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Irish Boat Shop New Agent for Hunt Yachts Irish Boat Shop, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan, has begun representing Hunt Yachts as their sales agent in the Great Lakes. About Hunt Yachts Hunt Yachts is unique in the powerboat world. No other boat-building fi rm has been formed or owned by naval architects. The advantages of this helps to explain the esteem held by Hunt Yachts among experienced yachtsmen. There are several factors that set Hunt Yachts apart from other boats. Foremost is their hull design, the latest iteration of the legendary deep-V, which is the heart of every Hunt design. The breakthrough innovation came from C. Raymond (Ray) Hunt, whose ongoing design firm created Hunt Yachts. Hunt Yachts has models ranging from 25’ to 52’ and each model delivers legendary sea-keeping, rough-water capability and dry, comfortable ride. Hunt Yachts are as beautiful to look at as they are to run with eye-catching lines and a timeless appeal. Each Hunt Yacht also gives the owner the opportunity to personalize their vessel to best meet their needs. All this is what sets Hunt Yachts apart from mass-market boats. About Irish Boat Shop Dave Irish and the Irish Boat Shop have provided service for recreational boaters in Harbor Springs since 1961 and on Lake Charlevoix since 1971. With modern, comprehensive facilities in both communities, few other operations on the Great Lakes offer such a range of available services and strength of experience. At each location, sales, chandlery, dockage, storage and complete service are integrated to assure the customers enjoyment of owning a boat. Irish Boat Shop also sells and services the quality brands of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Hunt Yachts, Zodiac infl atables, Laser Performance, Alerion Express, J-Boats, Precision, Patagonia, Douglas Gill, O’Brien watersports. For more information, contact Jack Hodge at 231-547-9967 or JRHodge@irishboatshop.com. Eldean Shipyard Recertified as a Michigan Clean Marina! Eldean Shipyard has been recertifi ed as a Michigan Clean Marina! I would like to invite you to visit us and see what makes Eldean Shipyard a Michigan Clean Marina and one of the finest marinas in the world. This certifi cation is presented to Michigan Marina facilities that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice, and active participation of the marina’s staff, customers, and subcontractors. Boaters can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and responsibility when visiting a certified Michigan Clean Marina. Michigan Clean Marinas act to improve and maintain Michigan’s waterways by reducing and eliminating releases and discharges of harmful pollutants, sediments, nutrients, general refuse, and anything else that can damage aquatic environments. Clean Marinas also strive for continuous improvement in daily environmental stewardship practices. The administering partners of the clean marina program are the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan Sea Grant, and the Michigan DEQ. Information on the clean marina program is available at: www.miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp By promoting and utilizing environmentally-sound business practices, Eldean Shipyard is taking actions to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the Great Lakes, protect both fi sh and wildlife habitat, and provide continued boating enjoyment for future generations! Eldean Shipyard is a full service marina facility and resort located in Macatawa, Michigan, adjoining Lake Michigan. Eldean Shipyard slips, stores, and services boats from 10 to 150 feet in length. If you would like to stop by for a tour and take a look at our operations, I would be happy to show you around. I look forward to your visit. Sincerely, Wade Eldean Vice President, Eldean Shipyard, wade@eldean.com, www.eldean.com, Ph: (616) 335-5843 Page 12 DartTM Runabouts Return After Nearly 80-Year Absence TOLEDO, OHIO, December 14, 2009 – They were once hailed as being faster than a speeding locomotive. Sought after by America’s social elite and world- renowned mariners alike, Toledo-made Dart Boatstm had a famed past in the 1920’s and 30’s, but are now experiencing a new future. Efforts are underway in Toledo, Ohio, to start building these legendary handcrafted mahogany runabouts again. “We’ve been collecting, researching and building parts for these boats for several years. It’s always been a goal of ours to resurrect the brand and build accurate reproductions,” explained Scott Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Brothers Restorations. They have been building, restoring and maintaining classic boats such as Dart, Chris Craft, Lyman and many others since 1987. Although hundreds were built, only a handful of these original mahogany runabouts exist today. The original Dart was a premium brand in its day. In 1931, the Red Dart model retailed for $2,700. By comparison, a Model A Ford Roadster was priced just under $400.00. The company originally manufactured the boats in downtown Toledo on the banks of the Maumee River, just a short distance from the western basin of Lake Erie. The exclusive brand had sales offi ces in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and catered to the social elite. The company’s owner, Webb C. Hayes II, was the grandson of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The company was exporting boats across the world and, to this day, some of the few remaining originals are located as far away as Sweden. The model the Ramseys intend to start building was known as the “Red Dart.” It spanned 22.5 feet in length and was originally built with two styles of decking. Dart made three other models: 18.5-, 26- and 30-feet models, with a variety of different power options. “Based on the Darts we own, the raised-deck 22.5 footer is the most aesthetically pleasing. Its hardware was very unique and we’ve re-cast it all from original boats. I think customers will be impressed by Dart’s attention to detail and legendary performance,” said Ramsey. They have acquired naming rights in pursuing the building of modern-day Darts. The new Dart Boat Company expects to soon launch the Web site: www.dartboatcompany.com. Visually, the new Dart boats will be nearly identical to their original counterparts, with the exception of modern construction methods, power and electrical systems. They will be constructed of mahogany over ash framing, like the originals. Image of the 22.5 foot Red Dart model from the 1931 catalog “A 22.5-foot model was originally powered by a Chrysler Imperial engine that weighed over 700 pounds and generated 135 horsepower. Obviously, with modern technology, we can surpass the old numbers with power and efficiency. We’re working with a naval architect to best determine the power options available, so we can adhere to the original standards of performance and ride quality of the Dart,” added Ramsey. The new boats will also offer the latest safety equipment and options, according to the customer’s preference. As they were in the Roaring Twenties, the new Darts will be hand built in Toledo, Ohio in limited production. To learn more about The Dart Boat Company’s specifi c build schedule and product specifi cations, visit the Web site: www.dartboatcompany.com or contact Craig Hagenbuch @ 419.290.3043 for more information. visit our website at: www.greatlakesscuttlebutt.com visit our website at: www.greatlakesscuttlebutt.com Online Winter 2010

Press Release: Irish Boat Shop

Irish Boat Shop, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, Michigan, has begun representing Hunt Yachts as their sales agent in the Great Lakes.

About Hunt Yachts

Hunt Yachts is unique in the powerboat world. No other boat-building fi rm has been formed or owned by naval architects. The advantages of this helps to explain the esteem held by Hunt Yachts among experienced yachtsmen.

There are several factors that set Hunt Yachts apart from other boats. Foremost is their hull design, the latest iteration of the legendary deep-V, which is the heart of every Hunt design. The breakthrough innovation came from C. Raymond (Ray) Hunt, whose ongoing design fi rm created Hunt Yachts.

Hunt Yachts has models ranging from 25’ to 52’ and each model delivers legendary sea-keeping, rough-water capability and dry, comfortable ride. Hunt Yachts are as beautiful to look at as they are to run with eye-catching lines and a timeless appeal.

Each Hunt Yacht also gives the owner the opportunity to personalize their vessel to best meet their needs. All this is what sets Hunt Yachts apart from mass-market boats.

About Irish Boat Shop

Dave Irish and the Irish Boat Shop have provided service for recreational boaters in Harbor Springs since 1961 and on Lake Charlevoix since 1971. With modern, comprehensive facilities in both communities, few other operations on the Great Lakes offer such a range of available services and strength of experience. At each location, sales, chandlery, dockage, storage and complete service are integrated to assure the customers enjoyment of owning a boat. Irish Boat Shop also sells and services the quality brands of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Hunt Yachts, Zodiac infl atables, Laser Performance, Alerion Express, J-Boats, Precision, Patagonia, Douglas Gill, O’Brien watersports. For more information, contact Jack Hodge at 231-547-9967 or JRHodge@irishboatshop.com.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Press+Release%3A+Irish+Boat+Shop/314906/31047/article.html.

Press Release: Eldean Shipyard

Eldean Shipyard has been recertifi ed as a Michigan Clean Marina! I would like to invite you to visit us and see what makes Eldean Shipyard a Michigan Clean Marina and one of the fi nest marinas in the world.

This certifi cation is presented to Michigan Marina facilities that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice, and active participation of the marina’s staff, customers, and subcontractors. Boaters can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and responsibility when visiting a certifi ed Michigan Clean Marina.

Michigan Clean Marinas act to improve and maintain Michigan’s waterways by reducing and eliminating releases and discharges of harmful pollutants, sediments, nutrients, general refuse, and anything else that can damage aquatic environments.

Clean Marinas also strive for continuous improvement in daily environmental stewardship practices. The administering partners of the clean marina program are the Michigan Boating Industries Association, Michigan Sea Grant, and the Michigan DEQ. Information on the clean marina program is available at: www.miseagrant.umich.edu/cmp By promoting and utilizing environmentally-sound business practices, Eldean Shipyard is taking actions to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the Great Lakes, protect both fi sh and wildlife habitat, and provide continued boating enjoyment for future generations!

Eldean Shipyard is a full service marina facility and resort located in Macatawa, Michigan, adjoining Lake Michigan. Eldean Shipyard slips, stores, and services boats from 10 to 150 feet in length.

If you would like to stop by for a tour and take a look at our operations, I would be happy to show you around. I look forward to your visit.

Sincerely, Wade Eldean Vice President, Eldean Shipyard, wade@eldean.com, www.eldean.com, Ph: (616) 335-5843

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Press+Release%3A+Eldean+Shipyard/314907/31047/article.html.

Press Release: Dart Boat Company

TOLEDO, OHIO, December 14, 2009 – They were once hailed as being faster than a speeding locomotive. Sought after by America’s social elite and worldrenowned mariners alike, Toledo-made Dart Boatstm had a famed past in the 1920’s and 30’s, but are now experiencing a new future.

Efforts are underway in Toledo, Ohio, to start building these legendary handcrafted mahogany runabouts again.

“We’ve been collecting, researching and building parts for these boats for several years. It’s always been a goal of ours to resurrect the brand and build accurate reproductions,” explained Scott Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Brothers Restorations.

They have been building, restoring and maintaining classic boats such as Dart, Chris Craft, Lyman and many others since 1987. Although hundreds were built, only a handful of these original mahogany runabouts exist today.

The original Dart was a premium brand in its day. In 1931, the Red Dart model retailed for $2,700. By comparison, a Model A Ford Roadster was priced just under $400.00. The company originally manufactured the boats in downtown Toledo on the banks of the Maumee River, just a short distance from the western basin of Lake Erie. The exclusive brand had sales offi ces in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and catered to the social elite. The company’s owner, Webb C. Hayes II, was the grandson of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The company was exporting boats across the world and, to this day, some of the few remaining originals are located as far away as Sweden.

The model the Ramseys intend to start building was known as the “Red Dart.” It spanned 22.5 feet in length and was originally built with two styles of decking.

Dart made three other models: 18.5-, 26- and 30-feet models, with a variety of different power options.

“Based on the Darts we own, the raised-deck 22.5 footer is the most aesthetically pleasing. Its hardware was very unique and we’ve re-cast it all from original boats.

I think customers will be impressed by Dart’s attention to detail and legendary performance,” said Ramsey.

They have acquired naming rights in pursuing the building of modern-day Darts.

The new Dart Boat Company expects to soon launch the Web site: www.dartboatcompany.com. Visually, the new Dart boats will be nearly identical to their original counterparts, with the exception of modern construction methods, power and electrical systems. They will be constructed of mahogany over ash framing, like the originals.

“A 22.5-foot model was originally powered by a Chrysler Imperial engine that weighed over 700 pounds and generated 135 horsepower. Obviously, with modern technology, we can surpass the old numbers with power and effi ciency.

We’re working with a naval architect to best determine the power options available, so we can adhere to the original standards of performance and ride quality of the Dart,” added Ramsey.

The new boats will also offer the latest safety equipment and options, according to the customer’s preference.

As they were in the Roaring Twenties, the new Darts will be hand built in Toledo, Ohio in limited production.

To learn more about The Dart Boat Company’s specifi c build schedule and product specifi cations, visit the Web site: www.dartboatcompany.com or contact Craig Hagenbuch @ 419.290.3043 for more information.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Press+Release%3A+Dart+Boat+Company/314908/31047/article.html.

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