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Happiness Is...

...12 - 18 kts wind, temps in mid-to-high 70's (24-26C), tolerable humidity, partly sunny skies, very little traffic on the lake, and a new personal speed record: 8.2 kts on a close reach. Wind was about 15 kts at that time, according to SailFlow.

Was supposed to cut the lawn today. Looked outside. Checked SailFlow. Said "Honey, there's great air out there today. I think we have to sail."

What a great afternoon on the lake .

I guess the lawn will get done another day

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To hell with lawns. That's landlubber talk. Till it under and plant hops to add to all the homebrew you'll make this winter, which is a proper pastime for a seasonal sailor!
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seasonal? I though people from michigan sailed ice boats during winter?

(originally from SW michigan myself a few miles from lake michigan, what lake you sailing on?)


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(originally from SW michigan myself a few miles from lake michigan, what lake you sailing on?)
Lake St. Clair. We went up into the bottom of Anchor Bay then back down into the top of the main lake, yesterday.

The Genoa is currently sitting partly unfolded on the basement floor so the foot can dry out before we re-fold and pack it. The sheets are flaked-out on the starboard settee .

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seasonal? I though people from michigan sailed ice boats during winter?

(originally from SW michigan myself a few miles from lake michigan, what lake you sailing on?)
What part of SW Michigan?
We are currently sailing out of Holland.
We love SW Michigan. One of this areas best kept secrets.

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Enjoy it while you can Jim, remember your in Michigan, lol.

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Sounds like an excellent excuse to not cut the grass.

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Hello,

A few years ago I actually cared what my lawn looked like. Then I started sailing. Now the lawn gets cut once a week, and that's about it. It looks like crap, but I don't care.

Yesterday my family and I were on the boat from noon to six pm. We sailed an hour, anchored and went swimming and snorkeling for an hour. We then raised sail and enjoyed the rest of the time. My 6 year old son played with the shells, hermit crabs, and other marine things I brought up from the bottom. My daughters (9, 13) listened to horrible (to me) music while my wife and I enjoyed the day.

For me, that is what sailing is about.

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A few years ago I actually cared what my lawn looked like. Then I started sailing. Now the lawn gets cut once a week, and that's about it. It looks like crap, but I don't care.
I doubt it'll come to that, with us. One of The Admiral's great passions is gardening. I have to keep the lawn in some semblance of order . (But that's about all that's been done. There's a bunch of other landscaping work needs to be done, was supposed to get done this season, that doesn't look like it's happening.)

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Yesterday my family and I were on the boat from noon to six pm. We sailed an hour, anchored and went swimming and snorkeling for an hour. We then raised sail and enjoyed the rest of the time.
We need to get out earlier to do that kind of thing. We've got about a 30 minute motor out of the canals and into enough lake to turn into the wind for raising the sails--and that's if the wind is coming out of anywhere from NNW, through E, to S. If it's anywhere from NW, through W, to SSW, it takes a bit longer. (Because we'd be headed right back into shallows to raise the sails.)

Plus I've got to address the "anchor issue." There is, to my eye, an undersized Danforth, with a few feet of what is, to my eye, probably undersized chain, and a whoppin' 50 feet of rode. So in 10' of water I could get 5:1 scope. Not good enough.

My Raymarine knot meter was telling me the water temp. yesterday was 79F, btw.

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Who cuts there lawn more then once a week ?

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