Cheryl DeSantis, Sailor’s World Passes
Cheryl DeSantis, co-owner of Sailor’s World Marina on Lake Minnetonka with
husband Gary DeSantis, passed away unexpectedly March 8th. Cheryl, 53, and Gary
DeSantis celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary in February. Cheryl is
survived by her husband Gary; children, Rachel, Michael, Elizabeth, Jason and
Anna. Cheryl was a beautiful wife and a supporting, loving mother to her family.
She ran the business operations at Sailor’s World which employed many young
people from the Lake Minnetonka area. She became the second mother and female
role model to many of the “Sailor’s World family and staff.” Ten current and
former staff members from Sailor’s World spoke at her memorial service. Our
condolences to Gary and his family. The sailing community is grateful for all
she so willingly gave in support with her engaging smile and joy.
New West Marine store in Stillwater!
There is a new West Marine store in town! The West Marine store in Stillwater,
MN opened its doors on December 17, 2005. The store will be celebrating its
Grand Opening on April 22nd. with a lot of fun, but then again what in boating
isn't fun! West Marine will have door prizes, food and soda's all day long and
of course discounted boating products.
The 5000 plus sq. ft. store is located in downtown Stillwater at 575 N. Main St.
which is riverside of the Minnesota Zephyr dinner train. Products include tons
of fishing gear, dinghys, kayaks, water sports, galley equipment, plumbing,
electrical, safety, cleaners and maintenance, anchors and docking, trailering,
and electronics. Anything and everything for your boat.
More specifically the fishing section has everything from rods and reels to rod
holders as well as lures and nets. Everything! The store carries rigid or
inflatable dinghys, tenders, and kayaks. In the galley section are coolers,
grills, dishware and flags as well as accessories for each. In water sports you
can find tubes, trampolines, towables, wakeboards, skis, kneeboards, and
wakeskates. Life jackets and safety equipment are also available in the section.
The maintenance section carries an assortment of cleaners, bottom and top
paints, fiberglass resins and repair kits and all the accessories needed to
complete any boat maintenance project. West Marine also carries a selection of
Mercury outboard motors up to 25hp. There also is a nice selection of trailer
equipment, lights and trailer jacks available.
In electronics West Marine has something for everyone in every price range:
VHF's, Radar, GPS, Fish finders, binoculars along with marine stereo's and
waterproof or water resistant speakers for your boat.
The West Marine store in Stillwater is bringing a large marine specific
selection of boating products along with a very knowledgeable staff to serve
your boating needs in the eastern Minneapolis / St Paul metro area, the upper
Mississippi and St. Croix river valleys, and the West Central Wisconsin area.
Stop by, you will be pleasantly surprised by this beautiful store.
Hunter 41DS Takes Two Top Awards in Cruising World
Magazine’s 2006 “Boat of the Year” Competition
Cruising World magazine has announced the Hunter 41DS as the winner in the
“Production Cruisers 40 to 44 feet” category and the overall “Best Value” award
as part of its 12th annual Boat of the Year Awards. The results are featured in
Cruising World’s January 2006 issue.
“These awards are a resounding endorsement of our recent effort to draw
attention to the level of quality that the Hunter line has attained,” said John
Peterson, director of sales and marketing for Hunter. “The judges have a lot of
experience and very high standards, so winning these awards really validates
what our sailing research and customers are telling us.”
Models introduced to the North American market between the 2004 and 2005 U.S.
Sailboat Shows were eligible for the contest. Forty-two were entered into the
competition, but only 26 were selected to be nominees. The nominated boats were
then inspected and sailed by independent judges, who toured the boats at the
October 2005 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, and sailed them on the
Chesapeake Bay over four days.
The “Best Value” award takes into account the quality of the boat and the price.
“The 41DS is a good package at a good price point that should retain its value
over time,” said Herb McCormick, editor-at-large for Cruising World.
In describing the Hunter 41DS, contest judge Ed Sherman stated: “I liked this
boat a lot. It certainly represents a lot of bang for the buck. The systems
upgrades over earlier Hunters I’ve looked at were just phenomenal. They’ve
improved exponentially, in my opinion.”
Judge Suzanne Giesemann noted the 41DS’s outstanding interior brightness,
ventilation, and design. “The ventilation was very good for a deck salon. Hunter
has always been good at appealing to women buyers without layouts and
interiors,” she said.
The 41DS is a new version of hunter’s recently introduced 41 aft cockpit model,
and sports an updated profile and roomier interior created by raising the deck
to allow a taller and larger salon.
“Sailboat interiors are trending towards more open designs,” said Peterson. “The
41’s deck salon version has more panoramic views and great visibility from the
larger, elevated windows.”
The new profile creates almost a “sport sedan” look for the 41DS, and its large
polished-aluminum windows definitely set the DS apart from its sister ship.
Inside, the headroom is a spectacular 6’10”. The columinous ceilings are covered
with a light fabric called Whisper-Air, which combines with the increased light
entering from the sizeable new windows to produce a comfortable, bright and open
The standard two-cabin version has an aft master stateroom with queen
innerspring mattress, cedar-lined hanging locker, built-in vanity, and a
dual-entrance head with shower; the forward guest suite has a wide double berth,
built-in vanity, and private head with shower. A three-cabin version is also
Galley highlights include a custom stainless steel refrigerator and freezer,
dual sinks, pantry, gimbaled two-burner propane stove with over, a glass-fronted
lighted dishware cabinet and deluxe Corian countertops.
The 41DS can be equipped for bluewater sailing with its HKT Kevlar reinforced
hull, composite rudder and shaft, and winged shoal draft antimonius lead keel
secured with stainless steel keelbolts, exterior hardware and comprised of
durable marine brands: Lewmar winches, Harken traveler system, and Whitlock
Hunter Marine distributes sailboats from nine to 46 feet in more than 46
countries throughout the world. For more information, visit www.huntermarine.com.