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Lake Michigan Sailors. Itenerary advice sought

Hey Guys,

I am planning a 8-9 day sailing trip out of Holland Michigan for next summer (late July or early August) We will be on a Morgan 321 and there will be 4-5 of us. I am trying to figure out an itinerary and start planning some things now. I thought of going on a long leg up to Travers city and then working my way back down from there as weather window allows. I am OK with being out at night and a long trip if conditions are good is no problem. I want to avoid doing a straight lake crossing at this point as the others with me will have limited experience. I would love to hear from some experienced Michigan sailors to get your input on good ports and what a sensible trip would be.

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Re: Lake Michigan Sailors. Itenerary advice sought

If the skipper and a majority of the crew are not accustom to passagemaking then I'd suggest doing a night passage with most of the crew on a simple crossing or something around 80 to 90 miles before you attempt to get to Traverse City. Under the best possible winds (won't happen) you're looking at 200 miles and likely more than 36 hours.

Get some experience in watch keeping and night sailing before getting that far from home. It's fun to plan your first big trip, but you'll likely be disappointed in that the wind and weather will not support your plans. Better off to study techniques, ports, and seasonal wind patterns than plan a specific route. Go where the wind blows. Also, since you're planning a trip that's more than a week, you're clearly invested in the process and will have money sunk in to the boat, the provisions, and all else. In the greater scheme of things an additional few hundred dollars in Great Lakes Cruising Club would be well spend since you would have the harbor reports for all possible destinations and harbors of refuge.

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When you say 4-5, are you talking about a group of adults, or you and the family?
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If the skipper and a majority of the crew are not accustom to passagemaking then I'd suggest doing a night passage with most of the crew on a simple crossing or something around 80 to 90 miles before you attempt to get to Traverse City. Under the best possible winds (won't happen) you're looking at 200 miles and likely more than 36 hours.

Get some experience in watch keeping and night sailing before getting that far from home. It's fun to plan your first big trip, but you'll likely be disappointed in that the wind and weather will not support your plans. Better off to study techniques, ports, and seasonal wind patterns than plan a specific route. Go where the wind blows. Also, since you're planning a trip that's more than a week, you're clearly invested in the process and will have money sunk in to the boat, the provisions, and all else. In the greater scheme of things an additional few hundred dollars in Great Lakes Cruising Club would be well spend since you would have the harbor reports for all possible destinations and harbors of refuge.

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Good advice there. I was already planning some weekend trips from Chicago to Michigan city and back including a night run or two in order to get them under their belt. The goal is to have everyone at least to the point of competency before leaving.

Didn't realize Traverse Bay was that far North from Holland. That may change things.

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When you say 4-5, are you talking about a group of adults, or you and the family?
That would be 4-5 adults. I am crazy Jim but not quite that crazy to try and take the family on that trip (3 kids 2,5,9)
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Re: Lake Michigan Sailors. Itenerary advice sought

Also the boat is owned and maintained by a lease share company of which I do most of the Yacht maintenance. The boat is equipped with all the offshore and cruising items that are necessary including some that are bonus (Radar, Davit and Dink, Secondary anchor, etc.) Boat is in great shape and is capable as is.
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