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Feb. 21, 2011
Vol 2, No 2-11  

All Houseboats, All the Time


If It's March, we're loving this lifestyle



A better sign of spring than robins, our Annual Houseboat Update by Gary Kramer arrives in March. Despite the economy's best efforts to beat it down, Kramer reports that the industry is surprisingly resilient. Everyone is searching for the balance that's sure to emerge, he says. See the new Majestic Yachts, the Metro-ShipsSunstar Houseboats, and Gibson's houseboats, plus others.




majestic yacjts  Metro Ship

 Majestic Yachts                         Metro-Ship



A Gibson at the St Louis Boat Show

Photo by Erin Quade 





Sunstar Houseboats  Photos courtesy of manufacturers


The intrepid Linda Aksomitis tries living on a houseboat on Lake Cumberland, and loves it. Patti Clausen lets readers know "Where to Go For Parts When Builders Close," and we discover that a surprising number of choices exist. Finally, Joan Wenner takes us through the pitfalls of renting a boat slip, for even the biggest craft, in the March Waterway Law column.


The marinas profiled are Lake Barkley Marina by newcomer Kathy S. McBride and Inland Marina by Jay Zimmer. Here are some shots of them accommodating houseboats.



Lake Barkley Marina docks

Photo by Kathy S McBride


inland marina 

Inland Marina docks

Photo by Jay Zimmer


Capt Fred Davis writes about the effect of oil on a boat's hull, using some very interesting graphics of the recent Gulf of Mexico spill. Here's an image of it from space, courtesy of NOAA, for example.



Remember to check the Heartland Reflections in March, too. For a change of pace, it's a record of the WesBanco Wheeling (West Virginia) Raceboat Regatta, on the Ohio River. Just to whet your appetite, take a look:


race a


Photos by Debbie Joseph


 race c race b



Keep checking those mailboxes. The March 2011 issue should arrive shortly.







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Hammond Marina Wins Marina of the Year Award


Presented by the Association of Marina Industries


Hammond Marina of Hammond, Ind., has received this year's National Marina Day (NMD), Marina of the Year award, the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) recently announced. 


hammondHammond Marina from the air


"The deciding factor on choosing Hammond Marina

was their creative means to advertise their event and really reach out to the entire community, as well as their initiative in getting proclamations. The events they held (during National Marina Day) ensured that their visitors were introduced to the marina lifestyle and water recreation," said Wendy Larimer, coordinator of National Marina Day for the AMI.


"We are honored to receive this award regarding our participation in National Marina Day," said Susan Tabers, coordinator of marketing and special events at Hammond Marina. "Although we promote our marina every day, partaking in National Marina Day gives us the opportunity to showcase our marina throughout the state as well as locally."


Built in 1991, the Hammond Marina is a 918-slip marina on Lake Michigan, 12 miles from Chicago and one mile from the mouth of the Calumet River. Listed in Quimby's Cruising Guide, last year the marina was designated a "Clean Marina."It was the first marina in Indiana to achieve this designation.


Congratulations to Hammond Marina. Northern Indiana, we salute you!


Happy Spring Boating to all,

Lee Braff

HeartLand Boating offices