- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 17:46 ] #
You want another mph or two on the speedo so you can sneak ahead of your buddy's boat. Can you get it by switching props?
Or, say you're tired of sluggish hole shot. Is a new prop the answer?
Yes, say the experts, but ... there's a trick to it.
"Everybody always wants an ironclad answer on what prop to use," says Yamaha propeller expert Ted Zahorski, unabashedly compounding his absolutes. "But finding the answer is always a trial-and-error process."
Most people think of speed first, but usually acceleration is more important. "You want to feel something when you hit the throttle," says Zahorski. more...
Tahoe 215 Deck Boat
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 17:44 ] #
It's all about cockpit space. Tahoe's new 215 Deck Boat maximizes that by hanging outboard horsepower on the transom, which makes a lighter, quicker boat without the space-eating engine box in the cockpit. In our tests the boat's design and execution made a lot of sense.
The 215's layout is spacious and comfortable throughout. Bow seating gives room for a few to lounge or a half-dozen to sit. Aft seating does the same.
A changing room is handy on crowded boats to slip into a swimsuit or dry clothes, but often they rob the boat of valuable seating. The 215's changing room pops up out of the cockpit sole quickly and stows away just as easily. It collapses in a compartment that still leaves room below for an ample fuel tank. more...
Lake Ontario staging for annual salmon run
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 14:39 ] #
Fishermen in boats are taking advantage of the situation, and for the last few weeks have been dragging lines with flashers, cut bait, artificial lures and flies through schools in anticipation of hooking up with the largest member of the Pacific salmon family.
It’s an ideal situation for Northeast Pennsylvania anglers since it’s less than a three-hour drive north on I-81 to the Lake Ontario fishing grounds from almost anywhere in this region. Most area anglers target Pulaski, NY and harbors a little south or north where the action seems to concentrate. more...
Fuel costs fail to halt most boaters
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 14:38 ] #
The Seacoast Area recreational boating community seems to view the present fuel cost crisis like the weather: Everyone's talking about it, but nobody can do anything about it.
There is actually a wide variety of reactions, from ignoring the situation to calling it a season, with the most common response being to cut back on the number and duration of trips. But that depends on the type of boater and type of boat.
Those least affected are the most affluent boaters with the largest boats; those who have made adjustments to their boating routines are either less affluent with smaller boats or those who have simply decided to conserve fuel.
The area's largest and most prestigious marina, Wentworth Marina in Newcastle, saw fuel prices as a secondary consideration to the weather as a deterrent to boating.
Where to find best view of Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 14:36 ] #
ONTONAGON, MICH. - Some say the view from the Lake of the Clouds Overlook is the best in all of Michigan, and it's hard to argue.
From the overlook, the 133-acre lake sparkles hundreds of feet below, surrounded by wild, forested ridges that beckon backpackers. It is only 10 feet deep.
The Big Carp River drains to the southwest from the lake through very wild and remote country. Government Peak rises in the distance.
The escarpment overlooking Lake of the Clouds is home to peregrine falcons that have nested on their own on the rugged and remote cliffs.
The overlook at an elevation of 1,400 feet is the No. 1 attraction in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near the Michigan-Wisconsin line on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. more...
Nav and Harbors Other
Eight Reasons Your Yacht Isn’t Selling
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:28 ] #
You find yourself in misery each day because your yacht has languished on the market week after week and month after month. Offered here are some culprits that may be the main reason buyers are staying away.
Has the algae grown noticeably thick around the waterline? Has the “For Sale” sign turned black from mold? Did you just attend your yacht broker’s retirement party? If any of these are so, chances are the sale of your yacht has fizzled.
Here are the eight most common reasons why yachts don’t sell and what you can do to remedy them.
Your Yacht is Overpriced
Optimistic yacht owners love to parrot the old adage, “There’s a buyer for every yacht”. But they, more often than not, leave out the qualifier, “at the buyer’s price”. Actually, it is buyers, not sellers who determine the market value of a yacht. You can ask for the moon and the stars, and set a listing price well above comparable yachts, but at some point it will be up to you, the seller, to accept what a buyer is willing to pay. more...
Sailors for a day on a floating classroom
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:24 ] #
Restored schooner touts ecology
Alyssa Orr, 13, will have plenty of material if she has to write a "what I did on my summer vacation" essay when she's back in school.
She learned how to tie a bowline knot. She steered a ship, helped raise a sail, learned the difference between "fore" and "aft" and saw how feisty a blueclaw crab can be.
And she did it all in one day.
Orr of Ocean City hit the water as part of a "Sailor for a Day Camp" aboard the A.J. Meerwald, a restored oyster schooner used as a floating classroom to promote ecology, conservation and appreciation for marine habitats.
Operated by the nonprofit Bayshore Discovery Project, the 115-foot ship offers more than 250 public cruises, educational outings and private charters annually from ports in and around New Jersey. This year, the ship has sailed from Philadelphia, Lewes, Del., Camden, Jersey City, Burlington and Cape May.
Peaceful pastime draws people to the waters of Lake Decatur
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:15 ] #
DECATUR - Sailing on Lake Decatur was a breeze for some people who had been learning how for less than a month.
Bob Lyons of Mount Zion said he was on the East Coast watching people on their boats. He came back to Decatur and began taking sailing lesson. He practiced first on a small Sunfish boat.
Since Lyons graduated a couple of weeks ago, he can easily maneuver a 16-foot Compac boat out on the lake. He can tell you all about the triangular sail attached to the jib and what the mainsail does. more...
State warns of high dioxin levels in some Tittabawassee River Fish
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:13 ] #
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Carp, catfish and white bass in the Tittabawassee River contain high levels of dioxin and should not be eaten, the Michigan Department of Community Health said Thursday.
Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 15 years old are advised not to eat smallmouth bass from the Tittabawassee, but others can eat smallmouth bass once a week, the department said.
Walleye, which travel from Lake Huron through the Saginaw River to reach the Tittabawassee, contain some of the lowest dioxin levels. Women and children can safely eat one monthly meal of walleye under 22 inches and six annual meals of walleye over 22 inches. The general population can eat walleye less than 22 inches without restrictions, but should eat walleye over 22 inches only once a week. more...
Waterfowlers will flock to festival
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:12 ] #
Goose hunting already has started in Michigan, and duck season isn't far away. That makes the 58th annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival a good place to spend part or all of this weekend.
The festival is held in one of the best waterfowl viewing and shooting areas in Michigan -- the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area on the Wayne-Monroe County line.
This event used to be called the Michigan Duck Hunters tournament. It has drawn up to 30,000 people in past years, but attendance is highly dependent on the weather. Not only can the weather be too bad, said tournament director Dick Whitwam, it's sometimes too good. more...
Hearing on invasive species focuses on ship's ballast
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:11 ] # U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, held a first-of-its-kind congressional hearing at Anchor Bay High School on Friday to discuss invasive species and the dumping of ballast water from ships that pass through the Great Lakes.
Miller, Chairperson of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, took testimony on the problem of invasive species like zebra mussels and round goby fish that have invaded the Great Lakes, including Lake St. Clair and inland lakes across Michigan. more...
Race results for Detroit Yacht Club Sweepstakes.
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/11/2005 - 06:03 ] #
DETROIT REGIONAL YACHT-RACING ASSOCIATION
Race results for Detroit Yacht Club Sweepstakes.
Killion makes her mark in college sailing
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/10/2005 - 18:45 ] #
Branford resident all-regional and All-America
There is no professor; there is no millionaire and his wife; there is no three hour tour. There is no SS Minnow, but there are "Ole Eel Eye '43," "Jamie," "Honor an Offer," and a plethora of other sailing craft, housed, not at Gilligan's Island, but at Yale's sailing facilities at Shore Beech Cove in Branford. There is no Mary Ann, but there is a Meredith, as in Meredith Killion of Branford, who recently received two prestigious post-season awards. There's even a skipper too, Meredith's skipper, and sailing partner, in the two person co-ed intercollegiate sailing competitions. The skippers have varied: Phil Stemler, Brandon Wall, Olympic hopeful Stu McNay and Julie Patanek among them. more...
Bob MacKenzie Memorial
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/9/2005 - 21:46 ] #
Bob MacKenzie Memorial
International Fall Classic
Ford Yacht Club
29500 South Pointe Road
Grosse Ile, Michigan 48138 USA
Saturday & Sunday September 17&18 2005
NOR Entry Form
A Reader Responds...
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/8/2005 - 20:14 ] #
Regarding the article about PFD and safety accessories; these are my thoughts, which I also shared with the editor of Outdoor Life (where the article was lifted from):
While I appreciate an article about maximizing the chance of survival in case of being a MOB there are some grave errors in the article which I do find in-excusable for such an article:
First off this statement is idiotic:
"If you fall overboard and you’re not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD), you’re probably going to die" - one might die but I can assure you that there are many MOB situations that do not end up with death! I am not advocating not wearing a PFD when necessary, but there are appropriate times and times where it is less necessary.
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