Second Knot

29 August 2021 | Pine River, St Clair Boat Harbor
18 August 2021 | Petoskey, Harbor Springs, St Ignace
17 August 2021 | Traverse City and Charlevoix, Michigan
14 August 2021 | Pine River, St Clair
01 August 2021 | St Clair River
31 July 2021 | St Clair Boat Harbor, Pine River
30 July 2021 | Riverside Dr in St Clair
26 July 2021 | St Clair River
26 July 2021 | St Clair River
04 July 2021 | St Clair Boat Harbor
26 June 2021 | St Clair
11 June 2021 | St Clair River
05 May 2021 | St Clair Boat Harbor
04 May 2021 | Sassy Marina, Algonac, Michigan
29 September 2020 | Sassy Marina, Algonac, Michigan
25 September 2020 | Croswell, Michigan
20 September 2020 | Wagners County Park
13 September 2020 | St Clair River
12 September 2020 | St Clair Boat Harbor, South Wall
11 September 2020 | Yates Cider Mill

Pine River Turtle Race

29 August 2021 | Pine River, St Clair Boat Harbor
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, hot, and breezy
Today's highlight on the Pine River was the First Annual Rotary Club of St Clair Pine River Turtle Race. Numbered tickets were sold as a fund raiser for the event. Over 4,800 numbered plastic turtles were dumped into a controlled area along the sea wall across the river from us. Powered by wind and current in the river, they floated a course for about two hundred feet before declaring First, Second, and Third places paying out $1,500, $1,000, and $500 winnings respectively.

Second day of road trip

18 August 2021 | Petoskey, Harbor Springs, St Ignace
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, warm, and smooth water
Today we headed north to the harbor of Petoskey, sheltered in a bay from the wrath of bad weather off Lake Michigan. The water in the bay was absolutely flat today, making it perfect for all types of boating.
Our next stop was Harbor Springs with an abundance of wealth and an atmosphere of money in the air.
We continued north to the tip of the Lower Peninsula and crossed the Mackinaw Bridge, a seven mile suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinaw, which joins Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Now in the UP (Upper Peninsula), we drove slightly to the east to St Ignace, one of two locations for taking the ferry boats over to Mackinaw Island. (Look at our posts from two years ago for pics of it.) After having an early dinner we began our drive back south to our boat and home port.
Quite a last two days, covering a lot of ground and destinations that we are hoping to travel back to by boat next year.

Road trip to Northern Michigan

17 August 2021 | Traverse City and Charlevoix, Michigan
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, warm, and smooth water
Since our July trip by boat was canceled, we decided to take a road trip to visit some of the stops we had planned.
Our first stop today was Traverse City, cherry capital of the Midwest. The water in the boat harbor was so clear, you could see bottom ten feet down. The Main Street of town was filled with shops and restaurants, many with sidewalk dining.
The second stop was Charlevoix, with a harbor right in the downtown area. Boaters can navigate through the inland harbor and then travel into Lake Charlevoix, going over ten miles inland. Both of these water areas are lined with breathtaking homes and cottages.
We will spend the night here and then travel north along the coast to Petoskey and Harbor Springs tomorrow morning.

Skater Boat Rally

14 August 2021 | Pine River, St Clair
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, warm, and breezy
Today the powerboats met at Pepper Joes restaurant on the Pine River across from our South Wall at the St Clair Boat Harbor. Their destination is south into Anchor Bay, at the northern end of Lake St Clair. What an awesome display of power...and expensive toys.

St Clair River Offshore Powerboat Race

01 August 2021 | St Clair River
Doug Lauzon | Mixed bag of temps, wind, and rain
Today was the offshore powerboat race and Miss Geico brought back the checkered flag in her heat, topping 140 mph in the back stretch. Our dock neighbors all participated in a pot luck breakfast and lunch, gathering dockside before the races. The weather continually shifted all day from cool and windy to sunny and warm, ending in a cold rain shower, chasing all the spectators from the river boardwalk as the races ended.

Race boat trial run day

31 July 2021 | St Clair Boat Harbor, Pine River
Doug Lauzon | Partly sunny, cool, and breezy
Today is the parade of race boats, going past our dock area heading out to the St Clair River, doing their test runs before tomorrow's race day. "Miss Geico" was one of the larger size and a favorite of many fans.
Family members joined us for lunch and viewing of all the boats.
Tomorrow's weather report is not looking good with a high percentage of rain and possible thunderstorms.
Vessel Name: Second Knot
Vessel Make/Model: Mainship 34’ Trawler
Hailing Port: St. Clair, MI.
Crew: Doug & Cathy
About: Second Knot will be our boating season home on the water in the Great Lakes.
Extra: We have completed the two seasons of 2019 and 2020 living aboard "Second Knot". Please scroll through our posts to share the days, trips, and memories that were created.
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