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Hey everyone, new to the forum but have been lurking for a while. I sail a 22ft Macgregor and am interested in upgrading to a larger boat. I will sail Lake Michigan, and hopefully one day sail the boat with my dad to Costa Rica. Will a boat that has a maximum draft of 6ft be too deep? Will it pose a problem around the harbors in Lake Michigan I wish to explore in the future?
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Re: How deep?

Sky, how far off is "one day"? I ask, because you're probably better off buying for your current needs, and then "upgrade" (or side-grade, or down-grade) when the appropriate time comes.
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Cool Re: How deep? . . . Ask Mother Nature

When water levels on Lake Michigan are near "normal", a six foot draft is just fine. Last season was pretty bad and some boats had to hauled/towed out of their slips because their keels had settled into the muck.

The lake has recovered quite well with the wet spring. The State of Michigan tends to maintain there marinas better than Wisconsin does. Ludington Municipal was at 4'10" last October, they dredged and are now at 8' throughout and 9' at the fuel dock. The same holds true at most of Michigan's municpal marinas.

Door County is kinda thin with Egg Harbor & Fish Creek still open, not sure about the rest. Port Washington, Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Racine seem to be in good shape right now.

So . . . a bigger boat that draws 6 foot shouldn't be a problem as long as we don't have a repeat of last year.
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Re: How deep?

One day is hopefully not far off, but its hard to tell. I absolutely want the right boat, I'll keep it several years on Lake Michigan as we learn the boat, and if all goes well, slowly hop our way down to CR. I'm looking for something in the 31-38 foot range, I already have a 35 foot slip, and it's time to fill it up. Budget of around 50k. I kinda want just one, and not need to upgrade/downgrade, and master it.
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Re: How deep?

Awesome, sounds like good news so far.
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Re: How deep?

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One day is hopefully not far off, but its hard to tell. I absolutely want the right boat, I'll keep it several years on Lake Michigan as we learn the boat, and if all goes well, slowly hop our way down to CR. I'm looking for something in the 31-38 foot range, I already have a 35 foot slip, and it's time to fill it up. Budget of around 50k. I kinda want just one, and not need to upgrade/downgrade, and master it.

I dont have the slip but im in a very similar position. I am also looking for mid 30's live aboard and dont want to plan on upgrading, sidegrading, downgrading in the future. it is deffinatly some work and fun exploring all the options out there.
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