Summer Plans

I’ve been docked at Crowley’s for 4 weeks now. Was in Ontario for a visit, and am now back in Chicago helping out in the yard during their spring launch season.

Escapade will get hauled in a few weeks and stay ashore here for the summer, getting some professional attention. Minor glass and paint repairs and engine and generator service.

I’m leaving in early June to sail a Beneteau 345 from Chicago to Port Elgin ON with the new owner, who is completely new to sailing.

The new boat I was hinting about earlier is a MacGregor 65 Pilothouse sailboat. I’ll try to write a post with my complete rationale, but I’m excited at the possibilities for that boat. Negotiations haven’t concluded, but I’ve left July and August open to sail around the lakes in this boat.

Escapade needs to be back in Canada by mid November to satisfy my cruising permit conditions. So I’ve blocked off September for a cruise up to Canada in Escapade. I’m thinking North Channel is probably beautiful that time of year.

Bruce suggested the name Guttersnipe for the MacGregor. It’s my current favourite.

A few random pics – I really like watching the commercial traffic go in and out the Calumet River.

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