Another good travel day, mostly. Left Suttons Bay at 08:00 in light winds, 59F, sunny. After leaving the bay, waves were 1' NW and became 1-2' when we rounded the point into L.Michigan, which lasted about an hour, then steadily improved to <1' on stbd aft quarter. Saw quite a few faster boats going in both directions on L.Michigan and we had to turn into several waking events. However, wx was otherwise great, 72F when we docked at 14:50/2:50 pm; travel time 6.8hr, speed 11.3-12 mph..
Jacobson's Marina Resort is a great place, nestled in a well protected harbor with 3 other marinas. It has only 49 slips but 30 are transient. Docks in good condition, dockhands helpful; we are close to the office/store/hot tub/pool and several restaurants within a couple of blocks.
Maintenance: scant coolant found; a bit still in the recovery tank. All is well. Mayflies have disappeared.
Photos: several of the sand dunes along the way. Several of this Jacobson's Marina Resort. A few of the downtown area; really nice townsite; they have a municipal garden, maintained by a garden club; lots of people about, masks no longer anywhere.
From the Admirals Desk:
A good travel day. Sunny, tolerable water conditions and some scenery. We're mostly too far from shore for good photos, but attempted a few anyway. ie. The photos of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The park is 64 miles long and the sand dunes and vegetation were amazing. Unlike anything else we've seen in this area. This area of Michigan has been an unexpected highlight of this trip.
Staffing shortages are a big problem everywhere, service industry in particular. Chefs/cooks don't show up, wait staff the same. Restaurants that would be full have to cut back on tables, smaller places look like owners and family are doing everything. Pickup not always available. We started out thinking Asian Fusion tonight but ended up with ribs done by the marina owners, but delivered to the boat! There are several nice restaurants here but we feel so grubby after a long cruise that its too much effort to go out. Plus everything is full and has no staff!! All the dock staff are high school age. And the marinas are all fully booked, in fact overbooked. Overbooked and understaffed has been most noticeable in Michigan.
Fingers crossed for calm travel conditions tomorrow. Big water still makes me anxious.
Plans: we leave early tomorrow for Sturgeon Bay and the CenterPointe Marina, 58 miles across L.Michigan. Wx forecast is vg.
Terry • 10 Jul, 2021 - Good luck crossing big water
Ann R • 10 Jul, 2021 - I’m very interested about your crossing to Wisconsin. Praying for safe & easy crossing. Looking forward to your impressions of WI. Ribs sound great!! Best to eat when grubby!
Ernie R • 10 Jul, 2021 - I think 2200 RPM would make short work of that crossing! Especially in good conditions and then you would have more time to find good restaurant!
Tom W • 10 Jul, 2021 - Hope you have smooth waters for your crossing of Lake Michigan !! Stay safe