Aquila ends 1st season of Sailing Lake Superior; haul out at Spirit Lake Marina, Duluth

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Aquila Ready for Haul Out at Spirit Lake Marina in Duluth MN

Traditionally, Oct 6 means celebrating Applefest in Bayfield.   Breaking tradition, we instead drove Duluth to arrange for haul-out of our boat.  The season is officially over.

The past few years, we’ve grown used to the roughly 4.5 hour drive to Bayfield from Buffalo MN.   What a treat to arrive at the Spirit lake Marina in Duluth in just under 3 hours.   We took the Midway exit off 35 W and cut over to hwy 23- perfect short cut to our destination.

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Removing Sails and Rigging for Haul Out

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Notes on how to rig the lines in the Spring….

First task is to remove and fold the sails.  Always a bonus to get this job done when the wind is calm and the sails are dry.  check and check.
Photo Documentation includes a visual of the lines, the rigging and the hardware – this should help at launch in the spring!

Ready for Haul Out

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Haul Out at Spirit Lake Marina Duluth

The crew helped move Aquila into position for haul out.

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The Mast is usually left on for the winter, but due to some re -wiring and upgrades, this season it was removed.   What  a sigh of relief to see it safely resting on the barrels.    Just a few remaining “housekeeping items” for the fall…  a portable pump out comes in handy.

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About mnsailors

Sailing Lake Superior out of Bayfield WI. Sailing from Racine WI to Bayfield in 2012
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3 Responses to Aquila ends 1st season of Sailing Lake Superior; haul out at Spirit Lake Marina, Duluth

  1. Clownshoes says:

    What kind of projects do you guys have planned besides the mast work? Best of luck in the off season.

  2. mnsailors says:

    Good timing, I just updated our page on boat projects!

  3. vroberts129 says:

    I just bought a boat in Thunder Bay. I want to sail it to Duluth for transport. What marina do you recommend to unsplash, unstep and have the boat picked up for transport… thanks…..dan

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