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Hello all! Any tips on taking a small boat like a Flying Scot on Lake Michigan?
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Pick your day, watch the weather and stay out of my way, you''ll be fine.
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Set the boat up for quick and safe reefing in case you misjudge the weather--furler on the headsail or at least a downhaul, and for sure one reef in the main that doesn''t take a genius to put in. The rest would be judgement and common sense.
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I second Denr''s motion, with the exception of the "stay out of my way" part - I don''t sail on Lake Michigan anymore.

I used to sail a Chrysler Mutineer on Lake Michigan on nice days - there''s usually a suitable weather window of about July 27th to Aug 8th, give or take 12 days... don''t miss it!
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The sooner the better. And follow everyones advice.
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Re: Lake Michigan 19 foot and under

Bring all the CG required stuff for bigger boats. Radio, flares, horn, etc. If it is open cockpit, make sure it has positive buoyancy.

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Re: Lake Michigan 19 foot and under

I used to race on Lake MI in a fleet that included a 19' Lightning, not too different from a Flying Scot. He even flew a spinnaker most nights.

In most of the channels that go into Lake MI on the MI side, getting out of the channel will be the most exciting part of your trip. In a West wind, getting out of the channel may even be dangerous in the ports without breakwalls. Other than that, just pick good wind and wave days for your vessel.
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