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Maritimo C50 A sensible, stylish boat built with the Aussie touch.


CABO Yachts 40 Hardtop Express Lots to like about this stylish, comfortable cruiser.


Docks That Rock The latest and greatest ways to trick out your waterside dock for maximum enjoyment this boating season.


Work of Art POSH is a modern-day classic.


Northern Exposure The town of Parry Sound is the world-renowned jewel of Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands.

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Lakeshore Life Above the Waterline



from the helm May 2012 | Volume LXVI, No. 5

Join the Club A round the mid-1800s, the fertile fishing grounds surrounding Pelee Island in the Canadian waters of Lake Erie, not far from Port Clinton, Ohio, were discovered by some wealthy fishermen from the U.S. A chance meeting at the store of Dr. McCormick (the only business on the island back then) resulted in the creation of the Pelee Club. Charles L. Mills of Sandusky, Ohio and John McGinnis, a banker from New York, met and founded the club in the spring of 1883. This was no ordinary fishing club. Its formative membership reads like the Who’s Who of the Gilded Age. Members included Marshall Field, George Pullman, Robert Todd Lincoln, Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan and Gen. John M. Schofield. Happily, the club and clubhouse still exist and provide a modest coterie of members with fabulous fishing and hunting experiences each season. The Canadian waters of Lake Erie feature a year-round season for walleyes and perch, with bass season open from the fourth Saturday in June to the end of November. The club holds a spring walleye tournament and a fall bass event, all in the name of fun — although I suspect there might be some side bets made. Walleye run to 12 pounds, smallmouth to six; true Lake Erie trophies. Club membership is limited to 50 and is open to anyone who loves fishing or hunting. Believe it or not, it’s not that expensive to join. The interior of the clubhouse looks much as it did when the barons of the 1800s were in residence. Much of the furniture is original. A recent poll of members found that fishing was just one of a long list of reasons they found the club so attractive. High on the list was the isolation factor. Indeed, you can’t help but get away from it all out there. The club sits on 15 acres of manicured lawns and woods, right on the water. Roads on the island, mostly unpaved, are great for bikes. Each fall the club releases 20,000 pheasants and sponsors a great pheasant hunt, which has

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become a boon for the local economy. Lots of wild turkeys also reside on the island. The isle is on the yearly migration path of many bird species heading south for the winter, which means waterfowl hunting is available, along with bird watching. Thousands of monarch butterflies take this path to warmer climes, too. The clubhouse is the original, built in 1873. It has 26 bedrooms and a bar, among other things, although many members spend most of their time outside. To get to the island from Canada, a car ferry comes and goes from Leamington, Ontario. From Sandusky, Ohio, you can take a plane that flies back and forth regularly. If the Pelee Island Club sounds as good to you as it does to me, check into the special promotion for prospective members. Trial membership fee is $1,000, and the per diem charge, which includes three meals and full use of the club, is $135. I am told the club manager and resident chef Dave Bracken cooks up three great meals a day during the season, all served family-style at a long table. It’s a chance to enjoy great fishing and hunting in the camaraderie of like-minded folks. Not to mention the peace and quiet, sunny days and crystal clear water in abundance. r

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mail call Hello, Stranger Wisconsin’s Washington Island is just north of Death’s Door in Door County. It is one of the most beautiful and fun places that my husband and I have enjoyed throughout our many years of boating. The island is only accessible by boat. A ferry runs several times a day round trip from Door County to transport tourists and/or “islanders” (as the people born and raised there refer to themselves). The bicycle trails are fabulous, as are the beaches. Of course, when visiting places, it’s not only the natural resources and water views that make them special; the people who own and run the various entities make you want to come back again and again. One of these people is a charismatic man named Will Krueger, owner of Kap’s Marina on the island. Although not an official “islander,” one would never know this. Will and his wife, Lois, have seven children. Some of his kids live on the island year-round, and some come to work at the marina over the summers.

The marina sits immediately to port and does everything from pumping fuel to renting bicycles. The restaurant, The Ship’s Wheel, is owned and operated by the Krueger family, with Lois at the helm in the kitchen producing great home-cooked meals for locals and guests. Upon our arrival one year at Kap’s Marina, as we were getting set up in our slip, I looked up from the bow and saw a man approaching from across the marina yard. He appeared quite disheveled, with long, stringy hair, a full-length trench coat and rubber boots. My initial impression was, of course: Who is this questionable looking person, and how did he get on the island? He had no luggage and continued shuffling along towards our boat. As he came closer to us, I didn’t want to let him know how alarmed I felt. I casually walked to the stern of the boat where my husband was working and alerted him we were about to have company. The man in the trench coat sidled over to me and proceeded to ask if my husband would take a picture of us. He decided to humor our guest; after all, maybe he was just one of the “eccentrics” we have encountered in our travels. After my husband obliged and took the picture, the mystery man began talking to me — and something was familiar about him after all. My new friend was none other than Will Krueger, owner of the marina. We all had a great laugh over this, and I was glad our picture turned out so well. I wanted to share it with Lakeland Boating. Check out Washington Island and Kap’s Marina on your next cruise near Door County. I promise you will not be disappointed. —Hilary Walsh, Glenview, IL

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Nautical Mile Open House St. Clair Shores, MI Opening of “Pirates: Ships to Shore” exhibit, Door County Maritime Museum Sturgeon Bay, WI May 19 – 25 National Safe Boating Week May 26 Mackinaw City Memorial Bridge Race Mackinaw City, MI May 26 – 27 Ghost Tours of Door County, Door County Trolley Door County, WI

Maifest Jacksonport, WI May 26 – 28 Fort Michilimackinac Pageant Mackinaw City, MI May 27 St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade St. Clair Shores, MI

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Name Game: Veggin’ Out This is a picture of our 2007 Sea Ray Motoryacht, Veggin’ Out. I was in the vegetable business for more than 20 years. We sold the company and felt the name Veggin’ Out was perfect. It obviously has many meanings for us, including our relaxation time, getting out of the vegetable business, and it’s always healthy to eat your vegetables! Our homeport is Bay Point Marina on Lake Erie. —Dan & Debbie Charna, Columbus, OH Play “Name Game” and Win! We’re always on the lookout for interesting and inventive boat names, and we welcome you to share yours with us! Send a short write-up, along with your name, your boat’s name, your home city and state, as well as a high-resolution photo of your boat (at least 1 MB) to: Don’t forget to put “Name Game” in the subject line. If we publish your Name Game submission in a 2012 issue of Lakeland Boating, you’ll receive a FREE Kanberra Gel gift basket valued at $99, courtesy of the folks at Kanberra. Made with all-natural ingredients like Australian tea tree oil, this semi-solid, biodegradable gel dissipates when exposed to air, breaking down mildew, mold and viruses in a fragrant eucalyptus lemon scent.

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02/04 Kayaker Rescued South Manitou Island, MI A rescue aircrew from USCG Air Station Traverse City, Michigan rescued a male kayaker who was found stranded on South Manitou Island. The man’s name and age are not being released. USCG Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin received notification of the stranded kayaker at approximately 16:00 from USCG Station Frankfort, Michigan. Watchstanders at Station Frankfort were notified by officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park dispatch of the man’s predicament and whereabouts. The aircrew, aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, transported the man back to Air Station Traverse City, where they were met by waiting EMS. The man was eventually released in good condition. Coast Guard personnel are working with the individual to 4187AD - Interlux VC 17m Extra_ Lakeland Boating_HP_Layout 1 18/01/2012 08:48 Page 1 coordinate recovery of the kayak. case closed


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02/06 Adrift Teenagers Rescued Rondeau Bay A USCG rescue helicopter crew airlifted two teenagers who were adrift on an ice floe in Rondeau Bay. The names of the men, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, are not being released. Search and rescue controllers at USCG’s 9th District Command Center were contacted by personnel at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, at 04:51, after they received a report of two men adrift on ice in the bay. Reportedly, the men were not wearing life jackets and had become stranded while duck hunting. A USCG Air Station Detroit, Michigan aircrew was directed to launch aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter. Arriving on scene at 06:21, the aircraft’s rescue swimmer was lowered to the ice, and both men were airlifted into the helicopter. They were taken to Chatham Airport, where they were turned over to awaiting EMS. case closed


03/02 Woman Medevaced Kelleys Island, OH A USCG boatcrew from Station Marblehead, Ohio medevaced an 86-year-old woman who was experiencing chest pain on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie. EMTs on Kelleys Island contacted search and rescue controllers at USCG Sector Detroit to request a medevac due to the woman’s health history. A flight surgeon, who makes the ultimate determination on what warrants emergency transport, was contacted and briefed and authorized the medevac. A boatcrew from Station Marblehead launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft– Law Enforcement (SPC-LE). Once on the island, the boatcrew embarked the woman and transferred her to awaiting EMS in Marblehead for further transport to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio. The woman’s name is not being released, and her current condition is unknown. CASE CLOSED 03/13 Man Rescued Cleveland Harbor, OH A rescue boatcrew from USCG Station Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, rescued a swimmer in distress near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The boatcrew, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M), was on scene about five minutes after receiving notification

of a man in distress. Watchstanders at USCG Sector Buffalo, New York were notified at about 17:40 by crewmembers aboard the vessel Dorothy Ann and the operator of the Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge of a person in the water. He was not wearing a life jacket. The boatcrew safely assisted the man out of the water and transported him to Edgewater Park, where he was met by EMS. He was taken to Cleveland Memorial Hospital. The man’s name, age and current condition are unknown. CASE CLOSED

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Boat Biz

News from around the industry.

Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing of Alma, Michigan was recently awarded an Innovation Award in the Pontoon and Deck Boats category from the National Marine Manufacturers Association for its Avalon Ambassador. Innovative features that helped Avalon capture the attention of contest judges include the pontoon’s solid automotive-style walls made of aluminum and painted with automotive-grade finish; unique stainless steel front and rear grillwork; art deco-inspired graphics; electric-powered rear reclining seats; standard electric wine rack; aluminum seat framing; simulated teak flooring; and standard Waveglider high performance pontoons. For more information, visit or call 800-334-2913.

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Marine Services Corporation (MSC) of Dolton, Illinois announced an expansion of its current facility with the addition of a brand new, 25,000-square-foot storage building and

a new 12,000-square-foot office/showroom, both of which are slated to open in the fall of 2012. The storage building will be MSC’s tenth, bringing the total number to eight heated storage buildings and two cold storage buildings. The showroom, which is a joint collaboration with designer Anthony Michael, is designed to be an interactive venue for special events. For more information, visit or call 708-841-5660. Galati Yacht Sales is expanding its efforts in the Great Lakes region with the addition of an office in MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township, Michigan. Doug Glendening of Glendening Yachts Sales, currently located in MacRay Harbor, will join forces with Galati at that location. Rob McCarthy, formerly of Lakeside Marine, will also work out of the MacRay office. Galati Yacht Sales is a premier yacht sales, brokerage and service company operating in Naples, Cape Coral, Anna Maria, St. Petersburg and Destin, Florida, with

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Hurley Marine of Escanaba, Michigan, has introduced the high intensity Hurley LED Sea-Vue, created for boaters who want to dramatically illuminate the water behind their boats while minimizing power draw. Engineered to be rugged and reliable, this unit provides high light output in a compact, cost-effective package. All the electronics are integrated into the watertight housing while requiring a ¼-inch hole through the transom above the waterline for the power cable. The lights have four high-intensity, 10-watt LED arrays in a thermally conductive plastic housing that incorporates a glass convex lens. This innovative design not only disperses light better, it also magnifies light for a dynamic underwater effect. Overheat sensors and low- and high-voltage shutdown are all in this self-contained housing — no additional driver or power supply to install. The lights are available in white, green, blue or red. By adding a bracket, they can be used as trim tab lights, drain plug lights or dock lights. Suggested retail for the Hurley LED Sea-Vue is $599. For more information, visit or call 906-553-6249. 

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Safety Calls

Have an updated VHF radio and antenna on board.


modern VHF marine radio is one of the best and least expensive safety features a boater can have on board. It also provides convenient, low cost, two-way communications. At a recent boating seminar I attended, the audience was polled regarding the current condition of their VHF radios. Only one person said he’d replaced his radio during the last three years. Two people had replaced theirs in the past six years, and 42 people were operating with VHFs more than six years old. Not one person in the room had ever replaced an antenna. Six boaters said they relied exclusively on cell phones for communications of any kind. Let’s face it: If boating safety is really Priority Numero Uno, a new VHF should be standard equipment on board.

Digital Selective Calling (DSC) One of the most useful safety features currently available on such radios is known as Digital Selective Calling (DSC). This feature, when connected to an operating GPS, will send a distress message to the U.S. Coast Guard or other DSC-equipped receivers, containing, among other things, the vessels’ GPS coordinates. This can dramatically reduce emergency response time that can, literally, be a lifesaver. The newest VHF have GPS built in. If a DSCequipped VHF requires registration, make sure it’s done as soon as the radio is taken out of the box. Fixed base VHF radios complete with the DSC system can be purchased for as little as $100. Others with built-in GPS sell for about twice that amount. Many modern VHF radios are equipped with the NOAA weather alert monitoring system. This aroundthe-clock feature provides instant access to weather information and proves invaluable in voyage planning and under-way decisions related to weather conditions and/or marine hazards. Handheld VHF radios have, in the past few years, improved dramatically in the “user friendly” department. Almost all of them are waterproof, and some float and glow in the dark, making them easier to find at night. Handhelds are one of the prime safety items used for tenders, small boats and inflatables. Many PWC operators carry them as well. They make a good backup for a fixed base VHF in 14 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012


the event of a power failure on the boat, particularly if the handheld is GPS equipped. A simple adapter will enable most handhelds to connect with the fixed base antenna.

Antenna An important part of a good VHF setup is the antenna. Antenna manufacturers say their products generally last between five and 10 years, depending on the geographical location of the vessel. In hot, sunny climates, the sun’s rays break down the fiberglass coatings of many antennas, and a five-year life span can be expected. In more moderate climates, antenna life is extended. Antenna prices range from $60 to $150 on average. The higher a VHF radio’s antenna is above the waterline, the longer the radio range. There are a number of antenna extenders on the market, and they range in price from about $30 to $150, depending on quality and length. While cell phones have revolutionized the way we communicate — and having one on board is definitely a good thing — to rely on them as a primary safety item in the marine environment is not wise. Most do not operate reliably when wet, or even damp, and in many geographical areas there’s simply no cell phone service. The cost of a good quality DSC VHF radio, including a new antenna, can be as little as $300. I paid four times that much for my first VHF radio, and it had only six fixed channels. The antenna was an extra $250. Bottom line: If boating safety and communication convenience is important to you — and I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be — a modern VHF radio and antenna should be on board. 

ROGER MCAFEE has been boating for more than 60 years. A former journalist and lawyer, he contributes regularly to many of North America’s top marine magazines. As a member of Boating Writer’s International, McAfee has served as a judge on the Innovation Awards committee at both IBEX and the Miami International Boat Show. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ICOM, STANDARD HORIZON AND SHAKESPEARE

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Easy Lifting

FreedomLift installs simply to tote tenders, PWCs. BY B I NG O ’ M EARA



ot all lift systems are created equal. The feature I find most impressive with FreedomLift is its simplicity. It’s easily installed externally to the transom without modifying the swim platform. For a new boat, it can usually be handled at the plant. If installing on a pre-owned boat, it’s typically a two-day operation for your preferred marina to accomplish. The FreedomLift is manufactured with strong, lightweight, marine-grade alloy and stainless steel hardware, a premium hydraulic power unit system with environmentally safe fluid, and a waterproof wireless remote to control operation (a hard-wired unit is also available). The two hydraulic lift assemblies are interconnected by a structural cross member assembly, ensuring the integrity of the lift and providing smooth, uniform movement of both arms despite any uneven weight distribution on the tender. Plus, the arms come off when you don’t need the tender. FreedomLift can be maneuvered up and tilted forward to better distribute weight, avoiding the wake effect in rough waters. For more information, including a video and animated tutorial, visit 

The FreedomLift, seen here on a Tiara 5800 Sovran at Walstrom Marine.



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Ready... Set... Safe

Load up on smart safety gear this season.


LEHR Propane Powered Outboard An outboard, for safety? You bet — when it’s an outboard that means you no longer have to carry gasoline aboard. The Lehr propane powered outboard is an award-winning design that can run on those small (16-ounce) bottles you use for your gas grill, or it can hook up to a larger propane tank that you put in the dinghy. The new outboards are currently available in 2.5 hp and 5 hp models with short or long shafts (a 20 hp is in the works). The engines have a traditional manual pull start. The 5 hp has forward, neutral and reverse, while the 2.5 hp has forward and neutral, so you just turn the engine around to go backwards. Weight depends on model and ranges from 38 to 53 pounds. Propane is a clean fuel with zero evaporative emissions, virtually no particulate emissions and no messy gas or oil to drip into the water. Prices start at $1,200. GOLEHR . COM

SWITLIK MOM 600 Throwable Rescue Platform A liferaft is expensive safety gear you hope to never use, and it’s that expense that makes boaters put off buying one. So Switlik introduced an affordable option for coastal boaters. The MOM 600 is a compact, single-tube mini-raft that’s about the size of a throwable cushion when packed and weighs just 15 pounds. It’s easy to stow, throw, lift and deploy. It comes with a strobe light, 25 feet of line and an optional inflatable pylon. The good news: It retails for only $1,000, versus the typical $3,000-$5,000 for other liferafts. The MOM 600 is designed to get you out of the water and keep you floating in areas where rescue is imminent. SWITLIK . COM

VESPER MARINE WatchMate Vision The Vesper Marine WatchMate Vision is a dedicated 50-channel receiver and Class B AIS transponder with new and improved aesthetics, color display and touchscreen technology. The Vision’s 5.7-inch screen is easy to use, and its bright color makes it easy to distinguish targets. The unit receives and sends collision avoidance information like a boat’s name, size, position, speed, and course, and shows it on its uncluttered screen or on existing chartplotters and multifunction displays. Vision communicates wirelessly with iOS devices, making your iPhone or iPad a mobile remote that allows you to access alarms, alerts and transponder settings from anywhere on the boat. It retails for $1,495. VESPERMARINE . COM

REVERE ComfortMax Inflatable PFD

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Revere’s ComfortMax is a lightweight, automatically inflated PFD that has an oral tube for manual backup. It comes with a whistle and SOLAS reflective tape on the bladder and has a zipper pocket. The vest is available with integrated stainless D-rings that transform it into a harness. It retails for $229.95 and is on sale through for $89.99. Defender also offers a harness model for sailors that lists for $259.95 and is on sale for $99.99. REVERESUPPLY.COM

ACR ELECTRONICS GlobalFix iPRO EPIRB An EPIRB, or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, is registered to a vessel and transmits a short burst of data once activated. Most function on the 406 MHz band, with the 121.5 MHz band used as an additional homing signal. Some, like the ACR GlobalFix iPRO, have built-in GPS to broadcast not only distress, but also a specific location so you’re found faster. “This is an affordable life-saving device every boater should own,” says Phil Menerick of Boat Service & Outfitters in Holland, Michigan, which sells the ACR EPIRB for $949. ACRELECTRONICS . COM

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Monterey 340 Sport Yacht

New styling makes this cruiser better than ever. BY DAVE M U LL

Specifications LOA: 35'3" Beam: 11'3" Draft: 3'4" Dry Weight: 14,200 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 210 gals. Water Capacity: 42 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta 300 hp 5.7 GiC EVC DP Base Price: Contact dealer Midwest Dealers Castle Rock Marine (608-8477200), Fox Lake Harbor (847-5870200), Gage Marine (262-7402628), Gull Lake Marine Center (269-629-4507), Holzhauer Auto & Motorsports (618-327-4005), Lake Effect Powersports (269944-5577), Lands End Yacht Sales (586-465-5558), National Marine Holdings (309-688-5513), Pier 53 Marine (419-797-2300), Sizzle Marine (614-478-4072), The Boat Place (765-344-1844), Waterwerks Boat Sales (708-7989700), Wonderland Marine West (517-548-5122), Wyland’s Marine (574-259-1510), Yacht Works (920-854-2124) 18 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012


new open cabin interior and standard hardtop with four speakers and six lights are just two of the features found in the Monterey 340 Sport Yacht for 2012. This sleek cruiser features Volvo Penta power with the remarkable joystick control that allows easy docking and maneuvering in tight marina spaces. A walk-through of this 34-footer shows thoughtful design touches that make onboard stays comfortable, while the power package and hull design combine to make performance a key feature for boaters wanting a smooth, fast ride. While cruising, the pilot will enjoy helm niceties that include a tilt-wheel and helm seat that allow a passenger to join him or her at the control center. Each of the helm seats has its own armrests and convert independently of each other into bolsters — a nice feature while underway in bigger-than-ideal seas. The cabin design starts forward with an aft-facing settee that easily converts to a double berth. The cabin sports a starboard settee featuring a flip-down armrest, stainless steel drink holders and power outlets. This also converts quickly into a berth. Moving aft you’ll find a 32-inch, flat panel LED TV, and aft of that is the mid berth/media area, complete with its own standard 26-inch LED TV that flips up to allow access to storage behind. Here also is a DVD player and media inputs for video game consoles — perfect for kids. The media area quickly transforms into

sleeping accommodations via an easy-to-use, slide-out bunk system. “Also new for this year is the optional Biltmore Interior Fabric Package, which perfectly complements the new cabin design,” notes Martin Rusin, Monterey’s marketing manager. The galley features a dual-burner electric stove with a built-in stainless steel rail to keep pans from sliding off. The microwave is surrounded by ample storage. Monterey’s exclusive Sun Island seating gives a choice of three ways to relax and spend your day. Beneath this island is a finished fiberglass dunnage compartment large enough for all your lines, fenders and power cords. On the underneath side of the lid is a dedicated holder for securely stowing the cockpit table. This hot boat must be experienced to be fully appreciated; it’s well worth checking out at a Monterey dealer near you. 

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Regal 42 Sport Coupe Designed by boaters, for boaters. BY DAVE M U LL


egals always impress with their looks, performance — and the little things that demonstrate whomever designs them must also be a boater. That would be Duane Kuck, Regal’s president. The fast, fuel-efficient 42 Sport Coupe features the bold, aggressive lines of the Regal 46 and 52 Sport Coupes and lots of nice touches that Kuck, an airplane pilot and veteran cruiser, has made. “Our goal was to take everything we learned developing the Regal 52 and 46 Sport Coupes and distill what we ascertained down to the perfect 42,” said Kuck. The cockpit can be completely opened up with the full-width sunroof and center-opening windshield. In turn, the single level cockpit deck area can be fully enclosed with either a canvas aft curtain or the optional slide-away glass enclosure. Add a 24,000-BTU air conditioner with reverse-cycle, and the helm and cockpit stay comfortable, extending the boating season. The dash-mounted Fusion stereo system has a hide-away iPod dock. A centerline sliding door leads below to a port side gourmet-style galley with handcrafted cabinetry and spacious countertops available in several colors of Corian or optional granite. The stove, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator/freezer and sink are all within easy reach. The opposing starboard side main salon has a forward bulkhead-mounted flat screen TV, and its C-shaped, wrap-around sofa converts to a full-sized berth.

Specifications LOA: 42'4" Beam: 13' Draft: 3'5" Dry Weight: 20,500 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 300 gals. Water Capacity: 70 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta IPS 400 Base Price: $469,000

The master stateroom has a queen-size walk-around berth with a separate head on the port side and shower to starboard. Storage abounds. The mid-cabin guest stateroom provides twin berths or a single queen with bolsters in place. The ensuite head and vanity are adjacent to the full stand-up dressing area. The OceanTrac hull and Volvo Penta IPS drive system deliver high performance and fuel efficiency, delivering 1.4 miles per gallon at cruise speed. Its 18-degree deadrise and sharp bow entry also allows for a smooth comfortable ride. “Couple that with the remarkable turning power of the Volvo Penta IPS, and the Regal 42 Sport Coupe will run circles around a traditional sport yacht,” says Pat Wiesner, Regal vice president of engineering. 

Midwest Dealers Anchors Aweigh (651-4361566), Basa’s Marine (630-7392272; 269-469-2600), Grand Bay Marine (231-943-0333; 231-237-5000), Centerpointe Yacht Services (888-9-YACHTS, Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (866-490-5297), Kelly’s Port (573-348-3888), Mr. Outboards (920-337-9717), South Shore Marine (419-433-5798), Wayzata Marine (952-471-7000; 952930-9708)


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A sensible, stylish boat built with the Aussie touch. BY DEAN TRAVIS CLARKE


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aritimo Yachts come from Australia, where they know a lot about big, rough seas. The new C50 (the C stands for “Cabriolet”) represents a more cruising-oriented hull in comparison to the company’s flybridge fishing machines. One walk-through quickly demonstrates that in addition to knowing about rough seas, these savvy Aussies know fair dinkum about cruising comfort, too! Meeting the boat at HMY’s dock at Harbourtowne Marine in Dania, Florida, I instantly discovered that boarding couldn’t be easier, either at water level via a mammoth swim platform that raises and lowers as needed, or through deck-level gates. That huge transom swim platform drops below the surface of the water to lift a dinghy or personal watercraft up to the “garage” level. The garage serves as a cavernous storage space, as well as providing access to the propulsion pods and the Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS 600 diesels. A narrow hatch in the aft deck also affords quick access to the engine compartment for routine maintenance checks. Climbing the stairs to the aft deck and continuing forward, I found the side walkways plenty wide and secure enough for even my considerable size, and I always appreciate oversized bow rails and well-placed handholds. The aft deck’s wide centerline settee accommodates at least three and matching occasional chairs placed opposite can boost that to party size. You’ll also find battery switches, a refrigerator, icemaker and more dry storage here. The entire aft bulkhead of the salon is glass for unobstructed visibility in both directions. From the starboard-side interior helm, huge windows all around offer amazing visibility. An upright deck-to-overhead cabinet in the aft port corner containing pantry storage as well as a refrigerator/ freezer seems not to interfere with the helmsman’s view. Add to that a giant sunroof and portlights in every cabin, and you’ll never suffer from “cave syndrome” aboard the Maritimo C50. A table by the portside settee and the salon table both fold in half so you don’t whack yourself each time you pass. However, with that said,



I’d definitely opt for rounded corners on everything: Tables, counters, etc. Otherwise, in an ugly sea, you may end up with equally ugly bruises. This Maritimo features one of the nicest and most unusual master staterooms I’ve seen. Step down from the salon and the full-width master is aft to port and

One walk-through quickly demonstrates that in addition to knowing about rough seas, these savvy Aussies know fair dinkum about cruising comfort, too! very bright and airy, The queen berth resides diagonally with the head aft. Along the starboard hull and up a step is a cabin-length settee that can double as a single berth. Again up a step moving forward, a luxurious (and large) vanity abuts the forward bulkhead. Finally, on our way back to the companionway, the master head and shower


resides just inside the master cabin door. The gloss finish on the teak cabinetry throughout the boat gleams, and the master cabin gives a sense of European hotel elegance. Don’t like teak? Maritimo also offers myrtle joinery. Back on the companionway level, a cabin to starboard offers a single fore-and-aft berth, and in the forepeak another VIP stateroom has a centerline island double. All beds aboard contain storage beneath. Both double cabins sported optional opening portholes in the hull in addition to the portlights. Surprisingly, the electrical distribution panel is located in a locker in the lower companionway rather than up in the salon. That’s just unusual rather than a problem. All Maritimos have the ability to switch the heads’ intakes from salt to fresh water. You can choose between flushing outlets: Straight overboard, into the blackwater holding tank, or out through a deck fitting via pump-out. Back up in the salon, the galley has a four-burner ceramic cooktop, microwave/convection oven and stainless sink, plus a very handy built-in trash barrel in the counter. Our test boat sported a pair of Simrad NSE 12-inch displays with room on the dashboard to spare. Lectrotabs, a Simrad AP28 autopilot, Jabso searchlight, Magnum Power monitor, joystick, throttle/shifters and Caterpillar generator switch round out the controls. From an engineering standpoint, Maritimo did something truly brilliant. When pod propulsion first debuted, people expressed concern that if one pod sheared off, it would leave a gaping hole in the boat’s bottom. So worst case-scenario, manufacturers engineered the pods to shear off cleanly, leaving the hole sealed. However, nobody considered what might happen if the boat came straight down atop some obstruction. It could punch the pod right up into the compartment, leaving a big hole. With such an opening the boat would fill instantly, go stern down and roll over. Maritimo has laminated large air chambers into the hull, so that if the boat fills with water it will still float upright. This and the Maritimo 440 are the only two boats to which Volvo Penta gives its highest safety rating. In addition, most pod boats carry lots of weight fairly far aft. Maritimo has moved the C50’s engines forward and shifted the fuel tanks off centerline aft to the outboard hull sides farther forward. Ergo, this boat doesn’t require as much trim adjustment or suffer from hobby-horsing the way some pod boats have. With the aft sliding doors closed, the interior of this boat is remarkably quiet at harbor speeds. History suggests Maritimo owners use their boats much more than the average. They go places, cruising extensively. With the extraordinary fuel economy of the

C series, these boats regularly outperform even dedicated trawlers in the range department. Heading out of Fort Lauderdale’s busy cruise port, the wind blew SSE at 15 knots, generating 3- to 4-foot seas. Heading straight up-sea, the spray went out to the sides nicely, and the ride proved remarkably smooth. Take off all tab and the ride is almost as smooth, but with slightly more hull noise. Cruising at 25 knots and burning a measly 36 gallons per hour, I executed a wheel-hard-over turn and reversed course in a matter of three boat lengths. Electronic steering makes for single-finger turning ease, while the pods make maneuvering gentle and extremely responsive. Wide-open, the C50 touched 31 knots at 3500 RPM burning 41 gallons per hour and an economical cruising pace was 23 knots at 2900 RPM using 31 gallons per hour. However, if you want to compare this to trawlers, drop back to their speed of around 10 knots and suddenly you achieve an amazing 16-gallons-per-hour fuel economy. Drifting beam-to the seas, the roll moment is relatively short and the transitions gentle. Down-sea runs proved equally comfortable and tracking arrow-straight. Prior to this C50, the last Maritimo I tested was a 50-foot convertible that required me to travel all the way to Alaska for a one-day test. If you want to know how good a boat these Maritimos are, the trip was more than worthwhile. Maritimo makes sensible yet stylish vessels that can handle as much as you can. 

Maritimo C50 Standard Features Marvair air conditioning; teak laid decking to cockpit and swim platform; Muir chain counter; master cabin opening port lights; aft cockpit lounge seating system; dishwasher drawer to galley; bar fridge to cockpit port side locker; ice maker to cockpit starboard side locker; water gauge to galley; windscreen cover; reverse cycle air conditioning in all cabins; single level electronic controls; electronic single station engine instruments (Volvo); fresh water heater (AC only); spotlight on cabin top; bow storage locker w/ saltwater deck/anchor wash; reversible 24-volt winch w/ foredeck and helm controls; 4kW, 100-amp inverter charger; 4 N70 engine starting and 2 N120 house bank batteries; 13kW generator w/ soundshield; electric trim tabs; Volvo IPS steering; Vitrofigo 2-door refrigerator/freezer; 4-burner cooktop; microwave; electric sunroof w/ shade slide.

Specifications LOA: 53'6" Beam: 15'9" Draft: 3'2" Weight: 28,660 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 476 gals. Water Capacity: 106 gals. Power: Twin Volvo IPS 600 diesels, 435 hp Base Price: $1,066,050 23 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

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CABO Yachts

40 Hardtop Express



hanks to our friends at Facebook, it seems nowadays we’re being pressured to “Like” somebody or something. If we don’t, we may be left out of big and important things. Coincidentally, after testing the CABO Yachts 40 HTX (Hardtop Express), I found something to like, with no pressure or gimmicks. The folks at CABO have certainly put a lot of brawn into an easy handling and stylish package. The 40 HTX gets her pedigree not only from her larger sibling, the 44 HTX, but also the CABO Express and Flybridge models (from 32 to 52 feet). It’s evident in the ride as well as the lines. I was able to see the 44 and 40 models tied up together and realized that the 40’s sheer line was at the same height as the 44. That’s a hand-me-down you have to like. Comfortable for the cruiser in you, the CABO 40 HTX is a solid fishing platform. As soon as you step into the large cockpit, you’ll see two in-deck insulated fish boxes, a 48-gallon bait tank that’s molded into the transom, bait prep center with tackle drawers, rod holders and transom door (with top gate held on by 18 screws, and all slots are in the same direction, a likable detail). Mezzanine seating affords riding comfort in close proximity to lines. An optional 10-point tower is another giveaway. Closer inspection reveals gunwale padding, pianohinged hatches, fishing rod and gaff storage on port and starboard sides, fresh/salt water washdowns, and an aluminum plate in the sole for a fighting chair.

Three times a charm Things happen in threes on the helm deck. Three steps up from the cockpit. Three large forward windows with three beefy wipers. Three Stidd helm chairs allow for many eyes to watch the waters (the center chair is standard; port and starboards are options, and I like the boat with them). There’s room for three large video displays in the huge helm console. Three polished switch mount plates on the helm are made at the CABO plant, including the etching for each switch. 24 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

Lots to like about this stylish, comfortable cruiser.

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The all-new CABO 40 is uniquely suited for our Great Lakes market. The HTX series offers outstanding fishability, yet can be outfitted with options for the cruising owner.

— Brent Reed, Reed Yacht Sales


Although the world is made up of mostly right-handed people, the engine throttles and ZEUS pod joystick are on the left of the wheel. This is due to the centerline helm and companionway door to the right. Guest seating is via an L-shaped settee lounge to port, with under stowage for rods and such. The molded, integrated hardtop is a big plus when cruising to the fishing grounds, transiting a great lake in the winter or plying the green waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida, as we did for sea trial. There’s good visibility fore and to the sides. The weather will stay outside while the comfort quotient stays high with optional 24,000-BTU helm air conditioning/heating systems. Install isinglass across the aft to enclose the helm, and you’ve got an all weather vessel. During sea trial, the hardtop didn’t move or creak. I’ve been on boats when you hit a wave, the hardtop shudders and shakes, even with a tower. Not here. Solid feel, solid sound.

Livable luxury Through the companionway door and below, the main cabin has a rich and open feel, thanks to the satin teak wood finish that adorns the area and 6-foot, 6-inch headroom. An L-shaped galley is to port, with a recessed two-burner electric stovetop with cover, corner sink, built-in microwave, drawer-style fridge/freezer, and plenty of drawers and cabinets. Counters are finished in Avonite, a solid surface that is non-porous and designed to minimize bacteria growth and staining. To starboard is an L-shaped leather settee and hi-lo table that converts to an upper/lower sleep area. If privacy is more important, there’s an optional stateroom that can replace the settee area. Good for those longer fishing trips or long weekends with extended family. Forward is the main stateroom, with an island-style double berth. Two cedar-lined hanging lockers, cabinets and drawers add ample storage space. An LCD flat screen TV and stereo create entertainment value. An overhead hatch offers ambient lighting as well as egress if needed. Off the main cabin is the head. You’re not roughing it

with a Sealand Vacuflush electric toilet, vanity, recessed lighting and separate shower stall with porthole. Optional teak and holly flooring in the cabin looks great, or go for the standard deep-pile carpet. Either option will help sooth tired feet. Or kick up those feet and enjoy the built-in flat screen LCD TV with DVD, AM/FM/CD stereo, or just the peace and quiet of being on the water. Below the TV is the AC/DC circuit panel with voltage and load meters, fresh water analog display, and all the breakers to run the powers systems. I like the panel behind closed doors, eliminating accidental tripping of breakers or nosy guests. But a small glass panel (or Plexiglas) cutout would be great to see the meters/ displays without having to open the doors. Opening up the AC/DC panel showed the level of detail CABO takes in the overall boat, including the wiring runs. Wires are lined up like soldiers in formation. Hot AC lines, ground and negative busses are protected by Plexiglas covers to prevent accidental shorting or shocking. More than 100 tie wraps keep runs tight and in place against white mounting boards (white helps accent any corrosion, burn marks or other out-of-place discoloration). CABO’s attention to detail was evident when I toured the manufacturing plant in New Bern, North Carolina last year. Now owned by Brunswick Corp. (owners of Hatteras Yachts and other marine boat- and engine builders), the CABO production facilities, including molds and personnel, were moved from the California desert to Hatteras Yachts’ waterside facility in mid 2010. At the New Bern production plant, there are distinct and separate processes, from mold care to layup schedules to individual production lines, that move from shed to shed for each product. For example, CABO Yachts are laid up with a gelcoat finish, which demands the hull and structure molds must be kept in pristine condition, under cover and shrink wrapped between uses to avoid damage. Conversely, Hatteras hulls are painted after the hull is completed, which allows for correcting any imperfections from the mold. Workers are not cross-used between lines, but Hatteras/CABO does perform joint research so both lines can benefit.

CABO engine rooms are inserts that sit in the hulls, allowing for a professionally finished area with all runs, chases and pass-throughs molded in or pre-cut. It also eliminates the need to stand in the bottom of the bilge while creating a containment area for any spilled engine juices. The 40 HTX engine room is mid-ship, under the helm deck. A hatch in the floor allows access for checking fluids and giving the powerplants once-overs before heading out. For better access, the entire helm deck rises at the flick of a switch with access from the cockpit, which helps when bringing in tools, oil and such. Just make sure you’ve secured everything at the helm so it doesn’t go sliding away. Our ride was sporting twin Cummins 600 hp diesels with ZEUS pod drives. Joystick control was effortless. The 40 HTX will cruise around 21.8 knots at 2200 RPM, drinking 35 gallons per hour. Need to get home quick? Push the throttles to the blocks and get 35 knots at more than 2800 RPM burning 65 gallons per hour.

Cummins Skyhook option. Integrating GPS signals with the electronic engine controls, Skyhook keeps the vessel in the desired position and heading. For the lone fisherman or when all hands are needed on deck, it’s like having a man at the wheel. Get on the CABO 40 HTX. Take a good look around. Picture yourself behind the wheel or behind a rod on a lake or bay. What’s not to like! 

CABO Yachts 40 HTX Standard Features Gelcoat fiberglass construction w/ solid hull below waterline and cored above; 10kw diesel generator; trim tabs; pulpit, anchor and windlass; pedestal helm chair; bilge pumps (5); electronic engine controls w/ trolling valves and engine sync; hydraulic

Easy rider

helm lift system; 4-blade Nibral, 11-gal.

How does she ride? Like a pony that morphs into a thoroughbred. Handling? Thanks to a Michael Peters designed hull, she handles like a sports car. I sat on the mezzanine as our captain turned her hard over without pulling back on the gas, mind you. The 40 HTX heeled over and leaned right into the turn, naturally working against the green water it was displacing. Sure footed, clean tracking and instant response all added to an exhilarating ride. Doing this on other boats would make me a bit edgy. Not on the 40 HTX. Safety is a subject that should be on every boater’s mind. The side decks are wide enough for two feet and get wider going forward. Grab rails are everywhere: Stepping up to the gunwale, along the side of the house, even along the window stanchion. Then you have railing all the way to the bow. Minimally intrusive is the windlass capstan and anchor gear. Cleats are mounted along the outer edges to prevent toe busting. If staying on station, either for fishing over a wreck or waiting for a bridge, is necessary, look into the

water heater; Glendinning Cable Master w/ 50-foot shore power cord; AC/heating systems; galley fridge/freezer/microwave/stove; integrated hardtop.

Specifications LOA (w/ pulpit): 42'10" Beam: 15'9" Draft: 3'5" Weight: 31,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 525 gals. Water Capacity: 95 gals. Power as Tested: T-Cummins QSC 8.3 diesel 600 hpm w/ ZEUS pods Base MSRP: $855,000

Great Lakes Dealer Reed Yacht Sales Grand Haven, MI 616-842-8899



that ROCK

No — we’re not talking stability here. Just the latest and greatest ways to trick out your waterside dock for maximum enjoyment this boating season. BY MICHAEL HAUENSTEIN


dock is, at its core, the stepping-off point for your boating adventures. But you can transform your dock into more than just a place to tie up your boat, and boaters all over the Great Lakes region are doing just that: Private homeowners are extending their waterfront living area out onto the water, while those who dock in large marinas are incorporating clever accessories to keep the party going back in the harbor. Whether you’re looking to remodel, expand or just find a neat item to spruce up your dock, here are some products and ideas that can help you realize your goal.

Visions of an ideal dock Dr. Eric Bostick likes to do a little fishing. When he’s serious, that means plying Lake Erie aboard his 36-foot Rampage Sportfisherman. Back at the dock, however, fishing takes a relaxed attitude. “I have some patio furniture out there,” says Bostick, who lives in a waterfront home on a wide channel off Sandusky Bay in Sandusky, Ohio. “We’ll hang out on the dock and throw some lines out there.” The 57-year-old diagnostic radiologist says a gangway connects the 60-foot floating dock to his yard, where just over the seawall sits a patio with a barbecue grill and additional outdoor living space.




When his kids and grandkids visit, they swim off the dock, help him run his radio-controlled model sailboat, or just enjoy the idyllic setting. “People are always cruising up and down the channel, just casual cruising, so it’s a nice place to boat watch,” says Bostick. “It’s a great area for hanging out and enjoying the weather.”

Construction nuts and bolts Bill Sannin — whose company, Sur-Line Docks of Port Clinton, Ohio, built Bostick’s dock — looks at the dock from a different angle. “We build docks for the Great Lakes that will withstand ice loads, severe wind loads and torque loads,” says Sannin, who has been in business for 33 years ( He says he uses hot-dipped galvanized steel construction for corrosion resistance, urethane closed-cell foam flotation for water resistance, treated lumber or a variety of synthetic decking materials for long life, and galvanized cleats that are through-bolted to the decking and the steel structure. In addition to picking quality materials, the dock builder will work with architects to provide a custom dock that harmonizes with the customer’s home and yard. Sometimes that means incorporating the dock with a deck, an outdoor kitchen or other structure.

‘It’s Legos’ Getting just the dock you’re looking for doesn’t necessarily mean working with a team of custom dock builders and architects. Modular, portable dock solutions are available that allow customers to rearrange or expand their dock to suit changing wishes and needs. EZ Dock of Monett, Missouri (, builds a modular floating dock system made of composite plastic materials, in addition to a drive-on docking system for PWCs and boats up to 5,000 pounds (or about 25 feet in length). These modular systems can be scaled to accommodate as much fun as you desire and local conditions allow. For instance, you might have a slide on the end of one pier, a lounge area with tables and chairs, a swim platform, and a dedicated fishing pier, not to mention drive-on docks for your PWCs and jet boat, a spot for your kayaks, and a wet slip for your cruiser. Even if state or local ordinances preclude installation of a large permanent dock, modular designs present the opportunity to build what you want without running afoul of the law. “People are trying to extend their waterfront living out onto the dock, to the extent that they’re allowed to,” says Curtis Downs, general manager of EZ Dock. “In general, where people can get away with it, they try to get living space as close to or onto the water as they can. People migrate toward the water.” Jet Dock Systems is another company that offers a drive-on dry docking solution, modular floating docks, and other dock accessories ( The Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer can build a docking system to work with a bulkheaded waterfront or a traditional inland lakefront beach, notes company vice president Allan Eva. The docks can be reconfigured with a few hand tools to convert, for example, from a “T” dock to a “U” dock. The docks and drive-on boat lifts also work with existing structures. “It’s Legos, so whatever the customer wants to make out of it they can,” says Eva. “If there’s a bulkhead and

a small wooden dock already there, we can come in and add a Jet Dock to that, and that’s really a home run.” The Jet Dock floating lift system works with tenders, jet boats, pontoons and PWCs, as well as high-performance boats, which typically are not stored in water. So a customer with a heavier-displacement boat, such as a cruiser or motoryacht, can augment their existing dock with Jet Docks to store their toys. “So really, what they’re getting is a wet slip dock and a drive-on docking system,” says Eva. The portable floating docks work well for inland lakes, too, according to Eva. “For the traditional inland lake, we’ll make the dock starting inland and just have it extend seaward,” he says. But back to the fun: Missouri-based EZ Dock offers a slide, in addition to standard dock accessories such as benches, dock boxes and swim ladders, to pair with its modular docks. Aside from adding more accessories and configurations, Downs says there is a trend among dock owners toward lower maintenance and environmentally friendly building materials. This means you see more plastic decking material and less treated lumber today. “You don’t have to worry about splinters or putting on a new coat of varnish or power washing,” explains Downs. “People don’t want to worry about a lot of maintenance that takes away from their enjoyment.”

A: EZ Dock offers a slide among many other dock accessories.

Dock kits make it easy Merco Marine of Wellsburg, West Virginia offers readymade custom docks, custom dock kits with instructional computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, and all sorts of dock accessories to trick out new or existing docks ( “We’ve built entire marinas here and loaded them onto trucks — multiple truckloads, actually,” says Merco’s Dan Otto, who says the customer uses a crane to set the pieces in place, then simply connects them with two pins per section of dock. “There’s basically no construction at that point. It’s like a big Erector set.”


B: You can add a Jet Dock for your PWCs to most docks. C: Modular docks — like this one from Merco Marine — let you design a place for all your toys. D: Dock accesories like these built-in benches are becoming more popular for Connect-ADock.



The company offers these ready-made dock systems, as well as the kit versions complete with installation instructions, to private homeowners, too. Merco floating docks can be built from wood or composite decking materials, and the company sells its galvanized steel truss dock frames in sections — again, letting the customer decide on the configuration that best suits his or her needs. In addition to designing and building docks, Merco manufactures and sells much of the hardware needed to build or upgrade a dock. The company offers fold-down cleats made of heavy-duty nylon ($17 to $22) that can be stepped on, run over or otherwise abused without incident, as well as a large selection of rub rail, dock bumpers, hardware and fasteners. Merco also now offers a galvanized steel, wide-step swim ladder.

Accessories make your dock a destination, not just a place to park your boat. Time to accessorize


“Accessorizing your dock is one of the best ways to gain more enjoyment on the water,” says John Krogman, director of sales and marketing for Connect-A-Dock Inc. of Atlantic, Iowa, which manufactures modular, floating docks and accessories. “Accessories make your dock a destination and not just a place to park your boat.” Accessories are a growing part of ConnectA-Dock’s business, according to Krogman. “Last season we launched an online store to sell accessories to our customers,” he says. “We can assist the dock owner in finishing out his dock with a variety of accessories, including dock lights, ladders, benches, cleats, power pedestals and drive-on PWC ramps.”




Toy storage It’s clear many dock owners like to keep watercraft at their disposal. With all those toys, they need to save space somehow. The Universal Dock Kayak Rack from Hewitt Lifts & Roll-A-Dock of Nicollet, Minnesota, allows for convenient stowage of kayaks and canoes alongside a personal dock or pier ( The two-piece rack kit fastens to the outside of the dock with universal brackets to fit truss or wood docks. It’s also designed to work with Hewitt’s Wave Armor series of polyethylene modular floating docks. Retail price for the Universal Dock Kayak Rack is $400. The company offers a comprehensive line of boat lifts, docks and accessories, including benches and umbrellas, staircases, swim ladders, swim platforms and a swim raft with built-in lounge chairs and cocktail table.

Lighting fashion and function Dock lighting is now easier to install, more rugged, and costs less to operate than ever, thanks to solar power and energy-efficient LED lights. The H2 LED series from TouchStone Accent Lighting is exemplary of the new generation of marine-grade dock lights ( The low-profile wireless lights are first and foremost a marking device, according to Mark Hanson, president of Long Lake, Minnesota-based TouchStone. “It’s specifically designed for dock environments,” says Hanson, who suggests mounting the horizontal lights 12 to 16 feet apart on the outer edge of the dock. The solar-powered lights come on automatically and stay on all night. In addition to the $40 horizontal dock lights, the company offers a version that can be through-bolted with a standard 10-inch cleat ($90). Indirect lighting for pilings, rails or steps is also available, as are 12-volt wired versions of the lights. Merco Marine stocks a cleat with solar-powered LED lights built in ($28); a variety of solar dock cleats and other dock lighting is now available from marine retailers.

Underwater lighting If you really want a light display at your dock, you should consider underwater lights. “Dock owners use them primarily for the beauty aspect they provide, glowing in the night,” says Alexandra Bader, U.S. vice president for Aqualuma Marine Lighting, which makes a leak-proof underwater dock light, in addition to a range of boat lights including through-hull and surface-mount underwater lights and interior and exterior lights ( “However, it also attracts fish, so sitting on the dock of the bay literally becomes an underwater theatrical experience.” Additionally, underwater lights provide a safety aspect similar to traditional dock lights. Having your docks lit up can ward off thieves and provide a haven to boats heading to shore late at night, Bader says. Each Aqualuma Dock Light contains six high-output LEDs, and the company suggests installing one every 10 feet. The Aqualuma unit is a high-end product and retails for $800. Several manufacturers offer underwater dock lighting at a variety of price points.

Party in a box The beauty of this next product is that it doesn’t matter whether you keep your boat behind your house or at the city marina. As long as you have a dock box, you can turn it into a happy hour buffet with a product like Dock Box Tops. Dock Box Tops create a nice flat surface for preparing and serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the dock ( The tabletop attaches to the dock box without the need for drilling any extra holes in the box, includes built-in drink holders, and is made of Seaboard high-density polyethylene for durability and easy cleaning. It also doesn’t impede opening the dock box — as long as you move your drinks first. Woody Molinaro, who owns a laser cutting and engraving company in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, has been building Dock Box Tops since 2007 for his fellow dock

mates in Chicago’s Diversey Harbor. He says he didn’t originally intend to sell them, but they proved too popular. “Some customers are having a party pretty much every weekend,” says Molinaro. “It’s a great spot to put out a lunch or dinner, and they’re easy to clean.” He adds that most people leave them on the dock box through the winter. Molinaro currently only makes tops to fit the Trionic Model 8000 triangular dock boxes that are popular in his local area, but has indicated more models are coming soon. The basic model has four drink holders and costs $185; an upgraded model with a second tier containing additional drink holders costs $225.He can engrave the boat name, in the appropriate font, into the surface of the second tier at no extra charge. There are a handful of small manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the Great Lakes building similar products.

FireBuoy If you really want something unique, look no further than the FireBuoy ( It’s basically a floating fire pit for use off your boat or dock. The lightweight aluminum pit was invented and built by Ron Dixon, a welder with 28 years experience from Strathroy, Ontario. Dixon, a self-described “boat nut,” says the idea hit him after a sunset boat ride in his regular cruising grounds off Lake Erie. “I was sitting out in my boat having two or three beers, and I said, ‘Dang, I’d like to have a campfire out here,’” says Dixon. He took a premade fire bowl, which weighs about five pounds, and added aluminum pontoons and detachable shells. He says the pontoons stay cool to the touch while in the water. “It has to be floating in the water, and then they just put it a safe distance from the dock and you go ahead and have your campfire,” says Dixon. He adds that you can put out the fire in two seconds — by drowning it. Dixon sells the FireBuoy directly for $390. 


E: Hewitt’s Universal Dock Kayak Rack provides convenient storage. F: With or without an integrated cleat, LED dock lighting, like these options from TouchStone, is attractive and functional. G: Attract fish — and plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ — with underwater dock lights like these from Aqualuma. H: Add a Dock Box Top to keep the party going back at the dock. I: FireBuoy’s pontoons stay cool to the touch for safe family fun.



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S Posh has entered the modern lexicon as meaning smart, elegant and fashionable. All words that perfectly describe the POSH yacht.

ome men collect postage stamps. Some men save old coins or baseball cards. Other men, like F. Todd Warner, live large. Todd Warner both collects and saves classic and antique boats. Boats, specifically old woodies, have been a passion for Warner since he was four years old, riding on the Minnesota lakes in the wooden boats that his father and grandfather owned. Antique boats are clearly in Todd Warner’s DNA and, as an old boatbuilder once said, “If you sawed off the top of that boy’s head, you’d find a boat inside.” In the process of his passion, Warner amassed the foremost private collection of antique and classic boats in the world. He has personally owned more than 1,000 boats, and his reference library is filled with 6,000 items, ranging from rare books to hundred-year-old catalogs and manuals. He describes his Minnesota-based company, Mahogany Bay, with a simple phrase: “We buy, sell, service and restore fine vintage watercraft.” That says it all. When he decided to part with some of his fleet in 2010, the sale was handled by Mecum Auctioneers, best known for classic cars, and it has been called “the most important event... for the advancement of antique and collectible boats.” At the end of the day, 126 boats (including 10 that brought more than $100,000 each) were sold, along with 125 rare marine engines and 125 pallets of parts and accessories. The final tally: Nearly four million dollars.

CREATING A LEGEND “I have to tell people that this was a ‘staying in business’ sale and not a ‘going out of business’ sale,” Warner says with his booming laugh. Which brings us to why he was cleaning house. Todd Warner is going to create a modern classic: A yacht 34 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

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that brings the style and iconic memories of 1930s yachts to life with modern boatbuilding construction and systems. Todd Warner is going to create an instant collectible. To do so, he has created what he calls “the Dream Team” of experts, a trio that includes Warner as the driving force and visionary, well-known yacht designer Bill Prince, and acclaimed boatbuilder Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard. They are not, however, going to build runabouts, but exquisite 54-foot yachts unlike anything the world has seen in more than seven decades. This might be dismissed as a pipe dream, especially in this economy and with a projected price of 4.5 million dollars for each yacht. But the first yacht is already spoken for and, by the time you read these words, the keels for yachts #2 and #3 will be laid. Calls are coming in to their exclusive agents, the respected Bartram and Brakenhoff brokerage firm, from such jet-set watering holes as Monaco, Palm Beach and the Costa Smeralda. When a Riva Aquarama speedboat sells for a million dollars, a classic Ferrari for several million, and a Patek Phillipe watch for a million, well, it’s clear there are folks who want the very best. And that’s the target audience for POSH. A word about the name. POSH supposedly was stamped on the tickets of first-class passengers heading from England to India, meaning “Port Out, Starboard Home,” which would place them on the shaded and

cooler side of the ship. Whether this story is apocryphal or not, posh has entered the modern lexicon as meaning smart, elegant and fashionable. All words that perfectly describe the POSH yacht.

IDEAS AND INSPIRATION The idea for POSH began percolating for Warner when he acquired a 1937 54-foot commuter yacht designed by John Hacker, acclaimed as the greatest powerboat designer of the 20th century and built by Huskins Boat Works in Michigan. He renamed her Posh and soon added another Hacker/Huskins yacht to his fleet: Tempo is a 1936 44-foot commuter built for the president of MCA records, but best known as Guy Lombardo’s yacht. A third yacht comprises the “Triple Crown” of classic commuter yachts, Thunderbird, which has lived on Lake Tahoe since she was owned by casino magnate Bill Harrah, who installed PT-boat engines in her and sped around the lake carrying celebrities on joy rides. Each of these yachts has several qualities in common that appealed to Warner. First, they are absolutely stunning, with all-varnished hulls and styling from a gentler era when we didn’t know enough to number our wars. Second, they are incredibly rare. And, last, they attract attention wherever they go. Warner tells of passing other boats with Posh or Tempo and watching as their mouths drop open in awe. And so Warner decided to create modern versions,

using all the knowledge and advancements that arrived in the past 70 years. As a starting point, he decided to use his 1937 Posh, but no drawings of the hull existed. Enter naval architect Bill Prince, a young man with an old soul. Winning the National Marine Manufacturer’s Yacht Design competition while in his junior year at Milwaukee School of Engineering was just the start of a successful career, which included stints as a designer with Michael Peters Design, Ted Hood Yachts and Island Packet Yachts. Hanging out his own shingle, he has been involved in the design of yachts for production builders from Chris-Craft to Hyundai, designs for custom megayachts, and boats for the U.S. Coast Guard. As important as his design talent is Prince’s passion for antique and classic boats, so when Warner discussed his concepts for the new POSH, Prince “got it.” The renderings on these pages by Prince are clearly those of someone who loves oldies.

BUILDING A BEAUTY Warner and Prince wanted to improve upon the lines of the existing Posh, but no plans existed; so a sophisticated laser measuring system was used to create a set of 3-D lines accurate to a fraction of an inch. With that in hand, Prince applied the computer tools of modern naval architecture to understand how the shape worked. As it turned out, most of her proportions were consistent with speed on the water, but there were areas where she could be improved. 35 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

Modifications to the shape of the original hull included some smoothing and straightening of the waterlines; some added bow flare and some extra freeboard. With the lines and renderings in hand, Warner and Prince needed a builder, and they had to look no further than Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. The half-century-old yard has long been called “a Mecca for wooden boats,” and the company built a reputation both for new yacht construction as well as the toughest of restorations.

POSH gives birth to ‘Retromoderne’ yacht design. It’s a timeless, heirloom-quality collectible destined to be handed down from one generation to the next.

— F. Todd Warner


One notable restoration was Aphrodite, a once-proud 74-foot commuter yacht that carried everyone from Fred Astaire and Spencer Tracy to Henry Ford II and Nelson Rockefeller. Over the years she had been neglected, winding up ashore surrounded by weeds; but in 2003, Brooklin began a total restoration that took two years and returned her to better-than-new condition. Other projects of Brooklin Boat Yard have ranged from classic Trumpy refits to new yachts by Sparkman & Stephens. And so, drawing on the Triple Crown of commuter yachts, this trio of passionate classic yacht enthusiasts are

creating POSH, a 54'5" collectible yacht that is “bespoke” in the same way a pair of shoes from John Lobb or a classic shotgun from Purdy are created specifically for each client. The starting point is the slim (10'9") hull that can now reach speeds never imagined 70 years ago. As you can see from the renderings, this is a sophisticated and luxuriously fitted day-boat, with only a nod toward overnight accommodations. But, oh; what a day it will be!

THE VIEW FROM INSIDE The cockpit seems to stretch endlessly from the midpoint, where the helm embodies the POSH approach. What appear to be classic round analog gauges on the dashboard are, in fact, exact images on a sophisticated touchscreen panel that is so realistic the tachometer needles actually quiver. And, while nearly every yacht has a companion seat opposite the helm, only POSH provides it with direct access to the chilled wine locker that also opens into the galley below. Just aft is a table that wraps around the midship flagstaff, with seating for six. A sumptuously upholstered private cockpit fills the stern, behind curved art-deco rails that separate the area. And, once again, the bespoke concept surfaces. A pop-up television can turn this into an alfresco media room or, with the addition of a partition, the entire area becomes a multi-person spa. The interior is all you’d expect, with the finest leathers, marble and woods combining as a celebration of classic elegance. Entry is through air-powered doors that open

with a soft “whoosh.” A 6'10" sofa is to one side, facing a pair of comfortable club chairs. The galley is compact, more a “butler’s pantry,” but still fully outfitted with the finest appliances. On the opposite side is the head, which seems to be surrounded by clear glass and keeps the compartment from imposing on the visual space of the cabin. But, when privacy is needed, a touch of a button electrically turns the bulkheads opaque. The electric toilet is out of sight, and a shower completes the area. Forward doors lead to one of the delights of POSH: The “Flying Cloud” cockpit. This private area is surrounded by windscreens and comfortably upholstered, but the real fun comes when POSH is running fast and free. The bow rises naturally, cantilevering the Flying Cloud cockpit over the water to give the sensation of flying low, with no pounding or even water noise. And here’s another remarkable touch: The sunshade for the Flying Cloud cockpit is designed to respond to the sun, moving to perfectly cover occupants. Finishing the yacht is a cabin in the bow with V-berths and another head, allowing a nap after finishing that bottle of Cristal. Construction is tripled-planked African mahogany, and the POSH team are working on a proprietary finish that will give the look of varnish, but have extremely long life. Besides, the POSH team will also offer their Concierge Service, which not only provides ongoing service, but maintains and even stores the yacht in the off-season. Power is another client choice, with options including

Cummins and Yanmar diesels that should give POSH a speed of up to 60 mph. The first POSH may have V-10 Ilmor racing engines, which should push the speed up considerably. Another choice being considered is the BMW-sourced Rolls-Royce V12. “We are declaring POSH a ‘Retromoderne’ yacht because she combines the best of the past with modern technology, says Warner. “We take pride that it is American built, because classic wooden boats are a part of American DNA.” “We believe POSH will fill a niche,” he adds, “for those who love classic looks but who want to be able to enjoy them and entertain aboard as well. POSH is an instant collectible as well suited to a discerning private owner as she is being the tender for a megayacht or an amenity at a boutique luxury resort on the water.” Warner and his team are believers not just in the beauty of classic design, but in creating something ageless for the future. “It’s time for boats to become what they were 75 years ago,” he says. “What we’re selling are works of art.” r

TO LEARN MORE, CONTACT: David Lacz:, (954) 779-7377 F. Todd Warner:, (952) 495-0007 Watch the video:


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Humble beginnings Parry Sound, however, started off modestly enough when, in 1857, William Gibson built a sawmill beside the sheltered harbor. Before that only the nomadic Huron and Ojibwa tribes travelled the region. French explorers like Samuel de Champlain and Etienne Brule poked around in the 1600s, but found no reason to stay. It was only after the vast forests of southern Ontario had become exhausted by the 1840s that lumbermen cast their collective gaze on the timbered shores of Georgian Bay. In 1864 William Beatty bought up Gibson’s holdings and laid out a townsite beside the Seguin River, naming it Parry Sound after the legendary Arctic explorer William Edward Parry. A staunch Methodist, Beatty tolerated no liquor in his town. As a result, a raucous little community grew on the opposite shore of the river where the noise and bedlam from its many taverns earned it the sobriquet of “Parry Hoot.” Parry Sound began isolated and remained so for many decades. In its early years, its only links to the rest of Ontario were by steamers or stagecoaches, which rattled

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hat is it that a hockey super star, milliondollar paintings and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? The surprising answer is the little town of Parry Sound, Ontario. Tucked into a fjord-like setting on the east shore of Georgian Bay, Parry Sound, with its population of 10,000 to 12,000 (depending on where you draw the boundary) is often described as Ontario’s “gateway to the north.” To its south lie Ontario’s largest cities, its busiest highways and its lushest farmlands, while to its north a landscape of harsh rockland, limitless lakes and twisted trees stretch to the Arctic watershed. But Parry Sound is also the gateway to the world’s most extensive freshwater archipelago, the 30,000 Islands. A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the collection of rounded pink islands, shoals and outcrops stretches the entire east coast of Georgian Bay and takes in an area of 347,000 square kilometers. This labyrinth of channels and hidden shoals has also sent many ships to a watery grave. It has also attracted hundreds of painters. One group, known as the Group of Seven, spent the early decades of the 20th century painting the waves, the wind bent pines and the rugged rocky shoreline. Paintings by members such as Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald and Franklin Carmichael now fetch millions at auction.

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along a rugged pioneer road known as the Great North Road. It wasn’t until 1895 that the first rail Parry Sound lines approached the town. But, even then, railway builder John Rudolphus Booth Parry Sound bypassed Parry Sound, choosing instead Harbour for his terminus a sheltered harbor on nearby Parry Island that was home to a band of Ojibwa. Here he built a town of his own, calling it Depot Harbour. On its streets were hotels, churches, schools and 110 homes. On the shore he added a coal dock, 24-stall railway roundhouse and two massive grain elevators, which provided western grain growers with their shortest and fastest link eastward to the seaports of the Atlantic. Another dozen years passed after Booth finished his line before the Canadian Northern Railway, now the Canadian National Railway, entered town from the south followed the next year by the legendary Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). So steep was the town’s setting that CPR was forced to cross the harbor with what is Ontario’s highest railway trestle. A further half-century would pass before Ontario’s highway system made its way to the town. Today those roads have inevitably expanded into a four-lane limited access roadway known as Highway 400. Historic downtown If you are arriving by boat, keep the CP Railway Bridge in front of you as you approach the harbor. To port, you can tie up at Big Sound Marina, offering great transient facilities in the heart of Parry Sound. The friendly dock staff will help you find fuel, accommodations and food. A boater’s paradise, you’ll find all marine services readily available in the immediate Parry Sound area. 41 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

Parry Sound’s small town main street is lined with historic, two-story brick shops, many of which are still family owned. The tall tower of the town’s post office dominates the street. The two historic railway stations still stand. That of the Canadian National Railway, a brick structure dating from the 1920s, is now a tourist information office, while the intriguing wooden station built by CPR in 1908 was converted into a popular art gallery. A cone-shaped roof that sits atop the former waiting room is a rare architectural style known as a “witch’s hat.” Both continue to serve as stops for VIA Rail’s popular Toronto to Vancouver train known as the Canadian. Long gone are the lumber mills, warehouses and oil tanks. Today the landscaped water’s edge offers gift shops, walkways and a long pier, beside which bob sleek yachts and cabin cruisers, along with more utilitarian Coast Guard vessels. Here, too, looms the 550-passenger cruise ship Island Queen, whose route takes it from the inner harbor through the “Hole in the Wall” rock formation to the outer reaches of the wave-washed Thirty Thousand Islands. Shorter day cruises last two hours, while a more leisurely afternoon trip extends for three hours. Dinner cruises take in some of the most magnificent sunsets that the Great Lakes can offer. The most recent addition to the harbor front is the Charles W. Stockey Centre. This dual-purpose building includes the 450-seat Festival Performance Hall, which hosts the town’s annual Festival of the Sound, one of Ontario’s most popular summer music festivals. Its 2012 edition runs from July 18 to August 12. But the centre also contains a tribute to Parry Sound’s most famous native son, hockey legend Bobby Orr. A defenseman with the Boston Bruins in the late 60s and early 70s, Orr once led the National Hockey League in scoring, and is considered to have been the best defenseman to ever lace on skates. Recurring knee ailments sadly cut his career short and he finished his playing days with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame includes videos of his more memorable hockey moments, of which there were many, as well as sweaters, trophies and one of his Stanley Cup rings. Breathtaking views Because the town nestles between two steep valley walls, panoramic views stretch from each side. The most popular and spectacular is atop Tower Hill. This reconstructed fire tower stands 96 feet tall and consists of 131 steps. The fire tower is where the tower man would sit on warm, dry days 42 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012

scanning the area for any signs of smoke. The adjacent West Parry Sound District Museum offers a look into the town’s maritime history. There is, however, another Parry Sound, and that is the “district” of Parry Sound. This territory, much like a county, extends both north and east of the town itself. To the east lie remnants of rugged pioneer trails like the Nipissing Road, where barns and ghost towns lie overgrown and old grave markers tell the tragic tales of early life and death on the difficult bush farms. For more than a century after the town’s founding, no roads led northward into the district. The perilous archipelago discouraged travel even by steamer, and only a few ports struggled into existence. Rather, it was the rail lines which first connected northern Parry Sound district to the outside. Amid those rugged rocks, the Canadian Pacific Railway saw the tourism potential that the lakes and rivers offered and built their Bungalow Camp on the banks of the historic French River. For centuries, the French River had been a main highway for nomadic aboriginal tribes and for the booming fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1928 the CPR opened the camp with a lodge and string of cabins. Among its early guests were King George VI (of “The King’s Speech”) and the Queen Mother Elizabeth during their royal tour of 1939. But it was during the 1950s that the remote little camp began to lure many of Hollywood’s celebrities, who sought respite from their hectic pace or who came simply to “dry out” after bouts with drugs or alcohol. One such visitor was “Zelda Zonk” an alias for glamour icon Marilyn Monroe. Although her untimely death occurred half a continent away, author and ghost chronicler Terry Boyle, in his book “Marilyn at the French,” offers that a blonde apparition which appears in cabin 15, Marilyn’s cabin, is the ghost of Monroe herself who felt this was the only place she could find peace. The renovated property, now known as Yesterdays’, continues to offer comfortable accommodations, although celebrity sightings have dwindled, even ghostly ones. Another mystery involved the tragic sinking of the Waubuno. Before the arrival of the railways, coastal steamers provided the only life lines for Parry Sound and the other little lumber villages hidden amid the shoal-ridden coast. As a vicious late fall blizzard raged in 1879, the Waubuno, a 150-foot sidewheeler, slipped away from its dock in Midland into the early morning’s snowy darkness. Around noon WEATHER STONE PHOTO BY RON BROWN





later that day, loggers heard a distant distress whistle from somewhere over the water. The Waubuno was never seen or heard from after that mournful cry for help. While the hull eventually came to rest amid the shoals south of Parry Sound, the fate of its crew and passengers remain an intriguing mystery. Today that wreck resides near the surface in a back channel near the aptly named Wreck Island and is easily visible from passing boats. Another ghost is that of Booth’s railway town of Depot Harbour. For four decades, the busy grain port was the Georgian Bay terminus of Booth’s railway and later that of the Canadian National Railway. But in 1933, ice irreparably damaged a vital bridge in Algonquin Park. Suddenly, Depot Harbour’s sole reason to exist was severed. During World War Two the elevators burned to the ground; by the 1950s, Depot Harbour was a ghost town. Following its demise, the town’s vacant houses, hotels, churches and schools were harvested for their lumber. Today, a winding lane leads across Parry Island and the Wauskasing First Nation land to the foundations and ruins of that once vital port. While most of the ruins are little more than foundations, the concrete walls of the old railway roundhouse rise like Roman ruins from the forest. The site is Ontario’s most extensive ghost town. Explore the outdoors Across the channel from the ghost town stretches one of Ontario’s most popular parks, Killbear Provincial Park. Even with 880 campsites, the grounds are often fully booked. Most of those sites overlook the waters, and the smooth pink rocks of the Thirty Thousand Islands. Short hiking trails lead to a lighthouse, a lookout point and through a natural area. Signs at the entrance to the park caution drivers to “brake for snakes.” That warning helps protect the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake. A sluggish snake with mild venom, it’s more likely to be stepped on than it is to attack. In fact, the last person to suffer a bite was trying to “help” the creature across the road. What better way to absorb the beauty of the 30,000 Islands than to join the quickly growing popularity of kayaking. Close by the Park the White Squall Paddling

Centre offers a vast range of kayaks and canoes along with instructions on how to safely use them. Not too surprisingly, the archipelago has long been one of the most popular boating waters north of the Caribbean. Cabin cruisers, sailing yachts and vessels of all shapes and sizes probe the back channels and brave the open waters. Caution dictates that good navigational charts be close at hand while sudden squalls can turn the open waters into a churning cauldron. Divers may explore the many wrecks found throughout the islands, as well as the waters around the abandoned fishing stations of the outer islands. Landlubbers may enjoy one of the area’s half dozen golf courses, although the only bayside course is the Parry Sound Golf and Country Club just north of the town. Don’t discount winters in Parry Sound. Although the long snowy season can be decidedly crisp, it also offers some of the best snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling in Ontario. The most popular trails are those that follow Booth’s railway roadbed and are known as the Seguin Trail, and the Rose Point Trail. The same routes are busy in the summer as well with hikers and ATVs. Back in Parry Sound, visitors who wish something other than chain restaurants and hotels that cluster along the highway will find plenty to choose from. A popular eatery can be found at the Log Cabin Inn, just south of town. This four-season hotel offers gourmet dining with a breathtaking view. It is the perfect location in the Georgian Bay region to experience luxury accommodations with a multitude of recreational activities in a pristine natural setting. The Bay St. Café and Kudos Fine Dining, located on Bay Street, also offer dining with a view of the harbor. If you are looking to experience a warm, friendly family resort, the award-winning Craganmor Point Resort is minutes from Parry Sound by boat, located on McLaren Island. You will find spacious waterfront cottages with a sandy beach, and their full menu restaurant is open to the public. Weekend and special fishing packages are also available. Book all seven cottages for a memorable family reunion or company team-building retreat. Several smaller, family-style restaurants and pubs can be found throughout town.

Cruising Club The Great Lakes Cruising Club (GLCC) 2012 Rendezvous will be held in Parry Sound this July. If you are not a member, check out their website, The club was founded more than 75 years ago for the purpose of sharing cruising information. As a GLCC member, you gain access to authoritative reports about the five Great Lakes and their connecting waterways and can participate in various events and social gatherings throughout the year. SNAKE PHOTO BY RON BROWN


For something completely different, hop a sea plane or go by boat to Henry’s Fish Restaurant, located on Frying Pan Island on the Georgian Bay coast. Henry’s is known for its famous fish and chips and pan-fried pickerel (walleye) dinners. Local hospitality and elegant furnishings attract overnight guests to B&B’s such as the Bayside Inn, the 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast and the Trappers Choice Inn and Restaurant. Parry Sound yields a visual natural treasure and small town friendliness few will forget. And, oh yes, it is no longer “dry.” r Ron Brown is a travel writer and author of more than 20 books that explore ghost towns, rail lines, back roads and the many more unusual sights and attractions around Ontario. He lives in Toronto and has been a regular visitor to Parry Sound since the early 1960’s. Check out his website,

Resources Georgian Bay Country Tourism: Town of Parry Sound: Ontario Tourism: Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce:



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Cory Holt, yard manager at Great Lakes Yacht Services, outlines the do’s and don’ts of readying your boat for the water. LB: What are the most common and avoidable mistakes boaters make during spring launch? Holt: Even if your boat was in perfect condition when it was hauled out for storage, some service work should be expected at launch. Gremlins run wild over winter. Pump and valve seals can dry out; electrical connections can oxidize; wood on cabinets and decks and rails can shrink, causing sealant to fail. Boaters should not assume all systems will work the second the boat hits the water. They should have a sail-away schedule that will allow for last-minute repairs. LB: When a boat is brought in for routine pre-launch inspection, what steps do you take? Holt: Our pre-launch inspections start when the boats get hauled out for storage. We check all underwater hardware, shaft bearings, props, rudders, transducers, zincs, etc. These items are all double-checked before the boat is launched, along with a final battery and engine control check. On a sailboat, the rigging gets a final inspection and the mast wiring is tested.

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LB: How much does that typically cost? Holt: Inspections are done at no extra charge. They are included in our storage fee. LB: To save money, what can owners do themselves? Holt: Commissioning is billed based on time and materials, so if the owners fill their water tanks and start their own plumbing and electrical systems, they can save money. But we are often trusted to have the boats turnkey-ready. LB: How can an owner help the launch go smoothly? Holt: It helps if they have a launch checklist, including items such as registration, insurance card, fuel, flares, life jackets, carbon monoxide detector batteries and other safety equipment. Also have your keys, dock lines and fenders ready. LB: What parts definitely have to be replaced annually? Holt: We can plop your boat in and hope for the best, but the boating season is only so long. Downtime could mean trips can’t happen. It’s important to replace your cooling

pump impellers, strainer gaskets, fuel filters — and don’t forget the O-rings on fuel fill caps to keep water out. LB: How much does that typically cost? Holt: Replacing the fuel filters and impellers on a diesel powered inboard boat could cost between $50 and $500 depending on the size and type of boat. These small parts are cheap insurance and could save towing bills, major engine repairs and lost vacations. LB: If an owner is on a budget, at what point does a boat require bottom painting? Holt: We recommend bottom paint when it shows signs of wear. If you hold back on maintenance here, eventually it will need to be stripped and repainted. This can cost four or five times the cost of a simple maintenance coat. LB: If a prop is dinged, pitted or distorted, does it always need replacing, or can it be rejuvenated? Holt: In most cases, propellers can be repaired. On bigger props, repairs are usually cost effective compared to replacement. If a propeller is being replaced, the owner should decide if his old prop was the correct pitch and diameter. Correct pitch can make your boat more fuel-efficient and save you money. If it’s a sailboat, perhaps a new feathering prop would be a benefit. If your engine does not get up to full-load RPM as specified in your engine manual, the boat could be over-propped. LB: What can be done about distortion, stress cracks or large blisters on the hull? Holt: We correct many fiberglass condition problems. My advice is to get several professional opinions and be confident you are getting a quality repair. If it’s not repaired correctly, you’ll be doing it again. LB: What’s wrong with fixing cracks or swelling of control cable outer jackets with lubricant, or by wrapping them with duct tape? Should I take the problem to a professional? Holt: I have duct tape holding my shoes together right now. But if you have problems with a control cable, replace it! 

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1956 Chris Craft Capri, KBL engine, with trailer included ..................................$27,499 1979 Tiara 2500 Sport Salon, OMC eng, 260HP, w/trailer ....................................$6,500 2004 Regal 2665 Commodore, 350 MAG MPI Merc, 350HP ..............................$41,900 1995 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer, 7.4L Merc sterndrive, 330HP ..............................$14,900 1989 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer, T-5.7L Mercs, Alpha I I/O’s, 260HP .....................$22,500 2003 Four Winns 298 Vista Cruiser, T-5.0 GXi/DP Volvos, 270HP.......................$64,900 1999 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer, T-5.7 EFI Mercs, 260HP.......................................$42,900 2007 Rinker 300 Express Cruiser, T-Mercs, 260HP..............................................$95,000 1988 Chris Craft 320 Amerosport, T-350 Crusaders, 270HP ...............................$16,000 1985 Wellcraft 3200 St. Tropez, T-Mercs, 260HP................................................$15,950 1997 Wellcraft 3200 Martinique, T-Mercs, 320HP .............................................$54,900 2005 Bayliner 325 Express Cruiser, T-350 MAG MPI I/O’s, 300HP......................$79,900 1999 Wellcraft 3200 Martinique, T-5.7L Mercs, 320HP......................................$49,900 1996 Sea Ray 330 Sundancer, T-454 Mercs, 310HP ...........................................$49,900 1995 Tiara 3300 Open, T-454 Crusaders, 320HP .................................................$84,900 2001 Formula 34 PC, T-7.4L MPI Mercs, 300HP ..................................................$89,900 1997 Carver 350 Mariner, T-350 Crusaders, 320HP ............................................$74,900 2008 Rinker 350 Express Cruiser, T-Merc, 300HP, with Axius Drive .................$150,000 1992 Four Winns 365 Express, T-Fords, 460HP ...................................................$59,900 2006 Carver 36 Mariner, T-Crusaders, 375HP ...................................................$175,000 2001 Trojan 360 Express Cruiser, Twin Merc MX 6.2 MPI Horizons, 400HP ................$95,000 2000 Doral 360 Express (SE), T-7.4L Mercs, 310HP ....................................$85,900 OBO 1987 Nova 36 Sundeck Trawler, T-TAMD 41A Volvos, 200HP ............................$99,000

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1985 CS 36 Traditional Sailboat, single Westerbeke diesel, 33HP ....................$56,000 2004 Larson Cabrio 370 Midcabin, T-8.1 High Output Mercs, 420HP...............$139,000 1990 Chris Craft 372 Catalina Double Cabin, T-454Crusaders,330HP ..................$64,900 1997 Sea Ray 370 Express Cruiser, T-7.4L MPI Mercs, 310HP ...........................$94,900 2002 Regal 3860 Commodore, T-8.1 Gxi Volvos, 420HP ...................................$139,000 1987 Sea Ray 390 Express Cruiser, T-454 Mercs, 340HP....................................$38,000 2008 Rinker 400 Express Cruiser, T-8.1 MAG Mercs w/Axius, 375HP..............$219,000 1990 Sea Ray 420 Sundancer, T-3208 Caterpillars, 375HP .................................$84,900 1990 Sea Ray 420 Sundancer, T-3208 Caterpillars, 375HP .................................$69,900 2008 Regal 4460 Commodore, T-600 series Volvos w/IPS, 500HP ...................$385,000 2007 Formula 45 Yacht, T-Volvos, 575HP ..........................................................$449,900 1985 Viking 46 Convertible, T-892 Detroit Diesels, 675HP ...............................$129,000 1979 Hatteras Sport Fisherman, T-8V71T1 Detroit Diesels, 425HP ..................$124,900 2004 Carver 466 Motor Yacht, T-75P TAMD EDC Volvo Diesels,370HP............... $259,000 1999 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer, T-Diamond Series Cummins, 450HP .................$205,000 2001 Cruisers 5000 Sport Sedan, T-74P TAMD Volvos, 480HP .........................$309,000 1994 Ocean 53 Super Sport, T-8V92 Detroit Diesels, 760HP ............................$395,000 1999 Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge, T-3406 Caterpillars, 776HP ..........................$449,000 2000 Sea Ray 580 Super Sun Sport, T-3406 Caterpillars, 800HP .....................$479,900 2008 Marquis 59 Markham Edition, T-D12 EVC Volvos, 775HP .....................$1,095,000 1991 Skipperliner 630 Motor Yacht, Charter boat, T-Mercs, 180HP .................$144,000 1989 Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yacht, T-12V71TA Detroit Diesels, 770HP .................$595,000

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Be prepared for this oft underestimated threat.


f all the bad things that can happen on your boat, fire might be the most frightening and life threatening. Most novices I’ve taken sailing mainly fear the boat sinking and never consider the possibility of a fire. Until recently, fires aboard recreational boats were rare. But today’s boaters want more creature comforts that require complex electrical systems, which can start a fire in the event of a short circuit or other problem. Propane in bottles for heating and cooking is another potential hazard. If your boat is well manufactured and maintained, you have little to fear. But if the worst happens and a fire breaks out, you must be able to put it out.

Distinguishing extinguishers Three things are needed for any fire: Heat, fuel and oxygen. Remove any one of these elements, and the fire disappears. Water, probably the best-known fire extinguisher, puts out a fire by cooling it. A candle goes out when it burns to the end because the fuel has run out. Snuff that burning candle with a shot glass, and you’ve deprived it of oxygen. All boats should have fire extinguishers. These come in a vast array of sizes and types, but the best ones for boaters are marked as suitable for type A, B and C fires. Type A are fires


that can be put out with water — such things as wood, paper, some plastics and many soft furnishings. Type B fires involve flammable liquids: Propane, gasoline, diesel, oil, etc. Type C involve electrical appliances, wiring and other energized electrical equipment. If your extinguisher is marked ABC, you can use it to squelch any onboard fire. But that single extinguisher might not be enough. U.S. Coast Guard requirements for an extinguisher are the absolute bare minimum. If a small boat has only one extinguisher aboard — the USCG requirement — and you cannot reach it quickly in an emergency, then you might not be able to put the fire out. And here’s a sobering thought: A 2.5-pound fire extinguisher operates about 10 seconds before it’s spent. That might not be enough to extinguish anything but the smallest of fires.

Engine room automatics For an enclosed engine room, the best fire defense is an automatic fire extinguisher. These release an inert gas when a fire raises the engine room temperature to a certain degree. The engine room fills with the inert gas in an instant, starving the fire of oxygen. Automatic extinguisher cylinders used to contain Halon, which effectively put out fires but has been banned since the 1990s because of pollution concerns. Today’s extinguishers use Heptafluoropropane to deprive fires of oxygen. Some of these engine room systems are sophisticated enough to shut down the engines when the extinguisher activates. Boat owners often overlook routine servicing of automatic extinguishers. Someone who knows what they’re doing should check them at least once a year. Many marinas and boat yards can arrange this for you. Properly serviced extinguishers should display a luggage-style tag with the date of inspection, the inspector’s initials and the date of the next inspection. Even though this is a USCG and American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) requirement, it is the exception rather than the rule.  MARK CORKE is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog onboardwithmarkcorke. com, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.



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North Channel Yacht Club This Lake St. Clair club is a great spot for exploring.

North Channel Yacht Club P.O. Box 141 Algonac, MI 48001 810-794-0000 Amenities Transient slips: Y Pump-out: Nearby Gas: Nearby Diesel: Nearby Lifts: Nearby Launch ramp: Nearby Engine repair: Nearby Hull repair: Nearby Marine store: Y Restaurant: Y Showers: Y Laundry Facility: Y



niquely situated on a four-acre island in the northeast corner of Lake St. Clair, where the North Channel intersects with the Chenal A Bout Rond near Algonac, Michigan, North Channel Yacht Club (NCYC) is a fantastic spot for exploring waterways near and far. “The island is part of the St. Clair River Delta Flats, the largest freshwater delta in the world,” says P.C. “JD” Dickson, immediate past commodore of NCYC. “The area, known for many miles of canals, streams and tributaries, is commonly referred to as the ‘Venice of Michigan.’” The yacht club is rooted in history. The clubhouse was built in the 1860s and is listed on the Michigan Register of Historic Places. The property started as the North Channel Shooting Club in 1869 and became NCYC in 1981. The clubhouse today includes a dining room and dance area; full bar; bathrooms and showers; a kids’ room with TV, videogames and toys; commercial kitchen; second floor with sleeping rooms for members; large covered patio; and a retail store. The well-maintained grounds include plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun, from a designated swimming area and a playground to gas grills.

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“There also is a historical lighted cupola with an observation deck on the fourth level, which serves as a navigational aid,” P.C. Dickson adds. The clubhouse is open from Memorial Day through the second week of October, but the club holds social activities and events throughout the offseason. Several classes of membership are available, and the club enjoys reciprocity with many other clubs across the Great Lakes and the U.S. One thing makes the club particularly unique. “We are a working club, where the members handle all the day-to-day operations,” Dickson explains. “This results in lower costs and very affordable annual dues. New members are often surprised by how affordable we are.” There are more than 80 deepwater slips at the club, all with water and full power. Most slips can accommodate boats from 15 to 50 feet; some can handle boats up to 100 feet. There are 10 transient slips available, so making reservations is recommended. “We represent a beautiful, more affordable boating destination with spectacular views of pristine St. Clair Flats marshlands and islands for our members and guests,” P.C. Dickson says. r PHOTOS BY BILL EDENS OF PHOTOS BY EDENS, LLC


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65 Custom Trawler 1998 $549,000

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Address 186 S. Division St. Holland, MI 49424 Specs Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 6.5 Total Sq. Footage: 12,000 Shoreline: 885 ft. Acres: 38 Price: $24,900,000 Contact Wendy Ryder, Realtor Andrea Crossman Group Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt Realty 616-355-6387 (office) 616-218-2159 (cell) * Additional acerage and lake frontage adjacent to the property is also available for puchase. 54 LAKELANDBOATING.COM MAY 2012


ake Macatawa’s shores are graced with many a striking home, ranging from wooden cottages of a bygone era to newly sprung-up mansions. But Hazelbank, Holland, Michigan’s most historic property, is now remarkably (and for the first time) being offered for sale. The land possesses a unique providence, having been owned by the same family since 1920. Once inaccessible save by the old Interurban train, which carried city dwellers out to Ottawa Beach (now Holland State Park), the land was purchased by J.P. Kolla, an industrialist originally from France. Bought as a hobby farm by Kolla, co-founder of the Holland Furnace Company, the land was home to Jersey cows, Nubian goats, Saddlebred horses and, as they were known in the 1920s, Russian Wolfhounds. The farm passed down to Kolla’s son-in-law, P.T. Cheff. For decades, the property stabled thoroughbred steeplechasers, champion show jumpers, foxhunt horses and English foxhounds. Horse shows were held and Gatsby-esque gatherings took place in the large, Adirondack-green pavilion. The 1930s and 1940s brought such great yesteryear Hollywood stars as Dorothy Lamour, Robert Montgomery

and Virginia Grey. In the 1950s, Rocky Marciano, the boxing heavyweight champion of the world, resided here while in training. Right up through the 1980s, boaters were thrilled to cruise by the property and see horses grazing on dense pastures that rolled down to the water’s edge. Over the years, the shores of Lake Mac have built up with many new residences, but this property has remained intact. Incorporating some 38 total acres*, the property boasts 885 feet of lake frontage*, making it far and away the largest parcel on the lake. All three of the original 20s-style homes are gone now, replaced with 12,000 square feet of rambling, shingle-style “cottage.” But the original stable stands, its interior clad in the elegant hardwood paneling of a bygone age. Pastures, paddocks, a greenhouse, an outsized swimming pool, a waterfall, a pond and two guest houses are scattered throughout the property, as is a 10-acre pine woods and a 15-acre section that’s densely wooded with enormous oaks and beeches. Places like this just don’t exist anymore. The current owner, growing older and with a desire to simplify her life, is hoping another family will spend generations on the land she has felt privileged to call home for so many years. r PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANDREA CROSSMAN GROUP

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40 1998 Trojan 400 Express 45 1995 Sunseeker 45 Apache 52 2007 Carver 52 Voyager $99,000 B4383 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $149,000 B4354 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $599,900 B5141 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059

25 2007 Bayliner 25 Trophy Cntr Console $49,500 B2196 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059

40 1990 Trojan 12 Meter Express 45 1997 Ocean 45 Super Sport 53 2012 Sunseeker 53 Predator $88,900 B4397 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $239,000 B4369 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 Call for Pricing X228 866-490-5297

45 2003 Viking 45 Convertible 50 1998 Sea Ray 500 Sundancer $439,000 B4388 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $279,900 B5144 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123

29 1986 Cruisers 29 41 2000 Sea Ray 41 Express Cruiser 45 2000 Silverton 453 MY 54 2004 Neptunus 54 Express $20,995 B2198 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123 $189,000 B4401 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $216,000 B4389 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $597,000 B5112 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 32 2003 Cruisers 3275 Express $68,500 B3529 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059

41 1997 Maxum 41 SCA 45 2008 Rampage 45 Convertible 55 1996 Sunseeker 55 Camargue $109,000 B4364 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $539,000 963B Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $269,000 B5095 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059

32 2005 Rinker 320 Fiesta Vee $77,000 B3542 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

41 1999 Tiara 41 Open 47 1997 Sunseeker 47 Camargue 55 2002 Sea Ray 55 Sundancer $225,000 B4376 Judy Krueger 562-715-6329 $187,000 B4392 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $389,000 B5108 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649

32 2007 Sea Ray 32 Sundancer $134,900 B3555 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

41 1998 Sunseeker 41 Tomahawk 48 2001 Sea Ray 48 Sedan Bridge 56 2003 Sunseeker 56 Predator $119,500 B4380 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $349,000 B4303 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $499,000 B5147 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661

34 2004 Cruisers 34 Express 41 1992 Silverton 41 Aft Cabin 48 2001 Sea Ray 48 Sedan Bridge 58 1999 Viking 58 Enclosed Bridge $104,900 B3474 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $79,900 B4400 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $379,000 B4385 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $799,000 B5090 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 34 1984 Silverton 34 Convertible 42 2000 Cruisers 4270 Express 48 2000 Sea Ray 48 Sedan Bridge 58 1975 Bertram 58 Motoryacht $17,900 B3544 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123 $198,000 B4252 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $329,000 B4398 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $199,900 B5139 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123 35 2004 Regal 3560 Commodore 42 2001 Cruisers 4270 Express 48 2004 Viking 48 Convertible 58 2009 Tiara 5800 Sovran $159,000 B3526 Judy Krueger 562-715-6329 $196,500 B4305 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $725,000 B4344 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $1,239,000 B5146 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962 35 1999 Cruisers 3575 $83,900 B3548 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059

42 2000 Silverton 42C $189,000 B4386 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

48 1989 Viking 48 Convertible 61 2006 Viking Sport Cruisers 61 MY $249,000 B4370 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $1,039,000 B6042 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662

35 1999 Tiara 3500 Express 42 2006 Ocean Yachts 42 Super Sport 48 2008 Sea Ray 48 Sundancer 61 2006 Viking 61 Enclosed Bridge $149,000 B3557 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $455,000 B4390 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $699,900 B4374 Judy Krueger 562-715-6329 $1,599,000 B6043 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 36 2000 Cruisers 3672 Express 42 2009 Cruisers 420 Sports Coupe 48 2012 Sunseeker 48 Portofino $123,000 B3489 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $409,900 B4404 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 Call for Pricing X227 866-490-5297 37 1995 Tiara 3700 Open 42 2013 Viking 42 Open $139,000 B3533 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 Call for Pricing X231 866-490-5297

61 2005 Viking 61 Convertible $1,379,000 B6047 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649

50 1999 Viking Sport Cruisers 50 FY 63 1998 Sea Ray 63 SS $595,000 B5062 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $390,000 B6094 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661

37 1996 Tiara 3700 Open 43 2000 Tiara 4300 Open 50 2003 Viking Sport Cruisers 50 FY 64 2009 Fairline 64 Targa $149,900 B3545 Jim Kehrig 810-459-4059 $199,000 B4337 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 $399,000 B5150 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $1,499,000 B6046 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962 37 2004 Sunseeker 37 Sportfisher 44 1994 Sea Ray 44 Sundancer 50 1999 Cruisers 50 Sedan 75 2000 Sunseeker 75 Predator $199,000 B3532 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $133,000 B4368 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123 $349,000 B5103 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $989,000 B7006 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 38 2001 Sea Ray 38 Sundancer 44 2002 Sunseeker 44 Camargue 50 2001 Viking 50 Convertible $129,900 B3562 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649 $299,900 B4321 Tony Leitgeb 616-638-9123 $585,000 B5130 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662 38 1986 Ocean Yachts 38 Super Sport $104,000 B3535 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

44 2000 Sunseeker 44 Camargue $189,000 B4322 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

50 2002 Carver 506 $369,000 B5136 Greg Krueger 810-459-3662

39 1986 Sea Ray 390 44 1988 Viking 44 MY $49,500 B3551 Ron Montoya 810-459-3661 $169,900 B4403 Ron Silvia 508-400-2962

50 1991 Sea Ray 500 Sedan $154,900 B5142 Jim Stefano 419-466-2649

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1988 STARCRAFT ISLANDER 22’ HARDTOP. 175hp 4.3 Litre Mercruiser Alpha 1 /IO. New Transom and stern flooring. Boat is in good condition and well maintained. VHF Radio/Eagle GPS and Lowrance Fishfinder. Dual battery system, dual bilge pumps, full enclosure drop curtains and aft cover. Kicker motor mount, trim tabs. Dual axle Shorelander trailer included. $6,000. Contact, 810-459-8124 JUL12

1993 BAHA CRUISER 285 WEEKENDER, excellent cond., low hours, rigged and ready for fishing, many accessories, pictures avail., great buy!, $28,995. Contact: JUL12

1984 AQUASPORT 23.5’ center console, 2000. Johnson 225hp OB, new 2006 Mercury 15hp Bigfoot OB troller with only 5 hours. All new electricals & electronics. Includes downriggers, all fishing gear and galvanized dual-axle trailer. Pictures available. Owner retiring. Excellent shape and ready-to-fish. 607-347-4060 JUL12

2004 FORMULA 31PC with Twin 350 Mag MerCruiser Bravo lll. Raymarine electronics. Pristine condition $107,000. 630-926-9027 or AUG12

2007 RINKER 320E. 34.67 ft. Loaded with generator and radar. New Buffalo, MI. $119,500. Call Scott 765-586-2652. JUN12

2000 TIARA 31 OPEN. T-320 HP Crusaders, gasoline. Teak/ holly sole. Pristine Condition. 490 hours. $119,900. Call Bill 216-577-2976 JUN12

1981 CHRIS CRAFT 33’ EXPRESS T350s Onan 6.5 Marine Air, Full Galley, new fridge, full head with shower. Sleeps 6. New depth/fish finder. Low hours. Excellent condition. $9,995. Call (270) 442-8627 JUN12

1972 GRAND BANKS 32' SEDAN. Wood, Ford Lehman 120 diesel. Completely restored 1999, new canvas 2010. $29,500. Make offer 218-525-4522. AUG12

1993 BAYLINER CLASSIC 2452, only 416 hrs, 24’ hardtop, Merc V8 220 hp, 3 DRs & lots of rod holders, great shape, like new Manning trailer, $13,500. Contact or 219-393-9669 JUL12

1996 THOMPSON FISHERMAN 260 new aluminum trailer, mercury kicker, 454 MerCruiser bravo 2, 5 canon downriggers, Lowrance 110, radar, marine band. $20,000. Call 712-330-7247 JUN12

1979 BERTRAM 28 FLYBRIDGE CRUISER, T350’s 2004. Full electronics, Rigged for Great Lakes salmon trolling. Commercial document. $21,000. JUN12 76 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A Y 2012

1987 TIARA FLYBRIDGE SPORTFISHERMAN 31. 350 hp Crusaders. Rigged to fish. Excellent condition. $54,000. for more info. 920-265-3270 JUN12

1986 TROJAN F-32. Well Kept in Holland-MI, Inside Storage, New-(Starboard Engine, Canvas, Carpet, Mattress), Runs Great, Excellent Value – Must See. $29,000. 616-262-4585 JUN12

2006 PURSUIT 3370 OFFSHORE. Twin 250 HP four stroke Yamahas, full Raymarine electronics, F/F, A/P, air/heat, low hours, $149,000. 847-498-0351. JUN12

2003 SEA RAY 340 SUNDANCER. One owner. Low hours, new batteries and bottom paint, kept in heated storage. Loaded. Pictures available. 231-218-0668. AUG12

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1987 SEA RAY 340 SPORT FISHERMAN. 34’, Low hours, twin 454s, freshwater only, heated storage in winter. Includes Achilles 10’2” inflatable boat w/ 8HP. $33,500 OBO. Ask for George 906-341-6955. MAY12

2004 RINKER 342, twin 300 hp. One owner, every option, updated yearly, perfect condition, email specs available. $99,895., 586-783-1806 JUL12

RARE 1968 36’ CHRIS CRAFT CORVETTE. Twin 327’s/ V-drives. Excellent condition, fresh water boat. Pictures available. E.J Mertaugh Boat Works. $89,000. 906-484-2434. JUL12

2004 TIARA 3600 SOVRAN Cummins 450hp diesels, 435 Hours, 100% Freshwater, One Owner, Mint Condition, Raymarine Electronics, Forward Shore Power, Ranier Drop Curtain, Full Canvas, Many Customs and Updates. Must see to appreciate. Asking $219,900. Call Brent Reed @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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1987 CARVER 3807 MOTOR YACHT. Many accessories. Excellent shape. Well maintained. Owner retiring from boating. Pictures available. $65,000. 216-496-2162 MAY12

2000 380 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 2000 SEA RAY 380 SUNDANCER T7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. 2010 GPS, low hours (280). Excellent. Like new. Best offer. 315-469-1712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends. JUN12

2008 40 SUNDANCER. Auto pilot, bow thruster, cockpit air, 375hp Cummins Diesels, upgraded stereo system, hard top, black Imron sides, E120 Raymarine, loaded fresh water only. 180 hrs. Buffalo, NY. $315,000. Contact Bob 716-570-6193 JUN12

2003 SILVERTON 35C. LOADED! Bow, Stern Thrusters; Yacht Controller engine remote; Raymarine electronics; 385 Crusaders; St. Croix Davits/Sea Eagle Dinghy; Shower; One owner; Freshwater only. Low hours. Cinti. $115,000.; 218-349-8381. JUL12

1980 35’ VIKING CONVERTIBLE. 454 Crusaders, 7.5 Kohler, Two Marine Airs, Fully Equipped, Covered Slip. Ohio River. $45,900. 513-574-1585. MAY12

1999 TIARA 3500 OPEN, LOA 35’-6”, Beam 13’-3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines 485 hrs., Canvas like new, Full electronics, Teak/holly sole, Air conditioning, Professionally maintained, Lake Erie boat, $128,900.00. 419-433-8071 or JUL12

38’ 1995 CARVER SANTEGO, (2) 454 Crusaders, Mercruiser generator, 590 hours, Radar, GPS, dual air/heat, loaded, excellent condition, well maintained, heated storage. Priced to sell $65,900. Call 616-490-3814 or e-mail MAY12

40’ 1967 CHRIS CRAFT CORINTHIAN. Rare awesome award winner. Needs nothing. Nov ‘08 survey. Please, serious inquiries only. 586-243-6861. MAY12

38’ 1995 CARVER SANTEGO, Under 600 hrs. Great Condition, GPS, Radar, Optional bedding to sleep 6, Ice Maker/Wet Bar, Generator, dual heat/air, plus more. $65,900., 260-341-5220. JUL12

2006 MARINER YACHT INTERNATIONAL 40 Twin Cummins , Freshwater, Full Electronics including New Garmin GPS Plotter, Bow Thruster, Newer Canvas, Generator, MUST SEE! Asking $279,900. Call Tim Manton @ Reed Yacht Sales (419) 509-6948. RYS 77 LAKELANDBOATING.COM M A Y 2012

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2001 MAINSHIP PILOT 34, Custom hardtop, 3.5 KW generator, AC, 370 Yanmar 950 Hrs, Weaver davit, Custom cover, Superbly maintained, Heated storage. $105,000. 906-493-5534. JUL12

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1997 MAXUM 4100 SCR T-450 Cummins diesels, 468 hrs., auto pilot, radar, chart plotter, bristol. Gotta go, health forces sale. $109,000. Call (814) 882-7836 MAY12

2001 SEA RAY SUNDANCER 460 450hp CAT diesels; bow/STERN thrusters, hydraulic swim platform, newer canvas, carpet and new bottom paint. Fresh water, inside storage $219,000. 847-287-4317, JUL12

DOCKOMINIUMS FOR SALE DUNCAN BAY BOAT CLUB, 40', 60', 88'. Clubhouse, pool, floating docks, WiFi and more. Cheboygan, Michigan. Straits of Mackinaw. Great Deals. 866-993-3625, FEB13

Charters 1989 SEARAY 420 SUNDANCER new int/ext, camper, gen, auto, air/ht, radar,sat nav,ice mkr, 12disc cd, fresh wtr,low hours,340 mercs, oil chg sys, nice finishes, pictures. excellent, $75,000. 231-622-2347, JUL12

2004 TIARA 4200 OPEN Cummins QSM11, 660hp, 315 Hours, 100% Freshwater, Plan A, Furuno Electronics, Forward Deck Shorepower, Custom Canvas (Aft & Drop Curtains), NEW LISTING - MUST SEE! Asking $399,900. Call Brent Reed @ Reed Yacht Sales (616) 402-0180 RYS

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. email:, RUC 1983 53FT HATTERAS Motoryacht 8V71TI, Low Hours, Freshwater, Stabilized, Flybridge, Enclosed Aftdeck, Professorially Maintained, Heated Storage, Many Upgrades, Bristol, $299,000, 989-385-9024. AUG12



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Powerboat 1984 28’ CARVER AFT CABIN. Sleeps 6, newer upholstery, stereo, heat a/c, twin 260 crusaders, windless, GPS, VHF, freshwater, master captain maintained. $17,800. 724-777-1995. MAY12 34’ MAINSHIP. 200hp Perkins 3k hrs. Dual helm, good canvas, newer upholstery, updated electronics. Stored indoors. Good condition. $26,000. 989-323-0792 JUL12 1996 CARVER 370 Aft Cabin, twin 454 EFI Crusaders, 650 hrs. Gen set w/70 hrs. Sleeps 6, master with head & shower, forward stateroom with head & shower, GPS, radar, Depth, VHF, synchronizer, $100,000. 419-367-8646 JUN12 1996 SEA RAY 370 SUNDANCER. One owner 11 years indoor heated storage. Many updates. Excellent condition, $85,000. 330-612-7354. JUN12 40’ RIVIERA FLYBRIDGE 2005. One owner, like new, pictures available. Contact MAY12 REDUCED AGAIN! ‘95 500 DA SEA RAY. Heated storage, T-550 Detroits. 502 hrs. Clean and equipped. Fresh water only. $195,000. ph: 216-469-7000 JUL12

Docks 1990 42’ “GOLDEN EGG” EGG HARBOR. 45’10” LOA. Beautiful Fresh Water Boat. Never Fished. Professionally Maintained. Indoor Heated Storage. Twin 400 HP Detroit Diesels. Many Upgrades. $169,000. www. 616-335-3318 JUN12

BOAT DOCKS FOR SALE OR LEASE. St. Charles, MO. Dock F83: 62’ long, 20’ wide. Dock F87: 76’ long w/patio, 20’ wide. Call Ed, 314-966-1843 or 314-610-4072 MAY12 1990 53’ JEFFERSON MARQUESSA walk around. Detroit 6V92’s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive remodel / upgrades. Custom pilothouse. Zodiac. Never salt., 612-850-2000 AUG12

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2005 OCEAN ALEXANDER. 54 LOA (2)500HP Yanmars330 hrs, dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, Air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $585,000. 920-739-7668. JUN12

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Monitoring History

May marks an anniversary worth commemorating in the Great Lakes. BY DAVE WALLACE


oaters… historians… patriots… lend me your eyes! There’s something about this month that has the potential to inspire a lifetime opportunity to put our Great Lakes on the national map. Chances are you’ve been way too busy to recall that May 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the classic Civil War battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that did nothing to change the impact of the war, but had everything to do with the way sea battles would be fought in the future. Even if you slept through history class, surely you know that both vessels represented a revolutionary new design class called “ironclads.” The Union Monitor had a flat, water-level deck with a rotating, circular, two–gun cannon turret amidships. The Confederate Merrimac was a slab-sided gunboat, with four cannons each on the sloping port and starboard sides and a single cannon fore and aft. Both were clumsy at the wheel and slow as rowboats, but each was designed to survive a head-to-head shootout. With nothing better than iron cannonballs for ammunition, both boats made plenty of noise and dents, but no penetration. Eventually both crews were left drenched in sweat from the close confinement of the interior and seriously deafened by the roar of their own guns — not to mention the clanging impact of incoming cannonballs on their armor. With no end in sight and ammunition running low, the battle ended in a draw. This was anticlimactic for eyewitnesses, but the battle was nevertheless historic. It demonstrated, without a doubt, the end of the wooden warships era. So much for the history lesson. My dream is that we dedicate this historic event in a proper and nautical manner. I propose we approach a cooperative and


visionary manufacturer, willing to produce a limited fleet of fiberglass reproductions. These would be financed by public fundraising from every major port city in the Great Lakes region, and by ticket sales for the reenactment spectacle of this historic battle. The vessels would be on display at municipal or participating marinas and manned by skilled reenactors. The cannon on both vessels would be supersized paintball guns, also capable of recreating the smoke and explosive noise of the originals. Needless to say, a paintball battle would be entirely harmless. This should not be seen as a disappointment, but rather as an homage to historical accuracy, given that the original battle ended in a draw. Once the Great Lakes reenactment ended, each port authority or marina responsible for investing in this event would have the option of keeping the vessels on display, selling them to collectors, or putting them on eBay. Okay, okay. Let me second guess your first reaction to this brilliant idea. If you’re reading this during the same month that marks the 150th anniversary, then it’s way too late for it to really happen. Something like this would take months or even years to make possible. I agree. In spite of that technical detail, I defend my position on the basis that publishing this idea on the exact date of the anniversary should make it more appealing, and give it more historical energy. The long-term value of this investment would be determined by its ongoing annual tourist appeal, not unlike the Holland, Michigan Tulip Festival, the Fish Boil specialty of Door County Peninsula in Wisconsin, or the Fort Mackinac reenactments on Mackinac Island. And, holding our ironclad fight in the historically proper month of May should give participants a 30-day head start on the annual boating season. Am I kidding? Absolutely not! I’ve seen successful tourist attractions built on much more fragile ideas. Full speed ahead!  DAVE WALLACE has been boating in the

Great Lakes for more than 35 years. He’s written for Lakeland Boating since 1993 and helped develop the first edition of Lakeland Boating’s Ports o’ Call cruising guides. ILLUSTRATION BY MIKE HARRIS

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