We did arrive safe and sound at our marina in Midland (Bay Port Yachting Centre) on Tuesday, 30 May at 0200 (2:00 am). We made the passage from Port Colborne to Midland in 4.5 days by running around the clock when traversing Lake Erie and Lake Huron. In fact, we managed to pass from Sarnia to Midland (250 Nautical miles) on a non-stop basis.
We are now back on the water doing a Great Lakes yacht delivery moving a sailboat from Midland, Ontario to Lake Charlevoix which is just off Lake Michigan. We departed Midland on Friday, June 2nd, but had to turn back on account of an exhaust leak at the engine exhaust manifold. Bay Port provided excellent service and provided us a mechanic who managed to fix the leak on Saturday. We did a sea trial to confirm all was OK and then departed on Sunday Morning, June 4th.
We have taken the boat to Sault Ste. Marie to clear US Customs and we are currently down bound on the Saint Mary’s River. We will be stopping at Mackinac Island for the night. We will arrive at the final destination tomorrow (Thursday) and the owner/customer will drive us back to Midland on Friday which is an eight hour drive. We are four delivery crew on board because the vessel doesn’t have a functioning auto pilot, so we are taking turns hand steering the boat on one hour shifts and we have been running 14-15 hour days.