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Moby Dick posted 11-19-2010 03:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for Moby Dick   Send Email to Moby Dick  
I really enjoyed the get together Whaler lovers had on [Torch Lake] a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful place to run around on pristine waters. How much interest would their be for doing this in 2011? Middle of July?
meridian posted 11-19-2010 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for meridian  Send Email to meridian     
I'm interested. We've gone there for a weekend the last 3 years.
K Albus posted 11-20-2010 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
I'm interested. Never been there, but it's on my short list of places to get to.
Hoosier posted 11-21-2010 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Put us on the list, any time after ice out (June 1st?).
PeteB88 posted 11-21-2010 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Sounds great, if we're around we'll be there. Keep us posted. Are you Commodore of this event?
Moby Dick posted 11-22-2010 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
With my poor organizational skills, I would recommend someone such as Buckda or Jeff who excel in organizing.
meridian posted 11-22-2010 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for meridian  Send Email to meridian     
for those who haven't been there:

Torch Lake at 19 miles long is Michigan's longest and second largest inland lake. It has a maximum depth of 330 feet and an average depth of 111 feet making it Michigan's deepest inland lake. The lake is noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue, often resembling Caribbean waters

MarthaB posted 11-22-2010 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Terry, you forgot to mention the sand bar on the south end of Torch.
home Aside posted 11-22-2010 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Here's a shot of last Torch Lake Rendezvous, my son Case & his friend Erich behind my 1985 Revenge 22 WT, taken by Dave Buckalew, crusing at around 32-35 mph, Dave looked at me & said "Doesn't the product warning on that tube say maximum speed 25 mph?" Looked to me like they were having fun, note the beautiful turquoise color of the lake water ?action=view¤t=DSCN1436.jpg


Jeff posted 11-23-2010 12:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
It was a fun event in 2007 but, I missed the access to bigger open water of the Great Lakes. The one thing that made it nice was that the lake was really not crowded at all. I understand we really lucked out with that and it was due to the cool daytime temp and frigid night temps we had that weekend. It felt like October instead of August.

Here are my shots from the 2007 Torch Lake Owners Event. ?start=all

While I like Torch Lake I do no think I would able to make it for a July Trip. I already have a fair bit of Boating in the planning stages for that time. Also, I am kind of spoiled when it comes to getting my fill of big inland lakes. At our place in Frankfort we are about 1 mile from the Crystal Lake and the launch. I personally think Crystal is a beautiful as Torch Lake with far less people on it but, that is just me.

Moby Dick posted 11-23-2010 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
I've never been on Crystal Lake but heard it is also really deep and blue. I've seen a little of it from US-31 but not very much. This would also make a nice rendezvous spot. Too bad none of these northern lakes have access. I know Lake Charlevoix does but it has quite a reputation for swimmers itch.
Moby Dick posted 11-23-2010 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
As a side note on Torch Lake. Anchored about 100 feet off shore on the NE side of the lake. Was 90 feet deep.
sportroyalwulf posted 11-23-2010 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for sportroyalwulf  Send Email to sportroyalwulf     
A new boat launch facility should be opening on Crystal Lake in spring of 2011. This will be a well developed launch with a significant number of parking spots. This facility has been in the planning stages for many years. There was significant opposition from lake residents. The lawsuits finally ran their course and construction has started.

This facility was sorely needed as the only improved public launch was in Beulah. Parking is nearly non-existent during the summer. State-to-build-Crystal-Lake-boat-launch

PeteB88 posted 11-27-2010 11:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Why not make it a few days and a couple different "venues", Torch one day, another day on big water (if conditions are favorable), let's mix it up. I think it would be very cool if Jeff could be commodore or organizer for the day in an area he knows so well and perhaps someone else another day. Since we're not familiar with that area it'd be very cool for us. We're getting our start at Homossosas in April but really want to show off our Michigan assets. If it comes together and we're not traveling I'll help in any way possible.

I think this is a great idea Moby and was kind of bummed out last summer when we couldn't pull together a fun time in West Michigan especially when the water near us was high 70s to 80 degrees.

What about fishing in Torch? What about Lelanau? I heard that's some of Kevin Van Dam's favorite waters.

OR maybe Jeff can give us a list of recommendations and cruises. Perhaps we should compile something like that for various regions of the country.

Moby Dick posted 11-28-2010 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
Multi lakes and some Lake Mich sounds like a great idea.
PeteB88 posted 11-28-2010 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Now yer loggin', Moby! Some beaches, some islands, luau, fish boil, Whaler races, midnight cruise let's do something memorable in one of the most beautiful places in this state and nation. Plus it's accessible, easy drive for most of us.

Standing by

meridian posted 11-28-2010 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for meridian  Send Email to meridian     
maybe a run to Beaver island
Moby Dick posted 11-28-2010 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
How far out is Beaver Island?

meridian posted 11-28-2010 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for meridian  Send Email to meridian     
It's about 30 miles northwest of Charlevoix
Moby Dick posted 11-28-2010 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
About 2 hours in a Montauk?

meridian posted 11-30-2010 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for meridian  Send Email to meridian     
An easy hour on a good day.
Moby Dick posted 12-04-2010 07:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moby Dick  Send Email to Moby Dick     
Doing most of my boating in South Lake Michigan, I never worry about rocks just below the surface. Are submerged rocks a problem in running out to Beaver Island?
Waterwonderland posted 12-05-2010 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waterwonderland  Send Email to Waterwonderland     
I'm interested but much depends on our schedules.

Beaver island is beautiful but given the weather, a bit of a reach for my 15 footer.

jimh posted 12-05-2010 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Those interested in planning a cruise to Beaver Island should know that you cannot complete such a navigation from Torch Lake. You may want to start a new discussion thread for planning a trip to Beaver Island.

ASIDE: If you go to Beaver Island you can see where famous Detroit Tigers baseball player Norm Cash drowned in 1986 when he fell off the dock there. From what I could tell on my last visit there in 2001 the dock had been preserved in the same condition it was in 1986.

home Aside posted 12-05-2010 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I think Ole "Stormin Norman" added alcohol & hitting his head on that fall into the drink at Beaver Island....


PeteB88 posted 12-06-2010 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
There are islands around the area closer to the coast, right? Say we do the Torch Lake thing and trailer over close to Sleeping Bear or just mess around Grand Traverse. I wanna do some small mouth fishing which is spectacular. There are a ton of things to do up there, right? Protected water if Lake Mich gets snotty sounds cool to me.

Perhaps the locals up there can advise - Con and Martha, Jeff. Let's make it fun.

By the way, We are going to Homossass's again this year, Ellen's break is right on that weekend - she wants to drive, that means I drive and we should roll in the first night. Biggie, Len and the crew put on one helluva fun and thoughtful gathering that's for sure. Wouldn't miss it if Torch Lake was 80 degrees on April 1st.

Let's do it

ConB posted 12-07-2010 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
If memory serves "Stormin Norman", in addition to what Pat said, was wearing cowboy boots instead of Topsides on a wet dock.

Beaver Island is wishful thinking for a small boat unless you are feeling really lucky. You can ship a small boat over on the ferry.

Lots of boating choices for a trailerable boat in Northern Michigan, but you need to be flexible due to the weather. You will need many long week ends. Winter's just getting started so back to hibernation for me.


PeteB88 posted 12-07-2010 12:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I didn't know about Norm Cash's accident. That's like Mirassou take you to to Catalina to find the spot where Natalie Wood drowned. Kind of morbid ain't it?
home Aside posted 12-07-2010 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I've been to Beaver Island many times. One of my best friends was born & raised there, he never set foot off the island (except on a boat)until he was 16 years old and went to high school in Charlevoix, Mi.

I've made the trip in my previous Whaler a 1982 Montauk 17 with a 1982 Evinrude 90. During the Charlevoix Boston Whaler Owner's event, sponsored by Irish Boat Shop Charlevoix Store. It was a nice trip over early in the day and then a little bit rougher on the trip back later in the day. 32 miles from Charlevoix to St. James Bay Beaver Island. It's a very doable trip in a Montauk as usual you need to watch the weather and lake conditions before you go.


bothedog posted 12-16-2010 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for bothedog  Send Email to bothedog     
Put us on the list of potentials.

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