Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-04-2015, 09:30   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Alto, Michigan
Boat: Catalina C400 40'
Posts: 15
Great Lakes sailor new to forum

My name is Gary Harkins. I joined the forum today and am enjoying cruising through the various topics. I own a 1998 Catalina C400 which I bought new in March of 1998. I've sailed extensively in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. This summer I intend to circumnavigate Lake Superior. I'm interested in getting some bluewater experience to decide if that is something I might like to pursue. I practice celestial navigation extensively while on the boat, but it is not the same as it would be on a true bluewater passage.

Gary
__________________

__________________
cygnussailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2015, 09:42   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
RolfP's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Pensacola and Minnesota
Boat: 1982 Morgan 383
Posts: 202
Images: 1
Re: Great Lakes sailor new to forum

Gary -- Welcome to the Lake. I particularly have enjoyed: Isle Royale, Bayfield, WI (Home port) and the Apostle Islands, Houghten Peninsula (outside and inside), Grand Marias, MN, Duluth/Superior. I am told the Canadian Coast is spectacular and plan to visit. Watch for the fetch, as I'm sure you are aware on Michigan and Huron, where it is long and you are downwind the seas get big and short. Though I've seen larger on the ocean, L. Superior is deadly cold in the main, though often swim-able in the anchorages, and so, so, so very clean! -- Rolf
__________________

__________________
RolfP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2015, 10:04   #3
Registered User
 
Stu Jackson's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cowichan Bay, BC (Maple Bay Marina)
Posts: 6,385
Re: Great Lakes sailor new to forum

Gary,

I've sailed on Lake Michigan, and from what I could see, it sure is big enough to provide an adequate "horizon!"

Nice boat, good luck. Thee are many Lake Superior sailors here, so there's archived material available with a search, as well as asking specific questions.

Welcome aboard.
__________________
Stu Jackson
Catalina 34 #224 (1986) C34IA Secretary
Cowichan Bay, BC, (Maple Bay Marina) SR/FK, M25, Rocna 10 (22#) (NZ model)
Stu Jackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2015, 10:13   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Alto, Michigan
Boat: Catalina C400 40'
Posts: 15
Re: Great Lakes sailor new to forum

Thanks for the welcome messages I'm looking forward to making use of this forum.

It is practical to practice celestial on any of the Great Lakes, and it certainly could help if you were to loose all other forms of navigation. I have used it with the GPS turned off to sail to Port Washington, Wisconsin just for practice and it worked perfectly. I used an old mariners trick of intentionally arriving on the Wisconsin shoreline north of my destination by enough that I was sure it was south of me...turned to port, kept the shoreline in sight, end of story! In fact it was so good that I could have sailed directly into Port Washington without using any tricks!

Gary
__________________
cygnussailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2015, 14:58   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: mi /grt lks
Boat: Laguna, windrose 25
Posts: 103
Re: Great Lakes sailor new to forum

Hello everyone, I am relatively new to this forum also. Have some experience, but must confess still pretty green. Bought a nice Laguna swing keel, and look forward to seeing some of the places written about here. So far I am eating this up. I GOT THE BUG BAD!
joel e felt
__________________
Joel E Felt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
great lakes, rum, sail

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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crew Available: Experienced Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard Sailor Lifesmith Crew Archives 0 21-10-2013 06:56
Ericson Sailor from the Great Lakes fon7546 Meets & Greets 1 20-02-2011 18:49
Hi - Great Lakes Cruisers, New to Forum S&S Meets & Greets 5 02-08-2009 09:14
Great Lakes Sailor--New to list Greg T Meets & Greets 3 07-04-2008 15:11
Great Lakes Regional Forum irwinsailor Forum Tech Support & Site Help 1 26-02-2003 22:41



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:30.


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.