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16 Corke Board 19 Gearing Up

Sandusky, Ohio and its surrounding island communities offer inescapable joys and excitement for visitors around every twist and turn. by Melissa Topey

20 Ask the Expert 21 Don’t Hesitate to Renovate 22 Boat Spotlights: Carolina Cat, Cypress Cay, Grand Banks and Swift Trawler 50 Lakeshore Life 54 Marina Watch 80 Above the Waterline

on Features 26 maritimo m50 Sportfish performance meets luxury cruising yacht. by Capt. Ken Kreisler


Carver yachts C34 A cutting-edge yacht for simpler times. by Capt. Tom Serio



Sleight of Hand Mercury Marine engineers effortless control over outboard engines. by Capt. Ken Kreisler


Life Saver For Coast Guardsman Luke Cotturone, dangling from helicopters above perilous seas and plucking boaters from the ice drink is all in a day’s work. by Heather Steinberger




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“Good on ya,” the Australian slang for “thanks,” is the perfect accolade for Maritimo and its beautiful new motoryacht, the M50. With the handsome looks and stamina of a sportfishing vessel and the luxurious appointments of a cruising yacht, the M50 has inherited the very best of both worlds, wrapped up beautifully in a safe, seaworthy and efficient package.

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Crawling Towards Spring




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Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Editor-at-large: Heather Steinberger Creative staff Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs


ack in January and February, we ran a pair of features on declining water levels in the Great Lakes. Experts tell us that to reverse or stabilize the downward trend, we need some help from Mother Nature. She needs to step up the ferocity a couple of notches with regard to increased snowfall, lower temperatures, heightened rainfall and generous cloud cover. Ice is critical to slow down lake water absorption. For the last few years, the exact opposite has been the case. Temperatures have risen, not fallen, and ice has been unable to form. Global warming has been blamed for its contribution to the problem as well. In the minds of many, the jury is still out on global warming: Is it a fact, or are we just experiencing the normal ebbs and flows of lake level fluctuations over time? In my publisher’s note from February, I signed off by telling readers that if they were concerned with the current state of lake levels in the Great Lakes that they should hope for the worst in terms of our 2013 winter weather. Well, we’re now in the first week of spring, and those of us who want the waters to rise should be pleased; it has been a hellacious winter that has not quite let up yet. We’re still waking up to less than 30-degree temps in late March. In fact, the third week of March the first ore boat of the season, Lake Manitowoc, was stuck in the ice off Upper Harbor in Marquette, Michigan. Keep your fingers crossed that when the ice and snow finally melt we may pick up a few extra inches of badly-needed H2O! Our port of call this month is Sandusky, Ohio — aka the “Thrill Coast” — and the surrounding islands of Lake Erie (p. 42). Sandusky is the hub located in northern Ohio and situated on the shores of Lake Erie, almost mid-way between Toledo and Cleveland. This fun and lively town is also considered the gateway to the beautiful Lake Erie Islands: Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Sandusky is home to world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park, which is consistently rated as the best park of its kind in the world. In fact, the entire Thrill Coast has been thrilling youngsters and their parents and friends for the

May 2013 | Volume LXVII, No. 5

Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Marge Beaver, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Frank Lanier, Craig Lloyd, Brad Reed, Todd Reed, Capt. Tom Serio, Loren Sztajer, Susan Tabers, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace, Nick Zivanovic

The U.S. Coast Guard regularly conducts rescue swimmer training to ensure flight crews keep their qualifications up to date. past 143 years. Sandusky has been rated number one by Forbes Magazine as “The Best Place to Live Cheaply” in the U.S. Be sure to check out this month’s Corke Board (p.16) about proper varnish techniques. Because of what some people feel is too much maintenance, teak has all but vanished on new boats; however, there are a lot of us out there who would not have a boat that didn’t require a good varnishing. That being said, if you are lucky enough to have teak on board and you want to maintain it and keep it looking beautiful, it’s not so difficult with a little know-how and elbow grease, as Mark Corke aptly demonstrates… especially in the Great Lakes, where the sun is slightly less intense than in the southern parts of the country. Another can’t-miss article this month is the piece penned by Lakeland Boating’s editor-at-large Heater Steinberger entitled “Life Saver” (p. 38), which chronicles the life of a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer in honor of this month’s National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24. I don’t know about you, but when I see these guys dangling from helicopters hundreds of feet above the water over roiling and angry seas, usually in the dead of night in the most perilous conditions, I wonder how the hell they do it. This story gave me a sneak peek into one rescue swimmer’s world, and it’s absolutely fascinating! We’re all lucky to have these brave folks to keep us out of harm’s way. Hail spring!

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Blossomtime Festival St. Joseph, MI

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May Days & Nautical Flea Market Sandusky, OH

Catawba Island Boat Show Port Clinton, OH catawbaislandboatshow.coM

May 4 Nautical Mile Open House St. Clair Shores, MI

Rotary Shipyard Tours Sturgeon Bay, WI

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May 6 Sandusky Area Maritime Association Annual Meeting & Dinner Sandusky, OH

May 17 – 19 Antique Boat Museum Symposium Clayton, NY

May 18 – 24 National Safe Boating Week

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May 25 – 27 Fort Michilimackinac Pageant Mackinaw City, MI

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Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate of Boyne City, Michigan recently expanded its operations, adding new office spaces, a beautiful, updated lobby for guests, a specially dedicated “closing” room, and two new agents. “Stop by and see our new place,” says O’Brien. “We’d love to show you around!” For more information, call 231-582-1700 or visit

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SS Badger Reaches Agreement with EPA Lake Michigan Carferry has signed a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will require the SS Badger to end its ash discharge into Lake Michigan within two years time. “The resolution of this issue has taken far longer than we’d hoped, but the end result has been worth the effort,” says Bob Manglitz, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Carferry, which own and operates the SS Badger. “This agreement will save the jobs of our 200-plus employees, as well as many other jobs in the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.” The SS Badger is the last coal-powered ferry operating in the United States. It contributes approximately $35 million each year to the economies of the port cities of Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This year marks the Badger’s 60th anniversary in operation. For more information, call 800-841-4243 or visit

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The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan will celebrate its grand re-opening May 17 from 6-11 p.m. The event brings together some of the city’s most prominent leaders in celebration of Detroit’s rich heritage to raise funds for the Detroit Historical Society, which operates the museum. The museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Tickets for the evening gala are available and cost between $100 and $600 per person. The museum officially re-opens to the public May 18. For more information, call 313-833-1980 or visit

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Asian Carp More Prolific Than Originally Believed

Experts have determined that Asian carp, the invasive species that threaten the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry and the safety of recreational boaters, are reproducing in more places and under a greater variety of conditions than previously believed, according to a recent report in the Huffington Post online, hUFFinGtonpoSt.Com. The study, led by Reuben Goforth of Purdue University, found carp eggs in places where conditions including temperature and water flow were previously considered unsustainable. Earlier research indicates carp need specific requirements — temps of at least 70 degrees and long stretches of continuous water flow, for example — to spawn successfully, but current studies suggest these conditions can actually vary widely and still produce fruitful reproductive results. “We need to recognize that these species have greater flexibility… than perhaps we originally thought, so we probably need to be prepared for them to become established in a wider range of ecosystems,” Goforth was quoted as saying in the news report.

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USCG Conducts Field exercises on Green Bay USCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Gagnon (standing on the ice) and Seaman Jennifer Pender, both from U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan, search for mannequins representing persons in distress during an ongoing field exercise on Green Bay in northern Wisconsin February 15. Representatives from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut have been conducting drills to gather data and information to assist search and rescue responders on the Great Lakes and to decrease the amount of time needed to locate a person in distress on the ice.

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The number of boat registrations in Ohio reached a record high for a fourth consecutive year in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A record 435,310 boats were registered in the state last year, surpassing the previous record of 426,674 reported in 2011.*

Back Cove Yachts Announces Largest Design to Date

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Lake Levels Rise slightly Water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron rose slightly in the month of February from the previous month’s record lows, but they and all the other Great Lakes will remain far below average heading into the prime spring and summer boating months, according to a recent report in the Detroit Free Press online, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says some wet weather and freeze-thaw cycles that create runoff helped water levels on the two lakes rise 2 inches in February, to 576.15 feet, but the paper reports that’s still 2 feet below their long-term average and down 14 inches from the same period last year. All five of the Great Lakes remain far below their normal averages, which subsequently affects boating-related economics as well as the environment and ecology, according to the Free Press story.

Back Cove Yachts of Rockland, Maine, will introduce its largest design to date in February 2014: The Back Cove 41. “The 41 was conceived from the onset to serve as the flagship of the Back Cove fleet,” says Kevin Burns, Back Cove vice president of design and product

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What’s on my Boat? iPhone app Debuts On the heels of its successful Man Overboard buzz (MOB) app created for the Apple iPhone, Intelligent Maintenance just released a new app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod designed Colony Marine, with locations in Algonac, St. Clair Shores and Pontiac, Michigan to help boaters get organized and ready for — and the nation’s very first Chris-Craft dealer back in 1958 — is once again the upcoming season. carrying the Chris-Craft lineup in 2013. The app, called What’s On My Boat?™, lets boaters make The history between Colony and Chris-Craft runs deep. Colony owner Pete an inventory of everything on board, see where it’s stowed, Beauregard Sr. became the first Chris-Craft dealer when he opened up shop what it looks like, and assign it to a list. This way, you can back in 1958 and maintained a successful relationship for many years with easily see what needs replacing or servicing… and even the Algonac-based boatbuilder. Even after the two eventually parted ways, have the exact part numbers with you when you’re at the Beauregard harbored a deep admiration and love for the brand. chandlery searching out replacements! In 1984, Beauregard purchased the original Chris-Craft plant, today known The app is a cinch to use. Simply enter as Algonac Harbour Club, Southeastern Michigan’s largest deep-water boating an item and then at your convenience you community. In 2010, he teamed up with the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club to fund the can add photos, a location, categories, lists, creation of a statue in honor of Chris-Craft founder Chris Smith for the City of Algonac. notes… everything you need to keep the So it’s only fitting the two longtime partners should once again join forces in boat organized and critical information the town where they both got their starts. Now up to date. “Chris-Craft really is an iconic name and company,” The What’s On My Boat? app is available Beauregard says. “It’s very exciting to circle back to for download through Apple iTunes at a Chris-Craft after 55 years.” 5022AD_VC17mExtra_ LakelandB_HP_Layout 1 26/02/2013 Page 1 information, visit cost of $1.99 or on the company’s website, 14:23 For more

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Walstrom Marine Inc. has hired industry veteran Rick Venner as the newest member of the company’s sales team. Venner brings with him more than 35 years experience, and he is an avid sailor, boater and yachtsman. “Over the course of his career, Rick has garnered experience in every possible capacity, making him an exceptional advocate for our customers.” says David Lyle, president of Walstrom Marine. “It is because of his experience Rick will have an immediate impact on our already established sales and service business.” Family-owned and -operated since 1946, Walstrom Marine is a full-service marina headquartered in Harbor Springs, Michigan with additional locations in Bay Harbor and Cheboygan, Michigan. Walstrom represents the Hatteras Yachts, Tiara Yachts, Pursuit and Chris-Craft brands. For more information, visit


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Charlie’s Angel My wife and daughter chose the name when we were docked in Door County, Wisconsin. Now based in Milwaukee, it still holds true. PS: Love the mag! —Charlie Schlotzhauer, Milwaukee, WI

Overdraft In the late summer of 1999, while taking a Sunday drive, we came across a 1988 Doral named Backdraft. We stopped, we looked, we loved it… and we bought it! As excited as we were that day, we made a commitment to each other about what our next boat’s name would be. Meet our 2012 purchase, Overdraft. —Ralph & Nancy Schlereth, Chatham, ON

Regally Ours We named our boat Regally Ours because we proudly own this 2565 Regal Windows Express. —Ken & Karen Bakstein, Higgins Lake, MI

BOBNAROUND We arrived at the name BOBNAROUND because I’ve traveled each year on the boat for the past 12 years all over the Northeast. We’ve racked up 2,600 hours on our 1998 37' Carver Voyager. Also, my son operates Pack Paddle Ski, an outdoor adventure company. I travel with him all over the world. Last year, we went to India, Nepal and Tibet, and we’ve traveled with three other friends for 30 years on hiking and canoe trips to Alaska, the Everglades, the western mountains, and the desert. My friends are always asking, “Where are you going next?,” and so the name BOBNAROUND was born. —Bob French, Avon, NY

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Varnish is basically paint without the pigment. Its primary purpose is to protect wood from sun, sea, and wear and tear. Varnish contains a mixture of resin oils and solvents, although newer varnishes often have synthetic materials blended in to improve flow characteristics, color and so on. Choosing a varnish comes down to personal preference, price, and what’s readily available in your area. The best advice that I can offer is to choose a varnish and stick with it. Don’t be keen to dismiss a varnish just because you’re not getting the finish you require; it could be your application technique or other outside factors such as temperature, humidity or dust.

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Tools The essential tool for a crack varnish job is a decent brush. While modern varnishes are somewhat forgiving in terms of technique, they are completely unforgiving when it comes to brushes. Never use a cheap synthetic brush to apply varnish; the bristles will shear off and are unlikely to have sufficient body to adequately hold the varnish. Many pros are partial

to natural badger-hair brushes. They have excellent flow characteristics and produce spectacular results. I’ve become a fan of foam brushes. They don’t shed hairs that can mar the finish and seem to hold just the right amount of varnish. Almost everyone lays on varnish too thickly, and in warm weather this leads to a condition known as “alligatoring.” Foam brushes tend to prevent over-application and solve this problem. The biggest advantage of foam brushes is that you can toss them at the end of the job. Pure bristle brushes require meticulous care and should be cleaned before and after use, then wrapped in aluminum foil to keep the bristles straight. In addition to a good brush, plenty of clean rags are key for wiping down woodwork and other clean-up tasks. Make sure rags are lint free; otherwise, you’ll end up with bits in the varnish. A small vacuum is a great asset. I bought a $20 model from Walmart that’s lightweight and has a brush attachment that’s perfect for sucking up sanding dust. You’ll also need lots of abrasive paper. I favor 3M Gold Open Coat paper. It’s an aluminum oxide paper that cuts fast, lasts a long time, and comes in all grades. Buy 80 grit for sanding bare wood, 120 grit for sanding the initial thinned coats, and 320 grit for sanding between full strength coats. Tack rags are worth their weight in gold for picking up all those last bits that get missed by the vacuum cleaner and the solvent wipe. Keep them in a Ziploc bag when not in use to prevent them from drying out and getting unnecessarily dirty.

Preparation Varnish on a still, warm day when you’ll have few interruptions. If you can, remove parts from the boat that you can varnish under cover in a controlled environment, like a garage or workshop. Hatch covers, washboards and cockpit tables can all be removed and worked on indoors. Read instructions printed on the varnish can carefully and thoroughly. This will provide important safety information and tell you which solvent to use. Don’t be tempted to use just any old paint thinner you’ve got lying around the garage or workshop; use only the solvent recommended by the manufacturer. Never use varnish straight from the can. Decant what you can use in about 15 minutes time into a Dixie cup or other clean container, pouring it through a fine mesh paint strainer as you do so to strain out any fine bits.




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Application A deep gloss finish is achieved by filling the wood’s pores. To do this, initial coats need to fully penetrate the wood. The recommended method is to thin the first coat of varnish by 50 percent. Add thinner to your decanted varnish and stir gently with a clean stick, mixing the varnish and thinner. Let the varnish rest for a few minutes to allow any bubbles to disperse. Dip your brush about one-third of the way into the varnish and tap lightly against the inside of the container to knock off excess liquid before brushing onto the wood. Keep the brush moving and take care not to over brush. Varnish should be applied with a slow, deliberate stroke. I like to grip the brush like a pen and slowly draw it across the wood, laying down a consistent, uniform coat. Three or four strokes should be all you need before moving on to the next section. Make sure the wood is coated fully, but not dripping wet. Leave it overnight to dry and try not to disturb. The next day, repeat the procedure

When all sanding is finished, it’s essential to rid the surface of residual dust and dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment to go over the woodwork and remove as much residue as possible, then wipe down all woodwork with a rag moistened with solvent. Turn the rag over often to avoid spreading dirt from one area to the next. Decant some fresh varnish into a clean pot through a strainer, but before starting to apply the varnish lightly wipe the surface with a tack rag to remove the last remaining traces of dirt and grit.

Upkeep To keep brightwork in tip-top condition, touch up damaged areas quickly. Many boat owners keep a small jar of varnish and disposable brush aboard for this purpose. The idea is to prevent water from getting under the finish and causing it to lift. The greatest threat to varnish comes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, so consider making covers for large, flat areas such as hatches. It will maintain your brightwork for many years and lessen the amount of time you spend recoating. LB

after sanding the surface lightly with 120-grit paper, only this time thin the varnish 25 percent. It will be noticeably thicker, and because of the preceding coat less will be absorbed. Depending on temperature and working conditions, I let these initial coats dry for at least 48 hours before laying on the first full-strength coat. During this time, all solvents will have evaporated and the varnish will have had a chance to harden. Five or six full-strength coats should be the minimum applied to provide appropriate UV and wear protection; eight or nine coats is better to achieve that deep, luxurious gloss.

Sanding To achieve a mirror-like finish, you must sand between each coat of varnish. The slightest imperfection in the initial varnish application will be magnified with each successive coat. Sanding between coats ensures surfaces get progressively smoother and shinier. Use a 320-grit sandpaper and back it up with a sanding block for large, flat surfaces. Change the paper frequently. After each coat is sanded, dust the surface, wipe with solvent, and go over with the tack rag before the next coat is applied. Mark Corke is an accomplished journalist, author and sailor. He’s the creator of the popular blog, which focuses on various DIY boating projects.

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by Lindsey Johnson | GEARING UP

SWimS SS13 men’s and Women’s Loafers Unlike traditional leather or suede boat shoes, SWIMS offer a versatile, waterresistant alternative. Made of adaptable and breathable nylon, you can wear them on your boat, on the beach, in the city, at the office... anywhere, really! If they need cleaning, simply toss them in the washing machine. Features include anti-slip, non-marking rubber sole and EVA insole. Priced from $149 to $179 at

GREAT GEAR Must-have goodies and gadgets for every boater

Accon Pop-Up Navigation Lights Navigation lights are essential to a boat’s safety, but they don’t have to detract from its appearance. Accon Marine’s stainless steel 205 series Pop-Up Port Lights and 206 Starboard and 207 Side Lights fold down flush when not in use and illuminate the deck at the touch of a button. USCGapproved for one nautical mile and easy to install. Priced from $156.49 to $312.98 at

SoS Self-inflating Dan buoy The SOS Marine Man Overboard Dan Buoy resolves the challenge of quickly deploying MOB gear by bringing it together in one easy-to-use and easy-to-see kit. Just stow and throw! Self-inflates in 7 seconds, weighs just 10 pounds and comes in a self-contained package. Survival made simple. $359.99 at

concrobium Deck Wash & mold eraser Mold is a boater’s worst enemy. Fight it with this pair of products from Concrobium. The House & Deck Wash is a non-toxic, bleach-free solution that quickly and easily gets decks spankin’ clean. Use the Mold Stain Eraser to remove tough mold stains inside or out, sans scrubbing. And no bleach means no color staining. Safe around people and pets! Priced from $11.97 to $19.97 at

mcmurdo Smartfind Plus ePirb In an emergency, an EPIRB can save your life. The Smartfind Plus with built-in GPS receiver enables positional information be tramsmitted to rescue personnel quickly and accurately via a worldwide COSPAS-SARSAT satellite network. Weighs just 1.5 pounds, activates within 5 seconds and has 48 hours (minimum) of transmit time. $617.49 at

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ask the expert | by Elizabeth Altick

‘Yaking Around Hobie director of engineering Jim Czarnowski dishes on how to choose the perfect kayak and related equipment. LB: Are there different types of kayaks? Czarnowski: There are many kayaks designed for particular activities. “Kayak” originally referred to a traditional sitinside sea or river vessel. The term can be confusing now because it covers many small watercraft. For example, surfing kayaks look more like a surfboard, and large fishing kayaks resemble small fishing boats.


LB: Are there kayaks made specifically for use in the Great Lakes? Czarnowski: Again, this comes back to the question of what you want to do on the water. There’s a big difference in the kayak you would choose for making an open water crossing versus the one you’d select for fishing in the harbor. Sailing kayaks are becoming popular and are awesome with the breeze found on the Great Lakes.

LB: How do I choose the right kayak for me?

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Czarnowski: Ask yourself some basic questions. Will you be using it for exercise, fishing or touring? Will you be alone or taking someone along? Then, do your research. There’s a ton of information available online, both at manufacturers’ websites and on user forums. Visit your local kayak dealers and request a demo. If possible, avoid the big box and online stores, as they may not be particularly knowledgeable or available for support.

LB: What are kayaks made of (material-wise)? Czarnowski: Kayaks come in all kinds of materials that affect weight, durability and cost. In general, plastic kayaks are the cheapest, most durable and the heaviest. Composite kayaks are the lightest, most expensive and least durable.

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LB: What equipment do I need to go kayaking (particularly safety equipment)? Czarnowski: A life jacket is a must. From there, it really depends on what you’re doing. You can get more information online or from a local dealer.

LB: Where can I learn to kayak? Czarnowski: Typically your local kayak dealer can provide instructions or direct you to a local club or class. Consider a subscription to a kayak magazine, which will offer many useful tips.

LB: Is winterization necessary? Czarnowski: Keep your kayak out of the weather. A garage is best, but a shed or even a waterproof tarp is better than exposure to the brutal winter elements.

LB: What’s the easiest way to transport a kayak? Czarnowski: Rooftop racks are most common, but many people are using small, lightweight trailers instead.

LB: Do kayaks leak? How can I check for any problem spots? Czarnowski: Kayaks do leak sometimes, and a little water is typically not a problem. A kayak sponge will solve most problems, but always have a pump on board for offshore ventures. If you do have a leak that’s not obvious, leave it to the expert dealer to find and repair it.

LB: How much do kayaks typically cost? Czarnowski: Anywhere from $400 for a cheap big-box ’yak to as much as $5,000 for an exotic racing kayak.

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



LB: If I’m in less-than-ideal physical condition, is kayaking for me? Czarnowski: For sure! Kayaks today are extremely stable and are designed for use by nearly anyone, even those with physical challenges. Paddling is not even required, as companies like Hobie offer pedal-powered kayaks.


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LB: What types of accessories are available for Hobie kayaks? Czarnowski: Hobie offers a full line of accessories specifically designed for Hobie kayaks. Some of the most popular items are the kayak sail kits, which turn a Hobie kayak into a Hobie sailboat. Our carts plug into the bottom of Hobies to make transport a breeze. LB

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

A Flare for Safety Proper use of emergency signals on the water.


successful distress signal will always accomplish two things: Alert people you’re in trouble and help them find you. Nothing beats a properly registered EPIRB or PLB in this regard, but what about the many boaters that don’t have one? In most cases they’ll use visual distress signals. Here’s a look at some of the options they provide for getting help on the water.

Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals Approved visual distress signals fall into two categories: Pyrotechnic and nonpyrotechnic devices. Pyrotechnic devices include red flares (handheld or aerial), orange smoke (handheld or floating), and launchers for aerial red meteors or parachute flares. Nonpyrotechnical devices would include any other type of visual distress signal. Flares are relatively inexpensive and a popular choice with boaters, who typically meet minimum U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements via a combination of red handheld or aerial flares suitable for day and night use. Flares have to be USCG or SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) approved. The USCG-mandated requirements are pretty flexible, and any combination of pyrotechnic and/or non-pyrotechnic distress signals that totals three for daytime and three for night use satisfies the minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum required by law, however, does not mean you’re carrying all the signaling devices you’ll ideally want onboard during an actual emergency. When needed, flares and other signaling devices are like winning lottery numbers — you just can’t have too many of them. In my opinion, every vessel should carry at least double what’s required by law — and more when coastal or offshore cruising. SOLAS flares are approved by the International Maritime Organization for use on the high seas. Although they tend to be more expensive than the competitive USCG-approved products, these flares typically exceed USCG standards for luminosity and burn time. If you decide to stick with the less expensive USCGapproved flares, do yourself a favor: Buy additional spares with the money you saved. Flares are required by law to have a 42-month service life and expiration date stamped on them, although if you’re a typical boater you probably carry expired flares onboard for back-ups (everyone hates throwing away things they had to buy but didn’t use). This isn’t a bad idea, as many can remain operational years past their expiration date; however, as the chemicals used in flares deteriorate over time, don’t be surprised if your expired back-ups are harder to light,

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have shorter burn times, decreased altitudes, or just plain don’t work when the time comes. For reliable back-ups, carry spares that are within their expiration date. While pyrotechnics make excellent distress signals, one drawback is they can only be used once. They can also cause both personal injury and property damage if not handled properly. Handheld flares generate a lot of slag while burning, so hold them well overboard when lighting and during use. Aerial flares and launchers should be treated with the same respect as firearms — some states may even consider the pistol launcher for meteors and parachute flares to be a firearm, so check with your local authorities before buying.

Non-Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals The only USCG-approved non-pyrotechnic visual distress signals are the Orange Distress Flag and the Electric Distress Light. The distress flag is a day signal consisting of a black square and ball on an orange background. Size-wise, it has to be at least 3 feet by 3 feet and marked as meeting USCG requirements. While flares are considered more effective by many, distress flags have the advantage of working without your intervention for as long as displayed. You can also significantly increase their visibility by attaching and waving them to a paddle, boathook, or by flying them from the highest point on you vessel. Electric distress lights are typically for night use only and must automatically flash the international SOS distress signal: Three short flashes, three long flashes, and three short flashes (an unmistakable distress signal well known to most boaters) and labeled as meeting USCG requirements. The main disadvantage with electric distress lights is that you pretty much have to point them directly at rescuers for them to be seen (ordinary flashlights are not acceptable substitutes for an electric distress light, as they must be manually flashed and are normally not bright enough). Although not USCG approved, probably one of the best all-around non-pyrotechnic distress signaling devices is a signal mirror. Compact and simple to operate, signal mirrors have proven their worth in numerous rescues. In normal sunlight, flashes from a good signal mirror can be seen up to 50 miles away depending upon atmospheric conditions (the record distance during an at sea rescue is 105 miles), and they even work on bright, overcast days and moonlight nights Finally, no distress signal will do you any good if you can’t find them in an emergency. Store them in a red or orange watertight container marked “Distress Signals” and keep it in a dry, but readily accessible place. LB

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The red day/night handheld flare is a popular choice for boat owners to meet USCG requirements (top). As some types of flares work better than others in different situations, it’s good to carry a variety on board (middle). Signal mirrors are effective, compact, inexpensive and never expire (bottom).

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




boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

carolina cat 23Dc M

The cat’s meow.

ake no mistake: A Carolina Cat is not a member of a mid-Atlantic football team, nor is it a pedigree of the feline persuasion. But the new 23DC from Carolina Cat Boats is, in fact, as tough as a linebacker and as nimble as a jaguar. Inherent in a cat boat is stability, comfort and speed. And Carolina Cat doesn’t miss a beat on the new 23DC. “The Carolina Cat 23DC offers a much better ride than her monohull counterparts; you really have to get on board and see for yourself,” says Greg Kruger, president of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in St. Clair Shores, Michigan (866-490-5297; jbys.coM). “And with today’s low water levels, the significantly lower draft of the cats allows access to more locations.” Suitable for inshore or offshore fishing/cruising and with sufficient engine power, the 23DC can chase down prey or hightail it back to safe harbor. “The 23DC has a top speed of 44 miles per hour and 3.1 miles per gallon fuel efficiency at cruise,” says Andy Brown, president of the PowerCat Group. “So, with a catamaran hull designed for smooth rides in rough seas, she’s great for long offshore fishing runs.” What’s neat about this boat is that its hull retains the full beam all the way forward, allowing for a spacious lounge area up front. Akin to a bowrider setup, there’s cushioned side bench seating for four adults or numerous kids. Under both seats are 150-quart insulated storage boxes with overboard




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Specifications LOA: 22'7" Beam: 8'6" Draft: 11" Weight: 4,440 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 96 gals. Water Capacity: 10 gals. Power: T-Yamaha 115-hp four-stroke outboards Base Price: Contact dealer

drains, suitable for chilling the day’s catch. An anchor locker and pulpit is forward. The unique double console design allows for a private head on board. In the port console, there’s a relatively generous 5 feet, 6 inches of headroom with a standard portable head. A freshwater electric head is optional. The helm console is to starboard, and the dash is large enough for a 12-inch electronics display plus other monitoring gauges. A bench seat is atop a fiberglass box with large drawers used for storage. Additional space is available in the helm console. Aft seats flank a 30-gallon livewell. I like this setup, especially with kids, as everything is right where you need it and you stay in close proximity to the little ones while they fish. There’s a freshwater shower, optional swim/dive ladder, and four gunwale-mounted rod holders that are throughbolted. Optional back-to-back seats are a neat addition. The Carolina Cat 23DC may just be the cat’s meow. LB

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Specifications LOA: 25'6" Beam: 8'6" Draft (up/down): 12"/21" Weight: 2,882 lbs. (2 tubes); 3,199 lbs. (3 tubes) Fuel Capacity: 32 gals. (2 tubes); 50 gals. (3 tubes) Water Capacity: N/A Power: 9.9 hp to 300 hp Base Price: $24,270 (w/ std. flp. and Mercury 9.9 hp)


ypress Cay knows that people go pontooning for different reasons: Fishing or cruising, with many guests or few. And their needs differ, from seating configurations to bimini coverage. Enter Cypress Cay’s largest offering in its Cabana line: The Cabana 240. Built and styled for relaxation with family and friends, the Cabana 240 offers choices for you to maximize your boating experiences. For fishing there are two different floor plans, both of which include aft deck fishing chairs, and one configuration offers forward fishing chairs. To please the cruisers, Cypress Cay offers the standard cruise floorplan with aft L-shaped seating and sunpad. A dual lounger floorplan is available with additional furniture options, including dual helm seats and club chair to further customize your onboard space and fit your cruising style. The Cabana 240 comes standard with 10-foot bimini, 16-inch center-mounted crossmembers, aft swim deck, stereo with CD/ MP3 and dual speakers, and courtesy lights. Step it up a notch with options such as docking lights, 12-foot bimini, lighting package, battery charger, Porta Potti, and other upgrades.

Cypress Cay Cabana 240 For fishing enthusiasts, popular options include a 25-quart cooler, trolling motor, saltwater package, depthsounder, rod storage, 12-foot bimini, and more. You can also add a second bimini and full enclosure to make the 240 a weekender. Go ahead and stay out on the lake! Upgrade your ride with the T3 Performance Package, which integrates a third pontoon and lifting strakes for improved handling and faster speeds, thanks to the engine upgrade package that allows up to 300 horsepower. “Cypress Cay pontoons, and especially the Cabana, are for people who appreciate high quality materials paired with expert engineering,” says Nick Stickler, president of Cypress Cay. “The new Cabana is designed for family and fun on the water.” It’s easy to configure the boat with options — virtually speaking, anyway. Head to the Cypress Cay website (CypressCaypontoons.Com), click on the “Build Your Pontoon” button and away you go. When you’re finished assembling your dream ’toon, the online calculator gives you a total cost so you can see what you’re buying. Sometimes in life, it’s good to choose. The Cypress Cay Cabana 240 is an excellent choice, indeed. LB

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Grand Banks Eastbay 50 SX I

Changing with the times.

n 1994, Grand Banks launched the first of its “Down East” Eastbay series of yachts, with the 38 EX. Fast forward to today, and you’ll see how the Eastbay has changed with the times regarding its latest model: The Eastbay 50 SX. Grand Banks uses a proven hull design, compliments of Ray Hunt Associates, to bring the 50 to its feet. A modified deep-V hull offering sharp entry and a wide flared bow is the foundation of a renewed design. A nimble 30-plus-knot speed comes from the Volvo Penta engines coupled to their IPS pods. Joystick operation adds ease of control. Stay on point in a favorite cove, over a beloved fishing spot, or simply at the dock with the optional Volvo Penta Dynamic Positioning system. A cool option whose time has come. Grand Banks has multiple configurations to choose from depending on the type of cruising you enjoy, number of guests you frequently host, and on-deck layout you prefer. Looking for a day cruiser to accommodate six or more? Then check out the two-stateroom, galley down, full salon layout. Plan on extended cruising? The three-stateroom design may be more suitable. Enjoy keeping everyone in the mix? Opt for the galley-up configuration. Master stateroom up front or mid ship? You decide.




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LOA: 50'0" Beam: 16'9" Draft: 3'6" Weight (half-load): 50,050 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 800 gals. Water Capacity: 170 gals. Power: T-Volvo IPS 800 (600 hp) or IPS 900 (700 hp) Base Price: Contact dealer No matter the layout, you’ll still enjoy the classic Eastbay style, comfort, craftsmanship, and beautiful wood interior that comes standard with Grand Banks. Control the ride at the starboard side helm, open the six-panel aft door to join salon with aft deck, or sport it up with an electric opening sunroof in the salon. There’s a pantograph helm door for single-handed access, foredeck sunpad, wide side decks, and aft seating and table to enjoy all aspects of the Eastbay 50. Commenting on how Grand Banks has pioneered the modern interpretation of the lobster boat as a stylish downeast cruiser, David Hensel, director of brand and marketing at Grand Banks, added, “Twenty years later, the Eastbay 50 brings a striking new look and improved performance to this segment of the market, and we’re very excited about how well it’s been received.” With all this versatility, Grand Banks offers even more. For those that enjoy open air cruising and panoramic views, there’s also a flybridge version of the Eastbay 50. The Eastbay 50 has changed with the times, but it still remains timeless. LB

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Specifications LOA: 36'0" Beam: 13'1" Draft: 3'3" Weight: 16,420 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 211 gals. Water Capacity: 85 gals. Power: Cummins QSB 6.7L 312kW 425-hp diesel Base Price: Contact dealer


hat better way to introduce North Americans to a new boat than by cruising that boat around a huge portion of North America? Beneteau launched the Swift Trawler 34 in 2012 by embarking on a trip around the Great Loop, a circumnavigation of the eastern U.S. from the Intracoastal waterway/Atlantic Ocean through Canadian canals, the Great Lakes and inland rivers — somewhere between 4,500 and 7,500 miles, depending on the route. This is no feat for the faint of heart; just ask Lakeland’s publisher, who captained one leg of the trip! You need a stout vessel to get you through safely, in control and in comfort. Beneteau packs a little bit of everything into this tidy 34-foot package. On the exterior, there are wide, deep side decks with high rails, forward sunpad/lounge area, side access gates, helm door, and a large aft deck with access to the flybridge. Up top to starboard is an upper helm station, wrap-around

Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 seating to port complete with teak table, and aft deck space for a bench seat and lounge chairs, tender or other toys. Creature comforts abound inside the vessel. A salon couch doubles as a relaxation zone and dining area with a hi-lo table. Add in some folding or barrel chairs, and there’s dinner for four or a great spot for socializing. The U-shaped galley is forward to port, with a double sink, stove top, plenty of counter space, and more. Forward and below are two staterooms. The master stateroom is in the forepeak, with island berth, lockers, side ports, and overhead hatch. To port there’s a double bunk room with lockers. Sharing is a must, as there’s just one head aboard. The single Cummins engine can be controlled from a lower helm (across from the galley, which is ideal for grabbing a quick snack on a long voyage!) or controlled from the flybridge station. Beneteau’s spec sheet shows that the 34 can go faster than the average trawler — up to 22 knots in some instances. Slow the pace down to 9 knots or so, and you’ll get around the 300-mile range with a 20 percent reserve, sipping a reasonable 5 gallons per hour. Get cruising and show off your own Swift Trawler 34. LB

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A trawler that’s not afraid to cruise.




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Good on ya. For those of you unfamiliar with the colloquial speech of our Down Under brethren, this is a term used by Aussies to express a job well done. It’s also Australian slang for “thanks” or any other good vibe gratitude. And good on ya just might be the perfect accolade for Australianbased Maritimo and its M50 cruising motoryacht; the heir apparent to its highly successful M48.

Maritimo M50

by Capt. Ken Kreisler

Sportfish performance meets luxury cruising yacht.




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The Maritimo line of boats is the result of visionary industry veteran and legendary boatbuilder Bill Barry-Cotter, who, in 2000, sold Riviera to embark on a new quest. Four years later, the M60 slid down the ways. What made this launch a bit on the remarkable side is that Barry-Cotter, along with six others, made up the total work force that got this company going from the ground up. “Bill took that boat to the 2004 Sydney show and won the ‘Boat of the Year’ award, and things just took off from there,” says John McCarthy of Maritimo USA. “By 2010, we had 16 models in the line, and it’s all because of his passion and wanting to be on the shop floor every day.”

It’s in the genes “First it has to run” is the mantra at Maritimo. Proper engine and fuel tank placement, a sharp 27-degree entry that flattens out to 8 degrees at the transom, the shape of the rudders matching up to that of the hull design, no pockets with a slight shaft angle (7 to 9 degrees, depending on the particular boat), and spirited performance are the priorities. That’s because the DNA for the M50, as well as with all boats in the company’s lineup, can be traced back to its offshore raceboat engineering and technologies. And given this boat’s hybrid profile — she looks like a sportfisherman and is appointed and outfitted like a cruising yacht — she seems to have inherited the best of both, all nicely wrapped up in a safe and seaworthy package. It’s a slow bell from HMY’s Riviera Beach, Florida facility where I met my M50 test boat to the ocean inlet, but once I cleared the no-wake zone, the twin 670-hp Volvo D11s roared to life and, sitting back in the comfortable Stidd pedestal seat up on the enclosed flybridge, I got my first taste of what this lively 50-footer can deliver. If you’re the kind of cruiser who’s into the “trawl crawl,” try settling the throttles in at around 1250 rpm. You’ll be whispering along at about 13 knots with a stingy fuel burn somewhere in the 16 gph range. Even at 1750 rpm, I clocked her speed at just above 22 knots and still burning only 34 mpg. I also noted she was quick to get up on plane, thanks to the aforementioned precise distribution of weight. When I put her up to 2000 rpm, she eased into a 28-knot turn of speed while hitting the tanks for 46 gph. Crunch the numbers here and, with a reserve percentage taken into consideration, an estimated 500-plus nautical mile range can be expected. I was able to top her out at approximately 34 knots WOT. But at whatever speed I experienced during my day out on this particular M50, her proprietary steering system, featuring a 2½ lock-to-lock design — again, right from Maritimo’s offshore raceboat expertise — made for an effortless hands-onthe-wheel experience, whether performing full throttle turns or, courtesy of her substantial keel design, maintaining straight and true tracking. And with both bow and stern thrusters, getting her in and out of the dock, or in any conceivable tight quarters situation, is made that much easier.

The comfort zone Showing off her interior accommodations and amenities comes naturally for the M50, with an easy flow from level to level typified by wide open spaces and lots of natural light. Entry to the main deck salon is via the teak-soled cockpit area, where the first of many practical and well-conceived features can be found. The bi-fold door, when deployed in the open position, folds back against the starboard bulkhead, making the galley-aft layout, salon, and outdoor cockpit one continuous space. Step into the salon, with its fine wood and leather trim details, Amtico teak and holly sole, custom cabinetry, significant headroom, and wide windows all around, and you’ll experience how well Maritimo has addressed the needs of its cruising owners. There’s also a dining area to starboard and seating opposite. Access to the bridge deck is via a floating staircase to starboard and is perfectly




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placed so as to allow both the salon and cockpit to maximize use of the allotted space. Topsides, the enclosed bridge layout features a helm station big enough to fit a trio of 15-inch screens for all your navigational and electronic needs. A pair of Stidd helmseats, extra wide windows all around, teak dining table and seating to starboard, aft refrigerator unit to port, and the aft balcony outside will be sure to make this space a popular gathering place while underway. And as found in the salon, fine wood and leather trim accents the area. Below decks, in the accommodations area, the threestateroom, two-head layout offers comfortable, well-appointed and roomy sleeping quarters in the amidships master, forepeak VIP, and starboard guest staterooms. All offer excellent headroom and more than ample storage space for some extended time away from the dock. Maritimo did not forget the comfort of the hands-on skipper, either. The engine room, accessed via a large cockpit hatch, affords enough space to reach all critical maintenance areas, as well as being able to perform the necessary fluid checks.

Rough and ready “We build them strong and we build them tough,” says Maritimo’s McCarthy. “That’s because Australian waters are known for having quite challenging sea conditions. By the time any Maritimo is ready for shipping, it’s ready to be out there.” To McCarthy’s point, whether traversing the exterior walkway forward with the safety of substantial rails all the way to the bow (and noting the over-built cleats), to the interior decks, flybridge, or cockpit, there’s a feeling of sturdiness to the build and absolutely no flexing underfoot. “Again, getting back to what we’ve learned from our race construction, when you’re hitting speeds near 160 mph across heavy seas, the boat needs to be built to stay together,” McCarthy explains. The M50 uses a monocoque construction technique. The whole cabin liner, including all the spaces down below, together with the heads and bulkheads, is fit right into the deck. It’s then reinforced with resin-saturated foam beams every 4 inches, much like structural I-beams, then glassed in for a secure and strong end result. Dave Northrop, president of Maritimo USA, gave me some additional information. “Our boats are all hand-laid, solid bottom boats utilizing vinylester resins and S-glass,” he says. “We use balsa coring above the waterline and above the molded-in spray rail with big areas of solid glass for hull penetrations.” Other construction methods consist of a molded-in, all glass and foam stringer system, including the ones running up the hull sides; a muffler lift system molded into the stringer liner; and three watertight bulkheads with dual bilge pumps, one of which is mounted and alarmed 5 inches higher than the other. “We meet Australia’s strict building code, as well as CE, and [we] are both NMMA and BIA certified,” Northrop says. “In the end, our approach at Maritimo is to build boats that are practical and elegant with a high degree of reliability and functionality.”

A final thought From all indications, Maritimo has done its homework with the concept and development of this boat — and done it well. While the Aussie “Good on ya” seems to ring true here, I’d like to wrap up this discussion with something our own Benjamin Franklin mused that also sounds appropriate when discussing a Maritimo M50: “Well done is better than well said.” LB

Maritimo M50 Standard Equipment 24,00 BTU flybridge air conditioning; stern thruster; teak cockpit decking, side decks, and swim platform; aft flybridge seat; second bunk in starboard cabin; two-door, full-size galley refrigerator/freezer; island bench in galley; 32" salon TV; 32" master cabin TV; 22" flybridge TV. 50

Specifications LOA: 53' Beam: 17'6" Draft: 4.27' Displacement (full): 48,502 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 1,000 gals. Water Capacity: 211 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta D11 670 hp Base Price: $1,390,000

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Carver yaChts C34




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photos courtesy of carver yachts

A cutting-edge yacht for simpler times. by Capt. Tom Serio Life is full of complexities. From dealing with a job or business, to juggling seemingly never-ending family demands, to… well, you get the picture. Your yacht shouldn’t be complex. It’s supposed to be the place to get away from all of life’s challenges; to hide from reality and escape the grind. Carver Yachts’ new C34 is the oasis you’re looking for. Building yachts for more than 60 years, Carver has had the time and know-how to refine their yachts to meet the demands of buyers. Just by looking at the C34 you see an elegant but simple style, modest but tasteful furnishings, and a functional yet spacious layout. Sufficient for a weekend away with the family, longer excursion with another couple, or a sunset cruise party, the C34 will fulfill your wishes, simply put.

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From the profile, Carver styled in simple curves and eliminates hard angles and edges. Salon windows flow aft, arching into a curved mullion. The boat’s sides also curve aft, and the shear line has a slight arch to it as well. The flybridge is low profile, making the C34 road ready (as in capable of transport over land). Board the C34 via the integrated large swim platform that leads to the cockpit. Here you’ll find ample seating across the transom with an L-shaped settee, suitable for four or more to relax. Or just lie down, stretch out and let your cares melt away. An additional bench seat is to starboard. Optional cockpit U-line ice maker, Idel fridge and table fit out the area. Don’t be deceived by the size of the hatch in the cockpit deck. Once you transit below and drop down between the twin Mercury 5.7-liter powerplants, there’s plenty of room to get around. Nothing is out of sight as strainers, thru-hulls, steering linkage and rudder boxes, as well as battery switches, fuel filters and just about anything else you need to see or touch, are here and accessible. Of note are the Hydralift mufflers that channel exhaust gases underwater, attributing to the quiet ride of the C34. Maximizing interior space is the fact that the engines are mounted well aft and backward, coupled directly to V-drives.

Luxury accommodations, clean design Carver designed an aft-galley setup that works well with the salon and allows for two staterooms below. It also makes serving to guests on the aft deck easy, as do the two large glass doors that open out. Located starboard, our test boat’s galley had a deep stainless steel sink, undercounter Cuisinart microwave and Dometic fridge/freezer, and EuroKera two-burner stove. Underfoot was Dusky Walnut-style vinyl flooring. There’s




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an electric stove vent that will alert the marina when early morning bacon is a-sizzlin’. Nice touch, Carver. A 24-inch LCD TV, radio/CD stereo and DVD player are mounted in the corner of the galley, viewable from the U-shaped upholstered lounge wrapping around a dinette table on the port side. Carver offers the salon with an optional lower helm on the starboard side. If selected, it does take away galley counter space. But for a cruiser that prefers piloting from inside, it’s available. Sleeping accommodations are just a few steps down from the salon. In the forepeak is the master stateroom with a full-size island berth, low enough so you don’t feel like you’re rock climbing just to get in the sack. Features include halogen reading lamps, port and starboard lockers, nylon floor carpeting, hinged wood door, and 6 feet, 3 inches of headroom. Lighting is compliments of an overhead hatch (with ventilation and screen), as well as four hull-side portholes and six overhead 12-volt lights. For viewing pleasure, there’s an optional 19-inch TV. A guest stateroom is starboard with twin bunks, reading lights, three recessed ceiling lights and hull-side porthole. You can actually stand up in this room to get dressed. For additional sleepover guests, the dinette drops down and cushions fill the void to create yet another bunk. Carver’s design team incorporates a separate fiberglass shower stall with hinged acrylic door into the head compartment, eliminating the “wet bathroom” syndrome. A Raritan electric toilet, vessel sink, mirror and storage round out the space. Under the hallway sole is a machine space where the hot water heater, piping and cable runs are located. Plus there’s plenty of room for a few large plastic tubs for additional storage.

Big on performance, not on price Up top, the flybridge deck is large for a boat of this size. The helm is to starboard with a single adjustable chair. Dash layout is simple. Navigation and engine displays are mounted in a near vertical pod, while rocker switches are to the left and thruster stick, searchlight and throttle controls are to the right. Wrap-around seating lines the port side aft, keeping guests and captain in close proximity. Behind the seating is a large sunpad lounge. A feature that’s at first a bit deceiving but actually works quite well is the height of the helm seat. It may look a little awkward being positioned low, but sit in it and you can stretch your legs, be comfortable and enjoy great visibility. Cruising out to open water, the C34 had a heads-up attitude, thanks to her sharp entry that yields a wide bow area. We had 3- to 4-foot seas, with nary a whimper from our ride. And she was dry as I tried to bury the bow a bit. Running in the inlet, I was able to get her up to full speed, but only for a short distance; then I had to back down. Hull traction was true; no squirreling around or any loss of control. You can beat the storm back if necessary. Backing up into the slip and gently laying the C34 alongside the finger was effortless. Safety is a factor that Carver blends into the yacht, like grab rails in key places, stainless steel 1-inch bow rails that extend halfway down the sides, rails along the bridge sides, etc. Storage abounds on the C34: Under seats, inside aft compartments, below decks. Definitely more than enough to hide fenders, lines and anything else that can easily be tripped over. With a vertically integrated production process, Carver builds everything in-house. Hull, deck and superstructure are hand-laid fiberglass with core laminates epoxy resin infused. Fiberglass foam stringers are used throughout. Carver marketing director Dick Nocenti explains that Carver has a competitive price point for the C34, coming in at $325,000. As a production yacht, Carver can keep the cost down while still maintaining its build schedule. And there are options available to experience everything the C34 has to offer. “The number of first-time boat buyers interested in the C34 is staggering,” Nocenti says as I ask him about the demographics for this model. “The C34 is unique in that it’s a completely new boat; no parts or components were carried over from pre-existing models as is the norm with a lot of other manufacturers. It’s really one of the few 100 percent new boats available.” One-hundred precent new, and 100 percent enjoyable. See for yourself! LB

CARVER YACHTS C34 Standard Equipment Twin Mercury 5.7L inboard gas engines; four-blade NiBral props; twin fuel tanks; Bennett Marine trim tabs; SeaStar Solutions hydraulic steering; 12V electrical system; 110V electrical system; 10" mooring cleats; two 1,500-gph bilge pumps; CO alarms; FE241 Fireboy fire suppression system; swim platform w/ boarding ladder; cockpit courtesy lights.

Optional Equipment Twin Volvo Penta D4 300-hp engines; Xenta joystick controls; bow/stern thrusters; A/C units; generator (6kW, 7kW, 7.5kW or 9kW); anchor windlass; spotlight; Raymarine electronics suite.

Specifications LOA: 35'6" Beam: 13'0" Draft: 3'6" Weight (dry): 18,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 250 gals. Water Capacity: 90 gals. Power: T-Mercury 5.7L inboard engines Base Price: $325,000

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by Capt. Ken Kreisler

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Mercury Marine engineers effortless control over outboard engines.


hink of it this way: It’s as if you could take your palm, place it on top of your boat, and be able to move it in any direction you want,” says Chris Chapman, Mercury Marine’s application development engineer and joystick whiz for the company’s new outboard engine control system. Since the introduction of various joystick control systems over the last few years, we’ve become quite used to — and somewhat comfortable with — the concept. A twist here. A push there. Dial it around. A short learning curve for newbies and a definite game changer in significantly lowering the pucker factor while in close quarters docking situations or maneuvering.




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But is it possible to have this technology with a pair of outboard engines? Not only is it possible for twin outboards, but it’s a go for triple and quad applications as well, thanks to the engineering wizardry of the folks at Fond du Lac-Wisconsin-based Mercury. Yes, joystick control has come to outboard engines — and when the opportunity to test Mercury Marine’s revolutionary system aboard a 39-foot SeaVee center console equipped with triple 300-hp four-stroke Verado engines came my way, I jumped in with, well, both feet and one hand. “Our system takes the joystick technology and passes it through the propulsion system,” Chapman said as he and

photos courtesy of mercury

Easy on the hand and quick to respond, the joystick controller is part of a fully integrated system (left). VesselView comes in 4" and 7" screens, monitors up to 30 engine parameters and includes information displays such as ECO-Screen, Smart Tow and Troll Control (above). The Precision Pilot pad allows control over all piloting features including Skyhook (right).

I sat at the helm of the SeaVee test boat. “We have dual and triple applications right now, with quads and multiple stations coming by September 1.” With a smaller Boston Whaler 320 Outrage quietly hovering right outside the dock next to ours, the pair of 300-hp Verado’s going through their paces while on another demo ride, Chapman led me through the technology and practical applications of the system.

How it works

Taking its cues from the advanced and proven systems already in use for larger, diesel-powered, pod, and sterndrive boats, Mercury has been able to not only make inroads but also come up with far-reaching designs for this technology. The company has taken the ease of already established systems — namely the simplicity of docking — and given it to outboard engines. Once the exclusive domain of hard-core, offshore fishermen, in recent years the center console has become popular with families. With Mercury’s joystick system you can, with proper instruction and practice, have multiple captains aboard (such as your wife and kids), who, with a much shorter learning curve than that with traditional controls, are not only capable of getting the boat back to the dock, but will be confident and comfortable operating the joystick system. “Our engineers have fine tuned and calibrated the fully integrated system — everything is manufactured by us in one location, from the engines, to the wiring harnesses and rigging, to the controls and autopilot — to a point where we can match the technology to the specific application necessary,” Chapman says.

One hand, and fingertip control, especially around the dock or wedged in close quarter situations, allows for instantaneous and precise adjustments to steering, throttle and shifting commands.

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Joystick Revolution

In addition to Mercury Marine’s joystick control system for outboards in dual and triple applications, Yamaha Marine Group and SeaStar Solutions (formerly Teleflex Marine) offer similar technologies. Here’s a quick look at each.

YAMAHA Helm Master™

In the winter of 2013, Yamaha Marine Group of Kennesaw, Georgia introduced Helm Master, a fully integrated boat control system for Yamaha outboard-powered boats in twin- or triple-engine configurations. With this system, you can control up to three engines with the push of a single lever, or adjust trim at the touch of a button. It’s customizable control in the palm of your hand. What’s nice about Helm Master is that it’s more than just a joystick controller to assist with docking; it’s also an electronic steering system, throttle and shifting controls, and electronic key system — a fully integrated package. The intent is to make docking easier and inspire confidence by offering users multiple levels of control and convenience. At the flick of a switch, Helm Master integrates all boat control devices, effectively eliminating the need for bow thrusters in most boats. A user-selectable “high” mode allows engines to operate at higher RPM for increased control while docking. The all-digital rigging is streamlined and corrosion-resistant, and won’t clog up the area underneath your dash with clunky lines and wires. Many additional control functions can be programmed using Yamaha’s Command Link Plus® 6Y9 gauge. YAMAHAOUTBOARDS.COM

In developing its outboard joystick controls, Mercury took its cues from both its own internal pulse and that of the consumer. Noting the uptick in popularity of its successful Axius System, engineers set their sights on moving the joystick technology across all of the company’s product lines. The sophisticated system has three control modules per engine: An engine control module that manages all of the core engine functions; a thrust vector module, responsible for all the steering functions; and a helm command and control module. When operational, the system takes all its commands from the helm and transfers them for seamless and instantaneous response, telling the engine where it needs to steer and where it needs to be throttling and shifting. Engaging the joystick control, you can completely and proportionally adjust to any point in between; if you want to go to starboard, press slightly in that direction and that engine will shift in reverse with the port going forward as both splay out. In that way, the direction of the thrust will be shifted under the center of gravity beneath the boat. No bow thrusters necessary. If you need to add a little forward movement, push the joystick in that direction. The same goes for reverse, as there’s no need to come back to center. It’s that easy to continue adding those partial movements to keep things fluid and maintain control over the boat’s momentum. With the triple engine application, as on my test boat, the center engine will follow whichever engine is in reverse. So for a starboard movement, for example, where the starboard outside engine is in reverse, the center engine will swing over and maintain the same angle and assist in reverse.




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And regardless of dual or triple engines, should the wind get your bow and momentarily put the boat out of shape, a mere twist of the control in the opposite direction will get things back on an even keel — quickly.

Adjusting to joystick control

That hand-on-the-top-of-your-boat analogy of Chapman’s rings true when trying it out for the first time. The initial reaction is how immediate the response is to the command and how, when you first get your hand on the joystick, there is a tendency to twist too much and push too far. Looking aft and seeing those three, 300-hp Verado engines hanging off the transom can be a bit intimidating. But quickly, and with a bit of practice, the ‘feel’ for things settles in and quite soon after that, your confidence and proficiency with the system will astound you. As we discussed the experience, Chapman backed up my reaction. “This is a real, intuitive way to move around the dock,” Chapman maintains. “With traditional ‘stick’ operation, there’s usually a lot of movement to jockey into the correct position. With this system, all that is eliminated. For a non-boater, someone unfamiliar with bringing a boat back in to a dock, we can usually have them comfortable after and hour or so of instruction and practice.” The system also includes an auto trim feature. When coming down off plane, you usually tuck the drives back down to minimize bow rise. What the joystick does is, as soon as it’s touched, take that fully tucked trim position and

boat photo courtesy of mercury

Optimus 360 by SEASTAR

SeaStar Solutions, formerly known as Teleflex Marine, offers a joystick steering/shift/throttle control system it calls the Optimus 360. Years in development, the system was first introduced in 2012 and uses state-of-the-art electronics to provide 360-degree maneuvering capabilities when docking, negotiating a crowded area or loading the vessel onto a trailer. Optimus 360 works with mechanically controlled twin outboard engine applications. As the operator moves the joystick, a series of actuators and SmartCylinders respond instantly to independently steer each outboard, shift gears, and apply throttle as needed to provide pinpoint accuracy — all without the use of bow thrusters. In addition to reduced steering effort, the skipper can electronically customize steering characteristics, including variable wheel resistance in response to engine RPM. The aim is for boaters to enjoy their time on the water without the worry and hassle that often accompanies routine tasks like pulling up to refuel at the dock, squeezing into a narrow slip, and launching/retrieving at a busy launch ramp. While the Optimus 360 is a new technology, its development is firmly rooted in SeaStar Solutions’ long-standing tradition of engineering and manufacturing marine steering and control products. The Optimus system received a prestigious 2012 Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

trims the engines back out to a factory-preset point so that they’re mostly level with the bottom of the boat. Furthering the joystick experience, there are several high-tech features that come standard with the system, including a fully integrated Mercury autopilot with waypoint sequencing so you can easily chart your course, and a control pad for activating Skyhook®, Mercury’s patented ‘hovering’ system. Activating it will keep your boat firmly rooted against wind and current or while waiting for a spot to open at the fuel dock. It can also be used to get yourself together while shaping up for docking maneuvers and is a real advantage to offshore fishermen, all but eliminating the need to try and anchor in deep water or move off a wreck site where the bite is on. VesselView allows accessing and monitoring of all your boat’s systems, as well as being able to set the cruise control. And finally there’s Auto Heading, which links its electronic compass onto the boat’s heading, keeping it on course with one-degree adjustments available from the joystick and 10-degree tuning from the control panel. One bit of redundancy that’s built into the system covers a rather familiar scenario — and one that none of us want to deal with while away from the dock. Given the amount of electronics we’ve become accustomed to using on a regular basis — chartplotter, radar, sounder, radio, entertainment center, baitwell pump, lights, and lots of other electric gear — a situation might arise where there’s a depletion of your cranking batteries’ power. If the Mercury system identifies this is happening, it will automatically raise the idle rate of the engines and bring the charge current up. Other features include one power steering pump and one

steering cylinder per engine, just in case there’s a problem with one of the engines. There’s also a guardian mode that kicks in so as not to allow the engine to operate outside of accepted parameters. And there are anti-collision cables between all multiple engine applications. A docking mode provides precision maneuvering. Mercury Marine’s R&D was focused and determined with this technology. “We’ve had multiple validation cycles and tests, punishing the product way before bringing it to the consumer level,” Chapman explains. With everything I’ve seen and experienced, the company has done its homework. The result is a user-friendly system that brings a new level of comfort to the outboard sector — one that just might get those on the fence about handling a boat down off of it and onto the deck and at the helm. For more information, contact Mercury Marine at 920-929-5892 or visit . LB

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LiFe Saver For Coast Guardsman Luke Cotturone, dangling from helicopters above perilous seas and plucking boaters from the icy drink is all in a day’s work. by Heather Steinberger




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photos courtesy u . s . coast guard



he commercial vessel had lost its steering and grounded on the rocks. It was effectively beached, but sheer cliffs prevented the crew from climbing to higher ground and to safety. When the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter arrived from its base in Kodiak, Alaska, the air temperature hovered at a frigid 10 to 15 degrees with a biting wind and a wild current ripping through the waterway just offshore. U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technician (AST2) Luke Cotturone rose to the challenge. One of the USCG’s elite rescue swimmers, he leaped from the chopper into the icy seas, determined to put the struggling crew into the rescue basket, one by one. “The vessel was listing far on its side, and it was getting hit by the waves,” Cotturone recalls. “Every time I’d get someone, I’d have to try not to get trapped under the hull. And we were in a waterway between two islands. The water was moving ridiculously fast, and it was freezing over. “I got pretty bad frostbite on my face,” he continues. “When I was getting the last guy, some water cleared my mask, and I realized the water was warmer than the air.” Audiences around the world are mesmerized by such harrowing tales of rescues at sea. They watch blockbuster movies like “The Perfect Storm” and popular TV shows such as “Deadliest Catch” and “Swords on the Line,” and they try to imagine what it would be like to free-fall from a helicopter into a seething ocean, to battle the elements while manhandling often panicked survivors into the rescue basket, and to feel the knifelike edge of your own physical and emotional limits. For Cotturone, however, it’s all part of the job. Now based in Traverse City, Michigan, he remembers that episode in distant Alaska as being one of the most intense of his professional life. But, he explains, he has trained and planned for such experiences, and as a younger man, he couldn’t wait to get out there.

Survivalist roots Cotturone grew up on a farm in Suffolk, Virginia, surrounded by military life in the Virginia Beach region. Although he didn’t come from a boating family, he spent a lot of time surfing, and he was a competitive swimmer; he says he’s been comfortable in the water all his life. Originally he wanted to join the U.S. Marines, but he “fell into the Coast Guard.” “That was in the year 2000, so it was pre-9/11,” he explains. “There was no real act of war at that time, and the armed forces were just training. But the Coast Guard had duties every day. “I joined the military to get away from home,” he adds with a laugh. “So what did they do? They stationed me on a 270-foot cutter in Portsmouth, Virginia!” While serving on the cutter, Cotturone became interested in what his next steps might be. “I wanted to know who

the Coast Guard elite were,” he explains. “It’s not like the Navy SEALs; you can’t just jump online and learn all about them. And when you serve on a ship, you don’t meet any.” After three and a half years, Cotturone finally had a chance to find out. He attended rescue swimmer training school at the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, which started with the four-month Airmen Program. “The program is sort-of a prep school that shows what the day-to-day job is like for rescue swimmers,” he explains. After the Airmen Program, it was time for Aviation Survival Technician “A School,” a 17-week program that involves eight to 10 hours per day of intense workouts in and out of the pool. Cotturone’s day would start before 7 a.m. As soon as the instructors arrived, he comments wryly, the fun would begin — the heavy-duty business of pushing beyond the limits of human endurance. “They want you to be exhausted, hungry, thirsty,” he says. “We’d go on a 5- to 12-mile run, then head for the pool, where we’d fall from the tower that simulates a helicopter, and instructors would drag us to the bottom and try to rip our masks off. It was, ah, hard to put them into the basket!” If getting dragged to the bottom of a pool by several instructors sounds unreasonable, Cotturone points out the

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Each U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer must complete the four-month Airmen Program and 17week Aviation Survival Technician “A School.” At left, a swimmer is completing coursework off Tybee Island, Georgia. In his class of 12 students in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Luke Cotturone (pictured above) was one of just four to graduate.




difficulties inherent in simulating rescues at sea. There’s no way, in a pool environment (unless James Cameron is involved), to recreate heavy seas, roaring winds and currents, and a 40- to 80-mile-per-hour rotor wash. So every pretend survivor must be a panicked survivor. It’s perhaps unsurprising that the rescue swimmer training school has an approximately 75 percent dropout rate. In Cotturone’s class of 12, only four people graduated. Yet Cotturone says he never let himself even consider the possibility of not completing the course. “I never thought I couldn’t do it,” he muses. “Nothing is impossible.”

Tips from a Real-life Rescue Swimmer n Wear a PFD or have an inflatable PFD somewhere on your person. n Consider purchasing a personal EPIRB or, at the very least, a strobe light. Attach it to a Velcro strap on the shoulder of your PFD or keep it in your pocket. n If you’re a paddler who wears a wetsuit while on the water, attach reflective strips to your suit. (And again, attach your strobe light to your PFD’s shoulder. Do not put your strobe light in your kayak’s front compartment or anywhere out of reach!) n Create a float plan for every outing, and leave it with a trusted person on shore. n If you’re overdue but not in an emergency situation, contact that person immediately so he or she doesn’t initiate a search. n Make sure that person knows if you are overdue and have not been in contact, he or she should get in touch with the Coast Guard. n Be aware of activities, such as setting off fireworks, that can look like an emergency from a distance. Don’t do them. Every time the Coast Guard launches, that’s one less asset available for a real emergency. n Contact your local USCG Auxiliary and have your boat’s safety gear inspected. To learn more, visit — H.S.




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After a long pause, he laughs and adds, “More than anything, I didn’t want to disappoint my dad. Plus, I knew I couldn’t go on in my career knowing that I couldn’t do it.” So Cotturone did it. And he says he couldn’t wait for the day he could exchange the Groundhog Day atmosphere of training for real-world scenarios.

Duty calls In 2005, the real world was waiting with a vengeance at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Kodiak. But before he could face it, Cotturone had to attend a three-week Emergency Medical Technician course. “We had a six-month EMT college course jammed down our throats in three weeks,” he recalls. “That was the hardest thing for me, because I couldn’t just muscle through it. I had to pass the test.” While at the air station, Cotturone also had to learn all the helicopter’s systems and limits and participate in a check-ride to become Basic Airman Qualified. He also had to do a separate rescue-swimmer check-ride. The entire process took six weeks; then he could embark on his official four-year tour in Kodiak. Cotturone admits he wasn’t happy when, in 2009, he and his family were transferred to Traverse City, Michigan. “My wife and I kind of came here kicking and screaming,” he acknowledges. “We were done with snow and wanted somewhere warm. Then we fell in love as soon as we parked the car! It’s another world here; it’s like nowhere we’ve ever been. “I grew up in a place with salt water that was dirty brown,” he continues. “Here it’s so clear, like the Caribbean. It’s not sticky, it’s not salty, there are sandy beaches, and the people are amazing. My parents are always blown away when they visit here. Everyone’s so nice.” During the typical Great Lakes summer, Cotturone will spend six to 10 hours of every 40-hour work week airborne, participating in a search. He says flare sightings and uncorrelated maydays are the two most common reasons for initiating searches. “With the flares, it’s usually people on the beach who contact us first,” he explains. “With the maydays, it’s a call that’s received, but the person hung up and didn’t respond to further attempts at contact. It’s like calling 911 and then hanging up; a sheriff is going to come to your front door. We can tell what tower the call hit first, which helps us figure out where to look.” In most cases, the mysterious flares and maydays are not emergencies. Sometimes the flares are fireworks, and sometimes the maydays are the result of kids playing around with their parents’ radios. But, Cotturone says, the U.S. Coast Guard treats every scenario as if it’s a real emergency. To date, he has participated in seven Lake Michigan rescues that required airlifts, including requested medical

evacuations. None have compared to that nerve-wracking experience in Alaska, but he says that’s to be expected. “Here, you have thousands of recreational boaters on the water on a summer day,” he explains. “But up in Kodiak, we were it; going on a rescue was the equivalent of flying from New York to Los Angeles, and we were the only asset. It would be six to eight hours, minimum, before someone else could get there.”

Advice from the expert Yet even among recreational boaters in America’s heartland, things can go wrong. As a USCG Aviation Survival Technician, Cotturone is qualified to teach survival skills both at sea and on land, and he has several tips for boaters that can help keep them safer — and make the rescuers’ job easier. First of all, Cotturone says most boaters do not carry the safety equipment they need. Or, if they do, it’s not easily accessible in the event of an emergency. “Wearing a PFD isn’t as cool as wearing a T-shirt or going shirtless,” he comments, “but remember, although we have to take off within 30 minutes of getting the call, it may take 15 to 20 minutes for the call to get to us. Then we have to fly. So you could be in the water for an hour. And what if you hit your head on the way in?” In addition to wearing a PFD, or having an inflatable PFD somewhere on your person, Cotturone also recommends having a signaling device. He underscores the importance of this for paddlers. “Not everyone can afford a personal EPIRB,” he says. “So pick up a strobe light for $15 or $20! Without one, the odds are stacked against you already. And keep it near you — not down below, and if you’re in a kayak, not in the front compartment. If you fall out and the boat drifts away, the strobe won’t help you.” That strobe light is critical. Since USCG rescuers use night-vision goggles, a strobe going off in the water will be immediately apparent. “From Traverse, we can see the glow of Chicago’s city lights across the clouds with our night-vision goggles,” Cotturone advises. “Your strobe will look like the sun at 20 miles, and it’s going to last you all night. Of course, with a personal EPIRB, we’ll know everything; we’ll call your wife before someone else does. But if you’re not going to do that, get the strobe — $15, AA batteries, no inspections. Just do it.”

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Cotturone suggests attaching a strip of Velcro for your strobe onto the shoulder of your PFD. That way, if you pass out due to hypothermia, the strobe still will be above water, calling attention to your predicament. “And for the anti-PFD wearers, put it in your pocket,” Cotturone says. For paddlers who are out on the water clad in wetsuits, make sure you have reflective strips on your suit. “How easy do you think it’ll be to find that black wetsuit at night?” Cotturone asks. “We never get overdue calls in the middle of a sunny day. We get them at sunset, or at night. We’ll be searching for you with a spotlight, and the reflective gear will light up like a Christmas tree. “All these things help you out, but they also help me out,” he adds. “We have three crews, six hours apiece, that will come looking for you. If you take these steps, boom, it’ll be done.” He also stresses the importance of putting together a float plan and making sure to leave it with a trusted friend or family member on shore. If you find yourself overdue but not in an emergency situation, be sure to contact that person immediately with your status. Otherwise, he or she may initiate a search, which means those Coast Guard assets will be tied up looking for you rather than responding to someone who might really need help. And, of course, if your point person doesn’t hear from you, he or she can make sure the Coast Guard comes to your aid. When it comes to safety at sea, Cotturone says, be prepared for the worst. “People always say to me that they hadn’t thought about what could happen, or that they didn’t want to spend the money on safety gear,” he observes. “But every horrible story begins with, ‘I was just going out for a little while…’” At press time, 32-year-old Cotturone was facing his final 17 months in the Coast Guard. Rather than moving on to another air station after his four-year tour, he chose to add a one-year extension in Traverse City; he’s planning to exit the service for good in August 2014. What’s next? Cotturone plans to work as a real-estate agent and enjoy civilian life in Michigan with his wife and two daughters, ages 6 and 2. “We really fell in love with Traverse City,” he says simply. “We want to stay here forever.” LB

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estled into Sandusky Bay, on Lake Erie’s southern coast, lies the gem of the Great Lakes: Sandusky, Ohio. The city and its host county, Erie, home to 77,000, have long been destinations for tourists and thrill-seekers of every sort, in every season. With a whole host of entertainment and recreational offerings — the world’s best amusement park, a plethora of indoor water parks, tourist islands, and an abundance of wineries — the Sandusky region is a lure not just for Buckeye State natives, but tourists from surrounding states and beyond. It’s become an international tourist destination. The city itself is home to Cedar Fair and its flagship park, Cedar Point, continuously rated the best amusement park in the world. The company’s CEO has been known to help riders board Cedar Point roller coasters on occasion, an act illustrative of the genuine charm and good nature of this city’s residents and leaders. And while this is best known as the “Thrill Coast,” the area holds so much more, surprises that delight visitors of all ages and walks of life. On summer nights, the lake’s cool breeze carries inland

too, with museums and sights commemorating ties to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, War of 1812 and other pivotal events in American history. Sheltered coves and hidden beaches along island and coastal shores prove ideal for anchoring in calm waters, if only to enjoy afternoons of sunbathing and perch fishing, or unfettered explorations into ecosystems teeming with water fowl and wildlife. For restless visitors looking to test their mettle, the glass-like waters of Sandusky Bay make for the perfect opportunity to enjoy personal watercraft at thrill-seeking speed. Long-term vacationers and adrenaline junkies alike can find ample opportunities to satiate their palates in this region, which each year is visited by seven million people.

the shouts and laughter from a peppering of nearby islands, where boaters and families revel in dining and delights. The islands and coastal cities are steeped in history,

challenge to develop the waterfront. He envisioned the creation of a getaway where folks from Midwest cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could escape the oppressive rush of daily living, restoring themselves with the fresh air and fresh waters of Sandusky Bay. The area’s first public beach began with a bathhouse, a beer garden and a dance floor. If the people of generations past were to visit today, they’d certainly recognize the beach, preserved in all its grandeur. The area has exploded with growth over the years, however, with upscale lakefront residences on the Chaussee and ample housing and rentals throughout. To this day, boaters from Chicago, Wisconsin and Michigan can follow in the wake of the ferries from 100 years ago, gliding right up to Cedar Point’s beach at Castaway Bay Marina or Cedar Point Marina, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. And, of course, all routes lead to the motherlode: Cedar Point. “Tell me another port of call with as much to do right off the dock,” says Bryan Edwards, Cedar Point’s spokesperson. “Within 20 yards, you are in one of the biggest parks.” There are about 900 slips at Cedar Point’s marinas, with 130 available for overnight rental. History-minded visitors can venture onto the same mile-long stretch of beach where, 100 years ago, legendary football figure Knute Rockne perfected the forward pass. Rockne was a lifeguard at the beach in 1913. This summer, guests drawn inside Cedar Point’s gates will first be greeted by the newest ride: The record-breaking winged coaster, GateKeeper. GateKeeper is designed to suspend riders in such a way that they can’t see the track in front of or beneath them, creating a sensation of flight. The $30 million coaster will break five world records, including fastest non-launched wing roller coaster, longest drop and most inversions.

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Top-rated amusement Like all good things, Cedar Point started with a beach. There’s truly something special in Cedar Point, where memories are just waiting to be made. To this day it’s a perfect destination for anyone, especially boaters whose first views of the park from the water are stunning. In 1870, Louis Zistel took up a Sandusky newspaper’s

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Other mainstays promise to loom as large as ever, including the 420-foot Top Thrill Dragster and the Millennium Force, guaranteed to elicit screams from riders experiencing a 300-foot drop at 93 miles per hour. With 16 thrill rides, Cedar Point is a coaster lover’s dream. Many of the park’s attractions are also designed with children and parents in mind, such as the Dinosaur’s Alive exhibit, where nearly 50 life-like dinosaurs roar at guests who dare to walk the paths on Adventure Island. On the midway, rumbling bellies can find appeasement in favorite foods based on local recipes: The legendary thick cut twice-cooked french fries and the many-flavored treats of Toft’s Ice Cream, headquartered just down the road. There’s sit-down dining, too, at Famous Dave’s Legendary Bar B Que restaurant, and fine-dining at Bay Harbor. “Cedar Point is the perfect destination spot for families. You can be young and on the midway or 92 and sitting remembering memories of your time on the beach. There is something for all ages,” Edwards said. For those who venture beyond the amusement park, another world awaits.

Guiding Light Marblehead Lighthouse draws visitors from all over. Rising up out of the Lake Erie coastline, the Marblehead Lighthouse beckons tourists and boaters alike. Operating since 1822, it is the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. From its perch on the tip of the rocky shores of the Marblehead Peninsula, it has been faithfully guiding boaters along dangerous, shallow waters and offering safe passage into Sandusky Bay for nearly two centuries. It is ironic, perhaps, that Marblehead Lighthouse has become a siren luring more than a million tourists every year to this slice of land on Ohio’s northwest shore. This 19th century lighthouse is the most photographed site in Ohio. “It is a real lighthouse you can touch and climb,” says Diane Rozak, a naturalist at the lighthouse. “You cannot do that at too many lighthouses. It’s beautiful, it’s romantic and it’s stunning. It’s a great place to reflect, walk, do what you want.”

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East Harbor naturalists and volunteers run tours at the park, open from May 28 to August 30. From June to August, park tours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4-6 p.m. Sundays. The lighthouse itself is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, from June though October. The Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is all day October 12. On a clear day, visitors can see to Avon Point — about 30 miles across the lake — as well as the islands of Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island. Afterward, tourists can picnic as they enjoy stunning views of Lake Erie’s white-capped waters. A nearby formation of rocks jutting into the lake offers a particularly suitable spot to bask in the lake breeze, a welcome respite from the heat of a summer day. The U.S. Coast Guard operates the lighthouse and maintains the beacon,

but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources actually owns and maintains the Marblehead Lighthouse tower. And while the lighthouse is now automated, a keeper’s house stands ever vigilant next door. In a nod to history, visitors should venture to the original Keeper’s House at 9999 E. Bayshore Road. It’s just a few miles away and well worth the drive. Built in 1822 as the personal home of the first appointed lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott, and his wife, the Keeper’s House maintains all the glory of its storied history. The first three keepers of the Marblehead Lighthouse lived at the home until 1841. They kept constant watch over the everchanging waters of Lake Erie, where thick fog can quickly shroud the cluster of small islands near the bay. Today, the original Keeper’s House is operated as a historic museum. For hours call 419-798-9339 or 419-798-5832. — M.T.

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Wine Trail A trip to the waters of the Western Basin of Lake Erie would not be complete without stepping ashore and into the award-winning area vineyards: Firelands Winery 917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky 800-548-WINE

Heineman’s Winery 978 Catawba St., Put-in-Bay 419-285-2811

Hermes Vineyards & Winery 6413 Hayes Ave., Sandusky 419-626-8500

D&D Smith Winery 401 W. Main St., Norwalk 419-577-0242

Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton 419-960-4065

Paper Moon Vineyards 2008 State Rd., Vermilion 440-967-2500

Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights 419-588-3179




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Wet and wild Sandusky and Erie County are home to water-soaked, slip-sliding adventures all year round. The African-themed Kalahari Resort, just minutes south of Cedar Point, transports visitors to an other-world savanna where the corkscrewed water rides are second to none. Kalahari is the largest indoor water park in the United States and is open 12 months a year. The resort boasts 173,000 square feet of indoor recreation and 77,000 square feet outdoors. Cedar Point is also in on the indoor water park game, as it led the way with Castaway Bay, just north of Cedar Point proper. Castaway’s adventures are parent-approved and kid-loved, with a setting based on a tropical-island paradise. The centerpiece is a natural display of palm trees and huts surrounding a watery play-land. Tucked about halfway between Kalahari and Cedar Point is Great Wolf Lodge, always chockfull of youngsters and their parents and grandparents. If you’re a kid, it doesn’t get much better than indoor water rides, an outdoor pool and the new Scooops Kid Spa. A stone’s throw from this is cozy Maui Sands Resort, which recently re-opened its water park. The lush hotel was also re-opened this past year, and its Hawaiian-themed water park promises to envelope you in the Aloha Spirit, where friendship is the norm.

History on the water Venturers who head west of Cedar Point and north of the commercial district and restaurants and resorts on U.S. 250 will find themselves in Sandusky’s historic downtown. The downtown waterfront, established in 1818 as the central business district, is today experiencing nothing less than a culinary and cultural Renaissance. Live performances at the historic Sandusky State Theatre are best complemented by fine dining at any one of several downtown restaurants: J Bistro; Zinc Brasserie; Pier 684; Crush Winebar; Water Street Bar & Grille. Eateries abound, too, including local favorites like Hot Dog Tony’s, Mr. Smith’s Coffee House and The Lunch Box. Afterward, a quiet walk along the waterfront and surrounding areas afford views of beautiful, historic homes, many on the National Registry of Historic Places. The entire waterfront can serve as a history lesson for the eagle-eyed visitor, as homes and churches speak to guests by way of placards and signs announcing a location’s role in the Underground Railroad. Sandusky history is rich with stories of sympathetic locals who guided runaway slaves to the piers and onto boats headed to Canada. The Sandusky Maritime Museum, also downtown, showcases exhibits on histories of the Great Lakes and the boats that once sailed here, including tall ships and vessels that played a role in the Underground Railroad. History lessons aren’t the only family-friendly events. The Merry-Go-Round Museum, just a short walk from the waterfront, houses a gorgeous, working carousel that guests can ride. The museum also has displays and programs on the art of making carousel horses. And don’t forget to purchase a must-have Sandusky souvenir: A figurine of “The Boy and The Boot,” modeled after the fountain near the Merry-Go-Round Museum.


Easy living The islands of Lake Erie — Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass — are among the most unique on the Great Lakes. From the mainland, they can be accessed by airplane, boat or ferry, such as the Jet Express or Miller Ferry. Anglers have long known these waters and bays make for a rewarding year-round sport, as long as winter ice is thick enough. Any one of several area charter boat captains are eager to share knowledge on the best places to catch walleye, perch, bass and trout, but even those going it alone are sure to find success. Off the water, islands visitors are presented with a smorgasbord of entertainment and dining. Families can walk, bike or kayak the 17 miles of pristine Kelleys Island coastline, and there’s also 600 acres of state park lands to explore. The deep glacial grooves and wide varieties of ancient fossils make for a blissful day of geological wonders. Step back into the Victorian Era on Put-In-Bay, where a rented golf cart, scooter or bicycle prove useful in visiting wineries, shops and bars. History buffs won’t want to miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, especially this year, as Put-In-Bay hosts a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Lake Erie. More than a dozen tall ships, such as the U.S. Brig Niagara, will again be sailing across the water as they reenact Commodore Oliver Perry’s victory over the British fleet. Tours, sails and musical events make this Labor Day weekend a great time to visit. Gibraltar Island is one of Lake Erie’s little-known treasures. It’s home to Stone Laboratory, where for 30 years families have worked alongside scientists. The lab’s Aquatic Science Field Trip program gives school children the chance to join scientists on boating expeditions, becoming eager explorers as they peer through microscopes and dissect fish. The lab also offers tours of the glacial grooves, as well as Cooke Castle and Perry’s Lookout.

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May 3-12 Biggest week in American Birding

July 3 Independence Day celebration, Oak Harbor

Aug. 1-2 Deepwater sailing races, Put-in-Bay

May 4 Songbird banding & migration program, Oak Harbor

July 4 Independence Day celebrations, Put-in-Bay and Port Clinton

Aug. 1-4 I-LYA Senior sailing races, Put-in-Bay

May 11 Cedar Point opening day, Sandusky

July 5-6 Independence Day celebration, Marblehead

May 23-27 Walleye Festival, Port Clinton

July 6 Freedom concert, Put-in-Bay

May 31-June 9 Ohio Bike Week, Sandusky and surrounding islands

July 6 Red, White & Blues Bang, Huron

JUNE June 2 Rally on the Rock, Put-in-Bay

July 11 Power Boat Regatta, Put-in-Bay

Aug. 7-11 Power Boat Regatta, Put-in-Bay

June 7-9 South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous

July 12-14 Huron Riverfest, Huron

Aug. 9-11 Fine Art and Food Festival, Huron

June 14-16 Festival of the Fish, Vermilion

Aug. 3-4 Arts in the Park, Port Clinton Aug. 3 Antiques, Collectibles, Handmade Wares and Artists in the Park, Vermilion Aug. 6-11 Erie County Fair

July 19-20 East Harbor Christmas in July, Marblehead

Aug. 10 Toast of Ohio Wine Festival, Sandusky

June 23-28 Arts on Erie, Put-in-Bay

July 19-21 Christmas in July at the Bay, Put-in-Bay

June 28-30 Marblehead Summerfest, Marblehead

July 19-21 Islandfest, Memorial Park, Kelleys Island

June 28-July 1 Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest, Put-in-Bay

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A visit to Sandusky and the islands is only complete with a trip down the wine trail. Thanks to the unique climate and the waters of Lake Erie, the area is famous for its award-winning wines. With dozens of wineries, this region is known with great pride as the Lake Erie Grape Belt. “Most of the gold medals won in Ohio go to wineries along Lake Erie,” says Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. Of the dozens of area wineries, one has made a business of raking in the awards: The iconic Firelands Winery, owned since 2002 by Claudio Salvador. Vintners have been making wine at this site since 1880. Another must-visit is the 125-year-old Heineman’s Winery, where six generations of workers have been plying their trade to create delicious blends. A tour of the winery and the Crystal Cave below is best before settling into the beautiful wine garden with a cheese plate and a bottle of one of the special offerings. The waters around the islands provide a great advantage for the vineyards here; it creates a longer growing season for the grapes and it insulates the grapevines from disease, Winchell says. The cool climate lets growers tend a greater variety of grapes, from the incredible Pink Catawba to sophisticated Cabernet, Pinot Grigio and Gewurztraminer. The dessert wines are on par with offerings a discerning tongue will find in any region. “That’s an exciting thing for a boater,” Winchell says. “They can come into the area and whatever their pallet, we have something to satisfy them.” By the thousands, beer lovers flock to the bars on the islands, including Put-In-Bay’s Beer Barrel Saloon and The Boathouse, where some cold drinks and raucous fun are overwhelmed only by the lively bands enticing even wallflowers out onto the dance floor.

A new era Record-setting roller coasters. Adult night life. Family-friendly fun. Unique histories. Five Star-dining. In 1842, Charles Dickens described Sandusky in “American Notes” as “sluggish and uninteresting enough — something like the back of an English watering place, out of the season.” My, how things have changed, Mr. Dickens. Come walk in his footsteps and see for yourself. LB


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Lake Erie Historical Society 419-285-2804;

Put-In-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 419-285-2832;

Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society 419-797-4530;

Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 419-746-2360;

Keeper’s House 419-798-9339;

Cedar Point 419-627-2350;

Ohio Wine Producers Association 440-466-4417;

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“The mezzanine deck off the kitchen has exterior red quarry tile, as well as a Viking grill that matches the cooktop in the kitchen,” Slattery says. Upstairs, the master suite overlooking Lake Erie is complete with spa shower and his-and-her closets. Also upstairs are two additional bedrooms, another full bath, and a large office over a the three-and-a-half-car garage. Outside, custom landscaping and a zoned sprinkler system are just the beginning. On the lake side is a beach house with electric, water and cable — and four quarry stone columns that match stone used elsewhere in the home. It’s not just a sliver of beach, either. “It’s on average 150 feet deep to the water,” Slattery says. On the home’s bay side, there’s a 20,000-pound lift under the boathouse, as well as an additional 5,000-pound lift. Custom aluminum docks surround the boathouse. “You’re out on the western basin of Lake Erie,” Slattery says. “You have access to all the beautiful islands — Kelleys Island, the Bass Islands and Pelee Island.” LB

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1,700’ of Lake Charlevoix Frontage & 103 Acres Wonderful 103 acre farm on 1700’ of waterfront on Lake Charlevoix’s North Shore, with a pristine farmhouse, surrounded by lush lawn, lake views and extraordinary gardens. Two comfortable guest houses ensure that if the main house’s 7 bedrooms won’t suffice, you won’t need to turn anyone away. Amazing barn, several work or storage barns, and a boathouse with its feet in the water. And... tennis or shuffleboard anyone? The whimsical attributes and loving touches throughout are a testimony to the affection and fun characterizing this lovely lake home. A waterfront property rich in heritage, where tradition and families grow. 434158 $3,200,000

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ocated at the southern tip of Lake Michigan just 12 nautical miles from the bright lights of Chicago, Hammond Marina in Hammond, Indiana is the perfect rest stop on the way to and from the city. “It’s an attraction for folks going both ways,” says Milan Kruszynski, director of the Hammond Port Authority, which manages the 22-year-old marina, in addition to several other recreational facilities in Hammond. Those facilities include a boater beach, a 9-acre bird sanctuary adjacent to the beach, two golf courses, and two parks on Wolf Lake, which are currently undergoing expansion. And that’s good news for boaters, who can access everything via an 8.5-mile walking and biking trail the Port Authority also manages, making Hammond Marina a great spot to set up shop for the summer. The marina, which is a safe harbor, was the first Indiana marina to be named a Clean Marina. “That happened three years ago,” Kruszynski says. “We’re very proud of it.” There’s also around-the-clock security. “We have a fully


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public, managed-access facility,” Kruszynski says. “We have a lot of walkways, and you can walk around almost everywhere.” Most important this season, which opens May 1, is the fact that the 918-slip marina has deep water — not the case everywhere in the area. Although there is usually room for transients, he says, “it’s smarter to make reservations, if possible, especially for groups.” And the marina is offering a promotion for transients in 2013: Stay one night, get one night free (up to five free nights, 10 nights total). The marina’s slips can accommodate boats up to 60 feet, but boats as large as 110 feet can tie up on the head pier. The Ship’s store/deli onsite, along with all those extensive recreational options run by the Port Authority, offers boaters easy access to basic necessities and fun. For additional recreation and dining options, Horseshoe Casino is adjacent to the marina, and Chicago is just a 30-minute boat ride away. LB

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2005 36’ Tiara Open $229,900

2004 65’ Neptunus $1,299,000

1998 36’ Mays Craft Custom $450,000

2001 65’ Viking Sport Cruiser $789,000

2008 35’ Tiara Sovran $274,900

1987 63’ Ocean SS $395,000

2007 35’ Chaparral Signature $174,900

1999 56’ Sea Ray SB $369,000

2001 35’ Tiara Open $139,900

2001 55‘ Viking CNV $709,000

1987 35’ Chris Craft Catalina $42,000

1966 53’ Pacemaker Flushdeck MY $189,000

2001 35‘ Maxum SCR $79,900

2003 48‘ Sunseeker Superhawk $279,000

2000 34’ Sea Ray Sundancer $89,900

2000 48’ Sea Ray SB $299,000

2000 33‘ Sea Ray Express $89,900

1990 48‘ Ocean Yachts $189,900

1988 33’ Bertram FB $59,900

2001 46’ Sea Ray SD $239,000

2005 32‘ Sea Ray SD $124,900

1996 45’ Ocean Super Sport $229,000

1986 32’ Trojan SB $29,900

2007 43‘ Tiara Sovran $439,000

2003 31’ Rampage Open $94,900

2012 42’ Viking Open $1,149,000

1996 31’ Tiara Open $96,900

1988 41’ Viking Convertible $129,000

2000 30’ Cruisers Express $59,900

1969 41’ Hatteras MY $49,900

1990 30‘ Sear Ray Weekender $36,900

1989 39’ Sea Ray EXP $59,900

1986 30’ Tollycraft FB $34,500

1986 39‘ Sea Ray Sporttsh $39,900

2002 29’ Sea Ray Amberjack $64,900

1979 38’ Magnum Sport $195,000

2003 29‘ Tiara Coronet $104,950

2000 38’ Sea Ray Sundancer $122,000

1993 29’ Sea Ray Laguna $25,800

2001 37’ Regal 3780 $139,900

1991 29’ Tiara Sport $27,900

2005 37 Cruisers Diesel $159,900

2004 26’ Sea Ray DA $44,500

1998 37 Sea Ray 370AC $134,900

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Place your classified ad Online at 23’ 1988 Slickcraft SS237 260-hp Mercruiser, 492 hrs., Eagle tandem axle trailer, one owner, complete documentation. $13,500. Northport, MI. 317-370-8705 or JUL13 32’ 2005 320 crUiSerS eXPreSS Mid-caBin T-320 Volvo inboards. Only 150 hrs. New bottom paint. Excellent condition. $99,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, may13

25’ 2011 hUnt harrier Single 300-hp Yanmar diesel with 71 hrs. Bow thruster, full canvas enclosure, Garmin 5212 Chart, V-berth with head. Wet bar with refrigerator. Swim platform. Kept under cover, clean. Located in South Florida. contact wayne cannava 954-646-5099,

1982 30’ carver Sedan New engines and rebuilt transmission. Stand-up shower, new sofabed, two refrigerators, bar. Extras. Excellent buy. 517-669-9159


2001 mainship rum runner 2001 MainShiP rUM rUnner 30’ 250 B Cummins, 560 enging hrs., stored inside winter/ summer. Like new, many extras. $88,000. call 920-517-3304 or 920-921-5038. aUG13

2009 32’ evergladeS 320cc Twin 350-hp 4-stroke Yamahas, 2 Garmin GPS Map 5212 displays, chartplotter/ radar, XM Weather, VHF, autopilot, Clarion CMD5 AM/FM/ CD, Taco outriggers, fresh/raw w/down, power windlass w/ ss anchor, livewell, head w/shower, bait station w/sink and 8 tackle drawers. AND MUCH MORE! $195,000. aUG13

1989 Slickcraft 279Sc 330 hp, SS prop, water heater, video depthsounder, marine radio, camper canvas, and much more. Well kept. Dual axle float on trailer. Boat $9,500; trailer $2,000. 651-470-7548 aUG13

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2012 cUtwater 28 Freshwater, Yanmar 260 hp diesel, 50 hours, generator, full electronics. LOADED – too many options to list! Asking $199,900. call Brent @ reed yacht Sales 616-402-0180. RyS


1987 31’ tiara flyBridge Completely rigged for Great Lakes fishing. Full complement of electronics. Excellent condition. Asking $49,000. call 920-265-3270 or JUL13

2010 ranger tUg r-29 Freshwater, Yanmar 260 hp diesel, 100 hours, generator, air conditioning, full electronics. Asking $209,900. call Brent @ reed yacht Sales 616-402-0180. RyS

31’ 2004 310 dOral T-320 hp Bravo III’s, low hrs., one owner, generator, radar, GPS, plotter. Excellent condition. $99,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, may13

2006 hydra-SPOrtS 2900 vX Freshwater, T-Yamaha 250 hp 4S, 415 hours, salmon fish rigged, air conditioning, hardtop, custom tri-axle aluminum trailer. Asking $99,900. call Brent @ reed yacht Sales 616-402-0180. RyS

1995 carver 310 SantegO Very good condition, I/B T-Crusaders, low hrs., new interior, A/C heat. Sleeps six. Great weekender with many extras. $28,000 OBO. Phil 312-343-8073, JUN13



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1997 crOwnline 330 eXPreSS crUiSer Mid-cabin, T-260 hp MerCruiser 5.7L Bravo III drives, air/heat, generator, cockpit ice maker, large swim platform, 2008 Garmin 8.4” chart, 18HD radar, GPS, VHF. 2013 new bottom paint. Located in MI. $49,000. 616-443-9759. JUL13

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

1998 crUiSerS yachtS 3375 eSPrit Original owner, freshwater, tow truck and trailer available. T-7.4 inboards, full electronics, generator, new canvas. $59,900. 262-781-6598 or aUG13

1999 TiaRa 3500 oPen LOA 35’6”, beam 13’3”, 7.4 Crusader Gas Engines w/485 hrs. Canvas like new, full electronics, teak/holly sole, air conditioning. Professionally maintained Lake Erie boat. $128,900. 419-433-8071 or AUG13

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1994 FouR WinnS 365 exPReSS Cummins diesels, generator, Lowrance GPS/fishfinder. Radar. Freshwater/ heated storage. $79,500. More information/photos at or call 906-647-2400. JUN13

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35’ 1986 SenaToR SundecK Very fuel efficient, economical trawler. T/diesels. Autopilot, radar, GPS, A/C, heat, dripless shaft seals. Always freshwater. Well maintained and clean. $69,500. 734-789-7534, JUL13

2008 3760 Regal Mid caBin exPReSS T-8.1 Volvo dual props, low hrs., hardtop, generator. $169,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, mAy13

1999 SilVeRTon 37 conVeRTiBle T-Merc 400 hp closed Ccoling, 2-A/C & heat, genset, electronics, one owner, excellent condition. $89,000. contact 815-4334218 or AUG13

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2001 37/39 noRdic Tug Bristol! Never in salt. Stored indoor heated since new. Best overall value in the country @ $285,000. Long-range cruise equipped. George Wilson/ owner 920-495-9662 or JUL13

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1980 35’ ViKing conVeRTiBle 454 Crusaders, Kohler Marine airs, fully equipped w/numerous upgrades. Freshwater, covered slip. $35,900. 513-574-1585 JUN13

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37’ 1993 caRVeR MoToR yacHT T-7.4 Crusaders, generator, new canvas, full electronics, very good condition. Owners retiring. $87,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, mAy13

2000 Sea Ray 380 SundanceR T-7.4 Merc. HorizonsGarmin. Fresh water only. 2010 GPS, low hrs. (280). Excellent. Like new, new canvas. Best offer. 315-4691712 days, 315-476-3901 eve and weekends AUG13

2000 SilVeRTon 352 aFT caBin My Excellent condition. 7.4L inboard Mercs w/low hrs. (700). Only in freshwater. Motivated seller, free delivery on Great Lakes. Spacious Interior w/ 2 staterooms and 2 heads, dual access bridge, electronics, etc. $99,000 OBO. contact or 814 572-4982 JUN13

1995 Sea Ray 400ec Total refit inside and out (2005). Loaded incl. genset. Pictures and survey available. $99,000. 231-313-2191 JUL13

1996 372 SilVeRTon aFT caBin T-8.2 Crusaders, generator, electronics, fresh bottom paint, canvas in good condition. $89,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, mAy13

1939 40’ cyPReSS PlanK on oak frames. Going bigger; must sell. MV RESTLESS. Excellent condition. For more info, visit or call 419-304-2056. AUG13

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1987 36’ TiaRa conVeRTiBle Heated storage, proserviced, 350 hp (910 hrs.), generator, all electronics, teak interior, 2 staterooms, 100% freshwater. Excellent condition. Photos available. Reduced $79,900. 616-340-7300 JUN13

1995 Sea Ray 370 SundanceR Loaded for cruising. Generator, plotter w/radar, hailer w/fog horn, VHF w/ DCS, 10’ rib w/15 hp on davits, camper back w/screens, 454’s w/600 hrs. Professionally serviced/heated storage. Sturgeon Bay, WI. $82,500. 608-274-3448. JUL13


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2005 GB EastBay 49 sEdan 1986 cHrIs crafT 422 coMMander Immaculate, motivated seller. Diesels, heat/AC, generator, low hours. Best value on the Great Lakes! call or text 616-389-0747. JUL13

2005 gb easTbay 49 sedan Single owner! Custom hard enclosure! Flag Blue hull! Only 335 hrs. Always fresh water! $689,000. contact Mike@, 419-344-7518. JUL13

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

2000 sea ray 410 sundancer T7.4L Merc MPI Horizons. Generator w/full electronics. In excellent condition. Reduced to $115,000. 814-881-0326, JUL13

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

1993 cusToM-buIlT sTeel TraWler 49’3”, 16’ beam, 180 H. Cummins Diesel. Always in freshwater, stored in heated building. Written up in Passagemaker, Oct. 2010. New electronics. Price negotiable. call 906-786-2175 aUG13

Place your classified ad onlIne at 2000 regal 4160 exPress 42 feet, Volvo diesels w/250 hrs. Full electronics, two heads/ staterooms, generator. Excellent condition. 231-941-1284 JUN13

2007 42’ Island PIloT 435 with IPS. Excellent condition. Go to for details. $399,000. 248-787-2400 JUL13

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42’ 1996 HaTTeras cocKPIT MoToryacHT T-420 hp Cats, low hrs., new bottom paint and canvas. Excellent condition. $259,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, may13

1979 albIn 43 TraWler Great liveaboard. Fresh water. Well maintained. $105,000. Details and photos online at contact ron at 269-568-8888. aUG13

2000 WellcrafT 45 excalIbur Raytheon radar/ autopilot. Drive showers. Clean — never overnighted. Summer on lift. Winter heated stored. 219-742-2234. aUG13

1999 450 sea ray sundancer Extremely clean and updated boat. T-450 hp cats with 400 hrs, always fresh water and heated winter stored. Would consider trading on a bridge boat over 48 ft. call don at 586-738-5357 for additional details. aUG13

2002 51’ sea ray sundancer T-3196 CATS T640 hp, 470 hrs. Loaded. Submersible platform. Sat TV. Immaculately clean. $359,900. 262-652-8866, CJ, may13

1990 53’ Jefferson Marquessa walk around. Detroit 6V92s, 3 staterooms, 3 heads. Extensive remodel/ upgrades. Custom pilothouse. Zodiac. Never salt., 612-850-2000 JUN13

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2004 searay 420 sundancer Cummins diesels, low hours, full electronics, turnkey. Excellent condition. Priced to sell. 630-918-3794. aUG13




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1968 46’ cHrIs crafT roaMer (aluMInuM) New exterior paint and extensive interior redecorating in 2011. Attention getter continuously upgraded by same (now two-boat) owner last 24 years. Strong Ford 427 engines. Located in Detroit. $99,500. contact Mark at 248-514-4250 or e-mail for photos/specs. may13

2005 ocean alexander 54 LOA T-500 hp Yanmars w/330 hrs. Dual stations, full Raymarine electronics,12KW gen, air, Zodiac H/B, deluxe bridge. $449,000. 920-739-7668 JUL13

stUnning 2000 54’ neptUnUs express Fullyequipped, powerful and rare C-12 Caterpillars w/low hrs. Never in salt water. Luxurious leather and cherry wood throughout, well-maintained, everything works and ready to go for summer! Steal it for $325,000. Contact Charles: 312-793-5480; JUL13

BOAT LOANS 40’ ellenWood landing slip Drive-up slip #6 in Montague, MI. Greenway, picnic table and grills. Two great club houses and pool. Rent for $2,000 OR buy for $2,000 annually for 7 years! Call Wayne at 517-402-6948 MAy13


55’ 1990 viKing MotoryaCht Desirable (4) stateroom layout. On-deck galley, walk-in engine room, private master w/king berth. Traditional teak interior, upgraded digital stabilizers, bow thruster. Must-see exceptional gel coat. Fresh water 98% and shows. Located in the Great Lakes. Realistic seller. Contact Wayne Cannava 954-646-5099, JUL13

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1985 Carver 3227 Convertible Superbly maintained and runs great! 3000 hours trolling, includes electronics/updates/bottom paint. Great for cruising/fishing. for photos/specs. JUL13 REDUCED! 1996 Carver 370 Aft Cabin, T-454 EFI Crusaders, 650 hrs. Gen set w/70 hrs. Lots of space for 6. Pictures available. Excellent condition. 419-367-8646 JUL13 1993 40’ Mainship sedan bridge. Fresh water only. 7.4L XL Crusaders w/ V drives @ 840 hrs. Meticulously maintained. Fully equipped and instrumented. Bridge is fully enclosed. Includes 10” RIB. $90,000. Call 248-321-7985. JUL13

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above the waterline | by Dave Wallace

Scan Craft Are QR codes the future of boating?


ere you are at the back page of the magazine looking at a strangely familiar illustration. Familiar to you, that is, because I am absolutely, positively certain that you come from a younger generation than mine, and that you have learned to take this new digital scanning icon, known as the QR (Quick Response) Code, for granted. As someone who grew up with nothing more than fountain pens, pencils, and a miraculous new communication machine known as the typewriter, the concept of calling up pages of useful information with the click of a button challenges my imagination. I share this information with you not to boast of my longevity, but to explain my total ignorance of the process. I have no idea how long these scan/ squares have been in play because they simply did not compute within my shrinking brain. I didn’t take serious notice of them as they appeared more and more often in publications and printed material because I had no clue as to their purpose. Part of my ignorance is due to my serious lag time experience with digital hardware. It’s true that I write this monthly column on a computer, but I refuse to confess which version of Windows I’m using. I also hesitate to admit that I finally discovered that a USB port did not refer to a connection with “United States Boating.” The real barrier to any breakthrough for me comes from the last century limitation of my cell phone. It’s about the size and heft of an Idaho potato and offers nothing more than a keyboard for dialing numbers by punching physical buttons. No touch screens, no internet access, no TV or movies, no camera — and no scanning ability. Mind you, I’m not asking for pity; only understanding. I still have absolutely no concept of what happens when you scan these magic squares, but I imagine you get a whole bunch of information, specifications, illustrations and probably an invitation to click on something that confirms a purchase before you even have a chance to second-guess it. At this point you should be wondering: If this old geezer is so far behind the curve that he doesn’t have a clue, then what the heck is that illustration all about... and what gives him the right to take up valuable space in this magazine with an obvious fake? I offer two answers in my defense. First, it’s my impression that the current crop of scanning squares pretty much all look alike. I know the processing

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




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computer can tell the difference, but meanwhile it leaves an unattractive, lower right-hand corner eyesore on an otherwise beautiful ad. Without having the slightest idea of what I’m talking about, I find myself wondering if a creative programmer could accomplish the same data transfer while using a more meaningful arrangement of squares. The sample on this page suggests a scan that would give you

information on a cruising-size boat, along with pricing options. And, it accomplishes this while still looking as though it belongs in a nautical advertisement. Second, I see this scanable icon as a major step up from good old-fashioned bar coding. Back in 1998, I used this page to suggest that printing bar codes on the bows of boats could replace the outmoded MC numbers and provide a complete boating history profile to the U.S. Coast Guard, or to a dockmaster. For simplifying the business or checking into any transit marina, it could replace the need for a credit card. Perhaps most importantly, it could give other cell phone scanning transients in the marina a full profile of you and your crew, in the same manner as “friending” someone on Facebook. In other words, instant camaraderie — or better, depending on your personal cruising needs. “Up anchor, matey, and full scan ahead!” LB

illustration by mike harris

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Lakeland Boating May 2013  

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

Lakeland Boating May 2013  

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