After weeks of checking out the forum and scouring the internet
, I'm slightly overwhelmed by the amount of information and would really appreciate some advice.
My uncle and I have always had a goal of 'sailing the Great Lakes', and for his 50th a few weeks ago, we decided that this year is the year. Now comes the slightly more difficult part: his best friend and I are trying to figure out which route
to take, whether a return trip or point to point is best, and how to find a yacht to suit.
A quick bit of background: All three of us are between 35-50, have been sailing together since we were young and are competent sailors. Our last trip was two weeks sailing the great barrier reef
on a 45' Bavaria
. We have experience in both inland waters and coastal sailing, and have owned a variety of boats over the years.
The variables are as follows:
Time - our time window starts on the 7th or 8th June for about 2 weeks. We could start a few days earlier, but need to be home by the end of June.
Vessel - quality 40' to 50' sailing yacht. Less than 10 years old and in good condition.
- This is where it becomes difficult. I've read great accounts of the North Channel, the top half of Lake Michigan, the western side of Lake Huron (Saginaw to Mackinaw City), and also the Thousand Islands near Kingston on Lake Ontario
- all have rave reviews
. Have also found conflicting info about winds being calm in summer to the point where you do a lot of motoring, but also that the wind
on eastern side of Lake Huron can get pretty interesting pretty quickly.
We really enjoy pottering around lots of little islands, rather than the long haul stretches (although transit days are fine). We are also fans of pulling into little ports
along the way (a nice cooked dinner is preferable to what we're able to conjure up on the boat). Hot showers and friendly locals (although not at the same time) are definitely a plus
This is hopefully where you guys come in. Can anyone recommend a route that takes the above into account (beautiful scenery, island hopping, ports
, 2ish weeks mid June)? Point-to-point (i.e. one-way) is fine if there is a yacht charter
that offers this service
Contact details for reputable yacht charter
companies you know who might be able to help would also be very much appreciated.
Any other local (or other) tips & advice would be great.
Thank you very very much in advance guys! Really looking forward to the trip!
PS> I'm located in Australia
, and my uncle is in Germany
, so it may take a day or so for a response from us given the time difference, but we will definitely be active in this thread