After three days and an oil change, we were ready to say goodbye to Grand Haven.
You can probably tell already looking at the pictures that this was a beautiful day.
Not only that.
But the wind and waves on Lake Michigan were minimal.
So minimal that Sam was able to do some trip planning.
Over to South Haven
Yes, the cruise was perfect.
The water was a beautiful blue-green.
It almost looks like we are in the Caribbean at times.
The channel markers in this part of the country are so stunning.
But that’s when you know.
You’re almost there.
Time to enjoy another port.
When we first arrived, they assigned a slip to us at the Southside Marina.
We docked and saw several other Loopers already there.
Just as we were getting settled, we got word that a spot had opened up for us at the Northside Marina.
We were planning to have some work done and wanted to be as accessible to the mechanic as possible so we unplugged the power and pulled the lines.
It didn’t take long before we were settled into our new slip at Northside Marina.
The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating.
Plus, we were right by the bathrooms, showers, and laundry.
While we were there, the action started almost immediately.
A pirate ship went by.
We also saw several sailboats go out.
Then across the channel on the other side of the Southside Marina, there was an antique tractor parade.
A Tractor Parade!!!
South Haven is celebrating 150 years.
As we walked around South Haven, we couldn’t help notice that the flowers, trees, and shrubs were incredibly beautiful.
Museums and History
There is so much to learn here.
If you want to.
Museums and info boards all around town.
They certainly are proud of their heritage and they don’t want anyone to forget it.
While we were in South Haven, we had an AIS (Automatic Identification System) and a TV antenna put in.
If your boat doesn’t have AIS, you will want to get it before starting the Great Loop.
We are getting ready to go through rivers and traveling with large barges that we may not see coming around the corner.
With AIS, we will see them and they will see us.
Call Goran at Quality Marine Electronics and he will get it done for you.