Diva Di's Cruising Adventures

Day 61 - Beaver Island, MI

28 July 2016
Day 61 - Thu 28 Jul 2016
Anchored - Beaver Island, MI

[photo: Duane in the 78F water on the beach]

It was raining lightly when we awoke and kept drizzling off and on for several hours. We departed the marina just after 0700 and headed out through the Straits of Mackinac under the bridge towards Beaver Island. There are shoals on the rhumbline (the straight path), so some zig-zagging was required. The marked channels are for deep-draft vessels, though, so most pleasure craft can easily take a shorter route, as we did. Some vessels we had in sight were obviously following the marked channels unnecessarily, but that just might be their standard procedure.

The winds were not as forecast, coming from the NW rather than the NE, but they were light enough that it was not a problem. Running at our normal speed of 7.5 kts except for a 15 minute burst at high speed (which is good for the engines), we got there in just under 5 hours. When we dropped anchor, there were only about 4 boats near us, but by 1700, there were almost a dozen.

We had a light lunch and got the dinghy down to explore. As we were tooling slowly around counter-clockwise, we were still amazed at just how clear the water was. We saw Bear Holiday pull into the marina and we stopped to say hi. They confirmed cocktails on their boat at 1630 and we took off. We pulled close to the swimming beach to find many people enjoying the water, SUPs, small sailboats, and lots of ball play on the sand. We decided to get our gear and come back soon.

With beach chair for Diane, books, reading sunglasses, beverages, etc., we landed the dinghy on the far end and got established. Before long, a middle-aged man and his daughter were having trouble rigging a Sunfish sailboat due to a broken part. They were about to abandon the sail with obvious disappointment when I suggested a work-around that solved the problem. I felt good and they were very happy.

I was in the water and it was quite comfortable in the mid to high 70s. After a while, I left Diane enjoying the sun and beach while I motored to the other shore of the bay and visited the market there. It is a typical island market with somewhat limited goods and higher prices, but I got what we wanted for the happy hour.

By then, it was time to go back and Diane was looking for a restroom break. On Diva Di at 1600, the activity was a bit feverish as we got the appetizers and our beverages ready, took showers off the stern, dried off and got into clean clothes. We were 5 minutes late, but showed up at Bear Holiday and had a good time.

We got back to Diva Di about 1830 and savored the Greek Chicken I had made in the crockpot on the way today. It was a gorgeous day, overall, and we enjoyed the rest of it with reading and listening to music.

Tomorrow, the weather looks good to make the 70nm run basically W to Fayette, MI on the west side of Lake Michigan.
Vessel Name: Diva Di
Vessel Make/Model: PDQ MV34 Power Cat
Hailing Port: Punta Gorda, FL
Crew: Duane and Diane

Diva Di Crew

Who: Duane and Diane
Port: Punta Gorda, FL