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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Back at it Again! Bay City, MI June, 2012

Great planning over the winter scheduled us to leave for the North Channel and Georgian Bay June 1st. That way we could pack it all in! There is so much to see! June 1st came and went as did many other days. Lyn Detzler from Skipper Buds was helping us with our last minute projects which, as usual, took longer than we had expected.  The rear video camera and DC engine lights are now performing admirably!

Over the winter we completed the new galley (Corian!)  and canvas was extended to give us more casual, outdoor seating. The white wicker and cushions are a welcome addition. As we cruise, Jim or I can lounge and read while the other half works feverishly over the auto pilot. Jim also used epoxy on the transom and the windows, then appropriately varnished or painted. Jim also repaired and varnished the handrails. Looking mighty fine! Oh, and we had the propellers balanced.....and the generator hoses replaced.

The weather for the two weeks before we left was incredible, of course!  When it came time to leave, the wind showed it’s ugly (or lovely for my sailor friends) head. We decided to cruise under bridges from Skipper Buds to the Saginaw Bay Yacht Club so we could easily enter Saginaw Bay. Lyn kindly called and scheduled our space for us as Saginaw Bay Yacht Club offers reciprocity to other yacht club members. Lyn's wife Tari was the first female commodore in 2005. Not one since. Hey Bayview, get your head out of the sand!

What a night! The wind gods were warning us to be careful on our trip! The most hazardous bay in my opinion is Saginaw Bay. The shape of the Bay lends itself to building winds that come from the (prevalent) SW wind. We rocked and rolled and not one of the 4 of us slept.
We took off early and the Bay was like glass! Hallelujah!

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