Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We had a wonderful day on the water today! We left Menominee and headed northeast on Green Bay. (Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan, is 120 miles long and 10-20 miles wide.)  We encountered submerged fishing nets- this was the scariest part of the trip. The nets are marked by small flags on tiny buoys, and are not easy to spot in the waves. They seem to be placed anywhere. The thought of running over one of those and wrapping it around or props was enough to keep us very alert.

We cruised around the north end of Chambers Island, where we spotted a sailboat stuck on the rocks. We talked to them on the radio, but could not assist them. We rounded the island and continued past several smaller islands, and the villages of Fish Creek and Egg Harbor. The total trip took just under 6 hours and covered about 45 miles, and waves were 2 feet or less.

We are getting comfortable using our new Garmin radar and chart plotter to plan and follow routes. It's so much nicer than the old green radar display. That and the auto pilot are indispensable for open water travel.

We were back in Sturgeon Bay for the 2:30 bridge opening....

and a couple more of those ubiquitous sturgeons.

Patriot sturgeon

Camo sturgeon

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