Agree - as long as you pick the weather you'll be fine. "Offshore" is generally for boats that will be out for many days, so long that you can't predict what the weather will be because they can only predict accurately a few days out. You can be across the lake by then.
Our hailing port is still Northport, MI, although we haven't been back for 8 years now. We understand its changed, but we miss it, and the area. Enjoy the Cherry Festival for us!