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Cool Lake Michigan Sailing

I have kept my 22' Hunter in Muskegon for the past 2 summers and mostly done day trips up and down the shore.
I know there has to be more people out there that sail this area and would like to share ideas and experiences with them.
I tried searching for a thread that already exists but could not find one.
Anybody out there interested in communicating????
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I'm going to be making a few trips up and down the west coast of Michigan this summer, transporting a boat or two for friends. And will be up in the Grand Traverse Bay area cruising a lot. But really the best cruising is the North Channel/Mackinac/Manitoulin area if you are willing to go that far.

Shorter trips from Muskegon that are nice, White Lake/Whitehall, Pentwater, Ludington, Manistee, Onekama, Frankfort, Leland (highly recommend). Then you're into the Grand Traverse Bay which is always nice. Along the way, the Manitou Islands are definitely a neat place to stop. Fox Islands are also a very interesting stop.

If you didn't want to sail all the way up, since you do have a smaller boat you could definitely trailer it up to someplace like Petoskey and or even across the bridge to De Tour. It isn't that long of a drive (I am originally from Grand Rapids, and go to school in Houghton, a 9 hour drive). Muskegon to the bridge is only 4 or 5 hours. Traverse City is only 3. Tons of possibilities
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Or you could head South out of Muskegon and also find some nice Marinas.
Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven.

Lots of pretty sights not far from you. Stop by in Holland and say hello. If we make it your way this year I will be sure to look you up.
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Join the Lake Michigan E-mail list on sailnet. You may get more info there.
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Anybody out there interested in communicating????
Craig
Craig,

I keep my 27' S2 at Torresons in Muskegon. I enjoy day sails up and down the coast also and would enjoy company. PM me if you'd like.

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Hey this really works

I keep my 22' Hunter at Harbour Towne Marina and been up the coast to Whitehall and down to Grand Haven. Also have gone 10 to 12 miles out just cruising.
I live 2 hours away so I don't get to spend as much time on the boat as I would like. Work schedule also interferes some.
I would like to move up to a larger boat soon so it would be more comfortable over-nighting.
Going to the Chicago show in a couple weeks so maybe I can talk the Fleet Commander (wife) into something nice used after seeing the price of new.
Let's keep this thread going and maybe we can get to meet some other folks with like interests. It never hurts to know someone else in the same area besides the people at your own marina.
Craig
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Send me a PM if you want to meet up at the show.
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Sounds like someone should dig up the Strickly Sail-Chicago thread again.
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Craig et al.,

I plan to keep my boat on a mooring at Torresen this coming season. I'd be happy to join up with some other locals for a cruise/daysail/or whatever. Feel free to contact me anytime.

BTW, how do you like Harbortowne? We've traditionally either done our boating out of Grand Haven or Charlevoix, but typically make the trip to Muskegon to have lunch at Dockers a couple of times per season.

Do you know of any other places for seasonal mooring in Muskegon other than at Torresen? I like Torresen, but they've made it sound like I've only got a 50/50 chance at getting a mooring.
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Craig et al.,

I plan to keep my boat on a mooring at Torresen this coming season. I'd be happy to join up with some other locals for a cruise/daysail/or whatever. Feel free to contact me anytime.
Keep me in mind - though I'm not a local, I live about 3 hours from Muskegon but that doesn't keep me getting down there at least 2 weekends/month during warm weather.

Welcome to the area! I hope you are able to get into Torresons, I've found the staff to be great people...and it's also a great place to watch the races on Muskegon Lake!
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