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Roy Eaton – Little Current Cruisers Network

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

At 9 a.m., most of us hiked up to the Anchor Inn building where Roy Eaton gives his live VHF broadcast of “The Net” on channel 71 for boaters cruising Canada’s beautiful North Channel. Roy Eaton founded the LCCN in 2004. The Cruisers’ Net, in operation during the boating season…

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Day Two – Activities and Good Food

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Day two started off with a catered breakfast prepared by Kelly, owner of the Anchor Inn. We could have gotten by without eating the rest of the day, the meal was so plentiful and well prepared. Breakfast was followed by a visit to the Cruisers’ Net at the Anchor Inn…

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Rendezvous In Full Swing

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It is often stated that the North Channel is some of the best inland cruising you’ll find anywhere and we could not agree more – it is, after all, our backyard boating playground. Lisa and I talked about the possibility of having a Ranger Tugs/Cutwater Rendezvous in the North Channel…

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Day One of the Rendezvous Began with Introductions, a Pot Luck, and Lots of Smiling Faces

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

All morning tugs arrived at the town docks in Little Current until all fifteen boats (35 people) were secure at the dock. Introductions continued all day as we met people from all over the United States (8 boats) and Canada (7 boats) – 14 Ranger Tugs and one Cutwater. The boat…

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Rendezvous Early Birds

on August 6th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Little Current one day early for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous, Jim is the organizer of the event, the first ever for Ranger Tugs in the North Channel. First things first. We headed to the town dock for a pump out before going to our…

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And Then There Were Two…

on August 2nd, 2014 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, Rosborough, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments

Coffee tasted extra good high up on the granite rocks this morning. Jim and I discussed how long we should stay in this spot at South Benjamin Island before we headed to the Ranger Tugs Rendezvous in Little Current – we both agreed, it might be one of those long three-day…

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On the Rocks – South Benjamin Island

on August 1st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Eagle Island early so we would have the best chance to secure a place on the rocks at South Benjamin Island. We anticipated a lot of boating activity in the North Channel this weekend due to the Canadian Civic Holiday falls on Monday. We wanted to get in early in…

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First Anchorage – Eagle Island

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We spent most of the late afternoon and early evening organizing and storing stuff on the boat. Since Jim organized the rendezvous, we have boxes and boxes of ditty bag items, printed agendas and books to stow on board. We finally found a home for everything and were able to relax on…

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Oh Canada!

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Spanish, Ontario this afternoon to launch Kismet and begin our trek to Little Current for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous. After a slow start to our summer cruising activities, due to a family commitment, Jim and I are so excited to finally splash Kismet at Spanish. After…

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The Path Less Taken

on September 9th, 2012 in CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES: by | Comments

Mackinac Island is a very busy tourist destination during the day, so when visiting the island, Jim and I try to focus our daytime activities on walking in less congested areas. Our favorite route starts by walking up the steps leading to the steep bluff just across the road from…

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Post Wedding Trip to Mackinac Island

on September 6th, 2012 in CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, TRAILERING by | Comments

Our son, Skyler, got married to the love of his life, Sarah, on Labor Day Weekend. Most of our summer was focused on this big event; except for a few boat trips, we stayed close to home preparing and enjoying all the activities. I have to confess it took quite…

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2012 Venetian Festival – Charlevoix, Michigan

on July 27th, 2012 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, TRAILERING by | Comments

In stark contrast to our time cruising the North Channel this summer was our 5-day stop in Charlevoix, while on our way home, for the 2012 Venetian Festival; one of our all time favorite festivals. We called Charlevoix’s harbormaster, Hal (below-right) to receive our slip assignment soon after we arrived…

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Heading Home

on July 25th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel, TRAILERING by | Comments

Heading back to Spanish, time to load our boat onto the trailer to drive back to the states. This was the first bad weather day of our trip. No sooner had we got the boat secured onto the trailer and into the parking lot when it started to rain hard….

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The Perfect Anchorage

on July 15th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

From South Benjamin Island we made our way past Little Current, Strawberry and Heywood Islands as we skirted south of Frazier Bay to enter Lansdowne Channel on the way to Covered Portage Cove, just west of Killarney, the old provincial outpost that separates Ontario’s North Channel from Georgian Bay. We had…

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View From The Top

on July 15th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Topping off our great anchorage find is the incredible view from the top of this South Benjamin Island. This is where Jim found all those yummy blueberries and where we went to stretch our legs and enjoy the view when we felt cramped on the boat. Great weather during our…

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Three Days of Peace and Quiet – South Benjamin Island

on July 13th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It’s amazing how we can spend a few days on the hook and not get bored. We both had chores to do, organizing our stuff on the boat, we swam in the unseasonably warm water, played games, read books, cooked, ate and just plain relaxed. This is our big trip…

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Tying Up to Boulders on South Benjamin Island

on July 13th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Spanish early the next morning and made our way through Little Detroit, a channel so narrow it’s customary to make a, “Securité.` Securité.` Securité.” call to announce your intentions so boaters, on the other side of the channel, can stand clear. You wouldn’t want to be passed by…

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North Channel Bound

on July 11th, 2012 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel, TRAILERING by | Comments

The North Channel is one of our favorite cruising destinations, there I said it! For those that have been, it most likely is one of your favored routes as well. If you haven’t been, the following photos, although very, very nice can never do justice to what Mother Nature provides…

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Torch Lake Anchor

on June 9th, 2012 in CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, INLAND LAKES:, Torch Lake, TRAILERING by | Comments

Torch Lake has lots of fond memories for Lisa and I. We each boated here before we were married and began our boating adventures together on this lake. We used to trailer our 21-foot Four Winns Sundowner to Torch Lake to spend long weekends on the hook, but since our…

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Winding Down Memorial Day Weekend in Charlevoix

on May 28th, 2012 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES: by | Comments

Winding down Memorial Day Weekend in Charlevoix with a dinghy ride around the little island and an afternoon at anchor in Oyster Bay (below). We drove up to Petoskey to visit our friend, Martin. Lunch at Whitecaps and a visit at Martin’s home. Monday started with a Memorial Day parade…

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Charlevoix the Beautiful

on May 27th, 2012 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES: by | Comments

Just as the Chamber of Commerce slogan suggests… Charlevoix is beautiful. Charlevoix was our homeport for many years so we consider it a home away from home. It seems this friendly little town exists in its own little bubble and embodies all that small town America promises. With concerts and…

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Our Biggest Fan in Charlevoix

on May 26th, 2012 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES: by | Comments

Every time we see Rob, on Keri ‘D’ Away, we’re reminded how often he reads our blog and seems to know what we’re up to on our boat. On our recent visit to Charlevoix we ran into Rob, and his wife Keri, at the marina; Rob was a little perturbed…

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Welcome Home Kismet!

on May 24th, 2012 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, TRAILERING by | Comments

Today we trailered our boat up to Charlevoix and launched her at Ferry Avenue Lake Charlevoix Municipal Boat Ramp. This ramp is just outside of Round Lake, on Lake Charlevoix by Irish Marina. As you can see (below) we were operating in a clouds of bugs that were hanging out…

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Cruising the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay

on May 20th, 2012 in CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, Traverse City by | Comments

Kismet’s First Time in Grand Traverse Bay First time in West Bay since we’ve been home. Skyler, Sarah and friend David joined us for an afternoon trip to Power Island (also referred to as Marion Island). We put the boat in at Elmwood Township Marina, their facilities are exceptional. It…

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