I'm in Petoskey preparing for the jump to Beaver and I had a few questions I thought someone here might be able to answer.
From Petoskey or Charlevoix, am I correct in saying that the shoals in between the island and the mainland are closer to the mainland so staying within 8 miles from the island or less and tacking back and foruth in necessary will keep me clear of those shoals I've seen on the charts
and from GoodHeart?
From Beaver to Mackinaw, most people seem to go through the shipping
lanes, south of the great shoal that stretches out east of Hog Island until they reach the Southern light house. They then go north through the shipping
lane until they see the northern light house, then turn east.
I've heard of smaller boats like mine just ignoring the whole process and going as they please without hitting bottom but seeing lots of big boulders which I'd like to avoid.
My question is why not leave from northern Hog Island, get up early and just head
north from there then turn east. My boat
draws 4.5 feet so I could navigate my way to the north west side of Hog. Why don't more boats just skip the light houses and shipping lanes all together on the way to Mackinaw?
Thanks for the info in advance.