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Bay Breeze Does it Again …

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  Named Top Sailing School in Midwest

Traverse City, Mich. -- For the second time in as many years, the American Sailing Association has named Bay Breeze Yacht Charters of Traverse City the top sailing school in the Midwest. The prestigious designation places Bay Breeze among the top 20 sailing schools in the country for 2005.

Winners of the ASA 2005 School of the Year award are determined solely by sailing students. Standardized, confidential, point-by-point evaluation forms from sailing students across the U.S. are counted by ASA, cross-checked for accuracy and results are calculated for an overall quality score.

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A truck designed for the outdoors

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Eric Sharp
Det. Free Press

Hooray for Dodge.

Finally, a Big Three car company has taken a real step toward marketing a truck designed and built for outdoors types. Dodge has joined with Ruger Firearms to create a vehicle that offers more than the cosmetics previously installed in pickups supposedly meant for the outdoors.

The United States has nearly 15 million hunters and 35 million anglers, many of whom carry valuable guns, rods and reels and lots of other gear on their outdoors trips.   more...

 



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U.S. puts machine-guns on Great Lakes coast guard vessels

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For the first time since 1817, U.S. Coast Guard vessels on the Great Lakes are being outfitted with weapons – machine-guns capable of firing 600 bullets a minute.

Until now, coast guard officers have been armed with handguns and rifles, but the vessels themselves haven't been equipped with weapons.

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What's causing earthquakes beneath Lake Erie?

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Reported by  Jeff Maynor  

LAKE COUNTY -- Hundreds of people felt the earth move last Saturday morning after an earthquake hit about three miles out in the lake off shore from Mentor.
What's causing the recent string of mild earthquakes and do they mean a bigger quake is coming?

"My bed shook very violently and it scarred me pretty bad," said 13-year-old Jonathan McLean.   more...
 


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The Donzi Dynasty

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High performance boat racing was a much rougher sport in the 1960’s. V-bottom and fiberglass boat building technology was still in its infancy, and long-distance high-speed offshore races, often in perilous waters, made heroes and icons of the men and boats who could take the punishment. Back then, all the most prominent names in racing seemed to share one address: NE 188th Street in North Miami, otherwise known as “Thunderboat Row.”   more...

 



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FASHIONABLE FLOTATION

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Life jackets don’t have to be big and bulky to be effective; at least that’s Float-Tech Inc.’s philosophy. The company’s patent-pending jacket is designed for safety -- minus the bulkiness of most PFDs. Coast Guard approved as a Type V inflatable with Type III performance, the jacket features a zip-in liner that can be used alone or within the nylon jacket shell, which has a hidden, brimmed hood, 3M reflective tape for safety and access points for connection to an internal safety harness if needed.   more...

 



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Riptide in boat tragedy's wake

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TOM PRECIOUS and MAKI BECKER
News Staff Reporters
Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

When the Ethan Allen tour boat capsized on Lake George last October, killing 20 elderly passengers, the state's tour boat owners knew they soon would face new regulations.

As promised, Gov. George E. Pataki recently proposed legislation to toughen passenger boat safety standards and establish minimum insurance requirements.

But because of a quirk in maritime law, the standards can only apply to tour boats operated on landlocked bodies of water within the state.   more...

 



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300-slip marina part of $200 million development

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A 300-slip marina that is part of a $200 million development in northwestern Indiana is expected to be ready this boating season.

Marina Shores is a 66-acre development expected to include 61 single-family home lots and 368 condominiums in Portage, 10 miles east of Gary. The marina basin has been built and other utilities are being installed.  more...

 



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Border IDs will hurt economy, poll shows

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By DOUGLAS TURNER
News Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON - Requiring passports at the Canadian border will cost at least $2 billion in lost business on both sides of the border, a Zogby survey shows.

The poll shows a third of Americans and Canadians would be less likely to cross the northern border to shop, attend sporting events or go to resorts if they had to buy a passport or something like it.   more...

 



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Perch-poaching case ends in guilty pleas

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James F. McCarty
Plain Dealer Reporter

Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Tuesday wrapped up a felony perch-poaching case they called the largest in U.S. history.

State wildlife officers said, however, that they hope to present an even bigger Lake Erie commercial fish-poaching case to a grand jury later this year.

"We're halfway home," said Kevin Ramsey, head of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources enforcement unit based on Sandusky Bay. "We expect to bring more cases within the next month or two."   more...



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Season's first laker departs in Duluth

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Midwest Energy Terminal shiploader and operator Shawn Oaing loads coal via remote control on the James R. Barker on Tuesday morning. The Barker left Superior on Tuesday night for Taconite Harbor, kicking off the Twin Ports’ shipping season.
BY PETER PASSI
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Warm weather and power producers' keen appetite for coal meant an early start to Twin Ports shipping this year.

When the 1,004-foot James R. Barker set off Tuesday from Superior, loaded with 58,000 tons of coal destined for Taconite Harbor, it logged the earliest departure in the Twin Ports' recent history.   more...

 



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“Note in a Bottle”

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MUSEUM PROGRAM

South Haven--With 48 people aboard, the car ferry S.S. Milwaukee vanished on its way from Milwaukee to Grand Haven on October 22, 1929, in one of the worst storms of the century. The lingering mystery of the largest vessel ever to have disappeared on Lake Michigan is the subject of a monthly program at the Michigan Maritime Museum. “Note in a Bottle” will be presented by Museum Assistant Curator Jed Jaworski on Sunday, March 26, at 1:00.

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Why a Survey?

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by Phil Peterson, NAMS-CMS
article from  http://www.sailingbreezes.com/

The question comes up when you are ready to purchase a boat: Why do I need a prepurchase survey? I've been around boats, I've sailed with friends. Why should I have to spend more money to have it surveyed?

A good marine surveyor will provide an objective opinion on the physical condition of the boat you are considering, and inspect the boat for compliance with federal and industry standards. The survey is a general inspection only, and likely excludes machinery and transmission, which is best inspected by a qualified marine mechanic who has the specialized tools and background to evaluate this equipment.  more...

 



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Man who faked boating death is sentenced

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HOUSTON — A debt-ridden businesssman who faked his own death in a boating accident was sentenced last week to seven years in prison.

Larry M. Nixon, 56, also was ordered to pay $9 million in restitution and $3.5 million in fines. Nixon pleaded guilty in September to defrauding two banks.

In August 2003, Nixon's 40-foot speedboat, the Living Extra Fast collided with a barge in Galveston Bay. The Coast Guard spent days looking for Nixon but never recovered a body.   more...

 



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Coast Guard rescues 3 from ice in Michigan

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By Nathan Phelps
nphelps@greenbaypressgazette.com

ESCANABA, Mich. –— A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued three people Monday night after a chunk of ice broke free in Little Bay De Noc and drifted about two miles from shore.

Rescue crews from Escanaba, Mich., and Delta County, Mich., began the search and rescue around 4:45 p.m. after one of the fishermen called 911.   more...

 



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