Monday, May 27, 2013

Home is where the boat is

Well, we made it home! Ron and I, along with our friends Jerm and Angie, left Charlevoix on Friday morning and began our long journey.  After 26 hours of sailing, motoring and motor sailing  170 miles over four days we finally made it back to Muskegon. 

Leaving Charlevoix, waiting for the bridge

This trip can be summed up in a single word: COLD.  Even though we had plenty of sun our daytime highs were in the low 50's and nights were as cold as 37 degrees.  Good thing we had heavy sleeping bags and blankets galore!

On our first leg we went from Charlevoix to South Manitou Island.  We sailed the majority of the way and had a little excitement when water was spotted coming out from under the stove, and not just a little water.  After sopping up the galley floor, we found more water coming in at a pretty alarming rate.  Although Angie was ready to abandon ship (which was quite entertaining...sorry Ang!), Ron started tracing the flow back to the source of the water.  After unloading most of the lazarette and following the water back behind it Ron found a broken connector that drains water from the cockpit drains out through the hull.  Since we were heeling on that side water was shooting in through the split hose from the lake.  After a quick-fix with electrical tape we were back under way with no more leaks! 

We spent that evening doing a little exploring on South Manitou Island then spent our first night at anchor in the calm bay that we had all to ourselves.  Still can't get over how clear and clean this water is!  This place is definitely on our short list of places to revisit.

On our way to explore South Manitou Island
South Manitou Ranger Station

South Manitou lighthouse
We left South Manitou the next morning on our way to Manistee.  With the light winds we motor sailed most of the time.

Leaving South Manitou Island

Passing by Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
Naturally, since we had light winds Ron wanted to put up the spinnaker right away.  We let it fly for about 15 minutes but the unsteady winds made it a pain to deal with so we brought it back in, but boy did it look great while it was up!

Spinnaker going up!

Our next stop was in White Lake.  We anchored and found our anchor light wasn't working, meaning now I'll have to hoist Ron up 50 feet to the top of the mast to check it out and fix it...he better be real nice to me that day.  We spent the evening playing cards, having dinner and enjoying some cocktails.  After dinner, and some more cocktails, Ron and Jerm thought it would be a good idea to shower in the lake.  Not the brightest bulbs in the box those two, but it was pretty funny watching them scramble back to the boat after hitting the water and having their breath taken away by the cold.

Water temps in the upper 40's...he's out of his mind
Him too
 From White Lake we had a short 14 mile jaunt to Muskegon. 
We've arrived!
After sitting in storage for the last year and a half we couldn't believe how smooth the engine ran, even after all the motoring we had to do we never even had so much as a hiccup with our trusty Volvo...phew!  It was still cold, now cloudy and the crew all had bad cases of wind burned faces but we were finally HOME!

Next up: Get Lexie aboard, invite friends and family out and start having some fun!

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