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Old 10-25-2016, 01:48 AM   #1
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Default My Trip To My Winter Storage Destination

Last week on Wednesday the weather for my trip to winter storage was perfect. There was little to no wind. That made getting out from my dock on 1 1/2 engines a lot easier. My port transmission is stuck in forward so handling the boat it tight quarters is challenging.

This trip began at the crack of dawn.



Sunrise over Trouts Yacht Basin in Bolles Harbor off Lake Erie. It was a still windless morning. Perfect for maneuvering a boat on one engine.



As normal most of the time the trip began with a trip over to the fuel dock. I had previously put in my fuel stabilizer so all I had to do was fill both tanks.



$272.00 later and just under 80 gallons my tanks were full and I was ready to go.



Heading out the channel into a flat and calm Lake Erie for my trip across the lake to my destination. It was just a perfect beautiful day for a boat trip. The temperature rose to 70* and the sun was shining brightly.

I throttled up to 3000 RPM running 14 MPH a bit slow for that setting. I am thinking that I probably have a good collection of zebra mussels on the hull. As I was travelling across the lake my speed gradually rose to about 18 MPH as I sloughed off the zebra mussels.

It was a 2 hour trip. I found an open dock at the marina and plan to have the boat pulled this week hopefully. She will be winterized and when they have winterized all the other boats there they will fix my port side transmission.

Looking forward to next season. Hoping to launch April 1, 2017 if all goes as planned.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:36 AM   #2
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Very nice. I'm getting hauled out at my marina, but last night we made one last sunset trip, probably the last of the season. Lake Michigan was glassy smooth, calm winds, so nice. Good friends, down jackets and wool sweaters, mugs of hot spiced cider, watching the fall leaves go by.
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Old 10-26-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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We did our last perch trip last Wed beautiful day, pulled the boat power washed the bottom. We were going to pull on Fri/Sat glad we did it Wednesday tee shirt weather.
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our 89 oct Valv Tect has been $2.99 all year on Catawba Is, Ohio
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Old 10-26-2016, 07:12 PM   #5
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Nice pics RGrew and West. The end of season is indeed a ritual but most often after having enough boating for the season and letting it go to rest so you can spend your time on other hobbies/projects.

I enjoy that break, making the Spring prep and launch more enjoyable.

Being able to enjoy the change of seasons is more of a northern thing I guess as we truly see the beauty of all 4. Winter only makes us more appreciative of Spring, Summer and Fall.
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Old 10-26-2016, 10:55 PM   #6
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Watch the leaves falling. Cast line and wait fish to bite. What a wonderful thing. Enjoy the end of season.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:35 AM   #7
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Pulling the boat this weekend.

Our daughter is getting married next weekend.

Sometime before Thanksgiving, closing the cottage for the year.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:32 PM   #8
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Getting married? Wow, congrats!
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Yes thank you. We are very happy with our future son in-law. Since we have 2 daughters, it will be nice having another guy around.
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I put mine up today. Not nearly as nice a trip as yours since mine is on the trailer, but a fall ritual nonetheless. I usually wait until mid or late November to get another couple fishing trips in, but I am traveling a lot this month, and did not want to deal with it in December, in case the weather turns nasty. I got spoiled last fall, as my last walleye trip was December 16th, but not to be this year.
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:55 AM   #11
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Mine is coming out Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM. May take a short trip up the Detroit River prior to pulling if the weather is good.

After all the boats at the marina have been winterized they will fix my port transmission. Looking forward to next season. Hopefully no mechanical problems next year.
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:26 AM   #12
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Another sunset cruise last night, almost 70*F. Beautiful sunset on Lake Michigan, spectacular fall leaves inland on Lake Macatawa. My guests stayed around drinking well after dark, awesome night. I'm trying to take as many people as possible out on my new boat before it gets pulled.


I finally signed the paperwork for heated storage on the last day Monday, we have a deposit holding our space. I might have another week, supposed to be 60* and sunny this weekend. Other boaters are heading north looking for heated storage space because we're full.
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Beautiful weekend here, looking forward to some last fall rides. Stopped at the marina, it was gone, in storage. Bummed.
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Saturday November 5th dawned clear and cool. As the day wore on and the Sun arose it turned out to be a beautiful day. The temperature rose to 70* a nice warm November day. It was windy with winds out of the west at about 14 MPH. Still it was a great day for a final boat ride.

I got onboard and warmed up my engines. Then I backed out of the slip for one final ride up the Detroit River. I headed up the canal and out onto the river. It looked like this.



Heading up-river this is the Detroit Edison Trenton power plant.



Looking further up-river you see the Grosse Ile free bridge one of two bridges on and off the island.



Once I drove up-river about a mile or so I turned back downriver and headed towards Humbug Marina where I had the appointment to be hauled out for the winter.



In the hoist prior to being loaded onto the trailer.



On the trailer to be hauled to my storage position.



On the hard. Winterized and waiting for them to pull and repair my port side transmission.



Waiting for the repairs to be completed then shrinkwrap and wait until spring.



Looking at the bright side only 4 months till spring. I am hoping for an April 1st launch if spring permits.
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I'm right at the shed door and scheming for an early launch in the spring. If I have them do a simple repair in April that requires moving it to the warmer maintenance shed, they might just splash it rather than moving it back into the storage shed.
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Wow��... they really "pack" you in; hard to polish and wax that close!
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They will set it outside in the spring if I want to work on it for a while. Really would have liked to have it set out this time of year, 58* yesterday.
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Saturday November 5th dawned clear and cool. As the day wore on and the Sun arose it turned out to be a beautiful day. The temperature rose to 70* a nice warm November day. It was windy with winds out of the west at about 14 MPH. Still it was a great day for a final boat ride.

I got onboard and warmed up my engines. Then I backed out of the slip for one final ride up the Detroit River. I headed up the canal and out onto the river. It looked like this.



Heading up-river this is the Detroit Edison Trenton power plant.



Looking further up-river you see the Grosse Ile free bridge one of two bridges on and off the island.



Once I drove up-river about a mile or so I turned back downriver and headed towards Humbug Marina where I had the appointment to be hauled out for the winter.



In the hoist prior to being loaded onto the trailer.



On the trailer to be hauled to my storage position.



On the hard. Winterized and waiting for them to pull and repair my port side transmission.



Waiting for the repairs to be completed then shrinkwrap and wait until spring.



Looking at the bright side only 4 months till spring. I am hoping for an April 1st launch if spring permits.
I'm right down the street from you on Horse Island. I just finished winterizing last week. Can't wait for ice out and the start of the 2017 season! We made one last trip to Putin Bay mid November and a few river cruses / perch trips till December. Now the wait begins
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