About The Boat

The Jo-Ann M was built in 1980 and was the last commercial fishing vessel built by Paasch Marine Services (200th hull). The boat was named after the matriarch of the Munch family and is well-known in the Erie area. Following the Munch Family, the boat was owned by Captain Ron Zielinski. In October 2016, through the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, we purchased the boat and started repurposing efforts. With the help of our generous volunteers and donors, we now have a beautiful, passenger vessel that is ready to share the waters of Lake Erie with guests and their families.

Inside the boat, there are beautiful benches and over-sized deck chairs that are placed in front of gangway doors. The deck chairs are removable in order to welcome guests who use wheelchairs. The entire boat is covered, as well, to protect our guests from the elements. Fishing gear and bait are also provided for the trip along with U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejackets.

Interesting facts about the boat

  • The Jo-Ann M is a 53’ by 18’ steel-hulled vessel powered by a 8-71 series Detroit Diesel engine.
  • The boat is a very steady vessel that weighs nearly 60,000 lbs!
  • The Jo-Ann M is equipped with electronics that include 2 ICOM VHF Marine Radios, Uniden cb/pa system, Furuno Fish Finder, Furuno GPS, Furuno Radar, compass, EPIRB, inflatable 50-person life raft, and toilet facilities.
The JoAnn M after renovations.

Crew Bios

Rev. Capt. Robert H. Wilson, Executive Director
Rob Wilson is the pastor at Zion United Methodist Church and has a love for ministry and the water. Rob grew up in Girard, PA, surrounded by family who were connected to the commercial fishing industry, including his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father. Rob graduated from The University of Mount Union in 1992 with a psychology degree before attending Methodist Theological School in Ohio for seminary.

Capt. Daniel H. Wilson, Operations Director
Dan Wilson is a retired commercial fisherman who has a wealth of knowledge of the water, fishing vessels, and, of course, fishing. Following his work in the commercial fishing industry, he started the research division for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission and captained the R/V Perca for many years. He has been a huge factor in guiding the repurposing efforts of The Jo-Ann M. Beyond boats and fishing, he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife, Pam, and their dog, Toby.

Capt. Mark Haffley

Mark Haffley is a research biologist and Port Captain with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Mark was born and raised in Erie and has worked on Lake Erie since 1999.  He has grown up fishing and will bring a vast knowledge of both fishing and local information for everyone to enjoy.  Mark has extensive experience with successful fishing charters in Erie and now looks forward to being involved with ATLM.