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Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo 38

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Business of Batteries

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The Great Outdoors Meets the Big City

A stylish, roomy cruiser with European sensibilities.

Get schooled on the ABCs of marine battery use and selection.

The vibrant sister ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin are well worth a visit.

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From the Helm

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Gear Guru

Mail Call

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Lakeshore Life Above the Waterline

Scuttlebutt Corke Board Electronics

On the Cover

Don’t Hesitate to Renovate

Boat Spotlights Marina Watch Great Buy Ask an Expert

Modern, innovative design, high performance, luminosity and comfort are hallmarks of the Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo 38.

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235 SS

Moonrock vinyl wrapped helm and Executive solid wood wheel.

"Hot Tub" style reclined bow seating with deep, abundant storage beneath. Shown with optional flip-up arm rests.

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he Crownline 235 SS embraces “sports car”styling with its lustrous double hull band gel coat design and sleek style lines. The contours of the 235 SS are further enhanced by Crownline’s patented F.A.S.T. Tab® hull design which ensures a safe and comfortable ride, improves time to plane and increases fuel efficiency and stability in high speed turns.

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The eye-catching stainless steel accents on the side of the boat add a touch of sophistication and flair. The oversized, fully integrated swim platform features a “soft touch” mat for comfort and a stainless steel four step boarding ladder for safety. The interior features a rich tri color platinum interior, stainless steel hardware and deep hot tub style bow seating.

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7.14 M 2.59 M 51cm 94cm 748 Kg 170 L 2268-2404 Kg

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think you are going to enjoy this issue, especially our “Port O’ Call” on Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin (p. 34). Editor-at-large Heather Steinberger has done a great, in-depth job of bringing this gem of the north to life. Having never been to Duluth/Superior, sister cities on Lake Superior, I had a mental image of what these towns would be like: Industrial, turn-of-the-century port towns, perhaps the northern reaches of the dilapidating Rust Belt. Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. Duluth is a vibrant, renaissance town with a life more in tune with places such as Boulder, Colorado. No wonder Outside magazine named Duluth one of America’s Top 10 Outside towns, along with such municipalities as Santa Fe, New Mexico, Camden, Maine, Bellingham, Washington, and Santa Barbara, California. For a quick look, visit duluth.com/live cam. In this month’s “Boat Biz” (p. 14), you’ll read the story of three gray whales found trapped in the ice near Point Barrow, Alaska — an event that drew national attention back in 1988 and inspired the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster movie, “Big Miracle,” starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Part of the story that might have escaped notice is that Kasco Marine, of Prescott, Wisconsin, headed up there with 17 of its bubbler de-icer units to help lead the big mammals back to open water. This project to save the whales was dependent on the cooperation of many people, speaking different languages, from different nations. They worked together to get a problem solved. If only our government, comprised of politicians — most of whom speak the same language — could cooperate and get things done as smoothly. You have to take a minute and check out the rig on p. 48, the “Demo Dreamboat.” It’s a Sealegs 6.1m, from the world’s top producer of amphibious craft. This one is an all-terrain vehicle that will do 40 miles per hour on the water.

PUBLISHER Walter “Bing” O’Meara EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: Lindsey Johnson Senior editor: Dave Mull Editors-at-large: Heather Steinberger & Roland Schultz CREATIVE STAFF Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Associate art director: Rod Koser CONTRIBUTORS Elizabeth Altick, Chris Caswell, Mark Corke, Amanda Hansmeyer, Mike Harris, Nancie Jardine, Capt. Frank Lanier, Roger McAfee, Jan O’Brien, Dennis O’Hara, Zuzana Prochazka, Kim Randolph, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace BUSINESS STAFF Advertising sales representative: Mark Conway Regional and classified sales manager: Kirsten Moxley Marketing director: Linda O’Meara

As of press time, this lightly-used demo was still for sale at Michigan’s Irish Boat Shop. “The Business of Batteries” (p. 30) is one of the best primers on marine batteries I’ve ever seen. Capt. Frank Lanier, a licensed marine surveyor and prolific writer, has done a great job putting together this first installment in a two-part series. Buying the right marine battery is considerably more involved than most people think. Before I read Capt. Lanier’s story, my own knowledge of batteries was pretty much limited to the fact that they are heavy and expensive. I would like to encourage you, our loyal readers, to drop me a line from time to time and let me know if there are any topics you feel we should cover. Your input is important to me and the rest of the Lakeland Boating team. r

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Life Jackets Optional? I have reviewed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Report on the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program and recognize the broad based signatories. As a practitioner of boating safety who logs more than 300 hours annually, I am in favor of anything that will make recreational boating safer and against those laws, rules and regulations that would or could detract from the enjoyment of this very special activity. The above-mentioned report states that boating has increased significantly over the past 10 years, while boating-related deaths have dramatically decreased. While we strive for the somewhat nebulous goal of reduced fatalities, there are many practical solutions that should and will be considered proactive without turning the public away from this sport. I refer to and take exception with the mandatory use of life jackets. If we were to further dissect the casualties that resulted in a fatality to determine the causal relationship between the accident and the resulting fatality, I believe we would find “lack of prudent seamanship” to be one of the keys to understanding the real cause, besides not wearing a life jacket. Over-regulating any activity will reduce the number of participants. If you are driven from boating because of the hassle, you can buy a ball and shoes and go bowling. Clubs and green fees, while they are not cheap, give you a great day — and you get to fib on your score. I could go on and on, but I think my concern is evident. Which brings me to ask the following question: Does the USACE have any rules or regulations on the waters that make wearing life jackets mandatory? And if so, does that not make the USACE rules different from either local, state or federal regulations? Granted, there are a multitude of sins committed before an accident results in a fatality, but the blanket mandate that life jackets will be worn by all hands all the time is akin to shooting your parents and then telling the court you are an orphan and expect relief. — Jim Sutherland, Good Hart, MI

Play “Name Game” and Win! We’re always on the lookout for interesting and inventive boat names, and we welcome you to share yours with us! Send a short write-up, along with your name, your boat’s name and your home city and state, as well as a high-resolution photo of your boat (at least 1 MB) to: staff@lakelandboating.com. Don’t forget to put “Name Game” in the subject line. If we publish your Name Game submission in a 2012 issue of Lakeland Boating, you’ll receive a FREE Kanberra Gel gift basket valued at $99, courtesy of the folks at Kanberra. Made with all-natural ingredients like Australian tea tree oil, this semi-solid, biodegradable gel dissipates when exposed to air, breaking down mildew, mold and viruses in a fragrant eucalyptus lemon scent.

Got something to say? We love hearing from you! E-mail us at staff@lakelandboating.com, or drop us a line at Lakeland Boating, 727 South Dearborn St., Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605. The opinions expressed in Mail Call are not necessarily those of Lakeland Boating. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. 8 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012


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

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay, a 140-foot ice breaking tug homeported in Rockland, Maine, arrives at the Cleveland Moorings December 12, 2011. Thunder Bay’s crew will spend the 2011-12 ice breaking season assisting the 9th Coast Guard District’s ice breaking fleet throughout the Great Lakes.

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10/15 Sailors Rescued on Lake Michigan Traverse City, MI A USCG rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, rescued two sailors in Lake Michigan after their 32-foot sailing vessel became disabled in heavy weather. Rescued was a 49-year-old man from Evanston, Illinois, and a 65-year-old man from Naperville, Illinois. Their names are not being released. Watchstanders at USCG Sector Lake Michigan were contacted at 03:27 by the owner/operator of the vessel that his 32-foot sailboat was disabled and adrift about 25 nautical miles east of Waukegan, Illinois. A rescue boatcrew launched from Station Calumet Harbor in Chicago aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), but not before they received a waiver to launch due to weather conditions exceeding the boat’s traditional operating limits. Weather at the time was reported as 8- to 10-foot seas, with occasional 12-foot waves and winds sustained at 30 knots. An aircrew also launched aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from USCG Air Station Traverse City. Once on scene at 07:03, the RB-M crew was unable to disembark the two men or take the vessel in tow, due to the weather. The aircrew was on scene at 10:11 and deployed its rescue swimmer to the vessel. The two sailboat crewmembers were then put into the water and hoisted into the helicopter by the flight mechanic. Once both sailors and the aircrew’s

rescue swimmer were in the aircraft, the sailors were transported to Waukegan Regional Airport and turned over to awaiting EMS. The vessel remained adrift on Lake Michigan until the owner could coordinate commercial salvage. case closed 10/23 Five Pulled From Smoking Boat Kenosha, WI A USCG boatcrew from Station Kenosha, Wisconsin, rescued five people who feared their vessel might catch fire after its engine began emitting smoke about one mile east of Kenosha Harbor in Lake Michigan. Someone aboard the 30-foot recreational boat used the vessel’s VHF-FM marine radio to call for help at 16:47. A boatcrew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) from Station Kenosha, which was already underway in Lake Michigan, immediately headed toward the boat. Once on scene, the boatcrew found that the vessel was still emitting smoke and brought the man, woman and three teenagers, who were all wearing life jackets, aboard the UTB as a safety precaution. After USCG located the source of the smoke and deemed the vessel safe, the boatcrew towed it to Southport Marina in Kenosha. case closed

10/24 Boaters Rescued From Sinking Vessel Essexville, MI A USCG boatcrew from Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Michigan, rescued two men aboard a boat that began taking on water and was in danger of sinking in Saginaw Bay. One of the two men aboard the boat used his cell phone to call for help at 13:12, stating the 16-foot Starcraft took waves over the side and was sinking about three and a half miles east of Linwood Beach Marina. A boatcrew from Station Saginaw River immediately launched aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft–Shallow Water (SPC-SW) and arrived on scene with the sinking pleasure craft at 13:43. There, USCG found both men wearing life jackets and standing inside the mostly-submerged vessel in thigh-deep water. The boatcrew brought both men aboard the SPC-SW and transported them to Linwood Beach Marina where they were met by EMTs. The owner of the vessel will work PHOTO BY PO3 GEORGE DEGENER


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with a commercial salvage company to remove it from the water. Weather at the time of the accident was reported to be 3- to 4-foot waves, with swells up to 5 feet. Water temperature was 51 degrees. The names of the boaters are not being released. USCG reminds all mariners of the importance of VHF-FM marine radios, since they are far more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment. CASE CLOSED 10/29 Boater Rescued From Capsized Sailboat Sandusky Bay, OH A USCG boatcrew from Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued a boater from Sandusky Bay after his sailboat capsized. The man’s name is not being released. The crew of USCG Station Marblehead was contacted at 16:08 by the Sandusky City Police Department after they received a report of someone clinging to an overturned sailboat in Sandusky Bay. A Station Marblehead rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) and arrived on scene, a half-mile west of Cedar Point, at 16:27. USCG found the man sitting atop his capsized sailboat, wearing a life jacket. The SPC-LE crew took the man aboard and transported him to the Cedar Point Fuel Dock, where

they transferred him to awaiting EMS from the Sandusky Fire Department. He was reportedly showing signs of hypothermia and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. The sailboat was salvaged by a commercial company and towed to a nearby dock, where it was righted and safely moored. CASE CLOSED 11/06 Sandusky Couple Rescued Cedar Point Beach, OH A USCG boatcrew from Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued two people Sunday afternoon after their boat capsized near Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky, Ohio. USCG was notified of the accident at 16:30, when a relative of the couple called for help saying they used their cell phone to let him know they were in trouble. A boatcrew immediately launched aboard a 33-foot SPC-LE from Station Marblehead. When the boatcrew arrived, USCG found the Sandusky couple sitting on top of their capsized 17-foot catamaran in wetsuits and life jackets. USCG brought the man, 61, and his wife, 59, aboard the SPC-LE and took them to Shelby Street Marina in Sandusky where they were met by awaiting EMTs. The EMTs evaluated and released the couple. CASE CLOSED

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Boat Biz In 1988, Kasco Marine sent Rick Skluzacek and Greg Ferrian to Alaska, along with 17 Kasco de-icers, to help free three gray whales trapped in the ice.

News from around the industry.

Kasco Marine Inc. of Prescott, Wisconsin, a global leader in the manufacture of products that promote healthy water quality in ponds and lakes, was a key participant in “Operation Breakthrough,” the 1988 Alaska whale rescue and basis for the Universal Pictures film Big Miracle, which opened in theaters February 3. The film, starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, details the international efforts to free three gray whales trapped in ice at the northernmost point of the U.S. near Point Barrow, Alaska. As the world watched “Operation Breakthrough” unfold through media coverage, it became clear that rescue workers were having difficulty maintaining critical open water for the whales to reach the ocean, and as a result the whales were showing signs of distress. Kasco Marine, a small, family-owned company with 17 full- and part-time workers, saw this as an opportunity to put its proprietary water circulation technology to work to help keep the whales alive. Kasco’s equipment was able to create man-made holes in the arctic ice as large as 12 feet by 40 feet to allow the whales to surface for air. “Kasco Marine de-icers were really a game changer in the efforts to save the whales,” says Rick Skluzacek, who traveled to Alaska for the rescue. “We realized that not only would our machines withstand the sub-zero temperatures, but the hum of the motor would attract the whales to the holes and allow them to surface for air.” Skluzacek, along with Kasco co-worker Greg Ferrian, traveled to Alaska with 17 de-icer units. The pair spent 10 grueling days working alongside U.S. government officials, marine biologists, Eskimos and Greenpeace members attempting to free the trapped whales. “After just one day of using Kasco de-icers, the whales’ vital signs returned to normal and they eased back into regular diving and blow patterns, and it was at that point that we began leading the whales more than a half-mile toward a Russian icebreaker that brought them to open water,” Skluzacek explained. For more information, visit kascomarine.com or call 715-262-4488.

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Spring Brook Marina Inc. of Seneca, Illinois, was recently named an authorized dealer for Prestige Yachts in the Great Lakes region. In addition to Prestige, Spring Brook carries the Cruisers Yachts and Princess Yachts brands. For more information, visit springbrookmarina.com or call 815-357-8666. 14 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012

Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) recently recognized Macomb County, Michigan, along with county executives Mark Hackel and Gerry Santoro, with the organization’s prestigious Lighthouse Award. The award was presented at a special awards luncheon during the MBIA Recreational Boating Educational Conference (RBEC) December 1, 2011 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. Macomb County was selected as a Lighthouse Award recipient for its “Main Stream Main Street” river initiative, designed to incorporate more than 35 miles of river and Lake St. Clair shoreline from Auburn Hills to Harrison Township. Additionally, the MBIA Board of Directors recognized Macomb County and its officials for continued efforts to support the state’s boating industry and the MBIA-produced Boating & Outdoor Festival. MBIA created the Lighthouse Award in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations for their dedication and contributions to boating in Michigan. For more information, visit mbia.org or call 734-261-0123.


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Irish Boat Shop, with locations in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan, is now a sales agent for Hunt Yachts. In addition to Hunt, Irish Boat Shop carries the Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Zodiac, Sealegs, J Boats, Alerion Express, LaserPerformance and Precision BoatWorks brands. In 2011, Irish celebrated its 50th anniversary. The company’s Harbor Springs location opened in 1961, and the Charlevoix store followed 10 years later. Today, Irish Boat Shop remains a full-service marina with two of the finest on-water facilities in the Great Lakes. For more information, visit irishboatshop.com or call 888-578-2628.

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Long-time industry professional Rich Larsen has purchased the lease and assets of Manitowoc Marina in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and will act as the facility’s president and general manager. Larsen’s company, Manitowoc Marina LLC, purchased the operations from Sailboats Inc. of Superior, Wisconsin. Larsen has 25-plus years of marina-related experience, serving as operations and service manager for 18 years at Manitowoc Marina before leaving to spend the last five years as vice president and general manager of Yacht Works in nearby Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Since 1985, Manitowoc Marina had been managed and operated by Sailboats Inc. Jack Culley, who acted as the marina’s general manager since 1991, will semi-retire at the end of a six-month transition period. Manitowoc Marina is a full-service facility with 235 slips owned by the City of Manitowoc. In addition to providing slips for customers, the marina also offers yacht finishing, structural and mechanical repairs, electronic installations and rigging, indoor/outdoor storage, fuel sales, on-site ship’s store, and more. It has been named a Certified Wisconsin Clean Marina. For more information, visit manitowoc-marina.com or call 920-682-5117.

Rich Larsen

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scuttlebutt: canine crewmember SOPHIE Here are a few pictures of our boxer, Sophie. She’s more at home on the water than she is at her actual home on land. She knows exactly what it means when we say “Want to go to the boat?” Her ears perk right up! These pictures were taken on Lake Erie. Her favorite part is going for rides in the dinghy… or should I say her dinghy! —Seth & Heather Rakestraw

scuttlebutt: name game DRIPPIN’ WET After two years of throwing names around and my wife insisting that the boat MUST have a name, we finally decided on one. Shadow, our pup, is constantly coming on the boat, dripping wet, and her favorite place to be is on board or in the water, so we figured it was appropriate to name the boat Drippin’ Wet. And since we are obviously sports fans, it was pretty easy to incorporate our two favorite teams: The Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lots of favorites in this picture! —Steve Armstrong, Sarnia, ON

KRABBY PATTY Since my name is Patty and my grandsons like to watch “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” I named my Boston Whaler Krabby Patty. —Patty Farthing

Great name? Share it with us!

Send a short write-up with your name, your boat’s name, and your home city and state to staff@ lakelandboating.com. Include a high-res photo of your boat (at least 1 MB), and please put “Name Game” in subject line. Your boat could be featured in the next Lakeland Boating! 16 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012

SHOPPING SPREE

This is our 2004 396 ES Carver Aft Cabin. My wife loves to shop, hence the name. It is our second big “shopping spree.” The boat is moored in St. Joseph, Michigan, at Waterfront Marina. —Nancy & Darryl Haefner, Plainfield, IL


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Charging Ahead

Lowdown on marine battery chargers.

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ack in the day, on board electrical requirements were modest. But as boats have become more complex, their need for reliable electrical systems has increased. When I first started cruising, my outboard sprang to life by pulling a cord. There were no navigational instruments that required electricity to function. The boat had one dome light in the cabin, a tricolor navigational light, and that’s about it. Technology has progressed, and electricity is now required to start the engines, power up the myriad electronics, and light up the cabin interior. Without electricity, most boats are dead in the water.

Maintaining a charge Batteries are an essential part of a boat’s equipment, and they need to be kept properly charged. There are several ways of doing so, but many boaters have a battery charger on board that operates when the boat is plugged in at the dock. This is a good approach and means that batteries should be in tip-top condition and fully charged when you head out for a day of fun on the water. To keep batteries charged, one might be tempted to visit the local auto parts store and pick up a cheap battery charger; however, this could be a big mistake. These battery chargers — the type with a plug on one end and a pair of crocodile clips on the other — are what’s known as the “Ferroresonant” type. They are simple affairs, hence the tiny price, and work by putting out a large charge, which diminishes as the battery is re-juiced. Ferroresonant chargers are good in a pinch to charge a partially flat battery, but repeated use will almost certainly lead to premature failure of your boat’s battery.

Charging requirements Modern marine battery chargers work in a different way. Marine batteries are often one of three different types: Conventional lead-acid, like those in your car; gel-cell, where the electrolyte is a jelly-like substance; and finally AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat), where the electrolyte is suspended in a glass mat between plates, allowing the batteries to be mounted in any position. Each type of battery has slightly different charging requirements. For optimum charging efficiency, a three-step charging process is necessary: Bulk, absorption and float.

Assuming a battery is heavily discharged, the charger will go into what’s known as “bulk” phase. This is where a large amount of amps are input into the battery to restore the majority of its lost capacity. As battery capacity reaches about 90 percent of its full charge, the battery charger goes into “absorption” mode. This happens because putting the last 10 percent of charge back into a battery is the hardest. The charger will put out less current; microprocessors in the charger monitor the battery and vary the output until the battery reaches full charge. At this point, the charger goes into “float” mode, ensuring the battery does not self discharge and will remain completely charged until the owner turns up at the boat, unplugs the shore power cord and heads out for a cruise.

Temperature and voltage Many battery chargers have sensors that will vary output depending on ambient temperature. Typically, the cooler the battery is, the more readily it can tolerate a higher rate of charge. Marine battery chargers are intended for permanent installation, directly connected to the batteries inside the boat. Since they’re a permanent fixture, they must be wired correctly. You can do this yourself, but it’s probably a job best left to a marine electrician — unless you’re very confident in your abilities. If your boat doesn’t have a volt meter on the electrical panel, you can check the state of your batteries’ charge with a digital meter from an electronics store. With your meter set to “volts” and the probes touching the battery terminals, simply read the voltage. A fully charged battery will read about 12.75 volts; a battery that is showing 12.5 volts is approximately half discharged; and a battery that reads 12 volts is, in fact, flat. Readings should be taken on the battery with the charger turned off and the battery allowed to rest for at least 30 minutes. 

PHOTOS BY MARK CORKE (TOP) AND CHARLES INDUSTRIES (TOP RIGHT)

BY MARK CORKE

Charles IMC Series battery chargers are the industry’s first fourbank battery chargers with programmable, continuous, independent DC output (12 or 24 volts), battery type (leadacid, gel-cell, AGM and NiCad) and charging profile per battery bank. It eliminates the need for multiple battery chargers on board and lets boaters charge up to four individual battery banks simultaneously, regardless of battery voltage.

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

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electronics

Light Right

LEDs are revolutionizing the marine industry.

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LEDs, like these pictured here from manufacturer Hella Marine, have transformed lighting on board. They not only draw considerably less electrical power, but LEDs also produce more light than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer, making them both economical and environmentally friendly.

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xperienced boaters know one of the biggest electrical power draws on any cruising vessel is domestic lighting, and generally speaking incandescent light bulbs are the main culprits. Until recently, the basic light bulb changed little since Thomas Edison’s day. Incandescent light bulb components include a filament surrounded by a vacuum inside a glass shell. When an appropriate electric current is passed through the filament it glows, creating light. The main problem with this set up: Only about 10 percent of the electrical energy passed through the bulb actually creates light; the other 90 percent creates heat. Lighting efficiency improved with widespread use of fluorescent lighting in homes, offices and businesses, but fluorescent tubes didn’t really catch on for small boats, although some boaters do use them. In the 1970s, light-emitting diodes, more commonly known as LEDs, made their first appearance. Initially they were used as “power on/off” indicators on electrical and electronic equipment. LEDs produce light when an electrical current passes through them. The original indicator LEDs were red in color and couldn’t produce enough light to see by. But they used a negligible amount of power on board. Over the years, the development of LEDs for marine (and automotive) use has outpaced that of development for home use. Only this year can one buy an LED light bulb for home use that costs about $30. LEDs designed for marine use are solid state and therefore they last a long time. The service life of an LED can be up to 100,000 hours, although most manufacturers claim 50,000. LEDs are not affected by vibration and they don’t “burn out” like incandescents. They simply get dimmer. LEDs also produce light very quickly. A red LED indicator light will achieve full brightness in a microsecond. And unlike fluorescents, LEDs can be easily dimmed. Because LEDs draw so little electrical power, they

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can be battery operated using standard AAA batteries and mounted wirelessly in areas that need light only occasionally. Many boaters will find under-cabinet lighting fixtures useful in a galley or over a work bench. These fixtures cost about $15, and three AAA batteries will provide up to 50 hours of light. LEDs are so battery friendly and inexpensive that they are now being used in many inexpensive flashlights. LED lights are recommended and endorsed by some certification bodies concerned about possible explosions of gasoline or other volatile vapors should an incandescent bulb break. They will permit incandescent bulb use only if it is used in conjunction with expensive explosion-proof fixtures. If an incandescent light bulb breaks, the red-hot element coming in sudden contact with oxygen in the air may cause a flare that can ignite such vapors. This problem does not exist with LEDs, and it has been reported that boaters with LED lighting throughout their vessel may qualify for a reduced insurance rate. LED fixtures are small compared to most others available on the market, and this allows lighting to be installed in spaces too small for more typical-sized fixtures. For boaters looking to reduce their carbon footprint, the small electrical draw of LEDs makes good sense. Using only 10 percent of the power required for an equivalent incandescent light, generators will not have to run as long or as often to keep batteries topped off. This also helps reduce ever-increasing fuel costs. With all the advantages of LEDs, boaters considering a lighting upgrade — and those wanting to make a contribution to the eco-friendly boating movement — should examine them carefully. 

ROGER MCAFEE has been boating for more

than 60 years. A former journalist and lawyer, he contributes regularly to many of North America’s top marine magazines. As a member of Boating Writer’s International, McAfee has served as a judge on the Innovation Awards committee at both IBEX and the Miami International Boat Show. PHOTOS COURTESY OF HELLA MARINE


don’t hesitate to renovate

Illuminating Upgrades Making the case for installing LEDs on board.

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hen the cool little LED light fixtures started showing up in the boating world, they were mostly “courtesy” lights, meant to provide enough illumination to avert tripping on stairs and stumbling around the cockpit. They provided cool, bluish light, certainly enough to see by, but not that great for much else. In a berth, for example, they weren’t all that pleasant to read by, and could make your significant other (and yourself) take on the unhealthy skin tones of Count Dracula. All that has changed. Boaters looking to lighten up living quarters and just about anywhere else on their boats now can install LEDs that brighten up as nicely as halogen, fluorescent and incandescent options, while using less juice and lasting a lot longer. “First and foremost, the biggest advantage of LED lighting is power consumption,” says Phil Haynie, division sales manager for Hella Marine USA. “Number two advantage is longevity.” Why do LEDs use less juice? Here’s a quick primer: LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” A diode is an electrical component with two terminals that conduct electricity only in one direction. With incandescent lights, electricity runs through the filament. Because the filament is so thin, it offers a good bit of resistance to the electricity and turns electrical energy into heat — enough to make the filament white hot. (continued on page 60)

PHOTO COURTESY OF HELLA MARINE

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gear guru

Highly Evolved

BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA

Electronics that make life easier and more enjoyable aboard. RAYMARINE E-Series Multi-Function Displays Raymarine’s little e7 multi-function display (MFD) has grown up and gained new siblings. The e-Series now has three MFDs with 7-, 9- and 12-inch displays that are so hyper-connected, you barely have to leave the helm to get information on just about everything aboard. Raymarine’s LightHouse user interface and the Hybridtouch touchscreen technology make the new units super-easy to use. You get great 3D graphics, lighting-fast chart redraw, built-in GPS, included Navionics charts, bigger screens in a smaller footprint, and 40 percent less power consumption. Now consider the add-on features that will work with your new MFDs — sonar, FLIR night vision cameras, AIS, stereo, radar, Sirius weather, engine or docking cameras, autopilot,

and more. For even more fun, Raymarine has added viewer apps that turn iPads and iPhones into wireless repeaters. Wander anywhere on deck and have charts, sonar, radar and thermal night vision in the palm of your hand — literally. Raymarine says Android apps are coming. The e-Series starts at $1,649 for the smallest and simplest screen with charts. It is available online through several fine marine retailers, including Defender (defender.com) and Boat Service & Outfitters (boatservices.com). RAYMARINE . COM

SIMRAD 4G Broadband Radar Navico has been continually improving its radar technology, and the new Simrad 4G Broadband radar is definitely an enhancement over the original BR24 and succeeding 3G radar. The new 4G radar has better resolution, higher rotation speed, more power and better range, but it can still pick out tiny targets, like birds or pilings, with its beam sharpening feature. Its “zero bang” capability means it eliminates the dead zone around the boat that’s common with pulse radar, so you see what’s close-up and immediately in your way. The 4G also has dual range capability, which means your multi-function display can show returns at two different distance settings simultaneously. It only takes one dome and one display to show targets from 200 feet to 32 nautical miles — at the same time. Because the 4G is solid-state technology, there’s no warm-up time like with pulse radar, and it transmits 1/10,000 of the power of pulse, so it’s safe to mount anywhere on your boat. The Simrad 4G retails for $1,899. SIMRAD - YACHTING . COM

GEONAV DualFuel Autorouting Geonav has introduced a new routing feature for its G10 and G12 multi-function displays. DualFuel Autorouting recommends the quickest and safest course between waypoints based on vessel parameters that you input and available chart data. You pick the destination, and DualFuel will pick the route based on available information provided by Navionics or C-MAP charts that you designate when buying the displays. Autorouting is perfect when there are multiple waypoints in your route, and it will optimize the course based on coastline, depth contours and other factors. DualFuel uses proprietary algorithms to create a spot-on route that you also can edit or adjust for your changing situations, perhaps due to wind and wave patterns. The key is that Geonav gives you a choice of cartography and takes the guesswork out of passagmaking. DualFuel Autorouting is a standard feature on GeoNav’s MFDs, which range in price from $2,499 to $2,999. GEONAVMARINE.COM

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gear guru FURUNO RD33 Instruments Instrument repeaters have taken a huge leap in terms of both readability and capability to display data from all sorts of inputs. Furuno has stepped up its game by revamping the RD30 with NMEA 2000 connectivity, new data pages, a clear 4.3-inch color display, and a waterproof package that brings vital data to anywhere on your boat. The RD33 displays numerical or graphic data in an easy-to-see format. The large screen is customizable from full-screen to a six-way split screen. Data from interfaced equipment includes GPS, radar, fishfinder, autopilot, and sensors with engine information. It also can be added to a NavNet 3D system, displaying a variety of navigation data from the CAN bus network. The user interface is intuitive, and it has a number of alarms for temperature, depth, speed, arrival, anchor, count-down timer, XTE and odometer. The RD33s small footprint means you can mount it anywhere, and its customizable screens provide information you view most frequently at the touch of a button. The RD33 repeater is available for $595. FURUNOUSA . COM

FUSION MS-Series 700 Stereos This is not your father’s stereo. Fusion has a new 700 Series featuring two models, the MS-IP700 and the MS-AV700, that are changing the way music (and video) are played aboard. The MS-IP700 has a color screen and NMEA 2000 and Ethernet ports. It can be controlled by wireless remote and will display instrument information on its 2.7-inch screen. But you also can use your smartphone or tablet to control the unit and choose tunes or adjust the volume on up to four separate zones around the boat. The MS-AV700 model adds a built-in DVD player for video capability. You can even control the units via your navigation multi-function display, so you can play video at your helm on large, crisp screens. Both units are waterproof to IPX5 standards, and there are loads of accessories and add-ons like subwoofers and zone amplifiers. The units are modular, so they’re great for small trailerboats as well as large yacht installations. Pricing starts at $450. FUSIONELECTRONICS.COM

GARMIN GDL 40 Weather Receiver Garmin recently introduced the GDL 40 cell site-based weather station, which brings low-cost, on-demand graphical weather radar data directly to your NMEA compatible Garmin chartplotter. This combination of software and an external antenna provides live weather radar “near shore” in the U.S., Canada and Europe and it’s a fraction of the price of satellite because it’s cellular, and because you can pay-as-you-go instead of having an annual subscription. Garmin’s GDL 40 includes a low-profile waterproof antenna and the $9.99 first-year activation fee in the U.S. After that, you pay for as little as a single 24-hour increment for $4.99. The GDL 40 will display real-time weather on your Garmin multi-function display, which means on a nice, big bright screen you can interpret easily instead of deciphering tiny images on your cell phone app. Also, with the GDL 40 you get wind speeds and direction, sea surface temperatures, wave heights, local forecasts, county/marine warnings, and lightning information. The GDL 40 is compatible with multiple NMEA 2000-enabled Garmin displays and sells for $299. GARMIN . COM

ZUZANA PROCHAZKA is a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master with 20 years boating experience. Her work has appeared in numerous national boating magazines, and she authors a popular gear and boat review blog, TalkOfTheDock.com. 21 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2 012


boat test

Beneteau

Flyer Gran Turismo 38

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Gen X’ers probably think the letters “GT,” often slapped on the most unlikely econo-boxes from Detroit, mean “Good Times,” or perhaps they don’t even think about it in an era of cars with labels such as XT or GL or other meaningless acronyms. But for some of us, GT still means Gran Turismo, or “Grand Touring” in Italian, and it was a designation bestowed only on sports cars that combined distinguished style with sporty handling, yet with enough room inside to carry the driver and companion comfortably and with space for a set of matched luggage and a picnic basket. In short, it meant civilized high-performance. It’s clear that Beneteau doesn’t use the letters lightly, since the new 38-foot Flyer Gran Turismo clearly fits the strictest GT definition: Stylish, sporty, roomy, and oh-so-civilized. This is an express cruiser with Euro-sensibilities, from the warm teak decks under your bare feet to the huge opening sunroof in the hardtop so you can enjoy fresh air when you want it. Although this yacht has all the cool elegance of a Parisian penthouse, it also satisfies North American practicalities with systems that can be serviced easily on this side of The Pond, from the Onan genset to the Force 10 cooktop. The cockpit is the real living room of the 38,

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BENETEAU


boat test

A stylish, roomy cruiser with European sensibilities. BY CHRIS CASWELL

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and the U-shaped settee can be used for alfresco dining or converted to a sunpad. It’s a clever design that folds in half, exposing a sturdy grab rail to help you move around the cockpit. Opposite is a chaise that doubles as seating, with storage underneath. The fiberglass finish is impeccable, as is the upholstery and woodwork. For those who want to stretch the seasons (or control the weather), the cockpit can easily be enclosed with isinglass and fitted with both air conditioning and heat. The skipper has a bench seat that is double-wide (if you have narrow derrieres!), and a companion seat is to starboard behind what motorcyclists would call a sissy bar: A sturdy grab rail. I like that Beneteau has provided the dash with bins for the usual stuff you want to keep handy: Sunscreen, shades and cell phone. Two opening windows are on each side of the helm, and the windshield is immense, stretching the full width in one piece, although the wiper doesn’t cover the entire span. On the port side is a wetbar cum outdoor kitchen with optional grill and fridge. The helm deck is raised to provide great visibility in all directions, as well as to create extra headroom in the cabin below. The instrument panel is layered, with a Simrad NSSB multi-function display, engine monitors, analog gauges and rocker switches just behind the tilt wheel, and the tachs and rudder angle indicator on an upper line-of-sight panel. The silky-smooth Volvo

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Penta electronic shifters are to the right, along with the optional sterndrive joystick that electrically turns the drives individually, giving the yacht the ability to move sideways and rotate completely as though it had pod drives. Just inside the cabin entry is an electrical panel for both shore and generator power, and I would have liked a protective cover to keep wobbly guests from butt-switching the systems as they pass nearby. Once down the easy steps, you find a salon flooded with light from clear overhead panels. An L-shaped settee is to port and the compact galley to starboard, with a two-burner cooktop, under-counter fridge and hidden microwave. Stowage under and above the Corian counter for utensils and groceries is sufficient for weekending aboard. Just aft, the head is a step below cabin level and has a curtained shower, vessel sink and optional electric toilet. The wood used throughout the Flyer GT is Alpilignum, which is a reconstituted material with multiple veneers of dyed woods. And, gee, here I thought only the gods made wood. It is absolutely flawless, which is the good news and the bad news. Real wood has flaws, and some people might mistake this as some version of wood-grained Formica. On the positive side, if you take a chunk out of the finish on a locker door, the replacement from Beneteau will match exactly. The owner’s cabin is forward, with a lozenge-shaped berth (wider but shorter than a queen), large windows


on each side, and an overhead hatch. Drawers are under the berth, and a pair of hanging lockers are on each side. Aft and tucked under the cockpit is a second cabin with a pair of single berths that convert to a queenish-sized double with the addition of a filler cushion. Surprisingly enough, there is full headroom (thanks to the raised bridge deck) as well as plenty of light from ports on each side and overhead. Again, a pair of hanging lockers and a trio of lift-top bins provide stowage for a weekend on the water. Standard power for the Flyer GT 38 is a pair of Volvo D4 260-hp diesels, while our test boat had upgraded D4s of 300-hp plus an Onan 4kW generator. Engine access was through the cockpit sole, and the engine room was surprisingly spacious, with the genset forward and all the essential service and maintenance points readily accessible. Underway, the Flyer GT 38 is a giggle: Fast, responsive and easy riding. More than a little of this is due to three factors: Powerful engines, 17-degrees of hull deadrise to soften the waves, and Beneteau’s own patented Air Step hull. This hull is both unique and interesting, since it actually helps reduce drag. A conventionally stepped hull draws in air from the chines, in the hopes of creating a skin of bubbles under the hull to reduce friction. The problem is that the chines may be underwater, so the concept doesn’t always work. With the Beneteau Air Step, air is drawn in from vents on each hull side, which then exits under the hull on

centerline. The hull is designed to capture the air and release it at the stern, rather than venting to each side. This allows the chines to provide stability, while the bubbles reduce friction on the primary running surface aft. Leave it to the inventors of champagne to find a new way to use bubbles! We topped out at a fraction under 35 knots with full fuel tanks, full water and four people aboard. At a speed that wouldn’t cause our fuel credit card to melt, the 38 loped along in the mid to high 20s while giving you around 11⁄2 miles to the gallon. With the drives mounted well aft (unlike pods, which are usually more forward), the Flyer GT 38 was as nimble as its sports car namesake, banking comfortably into turns without cavitation, slicing back across its wake without pounding, and generally giving the impression that it just loves to romp. As part of the largest boatbuilding consortium in the world, Beneteau builds its boats to a high standard and, in addition, is able to pass along considerable savings as a result of the company’s sophisticated production methods. In looking at prices of likely competitors, you’ll find the Flyer GT 38 to be less expensive by a sizable margin. Well-built and well-mannered, the Beneteau Flyer GT 38 is everything you’d expect from a Grand Touring machine: Fast, luxurious and stylish. All you’ll need is a good bottle of French champagne! 

Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo 38 Standard Equipment Electric anchor windlass w/ remote control; electric sunroof; hydraulic steering; dual bilge pumps; 220v shorepower; hot water heater; pressure water; Force 10 cooktop; fridge; microwave oven; marine toilet; engine room fire system; triple batteries; radar arch; courtesy lights; teak cockpit table; cockpit shower.

Specifications LOA: 39'8" Beam: 12'4" Weight: 16,464 lbs. Draft: 2'9" Water Capacity: 53 gals. Power at tested: T-Volvo Penta 300-hp D4 diesels Price as tested: $395,000

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boat spotlight

Azimut 48

Ahead of its time in concept, design and profile. BY CAPT . FRAN K LAN I E R

Specifications LOA (incl. pulpit): 48'10" Beam (at main section): 14'9" Draft (incl. props at full load): 4'7" Displacement (at full load): 19.5 tons Fuel Capacity: 528 gals. Water Capacity: 156 gals. Power: T-600 hp (442 kW) QSC 8.3 Maximum Speed (at half load): 32 knots Cruising Speed (at half load): 26 knots azimutyachts.com

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esigned with the company’s highly successful 47 in mind, the Azimut 48 boasts a number of upgrades and styling features, yet remains true to the interior plan that made its predecessor so popular. “You have to see this boat!” says Dennis Ellerbrock, general manager of SkipperBud’s Yacht Center. “Very good-sized salon, three staterooms, two heads and check out the galley. Standing in the galley and looking up to the windshield/skylight 12 feet above is like standing in the atrium of a large modern building, or the great room of your mansion.” Unlike many similar sized cruisers that locate the owner’s stateroom aft, the 48 features a pair of guest cabins amidships and a master cabin forward, a layout that allows it to host three couples in private comfort. Both the VIP cabin (to starboard) and guest cabin to port feature twin beds; however, the VIP contains more floor space and the option of sliding the twin beds together to form a double. The two guest cabins share a head located in the starboard cabin, while the forward master cabin has its own en suite head. Topsides, the flying bridge provides a focal point for outdoor living with a settee and table (served by a built-in wet bar and grill) and a well-appointed helm flanked by a large sun pad. Belowdecks, the galley is located in an open vestibule area that ties into the dinette, an arrangement that enhances the interior’s sense of spaciousness. Aft of the

galley is the salon, a spacious area fitted with a U-shaped settee that can accommodate up to eight people. The settee and table also convert into a spare double bed. Featuring abundant, natural light, the salon integrates almost seamlessly with the outdoor cockpit, allowing occupants to embrace the sun and outdoor lifestyle while surrounded by beauty, lavish design and comfort. Fully shielded by the flying bridge, the 48’s large, wide cockpit is the perfect place to lounge or relax any time of day. The centerpiece is a stylish divan that comfortably seats up to four and can be outfitted with an optional mini-bar. Lifting a divan cushion provides access to a storage lazarette, which (as an option) can be converted into a compact crew cabin (complete with private head). The price of the 48’s generous interior volume is a smaller engine space, which offers snug but functional access to the Cummins MerCruiser QSC 8.3L diesels. “If the styling, speed and interior room of this boat is not enough to bring out your checkbook, then check out the Xenta Joystick Control System,” says Ellerbrock. “The Xenta Joystick Controls give you all of the maneuverability of POD Drives at a fraction of the cost.” SkipperBud’s currently stocks this boat at its dealership in Port Clinton, Ohio, but look for one to show up in the Bay Harbor, Door County, Milwaukee, Grand Haven and Chicago markets as the 2012 season progresses. 


boat spotlight

Premier 260 Grand Isle SL

An evolution of comfort and style. BY CAPT . FRAN K LAN I E R

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hen shopping for a pontoon boat, it’s easy to spot the innovations Premier has brought to the table over the years: Wider decks, exclusive PTX tube technology, a plethora of patents for the marine industry. Such innovations, coupled with Premier’s ability to produce performance-oriented ’toons, truly make them a sound buy and great luxury boat, a statement exemplified by the new 2012 Premier 260 Grand Isle SL. While the Grand Isle has been a staple of the Premier lineup for several years, the new SL (Split Lounge) version was first introduced in 2012 as an alternate layout to the Grand Isle rear island bed. “The Grand Isle SL 260 is the perfect family pontoon,” notes Bruce Hawkins, Premier’s national sales manager. “Our split lounge layout provides the perfect place to work on your tan or let the little ones take a nap. The 260 is rated for 250 horsepower, making it ideal for pulling skiers, tubers or wakeboarders. It really is everything you need in one package.” In addition to the rear-facing split lounges and center walkthrough, the new Grand Isle SL incorporates the popular “spotter” chair located across from the captain chair. A great feature for the first mate, its location creates a superb environment for conversations during those more intimate, private outings. Like many of the other Premier models, standard features for the Grand Isle SL include: Flexsteel chairs and couches; new Evolution Bimini; Royal Command View

Specifications LOA: 26'5" Width: 8'6" Weight (3 tubes/30" PTX): 3,350 lbs. Tube diameter: 25" Max. Power (3 tubes/30” PTX): 250 hp

Helm (raises the captain’s view above passenger level); and a Deluxe Alpine radio package with four Kicker speakers. Other standards include Cayman carpet, a pop-up changing room (located within the couch), Calypso gauges, Eagle steering wheel, and LED Toe Kick Strip lighting. Premier’s patented PTX Performance package comes standard on the Grand Isle SL. Features of this package include in-floor storage, Seastar hydraulic steering, lifting strakes, a ski tow bar and a 47-gallon fuel tank. Performance oriented buyers also can increase their horsepower by upgrading from the standard 30-inch PTX to the 36-inch PTX package, which includes the new high performance Yamaha 250 SHO (Super High Output) engine. Premier recently won the 2011 Pontoon & Deckboat McKainer Barrel Race with the PTX performance package, beating out the competition by an impressive 10 seconds. Other popular options include a powered Bimini, black hammered rails, barbeque grill, helm sink and cooler package, and underwater LED lighting. 

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boat spotlight

Prestige 440S

Excellent layout and pod drives make this one fun boat. BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA

Specifications LOA: 43'9" Beam: 13'7" Draft: 3'5" Displacement (wet): 28,660 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 243 gals. Water Capacity: 106 gals. Max. Speed: 35.4 knots Cruising Speed: 25 knots Power: T-Volvo IPS 500 370 hp prestige-yachts.com

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f you’re looking for an express cruiser in the 40something-foot range, check out the Prestige 440S. The “S” stands for “Sport Top,” and the 440S joins a line of cruisers that are sister ships to the existing Prestige Flybridge family. Recently, this refreshed design added some innovative features to enhance its layout and general appeal. It features dual salons, inside/outside cockpits and top speeds above 35 knots with a cruising range of 270 nautical miles at 25 knots. The first thing you’ll notice is the two cockpits. The aft, outdoor cockpit has a U-shaped settee on port and a hi/lo table that transforms into a sunpad. This entire seating area can be lifted with the push of a button and raised on two large struts revealing an 8.6-foot by 5.5-foot garage below that holds a dinghy or water toys. From here, a large drop-down glass partition and door open up into an interior cockpit — or perhaps you want to call it the upper salon. Either way, this new window, along with the electric sunroof, make the Prestige 440S perfect for any weather. The upper salon has a wraparound settee that’s raised, a wet bar and entertainment center across and just aft of the helm, and standing headroom of 6-feet, 6-inches — convenient for those who like to stand and drive. The helm instrument console is laid out well with a Raymarine E120W display and analog gauges split to either side for the port and starboard engines. All navigation electronics are optional.

The Prestige 440S is a two-cabin, two-head boat with a separate salon and full galley. The master stateroom has an island berth set on a diagonal. On port is a nicely finished vanity with flip-up lid. Aft is a separate head and shower. The forward stateroom features an island berth and has an overhead hatch and side portholes for plenty of natural light. This cabin also has its own door leading to a head that’s shared with the salon. The Prestige has real swinging doors as opposed to pocket doors, and these provide more separation and privacy throughout the vessel. In between on starboard is the lower salon, with carpeted sole and U-shaped settee with table. The galley has a double-burner electric cooktop with microwave, tall refrigerator behind a wooden locker door, and flat screen TV in a cabinet separating the galley from the salon. Alpi wood with matching grain creates a nice finish throughout. The Prestige 440S is powered by Volvo Penta IPS 500 370-hp twin diesel engines. Add pod drives and joystick control, and this is one fun boat to drive! A great layout, impressive styling and some new, innovative features make the Prestige 440S worth a look. A price tag under $600,000 makes it worth a second look. 


boat spotlight

Sunseeker Predator 53

Proof good things do come in smaller packages. BY CAPT . FRAN K LAN I E R

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he new Predator 53 may be the smallest vessel in the Predator line, but its bold design offers more features and interior space than most any boat in her class. Borrowing from other boats in the Sunseeker range allows the Predator 53 to merge the best features of the line, yet develop a pedigree all its own. “The all new 53 Predator is a totally exciting redesign of the 52 Predator,” says Greg Krueger, president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales. “The boat is outstanding, with three very livable staterooms and a full glass, carbon fiber sunroof allowing loads of natural light to enter the interior. The 53 Predator also features a fantastic galley for a boat of this size with loads of storage, refrigeration and freezer space.” Standard power options include CAT C12 or MAN R6 engines; however, Krueger recommends the optional upgrade to Volvo Penta IPS drives for maximum speed and fuel efficiency. A sleek sporty profile, the use of modern carbon materials and an intuitive accommodation layout makes this boat a winner in all departments. Fittings and equipment throughout the 53 are first class and reflect the Sunseeker high standards approach, from top brand galley appliances and navigation aids (GPS, chartplotter and radar) to tactile engine and trim tab controls. The main deck salon area is split between two spacious social areas and incorporates an aft patio door, which provides separation from the aft cockpit. The new hull configuration has been optimized throughout

Specifications LOA (excl. pulpit and platform): 52'0" Beam: 15'5" Max. Draft (incl. props): 4'2" Displacement (at half load): 58,643 lbs.

for comfort and sports performance, while providing for owners who prefer a salon that’s up in the main deck daylight rather than the standard flybridge configuration. The salon also features a carbon sliding hardtop positioned above the helm and dinette seating area, allowing you to bring sunlight or stars inside. Lower deck accommodations are comprised of three spacious cabins (two doubles and a twin), while the extensive, fully outfitted galley will be sure to please even the most discriminating first mate. Outside, the large aft cockpit with its generous seating area is available in two configurations, depending on whether a larger dedicated dining area or perhaps increased sunbathing space is preferred. The teak– planked hydraulic aft platform is perfect for a tender or jetbike (just the thing to generate thrills for younger crewmembers), proving that the Predator 53 can handily fulfill the dual role of a sport cruiser and family boat. Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales is the exclusive Great Lakes Sunseeker distributor and is expecting to receive the first U.S. delivery of the Predator 53 this summer. For more information, visit jbys.com. 

Fuel Capacity: 580 gals. Water Capacity: 165 gals. Standard Power: T-CAT C12 715 hp T-MAN R6 800 hp Optional Power: T-Volvo Penta IPS-900 700 hp Maximum Speed: 32 knots Cruising Speed: 23 knots Range: 250 miles sunseeker.com

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Business Get schooled on the ABCs of marine battery use and selection.

O Although seductive, terms like “Deep Cycle” and “Heavy Duty” can be ambiguous at best; a battery’s data table is the best source of information.

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f the many items on board that make boating as we know it possible, batteries are arguably the most important. Although these boxes of lead and acid grant us access to all the wonders of modern electronic gadgetry, most boat owners know little about them and even less about proper selection and maintenance (it’s a sad fact batteries rarely die a natural death — most are homicide victims killed by unwitting owners). Here’s the first installment of a two-part article on how to select, install and properly maintain your batteries so they live to a ripe old age.

BATTERY 101 Contrary to popular belief, batteries are not a modern invention. A 2,212-year-old clay jar found near modern-day Baghdad is thought to be the oldest known electric battery in existence. Dated to around 200 BC, the 5½-inch high by 3-inch wide “Baghdad Battery” was capable, when filled with an electrolyte (probably vinegar or fermented grape juice), of generating between 1.5 and 2 volts. Theories for its use range from treating pain (the Greeks and Romans used electric fish to numb painful areas) to electroplating silver objects with gold. But what, exactly, is a battery? Simply put, a battery is a device that converts chemical energy into electricity via a galvanic cell, which is formed by suspending two dissimilar metal plates within an electrolyte. A common flashlight battery would be an example of a single-celled battery, whereas the familiar 12-volt lead-acid battery consists of six cells (each around 2.1 volts when fully charged), connected in series. Once surrounded by electrolyte, an electrical voltage develops between the plates, the amount of which varies depending on the types of metal used and the electrolyte itself. Lead-acid batteries (the focus of this article) consist of a sulfuric acid electrolyte and plates of lead dioxide and sponge lead, thus the name “lead-acid.”

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BATTERY LINGO In a perfect world, battery selection would focus exclusively on meeting a vessel’s electrical needs under any circumstance. In the real world however, factors such as cost, availability, mounting space and intended use all play equally important roles in the selection process. Before discussing the various types of batteries available, let’s review a few terms that will aid in selecting the right one for you.

> Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) CCA is defined as the maximum number of amps a new, fully charged 12-volt battery can deliver at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts (1.2 volts per cell). > Marine Cranking Amps (MCA) MCA (also known as cranking performance) is a term used to rate how much cranking power a new, fully charged 12-volt battery provides at 32 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds while maintaining at least 7.2 volts (1.2 volts per cell). > Amp Hours (AH) Amp Hours express a battery’s storage capacity and are determined by multiplying current draw (in amps) by the length of time (in hours) that it takes a battery to discharge. A battery capable of providing 5 amperes for 20 hours (5 amperes x 20 hours) would have 100 Amp Hours of capacity, as would one that delivers 4 amperes for 25 hours. The rate and discharge time can vary; however, the battery’s electrical storage capacity remains the same. > Reserve Capacity (RC) The Reserve Capacity of a battery is the number of minutes it can supply a constant, specified voltage (normally 25 amps) at 80 degrees Fahrenheit while maintaining at least 10.5 volts. It’s designed to give the buyer an idea of how long the battery can continue to supply power to essential accessories after a charging system failure, a

terrestrial example being how far an automobile can be driven after the alternator fails. > 20-Hour Rating The 20-Hour Rating states the amperage a new, fully charged battery can supply for 20 hours at a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also known as the “Amp Hour Capacity” of a battery. > Cycle Life Cycle Life is the number of discharge and charge cycles a battery can deliver over its service life. One battery cycle is defined as discharge from a full charge to a complete discharge and then back to a usable full charge again, usually from 100 percent to 20 percent and then back to 100 percent (although the percentage of discharge varies between ratings).

Did You Know… Connecting cells or batteries in series (negative to positive terminal) combines the voltages of both batteries, but leaves the current the same. Placing them in parallel (all like terminals connected) combines the current (amps) in both while leaving the voltage the same. For example, two 6-volt, 1 amp batteries connected in series would produce a 12-volt, 1 amp system. Connecting the same two batteries in parallel would give you a 6-volt, 2-amp system. 31 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012


When Maintenance-free Isn’t Free Gel-cell and AGM batteries are both VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries, which simply means a tiny valve keeps the battery under pressure, but allows venting when necessary. It’s one of the features that make these batteries recombinant (meaning Oxygen and Hydrogen generated during use is recombined inside the battery) and truly maintenance free. Most of the less expensive “no maintenance” batteries offered at big-box stores are simply sealed wet-cell batteries containing an internal reservoir of electrolyte, which is used to replace whatever water is lost during recharging. The problem is this reservoir is eventually used up, and there’s no way to replenish it — meaning an early battery death simply for the convenience of not having to add a little water.

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DO YOUR HOMEWORK What’s it all mean, you ask? For starters, the burden is on the consumer to ensure the playing field is level when comparing and contrasting the various ratings used in battery advertising. Battery manufacturers are a crafty lot, and you have to pay attention to not only what they’re selling, but how they’re selling it. For example, battery A offers 900 CCA for $100, while battery B offers 900 MCA for $75. As both provide the same amperage, B appears the better value initially, but the informed buyer (that’d be you) knows that MCA is a rating performed at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while CCA uses 0 degrees as a reference point (any battery will have higher MCAs than CCAs). As battery performance degrades with lower temperatures, if battery B provides the same amps at 0 degrees that battery A does at 32 degrees, we can assume battery A is likely a stronger, more robust product. Manufactures also may use different discharge periods to generate higher AH numbers for their product. For example, a battery can have a 20-hour rate of 344 AH, as well as a 100-hour rate of 429 AH. It’s easy to see how buyers comparing two batteries with similar capacities (but different hour rates) would logically assume the one with the higher AHs is more powerful; unless, that is, they are aware of the difference in hour rates.

KNOW YOUR TYPE So, what’s the best way to select the right battery? Start by looking at what the battery’s job will be once installed, which allows for selection based on both application (starting or storage) and construction (design, materials, etc.). Probably the first decision is whether to go with a wet-cell battery or one of the newer technologies, such as gel-cell or AGM. All wet-cell, gel-cell and AGM styles are lead-acid batteries in one form or another (meaning they all use the same chemistry despite variations in construction), and each can be designed for starting or storage applications. Familiarization with the pros and cons of each will help match the right style with the job at hand.

> Wet-cell Batteries Although wet-cell (or flooded) batteries in their modern form can be traced back to the 1880s, they’re still the workhorse of the industry and are considered by many to offer the best value for the money of any battery type. Many improvements have been made over the years; however, its basic form remains the same: Flat, lead plates immersed in a liquid sulfuric acid solution. The thickness of these plates and the overall quality of its grids (the plate supports) and case play a key role in determining a battery’s durability and service life. Wet-cell batteries either have removable caps (to add water to the cells lost during the charge/discharge cycle) or are of the sealed, maintenance-free variety (see sidebar, at left). Despite being old-school technology, wet-cell batteries offer some attractive advantages over gel-cell and AGM batteries. They’re cheaper, have an excellent cost-to-life cycle ratio (provided they’re properly maintained) and are more tolerant to abuses such as over- or under-charging. As far as disadvantages go, wetcell batteries don’t hold a charge as long as gel-cells or AGMs, are more prone to internal shorting and vibration damage, and can leak electrolyte if placed at odd angles or punctured. The fact they need regular maintenance (the addition of water) is considered by some to be a disadvantage, as is the generation of explosive gases while charging, a phenomena known as “gassing.” That and the corrosive, acid mist accompanying it means proper ventilation is an important consideration for any wet-cell installation.


> Gel-cell Batteries As many of the negative aspects associated with wet-cell batteries involve electrolyte leakage or loss, one goal of early manufacturers was eliminating this free sloshing acid altogether. The electrolyte of gelled acid or “gel-cell” batteries is immobilized by adding Silica Gel to the sulfuric acid solution, creating a more or less solid, gelatinous goo that’s placed within a pressurized, sealed battery utilizing special valves for venting needs. The result is a truly maintenance-free battery (both gel-cells and AGMs are recombinant batteries, meaning water lost during operation is reclaimed internally). The electrolyte can’t be spilled due to case damage or tipping over. Gel-cells operate equally well in almost any position, even under water — with the notable exception of upside-down. Other advantages include virtually no gassing and the ability to hold a charge longer than wet-cells. They also can discharge a lot of current and are less susceptible to damage if left in a discharged state. Gel-cell disadvantages start with cost, which is significantly more than comparable wet-cell batteries. They also recharge inefficiently when deeply discharged, as most of the charge current applied during recharging produces heat rather than the chemical process necessary for recharging. This means they have to be charged at a lower voltage than wet-cell or AGM batteries (no fast charges), or the heat produced during overcharging can create permanent voids in the gel, reducing battery capacity. Despite their recombinant design, gel-cells can lose water if battery temperature is excessive, which occurs during improper charging or when used in hotter climates. That’s the purpose of those special valves mentioned above; they are essentially one-way vents designed to release gas. As this lost water can’t be replaced, extreme cases of excess venting can result in premature battery failure. > Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) The next evolutionary step for lead-acid batteries is AGMs, which utilize a fiberglass mat to hold the electrolyte in place rather than gelling material. This design also is known as “starved electrolyte” construction, because the fiberglass mat is only 95 percent saturated with electrolyte, ensuring there’s no excess acid to leak — even if the case is damaged. AGMs have all the advantages of gel-cells with virtually none of their shortcomings. Their plates are more securely packed than wet or gel-cells, and construction is so robust they’ll survive installations that would literally shake a standard battery to pieces. As there’s no liquid to expand, AGM batteries also

can survive freezing. Unlike gel-cells, their internal resistance is extremely low — meaning almost no battery heating occurs, even during heavy charge and discharge currents. AGMs also have the highest charge acceptance rate, efficiency and life expectancy to boot. Self discharge rate also is lower, meaning they can be stored longer without charging than standard batteries, a plus for use on boats that may be left unattended for months at a time. The primary disadvantage associated with AGM batteries is cost, which can be two to three times that of a comparable wet-cell battery. Another would be intolerance to overcharging.

The removable caps of a wetcell battery allow you to add water to the cells lost during the charge/discharge cycle (top). But what kind of Cranking Amps are they? Knowing whether they’re Marine Cranking Amps or Cold Cranking Amps can make a big difference when selecting a battery (bottom).

CONCLUSION As you can see, proper battery selection is based on a number of considerations, from warranties and construction to initial cost verses life cycle data. Researching and gathering as much information as possible on a prospective battery purchase will always be time well spent. r Next month, check out Part II of our two-part series on batteries, where you’ll learn more about battery selection, installation and maintenance. 33 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012


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Few cities can compare to Duluth, Minnesota, when it comes to sheer paradox. Located in the far reaches of the Upper Midwest, where Wisconsin’s and Minnesota’s deep, dense North Woods kiss the shores of mighty Lake Superior, this community of nearly 90,000 people still conjures images of a remote, hardscrabble world. After all, this is a land of arctic winters and a frigid, temperamental inland sea. It’s a land of Dakota and Ojibwe legends, prospecting iron men and tough lumber camps. Isn’t it? Well, yes. Thanks to a colorful heritage, Duluth retains these aspects of its character. But, together with neighboring Superior, Wisconsin, the city has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. Fine restaurants, diverse shopping opportunities, art museums and the performing arts are thriving here, as is the festival-mad waterfront. And outdoor competitions have garnered national attention, from Grandma’s Marathon and the Midnight Sun Kayak Marathon & Half-Marathon to the North Shore Inline Marathon for inline skaters and the Trans-Superior International Yacht Race. In fact, Duluth is one of Money magazine’s top four

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Midwestern small cities for overall livability, and Outside magazine put the port city in its acclaimed “Top 10 America’s Greatest Outside Towns” list in 2003, where it appeared alongside prestigious destinations such as Santa Fe, New Mexico; Camden, Maine; Bellingham, Washington; and Santa Barbara, California. It earned the latter honor due to its impressive green spaces, easy access to multiple outdoor activities, outdoor music venues, natural food stores, an active arts community and an intact cultural identity.

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That last element is perhaps most significant. It may indeed have first-class dining, cutting-edge art exhibitions, exciting outdoor musical performances and nationally acclaimed sporting events. Its population and numbers of visiting tourists may be booming, and its name may be on the lips of travel literati who talk about “the next big thing.” But, at its heart, Duluth remains a quintessential Midwestern small town.

LUMBER, ORE & SHIPPING — OH MY! In a way, Duluth’s renaissance is simply a return to erstwhile glory days. This Lake Superior port once was the fastest-growing city in America, rivaling Chicago and New York in importance. It had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world. That could scarcely have been imagined when Pierre Esprit Radisson first explored the area in the 1650s. Fellow Frenchman Daniel Greysolon Du Lhut — for whom Duluth is named — landed in 1679 where the Aerial Lift Bridge now stands, and went on to document the area. Due to its rich natural resources, he hoped to secure trading and trapping rights while brokering an elusive peace between the warring Ojibwe and Dakota people. PHOTO BY KIM RANDOLPH

Native control over this land was ending, however. In 1854, although the natives had not yet signed the Treaty of La Pointe that would give up their mineral rights, copper prospectors arrived in droves. Two years later, Duluth earned its name and became the designated seat of St. Louis County. When copper resources dwindled, the industrialists’ focus shifted to timber, and hopes flourished with the 1855 opening of the Soo Locks. The Panic of 1857 devastated the economy, however, and then a scarlet fever epidemic raged through the community. By the end of the Civil War, most houses stood empty. Then geologists discovered iron ore, and large numbers of Maine lumbermen arrived, seeking to establish a strong lumber industry. Duluth’s fortunes were on the upswing once again. Wealthy Philadelphia land speculator Jay Cooke chose the city to be the terminus of the Northern Pacific and Lake Superior & Mississippi railroads. Their arrival opened northern and western areas to iron-ore mining; plus, Duluth now would be the only U.S. port with access to both the Atlantic and Pacific. For a time, the influx of workers couldn’t keep up with demand. 37 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012


Hopes for a secure prosperity were dashed after the 1873 stock market crash, but hardy Scandinavian and Finnish immigrants rebuilt the city through a revitalized lumber industry and the grain trade. By the early 1900s, Duluth’s port passed that of New York City in gross tonnage handled. Imagine: Duluth was the leading port in the country, despite the fact that it’s farther from the ocean than any other deep-water port in the country. And it welcomed new industries: A U.S. Steel plant, a cement plant and nail and wire mills. During World War I, a St. Louis River shipyard produced eight ships simultaneously for the war effort, and the neighborhood now known as Riverside arose around it. Unfortunately, like so many Great Lakes industrial ports, Duluth’s boomtime again ended in bust. U.S. Steel closed its plant in 1971, with more closures to follow — including the local U.S. Air Force base. By the early 1980s, unemployment soared to 15 percent. Fortunately, Duluth retained its tenacious population. Its citizens were inclined to persevere against all odds, so they rose to the challenge. They reinvented their city with a new focus on tourism. Today, with a $250 million annual economic impact, Duluth remains one of the Great Lakes’ most important ports. Approximately 1,000 ocean and lake freighters

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dock here each year, shipping cargoes of iron ore (taconite), coal, stone and grain. And the city is growing again, although at a more moderate rate than during its boom years. The city population is roughly 87,000, and nearly 185,000 live within a 30-mile radius. While the mining and paper industries remain active, Duluth also is a regional hub for health care, finance and communications; six colleges and universities call the twin ports of Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin, home. And due to the rise of tourism and the city’s subsequent downtown and waterfront renaissance, the city bears little resemblance to its former industrial self. And the transformation continues. According to investor Sanford Hoff, Pier B Development will be redeveloping a seven-acre pier on the Duluth waterfront this year. This exciting project will include a 116-room upscale hotel, conference center, waterfront restaurant, residential condominiums and a waterfront pavilion to house activities such as kayaking and canoeing in summer months and ice skating during the winter. “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working in conjunction (with Pier B) to develop a marina on an adjacent parcel,” Hoff reported. “The marina will accommodate boats ranging in size from 26 feet to 60-plus feet.”

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DESTINATION: DULUTH When arriving at Duluth, cruising boaters will motor through a cut between Wisconsin Point on the Superior side and Minnesota Point on Duluth’s Park Point sandbar. Veering to starboard, you’ll motor the length of the Superior waterfront, make a turn to port to cruise beneath the iconic 1905 Aerial Lift Bridge and enter St. Louis Bay. The bridge is one of Duluth’s most popular attractions; originally built as a rare aerial transfer bridge — less than two dozen were ever built — it was reconfigured as a vertical lift bridge in 1930. “A visit to Duluth isn’t complete without watching a ship travel under the Aerial Lift Bridge,” commented Kristi Stokes, president of Duluth’s Greater Downtown Council. “It’s amazing to stand on the piers and watch the vessel traffic up close.” Although she grew up in central Wisconsin, Stokes has called Duluth home for 21 years, and her husband serves as the commander of the Duluth Sail & Power Squadron. “I actually told myself that I would give Duluth about a year,” she recalled. “However, I really fell in love with the place! It has the feel of a larger city, but it retains that small-town charm.” PHOTO BY JEFF FREY AND ASSOCIATES PHOTOGRAPHY

“Another reason I stayed is I met my husband,” she continued. “He was born and raised here and is an avid boater. He really lured me in to the world of boating, and I love it! We own a 36-foot powerboat and spend our summers living aboard with our family. It’s our floating cabin.” Russ Francisco, a lifelong Duluth resident who has owned and operated Marine General on London Road since the 1970s, also chose to remain in what he called “the biggest farm town in the U.S.” “We have nice restaurants and so many things to do, but everyone still knows each other,” he explained. Francisco says the region has much to offer boaters — from the allure of the Big Lake, to the St. Louis Estuary with its huge walleye fishery, to the myriad inland lakes that dot the surrounding woodlands. “There’s so much water here, and a lot of it’s protected, so people come to use it,” he explained. “Trailerboating is really where the growth is. I just tell people to find out where the launches are in advance. There are several up the north shore toward Grand Marais, and the same down the south shore. Know where they are, because it would be such a shame to have flat water and not be out on it!” 39 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012


Another tip: Bring a fall jacket, and keep a weather eye on Lake Superior’s moods. “The weather here changes in a blink, and you’ll go from 80 degrees to 50 degrees,” Francisco said. “That’s because Lake Superior is big, and deep, and cold. And always look over the hill. That’s where the weather comes from.” That hill is one of Duluth’s three distinctive natural features. Boaters will encounter the two others immediately: The natural deep-water harbor, which the city shares with neighboring Superior; and the 14-mile-long Park Point sandbar, which is one of the longest freshwater sandbars in the world. Then there’s that steep, rocky, 800-foot-plus hill that dominates the city and creates its distinctive, helterskelter, San Francisco-esque streetscapes. Lakehead Boat Basin is just three blocks south of the bridge on Park Point; Harbor Cove Marina is four blocks past the bridge on the point; and Spirit Lake Marina lies up the St. Louis River, seven miles from Lake Superior and near the Lake Superior Zoo, Lake Superior & Mississippi railroad station and Munger Trail.

EXPLORING A RENAISSANCE TOWN The area known as “Old Duluth” lies along Superior Street from Lake Avenue to Fourth Avenue East. This is the city’s birthplace — along with Canal Park, site of Du

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Lhut’s 1679 landing. The renewed downtown features red-brick streets and convenient skywalks, while Canal Park’s thoroughfares are traversed by horse-drawn carriages. Restored waterfront warehouses house a myriad of shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants. In fact, more than 50 restaurants lie within Duluth’s downtown and Canal Park areas, ranging from popular American fare such as seafood and steaks to Mexican, Italian, Asian and even vegetarian cuisine. “If people are looking for a night out, downtown tends to be the destination,” Stokes observed. “One of the first things that people think of when they think about the downtown Duluth area is the variety and quality of our unique restaurants.” Each year, the Greater Downtown Council shines a spotlight on those venues with “Eat Downtown Duluth Restaurant Week,” during which restaurants offer fixed prices for three-course lunches and dinners. In 2012, the event takes place March 1-15. Francisco said transient boaters don’t have to worry if the distance from dock to downtown seems a bit long for walking. “We’ve got great bus service and taxis,” he said. “We also have a trolley that carries people from Canal Park and the waterfront to downtown.”


Beer aficionados will get a kick out of Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery & Grille, a city mainstay for more than a century. It incorporates a museum that tells the story of northern Minnesota brewing, and on Wednesday nights you can watch the weekly sailboat races from the courtyard. Those who seek to stretch their legs will delight in Duluth’s more than 105,000 acres of green space and many parks, particularly the Waterfront Sculpture Walk. The sculpture walk is an impressive display of international art reflecting the social, cultural and historical values not only of Duluth, but also of its sister cities in Sweden, Russia, Japan and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Leif Erikson Park, with its celebrated Rose Garden, is another favorite. The Rose Garden hosts a weekly concert series during the summer, and this is not the only spot to enjoy live music in the cool evening air. Downtown Duluth also hosts a summer concert series, and the two performances are within easy walking distance. And don’t forget the Lakewalk, which stretches more than six miles along the Lake Superior waterfront. “The Greater Downtown Council, along with other sponsors, actually implemented an event in 2009 to celebrate Duluth’s Lakewalk,” Stokes said. “Our

Lakewalk Festival attracts thousands of residents and visitors to the shores of Lake Superior for a day of free family-friendly activities, from face-painting and balloon animals to train rides, treasure hunts and ice cream.” This year’s event is scheduled for September 8. Also woven into the fabric of Duluth’s summer life are the performing arts, from the outdoor concert series to the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and a number of community theater organizations. These include the Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth Festival Opera and the Renegade Comedy Theatre. Music enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to attend the Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, Duluth, festival events include theater, opera, jazz, big band and chamber music performances. The city boasts three art museums: The Duluth Art Institute at The Depot, the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and an impressive selection of smaller galleries throughout the city. Then there are the other museums. The Great Lakes Floating Maritime Museum is a major highlight, as it incorporates the William A. Irvin,

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onetime flagship of U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes fleet and a stately ore carrier that hosted many dignitaries and VIP guests during her lifetime. The museum also includes the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Sundew, responsible for many search-and-rescue missions on the lakes. Other educational activities include visits to the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum and the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center at The Depot, the Lake Superior Zoo and the Great Lakes Aquarium, which explores Lake Superior and surrounding habitats. Glensheen, an historic 7.6-acre estate that incorporates a 39-room, 1908 Jacobean mansion, is another worthy stop. If you’re traveling as a family and the kids are ready to blow off some steam after the tours, don’t miss Edgewater Resort’s “The Edge,” northern Minnesota’s only indoor waterpark, and the Adventure Zone of Canal Park, a jaw-dropping 50,000-plus square feet of laser tag, batting cages, mini golf, video games, rock climbing walls and more. Duluth also offers dinner and entertainment cruises along the waterfront, and themed train tours are available through the Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, based at the LS&M station, and through the North Shore Scenic Railroad, based at The Depot. The North Shore’s Highway 61 has been compared

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to California’s Highway 1, with breathtaking land- and seascapes around every turn. In reality, Duluth is a gateway city to so much more than the North Shore — it is a jumping-off point for the Superior National Forest, as well as for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

GREAT OUTDOORS MEETS BIG CITY Yet you don’t need to leave the metro area for outdoor adventures. For visiting enthusiasts, outfitters and rental companies provide bicycles, skates, canoes and kayaks for exploring every nook and cranny the city has to offer. An active charter fleet can satisfy the most avid fishermen seeking walleye, trout and salmon, while those who prefer to stay ashore with their gear will find that 12 of 23 city streams have natural — and fishable — trout populations. And miles of trails are easily accessible to hikers, bikers and skaters, offering countless opportunities for wildlife-watching as well as outdoor recreation. If you need anything, make sure to visit Francisco at Marine General, which really is a one-stop store — and not just for powerboaters, sailors and anglers who need parts, accessories and gear. “We have hundreds of items for all types of outdoor enthusiasts,” he said. “Over the years, we have added


camping supplies, winter clothing and boots, Carhartt work clothes, snowshoes, hunting clothing and ammo.” This is indeed a city geared to the outdoors, and the essence of that outdoor spirit lies in Duluth’s festival season, which stretches from June into September. Spring kicks the high season off with Lake Superior Family Fun Fest, the Homegrown Music Festival and Duluth Dylan Fest; and summer moves into high gear with such highlights as Duluth Fourth Fest, Downtown Duluth Sidewalk Days, the Bayfront Reggae and World Music Festival, Twin Ports Bridge Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival, Glensheen’s Festival of Fine Art and Craft, Art in Bayfront Park Art Fair, Duluth Trail Fest, and Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival. Music festivals, art fairs, holiday celebrations — according to Francisco, there is something going on literally every weekend. “It’s a big town with a small-town character,” he said. “Everyone gets together at the waterfront. I tell people to come visit in July and August; the weather’s stable, the fishing’s good, and there are all the festivals!” Fall and winter have their redeeming features, too. “Obviously we see our largest influx of visitors in the summer months, but the fall colors attract people, and

the snow attracts folks in winter,” Stokes said. “Don’t miss the Bentleyville Tour of Lights at Bayfront Festival Park during the holidays. More than 3 million lights serve as a beacon on the waterfront.”

MEET SUPERIOR, THE SISTER PORT Lest anyone forget that Duluth is part of an entity affectionately known as the Twin Ports, don’t miss taking a trip over to the other half of that equation: The friendly city of Superior, Wisconsin, which is bordered by St. Louis, Superior and Allouez bays, as well as the Nemadji and St. Louis rivers. While the city has a significantly smaller population at roughly 27,000, it shares Duluth’s world-class, deep-water port. These cities truly are sisters. Dock your boat at Barker’s Island Marina, a full-service facility with plenty of transient dockage among its 420 electric- and water-equipped, all-weather slips. Boaters can take advantage of dock carts, a clubhouse, laundry, private restrooms and showers, portable toilet pump-out station, WiFi internet access and lighted tennis courts. The marina also offers parts, accessories, complete repair services for power and sail, and a 35-ton, open-end mobile boat hoist in the event a haul-out is necessary.

GRANDMA’S BOXCAR PHOTO BY DONIREE WALKER; TRAIN PHOTO BY DENNIS O’HARA; BLUES FESTIVAL PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT DULUTH/SEAQUEST PHOTOGRAPHY; KAYAKING PHOTO BY KIM RANDOLPH; LAKEWALK PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT DULUTH/SEAQUEST PHOTOGRAPHY; BARKER’S ISLAND PHOTO BY DENNIS O’HARA; BEACH PHOTO BY NANCIE JARDINE; BARKER’S ISLAND MARINA PHOTO BY ROBIN BRUELHEIDE PHOTOGRAPHY; FISH PHOTO BY NORTHLAND MUSKIE ADVERNTURES.COM

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Duluth, MN Information Visit Duluth / Official Duluth Travel Guide 800-438-5884, visitduluth.com Greater Downtown Council downtownduluth.com Online research and travel planning goduluthmn.com Minnesota Office of Tourism exploreminnesota.com Vista Fleet vistafleet.com

Superior, WI Information The Chamber, Superior-Douglas County Area superiorchamber.org Online research and travel planning superiortrails.com Wisconsin Department of Tourism travelwisconsin.com

Barker’s Island Marina also offers a recently constructed 24,000-square-foot heated indoor winter storage building for boats up to 60 feet. When you’re ready, head into town. Visit the SS Meteor museum ship, the 1890 Fairlawn mansion and the Old Firehouse and police museums. Peruse the Lake Superior Council for the Arts & North End Arts Gallery, the Harrington ARTS Center and several private galleries featuring work in all media, from pottery to silver. Some summer events in Superior are the JAWS Fishing Derby the first weekend of June, Woodies on the Water: Lake Superior Wooden Boat Festival (July 28), and the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (August 24 – 25).

SWEET HOME DULUTH/SUPERIOR You’ll find that many native Duluthians also dock their boats at Barker’s Island or anchor on the Superior side. Really, it’s not that far. And many also enjoy anchoring out on the Wisconsin side; Francisco observed that there are many good anchorages there, throughout the bay and up the St. Louis River. “It’s great to hang out on the boat during the festivals,” he said. “You can listen to the music and enjoy being out on the water.” There it is again: That sense of community, of coming together to simply celebrate being in this vibrant, cosmopolitan place that perches confidently at the edge of North Country wilderness. “There are so many reasons Duluth and Superior are so special to those of us who live here,” Stokes reflected. “Topping the list is its quality of life.” The many paradoxes of of these twin ports, it seems, are irresistibly sweet. 

Come explore Lake Superior Superior Douglas County Superior Douglas County Convention & Visitors Bureau Marina • Lodging • Dining Museums • Attractions

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Prairie Harbor Yacht Club

Enjoy a bevy of amenities along the Illinois-Wisconsin border. by colle e n h . trou pi s

Prairie Harbor Yacht Club 12800 Lakeshore Dr. Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 262-697-3200 prairieharboryachtclub.com Amenities Transient slips: Yes Pump-out: Yes Gas: Nearby Diesel: Nearby Lifts: Nearby Launch ramp: Nearby Engine repair: Nearby Hull repair: Nearby Marine store: Nearby Restaurants: Nearby Showers: Yes Laundromat: Yes

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entrally located between Chicago and Milwaukee on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Prairie Harbor Yacht Club (PHYC) is a good jumping off point for hiking, fishing, biking and more. The harbor and its amenities really can’t be beat. “The marina is located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, near the Illinois border, with access to the commuter train to Chicago, Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee,” says Carolyn Diesi, secretary on the Board of Directors and the sales and leasing agent for PHYC. “It’s just one-and-a-half hours by boat to Chicago or Milwaukee and takes just three hours to cross the lake to South Haven, Michigan.” The site was originally a retreat for the Walter H. Mayer family, which built a mansion on the property in 1937. Over time, the building gradually became worn down, which eventually paved the way for PHYC to transform and develop. The yacht club is considered a “dockominium,” which means individual boat slips are available for sale. It also means it’s under constant improvement. “Our elected Board of Directors strives to update and improve our facility on a continual basis,” Diesi says.

PHYC boasts an impressive array of luxury amenities, including a gated community, heated pool, wireless internet, kitchen, laundry, clubhouse with private shower suites, a large patio for entertaining, tennis and volleyball courts, a horseshoe pit, a beach for swimming, a separate beach for bonfires, and free trolley transportation to and from local restaurants. Yacht club members also enjoy dining and transient slip reciprocity at other harbors with yacht clubs. “We offer weekly in-slip pump-outs, and members can use their own maintenance/repair individual or company,” Diesi adds. PHYC includes 159 slips, which can accommodate boats up to 80 feet in length. Typically, eight to 10 slips are available for transients, so reservations are generally recommended. “What sets us apart is our flexibility. Members have the ability to buy a slip, lease purchase a slip, or lease a slip for the season,” Diesi says. “Our prices are below those of other harbors with far fewer amenities.” “We are really the hidden jewel on the western shores of Lake Michigan. Spend the weekend and see for yourself!” r PHOTOS COURTESY OF PRAIRIE HARBOR YACHT CLUB


Prairie Harbor yacht club

“Prairie Harbor is the best-kept secret on Lake Michigan.” This privately-owned, 159-slip marina is conveniently located on Lake Michigan. We offer unit sales, lease purchases, slip rental and Yacht Club membership options.

• Private beach • Cable television • Wireless internet service

• Security card access • Family-oriented atmosphere • Beautifully landscaped property

• Upscale clubhouse • Laundry room facilities • Private bathroom suites

For sales and leasing information, contact Carolyn Diesi: 847-557-1633 (direct); cdiesi@att.net 12800 Lakeshore Drive • Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 • Telephone/Fax 262-697-3200 • prairieharboryachtclub.com


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Our pick this month walks on water.

CONTACT Tom Trautman Irish Boat Shop Harbor Springs, MI 231-526-6225 tatrautman@irishboatshop.com irishboatshop.com Jeff Glenny Irish Boat Shop Charlevoix, MI 231-547-9967 jcglenny@irishboatshop.com irishboatshop.com

2011 Sealegs 6.1m Used for just one summer by Irish Boat Shop as a demo boat, this 2011 Sealegs 6.1m is in wonderful condition and ready for its new owner. Sealegs is the world’s leading manufacturer of amphibious boats. This boat can be driven right up on the beach, across your yard, or set down on its aluminum bottom in your garage with ease. Then, with the push of a button, you can raise the boat back up, drive down the beach and head out for a day of fun on the water. Once in the water, the boat’s wheels all but disappear. It’s fully capable of tubing, skiing, fishing and more. This all-terrain vessel can handle sand, mud, rocks, grass and steep inclines with ease. It’s loaded with options, including: GPS/fishfinder; VHF radio; boarding ladder; stereo system; and a custom trailer. The boat is constructed with a marine-grade aluminum hull and six chamber Hypalon 828 tubes. 48 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012

Power is sourced via a 115-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard and a 24-hp inboard, allowing this vessel to reach top speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour in the water and 6 miles per hour on land. Brand new, this boat would sell for $109,620. Irish Boat Shop’s current asking price for this like-new beauty is just $79,900. r LOA: 20'1" Beam: 8'1" Draft: 1'4" Displacement (at full load): 2,200 lbs. Hull Material: Aluminum Fuel Capacity: 21 gals. Power: Evinrude E-TEC 115 hp Price: $79,900 PHOTOS COURTESY OF IRISH BOAT SHOP


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42 Grand Banks 1977 $89,000

41 Camano 2006 $385,000

41 President 1987 $99,000

40 T Mainship 2004 $239,000

40 Tollycraft 1986 $89,000

39 Ocean Alexander 1991 $139,000

37 Custom Steel 1986 $89,000

34 American Tug 2006 $289,000

34 American Tug 2004 $269,000

34 American Tug 2001 $225,000

34 Mainship 1978 $34,000

32 Nordic Tug 2000 $179,000

32 Nordic Tug 1991 $99,000

32 Albin 1989 $75,000

32 Grand Banks 1985 $99,000

32 Cheoy Lee 1983 $57,000

32 Island Gypsy 1983 $49,900

32 Vinette Steel 1977 $49,900

31 Camano 2001 $127,900

28 Albin 2007 $99,000

28 Ellis 1994 $77,900

27 Albin 1984 $29,900

26 Nordic Tug 1981 with trailer $75,000

*Please note the location of the brokerage trawler in the website listing: at Manitowoc or at the owner’s location

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NEW CABO 40 HT EXPRESS 29’ 29’ 29’ 30’ 30’ 30’ 31’ 31’ 31’ 32’ 32’ 32’ 32’ 32’ 33’ 33’ 34’ 34’ 35’ 35’ 35’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 36’ 38’

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Tiara 290 Sportboat T-Crusader 5.7 ltr ...........................................................$36,900 Powerquest 290 Enticer FX w/Trl T-Mercruiser 454 EFI Magnum.............$32,500 Four Winns 298 Vista T-Volvo Penta 5.0, 270 hp ...........................................$59,900 Sea Ray 305 Sedan Bridge T-Mercruisers 5.7 ltr. ........................................$19,900 Pursuit 3000 Offshore T-Crusader 454, 320 hp ..............................................$59,900 Tiara 3000 Open T-Crusader 6.0 MPI, 375 hp ..............................................$169,900 Tiara 3100 Open T-Crusader 350’s, 270 hp ....................................................$39,900 Tiara 3100 Open - Hardtop T-Crusader 454 XLI, 320 hp ...............................$74,900 Chaparral 310 Signature T-Mercruiser 5.0 L MPI DTS Axius ...................$164,900 Carver 32 Convertible T-Mercruiser 350........................................................$35,500 Regal 320 Commodore T-Mercruiser 7.4 ltr...................................................$44,900 Four Winns 328 Vista T-Mercruiser 350 Mag MPI’s ...................................$64,900 Tiara 3200 Open T-Crusader 8.1 ltr., 385 hp .................................................$179,900 CABO 32 Express T-Caterpillar C-7, 461 hp ................................................ $234,900 Wellcraft 3200 St. Tropez T-Crusader 5.7 ltr. .................................................$29,900 Donzi Daytona ZX T-Mercury, 425hp ............................................................$109,900 Luhr’s 342 Sedan Convertible T-Crusader 7.4 ltr. ..........................................$32,900 Silverton 34 Convertible T-Crusader 7.4 ltr. ...................................................$39,900 Chris Craft 35 Catalina T-Chris Craft 327, 220hp ...........................................$24,900 Viking 35 Convertible T-Crusader 454’s ..........................................................$29,900 Scopinich 35’ Express Tournament SF T-Caterpillar 3126TA, 450 hp ......$319,900 Trojan F-36 Convertible T-Crusader 350’s, 270 hp.........................................$39,900 Trojan F-36 Convertible T-Crusader 454’s, 350hp...............................Sale Pending Hatteras 36 Sedan T-Crusader 7.4 ltr., 350 hp ...............................................$59,900 Mainship 36 Double Cabin T-Crusader 350 5.7L, 270 hp..............................$39,900 Tiara 3600 Convertible T-Crusader 350 hp .....................................................$64,900 Tiara 3600 Sovran T-Cummins 6CTA8.3 ltr., 450 hp .................................... $224,900 Tiara 3600 Open T-Cummins QSB 5.9 ltr., 380 hp ........................................$249,900 Meridian 368 Motor Yacht T-Mercruiser 8.1 ltr. HO, 385 hp .....................$189,900 Ocean 38 Super Sport T-Crusader 454’s, 350hp ...........................................$49,900

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Hatteras 38 Convertible T-Detroit Diesels, 6V-71TI ...................................$149,900 Tiara 3800 Open T-Caterpillar, 3208, 435hp ..................................................$229,900 Pursuit 3800 Express T-Volvo 74P, 480 hp ....................................................$219,900 Fountain 38 Express Cruiser T-Mercruiser, 425hp .....................................$179,900 Donzi 38 ZSF Walkaround Tri-Mercury Verado’s, 300hp ..................Sale Pending Sea Ray 390 Sedan Bridge T-Mercruiser 454, 340hp ..................................$39,900 Sea Ray 390 Express Cruiser T-Chevy 540, 275 hp .......................................$42,000 Bayliner 4085 Avanti Express T-Cummins, 330hp.......................................$124,900 Int’l Standard 40 Mariner T-Cummins, 270hp..............................................$289,900 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer T-Cummins QSB, 380hp .......................................$324,900 Tiara 4100 Open T-Cummins QSM 11, 635 hp ..............................................$319,900 Tiara 4200 Open T-Cummins QSM 11, 635 hp ..............................................$399,900 Hatteras 43 Flybridge MY T-Cummins VT903, 320 hp...................................$99,900 Tiara 4300 Convertible T-Detroit Diesels 6V92’s, 535 hp............................$179,900 Tiara 4300 Open T-Detroit Diesels 6V92’s, 550 hp.......................................$199,900 Viking 44’ Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesels 671, 450 hp ................................$149,000 Tiara 4400 Sovran T-Caterpillar C-12, 700 hp ..............................................$339,900 Tiara 4400 Sovran T-Cummins QSM 11, 660 hp..................................Sale Pending Tiara 4400 Sovran T-Caterpillar C-12, 715 hp ..............................................$424,900 Matthews 45 Yachtfish T-Chrysler 440 gas ...................................................$64,900 Viking 45 Convertible T-Detroit Diesel, 6-71’s rebuilt .................................$164,900 Silverton 453 Motor Yacht T-Cummins QSM 11, 535 hp ........................... $229,900 Hatteras 48 Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel, 6V92’s, 425 hp.........................$229,900 Hatteras 48 Long Range Cruiser T-Detroit Diesel, 4-53, 122 hp ...............$249,900 Silverton 48’ Convertible T-Caterpillar C-12, 700 hp...................................$449,000 Hatteras 50’ Convertible T-Detroit Diesel 12V-71TA DDEC, 900 hp .........$349,900 Hatteras 50’ Convertible T-Caterpillar 3408, 800hp ...................................$550,000 Hatteras 50’ Convertible T-Caterpillar 3406E, 800 bhp...............................$565,000 Tiara 5000 Express/5200 Sovran T-Caterpillar 3406E, 800 bhp .................$379,900 Hatteras 58’ Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel 8V92 TA’s, 550 hp ...................$249,900 Pacific Mariner 85’ Pacific Mariner T-MTU 10V2000, 1500hp...............$3,999,000

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CenterPointe Yacht services is proud to be Lake Michigan’s newest dealer for Regal Boats. Since the merger with Harborside Yacht Center, Centerpointe Yacht Services has three “Best in Class” marina locations in Door County, Milwaukee and Kenosha. We provide everything that Lake Michigan boaters need including the finest marina slips, heated storage, dry rack, ship’s store and complete mechanical and cosmetic service. Our extensive repair facilities specialize in refits, insurance work and diesel/gas engine repair. And we have a fleet of mobile service vehicles to service you at your dock - from Chicago to Door County.

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T- CAT 3208, Custom Hard Top, Pilot, 100% Freshwater, 1 Owner Ask 199k

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(continued from page 19) white-hot filament produces light. The problem with incandescent light bulbs is that the heat wastes a lot of electricity; all of the energy spent creating heat is wasted. Whereas with an incandescent light, the electricity flows through the filament, heating it as it produces light, the diode operates differently. Basically, connecting a diode to electrical current excites the electrons within the diode, making them release photons, which is the light we see. This allows LEDs to produce a bright light while drawing very little power. How much less juice? Hella points to a lighting system specified for a 73-foot Maritimo motoryacht that, with LED lighting, draws less than seven amps. The same illumination with halogen lamps would have totaled more than 62 amps! On the subject of durability, Haynie explains that LEDs last longer because they don’t have a filament to break. Hella Marine LED products feature completely sealed housings, sealed cable entries and use shock- and impact-resistant components.

The energy-efficient, long-lasting LED fixtures now produce more pleasing light much more like the warm tones emitted by heat-producing incandescents, Haynie says, because of advances in lens technology and the engineering of circuit boards within the light fixture itself. These allow Hella to produce lights that shine hues throughout the “color temperature” scale. This is a measuring method that compares the color of light to progressively hot, glowing metal, starting with red at 1800K (degrees Kelvin), moving to orange, to yellow and up to “white hot” 6500K. Remember: This doesn’t mean the LEDs produce any heat; just light similar to metal in a forge at those temperatures. White light is favored to make fabrics and skin look most pleasing. While many boaters are experiencing factory-installed LED lighting in new boats, others are learning the ease with which they can replace existing fixtures with the new technology. “Existing wiring, unless it’s really old and brittle, is fine for LED fixtures,” says Haynie. Replacing the old with the new is a job most boaters can do. To learn more about LED lighting, check out the Hella Marine website, hellamarine.com. 

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26’ Sea Ray 260 Sundancer ’05 ................ $55,900 26’ Sea Ray 260 Cuddy Cabin ’89.............. $13,500  26’ Glacier Bay 2670 Isle Runner ’07 ....... $94,000 26’ Cobalt 263 Cuddy Cabin ’01 ................. $39,500 26’ Celebrity 268 Crownline Cruiser ’87 .. $12,500 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman ’48 .................$114,900 24’ Chris Craft 248 Concept ’94 ................. $12,500 23’ Boston Whaler 23 Outrage ’00 ........... $27,900 23’ Sea Ray 230 Overnighter ’98 ............... $14,900 21’ Boston Whaler 210 Outrage ’04 ......... $36,900 21’ Wellcraft 216 Eclipse ’90 ....................... $6,900 21’ Boston Whaler 21 Outrage ’01 ........... $24,900 20’ Sealegs 6.1 Amphibious Craft ’11 ...... $79,900 17’ Boston Whaler 17 ’71 ...........................$16,900 16’ Donzi 16 Classic ’06………………. . $22,500 12’ Boston Whaler Impact ’01 .................... $8,000 11’Aquascan Jet F11 ’00 .............................. $6,900

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LB: What time of year is best to buy and install major equipment? DenHerder: Winter is typically a good time. There may be special pricing, discounts on labor rates, and schedules are considerably more open.

electrical and fiberglass skills. The time frame for completion of this project is dependent on the coordination of technicians, as it is a very labor-intensive job. LB: Should I buy my marine products locally, or online from a large retailer? DenHerder: In today’s economy, it’s always nice to support your local merchants. They usually work hard to keep your business by providing excellent customer service. You’ll typically deal with a knowledgeable staff that will make sure you are getting the right products for your application. After all, their business depends on your business! LB: Are there any tools or parts I should always carry on my boat? DenHerder: You should always have working flashlights on board, along with a basic tool kit (including wrenches, screwdrivers, spark plug wrench, and so on, depending on the type of engine you have). You also should keep some spare parts on board, such as a fuel filters, a water pump impeller, propeller, belts and spark plugs. If you are mechanically inclined, you can change these items yourself in a pinch. If not, at least you have the parts handy for a mechanic should you find yourself away from home and it turns out your part is not in stock at the local repair facility.

LB: What kind of training should I look for when choosing installation technicians? DenHerder: Technicians should be OEM-certified for the products you are having installed. In addition, they should be part of a reputable authorized dealer in a brick-and-mortar business that will stand behind their products and installation.

LB: How can someone improve the air quality on board? Do you offer any products that help keep a boat fresh? DenHerder: We have some great products for keeping your boat fresh and mildew free. Kanberra Gel is an all-natural mold and mildew eliminator that also freshens the air. We also carry Damp Rid, a natural product that eliminates excess humidity, preventing musty odors and mold. 

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ocated just steps from the Lake Michigan shoreline, this condo about a mile north of South Haven, Michigan, is a true treasure. As just one of six condos within The Beach Club of South Haven, which includes 150 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, the property enjoys the benefits of condo ownership, such as no maintenance and access to an on-site pool, in a more intimate setting. “Although it’s just a mile north of town, it’s very private, hidden from the road,” says David Kreager, broker/owner of Michigan Lifestyle Properties, which is representing the condo. “It’s the best of all worlds: Close to town, private and on the beach.” In fact, one can’t get much closer to the beach than this property. It sits only 50 feet from the sand, and it’s just another 100 feet to the water. “Many properties along the Lake Michigan shoreline have a number of steps to the beach,” Kreager says. “This is one of a small percentage of properties that has access at the ground level.” The single-story condo boasts a full 1,600 square feet, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in a very

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1987 SEA RAY 340 SPORT FISHERMAN. 34’, Low hours, twin 454s, freshwater only, heated storage in winter. Includes Achilles 10’2” inflatable boat w/ 8HP. $33,500 OBO. Ask for George 906-341-6955. APR12

1972 GRAND BANKS 32' SEDAN. Wood, Ford Lehman 120 diesel. Completely restored 1999, new canvas 2010. $29,500. Make offer 218-525-4522. APR12

1979 BERTRAM 28 FLYBRIDGE CRUISER, T350’s 2004. Full electronics, Rigged for Great Lakes salmon trolling. Commercial document. $21,000. fishdoc@dcwis.com JUN12

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1999 TIARA 3500 OPEN, LOA 35’-6”, Beam 13’-3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines 485 hrs., Canvas like new, Full electronics, Teak/holly sole, Air conditioning, Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat, $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or pewman@mac.com MAR12 2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $179,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! MAR12 1996 BAYLINER 2859 CIERA EXPRESS. $29,500 Great Condition 454 Mercruiser, Triaxle trailer $12,000-Extras Raymarine, Furuno, downriggers, etc. 989-429-1507 pier_101@hotmail.com APR12

2000 TIARA 31 OPEN. T-320 HP Crusaders, gasoline. Teak/ holly sole. Pristine Condition. 490 hours. $119,900. Call Bill 216-577-2976 JUN12

1987 TIARA FLYBRIDGE SPORTFISHERMAN 31. 350 hp Crusaders. Rigged to fish. Excellent condition. $54,000. capt_john@new.rr.com for more info. 920-265-3270 JUN12

2006 SEA RAY 320 SUNDANCER, 100hrs, T350 Mag MPI V-drives, Radar C80 Chartplotter, Cockpit frig, Premium Sound, Deck Sun pad, Pristine condition, inside storage. Mar ‘11 survey. $129,900. ewbeddigs@sbcglobal.net or 708-774-1079. APR12

1981 CHRIS CRAFT 33’ EXPRESS T350s Onan 6.5 Marine Air, Full Galley, new fridge, full head with shower. Sleeps 6. New depth/fish finder. Low hours. Excellent condition. $9,995. Call (270) 442-8627 JUN12

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1987 CARVER 3807 MOTOR YACHT. Many accessories. Excellent shape. Well maintained. Owner retiring from boating. Pictures available. $65,000. 216-496-2162 MAY12

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1990 42’ “GOLDEN EGG” EGG HARBOR. 45’10” LOA. Beautiful Fresh Water Boat. Never Fished. Professionally Maintained. Indoor Heated Storage. Twin 400 HP Detroit Diesels. Many Upgrades. $189,000. www. eggharborboatforsale.com. 616-335-3318 JUN12

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DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE DUNCAN BAY BOAT CLUB, 40', 60', 88'. Clubhouse, pool, floating docks, WiFi and more. Cheboygan, Michigan. Straits of Mackinaw. Great Deals. 866-993-3625, sales@duncanbay.com FEB13

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2006 MARINER YACHT INTERNATIONAL 40 Twin Cummins , Freshwater, Full Electronics including New Garmin GPS Plotter, Bow Thruster, Newer Canvas, Generator, MUST SEE! Asking $289,900. Call Tim Manton @ Reed Yacht Sales (419) 509-6948. RYS

2003 TIARA 4400 SOVRAN CAT C-12’s, 715 hp, 575 hours, 100% Freshwater, Mint Condition, New Ranier Drop Curtain, Tender & Motor, Upper Cockpit Teak Decking, Furuno Electronics, SAT TV, Bow Thruster, Many Customs. ASKING $339,900. Call Brent Reed @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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

Powerboat 1996 CARVER 370 Aft Cabin, twin 454 EFI Crusaders, 650 hrs. Gen set w/70 hrs. Sleeps 6, master with head & shower, forward stateroom with head & shower, GPS, radar, Depth, VHF, synchronizer, $100,000. 419-367-8646 JUN12 REDUCED AGAIN! ‘95 500 DA SEA RAY. Heated storage, T-550 Detroits. 502 hrs. Clean and equipped. Fresh water only. $235,000. ph: 216-469-7000 MAR12

Docks 1997 MAXUM 4100 SCR T-450 Cummins diesels, 468 hrs., auto pilot, radar, chart plotter, bristol. Gotta go, health forces sale. $109,000. Call (814) 882-7836 MAY12

1990 53’ JEFFERSON MARQUESSA walk around. Detroit 6V92’s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive remodel / upgrades. Custom pilothouse. Zodiac. Never salt. www.arkatie.com, 612-850-2000 APR12

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Level Best

Assessing the impact of fluctuating Great Lakes water levels.

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iving in any of our Great Lakes states pretty much guarantees that we’ll get regular reports in our local newspapers highlighting varying “expert” opinions on the fate of our lake levels. If you’ve been boating long enough to have experienced the challenging extremes of docks underwater — down to levels so low that we needed steps or ladders to get up on the docks — it’s no longer news to you that lake levels have been shifting noticeably within our lifetimes. We’ve also been told that these cycles have been going on since the beginning of recorded history. Sometimes water level changes are modest, and sometimes dramatic, but science always offers an explanation. Originally, these fluctuations had many theoretical sources: Too much ice, not enough ice, extremes of snowmelt runoff or rain. In more recent years, however, the blame has been further complicated by your choice of: Shifting Pacific Ocean currents, global warming, and possibly even playful Nordic gods. More recently, these projections were based on moisture evaporation relative to changes in air temperature. More water in the air equals less water in the lakes. But then I read an updated story in my local newspaper that involved the scientists at a NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. These modern-day soothsayers claim to have devised a more accurate way of predicting future water levels. Something to do with measuring evaporation from the soil and plants within our Great Lakes watershed. In other words, our land masses have as much

BY DAVE WALLACE

influence on moisture levels in the air as our lakes. This makes sense, given that the majority of our weather and wind patterns move west to east over our lakeland waters and lands alike. Everything along their massive path should be equally affected. However, it seems that “new science” is never accepted quickly or graciously. Old science claims to show a clear-cut link between climate change and lower lake levels. New science shows less of a direct connection, and thus the possibility of normal or even higher water levels. In a last-ditch grasp for reality, a study was commissioned by our International Joint Commission to the American and Canadian governments. It’s certainly not for me to judge this move, except to wonder if we will ever truly understand the weather and what’s really in store for our Great Lakes in the future. If we treat the conflicting, expert opinion with equal respect — and if climate change is becoming more and more of a confusion factor — I can imagine a time when our lakes could be struggling with highs and lows in the same season, much like a person with alternating hot flashes and chills. I suppose this could even result in separate water levels meeting somewhere in the middle and causing cruisers to choose which level is best for them. Who knows; it could even create localized areas of high and low tides, based on moisture variations rather than the gravitational pull the moon imposes on our ocean tides. This radical change wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. We lake boaters have always been made to feel inferior to ocean cruisers, with their fancy tide tables and smug suggestions that only those who’ve learned to master the highs and lows of shifting ocean waters can claim the title and prestige of a true saltwater seaman. Whatever changes of airborne moisture levels and fate lie ahead for our lake levels, we must learn to adapt and make these changes part of the challenge that makes Great Lakes boaters a breed apart, and proud of it. 

DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the Great Lakes for more than 35 years.

He’s written for Lakeland Boating since 1993 and helped develop the first edition of Lakeland Boating’s Ports o’ Call cruising guides. 72 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A R C H 2012

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The Voice of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

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