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Marinette Club: Important Updates

To the members of the Great Lakes Marinette Club and friends in the Marinette boating community:

It is time for a change in the leadership of the Great Lakes Marinette Club. The current President, Craig Purnell, has been involved in the GLMC since 2010. He has handled the website, assisted at the Rendezvous and led the club as President since 2016. Nancy Plosker, current Treasurer and Membership Chair, has held her post since 2008. Both of these individuals have served the club faithfully and worked hard for a very long time. They both desire to step down from their current positions – Craig for sure, and Nancy possibly.

We need your help! The time commitment is not as bad as you might think. The club only holds one function a year, so the time leading up to the Rendezvous is usually busier. Off boating season is minimal. Anyone who has a desire to get involved and help run the club should please email or call Craig at 216-702-6977 or Nancy at 216-789-8997. If you have questions about the specific responsibilities or time commitments, we are happy to discuss and answer them for you.

In the event we are unable to find anyone to help out as a new president the Club, it may be forced to cease operations. If the Club continues, but no one is ENTHUSIASTIC to take over Membership/Treasurer (which really should be one person not two), Nancy has indicated that she is willing to continue in that position – at least through the end of 2022. We hope to hear from some of you within the next month or two about at the presidential position (as Craig will definitely step down right after the Rendezvous this year, and we thank you in advance for your consideration of the matter).

Rendezvous Update

This year the Rendezvous will be held at Huron Boat Basin on July 22-24. We have held it at Sandusky Yacht Club for the past three years, but unfortunately SYC is full to capacity and can no longer accommodate us. It’s been a while since we have been at Huron, and it’s going to be a lot of fun because it’s Christmas in July at HBB.  Mark your calendar and more updates to follow.

We hope you are well, staying safe, and we wish you best regards,

Craig Purnell , President
Nancy Plosker, Treasurer/Membership Chair
Leslie Tighe, Rendezvous Chair
Great Lakes Marinette Club


Ahoy everyone! Lets get together to catch up and renew our friendships. The details are below; we hope you will be able to join us, it has been too long!

Where: Sandusky Yacht Club

When:  Saturday, September 11, 2021

            529 E.Water St.

            Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm    (order lunch 1:00)

Agenda: Join us for lunch and camaraderie at the beautiful Sandusky Yacht Club.

Lunch includes: We will order off their lunch menu.

SYC Lunch Menu

  • 1 beer or wine beverage on GLMC
  • Cash bar for all other beverages

Raffle: Buy a chance to win a $100.00 Gift card to West Marine.

RSVP by September 6TH to Leslie Tighe by email (preferred)  or phone 216-521-6033 and leave a message.

Be sure to include your name, contact number, and number attending.

**SYC has a few transient slips, but not a guarantee. These arrangements would have to be made on your own.

Interesting site documenting a Marinette Restoration

Here’s an interesting site I stumbled across recently that documents a 1978 Marinette Restoration:

Looks like he put a lot of time into the boat. I’ll look more at his techniques later and maybe update this.

Anyway, the boat is for sale if anyone is interested. Looks like it still needs some work though.


Craig Purnell

President, GLMC

Final Voyage: Don Kishmarton

Don Kishmarton, a longtime Marinette owner, and Founder of the Great Lakes Marinette Club , recently passed away. A Memorial Service for him will take place at St. Basils Church 8700 Brecksville Rd. Brecksville OH 44142 on Monday November 19th, 2018 at 10am. A Reception will follow at the Family Life Center on St. Basils Campus.

Don was an avid boater and authority on Marinette boats. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

1985 32′ Sedan Bridge

Location: Chagrin River, Eastlake OH

1985 Sedan FB. It is has a pocket door in the front for the v-berth which I thought was started with the 1986 year of the 32 sedans. Twin 360 Chryslers V8’s that run great. Very roomy and economical to run.
Here is a list of updates that have been done in the last 4 years:

    • New belts
    • New alternators, one wire, 70 amp Arcos
    • Professionally rebuilt starters
    • New carpet
    • New 1500 watt built in heater
    • Rewired overhead control panel at lower station
    • 4 New batteries
  • New battery switches
  • New Mastervolt battery charger
  • New windlass with 300’ rode and 30# plow anchor
  • New bimini
  • 3 New bridge seats
  • 2 New deck chairs
  • Replaced Saloon couch
  • Rebuilt King marine autopilot, Lower station
  • Fresh curtains
  • New Garmin Color GPS-Plotter-fishfinder and transducer at upper station
  • New Garmin Color Fishfinder and transducer at lower station
  • 2 New ship to shore radios
  • New cap, rotor, and wires on both Chrysler 360
  • 885 Hours on motors
  • Fresh bottom paint
  • New captains chair at lower station
  • 4 New 5/8” 30’ dock lines
  • New zinc anodes last year
  • New Charles 30amp isolation transformer with front and back 30 amp double pole breakers (Super safe)
  • New 110Vac mini-fridge. Have a new AC/DC mini-fridge but not installed.
  • New fresh water pump
  • Professionally rebuilt carbs
  • Fresh filter and oil change
  • New K&N chrome marine arrestor/air cleaners
  • 16000 btu marine air
  • 2 New 2000 gph bildgepumps
  • New port and starboard running light fixtures with LED LIghts
  • A external Lights replaced with LED’s
  • New stern light fixture
  • 2 x 3 dockbox on flybridge
  • Professionally rebuilt distributors with new springs 2 New ignition modules
  • 2 New remote oil filter kits, not installed yet
  • New on demand water heater, not installed yet
  • 2 New fiber fuel filters, not installed yet
  • 2 new blowers
  • 2 new fuel sending units
  • New macerating head and inlet filter
  • Fresh Eco Bottom Paint
  • Aluminum water tank
  • Plastic holding tank for the head

Price: $18,000

Christopher Carney

March 19, 2017 Web Update

Thanks to members Tom and Melinda Zmina for the great shot of their 1988 28′ Express. Looks like they are having fun, Marinette style. 

Makes me think that boating is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I am in countdown mode. Look to the site and for an email regarding the 2017 rendezvous to be sent out soon. If you know of any M owners that are not club members, please send me some contact information and I will get in touch with them. No sales pressure here, I think the club sells itself!

Safe travels and good luck with spring prep…Scott

Labor Day Blues?

Hello All!

Is it possible that it is Labor Day 2016 already? I sincerely Hope that the holiday finds you in good health and good spirits. As your new web administrator, this is my first post. I guess we have been a bit busy enjoying the weather, water and most importantly, our Marinette.

My goal, with Craig’s guidance, is to make this site a resource for all things Marinette. I, or more correctly, we collectively aspire to help you with your boat  projects, your ideas, your frustrations and your triumphs. We are all here for the same reason, we are dedicated Marinette “metalheads”.

In the coming weeks, I hope to contact you via email for your input and request submission materials. I will be receiving some pamphlet scans from Ray Konko that I will be posting for your retro reading enjoyment,. Additionally, I will be adding resource materials to help you better enjoy your time on the water.

Remember, when you see another happy Marinette owner or enthusiast, direct them to this site and our club. Will post soon!

Scott Ross

“Thanks Dad”

32 Marinette Fisherman