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Monday, May 13, 2019

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love… boatin’ Forgive me for altering Alfred Tennyson’s “Locksley Hall” poem from 1842, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s just me… This the time of year that always makes me glad I didn’t sell that old boat of mine

by: Captain Dennis J. Mykols

tags: Antique & Classic Boats, Feel Good Story, Lifestyle

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

So, you’re sitting in a waterfront bistro after a great day’s sail, downing your favorite libation and loving life, when you happen to hear the conversation at the next table. A young couple are discussing the beauty of sailing, and talking about the boats they had looked at that day. Being a helpful kind of person, you

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Cruising Club of America (CCA) recently announced the 2018 recipients of the international organization’s most prestigious awards, including Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney of Orcas Island, Wash., Stan Honey of Palo Alto, Calif., and Ellen and Seth Leonard of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. Selected for their outstanding

tags: Awards, Beyond the Lakes, Lifestyle, Travel

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

There are a lot of ways that people come into the sailing lifestyle. Some are brought up in the life by parents who love to sail, and some enter it through friends when they are young. There are a myriad of ways to find sailing, and each of us has come to that place in life from a different direction, but we have all made it. When it

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing

Monday, February 11, 2019

Early in my career, I lived in the Florida Keys and worked as a mate on dive, crawfish, and charter boats in the Lower Keys. A frequent challenge, when crewing offshore charter fishing boats out of the Key West fleet docked at Garrison Bight marina, was dealing with clients who came aboard hung-over from partying on nearby Duval

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Accessories, Lifestyle

Monday, January 14, 2019

Different Island. Different Bar. Different DJ, but the same girl giving that DJ $10 to request the same song…with the same loud chorus, “Born and raised in South Detroit!” A collective group of the current who’s-who in sailing – Volvo Ocean racers, TV/movie stars, corporate sponsors, crew members from

by: Brett Langolf

tags: Beyond the Lakes, Caribbean Islands, Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Racing, Sailing

Monday, December 31, 2018

In a data-driven world, knowing your “numbers” is a crucial part of achieving success. And in the halls of power of Washington, D.C., and 50 state capitals, credible data carries extra weight when it comes to advancing policies and laws that benefit recreational boaters. That’s why Boat Owners Association of The

tags: Law & Politics, Lifestyle

Thursday, December 20, 2018

How do those t-shirt logo writers always seem to capture the moment so well? Back some 25 or so years ago, I remember a t-shirt logo that said: “Reality is for People Who Can't Handle Drugs.” I remember we used to think that was funny. Back then. In the past. Reality. What a concept. I can still hear people in my past

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing

Monday, December 17, 2018

Greetings! The Office of Great Waters is inviting entries for its 11th annual photo contest and writing project. Send us your best photos, poetry or prose showcasing Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. The photo contest and writing project is a fun way to share the many ways we interact with and value the Great

tags: Lake Superior, Lifestyle, Promotions & Giveaways, Education

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

It’s here! Winter has once again brought a halt to our boating fun in the Great Lakes. For many of my friends, this can be a depressing time of year because they can no longer play with their nautical toy. Compounded by short days and cold grey skies, they sink into an off season funk not knowing what to do with themselves with

by: Ken Quant

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing