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1. Cruise to a New Destination
                                                                                                                         Cruising to a new destination doesn’t
                       7 Things to check off your                                                                      have to mean going far, or riding hard, or
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                                                                                                                       burning a ton of extra fuel. It can simply
                                 boating bucket list                                                                   last one you visited up the coastline, or
                                                                                                                       heading one island farther along in your
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                                                                                                                       favorite archipelago.
                                                                                                                         The idea is to enhance your confidence and
                                                                                                                       improve your skills at the helm by pulling
                                                                                                                       into a new anchorage or marina. Cruising to a
                                                                                                                       new destination also lets you be in a new set-
                                                                                                                       ting surrounded by different sights, smells
                                                                                                                       and sounds than you’re used to—you can
                                                                                                                       even turn your trip into a boat camping
                                                                                                                       adventure. That’s an experience to treasure
                                                                                                                       after the past year of living day after day on
                                                                                                                       what often felt like a perpetual loop.
                                                                                                                         Grab a cruising guide and a chart, find a
                                                                                                                       location that interests you, and start
                                                                                                                       researching the tides, inlets, marinas and
                                                                                                                       other salient details. Before you know it,
                                                                                                                       you’ll be cruising someplace new—and think-
                                                                                                                       ing about where else you might want to
                                                                                                                       cruise next.
                                                                                                                       2. Improve Your Docking Skills
                                                                                                                         For most boaters, docking is the most anx-
                                                                                                                       iety-inducing part of the day. There’s no sci-
                                                                                                                       entific proof to support this statement, but
                                            If there’s one thing the year 2020 taught us all, it’s that we should take nothing  take an informal poll around the docks. You’ll
                                            for granted.                                                               see. Precious few people like to dock their
                                              The COVID-19 pandemic, at its brutal core, has been a relentless reminder that we should  boat, especially in close proximity to other
                                            make the most of every day that we are alive—and living the fullest possible lives includes tak-  boats with a crowd standing on the dock
                                            ing real steps toward fulfilling our biggest dreams.                       watching and shouting “helpful” advice.
                                              So, now it’s a great time to think about actually doing something on your boating bucket list.  One reason boaters get so stressed out
                                            No matter how long the pandemic continues, boating will remain a fun, outdoors, socially dis-  about docking is that they haven’t taken the
                                            tanced activity—because hey, boating really is the perfect vacation on-demand.  time to practice the skills that go along with
                                              And lucky for boaters, boating will always be something to look forward to—so get excited for  the task. Docking is all about staying calm
                                            the next year of boating that lies ahead with these fun ideas to check off your boating bucket list.  and making close-quarters maneuvers, things







                                                            LAKE ERIE &


                             HISTORIC TOLEDO LIGHTHOUSE




             LAKE ERIE –
             A Resource Worth Helping                                    THE TOLEDO
             Lake Erie’s 872’ of shoreline and its three shallow and     LIGHTHOUSE
             deep basins [West (24’); Central (62’); East (>100’)]       is getting a facelift in 2021 with new
             support both warm and cold water habitat – best             windows and shutters on the fi rst
             walleye fi shing anywhere.                                  and second fl oors.
                                                                         The large lighthouse is located
                                              Lake Erie
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                                                                                       Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival
                                                                                     Sept. 11 & 12 at Maumee Bay State Park
                          For more info:

              www.lakeeriewaterkeeper.org                                         Info at: www.toledolighthouse.org
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