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Shoreleave < _ New! Gearing Up Ask the Expert Electronics Corke Board Don’t Hesitate to Renovate Boat Spotlights: Maritimo, Princess, Sea Ray and Sea-Doo 54 Marina Watch 56 Lakeshore Life 80 Above the Waterline 18 20 22 23 24 25 26


quÉbec city, canada French Connection Canada’s Québec City offers visitors a bit of Old World Europe right here in North America. by Jodie Jacobs

Features 30 Palm Beach 45


An Australian-built standout among luxury motoryachts. by Jeff Strang


Big Storm, Big Questions What to expect from boat insurance rates and coverages in the wake of boating’s costliest storm. by Michael Hauenstein


recreational revolution Pontoons are rapidly becoming the “go anywhere, do anything” vessel of choice for today’s boating enthusiasts. by Michael Hauenstein


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If you’re looking for a real headturner on the Great Lakes, look no further than the Australiandesigned and -built Palm Beach 45. This stunning boat, with its instantly classic, sleek lines and eye-catching, bronze-painted hull, is a vessel that commands attention. Lightweight composite construction makes her extremely fuel efficient, capable of cruising at a comfortable 20 knots while burning just 16 gallons per hour.

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Challenging Water Levels W

e recently published a pair of feature articles on Great Lakes water levels (“How Low Will It Go,” January 2013, p. 32-35 and “Ups and Downs,” February 2013, p. 32-33). We reported that in some areas, we were approaching historic water level lows. The reason for the low water phenomenon is due to the mild winters we’ve been experiencing over the past few years. However, a few weeks ago the hawk arrived, bringing with him temperatures in the -12 degree wind chill vicinity… and that was in Chicago! I would expect up north it would have been substantially colder, and hopefully making ice as we speak. Ice cover blocks or inhibits lake water absorption. And snowfall, which we need badly, has been paltry. Interesting fact: The inland lakes and rivers face plummeting water levels due to drought, yet the oceans are rising due to glacial melting. Some low-lying islands in the South Pacific are sinking and are attempting to transplant their inhabitants to islands with higher elevations. The world’s largest navigable inland waterway (the Mississippi River) was very close to shutting down all barge traffic for an indefinite period of time, particularly along the 200 miles from above St. Louis, Missouri down to Cairo, Illinois — where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi. The Army Corps of Engineers completed a remarkable feat of engineering that involved months of non-stop dredging, blasting and scraping away of rock obstructions along the river and lowering the bottom of the channel by 2 feet. It also put into service reservoirs along the vast river system designed more than 100 years ago to try and manage both flood and draught. The 100-year-old systems designed with slide rules are still working perfectly. I think you will enjoy this March issue. The “Port of Call” is a favorite of mine: Québec City. The piece is written by new Lakeland contributor Jodie Jacobs, who nails the story from a boater’s perspective and covers all the bases regarding food, restaurants, where to stock up, and what not to miss.




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March 2013 | Volume LXVII, No. 3

Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Editor-at-large: Heather Steinberger Creative staff Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Mark Bauhs, Mark Corke, Luc-Antoine Couturier, Xavier Dachez, Mike Harris, Michael Hauenstein, Jodie Jacobs, David Kingma, Capt. Frank Lanier, Sébastien LaRose, Roger McAfee, Jamie O’Meara, James Paradiso, Capt. Tom Serio, Mira Temkin, Yves Tessier, David Trotter, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace

Bob Oatley and Mark “Ricko” Richards of Palm Beach Motor Yachts win the Sydney to Hobart Offshore Sail Race for a record 7th time.

Running up the St. Lawrence River has its challenges, but it’s well worth it. This is a beautiful part of the world. French Canada offers its unique culture in an old-world setting. You won’t see anything comparable to Québec City anywhere else in North America. If you are boat shopping, this month we have something for everyone. At the high end, we have the Palm Beach 45, which must be seen to be fully appreciated. This is an Australian-built yacht created by an incredibly talented Australian named Mark Richards, who goes by the name “Ricko.” Richards’ endless pursuit of quality and refinement has earned Palm Beach Motor Yachts wins for two consecutive years at the prestigious Newport International Boat Show — an honor not achieved by any other boatbuilder in almost half a century. In the “fun on the water” category, we have a round-up of the most popular pontoons available in the Great Lakes . These boats are hot and spend little time in a dealers’ inventory. Pontoons are affordable, versatile, fun and trailerable — and quick enough to wakeboard, waterski and tube behind. LB Think spring!

business staff Advertising sales representative: Mark Conway Regional/classified sales manager: Patti McCleery Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Accounting: Tracy Houren editorial & advertising offiCe 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 312-276-0610 | Fax: 312-276-0619 E-mail: Website: Classified advertising 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 800-331-0132, ext. 21 | Fax: 312-276-0619 subsCriPtions P.O. Box 15396 | North Hollywood | CA 91615-5396 Customer Service: 800-827-0289 o’meara-brown PubliCations inC. President: Walter B. O’Meara Secretary: Timothy Murtaugh Lakeland Boating (ISSN 0744-9194), copyright 2013, is published eleven times per year (except December) by O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc. Editorial and advertising offices are located at 727 S. Dearborn St., Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605; 312-276-0610. Annual subscription rates: United States, $24.95 per year; International and Canadian, $36.95 per year (11 issues), includes 7% G.S.T. tax (G.S.T. registration number 894095074-RT0001) and $12 postage included. Single copies are $4.99 for U.S. and Canada. Only U.S. funds are accepted. Subscription correspondence should be addressed to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396 (U.S.), or call 800-827-0289. Known office of publication: 727 South Dearborn Street, Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605. Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, IL and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, please send all address changes to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396. Lakeland Boating is a registered trademark of O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Published as Lakeland Yachting 1946-1955. Unsolicited work may be submitted at the author’s, photographer’s or artist’s own risk. Lakeland Boating assumes no responsibility or liability for unsolicited material. All submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

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Pleasant Surprise As an avid fan of Lakeland Boating, I was reading through my latest edition, and as 2012 came to a close I decided to write you about fulfilling a lifelong dream in purchasing the “perfect boat.” My wife, Debbie, and I had been pursuing the purchase of a 53-foot Hatteras Fish Yacht, inspecting a number of boats over a period of two-plus years. Early last year (2011) we came across a prospect located in Port Clinton, Ohio. We contacted the broker and made arrangements to view the boat located in CIC Marina North in Port Clinton. That’s where we were introduced to Ted Patrick of Lake and Bay Yacht Sales. This was the beginning of what I call the “Ted Patrick Experience.” Ted provided a walk-through of the vessel and was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We reviewed the boat and made a decision then and there to move forward with purchasing the boat. Ted provided an enormous amount of support and coordinated logistics as we worked our way through the survey, mechanical inspections, financing options and sea trial. Every step of the way Ted provided us with first-class contacts as we moved forward and made her ready for the move to Lake Superior and Silver Bay, Minnesota — a trip of roughly 1,100 miles. The folks at Catawba Island Yacht Club and Marina provided us with outstanding service and amenities, as we had them install a flybridge enclosure. We also had Burt’s Diesel Marine Service perform maintenance for our cruise home. Burt is someone who you instantly recognize as meticulous and competent and one of a kind. I asked him to do “what it takes” to ensure the boat was ready to transport my family to Minnesota. It was, and the boat ran absolutely trouble-free the entire trip. Ted Patrick provided us with an opportunity to leverage the very best people and services available as we made our journey home. We didn’t just manage a business transaction; we made friends that helped us fulfill our lifetime dream. Truly a pleasant surprise! —Mike & Debbie Netka

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March 21 – 24 Progressive Northwest Sportshow Minneapolis, MN

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show West Allis, WI

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Great Beer Chase Calumet, MI

Door County Home & Garden Show Sturgeon Bay, WI

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Don’t miss the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan March 15-17 (right). Whether you are just learning or a seasoned sportsman,check out the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan March 21-24 (bottom).

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

Turns out some not-so fantastic plastic is working its way into the Great Lakes… in the form of tiny little bits, posing an ongoing threat to both wildlife and human health. Through a recent study that oversaw the collection of 21 water samples from the surfaces of lakes Superior, Erie and Huron, it was determined that the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem is now on the list of natural places affected by tons of plastic pollution.*

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Asian Carp Take Up Residence at Shedd Aquarium A trio of Asian carp caught in Chicago, Illinois’ Humboldt Park Lagoon have joined the invasive species display at the city’s world-famous John G. Shedd Aquarium, according to a recent report by WBEZ 91.5 Chicago that was published on the station’s website, Nobody’s really sure how these carp found their way into the enclosed lagoon, although experts speculate fishermen and boats could have unintentionally introduced the big-eyed invasives with just the tiniest amount of organic matter from another waterway, WBEZ reports. The fish are more than 10 years old, according to the article, which indicates they’ve been hanging around the lagoon for quite some time. Carp are now a dominant species in several parts of the


Illinois River, which is connected to the Chicago River via the Sanitary and Ship Canal. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DRN) hires commercial fisherman to catch Asian carp in the Illinois River, the report explains, removing hundreds of tons of the pesky fish a week. But even with two electric barriers in place and a third being built, carp still squeak in, WBEZ reports. DNR spokesman John Rogner told WBEZ in order to help prevent the spread of Asian carp and other invasives throughout Illinois waterways, fisherman and boaters should never dump water or fish from one body of water into another. According to the WBEZ report, the Illinois DNR gave the carp to Shedd to help raise awareness about the risks posed by invasive species.

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133-year-old Steamer Discovered in Lake Huron The 133-year-old, 283-foot wooden steamer New York lost at sea on October 1, 1910 was recently discovered in the depths of Lake Huron and its location brought to the surface by noted shipwreck hunter David Trotter, according to a recent article published in the Detroit Free Press. “We were very excited because it was such a large vessel,” Trotter was quoted as saying in the article. This discovery, made at a depth of 240 feet in Lake Huron’s waters, marks Trotter’s two-year quest to recover the ship. The find, according to the newspaper, is expected to shed light on how ships of this era were constructed — at a time when most shipbuilders didn’t work off of written plans. At the time it was built in 1879, New York was the largest wooden steamer in existence. Divers discovered the ship resting upright, with a damaged stern and broken stacks nearby, about 40 miles north of the tip of Michigan’s Thumb. Over the course of his career, Trotter, 71, has located more than 90 shipwrecks. To find out more about Trotter and his work, visit




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Cutwater’s New 30-footer

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Wooden Boat Conference and Seminar Kingston, Ontario, Canada will become the center of the antique and classic boat universe April 5-6 when the 2013 Wooden Boat Conference and Seminar series invades the city best known as the “Gateway to the 1000 Islands.” The conference brings together some of today’s most notable speakers in the antique and classic boat market. A first-class educational lineup includes a stream of Canadian-themed presentations specifically focused on the history of these legendary watercraft. The event takes place at the Maritime Museum in Kingston and will be hosted at the Marriott Hotel next door. Registration is $145 and includes unlimited access to the session-packed conference. For more information, call 800-675-4089 or visit




Cutwater Boats of Monroe, Washington has announced the introduction of its newest and largest cruiser, the Cutwater 30. The new boat made its inaugural appearance in January at the Seattle International Boat Show. Based on the Cutwater Keel Stepped hull design, this new vessel expands on the brand’s original concept of comfortable family cruising, solid handling and exceptional value. “With the new Cutwater 30 we’re able to offer the same smooth ride and efficient performance in a roomier hull,” says Cutwater vice president of sales and marketing Jeff Messmer. “The innovative arrangement ensures complete comfort for long-range cruising with a number of unexpected design refinements for even greater enjoyment.” Design enhancements and upgrades include a new, more spacious cockpit deck layout, flexible seating and additional storage. Call 800-349-7198 or visit the website

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Four Winns Redesigns Horizon 200

B&E Marine of Michigan City, Indiana will host its 60th anniversary Annual Open House March 14-17. For more information, call 888-603-2628 or visit



Cadillac, Michigan-based Four Winns, a division of Rec Boat Holdings, recently introduced its newly designed Horizon 200. The new boat is the latest in the Horizon series to undergo a complete redesign, along with the RS model. “The response from our dealers to the new Horizon has been overwhelming,” says Roch Lambert, group president of Rec Boat Holdings. “The new Horizon 200 adds size to the lineup, as well as provides the additional offering of the new RS model.” The Horizon 200 marries sport runabout with luxury performer. Features include Four Winns’ signature Stable Vee hull, low-profile swim platform, oversized bow area, convertible swim lounge seats, walkthrough windshield, exclusive interior drain-away system, and ample storage. In addition to the RS model, the Horizon 200 is also available in the optional SS configuration. For more information, call 231775-1351 or visit


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Helping Hand Need a helping hand from time to time? Hand-ee Cleat is a portable cleat and hand-hold that can temporarily be affixed to any dock pole, piling or other object regardless of material (wood, steel, concrete, PVC, etc.) and with no damaging effects of permanent attachment. It has a patented “open cleat” design that creates a sturdy hand-hold, making it a lot easier — and safer — getting on and off a boat. It’s also ideal for customizing your home mooring for docking convenience. Use it to help carry an awkward load, like a kayak, or as a hand-hold while working on or around your boat. Hand-ee Cleat is made in the USA and constructed of glass-filled nylon. The 54-inch straps are made of polypropylene webbing that’s abrasion- and UV-resistant. It retails online for $59.95. For more info, call 239-671-8887 or visit


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Easy Lift-off Say goodbye to expensive, poorly designed, unattractive and heavy tender lift systems. FreedomLift lets you carry your tender or PWC with style and ease. FreedomLift’s Removable Lift Arms enable the tender to be lifted much higher above the water, providing it with safety and protection from rough water conditions and the elements. The system is operated via waterproof remote control giving you touch-of-a-button convenience. FreedomLift is custom made to fit virtually any inboard-, Zeus- or IPS-driven boat, with adjustable bunks to accommodate any hull form. For more information, call 866-543-8669 or visit


Premier Pontoons Names New Great Lakes Dealers

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Onekama Marine and Lake Michigan Yacht Sales, located on Portage Lake in Onekama, Michigan and Bay Harbor, Michigan respectively, have become Michigan’s newest Premier Pontoons dealers. Premier is an industry leader in pontoon manufacturing, customer service and design innovation. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Onekama Marine is a family-owned business that strives to provide its patrons with the best products, service and customer care available. Call 231-889-5000 or visit for more 4187AD - Interlux VC 17m Extra_ Lakeland Boating_HP_Layout 1 18/01/2012 08:48 Page 1 information.


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Truly distinctive, the stunning SC42 sports cruiser gives you an amazing sense of light, space and connectivity with each other and the environment around you. Add a world of luxury, including a unique full-length, electric roof system that converts in minutes and a fullbeam cockpit with uniquely transformable seating system, and it’s the perfect place to be in. And out. Sealine will be attending: Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 21st - 24th, 2013

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Sea Ray Launches Enviro-friendly Jet Boat Sea Ray, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pleasure boats, reached another milestone with the launch of its all-new 21 Jet. According to the Knoxville, Tennessee-based company, this is the first and only recreational boat model available to meet California 4-Star super-ultra-low emission levels, setting a new benchmark for the marine industry. The boat is powered by twin 120-hp MPE 850 4-stroke engines with jet drives from Weber Motor, and engine component provider to world renowned automotive brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Ferrari and Ford. Intercooled, turbocharged engines in the 21 Jet provide rapid acceleration and smooth operation throughout the power band. Along with the major advantages of water-jet propulsion — shallow draft, faster planing and no exposed lower drive unit, for example — Weber engines are also known to have lower-than-average fuel consumption for extended cruising range. The 21 Jet comes with a list of standard and optional equipment including painted trailer with disc brakes and swing-away tongue (standard) and forward-facing, folding water sports tower with integrated bimini top (optional). It is available in five color choices of two-tone gelcoats, in addition to a black hull bottom and optional graphics and upgrades. For more information, call 865-971-6677 or visit

Cooper Capital Specialty Salvage will list several hundred boats damaged by Hurrican Sandy for auction on its website,

Boats range in size from 10 to 70 feet, but most are in the 20- to 40-foot range.

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by Mira Temkin

Highland Park, Illinois A gem along Chicago’s Lake Michigan.


ordering Chicago’s lakefront are more than 40 miles of beautiful shoreline, dotted with 14 communities that hug the lake. From Evanston north to Lake Bluff, it’s famously called the “North Shore,” with Highland Park as one of its shining jewels. Beautiful mansions line Sheridan Road, fabulous restaurants, a lively downtown and arts theater, as well as the internationally-known Ravinia Festival are just a few of the wonderful things that make Highland Park such a unique destination. Come summer, Highland Park ramps it up even more. From the Festival of Fine Crafts (June 29-30) to exciting July 4th activities to the annual sidewalk sale (July 26-27), Highland Park really rolls out the welcome mat. Every summer, the main street is lined with beautiful artistic creations as shoppers “ooh” and “aah” over the colorful, hand-painted butterflies or mushrooms. Add in the annual Port Clinton Art Festival (August 24-25), along with the Taste of Highland Park that same weekend and there’s even more reasons for a summer stop in Highland Park. “Highland Park is a vibrant city year round, but it really comes alive in the summertime,” said Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park. “With its beautiful parks and trails, fantastic free concerts and the incomparable Ravinia Festival, Highland Park has something for all tastes and interests. Easy access from the lake to our downtown and Ravinia districts lets you be in the middle of the action in no time.”

Every summer, colorful sculptures line the main street in downtown Highland Park.

Ravinia Festival: Classic performances under the stars Originally an artist colony, Ravinia boasts a history that goes back more than 100 years. From June through September, this popular outdoor venue gives music lovers a stellar season of classical music, jazz, musical theater and pop concerts. Considered Chicagoland’s “Sound of Summer” and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia offers the world’s greatest stars on stage… and under the stars. You can sit on the lawn, which can hold up to 15,000, or in one of the 3,000 covered pavilion seats. Some say the best part of the Ravinia experience is wining and dining. Bring your own picnic and choice of vintages or buy them at one of the many onsite restaurants or food kiosks. Either way, it’s a glorious way to enjoy a summer night.




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A lively jazz band is one of the many floats in the annual 4th of July parade. “For 2013, Ravinia offers classical and pop music performances from some of the top names in entertainment, including Celtic Woman, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang, and more,” says Amy Schrage, a Ravinia Festival spokesperson. “Sting will return to Ravinia on June 7-8, and Jewel will make her Ravinia debut on June 16.” The full schedule of events is now available online at, and tickets go on sale April 25.

For your dining pleasure No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find plenty of outstanding restaurants, many with al fresco seating so you can watch the crowds while you dine. Everything from Mexican to Italian to Asian to American fare is available. Recommended are Urban BBQ and Norton’s downtown. In the Ravinia district, there’s Merlo’s and also Madame ZuZu’s Tea House, run by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. On Thursday evenings from June through August at 7 p.m., you’ll find free concerts at Port Clinton Square. Just pull up a chair, grab an ice cream or coffee drink from Frost, Perfect Blend or Arrive Dolce, and enjoy the show.

Late night Highland Park Highland Park is one of those communities that heard the call about rolling up the streets at night and now has more than 20 restaurants that stay open until 11 p.m. or later

mushroom and parade photos by james paradiso


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Boats on the water at Waukegan Harbor.

7th Annual Taste of Highland Park That same weekend, you’ll also have your choice of fine fare at the Taste of Highland Park. The Taste features smaller-size portions of signature dishes from the city’s best eateries, along with live musical performances. The Taste starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 23 and runs various hours on Saturday through Sunday at 6 p.m. on weekend nights. And there are a host of music venues where you can listen to a fabulous jazz combo, violinist, rock band, or other entertainment.

Shopper’s paradise Highland Park is considered a shopping mecca where you’ll find locally owned specialty shops and boutiques. Uncle Dan’s, the great outdoor store, Allura’s for fine jewelry, and E Street Denim are just a few of these one-of-a kind retailers.

Port Clinton Art Festival This prestigious event has received recognition as one of the top five juried art shows in the country, offering fine art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists. See original artwork by master artists as well as interactive art demos. Now in its 30th year, the free art fair will be held August 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Port Clinton Square.

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Picnickers on the lawn take in a concert at Ravinia Festival.

If you go... The Union Pacific North Line train offers service to Ravinia and Highland Park. You can easily get to both from harbors as far south as Chicago and as far north as Kenosha, Wisconsin. Marinas offering transient dockage are Kenosha’s South Port Marina (262-657-5565), North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois (847-746-2845) and Waukegan Harbor in Waukegan, Illinois (847-244-3133). “Waukegan Harbor doesn’t take reservations, but we suggest boaters call from the gas dock,” says harbor spokesperson Jamie O’Meara. “You can catch the Union Pacific North Line train three blocks away to get to Highland Park or Ravinia. Many people take the train because it’s so convenient.” As you meander through the streets of this quaint downtown, you’ll get a sense that summer really is in the air in Highland Park and it is something truly special. For more information, visit LB

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GEARING UP | by Lindsey Johnson

Orca Soft Stand-up Paddleboard Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the hottest watersports trend to hit the Great Lakes: Standup paddleboards! This Orca model features three molded-in stringers, hard HDPE bottom and JS 50/50 deck construction (two layers of 6-oz. glass wrapped in graphicprinted soft foam). Includes a standard aluminum paddle, leashhand fin and comes with a limited one-year warranty. $499.99 at

Must-have goodies and gadgets for every boater


Yanmar YM and JH Series Motors Compact and powerful, clean and quiet, the YM and JH Series motors from Yanmar are known for their low noise, low vibration, low emissions and user-friendly designs. And to help you power more appliances and electronics on board, all Yanmar sailboat engines are equipped with powerful, 125-amp alternators beginning this summer. Prices starting at $6,995 at

Pettit SR Paint Increase your protection against hard and soft fouling while simultaneously decreaing your impact on the environment with Hydrocoat SR from Pettit. Uses innovative technology to replace harsh solvents found in most bottom paints with water, which provides for easier application and cleanup, low VOCs and no heavy solvent smell. $179.99 at

Biobor JF Protect your fuel from filter-clogging algae and bacteria. Biobor JF kills and prevents microbial growth in diesel fuel while increasing lubricity to protect injectors and pumps. A 16-oz. bottle treats 1,280 gallons. $19.99 at

Barracuda Sewing Machine Designed with boat owners in mind, the Barracuda is remarkably versatile. Ideal for medium- to heavy-weight sewing jobs on board, including canvas and Sunbrella. Great portability and comes with a full accessory kit. $499.99 at




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Tucker Blair Needlepoint Wallet Brighten your back pocket with nautical-themed needlepoint wallets from Tucker Blair. Made of genuine leather, and the needlepoint work is handstitched cotton. Enjoy two full slots for bills and two slips on either side for credit cards, IDs, etc. A variety of colors and prints are available. $80 at

GEAR Gill Pro Racer Performance Trainer Be on the cutting edge of marine footwear (and fashion) with the new 940 Pro Racer. Features include a special non-slip, waterdispersing sole and concealed lacing system. $135 at

OceanLED Pro Series Thru-Hull Colours LEDs Colours from OceanLED is the first high-powered, color change underwater LED light that allows boat owners to choose the color of their lights from an unlimited color pallet. Suitable for use in fiberglass, GRP and wood hulls up to 65 feet (aluminum/steel hulls require an additional Derlin Isolation Sleeve accessory). $5,199 for a twin pack at

SKrAPr Multitool Make quick work of cleaning jobs and galley tasks on board with the SKrAPr multitool. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to remove burnt food from stovetops, stickers from glass, or soap scum from, well, anywhere, the SKrAPrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gentle blade is designed to do so with ease... and without the use of chemicals $9.99 at

Pure Oceans Crystal Boat Soap Tough on dirt and highly effective for cleaning all marine surfaces, this eco-friendly formula from West Marine is dye- and perfume-free and works well in fresh- or salt water. Available in pint, quart or gallon sizes. A gallon retails for $33.99 at

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ask the expert | by Elizabeth Altick

Minding the Weather Airmar Technology’s Irene Robb describes the importance of accurate weather monitoring. LB: What are the advantages of having an allin-one weather station? Robb: The instrument provides immediate real-time weather. The data is more accurate and timely than a satellite or subscription-based service and is invaluable for both sailors and powerboaters. It informs boaters of changes in the weather, including wind speed and direction, GPS position, compass heading, pitch and roll, relative humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure.


LB: Why are they better than other instruments?

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Robb: Mechanical anemometers (wind sensors) and weather measuring devices are prone to failure due to salt and dirt build-up, bearing wear and bird perching.

LB: Some instruments can measure true and apparent wind speed. What’s the difference? Robb: True wind is the actual motion of the air relative to Earth. Apparent wind is the wind experienced while moving or on board a boat. If the vessel is not moving, then the true and apparent wind will be the same. Most wind sensors are only able to measure apparent wind. Our instruments include internal GPS and heading sensors. This allows the device to calculate and output a true wind value, while most other wind stations require external sensors and a display device.

LB: How is wind speed measured? Robb: The station contains four ultrasonic transducers, which are visible through four holes in the top of the sensor’s wind channel. These transducers operate in pairs. One transducer injects a pulse into the air. The pulse bounces off the reflector plate at the bottom of the wind channel and is carried by the wind to arrive at the listening transducer a short time later. Throughout this process, the sensor monitors the air temperature to compensate for the fact that the speed of sound in air changes with temperature. The end result is high resolution and highly accurate wind data that fully compensates for the environment in which it is operating.

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




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LB: How accurate are weather stations? Robb: Our instruments have a wind accuracy of 2 knots RMS and provide a wind resolution of 0.1 knots. The heading sensor in our weather stations has better than 1-degree static compass accuracy and best-in-class 2-degree dynamic compass accuracy. Our 360-degree calibration process results in unmatched speed and wind direction accuracy.

LB: How does one know if a station is operating correctly? Robb: Comparing readings to data from a stationary source such as a wind sock or dock master would give a good indication. However, the industry has actually grown accustomed to using Airmar’s WeatherStation® Instruments to verify the accuracy and operation of other wind sensing solutions.

LB: How are weather stations protected from the elements? Robb: Our UV-stabilized, compact housing is fully waterproof and resistant to both sunlight and chemicals. The housing is routinely deployed on offshore buoys — certainly a testament to their maintenance-free and robust design.

LB: What kind of power supply is required, and how much do weather stations normally draw? Robb: Typically, they can operate from 9 to 40 volts DC and draw as little as 40mA of current, up to a maximum of 90mA for full-featured models.

LB: What is the approximate price of a highend weather station? Robb: They can be very affordable, starting around $700 and run up to about $1,300. LB Airmar Technology Corporation is a world leader in the design and manufacture of ultrasonic sensor technology for marine and industrial applications. The company’s product line includes advanced ultrasonic transducers, flow sensors, WeatherStation® instruments, and electronic compasses.

by Roger McAfee | electronics

Glow in the Dark Night vision cameras gain popularity among boaters.


Technology and development Night vision devices that did not require an infrared light source were introduced during the Vietnam War and operated by intensifying small amounts of ambient light. These first generation units amplified light up to approximately 1,000 times. They were bulky and required moonlight to work effectively. The second generation devices intensified light by 20,000 times and improved image resolution and overall reliability. They worked adequately with no moonlight. Third-generation devices intensified light up to 50,000 times. Research continues, and many of these devices can now be equipped so that they instantaneously respond to changes in light conditions. Both infrared and light intensifier technology are used in night vision devices that are now available to recreational mariners, and there are some manufacturers who combine the two technologies into a single, highly computerized, pricey system. Historically night vision devices were very expensive — about the price of a new car — but that has changed. Dramatically. Systems that once cost upwards of $35,000 can now be had for about $5,000. As newer and better OceanView Poseidon

systems hit the market, previous systems become less desirable and, therefore, less expensive. But they still work very well, and skippers should remember that even though Generation 1 devices don’t deliver as good an output as Generation 3 devices, they are much better than no night vision system at all!

Options and pricing Night vision devices come in two main configurations: Fixed mount and handheld. A fixed mount unit has the sensor (camera) mounted outside, usually on the radar arch or mast, with the display mounted at the helm station. The handheld units are used in the same manner as binoculars, but generally the person using them has to be on deck to get a good image. Two well-known U.S. manufacturers of night vision devices for recreational boats are Boston, Massachusetts’ FLIR and Oceanview Technologies of Boca Raton, Florida. Both companies make a complete range of night vision devices from handhelds to fixed mount units. One of the world’s best-known binocular makers, Bushnell, also makes a number of night vision items. FLIR is Raymarine’s parent company, so all FLIR products are sold and supported through Raymarine outlets. Many hunting and fishing stores also stock night vision equipment. Pricing varies, but there are many handheld units in the $300 to $500 range that give good results. Generally speaking, as the price increases so does the quality of the unit and its output. Fixed units start in the $5,000 range, although internet pricing is putting downward pressure on that figure. These units produce excellent results, and some displays are almost photo-like. All of the units currently available are easy to operate. One manufacturer maintains that anyone capable of operating a television can operate a night vision system. Having used a number of different night vision systems myself, I agree. My new digital camera is much more complicated than even the most expensive recreational night vision system. Remember: Night vision equipment is not a substitute for radar, GPS or simply keeping a good watch. It should be treated as safety equipment. Prudent skippers always slow down at night and should continue to do so, even with night vision equipment on board. LB

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FLIR FirstMate


s spring sets in, boaters ready themselves to get back on the water. After suffering through months and months of no boating all winter, there’s always the temptation to stay on the water as long as possible. Some skippers, wanting to squeeze in a few extra hours here and there, are starting to think about night vision equipment. Night vision devices were at one point restricted to military and law enforcement. Those that were available to the general public were very expensive. Technical change has improved the quality and reduced the price of current night vision offerings. Night vision devices were first developed for the military. The U.S. Army was using infrared scopes fitted to sniper rifles by the end of World War II, and their use and development continued into the Korean War. These units used a relatively large infrared light source to illuminate the target. This technology is still used in night vision devices today, but all the components are much smaller and more sophisticated.

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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.




corke board | by Mark Corke

Going it Alone The basic how-to’s of installing your own electronics on board.


here are two options when it comes to installing electronics on your boat: Get someone to do it for you, or do it yourself. For many people hiring a pro is the most realistic option. Often boaters don’t have the time or skills to tackle certain projects solo — and it’s true that some things are best left to the experts (installing a radar scanner 30 feet up a sailboat mast, for example). But there are some jobs that you can do yourself, if you’re willing. The idea that boat owners could actually install some of their own instruments is apt to send them scurrying for the drinks locker. But before panic sets in, sit back, take a deep breath, and repeat after me: “Ain’t no big deal.” If you can follow the instructions that come with the box, there’s a good chance you can install many of your own electronics. Some bits of equipment are easier to install than others, so if you’re new to the DIY route then you’ll want to pick your battles — at least until you gain a little experience under your tool belt.

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Installation basics: VHF It’s usually best to start with something like a VHF radio. If you’ve ever installed a car radio, you’ll find that this project is similar in scope and complexity. Start by reading the manual that comes with the set — at least a couple of times. Heed the warnings; you don’t want to harm yourself, the new radio or the boat. Plan out the install in your head first, or, better yet, on a sheet of paper. You’ll most likely have to mount the radio set onto either a bracket (called a trunnion mount, which is usually the easiest option) or flush mount it to a dashboard or bulkhead. This second option will require you to make a cutout in the boat’s dash. In addition to the radio itself, you’ll need an antenna if one is not fitted to the boat already, along with the necessary cables that will supply power to the radio. After installing plenty of electronics over the years, I can tell you from experience that the most time consuming part of the whole project is making the cabling neat and tidy. The installation instructions will tell you what size cable to use. Use the recommended size; not just any old bit of

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




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If you’re going to attempt an electronics installation by yourself, make sure you read all the directions before getting started and consult a professional if the job becomes too overwhelming. wire or cable you happen to have lying around. Under no circumstances should you use cable intended for home installation; all cables on boats must be multi-strand, tinned copper wire and will be marked “boat wire” on the insulation sheathing. Cable typically used in the home is what’s known as a “solid conductor.” The wire is a single, thick strand of copper and susceptible to fracture from vibrations if used on a boat. A word of caution here: Wiring must be to the highest standards, with cables run back to the fuse or breaker panel. This means that you can’t wire the radio directly to the battery. All circuits on a boat MUST be safeguarded by some sort of over-current protection, and this means either a fuse or a breaker. If a cable shorted out and it wasn’t properly protected, a fire could start and destroy your boat. It’s easy to think that just because it’s 12 volts, it’s safe; you may not get a shock, but there are other potential hazards if you get it wrong. I’ve lost track of the number of boats I’ve been aboard where something was connected up “just to make sure it’s working,” and then it stayed like that for years.

Help getting started If you feel that doing a VHF radio install by yourself is too far beyond your capabilities, then you’re probably going to require the services of a qualified marine installer who will have the required training, experience, tools and techniques to correctly install your new electronics. The National Marine Manufacturers Association ( has a searchable database where you can find someone in your area. The neighborhood boatyard or marina may also be able to help. If you decide to have a go at the project yourself, then a little bedtime reading couldn’t hurt. I suggest “The Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual” by Nigel Calder and “Understanding Boat Wiring” by John C. Payne. The latter in particular gives a solid introduction to the subject and is a reference book that I turn to frequently. LB

photos by mark corke

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

See the Light Advantages to installing LEDs on board.


ith all due respect to Thomas Edison, the incandescent bulb may be a marvel of technology, but it’s not a particularly efficient one. Fortunately light emitting diodes (LEDs) have come of age, and boaters looking to capitalize on their benefits have more choices than ever. Let’s take a look at the advantages they offer over their incandescent predecessors and how they can help reduce your energy budget afloat.

How they work Incandescent bulbs produce light by jamming large amounts of electrical current through a resistive tungsten filament, which in turn becomes so hot that it begins to glow, producing light. The problem is that only 5 percent or so of the energy used is actually converted into light, with the remaining 95 percent being lost in the form of heat (the reason bulbs get so hot). LEDs, on the other hand, produce light as current moves from one type of semi-conductor crystal to another type of crystal within the LED. Much of the energy used to light an LED is also lost as heat, but what makes them more efficient than incandescent bulbs is that they can produce the same amount of light with up to 90 percent lower amperage draw. Since the amount of power draw (and heat generated) is so much smaller, unlike the finger-searing bulb mentioned above, an LED remains cool to the touch. LEDs require a “driver” (essentially a self-contained power supply) to provide constant current-regulated power over the LED’s range of operating voltage (10 VDC to 30 VDC, for example). The regulation provided by this driver not only provides a more consistent level of light output throughout the operating range, but — unlike incandescent bulbs — also allows the LED to be dimmed without changing the color of light produced (i.e. white becoming yellow). Most LEDs have built-in drivers, although some models use an external driver to provide power to one or multiple LED arrays. Systems with external drivers cost less to produce, but are in general not as good as LED lights having their own driver. One major disadvantage with an external driver powering multiple arrays is that if the driver fails, all of the fixtures it powers will stop working as well.

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Switching to LEDs With such great energy saving potential, it’s easy to see how replacing even a few incandescent bulbs can generate a noticeable reduction in power requirements. Navigation lights (some of which draw up to 25 watts of power) certainly have potential in this regard. But while LEDs and navigation lights seem like a perfect match, LED technology, which has been used commercially since the 1960s, has Out with the old and in with the only recently been able to produce LEDs of incredibly more efficient — replacing sufficient color, intensity and beam patterns the original, 1970s vintage 12 VDC to be suitable for use as navigation lights. incandescent fixtures with new LED cabin lights provided LED replacements can be in the form the author with both of new fixtures or LED bulb replacements to retrofit your improved lighting and existing fixtures. As with incandescent bulbs, however, not a marked reduction in power consumption. all LED lights are created equal. Before swapping out existing incandescent lights, make sure the new LEDs are as bright as the factory-installed originals. This is especially crucial when upgrading incandescent navigation lights to LED technology, in which case you always want to ensure that your intended replacement LED lights have been tested to and comply with U.S. Coast Guard specifications. In the case Capt. Frank Lanier of navigation lighting, replacement of the is an award-winning fixture itself is typically required (rather journalist, boat maintenance than just bulb swapping) as the fixture guru and owner of Capt. F.K. is tested and approved as a whole (bulb Lanier & Associates, Marine and lens) when receiving Coast Guard Surveyors and Consultants ( approval. LB

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boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

Maritimo M50 Y

New and improved luxury.

ou would guess that a yacht builder from Australia would know a little about rough waters and tough hulls. But they also know about creature comforts, as is evident on the new Maritimo M50 cruising motoryacht. Thanks to the success of its M48 model, of which more than 100 were sold internationally, the M50 is the morphed result of enhancements to the former hull. According to Dave Northrop, president of Maritimo USA based in Holland, Michigan, the major change is found inside. “We kept the three stateroom-two head layout, but now the master is a full beam stateroom” Northrop says. Angling the berth allows for a starboard seating area, large dresser, and plenty of room to get around. Ambient lighting pours in from three large, hull-side windows. Up forward is the double VIP stateroom with center berth. To starboard is a double bunk room. It’s anticipated that this new design will entice owners to invite couples along for extended cruising, as well as families with kids, while maintaining comfort and privacy. But the magic doesn’t stop there. Maritimo built the M50 about 3 feet longer than the M48. And while that does add wet surface, Northrop says it also adds efficiency. “The additional bottom has improved the numbers; when at 23 knots, the M50 only burns about 40 gallons total, giving




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Specifications LOA: 53' Beam: 17'6" Draft: 4'3" Weight (dry): 48,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,000 gals. Water Capacity: 211 gals. Power: Twin Volvo D11 diesel engines 670 hp Base Price: $1,300,000

a 500-plus nautical mile range,” he explains. The get-upand-go originates from a pair of Volvo D11 diesel engines, rated at 670 hp. Adding hull length also stretched the enclosed flybridge another 2 feet. Enjoy the outdoors on the 8-foot flybridge aft Juliet deck. Or head down the interior stairway where you’ll find a forward salon and dining area, plus an aft galley setup, which makes serving easy from anywhere on board. Full wrap-around windows bring in the light and the view. Opening the aft bi-fold doors to the cockpit enlivens the living space. Access forward is via wide, walk-around decks, which are on the same level as the aft deck. Maritimo attributes many of these M50 enhancements to owner input and feedback. The Australian-based company must be on to something with the M50. Even before the first hull was complete, several orders had been placed. Don’t miss out on this new and improved yacht. LB

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Specifications LOA: 57'6" Beam: 15'7" Draft: 4'3" Weight (dry): 59,080 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 699 gals. Water Capacity: 156 gals. Power: Twin CAT C12 715 hp Base Price: Contact dealer


ith one look at the Princess 56 layout and its list of standard equipment, it’s apparent that this is a “play & stay” yacht. On the play side, the flybridge is the place to see or be seen. With two seating areas, the larger a U-shaped settee flanking a teak dining table and running across the aft end, there’s great panoramic visibility for everyone. Twin helm seats keep the operator close to guests. Eat, drink and be merry thanks to the electric grill, fridge and wetbar. Entering the salon it’s evident that simple can be elegant in a contemporary way. To starboard is a full U-shaped settee with an accompanying coffee table. Across is a twoseat sofa. In between there’s plenty of space. Forward to port is a wrap-around dinette, which is in close proximity to the starboard galley. All furniture is low profile, retaining an open feel from ambient light courtesy of the wrap-around windows. Forward of the galley is the lower helm, again with two

Princess 56 seats, for that extra pair of eyes. You can be essentially anywhere on the main level and see from stem to stern. As Princess states, this is a “highly sociable” layout. Soak up the rays on the ample forward sunpad, or stay in the shade at the covered aft deck lounge and teak table. With the optional swim platform lift, you can launch a tender or make it your own private beach. Want to stay? There’s plenty of living and sleeping space belowdecks. Full beam abounds in the master suite with center-line double berth, settee, en-suite head and plenty of storage. Two large, single pane, hull-side windows (not portholes) help make the master a private room… with a view. Forward is the VIP stateroom with center walk-around double berth, dressing table and en-suite head. To starboard is a guest room with two single beds. An optional crew quarters is aft of the engine room, with single berth and head. “The Princess 56 has tremendous interior volume” says Greg Krueger, president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, which is the exclusive Princess dealer in the Great Lakes (866-490-5297; “It feels like a 60-plus footer. Also, the galley-up layout is amazing; very special for a boat of this size. This vessel is a winner!” The Princess 56 is elegant but simple, stylish yet fun. Perhaps so nice she’s fit for a… princess? LB

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boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

Sea Ray 230 SLX M

ix two parts water, one part sunshine, throw in a wakeboard or skis, add 4,100 pounds of Sea Ray 230 SLX, and what do you get? A fun-filled day on the water! This mid-size sport boat may not let you cruise around the world, but it will let you get the most out of boating in your little corner of it. Start with the dynamic looks. An unbroken sheer line and swept-back windshield create a sleek profile. Choice of five gelcoat colors makes the 230 SLX more personal, as will the optional color scheme for the trailer. Top it with the optional forward-facing water sports tower (the canvas package helps protect from sun exposure), and the 230 SLX is ready to take off. As a bowrider model, the 230 SLX offers ample seating forward. Drop in the optional padded insert to create a large sunning area. More seating is available on the L-shaped settee in the cockpit or on the aft sun pad lounger. The starboard helm is stylishly designed, with Sea Ray SmartCraft auto-type, multi-function gauges mounted in a custom soft-touch dash, adjustable helm bucket seat, and matching trim. There’s also a port bucket seat with an in-dash Sony AM/FM/CD stereo and iPod connector. DJ not included. “In a sea of sameness, our SLX series, including the new 230 SLX, sets the standard for elegance without being conservative,”

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Specifications LOA: 23' Beam: 8'6" Draft (drive down/up): 3'2"/1'11" Weight (dry): 4,100 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 50 gals. Water Capacity: N/A Power: MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT w/Bravo III Sterndrive Base Price: $72,578

says Matt Guilford, Sea Ray vice president of marketing. “This boat is bold, daring and unforgettable, just like its owners.” Standard power on this model is the MerCruiser 5.0L MPI ECT connected to a Bravo III sterndrive. For more power, upgrade to the MerCruiser 350 MAG with Bravo III drive. That’s a jump in powerplants from 260 hp to 300 hp. WOOOSH! Niceties abound throughout, including a transom walk-thru, cockpit carpet, eight beverage holders, six stereo speakers, power steering, and a beefy swim platform. Drop some additional coin on options to trick out the ride, like Active Trim Control, SeaDek swim platform pad, ski/board racks for the tower, or other items. Need to lock up the boards? There’s a compartment in the deck between the helm seats for just that purpose. With the new 230 SLX, Sea Ray has taken its SLX line to the top level — and surpassed expectations. LB

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Specifications LOA: 11'1" Beam: 4'1" Draft: N/A Weight (dry): 755 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 15.9 gals. Water Capacity: N/A Power: 1503 NA Rotax 4-TEC engine 155 hp Base Price: $9,399


he name Sea-Doo is synonymous with watercraft. In addition to its luxury, muscle and sport watercraft, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Sea-Doo’s parent company, has built into its recreational watercraft line a “catch-all” model. The GTI Limited 155 blends some of the pedigree from the aforementioned lineage into a featurepacked ride, at the right value point. Sporting a new color (Anthracite Grey), the 155 not only looks good, but feels good thanks to the 16-degree deadrise that gets this hull up and out of the water. A plush, three-passenger bolstered touring seat narrows forward for better comfort. Ergonomic features include inward-angled foot wells that reduce ankle fatigue and make a day on the water that much more fun. Don’t let the “i” features Sea-Doo packs in be confused with those of the phone and tablet maker. The iControl is the brain that keeps all systems in check. iTC (Throttle Control) allows for starting in neutral, activity-specific cruise control and ECO mode that increases fuel economy. A programmable Learning Key, aptly named the Sea-Doo Learning Key, allows the 155’s

Sea-Doo GTI Limited 155 performance to be dialed back based on the rider’s skill level. Most notable is the iBR (Intelligent Brake and Reverse) system. With the squeeze of a handlebar-mounted lever, you can slow to a stop faster than the competitor’s watercraft, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The electronic reverse component makes maneuvering and docking a breeze. “The GTI Limited 155 starts in true neutral and can easily be transitioned from neutral to forward to reverse and anywhere in-between without ever having to take your hands off of the handlebars or eyes off of the horizon, as all controls are located on the handlebars” explains Adrien De Alexandris, Sea-Doo brand manager. Built for fun, the Limited package includes a Variable Trim System (VTS) with pre-set positions for adjusting vessel trim and a ski tow eye for pulling along your favorite water-skimming platform. There’s storage capacity up to 30 gallons, removable dry bag, and a boat cover to keep it all dry when necessary. Crack open the throttle and get the 155-hp Rotax 4-TEC engine working for you. At wide open throttle, expect speeds in excess of 55 mph (depending on load and sea conditions). Sea-Doo certainly has a winner here. LB

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Palm beach 45

an australian-built standout among luxury motoryachts. by Jeff Strang 30



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f you consider yourself a boating trainspotter and you haven’t heard of Palm Beach Motor Yachts, you’re definitely missing out. This Pittwater, Australia-based based builder of luxury custom motoryachts is the brainchild of sailing legend Mark “Ricko” Richards. Richards’ stellar career includes two America’s Cup challenges, world match racing victories, and numerous Sydney Hobart wins at the helm of legendary vessels such as Wild Oats. In 1995, at the conclusion of his professional sailing career, Richards pursued a childhood dream and launched Palm Beach Motor Yachts. Today, a mere 8 years later, the company is firmly established and has built its reputation producing what many consider Australia’s finest recreational vessel. photos courtesy of palm beach motor yachts

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It seems the Australian boating public aren’t the only ones impressed. Palm Beach is amassing an equally impressive international following, particularly in the United States where the brand claimed the “Best New Power Boat” prize at the Newport International Boat Show two years running, with the Palm Beach 50 in 2010 and the Palm Beach 55 in 2011.

Influences and InspIratIons Richards, a qualified shipwright, knows boats. Seldom do you meet someone with such a comprehensive knowledge of what it takes to be the best and yet is so unassuming and comfortable with his achievements. I could tell within minutes of stepping aboard the Palm Beach 45 that this would be an afternoon to remember. Educated observers comment that the Palm Beach looks American West Coast inspired. Richards acknowledges most of his design influence came from his time sailing competitively in this region of the world. For me, much of this vessel’s beauty comes from its uncluttered, sweeping lines. And like the racing boats Richards skippered over the years, nothing unnecessary has found its way on board. The first Palm Beach 45 was named Ammonite by its new owner. I thought the word “ammonite,” which is a type of prehistoric shellfish, much like a nautilus, might be the name of the boat’s bronze hull paint color. Turns out the tone does not have a name, just a number… but Richards agreed that as a paint color name, “ammonite” might just stick. Whatever it’s called, this rich, dark bronze hull works beautifully with the traditional cream topsides and varnished timber trim. And much like its exterior, the Palm Beach 45’s interior is refreshingly simplistic, without slipping toward the austere. Richards describes the vessel as a glorified dayboat, but I beg to differ. Sure, in terms of her accommodations the boat is a little lean — featuring only a single master cabin — but that cabin is all class and supported by a luxurious head finished with lashings of varnished Burmese teak and a brilliantly appointed galley.




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ManIfestatIon of genIus It’s futile to list stand-out features of the Palm Beach 45; just opening the cutlery drawer is an experience. It’s best to discuss the package as a whole. In terms of trim, I couldn’t help but notice the delightful blend of contemporary and traditional styling. Vanished timber cabinetry meets perfectly finished glass headliners, while minimalist furnishings accent modern curves and oversized tinted windows. Like all Palm Beaches, the 45 is hand-built with craftsmanship second to none. What you observe with the Palm Beach 45 is physical expression of the darkest recesses of a professional athlete’s mind. Perfection is never good enough for the very best because they know that hanging their hat on a single victory will ensure a loss in the near future — an unacceptable outcome for the pathologically competitive. Five minutes in Richards’ company is all it takes to know you’re in the presence of a fierce competitor. Not that it’s in any way off-putting. Richards is a charming and thoroughly likeable guy. I observed the close relationship he has with his customers. Clearly they see themselves as part of the Palm Beach family.

poetry In MotIon When we talk about planing hull performance, the term “transition” is often used to define the point at which the hull climbs out of the water and onto the plane. This is usually a time of terrible inefficiency, punctuated by the production of excessive noise and fumes. Compare that process to a high-performance racing yacht — a Volvo 70 is a good example — capable of exceeding 30 knots. A raceboat of that caliber exhibits exceptional performance, travelling at more than three times its displacement hull speed, yet there’s absolutely no in-between phase to observe. Speed comes effortlessly and the hull continues to accelerate as power increases, devoid of a labored transition onto plane.

The knife-fine entry and semi-displacement hull of Ammonite allow her to perform in a similar manner. With effortless acceleration she is capable of more than 30 knots, yet disconcertingly smooth. It’s no surprise Ammonite is fingertip light on the helm, and with IPS pod drives augmented by a pair of side-thrusters, no tight maneuvering situation either at speed or in close quarters will trouble the captain. One fascinating design aspect of the Palm Beach 45 is its blend of high-tech pod-drive hardware with a more traditional view of load placement. Rather than push the powerplants as far aft as possible in order to create the extra mid-stateroom common to most pod-drive vessels, Richards’ team opted to keep the engines centrally located and employ jackshafts to deliver power to the pods. Leaving the engines (and the fuel tanks, for that matter) amidships is key to producing such a perfectly balanced hull. And, quite frankly, the results speak for themselves.

Power to the PeoPle In a move bound to win the approval of marine engineers across the globe, Richards elected to separate the motors on the Palm Beach 45 from all other equipment normally found inside the engine room. This engine well houses only the powerplants. All electronics, and anything else that could pay harsh penalty from exposure to the elements, has been shifted to a separate, sealed compartment. Both spaces are easy to access and are presented in a manner aimed at making service simple and clean. For me, this forethought highlights the “every little detail” approach evident in so many aspects of the Palm Beach 45. When I quizzed Richards about the involvement his customers have in the design process, with a wry smile he replied, “It’s their boat; they can have whatever they want.” Indeed such a philosophy is much easier to profess than actually deliver, but at the end of the day you don’t ask someone like Richards to build you a boat and then tell him how to do the job. Most customer feedback on the Palm Beach 45 is apparent, showing up in the choice of trim, soft furnishings, lifestyle appliances, and the like. Ammonite, for example, has a forward galley, whereas the next 45’s galley is likely to be located aft. I suspect Richards secretly loves the challenge of solving a difficult problem seamlessly and in perfect keeping with his vision for the Palm Beach philosophy. I can honestly say the Palm Beach 45 is the most inspiring vessel of its class I’ve ever had the pleasure of piloting. It is without doubt a strong contender for Australia’s prettiest vessel under 55 feet, and it has the substance to back up its good looks. LB

PAlM BeACh 45 Standard equipment Enclosed hardtop; Burmese teak interior w/satin finish; mast w/antenna mounts; reverse cycle heat and A/C; 11kW generator; 36" TV on power lift and Bose Home Theater System in salon; oven and stainless steel convection/microwave; refrigerator; painted urethane hull in owner’s choice of colors; interior layout customized to owner’s choice; Volvo IPS 600 435-hp diesels; automatic bilge pump; trim tabs; electronic engine controls; Racor fuel/water separator; Tecma fresh water sanitation system; 4 house batteries; DC battery charger; LED navigation lights; anchor w/high-polish stainless steel finish; cockpit shower w/fresh hot and cold water; cockpit wet bar; teak swim platform; freshwater wash downs; stainless steel handrails; teak cockpit floor; hatch and windscreen covers; VHF radio and antenna. Specifications LOA: 49' Beam: 14’6" Draft: 3' Displacement (dry): 24,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 315 gals. Water Capacity: 185 gals. Power: Twin Volvo IPS 600 Base Price: $1,280,000

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What to expect from

Big Storm, Questions Big

boat insurance rates and

coverages in the wake of

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by Michael Hauenstein

Lt. j.g. Sara Cahill from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Ohio looks at the many damaged boats and docks at Whiskey Island Marina in Cleveland on November 1, 2012. Whiskey Island was one of many marinas in the greater Cleveland area that suffered severe damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy as it crossed the Great Lakes region.




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urricane Sandy struck the Northeastern United States in late October of last year, leaving a trail of devastation in states such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and causing damage as far west as Michigan and Wisconsin. While residents of the affected areas — many dealing with frigid conditions, power outages, and extensive flooding — began to pick themselves up from the wreckage, marine insurance professionals, too, sprang into action to aid boat owners. There has been much work to do: “Superstorm” Sandy damaged more than 65,000 recreational boats and caused more than $650 million in estimated losses to boats, making it the single largest disaster on record for recreational boats, according to data provided by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS). The coastal areas where the storm made landfall bore the brunt of these losses, which were caused primarily by a massive storm surge plus high winds and rain, but recreational boaters in the Great Lakes also felt the storm’s impact. The southern shore of Lake Erie was particularly hard hit. “We did have quite a few claims along the Ohio coast,” says Rick Wilson, director of BoatUS’s catastrophe team, which was dispatched to the area to speed the claims adjustment process. “In fact, we got significantly more [inland] claims than we usually get out of a hurricane.” Because most inland lakes avoid the storm surge associated with hurricanes, damage comes mainly from high winds and rain. Such was the case with Sandy. “The winds that came through the Great Lakes region from Sandy topped 90 mph over some parts of Lake Michigan, with reported wave heights reaching 20 feet — as a result, there were many boats that were damaged from the storm,” reports Matt Anderson, president of Traverse City, Michigan-based Global Marine Insurance Agency. “I also know that the other Great Lakes sustained high winds from Sandy resulting in wind damage to boats, particularly the enclosures, bimini tops, canvas, and cosmetic damage from boats not adequately secured to marina piers.” While Sandy’s early winter arrival wreaked havoc on the whole, Eric Kinney, marine product manager at Frankenmuth Insurance, credited this timing with sparing many Great Lakes boats from harm. “Many of our marine risks have specific layup and launch dates, with one of the most popular layup dates being October 15,” Kinney explains. “Therefore, several of our customers had their boats put away for the winter before Sandy visited the Great Lakes on October 30. “We are a regional carrier and have the majority of our marine exposure in the five Great Lakes. We had a handful of wind-related losses as a result of Sandy, but nothing more than your average late-summer afternoon thunderstorm accompanied by high winds.” Still, the question on top of many boaters’ minds is how boating’s costliest storm will affect their insurance rates, coverages, and general boating outlook.

photos by u . s . coast guard petty officer 2 nd class levi read .

Uncertainty and optimism over rates We spoke with nine industry experts and, while there was no consensus, there was a general impression that Great Lakes boaters should expect a minimal rise in insurance rates and no change in available coverages or exceptions at this time. “[Great Lakes boaters] certainly aren’t going to feel the types of increases that New York and New Jersey are going to feel, or really the whole coastal region,” says Mike Pellerin, vice president of insurance for BoatUS. “The storm will not affect the ability of boaters to purchase insurance,” says Global Marine’s Anderson. “In fact, boaters in the Great Lakes region should see no or very minimal impact even on the rate that is charged on their current insurance policy, while boaters on all coastal areas of the U.S. will see moderate rate increases and also the possibility of windstorm deductibles added to their policies.” Others were even more confident of rates remaining low. “We can’t speak for other insurers, but Hurricane Sandy will not cause our rates to go up in the Great Lakes region,” says Rick Stern, boat product manager at Progressive Insurance.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Caleb Thibeault and Petty Officers 1st Class Richard Forte and Ryan Witterschein, all from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, maneuver a sunken boat along a dock at Cleveland’s Whiskey Island Marina in order to document the hull number for damage assessment reports.

Progressive insures more than a million watercraft across the 50 states; with risk spread across such a broad area, he says, Sandy shouldn’t cause their rates to go up anywhere. “Tropical storms and hurricanes are events we know will occur, so we put measures in place in anticipation of these extreme events,” says Progressive’s Stern. “Our preparation and scale help to keep our rates as consistent as possible.” But just as rates typically vary from person to person, so do opinions on the storm’s consequences. “This was obviously catastrophic beyond the scope of what anybody’s seen in this generation,” says Howard Reiff,

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Everybody’s playing this up to be a

Sandy story, but it isn’t -- it’s really the

weather events of the past two years. This BoatUS-insured 23-foot Sea Ray braved gale force winds and 7- to 9-foot waves in an attempt make it into a winter storage facility. The engine failed en route. A USCG 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Marblehead, Ohio was able to remove the owner/operator. The vessel drifted onto East Harbor Beach during Sandy’s northerly winds.

executive vice president of New York-based recreational marine insurance provider SkiSafe. “Just looking in the

everything else has increased,” says Global Marine’s Anderson. “The cost to repair or replace boats and the cost to adjust

boating vacuum it was a disaster, so yes, rates are expected to go up. Not only in the areas that were hit hardest — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — but in the extended area. And there was some impact in the Great Lakes, but rates will go up in the whole country.” Reiff explains that the boat insurance “pool” has paid out large sums of money to storm victims. “Certain places pay different rates,” he goes on. “However, when you have a catastrophe such as this, there’s no way to recoup just collecting from this certain subset.” While national and regional insurance carriers will point to the pros and cons of their respective risk scenarios, Cary Wiener, president of yacht insurance provider Pantaenius USA, takes a more global view. “Right now there is a lot of capacity to provide insurance — especially for the Great Lakes area, because it’s considered a low-risk area,” says Wiener. “However, when you have significant disasters like Sandy or the tsunami in Japan, what’s affected is the reinsurance market.” After the tsunami, there was a fear that the rates charged by reinsurance companies would rise; yet they did not. Wiener theorizes that this was a result of competition in the reinsurance market. Losses would have to reach a certain point to affect the capacity in the reinsurance market, which has not happened with Sandy, either. However, he says, it might just be too early to tell. April Eaton, corporate relations manager for Allstate, shares that opinion. “It’s really too soon for us to know what kind of impact Sandy will have on insurance rates,” she says.

claims have continued to rise, so you have a lot of pressure on rates right now.” Still, he notes, the Great Lakes region should be minimally impacted. He cites built-in advantages, such as the shorter season, freshwater, and lesser windstorm threat compared to coastal areas, as reasons for this. BoatUS assistant vice president of public affairs Scott Croft sees a more imminent threat to the Great Lakes. “I believe the greatest continued risk is another meteorological event: Continued low water,” says Croft. A weak winter preceded last summer’s drought, and forecasters predict record-low water levels for the Great Lakes this year, too, which could lead to more boat damage claims and increased dredging costs. “Just in grounding claims alone, and striking submerged objects,” says Croft’s colleague Pellerin, “we were seeing double-digit increases in those types of claims.” Different parts of the country have been impacted by severe weather in recent years. “We’re looking at a two-year trend prior to Sandy,” says Pellerin, pointing to flooding, record droughts, and wildfires. “Everybody’s playing this up to be a Sandy story, but it isn’t — it’s really the weather events of the past two years.” As far as hurricanes are concerned, though, some Great Lakes boaters’ wonder whether they will be under greater risk from named storms in coming years. BoatUS anticipates an increased level of storm activity in coastal regions, according to Croft, in which case a little historical perspective should cause Great Lakes boaters to sit up and take notice. “The wild card is if those storms reach the Great Lakes regions,” Croft says. “But if coastal activity is up, so likely is the risk of inland damage.” A look back to 2008’s Hurricane Ike, for instance, reveals that a quarter of the claims filed with BoatUS Marine Insurance came from outside Texas, where the storm made landfall, thanks to flooding on creeks and rivers in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and other inland states. “Sandy will do one thing: In the long run, it could change future marine modeling of storm risks in the Northeast and the Great Lakes,” says Frankenmuth’s Kinney. “This could

In search of long-term trends “Rates, generally, are the lowest they’ve been in decades,” says Wiener, a former maritime lawyer who first worked in marine insurance in 1975. “Rates have been kept low — probably artificially low — by reinsurance rates and competition, which is great for the consumer, but in the long-run not healthy for the industry.” The fear, then, is that rates could rise dramatically. “It’s been a good long run for flat or declining insurance rates, including marine, and during that time the cost of




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eventually have a negative impact on our Great Lakes premiums if these future storms continue to visit the Midwest.” “It could be that if another couple hurricanes hit New York and New Jersey, we might start seeing restrictions like we do in Florida,” says Pantaenius president Wiener, citing named-windstorm deductibles and mandatory “storm plans” as examples. “But we’re not seeing them yet.” Such restrictions haven’t been an issue for Great Lakes boaters, though. “Boating in the Great Lakes is a pretty good bargain,” says Global Marine’s Anderson.

What to do now The experts agree that, even with the region’s built-in advantages, Great Lakes boaters should keep severe storms in mind as boating season approaches and they examine their insurance policies. “First of all, they should make sure they have a policy in force,” says BoatUS’s Pellerin. “We get claims from people who’ve canceled their policies for six months.” While issues such as named-storm deductibles aren’t rearing their heads in the sweetwater seas yet, most of our insurance experts pointed to salvage coverage as a missing ingredient that negatively impacts Great Lakes boaters in times of severe weather.

“Sadly, a lot of people only find these things out when there’s a storm or catastrophe,” adds Croft.

Inland Storm Prep Advice from BoatUS

Frankenmuth’s Kinney suggests that you check your towing and assistance coverage to see if you use it to avoid storm damage in the first place. Additionally, preparing for a storm plan can be personally beneficial even if it’s not required by your insurance. “In the Great Lakes, I think the lesson to be learned is you have to expect really bad weather that is not normal, and [boat owners] have to be prepared for when the time comes,” says Wiener. “Planning and preparation is the key. If you wait a long time, there could be a long line for hauling your vessel or getting supplies.” Storm plans cover questions such as who will move your boat when a storm approaches, where will it be moved, and how will it be secured. “Our clients on most parts of the coast are required to complete a hurricane or storm plan, and it’s the best way to be prepared,” says Global Marine’s Anderson. “Your marine insurance agent can assist you with this planning.” If a rate increase still has you worried, Frankenmuth’s Kinney says you can take a proactive approach by changing your coverage; for instance, insuring for the actual value rather than agreed value of your boat. “If you get a $200 bump in your insurance, don’t panic,”

n Ensure cockpit scuppers (deck drains) remain clear of debris so rainwater can drain freely

Having the right coverage today means one less thing to worry about when heavy weather hits. “Don’t wait until it’s too late,” adds Progressive’s Rick Stern. “Most insurers will not allow you to purchase a new policy, or change your existing policy, once a big storm is on the way.” Having the right coverage today means one less thing to worry about when heavy weather hits, he adds. “Consider getting specialized coverage like total loss replacement; if your boat is damaged beyond repair, your insurer will buy you a brand new one,” he says. “Ask your insurer or agent about coverages like wreckage removal, which will pay to remove your boat from the bottom of the bay — or from a neighbor’s front porch.” While it might not be fun to think about, it’s a scenario that insurance experts see play out all too often in the field. “Your policy should have full and separate salvage coverage,” says Croft. Even if your boat is totaled and your insurance company cuts a check on the spot, you’re still left with the boat. In the aftermath of a large storm, dealing with a wrecked boat can be an extra burden for people trying to cope with damaged homes and cars.

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n Keep batteries fully charged and bilge pumps operating properly n Remove items that create windage, including biminis, dodgers, and sails that are easily damaged n Double mooring or dock lines

says Kinney. “You can adjust your coverage to today’s market value and maybe increase your deductible a bit and end up paying the same.” In the end, preparation is the key, and isn’t that what insurance is all about? “Be prepared,” says Stern. “Now is the time to review your coverage and be sure that both you and your boat are covered to limits you’re comfortable with. Preparedness will go a long way so you can boat worry-free, knowing you’ve secured your passengers, pets, boat and belongings.” LB

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Recreational Revolution Pontoons are rapidly becoming the “go anywhere, do anything” vessel of choice for today’s boating enthusiasts.




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by Michael Hauenstein

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s the saying goes, “all boats are a compromise.” This is why we struggle to balance speed, economy, capacity, luxury, and price when weighing the pros and cons of different boats. But what if we aren’t properly calibrated when making these distinctions? What if there’s a boat out there that we haven’t thought about in a while, but which might surprise us? With this in mind, please consider the pontoon boat if you haven’t lately. “Pontoon boats can do far more today than ever before,” says Bob Wachs, brand manager at Godfrey Pontoon Boats of Elkhart, Indiana. “They’re sportier, they’re quicker, they’re more responsive.” He says triple-tube designs have not only improved performance but are ushering in a culture change: People of all ages are taking notice and, nowadays, there’s no “typical” pontoon buyer.

daycruising yachts, and features like bars, Flexsteel furniture, and galleys make the options for enjoying a day on the water endless,” says Connie Weinman, sales and marketing coordinator at Premier Pontoons of Wyoming, Minnesota. “The new performance and luxurious designs have made pontoons some of the most versatile boats built today. They can be designed to meet the needs of any boater, the construction standards are continually improving, and the innovation has really caught consumers and the industry by surprise. “The old perception of your grandpa’s pontoon has changed drastically in the past 10 years,” Weinman adds.

This hasn’t always been the case. Greg Knight, marketing consultant for Alma, Michigan-based Avalon Pontoons, says there has been a performance revolution in recent years. “Prior to the last decade, pontoons were generally twin pontoons not made for high-speed running, and they didn’t provide much in the way of versatility,” says Knight. “Over the last decade, our company and many others have made an effort to change that.” In addition to the performance aspect of the new designs, pontoons also have a much greater “cool” factor these days. “Pontoon boats now rival the luxury entertaining often found on

days. “The pontoon boat has become a more attractive all-purpose boat, and has become a greater source of pride for its owners,” says Avalon’s Knight. Evidence of the possibilities offered by the pontoon boat platform is seen in the myriad deck layouts, sports and entertainment packages, fishing equipment, and camper canvas options that builders offer. “The boats are becoming so universal, and they’re becoming a better option for more folks, especially as the performance improves,” says Godfrey’s Wachs, noting that today’s pontoons can

Out with the old, in with the new It’s not a stretch to say that pontoons carry a certain cachet these

Avalon Catalina 22 Avalon Luxury Pontoon Boats has been building pontoons for more than 40 years with an emphasis on heavy-duty construction and materials, both in the hull and the interior. Its lineup ranges from 14 feet to 29 feet and from premium to economy models. While the Catalina is part of the company’s A (“Affordable”) Series, it combines design elements from the top-of-the-line Deco Series with the construction and materials with which Avalon has made its name, including a fiberglass helm station. The Catalinas are full-size pontoons that come in lengths of 20, 22, and 24 feet. Each of the three boats has an 8-foot beam and the same basic layout, featuring an L-shaped lounge with a wood table on the port side and a swim deck with vinyl flooring in the stern. A 10-foot bimini top is standard, while numerous canvas options are available. Other popular options include built-in docklights, a GPS/fishfinder, hydraulic or mechanical tilt steering, carpet upgrades, and the company’s Waveglider high-performance triple-pontoon system. In addition, a ski tow bar, wakeboard tower, refreshment center, electric wine rack, refrigerator, washdown kit, livewell for fishing, stainless steel grill, and plenty more options are available. Base price without power for the 22-foot Catalina (pictured) is $18,612. avalonpontoons .com




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pull skiers and wakeboarders. “They’re a lot more flexible than other types of boats, and they’re starting to break out into new places like the Great Lakes and coastal areas. “The boats have gotten bigger, the boats have gotten wider, and the tubes have gotten larger, so they can go out in rougher water,” he explains. “They’re becoming more seaworthy.” In fact, Knight says Avalon has run one of its pontoon boats from Chicago to Mackinac Island. He notes that owners can use them on the Great Lakes “with due care” — in other words, avoid huge water. While pontoons might not be ready to replace the purpose-built wakeboard boat or go 12 miles offshore to fish, their versatility appeals to a wide swath of boaters. So does their value. “Ultimately, what drives it is the price paid for the value received,” says Wachs. “You get a lot of boat for the money in a pontoon, which you can use for cruising, fishing, water sports, and entertaining.” Knight concurs. “From all the statistics we’re getting, pontoons now are the best selling of all types of boats,” says the Avalon Pontoons marketing man. “Even as the price of pontoons has gone up overall, the value compared to other types of boats has remained excellent. And you can do the same things, with limited exceptions, as you would on a cabin cruiser or runabout.” To drive the point home, Godfrey Pontoons’ Wachs compares the

capacity of a pontoon with that of a runabout: If you spend $30,000 on a runabout, you might expect to carry six people comfortably; that same money in a pontoon and you can carry 12 to 14 people, he says.

More space, more amenities, more innovation For one thing, pontoon boats carry their beam all the way to the bow for maximum capacity. This allows boatbuilders to be creative with layouts and amenities. From pop-up changing rooms and concealed portable marine heads to waterslides, expansive swim platforms, and multiple-chaise-lounge layouts, manufacturers are taking full advantage. One trend that has really taken off in recent years is the onboard bar — complete with barstools — that you’ll see in several of the new boats profiled below. “The whole concept of a bar boat came out about three years ago,” says Wachs. “People are viewing the pontoon boat as more of a multipurpose platform. These people like to entertain and like to have a good time, and for families with kids they like the counter space.” Indeed, when you take a look at some of the layouts and furniture options on today’s models, you’ll understand why Wachs says that pontoon boat owners “don’t feel like they’re sitting on a park bench anymore.” Boring-old will be the farthest thing from your mind after you see these 10 remarkable pontoons. LB

Bennington 2550 RCL Bennington Marine, based in Elkhart, Indiana, builds pontoon boats from 17 feet to 28 feet and in a variety of trim levels and layouts. A good example of what Bennington can do is found in the 2550 RCL. A big boat with luxury touches throughout, the 2550 RCL measures 27 feet, 1 inch with a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches, and has cushy wrap-around lounge seating throughout the cockpit, with three chaise lounges built into that seating. The portside chaises can be designed to conceal a pop-up changing room or a galley (or one in each, on either side of the port entry gate; there are also entry points in the bow and stern). The starboard chaise backs to the fiberglass helm console, which contains storage, a stereo, and an integral footrest for the captain, who gets a reclining helm seat with headrest, tilt steering, and a custom steering wheel with teak trim. Aft filler cushions and a teak dinette table are standard, as are a pair of portable armrest cupholders with teak trim. The 2550 also has an extended aft deck with a telescoping swim ladder, not to mention a selection of options including performance packages, furniture upgrades, and tops and enclosures. Manufacturer suggested retail price for the 2550 RCL with Yamaha T50 engine is $37,845. benningtonmarine .com

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Crest Savannah 250 CP3+ Crest Marine has been building boats in Owosso, Michigan, for 56 years. Clearly, they’ve picked up a few tricks along the way, as one look at the Savannah 250 CP3+ will show you. The Savannah is the flagship of Crest’s line, which runs from 19 feet on up to this 25-foot, 10-inch stunner. The company employs fiberglass construction extensively on both the interior and exterior of its Savannah models — a 23-footer is also available — which gives the boat a sophisticated look, inside and out. The Savannah has a high-end layout, with twin chaise lounges forward; stern lounge seating with a fiberglass cockpit table; and an entertainment center, abaft the helm station, featuring a sink, storage, vanity mirror, and a 12-volt receptacle. Meanwhile, below the deck, the CP3+ Performance Option means the Savannah 250 has a triple-pontoon configuration with lifting strakes, aluminum underdeck skin, electric-assist hydraulic steering, stainless steel ski tow bar, and in-sole ski storage. It also means the boat can handle an outboard of up to 300 hp. Pricing for a Savannah 250 CP3+ Performance Edition with a 250-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboard and options including polyvinyl teak-and-holly flooring and a premium stereo system is $77,000. Or, plan to shell out $68,500 for the Mercury 150L 4-stroke version. crestpontoonboats .com

Harris FloteBote Crowne 250 Harris FloteBote of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is another pontoon builder that’s finding the formula for fun on the water. The new Crowne 250 measures 26 feet, 9 inches in overall length, with a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches, and looks that could kill. It has a sleek fiberglass superstructure with sweeping lines, plus a thoroughly modern interior with dual aft-facing loungers, an optional touchscreen control at the helm, and an optional entertainment bar with barstools, rope lighting, lighted cupholders, wine bottle storage, sink, and further optional appliances. An optional sport arch with integrated bimini top and sunshades completes the look for a boat that its builder calls “the next generation of Harris FloteBote.” “Pontoon boats like the Crowne are popular because they provide a good balance of performance and comfort,” says Harris FloteBote marketing manager Jane Schlegel. “They can pull a skier or take out the whole family for an evening cruise.” Other features include a telescoping/collapsible teak bow table, a changing room, and a six-speaker stereo system — two of which can be enjoyed from the aft swim deck. Manufacturer suggested retail pricing for the Crowne starts at $60,960 with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard. harrisflotebote .com




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JC TriToon Classic 246 I/O The JC TriToon Classic 246 is a 24-footer and the most popular TriToon model from Indiana-based JC Manufacturing. And that’s really saying something: JC has been building triple-pontoon boats for more than 25 years and holds the trademark on the name “TriToon,” according to JC’s Chris Hackleman. The TriToon Classic 246 I/O comes equipped with sterndrive power from 190 hp to 350 hp — outboard power up to 250 hp is optional — and is said to combine deckboat performance with pontoon comfort. “We say it is the ‘SUV of the lake,’ ” according to Hackleman. “It’s a great boat for cruising, and pontoons are becoming the boat that will go fast and are able to pull skiers and kids on tubes.” In addition, the choice of powerplant makes it a great pick for boaters used to driving a sterndrive, Hackleman says. While standard features mean the 246 already comes decked out for lounging, entertaining and tow sports, some neat optional features include a changing room (optional at no additional charge); sink; fishfinder, GPS, and stereo upgrades; wakeboard tower; hardtop; and power bimini top that Hackleman says is great for going under bridges and putting the boat on its lift. Retail price for the 246 I/O starts at $58,000. jcpontoon .com

Premier Boundary Sky Dek The Boundary Waters Sky Dek from Premier Pontoons is a great example of just how far you can take the pontoon boat concept. The flagship of Minnesota-based Premier’s line, the Sky Dek measures 31 feet, 5 inches (not including the standard waterslide, we should note) and features upper and lower decks with plenty of lounging and entertaining amenities found on both. The boat, with its 10-foot, 2-inch beam, has a rated capacity of 20 people on the lower deck and five more on the upper deck. With such a large platform to work with, it’s no wonder Premier was able to include pretty much any amenity possible on this boat: Wrap-around seating in the bow with standard filler cushion and portable armrest cupholders; a pair of large recliners on the port side, athwart the helm station with captain’s chair; a galley with vessel sink, electric faucet, and refrigerator on the starboard side, abaft the helm station; an L-shaped settee with table to port; a pop-up changing room aft; and stairs leading to the upper deck with additional seating, table and bimini top. All the boat’s furniture is by Flexsteel and additional floor plans are available. Phew! But that’s not all: Options include teak flooring, a double bimini with enclosure, a wine waiter, and twin engines. The boat pictured has the optional 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboard and is priced at $130,816 — the base model starts at $95,073. Premier’s PTX triple-pontoon performance package comes standard on the Sky Dek. pontoons .com

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Qwest 820 LS Splash Pad The Qwest 820 LS Splash Pad is a 21-foot pontoon boat from Michigan-based Apex Marine. The notable feature on this model is the eponymous Splash Pad: While most recreational pontoon boats are characterized by their wrap-around seating in a gated, carpeted main deck area, the Splash Pad adds an open aft sundeck with removable barstools to the mix — perfect for entertaining or using as a swim platform. Like many pontoon manufacturers, options abound on Apex’s boats, and the LS (“Luxury Series”) Splash Pad is no exception, from propulsion choices to the number of pontoons: The standard model has double pontoons, while a triple-tube package is available. “The standard model can be equipped with anything from an electric drive up to a 90-hp outboard,” says Apex general manager Brad Lemerand, who says that the standard model, with double pontoons and a 50-hp outboard, has enough power to pull kids tubing and will run about 18 mph ($21,436). “For those who want a pontoon to perform more like a runabout, we offer the Triple Tube Package.” This boat, equipped with triple tubes and 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard, can reach speeds up to 40 mph and can pull skiers ($29,150). Apex focuses on the smaller end of the pontoon segment, offering models ranging in size from 16 feet to 21 feet. The company even offers paddlewheel models — think of an oversized pedalboat — in addition to electric drives and outboards. gillgetter .com

South Bay 724E Deluxe When it comes to pontoon boats, entertaining is never far from mind. On the South Bay 724E Deluxe Series, the “E” literally stands for Entertainment. And the boat really delivers, as notable features include a granite topcoat entertainment bar with LED lighting and plenty of stainless steel: A stainless steel refrigerator, stainless steel propane grill, stainless steel threedrawer storage system, and more. The Entertainment model also comes equipped with an upgraded stereo system including a pair of stern speakers. The 25-foot, 2-inch boat has an extended swim platform and a capacity of 12 people (standard) or 14 (with optional Trifecta Package). The 724E Deluxe Series with the Trifecta Package — which includes a full-length center tube, lifting strakes, a full under-deck aluminum skin, hydraulic steering, a stainless steel water sports tow bar, 52-gallon fuel tank, and more — and a Yamaha F150 4-stroke outboard has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $63,350. If that’s not enough to impress you, the Trifecta Package-equipped 724E can handle quite a bit more horsepower, with engine options available up to 300 hp. Plus it can be equipped with outboard or sterndrive power. southbaypontoon .com




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Sweetwater 220 Wet Bar Godfrey Pontoon Boats says it’s been in the pontoon business since it unveiled the first all-aluminum pontoon boat in 1958. The company now boasts three popular brands: Aqua Patio, Sanpan and Sweetwater. The Sweetwater 220 Wet Bar is a boat designed with cruising and entertaining in mind. Like the Qwest LS Splash Pad, it’s noteworthy for its aft bar area setup with a pair of barstools; however, the bar in the Sweetwater is located within the confines of the 24-inch-tall cockpit gates for a cozier cocktail-party vibe. The bar area also features cooler storage, bottle storage, cupholders (as you’ll find, it’s the more the merrier when it comes to cupholders on pontoon boats), and an acrylic bar top; a four-speaker stereo system is also standard. The boat measures 23 feet, 8 inches and has a beam of 8 feet, 6 inches, and when equipped with Sweetwater’s “TOTAL Package” (Triple Outperforming Tube And Launchpad) and a 150-hp outboard can push the 220 Wet Bar to speeds up to 40 mph — proving that high-performance is within reach for the “value-oriented” boater. Pricing for the Sweetwater 220 Wet Bar starts at $26,930 with a 50-hp engine. sweetwaterboats .com

Sylvan Mandalay 8525 LZ Port Sylvan Marine has been building boats since the late 1940s when the company was founded near Sylvan Lake in Indiana. The company pushes performance across a lineup that ranges from 18 feet up to the 26-foot, 10-inch Mandalay 8525 LZ Port, which carries the tagline “Luxury Meets Velocity.” Describing a pontoon boat with those three words might have shocked in an earlier time — further evidence of the pontoon revolution. There are actually a variety of Mandalay 8525 models: The 8525, the 8525 Bar (with barstools in the aft cockpit), the 8525 LZ, the 8525 Port, and the 8525 LZ Port. Decoding the name 8525 LZ Port we find an “LZ” seating layout — plenty of plush lounge seating aft and on the forward starboard side — with the “Port” seating arrangement forward and (you guessed it) to port — a pair of swiveling, helm-style chairs. Don’t forget the captain, who rides in style in a reclining helm chair with a slider feature, armrests and headrests. Options include a portable marine toilet for the boat’s standard walk-in changing room, a second cockpit table, a refrigerator for the galley, a triple-pontoon design with in-floor storage, and a ski tow. Manufacturer suggested retail price for the Mandalay 8525 LZ Port with a Yamaha F150 4-stroke outboard is $53,249. sylvanmarine .com

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French Connection Canada’s Québec City offers visitors a bit of Old World Europe right here in North America.




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ienvenue. Welcome to Québec City and the Île d’Orléans. Join me as I share a recent visit to New York Canada’s historic French city. The language is an old, provincial style of French known as Québécois. Don’t Boston Massachesetts be concerned if your French is non-existent. My ability Connecticut Rhode to read French is somewhat passable, but speaking it, Island not so much. However, I learned that merci (thank you) and s’il vous plaît (please) worked for most situations. New York City Your reward can be flakey croissants in Le Château Frontenac’s Café de Terrace and exploring the European style cafés and shops of Old Québec’s “upper town” within a walled area atop Cape Diamond (Cap-Diamant). It is also feeling transported back in time as you wander 17th and 18th century cobblestone streets around the jutting stone buildings of Old Québec’s “lower town” at the base of Cape Diamond next to the St. Lawrence River. The journey continues with finding the gem that is Île d’Orléans, an island of charming churches, delicious cheeses, apple ciders, and homemade maple and chocolate candies. New Hampshire

Getting here Navigate the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to Québec City. Or boat up the river from the Gulf of St. Lawrence as Frenchman Jacques Cartier did in the 1550s. You will be docking in Bassin Louise’s Marine Port Québec, protected from tides by a lock. Berth reservations are required (see sidebar). If you boat in, you will see the origins of the city’s name. The St. Lawrence River narrows at Cape Diamond, the city’s promontory. The Algonquin tribe called the settlement Kébec, which means “where the river narrows.” I would’ve loved to make my approach by water, but that wasn’t an option when people I met in Chicago invited me to explore their city this past summer. United Airlines had a two-hour direct flight from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport that made flying too easy. Driving here is also delightful, particularly in the fall, as I did years ago from New England to Montreal then to Québec. You have an advantage arriving by boat. As you approach Cape Diamond, you see what looks like a castle in a walled city. It is historic Le Château Frontenac, the imposing hotel built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s that is now part of the Fairmont chain. The view, gazing up from the water, ignites photo snapping even before hopping onto the pier. If you don’t arrive by water, you can of course tour the city that way. Vieux Port Yachting in the marina offers sailing tours on the St. Lawrence River.

A city of festivals My invite was during the SAQ New France Festival (Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France) held in Old Québec (Vieux-Québec). The SAQ in front of the festival name stands for Société des alcools du Québec, the Province of Québec’s liquor control board and an event sponsor. I’m told the New France Festival began in 1997 in anticipation of the




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Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

Festivals & Events

Spectacle du Festival d’été

n If you love classical, rock or pop music, visit Québec during Festival d’été de Québec (Québec Summer Festival). Held July 4-14, the summer festival features 12 stages, international entertainers and music ranging from classical and jazz to rock, French tunes and hip-hop. 418-529-5200; infofestival . com n For history lovers, check out Les Fêtes de la NouvelleFrance SAQ (New France Festival) August 7-13. The festival celebrates its 17th and 18th century roots with parades, street performers, concerts, food and re-enactments. Visitors can watch several events for free, but for access to some events and entertainment in lower town the Festival Medallion is needed. 866-391-FETE (3383); nouvellefrance . qc . ca n If marching bands stir the soul, visit the city during Festival international de Musiques militaires de Québec (Québec City International Festival of Military Bands) August 20-25. Military bands from Canada and other countries parade and do free concerts at historical sites. 418-694-5757; fimmq .com n Soulful folks won’t want to miss the International des musiques sacrées de Québec (Québec International of Sacred Music) September 7-15. The event features music played and sung by artists from Canada and around the globe. 418-525-9777; n Carrefour International de theatre de Québec takes place May 21-June 8. 418-692-3131; carrefourtheater .qc .ca n Image Mill tentative dates are scheduled June 15-September 15. 418-641-6290; lacaserne . net n Québec Celtic Festival goes from the end of August through mid-September. 418-694-9147; morrin .org n Several other festivals such as the Québec Opera Festival and the Bordeaux Wine Festival in Québec City have not yet announced their 2013 dates. Visit quebecregion .com later in the year and click on the “Events” tab.




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Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec

400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s fortifying the area for fur trade in 1608. But the festival’s official anniversary celebration was in 2008. Word is that it was so much fun the festival became an annual event. Think five days of parades, costumes and food. People in period costumes are not just in the parades, they are everywhere. You bump into someone in a waistcoat or bonnet around every corner. I kept tripping on the long skirt of a gown loaned to me by friends, but didn’t mind posing for tourists with cameras (even though I was also a tourist). If you come during this festival, don’t worry about renting a costume. Just bring your camera or cell phone to snap dozens of parade and party pictures. “Old Québec is the perfect backdrop for an event that celebrates history,” says New France Festival director Stephan Parent. “But there is more to it,” he adds. “You can sip a drink, grab some local food at a cheap price, [and] chat with the crafters, the artists or some of the many impersonators who all have a story to tell. You might even learn a few French words!” No problem if the New France festival doesn’t fit your plans. There’s bound to be something special going on when you arrive. The city loves festivals. Indeed, during boating season, which in the Québec City area is from mid-May to the end of September, there are more than 20 events ranging from art, music, theater and sports to ethnic food and wine (see sidebar). Genevieve Parent, spokesperson for Le Château Frontenac, the city’s famed hotel, recommended coming during the Québec City Summer Festival (Festival d’été de Québec). Held July 4-14, the festival features more than 1,000 performers and 300 shows. “It’s a fun time, since there is music all around the city,” she says.

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Photo op emersion Festivals don’t have to determine your timing. Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and nearby areas such as the Montmorency Falls and its park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency) and Île d’Orléans are a photographer’s dream, amateur or professional. All you need are comfortable walking shoes and your favorite camera. The ramparts of Old Québec and the Frontenac are your scenic background and become your daily playground. From Bassin Louise you can walk to Old Québec’s quaint inns, museums, cafés, churches, historic sites and boutiques in the upper and lower town. Nestled in the Old Port district of Old Québec’s lower town, the marina is just steps from the antique stores of the Rue St. Paul. Before heading out, pick up a city map at the marina and go exploring. I took Rue St. Paul to Rue St. Pierre and found the Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation) at Rue Dalhousie. The exhibits are beautifully done so you leave with a good understanding of Canada and Québec. From there I wandered the art galleries and interesting boutiques of the Petit Champlain Quarter, among the oldest still-existing commercial districts in Canada and the U.S. Indeed, the stairs in the district are Québec City’s oldest, dating to 1635. Once called the Champlain Stairs, they are known now as the Breakneck Steps because they are steep (but manageable). You can try the different stairways between upper and lower town or take the Funiculaire, an enclosed, ski-style lift. I did both: The steps for exercise (and because they were free) and the Funiculaire because I liked the view and it was fun (though there was a fee to ride). The Breakneck Steps and Funiculaire are conveniently located at Dufferin Terrace in upper town next to the Frontenac and end in the Petit Champlain district in lower town.

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Parade à Place-Royale

A short distance from the Dufferin Terrace and the stairs is the not-to-be-missed Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral of Québec (BasiliqueCathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec) on the City Hall’s square (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville). Closer to the Frontenac is the Holy Trinity Cathedral. An Anglican church, it’s copied after Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields in London. A seat in a royal balcony box is reserved for the UK’s reigning sovereign.

Room or bunk with a view Dufferin Terrace was convenient because when I fell into bed after a day of walking and exploring, it was at the Frontenac. Queen Elizabeth stayed here, as did Alfred Hitchcock. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Canadian Prime Minister William King and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill all met at the hotel in 1944 during World War II’s Québec Conferences. I expected stuffiness and attitude. I was wrong. Everyone was pleasant, welcoming and happy to answer walking, touring, dining and internet connection questions — in perfect English. If staying aboard your boat, special promotions in 2013 when the hotel undergoes a major renovation should put the Frontenac into the doable range, even if for just one night. Genevieve Parent thinks it adds to the Québec City experience. “You will live in a historic place that is the symbol of Québec City,” she says. My problem with the Frontenac stay was trying to limit my pastry intake to just a few at the hotel’s buffet breakfast in Le Café de la Terrasse. Of course there were also healthy options of eggs, fruit, granola, smoked salmon and more. But I treasured Le Café’s flakey pastries that really are done right, and its view of the Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk. From my room I could watch boats sail the river during the day.




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If bunking on your boat, you have a nightly show from mid-June to mid-September. Québec City’s history gallops, marches and flows during Moulin à Images (Image Mill), a creative graphic display projected across the 600 meter-long Bunge grain silos on the shore opposite the marina.

Eat out or stock the galley Finding a good place to eat or pick up food to take back to the boat is not a problem in Québec City. The challenge is making a decision. The Frontenac’s café is always a fine choice; however, I didn’t find any place that I didn’t like. Take a taxi out of Old Québec to the Grande Allée, a street lined with fun, upscale bistros including Savini Resto-Bar/ Vinotheque. Or walk to café-lined Rue Saint-Jean or the Saint Roch District of trendy restaurants and boutiques. I loved Table Bar Gastronomique for its nouvelle, international menu. It is in the Hôtel in Saint Roch. To stock the galley with fruit, cheese and other fresh delectables, check out Old Port Market in Marche Vieux Port at the north end of Bassin Louise.

Island gem I knew revisiting Old Québec would be a fun step into a café and gabledroof, old-world atmosphere. What I didn’t know was that I would find a charming, quiet European countryside 15 minutes away from the city. First timers to Québec will probably want to tour the Citadel (Citadelle). Begun in the 1600s and added to in the 1700s by the French, then changed into a star-shaped fortification by the British, the Citadelle is an active military garrison atop Cap Diamant, where it could protect the city from invasion. For an idea of the city’s military measures

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and great views of the town and river, walk the walls of the city’s fortifications just under 3 miles. Having done both on a previous trip, I liked my friends’ suggestion of going over to the Île d’Orléans, an agricultural-based island of strawberries, apples, cheese and auberges that range from inns to restaurants, wineries, and a popular chocolate shop that is on the St. Lawrence River just 3 miles from Québec City. What a jewel. Farms, orchards and vineyards spread across Île d’Orléans’ 73 square miles. Six villages, five dating to the 1600s, dot Route 368, the main road that circles the island as Chemin Royal. Two country roads cut across, approximately dividing the island in thirds. Another road connects the bridge to Sainte Pétronille at the island’s western tip. By land, it is reached across the Île d’Orléans Bridge from Beauport near Montmorency Falls, another must-see destination when visiting Québec. Bus tours go from Old Québec to the falls and the island. If you boated to Québec, you can dock at the island’s marina at Saint-Laurent. Among six villages on the island, Saint-Laurent is on the south side facing the shoreline opposite Québec City. Island of Orleans Tourism is helpful when trying to connect with an island tour or taxi that can meet you near the marina. Another option is to bring bicycles. Bicycling is a great way to stop where and when you want. While in Saint-Laurent, visit the Maritime Park to chat with guides about ship building and the area’s maritime history.

Churches and culinary treats

art galleries and such crafts as ironwork and furniture. If time allows, check out Galerie d’art La Marée Montante, which represents about 30 renowned Canadian artists. We were all set to leave the island when someone in our party remembered the Chocolaterie de l’Ile d’Orleans in Sainte-Pétronille. The Hurons are said to have lived there in the 1600s, but following growth as a resort destination, the area became a village about 1870. Instead of returning to the bridge on the Rue de Prevost shortcut, we continued around. It was hard to say no to handcrafted Belgium chocolate. Only some of the chocolate made it home because we happily sampled what each other bought on a terrace overlooking the river. My problem with this trip was twofold: Not fitting in even more than I did, but also not spending more time where I did stop because Old Québec and Ile d’Orleans were simply amazing. “Québec generates an ambiance, a ‘joie de vivre’ that really immerses the visitor and makes his or her experience very lively,” says Parent. LB

Québec City Marinas If boating to Québec, you will need to reserve a berth at the Old Port Marina in Bassin Louise. The marina is particularly busy from mid-June to mid-August. Call 418-648-2233 or visit marinaportquebec .ca to make a reservation. The marina has a swimming pool, modern facilities, restaurant and helpful staff. Its Vieux Port Yachting does sailing tours around Québec, which sometimes go past the Montmorency Falls and Isle d’Orleans. For more information, call 418-692-0017 or visit .

Because we tried to divide time between Montmorency Falls and the Île d’Orléans, my friends and I didn’t have nearly enough time to see the Maritime Park or explore every one of the island’s charming villages, churches, art galleries, wineries, microbreweries, bakeries, maple sugar shacks and shops. But we loved everywhere we did stop. After tasting award-winning apple cider at Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau, we couldn’t leave without buying apple butter and maple candy for later. We didn’t know we would be munching our way around the island. Bilodeeau is in Saint-Pierre. Founded in 1679 near the bridge, its Eglise Saint-Pierre is the oldest church on the island and usually displays works by local artists. Québec city On the way to the next town, Sainte-Famille, we Québec City Tourism: 877-783-1608; quebecregion .com passed strawberry farms but we were past the season, Le Château Frontenac: 866-540-4460; / frontenac - quebec so our next stop was Les Fromages de l’Île-d’Orléans. Vieux Port Yachting: 418-692-0017; The shop was carrying on a tradition of cheese-making La Citadelle: 418-694-2815; lacitadelle .qc .ca on the island that dated as far back as 1635. Costumed Montmorency Falls: 418-663-3330; sepaq .com staff waited on us. The town, founded in 1661, is the oldest on the island. Instead of continuing on to Saint-François, founded Île d’Orléans in 1679, we cut across the island on Route du Mitan Marina: 418-828-9447; marina- iledorleans .com to Saint-Jean, founded the same year. Its 1732 church Tourism: 866-941-9411; tourisme . iledorleans .com and cemetery are popular tourist stopping points. So Cidrerie Verger Bilodeau: 418-828-9316; is La Boulange for bread or a snack. Les Fromages de Ile Orleans: 418-829-0177; Our next village was Saint-Laurent, which also Chocolaterie de Ile Orleans: 418-828-2250; chocolaterieorleans .com cites 1679 as its founding. Along with being a port and former shipbuilding town, Saint-Laurent is home to

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Port of Québec Marina

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The ideal jumping-off point to explore Québec City.

Port of Québec Marina 155 Abraham-Martin P.O. Box 80 Station Haute-Ville Québec, Qc G1R 4M8 418-648-2233 marinaportqué


erfectly positioned along the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Québec City’s historic downtown, Port of Québec Marina has an understandably international feel. “We welcome visitors from all over the world,” says Kathleen Paré, marina director for the Québec Port Authority. “We encourage them to view their boat as their private downtown condo from which to enjoy all Québec City has to offer.” Indeed, easily within walking distance of the marina are restaurants, sidewalk cafés, boutiques, antique shops, museums, a grocery store and a farmer’s market. Most of Québec City’s major tourist attractions are also nearby. The marina, which is 130 nautical miles from Montreal, is situated on the river’s inner Louise Basin, which is closed by a lock that runs from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Opened in 1984 and owned and managed by the Québec Port Authority since 1987, the marina has received updates over the years, including the 2008 addition of a megayacht section to accommodate seven yachts up to 225 feet in length. Currently the marina is undergoing a major transformation

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that involves the construction of a new section with 140 slips. They will be ready in summer 2013. There are a total of 434 slips at the marina. Most of those slips — with the exception of the megayacht slips — are 30, 40 or 50 feet long. Reservations are highly recommended, particularly from mid-June to mid-August, as it’s a popular spot for transient boaters. “And if anything goes wrong with your boat, you can find any professional services you might need,” Paré says, referring to the marina’s extensive service department. Storage is also available onsite (reservations required), as is a restaurant — the Riviera Café — heated pool, WiFi, laundry room and barbecues. A beach is less than 2 miles away. There are numerous festivals and events all summer long, including the International Summer Festival in July and the New France Festival in August. “It’s a lively, romantic, historic and safe city,” Paré says. “And we have a competent and friendly English-speaking staff to take care of you. It’s a dream destination for boaters.” LB

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Spring Lake, Michigan

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This impressive estate is a car-lovers dream come true.

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erched on the north end of Spring Lake, just a 15-minute boat ride to Lake Michigan, this home faces due south — all the way to the other end of the lake. “The views are spectacular,” says Dennis Hartman, who owns the home with his wife, Janet. Built in the Adirondack style, the three-year-old home was designed for entertaining. “It seems like everyone collects in the kitchen, and we kept that in mind,” Hartman says. Indeed, the expansive kitchen, which boasts top-ofthe-line everything, was built to allow for plenty of guests. The adjacent dining area opens up to the circular sunroom via a curved NanaWall. With its heated floors, the sunroom and its amazing views can be enjoyed nearly year round. Also on the main level is the master suite, a living room with 20-foot ceilings and an office with custom paneling. An elevator can transport people from the main level to the lower level, which boasts a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, entertainment kitchen, additional office and guest bedroom. A bonus room above the garage is great for extra guests,

Specs Bedrooms*: 3 Baths*: 4.5 Square Footage*: 7,500 Acreage: 2.9 Shoreline: 212 feet Price: $3,895,000 Contact Andrea Crossman Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt 616-355-6387 *Additional square footage, bedrooms and baths included in guest house.




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and while it is currently one large room, existing plans make it very easy to convert it into two additional bedrooms. Beyond the 7,500 square feet in the main home, there’s also a 2,000-square-foot guesthouse, which includes a master bedroom plus sleeping loft, as well as one-and-a-half baths and a kitchen. The home is a car collector’s dream. Attached to the home is a four-stall (five-car) garage — and that’s in addition to a one-car garage at the top of the property and a two-car garage attached to the guesthouse. “There are tray ceilings and individual lighting over each car, plus custom woodwork,” Hartman says. “The garages are all heated with separate furnaces.” The estate is gated and extremely private. A creek runs through the property; there’s also a waterfall and a pond. It’s one of the few homes on the lake that doesn’t have any steps to get to the water, which is just 75 feet from the home. At the water is a beautiful sandy beach, permanent, deepwater dock, and a boat lift. LB

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$1,145,250 Proposed new construction by Norman C. Dodds Architect on this prime lot on beautiful Lake Michigan. Imagine viewing the sunsets and feeling, seeing the blue waters of the lake, from your dream home. Lots of features to include: custom cabinetry, granite in all areas, hardwood flooring, title/stone, stainless appliances, 18â&#x20AC;&#x2122; foot ceilings in the living room with a gas log fireplace. TEXT: GOTO ACG41 to 95495

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Power Boats Rinker 242 Fiesta ............ $18,500 Four Winns 258............... $17,500 Bayliner 2655 .................. $32,500 Four Winns 268............... $42,500 Sea Ray Sundancer....... $18,500 Bayliner 2950 .................. $14,900 Cruisers Sea Devil ......... $18,900 Maxum 300SCR .............. $34,900 Trojan F-32 ...................... $16,900 Twin Vee Cat .................. $69,900 Sea Ray Sundancer....... $54,900 Mainship Sedan ............. $27,500 Sea Ray 340 .................... $95,500

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Carver 350 Aft ................. $65,900 Sportcraft Pesca............ $29,900 Carver 3607 Aft ............... $45,900 Carver 3607 Aft ............... $29,900 Sea Ray 370 EX .............. $74,900 Vinette Steel Trawler .... $39,900 Cruisers 3775 .................. $74,900 Cruisers 3850 .................. $79,900 PT Trawler ...................... $79,500 Regal 3880 ..................... $184,900 Sea Ray 390 .................... $48,900 Mainship Sedan ........... $119,900 Hatteras Motor Yacht . $115,500

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sail Boats Catalina.............................. $8,500 Catalina.............................. $8,750 Pearson 33 ...................... $24,900 PJ Steadfast 36 .............. $31,500 C&C 36 ............................. $29,900 Irwin 38 CC MK II ........... $75,000

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1990 IMP 220 Walkaround ................ $ 1959 Lyman Sportsman...................... $ 1992 Sea Ray Sundancer .................. $ 1957 Chris-Craft Sport Express ........ $ 2003 Regal 2665 Commodore ........... $ 1973 Nimbus 26 Express .................... $ 1971 Cal Sail......................................... $ 1975 Cape Dory ................................... $ 1979 Cruisers 288 Villa-Vee .............. $ 1998 Sea Ray 280 B/R ........................ $ 2001 Four Winns 285 ........................... $ 1999 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer............ $ 1983 Bertram Flybridge ...................... $ 1938 Chris-Craft 332 Express............ $ 2002 Wellcraft 330 Coastal ............... $

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2004 MJM Yachts Hardtop............... $ Call 2008 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer ........... $ 178,000 1990 Sea Ray Sundancer .................. $ 42,000 1995 Trojan 350 Express .................... $ 39,999 1986 Catalina Stnd. Rig ..................... $ 49,500 1987 Tiara Convertible w/Dsls .......... $ 114,900 1977 Endeavour Ketch ....................... $ 34,000 2000 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer........... $ 119,000 2000 Provincial Trawler...................... $ 169,500 1962 Matthews Stock Cruiser........... $ 33,000 2000 Black Thunder 430 SC .............. $ 159,000 1995 Tiara 4300 Open .......................... $ 199,900 1973 Chris Craft Commander............ $ 135,000 1995 Sea Ray 550 S/D......................... $ 160,000 2003 McKinna M/Y ...................................$ 775,000

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2005 tiara 2900 coronet Freshwater, new canvas and Clarion Stereo (2012). Crusader 8.1L MPI, 385 hp, 565 hours. Call Now! Asking $109,900. call Mark Derenne @ reed Yacht Sales (414) 651-3100 rYS

30’ BaYliner cierra 2000 T-Merc IO’S w/ 218 hrs. Central air/heat. Many extras, incl. tandem trailer. $32,500. E-mail to see more photos:, 920-847-2456 apr13

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1989 Slickcraft 279Sc 330 hp, SS prop, water heater, video depthsounder, marine radio, camper canvas, much more. Well kept. Dual axle float on trailer. $13,500. 651-470-7548 apr13

place your classified ad online at, or call 800-3310-0132 31’ 2004 310 Doral T-320 hp Bravo III’s, low hrs., one owner, generator, radar, GPS, plotter. Excellent condition. $99,900, 262-652-8866, CJ, maY13

1995 carver 310 Santego Very good condition, I/B T-Crusaders, low hours, new interior, A/C heat. Sleeps six. Great weekender w/many extras. $28000 OBO. phil 312-343-8073, JUN13

32’ 2005 320 crUiSerS eXpreSS MiD-caBin T-320 Volvo Inboards. Only 150 hrs. New bottom paint. Excellent condition. $99,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, maY13

1999 tiara 3100 open Freshwater. New hardtop & canvas (2011). Crusader 7.4 MPI’s w/840 hours. Teak Interior. Asking $99,900. call Brent @ reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 rYS

1997 Sea raY 330 SUnDancer T-7.4 MPI (340 hp) V-drives, Raymarine electronics, one owner, meticulously maintained, freshwater, heated storage. 10’ Zodiac. $58,900. 616-402-4087 or 616-402-4088 JUN13

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1998 CRuISeRS yACHTS 3375 eSPRIT Original owner, freshwater, tow truck & trailer available. T-7.4 inboards, full electronics, generator, new canvas. $59,900 262-781-6598 or APR13

2008 3760 RegAL MId CABIN exPReSS T-8.1 Volvo Dual Props, low hrs., hardtop, generator. $169,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, MAY13 1987 36’ TIARA CONVeRTIBLe Heated storage, proserviced, 350 hp (910 hrs.), generator, all electronics, teak interior, 2 staterooms, 100% freshwater. Excellent photos available. Reduced $79,900. 616-340-7300 JUN13

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2006 FORMuLA 34 PC One Owner, 100% freshwater, excellent Condition. Merc 8.1L HO, 420 hp gas w/200 hrs. Generator, full Electronics, full Canvas, cherry interior. Turn Key! Asking $164,900. Call Brent @ Reed yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

1999 TIARA 3500 OPeN LOA 35’6”, Beam 13’3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines w/485 hrs. Canvas like new, full electronics, teak/holly sole, air conditioning. Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat. $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or APR13

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2000 SeA RAy 380 SuNdANCeR T-7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new, new canvas. Best offer. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends MAY13 1990 SPORTCRAFT 3600 FISHMASTeR “Eagles Nest” T-MerCruiser 454 Engines 1,300 hrs. Raymarine radar/ RL80C, 2 radios, autopilot, chartplotter, L1260 chart/GPS. Cabin updated w/new leather seating, cabin microwave, refrigerator/freezer, air cond. mermaid, boat #4000261. 18 Bert rodholders,10 pole Berts tilt rocket. This is the ultimate fishing vessel! Contact Pier1000 at 877-567-6587 or MAR13

40’ 1967 CHRIS CRAFT CORINTHIAN Rare awesome award-winner. Needs nothing. Nov ‘08 survey. Please, serious inquiries only. 586-243-6861 JUN13

1994 FOuR WINNS 365 exPReSS Cummins diesels, generator, Lowrance GPS/Fishfinder. Radar. Freshwater/ heated storage. $79,500. More information/photos at or call 906-647-2400. JUN13 2000 RegAL 4160 exPReSS 42 feet, Volvo diesels w/250 hrs. Full electronics, two heads/ staterooms, generator. Excellent condition. 231-941-1284 JUN13

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1980 35’ VIKINg CONVeRTIBLe 454 Crusaders, Kohler Marine Airs, fully equipped w/numerous upgrades. Freshwater, covered slip. $35,900. 513-574-1585 JUN13 37’ 1993 CARVeR MOTOR yACHT T-7.4 Crusaders, generator, new canvas, full electronics, very good condition. Owners retiring. $87,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, MAY13

2000 SILVeRTON 352 AFT CABIN My Excellent condition. 7.4L inboard Mercs w/low hrs. (700). Only in freshwater. Motivated seller, free delivery on Great Lakes. Spacious Interior w/ 2 staterooms and 2 heads, dual access bridge, electronics, etc. $99K or best offer. Contact or 814 572-4982 JUN13




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1996 372 SILVeRTON AFT CABIN T-8.2 Crusaders, generator, electronics, fresh bottom paint, canvas in good condition. $89,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, MAY13

42’ 1996 HATTeRAS COCKPIT MOTORyACHT T-420 hp Cats, low hrs, new bottom paint and canvas. Excellent condition. $259,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, MAY13

1978 43’ VIKINg MOTOR yACHT T-Detroit Diesels, generator, 11’ Whaler w/davit, windless, washer and dryer, new top and carpet. Extremely well-built boat. Cruise ready. Excellent buy at $59,999. Soo, MI. Call Pat 906-630-2448 JUN13

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1968 46’ CHRiS CRAFT ROAMER (ALUMiNUM) New exterior paint and extensive interior redecorating 2011. Attention getter continuously upgraded by same (now two boat) owner last 24 years. Strong Ford 427 engines. Located in Detroit. $99,500. Contact Mark at 248 514 4250 or email for photos/specs.

2002 51’ SEA RAy SUNDANCER T-3196 CATS T640 hp, 470 hrs. Loaded. Submersible platform. Sat TV. Immaculately clean. $359,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, MAy13

1990 53’ JEFFERSON MARqUESSA walk around. Detroit 6V92’s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive remodel/ upgrades. Custom pilothouse. Zodiac. Never salt., 612-850-2000 JUN13

2005 OCEAN ALExANDER 54 LOA T-500 hp Yanmars330 hrs. dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $495,000. 920-739-7668 MAR13

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40’ ELLENWOOD LANDiNG SLiP Drive-up slip #6 in Montague, MI w/greenway, picnic table and grills. Two fabulous club houses and pool. Rent for $2,000 OR buy for $2,000 annually for 7 years! Call Wayne at 517-402-6948 MAy13

charters BAREBOAT CANADA’S FABULOUS NORTH CHANNEL, LAKE HURON. 25 power and sailboats, 27’-50’. Cruise and learn, skippered. Canadian Yacht Charters, Gore Bay, Ontario. 800-565-0022. E-mail:, RUC

Powerboat rEDUcED! 1996 CARvER 370 Aft Cabin, T-454 EFI Crusaders, 650 hrs. Gen set w/70 hrs. Sleeps 6, master with head & shower, forward stateroom w/ head & shower, GPS, radar, depth, VHF, synchronizer. $89,500. 419-367-8646 MAR13 1978 MARiNETTE 37FBSD. Totally restored, dual zone air/heat, new gen, new bottom/props, $2,000 shipping allowance, pictures available - Mint! 502-876-5786 MAR13 rEDUcED again! ‘95 500 DA SEA RAy. Heated storage, T-550 Detroits. 502 hrs. Clean and equipped. Freshwater only. $185,000 OBO. 216-469-7000 APR13

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above the waterline | by Dave Wallace

Puss ’n Boats What to do with an unexpected furry guest on board.


ong after it left theaters, I finally got around to watching a DVD copy of Disney’s animated film “Puss in Boots.” One look at that crazy orange cat up there on my TV screen brought back a flood of memories of an equally adventurous orange cat who shared our lives for an interesting day on the water. The year was 1993. My mate Nancy and I agreed to join friends on a saltwater cruising adventure. They were former Great Lakes cruising partners of ours that had since moved to Florida. The transition included cruising their beloved trawler all the way down to a marina at the north end of the Inland Waterway. To prepare for this adventure, we chartered a similar trawler for a slow and relaxing exploration of the waterway, all the way down to Naples, Florida. Much like our own Great Lakes, the waterway is dotted with conveniently spaced marinas, anchorages and other cruising tourist amenities. It was at the end of our second day out that we pulled into a rather intimate marina called Burnt Store. We were able to get slips on the main dock and enjoy an easy walk to the hottest restaurant in the area. Everything about this leg of our trip had been laid-back and enjoyable. The next morning we were ready to cast off at first light and get a good start down the waterway. Once underway, we would have plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board. We were totally focused on getting ready for our departure and not paying attention to anything more than releasing dock lines and navigating out of the slip. We were finally under cruising power in the waterway and getting ready to settle down with a cup of coffee and enjoy our breakfast. Only then did I turn away from the wheel and see a cat, staring back at me through the rear window of the cabin. It was unusually large, with long, fuzzy orange fur. If you’re familiar with Garfield the cartoon cat, well… this was our stowaway — fur-ball for fur-ball, and smile for smile. (Yes, I know cats don’t really smile, but it was obvious this kitty was happy to be on board.) Under ordinary conditions that kitty would’ve been totally welcome. We love cats. Back home, our own cat is a regular crewmember. This case was completely different, however. The cat was not ours, and we were well on our way away from his home port. Our traveling friends were already underway ahead of us, and the idea of turning back, getting into a slip and off-loading the cat was pretty much unthinkable. So I

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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did the next best thing. I radioed Burnt Store Marina and told the dockmaster about my problem. His reply was not what I expected. “So you’re the lucky ones who got Carlos, this time!” he exclaimed. With that, he went on to explain exactly what was going on. Carlos was the unofficial marina cat whose specialty is boarding transient boats — uninvited. His habit is so well known along the waterway that there’s never a lack of northbound boats whose skippers are more than happy to bring him back. “Just drop him off at your next stop,” the dockmaster advised. “He’ll get back home eventually. He always does.” Our destination for that day was Venice, Florida. Given the good time that Carlos was having exploring our boat, I’m sure he would’ve been happy to go all the way to Naples with us. As much fun as it would’ve been to have him join our crew for the entire cruise, the harsh reality called for an early release: We had no litter box on board! LB

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

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