Sunday, October 05, 2014

Evening Boating Fun in Pure Michigan!

Boating on a warm September Evening in the UP, Michigan?


When Tammy told me she had twisted Mary’s arm to take us out in her 1947 HackerCraft for a sunset cruise around the area, I was all for it.

There is nothing like the smell of lake water mixed with fuel and oil and exhaust and the revvvvvv of a motor pushing you forward at high speeds!

Okay, not THAT high speed, more like a very relaxed end to a perfect day.

The lake was quiet, “The Season” is over.  Boats are being stored away for the winter, and we only crossed wakes with a couple of boats who were out enjoying the evening bliss just like we were.


Let’s GO!!


What a sweet ride!

HackerCraft is the name given to boats built by The Hacker Boat Co., an American company, founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1908 by John Ludwig Hacker (known as John L. Hacker or just "John L."). The company moved operations to New York State in the 1970s and continues to produce hand-built boats in Silver Bay, on the shores of Lake George, New York.

But this 1947 baby was Michigan Made, and has Michigan Stayed!


Tammy, untying the lines!


Our flag is ready to fly!

This beautiful boat was “Brought Back from Death”  ((My new favorite phrase from Janet!)) by Mary’s hubby.  At one point it was so broken down it actually had a tree growing THROUGH it!  What a labor of love and beauty, and oh what a sweet ride!


Let’s Roll, Sister!


Mary at the wheel!


Sunset behind the stern!


Michigan Beauty over the bow!


Evening reflections in the water.


Coming up on one of Mary’s other boats “The Courage!”


Early 1900s Life Boat!


From behind!

This old life boat has had quite the life and now lives on as a summer fishing boat.  Mary told us the story of how many women she could pile into this thing all at once – something like 47!  They were quite the spectacle motoring around on the water.  We call that a party barge!


How would you like THIS for a retreat house?


Good bye, Sun!


The perfect end to a wonderful day!

It’s officially fall up at Quilt Villa.  37 degrees in Purlear, NC and we had to light the gas fireplaces for the first time this morning.  I snuggled down into two quilts last night, and didn’t want to get out of bed this morning!

 Hoping to get my Box Kite quilt top together today, leaving time for hand stitching tonight solo!  The Hubster will be on his way back tonight for work tomorrow, but I’m staying up here until Tuesday morning for some extended solo retreat time.  Got to get these projects DONE!

Have a great Sunday, Everyone!

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  1. That boat is AMAZING! It is gorgeous! So are your photos! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that part of the country! Happy Sunday!

  2. Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me. Enjoy.

  3. an old family friend of my parents had a boat just like that - and they lived on Lake George. I wonder if it was the same "hacker" boat. small world :)

  4. Now that would be my ideal end to a perfect day, especially with such a beautiful sunset. Photos are great.

  5. That boat is a beauty and the boat houses lining the lake bring back all kinds of memories. What lake were you on?

  6. Beautiful pic of Michigan. I didn't know you could have a "warm" evening in September in Michigan! That boat is so gorgeous. Have a super day!

  7. How fortunate you are to have been able to experience that most beautiful boat! And on a perfect Autumn evening! Pure Michigan!

  8. So glad you were in Michigan the weekend of Sept. 27th. After you left, we have had rain and cold. Isn't Michigan the best? You certainly got quite the tour with the Soo ladies - locks, maple syrup, boat trip, Charlevoix. We are so happy that you got to see Pure Michigan!!

  9. Yoou out did yourself with these pictures of that sunset. Beautiful. I knew how you felt on that ride. Had one last Sunsay on the sound at the Outer Banks.

  10. Absolutely beautiful!

  11. The boat is a beauty. What kind of wood is it?
    Always enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Your photos take me back to my childhood years at Swan Lake in South Dakota where my parents had a cabin. Such good clean fun. LOL


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