Somehow you have all overlooked one of the nicest places to stop, SOUTH HAVEN. With multiple municipal marinas
(including a brand new North side marina facility), easy access to downtown, fuel
, restaurants, great ice cream and the hospitable South Haven Yacht Club, immediately available, it's a great place to park for a week. For kids
, there are dedicated playgrounds, skate parks and beaches all within 2-3 blocks. Yes, it's my home port but it's not to be missed.
Let me add something about Arcadia. It's a nice place to anchor
and the small municipal is very hospitable, but there is not much there. If you like to fish
, Lake Arcadia is great for kids
, but that's about it. The closest restaurant is about 1/2 mile away.
This year I don't think that water
depths will be a problem. Between the cold weather
(which formed ice and retarded evaporation) and the snow, we should have increased depths at all marinas
The bottom line is that Lake Michigan offers the opportunity for fabulous sailing along with great places (on both sides of the Lake) to visit. A Catalina 30
is an excellent choice for a first boat for a family
of 4. The Pearson 30
is probably more solidly built but less spacious inside.
Remember, don't postpone Joy!