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from the helm June 2011 Volume LXV, No. 6

The “Great” Great Lakes

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henever I get into discussions regarding the size of the Great Lakes, I have to go to comparisons. Example: The state of Florida would fit into Lake Michigan. A slight exaggeration, but not that far off. Or, the Great Lakes in aggregate take up the same amount of space as all of Western Europe. When viewed from space, the Great Lakes are one of the most prominent features on Planet Earth. The lakes also contain almost a third of the fresh water on the planet. The shoreline of all five lakes combined equals 10,210 miles, which amounts to more than the entire east and west coasts of the United States put together. The enormity of the Great Lakes is difficult to comprehend. One day a couple of years ago, I was cruising across the mouth of Traverse Bay. I knew that due to my chart—there were no reference points to be seen—I thought to myself, “Here I am in the middle of America, well into a bay, with

editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Senior editor: Dave Mull Editors-at-large: Heather Steinberger & Roland Schultz Field editor: Tom Thompson Creative staff Art director/production manager: Brook Poplawski Creative consultant: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Chris Caswell, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Tom Horn, Forest Johnson, Chris Lupton, Zuzana Prochazka, Marty Richardson, Mike Roemer, Richard Steinberger, Mark Stevens, Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace, Chris Winters

no life or land visible. I could be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.” I’m not really a numbers guy, as you might have figured out if you looked up the actual acreage of Florida and Lake Michigan —42.1 million and 14.3 million acres respectively; maybe more than a slight exaggeration that the state would fit into the lake. But still, these basin stats are impressive (see below). The lakes are enormous. That’s a lot of fresh water for us to enjoy—and protect.

Lake Michigan Length .......................307 mi. Breadth .....................118 mi. Average depth ........279 ft. Maximum depth ......925 ft. Volume ......................1,118 cu. mi. Shoreline length .....1,678 mi. Surface area ............22,300 sq. mi.

Lake huron Length ......................206 mi. Breadth ....................183 mi. Average Depth .......195 ft. Maximum depth ......750 ft. Volume ......................849 cu. mi. Shoreline length .....3,830 mi. Surface area ............23,000 sq. mi.

Lake Superior Length ......................350 mi. Breadth .....................160 mi. Average depth ........489 ft. Maximum depth ......1,333 ft. Volume ...................... 2,935 cu. mi. Shoreline length .....2,730 mi. Surface Area ...........31,700 mi.

Lake erie Length .......................241 mi. Breadth .....................57 mi. Average Depth ........62 ft. Maximum Depth......210 ft. Volume .....................116 cu. mi. Shoreline length .....871 mi. Surface area ............9,910 sq. mi.

Lake ontario Length ......................193 mi. Breadth .....................53 mi. Average Depth .......283 ft. Maximum Depth......802 ft. Volume ......................393 cu. mi. Shoreline length .....712 mi. Surface area ............7,340 sq. mi.

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mail call Taxed to the max I read “Taxing Times” written by Dave Wallace (November/December 2010, p. 12) to see what he had to say about government taxation. He has it right when he said every lawmaker at every level is seeking “… newer and better ways of raising money.” I am also one of your readers and a boater that remembers all those creative ways the federal government either proposed or actually passed taxes to go after boaters they perceive as “fat cats.” But I really like Dave’s creativity and humor by suggesting a non-boaters’ tax for those who benefit from the Great Lakes but don’t own a boat. Might sell more boats. You got me thinking, Dave! Van W. Snider, Jr., CAE Retired president, Michigan Boating Industries Association Van Snider’s supportive letter leaves me with mixed emotions. First, it reminded me of other anti-boater issues, including removal of the income tax break of claiming a live-aboard boat as a second home. Then there’s the local harassment over state tax stickers. A friend of mine who is a regular slip holder at a Michigan marina has an Illinois sticker to reflect his legal residence. His encounters with the local sheriff’s patrol are as regular as the sunrise. In my case, a boat purchased in Erie, Pennsylvania, managed to go for three sticker-free years before the law noticed. Nothing spoils a fine sail like the flash of blue lights off your stern. While I appreciate Van’s kind words about my work, he could set a trend that threatens to ruin my reputation as a troublemaker. Nevertheless, keep on thinking, Van—and write if you get an inspiration I can twist into a fantasy worth publishing. — Dave Wallace

Gear fix

In your Gear Guru column in the May 2011 issue (“Safety at Sea” p. 16), you had a write-up on a new Mustang Membrane Inflatable life jacket priced at $90 to $100. A call to Mustang said the jacket was not yet available and the price for the auto inflatable would be $150. Do you have a source where I could buy the auto inflatable for $100? Great magazine! Craig Murchison Midland, MI

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Hi Craig. Thanks for writing! Indeed, we have a source for you. The Mustang MIT Inflatable life jacket is currently for sale through Landfall Navigation, landfallnavigation.com. The price for the manual version is $85, and the automatic is $99. — LB

Missing in action The June 2010 issue of Lakeland Boating contained an article by Mark Corke titled “See and be Seen” (Corke Board, p. 10). In this piece, the following statement appeared: “If you have a radar set operating, you’ll show up very well on another boat’s radar receiver, so it pays to always turn your set on.” I fail to understand how your vessel’s presence will be amplified on another ship’s radar (receiver) simply by having your ship’s radar set operating. In other words, how can one ship’s image be amplified on another ship’s screen (receiver) by having its scanner operating? Am I missing something here? By the way, I just finished reading the February 2011 issue of Lakeland Boating, and found the text, contents, quality and mix of articles to be the best ever. Absolutely superb. Congrats! Lincoln W. North, editor Great Lakes Grand Banks Association Newsletter Derek Martin, NMEA-accredited radar installer, Purdue University electrical and computer engineering grad and all-around brilliant boat rigger who works for Calumet Marine in Calumet City, Illinois, says you’re correct, Lincoln. Whereas it seems logical that radar signals transmitted from one boat would be picked up by another radar dish, Martin says, radar units are designed specifically not to receive signals from other radar. Martin explains: “Radar sends out a spectrum of frequencies that hit an object and reflect the signal back, showing how far away that object is. If a boat with radar was next to a buoy and another boat could read that radar signal, it might not be able to see the buoy.” Good catch, and thanks for the compliment. — LB

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

Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay pose with Bella, an 18-month-old Great Dane, shortly before she is handed over to the St. Clair County Animal Society March 17, 2011. She was returned to her owners in Sarnia, Ontario, after being missing nearly 48 hours. She was found wandering the ice more than 8 miles from her home.

04/06 Man, Dog Rescued Kettle Point, ONT A USCG helo crew from A/S Detroit rescued a Canadian man and his dog after they became surrounded by ice while canoeing in a river near Kettle Point, Ontario. Personnel from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, requested assistance from USCG around 19:45, after Ken Glendining, 57, of Port Franks, Ontario, used his cell phone to call for help. The CCG ship Samuel Risley was en route, but had a roughly two-and-a-half-hour transit to Glendining. When the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helo crew arrived, it attempted to hoist Glendining and his dog, Grace, using the aircraft’s rescue basket, but chunks of ice from the river were getting caught in the basket, submerging it in the water. Instead, the flight mechanic lowered the rescue swimmer to hoist Glendining with the aircraft’s rescue sling. Glendining held Grace as the three of them were hoisted into the helicopter. The aircrew transported Glendining, who was reportedly showing onset of hypothermia, to EMTs awaiting in Sarnia, Ontario, at about 21:45. He reportedly declined medical treatment. case closed 04/09 Canoeists Stranded Buffalo, NY An ice rescue team from USCG Station Buffalo, New York, assisted two men after their canoe was beset by ice near Times Beach in Buffalo Outer Harbor. The reporting source was a USCG civilian employee on his way to work. Paul Angelillo, a watchstander at the USCG Sector Buffalo Command Center was driving to work at about 16:30 when he saw the two men attempting to paddle into a boat slip. Personnel from Station Buffalo arrived on scene and deployed their ice-rescue skiff. They assisted the two men onto the breakwall. Neither man required medical assistance. case closed 04/12 Boat Capsized, Three Rescued Stevensville, MI A USCG boatcrew from Station St. Joseph, Michigan, rescued three people whose boat capsized in Lake Michigan. Rescued were: Seth Kulpinski, 36, and Chad Witt, 28, of Three Rivers, Michigan; and Jake Rolan, 24, of Marcellus, Michigan. Kulpinski, Rolan and Witt used a VHF-FM radio to call for help, but after their initial mayday calls went unanswered, they used a cell phone to call 911. They were only able to relay the first line of their GPS position when dispatchers lost contact. Crews from Station St. Joseph just returned from training on their 25-foot RB-S and 47-foot MLB when 911 dispatchers notified them of the accident. Since the boatcrews didn’t have a precise location, they split up to search two different areas. The RB-S crew found the men on top of their capsized boat about 800 yards off Glenlord Beach in Stevensville, Michigan, at 12:01. The boatcrew brought the men aboard and transported them to awaiting EMTs on shore. The EMTs treated all three men for hypothermia before releasing them. case closed r

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Calendar of Events June 3 – 5 Bay Mills International Walleye Tournament Brimley, MI | aimfishing.com Port Washington Pirate Festival Port Washington, WI portpiratefestival.com June 4 ACBS North Coast Ohio Rendezvous Akron, OH northcoastohio.org Marine Memorabilia Flea Market Port Huron, MI | 810-982-0891 Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show Spring Lake, MI | 616-402-3489 June 5 – 11 Heritage Days Fish Creek, WI | fishcreekheritagedays.org

June 9 – 12 Phlocking of the Phaithful Put-in-Bay, OH phlocking.com

June 10 – 19 Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island Mackinac Island, MI mackincislandlilacfestival.org

Steel Bridge Songfest Sturgeon Bay, WI steelbridgesongfest.org

June 11 Blossom Festival Sister Bay, WI sisterbaytourism.com

Waterfront Film Festival Saugatuck, MI waterfrontfilm.org June 9 – Oct. 16 Sleeping Bear Dunes Boat Cruises Frankfort, MI sleepingbeardunescruise.com June 10 – 12 Door County Lighthouse Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI dcmm.org

Leland Food & Wine Festival Leland, MI | lelandmi.com Paddle Fest Fish Creek, WI kayakdoorcounty.com June 11 – 12 Big Mac Shoreline Spring Scenic Bike Tour Mackinaw City, MI | mackinawchamber.com Mackinaw Maritime Festival Mackinaw City, MI mackinawmaritimefestival.org June 12 Spring Fair Meldrum Bay, ON glcclub.com/spring-fair-meldrum-bay June 14 – 30 Lighthouse Excursions Mackinaw City, MI | gllka.com June 16 Taste of the Great Lakes Chicago, IL | greatlakes.org June 17 – 19 Bay Harbor In-Water Boat Show Bay Harbor, MI | bayharbor.com Fry Bal Festival Ephraim, WI | Ephraim-doorcounty.com Splash-In on the Bay Grand Marais, MI grandmaraismichigan.com Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event Door County, WI washingtonislandcanoeandkayakevent.com

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scuttlebutt June 17 – 18 Antiques on the Bay Vintage Car & Truck Show St. Ignace, MI | stignace.com Nautical Mile Summer Kick Off St. Clair Shores, MI | nauticalmile.org Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show Presque Isle, MI presqueisleharborwoodenboatshow.com June 18 Antique Boats on the Canal Millersport, OH acbs.org/eventcalendar.html Classic & Vintage Boat Show White Bear Lake, MN | explorewhitebear.org Classic Boat & Small Craft Festival South Haven, MI michiganmaritimemuseum.org/events/ Eagle River Antique & Classic Boat Show Eagle River, WI wistravel.com

Port Clinton to Mackinac Solo Challenge Chicago, IL and Port Huron, OH solosailor.org

Parade of Ponds Door County, WI paradeofpondsdoorcounty.com

June 18 – 26 Cleveland Race Week Cleveland, OH | ewyc.net/CRW2011/

Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show Akron, OH | northcoastohio.org

June 19 Father’s Day St. Marys River Cruise DeTour Village, MI drlps.com/events/RiverCruise.aspx

June 25 – 26 Antique and Classic Boat Show Algonac, MI acbs.org/eventcalendar.html

June 23 – 25 St. Ignace Auto Show St. Ignace, MI | stignace.com

Grand Marais Offshore Challenge Grand Marais, MI grandmaraismichigan.com

June 24 – 26 Olde Ellison Bay Days Ellison Bay, WI | 920-854-5448

Little Sturgeon Days Sturgeon Bay, WI littlesturgeonwi.com

Thompson Antique & Classic Boat Rally Marinette, WI acbs.org/eventcalendar.html

Mackinaw City Arts and Crafts Show Mackinaw City, MI | mackinawcity.com

June 25 Vintage Car & Boat Festival Bay Harbor, MI | bayharbor.com

June 29 – July 3 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI summerfest.com

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Carefree Cruising

Ease your mind out on the water. by z uzana prochaz ka

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Cobra Marine MR F300 BT Remote VHF Mic

Let your VHF remote microphone multi-task while you’re passagemaking. Cobra Marine’s MR F300 BT keeps you in touch and entertained in ways other VHF radios do not. With MicroBlue technology, the MR F300 BT waterproof handset with Bluetooth wireless technology transmits not only radio calls, but also phone calls—and now it’ll stream music from your smartphone, too. The MR F300 BT has a noisecancelling microphone for clear radio calls and will enable you to answer your Apple, Blackberry or Android phone and have a conversation via the handheld while your phone is safely shielded from the elements—and from potentially taking a dip. The MR F300 BT is submersible to three feet for a half hour and features a large illuminated display for quick caller identification. The call log lists up to 50 incoming, outgoing or missed calls and has a 50-number phone book for your contacts. The handheld has caller ID and last number redial functions, and it can be paired with up to eight cell phones, allowing one phone at a time to communicate. Future software upgrades are made via the USB drive. The mic connects to a 12-volt system through a waterproof plug that can be installed or has an optional adapter so you can move it from boat to boat, or even from your boat to your vehicle. That’s a lot of communications functionality for just under $100! cobra.com

Spiroll Chafe Guards

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There’s nothing like arriving at a new marina with angry surge that ultimately chafes through your docklines in short order due to the movement. Traditional, jury-rigged, anti-chafing solutions include sewing on fire hose and taping on garden hose; or you added those fuzzy chafe guards that slip, move and generally end up where you don’t need them, or, worse yet, in the drink. But fear not; Spiroll has engineered a truly unique answer to this age-old problem. Spiroll Chafe Guards are lengths of polyurethane wrap that cling to the line for a snug fit and won’t shift or wear out. Spirolls resist dirt build-up, won’t streak or mark your deck and will last longer in the sun than other chafing gear. You can cut them with scissors to the length desired, and since they’re not sewn on, they can be moved along the line or even removed and reused. Two sizes are available: Small (for 5/16" to 5/8" line) and large (for 3/4" to 1" line). The small size comes in a pack of two for $14.90, and a single large size is $14.90. spirolls.com

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xantrex TRUECharge2

Never fear a low power signal from your smartphone battery, even while on your boat. Xantrex, a company that develops large shipboard chargers and inverters, has created a pocket-size USB charger that will help keep your smartphone and other devices charged up while underway. The Xantrex TRUECharge2 is a 12-volt USB charger that is 2" long and 1" wide. It will charge cameras, phones, MP3 players and more. Just insert it into a 12-volt socket on your boat, and 0.75 amps will quickly charge your small digital devices. You can even power up in your car while driving on the way to the dock. The TRUECharge2 is smaller than many other 12-volt USB chargers and will fit inside your pocket. You can leave it plugged in when not in use, and an LED light will illuminate when it’s plugged in so you know it’s getting power. For only $10, make sure you’re never out of touch or without music with this handy little charger. xantrex.com 12 LAKELANDBOATING.COM j u n e 2 011

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


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Electronics Roundup

The latest and greatest from this years’ boat shows. by tom thom pson

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arine electronics makers have been busy showing off an exciting array of new toys for you to take on the water this summer. In addition to offering innovative technology, they’re also putting more in the box than you’d expect. Here are some highlights:

Standard Horizon Standard Horizon offers an outstanding value package in its new chartplotters. The CP190, 390 and 590 come ready right out of the box with built-in C-MAP by Jeppesen coastal navigation charts that include detailed coverage of the Great Lakes and Canada. They include bottom contours and spot soundings to 30 meters, nav-aids and port information. The plotters have 5-, 7and 12-inch screens. The 7-inch CPN700i and 10.2-inch CPN1010i chartplotters also include C-MAP charts and add built-in Wi-Fi, multimedia capability, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. STANDARDHORIZON.COM

Raymarine Raymarine’s E and G series multifunction displays now communicate with smartphones and tablets. Navionics Mobile with Plotter Sync lets you transfer data—such as waypoints, fishing spots and route plans—via a Wi-Fi connection to your onboard Raymarine unit. The app is available through the iTunes store for Apple devices. RAYMARINE.COM/ PLOTTERSYNC

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B&G introduced a pair of new multifunction displays designed specifically for sailboaters. The 7- and 10.2-inch Zeus system models not only offer full integration with GPS, radar, AIS and onboard entertainment, but also deliver sailing-specific navigation functionality. The units provide GRIB weather file display and animation, along with true wind speed and direction and barometric pressure. Scroll through forecasts to plan a trip according to weather conditions. BANDG.COM

Simrad Yachting Simrad announced its next-gen sonar system: The Simrad BSM2 Broadband Sounder module. It uses a compressed, high intensity radar pulse, or CHIRP, that varies in frequency. It claims to deliver as much as five times greater target resolution compared with other sounders, along with the ability to return a clear signal from as deep as 10,000 feet. Screen shots are available on the Simrad website. SIMRAD-YACHTING.COM

Garmin & Volvo Penta Garmin and Volvo Penta recently announced a strategic alliance to develop and market instrumentation and communications equipment, such as the recently introduced GHP 10V autopilot made for the Volvo IPS drive system. The first products are expected next year. Garmin also introduced a full-function wireless remote handset to use with its VHF 200 and VHF 300 series radios. GARMIN.COM, VOLVOPENTA.COM

Nauticomp Navigation display maker Nauticomp has been putting on a very impressive demonstration at this years’ boat shows. The company submerged one of its units in a fish tank to show how well it stands up to the harsh marine environment. Nauticomp displays are designed for and tested to an IP67 rating, according to company president Ryan Moore. The number “6” indicates the unit is completely protected from dust ingress, and “7” means the unit is submersible to a depth of one meter for one minute. If you missed the demo at a show, check it out online. NAUTICOMP.COM/PRODUCT-VIDEOS r


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Plotting Your Course Get the most out of your chartplotter. BY MAR K COR KE

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hen I first started boating, Global Positioning System (GPS) units and chartplotters were the stuff of science fiction fantasy. Now, however, it seems even the smallest boat has some sort of electronic navigation aid. These devices, most commonly referred to as “chartplotters,” have earned something of a misnomer. Most would correctly be referred to as “multi-function displays,” as they are capable of displaying much more than just the boat’s position. As a navigation tool, a multi-function display or chartplotter has a lot going for it. An electronic chart is stored in the unit either on a separate flash card or built into the machine’s memory. Also built in is a GPS receiver, which sees satellites circling above Earth, and from these the receiving unit in the chartplotter is able to ascertain the position of the boat to which it is fitted.

Functionality A chartplotter basically performs four functions: It tells you where you are; relays the speed and direction that you are headed; lets you know where you have been; and provides you with points of navigational interest. Getting the most out of your plotter relies on your skill as the operator. The plotter will typically display the boat’s current position as a small legend or cursor arrow on the chart. This is similar to working out your position using a sextant or other plotting instrument. It helps to think of the chartplotter as a paper chart or map, which, when laid out on the chart table, enables you to survey the route you’ll be taking. You can do this with a chartplotter by moving the cursor across the screen and placing waypoints to create a course to steer. Another useful feature most plotters have is the “track” function. This feature can be useful if you enter an unfamiliar harbor during the day, but know that you will be leaving sometime after dark. With the track

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

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function, you can easily retrace your steps to remain clear of obstructions. Just remember: It is up to the helmsman to always keep a sharp lookout.

Raster vs. vector An electronic chart can be one of two differing types: A “raster” chart or a “vector” chart. A raster chart is an electronic version of a paper chart (think of it as a scan or photograph of a traditional chart, which is displayed on a screen). A vector chart, on the other hand, is a true electronic version of a chart. It can provide much more information for the user and is the most common form of electronic chart. For example, moving the cursor over a buoy on a vector chart will give the user specific information about that particular object. The only downside? Cost. Vector charts are typically more expensive than raster charts.

Aid to navigation A chartplotter is merely an aid to navigation. There have been spectacular incidents where boats have headed for a point on a chart only to run aground or into a breakwater at 20 knots. Electronic charts make no allowance for set and drift and only give the “straight” line (also known as the rhumb line) course between two points. Example: If a sailboat was heading from one side of Lake Michigan to the other and there was a strong southerly wind, the GPS will not make allowance for the fact that the boat should steer slightly south of the rhumb line to stay on course.

Practice makes perfect Perfecting use of your chartplotter takes practice. Practice and, of course, reading the manual that comes with the device. One of the best ways to get to know your chartplotter’s capabilities is to play with it at the dock. This way, you can take your time in a non-stressful environment. Then, when you need to use the chartplotter in earnest, you’ll be able to do it almost automatically. 

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Cruising Comforts Enjoy your time aboard safely and in style with these helpful ideas.

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> GET A GRIP

As iPads provide handy internet access for boat pilots, the new

If you plan to be out for a long day of cruising, wearing comfortable

RingO Universal Mounting System serves as an easy way to

shoes should be at the top of your “must-do” list. The lightweight,

keep the devices safe and viewable at the helm station. The

slip-on “Angler” is a hand-swen, moccasin-style boat shoe in

RingO’s precision-engineered aluminum ring simply and securely

Rugged Shark’s Bill Dance signature line of footwear. Foot support

snaps onto the tablet mount. Suggested retail price for the

without pressure points and deep-cushioned Phylon mid-soles make

RingO is $69.99 to $119.99. VOGELS.COM

them super comfy. Trademarked Shark Grip outsoles keep your feet

RING AROUND THE IPAD

glued to the deck. Retail price is $90. RUGGEDSHARK.COM

> JUST IN CASE Regrettably, emergencies happen; and when they do, it’s best to be prepared. The RescueMax Inflatable ManOverBoard Rescue System from Revere is the perfect item to stow aboard for those just-in-case scenarios. The system comes with a bag and 115 feet of line, which takes up much less space than a conventional ring buoy. Inflation is manual or automatic. Cost is $99.99. DEFENDER.COM

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KEEP IT TOGETHER

Don’t let your cupholders get earmarked as storage for your cell phone, sunglasses, wallet or tube of suntan lotion. The First Mate Organizer is designed to hold all that stray boating stuff, hanging easily from a rail, carpet

> WIFI WHEREVER Keep a solid internet connection with The Rogue Wave WiFi extender

(it has a Velcro strip on the back) or with suction cups (included). When you head

from Land and Sea WiFi. The device is

for home, attach the canvas strap (also included) and voilà—instantly transform

a compact, wireless bridge and Ethernet

the First Mate into a nifty little tote. Eight-pouch versions are $29.99; six-pouch

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Hatteras GT63 This ain’t your granddaddy’s sportfishing boat. by ch r i s caswe ll

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It wasn’t long ago that you couldn’t use the words “luxury” and “sportfisher” in the same sentence. It might have been a felony in some Southern states, and it was certainly a misdemeanor anywhere else. Sportfishing convertibles were exactly what the phrase described: Boats designed for sportfishing that might barely be convertible to some other boating use. But not really. Sportfishers were about a bunch of guys, rods and reels, and weekends spent chasing fish. After the weekend, you could hose out the beer cans and potato chips from the interior and not worry about any damage. With the Hatteras GT63, this legendary builder puts the final nail in the coffin of that old myth. The 63 may

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have all the traits of a true sportfishing warwagon, from the long, long foredeck to an aggressive bow flare to a huge cockpit, but when you step away from the fishing label, this is a great family cruising yacht, too. Ask yourself how you really use your boat, and you’ll see how the Hatteras 63 meets your needs. Well, you say, we take friends for a spin on weekends. Great! The 63 has an immense flybridge that can be opened for fresh air and enclosed for all-weather boating. But we also enjoy swimming and fishing, you add. The big water-level cockpit makes it easy to get into the water or out of the tender, and when it comes to fishing, well, that’s what the 63 is all about.


boat test The Hatteras GT63’s salon is perfect for entertaining, with plenty of room to hang out as a family and watch movies on the 42-inch TV, or observe the master chef on board perparing a scrumptuous meal in the well-equipped galley.

Of course, you point out, we like to be together as a family and weekend on the boat, too. Perfect! Everyone can gather in the big salon to watch movies or join in when the family chef is making dinner. And when it comes to overnighting, the Hatteras 63 has three and four stateroom layouts that are ever so civilized. Let’s start on the bridge. There are no fewer than three choices when it comes to this area. The traditional tournament layout puts a helm console on the centerline with a pair of pedestal chairs for skipper and companion, and two long settées on each side. These are really clever, because each has backrests that allow you to stretch out and face either forward or aft. PHOTO BY CHrIs LuPTON

A second choice has the helm offset to port, which creates a curved seating area forward and a settée to starboard. Both of these choices can be enclosed with Strataglass for climate control. The last is a fully enclosed bridge, which moves the helm forward between a pair of companion bench seats. There is a raised L-shaped settée with table aft, and a wetbar with fridge/icemaker. Like the others, this is fully air-conditioned and heated. Then there is the cockpit, which is large enough for a fighting chair if you want to chase big fish, and also large enough for several chaises if you’d rather chase a tan. Up two steps and looking aft is a wide couch, either 21 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


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for watching your baits astern or keeping an eye on the kids in the water. The salon, oh, the salon. I was struck by two thoughts when I stepped into the luxe enclave. First, that the supple leather couch had been stolen from a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club, because it was richly upholstered with brass trim. Next, that the galley was designed by a gourmet chef with an unlimited budget. 22 LAKELANDBOATING.COM j u n e 2 011

Though all the furniture appears to be free-standing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all built-in. There is a big dinette to port, and a 42-inch TV is tucked in a cabinet to starboard, transforming the salon into a media room with Bose SurroundSound. The galley, which seems to have acres of granite, has a center island with two stools for casual meals, and the amenities include a Miele four-burner cooktop and six SubZero fridge/freezer drawers under the counters. The arrangement and number of staterooms is up to the buyer, and our test boat had the standard four-stateroom, three-head layout. This would be my choice, since it provides comfortable accommodations for two couples and two sets of kids. In this case, a VIP cabin is forward, with a private ensuite head and shower, two large hanging lockers and drawers under the queen-sized berth. Hatteras made good use of space, creating eye-level lockers and even flip-top compartments in the nightstands. Set amidships, the master suite also has a queen-sized berth with space to walk around, two nightstands and


The GT63 allows for three different configurations on the bridge. The cockpit can accommodate a fighting chair built for a king, or several chaise lounges if your preference is catching the sun’s rays over catching fish (opposite). The master suite’s private head is adorned with granite countertop, coordinating backsplash and a full-size shower stall (right).

a padded headboard. The private head is comfortably sized with a seat in the stall shower and granite counters. Filling the port side are two more guest cabins, separated by the day head, also with shower. Each cabin has a fixed single berth with a Pullman-style upper that folds down to create a settée. A separate washer and dryer are hidden in the passageway for easy access. Another option converts the after guest cabin into an office with desk and computer station for those who just can’t leave work at the office. On the other hand, this mini-office might allow you to stretch your weekends on the water, in which case it’s a good choice. Our test boat had the satin-finished cherry interior that gives off a warm glow, and a more traditional mahogany also is available. Of note is the detailed joinerwork, with wainscoting in the master suite and raised panel styling on all doors and lockers. But even with all this natural wood, the salon is bright and airy, and that’s because the windows are immense. Not only are they large, but Hatteras has mounted them without the usual spaceconsuming soffits, which gains inches of room. Facing aft, a huge window overlooking the cockpit is next to the electric sliding door. As you might expect from a yacht designed to chase gamefish across the world’s oceans, the Hatteras GT63 is no slouch. Power options for the twin Caterpillar C32 diesels range from 1600-hp to 1900-hp. Of course, Hatteras has kept the GT63 on a diet by using resin infusion in the solid fiberglass hull bottom, with PVC foam coring in the topsides and superstructure. I liked the integral fiberglass fuel tanks, too. An Onan 21.5kW genset is standard, and the 63 comes with a long list of standard equipment ranging from Glendinning shore cords to Fortress anchor. Underway, the Hatteras GT63 is, to use a technical term, damn quick. With the mid-sized engines, we saw more than 40 knots with the hammers down, which, when pushing 102,000 pounds of cherry and leather and luxury along, is a testament to the slippery hull. Even better, we were running in four-foot seas and throwing spray across state lines; but the ride was never uncomfortable, and not a drop of spray came back to the bridge windows. Backing off to 1900 rpm, we had an engine-happy 36-knot cruise, which eats up the miles quickly. She may have been built as a world-class sportfishing machine, but the Hatteras GT63 is equally good as the family boat, too. Whether your passion is for trophy-sized marlin or a plate of Mackinac Island fudge, this Hatteras will get you there in style. r PHOTOs COurTEsy Of HATTErAs yACHTs (LEfT) CHrIs LuPTON (rIGHT)

Hatteras Yachts GT63 As Equipped Standard 4 stateroom / 3 head layout; raised panel cherry cabinetry throughout (satin finish); solid fiberglass, resin-infused hull bottom; integral fiberglass fuel tank; two 240-volt, 50-amp, shore cords; AC and DC LED lights and fixtures; AC duplex outlets w/ ground fault protection; center console helm station w/ twin captain’s chairs; flybridge systems monitor with programmable logic controller; 173 sq. ft. cockpit w/ mezzanine seating; three drawer bait and tackle center w/ cutting board and gaff storage; 8.0 cubic ft. bait freezer; insulated storage box in mezzanine; two 60-in. fish boxes w/ macerator, flush in deck; optional live bait well in transom.

Specifications LOA: 63'10" LOA w/Bow Pulpit: 66'11" Beam: 20' Draft: 5' Freshwater Capacity: 300 gals. Fuel Capacity: 1,900 gals. Weight Displacement: 102,000 lbs. Power: T-CAT C32A diesel engines 1900-hp Base MSRP: $2,948,000 ($3,195,000 as tested) hatterasyachts.com

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Back Cove 30

“Balance” is the operative word for this beauty. by dave m u ll

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Specifications LOA: 30'6" Beam: 11'2" Draft: 2.6' Weight (Est.): 12,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 160 gals. Water Capacity: 60 gals. Standard Power: Yanmar 315-hp backcoveyachts.com

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n a word, the Back Cove 30 is beautiful. We can add that she’s also functional, comfortable, dry and inexpensive to operate. “It was imperative for us to deliver ‘more boat’ to our owners, and to balance that with optimal efficiency of operation and maintenance,” says Kevin Burns, head designer for Rockland, Maine-based Back Cove Yachts. “In fact, I feel that the most important feature of the Back Cove 30 is its state of balance: Balance between the proportions and performance, balance between social spaces and private ones, balance between classic looks and modern details.” With its Maine lobster boat looks, the Back Cove 30 touts a single diesel engine/bow thruster combination. Standard power is a 315-hp Yanmar, with other options from Cummins and Volvo. The 315-hp Yanmar features fuel injection and is surprisingly quiet. Company testing achieved 26 knots top speed with this standard engine. A stat that’s bound to grab the attention of long-range cruisers is fuel efficiency at lower speeds. At 1200 rpm, the boat moved at 6.6 knots while burning 1 gallon per hour; with its 160-gallon fuel tank full, the range would be 835 nautical miles. Drop the RPMs down to 1000, and you get 5 knots and 1200 nautical miles. At wide-open throttle and 26 knots, the Back Cove 30 still gets 1.6 nautical miles per gallon and has a range of 226 miles. The Back Cove 30’s hull is vee-style, with downward turning chines forward, which allows the boat to get on

plane easily. To keep passengers dry, secondary spray rails and a flared bow throw water down and away from the hull. Aft, the hull turns to a 16-degree deadrise, and her single propeller runs in a shallow pocket to reduce draft and running angle. A slight tumblehome in her aft topside sections and her signature spoon-shaped bow add elegance to her profile. The reverse transom is handsome and practical, adding useable space to her deep swim platform. Aft and to starboard is the galley with its stainless steel sink, alcohol/electric stove, microwave oven, AC/DC fridge and several drawers and lockers for storage. The Back Cove 30 offers a practical vee-berth layout. When not used for sleeping, two seatback cushions move to form a comfortable seating arrangement around her inlaid cherry wood table. Ample storage is below the berth and in the many drawers and hanging locker found to port. The boat is built with VIP resin infusion technology that creates stronger, lighter parts and fewer emissions. Her interior is crafted with American cherry. “This boat can be very social when the occasion warrants, yet cozy enough for a couple to enjoy a short sunset trip or weekend cruise and still feel connected to the water,” says designer Burns. “It is quieter, it is efficient, but it also had to be pretty—we like our owners to want to spend an extra minute or two gazing at their boat before they head home from a weekend aboard.” Mission, no doubt, accomplished. Base price on the Back Cove 30 with Yanmar 315-hp engine is $209,000 r


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Monterey Boats 328SS

Customize to your heart’s content. by tom thom pson

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onterey Boats is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new model that’s loaded with standard features, plus an impressive choice of optional graphics packages. You can customize a 328SS that’s bound to be the most unique boat in your marina. At 32-feet, 6-inches in length, this twin engine bowrider is a combination of style and performance that’s sure to turn heads on the water. Step aboard the swim platform of the 328SS, and the first thing you see is Monterey’s exclusive articulating sun island. It lets you set up for seven different seating and lounging configurations, from a flat deck to a bench. There’s also a large storage compartment beneath. A transom shower with hot and cold water is standard. The 328SS cockpit has a wet bar to starboard with a solid-surface countertop, sink and refrigerator, as well as a carry-on, 25-quart cooler (standard). An optional grill is available, as is a removable cockpit table. The helm is immediately forward and features a dark gray console with chrome-finished gauges. The tilt steering wheel is leather-wrapped with chrome spokes. There’s space for an optional Raymarine E90 widescreen chartplotter immediately forward of the steering wheel. The helm seat has flip-up thigh support and a fold-down arm rest, with a storage compartment beneath. An aft-facing chaise lounge complete with contoured backrest is to port. The radar arch with overhead lighting is standard, as is a Bimini top with front and side curtains.

The best seats aboard the 328SS are at the bow. Monterey allows for a choice of seating with removable cushions. You can have a lounge seat along either side to stretch your legs, or conventional seats for four people with their feet on the deck. Room is available for an optional, removable table here, too. Either way, you’ve got a front-row seat to the audio system. A pair of speakers is mounted under the gunwales. The 328SS has a couple of surprises below. (Yes, there’s a below deck to this boat!) Along the port side, you’ll find a cozy cabin that sleeps two. Also inside, there’s a sound system complete with AM/FM and Sirius Satellite radio, CD player and an MP3 or iPod adaptor. There’s a standard microwave oven, too. Under the helm console, along the starboard side there’s a head with Vacu-flush toilet and a sink with hot and cold water Additional options include an anchor windlass, remote controlled spotlight, underwater LED lights, cockpit carpeting and a CD changer. Standard engines on the 328SS are Volvo’s 270-horsepower 5.0 GXiC EVC with Duoprop. These engines will top out at more than 50 mph. Joystick control is optional. Monterey offers a wide range of choices for either Mercury or Volvo Penta engines, from 260- to 430-hp in twin configuration. Base price on the Monterey 328SS, including standard Volvo Penta engines is $179,791. r

Specifications LOA w/swim platform: 32'2" Beam: 9'8" Draft (Up): 27" Draft (Down): 39" Weight (Dry): 9,700 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 142 gals. Water Capacity: 25 gals. Standard Power: Volvo T-270HP 5.0 GXiC EVC DP montereyboats.com

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Vicem 54 Bahama Bay The yacht for yachtsmen. by dave m u ll

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Specifications LOA: 59'6" Beam: 16'7" Draft: 4'3" Weight:. 60,600 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 635 gals. Water Capacity: 265 gals. Power: T-Volvo IPS900 700-hp vicemyacht.com

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ne of the things you should know about Vicem is that it rhymes with “reach ’em,” as in “I wanted to invite the Boddingtons over for cocktails, but I couldn’t reach ’em.” And if you were inviting the Boddingtons to a soiree aboard the new Vicem 54 Bahama Bay and couldn’t reach ’em, the Boddingtons would be disappointed indeed. This yacht merges the company’s renowned, classic Down East styling with the latest cutting edge technologies of Volvo IPS engines. This model was the Turkish boatbuilder’s first yacht designed from the keel up around Volvo-Penta’s IPS drives, which means it’s a perfect marriage of Vicem’s cold-molded mahogany hull and the most extraordinary power plants of the 21st century. Much has been said and written about the Volvo-Penta IPS drives since they were introduced way back in 2005—and all of it has been good. These drives have forward-facing propellers that improve maneuverability while reducing fuel consumption, even at top speed. Use the IPS system’s joystick to dock and ease the big ship safely around in tight marina spaces. The IPS drives are designed to be placed farther forward on the hull and need a smaller engine room than traditional inboards, which gives designers more latitude in laying out quarters. For instance, the Bahama Bay is one of very few three-cabin, 54-foot yachts to feature a mid-ship master cabin. And this one boasts a king-sized, walk-around

bed. Vicem engineers utilized space so efficiently that the master cabin has ample room for its ensuite head and separate shower. This cabin typifies the warmth of wood finishes found throughout the yacht. Company tests show that a pair of Volvo Penta IPS900 engines (700-hp each) push this beauty at 30 knot, top end, and provide a comfortable cruising speed of 24 knots. While the 54 Bahama Bay’s name doesn’t necessarily call to mind a backdrop of pristine Door County, Wisconsin, it’s still easy to envision this gorgeous yacht there, as Door County is home to the region’s Vicem dealership. “The styling and interior craftsmanship is second to none,” says Russ Forkert, president of Yacht Works Inc. in Sister Bay, Wisconsin (920-854-9090; yachtworks.net), on the Door Peninsula. Although the only 54 Bahama Bay in the United States is in Fort Lauderdale, customers can tour a smaller Vicem sold to a Yacht Works customer, who keeps the boat in the company’s marina. “Customers can get an idea of the craftsmanship, and we can show them the many features of the 54,” says Forkert. “And if they’re serious, we’ll fly them down to Fort Lauderdale to take a look at one.” What really sets this beauty apart from just about everything one sees on the Great Lakes is its styling, which places the helm above an expansive front deck, with an aft cockpit protected from the elements under a hardtop. It is a yacht that any boater can get excited about. No wonder the company’s slogan is “The Yacht for Yachtsmen.” r


name game CANINE CREWMEMBER

BAY BOBBER This is our 2001 Formula 330 Sport. Due to the bright colors and the local “bobbing” water conditions on Lake Michigan, we thought the name would fit well and added the graphics, too! Our home port is Suttons Bay Marina. We always enjoy each issue!

This Yorkshire Terrier is a people magnet. She gets attention from men, women and children at every port of call. Charley has been aboard The Kats Eye II since she was 10 weeks old. She is almost five and loves boating on Lake Erie. Charley enjoys anchoring at Kelleys Island, walking the beach and boardwalk, and floating around in the water with family and friends. She now shares her quarters on board with a new sister, Chloe. They love laying around sunning themselves and going for dinghy rides. Last summer, Charley won Best in Show at the 2nd Annual Dog Show at The Crews Nest on Put-in-Bay. That’s where you’ll find her and Chloe for most of the season, sitting on the front porch, eating popcorn and watching the sunset. See you at the lake! Kurt & Marcia Katterhenry | Wapakoneta, OH

Gary & Jana Vann Suttons Bay, MI

4 R 45TH We’ve been boating in Door County, Wisconsin, for our entire 45 years of marriage. Last year, we bought our most recent boat, a 1987 Sea Ray 270 DA appropriately named 4 R 45th. Karl & Erika May Door County, WI

LUCKY STIFF Since I am a funeral director, a friend suggested this might be an appropriate name for my Rinker 226 Captiva. Bill Higbie Kouts, IN

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Enjoy the breathtaking, laid-back atmosphere of this Central American paradise. BY CH R I S CASWE LL

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floated face down in water as clear as gin and, ahem, I should know. The white sandy bottom was a couple of dozen feet away, but I felt as if I could reach out and touch the sugary powder. I had the eerie feeling that there really was no water: I was supported by invisible threads in mid-air. The only sound was my breathing through the snorkel and, I admit it, my mind drifted wickedly. I thought of the phone calls I’d had in recent days before catching a flight to Belize for a week of bareboat chartering. I’d talked to a good friend in Chicago, who told me the slush on the streets was eight-inches deep, that another storm was due that night, and he was worried about keeping his driveway clear. I talked to a friend in the Northeast, who said it had gotten as high as 11-degrees that afternoon. And I talked to friends in Seattle who hadn’t seen the sun in two months. Here’s a tip: Don’t laugh with a snorkel in your mouth. Yes, things were far better in Belize. The air temperature was in the high 70s, the water temperature was in the

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mid-70s and, frankly, it was hard to tell where one started and the other stopped. Fluffy white clouds drifted past overhead, and the sunsets were spectacular. I think Belize is the way they spell “paradise” in the Western Caribbean. Let’s cut to the chase: Why would you charter a bareboat in Belize? Well, for one thing, because it’s what the Caribbean used to be fifty years ago. Although it shows some stirrings (a superyacht marina is being built in Placencia), it remains as untouched and laid back as when it was a Crown colony known as British Honduras. Most important, however, is that Belize is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll be the first person to put footsteps on most of the beaches, the water is perfect, and the snorkeling is out of this world. Trade winds blow steadily most of the time, so you not only have good sailing but you have natural cooling at anchor. And, speaking of anchoring, you don’t have to race from harbor to harbor just to get a good spot. You may find yourself surprised to see another boat.


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Belize, which is located on the Caribbean side of Central America, remains an unspoiled paradise, characterized by beautiful scenery, even more beautiful temperatures and an undeniable sense of privacy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to feel like you have the place all to yourself.

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Now, for your geography lesson. Most people don’t place Belize within a thousand miles of where it really is, which is on Caribbean side of Central America, tucked under the bulge of Mexico’s Cancun Peninsula and with its southern and western sides pressed against Guatemala. Flying time is just two hours from Miami, and Belize City is served by nonstops from a number of North American hubs. But, in a word, the reason you’ll come to bareboat in Belize is the reef. Stretching for more than 350 miles south from the tip of Cancun and protecting the shore of Belize, the Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest barrier reef (behind Australia) in the world. Scattered behind and around this reef are more than 400 islands and cayes. Many are deserted and look just like your mental picture of a beachcomber’s dream: A few palms, blue-green waters, a perfect sandy islet. In the waters around these islands are more than 500 species of fish, and it is like swimming in an aquarium. Here’s the disclaimer: If your idea of fun is spending your evenings in a marina and going ashore to dine and dance, stop reading right here. If you want cutesy pastel tourist villages with shops selling faux native crafts, well, you’re out of luck. What you will find in Belize, however, is serenity. The serenity that comes from having an anchorage all to yourself. Of swimming from a pristine beach and snorkeling above a huge reef of living coral. Of your kids touching a starfish for the first time and giggling helplessly. Or of just sprawling in the cockpit with a trashy novel, a little Diana Krall gentle in the background, and something rummy and cold in the foreground. There are three major bareboat charter companies in Belize: The Moorings and its sister company, Sunsail, both of which are based in Placencia; and Tortola Marine Management in San Pedro. All offer a range of monohulls PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MOORINGS

and catamarans in sizes to fit your planned crew. For our adventure, we went through The Moorings and reserved a Moorings 4000, a 39-foot catamaran with three staterooms and two heads that was perfect for two couples and some kids. We chose the catamaran not just because it gave us great privacy with the cabins in each corner of the two hulls, and not just because we liked the spacious deck areas, and not just for the springy trampoline at the bow on which we lay to watch the stars at night. We chose it because, by and large, the Belizean waters inside the reef are fairly shallow. With just a three-foot draft, we wouldn’t have to watch the chart as closely as we would with the six-foot or more draft of a monohull. And, because we could navigate thin water, we were able to get close to the beaches and into quiet anchorages. Sailing the waters of Belize doesn’t require the skills necessary for a voyage through, say, the swirling waters and rocks of the Scottish Hebrides; but, on the other hand, you need to pay attention. Most of the charter boats have chartplotters and GPS, all have paper charts and cruising guides, but your primary navigation tools are your eyes. Take polarized sunglasses so you can read the changing colors of the water: Deep water is blue; skinny water is increasingly pale or turquoise.

In the blue-green waters surrounding the islands and cays of Belize, you’ll find more than 500 species of fish. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to swim inside an aquarium, this is the place to explore.

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One unique aspect of bareboat chartering in Belize is that you can cruise the area several times over and never follow the same exact path.

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One interesting option for bareboating in Belize: Choose a one-way charter. This costs extra, but it allows you to mosey through the islands without having to double back. If you’re a qualified scuba diver, you can arrange to rendezvous with one of the many dive shops in Belize that will provide you with tanks and gear, as well as guides to the best diving sites. I won’t bore you with the minute-by-minute details of our charter, because Belize offers a diversity of possible charter itineraries. Unlike the British Virgin Islands, where most charterers depart Tortola and then make a counter-clockwise circuit of the islands, you can cruise Belize several times and never follow the same path. So here are some tasty destinations for you to consider: Wippari Cay—Mooring buoys are usually available and, since this is a just 14 nautical miles from Placencia, a good place for your last (or first) night. The Sea Urchin Bar has great seafood, and there is impressive bonefishing nearby. South Water Cay—About 22 nautical miles from Wippari, this is your introduction to fabulous snorkeling, with a menagerie of brightly colored tropical fish and even the occasional ray. Part of Belize’s World Heritage Site, this 15-acre coral island is dotted with

coco palms and mangrove islets. Several mooring buoys are available with good protection from the prevailing easterlies. Ashore, there are some restaurants (freshly caught lobster, yum!), bars and a dive shop. With so much wildlife, it’s no surprise there are two scientific research facilities (one from Smithsonian) on the island. Cocoa Plum Cay—Several mooring buoys and a dinghy dock with water lead to a resort and restaurant ashore. Nature paths wander around the caye, where you’ll see coatimundi, Belizean raccoons and sea iguanas. Lagoon Caye—Really two cayes separated by a deepwater channel, there are moorings, a ring of shallow coral for snorkeling and a chance to kayak in the lagoon. Queen Cays—Three pristine islets with beautiful reefs for snorkeling and moorings off the southern caye offer good shelter. This is where huge whale sharks come after the full moon between April and June and, though harmless, they could be heartstopping if you weren’t expecting them. Caye Caulker—With a charming village, this caye is a popular international destination in a relaxed and barefoot style. Don’t miss Glenda’s for freshly baked cinnamon rolls.


Belize Charter Tips Getting there: Gateway cities to Belize are Miami, Houston and Dallas via American, Continental and TACA airlines. Once in Belize, Tropic Air is your commuter airline to the charter base, and it’s a good idea to book this flight through your charter company. Currency: Two Belize dollars are worth about one U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are generally accepted, with change given in Belizean dollars. Visa (best) and Mastercard (next best) are accepted at hotels and restaurants on the mainland, but supermarkets and services in the islands require cash. ATMs are non-existent. Language: English is the official language and widely spoken, along with Spanish. Immigration: Passports but not visas are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. You must have either a return or ongoing ticket. A departure tax of about US$40 is charged per person. Climate: Dry season is January to April; rainy season is July to October. What to take: Two swimsuits (so one can dry), walking shoes, sandals or reef runners for exploring, hat or cap, polarized sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. Provisioning: Once you’re away from the charter base, there isn’t much available, so plan to take all your food and plenty of water with you. Each of the charter bases has grocery stores within taxi distance, or you can have the charter companies provision the yacht for you.

Tobacco Caye—More good snorkeling and great for dinghy exploration. The perfect desert island of sand and palms. Laughing Bird Cay—Named for the laughing gulls, there is a coral restoration project here, and you may meet the “coral gardener” responsible for nursing the growing reef. One bit of advice: Almost every bareboat charter crew returns wishing they’d left a few days to explore Belize after their charter trip. Save a few days at the end, and you’ll be well rewarded. The Mayan civilization dates back to 2500 BC, and their sophistication and knowledge is well documented. The Mayans were building great pyramids at a time when much of Europe was still living in mud cottages. Belize has an abundance of Mayan ruins, but the best is Tikal, just across the Guatemalan border, with excursions readily available. Then there is the Great Blue Hole, one of the most unique geological features on Earth, and one that astronauts can clearly see from space. A circular limestone sinkhole outside the reef, it provides unbelievable wall diving for novices and experts alike. Jacques Cousteau named it PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MOORINGS

Additional fees: Park fees of US$10 per person per day are charged at marine reserves in the cruising grounds. A departure tax of about US$40 is charged per person. Fishing licenses of US$25 per week are required if you plan to fish, with large fines and prison terms for violations. Communications: Cell phone service, particularly with Sprint or Verizon, is good, but check with your carrier to make sure you have international roaming. — C.C.

one of the 10 best dive sites in the world. Novices can marvel at the sheer walls covered with elkhorn coral, and experienced divers can venture down into a forest of stalactites protruding upward in a cave formed during the Ice Age more than 15,000 years ago. You also might enjoy a boat excursion up the Monkey River near Placencia to see the wildlife, or a visit to a jaguar preserve. A laid-back paradise where time seems to have stopped back in colonial days, Belize offers superb sailing in protected waters, world-class snorkeling and diving, and a pristine beauty that can’t be described. En route to our charter base, our taxi driver summed up Belize best when he turned around, grinned and said, “Welcome to the most peaceful and beautiful place in the world.”  33 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


mariner’s bookshelf

A Ferryman at Death’s Door

Experience Washington Island through the eyes of Dick Purinton. BY H EATH E R STE I N B E RG E R

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t the very end of the Door Peninsula… there was that strait folks talked about… printed on maps as Porte Des Mortes. A watery graveyard of old sailing vessels. Memories of Indians, canoes, the French, schooners, white sails, storms, drowned sailors, lighthouses… foghorns singing mournfully over the depths. “A stretch of water the island ferry continues to cross every day, every season, in all kinds of weather. “Who is the ferryman in the wheelhouse? What must his life be like? “What’s over there, anyway?” — Richard Purinton,“Words on Water” It’s impossible to avoid those questions when you see the Washington Island ferry preparing to depart its Northport pier. The Death’s Door Passage fascinates us. Island life itself fascinates us. Crossing a legendary body of water to explore a geographically isolated community remains a compelling modern-day adventure. Washington Island Ferry Line president Richard “Dick” Purinton, a longtime island resident, knows this quite well. So, a few years ago, he decided to provide a gateway so outsiders could experience the daily life of a ferry captain as well as the rich, complex, intimately woven tapestry that is the Washington Island community. He wrote a book. Released in 2009, “Words on Water” is essentially Purinton’s journal. Woven throughout are the author’s reflections on the area’s history, environment, personal connections and colorful happenings. His thoughtful insights and detailed observations allow the reader to become a vicarious island resident and honorary member of the crew. Although Purinton was born in Door County, his family came from Kansas. In the 1930s, his father, Harry Purinton, bicycled (yes, bicycled) to New York City, where the art student met renowned naval architect R. A. Stearn. “Stearn was taking a job with the Leathem Smith shipyard, and he was afraid there wouldn’t be any draftsmen in Wisconsin!” Purinton said with a laugh. “So he invited Harry.” Harry Purinton became a draftsman for R. A. Stearn Inc. (now Bay Engineering). And his son, Dick, grew up on boats, from teaching sailing at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club to racing aboard Palmer 34 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


mariner’s bookshelf Johnson owner Pat Haggerty’s boat in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC). A 1965 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School, Purinton earned a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, completed a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy and fell in love with childhood acquaintance Mary Jo Richter, the daughter of Washington Island Ferry Line founder Arni Richter. Instead of remaining in San Diego, where Purinton was based, the young couple opted to make their home on Washington Island. There, Purinton began work as a deckhand and pursued a career with the ferry line. As it turned out, writing ran in his blood as easily as water. He began penning some ad copy, and later, a few articles for various publications. Then along came Norbert Blei, an accomplished writer and artist who operates the independent, Door County-based Cross+Roads Press. “Norb came to the island in August 2006 to find information about a book that was out of print,” Purinton recalled. “‘You keep a journal don’t you?’ he asked me. ‘No? Well, you should!’” Blei sent Purinton a notebook. And from January 2 to December 31, 2007, the ferry captain put his daily musings on paper. “It was a great challenge as well as an opportunity,” he recalled. “I tried to find a voice that wasn’t stilted or awkward. I thought a journalistic approach was best, and then it got more free as time went on. You can go in any direction with this form.” Purinton’s interest in history served him well. He noted, however, that his “digressions” into the community’s background also created some pressure. “I had a feeling of great responsibility,” he explained. “But it was an enjoyable process.” Purinton spent much of 2008 reflecting on his work, editing it for publication and choosing black-and-white photography to complement the text. He acknowledged that he was unsure of how “Words on Water” would be received. “I didn’t know whether it would have any interest or validity for other people,” he commented. “Norb was confident, though. He doesn’t think of bestsellers. He thinks of respectable literary works that have a longer shelf life, books that hopefully can be enjoyed 10 or 20 years from now.” It’s looking good so far. Cross+Roads Press reprinted the book less than two months after its initial run, and interest quickly spread beyond northeast Wisconsin. “I had a guy come up to me and say he heard me on public radio while he was on his farm tractor in Verona (in south-central Wisconsin)!” Purinton marveled. “He bought the book.” BOOK COVER PHOTO BY RICHARD STEINBERGER PORTRAIT COURTESY OF CAPT. PURINTON

After a brief pause, he added, “It seems to come across to people. That’s been one of the greatest rewards in doing this.” Indeed, there’s something timeless and almost universally appealing about small-town life, particularly when it’s captured with such humor, grace and honest affection. And Purinton’s comfortable, evocative writing style invites readers to savor the book rather than charge through it. This is where text becomes art. The ferry captain remains a prolific writer, contributing regular blog entries to the Washington Island Ferry Line’s website and recently publishing a second book, “Bridges Are Still News,” that incorporates island essays, poems and photos. And new projects are on the horizon. Purinton hinted at a possible history of Rock Island, home to the beloved state park, 1836 Pottawatomie Lighthouse and former estate of Iceland-born inventor Chester Thordarson. Purinton’s books can be found in Sturgeon Bay at the Door County Maritime Museum gift shop and Book World; in Egg Harbor at Main Street Market; in Baileys Harbor at Novel Ideas; in Sister Bay at Passtimes Books and Al Johnson’s Butik; in Ellison Bay at the Pioneer Store; and at the Washington Island Ferry terminal on the island. You also may call 920-847-2546 or visit wisferry.com.  Richard “Dick” Purinton, a longtime Great Lakes boater and current president of the Washington Island Ferry Line, published his first book, “Words on Water,” in 2009. A second book, titled “Bridges Are Still News,” was published earlier this year.

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Explore the

Door

A peninsula circumnavigation unlocks the

many treasures of Wisconsin’s Door County. by h eath e r ste i n b e rg e r

A former editor of mine used to cAll it the ProximityAversion theory. When you live in a beautiful place that many people choose for vacationing, you tend to not visit the major attractions or enjoy the highlights yourself. Maybe you figure you’ll get around to it eventually. In our case, my husband and I usually were far too busy in our respective professions as photographer and writer during the summer months to fully enjoy our own backyard. A shame, since Wisconsin’s Door County is one of the Great Lakes’ top boating destinations. Visitors come from around the Midwest—and indeed, the country—to enjoy the 75-mile-long peninsula’s classic harbors, emerald islands and hundreds of miles of stunning Green Bay and Lake Michigan shoreline. So one warm morning in late August, we decided to play hooky and undertake that most treasured of Door County boating rites. We set off on a peninsula circumnavigation. Stepping aboard a 2011 Cruisers Yachts 330 Express at Stone Harbor Resort’s 21-slip marina in downtown Sturgeon Bay, we couldn’t believe our luck. The sunlit water was so clear it seemed translucent, and only the slightest whisper of wind ghosted across the bay’s flat-calm surface. “At 35 miles per hour, we’re going to get around in a hurry,” joked Jim Viestenz as he gently nudged the 330’s joystick in the direction of the harbor entrance. Viestenz, the now-retired president of Cruisers Yachts’ parent company KCS International, had volunteered to serve as captain for our two-day adventure. “Looks like we have all the time in the world,” Richard, my husband, observed as he angled his lens for the first shot of the day. Perfect. 36 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J u n e 2 011


Settled in 1853 and voted the “no. 1 small-town getaway destination” by Midwest Living, the village of ephraim is easily recognizable with its graceful, classic architecture and charming harbor.

PhOTO By MIKE rOEMEr

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Base Camp: Sturgeon Bay The author departs Sturgeon Bay’s Stone Harbor marina, in the shadow of the 1930 Michigan Street Bridge, aboard a Cruisers Yachts 330 express. In two days, the 330 will circumnavigate the peninsula, taking in many of Door County’s most treasured sights along the way.

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Sturgeon Bay, the Door County seat and the peninsula’s only city, has become a world-class boating destination in recent years. It’s one of the largest protected harbors in the Great Lakes, and it offers easy access to both Green Bay and Lake Michigan. It’s a compact, walkable city with a full calendar of events and a brand-new bandshell for outdoor concerts in Martin Park. And it boasts six impressive marinas. The Stone Harbor Resort Marina, our starting point, is operated by Bay Marine—a multigenerational family business that has been in boat sales since 1969. More recently, Bay Marine acquired the famous Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor, an historic 12-acre property on the city’s west side that features a 100-slip marina. It accommodates boats from 25 to 100 feet. Another popular spot is the 150-slip CenterPointe Marina on the east side, which has an average water depth of 15 feet and can accommodate yachts up to 250 feet. Amenities include a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with second-floor lounge, granite-appointed private shower rooms and laundry room; outdoor pool; indoor pool; fitness center; fireplace and grilling stations. Marina cottages are available for rent. Great Lakes Yacht Services, located at the east foot of

the 1930 Michigan Street Bridge, is another option for transient dockage, moorings and a limited number of seasonal slips, but the company is perhaps best known for its craftsmen and technicians. GLYS services include bottom painting, fiberglass work, varnishing, canvas work and repair, gelcoat repair, engine and genset maintenance, electronics installation and repair, and much more. Also offering transient dockage are the Snug Harbor Marina, Skipper Bud’s Harbor Club Marina and Skipper Bud’s Quarterdeck Marina. Both Skipper Bud’s locations provide a host of amenities for visiting boaters. If you like to be close to the action but prefer a peaceful, small-town feel, Wave Pointe Resort and Marina is an excellent choice. For those trailering boats, Sturgeon Bay has five launches. Sawyer Park on the west side has six ramps, parking for 190 vehicles and trailers, two fish-cleaning stations and restrooms with showers. Sunset Park on the east side has a two-ramp launch and offers access to fishing sites on the outer bay’s south end. Farther from town is Robert M. Carmody Park in Union Township, with a six-lane boat launch, fishing pier, picnic area and restrooms; and the Potawatomi State Park launch in Sawyer Harbor, a multiple-ramp facility with fishing pier and restrooms.


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SAILING ON THE SULLIVAN

Perhaps most noteworthy, however, is the launch at Olde Stone Quarry Park. This underwent a major renovation in 2005 and now features a protected harbor, a system of floating docks, ramps that accommodate three trailers at once, a pavilion and an unofficial swimming beach that is popular with scuba divers due to several offshore wrecks. Many trailer boaters arrive from Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities. If you’re in Michigan or points farther east, however, don’t assume you need to head north for the Mackinac Bridge or tackle the frequently miserable southern drive through Chicago and Gary, Indiana. Just book passage for your family, your car and your boat on the SS Badger, which sails daily between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin— home of Burger Boats. Launched at Sturgeon Bay’s Christy Corporation in 1952, the Badger crosses 60 miles of Lake Michigan in roughly four hours. Two compound Skinner Unaflow steam engines power the 410-foot ship, which is the last coal-burning passenger steamer in the United States. Once you arrive in Manitowoc, you’ll have just a 1.5-hour drive to reach Sturgeon Bay. Should you want to relax a little before heading north, Manitowoc Marina is a great spot with deep water slips, fuel and a well-stocked ship’s store. Before you launch CRUISERS PHOTO BY RICHARD STEINBERGER SCHOONER PHOTO BY CHRIS WINTERS

On Fourth of July weekend, Door County will welcome Wisconsin’s flagship, the sailing vessel Denis Sullivan, to the Sturgeon Bay waterfront for four days of tours and special events. Completed in 2000, the Sullivan is the world’s only authentic replica of a 19th century, three-masted, gaff-rigged Great Lakes schooner. According to Bob Desh, executive director of the Door County Maritime Museum, the ship’s appeal is undeniable. “The era of sail on the Great Lakes holds great fascination,” he commented. “It’s fun to imagine the piers of the small cities, towns and villages along Wisconsin’s coast filled with the towering masts of sailing ships, or the distant horizon dotted with billowing canvas.” During the holiday weekend, the Sullivan will reside at the Door County Maritime Museum waterfront, at the western foot of the historic Michigan Street Bridge. She serves as a vivid reminder that Sturgeon Bay is the northern anchor of Wisconsin’s newly minted Schooner Coast, 60 miles of maritime experiences, natural waters and little-known Wisconsin gems between the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc and the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Those on land may travel the Schooner Coast on State Highway 42 and county highways S and U. The Sullivan kicks off her 2011 Schooner Coast voyage with the June 25-26 River Rendezvous at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. From there, the Sullivan cruises northward toward Door County. She’ll arrive in Sturgeon Bay Friday, July 1, where the festivities will commence with the Schooner Coast Ports of Call Gala. On July 2-4, visitors to the city waterfront may participate in deck tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also will enjoy special offerings such as the Ship Tour & Museum Package, which includes museum admission, Sullivan tour and tour of the restored tug John Purves; a special membersonly event on July 2 that incorporates a three-hour Sullivan cruise and dinner at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club; and three-hour cruises aboard the Sullivan on July 3 and 4, one each day. Interested voyagers also may book a three-day educational sailing cruise from Sturgeon Bay to Manitowoc, with a stop in Kewaunee, on July 5-7. To learn more about all of these special events and to purchase tickets, contact the Door County Maritime Museum at (920) 743-5859 or visit dcmm.org. — H.S. 39 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


UPCOMING

Events

June is the perfect time to visit Door County. During the second weekend of the month, the city of Sturgeon Bay is ground zero for two of the peninsula’s most popular annual events: Steel Bridge Songfest and the Door County Lighthouse Festival. In 2005, the grassroots not-for-profit organization Citizens for Our Bridge created Steel Bridge Songfest (SBS) as a fundraiser to support ongoing preservation of Sturgeon Bay’s 1930 Michigan Street Bridge. The annual music festival has continued to grow and evolve every year since then. “Steel Bridge Tweneleven” will be held in Sturgeon Bay June 9-12. It will incorporate more than 100 bands, a series of all ages shows, open-mic events and surprise performances in a dozen venues. A $20 pass provides access to all festival events and activities. To learn more about SBS and to purchase passes online, visit steelbridgesongfest.org. That same weekend, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) & Lighthouse Preservation Society is hosting the 18th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. The festival celebrates the peninsula’s rich maritime heritage and offers access to all 10 of Door County’s historic lighthouses. Weekend festivities kick off Friday, June 10 with the annual “Keeper’s Kin” event; this is a 6 p.m. dinner cruise aboard Sturgeon Bay’s Harbor Lady, followed by an 8 p.m. dessert buffet at the museum. Other cruises include the Chambers Island Cruise & Walk, Death’s Door Cruise, Plum Island Cruise & Tour, Baileys Harbor Lighthouse & Shipwreck Cruise and the Sturgeon Bay Area Fireboat Cruise. The festival incorporates land-based tours as well. The six-hour Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour includes visits to five mainland lighthouses and an old-fashioned picnic lunch at Cana Island. On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests will enjoy a Sturgeon Bay-based Ghost Tour with the Door County Trolley, visiting allegedly haunted locations. The weekend also will include Naturalist-Narrated Tours, offered in conjunction with Door County Nature & Travel Tours. To learn more about the Door County Lighthouse Festival and the DCMM, review tour schedules and purchase tickets, call 920-743-5958 or visit dcmm.org. — H.S.

your boat or cast off the docklines, however, make sure you take time to explore your base-camp city. Sturgeon Bay is a worthy destination in its own right, thanks to an intact 19th century “Main Street” historic district, a variety of cosmopolitan dining and shopping options, and three worthwhile public museums. The Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society is a must-visit. In addition to its array of permanent exhibitions, the 20,000-square-foot facility also is showing the popular rotating exhibit “Ghosts! Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes.” Guests also may tour the historic John Purves tugboat. Continue on Sturgeon Bay’s “Museum Walk” by visiting the Miller Art Museum, which features changing exhibitions as well as works from the permanent collection, including the late Gerhard Miller’s watercolor and egg tempera paintings. This summer, the museum will showcase the work of acclaimed Milwaukee photographer Christopher Winters, whose “Centennial” images capture life aboard the century-old lake freighter St. Marys Challenger. The artist will attend an opening reception and gallery talk on Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m. The third stop on the Museum Walk is the Door County Historical Museum, also on Fourth Avenue. The Chicago Tribune called it “the best small museum in the Midwest.” After perusing the museums, make sure to stroll the east side’s Third Avenue and Jefferson Street shopping districts. Anchoring the two is On Deck Clothing Company, at the corner of Third and Jefferson. This is a great stop, and not only to purchase a last-minute fleece for the cruise. The entire store, housed in a former pharmacy/soda fountain that also once was the Corner Cinema, has a nautical bent. And Mitch Larson, whose family has been active in Door County since the 1800s, is as dedicated to historical preservation as he is to commerce. This is evident in all of his Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek and Sister Bay businesses.

Cruising Green Bay Our Cruisers Yachts 330 Express knifed northwestward through Sturgeon Bay. Leaving Dunlap’s Reef and Bay Shipbuilding’s famous gantry crane behind us, we breezed past the pristine Potawatomi State Park shoreline and the entrance to Sawyer Harbor. Soon, we spotted the 1883—and allegedly haunted— Sherwood Point Lighthouse standing sentinel on the Niagara Escarpment bluffs to port. Green Bay lay before us, a shimmering blue millpond with just a slight silvery haze hovering above the water. Since we had time, we hit the throttles and roared 11 miles across the bay to see the 1934 Peshtigo Reef Lighthouse. Although the 330 tops out around 52 miles


per hour, we kept her comfortably within her 3500-4000 rpm sweet spot. She ran surprisingly flat, matching her rpm to speed over ground, and we were within spitting distance of the light before we knew it. More than three miles off the mainland Wisconsin shore, Peshtigo Reef is an otherworldly spot. Cormorants spilled off the tower in waves, like bats, and I could see the dangerous mustard-colored shallows just on the other side. “When the light was manned, keepers stayed here for 30 days at a time,” Viestenz told us. I couldn’t imagine life in such a lonely place, eerie in its almost forsaken beauty. From there, we cruised north to Green Island, where the ruins of a lighthouse that burned decades ago, and stories about someone buried there, continue to fuel beach-bonfire ghost stories. Looking back, I could still see the Bay Ship gantry hovering over the water like a mirage. And ahead of us, on the island, we spotted an intriguing, empty sand beach and the silhouette of a solitary white pelican bobbing offshore. Next we investigated Chambers Island, where a dive boat already had dropped anchor. I looked at the depth gauge and was surprised to see that, while we could’ve hit the beach with a rock, we were still in 90 feet of water. Slowly cruising along the island’s western shore, we examined the 1868 Chambers Island Lighthouse and marveled at the serene anchorage, home this morning to just one trolling fishing boat and a cruising sailboat on its hook. While we explored these “back roads” northward, most cruising boaters will prefer to hit the regular harbors that scallop the peninsula’s Green Bay coast. Traveling north from Sturgeon Bay, you will first reach appropriately named Egg Harbor, where the village recently completed a year-long, $6.5 million marina renovation project. This is a great spot to tie up, as it’s a short (though steep) walk up the bluff to charming downtown. In town, you will find some of Door County’s best food and shopping at Liberty Square. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTY.COM / DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU / SONGFEST PHOTO BY RICHARD STEINBERGER

The 20,000-square-foot Door County Maritime Museum is a must-visit for Sturgeon Bay visitors, who have the opportunity to tour the restored 149-foot tugboat John Purves (above), built in 1919. The museum also operates the 1868 Cana Island Lighthouse (below right), perhaps the most iconic of Door County’s 10 lights.

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JOIN THE CLUB

The Fish Creek-based Mariner’s Club offers unlimited access to Door County. If you’re looking to explore Door County waters, but either don’t own a boat or cruised in on a large vessel and are looking for a smaller boat to tool around, then you might consider joining The Mariners Club. The Mariner’s Club, based at Alibi Dock in Fish Creek, isn’t a yacht club; it’s a boat club, entering its second year of operation, that offers members unlimited use of its boats from May to October. Trial memberships are priced at $695, and the club provides complimentary training through the Mariners School. “Our Seasonal Unlimited package is $3,995, flat, for May to October,” observed the Mariners Club’s Jay Chomeau. “That’s the cost of a slip in a Northern Door marina.” For the same price as an empty slip, club members will enjoy unlimited use of the club’s boats, 2008 Everglades 210CCs and 2009 Sea Ray Sundecks. The center console is perfect for anglers, while the open-bow sundeck models will appeal to families, couples and groups of friends. The club handles all tasks associated with ownership, including cleaning, slip fees, fueling and provisioning. Members simply show up, enjoy quality time on the water and drop off the keys at the end of the day. Seasonal Unlimited members will receive training for two captains and get an extended Green Bay area orientation. Seasonal Limited and Weekly Membership packages also are available. To learn more, call 920-868-1177 or visit doorcountymariner.com. — H.S. 42 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

Kayaking is a popular pastime in peninsula waters. Favorite spots include Cave Point County Park, the Mink River Estuary, Rock Island State Park and the Peninsula State Park coastline, pictured here.

You also can pick up provisions—from certified Angus beef, homemade bakery, fresh produce and specialty cheeses to fine wines and beers from around the world—at the well-stocked Main Street Market, voted Door County’s No. 1 food store in Door County Magazine. Then enjoy a locally crafted beer and a sandwich on the patio at Shipwrecked, a restaurant and microbrew pub with legendary mob connections and its own resident ghosts. A footnote: If you’re a golfer, you won’t want to miss the Alpine Resort’s Blue Nine. Make sure you have your camera for the mesmerizing 9th hole. This is one view you’ll never forget. Next is Fish Creek, nestled beneath the escarpment bluffs south of Peninsula State Park. Tie up at the Fish Creek Municipal Dock or the Alibi Dock, and allot plenty of time to wander the celebrated shopping district. Take in a traditional Door County fish boil at the 1896 White Gull Inn. Or maybe you’d rather have breakfast; the inn’s cherry stuffed French toast recently won the national Best Breakfast Challenge on “Good Morning America.” Fish Creek also is a great place to become acquainted with some of the many talented artists who live and work on the peninsula—and with the world-class galleries that showcase their work. Perhaps the best known is Edgewood Orchard Galleries, located south of town on Peninsula Players Road.


The Fish Creek shopping district teems with residents and visitors alike during the summer season. Popular shops include On Deck Clothing Co., in the foreground, and favorite eateries include Mr. Helsinki, located above the Fish Creek Market, and the Bayside Tavern next door.

Founded in 1969 by Irene Pamperin Haberland and her daughter, Anne Haberland Emerson, the gallery earned “Most Intriguing Art Gallery/Studio” honors in Door County Magazine. Anne’s husband, Minnow, crafted an exceptional gallery space in Edgewood Orchard’s 1918 apple barn. Visitors marvel at the leaded glass windows, glassed portico, carved doors, bricked courtyard with bistro tables and the light, airy gallery spaces overflowing with works from approximately 140 featured artists. Now in the hands of Anne’s daughter, Nell, and her husband, J. R. Jarosh, the property also includes a sculpture garden. And it continues to overflow with warmth, joy and creative passion. While in the area, you may also want to check out a performance at Peninsula Players, the American Folklore Theater or the Door Community Auditorium, which hosts the Peninsula Music Festival each August. The Peninsula School of Art and its free Guenzel Gallery also are nearby. Please note, however, that many of these locations are not easily accessible to cruising boaters who don’t have ground transportation. If you’re a cruiser rather than a trailer boater, you might want to considering renting a car, at least for a day, so you can better explore the area or enjoy an evening out. Young Automotive in Sturgeon Bay has the county’s largest fleet of rental vehicles; in addition to Harley Davidson motorcycles, it offers cars, PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTY.COM / DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU

Facebook Says…

Here’s what the Lakeland Boating Facebook community (facebook.com/lakelandboating) likes best about Door County:

Sister Bay—best sunset on earth! Al Johnson’s strawberry pancakes a la mode for the kids (and goats on the roof). White Gull Inn for a special occasion breakfast in Fish Creek. While in Fish Creek, do not miss Door County Sister Sweets, which is a tiny family candy and gift shop where they dip their own chocolates and candies. You will never in your life have a better caramel apple. — Andrea H. Escaping to Fish Creek is frequently enjoyed…it’s a quick rejuvenation for the soul. Also enjoy going on the hook at Shanty Bay for the afternoon or night. Bayside (Tavern, in Fish Creek) is good and my favorite watering hole. We also enjoy Mr. Helsinki. — Todd H.

+1 on the White Gull Inn! The fish boil was entertaining and something to experience. (We enjoy) Cave Point and Cana (Island) Lighthouse on the Lake Michigan coast and Peninsula State Park on the Green Bay coast. We cruised across from Michigan a few years ago, slipped in Sturgeon Bay and rented a car. That worked well for us. — Jim S. On the lake side, don’t miss Glidden Sturgeon Bay. — Curt H.

Lodge for dinner. It’s just north of

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minivans, full-size vans and pickup trucks. Moving north from Fish Creek, boaters will find two of Door County’s most popular spots for dropping the hook: Nicolet Bay—known locally as Shanty Bay—and Horseshoe Island. Tucked behind Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff, these anchorages are routinely filled with kayakers, windsurfers, PWCs and raft-ups of both sailand powerboats, while the beaches explode with towels, umbrellas and frisbees. On this weekday morning, we found five anchored sailboats within Horseshoe Island’s embrace. Four PWCs raced across our diminishing wake as several kayaks paddled past, and a lone parasailer drifted past the Pen Park lookout tower. Laughter rang across the water from children perched on a cheerfully colored raft, each smiling face aglow as the pale morning gave way to noontime’s more vivid blues and greens. “I wonder how many days like this are left?” I mused, feeling fall lurking around the corner. “Oh, they’re numbered!” Viestenz responded with a chuckle. Although we opted not to enter Eagle Harbor, the village of Ephraim is another popular stop for cruisers. Voted the “No. 1 small-town getaway destination” by Midwest Living magazine, Ephraim was settled in 1853 by Rev. Andreas Iverson and 40 Norwegian Moravians, and it features five special historic properties: The 1854 Iverson House, the county’s oldest frame house; the 1880 Pioneer Schoolhouse; the 1853 Goodletson Cabin, once located on Horseshoe Island; the 1880 Anderson Barn History Center and Svalhus; and the 1858 Anderson Dock, a National Historic Landmark that is now home to the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts.

Boaters may tie up at the Anderson Dock, Ephraim Yacht Harbor or the Ephraim Municipal Dock. Ephraim Yacht Harbor offers all the amenities you could want, including internet access. After touring the historic sites, refuel at Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, a peninsula institution that opened in 1906. We decided to stop for lunch at Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, located at the Little Sister Resort south of Sister Bay. Colorful umbrellas adorned the open-air restaurant on Pebble Beach, and even this early in the day, the signature Bloody Marys and margaritas were flowing. I’d highly recommend the wraps, and you’ll want to upgrade the chips to homemade sweet-potato fries. I chose a fish wrap, tangy with the bite of cilantro, coleslaw and a chipotle sauce.

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With its many full-service marina facilities, including CenterPointe Marina (top), Sturgeon Bay makes a perfect base camp for exploring the Door Peninsula’s many treasures—including the white-sand beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park (opposite). Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor (above), which opened in 1906, is located in Ephraim.

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hile Door County is widely known as a summertime vacation mecca, it does have its undeniable wintertime charms. Visitors from around the Great Lakes and the country visit the peninsula during the offseason for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing…and especially the Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge. Held on New Year’s Day, the plunge draws hundreds into frigid Lake Michigan. Yes, hundreds. The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club’s annual event has drawn such attention in recent years that a Hollywood production team chose to use the plunge as the climax for the independent film “Feed the Fish.” The majority of the movie was shot in Door County during the winter of 2009. Written and directed by Green Bay native Michael Matzdorff and executive-produced by fellow Wisconsinite and Emmy award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub, the film is a love letter to Door County, particularly during the months in which it becomes the Great White North. And yes, viewers will experience the Polar Bear Plunge vicariously. Not only will Door County residents and former visitors delight in seeing familiar faces and businesses— such as the Skyway Drive-In and Ellison Bay’s beloved Viking Grill—throughout the movie, they’ll also recognize Jacksonport Polar Bear Club founder J.R. Jarosh leading the charge into Lake Michigan, clad in his signature tuxedo. 46 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

Jarosh founded the club in 1986, when he was just 14 years old.“ I wondered how many months of the year I could go into the lake,” he recalled. “I’d done October, and I thought December sounded fun. So I did it, and it wasn’t too bad!” For the next two years, Jarosh swam alone. In 1989, he added two swimmers—his brother Jon, director of communications and public relations for the Door County Visitors Bureau, and Heidi Hodges, a reporter and photographer with the Door County Advocate. And so the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club was born. It’s grown a bit. In recent years, the club has drawn more than 800 people to its New Year’s Day plunge, and it remains one of the largest of its kind in the country. “I think it’s because we have a lot of open water, so we can get everyone in,” Jarosh said. “We’ve also stayed organized; we do the countdown, and the fire department is on hand to keep everyone safe.” The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club is now in its 26th season, and Jarosh said he’s enjoying himself as much as ever. “We’re keeping it fun,” he concluded. “We keep encouraging group participation, encouraging costumes. And we’ll see where the future takes us.” To learn more about the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club, visit doorbell.net/pbc/. For information about “Feed the Fish,” visit feedthefishmovie.com. — H.S.


A couple of additional tips: If you want to tie up at Fred & Fuzzy’s, go early, as day dockage disappears quickly. And make sure you’re tying up at the restaurant dock, not one of the Little Sister Resort piers. Those spots are reserved for guests. Many boaters will also want to stop in Sister Bay. This is Sturgeon Bay’s northern counterpart when it comes to serving the boating community. Transient dockage is available at the Sister Bay Marina, which offers 35 transient slips, restrooms, showers, a recently remodeled dockmaster’s office and lounge area, and an easily accessible launch ramp. You also may dock at the full-service Yacht Works Inc. Marina; the company offers Tiara and Pursuit new boat sales, a service department and a ship’s store. In addition, the YWI team sells engines, generators, inflatables and dinghies. If you’re interested in boat sales and are eager to see more, nearby Cal-Marine represents Cobalt and Back Cove in Door County. The Cobalt lineup includes bowriders and cuddy-cabin models from 20 to 32 feet, while the limited-production, hand-built Back Cove models include 26- and 29-foot open day boats and a 33-foot hardtop. The Sister Bay waterfront is as ideally suited to public gatherings as it is to boats. Settled in 1857, Sister Bay reveals Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and even Finnish influences;

in keeping with the Scandinavian tradition of hospitality, it allows everyone to participate in community life with the Festival of Blossoms in May, the Door County Folk Festival in July, Marina Fest on Labor Day weekend and the Fall Festival in October. After the outdoor fun, visit Al Johnson’s restaurant for Swedish pancakes and pictures of his famous rooftop goats, or try the Sister Bay Café for such Norwegian treats as Norsk Torsk and lapskaus. The last Green Bay port is Ellison Bay, where boaters may tie up at the Ellison Bay Safe Harbor or the Cedar Grove Resort. Make sure to visit the Pioneer Store, which reopened in July 2007 after the devastating 2006 propane explosions that destroyed the original 106-year-old structure. And definitely stop at the Viking Grill next door for a cup of coffee, breakfast or an authentic Door County fish boil. This beloved restaurant, prominently featured in the recent independent film “Feed the Fish,” reopened its doors this spring after a devastating 2010

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTY.COM / DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU SHORELINE PHOTO BY MIKE ROEMER

Door County’s hundreds of miles of shoreline offer something for everyone, from the rugged cliffs and sea caves along the Lake Michigan coast (top) to the delightful swimming beaches and peaceful harbors along Green Bay (above).

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One of Door County’s best-known attractions is Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, with the crowd-drawing goats on its grass roof. The beloved Sister Bay restauranteur passed away last year at age 84, but his legacy remains.

kitchen fire. If you choose to cross the Death’s Door passage with your own boat, Washington Island has four marina facilities for visiting boaters: Island Outpost, Krueger’s Kaps Marina and Shipyard Island Marina in Detroit Harbor; and the Town Dock at Jackson Harbor. If you’d rather leave your boat in port, however, the Washington Island Ferry Line is a great alternative. Island highlights include a meal at the Washington Hotel, Restaurant & Culinary School, built in 1904, and joining the Bitters Club at Nelsen’s Hall, an 1899 island mainstay. Experienced boaters and kayakers may want to visit Rock Island to the northeast. This veritable wilderness is home to Rock Island State Park, the 1836 Pottawatomie Lighthouse and the onetime estate of Chester Thordarson, a wealthy Icelandic inventor. Boaters are welcome, but be cautious: These waters are known for dangerous reefs and rapidly changing weather, plus overnighters should note the island’s dock isn’t fully protected if the wind shifts.

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manageable as we cruised past the commercial fishing operations at Gills Rock. A distinct fish smell wafted on the breeze as we admired the weathered shanties and nets drying on the docks. From there, we examined uninhabited Plum Island, home to the 1897 Plum Island Range Lights, where the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands organization is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore the historic life-saving station. We also took a peek at sad, remote Pilot Island, where the 1858 lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling are slowly crumbling into ruin. As we motored around the Door Peninsula’s tip, the swell gave way to choppier, two-foot seas on Lake Michigan. Heading south, we swung around hard-to-spot, almost-a-reef Spider Island and entered the channel to Rowleys Bay—gateway to the Mink River Estuary and southern boundary of Newport State Park, Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness park. This particular harbor is a lot like a Bahamian anchorage; the water is skinny and littered with shoals. Even if you trust your electronics, you’ll want to make sure the sun is still high when you enter. That way someone can keep an eye on the channel, winding like a ribbon of blue through the shoals, to avoid unexpected surprises. Although this can be tricky, it also makes Rowleys Bay a trailer boater’s haven. The big guys can’t get in here, but if you have a boat 30 feet or less (yes, we were pushing it at 33 feet), you have the keys to the kingdom. And it’s worth it, to see the unbroken, pristine shores and broad stretches of open water with virtually no boat traffic. We docked at the 1948 Rowleys Bay Resort, known in years past as the Wagon Trail. The resort manages the small marina for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; there’s a new public launch as well. Transient slips include electric and water; gas and diesel are available at Baileys Harbor, approximately 15 miles to the south. According to resort manager Jewel Ouradnik, whose family has owned Rowleys Bay since she was 8 years old, Rowleys Bay recently earned the Safe Harbor designation. Four slips are reserved for vessels seeking refuge. Once you’ve docked here, you’re a resort guest and can enjoy all the amenities. And there are quite a few, as this is an authentic, old-time family resort. Rent a kayak or join a kayaking trip to explore the estuary or state park. Try Door County’s only zipline. Go for a bike ride or try your hand at charter fishing. Stroll the nature trails, or challenge friends and family to a game of tennis, volleyball or basketball. Take the kids to the playground. The recently renovated resort also features a swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness room and game room. And when the time comes to refuel, you won’t want to miss the restaurant, pub and bakery. We certainly didn’t. Our first stop was the new Rowleys


Pub, which opened last year. Colorfully decorated and adorned with an antique bumper-pool table, this was the perfect spot to sample one of the resort’s signature umbrella-topped tropical drinks. Then we headed outdoors, as we happened to be in time for a Door County fish boil. At Rowleys Bay, that means we joined the other guests on the resort’s front lawn and listened to a master storyteller share bay history while we waited for the dramatic boil-over. Then, inside Rowleys Bay Restaurant, we tackled Door County’s longest buffet and salad bar and savored fresh, flaky whitefish, red potatoes and onions dripping with hot butter. Then, of course, there were the sinful cinnamon rolls in Grandma’s Swedish Bakery for breakfast. “My mother was the grandma,” Jewel told us with a smile. “The bakery’s become a real hangout over the years.” Indeed, as we sipped our morning coffee and licked frosting off our fingers, we listened to the easy banter of old-timers as they swapped news, dealt cards and played dominoes. I couldn’t shake the feeling of being a kid again, spending summer vacation at a vintage Wisconsin resort. We ate three meals a day there, and we rarely had a reason to ever leave the property. It was the definition of relaxation. When I mentioned this to Jewel, she nodded.

“The retro feel here is deliberate,” she said. “People want to feel at home, that they know us. So we want to give them an affordable waterfront destination that has everything right here, with a view that will never change.” All too soon, our own stay came to a close. We carefully wound our way through the channel back to open water, where we were greeted with steep, breaking seas and a stiff wind that had been building overnight. It looked like it was going to be a slog back to Sturgeon Bay. We weren’t able to stop in Baileys Harbor, the last port of call before the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. But it’s worth the visit if you have the time; transient dockage is available at the municipal marina or at the Baileys Harbor Yacht Club & Resort. This area is home to what may be the most well known of Door County’s 10 lighthouses: The Cana Island Lighthouse, built in 1868 on an 8.7-acre island.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTY.COM / DOOR COUNTY vISITOR BUREAU ROWLEYS BAY FISH BOIL AND SIGN PHOTOS BY RICHARD STEINBERGER

A Door County visit is not complete until you partake in a fish boil, a Scandinavian tradition practiced on the peninsula since the first settlers arrived in the mid-19th century.

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The Door County Maritime Museum has maintained the buildings and grounds for nearly 30 years, while the United State Coast Guard oversees the tower and light with its French-made, third-order Fresnel lens. Stroll the causeway and explore the grounds, keeper’s quarters, octagonal-shaped oil house, storage building and privy. You may even climb the tower’s circular, 102-step, cast-iron staircase to visit the watch and lantern rooms. Also along this section of Door County coastline is Lawrence University’s 425-acre Björklunden estate. This magnificent property is home to a variety of adult continuing-education courses as well as Door Shakespeare, a theater company that presents classic performances in an outdoor garden setting. It was lunchtime when we slipped through the ship canal and beneath Sturgeon Bay’s three bridges, returning to our dock at Stone Harbor. We opted to end our cruise with shepherd’s pie and a pint of Guinness at Kitty O’Reilly’s, a popular Irish pub on the city’s west side. And so our adventure came to a close. “Ah, that’s what it feels like to be a tourist,” Richard joked, craning his neck to look back at the waterfront. “We should do that more often.” I had to agree. We moved to Door County in 2002, yet it took us eight years before we had our first alfresco meal at Fred & Fuzzy’s; got an up-close look at Peshtigo Reef, Green Island and Chambers Island; and cruised into timeless, magical Rowleys Bay. There’s an important lesson here for all of us who call the Great Lakes home. We might dream of lower-latitude cruises and exotic explorations, but really, one of the world’s top cruising grounds is right here. So cast off the docklines, and look at your own waterways with fresh eyes. Who knows what you might discover?  PHOTO COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTY.COM / DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU

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Wine Island Savor the flavors of Pelee Island. BY MAR K STEVE N S

Somewhere between a Pinot Grigio (crisp and refreshing, with a touch of citrus) and a Sauvignon Blanc (hints of gooseberry and black currant), it hits me that this may be one of the best afternoons of my life. I’m sipping vintage wines within a grape’s-throw of downright voluptuous vineyards and a red cedar savannah for background. But all is not right. Hardly the stuff of crisis, admittedly, but still. It’s Sunday afternoon, and we’re doing a weekend party at the pavilion of Pelee Island Winery. There’s the rub. Earlier in the day, imbibing history and geography before imbibing the fruits of the vine, we’d explored the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. There we discovered that this place got its name from nearby Point Pelee, Canada’s most southerly landmass. Loosely translated, “Pelee” means “bare” or “bald.” 60 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


shoreleave Roses that decorate the path leading to the main road are actually floral “canaries”— early-warning signs if there are health problems with the grape crop (opposite). Winery visitors enjoy one of the vineyards’ many offerings (left). The vineyards of Pelee Island Winery grow 17 different types of grapes (bottom).

“‘Not-Much-Going-On’ Island,” said our tour guide, laughing. Wrong on two counts. First, the museum, then an island tour, then a winery tour, now the party. Not much going on? But there’s more evidence to support my theory about this misnomer. The first parcel of land ever purchased here was for a vineyard. In the north, set in a green glade beside the lake, you used to be able to see the ruins of a wine cellar built in 1867—home to Vin Villa. The ruins are gone now, but the liquid legacy remains. Five hundred fifty acres of this island are given over to viticulture—a fancy way of saying there are vineyards wherever you look. Something like 17 different kinds of grapes—called varietals—flourish here. It’s the perfect destination for both a great wine tour and an afternoon that grows ever hazier as the wine in the bottle falls as inexorably as the sun falls in the west. Pelee Island boasts the largest private estate vineyard in Canada and their bottles, decorated with original artwork representing local flora and fauna, are multiple winners of international wine awards. A winery tour includes a video called “From Vine to Wine,” a lesson in what makes this microclimate both unique and perfectly suited for the vintner’s art and a wine-tasting workshop. Then the party. Welcome to “Wine Island.” VINEYARD AND GRAPES PHOTOS BY SHARON MATTHEWS-STEVENS COUPLE PHOTO COURTESY OF PELEE ISLAND WINERY

Perfect clime for wine Lake Erie averages a temperature in the mid-eighties in the summer, which translates to a growing season two weeks longer than that found in Erie’s North Shore Vineyards or the better-known Niagara wine regions further north. Then you’ve got the latitude. Pelee Island is on roughly the same lat-line as Napa Valley and some of the Portuguese vineyards. During the tour, we discover that heat units are a factor—though the math and science have both escaped me by the end of the wine-tasting. Suffice it to say that Pelee’s location, coupled with the fact that the soil in the middle of the island is particularly conducive to grape-growing, makes it arguably Canada’s best wine region. And a great place for a Sunday afternoon party. Summer weekend bashes are a must-do when you come to Pelee Island. Think a hazy, lazy July. Think a wine-tasting that caps off a tour where you find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine and then some. Think four boaters from Michigan who have the party spirit down pat and cordially invite you to share their picnic table in the shade of an umbrella. Think chicken grilling on a barbecue whose 61 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011


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aromatic blue-gray smoke hovers in the windless air like a wil’o’the’wisp. And think another bottle of Pinot Grigio. For you’ve earned it. Now you know that they are no mere ornaments, these cream and crimson roses gracing the trellis that guards a path leading to the lakeshore. “They’re like canaries in a mine,” says our tour guide. “They succumb to problems before the grapes—sort-of a botanical early-warning system.” Now you know how they make corks. Now you know how to taste wine. Now you’re ready, when Mashella Chichester, first mate of Floating A Loan pops the question. She and husband Dan have cruised over from Lake Erie’s western shores on a 270 Sundancer, along with Bob and Linda Gentis, who pilot a 25-foot Sea Ray. “Are you ready,” says Mashella, “for more Pinot?” And so begins the lesson. “Sight is first,” I say, raising my glass, squinting into the sun bathing the lake in an orange glow. “Needs to be clear. Now the sniff test.” I present my own little seminar on wine-tasting there on the patio while the bass echoes in the 2,100-gallon oak barrel behind the terrace, while the rat-a-tat-tat of the snare drum marches through endless rows of vines heavy and fertile with grapes. I list off those grapes—the wines they produce from them. I take another sip. The conversation grows ever more desultory as we exchange boat stories and swap opinions about Pelee. And then I raise a glass in a toast. To the vintage. To the sun even now falling over the western horizon. To the growing chorus of crickets and frogs and cicadas that lay down a sort of tropical soundtrack for twilight in Canada’s Caribbean. “To Wine Island.”  PHOTO COURTESY OF PELEE ISLAND WINERY


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26 Nordic Tug 1981 with trailer $75,000

21 Ranger Tug 2007 with trailer $47,000

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32 Island Gypsy 1983 $59,900

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ooking for something to do in late July? Look no further than Whitby, Ontario. Located near the western tip of Lake Ontario, less than an hour east of Toronto, Whitby is known for its annual festival, Whitby Harbour Days. The two-day festival, which in 2011 kicks off Friday, July 22, has been held for some 15 years, making it an institution for those in the community. From tall ship cruises and a nautical parade of lights to fireworks, food and face painting, this free event is filled with fun for the whole family. It takes place throughout the Whitby Harbour area, including Port Whitby Marina, Sunrise Park and the Whitby Yacht Club. If you want to be in the middle of all of the action, reserve space at the 420-slip Port Whitby Marina, which typically has 30 transient slips available. “We fill up quickly, so slips should be reserved ahead of time,” recommends Keenan Watters, marina supervisor. It’s a great spot not only to access Whitby Harbour Days, but also to embrace the nautical history of the area. “Whitby Harbour has a long history as a commercial port going back to the 1800s,” Watters says. “It once rivaled Toronto in terms of grain and other shipments.”

Today it’s a strictly recreational harbor, but has benefited from its commercial past. “We have a huge harbor entrance and turning basin for ships. The harbor is natural, spacious and surrounded by parkland and trails,” Watters adds. The marina itself dates back to 1978. It underwent a renovation in 2004 that included the addition of a new 6,100-square-foot clubhouse, complete with seven three-piece washrooms, laundry, vending machines and a barbecue area. The Avalon Lounge, a multi-use room with a covered patio and panoramic view of the harbor, also is part of the clubhouse. It transforms into a restaurant for dinner on Friday nights in the summer. The marina grants free use of mountain bikes, propane barbecues, kayaks, paddleboats and WiFi. Using third-party vendors, the marina likewise offers engine and hull repair on site. Also onsite are two public launch ramps. “It’s one of the best boating facilities on Lake Ontario, with great facilities and docks and friendly staff,” Watters says. “We have all the amenities of a large urban center with a small-town, friendly feel.” r PHOTOs COurTEsy Of POrT wHITBy MArINA


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

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• Large harbour with easy lake access. • Accommodation for vessels up to 70ft 6100 sq ft Club house w/private boater washrooms, showers, kitchen, laundry. • Boater pub nights & special events. • FREE daily Toronto newspapers • FREE Use propane barbecues • FREE Use Bicylces, Kayaks, Paddle Boat • Gas, Diesel, Ice and Pump-out • Quality public launch ramp

• Quality steel tube floating docks with spacious channels & slips • Friendly Staff & Management

Be sure to visit: • Ajax Downs Slots and Horse Racing • AMC Theatres Centrum • Historic Downtown Whitby’s great restaurants & pubs • Local walk-to plaza with restaurants, Groceries, Tim Hortons, Wine Store...

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Whitby Harbour Days July 22 - 23, 2011

Located 23 Nautical Miles East of Toronto Harbour We monitor VHF channel 68

Includes fireworks, live music, great food, tall ship cruisers, children’s activities, parade of lights, etc. ADMISSION IS FREE


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67’ 1989 Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yacht, T-12V71TA Detroit Diesels, 770HP $595,000

63’ 1991 Skipperliner 630 Motor Yacht Charter boat, T-Merc diesels, 180HP $194,000

58’ 2000 Sea Ray Super Sun Sport T-3406 Caterpillar, 800HP $479,900

56’ 1999 Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge T-3406 Caterpillar $449,000

50’ 2001 Cruisers 5000 Sport Sedan T-74P TAMD Volvo, 480HP $379,000

46’ 2004 Carver 466 Motor Yacht, T-TAMD 75P EDC Volvo, 370HP, 105 hrs, like new $299,000

46’ 1979 Hatteras Sport Fisherman T-8V71T1 Detroit Diesel, 425HP $137,500

45’ 2007 Formula 45 Yacht T-Volvo Penta, 575HP $469,900

41’ 2001 Sea Ray 410 Sundancer T-8.1 S Merc Horizon, 370HP $149,000

40’ 2000 Carver 406 Aft Cabin T-Cummins, 330HP $129,900

40’ 2008 Rinker 400 Express Cruiser T-8.1 MAG Mercs/new Axius, 375HP $219,000

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37’ 2004 Larson Cabrio 370 Midcabin T-8.1 S Merc Horizon, 420HP $129,000

37’ 1995 Sea Ray 370 Sundancer T-Mercs, 340HP $79,900

37’ 1990 Chris Craft 372 Catalina Double Cabin, T-454 Crusaders, 330HP, $71,500

35’ 1997 Carver 350 Mariner T-350 Crusader, 320HP $74,900

33’ 2003 Wellcraft Coastal T-8.1L Mercs, 370HP $74,900

33’ 1996 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer T-454 Merc, 310HP $57,900

32’ 1998 Wellcraft 3200 Martinique T-Merc, 260HP $49,900

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1988 55’ oCean suPer sPort 735HP detroit 8v92s, Heavy renovations. looKs great $235,000

1971 54’ striKer sPort fisHerman 550HP detroit 1271s, many new uPgrades, 18’ Beam, al Hull $225,000

1986 52’ Jefferson montiCeLLo 375HP Cat 3208s, $200K rennovation, Corian, new eleCtroniCs $299,000

1991 44’ Lee WiLbur Custom 375HP Cat 3208s, Hull Blue awlgriP, suPer struCture wHite awlgriP, fanatiCally maintained $249,000

1998 40’ sea ray sundanCer 350HP Cat 3116ts. vdrives, 965Hrs, inside Heated, metiCulous maintenanCe, many Custom, fresHwater $139,500

1992 36’ bayLiner 3688 200HP Hino dsls, straigHt drives, very Clean, new uPgrades fresHwater $79,000

1986 36’ Carver 3607 aft CBn 350HP Crusaders, gen 2 srs, 2 Heads, 2 Helms great PriCe fresHwater $37,900

2003 32’ sea ray 320 sundanCer merC 300HP mag v drives 410 Hours, generator, radar, fresHwater $84,900

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1990 30’ Carver 30 santego twin merC 260HP 5.7l alPHa one 550 Hrs, exCePtionally Clean, fresHwater $24,900

2010 31’ sea ray 310 sundanCer axeus drives, generator, almost new $189,000

2002 31’ sea ray 310 sundanCer t-6.2l merCs w/Bravo iii 250 Hrs, radar, one owner, fresHwater $69,900

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Hatteras 43 Flybridge MY T-Cummins VT903, 320 hp ............................$ 99,900 Tiara 4300 Open T-Detroit Diesels 6V92's, 550 hp ..................................$ 199,900 Viking 44' Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesels 671, 450 hp ............................$ 169,900 Tiara 4400 Sovran T-Caterpillar C-12, 715 hp ..........................................$ 499,900 Silverton 453 Motor Yacht T-Cummins QSM 11, 535 hp ........................$ 229,900 Sunseeker 47 Portofino T-Volvo IPS 600, 435 hp....................................$ 819,000 Ocean 48 Super Sport T-Detroit Diesel 6-71's, 485 hp ..........................$ 169,900 Hatteras 48' Cockpit MY T-Detroit Diesel 6V92, 535 hp ........................$ 249,900 Silverton 48' Convertible T-Caterpillar C-12, 700 hp ..............................$ 449,000 Grand Banks 49 Eastbay SX T-Caterpillar C-12, 715 hp ........................$ 749,900 Bertram 50' Convertible T-Detroit Diesel 8V-92 735 hp.........................$ 449,000 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Detroit Diesel 12V-71TA DDEC, 900 hp .....$ 399,900 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Caterpillar 3406E, 800 bhp ..........................$ 565,000 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Caterpillar C-18, 1000 bhp ..........................$ 849,900 Hatteras 58' Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel 8V92 TA's, 550 hp ..............$ 299,900 Hatteras 58' Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel 8V92 TA's, 650 hp ..............Sale Pending Hatteras 60' Convertible T-Caterpillar, 3412, 1350 hp ............................$ 874,500 Pacific Mariner 85' Pacific Mariner T-MTU 10V2000, 1500hp .............$ 4,795,000 Rayburn 92 Skylounge T-Caterpillar C30, 1550hp ..................................$ 5,500,000

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With the recent weather and the slow beginning to Spring you may be asking yourself will boating season on the Great Lakes ever arrive? Enough with Winter already! This time of year brings so many things and to the boaters, a renewed sense of release. The excitement that comes from discarding the remains of the storage blues and dropping their vessel into the inviting waters. Replacing the doldrums of winter with the sights, sounds and smells of boating. However to some, the annual launch brings about a trip to the sublime. Kind of like how the smell of warm chocolate chip cookies brings back a certain taste, and feelings of youth. Only these feelings are not so tasty. To some, the thought of launch brings about cranial fatigue born from years of scraping gunk off hulls, stains off of upholstery and residue from the bilge. To some boaters Spring is not so much a time for renewed life as much as it is a deep sigh and a stress-filled “here we go again”….

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Overlooking Mackinac Island, 136-slip St. Ignace City Marina has been welcoming boaters since July 2003. this beautiful state-of-the-art facility offers many amenities: • FREE WIFI • 200 amp for large slips • Wells up to 140 feet • Navigational Lighthouse • Gas/Diesel/Valvtech Fuel • 80 ton lift-out

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area special events: June 17-18: Antiques on the Bay Car Show June 23-25: St. Ignace Car Show July 4: Parade, Community Picnic & Fireworks July 23: St. Ignace Fish Feast August 6: Bayside Music Festival September 27-28: Rendezvous at the Straits Powwow September 16-18: Owosso Tractor & Big Rig Truck Show

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LB: Do guests need to bring provisions? Burns: Most charters are based on a fee for the boat only. Virtually everything else (fuel, food, drinks, ice, toiletries) are the responsibility of the charterer. This means you have to buy these things, and although some may be cheaper in your home country, this may turn out to be a false economy if you incur excess baggage charges and then have to pay import duties. Additionally, most countries have restrictions on produce and meats and fish, whether fresh or frozen. It is more practical to buy what you need at your charter starting point and top off along the way. LB: Fresh-water boaters wonder: Is yachting in saltwater different? Burns: The Great Lakes have wave and weather conditions comparable to anything you are likely to experience at sea. The exciting thing about chartering in the Caribbean is the chance to visit a different country every couple of days, and they can be remarkably different. LB: What’s the most important consideration when planning an itinerary? Burns: It’s important to be flexible. Even on a powerboat

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like our Mainship trawler, you are dependent on weather and sea conditions, so a rigid itinerary can easily lead to frustration and tears. If there are some specific “must-sees,” visit them relatively early on so you avoid any big disappointments. Depending on the duration of your charter, I recommend St. Lucia, Bequia, Mustique and the Tobago Cays. LB: Chartering is not inexpensive. Do you have any suggestions for saving money? Burns: The biggest expense is fuel, and you can save lots of money by taking your time. Your charter company can advise you on optimum cruising speeds. At the time of this writing (April 2011) the price of diesel in St. Lucia is around US$5.60 per gallon, so filling up a 300-gallon tank takes a chunk of change! Potable water can be even more expensive than fuel. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, but use water sparingly for other purposes. LB: Do guests need to buy insurance? Burns: As far as the boat is concerned, charter companies generally require a security deposit, and some, like mine, offer an option to buy-down the deposit for a small fee. This apart, the boat insurance should be covered in the charter fees. The only [additional] insurance the charterer may want to consider is normal vacation coverage, including medical and personal effects. LB: Any final words of advice for would-be charterers? Burns: Don’t forget to bring your camera, binoculars, a couple of novels and some genuine cash-money. Not every business accepts credit cards, especially in the smaller islands. If you’ve chosen to start your charter in St. Lucia, you might want to jot down the contact number of your airline, so you can cancel your flight home and chill out a while longer! 

Experience the unspoiled beauty of the Caribbean and the majesty of the islands—all from the comfort of your own private yacht! Seaquel, a beautifully equipped and maintained 2002 Mainship 390, is available for charter through Burns’ company, Helen Island Yacht Charters. Call or e-mail for additional information and rates. PHOTO COURTESY OF MALCOLM BURNS


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isconsin heritage is steeped in cheese, and we’re not just talking about Packers’ fans’ hats. Cheese makers for more than 160 years, Wisconsin craftsmen produce 26 percent of all domestic cheese. That’s more than 2.6 billion pounds annually! The state’s cheese artisans win more industry awards than any other state or country, leading to Wisconsin’s well-deserved designation as America’s Dairyland. Among the more than 600 varieties of cheese produced by Wisconsin, Cheddar and Colby are a couple of my personal favorites. Cheddar production in Wisconsin began in the mid 1800s, and today, Wisconsin is the leader in U.S. Cheddar production. Its rich, nutty flavor becomes increasingly sharp and crumbly with age. Cheese makers first produced Colby, a Wisconsin native and close relative of Cheddar, in the central Wisconsin town of Colby in 1885. Similar in flavor to Cheddar, Colby is softer and has an open, lacy texture. Try them both in this tasty recipe, sure to make a pleasing appetizer or satisfying snack for onboard guests. 

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THREE-CHEESE BENTLEY BALL 1 8-oz. package cream cheese 4 oz. grated Wisconsin Colby cheese 4 oz. grated Wisconsin Cheddar cheese 1 package dry Hidden Valley ranch salad dressing mix 3 tablespoons brine from dill pickles 1 tablespoons prepared horseradish 3 to 6 drops hot sauce

DIRECTIONS Soften cream cheese, then mix all ingredients until well blended. Chill. Form into ball and roll in smoked crushed almonds or fresh chopped parsley. Serve with crackers. Can be frozen prior to coating with nuts or parsley. PHOTO BY MARTY RICHARDSON


2003 SEAMASTER 28WA HARDTOP with Tri-Axle Trailer. Tournament Fishing Boat: RayMarine C80 Radar,Gps,FishFinder. Contact: Dominic 708-906-6889 dspigolo@amfam.com JUL11

2000 NORDIC TUG 32’ 570 Hours, Cummins Diesel, Bow/ Stern Thrusters, Dish TV, Clean, Great Lakes Only, Heated Storage, $190,000, 616-588-4127. JUN11

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

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

TIARA 32 OPEN. Only 158 hours $231,000. Bill White, 1866 Ottawa Beach Rd. Holland, MI 49424, www. downeastyachting.com, bwhite@downeastyachting.com 616-836-1287. JUN11 1997 CHAPARRAL 29’9 Twin 350 EFI Remote Spotlight, Sunpad, Radar, Dingy, Windlass, Halon. Pictures Available. Clean. Trailer Optional. 906-370-9411 JUL11

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

2000 MAXUM 3000SCR $44,900. Bill White, 1866 Ottawa Beach Rd. Holland, MI 49424, www.downeastyachting. com, bwhite@downeastyachting.com 616-836-1287. JUN11 1985 25’ CHEROKEE BRAVE. 300 hp vortec v-8 velvet drive. Well cared for. Aluminum trailer negotiable. johnmilbourne@ymail.com. 517-745-0738. JUN11

89 ALBIN 32’ SPORT FISHERMAN COMMAND BRIDGE. Very economical average 6-7 gph. Cruise @ 18-19 mph. Single 300 hp Cummins turbo/ac. with approx. 400 hrs. since MOH. Bow thruster, trim tabs, FD Windless, Auto pilot, Northern Lights Genset w/ approx. 200hrs. Much new equipment including fuel tanks. Ready to cruise or fish. $75,000. 440-487-2580 or jer4dodi@yahoo.com. JUN11

G startereat r boat ! 1997 CARVER 310 mid-cabin Express, T 5.7 Crusaders, 300 hrs. Heat air generator. Paid slip in Burnham Harbor. $44,900 OBO. 708-951-7100. SEP11 32’ GRAND BANKS, 1985, Lehman diesel only 985 hrs. Radar, Plotter, VHF, Refrig. Freezer, Microwave, Stoveoven, Shower. Sleeps 5, $98,000. 847-328-5188. AUG11

1977 25’ CHRIS CRAFT CATALINA. Single 230hp gas engine, trim tabs. New upholstery in cockpit. Full canvas, fresh water, teak interior, good condition $4000. 773-272-2418. bilgepump54@netzero.net. JUN11

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

1995 & 1997 TIARA 3100 OPEN’S 100% freshwater, Crusader 7.4 ltr. gas engines, Full Electronics and Fishing Gear. The 1995 has a Hardtop and the 1997 has a new Bimini Top. Asking $79,900 each! Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

1996 MAXUM 3200SCR in excellent shape Owner retiring from boating. Pictures available. Has a/c and heat, radar,ice maker excellent buy. $45,500. 708-473-4941 AUG11 91 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

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1971 SLICKCRAFT SS-235 stand up hardtop rigged for Salmon. INTERLUX 2000e barriercoat and antifouling paint. Newer Chevy 350 OMC stringer drive. FF, GPS, Vector rod holders, plus MANY extras. Email for more pictures and details. $5,900 OBO. Dirk 847-833-6995 847-231-6389 AUG11

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


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2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $199,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! JUN11

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

2006 SEA RAY 320 SUNDANCER, T6.2 Horizon IO’s, 150 hrs, purchased new in 2007, fully equipped. For info, email edkathys@tds.net, or call 608-576-6906 JUN11

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

2003 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 320, 32’, 350 hrs. Twin 300hp inboards. Raymarine electronics w/radar, cabin amenities, $115,000. 574-210-4640, alanwrightcpa@comcast.net. JUN11

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

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

1977 CARVER 33’ MARINER, Fully Lake Michigan fishing equipped, twin 351 inboards, $21,900.00 Phone calls only please 920-536-0080. JUN11 92 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

2003 SILVERTON 35C. One Owner, freshwater. T-Crusaders, 240 hours. Loaded-usual + bow & stern thrusters; remote controller; davits. Cincinnati. 218-349-8381 JUN11

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

2004 TIARA 3600 SOVRAN. Twin 450hp Cummins, heated storage, excellent, pictures available, $239,000. robert_cummings@ml.com or 920-737-7304 JUL11

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

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

1996 38’ SCARAB, 502 MPI, triple axle aluminum trailer, N. Mi. boat, one owner, very good cond., shore power, fridge, GPS, tv/dvd, $54,900. 231-675-0718. SEP11

2005 TIARA 3600 OPEN, Cummins diesels, 310hrs, bow thruster, heated indoor storage, 100% Fresh water, immaculate, 100% new stamoid canvas 2010. $298,000. Contact Ron 416-574-3433. ron@highlandgm.com. SEP11 38’ HATTERAS FBDC MOTORYACHT 1974. Immaculate, great live-aboard,extensive upgrades,two owner,T-300,low hours, $75,000, complete specs/photos. 231-223-8823, halljr@aol.com. AUG11

1987 36’ TIARA CONVERT. Clean/pro-serviced. T-350hp/ 905 hrs. All electronics, photos. Arcadia, MI. $95,900. Call 616-340-7300 SEP11

2000 SEA RAY 380 SUNDANCER T7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new. Asking $154,900 OBO. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. JUL11


1990 BAYLINER 3888 MOTOR YACHT. 175hp diesels. Some upgrades. Low hours fresh water boat. Peoria/ Illinois River. $69,000. 309/696-5672 or cindylouspidle@gmail.com JUN11

1998 Sea ray 40 Sb Freshwater, loaded and immaculate! Cat diesels, generator, new canvas and carpet, upgraded electronics & satellite TV. $179,900

586-772-4200 • emeraldcityharbor.com JUN11 1984 39-FT. SEARAY EXPRESS CRUISER CRUSADERS. Sleeps 6, Camper top, Gen, Heat/air, Inverter, Windlass, many extras, additional photos on request. $42,500. 612-240-8076. SEP11

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

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1997 445 CARVER AFT CABIN. All new canvas & glass. Asking $189,500. ALL OFFERS & TRADES CONSIDERED. Call 920 231-0148 or bacssdb@yahoo.com JUN11

2004 CARVER 466 MOTORYACHT

1996 FORMULA 41' PC, Twin 420hp Cummings Diamond Series approx 690 hours, Kohler generator, air/heat, bow thruster, pilot, plotter GPS, radar, Vacu-flush, depth sounder, central vac, windlass, much more. A pristine fresh water boat, recent survey. $129,900. 630-243-0454 or 630-390-5498 JUL11 125hrs Twin TAMD75P Volvos, 370HP. Full Raytheon Elec Pkg, hardtop, Satellite TV, granite countertops, wood flooring, thruster, backup camera, generator, A/C, washer/dryer, wetbar w/ice, fresh water, impeccable condition, “one owner” $285,000

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630.887.1478  EliteYachtBrokerage.com JUN11 2004 SEA RAY 390 MOTOR YACHT. Twin 480CE Cummins 290 hrs. Bristol condition. Loaded with options. Freshwater only. Heated storage. $199,000. 317-523-8506 SEP11

1990 BAJA 420 ES. One owner boat!! Properly maintained and ready for immediate delivery.Triple 454 Mags. $69,900. CALL!!! 269.251.5530. JUL11

2001 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 1995 SEA RAY 40 FT EXPRESS, Loaded with every option Sea Ray had to offer, plus a full complement of electronics. A 2008 Zodiac RIB w/15hp Honda, this boat has been stored in an inside-heated facility. Beautifully maintained, in excellent condition and ready for her next owner. Priced over twenty thousand below recent survey. Survey available upon request. $99,500. Contact Jim, 616-293-4359. JUL11

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

2001 460 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 450hp CAT diesels; bow stern thrusters, hydraulic swim platform, new canvas and carpet. Fresh water only, inside storage, $235,000. 847-287-4317. arrobobh@comcast.net JUL11

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

1995 TIARA 4300 OPEN Freshwater, Hardtop, DD 6V92’s, 550 hp, very nice condition, electronics upgraded in 2002, newer canvas, much more! Price Reduced, Now Asking $199,900. Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

47’ CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER 1972, Highly Customized! FRESH WATER, repowered w/Cummins 370’s, 530hrs., Mathers, NEW fuel, water & holding tanks, canvas, cushions, interior, 3 staterooms, queen master, dinghy w/crane, same family 25yrs, 3 boat owner, Must Sell! $158,000 OBO ROB, 612-743-4192. JUL11 93 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

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1990 BAYLINER 3888 MOTOR YACHT. 175hp diesels. Some upgrades. Low hours fresh water boat. Peoria/ Illinois River. $69,000. 309/696-5672 or cindylouspidle@gmail.com JUN11

1998 Sea ray 40 Sb Freshwater, loaded and immaculate! Cat diesels, generator, new canvas and carpet, upgraded electronics & satellite TV. $179,900

586-772-4200 • emeraldcityharbor.com JUN11 1984 39-FT. SEARAY EXPRESS CRUISER CRUSADERS. Sleeps 6, Camper top, Gen, Heat/air, Inverter, Windlass, many extras, additional photos on request. $42,500. 612-240-8076. SEP11

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

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1997 445 CARVER AFT CABIN. All new canvas & glass. Asking $189,500. ALL OFFERS & TRADES CONSIDERED. Call 920 231-0148 or bacssdb@yahoo.com JUN11

2004 CARVER 466 MOTORYACHT

1996 FORMULA 41' PC, Twin 420hp Cummings Diamond Series approx 690 hours, Kohler generator, air/heat, bow thruster, pilot, plotter GPS, radar, Vacu-flush, depth sounder, central vac, windlass, much more. A pristine fresh water boat, recent survey. $129,900. 630-243-0454 or 630-390-5498 JUL11 125hrs Twin TAMD75P Volvos, 370HP. Full Raytheon Elec Pkg, hardtop, Satellite TV, granite countertops, wood flooring, thruster, backup camera, generator, A/C, washer/dryer, wetbar w/ice, fresh water, impeccable condition, “one owner” $285,000

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630.887.1478  EliteYachtBrokerage.com JUN11 2004 SEA RAY 390 MOTOR YACHT. Twin 480CE Cummins 290 hrs. Bristol condition. Loaded with options. Freshwater only. Heated storage. $199,000. 317-523-8506 SEP11

1990 BAJA 420 ES. One owner boat!! Properly maintained and ready for immediate delivery.Triple 454 Mags. $69,900. CALL!!! 269.251.5530. JUL11

2001 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 1995 SEA RAY 40 FT EXPRESS, Loaded with every option Sea Ray had to offer, plus a full complement of electronics. A 2008 Zodiac RIB w/15hp Honda, this boat has been stored in an inside-heated facility. Beautifully maintained, in excellent condition and ready for her next owner. Priced over twenty thousand below recent survey. Survey available upon request. $99,500. Contact Jim, 616-293-4359. JUL11

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

2001 460 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 450hp CAT diesels; bow stern thrusters, hydraulic swim platform, new canvas and carpet. Fresh water only, inside storage, $235,000. 847-287-4317. arrobobh@comcast.net JUL11

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

1995 TIARA 4300 OPEN Freshwater, Hardtop, DD 6V92’s, 550 hp, very nice condition, electronics upgraded in 2002, newer canvas, much more! Price Reduced, Now Asking $199,900. Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

47’ CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER 1972, Highly Customized! FRESH WATER, repowered w/Cummins 370’s, 530hrs., Mathers, NEW fuel, water & holding tanks, canvas, cushions, interior, 3 staterooms, queen master, dinghy w/crane, same family 25yrs, 3 boat owner, Must Sell! $158,000 OBO ROB, 612-743-4192. JUL11 93 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

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

40’, 60’, 88’ DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE at beautiful Duncan Bay Boat Club. Clubhouse, pool, floating docks, wifi & more. Straits of Mackinaw. 866-993-3625, sales@duncanbay.com FEB12 1990 JEFFERSON MARQUESSA 53' MOTORYACHT. Detroit 6V92s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive 2001 upgrades. Custom Pilothouse. Zodiac. BEAUTIFUL. 612-850-2000. JUL11

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1997 55 SEA RAY SEDAN Bridge CAT3196-660HP w/250 hours. Array of Electronics, Mint+ Condition. $259k 248-912-4789. JUN11

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

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Charters BAREBOAT CANADA’S FABULOUS NORTH CHANNEL, LAKE HURON. 25 power and sailboats, 27’-50’, cruise and learn, skippered. Canadian Yacht Charters, Gore Bay, Ontario. 800-565-0022. email: info@cycnorth.com, www.cycnorth.com RUC

Powerboat 2005 21FT. ARIMA SEA RANGER, soft-top,radar arch, 150 Honda, 9.9, Lowrance, many accessories, very nice, $34,000. 507-247-5160. JUL11 1991 SEARAY SUNDANCER 220 Customized for cruising, economical to cruise and trailer, engine new 2008, well equipped and maintained, trailer, $9500. 586-463-5556. JUN11 1989 22’HYDRA-SPORTS 2200 WA. Excellent condition. Rigged for the serious trolling angler. New custom cover&trailer tires. Stored inside. Low hours. Many accessories. $14,500.00.OBF. 440-781-7536. silverfury@wowway.com JUN11 1994 TIARA 29 OPEN. 2008 Loadmaster Trailer. Immaculate condition. Recently updated. Complete electronics package. Pictures available. Call for more information. $75,900. 218-391-1298. JUN11 1981 MAINSHIP 34 TRAWLER. 200hp T urbo Diesel, 40 gal. water, 200 gal. fuel, fly-bridge, full electronics, well-maintained. $20,000. 815-347-2624. JUN11 REDUCED! 2008 SEA RAY 330/350 SUNDANCER, twin 370 V-drive inboards, 30 hours, all upgrades, never slept on, like new. Freshwater, heated storage only, $189K. 847-848-5199. JUN11 TIARA 35 OPEN, 8.1 Crusaders, Hardtop, Full electronics, New Canvas, 500hrs, Glendenning. Oil Changer. Mint 185K. 734-847-8031. JUN11 2000 SEA RAY 450 EXPRESS BRIDGE. Very low hours. Always fresh water. Twin 430 hp Cummins. Loaded. Immaculate. $249,500. Health Reasons. No brokers. Didit9@hotmail.com. AUG11 2004 SEA RAY 48 SEDAN BRIDGE. Always in heated storage. Low hours, all electronics cherry cabinets, cummings QSM, excellent condition. $399,000. 315-752-0320 ext. 6529. SEP11 REDUCED AGAIN! ‘95 500 DA SEA RAY. Heated storage, T-550 Detroits. 502 hrs. Clean and equipped. Fresh water only. $235,000. ph: 216-469-7000 SEP11

Slips FOR SALE: 55-FOOT BOAT SLIP, Charlevoix Michigan. Additional amenities provided. $75,000. Call 231-920-7809. SEP11


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ate last year, a burst of publicity surrounded social scientists’ new finding concerning a glitch in our DNA. A TV special highlighting this finding, cleverly titled “Born to Rage,” aired on network television. Without getting too technical, the finding concerns an enzyme that distorts our adrenaline level and makes those of us so affected experience hotter tempers and increased inclinations to fight. It’s been dubbed the “Warrior Gene,” and it caused me to wonder whether other gene malfunctions could be responsible for seemingly unnatural behavior in other aspects of our lives. In other words: Is there a “Boater Gene?”

3. You step aboard your boat at the beginning of the weekend and notice a heavy deposit of scum at the waterline, as well as substantial discoloration of the white fiberglass topsides. Upon discovering the damage: a. Your heart sinks with despair, and you consider switching to a different hobby—or at least dipping into your beer cooler for some liquid courage. b. You grab your bucket of cleaning tools from the bilge and hum an old sea chantey under your breath, as you throw yourself in the project with the anticipated goal of having the best looking boat in the marina. Only after the work is done will you consider a visit to the cooler. 4. You have invited guests for a short cruise to a nearby port, where you have reservations at a great restaurant. These are people you anticipate impressing with your beautiful boat, your seamanship skills and your good taste as a host. Halfway to your destination your guests become seriously seasick. When this happens, you: a. Come about immediately and head back, apologizing all the way. b. Forge ahead with encouraging words like, “Relax, we’re almost there” or “Wait ’til you see the all-youcan-eat buffet table!”

I’ve had no formal training in neuropsychology, but I have had a lifetime of experience with boats and water. After giving the issue at least 10 minutes of serious thought, I prepared the following test. Although not scientifically approved, I believe it has the potential to confirm my Boater Gene theory with old salts and newbies alike. Unofficial Boater Gene Identification Test 1. As you arrive at your marina or launch site, you notice the storm warning flag has been raised. In response, you: a. Pack up and return home b. Continue to launch and head out 2. As you clear the channel, you run into a noticeable headwind creating 3- to 4-foot waves on the nose. You: a. Debate turning back and hope for agreement from your uncomfortable crew b. Ignore their pathetic body language and plow ahead. 96 LAKELANDBOATING.COM J U N E 2 011

5. On the second day of your cruise, the engines suddenly stop while you’re miles offshore. Your first reaction is to: a. Panic and call the Coast Guard for help, or suffer the cost of hiring Sea Tow. b. Calmly analyze the problem as overloaded fuel filters, haul out your well-organized tool chest, replace the filters with a practiced twist of the wrist, and restart the engines. 6. Your mailman fills your box with every magazine you subscribe to. Upon finding the treasure trove of paper, you: A. Settle down with Time, The New Yorker, Field & Stream, Car & Driver and Playboy. B. Settle down with Lakeland Boating; it’s your only subscription!  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

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