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Re: Mackinac Island
Tim pretty much covered when to stay away which are the Mac races back to back weeks in July. If you want to stay on the Island then make a reservation as far in advance as possible. They do fill up July and August.
Getting in June and Sept. is much easier.
The marina on the Island is new and quite nice. Permanent docks so a slight climb for most boats.Cannot beat the location! St. Ignace is also quite new, floating docks, not as much going on in SI. Mackinaw City is a older marina but I actually like the heads and showers better than SI. If I was making the decision it would be the Island and stop in the city or SI on the way in or out if you want. For the Island, just bring plenty of money and good legs for walking.
Anchorages are few and far between in that neighborhood. The holding in the Islands basin is poor, it is totally open to the S and SE, and there are more ferries going in and out to make it pretty rough. Pay for the dock and enjoy the peace of mind. I have been there all months from June to Sept. and it is really quite comfortable and pretty quiet unless you pick the time when the races are in. If the wind is forecasted above 15-20 from the SE( which is rare but horrible there), stay on the mainland. It is really rough with the fetch from that direction.
A great trip, and make certain that you visit Beaver Island on the trip....that is where there really is "Island Time".