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Did that trip in reverse 3 years ago.
The tip above on the Ports o Call is right on.
Get those two cruising guides and you will have plenty of info.
We stayed in a harbor each night. If we liked a town and wanted to stay longer, we did so. Spent three days in Mack City and ferried over to the island.
Spent one night on the hook in the South Manitou anchortage.
That was a very pretty and quite night. We enjoyed it.
We went with the fifty mile a day or so rule and never pushed too hard. Its a great way to discover new ports. We now cruise back to the favorites we discovered along the way.
Both shore lines are covered with good harbors. You will never be with out a place to stop of you so wish.
A couple of our favorites: Pentwater, Beaver Island, Mackinaw City, and Presque Isle.
The St. Claire river is interesting but boring. Not much sailing. We motored North against the current and never raised the sails.
You might be able to sail a bit more going down steam with the current.
If I remember the current runs about 3 knots.
Lake St. Claire is fun sailing. Watch your charts, it is a shallow lake. Fun to sail because it has some big open water with out the 300mile fetch like Michigan and Huron. Lots of fishing boats to avoid in the area.
If I had time to do it again, I would not continue on to Detroit, but rather I would go North to the North Channel. You can spend the entire season in those cruising grounds.
You might want to concider a detoir North to the Channel. I think it would make for a more enjoyable cruise.
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