2018 Marinette Rendezvous Invitation

Hello Fellow Marinette Owners and Friends,

It’s that time of the year again for another Rendezvous! It will be held on June 29th-July 1st. This year we will be hosted by Sandusky Yacht Club in Sandusky, Ohio. It is our 20th Anniversary this year! 

In the late Summer of 1998, a group of Marinette owners met at Cedar Point Marina for an informal gathering. I don’t remember how many boats were attendance, perhaps 30 or so.  At the first meeting, Don Kishmarton, George Dufreune, and a few key other people suggested we form a formal organization devoted to preserving the Marinette Aluminum boat heritage, and  the fellowship that the owners felt towards their boats and other owners. The Great Lakes Marinette Club was formed shortly after that meeting. I was at the first meeting, though I don’t remember much of it. I am honored to still be a part of this organization as it celebrates 20 years. 

Please join us for our annual Rendezvous this year and share some stories and pictures of our past…if you can’t make it, please feel free to post your stories or comments in the Comments below.

Craig Purnell

Great Lakes Marinette Club

Printable Flyers Below: 



February 8 Web Update

Hello all you happy folks. First let me take this opportunity to apologize profusely for the lack of web updates. I have been a bit off the grid Marinette wise, but have not lacked for an active winter. With your assistance, I look forward to ramping up in anticipation of the upcoming boating season. AND, by your help, I mean submissions to share with our club members.

Betsy and I have had an exciting off-season thus far. We got to spend some of our winter break from university traveling west to see two of our sons and then a major jump to 2 weeks in Australia. What an exciting and wonderful experience. We traveled with a colleague of Betsy’s who had previously lived in Sydney for 20 years (and that was 25 years ago!). The trip consisted of reuniting with old and new friends and some great sight sightseeing. Over the course of 13 days, Betsy and I were fortunate enough to hike/walk a total of 115 miles.

A highlight of the trip for me was a sail on Sydney harbor on a new friends 44 Formosa ketch. The only words to describe the port of Sydney is WOW! I have never seen a mix of traffic like that in all my boating days. Cruise ships, fishing boats, ferries, day-sailors, kayaks, every type of craft you can imagine, all vying for the same piece of nautical real estate. My time at the helm was magical but not relaxing. Below is a quick picture of the action (Sydney Harbor Bridge).

Save the Date – Rendezvous 2018

I am thrilled to announce that the Marinette Club will be holding it’s 2018 Rendezvous at Sandusky Yacht Club on June 29-July 1, 2018!!

Why SYC? It is probably in the top three nicest Yacht Clubs on Lake Erie. The facilities are spotless and it is two blocks from the newly revitalized downtown Sandusky with restaurants, bars and nightlife. 

They have large banquet rooms and a nice bar overlooking Sandusky Bay. I have visited there many times and the food and hospitality are excellent. There is also a pool and outdoor tiki bar area in the back of the facility. We will have full access to the all of the club’s facilities during our stay. 

We have had a good time at Seaway but some members were not happy with the docking arrangements (ie, the rafting). Leslie Tighe our Rendezvous chairperson and I sought out to come up with a different, better location. We met with SYC and were able to secure the above mentioned date for our event. 

I hope to see you there!

Craig Purnell

President, GLMC





1966 32′ Express

1966 Marinette 32 Express

318 Chrysler single engine. Repainted and refurbished 6 years ago. Inside all re-varnished. New cushions and Vberth mattress . new head with stool /shower combo.. new holding tank, marine A/C that works well. new rear deck. Painted sides and rear to look like wood thus the name Knot Wood. Runs great.

Asking $12000 with trailer.

Rick 618-920-3444

1973 32′ Express Bridge

This exceptionally well kept 1973 Marinette is ready for its new owner.  She is powered by twin Chrysler 225 inboards.  She is an express not a sedan.  Very unique as in there are not many out there.  She has complete canvas and the interior was completely done in 2007.  Interior upgrade included new flooring, new cushions, new fridge/freezer, stain glass above stove, new electric head, and a new heater.  The owner also had the boat bottom painted with top of the line Zyrek bottom paint.  It will not need repainted, check it out at zyrekcoating.com.  The owner is ready to move on and will consider any and all offers.  This boat is turn key, and will make a great family, fishing, day or overnight boat. 

Asking Price is $15,000

Contact Erik Kyle at 419-699-0415


1975 32 Sedan Bridge

1975 Marinette 32′ Sedan Fly Bridge OH 1972 ZT All Aluminum

  • 32 feet long, 12 foot beam, 2 foot draft, full swim platform
  • Twin 318 Chrysler engines with approximate 75 gallon gas tank V berth
  • Head with 20 gallon holding tank
  • A/C using lake water
  • 8 gallon electric hot water tank
  • Full fly bridge cover with isinglass
  • Full Camper cover for sun deck with screen and isinglass

Boat bottom was sandblasted 8 years ago and 3 coats of zinc chromate primer, 3 coats of epoxy barrier coat and bottom painted with different color each year. Bottom paint has been purchased for this year, Sea Hawk copper free.
New aluminum window tracks installed.
Needs some TLC

The starboard engine has been rebuilt and has 0 hours on it, rebuilt with a new reverse rotation cam shaft. It is in the boat and needs fuel line, electric and exhaust hooked up
The boat was in a hail storm and needs paint work. No dents just paint, thick aluminum. The interior could use updated.

Price  $ 6,000.00 or best offer.

Contact Bradley Beck , 740-814-0734  bback5@roadrunner.com

2017 Rendezvous Recap

Marinette Rendezvous Recap

Everyone had a great time at the Rendezvous last weekend. We had 19 boats in attendance and served 45 people for dinner on Saturday. Although the wind blew hard all weekend we still had all normal club activities including the traditional “Tour the Fleet” and breakfast on Sunday. It was rough ride back with solid 4-5 foot waves. I hope you can make it next year!

Attendance by boat type:
Total: 19 boats
41′ – 2
39′ – 1
37′ – 4
32′ – 10
28′ – 1
26′ Bayliner – 1

June 15 Web Update – Almost time to Rendezvous!

Just a few days left to sign up for the 2017 rendezvous at Kelleys Island. You don’t want to miss this event. What better chance to get together and speak M.

Below is today’s where am I. This is an easy one. Send your guesses to captainscott32@gmail.com. You might even win a prize! See you at the rendezvous.

June 6 Rendezvous Reminder Web Update

Hello M Family!

Hopefully a busy May means that you are all in the water and ready for some summer fun. From our family, May was hectic and awesome all at the same time. We had 2 sons graduate from college, closed the sale of our house, ended a long spring semester for Betsy and got the boat wet, WHEW!

Remember the get your rendezvous reservations in by June 15! This is always a great time. While it’s great to see a bunch of M’s together, you don’t even need too bring a boat to join in the fun. See the details from Craig’s previous post for more information.

One of our new members asked me to post this information. If you know the history of his boat, he would love to hear from you.

Hi, it’s Jim Kenney, one of the club’s newest members.

I’m not sure if anyone in Ohio might remember my boat when it was named “Bang”. I recently purchased “Surf Rider” from a gentleman who brought it over to the Windsor Yacht Club in 2009 from Ohio.

She hasn’t travelled much over the past few years and has accumulated approx. 665 hours to date. A couple years back we made some changes to improve handling and seaworthiness.

Modifications were performed by Hyke Metal out of Wheatley Ontario. This was our best choice because of their extensive experience in building aluminum Coast Guard, Fire boats and expedition yachts primarily out of aluminum.

We had the following enhancements performed on Surf Rider.

These include-

¾ inch aluminum keel to reduce roll and sliding off waves.

Forward through hull Zeus bow thruster

Transom mounted below swim platform Zeus Stern Thruster.

Both thrusters are powered by gel batteries managed by a dedicated charging system

We also installed forward sonar while at Hyke’s.

These modifications completely changed the boat’s performance. It handles great.

If any members in Ohio might remember “Bang”, I would appreciate if they could share some History.

Thanks Jim Kenney


EDIT: “Bang” was docked at Venetian Marina in Sandusky, Ohio in the 2000-2005 timeframe. We don’t know where it went when it was sold.