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Don’t Hesitate to Renovate Corke Board Electronics Ask the Expert Gearing Up Boat Spotlights: Premier and Sunseeker 48 Lakeshore Life 50 Marina Watch 68 Above the Waterline 16 18 19 20 21 22


SLICE OF PARADISE Winter, spring, summer or fall... Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands and the communities of Madeline Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin offer year-round activities set against a stunning backdrop of equal parts pristine, sugar-sand beachfront and lush, unspoiled wilderness. by Heather Steinberger


the Cover The 445 SUV from Riviera is a culmination of more than 30 years of boatbuilding design, experience and owner feedback from around the world. The 445 combines the most desirable features of Riviera’s classic Flybridge with that of the Offshore Express and popular Sport Yacht series, creating a one-of-akind vessel — a true bridge between all previous models.

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riviera 445 SUV A multi-faceted yacht for all your boating needs. by Chris Caswell



33 eco-trawler Carefree, easy cruising with a nod to Mother Nature. by Bing O’Meara


one Size Does Not Fit All When to add, cut back or change your boat insurance policy. by Greg Proteau


building a Dream Seated in the heart of Michigan’s U.P., the Great Lakes Boat Building School continues the tradition of wooden boatbuilding in the Les Cheneaux Islands. by Alexander Watson





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Seasons Change

October 2013 | Volume LXVII, No. 10

Publisher Walter “Bing” O’Meara


he very thought that we have completed the October issue boggles the mind. The days and weeks since June 1 have gone by at warp speed. To think that the kids are back to school and the time has come to lock in seasonal boat storage is too much to swallow. I love the fall. In my opinion, it’s the best time to cruise. The colors are spectacular. The only fault I find with fall is that it brings winter that much closer. Our port of call this month is on the Apostle Islands, including the communities of Madeline Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin, penned by Lakeland Boating’s editorMadeline Island at-large and Wisconsin native Heather Steinberger (p. 38). This area along the shores of (p. 28), exclusively sold by Trawlers Midwest Lake Superior is pristine — and definitely belongs of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and the Premier 29 somewhere on your “Bucket List.” The water is Grand Entertainer (p. 22), a 29-foot pontoon gin-clear, and the islands simply incomparable. boat complete with all the bells and whistles that You can rent sailboats and kayaks, or charter with combine to form the ultimate party boat. a captain. Whatever your pleasure. But the boating If during the year you’ve missed an article in this area simply can’t be missed. you wanted to read in the magazine, go to our This is a good time of year to (re)consider your website,, where you will boat insurance policy. Check out the excellent find many of our monthly articles and photos story, complete with valuable cost-saving tips archived online. Important news stories, ports and advice, from frequent Lakeland contributor of calls, boat test videos — all are on the website Greg Proteau (p. 32). for your reading and viewing pleasure. The If you, a friend or family member has an web is just one more way we attempt to deliver interest in wooden boatbuilding, you need to interesting and engaging content to our readers read Alexander Watson’s piece on the Great Lakes each and every month. Boat Building School (p. 35). Watson is a summer Speaking of cool stuff for our readers… Lakeland resident of the Les Cheneaux Islands and an avid Boating’s Great Lakes Boat Search, boatsearch. wooden boat collector., continues to grow. If We offer a wide selection of boat tests and you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned boat, spotlights this month that will appeal to every be sure and check out the selection on our site. lifestyle and budget. On the more luxurious, If you find yourself with some free time on your higher end of the scale check out Chris Caswell’s hands over the winter months, drop me a line; I boat test on the Riviera 445 SUV (p. 24), and Capt. always enjoy hearing from readers. Tom Serio’s review of the Sunseeker Predator 68 (p. 23). Both are stunning boats and real head-turners, likely to create some vessel envy at the dock. On the smaller, more economical scale, we give you our review of the 33-foot Eco- Trawler

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editorial staff Editor: Lindsey Johnson Editor-at-large: Heather Steinberger Creative staff Art director/production manager: Christy Tuttle Bauhs Design/production intern: Erin Sivia Contributors Elizabeth Altick, Craig Blacklock, Lois Carlson, Chris Caswell, Mark Corke, Mike Harris, Paul Kemiel, Doug Kerr, Capt. Frank Lanier, Roger McAfee, Diane Patrick, Greg Proteau, Capt. Tom Serio, Colleen H. Troupis, Dave Wallace, Alexander Watson business staff Advertising sales representative: Mark Conway Regional/classified sales manager: Patti McCleery Marketing director: Linda O’Meara Accounting: Marguerite Wristen editorial & advertising offiCe 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 312-276-0610 | Fax: 312-276-0619 E-mail: Website: Classified advertising 727 South Dearborn | Suite 812 | Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: 800-331-0132, ext. 21 | Fax: 312-276-0619 subsCriPtions P.O. Box 15396 | North Hollywood | CA 91615-5396 Customer Service: 800-827-0289 o’meara-brown PubliCations inC. President: Walter B. O’Meara Secretary: Timothy Murtaugh Lakeland Boating (ISSN 0744-9194), copyright 2013, is published eleven times per year (except December) by O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc. Editorial and advertising offices are located at 727 S. Dearborn St., Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605; 312-276-0610. Annual subscription rates: United States, $24.95 per year; International and Canadian, $36.95 per year (11 issues), includes 7% G.S.T. tax (G.S.T. registration number 894095074-RT0001) and $12 postage included. Single copies are $4.99 for U.S. and Canada. Only U.S. funds are accepted. Subscription correspondence should be addressed to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396 (U.S.), or call 800-827-0289. Known office of publication: 727 South Dearborn Street, Suite 812, Chicago, IL 60605. Periodicals postage paid at Chicago, IL and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER, please send all address changes to Lakeland Boating, P.O. Box 15396, North Hollywood, CA 91615-5396. Lakeland Boating is a registered trademark of O’Meara-Brown Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Published as Lakeland Yachting 1946-1955. Unsolicited work may be submitted at the author’s, photographer’s or artist’s own risk. Lakeland Boating assumes no responsibility or liability for unsolicited material. All submissions must be accompanied by a selfaddressed envelope with sufficient return postage. Printed in the U.S.A

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This picture of a rogue wave was taken on July 24, 2013, about 3 miles offshore from the Ludington Port on Lake Michigan. My husband, Frank, and I are both licensed captains and operate Wild Thing Charters ( On July 23 we had a good storm move through the lake, but were pleased that the lake had laid down near shore on the morning of July 24 to around 1- to 2-foot seas. I was looking offshore and noticed some rough water moving towards us at an extremely slow pace. It was a rogue wave about 2 or 3 miles long, and we estimated it to be around 15 feet. The wave had an end to it, and I was able to safely stay away. I zoomed in and took pictures. In all of our years of boating on Lake Michigan — roughly 60 to 70 days a year — we have never experienced this type of wave. It was very slow moving. This really was something to witness! —Capt. Elaine Pierce, Ludington, MI

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Harvest Festival & Harvest Moon Celebration Sturgeon Bay, WI

World Dairy Expo Madison, WI

Fort Fright Night at Michilimackinac Mackinaw City, MI

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Ghost Tours of Door County Door County, WI

Applefest Two Rivers, WI

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Fall Colors Bridge Race Mackinaw City, MI

Sept. 24 – oct. 4 Wisconsin Art Association Art Show Washington Island, WI

Sept. 26 – oct. 10 Milwaukee Film Festival Milwaukee, WI

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Pay a visit to McGulpin Point (pictured) and ten other lighthouses during the fourday Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival October 10-13 in Alpena, Michigan. It’s the largest festival of its kind in North America.

Four-day Fall Color Cruise Traverse City, MI

Sept. 27 – oct. 5 Oktoberfest LaCrosse, WI

Midwest Space Fest Traverse City, MI

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Sept. 28 Harvest Fest Half Marathon & 10K Sheboygan, WI

Fall Harvest Dinner Washington Island, WI

Ghosts of Galloway Fond du Lac, WI

Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Fest Lakeside, OH

oct. 5 – 6 Great Waters Festival St. Ignace, MI

oct. 10 – 13 Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Aplena, MI

oct. 12 – 13 Fall Fun Fest Washington Island, WI

Pumpkin Patch Festival Egg Harbor, WI

oct. 17 – 20 Kohler Food & Wine Experience Sheboygan, WI

oct. 18 – 20 Fall Fest Sister Bay, WI

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31st Street Harbor Named “Clean Marina”

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Volvo Penta Introduces New Marine Diesels Volvo Penta has introduced a new line of marine diesel engines based on its proven and successful D11 series. Offered in three power classes — 625-, 670- and 725-hp — the new D11s provide more powerful torque, improved drivability and reduced noise levels compared to other engines in these horsepower classes. They also meet the world’s most stringent engine regulations, U.S. EPA Tier 3, which will be in place in 2014. Tier 3 regulations are 40 percent lower compared with the current Tier 2 levels. “The Volvo Penta D11 will be ideally suited for flybridge yachts and express and sport cruisers,” says Thomas Lantz, Volvo’s chief product manager. “The weight of these boats typically places high demands on the engine’s performance, and the D11’s high torque at low rpm produces rapid acceleration to plane, enhancing safety, fuel efficiency and comfort.” For more information, visit


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Asian Carp Moving Fast in Great Lakes The Asian carp invasion in Illinois has continued to advance, with current spawning moving nearly 100 miles upstream this year to within 25 miles of the electric barrier that is the last line of defense protecting Lake Michigan and beyond from this invasive species, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “The fish are beating a quick path to the Great Lakes, and we need federal efforts to keep pace with the threat,” says Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance. “Congress needs to take action now to support a permanent solution to the problem.” For more information, visit GreAtLAkes.orG.

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Tammy Wolf of Clifton, Illinois races down the front stretch in her Mercury of Canada-sponsored tunnel boat to finish second place at the UIM World Championship in Trenton, Michigan. This is Wolf’s first season in the SST200/Formula Two class, and she won her first preliminary heat during the 63rd PNC Roar on the River, held July 21 (top). Formula Two class winner Terry Rinker, second place Tammy Wolf, and third-place finisher Mark Proffitt pose with their trophies on the podium during the UIM World Championships (left).


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Visit the O.M. Reif Boathouse (circa 1920s) to see displays of vintage boats, marine artifacts, antique outboard motors, historical photos of area boating and a gift shop. Survey a remarkable display of canoe, racing, motor and other early boats used for transportation in the island community. Marvel at the “to scale” boat models. View skilled canoe and kayak craftsman in the “working” boat shop. Conduct maritime research in the Richie and Sadie Nye Library. l As s o c

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“TideWater Boats are a terrific family boat, offering highquality, good looks, flexible seating and hard top options,” says Matt Loew, AYS owner. The boats will primarily be offered with four-stroke Yamaha outboards. For more information, visit or e-mail Anchorage Yacht Sales at

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Chris-Craft Launches Men’s Apparel Collection Chris-Craft, the legendary American boat manufacturer, recently announced an extension of its design line to include men’s apparel, with a collection themed “A Day on the Water,” drawing upon the company’s rich heritage and authentic ties to boating and the boating lifestyle. The sports casual collection includes outerwear, sportswear and accessories. Garments were designed to withstand all weather conditions; there are water repellant and windproof jackets, lightweight, fast-drying bacteriostatic shirts with UV protection, and insulating fleece in classic Chris-Craft colors: Navy, red and white. The collection is now available. For more information, visit

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Hinckley Offers IPS on Talaria, Picnic Boat Models Hinckley Yachts of Portsmouth, Rhode Island announced it will now offer boaters a choice when it comes to power options on its Talaria 48 and Picnic Boat models: Either the company’s more traditional jet propulsion system, or the popular IPS pod drives from Volvo Penta. “We felt strongly that it was time to offer boaters the option of choosing which system works best for their style of boating,” says Hinckley president and COO Jim McManus. “The jets will remain our standard, but optionally IPS is now offered on the Talaria 48 and Picnic Boat, and will be offered on future models.” Hinckley has installed jets on all its powerboats for nearly 20 years. It promises to announce the availability of even more options before the fall 2013 boat show season gets underway. For more information, visit

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

Twice as Nice Installing a second battery aboard.


here are a number of good reasons to add a second battery or bank to boats with only a single battery installed. Just ask anyone that’s inadvertently drained their battery while listening to the stereo at anchor, and you’ll begin to see the light. With the turn of a switch, you’ve got a fresh battery to start the engine and be on your merry way — instead of trying to find a Good Samaritan to give you a jump or a tow. Here are some basic planning and installation tips to help make your project go smoothly and give you the extra juice that you need.

Safety First!

Batteries contain a huge amount of potentially dangerous, stored energy. When installing a second battery (or anytime you’re doing major work on the DC electrical system), always remove battery cables from the positive battery terminals.

Know your type The first choice you’ll face is deciding on the type and size battery to install. If providing reserve cranking power will be the battery’s primary function, one option is to simply mirror the existing starting battery. If the goal is to power electronics and such while underway or at anchor, a larger capacity, deep cycle battery may be a better choice (see the March and April 2012 issues of Lakeland Boating for our two-part series on marine battery use, selection, installment and maintenance, entitled “Business of Batteries”). While simply adding a second battery in parallel to your existing battery would increase system capacity (in effect making a single, bigger battery), installing a separate “house bank” provides the most benefit and greatest flexibility. A manual, dual-battery selector switch (such as those available from Perko or Blue Sea Systems) cost around $50 and allow you to select an individual battery for use, combine both batteries (for maximum capacity when needed), or disconnect both when shutting down your 12-volt DC system. More complex switches and systems with features such as automatic switching or charging regardless of switch position are available, but this basic setup is simple to install, reliable, and easily upgraded if necessary.

Location, location, location Next up is figuring out where to install your second battery. Ideally there will be enough room to mount it beside your existing battery. If that’s not possible, try to find a location that keeps battery cable runs as short as possible (to reduce voltage loss), is protected from the elements, stays reasonably cool, and has good ventilation. Although engine compartments are probably the worst location with regard to coolness and ventilation, batteries are commonly located there by manufacturers due to

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





Having the room to install a second battery near the first simplifies the job.

When adding a second battery or bank, the “on/off” switch is upgraded to a dual-battery selector switch. reduced cable length requirements and convenience. If that’s the case on your vessel, the best location to mount a second battery is usually low in the engine compartment, but well above the normal accumulation of bilge water. This typically keeps batteries away from mufflers or exhaust manifolds, while providing some benefit from the engine compartment ventilation system. A word of caution: Never mount a battery directly above or below a fuel tank, fuel line connection, fuel filter, or directly below a battery charger or inverter.

Installation basics Section E-10 of ABYC’s (American Boat & Yacht Council) “Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft” covers battery installation requirements in great detail. Although there may be some minor differences in

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Stay consistent!


When installing a second battery, don’t mix types, such as AGM for Battery One and a wet-cell or flooded type for Battery Two.

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While installing your second battery, don’t forget to check the existing one for installation issues, such as the use of wing nuts and a missing positive terminal cover (shown here).

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installation requirements between the various types of batteries (wet cell, AGM, etc.), the following are some general requirements to keep in mind: n Batteries should be installed in liquid-tight/acid-proof battery trays or boxes. These can be store bought or homemade, as long as they meet the above requirements. Batteries are also required to be secured against movement (one inch max in any direction for at least one minute) when exposed to 90 pounds of pull or twice the weight of the battery, whichever is less. n All positive terminals must be covered to prevent accidental shorting (from dropped tools, for example) — a requirement that can be satisfied by the use of rubber terminal caps or boots, non-conductive covers, or the lid of a battery box. You can also purchase pre-manufactured battery cables or fabricate your own, the benefit of the latter being that you can customize lengths as needed. When making your own cables, always use marine grade, low resistance tinned copper wire and connectors (such as those from Ancor Marine) to reduce electrical resistance and corrosion. n Terminal connectors must provide secure mechanical and electrical connection — meaning no spring clips or alligator clamps, please. Along those lines, wing nuts are also prohibited for battery cables and other conductors size 6 AWG and greater; they’re difficult to properly torque and can work loose due to vessel movement. If provided by the battery manufacturer, replace them with marine-grade lock nuts. n Finally, if making your own cables, do yourself a favor and purchase a proper crimping tool to install the connectors. Not only will the installation look more professional than using a set of Vise Grips® or a hammer to pound them on with, but you’ll avoid the problems associated with loose connectors later on. Spraying a corrosion inhibitor (such as Boeshield) into the connector prior to crimping and adding a length of adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing afterwards will also reduce corrosion and future issues. LB

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Mirror-like Finish Washing, waxing and polishing the right way.


iberglass was once hailed as a wonder material that was perfect for boats because it never needed looking after. But opinions change, and as it turns out fiberglass does, indeed, require routine maintenance. One of the best things you can do for your boat as each season winds to a close is to polish the topsides. A good coat of wax protects the fiberglass, makes dirt easier to wash off and generally keeps the craft looking smart. Keeping your boat in tip-top condition is not difficult and well worth it in the long run; after all, any boat is a significant investment, so it makes sense to look after it thoughtfully. A well cared-for boat will retain its value and be easier to sell if a buyer thinks that you’ve taken good care of her. The following are simple, step-by-step instructions detailing how best to keep your boat’s exterior looking like new.

Step 1: Washing Carefully wash the boat with plenty of fresh, clean water and boat soap. I like to use an organic boat soap like Latitude 43, which is kind to the environment and excellent at removing almost all dirt and contaminants from the boat’s surface. Washing the boat is an important step. Without doing so thoroughly you could simply grind dirt further into the gelcoat. Dry the boat fully after washing, then rub on some 3M Imperial Compound with a terry cloth to combat chalkiness or oxidization that may be visible on the boat’s surface. Rub the compound onto a one-square-yard area at a time, and be generous. If the rag starts dragging, then it’s too dry and you should apply more compound.

Step 2: Polishing The next step is to polish off the compound. A word of caution here: Don’t be tempted to compound the entire boat, then go back and rub it out; instead, do one section at a time, compounding and rubbing and compounding and rubbing. On all but the smallest craft, the best tool for this job is a slow speed polisher/buffer. It looks like a large angle grinder, but runs at a much slower speed, typically between 2000 to 2500 rpm. You can either rent these from a local hardware store, or you can invest in one of your own. Pros use machines costing several hundred dollars, but you can get a cheaper, DIY model for less than $100. Attach a foam pad to the polisher and apply firm pressure

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





as you constantly move the polisher across the surface. You should see chalking and scratches start to disappear. After you’ve compounded the entire boat, swap out the foam pad for a wool one and apply a coating of 3M Finesse-It, which is a finishing material. This will further enhance the surface, much like using a fine sand paper on a piece of previously rough-sanded wood. Buff off again using the polisher, but at a slightly faster 3000 rpm and with somewhat less pressure. Keep the polisher moving until there’s no trace of polish or swirl marks left on the boat. At the end of this stage, you should literally be able to see yourself in the boat.

Step 3: Waxing The final stage is to apply a good paste wax, which will add a layer of protection and ensure that water will bead up on the fiberglass and run off the boat. One product I recommend is 3M Ultra Marine paste wax. Apply first with a clean wool bonnet on the polisher before giving a final pass with a clean terrycloth towel or microfiber cloth. At the end of this exercise, your arms will likely be aching. On the plus side, if you follow these simple instructions you can go to bed happy (and tired!) knowing that you’ve given your boat a proper cleaning for the winter ahead and a nice jumpstart for the coming season. LB

photos by mark corke

by Roger McAfee | electronics

Phone Frenzy SPOT puts satellite phones in the average

Superior performance Tests of SPOT’s Global Phone produced impressive results. During testing, it acquired the satellite quickly — and in locations where previous phones I tested were simply unable to do so. Voice quality was excellent, with none of the typical “satellite delay,” and the phone had no difficulty holding a signal. I left several voicemails for callers I was trying to reach, and every one of them responded back and said the message came through crystal clear. If they hadn’t known I was calling from a sat phone, message recipients said, they would have assumed I was on a land line. The handset itself is fairly rugged, but it’s made of predominately lightweight plastic — so a fall onto concrete or rocks could present a problem. I carried the test phone in my vest-side pocket wrapped in a small piece of neoprene, removing it only when actually placing a call. It banged against a few door frames, battled with my car’s seatbelt, and survived a punch from my teenage granddaughter, all without any ill effects. The unit fit comfortably into my hand and was easy to

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new handheld satellite phone just hit the market, and boaters are absolutely going to love it — especially if they have traditionally thought of satellite phones as being available only to the likes of James Bond, or as part of NSA surveillance teams. SPOT’s new Global Phone makes use of the Globalstar 32 Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite array and weighs in at a touch over 7 ounces. It measurers 5.3 inches by 2.2 inches by 1.5 inches, making it slightly smaller than most battery-operated handsets on a land line home phone system. And with a price tag of just $499, the Global Phone can be purchased at hundreds of popular retail outlets around North America, including West Marine, REI, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Many Canadian outdoor stores and the phone/ photo departments of major drug stores also sell the phone. (SPOT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar.) Once a buyer purchases the phone, he or she can activate it via the internet and select a calling plan that costs as little as 25 cents per minute, depending on the plan. Additional time/minutes can also be purchased easily and conveniently online.

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hold. Its key pad is crisp and easy to use. The screen is small, but displays all the necessary information to make and receive calls. Note: It will not send or receive calls unless the folddown antenna is fully deployed. According to SPOT, the phone’s battery will last for 36 hours on standby and provide four hours of talk time — although a colleague of mine that tested the same type of phone said it lasted more than 48 hours on standby. A spare battery, available for between $69 and $95, would make good sense for anyone who’s not able to plug into the grid.

Available accessories Making a call is simple. Turn the phone on and once it acquires a satellite — which usually takes about 15 seconds — dial the number you want to ring. When the call is answered, talk as you normally would on any other phone. Remember: This is NOT a cell phone! As with all sat phones, it must have a clear view of the sky. You can make a call standing out in the open and subsequently drop the signal (and therefore the call) by walking under a tree, or getting too close to a building. I should mention that I never experienced a problem making a call from the boat’s deck or cockpit of a moving boat. Accessories are available for the Global Phone, including what’s known as the Vehicle Kit. It’s a docking station that’s secured inside a vehicle or boat. The phone docks with the station, which is equipped with an external, marine-grade antenna. It allows for phone use inside, where it also will charge from the docking station. The kit costs about $599. Other options from SPOT are worth consideration: A vehicle charger available for $39.95; a phone case complete with clip for $19.95; and a data kit that allows connection to a laptop computer at a cost of $19.95. Anyone considering the purchase of a satellite phone must remember these are not cell phones; they should be considered as and used like a piece of safety equipment to call for help when there’s no other form of communication available. LB


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




ASK THE EXPERT | by Elizabeth Altick

Gimme Shelter Navigloo’s Martin Richard explains why the proper protective covering saves money, time and headaches. LB: Many boaters build boat shelter structures using 2 x 4’s and other odds and ends. What’s wrong with this method? Richard: Building a shelter out of wood presents a number of challenges, such as finding the right materials and designing the shelter so that it’s stable enough to withstand harsh weather. You also have to figure out a way to store the shelter when the boat is on the water.

CONTACT Martin Richard Prima Innovations Inc. 25 Rousseau Ave. Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada E3V 4H4 888-628-4456 NaviGLoo.coM

LB: What are the drawbacks of simply tying down tarpaulins? Richard: Covering a boat with a tarp presents significant risk of damage from snow and ice accumulation and water infiltration over the winter months. The goal is to prevent any moisture from coming into contact with expensive upholstery and electronics. You can’t get that kind of protection from the elements with a tarpaulin alone.

LB: Why is an attached system better than freestanding structures? Richard: Free-standing structures are open to the elements to a certain degree and present the risk of being picked up and carried away by strong winds. They also lack the proper pitch for snow to slide off, and therefore require frequent snow removal. Navigloo uses the boat itself as the foundation. The tarpaulin is then secured over both the frame and the boat, reducing the risk of wind damage. The pitch of the Navigloo frame allows snow load to slide off, eliminating the need for labor-intensive snow removal.

LB: What is the best material for a support structure and why? Richard: The golden rule of all structural engineering is to provide adequate strength with as little weight as possible. Through intensive research and development, we have found that extruded PVC provides both of these qualities, while still remaining affordable. The inventor used proven bridge building principles to design a stable structure that is both lightweight and easy to assemble.

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




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LB: What is the best tarpaulin material to use and why? Richard: There are many factors to consider, such as water resistance, UV protection, durability, and affordability. Our material can be stored and used for years.

LB: How is the structure secured to the boat? Richard: The Navigloo structure is secured to the boat using two separate methods. The vertical support beams are secured to anchor points on the boat using self-locking adjustable straps. Then the tarpaulin itself secures the entire structure to the boat using ropes laced through grommets from side to side under the boat — similar to lacing up a shoe.

LB: What amount of weight from ice or snow will a Navigloo withstand? Richard: Navigloo was designed in such a way that no snow or ice should accumulate on it at all. When installed properly, the pitch of the Navigloo frame is steep enough that snow should slide right off onto the ground.

LB: What types of boats will Navigloo protect? Richard: The structure itself is modular and telescoping, so it can adapt to many types of watercraft such as fishing boats, runabouts and pontoon boats. We offer several models, but our most popular ones are for boats between 14 and 23 feet in length, which represents about 70 percent of the registered watercraft in North America.

LB: Does a boater need a professional to install the Navigloo structure? Richard: Absolutely not. Navigloo was designed with the average boat owner in mind. The structure is easily assembled by one person and requires no tools. The tarp may require a second pair of hands depending on its size, but one person can assemble the Navigloo.

LB: What tools does an owner need to construct a Navigloo shelter? Richard: No tools are required; everything needed to assemble the Navigloo is included in the box. LB

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by Lindsey Johnson | GEARING UP

digital treasures repel iPad Case Protect your iPad and its valuable contents while out on the water. Designed for the iPad 2, 3 and 4, the Repel case is IPX8 certified, meaning it can be submerged in 33 feet of water without sustaining any damage. Offers two positional viewing angles for web browsing, typing and more, and turns off automatically when the case is closed. $49.95 at dIgItaltreaSureS.COm

GREAT GEAR Must-have goodies and gadgets for every boater

CanCooker Convection Oven Want high-quality meals on board in about an hour? Check out the CanCooker, an old-fashioned, creamery-style can that works as a portable convection oven. Comes in two sizes and is available with and without racks (for additional cost). Download free recipes on the website! $59.99 (2-gallOn) tO $89.99 (4-gallOn) at CanCOOker.COm

Star brite reggae Pad Star brite built a better mousetrap with its Reggae Pad. Microfiber strips absorb water for maximum drying. Simply wring out and keep on going! Use for drying, dusting or with soapy water for cleaning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with or without the handle (sold separately) and plastic base. $24.99 at StarBrIte.COm

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Hella marine led Switches The evolution of LED technology has finally found its way to small applications like these cool marine switches from Hella. Made from 304 stainless steel and measuring just 1 inch across, switches come with red or blue LED ring and are ideal for controlling and dimming lights and accessories on board. $46 at HellamarIne.COm

Vesper marine Watchmate Vision aIS transponder Features include color touch screen display with built-in Class B transponder, GPS receiver and internal antenna. Comes with a free iPad/Phone app for remote viewing and controls. $1,550 at defender.COm

Boss audio marine In-dash receiver Pump out great tunes with one of two new marine waterproof in-dash receivers from Boss Audio. The MR1308UAB model includes MP3/WMA and Bluetooth audio streaming, 50W x 4 channels power output, and remote control $150 at BOSSaudIO.COm

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boat spotlight | by Capt. Tom Serio

premier 290 Grand Entertainer L

The ultimate party pontoon boat.

ooking at the Premier Marine website,, I’ve concluded that if you’re in the market for a pontoon boat and you can’t find a Premier model that you like, perhaps you don’t really know what you want. Among the luxury, touring, fishing, and cruising pontoons the company builds — including a Sky Deck model complete with slide — is the 290 Grand Entertainer. This may very well be the ultimate party pontoon boat. “Since it was introduced in 2012, sales continue to surpass expectations,” says Jim Antolik, Premier’s national sales manager.” Most apparent is the U-shaped island bar set aft. Fitted with built-in fridge, sink, ice bucket, bottle holder, undercounter purse hooks, solid countertop, and drawers, it handles guests’ needs with aplomb. The crowd will surely gather here thanks to four integrated pedestal bar stools. A stylish lighted cabana top includes stemware holders. Premier certainly did its homework regarding space planning and making the bar “work” as part of the overall feel of the boat. Full port and starboard bow couches that convert to chaise lounges are located at the bow. Optional configuration is




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LOA: 29'4" Beam: 8'6" Weight (36" PTX): 3,700 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 47 gals. Water Capacity: 8 gals. Power: T-Yamaha 4-stroke outboards (500 hp max) Base Price (boat only): $53,421 MSRP: $137,537 w/T-Yamahas and options a starboard couch with twin port-side chairs. Mid-ship is a portside spotter chair. [Note: All furniture on board is made by Flexsteel.] Features of the “Liberty” helm include Calypso chromebezel gauges, Beacon electronics, tilt steering, Polk entertainment system, Flexsteel 7-Star helm seat, and more. Premier is as concerned with what happens under the waterline as it is with what happens above. The company’s PTX hull technology increases performance, stability and maneuverability while simlutaneously getting the boat on plane faster. The magic is in the U-shaped center tube, with flat planing surface and lifting strakes on the outer tubes. Select the optional 36-inch pontoon upgrade (30-inch is standard) for maximum comfort and control. In-floor storage, ski tow bar, hydraulic steering, bow filler couch, strip lighting, bow table, swim platform, LED docking and navigation lights, battery charger, high-performance speakers, grill, underwater lights, and more round out this platform. LB

by Capt. Tom Serio | boat spotlight

Specifications LOA: 71'2" Beam: 16'9" Draft (at full load): 5'2" Weight: 82,209 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 925 gals. Water Capacity: 211 gals. Power: T-CAT C18, T-MTU 8V 2000, or T-MTU 10V 2000 Base Price: Contact dealer


t’s about the “WOW” factor, and Sunseeker International has delivered an eye catching, pulse-racing beauty with the Predator 68. Swept back windshield and hardtop structures complement the side windows, sheer and hull lines, giving a “get up and go” appearance. And go you will, as engine options (Caterpillar or MTU) coupled to standard drives or Arneson surface drives will deliver performance up to 42 knots. The Predator 68 boasts an open feel thanks to its intelligent window design, which allows copious amounts of natural light to highlight the interior fit and finish. Even the large sunroof has window panels that expound the feel Sunseeker was after. Aft salon doors open wide, blending the salon and aft deck areas into one. Large cockpit seating and voluminous sunpad/lounge yields to dark wood floors and luxurious seating arrangements in the salon. A U-shaped couch sits across from the 40-inch plasma TV. Forward to port is an oval dining table flanked by an L-shaped settee. Space-age is a good way to describe the helm. With twin helm seats or double bench, controls, displays, switches, and gauges, well, everything is easily within reach. Throttle

Sunseeker Predator 68 and joystick controls are at arm’s length on the right, for ease and comfort going fore or aft. On the lower deck is the galley with a full complement of high-end fixtures and appliances. Oh… and it’s not tucked away in a tight, cramped space, but open and easy to navigate, taking advantage of the boat’s atrium design. Accommodations for six guests are on the lower level. A full beam master boasts an elegant layout with walk-in wardrobe closet, vanity and ample storage. Hull side windows again offer ambient lighting and scenic views. Forward is the VIP stateroom with island berth and en-suite head. A third stateroom has twin berths. With a contemporary design embodying all that is “chic and sleek” as per Sunseeker, the Predator 68 is raising praise from all over. “The boat flows beautifully and is the most light-filled Sunseeker Predator yet,” reports staff at Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, the exclusive Sunseeker dealer in the Great Lakes/ Midwest and the oldest Sunseeker dealer in the U.S. (866-4905297; jByS.COm). “The boat has no doubt the best layout of any 65- to 70-foot express cruiser available on the market today.” Get your fill of “WOW” with the Sunseeker Predator 68. LB


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Let’s cut to the chase here. The new Riviera 445 SUV is a brilliant new addition to the Riviera line, and I love absolutely everything about her… except the SUV tag. I know the 445 does many things well, but I’m weary of the “Sport Utility Vehicle” label, even though I own two of them. Still, I guess they couldn’t call it the “Swiss Army Knife,” and labeling it “The Multi-Tool” isn’t too classy, either. So I’ll live with the SUV tag… and I’d love to live with this yacht, too.





445 SUV A multi-faceted yacht for all your boating needs. by chris caswell

photos courtesy of riviera





This is an express version of Riviera’s successful 43-foot flybridge, but it’s built for those skippers (like me) who sometimes feel like a bus driver. You know… we’re stuck up on the bridge driving the boat, enviously listening to the laughter of everyone having fun below. Sigh. It’s also a boat for all seasons. Our test run was on a hot day off Miami, but inside the 445 it was cool and serene. On a rainy, cold day out on the Great Lakes, it would have been warm and serene. But when the weather is pleasant, with the sliding doors and window to the cockpit open and, as they say in Australia, the “shrimp on the barbie,” well, it just doesn’t get any better. The teak-planked cockpit is not only large (123 square feet), but comfortably outfitted for every desire.

Gold standard Built on Australia’s Gold Coast, you can outfit your 445 with fishing options from a bait tank to tackle lockers. But the 445 that I was aboard fit my idea of fun, with a sink and grill in a console at the transom (no smoke in the cabin) and a comfy lounge seat to watch the steaks so they cook just right. There’s a big console to port with room for fridge or icemaker, and a countertop large enough to set out a buffet. The transom door leads to an extra-wide swim platform, and the cockpit has enough room for a Little League team. Inside, the Riviera 445 is bright (thanks to the oversized windows) and airy (courtesy of opening windows on both sides), with satin-finished oak trim (high-gloss cherry is optional). The galley is to port, with an L-shaped counter providing exemplary room for prepping meals. The sink is aft, a two-burner cooktop is in the middle, and a Vitrifrigo two-drawer fridge and a microwave are tucked under the counter. And, to give full credit to Riviera, they understand that cooks need storage. Lockers and drawers are below, and eye-level cabinets are filled with glassware and dishes in dedicated rattle-free holders. Someone’s actually going to enjoy cooking on the 445! Opposite is a big dinette with a table that can be unfolded for meals or folded for cocktails, or even lowered as an extra berth. And, once again, kudos to Riviera for huge stowage underneath. The skipper gets a delightful “office” just forward of the galley, with visibility that’s truly 360 degrees. There’s a comfy, double-wide helm seat with folding armrests and two levels of foot rests, and the dark gray, leather-trimmed dashboard causes no distracting reflections. Our boat comfortably handled a pair of Raymarine HybridTouch monitors perfectly placed just below line of sight forward, and there was ample space for everything from a pair of air conditioning/heating ducts to drink holders to a row of protected and backlit rocker switches. I particularly like the placement of the throttle/shifters on a raised platform so they were perfect for use whether seated or standing. Before we leave the salon there are other nice touches, like the two opening overhead hatches for light and air, the recessed soffits above the windows for indirect night lighting, and the hidden shades on all the windows.

Appealing accommodations The Volvo IPS pod drives do several things, such as increasing maneuverability and allowing joystick docking, but one of the often unheralded benefits is increasing the usable cabin space. Because the engines are mounted well aft, the 445 enjoys two full staterooms





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that may just cause some disagreements if you have guests aboard. But, for once, it’s not because anyone is a “second-class citizen” stuffed into a nasty little cabin. It’s because both cabins have so much to offer that guests may find themselves in the position of saying, “No, no, you take the master stateroom; I’m just fine aft.” The forward stateroom would be the traditional owner’s cabin on most boats but, on the Riviera, not necessarily. It’s big, with an island double berth for walk-around access, built-in night stands and mirrored lockers because there’s never enough storage. The cabin has a real hanging locker (thank you, Riviera!) that can actually fit coat hangers, and slacks will hang full length without crumpling. This cabin also has private access to a generously sized ensuite head with a stylish vessel sink and a shower stall large enough to enjoy. So what’s the problem? Well, it’s that the aft stateroom is just so appealing. First, it’s not the usual dark cave. The cabin has large windows on each side, augmented by opening ports for fresh air, and the combination of light-colored upholstery on the bulkheads and the pale oak trim makes this stateroom cheery. Interestingly enough, it has no fewer than three berths. One runs along the starboard side under the window, and is where I could be found, propped up with a good book or watching the flat screen TV. The other two berths run athwartships, and here’s the grabber: They slide together to form a full-sized queen berth. This cabin also has a built-in bureau, nightstand and another one of Riviera’s most civilized hanging lockers. OK, I admit: There is full headroom only in one area by the mirror and bureau, but there’s plenty everywhere else. If this were my 445, I’d stake this out as the owner’s cabin because it spans the full beam, has huge windows and a big bed. But, you say, the forward stateroom has a private head. Au contraire, I say; Riviera thought of that, too. There’s a very clever door arrangement that turns the day head into a private head with a large shower (with teak seat) just for the aft stateroom. What more could you want?

Economical and fun Standard (and only) power for the 445 is a pair of Volvo IPS 600s, which are 435-hp diesels linked to Duoprop pod drives, and these are just the right combination of spunk and economy for this boat. You — and your mechanic — are going to love the engine room access. The entire teak cockpit sole lifts hydraulically so you can get to every nook and cranny without a struggle. There’s a small hatch by the cabin door supposedly for daily checks, but why would I ever use that when I can touch a switch and stand upright while I do my due diligence? The Onan 11.5 kW genset is tucked behind the ladder and fully accessible, batteries are convenient, and all the electrical and plumbing is done in a most seamanlike manner. And, besides having a fiberglass non-slip floor in several areas, the entire engine room — including stringers, bilge and bulkheads — is finished to a high standard. Underway, the 445 is everything you want and more: Nimble, quick and comfortable. Getting away from the dock (and returning) is fingertip easy, thanks to the Volvo Penta joystick that takes all the white knuckles out of close-quarters maneuvering. You can use it to spin in a tight circle, move sideways against wind and tide, and even pin the boat against the dock while securing lines. We topped out at just over 32 knots with full fuel and water, plus three people aboard. That’s plenty fast for most families and, after all, how often do the sea conditions allow it? But when the seas build, the well-proven 445 hull is both dry and easy-riding, with a 14.5-degree deadrise. And, even punching into head seas, the Riviera is quiet, with none of the usual squeaks or groans. Back off the throttles to 20 knots and 2800 rpm, a speed that’s easy on engines and guests alike, and you’ll be sipping an economical 26 gph. Even better, the Riviera soundproofing kept the sound level to a whispery 70 decibels for easy conversation. She’s fun to drive, too, with hydraulic steering that invites you to crank her into a hard turn that still has her biting solidly with no cavitation. You’ve probably broken the code: I like the Riviera 445, and I like her a lot. And, yes, I can learn to live with the name. As they say Down Under, “Good on ’ya, mates!” LB

Riviera 445 SUV Specifications LOA: 47'5" Beam: 15' Draft: 3'11" Displacement: 30,300 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 476 gals. Water Capacity: 122 gals. Power: T-Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels Base Price: $795,000





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en and Karen Schuler are veteran cruisers. So they know a thing or two about what makes a safe, seaworthy and comfortable cruising boat. As owners of Trawlers Midwest, a Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based boat brokerage, the Schulers were in the perfect position to put that invaluable knowledge to good use. They teamed up with naval architect Don O’Keeffe, also of Manitowoc, who designed a 33-foot welded aluminum displacement hull featuring a forward cabin, mid-ship helm/galley with plenty of windows, and a large cockpit. “We were impressed with its sleek hull and low profile,” Ken says. “Based on our years of cruising experience, we knew we could plan an interior that would be ideal for a cruising couple. We focused on three main areas of comfort, where you spend most of your time on a boat: Sleeping accommodations, helm chairs and outside living space.” And thus, the Schuler’s foray into boatbuilding was launched. The fruit of their labor is the 33 Eco-Trawler, a unique vessel that combines practicality and efficiency with eco-friendliness, ease of operation, and the comforts required for cruising in style. The boat, which made its debut at the Progressive Chicago In-Water Boat Show in June, generated much interest from showgoers, according to the Schulers. “There’s been a very positive reception by those who have seen the boat,” says Karen. “Folks are surprised by the look and feel of the interior as being roomier than it would appear from the outside.”




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One-of-a-kind design Generous interior space isn’t the only feature worth boasting about on the 33 Eco-Trawler. For starters, let’s talk about that all-aluminum construction, which, according to the American Chemical Society, is the most eco-friendly material to use in boatbuilding — due to the fact that it’s lightweight, strong, corrosionresistant, non-magnetic and non-toxic. This makes the boat remarkably safe and seaworthy, not to mention easy to clean and maintain. “The design is practical, with quick and easy access to all components,” Karen maintains. Because aluminum is less vulnerable to penetration, repairs are less likely (and generally less costly). But I wouldn’t worry too much about repairs; the boat’s essentially a floating tank, featuring 3⁄16-inch 5086 aluminum side plates and ¼-inch bottom plates. The deck house is fully welded using the same 3⁄16-inch 5086 aluminum. And did I neglect to mention the Eco-Trawler’s draft is less than 2 feet? This is a goanywhere, do-anything kind of boat. But back to the bonuses of aluminum for a second. Because of its all-welded construction, there are no pesky joints or leaks to concern yourself with, and no thru-hulls, either. Aluminum is impervious to some of the more typical stresses that weigh upon fiberglass

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boats, including blistering, water absorption and delamination. Opt to paint the hull for a unique, custom look, or simply leave the aluminum bare. Entirely up to you. Designed with an 8-foot beam, the Eco-Trawler is legally trailerable anywhere in the U.S., and weighing in at a ginger 7,000 pounds, it’s easy to pull behind a modest tow vehicle; no monster truck required. “We use a Ford F-150,” says Ken. The boat’s length-to-width ratio is designed so as to achieve maximum efficiency, further reinforcing its eco-friendliness. Just 10 hp will push the boat along at 7 knots; 60 hp will deliver more than 12.5 knots. Impressive numbers. And then there’s the roominess that might catch someone off guard on a boat of this size and design. A large cockpit allows for an outdoor living area perfect for lounge chairs and additional storage. This is key when cruising the Great Loop, for example. You want space to spread your wings on a trip of that magnitude. On the safety front, the Eco-Trawler is equally prepared. Numerous handholds and cleats, non-skid decking and a swim platform and ladder provide the necessary precautions for easy boarding and docking. Inside, you can tell much thought was put into selecting the features and components that keep systems simple, yet likewise afford all the creature comforts of home — while always emphasizing and maintaining the eco-friendly aspects of cruising. Standard amenities include deluxe captains chairs, complete electronics installation, well-equipped galley, enclosed stand-up head with marine composting toilet, shower, thick, custom-made mattresses, plenty of storage, heat and air conditioning, and LED TV.

From farms to fiberglass For Wisconsin natives the Schulers, boats and the boating lifestyle have always been a part of their world. Growing up surrounded by beautiful inland lakes just 15 miles from Lake Michigan, the couple, high school sweethearts, used to waterski behind Ken’s dad’s 14-foot fishing boat. Their love of boats only grew, and it would eventually morph into a full-fledged, successful career. Ken and Karen married in 1963 and assumed operations of the family’s herd of dairy cows and hundreds of acres of farmland. But despite the responsibilities on the farm and raising four children, boating always remained a central focus of the Schulers’ life. Boating was a regular activity for the family, including every Sunday during the boating season. As the kids got bigger, so did the boats, and every summer the Schulers would head “up north” in Wisconsin, pick one of the chain of lakes and literally live on their boat. Ken, Karen and the children pursued their passion — waterskiing — and some even went on to become national waterskiing champions. (Ken and Karen, both in their 70s today, still slalom ski!) Time went by, and the Schulers managed not only their busy and expanding dairy farm (more than 100 cows and 300 acres), but also a foray into the sign-making business, manufacturing signs for farms such as theirs and major retail chains like Sears and Piggly Wiggly. The experience with lettering was put to good use later on as they entered the boat business. In the 1980s, with the kids in college and the sign business requiring a fair amount of travel, the Schulers decided to sell the farm and their milking herd. The lifestyle change allowed them to seek out a life-long dream: To cruise the Great Loop. The Schulers met a couple in Florida who invited




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them to cruise aboard their Grand Banks on parts of the journey from Martha’s Vineyard to Key Largo, Florida (a trip the Schulers did with this couple for several years running), and it didn’t take long before the Ken and Karen were hooked on the cruising life. Two years later, an encounter with a Nordic Tug at the Annapolis Boat Show sealed the deal. The cruising itch finally needed scratching. A few months passed after the show, and the couple flew to Florida to sea trial a 7-year-old, 32-footer that Nordic Tug president Ed Shelton talked up at the boat show. The Schulers told Shelton of their intent to cruise the boat from Florida to Wisconsin, and he in turn explained that Nordic Tug had no Midwest dealer to speak of — so he asked the Schulers if they’d be interested. Adventurous as they were, the couple agreed and opened Nordic Tugs Midwest in 1994. They set up shop at Manitowoc Marina in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Business was booming, and by 2000 they were asked to take on the American Tug line. They changed the business name to Trawlers Midwest Inc. to reflect the changes and expansion. Years later they started carrying boats from Camano Marine and two power catamarans: The 34 PDQ Power Catamaran and the Lagoon 43 Power Cat. Trawlers Midwest eventually lost Nordic because of its decision to carry American Tug (they still sell plenty of Nordic brokerage boats, however), but in 2006 the company picked up a new line: Ranger Tug, manufactured by Fluid Motion of Kent, Washington. The 21- and 25-footers, both of which are trailerable, fit nicely into Trawlers Midwest’s growing fleet of vessel offerings. Unfortunately, the recession of the mid-2000s hit hard, and both Camano and PDQ went out of business, selling their molds to other entities. It became too expensive to stock new Americans and Rangers, so these models are now sold as brokerage-only boats. Undeterred, the Schulers pressed on in the business they loved so dearly. Today, the couple operates Trawlers Midwest primarily as a boat brokerage, selling used trawlers of all sorts. They show boats year-round out of Manitowoc. And then, of course, there’s the Eco-Trawler. The Schulers are taking orders now for the boat, which is being shown by appointment in Manitowoc.

Performance and economy The Eco-Trawler is powered by the latest generation of quiet, clean-running, fuel-efficient outboard motors (although inboard and sterndrive engines are optional). Our test boat featured a 115-hp Mercury outboard, which I thought brilliant. She cruised nicely at 13 to 15 mph, burning just 5 to 7 gallons per hour. At WOT (6270 rpm), cruising speed topped out at 17.7 mph and sipped a reasonable 10.7 gallons per hour. Cruising 6.2 mph (1 gallon per hour) at 2000 rpm gives a range of 400 miles. “In four-foot seas, the Eco-Trawler slices through the waves at 15 mph, giving us an amazingly comfortable ride,” Karen says. Outboard power is a good way to go on this boat. The engine is located at the boat’s stern, which ensures a quieter ride inside the cabin. The lack of thru-hulls means a reduced chance of accidental flooding. Four-stroke technology has made outboards impressively economical. These will run for years without incident if properly maintained. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a simple, efficient cruising boat easily handled by two people that doesn’t sacrifice the comforts of your family livingroom, give the 33 Eco-Trawler a chance. It’ll make a believer out of even the biggest skeptics (yours truly chief among them). LB

33 Eco-Trawler Standard Equipment Outboard engine 115 hp (optional); 70-gal. aluminum fuel tank; AGM house battery; Group 27 1000 amp start battery; Smart battery charger; Coleman-Mach heat/air conditioner; 13,500 BTU inline hot water system; Garmin autopilot; 4kW radar; GPS 15" color touch screen, depth (transom-mount); VHF 100 w/DSC; digital TV antenna; wall-mounted 24" LED TV; windlass w/remote control; aluminum Sampson post; hinged mast for all antennas; large cockpit w/aft storage compartments; aluminum swim platform and ladder; two hi-lo captains chairs w/ folding foot rests; port-side secretary for computer station; all LED lights inside and out; side-by-side refrigerator and freezer; ceramic top 2-burner electric cooktop; enclosed marine composting head w/shower; two berths w/storage under featuring custom 8"-thick mattresses, 24"x24" hatch of ½" smoked acrylic w/ aluminum frame; foam insulation sidewalls and ceiling; vinyl teak and holly flooring; plenty of built-in storage throughout. Specifications LOA: 38' Beam: 8' Draft: Less than 2' Displacement (dry): 7,000 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 70 gals. Water Capacity: 22 gals. Power: Mercury 4-stroke 115 hp gas outboard Price (fully equipped): $218,000

october 2013




one sIze does not FIt all by greg proteau

When to add, cut back or change your boat Insurance polIcy.


sking a marine insurance agent if you should consider some extra coverage for your boat probably equates to asking your plumber if he thinks leaking water in the toilet tank needs fixing. Chances are both will want to help. With the insurance consideration, a beefed-up policy may cost more now, but save some painful exposure later — just like a new head flapper valve will cut future water waste. And it’s possible with all the changes going on in boat-owning families that an insurance review may actually result in cutting back on some features and saving a few bucks, or possibly uncovering a dangerous exposure. An important caveat: Good, fairly-priced and carefully designed insurance policies for boats are as different from one slip to the next as stars in the sky. Considering the differences in owners, nautical experience, their boats, home port, range of operation and myriad other variables, the best insurance policy will almost always be customized, and will perform as well as it’s designed. Having candid conversations with your insurance agent or broker and providing accurate usage details will serve the insured well. And it’s a good idea to have that discussion in advance of taking delivery of your new ride.

Unfortunately, accidents happen — and when they do, you want to be sure you’re covered under a comprehensive boat insurance policy.

InsurIng hull and machInery A logical starting point to determine how much insurance is needed relates to the type of boat being insured. Smaller, less costly and simple craft can often be protected by adding them to a homeowners policy. Larger, more powerful, and costly and sophisticated boats merit suped-up coverage to insure the passengers, hull, machinery and personal effects, liability protection for owners/operators, and provide for repair or replacement of items damaged by accident, weather or theft — sometimes replacing the complete vessel. Most insurance companies would agree any craft beyond a canoe or dinghy should have a marine policy (insurers define anything under 27 feet as a “boat,” and 27 feet and greater as a “yacht”). Initially choosing between policies with an Actual





Cash Value or Agreed Amount Value is an overarching consideration. Matt Anderson, president of Global Marine Insurance, offers an illustration of the important difference. “Jim and Jane both buy identical, new pocket cruisers for $80,000; Jim adds the boat to his homeowners policy for cash value, and Jane buys a specialty boat Agreed Amount Value policy,” Anderson proposes. “Both enjoy their boats with no incident until five years later when each has a covered total loss claim. Jim gets a settlement of $31,000, the current fair market value of the vessel. Jane gets a settlement at the Agreed Amount Value of $80,000, or $49,000 more than if she bought a similar policy to Jim’s.” The Agreed Amount Value policy is going to cost a bit more, so choosing it becomes a question of how important replacement of the boat is to the lifestyle of the owner. If there’s a loan on the boat, an Agreed Amount Value can also protect against being “upside down” on what the bank is owed. For the Actual Cash Value policy, based largely on used boat price guides, the insured will be subject to additional mitigating factors. When the boat market was weak during the Great Recession, for example, values dropped deeply, reducing further settlement amounts. Additional options are offered by some insurance providers. Total Loss Replacement or Purchase Price coverage replaces the boat with a new one that is as close as possible to the same make, class, size and type, with comparable equipment. For insureds that decide not to replace the boat, or if it’s more than a specified number of years old at the time of the loss, the payout would be the original purchase price. Repair Cost Coverage pays for repair work on partial losses without taking depreciation into account.

InjurIes and lIabIlIty exposure Recouping the value of a damaged or lost boat is a key reason for having insurance, but an equally compelling one is the liability that comes with ownership. Boat owners are exposed to liabilities arising from accidents and injuries on the water, just as they are to

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similar occurrences in cars on land. Medical and liability coverage is included with marine policies, though the level of coverage is another consideration. Of note is that 40 to 50 percent of boats in use carry no insurance, but the reality is all boats, regardless of worth or size, are exposed to liability risk. “Of all the kinds of coverages available, having basic liability coverage is a minimum every boat owner should have,” cautions BoatUS Marine Insurance’s Becky Reinaker. Some underwriters, including BoatUS, will allow an owner to purchase this coverage as a stand-alone policy, though they encourage everyone to take a more careful look at additional insurance options that apply to the planned use of the boat. Katie Boyle, boat line manager for Allstate Insurance Company, offers this example when considering liability. “A boat operator causes an accident in which someone is injured,” she explains. “The case goes to court and the injured party is awarded $57,000 in compensation. The operator had a marine policy with a liability limit of $50,000 per person, resulting in his requirement to pay the $7,000 balance with cash. If that appears to be a significant exposure, consider that the average boat liability claim is $23,600.” Boyle adds that liability limit levels are typically offered in increments of $100,000, $300,000, $500,000 or more, and each step up will raise the insurance premium. “With rising settlement expectations, a careful review of the liability level should be included based on the boat and the financial situation of the owner,” she says. For boat owners who have higher levels of wealth, own their own businesses or have other high profiles, it may be prudent to consider liability levels that exceed those available with standard marine policies — umbrella liability coverage — to provide additional protection. Liability umbrella policies can come in multiples of millions of dollars and some are specifically tuned to work well with marine policies.

“Basic” or “special” situations In setting premiums, insurance providers start by considering the actual boat, insurance basics, options, and levels of coverage for losses on the hull, liability and medical payments, etc. Then the experience and history of the boat owner comes into play. His or her record on land is factored in, starting with credit scores, auto driving record, insurance policies in force, and claim records. On water, an experienced skipper might be a greater risk because he cruises beyond U.S. borders, and that is reflected in a higher premium, where a less-adventurous soul stays on inland lakes, presents less risk and sees a lower premium. To get the most from a policy, make it fit your needs. At Progressive Insurance, boat product manager Rick Stern suggests considering the varied activities that the boat presents now and in the future. “Specialized coverage is important to look at to make sure your policy matches your boating needs,” Stern says. “A couple examples: If you’re a fishing enthusiast, consider Fishing Equipment coverage that pays for loss or damage to fishing equipment while on board — or while being carried on or off — an insured boat. If tubing and water sports are a primary activity for you, talk with your agent about Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability limits to ensure you and your guests are protected.” Stern adds that new boat owners should consider taking a qualified boating safety course, even if they have significant on-water experience, as this can lead to a discount and is simply a good practice to refresh or update nautical knowledge. Anticipating extended time afloat or going beyond the usual cruising grounds are situations where additional insurance coverage is merited. A good example is insurance for those planning to take the Great Loop cruise. Cary





Here are some common boat insurance policy considerations that will affect premiums. An agent or broker is the best source for information and details of how premiums will be affected by these and other coverages: n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

Umbrella liability (corporate ownership, LLCs, etc.) Specific use (power, sail, fish, waterski, race) Specialized craft (antique, performance, PWC) Areas of operation (across state or international borders) Available for charter Personal effects (covering thefts, etc.) Equipment (additional nav gear, fire suppression, etc.) Crew present (optional or required) Higher deductibles = lowered premium Claim free — decreasing or disappearing deductible Towing (on water/land), salvage Loyalty, multiple policies and/or boats Premium protection (duration, claim history) Safety course completion, other training Pets aboard

intended uses will provide a sense of comfort and actual protection when the unexpected occurs. LB




Policy inclusions

Wiener, president of Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, offers a special navigation package covering the entire Loop at a discounted premium. “We are aware of the care and planning and responsible seamanship that Loopers put into their cruising,” says Wiener. “Considering that journey covers 6,300 miles, 145 locks and navigating through 22 states and Canada, it requires boat owners with serious goals and a special policy to protect them.” Pantaenius also provides insurance for yachts and superyachts headed for global travel, crew and chartering coverage, excess pollution coverage, and even protection from “war risks.” “There are more ways to save, as long as you cover your bases,” adds BoatUS’s Reinaker. For example, every couple of years look at lowering the policy’s hull value coverage, which is the fastest way to lower premiums, as hull values decrease over time. Consider a higher deductible to lower premiums, check the homeowners policy to see if it will cover personal effects on the boat, or ask if there are “bundled” policy features that could save money. And, of course, a history of taking good care of the boat such as keeping it in a safe place, avoiding theft issues and vandalism claims will keep premiums down. Shopping for and comparing boat insurance policies may be as lively as watching varnish dry, yet the exercise can be rewarding from the standpoint of cost and coverage tailoring. Many policies look the same on the surface and have differing prices, so applicants should ask questions of agents and brokers and, despite the pain, dig into the fine print. Acquiring the right coverage at the right price for a specific boat and its

Why limit yourself?


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Building a dream

Seated in the heart of Michigan’s U.P., the Great Lakes Boat Building School continues the tradition of wooden boatbuilding in the Les Cheneaux Islands.


hile there may be a couple dozen different types of boatbuilding schools established in the United States, only one of the five major schools is located in the Midwest: The Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS). Located in Cedarville, Michigan among the Les Cheneaux Islands, the focus of the school is on quality students and second-to-none teaching. Between 20 and 25 students attend the school annually, drawing from all over the U.S. and into Canada. “Our students come here for more personal reasons,” says Bonnie Mikkelsen, the school’s administrator. “They’re outdoorsy, creative people. They want to be in a place of natural beauty, simplicity and tranquility, with outside activities, adventures and scenery. It’s a lifestyle choice. In so doing, they learn their boatbuilding skills while learning more about themselves.”

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by AlexAnder WAtson





“It is probable that no other tool is made with such honesty as a boat.” —John Steinbeck “It fits,” adds Andy James, a second year instructor at the school and a former aircraft carrier flight instructor. “Michigan has a deep heritage of boatbuilding. Think about the legendary brands that originated here: Chris-Craft and Gar Wood, for instance. There were no opportunities for people in the Midwest to learn the craft of building boats. You’d think Cedarville is an odd place to put a school until you also look at the maritime history of the Les Cheneaux area. Then it makes total sense. What better place to study the craft than a storied place full of classic and antique wooden runabouts.” When it comes to building wooden boats, many see the craft as a love affair of sorts. “It’s a romance thing,” James says. “Wood and water belong together. Wooden boats talk to you. They creek, moan, flex to the waves in a pleasant way. A wooden boat chuckles as it’s going through water. You can take a tree and turn it into something beautiful and functional with fascinating compound curves. Our students want a career where they can love and be proud of what they’re doing — and can make a decent living.”

CurriCulum and projeCts The Great Lakes Boat Building School has two hearts: Teaching students the boatbuilding trade, and offering light-hearted, short-duration summer courses. “Our two-year program is for people who want to learn the skilled trade and be employed in it,” says James. “Enrollment is pretty open. The sole eligibility is a high school diploma or equivalent and the physical ability to undertake the work.” In the First-Year Program, students learn how to use the hand tools of the trade through increasingly more complex projects. They then learn boatbuilding theory and skills, as well as lofting (drawing to full size for hulls and keels). Next, they learn about modern materials and methods such as lamination, cold molding, and glued plywood and strip planking.

GLBBS students take their newly-built whale boat out for a last row before sending her off to her master whaling ship, Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.





“We are the only school that offers wood composite (epoxy glue) training at the end of the first year,” says James. Near the completion of Year One, students build a project boat incorporating the techniques and materials they learned about. In the Second-Year Program, students go through a more intensive study of wood composite construction and complex joinery. “Most boatbuilding employers want students who are skilled in these methods,” James says. Year Two students also learn the basic mechanical systems of boats, such as propulsion. “Our students have built some incredible boats,” says Mikkelsen. “Among the notables, we recently completed a replica 1929 26-foot Gold Cup racer under commission. We’ve built a gorgeous 26.5-foot runabout designed by Steve Van Dam, whose Van Dam Custom Boats is world renowned for excellent design and craftsmanship. And we’ve built a Rescue Minor, an early 1940s 19.5-foot John Atkin design, created to rescue injured soldiers and sailors. That boat is amazing. So seaworthy and fuel efficient and yet, with a recessed prop, it needs only 8 inches of water.” Of particular pride is the role GLBBS played in restoring the Charles W. Morgan. Part of the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Morgan is the only remaining wooden whale ship and the oldest surviving American commercial vessel. Built in 1841, she sailed on 37 voyages throughout the globe. GLBBS is one of a handful of accredited schools selected to build eight whaleboats (launched to harpoon and capture whales) for the soon-to-be-completed ship.

Quality, affordable eduCation Tuition at GLBBS runs $11,500 the first year and $10,500 the second year. The school is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. “Being not-for-profit means we can provide our students with lower tuition costs,” says Mikkelsen. Another reason GLBBS tuition is lower than most is because the cost of living is so reasonable in this part of Michigan. It allows students to learn this rewarding trade on a budget. “While we are one of the lower price schools, we are certainly not a ‘discount’ one,” Mikkelsen explains. “What you’ll learn here is second to none.” Tuition covers 75 percent of costs. The balance must be raised. These funds come from sales of completed boats, fund raising events — like the annual Labor Day Weekend Open House and Beer Fest — donations from foundations and grants, and individual charitable contributions. Going forward, Mikkelsen expects the school will add endowments to the mix.

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Students who desire even more advanced schooling have options available to them through GLBBS. Upon completing three sessions (9 months) at GLBBS, students can transfer to North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, and, after completing 33 more credits, earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in Wooden Boat Building. For top accreditation, students can complete two years at GLBBS and finish their education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Technology. But the school is not limited to teaching the trade. “We also offer fun, shorter duration assembly classes of three to six days for novice and longtime wood hobbyists, the curious-minded, and the lifetime dreamers,” says James. The boats of these programs are light craft: Kayaks, canoes, dinghies, prams, rowboats, cocktail racers, and skiffs. The school buys most of the materials from Chesapeake Light Craft, a world-class designer and supplier of kit boats. “These programs are oftentimes a family thing, such as father-son, father-daughter, husband-wife, or grandparentgrandkids,” James maintains. “Some are themed, such as our popular Father’s Day Special. We’ve even had family reunions where three generations were involved. “Students show up on a Monday and, a few days later, they’re loading their boats to take home,” he continues. “The boats aren’t finished (i.e. painted or varnished), but they are properly assembled under our supervision. We guide students, but we don’t do it for them. As a result, students leave here with fun memories and a great feeling of pride and accomplishment. They built their own boat! Frequently, we’ve heard how a course united a family, or helped family members who had drifted apart come together. What a wonderful way to achieve that.”

GLBBS summer student Amanda McKenzie of Atlanta, Georgia gave a CLC Shearwater kayak kit to her fiance, David Evans (left), as a surprise birthday gift (top). Brian Nettleton (right) is their instructor. Students in the very popular summer class Intro to Wooden Boatbuilding learn the art of steam bending (bottom).

For these short duration classes, absolutely no boatbuilding or even woodworking experience is required. Ages have ranged from the single digits to 80. Level of education is also unimportant. “The classes gel and, under expert guidance, they achieve great results,” says James. “The school has been very positive for the community,” echoes Mikkelsen. “Since our groundbreaking in late 2006, we are now contributing well over $700,000 to the area annually. This is exactly the sort of enterprise Les Cheneaux needed. “Going forward, we’re adding more programs, which means more staff and expanded facilities, so students have a greater choice of programs, such as restoration,” Mikkelsen continues. “After seven years, we’re on the map now. The future of this school is bright.” LB





Slice of P

Sea caves on Devils Island





photo by craig blacklock

Paradise Winter, spring, summer or fallâ&#x20AC;Ś Lake Superiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Apostle Islands and the communities of Madeline Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin, offer year-round activities set against a stunning backdrop of equal parts pristine, sugar-sand beachfront and lush, unspoiled wilderness. by heather steinberger






ur multicolored beach towels and assorted sand toys were the only objects marring the unbroken, sweeping crescent of golden sand, shimmering in the warm midsummer sun. Incredibly, no one else from the nearby campground decided to join us, and the day-trippers from the mainland and from the island’s yacht club marina hadn’t yet arrived. Rimmed by lush, emerald forest and dune grasses, the beach sloped gently to meet the purling, gin-clear sea. Delighted shrieks echoed from water that boasted almost swimming-pool-like temperatures, as my husband tossed our daughter into the air and caught her again with a magnificent splash. Anyone viewing our joyful little scene would be forgiven for assuming that we were in the Florida Keys or on a Caribbean island. But our sea was an inland one — and not just any inland sea, at that. This was Lake Superior, the celebrated Gitche Gumee, and our little slice of island paradise was Big Bay State Park on Wisconsin’s Madeline Island.

Welcome to the Apostles

streets in Bayfield, and in La Pointe on Madeline Island, teem with tourists. The national lakeshore’s waterways are dotted with myriad watercraft of every size, shape and design. The Apostles’ human history reaches back hundreds of years. The islands were home to the predecessors of today’s Native Americans as well as to the modern Ojibwe people, and the Sioux, Huron and Ottawa also may have resided here. After European contact, the islands became a significant waypoint for French explorers, fur traders and the Jesuit missionaries. Communities like La Pointe took root as fortified outposts in the late 17th and 18th centuries, a time when Great Britain, France and the then young United States battled for control in the New World. Then, in 1855, the Soo Locks opened Lake Superior’s doors to ships from around the world. Everything changed. Lighthouses and their keepers became essential

for protecting mariners, and fishing camps, logging camps, stone quarries and farms arose throughout the islands to take advantage of their abundant natural resources. Communities like Bayfield were established, and a few resorts even found a niche. While the remains of those original enterprises have since been reclaimed by the wilderness, doors to the Apostles remain open. New generations are discovering the islands each year — only now they are tourists, cruising boaters, anglers, backpackers and kayakers rather than fur-traders, fishermen, lumberjacks, brownstone quarrymen and farmers.

“Best Little Town in the Midwest” Whether you’re traveling aboard your own cruising boat, hauling your trailerable or simply driving the family car, you’ll want to start your Apostles exploration in the friendly, laid-back waterfront town of Bayfield. If you’re looking to stay minutes from the heart of downtown, the Winfield Inn


Upper Great Lakes destinations run the gamut, from charming coastal towns, to quaint island communities, to stretches of true wilderness that have changed little since the French voyagers first set eyes on them centuries ago. Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands are unique in that they offer all three versions of lakeland nirvana, and they do it in exceptional style. This archipelago of 22 islands lies scattered across a whopping 720 square miles of Lake Superior just off northwestern Wisconsin’s Bayfield Peninsula. The former lumbering and fishing village of Bayfield, platted in 1855, is now the gateway to the Apostles and has become a beloved vacation destination in its own right. Madeline Island, the largest and only inhabited island, has a year-round population of nearly 250 people and is a seasonal hotspot for boaters and landlubbers alike. And then there’s the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, comprising the remaining 21 islands and a 12-mile stretch of mainland coast. This is an unforgettable wilderness of rocky cliffs, sea caves, sandy beaches, verdant temperate and boreal forests, and the clear, unspoiled waters of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Thanks to the islands’ proximity to one another and to the mainland, and to their numerous protected anchorages, the Apostles have become a premier Great Lakes cruising destination. And, since they are within easy driving distance of the Midwest’s major metro areas, summertime





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Balancing Rock, Stockton Island

Old Michigan Island Lighthouse

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Lake Superior


balancing rock photo by craig blacklock ; lighthouse photo courtesy of national park service ; kayaker photo by rj & linda miller , courtesy of travelwisconsin . org

Madeline Island





Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Madeline Island Ferry

Offseason Festivities Throughout autumn Fall Harvest Celebration Oct. 4-6 52nd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival Oct. 1 Madeline Island Fall Fest




Nov. 24 through the holidays Hometown Holiday Celebration Nov. 30 Madeline Island’s Annual Holiday Boutique


Feb. 1-2 19th Annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race Feb. 8 Blue Moon Ball Mar. 1-3 Bayfield Winter Festival

festival photos courtesy of bayfield . org ; cafe photo courtesy of travelwisconsin . org ; ferry photo by s . kane , courtesy of bayfield . org

and Gardens offers accommodations with warm ambiance, gracious hospitality and what some say is the “finest public garden in Wisconsin.” Located on the edge of a high bluff overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Park, this family-owned and -operated inn is the perfect place to experience this exceptional area. Winfield Inn also handles the vacation rentals of privately-owned cottages, condos and houses to give you a variety of lodging options. For those wanting a secluded getaway, Bodin’s Resort is 9 miles south of Bayfield, nestled among majestic pines on Lake Superior’s south shore. This resort, which has been in the same family since 1938, offers cottages, large, sandy beaches, spacious lawns, and a small craft boat launch on site. Tie off the docklines or unload bags at your hotel, condo, cottage or campground and hit the streets. Touring on foot is a pleasure in what’s known as “the Best Little Town in the Midwest,” largely

thanks to the Bayfield Historic District. Filled with historic houses-turned-inns, churches, businesses and even a Carnegie Library, visitors will get a sense of what Bayfield was like in the late 19th century, when well-heeled Victorians traded the city heat for genteel hotels and cool lake breezes. Consider exploring the community with Bayfield Heritage Tours, named one of the Midwest Travel Writers Association’s top tourist attractions in 2005. The organization offers family-friendly historic, ghost and cemetery tours in the afternoons and evenings. If the guides sufficiently whet your appetite, stop at the Bayfield Heritage Center and the Bayfield Maritime Museum to learn more about this 150-year-old community and the colorful cast of characters who called it home. It’s not all about the past in Bayfield, however. The town has a thriving business district, and it’s easily walkable. Peruse the titles at the independent

Apostle Islands Booksellers, choose just the right work of art from one of the many galleries and studios, take an art class at the Bayfield Area Recreation Center, and try on premium outdoor wear at the wilderness outfitters’ shops. To that end, if you enjoy winter sports, don’t miss the brand-new Howl Clothing and Adventure store in downtown Bayfield. The experts at Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing are behind this exciting enterprise, in which they designed, produced and tested outdoor clothing that would be ideally suited to active winter sports. It’s all locally made with materials such as durable, warm Woolrich Wool, comfortable Malden Mills 300 weight polar and Martexin Original Wax waxed canvas. Then there are the flavors of Bayfield, and that doesn’t just mean the 20-plus restaurants, pubs and cafes in town. At All Sisters Winery and Bayfield Winery, visitors can sample a selection of wines made from locally grown fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, currents and more. After all, you are in the “Berry Capital of Wisconsin.” With its proximity to the big lake and its many hills, Bayfield has a microclimate featuring cool temperatures and moist air throughout the growing season. That means this is ground zero for apple and cherry orchards and bumper crops of every type of berry imaginable. Fourteen orchards, berry farms, country stores and markets in the area sell regional fruits, and many have special events throughout the year. You’ll also have an impressive choice of outdoor activities. Family hiking is a must along the Lake Superior shoreline or the easy Brownstone Trail. More hardcore hikers can tackle the cross-country trail network at Mt. Ashwabay, just 3 miles from Bayfield, or the Meyers Beach Hiking Trail, which takes you past the mainland sea caves to a single campsite that’s 4.5 miles from the trailhead. Then there’s golfing at the Apostle Highlands Golf Course, located 500 feet above the lake with outstanding views of Chequamegon Bay, the islands and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; acclaimed performances and productions at the celebrated Big Top Chautauqua; and casino gaming, hearty meals and sweeping views at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, which opened in August 2011.

The Sacred Island Madeline Island is a major highlight on anyone’s Apostles travel itinerary. Located just a 25-minute boat ride from Bayfield, the island and its Town of La Pointe are easily accessed by ferry, courtesy of the Madeline Island Ferry Line, or by private boat;





if you do cruise to the island, make arrangements to tie up at the Madeline Island Yacht Club and Marina. MIYC is a full-service marina with transient and seasonal dockage on a space-available basis. The staff provides well-rounded knowledge of the area and is committed to creating an enjoyable experience for all boaters and guests that visit the marina. Consider staying overnight, whether it’s on your boat, at the Big Bay State Park or Big Bay Town Park campgrounds, an island inn, or rental cottage. Now you’re ready to experience one of the most memorable, and mystical, islands in the Upper Midwest. Legends and stories abound about this place, which is considered to be the traditional spiritual center of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people, also known as the Anishinaabe. According to Anishinaabe legend, the Great Spirit Gitche Manitou led the community to the sacred island and to the wild rice beds in Chequamegon Bay. Some of the original native people remain in the area, due to the 1854 Treaty of La Pointe that secured permanent reserves for them. The Red Cliff Indian Reservation lies nearby on the

Bay, Stockton Island’s many hikes and informative visitors center (complete with a stuffed black bear named Skar), the ruins of the old fishing camp on Rocky Island, the archipelago’s six postcard-pretty lighthouses, and, of course, the miles upon miles of pristine hardwood and pine forests, savannas, bogs, sand dunes, tombolos, lagoons, cliffs, and sea caves. You don’t need to have your own boat, however. National Park Service management allows impressive access to visitors, which means this is a hiker’s paradise as much as it is a boater’s. Ferries from Apostle Islands Cruises carry day-hikers and backpackers to public docks throughout the islands, where more than 50 miles of trails link backcountry camps with countless scenic, historic and educational sites. For those who are simply interested in sightseeing, both above and below the water, the cruise operator also offers glass-bottom boat tours to area shipwrecks and a “grand tour” that

incorporates Basswood, Hermit, Oak, Otter, Devils, Bear and Raspberry islands. If the glass-bottom boat tour isn’t enough, talk to the folks at Superior Adventures in Bayfield. They offer guided snorkel and scuba trips throughout the islands, with particular emphasis on wrecks and sea caves. There are plenty of fishing and sailing charters available. For example, with Dreamcatcher Sailing, you can cast off the docklines for a day tour, or sign up for an overnight adventure. If you’d like to learn about sailing and play an active role on board, you may; if you’d rather simply relax and enjoy the outing with friends and family, that’s fine too. Then there are the kayak outfitters. The Apostles’ sea caves are legendary in paddling circles, and enthusiasts converge on the archipelago from around the country — and even the world — to see how mighty Lake Superior has reshaped the face of the islands. Nowhere is this more apparent than along

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mainland, and the Bad River Indian Reservation has a nearly 200-acre “exclave” tract of land on the island’s eastern end. While you’re here, visit the Madeline Island Museum, play a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones-designed course at the Madeline Island Golf Club, take a stroll through time at the Madeline Island Heritage Center, and maybe even sign up for a class at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. Rent bikes or mopeds in La Pointe to explore the island’s quiet lanes, hop into a canoe or kayak to paddle alongside its cliffs and caves, or simply hike through its untrammeled countryside. And, before you go, make sure to check out that sublime crescent beach.

The Wilderness Experience Although we delighted in Bayfield’s shops and restaurants (particularly Greunke’s First Street Inn) and Madeline Island’s rustic lanes and lovely Big Bay State Park, we also wanted to experience the Apostles’ more primeval side. So we returned to the islands prior to peak fall color, chartering a boat from Sailboats Inc.’s Bayfield base and exploring the islands for three midweek nights. The majority of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is wilderness. In fact, 80 percent of it was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System in 2004 under the name Gaylord Nelson Wilderness, Wisconsin’s largest. So there’s much to explore: The famous pink “singing sands” of Julian





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the north shore of Devils Island. Here, billionyear-old red sandstone is continually sculpted into massive, interconnected sea caves and soaring pillars. In fact, the island’s interior is a labyrinth of holes — which prompted the Ojibwe to christen it “Evil Spirit Island.” It’s not difficult to understand why, especially when sun turns the surreal land- and waterscape a startling reddish-orange, and the surge gurgles ominously in the hidden netherworld. Although Devils Island is a smiling watersports playground on a calm day, avid kayakers would do well to remember that this is a place for the experienced, and the island can show its teeth if the wind shifts.

No Such Thing as an Offseason Arriving in and touring the Apostle Islands by boat is pure magic, particularly in the early autumn. On our three-day charter, we had anchorages all to ourselves. The savory smells of dinner cooking

wafted through the cockpit, we watched the night sky twinkle to life while wrapped in warm blankets, and steaming mugs of coffee greeted each cool, uninterrupted morning. Eventually, however, boating season does end, and the offseason begins. Except in Bayfield, there is no offseason. As soon as the summer tourists have packed up their sunscreen, flip-flops and beach bags, the leaf-peepers come to frame that perfect photograph, visit the markets overflowing with the year’s bountiful harvest, and join the revelry at the annual Apple Festival. It’s an innocuous name, but this is a big deal. Each year, roughly 60,000 people arrive on the Bayfield Peninsula to take part in what Wisconsin Trails magazine called “The Best Festival in Wisconsin” and the Society of American Travel Writers proclaimed one of the “Top 10 Autumn Festivals in North America.”

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Area Resources Travel Planning Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau: Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce:

marinas Apostle Islands Marina: Legendary Waters Resort & Casino: Madeline Island Yacht Club: miyc.neT Pikes Bay Marina (see “Marina Watch” p. 50): Port Superior Marina: Roys Point Marina:

ferries, outfitters & more Apostle Islands Cruises: Apostle Islands Kayaks (La Pointe): Dreamcatcher Sailing Adventures: Living Adventure Inc. (Bayfield): Madeline Island Ferry Line: Real-Time Wave Reports: Superior Adventures Dive & Kayak Center: suPerioradvenTures.neT Wilderness Inquiry (Bayfield):

winter fun Bayfield Winter Festival: Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area: Winter Recreation Report: Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing / Howl Clothing and Adventure:,,




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Later, after the annual tree-lighting ceremonies and holiday celebrations, the winter fun gears up. And it gears up in earnest with the annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race on February 1-2. Boosters call this a shorter and livelier version of the Iditarod; the event incorporates an eight-dog, 80-mile race and a six-dog, 60-mile race. There’s also a 40-mile Sportsmen’s Race, a 6- to 8-mile Family Race, and a 6- to 8-mile Youth Race for mushers ages 16 and under. The Blue Moon Ball, a “prom for adults” at the restored, historic Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion, then takes place on February 8, followed by the Bayfield Winter Festival on March 1-3. A fundraiser for the Bayfield Area Recreation Center and the Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area, this extravaganza incorporates a “Freeze Your Glass Off” deck party at the Bayfield Inn, a candlelight walk on the Brownstone Trail with the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, a Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Superior, a “Run on Water” event, and the Mt. Ashwabay WinterDASH and WinterBASH. If your wintertime trip won’t coincide with any of these events, however, don’t worry. You’ll still have plenty to do. Just imagine: 100 miles of snowshoeing trails, 130 miles of groomed crosscountry skiing trails, 13 runs and a chairlift for downhill skiers and snowboarders at Mt. Ashwabay, dog-sledding expeditions through Wolfsong Adventures, and countless spots to set up an ice-fishing camp. Then there’s the “ice road” to Madeline Island, allowing you to drive, ski or hike across the frozen lake; the dazzling, cathedral-like ice caves; and 600 miles of snowmobile trails. That’s not a typo; you have 600 miles of trails to explore here. So, if you’re thinking you might want to plan a so-called “offseason” Apostle Islands trip as well as that summertime cruise, you’re not alone. As we reflected on our Madeline Island state-park sojourn and our three-day charter through the islands, we realized we’d only had a small taste of what the archipelago and its communities have to offer. There’s so much more. More miles, more islands, more must-stops, more friendly faces, more views, more events, more adventures… more fun. Always more fun. LB

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Superior Photos Specializing in photographing Lake Superior, Craig Blacklock is one of the country’s most distinguished nature photographers, internationally renowned for his inspiring landscapes, nudes and technical virtuosity. Photographer/author Blacklock photographs of seventeen books, the sea caves Blacklock is regularly on Sand Island. featured in photography magazines such as American Photo, Fine Art Photo and Outdoor Photographer. His original prints hang in museums, private collections, and healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. His background of more than 30 years working in large format is evident in his digital images, with precise, exquisite compositions and hyper-real clarity. Blacklock has taught photography workshops since 1982. He teaches each year at Madeline Island School of the Arts. For a full list of upcoming workshops, visit

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ppropriately dubbed Antler Bay, this nearly 1,700-acre Upper Peninsula property is a top hunting spot for deer and much more. Onsite is an 8,500-square-foot main lodge, a 1,450square-foot bunkhouse, a 5,800-square-foot shop/office/ processing center, a cabin, and lots and lots of privacy. “You are your own neighbor,” says Wayne Crosby of RE/ MAX of Midland, who, along with colleague Pat Devereaux, is listing the property. “It’s great for year-round use. It could be a vacation spot or a corporate retreat.” The property, located on the St. Marys River in Barbeau, Michigan, about 20 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie, was developed around 2000. It’s just 16 miles east of the Chippewa County International Airport, which handles both commercial and private jets. The main home boasts a whopping seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. But there’s more, including an indoor swimming pool and spa, a fieldstone fireplace, radiant in-floor heating, and an extra-large, three-car garage.

Specs Bedrooms: 7 Baths: 6.5 Square Footage: 8,500 Acreage: 1,684 Shoreline: 300 feet Price: $2,750,000 Contact Wayne Crosby Pat Devereaux RE/MAX of Midland 989-832-0090 MidlAndishoMe.coM




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“The master bedroom is out of this world, with walk-in showers,” Devereaux says. In addition to the master suite on the first floor, there are two additional master suites upstairs. The modern, gourmet kitchen has plenty of room to entertain while preparing food, which is made easy with two ovens, a warming drawer, trash compactor, and a walk-in pantry. That’s not to mention the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide expansive views of the water. The wraparound deck is another perfect spot to drink in the vistas. Across the road from the main house and still part of the property is 300 feet of St. Marys River frontage and a dock that can accommodate a 50-foot boat. There are three lakes on site, perfect for fishing and duck hunting — and plenty of room for snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, nature watching and more. The hunting operation includes a large enclosure with 10-foot fences. Within that enclosure is the cabin, which can be used as a hunting blind or warming house; the office/ deer processing facility complete with walk-in cooler; and the two-bedroom, one-bath log bunkhouse. LB

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his 1,684-acre parcel is located in the Eastern Upper Peninsula along the St. Mary’s River. Only 20 minutes from Sault Ste. Marie. 300 feet of frontage on the St. Mary’s River offers access to anywhere in the world by water. Chippewa International Airport, offering commercial or private air service, is only 15 minutes away. The centerpiece of the property is the main lodge, a 8,500 sq. ft. log home with 7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a stone fireplace and a 3-car garage. The main floor has a large, modern kitchen with 2 ovens and walk-in pantry. Giant floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room offer spectacular views of the woods and the St. Mary’s River. Nearby, a 1,450 sq. ft., 2-bedroom guest house is situated on the shore of a beautiful pond. 600 acres of the property is enclosed by a 10-ft. game fence and is a Michigan licensed deer ranch. The property has 3 lakes, including Deer Lake which is 12 acres and great for fishing. View video at $2,750,000 Call Wayne or Pat for full details!


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pen in 2002 and completed in 2003, Pikes Bay Marina is one of Lake Superior’s newest and most modern marinas. Pikes Bay is a safe harbor, with a beautiful granite breakwater that keeps wave action to a minimum. The marina welcomes both power- and sailboats to their wide docks, ranging in length from 30 to 90 feet. Located just 2 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, Pikes Bay provides a country club setting for boaters. The beautiful new clubhouse offers ship’s store, individual boater lounges with flat screen TVs, WiFi, and a conference room. The clubhouse boasts private baths, showers and dressing rooms as well as a full kitchen and laundry facilities. Relax on the large deck surrounding the clubhouse. Grills are available if you’d like to kick back and enjoy the outdoors. Pikes Bay boasts a 22,000-square-foot indoor heated storage facility. This full-service marina can handle all of your repair, detailing and cleaning needs. Customer service is second to none at Pikes Bay, with a full-time dock crew available to help guests at their slips.


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“There’s lots to do and plenty to see during your stay at the marina,” says Steve Linton, CMM , general manager. “You can hike or bike to Bayfield on the Brownstone Trail. Madeline Island, the jumping off point to the Apostle Islands, is only 2 miles.” If music is your passion, there’s a local place for that, too. “The Big Top Chateaqua is an entertainment venue with big name musical talent coming from mid May to early September and a shuttle bus stops for boaters,” Linton says. And should activities like golf be on your agenda, Apostle Highlands Golf Course is close by. Pikes Bay was named a Wisconsin Clean Marina in June 2011. It was one of the first Clean Marinas on Lake Superior and one of the first 17 in the State of Wisconsin. “There aren’t many areas in this country today that can claim clean and clear water within the boundaries of their marina,” Linton says. “The Apostle Islands are a very special place, Bayfield is a special town, and Pikes Bay Marina is a very special marina. We want to keep it that way for today’s boaters and all future boating generations.” LB

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Absolutely stunning waterfront parcel on coveted Deepwater Point leaves nothing to be desired! Enjoy 200ft of the finest sandy beach and waterfront with westerly exposure for amazing sunsets. With 1.4 acres of beautiful hardwoods and nestled at the very end of the road, this parcel offers extraordinary privacy. $775,000 #1749632


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1997 crownline 330 express 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. $44,000. 616-443-9759 OcT13

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1990 bayliner 3888 All systems 100%. A must-see, no reasonable offer refused. New canvas and eisenglass on flybridge. Call 612-751-5400 JAN14

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above the waterline | by Dave Wallace

Cruising View Fall boating trips have definite advantages.


f you are a liveaboard boater and a Great Lakes explorer, chances are you’ve already taken your summer cruise — unless, of course, you’re reading this issue in your dentist’s waiting room a year later (and if you are, consider the following food for thought as you head into next year!). Many boaters get their first cruising itch in June — if the weather warms early. But most of us take our journeys in July, when vacation time is the norm and we know that just about every port on our itinerary will have fireworks on Independence Day. That’s the good part. The not so good part involves the reality that everyone else is boating on the same schedule. Marinas fill up early. Rafting off or anchoring become the only options. This may not be a big deal for cruising adults, but if your crew includes kids or dogs, then getting them ashore before nature comes a-callin’ can be a real pain in the dingy. Since summer also is a time for cruising by car, the port cities get hit from both land and sea. The crowds are great for restaurants and retail businesses, but often it means waiting lists and reservation requirements for us boaters. It’s why our eldest daughter and her husband choose to cruise in August — and why we learned to follow their example and meet up with them along the way. After years of the same old, same old schedule, we began to get creative in our thinking. July and August weather may be great, but it’s also a time for swarming flies and stuffy v-berths. Unless your boat is air conditioned, chances are you’re spending the day perspiring in the cockpit and sleeping fitfully in your bunk. Given that reality, we began to seriously think about cruising in fall. While I can’t speak for the Erie or Ontario cruising territory, around Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior we transition from swimming and fishing to glorious color tours and the beginning of hunting season. There’s something about being in northern waters during the onset of fall that’s unlike any other experience. Aside from the ambience, there are practical benefits to consider when contemplating a fall cruise. Competitive cruising traffic will have virtually disappeared into the winter comfort of storage sheds. Marinas that remain open for local boaters should have plenty of empty slips. Restaurants will welcome you with open arms — and

Fall foliage is spectacular from the water! —>

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





without reservations. If you can rent a car, you’ll be right in the heart of color-tour territory, with the added bonus of catching a glimpse of the local wildlife and discovering that roadside stands once offering summer sweet corn might now display a colorful assortment of gourds and pumpkins. I understand the reality that certain jobs may not take kindly to a request for vacation time in fall, and that cruising with school-age kids pretty much rules out this time frame as a reasonable possibility. Nevertheless, I felt inspired to raise the idea for consideration — either now or in the future. Our Great Lakes offer a wide range of opportunities, appeals and options. We should never take them for granted and slip quietly into a “same old, same old” routine without investigating new ways to make the familiar seem fresh again. LB

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