So we are home after an amazing trip and a tough last day...
We left Mackinac Island on Friday at 8:07 am and within an hour of our trip we passed two flybridge boats. Steve got out his binoculars and low and behold it was A Grand Time and Booms Away -- the Maddens and Booms who we met in Harbor Beach on the way to T. City! What are the chances of that?? Anyway, they followed us into Port Sanilac, where we spent the night and had dinner.
We left Port Sanilac around 9:40 am for the 5 hour trip home. About 40 minutes into the cruise our port engine went into idle and the alarms started going off. They said we had low hydraulic fluid in the pod drives -- or something like that. Steve went and checked, made some phone calls while we were floating in the middle of Lake Huron and decided to take the boat on one engine into Port Huron.
With the great help of two people from Desmond Marina, Steve docked the boat on one engine and did a darn good job of it. Then we found out that there was a Cummins mechanic (Ernie) in the Marina working on a tug boat.What are the chances of that?? He couldn't find a leak, so he checked everything out, still suspecting that we were slowly loosing the hydraulic fluid somewhere, but he thought we could make it home.
So off we went down the St. Clair River, through Lake St. Clair and down the Detroit River and once in Lake Erie, another alarm went off saying that there was water in the drive. After more phone calls, we decided to drive the final hour home, even though I had a meltdown...I was afraid of getting into the changing winds and finding ourselves in rough seas with one engine. Anyway, we made it! I did say that I was never getting on the damn boat again, but I suppose I was being a little hysterical -- me??
All in all it was a great trip and amazing experience. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are so beautiful and there is so much to explore there. We haven't even begun!
Here are the final picture posts from Steve. Dotcomtrip.com is over and out until the next trip!
The Grand Hotel:
Mackinac Island Marina:
The sunset on our last leg home: