Thanks for the welcome MGM, I've lurked here a while and looks like a great bunch of people. I'll teach the kids on some local inland lakes then head to Lake Macatawa in Holland or Muskegon Lake which both channel to Lake Michigan.
One of my fondest memories as a kid was my Dad towing my 10' styrofoam sailing dinghy behind his sailboat out into Lake Michigan and turning me loose. Calm seas on Lake Michigan are wild in a 10' dinghy. A 40' or so sailboat overtook me and the man at the helm said "Lookin' good!" as I rode the waves. Fun times I hope my kids will get to experience.