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Re: First boat advice - Mpls to Great Lakes

Thanks for the reply. What are your thoughts on the Hunter (and it's wing keel) as a great lakes cruiser?

Not sure if you're familiar with the area but on my first trip I'd be looking to cross Big Bay De Noc (about 10 miles) then round the Garden Peninsula into some of the secluded bays on the other side. The Garden Peninsula is fairly unique to the lake in that there is a long stretch of 100 foot limestone cliffs around the point. As you can imagine this water gets very deep very fast, and is exposed the entire length of the lake (now that I think about it, sounds like Superior, which I believe you are familiar with).

I've been on 19 foot fishing boats where we've had to turn around because it was too rough (sunny day, stiff southerly breeze). Based on what I've heard about the Hunter 23.5 not sure if I'd want to be out there in those "seas".
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