246 Traverse City to Bever Island?

Fellow Rinkers,
I'd like to say I still have those old nerves of steel and veins as cold as ice but hey...I'm 40 with a beautiful wife and a wonderful son and I do not wish to be foolish with them. My wife's parents have a summer home on Beaver Island and we would like to take our new 246 up but wonder if the 30 + miles from Traverse City to the Island would be to much to ask of the 246 Captiva.
I took a 19' boston wailer from Sturat Fl to the Bahamas when I was 17 but as I stated above I had nerves of steel tossed in with adolescent stupidity.
With GPS and a full tank would it be foolish to take the Rinker 246 Captiva the 3o plus miles across the lake to Beaver Island?  I know the lake can flare up as quick as the ocean.
Many Thanks for your feedback.


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    keelerpdkeelerpd Member Posts: 3
    Hi there,
    I don't know what your skill level is with large water and/or larger boats.  I am new to the land of larger boats, we have a 1995 265 Fiesta Vee and we have put in at Au Gres and taken the family up to Tawas City to watch the boat races.  On our way back, there were some storms both port and starboard and we threaded the needle between them and got a little wet putting the boat in, but other than that, we were OK.
    That said, I understand EXACTLY what you are talking about with regard to the family safety and everything.  That just shows your head and heart are in the right place.  I would imagine that your captiva is a cuddy cabin right?  If so, with a good nav app (I used Navionics for my my Iphone) you should be OK.  I would plot your course and notify people of leave time and projected arrival and also DL the map (if using navionics, then it only needs GPS and no cellular updates).  Keep track of the weather, both close and coming across the lake or Wisconsin.
    it is all up to you ultimately in the end, err on the side of caution and safety.
    Hopefully this helps a little.
    Best regards and safe travels.
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    Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Member Posts: 5,439 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just watch the weather and wave height forecast. That run is infamous for fog, so a gps is a must! A marine radio and off-shore safety gear is a plus. You can easily get unsafe waves for your boat size. Great area to boat though!

    Past owner of a 2003 342FV
    PC BYC, Holland, MI
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