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Old 06-24-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Hello from Detroit area.

Hello everyone,

My name is Bill and I live in Grosse Pointe ,Mi. It is my hope that I can someday afford to retire and have the health and ability to cruise the great loop. I currently own a 35 Bertram that I am trying to sell or trade to purchase my first trawler. I say first because I don't imagine I will hit the nail on the head with my first trawler and will likely enjoy it so much that my wife will force me to move up a notch or two. I am a lifelong boater starting at age 4 or 5 with a nine foot Grumman john boat and a 3 horse Evinrude duck twin. My trawler will be used primarily on Lakes Michigan and Huron. This seems to be the one thing that I truly am excited about and it is important to hold onto a dream or two if you possibly can. I hope to see this through, both here on the Trawler Forum and on the water.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:49 PM   #2
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Bill, welcome to TF from a former Michigander (Saginaw). Our boat came from your area (MacRay Harbor) and we love it. Good luck with your search for the perfect boat.
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Welcome aboard from Au Gres. We have a 41’ President that is sorta a trawler. We love cruising it. We have done part of the loop, from the Potomac to Au Gres so far.
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Hi Bill -
Welcome to trawler world. I'm pretty new myself having purchased a 40' Pilgrim in Muskegon in late 2017. I've spent the past 1.5 years working on prepping the boat for a trip back to New England (where I live). I had hoped to complete that trip by this fall, but having to travel to MI to work on the boat is slow going, so my aim now is just to make it to Detroit this fall, winter over there, and start for home in the spring.

Assuming I do make the Detroit area later this summer or fall, perhaps we can meet up and I'll give you a tour of 'Serena' to whet your appetite a bit.
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Hi Bill...welcome.

You have a great area. We did years of boating on Lk St Clair, the Detroit River, and W. End of Lk Erie.

Where do you keep the Bertram? We were at Jefferson Beach for a while. I remember the Original Pancake House, and Gephettos on Little Mack (?). Long time ago.

Good luck in your pursuit.
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Joe,
That would be great. I would love to see you boat and the work you have performed on her. If you should need help moving the boat let me know. I have made the trip myself and am familiar with the waters from Muskegon around to Lorain Ohio. Thank you for your offer to see the boat.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:08 AM   #7
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Jeff,

My boat is located at the Grosse Pointe Shores municipal marina which is attached to the GPYC. Sadly, the Original Pancake House is no longer open for dinner. The lines for breakfast and lunch are frequently out the door! Bill
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