Northern Michigan

10th Annual Bay Harbor Ice and Snow Festival! by admin

There may not be a boat show in Bay Harbor this weekend, but there certainly is the Bay Harbor Ice & Snow Festival!  We would love to see any/all of our clients there along with our industry friends.  If anyone needs a chili cook-off ticket be sure to shoot us an email!  Here is a quick recap of the events which are planned (for more specific times go here):

Friday, January 21

Professional ice carving competition begins, Cava and The Knot Ice Bar will open.

Saturday, January 22

More professional ice carving, aerial snowboarders performance, live music at Cava, sled dog rides, chili cook off, and amateur ice carving.

Sunday January, 23

Ice sculptures and great wall of sponsors on display for all to enjoy!

Q: How many people does it take to launch a buoy? by admin

A: A lot! From researchers to funding from multiple businesses, a lot of time, money, and effort went into the Little Traverse Weather Buoy.

At the end of July last year, the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory launched a weather buoy (made by Tiara) in Little Traverse Bay. It was taken out of the water for the winter, and should be back online soon (hopefully!).

While having more information about the weather is great, there is still a lot of interesting ideas floating around (ha!) from Dr. Guy Meadows in this video. From the use of cell phone technology to relay the information, to the idea that maybe someday this buoys can act as mobile hot spots out on the water!

It is great to see the private sector stepping up to the plate and providing a "public" good!

(HT: Walstrom Marine Docklines.)