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03-22-2011 05:45 PM
T34C FWIW- My marina in Egg Harbor doesn't officially open until May 15th. My launch date tends to vary depending on what boat work needs to be done that year. Years that require much painting or varnish work tend to be late launches. The combination of low air temps and frequent rain keep me from getting paint work done early in the spring and push launch to late May. Always in before Memorial Day.
03-22-2011 05:06 PM
eckcn17 Thank you all for your responses!!
Chris
02-24-2011 01:56 PM
jcorsican Last year we launched April 2 (80f) and hauled November 1 in Muskegon MI.
02-24-2011 01:52 PM
EJO It looks like you got your answer. Put her in and enjoy. Even though I'm a Michigander now my boating season is NOT from Memorial to Labor (contrary to the Admiral's) I boat from the weekend around April 1 to a weekend or two B-4 Halloween (end-Oct).
This gives me 6 to 6-1/2 months of sailing and sometimes I have to have a wind-breaker, sweater and gloves on, but hey the sailing is great. Last May 7th, 2010 I sailed Lake Michigan from Whitehall to South Haven (81nm) and although the marinas were still closed (as to full service(gas, water etc)shore power is normally on by then) and there was ice on the deck in the early AM when we left Whitehall, the average temp during the trip was 35 deg.F and the sailing was great. Again this was in May so you never know in MI (on LM) because I also had great boating on April 15th with 60 deg.F weather.
Hey it's Lake Michigan weather changes quick, storms come and go, but it's fresh water and no sharks when you fall overboard.
02-24-2011 01:26 PM
Barquito
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Yes, planning a launch date is tough, especially since everyone is aiming for the same two day sailing season...
Ha, ha, ha... also check out how little wear and tear there is on our boats that only sail for a few weeks a year in fresh water... well don't look at my boat
02-24-2011 01:23 PM
eckcn17 Thank you guys very much, it helps me feel better!! I have the launch scheduled for 4/22 with SKipper Buds in Winthrop Harbor, and I know the harbor in Pleasant Prarie opens the harbor up on 4/15! So I do feel better about it do to your comments!

Thanks again!

Chris
02-24-2011 11:03 AM
MC1
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Yes, planning a launch date is tough, especially since everyone is aiming for the same two day sailing season...
. . . That's kiddin' with a knife in it! Sad, but almost true.

Mitigation? See threads on cabin heating and full enclosures.
02-24-2011 09:41 AM
cormeum Waukegan opens April 1. We're usually there at the slip the first week of April- we wet store in the river and have to be the first out. There can be a lot of good (albeit wet and cold) sailing in April- if you don't mind throwing in a reef or three

I'm surprised by the comment that Chicago Harbors opens so late- maybe check their website.
02-24-2011 08:15 AM
kwaltersmi Simply check with your local marina. They'll dictate when you can launch.

Here on the eastern shores near Grand Haven/Muskegon, late April is not too early in most years. Storms can occur any time of the year so you'll have to be prepared for storms in June/July/August/Sept anyway, so just make sure she's secure in the slip and battened down.

While the water in the big lake won't warm up reasonably until late June or sometime in July, there's some great early season sailing to be had.
02-24-2011 08:07 AM
sailingdog Yes, planning a launch date is tough, especially since everyone is aiming for the same two day sailing season...
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