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Re: Degree of difficulty in circumnavigating Lake Superior ?

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I have a hand-held gps and a hand-held vhf radio.
First thing I would recommend before departing is a 30watt fixed Radio.
Your hand held is really only good for about 3-5 miles transmission.
With the type of cruising you are planning, a good vhf can be a very valuable tool.

I used to do long distance cruising on our first boat, a small 25 footer with a simple hand help gps. A garmin gps 12. I still have it and still use it as my main back up.

Of course you will also be using a full set of charts and cruising guides to supplement the gps.
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Re: Degree of difficulty in circumnavigating Lake Superior ?

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... I'm going up to the Apostle Islands at the end of May and I've been told that there will probably still be some ice on the north sides of islands.
I'm thinking that would be a fair assessment for an average winter. Based on the depressing winter (and lack of spring) that we've had so far, I'm wondering if there won't also be ice on the East, West and South sides of the Islands as well!!
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Re: Degree of difficulty in circumnavigating Lake Superior ?

I can see water today! My home is 15 meters from the shore of Lake Superior, in Thunder Bay. And for the first time this year I can actually see open water. Whoa whoa!!

Of course, we also just suffered through a blizzard yesterday, and had at least 10 cm of new snow in the last week...

It's feeling like a been a long, hard winter, but Spring is trying to take hold. I'm sure the Apostles will be ice-free by June. Not sure about up here though .
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Of course, we also just suffered through a blizzard yesterday, and had at least 10 cm of new snow in the last week... .
We got about that much snow here in Minneapolis. The Mississippi is ice-free, but the lakes are still mostly solid.

My garden calendar tell me that I'm supposed to plant broccoli and cauliflower seedlings today. I'm not sure they'd be so happy out in several inches of snow...

This winter, she won't end!
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We got about that much snow here in Minneapolis. The Mississippi is ice-free, but the lakes are still mostly solid.

My garden calendar tell me that I'm supposed to plant broccoli and cauliflower seedlings today. I'm not sure they'd be so happy out in several inches of snow...

This winter, she won't end!
The Mississippi isn't totally ice free, there is still ice down on Lake Pepin. The first barge broke through 12-14" of ice on Pepin two weeks ago. Depressing.
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Re: Degree of difficulty in circumnavigating Lake Superior ?

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So how was your trip? I am going to to be doing this but it will probably be 2015 as my boat is needing a lot of refiting this spring
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So how was your trip?
I'm curious to hear how it went also. I've always thought circumnavigating the entire shoreline of all 5 Great Lakes would be an awesome summer adventure.
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I have thought of the same thing, but, can't take the summer off. Have you ever calculated how far that would be?
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Have you ever calculated how far that would be?
Well, I think the "official" Great Lakes' shoreline distance is 10,900 miles but that includes connecting channels, all bays, and islands. A rough estimate using Navionics suggests about ~3,700 miles of sailing when plotting a course that mostly follows the coast. Might be doable in a season, but probably a more enjoyable adventure if spread out over two or three seasons.
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So how was your trip? I am going to to be doing this but it will probably be 2015 as my boat is needing a lot of refiting this spring
It was great! It was my longest trip, and the first time I had been out of sight of land and sailed overnight. Pretty exciting stuff for a beginner.

We ended up leaving from Duluth, and did the entire length of Superior. We sailed past the tall ships in Duluth Harbor then went overnight to Bayfield and hung out there for a day.

Then we did an overnight to the Keweenaw Waterway and spent a day in Houghton-Hancock. Our strongest weather on that leg, sustained 30 knot winds with 6-8' waves. Our foul weather gear got a workout; a lot of waves were breaking and throwing water into the cockpit.

The longest segment was from Houghton-Hancock to Sault Ste. Marie. That took 32 hours, much of it motoring because it was dead calm.


Even though we were sailing during the hottest part of summer, it was cold. Nights on Lake Superior are chilly. The little municipal marinas we stayed at were quaint and friendly and charming. And wow, that lake is beautiful. I can't wait to do it again.

Get that boat refit and set sail!
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