But does it fly?

Pete Frazier takes his experimental watercraft WALT out for a cruise.

If you should ever happen to glimpse a strangely shaped vehicle tooling down the Marquette bypass, exceeding the speed limit, or should you happen to spot the same craft alligator-crawling alongside the lower harbor breakwater, please don’t call the state police or the Coast Guard—its only Pete Frazier testing WALT.

WALT is a product of Pete’s ingenuity and the shop in the Lake Superior Yacht Yard.

For decades the yard was best known as the home of the legendary 52-foot sailboat Yankee Girl, which traveled far and wide around the Great Lakes. Locally, she served as the school ship for Marquette’s Sea Scouts, Troop 303 BSA. Pete was a member of this troop, and “learned the ropes” aboard the yacht.   

In 1969, he was a member of the crew that raced the second Yankee Girl in the first trans-Superior Yacht Race—and finished last.

In 1997 Pete and his wife, Peggy, returned from Florida with their new boat, the MY Pelican.

Perhaps best recognized nowadays for leading the Fourth of July boat parades, she, too, has had an active career, the most interesting of which was making the “Great Loop.” Pete describes it:

“That is a trip from the Great Lakes down to Florida by way of Chicago, the Illinois River, Mississippi River, Ohio River, the Tom Bigbee Canal, to Alabama, to Florida, through and around Florida, up the….

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