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U.S. Navy and Marine pilots trained over Lake Michigan during World War II, flying off passenger steamers converted to aircraft carriers.

Cold-Weather Distractions

For many boat owners, the day their vessel is hauled for winter storage is the worst day of the year. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways they can get a maritime fix during the winter months. With more than 3,200 miles of coastline and hundreds of years of commercial, passenger and pleasure boating heritage, Michigan maritime history is on display at several museums around the state. Here’s a look at a few:
High water level hazards

Riding High

Record water levels create hazards for boaters in harbors and marinas. Four years ago, most boat owners were easily able to step aboard their vessels by barely lifting their feet. Today, with Lake Michigan water levels more than 5 feet above the record lows of 2015, and Lake Huron equally brimming past capacity, many are finding it difficult to climb aboard. Boats along the state’s coastline are riding high.
Michigan Princess

Rolling On a River

Wonderful old-style riverboat tours are found on waters around the state.
Clas Nilstoft’s Glory

Improving Sailing Safety

The tragic death last summer of a Chicago-to-Mackinac sailor from the Transpac 52 Imedi led to a re-examination of life-saving techniques and equipment for sailors.

New Life for Old Boats

Rent an electric-powered retro runabout and cruise the waters around Saugatuck.
Welland Canal

Boat Nerds of the Great Lakes

They call themselves “Boat Nerds.” Need we say more?
Pilot House - Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Need a Great Lakes fix?

Detroit’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum fulfills the winter itch for maritime history.

Get Ready for Fall Haul-Out

Storing the boat for winter has hidden pitfalls; what not to forget.
Friends Good Will

Tall-Ship Cruising

Traditional sailing vessels, also known as tall ships, were common on the Great Lakes until they were displaced by steam-powered vessels in the late 1800s.
Family Sailing

Young Sailors at the Starting Line

Young crewmembers are an important part of these Mackinac sailboat race teams.

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