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ABSOLUTE 62 FLY
Big coastal cruiser with a sportboat personality. p. 24
Filling the generational gap. p. 28
WWII training planes lie at the bottom of Lake Michigan. p. 32
PORT OF CALL
Baraga County, MI: At the base of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the towns of Baraga and L’Anse offer visitors a breath of fresh air. p. 36
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Boat Test: Absolute 62 Fly
60 is the new 40. by Chuck Warren ......................................24
Boat Test: Marlow 58E
Ready for the next generation. Story and photos by Capt. Tom Serio .....................................28
Port of Call: Baraga County, MI
Nature Therapy is Superior: When the Rx calls for a major dose of woods and water, Baraga County, Michigan, wrapped around Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, is just what the doctor ordered. by Kath Usitalo ......................................... 36
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For boaters who dream of having enough accommodations to house their entire family for a weekend cruise, yet want to single-hand the yacht, look no further than the Absolute 62 Fly. Though it stretches 60 feet, this luxury yacht offers innovative designs and technology like POD systems and joystick control that will allow you to leave the crew at the dock.
From the Helm......................................................................... 4 Dock Box................................................................................... 6
Calendar ................................................................................... 8 Scuttle............................................................................................10
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Great Gear ............................................................................ 14 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate................................................. 15 Beneath the Surface............................................................. 16
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The bottom of Lake Michigan yields a treasure trove of World War II aircraft, many of them veterans of major battles including Pearl Harbor, Midway and the Solomons. Today, these planes are being retrieved and restored to impress their lessons on a new generation. by Craig Ritchie ...................................... 32
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Some Good News T
he news can get you down these days. But there is some uplifting news that stems from social distancing requirements: The huge jump in new boaters making their way to the water. Without a lot of options for summertime activities, more and more people are finding that boating is a great way to safely get some fresh air, and they’re buying — or renting — into the industry. I’ve heard from dealers that they’re nearly out of inventory, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported that June boat registrations jumped 20% year-over-year (particularly entry-level boats), and boat clubs have skyrocketed in new rentals (p. 12). It’s good news indeed. Changing times also means that the industry is updating its methods of bringing in new clientele. One group that they’re targeting: Millennials. Contributor Heather Steinberger explores how a growing number of Millennials are joining the boating world (p. 16). They (myself included) enjoy experiences over status symbols, and are more keen on technology than previous generations. According to a Great Lakes dealer: “Our industry has needed to bring in new boaters, and here they are. Now that they’ve gotten a taste of what the boating lifestyle is like, I’m hopeful they’ll stick with it.” One yacht manufacturer that has accepted the challenge of bridging the generational divide is Marlow Yachts. When Capt. Tom Serio got aboard its new 58E, he was pleasantly surprised to find that the new yacht caters to the younger market by providing a refreshed layout, bright and modern materials, and technology galore (p. 28). So welcome, all you new boaters out there. We’re happy to have you join us on the water!
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AREAS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE Baraga and L’Anse, MI p.36
East Tawas State Harbor p. 46
Port Clinton, OH p. 44
Heather is an awardwinning writer/editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoys powerboating, sailing and standup paddleboarding with her husband, professional photographer Richard Steinberger, and daughter, Johanna. Read her story on p. 16
CR AIG RITCHIE
Born in Toronto, Craig Ritchie 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. Read his stories on pgs. 21 and 32
Chuck is a lifelong boater with experience on the waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the Great Lakes. During his 25year marine industry career, he has been an offshore powerboat racing team driver, chief engineer aboard a research vessel and captain of a sunset cruise. Currently a captain for hire in Holland, Michigan, Chuck lives on his 40-foot Sea Ray in the summer while winters are split between the West Michigan lakeshore and wherever his 33-foot motorhome takes him. Read his story on p. 24
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Escanaba Gets New Life Jacket Loaner Station Hurley Marine, a dinghy davit and marine parts manufacturer, has partnered with Sea Tow Foundation to bring a new Life Jacket Loaner Station to Escanaba, Michigan. Local boaters may borrow the life jackets free of charge, which are located near the Escanaba Marina’s Harbormaster station. Life jacket sizes range from infant to adult XL. Boaters are asked to return the life jackets when they are finished using them for the day. For more information, visit BOATINGSAFETY.COM.
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“Saharan Dust” Descends Upon Lake Michigan Nature’s latest event known as the “Saharan Dust” is a plume of massive cloud dust traveling from the Sahara Desert via tradewinds with its 5,000-mile journey to the United States. This phenomenon is known as the Saharan Air Layer, as dusty air forms over the Sahara Desert three to five days from late spring to early fall. It extends 5,000 to 20,00 feet into the atmosphere.
Dust remnants descended over the Chicago and northern Indiana region during the weekend of June 27-28, 2020, producing hazy skies and colorenriched sunsets. This Lake Michigan sunset photo was captured on June 28 at Washington Park beach in Michigan City, Indiana. —Paul Kemiel
Volvo Penta Powers the New Invictus TT460
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The Italian boatbuilder Invictus Yacht has launched its new TT460, which is powered by Volvo Penta’s latest D6 IPS package. At 46 feet, the TT460 has the power of a much larger vessel thanks to the twin D6 IPS 650 engines, which deliver great maneuverability through the joystick-controlled, steerable pods. “The Volvo Penta IPS package flawlessly complements our new yacht,” says Christian Grande, designer at Invictus Yacht. “The new package is powerful and has excellent handling whilst still being compact, fuel-efficient and quiet. Additionally, the engine controls are designed to be high-tech and modern, which perfectly fits in our cockpit.” For more information, visit INVICTUSYACHT.COM/TT460 and VOLVOPENTA.COM.
Boatsetter Reports 270% Traffic Surge
Highfield Boats Partners With Pure Watercraft Highfield Boats, manufacturer of aluminum-hull rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), has collaborated with electric marine propulsion system manufacturer Pure Watercraft to bring to market a new environmentally friendly series of all-electric-powered RIBs. The first models in the new RIB line are the Pure Watercraft by Highfield Classic 360 and the Pure Watercraft by Highfield Classic Deluxe 380. Built with Highfield’s aluminum hulls and high-quality tubes, these RIBs are offered as complete boat systems incorporating the Pure Outboard electric propulsion package. The outboards produce the equivalent of 50 hp. Both RIBs boast a top speed of 25 mph with a range of 14 miles, and a range of 17 miles at a cruising speed of 16 mph. For more information, visit PUREWATERCR AFT.COM.
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Manitou Releases Two New 2021 Pontoon Models
Manitou has announced the addition of two new pontoon models to its fleet: The Manitou LX, which will replace the Legacy and X-Plode models, and the Aurora LE. The LX offers a Barracuda nose design, lots of storage, power-assist steering, LED lighting throughout, and is available in 23- to 27-foot options. This model combines luxury and sports performance to serve those in search of extreme on-water fun. The Aurora LE is 18 to 25 feet (your choice) and is the most accessible model Manitou offers. Virtually everything has been remodeled; it features a new 7-inch Garmin display, new furniture with foam padding, a new stereo system and more. With Manitou’s V-Toon technology upgrade, get up to 200-hp. “We’ve modified our lineup to reflect what our customers are looking for,” says James Heintz, director of product management for BRP Marine Group. “The new Aurora LE now offers even more fun for the whole family, still at an affordable price. It’s the perfect pontoon to get you on the water. With the new LX, our customers get the best combination of performance and comfort, with no compromise.” To learn more about the two new Manitou models, visit MANITOU PONTOONBOATS.COM.
As Americans look to find new ways to socially distance, the peer-topeer boat rental platform Boatsetter has announced a 270% increase in traffic. The company also reported its highest booking numbers in June 2020, with rentals increasing 74% from the same time last year, as well as a 40% increase in rental listings on the platform. With more than 19,000 rental listings in more than 600 cities worldwide, Boatsetter allows new boaters to get on the water by connecting them with boat owners and licensed captains. “For years, we have seen the demand for boat sharing services continue to increase, thanks to companies like Boatsetter making boat rentals more accessible and affordable than ever before,” says Jaclyn Baumgarten, Boatsetter CEO. “Now, after months of pent-up demand, we expect boating to continue to gain traction as a preferred recreational activity as consumers opt for a safe, unique and costeffective way to experience the outdoors with their families this summer.” For more information or to book a rental, visit BOATSETTER.COM.
Groupe Beneteau Will Drop Scarab and Glastron Brands In July, Groupe Beneteau announced its new five-year strategic plan, which features divesting four of its boat brands, including the Cadillac, Michigan-built Scarab and Glastron brands. The Groupe will move forward with its eight brands: Beneteau, Jeanneau, Prestige, Lagoon, Four Winns, Wellcraft, Delphia and Excess. Groupe Beneteau’s plan includes building its strategy around the eight boat brands; improving operational efficiency for the product development teams and plants; and implementing a managerial reorganization around a more streamlined team. The Groupe will seek partnerships for Scarab and Glastron so that they can continue to be built in Cadillac. For more information, visit BENETEAU-GROUP.COM.
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Garmin fēnix 6 Series Solar Edition
The fēnix 6S Pro Solar and fēnix 6 Pro Solar are the latest multisport smartwatches to harness the power of the sun. The Garmin Power Glass solar charging lens and customizable Power Manager mode allows the watches to stay powered for up to 21 days. The rugged, waterresistant watches are designed for any outdoor activity, with training features, GPS, onboard mapping, music streaming and more. STARTING AT $849.99 AT GARMIN.COM
Dometic SaniPottie 975 MSD Toilet
Now here’s a portable throne worthy of any captain. Dometic’s SaniPottie 975 Toilet with MSD fittings features a push-button rinse option in addition to the standard bellows full flush. Includes PVC fitting for pump-out plumbing, brackets for secure installation, full-size seat, easy-view tank level indicator and latching lid. The toilet has a 5-gallon capacity. $169.99 AT DEFENDER.COM
Leave your cares at the dock while lounging in the pillowy Floatzac beanbag. The water lounger is filled with quick-drying, waterresistant pearls, and features a strong mesh on the underside to allow water to drain out. The seat-adjustment straps double as handles for getting it in and out of the water. Available in a range of UV- and chlorineresistant Sunbrella fabrics, including red stripe, anthracite stripe and navy blue. Measures 71 by 53 inches. $279 AT SHOP.FATBOYUSA.COM
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DON’T HESITATE TO RENOVATE B Y C A P T. F R A N K L A N I E R
Always pull wires at the flattest angle possible to the tubing to reduce friction.
P H O T O S B Y C A P T. F R A N K L A N I E R
ith the explosion of must-have electronic doo-dads on the market today, the owners of small to midsize center console vessels may find themselves struggling to find enough real estate to mount even the most basic of required electronics. Center consoles equipped with a T-top provide additional mounting options, and owners typically take advantage of this by installing an overhead electronics box. The hardest part for most DIYers tackling this project will be routing the cables and wires to the new box. Some take the cheesy way out by simply fastening wire bundles and cables to the outside of the tubing, but routing them internally when possible provides both protection and a neater, more professional looking installation. Routing wires through the maze of aluminum or stainless steel tubing may look daunting, but stepping back and taking the time to visualize the installation prior to starting will often simplify things. Once you’ve planned the route and (as necessary) drilled your entry and exit holes, the next step is running the wires. Feed the snake While there are a number of options available for pulling wires, the most common is using an electrician’s “fish tape” or snake. Snakes must be stiff enough to maintain their shape while pushing, yet supple enough to twist around curves and sharp bends. Snakes made of tempered wire are commonly used and can be purchased at most any hardware store; however, newer, more flexible units of fiberglass or other composite materials are also available. Regardless of which style you chose, you’ll want to be able to twist the snake to better make turns and bends, reducing or eliminating the number of additional holes needed to facilitate installation. The first step is feeding the snake through with no wiring attached. Once this is completed, attach the cable or wire bundle to the bitter end of the snake, then pull everything back through. Make this attachment point to the snake as small as possible to make the pulling easier; you may also want to cover the attachment point with a few tight wraps of electrical tape to make it more streamlined. In addition to wire snakes, other options I’ve used with varying degrees of success range from weighted strings to a shop vac. The former involves simply feeding a string weighted with a sinker or small washer
Wire Like a Pro T-top wiring made simple.
into the top hole of the tubing and using gravity to carry it down to the exit hole. For the shop vac trick, tie a piece of tissue, cotton ball, or foam ear plug to the string, then feed it into the topmost hole while holding the shop vac intake hose at the bottom hole (you may have to use duct tape to get a good seal). When you have the string through, use it to thread a pull wire (heavy fishing line or weed wacker mono works good) and then use that to pull the wires through. Drilling tips At some point during your installation you’ll likely have to drill holes, either at an electronics box or at individual mounts. For wire runs with multiple turns, it may also be necessary to drill a small pilot hole at the second turn (depending on how sharp it is) to guide the snake along. Aluminum is softer and easier to drill than stainless, however, in both cases you’ll want to use a metal center punch to prevent the drill bit from walking as you start drilling. Use a good quality, sharp drill bit for best results; however, if larger diameter holes are required, a hole saw may be a better option. In both cases, slower drill speeds will provide better control. Holes should be drilled in areas of low mechanical stress (such as horizontal tubes) and should be cleaned of sharp edges using a de-burring tool or rat tail file to prevent damage to wire insulation while pulling. Wire pulling 101 When pulling wires, use a firm, steady motion and always pull at the flattest angle possible to the tubing to reduce friction. This approach also puts less stress on the wire, while reducing the chances of tears or damage to insulation or the wire itself. A solution of soapy water can be applied (to allow the wires to slip through the tube with minimal resistance); however, some folks worry that soap can damage the insulation or possibly cause corrosion. A better idea is to purchase special wire pulling lubricant, such as 3M’s Wire Pulling Lubricant Gel. For larger wire bundles, you may want to stagger the wires where they’re attached to the fish, which both reduces the profile of the joint and makes it easier to pull around tight bends. Finally, you’ll always want to include and leave an extra pull string in place when pulling the wire bundle to assist with future installations. ★
Routing wires internally (unlike what’s shown here) provides both protection and a neater, more professional appearance.
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The Next Generation
COVID-19 has accelerated Millennials’ arrival into the “blue mind” of boating. n recent weeks, the recreational boating community has been abuzz with unexpected good news. The novel coronavirus pandemic, with its initial shelterat-home orders and subsequent social distancing guidelines, proved to be a boat-buying catalyst for the 2020 season. Dealers report that sales are booming. Interested buyers say new boats are in short supply, and preowned vessels are fetching good prices. Longtime boaters are enjoying their summer on the water, and new boaters are eager to join them, ready to embrace a lifestyle that allows you to be outside, having adventures and making memories with loved ones, while also adhering to public health guidelines. That’s good news indeed. And it begs the question: Has COVID-19 been a sea change for boating? Or did a shift actually begin some time ago, with the pandemic simply amplifying what was already underway? Generational differences As industry old-timers will tell you, recreational boating revolved around the Baby Boomers for decades. This demographic cohort, following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X, comprises those born between 1946 and 1964. The Boomers loved their boats. They gradually moved up in size, and they weren’t afraid to take on projects. They weren’t technology-driven. They were tinkerers, and for them, boating had always been part of family life. “Boomer boaters grew up in it,” says Bob vanVollenhoven, vice president of sales and marketing for Hartsville, South Carolina-based Stingray Boats. “As they aged, they continued to buy, because boating was a piece of life they didn’t want to give up. They were in it to stay.” “They’ve been great customers,” agrees Rich Larsen, president and general manager of Manitowoc Marina and Nestegg Marine in Manitowoc and Marinette, Wisconsin, respectively. “So many of them were yachtsmen. When they were young, their parents had cruising powerboats or sailboats, and they’d head up to Mackinac Island or the North Channel for two weeks.” Now, the Boomers are downsizing. Instead of 16
cruisers, they’re choosing dayboats that are more manageable and allow them to enjoy activities on the water with their grandkids and friends. Replacing them in the marketplace are the Millennials. The children of Boomers and the early Gen Xers — who have more in common with Boomers than with later members of their own generation — Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996. They are aspirational about life experiences, and when they consider buying a boat, they’re envisioning what that boat will allow them to do. “It’s all about the experiences and the now,” vanVollenhoven notes. “It’s not about status symbols.” Plugged in, interactive and serious What drives the Millennial boat buyer? According to vanVollenhoven and Larsen, two key things: Integrated technology and the ability to make the most of limited time on the water. Millennials, as a cohort, are undoubtedly technology driven. Not only did they grow up with it, they have busy personal and professional lives that don’t allow much free time. Staying connected is essential. “They got swamped in technology as they grew up, so it really is key,” vanVollenhoven says. “As boatbuilders, we’ve watched what’s happening. While Boomers wanted to disconnect, and the ‘blue mind’ was their getaway, Millennials just don’t have time. They know it’s healthy to get away, but they need to stay connected. So we must give them access to whatever they need.” Larsen says he sees a desire both for a smarter boat and a more turnkey experience. That includes a good relationship with a boatyard. “They want a new boat with a warranty, and they want to be able to just get up and go,” he explains. “And when something needs to be maintained or fixed, they turn to their yard to handle it. For them, it’s really all about the experience, not the boat itself.” Given their time constraints, many Millennials find themselves weighing the pros and cons of ownership. Do I want to own a boat? Or do I just want to participate in boating? The advent of the boat clubs has been a gamechanger for this generation, as well as for the industry as a whole. “It allows prospective buyers, especially citydwellers who lack options for storage, to have
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access to boating,” vanVollenhoven says. “At least they can test it out. And although manufacturers understandably were hesitant in the beginning, we’ve all discovered that boat club memberships are leading to new sales.” He recalls encountering a buyer at the Chicago Boat Show who had a very specific Stingray model in mind. “He said, ‘I always rent one with my club, but I can’t get it every time I want it, so now I want one of my own,’” vanVollenhoven remembers. That Stingray customer was, without a doubt, a serious buyer with a very clear picture of what he wanted. As it turns out, Millennials as a whole are much more well-informed than the stereotypes of their generation. “These new boaters have a clear view of what they want to do and what they want to own,” vanVollenhoven says. “They’re well educated and they’ve done their research beforehand; by the time they come to us, they have a high level of understanding.” These prospective buyers don’t want to do their research through conversations with salespeople. Instead, they’re researching products on the internet — and they’re looking at online chatter, from product reviews to assessments of dealer relationships. “The key is to be interactive with them, on social media and through owners’ forums where they talk to each other rather than to us,” vanVollenhoven says. “You have to be on your game, because these online tools are important pieces of the puzzle.” The COVID boost According to Larsen, the novel coronavirus pandemic amplified what was already happening with Millennials. They want to buy a boat, they want to achieve their ideal screen capture — and they want to do it right now.
“There’s a new sense of urgency,” he explains. “The public health crisis is bringing Millennials into boating at a faster pace than they would have, and these folks aren’t patient. They have families, and this summer, there were no kid activities. They had to find something new to do for recreation, to have fun and make memories. “That’s the pressure we’re under right now, and this bubble could last for another year or two,” he continues. “I think this year has taught Millennial families that they don’t need to have their kids in every single thing, and that every moment doesn’t need to be scheduled. They’re learning to slow down.” VanVollenhoven says that Stingray Boats is seeing more first-time boat buyers than ever, and he agrees that COVID-19 has accelerated the arrival of Millennials into the boating lifestyle. “Some people were eight weeks-plus without normal life,” he says. “They had to stay put; there were no international trips, no Mickey Mouse. So they headed outdoors as soon as they could — in RVs, on bikes and on boats. No one in our industry could’ve predicted this.” “They just went through a summer in which no one was doing soccer, gymnastics, ballet, piano lessons,” Larsen adds. “Our industry has needed to bring in new boaters, and here they are. Now that they’ve gotten a taste of what the boating lifestyle is like, I’m hopeful they’ll stick with it.” Welcome, Millennials, to the blue mind. We’re glad you’re here. ★
HEATHER STEINBERGER is an award-winning writer/ editor who has specialized in boating, travel and outdoor adventure for more than 20 years. Visit her website at WRITEONLLC.COM.
ELECTRONICS BY GLENN HAYES
Onboard Security Systems
rom simple tracking devices to elaborate security systems that can stop would-be thieves in their tracks, there are many options on the market to protect your floating investment. From the budgetminded boater to those requiring top tier security, there are systems that are not just reconfigured home or auto security systems, but are specifically designed to work in tough marine environments.
Simrad’s BoatConnect and SPOT’s Trace security devices.
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 .
SPOT Trace: Small yet mighty A simple yet effective budget-minded security option that works as well on a skiff as it does on larger craft is the SPOT Trace. This tiny waterproof device measuring just 2.69 inches by 2.02 inches can be easily mounted anywhere. The technology within allows for advanced tracking virtually anywhere in the world via a subscription. This technology is composed of the tracking device, an app on your smartphone and a subscription through SPOT services utilizing the Globalstar satellite system. Should your boat move from its current location, you are instantly notified via email or text, and the vessel’s movements can be followed almost in real time utilizing SPOT Mapping on your phone or computer. With its built-in vibration sensor, the Trace can notify you as soon as it detects movement. Other features of the system include a dock mode that can detect movement for a boat stored on the water, it sends alerts if the boat is powered down, and there’s a low-battery warning. Annual subscriptions are available for as little as $9.95 a month or flex plans with a one-month minimum for $12.50 a month. With the Trace costing under $100 and sometimes less than $50 with rebates, it’s a great budget option. Simrad BoatConnect: No strings attached Simrad offers a vessel-tracking device called BoatConnect. Made up of a Hub unit, optional sensors, an app and a subscription, this system offers more than just tracking and movement alerts. Standard features also include trip history reports, live weather at the boat’s location and battery status. Optional sensors include water sensors, entry sensors and temperature
sensors. All of these are capable of sending information to the owner’s smartphone via the free app. A “no strings attached” subscription runs $19.99 a month. With the hub selling for $99, simple set-up and installation, and reasonable subscription rates, BoatConnect is a good option for those looking for an inexpensive security system with some added features. GOST: Top tier tech For those looking for a top tier sophisticated system that can be as simple or as comprehensive as necessary, check out offerings from Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST). This company’s products include systems that work as well for multi-engine center consoles as they do in their expanded format for superyachts. The GOST Apparition system is controlled through interactive touch screens (up to 16 throughout the vessel). These screens can be uploaded with actual photos of the vessel’s interior and exterior with sensor locations marked directly on them. The displays can control up to 192 sensors, as well as 32 interior and exterior doors and hatches. Zones can be set up within the alarm system to control areas such as crew quarters or even liquor cabinets, restricting access and control to only those approved in the system. With both wired and wireless sensors and wireless expanders available, yachts of any size can be equipped. In addition to security sensors controlling and alerting access, entry and intrusion, there are many other sensors available, such as high water, low voltage, motion, shore power loss, infrared beam sensors, GPS tracking, and smoke and heat detection. GOST even offers the Cloak system; if unauthorized access occurs, the system activates a thick fog that eliminates viability, an ear piercing alarm and disorienting strobes to repel an intruder before any theft or damage can occur. GOST President and CEO Jay Keenan explained to me that his security systems also utilize the Inmarsat satellite system, allowing true instant, global satellite access and monitoring no matter where in the world the vessel is located. He demonstrated to me that remote access and control is available through an updated and refined website that offers a comprehensive suite of controls and tracking capabilities. From simple worldwide satellite tracking to the ultimate yacht security, GOST has a system that fits any vessel’s needs. ★
TOP PHOTO BY GLENN HAYES
Tools to help you protect your prized possession.
SAFETY FIRST BY HELEN AITKEN
Test Your Life Jacket IQ Life jacket facts you should know.
e all know that life jackets save lives — they keep the head above water and allow the upper body to remain buoyant. They come in different styles for adults and children, and are designed with specific boating activities in mind; however, there is much more to know. Can you pass this true or false life jacket quiz?
Life jacket knowledge
9. Life jackets are required for all boats, paddle
craft and personal watercraft.
10. Never leave life jackets on a boat for long periods
of time when the boat is not being used.
11. Type IV life jackets may be thrown to someone
in the water.
12. Using a life jacket as a cushion or fender can
reduce its buoyancy.
13. Approximately 80% of boating fatalities occur
when life jackets aren’t being worn.
14. Life jackets are only effective if worn. 15. Children under age 13 must wear a life jacket
16. There must be enough life jackets onboard for
17. Life jackets may be altered for the wearer. 18. By Coast Guard regulations, inflatable life
jackets only count if a passenger is wearing it.
Care and handling of life jackets
19. Life jackets may be thrown into a washing
machine and then into the dryer.
20. Life jackets should be hung up in the sunshine
21. Store life jackets in a tightly closed container. 22. Do not dry clean, use bleach, or apply direct
heat to a life jacket.
23. Life jackets in poor shape should be cut up and
Time to replace a life jacket 24. Replace when the inside material is waterlogged. 25. Replace if there are rips, holes, torn seams, missing or worn straps, or faulty/missing hardware. 26. Replace when the bright colored life jacket is faded from being in the sunshine. 27. Replace when sunscreen lotion can’t be removed from the surface. 28. Replace when the boating activity changes. 29. Replace when the size of the person changes in weight or girth. Life jackets should be the first item on the boat — put on children before even hitting the docks — and every passenger should have the right style and size. Careful handling and proper storage of life jackets will extend their lifespan while providing peace of mind for safe boating. ★
Answers: #1, 17, 19, 20, and 21 are False. 1. Choose a life jacket based on child or adult size and then by weight in the amount of buoyancy needed. Check the tag or label for information or ask for help. 17. Altering a life jacket compromises its durability and safety. 19. Life jackets should be hand-washed with mild soap, rinsed, and then drip-dried (out of the sun) for at least 72 hours before wearing. 20. Never dry life jackets in the sunshine. UV rays can damage the fabric. 21. Store life jackets in a cool, dry, dark, well-ventilated place.
Choosing the right life jacket 1. Weight and size of the wearer doesn’t matter while choosing a life jacket. 2. Children’s life jackets will need to be repurchased as they grow. 3. Most children weighing 30-50 pounds and passengers that can’t swim should wear a Type I or Type II life jacket. 4. Life jackets are not babysitters. 5. Snug-fitting life jackets help maintain core body temperature in cold water. 6. If an emergency arises, it may be too late to locate and put on life jackets, so always wear them. 7. For the right child’s life jacket size, slip your hands underneath the shoulders and lift up. It should be tight enough not to allow their chin and ears to slip through. 8. Test a child or non-swimmer’s life jacket fit and user confidence by floating them in shallow water.
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. Visit her website at AITKENHELEN.COM.
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY CHRIS CASWELL
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 26’6” Beam: 8’5” Draft: 33” Weight: 5,350 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 70 gals. Water Capacity: 12 gals. Max Power: MerCruiser/ Volvo 380 hp Base Price: $78,974 FOURWINNS.COM
DEALERS Hall’s Sports Center
Onekama Marine / Lake Michigan Yacht Sales ONEK AMAMARINE.COM
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Four Winns HD 270 Bowrider on steroids.
ffering something for everyone, the new Four Winns HD 270 is a bowrider plus. From the stern-facing lounge seating (where one can watch towed watersports or swimmers) to forward seating that converts into stretch-out sunpads, the 270 will be your family’s favorite vacation spot. “The HD 270 is a bowrider on steroids,” says Matt Mrozinski of Lake Michigan Yacht Sales. “It has the largest bow seating area of any boat in its class, and what really makes it unique is that it doesn’t sacrifice its rough water ride to get that added bow space.” The HD 270 impresses with a walk-through from the large transom platform (no climbing over seats), deep backrests forward to secure the kiddos, and swim ladders both fore and aft for beach or offshore use. To make this a true dayboat, families will appreciate the enclosed head compartment with either portable or flushing toilet (plus sink and lighting), as well as coolers under the bow and stern areas. A table can be
repositioned from bow seating to cockpit to the stern lounge, depending on where you want your munchies. While there is an outboard version of the HD 270, the sterndrive choice offers no less than 13 Mercury or Volvo options ranging from 300 to 350 hp for a top speed of nearly 50 mph and a fast cruise over 30 mph. The fully lined engine compartment is spacious, with room to step down and reach all maintenance points. The skipper gets an ergonomic helm with back-lit switches, a stereo with Bluetooth, multifunction engine gauges and optional Simrad GPS. Both helm and companion seating have bolsters for standing and can swivel for cockpit entertaining. Storage is a drawing card for the HD 270, starting with the extra-long locker underfoot that can easily handle waterskis as well as fishing rods. Every seat lifts to reveal full-lined storage for lines, fenders and personal items, and one even has a trash receptacle to keep the boat tidy. ★
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY CRAIG RITCHIE
Grady-White Freedom 285
Redesigned from the keel up for even greater comfort.
t can be risky to try and update a perennial bestseller, but Grady-White hits one out of the park with its all-new Freedom 285 dual console. With its continued emphasis on sea-keeping, comfort and convenience, the new boat maintains everything that made the previous 285 such a tremendous performer, including the SeaV2 hull, while adding a number of refinements to freshen the design and make the most of today’s technology. Starting at the cockpit is the 285’s all-new folding step for easy entry and egress. Aft-facing port and starboard seats feature electrically powered cushions that extend to full-length lounges at the touch of a button, while overhead, buyers can select an optional SureShade powered sunshade. A 32-gallon livewell and twin ice/fish boxes come standard, while options include a wetbar, refrigerator and retractable ski pole. The helm also gets a complete refresh, including a new electrically adjustable helm seat complete with a
flip-up bolster. An all-new dash panel provides plenty of space to flush-mount touch-screen displays, while the helm offers improved positioning of the steering wheel, the throttle controls and various switches. A taller, wider windshield improves comfort, and the spacious hardtop allows four people to seek shade. Buyers can opt for a bow thruster and a convenience package with battery charger and dockside power. The passenger console houses a spacious, newly updated head compartment with indirect lighting. In the bow, a fiberglass table comes standard, while optional insert cushions create a spacious sunpad. An overhead sunshade is also available. “The Freedom 285 gives Great Lakes boaters tremendous versatility with room for the whole family and all their gear,” says Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of marketing. “From fishing rods to skis and tubes, there’s space for everything on this great all-around family boat.” H
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 28’ Beam: 9’6” Draft: 22” Weight (dry): 6,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 214 gals. Water Capacity: 20 gals. Base Power: 2 x Yamaha 250 hp MSRP: Contact dealer GR ADYWHITE.COM
DEALERS South Shore Marine
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SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 23’ Beam: 8’6” Draft: 27” Weight: 5,200 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 65 gals. Max Power: Malibu Monsoon LT4 600 hp MSRP: Contact dealer MALIBUBOATS.COM
DEALERS Munson Ski & Marine MUNSONSKI.COM
Walloon Lake Village Marina
Buckeye Sports Center BUCKEYESPORTS CENTER.COM
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Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV The best-selling towboat gets a facelift.
he best-selling towboat of all time is said to be the legendary Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV and, for 2020, it arrives updated and better than ever. Relying on owner input, the new 23 LSV has design features like a transom walk-over, a fully refreshed interior layout, solid billet hardware, a tuned Wet Sounds audio system, and twice as many color options. “A bold new look makes this the best,” says CEO Jack Springer. “We designed a boat that not only lives up to its predecessors as the best-selling towboat of all time, but will continue to advance that legacy due to its customer-centric design.” Two running surfaces are available to tailor the hull to your boating needs, starting with the Diamond Multi-Sport Hull, which favors waterskiing. The Wake Plus Hull is for hardcore board-sports fans, producing trademark Malibu wakes. A new seating innovation is the Multi-View Wake Bench that converts from a wraparound lounge into a
wake-facing seat or dining layout in seconds. Over the cockpit is the brand-new G5 tower that stows gear and provides an elevated tow position, while still folding for clearance. For warm climates, Malibu offers the seating with Cool Touch Vinyl in multiple colors so everyone can stretch out on the cockpit or bow seating without fear of scorching bare skin. The helm draws on the Malibu Command Center with macOS operating system that keeps watch with both forward- and rear-facing cameras. To custom-tailor your wake, the MaxBallast system has high-flow pumps to fill and empty the L-shaped tanks faster than ever, and includes a movable underwater wedge for crisp wakes. Another feature, should a rider fall, is the optional Stern Turn rear thruster to assist in a quick pick-up. Power comes from either the standard Malibu Monsoon M5Di (360 hp), the M6Di (430 hp), or the powerful Monsoon LT4 from GM (600 hp). ★
BOAT SPOTLIGHT BY CHRIS CASWELL
Family friendly fishing machine.
tarting with the legendary Regulator hull and adding a twin 425-hp power option makes the Regulator 31 the fastest boat in the boatbuilder’s fleet. At over 36 feet, this big center console has both fishing and family friendly features. Start with the side-opening cockpit door, which is perfect for retrieving that big catch or for the kids to climb aboard after a dip in the lake. The V-shaped bow seating is comfortable for families but, with the dining table lowered and cushions removed, it becomes a big casting platform. For the skipper, the standard twin seats with armrests, flip-up bolsters and individual folding footrests provide all-day comfort, while the seat console hides tackle drawers. An optional tackle center adds aft-facing seats, and a leaning post with a 40-gallon livewell is also available. The dashboard holds the factory-installed Garmin Offshore Package with twin 16-inch
GPSMAP chartplotters. The view through the windshield is unmarred by a frame and is high enough for protection while standing. The T-top is standard, with an electronics box, navigation and dock lighting, and it’s prepped to accept TACO Grand Slam 20-foot carbon fiber outriggers. Inside the console is another amenity for both fishing and family: A stand-up head compartment with electric head and freshwater sink. A 6-gallon holding tank with an electric pump simplifies all-day outings, and all fishboxes are illuminated for night use. Power for the 31 is either a pair of Yamaha F300 Four-Stroke outboards or twin Yamaha 425 Four-Strokes. Both engines offer the Helm Master joystick steering for effortless maneuvering. Everyone will appreciate the 74-quart cooler under the forward seat, the padded coamings to keep youngsters safe, and the non-slip surface for sure footing even when wet. ★
SPECIFICATIONS LOA: 36’6” Beam: 10’4” Draft: 23” Weight: 10,800 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 35 gals. Max Power: 2 x Yamaha 425-hp Four-Stroke MSRP: Contact dealer REGULATORMARINE.COM
DEALERS Catawba Moorings
Yacht Works Wisconsin YACHTWORKS.NET
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62 Fly 60 is the new 40. BY CHUCK WARRE N
LIKE ANY OTHER INDUSTRY ,
powerboating has evolved over the last few decades, with changes that many people could never anticipate. Incredible technologies like POD systems, joystick controls and bow thrusters were all once relegated to science fiction. Until the day they weren’t.
This technological revolution also made it easier for the average owner to handle a bigger vessel, making it possible to single-hand boats that once needed a crew. At the helm, many of today’s 60-footers can feel like the 40-foot cruisers that were on the market two decades ago. The new Absolute 62 Fly is the perfect example. A marriage of technology, style and performance, it’s a big coastal cruiser with a smaller, sportboat personality. At 62 feet, the boat seems larger than most people might want to handle alone. However, with the help of modern technology, Absolute built a boat that makes it easy to go big.
Onboard, Absolute’s attention to function as well as design is immediately obvious. The aft cleats look like grabrail extensions, and roomy captain’s quarters hide behind a watertight access door. The space can be used for crew, or as a changing room and head for swimmers. Three steps up, the huge aft deck features a large sunpad, L-shaped seating, and a retractable sun or privacy shade. Three glass doors at the rear of 26
the salon open wide for air flow and entertaining while the port window retracts into the counter to make serving food and drinks from the galley easy.
Inside, a beautiful mix of contrasting materials, finishes and colors with mirrored black accents, gloss-finished zebra wood, and softer tan leather upholstery combine into a stylish but not overstated environment. The galley is well-appointed, with a full-sized fridge, convection/microwave oven and four-burner induction cooktop. There is storage everywhere. The galley also features separate seating that complements the aft deck space when entertaining. The salon is extremely comfortable, airy and well-lit. Sunlight pours through the huge windows, while a helm access door to starboard and opening window to port add to the open-air feel.
At the helm, two 17-inch Garmin displays provide navigation and operational information along with the standard Volvo readout. The two
comfortable buckets with flip-up bolsters place the captain high in the boat providing excellent visibility. Left of the helm and just above the wide stairwell leading below, smoked acrylic sliding doors cover the vessel’s electrical panels but give the captain important information at a glance.
Below, guest quarters to starboard include twin beds that convert into a double and a comfortable guest head that’s perfect for general use. Forward, it would be easy to mistake the VIP berth for the master suite. Placed on an angle to match the hull, the bed leaves guests plenty of walkaround space and room for a large vanity and retractable TV. A roomy, private ensuite head with separate shower is again big enough to mistake for the master compartment. That is, until you see the master suite, which sits aft at the end of a hallway long enough to guarantee privacy. The space is huge, with incredible headroom and storage everywhere. The spacious private head and separate shower is big enough to forget you’re on a boat.
Like the other cabins, ample light streams through large hullside windows and fresh air can be introduced through opening portholes in the suite and head.
Places to be
The upper deck provides plenty of space to entertain. An outdoor galley includes a grill, cold storage drawer and sink. Two helm seats are located to port, while a large sunpad to starboard converts into lounge seats. The large U- seating and table to starboard gives guests plenty of room to relax, while a wide, open aft upper deck leaves room for more lounge chairs or for mingling guests to enjoy the weather underneath the large Bimini top. A hardtop option is also available. Wide walkways provide access to a large bow seating area and sunpad that also converts into comfortable lounge seats.
Powered by Volvo IPS950 engines and POD drives, the Absolute 62 Fly drives like a dream. Push the throttles forward and the boat jumps out of the water as if it were much smaller, but once on plane the 62 Fly really shines.
Topping out at 37 mph, the boat has an incredibly smooth, quiet ride. Nothing rattles or bangs, and no creaks or groans come from its sizable frame. At a 25 mph cruise speed, haul the wheel over and the big boat responds like a much smaller sport cruiser. The boat digs into turns, with stable sweeps possible even at higher speeds and a soft ride across waves and wakes. From the bridge or helm, visibility is excellent, and docking is made easier with Volvo’s joystick controls, the helm access door, and options like back-up cameras or a third joystick and engine start/stop controls placed aft. Although there is enough space inside the 62-footer to get lost, the boat seems to shrink in size while sitting at the helm. Whether guiding the big boat down the channel, into the slip, or out onto open water, the Absolute 62 Fly is responsive and accessible, with handling you’d expect to find in a boat 20 feet shorter. Experience all of the features and feel of this beautiful boat first hand and you’ll see what I mean when I say the new Absolute 62 Fly is absolute proof that 60 is the new 40. ★
Absolute 62 Fly S P E C I F I CAT I ON S LOA: 62’ Beam: 16’8” Draft: 4’10” Weight: 67,900 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 686 gals. Water Capacity: 179 gals. Power: 2 x 725-hp Volvo IPS950 MSRP: Contact dealer ABSOLUTEYACHTS.COM
D E AL E R Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales Chicago, IL; St. Clair Shores, MI; Holland, MI; Grand Haven, MI; Charlevoix, MI; Spring Lake, MI; Catawba Island, OH; JBYS.COM
Private master suite. Pocket doors improve use of space. Aft joystick control option could be better placed.
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Ready for the next generation.
photos and story by capt. tom serio
THERE S A CONUNDRUM OCCURRING in the boat biz. Many builders are determining how to get the next generation of boaters into their craft. Perhaps it’s not an issue for all boatbuilders, as the go-fasts and center consoles still attract their own crowds. But as boaters age, how will the mid to large sector builders appeal to those up-and-coming boat owners? While some boatbuilders seem content plodding away with the sense of “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” others are making revolutionary changes that may even part from their signature looks. My recent time onboard a new Marlow Yachts 58E unveiled that David Marlow and company may be trending in an evolutionary way — a little more discerning in their changes but making change, nonetheless. It’s evident that Marlow is willing to adapt to owner’s requests, while retaining their legacy style, seakeeping abilities and building processes.
You’ll notice these changes immediately in the salon. Using Glacier White Ultra Leather on the L-shaped settee to starboard and ceiling panels, along with new LED ceiling light fixtures, the contrast to the highgloss teak and ebony flooring gives the sense that change is afoot. There’s a white lapstrake finish to the forward bulkhead wall, something not normally seen on a Marlow but fits right in. Two moveable lounge chairs to port were selected in case the owner wants a different style or color of seating in the future. Throughout this 58E, Marlow has tastefully blended the traditional teak interior with more contemporary styling and fixtures. Case in point: The signature salon ceiling grabrail. Usually a piece of art in its own right, it was always constructed of teak. Here, it’s a polished stainless steel rail, again accenting the desire of the owner and willingness of the Marlow team to adapt.
surprise after surprise
On a standard 58E, the lower helm takes up much of the room under the forward windshield, with a dinette table to port and galley back. But on this 58E, the owners dared to be different and requested the galley be nestled under the windows, with the dinette back (which I think also makes it larger) and a compact helm to starboard. This configuration has been used on larger Marlow yachts and is now offered for the first time on a 58E — and it works. For an owner/operator setup, the dinette is where most meals will occur and it remains near the galley. Guests at the table, as well as those preparing meals, get commanding views through the windshield. Laid out on the centerline with a U-shaped configuration, the Zeus Blanco Silestone counters (used throughout the yacht) are peninsulas where others can help with meals. There are four 30-inch SubZero undercounter fridge/freezer drawers, five-burner Dacor induction cooktop with rails, a Dacor oven, a large double stainless sink, external venting and more. The compact helm has full controls for safe navigation on open runs and during watch periods. It complements the fully equipped flybridge helm, at which most of the piloting will be performed. Flanking the twin-post teak dinette table is an Lshaped settee on a raised deck that offers headroom down below and adds to the visibility forward when seated. Port and starboard deck doors make accessing lines and provisioning easy. Full walk-around decks lead to the Portuguese bridge, now designed with side gates to allow for a large center cushioned seat instead of split seating forward.
it starts below
More changes can be seen below in the staterooms. The ensuite heads in the full-beam midship master and forward VIP are all white. It’s a cool look that should be easy to maintain and incorporates painted teak wood construction for sturdiness and longevity. Another example of style and function is the stainless inlay
L A K E L A N DBOA T I N G . C O M
in the head and shower flooring. Jack Bostock, yacht broker and new build liaison at Marlow Yachts, worked with the owners in the design of the yacht and explained the use of the stainless strips. “The stainless is used since it’s more durable than grout and adds a modern touch,” Bostock says. Understand that Bostock is a young man filled with the Marlow legacy but able to bring fresh ideas to the table. The master is a king berth setup, with his/her ensuite heads and center shower stall accessible from both sides. Four overhead cabinets, undercounter storage and towel racks offer a place for everything in each head. Drawers/lockers, four opening port windows and an overhead bed canopy, including lighting and AC ducts, fill the main room. In the forward VIP is a queen berth and two small upper bunks, perfect for young children who can’t be alone or for storing overnight bags. There’s a starboard twin bunk stateroom with basin sink. Opt for the GE washer and dryer (two units, not a combo) if you plan on extended living aboard.
up top comfort
Offered as an open bridge boat, this owner opted for the integrated forward windshield and hardtop, and it’s a winner every time I see it. With a wraparound fixed structure supporting the window frames, this allows for all-weather operation, protection from the elements, a fabulous vantage point without getting windblown and provides an overhead console for electronics. Twin Stidd helm chairs allow a companion to help navigate, as there’s counterspace for a paper chart if desired. Just aft is an L-settee with a fiberglass table. Across to port is a wetbar with a fridge, sink and grill. Add a few toys on the aft deck thanks to the 1,000-pound Aritex davit. Access to the flybridge is either from the aft deck staircase or from the forward main deck via the floating staircase.
in the end
For convenience sake, this 58E comes with a transom beach club. Enjoy swimming and water toys, then relax or shower in the club. It’s a great place to get out of the sun while basically being outside. It can also be configured for crew and/or storage, and has access to the engine room. Making this possible are twin Caterpillar C18 engines rated at 1,150 hp each. With a waterline length of 54 feet, 4 inches (that’s 93% of overall length — an impressively high percentage that yields more interior volume and comfort at anchor), an economical run at 9.6 knots will yield 14 gph total and a range of 1029 nm on full tanks. Getting on plane around 1800 RPM offers 19 knots with 64 gph and a 445 nm range. Wide open delivered 26.7 knots for this 69,000-pound hull. For long-range cruising, pull back to 8.1 knots and enjoy the 1500 nm range. Realize that the power is there when needed, and the economy is there when wanted. As Marlow Yachts has demonstrated with this 58E, it’s willing and able to deliver what the next generation desires, tastefully blending its signature features with contemporary styling. Maybe Marlow should get credit for filling the generational gap. H
marlow 58e SP E C I F I CATI O N S LOA: 67’8” Beam: 18’6” Draft: 4’10” Weight: 69,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,500 gals. Water Capacity: 300 gals. Power: 2 x Caterpillar C18 1,150-hp diesel engines MSRP: Contact dealer MARLOW YACHTS.COM
DEALER Marlow Marine Sales, Inc. 941-729-3370 MARLOWMARINE.COM
The radar mast can be configured to fold down — perfect for Loopers. The galley location and layout will be a “win” for any buyer. Using the lazarette as a beach club, storage area and/or crew cabin adds versatility to the yacht. The flip-up seat for the lower helm could be higher for improved visibility, but the concept is good.
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trove of World War II aircraft, many of them veterans of major battles including Pearl Harbor, Midway and the Solomons. Today, these planes are being retrieved and restored to
George H. W. Bush in 1944
impress their lessons on a new generation. B Y C R A I G R ITCHIE
ometimes you find the most remarkable things where you least expect to see them, including on your sonar screen. For historians looking to preserve irreplaceable artifacts from the second world war, it doesn’t get any better than the bottom of Lake Michigan right off the Chicago lakeshore. That’s where a dedicated team has spent the past 30 years scanning the lakebed for historically significant aircraft, veterans of battles that raged all across the Pacific. The aircraft — almost perfectly preserved by their ice-cold freshwater tombs — were lost in the ‘40s when the U.S. Navy conducted pilot training on the lake. There, safe from prowling enemy submarines, two former passenger excursion vessels that were hastily converted into makeshift aircraft carriers helped more than 17,000 pilots qualify for
carrier duty, including future President George H. W. Bush. But accidents were frequent, and at least 150 aircraft wound up on the bottom through landing accidents and misjudged takeoffs. As salvage crews today recover these aircraft for museum display, they’re finding some of them to be veterans of major Pacific battles — Pearl Harbor, Midway, the Solomons — making these historic aircraft internationally significant. After being damaged in battle or simply outdated by newer, more potent models, these planes were typically sent back to America and relegated to training duties. Most would have been scrapped at war’s end had they not taken the big splash. But being bounced off a carrier deck and into the drink by a newbie pilot is precisely what saved them from a cutting torch, and we’re all the better for it.
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The bottom of Lake Michigan yields a treasure
Wolverine and Sable In early 1942, with every aircraft carrier available pressed into front-line service, the U.S. Navy’s pilot training organization found itself in a tough spot. Training pilots to operate from aircraft carrier decks required actual ships to train on. But with no carriers available, the Navy was forced to improvise. The answer lay in moving pilot training inland to the Great Lakes and converting a couple of existing vessels to provide the requisite flight decks. In due course the Navy purchased a pair of old sidewheel paddle steamers once used for passenger excursions, replaced their topside accommodations with flat wooden runways and commissioned their first two dedicated training carriers: USS Wolverine and USS Sable. Although smaller than the fleet carriers the Navy used in combat, the 500-foot Wolverine and the 535-foot Sable were the answer to a big problem, enabling pilots to learn to handle takeoffs and landings on a real flight deck in an Wolverine environment where the with Hellcat vessels would be safe from enemy submarines. USS Wolverine and USS Sable were not true aircraft carriers and they had a number of serious limitations, one being that they had only one deck and thus nowhere to stow any damaged aircraft. If a plane was damaged, the day’s operations would be forced to wrap up. Another limitation was a lack of speed. Built as passenger excursion vessels, neither Wolverine nor Sable were equipped with powerful engines, and that was a real concern for pilots operating heavier aircraft that required a certain amount of wind flowing down the flight deck in order for them to become airborne. When there was little or no wind on Lake Michigan, operations often had to be curtailed. On days with plenty of wind, the now top-heavy ships tended to pitch and roll wildly in the choppy waves, making takeoffs and landings even more hazardous than they would be on a real aircraft carrier operating on the open ocean. Early and late in the year, ice build-up was yet another serious problem — not just on the carrier decks, but on the aircraft as well. Accidents and rookie mistakes were inevitable, and nearly 150 planes wound up becoming fish habitat on the bottom of Lake Michigan. All remain the property of the U.S. Navy, which has allowed for some of the planes to be recovered for museum display. Most have been salvaged by a private firm called A and T Recovery, founded by partners Allan Olson and Taras Lyssenko after they spotted what appeared to be an airplane on their fishfinder screen one day while trolling for salmon off Chicago. Today, A and T Recovery works in close partnership with the U.S. Navy and its National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, in order to locate, identify and recover these vintage aircraft. To date they’ve fished nearly 40 of them from the bottom, including U.S. Bureau No. 2106, a priceless Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless dive bomber with a truly remarkable history.
Wolverine and Sable in Chicago
Wolverine at Navy Pier, Chicago
The survivor Built in Long Beach, California, Douglas SBD-2 Dauntless No. 2106 was delivered to the U.S. Navy on December 29, 1940. It was assigned to squadron Bombing 2 onboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and was onboard the carrier when it arrived at Pearl Harbor on December 1, 1941. Two days later, when the vessel departed for Wake Island to deliver a load of aircraft for the Marines, the Lexington’s own air group remained behind to make room for the cargo. The morning of December 7 saw Dauntless No. 2106 parked on Ford Island, where it survived the full fury of the Japanese attack with comparatively minor damage. Repaired and reunited with the USS Lexington, the airplane took part in a series of hit-and-run air raids on Japanese positions throughout the South Pacific during early 1942. After the Lexington was sunk that May during the Battle of Coral Sea, the aircraft was reassigned to the Marines and promptly delivered to Midway Island as part of bombing squadron VMSB-241. On the morning of June 4, 1942, Dauntless No. 2106 launched from the island to attack the Japanese carrier fleet as the Battle of Midway began. Mauled by Japanese fighters, Dauntless No. 2106 was the only aircraft of its squadron to return — peppered with no less than 259 bullet holes and with both its pilot, Lt. Daniel Iverson, and its gunner, Pvt. 1st Class Wallace Reid, seriously wounded. Although their attack on the Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu was unsuccessful, Iverson was subsequently awarded the SBD Dauntless No. 2106 recovery Navy Cross and Reid the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions that day flying SBD No. 2106. Following the Battle of Midway, the well-perforated bomber was returned to the U.S., once again repaired, and this time delivered to the Ninth Naval District Carrier Qualification Training Unit in Chicago for use as a training platform. Assigned to the USS Sable, the aircraft was flown by dozens of pilots on their way to earning their aircraft carrier qualification. But by June 1943, No. 2106’s luck had run out, and the bomber was lost in a landing accident, stalling on its final approach, cartwheeling into the lake and sinking in 165 feet of water. Its rookie pilot was seriously injured, but survived to fly again. Recovered from Lake Michigan by A and T Recovery in 1990, the most historically valuable SBD Dauntless in existence was lovingly restored to factory-fresh condition by the National Naval Aviation Museum, where it remains on display today.
SBD Dauntless No. 2106 on display
the last of many The Vought SB2U Vindicator was the U.S. Navy’s standard dive bomber through the late 1930s, until it was replaced by the vastly superior SBD Dauntless. Still in use by a handful of Marine squadrons right up until the Battle of Midway, the Vindicator was state-of-the-art when it first took to the skies in 1936 and all its contemporaries were biplanes. But by the outbreak of WWII, it was seriously obsolete and, in the face of skilled enemy fighter pilots, a death trap. Assigned to USS Ranger, SB2U Vindicator No. 1383 spent most of its career flying anti-submarine patrols along the Atlantic coast before being replaced by the more modern SBD in early 1943. Overhauled and sent to Chicago that May, it was assigned to USS Wolverine. A little more than a month later, a Marine 2nd Lt. named A. W. Lemmons wrote it off in an accident when he overshot the landing area, crashed into a safety barrier and skidded over the side. Lt. Lemmons was rescued without a scratch, while Vindicator No. 1383 settled into the lakebed 130 feet below. Recovered in 1990, the aircraft’s metal parts were covered in zebra mussels while the extensive areas of canvas that once covered its tail and control surfaces had long rotted away, leaving only its spindly aluminium
SB2U Vindicator No. 1383
frame. Carefully restored over a span of eight years by a team of dedicated volunteers at the National Naval Aviation Museum, it’s proudly displayed today as the only known Vindicator in existence.
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SBD Dauntless No. 2106 on Midway Island
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the workhorse of the solomons While the vast majority of Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters flew from aircraft carriers, a small number operated from land bases — including bureau No. 25910, a very special Hellcat that was recovered from Lake Michigan in 2009. Hellcat No. 25910 was assigned to Navy fighter squadron VF38, which operated from a succession of different air strips carved out of the jungles of Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Bougainville during the Solomon Islands battles of 1943. There it proved itself a true workhorse, participating in dozens of dangerous bomber escort and fighter sweep missions through the region including several ultra-dangerous attacks Hellcat bad landing on major Japanese air bases at Kahili and Ballalae. The aircraft’s logbook further shows Hellcat No. 25910 was among the aircraft that Hellcat Bureau No. 25910 recovery provided protective escort for U.S. Navy Admiral Bull Halsey during his November 1943 inspection trip of the area. The plane ultimately completed three full combat tours with VF38 from September 1943 to March 1944 — a remarkable record in a region where most aircraft seldom lasted more than a couple of weeks before they were destroyed. Having been repaired from battle damage on multiple occasions, No. 25910 was by that point considered a tired airplane. Returned to the U.S., it was completely overhauled and reassigned to USS Sable in Chicago Hellcat Bureau No. 25910 restored that fall. Its final flight occurred on January 5, 1945 when Navy Lt. W. B. Elcock came in too low and clipped the deck while attempting to land. The Hellcat flipped upside down and careened across the flight deck before sliding over the side and into Lake Michigan. Elcock was promptly rescued and treated for his injuries, but No. 25910 wasn’t seen again for another 64 years until it was fished out of the lake by A and T Recovery in 2009. Painstakingly restored, it resides today at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
the birdcage Not all of the aircraft lost on the Great Lakes were war-weary veterans of major battles. One of the rarest finds to date went into the lake pretty well straight from the factory. In the spring of 1943, the Vought F4U Corsair was the hottest military aircraft anywhere in the world. The first single-engine U.S. fighter to exceed 400 mph in level flight, the gull-winged Corsair was fast, maneuverable and tough — and more than a match for the until-then invincible Mitsubishi Zero. Training pilots on the new plane was seen as a top priority.
F4U Corsair No. 02465 recovery
Delivered to the Navy just a few weeks before it arrived in Chicago, Corsair No. 02465 had only flown for a handful of hours — and likely still had that new plane smell — when it suffered a landing accident aboard USS Wolverine. On his first attempt at landing on a moving ship, Navy Lt. G.G. Webster made a near-perfect approach but had inexplicably forgotten to lower his landing gear. Misunderstanding frantic attempts to wave him off as instructions to cut his engine and land, he chopped power, the big fighter plowed into the Wolverine’s deck and steamrollered over two other fighters before it finally careened over the side. Webster miraculously escaped without injury, but the brand-new Corsair is said to have “floated like an anvil.” Initially discovered in the early 1990s standing on its nose in close to 250 feet of water, the Corsair’s tail had broken off at some point in its descent but otherwise it appeared to be in good condition. Deeper than many other more easily accessible wrecks, it stood on its nose for another 20 years before it was finally recovered in 2010. To the delight of the recovery team, it was found to be a very early “birdcage” Corsair, constructed with a cockpit canopy formed from multiple glass panels mounted on a sliding aluminum frame. This type of canopy was soon replaced on the production line with a blown bubble-type that offered far better pilot visibility, and which appeared on the vast majority of Corsairs built. Now fully restored to its original factory-fresh condition, birdcage Corsair No. 02465 can be seen today on static display at the National Naval Aviation Museum. ★
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PORT OF CALL
Nature Therapy is Superior When the Rx calls for a major dose of woods and water, Baraga County, Michigan, wrapped around Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay, is just what the doctor ordered.
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Indian Country fishing
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Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest
Baraga State Park
ll across Michigan’s sprawling Upper Peninsula, self-isolation and social distancing are a part of life for the scarce population and visitors who enjoy the remote and rugged land. Surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior, the U.P. encompasses about one-third of the state’s land mass, but is home to only 3% of its residents. In Baraga County, to the west of the U.P.’s big city, Marquette, the Huron Mountains rise along the Lake Superior shore and mark a distinctive change in terrain, including awe-inspiring, ancient geological formations. The rocky, thickly forested land shelters more than a dozen named waterfalls. The shoreline — sandy in some stretches, dramatic and boulder-lined in others — encompasses two Lake Superior inlets: Huron Bay and the larger Keweenaw, with the neighboring villages of L’Anse and Baraga at its head. This is a four-season destination for outdoor recreation and adventure: Fishing, hiking, biking, hunting, off-roading, snowmobiling, boating, paddling, waterfall and wildlife watching, photography and beachcombing. It can be as challenging or easy-going as desired. Tom Nemecheck, executive director of the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association, calls it “an accessible wilderness.” You might call it “just what the doctor ordered.”
THE SNOWSHOE PRIEST
Baraga County is home to Michigan’s largest and oldest Native American protected land, the L’Anse Indian Reservation of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The Ojibwa (Chippewa) people lived here for centuries before missionaries and voyageurs arrived, beginning in 1660. The best-known of the missionaries is Frederic Baraga, S.J., who came to the area in 1843 and ministered to far-flung settlements all year-round, even in the depth of winter, traveling hundreds of miles on snowshoes. In 1853 he was elevated to bishop and moved to Marquette, but “The Snowshoe Priest” is remembered in place names and in a massive sculpture set on a high bluff overlooking Keweenaw Bay. The 35-foot bronze likeness holds a 26-foot-long pair of snowshoes and a 7-foot cross, and floats on a cloud that is supported by five beams
anchored by tepees. They represent his five main Catholic missions in Michigan, including the one at nearby Assinins, named for Chief Assinins, who is buried in the cemetery.
LAKE & COUNTRY TOUR
Tracy Barrett, former director of the visitors bureau who is now with the Village of L’Anse, recommends downloading maps and guides available at BARAGACOUNTY.ORG. The Lake & Country Tour points out 18 historic, natural and scenic stops along a route that begins and ends at the Waterfront Park in L’Anse. It includes remote Pointe Abbaye, for its beautiful views from the tip of the peninsula between Huron and Keweenaw Bays; Michigan’s highest peak, Mt. Arvon, at 1,979 feet; and a handful of waterfalls. A second map (also downloadable) identifies more than a dozen waterfalls, from Power House Falls to Canyon Falls, also known as the Grand Canyon of Michigan for its towering walls of rock. While exploring the area, Barrett cautions that accessibility varies on lesser roads and trails; roads can be rough and require high-clearance vehicles. In some areas, four-wheel drive is recommended. Cell phone access is spotty and GPS unreliable; paper maps are necessary. “There’s all kinds of adventure; you never know what you’re going to find,” says Nancy Haun, who grew up in Detroit and is now, with her husband, marking 20 years of exploring and appreciating “the awesome mountains, waterfalls, the streams, the rivers, the wildlife.” “You can go to a waterfall and not see a soul,” she says. “You can spot moose. How can anyone get bored up here?”
A BIT OF HISTORY
In the 1870s, the L’Anse area evolved into a logging and lumbering center, producing millions of board feet each year and employing more than 600 men at Pequaming, an early Ojibwa settlement. In 1923,
“There’s all kinds of adventure; you never know what you’re going to find.”
Henry Ford purchased the operation and 40,000 acres to supply wooden parts, floorboards, panels for station wagons and shipping crates. Ford’s model town faded to ghost town status after World War II, but his gracious summer home (now available for rent) and some other residences remain as a reminder of the once-prosperous community. In the 1930s, Ford also built a company town named Alberta south of L’Anse. Tidy homes still stand on streets named for trees, surrounding the sawmill that operated from 1936 to 1954. Visitors are welcome to visit the town and hike the land, which is now owned by Michigan Technological University and serves as a research and conference facility known as Ford Center. The Baraga area also attracted Swedish and Finnish immigrant farmers, but it was a hard life, as seen at the Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum — a rare example of an original, historical, working class farm. The self-sufficient Hanka family built the log home and outbuildings, and lived there from 1896 until 1966. Not much changed after the 1920s, and that’s the world preserved for visitors to experience.
The cozy village of L’Anse has some surprises in store. At The Main you can enjoy a cup of coffee and baked goods while you ponder the assortment of merchandise, which includes repurposed home décor and gift items, as well as women’s clothing and accessories.
Village Gift Store is a collective of 43 artists, craftsmen and makers of jewelry, clothing, home goods and food items launched by blacksmiths Payne Chassen and Bill Steinhardt. In warm weather months, the store hosts First Friday evenings with a featured artist and classes or events. “It’s very easy to find our location,” Chassen says, “just look for the 40-foot-tall lighthouse painted on the side of the building.” The mural, dreamed up by 11-year-old Rion Maki, was painted by local artist Bryan Welsh. The store, within eyeshot of Keweenaw Bay, also rents kayaks, canoes and beach bikes for day use. Indian Country Sports is the supply source for the gamut of four-season outdoor activities, from camping, fishing and hunting to archery, snow and paddle sports. Ashley Engelhardt, daughter of owners Tammy and Kevin Engelhardt, says she’s happy to offer advice and hiking tips, reveal good fishing spots and give directions to waterfalls. “There are so many trails, I still haven’t discovered all of them,” she says. The sporting goods store, a landmark on the L’Anse waterfront, features a functioning 44-foot lighthouse.
Pasties — a meat and root vegetable pie wrapped in a flaky crust that was the meal of copper miners — is the unofficial food of Yoopers, and is available at diners, restaurants, bars and bakeries just about everywhere.
EVENTS JUNE-SEPTEMBER Summer Concerts in the Park: Takes place at L’Anse Waterfront Park on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
4th of July Festivities: Old-fashioned games, decorated bike parade and family fun at Baraga State Park.
AUGUST Baraga Beer Fest: Sample Michigan craft brews and wines at L’Anse Waterfront Park.
JUNE Alberta Art & Craft Fair: A variety of U.P. artisans, craftsmen and musicians demonstrate and sell their wares on the grounds of the Ford Center.
Copper Country Strawberry Festival: Famous strawberry shortcake, arts & crafts, family activities and a parade in Chassell.
Heritage Day: Home and farm work demonstrations and traditions at Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum.
Aura Jamboree: Traditional acoustic music for listening and dancing on the grounds of the Community Hall of tiny Aura, founded by Finnish immigrants in 1914.
SEPTEMBER Harvest Festival: Fall fun for the family at Baraga State Park.
Baraga County Lake Trout Festival: The Lake Trout Capital of the Great Lakes hosts a fishing tournament, family activities and contests, arts & crafts fair and music in L’Anse. JULY Baraga Lumberjack Days: An Independence Day celebration with parades, street dance, games and fireworks over the bay.
Maawanj’iding: Spectacular drumming, dancing, singing, food and crafts fill the three-day Keweenaw Bay Indian Community PowWow.
ATV/UTV Wilderness Waterfall Adventure: A guided day trip through the Huron Mountains, visiting nine waterfalls and Mt. Arvon. NOTE: Events are subject to change. Find more information at BAR AGACOUNTY.ORG
P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F ( C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P ) : V I L L A G E O F L ’A N S E ; A U R A J A M BO R E E FAC E BO O K ; H A N K A H O M E S T E A D FAC E BO O K ; V I L L AG E G I F T S T O R E FAC E BO O K
L’Anse Concerts in the Park
Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum
Village Gift Store
Baraga State Park Kitchigami Tepee
Moose at Craig Lake State Park
P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F ( C L O C K W I S E F R O M T O P } : D A K O TA H E W L E T T; K AT H U S I TA L O ; C R A I G L A K E S TAT E PA R K FAC E B O O K ; K AT H U S I TA L O ; M I C H I G A N D N R FAC E B O O K
Craig Lake State Park
Everyone has their favorite, and the debate about whether to eat them doused in ketchup or gravy will never be resolved. Freshly caught Lake Superior fish is just about as popular. A sign at Carla’s Restaurant in Baraga, now in its 42nd year, guarantees that “The fish you eat here today, last night slept in Keweenaw Bay!” From the dining room overlooking those waters, you can choose fresh Lake Superior whitefish or lake trout deep-fried or steamed with a sprinkling of Carla’s special seasonings. Saturday night BBQ ribs and Carla’s Butterfinger ice cream pie are favorites. Nab a table on the deck and enjoy the view and a local brew. The Hilltop Family Restaurant in L’Anse offers a full menu, starting with homemade toast at breakfast to from-scratch soups and comfort food dinners; however, it’s best known for the one-pound, glazed cinnamon sweet roll that’s been a specialty since the 1950s. Also in L’Anse, locals and visitors rave about the Nite Owl Cafe’s home cooking, from hearty breakfasts to sandwiches and burgers, pizza on Tuesdays and the Friday fish fry. Save room for homemade pie. At Skipper’s Bar & Grill, dinner comes with a view of the bay. Choose from a rotating menu of international dishes, along with pizza, solid American fare and the specialty dessert: House-made spiked ice cream. Tuesday is cruise night at the Baraga Drive-In, which has been scooping ice cream and serving burgers and more since 1956. Eat in your car or on the pleasant patio.
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Camping options abound, including Baraga State Park overlooking Keweenaw Bay. In addition to its 95-site modern campground, the park has a mini cabin and a six-person tepee for rent. Craig Lake State Park is an 8,400-acre wilderness with rough and rocky roads (high-clearance vehicles recommended). Wildlife sightings might include moose in addition to black bear, deer, beavers and loons. The property, originally owned by Frederick Miller of Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company, is dotted with lakes for non-motorized boating. Forget the chain properties. Lodging is comfortable and locally owned, from a 100-year old log cabin to roadside mom-and-pop motels. Families and groups of up to 16 can rent the Henry Ford Bungalow, the auto baron’s 5,000-square-foot retreat in Pequaming, the former lumber mill village. So if you need a dose of all-natural U.P. wilderness and four-season adventure, Baraga County is the prescribed destination. ★
L’Anse Village Marina
There several points of access to Keweenaw Bay and Lake Superior. See the list at BAR AGACOUNTY.ORG, which includes boat launches at parks, as well as public and private marinas. The marina in L’Anse boasts a new facility with restrooms, showers, water hookup and Wi-Fi, and is adjacent to a public park. Baraga Municipal Marina
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L’Anse Village Marina
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uck into one of six boat slips for the night after a long day exploring the Lake Erie islands. Stretch your legs while walking mere steps to the entrance of “The Stone Manor” — a beautiful Port Clinton home that’s quite literally surrounded by water. Boasting just over 4,000 square feet and sitting on 1.6 acres, the manor is a prized piece of West Harbor real estate that can accommodate 14 guests. “We love this property because there is something to do for everyone at any age,” the homeowners say. “The kids are never bored, and everyone who visits finds something that they like to do.” As soon as the front door opens, water views and sunlight flood the great room, which has vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. A spacious kitchen is completely open to guests relaxing near the gas fireplace, seated at the dining table or gathered at the island. The kitchen is outfitted in granite countertops, custom cabinetry and high-end
appliances. Slide open the doors just off of the dining area and enjoy an alfresco meal under the glow of Lake Erie sunsets. The main floor master suite gives the effect of a yacht flybridge, with commanding views out the two walls of windows. A three-sided gas fireplace makes this room extra cozy. Guests have their pick at three additional first-floor ensuites. A unique feature is the second floor lofted flex room, which can be used as additional accommodations, a gym and playroom — the options are endless. Have a nightcap on the bi-level deck that envelops the home and pretend you’re perched on the bow of a boat. If the yacht-like atmosphere isn’t enough for boaters to fall in love, perhaps the three 30-foot docks with six full-service slips will do the trick. “The place is bright and cheerful, and beckons your return,” the homeowners say. “The Stone Manor is great for the entire family.” ★
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East Tawas State Harbor
EAST TAWAS STATE HARBOR 686 Tawas Beach Rd. East Tawas, MI 48730
An accessible Lake Huron marina.
AMENITIES Transient slips: Y Pump-out: Y Gas: Y Diesel: Y Lifts: Nearby Launch ramp: Y Engine repair: Nearby Hull repair: Nearby Marine store: Nearby Restaurant: Y Showers: Y Laundry Facility: Y
o matter which way you travel through Lake Huron, East Tawas State Harbor is a convenient stop. The centrally located harbor in East Tawas, Michigan, is a hop, skip and a jump away from Port Austin, Lake St. Clair and Manitoulin Island —but it’s also a destination in itself. “One of the main reasons people come to Tawas is the location,” says Micah Jordan, the Tawas State Park parks and recreations supervisor. “It’s a great spot because you can come to the harbor and you’re two minutes from the downtown business area.” That means it’s only a short walk to restaurants, shops, ice cream parlors and more. But if you want to stay on the water, there’s plenty of ways to do so. “Natural resources in Tawas are second to none,” Jordan says. “All these really great watersports and activities surround the harbor itself and so the harbor gives you great access [to them].” Kayaking, waterskiing and windsurfing are popular
around the area, as is fishing. Later in the year, walleye move south toward Saginaw Bay, making Tawas and the surrounding area a great place to drop a line. Test the waters, and then make your way back into the harbor to enjoy some of the brand-new amenities added as part of the $7 million project to update the facility with help from the state government and federal grants. What started as a mix of floating slips and standing broadside slips in the late 1970s now features 120-135 floating slips from 30 to 60 feet. There’s also a new state-ofthe-art electrical system to prevent electric shock drownings. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the new boaters common area from opening, but all fueling services are open. So whether you’re coming north up Saginaw Bay, south from Mackinac Island, or west from Parry Sound or Manitoulin Island, you can easily visit East Tawas State Harbor. ★
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65 2008 Princess V65.........................................................$789,000
33 1996 Carver Mariner 330..............................................$31,999
61 1984 Hatteras 61 Cockpit MY ..................................$385,000
32 2005 Tiara 3200 Open............................................................Sold
60 2012 Prestige 60 flybridge.........................................$850,000
32 2003 Hunter 326 ..............................................................$44,900
56 1985 Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht.................................$299,000
30 2001 Bayliner 3055 Ciera ..............................................$37,500
54 2020 Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht............................................Sold
30 1999 Maxum 3000 SCR................................................$29,000
54 2011 Sea Ray Sundancer 540.................................$699,891
30 1998 Cruisers Yachts 3075 Rogue.............................$37,999
53 1980 Hatteras 53 Motor Yacht.................................$224,900
26 2006 Regal Commodore 2665..................................$54,999
52 2015 Kadey-Krogen 52 ...........................................$1,575,000
29 2011 Hunt Yachts Harrier 29 ....................................$275,000
52 2007 Cruisers Yachts 520 Express .........................$398,999
29 1987 Cruisers 298 Villa Vee .........................................$22,400
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27 2005 Crownline 270 CR ................................................$44,900
50 2012 Beneteau America Sense 50........................$389,999
28 2004 Scout 280 Sportfish.............................................$89,900
48 2003 Sea Ray 480 Sedan Bridge ...........................$319,999
28 2019 Edgewater 280CC............................................................Call
47 1999 Sabreline 47 Motor Yacht...............................$369,999
28 2002 Four Winns 280 Horizon ...................................$22,900
46 2011 Regal 46 Sport Coupe.....................................$379,999
28 2000 Sea Ray 280 Sun Sport......................................$28,900
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26 2020 Edgewater 262 CX...........................................................Call
45 2004 Cruisers Yachts 455 Express Motor Yacht..$239,999
26 2008 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer....................................$54,999
45 1994 Tollycraft 45 Cockpit Motor Yacht ...............$169,999
25 2008 Crownline 255 CCR .............................................$39,900
45 2020 Riviera 445 SUV..............................................................Sold
25 1970 Bertram 25...............................................................$49,000
44 2013 Beneteau Gran Turismo 44...........................$379,999
24 2020 Edgewater 248 CX.........................................................Sold
42 2014 Regal 42 Sport Coupe.....................................$439,000
23 2001 Crownline 230 CCR ......................................................Sold
42 2007 Cruisers Yachts 420 Express .........................$199,000
21 2016 Stabicraft Stabicraft 2050 ..................................$58,000
42 1996 Ocean Alexander 423 Classicco ................. $279,500
21 2001 Cobia 215 DC.........................................................$14,900
38 2020 Sabre 38 Salon Express ................................................Call
20 2020 Edgewater 208CC..........................................................Sold
38 2007 Tiara 3800 Open................................................$345,000
20 1998 Edgewater 200DC................................................$34,900
37 2020 Back Cove 37.....................................................................Call
12 2018 Walker Bay 365 ST..................................................$4,900
37 1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser...........................$89,999
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