Waukegan to Mackinaw City

This posting covers multiple legs:  Waukegan, IL to Port Washington, WI to Pentwater, MI to Frankfort, MI to Charlevoix, MI to Mackinaw City, MI. 

We try to get going as early as possible each day so that no matter what happens we never arrive at our next anchorage or harbor after dark.

Port Washington’s unique Art Deco lighthouse will not be confused with any other on the Great Lakes.

Port Washington is always our first port o’ call.  Makes for a long day, but upon arrival at this cute little town north of Milwaukee it feels like you’ve reached the “cruising grounds”.

All the pictures in this post are from Tim Place, who crewed with Owen up to Mackinaw City, where Happy (who does not really enjoy open-lake sailing) took his place.

“Tillie” the TillerMaster autopilot is the hardest working member of the crew.

Lighthouse on the north pier of the stilling basin, Frankfort, MI.

The moon rises over Lake Betsie in Frankfort.

It would be a big mistake to try and sail between those two vessels;  its a tow!

The little ferry from Leeland returning backpackers from camping on North Manitou Island.

A local Charlevoix architect, Earl Young, designed what are now called the Hobbit Houses, small, whimsical cottages.  But he also did some local mansions and even one of the hotels.

To get to the Charlevoix marinas you first have to negotiate this drawbridge.

This is the exit from Pentwater Lake.

Nope, we don’t use roller-furling.  Old-school hanked-on sails for us.

The “Mighty Mac” bridge as seen from the Municipal Marina in Mackinaw City.

Mackinaw City Lighthouse.

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