Our First Sail on Lake Michigan With Kids


We’ve been loving our “up north cabin on the lake” this summer—our Catalina 30. The girls are getting into a better routine (although I’ll be honest—bedtime is not great. Arden pops up constantly and giggles at us as if to say, “Haha, I’m not going to bed while I can clearly see that everyone else is still awake up there”).

The good news is that both girls have been doing great with life jackets, and Zel knows that she needs to put one on before going “upstairs.” It really is becoming our little home away from home.

This weekend was about as perfect as we could hope for (besides bedtime). We had dinner at the beach, where two wedding parties came through to take photos, and Zel asked me, “Are those your princesses?” because she thinks I work with princesses (brides) for a living. We swam, paddle boarded and finally set up our autopilot to sail on Lake Michigan as a family for the first time. We’re going to squeeze every last moment that we can out of the last few weeks of summer.)
interior cabin of a Catalina 30 (sailing with young kids)
interior cabin of a Catalina 30 (sailing with young kids)
interior cabin of a Catalina 30 (sailing with young kids)

We were resigned to stay on Lake Muskegon for the rest of the season while the girls are so little, but we had the perfect weather, and we finally got the autopilot set up, so we headed out for a 15 nautical mile sail as a family. You can tell by the photo below that Zel was super impressed by the whole thing 🙂


Arden was also highly impressed by the view, as you can see.


I tied my camera up and let Zel take a photo of me.


Arden decided to call it after about three hours, but ultimately, both girls ended up falling asleep down below before we made it back to the marina.


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