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HU R ON | ON T ARIO | MICHIGAN | ERIE | SUPERI O R MARLOW VOYAGER 100 Enjoy the journey. p. 38 SPOTLIGHTS EDGEWATER ★ MARITIMO MJM ★ NIMBUS OCTOBER 20 2 3 PURSUIT OS 405 Do it all. p. 42 SCARAB 235 ID Jet-powered fun. p. 46 GEORGIAN BAY GHOST TOWNS Three once-bustling but long-forgetten towns along Georgian Bay’s shore. p. 50 PORT OF CALL
ON: Located on the Bay of Quinte, this port shines with tons of amenities a short walk from the dock. p. 54
Features Marlow Voyager 100 Finding your destination and journey in one yacht. Photos and story by Capt. Tom Serio 38 Pursuit OS 405 My favorite Pursuit. by. by Alan Wendt ................................. 42 Scarab 235 ID Just fun. by Chuck Warren ................................................. 46 Specters of the Past: Georgian Bay Ghost Towns A look at three of Georgian Bay’s most infamous ghost towns. by Andrew Hind 50 Port of Call: Belleville, ON The Beautiful City: Belleville — literally “beautiful town” in French — lives up to its billing as one of the most striking ports of call on the north shore of Lake Ontario. by Craig Ritchie .............. 54 Departments From the Helm ......................................................................... 4 Dock Box ................................................................................... 6 Calendar 8 Scuttle 10 Great Gear 22 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate 24 Electronics 26 Safety First ............................................................................. 28 Beneath the Surface.............................................................30 Boat Spotlights: Edgewater, Maritimo, MJM, Nimbus 34 Lakeshore Life: East Jordan, MI 60 Marine Marketplace 62 Classifieds 75 Classic Craft 76 ON THE COVER Check out the biggest boat that’s ever graced the cover of Lakeland Boating magazine: The Marlow Voyager 100, a stunning 100-foot yacht that makes the voyage to your destination just as spectacular as the destination itself. 54 TABLE OF CONTENTS PHOTO BY
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Something for Everyone

The cover image this month (photographed by Capt. Tom Serio) features the largest boat that’s ever graced the cover of Lakeland Boating magazine: The Marlow Voyager 100 (p. 38). The 100-foot yacht is a pure bespoke, custom creation, which Marlow constructed in partnership with its client — as it does with each and every yacht. It’s a Boat Test you will definitely want to check out!

If a 100-foot yacht is not on your horizon, we’ve also provided a selection of other sized boats, including the brand-new, family-friendly Scarab 235 ID (p. 46) and the Pursuit OS 405 (p. 42), a great fishing platform. We’ve got something for everyone!

History buffs will love our feature this month on the forgotten towns of Georgian Bay (p. 50). For one reason or another, these once-vibrant ports were deserted and have been coined “ghost towns.” Read more about Depot Harbour, Muskoka Mills and Byng Inlet in our feature “Specters of the Past.”

One Ontario port that is still bustling is the “beautiful town” of Belleville (p. 54), located on the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario. While the town is indeed beautiful, it’s also easily walkable, so boaters can tie up at a marina and explore the many things to see and do here.

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Alan is a past president of Boating Writers International, and co-chair of judging for the Innovation Awards at the Minneapolis Boat Show and IBEX, the largest technical marine event in North America. Born in Cleveland, he is one of the chief architects of the Women on Water, Getaways! and Adventures cruising programs. Wendt is also a licensed pyrotechnician and choreographs fireworks shows for waterfront displays on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve.




Andrew is a freelance writer specializing in history and travel. He is the author of 33 books, most recently “Ghost Towns of Ontario’s Cottage Country” (Dundurn Press, 2023).




Born in Toronto, Craig named his first boat Bed in order to explain occasional absences from work. Whenever anyone asked, he would cough loudly and mumble about having spent the day in Bed. The key, he says, was to never forget the sunscreen.

Georgian Bay p. 50


East Jordan, MI p. 60

Belleville, ON p. 54



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Here is our French bulldog, Cosmo. He was named after Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld” and is nearly 1 year old. He is considered blue in color. He loves people and is an old soul. He visits the marina every day and is the “canine concierge/team support” at B & E Marine. Cosmo even has his own Instagram account @coolcosmothefrenchie.


Poseidon loves his life on the water. He only wishes his boating season lasted longer than seven months. Poseidon has been living the “boat life” since he was 5 months old. He can be found cruising the Western Basin of Lake Erie onboard a Chris-Craft 308 Express Cruiser. He especially loves visiting the islands of Lake Erie and cat-napping on the swim deck while getting head scratches from people walking up and down the docks. Poseidon is also a leash-trained hiking cat, so while docked at islands, we seek out nature trails and beaches for exploring.

Having a cat onboard has been enjoyable and much easier than one may imagine. We love including him in our family recreation, and he’s very comfortable on the water. We keep a portable litter box in the aft cabin (it zips close when the boat is underway so that there isn’t a mess of litter) and all of his creature comforts of home are with us. We find that a cat onboard is easier than having a dog onboard (we have done both); with the cat, he can use a litter box and we don’t have to search out a patch of grass for those bathroom stops.

We are often asked what type of cat Poseidon is; he is a Bengal. Bengals are known for their love of water, trainability, high energy and demand for an active lifestyle.

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The flagship of our Luxury Express series, the 48 LE is the perfect blend of entertaining comforts and adventure amenities. The galley and dining area welcomes you with robust features to starboard and dining accommodations to port while the aft bulkhead and salon doors open to blend the galley and aft cockpit zones for the ultimate entertaining area onboard. Exterior, the rotating lounge module has power actuation allowing the seat to be positioned towards the terrace, aft, and anywhere in between.

Below deck, sleeping accommodations for four include a forward queen pedestal berth and aft twin berths that conveniently convert to a queen in addition to two heads.


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Ontario Establishes First New Conservation Reserve in Over 10 Years

The Ontario government has created the province’s first new conservation reserve in over 10 years. The Monarch Point Conservation Reserve will protect nearly 4,000 acres in Prince Edward County on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

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Volvo Penta has donated two new engines to the Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) in Cedarville, Michigan, to help train students. One of the engines, the KAMD44 Diesel, will be used to launch the new GLBBS diesel program.

Luxury boat dealer Bay Marine has partnered with Michigan-based Lake Michigan Yacht Sales, North Shore Marina and Barrett Boat Works, and has become the exclusive Formula Boat dealer for the southern Lake Michigan region. Bay Marine currently has locations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida, but these new partnerships will extend the company’s reach into Michigan.

Bay Marine will work with Lake Michigan Yacht Sales on sales operations by expanding the presence of Riviera Yachts in the southwest Michigan market. In addition, Bay Marine has entered into a long-term lease with North Shore Marina in Grand Haven, Michigan, and Barrett Boat Works in Spring Lake, Michigan, where Bay Marine will overtake the long-standing sales operation of North Shore Marina.

“We are thrilled to expand the offering of premium Riviera Yachts to southwest Michigan,” says Matt Mrozinski, president of Lake Michigan Yacht Sales. “To do this with two exceptional, service-oriented marinas — North Shore Marina and Barrett Boat Works — and another top-tier dealership in Bay Marine, makes this an ideal partnership.”

“The new partnership with these three

exceptional companies will launch Bay Marine and the great boat brands we represent in southwest Michigan to new heights. This type of partnership is unprecedented in the industry and will allow us to build economies of scale that will truly benefit our customers,” says Matt Felhofer, president of Bay Marine.

Besides offering Riviera Yachts and Formula Boats from 24 to 78 feet, Bay Marine will also introduce Edgewater and Crevalle boats from 15 to 37 feet. The multi-faceted partnership will bring four long-standing family businesses together to better serve the Michigan market.

For more information, visit BAYMARINE.NET.


“Ontario is working to protect our natural environment and preserve our province’s biodiversity. Creating Monarch Point Conservation Reserve is an important step in achieving this goal,” says David Piccini, minister of the environment, conservation and parks. “This new protected area will not only safeguard important habitat for the iconic monarch butterfly, but also for countless other species that call this area home. I’m proud that this new protected area will ensure future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of our province.” ADD YOUR NEWS! Email KBUSH@ LAKELANDBOATING.COM to add your company’s Great Lakes News to Scuttle!
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Sea-Doo and Manitou Announce 2024 Model Lineup

BRP is ready to deliver more fun and speed with its 2024 model year Sea-Doo and Manitou product lineup, starting with the next-generation Sea-Doo Spark. This new PWC features smoother lines, redesigned front arms and a variety of seat options, along with a standard Intelligent Brake and Reverse System for improved control and maneuverability. Utilize the new Trixx mode to unlock more tricks, and customize your PWC with a variety of options.

Integrating the world’s highest horsepower and fastest accelerating PWC engine, the new 325-hp Sea-Doo RXP-X and RXT-X deliver stellar performance along with X-Performance features including X-sponsons, polished impeller, extended VTS and launch control.

The new GTR-X delivers the ideal mix of performance, versatility and price accessibility, along with a large fuel tank and extensive storage.

Following the success of the Sea-Doo Switch, the new Switch Cruise Limited features an upgraded 10.25-inch touchscreen and premium JL Audio sound system, Garmin 7-inch GPS and depth finder, along with a full swim platform, premium captain’s chair and additional seating.

Manitou’s new Explore MAX Dual Engine models offer twice the power with dual Rotax S150s for a quieter ride delivering better fuel economy and fewer emissions. The Explore MAX Dual Engine is now available in 24- or 26-foot lengths, and offers over 6 feet of space on the MAX Deck, along with the iDeck fully integrated joystick piloting system. To learn more, visit SEA-DOO.COM and MANITOUPONTOONBOATS.COM.

BUSINESS Garmin to Acquire JL Audio

Yamaha Expands DRiVE X, Introduces Center Console and Engine

Lake Michigan College has launched a new seven-week Maritime Maintenance Technician Program that equips students for a job maintaining and repairing boats of all shapes and sizes. The course will be held in South Haven, Michigan.

Innovation giant Garmin has entered an agreement to acquire JL Audio, a premium audio parts and accessories designer and manufacturer with more than four decades of experience.

“JL Audio’s extensive audio experience will create new opportunities to provide premium audio features across a broad range of our markets and products,” explains Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “The JL Audio brand is known around the world for offering a premium audio experience which is made possible by their talented and dedicated associates. We look forward to welcoming the JL Audio team into the Garmin family.”

The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of 2023, and all existing JL Audio products will continue to be supported.

To learn more, visit GARMIN.COM.

Yamaha WaterCraft announced the expansion of its DRiVE X low-speed handling to 252SD and 255XD boats, offering a combination of Yamaha’s DRiVE paddle control system that moves the boat forward and aft while always keeping the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. DRiVE X also adds functionality to the steering wheel, allowing the driver to slowly move the boat to starboard or port, rotate 360 degrees on its axis, and hold the boat against the dock for quick loading and unloading of passengers.

Yamaha also unveiled its new 1.9L High Output (HO) marine engine for WaveRunners and boats previously equipped with the Yamaha 1.8L HO motor. The new 1898cc, four-stroke, four-cylinder, 16-valve, 1.9L High Output marine engine delivers more power, quicker, smoother acceleration and a higher top speed. It’s also one of the first Yamaha-manufactured parts to include plant-derived cellulose nanofiber reinforced resin in its engine cover.

Brand new to its lineup, the 255 FSH Sport H Center Console takes the 255 FSH Sport E and adds Yamaha’s Helm Master EX and joystick control for smooth, precise low-speed maneuvering with the same performance, comfort and convenience as the Sport E.

To learn more, visit YAMAHABOATS.COM.


Malibu Boats Introduces

Wakesetter 23 MXZ and 23 LSV for 2024

The brand-new Malibu Boats 23 MXZ, which stands for “maximized,” features a large, pickle-fork bow. With plenty of space to sit facing forward or backward, the 23 MXZ’s bow is one of the most popular spots on the boat. For 2024, owners can upgrade to the Natalie Seat, which takes the bow up a notch by functioning as both a wind dam and a seatback for additional forward-facing seating.

The new Wakesetter 23 LSV, the world’s best-selling towboat, has been redesigned for 2024. “The 23 LSV is the best-selling towboat of all time because it meets so many needs for so many people,” says Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer. “It’s an ideal size for many families and its functionality and performance are off the charts. It was never going to be easy to improve on such a popular model, but the team came together and created the best 23 LSV the world has ever seen.”

The Wakesetter 23 LSV keeps its iconic tradition bow and features a new angular rub rail, custom gelcoat, the innovative Max-Pivot Seat option, and wireless charging is also available in the cockpit and helm. Redesigned rear seats at the stern are perfect for lounging at the cove, and the flip-down swim step is great for easy boarding.

To learn more, visit MALIBUBOATS.COM.

Irish Boat Shop Announces New President

After serving as president of Irish Boat Shop since 2007, Michael Esposito has announced his planned retirement at the end of 2023. Esposito joined the business in 1994 after an early career in competitive sailboat racing and instruction, including participating in the 1986 America’s Cup.

“Michael has done a wonderful job of carrying on with the goals and values of my father, Dave Irish,” says Irish Boat Shop Board Chair Susan Irish Stewart. “My dad wanted the Boat Shop to care for boats so people can have fun boating. Michael has made this his principal focus in leading the company so the Boat Shop can continue this mission into the future.”

Irish Boat Shop has announced Shae Cross will now serve as the president, effective in November. Cross brings extensive experience from his tenure as general manager of Sundance Marine/Top Notch Marine in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida market, where he has been serving since 2017.

“I am incredibly honored to join the Irish Boat Shop family and carry forward its remarkable legacy that was started by Dave Irish and was carried on by Michael Esposito,” Cross says. “As I take the helm, I look forward to leading our talented team into the future, further strengthening our vibrant culture, and ensuring our customers continue to have fun on the water.”

To learn more, visit IRISHBOATSHOP.COM.


Galeon Yachts Launches New 450 HTC

Galeon Yachts has announced the launch of its all-new 450 Hardtop Coupe (HTC), perfect for delivering all types of on-the-water adventure.

“We are ecstatic for the highly anticipated launch of the Galeon 450 HTC,” says Bob Burke, brand manager for the Americas. “Working in collaboration with designer Tony Castro, we have once again shattered conventions with this exhilarating and innovative new model. Building upon the success of the 410 HTC, the 450 HTC represents the pinnacle of our design expertise, a true testament to the fusion of customer feedback and our commitment to continuous innovation.

“This remarkable vessel can be configured as a two- or threecabin version, boasting our ever-popular Beach Mode innovation, a summer kitchen, retractable cockpit shade, sunroof over the lower helm and a helm door, all while carrying the sporty yacht profile of a much larger cruiser,” Burke continues.

The 450 HTC will be making its boat show debut at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Visit GALEONYACHTS.US for more information.

Esposito Cross

MasterCraft Announces New Features for 2024 Model Year

MasterCraft is upping the game with a new wave of features and enhancements for the 2024 model year. The NXT family of boats will receive a dash upgrade, with each model equipped with an intuitive 7-inch touchscreen display with built-in music control, updated SurfStar interface, three Rapid Surf wave options on each side and standard underwater exhaust on XStar S, X and XT models.

Remote battery switching through the MasterCraft Connect App will be standard across all new models. The

SurfStar system, available on all models with the exception of the ProStar, allows riders to customize their wakes at the touch of a button, with Rapid Surf presets available on NXT models, and Custom Surf for more control of speed, ballast and surf.

All 2024 models come standard with new foil settings, and newly designed and manufactured power board racks for XStar S and all XT and X models open and close at the touch of a button.

To learn more, visit MASTERCRAFT.COM.

Le Boat Expands in Canada on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Le Boat has revealed plans to expand on the TrentSevern Waterway for 2024, and cruises are now on sale.

Le Boat, Europe’s largest boat rental company, will be launching on the Trent-Severn Waterway with a fleet of eight luxury Horizon Cruisers. The base will be located at Horseshoe Bay Marina in Peterborough, Ontario.

“We cannot wait for May 2024 when we open our next Canadian Base on the Historical Trent-Severn Waterway at Horseshoe Bay Marina,” says Lisa McLean, North American marketing manager and head of Canada Development. “Our customers have been asking when we will be offering luxury boat rental vacation on the Trent-Severn Waterway, and [they] will be in awe of the beautiful Ontario landscapes and pristine waterways as they experience the famous Lift Locks in Peterborough and cruise Kawartha Lakes Region.”

The Horizon Cruisers range in size from two to four cabins. No boat license or prior boating experience is required; the experienced Le Boat base team will instruct guests on how to operate the boat.

For more information, visit LEBOAT.COM.

Shipwreck Satellite Discovered in Lake Superior

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) has announced the discovery of the long-missing tugboat Satellite, which sank in Lake Superior in 1879 in less than 300 feet of water.

According to GLSHS, on June 21, 1879, Satellite had four barges in tow when she ran into difficulties. One account suggests that the boat suffered a mechanical problem, while another says that she struck a floating log and started taking on water. There was no loss of life.

In the summer of 2022, Josh Gates of Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Unknown” traveled to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point to do a show on the missing 1918 French minesweepers. Gates joined the Shipwreck Society’s crew aboard the R/V David Boyd to identify a submerged wreck. GLSHS Director of Marine Operations Darryl Ertel put the society’s remotely operated vehicle down on the target, and ascertained that it was not a minesweeper, but rather Satellite. The minesweepers are made of steel while Satellite was a wooden-hulled vessel.

Visit SHIPWRECKMUSEUM.COM for more information.

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Sunseeker Predator 75 Makes Global Debut

14th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix Offshore Race

The Sunseeker Predator 75 will be revealed in a global debut at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 25 – 29.

The 75-foot yacht enjoys a dramatic exterior, giving owners the perfect blend of tinted glazing, carbon fiber and polished stainless steel. The Predator 75 features an industrydefining sliding sunroof, as well as a cockpit door that slides to starboard and then descends beneath the deck, uniting the cockpit with the salon. Other standout features include a spacious sunpad over the garage that has clever storage below; an extra wide garage to accommodate a Williams 395 SportJet; sleeping accommodations for up to eight guests and two crew; and a fully fitted lower galley.

For more information, visit SUNSEEKER.COM.

The international 222 Offshore/Navy with Australian owner/driver Darren Nicholson and Italian throttleman Giovanni Carpitella scored their third consecutive victory at the 14th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix Offshore Race on August 6, 2023, in Michigan City, Indiana.

The 47-foot Victory catamaran hull was powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1100 twin turbo inboard engines producing a total of 2,200 hp. The winds blowing out of the northeast churned up 5- to 6-foot waves on the fog-ridden 4.4-mile course.

The first-place finish in ClassONE of the P1 Powerboat Series was the fourth stop on the sevenrace schedule for the 2023 season.

“Lake Michigan was some of the roughest water that I have ever raced on,” Nicholson says.

The event was sanctioned by the OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) and Powerboat P1 governing bodies, and was presented by XInsurance.


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MUST-HAVE Sunstream Launches New Piling Boat Lift

The first in the new Sunsteam Helix line of cable boat lifts, the new Helix-P piling lift combines unprecedented hydraulic speed with a hidden cable lift structure and a sleek, modular power supply. The Helix-P design allows for easier boarding, increased reliability and safety, reduced noise, and launching and lifting speeds as fast as 15 seconds.

The Helix-P is constructed of a thick marinegrade aluminum structure and stainless-steel hardware to prevent corrosion. There are no visible motors, electrical work or gearboxes. Because of its unique configuration, Helix-P can be installed with as little as a 5-inch gap between a dock and boat, which means easier and safer loading and unloading. Lubricated stainless steel ball bearings increase speed while decreasing noise and reducing friction on the torque tube. The boat lift can be controlled remotely through the proprietary mobile app. The Helix-P is available in four sizes and can accommodate vessels from 8,000 to 24,000 pounds. Learn more at SUNSTREAMBOATLIFTS.COM.


SeaVee Boats Debuts All-New 400Z

SeaVee Boats has announced production of its all-new 400Z center console model. The 400Z is built using a state-ofthe-art manufacturing process where the hull, liner, deck and console is fabricated using vacuum-assisted resin transfer infusion (VARTM). This high-tech, cored, unibody construction results in reduced VOC emissions, and a robust, lighter, higher-quality laminate. The cross-ventilated twin-stepped hull produces greater efficiency than ordinary stepped-hull boats.

The newly developed and roomier console of the 400Z is 6 inches wider than the 390 series console and features a raised helm pod design. Up to 18 rod holders can be mounted on the sides of the console. Choose from a variety of hardtop and tower options to suite your boating lifestyle.

Onboard amenities include a console sink, shower and toilet facilities. Sophisticated onboard entertainment systems can include satellite television, Starlink internet service and premium sound systems. The 400Z model can be rigged in a triple or quad outboard engine configuration and can accommodate virtually any amount of horsepower.

Visit SEAVEEBOATS.COM for more information.


SeaDek Sample Kit

Does your boat’s deck need a refresh? Plan an easy DIY project by ordering a sample kit from SeaDek, featuring 35 colors, two textures and endless possibilities. SeaDek floors offer maximum comfort and superior traction thanks to its UV-resistant closed-cell PE/ EVA foam that will not absorb water. Once you select the perfect color and texture for your project, place an order for a customized SeaDek kit to upgrade the look of your boat. SeaDek has an easy peel-and-stick application.



Sperry Little Kid’s Intrepid Crib Boat Shoe

The cutest pair of boat shoes you’ve ever seen, Sperry’s Intrepid Crib boat shoe will outfit even the smallest first mate aboard. The classic Sperry sea-faring style has been designed for itty-bitty toes. Features a grey/blue colorway, a breathable textile upper, a vulcanized bottom for cushion, and a Velcro closure, so your little one can put them on and take them off independently. $39.95 AT SPERRY.COM

KBS Coatings All-In-One Kit

KBS Coatings’ All-In-One Kit provides everything needed for inside-out rust protection for boat trailers. This DIY system combines the KBS 3-Step System with KBS Top Coater to prepare and coat metal with a rust-preventive finish. The kit comes with KBS Klean, to remove dirt, grease and grim from the surface; water-based and biodegradable RustBlast to dissolve rust and corrosion; and RustSeal, a rust inhibitive and preventative coating. Finish with Top Coater for a durable, UV-stable finish available in 16 colors. The kit covers up to 50 square feet. $117 AT KBS-COATINGS.COM

WORX Powered Cooler

There’s no need to stop for a bag of ice before hitting the boat ramp, thanks to the new WORX 20V Battery and Electric Powered Cooler. This high-tech cooler provides three power options to keep things cool: Cordless battery power; a plug-in D/C power/cigarette lighter adapter for vehicles; or an A/C 5-foot power cord to plug into any electrical outlet. It’s basically a portable mini-fridge. Weighs 30 pounds, features a built-in USB port and two cup holders, and has a 24-quart capacity. For mobility, the cooler has two rear wheels and a drop-down pull handle. $499.99 AT WORX.COM

Quahog Bay Bedding CinchFit V-Berth Fitted Sheets

Better Boat Mildew Stain Remover

After a fun summer spent lounging on your boat’s seats, tubing behind the boat and using your bow cover, your boat’s upholstery probably needs some love. Better Boat’s Mildew Remover eliminates stains, stubborn mildew and mold from seats, covers and even tubes before putting the boat away for winter storage. The product also leaves a barrier that slows new stains, it won’t fade colors, and is safe to use on vinyl, plastic, fiberglass, canvas and more. $19.99 (22 OUNCES) AT BETTERBOAT.COM

One easy way to update your boat’s interior is with a nice, new set of sheets. But finding fitted sheets for your V-berth can be a chore. Quahog Bay’s CinchFit sheets are designed specifically for V-berth mattresses, so simply toss on the sheets and tighten the elastic cord to cinch the sheets for a perfect fit. Sheets are made of 600 thread count 100% cotton with double elastic. Available in four colors. $259.99 AT QUAHOGBAYBEDDING.COM


Galvanic Isolator Installation

What is a galvanic isolator and why does your boat need one?

Boats plugged into shore power on a regular basis need a galvanic isolator, a low-cost upgrade that provides protection to a vessel and increases safety for the crew. Here’s a look at galvanic isolator basics.

Why it’s needed

Any boat with metal immersed in water (props, shafts, sterndrives, etc.) is subject to galvanic corrosion when plugged into shore power. The cause of this is the connection to the common AC grounding conductor, which effectively connects your boat to the marina power system and any problems it (or any boat plugged into it) has. This, in turn, can lead to problems with your vessel’s cathodic protection system, ranging from corrosion of the underwater metal to accelerated rates of deterioration for your sacrificial anodes, commonly known as zincs.

What it does

A galvanic isolator blocks the flow of corrosioninducing low voltage DC into your vessel via the shore power cable green wire ground. It does this while maintaining the continuity of the ground wire, allowing any AC fault current present to flow back to the dock pedestal. Without the protection provided by this ground connection, a fault in the AC wiring or onboard AC-powered equipment could energize the vessel or surrounding water with deadly results.

A galvanic isolator is essentially a blocking diode assembly (consisting of two pairs of diodes) that, when installed, prevents the above-mentioned flow of unwanted low-level DC power along the green wire ground, galvanically isolating your boat from the dock and any neighboring boats.

The isolator is installed in series in the green wire ground conductor between the shore power inlet and the main panel grounding bus. The cut-on point for the diode assembly (the point where it begins to conduct and block DC) is around 1.2 VDC, at which point the galvanic DC voltages are blocked. Most all DC galvanic levels are below this 1.2 VDC.

Better-quality galvanic isolators also include a capacitor, which only conducts AC current. AC current is not normally found on the shore power ground; however, the ground wire (and isolator) has to be able to carry the full load of the circuit should an AC fault occur.


Choose a good-quality, marine-grade galvanic isolator, one that has a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) marine rating. UL-rated units are certified as being fail-safe units, which means that should the diodes fail, the safety ground will still be connected.

Galvanic isolators are selected based on the amperage rating of the isolator (i.e. the amount of current the isolator can handle under severe fault conditions). The unit you choose will be based on the system amperage of your vessel’s AC circuit, which will typically be 30 or 50 amps.


A galvanic isolator is connected between the grounding system of your boat and the ground wire of the shore power cable. While you’ll want to follow the specific manufacturer instructions provided with your unit, here are some general recommendations that can be applied to most galvanic isolator installations.

1. Turn off all AC breakers and disconnect the AC shore power cord. If your vessel has a DC to AC inverter, make sure that is turned off and disconnected.

2. Securely mount the isolator inside your vessel on a solid surface near the shore power inlet entry for your boat. The area should be easily accessible, well-ventilated and protected from the environment.

3. Disconnect the existing ground wire from the shore power inlet/connector. This wire will be either green or green with a yellow stripe.

4. Connect the green input wire of the isolator to the vacated terminal of the shore power connector.

5. Connect the remaining green wire from the isolator to the vessel ground wire you removed using marine-grade quality connectors.

6. Neaten up and support the wires.

7. Test the AC power system for proper operation, while verifying that the galvanic isolator is functioning properly with no faults shown.

Remote monitor

Your galvanic isolator should have a remote monitor panel — particularly if the unit is installed in an out-of-the-way location. This allows you to monitor the operational status of the unit easily and often. This is crucial, as the unit can stop working for a number of reasons, including nearby lightning strikes. ★

CAPT. FRANK LANIER is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants. Check out his new YouTube channel “Everything Boats with Capt Frank Lanier.” CAPTFKLANIER.COM.
Two examples of galvanic isolators.

Software Update

How to update the software on your boat’s electronics.

Updating the software on your marine electronics usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when servicing and maintaining your vessel, but perhaps it should be higher up on that to-do list. Doing so may eliminate issues down the road and allow your equipment to run most efficiently. Besides, it always seems to be the first thing tech support asks to do when you run into a problem.

Updating the software on your onboard electronics, such as your multifunction displays, sounder modules, radar and other components, can have many benefits. These can include faster, more efficient operation, better interconnectivity, updated cartography, added functionality and even new features.

All these benefits can be achieved by utilizing several methods to update your equipment. Some apps, such as Garmin’s Active Captain and Simrad’s app, can interface with equipment, allow fast, uncomplicated updates, and even notify you when a new software version is available. Most new multifunction displays also have built-in Wi-Fi. When in range of an available network or hotspot, they can perform software updates seamlessly, directly on the equipment or via an app, making the process as easy as possible. Of course, there is also the option of updating your equipment with software loaded into the equipment via an SD or Micro SD card containing the software update.

Updating with a card

Free computer-based software such as Garmin Express Software allows users to easily download the updates onto an SD or Micro SD card, which can be inserted into the equipment’s slot to install the updates easily. Manufacturers such as Garmin even offer software update bundles pre-loaded on a card and ready for installation, making performing the updates as easy and effortless as possible.

If you decide to do it yourself, it can be as simple as accessing the manufacturer’s site, finding the latest updated software, and loading it onto your own card. Remember, if you do this, do not use a card with more than 32 GB capacity, as some displays will have trouble reading cards larger than that.

Updating with Wi-Fi

Updating software and charts is easy if your display has Wi-Fi capability, and most new models do. You can connect to the closest Wi-Fi network or one with the strongest signal, including your smartphone hotspot. Ensure the signal is strong because you don’t want the Wi-Fi to drop out mid-update, causing its own set of problems.

Each manufacturer has its own steps to connect and update, but all follow the same basic procedure. First, you must go into the settings menu and locate the Wi-Fi settings. Once there, log into the available network (or your hotspot, if you use one). Next, you will look for a tab that says software or software update. Click that tab and follow the instructions. Just make sure you do not press other buttons or power down mid-update. It can be a quick process, but sometimes, it may take a while due to the size of the update and the connectivity speed, so just be patient. If you are unsure how to update your specific equipment, you can check the manual, go online to the manufacturer’s website, and even search YouTube for good explanations on how to get the latest software for your equipment.

Updating with an app

Another way to update your electronics is through an app like the Simrad app. This app can automatically notify you when an update is available, and you can download it onto your smart device and then onto your onboard equipment without needing an external Wi-Fi connection. This type of app is particularly useful if you have multiple displays or units and want an easy way to update them all at once.

Regardless of the method of updating software, doing so will ensure your electronics will perform at their peak. With crowd-sourced mapping, charting and constantly evolving technology, updating your software and keeping it current is a great way to help you enjoy your time on the water. ★

GLENN HAYES is a marine writer and photographer whose background in the marine industry and in marine electronics spans almost three decades and many thousands of miles at sea traveling the world. He can be reached at HAYESSTUDIOS.COM .

Long Winter Sleep

Prep your boat for winter storage.

For Great Lakes boaters, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing and storing your boat. Schedule or complete proper maintenance using the handy tips below and consider an insurance checkup for ice and freezing coverage. This may be an additional rider to your policy and must be in place before temperatures drop.

Where and how your boat is stored is crucial. Having a garage or other space at home is ideal, but when it’s not available, consider other storage options and reserve a spot quickly to ensure availability.

Winterizing tips

Use a tight custom cover that drains water properly while keeping birds and other animals from nesting inside the boat.

Water expands at almost 10% per volume when it freezes, so remove water from the head, empty all hoses, drain plugs, and run antifreeze through it all.

Batteries are waterproof but not freeze-proof. Lubricate the terminals with a dielectric grease or a corrosion blocker and hook the battery up to a trickle charger.

Change the oil and filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank before filling it and run the engine for a few minutes to mix it.

Sweep, vacuum, and take out any food or trash left behind. Take any items that can be winter damaged off the boat. Clean, wash and dry fabrics, vinyl, stainless steel and metals, and heavily wax the hull. Waxing allows you to check for hull damage or parts needing attention. A professional detailer will oversee all of this. Add bars of Irish Spring soap to discourage pests from nesting, and place desiccant canisters or hanging bags in storage areas to remove excess moisture.

Lastly don’t forget to winterize the trailer bunks, wheels and frame.

Storage options

Outdoor dry storage is a popular choice — it’s inexpensive compared to other storage options and it’s relatively safe. Unfortunately, snow buildup is problematic for most boats, even with a custom cover. Having the boat shrinkwrapped provides the best protection.

Most marinas, boatyards and commercial storage facilities have space to rent. They may include fenced-in lots for off-season storage and trailer storage during the summer. Usually, these are padlocked or have a keyless entry with security systems or video surveillance. However, these facilities may not place the boat in the water or back on the trailer afterward, so a vehicle is needed to trailer the boat.

Indoor storage is typically the more expensive option. Boats are stored on racks inside a covered building offering the most security and weather protection.

Storage costs

The location and size of the boat determine the costs for winter storage. A fenced-in lot may have one price for a particular sized space or by the foot. It may be charged by month, season or year. Estimate spending roughly $50 to $200 per foot weekly indoors and $20 to $50 per foot weekly outdoors. The choice depends on how often the boat’s used and if there are additional haul-out fees for maintenance.

Theft prevention

Boat items left outside, including a trailered boat, may tempt thieves. Reduce the risk by taking portable electronics and valuables off the boat. Photograph and record the model and serial numbers of permanently installed electronics for filing a claim, and add theft insurance to your standard policy.

Remove fishing gear, life jackets, watersports equipment, batteries and other personal items. Never leave the boat’s registration and title on the boat.

Portable outboard motors are easily stolen. Remove these and store them in a secure location. Consider removing the outboard motor (or at least putting a lock on it) and keeping it in a safe place. Maintenance may be done on these while they’re off the boat.

Personal watercraft or boats less than 26 feet on a trailer are easy targets, so place the trailer’s tongue facing away from the street.

Ensure next season’s fun by protecting your boat from Mother Nature and sticky fingers using common sense solutions. Safety First. ★

HELEN AITKEN is a boating writer, photographer and former science educator from eastern North Carolina. She loves classic wooden boats, is an America’s Boating Club member and plays in the Intracoastal Waterway. Her website is HELEN AITKENWRITER.COM
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In Pursuit of Sustainability

Bottom paint goes high-tech as industry leaders develop new eco-friendly solutions.

Environmentally friendly bottom-paint options are not a new thing. I first covered them in the mid-1990s when I was still a relatively new boating journalist.

Indeed, the recreational boating community has been discussing these products for the better part of the last 40 years, ever since the United States partially banned the antifouling ingredient tributyltin (TBT) on vessels less than 82 feet. That was in 1988.

Then the International Maritime Organization enacted its TBT ban in 2008, through the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships. This prohibited any antifouling system using an organotin compound, of which TBT is an example.

Many boaters continue to turn to copper-based bottom paints. Copper is one of the most effective antifouling ingredients available, but as a biocide it is now in the crosshairs of multiple state legislatures.

Paint companies know this. While they have created low-biocide, water-based bottom paints, which are less damaging to the marine environment, they also are investing heavily in copper-free alternatives.

The world is changing. And that makes this an area of the marine industry to watch.

Leading the way

Pettit Marine Paints knew the TBT ban was coming 40 years ago, according to Tom Maellaro,

vice president of business development and strategic acquisitions for Modern Recreational Technologies, Pettit’s parent company. So, the Rockaway, New Jersey-based paint manufacturer started developing TBT-free alternatives such as Neptune and Hydrocoat, water-based antifouling paints with lower amounts of cuprous oxide.

“TBT was so toxic,” Maellaro explains. “It had a half-life of years, so it would stay in the water column for a long time.”

In 2011, Soundings Trade Only recognized Pettit with a “Most Innovative Product” award for its water-based, copper-free Hydrocoat Eco bottom paint. It incorporates 6% Econea (tralopyril), a pharmaceutical-grade biocide that the EPA says is a safe alternative to copper; and it’s an ablative coating, which means it wears off at a controlled rate.

“It has a half-life of hours,” Maellaro explains. “It breaks down quickly into a biodegradable form that is not harmful to marine life.”

Roughly 10 years ago, Pettit began testing triplebiocide products that incorporate a form of copper that breaks down quickly in the water with low reactivity. Those efforts bore fruit with Odyssey Triton and now Trinidad XSR, which combine copper thiocyanate with Econea and the organic biocide Zinc Omandine (zinc pyrithione).

“This bottom paint is both green and highly effective, so you don’t have to compromise,” Maellaro says. “It’s even safe for aluminum hulls.”

Other eco-friendly options include the copper-free Eco HRT and the copper-free, water-based Hydrocoat Eco. Both use the Econea biocide.

More recently, Pettit partnered with I-Tech AB to offer Selektope in its bottom paint. This game-changing biocide technology repels barnacle larvae through natural receptor stimulation.

“It’s a low-concentration biocide, just 0.001%,” Maellaro says. “The barnacle senses it at the leading edge of the coating and won’t attach at all.”

These days, approximately half of Pettit’s products are considered environmentally friendly, and Maellaro says he expects that upward trajectory to continue as the company introduces more low-biocide products. There is a growing market for them.



“We definitely had an influx of new boaters during COVID,” he reflects. “They are looking for sustainable practices.”

Sustainability at every level

Another industry leader in the environmentally friendly bottom-paint space is AkzoNobel, the global company that owns the Interlux and SeaHawk brands. Interlux’s first water-based paint came out over 20 years ago. Called Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua, it is still in use.

Today, boaters also can take advantage of Interlux’s copper-free Pacifica Plus, Micron CF and the water-based Micron Navigator, as well as SeaHawk’s Smart Solution. Micron CF and Smart Solution incorporate the Econea biocide, and Micron CF and Micron Navigator feature Biolux slime-blocking technology.

Over the years, AzkoNobel has been pushing the innovation train; it recently launched its biocide-free coating B-Free Explore, which it describes as “fouling control” rather than “antifouling.”

“It’s only available in Europe at the moment, but it will be coming to North America as well,” says Jessica Stewart, AkzoNobel’s Americas marketing manager in the AkzoNobel yacht segment. “It’s a fouling-release product, which means it won’t allow attachment. You can simply wipe off the hull.

“The new technology we have in development right now is so exciting,” she continues. “We’ve invested $1.25 billion in research and development across AkzoNobel over the last five years. It’s interesting what’s happening in this area, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”

Stewart also notes that AkzoNobel is taking a broad view of what it means to be environmentally friendly, and she encourages boaters to do the same.

For example, you might not think using a more sustainable bottom paint on your 35-foot boat in Michigan will make much of a difference for the Great Lakes, much less for the planet. But here’s another way to look at it: When you buy that green bottom paint, you’re investing in a company that is seeking to make a difference on a much larger scale.

“We want to use fewer resources, reduce our footprint, and make the whole process more

sustainable through operational efficiencies and by developing simpler processes,” Stewart says. “We make sure our suppliers have the same values, and everyone benefits.”

AzkoNobel’s goal is to have 50% of its revenue come from sustainable solutions by 2030. Not only do those solutions need to be environmentally friendly, they must be effective.

“Remember, bottom paint contributes to the overall sustainability of the vessel it’s going on, and the overall reduced impact on the environment,” she says. “If it’s not effective, the boat will be less fuel efficient and generate more waste in terms of emissions. Your bottom paint should improve the boat’s overall efficiency.”

To determine which bottom paint might be best for you, consider the following: The type of boat you have, how you will use it, how much time it will spend in the water, and the type of water and marine life to which it will be exposed.

Some bottom paints are more durable than others. Some are more effective on algae and weeds, while others are more effective on mussels and barnacles. Some will be single- rather than multi-season.

“Every piece of the puzzle matters,” Stewart says. “Think about it from a higher level, talk to our regional experts, and ask how your choice will impact your own overall footprint.”


HEATHER STEINBERGER is an award-winning writer/editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 25 years.


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Beam: 9'6"

Draft: 20"

Weight: 7,600 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 200 gals.

Max Power: 600 hp

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Edgewater 280 CX

Trendsetting comforts.

First glance at the Edgewater 280 CX and you will notice that it meets the demands of multiple personalities. From the family packing up for a day cruise to the discerning outdoor enthusiast needing a combination of luxury and performance, this boat can deliver both. With a 12-person capacity and a draft of 20 inches, the 280 CX is easily maneuverable through inlets as well as shallow bays. A fuel capacity of 200 gallons with twin 300 Yamahas (one of the most efficient in the industry) will ensure you arrive at your destination fast!

This boat is 7,600 pounds and solid. The Single Piece Infusion hull ensures the lightest and strongest designs in the toughest of water. The boat’s color is infused to ensure UV does not take its toll. And by the way, Edgewater has multiple custom options for the most discerning captain.

Exploring the interior, upholstery is luxury and the company takes pride in seating that is multifunctional

and durable. At the helm, you immediately notice the backlit illumination switches and immediate-response dual touchscreen Garmin navigation instruments. Many performance options are standard including LED navigation lights, underwater blue LEDs, and spreader and overhead lights. A key feature of quality for saltwater exposure, tin-plated copper wiring that resists corrosion, is standard. Multiple USB ports from bow to stern will meet the needs of everyone aboard for streaming devices to cellphone charging.

All decks have non-skid flooring that ensures ease of washing down after a big catch without slipping. Gunnels are high, ensuring even the smallest passenger is secure. From the captain’s seat, this boat offers unobstructed visibility. A spacious V-berth cabin provides a captain’s reprieve from the sun, and there’s a secure and lockable spot for rods, reels and expensive tackle. You won’t want much more than what this boat has to offer! H


Maritimo M75

Massive bounds.

This Australian yacht is captivating both for its size and execution. The design, styling and performance of the brand-new Maritimo M75 will impress both discerning owners and captains alike.

The M75 includes voluminous interior spaces, and the variable deadrise hull is designed for performance with straight shafts connected to five-blade Nibral propellers. Low shaft angles, a hallmark of Maritimo, allow access to many ports and improved efficiency underway.

The 2,641-gallon fuel capacity combined with the efficient hull form provides the range necessary for extensive voyaging. Quality and performance are the key components evident in the design and construction of the M75, which is built to be tough, dependable and safe even in rough seas.

On deck and throughout the interior, boaters will find an amazing combination of versatile entertainment and living spaces. Termed “adventure

decks,” bars, grills, sinks and refrigerators are at your fingertips. Interconnected areas offer both lounging and dining options, and a very accessible galley. Movement upward to the flybridge is effortless with an internal staircase that leads to additional luxurious living space. Clear lighting, plush upholstery and a variety of seating options give those aboard amazing views, whether inside the climate-controlled interior or enjoying the fresh breezes from the open decks.

Comfort abounds in the cabins, which include four staterooms, three heads and options for crew quarters. The full-beam primary stateroom features a king-size bed and an enormous ensuite with twin sinks.

“We are pleased to be launching the M75 as part of Maritimo’s 20th Anniversary celebration,” says Dave Northrop, director of Maritimo Americas. “As our newest flagship, the M75 brings together all that is great about our boats and this brand.” H


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Beam: 19'8"

Draft: 5'3"

Dry Weight: 121,695 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 2,641 gals.

Water Capacity: 370 gals.

Std. Power: Scania DI16 1150 MHP TD




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Beam: 12'

Draft: 25.5"/38"

Weight: 17,730 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 475 gals.

Water Capacity: 90 gals.

Std. Power: 2 x 600 hp

MSRP: $1,597,311




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Offshore refinement.

The MJM 4 was designed by avid yachtsmen who know a thing or two about what is utilized most onboard. The result is a product that intrigues and answers “yes” to any amenity required when offshore for a weekend or extended port hopping.

Deemed a “crossover bay yacht,” this Category “B” offshore boat offers so much more. It resembles a solid definition of refinement and design often seen in Europe for a much higher price. Engine options include twin Mercury outboards or inboard Volvo diesels. Twin 600-hp Mercury V12 Verados with a 59.2 mph WOT means you will arrive at your destination quickly and quietly! A Seakeeper gyro is an option should you encounter heavy seas. The no-wood vacuum epoxy compositeinfused Carolina hull ensures the industry’s leading strength-to-weight ratio in even the toughest water.

From the pilothouse, the helm commands attention with an unobstructed 360-degree visibility

from the stern to portside companionway leading to an expansive V-berth. High-end features abound including stainless steel hardware, rub rails and hinges. The vessel boasts a four-zone layout including a cockpit, a same-level salon with raised portside galley, open bow seating and a below-decks cabin. Docking is made easy with Skyhook, a fingertip joystick (giving an extra 15 degrees of turning radius), second only to a “destroyer wheel.” All will be a stress-free entry as you slide into the dock with little effort. Industry-leading opening electric windshields provide good airflow for when you’re not utilizing the optional reverse-cycle heat and air conditioning. Side boarding and a stepthrough transom walk-through make loading gear, pets, luggage and people a safe experience.

The cabin is loaded with amenities, including separate shower compartments, high-quality upholstery, multiple USB charging docks and a 43-inch television. H

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Nimbus Weekender W11

The nimble Nimbus.

First impressions are lasting impressions, and my impression is that the Nimbus Weekender 11 (W11) will chart your next destination for many seasons to come.

Nimbus is a growing but highly respected marine yacht boat builder headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company takes pride in defining quality over quantity and creating a safe and comfortable space for passengers aboard its creations.

The first thing you will notice is the design teams’ latest iteration of the award-winning Nimbus sidewalk design that ensures safety on deck when moving about. The interior is meant to be multifunctional, and each inch has been well thought out for versatility for both families and entertaining guests.

You will find this yacht is adept as the platform for many activities: Exploring the coast, sunbathing, swimming, socializing, hosting a lunch or

dinner party, and simply relaxing. Onboard features include folding side balconies, adjustable seating arrangements, multiple sunbeds, a gyro stabilization system, a spacious galley, and two berths and a large head below.

The W11 is an evolution of the W9, which was the first in the new generation of Nimbus originally launched in 2018, ensuring more space and features onboard for entertaining and accommodating guests. With more space, Nimbus was also able to enhance the capability and performance of the nearly 40-foot hull shape. Powered by up to 800 hp, the range can exceed 200 miles at over 30 mph.

Choose from multiple options — like the hydraulic swim platform or large electric sun-top — to make this boat meet the needs of you and your family, for the weekend and beyond. Begin charting out your next adventure. H


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Beam: 11'4"

Draft: 3'

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Water Capacity: 36 gals.

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You’ve heard the phrase “It’s about the destination, not the journey” or its counter phrase “It’s about the journey, not the destination” as they relate to boating. What if the destination is the journey, as in the boat itself? Huh? Let me explain.

In simplistic forms, a boat can get you from point A to point B. It can also be used to create experiences, such as a fishing platform or to facilitate fun on the water, like tubing or enjoying water toys. When the boat or yacht is sufficiently sized where just being on it is really the destination, then you are into a new echelon. Case in point: The Marlow Yachts Voyager 100 (known as the 100V). It’s not so much that you have to go somewhere, but just being onboard is the destination in itself. The journey is a bonus.

The team at Marlow Yachts has taken its expertise garnered through the years of crafting its other models and applied it here, with extra flare. Collaborating with owners to help design and style the 100V makes this a true presentation of an owner’s desires while expanding the boundaries of Marlow’s own limits.

Finding your destination and journey in one yacht. PHOTOS AND STORY


Stepping into the carpeted salon, which the owner selected to place over the standard finished teak and holly floors, the sheer vastness of the main deck is accented by large windows and controlled lighting to set the mood. With a super-plush L-sofa to starboard and individual chairs and ottomans, the owners opted for free-standing furnishings versus built-ins to allow for furniture redesigns and swap-outs. This not only gives freedom for style changes, but also makes it more appealing to a future buyer who can refit the area without major reconstruction.

Dual-stacked coffee tables ensure ample table space for drinks or food. Forward is the formal dining area. Maintaining an open layout per the owner’s request, no bulkheads or columns separate this area (and aren’t needed thanks to Marlow’s construction techniques). The owners opted for a clear Lucite acrylic dining table with eight Lucite low-profile chairs. This choice enhances the flow of light while reducing shadows. It’s a unique, retro addition, thanks to the three intertwined rings of wood for the base. It’s all bolted to the floor keeping all secured. The light fixture above has its own take on a threering, interlock theme, surrounded by circular teak trim and spotlights. Marlow doesn’t miss an opportunity to create storage spaces. The marble-topped credenza that rings the dining area is full of cabinets and drawers, holding dinner service for 24 guests. Skilled Marlow craftsmen create exceptional joinery including radius edging and router cut channels to accentuate the fit, finish and details of the hand-selected Burmese teak throughout.


Any chef will be envious of the country kitchen. It is full beam and there’s no helm station to contend with, allowing for spacious countertop areas and walk-around room. Nestled up to the forward windshield, the chef and guests get commanding views. Topped with honeycombed marble, the oversized center island contains four pull-out Sub-Zero fridge/freezer drawers that complement the additional four fridge/ freezer drawers under the counters. Within the counter space that runs across the front and sides of the galley are Dacor appliances, including a flat cooktop with pot rails and a pop-up vent, an under-counter microwave and a separate convection oven. Dual Fisher & Paykel dishwashers fill out the galley.

Aft is a split table, perfect for morning coffee, informal meals or keeping guests within proximity of the chef.


Per the owners’ request, there was still a need to separate the kitchen from the salon, mainly to let the grandkids be at the kitchen table while the adults relaxed in the salon. Marlow accepted the challenge, and with a few adjustments to the plan and bulkhead, it installed a pocket door. Modifications like this are what impressed the owner with trusting that Marlow could deliver.


While heading below to the staterooms via the port staircase, note the curved teak wall, seamless joinery and rich satin finish found here and all throughout the yacht. Mitered edges, dovetail joints and teak & holly flooring highlight the high-end craftsmanship that Marlow Yachts is famous for.

From the central foyer, you can access the four staterooms, each with ensuite heads. Aft is the full-beam primary suite with a center king berth, over a dozen drawers and lockers, and his/her head with a center shower. The light Ultraleather ceiling and beige deep carpeting are a nice contrast to the rich teak.

The forward VIP suite has a central pedestal berth with steps on either side. This room is one of five watertight compartments with bulkheads built in — a safety feature to thwart any flooding. Guest rooms are to port and starboard, each with ample storage for — as the owner told me — “When we get on the yacht, we unpack once.” TVs, cedar-lined closets, heads with shower stalls and portholes adorn each room.

Below the center hallway deck is a mechanical room with access to pumps, water lines, tank fittings, plumbing and more. This keeps the machinery that supports the staterooms close to them — which is not an easy feat as weight, balance and accessibility all has to be considered. Another benefit is that this placement removes these systems from the engine room.

When asked where their favorite spot onboard is, the owners couldn’t decide on just one. They did point out areas where one can have a quiet oasis or private gathering other than the main salon; have a mini party on the foredeck/Portuguese bridge split settee with a table; or go up to the lounge pads or covered table on the skybridge deck. There’s always the settee on the command bridge deck. Another favorite is in the galley — a typical congregation point.

Impressive is the 100V’s command bridge. Offering great visibility and protection, it’s fully enclosed with doors on the side and aft. Four Garmin multifunction displays make navigation and ship monitoring a breeze. Controls, including CAT engine monitors, thruster controls, throttles and more, are on the dash,

while an array of switches and lights are found on the overhead console. To starboard is a flat storage space to lay out paper charts.

A twin-seat Stidd guest chair is to starboard of the Stidd helm chair, both in diamond stitched Ultraleather. Aft is an L-settee with a teak table — a great spot for taking in the sights. Asked what’s so special about this spot, the owner said “Visibility, visibility, visibility!”

Aft is a full captain’s quarters with desk and ensuite head with shower stall. To port is a day head, wetbar and wine cooler. All windows have electric blinds.

There’s access to the aft deck that houses a 17-foot tender, a davit and a four-person hot tub.

Up one level is the open skybridge deck with a pod-style helm station, twin displays, an aft settee and table, a hardtop integrating the strategic use of lightweight carbon construction and a two-person sunpad.

The decision to invest in a Marlow 100V didn’t come without its research. Not only was the owner intrigued after reviewing Marlow’s first 100-footer but was also impressed with the Marlow team and its breadth of knowledge, experience and support. And it helps that he has followed Marlow Yachts for years.


Settling into a cruising lifestyle rather than the “go-fast” world, the Marlow 100V is no slouch on the speed curve. Wide open this 220,000-pound (110-ton) yacht tops out at 24.6 knots with a reciprocal average of 22.4 knots, a good cut of speed to beat a storm or bridge opening. Pull back to a cruise of 20.8 knots at 155 gph, with a range of 892 nm. Or make the long haul at 8.1 knots, burning only 10 gph with a range of 5,254 nm. This 100V is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines delivering 1,900 hp each.

Other features include a machinery room that houses the two Kohler 65kw threephase generators and ancillary systems, crew quarters for two with a head, and access to the lazarette/garage. For the build, Marlow’s Full Stack Infusion process ensures a solid and safe hull with fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber. Titanium parts, chromeplated CuproNickel piping in place of hoses and 316L stainless ensure the longevity of parts. Honeycombed backing reduces weight while maintaining rigidity.

From finalizing the design to turning the keys over, I asked the owner if there were any surprises during the build process. Other than a little delay in getting his yacht due to COVID, he stated that there was one surprise: “It came in on budget!”

Enjoy the destination and journey on a Marlow Yachts Voyager 100. H



LOA: 100'6"

Beam: 22'6"

Displacement (dry): 220,400 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 6,000 gals.

Water Capacity: 500 gals.

Power: 2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERT 1,900 hp each

Price: Contact dealer



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Agile maneuverability. The country kitchen/galley design is worthy of larger yachts. Open skybridge deck. Foredeck U-shaped lounge seats.



My favorite Pursuit.


On average, I’ll go through two pairs of boat shoes a season. My favorite pair of Sperry Gold Cup Series, tucked in the back of the closet, I’ve worn sparingly for a decade. Until last month, Pursuit Boats had a favorite boat they were reluctant to retire. Like a good pair of shoes, the old 385 wore well for a dozen years. The electronics would change from year to year, but the hull and ride were solid and customer focus groups liked the layout and functionality.


Enter stage left, Yamaha Outboards, Pursuit’s propulsion partner. This year, Yamaha unleashed the horsepower on the XTO V8 series coinciding with Pursuit’s debut of the new Offshore OS 405. Sporting a slightly more aggressive hull than its predecessor (20-inch vs. 18-inch bottom reverse chine at bow), this model is more of an evolution of refinements than radical changes.

One of the biggest changes is in how the boat evolves from a sketch to a full-size mockup and then mold. Pursuit’s design team is now located under one roof, next to each other with the tools necessary to sculpt and tweak before final assembly. The old building simply didn’t have the footprint to accommodate the growing size of the Pursuit fleet. With a keener eye for detail and the ability to be nimble in mockup, necessary design changes can occur from hull to hull if necessary.

For example, during our test, I found the distance between the Stidd captain’s chair and rocker switches below the Garmin Glass cockpit were just out of my reach while seated. By adding a few inches of decking to where the seat pedestal is fastened, there would be no need for a “Mind the Gap” announcement. Hull No. 1 and 2 will be updated.

Overall, visibility for the skipper is quite adequate. Pursuit uses a custom windshield system with optically clear laminated windshield glass. I used the fold-down platform step at throttle up, but once on plane and with the bow settled I had visibility without the step. Translated another way, if you are tall, there is ample headroom throughout the entire cockpit protected from the elements by a molded fiberglass full-beam hardtop.


Dual 22-inch Garmin screens for electronics, Yamaha electronic steering control, a standard joystick and autopilot, a bow thruster and a JL media master head unit let you control the entire vessel from your fingertips. At dusk, the backlit displays ooze class and create just the right atmosphere for happy hour.

At night, an interior cabin awaits. Wood treads lead to a custom solid wood tongue and groove floor with solid wood veneers on interior cabinetry. Designers were eager to show off this new wood finish they call Khaya, also known as African mahogany. Three onboard AC units keep you cool during the summer and warm in the fringe seasons.

Here you’ll find the usual hanging lockers, a roomy head and shower, two berths, a TV, a two-burner galley, a refrigerator and a microwave. But what’s cool is the island-style berth sporting a bit of James Bond trickery. Push the button and switch from a recliner to a berth with an additional 12 inches of leg room. In the up position, it’s ideal for lounging, reading, binge-watching or a replay of “Top Gun Maverick” for the umpteenth time.


Ironically, that movie theme is likely to play through your head the moment of throttle up. Triple 450-hp engines bring this 43-foot beast up on plane effortlessly. Our test run found the cruise speed and best range is at 3500 RPM with a speed of 28.5 knots and a range of 320 miles.

Need to get there in a hurry? Wide open will push this boat 55 mph and still deliver a respectable 220-mile range. I did notice that compared to other outboards, they are louder, meaning if you are seated on the fold-down transom bench or one of two aft-facing seats, conversations may require speaking up to be heard.

From a technical access vantage, Pursuit starts with the latest Seakeeper 6 for a stable ride, more stainless steel fasteners and deck hardware than a kitchen convention, and a compact yet thoughtfully designed mechanical space that makes it possible for even the skipper who carries his toolbox in his wallet to think he can actually replace the battery from the slide-out tray, clean a sea strainer without straining to reach a seacock or retrieve that one object playing hide and seek with a bilge pump float switch. Grandkids, gotta love ‘em.

Pursuit is highly regarded for staying close to its roots: Fishing. The new OS 405 fills the bill with rod holders, a dive door, a cutting board and bait prep station, a lighted Oceana Blue 50-gallon recirculating livewell and cockpit floor fishboxes just waiting to be filled. The helm to cockpit to transom layout is set up for single-handed fishing. But when you check out the reclining seats on the bow and the overall refinement of the boat’s profile, you’re likely to want company for a month-long summer vacation. H




LOA: 43'

Beam: 13'

Draft: 2'7"/3'7"

Dry Weight: 25,292 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 482 gals.

Water Capacity: 80 gals.

Max Power: 1,350 hp

MSRP: $1,254,290





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Dedicated storage for anchors, tables and a 5-gallon bucket.

Gold level extended warranty for Seakeeper.

Leg room space around bridge deck cockpit table is tight.


Just fun.

Whether buying a new boat or upgrading to something different, buyers generally choose a make, model or type of boat based on how well it fits their lifestyle or supports a favorite activity. This is especially true when it comes to specific needs like fishing, waterskiing or wakeboarding.

Boaters are currently enjoying the results of explosive growth and technological advancements in almost every facet of the marine industry. From simple anchors to entire outboards, marine companies seem to be constantly discovering or developing everything from less expensive parts to new materials or better processes.



LOA: 22'6"

Beam: 8'5"

Draft: 18"

Dry Weight (w/engines): 4,500 lbs.

Fuel Capacity: 56 gals.

Person Capacity: 12

Max Power: 2 x 300 hp

MSRP: $112,815




Convertible cushions make entry from the transom possible without stepping on upholstery.

Cutouts in seatbacks and seating corners make turning in your seat easier.

MarineMat on hull sides protects the boat better from unexpected bumps and scrapes.


engine sounds take some getting used to.

Hard to overlook

With the creation of the brand in 2014, Scarab Boats embraced jet drive technology from Rotax as its power plant. Although Yamaha Boats was Scarab’s biggest challenger, there was plenty of room for competition, and the Scarab crew got to work looking for better ways to serve the jet drive market.

Jet propulsion technology for watercraft is not new. From 1966 to 1975, the U.S. Navy used shallow-draft riverboats (known as PBRs) equipped with jet drives to cruise inland waterways during times of conflict. Jet drive technology effectively extended the U.S. Navy’s reach inward from the coast.

The jet-driven riverboats were nimble and quick, and their ability to operate in much less water than military craft with more traditional propulsion made them very valuable assets.

Like so many other marine technologies, advancements in jet drive systems have made them hard to overlook, and not just by wakeboarders and waterskiers.

Today, there are still just two major players in the jet boat market but they each present very different sides of the same coin.

Although most manufacturers offer options to customize your new boat build with some colors and options, Scarab provides boaters with enough color choices to make any boat into a perfect representation of the owner’s unique tastes.

Scarab also provides a good-quality, color-matched trailer, which is included in the price of every boat. Not separate, but with the boat. Drive home with your new Scarab and you’ve got a properly configured, high-performance, low-maintenance package that can be taken to the water and put to the test in just a moment.

That’s brilliant!

Every time I visit the Scarab test facility in Cadillac, Michigan, I am pleasantly surprised at what I find. No matter what the reason for my visit, I can always expect to discover the Scarab crew has created or is doing something unique.

This visit was no different from any of the other trips I’d made.

On-site at the Scarab facility, I was there for a test ride in the new 2024 Scarab 235 ID. Three different Scarab 235 models were tied to the dock, each with a different option package and unique color scheme.

All three boats had Rotax jet drive packages, including the test boat with its twin 230-hp engine package, which was expected to hustle the bat across Lake Cadillac.

As I stared at each of the three new models, it took a few minutes before I understood what I saw. I walked over to the first boat and pretended to be unimpressed until I knew for sure that I was — impressed.


I strolled over to the second one and checked it out. Somewhere between the second and third hull, I knew this was not some special gimmick done for the guest writer’s amusement and I said out loud, “That’s freaking brilliant.”

The Scarab crew got the idea to use MarineMat decking as a protective barrier between the hull and whatever it bumps into. Or rubs on. Or is bumped by.

Sections of color-matched MarineMat are put in place on the port and starboard sides like a graphic so if — or when — the hull is bumped or scraped and the surface of the mat is damaged, it can be removed and a new section can be reattached.

It looked so good that I didn’t even notice it was there at first. Once I saw it, I kept looking for a spot where the added layer might stand out or negatively affect the boat’s appearance, but it really looked good! The cushioned hull looked every bit as sharp as it did without.

So, why would you go without?

The perfect size

The weather was almost perfect for a test ride as I climbed onboard the 235 ID. Just by boarding the boat, all of Scarab’s little innovative solutions become evident one by one. Stepping

into the cockpit from the swim platform, the backrest and headrest cushions flip up to create a ”shoe-friendly” path.

The 235 ID is loaded with all of the popular options, including USB ports everywhere, audio controls inside and out, and storage in unexpected places. One of my favorite Scarab hidden gems is the “leg holes” cut into the corners of seats throughout the boat, allowing you to turn 180 degrees without moving the seat.

With nothing left to do but go for a test ride, I took the wheel and sauntered out of the marina to open up the boat. Planing times are minimal, speeds maximum, and the ride is impressive at any speed and conditions. The boat screams — which is made even more fun when you bury the throttle and feel the acceleration throughout your body as you are compressed back in your seat. At WOT with two people onboard, it topped out around 55 mph, and the boat cruised nicely between 30-35 mph.

The new 2024 Scarab 235 ID is just fun. It’s the perfect size to trailer but still big enough to hit Lake Michigan. It’s fast enough to beat most boats in a head-to-head but rides beautifully so no one has to hold on for dear life.

I’ve grown very fond of Scarabs in general, but the Scarab 235 ID might just be my new favorite one. H



Georgian Bay Ghost Towns

A look at three of Georgian Bay’s most infamous ghost towns.

Georgian Bay’s shoreline above the Severn River is characterized by deep inlets that carve into the primordial Canadian Shield. Except for a few communities — Parry Sound being the largest — and a smattering of cottages, they appear untouched.

At one point, however, some of these sheltered coves were home to sizable communities, villages and towns that have faded away over time — ghost towns. Here is a look at three of the largest and most significant.

depot harbour

Depot Harbour

Once one of the busiest ports anywhere on Lake Huron, Depot Harbour is today one of Canada’s largest ghost towns.

John Rudolphus (J.R.) Booth was among the greatest industrialist of 19th century Canada, a lumber baron of immense wealth and prestige. By the late 1880s, Booth was the largest lumber producer in the world, with over 7,000 square miles of white pine timber limits in the Algonquin highlands, and yet more in the districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound. In 1891, Booth incorporated the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound railway (OA&PS) to transport logs from these timber limits to his Ottawa mills.

Booth could have stopped the tracks in the Algonquin highlands, but he had additional plans in mind to further increase revenue. He reasoned (correctly, as it turned out) that if he continued his railroad on to Georgian Bay, and then extended east to link with a Vermont rail line he already owned, he could profit handsomely by offering western-grown grain the shortest route to the Atlantic.

Booth’s original intention was to end the line in Parry Sound, but, turned off by high land prices, he instead turned his eyes towards Parry Island, where he built his own port town from scratch, naming it Depot Harbour.

Extensive port and railway facilities included massive wharves and towering grain elevators, a railway roundhouse, freight sheds, a customs office and a railway station. Steamers lined up along the grain elevators daily, and trains arrived and departed every 20 minutes. To secure his trade, Booth even assembled his own fleet of steamers, the Canada Atlantic Transit Company.

Depot Harbour prospered and the townsite grew to more than 100 homes lining a dozen city blocks. There was a hotel, several boarding houses, stores and artisans, a school, a bank and three churches. Notably, however, there were no drinking establishments, as Booth insisted the town remain “dry.” Depot Harbour’s population reached 1,600 permanent residents, and there may have been as many as 3,000 inhabitants in the summers.

In 1933, an ice floe destroyed a bridge in Algonquin Park. Had Booth still owned the railway, it’s likely the bridge would have been repaired, but by this point, Booth had died and the railroad was part of the vast Canadian National (CN) network. With other lines duplicating the same role, the CN decided to simply shut down the OA&PS. That decision spelled Depot Harbour’s demise. Grain-bearing steamers went elsewhere, and Depot Harbour began to wither. Eventually, it became a complete ghost town.

Top: Depot Harbour was a rarity — a town built by one man, in this case industrialist J.R. Booth. There were 1,600 permanent residences.

Inset: Western grain was off-loaded at Depot Harbour grain elevators and then shipped to east coast ports by train. It was the fastest and most efficient route then available.


Muskoka Mills

In the early 1850s, the newly formed Muskoka Milling and Lumber Co. sought a site to build a mill catering to newly secured Muskoka timber rights. Surveyors selected a location at the mouth of the Musquash River. Here, the mill would be easily accessible by vessels off Georgian Bay and still be in a sheltered cove where logs could be collected after being driven down from the interior.

The resulting steam-powered mill employed 200 men full-time and as many as 400 during peak periods. All summer long, an endless parade of ships arrived to carry lumber to ports all over the Great Lakes.

The town of Muskoka Mills soon formed and was home to as many as 500 people — perhaps double that seasonally. Millhands lived in humble company-owned homes and boarding houses that ringed the bay and shopped at a company store. Within a few years, the community boasted a hotel, a school, a church and a blacksmith. Despite its size, Muskoka Mills remained isolated from civilization. The only practical link to the outside world was by steamer, and this was severed come wintertime. As a result, the community never outgrew its frontier mentality.

The Muskoka Milling and Lumber Co. was at the center of one of the first environmental legal actions in Canada when the federal government accused the company of allowing excessive sawdust to fall into the water, thereby damaging fish spawning grounds. It was the government’s belief that mills such as this were responsible for the declining commercial fish industry on Georgian Bay. The government’s case fell apart and legal action was dropped.

By this point, it no longer really mattered. The mill and the town it supported were sinking faster than a ship floundered in a Lake Huron storm. Dwindling stocks of harvestable timber and competition from 17 mills in Gravenhurst, which could more efficiently ship lumber by rail, was its undoing. The mill was closed early in the 1890s, and Muskoka Mills disappeared virtually overnight.

More than a century later, the foundations of the mill can still be seen around the mouth of the Musquash River, but otherwise, nature has long since reclaimed the one-time mill village.

Logs by the thousands were driven down the Musquash River from the depths of Muskoka and cut into lumber at Muskoka Mills.

Byng Inlet

Though not deceased, the Byng Inlet of today is a pale shadow of the bustling, noisy town of a century ago.

In the 1860s, American lumbermen from Michigan, faced with the depletion of the once seemingly endless stands of white pine in their native state, began casting their gaze across the Great Lakes to Ontario for new sources of timber. Mills from two rival American companies — Clarke, White and Co. and the Dodge Lumber Co. — took shape within the natural harbor of Byng Inlet to serve their respective timber limits along the Magnetawan River watershed. Byng Inlet was born.

By 1898, all the lumber operations at Byng Inlet had been consolidated under the ownership of Holland and Emery, which replaced the old mills with a new state-of-the-art facility. The mill quickly became among the largest lumber operations in Ontario, employing hundreds of men. All summer long, an endless parade of steamers and schooners transported lumber to ports all over the Great Lakes.

Byng Inlet and its mill — now under Graves, Bigwood and Co. — prospered further when the railway arrived in 1911, providing a year-round means of transporting lumber. Every other day, 15 rail cars loaded with 20,000 board feet of lumber were shipped out of town, a rate unmatched by any mill in Ontario.

As Byng Inlet grew, it became more metropolitan. A dance hall and a silent-film movie house were built to entertain the locals, and as many as five stores opened for business. Generators at the mill provided homes with the benefit of direct-current electricity, a luxury not yet available in many larger communities. Baseball became a popular pastime, brought over by the numerous Americans employed at the mill. Games were played on a baseball field covered with sawdust. There was a sense of enthusiasm in the air. Everyone was certain Byng Inlet was on the cusp of enduring greatness.

But Graves-Bigwood was felling trees at such a rate that by the mid-1920s it began to feel the pinch as the supply of pine trees was becoming exhausted. The mills closed as Graves-Bigwood went in search of new stands of timber to exploit. Most everyone in Byng Inlet followed, abandoning homes that no longer held any value. The town disappeared virtually overnight, with but a small handful of stalwarts remaining behind to keep alive the community’s memory.

Today, ghostly concrete foundations remind us of Byng Inlet’s rich past as one of Canada’s largest sawmill towns. ★

Top: All summer long, schooners and steamships transported lumber from Byng Inlet to ports around the Great Lakes.
Left inset: The sawmill at Byng Inlet was the largest and most productive lumber producer in Ontario in the early 20th century.

Belleville — literally “beautiful town” in French — lives up to its billing as one of the most striking ports of call on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario within the protected confines of the Bay of Quinte, the pretty community of Belleville, Ontario, certainly lives up to its billing.

Belleville, translated to “beautiful town” in French, straddles the mouth of the Moira River where it meets the bay, almost directly across the lake from Rochester, New York. First settled in the early 18th century, Belleville’s choice location on protected waters only a short cruise from the open lake led the community to grow quickly, swelling to nearly 2,000 inhabitants by 1836 when it incorporated as a village. A few years later, when the Grand Trunk Railway arrived, Belleville grew further, re-incorporating as a town in 1850. The construction of an iron bridge to span the Moira River fueled further expansion, and the beautiful town became the beautiful city in 1877.

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Today, just over 55,000 people call Belleville home. Its position on the lake — roughly equidistant between the larger cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal — combined with its proximity to major highways and rail lines have allowed the community to prosper. Yet the beautiful city retains much of its original 19th-century downtown core, making Belleville a particularly attractive port of call where most amenities remain just a short walk from the dock.

Getting there is the easy part. Belleville sits on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte (pronounced QWIN-tee), the protected, Z-shaped bay that lies behind the 405-square-mile peninsula jutting into Lake Ontario, otherwise known as Prince Edward County. Protected from the open waters of the big lake, the Bay of Quinte is inevitably calm, serene and welcoming — particularly after an extended openwater voyage. Boats may enter the bay at its eastern end, by navigating west through Adolphus Bay, northeast through Long Reach, then west through the main body of Quinte itself. You can also enter from the west via the man-made Murray Canal. Opened in 1889, the canal is spanned by two swing bridges operated by Parks Canada; clearance at the Brighton Road bridge closest to the lake is around 7 feet at normal water levels, and between 4 and 5 feet at the Carrying Place bridge, located at the bay end of the canal. Vessels that can’t fit under the bridges and require a swing are billed $5.25 per passage.

Regardless of which direction you arrive from, simply look for the hulk of the Norris-Whitney Bridge — better known to locals as Bay Bridge — which spans the Bay

of Quinte with about 70 feet of vertical clearance. Belleville sits on the north shoreline just east of the span.

As suggested by the shallow contours of the surrounding countryside, Quinte is not a deep body of water, and sandbars like the one directly in front of the Moira River at Belleville are fairly common. To avoid them, stick to the clearly marked channels.

Arriving at Belleville, visiting boaters have a couple of mooring options. Meyers Pier Marina sits on the shoreline to the east of the Moira, butted up against the large, disc-shaped apartment building that serves as a prominent navigational landmark. Just upstream of the apartment building on the eastern bank of the Moira are Victoria Park Harbour and the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club, while a little farther upstream on the western bank is Crate Marine Belleville. This luxury, full-service marina offers exceptional service with access to fuel, supplies, boat parts, experienced mechanics and all the amenities one could ask for. All the marinas mentioned are within easy walking distance to Belleville’s most popular attractions.

About town

Once you’ve settled in at the slip, you’ll quickly discover two things about Belleville: It’s really easy to find your way around town, and there’s a load of stuff to see and do. Most of the attractions are easily accessed from one of three main roads: Dundas Street paralleling the lake shore; Front Street following the Moira River’s east bank; and Coleman Street following the river’s western shore.

Downtown District

Reflecting the beautiful city’s heritage as a waterfront community, Belleville’s historic downtown follows the river, and a short stroll reveals a wide range of independently owned shops, restaurants, art galleries and theaters. The best way to explore it all is on foot.

Let’s start by browsing local shops because after a few days in the boat, who doesn’t relish a bit of retail therapy? Boutiques offering everything from housewares to fashions to artisanal wares to vintage goodies dot the downtown, providing hours of browsing pleasure. Among them is The Happy Buddha, which sells a range of wellness goodies including teas, balms and therapeutic essential oils. Shops like Pure Honey Boutique, That Special Touch, Miss Priss and Sole Solutions offer all the latest fashions — Quinte style.

To work out the kinks from a longer voyage across the lake, take the opportunity for some selfcare while you’re in town. A morning at We Thrive Wellness for a stretching class will quickly exercise those cramps that can go hand in hand with a few days in the boat. Or swing by Beauty Works Spa and splurge on some “me time,” like a relaxing massage or a wind-down in a hot sauna.

Beyond its retail delights and self-indulgence opportunities, a stroll through Belleville’s downtown always feels a bit like a trip back in time, as you wander tree-lined streets with immaculately kept Victorian homes, like Moodie Cottage, the one-time home of celebrated author Susanna Moodie, and Glanmore, today preserved as a National Historic Site in a nod to its exceptional Second Empire

architecture. Built in 1883 for the ultra-wealthy banker J.P.C. Phillips and his wife, Harriet Dougall Phillips, Glanmore boasts spectacular hand-painted ceilings, over-the-top ornate woodwork, magnificent period furnishings and what has been described as one of the most extraordinary collections of Victorian animal paintings in existence, including more than 40 works by noted British artist Horatio Couldery. It is the crown jewel in Belleville’s walking tour of designated historic sites, which includes no less than 34 different properties in all, from stately homes to magnifi cent churches and the historic train station.

A walking tour of a different kind leads through downtown Belleville’s Gallery District, where one can enjoy (and buy) a wide range of original artworks from local painters and sculptors. Stops include the Belleville Art Association, the Quinte Arts Council, Gallery 121 and the John M. Parrott Gallery, among others.

Culinary delights

All that exploring often leaves one hungry, so how splendid indeed that Belleville boasts a culinary scene that’s second to none. Spring, summer and fall are all about enjoying the fresh air and the outdoor views, as evidenced by the town’s wholesale alfresco approach to dining. Multiple appealing patios entice visitors to stop and soak it all in with enchanting riverfront views, many offering locally grown fare complete with regional beer or wine pairings. Whether it’s a quick morning coffee while plotting your day’s adventure, or a leisurely evening meal with a view of the sunset, dining outdoors

Hello, neighbor!

For a city of just over 55,000 people, Belleville can claim a number of successful athletes, authors and entertainers among its native sons and daughters, including:

• Lee Aaron, hard rock and jazz singer best known for “Metal Queen.”

• Bobby Hull (pictured above), NHL Hall of Fame winger.

• Farley Mowat, award-winning author.

• Brian Orser, world-champion figure skater and coach.

Crate Marine Belleville
Glanmore House

is very much a part of Belleville’s charm, and there is no shortage of opportunities to do just that.

Located right at the harbor on Meyers Pier, The Pier Patio Bar and Grill is a casual spot that’s literally surrounded by water, ensuring magnificent views in every direction. Nearby, The Boathouse overlooks Victoria Harbour with fresh seafood and live music on the weekends, making it a popular spot with visitors and locals alike.

Also popular with residents is The Local House, on Coleman Street, on the west bank of the Moira. Committed to sourcing groceries locally, The Local serves up a wide selection of tasty favorites and is known for its Sunday brunch with temptations like duck hash, avocado toast, smoked salmon and French toast.

To really enjoy the best of Belleville’s culinary delights, make sure you’re in town on a Saturday when L’Auberge de France, on Front Street, serves up freshly baked, authentic French baguettes and croissants. Finding the shop is easy — just follow your nose, and let the incredible aroma of freshly baked bread be your guide. They also sell a wide range of imported French cheeses, charcuterie, épicerie, pastries and wines, so your challenge won’t be finding something tasty to enjoy so much as knowing when to stop.

If you have any space left in the boat’s larder, then head for Belleville’s Farmers Market, which has been held in historic Market Square on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays since 1816. An appealing range of locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh meats, honey, baked goods and other tasty treats ensures no one leaves that place empty-handed. But keep one mitt free for a pitstop at Reid’s Dairy, so you can enjoy some freshly made ice cream on the way back to the boat.

In a festive mood

Being surrounded by farmland and facing a bay full of fish, it’s little wonder that many of Belleville’s most beloved annual festivals and events also focus on food. That includes July’s annual Poutinefest, which celebrates all things involving that magical combination of fries,

gravy and cheese curds. It may sound gross to some but it tastes utterly delicious to almost everyone. For something more openly carnivorous, visit Belleville in August for its annual Ribfest, featuring ribs, pulled pork, deep-fried onions (which have to be experienced to be believed), grilled corn on the cob and all sorts of other things your cardiologist probably won’t approve of. In September, the Quinte Fall Fair and Exhibition serves up all kinds of appealing goodies including seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie, freshly picked apples, and every imaginable kind of apple pastry going, from crumbles to turnovers to strudels and more. Quinte is apple country in Ontario, and nowhere are apples more deeply celebrated than in Belleville each fall.

Other perennial festival favorites celebrate live music, including Rockfest, the Belleville Jazz Festival, the Belleville Waterfront Multicultural Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival held each August, where live bands and competitive canoe races on the bay attract substantial crowds. Porchfest, held in September, presents literally hundreds of musicians playing a wide range of genres from the front porches of downtown homes and businesses, making it certainly one of the most unique and enjoyable events anywhere.

An online event calendar at DISCOVERBELLEVILLE.CA/ EVENTS provides full details on everything going on in town.

Get outside

If you’re looking to stretch your legs, then break out the bikes and head for the nearby Quinte Conservation Area. Or take a ride along the Parrott Riverfront Trail. Both locations offer an enticing opportunity to escape with a lovely ride, run or walk among trees, songbirds and delightful parkland.

Or haul out the golf clubs and make your way to Black Bear Ridge, acclaimed as the sixth top course in Ontario and among the top 20 in Canada. Both 18hole and nine-hole short courses provide a challenge in magnificently beautiful surroundings.

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The Boathouse Farmers Market Multicultural Festival

Anglers will be pleased to learn that the Bay of Quinte boasts some of the best recreational fishing in Ontario, with much of the action centered around Belleville. Walleye are the big attraction, and that goes both figuratively and literally. The Bay of Quinte enjoys an international reputation for producing some of the largest walleye on earth, drawing scores of anglers looking to try their luck. Spring and fall produce the biggest walleye of the year — including giants exceeding 15 pounds — while summer is best for catching numbers of eating-sized fish and adding even more goodies to the boat’s larder. Fresh from the lake and pan-fried in butter, walleye fillets surely rank among the tastiest meals anywhere. Locals serve them with baked beans and either grilled asparagus or fresh peas, but no matter how they’re prepared, these flaky fish always draw rave reviews.

Quinte also offers excellent fishing for pike and bass, as evidenced by the frequent fishing derbies and tournaments held throughout the summer. You’re just as likely to stumble upon local club affairs as big-money international competitions on Quinte, yet there’s still more than enough room for everyone to find some solitude and fish for themselves. A number of local guides can supply the tackle and knowhow if you’re unsure where to start.

The simple life

Visiting new ports of call is always a treat, but even more so when your destination can offer delights for everyone onboard. With its magnificent architecture and history, surprising shopping and dining, bustling event calendar and world-class fishing, Belleville never fails to impress.

So the French were definitely onto something. No matter how we choose to measure it, the Beautiful City always shines, whether welcoming new visitors for the first time or reacquainting itself with old friends. If you’ve never discovered Belleville, then your time has come. But be forewarned — all it takes is one visit to earn this wonderful port of call a permanent place on your list of must-visit destinations each year. ★

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Live your Northern Michigan dream on nearly 25 acres situated along the stunning Chain of Lakes. A charming three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage offers views of Six Mile Lake from one end to the other. Bi-level lake-facing decks offer a spot to relax and soak up the sunshine. A hand-crafted cedar walkway beckons you from the lake house to the boathouse beyond.

Enjoy 500 feet of your own private waterfront, or head out on a hiking, boating or paddling adventure. The vast property offers diverse terrain including dense hardwood forests, rivers, protected wetlands and a private shoreline.

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Six outbuildings offer more than enough space to store your toys, tools and vehicles, and for those looking to expand, the property includes approval for five more building sites/camp areas, with underground utilities and a separate entrance off Six Mile Lake Road.

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Amazing Grace

1936 32' Richardson Cruiseabout.

Thousands of children and adults have experienced a ride on Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s antique boat Amazing Grace. It was built in 1936 during the Great Depression, and sold and titled in 1937.

Lakeside is only the third owner of this prewar classic cabin cruiser. The boat was found nearby after it had been sitting in a barn for 29 years. Amazing Grace was restored in the winter of 2007-2008 and she retains approximately 95% of her original wood. The boat has lots of varnished mahogany but the hull, floors and coach roofs are cedar.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Society’s mission is to get the next generation out boating. It features this boat at its annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show each July. The show has more than 60 other vintage craft on display.

—Captain Dwight Davis, Lakeside Chautauqua, OH

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