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Muskegon Sail & Power Squadron Boating Course

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


The Muskegon Sail and Power Squadron will be hosting a boating course beginning on Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:45pm in the Stevenson Center building at the Muskegon Community College.  The six, two-hour classes include:

  • Federal and State regulations

  • Required safety equipment

  • Aids to navigation

  • Docking and undocking procedures

  • Anchoring techniques

  • Using a chart

  • The use of a GPS  

The course fee is $45.00 and includes the course 240 page student book.  

For additional information call 231-755-3476 and to register call 231-777-0348.  For your convenience, a tri-fold page with the weekly course information is also available at the office.

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Fire Prevention Training For Boat Owners

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Muskegon Sail and Power Squadron and Torresen Marine Inc. are inviting all boaters to join them for a day of fun and learning how to handle emergencies on your boat.

The schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Emergencies On Board Your Boat Seminar- Given by Captain Richard Young of the Muskegon Sail and Power Squadron. Located at Torresen Marine’s seminar room in the Ships Store. There is a fee of $3 per person for the seminar.RSVP to 231-759-8596

Noon - Cookout & Potluck- Hotdogs, beans, chips and soft drinks provided. Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP to 231-759-8596. This event will take place on the point in between Torresen Marine’s slip area.

1:15 p.m. Controlled Burn- The Muskegon Fire Department will have a “controlled burn” set up to practice using fire extinguishers. If anyone has any expired flares and/or rockets, please bring them. Boaters will be taught how to light them and shoot them off. The Muskegon Fire Department will bring a fire truck, practice fire equipment and personnel from Station # 4. This event will take place on the point in between Torresen Marine’s slip area.

All of these events will take place at Torresen Marine, Inc. RSVP required for the Emergencies On Board Your Boat Seminar and the Cookout. Please call 231-759-8596 to make your reservation. No reservation needed for the Controlled Burn and Police Boat Display.

There may be a possible appearance of the Deputy Todd Dunham and the Sheriff’s new patrol boat.

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Summer Sailstice 2013

Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Muskegon sailors will be joining sailors around the world making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by sailing ‘together’ on, June 22nd, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Now in its 13th year, the Summer Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to hoist their sails, wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail, to simply connect and celebrate all aspects of sailing whether racing, cruising, kite surfing, windsurfing…anything powered by sail. 
 Join us for the following Torresen Marine activities.

10:00am – 4:00pm  Torresen Marine will be offering free sailboat rides to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP 231-759-8596 or Due to the restrictive dock access and the nature of sailing, ride participants must be able to board and maneuver about the vessel with minimal help.

11am – 1pm Torresen Marine Customer Cookout & Potluck. RSVP 231-759-8596 or

SOLAR NOON Cannon shoot off by the mark.

Other activities on Muskegon Lake on June 22nd:
Docking at the Dunes Sailboat Flotilla Rendezvous with Lake Effect Boat Time – Meet off the Muskegon State Park Dune Area for some fun with family and friends. Just off the dunes is a drop-off, which means this is a great place for sailors to meet. Sunset Sail – Summer Sailstice Sailing Cruise. Final gathering of the day will be in the outer breakwater arms to enjoy Muskegon’s beautiful sunset.


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Spring Boat Checklist

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Spring is just around the corner which means it is just about time to put your boat back in the water. We have put together a list of a few of the things you will want to look over and check before your boat goes in the water this spring. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it is a good start.

  • Inspect the bottom of your boat. Is it cracking or peeling? If you don’t have it already, consider putting antifouling paint on the bottom and please do not cut corners.
  • Be sure to check the thru hulls. Do they open and shut properly? While you are there check the hoses on the thru hulls. We see many leaking thru hulls when boats are put into the water. Proper maintenance in this area can save you costly repairs later.
  • Check the deck hardware. Make sure they are tight and there are no leaks.

After your boat goes in the water there is one more thing that often gets overlooked. Check over your cradle. Is it ready for next year? If it needs repair, make it part of your summer plan.

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Stuff Sale

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Do you have any boat “stuff” laying around? Have your been saying to yourself  “I really should sell this?” Or maybe you’ve been looking to replace something but it’s either an odd piece that is hard to find or you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. If you can relate to any of these, please come visit the Torresen Marine Ship Store on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for our first annual Stuff Sale!

This is your chance to sell, trade or buy marine equipment, accessories, electronics, tools, books, etc. It is $35 per table to sell your “stuff”. Registrants keep all the proceeds from their sales.

Admission is free to come in to browse or buy another sailors “stuff”. Who knows what you might find?

Contact Karen in our ships store for more details or to rent a table for the day. Hope to see you there!

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2013 Spring Thaw Open House

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

It may be cold right now but spring is right around the corner along with the Torresen Marine Spring Thaw Open House. Join us on Saturday, March 9th, for a day full of fun, educational seminars, manufacturer representatives, new products, refreshments, special pricing and door prizes. Sign up for our Spring Seminar series while you are here. The Torresen Marine service team will be on hand to help plan your spring work.

Seminar schedule:
9:30 a.m. – “Overview of NOAA Science Initiatives & Investment in the Lake Michigan Field Station” by Dennis Donahue of NOAA

11:00 a.m. – “Do It Yourself Blister Repair & Prevention” by Tony Palabrica of Interlux Yacht Finishes

12:30 p.m. – “Using Real-time Buoy Systems for Weather & Water Information in West Michigan” by Scott Kendall of Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute

2:00 p.m. – ” Raymarine New Instruments & MFD’s for 2013″ by Jeff Fink of Raymarine

Featured Specials:
Elite Canvas – 10% off any order placed at the show

Harken – 5% discount on most hardware, 10% discount on most winches & winch products

Interlux Paint – VC17 $5 rebate, rebates on other Interlux products, Buy one get one free on Cetol products and 20% off Awlcare, Awlgrip and Awlwash products.

Raymarine – Free 7″ tablet with purchase of a Raymarine 9″, 12″ or 15″ MFD

Pettit Paint – Rebates on SR21

Quantum Sails – 15% off sail services

Raymarine – Free 7″ tablet with purchase of 9″, 12″ or 15″ MFD

Samson Rope – 10% off all running rigging

Sea-Tech – $100 off Marine Training classes in the Muskegon with sign up during Spring Thaw.

Come on out and take advantage of great sale prices while visiting with your sailing friends after a long winter. We look forward to seeing you!

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Boating Safety Class

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The Muskegon Sail and Power Squadron will be hosting a free boater class beginning Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum. The museum is located at 1346 Bluff, Muskegon, Michigan next to the USS Silversides submarine. Registration will be form 6:40 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Six, two hour, weekly classes will be offered on the topics of required safety equipment, state and federal regulations, navigation aids, tying knots, and how to use GPS equipment. For those interested in taking an exam to earn a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Boating Safety Certificate, there is a $10.00 charge. An optional 243 page course book, with two Cd’s, is available for $35.00. This cost includes the DNR exam fee. Please call Peter Van Hoesen at 231-755-3476 for more information and to register.

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Interactive Line Splicing Demonstration

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

How would you like to splice your own dock line at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show? Torresen Marine will be leading an interactive line splicing demonstration where attendees will learn splicing skills and make their own 20′ dock line for free!Both Torresen Marine and Samsom Rope will be on hand to give splicing directions. Many spools of Samson three-strand line and a splicing table will be in the booth.   

This will be Torresen Marine’s largest Strictly Sail Chicago exhibit to date with a 400 square foot booth. We are happy to have Samson Rope on board with us. Stop in to booth number 444 to share in the fun.

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Boat Show Tips – 2012

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Here are a few tips to make your experience at Strictly Sail Chicago the best one possible. Be sure to go to Strictly Sail’s site to check out all the details. Come visit Brian Torresen, Brian Lackie, John Schumacher and Trevor Smith at booth # 444 and Steve Dake and Larry Larsen at the Hunter display. We hope to see you all there!

1. Tickets & Seminars – Buy one get one free tickets can be purchased from Torresen Marine’s ships store. Email Karen or call 231-759-8596 to take advantage of this great offer. You can also purchase them on-line at full price from Strictly Sail’s website $12 for weekday adult admission and $15 for weekend adult admission. Children 15 years of age and under are admitted at no charge (Must be accompanied by a paying adult). Strictly Sail Yacht Club Pass and Family Pass are available online only.

2. Hotel Accommodations – Strictly Sail is excited to announce their new relationship with The Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, a new cost saving and convenient hotel for the 2012 Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail® Chicago exhibitors and attendees. $99.00 plus tax per night will get you deluxe accommodations, 25% discount in Shula’s Steakhouse, LB Bistro and In-Room Dining, does not include alcohol, tax and gratuity, 50% Discount on valet overnight parking, and complimentary 5PM late check-out upon request (based on availability). Book your rooms early!

3. Choose Your Day Wisely. While Thursday and Friday have lighter crowds and shorter waits for displays, Saturday usually has “bumper to bumper traffic” from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrive at opening time and pick your favorite four or five boats to inspect before the rush and then wait until the middle of the afternoon to check out some of the other popular models.

4. Parking – It is a big help to go on-line and visit Strictly Sail to get directions to the best parking. Save on Parking! Park at Navy Pier during the show for $10.00 to $18.00 depending on time of day. This is a savings of $6.00 to $14.00 off their normal parking prices. Space is limited so come early before the lots fill.

5. Plan Your Day – As with most trips, it is best to have a plan in mind as how to cover the features of the show that have the most interest. Serious boat buyers often come on Thursday or Friday when the crowds are not distracting. The same could be true if you intend to research some new deck hardware or repowering your boat (Torresen Marine specialties). Bring the kids along to view the show and to hang out at the Kids’ Club. Kids’ Club is a hands-on activity center designed just for junior sailors where children can draw “sailboats of the future,” and learn knot tying, while you shop on the show floor. Daily prizes will be awarded for the most unique and innovative drawings. Also check out the seminars and special events that will be taking place during the course of the show. To fill out your day, you may want to go on line to Navy Pier and check out the restaurants and other fun things going on right there.

6. Visit Torresen Marine Inc. at booth # 444 and participate in our interactive line splicing seminar and braid your own dockline! You can also visit us at the Hunter Marine display. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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The Canada’s Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Friday, September 9th, 2011

‘Canada’s Cup 2011′    Canada’s Cup 2011The hotly contested Canada’s Cup match race sailing competition concluded today with Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada, winning by an overall score of five wins and three losses over Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, Michigan. The Canada’s Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club awaiting a future challenge from US sailors.

Teams headed out to the race course knowing the contest would be decided on the last and final day. Team Vincere had a slim one race lead going into the final day with an overall score of three wins and two losses. The first team to win five races would take home the sterling silver trophy created by Tiffany’s.

The boats attacked the course, closely watching each other in anticipation. The first race of the day began in rough seas and good breeze. Both boats were close together at the first mark with Vincere rounding the mark first. Both boats surfed the waves downwind with several gybes each to the mark. Vincere increased their lead slightly, rounding the second mark approximately seven seconds ahead of Heritage. Vincere had a strong upwind leg, increasing their lead to 25 seconds at the third mark. Heritage surged downwind on the final leg, almost catching Vincere at the finish line. Vincere expanded their lead to four wins and two losses, needing just one more win to capture the championship.

Heritage had a strong start in the second race with both boats tacking in heavy seas toward the first mark. Heritage edged Vincere at the first mark by one boat length. Both boats surfed the waves downwind again, with Heritage gaining ground to lead by four boat lengths at the second mark. Heritage protected their lead, covering Vincere in the final legs using classic match racing techniques to win the race by 34 seconds.

After Vincere changed out a damaged jib halyard, the third race began with a clean start. The competitors tacked upwind on mostly opposite tacks, with Vincere taking a slight lead at the first mark. Heritage sailed to left side of the course, with Vincere choosing the right side of the course for the downwind leg. Both boats were still close together at the downwind mark. Vincere had a strong upwind leg, leading by approximately 30 seconds at the third mark, which proved to be too big of a lead for Heritage to make up. Vincere won the final race by 24 seconds to win the Canada’s Cup championship by an overall score of five wins and three losses.

Vincere will take the Canada’s Cup home to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) in Toronto, Canada. In approximately two years, the RCYC will issue a challenge to defend the Cup on their home waters of the northern shores of Lake Ontario.
The final racing results for the series will be posted on the Canada’s Cup website

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