Hooray, spring is finally here. The sun is showing itself a little more often, daylight savings time is in effect, and it’s warm enough now to start getting the boats ready for summer fun. And it looks like this summer there is plenty of “fun” to be had. The show schedule is full with many exciting events planned through out the area and with in a day’s drive. Between the Michigan Chapter, our friends in Canada, and the surrounding communities there are plenty of places to visit.
One very noticeable change in this year’s schedule is taking place with our chapter’s move from Algonac up the river to St. Clair for our annual “Where it All Began” Show. After 27 consecutive seasons we regretfully have to move our show venue because of the extremely low water levels in the Great Lakes. With current levels at 2 feet below average it was impossible to safely get in and out of the boats. The City of St. Clair Municipal Harbor offers floating docks with in walking distance of downtown and many restaurants. We hope you will not be deterred and go the extra distance to participate or visit this wonderful area.
As always, other shows are planned on both sides of the border all summer long with a really big show and vintage race boat regatta being planned for July 6 in Gravenhurst, Ontario. If you have never been there, it’s worth the effort.
While low water problems appear to be obvious to boaters who own cruisers, it can also pose a problem for folks who trailer their boats as well. Favorite launch ramps might prove to be in accessible this season. Before you attempt to launch, take a moment to walk down the dock and check the depth. Backing off the slab at the end of the ramp when trying to launch or retrieve you boat could prove damaging to your prop, boat bottom, trailer, or tow vehicle. It’s a shame to ruin a beautiful day of boating when an extra few minutes of attention at the ramp can save the day.
Hope to see you on the lake,
Carl Garmhaus, Commodore
We are trying something new this summer. Jerry Kowal, Fleet Captain has planned weeknight cruises through the summer. This is a great opportunity to meet new members, get together with old friends and use our boats together. No reservations are necessary, just show up. All cruises will start at 5:00pm.
Schedule is attached