At the Helm

Third Coast Boat Builders

About 12 years ago, a group of residents from the Cedarville area, a small northern Lake Huron town, were concerned about the local economy....

Saving the boats that saved us

By Scott Atkinson  Jeff Shook has a thing for rescuers. In fact, he’s a rescuer himself, a firefighter in his hometown of Fenton, Michigan — but...

Immersed in the Chain of Lakes

Highlighting the bountiful water resources in Antrim County was one part of the mission in a more than year-long effort to create the Paddle Antrim Festival.
Dream Boat

Antique and Classic Boat Shows Aplenty

Wood runabouts, cabin cruisers, utilities and others built by iconic Michigan companies like Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Hacker and Century will line the docks at marinas around the state this summer when more than a dozen antique and classic boat shows are scheduled.
Stephen Brede on lake

Outside the Box, One’s Nature Is Reclaimed

Why spend six summers paddling around the shorelines of all five Great Lakes? For years I dreamed of taking a long walkabout along the path less paved.
Harbor Springs Bluff

Cruising into Michigan’s Boating History

By the time Walstrom Marine launched its operations in 1946, Harbor Springs was a well-established resort community stretching along the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

The need for speed

Rushing wind and clattering skates are the only sounds as the wintery world races past on the frozen lake. The landscape becomes a blur of white as the drum-tight sail catapults the nimble vessel to dizzying speeds. 
Shipwreck Painting

Shipwreck Stories

Come November, many are expected to return to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald’s sinking.

A pretty good gig

“Boat building schools are more important than ever these days,” he says.  “When a perspective hire has attended a boat building school, an employer realizes two things: There’s no need to start from the beginning, and also that the applicant has made a long-term career commitment to building boats.”
Racing Yacht Bernida

Bernida: Michigan’s Sailing Queen

Considered a thoroughbred racing yacht, the 32-foot sloop Bernida (originally named Ruweida III) was launched in 1921 in New England and made her way to the Great Lakes in time for the inaugural Bayview to Mackinac Yacht Race in 1925. With Russ Pouliot at the helm, Bernida made her presence known as she sailed into victory with a time of 49 hours, 50 minutes. 




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