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The Newest Trend In Fishing Boats For The Finger Lakes


You have seen paddle boats in ponds and lakes.  They  usually consist of 2 seats, you get in and with leg power pedal around in circles enjoying the view and obtaining a little exercise at the same time.  Well the newest trend in fishing boats uses pedal power, looks like a kayak and the best part – it uses no gas !

I have thought about learning to kayak for a long time.  I have so many friends that paddle around the lake and it is a great relaxing form of exercise.  With Keuka Lake just outside my back door, I really should make this a priority.  Now with this pedal drive system, it makes owning a kayak a little more enticing. I could use it for a form of relaxation and exercise and Kirk can use it for fishing.

You would be limited to the amount of equipment to take with you, but you would never have to worry about the gas can.  I really like that part of the equation, especially with the price of gas.  This would be easily transported from one lake to another, or to take with you to another state when going on vacation, it can be used for more than just fishing, it takes no gasoline, you can quietly sneak up on the fish and it adds a healthy element to your lifestyle.


I have attached a neat video from Native Watercraft that makes this new trend in fishing boats –

This would be a great addition to your Lakefront Home .  For owners that have their homes in vacation rental programs, what a great asset this would be for potential renters.


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Call me if you are interested in purchasing a lakefront property on Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake or Seneca Lake.  The Lakes are calling you -so be ready !

To view Keuka Lake properties call me at 315-719-8377


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The Top 2 Blogs On “The Chair On The Lake”



When I began taking an in-depth look at my site to determine what blogs people were looking at most, I found myself utterly surprised.

The most read blog on my site was one I put together about.  Around the lakes you can find many old boat house that are just not suitable today for the much larger boats, and you can find actual little buildings that were constructed outside of the main fishing camp, little bunk houses.  There were many more of these tiny little buildings, but most have been torn down.  The folks with a little creativity, usually forced upon them by the size of their lot, have restored these detached little outbuildings into adorable little sleeping berths.  Of course I was always amazed at many of them.  It is quite unexpected to open the door of a little clapboard building to find a very well thought-out and decorative space.

The became the number one blog on my site and has remained so.

The next most popular blog is the one I just posted recently about the house.  Every day I find the numbers going up very quickly, so much that it may finally displace the Bunk House blog . Of course this blog feels very close to me.  It was actually my broker’s dad that owned and moved the house across the lake, and it is Keuka Lake that I was talking about, my favorite of the lakes in the Finger Lakes.

Selling real estate in the Finger Lakes, connects you to so many other components that folks find just as important as purchasing their lakefront home.  These little parts along with the purchase of the home create the lifestyle they so desire and imagine.  I want to continue to captivate my audience which consists of lakefront home buyers and sellers on Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake as well as the folks that just enjoy seeing stories that remind them of their past, when they previously lived in the Finger Lakes.

Being your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living is very important to me, so I will continue to provide you interesting information about the real estate in the area, so that you will feel comfortable about using me as your real estate agent, and to provide you with information that will make your experience much more enjoyable.

I love all of the feedback I receive and I will be watching those top 2 positions. Remember, I am here for all of your real estate needs even if it is just a conversation about the “maybe”.

CALL ME !  315-719-8377

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Campfires at the Lake – The Swedish Log Candle !


One of the most requested items on a checklist for vacation rentals on the Finger Lakes, is a campfire area.  After a long day on the water, with cooler temperatures creeping in for the night, families love to sit around a fire by the lake to just sit and chat, with conversations covering the days activities, to favorite stories from vacations gone by.  It is a bonding place.  It is where memories are created and ingrained.  It is a place for laughter and for those cool nights a place to gather a little extra warmth before calling it a day. 

So when we think of campfires we think of a stack of wood burning in the middle of the pit.  Some things have changed and some owners now have gas flamed fire pits.  They are a little more formal, much less work and cleaner.

Most vacationers still feel better with a home-made fire pit.  I came across this option on the internet and wanted to share it with you.  It is called a Swedish Log Candle.  It is definitely a conversation starter.  You can find instructions at a site that  I would say is dedicated to those that like the great outdoors.

You only need one log to get started, but you will need a chainsaw.  Take a look at the finished product.





Let me know what you think and if you have tried one of these fires.  I would love to hear from you.






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Flood Insurance – Who Needs It ?



 Well if you are in the 100 year flood plain area and you plan to mortgage your lakefront, you will have to have flood insurance in order to get your mortgage.  If it is questionable, then an elevation survey will have to be ordered and paid for to determine if the property sits high enough to bypass the mandatory purchase of flood insurance. 

Believe it or not, Congress approves the bill on an almost annual basis  to determine the appropriations for  NFIP – National Flood Insurance Program.  There has been instances in the past where bills have been held up when attached to other items.  When this occurs mortgages requiring flood insurance are put on hold.  Normally Congress approves the bill in one year increments.  However, the National Association of Realtors  is attempting to have the approvals done in five-year increments.

If you pay cash for your lakefront property, flood insurance is optional, but is always a good choice to have.  Since Hurricane Agnes in 1972, there have not been any major flooding events in th Finger Lakes.  There have been a couple of minor flooding issues as you can see in the picture above.  Last Spring, lake levels became very high when the ground would not accept the constant rainfall.  This did cause some washouts as well as some dock damage.  The flooded dock above is located on South Lake Rd, Middlesex NY on Canandaigua Lake Spring of 2011


It still is about the lake, so find the right property, get your flood insurance and enjoy with family and friends.  If you are lucky enough to be on the lake, you are lucky enough !


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