Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday 063015– in Vermillion OH
Weather/Sea   sunny, little wind, 70 to  75
Captain - John C. Kwak crew Chuck Livingston
Arrived in VERMILLION OH on Monday from Cleveland and got a berth at the Vermillion Yacht Club no reciprocity and $1.90 per foot per day the most expensive yet. This is again a very nice club with good facilities. We had the club to ourselves all of the time. They have a manager, whom I paid but never saw him again. We are both taking long bike rides for shopping and to see the town. Here we also took a long dinghy ride in  the Vermillion River to see the recreational boats in the many marinas. We are staying here 2 nights and then tomorrow on to Puttin Bay on South Bass Island, one of the Lake Erie Islands in the west of the lake. Yes we are almost done with Lake Erie after Puttin Bay we go to Detroit on the Detroit River.
Our trip from Cleveland was quick because there was a 15 to 20 kn wind, we motor sailed with only the jib out and we made 7 to 8 mph with motor at 1500 rpm. So after 40 miles we arrived at 1400. Luckily the rain and wind let up just before the harbor, which made the entree into the narrow harbor less trying.

We arrived in Cleveland on Thursday the 25th after a short 3 hour motor ride. Our time in Cleveland was interesting Dutchess had a berth at the East 55th Street Marina which is a ways out of the City.  The normal rate is 1.75 per foot but because we had no electric or water at our dock they charged only $1.25 per foot so $55 per day for Dutchess. On the 26th we took a cab into the City to the Aquarium and spend the morning looking at fish including sharks and sting rays. The Holley Trolley starts from the Aquarium so to see the City we took the guided tour on the trolley and in an hour learned a lot about the City. After the tour we hiked over the bridge into downtown and Tower City an underground mall and Casino.  Cleveland is full of bridges which cross the Cuyahoga River which meanders thru the entire city. Cleveland is a large commercial port with ocean going ships in the harbor. The 27th and 28th were lousy weather days with heavy rains and high wind and 6’ waves on Lake Erie, we stayed in the boat and did boat chores.  Therefore I paid for a total of 4 days in Cleveland. There were flooding reports from all the local areas and even Lake Erie is high according to the locals. Our next port Vermillion had their docks under water, but it had drained down by the time we arrived.

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