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Channel dredging funding on course

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Money to clear the upper Saginaw River of silt has cleared another hurdle.

The U.S. Senate passed the 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week, with $2.5 million earmarked for dredging the shipping channel between Bay City and Saginaw.

The House passed a bill with $2.25 million for the project in July.

The legislation now goes to a conference committee to iron out differences. After that, it goes to President Bush for his signature.   more...

 



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Tripping along the shores on a 1,123-mile journey from here to here

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Port Washington (Wis.) Light Station: Built in 1860, it'samong the Lake Michigan lighthouses that aren't haunted. One, though . . .This is the Around Lake Michigan Drive. It can be a good one.

Attitude is the key to enjoying it. Unless you catch some fall color, the roadside scenics for the most part are not spectacular. When you can't see the lake--and most of the time, you can't--it's essentially a drive that connects places with OK school systems, low crime rates and faded downtowns.

And yet . . .

When you can see Lake Michigan--and from time to time you can--that changes everything.

Even non-sailors can appreciate the loveliness of a full spinnaker against deep blue.

Everyone loves beaches.   more...


 



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Diver finds lore in lakes

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David Trotter has found more ship carcasses than probably anyone else on the Great Lakes. It's both a point of pride for him and a reason for concern.

"Most people find one or two and then give it up," he explains. Or to put it another way, "That person who is rational quits."

Zipping around the bottom of a major body of water can be fatal, which discourages some people. The costs are hefty and the financial rewards are nonexistent, another factor that tends to thin the herd.

But there's a feeling you get when the sidescan sonar shows you a grainy photo from 30 fathoms beneath the surface and you know it's a picture no one else has ever seen. And when you come back with your scuba tanks and dive the wreck, "you can drop back 150 years in three or four minutes."   more...

 



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Strong current prompts two-hour search for swimmer

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LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard spent two hours searching for an endurance swimmer Monday morning after a strong current swept him off course.

Jim Dreyer, who is towing supplies behind him in a canoe, called his crew at about 11 p.m. Sunday to tell them he was in trouble, Cadillac television station WWTV-WWUP reported Monday. He was in the middle of the ninth of 16 stages of his attempt to swim the length of Lake Michigan.

The crew called the Coast Guard after it lost sight of him for several hours. Guardsmen began searching for Dreyer at 7 a.m. and found him two hours later north of Orchard Beach State Park near Manistee, Coast Guard official Chris Bouchard said.   more...

 



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Fishing harvest hooked in debate

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CLEVELAND — Commerical fishermen were happy to hear Monday about what may be the best yellow perch hatch in a quarter-century.

But they say an impending request by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to extend drastically reduced quotas on the Lake Michigan fish for three years is unjustified.

The yellow perch is a common North American freshwater fish considered excellent for consumption – and a staple of Friday night fish fries in the Midwest.

Debate on the quotas erupted during the monthly meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum, a DNR-sponsored citizens committee that advises the state on policy related to fishing, fisheries conservation and efforts to manage the lake’s ecology.   more...

 



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Allied Boat Company

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Builder of the Seawind and other legends

The seed for the Allied Boat Company was planted in February of 1960 when Annapolis naval architect Thomas Gillmer designed a 30-foot ketch-rigged sailboat for Rex Kaiser, an attorney from Wilmington, Del. This boat would become the famous Seawind 30, the first fiberglass boat to sail around the world with a voyage beginning in 1964. Alan Eddy spent four and a half years circumnavigating the globe with Apogee, hull #1.

Lunn Laminates of Port Washington on Long Island Sound created the molds for this boat and built five of them. It's not clear how Lunn Laminates and the original group that was to form the Allied Boat Company were introduced. Perhaps Lunn Laminates sought sales help from the New York City firm Northrop & Johnson, due to their reputation as the most successful yacht brokerage firm on the East Coast.

Northrop & Johnson enlisted the aid of Thor Ramsing of Greenwich, Conn. Ramsing, in addition to being a well-known racing sailor, also had the financial resources necessary to initiate a new boat production company.

Allied's treasurer, Serge McKhann, filed papers with the states of Delaware and New York on Feb. 9, 1962, officially establishing the new company as Allied Boat Company, Inc.   more...

 





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The Pearson Era

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Starting in a garage, cousins Clinton and Everett Pearson initiated an era in yachting history


By Steve Mitchell

It's a familiar story to sailing buffs. The Pearson cousins, Clinton and Everett, began the modern era of fiberglass production sailboats at the New York Boat Show, in January 1959, with the introduction of the Carl Alberg-designed Triton. They sold 17 of those 28-foot boats at the show, and "it started us chasing money," says Clinton. Indeed, that one show put the fledgling company on the map and in solid financial shape, but this well-known story reveals only part of the roots of Pearson Yachts.

"The Navy ROTC sent me to Brown University," says Clinton, "so after I graduated, I had to serve three years of active duty on the destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy. This was from 1952 to 1955. While on the Kennedy, I built a small model for an 8-foot fiberglass dinghy. Later, I built a mold for the dinghy in my father's garage. I started the company in May 1955 with the $2,000 I received when I left the Navy."

Clinton tried making the dinghies using a vacuum process. "But I had no luck with it after six or seven attempts. So I started making them from mat and resin in a lay-up in the garage."   more...


 





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What to look for when buying your Dream Boat

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In the nautical lexicon, it seems these three words - good old boats - always go together. Some of the most aesthetically pleasing designs from the boards of America's greatest naval architects - Alden, Alberg, Gillmer, Herreshoff, Rhodes, Sparkman & Stephens and many others are now well along in age and, like old debutantes, in need of a face and structural lift.

When, in our wanderings, we find an older boat, a fiberglass boat which appeals to our hearts, our spirits soar, and a smile lights our faces and then fades. It fades when we consider the work and cost associated with the required plastic surgery. But need it fade?

Let's assess our new love and evaluate the potential under the layers of grime.

The earliest fiberglass sailboats were built from designs originally intended for wood construction. The beam was narrow and the overhang long the waterline short and the interior small but the beauty is there.

A Herreshoff H-28 is still a Herreshoff, in wood or glass. A Hinckley Pilot is still a Stephens' design, Seawind a Gillmer, Cape Dory an Alberg, Bounty a Rhodes, and a Pearson Countess an Alden.   more...

 





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Renaming a boat? How bad could that be?

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Superstition got you down? John Vigor offers tips for renaming your boat and keeping it lucky.
By John Vigor

I once knew a man in Florida who told me he'd owned 24 different yachts and renamed every single one of them.

"Did it bring you bad luck?" I asked.

"Not that I'm aware of," he said. "You don't believe in those old superstitions, do you?"

Well, yes. Matter of fact, I do. And I'm not alone. Actually, it's not so much being superstitious as being v-e-r-y careful. It's an essential part of good seamanship.   more...

 



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Get Winterized

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It saddens us to say it, but it’s already time to start thinking about getting your boat ready for its winter hibernation. Unless you live in the southernmost tips of the country, such as Florida or Southern California, you’re probably going to have to winterize your boat in some way, shape or form.

Naturally, we feel compelled to offer you a checklist of all the things that need to be done. Different areas of the country will require that different measures be taken -- and at different times -- but most winterization tasks are followed universally.   more...

 



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Steelhead Patterns: Mysis Shrimp - For Great Lakes Steelhead - Pattern

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Mysis Shrimp - Fly Pattern tied by Herb SeymourMysis relicta, commonly called Opossum shrimp, is a key food source in the Great Lakes for forage fish like sculpin, rainbow smelt, and alewife. It also contributes significantly to a steelhead’s diet—with guesstimates running as high as 70 percent of their food intake. But what’s more important is that steelies seem to relish the tasty delight when they make their run into the rivers.

The Recipe:

HOOK: Dai-Riki Scud/Pupa hook, #135, size 6, 1X strong, 1X short
THREAD: White Danville or UNI-Thread, 8/0
EYES: Black mono eyes, extra small
TAIL: Two strands of pearl Krystal Flash, wrapped in cream hackle barbs. Flash should extend slightly beyond the barbs
ABDOMEN: Ice White Caddis/Emerger dubbing, lightly dubbed and picked out
RIBBING: Danville fine monofilament, counter-wrapped to create a segmented body
THORAX: Ice White Caddis/Emerger dubbing, heavily dubbed and picked out
SWIMMING LEGS: Cream hackle, three or four turns, palmered forward over thorax
FRONT APPENDAGES: Cream hackle barbs laid between mono eyes, layered over hook eye
SHELLBACK: Clear thin skin, over abdomen and thorax. Lightly dab orange art marker beneath carapace; apply to thin skin or thorax dubbing.   more info...

 





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Fly Casting to Lexington Harbor Salmon

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  Flymart’s fly fishing guide service will be running charters out of Michigan's Lexington harbor for salmon this fall. Lexington Harbor is located twenty miles north of Port Huron and has been very popular for years for casting to salmon , steelhead, and brown trout from the rock pier that protects the harbor.
  Salmon start to move into the harbor and surrounding areas in mid September as the water temperature drops. During the night schools of salmon move in close to feed on baitfish, sometimes almost into the surf by shore and can remain there well into the day . It has been productive casting to them from the pier and also surf casting down the beach. Flymart is taking it a big step further with our Florida style flats boat by getting in close to the surf and rock walls or following the schools down the coast or out into deep water as they move.  
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Local inventor develops tool to help combat rising waters

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TRAVERSE CITY - Don Metz is a long way from the East Coast, but the local inventor and businessman said Hurricane Isabel is blowing inquiries about his latest brainstorm this way.
      Metz has invented a large, reusable, water-filled pouch that could replace the age-old sandbag in battling storms, floods and more.
      "This is a product that's taken off," said Metz, whose FloodWater Bag has drawn the interest of homeowners, emergency service agencies and even military officials. "Now we're getting inquiries from all over the world."
      Metz, who's developed and marketed dozens of products over five decades, got the idea for the flood bags a few years ago during a sleepless night watching a television news report on a devastating flood overseas. People worked tirelessly filling and hauling sandbags to combat the rising water.   more...


 





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RECREATIONAL BOATING VOICES NEEDED IN PORT SECURITY PLANNING

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BoatUS.com Offers an Easy Way to Get Started

Boat Owners Association of The United States is urging recreational boaters - especially those in leadership roles - to have their voices heard as port security plans are being drawn up by 44 U.S. Coast Guard Captains of the Port who are responsible for 361 ports nationwide. To help boaters get in contact with their port's Captain, a new webpage at BoatUS.com allows boaters to instantly find out who their Captain of the Port is and how to contact them.   more...

 



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Rich Guy Wins Yacht Race

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Despite the notion that Alinghi showed up with less than all their bullets in the chamber, the Moet Cup turned out to be a good series. Laurie Fullerton turns in this final report from the week-long series.

San Francisco, CA - A two series regatta The Moet Cup featuring billionaires Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli gave spectators, sailors, photographers and visitors a look at rich men at play as the two titans of today's America's Cup era battled it out on the water in the first ever owner-driver race with the high-performance IACC boats Alinghi and Oracle.

"It could have gone either way," said an ebullient Larry Ellison who was sprayed with champagne and nearly thrown in the water after winning the owner-driver race by 3-2 today. Despite his aloof image, the hometown boy was applauded by over 1000 spectators and nearly 500 boats came out to watch the final races today.

"It all came down to the last race," Ellison said.   more...

 

 



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