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haul out? when?
Wow! What a summer!
My first ever 'big' boat, I bought an Ericsion 27 late in fall '07, and finally got her in working order late in June '08. We've got a slip in Northpoint Marina (Winthrop Harbor) and live about 30 minutes from the slip. It's been great getting to know this boat, and have so many family members and friends along to dimensionalize the experiences. I've come to love this boat more and more, and while I've got great respect for the power of lake Michigan, this Ericson has the ability to tame 'giche gumee' quite a bit.
While I thought I'd end up doing some single handing this summer, it seems I've never been wont for crew. That's great right? Well, the ONLY part of this that isn't ideal for me, is that none of the crew I've had are willing to cruise. In other words, no one (other than me) thinks it's a cool idea to cruise up to Racine (easily reached in a day), spend the night, and then return to Northpoint. While I've now had two separate transient Racine reservations this summer, neither has been met. One due to waves that my 12 year old daughter was not at all comfortable with (maybe 3-5 feet), and the other due to a friend admitting to me that he's not entirely comfortable sleeping in the boat.
Oh well, the day sails have been wonderful, and I'm hoping for at least a few more good weekends of sailing. I'll be putting her to rest at Larsen Marine in Waukegan, but have yet to decide on a date. I'm thinking of haul out early Oct. so I have some fair weather to do some dry land work on her this fall.
How's everyone else facing this change of season, and when will you haul?
Best of luck to all,