This post is about two months late. I've been out of the water since the end of September. I don't know why I just haven't gotten around to writing lately. This year we brought the boat home for the winter. Usually, we leave it at the marina but I have plans to redo some of the brightwork this spring. I'll be able to self-launch when I'm ready plus it has gives me the chance to do a rig inspection as well as look through everything really closely. Now I have a list of winter projects in hand. Everything from a few little sail patches to switching out a few turnbuckles.
This year I upgraded my motor to a 7.5 long shaft and it has made a big difference on the way we use the boat. While it is a bit much the power is sure nice to have. It also uses more gas ⛽ but has been worth it. The trip up the river to the lake is about 40 minutes and the extra horse power make it go a bit easier especially on high traffic days.
What do you do when you hit the lake and there is absolutely no wind. I mean zero, zilch, notta. How about tie the pool floaty to the back and pull the kid around. I know sacrilege a sailboat tubing but the kid had a great time.
Venetian fest is no joke in Saugatuck. It is super fun and a must visit weekend. This year Remax had their hot air balloon going. The bbq was great and the beer tent was and music were rocking.
The boat parade theme was A Salute to the Military.
Tower Marines new floating docks were all lit up. Super nice job guys.
The fireworks 🎆🎇 are second to none. Every year these fire works eclipse the 4of July display and this year was no exception.
Several years back, I built this Kayak. It is fun to see the fish swim under you in the shallows while you paddle. this summer, West System ran a competition on their Facebook page. You know the kind, post a picture of something you built with their product and they will pick a winner. My kayak won a West System prize pack.
Over the years, I have tried different epoxy systems with limited success but if I want something done right I always go back to West System. Six10 is my current go to product for everything. It is a thickened epoxy in a resealable caulking tube. The kayak above was built with the traditional 105 system. I actually still have my first West System project a Gee Gee model pond yacht. This stuff is tough and well worth considering if you are looking to do any kind of repair on your boat or around the house. I actually have a list of odds and ends around the house that need to be epoxied for when I mix up a batch.
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Out today doing what the Typhoon does best. Sailing, fishing and beach bobbing.
Leaving the harbor. Myles is getting some serious tiller time today.
Here is a short video of us underway on Lake Michigan.
Myles has mostly navigated by using visual fixes.
Point the bow at that (insert object here).
However on the big lake with no visual cues this becomes an issue.
Thus compass navigation becomes the norm of the day.
"Hold a course of 270 degrees. Chicago is only 2 days away."
Trolling off the stern,
Focused at the tiller
Sleeping at the tiller.
Bobbing at the beach.
Our trusty ice chest keeps our towels and supplies dry as we swim from the boat to the beach.
Beach finds of the day were sparse.
Snorkeling however was great.
On the return trip we started with the Genoa but switched to the Spinnaker for the run back to the channel.
Today we set off for some big lake adventures on Lake Michigan. With waves around 1ft we made good time sailing south to Oval Beach. Oval is a huge destination beach and we usually go by car, logistically it is easier but nowhere near as fun.
Next the belly boarder hits the waves.
Then there was some digging for treasure.
And more belly boarding
Sailing home the wind had come up a bit more and this guy was a little chilly.
In the distance the Mt. Bald Head Radar Tower dominates the sky line.
We even saw the Star of Saugutuck out on the big lake today churning south.
Then the Star passed us in the channel on the way back to the marina.
Once back in Lake Kalamazoo we popped the sails up once more and made a few more passes in front of Tower Marine before coming into dock. Overall it was a great day to be out on the lake.