January 2016


"Sharing Your Passion for Boating Since 1946"




Spanning the Decades
An Historical Look into Walstrom Marine - The 1940s

Enjoy this section for the next seven months as we explore the previous seven decades of the history of Walstrom Marine with Ward Walstrom, Jr. 

In l946, Ward and Roma Walstrom and Paul Griffeth bought a 43 year old boat yard in Harbor Springs from Henry Melching.  Ward and Paul were roommates at Michigan State.  There were 18 covered slips and storage for 100 boats.  One of the early stockholders was Charles Hollerith, son of one of IBM's founders, Herman Hollerith.  The Chris Craft franchise went with the yard, which proved to be a valuable asset for many years.  Another asset was an elevator lift that Henry Melching built in l938.  Capable of hauling around 50 tons, it was one of the largest in Northern Michigan.  Chris Crafts were shipped from Algonac by rail, unloaded, and launched on the elevator.     

Our February Boat Shows

It's time to join Walstrom Marine for the Miami Boat Show!  The Miami Boat Show continues to provide you a great opportunity to finalize your boating plans for the upcoming summer of 2016.  Running February 11-15, the show consists of multiple venues.   Yachts Miami Beach is the new name for the previous Yacht and Brokerage Show on Collins Avenue.  Tiara and Hatteras will both display at the Yachts Miami Beach show.   Tiara has a new location on Ramp 26 with Hatteras conveniently right next door in a new location on Ramp 25.   Dave Lyle, (231) 838-3691, Rick Venner, (231) 499-1929, and Brian Granger, (231) 838-5804 will be in this area of the show. 

Here is a quick peek at a few of the new launches that you will need to take a closer look at while attending the Miami Boat Shows.

Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht  





Tiara 39 Coupe with IPS Joystick Control, On Order 



The Miami International Boat Show is making a major move from the Miami Convention Center to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.  Chris-Craft and Pursuit will both have displays at the new Miami Marine Stadium venue. Also known as Virginia Key, the show dates are February 11-15, the same as the Yachts Miami Beach show.  Dave Lyle, (231) 838-3691, Rick Venner, (231) 499-1929, and Brian Granger, (231) 838-5804 are your contacts for the Miami International Boat Show.  With the cold weather we've been having in Michigan, now is a great time to make your plans for the Miami Boat Shows.

Chris-Craft Launch 32 with Joystick Control

Chris-Craft Capri 25

Pursuit S 408 Sport Center Console with Joystick Control  

Pursuit DC 325 Dual Console with Joystick Control

Pursuit C 238 Center Console

See you there!!

Countdown to Launch - 90 Days?!  Or Less...
This photo of our award winning Harbor Springs Showroom shows that we are packed to the walls.  This heated showroom is truly an architectural one-of-a-kind and displays our inventory in a way unlike any other marina.  We welcome you to come in and browse our inventory of Tiara, Pursuit, and Chris-Craft offerings and would be happy to assist you with picking the right one that meets your boating needs. 

Electronics Updates


As we live in these times of technological advancement, we are all aware of the constant updating of programs that we have on our computers, phones and tablets.  We often forget that the electronics on our boats also need occasional updating.  We try to keep everyone who has purchased electronics from Walstrom Marine current, but sometimes we do not receive notification of software updates until after you do.  The electronic charts which you depend on for accurate navigation also need to be kept up to date.  If you receive notification regarding updates, please let us know so that we can make sure your electronic gear has the latest update on the brands we sell.

Seasonal and Transient Dockage available in Harbor Springs

We welcome you to join us in The Basin at Walstrom Marine for the 2016 boating season.  Docks are available from just overnight to the entire season.  Come and enjoy the newly renovated Basin Yachting Center or relax and BBQ on our just completed waterside patio.  Cable TV, hi speed WI-FI, dockside pump out, and concierge service are just a few of the premier amenities offered.   Slip space is limited, so please act fast and secure your slip in The Basin at Walstrom Marine.  Contact our Dockmaster, Joel Shoemaker at 231.526.2141 or dockmaster@walstrom.com.  

Automatic Identification System, AIS
Recent articles in boating magazines have mentioned Coast Guard Mandates in regards to the AIS System, which will take effect on March 16th, 2016.  The AIS is the Automatic Identification System which was developed primarily for commercial vessels with an implementation date of January 1st, 2005.  This system works in conjunction with your VHF and requires you to apply for and get an MMSI number in order to use it.  This is the Maritime Mobile Service Identity that is required for VHF radios to use for identification that have the DCS (Digital Selective Calling) capability.  Your MMSI is basically like a phone number that identifies your boat.  This number should stay with your boat, even if you decide to sell it.  All VHF radios made in the last few years have the DSC capabilities.  The Boat U.S. website has all the information you need and you can even register for the number at their website, http://www.boatus.com/mmsi/.

The advantages to all this are that with the DSC, you can send a distress signal with the push of a button.  When you send a distress signal, your MMSI and position is broadcast (when your VHF is interfaced with the GPS).  There are two types of distress signals, non-designated and designated.  The non-designated is the basic signal whereas the designated allows you to send your distress signal with one of the ten pre-programmed distress designations.  These are Abandoning Ship, Fire or Explosion, Flooding, Collision, Grounding, Listing, Sinking, Disabled and Adrift, Piracy or Attack and Man Overboard.

This ultimately gets us back to the AIS system.  There are two AIS systems available, the Class A and Class B, each with its own specifications.  Pleasure craft are not required to have the AIS, but from a safety standpoint, it seems to make sense to be "visible" to as many as you can in an emergency.  Both units will send out your boat name, boat position, boat speed and heading, as well as receive the same information from other AIS equipped boats when interfaced with your electronics.  The difference between the units is basically strength of signal and frequency of transmission, plus a few more options, and of course, cost.  The AIS mandates (plus additional information) are explained at www.aismandate.com.  Click the symbol in the upper left hand corner for the site's menu.  There is also information on the ACR/Artex site at www.acrartex.com.

When both the AIS and the DSC/MMSI units are linked together, you will have both emergency distress signals being sent and any vessel with AIS will also be able to "see" your position and assist as needed.  When there is an emergency which requires assistance from others, time is of the essence, as well as the ability for others to be able to find your boat quickly and with pinpoint accuracy.  

This just scratches the surface of the DSC/MMSI/AIS Systems, and a Google search will bring up more information than any of us want to read.  But please, if you plan on doing any cruising to new and dreamed of places, take a few minutes and read up on these systems.  If you need help deciding which systems might work best for you, give Tom a call at Walstrom Marine Parts, 231-526-9186, or we can have one of our electronics installers meet with you and discuss your options.  After all, we want you to go to new ports of call with confidence and safety, and return with stories and a yearning to go out and do more cruising.

Think Spring!
Your Walstrom Marine Service Crew

Cheboygan Update - Enhanced Phone Service and Seasonal Dockage

Walstrom Marine has upgraded to a new telephone system in Cheboygan and would like to make customers aware that there is now only one phone number to reach the office. We kept our main line, which is 231-627-7105, and will still be able to answer multiple calls from the one line.   Please update your information and disregard any other phone numbers you may have been using to reach us, as they will soon be disconnected.
Now is the time to secure your seasonal dockage before we begin launching boats. There are slips available at our Walstrom Marine docks in Cheboygan, which are a short walk to downtown shopping, dining, movie theaters,The Opera House and Festival Square.  For more information, contact Heather at (231) 627-7105 or via email at hconaway@walstrom.com .




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The Boathouse

105 Bay Street

Harbor Springs, MI  49740

Phone (231) 526-0800
Fax (231) 526-0802

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November/December 2015
Cheboygan River Channel


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Harbor Springs   |   501 East Bay Street, Harbor Springs, MI   |   (231) 526-2141
Cheboygan   |   113 East State Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721   |   (231) 627-7105
Bay Harbor   |   801 Front Street, Bay Harbor, MI 49770   |   (231) 439-2741



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