Thoughts on Buying a Boat

Thoughts on Buying a Boat | Michigan Captain

Winter is boat show season, a time when boater’s dreams drift off to the new models, accessory upgrades, and fun new toys hitting the market before the upcoming season. It’s also a time when many boaters consider their current boat, and dream of trading up to a larger boat. Or down to a smaller one. Or across from sail…

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Winter 2020 – One Big Project on the Horizon

2020 Projects - The Plumber's Pipes Leak | Michigan Captain

I get to work on and play with so many boats throughout the summer that I end up taking a predictable approach to my own projects. As the old saying goes – The plumber’s pipes leak. At the end of the day, everyone else’s projects have been prioritized and my own tasks get knocked down the list. Next weekend,…

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Stay Afloat and Stay Alert!

Float and Stay Afloat | Michigan Captain

I’m back, back in the water again. Boat went in the water on April 9th – since then it has snowed twice, and been blowing hard enough to need extra dock lines to keep the boat and pilings from merging into one object. So, it begins. I don’t have much work to do aside from basic cleanup, but this…

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End of the Season Blues

Empty Docks on Lake Macatawa | Michigan Captain

Boating season is over for 2018, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep playing with our toys. There are endless winter projects that can keep us busy and there’s no time like the present to get started.  This year, I have to make up for the fact that the last two I was a little lazy. Not overall, just…

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Deliveries, Deliveries, Deliveries…

Cruising to Iowa in 36 Feet of Cruisers Inc Motoryacht I’m not sure why but I’ve had more calls for on-water deliveries already this year than any other early season. I’ve had people calling me from all over the Midwest to relocate boats to places like Iowa. And yes, it is possible, although I did have to look that…

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Splish Splash…

Ah… the boat’s in. All is right with the world. I had plenty of time over the winter to chip away at the little projects I needed to knock out, and now I just have want-to-do’s left instead of have-to-do’s. There are still a few things I would like to get cleaned up before the boat starts regularly heading…

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It’s Bottom Paint Time…

I live for boating season. This is no secret; everyone knows it. I count down the days from haul-out in November to Launch Day in April. Or if I’m really lucky, in March. But, boat ownership does not come without its fair share of work and the one task I think I hate more than any other is the…

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