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Old 05-23-2007, 09:23 AM
 
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Considering a move to MN for a job in Rosemount. Unsure of where we'll live - we'll figure that out - but very interested in sailing in MN. Currently run a 38' Hunter out of NY harbor and would love to learn about lake sailing within a 2-3 hour trip from the Rosemount area. How long is the season, how crowded are the lakes/rivers, etc. Do people trailer around?
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:51 AM
 
Location: PALM BEACH, FL.
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The season is not long but there is sailing and even racing on Lakes throughout the Twin Cities area. Is it a good idea to trailer a 38' sailboat around?

You won't need to drive more than 30 minutes to get to a good marina on Lake Minnetonka.

P.S. I used to sail out of Manhasset Bay Y.C. in the fabulous eighties.
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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Welcome to ROSEMOUNT!!! Since you are moving to the Land of 10,000 lakes you can expect no more then a 30 minute drive to any number of sailing lakes/rivers.

If you have children, Rosemount is a GREAT place to live--even if you don't have children it is a great place to live, especially with GAS being so high and you working here in town.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:08 PM
 
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There is lots of sailing on Lake Pepin (part of Mississippi River) about 1 hour SE of Rosemount. Also sailing on White Bear Lake (<1 hr NE) and probably up on Lake Superior (3 hours N) for REAL big water.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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Definately get a slip on Lake Minnetonka and just keep it there. You will love it. Thursday night regattas throughout the summer, as well as a very lively sailing scene. It will be a fantastic way to meet people with common interests.

I'd recommend the Shorewood yacht club or Excel Marina, or the sailing club in Wayzata. those will be closest to wherever you choose to live (probably).
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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From the house, I'm at my docked boat in 45 seconds by car or 3 minutes by foot. It is the life!
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I have to presume that the people recommending you sail on Lake Minnetonka are NOT sailors! I spent the first 35 years of my life living in Wayzata on Lake Minnetonka. I now live in northern Virginia and we sail on the Chesapeake. There is NO WAY you will be able to do any satisfying sailing on Minnetonka with a 38 foot Hunter. NO WAY. The lake has far too much motor boat traffic, too many bays and inlets with bridges too low for a mast to fit under, and not many deep water slips available. You might be able to do some fun day sailing with a 16 to 18 footer but that's it. Really, none of Minnesota's regular lakes are going to provide a good sailing environment for you with a boat as big as yours. You really need to take your boat up to Lake Superior (which is more of an inland fresh water sea than a "lake") to do any good sailing with a 38-footer.
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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There's good sailing up and down the St Croix river and sailboats have the right of way there. The only marina I have experience with is at Hudson but there's bound to be lots more. Not sure what the wait list for a slip is like tho. A friend of mine keeps her family's 30-footer there.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Lake Superior for sure
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I know almost nothing about sailing, but Lake Superior is probably where it's at. Dock your boat at one of the harbors near Duluth and you can sail hundreds of miles up Minnesota's North Shore into the Canadian hinterland or hundreds of miles east down the South Shore to the U.P. of Michigan. The water can be very, very choppy at times though, like choppy enough for surfing. But a lot of people love sailing Superior.

Maybe the Mississippi too.
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