The Dream Begins: From Sailboat Restoration to Family Cruising

Follow our family's adventures as we restore an old sailboat, learn to sail and expand our cruising horizons each day!

13 November 2009 | Grand Rapids, MI
03 November 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
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30 June 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
28 January 2009 | Grand Rapids, MI
23 December 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
15 December 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
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20 October 2008 | Grand Rapids, MI
29 August 2008 | Port Sheldon
16 July 2008 | Grand Haven to Holland
10 July 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
09 July 2008 | Grand Haven - Milwaukee
03 June 2008 | Grand Haven to Muskegon
03 June 2008 | Grand Haven, MI
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2009 Season Review

07 October 2009 | Grand Haven, MI
Kevin Walters

Now that fall has officially arrived here in the Great Lakes, I thought I'd make a quick post to review our first season aboard s/v Island Bound


Incredibly to us, we actually spent significantly more nights aboard IB than we did on Hannabel.  On average, we were living on the boat 5 out 7 nights per week.  And once again, the dock life and community was amazing.  We became close friends with several other boaters on our dock and look forward to continued friendship through the off-season.


After several daysails and another run at the 8+8 rally with IB to get to know her a bit, we first headed south back to Eldean Shipyard in Holland for two nights in late June.  The trip back was a blast with 25+ kt winds, 6'+ waves and a small craft advisory!  Island Bound handled the quartering seas wonderfully and cruised us back to Grand Haven on a fast (6+ kts) broad reach.  My mom and dad picked up the girls in Holland and drove them home via automobile just to be safe.


In July we headed north for a week of cruising.  On the trip north we stayed one night in White Lake, two nights in Pentwater, one night in Ludington, one night in Manistee and two nights in Portage Lake before turning back south.  On the southbound trip we stayed another night in Pentwater and White Lake before tying back up in our home port of Grand Haven.  Click here for a short video clip of a downwind wing & wing run from Pentwater to White Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zbFeIlxvLY


In August we headed back (did the same trip in 2008) to one of our favorite anchorages in Port Sheldon with two other boats (powerboats!) for two nights/days of fun and friendship on the hook.  Perfect weather, great friends and good food combined for a very memorable weekend.


September was mostly spent close to Grand Haven enjoying several daysails and time at the dock.  Now as October creeps onward, we'll be pulling Island Bound for the winter and daydreaming of another summer of sailing!


IB at Portage Point Inn 


Girls enjoying the sail


Smiling at White Lake


Broad Reaching


Heading out the channel to the big lake

Comments
Vessel Name: Island Bound
Vessel Make/Model: Irwin 28 MkIV
Hailing Port: North Shore Marina, Grand Haven, MI
Crew: Kevin (Captain), Erin (Admiral), Hannah (First Mate), Isabel (Deck Hand)
About: Kevin: Age 34 Erin: Age 33 Hannah: Age 7 Isabel: Age 4
Extra: Follow our family's adventures as we restore an old sailboat, learn to sail and expand our cruising horizons each day! Someday in the not too distant future we intend to cast off the docklines for a VERY long time. Then we'll go where the wind blows...
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The Dream Begins: From Sailboat Restoration to Family Cruising

Who: Kevin (Captain), Erin (Admiral), Hannah (First Mate), Isabel (Deck Hand)
Port: North Shore Marina, Grand Haven, MI