The Hammond Marina oﬀers plenty of entertainment for when they feel like staying closer to home, including the famed Horseshoe Casino, a 350,000-square-foot gaming vessel parked lakeside. Laying claim to the largest poker room in the Midwest, Horseshoe attracts scores of visitors from the Windy City and beyond. Many of them travel by boat and stay overnight in the marina’s adjacent guest slips.
The Hammond Port Authority hosts events throughout the year, including a summer kick-oﬀ party in June, concerts, and a Venetian Night celebration in July. Chuck and Kelly appreciate the sense of community they get from their fellow boaters, as well as those boaters’ canine crew members.
“Lots of people in the marina have dogs,” Chuck says. “I keep treats on the boat to hand out. It’s a friendly scene. With dogs, you can pretty much count on getting unconditional love.”
As one of the first center console models in a marina filled with cabin cruisers, the 250 Outrage has drawn its fair share of attention. “It gets people talking,” Chuck explains. “People realize what a perfect dayboat it is. They see how easily we can just get in and go.”
Though Chuck and Kelly have had the Outrage for a few years now, it’s never given them a lick of trouble. “I would recommend that boat to anybody,” Chuck says. “It’s solid as a rock. Ten years from now it will still be going strong.”
He also appreciates that the Whaler is classy without being ﬂashy — a timeless aesthetic rather than a passing fad. “One of the nice things about the brand, it’s not one of those ‘trendy’ manufacturers doing some crazy new style every year,” he says. “Those things look like spaceships. Whaler is more like Harley-Davidson or Porsche; it’s a high-end brand that endures forever.”
“People look at our boat, they love it,” Kelly concurs. “They point at it and wave. Everybody loves a Boston Whaler.” In that way, a Whaler is a lot like a dog wearing goggles: guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.