Walking through the Grand Rapids Boat Show last February, I saw no sign of the looming threat of COVID-19 or how it would affect boaters and the marine industry.
North Manitou Shoal Light being restored to memorialize its role and accommodate offshore visitors
Whether you are looking to explore the beautiful dunes on Michigan’s western shores, the rocky coast of Lake Huron, or the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula, you can always hitch a ride on someone else’s boat instead.
Spring is a great time to buy a used boat. Owners looking to trade up or down already may have made a deal on a new vessel, and dealerships that take used boats in trade are looking to free up space. Some owners may be getting out of the boating lifestyle and want to avoid the expense of spring launch or summer storage.
For most Michigan boaters, winter is boat show season. It’s the time of year to research and review the latest accessories, technology and new models from the many manufacturers on display in venues across the state.
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.
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.
Wonderful old-style riverboat tours are found on waters around the state.
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.
Rent an electric-powered retro runabout and cruise the waters around Saugatuck.