Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-08-2011, 13:14   #1
Registered User
 
SPCarroll's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Great Lakes
Boat: Glander Cay 23
Posts: 52
Images: 4
Sheboygan

I just tried doing a sail from Sheboygan, WI to Pentwater, MI since it's the closest city across the lake that I could find. It was my first cruise and I learned a lot. It pays to have friends along who know how to steer so you can get some sleep. Also, never trust the forecast for Lake Michigan. It was supposed to be building from 6 knots up to 19 and then dropping down to 12 knots over the next two days. We were becalmed so many times out in the middle of the lake that we had to turn back shortly after crossing the middle line just so I could get home in time for work.
Does anyone else have any stories about trips that didn't go as planned, or maybe I was just not giving myself enough time to relax and enjoy it no matter what happened.
__________________
Here's my blog about my boat, and some of my adventures.
http://seanpatrickcarroll.blogspot.com
SPCarroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 13:20   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,654
Images: 5
Re: Sheboygan

SPC -
Never have a schedule if you're cruising.
Great to have friends that can steer though.
__________________
Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 15:34   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bayfield, Lake Superior, WI
Boat: C&C 34
Posts: 358
Images: 1
Re: Sheboygan

I'm also a Great Lakes sailor, Lk. Superior, and no y'can't trust the forecasts...especially the wind speed. I've learned to always have a plan B, especially when in an anchorage. When wind direction changes I have seen (buoyed with a fender) anchors dropped as people go off to the alternative anchorage. As storms blow in fast I would suggest that if you have a diesel engine, make sure the fuel is clean (polishing helps) and that you have a good fuel filter system, If you are motoring, Great Lakes waves are square and irregular and can really stir up fuel tank sediment which translates to a shut down engine when you least need it. Also, look at what happened during last months Chicago-Mac to see how even the most experienced lakes sailors can get surprised.
__________________
Never, ever, ever take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time.
sailstoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:17.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.