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by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Roberta:

Did your friends that were thinking about starting the Great Loop, leave on the adventure yet?
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

The entrance for the channel into Frankfort is marked by another lighthouse. IMG_20210801_174745_01.jpg Once we are docked, it was time to explore the town. IMG_20210801_174720_01.jpg There was one shop in town with very unique items for sale. IMG_20210801_174733_01.jpg It is now August 1st, and we ...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We only have to stay one night in Northport for the water to calm down. The next morning, the sun rises over calm water as we leave town. IMG_20210801_174800_01.jpg Our destination for the day is Frankfort, but before we get to Frankford, we pass along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore. IMG_2021...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Charlevoix is famous for its mushroom houses, and they were only a few blocks from the marina. IMG_20210726_140803__01.jpg IMG_20210726_140921__01.jpg Not wanting to wear out our welcome at the free day dock w/electric, we leave the next morning. Once we started heading South, the water was rough, w...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We finally got out of Harbor Bay and headed to Charlevoix. We called to get a slip but they put us on a waiting list, so when we got to town, we tied up at the day dock. The day dock was right next to the marina so we could easily move to a slip once they called. We waited all day and we never did g...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

After two nights on Mackinac island, it's time to move on as travel days are limited on the Great lakes because of high winds and waves. We go under the Mackinac bridge and are now in Lake Michigan. IMG_20210723_084300__01.jpg The Mackinac bridge was completed in 1957 and is 5 miles long. IMG_202107...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

The fort also has cannon firing demonstrations through out the day. IMG_20210722_150750__01.jpg After the fort visit, we head downtown one more time to get more fudge, as I had already ate the piece we got the day before. There must be over a dozen fudge shops downtown. We took a less traveled stree...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

There is also an old fort on the island near the downtown area.
Fort from our boat
Fort from our boat
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We visited the fort at lunch time so decided to have lunch on their outdoor patio. The meal was very good and reasonably priced.
Patio at the fort overlooking the marina and downtown
Patio at the fort overlooking the marina and downtown
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We were lucky to get a slip for two nights at Mackinac island,as it is a popular boating destination. The next morning, I walked a mile along the shore road to a staircase with 207 steps, that led to a natural rock arch. IMG_20210722_075939__01.jpg There were several vistas on the climb up the stair...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

The Grand Hotel was built by two railroads and a steam ship company in 1887. IMG_20210721_175322__01.jpg The porch is huge and provides a stunning view of the Mackinac straits. IMG_20210721_180429__01.jpg I quickly took my pictures from the porch and left since the clock was about to strike 6:00 and...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

There were lots of pretty flowers on the grounds at the Grand Hotel. IMG_20210721_174959__01.jpg Flowers grow tall on the island, even taller than Noreen. IMG_20210801_082623_01.jpg Once we got up to the hotel, we could see the Mackinac bridge, which we will pass under when we leave the island. IMG_...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

The Grand Hotel had the fanciest carriage for taking their guests from the ferry dock to the hotel. IMG_20210721_134724__01.jpg Since we were not staying at the hotel,(rooms starting at $300 a night), we had to walk up the hill to get a closer look at the hotel. IMG_20210721_173636__01.jpg Once we g...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

We arrived early in the day at Mackinac island, since it was only 17 miles from Cheboygan to the island. We docked at the Michigan DNR marina, which is located next to the downtown tourist area. IMG_20210801_082651_01.jpg Mackinac island is unique as no cars are allowed on the island, only horses an...
by curtgard
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop
Replies: 467
Views: 113815

Re: Travels and Adventures of "Curt's Dream" a True Grit design-The Great Loop

Our next stop, heading North up Lake Huron, was Cheboygan. We docked at a city wall on the Black River in the downtown area. IMG_20210801_082612_01.jpg IMG_20210720_153244__01.jpg Once again, because of high winds,we had to stay two nights, before we could move on to our next stop at Mackinac island...
by curtgard
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Electric Power & Systems
Topic: books on wiring
Replies: 21
Views: 312

Re: books on wiring

I never could find a very good book for wiring the 12 volt system on my True Grit. I did use all Blue Seas brand panels and components. Every one of their items came with a very detailed wiring instructions so that's all that I used. You can also go to their website, and there are the same instructi...

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