I thought I'd send a mini
article on the third most beautiful lake in the world (Torch
Lake) with my freshly finished Calypsee - the glass-bottom boat
that had the revolutionary epoxy laminating trick with polyester
film, the article
of which appeared here a while back. I've included some pictures.....
paradise is not just for the lucky duckies who cruise to
the Keys or the Bahamas - try Torch Lake in NE lower peninsula
Michigan. Rated by National Geographic Magazine as the third
most beautiful lake in the world, Torch creates the ultimate
romantic color marriage of red ribbon-stripe mahogony set
on aqua water.
(click images to
||I finished "Calypsee"
(electric launch of my own design, with underwater Lexan
windows) this past spring, and have been boating all summer
without tiring yet. On our yearly vacation to Michigan,
we couldn't pass up Labor Day at Torch Lake, where its known
to have over 500 boats hangin' out at the famous torch lake
"Sandbar", a huge area of shallow sandbar the
size of a few football fields that is between knee and waist
|In this aerial
photo, you can see how big the sandbar is by the little
dots that are boats.
||Its so cool to see volleyball
nets set up in the middle of the lake, people tossing horseshoes
at stakes driven into the sand, and little kids and dogs
frolicking in water that's not over their heads - not to
mention pulling pretty boats while feeling the sand under
|Its absolutely dreamlike
to messabout in water of this color.
||Speaking of sand under your
feet, here is a picture of the sand through my new, three-foot
long underwater window that I just cut into the hull.
viewing through this window this summer like the bluegill
|The following collage includes detail
pics of the finished aft sections of "Calypsee"
(named after Jaques Cousteau's good ship the 'Calypso')
with the doors covering the electric motor steering chain
and the removable swim platform I just made. The interior
of the doors are veneered with African Satinwood (naturally
canary yellow wood) and I made glass door pulls for them
More info on Calypsee's construction at:
Hope you get to see this lake someday!
Takiteasy - John Blazy