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Trip Across Lake Michigan From South Haven (or ?) to Chicago?



 
 
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Old May 25th 04, 03:43 PM
Slambram
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Default Trip Across Lake Michigan From South Haven (or ?) to Chicago?

I figure the best way to start planning this would be to ask first.
First, is this even possible in my size boat - 1999 Crownline 225
cuddy, 350 Mag/BIII? On my charting software, it looks like 75 miles
from South Haven to Chicago, but i can put in somewhere else if it's
easier/shorter. I've heard it's a 50 mile trip. I would leave at
first light to take advantage of hopefully calmer water. What else
should i bring in addtition to the usual/required gear? Spare VHF and
GPS? Spare engine parts (belt, fuel filter, impeller, hoses), tools,
? I don't have, and Crownline says you don't need, trim tabs, but i
can't help but think they would help in bigger water. Any/all
suggestions welcome. If it turns out this boat can't handle it, i
have no problem waiting a few years until i step up.

Thanks, -JZ
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Old May 25th 04, 04:19 PM
Wayne.B
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Default Trip Across Lake Michigan From South Haven (or ?) to Chicago?

On Tue, 25 May 2004 10:43:16 -0400, Slambram
wrote:
I figure the best way to start planning this would be to ask first.
First, is this even possible in my size boat - 1999 Crownline 225
cuddy, 350 Mag/BIII? On my charting software, it looks like 75 miles
from South Haven to Chicago, but i can put in somewhere else if it's
easier/shorter. I've heard it's a 50 mile trip. I would leave at
first light to take advantage of hopefully calmer water. What else
should i bring in addtition to the usual/required gear? Spare VHF and
GPS? Spare engine parts (belt, fuel filter, impeller, hoses), tools,
? I don't have, and Crownline says you don't need, trim tabs, but i
can't help but think they would help in bigger water. Any/all
suggestions welcome. If it turns out this boat can't handle it, i
have no problem waiting a few years until i step up.


==============================================

You'll be OK if you pick your day carefully and leave early as you are
planning. Avoid being locked into a schedule where you must come back
on a certain day and time. In addition to your other gear I'd
recommend a good anchor with some chain and at least 150 to 200 feet
of rode.

You really want a day close to flat calm so you can run at full
cruising speed as much as possible and get off the lake quickly. Have
a few alternative destinations plotted on your GPS.

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Old May 26th 04, 07:23 AM
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Default Trip Across Lake Michigan From South Haven (or ?) to Chicago?

"Slambram" wrote in message

I figure the best way to start planning this would be to ask first.
First, is this even possible in my size boat - 1999 Crownline 225
cuddy, 350 Mag/BIII? On my charting software, it looks like 75 miles
from South Haven to Chicago, but i can put in somewhere else if it's
easier/shorter. I've heard it's a 50 mile trip. I would leave at
first light to take advantage of hopefully calmer water. What else
should i bring in addtition to the usual/required gear? Spare VHF and
GPS? Spare engine parts (belt, fuel filter, impeller, hoses), tools,
? I don't have, and Crownline says you don't need, trim tabs, but i
can't help but think they would help in bigger water. Any/all
suggestions welcome. If it turns out this boat can't handle it, i
have no problem waiting a few years until i step up.

Thanks, -JZ


Not quite across, but when I went from Grand Haven to Chicago, I went about
a mile out along the shore. Much smoother ride, nice scenery, places to stop
in case of emergency, albeit a tad bit longer (about 75 miles).


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Old May 26th 04, 12:40 PM
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Default Trip Across Lake Michigan From South Haven (or ?) to Chicago?

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"Slambram" wrote in message
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I figure the best way to start planning this would be to ask first.
First, is this even possible in my size boat - 1999 Crownline 225
cuddy, 350 Mag/BIII? On my charting software, it looks like 75 miles
from South Haven to Chicago, but i can put in somewhere else if it's
easier/shorter. I've heard it's a 50 mile trip. I would leave at
first light to take advantage of hopefully calmer water. What else
should i bring in addtition to the usual/required gear? Spare VHF and
GPS? Spare engine parts (belt, fuel filter, impeller, hoses), tools,
? I don't have, and Crownline says you don't need, trim tabs, but i
can't help but think they would help in bigger water. Any/all
suggestions welcome. If it turns out this boat can't handle it, i
have no problem waiting a few years until i step up.

Thanks, -JZ


South Haven to Chicago 65 nautical miles. How much fuel do you hold and and
how much do you burn per hour at what cruising speed? You should do the
calculationns and be sure you have a minimum 40 percent reserve as you do
not want to go below 1/4 tank (this will allow the sediment in your tank to
suspend if there are any waves adn can plug you r fuel filters very
quickly).

Unless you have some place to keep the boat in Chicago you will probably
need to have a reservation at one of the marinas either public on the
lakefront or private on the Calumet river.

As posted previously, don't tie yourself to a schedule. You may even want
to consider having someone bring your trailer over to Chicago and go back
that way.

Another thing to consider would be to via Michigan City Which is 48 nautical
miles from South Haven and then to Chicago from there which is only 32
nautical miles. Advantage is that you have St. Joe/Benton Harbor as a
harbor of refuge and you get to see the shoreline. Having crossed Lake
Michigan at least 100 times in boats as small as 24 feet and as large as
350+ (the Badger Carferry) I can assure that once out of sight of land it
quickly becomes very tedious unless livened up by bad weather, fog or other
boats on your path.

Good luck and have a great trip.

Fred



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Old May 26th 04, 02:28 PM
Wayne.B
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On Wed, 26 May 2004 11:40:10 GMT, "
coria1atexecpc.com wrote:
You should do the
calculationns and be sure you have a minimum 40 percent reserve as you do
not want to go below 1/4 tank (this will allow the sediment in your tank to
suspend if there are any waves adn can plug you r fuel filters very
quickly).

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Good advice on the fuel check. It's not a bad idea to replace the
filter in advance, and carry a spare just in case. If the wind does
kick up while you're on the open lake you will find yourself running
at 6 or 7 knots and threading your way between the waves. In addition
to being tedious and a lot slower, you will also be burning more fuel.

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Old May 26th 04, 03:05 PM
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coria1atexecpc.com wrote:
You should do the
calculationns and be sure you have a minimum 40 percent reserve as you do
not want to go below 1/4 tank (this will allow the sediment in your tank to
suspend if there are any waves adn can plug you r fuel filters very
quickly).



It's a very good idea to do the 'homework' and draw up a speed/fuel
consumption curve for your boat, and also have a good idea about the
speed/range capability. I'm surprised at how few people do this, yet
blithely take off on cruises.

Wayne.B wrote:
Good advice on the fuel check. It's not a bad idea to replace the
filter in advance, and carry a spare just in case.


"A spare?" We carry an even dozen!


... If the wind does
kick up while you're on the open lake you will find yourself running
at 6 or 7 knots and threading your way between the waves. In addition
to being tedious and a lot slower, you will also be burning more fuel.


That's a good point. Headwinds and any kind of sea reduce the range
significantly... although, if you have to run slower, you could drop to
a more efficient speed and actually see better fuel efficiency!

Fair Skies
Doug King


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Old May 26th 04, 10:08 PM
Wayne.B
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On Wed, 26 May 2004 10:05:50 -0400, DSK wrote:

if you have to run slower, you could drop to
a more efficient speed and actually see better fuel efficiency!


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My experience with running small boats in big waves is that it's more
like driving in heavy traffic where you are on and off the throttle a
lot, and spinning your wheels so to speak.

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Old May 27th 04, 12:16 AM
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Wayne.B wrote:
My experience with running small boats in big waves is that it's more
like driving in heavy traffic where you are on and off the throttle a
lot, and spinning your wheels so to speak.


Ah so... makes sense.

DSK

 




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