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Detroit show revs boaters for days on the waves

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DETROIT -- Metro Detroit's boating aficionados capitalized on the state's heritage Saturday with the annual Detroit Boat Show.

Industry officials predicted increased boat sales this year because of lower interest rates and indications that Great Lakes levels are on the rise. As of December, there were 1,001,505 registered watercraft in the state, a slight decrease from December 2003 with 1,006,483. Last year, Michigan ranked top in the country for the number of registered watercraft.

The boat show will be in Detroit through Feb. 20 and is expected to draw about 80,000. More than 2,100 boats are expected to be sold.

"There's no statistically sound way of predicting what will happen, but we're optimistic about our boating registration and the future of boat sales in Michigan," said Van Snider, president of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, which owns and produces the boat show. "People can come here and find different models and different manufacturers ... and be prepared to receive a new boat before spring."  more...

 



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Antique and Classic Boats Showcased at the 47th Detroit Boat Show

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The Michigan Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) will have four special antique and classic boats dating from 1949 and earlier on display at the 47th Annual Detroit Boat Show, February 12-20, 2005 at Cobo Center in Detroit.    Antique boats featured at the show will include: 
· Antique Sailboat
· Lyman Outboard
· Riva, imported from Italy
· Triple Cockpit
 "The owners put so much time and effort into preserving the crafts; it is amazing to see them in contrast to the new vessels," said Van Snider, president of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, producer of the Detroit Boat Show.   The ACBS will again bring a project boat to the show and volunteers from the ACBS will be physically working at the show to restore a boat, putting on decks and sides.  It will be transformed before the eyes of the showgoers.
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It's 'show' time for all of us outdoor enthusiasts

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One of the great things about outdoors enthusiasts is that, even if the weather outside doesn't look inviting, we find fun outdoor-related things to do.

Take, for example, the various boat and fishing shows coming up. If we can't spend time sitting in our boats on the water, we can certainly dream about doing so as we tour all the great stuff at the shows.

Beginning Feb. 12, and running through the 20, is the Michigan Boating Industries Association Show at Cobo Hall.

This year, show promoters are especially excited about the event as the slant towards fishing takes on a larger role.

"There's such a strong correlation between boating and fishing here in Michigan," said Nicki Polan of the Michigan Boating Association. "When 75 percent of the people boating in the state are actually fishing from those boats, it only makes sense to join the two together.   more...

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Safe boating courses

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Now is the time to take a safe boating course to make sure your experience on the water this summer is a good one.

Five area safe boating courses being offered this month are:

  • Anchor Bay Power Squadron Public Basic Boating Course. First class meets 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Anchor Bay High School, 6319 County Line Road. Call Ed Ross at (586) 725-1641 or John Nieb at (586) 918-9811.

  • Flotilla 1204 Safe Boating Class. First class meets tonight at West Marine, 30060 S. River Road, in Harrison Township. Call (248) 652-6381.

  • Boating Skills and Seamanship Training Course. First class meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 29920 23 Mile Road, in Chesterfield Township. Call Tim Fluary at (810) 794-5698.

  • Boating Safety Course. First class met at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, and will meet the next five Mondays, at the Triumphant Cross Church, 22310 13 Mile Road, in St. Clair Shores. Call Scott at (586) 443-5416.

  • St. Clair Shores Sail and Power Squadron Boat Smart Course. First meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. Call (313) 343-2470.


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    Detroit Boat Show

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    Come on aboard and see more than 1000 boats at the 47th Annual Detroit Boat Show - February 12 - 20, 2005 at Cobo Center.  Boats from 10 - 55 feet in length for skiing, fishing, cruising, wakeboarding, pontooning, and more.  Get $1 off your ticket price at 32 metro-Detroit Meijer locations.  Special features include...   more...

     



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    Cooking Onboard Demonstrations and Taste Testing Featured at 2005 Detroit Boat

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    Cooking 2005

    Join popular chef Reno "Jay" Reda at the Detroit Boat Show, as he demonstrates simple two-burner recipes for delicious onboard meals.  Enjoy tasty samples after each demonstration, plus take home handouts with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions.  Chef Jay will cook up some of Michigan's most popular game fish: walleye, trout and salmon.    Cooking techniques will focus on how to work around limited space, storage, and access to shopping - which often times is the challenge of onboard cooking.   Chef Jay has been a lifelong boater and seasoned chef.  His delicacies can be used for everyday meals for family and friends or for entertaining onboard while underway or at the dock.  Chef Jay's presentations will be on Feb. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20. 

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    THE FLY FISHING SHOW

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    Where: Tinley Park Holiday Inn and Convention Center.
    When: Saturday-Sunday.
    Of note (people): Matt Supinski, "Magnificent Great Lakes Salmonoids Experience,'' 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Robert Tomes, "Muskies on the Fly,'' 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
    Of note (learning): Classes in all aspects of fly fishing with national experts, $75 tuition, preregistration required (some already filled).
    Kids: Yes. Booths of local clubs and conservation groups. Curt Schlesinger of Trout & Grouse/Fly & Field in Northfield offers seminars for beginners at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
    Tickets: $12 (two days, $20); younger than 12, $2. Parking: free.
    Info: (800) 420-7582; www.flyfishingshow.com .


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    STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO

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    Where: Navy Pier.
    When: Thursday-Sunday, Feb 3 - 6th.
    Of note (people): South African Neal Petersen, the first black man to sail around the world competitively in the 27,000-mile Around Alone Race, will conduct daily seminars.
    Of note (learning): Offshore Sailing's Steve and Doris Colgate conduct a five-hour how-to session, complete with simulated sail exercises, on Saturday.
    Kids: Yes, especially on Saturday and Sunday, when a kids club has model-boat making and racing.
    Tickets: $12 (two days, $20); 15 and younger, $5; 4 and younger, free; family pack, $25. Parking: $17.25 for three hours (coupon at www.navypier.com). Or take CTA and the downtown trolley.
    Info: (401) 841-0900; www.strictlysail.com .


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    The 10th Annual Strictly Sail® Chicago boat show

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    Celebrating 10 years at Chicago's famous Navy Pier, the 2005 show promises to be unlike any other!

    The festivities begin Thursday, February 3, 2005 and will not end until the final bell sounds on Sunday, February 6, 2005. This four-day show features the newest and best the sailing industry has to offer. Don't miss the latest boat designs, the newest sailing gear, accessories and most up to date charter information from more than 250 exhibiting companies from around the globe.

    From kids to grandparents, Strictly Sail® Chicago offers something for everyone. This year's activities include seminars for sailors of all ages and abilities, prizes for attendees and anniversary celebrations from some of the industries biggest names. In addition, the historic Navy Pier location offers restaurants, stores and activities to fill every landlubber’s day.   more...

     



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    Reminder...

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    A program called "Ice Fishing for Beginners" will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Nature Center of Kensington Metropark near Brighton. Fee is $5. Call (800) 477-3178. ...
    The Oakland Land Conservancy will hold a stewardship meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Oakland Township Parks and Police Meeting Room. Call (248) 601-2816. ...
    A Stonefly Search through the Clinton River Watershed Council will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call (248) 601-0606. ... The
    The St. Clair Shores Sail and Power Squadron will host a Boat Smart Course from Feb. 23 to March 16. Classes will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Call (313) 343-2470. ...



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    Lands’ End Announces Thrill of the Mac Essay Contest

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    Enter to Win Your Spot on Board a Racing Yacht

    DODGEVILLE, WI (February 4, 2005) Do you have what it takes to sail 333-miles from Chicago to the Northern tip of Lake Michigan? The Chicago Yacht Club race from Chicago to Mackinac Island — a.k.a. “the Mac” — is the world’s longest annual freshwater race. Celebrating its nautical heritage, Lands’ End will offer the opportunity to join the race. Anyone with a passion for sailing (experienced or not) can enter the Lands’ End Thrill of the Mac Essay Contest. One lucky winner could win a spot on board the Lands’ End yacht, “Guaranteed. Period.” alongside a savvy crew.

    “Lands’ End is a classic American brand with roots in sailing,” says Ed Whitehead, chief marketing officer of Lands’ End. “Skippers have long relied on us for quality merchandise and world-class customer service. The Thrill of the Mac contest is a living, breathing way to cherish our sailing heritage and offer families an exciting opportunity to live out a dream.”   more...


     



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    Detroit Boat Show Features Centennial of Outboard Motor

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    The Michigan Boating Industries Association and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum of Detroit are collaborating on a special exhibit to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the American outboard motor industry. This special exhibit will highlight various types of Detroit and Michigan outboard motors at the Annual Detroit Boat Show, February 12-20, 2005 at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.

    Cobo Center overlooks the ice bound Detroit River, where in February 1905, the original outboard motor was put to a test by Cameron B. Waterman. The first detachable row boat motor was attached to the stern of a fourteen foot steel rowboat, and was successfully tested. Launching from a dock on Grosse Ile, the small craft crossed and recrossed the river a number of times inspite of floating ice.   more...

     



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    Walleye and Bass Fishing Seminars Scheduled for Detroit Boat Show

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    Captain Mark Romanack

    Mark Romanack, well-known as one of the top Walleye fisherman in the region, will be one of two headliners for the 47th Annual Detroit Boat Show fishing seminars.  Marks seminars will be held Feb 12, 13 and also Feb 19, 20.   Mark's topics include: OPEN WATER WALLEYES, TOP TO BOTTOM - This one-hour seminar explores the hottest new techniques for trolling open water walleye on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay and other big bodies of water. Included will be tips for using spoons and mini-disks, crankbaits, spinners, in-line planer boards and getting the most from GPS units.  

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    Snow Fest, more Silver Stick are on tap tap

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    PhotoIt looks like the snow is good for something. The Sarnia Snow Fest needs plenty of it for the event, which is Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Sarnia's Centennial Park.

    The event features an international snow-sculpting competition and ice carving. Children's activities also are planned.

    "The best thing about the snow is it's massive and impressive to see sculptures that size," Snow Fest organizer Jim Vergunst said of the 8-foot-tall structures. "It's not often you can see that."

    The event runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2 for adults and free for children 10 and younger. Call (519) 336-5230 or go to www.snow-sculpting. com/SarniaEvent.html.

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    Upcoming Events

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    The next membership meeting of the Detroit Area Steelheaders is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hall at 6177 Chicago Road in Warren. Click on here. ...

    The 54th annual Macomb Conservation District Dinner Meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maniaci's Banquet Center in Richmond. Call (586) 727-2666. ...

    A Stonefly Search through the Clinton River Watershed Council will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Call (248) 601-0606. ...

    The 13th annual Shanty Days Festival in Caseville is Feb. 11-13. Call (989) 856-2650. ... The 39th annual Detroit Camper and RV Show is Feb. 16-20 at the Novi Expo Center. Click on marvac.org. ...

    The St. Clair Shores Sail and Power Squadron will host a Boat Smart Course from Feb. 23 to March 16. Classes will be held 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call (313) 343-2470. ...

    The Ford Field Camper, Travel & RV Show is March 3-6 at Ford Field in Detroit. Call (248) 540-3197.



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