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Slide 1Slide 2Slide 3Slide 4Slide 5Slide 6Slide 7Slide 8Slide 9Slide 10Slide 11Harrison Marine, Inc. (www.harrisonmarine.com)Expertise in :Expertise in :All repairs All repairs Watercraft AppraisingWatercraft AppraisingMarine Investigating Marine Investigating Marine Value SurveyMarine Value SurveyDockage with amenities: Dockage with amenities: water, electricity, water, electricity, restroom/showersrestroom/showersHauling in/out Hauling in/out Winter/Summer StorageWinter/Summer StorageRepossession Services Repossession Services Marine Sales & Brokerage Marine Sales & Brokerage Boat delivery Boat delivery Expert Witness TestimonyExpert Witness TestimonyGreat Facts About the Great Lakes0 200,000 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,200,000MichiganCaliforniaFloridaMinnesotaTexasWisconsinNew YorkOhioIllinoisS. CarolinaDistribution of Registered Boaters in the U.S. in 1998Five out of the Top Ten Five out of the Top Ten rankings of registered rankings of registered boaters in the U.S. are boaters in the U.S. are States from the Great States from the Great Lakes regionLakes regionSource: National Marine Manufacturers Assoc.Presented by: Michigan Boating Industries Assoc.% Registered Boaters in 19980121980 1982 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998Billions $$Estimated Retail Expenditures on Boating in MichiganSource: National Marine Manufacturers AssociationPresented by: Michigan Boating Industries Association•Wet slips or wells, used for docking boats become unusable due to shallow water or need to be used for a smaller boat than what it was designed for•Out of the estimated 425 public & commercial Great Lakes marinas:•Unusable slips lost an average of $12,606 per marina•Wet slips that could not handle the size boats they were designed to accommodate lost and average of $11,874 per marinaImpacts of Low Lake Levels on Wet SlipsSource: National Marine Manufacturers Assoc.Presented by: Michigan Boating Industries Assoc.adverse pressure caused by less volume of water cause sea walls to buckleImpacts of Low Lake Levels on Seawall DamageImpacts of Low Lake Levels and Dredging•Boat Damage•Last year many boaters with hoists, were unable to lower their boats into the water •Congestion is increasing in the center of the lake because the smaller bays are too shallow for useMillions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a long-accepted way of life is at stake:Impacts of Low Lake Levels on the Power BoatersImpacts of Low Lake Levels on the Sailboats•Many boat owners are leaving home ports to move to deeper waters•Adverse effect on Tourism - For example, Detroit area/Lake Erie boats coming down Lake Huron after the Mackinaw races cannot stop for fuel, because the ports are too shallow•Local sailboat races Persistent windPersistent windEconomic Impacts of Low Water on Michigan Great Lakes Marinas in 1999Impacts of Low Water on Michigan Great Lakes Marinas A report for Michigan Boating Industries AssociationNeed to make boaters aware of the current low water situation without discouraging them from boating. Strategies might include:•Media should educate, not sensationalize low water levels, e.g., 2001 Detroit Boat show was down 7.8%•Possible tax credits for marinas, as is given to farmers in crop damage years•More education classes offered in navigation – some of which should be at the point of sale•Easing and streamlining dredging permit process•It is crucial to maintain sufficient water depth in state-run harbors and waterways, to allow access to commercial and public marinas “Wish List” for Great Lakes


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