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Jim Lane (1942-2016)
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Jim Lane (1942-2016)

16-May-2016

In March, the boating industry lost a respected and influential member, Jim Lane, who was battling leukemia. Lane, president of Chaparral and Robalo Boats, joined the company in 1977. During his career spanning four decades, Lane had a long list of accomplishments. “Lane’s list of .... Read More

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01-May-2016

The Great Lakes, bordering the United States and Canada, are instantly recognizable on a map or from space, but look closely and you’ll see their nautical heart. For more than 6,000 years, gorgeous Lake St. Clair has been in the incredible position of not only connecting two of the Great Lakes, but also straddling two countries — somewhat like an inland seafaring United Nations. French explorers, who were led by Rene-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, discovered Lake St. Clair. They arrived on the feast day of Sainte Clair of Assisi in 1679, and so Cavelier named it Lac Sainte Claire. At 26 miles long and 24 miles wide, with a surface area of 430 square miles, it contains the largest river delta in the Great Lakes system. Entering into the watershed is also the Thames and the Sydenham Rivers from southwestern Ontario, and the Clinton River in Michigan. In an astonishing and complex environmental relationship that is dependent on a variety of factors, every two to 30 days, Lake St. Clair’s entire liquid contents are transferred between the two Great Lakes. In many ways, Lake St. Clair still appears much the same as when the Huron Potawatomi Indians an.....

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