Although Doug was aware of and interested in ice boating for many years, he didn't become actively involved
until about 10 years ago when a couple sailors from Traverse City trusted him to take their boats for a ride
on Elk Lake, one of which was Mr. Henry Schantz. Then Mr. Jack Jacobs helped him get started with one of
his ice boat designs - J20. Sailing mostly on Elk Lake prior to moving to the Kalamazoo area in 2003, he
divides his sailing between Gull Lake and Elk Lake depending on ice conditions. Doug has been the
Secretary for the Gull Lake Ice Yacht Club for the past few years. An Arrow was acquired from a fellow Club
member so the ice sailing experience can be shared with others.