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Old 08-14-2016, 10:09 PM   #21
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If you're into the party thing, I'm pretty sure Lake St. Clair has some raft up spots that are popular on summer weekends.
I think I'm still hungover from raft off!
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:09 AM   #22
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This will help get you started as well.
http://www.michigan-sportsman.com/forum/
Also, don't forget about the inland waters. Lots of fishing and swimming available without gators or water moccasins. Highland, Brighton/Howell area, Hamburg South Lyon area are some nice places to look for housing that are reasonably commutable, for starters as well. I'm sure using the boat up here, with average maintenance, will still leave you with a nice reliable boat for retirement.
Nice active site on that link. Thanks Yes my current boat is retirement boat for sure.
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:32 AM   #24
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In addition to the data posted below, I grew up on Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio and in Grosse Pointe City, Michigan; now live in upstate NY. Your CC will be perfectly at home on the Great Lakes and as a rough water boat better than many runabouts for the conditions on the water. Be advised Lake Erie (especially) and Lake St. Claire can be a challenge and a threat to be respected, not feared, due to storms which can develop seas which can be a danger. The seas on the lakes generally are have shorter frequencies that what you may have found on the ocean, All in all enjoy your time on the water: cruising, fishing and playing.

Last spring I purchased a Sea Hunt Ultra 234 center console for use on Ontario and the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY. I am most pleased with the boat. Use it for cruising, watersports and fishing.

The reason for the selection on the vessel is that I grew up on Lyman's in the early sixty's on Lake Erie and Boston Whaler on Lake St. Claire in the late sixty's and seventy's. More recently, I owned a Cobalt, very comfortable, but not too sea worthy. The Sea Hunt is sea worthy, rugged, lots of space and the price is reasonable. (Boston Whaler is stupid expensive) The only drawback I see with a center console is the lack of cabin, but the usable space makes up for the lack of the enclosure.

If you want more cover procure a spray shield and gull wings.

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Old 08-15-2016, 08:42 AM   #25
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Based on the fact you will be working in Dearborn, you may wish to consider living on Grosse Ile or even Grosse Pointe. Grosse Ile is a downriver island community on the Detroit River near Lake Erie and has a large number of homes right on the river. Each of Grosse Pointe communities has a municipal park with available boat dockage.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #26
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Will work with Ford.
First off, you need to say it correctly. You will work at Ford's. As in possessive... that is the way the old timers in SE Mich say it.

I've lived in SE Mich for 50+ years, PM me if you would like any opinions on areas, raised 3 boys here, only one still around in HS.
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Old 08-15-2016, 02:59 PM   #27
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.. Be advised Lake Erie (especially) and Lake St. Claire can be a challenge and a threat to be respected, not feared, due to storms which can develop seas which can be a danger. The seas on the lakes generally are have shorter frequencies that what you may have found on the ocean, All in all enjoy your time on the water: cruising, fishing and playing. ..
Thanks. Yes I am very aware of this. I know they call them lakes but I think seas is more appropriate at least to me. I am a super careful and safe boater and super afraid of cold water. I have all safety equipment including PLB and portable VHF and always wear inflatable PFD on all trips. It will take me a while until I know the water and feel comfortable. Trust me I'll take baby steps. Mainly to understand and read the weather and learn how it affect conditions there.I won't be underestimating anything
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Forgot to ask. Any idea how boat insurance compares to FL? I would expect maybe cheaper. Currently I pay about $550/yr (2015 model). I store my boat at a friend's back yard.
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No comparison on the insurance. I pay less in MI for a 29 CC than I did for a 22 Bay Boat in FL. Same year for both...

If I don't leave the keys in the boat here the marina looks at me cross eyed. I did not do that when my bay boat was behind the house in FL.

No hurricanes or tides, easy to navigate... Short season... Your fresh water policy may have layup dates.

Those actuaries have plenty of data...

I have had good luck with Global Marine. My little boats are on my homeowners...
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No comparison on the insurance. I pay less in MI for a 29 CC than I did for a 22 Bay Boat in FL. Same year for both...

If I don't leave the keys in the boat here the marina looks at me cross eyed. I did not do that when my bay boat was behind the house in FL.

No hurricanes or tides, easy to navigate... Short season... Your fresh water policy may have layup dates.

Those actuaries have plenty of data...

I have had good luck with Global Marine. My little boats are on my homeowners...
Glad to hear that. Thanks!
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With an outboard powered boat you can extend your season once you acclimate to our climate. That will take some time. Our last winter was a mild one for the most part. Predictions for this winter however are leaning towards a colder one. Last year we had a el nino winter which are generally more mild.

In my boating career I have been in the water as early as March 15th and as late as November 7th.

Good luck with your move. Michigan is a great place to live and boat. Spent my entire 67 years so far here and have no plans to move.
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The Great Lakes are very big and the difference between Superior and Erie is like night and day. If you bring your CC to Superior bring warm clothes no matter what month you come in.
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The Great Lakes are very big and the difference between Superior and Erie is like night and day. If you bring your CC to Superior bring warm clothes no matter what month you come in.
Ja! I know. I am pretty sure the water is cold all year round. I am flying up there tomorrow
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http://www.discoverboating.com/resou...le.aspx?id=122


Over a million boat registrations in Michigan! one of the great states for boating from the great lakes to the smaller lakes, especially if you have a trailer. And some of the best fishing. I keep my boat a Belle Maer Harbour marine in Harrision Township on Lake St Clair, and there are lost of CC's here.


http://bellemaerharbormarina.com/


About 45 minutes from Dearborn.
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Cold water? we were anchored last Sunday in lake St Clair and the water was 80 degrees.
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Cold water? we were anchored last Sunday in lake St Clair and the water was 80 degrees.
Well, that is very comforting to hear.
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If you're into the party thing, I'm pretty sure Lake St. Clair has some raft up spots that are popular on summer weekends.
Muscamoot Bay.

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Ok. Please tell me that was a raft world record attempt Now I can see that CCs are super extremely rare here (yes I am at MI now!).
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Welcome to Michigan. I just bought a house in Palm Bay so my transition will be the opposite of yours. I run a 20' side console all over Lake St. Clair.

I wanted to mention, there are a significant number of duck hunters on the great lakes. If you see birds (duck decoys) sitting on the water out in the open there may be a very small, low boat (layout boat) that is rather difficult to see, or decoys and boats along the shoreline (where permitted) covered in camo. Season runs from October 8th to December 4th.

Just a heads up, I don't want you to have any issues as those guys are all armed.
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Ok. Please tell me that was a raft world record attempt Now I can see that CCs are super extremely rare here (yes I am at MI now!).


I relocated from the Midwest to the Not-so-deep South (NC) and I noticed that CC's are EVERYWHERE here, so I finally broke down and bought one. The problem is that my old boat is a cuddy cabin and nobody wants them here. It would be a perfect boat for the Great Lakes. Wish I had it when I lived there.


Anyway, your season will only be limited by how tough you are and how good your clothing is. Curtains are also a must! I wouldn't even want to go without them in Carolina. I fished out of a boat in Lake Michigan on January 1st for 3 or 4 years in a row, and my best day of salmon fishing ever was the day after Thanksgiving, so it can be done. Lots of rivers stay open year round, or for most of it anyway, and if you're any kind of fisherman at all you won't want to miss the spring walleye run in April. Erie is the biggest walleye factory in the world, also, and the spring and fall fishing there is phenomenal! So yes, keep your boat, get some curtains, and enjoy not having to flush your motors and rinse your whole boat and trailer every time you use it!


Oh, for the guy talking about AK Steel, do you also do business with Nucor? That's where I work.
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