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04-20-2014 02:09 PM
Ded reckoner
Re: Lake sailors?

The first time I ever went sailing it was in a dinghy sailboat on Lake Sebring in Florida. I was used to a small fishing motorboat and the experience of moving across the lake powered by the wind was exhilarating.

We live in central Texas now so we sail on 4000 acre Granger Lake. Unlike a lot of drought-stricken Texas, it has water consistently. Also, it's remote enough from Austin typically only locals frequent it.

Lake sailing is great for getting a lot of experience sailing. When you bareboat charter a bigger boat, there's a transition in learning how she handles and all her systems, but you'll feel very comfortable sailing.
04-20-2014 09:31 AM
Re: Lake sailors?

Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
Lake Champlain here, which, as we all know, is one the the Great Lakes....
Well, I'm sure Lake Champlain is a great lake to sail, but it ain't no Great Lake (no matter what your former President said) .

Speaking of Great Lakes, I'm not sure if they qualify here, but the Great Lakes are a phenomenal sailing and cruising area. My cruising ground has been the north shore of Lake Superior these past few years. If you want all the thrills of big water, with incredible anchorages, the benefits of fresh water, and almost no other cruisers around, point your bow to the Canadian side of Lake Superior. We can go for weeks without seeing another cruising boat.
04-20-2014 09:23 AM
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Hey Junkman, very cool boat

I'm on Lk Ontario between Kingston & Picton, in the lea of Amhearst Island
04-20-2014 08:39 AM
Re: Lake sailors?

Lake Champlain here, which, as we all know, is one the the Great Lakes....

04-15-2014 10:37 PM
Re: Lake sailors?

I'd have to also chime in and add a vote for Champlain. I remember my dad taking my brother and I up there when we were kids, on his Mac 25 back then. Had an absolute great time.

I'm currently intending my summers for the next couple years to be spent mostly on Cayuga Lake, with trips from time to time over to Seneca and up to Ontario. From there, who knows. I can certainly see smaller lakes having a sense of "Been there, seen that already", but there are definitely fun things to find and do still. I also subscribe to the view that as long as I'm on water, I'm enjoying it.
04-14-2014 03:31 PM
Re: Lake sailors?

I sail a FJ on my local lake. Takes about an hour to sail to the other side. There are mostly houses on the shore. In the shallow parts there can be a bunch of weeds. I also sail my 27' boat on Lake Michigan. A winter gale could bring 25' steep waves. The Great Lakes are called an inland sea, however, there is usually no tide or current, and the water is clear and salt-free.
04-14-2014 03:28 PM
Re: Lake sailors?

Came back to sailing after a 25 year break. Lake Grapevine, on the approach to DFW Airport. Nice marina (Scotts) though a little pricey I think. Have only sailed inland lakes in Texas, but all of them offer something different. We miss our trailer sailor (O'Day 22) but like the convenience of being at our slip and on the water in 25 minutes in our Cape Dory 25. Lake's down now, but tribal rain dances recently held might help
04-14-2014 12:43 PM
Re: Lake sailors?

Ill bite at this one. I dont post just lurk mostly but I do sail on a lake.
I sail on Lake Tahoe. Its beautifull but....Its a dang pain in the but. The lake is SO over controled its crazy. If you are not super ritch just get ready to be looked down on. The multimillionaires who control the lake think they own it and guess what they do. They have removed all trailer parking from marinas and posted no parking signs. You can pay to launch but then what? If you dont own a dock or bouy your SOL. Most marinas have gone to a pay in pay out policy. WTF its a ramp not a travel lift....This is (in my opinion) to keep day launches off the lake If you cant afford to stay on the lake well then you should just stay away..

A mooring ball costs half as much as my boat and a dock, dont even think about it.
A few years ago I went to join the local yach club. (Just so I could keep my boat at their dock) I called and spoke with them and they said come on down.

I never made it in the door. A man met me at the door, looked me up and down looked at my rusty old subaru and simply said " We are not accepting new members at this time."

Wednesday night beer can races? Shure Id love to. Races start at 6 ramp closes at 8. WTF? Oh, dont have a dock do you?...... I just have to shake my head grumble and walk away like the poor secondclass smuck that I am.....

On the other hand everyone says our gusty wind and docking at the unprotected leeshore dock will teach me all I need for the time when I can sell it all and leave this land locked uptight crazyness for somewhere south..

Dang now Im all fired up..

I think on the ocean when a place sucks you just sail.somewhere else and that appeals verry much to this guy.
If any of ya ever come up this way shoot me a PM. Id be glad to crew on some of those fancy boats that must be owned by someone.
04-14-2014 11:23 AM
Re: Lake sailors?

I do 95% of my sailing on local lakes. Here in NC you can sail on them year round. Best sailing season is in spring and fall, when there is a lot of relatively steady wind. Since all my boats are on trailers, the annual cost is pretty minimal. But if I had a choice (and lived close to the ocean) I would trade it for coastal sailing in an instant.
04-14-2014 11:11 AM
Re: Lake sailors?

I have sailed and been on boats off the coasts of Florida (Gulf and Atlantic), eastern Puerto Rico, Cozumel and Mazatlan Mexico, Atlantic coast of New England and the Pacific Northwest.

I have yet to find a place I would prefer to cruise and sail than Lake Champlain.

600 miles of shoreline, deep deep water, and large areas without another boat in sight.

Endless number of good, interesting, empty anchorages and never without a protected shore to tuck in for the afternoon or night.

Excellent beaches.

Fresh, clean, clear water that you can spend all day in.

Cheap mooring 15 minutes from home.

If it wasn't for this

we'd probably be overrun with cruisers, so I even embrace the cold harsh winters.
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