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PRESTIGE 460 FLY A TOUGH YACHT WITH A GRACEFUL DESIGN. p. 42 CRUISERS YACHTS 42 CANTIUS Comfortable weekender. p. 46
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MAN OVERBOARD An MOB situation during the 2017 Race to Mackinac offers some important boat safety lessons. p. 50
Lake Erie Islands, Part 1
LAKE SURFISTAS A group of women surfers encourage others to catch a wave. p. 52 PORT OF CALL Sandusky, OH: Roller coasters, loads of history and a charming downtown. p. 56
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Boat Test: Prestige 460 Fly It’s the little things. by Chuck Warren.....................................................
Boat Test: Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius Weekend warrior. by Alan Wendt .........................................................
The Prestige 460 Fly had our boat tester, Chuck Warren, hooked. Warren put this 46-foot flybridge through her paces on Lake Michigan in Chicago. What he found was a smooth ride, comfortable accommodations, thoughtful details and a memory of this yacht that he couldn’t shake.
Gone in an Instant A man overboard incident at the 2017 Chicago Race to Mackinac teaches important boat safety lessons. by Ken Quant .........................
All in this Together Lake Surfistas help others catch the latest Great Lakes wave. by Kim Schneider ........................................................................................
Port of Call: Sandusky, Ohio Sandusky by the Bay: A small town with a grand Lake Erie location and two centuries of stories to tell. by Damaine Vonada...................................................................................
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What’s one tip for staying safe while boating?
o many things often are overlooked while out on the water. We may forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours. We may forget to ensure that all our safety equipment on-board is functional and not expired. We may have that naive thought: “Nothing bad will happen to me.” But that’s a risky way to boat. Contributor Ken Quant tells the story of Mark Wheeler, who thought he was fully prepared for the 2017 Chicago Race to Mackinac; however, life tends to throw curve balls (p. 50). Wheeler ended up in the water and was in an emergency man overboard situation. Thanks to the skilled crew aboard Meridian X, Wheeler was luckily rescued about an hour later and lives to tell his tale. — and the lessons he learned. This issue is packed with safety-related editorial, including double-checking your fire extinguishers (p. 30), MOB tips and prevention (p. 32), a low-down on beacons (p. 34), and swapping out expired and unusable safety items on-board.(p. 36). Take all these safety tips with you as you embark on the first cruise of the year, including to Sandusky, Ohio (p. 56). This 200-year-old city boasts a well-known amusement park, quick access to many Lake Erie Islands, top-notch fishing and a variety of dining options. The city celebrates its bicentennial this year, making it the perfect time to visit. Boat safely!
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On-board falls are an overlooked safety concern. Whenever anyone new gets onboard, I remind them to keep one hand on the boat at all times. That way, they are always ready to hold themselves secure when the inevitable mean-spirited wave or unexpected movement happens. HHH
Damaine Vonada Since drowning causes most boating accident fatalities, never stow life jackets. They always should be easily accessible, fit properly and kept in good condition. Of course, the best — and safest — way to keep a life jacket handy is to wear it. HHH
Chuck Warren I regularly deliver boats across Lake Michigan, passing over 40 to 50 miles of open water where cell phones are useless and VHF radios are just slightly more helpful. On trips like those, communication is critical. Two-way satellite text and email devices have become extremely affordable; there is no excuse to take a potentially dangerous trip without one. Also, file a “float plan” with friends or family, complete with the time you expect to be at a checkpoint or at your destination. If you don't check in, someone should have a sheet of paper with everything they need to contact the Coast Guard, telling them where to look for you, and your intended course and speed. Make it as easy as possible for them to send help.
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CORRECTIONS In our March 2018 issue, we incorrectly published that Fathom Five National Marine Park is off the coast of Michigan (p 50.) The park is located just off the Bruce Peninsula in Tobermory, Ontario. We regret the error.
Mail Call Heather Steinberger’s well-done article on Great Lakes shipwrecks in the March 2018 issue of Lakeland Boating (p. 48) is long overdue and very much appreciated. Shipwreck diving is a serious tourist attraction for boating divers. As a retired dive equipment sales rep and longtime Great Lakes shipwreck diver, it was nice to revisit the few wrecks in her article that I have had the pleasure to dive. I realize that there are space limitations in such an article but I would like to note a few other wrecks in Lakes Superior and Michigan that are popular dive sites and not too deep for advanced divers. Lake Superior out of Munising, MI • Manhattan: In 15 to 30 feet of water along the east side of Grand Island. • Selvick: A tug boat intentionally sunk on the east side of Grand Island in 45 to 65 feet of water. • Kiowa: Several miles east of Munising on the south shore. A steel steamer in 30 to 45 feet of water. Lake Superior, Isle Royale, MI • Cumberland: Near Rock of Ages Light in 85 to 110 feet of water. • Emperor: Off the northeast end of the island. A 525-foot ore carrier in 45 to 160 feet of water. • Chester A. Congdon: West of the Emperor about a mile. A 450-foot ore carrier in 45 to 170 feet of water. Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI area • Prinz Willem: Straight out of Milwaukee harbor entrance. A steel freighter in 45 to 80 feet of water. • SS Milwaukee: North of Milwaukee about 10 miles. A 320-foot RR car ferry in 70 to 125 feet of water. • SS Wisconsin: Southeast of Kenosha about seven miles. A passenger/ freight ship in about 85 to 115 feet of water. All of these wrecks are serviced by licensed charter boats and are non-technical dives, unless one desires to do serious penetration diving. Additional Great Lakes shipwreck history and background can be found on Great Lakes historian and diver Fredrick Stonehouse’s website. —Bruce Longman, Cape Coral, Florida
CANINE CREW In our April 2018 issue, we published the incorrect aerial photo of the Ludington Municipal Marina (p. 58). Above is the correct photo of the marina. We are sorry for any confusion.
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Door County Half Marathon Fish Creek, WI
Founder’s Day Pentwater, MI
Empire Asparagus Festival Empire, MI
MAY 5 – 6
Spring Sip & Savor Leelanau, MI
Great Lakes Boating Festival Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
St. Clair River Marbleye Classic St. Clair, MI
Tulip Time Festival Holland, MI
Sandusky Area Maritime Association 25th Anniversary Celebration/ Annual Meeting Sandusky, OH
Blessings of the Fleet Put-in-Bay, OH VISITPUTINBAY.COM
Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun Pewaukee, WI PEWAUKEEKIWANIS.ORG
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Kenosha Craft Beer Week Kenosha, WI VISITKENOSHA.COM
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National Morel Mushroom Festival Boyne City, MI BCMORELFESTIVAL.COM
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National Safe Boating Week
Nautical Coast Clean Up St. Clair Shores, MI NAUTICALMILE.ORG
MAY 24 – 28
Port Clinton Walleye Festival Port Clinton, OH WALLEYEFESTIVAL.COM
Thunder Bay Folklore Festival Thunder Bay, ON
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ABM & ACBS Symposium Clayton, NY ABM.ORG
Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha, WI
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Zoo-De-Mack Harbor Springs & Mackinaw City, MI ZOO-DE-MACK.COM
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Petoskey Restaurant Week Petoskey, MI
BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass St. Joseph, MI STJOETODAY.COM
Blessings of the Fleet Baileys Harbor, WI
International Museum Day & KidsFest Sandusky, OH SANDUSK YMARITIME .ORG
MAY 25 – 27 Maifest Jacksonport, WI
Warblers on the Water Beaver Island, MI
Charlevoix to Harbor Springs Marathon Charlevoix, MI VISITCHARLEVOIX.COM
Northport Cars in the Park Northport, MI
Petoskey Stone Festival Eastport, MI
MAY 26 – 28
Old Mission Blossom Day Traverse City, MI
Amateur Salmon and Trout Fishing Derby Pentwater, MI
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Midwestern Model Ships and Boats Contest Manitowoc, WI WISCONSINMARITIME.ORG
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The Moorings Offers New Crewed Options, Airfare
The Moorings is offering new services by both sea and air. First, two new sailing catamarans, the Moorings 4500 and Moorings 5000, have joined the company’s crewed yacht fleet. Both yachts are available for charters in the British Virgin Islands beginning November 2018. The Moorings 4500 has four cabins to accommodate six guests, while the Moorings 5000 has five cabins for eight guests. Crewed trips come with a professional captain, gourmet chef, food and drinks and an individualized cruising itinerary. The Moorings has also partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways to offer customers charter flights from south Florida to its destinations in the Abacos or Exumas Bahamas. Boaters can use this “Fly & Sail” service from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s private FBO, Sheltair or the Miami Seaplane Base. Visit MOORINGS.COM.
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Ontario will be building two fully-electric ferries to carry both cars and passengers between the mainland and Wolfe and Amherst islands The ferries are expected to be operational in early 2020 for Amherst Island and early 2021 for Wolfe Island.
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Elusive Shipwreck Found in Lake Erie
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After decades of searching, shipwreck hunters have finally found the remains of the Margaret Olwill, a steamship that went down in Lake Erie in 1899. Shipwreck hunter Rob Ruetschle found the ship near Lorain, Ohio, about 30 miles west of Cleveland. The Olwill was loaded with limestone en route to Cleveland when it sank in a storm, killing eight people including the captain, his wife and their young son. Ruetschle told the press he examined old wreck reports, newspaper accounts and court records to surmise where the Olwill might lay. After a failed expedition in 2016, he found the ship during the summer of 2017. The identity of the wreck has been confirmed.
The Hinckley Company has unveiled a new performance brand and two new high performance boats: The Sport Boat and Sport Boat Center Cabin. The Sport Boats are the world’s first carbon epoxy performance boats in production. “This is one of our most important product introductions in years,” says Pete Saladino, chief marketing officer at Hinckley. “For nearly 25 years, we have been vacuum-infusing resin into layers of carbon fiber and Kevlar spanning the full length of our yachts. We are now bringing our design refinement and unparalleled level of boatbuilding expertise to performance boats.” The 40-foot Sport Boat features a modern hull designed by the legendary Ray Hunt and impressive 60-plus mph speeds. Optional twin 627-hp outboards from Seven Marine will allow the Sport Boat to reach 63 mph. The first Sport Boat will launch July 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your company’s For more information, visit HINCKLEY YACHTS.COM. Great Lakes news to Scuttle!
Garmin Introduces Ultra HD Scanning Sonar Technology
Say hello to clearer sonar. Garmin announced its new Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar technology that uses a higher frequency range to deliver stunningly clear images and detail of fish below the boat. The ClearVü image clarity lets anglers see up to 200 feet below the boat, so fish really have nowhere to hide. “Our Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar will give inland and nearshore anglers the greatest detail available from a Garmin system to date,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “It’s available as a standalone system that’s compatible with all of our current GPSMAP and select ECHOMAP Plus multifunction displays, further proving our continued commitment to offering the best sonar technology in the market to both our existing and future customers.” For through-hull installation, the GT34UHD-TH is also available with a suggested retail price of $799.99 for a single transducer, or the GT34UHD-THP includes two transducers for $1,249.99. For more information, visit
MarineMax Celebrates 20 Years Happy anniversary to MarineMax, which is celebrating its 20th official year in business. Over the last two decades, the boat retailer has grown from a small shop to the largest boat retailer in the world. Chairman and CEO Bill McGill initially started the company up in Florida, later merging with other retailers to offer expanded and more efficient services. The company continues to work under the mission of getting boaters out on the water. Today, the company offers not only a diverse range of boats, but also financing and insurance, educational programs and other boating-related events. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, MarineMax will be hosting a number of activities throughout 2018. For more information, visit MARINEMAX.COM.
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Final Spending Bill Includes Great Lakes Funding
Western Lake Erie Declared Impaired In a March draft report, the Ohio EPA declared Lake Erie’s Western Basin (from the Michigan/Ohio state line to the Marblehead Lighthouse) impaired for recreation “due to harmful algae and drinking water due to occurrences of microcystin.” This first-time assessment of Lake Erie was completed because the Kasich Administration requested input from representatives from The Ohio State University Sea Grant College Program, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. EPA to identify a science- based process for assessing impairment in Ohio’s Western Basin open waters for harmful algae. To date, no such process has existed, so Ohio has not been able to determine if the open waters of Lake Erie should be listed.
“While designating the open waters of the Western Basin as impaired does not provide, as some suggest, a magic bullet to improve the lake, the State remains committed to our obligations under the Clean Water Act and to examine emerging science and practices that we can put in place to help improve it,” says Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. Note: This impairment does not mean that the lake is unsafe for drinking water, or for recreational boating and swimming. It means that the open waters of Lake Erie do not meet federal or state water quality goals. To view the report in its entirety, visit EPA.STATE.OH.US.
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After months of back and forth, Congress approved a spending budget that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This budget will last until September, when negotiations will begin again. Congress also mandated that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submit a report on what more can be done to keep Asian carp from getting into Lake Michigan, especially by making the locks safer in Joliet, Illinois.
Humminbird Unveils FishSmart App
More than ever, anglers rely on their smartphones for communications on and off the water. Now, the new Humminbird FishSmart app puts the power of LakeMaster mapping in anglers’ hands and delivers a more convenient path to important software updates for Humminbird fishfinders. With a high-definition LakeMaster map, users can purchase and download any of the 1,500-plus highdefinition LakeMaster maps. From there, they can highlight depth contours and shallow water, offset the water depth based on seasonal changes, or even mark waypoints or routes. FishSmart is available as a free download in the app store for Apple and Android users. For more information, visit CHARTSELECT. HUMMINBIRD.COM.
Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Boat Show and Festival of Arts
Hinckley adds the all-new Sou’wester 53 to its lineup. Boaters can choose between helm stations. The boat can sail or motor at more than 10 knots.
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Take a break from the countless outdoor activities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to check out the 41st Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Boat Show and Festival of Arts on August 11. This annual festival is one of the largest antique boat shows in the nation and takes place in Hessel, Michigan. Boaters will have the opportunity to see restored boats dating back to the early 1900s in the water. This year, the show is focusing on Dodge boats. The Festival of the Arts, which runs in conjunction with the Antique Boat Show, features work from Midwestern artists, including photos, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass and more. This year’s festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $8. Children under 12 may enter for free. For more information, visit LCIBOATSHOW.COM.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes invites boaters to party with a purpose this June in Chicago. The organization will be holding its annual Great Blue Benefit fundraiser at the Columbia Yacht Club in downtown Chicago. Attendees will have the chance to mingle over drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music and an appreciation for the Great Lakes. The benefit supports the Great Lakes as a natural resource. Last year’s Great Blue Benefit raised more than $200,000. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets will be available until June 18 for $175. Visit GREATLAKES.ORG.
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For years, online boat safety course content has been limited to video, illustrations and text material. Now, boaters looking to complete their online boating education will have a new alternative, as ILEARNTOBOAT.COM releases its fully interactive boat safety course. This ground-breaking course is the first boater safety course of its kind to be approved by state and regulatory agencies. The interactive course covers state legal requirements and safe boating practices. Students can learn safe boating skills, such as casting off and docking, traffic laws of the water, state-specific rules and regulations, how to deal with emergencies, and much more. Students can complete the interactive course at their own pace. After printing out their certificate, students can legally operate a boat or a personal watercraft. For more information on the course, visit ILEARNTOBOAT.COM.
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Lowrance Launches Software Updates Fishing just got a lot easier and more fun. Lowrance announced the release of a new software update for HDS Carbon, HDS Gen3 and Elite-Ti displays that includes sonar enhancements, new automatic routing functionality and improvements for C-MAP charting. FishReveal is an exciting new sonar feature that makes fish easier to see on DownScan Imaging. Unlike traditional CHIRP views that provide strong fish targets but lack refined structure detail, or DownScan Imaging that provides photo-like images of bottom and structure details but show fish targets as tiny dots, FishReveal smart target viewing blends the best data from both technologies, eliminating the need for split-screen viewing and interpretation. The upgrade also includes significant enhancements to StructureScan 3D and StructureScan HD; the addition of C-MAP Easy Routing and Navionics Dock-to-Dock Autorouting capability; plus, a new, easy-to-interpret C-MAP navigation palette. For more information, visit LOWRANCE .COM.
New Barron Boats Continues Legacy
Jerry Barron is ready to follow the footsteps of his father, boatbuilder Nick Barron of Hallett Boats, with his own take on the company. Barron Boats will unveil four new boat models over the next year and a half, starting with a 29-foot deckboat in May. The 29 Sport is a family-friendly boat with contemporary styling and amenities â€œunlike anything else currently on the market,â€? according to a press release. Barron is currently accepting orders. A smaller 25-foot, 6-inch Sport deckboat will be unveiled next. In 2019, the last two models will be introduced to the boating world. Both will be center consoles with deep-V hulls. For more information, visit BARRONBOATS.COM.
Canvas Shield Waterproofs Marine Canvas According to Aurora Marina, its Canvas Shield with Drykon is “so effective it even waterproofs tissue paper.” This spray eliminates leaks in boat top covers, dodgers, T-Tops and sail covers, which can prevent water damage, mold and stain damage. Simply spray the product onto your leaking marine canvas to stop the leaks. It penetrates deep into the fabric to coat and protect each thread, thanks to a proprietary nanoized polymer technology. It continues to protect against leaking after the surface coating is worn away from washing, abrasion and environmental degradation. The product retails for $36.29 for a 600 ml bottle or $145.01 for a gallon. For more information, visit
Crestliner Adds to Pontoon Line
Crestliner is riding the wave of the pontoon trend and adding the new Sprint Series to its lineup. The Sprint Series is an entry-level pontoon that follows on the heels of last year’s Rally Series. Boaters will find the Sprint Series in three sizes: 16, 18 and 20 feet. They can also choose between the Cruise or Fish & Cruise layout. The Cruise layout has more loungers for relaxing, while the Fish & Cruise layout features a number of amenities for anglers, such as fishing seats in the bow, a 15-gallon aerated livewell and bow storage compartments. All Sprint sizes and layouts have an open floorplan, smart seating, a removable windscreen at the helm, a boarding ladder, a Bimini top and Mercury Marine Fourstroke engines. Boaters can upgrade with audio and ski packages. For more information, visit CRESTLINER.COM/SPRINT.
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Thanks to the Everglades Foundation, 10 teams of scientists and engineers from around the world are racing to solve one of the most critical challenges facing the planet: The need to reduce algae-causing high levels of phosphorus in our rivers and lakes. The 10 teams — from Canada, China, the Netherlands and the United States — are each hoping to win The Everglades Foundation’s $10 million George Barley Water Prize, an incentive award sponsored by Scott’s Miracle-Gro that is now in its third year. Many competitors entered but only 10 teams remain. These teams are now testing their technologies in the Lake Simcoe Watershed, north of Toronto, Canada. The four most promising technologies will move on to Florida, where their methodologies will undergo full-scale testing over 14 months. Visit EVERGLADESFOUNDATION.ORG for more information.
Charles D. Strang, Jr. is credited with drawing up the first design for the sterndrive engine, which is today an industry staple. Strang, Jr. passed away on March 11, 2018 at the age of 96. Strang grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn with a degree in mechanical engineering. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and worked as a test engineer on aircraft engines. Later, he worked at what’s known now as NASA. In 1951, he became the director of research at Kiekhaefer Mercury Marine, working his way up to vice president. He later became CEO and chairman of the board at Outboard Marine Corporation. For 10 years, Strang also held the post of national commissioner for NASCAR, and in 2015 was inducted into the MOPAR Hall of Fame.
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Walloon Lake Village, MI Storied Michigan village enjoys a second life. n the minutes following northwest Michigan’s notoriously late summer sunsets (think 10 p.m.), stand on the shore of Walloon Lake. When the dusk swallows up the fiery sky and an ashy violet settles on the cottages lining the shore, inhale that ever-present sweet scent of cedar trees, and then listen. What you’ll hear — the creak of a nearby porch swing, the clink of toasting cocktail glasses, maybe a hearty guffaw bouncing across the water, or simply the hushed slap of a wave against sand — isn’t just the sound of the good life. It’s the sound of a place whose heyday has come again. Beginning in 1886, when railroad station agent C.J. Mizner erected the first hotel at the “foot” of the lake, Walloon became a popular destination for wealthy families from cities south and west: Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati and beyond. Eager to escape the cities’ summer swelter, folks flocked in by train and flooded the area resorts, with many — like young Ernest Hemingway’s family in 1899 — building cottages of their own. Steamboats crisscrossed Walloon Lake day and night, ferrying hordes of passengers to and from lodging and pulling gents in rowboats to their favorite fishing holes. One steamboat, The Tourist, sometimes hosted a 14-piece band on its upper deck. By all accounts, Walloon at the turn of the 20th century was the place to be. And it remained so for years. But in 1928, the railroad stopped service. As the decades wore on, vacationers and the myriad businesses they supported petered out, leaving the once-bustling village a shell of its former self by the ’80s. That is, until 2012, when father-son duo Jonathan and Matt Borisch stepped in. With the proceeds from the successful 2010 sale of their Grand Rapids electronics manufacturing company, the pair set out to revitalize their beloved childhood playground. Today, Hotel Walloon general manager Marc Jacobs
says the reborn Walloon Lake Village can be summed up in a single word: Spectacular. The Borisch’s reconstruction began with Walloon Village Marina, a full-service marina with a 4,000-gallon fuel dock, plenty of transient slips, and Tommy’s pro shop, as water-lover’s retail dream. Here, you can buy gear for any watersport and rent pleasurecraft for the day. Choose from three sizes of pontoon boats, 2017 or newer models of ski and surf boats, or paddleboards and kayaks. If you’re ready to commit or just spend an afternoon drooling, Tommy’s 5,000-square-foot Malibu and Axis ski boat showroom is just around the corner. Fine dining and casual fare Perched on top of Tommy’s is Matt Borisch’s Barrel Back Restaurant, home to casual yet outstanding breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and the most stunning public overlook of Walloon’s crystalline waters. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating is available, but even inside you’ll catch a breeze off the water when the staff rolls up the glass boathouse-style doors. The view might be the draw, but the extensive bar and menu keep locals and visitors coming back for libations and wood-fired favorites from the pizza oven, grill and rotisserie smoker. One must-try is Barrel Back’s chicken wings, which Jacobs claims are “as big as your head.” General Manager Laura Kowalke credits the popular wings’ preparation: A dry rub, a long smoke, then a quick flash fry that she says keeps “that big smoke flavor” intact. Pair it with the Black Water Bloody Mary, a mix of jalapeno- and black peppercorn-infused vodka and gluten-free Bloody Mary mix, served with a sidecar of Barrel Back IPA.
Barrel Back Restaurant
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Summer pop-up shops
Boat leaving Walloon docks Barrel Back Restaurant
POP-UP SHOP PHOTO BY SCOTT BLACKW ELL; BARREL BACK PHOTO BY LEKLEK BLUE; AERIAL PHOTO BY CHARLES DAWLEY; BOAT PHOTO COURTESY OF PETOSKEY AREA VISITORS BUREAU
Feel like kicking off your water shoes and tasting some fine dining? You’ll find that just up the road at Walloon Lake Inn. Originally named Fern Cottage, the quaint country inn was a Victorian-age favorite, close to the steamer dock and boasting $1.50 daily rates in 1908. Unlike other waterside resorts, it survived the century, rolling with renovations to become, for a time, a bed and breakfast, French restaurant and even culinary school. Today, it’s a unique upscale eatery where Chef Randy Hopkins crafts inspired dishes like crab pancakes, Thai-style whitefish, a to-die-for Wagyu NY strip, and more — all against a super sunset backdrop accompanied by nightly music. Swim and stay awhile In fairness, some of Walloon Lake Village’s glory should go to what made the hamlet famous in the first place — its water. Though by no means petite, the 4,270-acre lake is known to be a touch warmer than most nearby lakes and stupefyingly clear, sometimes at depths of 30 feet. “The lake is just pristine,” Jacobs says. “It’s like, let’s just fill up a glass of water and drink it. I can’t believe how clear the water is.” That water is swimming with walleye, northern pike, perch, bass and trout. But if you’re more interested in wetting your swimsuit than wetting a line, jump in at Walloon Lake Beach (next to Tommy’s), now outfitted with a gazebo, benches, a picnic area and an ice rink in the winter. Live music and outdoor movies — viewable by boat or beach towel — light up the park on many summer evenings. The venerable Walloon Village General Store and Deli, standing since the late 1800s and just across the street, will make the day-to-night beach party possible. Stock up on sunscreen, local beer and wines, sammies, sweatshirts and one esteemed tradition: Fat cinnamon rolls, fresh from the oven. If you can, make a week or even weekend of it; Borisch’s boutique Hotel Walloon will more than make it worth your while. One of only 18 Michigan hotels awarded four-diamond status by AAA, Hotel Walloon exudes high-end elegance in the coziest kind of way. In any season, you can sip espresso by the fireplace in the gorgeous living-room-like lobby,
Aerial view of Walloon Lake Village
champagne in the 15-person outdoor Jacuzzi tub overlooking the lake, or a beer on the hotel’s private beach. But whenever you go, hope young Matt Stark is backing the lobby’s private bar: “He’s a mixologist, a pro at what he’s doing,” Jacobs says of the affable cocktail wunderkind, adding that the hotel sends out a survey to every guest, then posts particularly glowing staff reviews received. “There’s a lot of Matt Stark on that wall,” he says. Partake in favorite pastimes Shopping is right-sized in Walloon Lake Village. You’ll find plentiful wares at Vintage Mercantile antiques; scads of candy, fudge and ice cream at the aptly named Sweet Tooth; and (in summer only) art, jewelry and other goodies for sale inside the red-roofed cottage kiosks across from Walloon Lake Beach. But if you make Walloon your headquarters, you’re minutes from the boutique-lined streets of Petoskey and Harbor Springs, and less than an hour from Mackinac Island and Traverse City. Shopping not your style? Hit the village shuffleboard courts, hoops, volleyball net and playground at the village park, or head out a few miles to find nearby hiking and mountain biking trails, wineries and craft breweries. Walloon Lake Winery, Rudbeckia Farms Winery and Burnt Marshmallow Brewing, Mackinac Trail Winery, and Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery are each just minutes away. In some ways, today’s Walloon hasn’t changed a bit from its early glory days. The glacier-made lake is as clear as it was when Victorian women in long white cotton dresses gathered to watch their children splash in wool swimsuits on the shore. Pleasure boating — albeit with motors, sails and paddles — continues to be a favorite pastime. And old family cottages, the Hemingways’ Windermere among them, still stand proudly, ready to welcome kin home. But what has changed in recent years is marvelous: A village reborn, an economy rising, a sanctuary for friends and family intact. And if you can make the time to wander down to its storied shores, you just might hear the sound of what Walloon is once again: Spectacular. ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM
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Lake Erie Islands: PT. 1 From Catawba Island to Cedar Point.
atawba Island, Kelleys Island, Johnson’s Island and Cedar Point are all located in the western basin of Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes. From an abundant shoreline, world-renowned geological features, a haunting past and a record-breaking amusement park, each island offers something so unique that you’ll want to visit them all.
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Start at Catawba Island Natural wetlands rich with eagles, egrets and blue heron; beautiful sunsets splashed across the lake; and great wine all make Catawba Island a popular summer destination known for its scenery and extended shoreline. Although not an actual island, the five-square-mile peninsula provides easy access to Lake Erie and the nearby islands of Kelleys, Middle and South Bass, and Pelee in Canada. Catawba Island is named after the Catawba grape that flourishes in the mild temperatures along the lake. Commercial fishing was the main source of revenue until the 1950s, when the invention of the automobile heralded in a tourism boom that continues today. Catawba Island State Park offers four launch ramps for those who trailer their boats. Public boat launches that connect directly to Lake Erie are available at West Harbor and East Harbor. Transient or guest dockage is available at many marinas in the area. More than 1,100 slips accommodate a variety of boaters’ needs, including winter storage, a deep harbor, and floating and stationary docks for boats ranging from 50 to 70 feet. Amenities include: Electric; water; restrooms; washers and dryers; picnic areas; fuel docks with diesel; unleaded and ethanol-free fuels; pump-out; Wi-Fi; a heated swimming pool; and even a private clubhouse. Kelleys Island Kelleys Island is a short boat ride from Catawba Island and has an intriguing history. This 2,800-acre island was formed by a massive glacier. The largest and most easily accessible glacial grooves in the world can still be seen on the northern shore at Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve. Another place of interest related to Kelleys Island’s past is the Inscription Rock State Memorial. Located on the south shore of Kelleys Island, this exposed limestone rock contains faint petroglyphs of men, birds and animals carved by the Erie Indians around 300 to 400 years ago. You won’t want to miss these. Each year, more than 5,000 visitors flock to Kelleys
Island for the opportunity to play in and around the water and to enjoy the natural setting the island provides. Kelleys Island is accessible by ferry or passenger boat. More than 300 boat slips are available for day and overnight guests at several locations around the island. Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar located at Portside Marina offers outdoor seating; it’s the perfect spot to grab an Ultimate Ribeye Sandwich and enjoy the sunshine on a clear day. West Bay Inn, Kelleys Island Seaway Café and The Casino also offer the opportunity to dock and dine. Traveling sans kids? Stroll up the hill to The Village Pump, home of the famous Brandy Alexander, an adult milkshake made with brandy and vanilla ice cream. Shop the downtown boutiques, appreciate the architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or rent a bike or golf cart to explore the rest of the island. The island’s two nature preserves provide short hiking trails. Scheele Nature Preserve offers a short half-mile hike through woods and a meadow before leading you to a secluded beach on the east side of the island. Connecting to Lake Erie, North Pond Nature Preserve is a wetland locale favorited by birders looking for migrating waterfowl during the spring and fall. The 677-acre Kelleys Island State park is located on the northern shore and offers camping, swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. If you plan to stick around overnight, you’ll find an elegant lakefront property at Kelleys Island Venture Resort. In addition to the hotel property, there are also condos, cottages and homes for rent. Marblehead Peninsula As you leave Kelleys Island and proceed southeast to Johnson’s Island, make sure to have your camera handy as you pass by the Marblehead Peninsula. On your right, you’ll see the Marblehead Lighthouse perched up on a rocky limestone bed as waves crash against the shoreline of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park; this is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the United States’ side of the Great Lakes, and is one of the most photographed landmarks along Lake Erie. Johnson’s Island Continuing past Marblehead Peninsula, you’ll round Bay Point on the Sandusky Bay and head south to reach Johnson’s Island. You won’t find boat ramps, restaurants or lodging, but the island does have an interesting history. During the Civil War, the island was used as a Prisoner of War Camp for Confederate Officers. The isolated island was chosen to deter escape attempts and for its close proximity to Sandusky for ease of acquiring building materials and
PHOTO BY TONYA PRATER
Tonya Prater takes us on a three-part journey exploring the many islands of Lake Erie. In part one, we discover the southernmost islands (and some mainland “islands”) in Erie and Ottawa County, Ohio.
Marina at Kellys Island
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Cedar Point The “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” and one of the top tourist attractions in Ohio welcomes boaters to stay at its own Cedar Point Marina. There are 100 guest docks available varying in length from 30 to 125 feet. Amenities such as fuel, pump-out, dockside water and electric, restrooms, showers and laundry services are available. Overnight guests can enter Cedar Point amusement park an hour before the general public. Dockage is also available for boaters who wish to dine at the upscale Bay Harbor or award-winning Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Barbecue restaurants along the waterfront. Bay Harbor specializes in seafood and steak cooked to perfection. Famous Dave’s needs no explanation. Cedar Point is known for pushing the limit when it comes to building record-breaking coasters, and this year is no exception. The Steel Vengeance, opening in 2018, is the world’s first steel-on-wood hybrid coaster, standing more than 200 feet tall and breaking 10 world records! Whether you’re boating solo, as a couple or with family in tow, the Lake Erie Islands offer something for everyone to appreciate. ★
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Johnson’s Island statue
Sandusky Southeast of Johnson’s Island lies historic downtown Sandusky. Unlike Johnson’s Island, you will find plenty of docking options in this waterfront town that range from hourly to overnight transient. Dock your boat at Paper District Marina for up to four hours and enjoy some time on shore. From the marina, cross Water Street to the boutique Hotel Kilbourne where you’ll find Moseley’s Public House, a popular spot for adult beverages. Next, walk a couple blocks to the Small City Taphouse, which specializes in Asian cuisine, carries 66 beers on tap and has the best sushi I’ve ever eaten. Battery Park Marina offers overnight docking for those wanting to spend more time in town. Sandusky celebrates its bicentennial in 2018 with special events, including the Festival of Sail featuring tall ships and an appearance from the World’s Largest Rubber Duck (See more on Sandusky in the Port of Call on p. 56).
PHOTO BY TONYA PRATER
supplies. The prison was built to hold 2,500 prisoners, but by the time it closed three years later, 10,000 prisoners had passed through its gates and 300 perished. Today, visitors arrive at the island from the mainland via the causeway to view the tombstones located in the Confederate Stockade Cemetery. Rumors claim that apparitions of Confederate soldiers have been spotted among the trees and burial ground. From the water, keep an eye out for a break in the trees on the northside; you may catch a glimpse of the 19-foot tall Confederate soldier statue.
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Fight Fire Your boat is on fire! Now what?
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Remember the P.A.S.S. Word There are four basic steps to using a fire extinguisher — just remember the P.A.S.S. Word. Pull safety pin Aim extinguisher at the base of the fire Squeeze handle Sweep hose from side-to-side while discharging
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ou’ve just dropped anchor after a great day cruising when someone down below shouts “fire!” What happens in the next 60 seconds will likely determine whether you’ll spend the evening grilling steaks or poring over the fine print in your insurance policy. Do you have a fire action plan and are your crewmembers familiar with it? Is there an adequate amount of fire extinguishers on-board and are they operational? Does the crew know where the extinguishers are located and how to operate them? These are just some of the questions all boat owners should be able to answer well in advance of a fire. Let’s take a look at how to increase your chances of enjoying that steak dinner. Fire extinguisher checks and placement Ensure you have the correct number and type of required fire extinguishers on-board (see sidebar). Verify each is in good working order, is readily accessible and is properly mounted in appropriate, easily visible locations adjacent to exit paths. A good rule of thumb is that you should never have to travel more than half the length of your boat to reach an extinguisher. Portable extinguishers should be located near the galley, engine compartment, and in all living and sleeping spaces. Bear in mind that the minimum requirements are just that; it’s always good to have additional units on-board. While mounting an extinguisher in an easily visible location is preferred, include a weatherproof “fire extinguisher” label outside where it can be easily seen for those mounted out of sight (like inside a cockpit locker). Fire extinguishers have different maintenance schedules based on type and extinguishing agent. In addition to monthly owner checks for physical damage and low gauge pressure, it’s a good idea to have units professionally inspected and tagged annually. Safety planning and fire prevention The best way to fight fire is by preventing it from happening in the first place. A fire can occur anywhere on-board, but many start in the engine compartment as a result of electrical malfunctions, fuel leaks or overheating. The galley is another likely spot, due to cooking mishaps, although to a lesser extent than you’d think. Having a fire action plan in place is key. Post diagrams of your vessel in prominent spots that show the location of all portable extinguishers, as well as the controls for permanently mounted units (those in the engine room, for example). Other good information to display includes primary and alternate escape routes for all spaces (particularly sleeping areas), and the location of cut-off valves and switches for
electrical, fuel, and LPG or CNG systems. Run through what would happen in each area of your boat if you had to get out quick. Is that V-berth hatch big enough to use as a fire escape? Is it blocked by the dinghy stowed on the foredeck? Review your boat’s fire safety plan with passengers and crew prior to getting underway. Hold fire drills regularly to ensure everyone knows what to do. Posting simple instructions, as well as providing training on the operation of VHF radios and how to determine vessel location (reading coordinates from a chartplotter, for example) will ensure everyone knows how to call for help and tell rescue organizations where the vessel is located in case of emergency. In the event of a fire If a fire occurs while docked, the best course of action is to evacuate the boat, dial 911 and let professional firefighters handle the flames. Remember, fire extinguishers are small, quick fixes; if you can’t put out the fire with one extinguisher (two at the most), get off the boat. Your response to an onboard fire while anchored or underway will ultimately depend on existing conditions, like the type of fire and its location; however, one of the first steps in any scenario should be to notify the Coast Guard using VHF channel 16. Promptly informing someone you’re in trouble gives rescue agencies (or good Samaritans nearby) a faster response time should assistance be needed. Once contact is established, pass crucial information as quickly as possible (location, type and size of vessel, number of people on-board, boat name, etc.) as there might not be a second chance should the fire knock out your electronics. If the fire occurs while underway, stop the boat and pay attention to your surroundings. Maneuver to avoid other vessels or running aground. If the fire is in the engine room, one of the worst things to do is the first thing everyone wants to do: Open up the compartment to see what’s going on. Doing so provides additional oxygen, which can turn a smoldering fire into an abandon ship conflagration. The best way to fight an engine room fire is to have an appropriately sized clean agent automatic extinguisher system mounted within the engine compartment. Unlike dry chemical units, clean agent extinguishers (CO2, halon, halocarbon FE-241, etc.) leave no corrosive residue. Since clean agent extinguishers snuff out the fire without damaging the engine and components, boaters can often restart their engines (after locating and correcting the initial problem) and return to port under their own power. Few things are more frightening to a mariner than a fire; however, proper planning beforehand will help minimize damage and ensure the safety of all on-board. ★
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Man Overboard How can recreational boaters prepare for this emergency on the water?
’m fortunate. In more than four decades on the water, the only man overboard (MOB) situation I’ve experienced happened on a springtime Arkansas River rafting trip in Colorado. No one was injured when our raft got trapped in an unseen hydraulic and flipped. We all had our life jackets on and were able to self-rescue. I will, however, always remember the feeling of 49-degree water and fighting back waves of panic. Then there was the time in Wisconsin’s Door County when my foot slipped on the dock. I almost went down between it and the adjacent yacht, but someone caught my arm at the last minute. I was left with bruises on my leg and my ego, but it could’ve been worse. And “worse” is always a possibility. It doesn’t matter if you’re into watersports, fishing or long-distance cruising, and it doesn’t matter how experienced you are. Accidents happen, and too often we’re unprepared.
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What are the facts? It’s easy to assume you’ll only end up in the water in the event of a capsize, grounding, fire or collision. It’s also easy to believe that those most at risk will be the high-octane enthusiasts who are waterskiing or racing around on personal watercraft. The truth is, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s recreational boating statistics, far too many MOB situations involve simple falls or ejections, and a whopping 90 percent of them happen in calm water with less than 1-foot seas. Eighty-five percent of the victims are men, with an average age of 47. Interestingly, alcohol isn’t an overriding factor; it’s involved in just 27 percent of daytime incidents. That number jumps to 50 percent at night. According to Sam Insalaco, an engineer by trade who works with Ohio’s U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS), the type of boating you pursue makes a difference in your MOB risk. “With watercraft under 16 feet, such as a Jet-Ski, you can have a lot of horsing around,” he says. “The good news is that most people do wear their Type III life jackets. The bad news is that many of them don’t realize how powerful those machines are. Then, in the 16- to 26-foot category, you’ve got small, open boats with people who can, frankly, get complacent. Their biggest offense is not wearing a life jacket.” Spend enough time on the water and you’ll inevitably hear, “I don’t need to wear a life jacket; I’m a strong swimmer.” Insalaco dismisses this, pointing out the risks of cold-water immersion. “Hypothermia can occur when water temperatures are in the 60s,” he says. “If it’s in the 50s or less, you have one minute to get your gasp reflex under control, and 10 minutes before your arms and legs stop working.” Of course, if you hit your head, lose mobility due to injury or are rendered unconscious, you won’t stand a chance without
the right life jacket, which will float you head-up: A Type I, II or III (including float coats) life jacket or an auto-inflatable Type V jacket. And as for the notion that someone might be able to grab a cushion or life jacket on the way down, forget it. “It’s a complete and total fallacy that you’ll be able to reach for a flotation device while you’re falling or if you’re ejected from the boat,” Insalaco says. “It happens in less than a second.” USCG statistics show that sailors suffer fewer MOB incidents than other types of boaters. In 2016, there were just seven man overboard incidents involving sailboats. Compare that to 56 for personal watercraft and 120 for open motorboats. Pontoon boats experienced 33, and cabin motorboats had 11 — almost as many as stand-up paddleboards that year. “Boaters on pontoons and cabin cruisers tend to not wear life jackets,” Insalaco says. “Again, there’s that complacency; people think of these boats as if they’re cars or RVs, but they don’t behave like wheels-on-pavement. The risks are very different.” An important footnote: Immersions often happen at the dock while loading the boat (and there might not be someone right there to grab you before you go down). Put on your life jacket before you hit the dock and wear it while loading. Beyond life jackets: Drills, education, gear In addition to ensuring that everyone aboard is wearing a life jacket, another important step you can take to avoid tragedy is to train your crew to spot the person in the water and successfully execute an MOB recovery. “Don’t assume the skipper can do it,” Insalaco says. “He might be the one in the water.” Drills are a good way to ensure everyone aboard will know what to do in an emergency. Throw a life jacket into the water, have the entire crew shout “man overboard,” teach the spotter to point at and keep an eye on the MOB at all times, and have the driver work through the correct maneuvers for recovery. It’s always advisable to pursue boater education courses like the USPS’ Jump Start program, which allows you to get hands-on training and experience with your own boat. “This kind of training needs to be boat-specific, because boats aren’t one-size-fits-all,” Insalaco says. “There are tremendous differences between large boats and small ones, open boats and cabin cruisers, and single and dual props, so if you’ve recently made a shift, consider seeking some extra training. You can even do a refresher through your local boating club.” Boaters also should consider adding gear that will aid in MOB recovery. Bringing a potentially injured person
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back into the boat, for example, can present unexpected challenges. “If you’re a 130-pound woman and you need to recover a 220-pound man, how are you going to do it?” Insalaco asks. “In a sailboat, you can use a life sling and a halyard; it’s going to be a lot harder in a small, open motorboat. You might have to put someone in the water to help the MOB back into the boat, especially if he or she is injured.” If you typically double-hand your vessel, you’ll need to devise a system for one partner to recover the other. A blanket or cargo net will allow one person to lift 200 pounds or more. You also can find davit devices with harnesses. The right gear includes electronics. Making waves this year is CrewWatcher, manufactured and distributed by Weems & Plath and now carried by major marine retailers. Winner of the 2017 Sail Magazine Pittman Innovation Award, 2017 DAME Design Award and 2018 NMMA Innovation Award, this app-based alarm system has two components: A smartphone application and a small beacon that can be worn by each person on-board. If a crewmember goes into the water, an alarm will sound. The app automatically provides the latitude and longitude where the MOB occurred, and it will guide the rescuer back to that point using the device’s GPS system. “CrewWatcher was developed by two young Dutchmen with expertise in creating easy-to-use, intuitive smartphone
systems,” says Drew Fleming, vice president of sales for Weems & Plath and an experienced sailor. “One has a fatherin-law who is an offshore sailor. He and a buddy were planning a trip and they wanted a system that would immediately alert one person if something happened to the other.” Here’s how it works. The CrewWatcher app sends a signal to the beacon every second. If the beacon doesn’t answer after five seconds (or if its water-immersion sensor is tripped), the alarm will sound immediately. If you’ve linked your boat’s marine stereo to your phone, the alarm will be magnified through the speakers. The app records the “point of loss” — when the Bluetooth signal breaks or water immersion occurs. After the alarm, the app uses the virtual “MOB Compass” to guide the rescuer back to that point of loss. Because the alarm sounds almost immediately, the MOB is not likely to have drifted significantly, even though contact was broken during this phase. Once you get close to the MOB, CrewWatcher will attempt to reconnect with its beacon, and it will let you know when that connection has been re-established. This is particularly helpful in rough sea conditions, or if you’re approaching the person bow-first instead of backing down. Even with CrewWatcher on-board, Fleming and Insalaco both agree on the importance of training and regular MOB drills. “People always think, ‘Oh, it’s not going to happen to me,’” Fleming says. “Good, seasoned boaters walk through all the ‘what-if’ situations with their own boats, step by step.” ★
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ELECTRONICS BY G L E N N H AY E S
s I look around the airport terminal while writing this column, I see people with their faces buried in their phones or tablets, blocking the view of the world around them. We are all tied to technology, whether we’re engulfed in work or getting our social media fix. Some may argue that technology has taken over our lives. While there may be some truth to this, technology, in various forms, has also improved the day-to-day life of many — and has even saved lives. One technology in particular, the beacon, has proven itself as a lifesaver. And recent developments are making beacons even better at doing their jobs.
GLENN HAYES is a marine writer and photographer whose background in the marine industry and in marine electronics spans almost three decades and many thousands of miles at sea trave ling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .
What are beacons? EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) are electronic devices that transmit an encoded emergency signal via a Cospas-Sarsat satellite system when activated. The signal is then sent to land-based receivers and relayed to a processing center, which will then dispatch the appropriate search and rescue teams. EPIRBS are registered to vessels and are mounted on-board in either a Category 1 bracket, which automatically deploys when submerged, or in a Category 2 quick release manual bracket. PLBs are smaller, registered to an individual, must be manually deployed and can be taken from boat to boat, on trips, vacations or even an afternoon hike. Both use the same system of LEOSAR (Low Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) and GEOSAR (Geostationary Orbit Search and Rescue) satellites that are monitored and backed by a group of four governments: France, Canada, Russia and the U.S.
Obstacles and advancements Coverage for the two satellite systems is global but may not be instantaneous. The accuracy of pinpointing your position can depend on how many satellites receive your signal. There may be a point where the transmitted signal from the beacon is not received by satellites until they pass overhead or close by, and/or your view of the sky changes. Those days are numbered, however, as a third and new system is being deployed. The next-generation MEOSAR (Medium-Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) system is well on its way to making the already-proven emergency beacon system even better. ACR Electronics and Ocean Signal recently highlighted that their lines of emergency beacons can take advantage of this new technology. When complete, the 72 MEOSAR satellites will cover more than six times the area of the current satellite system. With this system, emergency transmissions will be received and responded to faster and with greater accuracy than ever before. The new MEOSAR system can locate a triggered beacon within 328 feet 95 percent of the time and within five minutes. Prior to the initial deployment of these new MEOSARs, response could be as long as one to two hours depending on satellite coverage and location at the time of activation. Now, once the signal is received by the satellite, it can be transmitted to terrestrial stations much faster than previously possible. This is because the improved technology gets the signal to those who can dispatch search and rescue teams much faster. In the future, these new satellites will also be able to receive a confirmation return message, letting the activator know help is on the way. Saving lives Additional good news is that if you currently own a satellite beacon that works with the Cospas-Sarsat system, it too will work with the new MEOSAR technology, so you don’t need to rush out and by a newer model. According to ACR, since the inception of the CospasSarsat system in 1982, more than 40,000 lives have been saved. With ongoing improvements, that number is going to grow — with those being saved getting help faster and more accurately than ever before. This is an example of technology that saves lives rather than wasting them. That’s more than I can say about my Instagram feed! ★
PHOTO BY GLENN HAYES
MEOSAR technology is improving search and rescue missions.
SAFETY FIRST BY HE L E N A IT K E N
T (Top right) It’s important to check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers. (Top) Inspect lines for any frays or breaks. (Above) Stock your boat with necessary safety items, including flares and life jackets.
HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is a U.S. Power Squadron member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit her website at HELENAITKEN.COM.
he first time my husband, Scott, and I took out our new boat was a nerve-wracking ordeal. We were book smart but lacking in experience. We had taken several classes through the U.S. Power Squadrons, had a Vessel Safety Check, were in compliance with Coast Guard (USCG) regulations, and Scott, a retired USMC Colonel, was anal about the fine print. If one extra life jacket was acceptable, then two were better. He applied that to lines, anchors and sunscreen. Despite all that planning, we were boarded by two different Coast Guard boats during the day and we were flagged down twice by the same boat in distress. Scott was obligated to jump a battery over the gunwales and saltwater, with relatively short jumper cables and drifting boats. In my mind, the act had the makings of a disaster: Touching the wrong terminal with the cables, starting a fire, getting shocked or burned, or even falling overboard. As first mate, I had the VHF radio and the first aid kit ready, and like a good writer, I documented the event with photographs. Fortunately, Scott was unscathed. Rather than a leisurely day on the water, we came home for a long nap and Tylenol. The items on our boat were new and unexpired. The lines were pristine. Our cartridge-type life jackets worked perfectly, and our fire extinguisher was new. However, that was during our first season. After that, my job included inspecting items for their condition and expiration after the winter storage and replacing them if needed. Replacement checklist Casual conversations with other boaters led us to believe that expiration dates were of little concern until the need arose or a crisis began. However, our first experience on our boat demonstrated the importance of having functional items at all times. Consider this checklist before getting on the water. ■ Get a free Vessel Safety Check from a USPS group (USPS.ORG) or a CG Auxiliary (CGAUX.ORG) with local
knowledge of the area. Then, stock your boat with the necessary equipment. ■ Check boat item’s workability. Lines vary in material and are used for different things. If they fray, tear or break, the lines should be re-braided or replaced. Examine the anchor rode for wear and stow extra lines of varied lengths on-board. ■ Before buying items, check expiration dates. If the date is a year or less away, don’t buy it. Most items should have at least three or more years before disposal, otherwise you’re wasting money and jeopardizing safety. ■ Invest in a portable, low-cost battery tester. Use batteries if 75 percent charged or higher. Also, battery-operated items can lose their charge in cold temperatures. Portable items, like VHF radios, should be taken off the boat, and the boat’s batteries should be checked for a proper charge. ■ Life jackets should be in exemplary shape, not faded, torn or flat. They should have perfect clips and straps. If they’re of the inflatable variety, they should have working CO2 cartridges. ■ Refill your watertight first aid kit and throw out expired items. ■ Is your fire extinguisher a single-use or rechargeable one? Discard ones that are clogged, partially discharged, have a broken/rickety handle, are unsealed or missing a locking pin, or have a broken or torn hose/nozzle. Call the sanitation department for disposal instructions. Some Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled in 2017. Read the label to see if your model was affected, and check for expiration dates. ■ Chemical or electronic flares should be checked for expirations and new batteries. Are they stored properly with a daytime visible flag and whistles? Expired flares may work but aren’t guaranteed, so keep these separate and stored in a watertight container. Use non-expired flares first. ■ Carbon monoxide units have a shelf life of five years. Before installing, write the expiration date on the side of the unit with a permanent marker. ■ Keep an itemized journal of Coast Guard mandatory and suggested items, their location on-board, manufacturer’s websites and phone numbers, the expiration dates and condition. ■ Just like swapping out the batteries in your home smoke detector, pick an obvious date like January 1 to swap out batteries and check expiration dates. It’s prudent to be prepared for most contingencies while boating. No one wants to experience a Mayday, but having the mandatory items on-board in their best working condition provides everyone on-board a safety net in case that call comes. ★
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Grand Banks 60 Skylounge An enclosed upper pilothouse provides three-season cruising comfort.
rand Banks Yachts opened a lot of eyes last year when the Singapore-based boatbuilder introduced its all-new Grand Banks 60. Right on the heels of that launch comes the company’s all-new GB 60 Skylounge, a luxuriously-equipped yacht that’s perfect for exploring the Great Lakes in sumptuous comfort. With its enclosed upper pilothouse that permits comfortable operation from thaw-out to freeze-up, the 60 Skylounge is tailor-made for three-season exploration. In addition to keeping the skipper snug and warm, the enclosed pilothouse also provides an extra living area on the bridge deck with unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views. There’s room for an L-shaped settee and table on the port side, just aft of the twin Stidd helm seats. There’s even a day head for further comfort and convenience. Step outside the enclosed pilothouse and there’s room for a small crane and 14-foot tender. “The proportions of the design are very important to us,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks. “We’re not in the business of designing ugly boats, so we spent a lot of time ensuring the Skylounge
looks like it belongs on the 60. Our emphasis on weight reduction and strength in the build process ensures we’re not compromising the 60’s performance.” The main deck level and lower deck follow the high standards set by the Grand Banks 60. There’s an inviting open cockpit with a near full-width aft seat and table, along with an L-shaped aft-facing settee. The salon includes a full galley and dinette, with massive windows that allow 360-degree views and let in plenty of natural light. Wide walkaround decks make passage to the bow easy, while a side-opening door allows direct access to the main deck. Below decks, three staterooms and two heads ensure comfort whether at sea or on the hook in a secluded cove. The standard twin 900-hp Volvo D13 diesels are projected to provide a top speed of 33 knots, with a 27-knot cruising speed at 2,020 rpm. Pull the throttles back to 10 knots and the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge enjoys a remarkable 2,000-mile range. Buyers have the option of upgrading the standard power to twin 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1200s, which allow the addition of joystick docking. ★
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Scout 420 LXF
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 42'2" Beam: 13'1"
Luxurious comfort in a versatile center console.
cout raises the bar on offshore luxury with its all-new 420 LXF, a beautifully-designed center console that’s built for enjoying every minute of summer. “With its unmatched performance and amazing first-class appointments above and below deck, the 420 LXF is ideal for anything the Great Lakes throw at you,” says Alan Lang, Scout’s director of sales and marketing. The fun begins up in the bow, where luxurious wraparound seating features buttery-soft yet durable Brisa upholstery. An electric lift raises the bow floor panel to become a pedestal-mount table; raising it midway allows the addition of a removable cushion between the bow seats, converting this space into a huge sunpad. Twin forward-facing, heated loungers in front of the console create a living room-like environment for conversation and an ideal spot to stretch out. The console includes a large storage compartment up front with a starboard side locker for boat hooks, mops, lines and other gear. On the console’s port side, a large door opens to provide access to the air conditioned cabin below deck, complete with a fully-equipped galley, enclosed
Draft: 28" Weight: 16,800 lbs.
shower, spacious head compartment and two single beds that convert into a queen-plus berth. Back on deck, three heated captain’s chairs face the modern glass helm, which features three standard 16-inch Garmin multifunction screens or three optional 17-inch screens. Joystick docking is standard with Yamaha or Mercury power, while a bowthruster is available as an option. Additional options include a 5-N-1 Performance Leaning Post with second row seating and a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer. Scout’s attention to detail includes a standard cockpit refrigerator with an icemaker, a patent-pending bow eye camera, a rear-facing cockpit seat and a fold-down seat on the transom. A keychain fob allows for programming electronics on the boat, meaning a boater can power on/ off pre-programmable features at the touch of a button. As a semi-custom boat, Scout’s 420 LXF gives boaters the option to add features like radar, satellite television, a cockpit grill or an electrically-operated cockpit sun shade as desired. “It’s a great dayboat that can also cruise, making it an ideal option for boaters on the Great Lakes,” Lang says. ★
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Tidewater 252 LXF Daring to be different in a crowded market.
enter consoles continue to grow in popularity as more and more boaters discover the incredible versatility of the design. Tidewater’s 252 LXF has all the fishing features that anyone would need for catching offshore salmon and walleye on the Great Lakes; it also comes with suitable accommodations that make it a first-class dayboat for family fun. As you approach the boat dockside, Tidewater’s unique and unmistakable wraparound bow seating truly stands out. Bow seating can be limited on most center consoles, but Tidewater designed this area with comfortable forward-facing seating to provide space for all your guests. A starboard-side lounger with a cooler seat mounted in front of the console creates a unique, spacious area for quiet conversation. It’s a simple, attractive and useful configuration that adds real value to the boat. The massive seating spaces in the bow provide an equally large amount of dry storage space beneath. Lifting the seat cushions provides access to several large gasketed bins, some with drainage that can double as fish boxes. A through-bow anchor windlass and integrated LED navigation lights on the rub rail round out the 252 LXF bow features.
The console is wide and modern, with plenty of space at the helm for large in-dash displays. A compartment accessed through the port side of the console can be used for storage, as a changing room, or as a day head with the optional upgrade to a porta-potti or full pump-out head. Most buyers will likely spring for the optional fiberglass T-top with its integrated electronics box to enjoy protection from the midday sun. The doublewide helm seat has independently operating bolsters. “With its aggressive offshore hull and large bow flare to keep you dry, the Tidewater 252 LXF is very popular on the Great Lakes,” says Matt Loew at Holland, Michigan-based Anchorage Yacht Sales. “With its full wraparound bow seating and a full width bench seat aft, it can accommodate the whole family in comfort.” A pass-through to the swim platform is located on the port side of the aft bench seat. The platform features a polished stainless steel, three-step ladder and a raw water washdown for convenience. Maximum power for the 252 LXF is 400-hp, which propels it to a top speed of more than 50 mph. ★
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Yamaha 242 Limited S
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 24' Beam: 8'6"
Built for family fun.
amaha has been a driving force in the jet boat market for many years, building a loyal following with a range of boats that blend the spirited performance of its WaveRunner PWC with the comfort and practicality of a fully-featured runabout. But perhaps no model in its extensive lineup balances this unique blend of utility and exhilaration quite like the all-new 242 Limited S. Stretching 24 feet in length and riding on an 8-foot, 6-inch beam, the 242 Limited S is a bit like an SUV with its ample space and power. Its open, flowing layout provides a great amount of interior space while still offering seating for 12 people, plus all their gear. That’s especially evident in the bow, where adjustable seat cushions provide a wide range of seating options. The 242 Limited S comes fully loaded with all of Yamaha’s top technology, including its Connext helm control system and joystick with an all-new 12-inch screen; Quiet Cruise technology; and Yamaha’s Advanced Responsive Handling package with a no-wake mode and an articulating keel for enhanced low-speed maneuverability. The boat is also packed with high-end amenities, like a Polk Audio marine stereo
Draft: 20" Weight: 3,713 lbs.
with Bluetooth connectivity and eight speakers, marine-grade teak-style carpet, an enclosed head compartment and a unique portside entertainment area complete with a fold-down table. “Probably the most distinguishing feature is the unique design of the transom area and how it provides comfortable access to the water,” says Rod Bensz at B&E Marine. “Yamaha Boats are also known for their performance, safety and extremely low draft.” That transom seating is not only a great spot to hang out when the boat is anchored on a sandbar, it’s also a great place to prepare for a turn on the wakeboard. The 242 Limited S comes standard with a folding aluminum tower with tweeter speakers and LED lighting, along with a stainless steel reboarding ladder at the swim platform and an overhead Bimini top. There’s even a removable, wheeled cooler that stows in the base of the aft portside seat. Powered by twin 1.8L Yamaha High Output engines, the 242 Limited S easily tops 50 mph at wide-open throttle and will cruise comfortably at about 30 mph while delivering impressive fuel economy. ★
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Prestige 460 Fly
It’s the little things. by Chuck Warren
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PRESTIGE
There are some boats and some boat rides that stay with you long after you’ve departed for your next destination. When I met the crew from Spring Brook Marina in Chicago to test ride the new Prestige 460 Fly, I expected to go for a nice cruise on a beautiful boat. I didn’t expect to be thinking about that boat three months later.
t was breezy when I reached Chicago, and Lake Michigan was rough. I met Zach Mann and Kyle Stenzel from Spring Brook Marina at Burnham Harbor, where we prepared for a quick run up to Navy Pier. On our way up the Chicago River we would pass through the harbor lock, where the 460 Fly would be displayed along The Riverwalk. While Mann got ready at the helm and Stenzel ensured everything was secure for our trip, I inspected the boat. Thatâ€™s when I started to notice the details that set the Prestige apart from other flybridges.
It takes a lot to stand out from the fleet in the current sea of fly and coupe-style boats offered by many manufacturers. Quality can be the obvious difference; however, in this case, quality was matched with sensible, functional details. Built on the same hull as its 45-foot predecessor, the 460 Fly includes design improvements, an updated layout and many new options. The boat feels like a larger vessel and has the features to match. The 460 Fly has beautiful lines without the stocky appearance some shorter fly models have. Approaching from the dock, it appears that the hullside windows form a continuous line from fore to aft. Although the V-berth and main cabin windows are separate, Prestige used black gelcoat between them to create the illusion of a single window. Stepping aboard, the huge swim platform shines, providing easy cockpit access from the port side. Instead of
offering dual entryways, Prestige uses the starboard space to create more cockpit seating. Optional hydraulics and teak decking are available for the platform. In the cockpit, standard teak decking is a beautiful touch. The L-shaped aft seating comfortably accommodates six or more people and converts into a sunpad with an optional adjustable table. Convert yet another sunpad at the bow into lounge chairs and pop up the available cabana cover for lazy afternoon naps. The first cockpit cushion hides an optional lazarette large enough to double as the captainâ€™s quarters and complete with its own head, again making the 460 Fly seems like a much longer boat. Without the crew quarters, the storage space is big enough to house lots of water toys and safety gear.
A ladder leads up to the bridge, which seems like a strange choice on a newer boat until you notice the amount of cockpit space gained by its smaller footprint. On the bridge, the portside helm allows the captain to operate the boat from either side. Starboard docking? Drive below for better visibility. Portside tie-off? Head up top for a better view. At both stations, Raymarine glass panels and Volvo joysticks provide the captain with the necessary information and digital controls to keep the boat pointed in the right direction. The bridge provides the perfect space for entertaining, with wraparound seating surrounding a large dining table. To starboard, another sunpad alongside the helm easily converts into additional lounge chairs. An outdoor galley option is available for the bridge as well.
Back downstairs, the L-shaped salon seating to port includes a moveable ottoman, while a loveseat just aft of the starboard helm hides a pop-up TV. Plenty of storage lies hidden beneath cushions and access doors. A split galley aft of the salon features a stand-up fridge/freezer instead of the more common cold storage drawers. There’s ample counter space for food or drink preparation, and an additional outdoor galley option can be added to the transom where the large platform makes grilled food preparation a breeze. Below, Prestige broke tradition and went with a single stairwell for both cabins. An optional washer/dryer can be hidden below the stairs, making great use of available space. Forward, the V-berth and private guest head are both roomy and well lit by the hullside windows. The space is airy enough to make guests feel like VIPs, and the scissor bunk can convert into twin beds for kids. By removing the second stairway, Prestige was able to substantially increase the size of the main stateroom, yet again making the 460 Fly feel like a bigger boat. Light pours in through the hullside windows, and opening portholes provide fresh air. Even with a king-size mattress, the stateroom has plenty of headroom and more than enough room to walk around the perimeter. Hidden features — like a built-in dresser, flip-up mirror and lounge seat along the starboard side — pack more surprises in the stateroom.
Take her for a spin
As we got ready to leave the dock, I surveyed the whitecapped waves outside of the harbor and asked if we would be able to get the boat up to speed.
Mann replied with a grin, “Oh yeah, she can handle it.” Handle it she did. The twin 435-hp Volvo IPS 600s pushed the Prestige across the nearly 3-foot waves at 22 knots during our 15-minute run to the lock. The boat reaches a top speed of 32 knots but cruises best at 24 knots (with a 212 nautical mile range). If a boat can’t handle a 2- to 3-foot Lake Michigan temper tantrum with reasonable comfort, you’ll be spending a lot of time enjoying your vessel at the dock. As we cruised, I noticed how nicely the Prestige 460 Fly rode in rough water, something people tend to take for granted in a larger vessel. The second thing I noticed was how quiet the boat is; there were no rattles, machinery noise, and no need to raise our voices as we talked. The boat was smooth and really quiet in rough seas. The Prestige 460 Fly is a beautifully-equipped, great riding boat with enough optional features to fit the needs, desires or budget requirements of any buyer. It’s the little things that make the Prestige an easy choice — the features that were included with comfort and entertainment in mind, without compromising on storage, ease of access or performance. My personal favorite feature: The carpet in the salon is installed using high-end carpet squares. Replaceable carpet squares. In other words, spill a glass of red wine and you just need to pull up one or two sections instead of the entire cabin flooring. It’s the little things. And with the Prestige 460 Fly, those little things add up to create one big, beautiful boat. ★
Prestige 460 Fly SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 46'10" Beam: 13'11" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 38,250 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 328 gals. Water Capacity: 106 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer PRESTIGE-YACHTS.COM
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CRUISERS YACHTS 42 CANTIUS
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Weekend Warrior. by Alan Wendt
omething very interesting happened last year. We started using our boats for overnight trips again. The Great Recession and the price of fuel put the kibosh on those two-week summer Great Lakes wanderlusts; however, a muchimproved economy, reasonably priced fuel and pent-up demand has boatbuilders excitedly releasing new models like the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius. Actually, the Wisconsin-based manufacturer never let bad times get in the way of innovation. Since the introduction of the original Cantius model in 2010, they’ve steadily delivered a fleet that balances European curves with American ergonomics of spacious interiors bathed in natural light, with windows and glass doors all around. The new 42 replaces the retiring 41 and offers some welcome design updates that cater to an evolving taste among 40- to 65-year-old cruisers who are back to grilling meals outside, who want distinctive social zoning for hosting dockside parties, and who need staterooms with individual heads below deck for overnight guests. These are all features rarely seen in a model this size.
Ahead of its time Cruisers was one of the very first boatbuilders to embrace Volvo Penta’s forward-facing IPS drives some 13 years ago. They understood the need for building a hull to accommodate the more fuel-efficient nature of these engines. That decade-plus of R&D is soundly part of the 42 Cantius DNA. With a top speed in excess of 34 mph, a comfortable cruise around 21 mph delivers a range of 324 miles on a single tank of fuel (300 gallons). That translates into roughly 1.2 mpg — double what many other notable cabin cruisers on the market today offer. I mentioned grilling because that’s one of the first features/ design changes you’ll notice. Cruisers moved the Kenyon electric
grill from the starboard to stern, and added storage on both sides of the grill to keep the seating area of the aft cockpit free from confusion during meal prep. Sliding doors magically disappear into the woodwork, providing a whopping 64-inch opening between the aft galley and cockpit. An optional refrigerator is available on the transom. Our test boat also had an icemaker in the cockpit and a standard 48-quart cooler, so your beverages will always stay cold. When things heat up, simply push a button and in 15 seconds a full sunshade will deploy. I was very impressed at how quietly the mechanical arms articulated the shade into place. Cockpit L-seating, a couple of tables and hydraulic swim steps that submerge 1 to 2 feet underwater round out the features here. For those who like lounging forward, the 42 Cantius is rather unique. Two foredeck chaise lounges move from a prone position to upright seating around a small yet comfortable bow cockpit. Carving out a space like this normally comes at the expense of lower headroom in the forward cabin. Cruisers figured out a way around this construction dilemma and managed to throw in two cup holders and a foredeck stowable table plus storage compartments. Access to and from the forward deck and recessed windless is via wide side decks with 1-inch diameter bow rails. You’ll feel very secure moving fore and aft.
Confident command Inside the salon, one must admire what I call the picture window — a one-piece Taylormade windshield. The 42 Cantius maximizes interior natural lighting by combining this with an equally impressive fullbeam sunroof and opening upper salon windows. The seating layout is different from other models. Instead of a dinette opposite the double-wide helm seat, it’s a combination forward-facing
seat that transforms into a rear-facing lounger. Other main deck attributes include: A large L-shaped dinette with storage below and overhead; stainlesssteel appliances in the galley; a large pantry; and a drool-worthy glass cockpit. Dual 12-inch screens with your choice of Garmin or Raymarine Axiom Pro displays, joystick controls and pictogram rocker switches create a very confident command center. Angled footrests and flip-up seat bolsters offer a comfortable ride for those days when you decide to tackle all of Lake Michigan in a single bound. All that natural light in the cockpit spills over below decks through an atrium-style staircase that leads to the forward guest stateroom and full-beam master. Cruisers Yachts refers to the midcabin as the VIP stateroom, which features a mounted flat screen TV, a comfortable couch and a king-size bed. Be sure to lift up the mattress: Yes, that’s dedicated space for just about anything you want to hide out of sight. Each stateroom has a private entrance to both heads with separate shower stalls and Ronbow designer vanity sinks. Skippers who appreciate precision in the engine room can treat themselves to another one of Cruisers Yacht’s benchmarks for quality. I found labels every 3 inches on wiring harnesses. This is a big deal for the day you need to trace something. Cruisers makes its own harnesses; they are tested for continuity outside of the boat and then brought onboard for installation. Even the placement of seacocks caught my interest, and I’m far from being a gearhead. This boat just happens to be well built. Offered with Volvo Diesel 500 or 600 twin IPS, this is an ideal boat for the couple trading up from a dayboat or the retiring couple trading down in size to a more manageable vessel that still provides weekending in comfort.
Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 43'2" Beam: 13'8" Draft: 40" Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 80 gals. Base Price (as tested): $850,000 CRUISERSYACHTS.COM
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alling overboard at night is every sailor’s worst nightmare. This exact scenario played out last July during Chicago Yacht Club’s annual Race to Mackinac. In just moments, visiting Chesapeake Bay boat Meridian X went from racing to emergency recovery efforts as their crewman, Mark Wheeler, was thrown overboard into the cold, choppy blackness of Lake Michigan. Amazingly, he was recovered about an hour later, but his near-death story highlights many good lessons for boaters of all kinds. Known for its blustery conditions, even Lake Michigan takes a summer vacation; its winds and water commonly become benign during the warmest months of the year. Predictably, this is when most cruisers from the southern part of the lake head north to enjoy her picturesque harbors and islands. This is also when the Chicago Yacht Club holds its popular 289-nautical-mile sailboat race to Mackinac Island. Rare as strong cold fronts are in summer, one was predicted to intersect the racers during the first night of the 2017 race. As advertised, it was exactly this type of front that greeted the fleet about halfway up the lake. Usually accompanied by thunderstorms and a
sharp change in wind direction and strength, these “pneumonia fronts” can hit like a freight train and take a day to blow out. As often happens during long-distance sailboat races, many of the boats were carrying large spinnaker sails into the approaching front to take advantage of the increased wind speed. Meridian X was no different. After a spectacular day of sailing off the wind, the boat had quickly made nearly 100 nautical miles up the lake when the front approached. The accompanying thunderstorms were not directly in the area and looked to be about two hours north, when a sudden sharp increase in wind speed from an unseen dry microburst that formed in the highly unstable air mass hit the boat. A call for “all-hands on deck” was made to help douse the spinnaker as the wind exceeded 30 knots. Wheeler had come off watch about 30 minutes earlier, so he was down below when the call came. Meridian X was doing roughly 18 knots as he quickly grabbed his inflatable life vest and harness and headed above deck to help. As he went toward the transom behind the steering wheel, the boat went hard-over to starboard just before his hand reached the runner winch. In
an instant he went head first into the water. He tried to hold onto the runner, but the boat was traveling too fast and he had to let go. Alone in the water According to Wheeler’s account of the events published in a SpinSheet (SPINSHEET.COM) article, the cold, dark reality of being in the water quickly set in. Thankfully, he had grabbed his inflatable life vest before coming on deck. However, he had the inflation trigger set to manual because of all the false activations he had witnessed during other wet races, so he had to physically pull the lanyard to inflate the vest. It quickly filled, but he soon realized that because he had not taken the time to strap the vest on tightly, he needed to physically hold the tubes down with his arms to prevent them riding up over his head. He tried several times to properly buckle the vest but found it impossible while inflated. With the wind blowing at nearly 40 knots, the water was extremely rough. Wheeler was forced to concentrate on breathing without ingesting too much water. He activated a brand-new safety light attached to his life vest, but found that it would not stay on; he needed to keep banging
A man overboard incident at the 2017 Chicago Race to Mackinac teaches important boat safety lessons. BY KEN QUANT
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Occasionally it would fill with water, so he would have to blow sharply to clear it; however, this simple safety item proved to be his saving grace. Wheeler noticed Meridian X’s masthead light had gotten brighter and he knew they were getting much closer. He started to blow the whistle almost non-stop. Astutely, those on-board Meridian X had the presence of mind to occasionally stop the motor and quietly listen for any indication of Wheeler’s whereabouts. About 15 minutes after hearing a first whistle, they zeroed in on the sound and spotted him in the water. Moments later, he was back onboard.
on it to keep it lit. He later found out that the crew was able to see the light for a short time, but quickly lost sight of it as they sailed away. Unable to see any other boats in the immediate area and realizing that it would be a while before the Meridian X crew would be able to douse the sails and begin their search, Wheeler took inventory of his equipment. Besides a failing safety light, he also had a knife, whistle and an AIS personal MOB transmitter. This transmitter would have been a huge help if only Meridian X, or any other nearby vessel, would have been equipped and monitoring their AIS receiver to electronically lead them to his location. By the time the crew on Meridian X was able to get her sails down and turn around, they had traveled more than two miles. The crew had lost sight of Wheeler, who was left alone hoping for rescue. After about 30 minutes, the wind calmed down a bit but the seas were still very choppy. With a water temp in the upper 60s, Wheeler’s biggest concern became hypothermia. About that time, he noticed Meridian X’s white masthead light in the distance. His light had completely stopped working at that point, so he took to blowing the whistle about every minute.
Lucky to be alive Hypothermic and shaken, Wheeler was taken below and given dry clothes, blankets and hot water to help him warm up. He had been in the water for a total of one hour and six minutes. Once he warmed up a bit they realized he didn’t need any additional medical assistance, so they retired from the race and headed into Muskegon. Given the cool water, darkness and the rough conditions, he was extremely lucky to be found quickly and alive. According to Eric Jones, skipper of nearby boat Triumvirate, they heard the MOB call just after completing a sail change and immediately headed toward Wheeler’s reported location. They never noticed an AIS MOB signal and were not exactly sure how to assist but figured they would head that way to try to help. Once they heard that Wheeler was recovered, they continued with the race. “It would be helpful to have an established procedure for all assisting vessels to follow during a search,” Jones says. After living through every boater’s worst nightmare, Wheeler says: “I consider myself a very lucky man. I will be forever grateful to the crew and my good friends on Meridian X for being able to recover from the squall and get back to the same general area in which I was lost. It certainly was not an easy task.” ★
Lessons Learned Many lessons can be learned from Mark’s harrowing MOB incident, including: For the boaters ❱ Always properly buckle your life vest when on deck. ❱ One hand should be gripping the boat at all times. ❱ Always leave your inflatable life vest on auto inflation. ❱ If in water, remain calm and preserve your energy. ❱ Always keep a whistle and working light attached to your life vest. ❱ A strobe light is much easier to see than a steady light. ❱ Do not count on personal AIS transmitters alone. For the boat ❱ If sailing, reduce your sail area before an approaching squall hits. ❱ Immediately activate the DSC/ Distress function on your VHF radio and designate someone to coordinate communication with the USCG and other nearby vessels. ❱ If you are going offshore, spend the money and get an AIS receiver. A life is worth the extra expense. ❱ Stop the motor from time to time to just listen and look in an MOB situation. ❱ Always monitor VHF 16 and make sure it can be heard by someone. ❱ If equipped with an AIR receiver, remember to monitor it if you hear a MOB call because the person in the water may have a transmitter. ❱ An official search protocol for assisting vessels should be established and promoted.
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Robin Pacquing catching a wave. Taken in March 2016 in Mississauga, ON.
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Lake Surfistas help others catch
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The Lake Surfistas at a summer meetup event.
ith the air temperature hovering just below zero on this late winter day, most Toronto residents were likely rejoicing over the system of underground passages and malls that let them totally avoid the elements. But not Robin Pacquing. Between clients, the Canadian realtor was checking the end of her street to see if an oncoming storm system was whipping up waves big enough to inspire a plunge into icy Lake Ontario. Cofounder of a group called the Lake Surfistas, Pacquing has made surfing the Great Lakes an integral part of her life. She’s also made a mission out of helping other women (and men and families) make it part of theirs too, with the benefit of greater physical and mental health, and a side benefit of greater awareness of lake cleanup and conservation needs. “We want to show everyone that you don’t have to be young or super fit to get into the water here, and that water really does heal us,” Pacquing says. “It’s unfortunate that where we live in Toronto, people haven’t really endorsed recreation on Lake Ontario. We want to show women and everybody else that you can.” Surfing on the Great Lakes does bear some resemblance to catching a wave in Hawaii, LAKELANDBOATING.COM
Charlotte Conlin is a local woman who fixes and re-purposes old surf boards.
where Pacquing learned the sport. But there are distinct differences, even once you get past the fact that the surfing lifestyle is more commonly associated with margaritas near an ocean than hot chocolate on a frozen lakefront. One perk is that there are no sharks in the Great Lakes; however, you’re also less buoyant in freshwater than salt. Waves react differently. And the temperature brings a mental block (and literal danger if you’re not properly dressed) because the best surf conditions tend to exist when the lake is at its most frigid. Come summer, when the Great Lakes are at their most pleasant, humidity creates a bubble around Toronto, as it does over much of the rest of the Great Lakes. This bubble blocks out wind and brings summer lake calm, which is great for a sweet dip but not so great for catching a wave. Because winter and late fall are best for surfing, it’s important to have a buddy system like the Surfistas, whose online forum offers tips on forecasting wave condition, gear swaps and a heads-up on who might be surfing where in case others want to join. Shazia Mazhar, a relative newcomer to the group and to surfing, started the Lake Surfistas online community after meeting so many people with questions — and doubts. “I always say, ‘Give it a try!’ We’re here to make this a safe journey,” Mazhar says. “My philosophy is to welcome women to the sport regardless of any characteristic, such as age or ability; surfing is something that comes from within. For safety, always have a buddy and make sure you have the right equipment for the weather. The Lake Surfistas is a community that will cheer the loudest to encourage the journey.” A self-described “nomadic mermaid,” Mazhar first surfed in 2012 on a trip to Nicaragua but didn’t start surfing the Great Lakes regularly until the winter of 2014. Since, she’s found it’s something that goes well beyond sport. “Surfing for me is renewal. It’s like a mediation and a reset for the soul,” she says. “On cold winter mornings it’s definitely not easy to jump into water just above freezing, but the joy of the first wave always brings me back.” Pacquing, on the other hand, says she was a water baby from childhood, when her Filipino parents were teaching her to swim, instilling the idea that “being in water is awesome.” Her geography degree comes in handy when reading charts predicting waves and patterns, but she admits that she was first inspired to surf from watching episodes of the 1990s hit show “Baywatch” and having cousins who were into the skateboarding and surfing scenes. She first surfed some 17 years ago, but it wasn’t until many years later that she realized surfing the Great Lakes in Toronto was a possibility. “I thought, ‘I’ve lived here all my life. How is that possible?,’” Pacquing says. “It’s been a big life’s work of surfing and surf journeys ever since.”
TOP LEFT PHOTO BY WARREN WON; TOP RIGH T PH OTO BY D EB REANEY
Jessica Rando instructing at the 2016 Lake Surfistas event in Port Colborne, ON.
Sonia Jaafar and Robin surfing at Bluffers Park in 2010.
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Want to follow the lead of Pacquing and the other Lake Surfistas? You can start by learning the basic principles of forecasting, perhaps by taking one of their free upcoming forecasting classes or by using the tools located in the forecasting section of their website (LAKESURFISTAS.ORG). Where Pacquing lives on Lake Ontario, the best surf day is one with a strong easterly or southeasterly wind. But if you’re looking to surf along in Lake Michigan in Chicago, for example, look for a wind coming from the north, she says. “It’s picking up all the water north of you in Lake Michigan and coming all the way down to Chicago, so that’s probably going to create a pretty big wave. It’s all about geography.” Pacquing is also a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) instructor who especially loves SUP surfing. Adding paddleboarding to the surfing mix lets both experts and beginners enjoy the lakes in every season. When she suffered injuries from a serious surfing accident in another country — one that could have claimed her life — Pacquing says paddleboarding let her transition back into surfing by taking away her fears and letting her discover the landscape in a new way. “It’s like a giant surfboard, but I can see the water,” she says. “Because the Great Lakes in summer are often more flat than wavy, it’s another way to get on the water. It lets me do reconnaissance on spots — see what the bottom is like. And I got to see views of the city I’d never seen before. It’s also been a natural progression for the public in Toronto: Surfing became popular because of SUP here.” The ability to surf, swim or paddleboard has also evolved in part due to lake cleanup efforts, Pacquing says. Pollution in Lake Ontario near Toronto and other major cities has been greatly reduced since the 1980s. As the water quality has improved, swimming and plunging into Lake Ontario’s waves has also increased. The cycle has created a culture of conservation, too. Even online community creator Mazhar says that until she started surfing, during her nine years living in Toronto she never previously realized the value and beauty of the Great Lake she lived along. “I’m much more mindful now of waste, how we treat our ecological systems and the importance of contributing to efforts to conserve and help with clean-ups,” Mazhar says. There’s been another shift in thinking too, as people witness the regular gatherings of women, their children, the occasional boyfriend or spouse, or just Pacquing, heading out amid the small ice floes (she avoids days when ice gets too large). “We’re way past people thinking of surfing as just a man’s sport now,” Pacquing says. “At least here, no one would ever dare say, ‘Oh, you’re just a woman.’ They see what we can do. We may not be super shredding, but we’re getting out on the coldest of days and taking big waves. We’re all in this together.” ★
“We’re way past
people thinking of surfing as just a man’s sport now.”
Sandusky � the Bay A small town with a grand Lake Erie location and two centuries of stories to tell.
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he sounds of Sandusky epitomize the many reasons why this small Ohio town is a huge Lake Erie tourism hub: The long blasts of a horn on the Jet Express ferry; the caw of gulls scavenging for fish; the courthouse clock ringing on the hour; the cheerful clink of wine glasses; the periodic shrieks of people hurtling toward the earth at up to 93 mph. Like many other Great Lakes ports, Sandusky has lured generations of vacationers with beautiful vistas and abundant opportunities for water recreation. What sets Sandusky apart, however, is its location on well-protected Sandusky Bay, its genuine hometown atmosphere and the Cedar Point amusement park — a crown jewel attraction famously known as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” Not only does the park offer 18 different twisting, turning, swinging, swaying, plunging, passenger-flipping, adrenalin-spiking coasters, Cedar Point also covers the entire slender peninsula that juts into the mouth of Sandusky Bay. The park offers the singular experience of taking your boat to an amusement park and staying overnight at amenity-laden Cedar Point Marina.
Glaciers, grids and a gateway to freed�m Sandusky sits halfway between Cleveland
important transportation center. Thanks to that railroad, one of the town’s earliest tourists was Charles Dickens, who, in 1842, steamed into town on a train pulled by the Sandusky, the first locomotive west of the Alleghenies. In “American Notes,” Dickens described his stay in a “comfortable little hotel on the brink of Lake Erie” before boarding a steamboat bound for Buffalo. Although Dickens declared Sandusky “uninteresting,” another famous author had an entirely different perspective. Harriet Beecher Stowe was keenly aware that Sandusky was a major terminal on the clandestine Underground Railroad, whose hapless passengers were runaway slaves in search of freedom. When she wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Stowe made Sandusky the gateway to freedom for the central character Eliza, who eluded slave catchers by disguising herself and her child before getting on a steamer going to Canada. The more conventional exports that departed Sandusky’s docks — fish, lumber and grain — reflected the bounty of the nation’s burgeoning Heartland. After the Civil War, new industries emerged, including ice harvested from the frozen Bay and wine made from grapes grown on the nearby Bass Islands. As train tracks multiplied along the waterfront, manufacturing thrived. Over the
and Toledo, the two big cities that anchor, respectively, the east and west sides of Ohio’s extensive Lake Erie shoreline. The town’s name comes from the Wyandot word “saundustee," which translates to “water." Sandusky’s fortuitous position on a natural harbor Erie County Courthouse — tucked between Ohio’s mainland and the long, hefty arm of its Marblehead Peninsula — was a gift from the glaciers that carved out the shallow and prolific Lake Erie, where more fish are caught every year than in the four other Great Lakes combined. While its geography was nature’s handiwork, Sandusky’s history originated with transplants from New England who settled the “Fire Lands,” a half-million acres in northern Ohio that Connecticut claimed and used to compensate citizens of towns burned by the British during the American Revolution. In an 1805 treaty, the Wyandot and other tribes ceded the Fire Lands to the fledgling United States; however, the area wasn’t safe for settlement until the War of 1812 finally ended conflicts with the British and their Native American allies. Connecticut-born land developer James Kilbourne first suggested the founding of a town on Sandusky Bay, and in 1818 Kilbourne hired his son to survey and plat the future city of Sandusky. Since Hector Kilbourne and his enterprising father were both Masons, he incorporated the organization’s symbolic square and compass into the town’s rectangular grid. His unique 200-year-old design still accounts for the diagonal streets that frequently confuse first-time Sandusky visitors. Slowly but steadily, Sandusky grew into a bustling commercial port; and after the construction of Ohio’s first Jet Express ferry dock chartered railroad line in the 1830s, it developed into an
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Paper District Marina
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"Path to Freedom" sculpture in Facer Park
Hinde & Dauch building, Goodtime ferry and bike rentals at Jackson Street Pier
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decades, Sandusky produced barrels, boats, motors, fertilizer, underwear, crayons, washing machines, rubber life rafts, radios and television sets. At the turn of the last century, Sandusky’s Hinde and Dauch Paper Company revolutionized paper packaging and shipping when it developed corrugated cardboard. In 1918, the company opened a new factory built on a pier facing Sandusky Bay. Today, that red brick industrial building contains upscale condominiums with residents who enjoy fine views of Lake Erie’s stunning sunsets, of freighters going to and from Sandusky’s massive coal dock, and of the boat and ferry traffic at the neighboring Paper District Marina and Jackson Street Pier.
Stroll the sh��eline Although its population is only 25,000, Sandusky boasts
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a remarkable 22 miles of shoreline within its city limits. Even more remarkable, much of that shoreline consists of downtown marinas and parks with docks that are open to the public and easily accessed by boaters. “Lots of boaters from Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland and Erie like making trips to Sandusky because they can walk to downtown, see a museum or art gallery, and get something to eat,” says Jill Bauer of the regional visitors bureau, Lake Erie Shores & Islands.
The city-owned Paper District Marina offers daily, seasonal and overnight dockage, as well as breezy walking paths along a seawall. During Lake Erie’s prime late spring to early fall boating season, the marina is also home to the Dockside Café. Don’t be fooled by its concession stand appearance. The Café overlooks Sandusky Bay, has a full bar, and is a perfect place to rub shoulders with locals who come for the fish tacos made with Lake Erie favorites, walleye and perch. Whenever a freighter travels Sandusky Bay, Dockside Café serves a refreshing rum punch called, you guessed it, “Freighter in the Bay.” Since the four-acre Jackson Street Pier is near part of Sandusky Bay’s mile-long shipping channel, you’ll get good views of passing freighters there. With its benches and binoculars, the Pier is a popular place for Bay-gazing and observing the Marblehead Peninsula and Sandusky’s version of skyscrapers: The towering skeletons of Cedar Point’s roller coasters. If you spy a tadpole-shaped bit of land just south of Marblehead Peninsula, that’s Johnson’s Island, a National Historic Landmark that served as a prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate officers during the Civil War. The camp is gone, but its poignant cemetery endures and is open to visitors. Besides being a beloved fishing spot for many Sanduskians, the Jackson Street Pier is the boarding place for Goodtime I pleasure cruises and Jet Express jaunts to the islands and Cedar Point. In front of the Jet Express dock, look for the G.A. Boeckling Building, a striking example of amusement park architecture with big, arched windows and carved images of fish and aquatic creatures. Although that fanciful building now contains Ohio Department of Natural Resources offices, George Boeckling, the ingenious businessman who made Cedar Point a successful resort, constructed it as the park’s winter headquarters in 1928. You can rent bicycles for getting around the waterfront or downtown near the foot of the Pier along Shoreline Drive. Transportation includes taxis, city buses and Uber to outlying places like Sandusky Mall, the venerable Firelands Winery (Tip: It offers tours and tastings), or the Kalahari and Great Wolf indoor waterparks.
Bicentennial cele��ati�n Since Sandusky is celebrating its bicentennial during 2018
(see sidebar “Sandusky 2018”), this year is an especially good time to get acquainted with the town’s proud heritage and enjoy its vibrant, visitor-friendly downtown. “Sandusky has always been a vacation destination, but leisure travelers usually focused on Cedar Point and the islands,” Bauer says. “Now that more people want destinations with an authentic small-town feeling, downtown Sandusky is building on that. Visitors love its abundant mom and pop restaurants and businesses.” Virtually anywhere boaters stop in Sandusky (consider Dock of the Bay Marina for deepwater slips or Battery
To celebrate Sandusky’s 200th anniversary, the city will be hosting plenty of events in 2018. Mark your calendar for the Festival of Sail and Downtown Street Fair on July 12-15, one of the pillar events for Sandusky’s bicentennial celebration. This event will showcase six or more rare, historic ships from around the world, as well as the World’s Largest Rubber Duck (at 61 feet tall and weighing 11 tons). This unique festival offers up a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on some of the most grand ships of yore. Along with onboard tours and day sails, other exciting activities will include live music, entertainment, local craft beer, educational programming, local food and fun for the entire family. Other events include: Stars & Stripes Celebration and Boy with the Boot Bicen10k & Family Relay on July 4; Founders’ Weekend on August 18-19; and Winter Kickoff on November 23-25. Events will be added throughout the year at SANDUSK Y2018.COM.
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Park Marina for shady green space and tennis courts) there are plenty of nearby places to soak up local culture and cuisine. Great Lakes Grinders, a seasonal eatery in scenic Shoreline Park, makes mammoth hoagies. The tiny New Sandusky Fish Company features fresh-from-the-lake perch dinners and bayside picnic table seating. Daly’s Pub serves a mean Reuben. Small City Taphouse combines Asian food with an eclectic array of beers. The old-school Lunch Box is a downtown institution where you can sample an Ohio classic: Chocolate and peanut butter Buckeye Pie. Along with hip and modern boutique lodging inside a historic 1830s building, the Hotel Kilbourne (its logo is a square and compass) offers Mexican-inspired dishes at OH Taco and creative cocktails at Moseley’s Public House. Tip: Go to the rooftop bar for an eye-popping perspective of the Bay. Since historic markers and plaques seem to be everywhere in downtown Sandusky, you could get mini lessons about the Underground Railroad at Fracer Park or learn something about Johnson’s Island at the Jackson Street Pier. However, it’s a lot more fun to roll through history on one of Sandusky Segwave’s guided Segway tours. Segwave co-owner, Jim Ervin, is a congenial and knowledgeable guide whose spot-on stories and anecdotes convey a real sense of place. His tours will tell you why Sandusky has so many beautiful limestone buildings (the glaciers exposed Lake Erie’s bedrock), why the 1874 Erie County Courthouse has a 1930s Art Deco exterior (it was a WPA remodeling project), or why the heart of Sandusky is lovely, garden-filled Washington Park (Kilbourne put it in his 1818 plat). Ervin also points out local treasures like: Washington Park’s iconic “Boy with the Boot” statue and nostalgic Red Popcorn Wagon; the Sandusky State Theatre, a 1920s movie palace turned performing arts venue; the Merry-Go-Round Museum, which features a working carousel inside a stately old post office building; and the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, with its extensive exhibits of legendary, Sandusky-made Lyman boats.
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outhwest Michigan isn’t known for its South Dakota Badlands-esque landscape. But in South Haven, Michigan, homeowner Stephen Neumer found a slice of paradise on the cliffs of the private, gated Pinnacles association. Every corner of this five-bedroom, contemporary marvel offers unmatched views of a canyon, sparkling Lake Michigan, pristine gardens and a lush forest. “The house has many changes in geometry and verticality,” Neumer says. “It was my goal to reflect the canyon in architecture and position the house so I could see everything.” Neumer and his wife, Susan, spent about a year and a half working with the alum of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to design the home, which was inspired by Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius. The 6,100-square-foot home offers a few engineering feats: There are no supporting walls in the house and no visible gutters. All the rainwater is filtered through a sophisticated collection system and then piped underground through the canyon and down to the lake. Thanks to the lack of supporting walls, the main floor boasts
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2015 FAIRLINE TARGA 50 GT An absolute beauty loaded with all options! Xenta Joystick, upgraded electronics, teak flooring, 218 hours, original owner, fresh water, 2x Volvo D11-725 hp. Asking $1,095,000. Call 231-499-5820. JUN18 $475,000
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2007 CARVER 43/47 MOTOR YACHT BMW design, immaculate, 435 HP Volvo diesels, 430 hours, 2 hardtops, bow & stern thrusters, 4 A/CHeat, Zodiac tender, freshwater. Asking $265,000. Contact 414-810-3007 or email@example.com. AUG18
51' 1999 OCEAN ALEXANDER Custom aft-cabin w/cockpit. Ed Monk Jr. design, commissioned by a knowledgeable yachtsman, 2/370hp, luggers, stabilizers, bow & stern thrusters, outstanding condition. Asking $449,000. Contact terry@ centerpointesales.com, 920-559-0730 JUL18
2013 RANGER TUGS R-31 COMMAND BRIDGE. 100% freshwater, 290 hours. Loaded with amenities! Asking $264,900. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180 RYS 2015 ZODIAC MEDLINE 540 NEO A unique opportunity to own a late model, lightly-used Zodiac Medline at a discount compared to new. Loaded with options and comes with custom-welded bunk painted steel Integrity trailer. Her Yamaha F90 has 79 engine hours; she is in excellent condition. Asking $34,900. Call Brent @ 616-402-0180 RYS 2002 31' FORMULA PC31 Twin 6.2 MPI MerCrusiers. Asking $68,000. Contact 231-9335414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. HV
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While I had owned a number of modern family bowriders when our children were younger, once they were all grown up and I was nearing retirement, I found the classic boating hobby calling to me. Having grown up with several fiberglass MFG runabouts, I set out to find one in my favorite color: A 1966 16-foot Westfield model with a blue deck and white lapstrake-style hull that my dad had while I was growing up. After looking for a year, I located and purchased a 1966 14-foot Niagara, just like the one my dad had, except the smaller model. It was found in original, unrestored condition and looked like new. I have taken that boat, now called Little Blue, to a number of ACBS boat shows and, amazingly, it has taken the “Best NonWood Boat” award every time. It’s used primarily at Portage Lakes, near Akron, Ohio. A second MFG runabout — a 1962 17-foot Edinboro model soon to be named Big Red with a red deck and again a white lapstrake-style hull — has recently completed restoration and will be launched this spring. Email email@example.com if you have a —Dave Nau, Shaker Heights, OH Classic Craft with a good story to share!
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