Vessel and Captain
The current vessel (Bumboat VII) is a Sabre 48 down east motor vessel. Bumboat VII was built by Sabre in Raymond, Maine and commissioned in 2013 by Riverfront Yachts (Cleveland). The low center of gravity, displacement, and hull design contribute to the vessel's incredible seaworthiness. The captain, a life long sailor, desired a power vessel which could take the crap the Great Lakes can deliver.
Two Cummins QSC 8.3 liter 550 HP common rail diesel engines deliver power to Zeus pod drives, each with twin 22 inch counter rotating props. This power plant allows the Bumboat to cruise at a sustained 28 knots with a top speed exceeding 32 knots. A 525 gallon fuel tank provides a 325 nautical mile range at cruising speed.
The Bumboat is known to carry plenty of crew and provisions. She can sleep 6 comfortably and up to 10 adults (our record to date) with minor inconveniences. On board fresh water, waste tankage, generator power, and excellent ground tackle facilitates remote anchorages in the upper Great Lakes.
The Bumboat Captain has been operating his own vessel since 1979. He has continuously owned a series of sail and power vessels. "Maybe Later" was the first boat, purchased immediately after college graduation. It was a 19' O'Day Mariner which provided many adventures including trans-Lake Erie voyages. About every 5 years the captain would become bored with his current vessel and seek out another....
After wandering about the Great Lakes for years under sail, the Captain decided to try out a power vessel. The ability to cover vast distances in shorter periods of time was intriguing. The added bonus of extra time to enjoy ports of call, hiking, biking, and kayaking was a game changer. However, after four years of satisfying power cruising.... the inner sailor prevailed and another wind powered vessel was acquired. Now depending on conditions or mood, the Captain can sail or motor.
In 2000 the Captain obtained his US Coast Guard 100 ton Master License, which will be very handy if the Captain wishes to seek alternative employment as a ferry or tug captain.... While the vast majority of the Captain's experience is on the five Great Lakes, he has cruised the east coast and Florida. The Captain hopes you enjoy your experience aboard.