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mateobosch posted 02-09-2008 10:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for mateobosch   Send Email to mateobosch  
A few friends and I are considering a boating adventure this summer which would take us across Lake Michigan from Holland, MI to Wisconsin. This is still in a rough planning phase but I am figuring roughly 100 miles of open water to the other side.

If anyone has experiences crossing open water I would love to hear your advice and stories.

This trip is open to anyone who wants to join us.
Tentitive plans are for July when the water is nice and warm.

home Aside posted 02-09-2008 12:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Matt,
I might be tempted to participate, depending on my work schedule, the dates, length of the trip in days, and above all the weather.....

I did the North Channel/Gerogian Bay trip in my old Montauk in 2004, 613 miles in 8 days, a lot of it was on the small craft route, we did some open water stretches, I don't remember the longest stretch of open water we did...

Buckda and I did the Isle Royal trip last August with a 56 mile run across the open water of Lake Superior, me in my 1985 Revenge 22 WT, it was amazing my first time ever in a Small boat,turning off the engine, drifting out there, alone on my boat, doing a 360 and not being able to see land....

In my opinion, the keys to trips like this are,pre-planning, be prepared with all the proper gear, proper navigation equipment, Who you are with, and above all Weather.

Years ago I was making the ferry crossing from Beaver Island to Charlevoix, Mi It was rocking and rolling, to the point where cargo was breaking loose on the lower ferry deck, about half way across I saw a sizeable sailboat, floundering, the main sail had broke loose and was flying like a flag from the top of the mast, people were running around on deck, and it was rough enough that I kept loosing sight of the sailboat in the troughs....I wouldn't want to be out in my Revenge in something like that if I didn't have to, hell I really didn't want to be on the ferry at that time....

Pat

mateobosch posted 02-09-2008 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
Pat,

Thanks for your post. Buckda has also expressed interest in this lake crossing trip, maybe the two of you can join us. The plan is to pick a few possible weekends and make a call the day before as to what day the wheather looks the most promising. From there we will just go. We might stay overnight or just come back the same day.

I have always wanted to cross open water like that. When you describe the 360 view without land that is exactly what I am looking for!

I'm sure we will have a lot to talk about at the boat show. See you then.

Matt

Diver Dan posted 02-11-2008 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Diver Dan  Send Email to Diver Dan     
Would also be interested in joining such a group. Have a 1993 Montauk which has been customized to do the Great Loop. Still looking for at least one other boater to do the loop. Anticipating a minimum of 75 days to a max of 100.
mateobosch posted 02-11-2008 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
Diver Dan,

We would love for you to join us on this trip. I feel that the Montauk is a perfectly capable vessle to attempt such a trip. I have a 1978 Montauk 17 and I love it.

As for the great loop trip, I would like to do that as soon as I finish school and save up enough money.

jeffs22outrage posted 02-11-2008 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
My father and I are planning to finally make the run in the Guardian from Frankfort Mi across to Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. I know when we talked about it with Buckda he seemed interested in doing it as well. Unfortunatly it just never happened last year. Hopefully this year we can make it happen.
Buckda posted 02-11-2008 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'm interested in this type of trip...I've seen Lake Michigna so nice in the summer that you could run across the lake on flat glass - that ought to be illegal!

Anyway - I'll stay tuned for this type of trip - expecting sometime in July or August?

Dave

AtoZ posted 02-12-2008 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Sounds good to me and my Montauk. If the weather turns bad over there, I can always have someone drive over with the trailer.

Terry

mateobosch posted 02-16-2008 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
The current plan is to visit the small port town of Racine, Wisconsin. This is a straight shot across the lake from Holland and it looks to be an interesting little town to spend the day in. We could grab a bite to eat and visit the local attractions for a few hours before the trip home.

Since it is typically calm in the mornings, we are thinking we will begin the trip early morning on a Saturday and make the return trip back that same afternoon. In case of bad weather we could return on Sunday if we had to.

We are also negotiating an ariel photograph of the excursion so get your Whalers looking good!

prj posted 02-16-2008 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
At 80 miles to Racine versus 86 to Milwaukee from Holland, MI, I might suggest you take it to Milwaukee.

I don't know this for a fact, as I don't really get to Racine, but Milwaukee has quite a few amenities on the water, ranging from coffee shops to a public market to brew pubs and art museums. This includes a new national park with a boater's slips and beaching area for boats, all within the harbor. Matter of fact, this park is so new that its not accurately reflected on google maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=43.030439,-87.899981&spn=0. 021991,0.035191&t=h&z=15

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