Welcome to Michigan!
This is a tall ship rally year for Lake Michigan. The tall ships will be in Green Bay and Chicago, and may stop in Michigan ports
on the off week. I believe the off week is the week of August 19, so watch for tall ships on the Lake and in the harbor then.
I know of tall ships in Traverse City and in South Haven, both groups are always looking for volunteers.
Some hardy souls do liveaboard
here, but many rent a house for the winter months, since we are a tourist destination
there are many empty rentals over the winter. I only know of one person that lived aboard for the entire winter. It is possible, with a well insulated boat, a good heater and a plastic wrapped boat.
The inland lakes and rivers do get ice, but in many marinas
the ice can be kept at bay by running "bubblers", which are like electric
trolling motors with the wash aimed at the boat or the surface of the water
. Moving water
generally won't freeze except at very low temperatures.
The coast of northwest Michigan is a very beautiful and special place, make sure you explore as much as possible, and have a great summer!