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sunseeker predator 57 luxury yacht built for fun p. 22

chicago’s christmas tree ship the family behind the legend p. 26 alaskan adventure LB publisher traverses the inside passage with nW Explorations p. 46

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2016 buyer’s guide BoatS and productS you MuSt HavE for nExt SEaSon. p. 29


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

2016 BUYER’S GUIDE MUST-HAVE BOATS AND PRODUCTS FOR NEXT SEASON. p. 29

Departments Features

From the Helm ......................................................................................................................4

Sunseeker Predator 57

Mail Call ...................................................................................................................................... 6

The fastest-selling cruiser. by Craig Ritchie........................................................

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Calendar .................................................................................................................................... 8 Scuttle......................................................................................................................................................... 10 Corke Board.......................................................................................................................... 15

Generous Hearts

Meet the family behind the legendary Christmas Tree Ship. by Heather Steinberger .....................................................................................................

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Don’t Hesitate to Renovate ...................................................................................16 Electronics ............................................................................................................................. 17

Holiday Gift Guide .......................................................................................... 18

Alaskan Adventure

Our publisher joins NW Explorations on an unforgettable Alaskan journey through the Inside Passage. by Bing O’Meara .................................................................................................................

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Lakeshore Life: Boyne City, MI ......................................................................... 52 Marine Marketplace ................................................................................................... 53 Classifieds ............................................................................................................................ 63 Operation Summaries .............................................................................................. 64

ON THE COVER The revolutionary Predator 57 is heralded as Sunseeker’s fastest-selling yacht to date. And it’s no wonder why; with a sleek and sporty design, and a balance between style and practicality, the Predator 57 is designed for fun on the water. The 3-cabin yacht also boasts an innovative electric door between the salon and cockpit — a first for Sunseeker.

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FROM THE HELM by Bing O’Meara

An Evergreen Holiday W

hile the temperatures drop and boats are out of the water, this remains the most wonderful time of the year — when families gather and enjoy their favorite holiday traditions. One such tradition is that of the Chicago Christmas Tree Ship. Many have heard the story of the Rouse Simmons — known as the original Christmas Tree Ship — and many might have purchased their very own Chicago Christmas Tree (as the tradition lives on today in Chicago’s harbor), but many may not know the family behind the legend. Heather Steinberger’s piece titled “Generous Hearts” (pg. 26) digs back in time to penetrate the legacy of the warm, generous Schuenemann family. It’s a true story of The crew of Deception (from left): Rowan, Greg and Capt. Rich. faith, hope and perseverance. Alaska’s Inside Passage (pg. 46) has given me the opportunity to flesh out my log book with the flip side of the Outside Passage cruise I had the pleasure of doing three years ago. Aboard the NW Explorations “Mother Goose Flotilla,” I traveled from Juneau, Alaska, through the Inside Passage, to our destination of Ketchikan. If this trip sounds or looks exciting to you, and you think you would like to go, contact NW Explorations at 360-676-1248. I am also available to answer any questions from my perspective. This will be our contributor Mark Corke’s last Corke Board column (pg. 15). His contribution to our magazine over these past six years has been immeasurable. Our best wishes on his future endeavors. If you would like to check out Mark’s blog, which focuses on various DIY boating projects, visit ONBOARDWITHMARKCORKE.COM . Fair winds, and following seas, Mark! This being the last issue of the year, the staff at Lakeland Boating magazine and I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. See you at the shows!

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PUBLISHER Walter “Bing” O’Meara EDITORIAL STAFF Editorial director: Kate Bush Editor-at-large: Heather Steinberger CREATIVE STAFF Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs CONTRIBUTORS Mark Corke, Glenn Hayes, Paul Kemiel, Capt. Frank Lanier, Gary Reich, Craig Ritchie, Heather Steinberger BUSINESS STAFF National sales: Mark Conway Regional sales : Patti McCleery Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Accounting: Marguerite Wristen EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICE 630 Davis St. | Suite 301 | Evanston, IL 60201 Phone: 312-276-0610 | Fax: 312-276-0619 E-mail: staff@lakelandboating.com Website: lakelandboating.com CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING 630 Davis St. | Suite 301 | Evanston, IL 60201 Phone: 800-331-0132, ext. 24 | Fax: 312-276-0619 SUBSCRIPTIONS P.O. Box 15396 | North Hollywood | CA 91615-5396 Customer Service: 800-827-0289 O’MEARA-BROWN PUBLICATIONS INC. President: Walter B. O’Meara Secretary: Timothy Murtaugh Lakeland Boating (ISSN 0744-9194), copyright 2015, is published eleven times per year (except December) by O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc. Editorial and advertising offices are located at 630 Davis St., Suite 301, Evanston, IL 60201; 312-276-0610. Annual subscription rates: United States, $24.95 per year; International and Canadian, $36.95 per year (11 issues), includes 7% G.S.T. tax (G.S.T. registration number 894095074-RT0001) and $12 postage included. Single copies are $4.99 for U.S. and Canada. Only U.S. funds are accepted. Subscription correspondence should be addressed to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396 (U.S.), or call 800-827-0289. Known office of publication: 727 South Dearborn Street, Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605. Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, IL and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, please send all address changes to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396. Lakeland Boating is a registered trademark of O’Meara-Brown Publications Inc., Evanston, Illinois. Published as Lakeland Yachting 1946-1955. Unsolicited work may be submitted at the author’s, photographer’s or artist’s own risk. Lakeland Boating assumes no responsibility or liability for unsolicited material. All submissions must be accompanied by a selfaddressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

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MAIL CALL

Fishing for Treasure

This photo in the camera’s memory card led the fisherman, Andre, to Pharmacist Mike Cook.

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Corrections In the September 2015 issue of the magazine, we misstated the square footage of the new heated storage building at Jefferson Beach Marina on page 52. The correct square footage should read 34,000, not 3,500. We sincerely regret the error. More information about this marina can be found at JEFFERSONBEACHMARINA.COM.

Double Rainbow This photo of a rare double rainbow was taken at Anchors Away Marina in Marblehead, Ohio. The rainbow just happened to span the entirety of West Harbor, with our marina in the foreground. Boating affords us all types of opportunities to see amazing sights such as this. I hope your readers enjoy the photo! —Lad Ferian

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In our October 2015 issue, we misstated the location of the Freedom Boat Club in St. Joseph, Michigan as southeastern Michigan. The correct location should read southwestern Michigan. We sincerely regret the error. More information about this Freedom Boat Club location can be found at FREEDOMBOATCLUB.COM/ LOCATIONS/144-ST.JOSEPH-MI.

RAINBOW PHOTO BY DOUG PREZKOP

Fisherman Andre (right) proudly displays his unusual catch of the day — a camera.

When a couple from Whitehall, Michigan lost their camera overboard on a sailboat charter out of nearby Grand Haven in August 2013, little did they dream that the camera would ever be seen again. Fast forward to September 2015, when visitors from across the state chartered a fishing boat in Grand Haven. The group’s first catch was a sheephead, then fisherman Andre claimed a second fish. It took the bait and Andre reeled it in, but it slipped off the hook. What remained on the hook was a camera; it was a great surprise. The captain passed a radio message on to the other charter boats, and everyone joked about it. Curious, Andre opened the back of the Whitehall friends aboard Wind Dancer in camera to reveal two mussels and the memory card. He was anxious to see if August 2013 (from left) Ellie Hegedus, Mike there were photos on it and if he was going to be able to return it to the owner. Cook, Dave Hays, Sue Savoie and Deb Hays. He later put the card into his computer and saw that it contained 19 intact photos. In several of the pictures, a group of friends were enjoying themselves on a boat. There were a few shots of a docked pontoon boat. There was also a picture of a golf tee sign that had “Mike’s Family Pharmacy” written on it. Andre tracked down the pharmacy phone number and called it. Andre introduced himself to Mike the pharmacist and asked him if he had lost a camera. The pharmacist said he didn’t know what Andre was talking about. That evening, Mike told this strange story to his friends, David and Deb, over dinner. The couple looked at each other and Deb said, “Mike, don’t you remember the sailing charter we took out of Grand Haven in the summer of 2013?! When I was moving around the sailboat that day, the camera in my pocket somehow slipped out and plopped into Lake Michigan.” Mike remembered the whole story. After sitting on the bottom of Lake Michigan for two years, the camera was “caught” by a kind visitor who was curious enough to investigate the camera’s contents and locate who he thought was the owner. Mike, now armed with the other side of the story, called Andre to share the news. Andre emailed the downloaded photos to Deb, who verified that the photos were indeed theirs. What are the chances that this small camera would be hooked on a fishing line — two years after it slipped overboard? What are the chances that the contents would be unspoiled? What are the chances that one of the photos would contain a clue about one of the friends in the photo? What are the chances that Andre would keep the camera instead of tossing it? What if Mike hadn’t visited David and Deb the same day he received the call from Andre revealing the strange tale? Would he remember to mention the story later? Stranger things have happened. Is it the boat, is it the people involved, is it fate or is it just serendipity? —Deb Hays, Whitehall, Michigan


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS by Kate Bush

NOV 21 – JAN 3

Thanksgiving Day Parade Jacksonport, WI

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NOV 10

Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony Paradise, MI SHIPWRECKMUSEUM.COM

NOV 11

WASHINGTONISLAND-WI.COM

NOV 12 – 15

Girl Scout Brownies Love Water Day 2015 Manitowoc, WI WISCONSINMARITIME.ORG

NOV 14 – DEC 8

Holly Days 2 Egg Harbor, WI

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NOV 27 – 29

Capture the Spirit Sister Bay, WI

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NOV 28

Merry-Time Festival of Trees Door County, WI

Festival of Lights Pentwater, MI

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PENTWATER.ORG

NOV 17 – DEC 26

Holiday in the City Muskegon, MI

Festival of Trees Clayton, NY

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NOV 19 – 29

Festival of Trees Muskegon, MI

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NOV 20

Light Night Grand Haven, MI

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Luminary Festival St. Joseph, MI STJOETODAY.COM

NOV 20 – NOV 22

Christmas by the Bay Sturgeon Bay, WI STURGEONBAY.NET

NOV 21

Shipwrecks and Scuba Conference Huron, OH SHIPWRECKSANDSCUBA.COM

NOV 21 – DEC 12

Dutch Winterfest Kerstmarkt Holland, MI HOLLAND.ORG

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NOV 28 – JAN 4

Hayes Train Special Fremont, OH DOTOLEDO.ORG

DEC 3 – 6

Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend Manistee, MI VISITMANISTEE.COM

DEC 4

Holiday Open House Petoskey, MI

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Santa’s Arrival, Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House Traverse City, MI TRAVERSECITY.COM

DEC 4– 13

Old World Christmas Market Sheboygan, WI

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DEC 5

Christmas at the Light East Tawas, MI MICHIGAN.GOV/DNR

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Christmas Tree Ship Chicago, IL

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NOV 27 – 28

NOV 14

EPHRAIM-DOORCOUNTY.COM

NOV 27

FACEBOOK.COM/FIRELANDSFESTIVALOFLIGHTS

NOV 13 – 20

TRAVERSECITY.COM/TCBW

Christmas in the Village Ephraim, WI

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BAILEYSHARBOR.COM

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PENTWATER.ORG

Firelands Festival of Lights Huron, OH

Complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner Baileys Harbor, WI

Traverse City Beer Week Traverse City, MI

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SOUTHHAVEN.ORG

Women’s Only Weekend South Haven, MI WOWSOUTHHAVEN.COM

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Festival of Trees Kick off and Parade South Haven, MI

NOV 27 – DEC 31

Veterans Day Program Washington Island, WI

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NOV 27 – DEC 6

Christmas Craft Fair Pentwater, MI

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“Light Up the Night” Holiday Celebration Bellaire, MI Olde Fashioned Christmas Oak Harbor, OH OAKHARBOROHIO.NET

Santa on the Tug John Purves Door County, WI DCMM.ORG

DEC 5 – 6

Christmas in the Village Escanaba, MI

HOLLY DAYS PHOTO COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTYTODAY.COM

NOV 26

Annual Holiday Gift Fair Bellaire, MI

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DEC 6

Sinterklaas Eve Holland, MI

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Christmas in the Harbor Baileys Harbor, WI BAILEYSHARBOR.COM

CHRISTMAS TREE SHIP PHOTO COURTESY OF COAST GUARD NEWS

KELLEYSISLANDNATURE.COM

DEC 12

Nautical Christmas Craft Workshop Sandusky, OH SANDUSKYMARITIME.ORG

Santa Fun Run Bay Harbor, MI

BAYHARBOR.COM

DEC 16

Season of Lights Washington Island, WI

WASHINGTONISLAND-WI.COM

DEC 20

Santa Flies into Port Clinton Port Clinton, OH

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Santa Hustle 5K Sandusky, OH

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Walleye Madness at Midnight Port Clinton, OH WALLEYEMADNESS.COM

DEC 31 – JAN 3

New Years Eve and Weekend St. Ignace, MI STIGNACE.COM

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF DOORCOUNTYTODAY.COM

Northern Lights and Winter Brights Sandusky, OH

SANTA HUSTLE PHOTO COURTESY OF SHORESANDISLANDS.COM

NOV 5 – 7

Kelleys Island Owl Festival Kelleys Island, OH


MUST - HAVE

Honda Marine BF100 Outboard Engine Honda Marine introduces the new BF100 hp four-stroke engine, the most powerful outboard to join the Honda Marine mid-range engine lineup. With a full-throttle RPM range of 5500-6300, the Honda BF100 is a high-performance, 4-cylinder, 1496cc (91.4ci) four-stroke engine weighing in at 366 pounds. “The new Honda BF100 marine engine is an important — and now, the most powerful — addition to our mid-range

marine engines lineup, demonstrating our commitment to unparalleled performance, power and fuel efficiency,” says Mark DiPietro, senior manager, Honda Marine. “Our newest outboard model provides boaters more power from initial blast to top-end speed, with lighter weight and greater fuel efficiency than has ever been achieved in a mid-sized profile — all adding up to reliable performance for maximum time on the water.” For more information, visit MARINE.HONDA.COM .

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Great Lakes News | Boats | Must-Have | Buzz | Events | Business

On November 10, 1975, the 728-foot lake freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with all hands on Lake Superior. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of th the sinking, popular Great Lakes author and presenter Rochelle Pennington will share her special program “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” at a variety of Great Lakes locations. The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin, and the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, hosted Pennington during the first week of November. (DCMM will have a special Edmund Fitzgerald exhibit on display from mid-December through March 2016.) Upcoming events, which are free and open to the public, include: ■ Flagg Creek Heritage Society, Burr Ridge, IL; 7 p.m., Nov. 17, 2015 ■ Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) event; Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, WI; 7 p.m., Nov. 28, 2015 ■ Whitefish Bay Public Library, Whitefish Bay, WI; 6:30 p.m., Dec. 14, 2015 ■ American Geographical Society, Milwaukee, WI; 2 p.m., Mar. 6, 2016 The Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee events are both being held near the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company offices. Northwestern Mutual owned the Fitzgerald. In fact, she was named after the company’s president. Learn more about Pennington and her books and programs at ROCHELLEPENNINGTONBOOKS.COM . — Heather Steinberger

Edmund Fitzgerald: 40 Anniversary

Sunbrella’s ‘Uncharted Waters’ documentary follows the personal stories of 11 U.S. Sailing Team Sperry athletes on their journey towards a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic games. To view the documentary, visit SUNBRELLA.COM/ UNCHARTED

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GREAT LAKES NEWS

Second Great Lakes Marine Sanctuary Proposed

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According to the National Marine Sanctuary, at the 2015 Our Ocean Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, President Barack Obama announced that, for the first time since 2000, two new marine areas have been identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for possible designation as national marine sanctuaries. In Wisconsin, an 875-square-mile area of Lake Michigan, with waters extending from Port Washington to Two Rivers, was identified for possible designation. The nominated area contains a collection of 39 known shipwrecks including the Rouse Simmons (pictured) and 15 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Following this comment period, NOAA will develop a draft environmental impact statement, draft management plan and potential regulations for each site, which will then be available for public review. For more information, visit SANCTUARIES.NOAA.GOV.

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FITZGERALD PHOTO BY WINSTON BROWN/WIKIPEDIA; SHIPWRECK PHOTO COURTESY OF WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MARITIME PRESERVATION AND ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAM.

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Hobie Introduces 2016 Inflatable Collection

Hobie promotes getting out on the water with its new line of inflatables. The i11s (pictured) combines MirageDrive technology with Hobie’s Vantage Seating System comfort. The i11s is the lightest weight model in the entire Hobie fleet, while two air chambers on each side and drop stitched center chamber provide great stability. The popular i9 and i12s single kayaks and i14T tandem are also available with an updated look and features. The Hobie i9 is the smallest and shortest in the collection, for the kayaker short on space. The i12 is well proportioned and offers speed without sacrificing stability. New features on the four kayaks include easily removable, high-back padded seats and newly engineered fingertip rudder control. The list prices are i9/$1999. i11s/$1999, i12/$2149 and i14/$3199. For more information, visit HOBIECAT.COM.

BUSINESS MUST - HAVE

VOLVO PHOTO BY GARY REICH

Volvo Penta: The Next Generation

Volvo Penta is known for its innovative boating products. Back in 1959, the company invented the sterndrive and in the following 56 years also introduced innovations such as the pod-like Inboard Performance System (IPS) and, more recently, its Forward Drive sterndrive. In August the company upped the innovation ante by introducing a new line of gasoline V8 power plants packed with advanced features that change the very nature of what folks expect from an inboard engine. Just like Volvo Penta’s existing V6 inboard models, the new 300- and 350-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engines are based on the General Motors Gen V platform. Among the advances are direct fuel injection (a first in gasoline inboard engines), variable valve timing and all-aluminum blocks (the only gasoline inboards with them on the market). These new engines are 10 percent more fuel efficient, as much as 31 percent quicker from zero to 30 mph, and far quieter than the models they replace. The new engines are already in production. They can be paired with Volvo Penta’s conventional sterndrive system, or its new Forward Drive, which features forward-facing Duoprops tucked under the stern. There’s more on the way, too. Look for higher horsepower versions of these V8 gasoline inboards at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2016. For more information, visit VOLVOPENTA.COM . — Gary Reich

Walker Bay Adds Two Midwest Dealers

Walker Bay Boats, manufacturer of an award-winning line of small recreational boats, announced two new dealers for the Midwest: Coral Gables Yachts will service the Michigan area and Harbor North will handle Ohio. Michael Carroll, director of marketing and business development for Walker Bay says, “We are very pleased to announce these two new reputable dealers and extend service to our customers in these areas.” Coral Gables Yachts has been servicing the community in and around Holland, Michigan for over a decade. They are a full service yacht brokerage with knowledgeable staff and a wide array of services for boats in transition. They can handle the rigging of the larger Walker Bay RIB’s, install additional components and repair electronics. For more information visit CORALGABLESYACHTS.COM . Located on the South Shore of Lake Erie, between Cleveland and Toledo, Harbor North serves a large community of boaters. They operate a full-service marina with ships store and service center, along with sailing courses and the oldest charter service on Lake Erie. For more information visit HARBORNORTH.COM. For over 15 years, Walker Bay has redefined the benchmark for small boats by combining the perfect balance of performance, aesthetics and engineering. Manufacturing an award-winning line of exceptionally crafted motorboats, sailboats, rowboats, RIBs, inflatable air deck rollups and inflatable kayaks, Walker Bay continues to push the boundaries of innovation with boats that are durable, versatile, practical and easy to use. With over 100,000 boats in use, Walker Bay is available in over 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit WALKERBAY.COM .

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Due to the efforts of the Chicago Match Race Center, Chicago has been awarded the opportunity to host the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. This is the first freshwater venue to host America’s cup racing in the event’s 164-year history. For more information, visit AMERICASCUP.COM

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The Italian shipyard is stepping up its game in the USA. At the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 5-9, Azimut Yachts will present sixteen models , five being premieres on the U.S. market. The five brand new models are: The Azimut Magellano 66, the Azimut 77s (pictured), the Azimut 72 Flybridge, the Azimut Atlantis 43 and the Azimut Magellano 76. Present in the U.S. for more than 30 years, the Italian brand is now widely recognized as being synonymous with reliability and continuous innovation. For more information, visit AZIMUTYACHTS.COM .

BUSINESS

Walstrom Marine Recognized as Top Tiara Dealer

During the annual Tiara Yachts Dealer Meeting in Holland, Michigan, Walstrom Marine — the longeststanding Tiara dealer — was recognized as one of Tiara Yachts Top Ten Dealers, worldwide. In addition to the Walstrom Marine Top Ten Dealer status, long time Walstrom yacht broker Brian Granger again joined the Top Ten in Sales group. Walstrom Marine’s president, David Lyle, says, “We are thankful to have such great customers and employees that make winning awards like this possible.” Walstrom Marine is a second-generation, family-owned yacht sales and service company celebrating nearly 70 years of serving the boating community throughout northern Michigan. Walstrom Marine has earned national recognition as being one of the Top 100 marine retailers in the United States and is part of a select group of marine dealers worldwide to have earned the prestigious Tiara Yachts Platinum Service Award. Walstrom Marine is based in Harbor Springs, Michigan, with sales and service locations in Harbor Springs, Cheboygan and Bay Harbor. Walstrom Marine sells and services Hatteras Yachts, Tiara Yachts, Chris-Craft and Pursuit Boats. For more information, visit WALSTROM.COM or TIARAYACHTS.COM .

Pictured (from left): Brian Granger, Walstrom Marine yacht sales, Sue Kane, Tiara business development manager, Rick Venner, Walstrom Marine Tiara brand manager, Dave Lyle, Walstrom Marine president and Tom Slikkers, S2 Yachts president.

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Beacon Marine Acquires Twin Cities Marine Beacon Marine, a full service boat dealership in Door County and Chicago is excited to announce the purchase of Twin Cities Marine from Al Howarth, a retiring boat dealer in Two Rivers, WI. For 37 years, Twin Cities Marine has been well known for their emphasis on service and parts for Boston Whaler and Grady-White. “Our vision for Beacon Marine is to offer expert advice and guidance, helping boaters make great decisions when buying a boat,” Beacon Marine owner Jim Matson says. “Building on the strong customer centered culture at Twin Cities Marine is a priority for us. With long-time team members Christine Froelich and Sue Lodel continuing on the team, we are excited about the future at the Twin Cities Marine location.” Beacon Marine is proud to now offer the high quality brands of Boston Whaler and Grady-White Boats in Door County, along with the industry-leading boats from Cobalt and Marker One. “We believe that with the acquisition of Twin Cities Marine, we are now able to offer boaters a full menu of the most dynamic and high-quality boats in the business,” Matson says. For more information on Beacon Marine in Door County, Two Rivers, or Chicago, please contact Jim Matson at 920-854-4521. BOATS

Watch for the Carver C50

Making its official debut at the Miami Boat Show in February 2016, the all-new Carver 50 Command Bridge offers three staterooms and two heads in one of the most spacious layouts of any boat in its class. Owners will enjoy its large open concept cockpit with fully opening glass doors and flush threshold leading to the spacious salon, while wide side decks offer easy access to the large foredeck seating area. Unique design elements include a full beam master stateroom with private entrance and master head with large stall shower. Two additional staterooms, second head with stall shower, large aft galley and a host of well thought out amenities make this one of the most exciting new model introductions in Carver history. For more information, visit CARVERYACHTS.COM .

PHOTO COURTESY BEACON MARINE

Azimut Debuts Five New Yachts at Fort Lauderdale Show

WALSTROM PHOTO COURTESY WALSTROM MARINE

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The legendary Boston Whaler lineup welcomes its newest offshore performer: the 330 Outrage, which will make its world premier in November at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The 330 Outrage features a precision-engineered variable-deadrise V-hull, with fulllength hard chines and lifting strakes, creating a noticeably smoother ride. In the bow, a large forward-facing lounge with flip-down armrests is a prime perch. Lift the seat to reveal cavernous storage below, with room for large items. Plush bow seating opposite the lounge makes this a terrific social zone, and conceals extra storage space for PFDs, ropes and towels. In the cockpit, an aft-facing couch converts to form a leaning post, and houses an optional 40-gallon livewell. In one quick motion, the seat back slides up and flips down to reveal a large work surface, complete with stainless-steel grab rails and drink holders. Additional features include a wide, convertible aft bench; an optional teak cockpit table, which also stows neatly away when not in use; and a new portside dive door, which provides easy dock access or, with the removable ladder in place, makes entering and exiting the water a breeze. For all-day comfort, the 330 Outrage features a private head in the console. A Yeti cooler with dedicated storage and a summer kitchen are also available for added entertaining capability. For more information, visit BOSTONWHALER.COM .

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Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest Jimmy Shane pilots the Oberto to first place with an average speed of 147.795 mph. Second place finisher, at 146.992 mph, was J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking-sponsored unlimited hydroplane. “UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest” was held on the Detroit River in Detroit, Michigan on August 23, 2015. This is Shane’s 10th career win in the H1 Unlimited series. —Paul Kemiel

Great Lakes Grand Prix

WHM Motosports, a 2015 40-foot skater cat, powered by a pair of 750hp Sterling engines, catches air en route to win in the Superboat class during the seventh annual Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City, Indiana. The team of owner/ driver Billy Mauff, from East Setauket, New York, and throttleman Jay Muller, from Sallie River, New Jersey, averaged 92.97 mph over the 19 lap race distance. —Paul Kemiel BUSINESS

Bennington Acquires Nautic Global Group Bennington Marine has recently acquired Nautic Global Group and its eight brands including: Aqua Patio, Sweetwater, Hurricane and Rinker. Bennington Marine family owned and operated by the Vogel family since Steve Vogel founded the business in 1997, is the premier maker of pontoon boats. Nautic Global Group is one of the leading manufacturers of a broad line of some of the best-known brands in the recreational boat industry. Both Bennington Marine and Nautic Global Group are headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana. Bennington is presently planning to operate the acquired brands and businesses as a separate entity. Bennington CEO Jacob Vogel adds, “This represents an exciting opportunity for both companies. By bringing some of the strongest brands in the marine industry together in one corporate family, we will be able to better provide dealers and consumers with the highest quality, most innovative products and back them with the best services and warranties in the industry. This is truly a historic transaction in the boating industry.”

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RACE PHOTOS BY PAUL KEMIEL

Boston Whaler Debuts 330 Outrage


CORKE BOARD by Mark Corke

Winterizing 101 Prioritize your winterizing projects before storage.

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always get a bout of depression at this time of the year, when the boat is taken out of the water but there are still a lot of things that need to be done. During these months, I determine what needs to be maintained on my boat before placing it in storage. Some projects I do myself, while other items on my list are left for the boat yard to take care of. The size and complexity of your boat will, to some extent, dictate what is required.

First and foremost Engines need to be winterized and the recommendations of the manufacturer should be followed to the letter. According to insurance companies, there are many claims for cracked engine blocks in the spring because owners did not pay enough heed to making sure their boat was prepared for the winter season. Engines should be properly serviced, including changing the oil and filters, so that they’re ready to go in the spring. Fuel tanks should be stored either completely full or completely empty. A half-full tank is liable to accumulate a significant amount of condensation, with fluctuations in temperatures degrading fuel — particularly a problem with ethanol.

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Before the shrink wrap Most things you can take care of yourself, but projects like shrink wrapping are best left to the pros. Well before you get to the shrink wrapping stage, however, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the things that need to be attended to in the off-season. I have a lot of teak on my boat, so refinishing the brightwork is right up there near the top of my list. It helps to pass time and ensures the boat looks its best come spring. The off-season is also time to address any mechanical issues; if you’re going to be doing these types of projects yourself, make sure you’ve established a clear plan. Timing is everything; order any spare parts in good time so you can wrap up the project come spring. If you’re asking the yard to service your boat, tell them early in the decommissioning season and don’t wait until spring when they’ll be at their busiest. It’s also a good idea to take home anything that doesn’t need to stay on the boat over the winter. Cushions, bedding and upholstery will all benefit from being off the boat; it helps prevent mildew and mold from forming and makes cleaning the boat much easier. If your boat has carpet that can be removed, lay-up is a good time to remove these for storage and cleaning the boat.

Winterizing water systems Water systems should be winterized as well. Use non-toxic antifreeze; the stuff from the auto store may be cheaper but it’s toxic and unsuitable for potable water plumbing. While we are on the subject of water, ensure that the bilge of the boat is as dry as possible before putting the boat away for the winter. Remove transom or garboard plugs to allow any water (that does find its way into the bilge) an opportunity to drain away. On a large boat, it’s a good idea to pour a gallon or two of anti-freeze into the bilge so any water that does collect will not freeze. Wash the exterior of the boat and apply a coat of wax to help protect the finish throughout the winter. Finally, if you are shrink wrapping your boat, remember to include some vents in the cover; circulating air will keep the boat smelling fresh and discourage mold. Time spent now is never wasted and you’ll be on the water ahead of the crowd come spring. ★ “Finally, I would just like to mention that this is my final column for Lakeland Boating. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts, opinions and knowledge with readers these past 6 years. Thanks for your comments, letters and emails, I’ve read them all. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. I’ll see you on the water.” —Mark Corke

Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog onboardwithmarkcorke.com, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.

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DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE by Capt. Frank Lanier

Pro-owned Pointers How to buy a better used boat. here’s a reason used boat sales outpace new purchases 10 to one. They represent a heck of a good value, particularly when factoring in perks like depreciation and owner outfitting. Everyone likes a bargain, but sometimes that deal of a lifetime can wind up costing you a bundle in repairs down the road. Here are a few tips to avoid the proverbial “hole in the water” while searching for that perfect used boat.

Engine issues Start by looking for obvious problems such as leaks, excessive rust and broken components. Check coolant level and properties (for closed systems). Low antifreeze levels should raise red flags about possible leaks, as should coolant with a rusty color or an unusual amount of solids. Next, check the oil. A slightly low oil level might be okay, but a higher than normal level could be a sign of trouble. This is especially problematic if the oil is milky or frothy (a sign of water or antifreeze contamination), which could indicate a blown gasket or a cracked block. Smell the oil; if it smells burnt, that could be a sign of overheating. Next, wipe the dipstick on a clean white cloth or napkin. Oil that’s thick initially but then starts to spread out over the cloth is an indication of fuel contamination. How difficult is the engine to start? Depending on the engine (gas or diesel) hard starting could be caused by a number of issues — weak batteries, faulty plugs, bad fuel pumps, etc. How does the engine sound? Rough running can be an indication of anything from clogged fuel filters to compression problems, while engines idling at more than 800 rpm may have been set high to mask idling problems. How’s the oil pressure and operating temperature? Low oil pressure could be due to anything from faulty oil pumps to cam bearing failure. High water temperatures may be something as simple as a bad impeller, but could also be caused by corroded manifolds or exhaust risers. Bottom line: Engines are a big-ticket item, so if problems are discovered, weigh the cost of repair or replacement verses simply moving on to the next boat.

Gelled antifreeze is the result of improper water to antifreeze ratio (top). Access every space possible when inspecting a potential purchase. These repairs (located inside the anchor locker) indicate previous deck damage, likely due to water intrusion into the coring (bottom).

Delaminated decks Water intrusion into the “cored” decking of fiberglass boats likely causes more damage every year than sinkings, groundings and fires combined. Most all decks and cabin tops are cored, typically with end grain balsa, plywood, or maybe one of the high-tech foam variations. The prime directive with cored construction is to keep water out. Wet wood coring can rot, allowing the cored deck to separate and drastically reduce

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

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structural integrity. Long-term water exposure causes problems with foam-cored decks as well, including core separation, freeze damage and, in some cases, disintegration. The first step (literally) in finding deck problems can be as simple as walking on them. Soft spots, oil-canning (flexing) or even water squishing from deck fittings are all indicators of a potential and expensive repair. Drips and brownish stains below decks are also common signs of rotting core. Sound out the decks by gently tapping on them with a small, plastic-headed hammer or the end of a screwdriver handle. Sharp, crisp sounds while tapping are what you want, while dull thuds can be an indication of delamination. Moisture meters (such as those available from JR Overseas JROVERSEAS. COM) are also an excellent tool for sniffing out soggy decks. Bottom line: While repair costs will be directly related to the size of the delaminated area, the words “core replacement” and “cheap” are rarely used in the same sentence. If a deck flexes like the moonwalk you rented for Jr’s birthday party, run or get ready to hand out some serious cash.

Electrical system checkouts After years of additions, partial removals and overall abuse, no system harbors greater headache potential for the used boat buyer than electrical systems. For DC systems, start with the batteries. Each should be in a liquid-tight and acid-proof container or tray and secured against movement. Be on the lookout for equipment hot-wired directly to the battery (which could pose as a potential fire hazard), as well as “crowded post” syndrome, which means that more than four wires are connected to a single battery post. Wire runs should be neat, well organized and labeled. Problems you may encounter include unsupported wires, dead ends, corrosion and lack of chafe protection (especially where wires pass through a bulkhead). Keep an eye out for electrical tape joints and household twist-on connectors; those are two sure signs that Jethro’s been doing a little weekend electrical work. Both are prohibited as they will eventually fall off and leave exposed conductors. Verify AC wiring is marine-grade rather than residentialstyle solid strand (aka ROMEX) and that the outlets located in the galley, head, machinery spaces and weather decks are ground-fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) protected. Bottom line: If the electrical systems are “maxed out,” or rife with problems, play it safe by getting an estimate from a marine electrician to bring them into compliance before negotiating with the owner. ★

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Spring Float Paddle Paws Our beloved canine crew enjoys cooling off in the lake just as much as we do. With the Paddle Paws, now they can float right alongside us! With reinforced construction that is paw (and claw) friendly, the Spring Float Paddle Paw dog float is designed to go everywhere your furry friend likes to paddle. Includes durable, heavy-duty fabric-covered inflation and Jet Valve technology for easy inflation/deflation. Available in a small size (for dogs up to 65 pounds) and large size (65 pounds and up). $39.99 FOR SMALL SIZE, CONTACT LOCAL RETAILER FOR LARGE SIZE AT SWIMWAYS.COM

Great gadgets, gifts and gear for your favorite boater and crew this holiday season.

Holiday Tucket Footwear Giller Men’s Boat Shoe

Madebyperri Keychain A great stocking stuffer is this handmade leather keychain that can be customized with a favorite color, name, initial, boat name, saying, significant word or date. All keychains are made from high-quality leather that is hand painted or stained. Colored keychains are sealed with a color protector and all keychains are finished with a leather conditioner that protects against water. Length of 4.5 inches, including hardware. $17

Want a classic-looking loafer that performs well in water? The “Giller” by Tucket Footwear takes the standard boat shoe to the next level. Shoes are made in the USA, are ultra-lightweight, have holes for instant draining, are slipresistant, feature non-marking outsole, premium arch support and ergonomic footbed. Best of all, the company will donate three meals to families via FEED Foundation for each pair of Giller shoes purchased. Available in five color combinations and in whole sizes only.

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LilliPad Diving Board Ready, set, jump! With LilliPad Diving Boards, the world’s only diving board specifically designed for mounting on a boat, you can master the cannonball from any cruising destination. Can be installed on any boat 18 feet in length or longer with a solid, flat surface, including pontoons, houseboats, motor yachts and cabin cruisers. Designed for use by children and adults up to a max weight of 250 pounds. Designed with heavy wall, aluminum extrusion, stainless steel hardware and urethane spring components for protection against corrosion. Easy to remove and stow. $1,295 TO $1,395 AT LILLIPADDIVINGBOARDS.COM

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Great Lakes Clothing Croakies Consider yourself great at losing sunglasses? Fear no more, these babies float. American made with high quality neoprene. “Life is Better at the Lake” printed on the inside of the croakies, while “Great Lakes” is printed on the outside. Measures 16.5 inches long by 1 inch wide. Available in navy, sky blue, maroon, seafoam and green. $8 AT GREATLAKESCOLLECTION.COM

Garmin VIRB Camera Capture all your boating adventures with the VIRB action cameras by Garmin. These brilliant high-definition cameras record data from sensors within the camera for speed, altitude, G-force, GPS position and more! They also wirelessly connect to compatible devices and sensors so you can capture even more data. Easy to use and extremely durable. Available in VIRB XE, VIRB X and VIRB Elite models. FROM $269.99 AT VIRB.GARMIN.COM


Helix Folding Bike Designed to fold up and fit just about anywhere, the Helix combines sturdiness with portability. Smaller (23- by 26- by 9.5-inches when folded), lighter (only 20 pounds), safer and easier to use than other folding bikes. Features big wheels (24 inch diameter), 10 speeds and a titanium frame that is handmade in Toronto, Canada. The wheels fold up vertically on a hinge, making the overall frame extremely sturdy compared to horizontal-folding bikes. The basic Helix model is expected to launch in March 2016. $1,500 AT RIDEHELIX.CA

Gift Guide FEED USA Bag

This strong, sturdy canvas boat bag will allow you to put your whole life into one bag — boat gear, workout clothes, provisions, books, you name it! One of the greatest features of this bag is that with every purchase, the FEED foundation provides 100 meals for families in America. More than 87 million meals have been provided by FEED to date. Great bag, great gift, great cause. $60 AT

Shinola Large Hard Linen Journal American handmade, soft cover journals make a great gift for the person who seems to have everything! Features smyth sewn binding — a superior technique that greatly improves the overall durability and extends the lifespan of the journal. Handcrafted in Ann Arbor, Michigan and made with all U.S.-coursed components, including acid-free paper from sustainably managed American forests. These high-quality journals come in a variety of colors and monogramming is available. Measures 9 by 7 inches. $19.95 AT SHINOLA.COM

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Mystic Knotwork Dog Toys These cotton cord-wrapped ball and handle dog toys are handmade with nautical rope. Your furry friends will be slobbering over the ball while your hands stay nice and clean on the rope handle. The best part: It floats! Take this “Monkey’s Fist” tied rope along on your next cruise to keep your canine crew entertained. The Beaudoin family has been the source for nautical knots for more than 50 years and their mission is to keep the nautical knotwork tradition alive. $15 FOR SMALL TOY/$18 FOR MEDIUM TOY AT MYSTICKNOTWORK.COM

Nautical Bangle Bracelet

She will love this handcrafted sterling silver bangle bracelet by Brevard Design (BREVARDDESIGN.COM). It has a sterling anchor charm, which is an ancient symbol of well-grounded hope. It will give its wearer the needed strength to hold on — no matter how rough the water is! $180 - CALL LAKELAND BOATING AT 800-331-0132 X22

Matador Droplet Wetbag Whether you’re dealing with wet swimsuits or dirty clothes, the Matador Droplet wet bag is the perfect wetbag solution! Its cute, compact design fits on a keychain so you can easily take it with you wherever you go. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Droplet also works as a dry bag, keeping water away from things that you prefer to stay dry. Or, use it to hold snacks that might make a mess of your boat bag. Measures 9 by 10.5 inches with a 3-liter capacity. $14.99 AT MATADORUP.COM

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Docktail Bar Take your dock party or boat cruise to the next level with this portable, versatile Docktail bar. These customizable bars organize your bottles, cups, cans and mixers, with the option to add a cutting board insert for dicing garnishes. Mounts to either rod holder, rail mounts or with suction cups. Offers four different bottle sizing inserts. Constructed with weatherresistant StarBoard and fastened with stainless steel hardware for protection against harsh elements. FROM $99 AT DOCKTAILBAR.COM

More Gifts

Boat Bling

Add a little bling to your boat with the collection of Boat Bling cleaning products. The Hot Sauce is a hard water spot remover with wax sealants, the Toon Sauce is a non-corrosive, spray-on aluminum cleaner, the Vinyl Sauce is a vinyl, leather and upholstery cleaner, the Quickie Sauce is a high-gloss fast wax and the Condition Sauce is a moisturizing conditioner with UV sun protection. FROM $19.95 AT BOATBLING.NET

Faribault Mill Co. Nautical Baby Blanket From the Faribault Woolen Mill Co., this nautical baby blanket will make a treasured gift. It is made out of the softest, washable Merino wool in bone white, with navy stripes and two embroidered anchors adorning both ends of the blanket. Measures 45 by 45 inches. $135 AT

The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl

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Pawsitively Nautical Dog Leash and Collar

The “Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl” is a fun and educational children’s book designed to teach kids about the adventures of boating while reinforcing boat safety. Includes basic boating terms and a personal log for your child’s first amazing adventures, making it a keepsake for memories on the water. Appropriate for both boys and girls ages 3 and up.

These nautically inspired, handcrafted dog leashes and collars are made from some of the toughest marine line, English bridle leather and stainless steel fittings. The collars and 6-foot leashes are designed to withstand any activity, in and out of the water. Fifteen percent of every purchase is donated to animal rescue organizations. Available in red, green and blue and collar sizes XS to XL. FROM $40-

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Queasy Pops

Give seasickness the boot! By giving the gift of Queasy Pops this holiday, you can ensure that every boating adventure is motion sicknessfree! This natural candy combats motion sickness and is safe for kids and grownups alike. Queasy Pops was developed by a nurse to ease a queasy stomach using natural ingredients and flavors known to soothe nausea like peppermint, cinnamon, sour lemon, papaya, ginger, sour raspberry and green tea with lemon. Plus, they’re easy to stash in a carry-on or travel bag. FROM $3.95 AT QUEASYPOPS.COM

Simrad GO7 GO with confidence, with the all-new Simrad GO7. The first standalone, multi-touch chartplotter and echo sounder with Wi-Fi compatibility offers boaters full access to the GoFree Shop, so they can download charts and maps while on the water. Set and record destinations easily with simple waypoint management. GO7 also features built-in sonar and a high-speed GPS receiver. Provides quick and easy access to vital information boaters require. Highly customizable user interface to easily navigate through displays. Features NMEA 2000 networking and internal 10 hz GPS antenna to provide reliable situational awareness. A must-have additional to any helm. $799 AT SIMRADYACHTING.COM


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Sunseeker

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he celebrated British yacht builder threw out the rulebook when it created the innovative Sunseeker Predator 57. That fresh approach made this new yacht the fastest-selling model in Sunseeker’s history. So, of course, we couldn’t wait to take it for a spin. When Robert Braithwaite started the engine on a small, open-cockpit speedboat nearly 50 years ago, it wasn’t just the engine in his Hostess 17 that sprung to life. Although Braithwaite probably didn’t realize it at the time, that moment marked the beginning of a new order in yachting. It was a clear announcement to every yacht manufacturer in the world that there was a new standard to emulate. Fast-forward to the 2015 London Boat Show, and the company Braithwaite founded, Sunseeker, once again raised the bar for all that follow. In unveiling its all-new Predator 57, Sunseeker sent ripples across the luxury yacht market all around the world. Now, just a few months later and with 75 firm orders on the books, the Predator 57 has become Sunseeker’s fastest-selling model ever. The excitement around the newest and trimmest member of Sunseeker’s acclaimed Predator family is easy to understand once you see it up close. While the brochure photographs tell part of the story, the Predator’s charms draw upon all of one’s senses in a way that has to be experienced to be believed.

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Built for fun

For all of its sophistication and refinement, the one key element that Sunseeker never lost sight of in designing the Predator 57 is that this is a boat built for fun. That’s clearly evident as you step onto the massive, hydraulically-operated rear swim platform — just touch one button and the entire structure can be submerged up to about 18 inches below the water surface. “You would normally lower the platform in order to launch or retrieve the tender that’s housed in the transom garage,” says Ron Montoya, of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, St. Clair Shores, MI (866-490-5297; JBYS.com). “But on a hot day you can put a lounge chair on it and stay cool in the water, or use it instead of a ladder to get in and out of the water when swimming.” Centered across the stern, a large, hydraulically-activated door lifts at the touch of a button to reveal a neatly concealed tender garage, which is spacious enough to accommodate a Williams 325 or other jet tender to around 10 feet in length. With the swim platform lowered, an electric winch makes launching or retrieving the tender quick and easy. Close the garage and you still have full use of the platform. “It’s really great,” says Montoya. “It’s so much easier and so much neater than having the tender mounted on a davit, where you lose the use of the swim platform when it’s stowed.” As you enter the aft salon, the large, upholstered sunpad that sprawls over the garage invites you to climb aboard, stretch out and work on your tan. It fronts onto a plush, wrap-around settee that stretches across the stern and forward up the port side of the boat. Sunseeker’s emphasis on having fun is apparent again in the aft cockpit, where entry is via a stairway at the starboard side of the swim platform. The settee surrounds a beautiful teak table with integral beverage holders, which can be flipped open to create an even larger table for lunch. Overhead, the hard top conceals a retractable panel that can be extended all the way back to the swim platform if needed, allowing any mix of sun or shade in this area. An attractive cabinet along the starboard side wall opens to reveal a fully equipped outdoor galley and refreshment center — complete with a BBQ grill, cool plate, sink with faucet, refrigerator and an icemaker.

Inside out

Heading forward, an innovative, sliding rear cockpit door speaks further to the Predator’s focus on fun. Slide the door open, press a button, and both door and portside rear glass disappear into the floor, turning the Predator 57 into a wide-open boat with a single, full-length salon with 360-degree views. Only a small step up into the main salon provides any hint of where the rear wall once stood. This feature is a first for Sunseeker, and it completely eliminates the need for owners to have to choose between an open or closed boat. “The ability to open the boat up is one of the design elements that really makes the Predator 57 stand out,” says Montoya. “On some yachts you step into the salon, or you step outside, and either way you leave half your party behind. Not so on this boat.” As if to further prove his point, Montoya took a few steps forward toward the helm, pressed another button, and smiled as the entire main salon ceiling began to retract. Almost the entire fiberglass hard top from the windshield back slowly disappeared rearward, bathing the main salon in sunshine. “To fully open the boat up like this used to require a fabric roof,” explains Montoya. “Sunseeker has developed the concept and taken it forward to the point you can now enjoy the same open-air experience with a hard top. With the large, continuous side windows, it’s just tremendous — there’s really nothing else like it.”

Built for drivers

The helm’s overall clean look is achieved through the widespread adoption of cutting-edge technologies, including automotive-inspired keyless ignition and a fully digital vessel monitoring system. A pair of large, side-by-side, multi-function touch-screen displays dominate the upper dash panel, while below a large chart table sits to the left of the exquisite, six-spoke chrome-on-black leather steering wheel. To its right, and positioned within perfect reach, our review boat featured a Volvo-Penta EVC twin control and joystick. The Predator 57 was designed from the outset to be built with either shafts or pod drives.

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The driver and companion receive special attention, enjoying twin bucket sport seats that look and feel like they came straight out of a Bentley, with neat, double-diamond stitching and integrated, flip-up bolsters. The styling of the helm and positioning of the seats combine to provide outstanding visibility while underway, while a power-down window along the starboard side provides exceptional convenience when docking.

The great indoors

A few short steps ahead and down from the helm takes us to a bright and surprisingly spacious galley, with more counter space than some homes. Open above to let the light shine in, the galley is centered around a ceramic top four-burner range, which floats over a beautiful granite countertop. A vast amount of overhead storage makes maximum use of the space and allows for the preparation of even complex meals thanks to the galley’s thoughtful appointments and generous proportions. Opposite the galley to starboard, a comfortable breakfast salon provides more private dining quarters when you’re not yet ready to venture onto the main deck. Forward of the galley, on the port side, is the day head, complete with a lovely full-size countertop sink and a full stand-up shower. A pass-through doorway provides en-suite convenience to the VIP suite in the bow. The VIP suite is spacious enough and so beautifully appointed one might easily confuse it for the owner’s accommodations. The bright suite includes opening portholes set within its large windows — a unique and elegant touch that sets this boat apart. A second guest cabin, located just aft of the breakfast salon, accommodates twin Pullman bunks. This space can also be outfitted as storage, says Montoya, or used to accommodate a washer/dryer for owners who enjoy extended cruises and who don’t require the additional sleeping accommodations. The owner’s suite is positioned mid-cabin in the Predator 57, making the most of the yacht’s 15-foot beam. A wonderfully inviting seating area with a breakfast table to starboard of the queen bed is the ideal spot for that first coffee of the morning, inviting you to rise slowly and ease into the day. Large windows with opening inset portholes provide plenty of light and fresh air. The large en-suite offers a remarkable amount of space for storage and a full stand-up shower with its own porthole (tastefully frosted for modesty). While there’s no question that Sunseeker’s Predator 57 is a beautifully appointed yacht, I was itching to find out how it performed underway. I was not disappointed.

Sunseeker Predator 57

The strong, silent type

With a pair of Volvo-Penta IPS950s housed in its spacious engine room, the Predator 57 accelerates smoothly out of the hole and settles on plane without fuss or fanfare — exactly as a sport yacht should. With four of us aboard on a warm September morning, our Predator 57 (with a half tank of fuel and a half tank of water) cruised across Lake St. Clair’s calm surface effortlessly at 30 knots, with an indicated fuel burn of 46 gallons per hour. Montoya notes that with its speed and 250 nautical mile range, the Predator 57 is an ideal sport cruiser, able to reach any corner of the Great Lakes. Being well-acquainted with Volvo-Penta’s IPS system, the Predator 57’s smooth handling wasn’t really a surprise. But what was shocking was how quietly the boat ran — even at 30 mph with both the salon roof and rear cockpit closure wide open. The aggressively raked windshield does a superb job of keeping both wind and noise out of the boat, while Volvo’s IPS system is said to generate half the noise of traditional shaft drives. I would believe it; skating across Lake St. Clair at near full throttle, our conversation level remained at normal volumes. It was only when we moved from the helm to sit outside in the aft cockpit that Montoya and I really noticed the breeze or felt the need to speak up. That is quite extraordinary, even among luxury yachts designed first and foremost with comfort in mind. Sleek and sporty, Sunseeker’s Predator 57 is a revolutionary sport yacht that perfectly balances style with practicality. Little wonder it has quickly established itself as the fastestselling model in Sunseeker’s history, and become a coveted prize not just here on the Great Lakes, but all around the world. ★

Specifications LOA: 59'10" Beam: 15'5" Draft: 4'3" Displacement (half load): 61,509 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 581 gals. Water Capacity: 158 gals. Max Power: 1,600 hp Base Price: Contact dealer SUNSEEKER.COM

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” Schuenemann, Captain Herman “Christmas Tree the Clark Street at ed dock s ciate asso and center, s. Bridge, early 1900

xperienced Great Lakes sailors said it was the worst storm in many years. The Ludington Chronicle noted, “It came up almost without warning and lashed the lake into a fury before small crafts had time to get to a safe harbor.” Up and down Lake Michigan’s shores, temperatures plummeted, the wind shrieked and whirling snow hit windowpanes like buckshot. Out on the lake, waves became mountains. It was November 23, 1912. At the Kewaunee Life Saving Station in Wisconsin, U.S. Coast Guard members spotted a schooner riding low in the water, her sails torn. She was clearly in trouble, flying her flag at half-mast. Within a matter of hours, the Rouse Simmons would lie in a watery grave off the shore of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, along with Capt. Herman Schuenemann, all her crew and 5,500 Christmas trees.

History of the Chicago Christmas Tree Ship During the holiday season in the early 1900’s, Chicago families eagerly awaited the delivery of Christmas trees aboard the three-masted schooner, Rouse Simmons, captained by Herman Schuenemann. On Friday, November 22, 1912, the Rouse Simmons departed Thompson, Michigan for its weeklong journey to Chicago, laden with close to 5,500 Christmas trees. On November 23, the ship was caught in a violent storm on Lake Michigan and capsized, tragically killing all on board. The legacy of the Chicago Christmas ship and its crew live on thanks to the passion and perseverance of the Schuenemann family. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard delivers trees to Chicago each holiday season to honor the memory of the Christmas Tree Ship and continue the tradition.

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Three other ships sank during that storm, but they are largely lost to history. The story of the Rouse Simmons, or the “Christmas Tree Ship,” however, has endured for well over a century. “I’m in a long line of people who have fallen in love with this story in the last century, from singers to storytellers to poets,” says Michigan-based author Rochelle Pennington. “I fell in love with the people.” Pennington has written two books on the subject. “The Christmas Tree Ship: The Story of Captain Santa,” is an all-ages summary of the tale, while “The Historic Christmas Tree Ship: A True Story of Faith, Hope and Love,” expands her storytelling and includes more than 60 photographs and 140 year’s worth of citations from newspaper clippings. Now retired, the books are available second-hand. She also has presented Christmas Tree Ship programs throughout the Great Lakes and as far away as Texas and Arizona. She delights in sharing the little-known stories that put human faces on what has become a legend. “I was primarily interested in who the Schuenemanns were,” Pennington says. “That interest took me to the

CAPTAIN PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM, DN-0006926 (PHOTO CROPPED AND FLIPPED HORIZONTALLY); USCG PHOTO COURTESY U.S. COAST GUARD

Faces behind the legend


Meet the family behind the legendary Christmas Tree Ship. by Heather Steinberger

SHIPWRECK PHOTO COURTESY WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY; ELSIE SCHUENEMANN PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM, DN-0065543, CHICAGO DAILY NEWS (PHOTO FLIPPED HORIZONTALLY)

Bow of the Rouse Simmons with a on Christmas tree placed her deck.

family members — to Dr. William Ehling, the captain’s last surviving grandson, and to Barbara, the oldest great-granddaughter. I spend time with them each December.” Dr. Ehling remembered playing hide-and-seek among the trees his grandmother sold, and making trips to what he called “the great wooded north” with his mother, Pearl. Even after his grandfather was lost in 1912, his grandmother, Barbara, continued harvesting and selling trees. “Barbara Schuenemann really is a pillar of the story,” Pennington says. “She continued even after the lake took her husband, in a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote. She sold trees until she died in 1933, and her daughter carried on for a few years after that.”

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Daughter Elsie Schuenemann standing at the wheel of her family’s ship on December 6, 1915, near the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River.

Thanks to these intrepid women, the Schuenemann family’s legacy spanned multiple generations and roughly 60 years in Chicago and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula communities of Thompson and Manistique, where Herman and his older brother August first harvested evergreen trees in the 1870s and ‘80s. “The ship, the captain and the crew were gone, but Barbara was still on deck, finding her way forward,” Pennington says. “The trees represented everlasting life, like an arrow pointing heavenward, and she said she was going to carry on.” Her words echoed those of her lost husband. Fourteen years earlier, in November 1898, August Schuenemann was

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lost while sailing a load of “And the smell of the pines was good, and Christmas trees to Chicago the clear, starry nights, and the sound of the aboard the schooner S. Thal. chopping all day long… I shall never miss it,” Herman Schuenemann was she continued. “Every year I shall go to the supposed to be aboard, but Northwoods, and after I am gone, there will his wife was expecting twin be others to carry on the work.” daughters Hazel and Pearl, Chicago held the Schuenemanns close in the so he stayed home. wake of the wreck, too. The family was one of “He wondered if he should first and last in the city’s Christmas tree trade, call it quits,” Pennington and they had endured two tragedies, with the says “In that moment, the loss of both brothers, August and Herman. lake was his enemy, but he “It is indeed a hard and heartbreaking also knew it had been his task to write of Captain family’s friend. He made the Schuenemann, our good decision to get another ship so Chicago would faithful brother, who for so many years has been with not be without its Christmas trees.” She notes that while there were several us in our work and faith,” ships working the Christmas tree trade at that Rudolph John, pastor time, the Schuenemann family always held at St. Paul’s Church in a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans. Chicago, lamented after Great crowds met the Rouse Simmons when the wreck. Herman and Barbara Schuenemann she docked, and customers shopped right off were married there, and the the ship, as if she were a floating tree lot. “I guess the kids are gladdest of anyone church’s family archives to see us come pulling into the river every span half a century. “For December,” Capt. Schuenemann told the almost 30 years, this good Chicago Inter-Ocean in 1909. “There’s generally man, sturdy, honest, faithful, Author Rochelle Pennington and her a crowd of children on the rail of the bridge has sailed the waters of the when it swings open for us, and they wave their book “The Historic Christmas Tree Great Lakes, in summertime Ship.” hands and cheer, and we cheer back. Some of in the lumber trade, and in them think we are actually coming from the North Pole.” November, braving many an angry storm and rough sea According to the Chicago Tribune, Capt. Schuenemann to bring great cargoes of trees and branches and red and the Rouse Simmons were “as much a part of Chicago’s berries to make the children’s holidays brighter and Christmas as Santa Claus.” happier, and this time he has not returned.” He was beloved in the U.P. as well. In her research To honor the family, Chicago erected its first-ever travels, Pennington visited the ancestors of those who city Christmas tree in 1913. housed the captain during the weeks-long tree harvest. “They dedicated the tree to the Schuenemann boys,” “Families like the Stanleys tell of the captain’s and Pennington says. “When it was lit on Christmas Eve, Barbara’s generous hearts,” she says. “They would box 100,000 people came. That’s what the Schuenemanns up clothes and treats and bring them from Chicago; meant to Chicago.” his ship was a welcome sight, since the U.P. was Milwaukee scuba diver Gordon Kent Bellrichard desperately poor at that time. He also was known for discovered the wreck of the Rouse Simmons in 1971. The site is on the National Register of Historic having his pockets full of candy.” Places, the ship’s anchor stands at the entrance of the Memory lives on Milwaukee Yacht Club and a variety of artifacts are on After the wreck, the U.P. communities continued to display at the Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum embrace Barbara Schuenemann. in Two Rivers. Yet the ship and the spirit of her kind “It was splendid up there in the big woods,” she told and generous captain sail on. the Chicago Daily News in November 1913. “I was there “The story of the Christmas Tree Ship will ever for eight weeks, and it seemed like one long holiday remain as green as the trees she carried,” noted the for me. Perhaps it was because I felt that somehow my Milwaukee Sentinel in 1985. husband was there with me. That’s where he would “The memory of Capt. Schuenemann is evergreen,” have been had he been alive, and I felt somehow he Pennington says. “His voyage was not to the bottom was there anyway.” of the lake, but into the pages of history.” H


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SYLVAN S5 EXTREME SY LVAN MAR I N E ’S A L L -N EW S5 Extreme builds on the runaway success of the New Paris, Indiana-based company’s S-series of pontoon boats introduced in 2014. The “S” stands for “Sport,” and this new boat looks ready for anything with its black anodized fence rails, deck trim and skirt trim, along with painted black RPT tubes that provide V-hull performance on a versatile pontoon platform that seats up to 14 people. The S5 Extreme offers an open, flowing design that welcomes you aboard and invites you to join the fun. The elegant, sculpted fiberglass console and transom design gives the S5 Extreme a fresh, contemporary look, while its premium upholstery with playful accent piping feels even better than it looks. With its rear-facing transom seats, Sea Weave flooring and available Wake Tower package, this is a boat that’s made for fun in the sun. Like all Sylvan pontoons, the S5 Extreme is built tough, using the company’s exclusive cross-channel construction with heavy duty hat risers that are double through-bolted to the deck. This allows Sylvan to protect the S5 Extreme with its Lifetime Plus 6 limited warranty, which provides lifetime coverage on major structures like decks, transoms and tubes, while providing six full years of coverage on components like the marine-grade carpet and upholstery. Best of all, this warranty is fully transferable to the second owner, just in case you ever decide you want a new Sylvan. SYLVAN MARINE SYLVANMARINE.COM | 574-831-2103

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laska is not an easy place to get to. Yet, once you arrive you will spend the rest of your days praising the area and planning your next trip back. I have been to Alaska twice now — both times as a guest of NW Explorations and its famed “Mother Goose Flotilla.” My first cruise was a three-week trip in 2010 that began at the company’s home base in Bellingham, Washington and ended in Ketchikan, Alaska. This time around, NW Explorations — a first-class charter service and brokerage firm — invited me on a weeklong journey from Juneau, Alaska, navigating through the Inside Passage and ending up at our destination of Ketchikan. Why Mother Goose? Alaska occupies a vast amount of space. You can start your engines and go for three days straight and never see or hear another human being. There are no stores or shops, no newspapers, magazines — just you, your travel companions and the breathtaking landscape. Smartphones will not get you very far. You can go days without being able to place a call, unless you have a satellite phone. If a lone or inexperienced boater got into trouble, the probability of finding someone to help would be very difficult. The “Mother Goose” flotilla concept was conceived to provide help when needed, 24 hours a day, with experienced people at the ready. My most recent trip consisted of four trawlers and one lead boat, the Deception — a 49-foot Grand Banks Trawler and the boat I spent my week on. Deception had a crew of three including Captain Rich Fitzpatrick, first mate Rowan Yerxa and naturalist Gregory Smart. Captain Rich, an Annapolis grad, is also a recently retired naval officer with 30 years of service. He commanded several Navy ships, including an 820-foot helicopter aircraft carrier, and also carries a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard license. Rowan, the first mate and mechanic, also carries a 100-ton

By Bing O’Meara license. He is, in addition, a classically trained violinist who has been known to perform occasionally on the bridge after dinner. As if that were not enough, Rowan also performs surfboard exhibitions in water too cold for man or beast, while balancing on the 49-foot Grand Banks wake like a pro. Gregory Smart was also on board — a naturalist with an encyclopedic mind who can answer any and all questions without missing a beat. Smart is his last name and a most appropriate one.

1. Bing heads out to get a closer look at an iceberg. 2. The flotilla rafts up in Tracy Arm Cove. 3. Another group, led by Captain Rich, checks out an iceberg. 4. Naturalist Greg Smart plays with ice.

Arctic Adventure NW Explorations charter fleet is in pristine condition. They have an in-house, 25-man staff that can handle any mechanical or electrical jog that comes their way. The boat you board when you arrive will be spotless, all mechanical systems checked out, as well as all electronics. The lead boat will have a mechanic on board to take care of any problems that may occur underway. When you are with a group of like-minded people friendships form quickly. To help facilitate social life aboard, there is a cocktail party the night prior to getting underway. Most nights were spent at anchor or rafting up — another great way to meet fellow cruisers. Whale sightings were common throughout our trip. They would not jump; they would “bubble,” most likely for sardines. Bubble net feeding is a technique where the whales dive deep and exhale in unison. As they surface with their mouths open, they exhale the water through the baleen and swallow their catch. This bubbling phenomenon is seen only here and one other place in the world. These whales have a unique lifestyle. They eat nonstop all summer off the coast of Alaska. Come fall, they migrate to the Hawaiian Islands where they spend the winter months mating and giving birth. They were a fantastic sight on our seven-day journey through the frozen, vast Alaskan landscape.

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5. A grizzly bear heads toward Keka and Joan’s campsite. 6. The Deception underway. 7. Bink chats with Joanie from Telita during cocktail hour. 8. Navigator passes by a whale. 9. Rowan serenades the crew with his violin.

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1. Pre-launch meeting.

JULY 19: Chicago to Juneau I left Chicago on an early afternoon flight to Seattle/ Tacoma where I connected to Air Alaska for a two-hour flight to Juneau, Alaska. When I arrived, I took a cab to Statter Harbor/Auke Bay where I met up with Captain Rich. He gave me a tour of the 49-foot Deception that would serve as the lead boat for the cruise, “The Best of Glacial Alaska.” The cozy starboard stateroom would be mine for seven days.

2. Mountain peak appears through low-hanging clouds. 3. The flotilla navigates between small icebergs. 4. Incredible whales were seen every day. 5. Brave passengers get wet under waterfall.

JULY 20: Juneau to Tracy Arm Cove We left Auke Bay Marina, cruising down Stephens Passage for Tracy Arm Cove. It’s a distance of 56 miles and is also the gateway to the Inside Passage. Thanks to NW Explorations, I can now brag that I have completed the Inside Passage as well as the Outside Passage. The icebergs get more numerous as you approach the glaciers. The seals lie on their backs soaking up the sun and the bald eagles practice bomb runs with perpetual scowls on their faces. As we slowly moved through Holkham Bay, we had to keep our eyes wide open because the whole area is littered with icebergs. We spent two nights at Tracy Arm Cove — which is a popular spot, even with celebrities. On our first evening there, someone in our flotilla located Rush Limbaugh’s 150-foot yacht Rushmore, however we never spotted Rush. Later on, the boat next to us yelled over that there were two female kayakers pitching a tent about 30 yards off the beach. We were watching their progress and grew a bit concerned because we had noticed a pair of grizzly bears chasing one another on the other side of the cove. The kayakers noticed that the bears had closed in, but did not appear to have any interest in them. When the bears appeared next to the cooking equipment, the kayakers froze and did everything they were supposed to do. When the bears ducked into the woods, the women ran over to their two-person kayak and took off. Next thing we knew, the women had paddled around the island and were climbing aboard Deception. Once onboard, the kayakers — Keka and Joan, from Holland — calmed down, had a cup of tea and took up Captain Rich’s invitation to borrow his stateroom for the night.

6. Bing takes a photo off the stern of Deception. 7. A chunk of iceberg calves, or falls. 8. Five Finger Light. 9. The flotilla checks out the South Sawyer Glacier.

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3 JULY 21: Tracy Arm Cove In the morning, our Dutch guests and a few of our crewmembers took the dinghy to the island. The ladies packed up their camping gear and food in the kayak and off they went searching for their next adventure. As you slowly cruise into the Inside Passage, another masterpiece created by Mother Nature unfolds. We glided by a soaring granite mountain that rose up 2,500 to 3,000 feet. When we were 25 feet from the mountainside, our depth sounder read 2,500 feet deep in the fjord. These mountains (or walls) are not occasional peaks; they are continuous bare walls with almost no foliage. As we proceeded, we came to our first glacier, South Sawyer Glacier. These glaciers are an incredible 10 million years old. It looked like a frozen river about 200 feet wide by 50 feet high, jammed packed between two mountains. When a huge chunk (and by huge, I mean 20 tons) drops off, also known as “calving,” it produces the sound of 20 tons of rock falling into 800-foot deep water. As the “bergs” become exposed to oxygen, they turn a magnificent color of blue. And the bergs that have melted down to a pound or so look like expensive jewelry. We also encountered magnificent waterfalls, fed by rainwater and melting snow. In the spirit of adventure, we nosed the bow pulpit under a freezing waterfall, where Captain Rich and a few other brave souls decided it was the perfect time to rinse off. From the glaciers, we headed back to an island to raft up in an ideal cove off a nice beach, enjoy a warm dinner and hit the sack. JULY 22: Petersburg Greg spotted a group of orcas off the port side before we even left the bay. There were no fewer than eight whales swimming in small groups. We turned back towards the open water of Stephens Passage and rounded Point Astley where we saw our first humpbacks of the day and even a killer whale (with baby in tow — a rare sight)! We passed by the Five Finger Light (the first manned lighthouse in Alaska), and as we neared Petersburg whales swam in all directions. Once in Petersburg, I met the owner of the best looking boat in town, a brand-new Kadey-Krogen. The rest of the night was spent exploring the Scandinavian main street downtown.

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JULY 23: Wrangell We pushed off from Petersburg and headed through the Wrangell Narrows towards Wrangell. Tlingit people and their ancestors have inhabited this island for thousands of years. Having been Tlingit territory and then under the jurisdiction of Russia, Great Britain and the U.S., Wrangell has the unique status as the only Alaskan city to have been goverened under four “flags.” The afternoon was spent at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. The observatory consists of a covered viewing shelter, several decks and a photo blind. Beginning in July, Anan Creek hosts a major run of pink salmon. By the end of the month, the creek is generally alive with thousands of fish. This is a favorite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on the salmon. JULY 24: Berg Bay Berg Bay is home to the world famous black bear that recently ate a resident’s kayak (search the news if you don’t know what I’m talking about). The bay is a half-mile long, but only 150 yards at its widest point. We rafted our boats together and relaxed for a nice, lazy day. The night ended with a outstanding violin performance by Rowan as the sunset settled over the water. JULY 25: Meyers Chuck On yet another calm day, the flotilla spread out over Blake Passage, while Rowan took an icy swim and spent the morning surfing the wake of Deception — a feat I dared not try. We cruised southwest, stopping along the coast of Easterly Island to watch sea lions, where we ended at the protected bay of Meyers Chuck. This neat fishing village is reminiscent of one in coastal Maine. We ended the night with a tasty potluck, complete with chicken curry and fresh crab. JULY 26: Ketchikan The islands’ famous resident Cassy — one of the few full-time residents on Meyers Island and also the town’s postmistress, seamstress and manager of the art gallery — bakes cinnamon rolls that are delicious. She was kind enough to motor her dinghy over to our flotilla and

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hand-deliver some freshly baked rolls before we headed out on the last leg of our trip. Our last stop on the map was Ketchikan — a town that gets 15 feet of rain annually, beating out “Rain City” (Seattle) by a long shot. On our way over, we passed by seaplanes taking off as we savored our last moments in this frozen paradise.

1. A bear almost at arms length at the Anan Wildlife Observatory. 2. Flotilla tied up in Petersburg. 3. A group from Telita, Aquila and Navigator hike across the peninsula at Berg Bay.

Adventure of a Lifetime The “Best of Glacial Alaska,” was right up my alley. I love to cruise to new places with like-minded people and enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife. If a trip like this is not on your bucket list it should be; there is nothing that compares. I have met people on these two trips who have boated in every part of the world and people who have just started boating. At the end of each trip, everyone is more knowledgable. A special thanks to Shakeel and Joanie on Telita for the excellent last supper at the top of the hill. For those of you who have been dreaming of an Alaskan cruise, this is the way to go. ★

4. Allison Hamilton, from Navigator, holds a crab. 5. A group from Deception heads out to Anan Observatory. 6. Rowan wakeboarding. 7. Final potluck dinner. 8. Sea Lions off Easterly Island. 9. The crew of Deception (from left to right) Rowan, Greg and Captain Rich.

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1995 43’ TIARA Second owner, professionally maintained, 100% freshwater, always inside stored, 6V92TA w/1350 original hours, Onan, Sat/TV, Excellent Condition. Asking $239,000. Contact Bryan: 630-2409546 or bryreb@yahoo.com. MAR16

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A RARE 1990 TIARA 36 CONVERTIBLE Original owner, Lake Superior freshwater boat, stored indoors. Upper and lower stations. Twin 454 Crusader Gas Inboards, solid state ignitions, 1437 hours. Westerbeke 8.5 KW generator. Two Marine Air reverse cycle heat pumps. Electronics upgraded in 2010. New Garmin 3206 GPS up and down, new Pro Mariner 40 amp battery charger, Furuno video sounder. Equipped with Furuno radar, Robertson autopilot, Datamarine digital depth sounder up and down, anchor windlass, Icom radios, hailer, intercom. Asking $98,400. Contact 906-250-6509 or fbieti@pasty.net. FEB16

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2008 47’ RIVIERA Never been titled! 3 staterooms, 2 heads with separate showers, spacious lounge and bridge, upgraded TwinDisk Quickshift, Cummins QSM 11 engines, loaded. $599,000. Contact Rick: 705-340-1255 or rickriviera11@gmail.com. NOV15

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Operation Summaries Learning lessons the hard way. Three Rescued from Lake Superior 1 Sault Ste. Marine, Michigan — August 19, 2015 Just before 6 p.m., the crew from Coast Guard Station Marquette received notification from Marquette County Central Dispatch of a capsized sailing vessel located approximately 200 yards outside the breakwall of Marquette’s lower harbor. The boat crew launched aboard a 25-foot response boat, arrived on scene within minutes and recovered the three adults from the 65-degree Lake Superior water. Two of the individuals were wearing life jackets. There were no reports of any injuries or pollution. The 20-foot capsized sailboat was recovered by good Samaritans in another sailing vessel and then brought back into the harbor. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to be aware of the weather conditions before venturing out onto the water, and to wear your life jacket at all times. “We can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times while you’re underway. It’s extremely difficult to put a life jacket on once you’re in the water,” says petty officer 3rd class Henry Wilson, a member of the responding rescue crew and the coxswain on the boat. Report by USCGNEWS.COM; U.S. Coast Guard photo by petty officer 3rd class Ryan Smith

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Alpena, Michigan — August 26, 2015 Shortly after 9 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a call from two men aboard a 42-foot sailboat stating their vessel was taking on water approximately 18 nautical miles east of Alpena in Lake Huron. The men stated they were currently using a hand pump to dewater the vessel. Sector Sault dispatched a crew from Coast Guard Station Alpena aboard a 25-foot response boat, a crew from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan aboard a 45-foot response boat and a crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan aboard a Dolphin helicopter. They also issued an urgent marine information broadcast advising mariners in the area of the situation. The motor vessel Michipicoten, a Canadian flagged 689foot bulk carrier and a 45-foot pleasure craft responded to the broadcast along with the Alpena Sheriff’s Department. The Michipicoten provided a lee for the sailboat. Just after 11 a.m., the Traverse City aircrew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump to the vessel. After arriving aboard, the swimmer

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was made aware that one of the men had a history of heart problems and was beginning to experience chest pains. Not long after, the man started to lose consciousness. The crew medically evacuated the man to Alpena Regional Medical Center. His condition is currently unknown. Report by USCGNEWS.COM; U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. John Walters

Three Rescued from Sinking 3 Fishing Vessel Morgan City, Louisiana — August 31, 2015 The Coast Guard rescued three individuals from a 75-foot fishing vessel that sank approximately 12 miles southwest of Point Au Fer in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified by a passing helicopter of a sinking fishing vessel with two life rafts in the water. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot response boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The survivors were located in a life raft after they fired off a flare. The Morgan City boat crew safely transferred all three people aboard the life raft to their small boat and brought them back to Morgan City. The cause of the incident is being investigated. Report by USCGNEWS.COM; U.S. Coast Guard photo by petty officer 3rd class Jesus Martinez Borges

Good Samaritans Rescue Four from 4 Burning Boat Houston, Texas — September 19, 2015 Good Samaritans rescued four people aboard a boat when they saw it on fire at about 6:30 p.m. near the south jetty off Galveston. The good Samaritans called Sector Houston-Galveston on VHF-FM channel 16 to report that they saw the boat on fire. Watchstanders launched two Station Galveston boat crews, who arrived on scene around 6:45 p.m. and assisted in transporting the four back to Station Galveston. “It’s good that we had a quick response and we were able to save four people,” says seaman Jason Hall, one of the boat crewmen from Station Galveston. “It’s also nice to see that there are good people that are willing to help.” One of Station Galveston’s boat crews stayed on scene with the burning boat until it burned to the waterline and sank out of the navigation channel. Report by USCGNEWS.COM; U.S. Coast Guard photo by petty officer 3rd class Oliver R. Tallyn


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