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When Not to Sail the Great Lakes
"Having reorganized the boat and stowed everything heavy or sharp, we plan to go out into a steady 30 knot north wind with 6-8 foot waves and whitecaps. There is quite a bit of chop inside the breakwater. Waves are breaking over the outer harbor wall in a few places, but the wind direction is perfect for clearing the shoals north of town and shaping a course for Port Huron, which we should be able to reach in about 8-10 hours even reefed. Casting off and clearing the berth prove difficult in the high wind. And the engine stalls (not clogged this time) going through neutral. (Later inspection when the engine is pulled reveals that we have been running on ONE cylinder) Not a problem except we are drifting around in a tight harbor. "
(Submitted by Noel Tue Jun 29, 2004 )
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