Great Lakes Sailing

Vessel Name: Charrette
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First 38
Hailing Port: Sister Bay, WI
About: We are an experienced Great Lakes cruising family of 4 (boys 16 and 12) who live aboard during the summer months. In addition to cruising, we also enjoy JAM racing as well as Flying Scot one design racing at the Ephraim Yacht Club where both boys are accomplished racers.
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Charrette is a 1983 Beneteau First 38 auxilary sloop with a fast modern hull shape, a deep fin keel and spade rudder configuration. She is fast, stable, roomy and does not look dated despite being over 25 years old. She is a sister ship to the S/V Bagheera, a First 38 that circumnavigated the [...]
19 August 2008 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 August 2008 | Sault Ste. Marie, MI
19 August 2008 | Whitefish Point, MI
19 August 2008 | Grand Marais, MI
14 August 2008 | Murray Bay, Grand Island (Munising)
14 August 2008 | Marquette, MI
14 August 2008 | Marquette, MI
09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
06 August 2008 | Lilly Pond Kewaunaw Waterway Upper Entry
06 August 2008 | Black River, MI
06 August 2008 | Black River, MI
06 August 2008 | La Pointe Harbor
06 August 2008 | La Pointe Harbor Via Bayfield
01 August 2008 | Raspberry Island Sand Spit
01 August 2008 | Rocky Island
01 August 2008 | Rocky Island Via Devils Island
01 August 2008 | Stockton Island
01 August 2008 | Village of La Point, Madeline Island, WI
01 August 2008 | Bayfield WI
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09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
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Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent via Houghton Co. Marina and Houghton City Dock

This morning at Lilly Pond Harbour we decided to search for, well, a so called lilly pond. Walking down gravel roads and getting ourselves nowhere, we gave up. On our way back to the tied-up Charrette, we had noticed that Lilly Pond Harbour of Refuge had gotten its name from the small lilly ponds twenty feet away from the wharf. One happened to be right next to our boat. Charrette became ship-shape quick, and we left Lilly Pond to go farther in to the Keweenaw Waterway to stop for the second time on this trip and Houghton/Hancock for provisions and a pump out. There are scary electrical lines and a lift-bridge that stood between us and Houghton County Marina. I called the lift-bridge on VHF channel 12 and told the lift manager to raise it 75 feet, as estimated by Dad. He responded, "Great. We'll bump it up for you". I just hoped we didn't bump our tall mast into the bridge. At Houghton Marina, we got pumped out, chilled, and got an internet connection. After lunch we crossed the waterway and tied up to the Bridgeview Public Dock. There we took on necessities like bread, milk and "the best north of Florida" key lime pie, as Dad says. Stefan, Dad and I shared that whole pie as we drifted down the waterway. We saw the beginning of what looked like the start of the Wednesday races that the local yacht club put on. Finally we came to "The Indent", a little hole in the wall where the water is warm and bald eagles are as common as seagulls. It's funny because at the start of the trip it was like,

"Wow, guys a bald eagle! How many have we seen now?"

but now it's more like,

"An eagle!"
"Is it close?"
"No."

And we probably don't even bother to look. At "The Indent" in the lower part of the waterway we bow anchored and tied stern ashore. We had a fun afternoon and had decided to take the next day to explore such a cool place.
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