I will second the east side for more ports
to pull into and plenty of places to anchor
. The weather
could go either way but more likely than not it will be very cold especially on the water
, along with plenty of wind. I'm not too sure on how the waves would be on the west side of the lake having only sailed to that coast a couple of times. The wind direction changes every couple of days with new weather
fronts ect nothing is really reliable except that if you need to go north that's where the wind will be from.
Not to say that it can't be done but you'll need a serious heating
system especially if the hull
isn't insulated. In other words I don't think a force 10 propane
or kerosene heater is going to cut it on it's own. I had a friend do the reverse trip from Detriot to Muskegon Easter weekend a couple of years ago. It was very cold and rough. Plenty of wind out of the direction he was trying to go the whole way. Not much ice at that time, though the winter ice was down a ton that year. It will be much colder that extra 3-4 weeks earlier you are planning. Be prepared! I'd seriously look at moving it back a month at the very least.