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Great Lakes News, Boats, Must-Have, Buzz, Events, Business, USCG OpSums

Electronics Gearing Up Corke Board Ask the Expert Don’t Hesitate to Renovate Boat Spotlights: Bayliner, Premier, Vanquish, Zodiac 48 Marina Watch 50 Lakeshore Life 72 Above the Waterline 17 18 19 20 21 22



Victorian Grace Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake and the surrounding communities welcome boaters year round with the perfect atmosphere for recreation, relaxation and restoration. by Heather Steinberger

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ups and Downs Low lake levels affect marinas around the Great Lakes. by Elizabeth Altick


a fine Pairing When a prominent Chicago interior designer meets a classic American motoryacht, the result is a stunningly beautiful renovation — one that celebrates the joy of boating. by Michael Hauenstein




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With its latest SC 365i, Pursuit has done the unthinkable: Created a sleek, sexy sport yacht with — that’s right — two outboards. The power plants are cleverly disguised inside the boat’s transom, instead of hanging off the back. This leaves room for a full-beam swim platform and four-step telescoping swim ladder. Brilliant!

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he winter boat show season is gearing up with the Progressive Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show taking place January 9-13 at McCormick Place. For a complete listing of boat shows and events, check out our monthly calendar on page 10. I think you will enjoy our editorial lineup this month, beginning with Elizabeth Altick’s feature on plunging Great Lakes water levels and their effect on boaters and the surrounding environment. This is a follow-up piece to an article she penned for Lakeland Boating’s January 2013 issue (“How Low Will It Go?,” page 32). In this piece, she discusses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the already vulnerable lake levels of southern Lake Michigan. Michael Hauenstein’s “A Fine Pairing” (page 34) is the story of an interior redesign/renovation done right, due to the collaboration of the owners, boat-savvy, Chicago-based interior designer Anthony Michael, and the boat yard, Marine Services Corp. in Dolton, Illinois. The results speak for themselves. The ‘Port of Call’ this month is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lakeland Boating Editor-at-large Heather Steinberger, a Wisconsin native and a big fan of Lake Geneva, has done a wonderful job bringing this iconic summer playground of the Midwest elite to life. The lake has been drawing well-heeled Chicagoans since the 1850s. If you’re interested in ice boating, Lake Geneva is considered by many to be the best ice boating venue in the world. We also offer you a selection of great new boats in this issue. If you have the intent to buy, you must check out Greg Proteau’s article, offering a detailed update on the current state of boat financing, on page 30. The good news: Banks are finally loosening up when it comes to issuing boat loans.

Creative staff Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Associate art director: Rod Koser Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Mark Corke, Jacob Hand, Mike Harris, Michael Hauenstein, Forest Johnson, Capt. Mark Kellum, Mark Kish, Capt. Frank Lanier, Russell Lowe, Roger McAfee, Greg Proteau, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace, Alan Wendt

On December 7, 2012, a World War II Wildcat was pulled out of Lake Michigan at Larsen Marine in Waukegan, Illinois. The plane had been underwater for more than 65 years. On the local Great Lakes news front, a World War II FM-2 Wildcat was pulled from Lake Michigan December 7, 2012. She is one of 31 training planes recovered from the lake, with 80 more still sitting on the bottom. During the war, 15,000 to 18,000 pilots left Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois to land on jury-rigged, pseudo-aircraft carriers. Of the pilots that went through the program, most were successful. According to the Great Lakes Echo, researchers are worried about a new exotic found in the Great Lakes: Killer Shrimp. Can you imagine “Killer Shrimp?!” Apparently they can adapt to fresh water and are a potential threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. They say we need a bad winter — snow, rain and ice cover — to stop evaporation and raise lake levels. Let’s hope for the worst. LB

We’re always on the lookout for interesting and inventive boat names! Send a short write-up, along with your name, your boat’s name and your home city and state, as well as a high-resolution photo of your boat (at least 1 MB) to: Don’t forget to put “Name Game” in the subject line. If we publish your Name Game submission in a 2013 issue of Lakeland Boating, you’ll receive a FREE Kanberra Gel gift basket valued at $99, courtesy of the folks at Kanberra. Made with all-natural ingredients like Australian tea tree oil, this semi-solid, biodegradable gel dissipates when exposed to air, breaking down mildew, mold and viruses in a fragrant eucalyptus lemon scent.



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Enjoying the View This is a photo of a sunset I took in Holland, Michigan. Thought you could use it. —Thomas T. Hunt, Royal Oak, MI

Thanks for sharing, Thomas! We love hearing from our readers. If you have any thoughts, stories, images or favorite Great Lakes destinations you’d like to share with us, please drop us a line at

Fond Memories Bells are still ringing from the memories stirred up by Dave Wallace’s recent column entitled “Obsession is a Lobster Boat” (November/December 2012). Various boats, sports cars and guns, often impractical in one way or another, have come and gone… and some even stayed! The best part is: We had the opportunity, right? —Roger Giles, Knoxville, TN

“Coastie” Pride Dave Wallace said in one of his most recent columns that he’d like to hear from some of us, so here goes. As an old “Coastie,” I’m checking in on the subject of what is or is not respectful of those who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard (“My Diminutive Problem,” October 2012). To be honest, I was confused by all of the conversation about this topic because ever since I served in the Guard back in the 1960s, I’ve always been proud to be called a “Coastie”… as have hundreds of others that I’ve known over the years. When I first stepped ashore off our U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle in visiting ports of call, to mentioning the service in many articles I wrote as a regular Lakeland Boating contributor back in the 1980s, to my current voyaging aboard our Nordic Tug, I receive the same wonderful greetings from friends and acquaintances along the way: “Hey, Coastie! How’s it going?” Whether a Petty Officer or a four-stripe Captain, most of us are very proud to be “Coasties.” —George Wilson, Egg Harbor, WI

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The Great Lakes are the largest system of fresh surface water on Earth. Combined, the five lakes contain roughly 21 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and 84 percent of North America’s fresh water supply. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water.*

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WWII Aircraft Recovered from Lake Michigan


Back Cove Debuts Downeast 37 Back Cove Yachts, based in Rockland, Maine, has announced it recently completed work on a brand-new model, the Back Cove Downeast 37, which will debut in July. “This is an opportunity for us to take all of our thoughts and ideas about what makes dayboats such great platforms and grow those ideas to a scale that allows the proportions to be elegant and balanced,” says Kevin Burns, Back Cove’s vice president of design and product development. For the Downeast 37, Back Cove retained the hull of its successful 37-footer but completely redesigned the deck and interior. In the engine room is a Cummins 480, which will provide a cruising speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 25 knots. For more information, call 207-655-2396 or visit

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A World War II “Wildcat” fighter plane that has been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years was recently recovered and brought to the surface. The National Naval Aviation Museum, along with the Naval History and Heritage Command, initiated the project. The Museum Foundation is sponsoring the location, recovery, restoration and eventual display of the plane. A&T Recovery crews worked to hoist the Wildcat from the depths of Lake Michigan on December 7 at Larsen Marine in Waukegan, Illinois through a generous donation from Charles Greenhill (pictured in cockpit) of Mettawa, Illinois. “This effort will lead to another important World War II aircraft being presented to the American public that shows the significant history of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ whose courage and dedication to our country preserved America’s and the world’s freedom,” says Capt. Ed Ellis, JAGC, USN (Ret.) and vice president of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. The Wildcat initially went down on December 28, 1944, amid forecasts calling for fair and cold weather conditions. It crashed into 200 feet of water during aircraft carrier qualification training that was routinely conducted on Lake Michigan in the early- to mid-1940s. The accident was determined to be caused by engine failure. For more information, call 850-452-3604 or visit

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S.S. Badger’s Days May Be Numbered An historic car ferry that has crossed Lake Michigan for nearly six decades may soon be taken out of commission, according to a recent report by WBEZ 91.5 Chicago that was published on the station’s website, The problem, says officials, is that the S.S. Badger, the nation’s only remaining coal-powered ferry, spews too much pollution into the lake, and its permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to expire.

Cmdr. Eric Doucette, incident commander for the Hurricane Sandy Pollution Response Unified Command, Capt. Gordon Loebl, captain of the Port of New York, Col. Paul Owen, commander and district engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, and ACOE representatives discuss the plan for the salvage of the John B. Caddell on Staten Island. The Caddell is a 184-foot tank ship that ran aground on the island following Hurricane Sandy.

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“It’s a dirty ferry that dumps tons of coal ash in Lake Michigan every year,” Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was quoted by WBEZ as saying. The Democrat went on the offensive when, according to the WBEZ report, congressmen from Michigan (Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga) and Wisconsin (Republican Rep. Tom Petri) tried to slip an earmark into the House Coast Guard Reauthorization Act that sought to exempt the S.S. Badger from regulations because of its registered historic site status. “The S.S. Badger had better decide to change or find another business,” Durbin was quoted in the article as saying. The S.S. Badger carries vehicles between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan, saving drivers a lengthy commute through Chicago. According to the WBEZ article, 45,000 people took trips on the ship in 2011. To avoid the pollution issues, the WBEZ news report says the ship could convert from coal to natural gas operation but has yet to do so.

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Hillesheim inducted into MBIA Hall of Fame


Sea Ray 370 Venture: ‘Boat of the Year’ Sea Ray, the world’s largest manufacturer of pleasure boats, recently received “Boat of the Year 2012” honors for its 370 Venture by the editors of Boating magazine. The award was presented in the January issue of the publication. Boating’s “Tech Team” tested more than 100 boats in 2012 to compete for the honor. “Sea Ray’s 370 Venture is powered by outboards, cleverly hidden and ingeniously installed,” the magazine states. “It offers a quieter ride, more stowage and larger accommodations than similar cruisers do. It possesses better shallow water ability and diminished corrosion concerns. In short, Sea Ray’s 370 Venture represents a category of one.” For more information, call (865) 971-6677 or visit

Vince Hillesheim, who recently retired after 32 years as president and general manager of Anchor Inn Marina in Cheboygan, Michigan, was inducted into the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) Hall of Fame for the year 2012. The presentation was made at the Recreational Boating Educational Conference, held December 6, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. “Vince is being recognized for his outstanding customer service Vince Hillesheim skills, business experience, receives his training help and inspiration, award alongside which have contributed greatly his daughter and to the boating industry,” says former student, MBIA’s interim executive director Jennifer Hillesheim. Nicki Polan. “Vince was also a strong contributor to the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation and Marina Management Program created at Michigan State University.” For more information, call 734-261-0123 or visit

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Knot on Call After 30-plus years of being a corporate pilot serving a portion of that time “on call” for emergencies and not being able to leave the marina, my wife came up with the name Knot on Call. —Gary Junker, Findlay, OH

S.P. and Me

Smile n’ Wave

We have a 1999 406 Carver that we live on all summer. This is our fifth boat since we started boating in 1983. When it came to naming the boat, I wanted to call it Sweetie Pie and the dinghy and Me, but my captain wasn’t too keen on saying over the radio, “This is Sweetie Pie (which, by the way, is our pet name for each other). So a compromise was reached. We chose S.P. and Me as the name. —Laurie & Karl Fredrick, Waterport, NY

We are fans of the Disney movies “Madagascar” and Madagascar II,” famous for the penguins that are always saying, “Smile ‘n wave, boys!” It fit perfectly as a play on words for our 1978 Chris-Craft Catalina 280, complete with four penguins up front: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, along with the hula girl that is “Shakin’ like a leaf, doll!” —Brad McKay, Wittenberg, WI


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by Roger McAfee | electronics

Mad For Mobile Handheld devices are revolutionizing how we cruise.


All about the apps It’s the applications that make mobile devices most useful to boaters. One of the more useful apps, particularly for cruisers, is the award-winning Navionics charts that bring to the tablet a series of electronic charts. If the tablet has built-in GPS, the vessel location can be noted as charts come up onscreen. The chart apps, which can be purchased online from Apple iTunes, cover all of North America… although each geographical area is purchased separately. An angler can download various fishing applications to his or her mobile device that show bottom contours and other permanent underwater structures. Trailerboaters can download apps that display launch ramps and will give detailed directions to the closest ones. Some apps even allow for a user to “overlay,” meaning a boater can, to a certain extent, operate as if he or she had “local knowledge” of a particular area. Since most mobile devices have internet capability,

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there’s almost nothing a cruising boater can’t find. A friend of mine in the Pacific Northwest recently finished major renovations to a boat he bought and decided to take it out for a cruise. The vessel was equipped with a vaporizing pot burner diesel stove, complete with oven. Unfortunately, he never learned how to operate this particular piece of equipment. It was chilly during the day at sea, and he decided it would be a long, cold night aboard without heat. He tied into the internet on his smartphone, found operating instructions for the stove, and soon was warm and comfortable. Like magic, only real.

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s mobile devices become more popular and more powerful, they continue to make inroads into the marine industry — and have great potential to improve the cruising experience. For the purpose of this discussion, a “mobile device” will be defined as a small, handheld piece of computing equipment with a display screen and touch or keyboard input weighing less than two pounds. Admittedly, it’s a bit of an arbitrary definition… since many new laptops are so light they are certainly considered “mobile” by these standards. Using this definition there are two items that many boaters have on board while they’re cruising: A cell phone and a handheld VHF radio. These two items really count as safety equipment, particularly since a number of portable VHFs now also have GPS capabilities. However, when we think of mobile devices, most of us think smartphones and tablet computers. With the recent introduction of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet, there are now three major mobile device platforms available to boaters. The oldest, and best known, is the Apple iPad. As of October 2012, there were 275,000 dedicated iPad apps. If one includes iPhone apps in the mix, the total rises to an astonishing 700,000 apps. The second platform, operated by Google, uses the Android operating system. Much like Apple, there are approximately 700,000 apps for Android operating systems. Microsoft, being a relatively new kid on the block, has about 120,000 apps currently available.

Information at your fingertips Many marinas have information on facilities and moorage availability easily accessible on mobile devices, so planning ahead during cruise time is a snap. This can dramatically reduce cruising stress. Tablets and smartphones are useful when it comes to ascertaining tides and current flow in any given area and, depending on the source of the tables, can also provide information on secondary points. Up-to-date weather information can also be readily obtained. Apps are available that will turn a mobile device into an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver. There are a number of music apps available that will allow a smartphone to be plugged into the vessel stereo system, if the vessel has a newer entertainment system. Mobile devices are also useful as remote, portable readouts if the helm station display has the ability to broadcast to them. This process is common on large vessels where the skipper can see what’s happening from any location on board. On megayachts, with the right type of electronic interface and electronic engine and drive controls, the vessel can be operated remotely from a mobile device. Overall, mobile devices can make cruising easier and a lot more fun. One just has to work at sorting through the apps available and downloading them. Now, if somebody could come up with an app to do that quickly and easily… LB

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Roger McAfee has been boating for more than 60 years. He contributes to many of North America’s boating magazines and judges the industry’s Innovation Awards.




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by Mark Corke | corke board

Boat Show 101 Get the most from your visit to the show floor.


love boat shows. Apart from all the flashy boats on display that I’ll probably never have a chance to own, there’s also a cornucopia of gadgets and gizmos to look at. The trouble is that your brain can go into overload; it’s possible to walk around the show in a daze and not really see anything in detail. To get the most out of a boat show visit you almost have to look at it like a military operation… and strategize before you even walk through the entrance. Of course it can be fun to simply wander the aisles, but I know from experience you can miss things. One year at England’s Southampton Boat Show I missed an entire section of the show because I didn’t know there was another hall directly across the street!

Plan ahead

Do your homework With the first bit of groundwork laid, follow up with some internet research. Most boat shows have an online show guide or at the very least a list of exhibitors. Scan the list and jot down what companies you’d like to check out. If the guide includes a map, circle the exhibitor booths so they’ll be easier to find. You frequently see folks at shows toting bags that are exploding with printed brochures. Although these can be helpful, just about all this information is available on the companies’ respective websites… so unless you really want

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Before you’re boat show-bound, I suggest sitting down with a pencil and paper and jotting some notes about what you actually want to see at the show. Are you interested in a new boat, or are you more interested in a new chartplotter for the boat you already own? Say you’re in the market for a center console fishing boat. Write down key criteria such as your budget, what specific features you’re looking for, and anything else you feel is relevant to the search. You may have a specific boat in mind that you’ve previously admired out on the water or at the marina. Is this going to be a just a look-and-see-type visit, or are you a serious buyer? If you’re fairly serious, it may be a good idea to have financing options lined up in advance of the show; that way, if you’re taking out a loan to cover the cost of the boat, you’ll know what your estimated payments will look like. If you’re pre-approved for financing, you’re also a much more attractive prospect to boat manufacturers — who are more likely to offer you a good deal if they know you’re ready to buy.

to lug all that stuff around the show, just pick up a business card at the booth and look up the company’s website later. Once you’ve got your short list on paper, it pays to make note of some questions for salespeople. Apart from the actual cost of the boat, what’s included in the price? How long is the warranty? What does the dealership’s after-sales service look like? Does the dealership have any boat show incentives if you sign a purchase agreement at the show? Is a sea trial possible?

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All about attitude Always pay attention to and be mindful of a sales staff’s attitude at a boat show. I once wound up not buying a particular boat for this very reason. I attended a well-known international boat show ready to buy a boat that I really liked, but the appalling attitude of the salesperson turned me off completely and I ended up spending my money on a competitor’s product. After all, if they cannot be bothered to talk to you at the show and would rather spend time texting friends than talking about their boats, then what sort of service are you going to get if something goes wrong after the sale? At the end of the day, a visit to a boat show should be a fun experience. I must admit: I’m not too keen on crowds. Many of the larger boat shows offer VIP access on the first day or two of the event. The tickets are typically more expensive, and this tends to discourage all but the most dedicated of boat show-goers. Also, if you plan your visit at the beginning of a show, salespeople are likely to be less preoccupied and more attentive. Weekends are often the busiest time to stroll the aisles, so unless you’re going with the whole family it pays to avoid these times if possible. But above all relax, have fun, and enjoy your day! LB

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Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.




ask the expert | by Elizabeth Altick

Analyzing Anodes CMP Global’s Tyler Seebach describes anodes that don’t sacrifice the environment. LB: What are sacrificial anodes and how do they work? Seebach: Anodes are specifically “alloyed” metal parts using either zinc, aluminum or magnesium as their base metal component. They are either bolted or welded onto underwater marine gear such as hulls, sterndrives, outboards and prop shafts. Anodes are necessary to protect this expensive gear from harmful corrosion that occurs when dissimilar metals are connected in water. Anodes will protect all other metals below them on the noble scale. In other words, they corrode instead of the structure they’re affixed to.

Contact Tyler Seebach Vice President, Sales CMP Global Ltd. 7733 Progress Way Delta, British Columbia Canada V3M-0E7 604-940-2010

LB: What kinds of boats need them?

Seebach: Yes. Zinc anodes are only effective in saltwater. Aluminum anodes can be used in salt and brackish water (and even in some fresh water areas). Magnesium anodes provide the best protection in fresh water. Note that magnesium is not recommended for use in salt or brackish water due to its highly active nature.

Seebach: Most boats require anodes if they have any metal parts exposed below the waterline, such as through-hull fittings, prop shafts and trim tabs.

LB: Which anodes are best for fiberglass, steel and aluminum hulls?

LB: What’s the disadvantage of traditional zinc anodes? Seebach: Zinc anodes that adhere to the US Mil-Spec Zinc Alloy (the governing standard for high-quality anodes) contain trace amounts of cadmium. Elevated levels of cadmium have been found to be toxic to marine life. Zinc (in high concentration) has also been deemed harmful to marine life. There have been many recent initiatives to ban the use of zinc anodes in sensitive harbor environments.

LB: What’s the alternative to zinc anodes? Seebach: A great alternative is US Mil-Spec aluminum alloy anodes, which do not contain any cadmium and only a small percentage of pure Special High Grade Zinc.

LB: Do aluminum anodes work as well as the zinc versions? Seebach: They actually perform better than zinc anodes in salt and brackish water. They also last longer and weigh less than zinc.

Elizabeth Altick specializes in recreational marine, cultural and humaninterest subjects. She was formerly executive editor of a recreational boating magazine.



LB: Isn’t aluminum more expensive than zinc? Seebach: Pound for pound, aluminum anodes are actually much less costly than zinc.


LB: Are there different anodes for fresh- and saltwater?

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Seebach: If in salt or brackish water, aluminum anodes are effective on all three. The most common question we get is: How do aluminum anodes protect an aluminum hull? As mentioned previously, because the aluminum anode is a very specialized “alloy,” which is much higher on the noble scale (hence more active), it will protect all other aluminum components. This is why all of the major marine engine builders use Mil-Spec aluminum anodes.

LB: Where should anodes be located? Seebach: Anodes are typically located in specific areas of the boat and/or engine as per OEM specifications. If someone has built their own boat or has little to no information regarding anodes, we typically refer them to our in-house corrosion engineer who can calculate the proper size, quantity and position of the anodes.

LB: How does an owner know when anodes should be replaced? Seebach: Anodes should be replaced at 50 to 70 percent of their original size. LB Martyr is a leading manufacturer and supplier of die-cast zinc, aluminum and magnesium sacrificial anodes, sold worldwide. They provide low-cost cathodic protection of ocean-going vessels, structures and equipment constructed of iron, steel, aluminum, magnesium, and other metals.

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by Capt. Frank Lanier | don’t hesitate to renovate

Pump it Up Tips and advice to maintain and repair inflatables.


irst, the bad news: Any boat that uses air tubes, from inflatable dinghies to ridgid hull inflatables, can begin leaking as a result of damage incurred during everyday events such as docking, beaching or simply rubbing against a barnacle-encrusted pylon. The good news is that most of these leaks will be small punctures or tiny cuts that can be easily repaired by the owner with inexpensive kits available from the manufacturer or at most marine retail stores. Before you can repair your inflatable, you have to know if it’s constructed of PVC or Hypalon. The glues, solvents and method of repair are different for each material, and failure to match them correctly can cause the patch to fail or actually damage the boat. n

Here are some general repair tips: n Unless the damage is blatantly obvious, the first step is sourcing the leak. Fully inflate the tubes and brush a solution of dishwashing soap and water over the inflatable one section at a time. Soap bubbles indicate a leak; mark the area with a felt-tip pen and continue looking, as there may be more than one. n Next cut a suitably sized patch for the hole. Round off the



Safety First Don’t smoke or work around open flames. Wear appropriate safety gear and clothing. n Always work in a well-ventilated area. n




Inflatable Care Keep your inflatable inflated! Soft or underinflated tubes promote seam separation, chafe and abrasion. n Protect inflatables from the sun. You can dramatically extend the life of your inflatable with custom canvas covers and by applying products such as 303 Aerospace Protectant. Never use products like Armor All, as they prevent repair patches from sticking. n Keep a couple of small fenders on board and carry a stern anchor to help keep your tender from banging into concrete walls, rickety docks and the like. n

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edges of the patch to reduce the chances of snagging and to improve the overall appearance of the repair. For smaller punctures, the patch should extend beyond the hole 1 inch in all directions; increase this to 2 inches for cuts or tears. Rips or holes larger than 1 inch or those located within 2 inches of a seam should be repaired using both internal and external patches, ideally installed by a certified repair facility. If that’s not an option and emergency repairs are needed, larger splits or those with jagged edges can be stitched up with heavy-duty needle and thread, both to add strength and keep the edges aligned while patching. The Barton ClamSeal ( is another good option for emergency repairs. Clean the area to be repaired thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush and solution of soap and water. If present, old glue should be completely removed, either by sanding, scraping or carefully grinding with a Dremel or similar rotary tool. Once dry, wipe both patch and repair surface with a clean cloth dampened with the appropriate solvent (MEK for PVC; toulene or acetone for Hypalon) to remove surface oil and grease. Deflate the tube and lay on a flat, solid surface. Hold the patch in place and trace around it with a pencil, then tape off the repair area with masking tape. This makes the repair look neater and protects the surrounding area from excess glue, scuffing during surface preparation, etc. Give Hypalon a light sanding with 180-grit paper, then wipe again with solvent (do this for the patch as well). Wait 10 minutes after this second solvent wipe before gluing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply adhesive to the marked area and the back of the patch with a stiff bristle glue or paint brush — one suitable for use with lacquer (natural hair, for example). Two-part contact cement requires time for the solvent to evaporate… meaning both patch and tube should be slightly tacky prior to assembly. For best results, glue out of direct sunlight at a temperature between 64°F and 77°F with less than 70 percent humidity. Once the adhesive has reached the proper tackiness, start from one edge and carefully lay the patch onto the glued area. After it’s in place, press out all air bubbles and wrinkles (from the center of the patch outward) using a hard roller or large tablespoon. This action ensures the patch has good contact with the tube. Wait at least 24 hours before inflation and use (and ideally 48 hours, if possible). LB

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Canvas covers provide added protection from sunlight and dockinduced abuse.

A typical Hypalon repair kit includes patch material, glue, sand paper, roller and instructions.

Once you find the leak, mark it with a felt pen and continue searching.

Capt. Frank Lanier is an award-winning journalist, boat maintenance guru and owner of Capt F.K. Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants (




boat spotlight | by Alan Wendt

Bayliner Element A

Back to basics with this affordable dayboat.

dd the word “coving” to your boating vocabulary. Bayliner is introducing a new series of dayboats including a truly affordable entry-level model called Element. Since the Great Recession all but dry-docked the cruiser (25'-34') market, Bayliner has been redesigning its U.S. fleet to accommodate boaters who cruise less than an hour to a cove, island or favorite raft-up destination. “The Element is the start of something new,” says Bayliner marketing director Matt Guilford. “With monthly payments around $150 dollars and an overall price tag for the 16-footer, including a 60-hp Mercury 4-stroke BigFoot outboard and trailer under $12,000, this boat will easily fit a family’s wallet and garage.” Designers took a year’s worth of consumer research that indicated today’s fuel-conservative boater cruises a short distance to their favorite hangout, so speed was not nearly as important compared to the feeling of safety when you first step on board, throttle up or enter a turn. Engineers created an “M-shaped” hull that mitigates the sensation of tipping. Our test with three adults was for the most part peppy and dry, but a sharp turn into a wake or wave will create a light spray that the low profile windscreen can’t block. All of Bayliner’s new 2013 lineup emphasizes additional capacity, including Element, with two adult-size loungers




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Specifications LOA: 16'2" Beam: 7'5" Draft: under 12" Weight (dry/approx.): 1,570 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 12 gals. Water Capacity: N/A Power: Mercury 4-stroke 60 hp BigFoot Base Price:$11,999 (boat/motor/trailer)

with cushioned backrests in the bow. Instead of the traditional bucket seats found in most cockpits, there are three molded, cushioned seats ergonomically arranged, including the helm seat, so that passengers can easily be a spotter when towing. The optional watersports package helps define both looks and functionality. For kids, this mini-tower and BigFoot engine combo is more than enough to provide hours of thrills on a tube, plus board racks keep wakeboards and skis out of the boat. A portable 12-gallon fuel tank is hidden beneath the port rear seat. You can easily gas up without climbing aboard. There is ample storage for towels, coolers and the usual complement of water toys strategically situated beneath seats. With snappy graphics and a compelling price tag, Bayliner expects Element to become the next most popular selling boat in the decade ahead. LB

by Capt. Frank Lanier | boat spotlight

Specifications LOA: 29'4" Beam: 8'6" Draft: 1'8" Weight: 3,700 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 75 gals. Water Capacity: N/A Power: Twin Evinrude 300 hp Base Price: $61,814


hile the pontoon boats of yesteryear may have been slow-moving, Spartan-equipped party barges, the ’toon of today has evolved into a fast, responsive boat with deluxe accommodations. For a good example of just how far we’ve come, step up and enjoy the view on Premier’s all-new 290 Grand View. The latest addition to the Premier luxury line of pontoon boats, the 290 Grand View dual outboard Bombay Bar Boat is the first of its kind and like nothing else in the industry. “We raised the bar with the new Grand Entertainer last year, but the Grand View takes pontoon boating to an entirely new level,” says Bob Menne, president of Premier. Featuring an optional 10-foot-wide layout, the Grand View boasts a built-in Bombay Bar equipped with stools and an Escape Galley featuring an electric sink, bottle opener, paper towel holder, two stainless steel drawers, and a lighted insulated cooler. Creature comforts include Flexsteel couches and a lounge arm changing room with vanity and Porta Potti.

Premier 290 Grand View

Not your daddy’s ’toon.

All this, coupled with an electronics package that includes a touchscreen Beacon Electronic System with spotter camera, Jensen stereo with remote faceplate, and integrated GPS/depthfinder with air and water temperature and depthsounder, makes the 290 Grand View a pontoon that gets noticed — a true head turner, whether at the dock or raft-up. But Premier upped the ante even more to include an elevated aft deck with fan tail steps, inlaid wood grain step treads, center steps into the water, and under-deck storage for safety, style and the best view on the lake. “This boat changes the captain’s perspective on the water,” says Dave Grovender, Premier’s product engineer. “It gives the driver and his [or her] customers a new view from the raised deck. The design combined with Premier’s luxury features make the Grand View unlike any pontoon built today.” With PTX™ performance and twin 300-hp Evinrude E-Tec’s, the Grand View provides runabout-type handling and speeds of more than 50 mph. It’s truly a luxury pontoon to excite both captain and passenger alike. LB

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boat spotlight | by Capt. Frank Lanier

Vanquish 26 Dual Console L

A floating work of art.

ike many works of art, the Vanquish 26 Dual Console was born out of desire. “The concept was originally brought to us by a customer that wanted the look, ride and quality of a Vanquish but with the additional versatility that a dual console provides,” commented Morgan Huntley, president of Vanquish. “We were so happy with the outcome of the project that we decided to put the boat into production.” The Vanquish 26 DC allows the discriminating boat enthusiast to experience all the fun and versatility of a dual console design along with classic Vanquish styling. They took the features past Vanquish customers loved and blended them seamlessly into a beautiful package with two consoles and bow seating for a stunning craft that draws looks at every port. “It’s clear that Vanquish’s Morgan Huntley is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about his products, so we knew we were in good hands from the start,” says Melanie Kefalidis, who took delivery of the first Vanquish 26 DC in July 2012. “While he offered a wide array of customization options and was very receptive to our requests, there were many times when we just deferred to him — and we’re glad we did. The boat turned out better than we ever could have dreamed.”




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Specifications LOA: 26'8" Beam: 8'0" Draft: 2'6" Weight: 4,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 90 gals. Water Capacity: N/A Power: Yamaha 200 hp Base Price: $112,000

Building on Doug Zurn’s exclusive bow forward design, Vanquish took it to the next level, creating even more room for movement in the cockpit area, fostering an uncluttered feeling. The cozy and inviting bow seating provides everything you need at your fingertips to enjoy a day on the water, while a large L-shape settee aft provides plenty of seating so no one is left behind. The integrated wet bar with your choice of sink or barbeque grill and the enclosed head under the port console ensures that the fun goes on all day. All these features (built to an unwavering standard of construction) slices through the waves on the famed Vanquish hull. The mission of the Vanquish line is to excite the sensibilities of the well-bred yachtsman. By combining classic design, balanced power and elite craftsmanship, the company’s goal is to create a line that future generations will see as collectibles. Based on the head-turning capabilities of the Vanquish DC, it looks like they’ve achieved success. LB

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Specifications LOA: 22'11" Beam: 10'6" Draft: N/A Weight: 3,330 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 82 gals. Water Capacity: 11 gals. Power: 250 hp single/150 hp dual (300 hp) Base Price: $110,000 w/single Yamaha 250 hp $120,000 w/dual Yamaha 150 hp


hen most people think of RIB-style boats a few things immediately come to mind. First, the hull is rigid, of course. Second, inflatable-chambered tubes along the gunwales, naturally. And third, they are used primarily as a tender for a much larger boat. Several RIB manufacturers are trying to change that third concept, and Zodiac is leading the charge with its N-ZO 700 model. “The N-ZO is designed as a stand-alone boat,” explained Matt Bolt, Zodiac’s Northeast and Midwest regional manager. “With plenty of seating and sun pad up forward, it’s a great dayboat for summer outings. In addition, the cuddy cabin comfortably sleeps two adults and features a private head, which makes the N-ZO a fun boat even for an overnight getaway.” For entertaining, the N-ZO 700 helm leaning post flips forward to reveal a refreshment center with pressurized freshwater sink and a top-loading refrigerator. Add the optional single burner hotplate and create a nifty summer kitchen that complements your cruising plans. There’s plenty of seating throughout the cockpit area. The helm’s leaning post with backrest is doublewide, and

Zodiac N-ZO 700 the backside of the leaning post is bench seating facing aft. There’s a forward-facing bench that forms an L-shape on the starboard side. The collapsible aft picinc table in between creates a place to dine and socialize. A compartmentalized storage area under the aft bench seat and additional storage behind the helm ensure plenty of space to stash goodies onboard. The starboard-side bench adds a little more storage; it also doubles as a machinery space and houses the battery switches. For sun worshipers, there’s a large sundeck with safety rails forward of the helm. On the port side of the transom is a boarding platform that flips up to reveal a slide-out swim ladder. Between the boarding platform and the cockpit is a Plexiglass safety door. As you enter the cabin there’s a head with privacy door on the starboard side. Below is seating for five that can convert into a double berth. Storage is available under the forward seating and the port and starboard bench seats. For those into watersports, the N-ZO 700 is suited for waterskiing, tubing and wakeboarding with an optional ski mast that mounts into the transom. “Zodiac is the leader in RIB design and technology,” added Bolt. “The N-ZO 700 is one of the best examples of Zodiac’s premiere position in this boating segment, and with a cabin it takes the concept to a whole new level.” LB

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A RIB with a twist.




boat test

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he most overused adjective in the marine industry is â&#x20AC;&#x153;innovative.â&#x20AC;? It has become a platitude for marketing the most mundane engineering change simply to justify sending out a press release. Seldom is there real innovation that threatens to create a paradigm shift in the way we perceive what it means to boat. The new Pursuit SC 365i represents that kind of out-of-the-box thinking.

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Tom Slikkers, president of Holland, Michiganbased S2 Yachts, the parent corporation of Pursuit Boats, lunches regularly with Bruce Thompson, vice president of operations, and George Hetzel, vice president of sales and marketing. At one of these lunches in 2009 the men discussed advancements and value of large displacement outboard 4-stroke engines and hit on the idea that a mid-size sport coupe might benefit from the performance, economy, low noise levels and ease of maintenance that these outboards offer. The trio sketched some early renderings of what they thought a sport coupe with outboards might look like, and this mid-day brainstorming session was how the new Pursuit SC 365i was initially conceived. Slikkers believes that the Pursuit SC 365i, which currently has a patent pending, will dramatically change the way boaters perceive outboard powered boats. “It used to be that boaters grew up with outboards,” Slikkers explains. “When they reached adulthood and could afford it, these people would move to inboards. Sort of a ‘right-of-passage.’ Today, with the large displacement 4-stroke outboards that are quiet and no longer clunky, inboard owners are moving back to outboards. Now in the 30- to 40-foot sport coupe arena, there is a new power option that takes advantage of strength, dependability and utility of twin outboards.”

Unique power and styling The Pursuit SC 365i is not just a recycled inboard hull with twin Yamaha 350s rigged on a transom bracket. Rather, it’s designed from the keel up with input from Yamaha, the company’s outboard motor partner. The design assimilated the outboard into a well in the stern of the boat, just forward of the swim platform. The engines are cleverly hidden under a transom box that would normally be used as aft storage. Pursuit calls the set up “Integrated Outboard Technology,” better known internally by the acronym IOT. Mounted on top of the transom box is a sun pad. The only clue this boat is outboard powered is the Yamaha logo mounted on the transom. The designers did not stop at simply creating a unique propulsion solution. The SC 365i’s exterior styling has the overall appearance of a boat show-only concept boat. Sleek and sculptured with a stunning one-piece complex curved windshield, beautifully carved a-pillars flow into the roof line and end with the nicely reversed arching stainless steel b-pillars. The side windows cut away in a stylish fashion, and the high freeboard has a single smoked Plexiglass slash running from midship to the bow, creating the illusion that the three side windows are one. Overall, the look is artistic and sensual. The large cockpit can be approached from the swim platform via a port-side transom walkthrough. On the starboard side of the transom is a large storage locker that leads to the hose reel. Lots of friends and family can fit on the L-shaped starboard and aft bench. On the forward port side of the cockpit is an entertainment center with electric grill and concealed sink… and lots of dry storage below. A refrigerator sits on the starboard side under the helm seat. The space gained under the cockpit sole is used as a machinery and storage space. The 11-gallon water heater and 8kW generator are nicely accessible on either side of the space, and the fuel filters, batteries and cabling are all neatly laid out and easily reached. The helm area features a double helm seat and double companion seating. The helm seat is fully adjustable and equipped with a flip-up bolster for a comfortable leaning position during stand-up operation. For vertically challenged folks, there’s a step that folds out of the lower helm, significantly raising the helm deck.




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With a beautifully designed “ exterior and interior, a well-equipped SC 365i offers all the advantages of outboard power.

The striking blue helm on our test boat came equipped with the optional Raymarine e125 electronics package ($8,655) featuring an e125 HybridTouch multifunction color display, Raymarine 55 VHF radio with Galaxy XP antenna, and a DSM300 digital sounder module. Pursuit also added the optional Raymarine 4kW, 72-mile digital open array antenna ($5,670). Completing the helm was a standard iPad docking station equipped with an optional iPad.

Luxury belowdecks Moving below through the centerline sliding door you enter a brightly lit space. “We think customers will be delighted with the innovation and modern styling of the exterior,” explains George Hetzel. “However, the wide-open cabin with abundant natural light and crisp, clean interior styling really place this sport yacht in a category by itself.” The boat’s interior is a contrast of light and dark surfaces that create an up-to-date, highly functional look. The lower cabinets and head door are light Anigre wood veneers. The upper cabinets are black Formica with rich, warm hardwood sole. Countertops are a light Corian. There are many different textures and colors that complement each other nicely. The galley features a two-burner stovetop bordered by built-in stainless steel trivets offering a safe place for hot cookware. A covered sink and large countertop surface area help with meal preparation, and a convection microwave is located below. Forward is a dinette that smartly converts to a centerline double island berth with storage underneath. The full-sized standup head has a vessel-style sink mounted on a Corian countertop. A translucent linen closet door doubles as the shower door to keep everything dry while showering. The full beam mid-cabin has lots of natural light pouring in from widows on the port side and above, in the helm area. The queen berth can easily be converted into two single berths. Styling and comfort aboard the new Pursuit SC 365i is remarkable. But the question remains: How do the twin Yamaha V8 350-hp outboards perform? Answer: Exceptionally well.

Quiet, efficient power Standing at the helm of a 36-foot sport coupe listening to the quiet purr of outboards was strange, and powering out of the marina you could hardly hear the engines working. As it left the dock, the boat had full tanks of fuel (including the generator’s separate diesel tank), a full fresh water tank, and seven people aboard. Even with all the additonal poundage, the boat responded to the throttles, jumping to plane quickly. The boat reached its top end speed nicely, hitting almost 44 mph at 5900 rpm and cruised comfortably settling at 28 mph at a very fuel efficient 4200 rpm.* With the unbroken forward windshield and relatively few obstructions, visibility from the helm was a full 360 degrees. All controls are purposefully placed, and the steering is responsive and precise. Docking was made easier with the available bow thruster ($4,525). All in, the boat performed well with a terrific top speed. With a beautifully designed exterior and interior, a well-equipped SC 365i offers all the advantages of outboard power. New owners might just possess a most unusual Pursuit of their own. LB * Subsequent tests produced significantly faster results.

Pursuit SC 365i Standard Equipment One-piece spherical glass windshield; integral fiberglass hardtop and windshield frame w/manual sunroof; integrated sun pad w/ self-adjusting backrests; throughstem anchor system w/horizontal windlass; INTEGRATED OUTBOARD TECHNOLOGY (IOT)™; full-beam swim platform; extra-wide helm seat; teak and stainless steel accents; entertainment center w/grill, sink and storage; fiberglass V-berth and headliner; convertible island berth. Specifications LOA: 41'2" Beam: 12'6" Draft: 28" (up); 39" (down) Displacement (dry/approx.): 17,750 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 75 gals. Power: Twin Yamaha F350s Base Price: $408,576

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by Greg Proteau

Boat loans are more readily available, lenders say.


arine lenders are saying that boat loans are more readily available, customers’ credit quality continues improving, and the hoops that borrowers need to jump through for loan approval are fewer than they have been over the past two years. That may not square with some borrowers’ experiences sitting across from a loan officer who recently said “no” to acquiring a new boat or refinancing an existing one. Yet word from the finance community suggests a thaw continues in a boat loan landscape that had been all but frozen during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 and the bad sledding that persisted for another season after that. Beginning in 2011, however, lenders became frustrated hearing boat loans were not available when they had been experiencing a slight uptick in interest and actual closings. “Sellers were telling us their customers couldn’t get loans when they often hadn’t really tried,” notes Peggy Bodenreider, who heads a marketing group within the National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) and represents Sterling Acceptance Corp. in Newport Beach, California. “We decided to launch a quarterly survey to get a better reading on which way the loan market was headed, to help our members anticipate clients’ needs and

to gauge underlying factors affecting loan demand.” What the lenders found was that boat loan dollar volume was up in every quarter, compared to the same quarter a year earlier, from the beginning of 2011 through the third quarter of 2012 (latest figures available); agreement from respondents ranged from a low of 22 percent to a high of 100 percent. In terms of applicants’ credit quality, improvements were noted in each quarter, ranging from a low of 16 percent to a high of 69 percent agreement by respondents. Asked about lending criteria, it was cited as less stringent by 11 to 23 percent of respondents over the seven quarters. Overall, 92 percent of those surveyed said availability of financing was better through the third quarter of 2012 than the year earlier quarter.

that has weathered the storm is Sun Trust Bank. Don Parkhurst, who heads the marine division based in Fairfax, Virginia, suggests one of the biggest challenges was lack of demand from the boat buyer during the recession, because consumers were reluctant to take on a discretionary purchase in the bad economy. That lack of demand equated to a lack of loan volume, which is a key to keeping loan operations healthy. “Many were afraid of losing their jobs or for their small businesses struggling in the tough economy,” he points out. “I agree that there has been some easing in the availability of credit and the willingness of buyers to pull the trigger on purchases recently. We saw some fence sitting as people waited for the election outcome, but they now seem to be either moving forward or deciding not to purchase depending on their perspective.”


It’s a good idea to have financing lined up before you hit the boat shows in search of a deal.




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Lenders are in the game The big difference likely felt by those looking for boat loans over the past several seasons is that the number of primary lending sources has barely increased. Before the Wall Street meltdown, hoards of banks, stock brokerages, financial service firms and loan brokers could produce a loan for, said pejoratively at the time, “anybody with a pulse.” There was easy money available for sound and shaky deals, for those with sterling or non-existent credit, and for literally any acquisition, boats included. “Today we have five or six major funding sources for boat loans,” reflects Bill Otto, an agent for Just Boat Loans in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Those still standing are mostly household names of national banks, but beyond those since 2008 there has been significant consolidation.” While that has reduced the number of primary players serving the boating market, Otto feels it hasn’t reduced available funding, especially considering the contraction in boat sales in the same period. “New boat sales fell by as much as 80 percent during the economic swoon and remain well below 2007 levels, so the demand side is well supplied and with excess capacity by those still serving boat buyers.” A good example of a longtime funding source

Trickle of funds from new banks And now it appears some new blood may be flowing again to support the boat finance market. Robert P. Dunford of Trident Funding Corp., a national service firm that has worked with more than 30 banks in the past 16 years, sees some new growth. “There are some new banks and lenders entering the recreational lending market,” he explains. “For a period of three or four years, banks were merely exiting the market. I think 2012 was the first time we saw banks get back into the business.” And the benefit? “The additional competition has led to better rates and terms for borrowers,” Dunford maintains. Many boat loan servicers survived despite the contraction on the fund supply side. Financial service firms, loan brokers, boat dealers, a handful of credit unions, “non-prime lenders” and others in the so-called indirect lending business, remain and have become better at helping buyers get funded. Willing to take the extra time and attention that a traditional bank might find too cumbersome, these firms tend to find the missing element to satisfy tougher underwriting demands. The point

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here: Buyers should include these indirect lending touchpoints when scouting loans. Despite the number of core lenders plummeting over the past several years, loan rates being offered have benefitted greatly by actions of the U.S. Federal Reserve, which has promised to keep them low for at least another year. Depending on the intended boat to buy and length of loan, fixed rates are floating around the 5 to 7 percent level. This would reflect a new boat loan, generally for $25,000 or more with a 15-year term and borrower credit score of 700 and above. Rates will rise with older boats, smaller loans, less-clean credit and if there are loan complications, such as multiple borrowers, income questions, collateral concerns, etc. Anyone who attempted to go through the borrowing process for any reason or to acquire anything during the depths of the recession learned that quick approvals and no documentation verification had evaporated. “Marine lending did tighten somewhat in the 2008 to 2010 period, but loans remained available to borrowers with good credit history, acceptable down-payment and debt-to-income ratios,” says Chris Hungerink of Coastal Financial Corp. in Holland, Michigan. “That being said, we are seeing some loosening of the qualifications for a boat loan. However, good credit history remains a requirement with the mainstream marine lenders.”

Simplify to speed the loan process Lenders suggest some steps prospective borrowers can take to prepare for and simplify — and thus speed up — the routine for obtaining a boat loan. n Review the household budget to determine a boat’s monthly cost that’s reasonable and comfortable. Examine the household’s monthly expenses and earnings to see what’s available to add for a boat payment. Lenders use a rule of thumb that says a practical debt-to-income ratio should be about 40 percent. In other words, if income is $5,000 per month, debt payments (loans for a home and car, credit cards, etc.) would be best capped at $2,000. If current debt is running $1,500 per month, that would leave about $500 for the addition of a boat payment. n If earnings are more complicated than what’s shown on standard pay stubs, such as additions for rental income, tips, or a family business, have paperwork available to verify these sources. n Boat buyers will need a down payment, which today ranges from 15 to 25 percent of the purchase price. Some lenders will also ask that sales tax

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Folks with good credit scores, solid income and some cash for a down payment shouldn’t shy away from applying for a boat loan. be paid at the time of closing. Determine where that will come from: Savings, a trade-in boat, or combination of sources. Leave a “cushion” in case a slightly higher down payment is requested. n If a boat trade is involved, try to determine what its realistic value is. Use internet boat selling sites and price guide firms to identify a trading range. Remember that the prices of many boats for sale listed by owners tend to be on the high side as a place to begin price negotiation. n Those who have settled on a particular boat and have sufficient financial details are advised to get a pre-approval from a lender before making the final decision. This will facilitate the entire loan process and work out any roadblocks that may not have been evident in the “just looking” phase. Meeting the qualifications and having the down payment and earnings stream in order to afford a boat purchase won’t guarantee that a loan will be approved. If there are specific red flags that a lender points to, determine if these can be resolved. If not, it might make sense to try another source, or investigate other types of loans, such as home equity (if it exists), as fall-back positions. Importantly, if a search for a boat loan hasn’t been attempted in the past two to three years, it’s time to try again. The climate for boat lending is much improved since the financial meltdown. The sun’s surely not at high noon, but lenders are convinced it’s continuing to rise… and they are anxiously waiting to serve more boat buyers. LB

About the author: Greg Proteau writes about trends, companies and people in the boating and finance industries and serves as executive director of Boating Writers International, an association of marine journalists. He also works as a marketing and communications consultant, both within and outside the marine sector.

Key Resources NMBA has useful resources for loan prospectors on its website, A new guide to help buyers navigate the boat finance process, “Understanding Marine Finance,” is an eight-page pamphlet available as a digital publication. The booklet identifies steps in the loan process, what it will take for the applicant to qualify, and tips that will smooth the loan routine and set realistic expectations of how much boat a buyer can acquire by borrowing. Additional content include: n Suggestions on where buyers can start the loan process n Paperwork needed to apply n What’s involved in a credit review n Types of loans offered n Questions to determine the cost of boat ownership. An exercise is included for borrowers to track their current income and debt and how that will determine what boat loan amount they may qualify for. Also shown are methods to adjust the purchase, down payment and loan terms to gain approval (go to pdfs/nmbaunderstandweb.pdf). A boat loan calculator that determines monthly payments based on loan amount, interest rate and length of loan in months is at Finally, there is a list of NMBA members and related service providers involved in the lending process that can be searched by company name, geography, type of loans made and additional parameters. — G.P.

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Low lake levels affect marInas around the Great Lakes. by elIzabeth altIck

rom Seahorse Drive on the lakefront in Waukegan, Illinois, there is a seemingly endless sea of shrinkwrapped yachts. A thousand boat owners from Chicago to Milwaukee rely on venerable Larsen Marine to keep their much-loved vessels safe in the off-season and ready for action when they return. However, this year there may be a catch. Low lake levels and Hurricane Sandy have brought changes to Waukegan Harbor and adjacent marinas. In August 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a $500,000 emergency dredging project to reopen the mouth of Waukegan Harbor. It and the entrance to the Port District marina to the south are subject to littoral drift, according to Jerry Larsen, president of Larsen Marine. Littoral drift is the natural movement of sand along the shores of all the Great Lakes. Sometimes called the “river of sand,” it flows underwater slightly offshore. The direction varies depending on the reach of the shoreline. In this case, drift is from north to south and the shoaling is clearly exacerbated by low water levels. To re-open the harbor approach channel, the Army Corps was charged with dredging to a depth of up to 22 feet to accommodate deep-draft cargo freighters. On October 30, 2012, a fierce storm spawned by Hurricane

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Sandy dumped 60,000 cubic yards of sand back into the entrance, reducing the depths to about 12 feet. The result is catastrophic for the cargo carriers. Brion O’Dell, marina manager for the Waukegan Port District, is succinct. “The harbor is shut down to commercial traffic.” he says. So what about those 1,000 yachts on dry land, just yards away from the water where they belong? “The boats affected at this time are the deep-keeled sailing yachts,” says Larsen. Richard Bertoldi, who sails a 43-foot sloop with a 5-foot draft, has stored his boat with Larsen for 40 years and bought three boats from them. He says, “There’s no question that some harbors on the west coast of Lake Michigan are so shallow [that] a boat with a significant keel can’t come in. We’re not able to enjoy those harbors. Fortunately, at the south end, where I dock in Chicago’s DuSable Harbor, the water is relatively high and depth sounders aren’t ringing.”

Ice: The more, the merrIer North of Waukegan Harbor, the 1,500-slip North Point Marina is also facing depth issues. At about 2.5 feet below average, the water is now 7.5 to 8 feet deep. This does not affect the slips, but, like Waukegan, poses a problem at the harbor entrance. “Our deep-draft sailboats are in peril,” says harbormaster Roger Mellem. “Boats drawing 8 feet experience difficulty getting in. The keel is sometimes an inch or so off the bottom. Swells at the harbor mouth can cause deep-draft boats to hit the bottom when the boat falls into a wave trough. “The entrance used to be dredged every other year, but now it’s necessary annually,” Mellem continues. “But you can only dredge so far until you hit clay or bedrock. We also risk undermining breakwall structures. “What we need is a big snow load in the Superior basin and a big freeze,” he adds. An ice-covered lake prevents evaporation that, along with drought, is a significant contributor to the low levels. “If I saw nothing but ice I’d be a happy camper.” Mellem is not hopeful. As of this writing, Chicago and

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The Waukegan harbor and marina entrances are subject to littoral drift, necessitating annual dredging when water levels are low.

Milwaukee have seen a record number of days without significant snowfall. In mid-December, WGN meteorologist Tim McGill stated, “We have yet to see a high temperature below freezing. The latest we have ever gone into winter without a high below freezing was January 1, 1923.”

Waukegan Harbor Cleanup underWay

Let It snow, let It snow, let It snow

area have long been aware of the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls

But this year, the bad news continues for now. McGill sets out more facts that affect lake levels. “In the top 10 years we went furthest into winter without a sub-freezing high, seven out of 10 of those winters went on to produce less than average snowfall. So far we are 3.8 inches below average with only a trace reported at O’Hare. Even in the ‘easy winter’ we saw last year, we had 0.5 inches by now. Today [December 12, 2012] is the 283rd day in a row without measurable snow (at least 0.1 inches). Every day without measurable snow stretches that record out even further. “The prospects for the white stuff aren’t very good in the short term at least,” McGill maintains. “The GFS model squirts out a scant 0.1 inches of snow collectively over the next 10 days.” North Point’s Mellem is concerned that if the trend does not reverse itself, he will lose customers. “Several boaters stayed on the hard last season and didn’t even venture out,” he says. “If even a few boats leave for another marina, others will follow. They often move as a group. “Docks are like tight neighborhoods,” Mellem explains. “If one leaves, they take collateral boats with them.” LB

(PCBs) in lake-bottom sediment and have wondered about the status of

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Great Lakes boaters will be interested to know that Waukegan Harbor is now being dredged for an entirely different reason. Those who cruise the

the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project to remove them. The presence of the toxin is of particular concern to anglers. PCBs were dumped in the harbor during the manufacturing process by Outboard Marine Corp. Referred to as the world’s worst PCB mess, the area was named a Superfund site in 1983. Last September, to much ballyhoo, it was announced that dredging will finally begin. Boaters will get a first-hand look at the fascinating $48 million project. Two hydraulic dredges will scoop up 153,000 to 182,000 cubic yards of mud and water. According to EPA, the sludge will be transferred through 400-footlong, sausage-like tubes to an 8-acre containment facility north of the harbor. The facility — the size of three football fields — will sit beneath a 30-foottall berm. As water drains from the contaminated sediment, it will be sent through a water treatment plant and then returned to the harbor. — E.A.

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a Fine

When a prominent Chicago interior designer meets a classic American motoryacht, the result is a stunningly beautiful renovation — one that celebrates the joy of boating.


nthony Michael has worked in interior design for 30 years. He has studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and traveled extensively to gain a deep understanding of architecture and design history, as well as to make contacts in antiquities markets across the globe. His portfolio of projects includes countless high-end homes, corporate headquarters, and private jets. But before all of this, there was a family boat. Michael grew up boating on Lake Michigan waters, largely aboard his family’s Chris-Craft Constellation. Because of this lifelong connection to boating, Michael undertook a unique project: Renovating a 47-foot 1969 Chris-Craft Commander for a local client. The challenging refit was also a nostalgia trip for Michael.




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“For me, this boat was a labor of love,” says Michael. “I grew up on the lake — we had a ’69 ‘Connie’ — so when I was presented with this project, I said, ‘This is pretty cool — I get to live through my client.’ ”

the big ‘dig’ Michael’s client, in this case, was a couple of longtime friends turned boat partners. Nick Kadjan introduced Ben Walsh to boating 25 years ago. Kadjan kept an 18-foot runabout in his backyard in Winnetka, Illinois, and regularly took Walsh, from nearby Glenview, to the lake. They spent the majority of their summers on board. As time went by, each man got married and started a

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family — but neither shook the boating bug. Ultimately, Walsh brought Kadjan on board with his plan to find a boat that could accommodate their whole crew. The pair scoured magazine classified advertising sections and the web looking for the right boat. Walsh says the requirements he’d set out were pretty simple: He was looking for a fiberglass boat with diesel power. They ended up flying around the country in their quest, eventually taking a look at four boats altogether, including the Chris-Craft as well as boats just a couple years old. “We didn’t see anything that fit the bill exactly,” says Walsh, “and decided that there’s something unique about this old boat.” They purchased the 47-footer, named Dig Deep, in May 2011 out of Sarnia, Ontario. The hull was in good enough condition to deliver the boat on its own bottom from Canada to Chicago, and Walsh captained it himself for the final leg from Bay Harbor, Michigan. Though the Chris-Craft’s original Detroit Diesels were still running strong, the boat was a true fixer-upper on the inside. “My intention all along was basically to gut the interior and make an old boat new again,” says Walsh, who describes buying an older boat as “exciting but scary.” “The hull was absolutely perfect when we bought it, so the only thing we had to do was figure out what we wanted to do with the interior,” he says. The next step was to find the right designer for the job.

Enter Anthony Michael Walsh’s wife, Sharon, used a conventional 21st-Century technique to find a decidedly unconventional interior designer. “My wife found him on the internet,” says Ben Walsh. “She searched, obviously, interior design, but found [Michael] had done some [work] on airplanes and had boating experience. “We were confident with him knowing how we use a boat and to not just make it pretty.” Indeed, the work would need to be strong enough to hold up with seven growing kids on board. Between the Walsh and Kadjan families, there are seven children ranging in age from 5 to 10 years old, including Walsh’s two sets of twins: At 7 and 10 years of age, the twins sandwich a solo 9-year-old — all girls. And it’s not unusual for the two families’ 11 members to be on board at the same time, according to Walsh, who says the number balloons to 20-plus for parties (though they tend to sleep a maximum of “just eight or nine” on board, he says).

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The group started from scratch to design the boat for this extended family. Walsh says he found advantage — and inspiration — in the older, “boxy” design. “When you get inside you can do what you want,” he says. “I love the layout. There’s a ton of space and it’s a blank canvas that it would be easy to spend a million dollars on a refit.” He calls Dig Deep a “great shell” for the project that would follow. The boat cost about $100,000 with roughly $200,000 spent on the renovation, plus some mechanical costs such as a new generator. In the 1990s, a fire aboard the Chris-Craft forced the previous owner to do an interior remodel. Luckily, the original manual and brochure survived.

A modern classic “We had the original brochure and used that as a springboard,” says Michael, the designer who still broadcasts boundless energy and passion for the project many months after its completion. “We didn’t want to lose that Swinging ’60s feel, and the color scheme was decided on based on the era.” The white fiberglass boat is set off by teals, blues, lime green, and navy, with light woods and plenty more white. A tour of the boat reflects the total refresh the team undertook — as well as the extent of the customization that went into the job. First, they decided to keep the boat’s name — Dig Deep — but redesigned the transom logo to reflect the changes being made to the rest of the boat. There are three entrances to the cockpit of the Commander, so Michael designed a built-in banquette with removable sections to accommodate the maximum number of guests in the aft covered dining area without inhibiting ingress and egress. Dining chairs seated on the forward side of the hi-lo dining table are stackable and made of poly-resin material. Among other benefits, they float, just in case a guest visits the nearby wet bar one too many times. The wet bar, by the way, includes a pop-up TV, Corian countertops, and a trough sink measuring 6 inches deep and 32 inches wide. “Everything has a dual purpose,” Michael notes, “like the sink acts as a drink cooler.” In the bow area, teal-and-blue striped deck cushions can be removed to allow more sunlight through the cabin windows and into the galley and salon. The entirety of the cockpit, pilothouse and interior was restored, Michael says, with a lighter, fresher look. “The boat felt really dark and disgusting when we first started,” says Michael, who doesn’t mince words. “It was kind of scary, really.” The aft stateroom is finished in navy with lime green accents while the forward stateroom is lime green with navy accents. Michael says this was part of an effort to make the two staterooms feel equal for the two owner-families — so

Chicago-based interior designer Anthony Michael specializes in classical, contemporary, eclectic interior design for private residences, commercial spaces, yachts and personal aircraft. For more than 25 years, he has created interiors that are meaningful, unique expressions of his clients’ personality and style. To learn more about Michael and Anthony Michael Interior Design, visit anthonymichael interiordesign .com




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there’s no fighting over the “master” stateroom in this boat. The midship stateroom, with bunked berths, has a predominantly white motif with lighter blues and greens. “This is a family who really uses their boat,” says Michael, who adds that he’s now done multiple home interior design projects with the Walshes and Kadjans. The new look of the cabin, salon and galley gives the impression that the team did not compromise in bringing its vision to life. In short, they gutted the interior galley. This meant a return to some original specifications while adding and removing cabinets as necessary, installing a two-level countertop/bar top, and outfitting it with new appliances. “I brought back the original step down into the eating area and the galley area, and removed the upper cabinets to make it more light and airy,” says Michael. He says teak and African mahogany were used lavishly on the boat. Teak can be found in the cabinetry, infills, cabin sole and cockpit roof; mahogany was used for rails, accents, and trim, all of it sanded down and restored. In the salon, a new entertainment center, light-colored settee, a retro-modern white coffee table, and teak flooring further updated the surroundings. “Unless you enjoy jumping into tar, who wants a dark and disgusting boat?” says Michael, becoming animated as he recalls, with a certain amount of disdain, the results of the prior renovation. “You’re going to be out on the lake! Out on the lake during the day!”

Indeed, Michael’s renovation radiates with a light, summery feel as it melds classic ’60s style with more modern design elements. The result is a cohesive yet wholly unique cruiser. For instance, in the boat’s single head compartment — located athwart the midship stateroom — he installed a vessel sink and tile backsplash for an upscale and up-to-date look. “A vessel sink is something that you’d find in a multimillion-dollar boat rather than a boat like this,” says Michael, who in addition to his client work is becoming a staple on cable channels such as HGTV and Bravo. (Programming note: As of press time, he’s set to be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “White Room Challenge” in 2013.) Michael also chose to upholster all the berths so that they’re always covered. “That way, you can toss sheets on them to sleep or you can use them in their natural state for additional seating or just a nap,” says the designer. “And it always looks nice for when you have guests on board.”

Out of sight, on his mind Beneath the remodel’s outward beauty is a core of quality and seaworthiness — this is where having a dyed-inthe-wool boater like Michael helming the interior design project became especially important. Michael refers to the post-fire repairs done in 1996 as a “bad redo” and a “Band-Aid.” His advice: Do it right the first time. “I’m a real stickler for quality,” he says. “We found a lot of things that were not marine grade [in the 1996 repairs]. Now

everything on the boat is marine grade and up to code. As an example, we removed all the portholes and sandblasted them down to the metal. “Until you start taking it apart, you don’t realize what previous owners have done and what errors there might be. And I’m going to do it right before I close it back up.” Among other changes, Dig Deep has a new water system and new electronics. Getting these installed correctly, and ensuring the proper fit of all the new furniture and components, required a massive effort — much of this owing to the custom nature of this vintage of Chris-Craft. “These old Roamers, ‘Connies,’ Commodores, and Commanders, they’re all hand built,” says Michael. “Every dimension of the boat is multilayered. “We had to do field measuring at least five times to make sure we had it right. You want everything to be tight.” All that measuring meant countless repeat trips to the yard for an interior designer who typically plies his trade in luxury homes and high-rise condominiums. “We were constantly at the boatyard,” says Michael, who also has experience with new-construction custom-built yachts. “But I love these boats. We love working on boats.” As the project advanced — work began after Labor Day 2011 and wrapped up by Memorial Day 2012 — another connection to Michael’s formative boating years surfaced at the boatyard. continued on p. 55

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VictorianGrace by Heather Steinberger

Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Geneva Lake and the surrounding communities welcome boaters year round with the perfect atmosphere for recreation, relaxation and restoration.

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ot every boating destination in the Great Lakes region is a big-water cruising ground. Throughout the Midwest, gem-like inland lakes and their distinctive waterfront communities beckon to trailerboaters and vacationers seeking a respite from the hectic pace of life in teeming metropolises such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and the Twin Cities. Perhaps the most remarkable of these jewels is Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake, a 7.5- by 2-mile body of water that is the state’s second-deepest inland lake at roughly 144 feet. Carved by two glaciers between 14,000 and 30,000 years ago, it lies at the southern end of the Kettle Moraine just a stone’s throw from the Illinois border. The Geneva Lake area encompasses the communities of Lake Geneva, Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Williams Bay and Delavan, and lakes Como and Delavan are within easy reach. Geneva Lake has been a haven for city-dwellers since 1871, when two significant Victorian-era events changed the course of its frontier history. That was the year a legendary fire reduced the great city of Chicago to ashes; that same year, the railroad established a stop in the town of Lake Geneva, which allowed wealthy Chicagoans such as the Wrigley and Montgomery Ward families to relocate and live comfortably while the homes and businesses were rebuilt. They constructed luxurious, rambling summer homes along the shores of Geneva Lake, and they obtained elegant private launches to take them from the downtown Riviera Dock to those waterfront mansions. They raced yachts, and later cruised aboard gracious runabouts, on the lake’s crystalline waters. They entertained high-profile guests such as famed French Impressionist painter Claude Monet at their lavish estates. Before long, Lake Geneva and its sister communities collectively became known as the Newport of the West. But that’s not the only reason why this region is special, and believe it or not, you have to come here in the depths of winter to see why.

Chasing the Need for Speed During the winter months, the same sublime waters that attract cruise vessels, historic launches, classic runabouts, sailing yachts, fishing boats and myriad other watercraft play host to an entirely different animal: The iceboat. Iceboaters from around the Midwest, and even around the world, descend on Geneva Lake when the water gets hard to race at mind-boggling speeds. Quite simply, an iceboat is defined as a hull with three skates, or runners, that is sail-powered. If conditions are right, modern designs can reach speeds

top photo by russell lowe ; middle and bottom photos courtesy of the lake geneva area convention & visitors bureau

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up to 10 times the wind speed. International DN iceboats can reach speeds up to 59 knots, while the Skeeter class can exceed a jaw-dropping 90 knots. These boats need smooth, stable, snow-free ice to operate, which means enthusiasts are always seeking lakes with just the right conditions. And, for generations, they’ve found the ideal venue at Geneva Lake. Few sailors are as decorated as Jane Pegel, 1957 women’s national sailing champion, 1964 US Sailing Yachtswoman of the Year, 10-time world champion in the DN class and longtime resident of the Lake Geneva area. She and her husband, Bob, raced together for many years, accumulating a plethora of sailing and iceboating awards, and they operated the Williams Bay-based dealership Sailing Specialists Inc. before their retirement in December 2009. Pegel said the region has several advantages for iceboaters. For one, the latitude is just right. “Where we are, we may have 6 inches of snow one day, then we’ll get a rainstorm, it’ll melt, and we’ll get new ice,” she commented. “Madison is just 70 miles north, but they won’t get the thaws we get. Plus, we’re not in the snow belt, so we don’t get the volume of lake-effect snow.” Lakes north of Milwaukee, she said, tend to be “snowed out” by the middle of December and are no longer options for iceboaters. So they look southward, toward Geneva Lake and its sisters — Como Lake, which lies just to the north, and Delavan Lake, which is approximately 5 miles west. “This year’s been too warm, as it was in the 60s last week,” Pegel reported. “But it’s supposed to get cold, so we might be sailing Como in a couple of weeks. It’s only 6 to 8 feet deep, so it freezes quickly. Delavan is 50 feet deep, so that will be frozen by the holidays.”

What about Geneva Lake? “It’s 50 feet deep at the east end and close to 150 feet deep at the west end, so it freezes in stages,” Pegel explained. “Last year was abnormal; it didn’t freeze at all. But hopefully we’ll be sailing the east end by January 10 and the west end by January 21 or so.” The best part is that if one lake gets snowed out, the iceboaters can move to another lake. Pegel said there’s always new ice on which to sail. “We’re really one of the best spots in the country,” she enthused. “We get North American sailors from as far away as the East Coast, and we’ve had sailors come from Europe.” At press time, the Lake Geneva community was scheduled to host the Northwest Ice Yachting Association’s 100th Anniversary Regatta on January 18-20. If conditions aren’t satisfactory on Geneva Lake, NIYA has chosen Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as an alternate location. “The Northwest regatta has been held for a century and throughout the years has attracted some of the most beautiful ice yachts ever produced,” said NIYA Commodore Greg Simon in a written statement. “The majestic stern steerers, the sleek Skeeters and the classic one-designs of the Renegade and DN classes will all be present to help usher in the next hundred years of iceboating.” Today, NIYA is comprised of 25 member clubs. Of these, only three hold regular activities: The Green Lake Ice Yacht Club, west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club in Madison; and the Skeeter Ice Boat Club out of Geneva Lake’s Williams Bay, where the contemporary front-steering iceboat design was pioneered by Walter Beauvois in the 1930s. And of those three, Pegel said, only two host regular racing events: Four Lakes and Skeeter. The Skeeter Ice Boat Club plays an important role for iceboaters in the region, and not just because it has approximately 100 active members and




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Winterfest Celebration If you’re seeking a unique weekend getaway this winter, consider a trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin during the community’s 18th annual Winterfest celebration. Scheduled from Wednesday, January 30, to Sunday, February 3, the event also includes the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. That weekend, roughly 30,000 people will converge in Lake Geneva to watch 15 teams from around the country compete for the national title. Each team comprises three members who spend three days carving a 6- by 6- by 10-foot block of snow with a variety of hand tools. The sculpting teams will be hard at work in Riviera Park, on Wrigley Drive at the lakefront, from Wednesday morning to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Members of the public also may try their hand at sculpting sample snow blocks, cast their votes for their favorite sculpture and then head for the historic Riviera Ballroom, where competition

winners — first, second and third place, plus the People’s Choice Award — will be announced at 3 p.m. that day. The Riviera Ballroom will feature food, refreshments and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday during Winterfest. This is a great opportunity to check out the celebrated venue that once hosted musical legends such as the Glenn Miller Band. Other attractions around town include live music, helicopter rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities and plenty of worldclass dining and shopping opportunities. Several area inns and rental homes also are offering special Winterfest accommodations packages. For more information, call 800-345-1020, send e-mail to, or visit and lakegenevawinterfest. com. — H.S.

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has roots going back more than seven decades. Since roughly 50 percent of its membership hails from Chicagoland, the club is dedicated to monitoring ice and weather conditions and communicating regularly with out-of-towners. For example, if it’s below 10°F, races are canceled. At iceboat speeds, the resulting wind chills can damage sailors’ lungs. High winds can be an issue as well, but Pegel noted that several factors will influence whether the boats can race. “Clear, smooth ice can take higher wind velocities,” she explained. “If it’s sticky or slushy, it’s more dangerous.” Pressure ridges, seams and weak ice also are major hazards for iceboaters, so the Skeeter Ice Boat Club has an ice-checking committee dedicated to monitoring ice conditions on area lakes. “The ice-checking committee members all live locally and are retired or semiretired,” Pegel said. “We watch the lakes freeze, and we know the treacherous areas. The ice can be 3 feet thick here, and open over there. It might be only be half an inch thick, and you don’t realize it. We need 4- to 5-inch minimum thickness, and some of the large stern-steerers need a foot.” With so many people descending on the Geneva Lake area in winter to snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe and enjoy iceboat racing, Pegel cautioned that visitors must talk to someone who is intimately familiar with the ice conditions before venturing onto the ice. “Fishermen and iceboaters are the only ones who really know,” she said. “Not snowmobilers, not law enforcement. So don’t just wander out. Talk to us; we know where we’re going.” Pegel started iceboating in 1948. And although she is almost 80 years old, she’s still out on the lakes each winter. “The people are fun to be with, and I enjoy the challenge of racing, making the boat go faster — even spending hours and hours in the shop, trying to get the last ounce of speed out of the boat!” she reflected with a chuckle. “It’s a unique experience. And there aren’t many places in the world where you can do it.”

Summertime, and the Living’s Easy But winter doesn’t last forever. Eventually the iceboaters pack up and go home, the Winterfest revelry subsides (see sidebar), the lakes thaw and the world again becomes soft and green. Now it’s time for the trailerboaters and summer holidaymakers to create summertime memories in Geneva Lake’s historic, genteel, waterfront communities. With so many surviving estates from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Geneva Lake is best experienced from the water. If you’re bringing your own boat, the 5,500-acre lake has public launches in downtown Lake Geneva, Fontana and Williams Bay. It has three additional ramps in Linn Township — on Hillside Road and Linn Road on the south shore, where the lake is only about a half mile wide, and one opposite on the north shore. Cruise across the lake to the Geneva Inn and enjoy dining al fresco on the Grandview Restaurant’s magnificent outdoor patio. Head for the Abbey Resort (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year) in Fontana, with its protected marina, full-service Avani spa and multiple restaurants, lounges and cafés. And you’ll definitely want to check out the new Pier 290 restaurant at Gage Marine in Williams Bay (see sidebar). Geneva Lake may not be a big one, but motoring into these waterfront hotspots will make you feel like you’ve really arrived somewhere special. All is not lost for those visiting without their own watercraft, however. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line operates eight cruise boats that depart from the




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historic Riviera Dock. Owned by the Gage family since 1958, the line’s vessels include the steamboats Lady of the Lake, Grand Belle of Geneva and Duchess, the restored 1902 steam yacht Louise, the 1898 yacht Polaris, the 50-foot motor launch Geneva and the stunning 41-foot cruiser Lorelei, built in Holland. The line also operates the U.S. Mail Boat Walworth, which has been featured on CNN and NBC’s “Today Show,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. Preserving a tradition that began in 1870, the mail boat carries its adept captain, 150 passengers and an intrepid mail carrier who leaps from the deck onto private docks to deliver the U.S. mail and newspapers to approximately 60 lakefront homes. The tour runs daily at 10 a.m. from June 15 to September 15. On spectacular summer days, you also can enjoy the waterfront from shore. Stretch your legs on the 21-mile footpath that circles Geneva Lake, providing an intimate look at gracious, sloping lawns, lush gardens, sunny patios and relaxed local residents, who are known for offering a smile and a wave to passers-by. Don’t forget to spend some time exploring the lively Lake Geneva itself, with its vibrant historic district. Dating to the 1860s, the downtown buildings range from Italianate and Classical Revival to Colonial Revival, and they house a thrilling collection of restaurants, taverns, cafés and shops. (Chicagoans, don’t fret: You can even find authentic deep-dish pizza here, at Gino’s East!)

Walk About If you have the time, take advantage of Geneva Lake Guide’s narrated tours. Guide Jim Beloian, a renowned local historian, has impressive street cred in the tour business. Starting in 1999, he narrated the Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s boat tours, and in 2001 he began the cruise line’s Guided Lake Walks. And, in 2007, he joined the staff at the Black Point Museum — built by Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp in 1888, this is the only lakefront mansion open to the public. Known for his interactive, spontaneous and fun style, Beloian offers sightseeing tours aboard guests’ private boats, and he provides a variety of walking tours on the lake’s footpath. One of these, the signature Lake Geneva to Williams Bay Tour, is a nearly 6-hour extravaganza that incorporates a leisurely 7-mile hike from downtown Lake Geneva to Williams Bay, a picnic stop and an exciting return trip aboard one of the cruise line vessels. Highlights include all the Wrigley estates; the Swift, Harris, Crane and Schwinn estates; the Elgin Club; the gardens of Bonnie Brae; and a full-sized replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water.” “That tour is a lot of fun for me, especially with first-timers,” Beloian said. “From downtown, you don’t see much of the lake. But as you head down the shoreline, it unfolds like a developing story. People are amazed at the actual size of it.”

Fun for all Seasons On your own time, delight in the cool, fresh evening air at Music in the Park, which Aurora University hosts at its Williams Bay campus. Drive along Snake Road to view the opulent gatehouses guarding those awe-inspiring waterfront mansions. Visit the 1897 Yerkes Observatory, where you can see the world’s largest refracting telescope. Stroll “Main Street” at the Lake Geneva Museum, where you can learn about the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, the lake’s yachting and boatbuilding history, and much more. You also may ride the ziplines at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. At Aerial Adventures, revel in 50,000 square feet of wet-and-wild fun at the Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, or head out to The Dancing Horses Theatre & Animal Gardens, a 40-acre wonderland that is home not only to the dancing horses, but also to more than 60 hay-eating animals, 16 species of exotics, and Echo the talking and singing parrot, who has appeared on “America’s Got Talent.” And the fun doesn’t stop after Labor Day weekend. September is the month for the Taste of Lake Geneva, with its many local culinary pleasures; the Fat Tire Memorial




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Gage Marine: A History of Evolution Those who are planning a trip to Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake this year will be in for a delightful surprise at Williams Bay. Gage Marine, a full-service marina business with Victorian roots, has expanded its offerings in a major way. President Bill Gage Jr. is a strong advocate for stewardship and historic preservation in Geneva Lake’s waterfront communities, and he’s something of a visionary. He decided that Gage Marine needed to be more than a working marina and boatyard. It had to be a world-class destination, a place that would draw locals and visitors alike, year round. So Gage created a campus, repurposing buildings and fitting them out with salvaged pier parts, cribbing, railroad ties, stones, bricks, wood and architectural pieces. The highlight: The Pier 290 lodge and restaurant, which boasts a massive fieldstone fireplace, elegant bar with stained and clear glass rescued from an area mansion, cozy booths, formal dining room, open-air deck and a heated outdoor bar with fire pits. He’s setting up a rink for ice skating and broomball, which he expects to be ready after the New Year’s holiday. (Local resident Dieter Sturm, who once won an Academy Award for his contributions to movie snow, is assisting with snowmaking.) He’s cross-promoting his new winter hotspot with nearby Alpine Valley Resort downhill ski area, and he’s hoping snowmobilers will take advantage of Pier 290’s easy-on, easyoff access to the Geneva Lake trail system. The fun will continue during the summer months, as Gage is working on a clubhouse, an incubator for a maritime museum and a beach with imported Michigan white sand. He’s also installing a 1950s cruiser, setting it up as if it had crashed onto the shore. “It will anchor our outdoor area,” Gage explained. “Kids can run through it and play, and in the evenings, it’ll be a stage.” Gage said he wanted his new campus to have the combined feel of an après-ski lodge in Colorado and a beach bar in the Caribbean. In the winter, snowmobilers, skiers, iceboaters and other offseason holidaymakers can mingle around the outdoor fire pits and enjoy great food in a casual environment. In summer, parents can sunbathe, swim and enjoy a mojito or two while easily keeping an eye on kids at play. “This is a pretty special place, and I thought we were missing

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an opportunity,” Gage explained. “Geneva Lake has few cruising destinations. Now, boaters have a new place to visit — we can dock 40 boats, and we have two launch ramps. And people who don’t live on the lake will have a chance to really experience it. “This is a game-changer for our area,” he continued. “And it’s not contrived. I really wanted to create something authentic. With the working marina and the unique cruise line, this is another way we can make our history come alive and share it.” The Gage family’s history has been deeply interwoven with that of Geneva Lake for generations. In 1958, the Gages became the third owners of the Williams Bay-based marina, which was founded by the venerable Lake Geneva Cruise Line in 1873 to service the many luxurious excursion boats plying lake waters. The family also purchased the cruise line itself. That same year, father-and-son team Russell and Bill Gage brought naval architect John Hacker out of retirement to design a wooden runabout that could handle the chop on the lake, which easily can kick up 5-footers in a good blow. Famous industrial designer Brooks Stevens handled the above-waterline styling, and the striking Gage-Hacker was born. Ranging from 22 to 26 feet, 33 Gage-Hackers were built from 1961 to 1969. Most still survive, with many still operated on and around Geneva Lake. During the 1960s, Gage Marine started selling Boston Whalers, and it built the region’s first indoor storage facility, starting with just 12 storage customers — there are more than 700 today. In the 1970s, it added the lake’s only mobile boat hoist. With each passing year, Gage Marine’s evolution has been impressive. Its operations today include fiberglass, woodworking and metal shops, full mechanical repairs, pier service, haulout, launching, storage and sales; and it has added a second location in Delavan, primarily for sales and storage. It recently started building a new generation of the classic Gage-Hacker runabouts in partnership with Van Dam Woodcraft of Boyne City, Michigan, and it remains one of just two service partners in the world for prestigious boatbuilder Hinckley Yachts. — H.S.

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Tour of Lake Geneva bicycle ride; the Land Rover TriRock Lake Geneva triathlon series; and perhaps best of all, the annual Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Abbey Resort in Fontana. Larry Lange and his crew at Lange Custom Woodworking in Lake Geneva founded the event 13 years ago. “It started as a fall color tour,” Lange recalled with a chuckle. “It’s evolved from there.” Indeed it has. Open free to the public, the well-known show features classic and vintage boats from around the country. Manufacturers include Chris-Craft, Century, Streblow, Hacker, Gar Wood and more. The annual Saturday boat parade is a major draw, and a variety of vendors will be on site for the weekend’s festivities, scheduled for September 28-29 this year. Then the leaf-peepers will descend for another October of riotous color, sailors will be prepping their iceboats for the next racing season, and Pier 290’s outdoor fire pits will await hearty après-snowsports merrymaking as soon as the white stuff arrives. The little inland lake that has drawn summer vacationers for generations clearly has made the leap into a brave new world, becoming a year-round destination for recreation, relaxation and restoration. And, in perfect Geneva Lake fashion, it’s doing it with style and grace. LB

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In addition, Piacentino says, “We have a boat brokerage service that offers more than 40 years of experience in finding the boats that boaters are looking for in both power and sail.” At the marina, boaters can enjoy the restaurant and bar, which offers food during the weekends. The restaurant even provides service by the outdoor heated pool, which includes lounge chairs, picnic tables and a grassy area. There’s also a restroom facility with washer and dryer. “East Harbor State Park beach is outside West Harbor’s entrance,” Piacentino says. “You can anchor out and enjoy a beautiful sandy beach, swimming, waterskiing and tubing.” Catawba Moorings provides plenty of fun throughout the season — an event almost every weekend, in fact. Popular events include Christmas in July, a Dockers Appreciation Party and Dinghy Poker Runs. “We offer a well-rounded family atmosphere of fun and enjoyment.” Piacentino says. “Many of our dockers have been here most of the 26 years we have been in business. They are family to us.” LB

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Labor of love “This is not for amateurs — and I’ve seen some bad remodels,” says Michael. “You can’t cheap out on a restoration. I’d rather have a client do it in phases than to do it improperly just to get it done. And my clients appreciate that.”

The Walsh and Kadjan families had the right attitude going into the project, says Michael, and the tenacity to see it through. The reward? A truly unique boat. “This is one of the last frontiers, these hand-built boats,” says Michael. “To duplicate a hand-built boat today would mean millions of dollars.” In a sense, the moral of the story with Dig Deep is that it takes more than money from the client and more than interior decorating skill from the designer: Passion for and knowledge of boats and boating made the renovation a success. “If you don’t know boats, you shouldn’t be working on boats,” cautions Michael. “As an interior designer you don’t just ‘do’ a boat. “It’s a labor of love — but all boats are.” LB

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above the waterline | by Dave Wallace

Boating with the Bard Cruising the Great Lakes alongside Shakespeare.


was involved in a project with a friend that required me to do some research on William Shakespeare. So I did what any modern-day researcher does: I Googled him. In addition to finding the information I was looking for, I was amazed to also learn the Great Bard authored more than 175 phrases or statements that are still in common use today. I was impressed that a 400-year-old playwright is still relevant. He’d undoubtedly make a great cruising companion. It was easy for me to imagine Bill and I sitting together on Dragon Lady’s flybridge, sipping cool beverages and discussing the present state of Great Lakes boating. Of course I begin by explaining what a great honor it is to have him on board as a guest, to which he replies, “That’s much ado about nothing.” He’s curious about the cost of a boat like ours, and he advises me “Neither a borrower nor a lender be!” He wants to know about our seasons. I tell him larger boats like ours are generally kept in storage over winter and require some work to get launched come spring. Trailerable boats, on the other hand, usually hit the water as soon as the

David Wallace has been boating in the Great Lakes for more than 35 years. He’s written for Lakeland Boating since 1993 and helped develop Lakeland Boating’s Ports o’ Call cruising guides.

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ice disappears. He smiles knowingly and replies, “Beware the Ides of March!” He wants to know if boating in the Great Lakes is really as popular as the boating magazines seem to imply, and I explain the complex nature of our season that combines cruising, sailboat racing, hydroplane competitions, fishing tournaments, family cruising vacations, scuba diving, tubing and waterskiing. And with the advent of radar many boaters have no problem going out in all sorts of weather: Rain, fog or dark of night. He smiles and replies, “This is very midsummer madness, yet there is a method in it.” I add that for every wise and prudent skipper, there’s usually a fool who breaks the rules and tests his or her luck with weather, waves, fog and heavy traffic. The Bard nods in agreement. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool,” he says. A bit cynical, I think, but still more truth than fiction. As we motor out of the channel and into the lake, my guest shows great interest in the activities going on as far as the eye can see. Families enjoying the beach. Little kids dashing in and out of the surf, screaming with joy at the action of the wave. Older kids zooming around on personal watercraft, or being towed on tubes. Quiet men lining the channel breakwater with fishing gear in-hand and a six-pack at their sides. All this while proud skippers run their cruisers out into the open water and sailors hoist their canvas to catch the wind. At last he sighs and exclaims, “All the lake’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” I think this is a keen observation. I do believe boating is a metaphor for life. The Bard picks right up on this and replies, “As the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.” I find that philosophy a bit of a downer on such a gorgeous day of boating, so I ask him for his overall reaction to our little cruise, at which point he shouts, “A boat, a boat, my kingdom for a boat!” And thereby hangs a tale. LB

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Lakeland Boating February 2013  

The Voice of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

Lakeland Boating February 2013  

The Voice of the Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior