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Old 11-15-2020, 10:01 AM
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What are some good YouTube channels of people cruising the great lakes? I just upgraded to a cabin cruiser this fall and didn't even get to use it before winterizing. Looking to plan some trips for next summer and survive what will definitely feel like the longest winter ever.
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I actually dont know of any good ones for the great lakes. We did one of the Michigan Loop this year - Sandusky OH to Holland MI. But most stuff is fishing, same with our vids. If you find one I would be curious.

Where will your home port be?
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We're going to be at Great Lakes in Muskegon this coming summer. We live in Norton Shores so nice and close. I've seen your YouTube channel, some good stuff on there, keep em coming.
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Not youtube, but check out the trip logs on the continuous wave forum. I think the guy who runs it is on here. The site has detailed accounts of Georgian Bay/North Channel trips.
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Originally Posted by travis.barkel View Post
We're going to be at Great Lakes in Muskegon this coming summer. We live in Norton Shores so nice and close. I've seen your YouTube channel, some good stuff on there, keep em coming.
Muskegon will be nice. We looked at actually moving the boat from Holland up that way, but can’t beat the 5 min ride we out to the lake from our slip.

One word of caution - be careful from mid May until at least Sept out in front of the port from about 90-180. Ton of nets that way this year. When it was less then choppy it wasn’t an issue, but when the seas kicked up or fog set in it was almost impossible to see the markers.

You are just a short trip away from some really nice ports, or run across the lake to Milwaukee. If you need some advice on ports let me know.
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Originally Posted by Reel Naughty View Post
Muskegon will be nice. We looked at actually moving the boat from Holland up that way, but can’t beat the 5 min ride we out to the lake from our slip.

One word of caution - be careful from mid May until at least Sept out in front of the port from about 90-180. Ton of nets that way this year. When it was less then choppy it wasn’t an issue, but when the seas kicked up or fog set in it was almost impossible to see the markers.

You are just a short trip away from some really nice ports, or run across the lake to Milwaukee. If you need some advice on ports let me know.
Thank you! That is some great insight. I am really excited to start some planning on some trips for this summer. Is it realistic to think that I could make it to somewhere like Beaver Island from Muskegon in a week and not make it all windshield time?
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What is your fuel burn and tank size? I have run from Charlevoix to Holland in a day without issue. Same for Leeland, Frankfurt, Ludington. It should be a very easy trip to make. The good this is that on the west side of the state you can get fuel every 30 miles or so. The Huron side is abit more tricky.

So depending on the above, it is a pretty easy run.

Do some small mouth fishing while up that way. It can be amazing on some of the flats and no one fishes it.
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I have a 100 gallon tank and 2 two 4.3Ls but not really sure what the burn rate is yet. Even if I had to stop for fuel it sounds like 2 days to get up there is reasonable. I only get a couple hours of travel time a day before my wife wants to stop anyway so taking a couple days to get up there might be a requirement for me.
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You should burn about 36GPH at WOT. So at cruise I would guess around 25 maybe? So say 3 hours of run time maybe?

I would suggest heading to Ludington on Day 1 - should be about a 2 hour ride if you are cruising in mid 20’s. Lots to do and walk around. Really nice town and nice Marinas.

Day two head to Frankfurt. Smaller but still nice and you can cruise around Benzie on the boat and then walk the main drag.

Day three it will then be a 70 mile treck to Beaver. Maybe stop off on Leland for a break and fuel and keep cruising.

Same thing on the way back.

To cut a day out just hit Ludington for fuel and lunch and then overnight in Frankfurt.
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That sounds great, we do have a generator so we could even anchor in one of those locations. Can't wait for summer. Have you done the North Channel? Our boat is on a trailer, its a 9'6" beam so trailering isn't going to be a regular thing but going up there has been a dream ever since I heard of it. Given work and other commitments we'll definitely have to trailer up there and launch somewhere close.
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Originally Posted by travis.barkel View Post
That sounds great, we do have a generator so we could even anchor in one of those locations. Can't wait for summer. Have you done the North Channel? Our boat is on a trailer, its a 9'6" beam so trailering isn't going to be a regular thing but going up there has been a dream ever since I heard of it. Given work and other commitments we'll definitely have to trailer up there and launch somewhere close.
Never been to the north channel but I have heard it is beautiful!!

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