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Re: Ketch vs. Cutter
If you go into Superior, just be aware that you are sailing into one of the most dangerous waters in the world. Superior is different from any other body of water, as those who have sailed her can attest. Even those who regularly sail in her liquid have deep respect for how fast she can turn on you.
One sad example was the experience of a 3/4-time resident there who not only sailed her but designed sail-craft especially suited to her quirks. Rufus Conable Jefferson of Deephaven MN had lived through S-S-F seasons on Madeline Island for several decades, operating a custom boat-works at his home. He went out one day in fine weather to proof the hull of the new 15-foot 'Far Shore Explorer' he just had finished. Weather changed abruptly and without warning, as it is prone to do on Superior. No one knows what happened, but boat and captain both disappeared and no wreckage or body ever was found.
As for swimming, why not? Just don't do so in mid-water - only from protected shallow beaches in Summer. I have seen the water temps on the South inshore at Madeline quite often be up over 70° F out as far as 300 ft from shore and 25 ft depth. I also have bathed in its waters at temps as low as 56° F. However, the average temp in mid-lake is about 40° F, way cold for casual swimming without special gear.
If you do go, enjoy, but do be cautious.
Warm regards -
Last edited by techwriter john; 07-10-2016 at 02:53 AM.