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Old 07-24-2008, 10:07 AM
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Default Michigan City to Chicago

I would like some advice. Thinking of taking our 2005 Baja 275 up to Michigan City Aug. 9 for a 3 day weekend. My wife said something about how far is it to Chicago. I know my boat is on the small side if the lake isn't smooth. Would I have any problems trying that trip if the weather is right? I know the weather can change in a hurry. What would be the perfect weather for my wife and two kids and me to make the trip to Chicago. I'm guessing my wife is thinking of Navy Pier and go shoping. Also where in Michigan City is the best place to put in at? Is the boat ramp there at the beach open? I know during the Boat show they have it closed.

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:12 AM
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I have a buddy that used to make that trip in a 232 Rinker cuddy. Just got to watch the weather close.
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can't help you mich on the Michigan City thing but I would find Andy (magic medicine) he launches out of there all the time....but you picked a great week-end to come.....http://www.columbiayachtclub.com/
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Well, you can always follow along the shore if you're concerned. We've made the trip many times back and forth and it depends if you follow GPS coord or the beach line. We typically leave from St Joe or New Buffalo and the fastest we've been is 45-50 minutes on flat water at 65+. Typically, it's longer than that for us, but we're not in a rush normally. We usually plan 60-75 min from St Joe to Chicago.

The good news is your gas investment for the trip will probably seem insignificant. That is, once the actual shopping trip commences.
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We've made the trip in 5'ers. But rollers. You can navigate up and down those with confidence. It's the closer, hull crushers that are tough. That's much more intense when travelling. Make srue to plan the weather and hope for winds from the South! North winds make it rough. And if you're head with the waves, it'll be smoother as well. Watch the forecasts for the wind directions and speed, which will in large part dictate the wave activity.
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There was a map posted with the headings and direction for the stops on the Chicago Poker Run. The map is dead-on with perfect directions. Hammond, Michigan City, and DT Chicacgo are all on there.

I looked briefly, but can't find it.

Anyone?
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Thanks for the info and I'll look thru the poker run forum tonight and see if I can find it.
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Gotcher map right here dude!

Be aware, though...parking a boat down there is gonna cost ya! No slippage at Navy Pier (although it would be an AWESOME idea for the City)...you'd have to put in at Diversey or Burnham for a transient slip...at least $50 for a couple hours if they have room...then you've got a cab ride to get to the Pier or Michigan Ave. Or...sign up for the Feel the Power Poker Run that we'll be doing on the 9th like BZ posted...$125 bones get you and entry and a slip for the night at the Columbia Yacht Club...plus you'd get to party with Team Bad Influence!
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The good news is your gas investment for the trip will probably seem insignificant. That is, once the actual shopping trip commences.
lol . . . so true
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Check the weather and go along the shore. Buy a chart and if the weather were to turn use your chart to duck into a harbor. Make sure you have all of the saftey equptment aboard. If you have not already think of taking a boating course. Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxillary offer great courses.

I run my boat straight across the Lake a couple of times a year, though twin engines, it si fun if you are safe and smart about it.
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