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  1. West Michigan Thread

    Anchorage Cup slip reservation in Grand Haven. Things are screwy this year. The DNR system has changed and little boats like mine are a problem. Being too small relative to the slips available, the computer system will not release a slip. They then tell you to call the marina directly. The marina says there is nothing they can do. Called the DNR again and I got a supervisor on the line. She had to use 38 feet to get me a slip. I guess that's a sign that I should add a 5' fixed prod. So, be persistent or just lie about the size of your boat. Or just have a big boat and no problemo.
  2. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    None. The storm west of us was a relatively small, isolated cell. Chris Bedford said to expect the pop up storms over land, but then expect them to diminish once they were over water.
  3. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    We were far east of the storms. We were seeing a fairly rapid increase in wind speed and when it was upper 20's, I started to become a little concerned. Daylight? No problem, game on. But pitch black darkness is a different story. We were moving along at a pretty good clip when we heard the MOB call. Realizing Meridian X was north of us, I realized we could be sailing into a shit storm so I called for the kite down. Shortly thereafter, we were looking at a wind speed pushing 40 knots. Doghouse is spot on in the above post. This was a rare event and unpredictable. It caught a lot of us by suprise.
  4. I was at the pony when you came in and I remained seated.
  5. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    Great post. Thank you.
  6. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    Those are kind and deserving words about the Meridian gang. Completely agree. For what it's worth, I purchased (before the rac) a new yellow C-lite that is water activated. When I put my PFD on this evening it was clearly flashing and I can only assume that it started during the upwind rinse cycle Sunday morning. I pulled it out of my PFD and it's very bright. You can toggle it between two different rates of flash and constant light. I'll do some more testing on a periodic basis for reliability.
  7. No worries, mate. My pleasure. But now we have a real reason to drop out. The cunningham block just exploded.
  8. And now we gotta find a way to the island. Do have a van?
  9. We're out. Lower rudder bearing sounded like it was going to explode. Shame too as it was fairly new Jeffa bearing.
  10. This race hasn't been one of my more enjoyable ones, but at least we're not parked in sweaty ass hot weather getting consumed by flies.....yet.
  11. West Michigan Thread

    Has anyone received their PHRF cert yet?
  12. West Michigan Thread

    Can't go wrong with Holland, either. Eldean Marine has a top notch marina with an almost brand new shower house and the yacht club (MBYC) is just next door.
  13. West Michigan Thread

    Check your FB messages. Just sent you one. We've got you covered. Better give him the run-down on how the buckets work... I hope Looper is short cause there aint a lot of cushy headroom on Shorty's ride. Hroth Shorty: I'm on to you, I changed the companionway lock so you best find another boat to sublet. Dang! I was so looking forward to showing Looper my new J130. What's funny is that I bet a lot of you probably don't remember me from the old W. Michigan beer drinking meetup days at the upstairs at Bell's. While the wife would probably prefer the accommodations of the previous shorty boat, i'll feel right at home in the current one. It's much more spacious than my current ride.You and Riding Point organized the first red hat get together at Bell's. That was a good time. And a long time ago!
  14. West Michigan Thread

    Check your FB messages. Just sent you one. We've got you covered. Better give him the run-down on how the buckets work... I hope Looper is short cause there aint a lot of cushy headroom on Shorty's ride. Hroth Shorty: I'm on to you, I changed the companionway lock so you best find another boat to sublet. Dang! I was so looking forward to showing Looper my new J130.