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Call of the Wild


The Best of Both Worlds


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A raked bow and elongated flybridge create a sleek new look for the spacious and luxurious Maritimo M56.




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

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

The 235CR features a spacious berth, equipped with a stove and porta potti (pumpout optional), plus a storage cabinet that houses the audio system.


from the helm

Epilogue of a Great Cruise


n my August issue’s “From the Helm” column with the headline “Prelude to the Voyage of a Lifetime,” I wrote about fulfilling my longtime desire to cruise the Pacific Northwest. The full story is here, starting on page 30. As mentioned, I was on a small flotilla around Vancouver Island, up the coast of British Columbia and on to Ketchikan, Alaska, where, after 24 days aboard, I flew home. This was the first of six legs that cruisers from around the world come to enjoy each summer. The entire route takes the flotilla of Grand Banks yachts all the way up to Glacier Bay, Alaska. NW Explorations is the charter company, and it’s a first-class operation. If it’s not there already, put a Pacific Northwest cruise on your bucket list and check out the details in this issue. Should you have any questions about my experience, feel free to call me at 800-331-0132, ext. 12. NW Explorations produces an excellent online brochure for its full complement of services. Check it out at David Pilvelait, COO of Home Port Marine Marketing, dropped me a note saying that August 31 is the deadline for community boating groups to apply for a 2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge grant. “Funding for local organizations in these challenging times is difficult to come by, and we need to be sure no worthy boating group in your region misses out on this opportunity,” he wrote. In October, Interlux will award $50,000—eight grants from $4,500 to $20,000—to organizations for sustainable waterfront environmental improvements. “The last time Interlux sponsored the Waterfront Challenge, the grand prize winner was a group from your region, Sea Scout Ship 41 from Bay Village, Ohio,” Pilvelait noted. Even if a local group has already completed a waterfront cleanup project, it still may be eligible to receive funds if the project was started March 1 or later. To apply, visit

Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Senior editor: Dave Mull Editors-at-large: Heather Steinberger & Roland Schultz Field editor: Tom Thompson Creative staff Art director/production manager: Brook Poplawski Creative consultant: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Chris Caswell, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Zuzana Prochazka, Lenny Rudow, Mark Stevens, Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace business staff Advertising sales representative: Mark Conway Regional and classified sales manager: Kirsten Moxley Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Circulation director: Sharon P. O’Meara editorial & advertising offiCe 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 phone: 312-276-0610 | fax: 312-276-0619 email: website: Classified advertising 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 phone 800-331-0132, ext. 21 | fax 312-276-0619

Called the prettiest town in Canada, Niagaraon-the-Lake, Ontario, is this issue’s port of call. This National Historic site is well worth a visit. Our condolences to family and friends of Suzanne Bickel and Mark Morley, who died when the sailboat Wingnuts capsized during a 50-knot gale during this year’s Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race. Other than a sailor who died of a heart attack, they were the first fatalities in the 103-year history of the Mac. See you on the water,

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sn’t she a beauty? The folks at Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan, fully restored this 1948 25-foot Chris-Craft Sportsman. Her original decks were removed and refinished, new mahogany planking was installed and she received a brand-new cold molded bottom. All hardware is new chrome, instruments were rebuilt, and she boasts a new green leather interior, very close to the original. Many people spend the offseason working on their boats in preparation for the coming year. Fall and winter are ideal times to tackle nagging onboard projects, or even major refits and restorations. We’d like to see and hear about your project boats. If you’ve recently completed a major installation, refit or restoration, tell us about it! We welcome you to send us the details (in 500 words or less) about what the project entailed, how you accomplished your goal, how long it took you to complete, and, of course, we want to check out your handy work for ourselves through photographs. We’re planning to publish submissions in the November/ December issue of Lakeland Boating.

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

06/17 Men Rescued from Capsized Sailboat Niagara, NY A rescue boatcrew from USCG Station Niagara, New York, rescued two men in Lake Ontario about 1½ nautical miles from the Niagara River. Rescued were two men in their mid-70s. Their names are not being released. Both were wearing life jackets. The communications watchstander at Station Niagara received notification from a good Sam at about 18:30 of a capsized sailboat. The boatcrew immediately launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) and found the capsized vessel and two men in the water. Both individuals were brought aboard the SPC-LE. The boatcrew transported them to Station Niagara, where they were met by awaiting EMS. case closed

A 37-foot vessel sits in the water after colliding with a breakwall July 6. Coast Guard station milwaukee, Wisconsin, Air station traverse City, michigan, and milwaukee police Department personnel responded to the scene after Coast Guard sector Lake michigan was notified of the collision.

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06/18 Mac Race Victims Recovered Fox Island, MI USCG recovered the bodies of two people in the water in northern Lake Michigan, after a sailboat participating in the Chicago Yacht Club’s annual Race to Mackinac capsized near Fox Island. Deceased are: Suzanne Bickel, 41; and Mark Morley, 51, both of Saginaw, Michigan. The two boaters were participating in the Race to Mackinac along with six other crewmembers, who were eventually rescued. Rescued were: Christopher Cummings, 16; John Dent, 50; Stan Dent, 51; Peter Morley, 47; Stewart Morley, 15; and Lee Purcell, 46. USCG received initial notification from a private company that monitors personal locator beacons, reporting that two PLBs aboard the sailing vessel Wingnuts had been activated. Radio watchstanders at USCG Station Charlevoix established communications with the sailing vessel Sociable, which assisted with the coordination of a search by other responding sailing vessels in the vicinity. The crew of Sociable pulled six of the eight crewmembers from Wingnuts out of the water. A rescue crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from USCG Station Charlevoix arrived on scene and located the capsized sailing vessel. Crewmembers knocked on the hull in an attempt to discern whether or not people were trapped inside. Receiving no response, the rescue crew began their initial search pattern. A crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helo from USCG Air Station Traverse City also began searching. The USCG Cutter Mackinaw arrived on scene to assume the role of on-scene commander and coordinate ongoing search efforts. Search and rescue coordinators at USCG Sector Sault Saint Marie contacted Charlevoix County to request dive team support. The Air Station Traverse City helo crew transported the dive team to the Mackinaw, which was used as the dive platform. At 08:44, the dive team located the two boaters unresponsive in the vicinity of the capsized boat. They were transported to shore and turned over to a medical examiner. The victims were pronounced dead at 12:30. case closed PhOTO BY USCG


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Vintage Beauty

Hinckley hosts spectacular Chicago event.


hree generations of Hinckley Yachts’ venerable Picnic Boat gathered at the Chicago Yacht Club June 23 for a wine tasting/yacht touring event featuring fine wines by Chicago’s Hart Davis Hart. “The Beauty is in the Vintage” was the event tag line, as guests savored delicious libations while admiring the five Hinckley Jetboats and the queen of Hinckley’s sailboat line, the Bermuda 40. “This is the first time all three generations of our Picnic Boat—the Classic, the EP and the new MK III—have been together at one place,” said Marty Letts, Great Lakes sales director for the Maine-based builder. “Add to that the B-40, and you really have a tremendous display of yachting heritage.” Held at Chicago Yacht Club’s Monroe Station, the event also served as the first official “Owner’s

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Rendezvous” for Hinckley in the Chicago area. Hinckley CEO Jim McManus was on hand to introduce the company’s latest model, the Talaria 48. “We’re excited to be in Chicago and think the T48 is an ideal size and configuration for the city and Lake Michigan,” McManus said. “The size and open-air feel of the pilothouse and cockpit make it a terrific boat for skyline and river cruises.” Hinckley Yachts has been hand-building custom power- and sailboats since 1928. The company has eight full-service yards and several Authorized Service Centers, four of which are located in the Great Lakes. For more information about Hinckley, contact the Great Lakes sales office in Harbor Springs, Michigan, at 231-526-4378 or visit r


Galati Comes to Yacht Basin Galati Yacht Sales sets up shop in Holland, Michigan. by h eath e r ste i n b e rg e r


ost boaters who are familiar with Florida also recognize one of its most well-known marine-industry names: Galati. Since Michael Galati Sr. opened the family’s Anna Maria Island location in 1970, Galati Yacht Sales ( has become one of the largest privately held yacht dealerships in the world. Until recently, the family business’s locations have been clustered around the Gulf of Mexico, in Anna Maria, Cape Harbour, Destin, Naples and Tampa, Florida; and in Houston, Texas. Today, however, Galati also calls the Great Lakes home. On May 1, it opened a sales office at Yacht Basin Plaza in Holland, Michigan. “In winter 2010, Brian Dekkinga, a member of the Galati Yacht Sales management team with Great Lakes roots, decided he wanted to return with his family to west Michigan,” recalled Matt Den Herder, Yacht Basin Marina’s ( general manager. “We were fortunate that Brian was familiar with our location, (as he) once worked here many years ago. The chemistry seemed to fit.” Den Herder noted that Holland in general proved to be a good fit for the Galati operation. Not only is Lake Macatawa a convenient waypoint between Chicago, Detroit and northern Michigan, Galati’s Florida client base is similar to that in the Great Lakes. “Brian was convinced that the customers were the same people, and he knew they would appreciate the same fine service in their ‘up north’ home,” Den Herder explained. Yacht Basin Plaza incorporates a full-service marina on Lake Macatawa, with seasonal and transient slips, in/out service, storage, heated pool, three separate head/shower facilities, laundry, grills, picnic areas, fish cleaning station, fuel dock, pump-out and playground. The plaza includes Boat Service & Outfitters, a ship’s store and service department; Yacht Basin Graphics; Yacht Basin Conference Center; Anew Salon & Day Spa; Maritimo USA; Harbor Yacht Sales; and now Galati Yacht Sales, which offers new, pre-owned and brokerage vessels. “With its solid reputation and history, multiple locations along the Gulf Coast, extensive boat listings and name recognition in the boating industry, Yacht Basin Marina is thrilled to have Galati Yacht Sales in our business plaza,” Den Herder said. “This Holland location provides the Great Lakes with Galati’s incredible expertise and experience.” “It puts Yacht Basin on the map,” he continued. “The Galati family runs an extremely well-organized operation, and I hope we can learn some of their best practices.” r 11 LAKELANDBOATING.COM s e p t e m b e r 2 011


sept. 4 Arts & Crafts Dockside St. Ignace, MI | sept. 5 Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk St. Ignace, MI

sept. 9-11 | bay Harbor Fishing tournament | bay Harbor, michigan

Calendar of Events

sept. 1 – 5 Blues in the Bay Alexandria Bay, NY | Sheboygan County Fair Sheboygan, WI

sept. 3 – 4 Lake Vermilion Antique & Classic Show Lake Vermilion, MN

sept. 1 – 21 Lighthouse Excursions Mackinaw City, MI |

sept. 3 – 5 Cleveland National Air Show Cleveland, OH

sept. 3 Marina Fest Sister Bay, WI

Dairyland Surf Classic & Wave Rave Sheboygan, WI

sept. 7 – 17 Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration Bayfield, WI sept. 9 Lake Michigan Solo Scramble Holland, MI & Racine, WI sept. 9 – 10 Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival Mackinaw City, MI sept. 10 Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous Excelsior, MN | Bay Days Sandusky, OH Buffalo Classic Boat Show Grand Island, NY Taste of the Door Sturgeon Bay, WI |

sept. 16 – 17 On the Waterfront Car/Toy/ Truck Show St. Ignace, MI | sept. 16 – 19 Astronomy Cruise Traverse City, MI sept. 16 – 25 Niagara Wine Festival St. Catharines, ON sept. 17 Autumn Fest Baileys Harbor, WI Harvest Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI Milwaukee River Challenge Milwaukee, WI sept. 17 – 19 Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour Mackinaw City, MI sept. 21 – 24 ACBS Annual Meeting & International Boat Show Lake Geneva, WI sept. 22 – 25 Boating & Outdoor Festival Mt. Clemens, MI

sept. 10 – 12 Clear ’m Out Fall Boat Sale Syracuse, NY | sept. 23 – 24 Geneva Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show sept. 9 – 11 Bay Harbor Fishing Tournament Fontana, WI Bay Harbor, MI | Michigan Schooner Festival Traverse City, MI sept. 14 – 18 North America In-Water Boat Show Sandusky, OH

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sept. 23 – 26 Wine Tasting Cruise Traverse City, MI sept. 28 Rods ’n Rides Car Show Indian River, MI


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THETFORD Holding Tank Deodorant

Few things are worse than “boat funk” emanating from your holding tank. Sometimes, how well a product works is inversely related to how environmentally safe it is. But if you want a strong product that also is eco-friendly, check out Thetford Marine’s EcoSmart Holding Tank Deodorant. Thetford has a variety of cleaning products from which to choose, but its EcoSmart line is third-party certified and meets EcoLogo agency standards for responsible holding tank management. Thetford’s EcoSmart holding tank deodorant controls odors, decreases waste materials, is biologically based and non-toxic, and won’t accumulate in the environment. EcoSmart quickly breaks down waste and toilet tissue to prevent clogging and is available in formaldehyde-free and enzyme formulas. The 32- and 64-oz. bottles retail for $12 and $18 respectively, and the formaldehyde-free formula also comes in toss-in sachets ($12). THETFORD.COM


MASTERVOLT Lithium Ion Batteries

Selecting the right marine battery for your deep-cycle house bank is key. We’ve used wet cell or lead acid batteries that worked and were affordable, but required maintenance in the form of monitoring water levels and charging profiles. Then came gel cells and AGM sealed batteries that required no upkeep, mounted in various positions and were easier to charge. Today, Mastervolt offers Li-ion (lithium ion phosphate) batteries that charge faster, last longer and supply constant capacity regardless of load. Mastervolt’s MLI 12/320 is a 12V, 320-amp hour battery that is 70 percent smaller and 70 percent lighter (120 lbs.) than wet cell batteries. It also has four times the lifespan. Li-ion batteries are efficient; you’ll run your genset less and burn less fuel. And with Mastervolt MLI long-life technology, you’ll replace batteries less frequently. One drawback is cost; be prepared to pay more ($6,635) for the MLI 12/320 than a wet cell. Mastervolt’s Li-ion batteries are available for 12V and 24V applications and come with a two-year warranty. MASTERVOLT.COM


EuroLED Interior Lights

LED lights have been the single-most useful energy saving device to come to the boating market in the past few years, and Hella Marine takes it once step further by introducing a well-designed, compact LED lamp that lets you change from white to red light to preserve your night vision. The Red/White Light EuroLED Recessed Touch Lamp lets you switch between red and white by lightly touching the red or white pads on the lens. Touching the pad for more than two seconds causes the lamp to cycle through increasing or decreasing intensity levels for the desired illumination. You also can control the Red/White EuroLED remotely from multiple points with off-the-shelf ON/OFF/ON ZUZANA PROCHAZKA momentary switches. Holding one of the external switches for two is a U.S. Coast Guard 100 seconds will synchronize the lamps to the same dimming level. Light Ton Master with 20 years levels are remembered by the lamp circuitry, even if power is interboating experience. Her rupted. The EuroLED will consume .33 amps at 12V, which provides work has appeared in numerous significant energy savings with good light intensity. The EuroLED is a sealed unit and is highly impact- and shock-resistant for a long service life. national boating magazines, and she authors a popular gear and boat The lamps can manage severe voltage fluctuations, low battery voltages review blog, and long cable runs. They are available with white, UV-resistant plastic or polished stainless steel bezels and retail for $199. HELLAMARINE.COM 13 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011


Onward and Upward

Navico’s Louis Chemi expands the company’s reach. BY TOM THOM PSON


While he enjoys fishing, Navico’s chief operating officer Louis Chemi says he loves tinkering with the electronics on his boat even more.


ot long ago, one of Louis Chemi’s colleagues joked with him that he has a hard time holding down a job. Chemi is the chief operating officer for the Americas at global marine electronics giant Navico. Since he started with the company four years ago, he hasn’t held a single assignment longer than 12 months. The rapid rise up the corporate ladder is partially a testament to Chemi’s abilities, but it’s largely a result of his penchant for installing electronic toys on boats. “Basically, I’m a geek,” Chemi said with a laugh. “I love this stuff. I can’t have enough displays on my boat. I spend more time playing with the electronics than fishing.” Chemi’s interest in boating started at an early age. “I have a picture of me driving my dad’s boat when I was seven,” he said. “I saved my money to buy a Lowrance fishfinder and taught him how to use it.” In addition to his 100-ton USCG Master’s license, Chemi holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in oceanography and a Master’s Degree in applied marine physics, where he concentrated on studying remote sensing of the ocean from space. This led to employment opportunities interpreting earth-imaging satellite data for commercial and recreational fishing. Chemi later worked with Raymarine product management for eight years prior to joining the Navico team. As the head of North, Central and South American operations, Louis Chemi is at the center of Navico’s efforts to be an industry leader on all fronts. In the past six years, Navico has, through acquisition, assembled

an impressive array of companies and products that cover nearly the entire spectrum of marine electronics. It was hard work, according to Chemi, especially with the economic downturn. “It wasn’t fun about 18 months ago, but now it’s changing,” he said. “All of our brands—Lowrance, Simrad and B&G—are gaining momentum through increased awareness for some of today’s most innovative new products.” Navico has been working on creating a good/better/ best strategy for each of its brands. “Our newest product is the Simrad NSS series,” Chemi explained. “That’s the good version. The NSE display is the middle range, and the NSO is the top of the line. It’s the same for the Lowrance Mark, Elite and HDS series.” Product innovation is another way Navico is making a name for itself. “With our B&G brand, we have the world’s first sail-specific chartplotter, which we feel is quite a neat feature,” Chemi pointed out. “It displays lay-line diagrams that help a sailor make the most efficient track along a given wind direction.” Navico also has remained at the forefront of fishfinding and radar technology. The recently introduced Structure Scan sonar imaging system lets you look for fish and structure to the side of and directly beneath your boat, and Broadband 3G Radar has unparalleled short-range target discrimination, plus 30 percent greater range than its award-winning BR24 Broadband Radar predecessor. “And the price on our new Broadband 3G Radar is several hundred dollars less than the previous model,” Chemi added, “which is even better for the boater.” With all the focus on high tech, Chemi feels one thing the company can’t lose sight of is keeping its products easy to use for the average boater “who isn’t a geek,” he added. “To some people, when you say ‘innovative technology is what we’re about,’ they get concerned that it’s going to complicate their lives,” Chemi explained. “We are focused on using technology to make things easier, and that’s a cue we use throughout the company.” An attitude like that can only lead to bigger and better things. Besides, who knows; it could be time for Louis Chemi to change jobs again. NAVICO.COM 

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Get Up and Go

Electric outboards can be a great alternative. BY MAR K COR KE


hen I was a small boy, I had a toy speedboat with an electric motor for propulsion. I had a lot of fun with that boat, but I never dreamed that 45 years later, I would own a full-size boat with an electric outboard on back. With the rising cost of fuel, many boaters are looking for alternatives to power their boats. Today, electric outboards are a tiny segment of the overall outboard market, but they are rapidly gaining acceptance. One of the first groups of devotees were recreational fishermen who realized that an electric trolling motor disturbed the fish far less and was generally less intrusive. Another advantage: You didn’t have to run your main engine at inefficient trolling speeds. Anglers also appreciated the peace and quiet. Although I’m not a fisherman, and I was somewhat slow to get my hands on an electric outboard, I’m now totally converted to this wonderful device. Originally I had a small two-stroke outboard on my dinghy. The engine worked well enough, pushing the dinghy along at a fair clip, but storing it aboard the yacht was a pain. No matter what I did, it dripped oil onto the teak deck, staining it. I had to find somewhere to store at least a gallon of gas, and unclamping the motor and transferring it to the mother ship was nerve-wracking. When I finally tried an electric outboard, it was a revelation. I think the first thing you notice is the lack of noise; in fact, I think most small electric outboards make less noise than the oars I carry as back up. The next thing you notice is the almost instantaneous power. OK; we’re not talking dragster acceleration speeds here, but electric outboards do have a lot of get up and go. This is due in large part to the way an electric motor works. Even at low RPMs, electric motors have a lot of torque. German manufacturer Torqeedo says the company’s smallest outboard suitable for kayaks produces the equivalent of 1 hp, which is plenty for a small kayak, but in terms of thrust it’s closer to a 2-hp motor. An electric outboard is able to turn a larger diameter propeller than a gasoline motor of comparative size. Electric outboards are not out to conquer the world just yet, and you probably wouldn’t want one on the back of a go-fast boat to replace a couple of 125-hp gas engines, but they do come in handy for day sailers, dinghies and in sensitive environmental areas where gas engines are banned.


Lest you think electrical propulsion requires complicated wiring, my own system is a case in point to dispel that myth. I have a small Minn Kota outboard, which I use on a 10-foot dinghy. The leads from the outboard attach via a quick connect to a portable battery pack, the type you can get in any auto store for jump starting a dead car battery. That’s it. I charge the battery pack by either taking it home, or if I’m away cruising on the boat, I charge it via the mother yacht’s main engine.

One thing that’s tough to stomach is the higher initial cost of an electric outboard; but prices are beginning to fall more in line with gas engines. Plus, as the cost of gasoline continues to rise, these motors are becoming more attractive to a large number of boaters. I’m a convert now and can’t see going back to heaving the heavy, oil-covered monster on and off the transom any time soon. 

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


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Folbot’s Citibot is a 10-foot boat that folds down small enough to carry on public transportation. Just slip the Citibot into its bag with a shoulder harness and go—it weighs just 24 pounds. With a 210pound capacity, it’s available in eight



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> HANDY HANDLE While you’re using your green cleaner on the dingy dinghy, you can hold the tender in place without scratching it with the Defender Hol-Tite Suction Handle. It’s designed to attach to any smooth surface above or below the water line. Handy for a temporary grab handle and much more. $12.99. DEFENDER.COM

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MARITIMO M56 Taste the flavors of freedom. BY LE N NY R U DOW



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the maritimo m56 interior is crafted from south American myrtle, which gives the boat a rich, warm glow without appearing too cavernous. Light colored upholstery, large side windows, triple glass aft doors and a full windshield keep the boat feeling light and airy.

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If you’ve ever scrambled along a tight sidedeck, clambered up a vertical ladder or squeezed onto a tight flybridge overhang, you know that many boats restrict your movement even as they broaden your horizons. Not so, with Maritimo’s M56. This is one enclosed flybridge cruiser that not only takes you to new places, it does so while taking your personal freedom to new heights. On a quick walk from the cockpit to the bow, you’ll notice the first way that the M56 liberates you from the usual onboard restrictions: There’s none of the rail-hugging, foot-shuffling discomfort that comes with narrow sidedecks and poor handholds. Instead, this boat has a thigh-deep walkaround capped off with sturdy rails that ring the side decks, which are wide enough to walk with your feet side by side instead of heel to toe. Walking to the bow and back, which ranges from stressful to dangerous on many other flybridge boats, is a stroll in the park. Vertical bridgedeck ladders are another common way many flybridge boats make it tough to get around. Not so in this case, however, since the M56 has a full stairway to the bridgedeck. Simply enter the cabin—you can choose to walk in on either side of the salon, thanks to the three-way sliding glass aft doors—and you’ll see those stairs to port, protected by a thick rail and banister. Now go ahead and walk up to the bridge, so you can take a gander at the huge aft overhang it features. On many enclosed bridge boats, this overhang has about as much walking-around room as your average hanging locker. But on the M56, there’s enough space for a table and chairs, much less easy use of the aft control station. Even these elements of nautical emancipation pale in comparison, however, when you experience the freedom of docking your boat without any jitters or stress. Our test boat was rigged with Twin Disc’s Express Joystick System, and when I eased the M56 away from the dock I was dumbfounded by the absence of clunking gears, the smooth and seamless integration of propellers and thrusters, and the simplicity of a single joystick. That joystick delivers incremental power with directional control, since it’s coupled to Twin Disc Quickshift transmissions, which allow for gradual loading of the clutch. As a result the power transfer is essentially seamless; and there’s no lurching or slamming as you spin the boat, back it into the slip, or stop it on a dime. Nor do you have to worry about limiting the stern and bow thruster’s application, since they’re hydraulic, not electric. In other words, they won’t burn out if you run them for too long. So go ahead—sit at the helm and spin the M56 in its own length over and over again, until you make the local dock-walkers dizzy with jealousy. If maneuvering the M56 in close quarters feels liberating, throttling up the twin Volvo Penta D13’s is nothing short of exhilarating. Within moments of easing the EC300 electronic control levers forward, we were running across the bay at a 2100 rpm, 31.6-mph cruise, while burning around 60 gallons per hour. At wide-open we hit 36.8, and chugged down 80.5 gph. And since the M56 carries more than 1,000 gallons of diesel in its belly—on center, no less, so draining the tank has little effect on running


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attitude—you have a range approaching 500 miles. Will you really want to trek such long distances in this boat, considering the ever-present risk of encountering rough waters? During our sea trial it was calm, but we searched out some boat wakes and charged through them at full-tilt to see how the variable-degree deadrise hull would take on large waves. In short, it squashed ’em like bugs. It also remained surprisingly flat and level while doing so. The engines are mounted fairly far forward, which not only reduces shaft angle to an efficient nine degrees, it also helps reduce bowrise. The boat has tabs, and you may want to use them to trim the port or starboard side up or down, but the hull’s running attitude doesn’t take much tweaking at all. Simply cruising along in a boat like this gives you a certain sense of freedom unto its own, but we still haven’t touched upon one other aspect of the M56 which releases you from the usual constraints of life on Planet Boat: The sheer comfort level inside the Maritimo. The boat’s interior is crafted from South American Myrtle, which has a warm, glowing grain. Yet it doesn’t seem to absorb too much light like some dark woods, which can turn the cabin into a cave. Match that Myrtle wood up with light-colored upholstery, large side windows, triple aft glass doors, and the full windshield, and the boat’s interior feels exceptionally bright and open. Maritimo continues this light and airy theme in the master stateroom, which has several opening ports plus a large hullside window. The two other staterooms (one forward with a queen 22 LAKELANDBOATING.COM s e p t e m b e r 2 011

boat test Like the boat’s salon, the M56s master stateroom continues with a light, open theme (opposite, top). While smaller, the other staterooms incorporate overhead hatches, ports and/or windows to usher in air and light (opposite, bottom). The spacious cockpit (left) features state-of-the-art electronics and impressive trim work.

berth and one to starboard with a pair of single berths), aren’t quite as spacious, but all have ports, windows and/or overhead hatches to bring in additional natural light and breezes. Same goes on the flying bridge, which has a large aft glass door plus a massive overhead sunroof that slides open at the press of a button. The ability to make your own choices is expanded yet again when it’s time to entertain. You’ll find niceties like ice makers, refrigerators and sinks both on the flybridge and in the salon, so you can lounge wherever you like without giving up the ability to mix a fresh martini at any moment. Food preparation can take place in the galley, which is aft and to starboard in the salon (and comes equipped with a four-burner stove-top, microwave oven, upright refrigerator, freezer, and pantry), or you can opt out—outside, that is—and cook on the cockpit grill, hidden beneath the port transom hatch. One final push for freedom can be seen in this boat’s cockpit. The mere fact that it has as much square footage as most sportfishing boats gives you outdoor opportunities far beyond those commonly found on boats designed for cruising. Accessing the swim platform can take place from either side of the center transom island, and on our test boat that platform included a hydraulic lift for your tender. You’d rather mount your dinghy on the bow? The Maritimo can be rigged this way. And if an afternoon of casual angling is in the cards, there’s also a stowage box in the deck which makes an excellent fishbox. Entertaining is more your speed? No problem; the center transom island houses an icebox and a sink, next to the grill. Choices, choices, choices—whatever your pleasure may be, chances are the Maritimo M56 is going to help you shed the usual restrictions of life on a boat. Instead, it’ll broaden your freedoms—as you broaden your horizons.  PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARITIMO

Maritimo 56M As Equipped Standard 3-stateroom/2-head layout; wood interior cabinetry and trim; three-way sliding glass doors; bridgedeck stairway w/ banister; flat-screen TV/ DVD/surround-sound system; 17kW generator; optional Seakeeper gyro stabilizer; air conditioning w/reverse-cycle heat; enclosed flying bridge w/ extended overhang; oversized hullside windows; galley w/4-burner stovetop, refrigerator, freezer, pantry, microwave oven and dishwasher; Stidd helm chairs; full bow walkaround; windlass.

Specifications LOA: 60'7" Beam: 17'6" Draft: 4'4" Freshwater Capacity: 211 gals. Fuel Capacity: 1,017 lbs. Weight Displacement: 61,732 lbs. Power: Twin Cat C-12 diesel engines 715 hp or Volvo D13 diesel engines 800 hp Base MSRP: $1,828,250


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Prestige 500 Flybridge

Ultimate luxury in a 50-foot motoryacht. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 49'1" Beam: 14'9" Draft: 3'5" Fuel Capacity: 344 gals. Water capacity: 168 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta IPS 600 435 hp Base Price: $880,000

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ou might remember Capt. Lee Crane (played by David Hedison) as the character who fought werewolves, space aliens or sea monsters depending on the week’s episode of the 1960s show “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.” Crane captained the awesome submarine Seaview, and no doubt would happily retire to a Prestige 500 motoryacht. Among a long list of outstanding features are not just windows, but what the company calls “Sea View Windows.” They’re the first things you notice about this boat. Big windows installed in the hull. A huge bay window is amidships, with three smaller ones—large by marine standards—that progress forward in the freeboard under the front deck. This puts the farthest forward windows port and starboard on either side of the guest suite, which features a double island berth that converts to twin berths. And the 500 has two more staterooms, with a crews quarters to port and immediately rear of the guest suite, and a giant owner’s suite that makes full use of the ship’s 14-foot, 9-inch beam. This is where you’ll find the biggest Sea View Windows. Volvo Penta IPS drives—those propeller units that hang down farther up the hull and pull the boat forward— allow a captain’s quarters at the stern, complete with its own private shower. That’s a lot of bunking area for a 50-footer that also has an incredible living space entirely on one level.

Speaking of which, this French-made yacht offers seamless communication with the cockpit and salon, and a spacious galley is ideally situated for easy access to the interior and the exterior. The open galley is discretely integrated and centrally located, which the chef on board will certainly appreciate. He or she has an extremely easy vantage point from which to ask for help from a crewmember, say, lounging on one of the sofas. The flybridge is a crowning achievement of this ship. It is rather large for a 50-foot motor yacht, and accessed by an open staircase. It has it’s own open-air galley, helm station with seating for two and a large, forward sundeck. Some flybridge models make docking a two- or three-man ordeal. Not so with the Prestige 500. The Garroni design team placed flybridge access right behind the double helm seat, which allows the pilot to see the rear platform. With the Volvo IPS joystick control, docking becomes child’s play. Want another example of cool? How about a hydraulic gangway off the rear platform able to handle 551 pounds. It’s hidden under the port step into the main cockpit. Great Lakes boaters may prefer to sea-trial this boat in winter, which is perfect since United Yacht Sales in Stuart, Florida, is getting one in time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 27-31. According to United Yacht Sales’ Joe Lipton, fully loaded, the yacht costs less than $1 million.“It’s the best value in that 50-foot luxury yacht category,” Lipton says. Contact United Yacht Sales at 772-463-3131; r

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Berkshire 243 SLX BP3

A speedy tri-toon built for extreme comfort. by dave m u ll


Specifications LOA: 24’10” Deck Length: 23’6” Deck Width: 8’6” Tube Length: 23’2” Pontoon Diameter: 25” Dry Weight: 2,540 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 54 gals. Max HP: 250 Max People: 13 Base Price: Contact Dealer

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lmost everyone can find something to like about the new Berkshire 243 SLX BP3 in the Premium Series. Made in the pontoon heartland of northcentral Indiana, the 243 SLX BP3 is stylish and refined; a perfect platform for entertaining friends and family while enjoying a ride on the water. It’s also smokin’ fast! The third, center tube, part of the Berkshire Performance 3 upgrade package (called BP3 for short), is what helps make this elegant craft capable of burning up the lake. Berkshire puts the package on the standard bi-toon 243 SLX model (rated for 115 hp), which more than doubles the horsepower rating to 250. The package also adds power-assisted Baystar hydraulic steering, a 54-gallon gas tank and in-floor storage big enough for skis and wakeboards. A stainless steel ski tow bar and lifting strakes to get the boat on plane quickly also are included. The boat’s floor plan features seating just about all the way from bow to stern down her 23-foot, 6-inch deck; she’s rated to take 13 people (the bi-toon version can carry 12). Features include sofas on either side at the front, a two-seater loveseat on the port side facing the helm, and super posh, matching lounge seats are on either side of the boat behind the helm. LED-lit cup holders help you find a place for your beverage, even on nighttime cruises. The fiberglass console has a classic, wood-grain look on the dash and steering wheel and features a 25-quart cooler

and sink with three-gallon water tank. To keep track of depth, a color Humminbird GPS/sonar fishfinder combo is standard. The helm seat is a King Captain’s Chair and features the company’s Premium Soft Touch upholstery found throughout the boat. For tunes, a Clarion audio system that’s iPod- and MP3-ready is installed and has four speakers. A Sirius satellite receiver and subscription are optional, as are an amplifier remote and subwoofer. Boarding gates are accessible front and back, as well as portside amidships. The rear gate opens to an extended stern platform with a stainless steel ladder. You can change into and out of swimming suits in the privacy hoop and curtain that comes out of the port bow chaise. The construction of the boat is impressive. Berkshire uses 16-inch, on-center cross members for plenty of deck support. The nose cones on the aluminum logs have protective keels and extend long past the 48-inch industry standard. Berkshire says the longer nose cone enhances speed, reduces fuel consumption and provides a more comfortable ride. The 243 SLX also is available with the Berkshire Performance 2 package, which adds an aluminum underskin, Baystar hydraulic steering, lifting strakes and a stainless steel ski tow bar. The 243 SLX is one of 12 models in Berkshire’s Premium Series, which starts with a 20-footer and ranges all the way up to a 28-footer. Visit to download a brochure. Even better, arrange a sea trial with your local dealer. r

SPECIAL DELIVERY The Marlow 57E is ideal for navigating the Great Loop. BY CH R I S CAS EWE LL

STANDARD EQUIPMENT Three stateroom w/ three head layout; T-Caterpillar C9 diesels (575 hp); Onan 17kW generator; Maxwell anchor windlass; Newman battery chargers; dual Glendenning Cablemasters; 4000W inverter; oil change system; central vacuum, washer/dryer; televisions; granite counters. LOA: ....................................................................................................................................62'2" Beam: ................................................................................................................................18'2" Weight: ................................................................................................................. 69,000 lbs. Draft: ..................................................................................................................................4'11" Fuel Capacity: ................................................................................................... 1,500 gals. Water Capacity: ....................................................................................................310 gals. Power As Tested: ..................................... T-Caterpillar C-18 diesels (1150 hp) Base Price: .........................................................................................................$1,443,000



here was a time when Detroit automakers ran advertisements touting the concept that “Racing Improves the Breed.” That Chevy or Ford or Dodge you drove as a family car on Monday benefited from what these companies learned on the racetrack Sunday. The nautical corollary from David Marlow is that “Cruising Improves the Breed,” and every one of his Marlow yachts bears the mark of continuous upgrades. Some are the result of input from owners, often sent from far corners of the globe. Others are the result of David Marlow’s restless nature. Look up the word “tinkerer” in the dictionary, and David’s picture is there. Take the Marlow 57E, for example, that I visited during the 2011 Miami Boat Show. It was Hull No. 33, but it also was the first Marlow 57. Huh? Here’s the scoop. The Marlow 53 debuted in 2003 and it is, I can attest, a great yacht. Over the years, every 53 was enhanced as David Marlow found ways to make it faster, more economical or more comfortable. After building 32 of these, he stretched the 53 to become the 57E (53s are still available, of course), where the “E” means a Euro-style reversed transom. The new 57E is a full 10 mph faster than the first 53-footer, benefiting from some of David’s tinkering with hull shape and a longer waterline. Every Marlow has the proprietary Velocipede Strut Keel, which is a combination of twin keels with propeller pockets. The keels serve as roll dampers, while the pockets both reduce draft and make the props more effective. This particular Marlow 57 was built for a previous Marlow owner who was planning to do the Great Loop, and this hull is just about the biggest that will still fit. To make it possible, the electronics atop the arch fold down electrically, giving the 19-foot clearance needed for the lowest bridge. The pilothouse on the 57 is not just the skipper’s office, but it’s likely where everyone gathers while underway. There’s a single Stud helm chair for the skipper and, surrounded by windows, the wrap-around settee and dinette to port should prove irresistible to guests. Besides providing a comfortable dining/lounge area, the table is perfect for laying out charts. Ample space is provided for an array of electronics. In the case of our test 57, that included a pair of VEI screens plus the Caterpillar engine monitors, a FLIR


infrared night vision system, Twin Disc throttle/shifters and Side-Power bow and stern thruster joysticks. The galley is on the pilothouse level, so no cook will feel left out. The resident chef will enjoy granite counters on three sides, a stainless steel France sink, Amana upright fridge, Kenyon cooktop, and all the expected niceties. Teak and holly on the sole makes cleaning spills a cinch. When the weather is fair, the flybridge is sure to call. The skipper has a fiberglass instrument panel that duplicates the lower station, but with a waterproof chart box to back up the chartplotters. Guests enjoy a curved settee under the optional fiberglass hardtop, which can be enclosed. An outdoor galley is to port, with a barbecue grill, sink and fridge. The boat deck aft easily handles a 12-foot Nautical center-console tender, launched by the proprietary Marlow crane. Every Marlow can be arranged to suit any owner, but the standard layout with three staterooms and three heads will please most buyers. The master is large and comfortable, spanning the full beam amidships. There is live-aboard space, with built-in bureaus and large hanging lockers, and the private head has a shower so large, it invites standing forever under the hot water. A VIP stateroom is in the bow, with ample storage and a private head. The third cabin has bunks with an oversized lower berth and, since bi-fold doors open this to the foyer, it can be left open as an office or to use the bunks for folding laundry from the hidden washer/dryer. Power for the standard 57 is a pair of Cat C9s of 575 hp, but our test boat had the largest option, Cat C-18s of 1150 hp, which is at the top of choices that include C-12s (700 hp) and Cummins QSM11s (715 hp). The bridge extends over the side decks to offer protection from rain and sun, while high bulwarks and double stainless steel rails make the deck secure for short-handed cruising. An optional engine and thruster control box was hidden in the cockpit bulkhead, but Marlow notes many boats are now choosing either plug-in or wireless controllers for flexibility. David Marlow believes fiercely in redundancy for security while cruising, and a standard Marlow 57 includes twin sea chests cross-linked with an immense pipe, so there will never be a blocked water flow. Dual redundancy also is found on the hydraulic power takeoffs on both engines to run the stabilizers, steering and crane. In fact, the only place where he doesn’t have dual systems is on the steering, which has three backups! Underway, the Marlow 57 is a delight: Quiet, economical and surprisingly fast. If you leave the throttles at idle, which keeps the turbots from spooling up, Marlow’s detailed performance testing shows you’ll have a range of 9600 nm at just under 7 knots, or about 1 gph. At the other end of the spectrum, pushing the throttles to the stops gives a top speed of nearly 30 knots, which allows you the option of outrunning a squall if necessary. Built to the rigid American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register certification, the Marlow 57 is impeccably finished, thoughtfully equipped and good looking to boot.  29 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

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A “Mother Goose” charter cruise refreshes the mind and renews the spirit. BY B I NG O ’ M EARA



members of NW explorations’ 2011 mother Goose Flotilla tie up for the night after a long day of cruising.

Cruising is my thing.

in particular, i enjoy landing places i’ve never been before. When we were planning Lakeland Boating’s special charter issue last year, i suggested we cover the san Juan islands in the Pacific northwest. i’ve spent time in seattle and Anacortes, the Washington town that’s homeport to the san Juans. And i’ve passed through Victoria, British Columbia, but never in a boat. the dream of cruising the Pacific northwest, to British Columbia and up to Alaska, has always had a grip on me. When i talked to Brian Pemberton, owner of nW Explorations, he explained his company does bareboat charters and also guides small flotillas of grand Banks yachts from their headquarters in Bellingham, Washington to glacier Bay, Alaska. the charter is called “mother goose,” since Brian leads the other boats on this long cruise, which starts in may and ends in August. the trip is broken down into several legs (see sidebar, p.37), and Brian asked if i would like to join them on Leg 1, which, it turns out, is the most popular. it was to leave Bellingham on may 20, arriving in Ketchikan, Alaska on June 15. naturally, i jumped at the chance.

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This former water taxi stand in Bamfield on Vancouver Island is now a funky attraction.

Adventure of a lifetime This 24-day cruise gives you enough time to settle in and get comfortable with the routines. You have few demands on your time and little negative stimuli such as TV, radio or newspapers. You can go for days without seeing a plane, other boats or other people beyond the folks in the flotilla. I found it very relaxing, especially when I realized there was no cell phone service other than in a few ports. The only newspapers available contained local news; nothing national from Canada or the U.S. After a few days of living in this media void, you begin to truly relax and enjoy the lack of noise and clutter. If you really need to check in, consider bringing your own satellite phone. There is a sat phone on the lead boat, which is available for everyone in case of emergency. The flotilla cruise is broken into six legs. The first leg is 24 days, the middle four are shorter, and the last one is the same length as Leg 1, as it runs from Ketchikan back to Bellingham. When the boats arrive in Ketchikan, those who have signed on for the next leg stay aboard; those who are finished fly home. I embarked from NW Explorationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homeport in Bellingham, then flew home. When I returned home, everyone wanted to know: What did I do for 24 days? Well, the days flew by for PHOTOS COURTESY OF NW EXPLORATIONS

me. Considering the fact that none of my flotilla mates complained, time must have flown for them as well. Leg 1 is a good 900-mile, leisurely cruise. We anchored out most nights, and without exception our anchorage was in a secluded cove surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Eagles usually stood watch. When anchoring out, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d normally drop anchor in the early afternoon. 33 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

Mother Goose Guided Flotilla By joining NW Explorations on one of the company’s guided flotillas, you will be embarking on an adventure with fellow cruisers—and have the comfort of knowing an experienced captain is aboard the lead vessel. Along the way, you’ll hear from the lead boat regarding native culture, local history and wildlife. Once the flotilla arrives at an anchorage, you have the option of participating in guided on-shore and dinghy explorations, or relaxing in your chartered Grand Banks yacht. The level of first-class customer service and support has been recognized by Grand Banks Ltd. in its designation of NW Explorations as the only authorized Grand Banks charter operator in the world. I am not a stranger to chartering. I have been on excellent charter boats that were in excellent mechanical repair and ship-shape condition. And I’ve experienced the opposite. NW Explorations is a first-class operation, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Consider the fact that 70 percent of their charters are taken by repeat customers. — B.O.


One of many Canadian Coast Guard stations the 2011 flotilla cruised past during the 24-day first leg of the trip (right). A fellow cruiser relaxes in the mineral baths, a natural hot springs (below). Take the artistic boardwalk directly to the baths (bottom right).

The lead boat, Deception, kept two kayaks hanging from the bridge, and they got plenty of use. One evening, some of the men dropped crab pots. When they pulled them up, the pots were alive with crabs. They boiled them in a large pot on the stern of Deception. They were out of this world. The seafood in Alaska is unsurpassed. One of the crew claimed he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for seafood. I told him I agreed with him; however, what I was eating there was nothing like I get at home. The color is deeper and the meat sweeter.

Rewards of cruising When not searching for bears or observing whales, cruising underway has its own rewards. Aboard, there is always plenty to eat, a book to read and a bed to take an afternoon nap in between watches. From the lead boat, Martine, the resident naturalist, PHOTOS COURTESY OF NW EXPLORATIONS


CRUISE GUIDE RESOURCES • San Juan & Gulf Islands • Vancouver Island’s West Coast • North of British Columbia Fine Edge Nautical & Recreational Publishing 14004 Biz Point La. | Anacortes, WA 98221 |

ROUTE PLANNING MAPS • San Juan & Gulf Islands • The Inside Passage

The flotilla makes its way to Shearwater, British Columbia, and while en route encounters a majestic whale.


An abundance of wildlife, including whales, Bald Eagles, black bears and otters, were visible throughout the trip. Seaplanes remain your primary connection to the outside world in the wilderness of Alaska (left).

kept all the boats informed via CB radio of the wildlife she spotted, including their habits and diet, also pointing out the flora and talking about history of the native peoples of the area. She was excellent at her job and added a whole new dimension to the trip. To get to know one another, Brian would invite the crew from each boat over to dinner. With his experience cruising these waters, Brian knows the best anchorages. In this case it was Effingham Bay; fellow cruisers Jan and Nel rafted their boat, Victoria, off ours. Brian asked them to join us for dinner, an invitation he extended to all the boats over the course of the cruise. There were parties, cocktails and delicious potluck dinners. The people were the highlight of the cruise. They were smart, interesting, funny, easy to be with, kind and generous. They came from England, Holland, Australia, Texas, Seattle and Chicago. Conversations were enlightening. Everyone was well informed and brought a unique perspective from their country’s point of view. I found these visits stimulating, and it was interesting to hear that what’s been going on in our country is not that different from what the Europeans are experiencing. I look forward to bringing my wife on another leg of the Mother Goose Flotilla in the near future. If you think you’d enjoy cruising on a fine yacht alongside whales, bears and eagles in the shadow of snow-capped mountains, don’t put it off. You will thank yourself, and the memories will last a lifetime. 

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Ketchikan, AK to Bellingham, WA  July 30 – August 22 Lakeland boaters will find a lot to like about cruising the Pacific Northwest. Charter one of NW Explorations’ Grand Banks yachts in 2012 and join the guided flotilla through the San Juan Islands, into British Columbia, around the outside of Vancouver Island and into Southeastern Alaska. Mother Goose 2012 is divided into five amazing boating vacations, cruising some of the greatest areas in the world. Explore the Queen Charlotte Islands, as well as breathtaking glaciers. Experience the remoteness outside of Vancouver Island. Discover what Hakai Recreational Area or Captain’s Choice have to offer. Whether your pleasure is exploring the less traveled route and remote wilderness areas, or having dinner in a quaint town after securing your boat to the dock, you will find a leg suitable for you. Let NW Explorations guide you through the pristine waters of British Columbia and Alaska in the comfort of your own Grand Banks charter yacht. For more details, Contact NW Explorations (800-826-1430;


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The Best of Both Worlds

Ontario’s Niagara-on-the-Lake offers visiting boaters a wealth of attractions, not to mention the advantage of plying Lake Ontario and the Niagara river. by mar k steve n s

it’s early in the morning,

and cats’ paws crisscross the surface of the Niagara River, riffled by wind that whispers in the towering oaks and maples on shore. Those trees shade gracious homes nearly two centuries old; they shelter cobblestone streets where history lives on. Weather lurks above the horizon line, but for now the rain holds off as skipper Tony Chisholm turns a 24-foot Pursuit appropriately named Pursuit of Happiness to port toward Lake Ontario. We pass the white lighthouse at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club dock, the rustic clapboard clubhouse. We glide past the palisades of Fort George where, high overhead, the red-white-and-blue Union Jack flag flutters and flaps. The ripples have flattened; the waves from the lake don’t reach this far. And it is the most peaceful morning you could possibly experience. The boat slices through waters, now glittering as the sun tries to push through the clouds. The river takes a gentle turn, and Niagara-on-the-Lake falls away behind our stern. The fort is gone, the lake but a memory.


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Niagara-on-the-Lake is a must-add destination to any Great Lakes boater’s summer cruising list. Come see why it’s earned the nickname “the prettiest town in Canada.”

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We travel between twin bluffs, lush and green, ridges dominated by a cacophony of foliage. A smattering of cottages hunkers down at water’s edge. High above, mansions offer up breath-taking views to their residents. The river meanders lazily south, and now we see only leaden skies, precipitous emerald slopes and water. The river turns again. Her mood has changed. The waters grow agitated. Tony throttles back and we drift downriver. “Now things pick up.” He throttles up. The waters grow frenetic. The river has narrowed, and the weight of humanity, gone for three or four nautical miles, is felt again. But we go no further. “My GPS stops here,” says Chisholm. “Upstream from here, and you’re either a jet boat or crazy.” Back at Niagara-on-the-Lake our berth awaits. In a short hour we’ve plied the waters of one of the Great Lakes and we’ve negotiated the navigable section of one of North America’s best-known rivers. “But it’s not just that,” says Chisholm, nodding toward the lake as we turn to port and pass the opening for Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club. “You’ve got the lake, and you’ve got the river. It’s the best of both worlds.”

And but one of a multitude of attractions that makes Niagara-on-the-Lake a must-do port of call for any Great Lakes boater.

RiveR and lake Niagara-on-the-Lake is a historical showpiece, a ransom of fascinating architecture, a cultural landmark, a place where museums, galleries, gift shops and boutiques abound. The RiverBrink Art Museum is an experience not to be missed. Here you will find an extraordinary collection of fine art, sculpture and antiques displayed in a mansion on the banks of the Niagara River. The town also boasts a wealth of fine dining options, its own fort and one of the world’s best professional theatre companies. And wineries galore. This year marks the 60th annual Niagara Wine Festival, September 16-25. The event offers winery tours and tastings, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, concerts, live entertainment and more. “And then you’ve got the Falls,” says Chisholm. For this natural wonder roars scant miles upstream. At the Falls, one-fifth of the entire world’s supply of fresh water plummets over the lip of the Niagara Escarpment. The American Falls is much smaller in area. Including Bridal Veil it’s just over 1,000 feet long. On the Canadian side—at Horseshoe Falls—waters go

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 If you don’t know these waters, make sure you order Lakeland Boating’s Ports O’ Call Cruising Guide to Lake Ontario, available through The Nautical Mind Bookstore. Call 800-463-9951 or visit  For navigation purposes, you also can purchase Canadian Hydrographic Charts from The Nautical Mind Bookstore, Chart 2207 gives a broader perspective on western Lake Ontario; Chart 2043 gives Niagara approaches and the lower part of the river.  Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club takes phone reservations and offers a number of transient berths, depending on seasonal dock vacancy. Call 905-468-3966.  For tourist information specific to Niagaraon-the-Lake, visit  For a bigger picture of area attractions, visit; additional information about Ontario ports of call is available through  Arrange a shuttle from Niagara-on-theLake to the Falls by visiting, or call 905-685-5464.  Guided winery tours are available through, and others.

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Continue west and make landfall at Port Dalhousie, boasting period charm, lots of restaurants and bars. Or berth at Fifty-Point in the confines of the natural wonders of a conservation area. But you probably won’t want to leave Niagaraon-the-Lake once you tie up here where the river meets the lake.


into freefall from 175 feet along a precipice more than 2,500 feet long. Six hundred thousand gallons of water course over the Canadian Falls each second. That’s a lot of water—and cruising ground for the “Maid of the Mist,” one of the most exhilarating boat rides you can take. Imagine the most confused seas you’ve ever encountered. Add a couple of nasty line squalls for good measure. Then be thankful you’re merely a passenger. Then again, if you have an ounce of boater’s blood in you, you’re going to find this rollercoaster ride right to the base of the falls one of the highlights on your float plan. And that’s just the river. Back at Lake Ontario you can see the skyline of Canada’s biggest city 25 nautical miles due north. Roughly nine miles west of here is the opening of the Welland Canal. 42 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

On Clifton Hill, ground zero of the Canadian side of the Falls, a street splattered in neon falls gently away from the crest of the Niagara Escarpment to the lip of the gorge, offering a good view of the Canadian Falls, and a great view of the American Falls. Around one corner the roars of dinosaurs assail you as you go for a hole-in-one at a mini-golf course. A Ferris wheel spins above an arcade where bells and whistles and beeps offer up a soundtrack that competes with the pounding pulse of rock emanating from a beer garden across the street. Then there are the fast food restaurants and ice cream parlors, jostling each other to waylay throngs of people cascading down Clifton Hill as inexorably as the water cascades over the Falls. Niagara-on-the-Lake is as different from the Falls as boaters are from landlubbers. Here on the main street people sip afternoon tea on the white-railed terrace of the Prince of Wales Hotel, circa 1864, serenaded by the clip-clop of horse hooves drawing carriages to the Historical Museum.

The Niagara Historical Society has been collecting and preserving the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake for more than 100 years. Tour the museum, or take one of its guided walking tours and enjoy the beauty of this historic town. Discover haute cuisine, restaurants and explore the many shops. Now celebrating its 50th season, the Shaw Festival presents musicals and classic plays by George Bernard Shaw (the playwright who penned “Pygmalion,” upon which “My Fair Lady” was based) and his contemporaries in multiple venues. Go for a matinee, then stroll the streets, admiring prime examples of Gothic, Edwardian and Georgian architecture. Stop beside an Italianate mansion, and you’ll feel like you’re in a movie set. Then you walk into the churchyard of St. Mark’s, and you sense a dark side. A grave memorializes the failed journey of a crew who voyaged here from Toronto more than a century ago and perished just off the shore. “They were all built around the same time,” says Chisholm, wearing a different hat now—docent for a historical walking tour.

War and peace Fort George staffer Dan LaRoche points toward Youngstown, a sleepy little burg on the New York side of the river. Nowadays, the vista is peaceful and idyllic. “It was early in the morning.” He points to one rise, now shaded by gentle trees. “Cannon from there opened fire. They pounded the fort here into rubble.” He turns, gestures at the blockhouse, the officers’ quarters, the palisades and cannon, the powder magazine. “It’s all been rebuilt. The magazine was the only thing left standing.” Down at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club (incidentally one of North America’s oldest) are the ruins of a fort right beside a fairway. Just west of there, early on a May morning in 1813 the Americans invaded. They occupied the town until December. I remembered, on our upriver cruise, seeing a monument rising up from the ridge at Queenston Heights near the bridge. It was the scene of a bloody battle. It is the final resting place of Canada’s hero of the war—General Isaac Brock. This region is today a vision of peace and serenity. Two hundred years ago it was buffeted by the winds of war.


An astonishing one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply pours over the Niagara escarpment (opposite, top). the “maid of the mist” tour is an exhilirating boat ride, but don’t forget to put on that poncho; they don’t call it “mist” for nothing (opposite, bottom). built in 1864, the prince of Wales Hotel is an evergreen reminder of days gone by in this charming and quaint Canadian town (above).

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jazz and Mozart and the impeccable service of a guy named Kevin, this restaurant is a culinary experience you deserve to have at least once in your voyage. Pair a wine that began from nearby grapes with a Plum-stuffed Ontario Pork Tenderloin, and you’ll decide it was worth the cab fare. 1339 Lakeshore Road; 905-468-1222.

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Galleys Galore Given the presence of wineries, tourist appeal of the Shaw Festival and the sheer charm of the area’s architecture and setting, it’s hardly surprising you’ll find a whole collection of great restaurants in NOTL.

Elements on the Falls: With an ambience dedicated to the elements, enjoy panoramic views from the second floor of Table Rock Centre. This restaurant offers the closest dining experience you can get to the Canadian falls—less than a hundred yards from the crest. Make reservations for the best seat in the house if you venture upriver to experience Niagara Falls. 6650 Niagara Parkway (Niagara Falls); 905-354-3631.

Irish Harp Pub: A fairly short walk from your berth at NOTL, the Irish Harp is a traditional pub featuring polished wood and, more important, 14 different brews on tap. The food is pub fare, but very nicely done and reasonably priced. This place is a popular watering hole with the after-theatre crowd, so it can be a fun little side-trip. Been voted Niagara’s number one pub with good reason. 245 King Street; 905-468-4443.

first thing you notice when you enter the great barnlike structure that is the market just outside town is the wealth of spices and sauces and marinades they boast here. It started humbly enough, this establishment, but they now have a shop in town and one in California. At the back is a little deli with fresh sandwiches in homebaked bread and desserts that make your mouth water. It’s a must-do lunch stop if you’ve decided to do a bit of biking on your own. With several acres in a natural setting, they’ve also got the perfect venue for a picnic. But bring a backpack—you’re going to want to bring some sauces back to the boat. 16006 Niagara Parkway.

Stone Road Grille: Though it can be a bit of a hike from the docks, this place has the highest recommendation of marina manager Ed McIlray. Lest he be accused of getting kickbacks, we checked it out. He’s right. Sort-of artistic ambiance with fire enginered walls and art deco highlights, packed with pre-theatre diners, it’s really a bastion of haute cuisine despite its unlikely placement in a non-descript little plaza. Great selection of local wines. Frommer’s Niagara has rated it one of the region’s best eateries. 238 Mary Street; 905-468-3474.


Olde Angel Inn: If you like a bit of history with your beer (and meal) and you’re not afraid of ghosts, check out this establishment just off the main street. Built on the foundation of an inn that never survived the war, it is said to be home to the ghost of Captain Swayze. While he no doubt came for the ambiance (huge wooden bar, three dining rooms, scarred hardwood floors and fireplace), he probably stayed for the killer crab cakes or lobster ravioli. 224 Regent Street; 905-468-3411.

Terroir La Cachette: Though it’s a bit of a hike out of town (you won’t be walking there), this restaurant overlooks the lush vegetation around Four Mile Creek. Boasting wall tapestries, gentle 44 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011


Niagara Falls


Today, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the picture of peace and serenity. Back in 1812, however, that wasn’t the case. This region was at war with its neighbor, the United States. Next year marks the 200th anniversary celebration of the War of 1812.

WATER AND WINE For this river that meets the lake was a strategic stronghold. For this stretch of water marked the prime battleground of the War of 1812. The story of this area is a saga of water and war. But it’s also a story of wine. There are 26 wineries here. Discover wineries with individual personalities and fabulous wines. You can find everything from wine tours with cooking classes, to the four-legged vineyard tour at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery, where your dog is welcome. Book a Sip ’n Cycle tour with Niagara Wine Tours International. Cycle past vineyards and orchards along the Niagara River as you enjoy “the prettiest town in Canada.” Chauffeured, guided tours also are offered, along with gourmet lunch and dinner packages. You will find other tour companies in the area, including Grapes and Wine Tours. Inniskillin Winery’s Debi Pratt gestures at the long green columns of grapevines that march like invading troops toward a green ridge to the south. “The escarpment and the lake together have created a unique PHOTOS BY IMAGE ONTARIO



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microclimate. And the soil itself is perfect.” She guides us into a tasting room and continues the lesson. “We’re located on the same latitude as the California vineyards, as the finest locations in Europe.” She smiles and pours a honey-hued libation into a specially-designed glass. “But what we are known best for is our ice wine. How can you get more Canadian than that?” It goes down as smooth as water, as sweet as the grapes themselves. 46 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

The heavenly brew is still on my mind back at Niagaraon-the-Lake Sailing Club. I’m chatting with marina manager Ed McIlray, looking out across the river. He pulls out a chart and provides local expertise on the waters here. “Rocks come out past Fort Mississauga on this side,” he says. “A lot of people have made contact with them, and they’re not really well-marked.” He points out another spot. “It’s shallow over there off the fort on the American side—the Niagara Bar. It can be hard to predict. A lot of silt comes out of the river, so it can build up. You do have to be careful.” He also offers up a weather-eye. “Southwesterlies prevail here. But we’re a lee shore in a north blow, and the current out of the river against the surf can create some nasty standing waves. You have to watch that.” He pauses, looking south where the Niagara disappears around a tree-festooned bend. “But then you can head upriver. If the lake’s lumpy, cruise the river. You’ve actually got the best of both worlds.” I remember the natural wonder of the Falls themselves, the history and the beauty and the sheer breadth of the experiences we’ve had here. I’ve filed in my memory bank the sweet syrup of ice wine on my taste buds, the haute cuisine offerings of a congregation of restaurants a quick stroll from the marina. And I disagree with McIlray, silently but firmly. It’s the best of all possible worlds. 



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On a June morning in 1812, the United States declared war on the British colony of Canada. Legend has it British officers at Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Americans from Fort Niagara across the river in New York shared drinks and a meal as colleagues that night and awakened next morning as enemies. Queenston Heights was the scene of a battle in October 1812. Canada’s hero, General Isaac Brock, was killed in the battle. The Americans bombarded Fort George in May 1813 and assaulted Canada from the shores of Lake Ontario just north of town. They held this picturesque village until December, when they retreated, burning the entire place. It’s been 200 years since those dark days. Two hundred years of peace. Beginning as early as January, both sides are ramping up celebrations and commemorations for the next three years here.

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HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS: For 31 years, the Battle of Stoney Creek at Battlefield Park has been reenacted on the anniversary weekend of the battle. It’s a fascinating glimpse of history with a bevy of reenactors and special events, from period encampments to fashion shows of period clothing. Make your way west along the shore and berth at Fifty Point Marina. From there, it’s a quick taxi ride. Held the beginning of June. One of the best War of 1812 collections—an easy walk from your NOTL berth—can be found at the Niagara Historical Museum, from muskets and uniforms to the hat that, according to legend, graced the coffin of General Brock. 43 Castlereigh Street; The historical society hosts a War of 1812 Historical Walking Tour of the town. But that’s just the beginning. From a New Year’s gala to special events over the next three years, they’ve pulled out all the stops. Check out for upcoming celebrations. A mustvisit for history buffs is the site It provides a current and updated list of events and a great background on the hostilities themselves. Fort George was destroyed during the war, but they rebuilt it to reflect barracks life during that time and will be offering a slate of events. “We’ve got reenactors that come each year,” says Dan LaRoche. “And next year, a highlight will be the visit of Tall Ships.” For more information specific to the fort, log on to



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Why Buy Now?

Fall might be the best time to get your new boat. BY DAVE M U LL


ooking for a new or used boat? You might not find a better time to buy than right now. According to several Great Lakes boat dealers and brokers, deals abound for post-Labor Day shoppers. “Fall is definitely a good time to buy for a variety of reasons,” says Amy Malow, marketing director at Jefferson Beach Marina headquarters in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She notes that boaters selling used boats will often offer the best price they can to avoid winter storage. Buyers looking for new boats can benefit, too, she says, in several ways. “You can lock in a good deal on a 2013 model, and now is the time because prices will be going up due to increasing prices of boatbuilding materials—you can guarantee that by the time of the Miami Boat Show (in February), you’ll see a difference in prices,” she says. Plus, she notes, now is the time to build your bigger new boat (Jefferson Beach sells Viking, Sunseeker and Princess yachts) to have it ready for next boating season. “Manufacturers aren’t keeping as many boats in inventory, so to get what you want, you should build it now, and you’ll be ready to go come spring. Some products take six to seven months to build.” Used boats needing work done also make for wise buys in the fall, says Barbara Walsh, owner of Elite Yachts brokerage based in Dalton, Illinois. “The benefit for the buyer is if they purchase now, they have all winter to get done what needs to be done; so come springtime, the boat is ready to go in the water,” Walsh says, adding 74 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

that finding the best pricing of the year for a used boat is the other reason. “I tell my customers selling their boats to be aggressive in the fall if they seriously want to sell,” says Walsh, who, with her husband, also co-owns Marine Services Corp., a full-service marine dealership. “The obvious reason is not having to pay for storage,” she adds, noting that heated storage is in high demand and can cost $8 a square foot. Since boating isn’t year-round on the Great Lakes, dealers in the region are willing to do whatever they need to for end-of-season sales of new or used boats. “Our sales events kick off with the Michigan City (Indiana) In-Water Boat Show (in late August),” says

“Manufacturers aren’t

keeping as many boats in inventory, so to get what you want, you should build it now, and you’ll be ready to go come spring.

Steve Wenzel, sales manager for Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Illinois. “The manufacturers have additional fall rebates and we dealers offer them, too. In fall, there’s still some boating left to do, and it’s one last chance for us to get some sales before the snow starts to fly. “It’s also a chance for the customers to see some of the new product that’s available either in Michigan City or at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October, which we also attend,” Wenzel continues. “Customers get to see the new products coming out in June and make a purchase at a good price for next year.” 

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

1997 CARVER 310 mid-cabin Express, T 5.7 Crusaders, 300 hrs. Heat air generator. Paid slip in Burnham Harbor. $44,900 OBO. 708-951-7100. SEP11

1995 TIARA 3100 OPEN Hardtop, Generator, Inverter, Newer Canvas, Newer Raymarine E Series electronics & Clarion Stereo system, Full Fishing Gear, New Fishhawk, Recent Survey. Asking $79,900. Call Brent @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS 2002 PURSUIT 2470 WALKAROUND, 24ft, twin Yamaha 115 four strokes, no salt, 520 hours, $42000. Email or 517-490-6620 for list and photos. OCT11

1972 GRAND BANKS 32' SEDAN. Wood, Ford Lehman 120 diesel. Completely restored 1999, new canvas 2010. $34,900. Make offer 218-525-4522. NOV11

2000 NORDIC TUG 32’ 570 Hours, Cummins Diesel, Bow/ Stern Thrusters, Dish TV, Clean, Great Lakes Only, Heated Storage, $180,000, 616-588-4127. OCT11

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

2004 WELLCRAFT 290 COASTAL, twin 225 Yamahas, 300 hrs, downriggers, Raymarine electronics, sleeps 6, A/C/ heat, excellent condition. $84,500. 231-862-3516. SEP11


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1990 DORAL BOCA GRANDE 350, Excellent Shape. Original Owner (1991) Retiring, Twin 350hp Merc’s refurnished in 2006, Fully Equipped. Recently replaced all navigation, canvas,carpets and upholstery. Heated inside storage. $49,000. 419-564-4931 OCT11

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

31’ FOUR WINNS VISTA, 1988, excellent condition, T-5.7, sleeps 6, heat/air, windlass, newer full canvas, headliner, carpet. $18,900. 616-399-7382. NOV11

1984 BERTRAM 33’ SPORTFISH. Ready to cruise or fish just add water. Upper & lower helm, fully equiped with fishing gear. Summers in covered hoist/winters inside heated. Pristine $89,500. BILL@586-295-6719. SEP11

1982, 34’ TOLLYCRAFT CONV’T., orig.owner, motors balanced blueprinted & Dyno tested.Two spare shafts & props, indoor stored, professionally maintained, many upgrades and extras. Great Lakes only, $69,500. 440-724-3831. SEP11

1986 25.5 FT REGAL AMBASSADOR 255XL. Brand New Sunbrella bimini top in June 2011. Runs good. Trailer included. Call 269-209-1516. JAN12

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2005 TIARA 32 OPEN. 8.1 Crusaders, E120 w/ digital sounder, autopilot, open array, pristine, $199,000. Jeff 517-202-2123. NO BROKERS! OCT11

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

PRISTINE 1991 350/370 SEARAY SUNDANCER 454s 535 hours,gil s.s exhaust,7.5 mercury 135 hours.professionally serviced,on lake erie $58,000, 814-392-4793. SEP11

1994 CARVER 350 AFT CABIN. Gen, AC, GPS, Auto Pilot, Plotter. New Canvas & Glass. $65,900 OBO. TRADES CONSIDERED. 920-231-0148, JAN12

1991 PACEMAKER 37’ SF. Twin 454 gas, 365hp, 540hrs, 6.5 Kohler Gen. Air Auto Pilot, Radar, Chart Plotter, 2/ VHF, Depth & Fish finder. $79,900, 612-801-6969. SEP11

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

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

1984 39-FT. SEARAY EXPRESS CRUISER CRUSADERS. Sleeps 6, Camper top, Gen, Heat/air, Inverter, Windlass, many extras, additional photos on request. $42,500. 612-240-8076. SEP11

Reduc ed! 1996 38’ SCARAB, 502 MPI, triple axle aluminum trailer, N. Mi. boat, one owner, very good cond., shore power, fridge, GPS, tv/dvd, $51,900. 231-675-0718. SEP11

1990 SEARAY 390 EC 454’S 890 hrs. Full electronics, new head, new fridge, excellent condition. $60,000 OBO. 734-379-4920. SEP11

2005 TIARA 3600 OPEN, Cummins diesels, 310hrs, bow thruster, heated indoor storage, 100% Fresh water, immaculate, 100% new stamoid canvas 2010. $298,000. Contact Ron 416-574-3433. SEP11

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

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2000 380 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 1987 36’ TIARA CONVERT. Excellent/pro-serviced. T350hp/905 hrs. Many upgrades, mid-bunk stateroom, shower. All electronics, photos. Arcadia, MI. $79,900. Call 616-340-7300 SEP11

2004 TIARA 3600 SOVRAN. Twin 450hp Cummins, always freshwater, excellent, pictures available. Make offer, trades considered. or 920-737-7304 NOV11

2000 SEA RAY 380 SUNDANCER T7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new. Best offer. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. NOV11

38’ 1986 CHRIS CRAFT CATALINA. Second owner 15 yrs. Numerous upgrades. Finest 381 on the Great lakes. $85.000. Info & pics. 574-259-0465 or NOV11

40’ 1967 CHRIS CRAFT CORINTHIAN. Rare awesome award winner. Needs nothing. Nov ‘08 survey. Please, serious inquiries only. 586-791-3744 eve., 248-588-4410 day. JAN12


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1998 37’ SEA RAY EXPRESS CRUISER, Wide beam. Excellent condition, fresh water only, all options, heated storage, Twin 380hp 7.4 mercs. $125,000., 313-510-8555. SEP11

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2003 4260 REGAL. Big 480HP Volvo Diesels, Always Fresh Water, Cockpit grill, Raymarine E120 and E80, Auto Pilot. 520 Hours. Stock #97050. Call MarineMax Ohio 419-797-4492. SEP11

1990 JEFFERSON MARQUESSA 53' MOTORYACHT. Detroit 6V92s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive 2001 upgrades. Custom Pilothouse. Zodiac. BEAUTIFUL. 612-850-2000. NOV11

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2009 TIARA 5800 SOVRAN. Only 160 hrs. All fresh water and heated storage. Save 1/2 million from my cost new. 312-953-7937. JAN12

2000 CRUISERS YACHTS 4270 EXPRESS Low Hr. 430 Volvos New Radar+ Plotter Dinghy MTR Lift Underwater Lights $179,900. 219-741-0212. JAN11

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

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


w/twin Volvo Penta D9 Diesel Power, Bow Thurster, Full Raytheon Electronics Package - “Style, Luxury with Performance” Call Today for More Info 800-213-3323 / JAN12

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

1974 60’ CHRIS CRAFT pilothouse motoryacht on the Ohio river Galley up, four staterooms, Awlgrip, beautiful inside and out. $275,000. 618-889-8133. OCT11 2005 OCEAN ALEXANDER. 54 LOA (2)500HP Yanmars300 hrs, dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $585,000. 920-739-7668. SEP11

54’ 1989 HATTERAS Extended Deck M/Y. One owner, fresh water only. Bow thruster, stabilizers, on-deck galley, 4 staterooms, walk-in engine room. Seriously for sale. Loc. Michigan. Wayne at 954-646-5099 OCT11

1991 VIKING 66/CMY 1991 VIKING 66 Custom Cockpit Motoryacht, One Owner, Excellent Condition Freshwater Boat, Many Upgrades, Meticulously Maintained, Teak Interior, $550K Repower Twin 1200hp MAN (300hrs) 21/22kt Cruise. Trade Considered-Motivated Seller $495,000 with 80' slip. 800-213-3323 JAN11

1992 54’ STEEL, COI 43 passengers, Detroit Diesel 4-71, 3.5 gph @ 8.5 knot cruise. Also suitable for private use. Located St. Clair River. $120,000 CDN. 519-892-3973 NOV11

DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE 48’ 1986 CALIFORNIAN MOTOR YACHT. 3208 Cat Diesels Three staterooms three heads Decorator interior MI $159,000. 313-402 9579 SEP11 78 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

2001 SEA RAY 560 SEDAN BRIDGE Always freshwater, immaculate, 100K+ in custom upgrades. Mahogany floors, New electronics and bridge enclosure. Stock #94038, $499,900. Josh at 419-797-4492, josh. SEP11

40’, 60’, 88’ DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE at beautiful Duncan Bay Boat Club. Clubhouse, pool, floating docks, wifi & more. Straits of Mackinaw. 866-993-3625, FEB12

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Harry Potter and the Secrets of Seamanship Don’t let magic spoil the fun. BY DAVE WALLACE


was busy scrubbing down the teak deck of Dragon Lady one Saturday morning, when I noticed a studiouslooking young man sitting on our dock box observing my activity. When I asked what he was doing, he told me he was here to study the Great Lakes and confirm the legends he’d heard of their complex personality and the powers they possessed to either make or break a boating season—particularly a complex procedure known as “cruising.” I welcomed him to join me for an iced tea and the opportunity to show off my vast knowledge.

As he stepped aboard, he showed a particular interest in my labor-intensive teak deck cleaning chore. When I told him it had to be done every week, he pulled a curious looking twig from his belt and waved it over the deck while mumbling words I did not understand. To my amazement, that four-year-old, weather-beaten deck suddenly looked even better than it did the day we took ownership. Needless to say I was impressed, so I invited him inside to learn more, and to help him with his quest. He told me his homeland was surrounded by ocean, and that he never expected to see a body of fresh inland water with such an equally distant horizon. He wondered: How had we managed to navigate this vast space? 80 LAKELANDBOATING.COM S E P T E M B E R 2 011

I began by explaining the concept of latitude and longitude, the role played by the compass and the recent miracle of satellite navigation. As I spoke he pointed his strange twig in a northerly direction and a perfect, three-dimensional, high definition image of Beaver Island appeared directly off our bow. “You mean something like that?” he asked. “Something like that,” I replied, “but in a boat, you have the challenge of getting to that place over hundreds of miles of open water.” “How could that be a challenge?” he asked innocently. I refilled our iced tea glasses and tried my best to make sense of our complex Great Lakes weather system. “These waters can transform themselves from hot, fly-attracting flat calm, to vicious, white-capped fury in a matter of moments. And, unlike the steel ships of the ocean, these fiberglass pleasure boats can be tossed about like toys, while terrified crew are inspired to toss their most recent meal.” “You obviously don’t possess the proper cruising technology,” my friend suggested. He waved his twig again, and the oppressive July heat was modified by a gentle northerly breeze. The open water developed a pleasing, 12-inch wave pattern—just enough to make the cruise interesting without rocking the boat. This business with the twig seemed like magic, so I asked how he developed this incredible source of power. He told me an unbelievable story of a special school, where especially gifted boys and girls spend four years learning the techniques of the “dark arts.” He then suggested that in spite of my advanced age, he might have enough influence with the faculty to get me enrolled. If I succeeded in having what it takes to graduate, I could return with absolute power over these vast inland lakes, and turn every cruise into an idyllic experience. I thanked him for his generous offer, but declined it as gracefully as I could. He was amazed… and wondered why. In my heart I knew he could never understand this decision, but as a lifelong resident of the Great Lakes region, a perfect cruise with no surprises would wipe out the challenge and spoil the fun… totally.  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

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