Solar Panels on a Boat? Yes!

August 11, 2020. Are they "green," or just good sense? Both! The new 100-watt solar panels are surprisingly unobtrusive on the aft end of the flybridge. Jeff calls them a "starter kit." He's new to solar power and learns from reading boating blogs. I'm new to all boat power. I'm still learning the connections between … Continue reading Solar Panels on a Boat? Yes!

The Mainship Visits Caribou Island

August 6, 2019. Caribou Island is a gorgeous and convenient place to dock (or camp) at Isle Royal, on the main channel and close to the main entrance/exit for boats traveling to or from the Keweenaw. This is why we chose it for our last night here. This is also why we have plenty of … Continue reading The Mainship Visits Caribou Island

The Mainship Visits Belle Isle

August 5, 2019. Belle Isle is a former resort on Isle Royal, in Lake Superior. Isle Royal is 56 miles from the Michigan mainland, 18 miles from Minnesota, and 15 miles from Canada. Yet a resort opened here in 1912. Imagine! We got here by comfortable trawler. I wonder how "tourists" got here in those … Continue reading The Mainship Visits Belle Isle

Night Crossing on Lake Superior

August 2-3, 2019. The Mainship Many Moons is crossing Lake Superior tonight, bound for Isle Royal on its maiden voyage. When we leave North Portage Entry on the Keweenaw Peninsula, about 50 miles of open water awaits us before we arrive at Chippewa Harbor. Our hope is to arrive there around sunrise, with enough visibility … Continue reading Night Crossing on Lake Superior

Christening Mainship Many Moons

July 19, 2019. The Mainship Many Moons was christened and commissioned today. Quite a fuss for a recreational vessel? Yep. But it was fun, and all tongue-in-cheek. During my Navy career, I attended a few such events and even helped plan one (the recommissioning of the battleship USS Missouri in 1986), so I couldn't resist … Continue reading Christening Mainship Many Moons