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Loop Completion

Bade Boomer crossed her wake at 1200 hrs in Holland Michigan August 19, 2001.  We are in Saugatuck presently, awaiting haul out and some refit work.  Completing this adventure brought a tear to our eyes, as it has been a long time … Continue reading

August 19 Friday Grand Haven / Saugatuck, Mi

Its a slow start.  We pull away from the dock just before 10:00am.  Its about 30 miles to Saugatuck- and our last day on the Loop.  We are not in a hurry.  Lake Michigan is a slow ripple to calm.  … Continue reading

August 18 Thursday Pentwater / Grand Haven, Mi

Its decided to add fuela and to put 20gal in the aux tank.  The dockhands do not arrive until 8:30 so we are not on our way until a little after 9:00.  We idle by Sheri and Frank’s condo and get … Continue reading

August 17 Wednesday Pentwater, Mi

Plans have been made with Tower Marine in Saugatuck to keep “Bade Boomer” for several weeks until Tiara pulls her for the winter.  We are not expected there until Friday.  Checking weather, we will stay here another night.  The cockpit … Continue reading

August 16 Tuesday Leland Harbor/ Snug Harbor, Pentwater, Mi

We were planning on a lazy day- got to Frankfort at an easy pace….until we got the weather update.  Weather will turn on us tomorrow and not improve until Saturday.  We leave at 8:30 and will try to push for Pentwater- … Continue reading

August 15 Monday Mackinaw City Docks / Leland, Mi

Weather looks good and we are out of the harbor a little after 7:30 and under the Mac bridge by 8:00.  Waves are 2ft but after the turn into Grey’s reef they are on our rear quarter.  We pass fish … Continue reading

August 14 Sunday Mackinaw City Docks

The weather is really confusing.  According to NOAA, waves are less than 2ft and winds are 10-15 knots.  I called Leland, our next port, and there is over a 30 knot wind with 4ft waves.  We will stay and take the ferry … Continue reading

August 13 Saturday Mackinaw City Docks

A another quiet day in port.  We catch up on news and get a TV fix.  We hear from the Looper Train in the afternoon and we wander over to see everyone in the late afternoon.  They are all staying … Continue reading

August 12 Friday Drummond Island/ Mackinaw City Docks

The morning is calm and we decide to get going.  The weekend weather prediction is rain.  We follow“Muddy Waters” an hour later and are rewarded with calm seas all day.  We pass the Drummond ferry-the only way on and off … Continue reading

August 11 Thursday Meldrum Bay / Drummond Island, North Channel

We decide to get an early start before the winds pick up.  When we are out of the bay-the waves are 3-6 ft.  We decide to get up on top for a much smoother ride.  We are heading to Drummond Island- … Continue reading