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Old 08-11-2016, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default Moving from FL to MI. Should I take my CC?

So I landed a great job at Dearborn, MI and will be relocating to the area. Huge change from my boating spoiling at SE FL. But I see so much water there that I think the short season must still be great. Now I have a typical south weather CC (see sig) and love to fish (75%) and cruise (25%). Will I be happy with it there? Or should I sell it and get a SeaRay (Yuck!!)? Just asking for opinions and what to expect. I could have the option of leaving it here at FL and come once in a while to use it but I think it will deteriorate quickly if I do that. Right now I use it about 100hrs a year. Please advice. Thanks.
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Sure you can. I'm from Ohio and boat lake Erie. I am an ex-CC owner. You've got the Detroit River that will lead you to either Lake Erie in the south or Lake St. Clair in the north (very shallow though unless your in the shipping lanes). Only drawback with a CC (unless you have storm curtains) is the cold Springs and perhaps Fall.

I am sure others from your area will chime in here too. Good luck and welcome.

Are you going to work at AK Steel in Dearborn by chance? This is one of my customers.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:05 PM   #3
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Pioneer, I asked myself the same question when I moved from the Houston area to NW Ohio 2 years ago. I have a 20' center console which I had purchased for use in the Galveston Bay system and near shore GOM. I decided to move the boat (two long days towing), and have been learning to fish for walleye and cruising the islands on Western Lake Erie. I was a bit concerned that the CC might not be the best boat for the Great Lakes, but there are plenty of them here. The only downside I found is that it's a little chilly early and late in the season, so I had a windscreen with "wings" made to provide a bit more of a windbreak than provided by the windshield. The bonus is I don't have to spend an hour and a half flushing the engine, and washing the boat and trailer like I had to do in saltwater. Simply load it up, back it into the storage building, turn off the battery switch and drive off. That fact alone leads me to spend longer days on the water, since I know I don't have the cleanup process at the end of the day.

The season is shorter, but my last day on the water last year was December 20th, and first day back in was March 11. That's a bit unusual due to last year's mild winter, and the usual is mid April through mid November.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:12 PM   #4
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This thread may also help:

Who runs a CC boat in Erie/Ontario?
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:12 PM   #5
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So I landed a great job at Dearborn, MI and will be relocating to the area. Huge change from my boating spoiling at SE FL. But I see so much water there that I think the short season must still be great. Now I have a typical south weather CC (see sig) and love to fish (75%) and cruise (25%). Will I be happy with it there? Or should I sell it and get a SeaRay (Yuck!!)? Just asking for opinions and what to expect. I could have the option of leaving it here at FL and come once in a while to use it but I think it will deteriorate quickly if I do that. Right now I use it about 100hrs a year. Please advice. Thanks.
welcome to Dearbornistan

While CC's arent' my boat of choice for the great lakes, you should be fine with it. Plenty of fishing/cruising on lake St. Clair , St. Clair River as well as the Detroit River and Western Basin of Erie. Jigging for huge walleyes on the Detroit river in spring can be a blast.
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Wow, nice! Thanks guys. This is encouraging. Will need to find a home where I can keep the boat next to it. Of course the fishing is a whole different topic. Will need to educate myself on that. Didn't even know that your could troll up there. I thought it was mostly bottom fishing. Definitely I need to learn a lot!

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... The bonus is I don't have to spend an hour and a half flushing the engine, and washing the boat and trailer like I had to do in saltwater. Simply load it up, back it into the storage building, turn off the battery switch and drive off. That fact alone leads me to spend longer days on the water, since I know I don't have the cleanup ...
Cool. Haven't thought about that. Yes it wold be nice to not worry about salt for a while

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Are you going to work at AK Steel in Dearborn by chance? This is one of my customers.
Will work with Ford.
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The F-150 plant? If so the AK Steel plant is on the same property. I'll be there this coming Tuesday.

Plenty of help on this site for trolling BTW. Bunch of good fishermen to help out with any questions on technique, equipment, etc. Boataholic and osudaddy are pretty active guys here.

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Old 08-12-2016, 07:35 AM   #8
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I run a 23 Regulator all over the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Love it...you'll be fine with yours. Will work great for trolling/drifting for walleye or anchored for perch. Nice thing about centers is when you are drifting or on the hook you have fishing all the way around the boat.

I'd invest in a set of curtains for the cold water in the spring. Several custom shops around to build you a set.
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The F-150 plant? If so the AK Steel plant is on the same property. I'll be there this coming Tuesday.

Plenty of help on this site for trolling BTW. Bunch of good fishermen to help out with any questions on technique, equipment, etc. Boataholic and osudaddy are pretty active guys here.

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Thanks. I will work at Product Development group (SW) on Rotunda Dr. Won't be there until beginning of September.


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I run a 23 Regulator all over the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Love it...you'll be fine with yours. Will work great for trolling/drifting for walleye or anchored for perch. Nice thing about centers is when you are drifting or on the hook you have fishing all the way around the boat.

I'd invest in a set of curtains for the cold water in the spring. Several custom shops around to build you a set.
Good to know. Yes I bet I am sure I will invest on the curtains. They only move two cars for me (I have 4!) so not sure if I will take the boat now or leave it here and wait until spring to transport it. Right now I have a thousand things to do trying to start the kids school year there in three weeks. Plus I need to definitely squeeze some local fishing time down here before I leave.
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I have had a boat on Lake Erie for 30+ years and have had a 23' Mako & 30' Scarab Sport CC's on the lake. As others have mentioned it will be cold early and late season. if you haven't boated on LE it's a different kind of water, we don't get big waves as much as we get big chop where the waves are very close together. You will get water over the bow and you will get wet so if you can get an enclosure made to keep you dry you will be fine. If you don't mind being wet when it's in the 40's you will also be fine but I hate being wet when it's cold.

I had a fishing buddy that moved from NC to Michigan and he had a CC. My favorite comment that he made "You can't be a sissy on that lake".
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The real question is not the Center Console part. That will be fine. Yours may be a little on the smaller size for Lakes Erie and St. Clair due to the abundance of boat wakes as much as anything else.

The real question is where you are going to live while you work in Dearborn. ( Hint, not in Dearborn most likely). The nicer suburbs are west and a little north and that takes you further from the both Lakes mentioned in these posts.

There are some really nice inland lakes in Northern Michigan that your boat would be perfect on. If you end up in say Ann Arbor, you may even want to think about Lake Michigan as well. I would imagine the boat will stay on the trailer until you figure out the details.

If it were me, I would leave it in Florida for this winter. Winter here in SE Michigan may be a bit of a shock to your Florida constitution. Delta goes to PBI, FLL, and MIA (and everywhere else in Florida, too) many times a day in the winter. You may be happy it is down there and it is of no use here. I know the sun is hard on them, but the snow is no picnic either.

Good luck at Fords as they call it here in the Mitten......
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Bring it up, use it as a trailer boat all over SE Michigan, this is a great area for a CC.

No such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing selection. We use our CC into November every year. By May 1 you'll be in the water again.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:19 PM   #13
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Yes I think it is 99% sure I will leave it here (even with tow truck) until late spring next year. Also initially I know I will use it a lot later in spring and stop a lot earlier in fall until I get used to the cold. Trust me. That part is a huge change for me. So I know initially it is not like I will use it every other weekend during the possible season. Iniotially robably most trips may be like to stay at a nice place with a ramp and use it for a weekend to explore. As I get used with the area and the fishing and my skin gets harder to the cold then I may use it more. I just hope I will not get a feeling of selling it because lack of use. I know I will be back to FL to retire and the boat is perfect here. Also as boat prices are going who knows if 10-12yrs later a 20' cc will cost near $100k and I wold not be able to afford it anymore
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You will learn to tolerate the weather. I spent 27 years in the Houston area, and the first winter here I struggled a bit, but I learned there is really no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. With the right clothes, and a wind/spray enclosure, I enjoy boating and fishing almost until the lake freezes over. The big incentive is that the walleye fishing is usually better early and late in the season, so I dress appropriately, and head out when the wind and wave gods allow. I will admit, though, fishing in a brief snow shower with water freezing in the rod guides is a shock to the system when you come from the Deep South.

Good luck with the move, and welcome to the Great Lakes.
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I think the boat will work itself out.

I would look very closely at the schools when are deciding on where to live...

Lots of variation even within the same districts....

And you better get those kids some mittens !!!
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Lots of variation even within the same districts....

And you better get those kids some mittens !!!
Yes! My wife is full time on that right now. Schools are the 1st factor then we look for homes around the schools. I know that finding a place where I can park the boat at home is a big constraint too. So will see.
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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.
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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.
Nah. Maybe my son would want to very soon (he is 14) but not me. But thanks for the tip. I am more for the calm quiet family stuff and definitely fishing.
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Not only will you enjoy the Great Lakes, but the best, in my opinion, are the Northern lakes including Canada. Although the season is short, the region provides the best boating anywhere.
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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.
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