H U RO N | O N TA R I O | M I C H I G A N | E R I E | S U P E R I OR
JEANNEAU NC 1095 THREE STATEROOMS, SPORTY PERFORMANCE. p. 38
DISPLAY UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2018
MARLOW 53E Classic design, custom features and impressive performance. p. 42
THE LAKE MICHIGAN TRIANGLE Mysterious happenings in the “Bermuda Triangle” of the north. p. 48
GREAT LAKES MONSTERS What mythical creatures lie beneath the Great Lakes? p. 46
PORT OF CALL Oswego, NY: A gateway to the Erie Canal, history, restaurants and fun. p. 52
SPOTLIGHTS CUTWATER ★ FORMULA ★ RIVIERA ★ TIARA
Navigation What does this mean? Bureau VERITAS is a marine compliance organization. All yachts are built to specific industry manufacturing standards the most common being ISO 9001, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and CE standards. Marlow Yachts, not content with the status quo applied for the elite of classifications, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Lloyd’s Register and Bureau VERITAS the sterling of the marine industry. Lloyd’s, ABS and Bureau VERITAS not only examine the construction methods employed but also the equipment chosen for the yacht, and the yachts ability to perform in adverse conditions. All Marlow Explorer yachts are capable of class certification compliant to Lloyd’s Register (A) Ocean and/or Bureau VERITAS Navigation standards. Visit us at www.marlowyachts.com for more information on this subject.
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ON T H E COV E R
Boat Test: Jeanneau NC 1095 Crafty maneuvers. by Lenny Rudow .........................................................
A 34-foot boat couldn’t possibly offer three staterooms, right? Think again. Jeanneau’s NC 1095 breaks the cruiser mold, outfitting it with a clever use of spaces, a pair of outboards and sporty performance. As writer Lenny Rudow writes, “it exceeds expectations in a number of ways.”
Boat Test: Marlow 53E You won’t believe it’s only 53 feet. Story and photos by Capt. Tom Serio ..........................................................
Great Lakes Bestiary! What mythical creatures lie beneath the Great Lakes? by Andrew Hind .......................................................................................
The Lake Michigan Triangle Separating fact from fiction. by Heather Steinberger ..............................
Port of Call: Oswego, NY Where the Water Never Ends: Whether you’re planning a trip through the Erie Canal or cruising Lake Ontario, Oswego, New York is worth the trip. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” this small town is big on things to see and do. Rich on both military and nautical history, Oswego is a water and history lovers’ dream. by Margaret Steiss ...........
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BY KAT E B U S H
What is a favorite place to view fall colors in the Great Lakes region?
Lake Michigan Lore W
hen you live in an area for your entire life, you can tend to take its quirks, beauty, history — and even hazards — for granted. Born and raised in Michigan, and a transplant to Chicago, I have lived within a two-hour drive to Lake Michigan my entire life. So when I read our two features this month, “Great Lakes Bestiary!” (p. 46) and “The Lake Michigan Triangle” (p. 48), it was a fun exploration of Lake Michigan’s lore, myths and dangers; topics I rarely take a moment to delve into. Another place with a lot of history is Oswego, New York (p. 52). Serving as a gateway to the Erie Canal, this town along Lake Ontario’s shore and the Oswego River offers something for everyone: Downtown shops, art, festivals, fishing, restaurants, history and much more. Another must-stop is the brand-new Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan (p. 24). Having recently opened in July 2018, this performing arts venue offers music, dance, comedy, theater and educational events. A visit to the Center is also a good excuse to see Northern Michigan show off its autumn colors. We want to see your fall snapshots! Tag us in your Instagram and Facebook photos using @lakelandboating.
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My favorite place — and one I visit far too rarely now that I have kids — is inside my kayak, floating the Boardman River through the woods of Traverse City, ideally with a hot cup of coffee and a bag of cinnamon doughnuts within arm’s reach. HHH
Andrew Hind My favorite spot for fall foliage viewing overlooks one of Muskoka’s fabled lakes. Huntsville’s Lookout Mountain — not really a mountain but who’s counting — is a popular spot that offers stunning views of Fairy Lake, especially in autumn with its backdrop of traffic-light reds, golds and greens. When you’ve finished taking in the views, spend some time at the recreated pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place adjacent to Lookout Mountain. The site’s historic buildings look particularly nostalgic when framed by fall’s fiery foliage. HHH
AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE
Charlevoix, MI p. 60
Great Lakes Center for the Arts p. 24
Margaret Steiss Oswego, NY p. 52
While my home area of Burlington and Niagara is beautiful in the fall, including in my own backyard, when I think of fall, my mind wanders north. Whether it be the shores of Lake Huron or father inland to Muskoka or Algonquin, when I stand on the rocks looking at the bright fall foliage reflected in the water I feel strength and peace combined.
OCTOBER 2018 | VOLUME LXXII, NO. 10
The Last One In January 2018, we ordered a 2019 Sea Ray L590 from B&E Marine, in Michigan City, Indiana. As it turns out, our boat will be the only 2019 that they will produce from the plant in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The plant is closing and laying off workers. Sea Ray will no longer make the L590 or L650. Our boat is the very last one leaving the plant. —Ron Fohrman
CANINE CREW JOEY His name is Joey and we found him freezing on the side of the road in January in Michigan. Now his favorite thing is boating on Lake Charlevoix on our 24 Sundeck. He thinks he is the captain! —David McCardel, Williamston, MI
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS BY KAT E B U S H
SEPT 28 – OCT 7
OCT 6 – 7
Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour Grand Marais, MN
OCT 2 – 6
Fall Fun Fest Washington Island, WI
World Dairy Expo Madison, WI
OCT 4 – 28 (THURS-SUN) Haunted Fort Night Thunder Bay, ON
OCT 5 – 6
Chain O’Lakes Blues Festival Waupaca, WI WAUPACAMEMORIES.COM
Fort Fright at Michilimackinac Mackinaw City, MI
OCT 5 – 7
Michigan Hemingway Society Annual Conference Petoskey, MI
Boatoberfest - Beer Tasting Boat Cruise Detroit, MI MOTORCITYBREWTOURS.COM
Charlevoix Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run Charlevoix, MI VISITCHARLEVOIX.COM
Empire Hops Festival Empire, MI
Pumpkin Patch Festival Egg Harbor, WI
Harbor Springs Brew Festival Harbor Springs, MI MIFUN4U.COM
Island Wine Festival Put-in-Bay, OH VISITPUTINBAY.COM
Macktoberfest Mackinac Island, MI
Oktoberfest Kelleys Island, OH
Oktoberfest at Thousand Islands Winery Alexandria Bay, NY
Skitoberfest 2 Boyne Falls, MI BOYNE.COM
Harvest Festival Sackets Harbor, NY
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OCT 13 – 14
OCT 12 – 13
Oak Harbor Apple Festival Oak Harbor, OH
Oktoberfest Put-in-Bay, OH
Little Traverse Bay Parafest Petoskey, MI
Oktoberfest Pentwater, MI
OCT 18 – 21
Tawas Point State Park Haunted Lighthouse Weekend East Tawas, MI
Fresh Coast Film Fest Marquette, MI Kohler Food & Wine Kohler, WI
Windsor Craft Beer Festival Windsor, ON
OCT 18 – NOV 1
OCT 12 – 14
Milwaukee Film Festival 3 Milwaukee, WI
Charlevoix Apple Festival Charlevoix, MI
OCT 19 – 20
Fall Fest Sister Bay, WI
Frankfort Fall Festival Benzonia, MI
Ghost Reveal and Hunt Oswego, NY
Lions Club Apple Fest Two Rivers, WI TRBA.INFO
Marblehead Lighthouse Festival Marblehead, OH SHORESANDISLANDS.COM
Onekama Fall Fest Onekama, MI
Pumpkinfest Whitehall, MI
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Haunted Sub & Pub! Manitowoc, WI
Punkin Chunkin Clayton, NY
OCT 20 – 21
Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl Ellison Bay, WI
OCT 26 – 28
Halloween at the Bay Put-in-Bay, OH VISITPUTINBAY.COM
Boo at the Zoo Racine, WI
Boos, Brew and Brats Manistee, MI
Thrills on Third Avenue Sturgeon Bay, WI STURGEONBAY.NET
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Autumn Lighthouse Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI
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NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 31 â€“ November 4 | Lime Zone AB 6 Flybridge: 750 / 680 / 630 / NEW 590 / 520 / 500 / 460 / 420 S-Line: 680S / 630S / 520S / 500S / 460S / 420S
CENTRAL MARINE MIDLAND Midland, ON
SPRING BOOK MARINA Chicago, IL | Eastlake, OH | Fish Creek, WI Seneca, IL | Traverse City, MI
Mercury Introduces New Diesel Engines After three years of development and testing, new diesel engines from Mercury have arrived. The 3.0-liter engines have 150-, 230- and 270-hp ratings to fit sterndrive, traditional inboards and waterjet applications. “There is an active segment of the boating market that requires the impressive low-end torque and exceptional durability of our diesel engines, and these new engines enhance our already class-leading portfolio of diesel propulsion systems,” says Kris Neff, Mercury Marine vice president of global category management and strategic planning. The new line complies with Tier 3 emissions standards, which aims to reduce diesel engines’ environmental effects. For more info, visit MERCURYMARINE .COM.
SCUTTLE GREAT LAKES NEWS
Scout Boats honored two Great Lakes dealers at its 2019 Dealer Meeting. SkipperBud’s Grand Haven received the Top Midwest / West Coast Dealer award, and Maple City Marine in Chatham, Ontario received the Canada Top International Dealer. Grant Rule at Maple City Marine received the Canada Top International Salesman award.
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PEOPLE & PLACES
BRP to Buy Manitou Pontoons Growing its new marine group, BRP announced it will buy the maker of Manitou pontoons, Triton Industries. The acquisition follows BRP’s purchase of Alumacraft. Business will continue as-is at Triton. “The announcement of the acquisition of Manitou is the logical next step in the roll-out of our global
marine strategy,” says José Boisjoli, BRP president and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome a company with such potential and its entire team to the BRP family. Together, we will strive to transform the industry and become a leading marine company.” To learn more, visit MANITOUPONTOONBOATS.COM.
PEOPLE & PLACES
Bay Marine Sales, Service and Storage Facility Grand Opening
The Waukegan, Illinois-based dealer Bay Marine recently celebrated another milestone in its rich history with the grand opening celebration of its new 50,000square-foot sales, service and storage facility located in the Waukegan Harbor, just a short boat ride from Chicago. Several hundred people enjoyed the “Totally ‘80s” weekend that was filled with events, food, entertainment and, of course, boats. Product from leading brands, including Back Cove, Hatteras, Riviera, Monte Carlo Yachts and Sabre, were on display. Learn more about Bay Marine at BAYMARINE .NET or on Facebook and Email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your company’s Great Lakes news to Scuttle! Instagram at @BAYMARINEYACHTSALES.
FUSION Launches Industry-First Apple AirPlay Functionality
The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has completed a habitat restoration project on eight sites along the Buffalo River, which included restoration at the Katherine Street Peninsula, the Buffalo Color Peninsula and the Ohio Street Boat Launch. Visit BNWATERKEEPER.ORG
Coming to the North American market for the first time is Beneteau’s Antares range of outboard powerboats. The Antares 21, 23 and 27 outboards are the new generation of pocket cruising boats powered by Mercury engines. Features include a spacious wheelhouse with panoramic views, a cleverlyequipped galley, an optional sliding sunroof, and a full double forward ensuite cabin. The Mercury engines can provide up to 175 hp for the Antares 21; 250 hp for the Antares 23; and 400 hp (with twin engines) for the 27. Prices start at $72,000. For more information, visit BENETEAU.COM.
Reed Yacht Sales Opens New Showroom
The Grand Haven, Michigan-based brokerage Reed Yacht Sales has completed construction on its custombuilt, 15,000-square-foot showroom in Grand Haven, located at 1333 Madison Street. The showroom will feature new and brokerage boats on display; 1,700 square feet of offices and conference rooms are above the showroom on a concrete floor mezzanine. In addition to the new showroom, Reed Yacht Sales also purchased a rigging shop located at the same Grand Haven storage property, where customers can outfit their new boat with bottom paint, canvas, electronics and other custom items. For more info, visit REEDYACHT SALES.COM.
FUSION has embraced the trend of streaming music, offering the industry’s first Apple AirPlay functionality on the new Apollo Series Marine Stereos. Apple AirPlay allows users to stream music from Apple devices seamlessly over Wi-Fi without a loss of quality. The new feature is available with a free software update and is compatible with all current Apple iOS devices. For more info, visit FUSIONENTERTAINMENT.COM. GREAT LAKES NEWS
New Non-Native Species Found in the Great Lakes Two non-native species of zooplankton have been found in the Great Lakes, according to researchers at the Cornell University Biological Field Station: The Diaphanosoma fluviatile and the Mesocyclops pehpeiensis. The researchers announced the news after they partnered with EPA’s Great Lakes National Mesocyclops pehpeiensis
Program Office and sampled water from the lakes 72 times. D. fluviatile is native to South America, Central America and the Caribbean, while M. pehpeiensis is native to tropical areas in Asia. It is unclear how the species entered the lakes. In a statement from the Alliance for the Great Lakes Vice President of Policy, Molly Flanagan says: “We do know that once in the lakes aquatic species are easily moved from lake to lake by ships… Today’s announcement is a reminder for the Great Lakes region of the need for strong ballast water standards.”
NON- NATIVE SPECIES PH OTOS COURTESY OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Beneteau Brings Outboard Line to North America
Palm Beach GT50 to Debut at FLIBS Adding to its GT series, Palm Beach Motor Yachts will debut its brand-new GT50 Express at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
LeBoat, a European charter operator, has launched its first North American operation in the town of Smiths Falls on the Rideau Canal — the oldest continually operating canal in North America. LeBoat’s headquarters are located alongside the canal in a remodeled lock keeper’s house. The region offers amenities, such as fishing, cycling, shopping, and access to Ottawa and Kingston. “As you start to explore different parts of [the Rideau] and the different villages it really starts coming to life,” says LeBoat General Manager Cheryl Brown. “You start to see all the best of your European cruising grounds all in one place.” LeBoat launched the Smiths Falls operation in June 2018 with 16 boats from 37 to 44 feet. It plans to add four more boats to its fleet and eventually reach 32. For more information on the company, visit LEBOAT.COM. MUST-HAVE
BRP Rotax ACE 300 BRP Marine Group has released the brand-new Rotax ACE 300 waterjet propulsion engine. With a maintenance-free supercharger, closed-loop cooling and lateral thrust control, this quieter engine is 9 percent larger than the Rotax 4-TEC 250 and also creates 15 percent more power. The engine was designed to better handle piston-friction forces with a protective plasma coasting on the cylinder liners and a new cooling system. The Rotax ACE 300 is available on the Scarab and Chaparral Vortex jetboats. For more information, visit BRP.COM.
This new cruiser is capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid-30-knot range. It will be available in two options: Express and Open; the latter will debut at the 2019 Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2019. The GT50 was designed to be turnkey, with well-designed outdoor spaces to accommodate large groups. The Express model features a large opening sunroof and side and aft opening windows. Production is currently underway for the GT60, which will make its debut in September 2019. For more info, visit PALMBEACHMOTORYACHTS.COM. BUZZ
Text a Great Lakes Buoy!
Thanks to new technology, you can now get up-todate wind speed, water and air temperature, wave height and more, by texting a buoy — yes, a buoy! By simply texting 734-418-7299 or 734-201-0750 with the ID of one of the 68 buoys that are part of the Great Lakes Observing System, you will receive real-time observations out on the water. Each buoy costs about $50,000; some are privately funded while others are publicly funded. Sensors built in Yellow Springs, Ohio track waves just like a fitness tracker counts steps. To find the Great Lakes buoy nearest you, visit GLBUOYS.GLOS.US.
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LeBoat Launches North American Operation
35-Foot Outboard Powered Cruiser This 35-foot outboard powered cruiser allows for life on one level. On the starboard side she has a recessed side-deck and access gate for easy boarding along with a sliding door at the helm. The modular aft cockpit has sliding glass doors that fully open to connect the indoor and outdoor spaces. Offered in a two or three cabin version, the NC 1095 sleeps up to eight comfortably and has optimized storage spaces making it ideal for weekends on the water.
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North American Debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show | Oct 31 â€“ Nov 4, 2018
jeanneau.com LARSEN MARINE Milwaukee, WI | Waukegan, IL
TRAVERSE BAY MARINE Traverse City, MI
CENTRAL MARINE MIDLAND Midland, ON
Larsen Marine to Offer Jeanneau Outboard Powerboats Larsen Marine — a leading Jeanneau Sailboat dealer with locations in Waukegan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin — will now also represent the Jeanneau outboard powerboat line. “All of us at Larsen Marine are excited about adding Jeanneau’s outboard powerboats to our lineup,” says Larsen Marine’s Brian Larsen. “With our more than 25 years of experience in sales and service of Jeanneau sailboats, we are confident the Leader and NC lines of outboard powerboats will be a big hit with Great Lakes boaters who are looking for the ideal combination of performance, accommodations, and versatility in their next boat.” For more information, visit LARSENMARINE .COM.
SkipperBud’s Joins Beneteau Powerboats Dealer Network
SkipperBud’s is the newest Beneteau Powerboats Division dealer. SkipperBud’s will add the Gran Turismo, the Monte Carlo and the Swift Trawler lines to dealership portfolios in eastern Michigan and Ohio. “This is a natural evolution for SkipperBud’s. Beneteau is already a wonderful partner,” says SkipperBud’s President Mike Pretasky, Jr. “SkipperBud’s has been a large Four Winns, Glastron and Scarab dealer throughout the Midwest for many years. We are excited to expand our product offerings in these markets.” Look for the Gran Turismo 40 and 46 in showrooms soon. The Swift Trawler 35 will make her debut this fall in SkipperBud’s Midwest locations. For more information, visit SKIPPERBUDS.COM.
HCB Center Console Yachts has signed Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (JBYS) to its factory partner business network called the Annex Program. “We’ve been serving the Great Lakes yacht buyer for two generations, and we find HCB’s business philosophy to be consistent with today’s discerning yacht buyer,” says JBYS President Amy Krueger Malow. “It’s a valuable, high-touch approach that owners will appreciate, and the aggressive HCB product offerings are certain to give our buyers something very exciting and different to consider.” HCB offers models ranging from 39 to 53 feet, with a new 65-foot Estrella model debuting at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Estrella will be the world’s largest center console. For more information, visit HCBYACHTS.COM.
RAC E P HOTO BY PAUL K E M I E L
Tenth Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix
Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales Now Offers HCB Brand
MISS GEICO made its triumphant return to Michigan City, Indiana and raced to victory at the 10th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix held on August 5, 2018. The crew of Englishmen consisted of driver James Sheppard and Steve Curtis on the throttles. The duo produced a powerful performance on the Lake Michigan race course, covering the 19 laps in 40 minutes and 26 seconds with an average speed of 102.91 mph. The 47-foot Victory catamaran hull is powered by a pair of 1,650-hp Mercury inboard engines and propelled by a pair of BPM surface drives. The offshore race was sanctioned by the Super Boat International Series. —Paul Kemiel
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GREAT LAKES NEWS
Two Great Lakes Advocacy Groups Sue the U.S. Coast Guard
Hatteras to Launch GT59 at Fort Lauderdale Show The brand-new GT59 will make its world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. The Hatteras GT59 is the latest addition to the builder’s popular GT Series of tournament-ready offshore sportfishing yachts, joining the GT45X, GT54, GT63 and GT70. “The new GT59 is the next evolution of the Hatteras GT Series,” says Hatteras Yachts President and CEO Kelly Grindle. “It showcases a new exterior design aesthetic and an updated interior, while still delivering the 40-plus-knot performance, reliability in rough offshore conditions, and superior fishability that the GT Series is known for.” The new model offers a flexible three-stateroom layout with an optional third head or tackle room, as well as a flush-deck salon/galley, and a 153-square-foot cockpit. For more information, visit HATTERASYACHTS.COM.
On August 22, the Environmental Law & Policy Center and the National Wildlife Federation filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard, stating that the USCG do not have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lake Huron and Michigan.
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Last year, the Coast Guard approved a plan for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac. A section of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 oil pipeline runs beneath the straits; however, Coast Guard leaders have since acknowledged they’re unprepared to clean up a spill in open Great Lakes waters. The advocacy groups say Line 5 cannot legally operate without a valid response plan.
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Southwest Florida Yachts Offers Discounts, Celebrates 35th Anniversary
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To celebrate its 35th Anniversary, Southwest Florida Yachts is offering discounts for 2019/2020 sail and power charters, and sail and power classes through Florida Sailing and Cruising School. “Vic [Hansen] and I are delighted to be commemorating the 35th anniversary of our maritime businesses, the many friendships we have developed over the years and countless generations of families that have made our cruising area their vacation destination,” says coowner Barb Hansen. “These specials for the next two years are our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our long-term customers, as well as those who will begin cruising with us in the coming two years.” Power and sail charters of three days or more will be discounted 5 percent in January and May; 10 percent in June; and 15 percent in July, August and September. Sail and power classes of at least three days will be discounted 5 percent from May 1 through September 30. For more information, visit SWFYACHTS.COM.
Now booking for the 2019 cruising season, Victory Cruises has launched the “French Canada and Great Lakes” tour aboard the M/V Victory II. The nine-day cruise visits Detroit; Cleveland; Niagara Falls; Toronto; Kingston, Ontario; St. Lawrence Seaway; Quebec City; and Montreal. Those who book by December 15, 2018 will get up to a $1,250 early booking discount. For more information, visit VICTORYCRUISELINES.COM
“Do you love the Great Lakes as much as I do?” We know you love the Great Lakes as much as adorable Charlie.
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Great Lakes Center for the Arts Bay Harbor now offers music, dance, comedy, theater and education. ou can’t begrudge travelers for giving northern Michigan’s stunning woods and water top billing; these natural resources, along with the region’s abundant wineries, breweries, beaches, quaint towns and recreation opportunities, draw and wow thousands of visitors each year. But also rooted deep in the area’s way of life is a long-standing tradition of creating and celebrating the arts. You might say it started with the native Ojibwe, whose passed-down stories about their northern Michigan land found public acclaim with the publishing of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 poem, “The Song of Hiawatha.” It grew deeper when the Methodists of Bay View, a summer cottage enclave near Petoskey, joined the Chautauqua Movement around the turn of the 20th century. Bay View has been ushering in summer series of lectures and performances from dancers, musicians, educators (Helen Keller and Dr. Booker T. Washington among them) and others ever since. Interlochen Center for the Arts, located in a quiet forest near Traverse City, furthered northern Michigan’s reputation as a region devoted to the arts. Founded as a summer orchestra camp in 1928, it’s since evolved into a year-round school and public showcase for exceptional visual and performing arts. From the lower reaches of the Upper Peninsula to the upper reaches of the Lower, there’s hundreds of smaller stages, galleries and studios where the public can get their art fix. Yet, less than a decade ago, the region’s impassioned public decided something was missing. The conception In developing a Community Cultural Plan in 1999, Emmet and Charlevoix counties asked residents, essentially, “What does this region have, and what would you like to add,” says Jill O’Neill, Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA) executive director. The results of this survey determined the community had seven goals: “Number one was to add cultural facilities for the arts,” says Alexandra Myers, GLCFA’s marketing manager. With so many opportunities to experience the arts within a 90-minute drive of Petoskey, it might seem strange that people wanted more. But you must remember that the arts in northern Michigan are —
like its prized waters, woods, farms and vineyards — a vital fabric in the region’s proverbial quilt, O’Neill says. And what the area lacked — a venue that was open year-round, comfortable for patrons, and technically suited for the artists and productions of today — was what people wanted. This summer, they got their wish. The aesthetically and acoustically extraordinary Great Lakes Center for the Arts rose up from the cobblestone streets of tony Bay Harbor. Just steps from Little Traverse Bay and Bay Harbor Lake Marina (BAYHARBOR.COM), GLCFA opened its intimate 500-seat theater and grand stage to art lovers near and far. “It’s fairly unique that you can tie up and walk to worldclass [events] literally down the street from your slip,” O’Neill says. The venue’s one-of-a-kind location is by design. An anonymous Bay Harbor family made the first $5 million donation to kick-start the GLCFA dream. Another $5 million from the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation followed. And David V. Johnson, the developer who created Bay Harbor, donated the land. Like its initial and growing list of benefactors, GLCFA’s mission is both generous and driven: It strives to inspire, entertain and educate with year-round, world-class programming across all genres of music, theater, dance, intellectual dialogue and education. A pillar of the Center’s mission is offering affordable ticket pricing. The schedule With a successful opening summer in the rearview, GLCFA’s 2018/2019 fall and winter schedule is well underway. No matter what your event preference is, you’re sure to find a show, speaker or performance you’ll love on the Center’s stage — and a region’s worth of reasons to visit. Come October, when the surrounding lakes are still beautiful for boating and the forests are ablaze in autumn reds, golds and evergreen, GLCFA will host former Senator and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell (October 7), who helped end the long-standing “Troubles” in Northern Ireland and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2008. October 13 brings Black Violin, a hip-hop duo who also happen to be classically trained string instrumentalists. On October 21, young phenom Elliot Wuu will show exactly why he’s considered a rising star in the piano world. As the holidays near and the wee bayside hamlets of Harbor Springs and Petoskey light up their streets, boutiques and eateries with twinkling lights and holly, GLCFA lights up its stage with classic celebrations: Holiday carols from the premiere 75-voice ensemble The Northern Michigan Chorale; The Nutcracker
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from neighboring Crooked Tree Arts Center’s School of Ballet; Dysfunctional Holiday Revue from Chicago’s The Second City; and Messiah from the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. As winter rolls into spring, audiences will be treated to everything from opera and political satire to the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir, with additional live events, lectures, film screenings and more still being added to the schedule. The visit Fall is an ideal time to visit this Lake Michigan coastal area. The famed Tunnel of Trees is a short distance away from the GLCFA; leaf-peeping road-trippers winding up that way are treated to outstanding shopping, dining and galleries galore in the postcard-picturesque bayside hamlets of Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Winter is hardly a reason to stay away. Petoskey and Harbor Springs still bustle with activity, and the winery trails (check out BAYVIEWWINETRAIL.
COM), antique trails and hiking trails are just as welcoming (and beautiful) when dressed in sparkling snow. In that hardy northern spirit, the GLCFA’s expansive rooftop terrace is open 12 months of the year. It offers panoramic views of Little Traverse Bay; the specialty shops and waterfront dining in The Village at Bay Harbor; and the grand cottages, hotel and inn that make up the Bay Harbor community. Rooftop concessions — beer, wine, spirits and a few nibbles — are available (weather permitting) an hour before every event and during intermission. Guests are welcome to ascend to the terrace to relax and socialize before or after any show. “We love when people come and mingle,” Myers says. “Part of our mission is to be a social hub.” Be it a first date, a girl’s night out, an anniversary weekend or a week away, GLCFA is ready to deliver, and to carry on the long-standing northern Michigan tradition of educating and inspiring its residents and visitors with something just as wondrous as its native woods and waters: Its arts. H
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DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE BY C A P T. F R A N K L A N IE R
Turn up the Volume Planning a marine stereo installation.
Cable pulling 101 When pulling wire or coax, use a firm, steady motion and always pull at the flattest angle possible to reduce friction. This approach reduces stress on the wire, while minimizing the chances of tears or damage to insulation or wiring itself. When using a snake, feed it through first with nothing attached, then attach the cable or wire bundle to the bitter end of the snake and pull everything back through slowly. Make this attachment as small as possible for easier pulling. Covering the joint with a few tight wraps of electrical tape will make it more streamline. When pulling larger wire bundles, stagger the wires where they’re attached to the snake, which both reduces the profile of the joint and makes it easier to pull around tight bends. Include and leave an extra pull string in place when pulling wire or coax to assist with future installations.
CAPT. FRANK LANIER is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants: CAPTFKLANIER.COM .
The stereo receiver When choosing a stereo, you have to consider both the unit and mounting options. In the old days, the standard stereo was the 7- by 2-inch box that included a CD player. Now, the trend is stereos designed to play music from strictly digital media sources: MP3 players, iPods and smartphones. As no CD player is required, the design and size of modern stereos can vary greatly from the traditional units. “Black box” stereos add another option to the mix. These units consist of a small box housing the amplifier, radio and all the wiring connections that are controlled by a waterproof “hockey puck”-style wired remote mounted in some convenient location (e.g. helm, swim platform, etc.). These remote units can also be round and gauge-sized to fit easily into a dashboard so they take up less helm real estate. You might assume that all marine stereos are waterproof, but that’s not the case. Some units are just splash-resistant or waterproof only when the faceplate is sealed. Partially waterproof units can have an open chassis that’s prone to water intrusion. Before purchasing a product, ensure you know just how protected it is against moisture. Unless the unit is completely waterproof, you’ll want to choose a dry location for your stereo that provides as much protection against the elements as possible. Dry may be a relative term for smaller, open boats, but even then there will be locations that provide better protection than others. Speakers Speakers will either be flush-mounted or box speakers, both of which have their own set of pros and cons. Flush-mount speakers can be installed in tight, out of the way spaces and present a “cleaner” looking installation. The downside is that the installation requires you to cut a hole in your boat. For best frequency response, flush-mount speakers must have sufficient air space around the cone. You also don’t want an open air path behind the speaker, which can reduce bass response. The speaker installation instructions should spell out minimal space requirements for best performance. Box speakers are an attractive option for a number of reasons. They don’t require cutting holes for mounting, plus the box enclosure is already designed and set for optimal performance, meaning you don’t have to worry about the air space around the speaker. The only real downside to box speakers is that they take up more space than flush-mount units.
(Clockwise from top left): This remote control head located at the swim platform takes up little space; Choose a location for your stereo that provides as much protection from the elements as possible; Speakers are directional, so while this stern installation rocks for wakeboarders or swimmers, you’ll want additional units up forward; Choose locations that allow you to hear at least two speakers at the same time.
Speaker aiming and positioning When planning speaker installations keep in mind that speakers are directional, meaning they project sound in the direction they are pointed. As such, you want them to be directed to where your ears will be. This isn’t as critical in your car or home as it is on an open boat, where sound produced can be easily lost. Select speaker locations that not only optimize sound but also minimize exposure to water as much as possible. Stereo sound is way better than mono sound, so choose locations that allow you to hear at least two speakers at the same time; otherwise, you’ll only be getting half of the music experience. Before you fire up that drill or hole saw You’ve chosen an ideal location for the stereo, but before you continue, take a moment to step back and visualize the installation as a whole. Mentally walk though it in an effort to head off any potential problems. For example, you’ve found the perfect spot for the stereo or remote head, but is there a path to run the control cable or wire bundle? You’ll also want to be doubly sure of what’s on the other side of the selected mounting location. Drilling into hoses, electrical cables or even the hull itself is never conducive to a good stereo install. This mental walk-through also provides a good opportunity to make a list of tools and materials needed to complete the job, preventing those extra trips back to the chandlery for forgotten items. The most daunting part of any stereo installation for many is routing wires and cabling. It doesn’t have to be that way, however, if you plan the run first and have the proper tools. One of the handiest tools for pulling wires and cables is an electrician’s “fish tape” or wire snake. Snakes must be stiff enough to maintain their shape while pushing, yet supple enough to twist around curves and bends. Those made of tempered wire are commonly used, although newer, more flexible units of fiberglass or other composite materials are also popular. Regardless of the one you chose, you’ll want to be able to twist the snake to better make turns and bends, reducing or eliminating the number of additional holes needed to facilitate installation. Installing a stereo system is a satisfying day or weekend project that’s within the ability of most any DIYer. Taking a little time to plan out the installation beforehand will ensure you’ll enjoy the sweet sound of success for years to come. ★
PHOTOS BY CAPT. FRANK LANIER
usic is a big part of our on-the-water enjoyment. If your boat didn’t come with a factory-installed stereo, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer in silence. Here are some tips on how to install an awesome sound system.
BENEATH THE SURFACE BY HE AT H E R ST E IN B E R GER
At Season’s End Building a relationship with your boatyard can make all the difference as you prep your boat for winter.
nother Great Lakes summer has come to an end, which means boat owners from Superior to Ontario are busy with decommissioning. Like it or not, winter is coming. We all want to take care of our boats properly. It doesn’t matter what we have — a motoryacht, sportfisherman, sailboat or runabout — our boats take us on journeys of adventure, discovery and relaxation each summer, giving us priceless memories. They’re important members of the family, and we want to treat ‘em right. To that end, even if you’re a seasoned DIYer, the best thing you can do is to build a relationship with your boatyard. Trained service professionals routinely handle decommissioning for every imaginable type of vessel, and they can provide expert guidance if you would like to do much of the work yourself. If you’re a newbie seeking to do things the right way, or an experienced boater who hopes to avoid a pitfall or two the next time around, advice from pros will ensure a smoother decommissioning process and a happier launch day next spring. The to-do list In the Great Lakes, haulouts follow a somewhat predictable rhythm. In the upper reaches of the lakes, haulouts begin in August and run through early October. The farther south you go, you’ll find haulouts gearing up through September and hitting a fever pitch in October. “For us, the busiest season for haulouts and winterizations is August through October,” says Geoff Hamilton, service manager at E.J. Mertaugh Boat Works in Hessel, Michigan, just north of the Straits of Mackinac. “Typically, when the kids go back to school, our customers head back down-state and leave their boats with us for the winter.” September, Hamilton adds, is the main month for sailboats and larger cruising boats. October is for the stragglers. If it’s a mild fall, those with summer cottages might eke out a few final weekends on the water and might not fully winterize until mid-month. “In our case, it builds up until the end of September, and then we’re jamming throughout October,” says Rich Larsen, president and general manager of Manitowoc Marina and Nestegg Marine, in Manitowoc and Marinette, Wisconsin, respectively. As soon as the boats are out of the water, the annual decommissioning to-do list takes center stage. If you’re planning to store your boat in a heated, indoor location, your tasks might be limited to basic fluid and filter changes. If you’re storing it outdoors, your list is likely to be longer and heavily focused on winterizing. The most common decommissioning tasks include:
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Check lights Remove bilge plugs Change oil Change filters Drain and fill gear lube Add fuel stabilizer to the fuel tanks Check and clean through-hulls (open all valves so they drain) Change impellers on gensets Replace sacrificial anodes Flush air-conditioning system Pump out holding tanks Drain water from freshwater tanks Dry out bilge areas Winterize bilge pumps, toilets, sinks, shower drains and holding tanks (note: Be diligent with antifreeze, ensuring the complete displacement of water) Winterize the engine and generators Remove batteries and electronics; store in a warm, dry location Empty all perishable items from coolers, cabinets and refrigerators Cover the boat
Who does what? Some DIY-minded boaters might have the skills to check every item off this list, and then some. Others might feel most comfortable replacing fluids and filters, doing a visual inspection, and then consulting with boatyard staff. “A really handy boat owner might be able to do most things,” Larsen says, “but we usually recommend having a certified technician winterize the engine and mechanicals. It doesn’t matter if you’re storing inside or outside… it’s really an insurance policy so you don’t have any nasty surprises in spring. Plus, if there is a problem, it’s the boatyard’s problem.” That’s especially important with newer models. As in the automotive industry, a certified technician will verify the right fluids to use and plug a computer into the vessel to check its codes. Hamilton notes that boat owners need to carefully consider their own mechanical abilities. “We like to say, anything you would hire someone to help out with at your home should apply to your boat as well,” he explains. “Some of the large cruisers are just like floating homes. The systems are similar, but they have very important marine-related standards.” That means it’s in your best interest to allow your boatyard to manage certain projects, especially when they involve structural damage or damaged gear, specific upgrades, GPS, refrigeration and the electrical system.
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“The same rules apply here,” Hamilton notes. “For example, marine electrical systems are tricky, and there is still a lot of advancement in the field. If you’re unsure, it’s best to have the yard do the work to ensure the life of the boat, the system being updated, and, first and foremost, everyone’s safety and well-being.” Ask your boatyard for a checklist of winterizing and storage procedures. You can work together to clearly identify who will be responsible for each task. Keep the lines of communication open and, as Larsen says, don’t be afraid to ask questions. “Any modern, progressive boatyard will be happy to work with you if you want to watch and learn,” he says. “We understand that most boaters just want a working knowledge of how to do specific tasks, in case they ever need to handle something on their own, particularly in an emergency.” Mistakes can happen Most boaters will have a good feel for what needs to be done and which tasks they’re capable of handling. But even longtime boaters can make mistakes, such as: Leaving batteries on a concrete floor in an unheated location; leaving electronics on-board; not fully draining wells, freshwater tanks and plumbing; and not covering the boat properly for outdoor winter storage. On this last point, Larsen says he sees issues when people don’t adequately plan for conditions, or are hoping to save money.
“Someone might cover their boat on a nice day with no wind,” he says. “They’re not planning on a howling north wind with crazy rain or snow. Someone else might use $400 worth of tarps instead of spending the $4,000 or $5,000 for a custom canvas cover. The thing is, those covers do a great job and could last for 10 years. In my opinion, they’re worth it.” Not all mistakes result in damage. “Some people don’t realize you can bypass your hot water heater, so they use gallons of antifreeze unnecessarily,” Larsen says. “That won’t hurt anything, but the cost is higher. We have tricks that can save you time and money.” This is your team If you find yourself in doubt at any point in the decommissioning and storage process, consult with your boatyard team. Even DIYers can benefit from professional expertise. “Feel free to ask questions, and ask for advice,” Larsen says. “Again, don’t ever be afraid to ask.” Remember to be patient, particularly during the peak fall season when yards are extraordinarily busy. “Try to understand that everything needs to be assessed and diagnosed, which takes time,” Hamilton says. “We understand that communication is integral, and we really try to check in as often as possible with our customers via phone, email, text, you name it. Also remember that the boatyard is trying to make it fun for everyone. Boating and boat ownership should be fun.” ★
HEATHER STEINBERGER is an award-winning writer/ editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. Visit her website at WRITEONLLC.COM.
SAFETY FIRST BY HE L E N A IT K E N
Renovation Safety Tips Advice on DIY boat renovations and working with the pros.
A Hines-Farley 66 refit at Jarrett Bay
here are three main reasons to tackle a boat renovation: To change or update the look of a boat; to complete maintenance on worn-out parts; and to repair damage from an accident. Depending on the type of work, renovations may be costly, specialty jobs that should be left to professionals. However, handy DIYers can do minor renovations, like replacing an outboard propeller, with proper guidance and safety in mind. Dylan Cox, the health, safety and environmental director of Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort, North Carolina (JARRETTBAY.COM), shares great advice on how to complete safe renovation projects. What projects could the average boater perform? Cox says: “The average DIYer could take on a variety of projects: Adding cleats or rod holders; installing new electronics, such as GPS units, depth finders, radios or stereo systems; repairing minor fiberglass damage; and bottom painting a hull. [Yet], it’s important for DIYers to know their abilities and not go beyond them.”
Outboard motor repair at Jarrett Bay
What should you do before starting a renovation? “Plan out every step,” Cox says. “Use advice from professionals, solicit advice from other boaters who have tackled similar projects, and consult YouTube tutorials to successfully complete your renovations. Determine what materials and tools are required, and conduct a hazard assessment for each step of the renovation project.” When removing parts, place them aside in the order taken off, so they can be put back in the correct, reverse order.
A 54-foot hull refit at Jarrett Bay
What about tools? “Use the proper tools for the job,” Cox says. “Tools designed for different purposes often result in personal injury or damage to your vessel.” Invest in the right kind of gloves for the project: Latex or plastic types for cleaning and painting; chemical-resistant gloves for stripping, gluing and glassing; and lightweight ones that grip for general maintenance. Some projects require a utility knife and straightedge. Don’t skimp on the length or weight of the straightedge — longer may be better. And, if you’re going to work on your knees, invest in a foam mat or cushioned knee pads. Your body will thank you.
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 AITKENHELEN.COM.
Any advice on clothing, chemicals and waste disposal? “Wear close-toed shoes and clothing that will keep you protected from hazardous materials or chemicals,” Cox says.
“When working with chemicals, always consult the chemical manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet to determine hazards, proper handling, fire control methods and first aid measures.” Never combine chemicals without manufacturer instructions. Cox adds, “At the end of your renovations, contact your local municipality’s waste disposal department for instructions on how to properly and safely dispose of chemicals and other waste.” What about fiberglass work? “You need proper respiratory protection — such as a tight-fitting respirator with particulate filters or a dust mask — to keep fiberglass dust from entering your respiratory system,” Cox says. “In addition to respiratory and eye protection, you will need to have as little skin exposed as possible. [Use] Tyvek suits, disposable gloves, closed-toed shoes and shoe covers. [There’s] a high level of noise exposure [during] fiberglass grinding, so protect your hearing with ear plugs or ear muffs.” What safety advice do you have for changing an outboard propeller? “Make sure that you have the appropriate size prop wrench, a 4x4 block of wood and cut-resistant gloves,” Cox says. “Worn propellers are often sharp due to sand and grit exposure. Use the wood as a wedge between the top blade of the propeller and the anti-ventilation plate to prevent the propeller from slipping when removing the propeller nut.” For obvious reasons, turn off the kill switch to keep from accidentally engaging the propeller while working on it. Propellers vary in material, pitch and cost. Purchase the right kind and size, and test in the water after it’s installed. Some off-the-shelf props have the wrong pitch; if you notice a change in RPMs or thrust, a prop shop might be your next stop. How do you choose a professional for non-DIYer renovations? “Check reviews online and ask the professionals for referrals to ensure they are a trustworthy company worth entrusting your vessel to,” Cox says. Ask other boaters, your marina experts and contact the manufacturer for authorized, certified professionals to complete the work. “Contact a marine surveyor when looking to purchase a new boat or when there is an accident involving insurance,” Cox says. “They will do a much better job accessing the condition of a vessel and determining the cost of repairs.” Lastly, “renovation” doesn’t have to be a scary word; some jobs can be tackled easily. Pick your project, do your homework, take your time and follow safety protocols; you’ll be proud you did. ★
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ELECTRONICS BY G L EN N HAY ES
Transducer Troubles Remedies for faulty transducers.
PRODU CT PHOTO BY G LENN H AYES; SCREENSH OT COURTESY OF AIRMAR
f a capable and technologically-advanced fish finder/ sounder aboard is not working well at identifying bottom structure and fish, the transducer may be to blame. What’s a transducer, you ask? It’s the portion of the sounder attached to the hull that transmits the signals that identifies fish and draws the bottom image. The good news is that in most cases the transducer does not need to be replaced; usually, a simple placement modification or sonar software setting is all that is needed to get the maximum performance out of a sounder. Before letting frustration set in and rushing out to get a better sounder or a new transducer, try some proven remedies and get back to catching fish and reading the bottom accurately. Ready, set, go Craig Cushman, the director of marketing at Airmar Technologies Corporation, a leading manufacturer of transducers, explains there are a few common issues that can be easily rectified. One common issue is when the settings in the head unit itself are “not optimal or set up incorrectly,” and are not matched correctly to the transducer. Airmar’s CHIRP transducers now have a feature called Transducer ID, which acts as a “virtual handshake” with the head unit, identifying what the frequencies are; the head unit recognizes this and sets itself appropriately. Cushman explains that some problems may occur when the unit is on the wrong frequency. Settings may be affected by the sonar unit you’re plugging into, software and users inadvertently changing settings within the software and menus of the head unit. It’s important to know the frequencies your transducer operates on; this can usually be found in the user manual or by identifying the transducer from its ID tag on the cable and calling the manufacturer. Once the frequencies are identified, go to the appropriate setup page on the head unit and select the correct frequencies. Once correctly set, you should then start enjoying improved fish identification and bottom images. Running interference Cushman says that another common issue is electrical interference. A common complaint that consumers report is vertical lines showing up all over the screen. Cushman says that nine times out of 10, this is directly related to electrical interference due to the transducer cable being bundled with, or routed right next to, other cables, such as alternator cables and/or VHF cables. When this is the case, the transducer is working perfectly but is getting “bleed over” from other sources that show
up on the display. Rerouting the transducer cable is the best solution; however, if rerouting is not possible, the use of Ferrite Beads on the offending cables should help. Separating the transducer cable from the others (as much as possible) within the same run and not bundling or cable tying them together can also make a difference. Location is everything Incorrect positioning of the transducer is another common issue. “The bubbles caused by the boundary layer on a boat are going to interrupt the signal of that transducer,” Cushman explains. “So if you have a transom mount that you can adjust down so that you can get clean, air-free water running over the face of it, you will get better performance.” “If it is a through–hull transducer, you can diagnose whether you have that problem by noticing that the same disruption happens at the same speed or when turning,” Cushman continues. “If it is consistently happening at a certain point or when you do a motion with the hull, then you know you have a problem with the location of the transducer.” Cushman says that a possible remedy would be to add a fairing block or move the transducer to a better location. You can visit the Airmar website (AIRMAR.COM) to get installation tips and the best locations on your boat for your type of transducer. There are many possible issues and solutions to improving your transducer performance; however, if all else fails, an Airmar Certified Installer can use a device called a TDT 1000 tester to measure the transducer based on its tested parameters on its date of manufacturer and determine if there is any loss in performance. Cushman says, “History tells me that the majority of the time a transducer either works perfectly or not at all, and any grey in-between can be tracked down to software settings or transducer placement.” Checking for the issues above may save you a technician visit and money spent on new equipment. ★
(Left) Transom, throughhull and puck transducers. (Right) An example of electrical interference.
GLENN HAYES is a marine writer and photographer whose background in the marine industry and in marine electronics spans almost three decades and many thousands of miles at sea traveling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY C RA IG R ITC H IE
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 30' Beam: 10'
Built for three-season cruising.
Draft: 26"/30" Weight: 9,800 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 80 gals. Power: T-Yamaha F300 Base Price: $309,937 CUTWATERBOATS.COM
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Cutwater C-302 Coupe
lending the comfortable layout of its popular C-30 Sedan with the performance of a double-stepped hull with patented laminar flow interrupter technology, Cutwater Boats’ new C-302 Coupe is a fast, capable cruiser that’s ideal for exploring the Great Lakes. The high-performance hull and twin 300-hp outboards allow the C-302 Coupe to achieve a top speed of 53 mph while delivering impressive fuel economy. Throttling back to 25 mph and 3500 rpm still brings cruisers to their destination with plenty of time to spare while enjoying even better fuel economy of 1.34 mpg and a range of more than 400 miles. That kind of performance is appealing boaters who value the ability to go anywhere on the lakes. Step aboard via the large rear swim platform and transom door, and the large aft cockpit speaks to the C-302 Coupe’s versatility. The anglers in your crew will love its open space, 30-gallon livewell, large fish boxes, rod holders and sink, while the entertainers in the family will enjoy the generous seating space and Kenyon electric barbecue
grill. The cockpit also can be conveniently served by the full galley located just inside the salon. “The enclosed salon on the C-302 Coupe provides an added level of protection when cruising during inclement weather,” says Rich Larsen, president of Manitowoc Marina. “It’s also more comfortable when cruising early or late in the year.” The attractive helm console provides plenty of space to accommodate large flush-mount touch displays, along with controls for the standard bow and stern thrusters. Built for cruising, the C-302 includes thoughtful appointments like bow and helm controls for the stainless steel windlass, and a 2,000-watt sine wave inverter to power accessories without generator noise. An audiophile Fusion stereo comes standard, along with two TVs with DVD players located in the salon and master suite. A comfortable island berth with memory foam awaits in the spacious master stateroom. If need be, the boat can sleep up to six people on three separate berths, providing privacy and comfort on extended cruises. ★
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Formula 400 SSC
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 40' Beam: 12'
Outboard power on a timeless classic.
ormula turned a lot of heads in 2016 when the company unveiled its revolutionary 430 Super Sport Crossover (SSC), and did so again this summer with the all-new 400 SSC — an equally luxurious dayboat in a slightly smaller package. Combining Super Sport performance with the versatile, open bow and cabin elements of its larger sibling, the 400 SSC brings boaters the best of all worlds: A floorplan that provides separate areas for a variety of activities while maintaining an open, flow-through layout. A spacious U-shaped lounge seat to starboard and a facing portside divan surround an electricallyactuated cockpit table, which can be raised for lunch or lowered to accept a filler cushion for basking in the sun. The full-height windshield and fiberglass hardtop with a full-width motorized glass sunroof provide protection from the elements when desired, or can be opened up on a beautiful day. “The 400 SSC’s coupe design allows the boat to be opened or enclosed to suit the weather,” says Formula Boats President Scott Porter. “The cockpit reverse-cycle air will automatically switch to heat or cool as needed, so you can comfortably extend the boating season.”
Draft: 40" Weight: 23,700 lbs.
A fully equipped outdoor galley includes a pull-out refrigerator, a Cuisinart blender and an available Kenyon electric grill. A first-of-its-kind sliding windshield and flush cockpit sole lead to the spacious bow seating area. Throughout, guests enjoy a premium Rockford Fosgate stereo with USB and Bluetooth, which drive 10 JL Audio blue LED-lighted speakers and a lighted 200-watt subwoofer. There’s also a 32-inch LED HD-TV with a Blu-ray player in the main cabin. Below, a beautifully appointed cabin with a U-shaped Ultraleather lounger and dual height wood table provides a place to entertain guests for indoor dinners or relax on overnight stays. The boat sleeps four, which is a welcome surprise for a boat of this class. Powered by four Mercury Verado 300 outboards with joystick piloting, Formula’s 400 SSC offers the kind of inspiring performance that makes distant ports far more accessible for long weekend getaways or day trips. “Boaters can explore several different ports in a day and still be home for dinner,” Porter says. ★
Fuel Capacity: 400 gals. Water Capacity: 56 gals. Power: 4 X Mercury Verado 300 Base Price: Contact dealer FORMULABOATS.COM
DEALERS Chicago Yacht Works CHICAGOYACHTWORKS.COM
312-724-9101 Lakeside Formula LAKESIDEFORMULA.COM
586-772-4100 Marine Tech Concepts
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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 67'5" Beam: 17'9"
Luxury meets performance.
Draft: 4'11" Fuel Capacity: 1,188 gals.
Water Capacity: 185 gals. Power: 1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1350 Base Price: Contact dealer RIVIERA .COM. AU
DEALERS Bay Marine Waukegan, IL; Sturgeon Bay, WI 847-336-2628; 920-743-6526 BAYMARINE .NET
Lake Michigan Yacht Sales; Onekama Marine Bay Harbor, MI; Onekama, MI 231-439-2675; 231-889-5000 ONEK AMAMARINE .COM
Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
iviera has taken the concept of a semi-custom yacht to another level with its all-new Belize 66 Sedan, a vessel that delivers a fresh sense of space, comfort and luxury. It starts with the teak-laid swim platform, two-thirds of which is submersible to facilitate launching a tender from the aft garage. The teak treatment continues into the cockpit, where a spacious stern seat and an L-shaped lounge to starboard invite you to linger and enjoy the outdoor galley with its barbecue, fridge and ice maker. Wide side decks lure a visit to the foredeck entertaining area. Or step into the salon, where a large and efficient U-shaped galley with stone countertop lies to starboard, complete with an induction cooktop, convection microwave, fridges, freezers and a pantry opposite. One step forward and up from the galley is the starboard dinette facing a free-standing portside lounge, which can be easily moved to add to the dinette seating. The expansive helm offers a comfortable, sporty steering wheel and an elegant glass dash facing luxurious twin captain’s chairs, with a third, copilot seat to starboard.
“The wraparound windshield really completes the helm,” says Riviera’s Chris McCafferty. “It offers exceptional visibility while giving the boat a classic, distinctive look.” A staircase just ahead of the helm leads below deck. Riviera offers a wide range of three- and four-cabin layouts in the Belize 66, allowing owners to choose a floorplan option that best meets their needs. The four-cabin Classic layout features a full-beam master stateroom amidships with a full-beam ensuite aft, while the three-cabin Grand Presidential option includes large wardrobes and a bidet. In either case, the forward guest stateroom features a queen bed, twin wardrobes and an ensuite head. A cabin on the port side is equipped with twin beds that can slide together to create a comfortable double, with ensuite access to the day head. All cabins are fully carpeted, and all wardrobes and storage lockers are cedar-lined. Power for the new Belize 66 Sedan comes from twin Volvo Penta IPS3 1350 turbo diesel engines connected to the IPS3 pod drive system. ★
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Tiara Yachts C 49 Coupe
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 50'3" Beam: 15'4"
Extended cruising in comfort.
uilding on the runaway success of its innovative C 50 Coupe introduced in 2015, Tiara Yacht’s all-new C 49 Coupe builds on the original design with more usable space throughout. The integrated 63-inch swim platform and wide portside steps lead the way to the spacious aft cockpit where a sumptuous L-shaped lounge finished in exterior-grade Ultraleather and a comfy aft-facing seat make the ideal spot to relax over cold drinks. The L-shaped lounge is a break from previous Coupe models, thanks to a single transom entry that nearly doubles the seating area. A high-gloss, adjustable teak table handles casual snacks or meals under the stars with equal ease. A sliding cockpit door leads inside to the full-beam galley, well positioned to serve both outdoor and indoor dining spaces while also serving up spectacular 360-degree views. Equipped with a drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, two-burner cooktop, microwave/convection oven and quartz countertops, the galley is a bright and open space for owners to unleash their inner gourmet. Continue forward into the salon and a massive U-shaped dinette lounge to port faces a loveseat to starboard, located just aft of the double-wide helm seat.
Draft: 50" Weight: 41,100 lbs.
With a push of a button, the entire salon opens up to the elements thanks to the large electrically actuated sunroof. Powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 800s with joystick docking, the C 49’s helm is designed for intuitive operation. A pair of Garmin 7600-series displays put all information at the driver’s fingertips, while visibility from the helm seat is outstanding. A central stairway leads below to an attractive atrium with a comfortable portside lounge that can lift up and transform into a bunk; the kids will love this feature. A day head is located to starboard, and the mid-cabin, full-beam owner’s suite is very bright and spacious thanks to enormous privacy windows on both sides. There’s a centerline queen bed with innerspring mattress, a private ensuite head, and generous wardrobe and storage facilities. Guests enjoy the comfort of a spacious bow stateroom complete with ensuite access to the day head, large hullside windows and a similar island queen bed. In true Tiara style, the C 49 comes with an inviting option list, allowing owners to spec this yacht exactly as they wish. Luxuries like a hydraulic swim platform, full teak decking, a Seakeeper 9 gyro and KVH satellite TV system are only the beginning. ★
Fuel Capacity: 500 gals. Water Capacity: 135 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta IPS 800
Base Price: Contact dealer TIARAYACHTS.COM
DEALERS SkipperBud’s 800-636-2628 SKIPPERBUDS.COM
Walstrom Marine 231-526-2141 WALSTROM.COM
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JEANNEAU NC 1095 Crafty maneuvers. by lenny rudow
he Jeanneau New Concept (NC) fleet topped out at 29 feet up until this summer, when the
French boatbuilder introduced a new NC flagship, the 1095. Although this boat adds a mere five extra feet of LOA, the expanded cruising capacity it provides
is downright shocking. The Jeanneau NC 1095 has
a lot more to offer than one normally expects from a 34-foot cruiser.
STATELY DEMEANOR Step aboard the boat at the starboard-side opening gunwale door, walk through the air-conditioned salon, and head directly down the companionway stairs to see what we mean. There, at the bottom of the stairway, you’ll have two doors to your left, one straight ahead and a fourth door to your right. One of those doors, of course, leads to the head. That’s the one forward and to port. Swing it open and you’ll note a roomy compartment with a separate stall shower, which is a bit surprising, as many cruisers in this class have a wet head. The real shocker, however, comes when you start opening the other doors. As you’d expect, the one straight ahead slides open to reveal the master stateroom. This is a relatively uncomplicated stateroom, with a walkaround pedestal queen berth (the front flips up to access a large stowage compartment), a hanging locker and additional stowage compartments along the sides. But, what lies behind those other two
doors? There’s no possible way a 34-foot, 5-inch LOA could actually house three private staterooms, is there? Open one, then the other, to arrive at an emphatic “yes.” Thanks to the use of outboards, Jeanneau was free to carve out a vast amount of space from underneath the salon to create living quarters. While most boats of this size would use that space as an open mid-cabin berth, the NC 1095 offers a pair of nearly parallel cabins with small standing headroom spaces forward and low-headroom berth space stretching aft. True, these staterooms are minimal. Step in, close the door, and you have just enough room to turn around forward of the berth. In the portside cabin there’s also a small seat, and both rooms have a small hanging locker as well. But, when it comes to sleeping quarters, do you really need much more? Besides, how many other boats of this size can provide you with three private staterooms? I can’t think of a single one. One more note about the starboard-side
cabin: It has a stowage compartment forward of the berth that’s sized to contain a refrigerator. When long-distance cruising is in the plans and you don’t need a third stateroom, this space can also function as a bulk stowage and pantry area. Head back upstairs to check out the salon, and you’ll see a much more traditional arrangement. There’s a galley aft of the helm to starboard, with a two-burner cooktop, a refrigerator, sink and stowage spaces. A dinette is on the port side. Flip down the dinette leaf, grab the forward seatback, and pull; the backrest slides, the seat base adjusts with it, and that aft-facing dinette seat suddenly becomes a forward-facing passenger’s seat. THE SOUND OF SILENCE That’s nifty design work, but it’s not nearly as cool as what you’ll discover when you take the helm, pull away from the dock, and start revving the pair of 300-hp outboards on the transom. While sea trialing this boat,
JEANNEAU NC 1095 SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 34'5" Beam: 10'11" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 10,225 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 212 gals. Water Capacity: 69 gals. Power: T-300-hp outboards Base Price: Approx. $300,000, (well-equipped) JEANNEAU.COM
DEALERS Central Marine Midland CENTRALMARINE .CA
the biggest eye-opener came as we sat in the salon, cruising down Maryland’s South River at just over 30 mph. Or, maybe we should say it was the biggest ear-opener. Since those engines are all the way back there on the transom — instead of living in the belly of the boat as with inboard-powered cruisers — the salon is amazingly quiet. In fact, four of us were able to hold a conversation at perfectly normal speaking volume while running full-tilt. Speaking of full-tilt: The NC 1095 broke 43 mph at wide-open throttle. It’s true that fuel burn at that pace is rather significant at 54 gallons per hour, but at more reasonable cruising speeds the boat maintains better than a mile to the gallon. Besides, few cruisers give you this sportboat-like ability in the first place. If you want to plaster a grin across every face aboard, trust us, nailing the throttles and pulling a few hard S-turns will get the job done. I noticed one other thing during the sea trial which can’t go unmentioned, and that’s exceptional stability. The waters were calm when
Traverse Bay Marine
we were on the boat, but we did run in several sets of boat wakes, we stopped and drifted beam-to, and we tried everything we could to get the boat rocking and rolling. Thanks to a low center of gravity, sound hull design, and a high beam-to-length ratio, the NC 1095 is much more stable than one would expect. OUTSIDE THE BOX Jeanneau also displays some clever thinking in the cockpit. In a page borrowed from the NC 895, the aft settee is mounted on tracks. This allows you to push it all the way aft to the outboards and enjoy maximum cockpit space while the boat’s in use. When it’s time to moor up at the end of the day, you pull the release pins, slide the settee forward, and there’s enough space aft to tilt the outboards all the way up and out of the water. This is a fantastically smart arrangement, which could be made even smarter with the installation of a fail-safe or warning mechanism to prevent tilting the engines if you forget to first slide the settee out of the way.
231-943-4400 Larsen Marine LARSENMARINE .COM
More smart designs can be spotted up on the bow, where a pair of loungers with flip-up backrests flank the overhead hatches in the cabin top. Sure, you expected to see those loungers, which many modern cruisers feature. But Jeanneau also added an integrated stowage compartment in the bow. Pull out the rings, flip the top up, and you’ll find a set of filler cushions that bridge the space between the two loungers, transforming the entire cabin top into one big sunpad. The bottom line? The Jeanneau NC 1095 has a great combination of features you don’t commonly find in cruisers of this size. Between the triple staterooms, sporty handling, and maximization of usable exterior space, it exceeds expectations in a number of ways. ★ LAKELANDBOATING.COM
lthough I’m not old enough yet to be mumbling incoherent statements under my breath on a regular basis, I am guilty of this action on a recent sea trial. Walking through the yacht at hand, I found myself thinking — and at times vocalizing — the virtues of size versus features, with various statements like “This is a 53-foot yacht?” and “How can this be only 53?”
You won’t believe it’s only 53 feet. Story and photos by Capt. Tom Serio
as well as a few colorful words mixed in for good measure. What had me in mixed emotions was the newest delivery by Marlow Yachts, the Marlow 53E. Though not a new design for the Marlow team, it is a fresh look at what a semi-custom builder can offer a client in an easy-to-handle, cost effective, intelligently-designed and full-functioning yacht.
Clean look, low maintenance
The owner of the 53E I tested wanted a bright, clean look with low maintenance. Marlow delivered with an all-white hull and superstructure. Recognizable by the signature Marlow lapstrake hull style, the 53E comes with full walkaround decks, a Portuguese bridge and an extended flybridge deck. The lack of teak decking and steps makes this yacht more low maintenance. Walking surfaces have non-skid coating to prevent slippage. Even the custom aft deck table with rounded edges is fiberglass, omitting all exterior wood elements. For a traditional yacht, the look is contemporary and cleanup a breeze. Having been on a number of Marlows over the years, I look at them a bit more intensely every time I get on-board. I want to see if the quality stands up to what David Marlow has professed over the years. Specifically, on a smaller model, there should be no shortcuts, lesser grade materials or cheapening of fit and finish. I can truly state that Marlow builds the 53E to the same uncompromising level as he builds his 80E. Take a good look around. The interior walls, cabinets and even centerline ceiling grabrail are constructed of satin-finished teak, which is inviting and classy, warm but not stodgy. Light colored vinyl and leather offerings fit out the salon port sofa and starboard L-shaped sofa, as well as the ceiling panels. Add in large side windows with blinds, aft doors with windows and an unobstructed view from stem to stern for a wide-open feel and exceptional view from any location. Enhancing the comfort is a port counter with a fridge and icemaker underneath. Opt for a wetbar sink if youâ€™d like. Marlow constructs his yachts like an airplane fuselage: Allowing for the cabin to support itself without the use of main bulkheads internally, which impedes sightlines and create obstructions.
Step it up
Forward up a few steps is the starboard galley and port dining settee with flip-up table. Acres of Corian counterspace line the U-shaped galley, outfitted with a Franke stainless sink with Grohe faucet, three-burner Kenyon cooktop with pot holders, and a Dacor convection oven. Marlow opts for under-counter fridge and freezer drawers, and this 53E has four Sub-Zero pull-outs, alleviating the need for a full-height fridge while providing the same capacity. A Fisher & Paykel dishwasher fits well into the appliance scheme. There are so many drawers and overhead cabinets that you might be hard-pressed to fill them all. For the owner/operator, the helm is center next to the table, keeping the operator near guests. Port and starboard side doors make loading provisions into the galley uncomplicated, as well as accessing the Portuguese bridge, foredeck seats and dock lines. Command of the vessel is easy from the lower helm pod, with an angled console for twin multifunction displays and a dash sufficiently sized for other electronics, including CAT engine monitor, tabs, spotlight control, autopilot, thruster joystick, throttle shifters and more. Banks of rocker switches, breakers, Naiad stabilizer controller and a bilge/water alarm annunciator panel are overhead.
Remember, this is a 53-foot yacht; however, the three staterooms below feel like you are on a larger yacht. Teak and holly flooring carries from the main deck down the stairs to the lower areas. Forward is a VIP stateroom, with a raised queen centerline berth, under-berth storage, cedar locker and overhead lighting. A double berth stateroom is on the port side, with a cedar-lined hanging locker and opening rectangular porthole. The VIP and portside staterooms share a head, complete with separate
shower stall with opening porthole, teak floor grate and Lexan door. Corian counters, Grohe faucets and a vacuum flush toilet are included. Situated midship with a walkaround, centerline king berth, the full-beam master stateroom is larger than some apartments in New York City. Finished in velvety satin teak wood, it’s an oasis of comfort, from the plush bedding and padded headboard to the large, rectangular opening portholes that let in the afternoon breeze. Custom-built wooden privacy screens slide in tracks to cover the portholes and are translucent to allow ambient light in. Deep drawers on both port and starboard sides are perfectly sized for casual clothing. Dual cedar-lined closets handle the hanging wardrobe and smaller items on built-in shelving. A 26-inch flat panel TV is mounted across from the berth. Between the master and engine room is the master his/her heads with center shower stalls, Corian counters, Grohe faucets, wood-framed beveled wall mirrors, lighted vanity mirrors, vacuum flush toilets and storage compartments. In the hallway is a deck hatch to a machinery space, with access to the freshwater pumps, bow thruster motor and other ancillary systems. There’s ample storage for provisions, storage containers and gear. An optional GE washer and dryer fit neatly into recessed openings right outside the master stateroom.
Max power, minimum size
What makes this boat move — and at impressive speeds — are a pair of Caterpillar 12.9 diesel engines. These powerplants, a collaboration between Cat and Fiat Powertrain Technologies, create higher horsepower in a lighter, smaller package. Marlow chose this 53E to be the first with this engine setup and it didn’t disappoint. Producing 850 hp each, the twin turbo and aftercooled diesels pushed our ride up to just shy of
25 knots at 2300 rpm, 86 gph combined. With tabs off, the 53E hull is on plane running about 16.8 knots at 1800 rpm, and 47 gph. Need more speed? Opt for the engine superchargers, which result in 1,000 hp but in the same footprint. They are a bolt-on addition to this model engine. A true testament to exceptional space planning is the amount of room around the blocks in the engine room. Compact engines, ZF 360 IV reverse reduction V-drive transmissions, equipment racks and a smart layout add to the usability of the space. Heck, there’s even workbenches behind the engines.
Marlow 53E SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 61' Beam: 17'3" Draft: 4'5" Weight (dry): 66,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,200 gal. Water Capacity: 300 gal. Power (tested): Caterpillar 12.9 diesel engines Base Price: $1,500,000 MARLOWYACHTS.COM
You don’t go boating to be indoors, and Marlow knows that, as evidenced by the exterior gathering places. On the aft deck there’s a comfy bench seat nestled between the two boarding stairs from the swim platform. Two side gates make side docking access easy. Wing doors to the side decks allow for a full enclosure to be used around the aft deck, perfect for those cooler cruising months when you still want to sit out back. Covered side decks, forward Portuguese bridge walkaround and twin bench seats forward offer many options for chilling outside. With twin helm seats and the same electronics found at the lower helm, underneath the flybridge hardtop is where you’ll want to be. Accessible from the aft deck molded staircase or the staircase to the lower helm, moving about from deck to deck is seamless. Well-padded L-settee seating to starboard and bench seating to port makes for great lounging. Casual dining is a breeze, thanks to the grilling station aft with fridge. A davit crane allows for water toys to be stored up top. Or use this space for lounge chairs. When you see the Marlow 53E and give it a good once-over, you may find yourself mumbling “I can’t believe this is 53 feet!” too! ★
DEALER Marlow Marine Sales, Inc. MARLOWMARINE .COM
GREAT LAKES BESTIARY! THE FIVE GREAT LAKES ARE MASSIVE, ANCIENT BODIES OF WATER RICH IN MYSTERIES AND LORE. WITHIN THEIR SHADOWY DEPTHS A NUMBER OF STRANGE— EVEN SINISTER — MONSTERS ARE SAID TO LURK, EMERGING OCCASIONALLY TO STARTLE AND EVEN TERRORIZE WITNESSES. HERE ARE SOME OF THE MONSTERS FROM
THE LAKE ERIE MONSTER The first recorded sighting of the Lake Erie Monster, also known as Bessie, occurred in 1793 when a group of men came ashore on Middle Bass Island to hunt ducks. Along the water’s edge, a man fired at some ducks paddling in a marshy area. The roar of the musket startled something that had been resting unseen in the reeds: A 15-foot-long serpent that burst from the underbrush and chased after him. Another monster serpent was reported a century later, on the evening of May 5, 1896. Four people lounging at Crystal Beach reported seeing a 40-footlong, snake-like beast with a pointed tail and a head that looked like a dog. They watched it swim back and forth through the surf for 45 minutes, presumably hunting for prey. The colossal beast was sighted off Sarnia in 1938, when six fishermen were forced to run their boat ashore because of the assault of an undulating, 30-foot-long serpent. Most recently, there was a flurry of sightings in 1993. The Lake Erie Monster has been a part of local lore for so long and has been seen
by so many that a group of Huron, Ohio businessmen offered a reward of $100,000 to anyone who could prove the monster existed. So far, no one has been able to claim the reward.
THE ANGONT The lore of the Angont says that it’s a terrifying creature of malice and eternal hunger that resides primarily in Lake Huron, but there have even been tales of sightings as far away as Lake Michigan. This massive, snake-like creature is said to have bull-like horns atop its head. A mouth full of jagged teeth hints at its primordial nature, and prominent fangs drip with noxious venom. The creature’s breath is said to be so poisonous a mere whiff will kill even the strongest bear. First Nations lore says the Angont capsizes canoes, throwing the passengers into the water where they become easy prey for its gaping maw. In some traditions, the Angont will spare travelers who made offerings to it, and there are dark tales of Iroquois tribes making drowning sacrifices in its name to appease its hunger and ensure safe travels. The Angont isn’t merely First Nations myth; a serpentine monster has been seen numerous times in Georgian Bay, especially around Wasaga Beach, as far back as the 1930s.
NEW PAPER PH OTO COURTESY W EEKLY WORLD NEWS; BESSIE COURTESY OF SUPERNATURAL FOX SISTERS
GREAT LAKES MYTH AND LEGEND.
by andrew hind
What mythical creatures lie beneath the Great Lakes?
PHOTOS COURTESY (CLOCKWISE) : SU PERIOR BEVERAGE, OJ IBWE; FATE MAGAZINE AND ANDREW HIND
THE LAKE ONTARIO MONSTER The first sighting of the Lake Ontario Monster occurred in 1652 by legendary fur trader Pierre Esprit Radisson, but it has stolen the headlines many times since. A remarkable description of the creature comes from the 1821 testimony of John Maupin and James Sigler, en route from Montreal to Mackinac with eight voyageurs in a canoe: “…we discovered at the distance of five or six hundred yards a large body floating on the surface of the water, very much like a burnt log from 20 to 25 feet in length; but on approaching it three or four hundred yards closer, it proved to be an animal motionless and apparently sleeping. We continued to advance towards it until within 30 yards, when the animal raised its head about 10 feet out of the water, looking around him in the most awful and ferocious manner, and darting forward with great velocity, making the water fly in every direction, and throwing columns of it at a vertical of seven or eight feet with it tail.” The witnesses estimated the creature measured 37 feet long and 2.5 feet in diameter, and noted it was covered with black scales and had a “red and venomous looking” tongue. A decade later, Captain Abijah Kellogg of Sackets Harbour had a similar encounter. What initially looked like a mast in the water turned out to be a massive serpent-like beast that swam toward Kellogg’s schooner before diving below the bow. The monster was described as being as thick as a flour barrel and measuring an incredible 175 feet in length, swimming with an up-and-down undulating fashion, rather than the side-to like a snake does. Other sightings have followed in the two centuries since, suggesting something truly colossal resides in the shadowy depths of Lake Ontario.
MISHIPESHU Lake Superior boasts a number of monstrous denizens, including mermaids that were reportedly seen by early French explorers. The most fearsome is the creature called Mishipeshu, also known as the “Great Lynx” or “Water Cougar.” Details of the creature’s appearance vary from culture to culture, but it’s generally described as being a cross between a feline (such as a cougar or lynx) and a dragon. Its serpent-like body is covered in scales and stretches as long as 20 feet, with sawtoothshaped growths running down its back and into a prehensile tail made of copper. The creature is said to have a large, cat-like head topped with either horns or antlers, and with a mouthful of fangs that could effortlessly shred flesh and hide and crush bone. Its roar is the sound of a raging storm and its hiss is that of rushing rapids. Some sources claim Mishipeshu can change shape between its natural serpentine form, a massive lynx with horns, and a human being in order to infiltrate villages. While the vile creature stalks the forests for prey, it is actually said to live in an aquatic lair deep beneath Michipicoten Island. As such, the legends warn of visiting the island. Read Andrew Hind’s book “Canadian Monsters & Mythical Creatures” for more tales of mysterious underwater creatures. H
The Lake Michigan Triangle Separating fact from fiction. by Heather Steinberger
During the 1940 Armistice Day Blizzard, five vessels (including the Novadoc, right) sank in a matter of hours off Michigan’s Little Sable Point.
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avigating the Great Lakes has never been for the faint-hearted. In his classic 1960 book “Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals,” author William Ratigan sets a dramatic stage when he advises: “[Great] ships sail Great Lakes that can swallow them in one black moment without a trace. Storms exploding across hundreds of miles of open water pile up mountainous seas that strike swifter, and more often, than the deadliest waves on any ocean.” Ratigan calls out one lake in particular as deserving the utmost respect among mariners: Lake Michigan, due to “prevailing winds that can sweep its length to roll up backbreaking seas, the scarcity of natural harbors or even man-made places of refuge, and the crowning fact that it is the trickiest of the Lakes to keep a course on, due to currents caused by a flow around the Straits of Mackinac when the winds shifts.” Ominous words. Is there something inherently more dangerous about Lake Michigan? And, could this lake be home to a treacherous “triangle” like the more famous one off Bermuda? For years, swirling references have hinted at something weird, dangerous and even supernatural in these cold Midwestern waters. To understand what’s really happening out there, according to shipwreck researcher and historian Valerie Van Heest, we must disentangle fact from fiction.
Origins of a legend
Underwater exploration is in Van Heest’s blood. Her father, a U.S. Navy diver in World War II, introduced her to scuba when she was just a teen. “I grew up on Lake Michigan, so that was my diving playground,” she recalls. “In the early 1980s, a group of people with the Chicago Maritime Society decided to use their skills to further knowledge of Lake Michigan maritime history; I joined them and began documenting wrecks off Chicago.” That was the beginning of a lifelong journey. Van Heest cofounded the Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and was the organization’s director for eight years. Then, after marrying a Michigan diver and moving to Holland, she served as president of the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve before cofounding the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA) in 2001 with her husband, Jack, along with Craig Rich and Geoff Reynolds. She has been the association’s director ever since. The MSRA’s working area is the east side of Lake Michigan; it includes part of the so-called “Lake Michigan Triangle,” which allegedly runs between Ludington and Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Although ships certainly have gone down in this region for centuries, the triangle idea is much more recent. “I did some of my own searching in newspaper archives, and the first mention in print I could find was an (April 2005) article by Bill Wangemann in the Sheboygan Press,” Van Heest says. “I believe that might have been the origin of this. In 1977, there was a book called ‘The Great Lakes Triangle’ by Jay Gourley… that might have been the inspiration.” In the years since, the triangle has gone from a simple writer’s hook to a Google definition. A quick online search will unearth everything from TV news clips to an Atlas Obscura entry and an episode of William Shatner’s “Weird
or What.” In today’s vernacular, the Lake Michigan Triangle is now officially a thing. “There was a story about the Lake Michigan Triangle in the book ‘Weird Michigan,’ and that editor basically reiterated the Sheboygan Press article,” Van Heest says. “Those books are hugely popular, and I believe that’s how it became a household term. Well-meaning people are regurgitating stories without really digging into history.”
What history tells us
According to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, roughly 6,000 ships lie at the bottom of the Great Lakes — a number that could be several times higher if it includes the number of lost ships whose bones were never found. These vessels foundered due to storms, fire, ice, collision and mechanical failure, and Lake Michigan certainly has seen its fair share. “I’ve focused on Lake Michigan in my research and I can say that approximately 2,000 ships were total losses on this lake,” Van Heest reports. “They aren’t in any one area. They’re near major ports, and along the shipping lanes — the most economical routes from A to B — and those shipping lanes go through the triangle region. Although MSRA’s area is part of the Lake Michigan Triangle, we don’t have many wrecks, considering how many there are all over the lake. We didn’t have the big ports.” Along any sort of major thoroughfare, accidents will happen. Ships sink, and some will become legends simply because there are no answers. At least, not at first. For years, the schooner Thomas Hume was a Flying Dutchman — a ghost ship that sailed through a crack in the lake in 1891, somewhere between Chicago and Muskegon. Although the ship became a poster child for mysterious disappearances in the Lake Michigan Triangle, her remarkably intact wreck was discovered in 2006.
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Little Sable Point lies in the northeast section of the socalled Lake Michigan Triangle (top). The Novadoc (above, bottom) ran aground off the point during a violent 1940 storm.
MSRA and archaeologists from the Lakeshore Museum Center later confirmed the wreck was indeed the Thomas Hume, and research continues in the hopes of putting together what happened during that long-ago May squall. “There’s a nugget of truth to the triangle legend,” Van Heest says. “Something took these boats down in that area. But I feel the Lake Michigan Triangle always was meant to be fun, not real history. I want to do a service to mariners by exploring the science.”
Danger at Little Sable Point
The infamous Armistice Day Blizzard provides good examples of ships lost in the triangle. On November 11, 1940, five vessels sank and 64 people died in a matter of hours off Michigan’s Little Sable Point, between Muskegon and Ludington. By all accounts, it was an apocalyptic storm. A historical marker in Pentwater, Michigan, reads: “Bodies washed ashore throughout the day. As night fell, a heavy snow storm arrived. Rescue efforts by the Coast Guard and local citizens continued for three days after the storm. Three Pentwater fishermen were later recognized by the local community and the Canadian government for their bravery in rescuing seventeen sailors from the Novadoc.” The 253-foot Novadoc ran aground that day and, fortunately, 17 people survived the ordeal. Those aboard the 380-foot Anna C. Minch and 420-foot William B. Davock weren’t so lucky; both freighters were lost with all hands. And, for a time, they fueled their own Flying Dutchmen legends. “We know there were winds of 80 to 125 miles per hour kicking up waves higher than houses on Lake Michigan when two steamers sailed away on that date of awesome memory on the Great Lakes, November 11, 1940,” Ratigan writes. “But how could you, Anna C. Minch and William B. Davock, be swept into oblivion without leaving a trace?” Like the Thomas Hume, however, they were waiting quietly Accomplished wreck diver and historian Valerie Van Heest (above) has dedicated her life to researching Lake Michigan shipwrecks like the William B. Davock (right).
in their final resting places. In the half century since Ratigan published his book, both wrecks have been found. And what happened to them, while tragic, isn’t otherworldly at all. “During the Armistice Day storm, two of the freighters sank in shallow water, one in deep water, all within seven miles of each other,” Van Heest says. “Here’s what we know: Little Sable Point creates some shallows; the waves hit that area, and you get unusually shaped waves and onerous wave patterns. “The other two wrecks that day were fishing boats,” she continues. “The fishermen reported an unusually warm day, in the 60s. Within an hour, around noon, temperatures plummeted, and it started snowing.” The storm impacted people from Kansas to Michigan with gale- and even hurricane-force winds, 20-foot snowdrifts and 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature drops. Nearly 150 people died, including 32 duck hunters. “There was such a great loss of life in one day,” Van Heest says. “Boats were caught unawares.” Nearly 70 years later, on July 23, 2008, a classic 65-foot Chris-Craft Constellation called Pizzazz left Saugatuck, Michigan, bound for Charlevoix. On what was otherwise a fairly calm day, skipper Tim Marr spotted a massive wave off Little Sable Point. “He’d been running in 2- to 3-foot seas, and this one was 10 feet,” says Van Heest, who wrote about the incident for Lakeland Boating. “He turned the bow into the wave, got over it… and then he saw the others.” It was the notorious three sisters. Instead of riding up and over the last rogue wave, Pizzazz went through it. There was a loud crack at the bow, and suddenly, water gushed into her salon. Marr and his son, 15-year-old Tim Marr Jr., had just minutes to radio the U.S. Coast Guard for help and get their life jackets on before Pizzazz sank from under them. “It was the talk of the boating community in 2008,”
Van Heest says. “To me, Little Sable Point is perhaps the most germaine example in the triangle discussion. Between the underwater geography and the weather, you have explanations for what has happened there.”
Flight 2501: A lingering mystery
Sometimes, admittedly, the explanation remains elusive. On June 23, 1950, Northwest (Orient) Airlines Flight 2501 left New York’s LaGuardia Airport at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, bound for Minneapolis-St. Paul, Spokane, and finally Seattle. Carrying 55 passengers and three crew, the DC-4 propliner was flying over Lake Michigan when it disappeared from radar. “A squall line was moving east across the lake that night, and it was a furious storm,” Van Heest says. According to her research, Captain Robert Lind asked Air Route Traffic Control for clearance to drop to 4,000 feet. At 10:49 p.m. Eastern, ATC allowed him to descend; 40 minutes after that, it directed Lind to drop to 3,500 feet. Flight 2501 was flying in airway “Red 57” from Battle Creek, Michigan, to Milwaukee. The squall line was right in its way. At 12:13 a.m. Eastern on June 24, Captain Lind asked to drop to 2,500 feet. It his last communication. “My contention is that the squall changed direction very suddenly,” says Van Heest, who wrote a book titled “Fatal Crossing” about the tragedy. “He was trying to fly around it, and it unexpectedly hit him.” Based on limited debris and human remains, Flight 2501 either had a devastating mid-air explosion or disintegrated on impact with the water. At the time, it was the worst accident in commercial aviation history, and the wreckage of the plane has never been found. “It’s a tough one, because the plane was flying at 180
miles per hour,” Van Heest says. “We don’t have a last position or exact time, and everyone died.” In 2004, author Clive Cussler approached MSRA, interested in participating in the search for Flight 2501. Over the next 13 years, he would fund 13 expeditions, complete with professional sidescan sonar team. He finally called it quits last year. MSRA is now working with oceanographer Gregory Busch of Freeland, Michigan-based Busch Marine to continue the search. Busch Marine has contributed new sonar equipment, a unique search methodology and a three-man submarine. “We’ve mounted our own effort,” Van Heest confirms. “The thing for me is, with writing this book, I’ve been in touch with relatives and descendants of 50 of the 58 people on-board. I want to bring them closure.” The partners’ base of operations is now St. Joseph, Michigan. They began work in May, and the search will continue until the wreck is found.
The truth is out there
The tragedies that occur in the Lake Michigan Triangle — and the mysteries that linger here — aren’t much different to those throughout the other Great Lakes. These are enormous bodies of water, and they lie in a part of the country that’s known for unpredictable, tempestuous weather. They are pure, raw power. “Neither the Americans who dwell along the seaboards nor those who hail from the inland reaches of plains and mountains can understand the vastness of the Great Lakes,” Ratigan writes. “Here, where the high walls of water stretch in lonesome grandeur to the horizon, only seeing is believing.” In the end, the truth is harrowing enough. It has no need for the embellishment of legend; you just have to search to find it. ★
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MSRA and Busch Marine are continuing the search for Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 (left), which disappeared over Lake Michigan in June 1950.
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Water Never Ends Whether you’re planning a trip through the Erie Canal or cruising Lake Ontario, Oswego, New York is worth the trip. Known as “The Port City of Central New York,” this small nautical history, Oswego is a water and history lovers’ dream. by Margaret Steiss
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s you cruise into Oswego, you pass by the historic West Pierhead Lighthouse. Looking down the Oswego River offers views of a mix of old and new, industrial buildings still in use or repurposed for current needs. It’s readily apparent that this town has history. When you want to stand on solid ground and explore, there are several docking options. On the east side of the river, the Oswego Marina and Port Authority can accommodate both commercial vessels and recreational boaters. If you’re in a sailboat and wish to travel through to the Erie Canal, you will have to remove your mast; the marina can do this for you at a reasonable cost. The Oswego Marina and Port Authority is a U.S. Point of Entry, and on the west side of the canal, Wrights Landing has been recently added as a point of entry. The Oswego Yacht Club is a very sociable member-run club, offering reciprocal club members a night’s stay. They have an active racing schedule and host several regattas each year. In June, the Yacht Club hosts the Oswego County Hospice Regatta. The club’s SAIL Oswego Regatta is held in late July and coincides with Harborfest, one of Oswego’s best-known festivals. Approximately 100,000 people attend this four-day event of music,
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art and fun. End the day with a spectacular fireworks show or head into town to one of the many pubs offering entertainment. A new docking option is at The Best Western Hotel. Located on the river, it offers transient dockage with both electrical and water. For a small fee you can use the fitness and spa facilities. Make sure to try Alex’s on the Water restaurant. Sit on the patio and enjoy fresh seafood while watching passing boats. You never know what you might see: A powerboat cruising by, vibrant fall leaves, or even a pirate party boat. No matter where you choose to dock, you’re within easy walking distance to many great attractions, restaurants and shopping. Just don’t forget comfortable shoes. Stroll along Main Street. Among the shops is the Riverside Artisans, featuring artwork from local artists in a variety of mediums. The hardest part will be deciding which pieces to buy. For more art, wander along the waterfront trail; take your time and don’t expect to keep a brisk pace. Started in 2009 as a way to combat graffiti, the Springboard Mural Project is an initiative of the Oswego County Youth Bureau. Each year, more than a dozen children ages eight and up design and paint murals on the concrete walls of West Linear Park. The work ranges from depictions of local scenes to animals.
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Other cultural endeavours are the Art Association of Oswego and the Oswego Players, both housed in the former Fort Ontario Quartermaster’s Building, now known as the Oswego Civic Arts Center.
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No matter where you go in Oswego you cannot escape the sense of the history, from industrial to military to maritime. In 1615, Samuel de Champlain was the first European to see Oswego. Following the French explorers’ visit, fur trade became important to the area; the British also established an outpost here. After the Revolutionary War, the new Congress decided that Oswego was to be the first port of entry to the U.S. on Lake Ontario. Salt became the next important commodity in Oswego, followed by lumber and shipbuilding. The first ship was built in 1804. By the 1870s, Oswego was the largest lumber port in the nation. Grain also became a major commodity; by the 1870s there were 20 mills. Railways were plentiful, carrying goods to and from the city. The Oswego Railroad Museum honors those memories. To this day, Oswego remains one of the most important ports in the U.S., with ships coming from around the world. Fort Ontario is a national historic site on the east side of Oswego. Built in the 1840s — the fourth fort to be built on the site — Fort Ontario was in use until after World War II. Earlier forts were used in the French-Indian War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812. From August 1944 to February 1946, the fort was used to house survivors of the Holocaust. More can be learned about these survivors at the Safe Haven Museum. While visiting the restored fort, climb the ramparts for a magnificent 360-degree view of Oswego and Lake Ontario. There are many historic buildings in Oswego on both sides of the river. On the east side, check out the Richardson-Bates House. Built for a prominent local lawyer it was donated by his family for a museum with almost all its original Victorian furnishings, making it one of the most complete, restored houses in the country. Displays tell the tale of the town’s early years. Oswego also has one of the countries oldest libraries still occupying its original building.
Founded by Gerrit Smith and opened in 1857, the “Castle on the Hill” library is famous for supporting the abolitionists and the Underground Railway. The whole area of Oswego County is well known for its anti-slavery support, and was a major stop on the Freedom Trail. The buildings are not the only part of Oswego’s history; it’s also the birthplace to many notable people. One such person is Dr. Mary Walker. A civil war surgeon and champion of women’s rights, Walker is the only woman to have received the Medal of Honor. There is now a statue of her in front of the town hall. Oswego’s rich maritime history can be explored at the H. Lee Maritime Museum. Founded in 1982 by local historian and theater educator Rosemary Sinnett Nesbit, the museum is in the former administration offices of the grain elevator. The museum also includes three vessels than can be toured: The USAT LT-5 Major Elisha K Henderson is a World War II tug built to serve in Britain and was present in Normandy where it came under fire; Derrick Boat 8 was built in 1927 and used for maintenance along the canal; and the Eleanor D commercial fishing vessel was in use by the Cahill Family from 1948 to 1979. The museum exhibits are plentiful and cover the maritime history of the area from the native Americans through the wars and to the present. When visiting the museum, you can sign up for a tour of the West Pierhead Lighthouse. Built in 1934 and automated in 1968, the lighthouse later fell into disrepair. In 2009, the city acquired the lighthouse from the Coast Guard and a dedicated group of volunteers, The Friends of the Lighthouse, commenced restoration. The volunteers now run weekend tours.
The sporting life
Enjoying the sports and outdoors is easy in Oswego. Steps from the marinas are hiking trails, including Breitbeck Park just above Wrights Marina. Walk the trail, picnic or rest your feet on one of the many benches overlooking the harbor to watch the boats sail by as the you listen to the lap of the waves. Oswego is known for some of the best salmon fishing in the world. Bass and steelhead are also plentiful. Whether you fish from your own boat, take a tour, including
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Food and fun
After walking, shopping and exploring Oswego, it’s time for a drink with dinner. For those who like a good craft beer check out the US Beer Brewers at The Cellar Door in the historic Woodruff building. The brewery features its own beers brewed right on site, as well as offerings from other New York breweries and distilleries. Food is simple pub fare. Other must-visits are Lombardo’s Bridie Manor, located in the only remaining mill building; the Red Sun Fire Roasting Company; Bistro 197; La Parrilla Grill & Wine Bar; Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In; The Old City Hall and Water St. Café; The Office; and Gibby’s Irish Pub. These are all along the West Side of the canal and are within easy walking distance of Wright’s Landing and the Yacht Club. On the east side, along with the aforementioned Alex’s on the Water, you can dine at Azteca Mexican Grill, the Press Box and Woodchucks. For Oswego’s nightlife, try Spencer’s Ali, The Ferris Wheel, Alley Cat or the Gaslight Pub. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s a college town; that means lots of students, especially at the beginning of the school year. But that doesn’t mean older folks can’t have a great time, too. Oswego is stately and historic, friendly, vibrant and fun. No matter what your reason is for visiting this town, know that you’re in for a good time. H LAKELANDBOATING.COM
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Onekama Marine sells Riviera and Belize Yachts, Monterey Boats, Wellcraft Offshore Boats and Tahoe Pontoons, as well as pre-owned boats. Throughout the year, Onekama Marine hosts community events, including the annual Memorial Day weekend “Shake Down” salmon fishing tournament. It also provides out-of-town guests access to a car when they dock. This allows boaters to drive about a mile into town for shops and restaurants, or to the countryside, which is guaranteed to be painted with red, orange and yellow leaves in the fall. “The key to our area is its beauty,” Jim says. “There are more and more transient boaters coming in all the time, recognizing how beautiful it is here. We have great fishing in Portage Lake and our fall fishing for trout and salmon is outstanding. Portage Lake is in the center between the Platte and Manistee rivers, which are two key salmon rivers and streams.” With a 50-ton travel lift, Onekama Marine can store boats up to 70 feet. So if you’re looking for a port that is quaint, peaceful and scenic to dock or store your boat, Onekama Marine should be at the top of your list. ★
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2010 Marlow Explorer 57E
“Marea” is a rare gem that has just come onto the market, boasting 3 staterooms, 3 heads, and crew quarters. This yacht is powered by twin CAT C-18 1015hp engines and is ready to take you on your next fantastic journey!
2016 Marlow Explorer 80E-CB
“Gracie” is a traditional pilothouse motor yacht. Her spacious salon includes a generous wet bar, and below are four staterooms and crew quarters. Powered by twin CAT C-32’s, 1800hp engines she is ready to cruise.
2005 Marlow Explorer 53C
2004 Marlow Explorer 70E
2007 Marlow Explorer 72E-CB
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2003 Marlow Explorer 57C
2006 Marlow Explorer 70E
2017 Marlow Pilot 32
2003 Symbol Motoryacht 56’
2006 Marlow Explorer 70E-CB
“Tom Foolery” is an ideal luxury cruiser with a full complement of state-of-the-art equipment. She offers three staterooms and is powered by twin 700hp CAT C-12’s. Please contact us for more details.
“Getting There” is a pristine two stateroom 400 Mainship Trawler. She is powered by a single 380hp Cummins diesel and has both bow and stern thrusters for easy maneuvering. Call today.
“Reely Ours” is an enclosed pilothouse and powered by an economical single 260hp Yanmar® diesel. Ready to cruise. Visit today.
“Sand Piper” is a well maintained yacht. She has three spacious staterooms and features a private entrance from the salon to the master stateroom. Powered by CAT 800hp 3406E’s you can fulfill your cruising dreams.
“Bayflower” is perfect for the couple that wants to run their own boat. This three stateroom yacht offers exquisite craftmanship and design. Powered by twin 800hp CAT 3406’s and ready to whisk you away.
“Time” is a beautiful three stateroom Raised Pilothouse Motoryacht that has received numerous upgrades throughout. She is powered by the popular 700hp CAT C-12’s and ready to cruise. Please call for more details.
“Cinnamon Girl” is a Command Bridge yacht offering four staterooms plus full crew quarters. Powered by 1400hp CAT 3412’s for both long range capabilities as well as speed for cruising versatility. Please call for details.
“Casamar” is a stunning example of the popular 70E. She has three staterooms with en-suite heads plus crew quarters. Powered by CAT 1015hp C-18’s you can cruise comfortably at 20 knots or voyage long range at 9 knots.
“White Lightning,” is a highly customized yacht. This beautiful three-stateroom yacht glistens with a stunning high gloss interior. Powered by twin 1015hp CAT C-18s she is ready to move in style. Call for details.
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2015 Marlow Explorer 58E-CB
“Bet-A-Buc”is an exceptional yacht featuring a full beam, center line master stateroom with his and her heads, a queen VIP, and enclosed helm with a day head and a crew cabin. Powered by Caterpillar® C-18’s she cruises at 20-23 knots. Call today.
2017 Nordhavn 63
“Bluewater” is a superb example of the wellknown Nordhavn brand. Owned by a preeminent yachtsman, with access to the finest of marine craftsmen, she shows perfectly. The owner has informed Marlow Marine that he wants the boat sold and to encourage fair offers for the vessel. He is ready to sell for a very attractive price. You will never find a finer, or more pampered yacht from this well-known builder. We encourage offers as the owner is prepared to deliver a fine yacht at an exceptional value.
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45’ 2007 Formula 45 Yacht Volvo D-9, $299,900
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Azimut S7 Pershing 64 Sunseeker 61 Predator Baia 60 Force One Marquis 59 Azimut 58 Flybridge Carver 56 Voyager Azimut 55S Hatteras MY Azimut 50 Fly Azimut 50 Atlantis Azimut 50 Atlantis Sea Ray 500 Express Sea Ray 500 Sea Ray 480 Sundancer
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45’ 1997 Carver 455 Aft Cabin
Volvo Penta 8.1, $199,900
27’ 2007 Rinker 270
300 HP Mercruiser, $43,900
Azimut 34 Atlantis Carver C-34 Powerquest 340 Vyper Bayliner 320 Chris-Craft Amerosport Sea Ray 310 Sundancer Larson 310 Cabrio Bayliner 3055 Formula F-29pc Glastron GS289 Rinker 270 Rinker 270 Rinker 270 Sea Ray 270 Rigid Boats 12 Sport
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2018 ZODIAC PRO-OPEN 650 with Yamaha F150XB 4 Stroke engine, T-Top, custom ski pole, sun deck/bow cushion. Also includes custom Armstrong boarding ladder, battery charger. Asking $53,500. Call Mark @ 414-651-3100. RYS
CLASSIC EGG HARBOR 40 YACHT for sale. Featured in Lakeland Boating’s September 2018 issue, page 72! Contact Ron Ruhland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-316-2111 for information, video or pics. FEB19
2002 31' FORMULA PC31 Twin 6.2 MPI MerCruisers. Asking $68,000. Contact 231-9335414 or email@example.com. HV
2010 32’ SEAWARD 32RK Quality vessel maintained to a superior standard. Fully retractable keel to a 1’8 depth and down to a 6’8. Complete refit of its bottom by Island Packet Yachts. Asking $129,900. Call Chuck at 734-497-3721. RYS
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2015 REGAL 53 SPORT COUPE Immaculate boat, only 60 hours. Every amenity imaginable. Never been lived aboard. Twin Cummins Zeus Pods. Truly luxurious, highest level of comfort and the latest in technology. Freshwater only. Asking $899,000. Call 231-409-1792 or email tammie.cornell@ grandbaymarine.com. FEB19
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