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PeteB88 posted 04-27-2013 01:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
Is there any interest in organizing a cruise to Beaver Island this Spring/Summer? It's my understanding Whaler owners go there often. We have friends with property who either ride the ferry or, in the case of one, flys his light plane from Central Mich to Beaver often.

I'm simply trolling for ideas, trying to encourage Whaler owner activity along West Mich coast line this summer (or larger inland lakes like Torch Lake or Lake Charlevoix).

home Aside posted 05-01-2013 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
I'd be interested, right now I'm on the mend from a back injury. For a while I was wondering if I might have to give up "Whalering" but things seem to be getting better each day so hopefully I'll be physically able. I'll keep monitoring this post & let you know

I've spent a lot of time there over the years. The last time I was there was during a Whaler Owner's Rendezvous at Charlevoix (Irish Boat Co.) My son & I made the run over in our Montauk 17.

I have a very close friend who was born & raised on Beaver Island. Other than on a boat for fishing, he had never been off Beaver Island until he was 16 years old. He went to Charlevoix, Mi for high school, then joined the Coast Guard, and then joined the Detroit Police Department (Can you say culture shock?).

He and his brothers still maintain a couple of the original family homes there, one of which is right on the beach next to the old coast guard station near the point when you enter St. James Bay.

His Father (and Mother)was also born on Beaver Island and retired from the Coast Guard with his last station being the Light House on Beaver Island.


Teak Oil posted 05-02-2013 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
I was there also with my Montauk during the Rendezvous it was a pretty interesting place. The 30 mile ride back in four footers was one I won't forget for sure.

Not sure if I will have time this summer to go on a trip or not, pretty booked up now. It's worth the trip but you need a couple of boats to go with you its a fairly long ride.

home Aside posted 05-04-2013 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Yea Bob, the trip back in those 4 footers was memorable, that's when my young son learned that "Bigger is Better" he bailed on me and made the run back aboard "Outre" with Kingfish!!! LOL


EJO posted 05-06-2013 11:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for EJO  Send Email to EJO     
To far off-shore a run for my 15fter, I sailed the big sailboat there but unsinkable or not it is still Lake Michigan and 4 ft waves are small but to much for my little Montauk.
Love to get together for a South haven Saugatuck or a Saugatuck - Holland or SH - St.Joe run/get together.
I'm doing Lake Charlevoix on 07/08 and 07/09
Teak Oil posted 05-07-2013 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Teak Oil  Send Email to Teak Oil     
Lol Pat, after a few miles I decided to save my wife and tuck my tail between my legs and run behind the BW president in his 24 Outrage.

Still had a good time though.

thammer posted 05-28-2013 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for thammer  Send Email to thammer     
We do this trip out of Leland at least once a summer. South fox is a nice trip too, great island with a fabulous beach on the South side of the Island. Beware of North Fox though, huge rock field on the south side of the island extending close to a mile out from the island. South Fox has a great lighthouse and old associated buildings. Northport is a good place to leave for either one.

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