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Viking 42 Open


Beneteau Swift Trawler 44


Down Time


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Viking’s new 42 Open is the Swiss Army knife of yachts. No matter your preference—fishing, cruising or relaxing at anchor—this boat fits the bill. COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF VIKING YACHTS

The wide-body design of our Sport Deck models provides extra space aboard, plus added safety and security for your passengers. A side-entry walkway, along with an oversized swim platform, makes for easy access when boarding. The extra large platform also creates an inviting space for hanging out...and for jumping in the water when you're ready to cool off! Once you've worked up an appetite, insert the table in the bow or cockpit area. With its easy setup, you're quickly ready for snacks and drinks. Everything you need, including a freshwater sink and removable cooler, is standard as part of the onboard refreshment center.

The wide-body design means an extra roomy cuddy cabin. Combine this with our convenient side-entry transom walkway, and you have a setup that your family and friends can enjoy for the whole day...or for the entire weekend. ADDED BONUS: it's affordable and trailerable

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Crazy for Keweenaw

EDITORIAL STAFF Editor: Lindsey Johnson Senior editor: Dave Mull Editors-at-large: Heather Steinberger & Roland Schultz Field editor: Tom Thompson

CONTRIBUTORS Elizabeth Altick, Billy Black, Chris Caswell, Mark Corke, Maria da Silva, Bill Fink, Mike Harris, Andrew Hind, Jerome Kellagopian, Paul Kemiel, Capt. Frank Lanier, Raymond j. Malace, Zuzana Prochazka, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace, Bill Wittenbach BUSINESS STAFF Advertising sales representative: Mark Conway Regional and classified sales manager: Kirsten Moxley Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Circulation director: Sharon P. O’Meara EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICE 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 phone: 312-276-0610 | fax: 312-276-0619 email: website:

Check out our cover boat, the Viking 42 Open, on page 18. This is a quality flybridge yacht that is beautifully fitted out. The 42 Open allows you to trade up or down without sacrificing the quality or aesthetics of a larger vessel. This is a yacht for the times. And finally, do not miss our review of Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 44 on page 26. She’s a real beauty with all the comforts of a high-end trawler, not the least of which is her warm cherry interior. If need be, she can get you where you need to go—swiftly. Enjoy fall!

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ur port of call feature this month is the Keweenaw Peninsula. “Keweenaw” is an Ojibwe name meaning “place of the crossing.” The peninsula juts out into Lake Superior, the biggest, bluest and cleanest of the five Great Lakes. The Keweenaw Peninsula is the only destination in the Midwest on the list of “America’s Top Ten Summer Sports Meccas,” according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. It’s also rated one of the top “fall color” drives in the region. Come winter, the area is known for some of the most scenic snowmobiling trails in the U.S. The peninsula reaches out into the middle of Lake Superior, affording a spectacular view of the lake from any angle. Summer or winter, this area has it all, including mountains not normally enjoyed in the Midwest. Fishing villages reminiscent of the Northeast can be found in the deep water bays tucked along the lakeshore. Longtime Lakeland Boating editor and contributor Heather Steinberger has touched the soul of the area and hit on why so many people have come to this place for generations. Check out her detailed and informative story on page 46. When you go to the Keweenaw, don’t forget to plan a visit to Isle Royale, the largest freshwater island in the world, with both habitat and wildlife unique to the island. Spectacular hiking trails and canoe and kayak rentals are a mere 40 miles away by ferry from Keweenaw’s Copper Harbor. On another note, if you haven’t yet made winter storage plans for your boat this offseason, we have some solid suggestions to offer. Read up on the options available to you as written by Lakeland contributor Capt. Frank Lanier on page 34.

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I enjoyed the celebration of Parks Canada’s Centennial in your article entitled “Marvelous Mariposa” on page 46 of the August 2011 issue, but a correction is in order. The author states that “the Rideau Canal, completed in 1832 as a military waterway to protect Canadian interests, provid[ed] marine access between the Great Lakes and Ottawa, the country’s capital.” The article should have said the Rideau was to provide marine access between Montreal on the St. Lawrence River to Kingston, the country’s capital on Lake Ontario, via the Ottawa River. The Canadian concern was their fear that following the War of 1812, the United States would shut down the St. Lawrence, severing the water route to “Upper Canada.” In 1832 there was no such place as Ottawa, but rather only a village called Bytown, named after the chief British engineer on the Rideau construction project. It was later that Ottawa was founded and subsequently designated the Canadian capital. Parenthetically, without Parks Canada, the Rideau Waterway and possibly the Trent-Severn would have fallen into disrepair and no longer exist to provide really great boating, since their military and/ or commercial purposes were no longer viable. Cheers for Parks Canada. And thanks for your magazine.

We love hearing from you! E-mail us at staff@, or drop us a line at Lakeland Boating, 727 South Dearborn St., Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605. The opinions expressed in Mail Call are not necessarily those of Lakeland Boating. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

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Thanks for the Memories Thank you to Dave Wallace for his “Memories in Stone” column in the July 2011 issue (page 88). This is a very well written and nice story. But what makes it very dear to me is that it involves my brother and his family. They travel with their boat, Bottom Line, every summer from Holland, Michigan, to Mackinaw Island and back, as they have on that boat for more than 20 years. I now live in Florida but have made the trip several times, and you always meet the nicest people along the way. The girls are great kids and look forward to making new memories every year. One last interesting point is that the date Dave cites in the story, July 19, is my brother’s birthday. How special is that! Thank you, Dave Wallace.

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ach fall, boat owners across the Great Lakes must decide what they’re going to do with their boat for the winter—and many are opting to keep it in the water. Marinas all along the Inland Waterway offer wonderful accommodations for boaters, whether they’re stopping by for a night on their circuit to the Caribbean and back, or looking for a place to dock not too far away from their northern homes, yet far enough south that cold weather damage is rare. “Our waterway never freezes, and we have days in the winter that are up in the 60s and 70s,” says Fred Hansard, owner of Alabama’s Demopolis Yacht Basin and the new Kingfisher Bay Marina adjacent to it. “The nice thing is what we think is cold weather, y’all think is summer. We’re all bundled up, and y’all are walking around in shorts.” On the Tombigbee Waterway, Kingfisher Bay is about midway



down Alabama, just above the 32nd parallel. Montgomery It’s an important Demopolis distinction for boat Jackson insurance purposes, as the location maintains Mobile the status of inland waters instead of being considered part of the Gulf of Mexico, Hansard says. Many Great Lakes boaters rent a slip for six months, coming down in November on a leisurely two-week cruise after locking through at Chicago, then heading back north in April or May. A bit closer to the Great Lakes region (just over an 11-hour overland drive from Chicago) is Aqua Yacht Harbor near Iuka, Mississippi. At the north end of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway and close to the Tennessee state line, it is on the winding shores of Lake Pickwick. “We had 125 boats that stayed from one night to two or three months last winter,” says Jason Ferguson, Aqua Yacht Harbor’s fuel dock manager, who handles transients. Boaters here can enjoy massive Lake Pickwick during the months when they’d have to dodge ice floes on the Great Lakes. “We have very mild winters here,” Ferguson points out. “We have had some instances where it got cold, but only for a day or two.” A quick look at each of these jewels on the way south: Kingfisher Bay contains both covered and uncovered slips from 40 to 70 feet with 50 and 30 amp power along with pump-out facilities at each slip. The floating docks maintain boat position at all times, and each slip also is golf cart accessible for boaters’ comfort. The marina sits on a 44-acre tract of land adjacent to the Demopolis Yacht Basin and is only 10 blocks from downtown Demopolis. Golf cart or walking trails provide boaters easy access to the Yacht Basin, which is a full-service facility including a fuel dock, boat maintenance department, 70-ton lift, dry storage for large boats and uncovered docks. Aqua Yacht Harbor touts its technical service staff for boat maintenance and repair and offers a long list of amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis court and exercise facility. It’s close to five golf courses. Each slip offers year-round water hookup and power. Both offer security and southern hospitality. Check out Kingfisher Bay Marina at; 334-289-4374. For more information on Aqua Yacht Harbor, visit or call 662- 423-2222. 



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

Crewmembers aboard the USCG Cutters Mackinaw, Katmai Bay and Biscayne Bay navigate the Grand River during the parade of ships held as part of the 2011 Coast Guard Festival August 1. The Coast Guard Festival is an annual celebration that honors the men and women of the USCG.


06/29 Kayakers Rescued Duluth, MN A USCG boatcrew rescued two teenagers from the frigid waters of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota, after their kayaks capsized. A charter fishing boat operator was traveling though the Duluth Entry near the Duluth Aerial Bridge at 12:00 when he noticed a teenager struggling near his capsized kayak. The boat operator used his VHF-FM marine radio to notify USCG Station Duluth, reporting his own vessel was too large to safely assist. Within four minutes, a USCG boatcrew launched in a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat to rescue the kayaker. When the crew arrived, the 19-year-old had managed to climb back into his kayak, but the vessel was filled with lake water, reported to be about 48 degrees. After discussing several options, the boatcrew and the kayaker agreed it was best for the teenager and his kayak to come aboard the SPC-SW to transit back to shore. While the boatcrew was still on scene with the original kayaker, the Aerial Bridge operator called on the radio to report another kayak capsized on the opposite side of the breakwall. After recovering the first kayaker, the boatcrew transited to the second kayaker, where they found the 18-year-old still in the water with two instructors nearby in their own kayaks. The men were traveling with several other kayakers in a group from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Both are reportedly from Eagan, Minnesota. USCG used a boat hook to recover the second man, then brought his kayak aboard. They transported both men and their kayaks to USCG Station Duluth, where EMTs were waiting. They were further transferred to a local hospital and treated for hypothermia. Both men were wearing life jackets. USCG is not releasing the men’s names. case closed

07/02 Family of Three Rescued Oswego, NY A USCG Station Oswego, New York, boatcrew rescued a man, woman and 15-year-old boy from a 34-foot pleasure craft taking on water about 17 miles north of Oswego, nearly in the middle of Lake Ontario, at approximately 03:30. Rescued are Mark Donelly, 56, Laura Donelly, 53, and their son, Cullan Donelly, 15. When USCG arrived on scene in a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, they found the vessel with water up to the floorboards. They then transferred all three people, who were wearing life jackets, safely aboard the MLB and began towing the damaged vessel toward Oswego. The vessels arrived at a local marina in Oswego at approximately 07:00. None of the three people required medical attention. The mariners contacted USCG via VHF-FM marine radio after the boat began to take on water. A 25-foot Response Boat-Small from USCG Station Oswego launched during the initial response, but returned to the station once the MLB arrived on scene. It is unknown what caused the vessel to flood. case closed 07/04 Five Ejected From Boat Rochester, NY A USCG boatcrew from Station Rochester, New York, rescued five people after they were ejected from their boat about 300 yards east of the Genesee River in Lake Ontario. A member of the USCG Reserve witnessed the three men, ages 47, 21 and 16, and two women, ages 47 and 20, being thrown from the 19-foot vessel after it took a wave over the bow and called USCG Station Rochester to notify the crew there of the accident. A boatcrew was already prepared to get underway for a routine patrol and arrived at the scene of the accident in a 25-foot Response Boat-Small within five minutes. The crewmen brought all five people, who were not wearing life jackets, aboard the RBS and transported them to USCG Station Rochester, where they declined medical treatment. Although there were five life jackets aboard the vessel, none of the boaters were wearing one at the time of the accident, and they weren’t able to put them on once they were ejected. Weather in the area was reported to be two- to four-foot waves, about 17 mph winds and 68-degree water temperature. Arrangements are being made for a commercial salvage company to recover the vessel. The names of the mariners are not being released. case closed PHOTO BY PO3 GEORGE DEGENER


Photo Finish

Results are in from the St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race. Miss Geico, a 50-foot Mystic catamaran, flies by at 170 mph down the St. Clair River at the OPA Offshore-sanctioned 17th Annual St. Clair River Classic Offshore Powerboat Race in St. Clair, Michigan, held July 29-31. Driver Marc Granet, along with throttleman Scotty Begovich, claimed first place in the Extreme Class.

Talk’n Trash, a 38-foot Skater catamaran, with the crew of driver Jimmy Winters and throttleman Vinnie Rifice, wins the trophy in the Super Cat Class.




Calendar of Events

Sept. 22 – 25 Boating & Outdoor Festival Harrison Township, MI

Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 Music Cruise with Lee Murdock Traverse City, MI Oct. 1 St. Clair Solo & Big Al’s Steak Roast St. Clair Shores, MI Wisconsin Maritime Museum Commodore’s Ball Manitowoc, WI Oct. 3 – 11 Friends Good Will sail Muskegon, MI

Oct. 6 – 9 Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Alpena, MI | Oct. 7 – 8 Fort Fright Night at Michilimackinac Mackinaw City, MI | Oct. 7 – 28 (Fridays) Maritime History Ghost Walk Manitowoc, WI Oct. 8 Autumn Lighthouse Festival Lakeside, OH | Boo at the Bay Pumpkin Festival Sandusky, OH | Fall Colors Bridge Race Mackinaw City, MI | Pelee Club Annual Bass Tournament Pelee Island, ON |

Spooktacular Hike Fish Creek, WI | Oct. 8 – 9 Fall Fun Fest Washington Island, WI Pumpkin Patch Festival Egg Harbor, WI Townline Art Fair Ephraim, WI Oct. 8 – 17 Fall Shoppers Festival Mackinaw City, MI | Oct. 14 – 16 Fall Festival Sister Bay, WI Oct. 15 – 16 Sheboygan Shindig Sheboygan, WI Oct. 20 – 21, 27 – 28 Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt Pelee Island, ON Oct. 20 – 23 Kohler Food and Wine Experience Sheboygan, WI | Oct. 22 Door County Fall 50-mile Run Door County, WI | Oct. 27 – 31 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct. 28 – 30 Jack O’ Lantern Days Fish Creek, WI | Oct. 28 – Dec. 18 Holidays & Holly Nights Door County, WI |


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Closing Up Shop

Get squared away during winter break. BY Z UZANA PROCHAZ KA >

DOMETIC Breath Easy Air Purifier

Whether you’re shrinkwrapping or just closing up your boat for winter, reduced airflow translates to mustiness and odor. Keep your boat smelling sweet with Dometic Marine’s Portable Breathe Easy Air Purifier. It reduces the odors of smoke, mildew, mustiness, chemicals and toilet funk. Simply set this small, portable unit inside a closed boat, car or home to cut mold spores, fungus and bacteria by 99 percent and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 96 percent. There’s no maintenance to the unit other than replacing the UV bulb after 9,000 hours, which is about a year. The Portable Breathe Easy Air Purifier measures 6-inches by 5-inches by 2-inches, so it’ll fit anywhere, and covers approximately 100 square feet of an enclosed area (about 6 feet high). Place aboard a closed boat or RV in winter, and you’ll notice the difference next year. The Portable Breathe Easy Air Purifier retails for $130 and carries a two-year warranty. DOMETIC.COM


VALVTECT BioGuard Plus 6

When it comes to protecting your engine in winter climes, one major decision involves whether or not to drain the cooling fluid. But one thing that will definitely help your engine turn over come spring is managing the fuel during long periods of reduced or no use. There are a variety of additives and stabilizers you can stock up on, or just add BioGuard Plus 6 by ValvTect to your diesel tank while the boat sits. Today’s ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel contains more water and is less stable, which means increased bacteria growth will plug filters later, not to mention the possibility of increased corrosion. BioGuard Plus 6 can replace bottles of biocide, moisture dispersant, lubricity improver, corrosion inhibitor and stabilizer and provides all these in the correct ratio. Fill your tank to about 90 percent capacity to reduce corrosion and minimize condensation in the empty space (but still allow room for expansion with temperature increases), add BioGuard Plus 6, and move on to the next project. You can always opt to empty the fuel tank completely, but that isn’t always easy, and it’s certainly not cheap to fill back up these days. One quart of BioGuard Plus 6 retails for $40. BioGuard Plus 6 is rated compatible for use in every manufacturer’s diesel engine. VALVTECT.COM


MARINE 2400D De-Icer

Frost will soon be upon us, and anyone with a dock or boathouse knows ice can wreak havoc. Whether you keep your boat in the water year-round or have a dock to protect, your best bet against ice expansion and lifting is to keep the water flowing. Kasco Marine has a line of de-icers with ½-, ¾- and 1-hp motors available in 120V and 240V units. The 2400D will effectively de-ice a space 50 feet in diameter. Kasco Marine de-icers are flood oil lubricated for good heat dissipation and claim low power consumption. Stainless steel components and a replaceable sacrificial anode protect against corrosion. Kasco de-icers have long-life ball bearings, so you ZUZANA PROCHAZKA can put the them in the water year after year with minimal is a U.S. Coast Guard 100 maintenance. In fact, besides keeping the housing clean of Ton Master with 20 years algae and making sure the motor shaft isn’t clogged by debris, boating experience. Her there’s very little that needs daily monitoring. Kasco’s de-icers work has appeared in numerhave three mounting options. The 2400D (with standard 25-foot cord) retails for $620 and carries a two-year warranty. Larger units ous national boating magazines, and she authors a popular gear and boat are available, and multiple units can be installed together to proreview blog, tect entire marinas, boat basins or shorelines. KASCOMARINE.COM



On the Ready

Stay alert while cruising. BY TOM THOM PSON RAYMARINE | e7 Multifunction Displays Today’s multifunction displays are becoming more like computers and less like the dedicated chartplotters of just a few years ago. Raymarine’s new e7 Series puts considerable power, speed and functionality in a small, easy-to-use package. The units come in two flavors: The standard e7 and the e7D, which has built-in HD Digital sonar. Both include a 48-channel internal GPS and come with your choice of either coastal or inland Navionics cartography on a microSD card. What’s more, they’re very good looking. The sleek, low profile design, with its rounded corners, will stand out on any helm. The new e7 Series models are Raymarine’s first seven-inch MFD’s with both wired and wireless networking. You can chain up to six of them to share data and control. There’s even an optional wireless remote control device—the RCU-3—thatyou clip to your steering wheel or carry with you. You can even stream live video from an e7 to an Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Whatever you see on the e7 screen will show on any of those devices, including navigation charts, radar, sonar, thermal video, satellite weather and data screens, including instrumentation and NMEA 2000 engine monitoring. And if that’s not enough, the RCU-3 controls audio playback via Bluetooth from the Apple devices to your onboard audio system. The e7’s are impressively simple to use. Raymarine’s HybridTouch technology lets you toggle between touch screen or keypad control. With the new LightHouse User Interface, you can customize screens by dragging and dropping elements wherever you want them. At the heart of the e7 Series is a dual-core main processor and a separate, dedicated graphics processor. Screen redraws, while zooming or panning, are almost instantaneous. Retail price for the e7 MFD is $1,549. Add another $300 for the e7D version. RAYMARINE.COM


FLIR | First Mate MS Thermal Night Vision Imager FLIR Systems added two new models to its line of First Mate hand-held thermal imaging cameras. The MS models are available with a choice of image quality. The MS 224 has 240- x 180-pixel resolution and the MS 324 has 320- x 240-pixel resolution. The MS 324 also features a 2x digital zoom capability. The compact, weather resistant units weigh just 12 ounces and use rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Retail price is $1,999 for the MS 224; the MS 324 sells for $2,999. FLIR.COM/CVS/MARITIME SI-TEX | Vector 3D GPS Compass SI-TEX Marine Electronics introduced a GPS satellite compass that outputs heading data in either NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183 format to compatible onboard equipment, including autopilots, radar, echo sounders, AID, charting system and PCs. The low-profile Vector 3D antenna is the smallest GPS compass available. With no moving parts, it’s virtually maintenance free. The Vector 3D specs claim precise heading and positioning data with better than 0.60-degree heading accuracy and a 90-degree rate of return tracking. The unit also provides critical heave, pitch and roll information for threedimensional positioning. The Vector 3D’s initial start up time is under 60 seconds, and it delivers a heading fix in less than 10 seconds. Suggested retail price is $2,499. SI-TEX.COM 

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Long Winter’s Nap

Get your outboard prepped for the offseason.


f you have an outboard, putting it to bed properly for winter will ensure troubles are few and far between come springtime. All too often outboards, regardless of size, are forgotten at the end of the season; they’re left on the back of a boat or stored in a shed somewhere and expected to magically start right up some months later once the weather warms. But a little effort and attention to detail now pays great dividends later. You’ll be one step ahead of other boaters, and your outboard will be in tip-top condition, ready for another year on the water.

Getting started When prepping your outboard for winter, the first step is to flush the engine with fresh water. Anything larger and heavier than a dinghy outboard can be run on a stand or still attached to the transom with a set of fresh water muffs fed from a hosepipe. Some motors have a dedicated flushing port for a hose connection, so check the owners’ manual. Run the engine until it’s well warmed up, shut it down and then remove it from the water and give it a good wipe down. If possible, motors should be stored indoors for winter. I like to complete the rest of my winter prep work inside, but if you have to store the engine and boat outside for the winter months the procedure is the same; just make sure the engine’s dry before covering.

Fuel After flushing with fresh water, drain the engine’s remaining fuel. Do this by disconnecting the fuel line until the engine stops. Old fuel should not sit in the tank over winter, as it goes stale and loses it cetane rating, gumming up carburetors and pipes. The worst thing you can do is leave a fuel tank partially full. If you have a large onboard fuel tank, it’s better to fill it completely and pour in some fuel additive. Change all fuel filters.

Oil Remove spark plugs and spray fogging oil. Pull the start cord a few times or operate the starter to coat the interior of the cylinders. Replace the plugs, but leave the leads off so the engine can’t be inadvertently started. Now’s a good time to drain the oil from the lower unit, especially as the engine has recently been run and the oil will be hot and viscous. Remove both the threaded drain plug and the fill level plug to allow air in and permit oil to drain completely. Refill straightaway so the engine is stored



with fresh oil to prevent corrosion; that way, you won’t accidentally start the engine next season sans oil and do serious damage. Use oil as recommended by the engine manufacturer. I also like to check the impeller every year and replace it as a matter of course.

Impeller After undoing the bolts holding the lower unit to the engine’s leg, the leg can be dropped to expose the water pump housing. Try to find the missing vanes if any have broken off; they often get trapped in the outflow from the water pump, restricting flow of water up the leg to the engine. A blast of air from a compressor should do the trick. You’ll have to deflect the vanes slightly on the new impeller to get them to fit into the pump housing. A good tip is to use a little glycerin as a lubricant. It won’t hurt the vanes and is water soluble, so it will quickly flush out as soon as the pump starts. Reinstall the bottom unit back onto the leg with the bolts you removed earlier. While you’re at it, replace the zinc anode. Don’t overlook this step; a missing anode will cause corrosion of the aluminum leg at an alarming rate. With the cover off the engine, change the oil and filter with the recommended grade, which you will find in the owners’ manual.

Wrapping up Wipe down the engine and apply a little wax to painted surfaces. Store it upright in a warm, dry place so it’s ready for next season; or, if the boat will be stored outside, cover the outboard to protect it from the elements. All outboards are different, but the general principles are the same for winter layup. It’s worth the time investment reviewing the owner’s manual, which will outline the proper procedures in detail for your particular engine. 

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


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Offseason Prep Get your boat properly squared away for the winter break.


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< PRIMED TO PAINT Take advantage of good painting weather this fall and avoid the spring rush. Interlux’s VC 17m and VC 17m Extra thin-film antifouling paints are ideal for Great Lakes boats. Simple to apply and maintain and ideal for boaters looking for fuel consumption savings. Both versions dry quickly; boats can be painted and launched on the same day. YACHTPAINT.COM/USA

< BOTTOM’S UP Get your boat’s bottom in pristine shape for the long winter’s nap with the Waveblade, a lightweight, 12V oscillating bio-fouling scraper. Works on all kinds of growth and won’t damage bottom paint or wood,


fiberglass or metal hulls. $399 WAVEBLADE.COM

Upgrade your sounder to a serious fishfinding machine this offseason with a broadband transducer from Airmar. Packed with exclusive technology like Transducer ID and newly engineered piezoceramic elements, Airmar transducers are designed to automatically sweep frequency bands from 28 kHz to 210 kHz with no tuning necessary. Experience five to 10 times greater detail and resolution with accuracy down to 10,000 feet. AIRMAR.COM

> STRONG BOND Pettit’s FlexPoxy is now available in an easy-to-use cartridge. This thick epoxy resin won’t sag, run or shrink and can easily be molded or shaped to fill large cavities during application. It remains flexible when cured, making it ideal for off-season repairs. FlexPoxy bonds to all epoxies, polyester resins, metals and wood and can be tinted, painted, sanded, machined, cut, filed, drilled, tapped or nailed, making it perfect for any type of boat repair. PETTITPAINT.COM

< STAR POWER Starbrite’s Star Tron contains a unique blend of enzymes that keep fuel fresh during winter storage months to ensure easy starting come spring. It’s a multifunctional fuel treatment that also disperses water and debris throughout fuel so it can be eliminated as the engine runs, making it a year-round solution. $12/8 fl.oz. STARTRON.COM 17 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

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VIKING 42 OPEN The Swiss Army knife of yachts. by ch r i s caswe ll


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You know the Swiss Army knife? The one that can handle any task from opening a wine bottle to sawing wood? Well, if there were a Swiss Army knife of yachts, then it would be the new Viking 42 Open. Whether your plans are to stalk king salmon or walleye far out on the lake, spend a lazy weekend at anchor with your family, or entertain friends with an onboard barbecue, the 42 Open fits the bill perfectly. Viking has a long and distinguished heritage of building sportfishing warwagons that populate the marinas of the Gulf Stream and Mexico, of course, but this is a breakthrough design that draws on all that fishing history to create a yacht perfect for the Great Lakes. As a starting point, the hull is designed to slice and dice those nasty square-edged seas, no matter whether they’re salty or fresh. With vacuum-bagged balsa coring in the hull, blister-resistant epoxy resins in the outer skin and composite bulkheads, the 42 Open is one tough machine. With a deeper vee (17 degrees) and plenty of flare to the nearly 16-foot beam, the 42 is soft-riding and dry. But this isn’t your usual Viking and, if you take a look 20 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

at her when she’s hauled out, you’d be surprised by the absence of prop shafts and rudders. No, Viking dipped its toes into new territory with a pair of Cummins Zeus pod drives, and wow do they make a difference. This drive system frees up immense interior space, improves fuel economy, increases speed and, if that isn’t enough, makes this a no-fuss-no-muss yacht to handle. On our test run, we had to get out of one of those nasty little slips: Rocks close on one side, water so shallow on the other that the birds were standing to watch us, and very expensive yachts close ahead. Add in a strong crosswind, and this had the makings of a skipper’s nightmare. But no. We simply pulled forward and, using the joystick control with two fingers and nary a white knuckle, walked the yacht sideways into deep and unobstructed water. It was a terrible disappointment to the spectators on shore. Step aboard the 42 Open, and you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer size of the cockpit. Granted, it may have been designed to land 500-pound fish, but having a big waterlevel cockpit makes swimming off the stern easy, boarding a tender effortless and sprawling in the sun unobstructed. There are two big lockers in the cockpit sole perfect for fenders, dock lines and even the water hose. In

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the transom, you have your choice of either a live bait well, or you can insulate it for a handy icebox. Twin features you might not appreciate until you’ve planted your derriere gently on one are the two settees raised to the bridge level, but which face aft over the cockpit. Protected from wind and sun, they are ideal for watching the world slide past. The command bridge will be familiar to anyone who’s been aboard a center console boat because, well, it has a center console. The helm is amidships with Palm Beach-style controls with the shifter/throttles on each side of a faux wood dash pod that you won’t believe isn’t real teak. The skipper gets a Murray pedestal seat, and two more Murray chairs are slightly aft on raised platforms. Guests also have a pair of comfy settees on each side, with full protection from wind and spray by the large curved windshield. Our test boat had the Palm Beach Towers tuna tower, which has been installed on the first nine boats, but the tenth will have a customized hardtop in place of the tower. It’s your call. And it’s also your choice when it comes to the interior. You can choose from the standard two-stateroom layout or, amazingly enough, opt for an uncramped three-stateroom layout on this 42-footer. Our test boat had the two-cabin arrangement, with a queen-sized berth in the forward master stateroom lined with shelves, lockers and drawers. A private door leads to the head, which also is the day head, PHOTOS COURTESY OF VIKING YACHTS

The 42 Open’s center console command bridge is the apple of any captain’s eye (left). The open layout of the boat’s salon and galley give the impression of a cozy home away from home, decked out in stunning teak and high-end electronics and appliances (above).


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and I was impressed that Viking didn’t try to save space with a combo head/shower that requires a curtain and still gets everything wet. No, Viking created a full-stall shower large enough for you to lather up without drenching everything. The surprise cabin, made possible by the pod drives, is aft of the salon. Down a couple of steps is a pleasantly sized cabin with two oversized berths, lockers and separate air conditioning. The salon is large enough for entertaining, featuring an L-shaped settee around a stunning teak table with a television in the opposite bulkhead. The galley isn’t your usual frozen-mac-and-cheese affair, but large enough to feed the whole family in style. The Corian counters wrap on three sides, a two-burner Kenyon cooktop is near the oversized sink and dual Nova-Kool fridges are under the counter. The microwave is hidden, and the cabinets handle the cookware and provisions for a long weekend. If you’re tired of getting on your knees to look at the electrical panel, you may cry when you see the eye-level breaker panel right next to the companionway steps to the cockpit, with neatly labeled and lit switches. Brilliant! 22 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

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For the 42 Open’s interior, Viking customers can choose from either a standard two-stateroom layout, which was the case with our test boat, or a roomy three-stateroom option, allowing additional room for fishing buddies aboard (left). The impressive head features a surprisingly large full-stall shower (above).

A second version of the 42 Open interior adds a second head for guest/day use, thus giving the master a private head, but at the cost of some dinette space. Another option does away with the dinette and replaces it with a third cabin with bunks, which is more likely the serious fishing version for six guys. Our test boat had the largest of three engine options: A pair of Cummins QSB-600s. Standard are 440s, but an upgrade to the 600-hp version is a bit over $50,000 and worth every penny. We topped out at more than 36 knots (41-plus mph), and she cruised comfortably and economically at 31 knots, a speed that didn’t tax engines or crew. Though Viking broke new ground with the Zeus pod drives, it’s clear that this is going to be a very popular model. Smallest in the Viking line, they sold five before the first boat was finished and have now doubled that number. Well-built and thoughtfully equipped, this yacht is designed for fishing, but is equally comfortable as an all-around family express cruiser. And, like the Swiss Army knife, it may take you some time to figure out everything she can do well.  PHOTOS COURTESY OF VIKING YACHTS

Viking 42 Open Standard Equipment Two stateroom layout w/ queen berth forward, twin berths aft; head w/ fiberglass shower stall; microwave/ convection oven; electric cooktop; refrigerator/freezer; Corian countertop; teak cabinetry w/ maple finish interiors; 9kW generator; air conditioning; Moritz safety monitoring system; center console helm station w/ recessed electronic box; one-piece fiberglass windshield frame w/ fixed laminate glass; Furuno RD-30 depth/ temperature gauge; Icom 504 VHF; Murray helm seats; central vacuum system; stereo system w/ 20-inch flat screen TV; four flush rod holders; insulated fish boxes; fresh/raw water washdowns; transom door w/ lift gate; dockside water connection; 24V DC system

Specifications LOA: 42'7" Beam: 15'10" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 32,699 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 525 gals. Water Capacity: 120 gals. Power as Tested: Twin Cummins QSB-600s (600 hp) diesels w/ Zeus Pod drives Base MSRP: $927,000


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Swift Trawler 44 A stunning French beauty. BY CH R I S CASWE LL


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With the new Swift Trawler 44, Beneteau has created a yacht that will appeal to two specific groups of buyers: Sailors and non-sailors. If that sounds like it describes the entire boating market, perhaps I should explain. For sailors of a certain age, there comes a time when you look at a winch and mentally groan at having to hoist a sail or trim a sheet one more time. That is the moment when sailors become powerboaters, and it’s a market that companies such as Grand Banks and Mainship have attracted for decades. Sailors want their yachts to look, well, “yachty.” They don’t want the usual white plastic stinkpot, and having been content with six knots under sail, they don’t need go-fast motorboats, either. Powerboat skippers, on the other hand, will savor the 44 just for the very oxymoron of her name: Swift Trawler. They might as well have named her the Fast Slow. But the fact is that this little yacht has a respectably long range (1,000-plus nautical miles) at a leisurely pace, but can still pick up her skirts at 24 knots to beat an approaching squall into the harbor. 26 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

Sailors approaching the 44 on a dock are going to find her appealing for several reasons, not the least of which is that she has a mast. Not too lofty, granted, but if you felt so inclined, you could put a steadying sail on that sturdy spar. And just having a mast should help wean sailors away from wind power. Step from the teak swim platform through the transom door into the large and sheltered cockpit, and you’ll quickly realize that Beneteau started with a blank sheet of paper when they designed this yacht, because she is asymmetrical. On the starboard side, the walk-around teak side deck remains at cockpit level all the way past the pilothouse door, at which point two steps put you on the foredeck. On the port side, the steps are at the cockpit, placing you at foredeck level immediately, with sturdy stainless steel rails rather than the high bulwarks to starboard. It’s a clever arrangement that works well for a cruising couple, since the skipper can step from the pilothouse and handle lines and fenders easily, while the raised deck

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The salon of Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 44 is finished in a warm and inviting cherry wood, complete with plenty of precious storage space and a comfy pull-out couch that converts to a full double berth, or combines with a table for dining aboard alongside guests (left). An open layout in the galley makes maneuvering around the space a pleasure. Standard features include two sinks, four-burner cooktop and a small refrigerator (above).

on the opposite side gives the height needed for a comfy guest cabin. There’s even a wing door on the starboard side to keep wind and spray out of the cockpit. Conversely, the boat deck that extends over the starboard side deck for rain and sun protection doesn’t exist to port, because you’d bang your head on it. The salon is finished in a warm cherry, with cabinets running along the port side and a fold-out couch to starboard that converts to a full double berth, or which combines with a table for dining. By eliminating the pilothouse door to port, the galley gains a U-shaped counter with two sinks aft, a four-burner cooktop forward, and a small fridge under the helm seat opposite, which flips up when not needed for more counter space. Under the galley counters are a microwave and an optional dishwasher. The lower helm is compact, with space for a single Raymarine E-120 Wide monitor in a dark fiberglass pod. Because there is a door at the skipper’s elbow leading to the side deck, there’s a hinged floor panel that eliminates PHOTOS BY JEROME KELLAGOPIAN

the step up through the doorway, and this folds away if you wish to stand at the helm. The wraparound vertical windshield, which is supported on thin mullions, is most impressive. Combined with the large side windows in the cabin, it gives the skipper a 360-degree panoramic view, as well as a sense of openness. Other builders might take a hint from the clever design. The master suite fills the entire bow with a lozengeshaped berth that lifts on gas assists for access to a storage bin large enough to accept suitcases. A hanging locker and shelves are to port, and another dedicated hanging locker is to starboard, both finished in cherry. The owners warrant a private ensuite head, and this one doesn’t disappoint, with a molded compartment for easy cleaning and a teak grating for the shower. A huge toiletry cabinet is behind the mirror and, in a touch I can only attribute to the French, two full cosmetic drawers are provided as well. A shower curtain would be desirable, but that’s easy enough to add on a track. That asymmetrical deck allows ample headroom in 27 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

Staterooms aboard the Swift Trawler 44 are most generous in size and storage capabilities, including a master suite berth outfitted with gas assists to allow stowage of large items, like suitcases. An ensuite head also is available in the master (left). The spacious bridge is sure to please, with plenty of room for entertaining guests (right).

the guest cabin, which has a rectangular double berth sandwiched between hull and bulkhead. The day head is just across the passageway, with a shower for use by guests. From the cockpit, teak and stainless steel steps lead through a clear hatch to the bridge, which is pleasantly large. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told the boat deck can handle a 12-foot tender, which is generous on a 44-footer. Aft, a pair of chocks are molded to hold a liferaft canister. That tender is launched by a boom on the aluminum mast and, on our test boat, using a Harken self-tailing electric winch rated for 260 pounds, which would limit the size of the tender. A pair of line stoppers allow you to either lift the boom itself, or lift using the line from the end of the boom, and there is a thoughtfully provided bag to tidy the lines. The boom is on a hinged tabernacle, so it can be lowered using the winch to clear bridges. The mast also puts the electronics up high, carrying radar on a platform and the VHF antennae from the masthead. I liked the helm area because it is enclosed by coamings, providing both weather protection and security, especially with children. A molded fiberglass dashboard behind the venturi windscreen duplicates the lower station, with a Raymarine monitor, analog gauges and rocker switches. There are comfortable skipper and companion pedestal seats with armrests, and these swivel to face aft toward an L-shaped settee with a dining table for alfresco meals. To starboard is a long bench seat perfect for a nap or sunning. Because this is a French yacht, there also is a huge sunpad on the foredeck for sun worshippers. The anchor gear is tidy and seamanlike, including a Lewmar windlass with gypsy to handle both chain and rode, and two separate lockers so you could set this up for two anchors if desired. Power for the Swift Trawler 44 is a pair of 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels that seem perfectly suited and, in fact, there are no optional engines. As I mentioned earlier, those engines push the 44 at 24.8 knots flat out, but I really need to note that this is a very fuel efficient yacht, since we were only consuming about 25 gallons per hour, for just under one nautical mile per gallon. Part of that is because, at 24,000 pounds, Beneteau has clearly used its building expertise to keep her on a diet. But the company also used its sailboat design technology to make this a very slippery hull, indeed. 28 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 Standard Equipment

When we backed the throttles off to five knots, the fuel consumption dwindled to a mere sip, giving us better than five miles per gallon for a range of 1,188 nautical miles. If this were my boat, though, I’d probably run her at about 3200 rpm, or 20 knots. This is a speed that eats up the miles but, at just 19.1 gallons per hour, she’s still getting that magic mile-per-gallon, so you don’t feel like Daddy Warbucks burning up the fuel. The standard equipment list is comfortably long, including the likes of bow thruster, trim tabs, battery charger, windlass and transom shower. Beneteau is the largest sailboat manufacturer in the world, and with the Swift Trawler 44 the company clearly shows that it has the design talent and construction know-how to be a major player in the power market as well. Take a look, and I think you’ll like this French beauty.  PHOTOS BY JEROME KELLAGOPIAN (LEFT) AND BILLY BLACK (RIGHT)

T-Volvo D4 300-hp diesels; Max Power bow thruster; Lecomble & Schmitt hydraulic steering; electric trim tabs; battery charger; bilge pumps; three electric windshield wipers; demister; starboard gangway door; pull-out sleeper sofa; Corian worktop in galley; three-burner stove and oven; 34-gal. refrigerator; Quiet Flush fresh water electric toilet; swim platform; cockpit shower; solid wood table on flybridge; Lewmar electric windlass (cockpit and flybridge); AM/FM stereo w/ CD player and more.

Specifications LOA: 45'6" Beam: 13'11" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 24,000 lbs. Fuel: 396 gals. Water: 169 gals. Power: Twin 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 Base MSRP: $460,000


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Edgewater 188cx

Comfortable, small offshore family boat. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 18'8" Beam: 7'9" Draft: 13" Weight (Approx.): 2,150 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 40 gals. Max. HP: 150 hp Base Price: Contact Dealer


ne doesn’t see these words to describe a boat together often: Comfortable, small, offshore and family friendly. Yet that’s how EdgeWater Power Boats describes its 188cx, a “crossover” boat that’s ready to take you wherever you want to go. Crossover is a relatively new term in the boat industry. Time was, a boat that offered amenities for fishing and family fun would have been called a “fish-and-ski” model. What this particular crossover delivers is a bowrider-type layout with solid fishing features in a boat that’s wood-free and built for heavy duty—EdgeWater makes a lot of boats for military and police use, and the family traits are apparent in the 188cx. EdgeWater touts its Permagrid II FRP stringer system and fiberglass composite transom as two of the toughconstruction features on this boat. The heavy-duty, marine-grade, UV-resistant vinyl in the upholstery also is meant to last a long time. The boat is 18 feet, 8 inches long and rated for up to 150 hp (factory rigged with a Yamaha). It’s obvious that this boat, made in Edgewater, Florida, is built for saltwater, with its non-skid fiberglass decks and self-bailing cockpit. Boats built for the harsh, salty, marine environment stand up extra well in our sweetwater seas, making them low maintenance. A feature that speaks to this durability on the 188cx are the stainless steel cleats, steering wheel and console grab handle. The bow grab rails are attractive powder-coated aluminum.

Wiring systems feature Deutsch industrial connectors and heavy-gauge, tin-plated copper that are labeled every six inches for easy trouble shooting. All pumps, lights, gauges and switches are top of the line, says EdgeWater, adding that every component on the company’s boats is selected for long life and easy maintenance. For family cruising or for running out to the fishing grounds, passengers can sit in the aft padded seats in each corner of the transom. The bow area features full cushions, converting it into a sunpad with lots of storage underneath. Like a lot of the boats from the Atlantic side, the 188cx has four, flush-mount gimbal rodholders. These are perfect for inserting posts holding downriggers or rod trees with holders for more rods. Your catch—or a big picnic lunch—can be stored in the integrated aft cooler. A baitwell/livewell is on the centerline in front of the transom, which lets you keep your bait or catch lively. And another feature anglers will appreciate are the side, horizontal rod racks, allowing you to stow your fishin’ poles out of the way. For skiing and wakeboarding, you can get a custom-fit ski pole; skis and boards stow in a large compartment in the cockpit sole. Other storage abounds in this boat, in the passenger console, under the bow seating as well as under the rear seats. With a 40-gallon fuel tank, a four-stroke Yamaha will be able to get you well offshore to visit other ports or find fish. It’s definitely a boat to check into if you’re looking for all-around family fun. r

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Pursuit DC 235

A no-nonsense family fishing boat. by dave m u ll


K, so you’re the fisherman of the family and want a boat to compete in the new 23-andunder divisions cropping up in Great Lakes salmon tournaments. It must be trailerable, so you can hit other Great Lakes when the walleye bite is on. The Pursuit 235 DC is it, Mister. The best part is that you can get your family’s Chief Financial Officer to approve the purchase because it will likewise meet all of her and the kids’ needs for a wonderful water toy towboat and day cruiser. This 23-foot outboard model has that classic Pursuit look, with two-piece split bow handrails, radiused windshield and swept transom, in the classic white or deep blue, with offsetting black rubrail and waterline stripe. The non-skid fiberglass floor belies the 235’s saltwater bloodlines—with the washdown, the sole is easy to keep clean and stands up to UV. To accommodate skiers and boarders, the 235 has a centerline locker for carrying gear. A freshwater cockpit shower at the transom door has a six-gallon tank. Scuba divers will appreciate the half-dive platform with its boarding ladder on the starboard side. Swimmers coming in and out of the drink will find the grabrail at the transom right where they need it to clamber aboard. The transom door features stainless steel hinges. And whether it’s for fishing or boondocking, boaters can keep an anchor handy in the self-draining anchor locker. A family-friendly feature is the head compartment built into the port console, complete with a 12-volt light

and ventilation louvers. In the cockpit is a pullout drawer with a 50-quart Igloo cooler. Let’s talk fishability. Four gimbal-mount rod holders would allow insertion of the posts that hold up a track system for downriggers and rod holders—it’s a true Great Lakes trolling boat. Drop anchor to fish for perch or walleyes; minnows for bait stay alive in a 15-gallon insulated baitwell. A tilt-out locker keeps tackle handy at the helm. And the front storage compartments under the bow seat pads are fiberglass and drain overboard—you could ice the catch in them. Or keep the catch swimming in the big livewell. The master electrical shut-off switch and circuit breaker is easily accessed in a side compartment—no need to stick your head in some dark cranny with a flashlight in your mouth. The helm and passenger seats can be folded up into leaning bolsters, so you can stand up while running across the water, letting your knees take any sudden wave impact (your chiropractor might not like this feature, though, since you won’t need to visit after every fishing weekend). Add in options like the bow tonneau cover and Bimini top with side curtains, and you can fish in any kind of weather, too. You might have to compromise and also add the optional ski tow pylon and cockpit table for the non-rabid anglers of the family unit. Check out the DC 235 and her big sister, the DC 265, at r

Specifications LOA: 23'0" Beam: 8'6" Draft Up: 16" Draft Down: 33' Dry Weight: 4,580 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 140 gals. Max. HP: 250 hp Base Price: $72,630


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Sunseeker 60 Predator

Global style meets the Great Lakes. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 63'7" Beam: 16'9" Draft: 5'0" Displacement (half load): 70,400 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 793 gals. Water capacity: 185 gals. Base Price: Contact dealer


unseeker Yachts’ slogan is simply “Truly Global.” And when one starts examining the company’s sleek, fast 60 Predator, you can see just how appropriate that catch phrase is; it goes way beyond the fact that you can download the brochure in English, German, French and Spanish. Among the many accolades Sunseeker received from boat shows and boating organizations world wide, the 60 Predator took home the 2010 Asia Boating Awards’ “Best Production Motor Yacht 51 to 80 feet.” Truly, this yacht is built to accommodate boaters whether they’re cruising the Mediterranean, the Indian oceans or our own sweetwater seas. Open and hardtop versions are available, and both are fast. With a choice of twin fixed-pitch propellers or twin Arneson surface drives, the Predator can attain speeds of up to 40 knots with its high performance hull and cruises along smartly at 28 knots. It doesn’t just look fast; it sets the bar high for its class of performance motoryacht. The 60 Predator’s comfortable accommodations for a crew of up to six are equally impressive. The captain’s suite is close to amidships and has an island double berth, access to the head/shower room, plus two large windows. Like the other two staterooms and the salon, it has its own flat screen television. The forward stateroom has a similar berth with ample storage beneath, plus two opening portholes with mosquito screens and curtains and a deck hatch with mosquito screen. It has direct

access to the forward head, which also has a shower. The starboard guest cabin features a pair of single berths and a single opening porthole with a screen and curtain. All staterooms are well-lit with halogen overhead lighting. The salon has a large dining area to starboard, with a folding table and stowage beneath the seats. This yacht isn’t just good looking; it’s functional, too, with no wasted storage space. For entertainment, Sunseeker has installed another flat screen TV with DVD/CD hi-fi surround sound. The buyer can order a choice of lacquered interior finishes and veneers. The galley is portside, across from the salon where guests can keep the chef company. Features include a three-burner ceramic cooktop, electric freezer/refrigerator and microwave. Sunseeker ensures the 60 Predator is ready to cruise, with a six-piece crockery and cutlery set. Luxury is extended throughout with a large main deck providing ample space for dining and entertaining. Sun pads are positioned fore and aft. The helm and bridge area are nothing short of space age in function and eye appeal. “The Sunseeker 60 Predator has an incredible full beam master that’s off-the-charts with second-to-none sea characteristics,” says Greg Krueger, president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, headquartered in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. “It is available as a shaft boat or with Volvo Penta IPS joystick maneuverability. This vessel offers all the extra features customers have been requesting and is ideal for cruising and entertaining.” Visit or contact 866-490-JBYS (5297). r

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DOWN TIME Explore your boat storage options this winter. by capt . fran k lan i e r


ow that you’ve finally accepted the sad fact that the boating season is winding down, it’s time to work out the storage logistics to ensure your boat remains safe and secure throughout the cold months ahead. Here’s a look at some of the winter storage options available, as well as the pros and cons associated with each. While the severity of winter weather in your area will be the primary consideration when choosing your best winter storage option, other factors to consider include cost, convenience, ease of access and security. Your storage goals should be to balance each of these while ensuring your boat is properly protected.


STORAGE OPTIONS Primary winter storage options include wet storage (keeping the vessel in the water) or dry storage (hauling and storing ashore). Storage ashore can be further broken down into outdoor or indoor storage. Outdoor storage includes paved or unpaved lots, while indoor storage can range from open sheds to fully enclosed facilities (which can be heated or unheated). Wet storage can be a viable alternative to hauling for the winter. It offers convenience (particularly in the case of private docks), as well as no vessel transportation hassles or haul out fees; however, there are additional considerations and precautions that must be addressed. In addition to the normal requirements for outdoor

The Ultimate storage (covers, removal of easily pilferable equipment, etc.) you’ll also need a dependable de-icing system. Both bubblers and propeller de-icers operate by bringing warmer water from the bottom to displace cooler surface water. You’ll need to evaluate your slip to determine if it’s deep enough to provide that warmer water. Another concern would be protection from moving ice flows, which could cause damage to the hull or worse. Disadvantages to wet storage are similar to those associated with outdoor dry storage, plus additional concerns regarding items such as mooring lines, wave action, ice movement and, of course, the possibility of sinking in extreme cases. Outdoor dry storage is a popular choice among boat owners for a number of reasons. Namely, it’s less expensive than indoor storage. There are, however, other advantages. Boat access is generally easier, and outdoor storage can provide more flexibility in some cases when conducting prep work for that much anticipated spring launch.

STORAGE REQUIREMENTS One key requirement for outdoor storage is a suitable cover. Choices range from inexpensive tarps to shrink wrap and custom-built canvas enclosures. Each has its own set of pros and cons with regard to ease of vessel access, cost and longevity (whether designed to last a single season or several), but at a minimum choose a cover that’s strong, breathable, water resistant and provides adequate ventilation to protect against mildew. Regardless of the type selected, covers will last longer and provide more protection when used with a sturdy framework. A well supported cover not only sheds snow and ice more readily, but also experiences less movement and flapping during those strong winter winds, which can lead to chafe and abrasion damage to hull finishes. Indoor storage provides your boat the ultimate in security and protection from the elements. Indoor facilities can be heated, unheated or even climate controlled. Many facilities offer bay-type storage areas, which provide work space and amenities (electrical outlets, for example), allowing you to work on projects in relative comfort during those long winter months. All this convenience comes at a price, however. Indoor storage is more expensive than outside storage (and even more so if heated), although this cost can be offset to a degree by not having to purchase a cover, as well as reduced spring cleanup time and effort. Other possible cons include limited access (i.e. during normal facility working hours only) and, in some cases, rules prohibiting owners from working on their boats. “We fix, repair and install items from A to Z, but do allow a minimal amount of work to be done in our buildings by owners as long as it does not produce dust,” says Carl Kaczmarski, general manager of Grand Isle Marina in Grand Haven, Michigan. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAND HAVEN STORAGE

“MAN CAVE” for Boaters

Boat owners wanting to take their storage needs to the next level need look no further than Grand Haven Storage in Grand Haven, Michigan. “We’re not targeting the average boater,” explains facility manager Jack Michielson. “Our Boat Storage Condominiums offer owners the benefits of storing their boat in the security and privacy of their own facility, combined with a sound investment in waterfront property.” Each unit is loaded with amenities, such as a private rest room with ceramic tile shower, insulated walls, floor drains, high pressure sodium lighting, 100-amp electrical service, and a security system that also monitors temperature and fire protection. Other benefits include ownership in the facilities equipment (an 80-ton travel lift, 80,000-pound hydraulic yard trailer and a yard fork truck) that allows you control over the exact timing of hauling and launching your boat, as well as the frequency of launching. Although the main focus is on the boat owner, the design of the units provide owners the flexibility to easily store large motor homes, trailerable boats, cars or any other items they wish. Units range from 30’ x 75’ to 50’ x 105’ with prices starting at $199,000.

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Boaters looking for premium storage options should check out Grand Haven Storage in Grand Haven, Michigan. Here, unit owners can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, amenities and equipment—all winter long.


Indoor storage provides the ultimate protection from harsh winter elements, not to mention increased safety (above). Heated, unheated and climate controlled options are available. Outdoor storage is another popular option, but consider shrink wrap or another form of protective cover to ensure a safe, dry and mold-free off season, (right).

Such rules are in place as a precautionary measure to protect other boats from harm, which is why projects that produce sparks or those involving use of open flames also are prohibited in most storage facilities. “Storing in close quarters creates a shared responsibility environment,” notes Jim Wardlow of SkipperBud’s in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

COST Boat storage fees are typically based on your boat’s overall length or square footage, plus any extra services requested (winterization, access to electricity, shrinkwrapping, etc). Location and convenience also can play a factor. Winter storage fees are typically based on a monthly, seasonal or annual basis. Many facilities offer a variety of package deals and contractual incentives, such as discounted winter storage if paid lump-sum, prior to a certain date, or when combined with an annual slip or storage agreement. Compare each option closely to determine which provides you the best value for the money. “The upside to outdoor storage is lower costs,” Wardlow explains, “but the biggest advantage to being inside is

that if the customer wants to work on his or her boat (or have us work on it), it can be done in relative comfort throughout the winter.” Another way for smaller vessels to enjoy the benefits of indoor storage with less cost is rack storage. “Rack storage is a very economical choice,” says Chris Lisowicz of North Shore Marina in Spring Lake, Michigan. “Particularly when compared to the additional winterizing costs needed for outdoor storage.” Remember: Calculate additional expenses when making your final decision, such as haul out fees and boat transportation costs to and from the facility. As with any purchase or commitment, shop around for the best deal, but at the same time make sure the business you’re dealing with is reputable.


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The simplest place to search for boat storage is at the marina you patronize during the boating season. Many marinas offer multiple storage options, often as a package deal that can include other services, such as haul out, shrinkwrapping and vessel winterizing. Check out any potential storage facility prior to committing. It should be clean, organized and well maintained, with ample security measures in place to protect your boat against theft. Word of mouth recommendation from other boaters also is a good sign. Take time to research a number of facilities in your area to determine which provides the best protection for your boat at a price you can afford. r PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALSTROM MARINE (TOP) AND DR. SHRINK (BOTTOM)

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■ SOUTH SHORE MARINE of Huron, Ohio, was recently named a “Top 5 Pursuit Dealer” in its first 10 months as an authorized dealership for the Fort Pierce, Florida-based manufacturer. Ranking No. 4 on the Top 5 list, South Shore is in the company of several top-notch Pursuit dealers that have been representing the product line for more than 15 years. The ranking is based on a total field of 65 Pursuit dealers nationwide. In addition to the Pursuit brand, South Shore Marine is an authorized dealer for Regal, Scout, Rampage and Carolina Classic. For more information, visit or call 419-433-5798. ■ IRISH BOAT SHOP, with locations in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan, has been awarded Certified Brunswick Master Dealer status from Brunswick Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of recreational boats and marine engines. This certification is one of the most comprehensive independent dealer certification programs in the marine industry. In addition to the Brunswick brands it carries—Sea Ray and Boston Whaler—Irish Boat Shop also sells the Zodiac, J Boats, Hunt Yachts, Alerion Express Laser Performance and Precision Boatworks brands. The dealership celebrates its 50th year in business in 2011. For more information, visit or call 231-547-9967.

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■ Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based BAY MARINE recently added the Riviera Yachts brand to its full-service dealership. In addition to the Australian-based manufacturer, Bay Marine also carries the Cruisers Yachts and Ocean Alexander brands. For more information, visit or call 920-743-6526. ■ THE MICHIGAN BOATING INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION (MBIA) will host its 2nd Annual Boating & Outdoor Festival September 22-25 at Metro Beach Metropark in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. This in-water boat show will feature many outdoor recreation exhibits catering to the millions of outdoor minded individuals in Michigan and the surrounding states, including special promotions, contests, demonstrations and much more. Hours are: Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or call 800-932-2628.

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COPPER Country

One of the nation’s last true frontiers, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is home to summer boating adventures, explosive fall color and world-class winter sports. BY H EATH E R STE I N B E RG E R


In the far reaches of the Upper Midwest, a rugged finger of thickly forested Precambrian rock thrusts northeastward from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula into the cool blue expanse of Lake Superior. It’s a place where hardy frontier communities pursue a sustainable future alongside the ghosts of their past, where tourism and progressive businesses coexist with authentic wilderness, and where a boater’s ultimate freshwater playground transforms into what must surely be the nation’s best-kept secret for winter sports. This is the Keweenaw Peninsula, also called “God’s Country” by countless local residents whose affection for this wild, remote land knows no bounds. Let the legends of Lake Superior’s temper keep the seething masses at bay; if you look past the reef-strewn stretches of shoreline, the notorious gales of November and, in the interests of full disclosure, the pony-sized black flies of early summer, you’ll find immeasurable riches.



Although “old reliable” closed in 1945, the Quincy Mine’s No. 2 shafthouse still stands sentinel on the hill above Hancock.

The prospective miners’ early efforts were disastrous, however, and only two companies were still operating in 1846. The Cliff Mine became the first success story of the mid-1800s, and by the time the Soo Locks opened in 1855, the real boom began. The locks literally opened the door to commerce, cheaper shipping and immigration, and as a result, more than 30 different nationalities now call the Keweenaw home. From 1845 to 1865, three-fourths of America’s copper production came from the Keweenaw mines. Mining towns grew wealthy; Calumet, just north of Hancock, had electricity even before the city of Detroit. But, as with all booms, this one was destined to go bust. The last mine closed in 1968.

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King copper The Keweenaw also is known as the Copper Country, and for good reason—its history has as much to do with human enterprise as it does with Mother Nature. Evidence of the generations who have come before, with all their hopes and dreams, lies scattered throughout the region. From 5,000 to 1,200 BCE, a mysterious race of miners took approximately 1.5 million pounds of pure copper from pits in the earth and traded with neighboring tribes. Its high quality ensured longevity in trading circles; in fact, Lake Superior copper has been found at prehistoric sites throughout North and South America. Then, inexplicably, the miners disappeared. In 1843, the Ojibwe people ceded 30,000 square miles of the Upper Peninsula to the U.S. government. Douglass Houghton, Michigan’s first state geologist, documented the ancient Keweenaw pits and rich copper deposits, and the copper rush was on. 48 LAKELANDBOATING.COM o c t o b e r 2 011

Yet haunting echoes of this long-gone era remain, and boaters will be attuned to them the moment they cruise into the Portage Lake Ship Canal and spot the sister cities of Houghton and Hancock. Hancock lies on the north side of the Portage Lake Canal. Founded by the Quincy Mining Company in 1859, it was home to foundries, factories and the Quincy Mine, which still overlooks the city from Quincy Hill. “Old Reliable” closed in 1945 after 99 years in operation. Houghton lies on the canal’s south side and was named for Douglass Houghton, the young geologist who eventually lost his life in a shipwreck off Eagle River. By 1865 it was a bustling shipping port as well as a business and cultural center for the wealthy mining district. Fifty-one percent of Houghton’s population left between 1920 and 1970, but recent years have seen an economic revitalization. Tourism has been key, but perhaps even more important is the city’s relationship with Michigan Technological University. Formerly a state mining college, it’s now an internationally recognized university with world-class programs in science, engineering and business. Houghton and Hancock are joined by the impressive Portage Lift Bridge, which gradually takes on mammoth proportions as you motor through the ship canal from either Keweenaw Bay to the east or Lake Superior to the west. The two communities rise up on either side, with homes and businesses scattered among trees and steeply slanting streets. The No. 2 shafthouse at Quincy Mine peers across the treetops at the crest of the hill above Hancock, like a gatekeeper welcoming newcomers to the Copper Country, and the ruins of Quincy’s canal-side operations cast long shadows to the water. Houghton County Marina, located across from the Houghton City Dock on the Hancock side of the lift bridge, is one of only two full-service marinas on the peninsula—the other is at Copper Harbor, on the

The Portage Lake Lift Bridge, also called the Houghton-Hancock Bridge, was built in 1959 and remains the world’s heaviest and widest double-decked vertical lift bridge. It’s a popular landmark for those enjoying the Houghton Waterfront Trail (below).

remote north shore. The harbormaster is on duty from May 1 to October 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and this State Waterways-sanctioned marina offers 47 slips with room for transients, gas, diesel, water, pump-out, hot showers, coin-operated laundry facilities and an adjacent boat launch. “There’s a waiting list for seasonal slips, and though I may be prejudiced, I have to say that Houghton County Marina boaters are among the nicest people you will ever meet,” said Cyndi Perkins, a longtime sailor who has cruised for years aboard the 32-foot DownEast sailboat Chip Ahoy with her husband, Scott. Over the years, the Perkins’ traveled around Lake Superior, to Florida and back up the East Coast, exploring hundreds of marinas and anchorages. Today, Scott Perkins serves as the Houghton County Marina harbormaster. The couple enjoys sharing tips with other boaters. Cyndi Perkins advised that along the approximately 29-mile stretch of the Portage Lake Shipping Canal there are a minimum of eight great stops for deeper-draft vessels and several others for trailerboaters and anglers. She also suggested that visiting cruisers carry the Bonnie Dahl guidebook “Superior Way.” “It’s the Lake Superior Bible,” Perkins said. “The anchoring and approach diagrams alone are worth the price of the book.” Another option for dockage is the Houghton City

marina, which actually is a long concrete pier at a park near the lift bridge. It’s intended for day use only, although overnight stays are possible with permission. Amenities include picnic tables, grills and trash receptacles, but the real highlights are the immediate access to the city’s paved waterfront recreational trail and to “uptown Houghton,” just a block up the hill.



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One Houghton must-visit is the Keweenaw Brewing Company, which features locally brewed beers in what Perkins calls a “peanut-shells-on-the-floor atmosphere.” Boaters can purchase a sampler pack, from Pickaxe Blonde to Red Jacket Amber to the dark Widowmaker, which now are available in cans. The brewing company decided to start canning its microbrews to suit the needs of a younger, more active demographic. Another stop on the list is the Ambassador restaurant, which this writer still holds dear for what could very well be the world’s best pizza. Perkins agreed, and she added that the Fish Bowl drinks prove memorable as well. The nearby waterfront parks are popular venues for arts and music festivals, picnics and meeting the alwaysfriendly locals. Gift shops and galleries also are within easy walking distance, but Perkins noted that resources for serious provisioning lie farther afield. Houghton and Hancock both offer city transit systems; another option is Neil’s Cab Service at 906-482-5515. On the Hancock side, an absolute must on any visitor’s list is a Quincy Mine tour, although it will require a rather steep hike or a taxi up Quincy Hill. The tour includes the No. 2 shafthouse, where the mine extends a mind-boggling 92 levels beneath the earth to 9,260 feet; the No. 2 hoist house; the world’s largest steam hoist; and a walk around the complex’s remaining surface buildings. You also may ride a cog-rail tram down the face of Quincy Hill to an adit running into the mine’s seventh

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level. There, several hundred feet below ground, you can see where the miners worked. Jackets are provided. Even on a 70-degree day, it’s 42 degrees in the mine. Next, don’t miss Peterson’s Fish Market, also on Quincy Hill. This three-generation, Native American family-run business operates two commercial fish tugs and sells fresh Lake Superior whitefish and lake trout, farm-raised salmon, seasonal herring and a variety of smoked-fish products. The market also includes a concession trailer and a new deck, and it can ship its products anywhere UPS or FedEx will go. Finally, if the weather turns inclement, both cities also offer additional indoor diversions—from the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock to Michigan Tech’s A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and the Isle Royale Natural History Association in Houghton. Perkins offers another tip for boaters spending time in the Portage Lake canal: Visit Lake Linden Village’s municipal docks and boat launch off M-26 along the Portage Waterway, where Portage Lake narrows. “Boaters may go through the cuts to a small state dock on Torch Lake with a few side-tie slips and a face dock that can accommodate two to three boats,” she said. “The Houghton County Historical Museum, complete with working steam train and a thorough exhibit of Copper Country mining history, is adjacent.”

Rounding the horn During the summer and early fall months, visiting boaters should definitely take the time to venture farther north. Exiting the Portage Lake Ship Canal to the east, you’ll motor up the coast of Keweenaw Bay. The first option for overnight dockage is about 14 miles northeast at Grand Traverse Bay Schoolcraft Marina near Gay, Michigan. This facility has a part-time harbormaster, 60 feet of broadside dockage and limited facilities. Perkins warned that silting has been a problem in this bottlenecked harbor of refuge in recent years, and it’s primarily used by local anglers and shallow-draft trailerable boats. “It’s possible to anchor in the beautiful, sandy bay, but this is a wide-open spot that’s only usable in settled weather,” she cautioned. “The boater’s best bet for a good night’s slumber is 20 miles north in Lac La Belle.” This lake is accessible through wide Bete Grise, where Perkins said a hard-to-spot green will guide you into the Mendota Channel. “The channel, graced by a charming lighthouse, shoals in a couple of spots, so keep well to the middle,” Perkins advised. The Lac La Belle State Dock, in the shadow of nearby Mount Bohemia, introduced major infrastructure improvements this past summer, including deep-draft

slips, a long face dock and a better launch. While amenities are limited to vault toilets, boaters will find gasoline, diesel, supplies and pump-out services at the Lac La Belle Lodge across the bay. The lodge has a temporary dock for those wishing to go ashore, and it’s a short walk to Bear Belly’s, an old-school, resort-style bar and grill. And, for those interested in a guided on-water experience, Lac La Belle is home to Sand Point Charters, which offers charter fishing, lighthouse cruises and scenic tours aboard the 30-foot Fishin Mission and the 19-foot


Sample one of nine hand-crafted microbrews at the Keweenaw brewing company (far left). eagle river Falls (below) is one of many Keweenaw waterfalls that prove to be even more mesmerizing in autumn. the same is true of the Portage Waterway (bottom).

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Home Sweet


Most real estate markets around the country are still reeling from the housing bubble implosion and the recession, yet a few gems remain that offer stability, reliable growth and access to uncrowded, world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. The Keweenaw Peninsula is one of those treasures. “Our local market is strong because we didn’t experience the tremendous run-up in property values that the rest of the country saw three to four years ago,” commented Kevin Liimatta, associate broker at State Wide Real Estate in Houghton, Michigan. “We’ve seen an increase of 7.9 percent in the number of units sold year-to-date versus the same period in 2010.” A variety of property types are available across a wide price range in this buyer’s market, and retirees and young families alike are responding. According to Liimatta, waterfront values remain high, and the 23 miles of Portage Canal waterway offer an impressive amount of frontage for docking cruising boats. Purchasing a residence in the Keweenaw is about more than the numbers, however. “I think it’s the combination of rugged woods and wilderness, the local smalltown values and a belief in doing things for yourself that gives our area an almost old-time Wild West feel,” Liimatta explained. “The area was founded by people who came to stake a claim and who were determined to carve out a living for themselves on top of the U.S.” For more information about purchasing a residence in the Keweenaw, call 800-676-6323 or visit

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Helm-N-Buoys. Common catches include lake trout, coho salmon and steelhead. To reach Copper Harbor from Lac La Belle, you’ll round the Keweenaw Horn, motor past Keystone Bay and make your way around Keweenaw Point. Perkins advised that you should check the forecast and call the Copper Harbor Marina, as conditions can change dramatically on the peninsula’s north shore. But it’ll be worth the trip. “Copper Harbor Marina is the best-kept secret in the boating community,” Perkins said. “Several years ago, it became one of the nicest marinas in the state. When you see the red-and-white-striped bell buoy, line up with the range marker to avoid shoals and trace a straight line toward shore. Once you make a sharp turn to starboard, depths increase. At the west end of the harbor, you’ll spot the marina.” The marina boasts deep-draft slips, a new bathhouse, gas, diesel, pump-out, electrical hookups and even a gift shop, and the harbormaster is on duty seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Town is an easy walk, and the area’s must-see list includes an historic one-room schoolhouse and Fort Wilkins State Historic Park, where visitors can tour the restored 1844 fort complex. For sustenance, stop at the Mariner North, where the restaurant and lodge feature an authentic, warm Northwoods atmosphere, or check out Zik’s Bar, located at The Pines Resort. Remember someone special back home with a gift from the Laughing Loon, sample a thimbleberry or Mackinac Island fudge ice-cream cone as you wander through town, and catch a spectacular Keweenaw sunset as the Isle Royale Queen IV ferry returns to her home port. To the southwest of Copper Harbor is the quaint

community of Eagle Harbor, although it may be best to visit by land. It’s a tricky harbor to enter, it’s a long walk to town, and Perkins reported that the state decommissioned the Eagle Harbor dock about three years ago. It’s a worthwhile stop, however, as the community’s historic buildings include a postcard-pretty lighthouse, the Holy Redeemer Church, a schoolhouse and a life-saving station. If you do decide to explore the area by car, consider staying overnight at the Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn in nearby Ahmeek. This actual lighthouse, first lit in 1919 and decommissioned in 1954, has been selected by American Historic Inns as one of the 10 most romantic inns in America. And the Bed and Breakfast Journal says it’s in the top 15 “bed and breakfasts with the best gourmet breakfast.”

Attention, paddlers and divers Summer is a sublime season to be on—and in—the Keweenaw’s pristine waterways. You’ll enjoy light prevailing westerlies, plenty of sun and warm temperatures. Paddlers who relish exploring new areas by canoe or kayak will love the Keweenaw Water Trail, located

along the northernmost shoreline of Lake Superior and circling the Keweenaw Peninsula’s tip. According to the Keweenaw Water Trail Association, the trail gives paddlers the opportunity to experience Lake Superior with an extended margin of safety: You can move to the alternate shoreline when wind and waves threaten. In fact, calmer waters can usually be found within 20 miles.

The so-called offseason While most cruising boaters have hauled their vessels by October 1, anglers and trailer boaters frequently remain on the water throughout September and well into October, weather permitting. According to Perkins, dozens of launches from Houghton to Copper Harbor remain open. “Houghton County Marina, Copper Harbor Marina, the village of Lake Linden and Lac La Belle are the most popular,” she reported. “Many have self-pay boxes for a nominal fee or are free. Mariners must pay close attention to the weather forecasts.” If you’d rather not face Lake Superior’s tall water during the unpredictable fall months, this is the perfect time for a road trip. The Keweenaw transforms into a riot of color, starting at the end of September and peaking during the second week of October. Drive along M-26,

often compared to California’s Highway 1, and explore a few of the inland roads. This is also the time to enjoy Peterson’s Fish Market’s fresh fried whitefish baskets and smoked fish corn chowder topped with a jalapeño infusion before its dining operations close during the third week in October.

And the snow will come Late last year, the Weather Channel examined 30-year average annual snowfall data and announced America’s “Top 10 Snowiest Cities.” Hancock, Michigan, was No. 3—ranking higher than California’s Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and even higher than Colorado’s celebrated ski meccas of Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte. The stats are impressive. The city averages 218 inches of snow a year, set a snow-depth record of 73 inches in 1937 and experienced a 390-inch season in 1978-79. When Keweenawans tell stories about climbing out second-story windows, they’re not pulling your leg. “You’re just not going to believe how much snow you’ll get,” said Nick Sardenis with a chuckle. “See what you can imagine, double it, and then add 10 inches! “We average nearly 20 feet a year,” he added. “So, you’d better like snow.”


the Keweenaw offers something for everyone, whether you’re excited to experience a waterfront show or festival in the sister cities (top left), paddle the Keweenaw Water trail (lower left) or simply enjoy a quiet picnic with family and friends in one of the peninsula’s many serene public spaces (above).

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Keweenawans are proud of the fact that their home peninsula is one of the nation’s snowiest places, with an average of 218 inches of snow a year (below). Downhill skiers will revel in fresh powder and challenging steeps at Mont Ripley Ski Hill in Hancock (pictured here) and Mount Bohemia Extreme Ski Resort near Lac La Belle.

A Detroit native who has been a “Yooper” for 30 years and a Keweenaw resident since 2000, Sardenis manages Michigan Tech’s Mont Ripley Ski Hill. Like Mount Bohemia Extreme Ski Resort farther to the north in Lac La Belle, Mont Ripley is not intended for beginners. These two facilities cater to the hardcore enthusiasts, those who can manage difficult terrain and plenty of ungroomed powder. And Sardenis reported that business is booming. “Powder skiing really is the new freestyle, isn’t it?” Sardenis mused. “All the new equipment is fatter, has rocker and is geared for powder. Perfect for us, since we’re the snowiest region in the Midwest. We put down a good base early in the season with our snowmakers, then Mother Nature does the rest.” The season here lasts an average of 111 days, and winter proves to be a very busy time on the peninsula. Not only can you tear up the runs at Mont Ripley and Mount Bohemia, you can hit the cross-country ski trails, rent a snowmobile for some faster backcountry touring and perhaps even try snowshoeing. “Here, you’re never more than 10 to 15 miles from the lake,” Sardenis said. “The lake moderates the weather; it’s not so cold that you can’t go out to play.”

Let it snow, let it snow Make sure your winter holiday gives you enough time to experience all the Keweenaw has to offer. While you’re in the sister cities, stay at Magnuson Hotel’s Franklin Square Inn in Houghton or rent a log cabin through Kemp’s Log Cabin rentals in nearby Dollar Bay or Chassell. Check out Mont Ripley’s slopes and, if you’re vacationing in February, don’t miss Michigan Tech’s famous Winter Carnival. If you’re planning to ski Mount Bohemia, you’ll find accommodations at the Lac La Belle Lodge. If you’d prefer to be along the north shore, the Mariner North and The Pines Resort in Copper Harbor are open year-round, as is the Dapple Gray Bed & Breakfast, a new log lodge in Eagle Harbor. Guests will love the house library and the 28-foot-high fireplace in the great room; plus, the lodge’s four guest suites all face the lake and feature private decks or balconies. If downhill isn’t your thing, this area provides outstanding cross-country skiing and snowshoeing terrain. The groomed Copper Harbor Pathways trailhead starts near The Pines; from here, you’ll travel through primeval forest, across 54 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011


The TREATMENT Those planning a longer stay in the Keweenaw Peninsula won’t want to miss one key opportunity for real wilderness adventure: The 55-mile trip across icy Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV. This 100-foot ferry makes the daily crossing from Copper Harbor to the island’s only developed area at Rock Harbor in slightly more than three hours. Isle Royale is an archipelago, comprising the 45-mile-long main island and approximately 400 smaller ones. Thanks to its remote location and national park status, you can experience true boreal wilderness that feels light-years from contemporary civilization. When you arrive at Rock Harbor, you’ll find the U.S. National Park Service visitor’s center and a small community. If you’re fully equipped for backpacking and camping, the island has 165 miles of wilderness trails leading to more than 30 backcountry campgrounds. While a few are sizable, most are small and remote; many also are accessible by water, allowing paddlers to enjoy day trips around the island. If you prefer indoor accommodations, the Rock Harbor Lodge has cabins and motel-style rooms. The lodge, owned by Forever Resorts, also operates the Rock Harbor General Store, Rock Harbor Marina and the recently renovated Greenstone Grille. This popular eatery features a new menu, with a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Greenstone Grille is a member of the Green Restaurant Association and made a commit-

ment to the environment, offering a number of sustainable, naturally grown items in its dishes. No matter where you choose to spend the night, Isle Royale has something for everyone— backpacking, day hiking, canoeing, kayaking, photography, scuba diving, snorkeling and wildlife-watching; the island supports resident populations of moose and gray wolves. And then the Isle Royale Queen IV will carry you back to the Keweenaw gateway city of Copper Harbor. The Isle Royale Line is owned and operated by the Kilpela family, longtime Copper Harbor residents, since 1971. To celebrate his family’s four decades with the line, Donald Kilpela recently released the book “Three Queens: 1971 and the Kilpela Years at the Gateway to Isle Royale.” The book provides a history of the boats that have run from Copper Harbor to the island, as well as an overview of the Kilpela family’s 40 years at Copper Harbor. It is a delightful tale of perseverance and success. “I have included reflections from both of my parents, Don and Betty, and even all five of my siblings—Capt. Don, Sue, Jo, Lisa and Capt. John—on 1971 and what owning the ferry service has meant to each of them… fitting capstones to the engaging tale of our family’s history in the Copper Country and on Lake Superior,” Kilpela writes. “Three Queens” is priced at $11.95, and $15 by phone order, with shipping and tax included. To order a copy by phone, call 906-289-4437. To learn more about the Isle Royale Line, visit



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“Keweenaw Top 10” Here are a few of our own personal favorite Keweenaw highlights. If you’re planning a cruise, trailerboating adventure or land-based holiday, you won’t want to miss these… 1. Hike the trail alongside Jacob’s Falls. 2. Commune with nature at the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. 3. Savor the view along Brockway Mountain Drive. 4. Tour the abandoned Quincy and Delaware copper mines. 5. Stroll the authentic ghost town at Central. 6. Attend a performance at the 111-year-old Calumet Theatre. 7. Visit the northern terminus of U.S. Route 41 8. Search for agates at Great Sand Bay 9. Explore the lighthouses at Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor. 10. Take home some handmade thimbleberry jam from The Jampot.


wide-open meadows and past lake overlooks. Rugged and more gentle trails will appeal to a variety of experience levels; they include the Fort Wilkins Gardens Nature, John Lincoln Green, Clark Mine and Kamikaze trails. If you’re into motorsports, then you’ll definitely want to rent a “sled” and check out the Keweenaw’s approximately 280 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The trails open December 1 and close March 31, with the busiest times landing between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and on Presidents Day weekend. Dan’s Auto & Recreation on M-26 in Houghton and Evert’s Motorsports on Dakota Street in Hancock both provide snowmobile rentals, service, parts and accessories. Dan’s specializes in Polaris parts, service and accessories. In addition to snowmobile rentals, it also rents ATVs and the six-seater, side-by-side Ranger Crew. Evert’s offers snowmobile rentals and tours, and it provides parts and service. During the boating season, it also features ATV rentals, Jet-Ski rentals and even boat detailing and service. According to Dan’s, the most popular sled destinations are Copper Harbor, Brockway Mountain, Lac La Belle, Gay, Eagle River, Eagle Harbor and Calumet’s historic downtown. Other favorites include the Firesteel Trestles, 30 miles south of Houghton on Trail 3 just south of Twin Lakes; the low-traffic Freda Loop off Trail 3, which is a scenic spot for newbies to get used to their machines; the low-speed trails to Dreamland; and then, of course, Houghton and Hancock, with their wide range of hotels, cabins, bars and restaurants, all of which are tourist- and family-friendly. In addition to firm favorites Copper Harbor and Brockway Mountain, Evert’s also advised that Lake of the Clouds farther south in the Upper Peninsula is a popular snowmobiling destination for Keweenaw visitors and residents alike. Then, when the snow finally does melt, you’ll just have to remain patient during the mosquito-and-black-fly bonanza of May and June—then the dazzling summer weather will return once again, with its balmy breezes, cerulean waters, verdant forests and plump thimbleberries ripening in the almost impossibly fresh air. “While Mother Superior can be daunting, her rewards are significant,” Cyndi Perkins observed. “We’re blessed to have such a pristine Great Lake here on the shores of this rugged peninsula.” Whether you’re here to explore the Keweenaw’s rugged shorelines and unique harbors by boat or rip through several inches of fresh powder by ski, board, snowshoe or sled, we guarantee it will be a trip to remember. From its haunting history and crumbling ruins to its friendly, warm communities and startling natural beauty, there’s simply nowhere else on Earth quite like the Copper Country.  PHOTOS BY BILL FINK / GALLERYONDALINE.COM©

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ocated on the shores of beautiful Peninsula Lake, Deerhurst Resort has always been intimately connected to water. The lure of crystalline Muskoka lakes has drawn people to this worldfamous resort for more than a century. “When Deerhurst was founded by my grandfather in 1896, the only way to reach it was by steamboat. That continued for decades and was part of the Muskoka vacation experience,” says Bill Waterhouse, who ran the famed resort in the 1970s and 1980s, the third generation of the family to do so. “There’s something rejuvenating about the location, and the water has a lot to do with it. I love it here.” So do countless others who have visited over the years. Set in 800 acres of wilderness near Huntsville, Ontario, Deerhurst allows you to appreciate the outdoors while still enjoying the lap of luxury. It’s been perfecting the art of hospitality for more than one hundred years, combining a year-round natural playground setting with the height of guest comforts and engaging service. Year after year, Deerhurst is consistently rated among the best resorts in the world.


It’s the blend of excitement and comfort that we found most appealing about Deerhurst. On the one hand, there’s an almost dizzying array of things to see and do, enough to keep even the most energetic individual occupied for days on end. For those who want an active stay, consider a Hummer tour that explores the forested landscape, or practice your stroke in a round of golf. There’s also tennis, horseback riding, hiking trails and a host of other activities. And then there are those individuals looking for relaxation. Unwinding begins at the Deerhurst Spa, where you can enjoy some pampering and release your stress. Comfort doesn’t end there. In fact, you’ll soak in an atmosphere of relaxation during your entire stay. “Things weren’t nearly so comfortable when my grandfather ran the resort, nor was the resort an immediate success,” explains Waterhouse nostalgically. “In the first year, they had a total of two guests. It was a rustic country hotel only open between mid-May and October, and guests—wealthy Americans, mostly—came to get a taste of a “real” Canadian wilderness.” Today, Deerhurst Resort is better known for hosting the longest-running live stage show in Canada than for providing a wilderness experience. Make sure to set aside time to take in one or more of the unforgettable performances. We were dazzled by the talent and enthusiasm of the performers and found ourselves PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEERHURST RESORT

laughing uncontrollably one minute, singing along to a contagious tune the next. The show unfolds on the very stage where a young Shania Twain launched her career. Of course, the lure of the water remains as powerful today as it did a century past. In addition to relaxing along a sandy beach and frolicking in the lake, Deerhurst offers guests a host of aquatic sporting opportunities, including waterskiing and wakeboard lessons, parasailing and sailing. Fishing boats and licenses are available on site, and the concierge can arrange fishing charters. A highlight of any stay at Deerhurst is a 45-minute excursion aboard a classic Muskoka launch, a traditional wooden boat that can carry up to twelve passengers at a time. The tour includes historical commentary that brings Peninsula Lake and its stories to dramatic life, focusing—naturally enough—on the importance of boating and boatbuilding in Muskoka Deerhurst boasts several award-winning restaurants and pubs, including the comfortable lakeside Steamers Steakhouse, located in a 1890s cabin that manages to blend the contemporary with nostalgia. In fact, many diners come by boat from cottages around the lake, enticed by the trademark steak and seafood recipe, and an intimate adult atmosphere. “While obviously most of our guests come by car, we still get a lot of people who come by boat, and as a result we offer slip rentals by the day, week or month,” says Anne White, marketing director for Deerhurst. “These modern boaters keep alive Muskoka’s tradition of boating and, in many ways, remind us of earlier periods in Deerhurst’s history when boats weren’t just toys, but vital to the function of the resort.” Whether action-packed or relaxed, lakeside or with feet firmly planted on the ground, a night or two at Deerhurst Resort is pure indulgence. “It becomes a part of you,” says Waterhouse, as he casts his eyes lovingly over the hotel that’s been in his family for three generations. “It’s timeless; you never forget it.” 

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Just the Facts Getting there: Deerhurst is located east of Huntsville on Peninsula Lake, two hours north of Toronto. To get there by car, turn east off Highway 11 at Highway 60. Travel approximately five miles, then turn right onto Deerhurst-Canal Road. Rooms: Deerhurst Resort offers 410 guest rooms and suites in a variety of accommodations spread over several buildings. Many feature full kitchens, fireplaces and whirlpool baths. All come with access to a wide range of free facilities and activities. Rates start at $169/night. For reservations or details: Call 800-461-4393, or visit


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Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club & Marina This world-class marina offers a wealth of boater amenities. by colle e n h . trou pi s Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club & Marina


ucked into the eastern end of Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City, about 12 miles from Lake Michigan, Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club & Marina is a 00970 Marina Drive state-of-the-art marina that also boasts a yacht club and Boyne City, MI 49712 luxury villa development. 231-582-9900 “When you lease a slip from us, you automatically receive a yacht club membership,” explains Evan Chappuies, yacht club and marina manager. “Transient slip holders Amenities have full access to the facility as well.” Transient slips: Y The yacht club is high on luxury, with a full concierge Pump-out: Y service that can arrange transportation, excursions, Gas: Y (slip holders only) car rentals and much more. The gorgeous waterfront Diesel: Y (slip holders only) clubhouse features a hand-painted compass rose on the Lifts: Y ceiling, Great Lakes-themed lighthouse and roofline, and a large lakeside deck that overlooks the marina. Launch ramp: Y A fitness center with a host of amenities, including Engine repair: Y (mobile service on call) personal trainers and fitness classes, opened in May. Hull repair: Y (mobile service on call) “We also have a full-service bar and restaurant on site Marine store: Y with outdoor dining overlooking the marina and Lake Restaurant: Y Charlevoix,” Chappuies says. “We welcome boaters with Showers: Y three courtesy docks available to use while you dine.” Laundry Facility: Y Also added in time for the 2011 season were the pool, 62 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

complete with water aerobics classes, and a tiki bar. “I am pleased that it has become a very popular hangout,” Chappuies adds. While there is not a repair service on site, “we have a mobile marine repair specialist that will come at a moment’s notice,” Chappuies says. Outdoor storage is currently available at the marina, but construction is set to begin on an indoor storage facility, slated for completion by fall 2012. The marina currently has 50 slips ranging from 32 to 70 feet. Ten to 12 are typically available for transients. Reservations are definitely recommended. An additional 68 slips will be added during an expansion project that should be wrapped up by summer 2012. The marina holds events for its members all year long, as well as a charity poker run and a wooden boat rendezvous. There’s also plenty of shopping, dining and golfing in the area. “Our marina is unlike any other marina around,” Chappuies concludes. “It’s one of the most protected harbors on Lake Charlevoix, and with all the amenities and attention to detail, it is truly world class.” r PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOMMERSET POINTE

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We raise the bar. We set the standard. We are the benchmark. From inshore to offshore, we produce 27 of the toughest, sexiest, highest performing and most fuel efficient models on the water. We’re driven by decades of boatbuilding experience and a passion to be the best. Revolutionary hull technology, industry-pioneering design elements, 100% hand-laid fiberglass and dependable Yamaha power are behind every boat we build.

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Throughout our long history we have produced many new vessels, but none has challenged traditions or questioned the assumptions on which boats are generally built quite like our Sport Yacht series. This is especially true of the Riviera 4400, a boat rich in innovations. Revolutionary Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) features steerable drive units mounted under the hull with counter-rotating, forward-facing propellers. Rather than pushing the boat along, the boat is literally pulled forward through the water.


IPS uses up to 30 percent less fuel than conventional drive systems. You’ll be tempted to cruise far from the crowd, and with a 1,500-litre fuel tank, it’s certainly equipped to help you do just that.

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41 Camano 2011 $50,000 off new order

29 Ranger Tug 2010 $254,000 BUY NOW $219,000

27 Ranger Tug 2011 $191,000 w/trailer BUY NOW $166,000

25 Ranger Tug 2008 $156,000 w/trailer BUY NOW $126,000

21 Ranger Tug 2010 $63,000 w/trailer BUY NOW $53,000


65.5 Skipperliner 1992 $239,000

65 Custom Trawler 1998 $565,000

42 Grand Banks 1993 $275,000

42 Grand Banks 1977 show special $99,000

40 Ocean Alexander 1983 39 Ocean Alexander 1991 show special $139,000 $99,900

42 Nordic Tug 2008 $649,500

42 Nordic Tug 2001 show special $339,000

42 Nordic Tug 1999 show special $299,000

41 President 1987 $120,000

41 Lindmark 1987 $105,000

40 T Mainship 2004 $239,000

40 Tollycraft 1986 $89,000

37 Custom Steel 1986 $99,000

36 Grand Banks 1973 $57,495

34 American Tug 2004 $279,750

34 American Tug 2001 show special $225,000

43 Saberline 1996 show special $340,000

34 Mainship 1978 $34,000

32 Nordic Tug 1991 $114,900

32 Albin 1989 $75,000

32 Grand Banks 1985 show special $99,000

32 Cheoy Lee 1983 $57,000

32 Island Gypsy 1983 $49,900

32 Vinette Steel 1977 $49,900

31 Camano 2001 $127,900

31 Blue Seas 1988 $79,900

28 Albin 2007 show special $105,000

27 Albin 1984 $29,900

26 Nordic Tug 1981 with trailer $75,000

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Lasalle, MI Paul Reed 419-304-4962 Tim Manton 419-509-6948 John Clark 734-755-5902 2006 PACIFIC MARINER 85


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Zodiac Pro 16 MAN S-Mercury Optimax, 90 hp ..................................... $ Hydra-Sports 18 Center Console S-Mercury XR2 Blackmax, 150 hp . $ Powerquest 290 Enticer FX w/Trl. T-Mercruiser 454 EFI Magnum...... $ Four Winns 298 Vista T-Volvo Penta 5.0, 270 hp ..................................... $ Pursuit 3000 Offshore T-Crusader 454, 320 hp ........................................ $ Tiara 3000 Open T-Crusader 6.0 MPI, 375 hp .......................................... $ Baha 31 T-Crusader 351's .......................................................................... $ Tiara 3100 Open - Hardtop T-Crusader 454 XLI, 320 hp ......................... $ Chaparral 310 Signature T-Mercruiser 5.0 L MPI DTS Axius ............... $ Regal 320 Commodore T-Mercruiser 7.4 ltr............................................. $ Four Winns 328 Vista T-Mercruiser 350 Mag MPI's .............................. $ Sunsation 32 Mid Cabin T-MX 6.2 MPI, 320 hp ....................................... $ CABO 32 Express T-Caterpillar C-7, 461 hp ............................................. $ Bertram 35 Convertible T-Mercruiser 454's 330 hp ............................... $ Chris Craft 35 Catalina T-Chris Craft 327, 220 hp .................................... $ Trojan F-36 Convertible T-Crusader 350's, 270 hp .................................. $ Trojan F-36 Convertible T-Crusader 454's, 350 hp .................................. $ Hatteras 36 Sedan T-Crusader 7.4 ltr., 350 hp ......................................... $ Mainship 36 Double Cabin T-Crusader 350 5.7L, 270 hp........................ $ Tiara 3600 Convertible T-Crusader 350 hp ............................................... $ Hatteras 38 Convertible T-Detroit Diesels, 6V-71TI ............................... $ Tiara 3800 Open T-Caterpillar, 3208, 435 hp ............................................. $ Donzi 38 ZSF Walkaround Tri-Mercury Verado's, 300 hp ..................... $


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Sea Ray 390 Sedan Bridge T-Mercruiser 454, 340 hp ........................... $ 39,900 Sea Ray 390 Express Cruiser T-Chevy 540, 275 hp ................................. $ 42,000 Int'l Standard 40 Mariner T-Cummins, 270 hp ........................................ $ 310,000 Chris Craft 42' Commander T-Detroit Diesel 6V71TI's ........................... $ 114,900 Hatteras 43 Flybridge MY T-Cummins VT903, 320 hp............................. $ 99,900 Tiara 4300 Open T-Detroit Diesels 6V92's, 550 hp .................................. $ 199,900 Viking 44' Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesels 671, 450 hp ............................ $ 149,000 Tiara 4400 Sovran T-Caterpillar C-12, 715 hp .......................................... $ 449,900 Silverton 453 Motor Yacht T-Cummins QSM 11, 535 hp ........................ $ 229,900 Hatteras 48 Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel, 6V92's, 425 hp .................... $ 229,900 Hatteras 48 Long Range Cruiser T-Detroit Diesel, 4-53, 122 hp ........... $ 299,900 Ocean 48 Super Sport T-Detroit Diesel 6-71's, 485 hp .......................... $ 154,900 Hatteras 48' Cockpit MY T-Detroit Diesel 6V92, 535 hp......................... $ 249,900 Silverton 48' Convertible T-Caterpillar C-12, 700 hp .............................. $ 449,000 Grand Banks 49 Eastbay SX T-Caterpillar C-12, 715 hp......................... $ 699,900 Bertram 50' Convertible T-Detroit Diesel 8V-92 735 hp ......................... $ 449,000 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Detroit Diesel 12V-71TA DDEC, 900 hp ..... $ 399,900 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Caterpillar 3408, 800 hp ............................... $ 550,000 Hatteras 50' Convertible T-Caterpillar 3406E, 800 bhp .......................... $ 565,000 Hatteras 58' Motor Yacht T-Detroit Diesel 8V92 TA's, 550 hp .............. $ 299,900 Hatteras 60' Convertible T-Caterpillar, 3412, 1350 hp ............................ Sale Pending Pacific Mariner 85' Pacific Mariner T-MTU 10V2000, 1500 hp ............ $ 3,999,000 Rayburn 92 Skylounge T-Caterpillar C30, 1550 hp .................................. $ 4,999,000

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Storage Season is Coming...And so is the Mold Don’t give us a hard time for bringing up the end of boating season. It’s not our fault Mother Nature didn’t exactly play

nice this year. Hopefully most of you were able to log some precious time on the water but let’s face facts; haul-outs and shrink wrap are in the near future. So what is your plan this year to combat the moisture and mold that inevitably occurs every off-season? Let me guess; hanging desiccant bags right? Oh wait, those eventually saturate and end up dripping everywhere. What about the moisture buckets? Oh that’s right, we’ve been informed they do the same thing as the bags so you’ve got to place them in the sink, but then that’s no good either because you certainly can’t have any overflow moisture draining into the pipes during freezing temperatures. So that leaves you with the chlorine dioxide pouches. What? You can’t use those within 18” of fabrics, electronics or metals? Well then, where in the name of Neptune are you supposed to put them on a boat? Certainly seems like the options are becoming increasingly limited. OK, so maybe it seems we’re picking a little too much on the traditional storage methods for preventing moisture and mold. But we must be honest. With all our travels this past year we’re only repeating what we’ve been told by you, the boating public and people in the industry. The overwhelming theme is that you’re running out of options. So let’s look at some facts; storage in the north, barring extenuating weather issues, is going to be anywhere from 5 to 7 months long. During that time the condition of your boat when it’s first stored will be challenged throughout the off-season by an increasingly humid environment, limited ventilation, active mold and bacteria spores waiting for the right chance to nurture and, in some parts of the country, freezing temperatures. And let’s not forget the literal greenhouse created when the above mentioned goodies have the opportunity to bake in the heat.

We know moisture will accumulate in the boat during storage and should be controlled in some way. However we also know that most of

us will still have mold growth and odor presence in the spring. Let us suggest you try thinking outside the box a bit. What if we offered a solution in the form of a product that can rid the air of mold, bacteria, fungi and even some viruses, naturally and without any chemicals we might add, and when used during storage will prevent mold growth and odors? That product is Kanberra Gel. Now before you roll your eyes and think this is just some self-serving promotion read on a bit further. For the past couple years many readers of this publication and your fellow boaters from Maine to San Diego, and Miami to Seattle, have been using Kanberra Gel in storage and throughout the season with well documented success. Too good to be true you say? Well we certainly can’t blame you for reacting in that manner. But the facts are what they are. Don’t take my word for it; look online, check with your local marina or even contact us directly. We’re certain you’ll find Kanberra Gel to be the product you’ve been waiting for to protect your investment. Follow us on Facebook or visit for additional information and a complete list of locations. Soft Seas. – David Levesque




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1996 Chris Craft 370 Constellation

2004 Sea Ray 420 Sundancer

Brokerage Boats, for complete specs & additional photos visit 42’ Sea Ray 420 Sundancer ’04 .............$289,000 37’ Chris Craft 37 Constellation ’66 .........$19,950 36’ Monk 36 Trawler ’01..........................$229,000 36’ Carver Aft cabin ’87 ............................$44,999 36’ Sea Ray 360 Sundancer ’04 .............$167,500 35’ Chris Craft 350 Catalina ’81 ................$32,900 34’ Sea Ray 340 Sundancer ’99 ...............$74,900 30’ Wellcraft 30 Monico ’89 .....................$19,500 29’ Sea Ray 290 Sundancer ’95 ...............$29,500 28’ Bayliner 2850 Contessa ’85 ..................$9,900 27’ Carver 27 Santego ’89.........................$12,900 26’ Boston Whaler 260 Outrage ’01 ........$42,500 26’ Sea Ray 260 Cuddy Cabin ’89 ............$15,500 26’ Glacier Bay 2670 Isle Runner ’07 ......$94,000 26’ Cobalt 263 Cuddy Cabin ’01................$39,500

26’ Celebrity 268 Crownline Cruiser ’87 .. $12,500 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman ’48 ................$120,000 24’ Chris Craft 248 Concept ’94................$12,500 24’ Rosborough RF-246 Sedan Cruiser ’00 $55,000 24’ Sea Ray 245 Weekender ’01 ..............$22,500 23’ Grady White Gulfstream 232 ’95 .......$23,900 23’ Boston Whaler 23 Outrage ’00 ..........$33,900 21’ Wellcraft 216 Eclipse ’90 ......................$6,900 21’ Boston Whaler 21 Outrage ’01 ..........$24,900 19’ Lyman 19 Runabout ’59.......................$12,500 18’ Boston Whaler 18 Outrage ’81 ..........$14,900 17’ Boston Whaler 17 ’71..........................$16,900 17’ Boston Whaler 170 Montauk ’10.......$29,900 17’ Boston Whaler 17 Newport ’88 ...........$6,900

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Fleming ........................................................................$495,000 Sea Ray .......................................................................$449,000 Jefferson.....................................................................$129,900 Maxum ..........................................................................$89,000 Fathom pilothouse .....................................................$425,000 Sea Ray .........................................................................$99,900 Sea Ray .......................................................................$129,900 Nordic Tug ..................................................................$299,900 Grand Banks...............................................................$149,900 Sea Ray .......................................................................$159,900 Powerquest ..................................................................$91,000 Egg Harbor....................................................................$14,900 Nordic Tug ..................................................................$154,900 Duffy Lobster Boat ....................................................$120,000 Mainship Sedan Bridge..............................................$59,900 Chris Craft Constellation ............................................$15,900 Sea Ray .........................................................................$29,900 Sea Ray .........................................................................$33,000 Carver ............................................................................$16,000 Sea Ray Sundeck ........................................................$49,000 Wellcraft .......................................................................$17,000 SAIL Hampton Motorsailor................................................$235,000 Morgan 384...................................................................$59,900 Chris Craft .....................................................................$19,900 Catalina .........................................................................$99,900 Columbia 36 ..................................................................$25,000 Hallberg-Rassy ............................................................$34,900 Tartan.............................................................................$23,900 Catalina 32 ....................................................................$72,000 Catalina 30 ....................................................................$22,900 Pearson ...........................................................................$9,000 Pearson ...........................................................................$7,900 Catlina 30 ......................................................................$22,900 Hunter............................................................................$17,000 Kirby...............................................................................$11,000 Tri-Star.............................................................................$3,000 • Traverse City, MI 49684 Call Bill Allgaier office: 231-933-5414 • cell: 231-218-1227

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46’ ’06 Cruisers 460 Exp. Loaded, HT, air/heat, Gen, low hrs, T-430 Volvo Dsl .. $339,900 44’ ‘03 Carver MY, Air/Heat, Gen, Full Electronics, Only 213 Hrs, Diesel ........... $229,900 42’ ‘01 Cruisers 4270, loaded, air, gen, T-430 Volvo dsls, only 275 hrs .................$199,900 40’ ‘98 Sea Ray DA, Air/Heat, Gen, Full Elect, T-340HP, Cat Dsls, 640 hrs............ $133,900 40’ ‘99 Carver 406 Aft Cabin, T-7.4L 380HP Mercs, 230 hrs, Air, Gen, Full Elect .. $149,900 38’ ‘99 Cruisers 3870 full elect., air/heat, genset, T-380HP, Merc MPI’s Dingy . $119,900 38’ ’99 Carver Santego, Air/Heat, Gen, Radar, Low Hrs, Very Nice, T-7.4L....... $87,900 37’ ‘99 Carver Voyager Sedan, clean 1 owner, full elect, air/heat windlass. ... $114,900 37’ ‘05 Cruisers 370 Exp, T-310HP volvo dsls, super clean, loaded, full elect... $179,900 36’ ‘03 Carver Sport Sedan, Air/Heat, Gen, Full Elect, T-8.1L Crusaders, 230hrs $124,900 35’ ‘02 Carver 355 Aft Cabin, T-7.4L, low hrs, full elect. air/heat, freshwater ... $129,000 33’ ‘03 Maxum SE Exp., T-5.7L, air/heat, low hrs, Arch w/canvas enclosure ......$64,900 33’ ‘99 Cruisers 3375 Esprit, T-7.4L, 452 hrs, cherry int. air/heat, full elect. ...... $62,500 32’ ‘03 Sea Ray DA, T-6.2L V-Drives, 210hrs, air/heat, full elect. Arch w/enclos. $99,900

REPO’S 26’ ‘05 Regal Commodore 31’ ‘96 Carver Express 32’ ‘98 Carver Voyager SOLD 33’ ‘02 Larson Express SOLD 41’ ‘76 Chris Craft Com. 42’ ‘97 Fountain SOLD 42’ ‘07 Carver Super Sport


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CONTACT Jeff Pierce | Windy City Yacht Brokerage LLC 934 N. North Branch St. (Goose Island Boat Yard) 312-440-9500 office | 312-276-4560 fax

Our pick this month is an anglerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream.

1988 55' Ocean Supersport

LOA: 55'8" Beam: 16'4" Draft: 4'4"

Displacement: 58,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,000 gals. Water Capacity: 200 gals.

Power: 735 hp Max. Speed: 32 knots Price: $235,000

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your opportunity to own one of the best-selling tournament fishing machines of the 1980s. Exceptionally well maintained, this 55-foot Ocean Supersport is a fresh water-only vessel and has received many upgrades over the years, including an overhaul of her 735-hp Detroit 8v92s. The main salon is open and roomy, with all new custom-designed soft goods. Amenities include a sofa/hide-a-bed combo, new lighting and a large entertainment center. Down two steps from the salon is the galley, which features a full size refrigerator/freezer, three-burner electric cooktop, dishwasher, convection/microwave oven and Corian countertops. The master stateroom is located forward and includes an ensuite head and plenty of storage. Additional onboard equipment includes hydraulic lift, foredeck davit, bridge and engine room AC, dripless shaft seals, Twin Disc transmission, fender tracks, seven rod holders, 15kW generator, 3 VHFs and 2 GPS units. Asking price is $235,000.


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BOATEL I We changed our boat name last summer because, as they say, “it is what it is.” People had trouble remembering, spelling or pronouncing our old boat name, so we changed it to Boatel I. We are a floating bed & breakfast, so the name really defines who were are and what we do, and people remember it now.

Saw your posting on Facebook looking for dog photos and stories. Not sure I have a unique story, but I thought I would pass along photos of our Yellow Lab/Golden Retriever mix, Emma. These images are of her on our 1997 Wellcraft 2800 Martinique, In Harmes Wake, at Portside Marina on Kelleys Island. We were cruising through West Harbor on our way back to Midway Marina. As much fun as we have cruising, it’s just that much more enjoyable when we’re able to take her along with us, and Kelleys Island is a pretty dog-friendly place.

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LUCKY STIFF Since I am a funeral director, a friend suggested this might be an appropriate name for my Rinker 226 Captiva. Bill Higbie Kouts, IN

MY GIRL This is our 1991 310 Sea Ray. When we bought it back in 1993, we were looking for a name for it. My wife came up with My Girl, since this was the name of our favorite song when we were dating 44 years ago. Tom & Gloria Ruehle Harrison Township, MI

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IMP 220 Walkaround ............. $ 10,500 Slickcraft SS-235 .................... $ 7,900 Lyman Sportsman .................. $ 8,500 Sea Ray 240 Sorrento ............ $ 6,700 Chris-Craft Sport Express ..... $ 49,900 Regal 2665 Commodore......... $ 32,000 Pearson Sloop ........................ $ 16,900 Four Winns 285 ....................... $ 32,000 Chris-Craft Launch ................. $ 54,900 Chris-Craft Launch 28 ............ $ 99,900 Four Winns 298 Vista ............. $ 59,000 Sea Ray Weekender .............. $ 39,900 Chris-Craft 332 Express ......... $ 27,500 Bertram Flybridge .................. $ 49,900 Sea Ray Sundancer ............... $ 75,000 Tiara Convertible .................... $ 110,000

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Tiara Convertible w/Dsls ....... $ 139,900 Saberline Express .................. $ 165,000 Sabre 362 ................................. $ 159,000 Sea Ray Express..................... $ 87,000 Chris Craft Roamer S/T.......... $ 25,000 Endeavour Ketch .................... $ 34,000 Silverton 392 MY..................... $ 125,000 Silverton 392 MY..................... $ 125,000 Hatteras Double Cabin .......... $ 165,000 Sea Ray Express Diesels ...... $ 125,000 Chris Craft Commander ......... $ 39,900 Tiara 4100 Open ...................... $ 299,000 Beneteau Trawler .................. $ 349,000 Provincial Trawler .................. $ 169,500 Tiara 4300 Open ...................... $ 199,900 Chris Craft Commander......... $ 135,000

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POWER BOATS 26’ ‘87 Cruisers Vee Sport ........... 12,700 27’ ‘98 Four Winns 278 ................ 31,900 28’ ‘90 Cruisers 2870.................... 19,900 29’ ‘87 Cruisers Sea Devil........... 25,500 29’ ‘94 Baha Cruiser 299 ............. 24,900 29’ ‘94 Sea Ray 290 ...................... 28,900 31’ ‘92 Silverton 31C .................... 40,900 31’ ‘97 Carver 310 EX ................... 44,900 32’ Wellcraft St.Tropez 3 starting@ 18,900 32’ ‘98 Pro Line 3250 ..................... 49,900 32’ ‘85 Carver 3207........................ 19,900 33’ ‘95 Sea Ray Sundancer ......... 79,900 34’ ‘92 Silverton 34X ..................... 49,900 34’ ‘01 Sea Ray 340 ....................... 99,500

35’ ‘94 Carver 350 Aft ................... 78,900 36’ ‘88 Sportcraft Pesca .............. 39,900 36’ ‘82 Carver 3607 Aft ................. 36,500 37’ ‘88 Chris Craft Amerosport ... 49,500 37’ ‘78 Vinette Steel Trawler ....... 49,900 37’ ‘95 Cruisers 3775..................... 84,900 38’ ‘88 Chris Craft 381................... 69,200 38’ ‘04 Regal 3880 ....................... 189,900 40’ ‘94 Mainship Sedan ............. 119,900 40’ ‘87 Hatteras Motor Yacht ... 139,500 42’ ‘87 Carver Aft .......................... 99,500 42’ ‘78 Grand Banks Classic ....... 98,500 42’ ‘82 Bertram FBMY ................ 135,900 43’ ‘95 Wellcraft 4350 Portofino 145,000

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hen Dan and Mavis Thill decided to build their dream home in North Muskegon, Michigan, they knew exactly what they wanted: They’d spent 30-some years collecting ideas. With the help of architect Bob Israel, their dream was realized in the 7,000-square-foot home that sits atop a hill overlooking Muskegon Lake. Situated on some 3.5 acres on the north shore of the lake, just a short boat ride from Lake Michigan, the home—built in 1998—takes full advantage of its position. “We’re about 100 yards from the water, and we’re up on a hill,” Dan Thill says. “We probably overlook 60 to 70 percent of the lake.” There are plenty of ways to enjoy those views, from the windows in virtually every room of the home—including the breakfast room, with its three glass walls—to the extensive ironwood decking. Winding down to the sand beach at the bottom of the hill is a gorgeous drive, with meticulous landscaping adding to the view. And, both outside and in, “everything we put in was of the highest quality,” Thill explains.

That includes marble floors, granite countertops, four fireplaces, a custom winding staircase and a front door made of mahogany and glass—also custom built. The kitchen includes top-of-the-line appliances, an island, two ovens and a five-burner stove. Between the formal dining room and family room is a full-service bar complete with an ice maker and wine cooler. The first floor master bedroom retreat overlooks the lake and includes a fireplace, TV disguised as a mirror, bathroom with steam shower, Jacuzzi tub, powder area, and walk-in closets. A guest suite also is on the first floor. Upstairs boasts two bedroom suites with full baths, as well as a playroom and sitting area that overlooks the living room. The finished full basement, complete with an exercise room and a gift-wrapping room, overlooks the lake. While there isn’t a dock on the property currently, Thill says it would be easy to build one. “And we’re probably three blocks from a marina, which makes boating easy,” he says. “Muskegon is a great boating community. It’s a fun place to live.” r PHOTOS COURTESY OF SANDI GENTRY

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ocated on the eastern edge of Bay Harbor, Michigan, on Little Traverse Bay, Lakeshore Village is a 36-home development that was created in the spirit of new urbanism. “It’s probably a little different from the typical golf course resort community,” says Wally Kidd, broker/ owner of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, representing Lakeshore Village. “There are sidewalks, streetlamps and front porches with swings, and you’re within walking distance to town.” Living in Lakeshore Village, which has been around since 1999, also means great access to the Great Lakes. Homes and lots are available on both the private Village Harbor and Lake Michigan itself, and each lot comes with a 35-foot dock. “We consider Bay Harbor to be the nautical center of the Great Lakes,” Kidd says. “Here, your boat is at your back door. You can island hop, or head to towns like Mackinaw City.”

Of the 36 lots in Lakeshore Village, about half have homes already built on them. There are four unique floor plans to choose from, ranging from 3,500 to 5,000 square feet. The other lots are clean slates, ready for buyers to customize their dream home however they’d like. The aesthetic of the development is “classically coastal,” and the homes, all of which include waterfront views, may have features including premium cedar shake, high-end kitchen and bath appliances and finishes, hickory wood floors, granite countertops and gas fireplaces. Also on site is a private sand beach. Residents of Lakeshore Village enjoy great access to all that the vibrant downtown Bay Harbor community has to offer, from its dining and shopping options, to the membership opportunities available at the yacht club, golf club and swing and fitness clubs. “Lakeshore Village is truly unique in that you can front Lake Michigan and have a boat at your back door,” Kidd says. “You can’t do that anywhere in the Great Lakes.” r PhOTOS By RIChARD hARTwELL / hARTwELL DIGITAL MED IA

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Understanding Electrical Safety

Larry Budd, applications engineer at Charles Industries’ Marine & Industrial Group, explains how to make safe use of AC shore power.

LB: We rely on shoreside grounding lines to protect against electrical fires and shock accidents. Why do these hazards still exist in marinas? Budd: Most marina safety grounds are far from the individual slips, and the shore power cables that connect vessels to dockside power are often in poor condition, with connections not properly protected. Waterside junction boxes and outlets corrode, and if either path to ground isn’t up to snuff, a short or fault may fail to push enough juice back up the line to trip a breaker. Instead, the fault area will heat up, possibly causing a fire. Worse, the current flowing into the boat may seek another route home through the adjacent water toward land. It doesn’t take much of a leak, especially in less conductive fresh water, to seriously injure or kill a human being. Hence the need for “No Swimming” signs in marinas. LB: What’s the best solution? Budd: Onboard isolation provided by an isolation transformer eliminates the risk of leaking electricity to or from the surrounding water. The transformer has no mechanical connection from the input to the output. Instead, a magnetic connection from input to output is created. Simply put, you electrically float your boat, meaning the boat’s electrical power source is no longer shore power; instead it’s the onboard transformer’s output. Onboard AC faults are prevented from inducing stray current into the water around the vessel; instead, they return to the transformer’s output. LB: Aside from safety, are there other advantages to an isolation transformer? Budd: Being isolated from a marina and other boats means your onboard AC power will be cleaner, unaffected by any other unprotected vessels’ electrical noise that might otherwise be spreading interference to you boat’s onboard circuits and equipment (i.e. buzz in the VHF). In cases where dockside shore power voltage is low, an isolation transformer with boosting capability will allow other onboard AC electrical equipment to operate with the proper rated input voltage, protecting it from damage and extending its service life. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARLES INDUSTRIES

LB: Is the isolation transformer susceptible to a lightning strike? Budd: Charles isolation transformers are Marine UL listed and unique in that they are designed with a full current carrying shield (E-11) and high-grade insulation. Isolation transformers of this design are capable of withstanding a nearby lightening strike without adversely affecting the boat’s AC electrical system. LB: How does one determine the size of isolation transformer needed? Budd: Typically, they are sized in correlation to the vessel’s AC input shore power. With current (I) and input voltage (E), I x E/1,000 provides the size in KVA (Kilovolt amperes) of isolation transformer required. LB: Where are isolation transformers typically installed? Budd: Mounting location typically depends on the size of the vessel and the size of the isolation transformer. Weight of the unit is also a consideration, so as to ensure the vessel sits balanced in the water. Isolation transformers should follow manufacturer installation instructions and be securely mounted to a solid surface within 10 feet of the vessel’s shore power breaker(s).

CONTACT Charles Industries Ltd. Marine & Industrial Group 5600 Apollo Dr. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 847-806-6300

LB: Is there a bad side to using an isolation transformer? Budd: They can be heavy, 15 to 20 pounds per KVA heavy. They’re extremely dense square cubes, ranging in size from an approximate 10” X 10” cube, up to a 24” X 24” cube. Planning ahead for aftermarket installation is essential. Often, Charles works directly with customers to offer advice on product selection and installation. Founded in 1968, Charles Industries provides innovative products and services to telecommunications, municipality, utility, marine and industrial markets worldwide. The company proudly supports “Buy American” initiatives. 83 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

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Ready for Great Lakes Salmon. TURNKEY 24' 1984 AQUASPORT OSPREY CC. 2000 Johnson 225hp (400 freshwater hours) and 2006 Mercury 15hp 4cycle trolling motor(5 hours). Includes two 5’ electric downriggers, planner boards, new electronics, all new fishing gear. Invested over $25,000. Must sell price (medical issues) $11,500. ($10,000 without trolling motor). 607-351-5999. JAN12

1995 TIARA 3100 OPEN Hardtop, Generator, Inverter, Newer Canvas, Newer Raymarine E Series electronics & Clarion Stereo system, Full Fishing Gear, New Fishhawk, Recent Survey. Asking $79,900. Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $179,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! OCT11

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1972 GRAND BANKS 32' SEDAN. Wood, Ford Lehman 120 diesel. Completely restored 1999, new canvas 2010. $34,900. Make offer 218-525-4522. NOV11 1986 25.5 FT REGAL AMBASSADOR 255XL. Brand New Sunbrella bimini top in June 2011. Runs good. Trailer included. Call 269-209-1516. JAN12

1999 TIARA 3500 OPEN, LOA 35’-6”, Beam 13’-3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines 485 hrs., Canvas like new, Full electronics, Teak/holly sole, Air conditioning, Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat, $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or OCT11

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1996 BAYLINER 2859 CIERA EXPRESS. $29,500 Great Condition 454 Mercruiser, Triaxle trailer $12,000-Extras Raymarine, Furuno, downriggers, etc. 989-429-1507 NOV11

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32’ GRAND BANKS 1989 Cummins, 210HP, 1355HRS, Northern Lights Generator 5KW 1000HRS, Vetus Stern Thruster, Radar, Autopilot, Loaded w/Electronics, Top Condition. Stored in Great Lakes. $130,000. 231-228-5655. NOV11

1980 35’ VIKING CONVERTIBLE. Twin 454 Crusaders, 7.5 generator, 2 air conditioners, freshwater, covered slip. Ohio River. Asking $49,900. 513-574-1585. OCT11

1983 SEA RAY 360 EXPRESS CRUISER. Twin MerCruiser 340hp each. Only 1400 hrs. Auto pilot.GPS.Generator. AC. Live Aboard. Fishing Equipped. Excellent Condition $34,900. 262-241-3928. OCT11

2001 TIARA 3800 OPEN Plan A, Freshwater, One Owner, Low Hours, Excellent Condition, Teak Interior, Full Electronics, Hardtop, Loaded. Asking $229,900 Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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2005 TIARA 4300 SOVRAN 100% Freshwater, One Owner, Low Hours, Excellent Condition, Full Raymarine E Series electronics. Priced to sell at $349,900 Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales, (616) 402-0180 RYS


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1991 54’ BLUEWATER YACHT COASTAL CRUISER 1991 54’ BLUEWATER YACHT COASTAL CRUISER. Spacious interior, huge bridge! Three staterooms, meticulously maintained. Stored inside heated. More photos at $124,900. 419-433-5798 NOV11

38’ 1995 CARVER SANTEGO, (2) 454 Crusaders, Mercruiser generator, 560 hours, Radar, GPS, dual air/heat, loaded, excellent condition, well maintained, heated storage. Priced to sell $65,900 w/Pentwater slip thru 2012. Call 616-490-3814 or e-mail JAN12

BAYLINER 4588 1988. 220 hp diesel 12.5 kw genset, 10ft boston whaler, freshwater, full canvas. Fully equipped. $200,000. For info, 450-667-9976 FEB12

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47' CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER 1972, Highly Customized! FRESH WATER, repowered w/Cummins 370’s, 530hrs., Mathers, NEW fuel, water & holding tanks, canvas, cushions, interior, 3 staterooms, queen master, dinghy w/crane, same family 25yrs, 2 boat owner, Must Sell! $148,000 OBO ROB, 612-743-4192. NOV11

2005 OCEAN ALEXANDER. 54 LOA (2)500HP Yanmars330 hrs, dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $585,000. 920-739-7668. FEB12

54’ 1989 HATTERAS Extended Deck M/Y. One owner, fresh water only. Bow thruster, stabilizers, on-deck galley, 4 staterooms, walk-in engine room. Seriously for sale. Loc. Michigan. Wayne at 954-646-5099 OCT11 85 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

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Marine technological advancements are all relative. BY DAVE WALLACE


nce upon a time, long, long ago, there existed a magical system of navigation that promised to make the crude magnetic compass obsolete. For the first time since the ancient days of sail, it gave those who dared seek distant shores a certain confirmation of their position. In typical new age logo-speak, this Long Range Navigation aid had its descriptive title shortened to LORAN. Our navigating love affair began with the very first signals. Those of you who are relatively new to the navigation game and taking satellite accuracy for granted probably wonder what all this love was about, considering the relative crudity of LORAN.

It’s because advances are relative to the past. Before LORAN, navigation was based on a grid system of latitude and longitude, shown as lines on charts. It was taught in navigation classes that involved sun and star sightings, compass readings, corrective headings, and time and distance calculations, translated onto charts using dividers, rulers, protractors and sharp pencils. Most recreational skippers would rather clean bilges bare handed than plot a course. Face it: The only reason Columbus “discovered” our continent is because it was too big to miss. 88 LAKELANDBOATING.COM O C T O B E R 2 011

LORAN used a vast network of strategically placed transmission towers, whose sharply tuned directional signals created an electronic grid similar to latitude and longitude, but with radio waves instead of lines on charts. Positions were given in terms of grid numbers, and every skipper kept a little navigation notebook handy with LORAN coordinates. In poor visibility, it was like navigating by Braille; but it was such a vast improvement over manual time, distance and compass readings. Boaters became addicted to it. When a transmission tower would go down for maintenance, which was a fairly regular occurrence, we became lost—literally and emotionally. Dragon Lady and I once found ourselves stranded in Charlevoix, Michigan, with a dead LORAN instrument. That was the bad news. The good news involved a new marine equipment shop in the harbor, with LORAN receivers in stock. These instruments required an installation procedure to get them in tune with area transmissions. Being an over-confident mechanical type, I ran through this drill with minimum attention to the manual. As we prepared to head home, I set our LORAN for the first leg of the trip—a reasonable 80-mile leg. My problem: The LORAN insisted the distance to my destination was more than 200 miles. No amount of tweaking and re-setting could change this unacceptable setting, and no one in Charlevoix had a clue for solving the dilemma. Desperate, I made a long distance call to the electronics guru who installed my original unit. After explaining my situation, there came a long pause. Then he asked me an unexpected question: “Which hemisphere is it set for?” After convincing me he wasn’t just yanking my chain for cruel fun, he explained that LORAN transmitters were “hemisphere sensitive,” and that according to his rough estimate my LORAN was trying its best to navigate us across the Sea of Japan. Once he walked me through the hemisphere switch, the rest was easy—and our voyage home proceeded with reasonable accuracy and dependability. As for the condition of my ego, you might say it reflected the mortal opposite of LORAN: Laggardly, Old, Rusty, and Unfit to Navigate. LORUN.  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

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