"David, thanks again for replying. We stopped in St. Joseph municipal a couple years ago on the way to South Haven (South Haven is as far North has we've ever gotten). Real nice cozy marina and the yacht club had a fantastic dinner. May stop…"
I sail a Cape Dory 36 on the Great Lakes, mostly with my son, also David (we call him Davie). Ariel is a 1979 Carl Alberg design, as perfect as a boat can be. I fell in love with the design 30 years ago, but had to wait until 2002 to get one. I am married to Chris and we have a younger son (than Davie), Jonathan, who also likes sailing, but isn't a fanatic about it like his older brother and I are.
All over Lake Michigan. Every summer we go someplace new. Summer of 2008 it was Lake Charlevoix, Beaver Island and the north end of Lake Michigan. Before that it was Green Bay and Door County. Before that it was the east coast of Lake Michigan (the Michigan shoreline) and all the great little harbors.
In years past, I sailed the California coast, California to Hawaii and back, the Marshall Islands, the Chuuk Islands, the Florida Keys and San Francisco Bay.
Next summer, we're thinking about cruising the North Channel of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
Ariel went into the water on June 5, neither late nor early according to our past performance. We stored mast-down this winter since we added roller furlers to the jib and staysail. We bought Spin-Tec at the Strictly Sail Boat Show in Chicago; they are known for their simplicity, and rugged durability. I'm still in shock: I never thought I would install roller furling on my boat. The ability to make or hand sail without having to venture onto the foredeck has become increasingly important to… Continue
David, We'll have to check out St. Joe. My mom's family had a summer cabin there when she was a kid. I've never been but heard stories. So St. Joe would be a good place to visit. That's St Joe/Benton Harbor?
David, Thanks for the reply and good advice. My kids are 12 and 10. They really enjoy sailing so far. ...and my wife is gradually beginning to enjoy it more. Family friendly places are good for us. However, we keep talking about hanging out around South Haven on 4th of July to watch fireworks. I prefer anchoring out but my wife and kids like the conveniences of a marina. The Merit 22 we sail is a bit small with limited facilities. ...so we'd consider both. I want them to continue to enjoy sailing.
Is it difficult to get slip in South Haven around July 4?
MK and I have been under the weather. We were thinking about going to the Chicago Boat Show; but that doesn't seem likely now--perhaps next year. I've been looking at Cape Dory boats on the web and dreaming (the bigger boat bug has bitten!) Most likely we'll end up chartering a boat when I feel the need for bigger water. Hope you had great holidays. Happy New Year!
I thought that looked like the old leather factory in the background. That is gone now; someone is going to build condominiums there.
With two week vacations you don’t get far, Beaver Island is about as far as I get. Summer of 09 I hope to go a little farther.
Will you be going to the boat show in Chicago?
"for what is worth, just make sure that the antifreeze you are seeing is from a spill with winerization process. I noticed some in the same place on our 2008. I chalked it up to possibly overfilling the antifreeze, however it occurred…"
"Bruce/Mike - thank you very much for the responses... I needed a 'reason' for the lack of the bilge pump and what you said makes complete sense. This should take some of the urgency out of the surveyor's…"
"Chris, the 43 is a great boat and I'm sure you'll enjoy it should you finalize the purchase. As you took notice of the sump below the engine does not drain to the bilge. My understanding is that it's designed that way so as to prevent…"
"The boat has two bilge pumps, one electric and one manual. On my 40, I replaced the original pump with a Rule 2000 and a check valve. The original pump would always lose its prime. The engine bilge does not drain into the main bilge in case of an…"
I'm brand new to this group and almost a new owner of a 2008 Beneteau 43. I have spent time reading nearly every discussion and post in this group in preparation for making the offer and understanding the boat. It is clear that this group is extremely knowledgeable and willing to help. I hope I don't overstay my welcome with questions...Here is my first one and it came up during the pre-purchase survey. The boat had antifreeze (winterization/pink) in the bilge beneath the engine and then it…See More