Jerry Kyle, Sr. founded Great Lakes Scuttlebutt in 1992. Jerry successfully published other boating magazines in the past including Playbouy in the 1970's and Roostertail's in the 1980's, but Great Lakes Scuttlebutt was the publication that really took off. The mission was simply to provide a meeting place for boaters and boating businesses. As a boater himself, this was an ideal career for Jerry who had been a boater all his life. Everybody knows the importance of doing what you like as a career and Jerry accomplished just that.
Over the following years, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt expanded on the Great Lakes mainly focusing on Ohio and Michigan. In July of 2001, Jerry was confronted with the need of a heart transplant and found he could not continue a one-man business for Great Lakes Scuttlebutt. Therefore, Erik Kyle took the helm in August 2001 and Jerry received his heart transplant in late November 2001 (which went very well).
Currently, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt has continued to expand even further and is now available on the coast of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron (including Southern Georgian Bay) and Lake Michigan. Our distribution objective is to provide our boating publication to every marina, yacht club, marine store, and any other marine-related businesses and to reach as many Great Lakes boaters as possible - both in print and with our free interactive digital magazine. We simply try to provide the best place for the Great Lakes boater to find the Great Lakes boating businesses and news they need - for FREE!
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