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What''s the smallest boat size one would recommend for good weather sailing on Lake Michigan? Would a 20 footer do it or is that too small?
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The weather is never good on Lake Michigan, you shouldn''t venture out on it, I wouldn''t consider anything less than say 50 feet! It''s especially treacherous say 30-40 miles off the western shore.....Danger Will Robinson
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I have seen Lasers and Lightenings out on Lake Michgan. I forget what lenght a Lightning is, but it is an open boat with a centerboard. If you watch the weather, I would say 20 feet is not too small.

I think the size issue has gotten out of hand. When I first started sailing a 25 footer was considered a decent sized boat on the Lake. Now everyone is rushing into 40 footers.

Using common sense with an eye on the weather and Lake Michigan is fine for small boats.
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Remember me? I am up here on the Northern end of Lake Michigan, more than that I am on the inland end of Lake Charlevoix. I am right now looking at the Eastern end of the lake, which is about 500 feet from my house. I see the lake because there is a city swimming beach there, it is a hole between condos and dockage for a couple hundred boats owned by folks from, who knows where. It is nothing like it was when I started high school here in 1953.

I do like your advise and cautions regarding the dangers of Lake Michigan.

If you do weather the storms and manage to beat the forces of Lake Michigan, and you do get up this way this summer, I would enjoy sitting on your boat and having a beer with you. I will carry the six pack aboard.

Walt Ward -- Boyne City Mi.
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