Boat show

Mid-America Boat Show renamed Cleveland Boat Show

The Cleveland Boat Show has a new name — the Cleveland Boat Show.  For years, the annual January boat show at the I-X Center hosted by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association was officially known as the Mid-America Boat Show. But no one really called it that.  So new association President Michelle Burke announced Tuesday…

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How to prep your boat for a spring launch

Boatyards, backyards, marinas and yacht clubs will soon spring to life to prepare for the 2018 boating season. Fishing charter boats are putting in the water as soon as Easter weekend. Recreational boaters have dates to launch any time between mid-April and late May. But first owners have to cut the shrink wrap off their…

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Lyman Life celebrates Lake Erie legacy boat brand

The outline looks like it’s smiling at you from the back of a T-shirt. Just like the classic wooden boat that inspired it. “Everyone smiles and waves when they see a Lyman,” said Michelle Burke, CEO of Lyman Life. Built in Cleveland and then Sandusky, Lymans are loved for their “clinker-built” wood frames that glides…

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Cleveland Sailing Association commodore: Erie Interviews

Meet Lee Karns, commodore of the Cleveland Sailing Association, which encompasses six Lake Erie yacht clubs with active sail racing scenes: Cleveland Yachting Club, Edgewater, Lakeside, Forest City, Chagrin Lagoons, Mentor Harbor and Grand River. The clubs formed the association in 1996 to recruit more participants for races, coordinate events and score boats against each…

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Try a tritoon? It’s a pontoon boat stable enough for Lake Erie

What’s a tritoon? It’s a pontoon boat with three pontoons. Which makes it more stable the the traditional flat-bottomed party boat, and better able to withstand Lake Erie’s waves. Bonus: it fits a whole load of people, and it’s cheaper than a similar-sized fiberglass-bottom boat. Scott Sieg of Portage Lakes Marine in Akron explains why…

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The future of sailing? At the Cleveland Boat Show

 Why is there only one sailboat dealer at the Mid-America Boat Show this year? Rob Morley of Riverfront Yacht Services in the Flats says it’s because sailing is a dying sport. “It sure does feel that way,” said Jennifer Daus. “But I see a lot of interest, like with the Foundry.” Daus, along with…

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