Beginning Location: Pentwater, MI
End Location: Grand Haven, MI
Miles Traveled: 56
Weather: Started flat, ended up Rocking and Rolling
Stayed at: Grand Haven Municipal Marina ($43 for a 30 foot boat)
We made a big jump today knocking out 55 miles on our trip south on Lake Michigan. We wanted to make up for our earlier weather delays and also were not eager to visit either White Lake or Muskegon again. We kept our boat in Muskegon for 2 seasons and we don’t miss it!
Anyway, the day started out quite flat and pretty windless. We motored along at about 6.5 miles per hour for a few hours. By about 3pm the wind started to come up out of the North and the waves began to build a little. We had our main sail up and were getting at least a 1/2 mph boost from it. By 5pm the waves were 2-3 feet from directly behind us. That doesn’t sound like much, but when your boat turns into an 8000 pound surfboard, it can be a handful. At times we reached speeds of 8 and even 9mph. (Okay, I know a child can ride a bicycle 9 miles and hour, but that’s really fast for us!)
So, as my father would say, we made good time to Grand Haven. Long travel days like this are pretty exhausting, but we’re glad to be in a nice town. We’re staying at least another night to get some work done for our jobs and to have a little play time. Now it’s time for the Tigers game and frosty beverage.
P.S. We took the cats up in the cockpit with us this morning in their travel carrier. After an hour we let them out downstairs. They weren’t exactly thrilled, but they managed the day a lot better than yesterday.