Posts Tagged: ‘Hobie Tandem Island Trimaran’

Minnesota Roots

June 30, 2017 Posted by Deb

Toward the end of hurricane season we start thinking about where we want to go on the boat and toward the end of the sailing season we put together an unrealistic plan for our return to the U.S. Kind of an ADD itinerary. But it’s nice to be somewhere long enough to join stuff. We signed up immediately for pickleball, the health club, and a hobby-related club. Biking is high on the list and we found out that two members of the Cast Iron Canoe club have purchased Hobie trimarans so we have a fleet now. We added a lot more pickleball to the schedule but we also subtracted a few items like house hunting (after 2 days) and car hunting (one day), but Deb burned a lot of internet time on both. They may prove to be a couple of bad calls but time will tell.

Pickleball in Shawnee Park

Pickleball in Shawnee Park

Dinner with Good Friends - Mike, Carole, Tom & Peg in Afton

Dinner with Good Friends – Mike, Carole, Tom & Peg in Afton

Carole's Ultimate Spanish Paella

Carole’s Ultimate Spanish Paella

Biking

We are addicted and we bike alone through some of the prettiest trails in the country. The group trips will come later as friends get in biking shape. We have bikes on the boat so we get a head start. Of course Deb’s cousins, Jeff and Marti, are doing Lanesboro with us over the fourth; and they have zero miles in. We told them is was 53 miles downhill and they believed us. It’s actually mostly downhill.

Cannon Valley Trail in Redwing Never Disappoints

Cannon Valley Trail in Redwing Never Disappoints

Minnehaha Falls on our Trip to Lake Calhoun

Minnehaha Falls on our Trip to Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun and the Tin Fish

Lake Calhoun and the Tin Fish

Trailside Food Stop on the Gateway

Trailside Food Stop on the Gateway

Brown's Creek Trail

Brown’s Creek State Trail

Trimarans

The Minnesota fleet has been out several times and you can see we are not great at picking sunshine. We are envious of the improvements Hobie has made to the trimarans over the years and are thinking about trading up.

Launching on the St. Croix in Hudson

Launching on the St. Croix in Hudson

Cloudy Day on Forest Lake

Cloudy Day on Forest Lake

Launching the Fleet on Big Marine Lake

Launching the Fleet on Big Marine Lake

Steve % Cheri Tri Rigging

Steve & Cheri Tri Rigging

Maiden Voyage for Jeff

Maiden Voyage for Jeff

Deb’s 45th Class Reunion

All Melcher-Dallas, Iowa Class Reunions are held on Coal Miners Day and there are sand and mud volleyball tournaments, a parade, a DJ, food vendors, and fireworks. Quite a show.

Coal Miner's Day All-Town Reunion in Melcher-Dallas, Iowa

Coal Miner’s Day All-Town Reunion in Melcher-Dallas, Iowa

The Big Class of '72 Reunion

The Big Class of ’72 Reunion

Apostle Islands

August 23, 2016 Posted by Deb

A repeat of the year before with a different campground (Big Sand Bay) and a much larger group. We started with four and before long had most of the Cast Iron Canoe Club and many of the Whiteface group joining us. The boat fleet was huge but wind and rain grounded some.

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The trimaran made three trips to Sand Island and a grand tour of Raspberry, Stockton, and Oak. For that long run, we got to use our wet suits, boots, gloves, and other gear for the five and a half hours of being wet on Lake Superior. Nice waves, too.

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Side trip to the Big Top Chautauqua to See Jonny Lang

Side Trip to the Big Top Chautauqua to See Jonny Lang

Wave Surfing with the Kotilinek's Apres the Apostles

Wave Surfing with the Kotilinek’s Apres the Apostles

40th Anniversary in the Land of Gitchigumi

September 2, 2015 Posted by Deb

Not to be taken lightly. We will probably need more than a nice restaurant. Hmmmm.

We kicked around anniversary ideas of a health spa in Utah, the Mississippi River trip, and a few plane ticket type events. Out of nowhere we decided to take our little Hobie trimaran up to the Apostle Islands and graduate to the big leagues. Lake Superior is also not to be taken lightly.

We stopped by the pole barn in Iowa on the way back from Colorado and grabbed our backpacking gear including a small tent, our Therm-A-Rests, cooking gear, and the rest of a long list. We then went shopping at Cabela’s and REI for the remainder of what we needed to put four days worth of food and gear into the trimaran. Craigslist yielded the full wetsuits we needed since ours are still on the boat.

Can't Believe We Made All This Fit in our Little Hobie Trimaran

Can’t Believe We Made All This Fit in our Little Hobie Trimaran

The literature put out by the Forest Service and the kayak companies had us a bit freaked out as to the kind of trouble we could be getting into. The water is in the upper 40’s and may reach 50 degrees. That will kill you pretty quickly. It boils down to weather, weather, and weather. All the other cautions like proper communications, wilderness equipment, route planning, and bears are not that difficult for sailor/backpacker types. Just to be safe and have options we set up a base camp at the marina in Cornucopia and got permits for Oak and Sand Islands for the same set of days. We got to Cornucopia, the furthest west town in Wisconsin, set up base camp, and left for Oak Island the next morning.

The following shots tell the story. Bottom line … that little trimaran is a perfect tool for the Apostle Islands.

Base Camp in Siskowit Marina, Cornucopia

Base Camp in Siskowit Marina, Cornucopia

Oak Island Group Site A

Oak Island Group Site A

Sand Island

Sand Island

Sand Island Cliffs with Steve

Sand Island Cliffs with Steve

Sand Island Pillars

Sand Island Pillars

Heading Into the Caves

Heading Into the Caves

The Gate to the Mines of Moria

The Gate to the Mines of Moria

We’ll Be Right Behind You All The Way

We’ll Be Right Behind You All The Way

Mast Down, Outriggers In

Mast Down, Outriggers In

Beer Cooler Lake Superior Style

47-Degree Beer Cooler Compliments of Lake Superior

Sand Island Boardwalk

Sand Island Boardwalk

Sand Island Lighthouse

Sand Island Lighthouse

We stopped by base camp after a night on Sand Island, primarily because we were tired of Therm-A-Rests and small tents. We stumbled onto a Greg Brown concert at the Big Top thanks to a heads up from Steve and Cherie. Good seats were still available and that guy is funny. Oh … he sings pretty good too.

Greg Brown Under the Big Top Tent in Bayfield

Greg Brown Under the Big Top Tent in Bayfield

Caves on the Mainland

Caves on the Mainland

Small Body of Water

Small Body of Water

More Mainland Caves

More Mainland Caves

Who's That on the Back of the Trimaran

Who’s That on the Back of the Trimaran