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Features Boat Test: Pursuit OS 355 In pursuit of innovation. by Alan Wendt ...............................................................

Boat Test: Premier 310 Encounter A game changer. by Mike Menne .............................................................................

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Innovation and Old-Fashioned Craftsmanship From humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, family-owned Smoker Craft Inc. thrives in our big box, corporate world by building well-made boats, imagined by spending as much time on the water as possible. by Craig Ritchie ..................................................................................................................

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Port of Call: Saginaw Bay, MI The Sunrise Coast: Michigan’s famed mitten silhouette is shaped by Saginaw Bay, a sparkling stretch of water that opens up to Lake Huron and is dotted with towns, ports, beaches, carpets of forests, rivers and trails. by Jane Ammeson ................................................................................................................

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No, you’re not dreaming. But the allnew Pursuit OS 355 is what your angler dreams are made of. This offshore model sets a new standard of perfection for the large outboard market. A singlepiece optically clear windshield, new seating arrangements and new exterior fabrics are among the 80 innovative features in this offshore.

Canine & Feline Crew ..................................................................................................... 8

@ lakelandboating.com ★ Shop boats for sale by owner ★ Place a classified ad to sell your boat

Calendar ................................................................................................................................. 10 Scuttle......................................................................................................................................................... 12 Shoreleave: Slate Islands ....................................................................................... 24 Great Gear ............................................................................................................................. 26 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate .................................................................................. 28 Electronics ............................................................................................................................ 30 Ask the Expert ................................................................................................................... 32 Safety First NEW COLUMN!................................................................................ 35

★ Peruse dozens of exciting destination stories

Boat Spotlights: Albemarle, Four Winns, Jeanneau & Robalo..... 36

★ Check out our most recent Boat Tests & Boat Spotlights

Lakeshore Life: Boyne City, MI .......................................................................... 64

★ Purchase our Great Lakes Cruising Guides ★ Access past issues with our online magazine

Marina Watch: Battery Park Marina .............................................................. 66

★ Stay current on all the latest Great Lakes news

Marine Marketplace .................................................................................................... 67

★ And much more!

Classifieds ............................................................................................................................. 83 Classic Crafts NEW COLUMN! ......................................................................... 84

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The low down on anchoring in the Great Lakes. by John Wooldridge .............................................................................................................


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CARVER HULL DESIGNS LET YOU GO FARTHER, FASTER, AND WITH MORE COMFORT. The true measure of a boat is when you actually get out on the water. All the glitz and jazzy electronics are small comfort when you’re bouncing from wave top to wave top or wallowing in the troughs. That’s why Carver designs and builds boats for maximum cruising enjoyment, regardless of sea conditions. Even at the dock, we’ve taken measures to give you more room and a seamless indoor-outdoor living space designed especially for relaxed entertaining and overnight comfort. No wonder Carver Yachts is taking the marine industry by storm. Sea trial one at your Carver Yachts dealer today.

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FROM THE HELM by Kate Bush

Humble History

MARCH 2016 | VOLUME LXX, NO. 3

PUBLISHER Walter “Bing” O’Meara

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he beginning of 2016 came and went as fast as I could blink. Luckily, the crew at Lakeland had a chance to attend a regional boat show: the Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show. We were able to unroll our sparkling new banners with “70th Anniversary” proudly displayed, shake a few of our dedicated reader’s hands and meet some new Great Lakes boaters. It is always humbling to interact with those that so closely follow what we, and our talented contributors, have to say. We thank you all! The March issue marks an exciting time where we celebrate not only seven decades of publishing in the boating industry, but also tell the story of a boat builder who’s made quite an impact on our industry. Contributor Craig Ritchie wrote a brilliant profile on Smoker Craft Inc. (p. 48). This family-owned and operated company has been producing a variety of boats out of New Paris, Indiana for more than 100 years. Lakeland publisher Bing O’Meara and I had the honor of touring the Smoker Craft facility back in September, where we also hopped aboard a Starcraft pontoon and sport boat — talk about a hair-blowing thrill ride. Need a refresher course on anchoring? We’ve covered all the bases in our feature by John Wooldridge (p. 52). After reading, you’ll know the difference between a fluke and a plow anchor. And why don’t you put that new knowledge to use when you visit our featured port of call, Saginaw Bay (p. 56). Forming Michigan’s thumb silhouette, this stretch of water leads out to Lake Huron and is home to world-class fishing, natural wonders (including the uniquely-shaped Turnip Rock) and tall ships. Contributor Jane Ammeson guides us along the Saginaw Bay coastline, stopping at cities including East Tawas, Bay City and Caseville. But, let’s not forget that our magazine has been published for 70 years. That’s quite a feat. A fun historical fact of the month: our magazine has operated out of more than eight cities, including: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Adrian, Michigan; Port Clinton, Ohio; Highland Park, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; and Chicago, Illinois. We’ve covered a lot of ground. Think spring; the boating season will be here before you know it.

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Pumpkin At the helm is Pumpkin, our 12-year-old Shih Tzu. She loves being on-board our Sea Ray 345 Sedan Bridge and keeps the geese away as best she can. We cruise Lake St. Clair, Huron and Erie.

We want to hear from you! E-mail us at STAFF@ LAKELANDBOATING.COM, or drop us a line at Lakeland Boating, 630 Davis St., Suite 301, Evanston, IL 60201. Opinions expressed in “Mail Call” are not necessarily those of Lakeland Boating. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

Elwood Captain Hook Our cat, Captain Hook, has traveled thousands of miles with us on our 47 Atlantic motoryacht. He went with us to the Bahamas and then with me when I brought the boat to Michigan from Florida. —Patrick Avery, Holland, MI

—Gail and Mike Bailey, St. Clair Shores, MI

Calling all Furry Crewmembers! We want to learn more about your dogs and cats on board! Send a short write-up with your pet’s name, home city and state, as well as a high-resolution photo (at least 1 MB) to: STAFF@ LAKELANDBOATING.COM. Please put “Canine/Feline Crew” in the subject line.

This is Elwood, our BLB: “Boat Loving Bichon.” Elwood enjoys fishing, digging up rocks from under the water and dinghy rides while sporting his PFD. He usually sits on the front deck of our 330 Silverton Sportbridge while going up the river here in Milwaukee and greets other boaters and folks on shore. Elwood is fully trained to use the potty pad and will be starting America’s Great Loop in August 2016. —Mike Erstad

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS by Kate Bush

MAR 2 – 6

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show Milwaukee, WI

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JSSPORTSSHOW.COM

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BAYFIELDWINTERFESTIVAL.COM

Greater Hamilton Home & Garden Show Hamilton, ON THEHOMESHOW.CA

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EAA Hops & Props Oshkosh, WI

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Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon Calumet, MI

Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids, MI

STJOETODAY.COM 2

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Canada Blooms: The Flower and Garden Festival Toronto, ON

GREATBEARCHASE.COM

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Diva Days St. Joseph, MI

EAA.ORG

Sleeping Giant Loppet Pass Lake, ON

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Cottage & Lakefront Living Show Grand Rapids, MI SHOWSPAN.COM/CLG

SLEEPINGGIANTLOPPET.CA

Straits State Park: Winter Family Fun Day St. Ignace, MI MICHIGAN.GOV/DNR

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Brew-Ski Festival Harbor Springs, MI BOYNE.COM

MAR 30 – APR 3

Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow Minneapolis, MN NORTHWESTSPORTSHOW.COM

The Slush Cup Mancelona, MI 

Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K Traverse City, MI

SHANTYCREEK.COM

CHERRYFESTIVAL.ORG

Waukesha Art Crawl Waukesha, WI

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Bayfield Winter Festival Bayfield, WI

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WAUKESHAART.COM

VISITMUSKEGON.ORG

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sturgeon Bay, WI

Michigan Cup Relays Grayling, MI

STURGEONBAY.NET

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MAR 9

Norfolk Wildlife Fest & Adventure Show Simcoe, ON

Classroom Paddling Huron, OH

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SPRINGBOATINGEXPO.NET

WBAY Home & Garden Show Green Bay, WI HOMEANDGARDENSHOWGB.COM

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Aqualuma and Tides Marine Impress at Refit

The leading suppliers of refitting products, Aqualuma and Tides Marine, made a splash at the inaugural edition of the International Refit Exhibition and Conference in January. Aqualuma featured their LEDs at the event in Fort Lauderdale, which are the lights of choice for many of the world’s leading boat manufacturers, including MasterCraft, Hatteras, Sunseeker, Azimut and Beneteau. The Aqualuma LEDs feature cutting-edge technology, including the Gen 418 Series Thru-Hull Led (pictured), which illuminates some of the world’s largest superyachts. With a huge light output at an affordable price, the Aqualuma’s patented one-piece polymer housing can be serviced from inside the vessel. ABS-approved, compact Tides Marine Self Aligning SureSeal shaft seals connect to the vessel’s stern tube using articulating, single-convolution hose. The hose design automatically positions the SureSeal to the correct operating distance from the stern tube. For more information, visit AQUALUMA.COM and TIDESMARINE.COM.

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B&E Marine Door County Getaway

Freedom Boat Club has reached the 100-club summit and expanded its nationwide fleet to include 1,000 boats. The boat club now has more than 10,000 members in 20 states and has doubled the size of their clubs over the past three years. For more information, visit

B&E Marine – Michigan City’s Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Meridian Yachts dealer — hosted its “Door County Getaway” for their customers on July 18-26, 2015. After the group departed from Michigan City, they stopped at ports in Green Bay, where they toured Lambo Field, Port Washington, Manitowoc, Milwaukee (to enjoy Italianfest), Centerpointe Marine in Sturgeon Bay and Fish

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Creek Municipal, to ride segways in the park, partake in a fish boil and spend a day at Chamber Island. “We had a wonderful trip! There were nine boats in total and the weather was awesome. We visited some new ports this year and also some usual favorites. The group had a great time,” says Rob Benz, director of sales at B&E Marine.

BUSINESS

Posthumous Award for Greg Krueger It is with great respect and admiration that the Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (JBYS) team accepted a very special award in honor of JBYS founder and past president, the late Greg Krueger, at the Sunseeker Dealer Conference in England. Sunseeker founder Robert Braithwaite presented the posthumous award to Greg’s daughter, Amy Krueger, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the Sunseeker brand. “I present this special Founders Award in honor of my best friend, Greg Krueger,” stated Braithwaite. Thanks to Greg’s passion and keen eye for excellence, JBYS is the oldest Sunseeker dealer in the United States and has received five Distributor of the Year Awards from the brand for sales growth and best in the world customer service over the years. Receiving these awards were notable highlights in Greg’s life, which he deeply cherished.


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Mercury Unveils New Racing Outboard Meet Mercury Marine’s “sinister competitive relative” to the Verado 400R: The four-stroke race motor, ROS (Race Offshore). The racing outboard made its on-water debut at the Dubai Grand Prix back in November, and will power the XCAT class in the 2016 XCAT World Series race season. The ROS features the 400R powerhead mounted on an all-new race midsection, featuring the competition-proven Mercury Racing heavy-duty swivel clamp bracket assembly. A Sport Master gearcase transfers the ROS’s massive power to the water. Mercury Racing has also developed a new line of CNC cleaver propellers specifically for the ROS. For more information, visit MERCURYRACING.COM.

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Snag-a-Slip Partners with Waterway Guide Media

Southwest Florida Yachts Adds to Charter Fleet

Have you heard of Snag-ASlip? They’re like the Hotels. com of the boating industry. The online company connects boaters with available slips nearby, while showcasing marinas in the same way that hotels are promoted. And now, the online boat slip reservation company that launched in June 2015 has announced a strategic partnership with Waterway Guide Media. The partnership includes a number of integrations, including an exclusive role as the sole slip booking engine on the Waterway Guide’s brand-new mobile app. The landmark partnership is the first of its kind since boat slip reservation technology entered the market. It serves as a signal that online slip booking is here to stay. In addition to Snag-A-Slip’s exclusive placement on the mobile app, the longterm partnership includes: An exclusive Snag-A-Slip filter on the Waterway Guide mobile app, so boaters can find Snag-A-Slip marinas easily; link integration with marina listings in the Waterway Guide Online Explorer; and shared date between the two companies to support real-time and accurate reservations for boaters. “We are so excited to announce our partnership with Waterway Guide,” says Snag-A-Slip founder Dan Cowens. “As boaters, we have long admired Waterway Guide and are truly grateful to have built a strong, and now formal, relationship with such an established and credible force in the boating industry. Ultimately, our companies share a similar goal, which is to make boating easier and more accessible to people who love the water.” Snag-A-Slip has nearly 100 marinas listed on its website, spanning from the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and the Great Lakes. The mobile-responsive website allows boaters to explore marinas by region, city or marina name, and then search for slips available based on travel dates, length, beam, draw and power requirements. They can book their preferred marina immediately and there are no booking fees associated. For more information, visit SNAGASLIP.COM

Experience True Love, aboard the Leopard 37, twin-engine powered catamaran — the newest boat in Southwest Florida Yachts power fleet. “True Love is fast and comfortable, and a great way to enjoy our delightful cruising area,” says co-owner Barb Hansen. “She has six berths and a U-shaped dinette with seating for six, plus dual air conditioning units.” There are two cabins and two heads. The hardtop flybridge offers excellent visibility with a full set of electronics. For more information, visit SWFYACHTS.COM

MyTaskit, a free web app for boat owners to help manage their boat, announced a subcontractor assignment feature, along with a number of other enhancements to the app. For more information, visit MYTASKIT.COM .

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Bryan Ralston Joins LEMTA

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA) has named Bryan Ralston as the newly created position of director of sales and marketing. “LEMTA is clearly going into a growth mode now,” says chairman of the association’s board of trustees, John Clemons, “and we are excited that Bryan is aboard to be a major contributor to our future, and that of the Ohio boating industry.” Ralston will be responsible for the development and marketing of LEMTA’s four current annual boat shows in Ohio and Indiana, including the Cleveland Mid-America Boat Show, Catawba Island Spring Boat Show, DEMO In-Water Boat Show at Cedar Point, and the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show. For more information, visit LEMTA.COM

MUST-HAVE

Kahlenberg Introduces KB-15 Electric Horn Listen up! Kahlenberg Industries’ KB-15 is a type-approved electric horn and hailing system producing a powerful horn signal for all types of vessels up to 65 feet. The KB-15 also creates voice amplification, “talkback” and wireless connectively to Bluetooth-enabled devices. In the past, boats between 40 and 65 feet in length were required to have two devices: a legal horn signal and a hailing function. The KB-15 combines these two devices into one powerful, approved horn tone and a hailing capability. The KB-15 includes a “black box” consolemounted control module, console-mounted speaker/ microphone and a high-input, marine duty speaker. For more information, visit KAHLENBERG.COM.

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BUZZ

Infinity Fabrics Unveils New Upholstery Line Beige, crimson, navy — pick a color, any color, with the new Superior vinyl upholstery line from Infinity Fabrics. Superior is a colorfast upholstery line for the marine and RV industries that carries a 7-year UV/ fade warranty. Available in 54-inch width, Superior is offered in leatherette and carbon fiber patterns in 51 different colors. The upholstery vinyl line resists pinking and yellowing with advanced antimicrobial technology. “We developed the best floor covering and thereby defined a new standard expectation for performance” says Steve Couch, owner of Infinity Fabrics. “We’re continuing that with Superior, the finest upholstery vinyl offered to the marine and RV industries.” For more information, visit INFINITYLWV.COM BOATS

Oceanis 41.1 Cruiser Launched

The all-new Beneteau Oceanis 41.1 made its mark at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show in February. The brighter, sleeker and customizable addition to the Oceanis family is a streamlined 41-footer that defines a new standard of openness. The modern yet realistic mid-sized cruiser features an ultra-sleek design and impressive equipment level. Six oversized hull windows bring in lots of natural light. It features a spacious cockpit, twin helms with folding helm seats and flip-down swim platform offering 22 squarefeet of access to the water. The model is available in 2and 3-cabin layouts, each with one or two heads. For more information, visit BENETEAUAMERICA.COM.


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Riviera Premieres 8 New Models at Miami Boat Show Renowned Australian luxury yacht builder Riviera rolled out the red carpet when they debuted eight new models during the Miami International Boat Show. The 5400 Sport Yacht (pictured) had its world premiere, while the 525 SUV Crossover had its U.S. debut. The 5400 Sport Yacht features a wide hydraulic boarding platform and electric-opening garage with enough room for a 10.8-foot tender. The boat’s expansive 122.7-square-foot cockpit includes a large forward-facing transom lounge. Completing Rivera’s luxurious line-up is the 57 Enclosed and 52 Enclosed Flybridges, as well as a 43 Open Flybridge, 445 SUV, 6000 Sport Yacht and 54 Daybridge. For more information, visit RIVIERA.COM.AU

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GREAT LAKES NEWS

Maritime Museum Restores Lens Sturgeon Bay’s Door County Maritime Museum recently restored the Fresnel lens. The light was originally installed in 1935 and formally housed in the Green Bay Entrance Lighthouse on permanent loan from the United State Lighthouse — it’s now shining a light on the museum’s campaign to build an 11-story tower on site. The light, dating back to 1880, is now situated in the lower lobby of the museum as part of an informational display on the tower project. The lens will sit enclosed atop the tower when it’s completed. The tower expansion will serve as an observational platform for the community’s stunning harbor and as an additional space for state-of-the-art exhibits for all ages. The tower will also include an expanded lobby, museum store and an elevator ride to the 10th floor indoor observation deck, with a 360-degree view of Sturgeon Bay. For more information, visit DCMM.ORG. BUSINESS

Beneteau Adds Wisconsin Dealer

Racine Riverside Marine of Racine, Wisconsin will serve as Beneteau America’s exclusive Beneteau sailboat dealer for Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “Our new partnership with Racine Riverside Marine came to fruition at the perfect time,” says Beneteau America sailboat sales manager Chris Doscher. “We are thrilled with their performance right out of the gate. We are confident their professionalism and expertise will serve the Beneteau name extremely well and help them form long-time relationships with Beneteau owners”. Racine Riverside Marine (RRM) is a full-service dealership and marina founded in 1990. Their facility features 45 slips on the Root River, with direct access to Lake Michigan. RRM also offers a full-service marine store, expert service team and boat storage. For more information, visit RACINERIVERSIDE.COM or BENETEAUAMERICA.COM.

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Keep your engines clean as can be, with Star Tron’s new Ring Clean+, which is formulated with the latest technology deposit control compounds, PLUS a proprietary enzyme package for the ultimate in cleaning power. Ring Clean+ is engineered to remove the toughest deposits from carburetors, fuel injectors, intake ports and combustion chambers. The formula helps improve fuel combustibility to help prevent formation of future deposits. What’s more is that it can also help improve fuel economy. The product can be used in all gas and diesel engines as often as needed to keep engines running smoothly. For more information, visit STARBRITE.COM.


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MarineMax Partners with Galeon Yachts Luxury yachting in the U.S. has a newcomer: Galeon Yachts. MarineMax recently announced that they are partnering with Galeon Yachts to introduce the brand to the U.S. market and become the exclusive Galeon Yachts representative in the Americas. Galeon has been manufacturing yachts for more than 30 years and is known globally for their commitment to innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship. MarineMax will carry 10 Galeon models from 38 to 66 feet, including the Galeon 500 Fly (pictured), which won the 2015 IBI Boat Builder’s “Innovative On-Board Solution” category. For more info, visit MARINEMAX.COM/GALEONYACHTS.COM

BUZZ

Carver and Marquis Add Midwest Dealer

Centerpointe Yacht Services is the newest dealer of Marquis and Carver Yachts. Centerpointe has three Lake Michigan locations: Milwaukee, Kenosha and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, with a fourth location opening this spring in Holland, Michigan. The dealership will serve Marquis and Carver owners all around Lake Michigan, including the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. “The addition of Marquis and Carver allows us to expand our portfolio and reach a market segment underserved in the luxury boating market,” says CenterPointe Yacht Services principal and general manager Craig Duchow. “A distinct advantage of Marquis and Carver yachts is that they are high-quality, Wisconsin-built yachts, which we intend to leverage as a sales tool with our Lake Michigan customers.” For more information, visit CENTERPOINTESERVICE.COM.

MUST-HAVE

Garmin Quatix 3 GPS Smartwatch

The standard wristwatch just got a whole lot smarter. Garmin recently unveiled its next-generation marine GPS smartwatch: the quatix 3. This watch builds upon all the features from the Garmin fenix line (multisport activities, smart notifications and more), but adds important cruising, fishing and sailing capabilities, along with a number of marine-specific features and watch faces preloaded onto the device.

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Hinckley Acquires Morris Yachts

The wearable instrument wirelessly streams NMEA 2000 boat data from compatible onboard Garmin marine electronics, providing users with access to important sensor information like speed, depth, temperature and wind data. The quatix will retail in Q1 for $599.99 at GARMIN.COM.

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Downeast Maine yacht builder, Hinckley Yachts, has added Morris Yachts to its family. Hinckley acquired the assets of the sailboat builder in January and plans to continue Morris’ boatbuilding and service operations in Downeast Maine under the name of Morris Yachts, LLC. Both companies build quality yachts within a quarter-mile of each other in Trenton, Maine. In the new arrangement, about 380 craftsmen, engineers and technicians will work together to continue building these world-class yachts. Morris Yachts was founded 40 years ago and has built more than 300 sailboats. Morris owners will be welcomed at any of Hinckley’s east coast service yards from Maine to Florida. For more information, visit HINCKLEYYACHTS.COM


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Navico, leader in marine electronics, has introduced a boatload of new electronics from its Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. The Lowrance Elite Ti Series Fishfinder/Chartplotter (pictured) is available in 5- and 7-inch displays and features CHIRP sonar, StructureScan HD and DownScan imaging. Lowrance also announced the HOOK Fishfinders, available in 4-, 5-, 7- and 9-inch displays. The HOOK line has two new affordable fishfinders: The HOOK-3x and HOOK-3x DSI. TotalScan Transducer for Lowrance and Simrad is new to the market, and is an all-in-one transducer that combines CHIRP technology with high-resolution StructureScan HD and DownScan Imaging technology. Building on the previously released GO7 standalone unit from Simrad is the GO7 XSE and GO5 XSE. B&G Vulcan 5 and Vulcan 7FS feature pinch-to-zoom capabilities, menus for quick and easy navigation and builtin GPS. For more information on all these new products, visit NAVICO.COM

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Lakeland Photographer Featured in Book Michigan City-based photographer and longtime Lakeland Boating contributor, Paul Kemiel, knew he was onto something special on Halloween 2014, when he was traveling to the Michigan City Lighthouse in the midst of a windstorm. “I was aware of the pending weather front and made the trek to the lakefront with the goal of capturing the crashing 25-foot waves against the lighthouse from the 50mph winds. Putting my camera and lens in a plastic bag to guard from moisture, I used one of the stone pillars on the sidewalk leading to the pier as a protective barrier for my well being and for a stable base for the camera from the buffeting winds,” says Kemiel. Now, a photo from that collection is being featured in Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s latest book, “Best of Photography 2015.” The photo was selected as a finalist in the worldwide contest, which is based in Santa Barbara, California. The picture was among 10,000 submissions. Only the top 14 percent were published in the hardbound book. “As I was editing my photographs, this particular image stood out due to the raw power and peak action from Mother Nature’s impact that was captured in that moment in time.” says Kemiel. “The lighthouse is our iconic landmark that symbolizes Michigan City and Northwest Indiana, and that will garnish international attention from the exposure highlighted in this picture book. I am honored to be representing this celebrated structure with my photo.” — Photo and article by Paul Kemiel GREAT LAKES NEWS

Help Protect Our Water

Join the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). These non-native species, including zebra mussels and silver carp, can harm the Great Lakes and can devastate lakes, rivers and streams. And we may be unknowingly aiding in the spread of these destructive hitchhikers. The “Be a Hero — Transport Zero” campaign reminds all boaters to remove, drain and dry your boat before leaving a water access. Follow AIS laws and regulations and do your part in becoming knowledgeable about AIS. Be sure to dispose of all unwanted bait and fish parts in the trash. Spread this information — not AIS! For more information, visit TRANSPORTZERO.ORG

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MasterCraft Unveils NXT20 Global Edition It’s been awhile since MasterCraft has debuted an outboard towboat — in fact, it’s been more than 20 years. But the new NXT20 Global Edition, the latest newcomer to the entry-level NXT line, is finally here. This affordable yet high-quality towboat can truly do it all. The NXT 20 Global Edition sports one of the most innovative crossover hulls on the market today, ensuring powerful, responsive handling, while still being able to sculpt perfectly shaped waves. The new model comes standard with a 175-hp Mercury Verado outboard engine, with the option to upgrade to a 225-hp model. For more information, visit mastercraft.com.

Blue Gas Marine Partners with Dusky Marine

The 2016 Miami International Boat Show exhibited some of the latest and greatest technology in the marine industry, including the Dusky Marine 252, which featured Blue Gas Marine’s Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel-system technology. The boat, powered by a Suzuki outboard motor, was the first factory-built boat designed from the ground-up to seamlessly integrate the fuel system for the sport fishing market, while maximizing range. “With the ability to switch from gasoline to a natural gas energy source on the fly, our customers can have a fuel source that is both wallet and environmentally friendly, while maintaining the convenience of traditional gasoline when necessary,” says Michael Brown, vice president of Dusky Marine. “This hybrid system allows avid fisherman and boaters to significantly reduce their pollution output as well as their fueling costs, thereby allowing for more time on the water.” For more information, visit bluegasmarine.com or Dusky.com.

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by Marty Richardson Lake Superior

Exploring Lake Superior’s wild frontier.

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the caribou more tame). The caribou share their habitat with a large population of snowshoe hares. A good location to spot caribou at dusk is McGreevy Harbor, which provides a nice anchorage in 17 to 20 feet of water behind a small island, just southwest of a burnt, derelict barge. Another caribou lookout is Lambton Cove, which almost bisects Mortimer Island. Anchoring here can be done only with a stern anchor and tying a bowline to shore-mounted rings. The shore of this cove features an abandoned mining shaft approximately 15 feet southeast of a prominent rock outcropping. After clearing the short entrance, the cave has headroom of about 6 feet, extends about 50 feet in and ends at a pool of water. Mortimer Island also features some interesting rock pits known as Pukaskwa Pits. Found on the mainland and dating back somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years, the pits were allegedly constructed by ancestors of the Ojibwa, though the purpose of the pits remains a mystery. Beacon of light Venture to the southeast corner of Patterson Island at Sunday Harbour, and you can hike up to Lake Superior’s highest elevation lighthouse at 224 feet above lake level. Built

in 1903, the lighthouse has an unoccupied light keeper’s quarters and cement pier. The light hasn’t been staffed since the early 1990s, but it remains solar-powered thanks to the last light keeper’s family; they have a lease on the land and maintain the property and buildings, keeping them painted a fresh, bright red and white. If you visit, remember only shoal draft boats can approach the dock. Be cautious anchoring in Sunday Harbour, as the holding is not great. A better spot is found in Patterson Cove, or what the locals refer to as South Bay, which has better holding, wonderful seclusion and a great area to explore both by dinghy and on shore. As an “unmanaged” (no services, staff or fees) provincial park, the islands now mainly serve the interests of recreational boaters and fishermen, and the area is well known for excellent fishing. While just a few fishing camp cottages dot the interior shoreline, a park management plan for the future of the Slates Islands is currently being considered to ease access to these hard-to-reach islands. Departing the Slates, we headed to our next stop about 28 nautical miles west at Battle Island to continue our circumnavigation of Lake Superior. We were glad to have visited this special place now, while it’s still one of Lake Superior’s wild frontiers. H

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Refreshment Table Fire Pit Have you had one of those days where you just don’t want to get off your boat? With the Floating Fire portable fire pit, you can warm up after a long day’s cruise right on the bow! Yes, you heard that right. The portable Refreshment Table features a 16-inch fire pit built into an upholstered and padded table with remote adjustable flame control and shut-off valve, four drink holders, locking lid and two small storage comportments. Approved for use by the USCG and NMMA. 40,000 BTU fire that’s easy to operate. $1,099 AT PONTOONFIREPIT.COM


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DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE by Capt. Frank Lanier

The Porcelain Throne It’s time to upgrade your marine toilet.

A modern equivalent of the oaken bucket, portable gravity feed toilets are the simplest units to install.

Older toilets can be temperamental during operation, and cruising spares and repair parts can be difficult to locate.

A good example of a manual vacuum toilet, the Lavac can also be configured with an electric pump.

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

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hile it’s said the best two days of a boat owner’s life are when buying and selling, there’s a third that ranks right up there — the day that old, temperamental marine toilet gets replaced with a modern, efficient unit. Here are some options to consider when upgrading your own “seat of ease.” The number of styles to choose from may seem overwhelming at first, but marine toilets can be broken down into five basic types: gravity feed, manual pump, macerating, vacuum and composting. Gravity feed toilets work just as the name implies, with the unit positioned directly above an integral holding tank. Portable-type toilets are a common example. Bowl contents drain directly into a removable tank, which is later removed and dumped into the appropriate receptacle on shore. Flush water (if provided) is supplied by an internal reservoir. Some larger units, however, can be plumbed to draw flush water from the vessel’s freshwater system or to a deck fitting to allow remote pump-out. Gravity feed toilet prices range from less than $100 for basic units (such as Thetford’s Porta Potti 260B) to more than $500. Manual pump toilets utilize an integral hand pump to bring flush water into the bowl, where it mixes with the sewage and is then pumped clear. Installation requirements depend on the source of the flush water. If plumbed to draw flush water from your freshwater system, the installation will include a tie into that system. Systems utilizing “raw water” for flushing (i.e. the water your boat is floating in) will additionally require a below-the-waterline, through-hull fitting seacock and plumbing from the seacock to the toilet flush water intake. Some manual units also offer the option of conversion to an electric pump; Par, Groco, Wilcox-Crittendon and Raritan are all well-known manufacturers of this type of system. Prices range from around $170 to more than $500. Macerating toilets are designed to puree solid waste, much like a garbage disposal. An electric-powered “grinder” (aka macerator) typically uses blades to simultaneously chop and pump waste clear of the bowl. Flush water can be raw or from the vessel’s freshwater system. Jet action heads, such as the Royal Flush by Headhunter, use pressurized water jets to macerate waste. The price of a standard electric macerating toilet starts at around $450. Vacuum heads use an electric or manual pump to generate a vacuum in the system, which pulls sewage from the bowl to a holding tank when the toilet is flushed. The Sealand/ Dometic VacuFlush system is an industry standard in the electric vacuum head market. The Lavac “Popular Model” ($445) is a good example of a manual vacuum head, and one that can also be configured with an electric pump.

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If you’re committed to having a “green” yacht, composting toilets utilize peat moss to turn waste into compost. As they’re completely self-contained, they can be an attractive alternative to traditional toilets. No plumbing is needed; however, they do require installation of a fan and vent pipe. Although early units were large and bulky, newer models, such as the Air Head ($1,029), have the same footprint as a standard toilet, making them a viable choice for most vessels. General installation tips Although you’ll always want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, the following general tips apply to most toilet installations.

Location • Select a location that provides sufficient clearance around and above the toilet, ensuring that there’s room to operate the pump (if manual), conduct maintenance, etc. • Make sure the seat and lid can swing up and over at least 110 degrees to prevent closing when the vessel heels or pitches. Mounting • Select a mounting surface that’s flat, rigid and strong enough to provide adequate support. • The support area should be at least 2 to 3 inches wider and deeper than the base of the toilet and have sufficient clearance below the mounting surface to access and secure toilet mounting hardware. • Use properly sized, marine-grade mounting hardware: stainless steel through bolts, washers, self-locking nuts, etc. Hose • Use marine-grade, spiral reinforced, smooth bore flexible hoses for both inlet and discharge. If upgrading an existing toilet, you’ll want to replace the old hose as well, which could be a source of odor. • Secure all hose runs against movement, provide chafe protection as needed and install so that hoses don’t exert any leverage on toilet fittings (to avoid leaks later on). • Install double, marine-grade stainless steel hose clamps (where possible) at each fitting. • Install vented loops as required to prevent flooding. Finally, keep in mind that your toilet is only one part of your vessel’s sanitation system. Correct installation and maintenance of the system as a whole is essential for proper long-term operation and reliability. ★

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ELECTRONICS by Glenn Hayes

Plug It In Handy smartphone boating gadgets.

A sailboat as seen through a Seek CompactXR (right).

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

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Superpower vision We’ve all had times on-board when we wished we could see into the dark and discern objects in the water; or look at an engine and diagnose a problem before a catastrophic failure; or look through a bulkhead and detect a clogged line; or see an electrical issue before a burnout. Two companies now offer thermal imagers that connect to your smartphone. When combined with their apps, your phone transforms into a fully-functioning thermal imager. Models from Seek Thermal and FLIR can give impressive results and are far more than just cool gadgets to impress your friends. Using the latest infrared technology, their thermal sensors are made up of thousands of thermal pixels that can detect slight differences in temperature. This allows you to see in total darkness by creating an image on your screen based on temperature differences. With a Seek CompactXR thermal imager plugged into your smartphone (the mini USB on your Android or the Lightning connector on your iPhone), and with the Seek Thermal app installed, you can see out as far as 1,800 feet to detect objects in the water, such as floating debris, pilings and even your drunken friend who fell overboard after one too many. While both phone models offered by Seek and FLIR are somewhat limited in their outward range — and don’t compare to more powerful thermal scopes or fixed mounted thermal imagers — the main value of these devices is for troubleshooting and diagnosing problems on-board. They are excellent at finding electrical shorts or overloaded electrical connections, locating leaks in hidden areas, checking on cooling systems and possible blockages, and locating exhaust leaks. They are great for trailer boaters, too, as you can

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A collection of phone wind and weather station devices.

use them to check on trailer and tow vehicle tires. If the temperatures are uneven, you know you have an issue that needs to be resolved. These imagers can even allow selection of crosshairs on the screen to a specific point and measure the temperature at that point. Breaks, bearings and tires all can be checked this way, and an issue can be resolved before it leaves you stranded — as I was able to do recently, using a borrowed FLIR ONE unit. Better than a wet finger Your smartphone can now be a top-notch meteorological tool, using wind meters that plug into your smartphone or connect through Bluetooth. Combined with well-designed apps, wind meters from Vaavud and Weatherflow can give boaters all the information he or she may need to enjoy time on the water. Vaavud offers a few models: the Mjolnir and the Sleipnir. The Mjolnir utilizes a two-cup wind vein and plugs into your smartphone’s headphone jack. It can measure winds between 4 and 48 knots, and boasts electronic-free technology by communicating directly with the magnetic field sensor in the phone. Combined with the Vaavud Wind Meter app, you end up with a display summarizing wind speed, barometric pressure, temp, wind chill and turbulence intensity (aka “gustiness”). Their other model, the Sleipnir, is more advanced and can read wind up to 78 knots, as well as wind direction. This model has a list of quality features, including compatibility with Lifeproof phone cases. Weatherflow has a couple of models available, with its popular WFANO-01A leading the way. Just plug it into the audio jack, open the app and you’re ready to go. You can measure wind speed, direction and gusts. It’s also compatible with popular apps such as iWindsurf, Fishweather, Sailflow, WindAlert and iKitesurf. Its next model, the WFANO-02, has all that capability and more, but transmits to the phone via Bluetooth for full, remote operation functioning as a miniature meteorological station. You have been warned. If you get to play with any of these devices, you may end up like me, thinking, “I’ve got to get one of these.” But if you do, you’ll wonder how you managed without it. ★

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’m dating myself here, but I can remember the first time I used a friend’s cell phone and was instantly hooked, thinking to myself, “I have got to get one of these.” Well, I recently saw some interesting gadgets that, when combined with your smartphone and an app, could prove incredibly useful for your time out on the water. They again had me thinking, “I have to get one for myself.”

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BOAT SPOTLIGHT by Gary Reich

Albemarle 25 Express Downeast distinctiveness.

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 25'2" Beam: 8'6" Draft: 1'10" Weight: 7,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 193 gals. Water Capacity: 23 gals. Power: T-250 hp Yamaha F250 outboards Base Price: $141,900 ALBEMARLEBOATS.COM

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BOAT SPOTLIGHT by Gary Reich

Four Winns HD 270 Elegance exemplified.

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behind the split console. An enclosed head is in the port console, while the helm is to starboard. Up forward is a huge U-shaped bow lounge with two forward-facing chaise lounges. A table can be inserted between for happy hour snacks or informal dining. The HD 270’s power plant options are as versatile as its deck layout. You can have the HD 270 in either inboard or outboard flavors, with engines from Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude, Volvo Penta or MerCruiser. You might be worried about an outboard hogging up all that aforementioned room on the swim platform. No worries there; the outboard well only takes up a little more than a foot of space. If you’re going to use this boat for water sports, consider equipping it with a Volvo Penta engine and the company’s unique Forward Drive sterndrive, which safely tucks the Duoprops up under the stern and vents exhaust gases under the water — and out of your tubers, skiers and wakeboarders’ faces. If you’re looking for a deck boat with a ton of good looks, luxury, performance and ingenuity, the Four Winns HD 270 should definitely be at the top of your list. ★

SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 26'6" Beam: 8'5" Draft: 1'6" Weight: 5,400 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 70 gals. Base Price: $88,308 FOURWINNS.COM

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Jeanneau Leader 46 Bigger is better.

U SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 46'10" Beam: 13'5" Draft: 3'7" Weight: 23,369 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 238 gals. Water Capacity: 106 gals. Power: T-435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drives Base Price: $571,000 JEANNEAU.COM

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Two steps up from the swim platform brings you to the bridge deck. Just to port is a large, aft-facing sunpad, while farther forward to port is a U-shaped dinette, with an adjacent L-shaped lounge to starboard. Convertible bench/ sunpad seating lie behind the wraparound windshield to port, and the helm is situated to starboard. Below is an open and airy layout, designed for two couples to cruise comfortably. The master stateroom is located mid-cabin, with its own enclosed head and shower, while the private guest stateroom is situated in the bow. It shares an enclosed head and shower through a main salon door. To port in the main salon is a dinette with plenty of room for four people, and the nicely-equipped galley is to starboard. Although several power plant options are available from the factory, there’s no doubt that American boaters will likely turn to the Volvo Penta IPS600 (twin 435-hp Turbo Diesels) as their first choice. Packed with stunning performance and luxury features to the nines, the Leader 46 is sure to impress. ★


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Pursuit

OS 355

In pursuit of innovation. by Alan Wendt

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hen you test boats nearly every week for a living, you become leery of formulaic advertising boasting “new features,” “improved performance” or “innovative design.” But when Bruce Thompson, vice president of operations for Pursuit Boats, leaned over at a new products dealer meeting and personally wanted to point out the OS 355 with at least 80 significant design features and engine changes, out came the reporters pad, on went the polarized sunglasses, and I said, “let’s go.” I’ve known Bruce for 25 years; not just from his stellar career heading up design at Sea Ray and Pursuit, but as a father, fellow boater, angler and diving enthusiast. We’ve enjoyed many non-work boating weekends on the Great Lakes, in the Bahamas and Florida Keys. He’s creative (has six boat patents), inspirational and is a boater who actually develops new models based on real experiences, coupled with the latest building methods, materials and technology.

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Efficient workmanship

Brand new from the keel up, the OS 355 maintains tradition in offshore design, with calculated updates to the model it replaces, the OS 345. Perhaps the most stunning and visible improvement is a single-piece, laminated optically clear windshield. Sourced in Italy, the marine glass has curved double glazing composed of chemically hardened panes, offering one of the broadest, clearest, unobstructed helm views free of hardware extrusions on a boat this size. The glass is similar to panels used in European high-speed bullet trains. It won’t implode into tiny pieces like tempered glass, so it will keep water out of the boat in a catastrophic incident. Pursuit incorporated a number of lean manufacturing techniques during the recession. Among the processes, the entire hardtop and window enclosure are now engineered and assembled as a single piece in house. Comprised of fiberglass material infused with resin, the one-piece top is much stronger and lighter weight.

The back end

But I’m getting ahead of the tour, which begins at the transom where you board. With an industry-wide move to beefier outboards (even though they are dropping in weight), Pursuit experimented with finding a sweet spot not just for speed, but fuel consumption, performance and noise abatement. The solution, Thompson says, was a raised motor well to accommodate the twin 350 Yamaha engines. This required development of a patented transom reinforcement grid built on a five-ply resin infused composite transom system. While most of us just go and have fun, Thompson knows all too well that at some point you have to clear a prop tangled with monofilament, deal with someone else’s lost anchor rode, or worse yet, change a prop. By designing a catwalk free of steering cables and fuel lines, then creating an island pocket on the transom and providing enough room for the engine shaft to tilt forward and clear the water, you can easily accomplish these tasks without getting in the water. Not a big deal in the warm Florida Keys, but on Lake Michigan in May, even a member of the Polar Bear Club is likely to grimace. Should you go for a swim, on purpose or accidently, boarding is much easier with a four-step

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Fit for the captain

Phew! That’s just for starters when it comes to the innovation behind the Pursuit OS 355. On to the next treat: The raised bridge and semi-enclosed air conditioned/heated seating area. I’ve already mentioned the incomparable unobstructed view. Pursuit carefully listened to boaters moving up in size and those downsizing, and combined those thoughts into a most pleasing array of electronics, steering and seating. Aside from the captain’s swivel chair, no one else typically has an armrest. But this molded port bridge lounge seating sports a large backrest, folding arm, molded footrest and port articulating armrest. Far less showy is the helm. Twin flat screens, digital instrumentation, throttles, forward bow thruster joystick and rocker panel accessory switches (pleasantly arranged around the Teleflex tilt sport helm wheel with textured grip and control knob), signify that this boat is agile enough for single-handed piloting. Even your restless feet won’t get tired, thanks to a foldout fiberglass footrest/platform.

A place to rest

One look below inside the cabin, however, and it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t be spending much time alone on the OS 355. The tongue-and-groove wood floor is as smooth as “Up Town Funk’s” fresh jar of Skippy. This tone-setter is an

invitation to relax after a fun afternoon spent exploring Traverse City, Mackinaw, or staying up for a glimpse of the lighthouse ghost at Presque Isle. Your James Bond moment is achieved with an electrically actuated, custom V-berth seating with fixed cushions that converts into a queen-size Berth. Not only does the bed accomplish a parting of the seas moment, but the solid wood table is also electrically actuated for height adjustment. Okay, so I’m easily amused. It’s still cool. Center stage, the portside galley comes complete with all the necessities: 240v dual burner glass cook top, microwave oven, 12v refrigerator, ample storage drawers and cabinets, sink and Corian countertop. Head and shower are starboard, while the full-size aft berth and 6-inch recessed wood framed, inner spring mattress promise a good night’s sleep. Here, you’ll also find dedicated storage for four rods — out of sight and away from temptation when you’re tied up in the marina.

It’s the little things…

“Now, what didn’t you see?” Bruce quizzes me. The answer is screws. Somehow, the design team at Pursuit has managed to hide darn near every fastener behind doorframes and surfaces to provide a big boat finish. And it’s not just above decks; as we crawled into the mechanical space, the innovation and attention to detail suggests Pursuit has made it a mission to not only comply with American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards but also exceed them. All water lines are home runs, eliminating known leak areas. Everything is labeled and color-coded. The electric system is built in house. Harnesses fit with no excess wire or crimps. You won’t see this, but everything is labeled on the backside of the separate AC and DC electric panels, making the technician who troubleshoots your boat a very happy camper. Assuming, of course, you have a problem. This near fanatical attention to detail is a hallmark of Pursuit. “We looked at 10 years of warranty data and removed nearly every failure area possible,” Thompson explains. “From something as simple as beefing up a door jam on the head to an inch-and-a-quarter to keep it super straight, to adding an extra hidden failsafe fireproof enclosure around the electric grill, every inch of this boat is truly new, innovative and designed for improved performance.” And with that, we finally cast off lines for a test ride. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Twin 350s made easy work of an unkind sea — the best conditions for nit picking. Honestly, they all run great when the water is flat. Despite my best efforts to create mayhem in the cockpit, with more twists than a weekend marathon of NCIS, the floor storage held watertight. Another Pursuit innovation: The inner liner stays dry, with water being managed before it can reach storage compartments. Bring a notepad to the dealer and see if you can find all 80 innovations. If the boat meets your budget and needs, I’ll bet you’re convinced long before you even get to 40. ★

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telescopic boarding ladder. That extra rung is much appreciated, as boaters of advanced years can attest. Adjacent to the port transom entry door is a lighted, 28-gallon Oceana Blue livewell, which can be pressurized to protect the bait from sloshing around. What’s unique about this positioning is the incorporation of the fold-down aft seat that neatly recesses into the transom wall. This accommodates a plush, supportive back bolster that doubles as a leaning rail and a comfortable seat when using the cockpit for dining and entertaining. The adjustable backrest is patented. An added bonus is the voluminous, deep storage area now created behind the aft bench. Use it as a fish box or for storage of fins, lines, hoses and anything else that comes aboard wet and needs to drain overboard. In true Ronco TV fashion — but wait, there’s more! Tucked away on the starboard side transom wall are two glide-out tackle drawers. A pair of identical molded single seats flanks the two steps up to the helm area. Underneath both is insulated storage and to port is the outdoor chef’s area. A Kenyon electric outdoor grill is flush-mounted into the cabinet, with sink, hot/cold faucet, cutting board and storage. In the cockpit sole, twin 68-gallon insulated fish boxes with separate diaphragm pumps (rather than macerators) to pass snaps, hooks and the like without clogging. All are supported by gas-rams and secured in place with heavy-duty 316L stainless steel latches. Just to keep everything and everyone clean, there’s a raw water outlet in the cockpit with quick-connect fittings and a 25-foot hose, plus a freshwater wash with hot/cold valve and pull-out sprayer.

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Specifications LOA: 37'11" Beam: 12' Draft (motors up): 2'2" Weight (dry): 16,620 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 375 gals. Water Capacity: 50 gals. Max Power: 700 hp Base Price: Contact dealer PURSUITBOATS.COM

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very so often, there’s a company that takes a chance in an attempt to change the game. Each year, manufacturers introduce new models, new graphic colors and new layouts. As the industry progresses — and consumers demand change — so does the availability of boat models and products offered. What we do not often see is something that shakes up the industry quite like the Premier Encounter. This never before seen, brand new 2016 model took some imagination and engineering to dream up. We’re all accustomed to pontoons and their ability to perform while carrying large numbers of passengers. Their open decks and modular floor plans (luxury seating, loungers, bars and multiple areas to entertain on the water) have become the preferred platform for boaters in recent years. They are like floating living rooms with seemingly endless amounts of outdoor space. Most every boat builder has followed this trend and has seen the size of their deck plans and options grow. But Premier stands out among its competition. Pushing the limits This luxury pontoon innovator consistently introduces cutting-edge features to the market, sometimes ahead of their time. But the company also actively works to push the limits of what is possible with product development, including their industry-first, 10-foot wide decks, PTX Performance Package, and now the Encounter, the first-ever center cabin pontoon. That’s right — they took the layout of a luxury day cruiser and built that layout into a pontoon boat. “We saw a need to design a boat that had the stability and luxury of a pontoon with the convenience and comfort of a cabin cruiser,” says Premier president Lori Melbostad. “This model performs like no other pontoon and features a very spacious interior cabin. It will satisfy our customers who like to spend as much time as possible on the water.” Escape the elements The Encounter — available in a 290 and 310 model — comes standard in a 10-foot wide layout. In order to support the new package,

Specifications LOA: 33'5" Beam: 10'2" Weight: 4,000 lbs. Person Capacity: 16 Max Power (PTX triple): 750 hp Base Price: Contact dealer PONTOONS.COM

Premier had to redesign its ever-popular PTX package and widen the tube to a 42-inch center tube. The center cabin actually uses the space from the center tube in its new floor plan with sleeper cabin. The cabin, located in front of the helm, includes a plush sleeper, complete with a mattress, custom bedding and pillow package. This area also makes room for a full head, deck hatch, convertible dining table and facing sofas. It’s an amazing space to get out of the elements or to spend a night on your pontoon. Families will love the features for longer boat rides with children; naptime and bathroom breaks are now possible while underway. Other features include Premier’s new Prosperity furniture, featuring the softest Heritage marine fabric known in the industry. This material is seen on only the finest of luxury yachts and maintains the yacht-like finishes. The topside of the boat has all of the features you’ve come to expect on a pontoon: there’s a front bench, integrated bow sun lounger and rear wrap-around seating area. These areas accommodate 14 to 16 passengers, making the layout of this pontoon truly unique. Industry-first innovations The Encounter is a futuristic and untraditional pontoon. Premier incorporated its new-for-2016 Duro rails into the boat; the new shape and bends give the Encounter a standout look. Evinrude’s new G2 E-Tec powered our test boat, mirroring the contemporary look of the boat. Looking back at the engines, we counted not twins but triple Evinrude 250 G2 E-Tecs. The triple engine feature is new for Premier in 2016 and another one of their industry-first innovations on a production

pontoon boat. The triple engine package, with a total of 750 hp, made this craft handle more like a sport boat than a traditional triple-tube pontoon. The increased power allowed us to instantly get the boat up on plane and use the handling benefits of the new 42-inch PTX triple tube. Its top speed pushed 60 mph and it’s a ride you will truly have to experience for yourself. Other standard features that we found throughout were high-end components, like a Zenith steering wheel, seagrass flooring, an Imperial galley with refrigerator, a front-mount camera and a refrigerated cup holder at the helm for the driver. Premier essentially thought of everything when they designed this pontoon; it’s a specialized boat designed for a specialty consumer. “Any boat lover has had those days when they can’t bear to say goodnight to a perfect sunset on the lake,” Melbostad says. “This model lets boaters expand their summers with a place to sleep, lounge or just get away from it all.” If you’re in search of a luxury pontoon company that pushes the limits with design and engineering, Premier is out there looking to change the game yet again. Their products continue to innovate and push the level of what boaters thought was possible with a traditional pontoon boat. If you’re seeking a pontoon boat model that allows you some of the comforts only found in traditional day cruising yachts, the Encounter is for you. If you’re looking for something else, chances are Premier builds it in one of their other 78 models. Here’s to changing the game again. Progress is a beautiful thing. ★

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by Craig Ritchie Today

Smoker Craft 17 Millentia

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t’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the balance began to shift. At one time, the majority of boat manufacturers were family-owned operations run by people who felt they could build something better than the other guy, but somewhere along the way boating got big. As it is with so many other areas in life, multinational corporations and private equity firms, driven by shareholders with a keen eye on the bottom line, now own a growing number of boat companies. In our big-box, mass consumption world, the family-owned business doing what it loves has become a bit of an anachronism. Perhaps that’s why we all seem to enjoy seeing one defy the trend and not only survive, but thrive by competing on innovation and simple, old-fashioned craftsmanship. Smoker Craft Inc. — the New Paris, Indiana-based company that builds Starcraft, Smoker Craft, Sylvan, SunChaser and Starweld boats — remains a family-owned and operated private company that manages to successfully compete head-on with the largest international conglomerates in the recreational boating industry. It’s exactly the type of company that many business analysts wrote off as road kill with the 2008 financial crisis, yet today its business model is one that other companies — both within and outside the boating industry — are now eager to emulate. Having survived an economic crisis that took down banks and global giants, Smoker Craft has managed to thrive by carefully adhering to strategies and values that were established more than a century ago, and by spending as much time as humanly possible out on the water. “At the end of the day we’re all boaters,” says Peter Barrett, Smoker Craft’s senior vice president

PHOTOS BY CRAIG RITCHIE

From humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, family-owned Smoker Craft Inc. thrives in our big box, corporate world by building well-made boats, imagined by spending as much time on the water as possible.


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of marketing and corporate development. It’s hard to disagree, as we putt across northern Indiana’s Syracuse Lake in a new Starcraft SCX sport boat while Barrett, a passionate wake surfer, prepares to take a turn out back. “I like to surf and to water ski. Doug Smoker, our president, likes to fish. When we host our dealer meeting each year it’s all guys from the plant who are running the boats and taking dealers for demo rides. A lot of our design ideas come from staff who were out on the water and thought up a better way of doing something, or found a better place to locate some piece of equipment. A huge amount of the R&D results from the fact that so many people in our company are boaters themselves.” From humble beginnings It was Barrett’s great-grandfather, Arthur Schrock, who started it all. In 1903, Schrock went to work for the Star Tank Company in Middlebury, Indiana, manufacturing galvanized steel tanks for railroad and agricultural applications. After a short time, the company began making boats as well. The boats proved so successful that in due course the business was renamed Star Tank and Boat. Schrock bought a piece of the company, and when the original owner died in 1926 he bought the rest. Star Tank and Boat became Starcraft, focusing on boat production alone. Son Harold Schrock soon joined the business, first working in sales, then as its general manager, then as Starcraft’s president. While Starcraft built boats, in nearby Goshen, Indiana, the Smoker Lumber Company had developed a strong business selling oars and

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paddles; so much so, that in 1928 it renamed itself the Smoker Oar and Paddle Company. “We did a huge business in oars and paddles, and we stayed in that business till 1988,” says Doug Smoker, current president for Smoker Craft Inc. “We built wooden gunnels for Starcraft and a few other boat companies, too, but paddles were the focus. It was a very profitable business to be in.” Wartime contracts — Starcraft built wooden sculls while Smoker Oar and Paddle supplied the propulsion — proved lucrative, but business for both Starcraft and Smoker Oar and Paddle really took off in post-war America, as consumer demand for recreational products exploded. Starcraft’s aluminum boats were significantly lighter in weight than their wooden contemporaries and were better able to handle daily bumps and grinds. Competition was inevitable. “In 1963 we got into the aluminum boat business ourselves,” Doug Smoker says with a smile. “Our family had been around boats for a long time through the paddle company, so it made a lot of sense and was a good extension of our oar and paddle business.” Around the same time in nearby Wolcottville, Indiana, an entrepreneur named John Cripe had also entered the boat business by founding Sylvan Industries. Focusing on houseboats and pontoons, Sylvan quickly established a name for itself as a quality builder. Don’t poke the bear By 1966, Harold Schrock thought he’d had enough. He sold the business to a conglomerate named Bangor Punta, where he remained as president of the company’s marine group until 1969. “I enjoyed running Starcraft,” he said in a 2011 interview. “When I sold it, the only stipulation I asked for was to have a distributorship in Indiana. But then the people we had sold Starcraft to decided they didn’t want to use distributors any more, which put me and a lot of other people out of work. That made me very angry.” Unemployed and thoroughly steamed, Schrock went right back to doing what he knew best. He promptly bought Sylvan Industries and got back into the boat business. Although Smoker Craft’s aluminum boat business was doing well — the company had landed a lucrative contract with catalogue retailer Montgomery Ward in 1975 — its owners also began looking further afield.

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1960s: Smoker Craft entered the aluminum boat business in 1963, joining Starcraft to become a dominant brand.


The Team

PETER AND PHOTO COURTESY HAROLD OFPHOTOS BY CRAIG RITCHIE; DOUG AND HENRY PHOTO COURTESY OF SMOKER CRAFT INC.

“By that point my father and my uncle were ready to retire, while Harold Schrock wanted back into the boat business,” says Doug Smoker. “So he bought a controlling interest in the company. We consolidated the Sylvan name with Smoker Craft and assumed the pontoon business. We subsequently built a name for Sylvan aluminum boats, which followed a similar construction and distribution model that Starcraft had previously used.” In 1995, Smoker Craft received a fateful call from Brunswick Marine, which had acquired the Starcraft brand some years earlier and now wanted to sell. “Starcraft changed hands a few times since my grandfather originally sold it, and we were very interested in bringing that brand back into the family,” says Barrett. “Buying it back from Brunswick was very much a family heritage type of purchase.” Invested in the future The acquisition of Starcraft may have closed a family circle, but it also presented some management challenges to the company. “Starcraft had been fierce competitors with Smoker Craft and Sylvan for many years,” says Barrett. “It would have been easy to bring these hugely competing brands together and have it fail, for a number of reasons. But because people here are all genuinely proud of what they do, they have the ability to make it work.” “I truly do believe that the reason the company has been successful, as a family-run business competing in an industry full of big corporations, is because everyone here is personally invested in what they do,” says Doug Smoker. “I think the evidence of that is that we don’t have employees leave. We always joke that the only way for someone to move up the org chart is for someone else to die. But it amazes me that I still see people in the plant who started with us in the 1960s, and they’re still there, every day. They have so much experience and knowledge, and that goes right into the quality of the product we sell. On a management level, many of those people who run the company have a personal ownership stake, so the decision making process is faster. There isn’t the corporate red tape that can freeze a company in its tracks. This provides the agility you need to be able to satisfy niche markets and move quickly to provide what your customers are asking for.” That agility quite likely saved the company in 2008 when the US economy flat lined. “We had begun planning to further consolidate

these businesses in 2006, and the financial crisis of 2008 expedited things,” says Barrett. “We took a plan that was to be implemented over two years and completed it in just six months. If you can imagine the challenge of bringing four plants into one central location that rapidly, you can appreciate what an achievement that was.” Even more impressive is the fact that this happened while the company was abandoned by its bank, despite owning all of its assets and having no real debt. Simultaneously, some dealers had their loans called, leaving Smoker Craft on the hook for the repossessed inventory. It was a chapter of the company’s history Barrett says he will never forget. Part of the family In spite of the obstacles thrown in its path, the company survived. Today, Smoker Craft Inc. boasts around 500 employees and manufactures a diverse product offering within three distinct product segments: aluminum, pontoon and fiberglass. As an independent boat manufacturer, Smoker Craft works with no less than six engine suppliers — Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, Evinrude, Yamaha and Volvo Penta — along with numerous suppliers of components from steering wheels to gauges to electronics to trailers. The company’s agility allows for a level of mass semi-customization that many buyers find highly appealing in a one-size-fits-all world. “Our customers are tremendously important and we go to enormous lengths to make sure that they’re happy and that they know they’re part of the family,” says Doug Smoker. “We believe that personal relationships are critically important. It isn’t ‘us and them.’ It’s the manufacturer and the dealer and the end user, and we’re all in this together.” That situation isn’t about to change, as the next generation of family members — all boaters themselves — enters the business. Sales are up. A brand-new extension that effectively doubled the size of the company’s pontoon plant just opened last year, and is already running at near capacity. And as the North American demographic profile begins to shift, with boomers reaching retirement age and Gen Y starting families, the demand for affordable, well-made boats is projected to grow. With a 113-year heritage of making family memories, Smoker Craft Inc. looks to build on that incredible legacy by doing what it always has — competing on innovation and simple, old-fashioned craftsmanship. ★

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s the breeze touched my neck, I had the sense that something was wrong. I looked out at our cruiser, anchored off the miniscule beach of this tree-studded granite island, and watched as it rode gently to the anchor chain. And then it hit me.The orientation of the boat was wrong. Very wrong. I had set the anchor in a rocky, dense sand bottom — one that was described clearly on the chart, and it didn’t yield against the reverse pull of the outdrives. Our stern was pointed toward the island, right in the middle of a modest yet unprotected bay. We unloaded the kayaks and launched for the beach. All was well until an ever so subtle change of wind direction appeared. It wasn’t strong or gusty, and I nearly missed it. When the wind came, the boat began to swing to an angle that was more across the mouth of the bay than into it. And to my rising anxiety, I watched as it swung slowly and steadily towards a rocky outcropping nearby. I sprinted for the beach, launched a kayak with no regard for the cold water, and paddled as fast as I could to the stern of our cruiser. Once aboard, I went forward to release the snubbing line attaching the chain rode to a nearby cleat, actuated the deck-mounted windlass switch and watched as the anchor chain fed seamlessly through the bow roller and into the chain locker. After about 10 seconds, when I could see the outdrives were well clear of the rocks, I snubbed the anchor chain once again, then sat and watched my relationship to the shoreline to make sure that the boat wasn’t dragging the anchor.

As I sat on the foredeck, I pondered what had happened and wondered how I could have avoided such a near-damaging, possibly trip-ending experience.

In the beginning

For as long as humans have pushed a log out into the water on which to hold, or slipped a dock line to leave the land behind for commerce, or cast off a mooring line in search of adventure, we have always needed a foolproof way to reattach to the lake or ocean floor. We have used rocks in baskets, wooden hooks and a staggering array of metal designs to help ensure that our boats don’t drift away with wind, tide or current. We attached them to our boats with rope of some form to allow swinging with the wind or current, or changes of water depth, according to the tides. Today, our anchor rodes (as they are known) may be nylon rope, chain or a combination of the two.

Anchors aweigh

Most serious cruisers I know carry two anchors with them, on substantial lengths of chain, oftentimes stowed side-by-side in a large bow pulpit. Even if their boat might only carry one forward, they typically carry the other in a locker for those times when the already-mounted anchor may not be right for optimal holding in local bottom conditions. Generally speaking, those two types are plow anchors, like the well-known CQR, and fluke anchors, like the

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buried, although much stronger winds might have caused it to break free. In that case, it could have reburied but, as you may experience, nothing is certain when it comes to anchoring.

Lessons learned

Part of the problem I experienced that day had to do with the scope (ratio of the chain rode to the depth of the water). I had anchored in about 10 feet of water and was confident of the set. In a typical light-wind, no-current situation, I would have let out about 50 feet of chain, so that the scope was 5 to 1, or 5:1. I didn’t know the depth of water from the sounder readings on my multi-function display (MFD) screen. However, since I had no markings on my chain rode to estimate the amount of chain rode I let out, I was judging by watching the amount of rode flowing over the bow rollers and trying to keep a count in seconds. Painted sections of chain or rope rode every 10 feet, or other markings, would have made the process much more precise. As it stood, I probably had payed out (let out) 80 to 100 feet or more of chain, which eventually put me far closer to the rocks than I had planned. One upside to having an all-chain rode with a ratio closer to 8:1 or 10:1 was that the weight kept the angle of the chain leading up to the pulpit much flatter. This increased the horizontal pull on the buried anchor. A shorter scope would have a steeper angle, with upward strain on the anchor that could have broken it out quicker. Some experienced cruisers attach a weight to the rode to keep the chain (or chain section of a combination rode with rope) laying flat on the bottom. Heavy Weather Others attach a long cable to a bow eye fastened just 10:1 above the waterline on the stem, attach one end of it to the rode, and then pay out until the bow eye and cable take up the strain. This also keeps the angle lower than running the rode from the deck. If securing the rode on deck, a snubbing line

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popular Danforth, although there are interesting variations on each type. Both kinds have usefulness in rocky bottoms, though plow anchors are typically less prone to damage from rocks than fluke anchors. But the variety of anchor types is seemingly endless: Navy/kedge, grapnel, Delta/ wing, Bruce/claw and mushroom are among some of your choices, and each serves a different purpose. Plow types are considered to be better-all-around anchors that will work well in grass, mud and sand. They are typically heavier than the fluke-type anchors, which helps them reset when dragged, and they only store well on bow pulpits, making them the primary anchor on many cruising boats. A plow anchor usually falls on its side; it only rights itself when the boat is put in reverse and a strain is applied to the anchor chain or rope. Then it turns and sits on its bottom while the weight drives it into the bottom. Eventually it will bury itself in the bottom, creating maximum resistance against movement. Fluke types are lighter in weight, smaller in size and generally hold well in mud and sand. They can store flat on deck or vertically in a locker that’s deep enough to accommodate its long shank. Because the flukes are hinged, it can land on either flat side. When a strain is created, the points of the flukes will penetrate the bottom. Fluke-type anchors will also self bury until a maximum resistance against movement is achieved. Thinking back on my experience that day, I was glad to have a plow mounted on a pulpit as my primary anchor. Even as the wind direction changed, it apparently had stayed


more Anchors Navy/Kedge

Traditional style. Generally only used for large ships.

Grapnel

Good for river anchoring. Not ideal for long-term.

should be attached to a cleat before paying out another small amount of line so that the strain isn’t taken on the windlass itself. This is a long-standing habit of mine, and it has undoubtedly extended the usable life of the windlass in question.

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If we had spent the night aboard in that pristine spot — whether to wait for a passing tow or because it was just too beautiful to leave — several things become vital. And the very first response, in all cases, is to obtain an accurate weather forecast. Next, there’s often a need to set a second anchor — particularly if your ability to maneuver to reset an anchor is restricted by damaged props. That aforementioned weather forecast can help you plan on where to set the second anchor, and what kind of increased scope you might need in stronger winds. Finally, a reliable anchor watch needs to be set. Traditionally, this would be a member of the crew keeping an eye on bearings for nearby landmarks, which if changed dramatically, demand preparation for maneuvering. Today’s MFDs allow you build a fence around your GPS-established anchored position and alert you if the boat moves too far away from that position. Trusting the degree of accuracy of your GPS is a matter of knowing its capabilities. More often than not, I will employ both; I’m not a very sound sleeper when anchored in an unfamiliar location. There are some very good references online and in print that will explain all the facets of safe anchoring and anchors in more detail than I can begin to address. My go-to reference is “Chapman Piloting & Seamanship,” now in its 67th edition. It is thorough, widely illustrated, clearly written and updated every couple of years to keep boat owners apprized of changes in every field of marine recreation. Yet, it is putting into practice the knowledge you have acquired that makes anchoring a safer part of enjoying your boat. Learn all you can, practice it whenever you get the chance and slip the lines when the time and weather are right. ★

Delta/wing

Holds well in most bottoms. Struggles in rock.

Bruce/Claw

Similar to plow, but lighterweight. Struggles in clay/hard mud.

Mushroom

Good for permanent moorings and soft bottoms.

top of the line Stone and rope. Admiralty. Stockless. Wishbone. CQR. Northhill. Danforth. These are just a few of the names of anchor types that have emerged over the centuries. And as you might imagine, the ideas that spawned these anchors never seem to stop evolving. Three companies that have continued the tradition of design, engineering and fabrication of anchors to increase safety and efficiency are presented here. They are representative of the new generation of anchor design.

Fortress “Our anchors were judged by the U.S. Navy to offer superior holding,” says Fortress Anchor’s Brian Sheehan, “holding on average over 200 times their own weight.” They are precision machined from high-tensile magnesium alloy, which is corrosion resistant. They are designed to disassemble for ease of storage or repair. Additionally, the owner can set two different fluke angles: 32 degrees for sand, mud or clay, or 45 degrees for soft mud. You can see them working on the bottom at FORTRESSANCHORS.COM.

Mantus Mantus Anchors are a variation on the traditional plow, but with the plowshare inverted to create a scoop. They are designed to set in very hard or grassy bottoms; have a semi-circular roll bar that turns them point-down under strain; can be disassembled and stored or repaired easily; and come with a lifetime warranty. Greg Kutsen designed the Mantus series of anchors after spending a number of years cruising in the Carribean antd trying out many kinds of anchors. To understand how they work, have a look at the videos posted on MANTUSANCHORS.COM.

Ultra “Ultra Anchors are highly polished 316L stainless steel,” says Ultra’s Randy Boelsems, who helped engineer the anchors and represents them here in the U.S. “As strong as they are beautiful, they are meant for the boat owner who wants the best, and are engineered to consistently selfright and set quickly.” They feature a very sharp, pointed, weighted concave fluke design that has earned the American Bureau of Shipping Type Approval. They also carry a lifetime warranty against bending, breaking, cracking or rusting. To see them in action, check out the videos at QUICKLINE.US.

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ach community along Saginaw Bay is unique and charming in its own distinct way: There are the small hamlets of Port Austin at the eastern-most tip; to Tawas Point on the western side of the bay’s entrance — nicknamed the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” with its Victorian-era lighthouse and warm shallow water that’s perfect for swimming; past towns such as Caseville and Au Gres; to bustling Bay City, situated where the 1,143-square-mile bay bottoms out. “It’s absolutely the best,” says Mark Nossal, a U.S.C.G.-licensed charter boat captain and owner of Absolutlee Fun Charters in Au Gres, who offers walleye and perch fishing aboard his 30-foot cruiser. Nossal is not only talking about the fishing but also the beauty of the area; during warmer months it’s lively with boaters coming to shore to visit art galleries and restaurants, and to enjoy the myriad of festivals, celebrations and outdoor activities in the port towns. “I’m not sure a lot of people know we’re here, but once they visit they’re hooked,” Nossal says.

On the water and close to the action

Upon entering Tawas Bay in the bight of Tawas Point, and within walking distance to Tawas Point State Park, you’ll find Jerry’s Marina. This warm, protected and friendly full-service marina is the perfect home base to explore the area and enjoy beautiful sunsets over the bay. They also offer a complete repair and service facility with factory-trained mechanics to keep you on the water. The free shuttle to and from Eagle Bay Marina in Standish transports gamers to the 34,000-square-foot Saganing Eagles Landing Casino — Saginaw Bay’s only casino. Take a chance on the 800 slots, as well as a variety of electronic table games. The casino’s Aerie Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for late nighters.

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Marinas Situated on one of the deepest entry channels on Saginaw Bay’s eastern shore, the full-service Eagle Bay Marina has more than 60 slips and can accommodate boats up to 30 feet. For families, there’s a covered pavilion with grills. The ship’s store sells beverages and snacks, and offers kayak and canoe rentals. It’s about a 20 minute walk from both the 100-slip Liberty Harbor Marina, which can accommodate boats up to 60 feet, and Pier 7 Marina, Bay City’s oldest continuous operating marina, to the trendy downtown district and the Midland Street Business District. Both have a distinctive collection of shops, art galleries and restaurants housed in restored, commercial Victorian-era buildings. While there, be sure to take the time to stroll the riverwalk alongside the Saginaw River. Bay Harbor Marina, located just a short distance up the Saginaw River, is the areas largest, full-service marina. Bay Harbor has more than 350 slips, rack storage, a heated pool, basketball court, laundry and is just a few minutes from local restaurants, golf and shopping. Bay City is where you can sail aboard the Appledore IV. This tall ship is owned and operated by BaySail, a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay and the Great Lakes. In addition to MainSail, the youth half-day sail training program (may be a fun thing for the kids to do), they offer day and dinner sails aboard the two-masted schooner as it plies the waterways from downtown Bay City, along the Saginaw River and into the bay. This year, the Appledore is part of the tri-annual Tall Ships Celebration in Bay City. The city was named Port of the Year in 2013 by Tall Ships America — organizer of the Tall Ships Challenge — and will serve as the backdrop to Michigan’s largest gathering of tall ships.

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Walleye capital of the world

Saginaw Bay is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” No, we didn’t make that up. That’s what Fritz Kuhlman of the Migizi Economic Development Company says when describing the superb fishing in Saginaw Bay. Beyond walleye, there’s bass, perch, salmon, pike and steelhead, just to name a few of the water’s denizens. For those who want to show off their prowess with a line and reel, sign up for the Fairhaven Township Fire Department 5th Annual Walleye War Tournament at the Bay Shore Marina in Bay Port. Add an extra $20 to the competition fee to compete for the Heaviest Walleye and Heaviest Trash Fish, a category that encompasses catfish and sheepshead. Because there’s nothing more delicious than freshly-caught fish, Captain Mark Nossal participates in the Catch and Cook — a program developed by several state entities to promote and encourage creative and safe marketing of Michigan’s Great Lakes sports fish by partnering the charter fishing industry with local restaurants. “I take it over to the Town and Country Lounge in town where they cook it up the way people want it — pan, deep fried or baked,” he says. “No matter how it’s cooked, the taste is phenomenal.”

Say cheese, please

Just a dot of a town on the western shore of Saginaw Bay, Pinconning is called “The Cheese Capital of Michigan” because this is where the Pinconning Cheese Company first opened in 1915. Aged 120 days, most of their cheese is sold throughout the region, but their original super sharp cheese is only available at the store in Pinconning. While there, check out the made-in-Michigan pops, including the classic Vernon’s Ginger Ale and Faygo’s Moon Mist, as well as pickled meats (another local tradition) like the smoked pickled bologna. Pinconning isn’t Saginaw Bay’s only tiny town with big cheese. The Williams Cheese Company, which is celebrating its 71st anniversary this year, is located

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March 20 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bay City March 28 Community Band Spring Concert Tawas May 16 Arenac Community Funds’ 13th Annual Golf Outing Standish June 8 Annual YWCA Riverside Art Festival Bay City

in nearby Linwood. Still family-owned, the factory outlet is open seven days a week and offers cheeses such as peppercorn, bacon, swiss and caraway.

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Calling all lighthouse lovers

The lights first went on in 1878 at the Port Austin Reef Light, which stands sentinel at the entrance to Saginaw Bay’s southern-most side. It was built to protect ships from the shoals of the treacherous Port Austin Reef. Renovated after being abandoned in 1953, the history of the lighthouse and the thin, needle-like peninsula jutting into Lake Huron can be discovered at the Port Austin History Center. With its red-roofed keeper’s house, the Tawas Point Lighthouse is located on a spit of land across the bay at Tawas Point. The building, which dates back to 1878, now houses a museum. Tours of the tower are offered from May to October. Abandoned but still revered, the Big Charity Island Lighthouse is the focus of one of the state’s top-rated water adventures. Sip a glass of wine (it’s BYO) and nibble appetizers during the hour-long ride to the 222-acre island in the middle of Saginaw Bay; it’s all part of the “1857 Island Lighthouse Dining Adventure Cruise.” Upon landfall, there’s a short walk to the light keeper’s house for dinner (perch for fish lovers, and carnivores can feast on tenderloin beef tips), followed by a tour, and then a cruise back to the mainland, which is perfectly timed with the setting sun. The light keeper’s home doubles as a vacation home between the months of May and October. The 5-bedroom home can sleep ten for $3,000 a week. Enjoy the view of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron and Little Charity Island from the home’s wrap-around deck. For serious birders, take a breakfast and bird cruise to spot bald eagles and owls.

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“Kayaking at Turnip Rock in Port Austin is on my bucket list,” says Dianna Stampfler, a certified travel ambassador for Promote Michigan.

June 18-19 Thumb Artists Studio Tour Port Austin to Caseville June 20 Fairhaven Township Fire Department 5th Annual Walleye War Tournament Bay Port June, July & August Tuesday Movies in the Park Bay City Wednesdays Apps & Ales Bay City July through August Fridays at the Falls Bay City June 18 Cheese Town Festival Pinconning

July 8-9 Cool City Car Show Bay City July 21-23 Downtown Sidewalk Days Bay City July Tall Ships Celebration Bay City July 31 Pickle Festival Linwood August 5-7 39th Annual Fish Sandwich Festival Bay Port August 12-22 Cheeseburger Festival Caseville August 13-14 Downtown Bay City’s reEvent Bay City August 13-14 Urban Salvage & Antique Show Bay City

June 30-July 2 Fourth of July Fireworks Festival Bay City July 7 Auburn Cornfest Auburn

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attracted over 50,000 — no small feat for a town with a year-round population of approximately 750. Beyond cheeseburgers, Caseville’s Thumb Brewery, located in a 19th century house downtown, features beers on tap, including the intriguingly-named Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Scotch Ale and Odd Side Ales Bean Flicker Blonde. Handcrafted stouts and ales, named after such region locales as Charity Island India Pale Ale and Bay City Light Ale, are on tap at Tri-City Brewing Company in Bay City. The three-day Bay Port Fish Sandwich Festival started in 1978 and is now the largest eating event in Michigan’s Upper Thumb. Four dollars will buy you a fish sandwich so big that it takes both hands to eat it.

Tastes of the bay

From funky fun to the restoration of an old Vaudevillian theater and movie house, the art scene in Bay City boasts a wide range of galleries, studios and venues. “We’re very lucky because we have so many great artists and people who are dedicated to both the historic architecture and the arts here,” says Candace Bales, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority in Bay City. Bales includes the old State Theatre, now restored to

Who doesn’t love a great burger? Forbes reports that U.S. restaurants and cafeterias served 9 billion hamburgers in 2014. To prove this point in a more local way, when Caseville held its first Cheeseburger Festival in 1999 — a tribute to both Jimmy Buffet and the varieties of the meat patty and limitless toppings — some 5,000 people showed up. Last year, the 10-day event, which includes concerts and The Parade of Tropical Fools,

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The aptly named Turnip Rock — think large, tree-covered top tapering down to a narrow point — is one of the must-stops on the Pointe aux Barques trail (PAB), a water kayaking route along a section of the bay’s mostly undeveloped shoreline that passes some of the prettiest rock formations in Lower Michigan. The water here is shallow, showcasing the flat rocks lining the bay’s floor, and with the perfect lighting the colors give off the intensity of a Caribbean sea. Kayak rentals are available, and the 7-mile round-trip paddle offers opportunities to also explore sea caves carved into stone cliffs. Wear water shoes (the rocks are slippery) to swim in the clear waters and bring along a disposable or waterproof camera for the many photo ops. Very experienced kayakers can opt to traverse two more miles across the open waters of Lake Huron to the Port Austin Reef Light.


its original Mayan-influenced architectural style, as one of the adornments of the downtown. She describes the 550-seat theater that first opened in 1908 as, “gorgeous and gaudy in the best sense possible.” Major attractions at the theater include movies and live entertainment, such as actor/writer and singer Jeff Daniels, a Michigan native who has performed there at least four times, and performances by the Bijou Orchestra, a group Bales describes as “designed to fit the stage.” “It is a community gathering when you go because people are so supportive,” she says. Another vital part of the city’s art domain is the Bay City Players, the longest continuously running community theater. The annual Thumb Artists Studio Tour meanders along the bay coast on Huron County/M25 between Port Austin and Caseville, where participating artists open their studios to visitors. Included are: the White Church Gallery, where owners Mike and Carrie Zaitz exhibit their works and other regional artists in the old Methodist church they’re in the process of renovating; and Bird Creek Farm, where you’ll find the works of Scott Hocking, a sculptor who specializes in site-specific installations, and realist oil painter David Tyndall. For more celestial adventures, visit the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, which provides educational and entertaining shows for the public. Funded by NASA, the facility houses a state-of-the-art Planetarium Digital 360 theater, rooftop observation deck, computer lab and the two-story “Space Explorer’s Hall.” The planetarium also assists with astronomy courses for Delta College students. Between water and land, there’s much to see in and around Saginaw Bay. But you don’t have to take our word for it: come and see for yourself. ★

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t’s true what Ernest Hemingway wrote: “The best sky was in Italy or Spain and in northern Michigan in the fall.” In several of his highly renowned novels, Hemingway confirms that Boyne City and the Horton Bay community are sights to be seen — little slices of paradise. And word has it that Hemingway was also familiar with this property on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, as he reportedly used to bathe in the small pond, just a short walk from this 5-bedroom cottage. “This home has an absolutely gorgeous beach up in Horton Bay and it’s protected from northern prevailing winds,” says realtor Mark Snyder. “It has a deck out by the beach with a fire pit and dock for the boat.” Tucked in a serene setting among cedars and a running creek, the home is the epitome of a cozy, northern Michigan cottage. Recently renovated, the home has room for the whole family, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. It truly is one of those generational family properties,” Snyder says.

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The living room beckons you to curl up with a book, with its white paneled walls, postcard view of the water from the dining table and a wood-burning fireplace. Through the sliding doors off of the dining room lies the expansive deck, which spans the lakeside of the home. A winding, wooden walkway leads over the creek towards the 118-foot beachfront and beach deck. “This cottage is one of those places where you get your bedroom assignment, throw your duffle bag on the bed, take out your flip flops and run out the door,” says Snyder. The beach is sandy all the way out and the dock can easily accommodate a boat up to 26 feet. Located on Lake Charlevoix, with quick access to Lake Michigan and a short drive over to Hemingway’s beloved Walloon Lake, the home is a boater’s dream. “Within a very short distance of this home you have a world-class harbor in Round Lake, downtown Charlevoix and access to ports around the world,” says Snyder. ★.


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picnic tables, benches, grills and a playground area — the perfect ingredients for summertime family fun. Friendly dockhands at the fuel pier pump out both gas and diesel, while nighttime security patrols the property to ensure the safety of boaters and their property. A convenient gift shop makes provisioning the boat for your dockside fiesta a snap. Oh, and on top of all that, the marina is a certified Ohio Clean Marina. “We are known for our peaceful atmosphere, the view and the location on the bay, and for its close proximity to the channel out to Lake Erie and the islands,” Dahnke says. Nearby, at Battery Park Marine Services, you’ll find plenty of space to store and repair your boat — you can even buy a “previously enjoyed” boat. The full-service repair facility offers indoor, outdoor and rack storage, along with engine, fiberglass, paint and detailing services. For a family getaway or a weekend retreat, pull into Battery Park Marina and create your next unforgettable adventure. ★


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40’ 2003 Ocean Yachts Super Sport ............... $189,900 40’ 1997 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer ................... $128,000 39’ 2000 Silverton 392 Motor Yacht ..................$89,995 39’ 1998 Silverton 372 Aft Cabin .................... $104,999 39’ 1989 Sea Ray 390 Express Cruiser ...............$27,995 38’ 2013 Beneteau USA Gran Turismo 38 ...... $299,000 38’ 2006 Silverton Sport Bridge w/150 hrs ... $198,000 38’ 2004 Silverton 38 Convertible.................. $155,000 38’ 2000 Hunter (Freshwater) 380....................$87,400 38’ 2000 Cruisers Yachts 3870 Express...............$97,600 38’ 1998 Cruisers 3870 Express .........................$89,000 36’ 2004 Carver 360 SS................................... $199,000 36’ 1995 Catalina 36..........................................$68,400 36’ 1986 Gozzard 36 Cutter ...............................$88,600 35’ 1983 Grand Banks Classic ......................... $124,900 36’ 1980 Islander Yachts ....................................$19,200 35’ 2004 Silverton 35 Motor Yacht ................. $129,995 35’ 2004 Silverton 35 MY ............................... $119,900 35’ 2002 Cruisers 3572 Express .........................$49,900 35’ 1999 Silverton 351 Sedan Cruiser ...............$53,000 34’ 2007 Rinker 342 Express Cruiser .............. $109,000

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30’ 1989 Tollycraft Sport Cruiser .......................$29,500 30’ 1983 Ericson 30 Plus....................................$19,900 29’ 2009 Glastron 289 GS...................................$59,900 29’ 2008 Sea Ray 290 Amberjack......................$99,995 28’ 1987 Cape Dory 28 Hardtop .......................$49,800 28’ 1987 Tartan 28 ............................................$29,500 28’ 1978 Carver 2 v860 Santa Cruise...................$7,500 28’ 1978 Cruisers Yachts Villavee.........................$6,900 27’ 1996 Sea Ray 27 Sundancer........................$24,900 27’ 1987 Regal Commodore 277XL ....................$4,500 27’ 1986 Catalina 27..........................................$17,500 27’ 1978 Cape Dory ...........................................$14,600 27’ 1947 PJ Stout Fella 27....................................$8,800 26’ 1993 Rinker 260 Fiestavee ............................$3,900 25’ 2013 Regal 2500 Bowrider w/Trailer .........$64,900 24’ 2002 Pacific Seacraft 24’ Dana ....................$88,900 24’ 1965 Columbia Contender ............................$5,400 22’ 1997 Pursuit 2270 Center Console ..............$20,800 21’ 2011 Zodiac Medline ...................................$45,900 16’ 2004 Alsberg Classic Double Cockpit...........$24,000

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CRUISERS 2008 420 EXPRESS. Pristine condition. 289 hours on Twin 420hp Volvo 8.1 gas engines. Full electronics. Bow thruster. Door County. Asking $209,000. Contact Russ @ russ@spyglassmarine.com or call 630-842-4528. JUN16

2000 SEA RAY 450 EXPRESS BRIDGE Freshwater yacht, Barkley/Kentucky lakes. Yacht and twin Cummins 430hp: 812 hours since new. Total time: 240/120. Westerbeke: 215 total hours since new. Length: 51'4"; Beam: 14'8". LOADED. Enclosed bridge, 48-mile radar, GPS, marine radio, 50 amp cablemaster, spare set props, central Vac, washer/dryer, ice maker. 3 bed, 2 full baths with showers, full kitchen, 3 AC/heat, 4 color TVs, Ref/freezer. Pristine condition. Subject to prior sale or commitment or removal from market without notice. Only legitimate inquiries with name, address and phone number will be answered. $179,500 OBO. Call Frank Parrish: 618-713-2220 or frankit2@hotmail.com MAY16

1998 46’ VIKING SPORT CRUISER Freshwater, heated storage, low hours, 3208 Cats, Onan generator, 3 staterooms, 2 heads, full galley. NO BROKERS. Asking $315,000. Contact: tford@tmasphalt.com. MAR16

1965 CHRIS CRAFT 22 DORY CENTER CONSOLE Excellent condition, survey available. Asking $39,500. Call Mark @ 414 651-3100. RYS

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2008 47’ RIVIERA 3 staterooms, 2 heads with separate showers, spacious lounge and bridge, upgraded TwinDisk Quickshift, Cummins QSM 11 engines, Freedom Lift dinghy lift with 11’ hardbottom, loaded. $599,000. Contact Rick: 705-340-1255 or rickriviera11@gmail.com. MAY16

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