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Teak Oil posted 03-23-2006 09:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Teak Oil   Send Email to Teak Oil  
How are you progressing? I think a nice little get together in Holland to test out those E-Tecs would be a good way to get the spring started. Think she'll be ready by the 3rd week of April, weather permitting?
Buckda posted 03-27-2006 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Bob -

Was holding off on answering until after seeing what kind of progress I would make over the weekend.

It's looking good for an April 15th or 22th season opener for me. I hope to have the boat in Detroit for the installation inspection on the 8th.

Next saturday is going to be a busy day to get it all ready.

Dave

Royboy posted 03-27-2006 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
You know, Dave, they have water over here by Detroit, or so I'm told. I think it's either over by the River, or out by Lake St. Clair. I'd be willing to help you look for it while your over this way! Just the kind of guy I am.

Roy

Teak Oil posted 03-28-2006 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Thats cool, I forgot Easter is the 16th. A Sunday would be better for me since I work a lot of Saturdays until 11am.

We'll see how the weather and your progress goes and make a decision

Buckda posted 04-18-2006 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Well?

I'm ready....

Dave

Teak Oil posted 04-18-2006 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Have to check the wife's always changing work schedule. I will post back tonight
Royboy posted 04-18-2006 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
C'mon man, I'm ready!!!!

Roy

Teak Oil posted 04-19-2006 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
How does it look for you guys on the weekend of the 29th and 30th?

I have to work Saturday until about 11am, but could meet somewhere in the p.m. and maybe spend a night.

Royboy posted 04-19-2006 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
So far so good. I'm all ears.

Roy

Buckda posted 04-19-2006 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
S'good...

We have a when...now we need a "where."

We also need a cooperative WX forecast.

Port Huron?

Grand Haven?

Trying to think of areas that give protected water options should the weather turn south.

Dave

Royboy posted 04-19-2006 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Well, the St Clair River is certainly protected, unless the wind happens to be blowing straight North or South, which is faily rare in those parts. I'm not familiar at all with Grand Haven, but I do know where it is. My BlueCharts stop at about Beaver Island (from Lake Huron)in Lake Michigan. Saginaw has a Bay, or so I'm told. I think it gets quite rough whenever there's a "N" or a "E" in the wind direction. I went below to stow some rods once, and got trapped in my brother's cuddy when we were trying to outrun a storm. Waves got huge in a hurry! How far is the Saginaw river navigable? Not too scenic though as I recall.

Roy

Buckda posted 04-19-2006 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Roy -
Grand Haven offers the Grand River that connects you to Spring Lake..which is a pleasant cruise up to Fruitport, MI with some very nice homes, etc.

I'd like to see Saginaw Bay sometime...but I also have not heard a lot of positive comments about the scenery there...and it is shallow, so it cna get choppy in a hurry just like Erie.

Perhaps Port Huron, with a run down to Algonac or even down to Detroit (how far is that?)...quite an upcurrent run though on the return.

Holland offers Lake Macatawa. Muskegon also has a good sized lake.

By the way...you're going to have to re-evaluate some of your river exploration with the bigger Whaler....the draft will be much greater in that 17 than the 130.

Let's keep all of this in mind. As we learn the WX, we can make a call. If it's a strong NE or E Wind, then the Lake Michigan side won't be much fun at all.

Dave

Royboy posted 04-20-2006 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Saginaw Bay itself is quite nice, although because of its lack of depth (average 15 feet) it can get whipped into a frenzy quite easily. It was the river that I didn't think was very scenic. The Bay is lovely, and fairly teems with walleyes a little later in the season.

Running from Port Huron to Detroit is a long haul, probably 60 miles one-way, although most of it can be done at planing speeds. Port Huron to Algonac or even to Anchor bay and back would be a good day's worth. Exploring the St. Clair Flats should be on your Must-do list as well. Very pretty out there on the channels.

Of course, I may be basing my travel times on my 130. I forget sometimes that the Great Lakes just got a bit smaller. The current doesn't radically affect your travel time, however.

Roy

Buckda posted 04-20-2006 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I've just secured a 1/2 day on Friday, April 28...so wherever we end up, I'll be there on Friday night for a full-day of boating on Saturday and a 1/2 day on Sunday morning.

Let's finalize some plans by tomorrow so others can attend if they want to.

Dave

Teak Oil posted 04-20-2006 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I have been running Saginaw Bay my whole life so I would be happy to give anyone a full tour, though this may be a little early in the year for it. You never want to be on the Bay when the wind is out of the NE, I have seen 10' waves a time or two. Otherwise its not too bad. There is Caseville, Sebewaing, Au Gres, the Charity Islands, Bay City, etc.

Saturday I was WAY up river in the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge and there is a maze of rivers in there I have just begun to explore, though its not for the faint of heart with a lot of stumps and shallows.

Since I have to work Saturday morning I would like to be somewhere close enough to be able to be on the water by say, 1-2pm. I get out of work about 11a.m.

Buckda posted 04-20-2006 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Bob -
How far is Port Huron for you?
Teak Oil posted 04-20-2006 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Torch Lake and the Torch River was another place I would like to see, it would be pushing it for me to get there at a decent time though.

I am not against Port Huron, I have never been there because it never struck me as a place with a lot to do. As I said though I have never been there and really dont know what I am talking about lol

Buckda posted 04-20-2006 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Torch Lake sounds good to me.

I can probably get us reservations at the Marina up there. This time of year, there shouldn't be any problems with space.

What do you think? Are you ready to do some boating if it's only 55 degrees out, as it might be up there this time of year?

Dave

Teak Oil posted 04-20-2006 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Its pretty sheltered. Cold doesnt bother me, but rain does. As long as things are dry it should be fine
Royboy posted 04-20-2006 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Well, I'll cast a selfish vote: Port Huron should only be about a two hour drive from Saginaw. I-75 South to I-69 East. Go until you see a gigantic Blue Bridge. There's lots to see on the river. Great Lakes Frieghters, nice homes, etc. Down towards Algonac it gets quite scenic as you are heading for the St. Clair Flats, where there are a myriad of small channels and a couple of big navigable ones that take you out into Lake St. Clair. It's top notch boating. It's a big 'ole haul for David, however.

Roy

Teak Oil posted 04-21-2006 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I've bee over the Blue Water Bridge, I think its about an hour and a half at 70mph.

Port Huron is fine, I just always imagined the St Clair River as packed wall to wall with boats, thats probably why I have never ventured down there

Buckda posted 04-21-2006 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hmmm.

With fuel already over $3/gallon here, and with the 11-12 MPG figures my truck returns when towing the Whaler, I'm thinking about saving the big trip like Torch Lake or further north or East for later this summer.

...which puts me back at Grand Haven.

It's about equal distance to those of us from Chicago as it is for those of us from the Detroit Metro area.

Teak Oil posted 04-21-2006 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
How about Muskegon? I have never boated there.
Buckda posted 04-24-2006 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Muskegon seems nice too. I've been in that lake (coming up from Grand Haven) but didn't really loiter around long enough to explore for marinas, etc.

Given the recent rise in fuel prices, I suggest we stick to the Grand Haven/Muskegon/Holland ideas. That makes about 200 miles for you guys, and 200 miles for me.

Thoughts?

I can call and get us slip space at the Grand Haven marina...

Dave

Teak Oil posted 04-24-2006 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Crap guys, I am sorry but I cant make it this weekend. I have some family coming up from Pennsylvania and need to be there Saturday afternoon.

Sorry about that

Royboy posted 04-24-2006 09:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Not shaping up well fo me either. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to splash the boat in one of the local lakes, but I'm not even counting on that at this point. It's early yet; lots of weekends coming. Lets keep an eye on the weather, and pull something together soon, but not this weekend.

Roy

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