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Jeff posted 05-11-2009 10:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jeff   Send Email to Jeff  

I am planning to do my usual Grand Haven memorial weekend season opener. I will be heading to Grand Haven Thursday the 21st and will be there through Wednesday the 27th. It looks like most of my boating being done over Saturday and Sunday. I have spoken to Jim Dunlap (JDJET) and he will most likely be hauling his 21 Revenge out from Maryland to join for the weekend, Buckda has said he could be in as well. Is there anyone else interested? Pete, Pat, Jim? Just thought I would put the posting there to let everyone know what the plan was. Hope others will join.

For those interested in joining and staying aboard look into Barrett Boat Works. Great facility for dockage, clean washrooms and a deep ramp for launching.

Also, there is a nice Holiday Inn right across the street if Mother Nature turns the thermostat way down.


bruser posted 05-11-2009 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for bruser  Send Email to bruser     
That sounds like a great idea, I don't think the boat will be splashed by that weekend....
I may drive by as I live in Zeeland....
Buckda posted 05-11-2009 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I will be there on Saturday or on Sunday, but it is unlikely that I will stay the weekend.

K Albus posted 05-12-2009 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
I have tentative plans to go salmon fishing out of Grand Haven this Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The early forecast for this weekend, however, looks like it will be a blow-out. If my plans fall through for this weekend, there's a good chance I'll be there to fish on May 23 and May 24.
K Albus posted 05-18-2009 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Well, my fishing plans for May 16 and 17 fell through. That trip has now been rescheduled for May 30 and 31.

I may still be interested in coming to Grand Haven on May 23 or 24. Is there any plan for either day, or is it just a casual/impromptu kind thing?

Buckda posted 05-18-2009 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Kevin -

I'm "Planning" to launch around 8:30 AM. I'll have my rods and downriggers with me, but will be playing everything by ear.


Jeff posted 05-19-2009 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Well the Newport just needs some fresh lower unit lube and it is good to go. I just finished a rewire job this evening after my trim switch and VHF died on me. I will be heading over Friday morning and will be in town until Tuesday now. What day are you planning to head out Dave? It does not matter to me, I just need to get some open water time in to help set my world back on it's axis. 8 months is to long to be off the water.

Advanced forecast is:
Saturday Highs in the upper 60's and calm winds.
Sunday Highs in the low - mid 70's with light winds.

What channel are you going to monitor? I am usually on 68 or 70.

PeteB88 posted 05-19-2009 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
We'll be here and very interested. We have not yet launched our new OR17 and I am planning to get her ready for the weekend and first voyage. We live three blocks from Spring Lake boat launch in Fruitport- where do you put in? Tom G is around and will probably be on the company Tiara part of the weekend. We might be having fam, inlaws and outlaws here Sunday. Keep me posted.

I still haven't chosen electronics for the OR - it has a sounder on board and a funky old Furuno finder. Call if you need to.

AtoZ posted 05-19-2009 01:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Donna and I may be there Saturday. Our original plan was to go to St. Joe
Buckda posted 05-19-2009 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I plan to be there on Saturday. Will monitor 68. I'll launch at Grand Haven City ramp (Harbor Island?).

wjsherid posted 05-20-2009 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for wjsherid  Send Email to wjsherid     
If anyone makes it up to Muskegon, let me know....the Bear Lake Tavern is under new ownership and I'm told still serves the best burgers and ice cold beers. My folks have a boat in Bear Lake Channel that we'll be on all weekend called Victory.

Bill 773.842.7112

Jeff posted 05-21-2009 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Well it looks like I will be launching out of Grand Haven / Harbor Island ramp around 10 - 11 Saturday. When I hit the pier heads I will get on the radio and try to find you Dave.

Anyone else, I will be on radio monitoring channel 68 and the name on the boat is "Hells Bells" or, you can call me on my cell at 248 - - 376 - - 5662.

Bill, Where is Bear Lake? Are you talking about Muskegon Lake?

Hope to see you all this weekend?

Phatboy posted 05-21-2009 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phatboy  Send Email to Phatboy     
The Bear Lake channel is about a mile or so into Muskegon Lake along the North shore. The Bear Lake Tavern is a really cool little place. Dockers, off to the right as you pull into Muskegon Lake, is a nice spot too. They usually have live music.
PeteB88 posted 05-22-2009 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
We are standing by, TomG might be on the company TIara 36 "Educated Angler" which will be in Grand Haven at Grand Isle marina. I am working to get the OR17 ready for first launch today or tomorrow. Mona Lake Dale is getting the OR 21 Ribbed-side ready but not sure what he has planned. Little kids and stuff. I expect Tom and Janos to be around Muskegon on the 32 Vigilant but haven't spoke to them for a while - The boat name is either Martha Carol or Head Cheese, not sure.

Since we are new to Grand Haven/Muskegon area it's good to see some of the locals on this thread. I am very interested in Bear Lake and heard there is good facilities there and some boat club that we want to check out. Mona Lake Boating Club is intereting as well.

Looking forward to seeing some of you guys and meeting locals who live in our new community.


We're also thinking up a name for the OR 17. The previous owner had a couple of names for her and told me he liked "She's Just Seventeen..." I have been thinking about a possible re-naming using the protocol Sheila used some year ago. Well see what happens.

Buckda posted 05-22-2009 02:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
My plans have changed slightly. I'll be at Barret Boat Works in Spring Lake, and will be taking some time away from the water to weigh the trailer with no boat aboard.
home Aside posted 05-22-2009 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
A couple of hours ago I saw Jeff go by me on I-96 in Novi, Mi, all loaded up with "Hell's Bells" in tow, I called him on the cell & told him he looked a site better than the Beverly Hill Billys heading west....the Maritime Version....


Buckda posted 05-22-2009 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Pat - I hope you had Home Aside in tow?!!
jimh posted 05-22-2009 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I just got my boat out of storage tonight--but there's no motor on the transom. Sorry I will miss the Grand Haven rendezvous, but I will try to get a little wax on the hull after I polish the gel coat.
PeteB88 posted 05-22-2009 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Jimh - You can use my (Ellen's) 13! I'd be a blast, come on over, 1 7/8th hitch - bring your hand held VHF
home Aside posted 05-23-2009 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Nope, Can you believe a guy would go blowin by a Police Car like that???? Just Kidding, I was working, but in an unmarked vehicle.

I won't be making it over for this one, I've got the Revenge at home & have a few small items to take care of, so I'll probably go down to Lake Erie or the Straights of Detroit for a shakedown cruise if time allows.......I hate to use such language but I have to "work" on Memorial Day...

Have fun / be Safe!!


PeteB88 posted 05-23-2009 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Someone rolled into Fruitport last night abut 10 pm pulling a big center console Whaler - 25 Outrage? - with fishing gear sticking out and hanging all over her. Woa! what a sight! Rig heading South on 3rd street, towards Old Fashion Days Festival and Spring Lake. Who are you?
Jeff posted 05-23-2009 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Thanks for the call Pat. I know the boat looked a bit hillbilly with all the bikes and kids bike trailers in it. id=1001793531

I am just getting ready to head out myself.

Buckda posted 05-26-2009 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Jeff -

Great to see you (albeit briefly) over the weekend. What a spectacular day on the water on Saturday. It was a bit overcast, but the lake was greasy smooth all day.

All in all, I think I spent about 13 hours on the water and 1 hour on shore at the Bear Lake Tavern on Bear Lake in Muskegon - which was a gem of a find for future stops. Great Perch Dinner.

I only caught one salmon all day, but I did not have the right colors in my box. As it stands, I caught a nice King on a gold and silver Williams Warbler casting spoon. I was trolling it 100 ft. down in 115 ft of water. Mostly, I enjoyed the sight and smell of being out in my Whaler.

Great also to see Jim Dunlop and his crew. That 21 Revenge is a sweet machine with twin 70's cruising it right along!

I pulled the boat around 10:30 after dodging a pretty big boat in the Grand River whose side marker lights were reversed (Green on port, red on starboard)!!! He almost ran me over as he was definitely violating the "no wake" zone.

Anyway, excitement aside, I had a great time. The boat is now up on blocks so I could weigh the trailer. Now that THAT chore is completed, I can get a Michigan tag for it. I also need to do some re-wiring and re-carpet the bunks, and while I'm at it, I will replace some rusted bolts. Good time for general trailer maintenance.

Sorry we missed Pete and others. I connected with AtoZ and Donna on Sunday on shore - they had a great day on Saturday out of St. Joseph.

K Albus posted 05-26-2009 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Sorry I missed you guys. I got out of work early on Friday and took my boat out on Lake St. Clair. I cruised from the DNR boat launch near Selfridge over to the St. Clair Cutoff, up to the South Channel and over to Riverside Grocery. From Riverside Grocery, I cruised down the South Channel, then back up the St. Clair Cutoff, up the remainder of the South Channel, and into the St. Clair River. From there I started down the Chenal Ecarte, which is essentially a 15-mile-long no wake zone. I quickly got bored there and head back up to the St. Clair River. From there I took the North Channel back to Lake St. Clair, and then headed back to the launch site. I traveled about 57 miles by boat in approximately four hours. There were very few boats on the water. The lake was choppy, as usual, and the weather was nice.

On Saturday, I repeated a good portion of the trip, this time with my neighbor on his Rinker 245. The weather was nice on Saturday, as well, and there were many, many more boats on the water, making the lake even choppier.

I opted out of driving to Grand Haven on Saturday morning after checking the weather forecast. It looked as if would be raining on and off all day over there.

Buckda posted 05-26-2009 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Kevin -

I launched the boat with no canvas up, but quickly had to put the dodger, windshield and flying top up as a rain squall overtook the boat right as I was getting ready to head to the deeper water.

I left the canvas up the rest of the day, but it only rained lightly a couple more times early, and it was soft rain. Thankfully the wind was calm. Had it been windy/rough, the canvas would have been mandatory as shelter from the cold wind. As it was, I alternated between a long-sleeve T-shirt and PFD to adding a fleece jacket and PFD. At certain points, I added a knit cap, but never needed gloves or to break out my wool socks and rain gear (although all that gear was present....

Nice day.

Jeff posted 05-26-2009 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

It was great to see you on the water again as well.

It was a kind of a painful weekend all around when it came to boat problems. Saturday it was a 5 hour delay for rewiring and sourcing parts before I finally was able to get the trim working on my Newport and get it launched.

Then Sunday Jim Dunlap was on his way to Holland when he lost all ignition to his starboard motor. He was never able to get spark to the motor and ended up limping around the rest of the weekend on one motor.

Erin, Quinton and Myself ended up just cruising Spring Lake and enjoying some family time on the water. He ended up running into the Dunlap crew on there way back in an hung out at the dock for a bit.

Then yesterday Erin and I met up with Jim and Denise for an evening cruise and dinner in Grand Haven. It was a nice night and a good close to the weekend.

Here are some images for the three boats running North on Saturday. The calm water and overcast sky made for a good day to get some good shots.

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