Cruisers Yachts 2870 Rogue.........$31,900 Cutwater 28 sale pending ............... $149,900 Zodiac Medline 850 ...................$159,900

29’ 2008 31’ 2014 31’ 2002 31’ 1988 32’ 2011 33’ 2017 34’ 1983 34’ 2006 35’ 2001 36’ 1992 36’ 2006 36’ 2010 37’ 1998 37’ 1999 37’ 2005 38’ 1969 38’ 2013 39’ 1988 40’ 1986

Hacker-Craft 29 Long Deck.............$169,900 Ranger Tugs 31 Sedan ............... $235,000 Formula 31 PC Trade-in................ $49,950 Island Packet 31 .......................... $39,900 Legacy 32 MKIII ......................... $194,900 Mag Bay 33 CC trade-in ............... $319,900 Hunter 34.................................... $17,500 Silverton 34 Convertible.............. $155,900 Silverton 351 Sedan Cruiser ......... $67,900 Catalina 36.................................. $56,900 Albemarle 3600 Express ............ $219,900 Sabre Spirit................................ $165,000 Silverton 37 Convertible................ $63,900 Cruisers Yachts 3750 Motoryacht .... $89,900 Cruisers Yachts 370 Express....... $149,900 Chris-Craft 38’ Commander.......... $29,500 Rinker 360 Express Cruiser ........ $148,500 Hatteras Convertible sale pending .... $108,900 Silverton 40 Aft Cabin................... $39,900

40’ 2001 41’ 1971 41’ 1987 41’ 1989 41’ 2002 41’ 2008 42’ 1972 42’ 1986 42’ 1987 43’ 1976 43’ 1992 43’ 1992 45’ 1998 47’ 2005 50’ 1990 56’ 1983 60’ 1988 75’ 2001 80’ 2004

Tiara 4000 Express sale pending ..... $189,900 Hatteras 41 Twin Cabin ................ $60,000 Hatteras 41 Convertible.............. $134,500 Hans Christian 41T .................... $179,000 Sea Ray 410 Express Cruiser ..... $124,900 Cruisers 415 Motor Yacht ........... $249,900 Allied 42 XL................................. $65,000 Slocum Pilothouse........................ $88,000 Carver 42 Aft Cabin Motoryacht .... $64,900 Hatteras 43 Double Cabin............. $69,900 Hunter 43 Legend ........................ $79,900 Tiara 43 Open............................ $125,000 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer sale pending... $129,900 Beneteau 473............................ $179,500 Viking 50 Motor Yacht ................ $199,900 Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht ............. $299,900 Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht ............. $299,900 Hatteras 75 Cockpit MY........... $1,299,900 Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht .......... $1,999,000

NEW BOATS IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY! 300 CUDDY KING OS

NEW R-25

235 CABIN

N-ZO 760 w/T-TOP

33 CC

220 MAVERICK G.L EDITION

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

GRAND HAVEN, MI • Brent Reed 616-402-0180 • Bob Lunt 616-843-1225 LASALLE, MI • Paul Reed 419-304-4405 • Chuck Hutchins 734-497-3721 Matthew Bolt 734-735-1948 • RACINE, WI • Mark Derenne 414-651-3100

www.reedyachtsales.com


MAR I N E MAR K E T PL AC E

ONEKAMA MARINE, INC.

LAKE MICHIGAN YACHT SALES

Onekama, MI • (231) 889-5000 www.onekamamarine.com

Bay Harbor, MI • (231) 439-2675 www.lakemichiganyachtsales.com

Riviera 505 SUV

Featured Used Boat

ON ORDER!

2015 Riviera 565 SUV $1,199,000

Monterey 258 SS

Wellcraft 182

NEW & IN STOCK

IN STOCK NOW

GET READY FOR BOATING SEASON! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS!

HELP PASS THE DAYS SPENT INSIDE BY VISITING LAKELANDBOATING.COM! • PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP • RESEARCH YOUR DREAM BOAT • CHECK OUT THE LASTEST GREAT LAKES NEWS

LAKELANDBOATING.COM 68

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM


MAR I N E MAR K ET PL AC E

25

ng Celebratirs 28 yea ss e in busin

2020 28 Buddy Davis IN STOCK! “Specia ing in Larger Yliz achts”

ICK

TED PATR

Lake & Bay

Y A C H T

S A L E S

PARTIAL LISTING BELOW Visit us on the web for more! 00 79 89 04 96 88 03 05 87 19 19 86 92 03 01

67' 58’ 50' 46' 45' 45' 44’ 43’ 43' 42' 42’ 42' 41’ 38' 37'

Croswait Sportfisherman T-1350hp Dsl...... SOLD! Hatteras Yacht Fish T-430HP Dsl ............$199,000 Bertram Convertible T-735HPDsl............... $189,900 Carver 460 Voyager T-480hp Dsl ....................SOLD! Cherubini Indpd.Trawler T-250hp Dsl...........SOLD! Bayliner 4550 MY T-220hp Dsl....................$74,900 Cruisers 4450 MY T-480HP DSL...............PENDING Egg Harbor Sport Yacht T-700hp Dsl ........SOLD! Hatteras Motor Yacht T-485hp Dsl............SOLD! Buddy Davis Cntr Console Trip-425hp....$799,900 Buddy Davis Cntr Cnsole Quad 400hp......SOLD! Chris Craft 426 Catalina T-350hp................$49,900 Silverton Aft Cabin T-502s ...........................SOLD! Regal 3880 Commodore T-420hp ............$124,900 Intrepid 377 WA Trip-300hp.........................SOLD!

99 92 91 86 60 95 20 04 01 94 19 08 20 74 19

37’ 37' 37’ 37’ 36' 35' 34' 34’ 34' 34’ 34’ 31’ 28' 24' 28’

Cruisers 3750 MY T-385HP..............................$99,900 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer T-340hp...............$49,900 Sea Ray Sedan Bridge T-340hp .................SOLD! Egg Harbor Convertible T-350hp.............. $30,000 Chris Craft Constellation T-185hp..............$39,900 Carver 355 Aft Cabin T-454 ..........................$59,900 Buddy Davis CC T-425hp..................... ON ORDER Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee T-300HP.......................$69,900 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer T-320hp...............$71,500 Silverton Motor Yacht T-454s.........................$49,900 Buddy Davis Cntr Cnsole Twin 425hp.......SOLD! Pursuit 315 Offshore T-250hp......................SOLD! Buddy Davis ..............................................IN STOCK Lyman Sportsman S-225hp.........................$27,900 Buddy Davis Center Console T-300hp......SOLD!

www.yachtworld.com/lakeandbay 9454 Park Row | Lakeside/Marblehead, Ohio 43440 | lakeandbay@roadrunner.com Phone/Fax: 419-798-8511

Chitwood Charters & Yacht Brokers With over 40 years of experience, Captain Jerry L. Chitwood for brokerage, charter or sales is the smart choice. For pricing, options and more details, visit our website or call!

FOR SALE

53’ SELENE TWIN

42’ Grand Banks MTY

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS!

CHARTER or FOR SALE

CHARTER or FOR SALE 36’ Grand Banks

800-769-1399 • WWW.CHITWOOD-CHARTERS.COM

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

69


MAR I N E MAR K E T PL AC E

Fresh Water Power! 45’ 42’ 42’ 40’ 36’ 36’ 35’ 34’ 32’ 32’ 31’ 30’ 30’ 26’ 26’ 22’

‘69 ‘91 ‘86 ‘67 ‘02 ‘89 ‘97 ‘81 ‘99 ‘95 ‘16 ‘02 ‘86 ‘04 ‘00 ‘01

TR IDENT

Matthews................................... $74,500 Sea Ray Sundancer....................$64,900 Ocean Alexander 42’ Classico...$155,000 Chris Craft .................................. $84,900 Sabre 36’ MKII Express........... $155,000 Carver Aft Cabin......................... $38,900 Carver Mariner ........................... $59,900 Silverton ..................................... $14,900 Regal 322 ................................... $34,900 Downeaster ..............................$149,900 Hunter Marlow 31 motivated! ....$119,000 Mainship Pilot ............................ $69,000 Sea Ray Weekender.................. $15,900 Rinker Fiesta Vee ...................... $28,900 Four Winns 268 ......................... $24,900 Larson 220 Sport Cabrio............ $12,000

FUNDING

Specialis t s in Marine Financ e

BOAT LOANS

SERVING BOAT BUYERS NATIONWIDE

FEATURED LISTING

Purchase • Refinance • Pre-Approval • Low Rates •

1985 Ocean Alexander 42 Classico $155,000

VINCENT LUZIETTI

www Because they watch over us. Because they give so much. Give back to the Coast Guard Foundation.

ROBERT DUNFORD, JR.

888-386-3888

WWW.TRIDENTFUNDING.COM

harborviewyachtsales.com

Sometimes, even the rescuers need to be rescued.

coastguardfoundation.org

BERGMANN MARINE

Charlevoix, MI 49720 • Phone 231/547-3957

www.bergmannmarine.com 13’ 2014 Boston Whaler ..................... $14,000

38’ 2018 Fountain 38CC ..................... $305,000

20’ 1995 Sea Ray B/R .............................$8,700

39’ 1987 Sea Ray Express .................. $32,000

24’ 1994 Sea Ray B/R, no trailer ....... $10,700

39’ 1984 O’Day....................................... $24,500

25’ 1959 Chris-Craft Sportsman ....... $59,999

39’ 1983 Lindmark Trawler 39............ $60,000

25’ 2007 Cobia 254 Center Console....$46,000

46’ 1999 Beneteau Oceanis 461 ..... $169,900

36’ 1987 Tiara Conv. ............................. $69,900

48’ 2002 Fairline Targa 48 ................. $259,000

36’ 1984 Catalina..........................................Call

50’ 1986 Chris-Craft Constellation ... $169,000

Fiberglass – Woodworking Storage – Heated Storage

Complete Mechanical Electrical Rigging – Haulout

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS!

ADDED SAfEty At thE Dock & on thE wAtEr

great gifts!

Boarding Pole

Extra assistance boarding the boat. $79.99/$99.99

cAll Jim StEfAno

419-341-0432

70

JUNE 2020

|

Burgee Holder wave that flag. $59.00

nautical cross

Quickly tie-off fenders and tenders. $79.99/$99.99

| www.nauticalcross.com

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

DEALER/BROKERAGE ADVERTISING CONTACT: PATTI MCCLEERY TELEPHONE: 312-276-0610 x.21 PMCCLEERY@LAKELANDBOATING.COM


C L AS S I F I E D S

Advertise your boat, boat slip or property with us! Contact us* by May 15 to get into our July, August, September and October 2020 issues! We shall boat again!

2016 RANGER TUGS R25SC original R–25 with 50-square-ft of aft deck space. Self-bailing cockpit ideal for fishing or outdoor relaxation, transom door to full swim platform. Standard bow and stern thrusters, call for all the details! Custom trailer included. Asking $127,900. Call Matt @ 734-735-1948. RYS

2002 FORMULA 31 PC Exciting performance and carefree cruising! Twin MerCruiser 320 hp engines, Molded-in nonskid plus a welded 316 L stainless continuous bow rail for safety, electric windlass, fresh bottom coat. Excellent vessel for a new or seasoned boater! Call for all the details. Asking $49,950. Call Chuck @ 734-497-3721. RYS

Reduced

1986 ISLAND PACKET 27 Freshwater one-owner trade-in, in very good condition. Large 27’ Liveaboard Cruiser includes the original manufacturer cradle. Asking $25,900. Call Mark at 414-651-3100. RYS

2008 CRUISERS 415 MOTOR YACHT 100% freshwater, one owner! Spacious w/large aft deck, generous salon and galley, convertible sofa, dinette, two staterooms, two heads. Options include bow thruster, cherry interior, Onan generator with sound shield (790 hours), aft deck hardtop, aft deck AC, full Raymarine electronics, Maxwell windlass and more. Asking $249,900. Call Brent @ 616-842-8899. RYS

2017 MAG BAY 33 CENTER CONSOLE Unique & stunning! Indoor heated storage, loaded. Awlgrip/ Awlcraft, Metallic paint on hull & engines plus boot and racing stripes. Garmin electronics, aft L-lounge, side dive door, bow sunpad, bow seating, XL hardtop, Seastar Optimus 360 Joystick and Seastation, teak helm pod, custom covers for helm, helm seat, sun deck and more! Asking $319,900. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180. RYS

1994 OCEAN ALEXANDER 486 PH Dry Martini has many factory upgrades including economical 3208TA, 375HP Caterpillar engines with 1050 hours. Hinged radar arch and long range cruising ability makes this vessel a natural for the “great circle route”. Asking $315,000. Contact Terry at 920.559.0730 or terry@centerpointesales.com. CNT

2013 BENETEAU GRAN TURISMO 38 Twin Volvo diesels with Joystick. Generator, giant sunroof, teak cockpit, heat and AC. Loaded at a fraction of the cost of new. Asking $299,000. Contact Tyler at 414.248.9668 or tyler@ centerpointesales.com. CNT

2019 PRESTIGE 520 S Purchased for the Great Loop: It only took 443 hours to do so. Priced well below what new 2019 or 2020 optioned boat would be, so don’t hesitate, she will not last long! Asking $999,997. Contact Martin at 920.559.0366 or martin@centerpointesales.com. CNT

1999 WILLARD 40 Clean and well maintaned full displacement single-engine trawler. Updates include island berth forward, Naiad stabilizers, updated electronics, Cummins 6B5.9-M 115 hp diesel and Northern Lights generator. Asking $349,000. Contact Tony at 920.493.4747 or tony@ centerpointesales.com. CNT

65 MARQUIS All fresh water. Heavily equipped with original owner upgrades and customization. Three staterooms plus crew cabin, master cabin walk-in closet with washer/dryer. Asking $1,095,000. Contact Mike at 312.981.8774 or mike@ centerpointesales.com. CNT

Reduced

1978 O’DAY 30 Freshwater, 15HP Yanmar Diesel. Main, furling jib, storm jib, cruising spinnaker, jackstrands, cradle. Stored inside, Charlevoix. Asking $8,000 as-is. Call/Text: 517-316-5885 JUN20

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS!

2014 RANGER TUGS R-27 Trade-in, two owner, 100% freshwater, excellent condition. Indoor heated storage, 429 hours on Volvo D3, 200hp diesel engine. Garmin navigation package, bow & stern thrusters, AC/heat. 2015 Integrity aluminum custom trailer included! Asking $139,900. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180. RYS

* Visit LAKELANDBOATING.COM/CLASSIFIEDS for details and to submit your materials. Payments cannot be accepted online. Christy will contact you for payment once your ad proof is approved. Please email CBAUHS@LAKELANDBOATING.COM for more info!

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

|

JUNE 2020

71


CLASSIC CRAFT

Zipper

ADD YOUR BOAT! Email KBUSH@LAKELANDBOATING.COM if you have Classic Craft with a great story to share!

72

JUNE 2020

|

LAKELANDBOATING.COM

In the early 1930s, the owners of Stroh Brewery commissioned well-respected naval architect Ned Purdy to design a fast and stylish express commuter. However, the Stroh family decided not to have it built and the design was put aside for 40 years. In 1974, the Stroh family decided to have the cruiser built, but the Purdy Boat Company had long since closed its doors. Instead, they commissioned the Staudacher Yacht Company to build their magnificent cruiser as it had been planned four decades earlier. Staudacher, located in Michigan, used modern construction techniques while remaining faithful to the original design, creating a modern version of a classic 1930s Purdy design. This beautifully designed commuter, named Zipper, was donated to the Antique Boat Museum in 1985 by the Stroh family. It has become the flagship of the museum’s in-water fleet. Every season, Zipper provides speedy cruises for hundreds of delighted passengers, gliding effortlessly through the water to a wide range of destinations. As a Subchapter T boat under U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the Zipper can carry a maximum of 17 passengers and requires a captain with a 25 GRT Masters upgrade to their Merchant Mariners Credential and Marine Radio Operators Permit. The Museum has a dedicated group of volunteer licensed captains that make the operation of Zipper possible. —Rebecca Hopfinger and Molly Wright, Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York

P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F T H E A N T I Q U E B OAT M U S E U M

1974 Express Commuter.


Get a GEICO quote for your boat and, in just 15 minutes, you’ll know how much you could be saving. If you like what you hear, you can buy your policy right on the spot. Then let us do the rest while you enjoy your free time with peace of mind. geico.com/boat | 1-800-865-4846

Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states, in all GEICO companies, or in all situations. Boat and PWC coverages are underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company. In the state of CA, program provided through Boat Association Insurance Services, license #0H87086. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, DC 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. © 2020 GEICO 20_206641



ADVE RTISE I N

CALL 800-331-0132 FOR MORE INFORMATION