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:
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.
They call themselves “Boat Nerds.” Need we say more?
Detroit’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum fulfills the winter itch for maritime history.
Storing the boat for winter has hidden pitfalls; what not to forget.
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.
Young crewmembers are an important part of these Mackinac sailboat race teams.