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Old 23-10-2007, 13:05   #1
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Greetings from Wisconsin!

Hello Forum!

The name's Pete Bernhardt, and I am an aspiring future sailor. That's right, as soon as my wife lets me get a ship, then I am OUT THERE! Obviously, Wisconsin has no "blue water" to speak of, but the Great Lakes of Superior and Michigan should be large enough tracts of open water for me to conquer (for a while).

Anyway, hello to the members of this forum; I'll be popping around looking at the messages for a while before I have anything useful to contribute. See you out there!

Oh, and I also draw a nautical comic called Seaworthy. Click the image below to check it out!
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Old 23-10-2007, 13:29   #2
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Aloha Pete,
Welcome aboard!! Just checked out your first two episodes and "Seaworthy" appears to be a fine vessel. I suppose some might think it a little old design.
I guess the Captain and crew have discovered that lifelines or railings are not made to lean against but only to catch you if you need some assistance. Of course, dry rot on wooden rails makes them a bit weak.
I prefer the term boat to ship when used for sailboats up to about 100 feet or so. Old Navy was to regard ships as carrying boats. Therefore, boats were anything small enough that you could hoist aboard a ship and carry with you. Submarines, however, were always referred to as boats. Yachts are boats used for pleasure or recreation. I've had 8 foot yachts.
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Old 23-10-2007, 13:57   #3
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Good advice, John! Thanks for the input!
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Old 23-10-2007, 18:22   #4
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Although not the best time of year, if you are looking for some sailing experience and a great group of people to sail with, drink beer and race( not necessarily in that order), if you are in the Milwaukee area, check out the MYC and SSYC. You can always find a boat to crew on. They take their racing seriously but not themselves.
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Sounds nice, although I'm actually more in the Lake Superior area. I'm sure there are a few yachting clubs up near Duluth and that. After I learn the ropes (I mean sheets) I plan on being a trailer sailor (to eliminate the cost of mooring and conveniently being able to get a change of scene).
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... I'm sure there are a few yachting clubs up near Duluth and that...
Absolutely!
And Bayfield, Wisconsin is the gateway to the Apostle Islands.
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Hello Seaworthy – y’all got lots of good water up your way… shouldn’t be a problem for at least part of the year… it’s that hard-water y’all get in a few months that gives me the willies…
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I know... I am really out of my element up here in the Frozen North (am originally a Texan). I am NOT looking forward to 5-6 months of winter!

I love the Apostle Islands (it's so pretty up there). It would be great fun to sail around in that area!
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The Apostle Islands will be a great place to get some experience. You will learn the 2 a.m. anchoring drill as all of us that sail there have learned. It will teach you to pay attention to the weather (and sometimes even that does not help) as most of the anchorages are fairly open to at least two directions. It is still a great place though and I am sure you will have an incredible time. I have a number of photos from trips around the lakes scattered about in the photo gallery that you might find interesting.
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Wow, you only get 6 months of winter up there?! Lucky dog.

Here is something to wet your whistle. Our web site has some pictures and videos of our sailing on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Voyages of the June Bug

See you on the water!

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I've chartered several times in the Apostles, you will love them. If your looking to learn, they have some good instruction to go along with your charters out of Bayfield.

I live in the southern part of Wisconsin. We get the cold too, however we don't get the volume of snow that you will in the Superior / Duluth area. We sail year round here. On hard water. Nothing like a mid winter adrenaline rush on an Ice Boat. Check it out .

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Iceboating sounds like a blast! I have to try that sometime.
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