What floats your boat?

Published online: Jun 29, 2011 News
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Look out over Lake Superior on a beautiful summer day and you'll see a number of boats littering the deep blue of the lake. Do you prefer the lazy cruising a pontoon boat offers or would you rather be zipping by in a speed boat? Maybe you're more likely to be found on a sail boat or a fishing boat. Whatever your preference, there's just nothing like being out on a lake with the sun to warm you and the lake breeze in your face. Today we dedicate this space to the vessels a few of our readers own.

My boat is a wood, 1958 Thompson Sea Coaster with the original motor, a 1958 Mercury 45 horse power. A friend was going to cut it in half and burn it, but sold it to me for the cost of the parts he had into it. I have had it since 1991, and it still runs great.

Submitted by Rick Johnson of Saginaw.

Since we took up sailing a few years ago, we have had a lot of fun on our Ericson 30-foot sailboat "Impetuous."

Submitted by Allan and Mary Reed of Duluth.

This photo is us, Jeff Denny and Rebecca Lewis, in our 1965 Thompson Sea Coaster Deluxe, made in Peshtigo, Wis. The photo was taken at the Thompson Boat Rally in Marinette, Wis., near the original factory in Peshtigo.

Submitted by Jeff Denny of Duluth.

Here are some photos of my 1951 18-foot Crestline boat. In 2006 I lined the entire inside and top of the boat with cedar from the 1999 blow down storm in the Gunflint area. The cedar boards were made with an Alaskan Mill Husqvarna chain saw.

Submitted by John C. Wick of Grand Marais.

For many years, our summer evenings were spent on our boat, a 28-foot cruiser named "My 3 SONS." It was named for our three sons, not the television show (for those of us old enough to remember that show with Fred Mac Murray).

When it was too hot for us `over the hill', we knew we could enjoy the cool breezes off Lake Superior. From the sandy shores of the Apostle Islands, down the Mississippi River, to the south and north shores of our Great Lake, we made many lasting friendships.

At this stage of our lives, we have decided to sell our boat to enjoy other opportunities. We will miss "MY 3 SONS," but we will always have our memories.

Submitted by Bonnie Langdon of Hermantown.

Here's my old boat, a 1979 Starcraft 22-foot Islander, "The Luck of the Irish." I have owned this old boat for 17 years. I've repainted the boat and trailer, and put a custom-made, diamond-plate hardtop and new canvas on the boat.

I've taken my children and grandchildren fishing on Lake Superior many times. We also go to Isle Royale two to three times a year and usually stay for three or four days at a time. I always sleep on the boat and the kids sleep in a tent or one of the shelters. We always have a great time together.

Besides watching the crew reel in the big fish, I always enjoy cooking the fish and having a good time at the dock. I also bring my homemade maple syrup to put on the pancakes.

Submitted by Bill Beaudry of Duluth.


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