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You actually have quite a few options dependent on your groups needs. Those needs would include size of boat as well as needs for your base.
Sailboats, Inc operates predominantly in Lake Superior, but offers limited bases in Chicago and Manitowac, Wisconsin. You will find much smaller fleets in these locations, but I think that you will find them the only options on the west side of Lake Michigan. Costs in Chicago are higher than the north lake.
Michigan City, Indiana also has a fleet of bareboats. They are at the southern base of the Lake and allow you to move up either coast, both of which offer lots of choices of cities and marinas.
Bay Breeze in Traverse City, Mi ( a 7-8 hour drive from Chicago) offers a fleet of about 20 boats ranging from 30-43'. They also operate a few boats out of Cheboygan, Mi. 10 days out of either of these sites give you lots of options. The entire Grand Traverse Bay, Beaver Island, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Mackinac Island, etc.
Canadian Yacht Charters operates from the North Channel of Lake Huron with a large fleet of sail and power options. 10 days is a good way to wet your appetite for the NC.
Weather in August is usually good, but our micro climates make things change quickly. August is definetely the most reliable time of the year.
10 days from any of these locations is a good start. Keep coming back for 20 years and you may cover 1/3 of the harbors.
Last edited by tomandchris; 11-11-2009 at 12:09 PM.