I just wanted to thank you for the great site. I just finished
and launched my Michalak
“Family Skiff” this June/July. Her name
is the “Karen Ann”. The plans were great and Jim was
responsive to questions.
You have allowed me to easily find the products I needed to complete
my boat; it took about a year and a half but it was well worth
it. I built her in a one car garage. I give many thanks to my
wife for letting me take up the garage through a Northern Illinois
winter. I will never build a boat in an unheated garage again.
When the time comes to build the next one, it will be a warm weather
only project no matter how long it takes.
My plan is to do some cruise camping on the big flowages of Northern
Wisconsin. My maiden voyage was on a small lake (160 ac.) near
Tomahawk, WI. She performed well in a variety of wind conditions
which gave me confidence for the next step.
For a true test, I took her to the Chippewa Flowage by Hayward,
WI. The Chippewa Flowage is a 17,000 acre reservoir created in
1923 by the damning of the Chippewa River. It encompasses 11 natural
lakes, 9 natural rivers. The "Big Chip" is made up of
233 miles of undeveloped shoreline and 140 islands making it a
unique sailing experience. There are several areas that are miles
across allowing the wind to build some waves. I sailed in mostly
Force 3 to 4 winds with no fear of capsize in the steep chop.
She was a dry and had a very solid feel. I was staying at a campground
with a couple of buddies who don’t sail and they were both
calm and comfortable while sailing in whitecaps.
The above pictures are taken from my buddies fishing boat out
in the middle of “Pete’s Bar”, a great place
for Muskie. (Doesn’t the sail
from Duckworks look great?) I didn’t get a
chance to camp from the boat because as nice as the weather looks
in the pictures; it stormed three out of five nights. For my first
camp/cruise, I want good weather. I am looking forward to some
fall sailing. I hope to have a small mizzen completed by the time
I have to put her away for the winter. Thank you again for everything.
I have wanted to build a sailboat for years.
Crystal Lake, IL