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Gabe Buckley -- Boat Washer turned Artist by Trevor

Gabe Buckley has been around Bay Harbor for 6 years now, running Northern Retreat Property Management. Gabe has washed a few boats in his day, but is now focusing more on his artistic talents. He is quite a painter, and his work was recently featured on the cover of the area's Dining Guide. Look out for Gabe and his work to be at the Bay Harbor Boat Show, but also in galleries around Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs. You can see more of his work at


Big Brother Watches Boat Washers... by Trevor

To supplement the Bay Harbor Lake Marina webcam, it looks like the Yacht Club is catching up. These webcams are a great way to keep an eye on your boat, particularly in regards to the weather. You can decide if it is a good day to take the boat out, or be able to tell how hard the boat is bouncing in a storm (not in protected Bay Harbor, mind you!).

Yet another great use of these cameras? Watching us clean your boat. WOW.

The camera pans around to cover the entire bay, and zooms in to check on BHLM in the distance. If only you could control it to zoom in on individual boats!


Get Ready for the Bay Harbor Boat Show! @bayharborshow by admin

In slightly less than a month, the Bay Harbor Boat Show will be upon us!  June 17-19 at Bay Harbor Lake Marina, admission is free.  In case you forgot, we were there last year handing out tasty drinks and popcorn. We will have more exciting news as the event gets closer, but for now you can get your BHBS news fix at!  There are listings of most of the boats currently scheduled to be at the show along with a twitter feed with important boat show news (@bayharborshow).

Summer is here folks, enjoy it while it's here!

Kicking off at Yacht Club Costa Smerelda by Trevor

Everyone Smile

It is time for Dave Johnson's newest project, the YCCS to get going full swing. This development in the British Virgin Islands is certainly not the cheapest spot for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th home, but it sure looks to be beautifully situated.

FMYC is constantly impressed with Bay Harbor for a few reasons:

1. Started from scratch. Bay Harbor used to be a desolate gravel quarry. not exactly picturesque. The idea of turning this into an amazing resort community was so far off, nobody would listen to Mr. Johnson's vision -- particularly investors! But, he pulled the money together and did it. I believe he stayed debt free throughout. 2.Residents. All Bay Harbor residents we know are extremely friendly, down to earth people. We can be washing a boat, and the owner will come outside to talk boats, and then invite us in to have a beer and see his home theater, or antique car collection. It is easy to respect people who respect you, and we are always excited to pick up a new customer, not just because it is a new boat, but because it is a new 'story', someone else to get to know.

3.Community. Though not entirely self-sufficient, Bay Harbor proper has plenty to do, and enough amenities that you don't need to stray far if you don't want to. Restaurants, markets, cafes, and resort shopping is all downtown, and that is just downtown! Not including the amazing Yacht Club, Golf Club, Equestrian Center, Hotel...

4.Staff. The only people friendlier than the residents are the staff! FMYC has been helped so much by the friendly staff at Bay Harbor. Sometimes, at a public marina, or poorly run docks it can be hard to get things done. You'll hear things like "Oh I don't know if you can do that" and "I'll have to ask my manager" when trying to do the simplest things. Not so at Bay Harbor. If something needs to get done, it getting done! The staff is capable and empowered. We would like to thank John Russell, the BHLM Harbormaster in particular, for making BHLM a dream to work at, help us at Bay Harbor events, and often being a liason to new customers. This mentality is shown in a favorite story of Lewis and myself, of Mr. Johnson driving around in a GEM car during some event, a I believe a '08 boat show. He was pulled up at where the Oil Nut Bay (same site as YCCS) promotional center was, and one of his employees was explaining to him some problem, of a customer/resident/investor who wanted something done, and wasn't sure of how to proceed. Mr. Johnson's reply was 'Do it!'; "just say yes! just say YES". With a man like Mr. Johnson with the reigns, you know the development will exceed all expectations.

In any case, try as we may, we will NOT be covering the Superyacht regatta live. But you can see some of our pictures of the announcement ceremony on Mr. Johnson's 130 Westport RESOLUTE that we were in attendance for. We have a video of his speech (quite funny, I recommend you watch all the way through!) we will post.

Looking at the Superyacht Regatta schedule, don't you want to go?

Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

March 16 - 20, 2011

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Wednesday, March 16

Registration will take place at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Virgin Gorda as well as customs clearance for yachts and crews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Practice for sailing yachts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Experience BVI” guest experiences upon request

Trip to The Baths, snorkeling adventures or scuba diving. Private or group guides available will be for each adventure from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Sailing yacht captains – 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Motor yacht captains – 4:30 p.m.

YCCS, Virgin Gorda Founding Ceremony

Sundowners and welcome cocktail reception will be held on YCCS lawn from 5:30 to 6: 00 p.m.

Caribbean buffet, reggae band and local entertainment on YCCS lawn 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday March 17

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 1 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in Company following the yacht racing, followed by lunch and swimming at quiet anchorage VIP Host yacht Resolute to lead the fleet 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crew Party 7:00 p.m.

Friday March 18

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 2 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Tender Treasure Hunt.

Pirate inspired treasure hunt in yacht tenders around North Sound, YCCS, Leverick, Prickly Pear, Saba Rock, finishing at Oil Nut Bay from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Beer and ‘signature’ rum cocktails for all crew on YCCS lawn after sailing races

Party at YCCS Marina

Cocktail and Canapé Competitions; each yacht will create a cocktail with a prize for best Caribbean-themed cocktails and canapés from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday March 19

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 3 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in company to Jos Van Dyke or Peter Island. Cruise to take in the finish line at the end of the race from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sundowners and Prize-giving on YCCS lawn – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday March 20

Farewell Bloody Marys and brunch at Biras Beach – 11:00 a.m. For further information, please contact Alice C. I’Anson Widdows, +44 (0) 7591 006250;

A Bit of Hatteras History by admin

We are currently getting a whole fleet of Hatteri washed, buffed, waxed, and detailed for their spring launch before they disperse to Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix.  If you are not familiar with Hatteras, I suggest you read this great review of the company's history, "The Making of an Empire".  It is fascinating throughout.

Some of the highlights for me were:

Later, Jack Hargrave commented: "Willis had what he called the 'Hargrave Test.'  The production people would lay up a hull section to what the equations called for, then Willis and I would go out in the plant and kick the hell out of it.  If it didn't seem stiff enough, Willis would have the lamination people add some more layers."

"One day," Henshaw recalls, "I was doing some cabinet making in Station Six and along comes Willis with an older couple.  He came up to me where I was hanging cabinet doors and wanted to borrow my hammer.  I gave him a claw hammer and he walked over to the side of the boat I was working on and just whapped the hell out of it with the hammer.  Hit it so hard the hammer went flying out of his hands.  He then turns to the couple and said" 'Could I have done that to your wooden hull?' They said, 'No.' He sold that one right there."

Slane had added a very sporty 28-foot hull to the lineup and shortly was approached by the United States Navy [...] The Navy was impressed and wanted to order 200 of them.  The catch was they wanted to put government inspectors in different areas.  Willis told them he'd be glad to build them, but he wouldn't have the government tell him how to do it.  So, we lost the whole contract.  But, they bought those two Willis had prepared and made a mold off of them and built them in two other locations."

In 1984, a high-rolling investor named Irwin Jacobs appeared [...] "I [Jacobs] proceeded to try to buy it [Hatteras] from AMF and they not only weren't co-operative, they were downright rude.  So I bought AMF and sold off everything except Hatteras."


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Ice Festival Kickoff! by Trevor

There are chain saws whirring in downtown Bay Harbor! We only got a few pictures of the sponsor wall and some of the smaller works, but the pro-carvers were stacking their blocks and getting ready to cut in on some of the larger works. The fish pictured is a medium sized work,  and we are told it will be surrounded by some other aquatic life. There is also a massive indian head, and something that look like a spread winged creature, or the spirit of ecstasy.

But what is that good looking larger brick on the North side of the sponsor wall? Could it be...

Also, the Cava "Chill Lounge" is set up, but don't worry, they have the fireplace going round the clock. If you are around, be sure to stop by the Inn at Bay Harbor to try our (soon to be world famous) chili!

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!

Real Estate Spotlight: Bay Harbor's Little Lighthouse (house!) by Trevor

Bay Harbor Properties, which has recently joined forces with Sotheby's, has one of it's first post-merger listings up. The house, located up on the Shores II, is only a few lots away from the Yacht Club and new Lange Performing Arts Center. The house is known for having a rounded turret on the north corner that resembles a small lighthouse (this is not the only Bay Harbor home with that motif, so I call it the 'little' one). The house looks to be decorated in a simple/modern design. 5 beds, 5 baths, 5,50 sp ft and it looks like they are willing to bundle their slip at the Yacht Club!

Take a look at the Harbor | Sotheby's listing:

Unique custom built home located in Shores II just steps away from the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Designed by an international architect, this five bedroom, fourand one-half bath property features two master suites and museum quality cherry wood floors, windows, doors, trim and cabinetry. With a 3-story observatory lighthouse tower, decking and walk-outs at each level, the views include the best of Bay Harbor Lake entrance channel, Yacht Docks, Lake Michigan and the Village. This home has high-end fixtures, appliances and a professionally designed controlled electrical system along with heating and air conditioning zoned to each floor. Additional features include athree car garage with a 10-foot clearance, a private courtyard and extensive landscaping. The professional state-of-the-art home theater system, furnishingsand a private yacht dock are available.

Definitely take a look, the sound system in the living room looks pretty loud!

And, congratulations to Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Baciagalupi, Mrs. Etienne, and the rest of Bay Harbor for another great achievement! I expect them expanding their reach out of Bay Harbor to the surrounding area may shake a few things up, and the customer will come out the winner!

From the Creator of Bay Harbor by admin


Every time Dave Johnson decides to do something, it feels like the deep voice guy from the movie trailers should be there to introduce him.  "From the creator who brought you Bay Harbor, and Oil Nut Bay, now brings you Yacht Club Coasta Smeralda in the BVIs!" Mr. Johnson (along with his partners) hosted a press event aboard Mr. Johnson's 130' Westport, Resolute at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

You can find more details here, but one thing is clear, no expense was spared.  From searching the globe for the perfect location, to completely changing the building site the day before construction was set to begin, to analyzing every square inch of the design plans repeatedly, it is clear Mr. Johnson has not only set out to build his dream, but executed it flawlessly.

There were a few Bay Harbor faces in the crowd, and it would probably be a safe bet to say at least a few folks from Bay Harbor will be spending a fair amount of time down in Oil Nut Bay and at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Classic Boats and Refits by admin

With the Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Festival coming up this weekend, it is as good as time as any to link to a story about President JFK's (slightly more well known President than Dirk Boehmer!) former yacht "Honey Fitz" going through a refit:

While Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower used her, as did subsequent American leaders, Lenore II gained a high profile under President John F. Kennedy. That’s also when she gained the name Honey Fitz, a nickname of JFK’s grandfather. JFK used the yacht every summer weekend, often cruising with his young children. (On an interesting side note, one of the original Kennedy life preservers and two of the flags from the boat are in the Kennedy Library in Massachusetts.)

Honey Fitz is presently up on the hard in Riviera Beach, Florida at Moores Marine, an antique- and classic-yacht restoration company. The team of expert woodworkers are replacing planking and carefully evaluating the original drawing plans to ensure the restoration is accurate. Moores Marine is well versed in American-made wooden yachts, having rebuilt the 92-foot Trumpy Innisfail, the 63-foot Mathis Washingtonian, and others.

2010 Bay Harbor Boat Show Review by admin

What a great weekend! We had a great time on the docks at the boat show. Our only complaint was that it went by so quickly! Enjoy some of our photos and videos from the past weekend! One highlight was having a chance to sit down with Dirk Boehmer (PDF), recently appointed President of Vicem Yachts, for a few minutes and ask him a few questions ranging from his international background in yacht sales, to his impressions of Bay Harbor.

Total Powersports helped sponsor some skiers and snow boarders going off a ramp made up of M-Snow. If the first video looks like it is an easy task, be sure to watch the second video (ouch!).

Trevor and Lewis making sure everyone got an ice cold slush (with straw!).

Bay Harbor Boat Show!!! by admin

Despite some early morning clouds, the weather for the Bay Harbor In Water Boat Show today was great.

Our slush machine was in full swing (along with the popcorn machine) as the afternoon went on.  Combine cold drinks with a few ski stunts into the water, and it was a wonderful afternoon.

Be sure to check back for more pictures from the show, or better yet, stop by and say hi to us in our booth!