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It's a boat, it's a car, no it's Amphicar

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Robert Vondracek angled the tight corners on the bumpy, curved dirt path leading down to the banks of Long Lake, commenting until the front tires met water on how well the two-door, red and white car, handled.

At the water's edge, he pulled a button on the dashboard to close the air vents, tugged on a floorboard handle, engaging two rear propellers, and for a moment, James Bond had nothing on him as he cruised the car into the water and began motoring through the lake.



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New Great Lakes chief uses lessons learned on Lake St. Clair

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Ken DeBeaussaert need only take a short walk from his Macomb County home to see a mirror image of the problems plaguing the Great Lakes.

There, the new director of the state Office of the Great Lakes can get a view of Lake St. Clair, which connects two of the big lakes via the Clinton and Detroit rivers.

Lake St. Clair isn't a Great Lake, but it is a test tube for many of the same ills that afflict lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. It sometimes is home to untreated sewage, industrial pollution, chunks of rotting seaweed, murky waters, closed beaches and exotic species that have hitchiked on freighters from other parts of the world.   more...

 



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GTX 4 - TEC - Seadoo PWC

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The New GTX† 4-TEC VANS Triple Crown Edition
Something incredible was bound to happen when VANS, the worldwide leader in Core Sports™ - Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Surfing, Wakeboarding, BMX and Freestyle Motocross - teamed up with Sea-Doo, worldwide leader in personal watercraft. The awesome result is the new GTX 4-TEC VANS Triple Crown Edition - the first and only watercraft designed specifically for wakeboarding and wakeboard competition. We started with our GTX hull, chosen for its stability.   more...

 





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PEGASUS 77 AND PYEWACKET MATCH UP ON SUNDAY

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LOS ANGELES---Get ready for match racing, Transpac style. Philippe Kahn's defending Barn Door winner, Pegasus 77, and Roy E. Disney's record holder, Pyewacket, will be the only boats starting in Division 1 of the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii Sunday, truly in a class by themselves.

Ten other exceptional Division 2 ocean racers, a few with world-class crews, will start alongside, but even they will have eyes on what rates as a blockbuster contest between two of the swiftest downwind sailing vessels on the planet. They'll sail 2,225 nautical miles from the edge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Diamond Head volcano east of Honolulu in quest of the 3 1/2-by-4-foot slab of native Hawaiian koa wood that goes to the monohull with the fastest elapsed time.   more...

 





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Backcountry Planning

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Backcountry fishingWhen planning a backcountry fishing trip, a lot more planning goes into it than just grabbing your ultralight rod and setting foot on the trail. To ensure your journey is successful and enjoyable, there are several tasks you'll want to tackle before leaving the house; those tasks include a pre-hike prep, carrying the best fishing gear — and most relevant — and filling your pack.   more...

 

 

 





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Docking with Grace and Skill

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If you're like most boat owners, you have probably suffered the embarrassment associated with a docking job gone wrong. And if so, you've probably learned that when done well, docking can be a quiet display of proper seamanship, teamwork, and talent. You also know that when done poorly, however, docking can become a contact sport. As long as the only boat that you damage is your own, either is acceptable, but a well-executed docking maneuver is much prefered by skippers, crews, and insurance claims adjusters alike.   more...

 

 





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Ode to a Squall

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What is that smudge on the horizon, a smudge that is growing ever larger beneath a big anvil-shaped cloud? Oh yeah. Another side to nature is the first sign of a squall. That figures. How many times do sudden squalls come a knocking out of the clear blue, when things couldn't look better? Fortunately, one redeeming feature of the squall is that they don't spawn suddenly, appearing out of nowhere. If a proper lookout is maintained and the watch isn't asleep at the wheel, squalls always give fair warning. Day or night, skies get darker, and a heaviness in the air announces an imminent change with a different smell, the distinctive smell of wind mixed with rain.   more...

 

 

 



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Where They Started

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Just in case you’re ever debating why sailing ought to occasionally be a topic in our schools, we have some ammunition in this issue. Likewise, if you're arguing the benefits of pram sailing for kids. Sure, your standard line of attack might be to enumerate the many recreational, environmental, aesthetic, and commercial values of the natural marine world and sailboats. Not to mention giving children an integrated dose of physics, mechanical engineering, marine biology, psychology, meteorology, etc. But you should also mention that opening up these avenues can also create tomorrow's champions.   more...

 

 



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New Petterson design for Swedish Match

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A new yacht with similar lines and performance to the America's Cup class yachts has been designed for the Swedish Match Tour. The Swedish Match 40 is a new custom built match racing yacht designed by Swedish sailing legend Pelle Petterson.   more...

 

 



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Early Season Tactics for River Ducks

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Avoiding crowds is not easy--here's a classy way to do it.

There's nothing like the sights and sounds of a big marsh on a cold, autumn morning. Singles, pairs and even huge flocks of mallards, pintails and other puddle ducks cartwheel out of the leaden sky and drop into the decoys scattered among the cattails. With soaring duck numbers, limits often come quickly.   more...

 

 



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Evaluating New Waters

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When fishing new waters or reviewing maps of favorite lakes, the In-Fisherman staff has learned to study carefully. They gather as much information as possible from local resorts, sport shops, and fishery biologists.

When these sources talk about the "west side of the lake," they ask them which section, how far from shore, and the depth. By knowing the area, then examining a map, key spots appear.  more...

 

 

 





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Everest Horizontal is alive and well!

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Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, July 3

We have fantastic news this morning; Everest Horizontal is alive and well!  We are stretching the "well" part of this statement, but the boat is recovered and is sitting in a slip in Bermuda.  After 40 hours on the water, Everest Horizontal was recovered at 2:00 PM yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, July 2.  Tim and the crew returned her to the dock in the early morning hours today.   more...

 



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New group steps forth in bid to save river race

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In 1904, the first unlimited hydroplane race on the Detroit River was won by C. C. Riotte in a boat called Standard at 23.6 m.p.h. That's about one-tenth the speed that modern jet-powered unlimiteds reach as they whistle down the back straight in front of the Detroit Yacht Club.

But 99 years of Detroit racing history will go down the drain this summer unless local Chrysler-Jeep dealers and former Detroit unlimited driver Tom D'Eath can pull off an 11th-hour effort to keep the Gold Cup race afloat. They need about $200,000 to do it.   more...

 



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Michigan Fishing Report

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Anglers were able to begin taking snapping or soft shell turtles this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report.
A fishing license is required to take reptiles and amphibians.

Meanwhile, fishing around the state continues to improve as summer sets in.

Southeastern Lower Peninsula

  Good walleye fishing continues on Lake Erie, the DNR said. Limit catches have been reported between Bolles Harbor and Sterling State Park. Good numbers of fish have been caught north of Stony Point in 18 to 25 feet of water or in Brest Bay at various depths.
  Fishing in the Detroit River looks promising again, as trolling has become more effective at the mouth of the river as well as Lake Erie. Anglers were taking fish when trolling at a speed of about 2 knots and using Hot-n-Tots in green with white spots or red with black spots.
  In Lake St. Clair, boat anglers have been drifting or trolling in 10 feet of water and taking some limit catches of walleye from Metro Beach down to 13 Mile Road.
Crawler harnesses in pearl, chartreuse, neon green or bright pink have worked best. Good catches of yellow perch have been taken near the St. Clair light and Grassy Island.   more areas...

 





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Grosse Pointe Woods Boat Club Fourth of July redezvous at Bridge Harbor Marina. They will monitor channel 9 ... A family oriented Swashbuckler party at Idlehour Yacht Club July 11 on Harsens Island ... Time to make reservations for the Alpena Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival Oct. 9-12, www.lighthousefestival.org ... Local Roseville inventer Brad Allen has a new system for boats, www.Dockmate.com ... Tall Ships in Algonac on July 21 ... Coast Guard reports; Russell Island Light has been repaired, Port Austin buoy 7 will be discontinued. Remember numerous Black River bridge closures in Port Huron for special events ...


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