As I am looking ahead to 2014, I think of the long winter ahead of us and the expectation of what is to come in the summer. I know there are those of you we fondly call “snowbirds” but for the rest of us, it is a long time until the blue waters beckon our boats back to them. To help fill this void, we are offering our first class in a long time, Lofting. This class, and hopefully more to come, will enrich our membership, and create new friendships for everyone who attends. You will find information on this event in this issue of the Channel Marker. Look for it, and send in your registration ASAP as this event is the 25th of January. We will not be attending the Cobo Hall MBIA’s Detroit Boat Show this year. We will have a booth at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show at the Showcase Collection, in Novi. We have a dedicated group who work the booth, and would love to have new faces join us there! Our participation in this show is strictly for the promotion of old boats, and talking to people about their memories and boat stories. This show runs from Feb. 27 through Mar. 2. Contact me at 810-794-5371 (leave a message), call my cell 586-665-2202 or e mail me at
We want to thank the Fleet Captain for planning the summer cruises. These mid week, informal cruises were enjoyed by all who participated. While the participation level was not that great, it was evident that these events could generate some real interest within the membership. These cruises will continue next year, they can be a lot of fun, be sure to sign up.