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Hal Watkins posted 06-14-2011 10:04 AM ET (US)   Profile for Hal Watkins   Send Email to Hal Watkins  
We are planning a long weekend around the Apostle Islands 1-4 July. We will be in our 205 Eastport and anticipate nights at Little Sand Bay, Stockton Island and Rocky Island. Anyone wanting to plan a get together for whaler fellowship please correspond.

Waseca, MN

Hal Watkins posted 06-15-2011 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
We have cruised the Islands several times in our 170 Montauk but his will be our first time anchoring out aboard our 205. What are your favorite anchor/beach sites?


David Pendleton posted 06-15-2011 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Julian Bay is not too be missed.

The sand spit on Outer Island is nice.

Big Bay State Park is also nice, the beach is second only to Julian; can get crowded.

Quarry Bay on Stockton is nice but is usually always crowded.

As with everything on L. Superior, and particularly in the Apostles, wind direction and weather are always the prime consideration.

For me, Julian Bay is the best spot in the A.I.

Look at my pictures on fb, there's a nice shot of Julian Bay on there.

prj posted 06-21-2011 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Hi Hal. I'm just back from 6 days in the Apostles with my buddy and his son, their Halman 20 sailboat, and me and my son with our Outrage - 18. We love the combination of a mothership with sleeping quarters and cabin combined with speed and range of the Outrage.

As I'm sure you know, the Apostles are beautiful and remote, even sublime in their scale and makeup. We spent the majority of the time with the sailboat, Poet, anchored in Quarry Bay. Excursions on the Outrage included Outer Island light, Devils Island light, Basswood Island quarry, La Pointe midweek and Big Bay Beach at the end.

As David states, Julian Bay may be the most beautiful and expansive beach going, but we had northeasterly winds the entire time and never got in there. The Outer Island sandspit and cranberry bog was stunning as well, though we kept vigilante due to the amount of large bear tracks on that 3-4 mile long narrow band of land. The old adage that you don't have to outrun the bear, just your fellow camper doesn't work nearly as well when its your 4 yo son!

Hope you can meet up with some whaler comrades. And if you hike on the islands much, make certain to give your spouse a thorough tick check before turning in ; )

Hal Watkins posted 06-30-2011 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Loading and leaving for Duluth this afternoon. Launch "Eastport" in Bayfield around noon tomorrow. Give us a call if you want to share some whaler tales.

Hal and Maggie Watkins

Hal Watkins posted 07-04-2011 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
We saw at least a dozen Whalers over the weekend. Friday nite was windy with lots of lightning. Sat and Sun nites were clear and calm. The water was clear and 48+/-. What a beautiful place to cruise.

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