Duncan Bay Boat Club
Located conveniently within the Straits of Mackinac, Duncan Bay Boat Club is 2 miles east of Cheboygan. The marina is on the west shore of the bay. Built inland, the marina provides a safe and quiet harbor in all winds. Although Duncan Bay Boat Club is a private marina, transient and seasonal dockage are available. The east side of the bay is state park land. Duncan Bay is only 14 miles from Mackinac Island, 22 miles from Les Cheneaux Islands, and just 34 miles from the North Channel. The Inland Waterway begins just west of the bay and offers passage through a beautiful chain of lakes by way of the Cheboygan River through the Cheboygan Locks.
During Michigan's White Pine logging era, the current marina site was a logging community of 500 people know as Duncan. The natural harbor allowed the lake's freighters to easily supply the community and haul away wood used to build the mid-west.
2016 DBBC Winter Rendezvous
Good food, drink and company was enjoyed by the 13 couples who attended the 2016 DBBC Winter Rendezvous on February 18 at Pinchers Edison Marina restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. The three hour long event gave the fellow boaters and friends a chance to reunite. The weather was perfect, the food delicious, drink flowed abundantly, and the restaurant staff did a superb job for the event
Those in attendance included: President Georgia and Chuck McFarland, Gene and Kathy Gonzales, Paul and Lynne Karty, Linda and Charlie Thomas, George and Jane Miller, Jim and Diane Wilson, Dennis and Christine Mauer, Dave and Pat Hubbard, Ron Dwelle and JoEllen Schneider, Keith Wochinski and friend Debra, Debra's parents Yvonne and John, and Pat Maurice and friend Janet, friends of DBBC boaters Bob and Leona Winchester who could not attend. Also welcomed were Ivan and Paulette Riffle, past members of DBBC but always welcome to our events.
A nice beginning was a welcome from DBBC President Georgia McFarland and a nice ending was enjoying delicious birthday cake for Chuck McFarland. A big thank you to Lynne Karty for bringing the cake and for both her and Diane Wilson's help in planning the event.
Coast Guard implements fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation
In the future, some Navigation Aids may not be placed in the water and will only appear on electronic devices.
On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard began operating 25 fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation, or eATON, as the agency labels them, in San Francisco waters.
The Coast Guard, which operates AIS shore stations, now uses the technology to identify its aids to navigation and to signal the characteristics and coordinates of each to electronic charts and other navigation displays, and even via properly integrated personal computers, tablets, and cell phones. The broadcast system is now fully operational throughout the U.S., except in the Great Lakes. In addition to standard AIS capabilities, the technology includes three types of electronic aids classified as Synthetic, Real, and Virtual — and each has different uses and applications.
[More information in BoatUS magazine Article]