Sheila and I are enjoying summer in Cleveland while Her Diamond sits on the hard in Port Charlotte FL with heavy hurricane tie down straps and her sun shade in place. After an initial year of cruising - taking Her Diamond down the East Coast - we have adopted the “snow fish” (derivative of snow bird) life. Spending winters on Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and Bahamas. If curious about our adventures, check out our blog at herdiamond.net.
We just sailed from Bluffers Park Yacht Club, West to Port Credit Yacht Club, crossed to the southern part of Lake Ontario, to Fifty Point Yacht Club, Cruising Speed averaged 5 knots, with sails and motor. Fifty Point Convservation Area is well worth a few days visit, with a restauant, trails, Market Place and is located below the Niagara Escarpment. Port Credit Yach Club has a salt water swimming pool and very friendly members. We will be heading back to Port Credit end of August.
I recently had an experience with a marine repair service that quoted me a labor rate of $110/hr here in the Lake St Clair area. He arrived with an assistant and completed the job in about 3.5 hrs. He subsequently billed me at $220/hr for a total of $910. I called him about his "mistake" and was told it was correct because the charge was $110/hr/MAN. I was shocked had what he was trying to pull on me, and refused to pay the full amount, instead paying at the rate of 4110/hr. What is the standard for billing marine services in the Great Lakes area and have others had similar experiences?
We are renting a Beneteau 473 from Canadian Yacht Charters in Gore Bay for a week in July. We need suggestions on how to plan. Should we expect to sail? or mostly motor? How do we explore places to stop for a visit and for overnight?
We are contempating going to the St Ignace GLCC destination from the Western Basin of Lake Erie (Catawba Island)
with our Sailboat (Anam Cara). we are looking for port recommendations going up the American Side with our first two stops being Bayview yacht club and second being Desmond Marine (Port Huron). We would like to do about 40 miles a day. and come back the same way-we are flexible in our time. Any thoughts or suggestions also if anyone else is interested in going. Sincerely Alan & Eileen
We had a great time at the Spring Break In Florida, It was organized Very Well with interesting events to attend and free time set aside so we can have fun on our own.
Thanks to all involved, Great Job!
Sincerely, Alan & Eileen Clark
Catalina 310 "Anam Cara"
My new book is now available from Amazon.com and other booksellers. Title is "Jade Moonbeams" and it's a cruising memoir of three years aboard my Hans Christian 33T, Jade Moon. We sailed from Cleveland, Ohio to Venezuela and return in a clockwise loop that took us from Hampton, VA to Totrola via Bermuda; then down-island to Grenada and Venezuela where we spent a year exploring the geography, language and culture. The return loop took us across the Caribbean to Nevis, then up-island via St Martin, VI's, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and back to Florida. Coastwise north to NYC,
Looking for another Trawler heading to the GLCC July rendezvou. Our trawler cruises about 10 MPH. We will be traveling from Sandusky Bay heading to Georgian Bay. No timetable as of yet, probably early July.
I am planning another trip up to the North Channel and was looking for some imput on new places to explore. Back in 2015 we went to Covered Portage Cove, Baie Finne, the Benjamin's, Drummond Island, Collins Inlet, Little Current, Kilarney. I think that was everything. Does anyone have any places they would like to share with me for this years trip?
In March 2017, we purchased a new-to-us 2003 Gozzard 41. Our most recent blogs cover not only the challenges the new boat has given us but also how we traveled from Rhode Island, across the Erie Canal and onto Lake Huron.
Julie and Dan
We are planning a trip next summer(2018) from Northern Michigan thru the Trent Sevren into the St. Lawrence and finally to Lake Champlain. I plan to leave my boat out thhere for the winter, and return in 2019 to travel back. I am looking for a good marina which has inside (preferrably heated) storage for our 42 foot Ocean Alexander, as well as good mechanics to perform any necessary work over the winter. Can anyone give me good recommendations? Joe Kimmell
heading to Marquette and our electronics are cutting in and out anyone have recommendation for electronics technician in Marquette?
Does anyone have recent experience cruising the East Shore of Lake Superior from the Soo to Wawa regarding cell/internet coverage? I'm potentially planning a cruise there this summer, but will need to remain "connected" to accomodate some of the crew. Would purchasing a Canadian phone with a "hotspot" help in this manner. Last time I was in the North Channel, my cellphone bill was more than any other expense.
Thanks in advance for your response.
Can not find on our site a distance from Providence Bay to South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. As my charts are aboard and I am not, Can anyone give me a rough distance.
We are beginning planning a trip circum navigating Lake Michigan in June-July, 2017 in our 45 ft. Ocean Alexander (power).We are familiar with the northern (sturgeon bay, Wisconsin. , Leland ,Mi.) part of the lake. Can anyone offer some advice on marinas, towns from Sturgeon Bay to Chicago to definitely see or avoid? Also planning on staying at Belmont harbor in Chicago if possible. Thanks to all. Joe Kimmell
My wife and I are new members and thought you might enjoy a video of us along with our friends as we bring our new boat (new to us) to our home marina (Barkers Island Marina, Superior WI) from Washburn Marina, Washburn WI) .
Go to YouTube and sailing wandering toes and last but most important hit the video of Gypsy Spirit.
We moved from a sailboat to a trawler to do the great loop. This summer we enjoyed traveling slowly from mackinaw city to the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. Plan to head south through Chicago in September. Here is our blog. Comments are appreciated-tips on travel -and galley or food prep also welcome!
We are a 1986 Vagabond Stay Sail Ketch, 47 feet on deck, but overall approximately 55 feet. A Vagabond is from the design desk of the late William Garden Ltd. who is responsible for at least 30 sailboat designs, including the Formosa 51 and the Hudson Force of the same size. The Vagabond displaces at least 44 thousand pounds. It has a draft of 6 feet and a 14 foot beam. Like many ketches it does do that well to windward, but you will never arrive in port tried out.