Refreshing zephyrs glide off freshwater lochs and onto SkipperBud's, an all-purpose marina with 20 family-owned locations peppered throughout the idyllic Midwest. New and used boats bearing high-end brands from Starcraft and Crestliner bob beside the sprawling facilities, where savvy salespeople bring decades of know-how to the 40-year-old company. Engine parts, safety tackle, and watersports equipment are also on hand, as are adept boat mechanics trained to tinker on most boat models, engine types, and jet-ski-hoverboard hybrids. Indoor storage facilities fend off the icy barks of Old Man Winter, and, in the summer, make for easy access to the local lakes via state-maintained launch points. Frothy whitecaps welcome the occasional captain-led cruise, as well as boating classes that cover safety, maintenance, and which mermaids aren't who they say they are.