Because boaters are different.
Because we want to have fun.
Because we live in this beautiful community, near the bluest, freshest water on the planet.
Because we discovered, perhaps when very young, that water supports flotation. Maybe it was just a toy boat in the bath. Later, it was a hand-made raft on a pond. Then, a fishing boat on the river, and soon a sail boat on the lake.
Some of us had to go faster, so we turned to power boats….
And, sometimes nature was cruel. Storms, wind, ice would cause us harm or injury, and we would need help. Our fellow boaters, our comrades on the water, would lend a hand, throw a line, give a tow.
Sometimes, conditions were so harsh, we could only laugh in defense. We seem crazy to landlubbers who notice us – nautically disturbed, perhaps.
It’s this camaraderie among boaters that we cherish, that we want to protect, to perpetuate.
It all started when Gerry Kramer and Mark Walker happened to be in Annapolis, one of the top boating communities in the world. They were there to look at an antique wooden boat for sale, and when it turned out to be… well, disappointing, they found themselves in a little side-street bar. Neither of them remembers how many beers it took, but one of them (Gerry says it was Mark) hit upon the idea of being nautically disturbed.
And from there, Gerry (aka ‘Bulldog with an Idea’) persisted in perpetuating the concept. Now, we don’t know how many ND’s are in the fold. Are YOU nautically disturbed?
And, because of our love for this community, we always stand ready to give back.
When you buy something on this web site, or make a donation (“Donate” button below), it goes to the ND Trust Fund to keep this effort moving, and a portion to the Maritime Fund, a donor-directed account administered by the Community Foundation of Saint Clair County.
As part of our charitable endeavors, ask us about Tuggy, or the “Touch a Freighter” Pilot Boat Rides. (The flyer is on the Nautical News page.)
Established in 2004, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s Maritime Fund provides support and leveraging opportunities to programs, projects, and organizations that seek to:
- Protect, preserve and enhance the waterways of St. Clair County
- Enhance efforts at making the county a maritime destination
- Promote boating to new and diverse populations
- Provide young people the opportunity to pursue learning and education related to maritime studies