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K Albus posted 10-16-2009 06:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for K Albus   Send Email to K Albus  
I'm planning to take my last boat ride for the year on Sunday, October 18, 2009. My plan is to put in at the Selfridge boat launch, cut across Anchor Bay to the South Channel, cruise up the St. Clair River for bit, then double back with a stop at Riverside Grocery for a snack (Yacht Knots). Anybody else interested?

Current wave forecast for the lake: NORTH WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. MOSTLY SUNNY. WAVES AROUND 1

Expected high temperature: 51 degrees.

dfmcintyre posted 10-16-2009 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
I might be out during Sunday, but in the big boat. Don't know exactly when, but up closer to the Marine City / St. Clair area.


home Aside posted 10-17-2009 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
The Revenge is at the shop, getting the once over / winterization, snug under her new trailering cover, & then off to storage.

it's going to be pretty chilly without canvas out there, dress warm....


Jeff posted 10-17-2009 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

Is this your last cruise with the Chris for the year?

dfmcintyre posted 10-17-2009 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     

You and Pat and Jim want to come? I could pickup at St. Clair or Marine City, head up and return by car.


K Albus posted 10-17-2009 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
If everything goes as planned, I'll be leaving the boat ramp at about 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. I could shuttle a couple of people up to meet Don, but as Pat pointed out, I have no canvas shelter, so you'll have to dress warm.

Don, I'll look for you out there. My boat doesn't have a name, but if you hail Dauntless on the radio (and I hear you) I'll respond. I'll be monitoring channel 16. I'll also take your cell phone number with me.

Jeff posted 10-17-2009 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

I would love to but I will be hanging with my little guy all day. What time were you thinking of leaving the boat house?

dfmcintyre posted 10-17-2009 10:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Probably around noon, but I can be flexible
K Albus posted 10-18-2009 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
I took my last boat trip for the year today. I left my house in White Lake, Michigan at about 9:30 a.m. The air temperature was 29 degrees and the sky was partly cloudy. I pulled my boat to Lake St. Clair and launched at the DNR ramp just north of Selfridge Air National Guard Base. By 10:45 I had the boat in water and I was underway. The air temperature at the lake was in the low 40s, with water temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s.

I cruised across Anchor Bay on the north end of Lake St. Clair, to the Baltimore Highway, then up the Chenal A Bout Rond (known locally as the Sni Bora), and into the North Channel of the lower St. Clair River. The water on the lake was very calm, and boat traffic was almost non-existent – only a handful of fishermen.

I proceeded north up the river, past Algonac and Marine City. As I neared St. Clair, I came across something of a traffic jam of Great Lakes freighters. Unloading coal on the west bank of the river was the James R. Barker, a 1004-foot ship with a 105-foot beam. See: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/JamesRBarker.jpg . Just past the Barker, was the Algoway (650 feet long, 72-foot beam), and if you look closely at the picture you will see a third smoke trail, this one coming from the Maumee (603 feet long, 60-foot beam), which was between the Algoway and the eastern shore. See: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/DragRace.jpg . The Algoway was in the process of passing the Maumee in a section of the river that is only about 1,500 feet wide. See: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/DragRace2.jpg (As some of you may recall, Jim, Dave and I also crossed paths the Big Barker on our Fall 2008 end-of-season boat trip. See: )

Although most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is at the peak of the fall color season, the trees near the water tend to lag behind. Nevertheless, I did see a few splashes of fall color, like in this picture, which also includes a Boston Whaler: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/FallColors.jpg

A little further up the river I came across the James G. Munson (768 feet long, 72-foot beam). St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/Munson.jpg As the Munson neared Marysville, a Border Patrol Safe Boat zipped by southbound. St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/MunsonandBorderPatrol.jpg . The Border Patrol boat had a grey hull tube and twin Verado 250s – here’s a somewhat grainy enlargement: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/BorderPatrol1.jpg

Most of the pictures I took on this trip while facing west (toward Michigan) have a clear, blue sky, while most of the pictures I took facing east (toward Canada) have a grey, cloudy sky. This picture of the Mississagi (620 feet long, 60-foot beam, sister ship of the Maumee) unloading cement on the Canadian shore illustrates the point St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/Mississagi.jpg , as does this picture of the Algoeast (431 feet long, 65-foot beam, sister ship of the Algoway) unloading petroleum on the Canadian side St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/Algoeast.jpg . This is similar to what Jim, Dave and I experienced on our fall trip last year when it was cloudy over Ohio, but sunny over Michigan. Unfortunately, the skies are sunny in Michigan only literally, and not figuratively.

A little further up the river, near Port Huron, I came across the Atlantic Erie (736 feet long, 75-foot beam) getting ready to take on mail. St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/AtlanticErie.jpg The Bluewater Bridge can be seen in the background. And here’s a close-up of the Atlantic East crew lowering the outgoing mail: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/LoweringtheMail.jpg

On my way up the river, the freighters outnumbered the recreational boats that I saw. Heading back down the river, I continued to see more freighters. Next was the Algosteel (729 feet long, 75-foot beam, sister ship to the other Algo- ships) St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/Algosteel.jpg , followed a short while later by the Arthur M. Anderson (767 feet long, 70-foot beam, sister ship to the Munson) St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/ArthurMAnderson.jpg .

Then came the Algoma Spirit, a Bahamian-flagged ocean-going vessel, which is somehow related to the rest of the Algoma Central ships which are Canadian-flagged. St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/AlgomaSpirit.jpg In this picture you can also see another Border Patrol Safe Boat, this one heading north up the river. This Border Patrol boat had an orange hull tube and three Verado 275s – grainy enlargement: St%20Clair%20River%20Oct%202009/BorderPatrol2.jpg .

Back near the southern end of the St. Clair River I headed to Riverside Grocery on Harsen’s Island for a quick lunch break. An order of Yacht Knots (pizza dough with pepperoni twisted inside, slathered in garlic butter and parmesean cheese) hit the spot and warmed me right back up. When lunch was over, I continued down the South Channel, back into Lake St. Clair, and then back to the launch site.

Total boating miles: 96.3
Fuel burned: 23 gallons
Avg. Fuel Consumption: 4.19 mpg (a significant portion of this trip was made at high speed)
Engine hours: somewhere between 3 and 4

jimh posted 10-18-2009 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Kevin--It sounds like a great trip, and a very special opportunity to see so many freighters in the river. The pictures are wonderful.

When I finally got my day started and got outdoors, it was about 1 p.m. The temperature was quite nice in the strong sunshine that came flooding in at a rather modest angle. (This time of year at noon our sun only reaches an elevation of about 38-degrees maximum.) I was about to start some work on the cars when it occurred to me that I should have gone boating with you. Well, far too late, I guess, as you were probably nearly done with the trip by then.

jimh posted 10-18-2009 11:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't recall seeing the M/V ATLANTIC ERIE before, so I looked up her particulars:

She has sailed to Europe in the past, but she appears to be back on the Great Lakes this season.

Buckda posted 10-19-2009 11:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Sounds like a fun day on the water. I thought about you when I poked my head outside on Sunday and noted the 1/4 inch hoarfrost on my deck. (We had 26 degrees...) I finished siphoning the tank on the Outrage on Saturday and used/will use the fuel in my truck this week. Next Saturday the Outrage goes into the barn.

Congrats on the great fall weather!


home Aside posted 10-19-2009 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Nice Photo's Kevin, sounds like a good time....


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