The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum

Go Back   >
Search


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-05-2016, 11:55 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 3
Default Newby for grand traverse bay

Hello all,

i have never owned a boat in my life, but for some reason have not been able to shake this intrigue about cruising around the grand traverse bay area of lake michigan. I am not on the verge of jumping into this idea, but rather trying to properly analyze the validity of doing so.

I have a healthy respect for the power of this kind of water, so my mind is equally focused on the opportunity as well as the responsibility that this kind of boating would entail. A couple of basic questions for those of you with experience:

First, is there a particular class / style of boat you would recommend for someone wanting to explore the bay areas along with the wife, with the possibility of sleeping aboard i guess? I suppose this would include the style / class as well as any specific makes if you feel strongly. Also, i would tend to think that the local dealers of the bay area would make a difference in terms of make / model so as to develop a relationship with one?

Anyway, i have lots of questions, and greatly appreciate any input from those of you with experience in this area.
jdelmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2016, 10:22 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Southgate, MI. 48195 USA
Posts: 2,986
Default

If you live there go to the area marinas and look at the boats docked there. Perhaps talk to those owners about their experiences on the bays and lakes.

If you want to cruise the area waters and you want something to sleep aboard I would recommend at least a 24' vessel and go up from there.
RGrew176 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 02:14 PM   #3
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks for the reply RGrew. Well, I live in Central Michigan currently, and don't often get to any marinas. So to further satisfy my interest, I ran out and bought myself a copy of Chapman Piloting & Seamanship. This will keep me busy learning for a while. There should be a name for this condition of obsessing over boating?
jdelmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 07:17 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,357
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jdelmar View Post
... There should be a name for this condition of obsessing over boating?
There is. It's called broke.
ericinmich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 07:42 PM   #5
Admirals Club
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,459
Default

Are you looking for something big enough to spend weekends on? If so, look at Sea Rays and Tiaras, lots of them up there.
RyanL11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2016, 08:28 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Stand By's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Left Hand First knuckle Middle finger
Posts: 1,442
Default

If you're central, shoot over to bay city and browse the marinas. Get a better idea of what interests you and find a couple targets to research. It'll pretty much be a similar selection you'll see around most of the state.

Last edited by Stand By; 09-07-2016 at 07:54 AM.
Stand By is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2016, 03:17 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 121
Default

Best way to meet boaters / cruiser is to take a Safe Boat Course in PERSON. US Power Squadrons have 20 chapters in Michigan. Bay City, Traverse City, Lansing etc. That along with your Chapmans will get you started.

We boated out of Traverse City for years. Their are not alot of ports, but all were nice. (Small towns) The single biggest thing that helped us, was RADAR. The bay like to get foggy, and it's nice to know who / whats around you.

As far as size, I would say in the Mid to Upper 20ft at least. The Bay does get rough. As far as brand's. Do your homework. Dealers will sell you whatever they sell or happen to have on hand that day. I like Formula's Colbats, Regals, SeaRays, in mid size I/O boats.
PJCinMI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2016, 06:02 PM   #8
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate the information.

You know, I'm at the stage where I am truly intrigued, but have to really thoroughly understand all the realities of doing something like this. I tend to be slower rather than faster at this kind of decision. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time over the long weekend reading articles / watching videos about handling you boat at the marina, performing maintenance, etc. In other words, I am scared to death of heading into something, and then finding out that due to my lack of knowledge / skills, I don't use the thing.

PJC - I will certainly look into the Power Squadron class idea. As far as the bay goes, would you say that there are more days than not that are on the rough side? I'm just trying to get an idea of what percentage of time can be utilized and enjoyed rather than sitting on the dock hoping for better weather.

Thanks again guys, I really appreciate your insight.
jdelmar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2016, 07:00 PM   #9
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Marblehead, Ohio
Posts: 9,256
Default

You did the right thing in getting a copy of Chapman's. It's the "bible" of boat handling. Couple things to consider.... The boating season will be shorter on Traverse bay then say Western end of Lake Erie. Are you relegated to mostly just weekends? Do you fish at all? For sure, take a safe boating course and I think Power Squadron courses are the best.

Is the wife on board with spending the weekend on the boat? If it's just a cuddy, it can be rather claustrophobic at times especially during inclement weather. Lots of things to consider here. Just be sure to get her input.
Boataholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2016, 03:33 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 121
Default

jdelmar Can't really put numbers to it. Wind's out of the North make the whole bay rough. Wind's out of the south make the trip south rough. Wind's out of the west and east aren't bad. In the Spring early summer when the water is cold and air is warm makes for foggy day's until the temps equalize. Same is true in the late fall, where water is warm and air is cold. Some days it just never equalize... So the whole day is foggy on the water.

Was in the area this past weekend by car. Thursday was nice but windy, Friday was nice, Saturday till about noon was nice, the rest of the day sucked, Sunday was ok, Monday was nice but windy again.
No fog this weekend though.
PJCinMI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 09:28 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,357
Default

TC is nice, big water though, need a big boat on many of the days. Plus, the water level changes. There some very nice large lakes in northern mich, you can go for hours through lakes and rivers. Torch/Elk Lk are near there, very high end properties on them.

Are you looking to get a place for the boat, or trailer it?

I'm partial to the chain of lakes further north, Mullett and Burt. Each about 10miles x 5 miles, with river connecting them (45 min no wake) and rivers on each end, one that you can go through a lock and go out to the Straits of Mackinaw (Lk Huron). If it's rough, you can boat on the inland lakes, if it's nice, you can head out to the big water.

Of course like someone else said, the water up there is colder, the season close to a month shorter on each end. But, the summers are beautiful!

I had a 40ft Tiara, cruised all around the Cheboygan to TC, Lealand areas, down Lk Mich to Grand Haven, etc. It's big water, there were a number of times where 40ft wasn't big enough to go out on the lakes. If you have enough time, 25-35ft cuddy would be fine, but you may be holed up in a marina so your days need to be flexible. I now just boat in the inland lakes. I've found that the smile on my face is there no matter what boat I'm on...
ericinmich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2016, 01:54 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Iceland
Posts: 34
Default

In a past life on the GL, I had a Marinette and a Vinette - both metal boats and I would buy one again. Built tough to take the pounding.
ghostrider III is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:48 PM.


©2009 TheHullTruth.com

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.9.3.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.