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I, as they say, have been lurking for years. I did want to pipe in on an LED post but haven't got around to doing that yet. I mostly spend my time on the Cape Dory Board web page which is smaller and more focused to my particular kind of boat. It has been a long, cold winter and, well.....time to expand horizons a bit. I am not terribly proficient at this website game and am slow to embrace new technology. I just learned to text message but have no desire to, "Twitter" what ever that is.
So to answer the questions from Ron.
Check out Superior Charters or Sail Boats Inc. for chartering up here. Lake Superior is pretty much wilderness sailing and anchoring. Not a lot of services or facilities. You are pretty much on your own. The Apostles Island which has by far and away the largest number of boats on the lake has a few destinations for dinning ashore but you could also dine ashore on a picnic lunch with a variety of wildlife from bears, loons and sand hill cranes. Farther a field from the Apostles, add caribou and moose to your potential guests. It is a very beautiful place in good weather but lurking below the surface is that cold water which tends to keep the riff raff out. It is not for everyone and certainly not for the unprepared. Yeah it's cold and rocky and the waves can be bigger then you could ever believe and much closer together then water should be but the payoff is watching the northern lights in a dark sky, a companionable moose at your protected anchorage, the other worldly cry of loons the only sound you hear on a quiet morning, and then there is the sense of aloneness you can achieve here. Besides the water temperatures always guarantees ice cold beer.
As far as my Cape Dory 36 goes. It is a very cool thing to own such a wonderful boat. I am humbled by it every time I sail her. It is even cooler to know that if I won the lotto, I could order the very same boat with exactly what I want on her. No danger of that at the moment. Quite content I am.
Cape Dory 36 - Mariah