Bay Breeze Introduces Rosborough
Michigan yacht sales company now dealer for two trawler lines -
The introduction of Rosborough boats by Bay Breeze Yacht Sales is good news
for the company – but it’s great news for boaters. The Novia Scotia built line
of Rosboroughs gives Bay Breeze customers another top trawler choice…alongside
their popular Nordic Tugs.
As the new authorized dealer for Rosborough, Bay Breeze Yacht Sales in Traverse
City covers the Great Lakes states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and
Ohio. Bay Breeze Yacht Sales – Ontario, located at the eastern end of Georgian
Bay and the North Channel on Lake Huron, handles Rosborough boat sales for the
entire Canadian province of Ontario.
Bay Breeze owners John and Jay Kraft say the new line of trawlers comes to the
Great Lakes with high marks and a sound reputation for quality craftsmanship at
an amazingly affordable price. The Krafts feel it answers the yen by boaters who
are looking for something that is transportable and seaworthy in smaller
“Rosborough is the trailerable trawler,” says Jay Kraft. “We are impressed with
its maneuverability, plus its sturdy workmanship that make it the perfect
day-boat or weekender. This is a 25-footer that is packed with value requiring
The Rosborough is manageable from a transportation and upkeep standpoint. It’s a
go-anywhere boat with no external wood trim requiring regular maintenance. Power
options include outboards or a diesel inboard. Custom wheelhouse models feature
down-sized cabins with larger cockpits while the Sedan cruiser makes the most of
its transom space.
“A lot of cruisers are switching from the larger yachts to Rosborough for
convenience sake,” says Jay. “We are enthused about offering more choices with
this solidly built smaller version and the impressive Nordic Tugs line. Boaters
are welcome to compare the two trawler lines this spring at both of our Bay
For 23 years, Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Sales has been providing and
maintaining quality sailboats for charter in northern Lake Michigan. Bay Breeze
handles 300 bareboat and crewed charters per season on a fleet of 25 yachts,
ranging from 27' to 44', as well as running an ASA Certified Sailing School,
brokering and selling new and used boats, all of which supports the commitment
to premier sailing and cruising on the pristine waters of the northern Great
Bay Breeze is the only full-time charter company as well as the largest yacht
charter company in Michigan.
For more info: 877-941-0535.
Boat Donation, A Great Way to Help Kids
I just bought a new boat…What do I do with my old one?
YMCA Camp's Ihduhapi and Warren need usable boats of all kinds for their boat
auction. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and your boat helps kids boating
How do I donate my boat?
It is easy, and most cases you would bring the boat out to camp with the
title or license and drop it off.
Is there paperwork involved?
Yes you fill out a short form to describe your gift.
What do I need for my taxes?
After the boat is sold at the auction you will receive the IRS form 1098 or
8283 form in the mail for your taxes. The IRS has taken the guesswork out of
determining the value of your boat. As of January 2005, you may deduct the full
price the camp receives for the sale of your boat.
Does the camp use my boat for the kids?
If your boat fits with the camps programs your boat may be used at the camp.
Most often, however the camp sells your boat and uses the money to support their
What kind does the camp want?
Sailboards, canoes, power and fishing boats, sailboats, kayaks, skiffs and
trailers all can be sold at the auction.
What if I just want a boat?
Come on out to the auction May 20th. It starts at 10 A.M. at YMCA Camp
Ihduhapi just 10 miles west of Wayzata in Loretto, MN
For more info: Brian Burns
Lighthouse Association Attempts Restoration
We are most pleased to announce that the Fox Island Lighthouse Association
(FILA) has just been designated with IRS non-profit 501(c) (3) status. This
enables FILA to move ahead in efforts to get federal, state and private funding
in its quest to restore this significant, yet badly deteriorating light. The
light was built in 1867 and deactivated in 1934. It is located on S. Fox Island
18.6 statute and 16 nautical miles off of the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and
is part of Leelanau County, Michigan.
It is the goal of FILA working under the guidance of the Department of Natural
Resources to continue in pursuing rescuing the light. Last fall we were given a
temporary Land Use Permit through the DNR and now seek a one-year Land Use
Permit. Initial assessment of the condition of the light, assistant keepers'
quarters and other on-site structures is the next step. First trip has been
planned for Spring 2006.
The light, which is owned by the State of Michigan, is a significant part of
Great Lakes maritime history. Left to deteriorate, it could easily go the way of
the light on nearby N. Manitou, which was of the same, vintage "schoolhouse"
design. We invite persons from all walks of life, in whatever means they can, to
help FILA in this immense project to give back to the light what it has given in
aiding countless mariners in the past.
John C. McKinney and Sandra (Sandy) Serra Bradshaw founded FILA in September
2004. A board of directors was formed in 2005. For further information please
visit our website: www.southfox.org (Northern Michigan Web Site of the Year-2005).
Michigan Ballast Plan to Limit Invasive Species
is Moving Forward
Michigan is developing a revolutionary clean water general permit to address
invasive species introduced by ballast water discharge. A growing number of
state governments and environmental groups are attempting action on their own to
limit the spread of the species in the face of alleged federal inaction on the
The developments also coincide with Defense Department efforts to address the
spread of invasive species, such as non-native vegetation, exotic plants that
destroy parachutes and block roadways, and other nuisances. Attorneys General
from Michigan and other Great Lakes states have been supporting litigation by
environmentalists that calls for an EPA regulation governing invasive species
contained in ballast water discharges. It has been shown that the discharges can
contain species such as zebra mussels, which foul discharge and water intake
pipes and hamper shipping.
A federal district court has already ruled that EPA violated the Clean Water Act
(CWA), when it exempted ballast water discharges from its clean water permitting
program. A remedy in the case has not yet been issued in the face of arguments
from the shipping industry that setting a deadline for agency regulations would
significantly disrupt shipping and affect the national economy.
A broader Bush administration effort to implement a comprehensive federal
invasive species program has been stalled by property rights groups who have
voiced concern that the program could amount to a new way to regulate private
property. In the face of Federal inaction, Michigan is now taking steps to
prevent the introduction of invasive species without waiting for action from the
court or EPA. According to a draft version of the state's general permit, ships
would be required to either treat their ballast water to kill any invasive
species or agree not to discharge any ballast water in state waters, as a
condition of operating in Michigan ports.